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Let the Challenge(s) Begin!

Monday, July 09, 2012

So I've got 2 accountability challenges starting today. Perfect timing too because a horrible toothache/headache and exhaustion from the heat had me thinking I just should skip the workout and go home and sleep. HELL NO! I'm not starting off a challenge like that. Certainly not TWO of them!

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Challenge #1

emoticon My starting weight is [309.8]. (6/29)

emoticonI'm going to make July and the rest of summer great by [sticking to BOTH my healthy eating and workout plans! No excuses now that there is power and running water!].

emoticonMy weight loss goal for the summer is [285.8 (by first day of fall - September 22nd)].

emoticonMy fitness goals for the summer are [C25k (run), 0 to 1650 (swim), Rockin' Body and 30DS (ST)].

emoticonMy nutrition goals for the summer are [learn to eat mostly Paleo, stop eating out as much, and stay within my calorie goals even when I fall off plan].

emoticonI often go off-track when [my workouts aren't working for me].

emoticonI am going to remain accountable this summer by [sticking to my workouts, which always helps me stay on track, and checking in here and with several FB accountability partners - AND - WRITING IT DOWN! Making myself write down my progress helps me visualize what's working and what isn't.].

Will you be tracking this summer? [YES!!] If so, what are your daily calorie goals and weekly fitness minute goals?

emoticon Daily Calorie Goals - 2100-2750 avg cals per day
emoticon Weekly Fitness Minutes - 180-300 minutes per week

Sign here: I, [Esther], pledge to eat wisely and slowly and avoid binging this summer whenever possible. I vow to drink my water and to turn to clean food for snacks as a first resort (fruit, nuts, veggies) but not feel horrible about myself when I eat too many "bad" foods, because it is not the end of the world. Whenever I don't feel like exercising, I will at the very least commit to a brisk walk.

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The first week of a challenge is always exciting, but I am going to commit to checking in every week until 9/9.

emoticon I need a challenge because [I do NOT want to go hard and burn out. I need to remember that it's a continual process, not just a few days' commitment].

emoticon By the end of this week, I want to feel [like I been consistent in my efforts of moving toward my goal].

emoticon My big nutrition goal for this week is going to be [eliminating as many grains and dairy and processed foods as possible from my diet].

emoticon My big fitness goal for the week is going to be [sticking to my workouts as scheduled - at least 2x in the pool, 3x on runs, and 5x doing ST through Rockin' Body workouts].

emoticon My big wellness goal for the week is going to be [getting plenty of sleep each night so I'm ready for the next day].

emoticon My biggest challenge in meeting these goals will be [ignoring the pressure I constantly put on myself].

emoticon If I meet all my goals this week, I'm going to reward myself with [a trip to ON for something new].

emoticon If I don't meet my goals, I'm NOT going to get discouraged and quit. I will count every step forward as progress toward the end game.

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The second challenge is with a bunch of people I know and a bunch I don't know on a FB group. I really need to reread the rules and download the Google Doc tonight so I can start recording my workouts. It's a fitness-based challenge wherein we earn points for workouts we do. This should work out (HA! PUN!) great as my burnout last week needs to be built upon, not used as an excuse to give up for a few days.

emoticon Activity Types: Cardio, Strength or Combination.

emoticon Duration Points: 1 point per 10 minutes of workout with a total of 6 points (1 hour) for each activity and a max of 12 points (2 hours) each day.

emoticon Intensity Bonus: Only awarded for high-intensity cardio. You earn 1 bonus point per half hour of HI cardio.

emoticon Combination Bonus: Earn this automatically if you do a combination workout (cardio + strength). One point per half hour.

Max points per day: 16

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This week's plan:

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Monday - Laps W3D1 & Rockin' Body (BT (40) + STDP (45) + HCA (10) = 95 mins)
Tuesday - C25k W2D1 & Rockin' Body (PE (25) + DG (35) = 60 mins)
Wednesday - Laps W3D1 & Rockin' Body (RIO = 45 mins)
Thursday - C25k W2D2 & Rockin' Body (PE (25) + HCA (10) = 35 mins)
Friday - Yoga DVD (30m) & Rockin' Body (STDP = 45 mins)
Saturday - C25k W2D3 (Rockin' Body ONLY if I feel up to it)
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Lap and run time is usually around 30 minutes, so we're looking at:

Monday - 30m cardio, 95m combo = 11pts
Tuesday - 30m cardio, 60m combo = 11pts
Wednesday - 30m cardio, 45m combo = 8pts
Thursday - 30m cardio, 35m combo = 7pts
Friday - 30m strength, 45m combo = 8pts
Saturday - 30m cardio = 3pts

Goal: 48 points

25+ = bubble bath
35+ = new nail polish color + bubble bath
45+ = new polish + skin care item + bubble bath
48+ = new polish + skin care item + bubble bath + item from Old Navy


Also on the agenda for this week -
* Lots of healthy Paleo cooking. I made a beef and veg chili yesterday that was amazing!
* Ethan's pool party on Saturday.
* And probably the drive-in on Friday night...we're going to have to make sure I either have ROOM for some unhealthy foods, or I pack a bunch of friggin' fruits and veggies to munch on! *lol*

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KARVY09 7/10/2012 1:50PM

    Nice work. I need to figure out that spreadsheet too. Yesterday was a rest day, so I didn't look at it yet...

