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Friday, December 23, 2011

Yesterday was not the best day for me. I had to work at the trailer to "man" it in case anyone called while everyone else went home after PT in the morning. It was raining and cold, and I wasn't in the mood to run by myself in the cold rain, so I did 30min on the elliptical. And boy was it rough! I think it's because I was using my vibrams... but my calves were killing me... and it took everything I had to finish that time! Glad I did it though, because throughout the morning I made myself sick eating Christmas goodies... and then I got home and just *was not* in the mood to shred.

My calves hurt, my hip flexers were really sore (and it's like my left hip *knew* it was going to get cut into in January...and it hurt a lot... So I didn't Shred. And I felt like a loser. I can't imagine how yucky it would have been had I not done the elliptical earlier that day.

This morning, I was not about to let it ruin my day again. Knowing that I have a fantastic Christmas dinner to go to tonight (to see the bestie that was pregnant with me-our kids are like 3days apart) I knew I *had* to work out.

I started working on the Maple Cherry Coconut Pecan pies... and was waiting for breakfast and working out until they were done (and hubby to get home, cause he said he'd do it with me). So... the time came and we did Level 2, I think it's the 7th day... 4 more and I'll be on the last 10 days on Level 3!

Then I thought, "Why the heck not, better get ready for tonight!" so we did that dreaded Turbo Fire HIIT for 15minutes. Phew. Glad it was only 15 minutes!

Afterwards we had some pepper bacon and eggs for breakfast and chilled out for a little bit.

Had some crummy sweets (when in the middle I realized, I wasn't hungry but was THIRSTY!) so finished up drinking some water... and now, it's about time to get ready to head to Princeton, KY!

In case I don't blog before Christmas... Merry CHRISTmas!

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GROKGRANNY 12/24/2011 5:01PM

    Merry Christmas!! Sounds like quite a work out regimen you are on! Very interested in your comment on the Vibram 5 fingers. Our daughter is an FBI recruit and two time Ironman Triathlete. She bought the Vibram 5 fingers and at first loved them - but now she has some major foot problems! My own foot doc advised me against them. BUT I STILL WANT A PAIR BECAUSE THEY ARE SO GROK-ISH! I wouldn't run in them, though...I wear orthotics because one leg is shorter than the other...but for short bouts of walking around? I think they are cool (and they feel like 2nd skin on my feet!)

Enjoy your trip to KY!

Happy Holidays!

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CINDYTW 12/23/2011 9:26PM

  Merry Christmas! The elliptical is killer for me! I count it more as ST! LOL

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CONRADBURK 12/23/2011 5:18PM

    I find that being faithful to eating healthy reaps huge rewards in how much energy you have and how you feel. Exercising is good, but I do it in moderation, in part because I am 57, and in part because I have hip issues, so I don't overdo it. I walk at a moderate pace for 30 minutes around the neighborhood and occasionally hike. I do a series of upper body exercises with dumbbells at home to maintain my upper body strength. I can' do the high intensity workouts like you, but I do the best I can with what I have. I am an overexerciser and have to hold myself back, so I don't overexercise and develop overuse injuries. Only you know how much exercise is right for you. It should make you feel good. I do a lot of stretching for flexibility and to prevent injury. Exercising like Jillian Michaels doesn't make up for a crappy diet. To eat healthy every day is my goal.
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PEPIPOI 12/23/2011 4:10PM

    Sounds like you had a rough xmas shopping day. Hope things improve for you. A Happy Festive Season to you all

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Freaking Chalene Johnson....

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I definitely DID NOT want to work out this evening.

It was partly because I ate way too many Christmas sweets this morning. Also because today was my first day working by myself in the wx station, and it was crappy weather and I couldn't figure it out. So I was frustrated for the better part of my shift. By the time I got home, changed, and picked up our truck from the body shop (which is *still* not 100% but it cannot be returned until next Tuesday for the alignment)... I was... "Le Tired."

After some citrusy fruit and mango... and watching part of Despicable Me... I *FINALLY* got my butt out of gear...and although I should have done day day 6 of Level 2, I was a little bored so I did level 3. Phew. Then going through some "One on One" with Tony Horton dvds... I found a preview of Chalene Johnson's Turbo Fire program. It was a HIIT program (high intensity interval training)... so I was like, "Meh... might as well. It can't be that long..."

