Monday, September 19, 2011
As some of you know I've been battling the flu for about a week now. I do feel better, just drained and tired. I am looking forward to getting back to the gym and back to normal.
I did lose a few pounds while I was sick, now if it will just stay off.
I want to thank all of you who sent me well wishes. I really do appreciate it and hope I never have to send you a bowl of soup or a cup of tea or oranges because you are sick, I would send you something, I just hope you never get sick.
Well the kitten is trying to post this,so I guess I need to let her.
Lots of love,
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Yesterday morning while I was at the gym , I just didn't feel quite right.
I didn't feel sick, but I just felt drained.
Last night I started getting a sore throat and stuffy nose.
This morning I woke up with a head cold.
I went to the gym anyhow because today is strength training and I don't have the equipment to do it at home, plus I warmed up for 20 minutes on the tread mill.
I have to go to the dentist at 2:30 this afternoon and it's such a nice day I think I will walk which will count toward my cardio minutes and mileage. It's about a mile to her office, so I can log 2 miles there and back.
When I get home from the dentist I am going to cook dinner, something simple with pork chops, eat dinner, and track what ever needs to be tracked on SP.
And then I'm going to go to bed until tomorrow morning. I don't know if I will get to the gym tomorrow, but if I don't I can always work out with Leslie Sansone.
I hope this doesn't last more than a day or two, because I am just drained and really want to keep up the good work that I have been doing.
Have a great day and a better tomorrow.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
I didn't know it!
It came as a total shock to me!
I thought fair, maybe, just maybe, good. But superior....Never!!
Today when I went to the gym I did 60 minutes of walking on the treadmill. I walked 3.5 miles in 60 minutes. That's pretty good for me, I want to run but am having a problem with a tendon in the back of my left knee, so right now I'm not running. 3.5 is about as fast as I can go without having to break into at least a jog, but until I go see a doctor about this I'm really taking it easy.
Any how...after working out on the treadmill I went to ride the stationary bike, which I do everyday, but today I decided to push the button that said "Fitness Test". I had no idea what to expect!
First it asked me to log my weight and gender.
Then it said "GO"!
So I looked at the clock and saw that it was counting down from 12 minutes, so I started peddling as fast as I could. It seemed pretty easy so I looked and the level was at 1, which is no resistance at all. It's like riding a 10 speed in first gear, you peddle like the dickens and don't get anywhere.
I kept expecting it to change gears, but it didn't so I just kept peddling. I was starting to get winded, but kept pushing myself...
Just 5 more minutes...
Only 2 more minutes to go....
1 minute left....
Peddle, peddle, peddle, faster, and faster I'm almost done...
Beep. Beep. Beep.
2.2 miles completed.
Superior....I couldn't believe it. I really felt good about myself.
The old fat lady just got a superior rating on the cycling fitness test.
Way to go!
Pat me on the back!
I didn't say any thing to anyone at the gym because the only ones there were a bunch of young boys lifting iron who seemed to care less, but I strutted through there like I was all that.
And you know what?
I AM ALL THAT! AND A BAG OF HEALTHY SNACKS TOO!!
Gosh, I am so proud of myself. I've worked really hard the past 6 weeks and am thrilled at the accomplishment.
Now I know how other people feel when they discover what they can do and forget about what they can't do. It is such an awesome feeling and I wish it on everybody.
Have a great day and an even better tomorrow.
Friday, September 09, 2011
I had this really nice dinner planned:
Left over Chicken tortilla soup
Nice dinner salad with baby greens, cucumbers, tomatoes and fresh mushrooms.
Baked sweet potatoes
I had the salads made, the soup slowly heating on the stove and the sweet potatoes in the oven, all that was left to do was cook the steaks which only takes a few minutes.
Hubby walked in the door gave me a kiss, played with the kitten, went out to the kennel to play with the dogs and then came in took off his work boots, put on a pair of sweats and said what's for dinner.
I told him the menu, we talked about how our day had gone, I got the cast iron skillet heating up to sear the steaks on and then it happened.....the phone rang.
As soon as hubby said his boss' name, I put his salad in a container and started making sandwiches to pack in his lunch bucket, which I had just unpacked not half an hour earlier.
He hung up the phone, I sighed, he said I got to go to work, I said I know. I finished packing his bucket and out the door he went.
My husband works for an international tree company an they are contracted by the local electric company to do all the tree work in the area. With all the rain we've had lately trees are just falling over left and right because the ground is so saturated. We don't have it as bad as other parts of Pennsylvania, but it's still pretty bad.
Of course I worry about him when he does storm work, I know thy cut off the electric, but it's still dangerous work. You never know when another tree will come down or if the one you're working on will fall or roll the wrong way. I know my husband is very safety conscience when it comes to tree work , he is a 35 year veteran of the industry, but things happen.
