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Fitness and Health

There are so many factors to take into consideration here when you are wanting to feel better and look better.  In the last 10 years I have to admit I lost control of it. It is so hot here and humid along with other factors that were beyond my control that it made it impossible for me to maintain my fitness level. Even inside the home, cause you really need it a certain temperature to exercise with out it getting to uncomfortable.

English: An audio cassette tape.

English: An audio cassette tape. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All my tapes were tied up in cassettes and with out a good player and speakers it was also hard to play the music. This added factor helps you to stay with in a certain pace so that you are not over doing it. Beats per minute are taken into consideration here when programming a good recording. I did 30 some tapes back in the 80’s and used them often. All from beginner to advanced work outs.

I did my training back then and found out what it was like to rip calf muscles not fun at

Simon Fraser University plaque

Simon Fraser University plaque (Photo credit: BlueAndWhiteArmy)

all. I taught 3 morning programs(beginners), 3 before lunch(seniors) then onto the hospital to do 3 more for the nurses and doctors(inter-mediate) I got my YWCA certificate along with my BCFLC (British Columbia Fitness Leadership certificate. I was also doing correspondence classes through Simon Fraser for my certificate in Health and Fitness. Then I had 2 evening classes on the off days at the school gym (beginner – inter-mediate) Well if that wasn’t enough I added an advanced class right after that. After 6 weeks I had reached the burnout stage and

Cross-Country Skiing in Aspen, Colorado

Cross-Country Skiing in Aspen, Colorado (Photo credit: richpalpine)

dropped the advanced and the 3 at the hospital and stuck with beginners and intermediate. In the winter I finally went back down to only 3 in the morning and the 2 at night and was cross-country skiing 5-10 miles after my morning classes and sometimes on weekends but that was my fun time .. I also taught 8-13 year old kids to cross-country. We even participated in some tournaments which were a lot of fun too. The kids had a great time and we always had hot chocolate and a bon fire to warm up.

When I moved from there I still did my cross country and was involved in every kind of dance as well as teaching fitness classes for a studio. I was granted the AFLCA (Alberta Fitness Leadership Certificate Association ) in recognition of being certified in another Province. When my teaching ended there I continued to go and keep up my aerobics inside, outside and at friends homes. Did a lot of swimming. If you have a pool or are able to go to a public pool there are many exercises you can do in the pool as the water acts as a resistance making you use your muscles.  Dancing is another good way of keeping fit, if you pace yourself. Did this also on a regular basis up till mid 40’s when it all seemed to come to a gradual halt.

So now I am in very hot climate, Bike riding in the spring and fall, walking and doing all kinds of gardening chores. My knowledge in the area of fitness and health has helped me greatly in more ways then any one can imagine that has never done anything except sit on their duff watching TV and eating junk food. I’ve lost some of my strength due to not working those muscles I used to on a regular basis, but, I have never lost my flexibility, co-ordination and the sense of well being.

So with that said, I got a new toy on Friday and am very excited about it. A USB cassette tape converter to MP3 so over the weekend I was busy listening to all my old tapes and converting them to MP3’s so that I can listen to them and start exercising again. I did a workout this morning for 45 minutes and I feel marvelous.  I will keep you all updated in the coming weeks so this is the start of week 1.

The next thing I would like to do is make up an instructional video with the music attached so that others can join me as beginners. I am just starting out again so I am a beginner and I look at it that way. Stay tuned…

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Photography

I love taking pictures! About 7 years ago my husband bought me a camera that I could take any where. The only unfortunate thing is it takes video only on tape and have yet to figure out how to get it to the computer instead of VHS or the TV to watch the tapes other then the camera itself. I also have a tripod and the camera fit perfectly so I have been able to take some really good still photos with it. It is a Panasonic 30x optical zoom so I can get some good closeups with it. I’ve got photo and video of mocking birds just tooting away. Pictures that are hard to get of insects and critters that have come into the yard.  So I will post some here for you to see.

Sunrise

Sunrise

sunrise

sunrise

Sugar

Sugar

Missy(Grandma)

Missy(Grandma)

sunset

sunset

Robin

Robin

Robin

Robin

Two objects in the night sky

Two objects in the night sky

Moon back yard

Moon back yard

Baby just out of the nest(Jay?)

Baby just out of the nest(Jay?)

Mama Squacking

Mama Squawking

you can just faintly see the second rainbow

you can just faintly see the second rainbow

right side of full rainbow

right side of full rainbow

left side of full rainbow

left side of full rainbow

poking his head out with me ,, look at how he is camouflaged with the stalk on the canna  lily

poking his head out with me ,, look at how he is camouflaged with the stalk on the canna lily

lizard(salamander)

lizard(salamander)

I have been trying to get the name of this.. the greens are grass like

I have been trying to get the name of this.. the greens are grass like

impatients

impatients

violets

violets

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Hummingbird Flower they love these.

Hummingbird Flower they love these.

Hen and chicken

Hen and chicken

marigold

marigold

Dragon fly

Dragon fly

scary looking clouds

scary looking clouds

Red Rose

Red Rose

In Town of Headland AL

In Town of Headland AL

IMGA0192

Succulent flower not sure if this one was from the aloe plant or another

Red Rose

Red Rose

Baby birds in a nest

Baby birds in a nest

Rose Bush

Rose Bush

Pink clouds

Pink clouds

Canna lily

Canna lily

Wandering Jew

Wandering Jew

another Moon picture

another Moon picture

Dove on the wire

Dove on the wire

In Town

In Town

In town

In town

Pink Rose

Pink Rose

Iris

Iris

Amarillas

Amarillas

Close up of the Amarillas

Close up of the Amarillas

Wood Pecker hole

Wood Pecker hole

Red hammer head? I think

Red hammer head? I think

Hubby knows the name of this bird I will ask him and edit it later 😀