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    Happy Thanksgiving!

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      hihihi -

      it has been time off work but i do feel lighter. as a result of the holiday, its definitely physically not true but it still feels good.

      Wednesday: Gym cardio & walked the dogs. incomplete planning had me short on time so i defaulted to the treadmill.
      Thursday: putzed around for the holiday but did walk the dogs. it's about a mile and half.
      Today: Walker Workout, Turkey Run (32), Back and Core (D26) and a Body Groove video. =) i started another day for the Wall-Sit but apparently wasn't committed enough because i didn't get even 3 minutes today.

      We had dinner at my Dad's house yesterday. It is definitely the kind of thing that makes me reflective. For me the lesson is to remember to meet people where they are. I have family members who for whatever reason don't operate at their chronological age. Nothing good comes of expecting anything different from them. The conversation, the decisions, the actions, all of those things line up with whatever age the person got stuck at in their head. Even Trin saw it last night. My 18 y/o niece wanted my 13 y/o daughter to put on headphones at the dinner table to listen to a play list while there was conversation and eating. Trin said, I'll give you my number and you can tell me what songs I should listen to when I get home. And, just so you know Trin is an equal opportunity "parenter." She and I were discussing dinner, and she as part of the overall discussion she told me that she observed that I need to have more fun.

      so, today we are going to drive to the top of Pikes Peak. =)

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        Have fun at Pikes Peak! I went there with my brother a couple of years ago! Hope your brakes hold up well to the rigors of it! It is beautiful, but made me a nervous wreck lol

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          hihihi -

          my too late realization today was that i forgot to claim my Turkey Run badge.

          our mountain drive was very beautiful. we ended up driving to Cripple Creek so that Trin could see the lights of the town in the dark as we descended into the valley where the little mining town (now gambling town) nestles.

          still working through planning problems but i also still moving forward. yesterday i walked dogs (mile & half). i was glad i did it early because the weather got really nasty later. the nasty weather didn't stop Trin and I from going to the movies. we went to see the movie Bohemian Rhapsody. there was so much more to the story than i knew. i mean most of us know some of the Queen songs, especially Bohemian Rhapsody and We are the Champions. Freddy Mercury was a very courageous man, more than a little bit outrageous, more than a little bit overly confident, and very very human.

          today, i did the daily dare, The Cake is a Lie (L1) and B&C (D27). Not committed enough for Wall-Sit. i believe it has to do with feeling somewhat less than rooted when i am doing it barefooted on my carpet. that said, i was able to sit for 2 minutes nearly effortlessly. that is tremendous improvement from when i started.

          make yesterday jealous, friends!

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            today i did Belly Melt, Upper Body Works (L1), Daily Dare, 10 Burpees, 10 Jacks, and 1 minute plank.

            i got James Brown for an ear bug today ...



            i would have uploaded the gif but i seem to have technical challenges there ....

            my wish for you today (and everyday!):

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              I always thought Freddie Mercury was an extremely talented singer and was very sad when he passed away.

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                so i'm still learning the planning thing. the good news about that is that i am getting a bit more done each day and not feeling bad about time spent just chillin' with the family for a little while. hanging out to watch a little bit of the Voice or whatever wasnt enjoyable. i had a long list of to-do's that nagged at me. i still have a list of to-do's but i will never hit the end of the list so i'll do what i can and sometimes i will take a break and just enjoy the moment. and i enjoyed some of the songs enough that i was dancing where i stood. and when i got bored with the songs they were singing, i took the dogs for a walk. win-win!

                today i met with Trainer Sara and it was a good day. we spent more time on the workout than on the warm-up! yeah! i was something of a slacker today though. it was one part new routine and not yet trusting my ability. and one part i have not been eating well since about Halloween and i can feel it. the joint of my right thumb is swollen. i havent jammed it or anything but it hurts like a sumbit... yeah, like that. it is visibly swollen and actually using my thumb is painful. it aches just to make a fist. i'm hoping cleaning up my diet will reduce the inflammatory crap and that will go down again. my sister would say i'm crazy for blaming sugar for what may feel something like arthritis - what does arthritis feel like anyway? and Trin would say i blame everything on sugar. and it is true.

                when i eat too much sugar, sleep sucks and i hurt. everywhere. when i eat less sugar, i sleep better and i hurt less. so ... now all i have to do is stop being addicted to sugar ... which is hiding in everything ... except my coffee. i'm learning to drink that black.

                anybody read Wired to Eat? if you did, did you do the workbook to figure out your best diet?

                so now that we bounced around with those shiny objects ... my workout was a routine that was weighted step-ups, push-ups, dead-lifts, skaters, chest press and rows - maybe not in that order. okay prolly not in that order. the kettlebell was hurting my elbow so it wasn't a real representation of what i could be holding. push-ups are inclined but getting some solid form there and working on strong stabilizer muscles and keeping my shoulders away from my ears. also had to make that a conscious thought doing the rows. the skaters ... those were not my friend today. and the weight was definitely too light for chest press but for some reason it didn't occur to me to say anything until the end. we are doing the same routine again Thursday so we can push it up a bit.

                make yesterday jealous, friends.

