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    Day 5. Easy recovery from yesterday. Turned on the Danheim and started in.
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    Set 1 ... Jumping Jacks added steps to my daily count. Pulse fine. Legs somewhat confused as to what they need to do.
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    Set 2 ... Legs less confused, still got a little wonky toward the end. Don't understand why.
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    Set 3 ... first group fine, second series got twisted up at 16, third at nine! What?
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    Set 4 ... doing well up until the teens of the third go-round, didn't quite get twisty but could feel it coming on.
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    Set 5 ... OK, enough of this.It does not feel 'good' to have my legs get 'confused' after a number of Jumping Jacks.

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      Day 6, done. Two cycles through, one left and one right, a 12-position Yoga routine.
      The really hard part is getting the form correct.
      Perhaps I should try to do this every Sunday until I'm satisfied?

      Did you notice that I didn't post yesterday? Took a walk, got abused over my lack of tax prep, then went into prep for our RPG (followed by playing it). I was active all day. Or angsty.

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        It says "Write something ..." About this? Day 7 is a strange one!
        Do a few of nothing, wait 20 seconds, then do a few more. Three times.
        Then do the same for another modest nothing.
        Then again.
        Set 1 done.
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        Then done? Or then do the whole thing again, then again?
        Got Paleowolf drumming, why not?
        Set 2, yeah ... right or over-the-top, I can do this.
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        Just noticed ... my Fitbit was charging rather than being worn. Which, I guess, is OK. Now it is recording activity.
        Set 3 ... KNEW I could do it.

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          Yesterday, after Day 7's workout, I asked Robert if my loud 'Nordic' workout music was bothering him - next floor up and a room away.
          Nope ... couldn't hear it. But you could, if you went to his bedroom. Told him I'd quiet it if needed.
          He asked about my exercises. Showed him this month's (Athena's Playbook) and last (Cardio GO). He was impressed. Wanted to know how I keep track, showed him this 'blog, also impressed.

          Robert is in his 80s and plays doubles tennis more days than not. And wins more often than not. Not easily impressed.
          Got my "Nordic Ambient" background music up and rumbling. The Daily Dare is out of the way. Time for Day 8.
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          Set 1, panting hard, pulse unimpressed!
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          Set 2, panting less strenuous, pulse up a bit - to 70 bpm. Not a concern.
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          Set 3, panting nearly done, pulse up to 80 bpm. Still not a concern. Though curious.
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          Set 4, not much different, so ... doing OK.
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          Set 5, Level III(!), doing well enough.
          When done with this, time to move on to a Difficulty 3 Program. Hope I'll be ready!
          Tomorrow promises more Burpees, this time with a jump. Should be doable. Only 5X2 per set (7).

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            Writing "something".
            Set 1 ... pulse nearing 90, panting hard, Darn Burpees! Taking off the wrist weights.
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            Set 2, pulse 'better', panting 'not'. Easier without the wrist weights. And with driving, rather than 'atmospheric' music.
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            Set 3, too much panting. calling it at Level I.

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              Yesterday was given over to non-exercise type stuff.
              A visually-impaired friend stopped by so Geralyn could read some magazine articles to him. I made the tea (black, flavored) and took part in the discussions.
              Then we went shopping for a hearing aid. A 'discount warehouse' was recommended as a source. Geralyn has tried several 'entry-level' aids and was not satisfied with any.
              The average hearing aid in the US costs ~$4,000 - including testing and fitting. The discounted brand could be expected to cost a tenth that - still, much more than the 'mail-order' versions.
              They cost more. Between $1,000 and $2,000! Still ... at the low end.
              But we had to become 'members' (paperwork), and get a 'store' credit card (more paperwork), and by then it was 'drive time' and we could stay and shop or sit in traffic for a while.
              So we shopped. Food. Clothes. A new electronic scale.
              Good thing my Mazda3 has the carrying capacity. Yet, with no intended 'walks', I managed ~8k steps shopping and then, at home, 9 flights of stairs.

