Saturday, March 06, 2010
I have to admit it. I don't like to, but I must. Darcey and team were right. I DO need strength training.
There, I said it. Do I feel better for saying it?
We are on "this strength training thing" challenge for a month. I hate strength training. It's just not jazzy enough for me.
But, being the competitive person I am, I signed up.
It seems like Darcey, Shirley and I have this thing about being a tirage team. It all started with the walking challenge last September.
We were challenged then to walk one mile a day. It was a real challenge at the beginning, but then became more and more fun, and more and more easy to speed up my timing.
I liked it, and continued on with it ever since.
Not one mile; but the walking. Some days it is only one mile, but that is rare. Most of the time it is over 2, and once in a while, 5 miles at one time.
I don't count the steps or other walks during the day; just the ones where I go out with Winsten for "Our Walk". All the other steps, while not logged, count for themselves.
This led to me making a personal challenge to walk 700 miles in 2010.
Ok, ok, I admit I wrote that one down in a moment of insanity.
But actually, I am keeping myself aware of it, and making good progress.
To date this year, I have logged in 138.57 miles, leaving me with only 561.43 to go. If I average 62.38 miles per month, I should have no problem.
Don't ask me what that .57 is all about; I don't know. But I will take it anyway. I have no idea as to how one can walk .57 miles, but that is what the pedometer read, so there it is.
Today's walk revealed beautiful, warm sunshine, chickadees, crows, quarreling blue jays, singing chubby robins and lots of LBBs. It was a real Spring Welcoming Day.
So back to "this strength training thing". I did Day 6 before I went out for our walk. I did Upward Dog and Wall Push-ups. I did my stretching after that. Day 6 accomplished and finished.
But here is where the rub is. It is only Day 6, and my body feels PAIN all over the place.
My abdomen hurts, my uppper arms are screaming at me, my thighs are stretched beyond reasonable limits, my butt is sore.
My shoulders ache, my forearms are weeping.
My calves are threatening to abandon ship.
Even my rib cage is groveling for relief from that Standing Side Bend with Towel thing.
All in six short days. Actually, six excruiciating days. And it is all from "that strenth training thing" that I did NOT like doing.
BUT, being the dutiful child I am..............(only rarely; the truth is that I am a competitive BEAST)....I do the strength training.
Every day, for six days, I have done the strength training. Most of the days I have done more than one, and on the strength training days from Spark I do a whole workout.
Hence, the pain. And aches. And moans and groans.
I would love to be able to just walk and do nothing else.
But I hit a plateau 2 months ago, and no matter how much walking I did, the scale just wouldn't budge.
Well, maybe it kind of sorta coulda been from the Oreos I was stuffing down my gullet too.
But today, guess what. I put my pitiful body on the scale, and am down 1/2 pound. Inches are gone, too.
The Plateau has been broken! And I only walked a bit over 13 miles this week.
What's changed? My aching body has trimmed up.
Yes, there it is. The only difference I made in my lifestyle this past week was the strenght training thing.
That must be it. Much as I hate to admit it, I am impressed with such a rapid change in such a short time.
So after getting on the scale and dropping the measuring tape, I am fit and trim for the day.
Or at least MORE fit and trim than I was a week ago.
And don't even THINK about asking me if I now like this strength training thing. Don't go there with me!
Just be satisfied that I will do it..................for at least THIS month.
Thanks A LOT, Team!
Friday, March 05, 2010
I used to pride myself with having unshakeable Faith.
I believed it was enough.
Sometimes life gives me things that I just can't carry alone. That's why God gave us friends.
Friends can help lighten the load immensley, and I have some great ones for that.
They frequently strengthen my FAITH, but my TRUST is another story!
Let me explain this by telling you a story.
A long time ago, I went to the Circus. I sat there, watching all the wonderful circus acts, the elephants, horses and dogs do their tricks. I ate peanuts and had cotton candy.
Then I saw the men putting up a very high wire across the entire three rings. " Yipes! What are they going to do with THAT" I wondered.
Then they announced that there would be a man who was going to walk across that high wire. Unbelieveable, scary and awesome!
I had a vacant seat next to me, and I could hardly keep breathing because of the thought of someone going across that wire, when a man came and sat beside me.
We introduced ourselves, and he told me he was GOD. Oh MY!
While we happily shared my caramel corn, He told me He was thinking about going across that high wire, and did I believe He could?
"Of COURSE you can!" I replied. "Your'e God, and You can do anything!"
"DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT?" He asked.
Yes, of course I believe it.
"HMMMMMMM, I HAVE NEVER DONE ANYTHING LIKE THAT BEFORE. ARE YOU SURE I CAN DO IT?"
"WELL, AS LONG AS YOU HAVE FAITH THAT I CAN DO IT, I'M GOING TO "UP THE ANTE' AND PUSH A WHEELBARROW ACROSS WITH ME. THINK I CAN DO THAT?"
"Well............okay, I guess you can. I mean you are GOD afterall, and GOD can do ANYTHING!"
"SO YOU HAVE FAITH IN ME?"
"Absolutely, Positively, I have FAITH in YOU!"
"I HAVE BEEN DOING SOME MORE THINKING, AND I THINK I WILL REMOVE THE SAFETY NET BEFORE I PUSH THAT WHEELBARROW ALONG THAT HIGH WIRE. THINK I CAN DO THAT?"
