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Oh, how quickly it disappers

Saturday, July 03, 2010

I haven't been on my bike for two weeks since my DH took a spill and dislocated his ring finger. I had been away from it for a couple weeks before that. Did a little stationary bike last week, but it's not the same as being outside.
I have some usual routes I take and although it was in the 80's, I didn't expect the ride to tire me as much as it did. I am still sitting here in the AC sweating. What surprised was that my arms got sore. I ride a recumbent bike and my hands are slightly below shoulder level with my elbows slightly bent. I assume I will recover quickly and I need to get out more often.

  
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WORKOUTWITHPAM 7/4/2010 8:06AM

    Glad to hear that you are 'back on the bike' again. I hope your soreness goes away really soon!

HUGS
Pam

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LESLIEJEAN43 7/3/2010 6:49PM

    I'm surprised too that your arms got so sore, but, I do hope you recover quickly, and 'getting back in the saddle' sounds like what you need!


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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/3/2010 4:34PM

    I got rid of my bike just last summer. It was an old style 10-speed that I had really never mastered. So you're the second person today that has mentioned biking. Is Someone trying to tell me something. At this point it would be an expensive whim.

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Yoga for body and soul

Thursday, July 01, 2010

I hated exercise. I never found any physical activity I could do that I was any good at. I always felt awkward and unable to make my body do what I wanted. (Except swimming which was hard to do often growing up in a cold Midwestern state.) So for over 55 years I lived in my head, quite successfully I might say... graduating with honors and getting a MS for an Ivy League school. Eventually this behavior and a broken leg (from an awkward fall) led to a weight gain of 65 lbs. It took a long time to get to the place where I was ready to accept that weight loss for me had to be accompanied by exercise. So I used the bikes and machines at a weight loss center. But still didn't like it.... it was as if it were a bitter pill I had to swallow to get better.
Then I went to my first yoga class.... as the suggest of my massage therapist. I fell in love. Here was a physical activity that was not competitive, where perfection wasn't expected. where doing what you could at the time you were in class was what you were supposed to do. I begin to enjoy the classes and enjoy knowing where my body was in space and best of all reconnecting my brain and body.
All this hit me today in an anusara class where I am working to better my teaching skills. Yes, I loved yoga so much, that I completed the work to be a certified yoga instructor through the Yoga Alliance. Next week I will be doing 10 hours of continuing education trying some scary poses for me.... I can't wait.

  
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JEN-TINK1 7/3/2010 9:40PM

    I need to learn how to do yoga. living in my head
is the easy part for me. It's the relaxing
part I have a problem with.

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SHANTISHANTI 7/3/2010 4:25PM

    I also fell in love with yoga at my first class. Five years ago I completed my yoga teacher training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA and became a certified yoga instructor. I actually left home for a month to live in what used to be an ashram. The peace, serenity, and love just radiated from the earth I walked on. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I can't wait to hear about your "scary poses" experience. Enjoy.

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WEBBIE7 7/3/2010 3:20PM

  Congratulations! I'm interested in doing yoga... would you recommend anything for a beginner to get started?

Keep up the great work! emoticon

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LESLIEJEAN43 7/2/2010 12:38AM

    Good for you, Carol! I am planning to restart a yoga practice this month. I haven't done any for over 5 years.
Hugs, Leslie

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EPIPHANYANGEL 7/1/2010 5:40PM

    emoticonI've recently started doing yoga, still finding some of the moves difficult, but I'm loving it. emoticon

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LAURA9021 7/1/2010 3:43PM

  Congratulations on becoming a certified instructor! emoticon
I love yoga too, it is so relaxing, I really need to find time to do it, it has been a while. Way back when, in high school I took a class with a friend and the instructor had us so relaxed at the end we would fall asleep! emoticon

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Riding in a car

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I used to be able to ride for hours in a car. Now, I have found my legs cramp up after only a couple hours. I was very distressed on our recent trip to move our daughter to St. Louis. I drove her car down and was never so thankful for cruise control. It allowed me to shift my leg around quite often. We rarely drove more than two hours without and stop. Walking around when we did stop immediately reduced my leg cramps. Today on the way home, I had the same thing happen as a passenger. The only thing that helped was sitting in the yoga pose called easy pose... essentially seated cross-legged. Any ideas of the cause(s)?

