Tuesday, June 14, 2011
To write a blog. I have a new meeting place to find for my herb club, we're leaving in two days to visit my daughter, and my husband is outside carefully scraping off all the mulch I've been adding to the patio beds in back. He does have a good reason.... drainage away from our house, but it's killing me to see that carefully prepared soil being loaded into a wheel barrow. I really am, at heart, a farmer.... and soil is everything.
I've been exercising more since the SP bootcamp in May, but still not strength training every day. The gardening I've been doing lately has my body more sore, but I'm discovering my normal 15 minutes of yoga in the morning really helps it. Today my weight shot up 1.8 lbs., and I'm trying to not let it bother me, knowing I had more carbs than normal yesterday, even though I didn't go over the calorie limit. That's the down side of weighing every day, but the good thing about that is that I'll watch more carefully the types of food I eat today. I am what my dad, a true farmer, called an "easy keeper." In other words, not much food is required to make me gain weight, despite the increase in exercise.
Weekly weighins just make me crazy; I have too strong a tendency to drastically alter my eating the day before. The general tendency of my weight is downward; I have to be content with that, slow though it may be.
Saturday, May 07, 2011
Goal for calories burned per week: 650 (based on my initial settings)
Actual calories burned: 1373.
Did the video workout by Ms. Nicole every day. Even not up to maximum, there was progress made in fitness.
Fitness minutes: 233. This is phenomenal for me.
Have to give credit to my son for joining this challenge with me. It's amazing what you'll do to keep from "losing face" with your children!
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
has joined me in this challenge (Spring into Shape Bootcamp). He's much more fit than I am, being a former street hockey player and always pretty active. However, he's been having some sinus or allergy problems; quit smoking about 6 months ago, and is now on the way to better health. He's very supportive of me and we both are going to be motivated by working together, albeit some 1400 miles apart.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Though I'm still "working on" making it a daily habit, I'm already reaping the benefits. As always this time of year, I've been doing a bunch of gardening, and have not been having the soreness that usually follows this seasonal change in activity. I think the 10 minute strength training, because it covers all parts of the body, has made usually unused muscles more ready for activity. This really, really feels good and is wonderful reinforcement for the Spark People emphasis on exercise.
Just planted last night, cinnamon basil in back, lemon thyme in front (the dried leaves are from the nearby Bay tree):
My Amaryllis, always a spring time treat:
Friday, April 22, 2011
Today is Earth Day, and I've gone forward and backward. Forward, in that I'll soon have a rain-catching barrel at one corner of the house, to capture some of that water off the roof, hopefully to be the first of maybe a couple more.
Backward, in that I use a great potting soil for seedlings which has fertilizer in it. It's great for starting out new plants, but I've just become aware of the implications, for an organic gardener, of chemical fertilizer snuck into my garden in such an attractive manner.
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