Sunday, January 29, 2012
Yesterday I got a call from my brother and a text from my SIL asking that we take their little ones (we call them the 'babies') for even a couple of hours. My SIL is in Seattle with her mom who has recently been diagnosed with a recurrence of breast cancer and stage 4 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma - they are currently testing to see if the the cancer has spread, they have already found abnormal cells in her hip/pelvic bone but they aren't calling that cancer yet. Anyway, my older niece and nephew are both at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, so they are a great support to their mom and grandma. My brother however is here with the babies here who are 6 & 7 years old, Mae is 6 and Quin is 7. They are Kindergarten and 1st grade. This means everyday they go to school at 8:30 am, Mae has to be picked up at 11:30 and Quin picked up at 3:30. That's a lot of breaks in a day where my brother is trying to run his own disaster clean up business. The least I could do is take the kids for Saturday and return them to bro at church this morning. It was fun but tiring, fortunately my kids are troupers with their cousins! I still got to go to my Flab FIghter class and get another 50 minutes on the elliptical.
So, in church this morning, the kids had just left worship to go to Sunday School when a gentleman at the side of the sanctuary collapsed. He had a heart attack and his heart stopped! There was a doctor and a nurse in church, plus some others who knew CPR, they got his heart going again, the ambulance came, we all prayed of course and he was alive and actually told the EMT that his date of birth was "none of his business"! I've thought all day about this man, he's an older guy, he was in church, I have to think that's not a bad way to go and really, not a bad place to die. I feel like I was tapped on the shoulder today, any minute can be our last. Be careful where you die, or be careful where you spend time, it might not be where you want to die.
I had lots of chores to do today and with the help of my family, we got them all done. I decided I was just so tired, I needed a nap and I ended up sleeping for 3 hours! I never nap 3 hours! Who has 3 hours to nap anyway?! Well, fortunately, I did because I got up feeling better and I'm going back to sleep soon - it's a busy week ahead and since my SIL won't be home from Seattle anytime very soon, I'm taking some kid runs to school this week. It should be an interesting time...
I hope you are all doing well in your journey to health and fitness! I'm certainly more fit than I've ever been, but my weight loss has stalled for months now. I'm not discouraged, a little perplexed but we'll see what February brings! Blessings to you all! Karen
Saturday, January 21, 2012
I've been on SP for almost a year. During that time I've gone from working out 11 minutes on my elliptical (1/2/11) to joining a bootcamp class for an hour this morning and doing Zumba and a ST class on Thursday evening. I not only own and love my elliptical but I have recently purchased a recumbent bike which I also love. I have a yoga mat, a collection of DVD's, barbells from 3# - 10# and resistance bands and the clothes...I've come a long way. I work out often, I enjoy 'being worked out' and the feeling of sore muscles and pushing myself to do things that I've honestly never even thought to try before.
Three times I've gone to a bootcamp class - the third time was this morning. It is honestly one hour of pure Hell for me. I got through this morning's hour promising myself that I never had to go back. I just had to survive that one hour. Push ups for a minute, alternating lunges for a minute, push ups, lunges, push ups, lunges, pushups. Squatting weight pull up things and squat jumps, then more of those squatting weight pull up things. Running outside, tricep dips on the curb - a couple of 'sets' - jumping for 3 minutes over a styro block, across the chest rear bicep pulls one minute each arm, repeat arms 3 times, sit ups, flutter kicks and planks...
The instructor is a fabulous gal, she has a GREAT body, she works hard at working her clients hard. She is knowledgeable about the body, muscles, nutrition, inspiring people to keep moving, eat right, breathe correctly and lose weight. She is NOT mean, she is not a tyrant, but she demands your best. She says (a lot) "don't give up on yourself"!!
I don't give up. Every time my arms gave out on plank or push up or tricep dip, I got back up. I got up more times than I fell down. I even ran and I'm really not a runner. Granted, the other students ran twice around the building and I ran once. But I didn't give up, I walked while they ran.
So...how hard is hard enough to push yourself? I toyed with asking, how hare is too hard? I know that no one (who is relatively healthy, has no known terrible disease) will die while working out. I won't have a heart attack or a stroke. If I were to do bootcamp type Hellish workouts every day or 3 times a week, would I lose weight or make other fitness goals faster? Is working that hard going to get me where I want to be faster? If I work out like I do at home, and I know that isn't as hard as I push myself in classes (peer pressure) and I do take classes and push myself but not to the 'bootcamp' level, will I get to my goals, just take a little longer? What is the intensity that must be achieved to be successful?
As you can all see, I don't have an answer, I have lots and lots of questions. And I'm not complaining about the class at all, I'm trying to decide if it's really for me or not. I know that ultimately it's my choice to attend or not and answer these questions for myself. Next week is tire flipping outside - that seems doable in itself but what about the other 57 minutes of the class? I'm just not sure...I don't know...
Monday, January 02, 2012
Once you take the tags off the sports bra, it becomes a little easier to get into, once sweat damp, not easy to get out of...but, wow! I was SO comfortable during my workout! The girls stayed right were they belong - I thought I had support before - now I know better. Also, the fabric that I keep touching and saying 'ick' is really neat stuff! This is NOT your Grandma's polyester!!!
I sweat, I mean, I really sweat when I work out. And I've been wearing cotton so you can imagine what a soggy mess I end up after and hour! Ok, it never took me an hour to get soggy!!!! These Tek Gear shirts and sports bras are really something else!!! I don't know how they work, like I don't know where all the sweat went but it wasn't on me! What?!?!
Ok, so the tag says it wicks it away, I just say, this stuff is cool, very cool and I love my new work out clothes!!! Now for some new workout pants....hhhmmmm...
Monday, January 02, 2012
Today I took back a pair of 'sweatpants' that were far too large (thankfully!). I offered them to by sweet husband but they were at LEAST 6 inches too long for him. He's such a cutey!
So I decided it was a good time to get some workout clothes to better reflect my commitment to working out and show a little of how far I've come. I realized when posting my "appearances" blog that I would probably feel better about myself if I wasn't hiding out in shirts that are 2-3 sizes too large. So...I was at the store, all I need was to buy what I need, right?!?! Yah, sure, that's what I thought.
Tried on some women's workout pants, capri length, that's just not going to happen at this point.
Tried on a couple of sizes of those fancy tech fabric shirts - I'm more of a cotton girl but - found the size I was comfortable in. Many would probably buy a size smaller than I did but I'm comfortable and that's important to me.
Then, the dreaded sports bras - see men? I warned you. - They are the strangest contraptions ever created! They are hard to get on, they are SO not flattering once they are on, and honestly, they make me self conscious! Really, maybe I should keep this blog to myself until I read other blogs on sports bras. I can't be the only woman who puts on a sports bra and has nothing left of the girls but nips...this is ridiculous! I came home and told sweet hubby I need a boob job - he was not amused.
So, between wrestling into the sports bra, which I believe should count as cardio minutes, and the way I looked once in said contraption, I'm not happy but I bought a couple...there must be another answer, really, there must be....
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