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Busier and Fitter Than Ever

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hi SparkFriends!

I don't blog nearly as often as I used to but a lot's been going on so I thought I would.

Awesome Husband has finally gotten back into a routine and we've been hitting the gym four or five times a week which I really like. I've been mostly running but I try to work in my lifting days still. It's definitely hard to balance the two since running takes so much TIME.

Running is the biggest challenge I've ever tackled but I'm rising to it! I ran my first seven miler on the treadmill last week. I'm going to attempt to run eight tonight but I'm definitely going to make a trip to Target to get some Clif Shot Bloks. I can feel myself flagging during those longer runs and I think I need to fuel a little better.

This spring/summer is definitely going to be the spring/summer of activity! I have a 5k to run this weekend to start out my active year. I signed up for my first half marathon in June. The weekend after that I have a color run 5k. And the weekend after THAT, Awesome Husband and I are going to NH for the weekend to hike. We're planning to do Mt. Washington and Mt. Monroe.

AND in August, we're doing our very first Tough Mudder!! Guys. I'm so nervous! I just hope I'm up to the task of all this!

But it feels good to MOVE. It feels good to love my body for what it can do, not how it looks. And in doing that, my body manages to stay looking pretty okay! hahaha.

Sound off. How is everyone else doing?

  
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EDDYMEESE 3/26/2014 3:04PM

    OMG those tough mudders are a huge challenge - you'll be so proud of yourself when you do it!

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HUSKERLAND3 3/26/2014 9:44AM

    Great work

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DDOORN 3/26/2014 9:09AM

    Now THAT'S what I call SPARKIN'! :-)

Your hikes sound just wonderful!

Enjoy, soak it up and savor!

Don

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ANDREWMOM 3/26/2014 8:48AM

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BONOLICIOUS2 3/26/2014 8:42AM

    woo hoo! good to hear from you!

I hear with the tough mudder that you should try to maintain awareness. I've heard people get wrapped up in it and end up getting hurt because they are just GOING and not thinking. Stay focused!

And your hiking trip sounds lovely! A vacation with healthy stuff and pretty views?! Winner!

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A-Z About Me

Thursday, January 23, 2014

I can't resist. Everyone else is doing them.

A is for Age: 27. Thirty is fast approaching!
B is for Booze: Wine. I am all about Carmenere lately.
C is for Car: 2013 Honda Fit. I call her Vworp.
D is for Dad's name: Michael
E is for Ego: It is..........large. Except when it's not.
F is for Favorite song or music: Hmmmm, lately I'm all about the Frozen soundtrack and dubstep for running. But my taste is pretty eclectic. Anything from Bollywood soundtracks to classical violin concertos.
G is for Goof off thing to do: I love all things crafts. I quilt and sew and cosplay.
H is for Hometown: Millbury
I is for IQ: It's been a while since I took one. I'd like to believe it's high! hahaha.
J is for Jam or Jelly you like: Raspberry preserves!
K is for Kids: No thank you.
L is for Living arrangement: Own a ranch with my hubby.
M is for Mom's name: Gabriella
N is for Name of best friend: I'm not sure I know anymore.
O is for Observations: About what? How terribly vague. I am observing that this letter is sort of lame.
P is for Phobias: Anxiety. Disease.
Q is for Quote you like: Your name is a golden bell hung in my heart. I would tear my body to pieces to call you once by your name.
R is for Relationship: Happily married and just had my sixth wedding anniversary.
S is for Siblings: An older sister and a younger brother.
T is for Talents: I am willing to try anything. When I want to learn how to do something, I do it. I am really strong, a proficient quilter, a decent crafter, and an excellent listener. I will go to war for my friends.
U is for Unique trait: I have recently learned that people find me interesting. I surprise them. There's very little I won't do. I read the Bible, lift weights, raise and butcher my own meat, tan hides, sew, wear costumes, read comic books, etc.
V is for vegetable you love:Cauliflower. Sugar snap peas. Asparagus. Kale. The list is long.
W is for Worst traits: Anxiety. Always. I am constantly second-guessing myself and assuming that things are my fault.
X- is for X-rays you've had: Back, finger, butt.
Y is for Yummy food you make: Challah bread
Z is for Zodiac sign: No idea. Scorpio?

