Retirement, Baja Style

I’ve been thinking a lot about where I want to retire lately. I’m thinking of doing the expat thing frankly…in Mexico. One thing’s for sure: It’s the only way we will ever be able to afford a house. Since the Hoosier and I have no kids we don’t need a very big place and we found really cheap rent here in the Bay Area, which is unheard of! Let me give you an idea of what real estate is like here. They want $700,000 in Alameda, CA for a two bedroom, one bathroom house. It’s ridiculous! But we both love our jobs and like the weather so we’re not anxious to leave California anytime…well…ever. Plus my parents live in Southern California and I haven’t been in the same time zone as them since high school.

Now, in Baja…we could get a three-bedroom condo near the beach for under $300,000. Cheaper if we don’t need to be as close to the beach…I saw a listing for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom ocean view house in East Cape…for $225,000. 

Sarah Palin might be able to see Russia from her house, but if I lived there, I could see the ocean from my bathtub. Check and Mate.


Why Are We So Afraid of Strength?


Here is a rarely seen image of Marilyn Monroe. She is doing something that we seldom associate with glamorous 1950s actresses and pinup gals: she is lifting weights.

A growing amount of research in exercise physiology is beginning to show that no exercise gives you the best bang for your buck when it comes to both preventing disease, injury, and staying lean (if that’s what you’re into) more than strength training. It’s the best, bar none. Body builders and those who play sports (especially those with the word “Extreme” in front of the title) have known this for years. The average gym goer, however, is still figuring it out. There is a very pervasive myth among women that lifting weights will make you look bulky and unfeminine. This myth exists even among the so-called fitness “experts”, who really should know better. If you just open your eyes and look at women who lift weights (not just their bodies, but the overall health), this could not be further from the truth. This is dumb enough, as refusing to train with weights, particularly heavy weights that challenge you keeps many of us weak, prone to injury and keeps our bones brittle. I let go of this myth 2 years ago. In 2012, two of my female relatives (who are skinnier and therefore assumed to be healthier than me) seriously injured themselves doing basic household tasks and had to go under the knife in order to repair their injuries. I have never had a serious injury. I was, however, diagnosed with plantar fasciitis (an inflammation of the tendons in my foot) in early 2013. This was caused by my brief relationship with Cross Fit…which I did in the fall of 2012 because I had heard that it would result in massive fat loss. Sigh. Live and learn… Thanks to orthopedic shoe inserts, stretching, good nutrition and supplementation, that injury is almost completely healed. I believe that my ability to avoid injury (particularly back injuries) is due to the fact that I do some sort of resistance training three times a week. Also, because resistance training is a no-impact workout, minor injuries seldom prevent me from continuing it, unlike other forms of exercise where your entire fitness regimen has to be put on hold even for a minor injury.

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NorCal Is Really Beautiful

I was in Moss Beach about a year ago at a restaurant that my husband and I really love—the Moss Beach Distillery. They have great fish and chips…and crab cakes! This is the view from the parking lot. Northern California is beautiful. It’s a really nice place to live and I feel lucky to be here…