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Meditation on the occasion of my new goggles

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I have been using a very warm pool at the complex down the road from our place: it is so warm it is like swimming in the bath. Using this pool has meant that I can never tell myself I don't feel like a swim because it will be too cold, it is never too cold and there is no frisson of entering the water. The pool is used for hydrotherapy and it is only chest high along its entire length. All sorts of people use it for gentle exercise, many people who are very physically compromised. There is a trio of middle aged women who always stand in the same place, right in the middle of the pool, and they talk for the entire hour that the pool is open to the public. One of them uses foam weights: the others just stand and chat, in the warm pool, in their togs. The rest of us process up and down the length of the pool, steering around each other.
Time was when this would have driven me mad with frustration, but this pool is what it is and I must enjoy it for what it is. I walk up and down, I do a few lengths sTepping sideways, I play all sorts of different ways of making progress with a noodle (great core exercise) I walk with foam weights. I stand at the end of the pool and do jumping jacks, run on the spot with different arm movements to get my heart rate up, do high kicks and touch my heels behind me. This stirs up the water and it splashes and sloshes against the back of the pool and probably is annoying for some of the other denizens of the warm pool, but I persist. I make that warm pool work for me.
Today I took an extra 15 minutes when everyone was gone and I tried on my new goggles and swam lengths in the warm warm pool, empty now of people.
I can feel that it is nearly time to follow my warm pool time with a swim in the big colder pool, the one that is heated but not nearly warm. I swim there on Thursday nights. But it is more like medicine. Maybe with earplugs?

  
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CUBBYMAMMA 11/26/2011 9:56AM

    I get very confounded by pool etiquette. It does not seem to be the same as on a trail or track, and it should be! My dad actually stopped going to the Y because he got so upset one day - he asked a woman if he could 'share' her lane, and that is a formality meaning "I'm getting in here and sorry but this is the last lane that has only one other person" and she said "NO"!!! Sheesh.
Our pool that we go to is also heated and has several play areas. So I'm doing my aqua-jogger around kids who jump over me. I just try to zone out.
And so you know, if someone else is annoyed by what you're doing...so be it. You're not doing it to be contrary and anyone who's not there for exercise has to compromise a bit, right emoticon

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RUARUGBYNUT2 11/22/2011 7:01PM

    HI FIFI
Sounds Fabulous, i,m all relaxed thinking of the warm pool.
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PUDLECRAZY 11/22/2011 6:24AM

    I love a warm pool for gentle swimming and for 'hanging out' like the three women who socialize in the middle of yours and for water aerobics PT. I prefer laps and vigorous water aerobics in a heated, but not so warm, pool so I don't get overheated.

As a child I used to love swimming in any kind of water, even the extremely cold water off the shores of Nova Scotia, Canada and in the glacial lakes of Colorado. Now I hate cold water swimming. Warmish ocean water continues to be my favorite, but that is an occasional treat since I live an 11 hour drive from the ocean. Usually, I settle for a heated pool.

Have fun swimming!

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Weigh day again

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Yesterday was a lovely day, ideal for gardening but I spent it very quietly after a big night out on Friday night. We got home after two, which is quite a stretch for us these days. It was a fun night, and I don't regret it, but my gardening plans went right out the window. Luckily it all looks as lush as can be, gardens can forgive a bit of neglect.
On the subject of neglect, although Saturday Zumba didn't happen, I had made sure to get in 3 cardio sessions last week.
Friday didn't derail my weight loss so I am feeling just a bit pleased with myself. Fingers crossed that steady loss will continue for a good long stretch.
I'm not following the Spark diet, but am tracking and otherwise being pretty diligent about the SP approach, treating all the Sparkers out there as my coaches, and whaddyaknow, It is true, SP works!
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CUBBYMAMMA 11/19/2011 8:59PM

    Well, you've got to get out and shake your tailfeathers now and then emoticon

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RUARUGBYNUT2 11/19/2011 3:12PM

    HI FIFI
Whatever your doing is working fine, with the weight loss, take it easy after your big night out emoticon
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MELINDAM85 11/19/2011 12:52PM

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Tracking food & ideas for menus

