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okay with it…

May 25, 2010 4 comments

…my decision not the run the half marathon. I would have run it on Sunday the 23rd. I thought that once the day rolled by, I would be pissed at myself for not giving it a try. But I did know that I wasn’t in the right place for it in my head, or heart. I am so okay with it that my run yesterday was awesome, faster that usual, like I was free. I am thinking that the pressure of trying to train for it as well as grief I am feeling over the loss of my dad was just to much. I didn’t run a full 5 k straight, as I am sure I was running faster that usual and needed walk breaks but, it was the first time I was able to think of my dad while running without the big ball of grief and anger building up and stopping my run like usual. So I think the pressure of training for the half was hampering my runs since I really wasn’t ready in my head for the run. That’s okay though…I am okay with it and will aim for something later.

The gym yesterday was fantastic. It was weird though. Just as I arrived at the gym, I felt very dizzy and of balance. Kind of freaked my out but figured it was from all the junk I ate throughout the weekend and big, big lack of water through the weekend. I decided to head on in anyways, drink some water, and see if it would go away. Funny that while I RAN, I was fine. But, when I stopped to walk, I was VERY loopy. I don’t understand that! I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t be able to have my chest, shoulder, tri workout with my trainer. But once I got started with him, I felt much better except for when doing the stability ball crunches. The up and down movement made me very unbalanced on the ball from the dizziness. Weird. Everything else was fine though.

Funny story: My trainer admitted to me that he had eaten very crappy during the weekend, many chips ect.. So I admitted to him that I had done the same, though it would mean and extra tough ass kicking workout for me! (I deserved it though! ) Anyways, he introduced a move for the abs called ‘mountain climber’ to me ( I am sure some of you know exactly was this move is!) Very, very tough!  While doing my third set of  super sets with shoulder presses and ‘mountain climbers’, I finally turned and asked my trainer if he was making ME work off HIS chips!! 🙂 LOL. I thought planks were bad enough! He sure did give me an extra tough ass kicking workout. My stress is gone though! 🙂

Here’s a video of mountain climber: my trainer had me do them more slowly with a firmer core and more concentrated focus so there was no bouncing. Tough, tough on the abs!

pizza here I come…..

May 23, 2010 4 comments

It has not been a great, restful weekend here.

The police have practically lived at my house this weekend.

Started off where my son decided to stunt while driving and the police showed up at the door to ticket him.

Then the police officer dealing with my daughters case with her ex boyfriend showed up to talk to us and my daughter about the case. Can you believe the idiot wants to come over and talk to us?

Next night, there was a big party 3 doors down and one of the guys car windows was smashed. Well, the guy who’s window was smashed happens to have a beef with my teenage son and decided to blame my son. Now the was a linch mob of about 30 teens screaming at my door for my son to get his ass out there. My son wasn’t even at home, having decided to have a sleep over at his friends. My hubby went out to see what was going on when they went after him. I had to call 911 and thankfully the cops were here before I even had a chance to finish explaining what was happening. I have never seen so many cops in this small town of mine. Thankfully when the cops wanted my son, he was sound asleep at his friends. Besides, why would my son be stupid enough to break a car window that was parked behind his own truck in front of our neighbors? We are scared for our son to be out now because they are threatening to FUBAR  our son when they get a hold of him. I just hope the police have kept track of who was making the threats in case anything happens.

On top of all this, my oldest daughter left out of anger at us for trying to make her get a job or at least contribute by doing housework. It turned out to be the best thing because she had no choice but to get a job and a place of her own. She will have to grow up now, she will be 19 soon.

Both mine and my hubby’s front ends on our vehicles went (bearings, ball-joints, bushings, tie-rods, you name it) costing us over $2500 so far in repairs. And that is with my hubby fixing them (he is a mechanic). Imagine if they had to go in the shop! And because of my front end, my tires started to separate, requiring me to need to buy new tires. I don’t even want to know how much more that will be!

