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02-18-2013, 10:30 PM   #31
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Cat, it's not that bad. If we leave in the morning, we're usually in Sun Prairie by early evening, sooner if we hook up with a cycling club or team along the way. Riding in team formation, increases the sustainable speed of the entire team by a good 5 mph+, by benefiting from the reduced wind reduction of all the riders in front of you, which is also why cyclists ride so close together. Positions are rotated frequently so everyone receives equal benefit.

We frequently meet retirees, cycling their way across the country, usually on recumbents. Recumbents are designed more efficiently, enabling the rider to sit back, relax, and leisurely pedal at speeds of 30mph+. The number of retirees who cycle coast-to-coast might surprise you.

Mitsuwa? Isn't that in Arlington Heights? We've shopped there, but there's also an Oriental Supermarket in Schaumburg, right on Golf Road, past the Best Buy, in the plaza with the "Babies R Us". That's where all the Asians shop. It's cheaper, and, well, not pretty, but very authentic, if you know what I mean. Yeah, we love the Ikea, it's even fun just to walk around and look at all the different vignettes.
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Cat, it's not that bad. If we leave in the morning, we're usually in Sun Prairie by early evening, sooner if we hook up with a cycling club or team along the way. Riding in team formation, increases the sustainable speed of the entire team by a good 5 mph+, by benefiting from the reduced wind reduction of all the riders in front of you, which is also why cyclists ride so close together. Positions are rotated frequently so everyone receives equal benefit.

We frequently meet retirees, cycling their way across the country, usually on recumbents. Recumbents are designed more efficiently, enabling the rider to sit back, relax, and leisurely pedal at speeds of 30mph+. The number of retirees who cycle coast-to-coast might surprise you.

Mitsuwa? Isn't that in Arlington Heights? We've shopped there, but there's also an Oriental Supermarket in Schaumburg, right on Golf Road, past the Best Buy, in the plaza with the "Babies R Us". That's where all the Asians shop. It's cheaper, and, well, not pretty, but very authentic, if you know what I mean. Yeah, we love the Ikea, it's even fun just to walk around and look at all the different vignettes.
I used to work with a Chinese fellow that lives on the mainland. Over the years we've kept in touch through e-mail. It would make me chuckle a bit in that my friend really seemed to enjoy shopping at Ikea! I figured he probably was making a point to me of shopping there due to being a western based company. But I have the opinion from what the friend mentions that Ikea is popular in China, good pricing, nice designs, etc.

My brother in law goes on similar long bicycle rides. He probably doesn't ride in the Chicago area often. He lives in St. Louis, but know he has been known to travel with friends around the mid-west from time to time to participate in different events.

Last year I was invited by another relative to go on a shorter bike ride with him. It would be along a scenic route, with a total length of around 20 miles for the round trip. Sounded exciting! I even bought a nice comfortable big cushy seated bike with the idea that I'd make the trip at one point. Never felt comfortable health wise to make the trip though. it's one thing to push through pain and fatigue, but the grumpy gut has its limits. Prolonged exercise can be ruff on my gut. Anyway, with the way things are going of late, with improved health, the new bike might be dusted off and used for the scenic trip this year.
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Update 2-19-13: I rode the stationary bike in my house for about 35 or 40 mins yesterday, slightly longer than I usually do. I managed to do a fairly strenuous hill program and did over 7 miles, which might be a new record for me. And I felt good! Usually cardio just kills me, I huff and I puff and I feel like death but I push myself through it. I didn't have to push myself like that yesterday - I still sweated like crazy, and huffed and puffed, but it somehow seemed easier than usual. Am I finally getting used to doing cardio?? Is it finally becoming really enjoyable the way that weight lifting is? Yeah, I hope so!!

Weights tonight at the big gym. Oddly it's snowing but my hip is quiet for once! How weird is that!

