Finally got my taxes done Fri. Feels good to have that done and in the bag. Last year I spent my entire federal refund getting the taxes done. Yeah, I wasn't getting much. But this year, I decided to go to a free tax assistance place. I found it on the AARP website.
They were patient with me and my creative bookkeeping style. I actually get to keep my refund. Again not much but it's mine, mine, all mine!. I did find out that you don't need to be a senior citizen to take advantage of these services. These folks are volunteers but "qualified" accountants and you don't have to pay anything.
I was trying, yet again, on an on-line tax service and according to it I owed money. It gets me so confused because I do itemize and it just makes me crazy, so I'm glad I found this. Whew!
On a sad note, we, as a country, had another senseless shooting at a school. I'm so proud of these surviving students banning together and starting a movement against our lax gun control laws.
It breaks my heart that nothing has been done about gun control in our country even after so darn many tragic events. Since those in charge aren't listening to the adults, these children are going up to engage them. Bravo! Rise up children, we are behind you.
March 24, 2018. This is the date they have chosen to stand, march and take action to be heard. Many will be eligible to vote in the next elections. Prepare for a change.
I took the same classes this last weekend and my feet, especially the left one did well. I may have pushed too much, but my left knee (popliteal cyst) really acted up. Oh well. I was pleased to be able to do the 1000's (well, thats what it felt like) of lunges that were in the barre class Fri. Not too long ago I couldn't hold myself in a lunge because of my foot.
I think I'll send a note to the ortho Dr. in a couple of weeks to let him know that I have gotten some strength back in the foot. Butthead.
I ended up getting sick last week, all week. By the time I got home last Mon. afternoon (early) I had a temp. of 100.4 and 2 hrs later it went up to 101.5! Miserable. I was bundled up in jammies, a bathrobe, my fuzzy slippers, a doubled blanket and the heat on to 80 degrees in the house and I was still having chills. I awoke the next morning soaking wet as was my bed. I didn't leave the house 'til Fri. Only for a couple of hours, then back into jammies, et al. I never had the temp in the house that high again, thankfully, after Mon. I'm back to healthy again. I missed taking class last week but knew it wasn't a good idea to even try.
I don't believe it was the flu but more of the usual sinus/bronchitis thing 'cuz I wasn't achy, but I am better and looking forward to feeling human again.
Remember folks, if you're sick, stay home. Cover your mouth when you cough, wash your hands often, stay hydrated and warm. Your bodys' increase in temperature is its way to fight the infection, to burn it out. Your colleagues, clients and your own body will thank you for it.
My former place of employment made us go to the Dr. if we were out for more than 2 days, and each time it was the same thing, Claritan-D and ibuprofen. So I saw no reason to change this time.
Well, stay healthy and keep dancing. Peace out!
Ooooo-ey! I went in to the studio last Fri. morning and took a barre class. I managed to do much of the class, albeit with lots of modifications, but I was surprised at what I could do with my foot. I really tried to focus on my foots position on the floor while working and YES, it was taped up. I believe the tape is a life saver to me.
I think I'm gonna feel the workout in the next day or 2 but thats ok. I think its more than I've done since my foot has been hurting. Hurts so good. I'll get my chops back and strengthen/re-align my foot.
When I got home I decided to take the beautiful Delilah on a good walk. Cray-ray apparently decided not to come today. A pretty heavy duty day for the walking wounded ole gal (me, not Delilah). But the foot/ankle did survive along with the rest of me. After her walk I took a bath and went and got a mani-pedi. Aahhhhhhh, treat for me and my foot. I love getting my nails done. More for the massage than the polish. After the polish is on, while its drying I turn on the massaging chair. Yum. Not as good as an actual massage, true. But still, its something.
I was aware of trying to keep it aligned with my foot and visa-versa but the challenge seems to be never ending. Up the kinetic chain we go. What is the kinetic chain you may ask? Well, here's a definition for you;
"A kinetic chain is the notion that these joints and segments have an effect on one another during movement. When one is in motion, it creates a chain of events that affects the movement of neighboring joints and segments."