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SUGIRL06 7/10/2012 1:40PM

    Great plan! Is that other challenge Karvy's thing? I have to comment bomb her page soon too!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/10/2012 11:23AM

    You are gonna rock this summer, girl!!!

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GUITARWOMAN 7/9/2012 9:39PM

    Great goals!

You can do this, I am sure.


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WALLAHALLA 7/9/2012 7:43PM

    Go to it!

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FROGGERHKC 7/9/2012 6:18PM

    Two challenges! You rock woman! :)

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    I need to do a lot more reading about that other challenge as well. I've looked at the spreadsheet and that is about it. I still don't know what I should actually be doing. One step at a time...

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Back That Thing Up!

Saturday, July 07, 2012

Lesson One:
Only trust people who like big butts...they cannot lie.


Happy Weekend everyone!

So far so good for me. I had a minor meltdown last night. Okay, strike that. I had a MAJOR meltdown last night, collapsing after the first 25 minute workout and before the 40 minute one that was to follow and crying into the blanket on the couch. It was a major breaking point for me...and a huge boost to my feeling of support from those closest to me as my cat rubbed up against me and meowed for me to stop crying, my husband rubbed my sweat-drenched back and told me over and over again that I was NOT, as I was insisting at the time, a "loser," and my youngest son combing back my hair with his fingers and telling me how proud I should be of myself for what I had done.

Truth is? I broke.

My body was sore. Exhausted. Done.

And my mind was right behind.

After work I went to the gym with the small pool. I HATE that pool. The water is murky and you can't see the bottom. You can't even see the side when you get close to it. What IS that? That's gross! And the two women doing...well, I THINK they were trying to do water aerobics but from what I saw they were just standing at the side of the pool talking, blocking any chance I had to do long lengths of the tiny pool...well, they were just MAPP (more annoying pool people). I could've just given in and given up. I had no clue the length of the pool - and those two women were not about to give up their spots so I could do anything resembling laps down the length of it. So I took the short side. Almost ridiculous how short across it was. I didn't even need to take a breath to cross it. (Of course, my air supply is impressive anyhow thanks to years of singing.) I felt lost, but not defeated. I went on do to about 30 fast laps, then did 12, then 8, then 6, then 4. I went all out. I figured I'd work on my breathing and my form and my speed and forget the distance for one day. Even when one of those women came down and walked right in my path for NO apparent reason *roll eyes*, I kept going until I felt I was done. Then I soaked for about 5 minutes in the hot tub to relax my tired muscles, stretched, and got changed to go home...where I was set to workout for another hour.

I KNEW this week was going to be a challenge...but I also knew I needed to challenge both my body and my mental image of what it was possible for me to do. I need this every once in a while. I need a full on push. No excuses. Just GO! It's the only way I realize if I've improved my stamina. The only way I challenge my muscles to build up some stamina power of their own. I honestly don't know that I've EVER pushed it this hard before.

And I might have been alright had I fueled properly. But Hubs went out with the guys when I most needed to be next to him (totally not his fault) and I took the boys out to eat, where I gave in to all my dairy and starch and grain cravings - okay, not all of them, but a few too many. And I felt the effects of that almost immediately. My body starting shutting down in the grocery store. I was almost to the point where I could fall asleep standing up. We finally made it home and I actually paid my oldest 2 bucks to put the groceries away for me while I collapsed on the couch.

But it was one of those "Unless you puke, faint, or die - Don't Quit!" days. So around 10pm, I rolled off the couch and put on my workout clothes and started my Rockin' Body routines for the day. But after the 25 minutes of Party Express? I knew I was done. My leg was cramped up from toe to knee. My body was screaming at me and I knew I needed to much as I didn't want to. So I did fall into a heap on the couch. I didn't puke or faint or die, but I collapsed into a heap and broke down sobbing and that's when I knew I was done. I couldn't hold it together any longer. I had reached my breaking point.

It was just the message I needed to see this morning. And it's SO true.

I woke up this morning 2 pounds heavier (no doubt from overtraining) and, yet, much lighter. I reached my breaking point, had a meltdown, got the support and sleep I needed, and then moved the hell on. Because THAT is what you have to do in these situations. MOVE THE HELL ON!

I started this morning with a yummy scrambled egg dish with Italian sausage, onions, red pepper, and mushrooms (and a dash of cayenne pepper...a new trick I've learned). I shared it with Hubs over some coffee. And then I got on my workout clothes and went out for my scheduled run.

And even when my app messed up and I had to start over about 8 minutes in... didn't break me.
And even when the sweat stung my eyes and I realized I'd forgotten my Bondiband... didn't break me.
And even when I started feeling the heat and my toes started hurting a bit as I realized I should've never gone that far in new shoes... didn't break me.

