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Trying C25K

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Early this Spring I tried to start running. I ran a few times with my DGD who is on the track team at her school and I decided to try a 5K. Well I enjoyed the running (actually jogging!), but I got IT Friction Band Syndrome and it took me 5 months to heal. I did walk a 5k that I had signed up for but abandoned the jogging. Well I have decided to try the C25K training program, not to run a 5 k , just to improved my fitness. I am on week 1 and have completed 2 days. I made sure to warm up for 5 minutes then stretch before I did the intervals. I really enjoyed myself. The first day I used my Timex Iron Man HRM watch and just watched the seconds to know when to walk or to jog, but last night I found and joined the c25k team and downloaded the Podrunner C25K interval music and used it for my workout this morning. It was great.

I don't know how far I will get. I'm going to take it slow and easy so I don't injure myself, but I had a ball.

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RURAL3 10/31/2010 12:00AM

    Have fun but listen to your body.

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AELARLEE1 10/30/2010 12:41AM

    Good job! Take is slow and easy just do a little more each day. Seriously, you don't have to go fast, just steady. The C25K is a great way to do it. -- BTW, I started with simply trying to walk around the block fast, it was all I could do :)


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KOFFEENUT 10/27/2010 9:50PM

    Good for you, getting out and challenging yourself!


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SMILEYBEE 10/27/2010 6:56PM

    Sounds good! Keep on having fun!

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OURELEE1 10/27/2010 2:11PM

  Good for you. Take it slow and easy. Have fun. Charlotte

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SBW1027 10/27/2010 1:22PM

    Welcome. I started the C25K program about 6 weeks ago. It took me 2 weeks to complete week 1. I am offically on week 5 now and doing day 2 tonight. I am really glad I started this program!

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Back from Texas

Sunday, October 17, 2010

I had a great trip to see my DD and her girls, but I'm glad to be home.

I didn't take many pictures but here are a few.

Kyla, my youngest GD and their dog Max

Alexis, the teenager, on her way to school

Kyla eating her breakfast before school

My daughter, Camie, helping Alexis with homework just before my daughter went off to night shift.

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RURAL3 10/18/2010 11:35PM

    visits are nice but there is no place like home.

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AELARLEE1 10/18/2010 6:41AM

    I am SO glad you had a good time! You deserved it. But isn't it good to be home too? I bet the GD's loved having you there. One note though: You are simply not OLD enough to have GD's this grown up!

Have a great re-entry to life at home, you young grandma you!

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KOFFEENUT 10/18/2010 12:15AM

    What beautiful girls! I'm so glad the time with the GD's went well - and that you made it back to Colorado safely!

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HINOTO 10/17/2010 5:52PM

    What a gorgeous family you have! I'm glad you had fun in Texas :)

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JUDY1676 10/17/2010 4:18PM

    Nice looking gd! Thanks for sharing thr pics
AND glad you had fun!

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JIMCROCE 10/17/2010 12:17PM

  Nice pictures, glad you had a good time. Texas rocks.

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PLAYBLUES22 10/17/2010 11:58AM

    Sweetie, I know you had a great time with your family emoticon

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OURELEE1 10/17/2010 11:40AM

  Grandchildren are great. We have to go stay with them in a few weeks. Have a good Sunday.

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LIGHTHOUSEGIRL1 10/17/2010 11:16AM

    So glad you had a great time with your loved ones in Texas. Have a great week ! emoticon emoticon

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Feeling Good

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I am enjoying a nice quiet time with my family in Texas. I don't feel pressured or stressed. I think i have felt stress since I got laid off...feeling like I should be doing something other than whatever I was doing. I am just not used to being home and not being "productive". But here, my job is just to sleep here with the girls overnight. The rest of my time I have just done whatever I felt like and I am feeling less stressed. I have cooked all the suppers using my cooking class recipes. My family has really enjoyed them. I have gone to the gym and done hard workouts every day. I have enjoyed taking the girls to school in the morning and picking them up in the afternoon, helping with homework and enjoying meeting their friends. I even lost a pound... I've lost 85 pounds now!

