Who Is Walkerlady?

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is originally from Minnesota, did 'time' in California, and is currently sentenced to doing a few years in Arkansas.
She's the "Lazy Quilter" who often doesn't take time to try to achieve perfection. She's "Walker Lady" who changed her lifestyle and lost over 70 pounds in the process! She wears the hats of a Quilter, Artist, Crafter, Musician, Life Coach, Wife, and Mom, all rolled up into one crazy eccentric woman!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Photo shoot

This is my yoga class from this past summer. It has increased in student numbers by about 20+ since then. I'd like to think it is because I am a better teacher than I was! hahahaha
Remember, you can click on the photo to enlarge it.
That is me, bottom row, second from the left.
No yoga tomorrow...we are iced in for the second weekend in a row. What a crazy winter it has been for everyone!
Till spring time, consider, Walking-on!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Cha-cha-cha-changes

"Well upholstered" . . . that is the female version of fluffy. 
I heard this term a month or so ago and finally have gotten around to sharing it! I am neglecting my blog as much as I am neglecting myself these days! I had a legitimate reason for the ten days I was too sick to leave the house. I got off to a slow start last week, finally getting back to yoga class on Wednesday and teaching yoga on Friday. I was so sore. It amazes and aggravates me at how fast muscles weaken!

I was going to get back on track this week too, but then we had this silly ice storm slow things down. I hope to make it to yoga class tomorrow. On Friday, I hope the snow holds off until after that class has happened too. I am supposed to go sign up for a membership in the community center's gym. I like their weight room better than the one at the senior center. The senior center has pneumatic weight machines. The community center has the more common weight machines with the brick shaped weight. My plans are to do yoga and then then follow that with strength training, two days a week. Those will be the changes I will make. Yup. Those are them.

There isn't much else to report these days. I am happy. I am doing ok, and could do better. Life is ok. It could be so much worse! Sorry this is such a lame posting! Hope you will all keep walking on!

Sunday, February 01, 2015

A Different Type of Exercise

Lately my exercising has been in working to get two rooms redone in our house. Painting, hauling, bending, stooping, all with a nasty cold, has me exhausted each night!
Husband's Office
 Our dining room is full of 'stuff' from the emptied office.
 I can't wait to get this all organized again!!!
  This is the only shot I could find of our bedroom before we painted and carpeted it:
 Note the orange 1960's carpeting!
This is an after photo of the same room:
 It is a mess because all our renfaire garb is on the bed. Normally it is all stored in the closet in my husband's office. I will try to get a nicer photo, once everything is done, done. hahahaha
I might not be out walking, but at least I am not sitting! Till next time though, walk-on, y'all!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Positively

The weather has been as good here has it has been as bad in the Northeast this week. It finally got to me and I went for my first walk since Ziva left. I won't lie, it hurt. However, it also felt good to get out in the sunshine. I am still amazed at how safe she made me feel, when walking with her. I randomly look at web sites like PetFinder to imagine another dog in my life. Then I just think that it is too soon and that I should wait until my two little dogs are gone. Ack...I don't know which way I will go. But at least I DID go for a walk.

A few days ago I received a card from a blog reader 
that I happen to know in real life: 
She knows I go to yoga classes a lot. She noted that I had met my goal of no smoking for all of 2014 and wanted to send kudos to me for having done so. What a sweet thing to do! It actually helped me to not try one cigarette, just to see if I still hated the stench. So I remain smoke-free. Thank you Brenda! You're a peach!

I am focusing my energies on purging the house. It is daunting. I am getting exercise by all the hauling and moving and stooping and lifting and carrying and tossing and and and just everything! It has been exhausting but oh so rewarding! The less 'stuff' to worry about, the less worry there is!

That's my theory and I am sticking to it. Till next time, walk-on!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Waltzing Matilda

Around January 12th, I blew all my goals/resolutions out of the water! I did it in style. I did it. I did not do the real goal setting work that needs to be done to insure successful goal achievement! Bad me. Bad, bad, bad!
What have I done? Well, I have cut WAY back on the wine, quite successfully, I might add. I am actually very proud of myself on that front. I also DID inquire about a trainer. I can't swing $25 an hour though, so that isn't going to work. And I have purposely stayed more active, but I have not been timing it to be sure I am doing at least ten minutes at a time. 
I changed my eating habits, going back to something that is more comfortable for me, to deal with, yet is quite effective. It works as a lifestyle change, not a diet, but I am not ready to share it with you yet. This is me, figuring out what my personal maintenance plan will be. I am enthusiastic about the results so far, and about this being what my new lifestyle will evolve to.

I am hoping to not get the winter blues. I often do suffer from it, usually about February. I think it coincides with the lack of sunlight exposure. I try to remember to step outside at least a little bit, each day, so I can keep the blues from becoming overwhelming.
Moving forward I am looking to a new year that is full of answers to what my life will be like, going into the future.
  
I shall keep you posted on my progress!
Recently a documentary has been making the rounds in our area. "Forks Over Knives" discusses the benefits of a plant based diet. If you see the movie, be sure to see some of the comments or reviews about it too. One review that I especially like is found at Raw Food SOS.

That's the latest from these parts. Oh, wait! You might want to know why the title of this posting is "Waltzing Matilda"! This refers to a breathing technique that I have had some success with for de-stressing and for falling back asleep when I wake up at zero-dark-thirty in the mornings. Like the Waltz step, the breathing technique goes 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4. Breath in for a count of four, hold for a count of four, exhale for a count of four, and hold for a count of four. It takes a little practice to get the timing smooth and correct for your personal lung capacity, but it really works well!

Now, that is it for today. Hope you are all Walking-On!