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Starting to make use of the SP nutrition tracker a bit more than before. I've been tracking lots of days, but not really planning my meals as I should. I figure if I get a little routine goinging it will make it easier to fit in more stuff in the day.
I wish the tracker wasn't so cluncky to use, but it gets me where I want to go eventually. Have been loading a few favorites and groupings to make life easier for myself. It takes quite a while, though! More of an effort because we use a metric system here in NZ, plus, my oh my where do all these strange foods come from? Are they REALLY foods? And...how come it is so hard to find fresh fruit and vegetables on the tracker? Or simple meats and other protein sources?
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Anyway not to worry, this site is great, I can just take what Ineed and leave the rest, and that is a good thing.
Going home from work and it feels good to be thinking "What of all the delicious healthy choices waiting for me in the fridge will be my pleasure tonight?"
Compared to getting home and standing looking in the fridge with not a thought in my head.
Maybe preparing healthy food can be fun again like it used to be. I did get worn down by years of cooking for a family , and constantly being the one to have to manage the kitchen. Now I am being far more whimsical and beginning to cook what I want, and if I don't feel like eating, I don't prepare a meal. (Naughty Fifi. DH just has to fit in.)
Any thoughts or suggestions for me on planning menus etc?
Oooh, maybe we could get together and have a menu club, and share the effort of deciding what to cook? I suppose there is already a team for that? Or a recipe book. Oh, we could start a shared recipe book. It could be arranged by seasons. 52 weeks of menus. What do you think?
Anyway I'm off home now.
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CUBBYMAMMA 11/19/2011 8:56PM

    I'm trying to back off the tracker b/c I got crazy addicted to it and it takes a lot of time. But the flip side of that is that you are indeed hyper-cognizant of what you're eating. I've got so many groupings and recipes that I stored just to get nutritional value - and found over and over, yes, pretty much every bread recipe comes out the same nutritional value without me wasting time logging the recipe. Hoping that it's like training wheels - I'm taking them off with awareness and will try not to track everything unless ticker goes the wrong way...

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RUARUGBYNUT2 11/16/2011 12:47PM

    HI FIFI
I Too like Pudlecrazy only use it now when the scale starts to go back up north, but i did find it very useful in the beginning, have you seen all the recipes on the page when you get your Sparkpoints? Just click find a recipe & hundreds come up!
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PUDLECRAZY 11/16/2011 4:24AM

    I have really benefited from using the food tracker, even if it is cumbersome. I don't use it any more unless the needle on the scale starts moving up, then I go back to tracking.

I find that if I put 'fresh' after a veggie, I don't get the list of a million packaged selections, which I never use anyway. Ex. asparagus, fresh

The menu postings idea sounds lovely. I know I won't have time to really participate in coming up with a regular posting of menus or developing a cookbook, but it's a great idea. I just bought the cookbook - you would probably enjoy it. One of the things they have done was put a suggested menu by the main dish recipes.

I plan to make the green curry chicken this week, take some photos and review the recipe in a blog. This will be my first recipe from the Spark Cookbook, as I just got it. With this respiratory infection, I am craving spicy.

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Birds, bees, flowers & trees (with pix)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Spent much of yesterday gardening, and finally the sun came out. As we gardened, the local birds came out too. The tui in particular are enjoying our flowering flaxes, and even with my point & shoot camera I got a few shots of them.



Note the yellow pollen on the top of this tui's beak:



They weren't the only critters harvesting the pollen:



This is a good year for cabbage trees. Their flowers smell heavenly



But not as good as my spring star, philadelphus

  
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HANNAHV 11/23/2011 4:25AM

    Stunning pics! Bees favourite are blue flowers....and that is a fact emoticon

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BEACHSANDPIPER 11/17/2011 5:19PM

    The birds, flowers, and views are lovely. The world is a beautiful creation for all of us nature-lovers. Your camera work inspires me to try some pictures of my yard too. Take some more pictures of your flowers and vistas and post them. Almost makes it as though I'm there. I always wanted to go to Australia and New Zealand but never got the opportunity (it's so far away)! Who knows, maybe someday yet!

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TARAFROMTX1 11/14/2011 10:30PM

    Love the photos!! Beautiful!!

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RUARUGBYNUT2 11/13/2011 4:10PM

    HEY FIFI
Love the photos, and envy you the wildlife in your neck of the woods!
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PUDLECRAZY 11/13/2011 3:33PM

    Lovely photos! I have to admit to feeling a little jealous of your spring as I sit here with the flu looking out on a bleak November day with the wind whipping around.

I love that little tui.

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Weigh day

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Awake early and I plan to go back to sleep but sparking for 25 points as is my habit since I joined Sparkpeople. Anyway I found the low gravity spot in my bathroom and weighed myself
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I lost a kilo since last week! Yay me!
How?
Sparkies, it was easy!
Tracking and thinking about my food and aquacise and Zumba and remembering to stop drinking when I had that first glass of wine. I even thought last night about whether to have more to eat and checked my nutrition tracker to see where there was some leeway.
I've taken a round about route to getting healthier and weight loss is just a part of that- and a very big part, and I am feeling now I am on my way.

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PUDLECRAZY 11/12/2011 3:39PM

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Oooh, parTAY!

I am so impressed! I gain at least a kilo when I go on vacation, and here you go losing weight. Way to go!

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DIVA-TO-BE 11/12/2011 2:58PM

    Good for you! Making all the right moves, including Zumba! Congrats on your weight loss! Woo hoo! emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 11/12/2011 2:13PM

    emoticon emoticon What a super attitude. CONGRATS on your weight loss. Keep up the great work.
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