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Going it alone

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

At the start of last night's karate class I & one of the other black belt candidates had to re-do our push-ups. Neither of us was able to do the required 50 during the pre-test. Unbeknownst to me at least since this was never mentioned or done in class the new push up requirement is to go further down than I have been working on, basically for our chests to practically touch the floor, and we did them at the end of the pre-test instead of the beginning as I had expected so we were tired. I still got 41 of them done (actually 42 but the other candidate mis-counted). He got 49 of the 50.

So we had to re-do them last night. I got all 50 but it was tough and took longer then the 2 minutes. K still got the 49 and just couldn't get that last one completed.

Then Sensei B told us that the other 2 candidates are not going to test in August and recommended that K also wait until Oct/Nov to test because he just doesn't have the endurance yet.

Me? I have no real choice but to continue with August 4 otherwise I think he would have recommended the same for me. So I will be testing alone in a few weeks. Those push-ups worry me.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/17/2012 4:53PM

    Wow, impressive!

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AWOOD1973 7/12/2012 11:58PM

    You will rock it out, just like you already did! Hakuna matada (sp?) No worries, you'll do great!! :)

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HOPEFULHIPPO 7/12/2012 12:25AM

    my coach had me do those in leu of "modified"...I couldn't even do one. So you doing 50 is nothing short of amazing to me!

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MCJULIEO 7/11/2012 11:23PM

    Maybe if you WERE Dolly Parton..... have you considered a WonderBra???? emoticon

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CODEMAULER 7/11/2012 8:31PM

    Wow - those are some tough requirements... and you are tougher!!


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CLAIREINPARIS 7/11/2012 3:38PM

    It sounds tough indeed! But a great challenge! emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 7/11/2012 1:58PM

    Keep at it..... Will another challenge help motivate and put you over the top?

I'm all in if you need it....even though I'll be in Vegas next week and on a cruise shop in Alaska the week after that!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 7/11/2012 1:50PM

    Wow.... you are one tough chic! emoticon on those push ups!

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 7/11/2012 12:58PM

    Chainsaws, push-ups - ain't nothin' but a thang (or as the saying goes:) You can wrap your head around this one, I know you can!! :)

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TRI_BABE 7/11/2012 12:34PM

    I had a mean gymnastics coach who used to make us do push-ups until our chest hit the floor. He used to say stuff like, "SOME OF YOU GIRLS THINK YOU ARE DOLLY PARTON OR SOMETHING..."

I couldn't stand the guy, but still think of him to this day when doing push-ups.

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DOGSTARDADDY 7/11/2012 12:05PM

    Push ups are tough if you need to go all the way down like that. Good luck.

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I'm Home!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

For a few days anyway, after an 8.5 hour flight with a crying toddler in front of me who finally fell asleep 10 minutes before landing.

I left the airport by 2; by 2:50 pm I pulled into my driveway and saw this:

My earlier assumption was wrong. Instead of 20 feet of blue spruce in the yard a good 30 feet of the tree had snapped of, taking a large limb of the maple tree with it. Inside the house I had an estimate for cutting everything up, cutting down the remaining 15 feet of tree and removing the stump for the "deal" price of $800. Which is not too much more than I was expecting.

So by 3 pm I was back in the car and up to Lowe's to buy myself a chainsaw. $95 and 4 hours later this is what I'm left with:

I think I'll just leave it there for now, see if it survives, instead of having it cut now and de-stumped. At least I no longer have to worry about it falling onto the house.

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CLAIREINPARIS 7/21/2012 5:06AM

    Wow, you did a great job! I hope it will survive!

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AWOOD1973 7/11/2012 2:40AM

    Wow! Talk about a welcome home present! Chick, with Chainsaw!! You go, girl! That's a heck of a workout! Thank goodness it didn't land on your house!!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 7/10/2012 6:16PM

    Holy swiss cheese you are freaking amazing!!

