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06-11-2017 06:44 AM
silva Anyone who would think you're selfish needs to feed themselves to wolves.
Here's a contraction I think may help- "f'em"

I applaud your decision
05-06-2017 08:38 PM
Naturebound Well, I have been dancing, cycling, lifting weights, Pilates, and now today my partner and I had a first day trip of the year with our canoe paddling on a moderate sized lake. We paddled six miles around the lake and though it was cold and brisk, we enjoyed the sun, the scenery, and fresh air. We had originally planned to paddle a much smaller lake so I could practice steering in the back (something I am still not good at). But we got a late start, couldn't find the lake we planned to paddle, and somehow ended up at Sand lake, which was bigger than I was comfortable maneuvering our 18 foot canoe around as the steer paddler. So I ended up not steering, but I practiced the J stroke from the front of the canoe with my partner coaching me. I have a fear of big water and wind, both of which I experienced today, but it wasn't THAT bad and I actually had fun for most of the trip. There were a few hairy sections with rollers coming at us (our canoe slices beautifully through waves though) and the wind whipped us sideways with the waves a few times but we managed to right ourselves quickly.

I also practiced lifting and carrying the canoe on my shoulders. Still doing well with that, but I am still not strong enough to lift it and flip it over onto my head. I still use the technique of lifting from one end and walking under it to the middle and then lifting it up onto my shoulders from there. Whatever works right? It doesn't matter how much weight I can lift overhead at the gym, nothing can prepare you for lifting and carrying an 18 foot canoe. It's just massive. The wind catches the front or sides and it can be hard to keep it going straight as you walk with it on your shoulders. And it's awkward trying to grab and flip it over onto your head when it is so massive. I am a small person, about 50 lbs lighter than my partner and three inches shorter. But I keep trying.

ps. I am trying to load photos but VB is not letting me. :/ Something about a security key missing? Argh!
04-26-2017 08:03 PM
Naturebound My back is doing much better, but my knees have been giving me problems. I have chronically bruised them from doing "floorwork" at the dance studio and not being careful enough. Plus lots of jumping, spinning, lunges, squats in my dancing. I had some awful inflammation and swelling in my knees last week and my physical therapist said it might be patellar tendinitis. I've been doing various things to nurse my knees...ice packs, warm baths, stretching, rest, no jumping or floorwork for a while. I started wearing knee wraps and they protect my knees, support them, and keep them warm which seems to be helping me. I only use them when dancing in the studio. I'm trying to limit my dance sessions to twice a week for one hour, with one or two additional barre work sessions for twenty minutes each to strengthen legs, work on posture etc. I've only been doing two forty minute weight lifting/resistance exercise sessions per week, three cardio sessions...stationary bike or elliptical for about half hour to forty minutes. Almost daily I do about twenty minutes of Pilates exercises. It might seem like a lot, but I spend a good bit of my day sitting at a desk at work, so I really look forward to the chance to move when I can. I've been taking two 15 minute walks at work on my morning and afternoon breaks with two coworkers, when the weather is nice enough. Sitting too long makes me stiff.

I think, despite my injuries, I am getting stronger and better in my dancing. My endurance is improving, my turns have gradually improved, I have more leg extension. I can do the splits if I am really warm. My range of movement and ideas are increasing. For fun some evenings I watch tons and tons of YouTube videos of dance performances to get ideas. The prix de Lausanne competition has some amazing performances to watch. But sometimes, I just turn on my music and begin to move however the music makes me feel, or what it reminds me of. There is one song that hits high notes and reminds me of a question mark, so I might releve and pause at those notes. Some music is lazy, relaxed, sensual, so I am looser, more flowing. Or intense, so I move with sharpness and purpose.

I think Pilates has really toned my torso and abs. Not exactly a six pack, but more toned and stronger. And buttocks, thighs, hamstrings too. I bought a book that I often follow for reference, and remember the exercises from the class I took for a while.

Haven't been out on my bike for a few weeks as the weather has been cold, rainy, windy, icy. Not complaining though as I need to get my knees stronger! I have two canoe camping trips planned this summer, and two cycling camping trips, where my partner and i will do a twenty two mile and a thirty mile loop on mountain bike/atv trails in the woods up north. We are going to attempt the Timber Frear loop again, the same loop we had to be rescued from a few years ago due to Greg's hypothermia when we were caught in a downpour and cold temps and his raingear failed him. This time we will not do it if there is a chance of rain. It was a tough trail, and the washouts and rain made it grueling. I want it to be fun this time, more relaxing, not life and death lol. Greg has better raingear now. Trying to rest a little more, build up my body for the busy summer. It's still such a struggle to take a day off though. I love exercising, but also feel guilty if I miss a day. I keep reminding myself it's no fun to push through a workout when exhausted and sore. I am 44 now, not 16, and need a little more time to recover. My mind keeps forgetting that.
04-09-2017 04:43 AM
Naturebound I wish there was some way I could post on my journal daily without bumping my thread to the top of the Veggieboards "new posts". This journal is really more for myself than anyone else. Oh well.