Because I was already broken.
And I had moved the hell on.
I came home, downed a crapton of water, stretched, and sat down with a bowl of almonds and dark chocolate as a post-workout treat.

I'm rebuilding. I'm okay. I'm still here.
It broke me...but it didn't crush me.
And that was the lesson I learned. (That and the one at the top of the screen. *lol*)


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SUGIRL06 7/10/2012 1:31PM

    Boy I know the feeling. Sounds like you just needed that cry-out to get the stress out. I had that little break down sans-tears on Saturday after my horrible run. Sometimes you just have to listen to your body and give it a break!

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SARAHJG33 7/9/2012 2:32PM

    Great job getting back up! emoticon

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    Great job hun! You rock, and are a ninja! I love this blog. It totally shows how strong you are! :) emoticon

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/9/2012 2:09PM

    You ROCK!!!!!

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ERIN1128 7/8/2012 7:57PM

    OMG, love that crying quote! you always share such great wisdom. good for you for moving the hell on. :-)

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WALLAHALLA 7/8/2012 4:44PM

    Every woman needs a good cry now and then. It is therapeutic.

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-POOKIE- 7/8/2012 5:21AM

    Goodness I hate people with no notion of pool ettiqute, drives me ******** mad when I try SO hard to let people past if they are faster, share lanes, follow the designated direction etc

and then you get the twats who think the pool is theirs and sod everybody else.


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GUITARWOMAN 7/7/2012 8:34PM

    So well put!

I do appreciate your honesty and your sharing of your journey!


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MUSOLF6 7/7/2012 3:57PM

    love your blog, Have been feeling that way lately. emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 7/7/2012 2:00PM

    I think I like that rule! So it sounds like you learned a good lesson about overdoing and knowing when to stop. That doesn't make you a loser, it makes you smart.

Just FYI... I read an article a week or so ago (can't find it now, but if it turns it up, I'll post a link) about how you shouldn't swim in murky swimming pool water because it means the chemical mix is not correct and it's either dirty or at more risk for bacteria. Reminds me of a place I used to swim when I was a kid. We didn't know any better, but it was gross.

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Friday Weigh-In and Weekend Plans

Friday, July 06, 2012

Weight Last Week: 309.8
Weight This Week: 308.2

Loss of: 1.6 pounds!

I honestly am almost shocked that I beat this week. With 1/2 of the week eating out nearly every meal and not having a lot of control over being able to work out and everything like I wanted. Well, I'm giving myself a big 'ole pat on the back for this one!

Week Recap

Friday - Swam at the lake before the chaos began. Ate pretty well most of the day. Even packed healthy snacks for the lake. Of course, our cooler had a malfunction and many of the snacks were ruined, so I gave up my snacks to the boys (joys of motherhood right there, y'all) and waited until much later to get something to eat. I don't even really remember dinner...but I'm pretty sure we ate out that night. The storm hit after we got back from the lake and the rest of the night is pretty much a blur.

Saturday - Cooked breakfast at home before the heat set in. Eggs and bacon. The boys had toast that I cooked under the broiler (which led my family to believe I was a pure genius! *lol*). Ate lunch at the Mexican restaurant that's just across the parking lot from Hubs' work where we were hiding out. I was pretty conscious of what I was eating, though and tried to stay away from too many chips. I got a yummy Chorizo Quesadilla with peppers, onions, and shredded chicken in it, and was shocked when I offered up 1/2 to Ethan and he actually enjoyed it! I don't remember dinner. I think we probably either ate out or grilled out. That was the theme of the first part of the week. Did eat a few non-healthy snacks at Hubs' work, though. No workout this day.

Sunday - Cooked breakfast again at home. Had to run to town to use the potty, so I stopped off at Kroger and picked up eggs and sausage, so that's what we had that morning. I skipped lunch as I was working with Hubs and then we had dinner at Long John's (totally not my choice, but everyone else was all for it, so I went with it....besides, I had skipped lunch so I had some extra calories). No workout this day, but it was my usual rest day anyhow.

Monday - Took everyone to Shoney's breakfast buffet. I admit that I ate more than I should have. I also admit that I then skipped lunch, then had some nachos from Taco Bell later, and I really do not remember dinner at all. We were starting to lose our minds by then. I think "dinner" was at 11pm when Hubs and I darted off to McD's for chicken nuggets. No workout, yet again. *sigh* I really was starting to lose it.

Tuesday - I had to go back to work. Thankfully, Hubs called around 2pm to let me know electric was restored to our house and I had a much happier second half of the day. Of course, by the time I got home the window AC still hadn't caught up and I was not about to burn my family up by cooking (like I wanted to). Plus, all my meat was still in Hubs' work fridge. I had a VERY unhealthy lunch, and a terrible dinner (Chinese buffet). By the end of the day, though, my resolve was restored. We picked up our meat from the work fridge and replaced it in our own again. I knew time was running out to cook it so I began to make a plan of action for making sure we didn't lose any more than we already had. I cooked up the steak bits I had bought for our chili (it was just past what I'd feel safe serving my kids, but not quite "bad" yet) and gave it to the dogs. At least we'd save a bit of money on dog food for the night, right? And when I thought I was going to just go to bed, I surprised myself and got up and did my 15 minute intro workout routine for Rockin' Body.

