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kyleen is a work in progress
« on: April 30, 2011, 04:28:20 PM »
Friday April 29

Did "work-a-thon" with the high school where my daughter attends. Every year the whole school dons shirts and goes out to do work for a variety of charitable organizations. They were short chaperones this years, so I volunteered. Our group went to a women's shelter. We weeded the gardens, trimmed the trees, swept the walk, and raked the grass.

After that, the weather has been getting better; so I took Cinnamon (the dog in my avatar) for about a half hour walk. It was pretty brisk. I tried to go on the river trail near my house, but it was flooded out. The river is VERY high and it would be great to canoe. Maybe next weekend I'll be able to get a boat out.

Saturday April 30

After dinner, I took both dogs (I have two German Shepherds) out for about 25 minutes. It was more brisk of a walk that yesterday. I'm getting a new iPod nano that will have a pedometer in it so I'll be able to gauge how far I walk once it comes. For now I'll be happy with the light sweat that I broke out in and that both dogs were panting and wanted drinks when we got home.

Stayed away from the park today, and was on side streets mostly. My feet are a little sore, but I think that's my shoes. The athletic shoes I wore yesterday are pretty broke down. So I just wore my regular street shoes. Bad choice. I should probably go out and get a good pair of shoes tomorrow.



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Re: kyleen is a work in progress
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2011, 01:56:07 PM »
This past week I took the dogs out a few times, but didn't make it out every day. I will use the excuse of rain and too much paying work to get done. (I know no excuses, I just need to get up earlier and go to the gym if it's crappy out.)

Thursday my brother came over and got our bikes roadworthy. I had a flat time, needed new tube, and both needed oiling up.

Saturday May 7

Spent the morning repairing the back fence from the winter. I've got the 4ft fence extended to 7ft with rolled fence. It had come down in several places over the winter. I got it rehung. Then went to Mom's to help move furniture for an hour.

After I came back and worked in the yard for the rest of the day. Cut dead vines, pulled weeds, bagged yard waste. Then got the mower out and got the lawn done for the frist time of the year. There is still much to do. Plan is to have an Open House Party on the 11th.

Sunday May 8

Kid and I went on a twenty minute bike ride. We didn't go far, but we've got to get in shape! Plan is to either ride the bike or walk the dogs every day. Overall plan is to get to the point we're doing both every day. :D


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Re: kyleen is a work in progress
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2011, 03:43:33 PM »
Monday, May 9

Teen has decided she LIKES bike riding. This is a new thing for her, getting her to exercise has always been half battle have bribery. Today we rode our bikes up to the city library to return books. It was probably a half hour total. Not earth shattering, but it's a place to build on.

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Re: kyleen is a work in progress
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2011, 12:43:12 PM »
Casual bike riding is a great way to exercise, I know I can't wait to get out again. It doesn't matter if you have a great bike either ,those single speed bikes can be great muscle builders on the hills!
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Re: kyleen is a work in progress
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2011, 05:26:59 PM »
Friday June 17

I have not been a slacker, but I haven't been good about tracking my exercise. I will try to be better, if only to make me say "oh, hm... did I do anything physical today?"

The last month I've been cleaning like a mad woman, then there was a good deal of "heavy" lifting of chairs, tables, and set up for my daughters open house. That resulted in pulling the tendon in my knee. Saw the doctor a week ago and she told me to be kind to my body. Saw her today, and she released me to "baby it." To me, that means I can try and get back into my normal routine!

Today I rode my bike to the post office. It's about a mile and a half away, not HUGE, but it's uphill going there. Lately the project I'm working pretty much requires me to mail certified letters nearly every day. New resolve, I will endeavor, unless it's pouring buckets, to ride my bike to do these things.

My other resolution is to get a rack for my bike that I can put a basket on. Then I will try and do my midweek grocery shopping with the bike. Usually it's only for fresh stuff since I'm eating more of that. If I buy a weeks worth, it's bad before we can eat it all.

Maybe over the weekend I'll haul the kid off to the Y and see if we can sign up with a personal trainer. I think unless we make the appointments to go, it's too easy not to.


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Re: kyleen is a work in progress
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2011, 05:47:15 AM »
Where has the last month gone?

