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Grandma getting in the groove....

Sunday, November 29, 2009

I rejoined my gym as the alternatives I tried just didn't inspire participation. I had way too many excuses. I find the Lifetime Fitness the most inspiring atmosphere, even though I am among a minority there (people over 60) but it really doesn't bother me too much except when I am struggling to go up or down the stairs and causing a traffic jam and everyone stares and probably wonder what I am doing at a gym in this condition. Once I get on the machines to work out it isn't so bad, but I have to literally grab my leg and pull on it to get it up to get on and off the recumbent bike and look just as ridiculous taking that big step up (and down) to get on (and off) the treadmill. I exercised more in the past three days than I had the previous 2 weeks and I can feel it. I am doing well with it I think, however, and have set 20 minutes on the bike and 20 minutes on the treadmill as my goals for now. I was shown some machines and probably will do only 1-2 sets of 15 on those (leg press, etc). I think most of my back pain is from going up and down the stairs and yesterday I took the elevator most of the time. I am working on my quads and gluts to help with the knee strength as I am not strong enough yet to gracefully get up from the floor and I would like to be able to participate in the yoga classes but right now need to avoid getting on the floor (at least in public). emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MUSIC66 12/1/2009 7:13AM

    Thats grea ti joined up with a gym two weeks ago it grea i do strength training with wheights treadmill recumbant bike ,ellipicall and stabilty ball.

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    Good for you. This journey is at your own pace, and not for anyone else.

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MARCHMAID 11/29/2009 5:20PM

    For heavens sake, woman, take the elevator ALL the time! No point in causing yourself extra misery--probably slows down the healing, too! Take care and hope things improve!

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MSWEEZER 11/29/2009 11:28AM

    You should stand proud of your being there even if the minority. Just goes to show the younger group that you're never too old to take care of yourself. You will get to where you can get up and down easily and will look back and remember 'when' you struggled. Congratuations and keep up the good work. IT is good for you in oh so many ways! Your spark friends are proud of you!!!

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TIGGER1992 11/29/2009 10:39AM

    "wonder" "ridiculous"? You are there for the same reason everyone else is there (or should be) to get healthy, be healthy - anyone who "stares" or is impatient with you shouldn't be there! Good for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BIKERDIANE 11/29/2009 6:28AM

    Good for you! When my step son moved out, I made my own gym, bought some used equipment off the internet. I LUV it!

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RENA1965 11/29/2009 6:27AM

    Sweetie don't worry if people have to wait on you.. You pay your money like eveyone else, people should be more polite to you.. Just do what you can and in a pace you can hold to.. Do this journey so you can keep walking- you don't have to be a yoga guru..

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Early to bed and early to rise these days.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

I have been going to bed about 7 to 8:00 p.m. and gettingup about 3:30 to 4:00 every day, even weekends. Since I rejoined the 24 hour gym I will have plenty to do to keep busy. Seeing trainer on Friday after work to set up exercise program and learn to use machines.... Did a bit today with a trainer... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 11/28/2009 11:44PM

    wow....getting up at that time.......if it works for you then that is great........way to go with the trainer............i had one a while back and you can learn so much............have a wonderful week ahead.......blessings and hugs..............lita

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KPDRMNG 11/28/2009 9:52PM

    emoticon Admire you for getting up so early to get everything accomplished.

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Off to the gym by 9:00 ....

Saturday, November 28, 2009

After the gym my daughter is going to look at driving glasses. I probably will get prescription sunglasses for driving, too.

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MSLZZY 11/28/2009 6:25PM

    Good idea for the driving and sunglasses. Hope they help!

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BUDDY_LOVE 11/28/2009 5:27PM

    I've thought about checking in to driving glasses. The sun bothers my eye's terribly. I do have the photo gray lenses but they don't really help!

let me know how good they work if you decide to get them.

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BZYBOYSMOM 11/28/2009 10:29AM

    Go girl!

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No turkey leftovers...we went out to eat..had seafood..

Friday, November 27, 2009

Daughter and I shared walleye and scallops. Hubby ate a huge prime rib dinner. None of us ate our pie and will have it for breakfast today. I think I might have an egg with it for protein.