              Today, I went to the Post Office to mail a bill payment. Silly guy, I decided to wear my wrist weights. My feet were dragging when I got home. Major energy sap, walking over 6k steps carrying 10 pounds extra.

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                Got me some drums, got me Set 1 done.
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                And Set 2
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                And Set 3 - Level I, if I stop now
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                Set 4 - good for Level II, if I stop now.
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                And, finally, Set 5. Good for Level III, which is all that is asked of us.
                Besides, time for supper.

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                  Day 11
                  Again, a call for 20 second breaks and a button for 30 seconds.
                  Lunges done. 20x3.
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                  Wide Squats, 20x3, done.
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                  Side Leg raises, 20x3, done.
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                  Donkey Kicks, 20x3, complete.

                  ... and ... another 'Day' bites the dust.

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                    Day 12 ... Pink Floyd
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                    Set 1 ... my abs are going to die, aren't they.
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                    Set 2 ... doing better, Level I complete
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                    Set 3, Level II, time for dinner.
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                    Got a bug in my ear and looked something up: "Triceps". Expected to find a 'Challenge'. Nope.
                    Did find two 'easy' workouts ... Forearms & Triceps and Biceps & Triceps.
                    So, I did them both - three times, like they said. Three repetitions to three repetitions going from Level I to Level III?

                    Maybe that's why it's "difficulty 2"?

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                      Have NOT been wimping out ... precisely ... have been doing the Workout of the Days and the newly released Workouts.
                      Some of them.
                      The Scythe Workout beat me. Weird 'Psuh-ups' - with shoulder taps - are difficult.
                      Battle Angel was not quite so bad - until I 'fell' on the up-and-down planks. Got to Level II, though. Not a total wipe-out.
                      The Epic Arms Workout was good ... for me. First round (last night) was with the 3-pound weights available in the apartment. Just finished with the 8-pounders in the basement. Biceps feeling ... puffy? ... and well-exercised at the moment. I have a single larger 'bell', maybe tomorrow?

                      Anyway ... not just sitting on my butt.

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                        Anyway ... not just sitting on my butt
                        DaithiMeyer - This made me smile a lot as doing those workouts hardly qualifies to just sitting on your butt

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                          Well ... the Easter Special beat me quickly - then came the feast. Good thing I took a walk earlier in the day.
                          Today, No Surrender. But, I did. Remember when I "fell" late in Battle Angel? Getting Level II? Same problem: weak wrist.
                          Got to Level II, just barely.
                          Won't be walking any time soon - April showers are foretelling May flowers (and washing the lovely April flowers).
                          Epic Arms seems like a decent alternative - now that the annoying twinge has abated.

                          And ... that is done. Used the same 8-pounders as before (and got the same 'enlarged' feeling) but punched with 3-pounders rather than empty fists.
                          Truly minor point, these are the pink 3-pounders from the 'pyramid' group, not the blue ones from elsewhere.

                          Sundance ... maybe true, but that comment was aimed at the fact I've been avoiding Athena's Playbook. For some unexplored reason.

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                            Went with the Upperbody Blast Workout. 8 pound dumbbells for EC.
                            Got to admit, I'm feeling beyond that modest workout.
                            Athena's Playbook Day 13?
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                            OK, sure, Day 13.
                            Set 1 ... this will be harder - if only for the dropping down/getting up.
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                            Set 2
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                            Set 3
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                            Set 4 ... should I mention my pulse is 100+ bpm at the end of he sets? My Doc suggested sub-110 number.
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                            Set 5 ... legs no (yet) confused during Jumping Jacks
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                            Set 6 ... close, but didn't (quite) 'speak too soon.
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                            ... and ... Set 7. Done. 111 bpm! I fear the dropping down/rising up was the hard part of the exercises.
                            Day 14 is a series of punches ... time for the 3-pound bells.

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