Ya noy, yes, I believe Mitsuwa is in Arlington Heights, but it's just a couple miles from Ikea. I really like Mitsuwa for the food (the restaurants are so yummy!) and the bento boxes. I try to pack a lunch instead of going out to eat, it's healthier and safer, so I try to make lunchtime fun and cute. Bento boxes are totally cute and fun so I buy at least one new one every time I go to Mitsuwa.

Beach, I'd be leary of a 20 mile bike ride with iffy guts too. I'm similar, it took me 3 years to become brave enough & healthy enough to go kayaking again - there is nowhere good to "go" when you're in a kayak! We tend to be urban kayakers too as there are a number of good streams right in the city so it's not like you can hop out and go in the woods (although at certain points one one creek I could hop out and use McDonald's bathroom - and there is another creek that goes close enough to my house that we have literally hopped out and ran home to use the bathroom!). Add to that the fact that heat & humidity tend to cramp up my guts, and yeah, kayaking can be a bit dangerous. But we took our 2-person kayak out at least 3 times last summer and I had no issues whatsoever. So yeah, it's one part bravery and one part being healthy enough, I think. You have to be well enough to do something like that but you also have to get over the mental stuff and know that you'll probably be okay and won't have an accident.

How funny that everybody likes Ikea! That's interesting that it's popular in China too - you would think that China has so much cheap stuff manufactured there that Ikea couldn't compete, but apparently they can.
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I just wanted to be your cheerleader for a moment. I'm glad to see you are following through and seeing positive results

And thank you for deciding to share this on the forum. It's one of those things that has the potential to inspire others to get out there and not let IBD keep them away from physical activity. I know your thread has sort of pushed the idea of fitness back into the forefront of my mind after feeling defeated getting in the best shape I had been in for a long while and then having my first flares and diagnosis take it all away.

Baby steps....stretching, weights and elliptical to rebuild endurance and strength.

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Thanks Chicago! I'll be your cheerleader too! You can do it! Your preferred exercises sound similar to mine, I love weights and the elliptical. I need to do more yoga/stretching. Like you said, baby steps! I can really relate to what you said too, I was in pretty good shape up until I became ill, then I lost my health completely when IBD came to stay. Now, every time I set foot in the gym, it's me fighting to get back what I lost and to be better than ever. It's been an uphill battle to be sure but I'm not giving up.

I don't think I've ever noticed that thing at the bottom of your signature before - well done for quitting smoking! I'm sure your health is thanking you for that! Do you feel better now that you've quit for awhile?
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Oh absolutely! Breathing has definitely become a more comfortable thing to do as well as running around (less shortness of breath). I just don't feel as yucky anymore on the inside. And I'm sure it will make working out for longer periods a lot easier than before.

But I don't want to steal the thunder of your thread....when I have time I'll have to remember to send you some links to at home stretches and weights/body resistance exercises I found on Pinterest. Keep up the good work!


I don't think I've ever noticed that thing at the bottom of your signature before - well done for quitting smoking! I'm sure your health is thanking you for that! Do you feel better now that you've quit for awhile?
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Update 2-19-13:

Beach, I'd be leary of a 20 mile bike ride with iffy guts too. I'm similar, it took me 3 years to become brave enough & healthy enough to go kayaking again - there is nowhere good to "go" when you're in a kayak! We tend to be urban kayakers too as there are a number of good streams right in the city so it's not like you can hop out and go in the woods (although at certain points one one creek I could hop out and use McDonald's bathroom - and there is another creek that goes close enough to my house that we have literally hopped out and ran home to use the bathroom!). Add to that the fact that heat & humidity tend to cramp up my guts, and yeah, kayaking can be a bit dangerous. But we took our 2-person kayak out at least 3 times last summer and I had no issues whatsoever. So yeah, it's one part bravery and one part being healthy enough, I think. You have to be well enough to do something like that but you also have to get over the mental stuff and know that you'll probably be okay and won't have an accident.

