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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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That's how I woke up this morning. My arms, legs, and hip are sore as all get out from last night's workout. Jason (New Trainer Boy) worked me VERY hard last night. I honestly need to start scheduling these on swim days because I have no CLUE how I'm supposed to swim 1200 yards today. (Probably VERY slowly... *lol*) I'll do my best.

As you can tell, I didn't make it to the pool this morning. My body was beat and needed the rest. I'm lucky I got up to get to work on time the way my body feels right now! I just wanted to curl up in bed and forget that it was a weekday! As much as I'd like to say I loved the workout, though...I didn't much care for it. Every single time I get a trainer workout I lose a bit of my confidence. I know this is probably a good thing - they push me beyond my normal limits and challenge my body, but I feel like it's day one and I just started exercising with how difficult some of these seemingly easy moves are for me still.

We started with 10 minutes on the Arc Trainer.
No clue why I got on that thing. I friggin' HATE it and it made my hip sore. Next time I'm warming up on a bike, dangit!

Then it was a steady circuit of randomness.
Deep squats
Step-ups with an extension
Inverted rows on the Smith machine
Angled pushups on the Smith machine
Leg extensions
Seated leg curls
Hip ab/adductions
Hammer curls while in a wall sit position
Shoulder presses
L-T raises
Tricep pulldowns

*pants heavily*

By the time we got to the hammer curls I thought I'd impress him by doing 20lb dumbbells. Hadn't taken the 24 pushups and rows and tricep pulldowns into account. I did 2 with the 20 lb dumbbells and then had to back off a bit to 15 lbs.

I stretched like a good little girl after my training session.
Burned about 450 calories and felt pretty good about it. (My goal was around 350.)
NTB (New Trainer Boy) again liked that I wear my HRM so he can keep track of how he's pushing me as well. I shared my calorie burn goal with him and then he kept an eye on my watch throughout the workout to make sure we got there and past that.

So, all in all...not bad.
He's a nice guy. He actually asked me for some advice in dealing with his other clients.
He complimented me on how well I know the machines and workouts.
He stated that he knew I'd had already lost some weight...but wouldn't say why (me: "Because my body is shaped all weird now? I've lost the majority of it from the top half so I look GREAT until you get just under my abs. *sigh*)
He does have a sense of humor and prefers that we converse a bit during our workouts so the time goes faster.
And he told me if for any reason I don't "click" with him, I just had to let him know and we'd find someone else.

I think I'll keep him. ;)

Other stuffs -
I missed the derby last night because of my training session - which I'm perfectly fine with. I was able to go home and make the pre-planned Paleo dinner I had scheduled which included a bacon wrapped beef tenderloin filet with grilled baby bella mushrooms and onions with a side of roasted root vegetables (carrots and turnips) and Brussels sprouts. (I still have not found the best method for cooking Brussels sprouts to make them taste as good as I once had them at a fancy restaurant. I'm going to try the bacon and Brussels sprouts recipe next time...this time it was with some brown sugar, but that didn't seem to help much.) It was the best steak I've had in a very long time and the grilled mushrooms and onions made it unnecessary for me to add steak sauce.

I did have a little Crunch bar piece. It's the new Girl Scout flavors...the coconut one? Those things should never cross the threshold of my house because they are just as bad as the GS cookies themselves!

I finished the night with some dark chocolate chips and a tall glass of water while icing my hip and watching some TV.

This morning the scale was showing a number that I liked...but I chose to simply ignore it because I do NOT want to get my hopes up. Like AT ALL. If it happens this week - Great! If not - I'll keep working towards that goal.

emoticon Dinner tonight is homemade "taco stuffs" - which is basically a mix of peppers, onions, tomatoes, and taco meat seasoned with my homemade taco seasoning, which I will eat over a bed of lettuce while the boys will eat it in taco shells.

emoticon Tomorrow night we're making Salmon Cakes over shredded cabbage with homemade Ginger Mayo (from

emoticon I think I'll make a beef stew on Friday in the crockpot (or I'll wait and make it Saturday when I have more time to watch it on the stove).

emoticon And Saturday will either be fish or chicken with vegetables or something else I find while menu planning (which I hope to get done today for next week).

As for my workouts...

emoticon Tonight is another 1200 yard swim. No ST tonight - going to have to swap nights on that this week or just back off for this week only until I get my head wrapped around my new schedule.

emoticon Another 1200 yard swim on Friday.

emoticon And then 30 minutes of yoga for Saturday.

Tomorrow night?

emoticon Mud Pit race at the County Fair!! *lol* It's what the boys and I planned to sub out for the derby we missed last night. We've never seen the mud pit race before, so I hope it's fun and interesting!

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BECKYB73 7/25/2012 2:57PM

    This blog is SO FULL OF WIN, I LOVED IT!!!

Thank you for the warning about those Nestle crunch GS bars...I was toying with the idea of trying one, but it sounds like it's too much of a gateway food for me.

I took Monday off (after the warrior dash, I was SORE), but have a session with my trainer tonight...there's SO MANY things I want to work on/improve, it's CRAY CRAY.

Way to keep setting 'em up and knockin' 'em down, Es!

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ERIN1128 7/25/2012 12:25PM

    Yay on the trainer!

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IRONBLOSSOM 7/25/2012 12:21PM

    Sounds like this trainer is a keeper! I realized that I'm not going to be able to afford to keep my trainer after this session, which is making me sad, but we kicked butt this morning and I feel like my shoulders may just go ahead and give up on me altogether and move to bora bora! :-)

It's great to find someone who will push you to your limit but not beyond it!

Have fun at the mud pit race, I love going to the county fair just for fun random stuff like that!

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VICKYMARIEC 7/25/2012 9:37AM

    YAY on a trainer that pushes you and doesn't think he needs to hold back. When they know you've already lost some weight i think they believe in you - in that they know you are serious about exercising. Keep up the great work girl!

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GUITARWOMAN 7/25/2012 9:21AM

    Interesting stuff!

