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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Day 331 (day 2 / week 47)

I haven't kept up with anything that I said I would (sorry Erin, I'll get back on track next week). I ate more mud pie today for breakfast and I am still not happy. Ridiculous. I had pumpkin pie for dinner, too. Whatever.

Today and tomorrow Pebbles will be down the street at the place that we adopted her. I pray she finds a home. A good home, if it's not too much to ask for. She didn't get adopted today (I called to find out), so she has to go back to the cold kennel, outside where it's raining. I hope she isn't too cold. The jerks also aren't going to give her stuff to her next owners (they "forgot" to bring it, which means that they will probably always "forget" to pack it). A crate, blanket, toys, food, treats--lots of stuff we paid for to waste. I am angry about that too, but whatever. I gave up my right to be angry when I gave up my right to give Pebbles a home. I am angry that I miss her so much and that I still cry about it (so stupid).

I did squats today and walked 2 miles. I have to go to work in the morning and I am angry about that too.

I can do this. I am a star. (the more I say this, the more it looks stupid)

Day 330 (day 1 / week 47)

Friday, Nov. 27, 2009

Still not happy. I did 42 Wii minutes on the Wii Fit. I also walked a mile. I did something else but I can't remember what it is, and I am too tired to turn the Wii on to see what I logged into it. I miss Pebbles.

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 329 (day 7 / week 46)

Thursday Nov. 26, 2009

I didn't do much. I am still upset/angry about Pebbles. I walked about 2 miles. I also ate Mud Pie and mashed potatoes and turkey. I never usually eat when I am upset, but I guess there is a first time for everything. It was also a holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

I can do this. I am a star.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Day 328 (day 6 / week 46)

Today was a sad/angry day for me. I don't talk about much of the drama because it's boring. I may touch on it but I don't think I ever led on to how bad it is. My hubby hates my dog Pebbles. He hates her so much that we fight about her. Everyday. I got her into training, but he still isn't happy. He doesn't have the patience to wait for the potential I see in her. I had to give her back :(. She deserves better. She's a good dog.

I have been bawling all day, and when I haven't been, I have been on the verge of tears. I am so angry at the same time that my head hurts. My son knows she isn't around, but he keeps calling for her like she is going to come running. She won't :(.

I did some heavy cleaning, gathering her things, to give to Friends For Life (the people adopted her from and have an agreement with, that if we ever can't keep her anymore we would give her back to them so they could guarantee her a good home) and packed it all up in the car along with Pebbles and The Monkey boy. I drove 40+ miles to Pahrump (where it's colder), and said my good byes (the boy was sleeping so he didn't get to, which is probably a good thing...he loved her so much--at night before bed he always says, "i love you mama, i love you dada, i love you pebbles."). They told me she would be in an outside kennel with the rest of the dog until she is adopted, which breaks my heart (she is an inside dog). They didn't even put her blanket down for her to lay on (the concrete is so cold).

I have no right to be upset. It's my fault. I should have known better with my hubby. He is just like that and will never change. I told him that we will never again get another pet, although I grew up with them all around me and love them so much, but I just wont do this again. It's not fair, and he doesn't even care. Besides, to give her up like that, makes me feel like we don't deserve another pet. Ever. I just pray that she goes to a better home. Not like this one. I miss her and see traces of her everywhere. :(

*waah* *waah* *waah*

I did only 20 mins on the Wii Fit and walked a mile. I am just not in the mood.

I forgot about the 30DS. Oh well. 30 days will still be done. Just not in a row.

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 327 (day 5 / week 46)

Workday. Stairs, patient transfers, 13,757 steps (6.51 miles), busy day, etc, etc. I managed to do 10 minutes of Wii Fit after I got home from work. Yaay me.

I can do this. I am a star.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Day 326 (day 4 / week 46)

Man, I thought Sunday was a hard day. Today was worse, but I got in 15,065 steps. That's 7.13 miles! I transferred patients, took the stairs and did all the same workday stuff that I do.

The stairs are becoming easier, and I am noticing squeezing and stretching is becoming easier thanks to yoga. Gotta love yoga.

God also blessed me. Lately I haven't been praying like I used to. I used to pray for all things. When I needed help, and when I didn't. I forget that I ALWAYS need help. Work is so stressful and hard, that I always just thank God for helping me, but I never ask Him for help, or invite Him along with my day.

