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Walking when you can....

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Just back from a beautiful Alabama wedding, but the trip itself was hard.... 12 hours both ways; left Friday morning, home Sunday night.

Saturday I did a "hotel parking lot walk" with two different groups... racked up just over 2 1/2 miles, in 90+ temperatures. Did NOT take advantage of the hotel workout room; being with my family was more important. Two family members participated in a 5K Charity run, so the fitness bug is spreading!

Traveling there and back.... walked at least 10 minutes at rest stops, 3 times. This does an amazingly good job of waylaying the stiffness from hours in the car. Yoga all three mornings.

Leaving again this Thursday for granddaughter's graduation and a crazy quilt retreat, back by July 4. It's a lovely area to walk, if I can get out of bed to beat the heat. Here goes....

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SEWINGMAMACDS 6/19/2013 11:02AM

    Great at fitting fitness in even when you aren't home!

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TRUCKERSMRS 6/19/2013 4:45AM

    Great that you took the opportunity to walk when you could. I hope your Granddaughter's Graduation is a beautiful day.
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8HABIT 6/18/2013 6:27PM

    I can't imagine making the trip you made in 3 days! Wow! I am impressed.

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JO88BAKO 6/18/2013 3:38PM

    Sounds like fun!

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IDICEM 6/18/2013 3:32PM

  Great ways of fitting in your walking. emoticon emoticon

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Today's assignment is.....

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

to blog about our workout excuses.



My problem is that I don't consciously make an excuse as I procrastinate. I always think I'm going to do it.... soon...... up until 10 p.m., when I realize that I haven't done anything yet. That's when I often will exercise, despite the fact that it's not a good time. So far, I'm acknowledging that it's okay for me to do that, rather than not at all. However, the time is coming soon when that won't be acceptable, and I'll have to say... "nice that you did it, not so nice that you ONCE AGAIN procrastinated."

The optimum thing for me would be to have 2 - 3 times during the day when I do something: best for my body and best for keeping that metabolism fired up. As I'm struggling with the mental "all or nothing," I'm allowing this "not so perfect" approach right now.

I hate the overused term "be mindful," but that's exactly what I need to do now. When that thought comes up that I need to do 10 minutes on the elliptical, or do a strength building exercise, my next thought is.... "as soon as I finish.... [take your pick of whatever]" My thoughts needs to jump on that procrastination technique like a coyote jumps on a rabbit. So far, despite grand and good intentions, it's not happening.

Thanks for listening....
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8HABIT 6/6/2013 11:16AM

    I just created a spreadsheet to track my exercise every day. I really want to do more. My problem is life seems to get in the way....I need to plan around all the things that get in my way. emoticon

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SEWINGMAMACDS 6/6/2013 10:04AM

    I agree with TRUCKERSMRS -- schedule your exercise. I know that every morning at 6:00 I take a walk outside or walk on the treadmill. Then on M-W-F, Sat I go to the gym. It is on my calendar which holds me accountable.

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TRUCKERSMRS 6/6/2013 2:55AM

    Try scheduling in a walk or using the eliptical machine before breakfast - you will have then done some (or all) of your exercise time at the start of the day and really got your metabolism running.
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JAOTAO 6/5/2013 4:37PM

    I hear you ... I really work on moving more during the day and not sit as long. Adding the additional exercise comes next. I support you in staying aware to what you need to accomplish!

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More on the back pain...

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Today I did light gardening and little chores around the house, just to keep moving. I've gotten very sensitive to bending down. I shoveled some mulch into the wheel barrow, making the bag light enough to lift and empty it. The hardest part was tossing the mulch down among the flowers and bending down to spread it.* I was very slow and deliberate with this. I anticipated pain and made the move more gradual than it really had to be, I'm sure. I'm feeling like a wuss, but my back is definitely better.

Tonight I did the 12 minute seated ab workout by Nichole, and it was marvelous. All the back stretching really made me feel good - very gentle stretches that felt terrific.

[I also got a new Kindle Fire today. Love those electronic toys!!]! It's been a fun day.

Oh, yes.... We also got the house we wanted!!! Woo Hoo!

Yvonne

*We're under Stage 3 Water management now, which means we can use the sprinklers only once a week. When the heat really comes in, that mulch will be of tremendous benefit by retaining moisture.