I admire you for working with a personal trainer, this is impressive to me.

Mud pit race....sounds interesting.....I don't think we have them in Toronto emoticon


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ELLISH 7/25/2012 9:10AM

    Love the detail of your blog! Cool!

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Getting My Head Back in the Game

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Guess what's coming up?!

When I was a kid growing up I always loved watching the Olympics. I remember trying to catch snippets from the 2008 Olympics when Phelps won all his medals while traveling through NYC for the first time with a friend. This year, however, things are a little different.

First of all, I get it a little more.
I'm understanding a little better how much work and dedication and effort it must take to rise to that level of athletic achievement. I have a lot of Sparkfriends who are dedicated to their hardcore workouts and are always working toward their next PR. Their dedication is astounding to a lot of people. I hear all the time from people how I must be so motivated and dedicated to stick to my workouts even through struggles like injuries. But what we've got going on is nothing to the 6-8 hours a day these people spend every single day in the gym working on getting better, moving faster, developing their technique and honing their skills. This year when I watch the Olympics, it will be with even greater respect. Yes, these athletes probably have something a little "special" in them, but they aren't born superheroes like I once thought they were. They were made. They made themselves. And they continue to do that every single day leading up to one point, to one race, to sometimes 2 minutes or less worth of performance time where they have to put it all out on the line and prove to the world that their dedication to their sport was worth it and they measure up with others like them from across the globe.

So what will *I* be watching?
Swimming, of course. Always a favorite of mine! Also diving and gymnastics. I may try to catch some of the rowing and some archery, but the big three for me of the summer games have and always will be diving, swimming, and gymnastics. This year I may actually try to watch some of the weightlifting as well. I never used to think much of it, but I understand that dedication now more than ever as well.

With all these thoughts rolling through my head and the excitement of the opening games this week pulsing through me, it makes you wonder why I had a major "moment" last night. A binge unlike those I've had in a LONG time. It wasn't me setting out to destroy my work like usual...this was a mindless binge to the point of pain...something I haven't done in a while.

But unlike all the times before, I woke up with a more level head this morning. That was one day. One hour of mistakes. It does not erase the 45 minutes I spent in the pool at 6am yesterday morning. It doesn't mean that all my hopes of ever reaching my goal are lost forever. It was a mistake. It could have been worse. It certainly could have gone better. But no matter - it was, and it's over. Time to move on.

I didn't do my ST routine last night, but not for lack of motivation or whatever. My phone reminded me when I got home last night that I've got another supervised workout tonight at the gym. I'll be meeting a new trainer and I have no clue what he's going to ask of me and I didn't want to completely put myself out last night and have nothing left for today. I still have the tightness in the back of my knee to worry about and the hip stiffness as well. There's a reason why I backed off my workouts for now. Mostly because my body needs it...but also because I want to see if I can maintain my focus even when I'm not stepping into the gym every single day. I want to see if it's possible for me to stay strong and move forward and keep losing while not putting my body through hell. Slow and steady wins the race...or at least that's the theory I'm testing right now.

I'm honestly a little nervous about tonight. Tanner was amazing. He could joke with me and my workouts went by in a quick 45 minutes that felt like 10. He put me through things that seemed so simple but challenged my body in ways I never knew it could be challenged. He worked around my body aches and pains without ever letting up on me. I'm hoping by Tanner suggesting this guy for me it means he'll be the same in his efforts. My goal is to shut my mouth and only say "can't" if it's physically impossible or if I know it's going to mess with my injury in a way that might put me out of business for the rest of the week. The rest...well, I'll get it done. If I walk out of there burning at least 300-400 calories in those 45 minutes, I'll consider it a win. (Incidentally, all of the trainers I've worked with there totally love that I wear my HRM to work out. Both Tanner and Raj kept checking it to make sure they were working me hard enough throughout the entire 45 minutes.)

Plan for the day?
emoticon Drink LOTS of water. Flush out the mistakes of last night.
emoticon Eat healthy, well balanced Paleo meals.
emoticon Put in 100% effort at the gym tonight.
emoticon Head home and make a well-balanced Paleo meal for dinner. (We're having steaks and roasted veggies tonight. I made the veggies the other day so I'll only have to reheat those. I'll grill up the steaks with some onions and mushrooms and I think everyone will be quite happy. Let's see if I can NOT overcook mine, though! I don't have steak sauce to fall back on to make it sufferable!)
emoticon Get to sleep by 10pm so I can get some decent sleep tonight and wake up early in the morning for more laps. (Well, if we don't go to the demolition derby at the fair, that is...)

The one good thing about my new schedule is that in addition to lap swim time in the AM before work, my gym also has lap swim time every day between 4:30-5:30pm. That means that I'll be able to make up any missed morning laps right after work! I'd rather not have to do this, but it's there if I need it. :)

emoticon Oh, and hand wash some clothes. *sigh* Hubs got the part for our washing machine that broke last Wednesday. We thought perhaps it was just the belt (again)...but it seems to have been the motor as well. That means Hubs and I will be setting aside some time to shop for washers in the near future. His next day off is next Monday and I'm wondering if I shouldn't just take the day myself so I can get this whole thing sorted out that day. I NEED a washer in my house, dangit! I don't have oodles of time to spend handwashing everything in the bathtub! And I certainly don't have oodles of time to drag everything to the laundromat...which is probably what I will be doing this weekend. Time to get me a few rolls of quarters and wash everything in my house that needs washing so we're all caught up at least. *sigh*

Oh, the joys of being an adult. *sarcasm*

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ERIN1128 7/24/2012 12:23PM

    LOVE the Olympics! Swimming and diving are awesome, and it's always fun to watch something you'd never watch otherwise - in the last winter Olympics, I totally got into curling, of all things. Total bummer about the washer, hope that gets resolved quickly!!!

