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Hello! This article is about exercise. If you don’t want to hear about what I do, feel free to go to a different one.

I keep my exercise equipment in my living room. Yes I know that is odd. But I have found that when they are in front of me I will use them much more often.

My exercise bike is set up so I can see the TV, my weights, mats, and blocks are in frontIMG_20170426_114940777 of the TV, I have no excuse to not use them.

When I ride the exercise bike I generally try to ride the bike for 20 – 30 minutes. I do this when I want to read a book or watch a show. I average 8-13 miles when I ride. I am working on increasing my pace.

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As you can see I don’t have anything fancy. I have some old school weights with the bars and chucks and I have some newer weights. They range from 3 lbs to 22ish lbs. I have a 10 lb medicine ball.

The colored puzzle pieces make a decent mat for doing cardio. I recommend something like this if you have cement floors like I do. I have a couple yoga mats, some yoga blocks and a towel for extra padding.  I do have a workout ball but don’t use it much, it takes up way too much space.

I am a huge fan of workout videos on YouTube. My favorites come from Fitnessblender.com and Yoga with Adriene both of theses sites share free videos weekly. They do have subscription services if you want them. I personally have not done that. I might some day. Right now there are plenty of videos for me to use for free. Each of them have workouts for beginners to experts and they both encourage you to do the exercises at your comfort level.

Finding a workout that feels good, that makes you feel good and that you can progress while doing is huge. I have really bad knees so these workouts, low impact, strength, flexibility and stretching are so helpful for me. Oh also, WALKING, walking is by far the easiest workout. All you need are feet. 🙂

I hope this helps inspire you to get up and move a little. Remember even if you are moving slowly you are still doing more than those just sitting around.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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Exercise is one of those things that as you do it you get better at it. Don’t be afraid to take it slowly. You do not have to lift heavy like I do. I like the way it feels to really work my muscles hard. I like the feeling of soreness that results. Most other people do not and that is ok. As long as you are moving and working those muscles you will get the benefit of it.

I have been working out with a trainer for nearly a year; it has been well worth it. She kicks my butt on a regular basis. I am going to have to find a way to have one when I move. My hope is to continue to have her train me when I come visit Gpa on the weekends. But I know thing will be erratic for a while and don’t know how that will work. I have 3 more sessions paid for right now so will be able to get a good hard work out a few more times before I start work. Yesterday we did this extreme work out and today my butt and legs are really feeling it.

We started with some medium weight leg presses (180 pounds) and then did some lunges with 90 pounds on the squat bar – oh yeah those make your butt burn. We did three rounds of those upping the leg press weight 25 pounds for the last set. We then went and did a cardio/weight series, we started with a 6 reps on the leg extension machine (160 lbs) then off to throwing a medicine ball in the air while doing squats (15 reps), then moved on to floor tap jump up squat series (15 reps) to a hold in squat position as long as you can stand, we then moved to the leg curl (60 pounds, 15 reps). Then started the whole series over, doing three rounds. We finished the whole work out by doing plank pose with my feet on a medicine ball, just to make things even harder a slight twist of the whole body was added. It was a lot of work and a lot of fun.

I am not going to be able to hit the gym today; I have a bunch of things to get done for Gpa before I head back to my apartment. But I do have a plan for this evening while watching TV. Here’s the plan, feel free to try it and let me know how it goes for you.

15 push ups

15 sit ups/crunches – front, and both sides each

15 leg lifts

Reverse plank for a 15 count

Then the flip and do it again

Now if you can’t do 15 that’s ok, start with 1, that is how I started. On day 1 I did 1 pushup, on day two I did 2 pushups, on day 3 – 3 pushups and so on. By the end of the month I could do 30 pushups.

Try it you may just like it!

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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We all have our moments when we don’t want to do something that we know we really should.  Take exercise, we all know we should but very few of us actually want to.  Here’s the thing, we may not want to do it but once we get started and actually do it we feel pretty good.  All righteous and woo hoo! I did and so should you, right now.  But we also need to do it at our own pace.  Having someone be a cheerleader is good, having someone be a nag is not.  So where do you set the line?  How do you know when you have crossed it?  We all have our own pace of doing things.  I like to do things like homework early but I also like to exercise early and get it out of the way.   Since I lost my job my early is getting later in the day for some things.  Probably not a good thing but I get things done at my pace. 

We have to set our own pace, especially when it comes to exercise.  I have found that if I start exercising and it hurts a lot, I probably won’t do it again.  Not a good thing.  Most people are like that, if it feels good they will do it again, if it doesn’t feel good they won’t.  There is nothing wrong with starting slowly and working your way up to things.  I started swimming that way.  I don’t like to put my face in the water, it makes me feel all panicky and scared, so I don’t.  It is as simple as that, I do the back stroke.  Doing the back stroke has added benefits besides not sticking my face in the water, everything I do, is hunched forward, doing the back stroke pulls everything back.  When I started swimming I started with one length of the pool.  I thought I was going to die!  25 yards seems like a long way!  I got in at the deep end and swam to the shallow end, I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to get out of the pool from the deep end.  My arms were tired, my heart was racing, and I felt awesome!  So the next time I went swimming I did it again.  I started adding lengths and pretty soon it became laps and now I swim a mile.  That is 35 laps or 70 lengths of the pool.  And it feels awesome!  Who knows maybe someday I will stick my face in the water.  You never know what you can do until you try it.

