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Creativity Can Boost Your Mood

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

When I came home from water exercise and grocery shopping, I felt very blah. I know that I felt that way partly because I am tired. However, since we all get that way every once in a while, and I don't like myself when I'm feeling blah, I decided to take action. One of the things I do to boost my mood is get creative. So I decided to play with my Spark page. I found that the creative juices flowed almost immediately and I felt better right away. I got involved with finding free pictures and matching colors and voila, my blahs disappeared. Now I think I'll got flop on the bed with a good book. Rest is the next step in restoring my mood to normal.

What do you do when the blahs hit??? Please share!

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L*I*T*A* 2/15/2012 3:15PM

    love your creativity...
looks so fresh just like spring....
blessings and hugs......lita

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I'm not letting the cold de-rail me from my goals!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Man, it was cold here this morning. (The low 40s here in Florida) I had the heat blasting in the car on the way to the YMCA this morning. I did this so I would be warm enough to dash from the car into the gym! I was anticipating the nice warm water and a good workout. Alas, the water temperature might have reached 80 (this afternoon LOL ) but was way too cold for those of us with knee replacements this morning. Not to be de-railed from my exercise goals, I turned to the treadmill in an effort to warm up. I did 1.6 miles in 35 minutes including a warm up and cool down. Not to shabby for my cold, creaky body. Once I had worked up a steam, I changed into my suit and headed for the nice warm therapy pool. The therapy pool is about 3-4 feet deep and kept in the 90 degree area. It is the one place where I can do serious squats and lunges. So I did those and several other exercises. It was amusing to see many of the people with join replacements in the therapy pool while the rest of our class toughed it out in the big, cold pool. I spent about 60 minutes in the therapy pool and never felt chilled (except when I got out!) during my workout. I did not let the cold de-rail me from my exercise goals!

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L*I*T*A* 2/13/2012 7:19PM

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ADELCASALE 2/13/2012 5:04PM

    This cold weather is getting to everyone! Stay warm! emoticon

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Too Cold To Workout? NOT!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The temperature dropped significantly last night and that nice warm, comfortable bed sure felt good this morning when I woke up. With all of the commitments on my schedule for later in the day, it would have been easy to turn over in that nice warm bed and go back to sleep for another hour. No way! I didn't want to miss seeing all of my exercise buddies at the pool and I knew that if I went a little early I could squeeze in a few extra minutes. Why would I do this on a perfectly relaxed, lazy Saturday morning? For one thing exercise is a great emotional outlet for me and I've been stressed during the past few weeks. Secondly, I sleep more deeply at night when I've worked hard during the day. The last thing is that it is a healthy habit and it's good for me. I need to take the time for healthy "me" time and this has to be scheduled in just like any other appointment. So I hauled my backside out of bed, packed my gym bag and headed off to the gym. I had a great time and enjoyed every minute! I'm glad I did the workout instead of sleeping.

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DONNABRIGHT 2/12/2012 11:48AM

    Good for you!

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ADELCASALE 2/12/2012 7:19AM

    I am still struggling with the commitment to early morning exercise. I do get the exercise in but as we all know, a lot can happen during the day to derail commitments.

Heading out today to do a 10 mile hike on the Appalachian Trail near Bath, PA. Looking forward to being outside on this crisp cold sunny day.

Funny thing, since I have hit the "energy surge menopausal" stage, I don't seem to mind the cold too much any more!! LOL!

Thanks for inspiring by just being you!

Have a great day!


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L*I*T*A* 2/11/2012 7:54PM

    i schedule my exercises too and not much interferes any more...
the benefits sure make it worthwhile!!!!
blessings and hugs..............lita

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Gym Buddies and Friends

Friday, February 10, 2012

My morning got off to a great start today when I met a friend at the gym, by the treadmills, and we walked together and caught up on the latest news. She has been very good about walking every day and usually starts at 7:30a.m. Since I have to travel a greater distance and come from the opposite direction, I often get there at 8a.m. or later. We chat as we walk and the time just flies by. This makes walking that treadmill loads of fun! She hits the showers at 8:30a.m. and I go on to water aerobics class.

Our water aerobics instructor was sick this morning so the participants conducted our own class. (This is the aerobics class held in 4 feet of water). There were 32 people who attended and lots of talking and laughter. Since this class has gotten so crowded and loud, I often wear a floatation belt and end up in the deeper water, doing my own thing. This morning our class was kind of semi organized chaos. I decided that since I couldn't hear the instructions, I would do my own workout in the deeper water. I enjoyed hearing the laughter but the talking noise was a little over the top. So off to the deep water I went.

About 30 minutes into my workout, a friend from my deep water aerobics class got into the pool to do a workout on her own too. For the next 45 minutes we chatted and worked out until she had to get ready for an appointment. She said that she really enjoyed the workout because it was so much better than doing it by herself. Again, the time flew by as we were water jogging. As she left to go to the locker room, another friend came along and got into the water to jog. I have quite a bit in common with this buddy and we laughed and talked for another hour or more. We were so engrossed in our conversation that we lost track of time! What a good time we had! After she left, I realized that I had been working out for a long time and was water logged, so I got out and hit the showers myself.

The end result of today's workout was that I was in a wonderful, uplifted mood. I was tired of course but I had fun and a great workout. With every new workout buddy, I did something a little different in the water so I just logged the whole thing as water aerobics on the exercise tracker. I felt motivated and excited to be doing something healthy for my body. I look forward to doing the Saturday deep water aerobics class with more of my exercise buddies!

Do you have a workout buddy? I'd love to hear about your workout experiences!

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L*I*T*A* 2/10/2012 10:22PM

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SLENDERELLA61 2/10/2012 9:18PM

    Wonderful!! So glad you had fun and got a good workout, too. I have a SparkTeam to walk with a couple times a month, and from time to time I get to see people I know -- like you -- at our gym. But I could still use more workout buddies!! -Marsha

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DONNABRIGHT 2/10/2012 4:43PM

    Sounds like a great day!

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THOMS1 2/10/2012 2:52PM

    It is always great when you can do your workouts with someone. have a wonderful weekend. emoticon

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Breakfast With Water Aerobics Class

Thursday, February 09, 2012

One of the things I love the most about doing exercise classes is the social aspect. This morning I had breakfast with two of the women from my water aerobics class. The breakfast was a fund raiser activity for building a new library in a nearby town. The name of the place where we ate was really cute. It was called the Grits Café. Only in the south would I find a restaurant with grits in the title!!! It was a little hole in the wall place with plain, good food at a reasonable price. We had a blast, enjoyed the company and enriched blossoming friendships. What a healthy, positive way to start my day!!!

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L*I*T*A* 2/9/2012 7:23PM

    we do that too at our pool.........
it must be a pool thing everywhere else too!!!
glad you had a good time!!!
blessings and hugs.........lita

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REDROSEMARIE 2/9/2012 7:06PM

    There are 3 ladies in my aerobic class that go for coffee after class, once in a while we do lunch. I really enjoy the social aspect of it also. We also have lots of fun during class too.

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