Tuesday, July 02, 2013
The dumpster was picked up today, and the futon went with it. Steve helped me take the mattress to the dumpster last Thursday and I broke down the frame and took that out on Friday. Adding to that a whole bunch of empty boxes and various items that didn't go out last week, and the house and garage are a little better than they were.
I set up the exercise bike on Saturday and was able to put the box and all the packing materials in the dumpster. Thank goodness because that would have taken a few weeks to get rid of it piece by piece in our recycling bin.
Today I set up the wireless headphones I got for our TV system in the exercise room, so no more blaring the TV volume as I walk on the loud treadmill at night. The exercise bike I got is magnetic resistance, so it's really quiet. The headphones work really well, so between that and the quiet bike I can get a good workout with almost no noise coming out of the exercise room. Nice! Since the headphones are really good I can have the volume up to a nice comfortable level without disturbing a soul.
I'm really glad I've added the exercise bike to the workout room. It's nice to have the futon out of there. It really took up a lot of room. The bike takes up only a fraction of that which leaves me with a lot more floor space for floor exercises and pushups. Now I need to put a short shelf on the wall next to the exercise bike to hold the TV remote and my water bottle. I also want to get a hand weight rack for my weights. I'd also like to put up mirrors on one wall. Some pictures on the wall couldn't hurt either. It's pretty baron in there. I put down interlocking foam squares over the entire floor. I've had them under the treadmill and equipment mat for a long time. I would sometimes connect a few for pushups, but I'd always take them up again since the door would hit them. But by putting them on the entire floor including under all areas the door can go I've eliminated the problem of the swinging door hitting a mat.
Work is going fine, but it's still really sedentary. I got fewer than 4,000 steps today. I can't go for walks at lunch due to the Achilles tendonitis. That would be the perfect addition to my daily schedule, but I really shouldn't do it. I have been doing a better job of doing the eccentric stretches and icing. I have ice packs at work and I brought a folding stool so I can do them there. And I've been getting them in more often than not each night before I go to bed. No major improvement yet, but I've read it takes 3-6 months to heal from this. I also need to become completely regular with this. Right now I'm doing it "most days" and one to two times a day. I need to get it to every day and three times a day.