Springlike Thursday

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Springlike Thursday
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Thu, 02-20-2014 - 7:50am

It's so odd that it's going to be warm today and there is still so much snow out!  Great dog walking weather.  I'm teaching a sports conditioing like class and will do what I can. I don't know if I've told you all that I've been having achilles pain and plantar issues so my feet are shot. Good thing I spend a good part of the winter w/ my feet immobilized in ski boots.  During ski season, I feel like I let everything else at home go and as I look around the house, I realize how much is piling up.  Good thing ski season is so short here!  What are you all up to these days?






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Registered: 01-14-2014
Thu, 02-20-2014 - 12:15pm

Karla, big time prayers and good thoughts for your granddaughter.  jeesh, how rough that must be for the whole family.  Poor kiddo!!

 Pay toilets, I encountered them somewhere..believe it or not, I think it was in Africa! THe Kilamanjoro airport maybe.  Or maybe I am crazy.  Could have been Amsterdam.  It was in an airport.  i remember scrambling quickly for the right currency as I really had to go!!

I am plodding along, the pilates is STARTING to get a LITTLE easier.  I should probably be doing my easier pilates tapes/dvds instead of doing these 15 minutes video clips on the GAIAM channel.  Either way, I am doing it every day and that is HUGE for me. 

 Recumbent bike or upright?  I like the recumbent better as it seems better for my back and posture, but then again, it seems like I am not working the upper half of my body at all.  Any thoughts?  THis will be my cardio/knee maintenance present to myself.

 re: yesterday's car discussion (forgive me, i forget who brought it up, I am still getting to know you all!) We bought a Honda Civic 2012 and it is super nice.  Paid cash for it as I too am not a fan of the payments.   It is comfy and gets really good mileage.

 Trying to read well through my new progressive glasses, 

Cath 

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Thu, 02-20-2014 - 12:32pm
sheltered life here also, never seen a pay toilet!! I am looking at cars now, I hate car shopping i have done it so many times in the last 5 years its ridiculous!! DH had told me when I brought up me getting a newer one that i could only get a honda or toyota, he's tired of "my GM's breaking down". I have resisted fully so far, but I am finding this time around I am gravitating towards little honda civics and accords for ODD just because I know i want it to get her through the next 3 years of college with little or no brake downs so far from home and I know that hondas tend to have a lower repair rate.
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 02-20-2014 - 5:08pm

Let me see if I can get everything into one post:

GR--husband is also skiing on weekends so he does what he can. Normally what he does is go to Costco to buy all sorts of things we don't need and in builk quantities (he doesn't seem to get that Costco is already bulk so there is no need to buy 2-3 of one item). How much Italian seasoning do we really need?  During the week, if I'm up, he's working and he does work long hours, gets daughter to dance, dinner on the table.  I can't complain because he makes the money that allows me to pay $50-75 a day to teach skiing (that's about what it ends up costing me after gas, tolls, dog walkers, lunch, hotel).  Laundry has to be done after I come home so I can wash my ski stuff and be ready again so he can't do it while I'm gone.  It's mostly things like the bathroom, the mud from the dog, etc. that get left and I'm tired and need recovery time.  Overall, not a big deal, no one really cares.  

Glad you like your hair. Finding a stylist is such a relief!

FSN--I love the skating.  It makes me want to get back to it!  You have so much energy--I can't imagine being out until 10:30 and then getting up the next day to work.

Karla, sorry about your granddaughter.  I hope all goes well for her. She seems like such a trooper.

Arryl, have you tried doing zumba? That makes me feel uncoordinated!

Elc--walking is underrated. When it's warm, I get out!

Cath--as a personal thing, I prefer upright bikes but it's easy to get lazy on posture. Squeeze your shoulder blades together and sit up right w/out slumping. It's one of my problems w/ spinning class. Too many people slouch.

As pay toilets go, I saw them for the first time in the mid-80's in Paris. They had these toilets in stone pylons like in Land of the Lost in the middle of the sidewalks.  You'd put in money and the door would slide open. I felt like Holly!






