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Using Good Judgement

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I braved the cold water temperatures this morning (under 80 degrees) and did a vigorous water aerobics class. The pool has turned the water heater off until the fall. Getting into the water was a challenge and getting used to the temperature took a good 20 minutes. With two metal (stainless and cobalt) knee replacements, getting and staying warm enough is a challenge. Not only does the metal pick up the temperature of the water, the connecting tissues of my knees stiffen when they get too cold. In order for me to exercise, I had to be in constant motion with my legs so they wouldn't stiffen. I did a very good job but found myself totally exhausted from the cold and exercise.

Tonight the temperature is supposed to go down to 52-54 degrees, which means that the water will be at least as cold as it was this morning. I've decided that I will skip water aerobics tomorrow and do some other form of exercise instead. I'm not going to be a martyr and try to brave it and end up by hurting myself or getting sick. I'm going to use my judgement and some moderation.

Making a decision this far in advance is a big step for me. I admit that I have a problem using moderation. I tend to fling myself into things using 150% effort. The old me would have gone anyway; without regard to any possible damage. The new me is making an intellectual decision based upon projected data. Would I like to go? Yes! Is it wise for me to go? No, certainly not if today is any indicator of water conditions. I am making progress!

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AQUAGIRL08 4/27/2010 11:03PM

    They turned the heater off so soon because in Florida, April is considered the start of summer. lol

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PEGGYANNSCH 4/27/2010 7:45PM

    good for you

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    Good for you. Why did they turn the heater off so soon. Even the military waits until Memorial Day!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/27/2010 7:22PM

    Celebrate moderation and good judgment! Celebrate the progress you are making. Definitely the right choice. Stay warm, stay comfy. -Marsha

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L*I*T*A* 4/27/2010 6:41PM

    so many other choices.........till the pool warms up...............
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WILD4STARS 4/27/2010 5:42PM

    I have regular bone knees and I DON'T DO COLD!! Under 70 is cold and I just don't do it! I'll bet those metal knees were cold for hours. I'm thinkin' you are a wise, wise woman. This is suppose to be exercise, not punishment. You're smart to find something else to do until the pool warms up. Stationary bike is suppose to be very good for knees. Motion without a lot of weight.

Keep up the good work, and the good judgement.

Happy Sparking !


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Yesterday Was Stressful But God Held The Stress While I Rested Last Night

Sunday, April 25, 2010

For those of you who know me personally, you know how stressful my life has been for the last year - starting with my daughter's near fatal auto accident and followed by one event after another. Yesterday was no exception. At one point I just wanted to sit down and have myself a good cry.

It would be easy for hubby and I to wallow in a pool of self pity but while we were doing that, life would pass us by. Everyone has their own share of stressful times - we're not all that different from everyone else. So, we exchanged lots of hugs, did some venting, completed a little research on the computer, I did chores, and finally we tried distraction. We had a prayer session with a lay minister when we picked up our Angel food at the church center. We even put ourselves on the church prayer list for that church. We thought that might make both of us feel at least a little bit better. It didn't quite bring the temporary relief that we sought. The distraction we tried was very helpful. We watched an action DVD which was helpful. I kept getting up to do laundry etc. I was fairly tired last night (because of all the chores I'm sure) and fell right to sleep. Hubby wasn't so lucky. He was up and down all night. Poor guy, I wish I could help him get rid of enough stress to get some sleep.

So how come I can sleep and hubby can't? Well for one thing I'm more active (even if just around the house) than he is and my diet and water consumption are better. But the real key is God. When I feel exhausted and can't cope, I talk to God. In the past year I've been trying to open those lines of communication during my quest to achieve balance between mind, body and spirit. The heart of my Spark Journey is improving all three - mind, body and spirit - and achieving a balance with them. I've gotten into the habit of praying multiple times every day. We also attend church on a regular basis and about half way through the service, my stress drops away. This happens every time too. It's simply amazing!

When I can't sleep at night, I ask God to hold all the stress and troubles for me while I rest. I will then ask him to give it back to me when I'm rested and refreshed the next day. Mentally, I carefully bundle it all up - I'm careful not to leave any gaps where some might escape - and hand it all to God to keep, so I can rest. I started doing this right after my daughter's accident and it has been wonderful. The funny thing is that very little of it is left when it comes time to work on it the next day. Either God doesn't give it back because he knows I'm too stressed to handle it (and he's handling it for me) or the act of resting my body makes it easier for me to cope with the stress and it seems like a much smaller amount the next day. Who's to say what causes this phenomenon to occur, but it works and I feel very blessed.

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IMMORTALTESSA 4/26/2010 3:58PM

    I am sorry you are going through such a rough time but I think that you are on the right path and in time you will find relief. I love the idea of bundling everything up and giving it to God each night. I think I will try to myself tonight when my thoughts are racing and I can not find sleep. If I can do anything please do not hesitate to ask.

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DONNABRIGHT 4/25/2010 8:56PM

    Many prayers and blessings to you and your husband.

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L*I*T*A* 4/25/2010 6:24PM

    sending positive thoughts and prayers............
blessings and hugs.............lita

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WILD4STARS 4/25/2010 4:38PM

    Sending some energy your way.

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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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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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