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I DID IT!

Friday, December 03, 2010

I completed day 3 of wk 5 on the Couch Potato to 5k program today. I had a difficult run on Wed and had trouble completing two 8 minute stretches with a 5 min slower interval between, but I went for it today. I covered my elliptical display so I wouldn't be focused on time and turned up my Podrunner c25k music up on my MP3 and just ran. It felt good. I haven't been this buzzed about exercise in a long time. I enjoy my exercise program but haven't been excited. Today I am excited. Can you tell?

If you want to increase endurance and fitness, try this program. You don't have to be training for a 5K (I'm not), you don't have to run outside. You can use a track, treadmill, or elliptical like me. It's all about personal fitness. AND I think its about having a goal. It has really given me something to focus on.

By the way, I take a Spinning class on Tuesdays and am going to start lap swimming every Thursday.

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CARLANNIE 12/7/2010 1:37PM

    That is something to be excited about - congrats to you!

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CALGALFOX 12/5/2010 9:16AM

    Yay! Keep it up and you'll be running forever!

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RURAL3 12/4/2010 10:39AM

    Nancy, would you have time for this if you were still working....I think not. You go girl. You are amaing. emoticon

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TOPS-TORTOISE 12/3/2010 1:36PM

    It's great to find an exercise that you really enjoy doing. It makes it more fun and you actually look forward to it. I really like deep water exercise class. It's relaxing being in the water and I don't realize how hard I have been working and how tired I am until I get out of the pool. I look forward to it and I always feel good afterward. You've got the Spark girl. Now keep it lit.

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PHYL220 12/3/2010 1:13PM

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LKWQUILTER 12/3/2010 1:06PM

    Congratulations!!!!

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SMILEYBEE 12/3/2010 12:48PM

    emoticon emoticon You're being a good role model! emoticon

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GATOR12 12/3/2010 11:16AM

    WHEN YOU GET TO THE FUN IN EXERCISE, YOU FEEL SO GOOD, tHANKS FOR SHARING THAT FEELING WITH US.

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AELARLEE1 12/3/2010 10:53AM

    I am SO excited for you!!! It is a great feeling to reach a fitness goal!!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 12/3/2010 10:44AM

    good for you, Moving is the New High!

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ETAGGEL 12/3/2010 10:39AM

    Congratulations! I am proud of you, you have done great!

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DDOORN 12/3/2010 9:36AM

    It's wonderful when you can feel the SPARK just coursing through your body!

Woo hoo!

Don

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Swimming Revisited

Thursday, December 02, 2010

I have been working on the C25K for almost 2 months now and since it is a 3 day a week active program, my swimming has taken a back seat....way back! I haven't been swimming at all in the last 2 months.

Tomorrow I have my first long run (20 min) with the c25k so I wanted to do something that I thought would be easy on my back since running on the elliptical can be a little challenging for me. Gosh, I wish I hadn't stopped swimmingl. I loooooove it! I got my stroke (what there is of it emoticon) back pretty quickly and really enjoyed doing my laps. I actually swam for 45 minutes straight without stopping once...which is a PR for me! I burned 407 calories. I had my SwiMP3 all charged up and loved listening to the music while I swam.

Needless to say, I had a blast swimming and then soaking in the Jacuzzi after. I feel so relaxed and calm now.

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PERKINSSISTERS 12/4/2010 1:59AM

  I miss swimming and haven't been since this summer. It's an awesome work out and I always feel so relaxed after swimming. I wish I had access to a pool for free.

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OPAL50 12/2/2010 8:56PM

    Enjoy! emoticon

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RURAL3 12/2/2010 6:40PM

    don't add so much new in that you forget to do the stuff you love. emoticon

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JRSWHIMSY 12/2/2010 4:41PM

    Awesome job!!!

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SMILEYBEE 12/2/2010 4:01PM

    Excellent! emoticon emoticon

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DDOORN 12/2/2010 12:08PM

    When I was a kid we lived a couple blocks from Lake Michigan and I LIVED in the lake! My favorite thing to do was to swim out as far as I could, WELL beyond the swimming buoys...drove the lifeguards CRAZY...lol! When I got tired I'd just float around on my back for a while. I'd get out of the lake down from where the lifeguards were so I wouldn't have to put up with their finger-wagging. :-)

Later a buddy of mine got a SunFish sailboat and we'd take our lunch with us and go way out, drop anchor and spend the day out on the lake.

I've never gotten back into swimming ever since those junior high years living near the lake. It'd be pretty cool to reclaim that. Water was definitely my element once upon a time!

