Thursday, September 23, 2010
I've discovered the Fountain of Youth and you don't drink it - you SWIM in it!
Some of you remember all the pain problems I've had for years and then the discovery that I need a hip replacement. Before all that, walking was my PASSION! Joe and I used to take a one hour, 4 mile walk, in a very hilly area, every day after work. I loved it! And I have missed it, terribly, these past years. Iím very envious of all of you who can walk for and hour or more every day. Iím green with envy, in fact!
Since September 1st, though, I have really been enjoying exercise again. I meet a friend at the local heated pool and we have a good time laughing and yakking, lol. Not sure how many calories that burns! However, we are also in constant motion the entire 90 minutes - treading water, swimming, jogging, walking in chest deep water, etc.
I have to stop now and then because I'm breathing too hard to talk, lol. Can't have that. So I'm getting my heart rate up, for sure. It's been a long time since I've done anything that could be called exercise for 90 minutes straight! My body has missed it!
The first two weeks I was tired! Now I'm just invigorated and planning on increasing it to three days a week in October. I feel really good, which is not something I've said much since I had a bad flare up with my right hip.
Anyway, I haven't had any pain. NONE. I'm walking good, moving good. You can't tell I was in pain for 8 years. Miracles do happen.
I wanted to share this with you because even though Iíd always heard about water exercise being so good for you, and I had tried it on my own for 30 minute sessions, I could never join the water aerobics classes because I would always end up hurting myself.
Fear of pain is a strong deterrent.
My chiropractor told me to go to my local Boys and Girls Club. They have an Adult Swim session for three hours every day, heated pool, Mon - Fri. I would never have thought of looking at a youth club for exercise for people over 50.
One hour is a water aerobics class, but the other two hours are ďfree swimĒ, adults over 50 ONLY. Check in your area. Swimming year round is something most of us canít manage without a gym membership, but this is a pay-as-you-go ($3 per session) arrangement.
I would NEVER have believed how much GOOD this has done for me since September 1st. Instead of doing exercises with a leader and getting into moves I shouldn't make with my body, we just do what feels right for us at the time. The key is finding a buddy who promises to be there, too. No backing out. No excuses. And I certainly stay in the water 3 times as long when Iím having fun with a friend.
I hope you try year round water exercise if you are inhibited from weight bearing exercise for any reason. It is the best thing Iíve done since I began dealing with pain!
If it's the Journey that counts, this is IT!
PS - People come to this pool who are very obese. People come in walkers, wheelchairs and on crutches. Once the get in the water, a miracle happens! They are youthful, graceful, and no one sees them as disabled. A beautiful experience.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
My WayCool son became a dad 11 yrs ago. This YouTube video could have been written for him. In fact, it could have been written BY him, lol.
He swore he'd never drive a mini-van; have a car full of dolls and snuggies, wear a grill apron, etc. etc. Watch the video for all the things he swore he'd never do, never become.
He has two daughters, three dogs and a cat, all living inside, lol. Inside the mini-van too, quite often. (My wonderful DIL is included, of course.) Their vacations make a Chevy Chase road trip seem mundane, lol.
He does all those things now AND reads bedtime stories, takes the dog out and picks up poop, has frilly girly things in his bathroom, wears the dockers and the bermudas, etc. etc.
I know for a fact that now he wouldn't trade it for the world.
I'm pretty sure lots of you will see YOUR man in The Dad Life.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Here's a great link to help you enjoy eating out without blowing your diet.
You can search by restaurant OR enter you zip code.
You are given a healthy menu item for each place, and usually more than one healthy option is available.
We need all the help we can get, yes?
Monday, August 02, 2010
I came home with a new chair instead.
Lowes was out of birdbaths! So, sweet Joe catered to my whim to stop by a furniture store. I'd been look for a new comfy but firm chair for my living room for quite a while. Suddenly, there was one sitting on display that looked like it was designed for my living room.
We were in Joe's truck so we just loaded it up and in ten minutes it was in my house.
Now over the past years, I've bought several kitty beds for Rosie. You know the soft, cushy, plush things they make for cats. Those beds belong to various friends and relatives now and their cats love them.
Rosie, on the other hand, couldn't seem to even SEE them. They just weren't on her radar. She walked right by them, over them, around them. Never even put one delicate little paw in them.
The instant this chair was in the room, however, she was creeping up on it. (This is how we approach new items, just to be sure they aren't some monster in disguise.) The next thing I knew, she was IN it. And IN it she stayed. I didn't get to sit in it at all the first day.
She never gets on my recliner or my sofa. She's just not a cat that likes furniture. But I guess she's been wanting a high-end bed, lol, and this chair fit the bill.
Yep! This will do.
Purrfect place for a mid-day nap!
This wing chair is actually a high leg recliner. When you lean back a leg rest pops up.
The one time I was in the chair, with my feet propped up, Rosie came and took over the footrest. She's bigger than it is, and I dearly wish I'd had the camera in hand when she got up there. Let's just say there was quite a bit of Rosie hanging over the edges, but she didn't seem to mind at all.
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