Online Zumba

I was less than thrilled when my gym closed, opened, closed again. I was beyond thrilled when I found out that my gym was offering classes online!

Unfortunately, the time that my favorite Zumba teacher teaches classes overlaps with my classes for school, but I’m able to get in a half hour or so twice a week.

I know there are YouTube videos and such with instructors teaching classes, but this is nice because I’m familiar with the instructor. I hope they continue on when the gym finally opens.

Well, I Did It!

As many of you know, I struggle with the gym part of bookworm at the gym. I used to sign up for races and events all the time to keep myself motivated. All of the events were canceled with the pandemic, or postponed, or became virtual events. Motivation flew out the window. With the gym and pool closures, it became even more difficult to inspire motivation.

I have two friends who regularly do events with me. One does running and the other does swimming. They keep me moving. Sometimes literally. In the last few weeks, we’ve discussed going back to doing events. This week, we pushed each other. I am signed up for a 10k a year from now. I am signed up for a 1.5 mile open water swim in September. I have goals again!

The swim is a fundraiser, and I’ve posted my fundraising page below, if anyone is interested in sponsoring my swim. I have already made the minimum amount required to swim, so anything after this is just pushing me into wave maker status.

Wish me luck! Help keep me motivated.

Fundraising Page

Opening pools in California

Opening pools in California petition

I love swimming. The majority of my exercise came from swimming. Then I had foot issues and surgery. Then I got really sick in January. I was ready to get back into the pool when everything was suddenly shut down.

It looks as if the gyms in my area won’t be opening any time soon because they can’t open safely. The local pools can because of the way the virus is dissipated in the water. Plus chlorine levels kill it off.

Swimmers are generally bright people and we do understand that locker rooms are difficult to control. The discussion has been about swimming your laps, washing hands, throwing on a cover up, and going home to change. Not unreasonable.

There’s a petition going around asking for the pools to open, so we can get some exercise. I’ve attached it above.

Ballot delivery

I got my ballot ready to drop off at the polling place Tuesday. I went upstairs to collect my daughter’s ballots to drop them off. I made the mistake of saying “I am going to walk them down to the drop off box.” I had the dog’s attention, since I said “walk.”

I normally am not the one walking Molly. She’s a big girl, right around 55 pounds. My first task was to get her harness on her. One foot in, aim the other foot in, and the first foot came out. It was a process. I was going to win. I eventually did.

Getting the leash on was the next task. Easily done, first try!

We opened the gate to go outside. We started down the street. Oh no. Pedestrian. Molly is very friendly. To the point of knocking people over. Thankfully, she’s very good at “sit.” I told the man walking that she’s very friendly, but a little overly enthusiastic and excited. She did not jump on him, but he was ready for her. I kept her as close to me as I could.

We continued our walk to the corner, and she sat while we looked for traffic. We took a turn toward the polling place. Molly hadn’t been on that block before. She had to sniff every smell and pee on the middle of the sidewalk. Great. I forgot we have the one dog who doesn’t like to do her business on grass.

We finally made it to the block where the drop box was. A dog was barking at Molly. She decided he was a friend and wanted to play. She didn’t like that I told her we weren’t stopping. The other dog was telling her the same thing.

We got to the address to do the drop off. There were at least four people inside. Great. Molly wanted to visit them all. Thankfully, the man outside was a dog person and was not offended by Molly’s greeting.

Eventually I managed to get the ballots into the box and Molly didn’t play bull in a china shop in the polling place. She tried hard, but didn’t succeed.

We walked home, and when we were a half block from home, I realized I didn’t have my keys. I’d have to take Molly inside through the garage, past the cats. That is never pleasant.

I phoned my daughter to find out if she was able to open the door. She was waiting outside with Doris, who had an injured foot, so she wasn’t able to walk with us. Molly and Doris greeted each other like they hadn’t seen each other in months. Molly was worn out from her walk, so it was calmer than usual.

My daughter asked how the walk was. It was an upper body workout for me. Cardiac workout for Molly. Double win. We will try it again, soon.

New podcast

When I don’t have an audiobook going in the car, I’ll go for a podcast. I had a new one fall into my lap last week. Its host is a woman who lost 100 pounds twelve years ago, making small changes.

Her main advice is to not start anything that you aren’t prepared to keep up for your entire life. And next is to not do anything big that is a quick fix.

My first week, I was away, so I wasn’t fully ready to start anything. I decided to go for 64 ounces of water a day. I actually managed it and more. I got through the running to the bathroom to pee all day while I was on vacation and it didn’t really matter if I wandered off. I kept it up. I am no longer running off as frequently, since my body seems to have adjusted.

Sunday night, I packed all my stuff for an early morning swim, followed by work. I got my lunch ready to bring with me.

I weighed myself this morning. I will be continuing that on Mondays.

Today, I got up early. I put on my swimsuit and cover-up, grabbed my bag and headed to the gym. I got in the pool and told myself to not do the full distance. When I got halfway through, I told myself to just do a little more. Then, suddenly, I had just one lap to go! I did it! I went into the hot tub after the swim. I had to get out when the guy in his tidy whities got in. Nope. Didn’t want to see that getting out of the water.

I showered, dressed, and went to work, drinking my water along the way. I found that they moved the little free library a block away! I chose a healthier breakfast than I normally would. I got my coffee and settled into a work schedule.

Close to lunch time, I realized I left my lunch at home in the fridge. Thankfully, we were off early and I wouldn’t starve on the way home.

I went to drop some of the books from my car into the little free library, went to the post office and ATM. I picked up a hold from the library and went home to eat my lunch. I napped and then went to the grocery store.

When I got home, I took out the garbage cans. I had forgotten that I was going to take a kid to get snacks at the grocery store, so I sent them back to the store with my debit card.

I got my stuff ready for a trip to the pool again tomorrow. Is this something I can keep up for the rest of my life? I sure hope so.

New exercise routine

During the camping trip, I put on insect repellent, but, it seems it didn’t work, or I didn’t fully cover myself.  I am covered in insect bites.

I have been trying to figure out how many calories my new workout routine burns.  The workout consists of trying to ignore the itch, then bending over quickly to scratch the bite that is making me insane.  Then, going to find the cortisone to apply, and bending over to apply it.  Repeat an infinite number of times.

I have had more fun with other routines.  This one is just new.

…goes to the gym

The class that I take on Mondays and Wednesdays is a PE class. I started taking the class because I needed to get back on my foot after my foot surgery. Then I decided that I needed to have accountability to someone to get myself to exercise.

I was making progress toward getting back to where I was before the foot injury. Every time I was feeling good, I would catch a cold and an everlasting cough.

Today, I managed to get most of the way through the ab workout. Then squats and planks. I skipped pushups because my chest still hurts from all the coughing.

I managed a mile on the treadmill. Without my foot hurting. While finishing a book. Major accomplishments all around.