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My goals are very simple

1. Gain strength back in my shoulder. Its slow progress because I have a slight fear of hurting it, and I just seem to keep forgetting to do the exercises the physio gives me. doh.

- do theraband exercises from physio every day while at work.

- work up to a 1 minute plank - which I can do anywhere, anytime

- work up to 20 knee pushups (no full pushups just yet, I absolutely must ensure my form is perfect to not bugger up shoulder) Ok I might look a bit stupid doing these at work so they are an at home exercise.

2. Clean out the crap under the house

I know, pretty boring, but hopefully achievable.

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did one lot of theraband exercises yesterday

Got out of bed this morning and did 5 knee pushups.

My plans today are to do more of my theraband exercises, all of them, get in some planks and maybe some more pushups this evening.

Under the house sort out will have to wait for weekend.

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Consistancy and patience! It's a bitch, but some things we can't power through.

"Let another say. 'Perhaps the worst will not happen.' You yourself must say. 'Well, what if it does happen? Let us see who wins!' ".

- Seneca, 63 AD

"There is no better way to fight weakness than with strength." - Henry Rollins

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already this challenge is working for me. :D

I just did a 30 second plank (ok I counted to 30 slowly so it might have realistically been 20 seconds and when you have a dog stick their nose in your face it does make it tricky to hold on)

I also did another 5 knee pushups with good form (and by that I mean making sure my shoulders are down at the back and getting a really good dip in)

I did some of my theraband exercises but I get tired real quick with them, which I suppose is kind of good... I guess i"ll get a bit more strength and not be so tired if I do them more often.

I apologise in advance to anyone reading and thinking yawn, but really having this one simple goal is probably good for me. oh yeah, and the garage, I really want to get a bit of stuff sorted down there. Its not bad, but I've been procrastinating.

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Don't you dare apologize for wether your excercises are boring, miss! You're injured and you need to work within your capabilities. We all have different challenges. Plus, learning proper pushup technique is awesome, and will help you so much in the months and years to come. I'm also trying to work on proper shoulder alighnment - crutches are messing me up but good!

I totally take credit for the alphabet leg raises idea. Well... actually my brilliant roommate, but still!

"Let another say. 'Perhaps the worst will not happen.' You yourself must say. 'Well, what if it does happen? Let us see who wins!' ".

- Seneca, 63 AD

"There is no better way to fight weakness than with strength." - Henry Rollins

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Asuria, at first it was a rotator cuff injury, I'd pulled something out of a wardrobe, wrong angle, and then I was doing lots of DIY at home, stripping wallpaper, sanding, painting, and then bootcamp with lots and lots of exercise that my body wasnt used to and things just went from bad to worse over the course of the year. Finally after being in a lot of pain (and with my motion so limited I couldnt do up my bra), I saw a specialist and he diagnosed frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) and I have been back on the road to recovery since. I am just that little bit scared of going back to where I was so I am taking it a bit easy.

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alrighty, first up, yesterday I was a lazy ass. No theraband, no leg raises, no pushups, no nothing!!! Hopeless. The theraband is hanging on my office door so really there is no excuse for forgetting, I see it everytime I go out of my office for heavens sake.

Just went to the chiropracter and he said "what you been doing girl, your shoulder's all out of alignment" I told him I'd done some pushups and he said that explains it. Anyway I've got to work through it, and really focus on my form and not over do it, but make sure I do do it he said and keep up with the theraband! Right.

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ok I did a post yesterday but hit save rather than submit so I have no idea where in the world that is...???

Right update, not much in terms of goal one and doing my exercises. Bloody hopeless truth be told. However, did a lot of garden work yesterday and helped my partner shovel 1 cubic metre of garden mix into our new vege planters so I guess that could be considered shoulder exercises :)

However on my level up challenge, i'm rocking it. I got down into the basement yesterday and sorted some stuff, photographed it, put it on trademe (NZ equiv of Ebay). So yay, now all I need to do is sell it and get shot of it.

