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All the green check marks here are impressive! Thumbs up 🙂

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"You're not in it to get Most [Recognized Rebel Ever]. You're not in it to be eligible for prizes. You're in this because you made a promise to yourself and you refuse to let you down. Walk the talk. And even when you don't talk much, make the walk so powerful that it leaves no room for questions - from inside or out." -note to self Str7.5 Dex6 Sta5.7 Con11.8 Wis10.4 Cha2 Intro post~Challenge 1~Challenge 2~Challenge 3~Challenge 4~Battle Log 1 Ranger Level 3

 

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Week 4B.5  -Friday

 

Its a day of gadgets. I've got a flutter device from the physio, which makes me dizzy and a pulse oximeter
in the mail which says I have low blood oxygen. Hmm. That was noticed last time I was in hospital too.

Didn't do a workout yesterday, so I'm rejigging/cheating the schedule again. Gee! Do you think there's something wrong with my lungs?

 

 

 

 

Monday – Chest and Side Delts ✅
Tuesday – walk ✅
Wednesday – Upper Back and Rear Delts✅+ bonus 20 mins of aerobics
Thursday – Arms and Abs ✅

Friday - Walk✅

Saturday - Walk

Sunday - Legs

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Week 4B.5  -Saturday

 

Another day of gadgets, I just ordered a Garmin Venu Sq Music Edition. It had been marked down since Thursday
and I have lots of points on my credit card, so it won't cost much in terms of real money. My husband is very excited.

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Since it is pouring with rain, I think its time to break open the "Aerobics Oz Style" DVD and do some indoor cardio!
90s here I come!!

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Monday – Chest and Side Delts ✅

Tuesday – walk ✅
Wednesday – Upper Back and Rear Delts✅+ bonus 20 mins of aerobics
Thursday – Arms and Abs ✅

Friday - Walk✅

Saturday - Aerobics

Sunday - Legs

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Week 4B.5  -Sunday

Monday – Chest and Side Delts ✅

Tuesday – walk ✅
Wednesday – Upper Back and Rear Delts+ bonus 20 mins of aerobics✅
Thursday – Arms and Abs ✅

Friday - Walk✅

Saturday - Walk✅

Sunday - Legs❌

 

decided to take the new watch for a spin instead of aerobics. Didn't get my legs done though. I'll try to catch that up next week.

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Week 5B. Monday

Monday – Chest and Side Delts 

Tuesday – Upper Back and Rear Delts 
Wednesday – Legs
Thursday – Arms and Abs 

Friday - Walk

Saturday - Legs

Sunday - Walk

 

Aiming to catch up last weeks legs this week. Going easy on the cardio because I want my lungs to fill up so I can
get a nice big glob of goop to take to the Drs next week. Yay!

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On 1/21/2022 at 7:51 PM, chibi-nerd said:

Since it is pouring with rain, I think its time to break open the "Aerobics Oz Style" DVD and do some indoor cardio!
90s here I come!!

As a 90s kid, I used to go into mental rebellion when radio stations started talking about "the music of the 80s, 90s, and now!" like the 90s were becoming history. 😆 Yep, definitely history at this point.

I admire your activity consistency!

"You're not in it to get Most [Recognized Rebel Ever]. You're not in it to be eligible for prizes. You're in this because you made a promise to yourself and you refuse to let you down. Walk the talk. And even when you don't talk much, make the walk so powerful that it leaves no room for questions - from inside or out." -note to self Str7.5 Dex6 Sta5.7 Con11.8 Wis10.4 Cha2 Intro post~Challenge 1~Challenge 2~Challenge 3~Challenge 4~Battle Log 1 Ranger Level 3

 

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Week 5B. Wednesday

 

 

Monday – Chest and Side Delts ✅

Tuesday – Upper Back and Rear Delts 
Wednesday – Legs
Thursday – Arms and Abs 

Friday - Walk

Saturday - Legs

Sunday - Walk

 

Jumped out of bed yesterday and immediately came over all woozy and spent the rest of the day lolling about
listening to a feminist book about male violence written by a man. Cheery stuff. 
I've just realised that my groovy watch has goals for steps and intensity minutes. Since I'm never going to
meet the steps goal, except on walking days, my goal will be intensity minutes which is currently 17/150 for the week.

