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Old Mon, Mar-19-18, 23:03
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Plan: OWL
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BF:50.5/39/25
Progress: 66%
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Went to the gym today. I was too late for Zumba, so I decided to learn how to use the rowing machine, and asked a trainer there to show me how to use it. I did 20 minutes on it. Iím surprised by its overall effect on my body. I can feel it in the abs, glutes, shoulders, arms and back. My technique can use some work. Once I got home, I watched a few vids. Iíll improve it next time.

Itís kind of boring using this machine at the gym. I know itís much more fun on the water. So Iím going to train a bit in the gym before I do that. I might bring my phone and groovy Klipsch headphones, and listen to tunes while I row. Iíd much rather do this than sit-ups.
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Old Tue, Mar-20-18, 04:04
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Plan: lc, highish fat,
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Very nice! Indeed, rowing is really comprehensive -- but be prepared that on the water is very different! Not quite so balanced Unless you have one of those super slidy real sculls -- we've always had canoes and kayaks, and they pretty much hit my shoulders...they call me quasimoto....
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Old Sat, Aug-04-18, 22:35
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Plan: OWL
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Progress: 66%
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4 Aug 2018

Joining a challenge thread to establish a new good habit.

Iím pulled toward a quarterly cycle based on the sun (Winter Solstice, Spring Equinox, Summer Solstice, Fall Equinox). These days resonate with me symbolically (and usually physically), and I always mark them. But I donít want to wait until the Fall Equinox to start. Why wait? Iíll just jump in and establish a new good habit.

Upcoming astronomical events this year:

September 22, 2018 -Autumnal Equinox
December 21, 2018 - Winter Solstice

The Summer Solstice was on June 21st. Today is the 45th day of Summer; Autumn begins in 50 days.

Why I Doing This?

To improve my health. Lately, Iíve been plagued with edema in my lower legs, mostly around the ankles. Only for about a week, but itís pissing me off. The last time I had this problem I was at my highest weight. It didnít occur for years after that. So: improve daily habits - a good idea in any case. Iím spending too much time sitting, not enough time moving.

Make the Most of Summer; Get Ready for Fall

SUMMER IS HALF OVER, BABY. ENJOY IT WHILE YOU CAN.

My new good habit:

Be active for 20 minutes (or more) every day.

For purposes of my challenge, ďActivityĒ includes purposeful athletics such as: sports; sports conditioning; arts that could be argued are also sports (dancing!); activities which are not sports, but require physical effort (e.g. yoga, gardening, housecleaning, walking, a leisurely ride on a bicycle).

Potential results of this new habit MAY include:

Soaking up some Vitamin D;
Improved circulation;
Improved mood and appetite;
Improved muscle tone;
More energy;
Disappearance of edema;

and

Getting much of the pruning done in the garden before I have to call in the pros to prune the trees and tall shrubs. (There is MUCH to be done);

Purging materials from the basement, closets, and other areas;

Moving and unpacking boxes which are now cluttering up my life so I can move them into the magically cleared new space.

Then I can exercise in front of the TV in the beautiful emptiness that is now my den. Thereís even a mirror in there. On I can exercise in another room upstairs that is pretty empty now. I just have to make sure that I donít shift crap from other areas into that room. I need to PURGE. I need to PUT ORDER INTO CHAOS, and maintain areas which are good. But mostly, I need to purge.

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21 June through 3 August: sloth

4 Aug - walk, 20 minutes

I love walking early in the morning, when itís cool, but walking at dusk is nice too. I enjoy seeing the efforts my neighbors use to light the landscape, the exterior of their homes, and any room seen from the street. The avenues are a bit dark because of tree canopy, but thereís still plenty of light at eight oíclock. The earth is fecund, you can smell it. The air is sweet and a little humid. Most lawns are dry and brown, but a few neighbors proudly show off their emerald green grass. Roses are still blooming. Urban gardens are producing vegetables. The Little Free Libraries which Iíve passed have nothing of interest, but I enjoy seeing them all the same.
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Old Sun, Aug-05-18, 23:18
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5 Aug 2018

Spent 75 minutes pruning a large shrub. It was the first time I tried my new Stihl hedge trimmers, and i was a little nervous about it, as I'd never before used one that was motorized.