  
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BAKER1009 1/29/2014 10:28AM

    LOL, love it Jolene!
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Mine is coming up in 2 weeks, but I'm a year behind ya :-) Although, if you were to count the years from all my marriages...well, we won't go there...HAHAHA!

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LOWFATFOODIE 1/26/2014 3:11PM

    love it... glad you shared!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 1/23/2014 3:47PM

    Enjoyed getting to know you more! That must have been interesting to get your butt x-rayed! ;)

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TRUCKERWIFE2 1/23/2014 3:02PM

    Fun survey. How do I get on? So glad you are doing so well. Didn't know they had ranches that far back east. Keep up the good work.

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GIANTMICROBE 1/23/2014 2:31PM

    I'm 27 and don't want kids either :)

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BONOLICIOUS2 1/23/2014 11:49AM

    Omggggg homemade challah bread?! DROOL!!!!!!!!!!

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SWAN47 1/23/2014 11:45AM

    A great way to get to know you - thanks. Have a wonderful, blessed day!

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SQUIRRELLYONE 1/23/2014 10:27AM

    My Mazda 2's name is Sptaz'l (thanks to a timely gift from a German friend: it's a term of endearment meaning "little bird"... and she's little and blue!)

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KCLARK89 1/23/2014 10:26AM

    I love cheesy things like this! Definitely doing it :)

And YAY for the Frozen soundtrack!

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CLRWILLIAMS25 1/23/2014 10:09AM

    Glad to see this survey making the rounds :) How ever dorky it is, it's fun to read everyone's responses.

It's interesting to see that a lot of people are suffering from anxiety (myself included). I wonder if that is normal for people who are constantly trying to better themselves (or whatever we all have in common on sparkpeople).
That's so cool that you live on a ranch!

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FITWITHIN 1/23/2014 9:54AM

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HUSKERLAND3 1/23/2014 9:20AM

    Happy belated anniversary!

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This Week's Goals

Monday, December 09, 2013

I've noticed that a lot of you have been posting blog entries with your goals lately and I like that idea a lot. I figured I'd do the same.

Goals for 12/9-12/15
-do all three of my scheduled runs
-eat whole foods for at least 80% of my intake
-do at least one upper body ST workout
-do at least one lower body ST workout
-write in journal at least twice
-hang up art in sewing room and move vanity into bedroom
-cook dinner every night this week

  
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TEENY_BIKINI 12/16/2013 9:02AM

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DDOORN 12/11/2013 11:59AM

    Kudos to your plans...just KNOW you're gonna nail 'em! :-)

Don

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GONABFITCOWGIRL 12/10/2013 10:08AM

    I think short term goals like this are great for keeping us on track during the busy holiday season. Good luck with all your goals this week, i know you can do it :)

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JAYNELAYNE 12/9/2013 2:05PM

    Yea goals!

I think it is getting to be that time of year when we need accountable goals to keep us incheck through these delicious holidays.

Good luck! =D

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 12/9/2013 12:11PM

    Great goals! You can do it!

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VERONICAVW_140 12/9/2013 11:54AM

    Sounds like a great plan. Goodluck with your runs! ;)

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Goals, PRs, Doing More

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Hello SparkBuddies!

It's been so long. Inspiration doesn't seem to hit as often as it used to but I'm doing well! Lots of changes, though!

Some of you may remember that I wrote a blog entry a while back about some poor experiences I was having at the gym. And then that I decided to go back to P90X, this time with the sequel. That went well for a while but I found myself getting bored. Don't get me wrong. P90X2 is a challenge. And it taught me that I'm able to do so much more than I thought I could. Plyo pushups and clapping pushups and ridiculous balance moves. But boredom is the killer of fitness.

I'd been missing running and we officially quit our gym. So I joined Planet Fitness (a gym I have always been kind of opposed to) because it's cheap and I can use the cardio equipment. I pinned SparkPeople's 10k Your Way program and have begun that. I love it so far. I'm definitely settling in to running more than ever.