My problem: just don't have the time nor the $$ to sign up for a fitness center where I might be able to swim. However I just found out from another local member that one of our local lakes is opened for swimming...well beyond the constrictive swim area that the lifeguards watch. Might be something for me to consider...!

Don

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41SUSAN14 12/2/2010 12:03PM

    Golly I love swimming - and it's such a great workout - better than running! I think if it weren't so wet, more folks would swim.

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ILUVTOTAT 12/2/2010 11:14AM

    Wow! You're doing great! I swallow half the pool when I swim, so I'm jealous of someone who is good at it.
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CARLANNIE 12/2/2010 10:37AM

    Oh, I love to swim, too, but can usually only do two laps non-stop. You did 45 minutes non-stop - GO YOU!!! I love that feeling of awareness when I'm swimming, with just myself and the strokes and the breathing and watching out for the cement wall and the rhythm and the exhilaration of completing the task I set out to do. Good plan for you to add your swimming back to your exercise routine. I am jealous now. emoticon

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HEATHHILL 12/2/2010 10:35AM

    Nice! Glad you enjoyed your swim.

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Thanksgiving and Beyond

Monday, November 29, 2010

We had a great Thanksgiving even though it was "kidless". DSiL had been away for 3 weeks of a 6 week training and only got to come home a few days over Thanksgiving so we let them have family time to themselves. DS went skiing with friends. So DH and I had Thanksgiving with a couple that come up to our area of the mountains every weekend. She made the Turkey, stuffing, gravy and cranberry sauce. I made the butternut squash soup, roasted root vegetables, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie pudding (all Spark People recipes...and no one noticed or at least they didn't say Eewww. emoticon). It was a different Thanksgiving but it sure made us thankful for our cabin and for our friends.

I left on Wed at 188 and returned this morning at 188. 3 pounds up from my low, but I'll take it.

Since I've been home I made Crab Chowder for lunch and a Turkey Chili for supper. Again SP recipes. I love my new hobby of low cal, low fat and low salt cooking.

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DDOORN 12/1/2010 1:37PM

    "low cal, low fat and low salt" = High LIFE! :-)

Don

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KOFFEENUT 11/29/2010 9:33PM

    Sometimes our blessings aren't the ones we were looking for, but are still awesome - from the non-traditional Thanksgiving gathering to the weight maintenance, it sounds like you had a TERRIFIC holiday!

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CARLANNIE 11/29/2010 7:22PM

    Those all sound great! Nice to make new traditions.

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AELARLEE1 11/29/2010 6:04PM

    Good for you!! I don't have the time I would like to cook and I love to play with new recipes. If you come across one that is a "don't miss" let me know.

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Injury is a Pain in the Butt!

Monday, November 22, 2010

My DH and I are thinking about getting a Wii Fit for ourselves for Christmas. Our Senior Center has a Wii Fit activity every Thursday so I went and tried out the Bowling. I enjoyed myself even though I didn't really move much or burn many calories. The big surprise was that I twisted funny and pulled my hamstring. I started stretching it ASAP but hurt it more over the weekend when we went on a vigorous mountain hike and I slipped while climbing some rocks. More stretching, heat and Ibuprofen. This morning I started week 4 on the c25k and dropped my glasses from the elliptical tray. As I stopped and reached down to get the glasses....you guessed it....I pulled my hamstring some more. I've been uncomfortable all day but I'll just keep on with my stretching, heat and NSAID. It's really frustrating to hurt myself in such a gentle activity.

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DEEO12 11/28/2010 9:38PM

    The wii left me sore the first time I used it. I had to work my way up to using it. Hope you heal quickly. emoticon

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VEGGIE_POWERED 11/25/2010 9:25AM

    I am very sorry to hear about your injury, but I must agree with AELARLEE1 and think you should switch to ice. Icing begins by reducing swelling in the area and relieving pain. After the cold compress is removed, the veins overcompensate and dilate. Once that happens, blood rushes into the area and brings with it the nutrients necessary to heal the injured area.

Naturally, you should check with your doctor, but I have had success icing 3-6 times daily for 15-20 minutes. You should never ice longer than 20 minutes to avoid frostbite in the area. I'm a big fan of the reusable ice pack with the fabric like outer layer - you can apply them directly to skin and hold them in place with an ace type bandage. Also, if taken care of they will last you for years and if you just keep them in the freezer they are ready to go right when you are injured.