How funny that everybody likes Ikea! That's interesting that it's popular in China too - you would think that China has so much cheap stuff manufactured there that Ikea couldn't compete, but apparently they can.
That is something I've learned about the Chinese, they really are brand quality conscious, or at least the younger generation is. They tend to enjoy goods from Germany, Sweden, Japan and Italy. Well, Japanese goods might not be so popular right now in China with the dispute going on between the two countries. I've been told by a few Chinese politely that American made items tend to be thought of as only being so/so in quality. Ironically, and somewhat humorously as some of us here in the US will say Chinese made goods can be poorly made, in China from what I gather they tend to think the same of us.

Never been kayaking myself. Like so many things I suppose this dreadful disease has kept me from trying it. No complaints. Imagine that will change in the future. My mom kayaks often. It's kind of neat what her and her friends do. The folks live along a lake. It is one of those subdivision water retention lakes that is decent sized but not huge. What her and her friends do for exercise is kayak from one end and back a few go arounds. Additionally, a few times a year I've been told they hold a lake kayak party. Many of the neighbors living along the retention pond will meet up in the middle, have snacks and chat. I've not seen it myself, but can imagine it being a sight to see.

Well, I'm pretty fatigued and worn down this afternoon! Had a very nice workout this morning. Tuesdays is typically when I workout on my upper body with weights. I must have worked out harder than normal as I'm already feeling beat up. A good rest tonight should help. Maybe I'll slip a nap in at some point too. Despite my tired complaints, more importantly the stomach keeps hanging in there, doing very well.
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Chicago, no worries about stealing thunder, post all the links you like!

Beach, kayaking is fun! We have a 2-person kayak (so if I get tired, the hubby can paddle us for awhile or vice versa). We bring our dog in the kayak with us and we usually pack a picnic lunch too. It's great fun! Maybe you could try your mother's kayak out sometime and see if you enjoy it? I'm glad to hear you got in a good workout today and glad to hear your stomach is doing well too.

Speaking of stomachs, mine is a mess. I don't know what I did - yesterday I felt mildly nauseous and just a bit "off" after eating lunch. It was just lunch though, I felt fine after dinner and I felt fine after my oatmeal this morning. But again at lunch today, immediately afterwards I felt super nauseous. It's been a few hours since lunch and I still don't feel right. I took a Zofran and that helped somewhat but something still definitely is not right in tummyland. It doesn't feel like a flare - my guts themselves are fine, I'm having solid stools and no other symptoms, just nausea and a general "not quite right" feeling. Since it's worse today than it was yesterday, I'm going to give my body a break and will skip the gym tonight. I *hate* taking unscheduled rest days, but I also know when my body needs rest more than it needs exercise, so I'm going to rest with my heating pad instead of working out. Hopefully this is just a fluke or something I ate or whatever and it passes soon. Nausea is my #2 least favorite symptom (vomiting is #1, so far I haven't but I got close immediately after lunch). Yuck and blah, I hate skipping the gym. Kind of feel like a failure right now, but hopefully tomorrow I'll be back to working out. I won't let setbacks derail me completely.
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Oh no! Sorry to hear about the ruff day with the stomach, nausea, and just feeling awful overall. To borrow a word from my Chinese friend, I hope your "defective" gut feels better soon. Sometimes he has been known to ask about my stomach, referring to it as being defective. I think something has been lost in translation.

Well, I have thought to taking the kayak out for a spin. In theory it sounds good. I think though I'd be asking for trouble if I tried at this point. Being low in the boat, and with the paddling motion using some stomach muscle, I know from experience with stomach exercise machines, I'll be wanting a bathroom quick. Oh, then likely my poor mom would be hearing story after story from her friends about what they saw her son do in the lake. No reason to do that to her!

