Saturday, December 11, 2010
I got this from one of the teams I'm on. It's an opportunity to send a message to someone in the military for free. There are cards to choose from that were made by kids around the nation, and you can choose from several standard messages or create your own. You don't pick who these go to, but they are a chance to send messages to let our military men and women know we appreciate them as they are away from their families for the holidays.
Just go to letssaythanks.com/ and click the link. Again, it's free.
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Well I am still going strong on the Santa Challenge at my gym, but not as strong as I would like to be. Monday I did 2 back to back aerobics classes in the morning, but just could not make myself go back for another class in the evening. I was just too tired. Yesterday I did an hour and 15 minute mixed aerobic and weight class in the gym, at 9 am, then at noon went back for the hour long water aerobics class. Again, I was just too tired to go back last night. Right now there is only one woman who is in strong competition with me, and I was 3 classes ahead of her on Monday morning after the 2 classes we did together. I didn't go Monday night, and she probably did go to a class, so that narrows the gap. But then she wasn't in class yesterday morning and I don't know if she went to one last night or not. But I did 2 classes yesterday. So I'm still in the lead. But I'm not so sure if it's so important to win first place right now. It's been hard with work and all to keep up the pace. Last year I had the same challenges, but I didn't have the stress of my daughter and my 3 grandkids living with me. I don't know if that's affecting me or if it's just that this is the second year and not as new and fresh as the first time. The other woman is really nice, and wants to lose 40 lbs. If she won the first place 4 month gym membership it would be okay. I would probably still win the second or third place even doing 2 classes a day since we are the two that are really going for it. 2nd and 3rd place are both massages. But I may still come out in first place. This goes until the 23rd. I have 2 classes this morning, then have to drive 2 hours to a neurologist I'm supposed to go see for my sciatica, then 2 hours back. I might make it in time for an evening class but not sure I will have the energy to do it. I could do an arthritis water class which is really easy, or I could do a much tougher gym class with a really hard instructor which I'm definitely not going to do! Then I heard there is a 7 pm Zumba class that isn't on the schedules and has just started and there is a question of whether they would count toward the challenge or not. I personally think since they don't have it on the schedule board and hardly anyone knows about it that it really shouldn't be but that's just my opinion. It was just mentioned in one of the classes not really as an announcement but just in passing by another instructor. That would make 4 classes available on Wednesdays and I definitely don't even want to think about keeping up with that. But whatever I decide, I am pushing my body and doing new things and the real prize will be what it does for me. Tomorrow I will probably do 3 classes because I definitely want to go to Zumba tomorrow night. It's at 5:30 pm where the class tonight is at 7 pm and I know I'm going to be exhausted tonight. It's also my granddaughter's 8th birthday but she has Girl Scouts and is going to have cupcakes there and we are doing a cake for her this weekend when it's easier to get family together. Whew! I'm tired reading my schedule. I can't make it to either of the 2 classes on Friday because I have to drive back again 2 hours to Las Cruces (where I have to go today) for a staff meeting for work. But the other lady isn't doing the noon water aerobics classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays and there are only 2 gym classes. We still have until the 23rd so who knows how it will play out.
Well, just wanted to update you all on how I'm doing. I took my weight and measurements last week when the challenge started so I can see how I did at the end. I didn't do that last year and wished I had so I could see if there were changes during the 3 weeks. I've also made it 10 days now staying in my calorie range, although some days are at the upper end. But with all the exercise that's okay because if you don't fuel yourself you won't lose so calorie intake has to be adjusted to go with how much fitness you are doing. Yesterday was my 25-year old's birthday and I had a little cake and ice cream but had budgeted into my calories so was okay. I'm not eating any leftovers today. He also still lives at home.
Hope everyone has a great day today!!!
Sunday, December 05, 2010
I found this interesting article this morning. Meet Olga Kotelko, a 91 year old who has set numerous records in track and field internationally. She didn't start training at all till she was 77.
For those or you who think my Santa Challenge participation is impressive, I come nowhere near this lady! I think she'll be my new inspiration!
Have a great Sunday!
Saturday, December 04, 2010
Yesterday I had two aerobic classes back to back taught by the same teacher. So we did a lot of kickboxing moves in both of them. Boy was that a workout! But Iím not as tired as I was the first day and come home feeling energized. No night class last night, which was good because I really was tired by then but from a lot of things. I had been trying to reach my nurse practitioner about my MRI results but sheís only in on Fridays. Thursday night she called me to say she would work me in yesterday and she would call me in the morning to let me know what time. So the office called and told me to be there at 1:15. But first of all, at 6:30 am I went for a 30 minute walk, which Iíd been missing. Just got home at 7 this morning and my ex-husband called to ask if I could go to breakfast with him this morning. He really is all alone and Iím really his only friend. Yesterday was his 69th birthday so I felt sorry for him and told him yes but I had to be somewhere at 9 am. So I rushed out to go meet him, ate breakfast. While there my daughter called to say that the kids missed the school bus and could I go take them to school before my class. She lives with me and doesnít have a car. So I rushed to go pick them up, got them to school just barely on time (finished my breakfast first) then went to class. Got there about 15 minutes early so sat and waited for them to open the door to the classroom at the gym. Hurry up and wait type of thing. Got out of the two classes at 11, hurried home to get some stuff for work done before a deadline today and got it out in time to get to my appt at 1:15. I only had to wait there about 10 minutes before they put my in a room, and about 2 minutes before she came in. I was prepared to wait more than that since they were working me in. She spent an hour going over with me the mri results, got a model of a spine and went over each one of the findings at different lumbar levels, talked about what to do next, figured out which medication to try me on for pain at night since they took Darvocet off the market mid-November which had been my standby for back pain since way back when I had a lot due to being so overweight. I was using it again because itís in a lower narcotic class than vicodin or percocet, which I donít like. For a while for the sciatica I was on it every 6 hours, but as the pain has decreased significantly I was mainly using it at night. When I lie on my right side, the pressure causes the sciatica nerve to hurt all the way down that leg. When I lie on my left side for long, I have a hard time getting comfortable because the nerve hurts in a little different way. Thatís the main time Iím having too much trouble anymore, unless I sit wrong which I try very hard not to do. Exercise does not bother it, and in fact seems to be helping it the more I do. Go figure. Anyway, the mri shows that there is some degenerative disk disease, which I had already been told about 12 or 13 years ago from an xray but itís probably changed some. Since I never had an mri done on that before there isnít a clear comparison. But there are bone spurs in the back of some vertebrae that are pushing on some nerves on both sides, although Iím only feeling pain on one side. And a little narrowing of disks between the vertebrae of the spinal column. This is all down in the lumbar area which is below the area where the spinal chord ends and nerves go out from there. So nothing is actually causing problems on the spinal cord itself. But there is a slight twist in the lower lumbar region of the spine. Sheís referring me to a neurologist whom I now have an appt with in Las Cruces next Wednesday. I did tell her what I was doing with the classes and she didnít say anything. But I told her that I have to sit in a slouched kind of position to keep from aggravating it. She took the spinal model and bent it a little, like when sitting slouched, and showed how it opens up the areas where the bones spurs are, actually drawing them away from the nerves. So when I do that then they arenít pressing on the nerves to irritate them. And to think that for all these years Iíve been told to sit up straight and donít slouch. Now it pays to slouch when sitting, at least in my case LOL.
