Tuesday, May 11, 2010
and then you have to decide exactly how much….
Ok so here is an idea to try. I tried it, I liked it, you will too!!
The older we get the more important it is to incorporate exercise into our daily routine. This is necessary to maintain cardiovascular health and maintain muscle mass.If you're over 60, you might want to take it easy at first, then do more repetitions as you become more proficient and build stamina. Warning: It may be too strenuous for some.Always consult your doctor before starting any exercise program!
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That's enough for the first day. Great job.Have a glass of wine.
Ok joke is over and now it is time to get serious. I read an excellent blog yesterday from one of my very dear Spark Friends discussing exercise. She blogged about making sure you exercise everyday. She referenced an excellent quote by Shakespeare, “To Thine Own Self be True.” What a great quote to apply to your time here on Spark People.
I later found out the reason in a personal conversation as to why she puts in 2 hours a day of exercise. It is due to an office visit with her Doctor and the repercussions she would be facing if she did not start taking care of herself. She made herself a priority and made sure she could undo the damage she had done. She searched the Internet for alternatives to what she could do rather than take pills her Doctor prescribed because she had an adverse reaction to them and exercise was her answer. Kudos to my Spark Buddy for that and she is a woman after my own heart because I too would rather treat any illness, disease, or medical condition with something other than popping a pill. I usually look to nutrition because it is true, “You are what you eat.”
Thank God exercise was her answer and now I know why she has so many fitness minutes. She has been able to turn her medical condition around but she knows she has to do these workouts daily. I thought she was just one of those individuals who just love to exercise but I found out she does it to keep her body in fine tune and medication and her condition free.
Now as to the how much to exercise part of this blog;
I am concerned with the amount of time some of the people here on Spark People rack up and let me state right here that it is my opinion. Anyone can feel free to disagree with me at any time. I have seen too many people at the gym I belong to that absolutely are compulsive in their exercise. They are like the anorexic that does what ever they can do to lose weight. I personally think the gym should not allow them be in there for that many hours a day and one of them is an instructor and that is just so wrong on so many levels.
My problem with excessive workouts is that it is not a realistic habit to continue. I do know that many on Spark People do more than 2 hours a day and that concerns me. They are supposed to be developing really good habits to maintain for the rest of their lives.
For me I am being realistic. I work a full time job and I cannot exercise for 2 hours a day plus take care of all I need to do during my day. On Mon-Wed-Thurs I spend between 2 to 2 1/2 hours between my weights and cardio. On Tuesday and Thursday I do a min. of an hour. The weekends are as schedule permits, sometimes I make it to the gym and sometimes I do not.
I would be happy I saw my teammates doing a min. of 30 mins. a day at least 5 times a week. I think that is sufficient as do most experts. The people on Spark People seem to do one extreme or the other. I do believe, “To Thine Own Self be True. I hope that if they are claiming fitness minutes that they are indeed doing them. If not they are kidding no one but themselves.
Everyone knows what they are capable of and they should be doing that if they are serious on what they are trying to accomplish here on Spark People. I would rather see my teammates 30 mins. a day consistently and develop a habit they will continue once they take the weight off. I would hate to see them kill themselves exercising hours a day while they lost the weight and once it is off cease their exercise program because it is just too much to sustain.
I read on many blogs or comments on blogs that they wish they could put in the amount of fitness minutes that others do. I want to say to them when I see that response, that they should not compare themselves to anyone else. Let’s go back to, “To Thine Own Self be True.” Be true to yourself and your needs. Do what you have to do to enjoy your exercise program so that this is something you will do for the rest of your life. For those of you that can only manage 30 mins. that is OK and down give yourself a guilt trip. Just be consistent.
so many forms of exercising to choose from- just choose one you can turn into a habit
Sunday, May 09, 2010
I hope all of you in Spark people land use this as a day to rejuvenate and pamper yourselves. This is your day! Let your family take care of you for a change. You give so much 365 days a year to your family and now it is your turn.
I have never married nor had children. I have very strong maternal instincts and tend to "Mother" everybody. It took me a long time to accept the fact I would never have children.
As I have aged I was happy to take my niece and nephew for overnight stays but I was happy when I returned them home. They wore me out. I had the best of both worlds, when their Mom wanted a break I got them. When they wore down my last nerve I gave them back. It wasn't a bad deal. They are all older now and I am looking forward to the next generation of babies to spoil as they marry and have children.
The closest I have come to being a Mother is when my nephew Ronnie was born I was chosen as God Mother. I was ecstatic. I feel bad for my sister because she too never had children. Unfortunately she has not been able to be God Mother to any child. My youngest brother had 2 children and my Sister in Law's sister was the God Mother of the eldest child and me the 2nd. My other brother had no children he could ask her to be God Mother of but he did adopt his wife's children. My sister has compensated by 1st her 2 Beijings as her "children.' They died and we really thought she was going to go off the deep end. Then she adopted 2 cats from an animal shelter and then later on a friend gave her 2 more because she really had wanted white cats. Every Christmas her and her DH's Christmas cards are with their four cats. I personally think she is nuts but she is happy.
Well that is my little story. I wish every Mother, Grandmother, God Mother, and anyone who has had a maternal influence in someone's life a very Happy Mother's Day.
"Blessed be all mothers
Who have come into our lives
Whose kindness, care and loving
Remain with us to guide.
Your inspiration in us
Made us strive in every way
Especially to remember
Helping others makes our day.
Mothers, this little tribute
Flows directly from my heart
You are so loved and cherished
Invaluable, one and all, you are.
Saturday, May 08, 2010
I did exactly what I said I was going to do.
I put them on an dealt with it.
I have had 3 stress free days in a row. Unbelievable. I know I have to cut down on my Sparking. I can not work a full time job and be on the computer 24/7. I need to relook at the teams I am on and see which ones I really participate in and those that I do not. I sure I would have more time if I did not welcome new people to the Team and just participate in the threads. I will still welcome new people on the 2 teams I am Leader on, I can't stop that. I will also be going thru my Friends list again and cleaning house. ( Tami I know what you are going to say , this is like a standing joke between Tami and me.) I remove them and then I add a whole bunch of new ones. Tami will call me out on that too and that is OK. Friends do that for one another. I don't need friends that just tell me when I do right I also need to be called out when I do something wrong.
My test for NJ State Law for the Department of Banking is on Monday. Today I decided to forgo the studying and have some me time. I did take one practice test this morning and then that was it for the day. In the morning I spent 2 hours at the pool. Today was Pool Zumba. I spent the afternoon at various garden centers. I am taking up a new hobby and attempting to grow my own veggies since I eat so many of them.
I love Jersey tomatoes and I eat a ton in the summer. Let's just hope I don't kill the plants like I usually do. I am going to plant about 10 tomato plants, please dear God let a few survive. I am also planting some basil, cucumbers, parsley, zucchini, and red pepper. If I can manage this year then next year I want to add spinach, lettuce, eggplant, string beans, and red cabbage to the mix.
The only vegetables that I have been able to grow is oregano and sage. It is not from my green thumb because that is non existent it is because these come back year after year. I have my sage 365 days a year.
I am now signing off and going to bed.
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