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When All Else Fails, Just Walk!

Friday, April 23, 2010

I have been unable to attend my water classes for the last two days due to a scheduling conflict. I was trying to figure out how to squeeze in some sort of workout when I thought, I can just do some walking. You don't have to do a fancy workout in order to burn calories. Taking a class is nice but if you can't, just walk. Walking is easy, doesn't require much in the way of special equipment (other than a good pair of supportive shoes) and it's free! I decided to ramp it up a bit so when I did my errands today I tried doing some power walking from the parking lot to the side walk. I could really feel it in my legs. I decided to leave my car in one place and walk as fast as I could to the other end of the shopping area. One of the advantages of walking is that you can do it almost anywhere and at a variety of speeds. When I got home I was aware that my body felt "revved". My circulation was up and my mind was alert. Now I know why experts say that taking a walking break at work increases production.

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AMANDAJCD 4/24/2010 10:23AM

    Walking is great. I've been putting off getting back into exercising for weeks. I'm one of the most inert people I know, and if I'm sedentary it takes a HUGE kick in the pants to get me moving again. Fortunately, I got that kick (the scale has been stalled for six weeks now -- ugh) and I am now bonding with my treadmill again.

Great post, and go you!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/23/2010 4:29PM

    I agree, too. I find when I'm writing something difficult and I can't get all the ideas to come together, a walk calms down my mind and helps me find the answer to how to organize and analyze. I used to turn to the vending machines for high sugar snacks, which worked to some extent, but the walk works much better with much less damage -- even good -- to my body.

Good for you for finding a plan B. Having variety in our workouts is good for our bodies and minds, too. Take care! -Marsha

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L*I*T*A* 4/23/2010 3:27PM

    so true............... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GILBYII 4/23/2010 2:54PM

    I agree. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise you can do; especially now that the nice Spring weather is sticking around. Enjoy!

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Kick Butt Day #2!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I was a tiny bit stiff from my workout yesterday but it wasn't too bad! Even our instructor said she was sore from yesterday's workout so we decided to repeat the same workout. It turned out to be another kick butt workout and our legs felt like cement when we got out of the pool!

Here's the interesting part, I wasn't as tired today from the workout. I think that's because I had a higher protein breakfast this morning plus a banana. I was able to keep up with the instructor's pace (which is really saying something since she's 33 with about 12% body fat and all that lovely muscle tone) We barely got our workout in before the sky opened up and it poured. This was God's way of keeping me from doing any added jogging. He's telling me to use moderation!!! lol

Tomorrow I may have a "rest" day where I'll do a series of short walks instead of being in the water exercising intensely. Friday, I'll do another intense workout and walk during the weekend.

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ANIKA34 4/21/2010 7:49PM

    emoticon Keep up the hard work!!!

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TBRANCH2 4/21/2010 7:21PM

    You go girl!!!! WOOHOO!! Pretty soon you will be on a "goal reached, maintaining" team with Marsha.... emoticon emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 4/21/2010 3:39PM

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Water Exercise Kicked Butt Today

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Today our water aerobics instructor decided to ramp it up a little and kick some butt. We did some heavy duty water jogging. In fact, when I got out of the water at the end of the class, my legs felt like lead weights! It has been a very long time since I've felt that tired (but relaxed) at the end of a workout. I went to the grocery store afterwards and did my isle walking for 30 minutes, one of these days the manager is going to follow me and ask me what I'm doing! lol In my defense I did purchase romaine lettuce, a cucumber, celery and ground turkey. After that, I crawled home and lay on the bed for a half hour. Man am I tired! But, I did it and didn't hurt myself in the process!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/20/2010 8:15PM

    Good going, Cyndi!

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L*I*T*A* 4/20/2010 6:43PM

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    And I LOVE the background on your page!!! I loved Peanuts as a little girl and still have my Snoopy sitting on a shelf! And the nursery has a Baby Snoopy wall border because I got the Baby Snoopy theme for the room. Yay Snoopy!

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    Yay go you! And I really like that idea of isle walking in the supermarket, that is brilliant!

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Rain Finally!

Monday, April 19, 2010

It's cloudy outside and in places in the area, it has been raining. We got some nice steady rain last night. When I went outside this morning, everything looked fresh and green. Much of the ugly green-yellow pollen has been washed off of things. Some of the plants that we thought were dead after the frost now have green leaves. I hope that it rains again today.

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DONNABRIGHT 4/20/2010 8:51AM

    And I hope more to come - my yard is looking ever so much better!

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CMBELISLE 4/20/2010 7:25AM

    It's beginning to rain here in Atlanta this morning. I hope we get some really good cleansing rain to help wash away the excess pollen too. It even smells like rain this morning.

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    The earth need to drink water to!!!!! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 4/19/2010 4:05PM

    rain helps rejunenate the earth...............and as much as we need the sun the rain is so important the rainy days as it allows me to be a bit lazy too..........enjoy........blessings and husg..........lita

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SLENDERELLA61 4/19/2010 3:58PM

    Yes, yes. The rain is making everything come alive. Such blessings. Enjoy! -Marsha

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IMJETTA8 4/19/2010 3:49PM

    I love the rain too. Love how it greens even the driest soil. Love you girl!!!

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Nothing Like A Little Pampering To Make You Feel GREAT!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Yesterday on the way home from the doctor (after a skin biopsy) I was a bit down. I knew that I'd have to stay out of the water for the last 2 classes this week until my biopsy gets a good scab. Exercise class is an outlet for stress and also a social time for me. As I drove, I decided to stop and get a manicure before going home. Sometimes we forget how something so simple can lift our spirits. I felt great when I got home!

Today, I decided to get my hair styled and hubby went with me just to get out of the house. He was feeling a bit down and tired so I asked my stylist if she would cut his hair too. She did and I noticed that he perked right up. The good news is that I didn't turn to food and binge. In the daily hustle and bustle, stopping to do a little pampering can make a big difference.

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L*I*T*A* 4/15/2010 6:41PM

    love those rewards!!!!

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MRSFARRA 4/15/2010 2:42PM

    Nice choices. Glad that you had such a good time and that also your husband was so involved. Hope the biopsy goes well and keep up the good work.

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