I biked 8 miles yesterday for my first bike ride of the year. It doesn't seem like much mileage wise as I usually bike much further, but we cycled on an old railroad bed the whole way which was VERY ROUGH terrain. Not really all that enjoyable honestly. I made the mistake of not wearing my padded bike shorts which didn't help. It was colder than we anticipated and I got too cold afterwards. I was warm and sweaty when we were actively biking, but afterwards when that sweat cooled my body I got too cold, and my dingbat partner insisted on driving home with his window rolled down while I was freezing. Ugh.

I can't believe how exhausted I was. I started out not getting enough sleep the night before. I had also danced hard Friday at the gym and did some cardio, so my body was already tired. I should have rested Friday so that I could enjoy Saturday's adventure more. Sighs. On a positive note, we saw lots of interesting birds. I saw swans on a lake we cycled past, and we witnessed a bald eagle being harassed by crows. Those poor birds are constantly being harassed by the crows. my partner wanted to save the eagle and drive off the crows which I thought was sweet. But I told him it was probably a hopeless effort. I remember once cycling past a group of red winged black birds myself on the way to somewhere, and I must have been too close to a nest, because they suddenly came after ME, and dive bombed me and pecked at my helmet (another good reason to always wear one lol).

I slept well last night but still woke up too early due to leg cramps. Probably from not eating enough yesterday and overworking my legs lately. I tried to make an extra effort to drink more water while cycling but I am terrible about drinking enough water during the day. It really makes a huge difference.

My back held up very well for the ride so I am thankful for that.

I should add I switched out the bike peddles and now have metal ones with teeth instead of the old plastic ones I had before, and these are stronger and more slip resistant. but they are smaller and it was a little awkward figuring out where to place my feet.
04-07-2017 08:12 PM
Naturebound My back is slowly getting better. I am still being careful, but have been able to do a little more here and there with weights and dancing.

My physical therapist thinks I push myself too hard with exercise and that I need to balance it out more and give my body more breaks. I am trying, but it's not easy lol. He is helping me modify activities so I am not always doing intense workouts every day.

He also thinks my scoliosis is causing some of my issues since my soreness always seems to be at the point of axis where my spine turns incorrectly due to the unnatural curvature there. So I am doing some exercises to counter that and become more aware of it.

Tomorrow is my first bike riding day of the season and I am looking forward to it! Nothing too long or hard, just a nice easy ride on a straight trail in the countryside.
03-27-2017 07:21 PM
Naturebound Just an update. I went to my new doctor last Friday and really like her! at any rate, I had an xray done on the spot, and she reviewed it and said she could not find any fractures on it, and my vertabral discs look very thick and well defined so there is no compression fracture. She too thinks this is more of a muscle strain or ligament tear. I am starting physical therapy on Thursday. I am hoping maybe the physical therapist can help me sort out what I am doing that is causing my back so much soreness and pain. I suspect it is something with my dancing. I had some blood work done too but will have to wait a few more days for those results. It seems I am healthy as can be, with perfect blood pressure, body temperature, muscle tone, etc. All my labs from December were reviewed and are excellent. So whatever it is is purely mechanical.

I've found, that while I can not lift weights right now (other than light ones and only certain moves), I can still do some body weight resistance, and can still do the row machine on a good day. I used to work the rowing machine (Concept II version) a lot back in the day. It is an incredible workout, works your legs, upper body, everywhere. And you really feel like you worked after doing that thing. I used to do it for a half hour years ago, and now have only worked back up to ten minutes lol. But I am getting there. I do keep the resistance/drag lighter due to my back.

I can still do Barre ballet exercises without any major bending, and some pilates without forward flexion. And I can work the elliptical for cardio, and walk outside of course. So my back soreness/pain isn't keeping me from everything. Just from dancing as freely as I want to, and lifting heavier weights. Really I don't miss the weight stuff too much, just miss dancing.

And here's a secret. I code anesthesia services at work for a variety of orthopedic procedures, and so many long term weight lifters come in with chronic joint/shoulder issues from years of repetitive weight lifting. How healthy is that? I don't want to end up with a shoulder replacement, or knee replacement. So maybe it's a good thing to take a break from that sort of stuff over time. Right?
03-23-2017 06:52 PM
Symondezyn
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Yikes, 4 Pilates classes would do me in lol. Thank you for the gentle reminder to be more compassionate towards myself. So very hard to do! You are always so kind and seem so calm and loving in the way that you respond to others here. I really appreciate your feedback!
You are too sweet - I feel the same way about you! <3

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I hope you don't think Symondezyn meant a day!? I read it as 4 pilates OR yoga a WEEK

I will say that you've inspired me to just exercise, somewhat, every day!
BAHA! Yes, in a week, not a day! LOL I often do two in one day, but not four!! ^__^
03-23-2017 06:49 PM
silva
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Originally Posted by Naturebound View Post
Yikes, 4 Pilates classes would do me in lol. Thank you for the gentle reminder to be more compassionate towards myself. So very hard to do! You are always so kind and seem so calm and loving in the way that you respond to others here. I really appreciate your feedback!
I hope you don't think Symondezyn meant a day!? I read it as 4 pilates OR yoga a WEEK