Wednesday - A holiday, which meant I was off work. We begged off the parade and the heat and hid at home. I was able to cook breakfast, lunch AND dinner. We ate well that day! I made some amazing taco stuffing from scratch (no recipe!) including homemade taco seasoning (I do have a recipe for that if anyone wants it), and for dinner I pulled together a pork loin stew with carrots, onion, chicken broth, mushrooms, and turnips, with spices thrown in at a whim. It was delicious and, again, I had no recipe. I did day 2 of my Rockin' Body workouts and was starting to feel like I had the ground under me again.

Thursday - Yesterday went pretty well. I made myself eggs and bacon for breakfast (leftover bacon that I need to use up), and ate pork loin stew leftovers for lunch. After work I decided not to go to the tiny pool at the gym as I learned that our city pool was hosting a "family night" wherein you only have to pay $1 each to get in. I took the boys swimming. When we got there, the whistle blew for a lifeguard break, which is basically "adult swim time" and I hopped in super fast to get in as many laps as I could before the kids got back in. I got some dirty looks, but I didn't care. I wanted to swim! And, let me tell you, trying to do laps past the cascade of water pushed out the bottom of the slide = interesting! *lol* You TRY to swim straight, but the current pushes you aside. I figured it was good practice for if I ever have to swim in choppy waters in a tri or something. I got my laps down and felt much better. When we left the pool, I ignored my kids' protests about "getting some food" and drove straight home to check and see if my salmon was still any good. Yep! A huge half of a wild-caught salmon had survived. I stuck it on the griddle plate with sliced pieces of the 3 out of 5 zucchini that survived, sprinkled it with smoked sea salt, pepper, garlic powder and flakes of unsweetened coconut after coating the pan in coconut oil. All of it fried up and it was the most delicious and sweet salmon and zucchini I think I've ever made. YUM! After a long rest, I then got up and did my Rockin' Body routine (which just about KILLED me, I tell you! My abs already were hurting and I had to do "Hardcore Abs" last night AND the Disco Groove...let me tell you, those people doing disco back in the day? I think there was more to their tiny frames than just the massive amounts of drugs they did! That shiz is HARDCORE in itself!). 50 minutes later, I collapsed in a ball of sweat on the couch with some leftover taco stuffing and refueled and stretched out and went to bed and slept like a ROCK! *lol*

So that's how I survived the week. I can't be prouder that I was able to eat, drink, and exercise the excess bloat from the first part of the week off so that I could come out with a win this week! Almost 2 lbs lost means I'm not as far off target as I feared I might be!

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So, plans for the weekend?

Friday - Leftovers for dinner, or I'll have to stop by the market and pick something up because we are out of healthy options now. I'll figure it out before I leave at 4:30pm.

emoticon Set to do laps at the little gym pool tonight.
emoticon Then another set of Rockin' Body routines. Tonight is Party Express (25m) and Booty Time (40m). I haven't done Booty Time yet, so we'll have to see how that goes.

I *might* take the kids to the drive-in theatre. Haven't decided yet. Hubs has to work until 8pm so we'd be cutting it close if he went along.

Saturday - I plan on doing some grocery shopping. Gotta keep it as cheap as possible, but I also need some more healthy options at the house. Logan was bummed that we lost most of our ingredients for the Paleo Chili he picked out last week, so I'll be making that for sure this week.

emoticon Finalize week 1 of C25k
emoticon RB: Shaun T's Dance Party (45) and Hardcore Abs (10m) HELP ME NOW! *lol*

Sunday - REST DAY!!!!!!! I've pushed myself hard this week, but I really needed to in order to get my head back in the game. For rest day, I'd love to find a girlfriend who will go see Magic Mike with me, but my bestie is headed out of town, so that might have to wait. Also plan on doing some yoga and stretching in order to get the kinks out from this week and will try to plan a "spa night" of sorts so I can do some grooming essentials like shave my legs, deep condition my hair, paint my nails, etc., etc. I might even try to make up a homemade face mask. Lord knows with me eating paleo now I have a lot of unused oats at my house! *lol*

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emoticon What are your plans for the weekend? Got anything fun planned? I hope my friends and family without power finally get it restored this weekend! A week without power is NOT fun...especially when you have well water and the pump won't work to give you running water!

emoticon Did you all notice the new emoticons? Fun, right!?

Some of my faves (and the ones I used above too!):
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Weight Goal for Next Week: 306.2

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SUGIRL06 7/10/2012 1:27PM

    Oooh I didn't see the new emoticons! Nice! LoL

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TRENTDREAMER 7/6/2012 9:16PM

    "Loss of: 1.6 pounds! "
* w00t!

"Well, I'm giving myself a big 'ole pat on the back for this one! "
* Deserved.

"So that's how I survived the week. I can't be prouder that I was able to eat, drink, and exercise the excess bloat from the first part of the week off so that I could come out with a win this week! Almost 2 lbs lost means I'm not as far off target as I feared I might be! "
* Every so often...

