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Pools are Wonderful Inventions

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The community pool is well into jack hammer Renovations.
Yesterday the Y pool deflated its bubble because of a tornado warning.
I called today, and it was back in business.
When I arrived early, a teenager was leaving the bubble. I asked her how the water was. She said it was nice but it would be better when the bubble came off. I thought it was lovely. Perfect temperature. So I got in 40 minutes of my own brand of workout I do for my legs, then 45 minutes of Aqua Silver class, and ended with 15 minutes of laps since that part of the pool had cleared out.

Right now my shoulders feel like my arms are going to fall off, but my legs feel fantastic and that was the goal.

Aqua Zumba followed by Water Exercise tomorrow night. Zumba in the water is a real trip!! Sends me into gales of laughter. Since I'm dripping wet, you can't see I'm laughing so hard that tears are streaming down my face. The tears actually compete with the sweat. I know, you can't see the sweat either.

Don't know how my legs will survive over the weekend when both pools are closed. You're probably yelling for me to go to the beach. Hey the Gulf is 69 degrees today. I need it quite a bit warmer for my toes to even consider wading at the beach. Both pools are heated to 84 degrees.

The Y will be available again on Monday, but no more bubble keeping the air warm. Not sure if they will continue to heat the water then.

Bubbles are wonderful inventions, too!!

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CHRISTINASP 3/1/2013 12:20PM

    You make swimming sound enticing!

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SIMONEKP 2/28/2013 10:49AM

    Love to emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 2/28/2013 10:22AM

    Sounds great. I wish they heated our local pool to 84 degrees!

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MLH148 2/28/2013 7:17AM

    Our Aqua Zumba is on the one night a week I have to work emoticon
It looks like a great time.
Sounds like you are doing great! emoticon

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POPSY190 2/27/2013 11:36PM

    It all sounds a fun way to get exercise. emoticon

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ANGEL1066 2/27/2013 11:34PM

    That sounds like such fun, and very good for you. Except - don't over stress those arms to save your legs. I do hope they are feeling better now. I'm wondering if the bubble top would work here - that could solve the winter pool problem if so.

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GZELLEFRO 2/27/2013 9:43PM

    I love swimming as well. I would love to take Zumba in the water! I would have to join the Y though and I live 30 min away and it's also too expensive. Oh well.

We did buy our own pool last year, but I can only swim in the summer. I stretch it out as long as I can, though. I open it in March/April and start swimming as soon as I can. Maybe I can get a bubble for my pool! I'll have to look into it.

Sounds like you're doing a great job and having fun at the same time. That's a surefire way to stick with it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Salt-Sugar-Fat Addiction

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

If you are reading this, you've probably missed the opportunity to see Feb. 26 episode of the Dr. Oz show. He had the author of "Salt, Sugar, and Fat: Could You Be Addicted?"

I feel vindicated.

I wish I knew the solution, but it's nice to know that the problem is real, and the manufacturers are working to keep it going.

Know what he says is the biggest culprit with sugar, salt and fat all wrapped up in one wonderful thing that takes us to our bliss point?

potato chips

All I can think to do is to STAY AWAY from processed food. And then to be sure when I cook that I don't make my own salt-sugar-fat combo that sets me off.

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LESLIELENORE 2/27/2013 5:50PM

    potato chips are a trigger food for me, so I tend to avoid them.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 2/27/2013 4:41PM

    Yes, the problem is real. Now that we know it for certain, we can start to defend against it as best as we can. Who wants to be a patsy for the military-industrial-toxic food complex? Nobody!

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CHRISTINASP 2/27/2013 11:48AM

    I looked up 'vindicated' but don't get what it means in this context. I never liked potato chips!

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HIKER-SQUIRREL 2/27/2013 6:42AM

    I'm not familiar with Michael Moss, but I have read The End of Overeating by Dr. David Kessler, former commissioner of the FDA. He also examined the food industry's use of fat-sugar-salt to make food hyper-palatable, and the lengths they would go to make more money. Very eye-opening stuff.

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POPSY190 2/27/2013 2:07AM

    I just don't buy potato crisps any more - once started can't stop!!

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BUDDHA33 2/26/2013 5:41PM

    I caught some of that. Potato chips are my ultimate addiction.

The author's name is Michael Moss if anyone wants to obtain a copy of the book from their friendly library!

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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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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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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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