In layman's terms, when I made those conscience efforts to maintain my ankle alignment, it affected the next joint up, my knee. They're all linked together. My adjustments can work their way up to my back, hips and even into my neck. Maybe, maybe not, but it can.
All I can do is keep working to get my whole self as healthy and efficient as my body will allow.
Now, as for the rehab exercises I've been doing for my Posterior Tibial Tendon dysfunction. I'm using a fairly light band around the ball of my foot. I'm doing 2 exercises, 1) sliding the ball of my foot across the floor medially to externally (turnout from ankle) without knee movement.
2) hold foot in neutral, with foot off of the floor, press the ball of the foot forward and then reach the toes forward and then pull the toes back to the ball of the foot and press the heel forward (point to flex).
I also stand by the belief that what you do on 1 side of your body or part, you repeat on the other side. So both feet were done.
I took the barre class again this week and still have modifications to do but it does feel great to take a class and work. Do you notice that when you take a class you push yourself even just a tad bit harder than when you're on your own? I know I do. It feels good to be around different peeps too. I'm also aware that, left to our own devices, we tend to only do what we know we're good at. Taking the class makes me work on things that I'm not necessarily good at. All things are good for the body, in time. I followed that class by taking the Ballet Basics class the next day. Yikes!
I'm also feeling like a bit of a mummy, with not only my foot taped but also the back of my knee. The plies were tough and I certainly didn't sink down as low as the others due to the subsequent pain involved in the knee but I did do them. I'm also rather miffed at myself for the loss of strength I allowed to happen in my body. BUT...I'll gain it back.
I really don't care how taped up I need to be. As long as I am able to move, bend, lift, and eventually dance, I'm gonna tape up. I look forward to the day that I don't have to take a break to release my knee or my foot, that I can hold myself up and not be outa breath, not need to make modifications and I can do the entire class without stopping. Look out people, that day is-a-comin'. (Might be awhile, but its-a-comin".)
As for my clients, I'm hoping that my convictions give them the motivation to do their best for themselves. They all have issues and can work to overcome some and do the best job possible for others, but improve their health, they can; physically, emotionally and mentally.
As always, I will keep posting my progress' and failures. I am not perfect by any means but I'm not a quitter either. I will fight for what I need. I haven't lost any more weight but have lost a bit more in the inches. At least I'm not gaining the weight back. Thats my big fear but so far so good.
I think that my being able to take some classes has enabled me to sleep better these last few weeks. Its been wonderful. I also think finding out about my foot helped relax me, my nerves. Knowing is so much better than not knowing. Even if I don't like the diagnosis, it gave me something to fight and work on. The more I accomplish the more I want to do but I'm making myself hold back so as to NOT make things worse.
I worried about taking 2 classes, 1 each of 2 days back to back. But it was fine. One week, I felt the quads and the next I felt the hamstrings. By the way, my classes got a kick outa my being sore. They laughed and laughed. Oh well, I'll get 'em. Ha-ha-ha. Just kidding, I get it.
Well, I just got home from a 90 minute massage. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I'm done for the day.
Happy Valentines Day people. Be kind, stay healthy and keep dancing.
Ok, I have a stage 3 Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction. Say what?????? The Dr. wasn't very forthcoming with the information. He seemed to speak more to his assistant than to me and only gave me about 7 min. of his time. He did say that it won't get better. Hmmm, I refuse that idea. He also seemed to not want to listen to me when I told him that I have always been flat-footed, ext. rotated, etc.
He did tell me, that I needed to get a very rigid brace for my foot which is the step before going in for surgery. If I had surgery I would have to be completely off of my foot for at least 2 months. YIKES! Not good. I don't want surgery anyway.