It's just been nice

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AELARLEE1 10/15/2010 2:20PM

    What you are doing is ALOT! Here you are "retired" and losing a lb. and doing so much! You are my mentor, for sure.

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JRSWHIMSY 10/15/2010 12:58PM

    If you're really feeling unproductive, feel free to swing by and clean my house when you get back ;)

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RURAL3 10/14/2010 11:24PM

    emoticonyou are doing it all right. Glad you are having a wonderful time.

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KOFFEENUT 10/14/2010 2:53PM

    You're going through quite a life adjustment right now - and as we know, CHANGE is ALWAYS stressful! I'm so glad this time with your family is helping you shift gears and let go of some of your stress. And congratulations on getting to the 85 pounds lost mark - that is a HUGE emoticon

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BAYBELIEVER 10/14/2010 10:05AM

    Sounds wonderful! Enjoy it and enjoy having lost another pound! Yay!

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ILUVTOTAT 10/14/2010 9:26AM

    Sounds like heaven to me! Glad you're enjoying your vacation time.

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CARLANNIE 10/14/2010 9:26AM

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Absence of stress is a great way to drop those pesky pounds. So glad you are having a good visit.

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First Day in Texas

Monday, October 11, 2010

The drive here took 8 hours and went by really fast. I checked out some books on CD and "read" one and a half books while driving. Good thing my car cd player holds 6 cds at a time. I was tempted to stop at the Dairy Queen we used to always get ice cream.


But I didn't!


My DD prepared a really nice fajita supper with a big salad and I stayed well within my calories.

This morning she got me a week's pass at her Fitness Center and I worked out for an hour and a half after driving the girls to school. I'm back at her house now. I had an egg beater and strawberry breakfast and will play on the computer, watch tv and /or read til she wakes up. (She is working nights right now...that's why I'm here for a week watching the girls while her husband is training in Albuquerque.)

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AELARLEE1 10/12/2010 6:03PM

    How great, totally and completely great! And glad to hear you are back at the gym and doing okay after that nasty fall last week! Have a really wonderful visit. See? If you had been "working" still you could not have done this :)

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CARLANNIE 10/12/2010 9:26AM

    That is awesome that your daughter is being so supportive with your diet/health plan. Very cool. Enjoy those grandkids!

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HINOTO 10/12/2010 12:04AM

    Ahh sounds like a wonderful day so far! Good for you on getting to the gym even on vacation! That takes dedication!

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RURAL3 10/11/2010 11:55PM

    sounds like a vacation to me! emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 10/11/2010 10:21PM

    Sounds like you're already settling into a great routine - have a GREAT time in Texas. (Just know it will feel like winter when you get home!)

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SMILEYBEE 10/11/2010 1:22PM

    Enjoy your time in Texas with your daughter and grandchildren. It's great to hear how well you are staying on track! You do inspire me!

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PLAYBLUES22 10/11/2010 12:53PM

    Sweetie, happy to hear you made it safe and sound emoticon

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A Little Scare

Thursday, October 07, 2010

I went to an Advanced Step Class (my 4th) today. They don't have a basic step class so this is my only option right now and I have really been enjoying it. I really felt like I was getting it today. Moving with the music and the rest of the class. For the 60 min class I burned 825 calories and my heart rate was in the optimal zone for 44 minutes. About 45 min into the class my left knee began hurting so I moved the step out of the way and just did the steps on the floor. Smart, huh? (That's what the instructor said to do if we were having trouble, so I did). Well, somehow I tripped on my own feet and took a bad tumble to the floor. I have a very bad back and a spinal fusion and immediately on hitting the floor pain and spasms down my left leg overwhelmed me. I had to lie on the floor for 5 minutes or so without moving and of course everyone in the class and the instructor making a fuss over me. Well I finally was able to get up. One of the class members got me an ice pack and helped me get to my car so I could drive home.