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IRONBLOSSOM 7/24/2012 11:58AM

    I love the olympics and always love those three as well. What I didn't know until the winter olympics is that my boyfriend is OBSESSED with them. He records them and watches literally every minute! By the time they're over I'm READY.

Too bad about the binge, but if we were perfect we wouldn't be here, right? For some reason the past three days almost every meal I've eaten has been out! Never my choice, but definitely my "going-along-with-the-flow-ness." It's good that you're keeping a level head, moving forward, and kicking butt!

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GUITARWOMAN 7/24/2012 11:27AM

    Yes, the work that the Olympians put into their performance is fact, any true achievement, I think, depends on a bit of talent and a lot of hard work.....I have even read that Mozart achieved what he did because he had been practicing and playing music for hours a day from a very early age. I think I got this idea from Malcolm Gladwell, can't remember the exact source.

Nice to see your quick and healthy recovery from the binge!


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SUGIRL06 7/24/2012 9:53AM

    I never watch the Olympics. Well, not consistently. If I catch something interesting, I might watch it for a little bit but otherwise, I don't pay attention. I am always amazed by the gymnasts though!

And good luck with the new trainer! I am glad its someone your old one recommended and not some random one. Hoping it works out!

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SARAHJ19 7/24/2012 9:22AM

    I am super excited for the Olympics to start! emoticon
can't wait for the swimming and gymnastics. My girls loved watching the gymnastics with me a few weeks back!

Your plan for today is great! emoticon emoticon
Good luck with the washer situation! If only you lived closer...I am selling my washer and dryer!
Have a great day girl!

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VICKYMARIEC 7/24/2012 9:05AM

    I hope your trainer surpasses your expectations! I don't recall...what happened with Tanner that he's no longer your trainer?

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EXPOGIRL18 7/24/2012 8:51AM

    I, too, am amazed at the dedication of Olympians. I can't wait fo the Games to begin!

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The Romantic Weekend that WAS (with some pics)

Monday, July 23, 2012

I honestly, hands down, could not have asked for a better weekend. It was the most fun, relaxed, and enjoyable time that Hubs and I have spent (alone) together in a very, very long time. I think we argued ONE time for about 5 seconds. That's it. Two days mashed together doing everything together, barely glancing at our phones or other electronics that were connected to the outside world, and still we managed to get along like...well, like an old married couple. *lol*

I will say that after we came home last night, though, the missing the kids thing hit big time! *lol* So glad they're coming home today!

Anyhow, to recap just a bit...

We started out heading east to Blackwater Falls in Davis, WV. We took some curvy back roads through the mountains to get there, which really was part of the fun for both of us. We mostly kept our eyes on the road, just taking it all in, laughing over nothing, and listening to some REALLY good music on the radio once we got closer to Morgantown (we both commented on how much we wished we could take that station home with us! We didn't hit a SINGLE bad song the entire time and the commercials were few and far between).

I will admit, however, that it got a little dicey about 2 hours in. My hip started hurting. Like...a LOT. It went from a dull ache to a stinging and stabbing pain to this fire radiating around my entire hip joint. It was torture! Thankfully, we saw a strange little roadside pit stop place as we were coming down the mountain right at the height of my discomfort so we both opted to take a quick break and get out and walk for a minute.

It was a great place to stop too! After using the facilities, Hubs and I walked around the huge yard looking at decades worth of ancient machinery - and donkeys and other animals too! *lol* I kept asking, "What's that?!" but Hubs had no idea either.

Here are a few highlights.

I swear those picker dudes from TV would have had a friggin' field day in this place. For me? It just made me REALLY want the camera I've been dreaming about for about 10 years. (And I've decided that I am GOING to find a way to start saving up for the the thing...even if I just save a buck a week...)

Seemed so random to me to have animals out there...and their droppings created a rather interesting maze of land mines, I'll tell ya! I got about THIS close to dragging some of those donkeys around with us the rest of the day!

After the walking around, my hip felt a LOT better, and Hubs and I got back on the road and finished the winding drive through the mountains to Blackwater Falls.

I have to say, these falls are quite impressive. They aren't "beautiful" in the sense that I think of most waterfalls. It's not a place I'd like to have a lunch next to and sit for a while and chat. In fact, it's stupidly loud because (I guess from the rains lately) there is SO MUCH WATER going down the rocks! These falls are more impressive in the way Niagra Falls is (in fact, it reminded me of a smaller version of that). Hubs was supremely impressed and even told me later that it totally lived up the the expectation he had in his fact, it may have surpassed it!

From the first platform down the LONG steps (over 200).

Getting closer and getting wet.

Interesting side note...the water in the falls is supposed to look like tea. I'd say so!

One thing I should mention is that Hubs and I didn't do quite as much "hiking" as we thought we would. I forgot that Hubs stubbed his pinky toe something awful a week or two again and is still limping. So between my hip and knee and his toe...well, those 200+ steps down and then back up...well that was all the workout we really needed!

After another quick potty break it was back on the road to head to our B&B for the night.

Well, after a quick stop to see The Smallest Church in 48 States...which, yes, was really small! *lol* I'd say you could fit MAYBE 24 people in here plus the preacher.

I have always wanted to stay in a Bed & Breakfast, but I never knew whether I would find it charming or creepy (it's like staying in someone else's house!). Thankfully, the place we went was quaint and quiet and I had reserved us the best room in the place (which, also thankfully, was in another building from the main house). For any interested parties, we stayed at The Inne at Watson's Choice in the Harvest House in Uniontown, PA. The owners didn't bother us at all after check-in, but made sure we knew that they were willing to help meet any of our needs if we had any (and gave us a number to call their main residence on the property).

Some pics from the property...

We immediately sat down to plan out dinner. We both wanted it to be a bit "fancy" but we weren't willing to pay $100 for dinner. Seriously, we consider $60 a fancy dinner night. We're happier around $20 for the two of us. I found a place that served fine dining food, but at a more reasonable price (they actually served a meal - with sides - for the same price you'd get just a steak and a small salad at comparable places).