At first glance on your pic it DID look like it fell into your house.

What a way to come home and take out the agressions of a crying flying child. LOL

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KKINNEA 7/10/2012 5:19PM

    Glad it didn't fall on the house! You've got a "tree sculpture" now!

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 7/10/2012 11:20AM

    Well done, well done!! Way to just take care of it!!

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NINJA_SMOO 7/10/2012 10:27AM

  Rawr! I bet you're feeling the cainsaw-ing muscles this morning :) Great job hun!

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CODEMAULER 7/10/2012 9:19AM

    That's one way to beat jet lag!


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KAREN42BOYS 7/10/2012 8:23AM

    Wow, you get it done!

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GETSTRONGRRR 7/10/2012 8:08AM

    Way to go Wonder Woman!

Go for the Bose noise-cancelling headsets.....well worth the price!

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AZMOMXTWO 7/10/2012 8:00AM

  good job and saved money also plus you got exercise i bet it was scarry to see it had fallen

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Checking in

Sunday, July 08, 2012

I know I've been MIA lately. So much going on, not enough time to do it all. You all know the story.

Had black belt pre-testing last Saturday. I was to chicken to read the results until today. You know how it is when you take any sort of keep reliving and magnifying all of the mistakes you made. And while I am confident on the outside there is still that nasty little voice inside convinced I failed. And then I had a dream this morning that I finally looked at my results and they had a big red line through them, meaning I had failed and would not be allowed to test next month. Since I didn't like that dream at all I woke up and got out of bed to make sure I wouldn't continue with it, instead of sleeping in today like I had planned. But nothing for it now but to bite the bullet and finally look at the results.

I passed the areas of the pre-test! I have areas to work on, and we didn't test everything, but I get to test in a few weeks and have a pretty good shot at it.

Please don't tell me you expected nothing else, I can't afford to get over-confident right now. I need the worry to push me to try that much harder.

I've been in France for work this last week, no real exercise at all during this time for various reasons. Unlike home which has been going through a major heat wave here in Compiegne it has been cool, overcast and rainy. At least my nutrition has been OK. I couldn't get an affordable flight home on the weekend so I'm sill in France today and fly home Monday morning. All flight options seemed to have me connecting to a Royal Dutch Airlines flight...which had a "sudden" price increase of over $6000 as soon as I clicked on the flight option (for a coach seat mind you, not even Business Class). Even if I'm not the one paying for it...I don't think so. If my ticket is going to cost over $7000 it had damned well better NOT be in coach. So I go home tomorrow.

And get to see the damage. On Tuesday there was a huge storm and the top 20 feet of the blue spruce in front of my house came crashing to the ground. Fortunately it was to the ground and not on my house or the neighbour's house/car. I still haven't seen a picture to know how bad it really is but I can imagine. Getting rid of it is going to be an expensive pain, my insurance would only cover it if the tree had hit a building or vehicle. I'm OK with that b/c if it had hit the house it would have taken out the 2nd floor...not to mention landing squarely on my bed! But it's still going to be an expensive pain to get rid of, and I get back on the plane to France Saturday night so coordination is not going to be fun.

Yesterday I spent the day at the palace and grounds of Versailles. I almost didn't go but as with exercise and other times I forced myself out of my comfort zone, I'm glad I went. I have pictures, which I will post in another blog b/c they are on my camera and data roaming charges are too astronomical to send them until I get home. I had lunch at a little cafe stand in the gardens there and was joined by several of the cats that apparently live in the gardens. They ate all the chicken from my pizza and were reasonably polite about it. One of them even ate a slice of tomato someone gave her and two of my mushrooms. I've never seen a cat eat veggies before.

This was initially meant to be just a quick check in to let you all know that I'm still alive so I will end here and go take the nap I promised myself.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 7/10/2012 12:19PM

    Tres Bien!

Glad you hear you are among the living!

Safe travels!

