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1. I have two bookcases with glass doors that currently live in our solarium which is appropriately named. What can I put on the glass that would be removable to keep the books from fading?

2. I want to start lifting weights. Tell me your resources for getting started. I guess that wasn't a question so much as a demand.

3. Related to above: Has anyone used aquabells (the weights that you fill with water to use. they're supposed to be for travel)? I have zero room for anything that's going to take up much space, and I need something I can use in the house since I don't have the money to join a gym nor do I want to prop the baby up somewhere downstairs in the tiny gym in our building. Other suggestions?


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Jul. 22nd, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)
google "uv blocking window film" its a clear film, made for windows to prevent fading of interiors. i don't know if there are any auto window tinting places around you, but that would be a place to get a small quantity. good luck!
Jul. 22nd, 2009 02:15 pm (UTC)
You could hang fabric on the interior of the glass in an easily removable way, such as hooks, or pins, or what-have-you. I wasn't sure how much you wanted to be able to see your books, though.

Water bottles can also substitute as weights (and you don't have to worry about shaking them up).

Mostly, I do Wii Fit, so I don't really have much exercise information that isn't videogame related.
Jul. 22nd, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
I like the fabric idea. We can't even go in the solarium right now without risking heat stroke so what they look like doesn't matter so much at the moment.

Once we get the tv and Wii set up again, I can do Wii Fit though I think it will be appalled at how much weight I have gained since I last played in September.
Jul. 22nd, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
1. I dunno.

2. I joined a gym. I know that's not what you're looking for, but it was a good way to get started. You don't necessarily have to lift weights to gain muscle, but I suppose it would help. Workout videos are fun and/or awful. I have recently heard of and am intrigued by Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred, and Billy Blanks, the Tae Bo guy is ridiculously hilarious. He mumbles a lot and uses those elastic resistance bands, which are actually pretty good.

3. Ask yourself honestly, are you really going to be motivated to lift weights you need to fill with water every time? And if you are, are you going to be able to drain them and put them away every time? I'm not saying you're not, but I know I wouldn't be. In our tiny house my mom gave us all sorts of miniature and collapsible things that either take up as much space as their full-size equivalents (or more, because we already HAD full size equivalents) or they simply never come out of the box. A tabletop ironing board isn't useful if you don't have any counter space, knowwhatimean?

4. If you want to drop your baby off at my work she can sit under my desk. Bossman's wife does it with their dog all the time.
Jul. 22nd, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of leaving them filled until I needed to store them again but point taken.

Are you still at the lady gym? Do they have free weights?
Jul. 22nd, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
I am and they don't. It's very structured and I don't have to think about anything at all, which is what made it a good way to get started. Kind of.
Jul. 22nd, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
They're on the spendy side, but the select-tech dumbells by bowflex kick ass because it's only ONE thing to store instead of 5,6,7 pairs of dumbbells.

Water weights have a couple of problems--they can spring leaks over time for one, and two, if you refill them every time instead of leaving them full, that may be enough to demotivate you from actually lifting.

This is a good book to get you started.
Jul. 22nd, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
I'll check into those! I'm mostly into things that take up as little space as possible so that sounds about what I'm looking for.

Thanks for the book recommendation.
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