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Monday, February 18, 2013

I finally had a Monday off again and went to the low-impact Zumba class in the morning. This time, I did even better than a few weeks ago. I was sweating and my heart rate was up, but I was nowhere close to exhausted. I guess all the swimming and walking are paying off now. I realized I'm very good at picking up the choreography and rhythm, and the variation keeps my brain busy, so I'm not getting bored. I doubt I'll ever be graceful, but stranger things have happened.
My school district and the health insurance are sponsoring free Zumba classes for district employees, starting next Monday in the afternoon. Now that I've tried the low-impact Zumba and it was almost too easy for me, I've decided that I'll definitely sign up for the 12-week class.


Sore, but Walking

Sunday, February 17, 2013

I am so sore from yoga! Especially my shoulders are hurting, which shows where I need the most exercise. Even my ribcage is sore, so I probably need to work more on my breathing.
Anyway, I dedided to give my upper body a break; my legs are fine, probably because I've been swimming and walking a lot, so I walked around the lake behind the apartments, about 3 miles. It was very nice and peaceful, I even ran a few yards here and there. I saw a hawk gliding right over me, a Northern Flicker, and lots of other big and small birds. It was very peaceful. Afterwards, my sugar was down to 98!
I ate a sandwich and took a well-deserved nap.

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HDHAWK 2/17/2013 9:54PM

    Sounds like me. I did kettlebells for the first time yesterday and was very sore today. I did get a walk in though. It's our only decent day for quite a while so I wanted to get outside.

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

I had forgotten to turn my alarm off for the weekend, which turned out to be a good thing, because after getting up at 6 a.m., reading the paper, having breakfast, and taking my meds, I didn't feel like going back to sleep, so I headed for the health club with my new yoga mat. I hadn't done any yoga in over 10 years, so I was a bit nervous.
After I got out of the car, I saw an older lady with a mat under her arm going to the entrance, so I asked her if she was going to the yoga class and where it was. She took me under her wing (by now I was about ready to chicken out and just go swimming instead), showed me where it was, got me a yoga block and strap, and told me she had been going to the class for 10 years.
Amazingly, I did better at Zumba a couple of weeks ago than at yoga! My endurance is up, thanks to the swimming and walking, but my flexibility is terrible - except for those movements that are similar to swimming. I felt like a stick puppet with the joints screwed on too tight. Someone get me some WD-40! Even though it wasn't aerobic exercise, I was exhausted at the end. Just sitting cross-legged or pushing myself up was hard. The people in their 50s, 60s, and 70s were doing better than me. That didn't really bother me, though; they had been doing it for a long time, and I was a beginner. You have to start somewhere.
Muscle memory is a funny thing, though; any move I was familiar with from karate didn't hurt, even though I haven't done any karate in a decade.
I realized two things:
1. I need to do yoga 3-4 times a week to increase flexibility.
2. I really need a massage, I'm way too stiff!
After the 90 minute class I slipped into the pool for 20 minutes of swimming, and it seemed so much easier than yoga!

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MOVEITMARY 2/18/2013 5:58PM

    Please don't think that they are doing "better" or you are doing "worse"; judgement has no place in yoga. Yoga should not be competitive. It is about breathing and finding the right edge/challenge for YOUR body in this moment.

If you were finding your edge in the poses without injuring yourself, then you were doing it PERFECTLY. Acknowledge yourself for being there and for taking care of yourself.

Comment edited on: 2/18/2013 5:58:52 PM

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MPETERSON2311 2/16/2013 10:16PM

    emoticon for trying something new! And not backing out either!

So proud of you.

Yoga is tough for me too, but it feels great if you keep at it!

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And Lent Continues

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Today is the beginning of Lent. I don't want to be cynical, but it's been Lent around here for a long time.

After being diagnosed with diabetes 3 years ago (what I call Phase 1):
I gave up
- all sugary drinks, including juice
- candies, donuts, pies, and cakes (I didn't even want a birthday cake)
- ice cream
- anything with powdered sugar on it

After learning more about nutrition (Phase 2):
I didn't give the following up completely, but severely cut the consumption:
- chocolate
- potatoes in all forms
- pasta
- pancakes

After deciding on actively working on weight loss last November (Phase 3, what I call the Spark People Phase):
Cut down even more on:
- any type of fried foods
- portion sizes
- processed foods
- peanut butter (it's healthy, but I'll eat half the jar in one sitting)

It really doesn't bother me; I've just put that stuff out of my mind, like it doesn't even exist. Besides, I like veggies, fruits, lean meats, and eggs, so it hasn't been as big of a sacrifice as people might think.

Still, I really can't think of anything to give up for Lent this year, except the meat on Fridays (but I'm probably exempt from that now, because I need to get more of my calories from protein, and lean meat is one of the best sources - I could try to eat more fish, though). So, for Lent this year, I'm just going to keep up my healthy eating habits.

Feasting? When Lent is over, I'll eat a lot of Easter Eggs - the hard boiled kind, not the ones made from chocolate.

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KATIWONT 2/18/2013 2:21PM

    What discipline and resolve!!! Can you send some my way??!!

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50ISNEW30 2/16/2013 7:49PM

    You have taken your health very seriously and I so admire that. For Lent, maybe instead of giving up a food, you could give up an hour of TV or computer time. Both of those would be a sacrifice for me.
Have a very special Lenten season.

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BABCIATEA 2/13/2013 3:39PM


For Lent besides giving up my cocktails in the evening which probably make me more self centered than God centered , I think I should give up or let go of blaim for others and maybe myself too. If I blaim others for not meeting my personal goals I will probably harden my heart towards them and maybe I should have the same attitude toward my self and try to stay in the now . Then maybe in EAster feast on the beauty of the wonsderful people in my life. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MPETERSON2311 2/13/2013 3:17PM

    wow you have come a loong way! You should be proud of yourself.

Keep it up!

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PYNETREE 2/13/2013 9:08AM

    Good for You! I wish you strength!


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Better Sugars!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sugar was 155 in the morning; still a bit high, but better than before. I had a bowl of oatmeal, some blueberries and strawberries for breakfast. At lunchtime, my sugar was only 100! I was so happy! Maybe the whole program is working and kicking in.

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MRSCLASSICS 2/13/2013 10:06AM

    Mornings seem to be the only time I have Highs.....tried everything I can think of emoticon

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IOEINC 2/13/2013 7:27AM

    Sounds like things are starting to work for you!!

Good luck!!

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PATSYB7 2/13/2013 5:40AM

    My morning sugars are higher than my doctor would like--she wants them under 100! So my nutritionist and I are working on food/activity combos at night that will help my numbers. Lifestyle is the answer to most of this. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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MIRFA71 2/13/2013 5:08AM

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BUMPS2 2/13/2013 12:27AM

    ME TOO. I started out at 150 but it dropped very low before lunch...had to eat.

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