Yesterday I rejoined my gym and exercised a bit and realize now how out of shape I have gotten. I lasted on the recumbent bike only 15 minutes and the treadmill for 15 minutes and think I pulled something in my back going up and down the stairs at the gym. Today I plan to work on the leg press machine (I have to track down where it is at the huge gym (it is a Lifetime Fitness gym). After the machines I did some knee bends and kicks in the warm whirlpool since no one else was in there. Today I will spend about an hour on the machines and then swim for 30 minutes and whirlpool and steam for another 30 minutes. Guess that will take about 2 hours plus time for driving there and dressing and showering. Pretty much my whole morning???

Lately I know I have not exercised enough because both of my knees are very stiff and I could really tell when I got on the exercise bike. I will push myself a bit but don't want to end up in traction (JK) but I know the kink in my back is from pushing myself a bit too hard. It is better to take it easy and go gradually at first and so my exercise times will probably need to be adjusted. emoticon

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VICIOUS421 11/28/2009 3:13AM

    Listen to your body, it will let you know if you need to slow down!

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BEAMISH7 11/27/2009 8:18AM

    You sound very wise and in tune with your body and your needs.
Good for you and take it easy today!

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ALOHAEV1 11/27/2009 7:27AM

    Take care today if your back hurts, out of whack back is not a good thing.

Good for you though, one step at a time!

(Funny, last night I just took the filling out of the pie (it was grocery store bought-not thrilled with the crust) added to the protein shake for a snack, I'd eat pie for b'fast. Oh I hear a few groans...she says with a smile.

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BIGT_56 11/27/2009 7:18AM

    Now that is the way to celebrate the holiday...no cooking or cleaning up!!!
Slow and easy! It takes a while for those muscle to get back in shape. Remember to alternate muscle groups. The pros say that is the best way. It gives the muscles time to rest between times.


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MSLZZY 11/27/2009 7:14AM

    Ease back into exercise. Pain is no fun. Have a great Friday!

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Keep your eyesight....Eye testing was good, but not perfect...

Thursday, November 26, 2009

My eyes tested at 20/30 on left and 20/40 on the right and dr recommended driving glasses. I already use 2.00 correction for computer and 2.5 correction for reading. Now I will have to wear 3 pairs of glasses around my neck so I don't lose them (just kidding JK) or have big pockets for all those different corrective lenses. I have tried bifocals and graduated lenses in the past and found my neck bothered me when I used the computer with those and I also had trouble walking especially on stairs. I don't want to spend big bucks again on something that might not work again so will opt for just getting the driving (distance) glasses and perhaps a pair of prescription sunglasses, too. As for problems seeing at night I guess that is a usual problem. I just hope people with dark clothes on wouldn't run out in front of my car at night!!!! Perhaps I will start a campaign about that cause it is really a dangerous thing to do.

I am grateful that I have level 1 of 10 cataracts and dry macular degeneration and the doctor said yearly exams are recommended to "keep an eye" on those conditions. I also was recommended to take Occuvite which I have been doing for about 8 years already and he said keep that up and wear sunglasses when outdoors (even when it is cloudy). He also said if I smoke (which I don't) I should quit. (I just mentioned this as advice to anyone worried about their eyesight who is reading this blog as it is very important to quit smoking for 100s of reasons). emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALOHAEV1 11/26/2009 10:32AM

    This brings back the first time I had bifocals...had to hang on to the banister to get down the stairs and felt like I had one too many, come to find out they did the bifocal wrong. I celebrated when they came out with progressive, it took them 3 tries to get it right. They all but asked me not to come back I was so picky!
This last pair I spent more and got a coating on them that really has helped with night glare and driving in rain, look like regular lenses but wow what sticker shock.
Laughing too because I thought hubby was the only one with multiple pairs of eyes all over the place, thanks for reminding us to take care of our eyes!
Have a great Thanksgiving, today and always.

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MATTRIXMSP 11/26/2009 9:49AM

    Thanks for including this helpful info on eye health - sometimes it seems like we focus so much on weight loss here. Notes like this are equally important!

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MSLZZY 11/26/2009 8:18AM

    Now that I know I need them, I want them. My glasses should be here next week. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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GOING2LSEITNOW 11/26/2009 5:38AM

    I wear progressive lenses at work but at home I have about ten pairs of reading glasses. I have them in every room of the house. Hoping your sight gets better soon.

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LINDA25427 11/26/2009 5:29AM

    Praying for your sight to improve !!! I was lucky to have passed my eye exam to get my drivers license . I Thank God for his grace on me .Hope you have a great Thanksgiving !!! God bless. emoticon

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