Life without contact lenses …

I have been wearing glasses since I was 4.

When I was in high school my eyes actually started to improve and I only had to wear glasses when I read, drove or was in school. That didn’t last long.

In my early to mid-20s I decided to try contacts for the first time. I wore them for a couple of years. Between not having a great eye doctor and not taking care of my contacts appropriately I gave up on them after about two years and went back to glasses.

In my early 30s I started regularly exercising and practicing yoga. I found glasses to be in the way with cardio while sweating and they would fog up and whenever I needed to towel my face those dang glasses were in the way. In yoga they move around and make it difficult to see. Removing my glasses doesn’t help because I actually need them to see.

At this point I started with a new eye doctor in my old Rockridge neighborhood. (If any of my readers in the Bay Area and are looking for an eye doctor, I recommend Dr. Yokoi at Rockridge Optometry.)

Dr. Yokoi thought I was … Continue reading

Burning calories, having fun while hula hooping

On Wednesday and Thursday my company hosted a Wellness Fair.

Biometrics (blood pressure, glucose, BMI, cholesterol, etc.) were taken along with consultation and advice from nurses.

The Wellness Fair had booths from our various insurance providers, dental provider, eye care provider, Mental Health Network and for cooking demonstrations, Cross Fit and Yoga representation. And the Wellness Committee represented with a booth, which I personally thought was the best booth.

I am part of the Wellness Committee. Our booth had a “Wheel of Fortune,” where you could spin the wheel and answer a question about health/nutrition/wellness correctly and receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win an iPad mini.

There was a second chance to win as well with the hula hoop. Get the hoop around any body part 10 times for another entry into the drawing.

For me hula hooping is pretty easy. I enjoy it and find it fun. I figured it had to be pretty good exercise. So, of course, that meant I had to do a little research.

Apparently there are bonafide hula hoop routines. This routine seems pretty good.

I found a Hoop Boot Camp routine on YouTube. The term Boot Camp might be … Continue reading