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                  Sounds like a good day of Discovery! I have not read that book, but it has piqued my interest now... I can understand where you are coming from with the whole association of sugar amounting to inflammation. I also experienced that. For me, I find that my body tends to run better when I increase my protein amount and decrease my carbs and overall sugars. It does indeed help my inflammation and pain levels. Plus, of course the added benefit of weight loss!

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                    so despite having the title of engineer, linear thinking is not my thing. which means this is kinda scatter-plotted but i'll try to make sure it makes sense.

                    the good thing about having a plan is that you can adjust it so i did and then holy grit! that was not a better plan!! i have discovered that my shoulders are tired.

                    i discovered this when i did the Back-to-Basics workout for a warm-up. which is a nice light 4 million arm lifts in the shape of step jacks, arm circles, and chest expansions. and then i think i'm warmed-up! i can do the Daily Dare (single leg deadlifts) which I happened to have talked with Trainer Sara about yesterday because she showed me a new more torturous way of doing them by standing a foam roller on the toe of the swing leg to keep the hips level. she said we wont do them until she is sure about my balance and stability. if today was any indication, it wont be any time soon. i wobbled so much the dogs are circling around me like they think they need to catch me when i fall. (no animals were harmed in my wobbling. they move quickly.) and now i'm thinking i'm warmed up but i still have my legs under me so i'll do the wall-sit challenge. and I successfully manage 4m50s. yeah me! now it's actually time for my workout and I choose the Watchman ... did you look at that workout? i didnt before i decided that is my brand of torture for today. do you know what is in the Watchman? wall-sits and arm extensions and leg raises. at least i sort of had a theme for the day ... right up until i finished with a 1m plank.

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                      Props for the new way of doing single leg deadlifts. I would end up on my face. I have very poor balance though.

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                        hihihi -

                        yesterday was trainer day. it was a good day. still working on getting to a point where i have a little bit of doms but we progress each session. we did deadlifts, skaters curtsies, push-ups, low machine rows & chest press.

                        i forgot to make a plan for today and so today ended up defaulting to walking the dogs ... in the snow. we still did the mile & half but it was not the most fun i've ever had walking them.

                        make yesterday jealous, friends.

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                          hihihi -

                          i didn't post for Saturday and have since closed the browser tabs (which is my ineffective way of tracking what i did). i did Fit Christmas D1, Daily Dare and Wall Sit. Sunday I walked the dogs. Sunday night I started planning workouts for the upcoming week and then discovered the Advent Calendar - not sure how i missed it before but i did.

                          Today: The Gut, Advent Calendar (D1,2,3), Daily Dare, Wall-Sit, Fit Christmas (D2) & Back & Core (D28)

                          i am sort of DOMSy from deadlifts. its not super painful so it was more like i became aware that i was sitting like i was in pain but i didn't feel real pain. so i'm not sure what's up there.

                          what is involved in the snowball fight? i've seen mention of burpees; what will that look like?

                          so aveoturbo told a story about parenting that made me think of how i got schooled by Trin. we started meal deliveries for Meals on Wheels last Friday. any new thing causes a bit of confusion to start, of course. Trin got frustrated with me because i didn't know the answer to some questions we had to figure out as we were going (you know, like where is apartment #58...) eventually we did find apartment number 58 and by then i was feeling some anxiety myself because of the timeline for deliveries. by this time i was in such a spin i was like the Tasmanian Devil (from Bugs Bunny cartoons) all whirling and spinning and ready to zip out to find the next home. but at that point, Trin is all super calm and, actually just super, she slows down a minute and says, I'm Trinity by the way. and i was like, well I guess I need to take my cues my from teenage daughter; good thing somebody raised her right! the client laughed and i was able to settle down a little bit.

                          make yesterday jealous, my friends.

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                            Snowball fight is burpee hell or heaven if you so prefer lol...for every snowball thrown at you, you must dodge it by executing a burpee or else you are Done!

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                              And for every snowball you dodged you're allowed to throw 2 snowballs back ... 2^x anyone?

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                                oh my! that could end up being a lot of burpees!

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