Anyway, she didnít tell me not to do the fitness classes, and as long as my body tolerates it well I will continue. So that was a good thing. I was afraid sheíd tell me not to do them. However, if I get pain I will stop, competition or not.
So after I got out of there about 20 minutes to 3 I came home, worked some more, and then tried to catch up on my sparking. Then I was ready for bed!
Today just one class.
By the way I saw a news video clip that says Jennifer Grey, who won the Dancing With The Stars, is now going to have surgery for a disk she ruptured while doing the show. They said that the last night she actually danced with an ice pack on her back underneath her costume. I was glad she won, although I didnít really watch the show. But I loved her in Dirty Dancing. The famous line of Patrick Swayze to her the night of the talent show, when he said to her father ďNobody puts Baby in a cornerĒ and then they did their famous dance. Loved that movie.
Friday, December 03, 2010
Wednesday I did 2 hour long cardio/body sculpt classes back to back, then a water arthritis exercise class in the evening. Yesterday I did a cardio/body sculpt class that was an hour and 15 minutes, then a water aerobic class at noon, then went to a Zumba class last night. I'd always wanted to try Zumba but there weren't any classes locally. Just a couple of weeks ago my gym started a class on Thursday nights. So since I'm doing this Santa Challenge thing to do as many fitness classes as I can between now and the 23rd, I had a choice between another water aerobics class and the Zumba class. Wednesday night I was really tired when I went to the water class and was so glad it is a really low key class. I've been to all of the water classes before. Last night I wasn't so tired when 5:30 came and so I opted for the Zumba class, although I have 2 left feet and was really worried about the high intensity and not running into someone. I found a corner and planted myself there, in the back of the room. I felt that way I could only run into people in front of me or on my right side, but no one was on my left or in back of me. The class got really full, but as people came in and headed for the back of the room like me, and I defended my corner because others wanted it too, I found out that for more than half the class it was our first time every trying it. Because its a new class the instructor went through each move before we did it. So much better than going into a well established class where most of the people know the routine. I had so much fun at it. I did not get every move but got quite a few of them. I managed to keep from running in to anyone. We really worked up a sweat and I was glad I had a big water bottle with me because I drank quite a bit during this workout, as did many others. The instructor even said to make sure to drink lots of water during the workout. I definitely want to go back to this class next Thursday. It's an hour long class, but when it was time for it to end the instructor asked if we wanted to go an extra 15 minutes. About a third of us left and the rest continued. I might have stayed but by then I was about at the end of my aerobic strength for the day, since it was the third class I'd done that day. And it was really hard trying to remember the moved. Another time I might stay. But I did tell her it was a lot of fun and I would be back.
So I've gotten in the max number of classes available in the last 2 days. Today I have 2 back to back classes this morning. There are no night classes on Friday. Then tomorrow is a class that is an hour and 15 minutes. Then Sunday there are none. It's tiring but it's fun. I think I'm the only one who is doing the water classes at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays when no other class is offered so that gives me an advantage. We'll see though because it's early and anything could happen. I really have to work these classes in around my job and so its challenging. I may have to end up missing classes somewhere along the line. Maybe I'll be the winner 2 years in a row. They just started this last year. Will I be undefeated? Time will tell! But I'm getting some awesome cross training and having fun.
I do see my doctor later this afternoon to find out the results of the mri on my back. She did tell me on the phone I "failed" the mri so we have to talk about what's next. My hip is still bothering me at night and when I sit certain ways. It has gotten better though, and I was concerned about the classes aggravating it but it hasn't at all. Last week I took a couple of the gym classes too, just to try it out. I'm actually taking less medication for pain the past couple of weeks. Now it's mainly at night. I haven't had a serious flare in a few weeks. It's so strange that it seems the more I move and exercise hard, the less problem I have. But I am being careful, and if I start having any problems from the classes I will drop them because winning the contest wouldn't be worth it. I would still do some of the water classes because I've been doing those all along.
Okay, enough rambling. Time to read some message boards and my e-mails before starting work. Thanks so much to everyone who's been cheering me on! I haven't had time to responds to all the comments on my blogs the past few days but really really do appreciate it!
Have a great day!
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