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Secretly cheering!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Just sayin' that tonight I spontaneously decided it would be cool to walk up to my son's school (a little over 2 miles with major hills) to watch his football game rather than driving, To my chagrin the hubs took me up on the idea so off we went with our metal framed stadium seats in tow. Dopey me, wore newer canvas tennis shoes without socks (it is still summer afterall) and my feet blistered but oh well; I soldiered up without complaint. The hills on the way to school are pretty steep and made for a good challenge. It took us about 35 to 40 mins to make the hike from home to the field. The hike home was all down hill and shaved off about 7 mins.
During the entire hike, both ways, there was plenty to talk about and motor mouth here just kept on chatting, not missing a beat, the entire way without sucking wind. Now on the other hand, the hubs... not so much. His breathing was a bit labored and I could tell he was really working to talk in sentences. I just want to say that my hubs does his own version of an exercise routine not so faithfully each day but it seems its more than what I do. I pretty regularly do my WATP dvds, usually the 2 miles at a time, and I dance 3 nights a week. I am sooooo proud of my ability to do tonight's hike with such ease and I am cheering for me inside where it matters most!! I can't wait to outdo myself next time!

Post script---- My son's team won in overtime! This was his first time as a varsity kicker and wouldn't you know it, the pressure was on.
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ALOHAEV1 8/28/2010 10:58PM

    High Five to the rookie kicker!!!

And also to you and hubs, but summer or not your feet appreciate sox, when they aren't happy they will blister.

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CINDYMCD1 8/28/2010 1:06AM

    Good for you! (and your son as well!)

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Why isn't Zumba in fitness tracker options?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I just literally busted my butt doing Zumba (
) for the past 35 minutes. I am dripping, no... pouring sweat, from my inaugural attempt. So excited to have done such an enthusiastic work out, I jumped right on to SP to log my cardio only to find Zumba is not listed!!!

What gives?! There are thirty billion versions of treadmill, SP videos, walking but NO ZUMBA. Darn it all anyway. So I logged it as fast dancing as I assume that is the closest thing; though I am wondering if high impact aerobics might be more appropriate considering my heart rate? Your opinion for tracking (Zumba masters especially) is appreciated as is any insight as to why the SP oversight.

Muchas gracias!

BTW: that is a 55 min workout in total but I was only able to safely make it through the first 35 mins. Hope you have the gumption to give it a try. It will definitely have you laughing at/with yourself!!! And that is half the fun emoticon

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ALOHAEV1 8/11/2010 8:22AM

    You did great for the first time out, slap yourself on the back!

And those of you with knee or other joint issues, even if you don't keep up and just zumba in place - you will break a sweat and get some burn in so don't let that keep you from trying.

Last year a whole bunch of us lobbied to get it put on, maybe we should give it a try again. They'll do it just to shut us up you think?

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TIGGERRD 8/10/2010 4:11PM

    I remember reading that the reason Wii workouts were in there is because there was a published research study about the level of calorie burn. Guess there hasn't been any for Zumba - or if there is, it hasn't yet been reviewed.

Zumba is fun though - enjoy!!

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CJANNESS 8/10/2010 3:46PM

  I wonder the same thing! It needs to be on there! emoticon

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The silliest of motivators

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Today I treated myself to a mid summer mani/pedi... oo la, la! It was actually the first of the summer for me seeing as the direction of my finances has been otherwise focused on traveling. But for tonight, I have planned a sexy fun date night for the hubs and I wanted to treat myself for feeling good as a result of my continued healthy journey. Besides, the date is for me too!

So with thoughts of the sexy little black dress that Army Barbie helped me pick out during our last girl day, I headed off for my manicure and pedicure at our local nail salon. Its been a while since I have been there (probably about a year) and what a lovely treat to experience the 'new' massage chairs. Wow! I could just go sit in the chairs for hours; they were that good. Amidst all the enjoyment of the massaging chair I decided upon a new motivation for my cardio/toning exercises.

From today forward I am going to try to tone up so I no longer feel jiggly in the massage chairs! I'm really not that jiggly but I could tone up just the same. Besides think of this: I'll have to keep making my way back to the nail salon to test my results in the chairs! LOL

Oh, and my nails look lovely. Rich Girl Red!!! Just like Vivi of the Ya-Ya's. It's gonna be a sultry salsa night.

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SHOESPOON 7/31/2010 6:25PM

    Hi !

I just joined today.. with all my heavy weight:)

I have read some of your blog was really an inspiration for me.

Thanks:shoespoon /Teri

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Bad hair day is not the only fall out of a humid day

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Well, it is crummy enough when the humidity is so bad that it will frizz curly coarse hair or desperately flatten straight hair but I have come to learn that's not all severe humidity can impale upon us.

Ever since I was a little girl devotedly applying myself to ballet, I noticed that I don't sweat as readily as other people do. I sweat but its more of a 'glisten' rather than the beading or dripping sweat normal during heavy exertion. Not a bad problem for a lady, huh? Well let me tell you that I do wish I sweat more! You see a body needs to sweat to cool itself. When we sweat, the dampness on our skin meets with the air around us and evaporates thereby cooling our skin and balancing our internal body temperature as well. So what happens to Miss Glisten is that I... well, glisten... and I turn really red (my face looks like a tomato) from exertion and over heating.

So what does this have to do with humidity and those who sweat normally? When the air contains near maximum levels of moisture (high humidity) the air doesn't have the capacity to absorb more moisture; our sweat doesn't evaporate to cool us. So you sweaty people end up feeling miserable like I normally do when I exercise (and coincidentally, I feel even more miserable). In most cases conditioned air, cool baths/showers, chilled beverages usually bring some relief.

By default, I have also discovered that humidity can aggravate digestive conditions such as IBS and Crones, and it can increase inflammation to joints and arthritic parts of the body.

Today my little speck of the earth has very high humidity along with some toasty temperatures. So let me paint this picture: droopy hair, beat red face, bloated tummy, achy back, knees and neck........... not pretty. I had too much to do today to give in but bed with the a/c on will feel really good tonight!

Didn't mean to sound whiny. My digging around on the internet finally shed light on the why behind the symptoms; thought it worth sharing.

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SFLEMING3 7/15/2010 4:31PM

    I couldn't believe how hot and humid it was in Ontario last week and you are blessed with similar weather. I thought I would be getting more moderate weather conditions - a break from Mississippi. Since I got back here I realized it is still "hotter" in Mississippi. You don't need to sweat down here - the humidity condenses on you and drips off!

Interesting about the effects on joints, etc. Hope you can keep smiling through the heat knowing yours will cool down faster than ours in the deep south! I'm looking forward to the end of September.

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Conquering Clueless

Thursday, July 08, 2010

I caught this article in this morning's edition of USA Today. General education worth repeating!

Americans clueless about calories

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ALOHAEV1 7/8/2010 7:43AM

    Thanks, new catch phrase: calorie consciousness.

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