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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Less Pain, More Gain!



I'm slowly getting adjusted to my exercise program for my heart health! I’m finally getting to the point where I don’t hurt quite so much after the aquafitness classes. I am going twice a week plus once or twice for free swim. This is when I can really try to get my heart rate up in my prescribed target zone for 20 minutes with more intense aerobic activity in the water. The higher intensity I can do on my own also lowers my blood sugar and burns calories more than the resistance type exercises in the group classes.


I’m still getting massage once a week too, and man, that’s a dream at the end of the week! I take a hot tub bath to start every morning and it helps get me moving with less pain.


Yesterday, I did a 13 km bike ride (mountain bike) in the nice weather while my husband roller-skied just behind me. (He almost kept up!) Biking increases the heart rate quite easily and quickly, but it is so much more enjoyable on an outdoor trail! That will probably be one of the last outdoor rides this fall because we are supposed to get snow flurries on Thursday! UGH!


I am so glad I’m not teaching school this year as I don’t think I’d have the energy to do the fitness activities I need to do, and I’d be very stressed out about everything. The cut in pay will all work out in the wash somehow. We’ll just have to do without some things and really watch our spending.


As the woman in the L’Oreal ads says, “I’m worth it!!”


Mother of Invention, packing my swimming bag for tomorrow's 8:15 a.m. class!

18 Comments:

Blogger Lynn said...

Yes you are worth it!
I too wondered about the cut in pay and how it would effect us in the long run. I certainly need to be more inventive with money.
What I am noticing is that we only need one car. So I will actually get rid of the two cars soon and instead of leasing, will buy one. I figure with lease payments, insurance and gas and upkeep, we will probably save close to an average of $1,000.00 dollars a month.
I used to lease for my business purposes. Now it is no longer a good option.
You cannot buy back your health. Health is a dedication.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

 
Blogger RennyBA said...

Of course you are worth it and besides, the good life is about more than money.
Your such an energic woman and I admire your guts and I know how it is: the more you're training, the more you are gaining:-)
You've asked about if Norwegian does roller skiing and of course they do - we are born with skis on you know LoL. You meet them on the roads, mostly young onese who are prepearing for the winter sport seson.
I also have to thank you for prividing me with the information about Thanksgiving tradition! People all around the world reading my post seams to got it more into the right prospective. And then again, that's what we gain from blogging you know!
Have a lovely hump day:-)

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Lynn: Yes, exactly! health is not a commodity you can buy or sell (although the 2 -tiered system allows for the rich to afford top-notch no-wait health care!) It ain't no dress rehearsal..this is our one shot at life. Feeling guilty's no reason to keep working when your inner voice says no (and your outer voice in the form of your body screaming!) Thanks,Lynn. I know you understand totally this issue!

Renny:Thanks! It is difficult sometimes to keep training if you run into pain but I have to force myself. Wish I could roller-ski and skate-ski but I don't seem to have the transfer of balance thing, so I'm going to try classic a little.
Yes, blogging is a unique and interesting way of sharing with others from near and far!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

 
Blogger meno said...

Congratulations on sticking with your exercise. Soon you won't feel right unless you get some exercise. See, it's a trap!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

 
Blogger Richard said...

Sounds like you have a nice balance in your life at the moment.

Of course, everything always seems to go better when you can eliminate the time spent working (except the finances).

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

 
Blogger Stephen Newton said...

Mother, did I miss some post about your health. I'm glad exercise is agreeing with you, but fill me in on whether it's a general fitness program or a health issue. Glad you're taking time off from teaching. Will you be writing a book?

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

 
Blogger Barbara said...

For you, exercise is an investment in your future. It sounds like you are making the most of it. There is definitely a connection between exercise and positive mental health as well. We weren't meant to sit around like slugs, the way many of us do...

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Richard: The operative words you used are, "at the moment" and I need to make sure I can continue maintaining balance if and I return to teaching. It is extremely difficult for most people even without health problems. Work is such a heavy-duty framework of our lives and can suck the life out of you if you let it. Teaching is total immersion. I have just been 1/2 time since 1992 because of chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia but my body responds as if I were full time!

Stephen: Short version...I had a mild heart attack in March and had a stent put in 1 artery. (Diabetic for 39 years, since age 14 and also have fibromyalgia) Guess there were some posts in April (Bonus Lessons, Cardio Girl) and July (Cardio Report Card, Walkin' the Walk) Sorry don't know how to do that link thing!
And no, don't think I'm writing a book! I wish I was just taking off on sabbatical for that!

Barbara: I am trying hard and so far so good...of course the true test will be whether I'm still eager to go out in cold snowy weather to the fitness place! I do have a good stationary bike here though. There are many slugs and couch potatoes....and a lot younger than we are too!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Sorry..missed you, Meno! I hope you're right and it's a good trap! Exercise can be like alcohol for me..I hate the taste but if you disguise it with some sweet stuff, I can stomach it better!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

 
Blogger Old Lady said...

Take of snow sledding!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

 
Blogger Old Lady said...

I mean take of snow sledding!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

 
Anonymous colleen said...

Sounds like you're on the right track! A pun!

Look into ceyenne. You can google ceyenne (I may not be spelling it right) and "heart" or the book "left for dead." I read it years ago and it was amazing. I had a pretty profound experience with ceyenne myself...stopping blood in its tracks after I got cut pretty bad.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Old Lady: Okay, it's early, not enough coffee, but what the heck does this mean?!! Do I have to buy a sled?!! Guess walking up the hills would be good for the old ticker!!

Colleen: Thanks for the tip. I'll do that. I'm on major blood thinners and I bleed and bruise profusely when I don't even know I've done anything.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

 
Blogger Diana said...

Go, you!

(It's Thursday, now, and it's been spitting flurries at us all day. I'm with you in spirit. Bah.)

Thursday, October 12, 2006

 
Blogger brooksba said...

You are worth it! I'm proud of you. As for the snow, we got a bit of it here on Wednesday. Too early! Not ready!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Brooksba: Thanks! I know I'm worth it but it's a different thing to actually follow that up with good decisions. We've had 3 separate snow flurry storms today and a bit stayed on the ground! UGH!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

 
Blogger Annelisa said...

Go girl!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

 
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