On the Ball

It’s not even real summer yet and our kitchen is already too hot to cook in.

Thank goodness for the grill!

Grilled broccoli?  Oh yeah.  It was surprisingly good!  I really don’t like raw broccoli so I was a little worried that it would be too…raw, but it was just the right amount of crunch.

Twin Oaks herbed tofu is so tasty is doesn’t really need much of a marinade, just a little drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper, and a splash of balsamic.

Nope, we didn’t have dinner guests, all that was for the two of us-dinner last night and lunch at the clinic today.

Speaking of the clinic, a few weeks ago I replaced my desk chair with an exercise ball and it is AWESOME.

I used to get really tense in my shoulders on a regular basis, so tense that I would get killer headaches.  Not one bit of achy shoulders since I switched to the ball.  My core feels and LOOKS stronger.  I sit up straighter.  My upper back is stronger from sitting up straight without support.  I stand up more because I’m not glued to a desk chair; moving around more keeps me energized and my metabolism humming.  

If you sit at a desk for a long period of time I highly recommend giving the ball a try.  You will want to start slow, an hour or so at a time, and you may feel some fatigue in your upper back for the first few days.  

Bonus:  I now keep my Pilates on the Ball dvd in my desk drawer and squeeze in 10 minute workouts between patients!