Monday, February 20, 2012

Heart Attack

Another one of my friends just had a severe heart attack. So he finally quit smoking. As the saying goes, everyone stops smoking sooner or later. But I'm thinking it's better to be fit than have issues like that.  Sometimes I wonder why I'm working so hard to get fit, then something like this happens and I think, 'oh yeah.'
I was so tired today.  Friday we moved a queen sized bed. Saturday I went to an SCA event and threw axes and knives and also juggled. Plus carrying things back and forth from the car is tiring.  Sunday we put the camper shell back on the truck.  So it's not surprising that today I was sore and tired. I still tried to get up and do things. But I didn't really exercise today. I got up at 5 AM after tossing and turning all night. I should at least do some stretching before bed.
Take care of yourself. You are the only 'yourself' you have.  
My axe throwing group.

Friday, February 10, 2012

DIY Hand Weights

I was watching a Zumba fitness commercial and they had these hand weights and I thought Ooooh I can make some of those.  So I bought a 1 1/2" PVC pipe, cut 2 11" lengths off of it, and bought 4 PVC caps.  I filled it with lead scraps, put the cups on tight, and I had a set of hand weights for my very own. Now I can work out my arms a bit more when I dance. I don't know how heavy the official ones are, but I made mine 2 Lb. each.

Oh I just looked them up. They call them 'toning sticks' and the 1 lb 'toning sticks' are $19.94 and the 2.5 'toning sticks' are $24.95. I spent $6.00 on mine, and the filler was scrap I had on hand. Not bad.  And I still have enough PVC pipe left to make another set or two.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Two Heads Are Better Than One

I tried to squeeze in a 45 minute workout before the rain started today. Before I even got going a mini van parked right behind me and the two passengers just hung out there for the next 30 minutes. And a moving van parked in front of the other garages and had five people tromping in and out loading the van from the upstairs apartment. I just can't catch a break, can I?

The cold weather makes my joints ache, so it was a rather painful and self conscious workout. I just tried to keep visualizing what I'd look like without all this extra flab. But when my 45 minutes was over I was more than ready to go back inside.

 My workout partner.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Walking Was The Best I Could Do Today

I got a lot of walking in while shopping today. I had hoped to do more, but it was dark before I knew it and I don't feel safe being out in the alley after dark. I'm trying to clear exercise space in my bedroom, which involved moving a Japanese lantern and a mobile, and I have overhead space now, but not floor space. #FAIL It's such a simple concept; why can't I get it right? Tomorrow is going to be problematic too, because it's supposed to rain. Hopefully I can work out in the morning before it starts. Wish me luck.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Since today is Superbowl Sunday and I pretty much figured the potheads would be gathering in the garage next to mine to watch the big game, I opted for taking a long walk today instead. I walked to McDonald's, ate breakfast, wrote 3 pages in my journal, and then walked home at a faster clip than normal to get my heart rate up. I'm so tired today. I think I have a sinus infection. So I'm going to take it easy today.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

New Fitness Plan

This morning I was sitting on the couch when this fitness program came on and talked about an insanity workout where they work out 45 minutes a day for 6 days a week for 60 days. So I decided to do my own workout only in their time parameter.

I decide the alley in front of my open garage is my best option. Our neighbors let their dog poop on the grass so unless I want to clean that up every day the common lawn is out. Plus it's often marshy because the timer is set on too much water. Ah the joys of renting. I laid out a mat so I could take my shoes off on the asphalt. I want to get a rug instead because the mat is slippery. I also got a radio hooked up and an easy to read clock. I put up a calendar so I can keep track of my workouts. Now the hardest thing is to grow a thick skin so that when my neighbors park right there and stare at me, I don't get rattled. They aren't supposed to park in the alley but they do. Then they just sit there while one of them runs upstairs for 20 minutes. I found out I don't work out as hard when I'm being watched. Even if they aren't watching, I can't forget they are there. My workout consists of any moves I can do without aggravating current injuries. So it is mostly stretching and dancing, though I might incorporate some juggling.