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Okay, I checked the schedule . . .

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

6:00 a.m. breakfast
6:30 walk
7:30 laundry and declutter
8:10 Leave for the YMCA

Aquatics Schedule Tuesday Morning

8:45 Water Exercise
9:45 Silver Splash
10:45 Deep Water Exercise

I'll either be a prune or a mermaid if I make it through all that.

I've taken water exercise before. It was enough to make me think I could become a fitness coach and develop my own water class and help others become fit by combining low impact cardio with strength while using the resistance of the water for toning. (Can you hear the laughter?)

It's a good thing I woke up early. Except I'm yawning . . . OMG it's 5:08. Better go back to bed. I thought I was retired!

Update: Well, today was stormy. I somehow got in the mile walk with the dog before the heavens opened up. I got to the Y in time for the 2nd class.
But they had closed the pool because they were under a tornado warning. They had actually flattened the bubble over the pool.

So I used the treadmill and did 15 minutes of lower body strength training, and went home via the produce aisle at Winn Dixie. I needed greens. Can't seem to find them at the farmer's markets.

If the weather is okay tomorrow, I might get to use the pool at the Y Wednesday and Thursday. They are closing again Marcjh 1 - 3 to take down the bubble till next winter.

So any way you look at it, I am going to be doing some other things besides swimming.

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PHEBESS 2/26/2013 4:40PM

    Too bad about the pool closing, I love water fitness classes! Used to go to water aerobics for myself, and the "senior fitness" class with my mom (where I'd still do the aerobics stuff away from everyone because I'd do double time).

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SIMONEKP 2/26/2013 1:24PM


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POPSY190 2/26/2013 12:32PM

    I've been retired a few years and now I wonder where I found time for the work!

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LESLIELENORE 2/26/2013 9:30AM

    Sounds like fun! Enjoy!!

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BUDDHA33 2/26/2013 6:01AM

    Sounds like a fun morning! What's for breakfast, Bravelute?

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CHRISTINASP 2/26/2013 5:33AM

    Wish I could join you. But not for two hours - last time I was in the pool half an hour was enough! Have a good time!

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Oh Woe

Monday, February 25, 2013

It has been expected but it is now official.
The community pool is closing. For construction to ramps, rails, fence and new floor surface around the total outside of the pool.

They say 1 week. What do you think?
I got my workout in this afternoon, and returned this evening just to enjoy the water and quiet, because I had it to myself.

I have alternative plans for fitness, but I don't think my legs will be happy without the swimming. So I guess I'll need to spend the gas to go to the gym.

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SIMONEKP 2/26/2013 1:25PM


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SHARJOPAUL 2/26/2013 10:38AM

    Hopefully it will only be that 1 week

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LESLIELENORE 2/26/2013 9:29AM

    One week? Ha!

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CHRISTINA-SP 2/26/2013 3:33AM

    I am glad that it is just one week. I'm sure you can find other ways to exercise.

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POPSY190 2/26/2013 2:25AM

    Good luck with this. I think a week might be a little optimistic?

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ANGEL1066 2/25/2013 10:57PM

    I hope they do it both quickly and well. My legs are not at all happy without a pool!

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CATHEMARIE 2/25/2013 9:10PM

    Hopefully, it will be finished quickly and ever so much nicer!


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NELLIEC 2/25/2013 7:57PM

    Swimming is very good exercise, so I guess that means spending money for gas.

1 week -- I wonder about that. I have had heard promises about how long something will take and usually it goes longer.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 2/25/2013 7:40PM

    I hope they fix it quickly and it is well and truly improved!

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CBRINKLEY401 2/25/2013 7:15PM

    It's always good to have a plan B in place when plan A goes awry.

