Monday, February 28, 2011

More to come....

There is a post coming, I promise. I have been busy this weekend, but not the harried-and-hurried usual kind of busy for me.

So hang tight!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

And now for my next impression, Jesse Owens!

If you don't know who Margaret O'Brien is, she was a child actress of the early 1940s. She appears as "Tootie Smith" in one of my favorite movies, Meet Me In St. Louis. It's a very charming film taking a nostalgic look at a family in 1903, living in St. Louis as preparations swirl around them for the 1904 World's Fair. One of the scenes from the "Fall" vignette features young Margaret telling her older sister (Judy Garland) that their neighbor -- the boy next door for whom she carries a serious torch -- tried to kill her. It's the weak, sad little voice, "It was John Truett. He tried to KILL me." (Later on, she reveals that it was all part of a scheme that she concocted to try to get a trolley car to derail... he actually pulled her to safety. Long story - watch the movie).

About 3:00 this afternoon, I was doing a MEAN impression of young Margaret O'Brien.... only it would have been, "It was Dave. Dave my trainer. He tried to kill me!" Only teasing!!

But I had mentioned to Dave that I need something new.... and BOY, did he oblige! It's interval training like nothing I have ever done before, and yet I get this great workout in, in about 30-35 minutes. I like this one -- enough that I think I'll be able to really work it into my schedule well, and get a good workout too.

I am also going to check out some gyms near the office... at least until my schedule straightens out a little more. Funny .... everything I'd had in my nice little boxes on the calendar at Christmas has pretty much gone
BOOM!
and now I have to adjust.

Yep.... this workout's gonna do me a LOT of good!

(Oh, and bonus points if you know which movie the post title comes from!)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Hey Kevin Cronin, I'm stealing your lyric....

This is yet another week when exercise simply hasn't happened. It's all on me, and I admit it. I could have stopped by the gym on Wednesday night -- in fact, had the bag in the car -- but I was just too tired, and I mean truly tired. As in, head was bobbing at my desk, and all I wanted to do was get home and rest.

I do not rest enough. I know this. I don't know how to fit it into my day, short of taking sleeping pills to knock myself out at 9:30 and trying to rewire my body to actually fall asleep before 11:00 (good luck breaking a lifetime of being an late-evening owl). Getting up later than 5:00 AM isn't an option for getting to work on time; and I'll be danged if I get up any earlier than 5:00 to fit in a workout. Like I said, I don't sleep enough as it is.

So with that in mind, I am 90% there at letting my current gym membership go, and finding a gym or workout closer to work. I figure at the least, I can try to get it in on my lunch hour (if it's close enough) or immediately after work. Yep, indeed, it may just be time for me to fly....

I hate it because I really do like that my current gym is 24-7, that I'm left to my own devices, and that it's a 2 minute drive from the house. Yet since the summer, I have not felt nearly as welcome as I had in the past.... mostly because the evening hours, when I can work out, seem to have become the domain of the power lifters or guys who are training for some sort of MMA event or lifting competition. I like using the free weights, but I have felt the vibe from at least a couple of people of "wish the chick would hurry up and leave so we can do our thing." Guess what fellas? You're about to get your wish.

Luckily, I have some hand weights at home, and I know where Academy is if I need to get a higher weight. So I can at least continue with some resistance training. And with the workout facility I have in mind (a chain: one near work and one on the drive home between work & home), I can get in some good total-body training. My cardio has suffered because I've let it do so.

Like I said, I'm about 90% there. I haven't made the full decision just yet, because I'm trying to work out a time to meet with my personal trainer. Once I do that......

In LOLspeak, I do haz a sad. :(

Friday, February 04, 2011

Confession and a cause

First, the confession: This past Wednesday was the first day I'd hit the gym in nearly 3 weeks. I have had some serious changes to my schedule over the last couple of weeks, and now I am trying to decide my options. I am meeting with my trainer anyway next week to change my weights routine, and I am going to talk to him about some other changes.

I need to work on my cardio, and I've let it go at the expense of the resistance training. As much as I really do enjoy the elliptical, if I do only that for cardio, I am going to be bored and disappointed. So I am considering Tae Kwon Do or one of those new kickbox/cardio studios that have opened up around here. My other idea is to find a Zumba class -- I have the DVD and I'd like to get in on a class just to see if it's more fun that way. I'm not usually the class type.... There are some exercisers who have to have the social interaction; to me, it's a distraction. I'm not there to make friends and influence people .... I'm there to change my body, get rid of stress, keep my weight down and tone my body up. I figure one class or two wouldn't hurt .... just to see.

I'll keep you posted on how it's going....

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Now, for the cause:

Today (Friday) is National Wear Red for Heart Day. As some of you know, this cause took on new and greater importance in my life this past year. And so I am asking for your support as I take part in the American Heart Association's Start! Upstate Heart Walk on April 2.

Both sets of grandparents died of complications from cardiovascular disease. Mom's parents both died of massive heart attacks, Dad's from strokes. One of Dad's siblings has already had a mild stroke, and another just lost her husband to one. My mom's family reunions would be a cardiac researcher's fantasy come true. It's like a medical convention: "Well, my triglycerides on my last appointment were about 165, so they've put me on (newest wonder drug), and my blood pressure was elevated so they added (another wonder drug)." And then the next relative shares his or her tale.....

My mother has been hypertensive since I can remember. I think she was in her late 30s when she started in on Dyazide, then Cardizem, and then.... oh good Lord, who knows which of her many meds these days is the HBP drug? My brother -- diagnosed as hypertensive in his early 30s. He's not quite as diligent as my mom about his meds, because he's too proud to go to the doctor and say, "Listen, I have no health insurance and I sure as hell can't afford the medicine. Can we talk generic or does the pharmaceutical firm have an assistance program?" I am actually quite surprised that I'm not hypertensive. Because I'm surely stressed as hell.... and I know that this has got to stop somehow. But otherwise, my heart is in good condition.

Given all that, Mom's mild "silent" heart attack last year should not have been a surprise. But it was. I'm not sure what's more surprising: the fact that we didn't even consider heart trouble in all this, or that her doctor missed it (and then didn't seem very proactive about it). I'm so glad that I forced her hand to get a second opinion back when we knew that it was fluid around the heart. To be honest, I'm not sure Mom would still be with us.

Here are some alarming facts I've learned just this week about cardiovascular disease:
  • 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease.
  • More than 82 million Americans have one or more types of cardiovascular disease -- that's one in three people.
  • On average, 2200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day; that's an average of one death every 39 seconds.
  • Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women 20 and older, killing one woman every minute.
  • More women die of heart disease than the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer.
You don't even want to read about congenital heart defects in children -- there's more information out there than I can even begin to condense to post here (but I do encourage you to visit the AHA Website and learn more).

And I ask for your help -- if you're local and would like to walk with me, then click here and choose "Join My Team." Or if you can't walk but would like to help with a donation of any amount, you may donate via this link.

Thanks for your time, and for the PSA. It's not my normal MO, but it is very important!