Make it thrilling Thursday

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Make it thrilling Thursday
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Thu, 12-05-2013 - 7:21am

I'm teaching sports conditioning this morning and hope to get a good workout. I did the UrbanFit class yesterday and was, again, underwhelmed. It's not quite lifting, it's not quite anything much.  We did some squats, long rests, some chest presses, long rest, then a 12 minute long segment of overheat squats, side obliques and windmill. It was tiring on the shoulders but nothing else.  I don't get that people who like crossfit do it but maybe they go heavier. I just hate lifting.  I told the instructor at the end that I really don't care to build more strength at this point. I can do 30+ militarypush ups, a few unassisted pull ups. I don't care to be able to do more. Bah hum bug to all the stuff I preach!

I just realized how fast the month is going and I leave next Friday for my ski week at Killington.  I'm overwhelmed, honestly, by how much I have to do to get ready for Christmas!






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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Thu, 12-05-2013 - 8:18am

Jean, in response to being a pet person... a young animal always needs more.  People always want them because they're cute but they're also a lot of work.  I could never begin to articulate the joy I get from my animals.  

Busy day for me...  I'm doing a cardio workout, going across town for an allergy shot, back home for lunch, then out again for a prescription pick-up and a massage.  Out again to meet best friend to witness some documents and then out to dinner.  *yawn* I'm tired already.  Laughing

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 12-05-2013 - 8:35am

Yeah, I had wanted an older dog, maybe 2-4 years old but this puppy caught our eye. She's just so cute.  Like a newborn baby, it's a lot of work but time goes by so quickly.  Once I can leave her longer, it'll be easier but right now my life is about running out and working, running home to walk her, running out to work, etc.  She also doesn't like her crate.  My niece brought their lab puppy over and he was so peaceful in it.  It makes crate training so hard when she howls all the time in it. Actually, she squeals like a pig.  






Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Thu, 12-05-2013 - 8:53am

My failing memory (I forgot to post yesterday?!) tells me that I am trying to do too much in too short a time!  I woke up this morning with a cold.  :(  When I took hot yoga yesterday and heard the woman next to me hacking away (OBVIOUSLY SICK) for the entire class, I thought about walking out, but I did not.  I really wanted to tell her off.  I wonder what percentage of the class is now sick because of her.  I WAS just recovering from fighting off a cold, but now it is in full force.  Oh well, at least I got linedancing in last night without "feeling" sick.  But, now, I don't think I can go to salsa class tonight, because it is not nice to spread my germs to everyone else.  Am I the sickliest person you have ever met?!  I get sick so much!  Did anyone see, "To Heaven and Back" on CNN the other night?  One of the ladies said that when she "died," she understood that her emotion-stuffing-behavior caused the cancer she had.  Once she learned that (when she died for a short time,) her cancer was completely gone (she came back to life) and the doctors were completely baffled.  Perhaps I am sick a lot because of my emotion-stuffing.

I feel like the mean stepmom, but I really don't want my stepson to have his band here on Friday night.  I don't want to listen to headbanging drums and amplified guitar and singing.  I asked dss why he couldn't have his practice here when I am out of town visiting my mother?  The latter was sent in a text, and he did not even respond.  Why do teenagers think that life revolves around THEIR schedule?  Perhaps I have to teach dss that lesson by creating that boundary. 

Re: pets, I was always a cat person, before I became sickly-allergic to them post-pregnancy. I HATED dogs as they annoyed me.  But six years ago, when my dad first became ill, the puppies gave me so much comfort (I can physically feel some stress-relieving hormone being released) that the dogs are like a soothing drug to me.  Perhaps there are certain people who get that release and certain people who do not.  For example, the scientists have found a stress-relieving hormone that is released in women when they talk about their problems.  Men do not have that hormone when they talk.  Thus, women speak much more than men (average number of words spoken in a day is much higher for women,) and this hormone seems to explain the reason.

I digress. I think I should make some chicken soup.  Unless I have some miraculous cure, I will opt out of my workouts (yoga and salsa class) today.  Also, I may "pass" on having lunch with dh's coworker (and their entire work department), even though it is his last day (he is remarkably brilliant, but lacks some social skills, so they "let him go," and he returns to his home, overseas, tomorrow.)  I really wanted to get to know him better, but I think it is rude to spread germs.  Am I the only one who thinks this?

Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Thu, 12-05-2013 - 9:37am

My pup didn't like the crate at first, either.  Since he is food motivated, I only fed him IN the crate and gave him is treats IN the crate.  He learned to LOVE the crate, associating it with food.  That is the positive reinforcement.  To stop him from howling, I used the coins in the soda/beer can trick.  Every time he howled, I would immediately shake the can and the sound scared him.  He associated his howling with the scarey sound, so he stopped.  The trick, though, is that he can never see YOU shake the can.  Once he sees that it is YOU shaking the can, this will not work.

With my older dog, we used the shock collar (when he was a puppy) to stop him from howling in the crate.  It took him two barks in five seconds (with the collar), and he never barked in the crate again.  Now that I know about the coins in the can trick, though, I don't know that I would use the shock collar again.  I feel sort of bad about the shock collar, as I think it reinforced his neurotic behavior.

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 12-05-2013 - 11:32am

Jean, I would love to meet you in real life (along with everyone else!!). I bet you are probably the strongest woman I may ever meet. I don't know of any other women who do the things you do. Especially not at our age!

I walked/jogged a few miles on the tread this morning. Obviously my injury is not going to just go away as I had hoped so I am going to have to change things for a while. I've decided at the first twinge of pain I am doing something else. I got out a bunch of old workout dvds this morning and dusted them off to get them ready for the next few days. It looks like we are really going to get hit hard. I just hope we keep power. 

And I consider myself a pet person and always have. As an adult I have never had a dog for a pet but have thought it would be kind of neat to have one. Of course I had no idea you had to get up in the middle of the night with puppies so that fact will definitely be on the "cons" section of my to-dog or not-to-dog list. 

Karla
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Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 12-05-2013 - 1:26pm

I find it annoying when sick people go out unnecessarily, too, especially a place like Bikram!  At the same time, it does take time for the cold virus to get through a system so if you're sick the morning after, it was probably not her.  And, the hardest thing is you're most likely to spread germs before you have symptoms. Those cold viruses are tricky! I think it's smart for you to limit going on, for you and for everyone else.  If bikram lady would have stayed home, she'd be better faster and spare everyone else.

How do your neighbors feel about your dss's band? I'm wondering if that would be the reason to stop him?  It might be a good thing for the police to give them a warning?  I can't imagine living next door to that much noise!






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 12-05-2013 - 1:28pm

We feed the dog treats in the crate and she's okay w/ it when she's sleeping but when everyone else is around, she wants to be social.  Being a terrier/chihuahua, I'm not sure she'll outgrow that. I want an introvert dog!  I might try the shaking thing. I wouldn't do a shock collar but I also wonder if the puppy might be traumatized by shaking. She's pretty terrified of a lot of things, even my ballast ball!






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 12-05-2013 - 1:30pm

LOL, you'd totally run me over with your fitness, Karla!  I feel like I'm just making do and am too lazy to do more. Or, I don't care enough to do more. I run/workout/do everything slowly but at least I do it.  I feel like most women our age just let it go and assume they can't do more.  I hope I never say, "I'm xxx, I'm too old!" seriously.  I do it jokingly all the time and refer to myself to my kids as your old, decrepit mother.  That's so I don't have to take out the trash!






iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Thu, 12-05-2013 - 2:03pm

I think it's irresponsible when people go out while sick.  

And yes, on the boundaries with DSS.  Sounds like it's time.  

Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Thu, 12-05-2013 - 3:12pm

I would love to meet everyone in person, too, but I think I would be the wimp of the group. You ladies put me to shame as far as conditioning and stamina. Jean, iTunes have gained weight. It's time for me to get back to eating healthy. Carla, I take it that your heel is feeling better? And gym rat, thank you for the words of encouragement. Learning to set my boundaries is definitely a lesson I have to learn. The trouble is that I think the boundary is really with my husband. I think the divorce rate  in blended families is actually 70%. I can understand why. It's a lot of work, and a lot more conflict.

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