I highly, HIGHLY recommend this place to anyone in the Uniontown area. I think it's also a B&B (or maybe it used to be?), but it has a full restaurant downstairs. Hubs and I actually walked in the wrong door and got to see the kitchen staff hard at work before we were seated. The staff was friendly and pleasant and simply showed us to a table.

Hubs had a seafood pasta dish. It was a rare treat for him as I didn't think he much cared for mussels and clams (he admitted when the dish came that he didn't care for them much, but I figured maybe he hadn't had them cooked properly, and from the way he devoured them? I'd say I was right! *lol*). The shrimp in the dish was HUGE!

Hubs didn't say a word when I ordered a second glass of Blackberry Merlot after having tried it. AMAZING! (I'm so mad I forgot to ask what brand it was because it was SO good. No bite whatsoever!) As for dinner, I tried to be as Paleo as I could as I didn't want any stomach problems upsetting my weekend. I did have a roll, but as for the food, I ordered the house chicken (which, other than the heavy cream, was completely Paleo). It had mushrooms and sundried tomatoes on it and was amazing! The people at the table next to us also remarked on how good it was.

But the best thing I had all night (besides the merlot, of course) was the Sesame Ginger dressing on my salad! YUM! Do NOT miss this one if you end up at this place.

I had intended to order dessert (and they had grilled peaches too! *pouts*) but I just couldn't eat another bite! We settled up our bill (around $60 bucks with tip!) and headed out.

It may be blurry, but it's the only full-length shot I got of us all weekend. The nice lady kept telling us, "We can take one on the stairs!" Maybe that's what we should have done...

After dinner, Hubs said we could go see a movie or something, but I had other plans. We ended up back at the B&B with a bottle of rose champagne and Casablanca (which Hubs outright REFUSED to watch about a half a dozen times...but I put it on and asked him to just lay with me for a bit and he ended up LOVING it!! *lol* He says it's because of all the Nazis. *snort*).

The next morning, even though I had hoped and prayed for waffles or French toast (I actually WANTED something non-Paleo *lol*), I ended up with an almost completely Paelo breakfast. Fresh fruit, vegetable bake (like a quiche), a small slice of artisan bread with butter, and grilled or roasted tomatoes and zucchini. There was some coffee cake and other pastries, and I had a few bites, but the breakfast was really quite delicious and their coffee was really good as well!

Day 2

Possibly the best thing I planned for the trip was coming up. Hubs loves architecture and I love nature. What better than to go see a Frank Lloyd Wright house, right?! We could've gone to either Kentuck Knob or Fallingwater or both, but we were already running low on energy, and I with my hip and knee and him with his wobble from his toe...we figured one would be plenty...and if you're going to pick just one FLW house to see, you pick Fallingwater. SO glad we did. It was everything I expected and more! Hubs loved it as well and I kept thinking how funny it was that we made this a weekend of waterfalls. *lol*

We made one last stop on our way home for coffee and (more importantly) for the dessert I had missed the night before. We ended up at Almost Heaven Desserts and Coffee Shop in Bridgeport, WV. The iced latte I had was pretty good, but the cannoli, Hubs' shake, and the chocolate cake left a lot to be desired (I had a bite of the cannoli and cake and took the rest home...Hubs drank his shake but he said it was really bland). The place, however, was saved with their White Chocolate Biscotti. SOOOO good!

If I'm ever in the area again, I'll be stopping by to see what other kinds of biscotti they have on sale that day. (The girl working there said the anise kind was her favorite.)

A couple edited pics for you...

I guess it's back to the real world now. Work today, and time to get used to my 5-day a week 8-hour days shift now. The boys will be showing up here around 3pm I think and I'll be off at 4pm. Thankfully I already started the morning with my 1200 lap scheduled swim, but NROLFW will have to wait and I'll have to swap in some bodyweight ST tonight instead as I'll be needing to take the boys home.

The rest of the week, the plan is simple.

Tomorrow - Rest
Wednesday - Laps before work, NROLFW after work
Thursday - Rest
Friday - Laps before work, NROLFW after work
Saturday - 30 minutes of yoga

Thankfully, I weighed this morning and even though my water drinking left something to be desired this weekend and we were in the car a LOT and I didn't count a single calorie, I'm only up 2 pounds...which I'm guessing is most likely just bloat. I'll be pounding the water for the next few days and hope to even out or even maybe see a loss again on Friday. Even 1/2 a pound would thrill me after having one of the best weekends on record! ;) The only struggle I'll be facing this week is whipping together a meal plan...I didn't plan for one this weekend like I usually do, so I'll have to try to fly by the seat of my pants for the next few days. Hopefully I'm skilled enough and have been doing this long enough to be able to do that without any problem.

Hope you all had a great weekend!

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ATROTTIER 7/24/2012 5:29PM

    I LOVE THAT DRESS ON YOU!!! You look amazing!!! Your weekend sounds amazing, I'm so happy you had such a great time! =)

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ARUNNINGKAT 7/24/2012 12:26PM

    Girl, you don't give yourself enough credit! You are beautiful in these photos! And it sounds like you had a wonderful weekend. So happy for you!

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DARKFAERY 7/23/2012 8:37PM

    Yay!!!!!!! I'm so happy you both had an awesome weekend!!! You totally deserve it! You look so beautiful in that dress. I love it!

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MUSOLF6 7/23/2012 8:03PM

    Looks like you had a great two are a cute and beautiful couple.... emoticon

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SERENEART 7/23/2012 6:49PM

    What great pics! Sounds like the getaway was wonderful. emoticon

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WILDBEANERZ 7/23/2012 3:07PM

    Sounds like a perfect weekend! Your pics are awesome too!

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 7/23/2012 2:20PM

    I'm so glad that you and hubs had a fantastic adults weekend. You guys totally deserve it, and the pictures are beautiful.

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IRONBLOSSOM 7/23/2012 1:34PM

    Wow, sounds so fabulous! I'm jealous :-)

Glad you had a great weekend, hope you have just as great an upcoming week!

