Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tea Tuesday Activity

This is a beautiful tea cup and saucer from Aynsley.
It's the Tea Cup of Knowledge.
I have told you before that Aynsley
was going to be my favorite of all tea cups.

This Wise Owl is also from Aynsley.
He looks very beautiful perched there.

After sharing these two gorgeous pieces, I would also like to share a little wisdom I have found out this week.

You think you don’t have any time for exercise? Here’s something that’s exciting….High-intensity interval training (HIIT).  HIIT is based on a simple premise—alternating short, fast bursts of activity with slower paced movement to get fit with very little time and effort.

Recent studies have shown that interval training increases the levels of hGH. HGH is the “growth hormone.” Basically, anything that goes on in your body is in some way tied to hGH. This is why hGH is often called the “fountain of youth.”  Elevated hGH levels are what make you feel young again and EXERCISE is what elevates it!

Dr. Leigh Connealy has stated that 10 minutes three times per week, with brief bursts (10, 20, or 30 seconds) of going “all out” –were beneficial.  I think everyone knows what is meant by “all out.”  Just start off with a normal exercise, say walking. You walk at a steady pace, then for the 10 second interval, you speed up your walk. After the 10 seconds, you go back to walking at a normal pace and you continue to do this throughout your 10 minutes of exercise. Just start with the 10 minutes! You’ll be surprised how much energy this will give you.

Resistance training is also a good idea. Resistance bands have become very popular.  You can find them anywhere online.  Also low weight dumb-bells are good to use.  These will help build muscle. Building muscle is very important especially for those of us that are getting older. First, strong muscles help protect against the frailty that comes with age. They provide support for our bones, decreasing the risk of falls and broken bones.  Second, muscle burns calories more than fat, even at rest.  30 minutes of weight training jump-starts our metabolism for hours afterward and interval training has similar results.  Did you know that aerobic exercise burns calories only while you are doing it?   Hmmmm….

Take is from the wise old owl and the Tea Cup of Knowledge, just get out there and DO IT!

Now to share one more piece with you.
Does anyone remember Carnival Glass?
I got this pitcher back in the 70's with Green Stamps.
Does anyone remember green stamps?
I use to also have the gold color one, 
but I don't know what ever happened to it.
And I use to have the whole set; 
platter, glasses, everything,
but I don't know what happened to them...
I am thankful that I was able to hold on to this one.

I will be joining Martha for Tea Cup Tuesday. She's an awesome lady. Go see her.

Here’s to your health!


  1. Aynsley is fast becoming a favorite. I can see why it is at the top of your list. Carnival Glass is still a favorite these days. Your pitcher is great.

  2. I've never seen a tea cup like that, Brenda...pretty and interesting at the same time. It would be fun to read the tea leaves at the bottom of that one. I like the butter yellow color, too. Oh, and I do like your little owl. He certainly looks very wise as his expression seems to be very contemplative as he looks on.
    Yea for wisdom!

    Oh, I love your article about the exercising. I've heard of HIT years ago,but forgot all about it until your post. And it seems that I've been doing it a little on walks without realizing it. Sometimes while walking I'll go into a skip for a few seconds. So I'm going to make the effort to be more aware of doing a brisk 10 second burst of 'something' while I walk.

    When you think about it, that's how children play in the yard. They will have sudden bursts of movement (running, jumping or such) while playing.

    I DO remember green stamps. I used to love to paste them in the book for my mom. It was always a fun thing to do on a rainy day.

    Your carnival glass pitcher is very nice. Use it in good health.

    Marianne xo

  3. Hi! I could sure use some high intense training. Very nice pieces you have shared with us today. & neet tea cup. Pat

  4. Aynsley makes lovely teacups! I do remember Carnival Glass although I never had any pieces of it. My hubby goes to the gym regularly and has been for years. He's very fit. I spend time on my stationary bike six days a week and I will have to remember those 10 seconds of a burst of speed. Thanks for sharing.


  5. I love the tea cup and I'm a big owl lover. I do remember Carnival Glass. My mother had several pieces and I have no idea where they are now. I hit the gym every morning .. early .. before I wake up. !!!!! Happy Tea Day!

  6. Hi Brenda: I am so happy Noah picked your name. I will be sending your cup to you at the end of the week. I have dentist appointments all week. I hope you enjoy your cup of tea on me. Hugs, Martha

  7. Hello Brenda,
    Yes, I love Aynsley china too. They do make such gorgeous patterns. Your cup of Knowledge is a wonderful one to have in your collection. It is really a fabulous design!
    I think your words of wisdom today are very helpful. I used to do this years ago and forgot about it! Thanks so much for reminding me.
    Yes, I do remember Carnival glass. My mother had it all over our house and I had to dust it! Lol! It is very pretty.

  8. Aynsley is my fave too! i absolutely love your teacup of knowledge! it also reminds me of alice in wonderland :) I have been trying to do more exercise that i am now starting my diet, going up and down the stairs in the house often and following the moves in the belly dance dvd as well as moving about alot in the kitchen while cooking and listening to the radio and shake my booty hehehe...thanks for your wisdom today! and i love your pitcher, it's gorgeous!