Saturday, January 29, 2011
A la Celeste' who shares wonderful picture documentaries , I remembered to take my camera and took pics of today's outdoor activities. Bruce was cutting firewood and together we picked it up, loaded it on the trailer and then split it as we unloaded the trailer. Hope I can access the photos to show you.
This is Bruce as I found him when I walked down to where he was working.
And me as I got going.
THEN, I got my first lesson in driving the backhoe!!! I can't remember why Bruce took it down there.
Mind you, Bruce is just learning to use my camera (I am not far ahead of him in that process. lol)
Moving the tractor and trailer to the next workspot.
We were clearing up dead trees that had fallen or needed to be removed. The Electric company had cleared the right of way, mangling a lot of trees, and leaving a lot of mess behind.
Daisy served as supervisor.
THEN we got into trouble...hauling the trailer up the slope, the wheels couldn't get enough traction with the load..and we had trouble with a stump. So, we got the backhoe again and used it to pull the tractor and trailer till everything was moving!! The ground is very wet from all the recent snow and rain, so it got slick fast when the wheels couldn't grab.
Ready to unload.
Using the log splitter to resize the huge pieces..Bruce did that and I moved the split pieces to the woodpile. Then I unloaded the rest of the small logs.
All of this is necessary for us to heat our house each winter. Great exercise and today the weather was perfect for doing this.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
This is the edited view to bring it closer. DH took the pics and is not used to the camera..by the time we took this, I forgot to stand up straight..but unfortunately, what is showing is really there.
These are taken January 27, 2011. My third day on the 8 Week Diabetes Challenge.
I neglected to mention earlier that I had these taken as "before" pics.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Last night as part of the 8 week Diabetes Challenge program, I took my measurements for the first time in quite a while. Rechecked a few this morning and then compared them to my records.
The first time I took my measurements for T-tapp and Sparks was February 22, 2009. I did a T=Tapp bootcamp, not knowing that my form was so bad the program would not work well...I only lost a net. of 3/4 of an inch over all and was pretty disappointed. I was probably expecting miracles!
Now, two years later, having done T-Tapp basic workout + as my primary workout off and on...and only recently branching into other things, including other T-Tapp workouts...I was REALLY surprised when I compared to that first record. I have lost a total of 8 inches!!! I am delighted.
T-Tapp has definitely streamlined my back..all the rolls are gone as is the fat pocket at the base of my neck. I am having no knee pain and when I have shoulder or back issues (rarely), the T-Tapp works them out pretty quickly. I am SO pleased. My chiropractor says I am always better when I have been doing the T-tapp. (Basic Workout Plus is only a 15 min. workout..but it gets results when you do it right.)
Now as I face the 8WDC...I am going to try to ramp up my T-Tapp workouts. I have found they work better than any of the others I have tried that meet my needs and abilities...and that I am employing T-Tapp techniques when I walk on the treadmill, use the gazelle, or do some of the other workout tapes I have.
This is great incentive at the beginning of this challenge.
Monday, January 24, 2011
I can't believe I just did that!!! I joined the 8 week Diabetes weight loss challenge team. I hope to launch things tomorrow since the day is nearly over for Monday.
"SparkPeople 8-Week Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge
SparkPeople's Official 8-Week Diabetes Weight Loss Challenge will help you take control of your diabetes and get real results! Get weekly challenges and a simple exercise program that's been proven to help people with diabetes manage their blood sugar levels. By tracking your progress, you'll be eligible for weekly giveaways, quarterly grand prizes, and a special SparkTrophy to display on your SparkPage, too. Join anytime to start the challenge"
I really don't care about the trophies, possible prizes etc. I really need some kind of kick in the pants to get things moving!
I posted my goals as wanting to get the weight moving off me...I am right back where I started. I want to get my blood sugars DOWN..normal would be wonderful but at least DOWN.
I want to up my exercise levels, and hope for inspiration and perhaps new workouts to help me get some variety into my exercise regime. I LOVE T-Tapp..and will probably use it through this challenge..but it won't hurt to add other things too.
I can't believe I am trying this again...I seem to be very resistant to change but I need something to make me make the changes since what I have done so far has only allowed me to yo yo down and up, down and up...right back to start.
Tomorrow I will take my measurements again. Perhaps try to figure out some kind of "before" pic...I don't have any exercise gear nor the funds to get any just now.
SO, HERE GOES!!!
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