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12/1/2012

Saturday, December 01, 2012

My weight was up to 131.6 this morning. It looks like swimming, just like running for endurance, may lead to a small weight gain, hopefully muscle, I'll find out in 11 days.
Today was my rest day so all I did is walk/jog with the dogs for about an hour. I have had no trouble to stay within my carb limit of 50 grams/day but don't feel comfortable going much lower either.
I'm paying a little more attention to getting enough salt than I used to.

  
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ERIN1957 12/2/2012 7:09AM

    You are building health and that is not in a number on a scale....amazing job you are doing!

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JAZZID 12/1/2012 11:07PM

    ... Keep up the good work, you are doing great! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 12/1/2012 10:22PM

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KELTIC-CARA 12/1/2012 8:54PM

    Enjoy your rest day and the weekend.

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Think carefully if you need that hospital stay!

Saturday, December 01, 2012

This article points out some dangers from resistant bacteria. If you need to go the hospital find out if there were any cases of these there recently and see if there are alternatives to a hospital stay (like a surgeons surgery suite). This may even save a lot of money, too.
www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2
012/11/29/bacteria-deadly-hospital-inf
ection/1727667/

  
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JSTETSER 12/3/2012 3:14PM

    Thanks for the information!


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-LINDA_S 12/2/2012 6:00PM

    Very scary stuff! Stay out of hospitals if at all possible...

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BROOKLYN_BORN 12/1/2012 4:00PM

    Scary stuff. My newborn grandson was hospitalized with MRSA at 9 days. I assumed he picked it up in the hospital since another baby was also affected and none of the family was sick. Back in 2000 MRSA wasn't well known. Fortunately both babies recovered although the little girl had to be airlifted to Duke.

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LOSER05 12/1/2012 2:48PM

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WOUBBIE 12/1/2012 1:17PM

    Eep. I remember how awful it was when my Dad would get C Diff from the hospital/nursing home. Truly frightening info.

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KELTIC-CARA 12/1/2012 12:52PM

    Thanks for the information; I avoid hospitals.

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Swimming Freestyle

Friday, November 30, 2012


This is what my freestyle looks like right now. I still have some trouble breathing on the left side and need to work on my kicking. When I tried to use a kickboard I barely managed to do 25 yards.
Total yards today were 1800, 1500 of those were freestyle.

My weight is holding steady at 130.8 pounds.
I will take a break from swimming tomorrow and Sunday and do some horseback riding, running ice skating, depending on how the weather is.

  
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BADASSBLONDIE 1/20/2013 10:40AM

    OK so I'm not a coach so don't take my word as perfect, but this looks GREAT! The big things for me are to make sure that my arms aren't crossing my body when pulling (I didn't see yours crossing) and high elbows (yours looked high but you want to point them towards the ceiling a bit more).

Body rotation - Keeping your hips in line with your shoulders is the goal. I didn't see anything worse than what I'm working on lol.

"S movement" - I've actually heard that that can be harder for your shoulder. Before drastically changing your stroke, I'd talk to a live coach about it.

Shoulder Injuries - Strengthening your shoulders is always good. It's also good to mix it up, but I'd be hesitant to add in new strokes w/o being "taught" first. Adding in kicking with a kickboard and pulling with a pull buoy can be helpful just to focus on the individual parts of the stroke. Good job listening to your body, though!!!

Breathing - Yup, mastering that is a pain. I'm the opposite - started a swimming, then added in running (althoughI purely swim now) and getting the breathing during running was next to impossible for me LOL.

I'll comment more on the thread about increasing distance/speed. But you're freaking ROCKING it! Go you!

xoxo,
Kourtney

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TWEETYKC00 12/1/2012 1:43PM

    good work so far!

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-LINDA_S 12/1/2012 1:21PM

    Looks good! I need to remember how to breathe to both sides...

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IGSBETH 12/1/2012 1:16PM

    Keep up the good work!

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FITSMALLCLOTHES 12/1/2012 12:48PM

    Wow, cool.
I just tread water mostly.
Your exercise options are great.
Good job on your journey.
Hugs,
Dayle

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HOUNDLOVER1 12/1/2012 12:07PM

    Russell, I wish, but it was only 50 yards. Oh well, you have to start somewhere. emoticon emoticon

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RUSSELL_40 12/1/2012 11:39AM

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_world
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1:14 for 100 meter freestyle isn't that bad. Until 1920 it would have been world record time..lol.

Hope the adjustments you made help you enjoy your exercise more. Remember to have fun.

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KELTIC-CARA 12/1/2012 5:20AM

    No doubt about you, great effort, perfecting you breathing and kicking will also give you more speed.

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MEDDYPEDDY 12/1/2012 2:02AM

    That looks smooth...I have never mastered the skills of free style swimming...frog style is mine!