I got a cast mold made for a custom fit Arizona brace to wear for long standing or walking. It's just lovely, NOT! So I'm gonna run with it. I got black leather, lace-up. They come in nude, or what they called "sand" and pink. Pink? Are you kidding me? And, different closures. NAH! I want black, looks tougher. Ha-ha!
I think my previous job contributed to this by having to stand so much because of the "appearance" to guests if we sat while not teaching. Stupid. Oh well, movin' on.
I also decided to get some kinesiology tape to use when I dance to support the arch, or in my case the lack of, when I dance. The brace won't work then so, tape it!
Be aware, the Girls Scouts are out in force with those darn, delicious cookies! Yes, I bought 6 boxes. Four for me and 2 for the troops. I eat about 5 cookies per day as my last snack of the day.
I try to stay away from the grocery stores on the weekend because of those cute, little hawkers but a friend posted her daughters' cookie site on facebook so thats where I order them from. I also got to see my friend when she delivered the cookies to me. The organization sends the troops their cookies for you.
It was so great to see P. and catch-up a bit with her. She immediately asked what was up with my face. Of course, I just blinked at her. She said I looked kinda glowey now. Relaxed. I said that I am relaxed and happy now that I don't work where I used to anymore. Surprise!
Weightloss, happiness, lower blood pressure, lack of stress everyday, makes a world of difference in ones life. It does tend to work magic from the inside out. It will show on the outside and apparently it does. Thanks P. for noticing and bringing me my cookies! Yum! Also, thanks to her daughter G. for being the supplier of the delicious delights.
Thank goodness, these darn cookies only come out once a year. Hee-hee-hee!
I got my kinesiology tape and immediately taped my foot. Right away I felt relief. I walked the animals and it handled the walk really well. I'll try some barre work and see how that goes. It claims to be water & sweat resistant and able to stay on for up to 7 days.
It's really comfortable too. I slept in it last night. I followed instructions on YouTube for my issue. I looked at quite a few videos and most were similar. Some used only 1 piece of tape, some used 2 and others up to about 4 pieces. Some went behind the heel of the foot and some did not. I chose to not go behind the heel and I did use 2 strips. When I take a dance class I think I'll add a little more support under the arch.I did wrap a bit more at the ankle and instep and took Delilah out for a walk. A long walk. Probably the longest since all of the walking in Mexico last summer, which made my foot hurt so much and seemingly forever afterwards. I could feel the muscles working and all but none of the horrible pain I have been experiencing. It'll be interesting when I get the Arizona brace. I haven't taken any anti-inflammatorys either. I'm very pleased.
I just found out that the studio that I started going to has added classes on Fri. mornings. I'm so excited. My only totally free morning, unless my clients ask for more time, and I can take classes now. Even if they do ask for Fri. time I'll be able to take the barre class. Dance, dance, dance.
I am trying very hard to not get crazy here though. It's not easy. I want to move so badly, Wish me luck, please.
Peace out and keep dancing.
After taking another dance class, a Jazz Dance Basics class, my ankle was killing me. The class had quite a few 3-step turns in it and it really hurt me. It was then that I have finally decided to see a foot/ankle orthopedic specialist. I can't wait to find out what the heck it is thats messed up. If he (the specialist) wants to do surgery, I'm going to ask for a 2nd opinion. I might do that anyway.
When your ankle won't hold you up when standing on the balls of your feet something is wrong and I've "baby'd" it for long enough. I'm not sure what to hope for though. A fracture, joint displacement or soft tissue tears/ruptures. As long as it can be repaired, I'll deal with it as needed. I NEED TO DANCE, DAMN IT!
It felt so good to dance last week but then the ankle flared. To stretch, to move, the joy I felt in it all. The ballet and the jazz class.
I just wish I knew what the heck happened. When I had my R knee replaced, calf raises or releves, were part of the rehab and were no problem to perform. I kept thinking that maybe the fall I took in Cabo San Lucas was the initial cause but then I remembered the rehab. So that fall must not be it. Hmmm, oh well, the waiting is almost over.