Hope that you have a great weekend!

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WALLAHALLA 7/6/2012 8:18PM

    emoticon This next week can be even better!

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MUSOLF6 7/6/2012 3:06PM

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ATROTTIER 7/6/2012 1:17PM

    Yay for you!! You did great despite all the crazy weather drama and a holiday thrown in the mix! I love "booty time" - it's sounds intense, can't wait to hear about it!

I hope you go see Magic Mike - it's just fun to watch...obviously not an oscar winner or anything but it was fun and great eye candy!!

My plans this weekend are just to prepare for the little one's b-day party on the 15th and get in my kickboxing class on Sat morn so I can get back on track...the holiday messed me up! Have fun!

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ERIN1128 7/6/2012 12:03PM

    Woo hoo!!!

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IRONBLOSSOM 7/6/2012 12:00PM

    Congrats on the loss! I'm not surprised you lost what with the crazy situation, and the most important thing is that even when dinner was 11pm chicken nuggets, you were AWARE of what you were eating. That's a HUGE step!

Your weekend plans sound great, I wonder if I can fit in a spa night myself... emoticon

My weekend plans are not set yet, probably at least one day of jet skiing, but which day, I don't know! All I need to do for exercise is another 5.5 miles between today and tomorrow which should be fairly easy to get in.

Have a great weekend!!

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(So yes, I love the new emoticons!)

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    Congrats on the weight loss!

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SASXONTHEMOVE 7/6/2012 11:24AM

    E, congrats on the loss, but most importantly on how you handled a really tough situation!

You showed a lot of strength and courage in the fact that you kept going, tried to find ways to make sure you ate as wel as you could, and found some fun during the week!

Way to go. You are, as always, my superhero!

now, where's the emoticon with a cape??

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GUITARWOMAN 7/6/2012 11:04AM

    What a week!

Congrats on coming through so well in the end.....I do beleive that we don't get anything thrown at us that we can't cope with.

Cheers! for a great weekend!


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HEALTH-E-CLARE 7/6/2012 9:47AM

    Way to stay strong and come back with a vengence after the power outage debacle.

You are such a strong woman (in all aspects).

Love your plans, and I really hope you get to enjoy your "Spa Night' you've certainly earned it after you past week. I'm all about the rewards for yourself!

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BAYBELIEVER 7/6/2012 9:29AM

    Congratulations to you for coming through such a trying week in such dignity and with a loss on the scale!! Awesome!!

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Recover and Move On

Thursday, July 05, 2012

I have good news to report! As of about 2pm on Tuesday, July 3rd, I have power again! WOOT!! I actually called the house to verify this news and when the answering machine came on I left a message of "SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!" which apparently made the kids giggle like crazy when they came home from grandma's house. ;)

Even though the power was restored about 2pm, it took the entire rest of the night for our little window AC unit to catch up to 4 days of blistering heat cooking the insides of the house. We spent that night eating out one last time (seriously, never realized how "over it" I would be of eating out!) and then grabbed all our meat and other food from Hubs' work fridge/freezer.

Yesterday I had the day off for the holiday, of course, but I simply could not see sitting/standing outside for 2 hours or more...again...just for a parade, so the boys and I opted to just stay home and avoid town altogether for the day. It was nice to be able to be inside, to watch television or watch a movie and to play video games or even just read with a fan blowing on you. More importantly, it was great to finally be able to cook, to wash my hands as many times as I wanted, to brush my teeth properly, and to take a shower whenever I wanted and do laundry too!

Spend 4 days without power and running water and you'll realize just how much you rely upon both, but more on the water.

Tuesday night I pulled out my new workout DVDs and went ahead and did the first 15 minute intro workout.

These are the workout DVDs that my girl, SUGIRL, clued me in on a Groupon for:

The first intro video is called Mark, Move & Groove and just basically teaches you a lot of the basic steps he likes to use in the workouts and how he goes about building a routine. Even though it was just the intro video, Shaun T had me sweating up a storm in just 15 minutes! I even got my HR up to about 150 at one point! And the best part? You're just basically dancing. I'd much rather earn my sweat learning a dance routine than just about anything all know how much I love to dance, right?! ;)

Yesterday I went ahead and started out early with my workout. I popped in Mark, Move & Groove again, and then followed that with Party Express. This combo, and 3 1/2 more weeks worth are laid out in the workout calendar provided with the DVDs. Each day's workout ranges from 40 to 80 minutes with the different combinations. Yesterday's was 40 minutes, and it went by pretty darn fast. I was so busy concentrating on the steps and getting it right and "adding my own groove" to it, that I barely noticed the countdown clock at the bottom.

And, might I add, the idea of having a countdown counter/clock at the bottom of workout DVDs is my single most favorite part of several workout DVDs I do. While some trainers don't like their clients to focus on how long they have left, for me, it's super important. I can push harder if I know there's only 5-10-15-20 minutes left. I can use that to talk myself through the tough parts. I can remind myself how far I've already gone and give myself those little "you're halfway there!" motivational talks. Otherwise, I'm just suffering through a video, groaning through the tough parts and about 96% sure that I "can't" do it and I'll have to quit. When they say there's 5 minutes left and that little voice pops on in my head, though, the time left shuts him right up. "You've got 5 minutes still left in you. Besides, 2 of that will likely be cool down. No problem. You got this!"