I will say that you've inspired me to just exercise, somewhat, every day!
03-23-2017 06:35 PM
Naturebound
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You are so inspiring to me!! <3 FAR from lazy - even your "slowing down" is probably a LOT more than most of us do... I feel like I'm having a good week when I make it to 4 pilates or yoga classes ^_^

That said, the compassion that drives our lifestyles must also extend towards ourselves. If we are managing injury or illness, as frustrating as that can be, it is imperative we don't allow our stubborn natures to exacerbate those conditions (I say this with love because I am totally guilty of it myself). I can only imagine the levels of frustration you must be feeling. *HUGS*

Our weather here is finally starting to warm up and I'm dying to get out into the woods again too, so I can empathize with your sense of urgency in getting your injury sorted before cycling season. I pray you are able to find the help you need to guide you towards a more acceptable (for you) balance of activity and healing <3
Yikes, 4 Pilates classes would do me in lol. Thank you for the gentle reminder to be more compassionate towards myself. So very hard to do! You are always so kind and seem so calm and loving in the way that you respond to others here. I really appreciate your feedback!
03-23-2017 01:21 PM
Symondezyn You are so inspiring to me!! <3 FAR from lazy - even your "slowing down" is probably a LOT more than most of us do... I feel like I'm having a good week when I make it to 4 pilates or yoga classes ^_^

That said, the compassion that drives our lifestyles must also extend towards ourselves. If we are managing injury or illness, as frustrating as that can be, it is imperative we don't allow our stubborn natures to exacerbate those conditions (I say this with love because I am totally guilty of it myself). I can only imagine the levels of frustration you must be feeling. *HUGS*

Our weather here is finally starting to warm up and I'm dying to get out into the woods again too, so I can empathize with your sense of urgency in getting your injury sorted before cycling season. I pray you are able to find the help you need to guide you towards a more acceptable (for you) balance of activity and healing <3
03-22-2017 07:19 PM
Naturebound
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Originally Posted by silva View Post
When you talk of slowing down it still sounds like you do way too much strenuous exercise!
I think they mean more like taking a stroll, not just sitting around

How about seeing a physical therapist? A good one should give you a better understanding of what to do (and what not to do)

I get 40 lb bags of cat litter and can't imagine hiking with it!
You're impressive
lol It's actually not too bad to carry that much weight on your back because the weight is distrituted more evenly than if you carried a 40 lb bag of cat litter in front or the side of you. But getting the pack on your back is another issue lol. I've carried that much weight on my back through many BWCA trips, but right now I can't even lift 10 lbs of dumbbells without back strain. And don't worry, I haven't been trying this last week and won't until I rule out anything serious.

I saw a physical therapist years ago for a pelvic injury and she was wonderful and very helpful, but i paid a dear price out of pocket as my lovely insurance doesn't cover much. I think my priority right now is to make sure I don't have any fractures or tears, and then go from there. My doctor might very well recommend physical therapy, who knows.

I sometimes feel out in left field having this diagnosis of osteoporosis so young. I am still strong, active, not old and frail and inactive. But most books and websites on osteoporosis assume I am the latter, and the recommendations for exercise they give are laughable for me. I'm not coming from a place of needing to be more active or slowly increase strength. I am coming from a place of being extremely active but needing to learn how to modify my activities to continue to do them because my body is beginning to break down. And it's hard to find someone qualified to help me with this, someone who understands the seriousness of osteoporosis but understands that I am young and need to keep being active. I have years and years to live with this disease, and I am exhausting so many options already. I fear this drug I am on is making things worse. Though my scores have improved tremendously, the way these osteoporosis drugs work scares me and I fear the bone I am laying down is just growing over the old bone that isn't getting removed due to this drug, and so my bones are actually becoming more brittle. I have been on this drug for almost 3 years now, have had six shots. And this year, I have had two back to back cold/viruses, one in January, one at the end of February. This drug lowers your immune system and makes you more susceptible to illness. Never in my life did I have two colds in one year, heck, I rarely have one. so this too has been disconcerting. But once you go off, all the bone density you gained is quickly lost within a year unless you start on another drug. I am already on HRT due to having no ovaries.

I have cut down on coffee/tea to two cups a day total. i am eating very healthy, maintaining my weight, doing everything I can. But I COULD put on more weight as I am at the low end of normal range. But I can't wrap my head around doing this, just can't do it. Such a battle. I still struggle wildly with excepting my body the way it is and where I am weight wise. But I do eat enough to maintain and fuel myself with all my exercise.

I did do just walking when I strained my ribs and those healed nicely. I think the back is harder because there is no way to totally avoid using it. I sit on a donut pillow at work to take the pressure off. Sleeping at night is a nightmare.

