Okay, for those of you that really hate off-perfume-topic posts, let’s do a sample giveaway so it’s not a complete waste of time for you today. Drop a comment and you’ll be in the drawing for a sample of the two Guerlains, the Robe thing and the Mitsouko flanker and also the two new Hermes scents, Pamplemousse Rose and Gentiane Blanche. I’ll even give away two sets of all four.
Since we do delve off into the beauty realm from time to time, this will be tangentially related to beauty since we have to be pretty on the inside to be pretty on the outside. But first, can we talk about American Idol and The Biggest Loser briefly? So booting Allison off last week just made the winner totally predictable. Yes, Adam probably deserves to win it, but with the three they have left, there’s no other winner but him possible. I’m bored, I’m turning it off for the season. And Biggest Loser, I am so torched that Tara didn’t win. I adored her spirit and drive and how she kicked those boys’ butts at most of the physical challenges.
And Real Housewives. Kelly in RHof NY is — OMG, I throw things at the TV every time she’s on. But Ny is over, and we are in NJ now. How come I got addicted to this show now? I avoided it for years, but Atlanta sucked me in, and NY completely unhinged my vow to never watch it. It’s like crack, and my brain feels like it’s been watching crack.
That leads me into my new fitness obsession. I’m not sure where it came from. Maybe boredom, maybe it helped me work out a lot of stuff in my head? Don’t care, but somewhere along the line in the last year, the girl who has hated exercise all of her life got hooked. Now, that doesn’t mean that I’m muscle challenged. I’m not. I grew up on a farm, and we worked all the time, so I built max muscle capacity in the first 18 years of my life, and I’m genetically built for strength and endurance. I took all that for granted until I hit my 40s, and then I realized it’s either use it or lose it.
And where does that all lead to? Well, you can’t laugh. You can, but don’t tell me you laughed. You have to know, first of all, that I’m deathly afraid of heights, and I hate to be cold. What I really want to do is to climb Denali. It’s brutal. You need to be in top condition on endurance, cardio, strength. It’s weeks of going up 1,000 vertical feet a day, dragging 60-80 pounds on a sled behind you in snow and ice. The summit is 20,000 feet.
Why? I don’t know exactly, but I had this aha moment a few weeks ago where I wanted to take all the limits off, that I didn’t want there to be any place on the face of the earth I couldn’t go. And that meant I had to get in the best physical shape of my life to make sure that my body wouldn’t hold me back.
So. Yeah. I know, right? Well, I work out about 2-3 hours a day now. An hour walk, an hour of cardio or two (hot yoga, spin, running, intervals), and 30-60 minutes of weight lifting, plus a 6 to 8-hour hike once a week to build endurance. I do that 6 days a week and rest a full day. I’ve also signed up for a basic climbing class to try and tackle this height fear thingie and get at least minimal technical climbing skills. I’ve changed my diet, added plenty of vitamins, now drinking that Amazing Grass green superfood 2-3 times a day, chugging protein shakes. It’s ridiculous. But you know what? I’ve never felt better. I had no idea that jacking around with your muscles, tendons and innards could be quite that exhilarating. Well, I would have known if I hadn’t tuned it out for the last 30 years.
It’s never too late, is it? I may not make the top of Denali the year that I’m 50, but I’ll be in shape to go even if I can’t get the timing quite right next spring/summer. Am I crazy? Tips, things I should be aware of, other things I’m missing?