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Happy Quitter
Monday, May 09, 2016      5 comments

For most of my water aerobics teaching career, I have taught at two different pools. One was a private health club, the other was a public service class at a university sports center. Both were great, if different gigs. Things began to chan... Read more
Appearances May Deceive
Sunday, April 17, 2016      3 comments

I've been working out on my own in deep water lately, and a curious thing has happened more than once. When I finish my intervals, laps, stretching, etc, a younger, more slender swimmer has come up to me to marvel that I've done a whole hour of ... Read more
Where Do Those Pounds Go?
Wednesday, October 14, 2015      4 comments

We say we "lose" weight, or in the case of FIFIFRIZZLE, "release" weight, but according to the laws of physics, matter doesn't disappear. It has to be somewhere when it's left your hips! Thanks to a recent message from one of my water exercise g... Read more
Silver Linings
Sunday, January 18, 2015      2 comments

Well, it's been a couple of weeks since the rug was pulled out from under me with the cancellation of my classes at the health club. (See previous post) ... Read more
Trying to Roll with the Punches
Tuesday, December 30, 2014      4 comments

I feel like I've been socked in the solar plexus. The health club for which I've been teaching water aerobics for the past 10 years (10 years!!) has cut my classes from the schedule. Starting next week. And the way they thought to give me this i... Read more
Claiming My Progress
Wednesday, October 29, 2014      5 comments

My drivers' license expired recently. Actually, the TSA id checker noticed it and told me. I panicked for an instant, but he said that it was still good for his purposes for a year, however I'd better get it seen to when I got home. I could... Read more
Out of the Canyon
Tuesday, October 28, 2014      4 comments

Magnificent as the Grand Canyon trip was, there were problems. They started with the best intentions in the world--breaking in new hiking shoes before I left. Good idea, right? Well, the good news was that I found out that those shoes were very ... Read more
It Was Grand!
Saturday, October 25, 2014      2 comments

I've just returned from an experience of a lifetime--rafting the Colorado river in the Grand Canyon. We went with a commercial guiding company (and were very glad we did), a group of friends of a central couple, almost all Alaskans. No boating m... Read more
Bouquets and Rotten Tomatoes in the Pool...
Sunday, June 15, 2014      1 comments

Today's Spark email has a link to a big article on water exercise www.sparkpeople.com/reso
id=1500 Hurrah! I say. The more people who discover the benefits of the water, the better! Howev... Read more
Those Who Can, Do... Part 3: Why In the World Do I Do This?
Thursday, April 24, 2014      4 comments

Why, indeed, at sixty-mumble years of age do I do this? It's a question I'm sure plenty of polite people wonder but don't ask. It's a question some nervy family members actually ask. It's a question I sometimes even ask myself. Here are some of ... Read more
Those Who Can, Do... Part 2: The Knowledge
Sunday, April 20, 2014      3 comments

So, what does an exercise instructor have to learn in order to be certified? 1. Anatomy! You have to learn the names of all the major bones and muscles, the different types of joints and how they work, and terms that describe direction and ... Read more
Those Who Can, Do... Part 1: Who, Me??
Friday, April 11, 2014      1 comments

I have had a couple of conversations recently about being an exercise instructor, and it occurred to me that it might be a blog topic of interest around here, so here goes... A while back, I blogged about what led me to water exercise. You ... Read more
Horn Solo
Sunday, March 02, 2014      6 comments

Normally I'm not one to blow my own horn, but this week I was in the top 10 fitness minutes ranking of the Fitness Instructors Team. I realize that my fellow instructors probably do so much exercise that they are way beyond merely tracking it, b... Read more
Still Time to Join the Iditasplash!
Sunday, February 09, 2014      0 comments

Last year at this time, I directed your attention to the Iditasplash and the Iditawalk, fun exercise challenges that benefit the participants AND programs in Nome, Alaska, that promote healthy exercise and outdoor activities for children who liv... Read more
Scientific Proof
Thursday, January 30, 2014      3 comments

Yes, we've long heard that calories are calories, no matter what time of day they're consumed. But thanks, science, for finding out that the HUNGER is different in the case of late night munchies. So still a good idea to close the kitchen after ... Read more

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