I already have a "boot" from a long ago injury so I'll save on that! Yay!
So, now I'm back to walking, which doesn't hurt unless its a really long walk over rough terrain. I have a spin bike but, Lord, I hate spinning. I use it for clients. I have tried to get on the thing but, to me, it's just moving, exercise. Yuck. Dancing hits my heart and my soul. I do also love the pool but my ankle gives me so much trouble when I tried to climb out on the ladder in the deep end.
I am sick of not functioning correctly. I'll do the barre workouts too, but it typically needs to be floor work because there is so much lunging in barre and, you guessed it, my ankle can't hold me. My balance and more gets really destroyed trying to do them. I have no idea how much I've trashed it by trying to "rest" it then workout.
As always, I don't recommend waiting so long to see whats up. As a dancer/trainer/instructor I just am used to moving through pain and letting myself heal. I also keep forgetting that I'm not 17 anymore and don't heal so well anymore. Lesson learned, I think. Well, probably not.?.
I am anxious about going in and finding out the problem in there. But it'll be good to begin a plan to heal. Fear plus excitement to get real info on the problem.
I'll admit I got a little depressed when the pain level jumped after the Jazz class. I'd hoped the ankle brace I wore would help but no such luck. Leave it to the professionals to diagnose.
Enough whining, move on Judi. Movin' on.
I wish you all an injury-free year and that you find and keep doing what you love. It does really make a difference on your health goals.
As for me, I've begun letting go of the Nutrisystem meals because I believe I've learned how to portion myself and keep my metabolism going smoothly. I even get to "Jonesin'" for vegetables so I roast massive amounts of them, I steam or stir-fry massive amounts of them and eat them like a snack!
I've lost 2-3 of the 4#'s I'd put back on so I'm on the right track. Like the song says, "Ain't no stoppin' me now!" and when I find out what wrong with my foot I begin my future plan for movement. I'll continue to keep you posted, of course.
Peace out folks and, as always, keep dancing.
Below you'll see 6 pictures, all approximately 1 month apart from each other. From left to right you have 1/18, 11/17 and 10/17. Theres 14#'s, was 17, of weight-loss and at least 10-15"'s reduced from Oct.to Jan. I do still have a long way to go to reach my long-term goal but I'm thrilled with what has transpired so far. Yes, I did put 3#'s back on from Christmas to New Years but I'm not worried. I'm back on track again and have already lost a couple of those #'s.
I take these photos in the same location and hopefully, in the same clothes each time. Looking at these photos though, I may have worn a different pair of shorts this last time. Ooooops!. I must say that the poor sports bra is getting kinda worthlless at this point. By that I mean it isn't doing it's job very well anymore due to the inches lost in my upper torso/chest area. Get my drift?
I'm not sure if you can really notice the differences that I can see and feel but there is a lessened surface area on me. The muffin top has started to disappear off of my waist/hips too. My massage therapist said he could tell the difference too. Yeah! Even my sis commented that she could see a waistline on me last night at dinner. Talk about a big breakthrough.
I did wake up with a scratchy throat yesterday and my eyes felt heavy, if that makes sense. I was supposed to do something with my sis but decided to cancel on her. I don't want to get sicker if I am sick nor do I want to infect anyone else. It is flu season doncha know.
This is the time of year that I usually get hit big with something that typically knocks me down for at least a week. It started after about 3-4 years after moving here. I'm hoping to end that cycle this year. Cross your fingers for me people. I hate being sick. I do feel much better this morning.
I have a client in the hospital but I don't want to go there to visit just in case I am battling a virus. She certainly does not need the extra issue and I don't need to be around all of the folks who are contagious. Ick, hospitals are germy zones, right?
