Posts from the ‘Health/Fitness’ category

6 Great Ways To Stay In Touch With ‘ALD’

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Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook & Wazala; SIX fun ways to ‘get social’ with A Life Designed.

It’s been a busy and very rewarding three and a half years of exciting growth here at A Life Designed and the coming Summer months are shaping up to be very interesting indeed! We have lots of great stories, a few surprises and some sweet new vintage/industrial finds lined up to share with you in the coming weeks.

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Until then, interested in even more ways to follow us besides our blog?… We’ve got you covered! A Life Designed is also available on InstagramPinterest, our YouTube Channel, Twitter and of course Facebook. Stop by and join us, everyone’s welcome.

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It gets even better! On the road and want to check out our online store full of fun vintage decor directly from your smart phone? No problem. Our Wazala store is optimized beautifully for mobile devices. Just use this direct link: alifedesigned.wazala.com.

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If you are enjoying what you see and read on A Life Designed, you may want to subscribe to our blog. Just enter your email into the ‘subscribe field’ in the upper right hand corner of the blog page to begin receiving all posts and announcements of new furniture and decor items being added to our online store directly to your inbox.

As always, thank you so much for your continued interest and support!

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Bike Porn #15 — The Hubless Foldable Sada Bike

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Introducing the Sada Bike. Leave it to the Italians to raise the level of commuter bikes to a fine art.

It’s pretty safe to say we are in the midst of a bicycling/commuting revolution. More and more people are ditching their cars and opting to commute to and from work, run weekend errands and simply enjoy a more stress free and earth-friendly form of transportation via bikes. Continue reading…

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Welcome to ‘The Duce’ — Phoenix, AZ

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Industrial, Retro, Shabby, Hip + Mega-Fun… The Duce has it all!

Scottsdale, AZ residents, husband and wife team and visionaries Steve and Andi Rosenstein are not afraid to take chances, to say the least. Already successful after the sale of their clothing company Fitigues in 2006 to national chain Chico’s, the couple came across a worn out but rich in history 14,000-square-foot building built in 1928 at Central Avenue and Lincoln Street in downtown Phoenix. Continue reading…

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‘Till The Cows Come Home’

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A Berlin-based vegetarian restaurant breathes new life into an old shipping container.

Located in the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood of Mitte, Till The Cows Come Home is a new vegetarian slow food and detox food restaurant serving the hip and health-oriented crowd of Berlin.

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While the menu does look quite tempting, particularly the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (a gluten-free banana-chocolate bread), what really caught our eye was the owner’s thoughtful and inventive reuse of an old shipping container as their storefront! From food to store decor, when it comes to sustainability, the crew at TTCCH clearly walk the talk.

Till The Cows Come Home | Schönhauser Allee 9, 10119 Berlin

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4 Great Ways To Stay In Touch With ‘ALD’

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YouTube… Twitter… Facebook… Wazala; Four fun ways to ‘get social’ with A Life Designed.

Greetings faithful ‘ALD’ readers, we trust you’ve survived the winter and are ready to enjoy an AMAZING summer season!   A Life Designed has lots of great stories lined up for the coming weeks and we can’t wait to share them with you.

Until then, interested in even more ways to follow us besides our blog?… We’ve got you covered! A Life Designed is also available on our YouTube Channel as well as Twitter and Facebook. Stop by and join us, everyone’s welcome.

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It gets even better! On the road and want to check out our online store full of fun vintage decor directly from your smart phone? No problem. Our Wazala store is optimized beautifully for mobile devices. Just use this direct link: alifedesigned.wazala.com.

As always, thank you so much for your continued interest and support!

A Life Designed

 

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Bike Porn #5

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Brooklyn Cruiser – Vintage inspired, built for today.

Anyone in the market for a dependable beach cruiser  bicycle that is high on retro-style, designed for ease of use and won’t break the bank should definitely give NYC-based Brooklyn Cruiser a serious look. This vintage-inspired bike line will get you there and back in style.

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Brooklyn Cruisers line-up straightforward: the men’s Driggs model comes in 52 and 59cm sizes in 3- and 7-speed options and BlackTangerineIvory colors for $579 and $749, respectively. The women’s Willow comes in BlackTangerineIvory and Columbia Blue colors with the same gearing and price options. Also included is a rear carry rack, dual-coil leather saddle and a Sturmey Archer 2-speed kick shift hub.

