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Day 19 Has anyone used a balance ball instead of a chair at their desk?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

I've had a busy Saturday, lots to do. I'll be in bed easily by 9. Lots of cleaning to add to fitness minutes--and completed Bootcamp Week 2, starting 3 tomorrow. The challenge was to double a video a couple of days, and I doubled several. I'm pleased that I'm managing the early AM workouts; it does help me get going and ready to start when I get to work.

Four loads of laundry clean, but not put away yet. :-) I spent some time on fixing, stain-removing, etc. I was SO relieved that blood from a scratched hand came out of my favorite ivory-colored quilted jacket. Also happy that a set-in salad dressing stain that I didn't notice right away came out. Simple bleach took care of a couple of spots on a shirt, and my clothes are ready to wear again. Now to fold and put it all away.

I made a big pot of ham and northern white bean soup with a ham bone from the freezer. I got the recipe from a Southern Living magazine a few years ago, and it's always a hit around here. Had baked salmon, couscous with leftover broccoli from the garden, and squash for dinner.

Ended up with 1373 calories and 75 fitness minutes.
emoticonin cal range
emoticoncompleted Bootcamp Week 2
emoticonI'm rewarding myself with a foot pedal exerciser to stick under my desk at work. Has anyone tried sitting on a balance ball instead of a desk chair?

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CATBEFIT 1/20/2013 10:57AM

    Hmm - read your latest and this post -- Now wondering if that ball that is deflated in my closet is tall enough for my computer desk. It would be great to work on the core while I'm just sitting here.

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LIVINGFREE19 1/20/2013 9:08AM

    I have used a balance ball and it did help my posture a lot. I used to lean forward badly, now I am much more conscious of it!

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ROXYZMOM 1/20/2013 8:01AM

    Great job balancing your cals ... Sounds like you had a productive day! Nice feeling, isn't it?
One of my managers had a ball at her desk for a while. Somehow, she ended up popping it as she sat on it!!


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OBIESMOM2 1/20/2013 7:55AM

    I use a balance ball at the home computer sometimes (sitting on one now)

I think it helps me to be more conscious of my posture. And you cannot use anything other than your legs to stand!
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have a ball!

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CHANGING4ME49 1/20/2013 7:35AM

    Ahhh You had me at the Ham & Bean soup. emoticon Haven't had that in years. You have inspired me to make some this week. Sounds like your day was a very productive one my friend. Good for you!! Sitting on a balance ball is supposed to be great for balance, posture and abdominal strengthening. Although I haven't done it myself. Keep up the excellent work!!

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SHAMROCKY2K 1/19/2013 9:49PM

    Excellent spirit! Keep up the good work! I tried for a bit to use the ball as a chair but need a taller one.. or a shorter desk.

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MOVEITMARY 1/19/2013 9:31PM

    I used a ball as a chair at work for a year or so. Had to get a large ball to get it tall enough. It's definitely more fun than a chair!

Whether it's better than a chair depends on the chair and how you sit. If you tend to slump into your chair then the ball will help, but if you are already sitting on the edge of your chair you might not feel much difference.

One thing about the ball if you are going to use it at work - if you don't have a wall behind your desk and you need to get up frequently, it will try to run away. ;)

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MADAMES 1/19/2013 9:11PM

    I sat on a balance ball at my home computer for two years...I felt as if it helped my posture and my core.

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POPSY190 1/19/2013 9:07PM

    You are doing so well; very hard when working too. I used to use a balance ball at my computer. No noticeable difference but it's supposed to help the core. Thank you for reminding me about this. Off to get mine now!

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POETLKNG2LOSE 1/19/2013 8:59PM

    Sounds like you had a very productive and busy day. I have yet to finish my exercise. Going nuts trying to get my assignment done. I could not find that much on the Lakota Indian religion in the library. maybe i should have picked an easier person like Oprah for my essay; instead of Caoch Phil Jackson; who has a mix of lakota religion with his so called Zen-Christian philophsy.

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Thanks, CHANGING4ME! I've never copied and pasted a blog before!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday, January 18, 2013

Help your Spark Friends get to know you better. Copy and Paste the following into your own blog, and change the answers to suit you. Here goes…

Where is your cell phone?
In my purse which is in my tote bag on kitchen counter--I hope!

Yes, married 38 years. He's definitely a keeper.

Your hair?
Short, dark blonde with only a stray gray or two so far

Your mother?
DEEPGAPQUEEN, Tea Party Queen (the kind with real tea and goodies, not the political one), artist currently exhibiting at Safety Harbor Library, wonderful travel companion and lots of fun

Your father?

Your siblings?
1 sister, lives a few streets away, Yardsale Queen, keeps me posted on grocery bargains

Your favorite thing?
Too many to list, from deeply personal to fun and frivolous

Your dream last night?
a vivid one of my grandmother. I was so happy to see her and hug her.

Your favorite drink?
water; herbal teas; hot chocolate

What room are you in?
other bedroom

Your hobbies?
I'm a bookaholic; like to crochet; compulsive puzzle do-er; sudoku fan; travel

Your fear?
Heights. See blog last April "I Climbed Brace Rock". The whole way up I kept saying to myself, I'm afraid of heights. If I get up there, I'm going to have to get back down." I did it, going very slowly, one small step at a time. There's an SP lesson if ever there was one.

Where do you want to be in 6 years?
Woohoo! Retiring, if I can afford to.