I am so ashamed and embarrassed by my inability to lift weights that I stopped lifting weights or using the machines at the gym. If I do any weight bearing exercise I do it in my basement at home where I won't be judged because I have to go very light and careful right now with this injury. I used to belong to a vegan fitness forum on Facebook but quit that because fitness communities can be so horrible, judgmental, eating disorder breeding ground lol. People who haven't been through injuries or battled disease really have no clue what this is like. It's frustrating to me, to watch my body fall apart and feel so helpless. I am NOT lazy because I can't push myself to do a hundred squats or insane deadlifts. Besides, there is so much more to life than that.

Cycling season is just a month or so away and I fear I won't be able to cycle outside either. I can't bend forward much and taking bumps on the road even in a car is painful. I sure hope I get this figured out soon!

I HAVE to try to rest more, and stay away from the dance studio for a while. Ugh.
03-22-2017 04:38 PM
silva
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....I suspect it is because I still push myself physically and can not rest 100%. But everywhere I read on this subject, I read you are not supposed to completely stop exercising and rest if this is indeed just a strain. you want to move, but gently. IDK.
When you talk of slowing down it still sounds like you do way too much strenuous exercise!
I think they mean more like taking a stroll, not just sitting around

How about seeing a physical therapist? A good one should give you a better understanding of what to do (and what not to do)

I get 40 lb bags of cat litter and can't imagine hiking with it!
You're impressive
03-22-2017 03:29 AM
Naturebound Long time since I wrote here. I did finally join the YMCA and switch gyms. I love this new fitness center and constant free access to the dance studio. I was dancing a LOT for a while, and improving tons, and was also taking a Pilates class twice a week as well as the weight lifting and other cardio etc. But in December I strained my back and ended up in the ER in severe pain. I have a long history of osteoporosis in my spine, quite severe, so I was terrified I broke my spine. No fracture was found, and it was assumed it was a muscle strain. Over time it improved but three months later I continue to have soreness and pain, sometimes sharp, mostly dull. I have been unable to dance the way I was, and find myself unable to lift heavy weights unless it does not involve any forward bending at all or pressure on my spine. I have been frustrated beyond belief. I have another appointment with a doctor this Friday and hope she can help figure out what this is and rule out any kind of fracture. In the meantime I have had to slow down a lot, and be far more gentle with my body. It's made me much more aware of how i use my back and how to prevent future injuries. I fear that I will not be able to do the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness canoe camping trip my partner and I signed up for in September. It involves lifting and carrying 40-50 lb packs over rugged terrain and in and out of the canoe, and right now there is NO WAY I can do that with my back. I just can not figure out why my back will not heal, though I suspect it is because I still push myself physically and can not rest 100%. But everywhere I read on this subject, I read you are not supposed to completely stop exercising and rest if this is indeed just a strain. you want to move, but gently. IDK.

I rediscovered Philip Glass music for a while and was doing dance improvisation to it. I hope to get back to it soon! I've been suffering some depression and anxiety wondering if I will ever be able to keep dancing with my osteoporosis and current condition. I feel like my soul will die if I lose the ability to dance forever. :/
11-16-2016 06:55 PM
Naturebound It's been a while since I have posted in my fitness journal. I haven't stopped of course , just been very busy. I wanted to share that I FINALLY found the perfect place to practice dancing. Our local YMCA! I had no idea they had not one but two dance studios! I was looking on their website and low and behold I saw that they had all this space, so the next day I immediately went there early in the morning and paid for a day pass. I was able to reserve an entire dance studio, for FREE, for a whole hour for myself! It was their smaller one but nice, with a soft wooden floor, mirror, and even mats and so on. After I finished in there, I went up to the third floor to check out that dance studio and my oh my I have found heaven lol. This is the BIGGEST dance studio I have ever seen, HUGE! It is a large open room with a track around the sides and weight sets, bikes etc but the studio itself is in the middle and has a soft wooden floor like the other studio. On two sides is a long row of ballet barres, and a mirror on one wall. There is a skylight on the ceiling which provides natural lighting, and the studio has very high ceilings and more space than a stage I swear. You can bet I have been there twice now and danced my heart out. I had forgotten how to do leaps and large jumps until now. Everything is coming back to me from my ballet training years ago. I have been practicing with the barre to get my foutte spins back (that will take work as it's been 22 years lol). I've been working on choreography for a few pieces too, but it's frustratingly slow going. I just love how I can spin and turn and leap and dig into the ground when I want at this studio due to it's massive size and soft floors. No worries about injuring my joints like on the cement hard floor at my usual fitness center studio.

The drawback of course is that the YMCA is further from home and parking is a nightmare downtown where it is located. There is no free parking and no parking lot for the YMCA. I can bike in summer but winter months are harder. The cost of a membership per month is steep at $52 per month compared to $19 per month where I currently go (plus paying for nearby parking every day). Because it is further from home, and work, I would have to get there way earlier to get a good workout or dance time to practice in order to get to work on time. Right now I have been going there once per week in addition to the five days a week at my usual fitness center. But even that is $10 per time for a day pass. I have to make up my mind if I want to switch to the Y, continue doing what I am doing (which is expensive) or what. Then figure out timing and parking and so on. I am very very happy with the facility though, and the dance studios. Hardly anyone goes up to the third floor area (except for classes) so there isn't a lot of people in there.

