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Taking time to exercise makes time for other things!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Okay - you know all the benefits of exercise - increased strength, greater stamina, firmer body, smaller clothes. And the medical benefits might even mean getting off medicines or taking less which means more $ in your pocket. But it suddenly hit me yesterday, after completing a serious major spring house clean job - that because I am stronger and fitter and have more stamina - I can tackle these gargantuan life tasks - like whole house cleaning - and not need to spend the next 24 hours in bed recovering!

A whole house clean usually takes about 6 hours of up and down stairs and vacuuming and not just damp mopping but actually scrubbing that downstairs bathroom floor. It's getting the big step ladder out and cleaning off the ceilings and fan blades - which is more up and down climbing. (my ceilings are all 10 feet high) It's aiming the vacuum hose under the beds and under the dressers - which is a lot of on your knees effort. It's hauling 3 baskets of laundry from the upstairs washing machine to the downstairs clothes line then back up stairs to the bedrooms. It's up and down and lift and tote and really quite a workout. Normally this wipes me out about 2 or 3 o'clock and sometimes I'm not good for anything the next day either.

But steady efforts the past few months, with powah yogah added last week, have increased my strength and stamina to the point that when I got through yesterday ... I didn't need ibuprofen and a nap. Granted, I sat down and enjoyed a nice spate of knitting, but by choice, and there weren't any aching muscles.

I hadn't really thought about a fitter body actually giving me time - because most of the time I am having to battle with the "I'm too busy to exercise" arguments from my Bossy, Things-To-Do School Marm brain. This realization that being stronger gives me more time since I won't need to go lie down to recover from effort - Ha! I see this rebuttal defeating the I'm too busy argument every time.

I feel one notch closer to living that healthy fit life. woo woo. Still and all - May your house never get as dirty as mine does.

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JKTENTATIVE 5/16/2010 1:33PM

    Great insight! Thanks for sharing.

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SHEILA1505 5/16/2010 12:35PM

You have a very good point here.
Yesterday and late last night I was getting ready (around lots of other things like lunch with friends, rugby match with DB) for a family celebration at my house. This involved a Blitz clean lick and a promise, doing all the food from scratch and the drinks and glasses etc. The "party" dishes were thick with dust cos I'm usually too lazy to entertain on my own.
I coped. I did everything. I hosted the party for all of us and cleared and everything is away again. As you say - no ibuprofen, no resting and no stress! Progress!! Do you think we might have had a break-through - I do hope so!

Hugs and love

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MERALO 5/16/2010 10:00AM

    I love this! Wonderful echoed my thoughts too...enjoy all that free time you have now...

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ALEXTHEHUNN 5/16/2010 9:42AM

    What an interesting observation: that being fitter actually gives you more time. I'd not thought of that before.

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PLAYBLUES22 5/16/2010 8:59AM

    Great way to get your exercises in emoticon

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ALIMESSA 5/16/2010 8:36AM

    Great blog...a good reminder that exercise really does benefit you in so many ways that you don't even realize!! The benefits of exercise are endless and will last us a lifetime...too bad cleaning the house doesn't last that long! LOL!!

As always,
Stay Strong!!

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JABCLUB 5/16/2010 8:32AM

    Good job!!! You've inspired me to get an earlier start on my list of chores today, too. Also reminds me I need to clean that crown molding (I have high ceilings, too)! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUBIAFIRE 5/16/2010 8:21AM

    Good luck on your journey.

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Mercury retrograde, yoga, and disasters. Oh My

Friday, May 14, 2010

Wednesday, Mercury returned to a forward motion in the astrological skies, with the promise of one last kick in the pants for all things communicating, including technology things. I botched a piece of code for my library website (now corrected) I was unable to get a .jpg file of an important image we need. and I inadvertently deleted the email address associated with my personal blog - a diary I have kept since January of 2003.

I didn't know this till a friend contacted me with the information that my blog was no longer available, but as I read her email I saw each step I took to delete my precious blog in my memory ... each stupid uninformed thoughtless step. And I've contacted the google folk who own Blogger and who knows. there might be a way to fix it ... but I have deep serious doubts.

