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A productive, slow walk

Monday, March 19, 2012

Normally I walk rather fast, or even run/walk, but I'm taking it easy as my left hip is still a little sore from when I overdid something--I think it was the rope jumping--a while ago. So I decided to just enjoy the warm 80 degree temps. and take short steps so that it didn't hurt (I read this was good to do to aid healing).

I didn't take my ipod nor my step counter. I took my normal route backward, and just took in the sounds and smells of spring and began planning my retirement activities. I read a book that suggested things to plan before retirement--not how to save money, a bit late for that now, but activities to fill your time.

So I made my mental lists. Which months I would spend in a warm, sunny place during the Michigan winters, trips I would take, what I would do when I was back home in Michigan. What did I want to do.....? First I want to take a course or two in investing--after nutrition and fitness, that's a subject that I'd like to really understand better. Then I can better manage my own retirement. There are some business matters that I will also just make myself go on and take care of; I'll volunteer from time to time in the public schools; I'll meditate; I'll try lots of new dishes, and invite friends over to help me eat them.

A productive walk, I'd say.

  
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ROSGETSSERIOUS 3/22/2012 9:17AM

    Great walk - I also like my quiet thinking time that I have on my walks.
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NWILKER 3/21/2012 11:02AM

    Yeah! What a great time!
Any time you want to cook, i'll come over for dinner!
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JUICENUT 3/20/2012 4:24PM

    Congrats! I am still waiting on it to be warm enough to walk here.

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COLUMBINE2 3/20/2012 12:55AM

    I think you'll love being retired. Some (young) folks think that means "doing nothing." What a misperception. Likewise, I tried to avoid getting so involved that I was as stressed out as I was at work...with a paycheck. There's something really wrong with THAT picture! lol

Love the idea of a s- l-o-w walk. Haven't done that in years (since SP, to be exact.) At least one slow walk/week should be required...I'm puttin' that in my rule book! lol

Have a great week on your challenge. Sure hope your injuries improve soon!

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BRAVERUDE 3/19/2012 9:58PM

    Wow... a great walk! When are you visiting Southern California?

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MARTHAWILL 3/19/2012 9:16PM

    Yes- the best kind. Way to go!
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YIWEN39 3/19/2012 8:03PM

    Great walk :-) You'll be an awesome retiree ;-)

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BBONET 3/19/2012 7:47PM

    Always doing great things!!! You need to make sure you don't hurt yourself and continue with your goals. Thanks for your words and support my friend. emoticon

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JLPARKHURST 3/19/2012 6:52PM

    Thats a great walk! Good for you! SOunds like a great retirement!

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LYNETTEMOM 3/19/2012 6:23PM

    definitely a productive walk: exercising the body and the mind!

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Happy First Day of the Spring 5%

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Hope you are all having the beautiful weather we're having in Michigan, sunny and the perfect temperature for taking your workout outside.

I am so proud of all my SP friends that are doing the Challenge, whether we're on the same team or not--doesn't matter. I'm proud of you for stepping up and being willing to be accountable for your weight loss and general fitness! So much the better that we can have fun encouraging each other with swift kicks in the derrière when we lose heart or just start slacking off.

It's true that we can't keep doing what we've been doing if we want better results. My good friend Braverude commented on my last blog: "Ah, C'mon. We can have better goals than just to lose 4 lbs; how about inches to lose, stretching, or more ST for toning up?" She's right, and so I've taken my measurements and added to my goals. I know she'll accomplish her goal, and I'm not going to let her beat me!

I need that friendly push, and I'm ready to pass it on to YOU!

Now, I want to see some impressive exercise minutes today!

  
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YIWEN39 3/18/2012 12:10AM

    Go on Jonnie, lead the way, we're right there with you :-) emoticon

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NEWMAC2011 3/17/2012 11:47PM

    I've started doing interval training so I'm getting better results in less time. I'll be pushing myself during the Challenge for sure. I agree that it's about so much more than the lbs lost. I changed my focus last year to getting fit and being less concerned with the number on the scale. I think that will make a big difference for me.

I added a measurement thread for the Teddies so hope you'll join in posting there.

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THISTIMEMYWAY 3/17/2012 5:40PM

    Ok Miss! I am going to go do another 15 mins of dance and 15 mins of walking and 15 mins of dance again with the kids. Those will my breaks between reading. That will make 120 minutes today.
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I will try to find the measurement tape and get my hubby to measure also. He is taking care of the kids so I better get back to reading!

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DOGMOMMA2THREE 3/17/2012 4:49PM

    I love your team spirit! I am just hauling myself out of a deep hibernation mode after a fairly rough and inactive few months. I saw your comment on the huddle wall you inspired me to exercise for a full 120 minutes today! Not saying I will be able to do that everyday but I am glad for your encouragement!

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Ready and Set to GO for the Spring 5% Challenge

Thursday, March 15, 2012

I've weighed and set my goals--we don't post weight until Saturday morning, but believe me, I won't lose any more by then. During the challenge I will be exercising and tracking like mad to lose 4 lbs. -- 2 lbs back to goal and a 2 lb cushion.

4 lousy, little lbs, you say! Well, let me remind you that I'm 66 years old, which I tend to forget myself, except for my slow-almost-dead metabolism.:) Fortunately, I'm blessed with good health and great energy. And I'll be using it. If the last challenge is any indication, I'll be lucky to average the 1/2 lb loss necessary to lose the 4 lbs in 8 weeks.

No, let's revise that. I WILL lose the 4 lbs and continue exercising this time to keep it off. I also took my measurements today and had to note a few more inches gained, reflected as well in my slightly elevated body fat level. The challenge will get me firmed and toned back up.