I did today, and I got on time. That is huge. Today was a lot busier (the step count shows it!) and I finished early. I needed this. My supervisors are not happy that I have had to stay late to finish. I asked, "what can I do to fix it?" I was told, "you are a smart girl. You will figure it out." (biggest cop out answer ever.) I honestly have no idea how to fix it. I gave up, left it in His hands, and I finished. On time. I honestly don't know what I did differently today to finish early, but it was all Him. Same pod (the section that I work on)... mostly the same nurses... same patients...He helped me. He had to have. Nothing else makes sense. What a blessing.

One more day left. I pray He is there with me again, helping me. He will. God is faithful.

Make tomorrow count! It's gonna be the end of the week before you know it! You know what that means, right? Black Friday. Don't wait until then to get the walking in! You'll be glad you didn't!

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 325 (day 3 / week 46)

Sunday 11/22/09

It was a typical busy workday. Crazy busy. I did my typical workday exercises. Working for 1. 10,857 steps and on my feet for 12.5 hours. Did the stairs, and transfers. Working is always a great "leg day."

Regardless, I am glad Sunday is over and done with.

I can do this. I am a star.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Day 325 (day 3 / week 46)

Last night was the first night that the Monkey Boy spent the night somewhere else (with his Nana). It was different. I was able to exercise this morning and focus 100% on that. That was nice :).

Today I did Day 4 of the 30DS and I did level 2, because I am bored with level 1 (yes only after 3 days lol). I modified the cardio again, doing shadow boxing instead of the jumping (high knees). I also followed Anita with the other jumpy ones that they were able to make low impact through her.

I also did 36 Wii Minutes focusing on balance and core stuff .

This is Mii (Meli). Isn't she cute?

Today I played this one game, that I hate. It's a balance game that I don't even know the name of. I hate it, because I absolutely suck at it. I can usually never get passed level 2 or 3 (I've been to level 3 like maybe 2 times in the last month) so I never play the game. I decided to today, though, just to see if I could do it.

I beat it! I finished ALL of the levels in the time allotted! TWICE!! Wow. I really amazed myself today. Just goes to show that all of the balance work I have been doing lately is paying off, and proves anything you put time into does pay off in some way or another (*cough* exercise).

This is level 1. You have to shift your balance to get the tiny Mii marble into the glowing pinkish hole.

(level 1)

Then it drops to level 2, it becomes more challenging with more marbles, so on and so forth. The very last level has like 10 (i'm guessing) Mii marbles and you have to get them all into the hole. It's shaped like a W with ridges and the sides are flat so that they roll of the edges (the entire board spins and knocks them all off when one of them falls off the sides). It was surprisingly easy. Some of the previous levels are much harder.

(level 2)

At the very end, all of the Mii Marbles form a circle, change into little Wii people at the end, and jump around excitidly. It's a small but fun reward.

On top of that fun reward, my Wii Fit age was 20 today! TWENTY!

Even the balance board was pretty impressed with that--it never says my body is in "great condition" (that means absolutely nothing except to a 31 year old fat chick lol).

Off to take a shower and go Christmas shopping for the boy and other family members. That is why we had him spend the night at his Nana's house. I hope he didn't drive her crazy. He probably didn't. He only does that to us. lol.

Make it count! The holidays are coming up!

I can do this. I am a star.

UPDATE: I also walked 2.12 miles.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Day 324 (day 2 / week 46)

Today I did a 2 parter. I woke up early, did day 3 of the 30 Day Shred (level 1) and then later in the day I spent 62 minutes exercising with Mii on the Wii Fit.

Today I modified a lot of the cardio on the 30DS. My ankle is really starting to bug me with all of the jumping, so I just limited the jumping. Jumping jacks are OK, I don't know why, but jumping up and down, straight up and down, hurts. During the butt kicks and jump roping I did the shadow boxing and jumping jacks. I just rotated those throughout the entire video. Whatever, I don't care. At least I'm doing it, ya know? lol. I hate to say it, but it's only day 3 and I'm already getting bored. Maybe I should move onto a different level for the sake of my sanity.

