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Change in exercise routine

Friday, September 17, 2010

I woke up this morning after a full night's rest with an exercise routine change on my mind. Did my usual stretch but this time added my toe stretch - drawing out the alphabet with my toes. I'm back running and this is a good exercise for sore shins.

I decided to do the Fit TV exercise which I occasionally use but not that often because of the commercials. I knew Gilad's Bodies in Motion comes on at 6 a.m. so I decided to do that with the 30 minutes before I started work.

It was a special treat on Gilad's this morning, Jack Lalanne was a guest. He gave us a short workout: bend over and touch the floor, legs straight. Try it. With your legs straight. Wow moment! What a stretch!
Then he says lay down on your back, then stand up to your feet. Repeat. Now get up with no hands. Repeat. Repeat. From laying on your back to getting up to your feet using no hands. Try it! Ten times! Another wow moment for me. Did you try it?
I am so glad I made the decision to vary my exercise some more. I'm in a running group, we run 3x a week.
Other days I go to the gym and use the elliptical
and do my strength exercises.
Or I just walk on the treadmill. emoticon
I've been somewhat lacking in aerobics but my new goal is to get at least 30 minutes of just aerobics every day.
This is a great time to change. With the days getting shorter and the weather changing I will be spending less time outdoors. And I've been saving my loose change for a Wii so I'll be all ready for that when I get it.
Ok, I'm not so busy at work so I'll try to do those exercises from this morning one more time - also need to do some pushups.
Have a great weekend!

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PLAYBLUES22 9/17/2010 1:46PM

    Sweetie, I love Jack LaLaine and I do him quite often off the computer, they still show his program, he has a 8 week program if I am not mistaken, check it out it is a great way to jump start your exercises if you are just starting emoticon

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IUHRYTR 9/17/2010 12:27PM

    Love the excitement in your attitude. Keep up the good effort. -- Lou

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TAYLORLIV31 9/17/2010 12:11PM

    I hope your exercise motivates me to get off the bench. Since the weather changed, I'm sore all over. Getting old sucks!

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BABY_GIRL69 9/17/2010 12:01PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI rape the fitness shows from FitTv that way I can fast forward through commercials. I love FitTv! God bless & TGIF! emoticon Dee

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My week (or two) in review!

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Hi SparkPeople. I got my laptop back from service yesterday, back to Sparking now. Just want to give a few updates.

I mentioned in a previous blog I was tired of my doctor always trying to sell me something. Well, I got another doctor that I'm happy with now. I also have a feeling when I take my labs my medication will be decreased.

As far as my grape harvest, I gave as many grapes away as I could during our birthday cookout. I was still left with quite a few that I contemplated over what to do with. I even brought a couple packs of fruit pectin for making jam. In the end, I decided to just mash, cook and strain the grapes and make grape juice. I made such a mess too! It all takes a lot of time but now I at least know what to expect as far as cooking and straining if I decide to make jelly next year. I also know how to not get juice all over my stove and floor like I did this time!

On another note, I started with a 5K/10K training team at my gym last week. I previously dropped out of C25K when one of my legs started hurting really bad. This time I decided to get checked out before I started by talking it over with my physician and a podiatrist. I got the go-ahead so I joined the team to be part of a group and to get advice from a running professional. I never stopped running but the route we take in this team takes me on hills, something I've always avoided. Now, I'm glad I'm training on hills because I know eventually I will have to face them in races. We meet 3 times a week and our next meeting this Tuesday is with a an actual 5K race which I plan on finishing. We jogged almost 2.5 miles when we met 7 a.m. this morning, I don't think I've ever sweated so much, but I felt so accomplished at the same time!

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CBARRETT10 9/8/2010 10:34PM

  Happy you found a doctor you like. Glad you're back to training for the 5K/10K! Happy Sparking! emoticon emoticon

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THEQUEENBEE333 9/7/2010 8:58AM

    GREAT JOB on the running and everything else. Grape juice sounds yummy, but I would make a huge mess too I am sure. Have an awesome week!

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JONNYJETPROP 9/6/2010 1:14AM

    All health care professionals aren't created equal. Glad to hear you shopped around. Good luck with the running program.

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BABY_GIRL69 9/5/2010 10:38PM

    I too am glad you found a doctor you like. Its hard to find one & which you mesh so well with. I wish I lived closer I would've love to get some of the grapes from you. I remember eating them from the vine at my step mothers house they were so good!

God bless & I'm glad you are back sparkin!


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IUHRYTR 9/5/2010 5:40PM

    Good for you finding a more compatible doctor and for your bountiful grape harvest and training. You've been busy. emoticon -- Lou

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Thanks for the birthday wishes!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Just a quick note to thank all my SparkFriends for blowing up my page with birthday wishes! You guys are the greatest! We are working a cookout for my birthday and my DH birthday, mine today and his tomorrow! Good fooods!