Ok right this instant I am going to do my thera-band exercises.

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ok I did a post yesterday but hit save rather than submit so I have no idea where in the world that is...???

Right update, not much in terms of goal one and doing my exercises. Bloody hopeless truth be told. However, did a lot of garden work yesterday and helped my partner shovel 1 cubic metre of garden mix into our new vege planters so I guess that could be considered shoulder exercises :)

However on my level up challenge, i'm rocking it. I got down into the basement yesterday and sorted some stuff, photographed it, put it on trademe (NZ equiv of Ebay). So yay, now all I need to do is sell it and get shot of it.

Ok right this instant I am going to do my thera-band exercises.

Working in the garden is better than doing nothing at all. It burns calories as well and you use your muscles too. I remember having sore muscles after working a couple of hours in the garden of my parents, so I think it's a good workout too. ;)

And yuy for getting rid of some stuff! Is there a lot of stuff left in the basement? Perhaps you can bring the things that you won't sell to goodwill.

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You can easily mimic a lot of standard gym exercises working in the garden - think of ther wheelbarrow as deadlifts, digging post holes like tricep pulldowns, and so on. Good forearm and grip work, back muscles in play with the shovel, and a lot of squats.

I dug a garden in the spring and transplanted the 1' squares of sod to the otherside of the yard and it was a great workout.

Repairing a lifetime of bad habits...

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And yuy for getting rid of some stuff! Is there a lot of stuff left in the basement? Perhaps you can bring the things that you won't sell to goodwill.

I know it seems almost hard to believe, but trying to get rid of your unwanted stuff to goodwill stores, hospice shops, women's refuges, salvation army etc is near on impossible in NZ. It seems that nowadays they only want new stuff. Truly. I've seen and heard too many stories now to know that everyone isnt making it up - my friends had practically brand new bedding in their mothers house when she died and offered it to womens refuge and were turned down... another friend had some good quality but used items of housewares and clothing they took to a goodwill type store, turned away because they said they dont take stuff that comes from a garage sale... Its this age of entitlement I think, where everyone thinks they should have everything brand new. hell when i was younger and a student, flatting, I was always happy with any type of hand-me-downs... sure I wanted a new sofa or tv or table or whatever, but I was damned happy to get something that was better than what I might have currently had. Kids nowadays seem too used to getting everything handed to them on a platter... must have the new iphone, or ipod, or a laptop, or a new car. I'm getting old and moaning about the younger generation , oh dear!!! so easy to forget that I was young once and probably had exactly the same level of what I believed was righteous expectation! :)

must go and do my exercises. :)

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I know it seems almost hard to believe, but trying to get rid of your unwanted stuff to goodwill stores, hospice shops, women's refuges, salvation army etc is near on impossible in NZ. It seems that nowadays they only want new stuff. Truly. I've seen and heard too many stories now to know that everyone isnt making it up - my friends had practically brand new bedding in their mothers house when she died and offered it to womens refuge and were turned down... another friend had some good quality but used items of housewares and clothing they took to a goodwill type store, turned away because they said they dont take stuff that comes from a garage sale... Its this age of entitlement I think, where everyone thinks they should have everything brand new. hell when i was younger and a student, flatting, I was always happy with any type of hand-me-downs... sure I wanted a new sofa or tv or table or whatever, but I was damned happy to get something that was better than what I might have currently had. Kids nowadays seem too used to getting everything handed to them on a platter... must have the new iphone, or ipod, or a laptop, or a new car. I'm getting old and moaning about the younger generation , oh dear!!! so easy to forget that I was young once and probably had exactly the same level of what I believed was righteous expectation! :)

Wow. Seriously? When my boyfriend and I got our first place this spring, we were happy to get whatever we got our hands on, even if it wasn't in the best condition. We have a couch from my sister on which a cat peed, but we did some serious cleaning and it looks brand new now. We also got a lot of pans and pots from my sister because she needed new ones after getting an induction heating system. My boyfriend bought a 15 year old car from his uncle in an ok condition, but it drives. He paid almost nothing for it. I think we've saved quite some money by buying second hand items or by using hand-me-downs from family and friends. This way we were able to invest in a better washing machine.

