Monday, March 12, 2012
I was very surprised not to feel too bad when I woke up this morning. I also had 'slept in' as the water class didn't start until 10 am, so I probably got about 6.5 hours broken sleep. Maybe it was the extra time on my heating pads that soothed any aches I might have had from my busy day yesterday..
It was wonderful getting back in the water for aerobics, but not as comfortable as I would like. I could feel my hip muscles on some of the movements and also I could feel my ankles tightening up. I did 45 minutes of the class until I got out because I felt I was close to a cramp coming as my ankle muscles really were tightening up. As soon as I hit the hot tub, they relaxed though. To me, the water felt cold, and that probably doesn't help as I tend to lock up when I am cold.
It was home to Mom's to read for a spell -starting Malice by Lisa Jackson, good so far. Then Mom and I headed out into the sunshine for a walk along the river. Was tough getting there as there was water running everywhere or slush and ice to contend with. When we finally hit the trail, there was no ice, but water and mud from snow melt was running over it constantly.
As it was such a warm (6 C 43 F) day, tons of people were walking the trail, families and dog walkers were out and I enjoyed seeing all the dogs :) Some boys were even wearing shorts!!
I was miffed to see someone had gotten a photo of the porcupine on the Weather Network's page from Saskatoon -lucky so and so, also, someone from a small town just outside of Saskatoon got a great shot of the aurora borealis -very spectacular thanks to that huge solar flare.. I am at a lousy part of Saskatoon to see them, too many bright lights here. I did see some faintly when I was at Mom's once, but my photo didn't turn out as the lights interfered with the focus.
I hope you all have a wonderful week -work those programs!
Saturday, March 10, 2012
I started out my early morning with some Nordic walking, then 30 minutes on the bike, 30 on the elliptical of intervals, interspersed with my strength training PT exercises, crunches with a weight on my chest, a constant bridge while doing hamstring pulls on the ball. The usual side leg raises with 5 lb weights, ditto with clamshells. I was wanting a good workout. I wasn't feeling all that well, but I was determined to get to Zumba at 10 am this morning, so I took some painkillers. Its been a long time since I bothered. It gave me the boost I needed to move it. The morning was pleasant and sunny. The snow had been melting, and the field and hill I had to cross to get to my Curves had crusted snow I had to push through. It came up to just past my ankle. It was hard work, like doing a high step march with some force to step down through the crust of snow. I enjoyed my Zumba, but the rust was sure showing. I stayed for the second class, following along the dance moves trying to get them down, but not doing the machines.
Went home and did a thorough vacuum. I had lunch and then it was grocery shopping time. I had to do some veggie prep and then hit the shower. As soon as I see the laundry room free, it will be about three loads worth.
A productive, busy day, but no guarantees how I will wake up the next day. I am hoping maybe to hit the pool and hot tub tomorrow.
There is no question I feel better moving around and being active then just sitting around. No sign of those cramps while moving. No aches as long as I am a going concern!
I love doing things with my music thumping away in the background. I like upbeat, fast rock music with a beat. I don't feel tired or fatigued in spite of only three broken hours of sleep. I am having my raw green tea at noon in hopes that will keep me alert and not so tired in the afternoon. The latest information says NOT to take naps, but to try establish a regular sleep wake cycle. I am willing to try anything, but oh does that bed beckon me sometimes!!
Good night all, have a good sleep and a Sparktacular Sunday!
Friday, March 09, 2012
After sitting quietly this morning waiting for the Fosomax to absorb, I just did 30 minutes on the bike and 30 on the elliptical and as it was eight am already, had to have breakfast, not wanting it to be too close to my lunch. The usual shower, breakfast, wash dishes, clean veggies for lunch, then lunch and off to bridge. It wasn't too bad going this time.
We had a 56% game, good enough for 2nd, but could have been much, much better. I made about six defensive errors, costing us lots of tricks and giving us bad boards :( I had some of my raw green tea at noon in the hopes there would be enough caffeine in it to keep me alert. We were sitting in a dark corner in the back of the room and not moving was not good for someone sleep deprived. So a lot of work to do to catch up in the second half of the club championship..
I set up for my Monday game that I work so I won't have to go in on Sunday to do it. When I left the club, I could scarcely believe it -there was a river of water from crub to curb outside the club! There had a been massive melting of the snow!! Puddles of water everywhere! No where for it to absorb in as the ground is still frozen. Mom thought if the temperatures got up too high it would be too messy to hike the trails. For sure what snow there was left will be packed down and melted into ice. All the run off I saw going across the sidewalks and pooling in the driveways, I will be happy not to go to the club this weekend..
Not sure what my weekend plans are other than getting some groceries.
Hope you all have a fun, fabulous weekend!