 

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Week 5B. Thursday

 

 

Monday – Chest and Side Delts ✅

Tuesday – Upper Back and Rear Delts ✅
Wednesday – Legs✅
Thursday – Arms and Abs 

Friday - Walk

Saturday - Legs

Sunday - Walk

 

So I've figured out that the "intensity minutes" on my watch refer to the US Dept of Health recommendation that everyone does 

150mins of moderate or 75 mins of vigourus exercise a week and that's why the goal is set at 150. MOderate activity is 3-6 METs and vigorous is 6 or more.

The watch figures it out from my HR. An intensity minute is 1 minute at 3-6 METs or 30s at 6+ METs.

 

Well yesterday I did 236 METs giving a total 253 for the week, which means I'm almost at the upper end of the recommended 150-300 intensity minutes / week.

This makes so much more sense than counting steps!! 

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Can you do too many METs in a week? Today my "body battery" (measure of Heart Rate Variability) is at 60 and I feel like my battery is low. Yesterday it was at almost 100 when I woke up.

 

 

 

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On 1/26/2022 at 4:20 AM, Emissary2Ornj said:

As a 90s kid, I used to go into mental rebellion when radio stations started talking about "the music of the 80s, 90s, and now!" like the 90s were becoming history. 😆 Yep, definitely history at this point.

I admire your activity consistency!

I think we start to appreciate the style we knew when we were kids. For me its the 70s and mid-century modern. My parents house had purple paisley wallpaper. A while ago I would have said that was so daggy, but now I see how bold and inventive it was. It reflected the exuberance of the age.  I even quite like a yellow brick house now. 

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2 hours ago, chibi-nerd said:

Can you do too many METs in a week? Today my "body battery" (measure of Heart Rate Variability) is at 60 and I feel like my battery is low. Yesterday it was at almost 100 when I woke up.

I am not familiar at all with the body battery - had to go read (skim) bit about it. If I read it right, more than just activity goes into the equation. So maybe it's incorporating something besides your METs? and heart rate variability? Maybe someone over on one of the fitness or gear threads can answer this.

 

When I was a kid, the 90s seemed so now, and modern. It was a difficult mind-shift to think of them becoming old news! I'm getting acquainted with some of the culture from then and and the 80s - I did not experience a lot of it as a child, since I grew up in a strict religion. It's interesting to revisit it, from adult eyes, and 20-30 years later!

"You're not in it to get Most [Recognized Rebel Ever]. You're not in it to be eligible for prizes. You're in this because you made a promise to yourself and you refuse to let you down. Walk the talk. And even when you don't talk much, make the walk so powerful that it leaves no room for questions - from inside or out." -note to self Str7.5 Dex6 Sta5.7 Con11.8 Wis10.4 Cha2 Intro post~Challenge 1~Challenge 2~Challenge 3~Challenge 4~Battle Log 1 Ranger Level 3

 

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Week 5B. Thursday

 

 

Monday – Chest and Side Delts ✅

Tuesday – Upper Back and Rear Delts ✅
Wednesday – Legs✅
Thursday – Arms and Abs 

Friday - Walk✅

Saturday - Legs

Sunday - Walk

 

No more exercise! It's clearly not good for me! I feel so crummy, like I've been attacked with rolling pins! I'm going to find it hard to let this list of workouts deliberately lapse
and not to try and add more intensity minutes to the week, but I have to listen to my body (and my watch). Less exercise, more food!

 

 

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It's SO hard to let it go when we need to.  But there are other ways of being strong besides actual muscles, and exercising the patience/taking-care-of-yourself "muscle" is just as important to build up, I think. Kudos to you for adapting!

