Friday, November 20, 2015

Fitness progress continued

I'm on my own now; I had only hired a trainer for 10 one-hour sessions, and that ended this week.

I took a 1 1/2 mile walk yesterday, and today I used my stationary bike for 10 minutes, and did a few reps with a 2-pound weight, and some walking.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Fitness progress

It has been two weeks since I started working with a trainer. It's going well, I think. I can do everything he asks me to do: lift 5 pound weights, hold the weight while standing and sitting rapidly, stepping on and off a step rapidly, walking the treadmill both level and slightly inclined, pushing a "leg press" (I think that's what it's called), pulling weighted pulleys and also a thick rope. I don't do all those things every session, but he gives me a variety of activities to improve my heart rate, as well as to strengthen the muscles in my knees/legs and shoulders. He also is working on my "core" muscles.

On days when I don't see him, I walk a mile and a half to a mile, usually in my neighborhood, and also do the sitting and standing and the stair-stepping at home.

My stamina has improved. I feel tired, but not exhausted after a workout.

Monday, October 19, 2015


I had lost about thirty pounds following my knee surgeries, but since then (little more than a year ago), I have slowly been gaining. I haven't quite gained it all, and don't want to! So, I have joined the local YMCA.

I talked to the personal trainer by telephone just now, a young man (college student) named Travis. I will meet with him tomorrow, and he will get me started, as I don't know where to start.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Little Chocolate

Below is a link to a very moving video by HUMAN, that I saw on Facebook. A short account of a Holocaust survivor's experience in Bergen-Belsen. I have watched it several times in the last two days. Brings tears to my eyes every time.

Francine Christophe

Monday, September 21, 2015

Are You Really Pro-Life?

With permission from the blog author, Traci Schmidley, I am linking to her blog post about genuine pro-life values:

Are You Really Pro-Life?

This is a very thoughtful article on the subject. I hope you will read it, and let me know what you think about it.

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