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  1. So last week I did 459 Intensity Minutes. Yay me! Mon: Tabata and Stretching Tues: Full Body 3weights Wed: A bit of aerobics Thur: Walk looking for holly for the solstice and found absolutely no berries! Fri: Rest which is a fancy name for too lazy to do anything Sat: Auxillary + Tabata and Stretching Sun: Full Body 1 Not enough stretching but still a good weeks worth of exercise. I'm going to up the goal to 420mins because that will be a nice round 60 mins / day.
  2. My mind was opened to the strangeness of the concepts of country and state by Yuval Noah Harari in Sapiens. Very interesting book.
  3. My husband and I went for PCR tests and we're negative!! Bloody miraculous! My daughter can come out of hiding on Tuesday. She's pretty miserable. Australia is roughly the size of mainland US and we have 6 states and two territories so all our states are bigger than Texas. >^_^<. Not really, Victoria and Tasmania are smaller.
  4. Where have I been? Well two weeks ago I was cruising along to get my 400IM goal and then I started my treatment!! OMG! For 9 days I felt so sick and sorry for myself, tired and nauseous and then on Monday, like a miracle I woke up feeling almost normal! OK, my pee still looks like orangeade and as I write this I feel a tad sick but, I'm OK. The bad news is, my daughter has covid and that presumably means I have covid. Do you think that South Australia might now be the covid capital of the world? Let's see ... our population is about the same as West Virginia's and we're reporting 10x more cases a day... so that's a yep. Although, we may be better at reporting cases.
  5. I've done 390IMs this week which included: 2.7km walk to the optometrist and back A bit of brisk shopping 5 x 4 min tabatas 1 Full body workout 1 Accessory workout That doesn't seem like enough for someone who considers they're "trying to get fit" so I'll bump the goal up slightly next week.
  6. I've been doing 4 minute tabata videos on youtube because my Dr told me I had to do 5 mins of hard breathless exercise a day. It means I do exercise everyday even when I'm tired because I can always do that much. And it's good because there's a fair amount of bodyweight strength training in each one. Here's my playlist of every 4 min tabata video I could find
  7. So last week I pretty much dropped the ball and fell into a dark pit of rage and despair. It suddenly occurred to me how much I've lost because of useless, self righteous doctors. So I only did 97 intensity minutes!! I only did 2 4 minute tabatas and that's it. Which shows how indolent I am when I'm not consciously exercising and also shows the value of the watch. But I'm back in the game and did 84 just going to the optometrist and back to get my pre-treatment eye test (because the treatment can destroy your peripheral vision. So happy about that!) The rules for 4th covid vaxes changed last week, so I thought I'd see if I could badger the pharmacist into giving me one and Yay! She did! "Frequent hospital visits" seemed to be the key words. So now I should do my tabata and stretching before the effect of the vaccine knocks me around. And the really good news is mh VO2Max has gone up by 1. It is now 36. Just 1 below the "excellent" range for my age. And gives me an effective age of 35....which makes you wonder, if the average 35 year old feels like an old woman with a lung full of slimy mycobacteria, what does the average 56 year old feel like? I hate to think! But yay for the watch that tells me all the exercise has been worthwhile!!
  8. So I got my 385 IMins done. I think I'm still recovering from last weeks epic walk. My husband says when he (race) walks 20+km, he has to take 2 weeks to recover. I only did 4 x 4 minute tabatas. Walking to the audiologists and back twice. Big full body workout. Auxiliary workout and 40 mins of brisk walking today. A new maximum heart rate of 189! But no change in my VO2Max. I would have preferred that I had done 3 weights workouts, but Oh well. My watch is telling me I'm tired today and tomorrow I have to go into Uni, so that will count as an active recovery I think.
  9. So as planned I did the 26km Pioneer women's walk on Sunday. Ugh! That made about 935 intensity minutes for the week. There is a serious flaw in the intensity minute goal because today it reset to zero and I have to do another 55 minutes when I ache all over. So I went to the shops twice and that gave me 141, so I can have a nice rest tomorrow.
  10. So the goal for this week was 385 IM and I did 437 and now I'm tired! I think I've worked hard this week. I did two short leg workouts, 2 long full body workouts, a short body weight workout and 7 tabatas. That's a serious week of exercise, I think. So I'm going leave the goal at 385IM, but next week I'm walking 26km with my friend in the "pioneer women's walk", so I'l only do tabatas for the other 6 days and hopefully get some mojo back, because I'm tired!!! Tomorrow I have to go the dentist and uni so that will give me some incidental IMs.
  11. So after my streak of optimism I hit a wall this week. I have simply not been able to sleep! And every day I woke up I'd think, I'll do a workout tomorrow when I've slept, so I ended up having to desperately get my intensity minutes done on the weekend. Big mistake! I was so tired on Sunday I couldn't get my heart rate up, so the workout went on and on. One whole set of weights added nothing to the total int mins!! Unlike previous weeks, where I overshot the goal by at least 10% each week, this week I just managed to sneak past the goal with 5 IMs to spare. Perhaps I should have listened to my body and not the watch! I slept a bit better last night, but I still don't feel great. I'm going to try to push through with no nap and see if that lets me sleep tonight. Anyhoo.... In the last 7 days I've done 3 weights workouts! Yay! 6 Tabata and stretch. About 20 mins of incidental walking. About 30mins of aerobics. Grand total 355 Int Mins. Goal for this week ....385 IMs This week I'm not going to wait for a good night's sleep, I'm going to get my 55 mins of activity in each day, regardless.
