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Summer, Ugh!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Exercising in the Summer is really hard for me. I don't like the heat. It drains me, and definitely interferes with my performance, not to mention my motivation to even get moving.

There's a pool at my apartment building, but it is small and generally occupied by squealing kids during the hours I might use it. So I mostly use the pool for a quick dip to cool off, or an activity my daughter and I can share in the heat. It's not really an option for a workout.

I don't belong to a gym. I don't want to spend the money, when most of the year I am able to work out well without one.

Those are my obstacles. Of course, I won't let them defeat me.

Here's what I'm trying this Summer, subject to further modifications, as we go along:

1. Early morning yoga. I get up a little early and dive into my yoga practice before getting ready for work. I'm enjoying this more than I thought I would, though I'm still not sold on morning activity.

2. A short evening work out. The rest of the year, I like to do an hour or more in the evening. However, waiting until it cools off enough to do a full hour work out was running havoc on my sleep this year. Somehow a short workout doesn't bother me as much, as long as the worst of the day's heat has passed. So, I'm doing only about half an hour in the evening: ten minutes of ST and 25 minutes or so of cardio.

All together, I'm getting an hour in, but somehow, I think my performance is better by splitting up the activities, and I'm getting more benefit from my yoga and my evening workouts.

The key for me is to keep working on this, because if I just stop exercising, I know myself -- my whole regimen will go kerflooey.

How does the warm weather affect your usual work out routines, if at all?

  
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PHEBESS 7/19/2014 6:44AM

    When it was really hot and humid in St. Thomas, I'd go to a huge store like Home Depot and walk for an hour, up and down the aisles. Made it look as if I was looking for something. The AC made it bearable. A little strange, I know, but free!!!

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ARTJAC 7/15/2014 4:58AM

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TENNISJIM 7/14/2014 5:42AM

    warm weather also drains me. typically we play tennis for 3 hours but this weekend's weather was so hot that we only play 2.5 hours.

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LINDAK25 7/13/2014 8:38PM

    At least youre getting some exercise. I've found the same thing with exercising in the evening. Too much and it's impossible to sleep. It's so hot and humid here in Charlotte, NC, I exercise indoors in the summer. I have a treadmill at home, but I've gone mall walking, too. I have a small, very safe mall that's about 7 minutes from my house. My husband belongs to a gym.

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GYPSYGOTH 7/13/2014 6:30PM

    Sounds perfect to me!
I LOVE the heat, and have access to a fairly large town pool which, yes, has squealing children, but I can still manage laps in.
Playing with your daughter in the pool still burns calories, don't forget emoticon

I really need to get back to a morning yoga practice. Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/13/2014 4:36PM

    Yes, I am lucky that it is so temperate here in Southern California, but I do not feel well exerting myself in the heat. No A/C or gym membership for this cheapskate, either.

May we find relief from sweaty crabbiness, and find ways to move that feel good!

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KRYSTALLA 7/13/2014 3:10PM

    Yes the heat can be zapping of the energy. Myself I do have access to a swimming pool so yesterday I decided instead of doing my Wii Fit routine that I had actually wanted to do I went swimming instead. Another thing I can do my exercise machines are in the basement were it tends to be much cooler which lately when I have been using them is in the evening, when the temps are starting to go down a bit, that way I can come back upstairs and not be sweaty and have to deal with the heat at the same time.

I do like your idea for exercising and fitting in yoga as well.



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1CRAZYDOG 7/13/2014 1:47PM

    100% agree -- heat saps my energy to the core! I get up early too and get started while it's cooler.

Your plan of being flexible with your work out is a good one. I will alter mine come the cooler weather too.



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THINFITFEMINIST 7/13/2014 1:44PM

    I'm with you on the heat. emoticon

I get up at 3 a.m. which is a lot cooler then the day time. I physically work all day long and that is the bulk of my work out this month while I'm deep cleaning my house which is additional exercise and takes the balance of my day.

