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KB Swinging

Sunday, November 21, 2010



Several days ago I added a new goal to my daily challenge. 30 Kettlebell Swings a day !!! Its something I am really excited about doing and achieving. It only takes a few minutes to crank them out but I really feel the workout in my arms, quads, and glutes. Its always nice to try to perk up the rear view and tone up the arms at the same time. I am finding it gives me a really good cardiovascular workout at the same time.

Eventually I would like to add more sparks of kettlebell during the day to increase my endurance and strength. I like the way doing it makes me feel. There is nothing like getting a good swinging session in to increase the blood flow. There is a sense of power and accomplishment when I do it that is totally different from weight lifting. It feels like it works more muscles doing one movement than many weight lifting workouts.

Yesterdays workout was Powerfit Chest, Triceps, and Butt. I messed up and did it two days in a row so my muscles felt more fatigued. I did 30 KB Swings !!! I also got in enough walking to get my steps in for the day.

Total steps 10,104.
42 min. of moderate activity.
35 Vigorous activity.
2445 Calories Burned.

All Goals were met !!! To top it of I did some measurements and found my waist went down an inch.

My energy was really low yesterday and I was very weak. The MS is once again affecting my speech and cognitive abilities off and on during the day. I just try to find moments during the day to get the workouts in.






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MONTY68 11/22/2010 1:00AM

   
Wow, Can really feel the motivation and fantastic attitude in your blog. Keep up the great workouts.

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ZANNACHAN 11/21/2010 10:06PM

    Awesome!

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POETRYGIRL4242 11/21/2010 10:03PM

    Wow Keep up the great work!!

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APIRLRAIN888 11/21/2010 10:01PM

    woohoo keep it up

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NPDSLEUTH 11/21/2010 9:46PM

    Wow you are doing GREAT on KBs. I understand & share your enthusiasm. When I started KBs, I was looking for something that would gave me a great work out -- much like swimming -- without having to invest in a lot of equipment. How lucky I feel to have discovered KBS!

Anyway, congrats on all you're doing! Love your reports.

Nikki

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Focusing on what I can Do !!!

Friday, November 19, 2010




Such a great saying. Look for the things I can Do!!! Its so easy to get overwhelmed and forget to focus on the things we can do. Be JOYFUL for What you can do and don't let little things stop you from achieving your goals.

Yesterday My husband and I went shopping and went into one store didn't find what we wanted so we went to a second store. My legs felt heavy and weak at the first store but I though If I kept moving that I would get better and overcome how I feel. At the second store I struggled to lift my legs out of the car with my hands. When I got out and started walking towards the store I realized I could barely walk. It was so difficult I almost needed a wheelchair so I went back and sat in the car.

My fatigue was so high that my eyes drooped no matter what I did to try to stay awake. I ended up sleeping most of the day. Its was as if my body is still saying I need more time recuperating from the flare, so I listened and rested. Then I was only up a couple of hours before I fell asleep early in the evening. It seems like lately I haven't been able to do much more often than not. My strength is slowly building, yet the pace is fusterating. I am not ever giving up, I keep on moving to the best of my ability so thankful for the times that I can move.

Today I was able to get in several workouts. My morning started of with a good march to get my blood flowing. Mid-morning I got in a Honey walk with my husband walking on the beautiful walking trail managing a 3/4 mile loop up and down some hills covered with beautiful oak trees, liquidambers, pistachios all showing their beautiful colors. We saw some canadian geese out in the grass and high up in the oak trees was a whole bunch of blackbirds chattering away in a lovely singsong. My legs were exhausted by the time we were close to the end of the walk so I had to get help out of the car when we got home. I rested a bit and enjoyed the changing weather. Its supposed to snow down to 1000 feet on Sunday so the cold is rolling in.

Later my muscles felt recuperated enough to complete Powerfit DVD. In the evening I got in 30 Kettlebell swings with my pink kettlebell. My new goal is to add in some kettlebell swings every day to increase my strength. By breaking things down into smaller workouts I got some exercise in today !!!

2809 Calories burned !!!
12,146 Steps !!!
75 min. moderate activity !!!
52 min. Vigorous Activity !!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/21/2010 9:27AM

    Glad you had enough strength to be able to exercise. You are inspiring.

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1970JENN 11/21/2010 7:58AM

  Sounds like an awesome day. Kettlebell swings are tiring. Good for you getting in 30.

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SARAHFAILLA 11/20/2010 11:23PM

    This is so beautiful and full of joy.