So, all of this in the past couple of days, has driven me to emotional eating. Chips, dip, mega coffee, and now tonight pizza. Stuff your face pizza. I was aware of the fact that I was doing this but, was unable to stop myself. I have been under way to much unbearable stress lately and my coworkers have even mentioned to me that they don’t know how I haven’t had a break down yet, how I can still manage to be so strong. I think (and hope) that the pizza is the last of it (I am feeling REALLY crappy now). Thankfully tomorrow I will be at the gym and I will admit to my trainer about my food flip out weekend. And I will definitely and thankfully deserve any ass kicking he gives me for it. I will need to work extra hard to work off the damage from this weekend.

I sure hope the rest of you are having better weekends!!

Aaahhh…….

May 21, 2010 3 comments

A day of rest. Today I have to do absolutely nothing! 🙂 I don’t have to work, don’t have any errands to do, nothing regarding my dad’s estate today, no gym (it’s a rest day), no driving, nothing! I can stay in my p.j’s all day if I choose which I think I will. It is cold and windy today so it is a perfect day to stay inside, cozy with a blanket on the couch while a catch up on blogs, and drink some green tea (which I haven’t had in weeks!)

Yesterdays workout on the track at the gym was fun. My youngest daughter came with me (she just loves the track), and instead of just running, she had me skipping laps around the     track. Not with a skipping rope but, the kind of skipping happy, carefree 10 year olds do while singing and skipping their way to their best friends house! 🙂 And let me tell you, what a workout!! It is tough to skip your way around a lap. And while skipping away, I thought of Miz and her playground workouts and this post from Jodi which features a video showing a recess workout for adults. My daughter and I got a few funny looks but it was super fun and one tough workout. I was dead at the end. We would alternate skip a lap with walk a lap for a few laps and then would run a couple. Tough!! You should grab your daughters or nieces and go out and give it a try. 🙂

amazing complement!

May 19, 2010 3 comments

After I had graduated high school, and discovered the gym and weight lifting, I became very interested in the women who did figure competitions. They looked great, not huge like a man, but nice and lean and sexy, and they competed.

At this point in my life, I hadn’t had my children yet, had discovered aerobics and the weight I was losing from it, and weight training. These women who trained and had my full attention, inspired me to start thinking that just maybe, I could do something like that. But, being young, I really had no idea of where to start, no money for a trainer, and really didn’t know shit about weight training. Eventually life got in the way as it has a way of doing, and that life was forgotten.

Until today……….

My trainer, while checking out my form (to make sure I was engaging the proper muscles!…. you perves!) said that I should enter a figure competition, that I have the figure for it. And if interested, that should be my goal for next year. I was in shock! Really? Me, have the figure for it? Yep. That brought back those dreams of long ago, and now has me thinking, could I? Should I? I have already met two ladies at my gym who compete and now that world is no longer and out of the question dream. I know some ladies, I have a trainer, I am dedicated to weight training, and I absolutely love the muscles and shape I am getting. Could I? Should I?

Some of you may not think that was such a great complement but, to me, it means the world. It means that that dream of mine, though in the past, really could be a reality. It means my body really is changing, and in a way I want. I means that people are starting to notice, to notice the changes in me. And for someone who NEVER receives complements, one that reflects on how hard I have been working, means the world.

Something like this though will take some thought. Some big thought. And right now, I have a lot on my plate. I mentioned this idea to my hubby tonight and he said absolutely nothing. So I have no idea about what he thinks about it. Not that that would deter me if I decided to do it. It is just always nice to have your families support!

What do you guys think?

Good run!

May 7, 2010 2 comments

Finally, finally I was able to get in a good run last night. Sure it was only 5k but it has been a while since I was able to comfortably run 5k. I decided to run on the track at the gym instead of the treadmill as I figured my hubby was a big enough boy now to handle the treadmill/elliptical area of the gym all by himself. 😉  It turned out to be a great decision. I don’t know if it was the having to count my laps around the track that kept my mind distracted or the incredibly gross smell of too many sweating men on the track but, either way, I don’t think my dad entered my mind even once, which meant I could breathe and didn’t have that horrific anger ball override my insides. And I had to do my run music less since I was re-calibrating my ipod (my ipod and the treadmills seem to be way off ) and the stupid gadget decided to die on me right in the middle. So lucky me gets to try it again next time! But it was fantastic to get a good run in.