Ready to get it ON! Rollin' in the Deep!

  
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SPARKLE1908 3/17/2012 11:58AM

    Good luck Soror....I KNOW you are going to be successful though!!!!!!

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BRAVERUDE 3/16/2012 9:55AM

    4 pounds, eh? I think we should do more...maybe look at inches to lose, or days of stretching, ST, or something else? C'mon, let's really go after this one...!!!!
I miss you and am very happy to be with you on this team!!
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GLORYANDME 3/15/2012 11:45PM

    You will lose that 4 pounds! You are going to do great! You are an inspiration to team teddy! emoticon emoticon

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NEWMAC2011 3/15/2012 10:01PM

    I hear you! I need to lose a bunch to get back to my lowest. We'll be working it together.

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MAGGIE101857 3/15/2012 8:31PM

    I know exactly what you mean! At 54, menopausal, lack of sleep, etc. the pounds are staying put no matter what! But I am going to tackle the challenge, do my best and see what I can learn from others!!! Good luck on the challenge!
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JLPARKHURST 3/15/2012 8:03PM

    emoticonJonnie! emoticon

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THISTIMEMYWAY 3/15/2012 8:00PM

    Let's rock this! Let's roll! Here we go! emoticon

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WELLNESSME09 3/15/2012 7:33PM

    Love your beat...Rollin' in the Deep! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YIWEN39 3/15/2012 7:20PM

    emoticon I know you can, you know you can! Let's do this ;-) emoticon

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LASARRE 3/15/2012 5:22PM

    You can do it and 4 lbs is nothing to sneeze at!

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SONYALATRECE 3/15/2012 3:59PM

    Need to join this challenge with you...

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NWILKER 3/15/2012 12:17PM

    Awesome!!!
You can do this!!!
Yeah teddy bears!

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A Workout with Gilad

Friday, March 09, 2012

Yesterday, I happened the catch part of Gilad's workout and felt really energized in just a few minutes, so I set an SP calendar reminder to tune in at 6:00 a.m. today. He runs 2 half-hour segments 6:00-7:00 EST, doing updated routines that are really doable; the time goes fast. I can't get over how long he's been doing this, how good he still looks, and how well he moves. Maybe he's going for Jack LaLanne's record.

Anyway, if you want to catch his workout for a change (a little of everything--aerobic, upper & lower body ST and abs), I found him on the cable channel Discovery Fit & Health , DFH--used to be FitTV. It's so hard to find fitness on TV nowadays in my area. Most of the day this channel is showing horror ER stories. Reality TV has taken over (wonder why fitness isn't considered reality--oh, I know--not even manufactured drama).

Earlier another Sparker told me about On Demand having fitness programs on the sports channel. They changed it around a bit, but I found it today under Sports--Mag Rack--Fitness & Yoga.

Tomorrow I'll get back with Coach Nicole, but today this was a nice change. Variety is the spice of life.
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BRAVERUDE 3/13/2012 7:28AM

    I miss you, too!!! The internet connection is very hit-and-miss, here... I am eating my way thru Florida and will need the Spring Challenge very badly when I am done! How is your hip?


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LUVPOETESS 3/12/2012 6:01PM

    Thanks for the info

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GLORYANDME 3/9/2012 10:49AM

    Glad you had a good work out with Gilad. Thanks for posting this blog because I didn't know that exercise shows even existed on tv anymore. I thought they were a thing of the past. Now with DVR capabilities, we can work out with the pros at a convenient time. Thanks again! emoticon

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How to Stay Young (last of 3)

Friday, March 02, 2012

Mary Southerland's advice Friend to Friend (end)

11. Don't worry about things you cannot change or do anything about. Accept them and move on.
12. Read more and dust less.
13. Spend more time with your family and friends and less time working.
14. Whenever possible, life should be a pattern of experiences to savor, not to endure. Recognize these moments now and cherish them.
15. Do not "save" anything. Use your good china and crystal for every special event such as losing a pound, getting the sink unstopped, or the next blossom of flowers you see.
16. Wear your best outfit to the market.
17. Don't save your good perfume for only special occasions. Use it even if you are going shopping or just to the bank.
18. "Someday" and "one of these days" should vanish from your vocabulary. If it is worth seeing or hearing or doing, go and see or hear or do it now.

From Jonnie: I do a lot of these now--try to do whatever I can to enjoy every day. I only wish I had begun earlier, in my younger years. In those days I put too much value on things--the good china was for special occasions (the kids would just break it). Now I drink my wine from my crystal wine glasses, and my morning coffee from a china cup (and they cost 3 times as much now to replace, but somehow it just tastes better), and when the grandkids are here for Thanksgiving or just Sunday dinner, we all eat off the china and crystal. We're all special--everyday!
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1TRESCHICAKA 3/3/2012 7:28PM

    I will be drinking my tea from my "Special Paris - Eiffel Tower cup" and dream of having it at an outdoor cafe in Paris :0) Merci! Thanks for reminding us to take pleasure in the everyday things..like the trees & flowers starting to bloom here, birds chirpping happily in am, pretty sunsets at night...La Vie En Rose...I will make an effort to stop & smell the roses!
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IMIN2GENES 3/3/2012 7:03AM

    How true! Thanks for sharing this. I think I'll go have my coffee in my glass mugs from England. I keep them on a shelf for fear of breaking them. No time like the present to dust them off!
Chris

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YIWEN39 3/2/2012 6:56PM

    That's great! very special advice... that I want to put in practice! Right NOW :-)
Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend :-)
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