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June progress

Friday, June 20, 2014

1/2 way through June and I've been exercising pretty much every day. I've been definitely mixing it up between swimming, aerobics class, elliptical, walking and biking.

Muscles ache which is good.
Mood goes up and down as I've been down this road before and want to be 1/2 through this as opposed to starting over. It seems it slower this time.

Overslept this morning. Probably because my body is asking for a break - hahahah - so instead of hitting the gym, I may just go for a walk or bike ride before it gets too hot.

Reading a lot of different books and learning how to relax. Still figuring out what life is like after work but enjoying the experience of learning.


Adding Planks and Eliptical to my program

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

My son told me that I need to really work on building up my core. He said PLANKS and SQUATS were key.

So I started doing Planks -these are really hard. I can barely do 60 seconds for the first time and 30 seconds for the 2nd. But I figure if I keep doing a few each night I'll get better.

I then added Elliptical. This means going to the gym and going into the weight room. I normally just use the pool. This is another new exercise for me. I can barely do 10 mins.

I'm still swimming and also doing cycling..... So my workout is being consistent and I am varying it a bit. Tomorrow I'm going to do a Low Impact class. Zumba is definitely out for me. Tried it twice and its just too frustrating there are other exercises which work just as good but not as frustrating.

Now I just need to stay away from those Lemon Oreo cookies..... and maybe I'll see some weight loss

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KNH771 6/19/2014 5:29PM

    Changing things up is always a wonderful thing when it comes to fitness!

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Enjoying retirement

Friday, May 16, 2014

Still working out the kinks but am getting in more exercise then I was working and enjoying it.

I tried Zumba for the first time. What I learned is I definitely have no rhythm but it was a great work out trying to keep up with everyone.

Am getting in water aerobics in the morning and occasional bike ride with DH at night.

Although not as tense still trying to figure out how to relax but I guess that will take time.

As a side project I have been going through literally thousands of old photos from boxes from my grandparents and sorting them into family piles. Gives me a great excuse to reach out to distant cousins as a way to drop off photos from their pasts as well.

Getting in quite a few day trips but between graduations, babies and weddings we've been hopping.

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KNH771 5/21/2014 3:08PM

    I can't wait until I've earned retirement! Looks like you're getting a lot done!

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TOWHEE 5/16/2014 10:41PM

    I'm with you on the Zumba. I can keep the rhythm for about 5 minutes, then I'm on the left foot when I'm supposed to be on the right. Our leader says "as long as you don't run into someone, you're doing it right". I can live with that! It really is a fun way to get exercise and a good workout.

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FITWITHIN 5/16/2014 12:11PM

    I love Zumba. I'm glad that you gave it a try.

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JAMBABY0 5/16/2014 10:13AM

    sounds good and I don't have much rhythm either but I love zumba

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Paducah - not what I expected

Monday, May 05, 2014

As I've been quilting for some time now, how could I pass up a visit to the National Quilt Museum in Paducah KY? As the museum opened at 10 we spent the first hour in Paducah walking around the river front. The murals were excellent with a slice of time in the history of Paducah. It was a short walk and quite enjoyable. At the end of the murals was a steam engine which my husband took a ton of pictures of. We then meandered our way over to the museum as it was just about to open.

Our hotel gave us $1 coupons so admission charge was $10 each. Unfortunately no photos were allowed to be taken in the museum only the lobby. The lobby had a number of stained glass windows on display and in the back room was a wood carving of a quilt. Now having done wood carving I was very impressed with this as well. It was quite beautiful and very realistic. Of course no photos were allowed of this as well.

Enter the museum. My initial thought was it was smaller than I expected. It is divided into 3.5 sections. The main section which housed award winning quilts, a smaller section to the side which housed miniature quilts and 2 sections on each side which were changed every 3 months.

The center section by far the best. The quilts there were stunning and intricate. They had a quilt of all the Beatles songs, a quilt of the Hobbit, and another of the Lord of the Rings. They were so varied and by far the best I've ever seen. But not many quilts as my husband said if felt like a Quilt show as opposed to a museum.

To the left was Carolina Lily was the theme - mainly traditional quilts all with the theme of the Lily. To the right was Distortion theme. I am not one for modern art and for the most part these were quilts with a modern art. Although well done, I didn't care for the art of these as much as the center ones.

In total I'm glad we went to the museum - not at all what I expected. Truth be told I found the town of Paducah of more interest then the museum itself.

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LKWQUILTER 5/7/2014 7:36PM

    Thanks for the info Ginny. I have learned a lot from your blog.

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JUST2OFUS 5/6/2014 7:51PM

    I know they change out the exhibits and perhaps in a few months time it would be more to your liking. Sorry you felt kind of let down.

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DOG_MOM 5/6/2014 1:26PM

    Definitely good info to have. Thanks so much for the update.

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PEGGYO 5/5/2014 7:43PM

    very interesting to hear

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MSUEQUILTS 5/5/2014 6:15PM

    Now that's interesting! I remember the same feeling at the DAR exhibit in Washington DC. I expected to see lots of historical quilts and there were only 3 on display!

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Hello world - I'm still here and now retired

Monday, April 28, 2014

Who knew it was so much work to retire. I was buried the last few months getting ready to retire. Training my replacement, making sure everything was backed up and so many details.

Now I don't need to think about this anymore. Wow will I be able to adjust to the lack of constant demands.

I've tried to start setting up new habits. Waking up still early but now leaving for the gym for either lap swimming or aqua aerobics class. Sorely missed those the last 2 months (while I was buried at work).

Today I got back and my DH said let's go climb the local mountain. Sure I'm game. We took a short hike - total 1.25 miles round trip. But remember this is the first I've taken the new set of hips in this form of exercise. Yes we may have taken longer then everyone else but we did it and had a great time.

Now I'm back to sorting photos. I have 12 large boxes of photos and papers from my grandparents house which was waiting for me to have time to go through them. My dining room table is now full of piles so I can share the photos with relatives.

Look out world - I'm back.

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KDGIRL 4/30/2014 7:38AM

    Congratulations on your new status as a retiree!! Now enjoy what you have worked so hard to achieve!

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    Congratulations on your retirement!

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LOUISEH54 4/29/2014 11:33AM

    Retirement is great! I know you'll enjoy it. Congrats emoticon

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KNH771 4/28/2014 9:45PM

    Congrats on your retirement! From what I hear, pretty soon you'll begin to wonder how you ever had enough time to go to the office!

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TOWHEE 4/28/2014 9:41PM


Welcome to retired life. I remember the HR director retired about a year after I started work at my last employer. He came back to visit about a year later and replied, when asked how retired life was, "I don't know how I had time to get everything done, when I was working". Yes, retired life can be busy, but the beauty is that it is on YOUR terms.

I'm so glad you took your new hips on a hike. Speed doesn't count, enjoying the view and the companionship, does.

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KATHY98665 4/28/2014 8:04PM

    Congratulations on your retirement!

I chuckled at your comment about photos. I spent so much time doing the same type of project. It is easy to keep putting them away, but when you dig in and get it done it is sooo rewarding!

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