Getting a little annoyed at all these questions, I snapped out my reply of
"YES. I have Faith in you doing whatever it is you want to do!"
"OKAY, THEN GET IN THE WHEELBARROW AND GO WITH ME!"
Like I said.........Faith isn't the whole answer. TRUST must accompany it
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Today I really, seriously did NOT feel like doing any kind of workout. I mean, I really, REALLY d;id not feel like it.
I sat at my computer doing mindless stuff for over an hour.
Got nothing accomplished except playing the make a sentence game and posting on a few blogs.
Read emails that I was not interested in.
Then I went back to Spark, and took a SNEAK at my teams.
There you were, Port Angeles Surrounding Area Team Challenges. YUCK!
I clicked on it, and sure enough, there were my teammates, showing that THEY did their workouts, but didn't mention if they WANTED to do them or not.
There was Darcey's (one of the fearless team leaders) face with her racquet ball glasses on.
ALRIGHT ALREADY!!! BUT I am NOT going to do a whole lot! I will start with Oldies But Goodies music and the rowing machine.
15 minutes later (I was only planning on 5 minutes), I get off the rower, and there is this great jogging music next. Ok. I will just see if I even CAN jog for one minute. 5 minutes later, and much to my amazement, I was JOGGING! 3/4 mile in 5 minutes!!!
You have no idea as to how many years it has been since I could jog!
So I put in 2 more miles, walking and jogging.
Then I stretch.
OOOPS! Forgot to do strength training!
SKATER SQUATS!!! Haven't done them before. Ok. Not REAL bad, and I was capable of actually doing 30 of them!
"This Spark Thing", as I call it, really does mess up my plans to be a lazy do nothing person.
Once again, I am reminded that I don't HAVE to FEEL like it to just DO it.
I mean, if Darcey, Shirley and the rest of my very favorite team is doing it, then I can jolly well join in the fun.
It's GREAT to have a team pushing us on!
this afternoon DH and I are going over to the college to listen to Dr. Jim Fisher give a lecture on, of all things, VAMPIRES. Jim and his wife Ann Elizabeth are close friends, and I am sure we will enjoy this. Jim was inspired to do so by his 13 yr. old granddaughter who is a big fan of Twilight. And, since we live very close to Forks (the stories all take place there), we ought to learn more about those vampires!
The campus is pretty spread out, so I will be getting in more walking.
Okay, off to the shower, while listening to The Tokens singing "The Lion Sleeps Tonight".
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
We must let go of the shore
To my fellow swimmers:
here is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift,
that there are those who will be afraid,
who will try to hold on to the shore,
they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.
Know that the river has its destination.
The elders say we must let go of the shore,
push off into the middle of the river,
and keep our heads above water.
And I say see who is there with you and celebrate.
At this time in history we are to take nothing personally,
least of all ourselves, for the moment we do,
our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt.
The time of the lone wolf is over.
Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary.
All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration.
For we are the ones we have been waiting for.
- Hopi Proverb
Tuesday, March 02, 2010
DH and I attended an hour long "seminar" on reverse mortgages today, held at one of our local restaurants. Following the seminar, we were fed dinner.
He and I chose the Prime Rib, expecting it to be a small one, you know, the size you can expect from a "freebie". Wrong! It was a regular size Paradise restaurant Prime Rib Dinner. It had rolls, salad, HUGE pieces of perfectly cooked prime rib, au jus, horseradish sauce, baked potatoe (with sour cream already on it) and fresh vegetables cooked al dente. A truly fabulous meal, and we each left the potato but brought home the veggies and half our meat for another meal. Truly very good!
Now about this reverse mortgage thing. If you get invited to one of these talks at a restaurant, I encourage you to go. You only have to sit and listen for an hour, then you get your meal. Worth the one hour lecture time.
You know that saying "If it's too good to be true, it usually is"? Well, that's what this reverse mortgage game is.
Here's the low-down on it, short and sweet.
1. YOU don't decide how much to pull out of your house; the GOVERNMENT does. It is usually at least 50% of your home value.
2. YOU get to pay approximately $12,000 for the appraisal of your house, incuding the normal loan fees at either a fixed loan rate or an adjustable.
3. If your spouse is under 62, his or her name cannot be put on the new mortgage deed.
4. You have a lot of choices as to how you want your money, sure, but remember, THEY decide how much you get.
So if you own a house with an assessed value of, say $100,000, they will give you $50,000 or there abouts. BUT! If you only want to pull out enough to pay off $15,000 worth of bills, too bad about YOU.
5. I couldn't get a straight answer as to whether Freddy Mack, Fanny Mae or the new gimmick under the name of Jennie May would actually be holding my property deed.
Nor could I get a straight answer as to which COUNTRY my deed would be sold to.
6. It was overheard that you can't have more than $2000 in a bank account as well. So, if you get a social security payment or earn money more than 2000 per month, you're screwed.
My advice? If you're 80, want to go on a world cruise and leave nobody anything, go for it. You don't have that much longer to go anyway, so you don't have to even care about their interest, who now owns your soul, and quite a bit of other red tape.
BUT if you are much younger (yet still over 62), think long and hard about it.
If it sounds too good to be true.......................get the free dinner and don't sign on any dotted lines!
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