Lifting Potatoes

Everyone in my house loves to exercise – except me.  The guys love to lift weights, and they run on the treadmill and take walks with the dog.  Jon did the 90 day P90X program last year and loved it.  I watched him and was amazed.  Does that count?  I don’t like to sweat.  I love having muscles and being toned, but I don’t like the pain that goes with it.  And the time it takes – especially as one ages.  Good grief.  There are so many other things I’d rather be doing.  I mean, you have to do the stupid workout, then take a shower, then take a little nap and get a snack.  It’s a serious commitment.  So I loved this program my friend Patti sent me.

Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side. With a 5-lb potato bag in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, and then relax.

Each day you’ll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer. After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-lb potato bags.  Then try 50-lb potato bags and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-lb potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. (I’m at this level.)

After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag.  I think I can do the 100-lb bag!!  Not sure about adding the potatoes, though.

But stamping, now…that’s a workout!  I’m up, I’m down, I’m sponging ink and getting a great arm workout.  I don’t think it’s very aerobic; maybe I should run up and down the stairs between colors.

Speaking of sponging…Here’s a CASE (copy) of my friend Kathe’s swap.  I didn’t have the same paper she had, so I improvised a bit.

Click on photo to view larger image.

Stamp sets:  Teeny Tiny Wishes, Nature’s Pace, Music Notes wheel; Ink:  Early Espresso, Pool Party classic; Paper:  More Mustard, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla card stock; Spice Cake designer series paper*; Other:  Top Note die, Big Shot, curly label punch, linen thread, stampin’ dimensionals, stampin’ sponge, stampin’ around handle  (*Holiday mini catalog; all other products available in the 2011-12 Stampin’ Up!® Idea Book & Catalog)

I love the stamped image on the stamped background (or, on Kathe’s card, on the background paper).  I have a wreath made from the spice cake designer series paper to show you tomorrow.  It’s still drying right now (lots of glue and Dazzling Details used on that one!), but I think it should be dry by morning.

Oh – here’s some great news for you!  If you didn’t get to order The Open Sea from the summer mini catalog, you have another chance!  It will be carried over as a “write-in” item until July 2012.  I’m really happy about that.  It’s a great set for more masculine cards, and very vintage also.

Have a great weekend, and thanks for stopping by.

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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8 Responses to Lifting Potatoes

  1. Mom says:

    Now, THAT is my kind of exercise…………….I can do it…………..yes!!!!!


  2. Luralyn says:

    Oh, Buffy, I laughed out loud about putting the potatoes in the potato bags after you’d worked up to the biggest bag! I feel the same way about exercise, including the time commitment! And, it’s like housework, you have to keep doing it, over and over and over! You never get to relax and enjoy for very long that it’s DONE.


  3. buffycooper says:

    Luralyn – that’s EXACTLY how I feel about exercise! Now, if only there were a pill you could take….
    Mom – we’ll have to work out together. Or skip the workout and do something fun.


  4. Sandy says:

    I need an exercise buddy, so let me know when you are going to start the 5-lb class and I’ll be right over. –sandy


  5. Ka says:

    Hi, Buffy, I really like your musical note stamped background – I have to remember to try this myself! I like your curly label for the sentiment, too, it echoes the top note so nicely (wish I’d thought of that). I’m humbled that you CASEd my card, since I LOVE your cards – I look at them and think, oh I could never do that, they’re so pretty.


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