Next month I am doing my morning regimen at the mall walking with stairs. In September I am adding 30 minutes in the morning of some form of body modality work: stretching, yoga, tai chi, etc. Added to this on the weekends I'm walking right next to the river and that is cooler. All in all it will be enough.

Hang in there, summer is here but it will be gone soon enough. emoticon



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Re-posting: My Secret Weapon Against Fast Food

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

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I wanted to share this again, as the weather is really heating up this week. Keep cool, friends!

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EGRAMMY 7/10/2014 8:58PM

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LINDAK25 7/9/2014 8:05PM

    Wow! What a lifesaver that would be. Brilliant!

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/9/2014 3:26PM

    Thanks!

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NANCY- 7/9/2014 9:01AM

    Excellent solution.
When there is a will, we will find a way!
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TENNISJIM 7/9/2014 6:21AM

    Thanks for sharing. Stay cool.

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PHEBESS 7/9/2014 1:52AM

    Brilliant! I need to find one!

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Your Body Is Not Your Masterpiece

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Here's a good perspective. Have a great day, friends.

momastery.com/blog/2014/07/06/body-m
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BOOKLOVINGGIRL 7/8/2014 3:11PM

    What a great perspective about our bodies. emoticon for sharing.

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/7/2014 4:49PM

    Beautiful.

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TENNISJIM 7/7/2014 6:05AM

    Thank you for sharing the article.

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PHEBESS 7/6/2014 6:56PM

    Brilliant! So true! Too often we forget that living our lives is the point, not creating the perfect body.

Thank you for this one!!!!

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GYPSYGOTH 7/6/2014 5:49PM

    Great article! So true.
It annoys me that no one in blogging or the "new" journalism can use its/it's correctly (the HuffPo article you posted the other day, too!), but I am crazy emoticon

I have been focusing for the past few years on losing the weight so I will be happier with my body (thankfully MOSTLY the right way, with heavy lifting/clean eating/fun cardio), and lately I've been thinking I need to focus more on being HAPPY. I'm never going to be happy with my body. I was very heavy once and unless I want to suffer through/pay for surgery, it will never look how I'd like it to.

I like this paintbrush idea. Super cool. Thanks for posting this!


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1CRAZYDOG 7/6/2014 5:48PM

    emoticon I hadn't thought of it in that way, but our bodies ARE the paintbrushes for our lives. I appreciate your sharing that perspective.

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STUDLEEJOE 7/6/2014 2:28PM

    Very good article thanks for sharing

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What You See

Saturday, July 05, 2014



We absolutely create our reality through the filter of perception. Notice how our inner conversation (some of which is not even verbal, but merely an emotional tone or habit of attitude) influences experience. I had this driven home to me last night. Throughout my neighborhood, folks were setting off illegal backyard fireworks, shooting them up in the sky so that the entire area was showered in pyrotechnic displays. I'd just finished working out and went out on my balcony to take a look, when I was delighted by the colors, lights and sounds of merriment. Five minutes later, my phone rang. It was a neighbor calling to express upset at the same display. She had her reasons, and certainly the activity is against the law in my city. So who was "right?" Me -- the fireworks are beautiful? Or she -- the fireworks are a serious problem? As I spoke to her, I noticed my mental confusion and a little emotional shame. Was I bad/wrong for loving the fireworks?

As I'm working my way back to some physical measurements I feel comfortable inhabiting (not so much weight as body fat percentage and waist/hip circumferences), I'm going to remember that moment of confusion -- what's true about the fireworks is true about this weight management journey. If I look in the mirror or at the measuring tape and see a setback or a problem, I'm going to feel like a failure. My thought and emotions go to an all-or-nothing mentality that fosters all kinds of bad behaviors, leading to the spiral of helpless/hopeless quitting. And that really starts before I look at the measuring tape or the little window on the scale. It starts with my moment-to-moment attitude about why I am doing this in the first place.

What I bring to my weight-management journey will color how I feel along the way, and that will be true no matter what the scale or measuring tape reveal. The concrete results are nothing but a metric for comparison. My goal is to bring joy, acceptance and enthusiasm right now. That's the truest measure of health, however ineffable.

