Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Try Out Some "New" Equipment

It's time to switch up my weight lifting/strength routine again. And this time I'm adding some new equipment. Did I get new expensive stuff? Of course not! I'm making do with what I already have and dipping into the recycling bin for others.

Equipment: Theraband (left over from my physical therapy), SPRI band (purchased for $10 last year) and file folder (free).

Plie side squat with front raise (I have added the front raise to the exercise and am using the file folder in place of the towel or gliding disk you put under the foot you are sliding.) (8 lbs.) Instructions available in October 2010 issue of Shape Magazine.
Dual Resistance Press (Green SPRI band and 5 lb dumbbells)
Bent over "bar rows" (Using 2 13.5 lb dumbbells instead.)
Bridge Chest Press (8 lbs)

Rear Raise Kickback
(Using 2 8 lb. weights instead of bar)
Decline Push-Ups

Plank on Stability Ball
(Week 1=30 seconds, Week 2 & 3=50 seconds, Week 4 & 5= 70 seconds.)
Circle Crunch (Use black Theraband)
Footwork Angel (Use green SPRI band.) Instructions available in October 2010 issue of Shape Magazine.
Oblique crunch with weights (3 lb. weight in each hand)
Swissball Back Extensions

As always,
Week 1 of each exercise= 15 reps, 30 seconds for plank (30 mins)
Week 2 & Week 3= 15 reps X2, 50 seconds for plank (60 mins)
Week 4 & Week 5= 15 reps x3, 70 seconds for plank (75 mins)

***1-2 minutes of light cardio activity at the end of each grouping of exercise

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Take A Photo Before The Work Is Done

I often eat my lunch while watching The People's Court and if there is one thing that Judge Milian has drilled in to my brain, it's that you should always take a picture before work is done to your house or car. In case any damage is done during installation. [Added per request of my mother.]

So, when it was time to send the water heater to the big metal recyclers in the sky, I took a photo.

Turns out all went well, but it's always nice to know you have photographic evidence.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Experiment On Yourself

Because I have Type 1 diabetes and because I use a One Touch Animas Ping Insulin Pump I get to stick an insulin pump infusion set needle in me every 3 days. (That's down from 8-10 insulin shots a day.)

I've never really had a problem with the infusion sets before, every once in a while I hit a vein and the site stung for a bit, but that's been the biggest problem. But now that I've lost a substantial amount of weight, the needle on the infusion set is actually hurting when it goes in. I'm at 37.3% body fat (still considered overfat) and adding the weight back on is not an option, so I've decided to experiment a bit.

There are many infusion sets, but the two suggested ones for my insulin pump are the Unomedical Inset (straight) and the Unomedical Inset 30 (angled).

Left to Right: Unomedical Inset and Unomedical Inset 30

I've been using the Unomedical Inset for the past 7 years. So, I thought I'd try out the Unomedical Inset 30, since it is suggested for lean adults and children. (Bored yet?) Since I still have some pockets of fat below my shoulder blades I am now alternating between the Insets on the back and the Inset 30s on my stomach.

UPDATE: Both kinds of sets hurt. The solution I've found is to place an ice pack over my skin for 60 seconds before inserting the infusion set. This may involve me lying on the ground on top of the ice pack for when I am using the Insets in my back. Stay tuned....

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Find A New Friend

In my quest to read every book ever written about sustainability, I recently read Catherine Friend's The Compassionate Carnivore.

The book was well written. But after reading Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, there wasn't much new to me material. However, what I did enjoy were her stories of living on a farm with her partner, Melissa. So I was delighted to find out that Friend had written a book on that subject: Hit By A Farm: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The Barn.

Hit By A Farm is part love story, part coming of age story and part laughter as medicine. I highly suggest you get yourself a copy.