Sunday, January 15, 2012
yes. I did Day Two of Boot Camp.
In fact, I did TWO bootcamps, not counting the warm up.
Er, at least I ATTEMPTED to do the two bootcamps. Let's just say "I did it MY way" and leave it at that.
When Nicole (otherwise known as The Beast) begins all that jumping jacks and whirling in circles and hopping all over the place, she loses me. I jog in place rather than jumping jacks and hopping.
I tried the circle thing and ran in to the wall, face first. NOT fun!
Then she does these impossible moves with weights. I really give those a try, because my arm flaps need trimming.
I actually manage to pretty much stay up with her on the weight thing, although sometimes I switch to my own way. But I do weights as well as I can.
while she is doing some inane moves, I do modified push ups. I also do modified bridges.
But I keep moving, and am glistening right along.
I work out for 90 minutes, some with her, some with just me, Winnie and YeowLing.
Then I remember that Sunday is supposedly my DAY OFF!
Not that I regret the workout, in fact, I must admit it feels rather good underneath all the pain and agony.
My favorite? The stretches afterward!!!
I'm still new to this video, so can't really critique it yet. But so far?
AT LEAST IT HAS ME MOVING!
I also received my new dance video workouts, but haven't gotten in to them yet. I wonder: If I do DANCE in place of Boot Camp, does that count????
Saturday, January 14, 2012
This morning Winnie and I went for our usual Constitutional walk. It looked like a nice day, so I wasn't really paying attention to where my feet were going.
But then Winnie slipped sideways. He never does that!
I very soon found out why he did it. There was black ice all over the driveway.
So okay. We would walk up the driveway (it's a steep one!) to the road, and we would stay on the grass.
Right. The GRASS had black ice on it too.
We persevered, and finally made it up to the road. Ah. This ought to be much easier!
Uh, not really. The road was covered with black ice too, and so was the grass along side it.
Those of you who know me and Winnie know we are not quitters. We kept on going, sometimes actually walking, most times slipping and a-sliding.
I tried doing a "skater's step", and found that my feet would actually glide along the top of the road.
Hey, wait a minute! Maybe this doesn't have to be so treacherous after all. I haven't ice skated in around 50 years. I wonder if I remember "how"?
So I let the leash all the way out and tried gliding with the other foot. Hey! It worked! I "skated" the rest of the way to the mailbox and back, a total of 1/2 mile.
It was raining when we left, but snowing by the time we got back. the hill down the driveway wasn't any better, and it is too steep to "ice glide", so it took us quite a while to arrive at the front door.
But we were smiling when we got home. I am not sure if Winnie was smiling because he was HOME, or if he actually had fun on the walk, but at least he got to do his doodie without falling over.
I came upstairs and did my first day of the 28 day Boot Camp DVD. Or perhaps I should say I did MY version of the first day.
Nicole looked all organized and together, like she knew what she is doing.
I, on the other hand, looked a lot like a frog in the blender. My legs and arms were all over the place, all akimbo, and even YeowLing didn't stay in the room with me, which she usually does.
But I kept on moving, so I am taking credit for it.
I have no doubt Nicole and this boot camp are going to kill me. I suspect she is from a different planet, in that she can do all these moves so smoothly.
I am going to go in to my quilt room and safely cut out another quilt to sew.
I wonder if they quilt on Nicole's planet??
Monday, January 02, 2012
No, no, no. Not "ARMS" as in military or weapons.
I mean the arms that are hanging off your shoulders.
How long, you might ask, has it been since I did an honest arm workout?
Good question. Wish I knew the answer!
It's obviously been a long time.
But TODAY, I decided to change that, and did some arm workouts.
I did 30 wall push-ups, slowly, the way we are supposed to do.
Then I did 15 windmills, slowly, to loosen up my shouders.
Then I actually got on the floor and did 30 modified push-ups.
My arm muscles are quaking. They are really out of shape, and are protesting being used again.
But you know how busy we get. Or at least how busy I get.
I convince myself that, because I am doing a lot of walking that I don't need to do the strength workouts. (Actually, I don't LIKE doing them, because I don't get as many points from them.)
But this is a new beginning for all of us, right?
I mean, I have to get in shape so that when that new set of dance workout videos arrive I will be able to do them without collapsing in a heap.
So why not get back on track, and do this thing the way it is meant to be done??
I can't come up with a reason.
So, it is now Holidaze over, and time to become disciplined again.
I will actually do some strength exercises three days a week during the month of January, along with the walking Winnie.
Heck. I just might even get my body into better shape. I just may decide to extend those strength exercises into February.
Remember, I said "MAY DECIDE".
It is an open option, and I like open options.
No time like the present!
What are YOU doing for your arms today???
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Ah, New Year's Eve, FINALLY! I am not sad at all to see 2011 fade into the dusty history.
I think we have all about had it with all the political nonsense, lies, avoidance, delays, threats, dire warnings, chicanery and outright deciet.
Our politicians, all of them, have proven they really don't give a damn what the people in this country want. They are busy feathering their own nests with all the trickery they can come up with with absolutley no regard whatsoever for the well being of our nation.
I would love to see them at least feel guilty, but truly believe they are incapable of any feelings of guilt or shame.
I very strongly feel we should vote every single one of them, other than the Freshmen, out of office WITHOUT pensions, deluxe health care and NO Perks.
Many of them should be jailed for the criminal acts they have done, but no one seems to get it that they break the law, they go to jail, no matter who they are. Oh, I forgot: THEY are above the law, and can do whatever they want to.