Friday, March 09, 2012
I did my 30 min on the elliptical and 30 on the bike as usual, then I was expecting to go to Curves Zumba, but it was cancelled :( Caught up on some reading, breakfast, cleaned some veggies then lunch and off to the club. It was very icy out since it was actually melting after the snowfall. The intersections were especially bad. On bare ice, none of those fancy attachments to shoes work, in fact they are more of a hazard. What runners wear here are actual spikes, that are individually replaceable. Naturally, the running stores were unable to keep them in stock.
Was a rather a quiet and boring day at the club, only four tables and they were looking after themselves! So I did catch up on Sparking. I came home and had thoughts of going to Curves, but just didn't feel like it.
My lower legs feel like heck, that if I so much as move them the wrong way they will go into cramp mode. I can't even sit in my easy chair comfortably. My heels hang over the foot rest and they feel like they will trigger any second, so I was restless, getting up and standing to ease the feeling. Unfortunately, I can't lift myself in and out of the tub to soak in it :( There are no handrails,but also I am not supposed to lift more than five pounds with my elbow replacements anyway. It would be too risky with the new hip to try wrangle myself in somehow. In the summer, I will be able to get to the pools and use the hot tub which will be absolute heaven after taking the land workouts. The earliest I could get in to see my physiotherapist was March 20, only two days before I see my rheumy so it will be wait and see what they suggest. I do see my podiatrist on the 14th, and will be asking for more toe cushions as my big toes have been quiet painful to walk on.
Running late as usual, will be no sleep again as I have to get up early and take my Fosomax and rest quietly for an hour before starting my exercises..Still can't get them done under two and a half hours..
Hope you all had a good sleep and have a Fantastic Friday!
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
On Sunday, we parked at the art gallery, then went to the University bridge and over it to start at the paved path on the south side of the river. I like this part as it goes over two foot bridges over quite a steep gorge:
Mom wanted to take me over here because this is where a porcupine has been very active. There was a lot of damage to trees all over this area:
Interestingly enough, the porcupine climbed up into the tree to get the smaller branches bark and left the trunks alone, here is a close up:
This was the first time there has been any sign of activity there, strange as this pathway is very popular, with lots of people using it to commute to the University. But then again the porcupine only comes out at night anyway. But this was still a huge distance away from where we had seen activity before, so this guy has appeared out of nowhere literally.
We decided to walk all the way to the weir and over the train bridge. This was the view from the University south side of the river:
I could not see what was holding this ice floe from going over the edge!
I just love seeing this ice hanging over the edge:
The view from the train bridge:
I just love these ice formations and am surprised they came out as I had to zoom 40 X at low light:
Mom never takes the scary stairs (the metal see through steep ones that are nearer to the sidewalk), instead she takes the old wooden ones that are on the other side of the street. So she kept going along there while I went down to look at the weir from the north side and low and behold I saw the tracks of a beaver!! Unfortunately, the diffuse dull light and the soft snow tracks meant it didn't focus very well but you can get the idea of them:
Mom was so jealous of me spotting the first beaver tracks, she actually went back on her own later on that day hoping to see him come out at dusk, but didn't have any luck.
Then it was enjoying one more woodsy trail before heading home:
I had an extremely busy day, started out at 5:30 am with 30 minutes on the bike, then another 30 on the elliptical, then 45 minutes of kickboxing with weighted gloves, then did a fast walk to make it to the Probus meeting at 9:30 am where I discovered by chance they had a movie club -and that its possible I may be able to get a ride with someone. I lucked out sitting by a woman who is a huge movie fan. I am too, although in recent years I have hardly seen anything due to my surgery recoveries and inability to get anywhere. One theater is in my scooter range, so I can make it there in the summer, and as its the cheap one, I can spend all day watching four or five movies :) So I am hoping to see some movies with this group, and if the movie is good enough, sometimes they have a great discussion over it in a coffee shop after. This is a very social, outgoing group, very inclusive. As I was a bit late for the meeting, I just went automatically to the empty seats at the back, but was immediately invited up to some seats near some other people that were free.
Then it was rush back home, have lunch and back out again to the club. There was a mini blizzard happening at the time, but when the game was over, it was nice and sunny out. My mentor and I had an average game of 50%. Then I went home, dropped some stuff off then went to the mall to pick up a prescription and some carrots and bananas, staples I must always have. I barely sat down when it was time to get my income tax taken care of. Some nice collage students come to our building every year and do them for free :) I met a really nice young man and we had quite a nice chat :) Back home again, and tired as all get out and feeling every muscle ache in my body and sore feet to boot. I was supposed to get tomorrow off, but wouldn't you know it the same lady who called me to finish her game for her last time now needed me to run the whole thing. I don't mind the extra cash, but sometimes, I would just like a breather.. I wanted to be awake and rested for the Friday Club Championship game. I am playing with a very sharp player who doesn't miss much and I can't afford to be dozed out with her. I am lucky to be even getting a game with her as she is one of the top players in the club.
So I hope I can finish Sparking before midnight for a change and get to bed and get some much needed rest.
Enjoy what is left of your day and have a Terrific Thursday!
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