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Glad I Work Out!

Monday, February 08, 2010

Yesterday, I spent roughly 3 hours over the course of the day shoveling 24 inches of snow. DH helped some. At the end of the day the muscles in my upper back felt worked to exhaustion, and my weak right knee (the one with but a token anterior ligament left) began to wobble.

However, this a.m. I awoke and felt fine. I'm in better shape now than I was in my thirties or forties!

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ZELLAZM 3/6/2010 5:27AM

    I'm just catching up on blog posts from February today and see that you've been "away" too. I hope that all is well. Funny I'm reading this today when we have about 6 inches of fresh snow on the ground!


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JOURNEY2PEACE 3/4/2010 3:58PM

    I know the snow really hit you hard and it is throwing off your determination but you still rock in my book chicky! Spring will be here before you know it! Don't lose heart! You're one of the biggest reasons I am still on spark so keep your head up and just do what you can do! emoticon

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COCABRENDA 2/22/2010 11:30PM

Keep it up!

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NANC304 2/9/2010 11:29AM

    Good for you! That has to be a great feeling!

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JLITT62 2/9/2010 5:27AM

    Yeah for you! That is really hard work. Doesn't it feel good toknow that you can do it?

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IXCHEL23 2/8/2010 9:41PM

    emoticon Kate!!

I can totally relate, I'm doing so many things I never did in my 20's or 30's!

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GEODAWG 2/8/2010 5:19PM

    Yee Hiiii Isn't it great to be in shape!

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VICD25 2/8/2010 5:10PM

    Wow! What a work out. . .

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IZZYJEAN 2/8/2010 5:07PM

    WOOHOO!!! I don't know about u, but I wish it would have occurred to me to take care of myself better when I was in my 20's, young and before things started shifting south! :-)

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One of Those Days

Friday, February 05, 2010

This was one of those days that I totally flaked out. Anticipating the heavy snowfall, I did not travel in to work. I did work from home early this morning. Then I discovered Farmville and Cafe World. Apparently I "needed" to invest my time today on something that would not advance my health or my career.

Given the stress I have been under, doing nothing may have been the right thing.

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GEODAWG 2/7/2010 12:19PM

    I am addicted to Bejeweled Blitz and I admit it! Love the game!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 2/6/2010 11:39AM

    I get lost in Mafia Wars. But I'm trying to ditch that habit! LOL

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SUZIEQIAM 2/6/2010 9:03AM

    We all need to "just do nothing" sometimes...good for you! emoticon

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GMACAMI 2/6/2010 2:19AM

    watch out...farmville can be addicting... at least it is for me...lol


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RUBYTOOSHOES 2/6/2010 1:23AM

    Sometimes that's exactly what a person needs to do!

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L3DESIGNS 2/6/2010 1:13AM

    Great job taking some relaxing time... Have a great weekend!

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MONIEE2 2/6/2010 12:12AM

    We all need some "me" time, don't be too hard on yourself. Tomorrow is another day!!

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JOURNEY2PEACE 2/5/2010 11:55PM

    I almost did the same thing today. But I had a vision of Dr. Phil pointing his finger at that slacker mom and I cancelled my account just as I started it!!! :P Glad you took some you time today!

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How to Play Snow Shoveling Tag

Thursday, February 04, 2010

I enjoy shoveling snow. Because I hate ice challenges to my weak knee, I'm an overachiever.

But tomorrow the Baltimore area is expecting a blizzard, beginning Friday 10 a.m. and ending Saturday 10 p.m., 16-24 inches. For two days, DH and I won't leave the house. Sunday will be our day for Snow Shoveling Tag.

1. Person A sets a timer for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, Person B shovels snow.
2. When the timer goes off, Person A resets the timer for 15 minutes, relieves Person B (who is required to go inside to rest and/or have hot cocoa or hot tea) and begins shoveling snow.
3. When the timer goes off again, Person B then tags Person A, etc.

On Sunday, December 20, after the blizzard of Dec. 19, DH agreed that he appreciated the rest after 15 minutes. Once we finished our shoveling, neither of us ached from overexertion. Our primary care physician was relieved.

1. Shovel snow for 15 minutes.
2. Rest inside for 15 minutes.
3. Repeat.

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EMMAMAGEE 2/6/2010 9:21AM

  Good idea. I've tried doing something like this with my DH, but he gets stubborn and his pride comes into play. He won't stop until it is done. Then comes in weazing like he's gonna die.

Today, however, he is out of town in sunny LA on business, so I must shovel on my own. I just did 45 minutes. While 15 min. is probably healthier, all the taking off of wet coats and scarves and boots, and then putting them on again that becomes a big hassle.

Now my side is saying it hurts. Maybe I better go easy and do what you said later today. All of you who don't have snow, stop rubbing it in!!! emoticon

Comment edited on: 2/6/2010 9:28:18 AM

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KOKGIRL 2/5/2010 11:18PM

    Great idea! However, I'm not sure my husband would last after the first 15 minutes. We may have to try this at 5 min intervals for him -- (and I don't think it's because he's out of shape, he just hates doing it).

