Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I started Week 3 of my 100 Push-Up Challenge today. It only took me 5 weeks to get here! LOL! I didn't follow direction for my first Week 1, then I didn't master a full 16 push-ups for my first exhaustion test, so I had to repeat week 2 also! But, for this past exhaustion test I did 18 push-ups before I collapsed. somehow they seem to be getting harder instead of easier for me! But, I completed Week 3, Day 1 today. I did the training and was supposed to do at least 9 in my 5th set and I did 12, so I think I am improving! I'm constantly amazed that I can do even 1 real, good form, regular push-up! Me! Who woulda thunk it?
I wore some pretty high heels today, for me at least. They are not uncomfortable at all, but I was wondering when I kicked them off this evening if wearing high heels that extend your calves can be considered ST? When I did my cardio my calves were hurting! They are a rather sassy pair of shoes and really should be exercise devices!
I did alot of ST today, but not as much cardio. I figure I will make up for the cardio tomorrow. Today I was really tired after my husband kept me up half the night with his snoring! I'm considering separate bedrooms at this point as much as I hate that idea!
I skipped my usual workouts this evening and sorta regret it... I start a new belly dance class next week on Tuesdays, so will have to give up Zumba Toning and Evening Water Aerobics. But, the belly dance class is a drill class where we will work hard on repeating moves, so I will be getting a good workout in each tuesday! Plus, I think for the next session of my MOnday night classes I will be taking 3 hours instead of 2!
Tomorrow is my 4th Spark Anniversary! Hard to believe I joined this web site and was in a wheelchair and joined a team called "I Hate Exercise"! But, that team inspired me to move and I learned to work out from the wheelchair and even took my first belly dance class almost a year later, blind and in a leg cast! Can you imagine? But, the Spark bug bit me and I was ready to move! I'll write more about that tomorrow.... Rest well Spark Friends and thanks for tuning into my life!
Monday, March 26, 2012
I threw my first fitness party this past Saturday. It was a ladies only Cardio Striptease party! I used the DVD, "Dance The Inches Off: Cardio Striptease" for the event. We had healthy snack choices including a Weight Watchers recipe for spinach and artichoke dip, a hot corn dip, homemade hummus, veggie stix, multi-grain pita chips, sweet and dill baby pickles, baked low salt tortilla chips, plenty of water and a few low-cal cocktails from the SP site!
We made the mistake of eating first which made us a little too full to put a full effort into our cardio. But, the DVD is great and the instructor and the "back-up" girls were all sweating and the leader was breathing hard on the DVD. We did some of it and just as we were getting into it there was a very loud clap of thunder.... Followed by a very loud sizzle! Nope, it wasn't us at our sexy, fittest best.... It was lightening hitting something outside of my house. Very shortly after that we lost all power! Luckily for my gal pals I'm blind, so I easily found some candles and a lighter. We lit the candles and put on some music by the battery operated radio and had a good time. We danced a little more, but not much since it was dark and the storm was rather fierce. Just up the road from me there were reports of softball sized hail and a co-worker of one of the women who was at my house had her car totaled.... Totaled by hail! We had the high winds and the bad lightening, but no hail thank goodness. Someone's car is acting weird as if maybe something was shorted out by the lightening. We were all very lucky!
But, I wanted to say that I did have a good interest in my fitness themed party. I know the striptease aspect got some of the ladies' curiosity up, but it was a cardi workout and we had the healthy snacks and beverages. I'm planning my next fitness party in June and it will be a mix of water aerobics and aqua zumba in the pool to help christen my new sunroom and pool deck! I'm planning it for my birthday weekend in June. Let's hope for no thunder boomers that day!!
Have a fitness party! Get the gals (or guys or both) together and work out! Supply healthy treats and beverages and do what I had planned, but didn't do due to the severe weather and lower turn out than expected and that was a fitness DVD swap! I thank Spark People for giving me the idea and a way for my dance friends and I to learn something new and fellowship around a workout!
BTW, husband was at the movies and they did not lose power. We lost 2 portable telephones, our modem, our router and 5 breakers were flipped and all the ground circuit buttons were turned off. It could've been really bad, but it wasn't!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Before I report on my 100 Push-Up Training, let me thank my Spark friends for your kind words on my "Lost Day" blog yesterday! I feel I must explain.... Some diabetics are so in control and so "good" that they get mad when another diabetic complains about the disease. They feel that since they are so adjusted and take such good care of themselves that we all should. That is why I said some diabetics will get mad at me for saying I hate the disease! Some blind peple get mad if I say I hate being blind too. They, as well as those super diabetics, think we are no different than anyone else and feeling sorry for our condition even for a day sends the wrong message! I can't help it. I do hate being diabetic and get sick of the related problems. I don't like being blind either, but would take being blind over being diabetic any day. But, this is what I got. It is what is and I do the best I can under sometimes extreme circumstances. I always try to stay positive and I do for the most part. My blogs tend to reflect on a bad mood and that is just what it is... Venting! I am much better today. Mood wise and physically.
