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Right song for this morning.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Short but sweet...this song was the first song to play after I started running this morning and the lyrics really struck the right chord!! The song is Crazy Dreams by Carrie Underwood.

Hello, you longshots, you dark horse runners
Hairbrush singers, dashboard drummers
Hello, you wild magnolias just waitin’ to bloom
There's a little bit of all that inside of me and you
Thank God, even crazy dreams come true

I stood at the bottom of some walls I thought I couldn't climb
I felt like Cinderella at the ball just runnin’ out of time
So I know how it feels to be afraid
And think that it's all gonna slip away
Hold on, hold on

Here's to you free souls, you firefly chasers
Street climbers, porch swingers, air guitar players
Here's to you fearless dancers, shakin’ walls in your bedrooms
There's a lot of wonder left inside of me and you
Thank God, even crazy dreams come true

Never let a bad day be enough
To go and talk you in to givin’ up
Sometimes everybody feels like you
Oh, feels like you, just like you, yeah

I've met some go getters, some difference makers
Small town heroes and big chance takers
I've met some young hearts with somethin’ to prove, oh yeah

Here's to you longshots, you dark horse runners
Hairbrush singers and dashboard drummers
Here's to you wild magnolias just waitin’ to bloom
There's a little bit of all that inside of me and you
Thank God, even crazy dreams come true
Thank God, even crazy dreams come true

Songwriter(s): Dean, Barry G; Underwood, Carrie; Verges, Troy

This part in particular, I think, speaks to every Sparker at some time or another:

Never let a bad day be enough
To go and talk you in to givin’ up
Sometimes everybody feels like you
Oh, feels like you, just like you, yeah

After weeks of shin issues, scale issues and sleep issues this was the right song-Never let a bad day be enough to go and talk you into givin' up-even crazy dreams come true!!! Crazy dreams like becoming a runner, losing weight, lookin' sexy for my awesome husband!! Today the scale FINALLY budged (in the right direction) and even though I was slower than molasses in January during my run I ran my goal, walked and then got tired of walking and ran some more!! I even poured on the juice at the end and finished sweaty and breathless!! And proud of it!!! Thanks Carrie for a song I never appreciated before today. To tell the truth the song has been on my ipod forever and I can't remember EVER hearing it before today-LOL!! Pod knew what I needed!!

It is a good day-I even got a new piece of bling, which I will proudly wear everyday between now and the 26th!! Check it out-
My first grader made it in school!! It is my new favorite piece of jewelry!! Hope everyone is having a great day and realizing some of those "Crazy Dreams"!! One week to the big day!! I have my fingers crossed for the LL Bean fleece jacket and fitness vest I've had my eyes on!! Hope everyone has something special waiting for them under the tree too!!

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RITEEBEE 12/21/2009 8:19AM

    great blog!! I needed that today! Thanks! emoticon

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BUTEAFULL 12/20/2009 1:44AM

    now when I hear her song I'll have a new viewpoint on it thanks for bringing it to our attention

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 12/19/2009 5:06AM

    Great blog Heather, loving the necklace

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VERGE_OF_ME 12/19/2009 12:19AM

    The message in that song...yep...needed that...thanks so much for sharing! CONGRATS on getting the scale to cooperate...but most of all...WAY TO GO on pushing hard and getting out there with a strong finish....something I haven't done in a couple of weeks. We share a lot of the same crazy dreams : ) Time for me to work harder at seeing them come've inspired me to make tomorrow count. Your bling is priceless...ROCK IT!! emoticon emoticon

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ESBELL 12/18/2009 11:02PM

    Love the bling!!

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FIRENUT34 12/18/2009 10:41PM

    I can't wait to see what my kids will make in school. I agree that is a great song by Carrie Underwood.

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BORN2BMORE 12/18/2009 7:51PM

    emoticon So glad to hear you had a good day! Grats on the weight loss!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 12/18/2009 7:24PM

    Love your bling!! I so miss those days at times...*sigh*

I'm sure I probably have that Carrie Underwood song on my iPod but couldn't say for that tells me that I haven't ever really payed attention to the lyrics at any rate. I'll have to check it out...okay - just checked and I do have it on there! I'll have to listen to it on my way home from work tonight with a whole new perspective!!!

Awesome - glad the scale finally cooperated with you!