With the way things are going, I imagine in the future I'll be giving kayaking a try.
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Thanks Beach. I like that, I think my gut is defective. I didn't save the receipt and the warranty is up so I'm stuck with this defective digestive system! Ha ha. I'm feeling slightly better but still nauseous and not right. So I'm just going to rest tonight and hopefully I'll be well enough to hit the gym tomorrow. I'm hoping it's just something I ate - I had Subway for lunch yesterday and that was when I first started feeling yucky, so I'm thinking maybe that's what's causing me trouble.

And hey, as far as kayaking goes, if your mother's neighbors all come to her saying "guess what we saw Beach do in the lake", you can reply that at least you didn't do it in her kayak! Ha ha!

(I can tell this nausea thing definitely isn't a flare, because I tend to lose my sense of humor when I flare.)
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Update 2-19-13: I rode the stationary bike in my house for about 35 or 40 mins yesterday, slightly longer than I usually do. I managed to do a fairly strenuous hill program and did over 7 miles, which might be a new record for me. And I felt good! Usually cardio just kills me, I huff and I puff and I feel like death but I push myself through it. I didn't have to push myself like that yesterday - I still sweated like crazy, and huffed and puffed, but it somehow seemed easier than usual. Am I finally getting used to doing cardio?? Is it finally becoming really enjoyable the way that weight lifting is? Yeah, I hope so!!

Weights tonight at the big gym. Oddly it's snowing but my hip is quiet for once! How weird is that!

Ya noy, yes, I believe Mitsuwa is in Arlington Heights, but it's just a couple miles from Ikea. I really like Mitsuwa for the food (the restaurants are so yummy!) and the bento boxes. I try to pack a lunch instead of going out to eat, it's healthier and safer, so I try to make lunchtime fun and cute. Bento boxes are totally cute and fun so I buy at least one new one every time I go to Mitsuwa.

Beach, I'd be leary of a 20 mile bike ride with iffy guts too. I'm similar, it took me 3 years to become brave enough & healthy enough to go kayaking again - there is nowhere good to "go" when you're in a kayak! We tend to be urban kayakers too as there are a number of good streams right in the city so it's not like you can hop out and go in the woods (although at certain points one one creek I could hop out and use McDonald's bathroom - and there is another creek that goes close enough to my house that we have literally hopped out and ran home to use the bathroom!). Add to that the fact that heat & humidity tend to cramp up my guts, and yeah, kayaking can be a bit dangerous. But we took our 2-person kayak out at least 3 times last summer and I had no issues whatsoever. So yeah, it's one part bravery and one part being healthy enough, I think. You have to be well enough to do something like that but you also have to get over the mental stuff and know that you'll probably be okay and won't have an accident.

How funny that everybody likes Ikea! That's interesting that it's popular in China too - you would think that China has so much cheap stuff manufactured there that Ikea couldn't compete, but apparently they can.
I always found cycling to be tummy friendly, have done 100 miles/160km without incident. The few times I have had problems though, would be while wearing bibs and no bathroom in sight. I now have a pair of bibs that clip off.. Genius!
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Update 2-20-13. Ugh, still very nauseous! I had ice cream for dinner last night and that went okay. I felt hungry this morning but didn't trust it. I slowly slipped a Slim Fast for breakfast and then I had to take 2 Zofrans because the nausea was unbelievable. I don't think I'm going to make it to the gym tonight either and that's so freaking frustrating. I barely made it to work but am thinking about going home sick. I hate nausea so much.
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cat,

We love bento boxes too. Asian Supermarket also has a restaurant and I believe they do offer the bento boxes as well, but they often have gigantic California rolls for only $2.99-3.99, along with these little egg, green onion and crabmeat patties, that are to die for--and cheap too!

The problem with the restaurant at the Asian supermarket is that the menu isn't in English, and most of the employees don't speak English either. Half the seafood there I can't even identify. Makes shopping there somewhat challenging.
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Ya noy, any idea what language the menu is in at Asian supermarket? I'd really love to learn Japanese or Korean someday... I know a very few basic words in both languages. Kanji (written Japanese) is difficult though! I look at written Korean (hangul) and it looks easier to decipher, but in terms of speaking, Korean seems more difficult. I was googling Korean words and came across a comment that said "Korean is the French of Asian languages" and that seems about right to me! Japanese pronunciation seems much easier than Korean, but written Korean seems easier than written Japanese.