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VICKYMARIEC 7/23/2012 1:17PM

    It looks like you guys had a blast!

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ERIN1128 7/23/2012 12:29PM

    SO glad you got "date time," you guys needed and deserved it! Sounds like a great weekend. As for Fallingwater, isn't it amazing? My parents are huge FLW fans, my brother's middle name is Wright (really!), so I'm well educated on FLW work. :-)

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MUSICNERD1993 7/23/2012 12:25PM

    Sounds like you had a great time! I love the pictures!

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CHICAT63 7/23/2012 12:19PM

    Awesome trip, thanks for sharing it gives us ideas. By the way you look HAWT in that dresss !!!!! emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 7/23/2012 12:08PM

    Sounds like a WONDERFUL time! :)

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SUGIRL06 7/23/2012 11:35AM

    Looks like a great trip!!! You look amazing in that dress! Love it!
And I was thinking, no pancakes or waffles because it's summer! You got all of their fresh (probably local) deliciousness. LoL
Have a great week! I hope you enjoy the 8 hour days even though it means 1 more day of work.

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GUITARWOMAN 7/23/2012 9:55AM

    Wow, what a wonderful story, I love that kind of road trip when you don't know what is around the corner.....

Glad you had a great time!


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RJSAMS 7/23/2012 9:45AM

    Sounds like a lovely weekend!

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    Looks like a great trip! Glad you had a good time!

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Fine! New Plan...

Thursday, July 19, 2012

So I struggled yesterday with many things in my head.

1) I REALLY want to see a loss on the scale this week. Even after 3 weeks of loss, I still feel like I haven't quite broken through this plateau I really feel like I need a loss this week to feel like I'm still moving in the right direction.

2) My weight is up right now. This is probably partly due to TOM, partly due to a little "bad" eating on my part in the first part of the week, and partly due to my body being a PITA right now. *lol* I weighed in at Friday's weigh-in at 305.8, but have been hovering at 307 and 307.2 for the past few days. Which really makes #1 look hopeless.

3) My body is SORE. My hip/pelvic pain wasn't magically cured by a Chiropractor's visit. Go figure, right?! ;) I'm still icing and recovering, and my hip is still sore. It didn't really feel bad on my run the other night, but while stretching later, I think I may have reinjured it somehow because I had nightmares about the pain and woke up HURTING. It feels a little better today, so at least that's good. But add to that the fact that my knee popped during my swim yesterday morning and I've been feeling some tightness in the back of that knee and...well, my body feel pretty beat up right now.

So I struggled with the thoughts in my head of whether to continue to push through or back off. I hate these decisions, as I'm sure most of us do. There's really no way of knowing 100% what is the right thing to do. I sat with the thoughts all day and weighed my options and came up with the following.

1) My knee. There have been times that this bad knee of mine hasn't bothered me at all, no matter what kind of stress I put it under. When are those times? When I'm doing serious ST or lifting. When I build up the muscles around that knee, the knee cap tends to stay in place better.

2) Running right now is hurting me. It may not always be like this, but if I continue to push it, I'm just going to end up not being able to do anything because of the pain. So maybe it's really not time quite yet to get my running legs back.

3) The one thing I really AM doing okay at is my swimming. I feel easier and more comfortable in the pool and now that I have access to one, it would be a shame to waste that. I've gone from struggling to do 100 yards in the pool, to doing 1200 yesterday. I've gone from breathing heavy after one 1/2 lap, to being able to do 10 laps (20 touches). I'm improving.

4) Yes, I've taken my measurements. I took them the other day, just to get an update on what's happening. Even with the bloat, my hips/waist area is about the same, so maybe after the bloating leaves I'll actually have lost an inch or so there. But where I've really lost is my shoulders/upper arms and my legs. Both thighs and calves have shrunk a it wasn't all that odd to hear Hubs remark just last night out of the blue, "Your legs are getting smaller! I can tell." I hadn't told him about my measurements and he still noticed. So while I'd really like this belly to go away, at least there are improvements being made. And I can't really credit that to running because I haven't been able to do that much of that. The only thing I've been doing consistently is swimming.

5) My body needs taken care of by me. I've been pushing it hard lately, and that's been a great test of both my motivation and my ability. But if I push too hard, I end up too sore to continue. So it's time to level off and find the happy place as far as my workouts are concerned.

6) My work schedule changes next week. Ethan starts football in 2 weeks. Things are about to change, and I need to be ready for them. More than that, I need to be ready to not have as much time to devote to myself and to this process as I once did. Football eats up a lot of our time, so I'm going to have to make sure I plan ahead so I can get what I need to continue on and still give my kids what they need. Plus, school starts next month and I need to be ready for nights full of homework with Logan to make sure he doesn't fall behind this year. (Ethan is self-sufficient on that front.) That means making dinner on time and being there to make sure all of Logan's homework is completed and checked and that he fully understands the concepts involved.

It's time to stop overthinking things.
It's time to make a plan I can stick with full-time.
K.I.S.S. - Keep it simple, stupid.
No time to play games. I need to know what's going on each day so I don't have to think about it and can just go do.

