dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Chucks)
(On the "rest" days, Friday had a 30 minute walk. Saturday and Monday had shit-tons of driving. Sunday had some unstructured walking and random frolicking - above 6,000 feet, which has got to count for something, though I'm not sure what.)

Today we did a lot of repeats from day 1:
push presses (3 sets for weight and 1 drop set at the end)
lunges
reverse flyes
frog hops
windmills
chin-ups (with a GREAT DEAL OF ASSISTANCE in some cases, mine included)
and
pistol squats.

Pistol squats are interesting. They let you know if one of your knees really sucks. My right knee apparently DOES NOT WORK AT ALL. Sigh.

Can't believe boot camp is more than half over. Not sure what I'll do next.

Did terrible things to my diet over the weekend. I can apparently do the "drink too much and go berserk" thing once a month without hard. Two days in a row? Bad. Wearing my big girl jeans today, not in a good way. Getting the foods back on track but it's hard because it destroys my brain when I go off the rails like that, and it's hard to fix things when my brain is destroyed.
dianec42: Mug of tea (Tea)
Today we drove down to Oceanside for an astronomy expo. (Well, Stuart drove. It gets us there faster.) We did not win any of the Fabulous Drawing Prizes; I'm a bit relieved we didn't win anything huge. (Our #1 question for telescope vendors today: Will it fit in a Mini?) We didn't even buy anything, for a change.

Once the morning clouds burned off it got sunny and quite warm. The one thing we did bring back was his-n-hers mild sunburns. :-)

All in all, a great day out. I managed to stay fairly religiously low-carb, and did a hell of a lot of walking, both of which can only help.

In other news, Carmageddon seems to have emphatically failed to come to pass. Traffic on our bit of the 405 was the lightest I've ever seen it, and I've seen similar reports from closer to the affected area. Huzzah!
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Simpsons)
We picked up a copy of "EA Sports Active - More Workouts" and it's pretty good so far.

I have been getting a fair amount of mileage out of the first one -- it's got some good exercises, you can set up a routine and just go, and it only glitches out maddeningly sometimes. The trainer feedback is also considerably less annoying than on the Wii Fit, which is a big plus.

The new one is a sequel, not an expansion, meaning that you can't mix & match the old & new exercises. That part is going to be annoying. It does have some very nice boxing and step aerobics workouts. The water skiing feels an awful lot like the roller blading from the old one with different scenery. :P I'm going to try some of the stretches and ab stuff tonight. I still refuse to jog around the living room though. I have some dignity.

You can import your profile from the old game to the new one, but not much carries over. You have to customize your appearance again, choosing from what actually seems to be a SMALLER set of dorky outfits. None of your old trophies come with you. Since the new game doesn't include the old exercises, obviously any custom exercise routines you made up don't come with you either. It does show some more informative stats which is nice.

Will I sweat to it? You betcha. Will I grumble and curse at having to swap discs to do other exercises? Almost certainly. Will it have fewer random pauses when it decides I'm holding the Wiimote wrong? Let's hope so.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Simpsons)
I like it! You can set up a routine and just go. The trainer is WAY less annoying than the Wii Fit one -- at least so far (and you can turn down the chattiness, I checked).

There are still only so many exercises you can do whilst clutching a Wiimote, but these people are pretty darned creative about some of them.

I don't think the sporty games have a lefty mode, which will be irritating for some people.

Also, I suck at catching baseballs, even virtual ones. I'm not actually surprised. (I do apparently have a mean backhand though! The tennis and boxing are awesome for taking out one's pent-up aggressions.)
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Diane Flipper)
OMG, it's Wii Fit for grownups!

No yoga, but the rest of the exercises are damned impressive. My squat muscles are sore already. (-:
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Sequoia!)
Went to the gym on Thursday and Saturday (cancelled my membership after my workout on Saturday for, basically, the reason that I should not belong to a gym in LA).

I've been playing on the Wii Fit pretty consistently for 4 days a week for the past few months. That's not necessarily what I'd call vigorous exercise though. It'll be interesting to see what I end up doing next.

aaaaaargh

Feb. 5th, 2009 08:42 pm
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (South Park 2)
whining within )

Yay me!