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We love the vintage stylingcream-colored tiresswept back handles and aged wood box for hauling groceries or school books. Ride in high style and turn heads while doing it with Brooklyn Cruiser.

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The Slow Carb Diet—Progress Report #4

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Living the Slow Carb lifestyle and surviving the holidays, (sort of!)

Damn you Starbucks Snowman cookie! Damn you, you sweetfrosted temptress with your red or blue scarf… taunting me, teasing me. You know I cannot resist your delicious charms… Sigh. And so it goes… The battle of following the 4 Hour Body eating plan, or any diet plan for that matter during the holidays. Yet somehow, despite the indulgences of these past few weeks, (and there were several), as the dust settles and another holiday season is firmly in the rearview mirror, I am happy to report I have managed to maintain my pre-feast weight! Here’s how I did it.

1.) Admit you’re human and move on—First of all, let’s face it; We ALL have our food weaknesses. Apparently for me, this holiday season it was the Starbucks Snowman Cookie… Who knew?!! One bite and I was a goner. Now I could have drove myself crazy trying to say no and abstaining completely from this dietary time bomb, and chances are, I may have been successful… for a while. But sooner or later, my resolve would have cracked. I find it better to admit I am going to “cheat” during the holidays or a special occasion and rather than beat myself up for it, I turn my attention to counter measures for keeping it all in balance and that means;

2.) Eat more… Burn more!—Knowing I was going to indulge, during the holiday break I tried to up the caloric spend to help offset the added food intake. Fortunately for me, living here in Phoenix, AZ, I was able to continue bikinghiking and walking despite it being December and I took full advantage of it. Even during my vacation visit to rainy, cold Washington, I made sure to start every day with a brisk walk/hike in the morning and ALWAYS began each day with a slow carb breakfast. Again, for myself, I find it’s all about balancing the good with the not so good.

3.) Keep track, but don’t freak out!—Even during periods of diet ‘relaxation’ I try to make a point of always stepping on the scale once a week, at the same time of day, just to be sure I am not drifting too far of track. Make no mistake, during the past few weeks of holiday festivities, my weight did fluctuate; Up two pounds, down one, up one, down three. It bounced around more than the stock market! My plan going in to the holiday season was to not stray more than 2+ pounds in the gain column for two consecutive weeks, if I had I would have immediately dialed the diet back in.

4.) Cheat… But not too much!—Life should be about enjoyment. There is enough ‘hard stuff’ we have to deal with on a daily basis not to at least occasionally let go and indulge. I love my red wine, I crave the occasional sweet treat. The key to staying on track for me however is to not let go so far that I fall completely off the wagon. I know myself too well. I can miss one to two days of working out and I can get right back into the groove, but 3 or more days? Danger!! Same goes for the diet. In order to ‘have my cake and eat it too’, (literally), during periods of indulgence I religiously follow the slow carb plan for a minimum of two meals during the day. That way I feel I am counter-balancing the effects of the cheat meals and for me, this approach seems to work.

Following the above ‘rules’ has allowed me to partake in the sweetness of life without completely trashing my hard-won fitness in the process. However, in order to continue to make strides towards better health, the cheat period MUST have an end date. Frankly, I am more than happy to wave goodbye to the insidious Snowman Cookie and its 390 calories and 44 grams of carbs until next year. After 6+ months of following the Slow Carb plan, my body has learned to crave the increased energy and renewed confidence eating this way has given me and no cookie can compete with that! Till our next Slow Carb update— Good luck to all of you in your quest for better health!

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About the author: Along with writing for the blog A Life DesignedRandy Sloan is a designer specializing in print, web and social media and a longtime musician currently writing and recording a collection of original guitar instrumentals. He is dedicated to the pursuit of living a creative life and loves sharing this passion with the growing community and readership of this blog. You can follow A Life Designed on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

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The Slow Carb Diet—Progress Report #3

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Life in the Slow Carb lane… Sticking points, stalling out and slip ups… Oh my!

Greetings once again friends of A Life Designed! It’s your intrepid ‘Slow Carb Diet  reporter’ back with another update on my adventures in living the Slow Carb lifestyle and what better topic to blog about the day after the traditional ‘food-fest’ that is Thanksgiving than weight-loss? Continue reading…

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