Remember, if you believe you might be sick, STAY HOME! Don't go to work and infect your co-workers and/or clients. No one wants to be sick either. Wash your hands, stay hydrated, eat healthy and rest. I also like to take a hot bath. If you prefer a shower, take a hot 1. The steam will help with congestion and the warmth surrounding you will make you feel wonderful. Well, at least it does for me. It also helps to de-stress. You are also the most contagious at the beginning of whatever you may have, so the sooner you take care of yourself the sooner you'll be back to your healthy self.
I took my 1st ballet class in over a decade yesterday. It was just a Ballet Basics class which is sort of like an intro but I felt it was best for my ankle which is still pretty weak. I didn't do any jumps or releves (going up onto the balls of the feet) though. I didn't want to push it too much. I am feeling it a bit in various parts of my body. My ankle of course, my back, butt, thighs and arms.
Yes, although most folks wouldn't think it, ballet is a total body workout. Everything is working the entire time. Give it a try buffers, you might wake up surprised. Challenge!
After that class I took about 10 minutes of the warm-up of a Cardio Dance class just to release some of the tightness in my ankle and knees. It helped immensely. As did the hot bath and ibuprofen after I got home. The ibuprofen was for the swelling in my ankle that I knew would happen. It felt so good to move that way again.
Yes, most of my dance is ethnic, African-based dance styles and believe me, thats my heart but I love the feel of ballet so much. Think of it as cross-training.
Anyways, I have decided that it's time to dance for myself again and now that my friend has moved his dance studio closer to my neck of the woods, I can. And will.
Peace out folks and keep dancing.
Here it comes, the new year. I'm hoping that we all have a blissful new year. Now I can continue on my weight loss goals. Actually, even though I was only trying to maintain the loss already incurred prior to December, I still managed to drop 4 more #'s making it a total of 17#'s down now. Wow! I also lost a 7" since Nov. I'm not sure how many " have been lost because I didn't take my measurements when I began the nutrition plan. I waited a month.
Are you making New Years resolutions this tear? Weightloss? Healthier lifestyle? Plant-based diet? If so, be wise about the changes you're planning to make. Be kind to yourself. If you're going to begin exercising, start gently. Don't go in to a crossfit gym if you haven't worked out in a while. Make realistic goals for yourself. My ultimate goal is pretty far in the future but in that long-term goal, I have set numerous short-term goals that are easier to reach and therefore makes my long-term goal easier to reach.
If you only go for the big one, it's easy to get discouraged working so hard and not getting there fast enough. So, the smaller goals gives you the quicker satisfaction of attaining a goal and encourages your adhesion to the program.
So, if your long-term goal is a 100# weightloss, you would make maybe 10-10# short-term goals. Or, maybe, 5-20# goals. This way you achieve success quicker and often and feel good about reaching each goal on the way to the ultimate goal.
If you want to start exercising, start by walking everyday or taking 1-2 classes/week at a gym or studio or working with a Personal Trainer 1-3 x's/week. If you go in full boar, you could end up so sore afterwards you can't or don't want to continue. Or worse yet, you could hurt yourself. Not the goal, right? Pace yourself. Be realistic about your fitness level and where you should start. Don't be afraid to tell your trainer or instructor any "issues" you may have such as high blood pressure, afib, joint replacement, sprain, etc. They may not always remember what your issue is but they should be able to give modifications and, for heavens sake, use them!
I can't tell you how many times I've given someone a modification and they just continue to follow the full movement and then complain because they hurt the whatever again. Take some responsibility for yourself. Listen don't just hear, LISTEN! Yeeeeeeesh! You know your body better than anyone else does, so pay attention to it.
I'm looking forward to the new year with travel plans, dance classes and everything else the year has in store for me. Fun, fun, fun.
It's back to work again now. It was nice to have a break from everything for a bit but the break is over. Try to make this year the kindest yet. Help each other out. Support your friends, family and co-workers and most of all, take good care of yourself.
You can't take care of others if you don't care for yourself. Keep the flu at bay by washing your hands often and stay healthy. If you're ill, stay home. Don't infect others.
