Tuesday, October 18, 2011
I warned you all that I would be doing my own DVD reviews on all of the many fitness DVDs I purchased recently and here is my latest!
The DVD is Shapely Girl Walking Fit & Fabulous. I got it from my new favorite web site (besides Spark People of course) Collage Videoes.
I hope that link works for you! anyhow, I love Collage Video b/c you can return opened DVDs to them if they are not what you expected or wanted or liked! But, back to my DVD review.... Shapely girl workouts are geared toward plus sized women. They are intended for women, not men, but no reason why men couldn't adapt. Anyhow, the instructor is Debra Mazda who used to weigh over 300 pounds and is now reported to be a size 12. She is energetic, encouraging and fun! She urges us, "no matter what size you are" to get off the couch and move! She also offers options to the workout so that even if you are just beginning to exercise you can keep moving! Her "doo-wop girls" are of all sizes and shapes and seem to be having fun with her! (Doo-Wop girls are those ladies who back up the main instructor in DVD workouts) I know there is 1 more segment on the video where the ladies tell their stories, but I haven't watched that yet. The workout is about 45 minutes long and you can do a shorter, 12 or 13 minute workout, but I havne't figured out how to do that with my DVD yet! It is an at home walking routine and uses basic moves along with some interesting variations. It was fairly easy to follow for me as a blind user. There are a couple moves I still want some added info on such as the sashay step and the wedding march move! The directions are good enough, but without seeing them I find them a teeny bit confusing. Debra's cues are off a bit.... She tells us she is getting ready to do something and it is a little time before she actually does it and it can be confusing, but I am able to follow her pretty well. It is a good workout with some sweat involved! I liked it alot and liked her encouragement alot more! The other segment is a standing abs routine which adds a bit more cardio in even though it is touted as ST! I like the standing abs b/c it is a challenge when you are used to doing crunches and other floor work! Overall I would rate it a 4 out of 5. 4 only b/c for me it wasn't always clear as to what the moves were. I find Leslie Samsone to direct moves much clearer and I find Leslie Samsone to be a bit more intense. However, with my leg being all wonky lately I found this to be a great lower impact workout that still made me sweat! I like the Shapely girl series! I like that plus sized women are featured and the workouts are geared to us! It is great for beginners!
If you are a plus sized woman looking for a DVD to start moving and that will encourage and motivate you, then this is it! Check it out! I do recommend it and think others who can see will rate it a 5!
Monday, October 17, 2011
That would be me! Thos of you who know me know that I abhor housework and anything to do with being a "housewife"! I don't mind cooking occasionally, but I hate to clean and do laundry and all that kind of stuff! In fact, when my husband asked to marry me I told him that I was THE anti-housewife and didn't like to cook, clean or do laundry; I was a big flirt, but always knew who I wanted to come home with; and that there were 2 kinds of money.... Mine and ours. Mine bought what I wanted and ours paid the bills! Well, I was mostly joking about the 2nd 2 things, but not the first! He accepted my terms and we were married 20 years this May. When I was working 30 to 40 hours a week and going to get my masters on the weekends we hired a housekeeper! We kept someone on and we really needed someone when I broke my leg! The only reason I work now is to pay for the housekeeper! I keep a job or 2 just so we have the extra money to pay her to do the things I hate like scrubbing toilers and tubs/showers, dusting, etc.! Well, with all the work being done on the new sunroom outback the house was covered with mulch, little dirt balls and dog fur! The floors were nasty, so I decided I would actually vacuum! I did. I did it in my methodical, grid way that I was taught up at the rehab center for the blind. Oh yeah, I remembered how to do it even if I tried avoid doing it as much as possible! I vacuummed the living room, the hallways and the kitchen. I then unhooked the floor device to use the little brush to go ahead and vacuum out Jack's chair and my chair where he often sits with me and sheds.... As I was putting the 2 pieces back together I snagged my pinky finger tip in between the 2 pieces and caused myself a great deal of pain and now a lovely blood blister! It hurt so bad I actually cried! It still hurts as I type. For the longest time it was kinda numb and felt like I burned it and now it sorta has a dull ache. So, I told my husband that is why I don't do housework! He laughed and said he guessed I would never touch the vacuum again! Well, that may or may not be true, but for now I'm leaving it alone! I am so thankful I have a man who knows how I am and doesn't freak out over it! He certainly didn't marry me for my domestic abilities! I am spoiled and I admit it! But, I didn't spoil myself! LOL! Anyhow, for those of you who must use these tortuous housecleaning devices.... Be careful! Those things are dangerous!