Anyway, getting back on track. Update 2-21-13. I'm feeling so much better today! I was really nauseous all morning yesterday, I felt just awful. Couldn't even handle a liquid breakfast. By lunchtime though I was less nauseous and was starving, so I had some plain noodles and that went down very well. I'm sticking with low-res for now just in case but I feel mostly fine and can eat again. So, I'm planning on hitting the gym today! I'm just going to do the little gym, to ease back into things. There's only 8 weight machines in the little gym and I may skip the abdominals machine depending on how I feel. But I'm definitely getting back in the saddle after 2 rest days. Wish me luck!
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As promised, here are a few exercises I found. I'll just start with a few. If you are looking for something more specific, let me know and I may have some lying around to share

I think this is good for those days where you want to do some toning, but don't have crazy energy to move about:
http://www.prevention.com/fitness/st...workout?page=2

Some easy before bed stretches since I remember you saying you need to stretch more:
http://www.fitsugar.com/Stretches-Do-Bed-3773451

There are a lot of quick interval exercises popping up online too that seem really good at giving you an energy boost:
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cat,

I'm not really sure what language it is, and I should! After all, my sister-in-law is Korean, she was born there, and speaks, I believe, around 7 different languages. Her and my brother live in Manhattan, but she's a buyer, and spends more of her time flying to various Asian countries to shop for materials, than she spends at home.

I really want to learn Korean. She speaks English fine, but her parents and other family members don't, which makes communication difficult--especially when she's traveling and we end up entertaining them.

We don't do much shopping at big chain supermarkets, and buy instead from local farmers, as well as other ethnic marts -- Spanish, Polish, Indian, etc., where the employees rarely speak any English. Better prices and more interesting food choices. Most of neighbors even speak more than one language, and I really should to broaden my language skills.

I'll take a better look at the menu next time we shop there.
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Thanks Chicago! This is kind of silly/shameful, but the only yoga/stretching moves I really know are the moves that are on the Wii Fit game. Since you mentioned you could post more specific ones, do you know any good hip stretches? My hip responds well when I stretch it but I only know the one hip stretch that's in Wii Fit (it's called the Spinal Twist I think).

Ya noy, I had started a thead about Japanese and Korean pop awhile back in Members Only, you might be interested to read through it. Here's the link:
http://www.crohnsforum.com/showthread.php?t=45282
I find that the more I listen to Japanese & Korean music, the more it starts to make sense. I can pick out words that I know and the context starts to fall into place a little bit. So if you're interested in learning Korean, maybe you should check out some Big Bang or 2NE1 songs, or watch some of the (free!) Korean dramas on Hulu (you don't need Hulu Plus, you can watch them on the free version of Hulu - and yes, Hulu has subtitles, I think you just need to select it in the options).

Another quick update: I took a risk and had some oatmeal. I can tell the fiber is not sitting perfectly well, my stomach feels a little bit irritated, but on the whole it is sitting well and I don't feel any nausea. Going to the gym in about an hour. I really like the little gym as I'm usually the only one there. I'm going to crank up some Big Bang (yeah Korean pop!) and lift some weights. I find that music really helps me get through my workouts. If I have bad or no music, it gets tedious really quickly. If I have good music that I like and that has a good beat, it makes such a difference and I feel great and energized all the way through! Big Bang is my favorite right now so they will be powering me through today.
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Cat, I already read your thread on k pop and j pop a while back, and was thinking about responding, but to be honest, I don't actually follow the music, but rather, I like learning the routines of various Korean dance teams, such as Waveya -- link to their "Gangnam Style" dance routine.
http://www.videoks.info/8efd5372f.html

And of course, Black Queen: http://www.videoks.info/f51ef96a8.html

I like to dance, what can I say?

