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"Convalescence"

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

First day of actually feeling human again. So what do I do? Two hours of heavy gardening, half an hour of garage cleaning, and 40 minutes of biking.

Can't fathom WHY I'm worn out....

  
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CORNERKICK 5/16/2013 1:10AM

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TATTER3 5/15/2013 10:32PM

    Spark on!!!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 5/15/2013 10:50AM

    Silly girl!

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NELLJONES 5/15/2013 9:51AM

    Doesn't it feel good to get in exercise where you can look out and see a real accomplishment?

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 5/15/2013 8:35AM

    I am glad you're feeling better. I bet you slept good last night!

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GAILRUU 5/15/2013 8:11AM

    Gardening is great exercise. I will spend most of the day working at it.

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OPTIMIST1948 5/15/2013 6:18AM

    But I bet ya it didnt *feel* like work at the time....

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HILLSLUG98239 5/15/2013 1:13AM

    Is it possible we are twins who were separated at birth?

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MIRA04 5/15/2013 12:08AM

  Great job getting that activity in!

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Back in the saddle

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Daughter Erin and I had a biking date with friends this evening, just a leisurely hour of riding. But it was a gorgeous day, so I decided to bike commute into town this morning. on the way back, I took the detour that takes me through a beautiful park by the lake, but ends with a nasty climb. So when we took the ride down into the gorge where the bike trail is, I was a little trepidatious about the climb back out.

We met up with the other two couples in the parking lot of the marina. "Where did you park?" they asked.

"Um, at home?" (To be fair, we live considerably closer to the park than either of them.) We rode a leisurely 8 miles round-trip and it was fun.

Then I had to face the hill. "I'll meet you at the top," I said to Erin. "I'll be walking up."

We made the climb out! Then to celebrate, Erin and I biked down to a local bar and had drinks, then biked on home.

Total for the evening: 17. Total for the day: 39. Finally over 100 miles on my bike for the year. By this time last year I was well into my 300s, so I have lots of time to make up. But it feels great to be out there again.

  
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OPTIMIST1948 5/15/2013 6:30AM

    You dont have to defend your decision to walk up the hills to me. I'm not one to judge...

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HOPERISING 5/4/2013 11:03AM

    Wow! You are cranking out those miles! One thing that has kept me OFF the bike where i live here in Kenya are the big, steep hills. I can only picture myself walking up every hill, and then coasting down the other side. emoticon Hitting the bar after makes a nice "reward"! I love it!

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MSANITAL 5/1/2013 9:00PM

    great ride.. I am hitting the road tomorrow I get my new bike.. I am so excited.. cannot wait..

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HILLSLUG98239 5/1/2013 7:52PM

    Woo hoo!

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NATPLUMMER 5/1/2013 11:46AM

    Yay!

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 5/1/2013 10:58AM

    Great job! emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 5/1/2013 7:12AM

    Awesome! You know the weather has been a lot different this spring than last year too. Last year, we had a very early spring. This year, most of the country has been abnormally cold. That makes a big difference.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 5/1/2013 7:05AM

    Awesome! You know the weather has been a lot different this spring than last year too. Last year, we had a very early spring. This year, most of the country has been abnormally cold. That makes a big difference.

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TATTER3 5/1/2013 6:42AM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 5/1/2013 1:53AM

    I can just picture you riding home from the bar! hahaha. glad you had a fun day of fitness!

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DATMAMA4 4/30/2013 11:08PM

    Good job! Every mile counts.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 4/30/2013 9:58PM

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MNABOY 4/30/2013 9:48PM

    emoticon emoticon like the drinks after!

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The stupid, it burns

Monday, April 29, 2013

I've come up with a new word: irritaining. It's when something aggravating happens, but it's so ridiculous or absurd that you can't help but laugh at it.

In this case, it was a heating bill that came with the acknowledgement that we are now on an automatic deduction program AND a shut-off notice. Because they didn't actually take the payment out last month when we set up the automatic pay. So there they were with the ability to deduct the payment and instead saying they were going to shut off our gas. For, by the way, only one month's payment. The whole bill was less that $200.

Now, I regularly see people with gas bills over $2,000 and have seen them up to $6,000+. And they still have utility service. But OUR $112.52 triggered threats. And they could get the money any time they wanted!

Ferrett called and straightened it out, but there was that moment of staring at this absurd bill and laughing at the damned thing.

Irritaining.

  
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SLAVEBLUERAVEN 5/1/2013 11:34PM

    I'm glad it worked out without getting you stressed out!

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NATPLUMMER 4/30/2013 2:50PM

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 4/30/2013 11:56AM

    I think I would have other words for it...none printable here! LOL!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/30/2013 4:58AM

    You are a lexacargrapher!

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HOPERISING 4/30/2013 12:57AM

    I like the word, I think I might have to steal it. Am thinking it might apply most oftenly to my husband. emoticon

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IMREITE 4/30/2013 12:21AM

    I probably would have gotten to mad to laugh. my company did some auto billing things and we almost got sued. they sort of learned but we still have idiots on the top that keep trying these things.