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ZANNACHAN 11/20/2010 6:45PM

    That's great! Yeah, it really is better to focus on what you can do rather than what you can't. Great blog.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 11/20/2010 1:56PM

    Ohhh! The kettle balls are those things on the Biggest Loser, right? The ones you swing around? You like them?

Great attitude girl! I love that you are listening to your body, yet, still pushing yourself to help along. Love it.

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SUNSHINEYDAYS 11/20/2010 10:11AM

    You are a true inspiration. Thank you for the beautiful blog.
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MONTY68 11/20/2010 1:29AM

    Hi
What a beautiful blog, one that a lot of us could learn from. Your attitude is awesome and you refuse to give up. Do what you do best, take one day at a time and always keep that wonderful attitude focused on you and the good results you have accomplished.

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MYSTERY4EVER 11/20/2010 12:45AM

    You have such a wonderful spirit and positive outlook. It brightens my day to ready your blog.

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    You are emoticon and I love you attitude! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/19/2010 10:16PM

    Oh, I am SO GLAD you are hanging in there! Yes. It's all about doing what you can WHEN you can, and YOU ARE DOING IT! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Stainless Steel Handcuffs GASP !!!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010



The mini flare is passing thank goodness. Today I have been more alert and having less pain. Though at times my eyes struggle to stay open and my speech slows and my thoughts flee from my brain leaving me worthless. The Doc refused to give me anything for pain. I had tears in my eyes as I told her how severe it has been. It not something that I have ever requested before.

Yesterday's workout was Leslie Sampson. It was all I could manage as I am still working on improving my strength by doing mini sparks of marching in place.

My total steps was 12,664.
36 min. moderate activity.
55 vigorous.
2821 calories burned.

Christmas is drawing near, so the UPS truck came and visited.



I opened a box and found a pair of shiny stainless steel handcuffs inside ??? Gasp, who and what kind of pervert would send me handcuffs I wondered as my heart pounded. I felt creeped out and scared.

Then I reached down and looked closer. It was a pair of double ended calipers that I ordered for my father-in-law's Christmas present. It just so happened that I couldn't remember what it looked like from the online catalog. Oh, its so fusterating how MS affects my mind. LOL, it was a funny experience.



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BEVERLEAF 11/19/2010 12:33AM

    Very funny story about the calipers! Don't worry about a little memory loss. You haven't lost your sense of humor emoticon If you lose that, you're in trouble! As Einstein purportedly said: BRAINS are for THINKING. PENCILS are for REMEMBERING. So there you have it ... keep on Sparkin' !


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ZANNACHAN 11/18/2010 7:17PM

    I hope that the flare ends soon! I wish your doctor had been willing/able to give you something to help.

Funny story about the calipers, though. Funny how the brain can work!

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CAROLYNA10 11/18/2010 3:46PM

    LOL - glad you are feeling slightly better. Each day will get better for you - I sincerely hope so. Keep up the good work.
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DEE107 11/18/2010 12:11PM

    lol cute

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NPDSLEUTH 11/18/2010 9:24AM

    That's hilarious! Love the story. Congrats on your steps and calories!

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LUCRETIAO 11/18/2010 9:20AM

    You are a strong woman. keep up the good work. emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/18/2010 8:52AM

    I love your sense of humor! emoticon

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MALLEUSMIKE 11/18/2010 8:39AM

  Good for you that you're keeping up with doing what's good for yourself. That's important and you will persevere because you have the right outlook.
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KAREN_NY 11/18/2010 7:33AM

    You are rockin'! I love your perseverence, your ability to ask for what you need when you need it, and your keeping your sense of humor!
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K:)

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LAURELSPARK 11/18/2010 7:26AM

    You are a real trooper!

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DRAGONFLYDRMS08 11/18/2010 7:24AM

    Nice save ... calling them calipers! That way any nosey neighbors reading your blog wouldn't find out that you get your freak on!
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Good job on your accomplishments! Celebrate everything, because everything is worth celebrating!!!

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DUTCHPETE641 11/18/2010 7:00AM

    It is amazing how you keep going even when you are struggling.
Way to go!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/17/2010 10:13PM

    Glad your flair is over.

The "handcuffs" were a funny experience!

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I must Confess

Tuesday, November 16, 2010



I haven't been doing to well the last few days. Ever since the walk in the mountains I went down hill healthwise. It's like I had a MS mini flare which caused me to sleep almost day and night for a few days. To top it off I was having really bad pain issues. Tomorrow I see the doc to see if they can offer some relief via pharmaceuticals.

Today I am doing better.

I will post my workout tomorrow.





  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/17/2010 6:34PM

    I hope this flair up doesn't last long....take good care of yourself.

