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That Strength Training Thing

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?

Not yet.

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! emoticon 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.

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Thanks A LOT, Team!

  
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DARCEYOH 3/8/2010 12:51PM

    It's almost over! Just a couple more days for the first part of the challenge, the strength training part, and onto the next one!

Don't feel too bad, I'm right up there with ya! My shoulders, back, and other things hurt too. I've rotated through out the 10 days, arms one day, legs the next, core after that, back to arms.

Just remember to take it easy when you're body is telling you to slow it down.

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/7/2010 9:10PM

    emoticon for pushing through and doing that 'strength training thing' and for breaking through that plateau! Strength training is not nearly as fun as other things, but it really does help in the long run. Great work!
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NOTFATCAT 3/7/2010 1:39PM

    Boundaries pushed aside....
ST really does work. It makes me feel great and strong even through the muscle screams the day after.
Keep it up and you will marvel at your new look!

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SLKIDDER 3/6/2010 8:32PM

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SMOORES06 3/6/2010 8:06PM

    It's great that your team pushed you - even if it did seem unbearable at times emoticon. emoticon on breaking your plateau and keep up the great work!!

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SUESMITH73 3/6/2010 7:36PM

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KAROUSELL46 3/6/2010 5:11PM

    Woohoo on breaking your plateau. It feels so great when you do. When I first started doing my strength training, my neck, shoulders, everything hurt. It gave me headaches too. But, like you, I stuck with it. Now it's so much better. You're competitiveness is getting you so fit. Great job!...Karen emoticon emoticon

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LOULOUBELLE2 3/6/2010 4:54PM

    Wow, you broke a plateau............sure wish I could and I've been trying....Maybe I'll have to try that walkie a miley.thing!!!!! You Think?????

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BARBARASDIET 3/6/2010 2:28PM

    You do need to give your body some rest from strength training. You can harm the muscles if you overdo it.,

Congratulations on getting off your plateau. It hasn't worked for me yet, but I keep plugging along!

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The Difference Between Faith and TRUST!

Friday, March 05, 2010

I used to pride myself with having unshakeable Faith.

I believed it was enough.

It isn't.

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?"

Absolutely!

"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

  
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GOALWEIGHT180 3/5/2010 9:27PM

    That faith and trust go together is without a doubt. Your story tells it so well. It is one thing to say we have faith in God but do we trust Him with our life?

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NOTFATCAT 3/5/2010 9:21PM

    Wonderful story.

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LOVESCAMPING 3/5/2010 8:52PM

    Cool story.

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MPENNE 3/5/2010 8:11PM

    What a great story. Thanks for sharing.

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LOULOUBELLE2 3/5/2010 6:52PM

    Absolutely Faith and Trust go together...what a great way of pointing it out. emoticon

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KAROUSELL46 3/5/2010 4:24PM

    Wow. I love that story. Faith and trust go hand and hand. Thanks for sharing...Karen emoticon

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THE_SILVER_OWL 3/5/2010 2:42PM

    Wonderful message. Today I have both faith and trust in my heart thanks to my wonderful friends and family.
Hugs,
~JJ~

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/5/2010 2:28PM

    So true--just 'believing' isn't enough by itself, it's being willing to act on what you believe that's the real test. Well said!
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I Don't Have to FEEL Like Doing It to Just DO 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".

  
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NOTFATCAT 3/4/2010 6:46PM

    Oh great. I shouldn't have read this blog because my thing today was to take it easy after running around and exercising alot the last two days. Now I feel guilty.

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AMYJEAN911 3/4/2010 4:32PM

    emoticon emoticon Gosh-darn-it, now I gotta do something too. I had just finished rationalizing why it was ok to take today off, too. LOL! emoticon

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KAROUSELL46 3/4/2010 4:23PM

    Good for you! I'm glad Darcey with her racquetball glasses face makes you want to move it. lol emoticon emoticon

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SMOORES06 3/4/2010 3:48PM

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DAWNWS1 3/4/2010 3:28PM

    Hmmm...it must be going around! I had the "don't wannas" this morning too, but dragged my sorry butt to the gym and did an hour of strength training and an hour on the elliptical. Good for us for JUST DOING IT!

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DARCEYOH 3/4/2010 1:36PM

    I am truley very sorry that my picture made you get up and do things you don't want to. hehe. I wonder how many other people see othe pictures of things and people and just get up and do what they should be doing?

