Friday, November 22, 2013
We left the condo on Sunday the 11th to house/farm sit for the couple that own the farm we board. We also provide the full care part of the farm care. Well, Tim really does. I do a couple days but Tim does it. We generally get Saturdays's off when the owner is home. But to us, the horses aren't work, but we do enjoy the concessional off day to do something different like, go rafting or hit a winery or just chill out at home.
So, the last two weeks have been incredible. They have a wonderful home. My condo would fit in there about 4 times. And the kitchen was amazing. We discovered tho, that's a lot of house to clean and to walk around. My fitbit would report almost 1000 steps just from my morning ritual from walking back and forth to the kitchen to the bedroom to the slider a couple times to let their dog out. It was a big house.
Then, I realized, working out was a dog walk because the driveway alone was 7 flights of stairs and close to 3k steps and I did that a couple times a day.
Then, I got to spend time with the horses. Gosh, it was super uplifting to see them every morning and evening. It's like a reminder of why you get up every morning to go to work and do what you do and put up with people that are sometimes not pleasant. It was just the best and guess what, it was exercise.
Sunday was a really long ride, Poppy did two hours in the park. I've got a lot of work to do with him, still but he's really getting there. He's only been in trailing a year and with my accident, he missed a lot of time but I have to say he did pretty good.
I did break down and order hoof boots for his front feet. He'll have sneakers. Horse shoes are just so barbaric to me and the terrain in the park really isn't conducive to metal shoes. I'm waiting for them to come but I can't wait to get them.
Poppy has tiny feet. Most horses are a 6, even the little mare has a large foot, but poppy has a 3. And his feet are just so tender. Hoping the boots do the trick.
We spent a lot of time at the park. Even got a 5 mike hike in there carrying my little Zoe. That wasn't my choice but their dog knows the park really well and got me in there and I got so lost, I had to call Tim, who then tracked my phone (thank god for GPS Technology) who then told me where I was and then I trekked to the main highway, so that my husband could pick me up.
I logged 5 miles and 31 flights of stairs in 2 hours. I was supposed to ride, but my back was so sore. I was going to at least go up and do some ring work but, one of our boarders came up to the house to chat.
Eating was pretty good because we planned our meals really well because civilization was a drive. Not like at the condo. You can almost walk to everything here. And Tim really enjoyed their gourmet kitchen.
Even tho, we had to go to work, it really was like a vacation.
We returned to reality yesterday. And what amazes me is, they appreciated us staying there probably just as much as we enjoyed staying. We've gotten several emails from them thanking us for staying there and taking care of things for them.
What a side hustle that was. I can't wait to do it again.
Wednesday, August 07, 2013
Wow! The last time I posted in my blog was May 26. That was over 2 months ago....
As I mentioned in my last blog, I had been going to the indoor pool down the street from my home. Bad news is, I had a reaction to the chlorine and got really ill. I tried to heal myself thinking it was just a cold. Well, after 2 or 3 week of not being able to speak and having a hard time breathing, I decided it was time to visit the doctor who gave me some antibiotics, steroids and simple instructions for my inhaler.
This led me to really look into some things in life. One thing was how much processed foods I was eating and were they really good for me. I started reading books and blogs about chemicals in our food and every day products that we use to clean.
Needless to say, there's been a lot of changing going on here in our world and the good news is, I'm better. I can breath and since changing our diet to a more natural whole foods, I've actually been able to breath and Tim has put on a few pounds (Remember, Tim is skinny, fighting to gain weight).
We started making our own cleaning and cleansing products out of natural ingredients. I shouldn't lie. Tim, makes these. He's the experimental one. I'm the one that critiques and complains.
We also started juicing, hitting the farmers market and making smarter food choices all the way around. We've been purchasing grass fed meats and milk from grass fed cows.
We're also working on creating less trash. Which means we've been purchasing food at Whole Foods or Moms in the bulk isle and bringing our own containers, which saves on trash.
One thing we've noticed since the change in eating is I haven't had to use my inhaler. I still carry it around but it's been over a month and a half since I last took a puff from it and I can walk up the stairs without being winded.
I've really gotten back into my workouts over the last month or so and really working on increasing my strength since my accident in April. I've really made some great strides, increasing my stability and strength. I still have a way to go but the improvements are incredibly noticeable And i have to thank each and everyone one of my apark friends for all the encouragement. I really don't know if I could have done it without you.
It's times when your chips are down where you learn who your friends are and who will motivate you when things really stink.
Thank you everyone!
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Well, it's been a while since I posted anything in my SP Blog. I didn't really have anything to report. Just some healing, sleeping, resting, and frustration.
This injury has really been tough on my pysche. I'm so used to do things for myself and I've really had to rely on my husband, who has really been awesome through all this.
I started walking to Leslie Sansone last week and doing some of her condition band work. I have a limited selection of easy workouts but found a couple of hers on youtube. I even tried the pool and just two trips to the pool, my hair feels like straw. Errr.
I bought Turbo Barr from Cathe last week and it came yesterday. So, I decided to give some of it a try tonight and Pat, the oldest citizen in the building was enjoying beating me up the stairs. I'm just glad to make it.
Here's how it went...
Upper/Lower Body Muscle Endurance 5 # DB or nothing and loop
Heals forward/ bicep curls
Curtsy lunge with Bicep curls
Bicep curls - slow
Hammer curls with Heals forward
Hammer curls with curtsy
Hummer curl pulses
Hammer curl with over head press
Hammer curl press with heals forward
over head press with heals forward
pulsing squat with overhead press
Overhead press - I put down the weight here, bothered my back
Forward in/forward down - I was able to do these with weight
Lateral raise alternating to both arms - with weight
Lateral raise pulses - No weight after a short rest
Triceps kickbacks - very slight forward bend.
Rows with slight bend
Press outwards - Great shoulder work
Leg Work with Firewalker Loops
Shipped second set of each - My back didn't apreciate these
band Kickbacks - Was able to do all of them
Stretch - Had to do my own.
How do I feel....Hum, My back has a tinge of irritation but not a lot, mostly at the rib, not where the injury was. Ok, not where the major injury was.
I'm just really looking forward to getting back to normal. Whatever normal is. I really can't wait to be able to ride. A few weeks ago, it was drive, so I'm progressing.
Really grateful I only work 5 miles from home because I was able to drive that far after I got out of the hospital. But I know I went back to work far too soon and I'm really enjoying my Memorial Day weekend.
Every day chores are exhausting but I'm finding the more I try to add physical fitness, the easier things become so....I keep pressing on in a lighter way.
I'm still unable to walk my dogs because Roxie is such a puller. I really miss walking them and I like to go with Tim when he walks them when I'm awake. He doesn't like to walk far tho.
Farm chores are truly a butt kicker....but I'm sure they'll get easier as time progresses.
Anywho, I missed my SP friends and I'm sorry I dropped out for a bit there but I really had nothing to report and for a week or so, walking up the stairs was my biggest exercise.
Trying to catch up with everyone. I hope you all are doing Great!
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