On the Wii Fit, my Wii Fit age was 29 (so glad I have been staying in the 20's although it means absolutely nothing) and I did a combo of balance, posture, relaxation, warm up, mind/body, arms and some other things. It mixed in yoga, strength training and the games that help w/ coordination and such. I love this thing. Here is my calendar. When I check in each day, I stamp the day with my star, cause ya know I'm a big-fat-hairy-star (it's appropriate) and you can see my Mii, with her new hair and color (light blue instead of black). Her hair is a little shorter than mine, but it's the same idea I guess (a bob).

(I guess she was kind of checking out her butt when I took this picture lol)

The Wii Fit also gives me tips, which I though I would share with you today:

I also walked 1.57 miles w/ the monkey boy and pebbles, trying to practice what we learned in puppy class.

Hope you all had a great night. Can you believe the month is almost over???? Gees. Make it count, the day's are flying by!

I can do this. I am a star.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Day 323 (day 1 / week 46)

Today was day 2 of the 30 day shred. I did level 1 again. I didn't have the monkey boy bothering me today, but this time Pebbles was. All good, I just put her outside and finished :).

I am sore and my ankle that I recently sprained is starting to act up. I noticed it during the jump rope part today and during the butt kick part. I need to be careful because I have to work regardless, so during those cardio segments, with the jumping, I am doing arm up/knee up and horizontal bicep curls/leg kicks, from Slim in 6. It's the only think I can think of to do, to substitute in. I'm sure throughout the next 28 days, I'll think of more, and my ankle will get stronger.

On top of the ankle my knees are popping all over the place. I stopped taking the glucosamine regularly (I forget a lot now) so it wore off I guess. I really need to start taking it again. I felt invincible. My popping knees make me feel old.

I meant to get onto the Wii Fit today, but only did the Body Test. Today we started Pebbles' dog training. If she doesn't quit jumping, biting and tearing up everything, my hubby is going to give her away, so I enrolled her in puppy school. The instructor said he hasn't seen a puppy as hyper as her in a long time and that I am going to struggle, but as long as I am diligent, she will eventually learn. Today we played the "name game" (to get her to learn her name--she already knows this) and limp leash walking, which she does ok with around the house, but as soon as we hit outside, she goes crazy. I took her to the dog park also, and brought the Monkey Boy, so I walked a mile, just in the time I was there (30 mins or so).

I'm tired and am gonna head to sleep. I have a pic of my Wii Fit age for today (26) but I'm too lazy to put it up. I changed my clothes (top color) and my hair to reflect my new(ish) hair. My Mii looks so cute :).

Have a good night. See you in la manana, unless I procrastinate a 2nd part of exercise all day again, like I have been doing lately. Don't do this. It sucks. It really does. lol.

I can do this. I am a star.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Day 322 (day 7 / week 45)

Today was my day off. I woke up with a work hangover and didn't want to do anything. I remembered the commitment I made to Erin to do the 30DS with her on my day's off, so I grabbed my video and put it in.

Not far into the video the Monkey Boy woke up so I had a difficult Day 1. He is very demanding of my time (aren't all toddlers?) so I couldn't focus 100% on the video.

After that I took him out to breakfast at IHop. I love the Blueberry Harvest Grain N' Nut Combo For Me with sugar free syrup. So yummy and only 570 calories for the entire combo (eggs, pancakes and bananas)!

After that we went to the store and came home. I walked 1.5 miles and then did some Wii Fit. I did a total of 76 minutes of exercise today.

Here is the selection of things I can do with the Wii Fit.

I also won a Sparkpeople exercise DVD on the sparkpeople points wheel this morning. How sweet is that? I will probably get it in the mail sometime next week.

Hope you had a great night. Make it count tomorrow!

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 321 (day 6 / week 45)

Tuesday 11/17/09

It was another crazy/busy workday. This time I did 13,280 steps (6.29 miles). I left an hour late (8:30pm) and got home late. I was too tired to blog when I got home.

Hope you had a blessed Tuesday!

I can do this. I am a star.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Day 320 (day 5 / week 45)

I'm beat.

I just got home from work and need to go take a shower and go to bed.

I walked 11,297 steps today (5.35 miles). I have been scratching my head for the last few days because I have been the busiest that I have ever been at work and I am seeing smaller numbers (stepwise). *Shrugs*

Gotta work again in the morning. *cry* (it's been such a hard week at work!)