  12. It sounds to me that their idea of negotiation is different to yours. Theirs is more like a used car salesman. They thought they would push you for the early deposit, because they have financial issues of their own. You pushed back. "Well done!" I say! And they backed down. I would look at this as a big win for you. You asserted yourself civilly and decently and got what you asked for. I would either walk away, because you don't like their way of doing business, but if everything else about them is constructive, go back with confidence, knowing that they must be acknowledging your authority even if only to themselves.
  13. Yeah. And it turns out the Int Min goal is really good for me. If I were trying to run a 4 minute mile, I would feel bad that I can't even jog, but since the goal is to keep my heart rate up by whatever means I like, I don't have to feel bad that I can only bench press 13kg because I've injured my rotator cuff. Does that make sense? If I had goals in terms of strength or speed, I'd give up. This way I actually crave exercise and have to tell myself to rest when the watch tells me to. The watch knows all!
  14. This week I averaged 9min of moderate and 21 minutes of vigorous exercise a day; 30 mins a day or 3.5 hours in the week. That doesn't seem like a lot! 6x 4 mins of tabata. Walking to the doctor's and back. 2 x aerobics oz style (bring back AOS I say!) I also had some sort of weird stress attack that the watch counted as exercise too. So despite blitzing my goal of 320 Int Mins with 371, I still feel like I'm not doing enough exercise! This week's goal: 350.
  15. Now what did I do last week? 5 x 4min tabatas. 1 leg workout and 2 walks. 2x walking to the bus and around the city (which generates a lot of intensity minutes). Only one weight workout because we were interstate for the last week.
  16. Thank you. I appreciate it. I am still very angry but on the other hand, my lungs are working so well now that it's hard to believe that there's an evil blob eating my them. I did a terrific workout just now. I hadn't realised how much my dodgy lungs were preventing my from responding to exercise, and how much they were making me loath exercise and how much they were preventing me from even doing incidental exercise because walking up the street was so difficult. So yay for Dr Oh and symbicort! So 335 Int Mins 70 over the goal of 264. .^_^. Most of that was incidental walking. And I've been doing my 4 mins of tabata every day too. When I tacked it on the end of my leg workout my heart rate got to 186. A new record (at least since getting this watch) !!
  17. So the jury is back and the verdict is in...I have NTM. Just like I've been telling doctors for 9 years. I am very very angry. Now I have to wait for the big public hospital, the only place that treats NTM, to contact me and start treatment. That could be weeks. I guess I should enjoy that time while I can. My doctor told me I have to do 5 mins of puffed out exercise a day, so I guess I'd better add tabata on the end of every workout. But not today, I'm too tired from being angry.
  18. Thank you! My brain is doing all sorts of scary things at the moment, but I don't think my heart is giving out. I think I'm getting fitter. Because of the sudden drop in sleeping heart rate, it must be due to the symbicort, not the exercise, me thinks. My heart is thinking "yay! at last there's some oxygen coming from those lungs, so I can slow down a bit!" My husbands sleeping heart rate is about 35 and he's as fit as a fiddle!
  19. So! Mischief managed. 272 IMinutes. My resting heart rate seems to be still getting lower. My average for the last 7 days is now 58. According to Dr Google I'm either very fit, or I have brachycardia. Neither seems true to me, especially considering what's going on in my lungs and my FEV1. Actually, I have a doo dad for measuring peak flow....maybe I should be tracking that! I do love a number! Anyhoo, 2 upper body workouts and a couple of days of incidental walking and I reached my goal for the week. Next week...264 IM.
  20. I feel great! Usually when I walk to the end of the street I have to have a rest at the top, but today I was talking to my mother on the phone and she didn't even realise I was walking. Walking *and* talking. I suppose that could be attributed to the symbicort, but why did my resting heart rate suddenly drop just when I started taking potassium? And why did my IM for the same workouts also drop at that time? Although actually, it was dropping from the 21st, 5 days after I started the double dose of Symbicort. Anyway, gift horse, mouth! Now I should go out and do a really brisk walk and see if my VO2Max goes up.
  21. This trend seems to be continuing. I did the weekly Wednesday shop and got 72 IMs where last week I got 116 IMs!! Looking at the time spent in each HR zone I really am not working as hard as a week ago! I've checked that my MaxHR is still set at 187, so unless the watch changed the way it measures heart rate then this is a real effect. And it feels like a real effect!
  22. Now what the heck is going on? Last time I did the "Chest and Side Delts" workout, I got 46 Int Mins. And this time 14!! And that's right... my heart rate hardly went up at all. And I feel great, so it's not that my heart is tired or malfunctioning, I assume. So theories....The double dose of symbicort has fixed my lungs up so well that my VO2Max has shot up or, the 0.9g (2 bananas worth) of potassium I've been taking for the last 6 days has made my heart work better. So weird! Now usually one would say that's a good thing, but I'm not going to meet my Int Min goal of 240 at this rate!! What and all to do? My resting heart rate seems to be going down too. Since I got the watch it averaged 63bpm, but over the last week it averaged 60bpm.
  23. So despite the enforced rest due to the lung biopsy, I still got 222 Int Minutes done, consisting of one walk to the shops, one walk with my husband and a leg workout. Too easy! I was going to ease back into the intensity minutes, starting from 150 this week, but that is obviously unnecessary, so I'll keep the goal set at 240 this week. M: shopping T : legs W: biopsy T: rest F: rest S: rest (shopping didn't accrue any minutes this week!) S: Walk The WHO recommends children get 420 Int Mins a week. I don't see why I can't do the same as a child! So that will be my ultimate goal; 420 mins.
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