But my friends - as sorry as I am about this - somehow it just doesn't bleed that much. I thought it would. There are the many posts with photos about our trip to England, there is the detailed account of making a wedding dress from 10 yards of gorgeous 100% silk satin, there are bucolic reminiscences of strolls through the countryside with my husband and our dogs, which he christened "The Wheat Dolphins" once while watching them sproing above the swaying green heads, then disappear back beneath the waves of grass. There are birthdays and Holidays and family things - moments of sudden inspiration, a few posts that might be of literary value, and some stories that touched the hearts of others. This is a written account of the past 7 years of my life and there are no other copies of it.

I feel this loss. I am really sad about it. But I am not ... devastated. Not crushed. In some way I just see it as one of those moments of breaking. Have you ever had a special object - maybe a fine Waterford crystal vase or some a piece of Sevres china that hit the ground and shattered. That's how I feel. Completely aware of the loss - and completely aware of where it fits in the grand universe. As a thing. An event. A sadness. The flip side of a gift, creation, a joy.

I think it is my daily yoga that put me in the frame of mind to cope with such a loss. Daily Yoga, added to meditation and prayer, seems to be the physical part that was missing - the body part integrating with the spiritual. And for that, I am deeply grateful.

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KEC1974 5/18/2010 7:00AM

    Love your blog! So glad I found it!

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MSLZZY 5/14/2010 11:35PM

    You made your peace with the situation-positive. Maybe it is the yoga!

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MERALO 5/14/2010 2:16PM

    Mercury in Retrograde can wreak havoc! I've been there and the results are usually sorry it affected you.

Perhsps you'll get lucky and Blogger will find your files...they usually keep these things stashed away somewhere, nothing is every completely gone in the online world. Holding thumbs for you!

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SHEILA1505 5/14/2010 1:42PM

    Some moments, or more, of sadness mourning its loss would be more than justified. As you have accepted, no amount of ranting, raving, weeping or wailing is going to change the situation and bring it back. You can still mutter some expletives, if you like!
You have your memories, and others have had the joy of reading about them and now you are going to make a whole lot more.

Hugs and love

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CRAVE_FREE 5/14/2010 12:51PM

    You seem very grounded about the whole situation. It must be all your thinner peace plus yoga. I still hope they can recover it for you!

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ELLFIN3 5/14/2010 11:45AM

    I agree! We are having major computer problems at work! I broke my favorite solid amethyst ring( by dropping it on the tile floor)! I was very upset! But there will be other rings and the computer will get fixed one way or another!! This are things and even though they are important things, there more important things, health family, friends that are much more important!! Hang in there!!

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Powah Yoga day 3

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I was going to grouse about my stupid day but the truth is - although it was stupid it was not depressing. Granted, the webinar I rearranged everybody's schedule for was NOT yesterday but will be next Wednesday (good side of this is that I didn't miss it); I was never able to load the pictures on the library's web site (i did get something up on the library's facebook page); I canceled lunch with a girlfriend only to realize I could have had lunch with her...

Well I was going to complain about that but the truth is - it was only stupid - not unhappy. And long about 3 o'clock I realized I just didn't want to be in the office any more and came home. That was sweet. I have been needing a vacation for a long time and I'm going to get one the last week of this month but it's hard hanging in there and I've got Events and Things To Do right up to the last minute.

So what does all this have to do with Powah Yoga?

First - I believe the over all stronger feeling I've gotten in only 2 sessions made yesterday a little easier to deal with. It's not as if I was going from no exercise to some - I went from modest regular exercise to Powah Yoga! Really, I should call this Biggest Loser Yoga but ... every time I think of it, I think of my little cousin who was such a big fan of Power Rangers - which he called Powah Wayngers - and I can't resist applying that epithet to things that blast away, fighting crime and defending good. Or fighting fat and defending health.

But the greater strength that only 2 sessions have helped create .... especially the core stuff that holds your body up when you sit in a chair half your day, that keeps you aligned when you walk, that opens up your torso so that the blood flows smoothly ... I am positive it helped me cope with a cranky fractious day.