Also yesterday, I:
* Cooked a pork loin stew that was fresh, delicious and totally Paleo - without a recipe!
* Cooked up some amazing, healthy taco stuffing, with homemade taco seasoning - also without a recipe! Totally Paleo again! And while the kids ate theirs on whole grain taco shells, I scooped mine on some fresh spinach and chowed down! NOM!

And then I had 2 bowls of cereal.
And a few (yes, few) peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.


Problem is, I prefer to eat Paleo, but this power outage made me lose the majority of my food supply, and we're tight on cash right now so I'm trying to just muddle through until the weekend. The food I bought on Thursday before the storm was supposed to last almost 2 weeks. Now we only have enough left for a couple I'm getting tight on things I can eat on plan.

That being said, I didn't go over my calories yesterday. So :P


Another bit of good news? 3 of my 4 gym locations are open.
The bad bit? My lap pool is at the one that is closed still. *sigh*
Hopefully next week they'll be back up and running.
One other location has a pool, and I'm considering hitting it up tonight. Either that, or I'll run home and get the boys and take them to the local pool, which is having a "family swim" tonight from 5-7pm.

Also on tonight's agenda? Cooking up salmon cakes and doing Dance Groove and Hard Core Abs (total: 45 minutes). My abs are already hurting from the 2 dance videos I've already tried from the set, so I'm kinda terrified of the HCA routine.'s only 10 minutes. I can do 10 minutes!

Hope you all had a great 4th! We may not have gone to the parade OR the carnival, but we did watch the fireworks last night. I don't know...the power outage kinda ruined all the joy of the 4th for me this year. Next year we'll try to do it up right, but this year, I needed my house and my AC! *lol*

EDIT: Oh, and as for my weight?! HA! Eating out put me back up to 312, but this morning it was down again to 310. Going to keep drowning myself and water and hope I can come out with a loss this week, even if it's just a little one. I'm not too stressed over it, though. It couldn't really be helped and I did the best I could with what I was given.

Plan for the next 10 days:
7/5 - Laps and RB Dance Groove & Hard Core Abs
7/6 - Laps and RB Party Express & Booty Time
7/7 - Finish up Week 1 of C25k and RB Shaun T's Dance Party & Hard Core Abs
7/8 - REST
7/9 - Laps (moving on to week 3) and RB Party Express & Dance Groove
7/10 - C25k W2D1 and RB Party Express & Hard Core Abs
7/11 - Laps (Week 3) and RB Rock It Out
7/12 - C25k W2D2 and RB Shaun T's Dance Party
7/13 - RB Party Express & Dance Groove
7/14 - C25k W2D3 and RB Shaun T's Dance Party
7/15 - REST

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SUGIRL06 7/10/2012 1:24PM

    I haven't even tried the DVDs yet!! Maybe tonight? I have to do some ST too though. Hm... And I was so excited to get them!
And I agree, I LOVE the countdown timer. I could repeat that entire paragraph (abought being whiney without it and finding extra motivation when you see how much is left!)
And now I want tacos..

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 7/6/2012 9:31AM

    Glad to hear that things are almost back to normal for you and man are you going to getting in some great Cardio/Fitness minutes over the next 10 days.

Rock on- and I might be asking for some of your Paleo Recipes depending on if I start the gyms challenges on Monday... we shall see.

Enjoy the new workout DVDs!

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MUSOLF6 7/6/2012 8:10AM

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IRONBLOSSOM 7/5/2012 2:43PM

    Wow, you coped really well! I have so many friends who were struggling through the power outages and storms, I really feel for you.

It sounds like you have a plan and you're going to kick butt! Do it to it!

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ATROTTIER 7/5/2012 1:21PM

    So glad you got your power back on!!! yay! those DVD's seem very fun - enjoy!

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GUITARWOMAN 7/5/2012 1:04PM

    I think you coped just fine!

So nice that you are able to get back to your normal routine.

do you have home insurance that covers ruined food?


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BECKYB73 7/5/2012 1:02PM

    WTF is it with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches...I was doing all kinds of awesome and then I got it into my head I needed a PBJ...and it's never just A PBJ, it's always at least two...*sigh*

I think you did pretty frakkin' awesome with the loss of power, I know I would have done a lot, lot worse.

Those DVDs look awesome!

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ERIN1128 7/5/2012 12:08PM

    Yay on getting power back!

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-POOKIE- 7/5/2012 11:32AM

    I think the fact you have gone through this isn't an "excuse" to not eat the way you feel you should, its made it a neccessity to chose other options.

Dont feel bad at making the best out of a bad situation... when things are back to "normal" (I jest... when does normal happen?) but yeah, back to as stable as it can be, you can do better at your personal goals.

Creating a happy environment and doing your best are more important to recover from this.