I haven't been as good about getting out. Work has ramped up and they've added about 50% more to my workload in terms of raw number of sites I'm managing. My stress levels are flying through the roof and I've got to do something about them that doesn't involve drinking half a bottle of wine with dinner.

Yesterday I went out to talk to a trainer I've worked with in the past. He used to be at the Y and I took classes with him for over a year. Since my Dad died, I haven't been able to face going into the Y. It was something Dad and I did together and honestly it's been emotionally impossible for me to do. Last time I was in the parking lot, I nearly got ill in the car. I just need more time.

My old trainer started a Crossfit "box" - which honestly, I know little about. I've read some of the very critical thoughts on Crossfit on these forums and really, if this wasn't a person I've already worked with, I probably would find something else. Thing is that I trust this young man, he's very aware of my physical issues, and was good at pushing me and if something didn't work due to pain or immobility, he'd think on it and come up with a way to do the exercise in a way I can do it.

Looking at all the very fit beautiful young people he had in his class, I will be his special challenge. LOL.

I start next Monday at 7 am (he laughed and said he didn't have a 6 am class - which is my best time in the morning). My daughter is going to go and try it for a month with me. It's half over protection for Mama and half she really needs to exercise and get moving too.

Wish me luck.  ;D

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Re: kyleen is a work in progress
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2011, 11:28:18 PM »
Hi Kyleen,

Hope your workload and stress levels are down by now.

How are your classes going?

You made me smile with your mention of wine as a stress reliever. I've been going at the cider this week because it's in the house for cooking ;)

Cheers,

CF

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Re: kyleen is a work in progress
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2011, 06:10:31 AM »
Hope your workload and stress levels are down by now.

How are your classes going?

Work is still insane, and my body had a minor breakdown due to stress last week. I gave my project manager hell over it and told him NO MORE WORK until I got what I was doing done. He's agreed and is sheltering me a bit from our bigger boss who wants to give me more.

I was on the road for 16 hours yesterday, had to make what my friends call a "Banzai" run into Chicago. I had two technical visits to do. One Downtown area, the other way out in Dekalb.

Classes are going good. Last week I gained a pound and a half but lost half an inch all the way around. I'm a huge believer in using the tape measure as much as the scale. I do need to get more weight off, but I can see right now it's shifting into muscle. My daughter is doing it too and she's seeing faster results. It's good to be 18, be able to eat crap, AND still shape up. I told her that won't last forever.

How are things coming with your shift into the Paleo world?

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Re: kyleen is a work in progress
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2011, 10:32:18 PM »
Hope your workload and stress levels are down by now.

How are your classes going?

Work is still insane, and my body had a minor breakdown due to stress last week. I gave my project manager hell over it and told him NO MORE WORK until I got what I was doing done. He's agreed and is sheltering me a bit from our bigger boss who wants to give me more.

Great to hear that you've called a halt to the madness.

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I was on the road for 16 hours yesterday, had to make what my friends call a "Banzai" run into Chicago. I had two technical visits to do. One Downtown area, the other way out in Dekalb.

I'm learning that any kind of stress, especially when combined with lack of sleep, make it much harder for me to resist eating the wrong kinds of foods. Is it having that effect on you? And are you getting enough sleep? When I lose sleep I get ravenously hungry all the next day.

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Classes are going good. Last week I gained a pound and a half but lost half an inch all the way around. I'm a huge believer in using the tape measure as much as the scale. I do need to get more weight off, but I can see right now it's shifting into muscle. My daughter is doing it too and she's seeing faster results. It's good to be 18, be able to eat crap, AND still shape up. I told her that won't last forever.

My daughter's 20, and just like that too. I haven't told her to stop eating crap, but having watched the good effect Paleo eating has on me, she's started to eat more paleo meals and get more exercise.

You've reminded me to start using the tape measure too  :)

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How are things coming with your shift into the Paleo world?

Very rocky this week (I'm just about to add another entry to my journal). But I'm not at all discouraged. I know that the secret of success is not to beat myself up about failures, but learn by every mistake and just keep going  ;D

I hope your body has recovered and that things have gone well for you this week. I don't have to work anymore, and still find it hard to stay on track sometimes. It must be so much harder when you're working and unable to control all the stress factors in your life. You have all my admiration for doing so well at such a difficult time.

Looking forward to reading more of your progress.

CF