I can do this. I am a star.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Day 319 (day 4 / week 45)

I am so tired, I can't believe I am posting this right now instead of being in bed.

Today was a work day and I did my usual stuff, and 10,936 steps. I got home late--after 9pm.

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a 30DS challenge that I am participating in with Erin @ Nagle5 News. I am changing it a little to accommodate my 12.5-13 hour work days (I am gone from the house from 6am until 8-9pm when I work) but I am still participating. Wanna join us? I am going to do it on my off days, along with whatever I do on the Wii Fit.

This morning I just did my weigh in and Wii Fit Age. Here is a pic.

(Mii jumping up and down excitedly)

Have a good night. See you tomorrow night! Stay safe, warm, happy and don't use any of the previous things as an excuse not to exercise (being safe is important though...) lol.

I can do this. I am a star.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Day 318 (day 3 / week 45)

Today I did 63 Wii Minutes. I focused on flying...b/c if it ever becomes possible, I want to be a seasoned pro at it lol (they are arm exercises lol), the snowball throw, which is core exercises/posture and balance in one, golf (again) and tilt city, which is balance with hand/eye/body coordination. Lots of fun.

I tried to do the Locust or the Lotus (I forget what it's called), where you sit as still as you can w/out moving (supposed to help you focus), but I can't make it passed like 60 seconds when I am doing good. On average I can't make it passed 20 seconds lol. Oh well, just gotta keep trying. I did that 4 or 5 times. I just can't sit still very well lol (I move all around on the stillness test too.

I took pics for yesterday and forgot to post, so I will do it now. This is what it looks like when I golf. You can see the little yellow area with the red line in it, that shows my shift of weight and my balance.

No matter what I do or how many times I move her, this is where she ends up when I am exercising. She loves her cow hoof (that's what she is chewing on) and will gnaw at it the entire time I am exercising. More often than not, she has her paw right up there on my balance board. lol.

Have a great day! Make it count! If you start now, you will be on track for any new years resolutions--it takes a while to create habits! It's very doable though, you just have to be committed! You can to anything you tell yourself you can! If you say you can't, you wont.

I can do this. I am a star.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Day 317 (day 2 / week 45)

I think I realized today why I procrastinate with blogging. I am not procrastinating with blogging so much as I am with a 2nd part of exercise. I always exercise early in the morning, but I have this intention to exercise a 2nd time in the day. I have mentioned a few times that if I don't exercise in the mornings then I have a difficult time in the afternoon. I think this is why I blog so late. I want to exercise late, but keep putting that off, essentially putting off blogging. :)

Glad I figured that out.

Today I did 30 Wii minutes (golf for 10, balance/posture for 10 and yoga for 10). I also did 25 minutes of yard work. I intended to do more and get back on the Wii but I procrastinated. lol. Oh well, at least I got something done. I was really sore today from yesterday (golf and flying). My shoulders and hip flexors and waist are sore. The good kind of sore :).

We are having the bug guy come out again tomorrow (he was just here like maybe 2 weeks ago and we haven't seen many dead bugs like we should have) and then it's my hubby's sister's birthday, so it won't be a late day (or a 2 parter) for exercise, like I intend most days. I will just be exercising in the am, and then I will blog about it afterward, since I have no reason not to. lol. We'll see how that goes lol.

Have a great night and an awesome weekend!

I can do this. I am a star.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Day 316 (day 1 / week 45)

So today is day 315. This year went by really fast. This week went by fast, but maybe that's because I blogged 3 days all in 1. lol.

I really need to stop procrastinating with my blogging. Sometimes it's just hard because of work, but I really have no excuse when I am off. Maybe because I am stuck with this commitment, I am finding some way to retaliate. *shrugs*. I've been bad with my food diary as well (on sparkpeople) but it's all good because although I don't write it down, I am still very aware of my numbers in my food bank throughout the day.

It's time for bed but I exercised this morning, doing 42 Wii minutes with Wii Fit. It's so much fun. I am focusing on my agility and balance. I have been able to keep my Wii Fit age in the 20's which I am stoked about. I have been doing the driving range "game" which I didn't like so much at first because the controller wouldn't work for me, but when it does, it's so much fun. My sides ache from doing it, so I must be doing something right. It makes me want to dust off my golf clubs and go golfing again. I just might have to once I fit into my golf clothes again. Not if, but when. Yes, I have golf clothes. I used to golf a lot when I was thin :).