Well, after the warmup, I thought perhaps there was only 3 times of one circuit, so after she said, "one more time" after the second one.... I thought we were done. But then there was another circuit. And then she said, "one more time" and I thought we were done... and then another circuit. After she finally said, "one more time" *This* time... I figured we HAD to be done..cause there was like 3min left on the DVD, and every beach body workout has a cooldown. THANK goodness.

I seriously. Thought. I was. Going. To. Die.

I swore at her. I don't normally swear at Jillian, I just think bad thoughts. But I SWORE at Chalene.

So what am I doing now? Hoping my bid wins on ebay for Turbo Fire. :D Might as well kick my butt before the surgery right?!

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GROKGRANNY 12/23/2011 7:26AM

    Hey, the swearing must have at least given you a little adrenaline rush! lol

You are too funny :) Love it.

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CONRADBURK 12/21/2011 4:45PM

    I hope you felt better after exercising. I have never used a workout video. I admire people like you who can do the high intensity workouts. Good for you!
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ONCEUPONADREAM 12/21/2011 11:55AM

haha!! This is great.

I also did the jump from Jillian to Chalene, and there is a big difference. Jillian is more the person who whips your butt, and Chalene makes you kinda whip your own. Love it though. There is also some ST on Turbo fire that does amazing things, especially with the abs.!

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CINDYTW 12/20/2011 11:16PM


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Good days and Bad...

Monday, December 19, 2011

Thinking today might have ventured on the bad side of things... however looking at calories in, it doesn't appear that way. Perhaps it's because the majority of breakfast was after the workout (2mi run at work, then Shred once I got home within that hour)...Still almost 300cals over my goal intake....and a lot of this could be avoided if I stayed away from processed foods, and ate lots of veggies and fruits... but sometimes that takes a lot of willpower. And right now, my willpower comes in waves. Waves of "Crap, my arms and stomach look like *THAT*?!?" and "Just give me the whole bag of cookies."

Now, I know. I know that every decision is a new choice, an opportunity to make good decisions. But I think I've noticed a I get closer to surgeries (yes multiple, I'm getting ready for my fourth one in mid/late January) I usually eat whatever I want, because I dread what I won't be able to eat afterwards. Thankfully, I won't be wired shut for this one... but I reckon it will be lots of soft foods/no chewing.

Maybe I'll get over this pity party soon, and I'll get back into the swing of things... I hope. I know my body, it takes about 8 weeks of good eating and intense working out for me to see results...and I don't have 8 weeks. But... I should give it all I got right?



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CONRADBURK 12/20/2011 3:21PM

    I wish you a successful surgery. Try not to worry about it and trust yourself to do the right thing and the doctors and nurses to take good care of you. That is the best thing you can do. It will come out alright, and you will be able to move beyond it.

I personally can't stand processed food and love fruits and fresh veggies. I just bought a three-pound bag of frozen blueberries, frozen broccoli crowns, and frozen salmon fillets at Walmart. They were expensive, but my body is worth investing in the healthiest foods, and I love blueberries better than chocolate, which is not allowed in my kitchen.

Keep believing in yourself and that you can be healthy and fit.
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HEALTHYSLIM2 12/20/2011 2:33PM

    Be gentle and gracious with yourself - it's that time of year when most of us (I would guess) are struggling through with tempting goodies around every corner!!
Boy, can I relate to the "comes in waves" thing. I just try to distract myself when the "bad wave" hits!!
You are amazing for all you do and just do your best.

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CINDYTW 12/20/2011 9:35AM

  You will get there in your own time! Be patient with yourself!

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ALPINESALLIE 12/19/2011 10:51PM

    Shoot, girl... as hard as you are working out - I think that you deserve a break. I know it's hard, but don't beat yourself up about it... it's that time of year where EVERYONE goes a little crazy, the first step is acknowledging what you think you need to change, so you've already done 60% of the work, just gotta actually make the change. It sounds like you're A LOT like me - STRESS eating... and surgery is SCARY stuff, but you're strong, and amazing and can get through all of this.
P.S. the dr I work for is taking the month of July off (maternity leave... so how about a visit then?) XOXO! emoticon

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REDROSEMARIE 12/19/2011 9:46PM

    I allow myself to have a pity party but I also set a time limit and when time is up I make myself move on

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Getting back on track...

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sundays are usually my chill days cardio wise-mostly because I intended to do my ruck marches on Saturdays... but yesterday didn't work out so well because we had a work holiday family breakfast...

