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A Deliberate "Temper Tantrum"!

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. emoticon

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? emoticon

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. emoticon

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. emoticon

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. emoticon

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, emoticon

“I don't believe it, but...!” emoticon

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. emoticon

Remembering that...I'm off to water aerobics. emoticon

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SAMI199 6/7/2011 12:16AM

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BEYONDLIMITS 6/3/2011 12:36PM

    What an inspiration you are to those of us who consider giving up when things get uncomfortable. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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DIDMIS 5/31/2011 11:25PM

    How cute. You made it through. You wouldn't get me in the water!!!!!!

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SUEAZZI 5/31/2011 6:45PM

    Totally awesome Liz! Now that's commitment and you have inspired me to get off my butt and go get my run in before it's too late! Gotta go get my sneakers on; thanks for the kick in the pants LOL!! So happy for your accomplishment!! emoticon

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SUZWARNR 5/31/2011 6:28PM

    I'm glad you stuck through it. Way to be a trooper! Don't you feel so much better? Why is the pool cold? Is it always like that? I hope you get as much satisfaction from your next pool workout as you did this one.

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LMMIMI 5/31/2011 4:09PM

    emoticon That's the way to go for it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAMINEKO 5/31/2011 4:01PM

    Congratulations! How gratifying!

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JTREMBATH 5/31/2011 3:08PM

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A Question of Priority

Friday, May 27, 2011

A friend whom I'm trying to recruit for SparkPeople wondered whether I would still be at goal when we leave for our upcoming Panama Canal cruise in October. emoticon.

It's also a celebration of our 65th wedding anniversary . emoticon

A better question is, "Why wouldn't I be?" emoticon

There is too much going for me with all the nutrition emoticon
and fitness tools, emoticon

... all the support and encouragement in abundance at my disposal. emoticon

I hope to shout I will be! emoticon

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QTEALADY20031 6/5/2011 11:22PM

    Hi! Of course you can do it! You will stay the course and have a wonderful time! emoticon June

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DIDMIS 5/27/2011 10:39PM

    Of course you will be and you will be when you return also.

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LMMIMI 5/27/2011 6:52PM

    emoticon You will there is no doubt about it. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAWDOT35 5/27/2011 6:37PM

    Of course you will be at your goal weight in October!! It's a healthy lifestyle and I can't imagine you giving it up! You are almost there now and looking very nice! I'm sure you feel better, too. Best wishes for your continued success!!

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UMBILICAL 5/27/2011 6:14PM

  Yes, trust your own judgment.

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"Change" Is Fine, But "Routine" Feels Better!

Friday, May 20, 2011

This week has been 'different' for me!

For several days I was off computer and SparkPeople; meaning away from all of my friends who support and challenge me. But the work at home (most of it) is finished and I'm back on board the moving choo choo. emoticon

The Y parking is still being paved making it somewhat inconvenient, but luckily they did remain open for classes today, because of the expected rains...yes, it is raining today and seems it will be all weekend.

I was back in my spot for my Kettlebell class, only I moved up closer to the instructor. I'm very aware that it must be done correctly or it would not be good on the 'ole bod". emoticon

One off-day, I did a Walk Away The Pounds DVD emoticon and my Kettlebell DVD. emoticon As I planned I kept my nutrition tracker on paper and am getting caught up on entering it in on SP.

The scale has shown very little movement, but happily it's emoticon to be back in the routine of things.

Thank you for letting me know you missed me. emoticon emoticon

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HAPPYMOM8 5/27/2011 1:26PM

    Sorry I didn't welcome you back last week. I was recuperating from my own life happening so didn't do what I should have on schedule.
You may have been gone but you sure didn't let up on seeking your goal.
If we all did just half what you are doing to keep healthy we would be happy!

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BRIGHTSPARK7 5/20/2011 10:58PM

    What a great idea to keep a paper log of what you ate while you were away from the computer. emoticon

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DIDMIS 5/20/2011 8:46PM

    Keep up the good work. As I said earlier you will soon be at goal.

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SUZWARNR 5/20/2011 5:12PM

    I'm glad you managed to get by while you were away from sparkpeople and the gym. Sounds like you did very well. I'm glad you got back to your kettlebell class. When I'm in my classes with my trainer, I always like to be in the front. No back for me. :)

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SUEAZZI 5/20/2011 4:57PM

    Welcome back! You did great emoticon and I look forward to seeing what you are up to next! I love that you are working with kettlebells... I just may have to find myself a dvd or class... I have two of them but may need some instruction to get the full benefit. Thank you for the goodie and inspiring me! emoticon

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Woe Is Me!

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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DIDMIS 5/20/2011 8:48PM

    I am amazed at you. You sure are an inspiration to young and old alike.

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MAWDOT35 5/19/2011 9:49AM

    Where there's a will, there's a way!! You will do great...maybe even lose another pound! When our power was off recently, I got a lot of things done around the house emoticon

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LAVENDERLILY 5/18/2011 3:36PM

    I have faith that you can cope with the inconvenience. Who knows? Sometimes an upset can open new avenues. Hang in there! emoticon

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    WTG Liz! You are going to rock your spark program!!

You can do it!!

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SUZWARNR 5/17/2011 4:23PM

    You can do this! I have faith in you. You might also want to invest in a kettlebell and dvd of your own for times like this. Walking is great, like you mentioned. I think you have a good backup plan. See you in a few days!

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SUEAZZI 5/17/2011 11:25AM

    I will miss you sooo much but I know you will do us proud! Track your nutrition on paper and walks outdoors is delightful to take in the Spring air and scenery, unless of course it is raining, then indoors it will have to be! Bike, treadmill and stretches will do just fine. Personally I think you should get an extra long extension cord for your laptop! emoticon

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4EVERFIT011 5/17/2011 11:20AM

    Sounds like you have it all worked out. Good going!

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Kettle Bells ... My New Discovery!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Today at my second kettle bell class at the Y, I moved up closer to the instructor to be sure I was getting the moves done correctly. emoticon

I understand that if not done right there is a possibility of injuring my back or causing other problems. I was tired but not really muscle-sore.

This class was a Sculpt/Kettle Bell Mix, which included a total body workout with floor exercises emoticon

Technically it is similar to using regular weights for strength training, but a newer, and I think easier concept. emoticon

I'm liking it better than my first class, and may obtain my own kettle bells---to be sure I end up with the weights I want. Or even to do at home sometimes.

Kettle Bells... my new discovery! emoticon

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LMMIMI 5/14/2011 3:45PM

    Sounds good, just wished I could do it. For one, my back probably would not like it and I also can not be down on the floor.

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MELLIL 5/13/2011 9:03PM

    I am sO impressed. I'm ONLY 53 ... and I have a kettlebell... but my back won't let me use it! You be careful! But ... keep it up! You're amazing! emoticon

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KIMFISH76 5/13/2011 4:44PM

    I've been wanting to try them too! Keep up the good work. :)

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DIDMIS 5/13/2011 4:16PM

    You are amazing that your age you can do all of this. I am proud to know you.

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MAWDOT35 5/13/2011 3:17PM

    They are new to me! Hope you get the sculpting you desire!

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P0KERS0PH 5/13/2011 2:42PM

    Sounds great!

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