We can bring all our old clothes to special containers around the city which get emptied by the local thrift store and things like old books, furniture,... we just bring to the thrift store as well. I do think they select the things there. The things that are in a terrible condition are probably recycled in a way.

Anyway, I'm quite surprised to read this because I always though New Zealand was a country that recycled a lot and paid a lot of attention to the environnement. But then again, I thought my country was doing pretty ok as well. Turned out we ended up on the sixth place of countries in which people have the biggest ecological foot print. *gasp*

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I guess it depends on certain areas where there is a problem, I'm in a slightly higher socio-economic suburb I suppose. I'm sure if I was to take stuff to a goodwill/hospice/salvation shop further away from me ie, in a lower socio suburb, it would be easier to give ther stuff away, but to be honest, I cant be bothered driving half an hour in the bloody awful traffic. As I said though, once you start hearing these stories, you think Oh I cant be bothered.... I'd be appalled if someone said they didnt want my stuff, cause really there's nothing wrong with it apart from the fact its not modern or new. Anything that really is crap just goes in the bin.

did some shoulder exercises yesterday. Not enough. Need to do the theraband exercises way more often.

Some of my stuff on trademe already has bids and given its a no reserve auction that is good as those things will be gone from my garage!

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I am hopeless really. I just re read my goals and realised I havent done anything about planks and pushups... good grief.... must get on to that.

going to change the order I do my theraband exercises in.. I find that I get tired quickly so I need to do the upwards sort of ones first and then do the sideways one next. Just did that now.

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On the level up my life front, some of my auctions closed and I got rid of a few things from out of the garage. YES WIN. I also spent a day cleaning out my wardrobe and sorting through my clothes and tossing stuff that doesnt fit (too big/too small) into 3 piles... one pile nice stuff that I can sell... one pile... ok stuff that perhaps my sister might like knowing she wouldnt like the other stuff...one pile that is going straight to the rag bag... always handy to have spare rags! I now need to go shopping cause really I have nothing to wear.

And that is no surprise, when I had my official weigh in at work today (we have a healthy living group that weighs in once a week) I have lost 600g in 10 days (we just changed our weigh in day) A lot of my clothes are actually too big for me. I just seem to be losing my weight effortlessly and maintaining very easily. For anyone that is interested, paleo/primal is the way to go, and I still drink wine like a fish :lol:

On the shoulder front, no real exercises, but I did re-oil the letterboxes for me and my neighbours so that involved a lot of shoulder work above me at one stage.. and in terms of the ab work, well I was lying out in my bikini at one stage and did some flutter kicks... does that count :)

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ok I apologise. I've had nothing of significance to post. Shoulder exercises have been done intermittently, with a big fat none over the weekend. I've done no planks, no abs, no nothing... why is that... I keep saying I need to do something about my soft poochy belly and yet i do nothing...Its only 7 weeks to my fiji holiday when I intend to hang out all day in a bikini... I've got to start getting my sh*t together kids!

Clearing out my crap is still a work in progress but I have definitely made progress so that is good.

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these were my goals

My goals are very simple

1. Gain strength back in my shoulder. Its slow progress because I have a slight fear of hurting it, and I just seem to keep forgetting to do the exercises the physio gives me. doh.

- do theraband exercises from physio every day while at work. I did them but not enough

- work up to a 1 minute plank - which I can do anywhere, anytime ha, I didnt really even do anything on this

- work up to 20 knee pushups (no full pushups just yet, I absolutely must ensure my form is perfect to not bugger up shoulder) Ok I might look a bit stupid doing these at work so they are an at home exercise.ha, even worse

2. Clean out the crap under the house did awesome on this one overall

I know, pretty boring, but hopefully achievable.

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