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Positive week

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The sun is shining, and my house is getting cleaned out! The major declutter continues. How do we accumulate so much stuff?? It's pretty crazy.

I feel like getting my life in order is directly related to getting my healthy living in order. It's like I'm taking so much better care of my body and that's inspiring me to take better care of my personal environs and the rest of life in general. It's a really good feeling!

  
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NATPLUMMER 2/28/2012 9:58PM

    Yay!!

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BLUE42DOWN 2/28/2012 5:07PM

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I definitely think bringing order in one area of life helps us bring order into others. You're doing emoticon!

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 2/28/2012 1:57PM

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Planking

Sunday, February 26, 2012

I haven't decided about plank positions yet. They are hard to do and make me miserable, which is an indication that they're good exercise, but I'm not sure exactly what it is they are really accomplishing. Except instilling dread in my very soul on core workout day.

  
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WOLFSPIRITMOM 2/28/2012 1:57PM

    I love planking!

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JLITT62 2/27/2012 8:47AM

    Really, best core exercise out there. And it's supposed to be hard!

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HONBAD 2/26/2012 10:17PM

    I agree - such a seemingly simple task, to just hold a position. But they are tough! It is one of my New Year resolutions to double the time I can hold one. I just did it today for the first time in over a month. My time did improve! I also dislike them but I think it is because they are so difficult.

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DANA48131 2/26/2012 6:45PM

    In Jillian Michael's Yoga Meltdown DVD they do rolling planks. Watching that blows me away. I do my own version on my knees... I don't know if I'm ever going to be able to do them the way the ladies in the DVD do.

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KARENDEE4 2/26/2012 6:14PM

    I did the modified versions on my knees. I can do the full planks now for a little bit. They will make your core stronger. It took me a while. Someday I will be able to hold the full plank for a while.

They also do not make my neck hurt. I had a neck injury in a car accident and crunches make my neck so sore because it is not strong.

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OVERHAULING-ME 2/26/2012 5:59PM

    I've never tried them. I guess I should.

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NATPLUMMER 2/26/2012 4:59PM

    If you keep doing them, you'll have a core of steel.

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OPTIMIST1948 2/26/2012 4:00PM

    I hate planks, but use them in yoga as a indicator of my overall fitness. The longer I can hold it, the bigger victory it is.

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NEWBIEBAIT 2/26/2012 3:42PM

    The nice thing about planks is that they're way more effective than sit ups and work more muscle groups with less moving around. I like them because I can work my whole body with em. What kind of planks are you doing?

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Overdone

Saturday, February 25, 2012

After yesterday's cleaning, I had an hour's workout. And today I am paying for my enthusiasm in a rather unhappy back. Alas, it's a day of rest for me.

  
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OVERHAULING-ME 2/26/2012 2:16PM

    OUCH! Take care of yourself!

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 2/26/2012 11:17AM

    emoticon Relax and take care of yourself, let your body heal!

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KARENDEE4 2/26/2012 10:53AM

    emoticonTake care of yourself!
I have done that before too!

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AFRICANDOLL18 2/25/2012 7:30PM

    Workout and cleaning....that's hard work..rest your bones you deserve it.

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NATPLUMMER 2/25/2012 6:09PM

    Poor back. Hopefully you'll feel better tomorrow.

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I can't argue with Myself!

Friday, February 24, 2012

I tried.

I told Myself I was really too tired, and my back was threatening wonkiness.

I told Myself that tomorrow is a Saturday and there's lots of time for working out.

I told Myself that I really didn't have time.

Myself kept yelling back, "I WANT A WORKOUT!!!!"

So I finally gave in and gave Myself one. A really good one, as it turns out.

Myself is kind of bossy, but she's usually right.

  
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BJUMPINGFORJOY 2/24/2012 9:07PM

    I know how you feel. I think we all have days like that. I know that if I go ahead and work out I feel so much better.

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NATPLUMMER 2/24/2012 7:34PM

    Go, YOURSELF!!

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DIANEDOESSMILES 2/24/2012 7:05PM

    I LOVE YOURSEFL Cos she is RIGHT !! U DID need that workout and it DID FEEL RIGHT !! WOOHOOO YOU GO GIRL !!!

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Day One of Organization

Friday, February 24, 2012

I've read several books on getting your house cleaned and organized. They universally suggest focusing on one room at a time, and for just a small part of the day.

Naturally, I attacked the living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, AND master bedroom.

Now admittedly, none of these rooms were in truly disastrous shape. It was clutter and dust more than anything for the living room and dining room. The bedroom had some junk, but most of it was easy to find a home for. And the bathroom just needed cleaning (don't they always?!). Still, it took about three solid hours of work. But now I have all my main living spaces looking neat and uncluttered, just the way I like them, and they will stay that way for the next 10 days!

That being said, I haven't actually worked out today, and my back is telling me that my ambition is about done for this day. So I am taking a break in the hopes that it will decide not to go out after all and I will be able to get in at least a little cardio.

Tomorrow the real work begins: I have to attack my office. It looks like a Tornado Alley trailer park right now. And it needs more than just cleaning up; I need to think about properly reorganizing it so it's not so prone to getting this messy. It's probably a two-day job all by itself.

Someone pointed out that with hubby gone I could put on whatever music I wanted, as loud as I wanted, while cleaning. So I did. I dug around to find my favorite music of all time: Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5! I listened to the whole thing twice, and it did my spirit good. Tonight a girlfriend is coming over to have dinner and watch Gilbert and Sullivan operettas: The Pirates of Penzance, and Iolanthe. Or maybe The Mikado. It's going to be much fun!

  
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NATPLUMMER 2/24/2012 4:45PM

    Yay for getting some cleaning done!!
Do let your back rest a little and maybe just go for a walk later.
Have fun tonight :-)

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LINOVER 2/24/2012 4:43PM

    You've inspired me to do some cleaning too!

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KARENDEE4 2/24/2012 3:13PM

    Sounds great!

Now I need to go do some cleaning. Saturday is a busy day and it would be nice to come home to a clean house.

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