Unfortunately, I injured myself from lifting my leg over my head and stretching it further than I am used to. I lift my legs over my head all the time but I was really showing off and going further than I should have and I felt a rip in my buttocks area right side. Not feeling too good now. :/ Sometimes I just push my body too hard and forget it just isn't going to bend as well as when I was 16.

At any rate, I am excited to have stumbled on this place. My partner and I have been doing hikes here and there but nothing too crazy long lately. We are planning for a BWCA trip again next year and I found another route with smaller lakes that looks interesting. I still lift weights three or four times a week, do calisthenics, ballet exercises, modern dance improv. Haven't been biking in a while. The YMCA by the way also has a swimming pool lol. But really my heart is in dancing right now. They have a zumba class there too! for members of course. I have to figure out something soon.
10-05-2016 04:26 AM
Naturebound Last one I swear lol. This was some time ago, in early 2014, snowshoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. We snowshoed a four mile round trip to see the Native American pictographs at the end of the Hegman lakes area. We had paddled that area also years ago in the summer, so it was fun to snowshoe it. Right after we finished the hike and returned to our vehicle, the temperatures dropped drastically and the start of a long cold winter vortex set in. Temperatures dipped to -60 F that night. It was about 30 degrees F when we did the snowshoe hike. I was dressed way too warm lol. I had huge snowpants on and layers of jackets. Our dog Sable always follows behind in our tracks so it is less work for her as the snow is otherwise deep. We also have her wear canvas cloth dog shoes to keep snow clumps out of her paws. The canvas shoes she wears allow for her feet to splay and are very natural for her. They are not meant for warmth. Sable swims in Lake Superior in the dead of winter, and has a very thick fur coat, so cold is not an issue with her. Nevertheless, at home she sleeps on a sofa at night lol.

10-05-2016 04:15 AM
Naturebound Might as well throw this one in here too, though I think I posted it somewhere else on this forum, just to have all my "fitness" related videos in one place.

My legs are so much bigger, more muscular than in the video below that was taken some time ago. I think it's all the mountain biking I have been doing, and dancing.

10-05-2016 04:12 AM
Naturebound I don't think I ever shared my canoe carrying video here? So I will post a link. This was from 2015. I have since carried the canoe a few times, but generally don't have the experience videotaped anymore lol. Our canoe is an old Wenona Sundowner 18 foot 42 lb canoe with slider seats. This canoe is not made anymore which is a shame because it performs beautifully in waves, slices through the water. I have paddled canoes that were like barges. Ours is very fast and efficient.


ps please ignore my partner barking orders at me towards the end lol. He is like that, but really I am the boss in our relationship.
08-24-2016 06:34 PM
Naturebound I haven't gotten around to sharing about my camping trip two weeks ago and canoeing 13 miles in one day, along with portaging over several trails in the BWCA for a day trip up the Little Indian Sioux River to the lower and upper Pauness lake and then on to Shell lake. I had to face some big water again, but I felt stronger and a little more confident this time. I think in part because it was just a daytrip, not a canoe camping trip. For those that haven't read this long thread, I am afraid of wind and big waves, yet have been on numerous canoe camping trips, and i live by Lake Superior lol. it is a fear that never goes away for me, but sometimes it is less than other times.

I am still dancing here and there, but lately have been very busy studying for an upcoming certification exam. So mostly I have been cycling to the gym and then work and home. At the gym I lift weights and do calisthenics, and work cardio machines, and dance in the back studio if not too many people are there. I have no more camping trips planned for the year, and no more distance cycling trips, but my partner is trying to talk me into doing some of the local single track mountain bike loops in town. I'm trying to work up the nerve lol. I have the stamina and strength, I am just afraid of those hairpin turns with the cliff dropoff on the side, and more experienced guys whipping past me on the trails. I much prefer the solitude of a wooded trail far from the city.

My rib injury is completely healed. I am still maintaining my weight, though it went down slightly from anxiety/loss of appetite a bit, but is now back to where it was.

I didn't carry the canoe on portages this time, however, I finally gave it a go sitting in the back of the canoe and steering while my partner sat up front. In the 12 years I have been paddling, I have never sat in the back and steered. Well, it was comical to say the least. we did have a little wind to my credit lol, but I couldn't keep that canoe going straight for anything! I could turn it but it would immediately go off course again. My partner kept trying to show me the J stroke and other techniques, but nothing I tried would work. I swear it too forty minutes just to paddle to the other side of the lake so we could switch sides again. I had us paddling through weeds and swamp area at one point lol, cause I couldn't get the canoe out of the back bay. What's worse is we had an audience of young college aged people camping on an island nearby. At least I made someone laugh. I have had almost no time to upload and get photos together, but sadly we didn't take any of our canoe adventure, because the whole way in we were trying to stay ahead of six parties paddling behind us, and the whole way back we paddled in a rainstorm. I had visited the area before and we had paddled to the Pauness lakes back in 2011 so it wasn't new, but Shell lake was new to us as we hadn't gone that far the first time. We are thinking of doing this route for an overnight BWCA canoe camping trip next year. I need lots and lots more practice steering the canoe first!

