Our first meeting

I will be writing an update once I get home.

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This is goodbye, I guess

When Lynn, who has been faithful to the end asked where we all were, I should have replied sooner, but I was busy with my darn knee.
What happened on this blog is that slowly but surely, everyone lost interest. I for one, found another place, which had more resources than we had here, thanks to Sara, who introduced me to it.
I started on SparkPeople in June, and for a while, kept reporting about my exercise at both places. After a while, I also felt like it was not my “job” to nudge members into posting and when the only commenter is a former member 😉 maybe we should close down. If you all agree, this is what I am going to do and say goodbye.
Sara, Lynn and myself have moved to SparkPeople on a private (at the moment) team called… ElderExercise. If you wish to join us there, just drop either of us a note and we’ll send you an invite.

It was nice while it lasted, but it’s time to move on.


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Lynn–Where is everyone? Are we still blogging?

Hi all. I’m starting to feel like the lone voice in the wilderness. I hope everyone is OK and that the blog absence is due to general busyness and not ill health.

We’re seeing signs of spring here in Massachusetts. I’ve been walking more as well as doing my yoga/stretching/strengthening exercises at least 2x a week. I need to lose some winter weight.

It would be good to know whether or not we’re continuing the blog and perhaps formally put an end to it if we’re not.



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Lynn–checking in

Hello all. Just checking in and wondering what’s up with everyone. Winter does seem to be hanging on here with a bitter grip. I got away for a long weekend in Florida this past weekend, which was wonderful and hot. Lots of flat walking which was relatively easy on my knees. \\Exercise continues to be spotty. I began walking outside more when the roads got a bit less icy and the afternoons stayed light longer but things have gotten icy again. I’ve been doing stretching & strength work 2 or 3 days a week but need to be more consistent about that. My knees continue to be an issue–I just bought a book through Amazon–Yoga for Arthritis. Looks interesting. Claude, how are your knees these days?

So, what are we doing about this blog? Is this just a temporary hiatus or are things coming to a close?




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Lynn–signs of spring

Hmm–well that might be a bit overstating it–but I was delighted to see that the temperature will be climbing all of this coming week and might get close to 50 by the end of the week.

I’m feeling buried in snow here in Massachusetts. I had someone come to shovel my roof last week after the roof of a house in my neighborhood collapsed into the inhabitants’ living room–one article I read said that the accumulation of snow we’ve had this winter is equivalent to parking a couple of SUVs on the roof. Anyhow, all that roof snow ended up in big snow mountains outside my front and back doors. The guys carved a path through the front door snow mountain but I don’t think I’ll be exiting via the rear door for a while.

This is all to say that I’ve got a touch of cabin fever and have not been exercising much other than my usual stair climbing at work and periodic bouts wrestling the snow blower up and down the driveway. I’m feeling very out of shape aerobically and my pants are starting to feel a bit snug so this has got to change. I did get out for short walks the past couple of days and hope to do so again today–the ice is finally beginning to melt from the roads and sidewalks in my neighborhood.

How is everyone else faring? I see we’ve all gone silent for the winter.

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Sara – getting back on track

Well, it’s been quite cold here – a couple of days ago I awoke to zero degrees F!   We have more cold coming this week – maybe one day approaching mere freezing – so best get used to it.

You will notice I’ve been experimenting with Bollywood Dance.  Let’s see if I can put a photo in here…

the dvd I've been using

Hm, didn’t go in as large as I wanted…oh well!  I must admit this is fun AND aerobic, but I don’ t think it burns as many calories as Leslie, so I’m back to Leslie – with perhaps some Bollywood thrown in for variety from time to time.  There is quite a lot of flexibility work however which is nice and different from Leslie.  Also lots of core movement.  and the music is great fun!  There is a playfulness in Bollywood dance that I really like – this is different from belly dancing which is pretty seriously sexy.  Bollywood is more fun sexy!

My prosaic step record –

Thurs. Jan. 13 – 12658 steps, 4261 aerobic (24′ = 1.5 mi. LS; 27′ = Bollywood Dance) ST pliés/relevés 6×8, grand pliés 3×8.
Fri. Jan. 14 – 7544 steps, 3688 aerobic (50′ Bollywood Dance)
Sat. Jan. 15 – 8321 steps, 2468 aerobic (1.05 mi. outdoors, in cold, 18′)
Sun. Jan. 16 – 4703 steps, 0 aerobic
Mon. Jan. 17 – 6847 steps, 3110 aerobic (28′ = 2 LS miles)
Tues. Jan. 18 – 11658 steps, 7191 aerobic (cardio 24′ = 1.5 mi. outdoors, 27′ = Bollywood)
Wed. Jan. `19 – 8705 steps, 4839 aerobic (37′ = 3 mi. LS, flat belly DVD)  ST = 4×10 bicycle crunches
Thurs. Jan. 20 – 6303 steps, 0 aerobic
Fri. Jan. 21 – 6197 steps, 3854 aerobic (1 mi. outdoors, 1 mi. LS with boost)
Sat. Jan. 22 – 13660 steps, 10881 aerobic (1.5 mi outdoors, 5 mi. LS – total 85 min.)

I have been overeating and not tracking my food so all that calorie burning still didn’t keep me from gaining up to 138.5.  But now after the last two days I am down again to 136 and hoping to stay there, if not a bit below, until mid-March.  I’m looking forward to experimenting with eating a bit more and trying to keep my exercise constant at 4 miles, 6 days a week, if I can.

ST = well, we’ll see!  Right now I am not feeling motivated, but maybe if I alternate ST with cardio, I can do it.

I’m also going to really try to post each Sunday night, through the day before, since sparkpeople’s week begins on Sunday.  Makes it a bit easier to transfer my doings from spark to EE.

I hope you all are well and still moving/walking/singing/elliptical-ing happily, in whatever weather conditions you have!

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Lynn–good habits die fast

Oh my, it’s winter isn’t it? I’ve been reading all these articles recently about the horrors of being a couch potato–but really, in the winter in New England, it’s hard to be anything but a couch potato unless you love skiing (which I don’t). Today is our 3rd snow day this month–snow all morning, freezing rain now–this does NOT entice me out for a walk! But there’s always Leslie…

I haven’t been good about keeping records of exercise–one of the habits that died over my break. However, I have walked to a LS DVD once, done a 20 minute gentle aerobic dance routine once, done some strength/stretching work a couple of times, muscled a snow blower up and down my driveway several times, and spent a few minutes with a long handled roof rake getting some of the snow off my roof.

I will start keeping records this week so I can offer a more detailed report next time I post.


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