Monday, September 01, 2014
The app I am using on my phone to track my calories and exercise is S Health. It functions as a pedometer too. When you get to 10,000 steps for the day, it plays a little trumpet fanfare. Oh.....the stupid things that motivate me. I REALLY work to get those extra steps in just so I can hear it. It also gives you badges for staying in your calorie range, getting your steps in, and burning all the calories you're supposed to burn in a day.
Because of our current internet situation, I find it's easier to enter my calorie and exercise information on my phone. The big downside for me is the lack of social contact with other people on this journey, and you can't plan your meals ahead. You enter information as you go through your day. It won't generate a grocery list for you.
I have lost 4 pounds the last two weeks. The big turning point is not that I am eating less. It's the weight lifting. What a rush. I am using Nautilus type equipment, similar to what we had at the Y I worked at 30 years ago. I hated lifting weight then. I love it now. The difference is I am retired. I can go when it's not busy. There aren't people standing in line, waiting to use the machine I am on, watching me pump. Without an audience I am finding a lot of pleasure in the exercise. The trainers also have a lot of time to work with me, if I have a question. It costs $32 a month, and I have a key card to get in to work out anytime I want. I suppose if I couldn't sleep, I could go work out. I wish the pool gave me that kind of deal!
I hope everyone is enjoying their day off. I am off for exercise that I am ambivalent about - washing dishes. At least DH is here to talk to while I work!
Sunday, June 08, 2014
My really big news today is that before I left for Wichita Friday, I swam 1 mile. First time in almost 20 years! It was trudgery. Very slow. It took me 57:39. I used to be able to swim a mile in about 48 minutes. My goal was to be able to swim a mile by Sept. 1.
1 mile is NOT going to be my standard workout for quite awhile. It's just nice to know that I can do it. Right now my standard workout is 1100-1200 meters. Here is the way it breaks down:
Warm up swim,200 meters. 1st 25 meters swim the length of the pool with no breath. Recover. Swim 75 meters taking a breath every stroke. Swim 100 meters breathing every stroke.
Kick 150 meters. 1st 50 moderate, 2nd 50 at 80% (My quads start talking to me. A little out of breath.), 25 meters all out. (My quads are screaming at me. Panting.) 25 meters recovery, kick no splash.
Stretch legs and back.
Pull 150 meters. You put a pull buoy between your legs and only use your arms to swim. It increases arm strength. Alternate breathing every 2 1/2 strokes for 100 meters. Alternate breathing every 1 1/2 strokes for 50 meters.
Swim 400 meters. That's a quarter mile. I am not a fast swimmer, but I do try to squeeze a little speed work in here. I would like to be faster. Sometimes I do it in 100 meter chunks, but most of the time I alternate 50 meters of hard swimming with 50 meters of recovery.
100 - 200 meters of backstroke. After all these years swimming my backstroke is still awful. I still can't do a back flip turn. I am working on this. One of the high school swimming coaches is helping me. This part of the workout is not especially cardio. It's skill building and enduring a lot of water up the nose.
25-50 meters breast stroke. This begins cool down.
50 meters sidestroke. 25 meters on the left side, and 25 meters on the right.
Entire workout takes 37-41 minutes.
I have been doing this four times a week for about 6 weeks now. I am beginning to feel my muscles. My arms especially. My legs look the smallest they have in a long time. I am feeling great.
The scale still isn't budging. I am to the point I am ambivalent about it. I am enjoying everything else in my life so much more. Most days I don't feel fat anymore. The doctors are happy. I have kept some of my smaller clothes from years ago for motivation. There are a few things I can almost get into. Just 10 more pounds would do it. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't, a Goodwill shopper is going to have some cute things for cheap.
Today I am taking my oboe to Wichita Band and trading it in for a clarinet. I am so excited. NO MORE REED MAKING. The emotional part of this day will be talking to the oboe teacher at Wichita State. She is such a sweetheart. She will be disappointed I'm giving up. I want her to take my reed making kit and parcel it out to students in need. 30 years ago I was one of those students in need.
Tonight I think we're going to the Y to work out. What a treat. I haven't decided if I am going to swim or lift weights. The workout will be a first. I met Chris in 1994. We have never worked out together.
Thank you, Spark People.
Sunday, June 01, 2014
We pulled our turnips this afternoon. They are all cleaned and ready to snack on or cook. I chopped the greens and froze them. I got about two quarts. I learned how to use my new little food processor. It's a Ninja. It's supposed to be really good for juicing and making smoothies.
I put the greens through three waters, washing them thoroughly. DH picked them around 4:30. It was a little warm out. I thought it would plump the greens up a bit if I let them soak in the water for awhile. I'm glad I did.
As I was putting the next to the last batch of greens in the food processor, what did I see in the bottom of the sink? A 1 inch green worm! He had drowned and was totally waterlogged. I really did look at each leaf. Dang. They are so hard to see. It makes me wonder how much protein we're going to be eating with our greens!
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