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    Thank you, Zastria .

    I did try Cardio Go! myself once before and did not finish the program due to boredom. I was going to give it another go as my new television watching program, now that I've finished Xpress Tone. But there's not that much television that I want to watch. I think my mother will enjoy the timed aspect of Cardio Go! because she is a talker. She likes to be talking ALL THE TIME. It drives me crazy! Not needing to count reps for Cardio Go! will free my mother up to talk at me for the entire time we are working out. Doing fewer than 7 sets is mostly to enable me to endure the workouts with my mother without going postal. That, and my mother is 79 years old and is already doing considerably more now than she was doing with her seniors' classes. If I can get her doing 20 minutes a day of Cardio Go! that will be a pretty decent amount of exercise for her.

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      Saturday, June 13 - Rainbow's Days of Fitness Day 52


      running: none

      50 Push-ups (in one go) Challenge - Day 5: 1:00 - 18 push-ups this day. 166/98 week-to-date for The Pushers Week #5.

      Foundation Light - Day 25 - Level III with my mother.
      50 Squats a Day Challenge - Day 25
      Posture Challenge (this one is a repeat for me) - Day 25
      Wall Push-ups Challenge - Day 25 - Done as 50 full push-ups and 50 kneeling. - 50 full push-ups this day. 216/98 full push-ups in total for The Pushers Week #5.

      Total time for Foundation Light + the 3 challenges: 22:00 - All done with my mother (though she is doing the Wall Push-ups Challenge the standard way).

      yoga flow: none


      Total: 23 minutes


      Other stuff:

      7 km hiking
      10 minutes meditation - on the beach in Rondeau

      Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 164/164
      A Salad a Day - ​​ - Total Days: 154/154
      No Video Games - ​ - Total Consecutive Days: 185
      No Seated Television - - Total Consecutive Days: 104
      No Chairs - - Total Days: 21/21
      GBOT (10:30) - - Total Days: 21/22
      GOBOT (6:30) - - Total Days: 21/22

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        Congrat's on getting the progress with your Chaturanga holds your wanted! And completing the program of course.

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          Sunday, June 14 - Rainbow's Days of Fitness Day 53


          running: 3K in 18:31

          50 Push-ups (in one go) Challenge - Day 6: 1:13 - 20 push-ups this day. 20/112 week-to-date for The Pushers Week #6.

          Foundation Light - Day 26 - Level III with my mother.
          50 Squats a Day Challenge - Day 26
          Posture Challenge (this one is a repeat for me) - Day 26
          Wall Push-ups Challenge - Day 26 - Done as full chaturanga holds. - 0 full push-ups this day. 20/112 full push-ups week-to-date for The Pushers Week #6.

          Total time for Foundation Light + the 3 challenges: 22:00 - All done with my mother (though she is doing the Wall Push-ups Challenge the standard way).

          yoga flow: none

          yard work: 90 minutes


          Total: 132 minutes


          Other stuff:

          5 km hiking

          Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 165/165
          A Salad a Day - ​​ - Total Days: 155/155
          No Video Games - ​ - Total Consecutive Days: 186
          No Seated Television - - Total Consecutive Days: 105
          No Chairs - - Total Days: 22/22
          GBOT (10:30) - - Total Days: 22/23
          GOBOT (6:30) - - Total Days: 22/23

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            Monday, June 15 - Rainbow's Days of Fitness Day 54


            running: 3K in 18:27

            50 Push-ups (in one go) Challenge - Day 7: 45 seconds - 0 push-ups this day. 20/112 week-to-date for The Pushers Week #6.

            Foundation Light - Day 27 - Level III with my mother.
            50 Squats a Day Challenge - Day 27
            Posture Challenge (this one is a repeat for me) - Day 27
            Wall Push-ups Challenge - Day 27 - Done as 50 full push-ups and 50 kneeling. - 50 full push-ups this day. 70/112 full push-ups week-to-date for The Pushers Week #6.

            Total time for Foundation Light + the 3 challenges: 23:40 - All done with my mother (though she is doing the Wall Push-ups Challenge the standard way).

            yoga flow: 21:24


            Total: 64 minutes


            Other stuff:

            6 km hiking

            Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 166/166
            A Salad a Day - ​​ - Total Days: 156/156
            No Video Games - ​ - Total Consecutive Days: 187
            No Seated Television - - Total Consecutive Days: 106
            No Chairs - - Total Days: 23/23
            GBOT (10:30) - - Total Days: 23/24
            GOBOT (6:30) - - Total Days: 23/24

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              Tuesday, June 16 - Rainbow's Days of Fitness Day 55


              running: 3K in 17:54

              50 Push-ups (in one go) Challenge - Day 8: 1:15 - 20 push-ups this day. 90/112 week-to-date for The Pushers Week #6.

              Foundation Light - Day 28 - Level III with my mother.
              50 Squats a Day Challenge - Day 28
              Posture Challenge (this one is a repeat for me) - Day 28
              Wall Push-ups Challenge - Day 28 - Done as full chaturanga holds. - 0 full push-ups this day. 90/112 full push-ups week-to-date for The Pushers Week #6.

