Thursday, July 31, 2014
On Tuesday I conquered the Silver Sneakers exercise class. Well, that’s using the term loosely, as I already wrote about how those “seniors” kicked my butt! Today was hard, too, but it was good.
Yesterday was pool day. I have been looking forward to it ever since I got the bug to join the Y. Water aerobics, stretching and flexing is great for the body. But, I admit it…I was apprehensive about getting naked in front of a bunch of people I didn’t know. Shoot, I’d be apprehensive in front of people I DO know…maybe more so. But, those of us who reach our senior years and are obese and have dimples in all the wrong places are probably a bit more worried about the locker room than young ladies with trim and firm bodies.
I had to wait several days to get to the class and that made it worse. Gosh…should I put my things in a bag? Will I need a locker? Put my suit on first? Wear a wet suit home? Etc., etc.! I knew there were no individual shower stalls and no curtains, as I’d seen that the other day when I was there, but I was in the locker room alone that day. What to do, what to do!!
I tried positive self talk: I am brave! I am brave! I have confidence in myself. I am no worse than anyone else (okay, that one is kind of borderline, but I used it). I timed my arrival to be at the same time as others getting there. At least I’d hoped I would, and it worked. I followed the women upstairs to the locker room, put things away and took my clothes off. Yes, I had my suit on under my clothing, but brought clothes to put on afterwards. We took our showers, went to the pool and enjoyed 45 minutes of good exercise. Our corner of the pool was full!!
When we were finished we trooped upstairs and everyone, and I mean everyone except one woman (she went in the bathroom stall), stripped naked and took a shower. One lady had trouble getting her suit off. I think she is recovering from a stroke. It was very touching to see two of the other women help her with her suit and make sure she didn't slip on the tile. We talked and laughed, padded back to the lockers, got dressed and put our things away. No one paid one bit of attention to what I looked like naked!! A couple of women invited me to go to Perkins with them for a late breakfast, but I declined. I knew where that would lead: food that I hadn't planned on and didn't need. Told them thanks and I’d try it another day.
On my way home, I told myself, I am brave, I am confident, and it really is true…I’m no worse and no better than any of the other women in that locker room. And once again, it has proven to be true, that what you worry about seldom happens and is pretty much wasted energy. I’m looking forward to getting back to that pool tomorrow!!
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Recently I joined our local Y. It is literally 5 minutes from where we live. I've wanted to do water exercises at the pool there, and I finally convinced myself that I am worth the investment of $30 a month. Sadly, the pool exercises that I can do right now are offered only 3 mornings a week. I searched through the rest of the offerings and spotted one on Tuesdays and Thursday s. It’s called Silver Sneakers Classic. Perfect! I can make better use of my membership if I do this on the “off” days.
Some of you are familiar with Silver Sneakers programs. They are offered as a benefit of some insurance companies for those of us who fit into a “certain” age category, aka, seniors. It is not a benefit of my insurance, but it is open to anyone who has a Y membership. That’s me!!
I peeked in at the class yesterday when I went to the pool just to see what they were doing. At the time they had small rubber balls about 6-8 inches around that they were squeezing between forearm and biceps. I watched a little and thought…hmmm…not sure this will be much of a workout. I think I thought I’d probably be pretty good at squeezing that ball and whatever else it was they did. After all, I’m fairly active, although we all can do better.
Today I showed up at the class. Everyone was really friendly. The leader introduced me to the group of about 15 or so people, all of whom were probably at least 10 years older than I am. (Since I’m a leader of the Over 60++ Team, I’m sure most of you know I’m over 60. Some of you may not know I’m actually in another decade. Without telling you exactly how old I am, I will tell you the number starts with a 7 and ends with a 0.) That means these people were in their 80s or close to it.
Well, let me tell you something! I was embarrassed at how well they did and I did NOT! They kicked my butt right out of that gym! 45 minutes of non-stop something: marching, stretching, chair work, resistance bands, hand-held weights and yes…that little ball that I assumed would be too simple for me to do me much good. And besides that, none of it has made my back and leg hurt worse yet. We’ll see what the rest of the day/night brings, but if it doesn't aggravate the sciatica or muscle discomfort then you can bet I’ll be back there trying to catch up to these “seniors” who clearly have been working hard to stay healthy and active. I was terribly grateful to be sitting on the side of the gym near a large fan that helped keep us cool.
A couple of humorous things: one lady is clearly a free spirit. She sits/stands/dances on the edge of the group for more room. Sometimes she suddenly seems to take flight in her little corner of the gym with graceful swooping of the arms and leg circles. She said she sometimes gets bored with the “easy” stuff! And, one of the gentlemen had on a new shirt (assuming it is new to this group, as it generated a number of comments). It was black with the words “Fat people are hard to kidnap” on the front. He is a little overweight, so I guess it was his affirmation for today or something.
I’ll be going back! Oh, yes I will!! Here’s to the seniors in this world!!!
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
I am giving up! No, not permanently, but for a day or two!
