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Happy Hump Day!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I'm hoping this is true for me in more ways than one: 1)it's Wednesday, so we're halfway through the work week; and 2) I believe I'm finally over the hump of my latest upper respiratory infection! YAY! I managed to get almost 8 hours of sleep for the first time in over a week last night, used no Kleenexes, and took no cough syrup before going to bed!

This last week has been SUCH a struggle. I have absolutely no energy when I have a cold and am sleep deprived. I've had to cut back on physical activities, which is so frustrating. I've learned, however, that if I don't listen to my body, I may put myself totally out of commission.

On the bright side, my eating habits stayed fairly well on track: no binges, fewer meals out, and due to the cold meds, my appetite was suppressed a bit. Hopefully, that offset less calories expended. Also, I didn't give up activity altogether but was able to modify some things. I still took my riding lesson, but we worked on steering and direction changes mostly at a walk rather than a trot, I started my hooping workout, I still participated in Tai Chi, helped teach Silver Sneakers Classic, AND made it through the REAL challenge: Zumba Gold! I had to work out at a lower exertion level, but I never stopped. I swapped an outside hike with a mall walk. AND I ushered at two marvelous performances, Chicago and Yentl, at Playhouse Square without passing out OR bursting into a coughing fit emoticon

I'm looking forward to gearing up to near 100% activity level today: off to the Y shortly for Tai Chi, yoga, and weights, then home to bathe the pup (yes, that DEFINITELY counts as physical activity!) and cleaning the soggy bathroom!


What's All the Hoop-la???

Friday, January 10, 2014

Even though I only got 4 hours of sleep Wednesday night due to a recurring head cold, I actually carried through with my plan to at least watch part of the DVD that came with my new cardio hula hoop I got for Christmas. I used to really enjoy using a hula hoop as a kid and was fairly good at it. I have since "tried" to hoop with my GKs' unweighted hoops with little to no success. One of my SP friends hoops consistently and has said the weighted hoops are much easier to "keep afloat".

I intended to watch the DVD, but......

I ended up doing the warmup routine.....

I ended up completing the first entire beginners workout....

I ended up completing the cool down and stretch......

for a total of 35 minutes of movement! emoticon

Now, I won't say it was perfect. In fact, I'm sure it was downright UGLY at times. Luckily, I have an area in the basement with no windows AND my dog refuses to descend the steps, so even SHE couldn't laugh at me emoticon

I must say, this is going to become a regular part of my fitness plan, particularly when the weather is bad or I don't make it to the Y. Who knows? If I am persistent, maybe I can challenge my GDs to a "hoop off"!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/10/2014 8:08AM

    Good for you!

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The Plot Thickens....

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The Polar Vortex struck NE Ohio with a vengeance Monday, closing schools and some businesses and causing power outages, dead car batteries, and general misery to many folks who had to spend time outside. I made it to the Y Monday and got my Tai Chi exercise, Silver Sneakers Classic and Zumba Gold classes in, in addition to getting my four footed buddy out for "business" as usual. However, Tuesday dawned with even MORE bitter weather and wind that dropped temperatures into the -20 to -30 degree range. Our Hiking Seniority program was cancelled for the first time I can remember due to cold. Normally, only local thunder storms or tornadoes are the only things that stop us. The Y cancelled all classes, too. I had to get creative with my fitness regimen. Although I didn't get as much in as I normally would, I managed some strength (had to CARRY my poor dog, Roxi, back in from our walk due to her frozen paws ~ another first! She refused to go even one more step when they got so very cold), a step routine (I FINALLY managed to gather and carry to the basement all of my Christmas decorations, which necessitated several trips up and down 2 flights of stairs), AND I cracked open my new weighted cardio hula hoop I received for Christmas and took it for a short spin! emoticon

I am not very adept at it, but I'm sure with practice I'll be able to work up to the 3 minute nonstop intervals without having to stop and start. There is a very nice interval routine included with the hoop used as a piece of strength equipment that you use between your hooping intervals. It came with a DVD, too, which I may need to use to get helpful tips on learning correct hip/trunk movements to keep the hoop twirling along. Should be an interesting alternative workout when the weather isn't cooperating for my nature programs. I just hope I don't throw my lower back out trying to perfect my moves.... emoticon

Today I'm off to the Y for my Tai Chi exercise class and watching 3 of my grandkids. The youngest, Cooper, is an extremely active 15 month old. Just trying to keep up with him is a workout in and of itself. Happy Hump Day, Sparkers!

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BARB4HEALTH 1/10/2014 6:55AM

    Right with you on the cold! School was cancelled here on Tues also. We are about one and a half hours from Pittsburgh, east. Glad the vortex has moved!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/8/2014 8:17AM

    I've been cold in San Diego when my house temp hits 69 degrees. I'm wearing layers.