  
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BUTTONPOPPER1 7/21/2014 4:05AM

    I'm a little late to be adding a comment, as you wrote this a couple of weeks ago, but I just found it today and really like it. You are so right--attitude is everything! I realized lately how judgmental I am. I don't say anything out loud, but if strangers get on my nerves (selfish behavior on the road or in the supermarket, for example), in my mind I judge them harshly. I've realized what a waste of life and energy this is. I'm trying to see the world more the way you saw the fireworks. Very good story!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 7/6/2014 4:41PM

    i couldnīt agree more love it is all about our perceptive of life that makes us and our life what it is.it is not so much what life throws at you but more what you do with what life has thrown at you

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/6/2014 1:56PM

    Gorgeous!

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TENNISJIM 7/6/2014 7:34AM

    Thank you for sharing

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_BABE_ 7/6/2014 1:37AM

    Life is what we perceive it to be.....good one! emoticon

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LINDAK25 7/5/2014 10:10PM

    Bringing that forward we should realize that a by restarting exercise programs and weight management, that it's a positive step. Getting back into a healthy lifestyle. So why is it so hard to change that all-or-nothing mentality and that tail spin spiral? Shouldn't doing something positive make us feel good about ourselves? Now you've got me thinking about this. I think I need to change my attitude!

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MIAMOJO 7/5/2014 4:22PM

    Excellent post! We each have our lens through which we see ourselves, each other, our experiences, and the world. We're not stuck with it, though. When we become *aware that the lens is there* and then learn how it affects what we see, we can be our own optometrists and write a new prescription. It sounds like you've written yourself a good one!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/5/2014 4:12PM

    You nailed it! The success of this voyage depends on our being able to accept ourselves, love ourselves, treat ourselves kindly every step of the way!

You are seeing that for sure and kudos! I think the older I get the more I realize I am the best ME there is. I might not be the same as anyone else but that's all right. THEY would make a good me and I won't make a good THEM either!

Hugs

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I'm Hooked

Friday, July 04, 2014



After a few weeks of yoga practice, I'm hooked. I've found a studio I like, and have begun taking classes once a week, while practicing at home with online classes between. I love the feeling of calm and strength I get from my practice, as well as the improvement I'm feeling in my injured right shoulder/arm (from overdoing it with weight training).

Some of my favorite online resources for free yoga classes are Yoga with Adriene on YouTube and doyogawithme.com.

I hope you all are having a beautiful weekend, friends.

Here's a link to an article on Huffington Post that includes the image above (so you can see it better), with information about how yoga transforms the body starting from the first sessions.
www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/28/bo
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BONNIEMARGAY 7/5/2014 3:26PM

    Yoga has improved every part of my life and my body.

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LINDAK25 7/5/2014 3:12PM

    That's great! I've been wanting to try yoga, but I'm not sure if it would bother my back or not.

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KANOE10 7/5/2014 9:24AM

    I went to my first yoga class. I liked it also and am going to continue. Thanks for sharing those online sites and the article with the benefits. I also injured myself with overdoing it on the weight training. Hope your injury is healing.




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HEALTHY4ME 7/5/2014 7:32AM

    Great thanks. that is a neat site! all types so I can get back to it I was doing back care yoga till my knee got so bad I wasn't able to get down and also can't even do childs pose which I loved, my knee wont bend enough. I will find something on here. Thanks

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TENNISJIM 7/5/2014 6:45AM

    Awesome. Thank you for sharing.

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THINFITFEMINIST 7/5/2014 5:47AM

    I also love yoga. There isn't anything I don't like about it. LOL

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ERIECANALGAL 7/5/2014 12:11AM

    emoticon I want to try it too! Good Luck.

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BELLENGLISH 7/5/2014 12:01AM

    I am going to try yoga soon. That is wonderful that you have found something you like to do and have seen good results. Keep up the great work.

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