Richard had ankle fusion surgery on 6/25 and came home from the hospital on 6/27 in a cast and with instructions for no weight bearing for 6 weeks. He's been terrific. I couldn't ask for anyone better to take care of. But...I do need to take care of him.
Our DD from Virginia and her dog surprised us with an unexpected visit on 6/29 and will be here until this Thursday. Totally unplanned on our part. She wanted it to be a surprise. Doesn't she know we're old and don't do surprises well anymore? In fairness, she visited friends in Kansas City for a few days and has been sleeping at her brother's house since she got back because...another son and his wife, also from Virginia, had picked this same time to come so they could visit a new granddaughter (our great-grand) and they are staying with us in the one spare room.
Saturday night our two grandsons spent the night (no trouble to have them...just one more thing). Sunday morning we had a family gathering for brunch (10 adults, 2 grandsons and the baby). Again...not a huge deal and the kids helped put things together.
Coming and going, text messages, phone calls, refrigerator doors opening and closing, snack foods sitting around everywhere, birthday cake and ice cream...oh, yes...I forgot to mention yesterday was Richard's birthday!!!Last evening we celebrated with the cake/ice cream. When we're alone we don't celebrate except with cards. We have gone from one meal to the next trying to figure out who will be here, if anyone, and what we're having...leftovers, order in, grilling???
There is hope! Yesterday Richard saw the doctor. They took the old cast off, removed the stitches from the incisions and put on the new one. He opted for neon orange this time. He looks like a highway safety cone. But, bottom line is they were satisfied with the way the incisions looked and told him to come back in 4 weeks, but still no weight bearing. That was really good news.
Tomorrow DS and DIL will be leaving and stopping to see my Mom and Sis on the way. Thursday DD and doggie will be leaving. Grandsons and their parents will be out of town for 5 days beginning tomorrow, too. Thursday evening, life will return to "normal" for these 2 old people who raised four kids and had four teenagers at one time, but have come to enjoy being empty nesters. Isn't that crazy? I'm so grateful that we still have 3 of them and 2 with spouses with us, not to mention these darling grands and greats, but I'm sure our DS in heaven is looking down right now and scratching his head a bit and wondering what all the fuss is about. Life used to always be like this, didn't it??!!
So, for now, I'm throwing in the towel and planning to get good sleep for a couple of nights. I've just had too many things going on to concentrate on anything else. Even when they "help" it becomes more work!! LOL!!! I just need a few hours of breathing space and then I'll be good to go again!! See you soon!! Hugs and love to all!!
Monday, June 09, 2014
Remember that old TV show called "My Three Sons?" Simpler times and a peek into the life that some of the early TV writers must have thought we would all seek to achieve. Actually, that has nothing to do with what I'm going to blog about, but my three ps made me think about the three sons! I have a wandering mind this morning.
Here are the three words beginning with the letter P that I focused on this morning during my walk.
Plan ahead: If I don't plan, I always fail. If I do plan, sometimes I change those plans, but at least I've given it some thought. Planned my meals for the week, planned my exercise (groan), plan for staying out of the pits (oh my...another p)...it all adds up to a better day for me.
Persistence: I've seen this word a lot lately, and it is critical for me and I suspect for lots of other people. So, I will work on my persistence...again and again and again!!!
Patience: For some reason I seem to think that if I don't get immediate results or outcome of all my efforts, it isn't worth trying again today. How stupid is that!! I guess we never really outgrow that childish "I want it now" behavior. Another long range goal is to work on my patience!!
What are your "p" words, if any? I think there could be tons of them, but when walking I find that I can't focus on more than about 3 at a time. Some new ones to think about would be fun, though. Have a great day, friends, and be sure to think of me when you think of a 'p' word that motivates you!!
PS: Would one of you grammar/punctuation experts tell me how to write "Ps" correctly? Writing P's is NOT correct because it isn't a possessive, and Ps, while plural, looks weird. Another thing to Ponder!!!
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
If you find meditation hard to do (I have trouble quieting my mind), but would like a quick way to reflect on helpful and important ways to improve your life, think about signing up for the free daily email from Jane Powell. There's a separate one for weight loss, as well as a few other topics. Thanks to one of my teammates, dear friends and awesome co-leader on our Over 60++ team for the information. You know who you are, Jill!!
These daily one-minute meditations are truly amazing to me. I wonder how she can understand me so well and have things to say that are so meaningful specifically to me. Take a look and see what you think. www.meditationsforwomen.com
Update: My little streak of not eating after dinner is at 3 nights now and I think #4 is coming up. Another SFriend (Linda) suggested drinking water in the evening when I want to eat. Didn't want to because I've done that before, but I've been doing it anyway, and running to the bathroom a lot. No, that's not quite true...I walk as fast as my legs will carry me, but it is definitely not running. That evening eating thing is a real problem for me...I think I'm a very "oral" type person. If I'm not eating, I seem to be talking. So, for now, I think I'll just stop while I'm ahead and wish you all a great evening and to tell you to keep the faith, smile and never give up on yourself!!!
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