Jan. 11th, 2009 08:38 pm
dianec42: Mug of tea (Tea)
Today I got some more stitching done AND an entire 12 minutes exercising on the Wii Fit. Huzzah for me.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Default)
this is probably really only interesting to me )

In other news, I wonder if this idiotic heat wave is still scheduled to break for the weekend...

wii fit

Oct. 16th, 2008 11:22 pm
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Default)
42 minutes, unlocked a bunch of stuff. yay!

wiiiiii!

Oct. 14th, 2008 11:07 pm
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Default)
32 minutes.

When you pass 30 minutes for the day, the little piggy bank does a happy dance. I don't want to find out what happens if you do 60 minutes. Hopefully it tells you to get a life!

Also, I am not a tree. (At least I didn't actually fall off.)

Also also, I got a bunch of the high scores back. And I made it across the tightrope!
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Default)
We've scored a Wii Fit. Huzzah... I suck at most of the exercises slightly more than [livejournal.com profile] stuartc does. Who knew falling off a step was a competitive sport?

It also comes with the awesomest warning EVAR:

"Please note that while playing Wii Fit, others in the room may be able to see your age, weight, and BMI category on the TV screen."

25 minutes in the piggy bank, and I still have the high score on the ski jump.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Zoot scared)
Last night I did some more cross stitch... I got to start TWO new colours, including the last shade of purple! I'm nearly done with the lower half, which is good as the page break is driving me crazy! (I even got to use one of the threads from my existing stash - will wonders never cease! The dark purple, of course.)

Yesterday I had a random bass line stuck in my head. I still have no idea where it actually originated, but today it came to my attention that it's awfully similar to the guitar line from "Nerve" by Shriekback. Yay, one more of life's little mysteries (possibly) solved.

This morning the cats were staring intently out onto the deck. Instead of the usual choices (squirrel; neighbor cat; mass hallucination) there was a tiny kitten out there! Awwwwwwwwww. I'm a little worried for the poor thing. Current plans involve Kitten Rescue Lady (who fortunately makes house calls) and a humane trap. She (the kitten, not the rescue lady) is tiny, looks about 6 weeks old at the absolute most, covered in fleas, and strangely friendly. She has at least one thing in common with Zoot, namely that she's so friendly she wouldn't last 5 minutes in the wild!

ARGH, I have a Weezer song stuck in my head. It's been there all of 5 minutes and it's getting mighty old.

Also I went to the gym Monday night. Hoo-eee. was that crowded. Carpe cross-trainer...

I'm sure there was more stuff but that's all I can think of right now.
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Sequoia!)
I went to the gym. On a Tuesday. The place was absolutely dead.

I think everyone was at home watching the Lakers game... whatever, nice workout for me. :P

I even did the cross trainer for 20 minutes. It apparently didn't kill me. (And some weights and stuff. The music tonight was AWESOME.)

le weekend

Jun. 15th, 2008 11:19 pm
dianec42: Mug of tea (Tea)
Dragon boat practice yesterday went reasonably well. My back is still killing me. There was a captains' meeting in the evening, also in Long Beach; I came home between practice and the meeting for a shower and some loafing around, both of which were worth it. My useless co-co-captain (don't ask) showed up to the meeting about an hour and a half late. Why am I not surprised?

I also did some stitching yesterday. Yay me.

Today there has been sleeping in, laundry, more cross stitch (I got to start the fifth shade of purple!), and WoW. My little blood-elf hunter is level 57! I'm so excited. I'm *so* not going to get all my old-world quests done before I bail and go to Outland. I hope to at least get the mechanical yeti first...
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Gilda 1)
I've decided to dump my gym, for various reasons. A co worker scored me a 2-week guest pass to Bally's, which I activated yesterday. I had a lovely workout, and it wasn't even crowded. (Thursdays are reportedly slow; I must drop by on a Monday or Tuesday and see how mobbed things are then.)

I have a few more options to investigate. There's a place in Redondo Beach that has a gym *and* tai chi classes -- Yang style! -- at a time I could actually attend!! And I also want to give LA Fitness a try. (Sadly the nearest Spectrum and Gold's are quite far away.) So we'll see what I end up with.