On that note, I am going to go walk to Curves.  Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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Many of the people in my family suffer from depression.  The rest of us really enjoy it.  Okay maybe not enjoy it.  I was talking with my cousin D yesterday and she was commenting on her struggles with depression.  I know how she feels.  A lot of people are undiagnosed and untreated and many are afraid to be. 

I took Welbutrin for a number of years.  I don’t take anything anymore.  I was in therapy for many years and I don’t do that anymore either.  I quit going to therapy when I got my job and didn’t have time to drive there.  Then my therapist retired and I just don’t see the need to find a new one.  When I am in the throes of depression I have suicidal thoughts and really don’t want to do anything.  I have found that when I exercise every day I don’t have the problems with it.  When I am in the throes of depression I have to make a conscious decision to be alive every day, sometimes multiple times a day.  I have found that when I go to Curves or go to the pool I feel better.  I think it is for two reasons.  1)  I am exercising and the endorphins from exercising make you feel good and 2)  I am getting out of my house every day.  I have a tendency to be a hermit I can go for days without leaving my house.  But when I do I start slipping into depression.  I get out of the house, I get this great work out, I feel better, I interact with people, and life is good.

I have no idea what life has in store for me; I am not worried about it either.  I have made the decision that I will do what it takes to not fall back into the black hole that is depression.  Don’t get me wrong if given a choice between going for a walk and taking a nap it would be really hard to pick, but I would probably go for a walk and then not need a nap.  Start small, one step at a time, one length of the pool, and one sit up, one walk around the block.  You will feel better, trust me I know. 

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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I was thinking about what I was going to write my blog about this morning while swimming when one of the guys I swim with said Hi and scared the crap out of me! 😯  I almost drowned.  Ok mostly I just snorted a whole bunch of water up my nose.  So crapless and snotless I finished my 45 minutes.  I only did 45 minutes today because I was procrastinating getting out of bed and didn’t get to the pool until 6:30.  I have got to get back in the habit of getting up when my alarm goes off.  Anyway what I was going to write about before all of this occurred was how good exercise feels.

I was swimming this morning and just enjoying feeling the way my muscles were working.  Swimming is one of those exercises that uses most of the muscles in your body.  As I have mentioned before I do the backstroke.  I don’t like putting my face in the water so the backstroke is perfect.  Plus if you think about what you do all day everything is forward.  Sitting here writing this blog my shoulders are rounded forward toward the computer, my back is rounded forward toward the computer, my head is leaning toward the computer.  When I swim everything is pulled back, my head leans back, my back arches, my arms and shoulders go back over my head and behind me scooping the water.  It feels wonderful. 

I am not an athletic person, but I love to exercise.  Well I love it once I start doing it.  Sometimes the starting is problematic.  But once I get started it is good.  I love the feel of my muscles moving and working, gaining strength.  I have always enjoyed that part, I just have never been very coordinated.  So swimming and working out at Curves and my aerobic shows are what works for me.  What works for you?

Navy Girl will be hanging around in port longer than expected.  It pushes the next time we will see her back a lot.  That makes me very sad. 

Army Girl has been delayed in getting back to the states.  It is very disappointing.  I will let everyone know when she arrives.  But it won’t be soon.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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It’s a new year and time to make some resolutions.  So let me think, I am so perfect what can I make better? 😀  Ok so maybe I am not perfect.  Maybe there are some areas that could be worked on.  Like bowling, lately my bowling ball and I have not been on speaking terms.  We went through a three or four-week period where we were getting along very well, but lately . . . not so much.  So I would like to work on getting along with my bowling ball.  So maybe if I get along better with my bowling ball I could work on smiling at it more and then smiling at people more.  Smiling helps with depression, you can fool your head into thinking it is happy just by smiling.  Brain says oh we’re smiling we must be happy so then it releases those happy endorphins and ta da you’re happy.  Being happy leads to good things happening.  But good things don’t happen by themselves so I will have to work to make good things happen.  Good things happen with good attitude, so if I smile more I will have a good attitude to make good things happen.  Be more forgiving of everyone who doesn’t do what I want, when I want it.  That goes back to smiling, I have found that the more pissed off at someone I am the harder I smile.  Maybe dementedly so.  I find it helps so I don’t reach out and grab them by the neck.  Deep breath, in, out, in, out.  I am smiling.  I find exercise everyday helps with that.  Just let stuff go, I use that when thinking about the girls, I just let the fear and worry go.  I miss them terribly but if I just let it go we all do better.  They don’t have to worry about me being nuttier than I already am and I don’t have to worry about them being ok.  I guess my real goal is to not get any nuttier than I already am.   

So to recap my resolutions:

  1. Get along with my bowling ball.
  2. Smile more
  3. Make good things happen with good attitude
  4. Be more forgiving
  5. Have more patience
  6. Exercise everyday
  7. Let stuff go
  8. Don’t be any nuttier than I already am

What are your resolutions?  Let me know I will post them here for you.

Happy thoughts for a happy day!

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