Madeline Simon (MS) – a big improvement

A big improvement has been made. My hour long Pilates kicked the week off in the right direction and my swimming was another success. I went a bit later than normal and had the pool all to myself. I’ve also picked up my Powerbreathe again. My monthly results do show a slight deterioration, just proving to myself how important it all is. Now it’s onwards and upwards again after that negative blip.

TRAIN                                                                                                                        TEST

 

Date Level Load cmH2O   PowerWatts   Volume Litres  T-index%      S-IndexcmH2O  FlowL/s Volume Litres
9th Sept 2011 Moderate 34 4.7 2.1 89 High 72Average 4.2 1.8
7th Oct 2011 Moderate 42 4.8 2.0 89 High 75Average 4.5 1.8
13th Nov 2011 Moderate 42 4.4 1.8 85 High 77Average 4.4 1.8

Madeline Simon (MS) – I’ve had better weeks

It is not often I have a real flat week but I have just had one. My motivation has been very poor and as for my exercises – NOT GOOD AT ALL!

I don’t feel good about it at all but next week will be different, I PROMISE.

I have learnt through the years that the MS has a mind of its own but one must never give up, otherwise it wins. I’m starting to feel more positive and determined as I write this. So watch out for next week, it will be mega.

Madeline Simon (MS) – Two flat weeks then some results

Quite a flat week this week but on the positive side I have started making my Christmas cards and my exercise routine is starting to get back to where it should be. There is no excuse but I do find that the change in weather i.e. the pressure changes, have a lot to answer for.

I have made a couple more purchases for Christmas presents: one via the Internet (a great help); and the other from an excellent music shop nearby – a very trendy acoustic guitar for my youngest nephew, age 7. I’m sure he will love it…so I hope he doesn’t read this entry in my journal!

It is not often I have a real flat week but I have just had one. My motivation has been very poor and as for my exercises – NOT GOOD AT ALL! I don’t feel good about it at all but next week will be different, I PROMISE.

I have learnt through the years that the MS has a mind of its own but one must never give up, otherwise it wins. I’m starting to feel more positive and determined as I write this. So watch out for next week, it will be mega.

A big improvement has been made. My hour long Pilates kicked the week off in the right direction and my swimming was another success. I went a bit later than normal and had the pool all to myself. I’ve also picked up my Powerbreathe again. My monthly results do show a slight deterioration, just proving to myself how important it all is. Now it’s onwards and upwards again after that negative blip.

TRAIN TEST

 

Date Level Load cmH2O  PowerWatts Volume Litres T-index%

 

S-IndexcmH2O FlowL/s Volume Litres
9th Sept 2011 Moderate 34 4.7 2.1 89 High 72Average 4.2 1.8
7th Oct 2011 Moderate 42 4.8 2.0 89 High 75Average 4.5 1.8
13th Nov 2011 Moderate 42 4.4 1.8 85 High 77Average 4.4 1.8

 

 

 

Madeline Simon (MS) – Christmas jinglings

I had a couple of days with one of my sisters and during one of those days we made a start on the Christmas shopping. I had prepared well and done my research on the net, so the day wasn’t too exhausting and we managed to get a lot done. I have also nearly got all the materials to create my Christmas cards. It’s all going to plan so far!

I do have to make an admission though, no swimming this week and minimal time using my POWERbreathe K3. The only excuse I can give is something has to be dropped when I change my routine otherwise fatigue sets in. I promise you next week I will be back into my training/ exercise routine.

Madeline Simon (MS) – The sun needs to shine more often

It’s weird how your moods and energy levels change with what the weather’s doing. I definitely need sunshine; hence the reason why Vitamin D tablets, taken on a daily basis, is one of my proactive tablets.

My POWERbreathe K3 data:

 

TRAIN TEST

Date Level Load cmH2O   Power Watts   Volume Litres T-index %    S-Index cmH2O Flow L/s Volume Litres
09/09/11 Moderate 34 4.7 2.1 89 High 72 Average 4.2 1.8
07/10/11 Moderate 42 4.8 2.0 89 High 75 Average 4.5 1.8

 

You can see I had some improvement, which is good but I think I could push myself a bit harder.

One thing that is very noticeable is my ability to do my 0.5-mile swim each week. The breathing and hence, energy and power is really building and I’m not totally exhausted afterwards.

Madeline Simon (MS) – The energy levels are back

Yes, I have my energy back and am definitely doing more and am quite excited about my POWERbreathe stats, but that’s for next week.

I nearly did my full quota of exercise: Pilates, 0.5mile swim and some core exercises before bed. It’s the latter that needs to increase a bit more.

I also tried out putting my Christmas card creation down on paper. I got a straw and mixed up some acrylic paint with a bit of water, then gave the straw one sharp blow. I wanted a star type of look but it didn’t quite work out. I do like the abstract look but this was more of a mess of colour on the paper. I had best move on to my Plan B design, it’s still a bit abstract but more controlled.

Madeline Simon (MS) – The Christmas spirit has come early

Another quiet week but according to my previous recent recovery times I have one more week to go. Even today, I am starting to feel more optimistic and energised.

Don’t laugh too much but I may make a start on creating my Christmas cards for 2011 next week. I have to be well planned to avoid any unnecessary stress or panic, which isn’t good for my health. I send out about 140. I have a design planned in my brain; I just need to try it out on paper. In a bizarre way the POWERbreathe will aid me… All will be revealed next week, that’s if it works out OK.

Madeline Simon (MS) – Going OK after a busy last week

My daily POWERbreathe training is going OKish, especially since I have been quite exhausted all week following last week’s excursions.

I haven’t been swimming this week, though it’s a matter of conserving my energy until things improve again. Hence not a lot to report this week but I did do my Pilates on Monday and went to my neuro physio on Tuesday; she spent most of the time calming my muscles down and realigning them, plus I have been doing a light Pilates routine each night. So all in all, not too bad.

Thanks

Madeline

Madeline Simon (MS) – Partying with POWERbreathe

My brother-in-law’s 50th birthday party was excellent – the food, the music and the company. It was a late night, but I was not as late leaving as others… I think the last person left at 3am!

As I promised last week, here are the results from my POWERbreathe K3:

  • Load      3.4 cmH2O
  • Power    4.7 Watts
  • Volume  2.1 Litres
  • T-index  89% – High

Looking through the description of the statistic results in the POWERbreathe booklet I realise there is definite room for improvement. So now I have declared my results (that’s the hard bit) I will give you a regular update every 4 weeks. There’s nothing quite like sharing your results with others to make you work extra hard to improve them.

Madeline Simon (MS) – Recovery takes time

I keep forgetting, my recovery time after weekends away or doing things that are not the norm use more energy i.e. it takes 3 weeks to recover and not 2 weeks any more. So things were not as sparky as I hoped. I am doing a little more but there is room for improvement!

One good result I did have was with my POWERbreathe stats, which I will share with you next week. It’s also my brother–in-law’s 50th birthday and he is having a bit of a party; a pig roast and live music. He is the drummer in his village band, so it should be great fun! So this means I need to get back on form – no excuse!