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"You're not in it to get Most [Recognized Rebel Ever]. You're not in it to be eligible for prizes. You're in this because you made a promise to yourself and you refuse to let you down. Walk the talk. And even when you don't talk much, make the walk so powerful that it leaves no room for questions - from inside or out." -note to self Str7.5 Dex6 Sta5.7 Con11.8 Wis10.4 Cha2 Intro post~Challenge 1~Challenge 2~Challenge 3~Challenge 4~Battle Log 1 Ranger Level 3

 

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On 1/31/2022 at 2:40 AM, Emissary2Ornj said:

It's SO hard to let it go when we need to.  But there are other ways of being strong besides actual muscles, and exercising the patience/taking-care-of-yourself "muscle" is just as important to build up, I think. Kudos to you for adapting!

Thank you! I think I've had enough rest now! Back to work!

 

 

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Week 5B -  Part 2. Thursday

 

 

Monday – Rest✅

Tuesday – Arms and Abs 
Wednesday – Short walk
Thursday – Legs

Friday - Rest

Saturday - Walk

Sunday - Walk

 

It's an odd week because we'll be travelling on Friday and once we get to Melbourne, I won't have weights. I guess I could take bands and adapt the workouts
to them. I'll think about that.

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Week 5B -  Part 2. Thursday

 

 

Monday – Rest✅

Tuesday – Arms and Abs ✅
Wednesday – Short walk✅
Thursday – Legs✅

Friday - Rest✅

Saturday - Walk✅

Sunday - Walk✅

 

There we are, Mischief managed. I didn't do the workouts on the scheduled days but I have walked a *long* way.
606 intensity minute this week. That'll do, pig.

Did a 30 min walk on Wednesday, hoping that would help generate some goop for a sample, but I think it takes 
an hour to really get the juicy stuff moving.
However, did convince doctor to send off sample. When I rang to find the result I was told "acceptable".

"is that positive or negative" "It's acceptable." So I have to wait a week until I can see the result online.
What is not acceptable is pompous Doctor's receptionists gambling with my life. Next time I'm there, I think I'll give them a lecture.

And of course, despite the fact that a diagnosis needs two samples, I wasn't told to do another one, so I have to organise that 
myself, and then convince another rotten doctor to send it to the lab! 

Very, very, angry!

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Yay, all the green check marks!

Grr, frustration. So frustrating. I'm sorry.

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"You're not in it to get Most [Recognized Rebel Ever]. You're not in it to be eligible for prizes. You're in this because you made a promise to yourself and you refuse to let you down. Walk the talk. And even when you don't talk much, make the walk so powerful that it leaves no room for questions - from inside or out." -note to self Str7.5 Dex6 Sta5.7 Con11.8 Wis10.4 Cha2 Intro post~Challenge 1~Challenge 2~Challenge 3~Challenge 4~Battle Log 1 Ranger Level 3

 

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On 2/7/2022 at 6:22 AM, Emissary2Ornj said:

Yay, all the green check marks!

Grr, frustration. So frustrating. I'm sorry.

Thanks. I'm wasting a lot of time obsessing about why I don't have a diagnosis and bias in medicine and what I should have done differently and how much of an argument I'm going to have on Tuesday getting another sample sent away and how long will it take to get a culture result etc. etc.

Very unproductive!

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Week 6B -  Tuesday

 

 

Monday – Wall✅

Tuesday – Chest and Side Delts ✅
Wednesday – Upper Back and Rear Delts
Thursday – Rest

Friday - Arms and Abs

Saturday - Legs

Sunday - Walk

 

So my watch seems to be doing its job. I looked at the 0 intensity minutes and teh very low calorie count and thought I'd better do something about it. Step count has no effect on me.

 

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Week 6B - One more time

 

Hmm. Where have I been? Between travelling and trying to get save up phlegm for samples and I don't know, not much has been happening.
I did go for a big long walk and my VO2Max went up by one point! Yay! Which I attribute to the prednisone my lovely new respiratory specialist
prescribed, but I may have over done it, because then I felt rotten for two days.
My new theory is that I should do 200 intensity minutes a week and build up by 10% / week until I hit 560, which I think is the sweet spot. i don't
care what the CDC thinks, what would they know?