Doesn't matter, we probably will only see 3 inches here. But I love the concept! Makes it even better if someone has more than two willing bodies to participate (you could more rest or maybe only have to do one shift!)

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CKENTFIELD 2/5/2010 11:04AM

    OH!!!! I had visions of you running around with a snow shovel hitting people yelling "TAG YOU"RE IT!!!" This seem a lot safer. emoticon emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 2/5/2010 9:49AM

    Great idea! And a fun way to get the job done.

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AREBMAN 2/5/2010 9:19AM

    Sounds like a great idea, to bad I will never use it down here in Austin, TX. emoticon

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OKLYBB 2/5/2010 8:14AM

    This is fantastic, thank you! I haven't played this before, but I'm in the Baltimore area too, so we're going to need it!

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JLITT62 2/5/2010 5:08AM

    Thankfully, we haven't had a snow so big that we've had to tag team it. And if we did, DH would be snow blowin' anyway.

I shoveled the entire driveway (relatively large driveway) myself the other day. Granted, it was only about half an inch (the driveway gets very little sun, so it doesn't melt on its own), but it still took almost an hour.

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CJROMB 2/4/2010 11:34PM

    I remember when you played this before!

I thought maybe Snow Shoveling Tag was where you took the shovels out, and then chased each other around tagging each other with them. I'm guessing if that were the game, not much shoveling would get done, and lots of tagging would happen! Your way is probably better.

No snow shoveling here, but if the rain doesn't stop and the sun doesn't come out, there might be some Wrist Slitting.

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Time to Use a Heart Rate Monitor

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

This morning, I decided to try a different pace on the treadmill. I walked 4.2 mph, and when it came time for the running minute, I did 6.7 mph. All went well until the last run. The treadmill said I reached a HR of 177 -- "only" 17 higher than my maximum HR is supposed to be. My HR came down quickly when I stopped running, but one look at my RED face in the locker room convinced me that I had gone too far.

Where did I put that HRM? It's time to learn how to use it!

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NANC304 2/4/2010 11:36AM

    Pushing yourself hard is good, just be sure you're not pushing too hard.

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RELLIMTENAJ 2/3/2010 11:24PM

    Keep pushing, but be careful. Find that HRM! While we feel "ok" when we push that hard and maybe our hearts/brains can take it for a little while it's hard on our recovery. Also look at it this way when you keep your heart rate in the 65% to 85% range you are burning more fat, when you reach the anaerobic range you are breaking down muscle which is what burns calories when you aren't working out. What better reason to keep your heart rate in the right range.

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MNABOY 2/3/2010 11:01PM

    WOW let me know what you find out about the best HRM

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AMICHT 2/3/2010 10:40PM

    Great work! Use that HRM! I just got mine last week & have really enjoyed getting the new numbers of calories burned. Sometimes SP gives me a few more burned, sometimes the HRM does - but they balance out well.

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JOURNEY2PEACE 2/3/2010 10:35PM

    I am proud of you for trying! It's more than I have been doing. Time to turn that around! You continue to inspire me my friend! :)

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JOURNEY2PEACE 2/3/2010 10:35PM

    I am proud of you for trying! It's more than I have been doing. Time to turn that around! You continue to inspire me my friend! :)

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"Nothing Tastes as Good as Being Thin Feels"

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Today I had several conversations with people who couldn't stick with their health and fitness program. I used to be one of them. I know how it can happen. And I am fighting a period of workload stress which could derail me if I don't choose well.

I lost weight before with Weight Watchers. I put it all back on due to extreme work stress (what, you want more than 5 minutes for lunch?) and distress over my parents' failing health. During MDM's last month, she repeated, as so many times before, "You would feel so much better if you lost the excess weight." And she was right!

When I was "stuck", knowing what I should be doing with nutrition and exercise, but not doing it, I felt guilty all the time. I labeled myself "perverse." But when I committed fully, by carefully planning and tracking my nutrition, and making the time for the exercise I required, I knew I was on my way. Since mid-December, when I reached a healthy weight, I have felt triumphant. I look better, and my health is better. Frequently, my SP status was "dancing, Dancing, DANCING!" Suddenly I have all sorts of plans to celebrate continued progress.

I can do it. I will do it. When I do less than I planned, it lengthens the process to my ideal weight and fitness. But my body will become a finely tuned exotic sportscar. My insides will be free of sludge -- just as synthetic oil makes a car run with less friction.

I will be having much more fun than my friend who just gave up. She chose her path, and I chose mine.

Which path do you choose?

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IZZYJEAN 2/8/2010 5:29PM

    YEP! I love feeing strong and eating things that give me energy instead of feeling like a blob after dinner!

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JOURNEY2PEACE 2/3/2010 9:25PM

    Listen to you! You sound like a true Gladiator. I am wih you! I want to feel better! :)

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JLITT62 2/3/2010 5:51AM

    I will never give up! As I like to say, I can outstubborn any of my animals.


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L3DESIGNS 2/2/2010 11:11PM

    I choose to feel great! And eat well and exercise!

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PSYCHABOO 2/2/2010 10:47PM

    I don't know, Krispy Kremes do taste pretty darn good:)

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