Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Today is one of my regular water aerobics days...and I'm remembering what happened at my last water aerobics session last week.
It was one of those days when I really dreaded pouring myself into a swim suit and splashing around in a cold pool. It was Saturday. Anybody should be exercise-exempt on a Saturday. I reasoned that since I felt that way it must be okay to just pass on it. Right?
But having learned through the passage of time (another way to say I'm plenty old enough to know better), I realized that my own parsed reasoning is not always the wisest resource to rely on.
The water felt cold...I didn't feel energetic enough to get through it and thought several times during the class that I would slink out early. That conversation with myself lasted most of the way through until near the end of the session, before the cool down. We started some fast moves, the “tuck and jumps” and “temper tantrums” as I remember, to get our heart rates up.
Then I made a deliberate decision to put all the energy I could muster into it. In fact, I closed my eyes and pushed myself even harder. And harder.
When we finally let up to take our pulse and still "slow jogging" around in the water, I pressed my wrist and counted. 20 beats in 10 seconds! When the instructor asked for our numbers, I spoke up,
“I don't believe it, but...!”
I had reached an all time high pulse rate record for me. Absolutely, there were other higher numbers than mine, but what a huge victory for someone like me, who was usually in the 14-15 number bracket.
Remembering that...I'm off to water aerobics.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Tonight I will be pulled kicking and screaming away from my computer and SparkPeople for at least two days!
Workmen will be invading our office to put down new flooring. Alas, I have no laptop to comfort me! I will be without the support and encouragement of my Spark friends and tools to keep me on track... for what will seem like an eternity until I can hook up again.
Then, on Friday and Saturday this week the Y will be CLOSED! Workmen will be repaving the YMCA parking lot.
No classes will be held there on those days. We spend some time almost every day at the Y in various classes and workouts.
Seems like the rugs are being pulled out from under me. Right?
So tell me, what will I do?
Well, for one thing, I can do my nutrition tracking on paper and catch up with SP tracking when I retrieve use of my trusty computer again.
I can work out a plan of fitness without the convenience of the Y. I do have (ashamedly rarely used) a recumbent bike and a treadmill downstairs. And a mini-trampoline. There's a TV in the room, YAY!
And there's always our hilly neighborhood for walking. Thankfully, the weather is pretty nice, so no problem there.
Any more suggestions for my dilemma? I promise I will miss you all...
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