Monday, January 16, 2012
Well, not exactly "WAS", because it ain't over yet.
I did 42 minutes with The Beast, doing the fat-tourching, calorie-blasting workout with her.
KINDA with her.
I did fairly well this morning with the warm up part. I actually pretty much kept up with her. But then came the rest of the workout.
It was supposed to be 30 minutes, but it took ME 42.
It takes longer if you have to stop and rewind the stupid video because you layed too long on the floor and needed to find out what I missed.
There is one part in particular I want to tell you about. That is the one-legged balancing act.
I have a hard time balancing on both feet, to say nothing of trying to balance with one leg LIFTED UP HIGH AND OFF TO THE SIDE OF MY BODY!!!
I tip over. I don't FALL; I TIP, just like the little tea pot, short and stout.
My first tip over landed on YeowLing. She let out a YEEEEOOOOOWWWWWLLLL, hissed, raised her back, and fled the room. Let me tell you, that cat has LUNGS!
DH came running in, and just by one look from me, he followed the cat out.
I get back up, and try to do the lifted leg off to the side again, and this time tip over into Flicka, my computer.
I have to take time out to pick up all the papers and junk that I knocked off the desk.
Rewind the video again. Find the last tip over spot, click play, and this time, I am much too clever to try the side leg raised thing while managing to move my arms holding weights, all at the same time.
I am woman, therefore, can multi-task. Some how, though, I can't seem to grasp it with Nicole's antics. My hands hold the weights, my arms move, and my feet stay put.
Then I do the back dip thing, and am supposed to bring the weights up in the air at the same time or something, and my feet get all tangled up, and I land on the rowing machine.
I pick my bruised, battered body back up, and wonder how many calories I burn when I do that.
Rewind, hit play again, and oh, goodie. Now she is on the floor with the weights. I look forward to this one, because it means I won't tip over and go through a wall or two.
I'm on the floor, on my back, legs bent, and have weights in my arms. We lift the weights up so they meet, and then down we go again. I can do this. Then we sit on the floor, and do some more arm things. Then we move on to leaning back, and do weighty things with our arms, which brings attention to not only the arms, but the abdomen, too.
While abdomen and arms whisper nasty things about me, I continue on. I'm pretty good at the weights as long as I am (a) sitting on the floor, (b) lying on the floor, and (c) standing on both feet.
I finally finish up with all the shenanigans she thinks of, and it is with great relief that I find myself still breathing and able to move my appendages without too much agony.
I stick the Beast and her DVD back in its holder, and gleefully shove it on the shelf. That takes care of HER for the day! Other than the pain she has caused me, I can forget about her for another 24 hours.
I pull out one of the DVDs of dancing, and give it a try. It's called "Body Groove with Misty Tripoli. It comes in a set of 4 different DVDs, so I begin with the first one. (That's because it sounds like the easiest.)
It is called "Spirit Groove", and she tells us to "move our bodies move to the rhythm of the music in whatever way feels right". Sounds good, doesn't it.
She does these suggestions of low-impact, high-energy workout, and it is actually fun.
I move my wrists, clench my hands, move my elbows, then shoulders, then hips, head...........all the while I am getting lost in the beat and the fun.
I haven't moved like that in a very long time, and I am beginning to suspect a new adventure awaits me as I go through these discs. I suspect I will once again claim my body freedom.
And guess what! Misty Tripoli isn't nasty and vindictive like Nicole. She doesn't expect me to balance on one foot or anything.........at least not so far!!
Brother! What a workout day it really was!!!
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.
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