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3/17/18 1:09 P

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Thanks, Heathhill! I am also going to sign up for a swim event for June: that always gets me motivated. Swam 1250 yards on Friday; today I attended a low impact aerobics class: of rme, it is good to cross-train with cardio: keeps the heart/lung system strong for long distance swimming. Since I am no longer running, I need to mix up the swims with kick-boxing, the elliptical, step classes, etc.

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3/16/18 9:22 A

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Brownme, have you tried mixing up the workout with drills? Maybe using a kickboard, or floats to work on different parts of your stroke? I'm surely not an expert on swim workouts, but there are resources in books and on line and even here we have a forum for workout drills. This can definitely break up the boredom!!



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3/16/18 7:56 A

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Hi everyone,

I am feeling in a bit of a swimming rut. I am feeling bored with my laps.

I find I stop at 1000 yards out of boredom -

When I swim, I try to calm my over-active mind with various tricks: mixing up the workout, concentrating on various phrases to keep focused (mantras) and to count the laps.

By about 1000 laps, my "monkey mind" has taken over, and I feel like I can't take it any more, the back and forth following the black line in the pool.

Ideally, I would like to be training for 1.2 mile open water events coming up this summer.

I gotta get over this hurdle, if that is going to happen!

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3/15/18 12:19 P

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I think the interview went well. I certainly did my best to showcase my skills and enthusiasm. People are sometimes very hard to read in an interview. It was me and three people interviewing me at once. Essentially the organization works so that the Director of Finance reports up to a centralized office in Baltimore to the Regional VP of Finance, and each senior living community has an Exec Director and this one has an Associate Exec Director bc it's so large. There's a dotted line reporting to the Exec Director, and essentially the point of the interview yesterday was to see if I would fit in the culture and if I understood the job and how I'd interact. They had a Finance Director from another large facility there to lend his expertise in the conversation.

So, it went well, I answered honestly and enthusiastically because I really think it could be a great fit. Now I send off the thank you notes and wait to hear about next steps. I may have to go to the corporate office in Baltimore for a final interview. We'll see. I'm optimistic but also after four years of looking for the best fit for myself and still looking, I'm not getting ahead of myself either.

The sun is out today. Thank God. Any my daughter's ankle is all better so she can dance this weekend. Phew!

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3/14/18 12:22 P

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Lap - It sounds like you are doing great! Keep at it and remember it's the look back that will amaze you. I bet after the games you will be able to do as many laps as you want. I swam every day for eight straight years until I broke my foot...then I moved to a town with no pool. So now when I get in the pool I have muscle memory of swimming much faster than I can currently (actually) go...so the breathing trough isn't as deep as I'm used to, making me breathe a lot of water. It's hard to correct the muscle memory and rotate my body more so that my mouth is higher. sigh, I just need to live at a pool again, hopefully soon.

Heather - Yay for good weather! Best of luck at the interview. Yeah, jobs find me because apparently most CFO/Controllers don't want to deal with total messes or software implementations - lol...can you imagine? I love digging out of a mess, setting up policies and procedures, mentoring people and getting perfect information to those who need it. Who wouldn't love doing that? People tell me I'm a little twisted lol.

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3/13/18 4:08 P

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Carol, the weather looks good for tomorrow! I'm very excited. emoticon

I love how these jobs keep finding you!! If you are that in demand, you can probably take it on as a short term gig, right?

I have a physical scheduled for the end of March now. Hopefully eating better, exercising, sunshine and the physical will get my energy back up. I feel better today than I have in over a week. I looked into that ablation a few years ago but the doctor didn't push it as a preferred solution. I think now I might be more amenable to looking into it more.

I can't wait to swim again. The place I'm interviewing has a pool for residents, and I'm hopeful I will be able to swim there!!

The sun is out!! Yipee!!! Maybe spring really is coming......

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3/13/18 11:23 A

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Hi All!

Just back from my swim class and boy, did he work us! We began with swimming 100 meters and could rest at each end if needed. The first 100 I swam without rest. I just took it slow as I wasn't sure I'd be able to do the 100. It's a mind game. Next was 50 meters which seemed easier after the 100. Then he had us do 1 1/2 laps, tread water for a few breaths then finish the next 1 1/2 for a total of 100. Finally, swim hard for the first 1/2 of 25 then easy for the finish.