Sunday, October 09, 2011
Last night found me with a case of the blahs! I'm still not feeling up to my perky self and had alot of pain today. So, I am doing my "thankful list" again!
!1! My Spark friends.... Y'all made me feel so good by commenting on my blog and letting me know that I am a good friend and an inspiration to others! It is nice to feel appreciated for anything! But, your comments also brightened my day and helped ease the blahs!
!2! My computer is working better today. It was just being contankerous yesterday I guess. I have been having a problem with Spark People today though. The pages are running very, very slow! For some reason the Firecracker team page really runs slow and that makes no sense since it has less members than any other team I am on. However, I think it is slow b/c although there are less members on it we are always active on the page! Whatever it is I hope it doesn't last long! I need my Spark friends on all my teams!
!3! Jack. Jack is my dog or rather I am his human! He cheers me up and just lies with me and snuggles if I want! I love that spoiled mutt! Just having him in my life cheers me. Yesterday I read that my friend, Susan, HOWLERMOM, lost her beloved Howler. It made me so grateful for the unconditional love I have with Jack and all the exuberant greetings! I learned to be sure and not take him for granted!
!4! My Spark friends.... Where would I be without y'all?!
!5! My husband. What a blessing! I want to kick him at times, but I am so lucky we found each other! He rubbed the anti-inflamatory cream on my leg today and brought me a pain pill and water and just laid on the bed (with Jack b/t us BTW) and held my hand until the pain eased up! He then fixed dinner for the 3 of us!
Tomorrow I am going to try and attend my belly dance classes. If I get too sore I will sit it out and just enjoy the company of my belly dance community! If I can dance at least a little I will. I'm going to attend my strength training class on Tuesday and thursday this week. We do alot of upper body and core work in there as well as leg work. I'll do what leg work I can for now and work the rest of my body! I can earn some exercise "miles" there for my Firecracker team! I also plan to go to water aerobics on Friday morning. I don't teach on Fridays and don't have any other appointments, so I have time to do an hour of water aerobics and then teach my cardio belly dance class. I was thinking about getting my chair belly dance DVD back from a friend and using it for my cardio class on Friday. That will be new and different for my ladies and good for my bum leg! So, yes, no matter what crap is going on in my life I can always find that sneaky silver lining and create an attitude of gratitude!
Sunday, October 09, 2011
Many people are always calling me "amazing" and telling me I have such a great attitude and blah, blah, blah.... Well, the truth is I do, but I do have some down times and this evening seems to be one of them! So, I had to sit down and make me a gratitude list to remind me that I've got a ton of blessings. My computer is not one of those blessings right now though, so please excuse any typos! Yes, I'm blind and it can suck. Yes, the doctor told me no exercise for a week. Yes, the anniversary of my brother's death is approaching as well as the anniversary of my grandpap's death. Yes, work is getting tiresome. I have alot of blahs, but I have to remind myself to be thankful! So, here goes.... Oh yeah, oen more blah...I gained weight this week! My computer is not reading back to me what I type, so when I hear a mistake I can't seem to go back and fix it! Grrr! OK, now here goes:
1. I have leg pain and right much leg pain at times. I tried to do a little more than just walk today and couldn't. But, I am thankful I have my leg at all and thankful I can feel pain in it! right now my mom has no feeling from her knee down and can't walk b/c her foot keeps turning under. I can walk and even if it does get painful I am able to walk!