I have been watching Korean TV on Hulu. There's some pretty good Korean shows. I can even pull up the free version of Hulu on my ipad, even though it's normally not available for tablets. I use an alternate browser which apparently Hulu doesn't recognize for tablet use.
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What Korean shows have you watched? I'm a bit obsessed with Big Bang and several members of that group have acted in various things, so I mostly watch shows that they've been in. I watched Iris, which is kind of like 24 - it's a spy drama. It was pretty good although I hated the ending. I also watched What's Up? which is a drama about university students studying musicals & acting. Kind of like Korean Glee but not as much singing as Glee. I also liked that one a lot but again hated how it ended! It seems to me that these shows expect to get another season and then don't, so they end on cliffhangers or leave a lot of loose ends unexplained. That's my main gripe about the K-dramas I've watched so far anyway. If you've watched any K-dramas that had a good ending that tied up loose ends and didn't leave you guessing as to what happened, let me know!

Another quick update: I hit the gym and felt pretty good! I had one minor dizzy spell, and by the end of my workout my legs were shaking from weakness, and afterwards I had a little bit of a crampy gut, but otherwise I felt fine. I'm thinking a nice long hill program on the stationary bike is happening tomorrow. And I'm thinking I have an appointment with my heating pad tonight as my hip is aching yet again - it is going to snow tonight and my hip would really like to let me know all about that.
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Oh I've been watching one called "Faith", which can't seem to decide what it wants to be, kind of an epic, historic, romance, time travel, fantasy, sci fi, and whatever else they can think of to throw on in there.

I've watched Iris, but it's no where near as much fun as the Korean shows that are so implausible, suspension of disbelief isn't even a possibility. The lack of final resolution to the series kind of drives me crazy too. Oh, I've also been watching a korean show called "Ghost", which is kind of a supernatural crime drama and is also pretty good.

I like British shows too. If you haven't watched "The Misfits" yet, you really should. completely bizarre. There's also a British miniseries called "Sherlock" which is incredibly good, but don't think it's on Hulu yet. Lady night, I just finished watching the last episode of a miniseries called "Utopia", which was also kind of a mystery, scifi, action adventure, which literally gave me nightmares with the ways they went killing people, ever so casually. Also not on Hulu, but I can get British TV through certain apps, that kind of trick the websites into thinking My iPad is located in the UK.

Korean TV dramas have become very popular on Hulu.

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Yes, I love Brit-coms! The IT Crowd is probably my favorite. I also really like Coupling, Black Books, Little Britain, Peep Show, That Mitchell & Webb Look. I've been re-watching the earlier seasons of Red Dwarf lately too, what a classic that show is! The hubby got me into watching Doctor Who more recently too (I started with the Eccleston Doctor, didn't go all the way back to the very beginning). Most if not all of those are on Netflix streaming, I'm not sure about Hulu though. We don't have cable and watch TV primarily on Netflix & Hulu as it's much cheaper that way.

I really really liked Iris, up until the final scene (spoilers for anyone else reading) when the main character died and they didn't show who shot him! I guess they're filming a new season of Iris and it's coming out soon, but hardly any of the original cast will be in it since season 1 was from 2009 (plus they killed off most of the original cast in season 1!). So I don't know if they'll explain who killed him or not. I originally watched Iris because TOP from Big Bang was in it, but he was such a minor character. I still liked it in spite of TOP barely being in it, though. Although I didn't like how they killed off his character, either. He barely even put up a fight and just let the hero beat him to a pulp. Weak.
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We have cable, but rarely use it. almost all the shows we watch, we can pull up on the Internet, so we'll probably drop it soon too.

