Oh i thought that book was simply recipes, i might have to check it out! thanks for the suggestion.
I try to work in a variety of everyday weighted movements. It can be a little more difficult as a female because the few heavy things that i come into contact with, someone usually insists on carrying it for me. Of course i appreciate the thought, but it gets annoying when I say "no thanks i can get it" and they don't listen. Occasionally i get to carrying garden supply bags (peat moss or wood chips), which, if the chips are wet, are right at that perfect weight to challenge me a little. Then of course there's playing with the kids; throwing them on the bed, carrying them on my back or shoulders, biking with two kids in the trailer, "jump hugs," that sort of thing. I've restarted some body weight exercises: pushups, squats, situps*. When my reps get higher (past 10 for pushups, and past 20 for squats) I'll add weights. I try to do the body weight exercises not to failure so that i can do them everyday instead of dealing with a long recovery.
WRT gym, i think i'll just have to befriend someone who knows their way around, and start working out together.
*I know situps have fallen out of vogue, but my upper body is so weak that my core doesn't get enough reps to be challenged by the other body weight exercises.