March 9: The 7-Minute Workout

Quite a while ago, my friend Melissa told me about The 7-Minute Workout, so finally I’ve put it to the test (for reasons explained further below).

I’ve downloaded the app to my phone as well. The internet version I’ve linked to above makes a beep during the 30 seconds you’re doing the exercise and then goes silent to let you know when to rest, which doesn’t happen on the app.

There’s a 10 second pause between each of the 12 exercises. Within the seven minutes you do star jumps, a wall sit, push ups, abdominal crunches, step-ups onto a chair, squats, tricep dips on a chair, plank, high knees running in place, lunges, push ups with rotations and side planks. You’ll need space to rest against a wall, a stable chair or ledge to step up onto, and a stable chair or desk to lean on for the tricep dips.

Doing this workout twice, followed by a minute of leg stretches, gives you a fast and effective fitfor15in15 workout. I’m glad I had it up my sleeve as a backup (thanks Melissa!) because it wasn’t the plan for today – I thought I’d go running, but my social nature caught me out.

My neighbour (and owner of all the land and buildings here) started the ride-on mower, for the first time since autumn, so I went outside to say hello. And before you know it, I had a broom in hand and was sweeping leaves our of nooks and crannies so he could suck them up with the mower! There’s been a lot of leaves about the place since the snow’s melted, so there was plenty to do. Two hours worth of it! But I’m glad it’s done, it looks much neater now and feels a bit more like spring.

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The grass looked brown from all the leaves covering it. Pretty much all gone (til the next big wind!)

The brooms we use here are so old school and would be perfect for witches. (They’re incredibly effective and make a great Harry Potter toy for visitors with kids!) Even the local councils still use this style of broom; a classic design that still holds its own.

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My trusty steed

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A simple and effective broom which looks the part too

So I’m back from my little holiday blogging break and will be writing daily again (until the next holiday perhaps?!). If you’d like to read about our weekend in Strasbourg, with a photo gallery, please click here.

Wishing you a wonderful day.

Birthday weekend in Strasbourg

Strasbourg, the capital of the Elsass region on the border of France and Germany, is a wonderful old city and I feel very lucky to have been taken here for the continuation of my birthday celebrations. Compact and photogenic, she knows how to charm you in just a few days. Neither of us had been here before and we hope to go back again soon.

The drive from Bern took about 2.5 hours. We arrived at lunch time on Friday and left Sunday morning, stopping at Chateau du Haut-Königsbourg in Orschwiller, France, on the way home (where we had cake for lunch. How decadent. This birthday weekend has been all about the sweet stuff!).

It would have been wonderful to speak some French (Leo does and he did a great job) but overall we managed well with German and English. We ate and drank too much and also overdid it on the walking – my feet and legs are still a bit sore from all the cobblestones.

Highlights include the incredible cathedral, the crowing of the rooster at the astronomical clock display, the boat cruise and a new toy – we bought an olloclip attachment for my phone so I can take wide, fish eye and macro photos now. Very exciting!

So enough from me, I’ll hand over to the photos to tell the story.

Wishing you a wonderful day.

March 6-8: Writing while on holiday is tough!

There’s big trouble in little Strasbourg. The city is beautiful – there’s so much to see … and so little time. This ‘being on holiday and posting on fitfor15in15’ melarky is tougher than I thought. It’s the first time I’ve been away from home and tried to write.

But in order for this birthday extravaganza weekend holiday to be exactly that, and to be fair to Leo, who sits around twiddling his thumbs when I’m on the computer, I’m going to have to go against my my own wishes and not post anything more this weekend.

You can be safe in the knowledge I will be exercising every day. I have my gear here and my Thera-Band with a print out of exercises, and I’ll be doing them every morning in the hotel room.

Walking around the city is probably exercise enough – this afternoon we climbed the 66 metres to the viewing platform on the Catherdral de Notre-Dame for an amazing view in glorious sunshine, then walked around the city back to the hotel and again to dinner and so on and so on. It’s a wanderers paradise, and I’ll write a proper post about this lovely city, with lots of photos, next week.

Apologies again for reneging on my initial plan to blog every day this year. A change of plans that will keep Leo sane and give me the chance to be a tourist, 100 per cent.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and see you Monday!