Where were you last night?
Loaning daughter some winterwear for a trip north

Something that you aren't?
highly structured person; hence, Organized Life team

pumpkin chocolate chip

Wish list item?
a really good stable job for daughter who's losing hers

Last thing you did?
fed the cats and did SP qi gong video

What are you wearing?
jeans and black turtleneck. Hey, the jeans are not as snug as they were last time I wore them!

Your pets?
three precious felines who run the household

one that goes back to 4th grade, several I've known since high school, husband, my mom and daughters, and some very interesting people

Your life?
Something for which I'm grateful

Your mood?
feeling good

Missing someone?
my grandmother

Your car?
a nice not too new, not too old small car that gets great mileage

Wedding ring?
Small diamonds on both bands; old-fashioned setting

Your favorite store?
Schakolad Chocolate Factory

Your favorite color?
the green of new spring leaves

When is the last time you cried?
yesterday--but good tears

Your favorite cartoon character?
The crocs and zebras in Pearls Before Swine

Your favorite Disney character?
Winnie the Pooh

Your favorite flower?
Gardenias, orange blossoms

Your favorite type of music?
sacred classical; renaissance; Bach

Favorite place to eat?
Noah's in Stonington, CN

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?
in a hot tub anywhere

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LIVINGFREE19 1/19/2013 4:49PM

    I am so afraid of heights myself!

Now, I know you a little better!

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ROXYZMOM 1/19/2013 8:08AM

    Very nice! I know exactly how you feel about heights!!

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CHANGING4ME49 1/19/2013 6:24AM

    Congrats on the Copy & Paste job my friend! Enjoyed your answers and of course getting to know you better. I understand the "Heights" fear all too well. I have to tell myself the same thing whenever I climb up a ladder. emoticon Haven't gotten around to climbing rocks yet. emoticon

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Day 18 and TGIF

Friday, January 18, 2013

Ooof. Spent much of the day sitting in a workshop. I managed some leg lifts under the table without kicking anybody, walked around the back of the room on a short break, and did tummy tighten/releases while putting gas in my car. Those were freebie extras in addition to:

3 SP videos: Bootcamp video + cardio + qi gong this evening.
my 2nd 30 min walk this week. I set a goal of three, and I'm almost there.

Total 85 fitness minutes. Not bad at all for another busy day.

Food: a little over, but not by much. Eliminating one snack gave me some wiggle room, and I feel really good about the extra fitness efforts. I ate lunch out at the Serendipity Cafe, one of my favorite places in Dunedin, Fla. It specializes in gluten-free and organic menu. I had black beans and rice with onions and salsa, kale "chips", and chocolate coffee that helped keep me awake during second half of workshop.
emoticonI met my Week 2 Bootcamp goal of doubling videos this week. Hm. I need a reward for that. What? emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 1/19/2013 4:50PM

    Great job on the fitness!

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ROXYZMOM 1/19/2013 8:04AM

    Great job! You are really settling down nicely with your new job and exercise! Is it still hot there? We are headed to Punta Gorda and then Siesta Key in February. It's going to be 20 here this week! Ugh!!!

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MOVEITMARY 1/18/2013 11:39PM

    Without knowing what you consider a reward, it's hard to guess.
Something you can buy for your body, like new clothes? A mani/pedi? a massage?
If money is an issue, perhaps doing something you have been meaning to do but haven't made the time? Give yourself a pedicure at home? Sit in a bubble bath with candles?

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PEPPYPATTI 1/18/2013 9:06PM

    Way to go on getting in the fitness while in your workshop! You are doing great!
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Day 17 at peace with myself today

Thursday, January 17, 2013

1260 calories or somewhere thereabouts. I had to estimate dinner out, but it was definitely within range

34 fitness minutes. Rain sabotaged the walk I hoped to do, but considering how busy I was, 34 min was really good!

I just read UNIQUEDRAGONFLY's blog on zen, and it reminded me of how I felt earlier today when I had to decide about whether to do or not do something important. The words I heard in my mind were, "Don't think; feel." That sense can be trusted especially when thinking isn't getting me anywhere.

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CATBEFIT 1/18/2013 8:55AM

    Hmm, Feel - not Think. That's something to think about!

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CHANGING4ME49 1/18/2013 8:00AM

    Calories within target, 34 minutes of fitness and new words of wisdom = emoticon

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ANGGEL40 1/17/2013 11:17PM

    emoticon 34 mins. is better then not doing anything!

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LJOYCE55 1/17/2013 8:23PM

  34 minutes in bad weather is more than most would do. Congratulations!

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Days 14, 15 and Sparkling 16!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Days 14 & 15 - In spite of an upset stomach, I got in some gentle exercise, nothing abdominal, but took a break from Bootcamp videos.

Day 16 - Back on track!

1423 calories and resisted a salty treat I wanted really bad

82 fitness minutes. I want to get in three 30 min walks this week, did one after dinner with husband.

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CATBEFIT 1/17/2013 6:37PM

    Great job -- especially when you're not feeling at your peak!

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ANGGEL40 1/17/2013 3:48PM

    Glad you are feeling are doing great!

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MICHELEB04 1/17/2013 11:55AM

    Great job this week! You recovered from a tough day and stayed focused. I love that you kept exercising and meeting that daily goal! emoticon

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CHANGING4ME49 1/17/2013 7:40AM

    Glad you are feeling better. emoticon job!

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MUSOLF6 1/17/2013 5:47AM

    Glad you are getting better emoticon

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POPSY190 1/17/2013 1:28AM

    Good to hear you are on the mend.

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PEPPYPATTI 1/16/2013 9:33PM

    Way to go! You are doing a fantastic job! emoticon emoticon

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