Peace out and keep dancing. Happiest of New Years to you and yours
Does it really matter how you say it? No, I don't think so. Respect does. So many celebrations of various creeds and religions. In my opinion there is none more important than the other so I wish to wish all a joyful season. I think Ramadan isn't until April or May in 2018 but I wish blessings now anyway. If I am wrong, forgive me, please.
I used to spend 2 full days in the kitchen, cooking and baking goodies for my friends. It started when I was in college and being a starving student, I had no money to splurge on gifts so I baked and baked and baked. I've always enjoyed baking and still do. I had stopped doing it though these last 10 or so years 'cuz a co-worker, who was also a pastry chef, began bringing in so much stuff it made no sense to bring more. So I stopped.
Well all that has changed since leaving CR and now I'm back to baking goodies for my classes, friends & family. I'd almost forgotten how much I enjoyed baking and giving the people I cared about some treats that will disappear and not take up too much room. :). Hopefully the treats are appreciated but after I give, I have no say in what they do with them.
I love the personal touch to Christmas gifts, if gifts are even really necessary. I'm not a big fan of the Christmas insanity of shopping and the huge sales and all. I hate seeing stories on the news about adults fighting over products in the stores. It feels like some/many of these people have lost what the holidays are about. It truly makes me sad.
It stresses me out to watch the mess on the news, I can't imagine the stress levels I'd incur if I did go out to shop that way. Now I only get something for my nieces' daughter.
Hey, speaking of stress, did you know that the blood pressure categories have changed? I just found that out myself. Here's the new graph for you to peruse.
This new categorization is designed to recognize high blood pressure sooner. It'll probably increase those adults diagnosed with high blood pressure by about 14%. From around 32% to around 46%. As you can see, the Hypertension category is gone and now considered High Blood Pressure stage 1.
In a nutshell, the old definition of HBP was 140/90 and the new is 130/80! Yikes!
This is designed to recognize and promote early intervention of HBP. These initial diagnosis will also come with an attempt to promote lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, diet, activity increases, weightloss instead of medications. I like that idea.
Remember, HBP is considered "the silent killer" 2nd only to smoking! Its preventable but it also doesn't present with any noticeable symptoms. Therefore, the earlier the diagnosis, the sooner you can help yourself to better health and a long, happy life.
As for me, I do have elevated blood pressure but it's dropped dramatically since leaving my former place of employment. In my mind, it was proof that my job was killing me! I had gone from 166/94 to 142/78 in 6 months. During that 6 months I did something kinda stupid. I decided to stop taking my medication just to test that thought and I was right. There were the stats. My Dr. wasn't too pleased when I told him that I'd stopped the meds but I promised him I'd begin again, and I did. Now, I am NOT suggesting anyone stop taking their meds here. So, please, keep on them and talk with your doc if you want to make a change.
Now that the cold weather has finally arrived here in Tucson I've begun making cold weather foods. Right now I've got home-made Cream of Mushroom Soup simmering on the stove. Haven't added the milk mixture yet, but thats all thats left to do. Boy, it's good. The recipe is on my nutrition page if you'd like to try it.
Sis, loves my soup so she'll get some and so will a client who is having some serious issues.
Again, I would like to wish you all, the best for the holiday season. Be kind to all.
Peace out & keep dancing
Oh yes, I believe it is. I absolutely agree with this picture too. I've had my laugh described as having gears. 1-5!
From my shoulders bouncing, eyes closed, no sound to an all-out loud, on-going guffaw. It's pretty boisterous and sometimes, even scares me! Sometimes, often, I have people give me stink-eye because of it, but I don't care. It's an honest, gut reaction and it's a part of who I am and I'm proud of it. I make no apologies.
Laughter has been shown to relieve stress and anxiety but thats not all it seems to do for us.
There is some scientific-based reasons for this and I'll give 'em to ya.
