Cinda W.'s Profile
streak 703 days
streak 97 days
- Completed 1071 challenges
I'm 63 years old: feel better than when I was 30. A few years ago I was morbidly obese, coping with chronic knee pain from a 1988 injury, suffering with chest pains, wondering if I would wake up in the morning. I was a 'walking dead woman'.
Today I'm an endurance athlete: triathlete, century rider, & solo bike tourer (685 mile in 11 days). I've shed 185 lbs, more to go! I coach/mentor others to recapture the lives they love. I am blessed.
- Cinda W. is taking time away from Daily Challenge and will be back on April 30, 2014.
With limited internet access I need to take a break. You may be able to find me on FB while I'm away from here: http://facebook.com/cindalee
At a crossroads with some big decisions to make too.
- Oh I did a lot of thigh and glutes exercises today - 70 minutes in the pool both swimming laps and doing exercises that worked on thighs in particular - and another working on balance - I submerge the kickboard (I use one that is really thick and buoyant so submerging takes effort). Then I stand on it in deep water and practice my balance both extending to stand straight up and to do squats. I'm hoping this will help me be able to do stand up paddling. I think my biggest issue in doing this will be actually go from my knees to a standing position because of the way that I typically have to get up from the floor due to my 'bad' knee.
I did today's challenge without holding onto anything. I can remember when this wasn't possible for me. In fact now during my training at the parque, I am doing this raising and lowering a 10 lb medicine ball and rotating from knee to knee. Truly amazing!
Unfortunately I am going to put myself on time away for a few days - dealing with a very stressful living situation - looking for a safe place to move; my current housemate behaving very erratically - a few days ago she decided we shouldn't speak to each other any more because she got angry that I asked her if she was working on Easter - I asked because I wanted to know if she wanted to go to a movie with me in the evening. Today she disconnected the router and hid it someone (leaving the plug in the living room) so that I couldn't use the internet; and also locked her little shih tzu in her bedroom for 10 hours. I've lived here for more than 3 months and have cared for that pup like she was my own so it was really sad to hear her wanting out of the room and not be able to do anything.
So pray for me and my safety as I am at a crossroads. I'll check back in as soon as I can. April 23, 2014 at 3:36 UTC
Cinda W. replied April 23, 2014 at 3:36 UTC:
- Thanks Debra and Karen for the encouragement today.
I use sunscreen but not all the time I am in the sun. I allow myself an hour a day without it to gain valuable Vitamin D into my body. Of course I am careful about the timing of that hour.
Also when I am riding my bike I do not put sunscreen on my hands or forehead - why? Well, my gloves cover my hands so that provides protection. My forehead is also protected by my helmet. Additionally both areas sweat - and I use the back of my glove to sometimes wipe sweat from around my eyes. I discovered that sweating sunscreen into my eyes is painful.
I do make sure the back of my neck and my eyes are protected with sunscreen as these get a lot of exposure while cycling.
I have a great tan - because I am in Puerto Rico and cycling/exercising outside almost every day. My skin looks and feels great. This climate is good for it - not too hot and not too humid. I tend to have dry skin but not here.
When you see my white belly you can really tell just how much tan I have, but I'm not wearing a bikini...so you probably won't see it (LOL). April 21, 2014 at 21:12 UTC
- This is really funny - because I was out today exploring Ft Morro in Old San Juan. After 5 hours of walking around I went into a coffee shop - the line was long, so I picked up the local newspaper in Spanish and sat down to read it. As I read, I thought, gee, I haven't been in touch with the news in 4 months - no TV, no online news. But one article I read was about a situation in one of the PR universities - I will contact a friend of mine who is bi-lingual to verify that I understood everything. She is a graduate of that university so probably knows what is going on. April 20, 2014 at 0:40 UTC
- Ha, heading out for a bike ride and just saw this challenge - DONE - I went to the grocery store last night (along with the rest of the Puerto Rican population because all the stores are closed for Good Friday and then again on Easter). I bought spinach for my omelet today. April 18, 2014 at 12:10 UTC
- I wash my feet with cool water when it's hot; and hot water when it's cold. I like fresh air too and in winter no heater unless it is really cold. I prefer to add extra blankets.
I'm in Puerto RIco now and it is heating up - we have no A/C so windows open and ceiling fan makes room comfortable most of the time; I also have used a stand up fan a few nights and shut it off in middle of night using remote control.
I typically don't use an alarm to wake up. Recently wanted to change my sleep pattern a bit to rise earlier so I set an alarm for about a week. Now I wake up automatically - rested and ready to go workout. April 17, 2014 at 2:30 UTC
- Well - this is a big one: my son's father told me to have an abortion - although we were planning a wedding, starting a new business together at the time I got pregnant, he never spoke to me again after that day. Definitely a negative moment that ended with a positive result: I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy who is now 25 years old. We had a very close relationship as I raised him as a single parent. I love him with all my heart - unfortunately he hasn't spoken to me for 6 months - since the day he got married. I pray for him always - and I know some day he will realize that he is under a negative influence and our relationship will be restored.
Some days it is very difficult - but I must keep moving forward! April 15, 2014 at 19:30 UTC