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Steph McCoy Caricature
Steph McCoy Caricature

I had a wonderful time with Marcel at my photo shoot this afternoon. We originally planned to take pictures outside but when I woke up this morning to see fresh snow on the ground I knew that plan was scratched. I’m just happy that plan “B” was using Marcel’s art/photography studio since we didn’t make it past the freezing mark today.

It’s always great to reconnect with friends we haven’t seen in a while to catch up with life’s events and have some stimulating conversation. One of the things I like most about Marcel aside from him being a superb artist is his free-spirited personality. He’s an all-around nice guy with scads of charisma and people just like being around him. When we worked together a couple of years ago I asked him to create caricatures of our coordinator team for a project I led. Included in this post is the one he did of me.

Today is a day off my regular exercise program and instead I’ll do one of the Leslie Sansone’s Walk At Home routines provided my grandson will permit me. He’s coming back this evening so that I can watch him throughout the day tomorrow.

My brother, Robert (who happens to be a fitness buff and toughest critic), said to me the other day that he thinks I’m going overboard with exercise. I told him I saw a video on AARP’s website of a seasoned woman (in very good shape, I might add) demonstrating the correct method of modified push ups. She went on to say that she does 20 regular push ups in the morning and 20 in the evening. So I’m thinking “hmmm I should be able to do that” I mean she made it look easy. It WASN’T!!

I was able to do one day’s worth of modified push ups and the muscles in my upper body hurt so bad it felt like they were on fire. It was then I realized I broke my number one & two tips to set realistic goals and take it slow. So it’s back to the drawing board where I’m going to attempt 20 per day every other day for two weeks. Then if things go well I will increase the number to 25 every other day the third week.

Modified push ups like classic push ups strengthen the chest, shoulders, and triceps. Following are bullet points from on www.sparkpeople.com how to do modified push ups:

  • Get down on your hands and knees.
  • Position your hands just outside shoulder width and slightly forward of your shoulders.
  • Make sure your knees are directly aligned with your hips.
  • Keep your abdomen tight and your spine in a neutral position.
  • Inhale: Bend your elbows and lower chest to 90 degrees at the elbows.
  • Exhale: Push up so that your arms are straight, making sure your elbows aren’t completely locked. Try doing 2 sets of 10-12 repetitions.

Special Instructions – If you can’t go to 90 degrees at the elbow, just go to a comfortable position until you can work up to 90 degrees.

As I’ve said before it’s important to go at a pace that’s comfortable for you and as your body becomes accustomed to the exercise it’s then you’ll want to gradually increase the repetitions or incorporate additional exercises. Provided you have no health issues barring you from exercise, believe it or not the body is built to withstand the strain (just don’t overdo).

Until tomorrow.

~Steph

“I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I’m doing.” ~Marsha Doble

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