Doh! I forgot to take a picture of the screen. I'll try to remember tomorrow for you guys.

Anyway off to bed.

See you in the morning.


Thank you again for all of your support :) :) :).

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 315 (day 7 / week 44)

I just realized that I forgot to post about Tuesday, 11/9. That means that Tuesday was Day 313, and yesterday was day 314 (today is 315 but I'll post about that later). It's all screwy but whatever. They are consecutive so I am not going to fuss about what day is what number (technically this post is for day 313, not 314).

Tuesday was a workday. I had written down a number from my pedometer yesterday, before I put it on to go to class, and today I couldn't remember for the life of me why. I had that feeling like I was forgetting to do something, and I didn't throw that piece of paper out for a reason. lol. It was the number of steps I took on Tuesday at work. The number was 11920 (5.64 miles). Sweet. Thank goodness that I don't have a desk job because if I did, I would have not succeeded with this challenge...well I would probably have an hour for lunch if I had a desk job so I would have tried to make something work, but it's just such a blessing that I am forced to exercise on the days that I do work. I exercise whether I want to or not!

I honestly don't remember much about Tuesday except for that it was a workday and I didn't get home until after 9pm (was a LONG day). After I got home, I had to pound out some strips and study ventricle rhythms, bundle branch blocks and pacemaker rhythms for my exam the next day, which I already posted about--see the days are all screwy and bouncing around now. I was stressin' because I only had 1 day to review something that I had previously had a week to do. Then went straight to bed.

Anyway that's it. This is for Tuesday's post. Did my same 'ol work thing.

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 314 (day 6 / week 44)

Wednesday 11/11

Yesterday (Wed) I had my final ECG class. I remembered to wear my pedometer this time. I walked 1.5 miles with an estimated 10lb backpack (thank you Loree for the conversion website! :)). It was in about 45 minutes or so split up twice throughout the day, because other than the time we were walking, we were in class sitting on our buts until it was time to leave or switch rooms. The fun part about class yesterday was that it was my LAST class, and I took my final. I passed with a 98%--I sped through one strip that was Sinus Tach with a PAC at the very end, and I didn't catch it YAARRR! (my pirate lingo). That took 2 points off my exam, hense the 98% (that bugs me so much lol). Anyway that class is done and over with so now I just need to see what the director of our unit wants to do with my newfound knowledge. Yaay :).

A little bit of exercise, mixed into a whole lotta life...exactly what I expected to achieve on a busy day.

If I can find ways to do it, so can you. I promise it gets easier as the days go on. I've had 313 days of practice. Someone at the very beginning of the year commented on my blog when I was struggling with exercising daily. She said something along the lines that soon it won't be about the exercise part (having to do it) but will be about "what am I going to do today for exercise." (sorry that thought came out very choppy...I hope you understand the jist of that thought). Very, very true. I can honestly say that I am there.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your support and for all of the wonderful things that you guys say to me (in comments and emails) to encourage me and keep me going over the last 11 months. EVERYTHING you guys say sticks with me and I just want to thank you for helping to mold me into this new person who is more blessed, confident and active. You all have helped and blessed me more than you know!

Off to exercise for the day (Thursday).

I can do this. I am a star.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Day 313 (day 5 / week 44)

Today was a makeup day for my ECG class. We finished, and now we have review on Wed and I can take the test then, or if I choose to, I can take it later. I will probably get it out of the way and take it Wed. I think I am ready.

Today I walked about a mile. Maybe a little more, but not much more. That was it. You could have fooled me though, because my legs are sore. *shrugs*. I walked all over the hospital, going from the medical office building (where I parked and thought the class was) to the hospital where the class was moved, and all through the hospital looking for interesting ECG strips.

I promise I will get a picture up soon. I work tomorrow (Tuesday) and have class on Wed. Hopefully I will have that up Wed.

Everyone loves my haircut but my hubby. Go figure lol.

Have a great night and a great week!

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 312 (day 4 / week 44)

Sunday was a busy typical workday. I walked 12,081 steps.

