Weekly Rundown

I can’t say last week was the best, as time was not cooperating with me. Holidays 🙂 I had to work some long days to cover coworkers (of course, I took Friday off, so they had to cover me). And then on Saturday….ah, well, Saturday.

Monday: I ran on the treadmill, happily hitting 2 miles in 25 minutes. I really do need to find another treadmill, as this one only goes to 6MPH. At this point that is not an issue, but I hope to get beyond the 10 minute mile over the course of the winter.

Tuesday: I did 18 minutes of yoga first thing in the morning, stretching my muscles and cracking my joints as I went. Definitely more of an afternoon yoga person.  I went walking with my friend before work as well. We were supposed to walk outside, but as it was 3F outside; we decided inside the hospital  would work as well.  We did about 2 miles, lapping each floor twice with a couple repeats before heading to the cafe for our reward: coffee!

Wednesday: Off because I worked 6:30am to 5pm. Somehow I just didn’t have the gumption to exercise afterwards, especially with the housework, horses and feeding the husband.

Thursday: same, all over again.

Friday: Off, as I had Christmas at my house. I thought I would have enough time to exercise in between the cooking and preparing, but I was wrong. We had a wonderful day, however!

Saturday: after three days of not exercising, I was rearing to go. I put a coat on Daisy and headed out for a walk. We decided to do 2 miles and I was thinking on getting on the treadmill to run as it was going so well. On the way back I heard a car so I pulled Daisy in and stepped off the road to get out of the way. And that is when it went to hell.
Although the snow looked even with the road, it was actually a ditch. My left foot went down (deeper than my knee) and my right knee bent.
My leg has been feeling strong, and the bending I do feels easier, but it is still about a 90 degree bend. Not sure how far it bent, it happened so fast; but I am pretty sure from the pain and scream I let out it was a lot more than 90 degrees.  The car very  nicely stopped and offered help. The gentleman (a neighbor I got to meet) picked me up (I was on my back on the snow) and offered a ride home.But I knew it would stiffen up, and by the time we exchanged names and stories, I felt up to walking on it again. So Daisy and I limped the half mile home, where I took Tylenol, put some muscle rub on and sat in my armchair.

Sunday: well, I couldn’t take it off, not after three days this week. I worked the leg a bit, walking around the house and feeding the horses. Then I climbed (at a very slow pace) on the treadmill–over my husband’s objections. But I didn’t hurt myself: stubborn, not stupid, you know. I started at 2.oMPH, but it felt pretty good so I got up to 3.0 by the time I finished my half an hour. Leg was a little sore, but it was fine by the time I went to bed.


Weekly Rundown

Another week flown by! Time goes so fast as we get closer to the holidays. One day seems like the next..and the last. I barely know what day it IS!

I am happy to say all my presents are bought and wrapped-save one. It arrived on Sunday (poor mailman), and I have yet to wrap it, but at least they are all in the house. Now I just need to figure out the Christmas dinner, as my family comes here.

Which I love. Christmas is just the most wonderful time of year:the movies, the spirit, the music, the hope, the love. The idea of Christmas is a special feeling towards the rest of humanity, whether or not presents are involved.

Happy Holidays to everyone, no matter what you celebrate. I hope they are marvelous for all of you.

I did slack a bit last week, which I will happily blame on the holiday and the busyness of getting everything ready.

Monday: weights and physical therapy. I did straight weights, not adding yoga in between as I have been  recently. I did do 3 sets of 15, and it took about 36 minutes. I felt fantastic afterwards; and I know I must have worked extra hard, because my core hurt a bit the next day!

Tuesday: off

Wednesday:  I did 12 minutes of yoga first thing in the morning, before getting ready and heading out to walk with my friend. We did two loops around the exterior of the hospital, totalling 2.10m in 46 minutes. We had just enough time for coffee in the cafeteria before I headed up for work.

Thursday: Weights and PT again, again with just straight moves and no yoga. No twinges the next day, but it was still a good work out. I did 3 sets of 15 again, but I must have done it quicker as it only took 31 minutes. Or I forgot an exercise. That happens occasionally!

Friday: off

Saturday: off. I was slacking big time. We had a snowstorm aimed at us, so I decided to go  to Walmart (groceries & the tail end of Christmas presents), Tractor Supply (horse food), Hannaford (more groceries) and then gas. I left at 7am-with snow dusting my car white-and got home around 10:30-when the snow was several inches deep. After putting everything away, and eating breakfast, I settled in with the laptop. And by noon my eyes were drooping, so I gave up and went to nap with Bruce on the couch.

Sunday: weights and PT again, this time with yoga stretches thrown in. I can’t even say how marvelous, and how strong I felt. I did only do 3 sets of 10, but they were different exercises than I had done earlier in the week. Plus there was the running around cleaning the house. Sunday was “kitchen” day–reorganization of shelves, cleaning of the refrigerator, and cleaning up all the odds and ends that get ignored on a normal cleaning cycle. Now we just need the new stove to arrive and it will all be perfect!





































