Tuesday, May 29, 2012
I put in over 1000 minutes of exercise during the 28 day bootcamp just finished. It's so rewarding to feel the new strength in my body, along with the creaking joints of arthritis! I sort of ended with a stumble, though, because I simply forgot to do yesterday's video, though I got in 45 minutes of cardio. I was going to go ahead and claim the reward, but on second thought.... you don't get first place if you lead all the way till right before the finish line, so I think I'll just do the boot camp over again, starting next week (I'm going to leaving town in two days).
I'm sure I'll get some walking in while I'm gone, and I'm going to take my stretch band and my laptop so perhaps I can take advantage of some of the SP videos, but my experience with hotel rooms tells me there's not always room to stretch out on the floor and do anything.
Will be with my husband, who's been gone for 3 weeks. So looking forward to spending time with him, though he'll be working.
Happy summer to everyone!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
I've been doing way more cardio exercise than is "required" but I'd already started that habit. The daily videos are much easier than the first time around, but I still feel my 68 years when I do them. It's a little sad that when I moved easily and could go all day, I didn't appreciate what I had. Now my body constantly reminds me that it's wearing down.
The consolation is what is driving me.... use it or lose it. Stories about a 94 year old woman still practicing medicine and a former WW II fighter pilot still teaching "barnstorming" and tricks with a bi-plane... that's rewarding to hear. It's been a while since I read those stories, but the year I read it... I almost walked a 1000 miles (984 miles - stopped by too many late night walks and the resulting bronchitis).
My own grandmother lived to be 97, twenty years past my more sedentary and overweight OTHER grandmother. Both fell in their old age, but the active one did not get a broken hip like the other one did... stronger bones because she was more active and took supplements her whole life. This Spark People area if full of those active engaged people. Love it.
P.S. To those people who like to write really long blogs.... shorten them a little, please? And add some white space.... I see a huge long blog and my eyes cross. I truly enjoy reading blogs.... make it easier! I don't have a lot of time to read blogs, and as much as I like them, the really long ones are daunting! Thank you for considering my plea.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Down 1.6 lbs. since starting. That doesn't sound like much, but it's the first real loss in a month or more... I keep bouncing up and down.
The really cool thing is how much stronger I am. In some ways, I'm in better shape than I was while I was in college, where I existed on a candy bar in the afternoon before I went home for dinner, or maybe some custard... can't believe I ate so poorly.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Just watched Dr. Oz and yet another fitness expert on his show. He seems like he's throwing mud on the wall--get a big handfull of information and throw it out there--some will stick to someone somewhere. He seems really fit himself. I've noticed something, though. Watching TV shows about fitness doesn't actually make any changes in MY body.
I experienced drinking a protein drink the other day that seemed to give me a lot more energy. Going to try it for supper tonight. I'm out of fresh fruit but I've got some frozen blueberries I can put in the mix. With my husband out of town, I'm struggling to cook real meals. It just seems to be pointless when I'm not cooking for someone else, too. There's tons of single SP people out there, I know. Gotta pretend I'm one of them and get serious with these healthful meals.
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Just as the day before was a no-energy day, day 7 was a full-of-energy day. It pays to rest! I did 30 minutes of Curves, 45 minutes walking with Leslie, and day 6 and 7 of the bootcamp videos.
I'm gratefully aware of how much more easy the videos are than when I first did them. Definitely more fit, although if you were to meet me, I'd just look like another aging lady. That means..... get acquainted with those aging ladies in your life... they might be pretty cool!
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