Thursday, August 25, 2011
I had the day off today. So I was going to see how I did with some longer cardio. I did my 30 minutes of intervals on the elliptical and felt pretty good. So I did my kickboxing DVD, the one that does 10 minutes segments, so that if I found one set too much, I could quit. The first was focusing on arms, so I felt confident with it. I could feel my muscle aches from the strength training yesterday though. There were cardio burst parts which I did high impact, but gently compared to my usual full force high pounding self. I quickly discovered my foot wasn't too happy with even the lower impacts and a couple of times I converted it to no impact (no jumps). So I did the next 10 minute segment which focused on kicks and lower body. Hello hip! I have missed your pain! Not! I guess the time off was giving my hip a rest and now that it was moving again, it wasn't too happy lol. I quickly forgot about what my foot was doing when the hip started going..I made it through that one and the last was core training. Go squats and waist twists and crunches! I could see my foot wasn't happy with the bob and weave and the pivoting of kicks and punches combinations. At the end of my workout, I couldn't help noticing I had a fat foot and my toes looked like little sausages. So I immediately put it up and iced both sides for an hour and 15 minutes. It was sore, but NOT painful, and that is the difference, but the Dr. said if its swells to back it off. So, less tomorrow, maybe just the elliptical and some upper body strength training. I was going to walk to the club today, but felt the foot had had enough, so took my cart out. I came home and had lunch, then fell into bed and was astonished that I had slept for three hours!! I guess all the lack of sleep occasionally wipes me out. I have had nothing but three and four broken hours for the last week, which is, unfortunately my usual :(
Now it is down to some overdue club work. I will do this last bit of work in my easy chair with the computer on my lap and my foot up as it does not need to be connected to the internet for this 'paper work' I will sit there relaxing, listening to some rocking music and my foot will be happy too! Data entry, the drudgery of my job.
Have a great evening and good sleeps and a Fantastic Friday!!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
I have always had chronic lower back pain, so when I read a recent article on Spark that standard crunches and sit ups are bad for the lower back, I was 'crushed' to learn this :( Just Google this topic and you will see numerous fitness and health sites agreeing on this. But there are ways to get rid of the belly fat. The true and best way is to simply lose the fat by regular cardio and strength training. Naturally, the ab toners they DO recommend are the plank variants and also being on hands and knees (bird dog), which of course, I am unable to perform :( So maybe I am stuck with this permanent pot :( I have lost all the weight I can, can't afford any more, but I have a high body fat% because I lost muscle mass as well being unable to perform serious strength training because of my 5 lb lift limit..So you will never see any bikini photos of me, that is for sure, but also because I do have lots of loose, wrinkled skin as well. But I am still happy with my lighter weight and it feels good to have nice cardio fitness.
Today, I did the elliptical, my first cardio since my foot surgery, and it felt good. I can see where the layoff has taken out some of my fitness though, as I was slower than normal. I am chomping at the bit to get at my kickboxing DVD's, but as walking is still sore and slow, I can see I am not ready yet. I am getting a little impatient ;) I weighed in for my RA team and its 120, so happy with that.
I changed my tracker to reflect 30 minutes cardio daily instead of zero and was shocked that my calories jumped up to 1960 from 1650!! That is where they were for 60 minutes cardio daily, so I wonder if something has gone wrong there..
Anyway, it feels great to be doing SOMETHING again! My elliptical says I burned 287 calories in 1/2 hr, while Sparks shows 238 calories. My elliptical does take age, weight, height and sex into consideration, as well as resting heart rate, so I would tend to think its pretty accurate for me..
Came tied for 1st in my section at bridge today, but a low %, so no overalls this time either. One last try on Friday with a very good partner, but with whom I have not played with in months..
The new bridge electronic scoring system we have now is fun and efficient, making the director's job a lot easier, but it also means more sitting and less motion as you no longer have to go pick up slips and enter scores after each round. So this job has become more sedentary then active now :( This will be great while my foot is recovering, but boring when its fully healed and I am chomping at the bit to MOVE!
Wishing you all a good evening, great sleeps and a Terrific Thursday!
Keep on moving it and losing it!!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
I did it! I walked back and forth to the bridge club today! it wasn't pretty, it wasn't fast, but I made it! Sitting down at the game allowed me to put my foot up so it didn't feel too bad for the return journey :)) So I got to enjoy the sunny, but too windy day a little bit. It usually takes me 15 minutes fast walking to get there, so 25 is a nuisance, but oh well.
My bridge partner Mary and I came 2nd overall of 16 tables at our club! But only 60%, which in the huge number of tables this tourney gets isn't a high enough score to get in the Western Conference Tournament overalls. This same game is played simultaneously over a lot of clubs in the western US and Canada, so you have to score really high to get in THOSE overalls. Tomorrow is another try with a different partner I only play once a month with..
