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Triple Workouts -Done!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The sidewalks were totally covered in ice, but the streets were okay, so I drove my scooter to the fitness center and enjoyed my three classes back to back, Zumba, Boxercise and Step! Woohoo!
I got my Fitbit July 17 and my notice that I had walked 736 miles Dec 10, so if there is anyone out there who can do math, maybe figure out my average daily mileage. I am having a bit of trouble with it. I had charged it two days ago and it said it was low, so I put it on charge and it showed four lights within 20 minutes, which is abnormally fast so there must be something wrong with how its reading its charge.
Also Sparkpeople's Fitness and Nutrition trackers aren't sincing properly. It says I only burned 375 calories!!! My fitness tracker says 1459!! For three fitness classes I would believe the Fitness Tracker!!
Off to finish my club work, back for a shower and dress up for my building's Christmas dinner!
Here is to emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon off the pounds!
Have a Super Saturday all!

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CRYSTALJEM 12/17/2014 7:49AM

    Hope you get your Fitbit sorted out. Great job on the workouts. Hope the dinner was wonderful. How's the apt smoke issue? Hope you're managing to breathe. Streets and sidewalks here aren't the greatest in places. Driving is fine, as you mentioned, it's the walking and scootering that's challenging, especially with the thaw and then freeze we had.

Still trying to really get in the festive spirit..... it's rather low this year, but at least it's hanging around somewhere around here. Time to get my notes out today and get some little things done. Hoping it all works in my favour. Need a mood boost right now. Maybe some carols in a bit. :) Take care and keep doing what you do.... because I really need the inspiration and motivation and you really provide that so well and with style too. :)

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SANDICANE 12/17/2014 7:03AM

    I love to hear about your workouts! I love to hear about your life!!! In spite of everything you just go on and on and on. There would be a whole lot more successful maintainers if they took a page out of your book!!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/14/2014 8:32AM

    Amazing lady!

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KANOE10 12/14/2014 6:55AM

    Your exercise is impressive! Way to go. I also find the calories burned do not match the activity tracker. I manually add the calories to make them accurate.

Enjoy that dinner!

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MT-MOONCHASER 12/13/2014 10:12PM

    I'm glad you were able to make it to your classes. We've had nice enough weather this past week that most of our snow is gone. However, we are supposed to be getting a "wintry mix" tonight and tomorrow which will probably mean that it will be icy again.

The difference in your fitness readings are in the way the readouts are presented. Fitbit shows your total burn for the day which includes your basal rate plus your activity while Spark separates out your activity from the total and also gives you your total for the day as a separate reading. I just checked my Fitbit total against the Spark total and they were within a few calories of each other. Check your Fitbit when you first get up, if you get up around 6 a.m., it should give you a reading in the 350-450 range, which should be an indication of your basal rate, which is what your body burns keeping you alive.

I hope you had fun at y our party (you should be partying as I write this...)!!


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DIDMIS 12/13/2014 9:33PM

    Linda I do admire you so much. Hope you had a good time.

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LINDA! 12/13/2014 8:51PM

    You are so dedicated to your health and fitness!

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PHOENIX1949 12/13/2014 6:29PM

    emoticon No advice on trackers. My highest tech fitness item is my Omron pedometer.

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WATERMELLEN 12/13/2014 6:08PM

    You are absolutely an energizer bunny!! Can't believe what you do in a day!!

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    5.01 average miles per day (147 days) from July 17 to December 10. emoticon

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COOP9002 12/13/2014 3:29PM

    Awesome job!!

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Glimmer of Hope?

Friday, December 12, 2014

I have said it before, I will say it again, a good physiotherapist is worth their weight in gold! Maybelle gave me a treatment today and suggested I may get nerve regeneration, but that it could take 1-2 years. In the mean time, she is sending me to an occupational therapist get splinted so the thumb won't contract into my hand. She also made room in her busy schedule to give me an extra appointment close to Christmas. They are very busy with several therapists off sick so I am lucky to have her. She also suggested to prop my legs up at a 90 degree angle to relieve my back pain.
The bridge club Date Book proof finally came in and there were several errors so I had to send corrections back, don't know how long it will take to get the corrected proof back. They were pretty slow with it. When I get the printed date books it will be my last big chore to sell them to all the games we hold at the club. So far no word of any replacement for me.
I tried a barefoot barre cardio workout. Wasn't sure how my poor bad feet and toes would like it, but I did make it to the end of 13 minutes without any problems. I enjoyed it actually. Very freeing not having shoes on. Trying something out of my comfort zone.
Tomorrow I would like to get to my fitness classes, but the streets still looked impassible with my scooter, but there will simply be too much ice around to safely walk there, the sidewalks were covered with huge pools of water today. The forecast is to go below freezing :-( Tomorrow is also my building's Christmas dinner, it was sold out so I was lucky to get a ticket. Full Christmas dinner for only $9, can't beat that price, was subsidized by our tenant association.
Hope you all have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by and all your wonderful support!

