Fitness Myths Which Need Debunking-Toning and Spot Reduction

VigorI wish I had a dollar for every time someone asked me how to tone their muscles (not develop them, mind you, but just tone them *prissy face*). Then if I had a dollar for every time I was asked how to “spot reduce” an errant tummy, flabby arms, or runaway rump I would have a fortune.

People! Listen! THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS TONING YOUR MUSCLES. You can work your muscles, you can develop them but what is toning? No one has ever been able to explain that to me. If you are a woman, and you go to a gym, and you use the machines or free weights to work your muscles, you will not get huge manly muscles. You could not get huge manly muscles even if you wanted them. Mother Nature has decreed that you may not have manly muscles unless you use steroids and then you will regret that decision. You will, at best, have less jiggly arms, a flatter tummy, a rounder tighter butt, and a nice looking back and legs to die for BUT you will not ever under any circumstances look like Charles Atlas and THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS TONING.

If you ever say to anyone who knows anything at a gym, that you want to “tone” your muscles you will be the recipient of a vacant stare, the person will turn around as if you said nothing and walk away. You have just committed a faux pas of mammoth proportions and you will be branded a hopeless case. So, spare yourself and don’t do that.

Next, you cannot spot reduce any part of your body. You can exercise muscle groups but you cannot isolate one muscle and reduce it, one part of your body and reduce it. Diets will reduce your entire body. It is an illusion to imagine that you can shrink your tummy while leaving the rest of you as is. You can’t. That is just the way Mother Nature has decreed you exist. Sorry, if you are unhappy with the size of your ________ you will have to lose weight all over or learn to live with it an embrace it’s proportions.

The truth hurts, but the truth will set you free. Be free, my friend. Don’t fret over what you can’t have, enjoy what you can have.

This blog is brought to you by Possets Perfume which is featuring The Autumn 2014 Collection now. Based on Haunting Music, the collection was inspired by the grand and tingly compositions by such musicians as: Bach, Chopin, and Mozart not to mentions a few anonymous tunes and a couple of just plain fanciful creations. So, click here and go exploring!

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Fitness Myths Which Need Debunking-Muscles Turning Into Fat

VigorThe other day, a normally sensible person solemnly told me that if I developed good strong muscles I had to work out for the rest of my life because if you stop working out muscle turns to fat.

Really? No, it does not work that way. Not.

Here is what happens in real life: if you develop muscles they remain as muscles. If you stopped working out, the muscles would atrophy and get smaller and flabbier. You would not magically develop fat in place of the muscles.

If you work out and you stop working out but you continue to eat as much as you did when you were working out, the extra calories you took in would magically turn into fat. Fat comes from too much food.

Exercise does not cause fat to accumulate about your body. Muscles do not magically turn into fat. Fat does not turn into muscle.

Oh, and muscle weighs more than fat but fat accumulates more easily. So if part of you seems to be growing and the scale is inching up, think “fat” first until you prove to yourself it’s muscle.

Now you know. One myth busted.

This blog is brought to you by Possets Perfume which is featuring The Autumn 2014 Collection now. Based on Haunting Music, the collection was inspired by the grand and tingly compositions by such musicians as: Bach, Chopin, and Mozart not to mentions a few anonymous tunes and a couple of just plain fanciful creations. So, click here and go exploring!

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Better Fitness Drinks!

victoryOK, I thoroughly trashed the “fitness” drinks so popular out there. Take that, Gatorade! So, what do I drink when I am hauling around the 32 oz. Nalgene cask on the gym floor? Water? Well…I get so very bored with water. I need something to perk me up and want to drink more BUT I don’t want the calories or extra caffeine of “sports” drinks. What do I do? There are loads of great options, better than sugary drinks, for sure.

The first thing you have got to do is brake yourself of the habit of having to have something sweet in your drink. If you can get off the sugar/artificial sweetener cycle, then you will be 10000% better off. You can enjoy simpler things which won’t contribute to hunger or fatigue. I just got tired of trying to find an artificial sweetener which wasn’t too sweet or too scary. Even stevia would get out of hand or be mixed with goodness knows what. Buying sweeteners, storing them, and getting tired of them was a constant go-round for me. I finally just said,
“I am giving them up!” and that was a great leap forward for me. What do I recommend for a non-sweet workout drink which rehydrates you, isn’t too expensive, you won’t get tired of, and is actually good for you?

Try squeezing a lemon in your water. This is a wonderfully refreshing alternative to artificial flavors, it’s much cheaper than sports drinks, and it’s far better for you. Tastes great.

