Thursday, December 30, 2010
As I woke up to freezing cold temperatures and several inches of snow, I realized my outdoor running was going to have to be put on hold again for awhile. So I went for a workout dvd.
My daughter picked up a workout DVD for me for Christmas at the dollar store,lol! It was .88 Tuesday so she got quite a deal!!
Anyway, I decided to give it a try. For only .88 cents if I do it once and never again its really not a loss! Well, I was actually pleasantly surprised. The dvd is called 30 minute express Below the Belt. It was a good lower body workout incorporating squats, lunges, crunches, inner thighs and butt.
I found the presentation pretty good. It wasn't really polished. It was more like following along with an instructor in a gym class and the people who were participating in the dvd were not perfect. They were regular joes ( but I liked that). One thing I really liked about the dvd was that everyone worked out at their own level. She had lots of modifications to follow and I did work up a sweat.
The things I did not like in the workout were that for me, after doing P90X last week, this wasn't really very challenging, It was a great beginning to intermediate workout. After 30 mins I wanted a little more.
I didn't have a plan after the 30 mins so I left it at that and decided to give one of my Christmas presents a try. My Altus stability ball.
I had to inflate the ball and it took me 20 mins to get it all set up. The dvd that was included will not work in my dvd player so I will have to find a good stability ball workout. Maybe I will start with Coach Nicole.
One other nifty little thing I got was a Heart Rate Monitor. The New Balance HRT fit +. I am really liking it so far but I have to fiddle with it some more to figure out the calorie burning function and to get the heart rate monitor to work while I am working out. It has a lot of great features. It has a heart rate monitor, a pedometer, a chronology counter, time, date, age, pace setting function. I am sure there are more but I haven't had time to fully immerse myself in it yet. I am still trying to figure out the calorie counter and how to set the heart rate function while I workout. It doesn't help that I forgot to wear it the last two times I worked out. I am really looking forward to figuring it out and utilizing it in my fitness routines.
On another note I wanted to share that before I started P90X I took some measurements. I forgot to remeasure on Sunday but I did it last night and everything was the same except my arms. They measured .5 inches smaller to 11.5 inches. That may be wrong but I will remeasure again on Sunday.
This week wasn't the best workout week for me. I really killed it last week with the P90X and this week has been a little off with all the days off and the wacky schedule. I hope next week is better. It better be since we are off to a new year.
I plan on taking my measurements every week ( hopefully at the same time and date). I am not really looking at the scale so much as I am building muscle and toning and losing inches. That is one of my New Years resolutions.
I hope the New Year finds you all continuing to strive to reach your goals, no matter what they may be.
Keep Sparking, Paige
Friday, December 17, 2010
Last night my daughter was in our church Christmas Pageant. It is always a rendition of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!" It warms the heart to see your kids really get the reason for the season.
After the pageant was over we enjoyed a Happy Birthday Jesus cake and some Christmas goodies. As we congregated, one of my friends came over and reminded me of a dear lady who was suffering.
We had found out on Sunday that a dear member of our congregation had brain cancer as a result of her breast cancer she had had several years ago. She had been unable to stand or walk and they finally found 20 lesions in her brain. This in itself is a sad and sorrowful outcome but that is not the worst of it. This dear, dear lady has a heart as big as all outdoors. You see, she is a foster mother. A few years ago she was awarded Foster Mother of the Year for our state. She has adopted 8 foster children, making her the mother of 10. Her two oldest children are hers by birth but the other 8 were children of her heart. The youngest is 2 or 3. She is a very special lady and now her prognosis is terminable. They gave her 4 months.
So as I sit here this morning grateful that I have good health I ask you to go see your doctor. I am also grateful that I have good health insurance. My dear friends diagnosis has been alarming to say the least. As woman we tend to put our own health on the back burner and say I'll get to it. Please, Please, please. If you have been having any kind of symptoms or if you haven't been in for your annual checkup, schedule one now. If you haven't taken the time to do your mammogram or pap test please call your local health department. If you don't have insurance they can give you vouchers for free screenings. I have been losing inches in height recently so I have made an appointment to see my doctor to determine if I have osteoporosis, which is hereditary.
Strength training I here is one of the best ways to battle this so I am grateful I have been doing this as well as the other exercises to keep me strong and vital.
I value my time on Spark with you all and hope you take the time to value yourselves.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
My work team has a tradition at Christmas time. We provide a somewhat healthy breakfast for our department. It is called Bread and Jam day! We all pitch in and purchase yummy bread from the local bakery, Great Harvest Bread Company. All of the ingredients are listed on the label and there are no preservatives or high fructose corn syrup.
The department favorite is the Cinnamon Burst loaf. It is already gone! We also bought Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread ( the most decadent loaf and my personal weekness but I only had a small piece!), White Bread, Light Cracked Wheat Bread, Dakota Bread ( a bread full of pumpkin and sunflower seeds) and High Fiber Bread. I think I will have a piece of that with my two hard boiled eggs for lunch, nummers!
We also bring in our favorite topping such as peanut butter, apple butter, homemade jam, etc.
It is a great way to say "we appreciate you" and I personally feel good about giving something healthy and not a bunch of empty calories and sweets.
This is one of my favorite holiday time work traditions. What about you? Do you have any holiday traditions at your work?
Keep Sparking, Paige
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