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SUNSET09 12/1/2012 1:44AM

  emoticon You're doing a great job with your weight and the swimming. It looks like an olympic size pool which is even better. With all of the other exercising you're doing, you'll be down to your idea size in no time., Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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11/28/2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

I weighed in at 130.8
I swam 1700 yards and could have done more. Half-way through I felt a little soreness in my shoulder and asked my daughter for suggestions of what I could do. She said to rotate my body more (not just shoulders but hips as well) from side to side with each stroke and that solved the problem. Breathing differently (exhaling only shortly before inhaling again) helped me to cut the rest time down by about 10 seconds from 40 to 30 seconds in between each 50 yards.
I had very little time to do any walking. Tomorrow should be less busy.
I think I went a little over on the carbs today, probably around 80 grams.

  
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ERIN1957 11/30/2012 3:11PM

    pretty cool daughter helping mother

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-LINDA_S 11/30/2012 10:00AM

    Good to hear these swimming tips. Need to get back in the pool!

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LOSER05 11/30/2012 9:17AM

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JSTETSER 11/30/2012 6:09AM

    Keep pushing!


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DOUGLYE 11/30/2012 4:01AM

    NICE Swim
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KELTIC-CARA 11/30/2012 2:56AM

    With yesterdays knowledge and your daughter suggestions today, you have learnt something that you can build up on. A great day emoticon

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Finally figured out why I swim so slowly - should have been obvious

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I did not get as much swimming in as planned today, only about 1000 yards. But I learned something extremely important - we need lots of oxygen for swimming, duh! I bet this is something that seems obvious.
Here is what happened:
When I was swimming this morning there was a lady next to me in the pool who was significantly older than me, probably in her 60's and also significantly heavier. But she swam a LOT faster. I figured she must have been swimming for many years so finally decided to talk to her. It turned out that she was a recently retired swim instructor who is working out at the same time that I'm usually swimming. She was very willing to give me some tips on improving my freestyle and watched me for a while. Her input was very surprising in two ways. She complimented me on my "beautiful form" and after I had revovered from the shock I asked her what she thought the reason could be for my being so slow. I expected to hear something like lack of upper body strength, not enough training time, even lack of cardiovascular fitness (I'm also a runner, but fairly slow). Then she asked me if I exhale the whole time that I'm under water. I realized that I do, having been instructed by a previous instructor to do this (maybe only for breast stroke or only a specific situation, but that part must have gotten lost). She then explained that if I only exhale shortly before taking the next breath that my muscles will get oxygen the entire time, giving me much more energy. Sure enough, when I tried it I could tell that I swam much faster with a lot less effort. I can't wait to time myself tomorrow and see how much difference it makes. I also attempted to swim butterfly and that much better as well. Before today my fastest stroke was breast stroke where, as I learned today, it is correct to exhale the whole time while under water because you breathe with every stroke.
Another interesting fact is that 3 previous people who gave me swim lessons didn't figure this out because they never bothered to get in the water and watch me under water. This lady did.
I now also have the answer why I would run out of air any time I attempted to do flip turns, so that's the next thing on my list to try.
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CHANGELIFE2016 11/30/2012 4:06AM

    I'm going to try that! Let us know if your time improved!

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DESERTJULZ 11/29/2012 9:43PM

    How cool is that, to get the answer!

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-LINDA_S 11/29/2012 8:28PM

    Very interesting. I get out of breath very quickly when I swim.

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KALIOPPE 11/29/2012 2:32PM

    How fortuitious that you met someone who taught you how to breath properly underwater. It was generous of her to share her knowledge and I'm glad it has already started helping you in terms of speed and energy. Keep up the great work! emoticon

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KELLYIM 11/29/2012 1:47PM

    That's so interesting. When I learned how to swim years ago, my coach taught me to exhale right before breathing. However, I've read some recent articles saying you should exhale the whole time. I guess I'll stick with what I know!

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ENDUROVET 11/29/2012 12:02PM

    How fascinating! Maybe I will try getting in the pool again (I'm a miserably slow swimmer)
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PYNETREE 11/29/2012 8:02AM

    emoticon Never too late to improve! Good for you!

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LMB-ESQ 11/29/2012 5:54AM

    Hah! Well, there you go! Interesting isn't it, how such a small but different perspective can pull us out of our "box" and make such a huge change! emoticon

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KELTIC-CARA 11/29/2012 4:26AM

    As the saying goes 'When the student is ready the teacher will appear'.

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HISTORYRUNNER 11/29/2012 2:39AM

    Fascinating. As is so often the case, the best solutions are the simplest ones. Good for your new friend/unofficial coach who took a new perspective - I realize she knew what she was looking for -- and brought enlightenment. emoticon

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FLAMENM 11/29/2012 1:24AM

    Swim on. I love how you synchronize your breaths in the whole pattern of movemets in swimming.

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WOUBBIE 11/28/2012 10:05PM

    I love learning things from experts! (Like you, by the way!)

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