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Merry Christmas

December 25, 2010 1 comment

Merry Christmas everyone!

This is the first Christmas in about 10 years that I have not had my dad with us. And also the first Christmas on my own. It was a very emotional morning for my kids and I with the holiday situation so changed. Two out of the four of us ended up in tears, cause we were all in fragile emotional states and ended up arguing with each other. After the tears though we managed to make up and have been very much enjoying the day with each other. I love my kids more than anything and having them all here together is wonderful.

I also received a surprise phone call from an old friend from 20 years ago. He and I worked together and thought about dating until I found out I was pregnant with my oldest daughter. That shot the dating right out of the water and I ended up marrying her father ( the one I am now separated from ). It was a very pleasant surprise to get that phone call. The last time I talked to him was just before I got married 18 years ago. We may get together to do something for New Years.

I have been keeping up with my gym workouts though I have gained 10 lbs back. I know it is because of all the stress I have been under as well as the emotional junk food eating I have been doing. I have requested that my trainer write me up a eating plan to hopefully get me back on track with my healthy eating. I have decided that I do want to do a figure competition, and that is going to require some real dedication to eating and workouts on my part.

Well, nothing much to say for today. I hope everyone is having a wonderful Christmas with their loved ones and that Santa was good to you!

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Leg workout and a fresh garden salad…

July 2, 2010 5 comments

Finally, finally I was about to enjoy some of the produce out of my garden. It has been a slow going start for my garden this year as the weather could not meet and settle with a nice growing temperature for the little seeds to take hold. Either it was way to chilly or smoking hot, both of which have negative affects on little seeds and seedlings trying to get their start. But yesterday I was able to collect these to have in a fresh salad:

Radishes

Romaine Lettuce

spinach

I also added some yellow and red peppers and some tomatoes. Unfortunately, I have never had a long enough growind season to be able to grow peppers and tomatoes are always a touchy thing. My tomato plants so far look as if they have been put through the ringer because of the weather instability so I doubt I will have any fresh garden ones this year. I have been blessed with children that absolutely LOVE spinach and I can’t seem to grow enough of it to keep them satisfied. LOL

So, since I missed another day of gym having taken an unexpected day off, today will be my leg workout day. While browsing leg/glute workout videos, I ran across one called the frog squat using dumbbells. I have been doing this move but with kettle bells and never had an idea what the move was called. Frog squats suit it perfectly! Here is a video on how to do frog squats. They are super effective on glutes, hamstrings and inner thighs. I love them! Jodi over at Truth2beingfit.com posted a post yesterday on some super effective leg/butt moves to help out us ladies/men who are working on our derriere areas! I have to admit that I am afraid to try out the smith machine because ( and this will seem silly to some of you) it is in the area of the gym where all the big workout equipment is and where all the BIG, BULKY men are. Now I am not in general afraid of the big, bulky men (some of them are ultra hot!) but, little me trying to use an unfamiliar piece of equipment in this environment is FREAKY! Funny how all the big, huge men seem to congregate to the same area of the gym eh?

Anyways, I am off to pick some more fresh spinach and find a spinach dip recipe to use it in. Any of you have a good spinach dip recipe you would like to share? I love spinach dip and just don’t get enough of it in my diet! LOL

And good news about my kids: my son is doing fine after his roll over. The lady in the other car is also doing fine. You would never know my son just had such a serious accident as he is up and about and everything healed. Just some stitches near his one eye visible. And my daughter is starting to regain her memory. Very exciting to hear her talk about things she had forgotten and she didn’t realize she was now remembering. Good, good days! Haven’t heard anything about my uncle yet but, I am sure everything is going good or my grandmother would have phoned me again.

What’s with 2010?

June 28, 2010 6 comments

I just don’t understand what the hell is with 2010 for me and my family. One trauma or disaster after another. This has been my weekend:

My grandmother called to tell me that my uncle ( my mom’s brother–lost my mom a year ago) was the victim of a hit and run and while in the hospital, had a heart attack. He is, as far as I know, recovery ok. I haven’t been able to get a hold of my grandmother as I don’t have her cell #.

My son was in a horrific car accident where his car was t-boned and rolled and thrown into a farm field. Thank god he had his seat belt on or he would have been dead! He got up and walked away where as the woman in the other car is seriously hurt as she had no seat belt on. She was the one who hit my son.

My oldest daughter fell down a flight of stairs and split her head open on the concrete, injured her hip and lower back and has lost her short term memory. The doc in not sure right now about whether or not she will regain it. And she was to start her brand new job today. I talked to her boss and she will hold my daughters job for her until she is fit to work. Thank you!

At this point I want nothing more than to put my youngest daughter in a bubble and not let her leave the house or my sight. But that is not practical! My youngest is staying with my oldest for now to help take care of her while her boyfriend works. And I go and help when I can.

Wish my family luck my friends as we sure seem to need it this year of 2010. I hate to waste my life but, right now I wish 2010 was over. 2011 can only be better for us.

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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?