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 6/5/2013 8:40AM

    Yvonne, You're very wise to take it easy on your back. I've found that my back is only good for a very short time before I have to go back in the house. Where I used to be able to work for hours, into the dark, almost. Now my back gives out LONG before I run out of daylight.

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TRUCKERSMRS 6/5/2013 7:06AM

    It is good to be sensible and do exercises that help your back rather than "going for it" and causing yourself more problems. Take it steady - you're going to need all your strength for the move.
Congratulations on securing the house you wanted. I hope it all goes smoothly for you.
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DEBRA0818 6/5/2013 7:03AM

    Glad you're taking such good care of yourself, especially in regard to strengthening your abdominal muscles and stretching -- I understand both are necessary to alleviate back pain.

Congratulations on the house! I know what a great feeling that is...

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Trying to stay on my feet....

Monday, June 03, 2013

I've been having major back pain lately, and it's from sitting too much, I know.

Not only did I have almost a week of sitting in a car... well, sitting then jumping out and trying to get some exercise in for a while; going from stiff and stumbling to walking normally as fast as I could... but I was tired when I got home so I "rested." I think I only had two days with no exercise at all, but there was way too much sitting, so today I've been trying to only stay in a chair for 15 minutes at a time, and that's a challenge. I'm not only working for my husband right now, but I have a new program for creating embroidery designs to put into my sewing machine. It's REALLY hard to not play with that longer than I should.

I think just being consistent with walking daily for a while will iron the kinks out... it seems to help a multitude of things, including stress.

Trucking on.....

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8HABIT 6/4/2013 4:39PM

    I have been trying to catch up on bills, emails, as well as Spark People. I need to however, use your idea of not sitting for more than 15 minutes and get in better shape. As always, thank you for keep me motivated!
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SEWINGMAMACDS 6/4/2013 10:49AM

    Sorry you're in pain. Having the 15 min intervals sounds like a good plan.


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HERBKAT 6/4/2013 10:37AM

    I have to do 15-minute "flings" - 15 of activity, then no more than 15 sitting or I get so stiff it's hard to move again.

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CHERYLHURT 6/4/2013 7:55AM

  Start walking slowly and calm your mind!

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CBRINKLEY401 6/3/2013 9:35PM

    I've dealt with back pain and know it's no fun. Hope your back pain eases quickly.
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Hectic times

Friday, May 31, 2013



We recently drove up to Missouri on a house hunting trip, completely derailing the last week on the two week plan of SP's new book.

Within one hour of leaving, we were sideswiped in a bizarre accident, delaying us 30 minutes. About two hours after that, going north on Hwy. 75 in Oklahoma, a southbound car catapulted a stone right toward my head. Thankfully, the windshield did what it was supposed to do and shielded me, paying for it with a 4 inch crack. Within a few hours of that, our realtor in Missouri called with the news that he wouldn't be able to show us the three houses that he'd lined up for us (for a final decision). His mother, the owner of the real estate company, had a stroke. (She's fine, and home now. Although he hasn't whined to us at all, as an only child, his responsibilities have greatly enlarged now, I'm sure.)

Luckily, my husband was smart enough to immediately called the seller's agent of the house in which we had already (through just pictures), put some earnest money down. We caught her just before she left town for the weekend, and thankfully gave us the lockbox code.

A second house we were able to see because another real estate agent was still there, and his integrity motivated him to stay and show the property to us as well. He said he hoped someone would do that for him, given a family health crisis.

The third house was a no-show.... the other agent didn't even show up, but we walked around the outside of the house. Then, as we were literally leaving the area and gassing up before we got on the Interstate, we got a voice mail from the owner of the third house with apologies and wondering if we could come out then (Sunday). The house was the southernmost area we were interested in, and only about 10 miles out of our way. Lovely house in perfect condition, and that's the one we're pursuing now.

Hope this hasn't been too boring, but all the details show the ups and downs of our weekend. Sort of like getting more healthy, isn't it? We didn't let all the negative things on our trip north to stop us, and there was a positive result. Reminds me of the Muppet movie.... "movin on along... duh duh da dut dah! [If you've seen the movie, you can provide the melody]

  
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8HABIT 5/31/2013 1:50PM

    Thanks for posting. It reminds me to keep trying.



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