I liked this mix up of hard, easy and long, longer w rest. I have started with the stroke coach doing the first 1/2 of the 25 at my average pace and at the half mark pour on the steam to the end of 25; turn and repeat the 1/2 slow - 1/2 fast for the next 25. My time went from 1.6 to 59 seconds on 50 BUT I feel totally whipped doing this.

I was pleased to see I CAN do 100. Not with much speed yet but I did it. Still have 8 weeks until the games so it's practice, practice and get my rest at night.

Have to dash off for an appt but will hope to chat more later today.

Have a great day emoticon

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3/13/18 10:43 A

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Good morning!

Heather - I hope the weather cooperates with your interview! It looks like you guys have been getting some crazy weather. When I was having problems with anemia, my doc had me also taking B-Total which is a sublingual b vitamin mix in addition to iron. You might want to check it out at lef.org, it's inexpensive and it helps with stress. He also had me go in to see about having ablation of the uterus to cure the issue. Turned out I had a different problem and they ended up doing a hysterectomy instead. My friend was having anemia issues so she went to her doc and had the ablation done and she's never suffered again. Don't know if you'd be interested or that it would help your situation - just one more thing to look at.

So I have an interview today! Haha...I'm trying not to take work and just work on flipping houses, but an opportunity came up and I guess I'll go look at it. They need someone to do an ERP implementation and be the controller...how could I pass up at least going to talk to them? I've reached the tipping point on implementations and apparently not many other people can do that work so I've become very valuable for that. Now I'm struggling with the question of whether I really want to keep working for others, but I'll take the interview because I love interviews. I went to lunch with a group of my old staff and they all want to come with me if I take another job - lol.

We have been walking every night and then I've been working on the house for around ten hours a day, so I am getting a heck of a lot of exercise, just not the kind you can really keep track of.

Yeah, with freestyle it's a question of just keeping at it. When I've been away from the pool and go back, I have a rule that I can only stop for a quick count to ten and then I have to go again, plus stopping has to be after at least two laps. Then I make the rule 4 laps. Once I get it up to 8 laps, I drop in and can swim without stopping because I break through the wall. It takes me (almost to the minute) 8 minutes to "drop in". Right now it would probably kill me - lol. I need to get my pool in order so I can get back to it! But time has changed and it will start staying light later!

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3/12/18 12:18 P

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Hi folks :)

On to a new week! I'll head to spin class tonight for a good hard workout.

Laperoo, that training sounds like it's helping. Good luck at building up the stamina and kick strength!

I've been trying to mix freestyle laps into my usual breaststroke laps. When I started it was very hard just to swim 25 yards, I'm up to 100 yards now but still have to pause for a few seconds after every 25.

It boggles my mind a bit the difference, I can swim 400-800 yards with no pauses with breaststroke. I can manage my pace and flow much more readily since I've grown familiar with the stroke. It's a good challenge to add in another stroke

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3/12/18 9:47 A

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Good Morning!! I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was busy, as usual, but not insane, so that was nice. I'm dealing with my anemia being back and I'm pretty tired. I'm taking more iron in an attempt to gain some red blood cells faster! I think it's time for a physical and to get back on prescription strength vitamins. Gotta find the time for that!

My interview has been scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, so that's going to work out just great for me. I'll at least be able to work a half day that day, so that's good.

We are also supposed to get more snow overnight, which could potentially mess up the commute tomorrow. So I have to be careful juggling these half days off. I'm not used to having to take vacation time for half days like this, so I have to pay attention to making sure I don't over use the time off. In the past, I just worked from home if it snowed. This organization doesn't support that, so it's either drive through snow to get to work, or take the time off. On the upside, when I take the time off because I can't get to work, I don't actually do any work since my laptop doesn't even have VPN ability. :)

I'm going to start back to 10 minutes of walking per day again this week. I think my body can handle that. Maybe it even will help me feel a bit more energetic!

Have a FUN and ACTIVE day!!!

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