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JANET552 1/8/2014 8:14AM

    In central Wisconsin, we too had to contend with two days of mega sub zero temps -- we were -40 to -55 wind chills. Not much was open and there weren't a lot of people out and about. My lab thought she should still go for a walk but we skipped it until the wind chills got up to -25. She is such a trooper, she'd go out in anything. The Weimaraner on the other hand doesn't even like to go out once it gets below 20. He does his business quick and races back in the house.

Enjoy the "warm up" and those grandkids. The weighted hula hoop sounds interesting!

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BUSYGRANNY5 1/8/2014 8:13AM

    Brrrrrrr... stay warm!!! Good luck with your hula hoop, too!!

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CHERYL_ANNE 1/8/2014 8:08AM

    Most of the dogs where we live seem to be sporting these little boots because the weather has been so cold. I would imagine that it also makes it nicer to avoid the snow clumps that seem to imbed themselves in-between their toes and also protect against the ice melter (if they encounter that)?

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GOLFGMA 1/8/2014 8:01AM

    Wow, I thought we were cold. We got down to -2 and schools were delayed 2 hours due to the bitter cold. There were news stories of pipes bursting in apt building and people having to be relocated. Hope the weather breaks soon for all of us! emoticon

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Getting My Fitness Groove Back

Monday, January 06, 2014

I have to admit, I had a terrible last 6 weeks in 2013. Many stressors, including 1 granddaughter hospitalized twice in less than a month, illness myself that kept on the "inactive list" for over a week, out of town company, the usual hustle and bustle of the holidays with company, too much high calorie food, etc., etc. I have not had the courage to step on the scale for quite some time, and I've let my fitness regimen really go downhill. We can ALL find excuses and reasons for our "plot twists", but it's now time to take control of my storyline and be a BRAVE protagonist!

Over this first weekend of the new year, I've started doing just that. Even though I'm not a big fan of winter weather, I hiked one hour in one of our local parks Saturday. It was glorious! The sun was out (a rarity in the cloud dome of NE Ohio!), the sky was a vivid blue, and the lovely, fluffy, brilliantly white snow sparkled like diamonds! 15 minutes into my hike, I started unzipping my layers. By the last 20 minutes, I was removing said layers and snapping photos of the scenery around me. Sunday, rather than staying home in my warm, cozy condo with the fireplace going, I packed up my gear, headed out to another local park, and joined a snowshoeing program with 6 other folks. It was pretty hilly and was about 10 degrees warmer, so I wore fewer layers to start out. We even went off trail for awhile, which makes for a much more aerobic workout. We saw squirrel, deer, and fox tracks, plus some VERY small critter tracks (mouse or vole, probably), some trees that had been gnawed by beavers, AND a river otter. It was a wonderful hour! Nothing better than torching almost 600 calories and enjoying it! emoticon

I continued my activity increase by getting back to my 3 back to back Monday classes at the Y: Tai Chi exercise, Silver Sneakers Classic, which I help instruct, and ending with an energizing, FUN Zumba Gold class. Let's see if I can keep it up. I feel GOOD!!!

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PMFISH 1/6/2014 6:17PM

    Way to go! Keep up the good work!

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Another NSV!

Thursday, January 02, 2014

I don't know if I'll be able to blog daily, but I just HAVE to get this in writing for today! I did something this morning that I have NEVER been able to do in the past. It may seem minor to most folks, but I think it's a "breakthrough" event for me. You see, I come from a very frugal (aka CHEAP) family background. Both parents were children of the depression. It was drilled into my head from a very young age that we couldn't afford extravagances, and we ate what was on our plate and didn't waste food(you know, the starving children in Africa speech...). I also figured out a few years back that I suffer from a mild case of obsessive compulsive disorder. It's not debilitating, but it can overwhelm me sometimes. I battle to leave something part way finished, including bags of chips, batches of cookies, and pieces of candy, etc. You get the picture. Well, this morning is garbage pickup day and all the holiday festivities, gatherings, and company is behind me, BUT there are the leftovers. What to do, what to do, what to do??? For the very first time, I jettisoned perfectly good, tasty cookies, egg nog(both alcoholic and non), AND chocolate candy! For me, a charter member of the "clean plate club", emotional eater, and owner of the mantra "waste not, want not", this is HUGE! So even if I accomplish nothing else today, I have taken a giant leap in my journey to live a healthier life and this is a banner page two in my 2014 book in progress. Have a great day today!

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PIMPINELLAN50 1/2/2014 3:19PM

    emoticonI have been giving some of the home made cookies
to some elderly friends and planning on giving the rest of it to a shelter
this afternoon.You are starting off the year strong! emoticon

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