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DEDICATED2HIM 12/16/2014 3:44AM

    I asked my rheumy about splinting and he is opposed to it....says it weakens the muscles. I wasn't intending to wear it all the time, just when pain is severe or overnight. My thumb is contracted into my hand...I can still use it, say to type, but when I look at the top of my hand, my thumb is barely visible. I didn't know that splinting could help that.

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    I am so glad to hear that! You can do it!!!


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KANOE10 12/13/2014 7:51AM

    This physiotherapist sounds great. She seemed to give you practical ideas to help you. I am glad your nerves will regenerate. I like being barefoot in yoga..We did a barre yoga class which was interesting.

Enjoy your holiday dinner. Stay safe on those icy pavements.


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NASFKAB 12/13/2014 12:29AM

  good therapist can be wonderful mine insisted that i do not use the walker or a cane but try walking alone as soon as i could great you are doing well

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1SURFWALKER 12/13/2014 12:20AM

    Have you ever thought or been told about Laser therapy. One of my sparkfriends had a frozen shoulder and one Dr. wanted to do surgery. I talked to my Chiropractor about it and she suggested it for her. So, she called around, and found someone to do it. She did one treatment and now is doing great! She couldn't even move her arm over her head before! Not sure if your insurance would pay for it...they don't here on most insurances. Canada may be different. Here is a link about it:

Physical therapist do the treatments do the therapy also. She said the Class IV is the best one to get.

Funny, I never wear shoes when doing any exercise at home, always barefoot. If they say barefoot running is good for you...I figure, doing exercising that way, should be too. Except when I am walking outside, I will wear my shoes of course. Won't catch me going barefoot outside in FL! With all the fire ants and creepy crawlies out there!
Hope you feel better soon! Be careful out there on the ice!! emoticon

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SUZYMOBILE 12/12/2014 10:51PM

    Good for you, Linda! Seems like you're always trying something out of your comfort zone.

I guess I missed that you're retiring from your bridge club position. You aren't leaving entirely, are you?

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LEANIE64 12/12/2014 10:50PM

    You are an inspiration to me..I am impressed how you keep going and going, and going..Wow !! emoticon You are a true example of hard work and fortitude. ..Too hope you have a Merry Christmas..And remember the reason for the season.

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PHOENIX1949 12/12/2014 10:50PM

    Enjoy the Christmas gathering and stay warm. Yay for folks like Maybelle.

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Little Frustrations..

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I am not progressing with my arm. I can't even budge the yellow band to straighten out my tricep. Two and a half months after surgery and it still doesn't feel like a normal human being arm. It feels weird to the touch.
I have a mysterious rash on my back, so in case it was an allergic reaction, I took a strong dose of Benadryl nighttime. Well, I had the best sleep I have ever had in a long time, in spite of waking up seven times. But unfortunately, I couldn't stay up in spite of the pain and slept another two hours, missing any morning workout opportunity. So nine hours total sleep. Nothing productive done.
Got my scratched eyeglass frame replaced, and got my other glasses adjusted. Before they were so tight there were furrows dug into my nose. Now they are too loose and sliding down of course.
I was getting into my work when it happened. I am always hitting other keys with my finger and I got the weird set up that causes my Question mark backslash key to now produce only an e with a mark over it!! How do I get it back??? I only know to shut down my computer and restart it to get back to my normal keyboard.
Melting like crazy here. Just weird weather. I saw green grass in the back of my apartment. Water is running and pooling everywhere. Unfortunately, it will freeze soon and our city will become one gigantic skating rink, dangerous to walk or drive on. Can hear the sirens now..
I have physiotherapy tomorrow morning. I hope my Stepdad can make it safely here to pick me up. After my appointment, I would like to meet up with my Probus Club group who is doing a walk close by. It will depend on how icy it is.. Then I have to go to the club to get a check signed and in the mail for the tournament our club held.
Got to shake off the lethargy and start getting things done. Falling into a couch potato routine without the couch lol.

