Monthly Archives: June 2010

Sara – holding, holding…

Hi, everyone!  Welcome back, Lynn, and I hope your jet lag is soon a thing of the past…

Weather this last week was mostly quite hot, but yesterday was lovely and today is quite cool so far.  Unfortunately I am doing indoors work which I’ve put off for too long, so am not in the best position to enjoy it.  I will get out later today though…

June 23-29:

Wed. 9984 steps (2463 aerobic); 8×20 cardioglide; 2′ on trampoline; 1.19 mi. outside walk (pace 19′).  This pace info comes from which calculates these things for you.  I have entered a bunch of maps there, so now know how far I am going when I walk outside – I time it with my pedometer.

Thurs. 6611 steps (2198 aerobic); 4×20 cardioglide; 1 mi. outdoors, pace 18′.

Fri. 14768 steps (7533 aerobic); 4×20 cardioglide; 2.84 mi. outdoors, pace 18-20′

Sat. 9546 steps (4945 aerobic); 3 mi. LS DVD; 8′ on trampoline; 6×20 cardioglide.

Sun. 6474 steps (2168 aerobic); 1 mi. outdoors, pace 18′

Mon.  13381 steps (4823 aerobic); 3 mi. LS, last with 2 lb. weights.

Tues. 7800 steps (3583 aerobic); 6×20 cardioglide; 1.44 mi. outdoors, pace 19′

I know the hot weather affected my desire to exercise, both outdoors and indoors – no AC in my house, although my downstairs is built on a cement slab so stays cooler.  But when temps go into upper 80s with humidity, it is still daunting.

Now I am hoping I can finish this paperwork soon and get myself back on track.  Fortunately I kept to my calorie allowance last week so am back to 145 lbs.  Had hoped to be lighter, but hey, what can one do?

Here’s to good weather and lovely walking for you all!  🙂



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Lynn–back from England

Greetings! I got back from England late on Saturday and am still feeling jet lagged and spacy. There were certainly many sad and difficult times during the  2 1/2 weeks I was there but also long, relaxed afternoons and evenings in the garden. I do love the long northern days with light in the sky at 10 p.m. I managed to get out for walks most days–there’s a nice 1/2 hour walk near my sister’s house with a view of cows and sheep and distant hills.

The rest of this week promises to be busy but I’m going to make a point of getting out for walks–if nothing else it might help me get through this jet lag.


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Sara – in a holding pattern…

Bonjour!  That headline is fairly accurate.  Our new sidewalks are completed but it has been very hot and muggy, and I have been too lazy to break out the camera and photograph them.  Maybe tomorrow and I will add a photo here.  We still must hire someone to put up walls between our gardens.  We’ll talk to another company tonight…

I wouldn’t mind some of that chilly weather right now.  Hot and muggy does not encourage me to exercise but I’ve pretty much kept plugging anyway.  Was doing well on watching my weight too until last night when I yielded to temptation and finished the creme brulee ice cream while watching a movie…ah, but it was worth it!  Yum yum!

Here is the week of June 15-22

Wed. 9993 (5596 aerobic – 2.2 miles outdoor walking); cardioglide 4x20x145

Thurs. 14391 (9188 aerobic – 3.5 miles outdoor); cardioglide 6x20x145

Fri. 8397 (4961 aerobic – 2 miles outdoor); cardioglide 4x20x145

Sat. 13485 (8000 aerobic – 3.15 miles outdoor); cardioglide 4x20x145

Sun. 11115 (4919 aerobic – 1.16 outdoor, 2 miles LS); cardioglide 6x20x145

Mon. 15084 (6712 aerobic – 4 miles LS); cardioglide 6x20x145; 2 hours international folk dancing

Tues. 14153 (8942 aerobic – 3.81 miles outdoor); cardioglide 4x2x145; yucky weather

Wed. AM weight – 146

Yes, lots of cardioglide – somehow it is so easy to just get on this machine in the AM and do the job.  Later in the day works better for walking.

We had a GREAT time doing international folk dancing this week, lots of fun music.  The only downside was that my feet did feel it the next day – but I think that was because of my doing the 4-mile Leslie challenge the same day.  Or maybe I need to wear different shoes.  Possibly both.

I’m wondering how Lynn is getting along in the UK.  I’m still doing the sparkpeople and am happy with the way it’s helping me track all sorts of little projects.  I am getting a lot done here in my house that I’ve put off for too long and that feels good.

Have a great week, everyone!  🙂


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Lia – Not according to plan

Hello, gals! I know my strategy of getting over jetlag was a fine one, but like all good plans it didn’t work out. It took nearly six days before I was able to sleep at night. It was very frustrating to spend the evenings wide awake and finally get tired around 5-6 o’clock in the mornings. I didn’t manage to do anything other than a 20 minute walk each day. Still, that was something.