If you guys are on Pinterest, totally come follow me. And let me know you have or I won't notice. My username is BazookaBobcat.

AwesomeHusband and I also bought a power rack and some mats for the basement and set up an olympic bar and plates for powerlifting. AH recently asked me to join him while dead lifting. SparkFriends, I have hurt myself dead lifting a lot of times. It is always debilitating for several days. My father has chronic lower back problems having to do with the shape of his lower back/hips that I think I inherited. So I gave up dead lifting for a long time. But when AH asked me to join him, I did. And I was terrified. And it went really really well.

So last night I meant to go running. But AH asked me to deadlift with him again. We warmed up with 115. I did 10 reps and felt great.

Then 135lbs x 10. Still felt awesome.

Jumped to 155lbs. Did probably five reps. Two sets there. Still feeling good.

Jumped to 185lbs. Did one rep. Felt good. Felt so strong.

AH loaded the bar to 205lbs. You guys may remember when I reached that goal. Maybe not. It was over a year ago. I haven't come anywhere close since. But I lifted it. And felt so strong.

So I told AH that I felt like I could keep going. So he loaded it to 225lbs. He did a set of probably six and then I got behind the bar.

I squatted down to stretch out my hips and get my mind right.



AH made a joke from Hot Rod that cracked me up so I stayed stretching for a little while.

And then this happened.



That's a PR for me, guys. That is a PR by FAR. That is 20lbs more than a weight I haven't touched in a very long time.

I needed this, you guys. I am more comfortable in my body than I have been in a long time. But I still feel it. I still have those terrible self-doubting moments. I look at the scale and I remember the time when I was a weight 15lbs lower than that number. And I think to myself, "You've gotten fat."

"You're out of shape."

"You've given up."

But then, when I have an amazing run.

Or do five clapping pushups right in AH's face because he acted incredulous when I said I could do them.

Or dead lift 225lbs after taking nearly a year's break from that lift.

I remember that this body is good. It is so strong. And it does not deserve my negative self talk.

It feels GOOD to be proud and take photos. And maybe it's also a little narcissistic but who cares. I certainly don't.

Speaking of which, come follow me on Instagram, too. The_Haack_Attack. Let me know, though, so I don't cancel your request. hahaha.

And SparkFriends, keep posting your blog entries full of goals and PRs and successes. You've no idea how much it helps me and encourages me.

So many good and worthwhile bodies out there. Feels good to remind each other of it.

  
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HELLO_SWEETIE88 12/10/2013 8:51AM

    you must teach me the ways of the deadlift! i am impressed lady :_)

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IAMZBEE 12/4/2013 9:17AM

    That is B-A of you!!! I feel like I need to sing "this girl is on fiiiiiiiiiire!!!!!" to you. Haha! Keep up the great work!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 12/3/2013 10:47PM

    Wow, I am sooooo impressed!!! I wish you never doubted yourself because you are awesome!

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BONOLICIOUS2 12/3/2013 2:10PM

    WOW!!!!!!!! This is amazing! You're STRONG, how empowering and awesome that must feel! And you look totally bada$$ in that picture. ROCK IT!

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TIGER_LILY_613 12/3/2013 12:59PM

    Well done !!!

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GIANTMICROBE 12/3/2013 9:27AM

    I'm right there with you. I hurt my back deadlifting several times and I am wondering if mine is an inherited trait too. the PT at my CrossFit says I probably slipped a disc (my mom and grandma slip discs ALL the time... and do not even deadlift). BUT he said, if I strengthen my core (he recommended planks mostly) and concentrate REALLY HARD on tightening my core and stabilizing my spine EVERY time I deadlift, I should be fine AND build lower back strength which will keep my discs in place.

Congrats by the way!!!

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SQUIRRELLYONE 12/3/2013 9:18AM

    That is SO awesome! I was super-excited when I did 145... more than my bodyweight! I haven't done much lifting recently. I probably should :)

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A Hiking Adventure

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Since I've been at my job for so long, I have a LOT of vacation hours. So I've been using them steadily so I don't lose them at the end of the year. My father recently asked me if I wanted to go up north to hike on Columbus Day. I jumped at the opportunity! So I took Friday off (to be with Awesome Husband) and yesterday off to recuperate.