Anyway, it's easy to use, but it weighs 8 pounds, so swinging that thing around, raising it shoulder length or a little higher and waving it back and forth, moving it in an even upward swing to do the sides of the hedge... it was kind of fun, although I did have to use loppers for some of the larger branches, and hand pruners to reach in where I couldn't reach with the power tool. So it took me a little while, but now it's done.

One down, three to go - but that last hedge is along the entire length of the driveway.

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Old Wed, Aug-08-18, 13:19
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Yesterday's exercise was a 20 minute brisk walk.

Today I spent two hours pruning shrubs. And it's only noon! Next garden project is pruning a very long hedge. Not today, though. It's too hot.
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Old Thu, Aug-09-18, 15:30
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75 minutes walking. 2.6 miles!
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Old Fri, Aug-10-18, 04:59
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Quote:
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75 minutes walking. 2.6 miles!

>>>> WTG <<<<
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Old Sat, Aug-11-18, 10:47
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Plan: OWL
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Didn't quite make 20 minutes walking yesterday, so I added some stair climbing at the end of the day. Whew. Could only do four flights before I had to pause. Did some "high stepping" (knee raises). Need to improve my conditioning. It was a good test.

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Old Sun, Aug-12-18, 22:16
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Twenty minutes walking in the neighborhood. I walked with nothing but my house keys. No iPod, no purse, no water. As light as I can go. I fixed my hair so it wouldn't fly in my face, and I didn't have to wear a hat. I enjoyed feeling the evening breeze in my face.

I've discovered that my purpose in walking is to spy on the neighbors and critique their landscaping and exterior decor. One of my neighbors has painted his house black. Seriously. It looks okay, though, if a little bleak. Better than the houses that are painted a weird pinky-flesh tone. Some folks are watering the parking strip ONLY TO THE EDGE OF THEIR PROPERTY. THEY are keeping their lawns green. Their next door neighbors are going with the seasonal rainfall pattern and let their lawns go dormant. So you get these strips that are half green and half end-of-summer-drought-beige. Ridiculous.

The other purpose I've discovered for a 20 minute walk is as a warm-up. For dancing.

Danced salsa for 20 minutes in my socks to Ruben Blades and the Spanish Harlem Orchestra's "Across 110th Street". Most Excellent.

May I be ambulatory and dancing 'till the day I die.

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Old Tue, Aug-14-18, 10:21
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Plan: OWL
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80 minutes of gardening yesterday. I got the SIDE of my long hedge, with my magical new Stihl hedge trimmers, now I need to do ladder work to get the top of it.
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Old Thu, Aug-16-18, 12:41
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Plan: OWL
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Yesterday's exercise: 315 minutes of cleaning!

AQ was for $h!t: we are surrounded by fires in OR, WA, and CA. The air has been hazy for 3 days. Kept the cat inside, because he recently suffered an asthma attack (first ever) and I don't want it to recur. It's been hot, so I decided that exercise would be cleaning, inside.

Thoroughly cleaned the bathroom, sprayed some areas with diluted bleach to whiten the grout, vacuumed and mopped two other rooms and the hallway; dusted and cleaned mirrors on the 1st floor; waited until the floors were dry to close the windows and turn on the AC. I enjoyed the warm breeze as the house aired out, and everything smelled so fresh and clean.

Also, I finally cleaned out the fridge. I don't know why it takes so long to clean out the fridge, but it just does, yo. Took out the shelves and drawers and washed them. Threw out so much stuff *sob* but now it's clean and I have room in there.
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18 Aug 2018

Exercise last night was 20 minutes of dancing: swing dancing technique with patterns, barefoot in my living room, to Bobby Blue Bland, and salsa to Rubťn Blades. Really enjoyed it. Love to improvise.

Today I took a 90 minute kizomba workshop at a local studio. Still learning, still improving. Here is a demo of kizomba:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uq6DUjk-u9o

Of course, I donít wear sprayed on pants, white or otherwise, but I did get a chance to try out my new brassiere (actually, I bought 3, but this one is particularly flattering) with a new, tight teeshirt. I felt like Jayne Mansfield, if she were a brunette. My girls were out and proud! Took the class in jazz flats.

I was in a fasted state throughout. Didnít have my first meal of the day until much later. I didnít feel dizzy or have a lack of energy at all. Made sure I was hydrated before I left the house, and supplemented my sodium with one (1) umeboshi plum. Wow, those things are salty. More salty than olives. ONE provided me with about half a gram of sodium. I also took a potassium capsule.

I prefer dancing when I'm hungry, or just empty.
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