 

Somehow, I managed to do 22 intensity minutes just running around the house. I wonder if the medication I'm taking makes my HR high?
I'm going to divide the legs workout into 2, to keep within my 30 minute goal.

 

Starting tomorrow, because never do today what you can put off until tomorrow.

 

So this week's schedule looks a lot like the last one...

Monday – Rest. 22 Int Mins

Tuesday – Chest and Side Delts  ✅ + 46 = 68 Int Mins.
Wednesday – Upper Back and Rear Delts
Thursday – Rest

Friday - Arms and Abs

Saturday - Legs 1

Sunday - Legs 2

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Week 6B - One more time - Tuesday

 Did my Chest and Delts as planned which is 46 Int. Minutes apparently. This intensity minutes are too easy to get!

 

I'm working on a new new theory that it's not the number of intensity minutes that did me in on Friday, it was the number of 
minutes (11) in zone 5, which for me is 168BPM plus. So I've set an alarm on my watch to let me know when I hit 170BPM to tell me to back off.

Although, I actually think my zone 5 is more like 180+, or else how could I maintain that effort for 11 minutes. I've just set my max Hr in the watch to the highest BPM I've seen + 5.

 

 

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This is interesting to read along as you figure out how to make this work as a measurement for you. It makes sense to me that what your zones are for "normal" and "resting" and "high" intensity are may not match the technology's. I assume it's pretty standardized.

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"You're not in it to get Most [Recognized Rebel Ever]. You're not in it to be eligible for prizes. You're in this because you made a promise to yourself and you refuse to let you down. Walk the talk. And even when you don't talk much, make the walk so powerful that it leaves no room for questions - from inside or out." -note to self Str7.5 Dex6 Sta5.7 Con11.8 Wis10.4 Cha2 Intro post~Challenge 1~Challenge 2~Challenge 3~Challenge 4~Battle Log 1 Ranger Level 3

 

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Week 6B - One more time - Thursday

So today I decided to log shopping as a workout. To get to the shops involves walking up a big hill and down the otherside and then vice versa to get back. I ended up accumulating ~90 intensity minutes which seems like a lot for 50mins of walking at an amble.  Anyway, my newly cleared out and calmed down lungs are working just fine!1559490241_ScreenShot2022-03-03at4_47_57pm.png.5e903ce383a8cce204c976c48887c21a.png

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So this is what my week actually looked like

 

Monday – House Work. 22 Int Mins

Tuesday – Chest and Side Delts   + 46 Int Mins.
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – The Shopping   91 Int Mins

Friday - Rest

Saturday - Beginners HIIT 15 Int Mins

Sunday - Upper Back and Rear Delts   30 Int Mins

 

Total of 204 out of 200 planned intensity minutes. Logging 22 for house work seems like a bit of a cheat. I wonder what was happening there??

Looking at that dairy, it does look like a beginners week of exercise, so yay!
Anyhoo... continuing with my plan of easing into exercise, as opposed to the bull at a gate method, I have set next week's goal to 220 minutes.
Intensity minutes should be harder to get the better my lungs get. CT scan this Friday! Hope its looking good in there!

 

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It is nice to actually have data proving that shopping does take effort!

I think it's a great idea to ease into the work. It's boring, and hard, but smarter.


Re housework: I just yesterday discovered Amanda Chung Fat on Instagram (via a GMB blog shoutout, I think). She's all about incorporating working out into cleaning. Housework definitely counts.

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"You're not in it to get Most [Recognized Rebel Ever]. You're not in it to be eligible for prizes. You're in this because you made a promise to yourself and you refuse to let you down. Walk the talk. And even when you don't talk much, make the walk so powerful that it leaves no room for questions - from inside or out." -note to self Str7.5 Dex6 Sta5.7 Con11.8 Wis10.4 Cha2 Intro post~Challenge 1~Challenge 2~Challenge 3~Challenge 4~Battle Log 1 Ranger Level 3

 

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