2. I gained weight. That just means that I am blessed to have more than enough food to eat. I can afford food and can even overindulge without worrying where the next meal will come from! Once upon a time being fat was a sign of affluence! I feel very affluent today!
4. My computer is being crazy. Well, I have the computer that will read what is on my screen. so, maybe not right at this moment, but it is reading each word I type in even if it won't read what I've typed back to me!
5. I can't exercise right now, but when I can I can do so much! I can belly dance, I can do Zumba, I can kickbox, do step aerobics, swim, do water aerobics.... Yep! I need to check times on water aerobics. One class is during when I teach, but I know they have evening classes and one on Sat. mornings.
6. Work is getting on my nerves, but I have a job! It pays fairly well and is only PT and doesn't prevent me from keeping a fitness routine. Sure, I have to do some extra work sometimes, but hey! I got a job and I'm very lucky for that!
7. I have Spark People to find motivation and comfort and encouragement and shoulders to cry on when I need it!
There is nothing I can do for death anniversaries, but I can celebrate the people in my life who are still alive and part of me! I'm OK. I just needed to remind myself of that! Thanks.
Friday, October 07, 2011
Dear Firecrackers: I'm afraid I got bad news from my orhtopedic doctor yesterday (Thursday). I broke my leg rather severely 3 years ago, well 3 and a half years ago now, and ended up in a wheelchair for 10 months and a cast for another 5! Weird thing is that during surgery and the healing I realized I was fat! Weird how as a blind person you dont' even realize how fat you are even when you have to go up in sizes and such.... Weight sort of becomes out of sight out of mind! anyhow, here I go off topic.... Here I am back on topic.... So, my leg hurts on and off b/c I have what the doc calls post traumatic arthritis in the ankle and knee. Usually it is the ankle that really hurts. Well, in the past 3 weeks my area of the break has been hurting and hurting rather badly.... I broke the tibia, the shin bone and the fibular, the bone that runs up beside the knee cap and have a large plate holding the tibia together with several screws. The pain is at the surgical site which is on the lower part of the tibia right on the front of my leg. Over the past month the doc has done numerous Xrays and such to try to find where the pain is coming from. The pain got so bad this past Tuesday that I ended up taking 2 pain killers which is very off for me. The pain has been enough over the past 2 weeks that I have not exercised every day which is also odd for me! So, after him thinking out loud since he had no other answers that the pain is probably diabetic related I got mad and told him that I was sick of all unexplained phenomena in my body being blamed on my diabetes and that I was sure something was wrong other than "just your diabetes". He reviewed my X-rays again and concluded it is probably a shin splint. (shin splint since it is 1 leg or is it shin splints in a single leg too?) I can buy that. I dance on a regular basis, I take Zumba, I walk at least a mile every day, so shin splints make sense. He said it is difficult to determine b/c all of the hardware in my leg makes it hard to see shin splints in my leg!
OK, Doc, shin splints. I can deal. What do I have to do to fix it? Well.... He gave me a topical anti-inflammatory cream to use twice a day and then told me NO exercise for a week! I said, Really now? You know I am addicted to exercise.... He said, yes Melissa, I know how you like your exercise, but I want to get you well!
So, my dear Firecrackers.... I may have to take a week off of exercising! I couldn't start today b/c I had to teach my cardio belly dance class b/c my fill in is out of town. I also resolved to walk a slower mile every day, so I'll be getting b/t 15 and 20 minutes of exercise in each day stil unless the pain is unbearable. I do want to get well, but I do want to help my Firecrackers out! I see we have a long distance to go this coming week and it makes me sad! I'll do what I can, but don't expect my 120 minute or even 90 minute days! I'm sorry!
Oh yeah, looks like I gained a big ol' pile of weight this week too! I don't know where it came from or exactly what I did wrong, but it looks like a 3 pound gain! I'll be working hard on my food intake to make up for it next week! I'll do my ST so I can get extra minutes in too! but, I wanted to apologize! things do not look good right now!
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