Really liked Dr. Who with the Eccleston Dr., but after that, the show suffered from some pretty poor writing -- until Steve Moffat took over the series with the current doctor. I could drive an entire fleet of semis through some of the plot holes, but the story lines have really improved again. Red Dwarf is old, but still some of the best sci fi ever written.

Isn't the Big Bang song "Hallelujah" from the Iris show? I only watched a couple of episodes before running across the "Faith" series. I like all the historical costumes and settings, and the way the show shifts back and forth between the past and present.
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I LOVE hip stretches. They feel SO good!

This one I do a lot and is my absolute favorite. It really digs deep in there I know its looks rather complex but it really is an easy position to get into. You can deepen the stretch by leaning down into it as far as you can comfortably go:


This is my second favorite (only because I have poor balance most of the time ). The deeper you squat, the deeper the stretch. You could use a chair too for balance but I usually try to just see how long I can stand on one leg w/o tumbling over lol:


This one is another favorite of mine getting the hips and the sides. I like to hold onto a wall and stretch my other arm over my head when i do this one to deepen the stretch:

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02-22-2013, 07:51 AM   #54
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Brit Comedy is great to me. I also like Coupling and Little Britain. During the last few weeks while I was sick and flaring, I caught up on the series Being Human (a drama/comedy) which turned out to be really good. I'll have to look into the shows you mentioned as well.

But of course, I also like the drama and am a huge Downton Abbey fan!

I'm more of a TV Show person than a movie person so Hulu is a blessing for me

Yes, I love Brit-coms! The IT Crowd is probably my favorite. I also really like Coupling, Black Books, Little Britain, Peep Show, That Mitchell & Webb Look. I've been re-watching the earlier seasons of Red Dwarf lately too, what a classic that show is! The hubby got me into watching Doctor Who more recently too (I started with the Eccleston Doctor, didn't go all the way back to the very beginning). Most if not all of those are on Netflix streaming, I'm not sure about Hulu though. We don't have cable and watch TV primarily on Netflix & Hulu as it's much cheaper that way.
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Good to see you are back exercising Cat after the feeling poor spell! Hope the workouts continue!

Had an excellent workout myself on legs this morning. Bit surprised about that. Went in feeling tired, believing I would do poorly. The big accomplishment was doing well with the final exercise. I try to finish with doing 60 dead lifts, using light weight. For awhile I haven't been able to complete one set. Today was able to do one and a half sets with the final exercise!

Now I have a feeling I'll be walking funny for the rest of the day.
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Beach, I'm walking funny today too. My arthritis is just killing me! It's been snowing a lot and I don't know if this storm is stronger in pressure or intensity or what, but it's just been murder on the hip. I actually practiced walking with my cane last night in case I would need it today, but I'm slightly better today than I was yesterday so I am not using my cane. I'm only 33 and feel like walking with a cane is just wrong, like I'm way too young for this crap.

In spite of that, I'm planning on riding the stationary bike at home tonight. I've found that even when the arthritis is acting up, riding the bike doesn't make it any worse so I know I can do it. I'm hoping to lift weights at the big gym tomorrow too - only a slight chance of snow in tomorrow's forecast so hopefully the arthritis will be feeling somewhat better by then! If not, I'm going to lift anyway - just like with the bike, it doesn't make the arthritis any worse, and lifting sometimes makes the hip feel better. My hip responds really well to stretching and strengthening exercises and is neutral to low-impact cardio. The only thing it doesn't like is high-impact cardio like jogging. I would need my cane if I tried to jog right about now!

Chicago, thank you so much, I'm going to try those stretches out tonight after I do the bike! The first one looks difficult, like doing the splits almost! I am not very flexible and have never been able to do the splits, but I will give it my best shot. The second one, I also have poor balance but I will also give it a shot. The third one, I think my mother showed me that one once but I forgot about it! I do recall that it is a good one, thanks for the reminder. As for Brit shows, I tried watching Being Human but I didn't really like it, I didn't connect with the characters and my hubby didn't care for it either so we stopped watching it after the first season or so. I don't really care for Downton Abbey either but the hubby loves it, ha ha. Have you watched Doc Martin? That's a pretty good Brit drama, it's kind of like the Brit version of House. The hubby and I like that one a lot, it's mostly drama but there are some funny parts too and of course medical stuff is always interesting on TV as long as it's fairly accurate (which Doc Martin seems to be).