I was able to unload 4 printing paper boxes full of bridge supplies myself, no problem and stack them on the proper shelves. I guess no one figured to do it because they didn't know where they go.
I am doing some laundry, then its foot up and ice time trying to finish the book I was reading..
Have a good evening and a wonderful Wednesday!
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Couldn't have asked for a nicer finish for my stay at Mom's! perfect weather, indeed maybe a little too hot, but no complaints here. Started our morning off with another visit to the sand bar, and this time we were collecting recyclables as well as some garbage to take off the beach. I climbed up the bank to get at some old beer cans. Our take? Made $10 so we bought two slices of pizza for lunch. My first pizza in a very long time. I showed Mom I had no trouble climbing the steep banks :) Then we went down to the weir to look around and then also to the art gallery where there was a display of photographs of renowned photographer Courtney Milne. The subject? 40 photos of his back yard swimming pool!! He made it look interesting, I have to say! Well known people interpreted each photo, was some very nice prose. Milne had passed away in 2010.. After enjoying the calm backyard and garden, it was time to pack up and leave. Poor Mom, always hauling a lot of stuff for me, computer, groceries, clothes, etc.
Then I had to unpack everything, shower and have light supper of three veggies and the last of the beans from Mom's first effort at growing a veggie! They were good, but didn't thrive as her clay soil just doesn't grow much. They were mostly yellow wax beans as the green mostly never came up.
My foot is swollen and sore after my busy day, so time to get off it and on ice!
Good night, sweet dreams and have a Terrific Tuesday all!
Sunday, August 21, 2011
ABCs about Me:
A - available? No
B - birthday: May 31
C - chocolate: Lindt 90 % cocoa chocolate
D - drink you last had: water
E - easiest person to talk to: my Mom
F - favorite song: Eye Of The Tiger by Survivor
G - gummy bears or gummy worms: Neither yucky
H - happy: sometimes
I - in love with: no one)
J - juggle: the kind where you throw things in the air? No
K - killed someone: No
L - longest car ride: Saskatoon to Anaheim
M - milkshake flavor: strawberry
N - number of siblings: 2
O - one wish: no more pain
P - person you called last: Mary (bridge partner)
Q ¡V Quality or quantity? QUALITY!!!!
R - reason to smile: sunshine
S - song you last sang: Don't sing
T - time you woke up: 4am.
U - underwear color: black
V - vegetable(s): spaghetti squash, diakon, carrots, beets
W - worst habit: procrastination
X - X-rays you've had: everything
Y - yoyos are: fun
Z - zodiac sign: Gemini
Random questions about you:
„h Spell your name without vowels: Lnd
„h Your favorite number: 11
„h What color do you wear most? Black
„h Least favorite color: pink
„h What are you listening to? nothing
„h Are you happy with your life right now? mostly
„h What was your favorite class in school? Art
„h When do you start back at school/college? Probably never
„h Are you outgoing? No
„h Favorite pair of shoes: hiking boots
„h Can you tie a cherry stem with your mouths? Never tried
„h Can you whistle? No
„h Cross your eyes? No
„h Walk with your toes curled? Why?¡K no
„h Do you believe there is life on other planets? Yes
„h do you believe in miracles? No
„h Do you believe in magic? No
„h Love at first sight? No
„h do you believe in Santa? I believe this character was based on an actual person
„h do you know how to swim? yes
„h Do you like roller coasters? can take them or leave them
„h Do you think you could handle the stuff they eat on those reality shows? NO!!!
„h have you ever been on a plane? Lots of times
„h Have you ever asked someone out? No
„h Have you ever been asked out by someone? No
„h what is the temperature outside? 7 C (44F) at 8 am
„h what radio station do you listen to? I don't can't get reception)
„h what is the last restaurant you ate at? Don't eat out
„h What is the last thing you bought? groceries
„h What was the last thing on TV you watched? a movie
„h Who was the last person you took a picture of? Mom
„h Who did you last webcam with? Uncle on Skype
„h who was the last person you said I love you to? No one
„h Ever really cried your heart out? Yes
„h Ever cried yourself to sleep? No
„h Ever cried on your friend's shoulder? No
„h Do you cry when you get an injury? No
„h Do certain songs make you cry? The Way by Fastball, reminds of how my grandma wanted to go home to die (she was suffering 20 years in a nursing home, she hated it as she was paralyzed and could do nothing but lay there :(()
Hope my buddies take the time to do this, just copy and paste, goes faster.
Would love to learn more about you all!
Have a Super Sparking Sunday!!
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