DH was wonderful. He helped me into bed, gave me an ice pack and some ibuprofen and told me to just lie there for a while. After 2 hours I felt much better and got up and moved around. Most of the pain is in my hip and the top of my thigh. My back is ok and the spasms have gone. I did do a good gentle stretch after I got out of bed.

I was most worried about the injury preventing me from going to Texas to visit with my DD and DGD's but I'm sure I'll be able to make the trip even if I have to stop and get out of the car frequently.

Now I have to figure out what I learned. I don't want to stop step classes but I think I need to make some modifications. I need to slow down and stop jumping around while I'm taking the class. I need to stop the class if I have a pain or get too tired. I am not 20. I need to take it easy and take care.


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ONECOOKIETWO 10/10/2010 4:01PM

    Wow, I'm sorry to hear about the bad back and spinal fusion. Seems to me that you are doing very well in keeping yourself fit in ways that others with back problems would find challenging! I totally support the idea of you really taking care of yourself, perhaps cutting back on the step class, and increasing your activity in some other aerobic class. And more stretching? Mostly, have a fun, pain-free, and healthy trip to see the grands!

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IONA72 10/10/2010 3:33PM

    Advances step class? you are braver than me! Get well soon.

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MONARCHCT 10/10/2010 9:53AM

    Besides the injuries, I am sure it was so embarrassing. I feel for you. Those step classes are sooo hard. I am sure you will be able to find a "safer" & sounder alternative.

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RURAL3 10/10/2010 9:37AM

    Take away: You aren't 20/neither am I
We can't do everything/even though we want to.
You are doing so many other wonderful things/You don't have to do it all.
Just do the things that your body want to./It really knows best.
Some things are hazardous to your health

Have a wonderful time with the girls. You are an amazing woman. emoticon

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AELARLEE1 10/9/2010 9:50PM

    So sorry to hear about the tumble! I think when we get our age we are fearful of that sort of thing, but so glad you are not so fearful that you aren't trying new things. Hope you heal up and glad your trip isn't off. Don't over do the next few days.

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LOULOUBELLE2 10/8/2010 11:33PM

    OMGosh, I'm so glad that you didn't hurt yourself worse than you did. I did that in class a while ago with a blown knee. I was so embarrassed when everyone gathered around....."Leave me alone" I wanted to shout, but didn't. I bet you felt the same way. Thankfully you and your DH knew just what to do, ice it and let you rest. Be careful on those steps from now on, frustrating as it seems at the time.

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THINTWIN2 10/8/2010 5:03PM

    So sorry to hear about your fall and that you will have to modify your workout which you were enjoying. I know how frustrating it can be but I think you've done amazing to be able to take an advanced class! Hope you are feeling better soon and I know you'll make your trip, just be patient with yourself.
Sandra (from the OA of the Back team)

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JRSWHIMSY 10/8/2010 11:42AM

    I'm glad you didn't hurt yourself worse Nancy! Yous trike me as the kind of lady who doesn't like to be made a fuss over ;o) I bet you'd have preferred if the class just continued while you re-cooperated!

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KOFFEENUT 10/7/2010 9:12PM

    Hopefully you'll wake up tomorrow with only slightly bruised dignity as a result of the class - take care of yourself!

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HINOTO 10/7/2010 8:19PM

    Oh no that's scary!!!! I'm glad you are feeling a little better after your rest though!!

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CARLANNIE 10/7/2010 7:48PM

    What's that? You're not 20? That must mean I'm not 20 either, oh dear......

You take care of yourself - there are other things to do beside step classes. Have fun on your trip!

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SMILEYBEE 10/7/2010 7:22PM

    Thank God you are feeling better after resting! I'll learn from your experience. I keep thinking of going to a step class at our Rec Center, but I am apprehensive about it. Think I'll do other things for the time being.

Take good care of yourself! emoticon

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