Friday, November 11, 2011
Tired of spending my time doing housework, I decided that going to the gym couldn't be any harder than what I was experiencing at home. So I went . . . .
I tried the stair stepper first. The first several steps made me feel like I could keep this up all day -- it was so EASY. I moved the level up to a "3" so the steps would come up a little faster. Now it was making me pant a little, my breath was coming much faster and it was much harder. I had gone 2 floors so far.
I'm getting out of breath and I think my pulse is about 115, the little indicator says I have now gone 5 floors! I think I can hold on to make a couple more.....pant, pant I know I must be losing a LOT of weight!
I finally see that I have made it for 7 floors; and I press the STOP button. I slide to the floor, grateful to be done with that one. Next exercise will be something a bit easier -- get my heartbeat back down to normal. So I try the treadmill. As I first start to walk at 2.5 the indicator says my pulse is 98, so it's already dropped a lot. I up my speed to 3.0 for a minute or two, then on up to 3.3 as the distance is accumulating. Whew! Walking is more my speed, that stair stepper could kill a person if they weren't in good shape. Like me! lol
My pulse went down to 90 and I increased the speed until it read 94 for my pulse, and as I am 73 years old, that still isn't what they want it to be, but it will do for now -- I'm just getting back into this exercise routine! I've been watching a thin little girl do a pull-down, which I figure must be good for the arms. As I usually concentrate on my legs I figure I'd better go try that one too. I leave it at 40 lbs. which is where she had it set. After all, we're both women, right? It didn't feel too bad, so I do two reps of 15 on that one. Now I'm starting to feel STRONG -- I don't know why my head is getting all sweaty, but it must be a good thing.
I go back to the stair stepper, remembering in less than a week I'll be hiking around in Mexico. I don't want to fall flat on my face. But as it's my second time on it, I keep the level at 2 this time, no use pushing it. After 8 more floors I see it is a total of 15 floors for me. I figure that's a good number and I move on to the bike.
The bike is sooooo easy compared to some of the contraptions you find at the gym that I use it as my "cool-down" and stay on it for 5 minutes just for that purpose, but it gives me another mile that I've travelled so I feel good about it.
Looking in the mirror:
Ya! You're looking good, babe! Keep going to the gym and you'll do OK!
See all of you at the gym! Workouts are wonderful!
Thursday, November 10, 2011
TWAS THE NIGHT OF THANKSGIVING,
BUT I JUST COULDN'T SLEEP.
I TRIED COUNTING BACKWARDS,
I TRIED COUNTING SHEEP..
THE LEFTOVERS BECKONED -
THE DARK MEAT AND WHITE,
BUT I FOUGHT THE TEMPTATION
WITH ALL OF MY MIGHT.
TOSSING AND TURNING WITH ANTICIPATION,
THE THOUGHT OF A SNACK BECAME INFATUATION.
SO, I RACED TO THE KITCHEN, FLUNG OPEN THE DOOR,
AND GAZED AT THE FRIDGE, FULL OF GOODIES GALORE.
GOBBLED UP TURKEY AND BUTTERED POTATOES,
PICKLES AND CARROTS, BEANS AND TOMATOES.
I FELT MYSELF SWELLING SO PLUMP AND SO ROUND,
'TIL ALL OF A SUDDEN, I ROSE OFF THE GROUND.
I CRASHED THROUGH THE CEILING, FLOATING INTO THE SKY,
WITH A MOUTHFUL OF PUDDING AND A HANDFUL OF PIE.
BUT, I MANAGED TO YELL AS I SOARED PAST THE TREES....
HAPPY EATING TO ALL - PASS THE CRANBERRIES, PLEASE.
MAY YOUR STUFFING BE TASTY,
MAY YOUR TURKEY BE PLUMP..
MAY YOUR POTATOES 'N GRAVY HAVE NARY A LUMP.
MAY YOUR YAMS BE DELICIOUS.
MAY YOUR PIES TAKE THE PRIZE,
MAY YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER STAY OFF OF YOUR THIGHS!!
Saturday, November 05, 2011
It seems I always sabotage myself -- or rather my husband does. I was so proud and happy with everything on Friday because I had lost a whole pound after being at the higher weight for several days!
But when dinner time rolled around and I suggested ham and cheese sandwiches for us -- hubby said he wanted PIZZA. I gave in..... and of course he didn't stand over me and threaten me to eat my half, did he? No -- I did that all by myself. I knew going in that the scale would be back up the pound -- and it was!
Why do I do this? Why does anyone do it? I see it on a daily basis as I check into my various Teams and see one or more members tell me what they ate the day before and "how they shouldn't have." But, what's done is done, and it's just me that will have to get that pound back off again -- not my hubby, not my friends, I am the one that is totally responsible. No use pouting, just bite the bullet and try to do better today. I guess you could look at it as your treat for the week, or for the month (or however often you allow yourself a treat). You DO allow a treat now and then, don't you?
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Not long ago DH took me on a 2 week+ vacation throughout New Mexico and then touched into the corner of Colorado before heading home. I went through some of the photo's he had posted on our website, and chose a few that I especially liked and will explain below the photo where they were taken. If interested, our website can be viewed at: delange.org
This photo was taken in the Carlsbad Caverns. It was one of our first stops, so I'm showing these first.
Also taken in the Caverns, this particular formation was entitled "Devils Spring."
This one in the Caverns looked like the perfect setting for Halloween -- good thing we got there the beginning of October, it would have been spooky!
OK, last one for the Caverns -- there were many different color variations, but I found it was rather difficult to capture the picture the way my eyes saw it.
Next stop on our trip was Roswell, NM -- I told you we'd been abducted by the aliens, and here is the proof.
I threw myself on their mercy and begged them to let us go. They didn't budge, so I began telling them about "Spark People" and how they should endeavor to live a healthy lifestyle. Don't know why but shortly afterward they let us go.
One Sunday we took a drive through one of the National Forests and stopped to take a photo of what we had been driving through. Sorry we didn't get some of the shots we saw as we were driving along. Many times the roads had no pull-overs.
Looking back down at the White Sands National Monument, this shot was taken at Sunspot, which was where we went on our Sunday drive. Beautiful country here and in the next shot you will see a close-up of some of the white sands drifts where the formations seemed endless -- on and on just dazzling white!
Our last stop was at Mesa Verde and this particular photo is of Cliff Palace. We actually took the tour that hiked right down to it. It's hard to believe the life of the people back thousands of years ago as they made their homes in these cliff dwellings.
Hope you enjoyed the little tour! Didn't want to put in too many as sometimes these can get boring.
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