Back to studying!
07-23-2016 07:53 PM
Naturebound
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On Meetup (http://www.meetup.com), you can sometimes find "social bicycle groups". They organize slow-to-moderate-speed bicycle rides that emphasize the outdoors and visiting (rather than speed). Here is a a group that I used to go to: http://www.meetup.com/southbaycruisers/

Photo album of our rides: http://www.meetup.com/southbaycruisers/photos/153164/
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Thanks for the information! We have quite a few meetup groups in my city (I belong to the vegan one) but nothing for bikes. There are biking groups here other than Meetup, but they are usually fairly advanced mountain biker guys. My partner joined up with one of those quite a few years ago and after one excursion with them he said never again lol. And my partner is WAY more advanced than I am as far as technical mountain bike rides. I am definitely not one who is into breakneck speed going down boulder strewn hairpin hills and curves. I LOVE forested back roads and single or double track trails though, and going a slower pace.

I was almost talked into doing a single track mountain bike park trail today (an "easier" section), and I wanted to try it, but I am so completely exhausted from 50 hours of work, studying for an upcoming certification exam, and all my daily exercise on top plus no time to rest since last weeks camping trip. I did ride today for a few hours on a rough trail, but I shouldn't have as I just don't have the energy and drive today. I came home and crashed on the couch for three hours and I am still dragging. And I have to go into work tomorrow on my day off to climb out from being miles behind due to vacation and little coverage.

I think once my certification exam is over and done and I pass (not confident at this point) I will be able to rest more and do more community activities. I'm kind of an independent though when it comes to exercise types of things. My dream someday is to do a solo overnight backpacking trip. Maybe three or four days on a wilderness trail all alone to commune with nature and meditate.
07-23-2016 08:35 AM
David3 On Meetup (http://www.meetup.com), you can sometimes find "social bicycle groups". They organize slow-to-moderate-speed bicycle rides that emphasize the outdoors and visiting (rather than speed). Here is a a group that I used to go to: http://www.meetup.com/southbaycruisers/

Photo album of our rides: http://www.meetup.com/southbaycruisers/photos/153164/
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07-23-2016 08:23 AM
David3 The bicycle photos are fantastic! Bicycles are like miracle machines.

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07-23-2016 05:32 AM
Naturebound Here are the photos from our mountain bike trip on the Firebox Loop last week. I did a lot of fun posing lol.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/elaine...57670360745040
07-19-2016 08:02 PM
silva Beautiful! Invocation got me thinking of Kate Bush
geez I'm such a lazy @ss! My knees and ankles hurt just watching you, and probably my own fault for being more physically active and strength training

I need to go camping or at least spend a full day in the woods
07-19-2016 07:47 PM
Naturebound I just got back from yet another mountain bike loop and camping, this time 18 miles on the Firebox loop (doesn't seem like a great distance but consider it was not done on any pavement or smooth road but on loose gravel, grass, tree roots, mud, dirt, hills, boulder rocks etc). What a great trip! We camped nearby and did the loop on Saturday. It was harder than the Pancore/Honeymoon loop, at least the second half of it, though a shorter route. There were a LOT of up and down hills, sometimes steep. This trail is near the highest point in Minnesota (Eagle Mountain). I felt more confident and was able to ride over boulder rocks, loose gravel, and power up gravelly boulder strewn steep ascents. We biked through swamp, and walked the bikes across a creek that used to be part of the trail. I am still more cautious on the descents though.

The weather was great, not too hot and no major rain.

I don't have my photos ready yet to show the bike portion of our trip, but i have a few dance videos I would like to share. The second day of our trip, we hiked around in Grand Marais and hung out at the harbor and Artists Point. On the spur of the moment, I decided to do some dancing, and my partner recorded me with his cell phone. I did not include music with my videos because I deliberately danced right by Lake Superior, so you can hear the waves. I think the sound of the waves and the backdrop of beautiful Lake Superior really adds to these videos. I really enjoyed dancing, even if I felt like a fool and people were staring lol. I did listen to music with my Mp3 player. I am driven by good music. I also experienced the most awesome rainbow over Lake Superior right after I did my dancing, so I titled one of them Invocation and the other Involution.

Before I close for now, I also wanted to share that over the two weeks before this trip, I experimented and upped my calcium and D intake (2000 mg from diet and supplements for calcium and 1400 IU fortified food/supplement for vegan D). I really think it made a big difference in helping to heal my rib injury. I was able to dance full out, and bike hard, and sleep in a tent and had very little soreness or pain. I finally found a vegan chewable calcium supplement my body is ok with and has minimal ingredients. I really think there is something to it. Maybe I needed more calcium all along due to being on this osteoporosis shot that pulls calcium from my blood, along with being so active. I always did 1000-1500 mg before, but for me I don't think it was quite enough. IDK. At any rate, here are the videos:

07-04-2016 07:13 AM
Naturebound Our biking trip was fantastic! You couldn't ask for better weather. The temps were in the mid 70s F, low humidity, mild breeze, very sunny. The scenery was gorgeous, and we saw very few people.