It will be dark soon and he'll call to let me know he's okay and to leave the light on for him, which I always do even before he calls, but I miss him and worry when he's out in the weather taking care of other peoples homes and/or property when the power goes out.
If you ever lose your power, just remember to thank the local utility workers and utility arborists who risk their lives each and every day, and sometimes even in the night in some of the most severe weather, just to get the power back on so we can be safe and warm in our homes.
Sometimes it may take hours or even days to get power restored. But there is a chain of safety that must be followed in order to assure no one gets hurt or worse. Sometimes trees need to be removed over a span of several miles and then maybe lines need to be replaced along with new utility poles. These workers need to be able to reach these areas before any of this can be done and if there is a raging river or flood waters too deep to safely cross then they can't restore the power if they can't get to the problem area.
Keep all these workers in your prayers as they try to restore power, not just here but all over the country where nature is hell bent on destruction. Flooding, fires, earthquakes, hurricanes and who knows what else. They are doing the best they can and they work around the clock to get it done, and it doesn't matter if it's 110 degrees or 60 below zero, they know what they have to do and it takes a special person to do it.
Okay, I'm done and I feel better. Sometimes just being able to express my feelings is a huge stress reliever. Thanks for listening.
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
First I have a question. If you lift a kitten off your keyboard 100 times or more a day while you are typing, does it count as strength training?
I didn't think so, but it should.
I've joined so several challenges since I've been here at SP. But so far I haven't finished any of them. Let me think here, I joined the 28 day bootcamp challenge, only to quit when I found out I couldn't do many of the exercises. Fat people just don't do well when it comes to getting on the floor and back up again. Then I joined the better sleep challenge, that had a lot of good ideas in theory, but there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in a day to get 8 hours sleep. Although I must admit that since I am exercising more, I do sleep better. Not longer, just better.
Now I have joined a fitness minute challenge. You choose how many minutes a day you want to challenge yourself to workout and keep track until the end of the month. Well, I had been feeling pretty good about getting an average of 90 minutes a day in so I committed to 90 minutes each day, that's 2700 minutes a month. Unfortunately I forgot about Sundays and of course the holiday this month, so now I am already playing catch up and it's only the first week of September.
I have a routine that prepares me for the gym every day, and if it gets interrupted or off course, the my whole day seems shot. It goes something like this.
5:00am The alarm goes off and I lay there for "just 5 more minutes" while I get my head together.
5:05 I jump out of bed and hope hubby has made enough coffee for both of us. He says he did, but he drank it all. So I now stumble to the coffee pot and try to figure out how to make just one cup of coffee. It's just too early in the morning yet.
5:10 I fix hubbys lunch and try to remember to put silverware in his bucket. he says it's too hard to eat salad and yogurt with his fingers. I pour myself a cup of coffee.
5:20 I measure out a bowl of cereal and milk. I pour myself some orange juice, in a glass, not in the cereal bowl. (I haven't had my coffee yet, what do you expect)
I put it all on the kitchen table next to the lap top so I can log on to SP for just a few minutes while I take my time eating my breakfast; Yeah, right!!!
5:25 Hubby can't find his underwear, it's in the same place it's been for the past 6 years, in the top right hand corner of the top drawer of his dresser. I yell at him across the house as to where it is. I take another bite of cereal. Honey...where's....
5:30 I've wolfed down my cereal, chugged my orange juice and burnt my mouth on hot coffee. Now I will go find his clothes and get him ready for work.
5:35 Hurry up I yell at hubby, he's in the shower now. He gets up at 4:00am but waits until the last minute to take a shower. We have to leave in 15 minutes.
5:40 I'm dressed, and making sure I have everything in my gym bag. Shirt...check, pants...check, bra...check, undies....check, protein bar...check and water....check. Hurry up I yell again, we have to leave in 10 minutes. Hubby is out of the shower and half dressed. He has his lower half dresses, but still needs to put on his shirt and get his hair braided and we only have 10 minutes to get everything done.
5:45 Hubby gets his shirt and workboots on. Now all I have to do is braid his hair. Where's the hair brush? What do you mean it's still in the bathroom?...Hurry up and go get it! No you don't have time to play with the kitten, go get the brush!!!
5:50 Hair braided. Grab your lunch bucket and let's go! I grab my purse and gym bag, my gym shoes, don't forget the gym shoes. I rush out to the truck. What do you mean you forgot your keys in the house??!!! Here take my key and go back into the house and get your keys, and don't play with the kitten we don't have time.
5:55What took you so long??!! Well if you would hang them up where they belong you wouldn't have to look for them.
Finally on the road and were only running 5 minutes late. Hubby drops me off at the gym it's just after 6:00 am. I change clothes and hit the treadmill to continue my strength training. I can walk really fast when I'm already in high gear from my nice leisurely morning.
God give me strength.
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