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I love growing my own food

Saturday, February 23, 2013

I can't help but think one or two packets of seeds could be the revolution that everyone needs to just start eating more vegetables. You don't need a lot of space. Find an old cloth shopping bag. Buy some potting soil and compost or use your own. Fill the shopping bag. Water the soil mix. Sprinkle on a mixture of lettuce seeds. Set in a sunny place and water once more. Lettuce likes it cooler. So do peas-do sugar snap peas. Soak them about 2 hours in room temperature water. and plant a grid of sugar snap peas in your bag two inches by two inches. Set this bag by a railing they can use for support. They will grow 4 - 5 feet tall. And then a tomato. Buy a plant already started. If you're going with the shopping bag, get a "patio" tomato, or one that is determinate. Transplant the small plant into another bag. Dig a trench as long as the widest part of your bag. Take your tomato plant out of its store pot. Lay it down in the trench with the root ball on one end, and the top of the plant at the other. Cover everything except the top of the plant with dirt. The stem is covered with hairs. Each hair becomes a root which helps to feed your tomato so you get lots of tomatoes.

You can use an indeterminate if that word seems to match your personality, but be ready because they are vines. They'll grow as tall as the support you give them. If that is only 5 feet tall, they'll grow UP five feet, and then head back down again.

Be sure you place the bags where you and your family can watch what happens every day. Give your bag a cup or two of water. You don't need to drag out the hose every morning.In about a month, you will be plucking leaves from the lettuce every other day for salads. In a month and a half, you'll have your own salad daily. In the third month you could have tomatoes and sugar snap peas to add to the bowl.

But the sugar snap peas probably won't make it to your salad. SOMEONE will be sneaking the pods as they plump up, and eating them before they ever get inside. Be sure to harvest them as they get plump so they will continue to grow and give you more delicious welcomes.

Be sure to share the wonder of your plants as they grow. Share with your kids, grandkids, the neighbor kids. If they ask questions you don't know the answer, hand them the google machine and have them find the answer.

Or better yet, say "Why don't we watch and find out."

You won't have enough food to keep from going to the produce market, but you will have an enriched life.

When your plants are done, pull them out of the bags, shake dirt off the roots, and plant some more seeds.

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SAGELADY2 2/24/2013 1:47PM

    Sounds good, but we've got a bit more cold to get over before it's safe. I'm buying my tomato and peppers as plants. Not enough time to care for them from seedlings. Looking forward to spinach.

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LESLIELENORE 2/23/2013 2:23PM

    My dad mentioned today that it is about time to start his sets for their garden.

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NSTARSMITH 2/23/2013 11:32AM

    What a marvelous instructive blog this is. I hope lots of folks decide to try it out!

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JACKIE542 2/23/2013 10:01AM

    Can't wait to get my garden started. emoticon

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SHARJOPAUL 2/23/2013 9:00AM

    I really miss my veggie garden this time of year! I have some Swiss Chard growing in a pot by the window. YUM!

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BUDDHA33 2/23/2013 7:32AM

    Are you a square-foot gardener, Bravelute?

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Assignment: Excuses, Excuses

Friday, February 22, 2013

I am not from a generation that was taught to do a personal workout. 4 years of cancer therapy and surgeries was my workout that just about did me in.
Years of driving thru (the drive thru) was the extent of my workouts, along with eating all the calories that I picked up with untold reps.

So now, even though I have set the goal to be as healthy as possible, there are still times when the workout, as many people here in sparkdom define that, doesn't seem as important as you might think it should.

Instead of making excuses, I find work arounds.

My Yorkie, Jewels insists on going for a mile walk every morning. And if it's raining, she refuses to go. I get out my umbrella and go without her.

If it's a bad thunderstorm, I have a zumba DVD I pop in. I figure that will come in handy this summer if we don't get our walk in before it hits 100 degrees.

Social Security says they have overpaid me and that I owe them $6900 by May. And if that's not a hardship, I can pay them back at $596 a month till paid off. Either way you look at it, that is a hardship for anyone on Social Security. So the gym membership is going. That will also save gasoline because it's a 20 mile round trip. I've saved almost $100 a month by not going to the gym.

But I must take up the slack. And since I love going to my community pool, and I have a recumbent bike, I think I'll be okay on the fitness front. I can also walk on the bike trail and pretend I'm in a class with the Zumba DVD.