I was definately in that mood last night, but I went to the gym anyways. I intended on doing only 5 minutes one each machine, but clocked in 15 minutes on rowing machine, 15 minutes on treadmill, some strength training, and a nice cool down.

Sometimes we just have to do it, even if we don't want to. And I was sure glad I did it last night.

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TINYC887 3/4/2010 1:07PM

    I think we have all been in the same boat but we do it any way. I work out mon to friday and only if i feel like it on the weekends, sometimes i do, sometimes I don't. As long as I push myself mon to friday im fine with it. Great job working out even though you didnt want to

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LOVESCAMPING 3/4/2010 1:06PM

    Yeah, I posted on chat that yesterday was an "I don't wanna" day for me too. I got in a 6-mile bike ride even though "I didn't wanna" and actually enjoyed once I got started. So good for you for doing it anyway.

Hope the lecture is interesting. I'm a big fan of books that have vampires in them, although I haven't read any of the Twilight series so far.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 3/4/2010 1:00PM

    I was in the same mood yesterday - I was tired and didn't feel like working out. But got on SP and saw my streak and realized I didn't want to break it, so I go up and did my workouts. Glad I did and glad you did too! emoticon

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Letting Go of The Shore

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.
Gather yourselves.
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

  
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SMOORES06 3/3/2010 8:00PM

    Full of wisdom and life - something this world knows little about anymore. Thanks for sharing!

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2BFREE2LIVE 3/3/2010 6:50PM

    Thank you for sharing, it is beautiful. Sandy

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KAROUSELL46 3/3/2010 6:35PM

    This poem reminded me of the news the other morning about the the rez at the Hoh. The natives are having to move their buildings b/c the river is rising and washing away their offices and homes and has been for years. The tribe bought some land up near Hiway 101 to start building....Karen

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LOVESCAMPING 3/3/2010 1:19PM

    Beautiful!

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/3/2010 11:55AM

    Thanks for sharing this--a lot of wisdom in it!
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KAYDE53 3/3/2010 11:43AM

    I really liked this; it makes you think!! Thanks for sharing it!! emoticon emoticon

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DARCEYOH 3/3/2010 11:40AM

    Very nice! I'm copying and printing this!

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Reverse Mortgages and Free Dinners

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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OURELEE1 3/4/2010 12:34PM

  Thanks for the information.

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RELGRAM 3/3/2010 12:14PM

  Thanks, Sandy; We wouldn't have done this anyway, because our kids want our place when we're done with it (-;, but if we get the free dinner, we just might take them up on that!!!!

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DARCEYOH 3/3/2010 11:39AM

    And now you know why the real estate market and for that the economy is in such dire straits! You may not have gotten all the information you wanted, but at least you got a free meal out of it!

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NOTFATCAT 3/3/2010 11:30AM

    Another trap for the desperate. If only people would save their money, don't borrow, and plan for the future they would be happier and more secure.
Good post!

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DAWNWS1 3/3/2010 10:41AM

    Heh heh, I'll remember that when I get to 80 and want to go on a world cruise (which sounds really good, by the way, and since my grandma lived to be 94 and her mom lived to be 96, I might still be "young" enough to enjoy it at 80!!) Just being silly, but thank you for the information, it is good to know.

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SLKIDDER 3/3/2010 12:24AM

    $12,000 for an appraisal? Who are they hiring?!
Another real estate finance rip off. Thanks for the info!

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PERFECT01 3/3/2010 12:20AM

    Good to know.

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DIANE7786 3/2/2010 11:50PM

    Thanks for the information on reverse mortgages. Some of my friends looked into them. They also said they couldn't get straight answers.

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WVROSE1 3/2/2010 11:33PM

    We attended a free prime rib dinner in our city recently for a seminar on insulation. The dinner was good but we weren't interested in the product. We get post cards in the mail for these dinners all the time and take in as many as we can. Sometimes they are for financial companies trying to get you to invest with them. I hadn't been to one on the reverse mortgages, so I'm glad to hear the scoop on them.

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YAFENELRA 3/2/2010 11:24PM

    I always figured it was almost a scam. Who knows what interest would have to be paid on it once you die and your family wanted to pay it off.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 3/2/2010 11:17PM

    I always wondered how that worked, Thanks for the info.

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KAROUSELL46 3/2/2010 10:13PM

    Oh wow. Thanks for sharing this info.

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