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IONICAQ 7/9/2012 11:52AM

    Sorry to hear about the tree, that's horrible!

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MATTERJT 7/9/2012 9:17AM

    Hey girl, sounds like your schedule has been a bit crazy, but that you are managing well. Congrats on your testing. Once you become a black belt, we can be black belt buddies. :) I have a second degree black belt in Taekwondo. It's so exciting!

When you said you were going to France awhile back, I thought you were moving there permanently. I didn't realize you were just going there for work. LOL!!!!
What kind of work do you do that has you flying regularly to France?

But you did move out of Michigan, I see. So how do you like your new place? Do you like it better there than Michigan?

We definitely should register in some races together in the near future so we can meet up and hang out together.

Hope everything turns out with the tree. I have three trees in my yard that I want taken out, but I heard that tree removal is insanely expensive. And of course, my trees are huge! LOL!!!


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DOGSTARDADDY 7/9/2012 4:49AM

    Thanks for the update. Good to see ya.

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AWOOD1973 7/9/2012 3:43AM

    Wow! You have a lot going on!! Congrats on your testing! Well done! As far as your flight back home, I wish you safe travels! :)

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CODEMAULER 7/8/2012 12:56PM

    I'm glad that the results were better than your dreams/nightmares. I psyche myself out of tests all the time, so a passing mark is always appreciated.

Travel safely and hope the tree removal is kind to the wallet.

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GETSTRONGRRR 7/8/2012 11:08AM

    Pretty decent stroke of luck not being around the house when the storm and the tree hit...could have been dicey.

Nice news about the Black Belt testing.....chalk up another success to the push-up challenge!

Safe travels!

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 7/8/2012 11:08AM

    Thanks for the update & safe travels back home!! Congrats on the pre-test also, don't let your nerves get the best of you, just respect them & listen to your intuition!

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    Welcome back and at least you've found some time to enjoy some of the surroundings on your trip!

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PENNYPACKER3 7/8/2012 9:11AM

    glad you are back.

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Push-Up Challenge - The Payoff

Friday, June 29, 2012

As you may remember for I few months I did. Push-up challenge with some other Spark members, which ended sometime in June. The challenge was for consistency, not quantity and the goal was to do a minimum of 4 sets of pushups 6 days per week for several months.

I won. emoticon

Honesty, however, compels me to admit that is only because GETSTRONGRR missed a day due to some travel misadventures. Further honesty compels me to admit that the actual challenge was really a tie since I also missed one day in May when I was feeling contrary and just did not do them.

But I still won.

A few weeks ago Sensei B announced that the black belt candidates would have to do a pre-test to make sure we were ready for the real test on August 4. The pre-test is tomorrow. So last night I went to the early class to assist and during the classes' warmup said "Mr. M, come over here and count Rebekah's pushups and situps, she has two minutes to complete 50 of each.". And these are military style pushups, not girly ones.

Nothing like being on the spot unexpectedly!

But thanks to my daily pushups challenge from the past few months I finished 60 of them in less than the 2 minutes.

So then I asked Sensei B "Since I did the pushups/situps tonight I don't have to do them on Saturday, right?"

I knew the probable answer but had to ask anyway since one just never knows what the answer will actually be. I might have gotten lucky.

His answer was "If you couldn't do them tonight you wouldn't BE testing Saturday, I don't want to waste my time if you can't meet the basic fitness requirements. And you will do them again on Saturday."

Right. Just what I expected but I had to try emoticon

But I wonder how the other 3 candidates "knew" to miss class last night?

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LRK4CHRIST 7/8/2012 8:27AM

    Oh wow! Do it! LOL! Keep up the good work. Ur motivation is helping me out. LOL

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MCJULIEO 6/30/2012 11:42PM

    FANTASTIC! You GO, Girl!