"Intuitively we know that laughter is one of the best tools we have for dealing with stress, and science backs that up. In fact, research into laughter goes even further, revealing that it's a potent drug with the contagious power of a virus that conveys a slew of benefits for the mind and body." (1)
It reduces pain. Laughter also helps to reduce blood sugar levels and increase the tolerance of glucose for diabetics as well as non-diabetics.
Laughter has been shown to release endorphin's which is like a euphoric narcotic but without the horribly addictive side-effects. Makes you feel good.
Laughter is contagious. It can create a wonderful social happiness effect. It can spread like wildfire. Have you ever started laughing because someone else was laughing, even though you had no idea what they were laughing about? I know I have.
Laughter can create various brain region activity. There varying types of laughter ie; joy, tickling, teasing. Each variation causes the brain to figure out what the laughter is conveying.
It appears that the more laughter in a relationship, the higher the quality of the relationship. I'll add here that it seems women laugh more than men but men instigate the laughter more. Men appreciate women who laugh at their stuff more and women appreciate men with a great sense of humor. I know I do!
Laughter appears to release the neuro-transmitter serotonin which acts like an anti-depressant. "They" aren't sure for how long this goes lasts but for at least a little while.
It appears that laughter helps protect the heart muscles, blood vessels and brain. Though the reasons aren't, again, clear, it is believed to be the result of the less stress and allowing greater blood flow to the lining of the blood vessels called endothelium to relax and expand.
Since the endothelium is where atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) begins, keeping it healthy helps to benefit the entire cardio-vascular system.
There is also a possibility that laughter causes an increase in the level of nitric oxide in the arterial vessel walls. This helps the dilation of the aforementioned endothelium.
"Thirty minutes of exercise three times a week, and 15 minutes of laughter on a daily basis is probably good for the vascular system," (2)
My cv system must be iron-clad! It can be a great ab workout too. ever have a sore core after having a good laughing jag? Your core muscles all get involved. You may not get a 6-pack from laughing but tightening them through laughter beats crunches any day. No neck pulling, no back straining, fabulous!
Tonight I'm, once again, going to a comedy club with some friends. I went a few weeks ago too. I and my friends tend to receive free passes fairly often between us. Makes it fun.
So keep laughing people. Loud and free and often. It's good for your heart, brain, relationship and enjoy your life.
Now, as for me, I haven't gained nor lost any more weight this last week. I have gone out a few times and I have continued my workouts, barre, water exercise and walking.
Now, I'm sure you're thinking "Water Exercise!" but I'm not in outdoor pools right now since it's winter weather here finally, so it doesn't matter what the weather is outside. It does feel great to work in the water. If you've never tried it, you should. It's more than it looks as a workout, but you do need to put some ooooomph into it. It could surprise you. Of course, afterwards, we plop into the Jacuzzi. When I feel as though I'm poached, I get out. Ahhhh. Then I go home, eat my lunch and do my barre workout. The other days I go walking with my clients and with the pooch everyday.
I'm going to do another yard sale but it was soooooo cold this morning, in the 30's, that I decided I'd wait 'til Sun. when it'll be warmer out. I can't wait to get rid of some more of the crap I've accumulated over the decades. I also wrote the Tucson Unified School District to donate my old flute and music stand to a needy school out here. It's so sad to have an instrument not played. I hope they get back to me soon. I need to find how much it'll cost to replace the thumb screw and keypads.
Don't forget to send your thoughts and donations to the victims of the horrific fires in southern California. It breaks my heart to see all of the evastation and my heart aches for all of these people who've lost everything.
Keep dancing and stay warm out there and laugh out loud.
Hi everyone. I hope you had a delightful Thanksgiving, I know I did.