So, as wiped out as I felt yesterday after that super bad low blood sugar I still did my push-up training. I have to admit.... I was rather dismayed when I read that I should have achieved 16 push-ups (at least) in my exhaustion test. I thought I was doing so good to do 12 good form push-ups and didn't want to force any out in bad form.... Well you needed to have done at least 16 to progress to week 3, so here I am repeating Week 2. That's OK. I'll get there! I'm doing Level 2 this time in Week 2 and really couldn't do the 2nd level yesterday for week 2, but did more than the first level, so I'm satisfied with my progress. I think I probably needed to wait 1 more day to do my exhaustion test b/c I did it the day after my Friday push-up training workout and my Saturday strength training! I'm doing ST today as I go along and my arms feel like rubber! So, now I know!
Thank you again my wonderful Spark friends! I am better today and on my way! I'll try to thank each of you individually, but may not have time these next few days! Busy week!
Monday, March 19, 2012
I'm Type 1 Diabetic, on insulin to keep me alive. I ate fruit for breakfast today and took a little insulin b/c fruit is sweet. But, decided to lie back down and take a nap and never got up! My husband came home b/c he could not reach me on the phone. He had to give me a glucagon shot which essentially is a shot of glucose. So much for a sweet tooth challenge when I have to get a shot of glucose just to bring me 'round! This was 4:30 whenhe came home and rescued me.
Now I feel totally wrung out and wiped out! Insulin shock is just that.... Your body goes into shock. So, when I do come around I am sweaty, but freezing and my muscles are all stiff from me tightening them up and frankly, I stink. I sweat so much and it isn't even a natural smelling sweat. It just stinks. I haven't gathered the energy to take a shower yet.
But, do you know what I did? Once I ate a little something and got my wits about me and gathered up some energy, I did my 1 mile walk with Leslie Samsone! Am I addicted to exercise or what? I still want to get some more exercise in, but don't know what I will get to today.... I'm supposed to do my 100 push-up training workout today and don't know if I have that kind of strength or not. I suppose I'll try.
I know other diabetics will get mad at this, but I've been diabetic since age 3. I'll be 47 in June. I'm sick of it. I don't like checking my sugar all the time. I don't like low blood sugars stealing an entire day away from me. I don't like high blood sugars stealing bodily functions, like eyesight, away from me. I'm sick and tired of being a diabetic. Do you hear me? I am sick-and-tired-of-being-a-diabetic!! Am I having a pity party right now? You betcha!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Well, I dragged my sorry sleepy headed self out of bed this AM and put on my green bathing suit and my Ireland top and went to water aerobics. My instructor played Irish music and told corny Irish themed jokes and we had alot of fun! My husband was busy doing yard work all day, so we didn't get to go for a family walk today.... Maybe tomorrow?
Today was the first day of the 5% weight los challenge. I put in 85 air miles today. For those of you not in "the know" air miles = fitness minutes. I did water aerobics for an hour, but only counted 45 minutes b/c we didn't move the entire time. But, I did a 15 minute mile walk, my push ups exhaustion test and the SP 20 minute resistance band workout too.
I managed to push out 12 push-ups on my exhaustion test. I think I may have been able to do more, but didn't want to risk my good form and don't want to get into a level higher than I can handle. I haven't read it yet, but your exhaustion test will tell you what level to work in for the next week. I did 6 in my initial test, so I doubled and I think that is pretty darn impressive! Honestly, I never really tried "real" push-ups b/c I was certain I couldn't do them!
I also ran a hot bath and took a lovely bubble bath today. I havne't done that in a long time and it was so nice. I"ve had such a busy and non-stop week that I actuallly fell asleep in the tub! It was good for my muscles though. I didn't risk drowning b/c a big ol' snore woke me up! Yep, I actually woke myself up with a snore! My muscles were achey from my ST on Thursday, so the hot bath and the long soak did me good. I even took a nice nap today!
It was a really nice day. I will earn some air miles tomorrow, but not as many. Sunday is my scheduled rest day, but I usually do at least a mile walk. Maybe I will be able to take a nice long walk in our beautiful weather with hubby and our dog!
Go Firecrackers! Remember, any fitness minutes are better than no fitness minutes!
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