Ya noy, you do know your k-pop! Hallelujah is indeed a Big Bang song from the Iris soundtrack. I have a lot of Big Bang in my workout playlist and Hallelujah is in there. It's not my favorite Big Bang song but it's got a good beat and definitely helps keep the workout going. I'm trying to get fancy with my playlists and set up different ones for lifting and for the bike, and I think Hallelujah is more of a bike song than a lifting song. Anything with a faster beat like that one gets me pedaling faster so that's a good thing! I like to pace myself more with lifting and make sure my form is good and everything, so I tend towards slightly slower or even acoustic songs for lifting.
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I haven't seen Doc Martin. I liked House so I bet I would like that show too. I also agree, it is far more interesting if it is more accurate. I also forgot to mention Absolutely Fabulous. An oldie but a goodie. That show always cracks me up those two women are just plain crazy.

Good luck with the stretches! Let me know what you think of them
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Brit Comedy is great to me. I also like Coupling and Little Britain. During the last few weeks while I was sick and flaring, I caught up on the series Being Human (a drama/comedy) which turned out to be really good. I'll have to look into the shows you mentioned as well.D
There's an American version of "Being Human" on the Sci Fi channel--they didn't even bother changing the title of the show. In my opinion, the British version is better. So were the original British shows, "Life in Mars" and "Sherlock", both of which were copied and Americanized, but the British versions were just SO much better.

I'm kind of a sci fi fanatic and my current favorite TV series on Hulu is a show called "Charlie Jade" a Canadian production, filmed primarily in Cape Town South Africa. It's more than a little difficult to comprehend what's really going on in the first few episodes, but then it gets better--and the storyline resolves, really well! The ending is almost perfect. In my opinion, of course.
02-22-2013, 01:07 PM   #59
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Ya noy, you do know your k-pop! Hallelujah is indeed a Big Bang song from the Iris soundtrack. I have a lot of Big Bang in my workout playlist and Hallelujah is in there. It's not my favorite Big Bang song but it's got a good beat and definitely helps keep the workout going. I'm trying to get fancy with my playlists and set up different ones for lifting and for the bike, and I think Hallelujah is more of a bike song than a lifting song. Anything with a faster beat like that one gets me pedaling faster so that's a good thing! I like to pace myself more with lifting and make sure my form is good and everything, so I tend towards slightly slower or even acoustic songs for lifting.
I've watched the video with the English translation of the lyrics subtitled. The lyrics fit, and the video consists of scenes from the show, so it wasn't a difficult leap. Big Bang performs another song that I have a dance routine for. It's more along the genre of hip hop. I think the name of the song is "Good bye".

Working out to music you really know and enjoy makes all the difference in your interest, and performance as well. I would never be able to stick to routines, where you do, say, 20 push-ups and 15 jumping jacks. I don't have that type of self-discipline.

Oh, we've got lots of snow here. Time to get out and shovel.
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Cat - Ah, sorry to hear the arthritis is acting up! Hope you are able to get some bicycle time in this evening. That seems to be a common plaint I've noticed around here, developing arthritis early. I suppose I'm lucky - can't believe I'm saying that with what I've been through with my IBD - but have physicians mentioned why the early arthritis?

I have to admit, I enjoyed the snowfall last night. We probably received around 3 inches of the white stuff. I'm officially a Florida resident. I'm in Illinois for most of this winter, but most likely I'll be residing down south in the future. Figure with the way this winter is going, this likely will be my last snow falls to see! At some point today think I'll tromp around outside for awhile before it all melts.
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