Ok, well the day before Thanksgiving my weight was down 13.2#'s. I'll be getting on the scale again Monday to see what I did over the holiday weekend. Did I gain, did I lose or did I maintain. I have gone back to the "plan" again as of Friday so hopefully I didn't gain. Keep your fingers crossed for me. Whoops, I gained 3.2#'s but Tuesday, I'd dropped .2 of the gain. Hand slap inserted here. Now I did go out and have shrimp scampi on Saturday night at a club to hear a friends band. Bad Judi, bad, bad Judi. I've already lost that 3.2 #'s so it was the increase in sodium I think. Ya know, my famous clam dip & chips, etc.
I certainly did enjoy myself like I said I would. I can proudly state that I did not overeat. Well, maybe a bit too much turkey but thats not so bad, is it? Nah, it's not. The food everyone cooked was absolutely delicious. I just knew I didn't need to eat that much. I'm not 17 anymore nor am I dancing 7-10 hours/day anymore either. So no need to eat like I am or do. Boy, did that ever take forever to sink in. ;)
How will we survive the holidays while trying to remove the excess fat we've accumulated over the years? Well, 1st of all, be patient with yourself. You can indulge but try to balance things out. This is a time of numerous worthless calories surrounding us at every turn. Co-workers bringing in tons of home-baked goodies, clients bringing in deliciously decadent sweets, parties with cocktails and wine and beers/ales, etc. Have a drink, have a snack just don't eat the whole thing. And... keep up with the workouts, whatever they may be. Keep burning off more than you take in.
I find that if I prevent myself from having a little, I keep picturing whatever it is, in my mind and wanting even more. Then I'll eat/drink it all! If I have a little bit of the evil things I'll be satisfied. I'll get the tastes and move on. So, don't beat yourself up for a tiny indulgence, just get back on the wagon asap. Portion control. Have just enough to satisfy the desire and be done with it.
On the workout front, I've been doing my barre workouts. I did a 30 minute 1 yesterday. I was able to do bridges on the floor with my L heel raised. I do believe my ankle is getting better, stronger. I hadn't been able to do that 1.5 weeks ago. I hope so, I want to start dancing again after the new year. I just don't heal as fast as I used to. I'm not 17 anymore.
Delilah has now begun to go on walks again. Poor thing had contracted heartworms last spring/early summer. Due to the treatment, she wasn't allowed to take walks for fear of baby heartworms possibly in her circulatory system and heart. The vet didn't want her getting excited and 1 of them bursting through. Could kill her. She was pretty happy when I held up her harness/leash. It's good for me too. Makes me walk more. Every little bit helps.
I just heard on the news that we need to look out for rattlesnakes in our garages. Would've been good to know yesterday when I was pulling stuff out of the shed to take to a yard sale. The report said that they're normally in hibernation now but because its still so freakin' warm here in Tucson, they're probably still active. Got lucky, I guess.
I had a sudden opportunity to sell some of my unnecessary stuff that I'd had in my office, from the clean out, and shed at a yard sale of a friend. It always astonishes me as to what sells and what doesn't. I sold a bunch of VHS fitness tapes, 40 year old automotive text books (yes, I took auto-mechanics in college and I passed), crappy jewelry, a couple coffee mugs, a set of sake glasses, a Jameson whiskey t-shirt, some home improvement and gardening books, picture frames, but the good stuff...2 unused sunshade sails, bug zappers, air filters, no go. Oh well, got rid of the Huge Christmas tree that would only fit in my office here at my house too. So much less crap and now I'll have another yard sale here at my place this weekend and get rid of some more stuff I don't need to carry around. You just never know what people want. One mans trash...
I love the de-cluttering I've done. Thanks Megs Only 1 spot left to clear and for some reason, I'm having a tuff time getting to it. The coffee table. Thats where all of my paper staging happened and I have a big pile I need to organize, file and put away. I've gone through it so many times but just find something else to do and put it all back on there. Ugh!
There is some truth that clutter can create some anxiety. I felt so good clearing out the office and again after getting rid of a lot of it at the yard sale just to come in and feel icky looking at the coffee table. Gotta do it.
Well, thats it for now people.
Sray well and keep dancing