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1108 Su
  & awake 645ish; snuggle
  * up 7:45; W=199; drugs, nose, teeth; coffee
  @ http://www.timpanycenter.org/ (from tetralizard)
    theraputic pool: $10 drop-in, $50/month; attendant 1/2 price
  * backups: 2009-11-08T08:32:53-0800 - 2009-11-08T09:13:00-0800 -> /media/bak
  * Walk + (window) shopping
    short because my right knee was starting to hurt
  = REI Boarding Bag looks like the best netbook-capable shoulder bag
    Timbuk2 wallet has wider slots, but is a little too large for current bag
  ! distressed.  Not hunger; I just _had_ lunch.  Politics?
    | anxiety attack, apparently.  From thinking about LTCI during walk?
    Deep breathing, relaxation, and tea with valerian seem to have helped.
  @ The Great Illusion
    from http://shadowe-wraithe.livejournal.com/37713.html
  * Ordered kitchenaid 5-qt mixer in Boysenberry (purple)
  & Colleen distressed over not being able to get out of the house
  & Colleen went out to the front yard and deadheaded roses.
  * Made shrimp scampi and rice for dinner.
  * considerable progress despamming.
  = (21:04:51) Naomi: The name we've decided on for the combination of me,
    Callie and Louise who are performing at Orycon since you can't be there:
    "Temporary Glass." :) 
  * answer filk-related emails
  * Music
    worked on guitar part for October Country; sang Inherit the Earth
  & 10:30 bath
  | Very sleepy

My weight has crept up to 200 lbs; DO NOT LIKE. I probably need to be stricter about the low-carb thing. And take my walks, even though I still have trouble finding the time. [livejournal.com profile] tetralizard sent me a link to Timpany Center, a nearby theraputic pool that does drop-ins. *Waves at [livejournal.com profile] cflute* If I don't have time for walks, I certainly don't have time for that, however.

I had to cut my walk short yesterday because my right knee was complaining. I'm in better shape than a lot of people my age, but not by much. Some looking around at Office Max and REI yielded the decision that the REI "boarding bag" looks like the best bet for my new shoulder bag; it's light, and has enough pockets and dividers inside that I might even be able to abandon the wallet. Though the Timbuk2 travel wallet looks like a good replacement for my current one: the card slots are wide enough for photos and business cards.

(The idea behind getting a larger shoulder bag is that it would have room for the netbook if necessary, but could go mostly empty most of the time. It's a nice theory...)

After getting back home I had a bit of an anxiety attack, probably from thinking about the mess I've made by not signing up for long-term care insurance 20 years ago. We'll be talking with an agent next week, but given my age and Colleen's health it's probably too late. As usual, it apparently took a couple of hours for the anxiety to build up to where I could notice it, and several more hours before I was able to trace it back to the cause. But relaxation, deep breathing, and herb tea with valerian got it under control.

I was in no shape to go out again, though, which caused some friction with Colleen, who was rapidly going stir-crazy and had been hoping to go to Yamagami's nursery and look at plants. In the end she took the scooter out to the front yard and deadheaded roses.

I made shrimp scampi and rice for dinner, and did some practicing late in the evening. Yet another thing I need to force myself to make the time for.

Date: 2009-11-09 05:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cflute.livejournal.com
Thanks for forwarding the link. I checked it out. Unfortunately the online info says *nothing* about when the aqua-aerobics classes are. Guess I'll have to call them next time I'm down and find out! Glad to know that such really is available in your area, though. :-)

Date: 2009-11-09 10:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
I believe the schedule is in the two spreadsheets linked from the "pool information" page.

Date: 2009-11-09 08:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] egoldberg.livejournal.com
FWIW if you want to lose weight, you can do it much faster via cardio than by walking (which only burns about 300 cal an hour -- 10-12 hr of work per pound vs. 3-4 hr)

Date: 2009-11-09 10:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
I believe that. So far, though, walking is the only form of exercise that I actually enjoy doing. And with flaky knees and ankles, bike riding and jogging appear to be off the agenda as well. I used to really like bike riding, though again it's hard to find time for it since I'm too far away to ride to work even if I could.

Suggestions would certainly be appreciated.
Edited Date: 2009-11-09 10:28 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-11-09 11:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shadowe-wraithe.livejournal.com
Well I can suggest weights, light ones to start with. Get some 1/2/5/10 pounds dumbells and use them around the house. It does not seem like much, but every little bit counts towards healthier body. Another thing you might consider is seeing if you can find an elliptical cheap. I don't really like much exercise myself (well except that I do enjoy weightlifting) but with the elliptical you do a LOT of working out, in a small amount of time, and it is cardio without the jarring.

If I can help in any way, let me know, even if it's cheering from the sidelines...I can still do that. :D
(((HUGS)))

PS: At least you aren't at my whopping 300+ pounds *Groanz at self*

Date: 2009-11-10 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
Hmm; I have some wrist and ankle weights in the car... I did some weightlifting back in college, 40 years ago. None since.

There's a gym in the building where I work; presumably I could find an elliptical there. I can use it for free; I'm embarrassed to say that I've never been in once in the 17 years I've worked here.

Date: 2009-11-11 03:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shadowe-wraithe.livejournal.com
Yes the ankle/wrist weights would be a good add to your daily walks, or just for use daily in whatever you do. Small bits of resistance will help slowly build up muscle, and make your body more healthy as you go along. The elliptical is a good idea, mainly because it is non-impact, and a good cardio workout.

Sad part for me is that almost every single elliptical I can afford, has a max weight limit of either 200 or 250 pounds...like us 300+ pound folks don't need to exercise. I find it amusing, frustrating and discriminating...but I don't have the money to tackle a lawsuit at the moment! *just kidding, well sort of*

Glad the ideas have usable merit for you. I used to love weightlifting, still do...my problem is I gave all my weight plates to my best friend, who shortly thereafter moved to Southern Cali, taking them with. Now I need to buy 150 pounds worth of metal 1" bar plate weights, so I can use my bench again! :P

*HUGS*

Date: 2009-11-11 03:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mdlbear.livejournal.com
The question with the elliptical isn't so much whether it's "low impact" as what it would do to my knees. Cycling is supposed to be low impact too, but that's what damaged my knees in the first place.

Date: 2009-11-12 03:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shadowe-wraithe.livejournal.com
Well it will honestly depend upon the Type of elliptical. Some are more like cycling, whilst others are more like back and forth motion. Hopefully the ones at your gym will be user friendly for your knees. :D

Date: 2009-11-09 11:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] egoldberg.livejournal.com
Good question.

I know that using an elliptical training is less taxing for the knees. I've been using one 3 hours a week and have taken off 12 pounds in 4 months without starving myself at all.

But I don't know how they work for people who already have knee issues.

Date: 2009-11-09 11:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] egoldberg.livejournal.com
Oops, sorry, actually it was 3 months.

(not trying to "diet", just to exercise more & eat healthier foods so that my weight naturally falls over an extended period of time, which seems to be working.)

Date: 2009-11-09 10:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rowanf.livejournal.com
Oh, I hadn't heard that Timpany re-opened. I went there three times a week for years! Being able to get aerobic exercise using floats instead of weights is way easier on the joints and being supported by the water let me do things my back precluded. If only I had the time. *sigh*

Date: 2009-11-10 12:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tetralizard.livejournal.com
I had to do a lot of searching for the new update on the timpany center. It was closed over the summer but with an agreement between the county and SJSU kinestology dept, they have reopened again. I looked at the classes and although they're not as frequent as when the easter seals were providing them, at least there are classes.

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