Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Keeping Up!

Went to gym and did my rower than Charlotte was available to walk. So we walked 5x at 7:25 minutes - then 1 more time for a total of 9:04. I thnk we were stopped a few times to visit. Then we took about a 5-8 minute break. (I should keep track of this). Then we went 4x at 6:18 minutes - then another rest break. We then did 3 more times at 5:27 minutes. All that equals 13x around which is a mile plus!! Woo-hoo!! Then I went to my mat and did some stretches, had a little snack, and Eldon yelled at me through the cone and scared me!! Just when I got relaxed! Thanks Eldon. NOT! I then walked another 4-5 laps alone at 7:07 no sitting down in-between. I always lose track when I walk alone of how many laps i do.
I also did 3 sprints which is 60 meters. No idea how far that is - but that's what Al said.
Charlotte said some of the people at gym were saying I look so good and walking so well. She said well it's probably because she's not carrying her heavy purse. My purse isn't heavy, it's what I have in it!!!! LOL - when I go for walks in my neighborhood - I take a lighter canvas bag and just carry my machine and camera (of course) and phone.
After gym, I went to the grocery store and got on more miles!!! Now I'll make some lunch and then I'm going to Charlotte's to take pictures of her flower garden.
It's my sister's birthday today. Happy Birthday Tina!!! (Like she ever reads this!)
See you next time!

Monday, June 29, 2009

It's my birthday!

Today was my 41st birthday. Went out to lunch with my Fargo family - had a 'mini' Super Burrito at Paradisio. It was very good, as usual. Then we hung out at my parents for a little bit. I went for a walk around the block. These blocks seemed longer, so we thought it was 2 1/2 blocks. I didn't have gym shoes on so my feet kind of were sore by the time I got to my parents, plus all the cracks in the sidewalks.. Good thing i didn't carry my camera, although i wish i had. I was tired after but blaming it on my shoes. I just needed to sit when I got in the house. My niece Abby went with but she was on her scooter and was farther ahead of me. I yelled for her a couple times and she stopped, waited for me, then proceeded on.

Not too much to report today. Another year has come and gone, and I look forward to what this next year will bring!
I'll be back in the gym tomorrow. Looking forward to see how many laps I can do.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Kicking butt and feeling fine

Today started out as an adventure. I walked to the grocery store by my place to get more batteries for my camera. Surprise Surprise. On the way over I saw this big hammer in the grass. I figured it would be too heavy to carry w/ me and people might think I was a bit nutty for carrying a hammer, so I went and got my batteries and waited for my dad as he was going to take me to gym. I told him about the hammer and I said I know about where it is if you want to drop me off, I'll try to find it. So here I am in this big patch of green grass looking for this hammer. I thought I saw it a few times and ran for it, but no hammer. Long story short i did find it and brought it back to my dad. On the way to the car, i saw this guy coming towards me. i thought he was going to tell me it was his lost hammer. Anyway, this was much funnier to be seen in person. i should have had my dad take pictures.

I got to gym, did the rower and walked 4x around gym. I only sat twice for less than a minute. Then proceeded. Felt really good. i didn't time myself.

Then i sat down on the mat and did a few stretches and just kind of relaxed. Then Charlotte and i walked FIVE laps...how awesome is that and it took me 9 min 17 sec. Woo-hoo. Then she stretched me which was VERY relaxing! I still had time left so i said i think i'll walk another lap - well that ended up being FOUR more. I believe it took me 8 minutes. And this time I didn't sit once - just kept on moving. I did sit when i was done. Felt a little tired but now i feel super. Got lots of high-fives! It take 12 laps to make a mile and I did 13 - broken up!!!!
I think I will try to maintain this. I felt I could go more but I want to just take it slow. So far I'm very impressed by what I have done. I can't wait to see how I progress. It really is exciting.
Thank you everyone at Southpoint for your cheers and high-five. Makes me believe I can actually pull this off!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Keep on Keepin' on!

