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Catching up...

Friday, October 31, 2014

I see it's been awhile - over a month since my last blog.

Highlights:

New Trainer (#15)
Injury is healing nicely
New PR
Son came to town
Daughter is kickin' butt
Food Plan is on track

New Trainer - #15 - female, (only my 2nd female trainer) and very green. She is very nervous, which, at this stage in the game I find annoying at times. I REALIZE I am getting interns who are learning to be trainers. But I am past the beginner stage with trainers - so I sometimes find it annoying to have to re-adjust to each new beginner. At the same time, I am THANKFUL because I am getting quality training for free. Hard to beat free. I need to stop complaining and just be grateful.

My shoulder/arm injury is healing nicely - its rarely sore anymore, and I am gaining back full range of motion. I would love to start lifting heavy again on a regular basis, but that's just not feasible right now. So I am focusing on lifting heavy consistently, rather than trying to get big gains quickly... which leads me to my next topic...

While I'm not lifting for big gains at this time, I did get a bit antsy last night and decided to see where I was with my trap bar dead lift. I haven't used the trap bar for almost 6 months - and I maxed out at 300# when I did it last. Fast forward to now - and last night I was able to lift a 305# one max rep. Dang that felt good! It was rewarding to know that even though I haven't been working on big gains, I am still making progress with what I AM doing - to the point where I could pick up where I left off, and still make a small gain to boot! YEAH!

My son came to town - he's in college, and graduates this May (2015). Boy that went FAST. I remember posting on here that he was graduating from high school and how proud I was. I am even prouder now! He's being contacted by companies in his field of study, and it looks like his job prospects are good for when he graduates. So PROUD!

My daughter is swimming again this season, and continues to amaze me with her strength and endurance. I would be happy to swim a LAP without feeling like I was going to die - and yet she swims with ease. She recently completed her first 200 fly, and is planning to try the 500 free at her next meet. So not only is she swimming for speed, but endurance as well. Again, so PROUD!

My food plan is working well - and I'm managing to stay on track with it 90% of the time. I set a goal of being under 200# by Christmas - it's doable if I stay compliant - so I plan to step up my commitment and shoot for 100% compliant for the balance of this year. Tough road with Thanksgiving in there - but again, doable. Please feel free to hold me accountable - I love the support I get from my spark peeps.

That's it - in a nutshell - that's where I am! I hope everyone is doing well- and remember this - *PLAN TO WORK, AND WORK YOUR PLAN*

~Irish

PS - Happy Halloween to all of you!



  
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MRS_EVA_K 11/6/2014 6:16AM

    I'm proud for you Irish!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 11/3/2014 8:57AM

    All I could think was that you could lift more than I weigh and then I thought wait. I'm not 300 lbs any more. I keep forgetting that. LOL

Glad your are healing. No fun to not feel up to par. I loved reading about your kids and am glad they are doing well. I wish I could swim like that. I can doggy paddle if I don't panic. Sigh.

I hope you have a lovely day and an even better week. Just think about all those awesome newly trained trainers you are sending out into the world. You should get a prize for that!

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IMIN2GENES 11/3/2014 8:38AM

    That's wonderful news all around! Congrats to you on your PR, your DD and your DS!

Glad things are still going well. I'm so amazed by your ability in the gym! I'm just happy to have worked myself up to 55 lbs on the rows... LOL!

Work that plan girlfriend! I'm cheering for you. I know you can make your goal by Christmas!
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SUSUSUZZZIE 11/2/2014 6:52PM

    So PROUD of you!

Thank you for sharing your update. I've missed you... But my own fault for not being around much.

Have a great week!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 10/31/2014 10:36PM

    Thanks for the update. You are doing great!!!!!!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 10/31/2014 9:11PM

    Good news all around kiddo!!! Keep at it, you're doing great!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/31/2014 9:10PM

    wow! I can't believe the poundage you can lift. you're doing very well. I hope we can both enjoy Onderland in 2015. Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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NETGYRL 10/31/2014 7:28PM

    Thanks for the update! You have been kicking butt since April I see. :) I am really thinking of joining the gym again to get my strength training in. You are inspiring me. Congrats on keeping strong even through your injury. You are a BEAST! :) If anyone can get'er done, it's YOU. Woot woot!

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MM11113 10/31/2014 4:12PM

    Keep after it!

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Today, I am enough...

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

I needed this today - maybe you do too.

http://www.wimp.com/shelooked/

(just cut and paste the link into your browser- sorry I don't know how to make it "live")

Stay strong -

~Irish

  
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MUSICALLYMINDED 9/28/2014 8:58PM

    Tear jerker! :'(

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IMIN2GENES 9/25/2014 6:58PM

    Oh yeah! That's a good one. Thanks for sharing it!!
Chris

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/25/2014 9:48AM

    Oh how I needed this. Thanks.