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When the Lights Go Out

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Confession: I haven't worked out since Friday.

It's not for lack of trying to find the opportunity to do so. It's not for lack of motivation. When you list all the reasons (read: excuses) you can't workout, you never consider this one...or at least, I never did.

As most of you have probably heard, last Friday night our area got hit with a load of storms that were at the level of Tropical Storms in Florida or a massive widespread tornado. I know some people may think I'm exaggerating, but I'm not. I don't scare easily when it comes to storms. I lived in Ohio all my childhood. I was raised on tornadoes and sat through quite a few of them either huddled in the basement or (stupidly) watching from behind the front door's window. I have gone through massive rain storms and hail storms that never seem to end and lived through at least one major ice storm. This storm, however, topped them all for me.

The boys and I were at the lake on Friday enjoying ourselves and the wonderful (HOT) weather. I swam laps for 30 minutes and was feeling pretty darn great. I had just settled in with a trashy magazine while the boys were playing in the water when the park ranger came down to "highly suggest" that we all pack up and leave. We followed orders, and I'm really glad we did. The lake is about 40 minutes from our house and I really didn't want to get caught driving in the rain. It wasn't until I was on my way home and quickly checked FB that I saw some posts and pics from my Ohio friends talking about how massive the storm was. I still wasn't TOO worried. Usually these storms lose power when they hit the Ohio river just as they're heading into WV, or they start to break around the hills/mountains as they come in and dissolve into something not too terrifying. This one, however, somehow picked up speed and verocity as it hit the Ohio river and grew into some massive red crescent shape on the radar. And then BOOM!

As the winds blew in, I knew it wasn't a regular storm and quickly moved my car out from under the tree and power lines it usually sits under to right in the middle of my yard. (Call me trailer trash, I don't care! Yes, there is a car in the middle of my yard! *lol*) And then the boys and I were run off the porch by blasting rain and high winds and huddled into the HOT, and now dark house and watched from the only window that was safe to open. I admit to wanting to call my husband to cry, "COME HOME!!" but he called first to check in on us. I admit to jumping and screaming like a little girl when I saw some major event happening just down the street that I can only classify as explosive...and when the sparks flew, I knew it probably wasn't a good thing.

The storm lasted about 20 terrifying minutes, but we're still dealing with the after effects now. The explosions I saw were of a huge tree being struck down and landing both on the bridge below and also on the power lines. The boys and I watched as the lines snapped off right in front of us due to the pressure put on them by the fallen tree. The road was blocked for 2 days (and I live on a major state route, mind you). The lines are still not fixed as of now.

Around 6pm on Friday we lost power. It is now 9:30am on Tuesday and I am still without power. My fridge and freezer are bare save for bottles of water, a few eggs, a few veggies that MIGHT hold on another day, and some old cans of beer and bottles of liquor. *blush*

Day 1 - We were able to move all of our cold meat that I had just bought to the fridge at Hubs' work. Thankfully that town had escaped the worst of it and only lost power for about 30 minutes. While Logan was up at his grandparents house helping them help friends and neighbors and clear away some damage in my MIL's garden, Ethan and I hid out in Hubs' work's back room in the AC. (I swear if it were not for the fact that Hubs' work had electricity, I probably would've lost it pretty quickly.)

Day 2 - Hubs had to work again, and all four of us actually went to work early in order to get out of the hot house. Work wasn't set to begin until noon, but we arrived at 10am and watched some TV and relaxed a bit in the AC. Logan did inventory for Dad and then I spent much of the day out front with Hubs selling car chargers (the hot ticket item right now) and an iPhone. (Hubs kept remarking on how I was a natural and he wishes I worked with him more often. I volunteered to maybe do a few more Sundays here and there when he works alone as long as his boss is cool with it. It's nice spending some time with him and I really like sales...and have always been good at it.) We closed up shop around 5:30pm, Ethan and I took trash to the dumpster, and then Hubs bought us all dinner.

Day 3 - Hubs had the day off. And OMG I wish he didn't! We were bored and hot by 10am. We went up to the inlaws, where MIL and FIL played a game of Chinese checkers with the boys. Then the boys and I went off to try to find a swimming pool. I needed to do my laps and they wanted to get cool and have something to do. The Ripley pool was packed so tight I suddenly understood the "sardines" expression. And Ravenswood's pool was closed due to some political fighting between the mayor, city council and the pool manager/operator...let's not even talk about how much that pisses me off, okay?! (Save the friggin' politics until AFTER the kids aren't suffering from heat exhaustion and boredom, mmkay?) The only highlight is that I didn't have to drive the hour to work and the hour back as the Governor shut down any state services that were not essential.