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NASCAR_CHICK 11/17/2010 6:01PM

    Sending good thoughts your way... hope you get good news from your physician!

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CAROLYNA10 11/17/2010 11:56AM

    Hi there,
Chin up and thanks for sharing. Hope you get some relief soon and are feeling better. Keep us posted. emoticon

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 11/17/2010 9:21AM

    Hope they can give you something to offer some relief. Do what you can and don't stress out...focus on what you CAN do each day. emoticon

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 11/17/2010 9:20AM

    Hope they can give you something to offer some relief. Do what you can and don't stress out...focus on what you CAN do each day. emoticon

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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 11/17/2010 9:20AM

    Hope they can give you something to offer some relief. Do what you can and don't stress out...focus on what you CAN do each day. emoticon

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SPARKVAMPY2012 11/17/2010 9:03AM

    Hope you are feeling better. Pain sucks!

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HAZELDREAMS 11/17/2010 6:27AM

    Much love.. hope the doctors are able to find some relief for you...

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RFTALLENT 11/17/2010 12:11AM

    I'm so sorry to hear that. I, too, will keep you in my prayers. And. we'll pray that God guides the doctor's hands and brings the wisdom to him to relieve your pain.

Retha

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JUDITH316 11/16/2010 11:51PM

    I'll be praying for you, keep us posted in how you're doing. Blessings and Hugs.. emoticon emoticon

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MAR-TISH-A 11/16/2010 11:42PM

    Keep us posted!!

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Pink Kettlebell on it's Way !!!

Saturday, November 13, 2010



The scale started moving again. Thank goodness to my note taking and recording in a journal I was able to figure out how to make it move. Its a history making discovery for me !!! To figure out why my weight loss had slowed down and how to make it move again. I am down 13.4 pounds, something that is shocking to me as weight doesn't come off easily for me.

The nutrition page has been an excellent tool to teach me portion size and calorie count. I never had a clue before that I was over eating. I though I was eating a healthy diet. It taught me to find lower calorie substitutions. I figured since I was a vegetarian that I was eating a healthy diet and didn't have to worry. Sigh. What a learning journey. Reading spark articles taught me that foods I though were healthy alternatives were not necessarily so. Last night I invested in some nutriton books to help me on my journey.



On 11-11-10 my workout was walking on the beautiful walking trail in town and a Leslie Sampson DVD using zumba shakers to work out my arms. My goal is to get them stronger to use my pink kettlebells for a longer period of time. My total Steps is 14,783. 144 moderate activity, 102 vigorous, 3219 calories burned.

Yesterday my husband and I went on a hike in the mountains enjoying the beautiful fall colors. We came across a hidden treasure off on a dirt road, deep in the Shasta Trinity forest. The place we discovered is an incredibly beautifly secluded place.

We took photos of our journey, awed by the beauty of the emerald colored moss growing on the rocks and trees. The sunlight was filtered through the tree branches making it look even lovier as it enhanced the colors of the moss. It looked like faeries came along and covered everything in this beautifully living moss. There were a few mushroom rings under the trees, the sound of a waterfall in the near distance, beautiful maidenhair ferns, the fall colors, birds singing. It looked so magical and peaceful. We spent time there taking photos and enjoying the beauty of nature. I walked to a waterfall and found some beautiful pools of water just perfect for dipping in had it been summer.

My total steps yesterday was 6705. I went to bed early due to severe pain and fatigue not controlled by medication. 2630 calories burned, 121 moderate activity, 8 vigorous.

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CHELSEAANNE8 11/15/2010 6:12PM

    I am EXTREMELY happy that you are feeling such much better! emoticonAND that you are enjoying the beautiful fall weather. emoticon emoticonDon't you love the wonderful cooler weather? I do! Have a wonderful rest of the week.
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/13/2010 8:12PM

    I so a agree that the food tracker and knowing what I'm burning each day are awesome tools for figuring out weight loss.

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NPDSLEUTH 11/13/2010 5:53PM

    GOOD for you! And I Love, Love, Love the KBs. Hope you do too! xx

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BKWHITE3 11/13/2010 5:47PM

    Sounds like you had a beautiful walk with your husband.

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BOLLINGER25 11/13/2010 5:14PM

    Sounds like a wonderful walk. I know you're relieved to have the scale move again. Mine sometimes gets "stuck" too. Have a great day!

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ZANNACHAN 11/13/2010 4:11PM

    Awesome! That sounds like a lovely walk.

And I'm glad that the scale started moving again for you. You are doing a great job!

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GREEKGIRL71 11/13/2010 4:07PM

    You are truly amazing! I'd love to see some of those photos from your walk!

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