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STRONG_SARAH 9/25/2014 6:28AM

    I'm all teary now. That's such a great video!

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STRONG_SARAH 9/25/2014 6:27AM

    I'm all teary now. That's such a great video!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 9/24/2014 11:19PM

    OMG!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this!!!!!!! You have no idea how much I needed this today!! Thank you

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ELRIDDICK 9/24/2014 2:05PM

  Thanks for sharing

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April 28 to August 8 - injury and all...

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Just a reminder that I AM making progress...

April 28th 248.6

August 8th 227.1


Screw the scale - it can move as slow as it needs to - I'm building muscle and taking back my healthy, one step at a time.

~Irish

  
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SAPHRAEL 8/28/2014 7:36AM

    You're a superstar!
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IMIN2GENES 8/12/2014 9:47AM

    Way to go!
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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/11/2014 8:35AM

    Woohoo! Take that silly scale! You look beautiful!

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CHEETARA79 8/10/2014 5:06PM

    SUPERSTAR!!!! You lost 20 friggin pounds! MY HERO!!! I'll have what she's having!

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LYNCHD05 8/10/2014 4:41PM

    You've got that right girl!!! There is more to health than the. Umber on the scale. Keep up the good work!!m

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GETSTRONGRRR 8/10/2014 2:02PM

    Good on you.....if you're in it for the long haul, then no need to rush results!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 8/10/2014 11:46AM

    Impressive! So glad things are moving the right direction for you!

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Keep up the great job!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 8/10/2014 1:33AM

    Looking great!!!!

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ALICIA214 8/10/2014 12:57AM

 





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Update to injury, life, etc

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

First - I'm not looking for anyone to recommend a new "treatment" - this is just an update

I started PT for my shoulder/arm/wrist . I've been to a Neurosurgeon, an orthopedic specialist, and now I'm in Physical Therapy. I have some spine/shoulder alignment issues, and PT is helping. A LOT! I'm back to lifting with minimal restrictions (no overhead press stuff) and I'm not allowed to do anything that hurts. Simple enough - time to get busy!

My Nutrition/Personal Trainer continues to be a great source of help with getting things moving in the right direction. Now all I need to do is get myself out of the way. Literally. I tend to over-think, and justify, etc... I need to remember "KISS" (Keep It Simple, Stupid...) and just work the program. It works. And it's something I'm willing to do on a regular basis... so, stop FUSSING and get busy (personal pep talk over...)

Lastly, I'm just anxious to get things MOVING... I'm impatient for results, because of the stall. Now that I'm moving forward, I feel like I want to do anything and everything to make it go FASTER (instant gratification please... )

Thanks for all of you that have checked in on me. Sorry to be a bit MIA, but I had lots of things to do with the injury. I hope to be a bit more sparkly from this point forward.

Be well!

~Irish

  
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EJOY-EVELYN 8/1/2014 12:49AM

    I'm so glad you're beginning to see some relief. Keep up the good work. I hope this therapy brings about the results you're looking for. Hug, hug - Evelyn

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SVELTEWARRIOR 7/31/2014 10:45PM

    I am glad you are healing!!!! I am going to borrow the KISS thing...... love it

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ADRIENALINE 7/31/2014 1:35PM

    Glad to hear you are on your way back to health!

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GRACEOMALLEY 7/31/2014 12:29PM

    Glad to hear things are moving in a good direction. Yupp - KISS works, as long as you follow it. Do what is right for you and your condition and don't push it to any place that does damage or re-injures. Keep up the good work and glad you're back with us.
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MUSTANG_SALLY2 7/31/2014 10:36AM

    I like the "KISS" method too except I say, "Keep It Simple, Sweetie". My momma didn't like us to use the other S word. It got us in big trouble. (grin)

I'm glad things are working. I've been worried about your arm and what they were saying. I'm hopeful that you will see some changes as you work your plan.

Keep going! I'm cheering for you!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 7/30/2014 11:24PM

    Thank you for the update. I've been wondering about you. So glad you can get back to a more lifting! All the best to you on your continued healing and getting things MOVING!

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IMIN2GENES 7/30/2014 6:47PM

    KISS... that's my favorite acronym. LOL! I love that one!! I try and remind myself of that frequently. I'm with you on the instant gratification. Let's go!

Glad to hear that the PT is working! That's great news. Still sending lots of wishes for speedy healing!

