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Day 22 & 23 Ball on the go!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Day 22: No internet at home yesterday. A coworker and I talked about SparkPeople and did half the qi gong video together. Everyone likes my ball idea!

Cal 1353
Fitness 30

Day 23: Took my ball to my other work location. I may be spending the next week working there, and I don't like the chair in that office.

Coworker at location #2: "What's that?"
Sableness: "The latest in office furniture!" emoticon

Calories so far: 1206. I ate brunch out, had a delicious veggie cheese omelet, ate a light dinner a bit ago, and am going out tonight. I will have decaf coffee and ONE SMALL treat to finish out the day's calories. If I'm not hungry, I won't eat. Isn't that a novel idea???

Fitness: 54

Noticing: I've felt tired this week, less energy and inclination for exercise though I've kept at it. I have NOT gotten enough sleep this week, and I'll be getting home around my bedtime tonight. Looking forward to catching up on the weekend and starting next week out more rested. emoticon

Edit: did have one small guava bar, cup of decaf with 2 T whole milk. The guava bar was delicious! Ended the day at 1335 cal.

  
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ROXYZMOM 1/23/2013 9:02PM

    Love it!!

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1EMMA2011 1/23/2013 5:28PM

    It's amazing how important sleep is... I can really relate! You are doing great! I really liked how you took the ball to work!

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LIVINGFREE19 1/23/2013 5:13PM

    Great job on the calories and fitness today!

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Day 21 "On the Ball" at work!

Monday, January 21, 2013

emoticon OK, I took my new 30 " ball to work, and had a ball, so to speak! I did not get laughed at; instead got comments such as, "I've heard that's really good for you" and "I should try that." So maybe I've started a new fashion in office furniture!

emoticonIt was lots of fun! I discovered I can't sit still, not to keep my balance, but just to move something. I rocked back and forth and sideways while watching an online class. It helped to be not too close to the computer, close enough to see, but with enough wiggle room. I didn't use it all day; my laptop sits higher than my desktop computer, so I switched back to my chair for that. When not in use, it's found a cozy corner to lurk in under my desk. It's black, so it hides really well under there.

Day's summary:
36 fitness minutes + some extras on the ball
1356 calories

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LIVINGFREE19 1/22/2013 5:23PM

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ROXYZMOM 1/22/2013 8:22AM

    Glad you are enjoying it!!

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TOMSGIRL9 1/22/2013 7:47AM

    emoticon I may get one of those. Sounds like a great idea. Thanks.

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MUSOLF6 1/22/2013 6:02AM

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POPSY190 1/22/2013 3:34AM

    Pleased it's proving useful for you!

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MADAMES 1/22/2013 2:47AM

    Good for you!

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SHAMROCKY2K 1/22/2013 12:51AM

    What a great core you will gain.

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MOVEITMARY 1/21/2013 10:22PM

    Yay! :)

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ANGGEL40 1/21/2013 10:08PM

    emoticon emoticon that is so Awesome, taking your ball to work!

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Day 20 ups and downs

Sunday, January 20, 2013

UPS
Fun Fitness: emoticon+ emoticon+ emoticon= 58 min
Bought new larger balance ball to try as a chair
Bought new resistance bands that are the right size for me

DOWNS
2132 calories. Yes, I tracked every one. emoticon

  
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ANGGEL40 1/21/2013 10:27PM

    You are doig great emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 1/21/2013 3:52PM

    You did great in all aspects, even though you went over calories, you still tracked them!
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CATBEFIT 1/21/2013 9:20AM

    Hey - I was over both Friday and Saturday, sooooo, you recover. My ball is too small . . . (Going to need a bigger ball)!

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PHEBESS 1/21/2013 3:22AM

    Yeah, some days are like that. Just make sure it's only one day.

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POPSY190 1/21/2013 2:36AM

    One day of calories over won't do damage. You might have needed them after all the exercise. Have fun with the ball!

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1EMMA2011 1/20/2013 9:15PM

    Great job!!

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ROXYZMOM 1/20/2013 9:00PM

    You have been eating low cal very consistently while exercising every day! Don't worry!!

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PEPPYPATTI 1/20/2013 7:52PM

    Way to go on the fitness. I love using my balance ball as a chair-it is fun to bounce on! And we all have days where we go over on the calories! You are doing great!
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Balance Ball trial! LOL

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Glad I asked! Good suggestions, folks. After reading your about your experiences, I decided to try out my own right here right now at my home computer. emoticon
YES, I definitely would need the tallest one I can find. I feel like a little kid peering over a restaurant booth. emoticonI need a booster seat!

As for getting up and down, I can see what you mean about your legs getting a workout. You have to stand correctly, leaning forward slightly, or you fall over. I can see it now, coworkers rescuing me as I lie on the floor lke an upended turtle! emoticon(picture him upside down)

On the upside, I really like how it feels. I'll let you know if I give it a try at work! emoticonHm. This thing adds a whole new dimension to fitgetting!

  
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MOVEITMARY 1/20/2013 3:29PM

    It is fun though, am I right? ;)

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MADAMES 1/20/2013 3:17PM

    I never had the nerve to take mine to school...the students would have been wanting to roll everywhere with it! Too much temptation!

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LINDAKAY228 1/20/2013 11:31AM

    Oh that's so funny the way you wrote it! It does give you a great workout though!

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ROXYZMOM 1/20/2013 9:15AM

    Enjoy :)

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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.
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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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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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