So excuses are handled by a switch in thinking, a switch in plans, a switch in time saves calories burned, and $.

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GEMLADYONE 2/22/2013 8:18PM

    Wow, what a great way to look at the unexpected hurdle in your path. It's a shame it happened, but I commend you on your appoach to it. I think I'll try to keep this in mind next time I feel like whining about some small annoyance! Thanks for sharing.

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POPSY190 2/22/2013 8:06PM

    Terrific approach to the unlookedfor problem. emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 2/22/2013 2:25PM

    What a great attitude and perspective.

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NSTARSMITH 2/22/2013 9:20AM

    Well, I might like to blister the bureaucracy that put you in the spot of "paying back" their mistake, but instead I will praise your positive determination! Work arounds are absolutely necessary in life - good grief, life tosses so much debris in our paths. If a person gives up because of an obstacle, they'll never get anywhere! work around it is the real life path. Way to go YOU!

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MAUITN 2/22/2013 8:42AM

    I hope you also make sure they over paid you and that it is not some mistake on their part. But good luck. We can always find some activity if we look for it. Even housework and yard work is exercise.

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Assignment: Blog about all the improvements

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

This picture says 500 words because it was taken about 3 months ago, and the other half of the story has continued.

In the bike pic, it says I had lost 35 of the 46 total pounds.
It says I'm happy.
It says I'm active, doing fun things.
It says I'm alive, with a blood pressure in the normal range.

The other half you can't see shows I'm eating healthy food, doing routines to go to bed earlier to get a good night's sleep. It shows I've started a team to share anti-angiogenic food concepts with others. It shows I've stopped drinking sugary drinks. It shows I eat a ton of fruits and veggies daily. It shows I've streamlined my menu planning, prepping, and cooking so I'm not in the kitchen all the time. It shows I'm in the pool 4-7 days a week. It shows I walk at least a mile a day. It shows I'm eating whole food which I process 90% of the time. It shows I'm even growing a lot of my own food organically in 4 raised beds on a small lot in a 55+ mobile home retirement community. The other half of the picture shows that I'm creating habits for a healthy life for the long term.

The last 6 months is the longest I've ever stayed on a diet program. That is because I finally get it, that losing weight fast is for the short term, because it doesn't give me time to set myself up for long term success. So, while my streaks aren't consecutive because of techie issues, I AM establishing a long running streak where I will continue to
drink the water,
eat 2 pounds of veggies and 4 fruits as the basis of my eating plan,
choose 10+ anti-angiogenic foods daily, maintain fiber intake at 30+,
avoid processed foods with lots of additives which I can't pronounce
avoid sugar
buy whole foods and process it myself
keep my organic garden growing veggies (and a little fruit)
take vitamin D3 supplement
do daily cardio,
get 8 hours sleep

And now, I must go start some seeds and set out some transplants.

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LAURAAT 2/21/2013 2:46PM

    What an awesome, awesome blog! So inspiring. And, a lot of the things you said you can't see by the picture, you can, in a way. It shows in how happy you are, that you're making good choices, it shows in the glow you have.

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CATHEMARIE 2/20/2013 2:51PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHRISTINASP 2/20/2013 12:28PM

    I hope you take the time to feel and enjoy and celebrate all that you learned and changed! emoticon

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CHRISTINASP 2/20/2013 12:28PM

    I would say that it is 'incredible' be it that I DO believe it! You made huge, amazing changes! Congratulations!

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L_SADHANA 2/20/2013 11:38AM

    That is awesome - good for you!

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ANRU7695 2/20/2013 10:17AM

    What a great, positive blog! :) I enjoyed reading it. Celebrating your success is a sweet thing! Way to go, and keep it up!

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LESLIELENORE 2/20/2013 9:58AM

    emoticon Isn't it amazing what a change in mindset can achieve?!

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NSTARSMITH 2/20/2013 9:03AM

    You definitely deserve an "A" on your assignment! Counting blessings is an excellent mobilizer! Spark ON!

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