I'm looking forward to getting started on my own program. I should be getting the first part of it tomorrow. Fingers crossed!
Chris
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PS - How were you able to ever focus on training with trainer #7? I saw his website and I would have been totally distracted by those abs!
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GETSTRONGRRR 7/30/2014 5:48PM

    Welcome back! Stay strong, but remember, first do no harm! Do what you're comfortable doing, but remember that you're in it for the long haul....keep yourself strong & healthy enough to work out over time

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MRS_EVA_K 7/30/2014 4:10PM

    I'm glad the PT is helping Irish. And I'm glad the new plan is something you can stick with. Keep us posted. I know you'll be moving in your preferred direction very soon. (((Hugs)))

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MUSICALLYMINDED 7/30/2014 4:04PM

    Glad to hear you're still able to lift. Keeping kissing your way to success :)



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The challenges of an injury... a little help please?

Sunday, June 29, 2014

I LOVE to do strength training - heavy lifting, squats, deadlifts.

My injury has sidelined most of this... Now I am able to do only the following:

squat holds
body weight squats
single leg hip thrusts
glute bridges
body weight walking lunges
hip thrust holds (I can hold a weight plate on my lap with my good arm for this)
hip thrusters
body weight side lunges

nothing upper body.. this is INCREDIBLY frustrating...

And, of course, as much cardio as I can stand (did I mention that I really don't like cardio much???)

My doctor's appt is on July 8th - and while I will be glad to (FINALLY) get some news, I don't anticipate them clearing me to start up on my upper body weight program right away (although I guess miracles CAN happen).

Funny thing, and I plan to talk to the doctor about this, none of the upper body exercises make the injury hurt and/or make it better either... so I am going to see what I will be allowed to do (if anything)... I figure it can't hurt to ask.

All of this, has, in turn, stagnated my weight loss...

I have a super nutrition program - and we are tweaking it to fit the lack of training.

But I AM FRUSTRATED BEYOND BELIEF.... I finally had it movin'... and now I'm stalled, again.

But you know me... never gonna quit, never gonna die... so here I am...

question - what do YOU like to do for HIGH intensity cardio??? I'm open to ideas...

~Irish

  
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PARASELENIC 7/3/2014 1:22PM

    I have to trick or bribe myself: Watch a tv show online while on the elliptical and develop rules-- eg: whever music plays in the background, up the elliptical to break neck speed.

I love swimming and that makes really good intense cardio-- get a pair of underwater headphones and just let go... swimming is nice, too, as you can break up the speeds and intensity by lengths or minutes.

I hope that your injury is healing well. Can't wait to hear about the 8th!

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/30/2014 10:43PM

    I agree, being limited is quite the test and I'm not all that crazy about cardio either . . . but the heart wants it. My personal favorites are Tai Chi and healing Qi Gong. As much as I've come to enjoy long walks, I now must limit them to 10-15 minute segments. Being adaptable to new limitations will continue to break ground in changing our focus.

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IMIN2GENES 6/30/2014 8:46PM

    Just for fun, I LOVE to use Coach Nicole's videos. Her short 10 - 15 minute cardio ones are lots of fun especially when you don't have a lot of extra time. They pack a punch! I also like kickboxing too. It's something more interesting than the treadmill for me...
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Finger's still crossed for good news from the docs! I'm still thinking of you even though I've been on the quiet side. I'll explain later...

Keep thinking happy thoughts and hold tight to that determination!
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GETSTRONGRRR 6/30/2014 5:54PM

    Hmmm, hopefully it's some type of tendonitis.

I guess kettlebells are out. (although if it is tendonitis, swinging KBs are great....it gently stretches out your joints).

Spinning may be your best option for cardio.....you could also see if they have any weighted vests at your gym.....weighted walks can be good

Hope you have a speedy recovery

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ADRIENALINE 6/30/2014 1:17PM

    Love hiking, jogging with music outside and cycling. I personally hate strength training. Between the two of us we'd make one great fitness trainer

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MRS_EVA_K 6/30/2014 8:29AM

    I hike. i hate gym cardio. I don't get to go as much as i would like to but i personally am not overly athletic but hiking is something i can do. at this time of year you just have to make sure you stay hydrated.

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CHEETARA79 6/30/2014 7:41AM

    I love hiking. Cardio indoors on one of those dang machines generally makes me feel like a hamster on a wheel.

Swimming is also great cardio and it's the season right now!

If you have to do indoors, I'd do Zumba or some other dance aerobics class.

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SLOWDETERMINED 6/29/2014 11:42PM

  emoticon I love biking, both stationary and riding the road. I can challenge myself on the bike, I like to do interval training, and recently tried Tabata intervals which are intense. I have learned to tolerate the treadmill, but I really like to cycle with music. emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 6/29/2014 11:39PM

    Do you like cycling? I like to cycle long and fast

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