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BOBWelcome to Mr Bob’s Blog!

Welcome to Mr Bob’s Blog!  This is an adventure in interacting with YOU, so we can get acquainted, share experiences, and have fun together. Hit the “Reply” button and share your experience or comment on what I’ve written.

The Blog idea started with a question posed at my 80th birthday party. “80 years old?  Really?  How did you get to be 80?”

I answered the question by sharing how God has protected, provided for, and “pushed” me through the years to prepare me for His purpose to be a children’s author.  I sensed a feeling of purpose when I discovered that my gift for rhyming can help children learn to read.

I’ll add some unique experiences that most people wouldn’t know about that gave my life extra adventure and additional value.  And I’d like to hear what adventures and experiences have added value to YOUR life!

Let’s throw in fun things along the way – to build a “community”, or “family” of people who love the Lord and are enjoying life.

“Reply” and let’s enjoy the journey!

Whole Body Challenge report – 5/21

Whole Body Challenge report May 21

A most remarkable day! I reached my goal of 3 sets of 10 leg lifts!

I had given up on making the goal, but some of you said I would make it, somehow, and I did!  Perhaps the day of rest yesterday helped my muscles recover, or perhaps my increasing the Gel a little helped also.

It is encouraging to be able to transfer from the power chair to the leg bench by myself.     This was to document my increase in mobility and that I have gained some independence.

Betty was filming, not standing by as “spotter” or to help.  When I first started transferring to the bench, my male helper had to give me a little boost.

Did 20 leg presses!  Walking was 120 ft, and my weight is holding at 134 lbs.

I went 60 steps on the stepper, which is more than the usual daily amount.

I am elated to have made the leg lift goal, especially after thinking it was impossible!

Check back next week for the conclusion of the Challenge contest.

Whole Body Challenge report – 5/15

Whole Body Challenge report – 5/15

 This week I see progress in the little things.  I “tested” myself doing squats.   I did 18, a new record.  My goal is 25, so there is hope I’ll make that goal. 

The video features one of my upper body exercises.  I start with this exercise, pulling with the triceps and muscles in the shoulder girdle.  I do one set with my palms up, and one set with my palms down, to get different muscles in the upper arm engaged.

Today on the weekly measuring/picture day, I again did all the exercises in my routine.  We walked 180 ft for the second day.  That is more than half the distance of my goal of 300 ft, so a little bit of progress.

My weight settled at 134 lb, down a bit, but still in the range to make my goal of 135 lb

Whole Body Challenge report – 5/8

Whole Body Challenge Report May 8, 2020

It is encouraging to see my exercise log sheet getting checked off again. We are glad to have the SomaDerm Gel again!

Featured this week was my leg “firm up” of standing and moving my right leg side-to-side, and squats at the sink.

Most of my side-to-side moves are the right leg, because when I was paralyzed by the virus in my spine fluids back in 1950, it was the right size that was most affected.  My right side is therefore weaker.  The weakness on the right side affects walking, and, of course, using the gas pedal when driving.

I’ve maintained strength to do 3 sets of 5 leg lifts, and back to 20 reps on the leg press machine.

My weight is holding at 135 lbs, which is good.

Generally, I feel I am making transfers to and from the power chair more easily and with more confidence. 

Betty took a picture of me getting some sun out in our driveway.  Good to get some fresh air and vitamin D!

Upside Down These Days?

As I sit at our dining room table, I can see a lizard on the sliding glass door that opens to the back yard. Usually she is hanging upside down, waiting very still for a bug to hit the door, then dashes to try to catch it.”

Isn’t that like our life now – we are hanging upside down, frozen in place, waiting for something to come to us. But God encourages us to “press on”. (Phil 3:14) ” press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Now is the time to evaluate our life and anticipate what good things we can do when the upside down time is over. Do you have a dream that has been put on the shelf?  Are there people who need to hear that you love them?  Don’t wait – do the important things now before it is too late, and you are left with regrets.

Whole Body Challenge report – 4//18

Whole Body Challenge report – 4/18

Finally got the Gel – it really made a difference for both Betty and me. It perked up my energy and ambition level, so I feel back in the game again.

Featured today was one of my upper body exercises, a lateral pull out with an elastic band. For the video I did 10 pulls, but usually I do isometric and just pull out and hold for 5-10 seconds. I have torn rotator cuff muscles, so the isometric is better for stabilizing the shoulder.

The leg press is progressing, as I add more pounds to the lift. I’ve started adding 6 pounds at this point.