Here's what I've come up with...

emoticon For the next two days, I will not workout. I will give my body the time it needs to rest. I will relax and take a breath and enjoy life. Okay, I will MOSTLY not workout. I have scheduled one 30 minute yoga session for tomorrow so that I can stretch out the kinks in my body. It should give me another 150 calorie burn and set me right at my calorie burn for the week. But if I don't have time for it (new development last night - my washer is I need to add a trip to the laundry mat into my Friday plans... *sigh*), I'm not going to stress. I will eat a little less to compensate for the decline in activity, but will not starve myself.

emoticon I'm going to do my best to ignore this guy tomorrow morning. Let's face it, this morning I got another 307.2 reading. The cramps are on full-force and I'm deep into week 2 of this horrible TOM that may last ALL month. Some things just cannot be overcome. I can't let the stress ruin my weekend and my life. I need to just accept what happens and move on. Heck, maybe if I don't go crazy over it, I'll see a really BIG loss next week and get caught up. But even if I don't, just knowing that I did what my mind, body and soul needed this week should be enough to make me feel okay about how I handled myself.

emoticon I'm not giving up. I've made new plans that I can stick to and feel better about myself for them.

emoticon Mondays, Wednesdays, and now Fridays - I will swim my laps, working toward my one mile swim goal.

emoticon On those same days, or three other days in the same week, I will go to the gym and lift weights like I know I should. Time to pull out NROLFW and let that plan work for me. It will make my body stronger and will not wear me out completely for the rest of my workouts.

emoticon And one day a week - probably Saturday - I will give myself a 30 minute yoga session to make sure I work out all the kinks in my body and prepare myself for the week to come. I need to invest in a couple more Yoga DVDs to be sure, but that's something I'm more than prepared to do.

emoticon If I cannot get to the gym for my ST lessons, I will pull out a tried and true bodyweight routine that includes things like squats, lunges, planks, pushups, and those dreaded burpees. I know that I know how to make up circuit routines, so I need to make up a strength circuit that will help me in those days when I feel stuck or suffocated by the gym and my list of to-dos.

emoticon I will eat at a slightly lower range, but not too much lower. Let's face it, when I eat right, I have a problem trying to get my 2400 calories on a daily basis. I'm going to shoot for 2200 or thereabouts. At least, I think that's what I came up with yesterday...I'll have to go check one last time to be sure. If I'm doing heavy lifting and feel hungrier, though, I will understand that my body needs more to enhance/build my muscles and may go back to a higher range. I'll have to play that one by ear.

emoticon For right now, I'm not going to count my ST as a calorie burn workout. It's just going to be "extra" for right now. I need some time to just focus on form and function and getting my muscles stronger without worrying about how many calories I need to burn.

emoticon If I stick to the plan above, I should be on target to lose weight. I will workout about 3-4 hours a week, which is plenty for someone who is trying to lose weight without letting it take over her life. Working out 7-9 hours a week is something for figure competitors and athletes. I am neither, therefore, there is no need for me to attempt to rise to that level of gym perfection. In those 4 hours in the gym (and with the yoga at home), I should be burning around 1800 calories. That's 1/2 a pound right there. Slow and steady wins the race, right?

emoticon If I feel up to it, I will take long walks or might squeeze in a short run or two. I'd like to not lose any stamina I've rebuilt for running, so it'd be great to get one in each week if I can. But I'm not going to force it...I'm just going to let it happen if it will and if I feel up to it.

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Here's the next 9 days mapped out then:

Today - REST, ICE, and HEAL
Friday - REST, ICE and HEAL and try to do 30 minutes of Yoga
Saturday - Hiking for 1-2 hours without worrying about calorie burn AT ALL
Sunday - REST, ICE and HEAL
Monday - Laps in the pool, repeating week 3 of my training, ST session after work
Tuesday - REST
Wednesday - Laps in the pool, Week 3 Day 2 again, ST session after work
Thursday - REST
Friday - Laps in the pool, Week 3 Day 3 again, ST session after work

NROLFW Week 1:

A1 - Squats, Pushups, Seated Rows, Step-Ups, Prone Jackknifes

A - Barbell Squats (2 sets, 15 reps, 60 second rest)
B1 - Pushups (2 sets, 15 reps, 60 second rest)
B2 - Seated Cable Rows (2 sets, 15 reps, 60 second rest)
C1 - Step-Ups (2 sets, 15 reps, 60 second rest)
C2 - Prone Jackknife (2 sets, 8 reps, 60 second rest)

B1 - Deadlifts, Shoulder Presses, Wide-Grip Lat Pulldowns, Lunges, Exercise Ball Crunches

A - Deadlift (2 sets, 15 reps, 60 second rest)
B1 - Dumbbell Shoulder Press (2 sets, 15 reps, 60 second rest)
B2 - Wide-Grip Lat Pulldowns (2 sets, 15 reps, 60 second rest)
C1 - Lunges (2 sets, 15 reps, 60 second rest)
C2 - Swiss-Ball Crunch (2 sets, 8 reps, 60 second rest)

A2 - Squats, Pushups, Seated Rows, Step-Ups, Prone Jackknifes

A - Barbell Squats (2 sets, 15 reps, 60 second rest)
B1 - Pushups (2 sets, 15 reps, 60 second rest)
B2 - Seated Cable Rows (2 sets, 15 reps, 60 second rest)
C1 - Step-Ups (2 sets, 15 reps, 60 second rest)
C2 - Prone Jackknife (2 sets, 8 reps, 60 second rest)

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So that's the KISS plan.
Laps 3 times a week.
Lifting (or bodyweight ST) 3 times a week.
Yoga 1 time a week.

emoticon Ever feel like you're pushing too hard? Do you usually try to break through the pain or do you try to change the plan to suit your needs?

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BESSHAILE 7/21/2012 8:15AM

    Change. Always change. that can't hurt and it keeps things interesting.

You go girl.

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SNEVIL1 7/19/2012 4:15PM

    Whatever you decide on for ur plan make sure its something that works for u. When i try to do too much i quit. Even one day of exercise is better than 1 and is still moving in the right direction. U can do it

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IRONBLOSSOM 7/19/2012 1:56PM

    Holy cow, I can't believe TOM is sticking around so long! I would, almost literally, die. I HATE TOM!! :-)

If I'm really sore I try to back off a little at my next workout but still DO the workout. If I'm in actual pain, I stay off it, ice (ice baths are the greatest thing ever), heat and self massage as much as possible but still try to do SOMETHING along the lines of my workout. I've never been really injured where I have to stay off it and not exercise using this method.

Soreness is good, it's the muscle rebuilding, but going out and re-working a muscle that is already sore is asking for trouble and will ultimately break down the muscle fibers. A general rule of thumb is that soreness should last no more than a day, that lightly using the muscle can help work out soreness and each muscle group should be sore no more than 2x per week.

