Saturday, October 16, 2010
Well, that's it! My extra 10 lbs. Looks better than it did when it was part of my body, in June of this year! Kind of a violent blue, but at least the one I got didn't smell funny, like some of the vests sold through Amazon...
And I THINK I like it!
Thanks to the message boards, I found out that it won't increase my calorie burn very much. I heard from some serious lifters and some serious runners and one very serious hiker...all quite helpful...and probably none of them knew that I am a 65-year-old former couch potato/dancer manqué...or they would have said, "just don't bother!" But they were all very nice, and helpful.
I just tried it on my favorite walk, which is 1.53 miles and involves going up one fairly steep hill. I did the circuit once without the vest, running a few intervals - it timed out at 23 minutes (14' per mile), which at my 141 lb. weight, burned 112 calories, according to caloriesperhour.com, a very helpful site. Interesting that this site thinks I burned more calories than sparkpeople's calculator!
Then I put on the vest and did it again. Whoof. Right away I could feel my leg muscles working harder, and soon I found that I had to be more mindful of "tight tummy" in order for my lower back not to twinge a bit. My posture is good so I was not tempted to round my back, and the vest's design actually helps you not to do that.
The sweat factor was constant - not usually the case when I walk. I was able to keep my pace up to my usual level however. The hill was the hardest, my legs were fussing at me, but I made it without stopping.
Breathing became more mindful as well. I think walking in this item is going to be a good thing, even if for reasons other than calorie burn.
Same walk, time 25 min. (16' per mile), at 151 lbs. = 120 calories.
I'm still going to focus on more running intervals - but this will work nicely as a supplement to that, especially on abs focus day. Carrying my backpack of groceries ought to be easier after doing this!
So on the whole, I'm glad I bought it!
That's not me -- not yet, anyway!
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Well, CJ, you asked for it! The GOOD part of my busy busy busy day!
First off, I was up at FIVE AM. And I stayed up. I had a rehearsal to do at 9:30 and some work that i wanted to get out of the way -- so I just used my sleeplessness productively for a change.
After the rehearsal it was raining and chilly but i was determined to go to Appalachian Outdoors. I have been wanting some Vibram Five Finger shoes ever since June...I tried on a pair...but at that time couldn't afford them. Now, things have improved - and I saw LADYZHERRA's blog about them yesterday, which reminded me, oh YEAH, I want those puppies!
I've been training to wear them for a couple of years, ever since going to France and getting the most painful blood blister possible, and realizing it came from one of my toes wanting to roll under another. Since then I've been wearing toe socks, flipflops with thongs between all the toes, etc. to try to get my feet back to where they should be.
So at the store, I had NO trouble getting them on. Here they are!
Yes, my feet are crossed at ankles. Had to really crop this to get it to fit.
They feel great! I wore them for 2 hours - now have just put them on again to take the photo. So that is part of the "good" of the day.
The second part is this:
Just an ordinary printer/scanner/copier. Yep. But you've no idea how frustrated I have been with my ancient Epson, which slowed my computer to a crawl every time I turned it on, and capriciously printed all, or none, or an unpredictable "some" of a print job, with no rhyme or reason for its vagaries.
And this is a WIRELESS printer so I can print from laptop and desktop! WOOT!
And I installed it all by myself. And it works. I'm liberating my inner geekette...
This all goes with sparkpeople and getting more organized so I will have more time for lovely things like cooking delicious healthy food and running and walking and strength training and such. Those little blue shoes are going to be GREAT for indoor cardio - I've been wearing toe socks but they slip a bit on the carpet. These are very stable!
SOOOOO it was a fantastic five-fingered frivolous day!
I hope yours was just the same!
Sunday, October 03, 2010
said Scarlett O'Hara...
Well, sparkfriends, I have gone "over the top" again! It's been a long time since this happened. It's my escape valve. i have been TOO GOOD lately and it builds up. so suddenly tonight I broke out...it started with tapenade and crackers, it escalated to B & B (but fortunately only 2 little tots left in the bottle), it proceeded to popcorn...and is about to burn itself out.
I take full responsibility. Splurges are part of life. And one reason I have "over the top" on my favorites list is that it ruins the whole thing to have to count it.
So Scarlett, maybe you and I will fit into that dress made from the green velvet curtains...in one or two days, very likely...and for now, it was LOVELY to say "I'll think about this tomorrow!"
Saturday, October 02, 2010
Sooooo...one of the tasks that belongs to stage 5 - or is it 4? - is to write about an issue in which you are challenged.
I am definitely challenged when it comes to being creative in more than one area at a time. I have lots of areas, sure, but I gotta sequence them or something. While working on that presentation, every other project just went down the drain. Rest of my life was pretty much on autopilot.
So NOW that it's DONE, no more excuses! I must confront my lack of structure when it comes to exercise - specifically strength training. I just HATE to have a routine!
I have a lot of stuff I like to do, when the mood strikes me and I have enough energy. But this is NOT a program...or even a plan...and I don't want sparkpeople to give me a plan because then I'll have to do stuff I don't like to do...
What a hopeless individual I am!
But if I don't do something, I will never make it through the winter without weakening and gaining weight.
So here is the rather vague and flexible plan:
Mon. - arms
Tues. - legs
Wed. - abs
Thurs. - arms - this week, I used weights & walk belt - 3 mi. Leslie
Fri. - legs - this week, 5 mi. Leslie - legs tired!
Sat. - abs - Oh God, how I do dread abs!
I don't mind abs work when it's part of other stuff - like Leslie's abs mile - I guess I like to have my arms and legs flying! But to just concentrate on it seems like real WORK to me. Life involves ENOUGH work. Yuck.
I have done Pilates but truly I don't enjoy it, I try to tell myself I do, but I don't. I have done crunches and rollups and leg lifts and the thing where you roll yourself into a little ball and rock back and forth. I like modern dance and ballet but Pilates is not that...and there is no time for a regular class in my schedule.
BUT I will always have that fat tummy unless I do something.
So I am going to do Coach Nicole's quick 10-minute Pilates later today. I will, I will, I will. Hold me to it. Please. I may even do some leg lifts. Ptui.
It's going to be hard enough to focus on one area each day. I'm not going to be super strict about it. but I will choose several exercises from each area that I like AND/OR a video that targets that area.
Sun. - REST, at least from exercise - usually it is a work day for me at church however.
And THAT'S IT! The New Structured Me. Hmpf!
Monday, September 20, 2010
It's nights like tonight that make me want to have a whole bottle of wine and a ton of munchies!
Fortunately my box of Franzia Rhine wine is nearly gone & the only munchies in the house are relatively healthy so I can't do a lot of damage!
One tries to plan ahead, based on info given in last month's meeting, and then discovers this month that different things are wanted requiring schedule changes for at least one group & several individuals.
One barely manages to head off a change that would undo a procedure established, with some difficulty, in the face of some opposition -- that is FINALLY working nearly as it should! Whew.
I have one month to make this procedure work EXACTLY as it should, with a bunch of volunteers who are like the afore-mentioned cats -- difficult to herd.
But I am giving it the old one-two, and we shall see.
Finally, we've changed our Christmas Eve midnight mass time to 11 PM instead of midnight. Nicer for the pastor who is getting older & finding it harder to stay up...bad for me who has to do the kids' mass, finishing at 7:30, and then be ready to start the choir rehearsal for midnight prelude at 9:15 instead of 10:15.
I am grateful for having been faithful with my cardio because every bit of physical stamina will be needed this year.
But retirement looks awfully good, after so many years of...
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