  
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ALMA_DIVA 7/1/2010 9:41AM

    I was just going to recommend the same thing that PATRICIAANN46, bananas. Back in the day I was in Dance and our dance teacher had bananas available for before and after our performances. We looked like trained monkeys.

Anyway, anything with potassium helps you with cramps. Best wishes!



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PATRICIAANN46 6/30/2010 10:45AM

  Compression hose can help with long trips. I also eat plenty of bananas to help prevent cramps. emoticon

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RISSASPIECES 6/29/2010 4:43PM

    My hips hurt like hell after a couple of hours in the car. I just came back from a long road trip and my legs and hips were miserably sore. I do worry about blood clots...but that is an issue on planes too.

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KIKIEMBRYONIC 6/29/2010 12:59AM

    It isn't a pinched nerve? i know that people *my mother especially* with a history of blood clots or low blood pressure can have real trouble with having their toes pointed/feet hanging on or at the floor, even for an hour or two at a time. I bet it'd be a good idea to have an aspirin before a long trip and simply make plenty of pit stops. Or easy pose, like you said, if space is handy. Any amount of movement that promotes blood flow, or bringing your feet up closer to your heart helps.

Take care!




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The Universe said no to ice cream, but I said yes!

Monday, June 28, 2010

We have had an incredible six days. From our DD's call on Tuesday morning that she had to be moved to St. Louis in time to start work on Monday to crawling (almost literally) into bed tonight including unsuccessful attempts to find subs for two yoga classes, packing for 5-6 hours on Thursday, ceremoniously dumping DD's old mattress and box spring into an apartment dumpster to 3/4 filling a 16' truck and succumbing to pizza and beer on Friday. Saturday was the drive to St. Louis and emptying 1/3 of truck's contents. Today was emptying the other 2/3 at 2 different locations and discovering that the treadmill on fit in the garage at the second drop-off site (cousin's home) and moving into 1 room in SIL house where DD will live for 2 months as she works and finishes preparing for the bar exam.
As a thank you to the family helpers her, DD baked a tasty and relatively high calorie Mexican lasagna for dinner. DH has a favorite ice cream place in St. Louis. It has even been featured on the Food Network. It's called Ted Drewes. By 9:00 PM we were all ready for bed. I was just about to change into PJ's when he asks if I want to go get ice cream with him. I decided to go with him and not get anything.
We ended up accidently hitting a curb (dark rainy night, unfamiliar roads) and getting a flat time. Found an abandoned gas station (BP-ironic that) and pulled under their canopy to change the tire. The lug nuts were a real *********** to get off. Finally success, tire on, back in car and I am ready to go back to SIL and sleep. DH says the only worst that could happen would be to go through all that and not have (get this) his favorite treat - a cardinal sin sundae! I must admit I succumbed by this point . Talk about emotional eating...but the smallest size soft serve swirled with fresh raspberries can't have been all that bad!

  
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LIVNFITNHAPPY 7/7/2010 6:21PM

    I agree with VALERIEMAHA, you could not have made a better choice under the circumstances! That is emotional eating with parameters!

Blessings on your journey! Janet

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VALERIEMAHA 6/28/2010 7:00AM

    Prolly 140 calories and under 5 gr. of fat in the soft serve. And then 1/2 cup fresh raspberries has 32 calories and FOUR grams of fiber!!! EXCELLENT indulgence...you done good grrl!!! And after such a woeful experience.

Blessed be!
xox
Maha

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Working together.

Friday, June 25, 2010

I watched something simply marvelous today. We had helped our DD pack things up, but now it was time for the truck to be packed. Her three housemates and two other friends arrived and in less than 45 minutes the truck was packed. I think DH and I carried maybe 2 boxes a piece. These friends had a great time and were pleased to help. DD invited them all back for pizza and beer. I don't know why, but it warms my heart to see my DD with such wonderful friends.

  
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LESLIEJEAN43 6/26/2010 9:20PM

    Your daughter is clearly a special person to have such good friends! I'm glad the packing of the truck was done so quickly! emoticon

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LIBRATAH 6/26/2010 12:43AM

    What a great feeling to know your DD has such great friends that are there for her!

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VALERIEMAHA 6/25/2010 10:32PM

    Wow! That's really impressive. Another friend was talking about how little help her son got after finishing university when she was helping him move out of the frat house.

Lovely friends indeed!
xox
Maha

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