Hugs to you all!

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TEENY_BIKINI 9/1/2010 12:32PM

    Happy Belated, gorgeous.


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THEQUEENBEE333 8/23/2010 9:28AM

    Happy Belated B-day - sorry I missed it! Have a great week! One thing about getting older, we certainly are wiser...! B

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SHAKENMA 8/21/2010 9:14PM

    Happy Birthday!!

(((Sending SKINNY Vibes)))

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 8/21/2010 6:58PM

    Woot! Sorry I missed the boat on this one... happy belated!!

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FERGSGIRL2 8/21/2010 5:59PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND ENJOY THE ENTIRE WEEKEND, HEY JUST CELEBRATE THE REST OF THE MONTH! YOU DESERVE IT! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EPIPHANYANGEL 8/21/2010 5:26PM

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IUHRYTR 8/21/2010 2:17PM

    emoticon Thanks for allowing us to share your special day. Hope it is a terrific one. emoticon -- Lou

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PLAYBLUES22 8/21/2010 1:44PM

    Hoping that you and your Husband have a smashing good time

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CAROLJ35 8/21/2010 11:54AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO BOTH OF YOU!!!

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My grape harvest

Monday, August 09, 2010

Finally got a chance to harvest those grapes so you don't have to look at them anymore!

Took off work early just to pick them since it was a little cool. Here is how they looked on the vine.

I had to stop halfway because after it rained a little, it got very hot and sunny outside. Here is only half the harvest.

Now to figure out what I'm going to do with them.......

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LIGHTHOUSE23 8/23/2010 10:14PM

    I love grapes...purchase them every week! Your grapes look delicious! Enjoy!! emoticon

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-PAULA 8/22/2010 7:41PM

    Still working on grapes. I was able to give lots to my guests at the birthday party. Not very many left. Plan to preserve those on my day off tomorrow.

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CAROLJ35 8/21/2010 12:01PM

What did you do with them? My mother used to pack a quart jar with grapes, add some sugar, heat and seal and that was a winter night's treat for us. She opened the jar and put the grapes through a colander to make grape juice, added ginger ale, and we enjoyed the special treat.
Of course, some grapes made their way to grape jelly, too.

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LEROYJL 8/17/2010 10:49PM

  THE emoticon LOOK DELICIOUS111 emoticon emoticon emoticon

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-PAULA 8/11/2010 6:31AM

    Thanks, I've finished my harvest working with DH until dark last night. Now it's time to pick and clean, after work.

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NYARAMULA 8/11/2010 1:39AM

    Wow, those look lovely. I wish you could send some my way, I love grapes. Enjoy them my dear.

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CAROKNITS 8/10/2010 3:17PM

    Yum! Frozen grape snacks? Raisins? Grape juice? (Had some of that on vacation. Fresh stuff ... mmm) Grape Jelly? Grape roll-ups? Freeze them for tossing into smoothies?

And you have your own fresh grape leaves for middle eastern dishes, too!

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TAYLORLIV31 8/9/2010 8:41PM

    My Mom and great Aunt use to make wine and grape jelly. Thw wine is a long process and you have to have the temperature right to store it. The jelly is just a matter of boiling water and adding the pectin and maybe a pinch of sugar depending on the sweetness. I'm going to look for a recipe for you.

I'm excited and not even there..........Girl, this could be the start of a new business for you.

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THEQUEENBEE333 8/9/2010 8:11PM

    Grapes... that is a lot! Enjoy and share! Or Freeze!

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MACKEYW 8/9/2010 8:03PM

    wow, to be able to grow your own grapes. Marvelous

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REDHATLADY9 8/9/2010 7:52PM

    send to me I love grapes I always freeze mines before I eat them.

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IUHRYTR 8/9/2010 6:59PM

    Juicy looking grapes. Guess we know what you'll be eating for a while. emoticon -- Lou

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CJKOMODO 8/9/2010 6:52PM

    Those look yummy!

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POPOF4 8/9/2010 6:51PM

    Thhose look great. The squirels ate my corn while I was out of town! I'm so mad! But I still got plenty of other stuff!

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-PAULA 8/9/2010 5:50PM

    emoticon You pick!

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CBARRETT10 8/9/2010 5:38PM

  I'll take 1 lb. emoticon

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LETTUCELUCE 8/9/2010 5:18PM

  wow, those look delicious :)  emoticon

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The triathletes blocked my path!

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Saturday I went to the trail for a morning run. I set my Nike + iPod to 5 miles because that's my goal on my days off. On days I work I go to the gym and walk the treadmill because it's too hot in the afternoons to run outside. I rarely run on the treadmill though because I just prefer the outside. emoticon

As I drove closer to the trail I figured there must be an activity because there were police cars on ever corner near the lake. I decided to go to the trail anyway and see what was going on.