I can do this. I am a star.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Day 311 (day 3 / week 44)

Today didn't go at all how I had planned. I wanted to post measurements and a picture for the 1st of the month, but just haven't gotten around to the picture. I also got another haircut that I thought I liked, but my hubby doesn't like it at all, so my opinion is starting to change about it too. All good, it will grow back.

I have my measurements, but am not happy about them (or my weight), so I am just not going to post them. There aren't any big excuses, except for Aunt Flow is visiting, and I am always bloated and usually gain weight when she is here. I did lose 2 inches total so that is better than nothing.

I will try to get a picture up soon, for at least a monthly comparison (maybe tomorrow after work if my hubby isn't crabby about taking it??). I will look different just because of my haircut. When I was thinner, I could pull this off a lot better than I am now that I am really over weight.

Anyway, off to bed. Sorry for making you wait longer for the picture. Life happen.

Oh! I almost forgot! I did squats today as my exercise. I did 3 sets of 10 squats. I need to start taking glucosamine regularly again, because my knees were popping. Lovely.

I can do this. I am a star.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Day 310 (day 2 / week 44)

Today I did 42 Wii Fit minutes, and I even got to play a little with the monkey boy. The picture I decided to share today is one of my favorite games. It's Wii Juggling. The first picture is Mii juggling 4 balls. The 2nd picture is the end of the game, after I had dropped them all, but you can see my hubby on the left and my MIL on the right (you can barely see them in the first because of the glare). My hubby took these pictures for me while I was playing (thanks Dada!).

The purpose of this game is balance and coordination. I couldn't play this game at all at first and I recently unlocked the advanced part (5 balls instead of 3) so I can tell you this Wii thing is working for balance/coordination. It's also helping with flexibility (the yoga part) because I can stretch farther than I have been able to in a LONG time. I can bend over and put my palms on the floor in between my feet with my legs straight. That to me is amazing. I couldn't do that before doing the Wii Fit yoga daily. I was horrible at most balance games in fact, and now I can play them all for the most part.

Anyway, hope you had a great day and made it count. There are so many little things we can do to set ourselves up for success. You just gotta take that first little step.

I can do this. I am a star.

Day 309 (day 1 / week 44)

Thursday 11/5/09

I don't know how I forget to do something that has been apart of my life for over 300 days. I can remember to do the part 1 of it (exercising) but I often forget to do part 2. Last night we were up until 11 pm pulling everything out of the cupboards/cabinets for the bug man today. He is going to spray inside and out for us. I am VERY happy about this. I thought about blogging all day, and for some reason it just slipped my mind when I would have normally done it, mostly because I was busy doing something else.

Anyway, I woke up yesterday and my ankle was feeling great! I babied it the day before (Wed) with class and all because I knew that I wouldn't be able to stay off of it, so I did my best to use the tools I had available (rolling chairs, crutches) to stay off of it. Doing that made a world of a difference for me yesterday. I didn't walk with a limp or anything!

Because I was feeling so great, I decided to pull out the Wii Fit. I did 92 minutes worth (split up 55 minutes in the am, 37 in the pm when the monkey boy took his nap) and stayed away from the ones that I had to balance on one foot (like the yoga pose, "Tree").

I felt pretty good on the Wii and even got in a picture.

This is apart of the arm segment of the categories. It is a tricep extension. I do them with the Wii remote and a water bottle for a little added resistence.

You stabilize your elbow, and there is 2 whistles that you hear. The first whistle you pull your hand down your back, the 2nd whistle you extend, inside of the red bar that rolls along the top of your screen. The red bar turns yellow, if you do it when you are supposed to (the Wii remote/eye thingy on the top of the tv pick up the movement). If you go before the whistle or after, the segment won't turn yellow and you don't get as many points (100 points total, 50 for each arm). Sorry the pictures are a little fuzzy (I kept getting it on an extend, and not before that, but I wanted to share with you guys what it says to us during the exercise)...

See you guys in a few hours. Off to do some wii fit for today (Friday). Make it count! The sooner you get it over with, the better you'll feel all around!

