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Days 305, 306 & 307-Slow, but still moving!

Monday, October 01, 2012

My right knee has been giving me trouble for a week now. I think it was the bike ride last Saturday. I had the baby carrier behind me, pulling supplies (water & snacks) which put extra pressure on my knees as we were riding. I may have the best cardio health & endurance in my family, but I have the worst knees. Someone else is going to have to pull the supplies from now on. Most of my workouts now are walking, and at a much slower pace than I'm used to.

Sat: 15 minute walk with Hubby. It was very nice to have a chance to walk together, and we visited with some neighbors on the way who were having a garage sale.

Sun: 13 minute walk with my 12 y/o daughter. I really love the one-on-one time with any of my kids.

Today: 35 minute walk. I'm glad today I have more time in my schedule to be able to walk a longer distance. I think my distance is around 1.8 miles. I haven't logged it yet from my maps to see. That's about a 20 minute mile, slow for me, but I'm happy at this point to keep moving. I hope to try some elliptical tomorrow. The walking really isn't getting my heart rate up at this point. We'll see what my knee says. I may be limited to walking, and finding some upper body cardio workouts to do in a chair for some variety.

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KPETSCHE 10/2/2012 3:23AM

    Good idea about trying the seated cardio routines. I think you'll find that they will be a nice diversion. Hope the knee feels better soon, though.

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    I hope your knee feels better soon. I have been out of commission due to injuries and illness this past month. Maybe a chiropractor could help you with your acute problem. Great job keeping your streak alive in spite of setbacks!

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MUSICMOMOF2 10/1/2012 6:51PM

    Take care of yourself!

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Days 303 & 304

Friday, September 28, 2012

Yesterday I had a nice lunch with hubby in Omaha. We went to the sushi place at Aksarben Village. We had the Seattle roll (bakes salmon, asparagus, cream cheese, wrapped in rice) and shared our lunches so we each got to try two lunch entrees. It was yummy, but definitely not on my meal plan. Afterward, we walked around for a while, lots of trails and sidewalks there. That ended up being my exercise, about 1 mile in 20 minutes. It was nice and relaxing, though.

Today I got in a more vigorous walk. I went 1.9 miles in 31.5 minutes. The weather is so beautiful for walking. I love fall.

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NIKKICOLE83 9/28/2012 1:49PM

    I see that sushi place everytime I go down to Aksarben Village and it looks so nice and cool but I absolutely hate sushi! Do they have any hot menu items? That area is so nice to walk around, if you can avoid Jones Bro. Cupcakes. They also have a community bike rental program where you can rent a bike for like 5 bucks an hour and ride the trails or Elmwood Park. You should try it!

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MUSICMOMOF2 9/28/2012 12:40PM

    Sounds like you had a great day. Have a great Friday and a great weekend!!

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KPETSCHE 9/28/2012 12:31PM

    Sounds good, Chris. I got a lot of one-on-one time with hubby yesterday, too. 6 hrs of car time and time with some of the in-laws - it's been ages since we've had so much time to chat, even. We even finished a walk together last night. I took Daisy for a walk after we got home (since I took Mia in the morning before leaving) but Mia was so crazy after I left that hubby ended up walking around the block with her. We met up at a neighbor's house 3 doors down where I had stopped to chat. She's a CRAZY PUPPY!

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AMALLECO 9/28/2012 11:32AM

    Fall is my favorite too. I don't like sushi but that Seattle roll sounds yuMMy!

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Day 302-Took it easy today

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

My knees are really feeling the workouts lately. Maybe the Zumba and basketball pushed them over the edge. I went for a walk today for my exercise. I ended up doing 1.7 miles in 31 minutes.

Thanks for all the encouragement yesterday. If I could "like" all the comments (like on Facebook) I would. You all are such great Spark Friends!
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MJ7DM33 9/26/2012 10:42PM

  Sometimes it is just what your body needs is to take it easy for a day! emoticon on getting your walk in for today!

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KPETSCHE 9/26/2012 9:39PM

    Hope work went well. We were pretty busy last night - we're due for a relaxing night at work! Good job on your walk! WooHoo - 302 days!

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MUSICMOMOF2 9/26/2012 2:14PM

    Sounds like you listened to your body today. Take care of yourself!

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Day 301 Hard to jog

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

My body was rejecting me today, but I powered through. I decided to walk a little longer for warm up and cool down because of that. I walked down to the school and back for my warm up. That's a pretty good sized hill. Then I jogged 3 miles ( 2 x my 1.5 mile loop) and then walked an easier 0.5 miles to finish (a part of my loop). Here are my times:

warm up walk (0.6 miles, including hill): 11:53
1.5 mile jog: 22:03
1.5 mile jog: 22:38
cool down walk (0.5 mile): 9:50

These are all pretty slow times for me, but I persevered! Now, if I could just get some bionic knees...

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TERRIJ7 9/26/2012 12:02PM

    I hope tomorrow is better

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HEALTHYOTTER 9/26/2012 9:49AM

    I think the effort and perseverance are much, much more important than the times. I've heard it can take a couple of years for you body to really acclimate to running if you haven't done it before.

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KAYLA0041 9/26/2012 8:28AM

    Glad you found the strength to push through. I find that somedays I do not think I have the energy to finish my workout and then I think of all the people who really do not have the capacity or ability to workout and it gives me the motivation to keep moving.

One quote I saw said "no matter how slow you go - you are still lapping everyone on the couch".

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    Some days are just like that, but great job showing your body who's boss! Keep Pushing!

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MUSICMOMOF2 9/25/2012 2:57PM

    Way to push through! Enjoy the rest of your day!

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SHELLDRAGON 9/25/2012 2:12PM

    Awesome job! Some days are harder than others, but awesome job pushing through!! emoticon

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Days 299 & 300 WooHoo!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sunday got off to a rocky start. Sean (7) started throwing up in the middle of the night. Hubby, Patrick (14 and Sean's roommate), and I were up cleaning him up, the bedding, and taking care of him for half the night. Patrick was such an awesome helper. Maybe with his allergies (and stuffiness) he couldn't smell it as much as me. He cleaned up everything. That meant sleeping in because we were too tired for the commute to church. It's too dangerous when both hubby and I have lost sleep. We got up later and I decided to take some of the kids into town to see my parents. Hubby stayed home with Sean and had some great bonding time with him. They played chess. I played basketball at my mom's house with the kids. We had so much fun, and my dad joined in too. I estimate I was playing about 30 minutes, and drank a ton of water.

Today was day 300 of my 10 min/day of exercise streak. I kept Sean home as a precaution. Because of that, I decided to try Zumba again (XBox Kinect). I forgot how fun Zumba was, and how difficult. I did the two "easy" 20 minute routines, although there's not much easy about them. I really enjoyed it and am really sweaty now. Sean did some with me, so he's feeling much better. I really hope I get the newer game Zumba Rush for Christmas. I'm going to have to start dropping some hints soon.

WooHoo! 300 days of 10 minutes of exercise per day!
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KPETSCHE 9/25/2012 3:51AM


Way to break out the Zumba again! It's a nice way to add some fun to your routine. And BASKETBALL!! Multitalented, too! LOL

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MUSICMOMOF2 9/24/2012 8:44PM

    300 days is a great accomplishment! Sorry to hear about the sick kiddo. Hope that he is all better and that no one else catches the bug. Here's to a great week!

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    Woohoo! Day 300! Yay! Isn't exercise fun?!? It is amazing how much better our bodies feel when we exercise regularly. There is nothing else like it!

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ALLISON145 9/24/2012 5:56PM

    Great job - you're amazing!!!


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