Still, only YOU know what's best for YOUR body. Trial and error are your friends, just keep an exercise/soreness journal so that you can SEE what's working and what isn't!

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ATROTTIER 7/19/2012 1:25PM

    I like how someone asked about massage - that sounds like a good idea for you and do you soak in the jacuzzi after a swim? I would think that might help those muscles and hip pain but I know you have been dealing with this for a while now maybe you have been there done that! I like your plan and I believe rest days are important for body and mind so enjoy those and relax and get plenty of sleep!

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GUITARWOMAN 7/19/2012 1:05PM

    I like the way you plan and like even more that you have the capacity and flexibility to change plans depending on your life circumstances.

I think it is this kind of problem-solving and reflection that keeps us going for the long run!


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SUGIRL06 7/19/2012 1:01PM

    Sounds like a great simple plan!!! I'm a lazy bum so I never really push so far over my limits. If I'm pushing hard, I feel up to it. Maybe that is why I'm having so much trouble marathon training. I am just too lazy and like my comfort zone! LoL.

And yay for NROL! I keep going back and forth between doing DVDs and joining a gym again (with a pool). I really like the convenience of working out at home but sometimes I get the urge to lift heavy things. LoL. I also keep thinking "what is best for marathon training?" Would NROL be good? I'm not sure but I definitely would get stronger. I really, really wish I could join the CrossFit gym honestly!

Anyway, enough of my babble. My point is that I'm excited for NROL for you! And you are right, 4 hours a week is plenty of exercise. You don't need to shoot for 2 hours a day or anything like that!

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ARUNNINGKAT 7/19/2012 12:37PM

    Like the plan! Key thing is that you have one and you are moving forward! Hope your muscles feel better soon!

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BECKYB73 7/19/2012 12:32PM

    Have you tried therapeutic massage? I just had one done and she completely loosened up all the muscles, etc. that attach to my pelvis, SI Joint, etc. I am surprised at how effective it was!

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OFFDREA 7/19/2012 12:10PM

    I love your new plan :)

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RUSSELLORAMA 7/19/2012 11:55AM

    I try to pay attention to my body and notice the difference between the usual post-workout soreness and the more serious "somebody-drug-me-STAT" pain. There's nothing to be gained from pushing through that sort except injury. I'm glad you're ignoring the scale until after the weekend. Why cause yourself the misery? Hope you heal well!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 7/19/2012 11:25AM

    Sounds like a plan, Stan. Get on the bus, Gus...oh wait.

Heal up and carry on!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

So, I'm still totally scared of the scales, but I check in every day. Seems TOM (MAY be leaving me now...*crosses fingers*) and my inability to do as much as I was doing last week, combined with whatever else I have going on (pain, mostly) has me right around 307. *bangs head on desk* Seriously, if I do not see a loss this week...even .1 pound, I think I might throw in the towel for good.

I know what you're thinking. "It's just one week!" But it's not. It's been my life for the past 6-7 months. I'm treading water and not getting any damn where and I'm sick and friggin' tired of it. So there.

Still, Friday is two days away and I'm not giving up without a fight. Most weeks my weight fluctuates up the first few days, and then back down the rest of the week, so hopefully that trend will continue. (It did come down like 1/2 a pound today from yesterday.) Friday is all that counts, really, so I'm going to do what I can for the next two days and see where I'm at again on Friday.


My eating was good yesterday.
I did go for my run, but I'm paying for it now.
My hip still hurts and, honest to God, it's pissing me the hell off.
Once again, I'm going to have to give up the one thing I love more than anything.
Even though I love the way it makes me feel in the moment and just after.
Even though it seems to be the best for my endurance and stamina.
My body friggin' hates me and it's going to do everything it can to stop me from succeeding.

My heart is too good to get any rise from a low impact workout.
My body is too weak to do anything more.

Rock, meet Hard Place.
Now that we're getting to know each other...

Could someone PLEASE find me a sledgehammer?!

Don't worry, it's not all doom and gloom over here.
(Though I do tend to get snarky and sarcastic when I'm upset over something I feel I'm losing control over...I call it "snarktastic".*)

Last night I threw together a beef stir fry that was mostly Paleo and included a crapton of veggies. Carrots, cabbage, red pepper, onion, and kale, all mixed together with beef flank steak. Not a single complaint from any of the boys/men in the house. And all I needed after that was a couple dark chocolate chips to satiate my sweet tooth and the rest of the night was spent resting and icing and going to bed early.

And I am proud to report that I was able to pull myself out of bed early for an early morning swim. 1200 yards this morning. OMG! I felt that! I am SUPER sore. I could feel the heat radiating off my body in the water. It's so strange to sweat while you're in a pool of water. I mean, you know what your body is doing, but there are no outward signs of it. STRANGE.

Anyhow, I'm on week 3 of my 0 to 1650.

400 yards, 12 breath break
200 yards, 10 breath break
4x100, 6-8 breath break (I forget)
4x50 (which I split into 2x60 and 2x40), 4 breath break

It went pretty alright. I had to do a couple laps in "recovery" mode (not kicking my legs) to stave off an oxygen-deprived headache, but I came out of it in the end and only cramped up a smidge on my last two laps. Not too bad, especially considering I went into it with a sore left knee (it did pop out at one point) and a bum hip (I never knew how important hips were for swimming until I started this program). Plus (shh...secret time...) I beat the guy in the pool next to me! Nevermind that he was probably 20 years older than me and I barely beat him, but I DID beat him without really trying too hard. *snort* (No, it wasn't a competition...but my competitive mind can't help but notice when it's in first place. *lol*)

So, I'm still moving forward. I did have another ungodly breakfast (g'd'it golden M! *shakes fist*), but I'm all out of eggs and haven't had the chance to get more, leaving little left at my house but cereal. Grains...with dairy poured over it...full of sugar. Hrm. No. Of course, what I had wasn't much better, so...