Then - there is that delicious realization that after even only 2 sessions with this workout I have more strength and None of that burning soreness I had on Monday. It was easy to load up the dvd player and do the workout - no I can't hold all the poses as long as Bob asks you to but I am better at it today than I was on Tuesday. I will continue to get better each time. And for some reason I just feel more compact - even at this early stage.

so. Hooray for Powah Yoga.

let's hope today is a Smart Day instead of a Stupid one.

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CRAVE_FREE 5/13/2010 10:23AM

    Sounds like you are powerful! You can make today whatever you want it to be.

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MERALO 5/13/2010 9:29AM

    Powah to you!

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MSLZZY 5/13/2010 8:28AM

    It will be a SMART day with that attitude! Have a good one! emoticon

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Ab up-date and Powah Yoga

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Long about noon yesterday it suddenly hit me - that ring of I mean, those ab muscles and the ones around my shoulders and thighs didn't hurt any more. It was as if, once they saw I was serious about making them work, they gave up the struggle and just got stronger. Even my back felt more secure so of course I had more energy all day long.

I still prefer the more elegant yoga dvds from the folks at Yoga Journal but for right now this rock'n'roll dvd fills a very specific need for me. Thank heaven for Netflix, which gives me the opportunity to try before you buy.

This Biggest Loser Yoga dvd is actually a lot of weight training, using your own body as the weight you lift - especially with the lunges and the planks. Every 2 weeks you add another set of exercises, first some ab workouts and then some free weights. I've committed to doing this 4 days a week for 6 weeks and I've taken measurements so that I can do comparisons. It will be fun to see how much frontage I can flatten between now and June 19.

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CRAVE_FREE 5/12/2010 8:55AM

    I never thought of getting fitness dvds from Netflix. Yet another brilliant idea. Where would I be without you? Sounds like a great plan for flattening the front. Can't wait to see your results!

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MSLZZY 5/12/2010 7:51AM

    Frontage? I like that. Just don't flatten the ta-ta's too much or you'll look like a boy!

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Stickin' to the plan

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Which is to do the Powah Yoga every other day for 2 weeks, Sat, Sun, Tue, and Thur. As I mentioned yesterday, that oval ring around my torso - where arms and thighs join and the whole belly region - was really telling me it had been worked hard. it didn't happen on Sunday, of course when, I suppose all those muscles were in shock and unable to register a protest. Yesterday, though -whooee. Ouch!

And yet I kept wanting to do it again! Yeah. well. I know all about giving it 24 hours rest and I was a good girl and did so - though I did both the AM and PM yoga routines from my other DVD. Seemed like a fair compromise.

but in chatting with a friend with much more history of yoga she commented that you have to be careful with planks (a big part of the BL dvd) - if you have high blood pressure. Now - I am on meds for it so my blood pressure is very good - but I was still nervous about doing all those planks this morning.

That's right. I was back on the mat this a.m. , working along with Bob. My legs are fairly strong, my body is slightly twisted from a serious fall 5 years ago. I have to do a lot of adjusting to be sure I'm not hurting anything, because I'm hyper-flexible - as the yoga teacher in town said "40 ways to do it wrong". Yoga really does help with the out of kilter body and I don't have any ego issues about pushing myself too hard. but I did feel uncomfortable doing planks and when I dropped to my knees - well - I didn't feel like I was doing anything.

I've posted on the yoga team about this blood pressure/plank issue and I'm going to do some more research on my own. Till then I'll probably do half my planks in the modified position.

There's nothing that quite starts your day off so well, though, as knowing you've got your workout in and you're still stickin' to the plan. Hope your plan sticks for you today too.

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MERALO 5/11/2010 8:16AM

    4 times a week??? (whistles gently through teeth)...kudos to you for sticking to your plan, I probably would have folded after 1!

Keep it up, it's all about finding what works for you said it...stick to the plan!

Let us know about the planks...

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MSLZZY 5/11/2010 8:15AM

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LOUNOBLE 5/11/2010 8:08AM

    good for you! Sticking to your plan is half the battle - the other half of course is all the distractions we need to watch out for emoticon making sure we stay on track. Good to hear you are doing your research before pushing too hard with the planks - better safe than sorry! Keep striving for your goal - I am sure the next beach picture will be fantastic!!!!

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