Saturday, May 12, 2012
Woke up this morning at 10:00 AM like I hadn't slept at all, too hot and immediately discouraged because it was too late to hike. I might have gone anyway if Mom wasn't here, but taking two hours + would have been too much out of our day together. So I moped a bit and then I just did it...put my I-pod on, grabbed some weights and did what I call House Dancing. Moving to the music, running up and down the stairs, swinging my arms, kicking my legs, and holding the weights over my head for a total of 23 minutes. Surprisingly I did get into Zone 3 for all of 3 minutes; overall I was happy with 71 % of capacity. Of course my loud singing when I wasn't out of breath to my cowboy tunes was entertaining to no one.
Got into the pool, chilly at first, (I had to scream more than once) but then felt good as my body adjusted. Used my webbed gloves, kicked hard and pushed a lot of water around for 19 minutes.
So what could have ended as a day with no exercise didn't happen and I feel good about it all.
House Dance: 71 % capacity
Zone 1 = 07
Zone 2 = 10
Zone 3 = 03
Swimming: 64% capacity
Zone 1 = 08
Zone 2 = 07
Monday, April 30, 2012
Dear Spark Guy,
I was very disappointed and saddened when Spark People leadership determined Beth Donovan (~INDYGIRL) would no longer write for the Daily Spark. My understanding is you have made the decision to only use "expert" contributors for the Daily Spark.
I can understand you may define "expert" as someone with advanced education and perhaps lots of letters behind their name. These credentials can be important in validating information. However, I believe you are making a woefully bad business decision in deciding Beth's personal experience does not qualify her as an expert.
After all, how many handicapped people do you know who weighed 460 pounds and by following Spark People guidelines has lost 205 pounds? No weight loss surgery, no diet pills, no fad diets, no "dieting" period, Beth has done it the old fashioned way...she took in less calories than she burned.
Experts with a solid educational background can help us with their knowledge and give us information, but if they have never experienced morbid obesity they can never have the perspective Beth so courageously blogs about as she lives her life.
I don't know what Beth's educational background is, but I do know she is a talented writer who is articulate using correct grammar etc. She has inspired, motivated, encouraged thousands if not hundreds of thousands of us who have followed her blogs. I found her by seeing her on the Daily Spark. It's a shame future Spark members likely will not have exposure to someone who has promoted what the core essence of Spark People is all about.
Linda Carson Gorkis R.N.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Today is Sunday and the start of my week. I have done no physical exercise since surgery 2-28-12 and my body is craving some movement. It felt good to put on my heart rate monitor and my work-out clothes. I had no expectations other than walk for at least 30 minutes; more if I felt okay. Within 10 minutes of starting I had the old familiar C02 pain in my left shoulder, at times severe enough it took my breath away. But I just kept going, even jogged a little coming back downhill. Overall I did okay with a 20 minute per mile pace and worked at 70% of capacity. And when I finished, my body said THANKS, I needed that!
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