It took me almost three weeks to get over them. My hands and feet swelled, my chest was tender and red.
The first thing I did was rush into the house (they chased me) and put a mixture of white vinegar and baking soda on them. After that I took a Benedryl and then just sat and rested. I was waiting to see if my breathing would be affected (I am allergic to bees, but I guess not yellow jackets). It wasn't.
Let me make a SUGGESTION to you if you ever get stung by a bee, wasp, or yellow jacket. If you are not allergic, then make a paste of white vInegar and baking soda. The vinegar will neutralize the poison and the baking soda will draw the poison to the surface and hopefully out of your body. I learned this when I was young.
It was beautiful. It was also 5-6 miles long and even though we left in the morning, it quickly rose to the 90s in temperature. We saw a lot of beautiful and strange things on this hike and our conversation never lacked. (lol)
We decided to cut our hike short when the temperature reached 90 degrees. The only problem was the trail was marked with mile markers but no landmarks. The map of the trail we had picked up at the visitor center had no landmarks or mile markers. This made it difficult to accurately predict where we were on this trail.
Finally, after taking the wrong turn (thanks to GPS on my phone) we finally found our way back to the parking lot where my car was located and went to lunch.
NOTE: When you are driving, GPS on your phone works pretty good. Not so when you are walking. It directed us way out of the way and not the most direct route. It was terrible.
HOT! HOT! HOT!
I took a new class at my YMCA and it was great! Great, but hot. It's called Strong by Zumba. It's very hard, but very good for your body. My hair was soaked when the class was over. The next morning my feet hurt, not my legs so much, but my feet were feeling it. The class is only thirty minutes and believe me, that's a lot!
What is Strong by Zumba?
"The difference between STRONG by Zumba
and other high-intensity workouts,
is that this workout uses the TEMPO of the music
to get your body into high gear
... STRONG by Zumba is NOT a dance fitness class.
It is a High-Intensity-Tempo- Training—HITT—workout.
And the music makes it so much fun!"
I dare say that I was the oldest participant in this class. Let me say, also, I did it. It was challenging at times and I had to modify some of my moves, but it did what it was supposed to, work my body. I enjoyed that class so much.
My instructor, Dawn, is an awesome woman. Sometime in the future, I want to interview her so you can meet her and see how awesome she is. She makes the class fun.
Dawn raised an awesome daughter, Raven, who is also an amazing instructor. That's one thing we parents and grandparents should consider...teaching the younger generation to start young with fitness and stay with it!
The third person in the photo above is Bobby. Bobby is one of only three men in the Zumba classes. He recently became a Strong by Zumba instructor. He filled in for Dawn this week and he is a killer! I loved it. Just like Dawn and Raven, Bobby provided alternative moves for old folks like me. (😉😊)
As you can see, July was a busy month for me. The hike and the Strong by Zumba were the fun parts. The stings were not so fun at all.
I encourage you to do something new next month. Take a new class, start your own exercise routine (even if it's just walking), learn a new skill, do something you have never done before. Find a Zumba or Strong by Zumba class or a trail to hike or walk...you won't know what you are capable of until you at least try.
Don't be afraid.