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9/2/18 8:27 A

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Okay, I lost my long post and don't have time to do it again...

On floating - Have you tried learning (or do you know) the backstroke? When I used to teach swimming we usually taught people how to float on their backs to start with, so learning the backstroke is a good way to get away from the noodle. For playing and "being" in the water the noodle is fine, but it makes movement awkward and I would be concerned about straining a muscle so a flotation device that's in your midsection would definitely be better. The main thing is that it doesn't impede natural movement.

And to add to SHINETRI's post, when you kick your legs your knees shouldn't be bending like bicycle lets, they you be stretched out behind you.

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9/2/18 8:21 A

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Awww I lost my post!

Edited by: CALGALFOX at: 9/2/2018 (08:22)
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8/31/18 10:57 A

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Hi!!! I'm glad to see a few new folks chatting with us!! Even if you've been here and then dropped off a bit, we're just happy you came back!

I will defer to Shinetri, and also Carol when she posts, about swimming techniques. We have a few instructor types here on the team, so hopefully they have some other thoughts as well. I can say that keeping your head down is the way I was taught years ago, and I never thought about how it affected the rest of my form, but it makes sense the way you describe it below.

I can't imagine swimming with a noodle is very easy, so if you need assistance, I'd say a flotation belt has to be better than a noodle.

Busy day with work here, then a nice long holiday weekend with a family wedding!!! Yay!!

Have a great day everyone.

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8/30/18 12:53 P

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Hi everyone! I've been away for a while...first I fell off swimming (I was focusing on running)...then I fell off SP in general. I'd like to get back to both.

Hi Daisy! I don't know much about flotation devices but what might help either way is to work on your position in the water. You want your body to be long and flat on top of the water.

At the pool I see so many people swimming with their heads up out of the water, which just angles the rest of their body downward. You need your face to be in the water, and push down with your chest (your lungs are your natural flotation device).

To get used to this, you can hold on to the side of the pool, put your face in the water, stretch out your arms and legs and feel your legs float up behind you. You should feel your whole body floating, long and straight and flat. That is the position you want when you swim.

Hope that helps!

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8/30/18 12:39 P

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Hi Daisy, welcome!

I think a floatation belt might be well worth the investment. Personally I don't have much experience with one, but I imagine using a pool noodle would be frustrating. Are you swimming lengths of the pool or doing more deep water type exercises?

Jen

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8/30/18 10:37 A

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Good morning. I'm new to this team. I started swimming as my workout a couple of months ago. The problem is, I'm not a very strong swimmer, so I usually swim with a pool noodle, which inhibits my arm movement. I'm curious if you regular swimmers would recommend I use a flotation belt? I've thought about getting one, but don't want to waste my money. I can swim, but I just need a little help to keep me buoyant.

I would appreciate any suggestions!

Thanks!

-Vickie

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8/30/18 9:23 A

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Jen, you are definitely right!! I like the idea of the coaching and helping others, but I think I'll keep my focus on this group for now!

I have so many candle shows coming up and I'm so excited!!! The candles are so much fun to make and sell and I can't wait to get back out there at some shows!! I also know I can make real money at this in the fall when people start their holiday shopping. It's much better than the spring.

Feeling pretty good physically as well. Finally showing some movement back toward healthy again, and that makes me feel so good! I need to remember how good this feels when I start to think I'll slack off and just "take it easy".

Now off to do some work....... :)

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8/29/18 12:31 P

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Hi folks :)

Roo you certainly do have a lot going on! Enjoy your anniversary! Congratulations on 47 years

Heather, I think coaching on top of all the other businesses might be a bit much lol. That's cool that the program is such a good fit for you.

I went for a swim last night, it's been very hot again this week and the water was just so refreshing. I'm hoping to get at least one more ocean visit in before fall....

My fasting numbers have come down a little but not quite there yet. I'm hoping soon, it's frustrating at best.

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8/28/18 2:25 P

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Hi All,

Haven't had a chance to go back and read your posts yet but it won't be today. Today is my 47 wedding anniversary and hubby will be getting all the attention once he's home.

I'm off to get his anniversary gift and pick up my engagement ring that had to have new prongs and head.

Catch you' al tomorrow!
Roo

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8/28/18 8:08 A

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Wow Lapperoo, you've really had some things going on! I'll send healing thoughts and vibes to your family!

The scents you have are Lemon Lavender and Lemon Verbena. You also have what we call Mediterranean Breeze, which is a mix of Avocado, Olive Oil and maybe one other scent which I can't reveal!! :) I'm really glad you are enjoying them!

The holiday scents will start showing up in September. I've been overwhelmed with the new Interim controller gig I picked up and client work, and since I don't have any candle shows until mid-September, I haven't been as focused there as I should be. But this week is the week to get organized and candle making again!!