We did a total of 22.5 miles cycling Saturday!!! None of this was on paved road, all on gravel road, grassy trail, rocky single track, dirt double track, that sort of thing. Only once before have I done that sort of distance out in the woods off a paved road, and that was last year when we did the crazy Timber Frear loop and had to be rescued due to deteriorating weather conditions (51 F, hard pouring rain, hypothermia). this trip was SO much better!

The loop we planned turned out not to work for us. About a quarter of the way into the loop, there was a section that was impassible. It was a grassy trail with tree roots etc, but there was a huge pine tree down across the trail. We lifted the bikes through the crazy tree brush only to be met with more trees and brush down across the path, thick and crazy. We fought through it for about 100 feet and realized it wasn't going to clear anytime soon, so we decided to go back to the main trail and keep going down that the other direction. The map didn't appear to show any loop so we thought we would have to go to the end and then backtrack. However, we ran into another mountain biker who was a local and knew the area well. He told us of another loop possibility and a short cut hiking/mountain bike trail we could cut across at a certain point to get to the Honeymoon trail. That would take us back to our starting point in a loop. We were so glad we ran into that guy, because that loop was incredible! We got to see two remote campgrounds, a lake with a canoe access, Tait creek on a hidden wooden bridge, and we had all kinds of surfaces to ride on, from grass and tree roots to rocky up and down gravel to smooth gravel road to dirt and pine needles. We had some challenging gradual climbs but were also met with long downhills. At one point the gps clocked us going 24 miles per hour down hill lol. I have never cruised so fast on a bike in my life! I crouched low and just let momentum take me. It was a rocky gravel road and I thought man, if I lose control and go flying off the bike, I'm going to be shredded to pieces! Thankfully that didn't happen. I was able to keep going when we had long gradual climbs for sometimes two miles, but it was a workout! Only a few times did I have to get off my bike and walk over some hairy sections.

I did not wear my abdominal binder but probably should have. My ribs did ok, but yesterday (the day after) they were incredibly sore and today very sore as well. I probably won't be doing any heavy weights/lifting any time soon again. Dang injury! I did wear my binder yesterday and will probably wear it some today. It seems to help some but holds in a lot of heat and it's warm outside. I have to heal and rest up for the next trip. Surprisingly my legs are not sore at all, and I have a different bike seat than last year and my crotch did not get overly sore this time (I also wore padded shorts). Here are the pics (see link; I couldn't get the photos to upload directly to my post argh!):

https://www.flickr.com/photos/elaine...57667795252044
07-01-2016 08:02 PM
Naturebound
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A 45 lb. kettle bell? Side bends? wow. Yeah, you push yourself all right!
Please spend your trip more focused on scenery and relaxation than excertion! It sounds challenging enough so take it easy!

Well I'm a-runnin' down the road, tryin' to loosen my load
I've got seven women on my mind
Four that want to own me, two that want to stone me
One says she's a friend of mine
Take it easy, take it easy
Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy
Lighten up while you still can
Don't even try to understand
Just find a place to make your stand, and take it easy

(couldn't resist...)
lol thanks silva! I needed that advice. My mind is still young, wants to do so much, but my body can't keep up. I tend to push my body harder at the gym and elsewhere when I am under a lot of stress, and lately I have been under a TON of stress. Learning new stuff at work which I am having trouble understanding (and the person who was supposed to train me and give up some of her work to me because she couldn't keep up with her load and my manager asked her to give me some of her work did not want to so is making it as difficult for me as possible), and studying for an impossibly hard exam coming up in two months. And it was the end of the fiscal year at work yesterday so I had to push to get huge $$$ chemo charges done which I was way behind on while trying to learn this other stuff. Now I have a three day breather and NO WORKING lol.

I'm also struggling with social isolation, feeling awful about how this coworker has been towards me. I didn't ask for more work. It was my manager's idea, not mine. I am trying really hard but she is being a stink about it. So anyway...I take it out on myself, push myself even harder with exercise to deal with the stress and anger I feel. I have no idea how to express myself to others. How to make this situation more tolerable. I want to just come out and tell her that I need more direction, and a chance. I already told her it was not my idea to take her work away from her, it was our manager. Instead I keep it all in my head. And when I get injured I just get so mad at my body for failing me yet again. Or maybe angry at myself for failing my body. IDK. My partner likes to push me too. He is an avid mountain biker, was great back in the day before his RA, but is still skilled at some technical trails where I am not. I have more stamina, but he has more skill at bike maneavuring. I try to please him, but I have warned him that I am NOT going to do the really technical single track crazy trails he likes to do. I am not and never will be an athletic mountain biker. Thankfully he has gotten better with not pushing me so hard. I think his RA has humbled him.

I promise that I do have fun doing all this stuff too lol. I really love bird watching, and being out in the wilderness where it is quiet and I feel more free. it is a goal of mine someday to do a solo overnight wilderness backpacking trip, maybe three or four days out there totally alone. I am itching to do that. I need to save up for more backpacking camp gear though. I need time totally alone to think clearly and be at one with my surroundings, not pressured by anyone, doing everything on my own time in my own way.
07-01-2016 07:30 PM
silva A 45 lb. kettle bell? Side bends? wow. Yeah, you push yourself all right!
Please spend your trip more focused on scenery and relaxation than excertion! It sounds challenging enough so take it easy!