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CORNERKICK 4/29/2013 10:52PM

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BJUMPINGFORJOY 4/29/2013 10:36PM

    It makes people scratch their heads and wondering what you are saying like it.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 4/29/2013 8:50PM

    I just love home-made words! Especially ones that are truly useful! I went on auto pay a few years ago because a our electric really did get shut off for not paying it! I got a bill one month and paid it. Then what seemed like a few weeks later I got another bill for the same amount. I threw it away, knowing I had already paid it. Next thing i knew, the guy came over and shut the power off. What the heck is that all about!

Turns out that I had 2 identical bills! What are the odds of running up the same cost 2 months in a row!

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RAPUNZEL53 4/29/2013 8:40PM

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Come rain or come shine

Sunday, April 28, 2013

My daughter is usually a really good exercise buddy, but I realized today that she has been my downfall when it comes to biking this year.

She is not the dedicated biker that I am. She is much more of a runner. But I've gotten really used to having her along as a pal at the gym. So when I would suggest biking, she would protest that it was too cold or too windy or going to rain. And I would let her talk me out of it.

This is a bad thing. She became like that little demon on my shoulder in the old cartoons, tempting me away from doing the right thing.

Yesterday was beautiful weather, but I had limited time and chose to work on the disaster that is my yard, figuring I'd bike today. Today it was colder again, and raining.

And I reminded myself that rain is not going to melt me. I got on the bike and put in 15 cold, wet miles. When I got home, I told my daughter that I can't be letting her talk me out of biking anymore. She completely agreed that she was being my shoulder demon, but that SHE still wasn't going to have anything to do with biking in the cold and rain.

That's okay. I've put in many miles solo in the past, and I can do so this year, too.

  
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SAPNA2008 5/1/2013 1:41AM

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MANILUS 5/1/2013 12:37AM

    Great work, keep it going!!

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JACKIE542 4/29/2013 10:48PM

    Good for you. emoticon emoticon

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LAWANDMUSIC 4/29/2013 8:51PM

    WOW. I need to get my bike out! Thanks for the reminder!

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HILLSLUG98239 4/29/2013 5:52PM

    Good on ya!

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 4/29/2013 10:17AM

    Exercise buddies can be good things or not-so-good things. It's great when you're on the same page and you can encourage each other to stick with it. But it's really easy to bail when the other one does. Good luck on your solo miles. I have walked solo most of the time and consider others wanting to walk with me a real treat rather than a regular, dependable occurrence!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/28/2013 8:52PM

    It's great you figured that out. I am impressed with your rain ride.

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TATTER3 4/28/2013 8:11PM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 4/28/2013 4:26PM

    Biking is such a great form of fitness. At least as good, if not better than, running! I had my own little demon on my shoulder this winter too. My legs have gotten so heavy! It's unbelievable!
Lets get our rears and our bikes in gear GirlFriend!

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Not doing as well as I'd like

Friday, April 26, 2013

Saturday I went on a 5k. I had not jogged since I broke my tailbone in February, but we were going with a group of friends and I had organized it, so I figured I'd better show up. Two miles in I managed to pull my hamstring. I was smart enough to walk the rest of the way, but it's still bothering me.

Despite the hamstring pull, I have been going to the gym and focusing mostly on upper body strength training, with some walking, and that's been okay. The problem is that my weight is ooching up some and I am feeling antsy.

Today at the gym I attempted to jog a bit on the treadmill. Besides feeling awkward and lumbering, my hamstring was having nothing to do with that. So I got on the elliptical for a while instead. That wasn't too bad. I'm feeling frustrated because it feels like I'm starting all over. I'm trying to stay focused on being where I am and working from here, rather than letting my image of where I want to be make me feel hopeless.

And I have to say that yesterday I sort of ate the entire world today and felt like strangling people, all because I didn't work out. I did work out this morning and I already have a much better attitude. There may be something to this "exercise addiction" thing.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/27/2013 7:27PM

    I'm sorry you are having a rough time. Are you able to bike any or does that bother your hamstring too? My husband and I were finally able to get out and ride our tandem today for the first time. So much for biking every day this month!

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TATTER3 4/26/2013 10:24PM

    Keep Sparkin'!!!

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MURRAYGOLD 4/26/2013 12:39PM

    Finding new ways to move post injuries will help. Sounds like the elliptical might work better than the treadmill for now.

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DOTTIEJANE1 4/26/2013 12:07PM

    You had a nasty tail bone issue and a hamstring is /can be a long timeer . TAKE it easy and you will be moving in no time . emoticon emoticon

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LUCKYDOGFARM 4/26/2013 11:32AM

    It is hard starting all over again, but given the severity of your injury to your tailbone, your body has been through a lot and you definitely have to take it a bit easier. Slowly work your way back in to fitness. Not trying to pick up where you left off back in February, or like you have found out, you will get another injury.
Push yourself mentally to get back in the game, and push your body easily so that you can stay in the game!


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MNNICE 4/26/2013 8:54AM

    I can understand the frustration. Funny how we grumble about exercise, but then when we can't do it we want to more than ever! Take it slow and heal. You'll get healthy faster that way and the weight loss will follow. The important thing is to not give up! Hang in there and be proud of the progress you've made!

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GAILRUU 4/26/2013 8:45AM

    I had rotator cuff surgery a few years ago. I am not as athletic as you, but I do go to Curves and I went back as soon as I could and did the things that I was able to do so I wouldn't lose what I had worked on in my legs and other arm. Progress was slow at first but eventually I was able to get back to normal. Don't aggravate that hamstring or it will take even longer to recover.

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