Day 4 - And now here we are in Day 4. I'm not in the best mood. Went a little stir crazy last night. Never got my pool time so I've already missed a workout. Was supposed to run this morning, but I couldn't because I didn't have any running water to take a shower with because it's not our turn with the generator right now. Gov said everything was improving and I should come back to work, and then about an hour later I hear from the power company that things are WORSE than they thought and it's going to take longer than expected. *face/palm* So here I am, worried about my boys. I had been able to cook them breakfast the first couple days before it got too hot to stand cooking in the house (we have a gas range, thankfully!), and then yesterday I took them out to eat. I have no clue what they're going to do this morning for food, but let's just say it hasn't exactly been "healthy eating" at my house since Friday night. More like, "Whatever is easy to grab and non-perishable." (SO not Paleo.) We've had our share of dinners out and fast food and I'm about to lose my mind because I want my kids and Hubs and me all back to the plan I set for this week (and now I feel like I wasted hours of my time formulating a Paleo plan for dinners and shopping and everything only to have it stripped from under me!).

Power was set to be restored by Thursday night at the latest.
Last night they changed that estimate. Now they're talking Saturday night.
My kids are starting to lose it, though they've been handling it pretty well for kids who grew up in the electronic generation (moreso, even, than my generation!).
Hubs is going to want to strangle them by the end of the day, I promise.
I think he'll probably take them up to the inlaws for a bit, but that's only going to serve to drive them crazy as well.
We'll get through. We'll manage. We always do.
It could be worse, I certainly know that.
And tomorrow I have the day off for 4th of July and Hubs is working early, so we might be able to hang out at the store again.

Of course, this totally ruins 4th of July for me. I can't even think about parades and fireworks. I only want the spark that gives me back my freedom.

I don't mind hanging clothes out on the line to dry.
I don't mind hand washing them either.
I don't mind reading books instead of watching TV.

I DO, however, mind not being able to cook in my own house because of the heat.
And I do, however, mind that I can't workout right now because I have no access to a shower after, unless it's our turn for the generator.
No word on whether my gym(s) are open, but I haven't been able to get through when I ring them, so I'm not hopeful about that. I do have my swimsuit, so I may run by the Y after work and see if they're open so I can get some laps in. Otherwise? *shrug* It may be Saturday before I can workout again. And that's driving me nuts!

And did I mention I just got a new set of workout DVDs in the mail yesterday? Useless workout DVDs right now! *lol*

*crosses her fingers for power being restored VERY soon*

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SUGIRL06 7/10/2012 1:20PM

    Sounds like my first few days of the storm before I ran off to Dover!! The storm lasted almost 2 hours in NJ. It was pretty scary!

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WALLAHALLA 7/4/2012 12:04AM

    Wow...glad everyone is safe!

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MIZCATHI 7/3/2012 7:43PM

    My daughter and SIL live in BALT MD and describe events exactly like you. She said it's like camping, only not at all fun. Her only saving grace is that her job has power. She described all the frightening things you have, and on Saturday morning she was crying with frustration. Now it's Tuesday, and the estimate to have power up in their neighborhood is tomorrow at 12:30. I hope it holds, I'm visiting her next week and will arrive Friday late PM. Yikes!

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EM4488 7/3/2012 6:14PM

    Ohhh, swim at the Y and then shower there! :) Two birds with one stone!
Best wishes, and glad to read (although bored) you're all okay!

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JEREMY723 7/3/2012 5:55PM

    Here's hoping that it comes back on soon! My parents (also in Ohio) had and still have well water, so no power means no running water, and no toilet flushing. My mom keeps about 10 gallons on the basement as a backup. Since you didn't mentioned, I'll assume you at least have that, but it's not much on these hot days!

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RUSSELLORAMA 7/3/2012 2:35PM

    Gah that is so awful! I hope they get it fixed up soon. There's tons of work crews from my part of the country there to help but I know it seems like it takes forever. :(

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RUNNINGOLLIE 7/3/2012 2:02PM

    Hope the power comes back on sooner rather than later!

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 7/3/2012 1:28PM

    Hopefully we're sending some of the 900 workers from my area out to see you so that you can get power restored faster. I'm glad you and your family are safe.

With this heat, my heart is aching for you and your family. Hope power is restored soon!

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KKINNEA 7/3/2012 1:26PM

    I love the car in the middle of the yard image! I remember my parents losing power a lot in Ohio - it's terrible that keeps happening. I hope they get you up and running soon!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/3/2012 1:10PM

    Wow...sending you tons of good thoughts and hope that the power is restored soon!! I cannot even begin to imagine...Hang in there!!!

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TORTILLAFLATS 7/3/2012 12:48PM

    Hang on there, the power will come back on. It makes us appreciate being born during this era. e could of had to live without it completely. LOL Glad that you are OK.


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ERIN1128 7/3/2012 12:34PM

    OMG you poor thing! Hope everything gets back to normal SOON!

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MUSOLF6 7/3/2012 10:57AM

    sending prayers your way emoticon

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FROGGERHKC 7/3/2012 10:18AM

    I am keeping my fingers crossed that you get your power back on ASAP!!

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BAYBELIEVER 7/3/2012 10:14AM

    My sister and brother are in the same situation in Maryland. They were told by 7pm last evening and then it was updated to "it could be through the weekend." Having been through this myself with two hurricanes, the aftermath is often worse than the storm. But you didn't waste your PALEO planning. It just got delayed a bit. The plan can still be put in place...once the electricity is! Prayers for you!

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