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TRI_BABE 6/29/2012 6:37PM

    Great job! I started doing push-ups recently and notice a difference. Have you tried the Insanity workouts? Lots of push-up variations in those. Nice for xtraining for running or traveling, you just need to bring a DVD.

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THEEASYKILL30 6/29/2012 3:41PM

    That is awesome! Wow, you must have the most incredibly toned arms. Good luck with your black belt test!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 6/29/2012 2:14PM

    LOL that's awesome. congrats :o)

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BOILHAM 6/29/2012 9:23AM

    Slim and strong equals success in pushups. Less body weight to "push up". Great job and good luck on the test.

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    Congrats.. good luck Saturday!

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GETSTRONGRRR 6/29/2012 7:52AM

    Magnifico! Nice try with the sensei.....knock it out of the park during testing

Don't know what happened to our third partner....Safaribabe has a tendency to disappear in the summer.

I'm also glad to see that a side benefit of doing so many push-ups was to improve your honesty and fess up to missing that day!

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 6/29/2012 7:51AM

    Congrats & heartfelt best wishes on Aug. 4th! :)

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OPTIMIST1948 6/29/2012 7:18AM

    What a wonderful idea! I gotta bum wing right now. Maybe i will self impose a situp challenge.

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May Goal Results

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

1) Maintain my weight at +5 / -14 pounds
still ~5-6 lbs over goal range at month end but this has changed for June

3) Do some sort of housecleaning or maintenance daily

5) Finalize my budget by the end of Jan and stick to it to pay off at least 3 loans by Dec.
Debt #3 to be paid in June

6) Ready to test for black belt by end of June:
6c) Make terminology flashcards by end of February; review weekly until testing
Have not been reviewing weekly

6d) Assist in 4 classes per month (20 total required)
Ahead of schedule, have 17 classes of 20 needed by end of May; 3 more to go

6e) Learn and master sais kata
Have learned most of the form, need to confirm the final few steps next week

6f) Keep running so as to maintain ability to run 2 miles in 18 minutes
My 90 seconds is still missing because I was barely running in May. This has changed in June

6g) Be able to do 55 pushups in May; 60 in June

7) Goal revamped – finish mailbox / light switches / outlets / floors / doors / ceiling fans / curtains before I move, timing TBD
2 doors & ceiling fans installed, mailbox finished, switches & outlets finished, floors done (the ones I had planned to do, now I have to do the small bathroom floor which I had not planned on); 3 doors left to do

8) Postponed to 2013 - Run my first marathon by October 21
My priority is black belt testing; I will aim for the Paris marathon in April 2013.

9) Other goals as they occur to me.
Refinanced my car; tested for & earned my new professional certification; finalized my expatriate employment contract; closed out the kids’ high school records

10) Have fun and stress less!

11) NEW GOAL - weekly pushup challenge
Doing 5 sets of pushups, 6 days per week. Currently at 5 sets of 30 plus extras during karate training class.

2) Become a half fanatic by the end of August
4) Break my dependence on Splenda
6b) Ni kyoso suro no kata approved in February; Bassai kata approved in March

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TRI_BABE 6/29/2012 6:43PM

    Good job ! And yeah, Splenda (or anything artificial) is bad news to me.

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DEZZIEJAMES 6/16/2012 12:10PM

    I saw more emoticon than emoticon, which looks quite successful to me!!!!

Especially the having fun part....

Have a good day!

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JUDYAMK 6/15/2012 9:25PM

    I like how you write down your goals gives me an idea thanks. You are a woman on the go looking straight ahead & running to meet meet you expectations awesome you!!!!

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MCJULIEO 6/14/2012 11:26AM

    I bow to your Wonderfulness!

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    Oh, you're just amazing! Way to hang in there and get it going! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STRIVER57 6/14/2012 2:44AM

    pretty good ... and getting better! way to go!

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CATS_MEOW_0911 6/13/2012 8:28PM

    There sure are a lot of "thumbs up" there--way to go!

Best of luck with your goals.

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