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WATERMELLEN 12/12/2014 10:09PM

    An overwhelming batch of frustrations all at once -- you have so much to deal with. Not remotely fair. I admire your grace and resilience.

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PHOENIX1949 12/12/2014 3:59PM

    Not the same reason but similar situation here -- had a painful, frozen shoulder from a car accident (primary arm) and after 6 months with regular medical visits/treatments had almost given up being able to use it. A massage therapist at a pain clinic asked to work on my shoulder and within 30 minutes had it unfrozen and up over my head without pain. Not implying a quick fix is available to you after your surgery and with arthritis challenges, just sharing to illustrate patience sometimes wins out.

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    Benedryl is great to help mask itching, but the side effects are not so good! I really dislike that lethargic feeling in the morning after taking something like that!

Good luck!

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KALIGIRL 12/12/2014 8:27AM

    Here's to getting back into the swing!

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/12/2014 8:09AM

    Hope you have a good day despite the challenges. You're a motivation machine. (smiling)

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KANOE10 12/12/2014 7:43AM

    Even though you missed your workouts, you just may have needed that 9 hours of sleep. I am hoping your arm starts healing and that the drs can help you. We all have those days when we feel like couch potatoes with out the couch. That was too funny. I know you will get moving again. Good luck with those icy roads.


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LEXIE63 12/12/2014 3:13AM

    I hope the arm situation improves soon. Have they said anything to you about expectations? As for the sleep, I think you must have needed it, so maybe worth the lack of exercise just this once.
Thanks for the well wishes regarding my wrist. The next six weeks are going to be fun as it is my dominant side, but so far, not too bad. :-) At least I get out of the washing up for a while. LOL

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SANDICANE 12/12/2014 2:49AM

    Hey Linda...thinking about you and hoping that one day soon your ailments will end! And it doesn't sound good that you'll be living in a skating rink....get out your skates girl!!!

Sounds like it might be a good time for you to review some of those beautiful pictures you take and remember the wonderful hiking days when you took them!

BTW, you're a super SparkFriend...thank you for all the rah rahs, help, and support you send my way!!!

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1SURFWALKER 12/12/2014 1:55AM

    Hubby told me if that happens, hit the num lk or scr lk key ( screen lock or number lock)...see if that helps. If not let us know. Sleep well tonight.

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1SURFWALKER 12/12/2014 1:26AM

    So sorry your arm is being problematic with the healing. Just keep going and keep the faith it will get better! I hate computers, don't know too much about them, but my hubby does. I'll ask him, will let you know. Hang in there. I take an antihistamine at night every night for my allergies. It does help you sleep.

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DIDMIS 12/12/2014 1:20AM

    Linda I am so sorry. I have my problems but I am older. Maybe we should join a couch potato team since I am homebound with the side effects of the medication I have to take to get my ammonia levels down, or try to get them down.

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HOBBESIS49 12/12/2014 12:34AM

    Cute.. I liked the couch potato without a couch! What a time you are having,..

I imagine that it feels REALLY weird to have an arm not recover to feel like an arm. Hang in there! I used to work in a rehabilitation center. Just wanted you to not get discouraged and remember that Each individual patient responds to surgery differently & that recovery from each specific surgical procedure is somewhat different as well. You are unique!

I have the same thing going on with my glasses.. my son was looking at me just this evening when I took them off and said MOM those glasses are hurting your face don't wear them!

Here's to hoping things in your life get less frustrating .. I feel more irritated about the littler things in life when something else feels compromised.

emoticon Jane

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SUZYMOBILE 12/11/2014 11:26PM

    Without actually experimenting with the keyboard problem, I'd suggest the help function of whatever application you're using--MS Word, etc., or even MS WIndows.

But, now that I look, I see a little plus on my ?/ key. I'm afraid to touch it, of course! Does it mean something?

9 hours of sleep sounds heavenly!

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New Eyeglasses!