Their scare tactics are ruthless. They have the maturity level of 2 year olds. They throw temper tantrums and vile threats to each other.
We have had an absentee President who thinks it is perfectly okay to spend tax payer's dollars to campaign with and get himself elected. He has been away from office more than he has been present.
His foreign affairs policy is abysmal. He and his wife spend fortunes traveling all over the globe on money the rest of us have had to borrow from China.
He claims victory is HIS in getting Bin Laden, when the real fact is that it was our TROOPS who got Bin Laden, WITHOUT ANY HELP FROM THE PRESIDENT or any one else.
Our country is more racist now than it has been since the 60's, thanks to him. We had come a long way, and were nearly completely color blind until he started pitting blacks against whites, and yelling "Racist!" all the time things didn't go his way.
America is tired of the racist crap, tired of the lies, deceit and embarrassment.
This coming year is a chance for us to get things turned around.
I am talking about becoming INVOLVED with our nation, not just griping and talking about what we don't like.
I am talking about STANDING UP, GETTING OUT OF OUR HOUSES AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE.
We can do it, if we all put our shoulders to the wheel.
But we NEED to DO IT!
Let's bring prayer back to our schools and public places. Let's put all of our politicians on term limits, with the same health care and retirement the rest of us get.
Heck. While we are at it, let's put music and gym back in our schools too. I, for one, am not capable of teaching music, but I COULD teach workout routines! And, being a Sr. Citizen, I am not under time constraints, nor would I expect union wages or benefits.
A lot of us are Senior Citizens who could go far in bringing back morality and respect to our schools.
But we must become INVOLVED. If WE don't, we LOSE OUR NATION!!
All that's left of 2011 now are hours and minutes.
The new beginning is coming.
Let's make it COUNT!!!
Stay safe and healthy. Stay involved. Stay active.
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
Good Morning Everyone,
It has been a while since my last blog, so I guess I better get with the program and catch you all up with my life.
I have ALL of my Christmas presents bought, wrapped and mailed off.
That is a very good thing, because I really fall prey to all the pretty trappings in the stores at this time of year.
It seems I can't even go grocery shopping without looking for seasonal wonders that I don't need but am tempted to buy anyway.
Yesterday I went to my small Applique group's Christmas party. We had a wonderful time.
Irene showed us all how to make these little pincushions and then hot glueing them to golf tees so they fit on top of a spool of thread. Really cute little things.
I, being the klutz of the club, had a heck of a time with them. I kept looping my threads and making my petals in a line rather than a circle, but my darling friend Irene saved me from myself and got them all where they were supposed to be. She got the leaf petals in a circle, and then I did the flower petals.
Again, I didn't do it "right", but Irene, used to bailing me out, saved the day again and got them all in a circle. ( I had managed to get them into TWO lines this time! Don't ask.)
We had a potluck for our lunch. Everyone brought yummy stuff, most of which they made.
I HAD planned on making a Trifle, using a store-bought angel food cake, but can you believe it? None of the grocers had any Angel Food Cakes, so that idea went by the wayside. I have a wonderful Trifle recipe from Weight Watchers, so that would have worked out well.
At least I had the good intention!!
I, being the lazy one, decided I didn't have time to cook anything, called Subway and ordered a variety sandwich platter. That went over very well. Expensive, but was worth not having to take the time to cook anything.
I even had a small piece of apple pie Loretta made, but didn't eat the crust.
There were even two sandwiches left so I could feed the bear......otherwise known as my DH.
I am a slow eater, and Irene finished before me. So, being the kind and generous friend she is, she finished off my pincushion.
Our applique group is very talented. Actually all of THEM are very talented when it comes to applique, but I am the Klutz of the group. They don't seem to mind, and at least I bring smiles and challenges to the group. I guess that is a good thing.
Did I tell you that I have all my Christmas gifts completed, wrapped and sent on their way?
That isn't because I am so organized. It is a life preservation measure. I really fall victim to all the seasonal trappings the stores have on display.
I am better off staying out of the stores during this time of year. I will buy "for next year", and come home with all next year's gifts, hide them somewhere and then don't find them for years.
Can you relate?
I have found doll houses and doll house furniture 7 years after I purchased it for my granddaughter for Christmas. She was too old for doll houses by the time I found it again.
I have given away small children's socks and clothing because I couldn't find them until the kid was already grown and driving.
I found a set of Lincoln Logs and a Beginner's microscope purchased for my Grandson when he was younger. But I found them when he was in high school.
I have found crystal vases meant for weddings years after the couple divorced. I have found completed hand made afghans made for people I haven't seen in years.
I have boxes and boxes of "Oh, won't he or she just LOVE this!", found in very weird places and years after purchase.
I have uncovered purchases and then wondered "Now why in hell did I ever buy THIS thing!?".
When I moved from CA to WA, I loaded up my trusty F250 pick-up truck with seven loads of new stuff, all purchased between November 20-January 5 (must take advantage of the after Christmas sales, you know!) and taken the loads to the Cancer Discovery Shop.
I have three artificial Christmas trees. Two of which were bought during the after-Christmas sale days. Good prices that should not be ignored, right?
Good Will shudders when they see me this time of year. They know I will be off-loading on them a whole bunch of Christmas stuff that they are already inundated with.
The Post Office sees me coming and know they will get their Christmas bonuses due to all the mailing of packages I do.
Ah, Christmas. The most wonderful time of year. Right?
Only if I stay the heck out of the stores!!!!!
Merry Christmas to all, and to all, wishes you can manage to stay within your budget, or at least find all the gifts you have hidden from past years!
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