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Exercise Week Ending August 15

Wednesday, August 11 Went to LA Fitness but the pool was closed. They were working on the heating problem. Thursday, August 12 Pool was open again today, thank goodness. I did my standard workout: Warmup: 1 lap easy breaststroke, 2 laps easy backstroke, rest 1 minute Set 1: 2 laps sidestroke, rest 1 minute Set 2: 2 laps backstroke, rest 1 minute Set 3: 2 laps hard breaststroke, rest 1 minute Set 4: 2 laps overhand backstroke, rest 1-1/2 minutes Set 5: Combination crawl (arms) and frog kick legs, rest 1-1/2 minutes Set 6: 1 lap hard crawl, rest 2 minutes 5 minutes in the hot tub 15 minutes in the sauna Total time in gym: 50 minutes...

posted on: Aug 18, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Exercise Week Ending August 8

Tuesday, August 3 I didn’t spend much time in the gym today. I had to skip the sauna because of a work appointment, so it was just the pool and a quick dip in the hot tub. I did notice my rest times after each set were shorter than before. Warmup: 1 lap easy breaststroke, 2 laps easy backstroke, rest 1 minute Set 1: 2 laps sidestroke, rest 1 minute Set 2: 2 laps backstroke, rest 1 minute Set 3: 2 laps hard breaststroke, rest 1 minute Set 4: 2 laps overhand backstroke, rest 1-1/2 minutes Set 5: 1 lap combination crawl (arms) and frog kick legs, rest 1-1/2 minutes Set 6: 1 lap hard crawl, rest 2...

posted on: Aug 16, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Exercise Week Ending August 1

This week I actually made it into the pool three times. I’m very proud of myself. Tuesday, July 27 Warmup: 1 lap easy breaststroke, 2 laps easy backstroke, rest 1 minute Set 1: 2 laps sidestroke, rest 1-1/2 minutes Set 2: 2 laps backstroke, rest 1-1/2 minutes Set 3: 2 laps hard breaststroke, rest 1-1/2 minutes Set 4: 2 laps overhand backstroke, rest 2 minutes Set 5: This was something new. I did a full lap of a combination crawl (arms) and frog kick legs, rest 1-1/2 minutes Set 6: 1 lap hard crawl, rest 2 minutes 5 minutes in the hot tub 12 minutes in the sauna Total time in gym: 50 minutes Friday, July 30 Same...

posted on: Aug 4, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Exercise Week Ending July 25

I still only made it to the gym twice this week. My bad. Wednesday, July 21 On Wednesday I had a thorougly unremarkable workout. Did the usual sets, yada yada. So I thought I might describe some of these swimming strokes for you instead of just repeating the standard routine. “Easy breastroke” that I do during my warmup set means I don’t push myself very hard. After all, it’s a warmup, right? I do a standard breaststroke with a frog kick, but keep my head above water the whole time. The “easy backstroke” during my warmup is actually a technique I learned back in middle school when I was on a synchronized swim team one summer. Your legs...

posted on: Jul 27, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Exercise Week Ending July 18

Wednesday, July 14 My sets went faster today, and I needed less rest time in between. So to compensate, I added a lap in Set 4. Warmup: 1 lap easy breaststroke, 2 laps easy backstroke, rest 1 minute Set 1: 2 laps sidestroke, rest 1-1/2 minutes Set 2: 2 laps backstroke, rest 1-1/2 minutes. I had some problems with this set as I had a mega splasher in the next lane. About 2/3 into my first lap I ended up coughing and sputtering for a bit, so it wasn’t a solid, non-stop two laps. Set 3: 2 laps hard breaststroke, rest 1-1/2 minutes Set 4: 2 laps overhand backstroke, rest 2 minutes Set 5: 1 lap hard crawl,...

posted on: Jul 20, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Exercise Week Ending July 11

Because the exercise logs have become so repetitious, I thought I’d combine them into a weekly review instead of day by day. So, for a fresh start, here’s what I did for exercise the week ending July 11, 2010. The early part of the week was a bust. I had several scheduling conflicts which kept me out of the pool until Friday. Friday, July 9 Because it had been a week since my last exercise, I was swimming a little slower and needing a little longer to recover between sets. I also found all the lanes in use, so I had to share a lane with another swimmer. Warmup: 1 lap easy breaststroke, 2 laps easy backstroke, rest...

posted on: Jul 11, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Exercise: Day 15

So here’s the question: can swing dancing qualify as exercise on the PACE program? I didn’t swim today because I knew I’d be going to the dance. I love to dance — my husband not so much. Over the years we’ve attended the occasional swing dance because several of our kids are really into the swing scene. In fact, when she turned 16 we threw a swing dance party for our youngest daughter. The occasion this time was the imminant departure of our son, who’s moving in a few days to Los Angeles. Since this was to be his last swing dance here in Orlando, we surprised him by showing up with a cake and other party goodies....

posted on: Jul 2, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Exercise: Day 14

This was my first day back in the gym after the UltraSimple Diet week. The diet instructions were to avoid vigorous exercise during the week, as it was a time to heal. I found my rest and recovery times today were much slower. I guess I’ll have to work back up to where I was before that week off. I did add a fifth set as I’m swimming my laps faster now. Warmup: 1 lap easy breaststroke, 2 laps easy backstroke, rest 2 minutes Set 1: 2 laps sidestroke, rest 2 minutes Set 2: 2 laps backstroke, rest 2 minutes Set 3: 2 laps hard breaststroke, rest 3 minutes Set 4: 1 lap overhand backstroke, rest 2 minutes...

posted on: Jun 30, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Exercise: Day 13

This was essentially the same workout as Day 12. Next time I’m going to add another set. Warmup: 1 lap breaststroke, 2 laps easy backstroke, rest 1 minute. Set 2: 2 laps backstroke, 2 minutes rest. Set 3: 2 laps vigorous breast stroke, rested for 2 minutes. Set 4: 1/2 lap intense crawl, then rested. Hot tub: 5 minutes Sauna: 10 minutes Total time in gym: 35...

posted on: Jun 28, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

Exercise: Day 12

Got to LA Fitness and all three lanes were occupied. Oh, well. This was pretty much the same routine as last time, except my recovery times were shorter. Except for my first set, as you’ll see. Warmup: 1 lap breaststroke, 2 laps easy backstroke, rest 1 minute. Set 1: I actually worked harder than usual on this. There was a guy in the next lane who was painfully slow. I wanted to see if I could do a sidestroke faster than he could manage his crawl. Sadly, I did. . . but I needed an extra 30 seconds to rest afterwards. Set 2: 2 laps backstroke, 2 minutes rest. Set 3: 2 laps vigorous breast stroke, rested for...

posted on: Jun 23, 2010 | author: DiabeticMama

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