Monday, September 21, 2015

Twelve week fitness course

The National Sports Centre offers a system whereby your GP can refer you to trainers to help with your health.  In the last 6 years my shoulders have dislocated 3 times, and there are many, many subsequent dislocations.  It takes about 18 months for my shoulder to heal, and I've had enough.  I've asked for help in targeting the muscles that will help hold my shoulders in the right places.

The system means I have 12 free sessions at the gym and swimming pool between now and Christmas.  The woman handling my induction this morning will be seeking out exercises specifically for my shoulder issues.  

Today I spent 10 minutes on the treadmill, keeping my heart rate at around 130.  There was 5 minutes on the bike, again at 130 bpm, 50 repetitions on the rowing machine, and having a go on various other bits of kit.  This evening I took a half mile walk.

Next week, I'll do more work on the treadmill, bike and rowing machine, and hopefully add in some shoulder-specific things.  Then, it will be time to go swimming.  When I was swimming back in May I found it to be very useful for my shoulder.  

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Update on Grandma's Flower Garden Quilt



The central flower section of the quilt top has been made.  The top, wadding and backing have been sandwiched together and pinned in place.  I've even managed to quilt 3 of the flowers!  

When this section has been quilted almost all of the hand sewing will be completed.  A purple border will be added, and then a wide white one.  There are a few flowers left over, and these will be appliqu├ęd onto the white border (the bit that hangs over the edge of the bed.