CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

June 10, 2009

Fitness Program Update: Week 4


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

FITNESS PROGRAM UPDATE:

WEEK 4

I am sharing my personal fitness attempts with my loyal readers. To read previous segments, click on: Spring has sprung…with yard work and fitness workouts & Exercise/Fitness Program Landmark

     Two days, during the first week in June, I swam a mile. And two days I swam three-quarters of a mile. (to view photos, click on: http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/3612835506/ & http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/3612835176/  &  http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/3612834718/in/photostream/  &  http://www.flickr.com/photos/carolyncholland/3612019637/in/photostream/ )

     On Thursday, May 28, I also did a fifteen-minute mile on the treadmill, spent six minutes on the elliptical machine, and did an incomplete regimen on the fitness machines. I did not take a nap that afternoon.

     Exercise is supposed to make you sleep. Right? Then why, that night, when I was so very tired that I went to bed at ten o’clock, was I still awake at three a.m.? I only slept a couple of hours that night, after all that exercise. Two nights later, I also slept little.

     I also started feeling, well, not so well. Like you feel when you are on the border of the flu. 

     This morning I read an article on the macrobiotic diet, an eating pattern that (a subject for a future post) is reputed to create positive physical changes. The article stated an irony of the diet: that a person may not feel better initially, but, in fact, “they may actually feel worse” because “the toxicity within the body is beginning to discharge…As time goes by, there’ll be periods when you feel lousy, but overall, the trend should be up.” Depending on the seriousness of your condition, it could take “three to six months” for the situation to change. (Spirit of Change   Sept./Oct. 2003  9-10)

     Granted, this article is commenting on the effects of a macrobiotic diet on a cancer victim. However, I wonder if this irony might be causing my feeling of standing on the precipice of an illness, yet, contradictorily, also feeling physically much better.

      Could it be, in the fourth week of my physical fitness regimen (the elliptical machine, fitness equipment, and lap swimming), this very health-recommended exercise is causing my body to feel less than well? Is my body releasing deeply embedded poisons into my system as it routes out the devils? Meanwhile, is it increasing the oxygen content, thus causing the good-feeling?

     These ironical ailing/healthy feelings might encourage the less persistent to quit at this point. Certainly, I feel less like continuing. But perhaps I should be patient as I evaluate the effects of the fitness regimen over a period of three to six months.

     My conclusion is that I should continue, pushing forward but staying keenly aware of pacing myself so as not to end up with a real case of the flu.

     Thus, when, on the Monday of the fifth week I found myself awake in time to get to the YMCA early, I knew I was in luck. The pool closes at 9:30 on Mondays, so I had time to spend forty-five minutes in the fitness room with limited time in the pool—an external control. I used the treadmill, elliptical machine and a couple of rounds on two fitness machines. And I did twenty laps in the pool—just over half a mile. I followed this regimen with an hour of yard work.

     I know that I am my own worst enemy. I take myself to my limit, and then go somewhat over the limit. This day, knowing I had limited time in the pool, I intensified my efforts in some lengths, making myself move faster than my normal relaxed pace. Fortunately, I did not experience any noticeable side effects.

     The summer has brought more challenges. School is out, and scheduling time at the YMCA is more difficult. The YMCA summer schedule includes classes, which means changing my swimming times. And some days we have full-day care of my granddaughter, who can’t use the pool during adult lap-swim time.

     Finally, my husband has begun to go to the YMCA. We need to schedule times when both of us can use the fitness room. Not a problem most of the time, but occasionally it will be challenging.

     And so, week five continues. I hope some of you are joining me in keeping fit. If so, comment below with your results, need for encouragement and highlights. And remember, I need your encouragement!

ADDITIONAL READING:

THE HOLOCAUST STORY OF A TEENAGE VICTIM (Part 1)

The French military in America during the American Revolution Part 1

The French military in America during the American Revolution: Part II

AMERICA’S FIRST MANNED HOT AIR BALLOON

BLANCHARD: THE FIRST PROFESSIONAL AERONAUT

1790′S PAMPHLETEERING VERSUS 2000′S BLOGGING

PARIS CAFE’s
PROCOPE CAFÉ, PARIS: Part 1—Finding photographs: An International Adventure
PROCOPE CAFÉ, PARIS Part 2
ALEXANDRIA, D. C. (Virginia) IN THE 1790s
OH, TO CLIMB SCHOODIC MOUNTAIN (Maine)
LOGGING IN MAINE AND ON THE PERU-BRAZILLIAN BORDER
Pre-novel segments:
A 1786 MEETING IN VERMONT (Novel #1)
THE OHIO COMPANY AND SCIOTO ASSOCIATES LAND PURCHASES (Novel #2)
Compagnie du Scioto Meeting at Café le Procope: Novel #3A
Compagnie du Scioto Meeting at Cafe le Procope (Novel #3B)

SITE LINKS:

www.beanerywriters.wordpress.com/

www.carolyncholland.wordpress.com

www.LVWonline.org

www.barbarapurbaugh.com

www.pennwriters.com

www.ellenspain.com

www.westmorelandphotographers.ning.com

www.ligonierliving.blogspot.com

http://www.methodists-care.org/

2 Comments »

  1. My dear Carolyn,

    You are doing great. I am so proud of you and the steps you have taken to get fit. and to have Monte come in well what can I say about that?? WOW! Keep up the great work it pays off and I am sure you can see that it already is starting too.

    Comment by Terri Lytle — June 16, 2009 @ 11:20 pm | Reply

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