Saturday, July 16, 2016

Taking Charge of Wellness

So I've had my blood sugars rechecked and am happy to report I'm now out of the diabetic range! However, my weight is still well over where it needs to be, and even though I did complete the Couch to 5K running program (which was amazing, by the way), I felt like I needed to do something to continue keeping me accountable to working hard on regaining my fitness.
With that in mind, Steve and I took the plunge and joined the Rex Wellness Center. At first I was hesitant because my limited experience with gyms was not exactly pleasant from the perspective of an overweight middle aged woman surrounded by a lot of uber-fit 20-somethings. However, the Wellness Center seems to be less like a gym and more of, well, a wellness center. So far in my first week of membership, I've taken two group classes - Aqua Barre and H20 Cardio Barre, both of which were an absolute blast - have had a fitness assessment to help me figure out where I am fitness level wise, and have tried out the free weights, a couple of the exercise machines, saltwater lap pool, warm therapy pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room, and the indoor track. I'm planning on taking more pool classes, yoga and meditation classes, as well as some of the stretching and strength/fitness classes, and will look into some personal training as well at some point. According to today's fitness assessment, I do need to work on losing weight and gaining flexibility as I already knew, but my strength is not too bad and surprisingly enough, my aerobic capacity is better than I thought. I think the Couch to 5K Program that I completed back in May really helped with that, and I've actually continued running a couple of times a week since then!
I have had a flare of some old plantar fasciitis issues, but picked up some PF sleeves which seem to be helping, along with PF exercises. Having our beautiful greenway so close to home is a dream come true - it's perfect for running and bicycling, not to mention providing incredible inspiration for paintings! And when the weather is just too bad to workout outside, there is always the gym with indoor track so I can stay on track better with my exercise now - no excuses! Yeah, I think this Wellness Center membership is going to be a good investment for my health and wellness. :-)

Another Art Blog Cross-Post

This is another cross-post from my art blog, so please bear with me!

Among my greatest joys as an artist are discovering that a painting of mine speaks to someone's heart, and being able to help animals in need by doing something I enjoy, this time painting. So with that in mind, I'd like to introduce Painting for Paws! I want to encourage anyone interested to make a donation to one of the animal charities on my list below and as a thank-you gift for your donation, I'll give you one of my landscape paintings absolutely free (except for the cost of mailing if applicable). Most of my artwork is available as part of this Painting for Paws promotion, and the works may be seen on my artist website at www.tammykaufman.com. The donation amount is totally up to you, and you can select from any of my chosen charities listed below. There is no minimum donation requirement, and every penny will go to the charity. The paintings will generally be unframed, and I would also request proof of the charity donation, just to ensure the charities are getting something.

And what do I get out of this, you ask? My reward is that I get to paint purely from my heart, with the satisfaction of knowing my artwork is being adopted into happy new homes while also doing some good in this all too often difficult world. So if this sounds like something that may interest you, please contact me and together let's do something wonderful.
© 2015 Tammy Kaufman - Catticus Finch - soft pastels on UArt 7" x 7"
My charity choices currently include the following, but others may also be added:
http://spcawake.org/
http://www.unchaindogs.net/
http://pilot.dog/
http://www.nc-claws.org/
http://bestfriends.org/
http://noahsarkvet.us/noahsangels/
https://www.soidog.org/
http://www.animalhopeandwellness.org/