I got into tea in a big way. I used to hate tea, it was tannic and blah and not half as exciting as coffee. One day, I decided to try putting several green teabags in a big jug of water in my fridge, along with a couple of camomile teabags, and peach passion. I let it steep overnight and put it in my water bottle. Eureka! It was great! That slight puckery tartness  hit the spot after a heavy exertion. Instead of making me want to sit down and do nothing, I wanted to get back up and get at it! I was nicely hydrated and ready for action. So, green tea and other natural flavors is a quick and easy way to make a sports drink which will do you some good. Green tea has a lot of antioxidents, and if you don’t like the grassy flavor, just add something which is more flavorful to make the brew really good. Lemon Zinger, Chai, Vanilla Tea, Rioboos, and mint are all flavors which come to mind.

So, don’t settle for “sports drinks” or only water, live a little! Tea based fitness drinks are easy to make and good for you while making you feel like a million!

This blog is brought to you by Possets Perfume which is featuring The Autumn 2014 Collection now. Based on Haunting Music, the collection was inspired by the grand and tingly compositions by such musicians as: Bach, Chopin, and Mozart not to mentions a few anonymous tunes and a couple of just plain fanciful creations. So, click here and go exploring!

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“Fitness” Drinks

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Fitness drinks? Ha ha ha!

We are constantly pelted with the latest miracle sports drink. There are protein powders which promise to pump you up with no work on your part, just drink and be strong. Then there are refreshing drinks which are filled with energy and wetter than water.

Poo! Most of this stuff is swill. There, I said that. Here is the truth: protein powder on its own won’t do a thing for you and watch those calories! You have to put in the gym time and make sure you are not taking in more calories than you are expending in your workout. Mixing protein powders with milk will add the calories up along with the protein. Mixing with water is pretty awful. Personally, I prefer to eat protein rich foods and leave the high priced protein/whey/magic powders on the shelf. So far that has been a good strategy for me, and I am a richer woman for that, too.

Next, any “energy” drink must be regarded with a jaundiced eye. The energy comes from massive amounts of sugar/high fructose corn syrup/or any other euphemism for sugar you care to name. You don’t need sugar. It does give you a temporary and weak energy boost BUT it is high in calories and will go straight to fat if you don’t burn it off. There is no getting around it, that is where it goes. Alas, you know that but you don’t want to think about it, do you? Sorry, deal with the facts and you won’t have to deal with the fat.

Energy drinks also add a lot of caffeine as well. I would rather get mine from a cup of coffee. I deeply mistrust the amount of caffeine in energy drinks, and since it’s so cheap to put into things, it’s another cheap money maker for them. Too expensive for what you get and, I will say it, laced with sugar and therefore fattening.

Oh, and the “low calorie” energy drinks? They rely only on the caffeine and contain artificial sweeteners. They are usually horribly sweet, in the fake way of fake sweeteners. Dump them, they are not good for you. Water is many times better!

You need to hydrate in the gym. Just concentrate on keeping yourself watered up and you will be just fine. You will also have to buy and carry around less stuff, which is a good thing. There is no quick fix and your body is one place where all the input is flawlessly tallied up, as is the output and you get to live it. So, just hit the water hard, leave the processed drinks alone and I know you will be better off.

This blog is brought to you by Possets Perfume which is featuring The Autumn 2014 Collection now. Based on Haunting Music, the collection was inspired by the grand and tingly compositions by such musicians as: Bach, Chopin, and Mozart not to mentions a few anonymous tunes and a couple of just plain fanciful creations. So, click here and go exploring!

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Amber-What Is It?

Orientals ImageAmber is a great ingredient in many perfumes. It’s very feminine, almost foody, very smooth, not quite vanilla, will beautify just about any blend in a deep honey-like way. A lot of people think it is liquefied amber (the semi-precious fossilized resin) but it isn’t. Here is what amber is…

There are some “recipes” in perfumery, and amber is one of them. Think of this like “my recipe for red velvet cake” or “my recipe for Green Goddess Salad”. Lots of people make amber from scratch, but the results vary wildly, some are very sweet like honey, some are dry and are like a dry martini. They are all ambers, and making one and choosing the right one for a blend will make or break that blend.

Classically, amber is a combination of benzoin, labdanum, and vanilla (only natural vanilla though). There are (of course) as many recipes as there are ambers and they all give different results. People might substitute tonka for vanilla, vetiver for labdanum, frankincense for benzoin or put them with the base ingredients for a deeper and more complex blend.

Most perfumers use other people’s ambers, there isn’t any sense in re-inventing the wheel. That can become a problem, though, if your supplier goes out of business…if your supplier changes his recipe…or if your supplier decides to increase his price so that it becomes crazy. Of course, making your own is a risky business as you are at the mercy of your raw materials suppliers (these ingredients can change depending on weather conditions or the greed of the supplier).

Making your own is great but you need to have a lot of time to experiment and come up with your best recipes. I make ambers but I don’t say it’s an easy thing to do…it isn’t. I have had to abandon several because of ingredient changes. That does break your heart…no one is going to help you either, it just happens. If you hit it, though, it is exhilarating!

