Saturday, July 14, 2012
Both yesterday and today, my water classes did interval training. Are you surprised that we can integrate interval training in the pool? Imagine, if you will, trying to run really fast in a tub of watery jello. That's what it felt like to me. I could feel the difference in my workouts immediately! I worked out harder and more intensely than I normally do. I was also more tired after working out because I pushed myself just a little harder. The intervals only lasted about 5-6 minutes but it made a huge difference in my overall workouts.
During our workouts, both instructors stressed the latest medical findings that say that incorporating interval training into your workouts is more beneficial to your heart, lungs and endurance than just doing a straight workout. They also stressed that holding weights too tightly has been shown to cause a rise in your blood pressure. I knew that you aren't supposed to hold the weights too tightly, but I never knew why. I thought it was just because you might damage your hands. Since both instructors just completed their re-certification for teaching a wide variety of classes, the information that they shared was current. I felt it was all very relevant to how I want my body to function during a workout.
Today I feel tired but I have no pain. After both workouts, I did 5-10 minutes of stretching. I think that interval training is what I'd like to incorporate into many of my future workouts too!
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Last week, as I was analyzing my own behavior patterns to see when I tend to crave sugar foods, I realized something was missing from my weekly schedule. I get plenty of exercise daily and make a real effort to eat correctly. It wasn't until I started to look at the big picture that I noticed that I often get out of the habit of doing something special just for me. I know, I know - exercise and healthy eating are doing something for me but they are now daily habits. What I am talking about is identifying something that makes me feel good like getting a massage, manicure or pedicure or treating myself to a new piece of clothing. Perhaps there is a connection between eating to comfort and a lack of feeling special.
I decided that if I depend upon someone else to make me feel special, I am not in the driver's seat and could incur a feeling of hurt when my needs aren't met to my satisfaction. Why then should I put myself in that position??? I mean other than the fact that I was raised to do it and have practiced that behavior much of my adult life. Taking responsibility for meeting your own needs - taking back the power, if you will - puts you in command of your own life. If someone else decides to make an effort to make you feel special, that is just icing on the cake.
Keeping all of this in mind; mulling it around in my head, made me decide that I want to take the bull by the horns and take care of my own needs. Last week I treated myself to a pedicure and this week I bought a couple of shirts to update my summer wardrobe. I now have an agreement with myself that I'll try to do this at least every other week. I'm feeling pretty good today as a result.
Monday, July 09, 2012
This afternoon hubby and I took our two spoiled rotten, old K-9s to the vet for a check up and shots. (one is 14.5 years old and the other 15.5 years old) Needless to say, after the shots and toe nail clips, we were not very popular with them. Just like I did with my daughter, I cringed when both dogs got their shots. I could almost feel their pain as if it were my own. I held each of them during this process, they each put their head under my arm pit as if to hide. It was like they were saying, "Mom why are you doing this to me?" I don't know who was more traumatized - the dogs or me!
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