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I Took A Day Off From Working Out Sort Of

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Sunday and Wednesday are my chosen days of rest from working out. Taking a day off to rest doesn't necessarily mean that you don't do some sort of activity. I just means that you take a break from doing your usual workout.

Yesterday, Wednesday, I decided to tackle several big tasks that were on my list of things "to do". I did several loads of laundry, hubby and I ran some errands in the morning, we went out for breakfast, met some friends for lunch and then tackled some big chores in the afternoon.

While the washing machine and dryer were humming away, I decided to vacuum the house. This was followed by shampooing the carpet in the dining room, front office and master bedroom. Hubby, meanwhile, was using some serious elbow grease to tackle some stubborn carpet stains in the great room and hall. We will try to shampoo that area tomorrow. The carpet was of dubious quality to begin with, so after 7 years with people and pets running in and out of the house, it looked pretty bad even though we try to shampoo it once or twice a year. Ripping the carpet up and replacing it with either tile or hard wood flooring would be a costly solution right now although we have seriously considered it.

I found the act of cleaning the carpet very therapeutic. The before and after comparison is usually fairly dramatic, so I derive a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction from a job well done. Now the house smells fresh and clean and we have checked several large chores off our list.

While I technically didn't workout yesterday, I really got a good two hours of exercise while completing my chores. In fact, I can't remember the last time I was dripping with sweat like I did yesterday. My exercise tracker says that I burned 1200 calories and I sure felt like that was true!

  
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NIGHTSKYSTAR 8/4/2012 5:51PM

    sounds like a workout to me!!
i asked for pergo flooring for Christmas and my birthday. its upstairs waiting to be installed...it really wasnt that expensive and i went for the lifetime grade...warranteed. i have a huge kitchen and it will cover the entire kitchen area.

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SCOOTDOG 8/2/2012 11:51PM

    emoticonNeed to follow your example and shampoo my carpets.

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SLENDERELLA61 8/2/2012 2:29PM

    Well I wouldn't call that a day of rest, but it certainly was a productive day. Good for you!! Honestly I need to follow your example and do a lot more housework. I just hate it. Often just can't seem to make myself do what needs to be done. Need an attitude adjustment.

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KAMILLAVIRAG1 8/2/2012 7:11AM

    Wow, that was an active day! emoticon

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BLACK741 8/2/2012 7:06AM

    wow two birds with one stone, great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Trying To Keep Exercise At 120 Minutes

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

In order to stay with my plan to keep exercise to 120 minutes or under, I am not leaving for my classes until 8:30a.m. I will take my time getting there, take my time in the locker room and not push myself to keep a frantic pace. My goal today is to pace myself and not go flat out for the full 120 minutes. We'll see if I can do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

1.) I will drink H2O while exercising
2.) I will avoid the plank position
3.) I will use a noodle with abdominal work or use the vertical position
4.) I will shoot for 120 minutes of exercise
5.) I will do extra stretches before leaving the water

I have done fairly well meeting my goals for the last two workouts. I noticed that since I skipped the 3rd class yesterday my knees aren't as stiff and I don't feel as tired this morning. Instead of doing a 3rd class yesterday I focused on being active and running errands. We'll see how I feel today!

  
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SLENDERELLA61 7/31/2012 1:11PM

    Doing great!! Keep up the smart workouts, Cyndi!!

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SBNORMAL 7/31/2012 8:30AM

  Wow, 120 minutes great!!

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Another Good Day

Monday, July 30, 2012

I had another great day using moderation and modification today in water exercise. It is still a struggle but I will prevail!!!

  
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SLENDERELLA61 7/30/2012 3:53PM

    Yes, you will! Good going.

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DONNABRIGHT 7/30/2012 3:50PM

    You rock!

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I Met All 8 Of My Goals Yesterday!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

I'm very proud for meeting all 8 of the exercise modification and moderation goals that I set for myself yesterday. Here's how I did"

1.) I was in the water for exactly 120 minutes. Goal met!

2.) I drank 30 ounces of water - 10 before and 20 during the workout. My total for the day was 85 ounces! Goal met!

3.) I modified the plank exercises to reduce the stress on my neck and shoulder area. Goal met!

4.) I used a noodle for all abdominal work that I did on my back and for all other abdominal work I modified to a vertical position, thus taking the stress off my neck and shoulders. Goal met!

5.) I used lower arms for exercises involving "arms over the head" in order to take the stress off my neck and shoulders. Goal met!

6.) I stayed in the pool for an extra half hour after class in order to cool down and perform additional stretches. Goal met!

7.) I ate a healthy lunch, logged onto SP to record my exercise and then rested in a prone position when I got home after my workout. (The prone position rests the spine and the knee replacements)
Goal met!

8.) I allowed myself to feel proud without guilt for meeting my goals and putting my needs at the top of my list. I had a successful day!

  
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SLENDERELLA61 7/30/2012 11:41AM

    Celebrate success!! You are so smart to figure out what your body needs. Keep up the great work!!

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KMSIMMONS1 7/29/2012 9:05AM

  Congrats on meetimg your goals - keep up the good work and results will follow! I'm inspired!

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Incorporating Exercise Changes

Friday, July 27, 2012

Incorporating exercise changes for moderation and rest is proving more difficult than I had anticipated. I modified my arm position when we did interval training this morning, just as my doctor advised me to do. I noticed a big difference in how tight my shoulders and neck were almost immediately. Instead of jogging and punching my fists into the air, I decided to rapidly tread water. It was aerobic without impact and didn't put stress on my shoulders/neck area.

Unfortunately I felt so good that I stayed in the water longer than I had planned. :( I got caught up in talking while I was treading/jogging in the water and didn't pay attention to the time. Instead of doing 120 minutes I did 150 minutes in the water. Tomorrow I will try my modifications again and will do a better job of curbing my exercise enthusiasm.

My plan for tomorrow is:
1.) I will keep my workout to 90-120 minutes and no more
2.) I will drink water while working out
3.) I will avoid doing arm exercises while in the front plank position (stresses the neck/shoulders)
4.) I will continue to do my abdominal exercises with a noodle or opt to do them vertically
5.) I will opt to keep my arms lower if we do exercises involving arms above the head
6.) I will do additional stretches after class as needed if my muscles are tight - I won't just get out of the water and head to the showers
7.) I will go home and rest after working out
8.) I will be proud of myself for every goal in the above list that I meet

  
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AQUAGIRL08 7/28/2012 3:22PM

    I achieved almost all of my goals this morning! In order that I may achieve all of them, I am now heading to my bed to rest! I'm very proud of myself!

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SLENDERELLA61 7/27/2012 2:42PM

    Awesome self-awareness and goal setting! You should be proud. My WW leader awarded me a magnet one time that says, "A goal well set is half met." I think you are at least half way there. Take care, Cyndi. I'll be at the Y Monday morn unless Gwen's cold is worse. Hope to see you.

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JUDYHELP 7/27/2012 2:13PM

  emoticon that's a great check list. Got me to think maybe I need a check list. Wishing great success for you on your journey (and check list). Keep it up!! emoticon Judy

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