Thursday, May 28, 2009
Oh God!! Is it only Day 5?? It seems like months that I have been doing this boot camp. Heather, the leader, is NOT my friend. Today she had me on the floor, promising that it would "be an easier day because we are working with only our bodies and the mat". Well, I already have the more than ample body, I have a floor and I have a mat, which I don't get out because that means I would have to get up off the floor again, an then back down. I will just use my carpet. We begin with doing some bridging,.....I remember how to do those, but then she starts getting sneaky on me by saying we will now do bridging with one leg at a time, holding the other one up in the air.................this woman has no mercy. While I have one leg in the air, and am doing the bridging moves, I get cramps in the back of my legs. ARRRgh!! She happily keeps chatting while I am in serious medical shape. My legs are cramping, I am trying to massage the cramps away while trying to keep up with her inane counting. Ha. Finally she says to switch legs. Cramped Leg goes on the floor to rest. Raise up on left leg, stick right leg in the air (so much for resting it) and start pumping all over again. Now left leg is cramping. I mean, my legs are seriously rebelling at this. And all the while, Heather continues to blather on about how well I am doing, and how good this feels. If I make it up off the floor, I am going to reach in to my computer and choke her. Oh. Okay. She has called off the bridging stuff. Perhaps she will live after all. We do some "inner thigh" work, and I don't think my thighs participated. I mean, I wasn't in absolute agony, which makes me suspect I am not doing Heather's punishment correct. But I stay down for the count, whirling my legs in the air like a blimp with appendages flying around. Finally, the whirling stops, Heather bids a cheery good bye (I don't smile back at her) and I am on my way. Darling Husband (otherwise known as "He who thinks he must be obeyed) decides to give Winsten, our 90 pound Golden Retriever who rolled in the neighbor's horse poop yesterday) a shower. Ok. So I am to run to the bathroom when the whistle blows, signifying that the shower is over, and it is now time to dry Winsten. That sounds so pleasant and easy, doesn't it. Well, if you have, or ever have had, a Golden Retriever, you know better. Winsten leaps out of the shower, shakes all over and throws himself down on the floor so he can roll around and get everything as wet as he is. Including me. I am holding the hair dryer and wondering if I will be electrocuted while the dog is going spastic. He finally exhausts himself, DH and me, and decdes to lie down quietly and allow me to blow dry all his flying hair. Golden Retirievers do not shed their hair, they let it fly all over the place. So there I am, kneeling on the wet bathroom carpet, hair dyrer in hand and aiming it at a bezerk dog, and DH is telling me that I am not doing it right. I let him know that his demise is imminent unless he gets out of the bathroom, which he does in a hurry. He knows "The LOOK" after all these years of marriage. I wonder while I am drying and brushing Winsten if this counts as exercise points. Winsten is finally dry, all his towels and bedding are in the washer, and I come in to do the rowing machine for 11 minutes. I put on some great blues jazz, and row row row, way up the river..............oh, that's right. That's the words of an old song. Back to my day. I finish up the rowing, try to put the correct time points in the correct spot (they don't have my kind of rower listed) and realize I am not getting accredited the amount of points I think I deserve. But then I catch myself, and remember that I am not doing this for the points (well, not ONLY the points!), but I am also doing this so Bossy Daughter can go on my page and see that I am being a good little mommy and don't need a lecture. Actually, she gives me all kinds of encouraging words, and even sends me cyber gifts. But I dare not quit the program. THAT is not allowed in her rule book. So now I shall take my quivering body that feels quite abused after all this, and I am going to eat cantaloupe. I will think about the chocolate later.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Okay. So I did Boot Camp Day Four, and felt pretty full of myself. I mean, this one seemed easy! Then I decided I would do the 15 minute office video. Uh, shouldn't this one be easy peasy? Well, I must admit that it actually was pretty easy for the post part. I think I am getting a better grip on my balance already! I am beginning to suspect that the girl leading the workouts just might be a human after all. She wasn't nearly as daunting today as the previous days. I do think, though, that next time I need to have some loose pants on so I can do those lifty things better. Today I got out my size 12 stretch capris, got them up and half zipped before I had to lay down on the bed to get them buttoned and finish zipped. I kept them on all day, and I don't think they stretched much. But at least I wore them. Of course, I put on my favorite Walt Disney long blouse over them so the fat roll above the waist of the jeans wouldn't show so much. Off to quilt club I went, feeling pretty good. My attitude is changing with all this exercise; I am getting happier and much more cheerful. I think I am able to think better, too. I will now get in to my "soft clothes" and give my butt and belly a break and let them just hang out. That is my reward for the day.