As for workouts, I've been following the BeachBody LIIFT 4 program, which is four intense days of lifting and HIIT per week. I've gained muscle and strength and lost inches, but no weight. I honestly don't care what I weigh if I am losing fat and gaining muscle. I'm contemplating becoming a BeachBody coach as well. I'm not sure on it yet, so I'm dipping my toe in slowly. I have a friend who is a coach which is how I got involved in it. We'll see. So far the workouts are doing wonders for me, so maybe I can help others as well. But right at this moment I don't actually need another business to distract me. :)

Speaking of BeachBody, I'm off to make my Shakeology protein and fruit shake. I love it!! And I'm so hungry this morning!!!

Have a great day!!

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8/27/18 11:44 P

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Wow, Lapperoo! Lots going on in your world!

I am trying to keep swimming, but it is getting difficult. The pool where I usually swim has cut hours significantly. It's very frustrating. I might join YMCA, since they are the only pool in town with childcare, and the pool I usually swim at is not open during the time when my 4yo is in preschool. So aggravating!! I really want to keep swimming, and I'd like to swim at the pool that is FREE, but maybe it's time to pay some $$ to have access at good times. If I join the Y, I would have access to fitness classes too, and I think I would like that. Decisions, decisions!!

Have a good week, everyone!
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8/27/18 4:45 P

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Hi Team!

Been out of the loop with too many things to get done. I want to tell all of you about how good those candles are that Heathhill makes. I have been enjoying the scents from them for weeks now. Heather, what are the scents? One is with lavender and one with verbena. I can't wait for the holiday collection to come out. I plan on giving them to some of the folks on my Christmas list.

So the word around the pool I go to is that it will be closing in January for a year while they do major updates. It's a deep water heated pool (temp is around 72 or a bit higher). The warm water plus the swimming is what is helping my back issues. We have very few deep water heated pools in Charlotte so I'm now trying to find a place to go to close to home and so far not much luck. I just heard the YWCA has one so I need to check it out. It will be a bit of a drive but not impossible. I also heard the Jewish Community Center has one so that's another place to inquire.

News: our daughter-in-law scared the bejeebers out of us Saturday. She was standing at the sink and suddenly passed out falling to the floor and then had a seizure like episode. The medics came, got an IV going and found her blood pressure to be very low. When it began to rebound they tried to sit her up but she began fainting again and BP dropped markedly. Off to the ER where a CAT scan was done finding no tumors. They discharged her telling her to see a neurologist promptly and to have an EEG done there.

When she got home and I was chatting with her I learned she had been having very brief episodes of dizziness for months and while seated. She wrote it off to fatigue and stress and thought it wasn't anything to worry about. She just had a baby in February so lots of sleepless nights. This past week baby was sick again with another ear infection (he's had an ear infection, a cold and another ear infection over the past month) which has been another round of poor sleep. I told her it was NOT normal and she needs to find out why she's having these little dizzy moments and why her blood pressure is dropping. She's always had a low blood pressure but she exercises regularly and drinks plenty of fluids and eats salty foods but why is the pressure staying so low? We'll see what the neurologist. Both girls have had sore throats and colds over the past week too. My daughter's car broke down and has been in the shop for repairs. They had to order a part but when they tried out the new part discovered it wasn't for her model car and it didn't work. They told her the part wouldn't be available until October and they began to say they didn't have a loaner car when she lost it on the phone telling them she was sick, baby was sick, spouse was also sick and she also had to work and baby needed to be able to get to the doctor when needed and that we were already enroute to them and they best have a car ready for her. I had her drop me at my house and sent hubby with her.

It all worked out with a new loaner car for her. She was looking forward to a restful weekend but then her partner's fainting/seizure episode squashed that plan. We just have to wait and see what the neurologist has to say and hope no more episodes occur.

I loaned my car with daughter and was juggling my schedule and husband's with his car. I'm so happy to have my car back. This morning I over slept so missed swimming and my PT appointment. PT called me to ask what had happened and were able to squeeze me in as another pt. had cancelled. Guess I was more worn out from last week than I thought.

Will have to go back and try to catch up on what everyone's been up to.

Have a good one!
Lapperoo

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8/27/18 10:03 A

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Good Morning everyone!!! I hope everyone had a great weekend. We had a little bbq on Saturday and it was a lot of fun. We invited over a group we hadn't really socialized much with before, so we were a little nervous, but it all turned out to be a lot of fun! But we really have a lot of food left over! I've frozen most of it and today I'll boil the corn, cut it off the cob, and freeze for the winter. Yum.

I'm really tired today after all of the activity, and it's the time of month for me, so my energy level is really low. I'll just kind of slog through the day and get a good night of sleep, and by tomorrow I'll be in good shape!

It's my last week of working from home, so I'm going to enjoy it as much as I can! Next Thursday we get back in the office so it'll be back to a regular commute for me. I could honestly use the break from my husband. I think four months of being in the house together every day is quite enough for me. :)

Have a FUN and ACTIVE day and week!!!

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