Wednesday, February 27, 2008

I've finally gotten back into the swing of things

I've ellipticized for fifteen minutes the past two days and I made it back to BodyPump tonight (without getting sick again!). It's been so tough, but I'm glad I persevered. I think by the end of next week I should be back to where I was before I got sick. And the bonus from all this is that I'm excited about working out again. Okay, maybe "excited" is too strong a word, but I have a more positive attitude towards it at least.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

No Go...

Well, I still haven't gotten back on the exercise horse. Now that I've emerged from the flu-induced haze, I realized yesterday how messy my house had gotten in the past week. So I spent much of the day cleaning: I swept the kitchen, washed the dishes, did some laundry, wiped off the dining room table, sorted the mail, and picked up toys. I figured that was enough for one day and I went to bed at 9 o'clock.

Tonight after work I'm definitely getting on that elliptical machine! Fifteen minutes or bust. Karrie, if I don't do it, I owe you dinner!

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My three-year-old nephew, N, loves YouTube. He and his grandpa (my dad) watch educational clips about snakes and music videos from unsual musicians. One day my dad came across a clip of a comical music group from Denmark, and N just loved it. They've watched it so many times he can sing along, in Danish! He laughs when they laugh, like he understands the joke. Maybe he does.


Anyway. My mom took this clip of him singing along with the video. There's no video, just sound, but I wanted to post it because it's the just about sweetest thing I've ever heard.

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Restless

I've always thought of myself as a fairly lazy person. I don't particularly care for physical activity, especially if it involves sweating. When I'm at work, I fantasize about finding a way to be able to afford to do nothing all day. I dream of sitting at home and watching trashy daytime television and knitting all day long. It would be glorious, I think to myself.

But the reality of this past week has made me reevaluate that last thought. I am sick and tired of being confined to the couch and bed. I am bored with television, and even knitting has failed to soothe me like it usually does. I actually miss working out, getting some sort of exercise, something I never thought I'd say. After my unpleasant experience of overdoing it on the physical activity yesterday, I realized that I have to take it slow and ease back into my exercise routine. But I'm hoping this restlessness means that I have finally made exercising a habit, something that I just do every day, like brushing my teeth.

Now that I've finally firmly established exercise in my routine, I don't want to fall out of habit. So I'm going to start easing back into exercising tomorrow. I think I should be able to handle ten to fifteen minutes on the elliptical machine if I go at a moderately slow pace. I'll let you know how it goes.

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These feet belong to my darling niece, baby L, who is almost two months old already. How time flies! I love pictures of baby feet, especially in black and white, so I took a bunch last week when I was visiting them. She was happy but squirmy and wouldn't stay still for the feet pictures.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Overdid It a Bit

Some people I know (Karrie) have created a blog to keep track of their fitness progress and goals and they've been after me to do the same. So here it is.

I have never been much of an athlete (that would be an understatement). But one of my goals this year is to get in better shape. To that end, I have acquired an elliptical machine for my home and joined a gym. I have been going to BodyPump, a weight lifting class at least once a week and trying to spend some time on the elliptical machine every day or at least every other day. Some weeks are better than others.

On Monday, President's Day, I was struck down with the flu. It's been a
long time since I have been this sick, and I am completely wiped out. I missed one full day of work and two half days; this is a big deal for me, since I almost never call in sick. By now, I'm pretty much over the worst part of it, and I wake up in the morning feeling alright, but I'm just drained by late morning. And after a week on the couch, I am feeling pretty restless for some physical activity. So this morning I decided to go to BodyPump with Karrie. I thought I took it pretty easy, just using the lightest weights, taking lots of little breaks, drinking lots of water, and not pushing myself as hard as I usually do. And at the end of the class I was feeling okay, if a little tired. But twenty minutes later, I was as sick as I was on Monday, lying flat on the bathroom floor.

It's kind of embarrassing to admit that I overdid it like this. I really,
really should have known better. I've spent the afternoon on the couch again and I will probably stay there most of the day tomorrow. On the plus side, I am getting lots of knitting done.

This is Green Leaf, based on the pattern Rusted Root by Zephyr Style. The yarn is Adara from Elann.com, which I received from my parents as a birthday gift last year. My modifications can be found on my Ravelry project page here.