My father said he wanted to hike Mt. Chocorua in NH. It's in the White Mountains but it is not one of the other 4,000 footers. My father has done all of those. I've done.......seven.

We drove up at 5:30am, got breakfast at The Tilton Diner, and then headed into Lincoln to grab the Kancamagus Highway. That ride is absolutely gorgeous. It winds its way up into the mountains where there are dozens and dozens of trails and campsites and scenic overlooks.





The white in that photo is a sea of fog blanketing the base of the mountains. It was breathtaking.

We got to the trailhead and I was definitely nervous. The last time I hiked with my father I hadn't yet begun my healthy life. I had to take MANY breaks, always constantly out of breath and struggling with nausea. My father outpaced me terribly and I usually struggled to keep up.

But as soon as we got on that trail, I felt so confident. In fact, I had no trouble keeping up with my dad. There were even moments that I knew he needed to stop and I could have kept going. Of course, we took a few breaks. Climbing a mountain isn't exactly a cakewalk and we needed to hydrate and refuel.





Ultimately, though, the Appalachian Mountain Club handbook says the hike should take about six hours roundtrip. We did it in four. And it was a beautiful hike. The last half mile was bald and all hand over hand climbing. We always joke with my mother, who gets nervous about us hiking, that if you fall on a mountain, it's like falling anywhere else. You just fall down. You don't fall off the mountain. Honestly, though, there were sections in that last half mile where a fall would have been exactly what my mom imagines.





That's my dad in the photo. And above his head? The section that looks like Devil's Tower in Close Encounters? That's the summit. To get up there required much actual climbing. But it was so worth it.





Gotta eat some gorp on the summit.

The trip down was uneventful. I rolled my ankles about ten billion times but I was tired. It happens.

And yesterday, I went for a walk and did some P90X2 Yoga because I have a killer knot in my right glute. But other than that I feel great!

There's something incredible and awe-inspiring to discover what your body is able to do. I think it's my favorite part of this journey so far.

  
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TRUCKERWIFE2 10/26/2013 2:50AM

    I used to climb mountains when I was much younger. It's great you are doing much better and you have non scale victories. Looks like a great hike and so happy you could share a great day with your dad. emoticon Nothing like a hike up a mountain to remind you that doing that is the ultimate stairmaster. Hope you have many more hikes in the near future.

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DDOORN 10/23/2013 3:24PM

    Totally, TOTALLY AGREE! re: "There's something incredible and awe-inspiring to discover what your body is able to do." What a wonderful adventure in some gorgeous territory! Hat's off to you two explorers of the possible! :-)

Don

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GIANTMICROBE 10/16/2013 1:48PM

    I love it! You look so fit and happy too!!!!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 10/16/2013 1:01PM

    Love, love, love your pictures! What an incredible hike and so cool you got to share it with your dad. Reading Kancamagus Highway brought back memories because we used to go to North Conway every summer when I was younger. I never hiked a mountain there, though! Thanks for sharing!

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SQUIRRELLYONE 10/16/2013 12:30PM

    What an amazing hike! I got to go up into the Gatineau Hills this spring: I wish I'd taken more advantage of them this summer!

I used to roll my ankles multiple times daily. Switching to vibram fivefingers (not for actual hiking, unless you buy the "trail running" ones, and even then...) for my daily walkabout has drastically improved my knee and ankle stability. I don't necessarily advocate them for running, but walking in them regularly means that now, instead of rolling my ankles multiple times a day, I've done it 9 times in the last two years.

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BONOLICIOUS2 10/16/2013 11:50AM

    Wowwwwwwww that is incredible! I had no idea that existed up there! Very beautiful!

I always wanted to hike a mountain but... I can barely climb stairs some days. So GO YOU!!!!!!!!

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BAKER1009 10/16/2013 11:22AM

    That sounds like a great time Jolene! emoticon

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