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Swimming

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.

Stretch arms.

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.

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Housework

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

About half of my house is clean. It's a small house. I have this compulsive feeling that I should be able to get it all clean in a day, but it almost never happens. Housework interrupted....to do laundry, to go swimming, to talk to my sister, to throw the paper...I also interrupt myself. I am so detail oriented. Sometimes I think I am incapable of just dusting and vacuuming. I get sidetracked with deep cleaning or organizing something. You would think the house would be spotless. Ha! Right now the living room and family room look like 2 teenagers live here. We are both slobs. The blessing in that is that DH NEVER complains about the house. He seems thrilled with whatever housework I get done.

It doesn't matter that we are only a half block outside the city limits. This is a farmhouse. During the summer months we track in dirt. We carry it in on the plants that we harvest. It comes in on our clothes. Sometimes in the winter I feel like I do a fair job keeping up with the house, then spring comes and planting season arrives.

Today I cleaned the laundry room. I did something I have wanted to do for a long time. I washed the walls down and put up 6 hooks to dry herbs on. Herbs dry great out there. I think it's the heat from the dryer and the pilot light in the hot water heater. Our dehydrator runs almost constantly all summer, and it still can't keep up with the herb garden. Right now it has onions drying in it to make onion flakes.

We've lived here 13 years, and I've never washed the walls in the laundry room. I couldn't believe the water wasn't anymore dirty than it was.

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 6/4/2014 10:34AM

    Hey, as long as you are ok with the house then all others have to be also. I relate to being a slob and tracker-in-of-dirt. Then there is pet fur to deal with too. Home is supposed to be our sanctuary and not a showroom, right? The 50's housewife sitcoms did us all an injustice imho! I love the poem titled "Dust if You Must."
Good luck with your herbs!
~ Teresa

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Hummingbirds

Monday, June 02, 2014

I was so excited this early spring. I got our hummingbird feeder out about a week before the hummingbirds came back. We had two pairs of "hummers" buzzing around. Every time you looked out the window, some of them were there. I was putting fresh food out for them every few days. One time they sucked the feeder dry. The dominant male had such a personality. What a hoot! Cheap entertainment. One of the females was getting so she would hover close to me.

Then, they just quit coming around. We see one hummingbird out there about once a day now. I thought maybe my neighbor got her feeder out late, and they liked her food better. However, I made a disturbing discovery today that might be the reason they left us.

In my hanging basket of petunias near the hummingbird feeder I found an abandoned hummingbird nest today. When I water the petunias, I drench them. I water them until water is trickling out the bottom. I am wondering if I drowned baby hummingbirds.
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It just makes sense that that could be the reason why they have disappeared.

I really miss them.
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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 6/3/2014 10:41AM

    I don't think you drowned them either if you didn't see shell or bodies. They probably just realized they had built in a not-so-good place is all. I've only found one nest here and it was in a tree about 100 feet from the feeder/house. They are so neat. And like you said, cheap entertainment.

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MILPAM3 6/2/2014 11:47PM

  Oh my. How deflating. But if you didn't see any dead birds in the nest, they moved on. Keep putting out the food. I brought my coral bells from my old house, but haven't seen any hummingbirds feeding from them. Maybe they are in too open of an area. I certainly did enjoy them when I saw them at the old house.

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JUSGETTENBY42 6/2/2014 10:03PM

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Processing Turnip Greens

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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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 6/2/2014 7:55AM

    LOL! Hopefully you drowned any other protein sources too. Ewww. I never have ventured into turnips. I remember vaguely the smell of boiled turnips when I was a kid. That's probably why I haven't ventured into turnips...haha.
I'm glad to see you too! It feels like forever, doesn't it? I hope you are having a good early summer. It certainly sounds like you've been busy!
Have a great week!
~ Teresa

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JAMBABY0 6/1/2014 10:43PM

    oh my!

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Moving on

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Brrr. I am freezing. Mid morning in mid March and it's only 34 degrees with a cold wind at 13 mph. I am completing the last day of the Michael Mosely 3 1/2 day fast. That also makes me cold. This is the third time I have done this fast. Every time has been a completely different experience. This time the hardest obstacle was the cold. I really haven't felt hungry. Weak, tired, but not especially hungry.

It seems like it's easier to not eat at all than it is to eat in moderation. Slowly, I am beginning to accept this will be a battle I have to fight the rest of my life.

I am having a cold lunch today. I'm using the Spark menu for lunch. My biggest criticism of the Spark menu is the sparse number of hot meals they program. I HAVE to have hot food when it's cold. I'm eating a cold Spark lunch today to affirm to myself that I must make further changes in my lifestyle in order to achieve my weight loss and fitness goals. I am going to try to start using the Spark menu just once or twice a week for one meal. Since there are only the two of us that's likely to be four meals. It seems most of the recipes make four servings.

After freezing to death on my paper route today I'm going to have chicken noodle soup and half of a peanut butter sandwich for supper. Fresh pineapple chunks for dessert.

One of my fast days was Sunday. It was not any harder than the rest of the days. I CAN DO IT. I can control myself on Sunday. I will need to remind myself of this over the next few weeks. We are going to have a house full of company the week of April 7th. I am already talking to myself. It is NOT about the food. It's about the fellowship. I am trying to picture myself joyfully drinking a cup of peppermint tea instead of eating cookies from the bakery that I am going to order. I am trying to picture myself eating only one cookie with the cup of tea. Eat slowly. Savor. Laugh a lot. Really listen to the people around you. The people are more important than the food!

90 minutes until I can eat. EASE back into eating. Slow down. Enjoy. Add more new healthy habits. One small change at a time. Savor skinny.

With the fast I have dropped to under 140 pounds. Resolved: That I shall never weigh over 140 again. Can I keep that resolution? The drama continues.

  
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WILSHAR7 3/25/2014 12:01PM

    What is a Michael Mosely fast? I guess since you have fasted before, you know to start eating slowly and a little at a time.
That's right! It's not about the food, It's about the company and the fellowship. Enjoy them while they are there.
Use the food tracker and stay within your calorie range. You SHOULD be able to stay under 140. I'll bet you look incredible!!!
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EMSSBEARS 3/25/2014 11:46AM

    Good luck with your fast, you can do anything you set your mind to

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