Injury is a pain, but the better we take care of them, the sooner we are back up and around. I had to heal a stress fracture over the summer - it was terrible watching great day after great day go by without biking, running, walking the dogs, and having to drive everywhere...ugh. But I knew that by giving my body ideal healing conditions I would be back to doing what I love doing sooner than if I pushed it and mucked up the healing process.

Take it easy and take care of that hammy - you'll be back to 100% sooner than you know!
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AELARLEE1 11/23/2010 11:43PM

    Hey Dearie! So sorry to hear about the hamstring. You should try ice rather than heat. Move gently and rest for a few days. After a couple of days stretch gently. I am a big believer in NSAIDS too.

Take it easy!!

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ETAGGEL 11/23/2010 11:33AM

    So sorry to read of your injuries. It must be painful. But keep up with the stretching! Hope you are better soon

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LOULOUBELLE2 11/23/2010 9:40AM

    That sounds Ouchy, You'd better take better care of yourself...Or at least I hope you do. Keep on with what your doing and I hope that it heals in time to enjoy Thanksgiving.

Let me know how you like the Wii Fit if you decide to get it. We to have been thinking about it, but haven't bought one yet. We really don't feel like carrying it back and forth to AZ.

Have a HAPPY THANKSGIVING and be careful not to re-injure that hamstring again.

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CARLANNIE 11/23/2010 9:35AM

    I have noticed that the movements are more jerky on the Wii fitness games than if you were doing the same thing in real life. Not sure why. Take care and baby yourself for awhile.

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HINOTO 11/23/2010 12:19AM

    Oh ouch! Take it easy Nancy!
The Wii is a lot of fun. Even of you don't burn a ton of calories, it gives ya something to do! Bowling is really fun :)

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MACILINN 11/22/2010 11:01PM

    We use our wii fit as a fun thing to do with family also, it doesn't seem like much ex to me either, except the hulahooping! That will make you sore! I am an avid tennis player and have been told more people get tennis elbow from Wii tennis more than playing the real game! Our fam has Wii bowling tournaments every X-mas eve! I pick names and we all take our turn, the top 4 go for a championship round. Everyone loves it!

Injury sucks! It has been 3 wks for my broken toe to mend, and it is still swollen and sore, but... today I played my first day of 3 sets and still won 2! woohoo! going back full time in Dec. Come hell or highwater! ~Maci~ You be careful!

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DEE107 11/22/2010 10:02PM

    0uch hope you feel better soon

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SMILEYBEE 11/22/2010 9:52PM

    Ouch! Sorry to hear your hamstring is giving you trouble. Do you ever think (like I do) that the devil is trying to sabbotage your efforts to be healthy with sore knees or pulled hamstrings or what have you. I've been dealing with feeling a little off balance for a month or so now, but the doctor hasn't found anything to worry about ... so I just keep on keeping on.

I enjoy our Wii Fit, but only seem to use it when the family comes to visit. That's one of the activites we have planned for this coming weekend while the kids are here,

Have a warm and cozy Thanksgiving ... may God bless and keep you and heal that hamstring!

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DDOORN 11/22/2010 8:28PM

    Keep up those stretches...best thing for those "ouches"!

Have a super Thanksgiving!

Don

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OURELEE1 11/22/2010 8:20PM

  Sorry to hear about your hamstring. Things can happen so fast. Rest and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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I'm Warmer Now!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Our local Farm and Home store had a 25% off sale today so DH and I went and had a look. I bought a pair of size 14 flannel lined jeans, a size large long underwear top and a large flannel jacket for less than $50. Hopefully, I'll be warmer at the cabin this winter.

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WISLNDR 11/22/2010 6:25AM

    Ooh, flannel lined jeans! I used to have some that I bought on Ebay in my old size; I wore them until they wouldn't stay up anymore. I guess I'd better go shopping!

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AELARLEE1 11/19/2010 4:08PM

    I LOVE flannel lined jeans! I had a pair when we lived in NE Montana and they were a life-saver. We are a warm 12 degrees today and I could use a pair again :)

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ETAGGEL 11/17/2010 12:53AM

    You solved the problem!!!!


Phyllis

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MACILINN 11/17/2010 12:16AM

    I have never heard of flannel lined jeans, that must be a cold weather item. Brrrrr. We are still hanging out at the beach in swimsuits here! Hope size 14 is a lower size for you. It's great when we go down sizes! woohoo Daisy!

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DEE107 11/16/2010 10:54PM

    smart thinking

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KOFFEENUT 11/16/2010 9:31PM

    Now THAT'S a healthy solution! (I'm hoping as we get further into the winter we'll get acclimated to the cold - that part of this is just the transition from fall - but I'm not optimistic!).

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