I find that the most dangerous thing about making an amber is the temptation to make it too universally pleasing, and therefore bland. Keep on pumping that vanilla in there and you are going to become Hello Kitty Purr-fume. Not enough and too much labdenum, you are into Dawn of the Living Goth territory. Too much benzoin? A bit volatile and not attractive. And that is about the ingredients which are the “classics”. With amber, I find that you can blow it in hundreds of ways. Don’t be bold, be wise; that’s the motto I have to use for making an amber. It is more difficult and it’s painstaking, and makes me fidget BUT when you hit it, you know it.

Amber goes with so many things. It is an adornment to florals, a dear friend to patchouli, it dances with citrus, and in large doses it can enhance musk like nothing else can do. But again, it’s all about harmony…too much becomes bland and too little and it’s nothing special.

Here are some perfumes I have made with amber, and I dearly love them all no matter how difficult they were to make: Huile of Fortune, Dominions, Seraphim, Howl, Chocolate Incense, Death, Dies Irae, Fabienne, Hatshepsut, Hophead, Oiche Shamhna, Silver Amber, Mistress of Power, Skeletons’ Ball, and Twee (to name a few). Take a look at them at Possets.

This blog is brought to you by Possets Perfume which is featuring The Halloween Collection: Haunting Music 2014 Collection now. The Haunting Music Collection celebrates fabulous spooky music by way of perfume.

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Twee From Possets Perfume

bastardchildlilWell, I am totally out of Twee Perfume from the Halloween Collection. It is an unusual fragrance and I think it’s uniquely attractive. I had a moderate amount of one of the components and used it all up in the first batch of Twee I made. Since this was a perfume on which I was taking a chance, I didn’t think anything of it. However, the description seems to have hit a nerve, and I have sold out for the moment.

I do have more of the missing component coming Priority Mail. It should be in my hands by Tuesday at the latest and I will immediately start making and shipping Twee. If you ordered Twee I will pack and ship all of your order minus Twee now, and then send your Twee along by itself as soon as I have it made and bottled.

This blog is brought to you by Possets Perfume which is featuring The Sicilian Summer 2014 Collection now. The Sicilian Summer Collection is loaded with glorious fragrances perfect for the heat and redolent with the rich beauty of the Mediterranean.

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Phone Phun

batI don’t like to get cold call sales calls on my phone. No one likes it. I really feel like I have been taken advantage of by slimy people and my number passed around like a can of Pringles. I got one today, they are always the same, the name and company are announced at the beginning of the call BUT you can’t understand it, and if you ask them to repeat it it’s always muffled. But they cheerfully bang on clear as a bell and when they ask you to do something, it’s perfectly understandable. This has been going on for decades BUT the current crop of employees has really deteriorated quickly. Here is one exchange:

*RING RING*

I see the call is from offshore, I answer.

ME: “Hello”

SALESMAN: “This is (muffled) from the (muffled) Flo mmmmphhhh Sweepstakes mmmmffffffff And how are you today?”

ME: “From the MMMffffghhhhhh mipmip bla phfffft Company?”

SALESMAN: “Uhhh, yes from the Mffffttttt Sweepstakes Flooofffff Company”

ME: “Sweepers? I already have a sweeper. Do you mean a vacuum cleaner?”

SALESMAN: “No, the Mffftphhght SWEEPSTAKES Company!”

ME: “Oh, Mfffftphttt Sleeping Company! Why didn’t you say so? Why Sleeping, aren’t you supposed to be working?”

(Obviously, at this point the guy knows I am messing with him and he does the logical thing: he loses his temper)

SALESMAN: “F*#K! F&%K you! F&%K you! F&%K you! F&%K you! F&%K you! F&%K you! F&%K you!” the salesman says with a bit of passion to his voice.

I just have to start laughing. Here is someone trying to bilk me and he got beaten at his own game. The world is full of people like this and I don’t trust any of them. If you can get their goat, it’s worth a laugh. Any more, I usually screen my calls, a sad thing to have to do in this modern world, but necessary.

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Gold/Grey Fountain Pen Ink

Stormy GreyWhen you get your invoice from Possets, you will probably get a note on it written with the latest in my collection of inks. This one is from the French firm of J. Herbin and it is a special anniversary ink called Stormy Grey. The base color of the ink is a very attractive mid-grey but the sheen in it is all gold. On some papers it looks like I have written it with gold ink. On the invoice paper, I think you have to tip the paper to see the sparkle, but it is there. One fun thing for Halloween.

On each invoice I send out, I try to write a little note thanking you for your purchase and signing it. It takes a little longer but it reflects the way I feel toward my clients and Possets in general. I have a red J. Herbin sparkle ink as well and I think I am going to use that one for the Yules!

This blog is brought to you by Possets Perfume which is featuring The Halloween 2014 Collection now: Haunting Music. Finally the season for deep resinous and spicy fragrances is on us. Visit Possets and be seduced by this sinuous collection of irresistible perfumes.

Cityblis

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