Saturday, December 06, 2014

I purchased two pair, one for reading and close up work, of which I do an incredible amount:

They are in my favorite color for eyeglasses, bronze, brown, and gold tones, probably hard to see with Spark's poor resolution. They had a scratch on the frame, so they are actually going to replace them!!
These are my daily, rough and tumble workout glasses, made by adidas. I love the way they wrap around the head as opposed to curling behind the ear:

I had a pleasant fast walk to my fitness class today, Zumba, one only, as the other one Boxercise, was cancelled. The weather here has finally warmed up to - 6 C (21 F ) My sister was coming in today so I thought that worked out for the better because I finished in time for lunch. But unfortunately, I never heard from them and had a light lunch by myself. That worked out for the best too as I have a heavy turkey supper at the club tonight. Hopefully, this will be the last one I will be required to attend as manager. I really prefer lighter meals at night as I have enough trouble sleeping.
Enjoy your evening! have a Super Sunday!

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C8TSON 12/10/2014 11:31AM

    Lovely glasses and lovely lady! emoticon You look great!

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KALIGIRL 12/8/2014 8:43AM

    Looking good!

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LINDA! 12/7/2014 6:32PM

    Very nice glasses. I wear glasses too. I like the fact that yours do not wrap around the ears.

Have a wonderful evening, Linda. emoticon

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KAYOTIC 12/7/2014 4:36PM

    The frames look great! emoticon

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DIDMIS 12/7/2014 10:50AM

    Linda glad you got your glasses and all things worked out. I am sorry though that your company didn't show up after you planned for them.

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KANOE10 12/7/2014 9:19AM

    You look cute in your glasses and very healthy and thin. I also have reading glasses and a pair of daily glasses. Enjoy your turkey dinner.

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MT-MOONCHASER 12/6/2014 11:13PM

    Nice glasses, great pictures.

Have a relaxing Sunday and a great week.


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SUZYMOBILE 12/6/2014 9:47PM

    You look great, Linda! So good to see you up close. One of these should be your profile pic!

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/6/2014 7:44PM

    Nice frames.

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PHOENIX1949 12/6/2014 5:27PM

    Nice specs. I have 2 pair also - 1 for PC work and transitional lenses for everything else.

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LEXIE63 12/6/2014 4:35PM

    Looking good, Honey. :-)

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Back Home

Friday, December 05, 2014

I am fully moved back home now. Eating a care package of parsnip and carrots from the Farmer's market and some snap peas for supper and Mom's home made lasagna. When they dropped me off with my boxes of stuff, Mom insisted on scrubbing off the tape from a failed attempt at sealing my cupboards from the smoke coming in. It was very hard to get off, they had to use paint scrapers first, then GooGone. The white bits and pieces went everywhere, including inside my cupboards and all over my freshly cleaned floor. She cleaned the outside as best she could, but there was some left and I will have to vacuum then clean it again.
I thought to phone the eye glass place to check on the status of my new glasses and was furious to find they were in, but the store was closing (at 2 pm!!!) so I could not go get them. They had made no attempt to call me unless it was to my Mom's, but I had given them BOTH my numbers, and there was nothing on my display.
I will try make it out to my three fitness classes tomorrow morning. Then later is the Christmas Party game I am running at the club. Only a small number of tickets sold, so it will be a boring evening. I was disappointed to find out we have the same president again. He does as little work as possible, and doesn't even know the proper procedures for holding a official meeting. The past president had to keep shouting out instructions. He is never prepared for our officers meetings, always asking me to photo copy his stuff at the last minute and the annual meeting was the same. When the treasurer gives him important papers and later asks about them, he just says he doesn't know where they are. Also, he goes away for the winter as well. Its hard to believe he was honored for his volunteer work, consisting mainly of being the head of numerous boards.
The good news is no smoke was in today. I don't know if she is away or trying to quit again. Hopefully it lasts..
Exercise was online videos, one low impact, one high and 45 min Zumba DVD. Love the variety!
Have a good evening, sleep well!

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WATERMELLEN 12/6/2014 3:32PM

    So glad you are home again -- hope that the smoking continues to be absent!

And thanks for your kind words about my health results -- You totally get from your own experience how this feels!

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    Love the veggies! And hope your neighbor does quit smoking for good! It would be better for both of you!!!


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KANOE10 12/6/2014 8:04AM

    I hope that smoke issue is over and does not return. I have had the same with not being notified that my glasses were ready, I am glad you are home. I hope you get your 3 classes in. It is crazy how people can be in office and are so ineffective.

Have a great Saturday..

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DIDMIS 12/5/2014 11:09PM

    Hope you will be happy in your own home in your own bed. emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 12/5/2014 10:15PM

    Hopefully the smoke issue has gone up in smoke (sorry, couldn't resist this groaner).

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