Monday, September 15, 2008

Fall is Upon Us

Spending a Day at Half Moon Bay with Friends!

Everyone is busy sketching and journaling first....
then we did a little shopping....
finished our quick visit with a picnic lunch at the pumpkin farm!

Happy Fall Season!

Patterns ATC

2008.09.13 patterns color1
Originally uploaded by jujuart

Here is my ATC for September. The theme was Patterns. I wanted to combine the patterns I love of Mary Englebreit and patterns I see in nature.

Drinking from a cup of Morning Glory

Just a fun Sketchbook Entry using my "Morning Glory" mug and a cute bird statue I had.

My Artist's Garden Palette

2008.09 garden pallette, originally uploaded by jujuart.

Just couldn't resist this fun ad from a magazine.

I thought it was so fitting for me!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Art and Exercise


This is a quick sketchbook entry of what my exercise partner and friend "dreamed" up one night. She is trying to get us into shape to be able to to 5 miles....we hope running 5 miles...but in the end we want it to really be about cardio workouts. So she dreamt up the plan and the name, "Strive for Five: Cardio Blast 5 weeks to 5 miles" and asked if I would work on the other parts of our exercise routine. We have worked out together for about 5ish years now, doing classes, trainers, getting to the gym, dog walking, and just fitting in any exercise we can.

We have kept each other motivated!

It has been great to have someone to work with.

I then "dreamed" up the second half of the workout...I call it


In an

ideal world

I think you should include in your fitness routine the following things...

Cardio Workouts (3 x week, which she worked out our plan)

Strength Training (2 x week, upper and lower body weight training)

Flexibility/Yoga (daily, a plan of stretching)

Core Strength (daily, a plan of core muscles)

Nutrition 5's (don't forget to think about healthy eating at least 5 min/day)

Meditation 5's (take 5 min/day or up to a total of 35 min/week)

Extra 5's...organizational routines...ideals....attempts...can't hurt to try

How the Heck do you Fit in All In???

Well in our plan we focus on
flexibility, accountability, and variety!


in that you can pick which days or what times to get your cardio in. Also you don't have to do all the core and yoga at one time, split them up in the day or do your meditation during one of the more relaxing yoga positions. You can plan around your schedule. My friend and I plan to get together at least once a week for some part of this or more if our schedules work out that way.


Having a workout partner keeps us accountable. I check in on her, and visa versa. Inviting to join each other or letting each other know what they did helps to motivate us. At the same time we get to keep up with each other. Never do we make each other feel is more about supporting and encouraging each other to just get it done when you can and not to give up. I also put on the second sheet tally boxes so we could check off what you have completed.

I like to check things off?!?


Both changing up the activities weekly and new thoughts on nutrition and meditation, we hope to keep it fresh. We are also going to be changing up where and how we do the cardio blast running. Some days a loop, sometimes run walk, change intensity levels, sometimes run the distance and walk back when we have more time or want to chat.

Here is a sample of a "workout" sheet I made up for us for the first week...we can take it with us to the gym or just at home and mark off what we have done, and easily see what we need to do for the day. Each week I was planning on changing up the far...we are on week two.

Oh yeah...the "Extra 5's"...

Just an idea I had of having a checklist ?!? to cover your basic routines and add in some much needed clutter/organization quickies to keep us motivated and on top of things.