This week I have done 40 minutes of walking yesterday (Monday) and 60 minutes today (Tuesday).


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Claude – elliptically yours

It’s been a chilly week over here, but somehow it makes exercising easier. AND last Tuesday, my brand new elliptical crosstrainer got delivered at 11h30 and mind you, at twelve, I was pedalling and moving my arms. I must say that since I’ve received it, it has been used every day, and I love it. Also, I have discovered new muscles in my body, most particularly some I didn’t know I had in my back and in my arms.
I didn’t go to the swimming-pool last week as Tuesday is usually my swimming day and I definitely HAD to try my new machine 😉

Monday: 10mn stretching, 15mn arms reinforcement, Abs 5×10 + 4×10, 50mn cardio (cardiowalk 26mn + 2miles LS AHA = 24mn), 10,000 steps
Tuesday: 10mn stretching, 45mn elliptical cardio, 12,750 steps
Wednesday: One-hour stretching class, 36mn cardio (Elliptical), 2×10 thighmaster, 13,200 steps
Thursday: 10mn stretching, 15mn arms reinforcement, 57mn cardio, 10 squats, 2×10 thighmaster, 12,000 steps

Here’s my new acquisition

Friday: 10mn stretching, cardio 40mn, one-hour Feldenkrais, 10 squats, 10 thighmaster, 13,200 steps
Saturday: 10mn stretching, 250 reps arms reinforcement (1kg), ABS: 5×10 + 4×10, 10 squats, 2×10 thighmaster, 45mn cardio on elliptical, 12,500 steps
Sunday: 10mn stretching, Abs: 5×10 + 4×10, 10 squats, 15mn cardio, 13,300 steps
This coming week, I’ll be walking around Paris with my friends, from Norwich, UK, as I did on Sunday, around Cimetière du Père Lachaise. So I might slow down on the cardio exercise, but will try to keep on doing some anyway


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Sara – better!

Bonjour, tout le monde!  It is a cool greyish day here in State College but our construction progresses – they poured our new sidewalk yesterday & now it is drying.  Work schedule is slower, although I do have to sing a funeral this week.  Celine Dion’s The Prayer – and Over the Rainbow for the postlude.  The lady who passed was one of my friends, an amazingly vital and creative person.  I hope I can manage not to cry while I’m singing…
June 9 – 14
Wed. 8665 (4375 aerobic); LS 3-mile w. stretchy band.
Thurs. 9579 (2896 aerobic); plus 3-4 hours of gardening.
Fri. 12226 (2590 aerobic); 1.5 miles outside; 2 hours intense gardening! 4 arms exercises (4x6x5).
Sat. 13698 (7560 aerobic); tired but walked outside anyway, 3.14 cardio miles
Sun. 6381 (2607 aerobic); 5 sets 20 reps cardioglide
Mon. 12336 (6873 aerobic); 4 x 20 cardioglide; LS 3 miles w. stretchy band
Tues. 13634 (8393 aerobic); LS 1-fast-mile; 4 x 20 cardioglide; 2 mi. outside
Wed. AM weight – 145 lbs. 🙂

Yes, that’s correct!  I hit my goal and my underwear fits perfectly.  But I am going to try to get a bit lower, so as to wear some other clothes.  It feels so good to be thinner AND more in shape!   This is what I weighed when I went to France 2 years ago. Sparkpeople has been a big help.  BUT I would never have gotten started with such regular exercise, if Claude had not talked me into joining you that same year.  Your inspiration and encouragement has kept me moving through the rough spots.

Now it’s a question of maintaining these gains, but I am learning to like new habits so that should not be so bad…

And here is a denizen of SC “cafe society” – he is to be found at Wegmans cafe most mornings – he mutters to himself as he reads & is always very quiet.  I had to be sneaky with this photo…so did not frame it just right…

not as picturesque as Paris, but what can you do...

Je vais commenter maintenant.  A la semaine prochaine!  Et bonne semaine a tous!  🙂


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Lia – back in the saddle

Hi! I was away for nearly two weeks visiting family and friends in Toronto and Montreal. This is to say that I am now safe and sound and back at home. It was a very busy three weeks (extending the visit to include the rushed week before the trip) and even though I didn’t post, mainly because of the lack of internet connection, this doesn’t mean that I haven’t been out walking. Actually, I’ve never done so much walking than I did in the last while. During this time, I think I was walking a minimum of one hour on a bad day and up to 4-5 hours on a good. All of it being done on concrete sidewalks, so this was hard on the hips and knees, but the new insoles really kept my feet in shape. Was our for three days before my visit because I broke the tip of one of my toes. A laptop battery fell down on it.

I’m trying to get over my jet lag with the help of a long early morning walk. Wish me luck that this works.


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