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Sweaty Saturday

Saturday, August 08, 2020


A pink zinnia
The weather today is foggy, gloomy and gray. The humidity is 98%. But it is not raining. I went outside and got my yard laps in early.
On these humid and hot days I cannot count laps. I have to listen to my body. I know I am not getting as many laps in. I am still walking 45 to 60 minutes. What I have been doing is walking around a couple of the trees in the yard twice to add to my steps. This also makes each lap have more steps total and last longer. I figure it will increase my stamina.
Today my back hurt really badly as I walked. I know why.
Last year some time my middle son began doing COnvict COnditioning program. It was started by an imprisoned man. Using his own body weight and the prison bars or whatever he had available, he began to train. He developed a program which anyone can do using things they have available and their own body. He does not ever use machines or weights.
After my son began to do it, he introduced it to my husband. My husband is skinny and strong. He does not train or exercise but he is active and his job involves a lot of walking and stair climbing.
My husband has been doing it since Christmas. It is a very regimented program. There are different levels. You must master one level of an exercise before you can proceed to the next.
Since we do not have prison cell bars in our house, he has been hanging from pipes in our basement for some of the exercises.
Yesterday our son brought him a bar that you can adjust to fit in a doorway to use for some of the exercises. WHen they were finished setting it up, they left it in the doorway that leads to our bathroom. It was about halfway between the floor and top of the doorway. The only way I could get through the doorway was to bend under it. This type of bending caused me excruciating back pain. DH was not available to move it, and it was too hard for me to move it.
I could have gone upstairs to the bathroom. But my water pill does not really give me enough time to make it up the stairs, I go slowly up and down.
Four more times I had to go back and forth under that bar. I could barely stand. Making dinner was extremely painful.
As soon as I saw DH and asked, he removed the bar. But the pain lingered.
WHen I got up this morning, my back was stiff and still uncomfortable. I did my stretches and headed out to walk. I made it for over 50 minutes, but I had to take longer rests for my back.
I am not complaining. I am thankful even with the pain, I can stand, I can walk. I focus on all I CAN do.
I am sweating and drinking water. I plan to have a fabulous day. How about you? I hope it is wonderful, friends.
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  • 1965KAREN
    I hate to hear you hurt your back. But, I do like to hear how your husband is doing exercise, and that you still went outside and walked. I get scared of the humidity. It doesn't take long before I can't breath and I live alone. I play it safe if I start to have problems and get back inside as soon as my pup does her business! I like your determination! You are inspiring! emoticon
    170 days ago
  • GLORYB83
    I don't know how I've missed reading your blogs and have started to do so now! This is very interesting and shows a lot of staying power both on your son and husband's part. Awesome!

    I have constant back pain Ruth and cannot walk far before I have to sit and rest. Surgery could fix the back problem but that has been nixed by both my own doctor and the surgeon so .. we do what we have to do, right? And I try not to complain either, that gets to be old hat, LOL.
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    171 days ago
  • JANIEWWJD
    I hope your back pain gets better. emoticon I'll be praying for you!!! emoticon
    171 days ago
  • MARITIMER3
    I hope you sleep okay and your back is less painful tomorrow.
    172 days ago
  • SPEDED2
    Determination!! So sorry that it caused you so much pain. emoticon The heat and humidity takes it's toll as well.

    Stay safe. Be well. emoticon
    172 days ago
  • READY201811
    You have great stamina and a get up and go mentality. Truly an inspiration
    172 days ago
  • TERMITEMOM
    Maybe you can walk around inside your house Ruthie... That is what I do when it is too humid outside,
    172 days ago
  • ALEXSGIRL1
    love the zinna so sorry about your back
    172 days ago
  • SHIRLEYX
    What a shame that the bar was not removed before you hurt your back! I hope that you feel better tomorrow and that there is less humidity!
    172 days ago
  • POSITIVEHOPE
    My asthma makes it more difficult to exercise on humid days. I get short of breath much quicker and easier. It means I have to go slower and take rest breaks.

    This is how I think about exercise on humid days. My body is working at its cardio max when I am short of breath and my body needs a break. Working at my cardio max is an aerobic exercise level just like stair climbing is for other people. Reaching my cardio max and my cardio endurance levels is the most I can expect of myself. Feeling out of breath and needing to take a break is proof of my exercise accomplishment.

    Call it a win!
    172 days ago
  • PGBACK
    Your pink zinnia is beautiful. I am sorry that you hurt your back. emoticon I hope that you are feeling better. emoticon emoticon
    172 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/8/2020 5:44:28 PM
  • SPARKFRAN514
    sorry about the bar being in the hope they find a better for it . good job pushing though the challenge and pain love your flowers.
    172 days ago
  • LAINIESNEWLIFE
    Ruthie, I'm so sorry that your back is hurting worse from having to bend under the bar. Hope the back exercises help! Take care!!
    172 days ago
  • SERENEART
    Take it easy. I hope your back feels better soon. emoticon
    172 days ago
  • KATHYJO56
    I am sorry about your back. You certainly grow pretty zinnias
    172 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Glad the bar was removed! HUGS and hope you're pain has lessened. Humidity doesn't help AT ALL! HUGS
    172 days ago
  • TSHAWGER
    Take care of your back. Hope it feels better soon
    172 days ago
  • BEACHCOMBER16
    I am sorry about your back pain. It seems to me that when I do something to my back it lingers for awhile.
    172 days ago
  • KITT52
    Have a blessed weekend.
    172 days ago
  • GLOYNBYW
    I also walk around my yard because to go up the street means encountering several homes that have pit bulls. I have had them threaten me and my dog was attacked and needed stitches. Authorities won't do a thing, the owners if asked to contain them just get nasty. So I go around and around the yard, add extra steps in the house when doing things. Today I managed to do 5500 steps plus did weed whacking. Still early so plan on trying to hit 12,000 steps. Take care of your back.
    172 days ago
  • no profile photo ROSSYFLOSSY
    Have a great day! 😊👍🏻
    172 days ago
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