This is also sating my current deep need to punt something. (I can't punt my job unless I get a new one, and I apparently actually care about the dragon boat team so that's also out.) It's nice to have *something* I can do something about.
dianec42: Mug of tea (Tea)
I've been doing a little more stitching on the Art Deco Lady of Dooooooom. Next time, I will get to use a 4th shade of purple! Whee!

I've also been taking afternoon walks around the block a little more often. For a while I felt guilty about getting out of the office for 20 minutes during working hours, but everybody's doing it (including my lead and my manager!) so apparently it's just the done thing. It's also an excellent chance to talk to myself without anyone looking at me strangely or interrupting me with work issues, so occasionally I manage to gain a little perspective on the whole work drama thing and the need to rise above that. (-:

I've scored a 2-week free pass to a different gym (Bally's). It's not ridiculously far away, and the parking situ is reportedly workable. We'll see about the actual facilities, hours etc. I have GOT to get myself a membership in a gym that's actually pleasant to go to. (I also have a line on a cheap "in" at LA Fitness but have been too lame to look up their nearest location.)

Dragon boat coup is still incomplete (need to locate our current captain so we can depose him properly). Our coach says he's cooled down a bit and isn't actually going to kick our butts. I asked if he could just kick S. and K.'s butts anyway, and spare mine. :P

an evening

Apr. 17th, 2008 09:17 pm
dianec42: Mug of tea (Tea)
I stayed somewhat late at work because of an emergency that I discovered last night. (I don't cause trouble, but I'm reeeeeeeaallll good at finding it!)

Then I went to the gym. Had I said that Thursday was the magic day to go to the gym, day of fabled parking spots and treadmills? I lied. Thursday is now almost as unpleasant as Tuesday or Wednesday, except that there was miraculously *one* parking spot and *one* treadmill free. While I know I shouldn't be greedy, as one of each is all I need, I am finding the overcrowding really unpleasant. I've made a list of some options to try in the upcoming weeks. Not that I'm going to have time, but it's nice to have a plan.

I stopped by CVS before the gym but they didn't have the brand of battery I wanted. Oh well.

Then I came home and found that there is to be no parking on our side of the street tomorrow morning due to "trees". Heaven alone knows. And I'm also completely unaware of where the hell my husband is at the moment. Oh well, that's about to be more tea for me then. As soon as I can get out from under this cat.

(Hah! Speak of the devil and he will phone you up from the bar. Some people. :P)
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Zoot scared)
Yesterday I got up far too early to go to dragon boat practice, the first of the season. Yay, we succeeded in having a practice. We had enough people to move a small boat, and we even ran into our ex-coach and sweet-talked her into coming out and coaching us. (Which was good, because we didn't actually have a plan for what we were going to do once we got on the boat.) Our fearless captain remembered the big folder o waivers, and is certified to steer, without which it would have been a really short practice. So yay, I didn't even have to kill anybody.

I'm still worried and think we should be doing more recruiting. If we're having this much trouble rounding up 10 people to have practice, it's going to be an utter joy trying to round up 20 so we can have a race. :P

Meanwhile, my darling husband had been trying in vain to start the crappy old lawn mower that came with the house. So once I got home & had lunch, we went shopping. We came home from Lowes with a lawn mower, a new leaf blower/sucker, and a weed whacker. Much yard work ensued (as well as laundry and dishwashing).

We tried valiantly to stay awake through the Malaysian Grand Prix. I think [livejournal.com profile] stuartc even succeeded. I definitely dozed off a few times. Apparently no one ran into Kubica's car this time, and he came in second after Raikonnen. Huzzah!

Today we slept in. More yard work and washing of things happened today. [livejournal.com profile] stuartc cleaned up the garage a bit, and we took down the Christmas lights.

Zoot (a.k.a. Tiny Kitten) has been in some sort of snit the past couple of days. She's currently attacking the inside of the couch directly underneath me. We dragged her out from under the bed this morning to verify that she's still breathing, not injured, and seems physically okay; but she's been skulking among several hidey-holes all weekend and not eating or drinking much. Crazy cat. Hopefully she'll get over it. Meanwhile Princess has been enjoying the relative peace and quiet.

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