Nothing was going on when I parked a little before 8 so I got out and began a warmup brisk walk. Then I notice a biker fly by on the street above where I had parked, then another, then another. They had on race numbers. Oh, a bike race, I thought. emoticon

I kept walking and my pace grew. I noticed arrows drawn on the trail. Then I noticed the arrows pointed off the trail. I'm good. They are not coming this way.

Up ahead I noticed a lot of activities, tents, vans, spectators. There were the walkers, runners, bikers on the trail, none with numbers, just the usual Saturday morning athletes, so I kept going.

As I approached the middle of the activities, I saw no runners or bikers with numbers racing around so I felt I could get through the crowd before they arrived. Then, I noticed a line of people coming out of the water. OMG, I'm in the middle of a triathlon; and the swimmers are crossing my path. The nerve of them!! Ha ha.

I had already started slowing as I approached the crowd, but now I had to really slow down. I could have passed through because at that time the last of the slower ones were coming out the water and crossing the trail not in a line, but every 5-10 seconds. I wasn't about to break through although some people did. That would just have been rude of me. What I did was become part of the cheering crowd. The slower ones really needed that. emoticon

It was an amazing site. I had never witnessed a triathlon but had just read about one in a running magazine about a week ago. The article had illustrated what to expect and the complete trail. What I thought was everyone starting at the same time doing the same thing, not one group biking, and another group swimming, and maybe another group running all at the same start time.

I didn't stay long because DH was waiting for me to take a road trip. I was, however, fascinated with what I did see. Could that be me one day? If not, it was just great to be a part of the excitement!

I forgot to stop my recording on my iPod and ended up with about 1.5 miles anyway. Got my walk on and witnessed a triathlon!

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LILPAT3 8/21/2010 8:56AM

    Doing a triathlon could definitely be you someday. It is a bug that bites and being in one with lots of people cheering.....you feel like on Olympian! Thanks for cheering, and think about becoming a triathlete...one of the few and proud! emoticon

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NYARAMULA 8/11/2010 1:44AM

    That will definitely be you some day - very soon perhaps. I am glad you found motivation in that, and even got to be someone's cheerleader. That's the Spark way!

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CWYNN01 8/9/2010 6:20PM

    emoticon Sounds great, I am sure one day you just might be in your own triathlon!! I am happy you were able to get in 1.5 miles!!

Keep up the great work!

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CBARRETT10 8/8/2010 8:40PM

  And you still got in 1.5 miles! emoticon emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 8/8/2010 8:10PM

    What a wonderful way to find motivation. . . Its everywhere . . .God bless & thanks for sharing! Dee

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SPARKLE1908 8/8/2010 6:40PM

    That's very cool!!!!!

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MACKEYW 8/8/2010 2:45PM

    great motivating experience. And Yes it could be you one day if you want it :-)

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PLAYBLUES22 8/8/2010 1:53PM

    Nice job Sweetie emoticon

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 8/8/2010 12:35PM

    Triatheletes and marathoners are awe-inspiring... but that's where it stops for me! I don't want to spend 6 hours working out :) It CAN be you one day if you want that!

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THEQUEENBEE333 8/8/2010 12:20PM

    Thanks for sharing! Have an awesome Sunday! Plan for a triathelon and do it... I am a poor swimmer, so couldnt do that - but I will stick to my plan of 5 Ks this year. The Breast Cancer 5K is coming in October here... I walked last year and this year would like to at least jog some of it... my MIL does it w/me and she has had foot problems... so we will have to see. Have a great week!

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EILEENV3 8/8/2010 11:58AM

    I lived in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii for seven years. One of the treats of my year was being at the finish of the Ironman Triathlon. The first year I went down, I worked near the finish and got done with work around 9:30pm. I walked down to the finish to cheer on the final triathletes. I stayed until after midnight when the event was over. It got to be an annual ritual for me. A couple of years I got a chance to volunteer on the course. That was earlier in the day. I still came back to be at the finish for the last few hours.

The people coming in at the end were not the professionals. The pros usually got done around 3pm. Everyone started their race at 7am. By 7pm and later, they had been at for over 12 hours. They all had a lot of heart. They had to to do what they did.

I loved the way the announcer would greet each person as they approached the finish with their name, where they were from, sometimes age, and maybe more personal information. They were all welcomed with cheers and encouragements from the crowds.

Some of the triathletes were in their 70's; some had disabilities; some were crawling at the end; and all were inspirational.

It's an experiecne I treasure.

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JUDITHANNIE 8/8/2010 11:48AM

    WOW that was so cool, enjoy your road trip

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IUHRYTR 8/8/2010 11:31AM

    Good for you. Exercise and cheers. emoticon -- Lou

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