The scale read 135 Lb; we’ll hope that will continue next week.

Whole Body Challenge report – 4/3

April 3 – Whole Body Challenge report

Today marks a full week that we have not had Gel. Our order has been delayed. I noticed the difference!   The edge has gone off my energy level, and I have to get psyched up more to exercise.

Squats were my leg strengthening exercise that Betty videoed today. Normally I do only a few to warm up. For today’s video I did 15, a new record high (My goal is 25 reps) Notice that I do squats with the legs going to, or almost to, 45 degrees!

Walking has slipped a bit to 180 Ft, which is still good. The leg press is good at 20 reps, and once I added 3 lbs to the weight I push.

My weight today was 134, which is encouraging to see that I have not lost any weight.

If you want to learn what the “Whole Body Challenge” is – or would like to join me in the Challenge – check it out.

https://www.wholebodychallenge.com

Whole Body Challenge report – 3/29

Whole Body Challenge report 3/29/20

Everyday is exercise day. I start with my upper body firm up to prepare for the more strenuous routines.

I am very pleased that I am walking a consistent 240 ft each day, and my weight is okay at 134 lbs.

Today, I did two sets of 20 reps on the leg press machine. I think the leg presses may be why my walking is better.

Since adding the KetpDay and KetoNight in our nutritional supplementation, I am sleeping longer without as many middle of the night waking periods.

Inch by inch we climb the mountain – it takes time and great effort, but the view at the top is worth it.   🙂

Whole Body Challenge report – 3/19

Whole Body Challenge report 3/19/20

Challenges are like mountain climbing.  There are peaks and valleys.  This week had both ups and downs. An exciting peak was to walk with the walker for 300 ft – it was a surprise!  I’ve been staying consistent at 180 ft, and for no good reason, it jumped to 100 yards, which is actually my final goal.

Remember my main goal is to gain muscle strength and mobility, and to be able to drive to the Convention in Orlando in August. We had to go out to the mobility equipment store because the lift in the car that loads my mobility scooter was slowing down. We learned that the motor in the lift is dying; no more lifts or motors are being made because our model of vehicle is no longer made, and our best option is to keep going until the motor quits. 

Please pray with us that the motor does not quit in Orlando!

The drive to Orlando is about 100 miles, and is supposed to take about 2 hours. The drive to the store and back was 25 miles, and my legs were very tired. That’s motivation to keep building strength!

Working to increase leg strength on my stepper!

If you are curious what the “Whole Body Challenge” is – or would like to join me in the Challenge – check it out.

https://www.wholebodychallenge.com

Second Month Challenge Report

Second Month Challenge Report.

I am delighted to report that the scale showed I gained a pound, now up to 134 lbs! 

My major goal with the Challenge is to gain strength and mobility to drive and attend the NUL National Convention in August – a 2 1/2 hour drive.

Leg and abdominal strength are a key factor for driving the distance. 

Leg Lifts target abdominal  and thighs. 

Today’s leg lifts were 4 sets — 1 set of 10 reps, and 3 sets of 5, a new high in sets. 

I made 50 reps on the stepper, which is my other major leg strengthening exercise. I’ve increased the number of days doing the stepper.

Walking with the walker is improving! Five days of the last week I walked 180 Ft — thats 60 yards of my goal of 100 yards.  Hurrah! 

God is good and my support!

Check in next week for my next report.

If you are curious what the “Whole Body Challenge” is – or would like to join me in the Challenge – check it out. Big prizes

  https://www.wholebodychallenge.com

First Month Challenge Report

 

First Month Challenge Report:

As I start the second month of the Whole Body Challenge, I am pleased to see signs of progress toward my goals to gain strength and mobility, and to   walk further with the walker.

I weighed in at 133 lbs, which is where I was before. That is perfect, because I do not want to lose weight, I want to gain weight.

Everyday, I do an upper body warmup and firm-up to prepare for walking and the stress on arms and shoulders of getting on the leg lift tower. I press the ball in for isometric conditioning, and 10 reps with the 5lb dumbbell.

I am feeling a little more strength as I transfer to and from my power chair.

I am getting more days walking 180 ft with the walker. Also evidence of a little more strength was doing 10 squats and 50 reps on the stepper.

Today I was able to do 3 sets of leg lifts, one at 10 reps, and 2 at 5 reps – so gaining some strength there also.

If you are curious what the “Whole Body Challenge” is –  or would like to join me in the Challenge – check it out.   Big Prizes!

https://www.wholebodychallenge.com

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