Needless to say I am very happy to report that I did 4miles in 60minutes. Probably with about 30lbs on my back, and that's right on target with what we're supposed to do. So I'm very happy with my time (My first ruck was 6miles in 135min--goal time is 90min!!) Anyway...when I work out a lot, my problem is I "treat" myself or say that I "can" cheat because I burned so many calories. I'm pretty sporadic sometimes logging my calories (don't worry, I had more than 400 cals that one day)... but today I was on track...

Considering I burned 900 calories rucking today (using the HRM), I'm very impressed with *only* eating 1823 calories today. emoticon

Now, if I can keep this up through the holidays until my surgery. Realistically, I'd like to be down to 163 before my surgery (to be scheduled, sometime in mid-late Jan). I won't be able to work out a lot after surgery....for a while...and need to get a jump start on getting skinny! I can't let my best friend weigh less than me! emoticon JK Salbatross, I emoticon you, and I wish nothing but the best for you!!

Anyway. I just wanted to share, I'm content with my progress today... little steps. Slowly working on what I eat...and beefing up my workouts.

night night!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 12/19/2011 12:58PM

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BRENDARK 12/19/2011 11:35AM

    Thanks everyone for the encouragement! :D

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CONRADBURK 12/19/2011 8:44AM

    emoticon Good job. Keep sparking and you will achieve your health and fitness goals! emoticon emoticon

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XRSIZE18 12/19/2011 1:19AM

    From your description I think I would die if I tried rucking. Way to go!

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ALPINESALLIE 12/19/2011 12:27AM

    haha, I'm VERY proud of you BREN! 30 pounds on your back and you still managed that! You are amazing!

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TOYLADY85 12/18/2011 9:03PM

  Keep up the good work.

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Long time no bloggy...

Friday, December 16, 2011

I'm off the bandwagon. As I suspected it would be once I ended my training in MS and headed back to HI, and then had to start life new in TN/KY.

It was pretty rough, getting down to skinny pants, probably about 155lbs, and then seeing myself balloon up to 170lbs and grossness... Needless to say, the scale is back in the house (with working batteries), and the HRM is back in gear...(also with working battery).

I was doing pretty well eating at work, spinach salads for breakfast, blah blah... but I dunno what happen. I was also working out okay at work in the mornings... but now we're on a mini-vacation ish... so my workouts at work will be limited...and I'll be forced to hold myself accountable.

Thankfully a friend in Hawaii and I started doing 30 Day Shred...we did it consistently for 8days, and then I went on a business trip and was taken out of the category for 2 days--because allergies were crazy. But I'm back in the game, we're on Level 2 day 2, and after that, I did a "short high intensity" class on the Zumba wii 2. I've also racked up some shin splints, not sure how I did that... so I'm trying to rest them.

We'll see... Did a practice test for work on Monday morning, 1.5 mi in 14:15, 25 pushups, 42 situps . Pretty good since I had to start working on my pushups about 2 weeks out, and I definitely have lost my core strength.

I had no vision for this blog, just confessions of laziness. Lack of motivation? Not sure. My good friend has since I've known her, gained weight, and managed to lose most of it...she now weighs less than me. Encouraging for her, a reality check for me. Especially because my next surgery is definitely happening in January...and it'll probably take me out of the running (literally) for 6 months potentially.

The roller coaster continues...

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HEALTHYSLIM2 12/19/2011 1:11PM

    Great to see you back... it's a lot to move and handle all you have on your plate and have to do to settle in!!
Be thankful that your job requires fitness :-). That's kind of like an added bonus.
Hope you're having a wonderful holiday season... and...
Keep on Sparking!

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CONRADBURK 12/17/2011 11:27AM

    Thanks for your blog. It is good to have you back. Keep sparking and you will lose the weight fast! Eat less processed foods and more fruits, veggies and lean meats. That is my best advice! I love my fruits and veggies and eat a lot of them!
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ALPINESALLIE 12/17/2011 12:47AM

    Hey girl, glad your back to blogging... I know it can be tedious, but I think it helps, even when you have to just kinda put it all out there.
Sometimes I absolutely hate the 30 day shred, the fact that you can get through level 2 is amazing. And, I've kinda been on the same path, not necessarily lazyness, but more or less, just occupied with other things besides working out, eating right... Christmas, holidays, presents, family, work, friends, and everything else.... but I hope you have a great minivacation and please keep me updated on your surgery and what happens there, maybe we can plan a get together 2012 once you guys get over the surgery hump...
Is Santa coming to your house for Zekealicious?
XOXO! Talk to you soon!

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