              Total time for Foundation Light + the 3 challenges: 24:00 - All done with my mother (though she is doing the Wall Push-ups Challenge the standard way).

              yoga flow: 22:03

              yard work: 90 minutes



              Total: 155 minutes


              Other stuff:

              3 km hiking
              11 minutes restorative yoga
              8 minutes meditation

              Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 167/167
              A Salad a Day - ​​ - Total Days: 157/157
              No Video Games - ​ - Total Consecutive Days: 188
              No Seated Television - - Total Consecutive Days: 107
              No Chairs - - Total Days: 24/24
              GBOT (10:30) - - Total Days: 24/25
              GOBOT (6:30) - - Total Days: 24/25

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                Thank you Fremen and Belerith !

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                  Sounds like Cardio Go would be perfect for her and painful for you! I thought you'd done it before, I forgot that you'd stopped part way through, was just going by you not having the badge. I finished from stubbornness rather than enjoyment of the program. If you do try it again with your mother then I wish you luck, patience and sanity! 60 Days of Cardio might be adaptable otherwise. I was considering doing it myself but decided that a full cardio program is probably not a good idea for me but it looks like something she could manage with similar adaptations to Foundation. You're doing brilliantly to commit to keep on exercising with her.

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                    Gratz on Power Up!!🥳😎

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                      June 17 Daily Dose of Nature

                      I mentioned in a previous post how fabulous my first paddle of the year was. One of my favourite birds is the Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis). I saw my first pair on one of my first hikes on Rondeau's Marsh Trail. The Marsh Trail (when it's accessible) is a straight out-and-back trail, 7 km in one direction. Because of this, not a lot of people hike the whole thing. But I often do, in part because I like being out in nature with no other humans around, and in part because the far end of the Marsh Trail is a reliable place to encounter these beautiful creatures.

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                      We don't have a lot of Sandhill Cranes in my area, but there are a few pairs that nest in the Rondeau Marsh each year. Sandhills are sensitive nesters. They nest on the ground, laying one pair of eggs each year, which must be incubated for about a month before the chicks hatch. Sandhill chicks are capable of walking and swimming within hours of hatching, but they do not fly until they are ~ 50 days old. The parents need to be able to keep these babies protected for a long time! So, as you can imagine, they don't like to nest in locations where they are likely to be disturbed by humans. Deep in the marsh, where few people venture, however, is perfect for them.

                      On my first encounter with Sandhills, I was almost to the end of the Marsh Trail when I rounded a bend in the trail and saw two huge birds walking along together, right on the trail! With bodies ~ 1 metre in length, walking around on their long legs, these birds stand tall! When they noticed me and took to the sky, their loud, trumpeting calls and 2 metre wide wingspans were equally impressive. I felt I had witnessed a private moment of magic and fell immediately in love. Ever since, I have hoped for an encounter with Sandhill Cranes each time I venture out onto the Marsh Trail, or paddle into the marsh on my board.

                      If I hike far enough along the trail (especially if I am the first person to reach the far end of the trail on a given day), or paddle deep into the marsh, I am usually rewarded. Shorter excursions are far less likely to produce Sandhill sightings. But on last week's paddle, I had not been out on the water for 15 minutes before I spotted a whole family of Sandhill Cranes, foraging together, right along the edge of the bay!



                      The trail head is once again washed out this year, so the trail is not seeing a lot of human traffic. This fact likely facilitated this pair of cranes nesting closer to the trail head than they might have done in previous years. The water on the bay was calm, and I was able to simply drift along the water, not far offshore, snapping photographs of the crane family as the gentle breeze carried me past.

                      A mated pair of Sandhill Cranes forage along the edge of the Rondeau marsh with their two chicks.

                      I don't take my camera with the high zoom capability out on my paddling adventures. (It's not waterproof, and things on a paddleboard have a tendency to get wet.) But I was close enough to these birds that I was able to get decent photographs even with the 5x zoom of my little waterproof camera.

                      Close up view of an adult Sandhill Crane head

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                      Sandhill Cranes mate for life--which can be over 35 years in the wild!--and both parents are active in incubating their eggs and rearing the young, who remain with their parents for their first 9 or 10 months after hatching. The parents in this family soon ushered their young chicks into the dense vegetation of the marsh, out of sight of the strange creature eyeing them up from the water. But they'd already made my day, even though my paddle had only just begun!

                      One of the Sandhill Crane parents ushers the chicks into the reeds, out of sight of the photographer.

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                        Those are beautiful birds, RBD!

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                          WOW That is amazing! So glad you got to witness the little family of Cranes!

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                            Sooo...is the Wingspan that you are referring to the card game where you try and attract birds? That sounds like my kind of game!

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                              The little cranes are so cute

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                                Hey ,the crane posed... sweet pictures...

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