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Okay. I got through Boot Camp Day 3, and like the others, it was good. My body feels like there is a fresh breeze flowing through it. I also did exercises with the big ball and 5 pound weights. That was pretty easy. Now my arms feel like quivering masses of jello, but I do think I might have burst one or two of the "cottage cheese" bumps in them. I wonder: Do quivering arms count as an exercise?? Then we got into these lunge things. It all went downhill from there. I still don't believe the so-in-shape coordinated person on the video is real. I mean, how can she move like that, all fluid and everything? She makes it look so easy. I am the frog in the blender. But I don't give up. Oh no. Bossy Daughter would find out if I quit, and that would not be a good thing! Speaking of Bossy Daughter, she has already let me know that she did 25 minutes of vigorous exercise, and is now planning the raised vegetable beds. I am sure she will get her wonderful husband (who basically approves of everything I do!) to help her build it, but knowing her, she will be definitely in the middle of the process. I mean, this is a woman with three teenagers in the house! How she finds time to do everything she does, PLUS exercise, is beyond me. Last week she lost 4 pounds. That sounds to me like "what an order! I can't go through with it"!! But I weigh in again on the 30th, so we will see. Actually, while I grump and groan, I really am enjoying this. My body already seems to be responding to the workouts and careful eating. I am thinking "contour". I did get the quilt finished yesterday, and am sending it off to Bountiful Utah today. Then I will work on finishing up the quilts for our local quilt show. I best get off the computer if I want to accomplish anything. Huffing and puffing, away I go!
Monday, May 25, 2009
I haven't figured out how to use this site very well yet, but am doing a lot of trolling to find out. Like how do I know my fitness workouts are getting accredited to me?! Today was CARDIO BOOT CAMP TWO. Again, the lady in the video makes things look so easy...........I am sure she is not real, but a computer generated person. I get my ball against the wall, and then I am supposed to do these squat like things. Okay. I am doing pretty well, but then she decides to have me do one leg at a time. Sure. I try this, and then realize I have forgotten how to lift one leg and hold it up. I mean, I couldn't figure out how to hold that stupid leg up for the life of me! By the time I figured that one out, here she comes again, only now I have to remember how to do the other leg! I do a bit better this time, and am relieved when she says "now we are going to ......" and I do stretches and squats and all kinds of neat-o movements with the big ball. Only then do I realize I was supposed to have my weights in my hands during all this! They sit there on the floor, looking out the window, ignoring me. I finish doing the exercises without them, but then decide I will try some body strengthening. So up from the floor come the dumbells, and one exercise leads to another. I also put down the 5 pound dumbells and pick up the three pound balls. I do some lateral pick up thingy, but it does feel good. I only do 15 though, because I am just beginning to get back into shape. After I get all confused with how to get these workouts added to my daily points (I still don't think I was successful doing THAT), I do the recommended stretches. Even though my ego doesn't want me to admit this, I really liked doing this for myself. Of course, I noticed Bossy Daughter has a whole ton more points than I do, and I am sure she is going to check to see if I did the program today. HA! I beat her to it!! I did get a wonderful email today from a lady in Utah about a kid with cancer who needs a quilt! Now that always makes my day! Not that the kid has cancer; it is just that I get to make another quilt for a wonderful kid who needs love and prayers. Please! If you know of any kid between 6-18 with cancer, get the contact information to me, and into the sewing room I will go, and not stop until the quilt is ready for shipment. Oh, yeah. I also did some gardening yesterday until my wonderful friend, Sylvia came over and rescued me. I forgot to enter that little activity, too. Also, yesterday I kept at the low end of my allotted calorie count. Good on ME! Actually, this is fun.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
So today I had one cup cheerios, one cup 2% milk and .5 oz raisins for breakfast. All nice and tidy. Then I did the Video One of Boot Camp; a ten minute cardio workout. I didn't realize how clumsy I have gotten until I tried to do those exercises! My body was moving, but not the way the girl in the video showed how it was supposed to be! I probably looked like an engineer dancing. But I stuck with it, and afterwards felt happier and fresher. My body liked doing that little bit, and my mind likes the idea that I am in a solution mode again. It really helps to have my bossy daughter doing this, too. When she gets it in her head that I need to do something, she doesn't let up. So, if I can't find any other motivation to do this on a daily basis, I can always call her and she will get me guilted into doing it. What a terrific kid!
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