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New Thing Tuesday, Adventures with Darla


Meet my sister Darla!

She went on a huge adventure this last week to Red Mountain Resort in Utah. I am so proud of her and what she has accomplished this last year.
One year ago she was in pain, struggling to move and had just gone through her second surgery which took bone spurs out of her neck. She has always been an advent athlete and she was barely able to get out of bed by herself after her surgeries. I know because I spent many days helping her out of bed and down the stairs. It still brings tears to my eyes thinking about her after her surgeries and seeing first hand how much she had to deal with. The amount of pain she tolerated between her surgeries was incredible, something I surely would not have handled with as much dignity. During my time as nurse, I did enjoy our quiet evenings to catch up and have some quality time with my baby sister. Ok, I have to let you know that I have two baby sisters since she has an identical twin, Deena. Long deep discussions are not something we are able to do at family events since we have six girls in our family. We usually fight to get a word in edgewise and so the conversations tend to be quick and kind of fluffy.

Darla has achieved so much in this last year through perseverance, a lot of hard work and sheer will. She  not only is able to do an average workout but spent a whole week doing multiple workouts daily during her week stay at this health resort. Darla, you are an inspiration to me and next time maybe I can join you on your next adventure! I am not sure I could keep up with you but I would be happy to hang by the pool while you do your five different classes in one day!

Love you lots, your big sister Karen


New Years Workouts – Log #3 Rest and Restore


New Years Workouts - Log #3 Rest and Restore

Today is a rest and restore day for me. I have a goal to exercise five days a week and luckily I swam on Sunday this week, I usually take Sundays off. I had the intent to at least go to the gym and stretch and do a little core workout on the ball, but unfortunately my cold got the better of me today.
I did have the opportunity to walk around Woodinville today in the crisp winter air waiting for my car to be fixed.
I enjoyed taking a leisurely walk and exploring our quaint little town. I do believe this was a first for me. Usually, I am zipping around town in my car from the bank to the grocery store to the dry cleaners. Woodinville looked a little different on foot and I got to breath in the fresh air and enjoy the sunshine at the same time.
Was today a workout day for you? A workout can be a walk, a run, a bike ride but whatever you choose to do, do it with purpose and enjoy the scenery! Together we can help each other build a new workout routine.

Next week I will be sharing some of our friends workouts with you!

Workouts for the New Year – Log #2 Swimming


Workouts for the New Year - Log #2 Swimming

I have heard if you do something for 21 days you will have developed a new habit. I am going to try to keep up my workouts for 21 days, taking two days off for rest and recovery each week. My goal is not to have the best or most difficult workouts but to just get up and get moving and do something, anything for exercise.

Have you ever gotten up and just felt a little off and thought, I just do not have the energy to work out? Well, for me today I woke up with a sinus infection and thought to myself if I should really work out. Then, I remembered that our swimming pool at the club is a salt water pool, which usually helps my head feel a little clearer when I get out.

So, I forced myself to hop into the pool with no special workout in mind. I thought, if I just use the kick board and swim lightly I will be better off than sitting at home thinking about working out.

I ended up having a great swim. I swam more laps without resting than I have in a long time. My lungs and head felt great. I didn’t count my laps like I usually do and just swam until I was fatigued. I am not a strong swimmer, so I mix my laps with all strokes, freestyle, breast and back stroke. I tend to get a little bored so this way it gives me a bit of variety. I call my swim today a success and got rid of my tension and stresses at the same time!
Join me and step out and get some exercise today.
Do some kind of movement with purpose whether it be a walk, jumprope, swim, ………..your choice.
Let us know about your success for the day. -Karen

New Years Workouts!




Have you made a New Years Resolution to workout?

My resolution is to do something (walk, swim, bike, ski, or any variety of exercise) 4-5 days a week. Hoping to develop a consistant routine for working out and better fitness. It is so hard to develop a routine, so feel free to join me daily as I post my workouts and join along where you are.  Or let me know what excercise you are doing to get in shape for the new year.  Sometimes if we publicly admit we are going to workout we are somehow bound to actually sticking to our commitment. Maybe we can all help each other develop a consistant routine and become a little healthier.  

I am going to the crossfitendurance.com site and looking at their single sport workouts for todays workout. They also have workouts for running, swimming, cycling and their crossfit training.

Today, I am going to be using the rowing machine. The workout is 500m as many times as you can with one minute rests. I am not very good yet at the rowing so I usually do 3-4 sets of 500m at a quick pace then lift weights afterwards. If you would like a great total body workout ask someone at your club to show you how to use the rowing machine. I am amazed at how much stronger my legs and core get when I row on a regular basis. I try to do the rowing machine 3x a week and the routines vary week to week.  

So, grab your sneakers and have a great workout today! -Karen