I can do this. I am a star.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Day 308 (day 7 / week 43)

Today I took advantage of the chair and my crutches. I woke up this morning really sore (shoulders and triceps) so there is definitely something to using the crutches, working my arms. They are like static triceps contractions I guess. Every time I take a step with the crutches, I am holding my body weight up with my arms, using my triceps, biceps and shoulders. Try it. The next time you are in between 2 tables, put your hands on the table and lift your body off of the floor, supporting your body on your hands. That is what it feels like to use crutches. It is exhausting. I had to stop several times to give my arms a break. It took me over 20 minute to get to and from my car, the same distance that it takes me 3-5 minutes to walk. My arms hurt.

The other thing that I did was take advantage of the rolling chair in class and the carpet. I had to use the restroom, but it was on the other side of the elevators, and my arms were sore from the crutches, so some classmates suggested that I roll down the hallway in the chair, instead of use crutches. I looked like an idiot, but I got there quicker than I would have on crutches and I got a GREAT leg workout (right leg only lol) which I never expected. My thigh was screaming! I almost stopped, and then realized that I could use it as exercise, like as quickfires for the day. I was rolling backwards, pushing with my right leg, and there was tension because of the carpet. I pushed myself easily 100-200 times down the hallway, passed the elevators and back to the class room. My leg is sore. Only my right one lol. I hope (and I am totally kidding when I say this) that my right leg doesn't end up larger than my left. That would be a fun story to explain to people that stare. I would get a tshirt made if that were the case. That would be awesome.

I am off to bed. I am SO sleepy.

I can do this. I am a star.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Day 307 (day 6 / week 43)

Today was tough because I felt pretty limited with what I could do with my sprained ankle. I kept it wrapped all day, put ice on it and kept it elevated for most of the day.

I had to go to work to fill out more paperwork in HR this morning, and I used crutches so that I could give my ankle a rest, like the ER doctor told me to. Man, crutches are hard! You have to be careful not to put too much pressure directly under your armpit because there is nerves there that you can do a lot of permanent damage too. You are supposed to support your body in between your bicep and like the side of your chest, and put your weight on your hands. It's hard and my deltoids are sore now from the crutches. I'll be using them again tomorrow.

I wanted to do my Wii Fit, but didn't :(. Probably isn't a good idea right now. I rested most of the day, until about an hour ago, where I did some heavy cleaning. I leaned on my good foot and babied my left ankle. It was only about 30 minutes of cleaning and dusting (my hubby helped me too--such a sweetie). I didn't vacuum or mop--I will wait until the weekend, when hopefully my ankle won't be as tender as it is now and I can put more weight on it.

I think I am satisfied with what I did. I really didn't think crutches would be much of a workout but they are. I am calling this a (non)rest day, using heavy cleaning as my mode of exercise for the day. I wonder what I will do tomorrow. It'll be fun to see how I am going to maneuver the crutches and my backpack lol.

Thank you for your well wishes! My ankle feels differently than it did yesterday--not good or bad. It's more achy today and puffy if I leave it unwrapped, but I am not having the sharp pain like I was yesterday. The top of my foot hurts a little bit too but other than that, everything is great (even with that everything is great!).

Hope you all have a great night! Make tomorrow count. Be creative! I know I will have to be! There are so many things that count as exercise. You'd be surprised!

I can do this. I am a star.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Day 306 (day 5 / week 43)

Today was a normal work day for the most part except that now I'm sitting in a wheel chairing the ER b/c I hurt my ankle transferring a patient from her bed to the chair. Bad idea.

Anyway I'll post more when I know more. My ankle hurts. That's about it.

Have a great night!

I can do this. I am a star.

-- Posted from my iPhone

UPDATE: I sprained my ankle around 11:30 yesterday morning and have to stay off of it for 2 days (including work & school :( ). I didn't have it addressed until close to the end of the day (6pm or so) because I wanted to see if I could walk it off. I couldn't. I still managed 10,718 steps for my short shift. I totally forgot about the 1st and doing measurements, mainly because I was working on the 1st, but I will post them this weekend. In the meantime I am going to focus on upper body exercises.

Day 305 (day 4 / week 43)

Sunday was a typical busy work day. My pedometer reset itself a few times but I estimate over 12000 steps.

I did my stairs and all of that good stuff too.

Have a blessed night!

I can do this. I am a star.

-- Posted from my iPhone