AND, no leftovers from last night, which means I'll have to grab something for lunch today. Always a challenge, but I think I'm up to it. (Or I'll just force down another salad with tuna on it. I think I've decided that I don't much care for tuna unless it's in sushi form...) For dinner I'm making our Sausage and Cabbage "Noodles" with Fried Apples again, so I'm really looking forward to that.

And tomorrow? Who knows! I haven't even figured that out yet. It will just be Hubs and I and the temptation to eat out will be enormous, but I have to hold off on that for the weekend and try to find something to cook. Again, this will be after my "run" that will now be a 35-40 minute walk. *sigh* (I can't help it. It makes me feel like a loser remembering where I once was and now feeling like I'm incapable of just about everything. I'm having to skip the Rockin' Body routines as well, even though I can already see them working off my love handles, because they work my hips too much. *trying not to scream*)

I have nothing else for you.
I'm doing whatever I can get away with...but it hurts.
Going to try stretching again, but I wonder if I didn't hurt it worse last night with some of my stretches.
Need to ice myself later.

Bright sides?
I don't have to be at work until 10am tomorrow.
This means I could do my walk in the AM and be done with it, if I wanted to.
Or I could just sleep in.
Either way, I'm going to get some much needed rest once the boys are off with G'ma.
And they'll be gone until Monday!
And I leave Saturday with Hubs for a quick romantic getaway!
AND I'm taking Friday for myself and doing pretty much whatever I want. I may end up at the gym for some more laps since I missed Monday, but after that I plan on hitting up Old Navy to reward my good deeds from last week and the week before and get some stuff for this weekend (for FREE! *lol*). I may also walk/shop through the mall. Haven't done that in a while...
And I may look into that new suit I really need. This one is wearing down pretty quickly now, so a replacement will have to happen very soon.

Mantra for today:
Just get through today, a shorter day tomorrow, and then you can relax and enjoy your weekend.

BTW - I have already decided that Saturday and Sunday I will not log ANYTHING. I may look things up to see if they're reasonable, but I'm going to mostly go on gut and intuition. I don't plan on overindulging, though I do fully intend to share some dessert with my Hubs on Saturday night and may have a glass of wine or champagne with dinner. Other than that, I'll be conscious without being overbearing over what I eat and how much I move. I need to give myself that. The freedom to just BE for a day and a half. When I get back home, it's back on!

I'm not worried too much about this since all we have planned is hiking, followed by more hiking, followed by a fancy dinner (which usually means reasonable portions), followed by a delicious homecooked breakfast (honestly, this might be the only thing I could feel guilty about, but I refuse to as it is my first and only time in a B&B and I plan on enjoying the experience if I can), followed by more hiking, followed by a car ride home. What's there to worry about? The books I plan on reading during the drive or on down times? The whirlpool bath I plan on taking Saturday night? All the hiking and picture taking I plan on doing? Probably the first trip in a LONG time where I haven't thought or cared too much about when and where we eat, just all the stuff I want to see and relaxing I want to do.

* GG quote, anyone?! ;)

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GUITARWOMAN 7/19/2012 3:21PM

    Sorry, I missed this blog.....

Sorry to hear you were in so much pain...with my foot, I can relate to that.

You did turn it around though, with today's blog....good for you!


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LMB-ESQ 7/19/2012 8:41AM

    Your beef stir fry sounds great! And yay for the pool! Can you replace a run with a swim? Until the hip is better? At least swimming is low impact, easier on the joints. And what's up with the hip anyway? Sorry if I missed something.... is it something you've seen a doctor about? Or just general soreness? If you belong to a gym, is there a personal trainer there who can guide you through stretches and exercises to help it?

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ROBININVEGAS 7/18/2012 4:47PM

    Try not to pay too much attention to that scale, instead focus on how you are feeling and how clothes feel on you etc. Have a great time at B& B sounds like the right attitude to me.................................

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OFFDREA 7/18/2012 3:02PM

    I am sorry you are in pain. Your determination apparently doesn't care what your body thinks ;)

Maybe try adding some more resistance training, more muscle burns more fat and is much lower impact.

Enjoy the B&B, you deserve it!!!

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 7/18/2012 2:26PM

    First off B&B Breakfast... eggs, bacon, sasuage... all paleo. So you might have a muffin or waffle... you deserve to indulge a little.

Can't wait to see some of the hiking pictures! Fingers crossed for great weather.

Sorry that you are back in a little pain, but it sounds like you have a good plan of attack on what exercises you can do and will make the most of it.


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SUGIRL06 7/18/2012 11:50AM

    I have been still having ankle pain (from way back when I was doing Insanity) and its not cool. To push through or stop is a hard decision. Mine doesn't seem to get better (actually it only hurts when I'm working out and even then its not really hurt but stiff). I hope all your aches and pains go away!

Oh, and I stopped weighing myself a month or two ago. I am just going by how my clothes fit. I hate it when people say that because I'm a number girls but lately, I can't be bothered (like my blog today on Giving Up). And besides, my measurements, body fat percentage, and weight have all been stuck for months. I don't even want to look at them until I feel like there has been a significant change!

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GETFIT2LIVE 7/18/2012 11:42AM

    Hip pain and plateaus stink--sorry that you're going through this right now. It will not always be this way, you'll figure out something and get past it. Enjoy the weekend with hubby, you deserve a romantic getaway!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 7/18/2012 11:11AM

    My scale has not moved in 8 month (unless you count UPWARD movement)... I feel you. No words of wisdom here. Just lots of support and a reminder of what we all know:

Where we are now is so much better than where we started.

Hang tough!


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KIMPY225 7/18/2012 8:56AM

    I know the scale can be awful sometimes.
Have you tried measurements?
Even when I don't lose - I tell myself... I am living a healthier lifestyle. My insides are thanking me even if the scale doesn't show it all of the time.
Keep up the great work!

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