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Registered: 05-08-2006
Thu, 02-20-2014 - 8:37pm
Jean, i'd say hire someone to clean the bathroom, but maybe that is a little crazy if you are spending money to teach skiing....Aryl, my car is a Saturn, and I love it but they don't make them any more. It was my mother's and it gets minimal use - 10 years old and 45,000 miles....my dad swears by Toyotas. Karla, so sorry for the little one. In some ways, she probably doesn't yet know that everyone doesn't go through this, so it might be harder on the family than her....it is not an 'unknown' to her as hospitalization can be for first timers (not trying to minimize this, just hoping to give grandma some comfort...so hard to see the ones you love hurt..and for you, I am sure you hurt for your daughter as well as her daughter) Cath, I think it's good to try harder Pilates and challenge yourself. Gymrat, glad you like your hair! FSN, you have interesting venues - I don't know where to go line dancing. When I am at Zumba, I sometimes wish I had a place to get dressed up and go dancing. One thing I loved in Krakow was that the young people there invited me to go out with thm and they danced with me. Here, I am too old and responsible to be out with the 25 year olds...there, they were all 25...Elc, I'll just say hello....I remember pay toilets from when I was little - my mother would always encourage me to hold the door open so the next person didn't have to pay. She was a wild woman! At Symphony Hall in Boston there are rest room attendants that I guess give out safety pins and tampons..they are usually little old ladies....and you can tip them. Probably a job that will eventually go away...they have elevator operators too....I went to the gym...surprise! 16 minutes on bike, lifting for shoulders, bis, tris, then abs. I didn't run, for no reason than I didn't want to...I might have to work on Saturday, so I shouts do cardio tomorrow...so maybe I will run...or swim...or not..
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Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 02-20-2014 - 8:56pm

Cath, I'm not a trainer like Jean so my opinion is not "professional"; however I have spent hundreds of hours on the saddle of a road bike. Like Jean said, people slouch. Its really hard to remember not to, especially when you're getting tired or your legs hurt or you're focusing on something else like high cadence pedaling. Unless you get a really high end stationary bike that leans to the sides you're not going to be working your core much. Figure that the bike is good for working your legs and cardio.

The other thing is that your butt/crotch will hurt when sitting upright. Eventually your "soft tissue" toughens up so its not as uncomfortable, and if the saddle fits well you can get your weight on your sitz bones which makes a huge difference---but exercise bikes don't usually have such specific saddles. 

A recumbent bike will definitely be easier on your back and butt. Your may not need shorts with a chamois pad for it either. 

I suggest trying to get a day pass to a gym with both types of bikes and spend time on both, then see which you prefer.

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Fri, 02-21-2014 - 7:17am

Thanks, elc--you might not be a trainer but you know far more than I do about bike riding! Good point about the butt comfort. I bought a couple of pairs of skirt sports bike shorts when they were on sale for $12.  Best investment for spinning class!






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Registered: 04-05-2002
Fri, 02-21-2014 - 7:19am

SJ, my ongoing debate for years is whether to get a maid service or not.  I'm not vested enough to go look for someone. Isn't that awful--being too lazy to find help.  The other part is that I'd have to tidy up before the person came in. That would be hard enough.  Our bathrooms are old and need remodeling. If I ever had that done, I'd get a maid for upkeep.






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Registered: 01-14-2014
Fri, 02-21-2014 - 10:03am

Thanks for the bike advice ladies.  I do appreciate the recumbent better from my months at the gym last year, and will go that route. 

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 02-21-2014 - 10:04am
love love love spinning classes, but yes, the butt issue was always my downfall. A cycler friend of mine suggested the biker shorts with the padding in the butt, but I can't see myself wearing those for a class at the Y. I haven't gotten back to doing those classes in Texas, the 30 minute beginning class is only at 5 a.m. on Wednesdays and with kid drop offs, I can't do it. Hoping next year when DH takes over kid drop offs for both kids, I can fit it in since I could shower at the Y and go directly to work.
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Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 02-21-2014 - 10:06am
Jean, we brought in a cleaning lady for a little bit after my last one was born when I went back to work, stopped for a while and brought her back about 6 months ago. The best investment ever!!! I do tidy up before she comes every other week, because I am bad about leaving piles on counters and stuff. But the longer she's been doing it, the more I found myself being "Cleaner" in between her visits so the tidy up time the night before is a lot less. Its also a motivator for my middle daughter, I always tell her that if she doesn't pick up her floor and stuff in her room, I will close the door and the cleaning lady won't vacuum or make her bed. She loves when that happens, so she's much more willing to pick up stuff in between visits also.
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