After my run I got a pleasant surprise. My trainer was back!! 🙂 There is nothing like seeing his gorgeous, beaming smile at you that makes you smile just a brightly back and seems to make the whole day a day a sunshine and okayness. (I know that’s not really a word, it just does a good job of describing what I mean. And for us girls–he is by far in my opinion, the best dam looking guys in the gym!) He hauled ass to get home from the city he had to go to. He has the same opinion of the place that I do. Not somewhere you like or want to be. So we are touching base this weekend to see where we are at and when to get started together again. I am excited, so much fun working hard with him.

Yesterday was leg day for me and I have to admit that I sure kicked my own ass! I feel it today, a good feeling. And, shock/gasp, I am starting to not dread or hate those lunges so much! Hubby and I basically went our own ways which was good because he can sometimes hamper my workouts. He doesn’t like some of the exercises we are supposed to do and won’t do them and expects me not to do them either just because he isn’t. Too f-n bad. I am there for results, one being a tight ass! LOL  I guess I will have to be the snitch this time and tattle on my hubby. He, he 😉

Okay, I am off. I have to make an unsceduled trip to may dad’s to deal with a mouse problem there seems to be and to check up on things after all those winter storms they got last week. Take care.

Hurry up!

May 6, 2010 3 comments

Even though my trainer made sure I know what I need to do while he is out of town, it is just NOT the same. No matter how much I think I am doing my best, pushing myself, I am not.

So I wish he would hurry up and get back to town so I can get my butt kicked again! Who would have thought I would like getting my butt kicked on a regular basis! LOL.

In spite of that, I think I will impress him with some of my accomplishments. Since he has been gone, I have managed to increase my push ups from 3 measly attempted sets of push ups too, 3 sets of 15! Sure, they are still the girly knee ones but, that is a definite improvement from last week when I did them. Also, my planks have gone from a torturous 45 seconds to a much more stabilized, and easier 50 secs. Whooo weeee! And yes, 5 extra secs is hard when I used to shake like a leaf while holding the correct posture but now, I am much less shaky and wobbly!

Here is a video of how to do a plank for those of you who may not know what a plank is or how to do it. Believe me, I had no idea how to do one until I hired a trainer. 🙂

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Ab Exercises: The Plank“, posted with vodpod

Since starting these and other core work exercises, I have really started to enjoy strengthening my core. Ab work used to be my arch enemy but, now I do some core exercises to help make my weight training sets into supersets! Lots of fun! 🙂

New veggie…..

May 5, 2010 4 comments

On my trip to Costco last week I discovered a veggie? called Edamame in the frozen vegetable section. Since I have heard the word Edamame around alot lately, I decided that this should be a new vegetable experiment in my house. After all, it has been a very long while since we have tried anything new.

I knew absolutely nothing about edamame. I found out that  Edamame is young soybeans, usually still in the pod. Ok, good enough but, I still had no idea. The back of the box said to boil the pods in salted water, or, steam your edamame, then sprinkle with a bit of sea salt. You can eat edamame hot or cold.

Then I found a caution on the box that the pods are NOT edible. Under that, there was instructions on how to eat them. To eat edamame, place the pod at your mouth, then squeeze or bite the beans into your mouth. You don’t eat the pod, just the edamame beans. I thought ‘great, what a pain in the ass to eat veggie. This will go over good with the family because it isn’t bad enough that I am throwing in a foreign food with dinner!’

Well, it turned out that the beans pop out incredible easily into your mouth and it is fun. Fun finger foods. I had a great time eating them and so did my youngest daughter. No comment from hubby but, he did take a bunch of the leftovers for his lunch today. 🙂

How did they taste? I didn’t find that they had very much taste at all, straight out of the pod. But, I still liked them and they would be even better with a little bit of butter and salt.

Nutrition info:  This food is very low in Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber (8g/155g serving! wow!), Protein (You get 17g of protein / 155 g serving too.N ice!) , Thiamin, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, and a very good source of Vitamin K, Folate and Manganese.   A nutrition table and more info can be found at found at Nutritiondata.com

So all in all, we did enjoy our new veggie experiment and will definitely include edamame in our healthy eating lifestyle. Now to head off and check out some recipe ideas for the edamame.

Anyone else enjoy edamame? Any good edamame recipe ideas?