Well I'm a-runnin' down the road, tryin' to loosen my load
I've got seven women on my mind
Four that want to own me, two that want to stone me
One says she's a friend of mine
Take it easy, take it easy
Don't let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy
Lighten up while you still can
Don't even try to understand
Just find a place to make your stand, and take it easy

(couldn't resist...)
07-01-2016 07:22 PM
Naturebound Well, I thought I had fully recovered from my rib injury. I have been back to cycling, dancing, lifting weights, all the usual stuff. Last week I was dancing and I felt that familiar pull and the verge of a strain in the same low rib/abdominal oblique spot, so I immediately stopped what I was doing. I am trying hard to be careful now, but it's definitely very sore, tender to the touch. :/ This is so very frustrating.

Tomorrow my partner and I are going to do a 20 mile mountain bike loop in the Superior National Forest, in a primitive area. Here is some info:
http://www.morcmtb.org/trailreviews/...t/pancore.html

This trail is not as advanced as the one we did last year which was 30 miles and more hill climbs. But it will still be a little bit of a challenge. The weather is supposed to be much nicer this time, mostly clear, no rain. Last year when we did the Timber Frear loop we had a sudden downpour, straight line wind, and temps dropped from the upper 60s F to 51 F. And oh my the mud and huge washouts were endless! I am looking forward to a dry ride this time! But I will really have to watch and be mindful of my ribs. I bought an abdominal binder and am thinking of wearing it at least for part of the trip just to be on the safe side. I can't afford to injure myself in the middle of nowhere. I still can't sleep on my left side, and barely on my stomach, but I can manage my right side and back.

If this doesn't resolve soon, my next step might be to see an orthopedic/sports medicine doctor. I saw my rheumatologist nurse on Tuesday for my 5th osteoporosis shot, and I mentioned to her about my injury and concern. I still think it is more muscle related, but I am just not 100% sure. The tenderness is right at the rib, and I jump when I press on it. it's the lowest rib you can feel when you suck in your abdomen, towards the middle of the torso but just off to the left. I have never had a rib injury in my life, but this one seems to be chronic. :/ She didn't have too much to say about it, but said if it keeps recurring it would be a good idea to get x-rayed.

I'll have to report back after my trip. Two weeks ago we did 12 miles on another primitive area but that area was not as advanced. It was a good warm up. My rib didn't bother me at all then. I think it has something to do with all the twisting I do with dancing. I was also doing side bends with a 45 lb weight (one of those horseshoe with a ball attached contraptions I can't think of the name of lol) and probably pushing myself too hard and maybe that finally caused a strain? IDK. Frustrating.
06-05-2016 10:50 AM
Symondezyn
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Thank you! I really appreciate that you understand, and your very kind words.

I too have some fears with these yoga poses, and doing anything upside down. Some of my fears are well founded...I have osteoporosis I am being treated for...but I wonder how much of it is lack of self confidence, not knowing fully my abilities and limitations. Do you feel this way too? Is trusting yourself hard?
Yes, definitely! I was never the "athletic" kid - I was always more into art and music, and reading... so perhaps my lack of self confidence when it comes to physical challenges stems from that. I took martial arts when I was in my early 20's and that helped me get over a LOT of my fears, but there are plenty that still remain. I still haven't figured out if some of it is hard wired, and I'm just not meant to do certain things, or if they are fears that can be surpassed. Still figuring a lot of things out, I guess! ^_^ In any case, though, I believe yoga is about acceptance - maybe today I cannot do crow pose but maybe tomorrow I can... and if not, I accept that
06-04-2016 09:40 PM
Naturebound
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Originally Posted by Symondezyn View Post
I truly admire your courage and inner strength for recognizing what you need and just going for it Your dancing is raw, full of emotion, and very inspiring - I hope you find a location that works for you so you can continue to explore - I look forward to seeing your expression in sympathy of the animals

Oh and I believe the yoga pose you are talking about is crow's position - I've been practicing for over three years and I still cannot do it - or any forward-facing inversions, for that matter; I have heavy fears... so HUGE kudos to you for accomplishing that! ^_^

I know what it is like to feel alone and isolated in this world, it is part of being a deeply emotional person, and spiritually aware. Sometimes that isolation is a terrible feeling though, so I just wanted to say, even though technically I do not know you, I can tell you are a beautiful person with a beautiful heart and soul You are not alone - even though we may live far apart, there are kindred spirits out there who understand Much love, and great healing to you - I am sending lots of positive energy your way! ^_^
Thank you! I really appreciate that you understand, and your very kind words.

I too have some fears with these yoga poses, and doing anything upside down. Some of my fears are well founded...I have osteoporosis I am being treated for...but I wonder how much of it is lack of self confidence, not knowing fully my abilities and limitations. Do you feel this way too? Is trusting yourself hard?
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