Today was a good day and I'll admit I am proud of myself. I did the rower first, then I walked around the gym. I guess it takes 12 laps to equal 1 mile. I did about 3-4 w/ small breaks where I sat for 30 sec to 1 min. I then proceeded. By the end my walk was getting sloppy and I was feeling tired. I sat on a mat and did a few stretches for about 5-10 minutes. Charlotte said she had a few minutes and would walk a lap w/ me (although I think I used up her lunch time), well we walked 3 laps and I felt good, srong, had a steady even stride. Had no feeling where I needed to sit down. Which was sooooooooo impressive. In fact a couple of times I tried to race her! I don't know why but I felt like I did much better walking w/ someone - maybe it was the sense of security. It is more fun walking w/ someone. When I did it alone I stayed very focused, to the point I couldn't look at anyone. I know this is my first time and this is all new to me, but I was very impressed by what I accomplished. I don't feel overly exhausted now. I feel like I could walk to the grocery store. I just don't want to get rained on. Knowing my luck it would start to pour as soon as I left. It was pouring earlier.
I'm looking forward to gym Thursday. I want to try a lap again and see how many times i need to sit. Charlotte said she'd walk w/ me again before she stretches me (my favorite part!)!
So on goes my journey. Woo-hoo!! Keep on keeping on!
Thanks Charlotte for walking w/ me!!

Monday, June 22, 2009


This weekend at the lakes, I had my BIL Derrick help me set up the Pedometer. For some reason it was not working for me. He put in my stride and then I had to walk 100 steps and it should have calculated the 100 steps. Well, first I kept losing track while I was counting. So I asked Derrick if he'd walk with me and be my counter. It always came to some low number like 5. But when he walked the 100 steps, his came out fine. So I just played around with it. It's supposed to keep track of how far you walk for a week. I'm obviously doing something wrong. I'll check with the trainers tomorrow and see if they can figure it out. I'll try my walk around the gym and see how that goes.
Until then....

Thursday, June 18, 2009

It's gonna be a long journey

But I am ready for everything that is thrown at me. I visited w/ my trainer (Kendall) for a little bit and I asked where I can get one of those Pedometers so I have a better idea of how far I have walked. My sister called the other day asking what she can get me for my upcoming bday and I HATE that question. I couldn't think of anything but said I'd get back to her if I think of something. On the way to my Wed appointment, it dawned on me that I need a Pedometer. Kendall had an extra one and isn't sure how long it will last, but it should work for awhile. Thanks Kendall. Now I need to think of something for my sister to get me. hmmm!

Kendall said to keep walking and to try to increase it little by little. He suggested i walk around the gym. I think he said walking 3 laps comes to 1 mile. i'll have to work on this. This is all new to me so i will just do what I can and hopefully get stronger day-by-day. Charlotte - another trainer and my stretcher, showed me some exercises i can do to stregthen my balance and work on my leg endurance. So I'll try those next week. i'll have to ask her take pictures of me doing my walking/exercises to post on this site. Or maybe not!

I had an appointment this afternnon which i walked to again, (i had another appointment yesterday too) and walked home - this time it was raining when i was done. I was offered a ride but I was up for the challenge of walking in rain. It went fine - i even ran for a little bit - something i for sure need to work on. My ankles don't feel strong enough when i run.

So this will be a long slow process, but I know i can't push myself too hard or it could result in injury. i'll just see how i do and i am sure i'll have good days and bad days but i will keep up the fight.

i'm excited!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

June 4, 09

Hello everyone!
Well, today probably wasn't the best day for a walk as its super windy out. I think i went further than my last walk but not sure. I guess its good to walk in the wind in case its windy the day of the Marathon; which is highly likely. I took a couple minute breaks and sat down to take some photos - those who know me know i love photography! Then i got up and carried on my way. i am tired but I am sure its due to the strong winds. At least it wasn't pouring rain! Then I'd need my head examined for taking a walk in the pouring rain.
Have a great day.