I wanted to start this week’s blog by thanking everyone who commented on the last one I did on stress. Some of you commented face to face, some on my Facebook page, others on the The Kettlebell Fitness Center Facebook page, and still others privately, by email or messaging. Turns out we all have ways we cope with stress, some good and others not. I’m glad that it gave you some encouragement, made you realize you weren’t alone, and thanks for advice given too; I really appreciated all of your input. You are all wonderful!
I am glad to tell you, dear readers that I am trying to get back on track and have “winner, winner chicken dinner” stuff to share. This past few weeks has been busy, but good busy. Some of us at The Kettlebell Fitness Center got to pull a humongous Hercules C-130 plane – even without a full team, we did great, with a better time than last year!
Nancy has introduced the “Simple and Sinister” workouts to KB classes…very simple workouts, but sinister in that it’s a tougher workout physically than it looks. Basically it consists of Turkish Get Ups followed by Swings. That’s it. However, it has helped me reach another goal this year that I thought I wouldn’t be able to because of my shoulders. I can now do get ups with a 14kg bell – thrice huzzah! On to a 16!
Also my shoulders are feeling a lot better, and I attribute it to…..Indian Clubs! Yes, we use them at class. Remember those vintage videos of women in bloomers and muscular men with mustachios swinging indian clubs to music? Well, that’s us! Well, it’s not us, but that’s what we do as part of our warm ups. Nancy and Mike love ‘em and now so do I. Here is a sketch of me swinging my clubs. Really, people, you should do it. It works, it’s beneficial and it’s funny when you bang your knee really hard with one of them.
I haven’t been able to get to Kettlebell workouts as much BUT have found different ways to keep strong. We have been rebuilding our deck and having fun times with sledgehammers. Under the deck is a LOT of crushed stone and I’ve been the one loading the bags of stone from the truck to the wheelbarrow and then maneouvering the wheelbarrow (with EIGHT bags of crushed stone at a time) through the yard to get it to the right place, picking up the handles of the wheelbarrow Farmer Carry stylee. (No, my capable husband didn’t lose the use of his arms, but I really wanted to move that stone myself just to do some “strength” stuff.)
Yard work can be a nuisance, but it is a good workout! Bending over, weeding, raking, chopping etc uses all parts of my body, but it’s a great feeling to move and have the benefit of seeing results at home.
Speaking of benefits of yard work, (see that neat segue there?) I have been growing lettuce for the first time – butter lettuce and head lettuce. I haven’t had to buy lettuce for 8 weeks now, and have enough to give our neighbours regularly. My tomatoes have started to ripen: I have a Russian Krim (deep purple), a Mr. Lemon (yellow obviously) and a Big Boy (big huge red tomatoes). I am in heaven. There’s nothing like a warm, fresh vine-ripened tomato drizzled with a little good olive oil and sprinkling of pepper! My kale grew like crazy and then bugs got at them, but I enjoyed them while they were baby things, sauteed with bacon, chopped up to put in burgers etc. If any of you garden and have advice on how to stop your kale being eaten to bits by bugs, please let me know!
Now I must get back to sitting on my new deck with a good book and a glass of iced tea with lemon ….