Weekly Rundown

Another week over again. And one week closer to Christmas. Hope everyone is ready. Once more the week started off slowly, but then I dug in and made myself do some serious exercising.

Monday: off

Tuesday: off. I didn’t plan it to be off, but I was feeling lazy in the morning and decided to get on the treadmill when I got home. Eight hours later, after an extremely busy  day where everyone in the world decided they needed lab work done right then, I was too pooped to get on the treadmill. Or do anything else.

Wednesday: After two days off, I was determined to get on the exercise stick. I hit the treadmill early before work, and did 5 minutes of a warm up walk, then 15 minutes of running. Afterwards, I did 16 minutes of my weights and yoga. I went back to my original arm weights, as I had been doing the other moves for a couple of weeks.

Thursday: Another day on the treadmill–thank goodness for treadmills! I did a 5 minute warm up, and then 20 minutes running. And I hit my goal–2 miles run 🙂 Felt more than a little awesome.

Friday: the plan was for a walk around the exterior of the hospital with my friend. However, after seeing the 16 degree windchill, I wussed out. So once more I got on the treadmill and ran for 16 minutes (1.5 miles!). Then I did 13 minutes of yoga, mostly stretchy to relax after the run.

Saturday: a walk with Daisy. Windchill threatened to be cold as Friday’s but I bundled up the puppy (and myself) and we headed out. She was more than happy to be out there, and wasn’t cold at all. I wasn’t either, and we did 2 miles. Might have done more but I had Christmas shopping to do with a friend. We did a 3 hour tour of the shops, which I wish I’d had my tracker on for. I would love to know how many miles we did!

Sunday: off. Well, from organized exercise. I helped out in the back field, and I cleaned the house and I put up the Christmas tree. Many steps were done up and down the stairs as I brought stuff up and then took the empties back down. And the laundry! At least I was carrying weights up and down those stairs.Sleep was easy to find that night.

Daisy and I attempted our first after-snow walk. I was worried she wouldn’t be warm enough (especially with the windchill) walking through the ice and snow. I was also worried about sliding on the ice and snow myself, and injuring my knee more. It isn’t good with sudden movements or weight slamming down on it. Glad to say we both did great, thereby expanding our walking season. I did get her a new coat, and I do have some Yaktraks on order from Santa–we will see what he brings!

Weekly Rundown

Another mild (for Maine) week went by, and we all made the most of our outdoor time. It was not the best week for my exercise, however. I started off slow, but was very busy over the weekend to make up for it.

Monday: off. I really do need to break this trend. Or perhaps I should just relax and enjoy it?

Tuesday: Kate and I walked around the inside of the hospital for our walk as she was fighting off a head cold. Didn’t accomplish much, only .55 mile in 40 minutes. Although I think the stairs are good for us.

Wednesday: off again. Guilt started to intrude, as I didn’t really feel like I had exercised at all this week.

Thursday: I did my blend of weights and yoga for 35 minutes. Stretching the muscles as you use them intensely  is a really good mix. I also have been using my 15 minute break at work to walk. I usually walk all three floors and finish up with grabbing a coffee on the way back to the lab. This time I focused on the stairs, going from the first floor to the roof (four flights) and then from the bottom to the roof (five flights). By the time I got my coffee, my legs were shaking 🙂

Friday: Morning on the treadmill. I hadn’t run yet this week, so I felt pretty good after a mile on the treadmill and some walking to cool down. It wasn’t a long run, just about 20 minutes. My goal next week is to run 2 miles on the treadmill.

Saturday: after an early morning trip for shopping (groceries, horse food and Christmas), Daisy and I did 4.3 miles. That little dog is so cute, the line never slackened between us, coming or going. She just loves to go. And sniff. Sniffing is important.
After some work around the house, I did go out and see my horses.  I didn’t make them work too hard, just a little ground work so they know I am still in charge. And since I still have some homegrown carrots for them, they were happy to see me.

Sunday: another walk with Daisy. First I went out and expanded the horses’ barnyard. We had gotten up Friday to find Christopher Robin in the driveway. Not sure how he got out, but I am thinking that dang moose pulled the fence down again. At least Christopher was hanging out looking for breakfast instead of up at the neighbors.
I figure at this time of year, the barnyard is a good place for them anyway, as the grass supply is pretty much gone.  But I wanted to make it a little bigger. Took me two hours, which was longer than I expected! So Daisy and I did just a hair over 2 miles.  My husband and I then made our annual pilgrimage Christmas shopping together, with a stop in Freeport to see the Festival of Lights.  It was a wonderful afternoon and evening, even if we were too late to see the reindeer. I guess they go to bed early.