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Stupid Scale!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I HATE THIS INVENTION!! HATE IT HATE IT HATE IT!! It is the spawn of Satan in mechanical form. I hate that it has gotten so advanced that it can even tell me I didn't drink enough water yesterday and that whatever I did wrong over the weekend resulted in percentage gains in FAT!!! I hate it!!! I hate that when I kicked my weighing in habit to the curb I took that as free reign on also not being personally accountable for what I eat. I hate that now that I am back on the weighing in drug the scale won't do what I want it to do!! I hate the little digital smirk my scale gives me. I hate that I give it the power to destroy the good feelings I have and make me focus on those little lines that won't form the numbers I want to see. I hate the scale and even more I hate her. What is her problem??? 2 ounces bloat gain from the salt on her margarita glass??? Uggg!! Obviously I am kind of snarky today. I hate that when I got dressed this morning I looked in the mirror and thought "Hmm feeling good about how I am looking in this outfit today" and THEN I got on the scale (not my normal routine-I like to weigh before I get dressed) and UGGGGHHHHH! WHY WON'T IT MOVE DOWN!!!!! I know, I know all the reasons why and I've commented on a dozen blogs asking the same question. I KNOW!!! Still I need to find a way to keep weighing in because for me it keeps me accountable, but I need to take away some of that scale's power over me. Not sure how that is going to work. Gotta figure it out though....

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4EVERADONEGIRL 12/18/2009 7:17PM

    This is great! Sorry it took me so long to get on over here and read it! :-) I hate the scale right now too!!!!! Let's take them and beat 'em up together!! LOL

How you combat the stupid scale is through other measurements. Maybe not the tape measurement, but the measurement of your energy levels, the measurement of your running improvement, and how about your improvement in walking!! You are SOOO much faster now than when you started! Those are the measurements that count because even when the scale takes away a victory...NOBODY can take away your non-scale victories!!!

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BUTEAFULL 12/17/2009 3:59AM

    yes the scale is evil and what's more the one at the doctors office reads higher than the one at home, just can't win

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EXERTIGER 12/16/2009 5:09PM

    I'm with you. Just remember the scale is not all knowing. Judge by how well you've been tracking food, exercising, and how well the tape measure loves you. It's a fair weather friend at best. So weigh yourself and then smirk right back at it.

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MARLA_S 12/16/2009 12:32PM

    I say pay more attention to how you feel and how your shape is changing, and less attention to what you weigh. The scale will catch up in its own good time: :o)

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VERGE_OF_ME 12/16/2009 12:18PM

    Loved totally conveyed the frustration that I think we all deal snark away : D Just remember...if you FELT good...then go with those feelings and don't let anything take that away. I'm glad my scale is not as "smart" as yours....or I'm afraid it would have met with an untimely death long ago,lol. Wishing you speed and success in finding the right balance of accountability without negativity...I know you can do it!

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SAWYERLONDON 12/16/2009 12:01PM

  So true. The scale should DIAF.


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LAURANAV1 12/16/2009 9:56AM

    I love this post - so funny and so true and expresses the frustration we feel on that scale even when our brain knows better.
I really wish it were so easy to see what's going on inside. I also wish the changes would happen faster. It's so much effort and it takes so long sometimes to see the difference.

But we are worth it!!

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ESBELL 12/16/2009 9:06AM


You are not defined by a simple number. You are so much more. You are a dedicated mom who is teaching her kiddos how to incorporate healthy eating & activity into every day life. You are a good friend who finds time to give a hand to others. You are a runner now.

When the scale starts measuring the really important things in life, then we can listen to what it has to say "about" us. Until then, it's a number to help us see where we need to focus along this journey.

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 12/16/2009 4:29AM

    Heather hun, totally understand and love the sarcasm.
I reckon you've voised the feelings of every Sparker babe but just remember you are healthier and nuch much fitter now and the scales will move in the right direction if you stick with it.
But you KNOW this don't you.

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FIRENUT34 12/15/2009 11:15PM

    I hate the scale also yet I will weigh myself several times a day. It is an addiction. Weigh myself once a week? Thats not going to happen.

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BELIEVER104 12/15/2009 10:12PM

    Before you weigh in, try this: look in the mirror, take a couple deep breaths, and say marvelously wonderful things about yourself and how hard you worked yesterday. Remind yourself that progress is made even when the scale doesn't budge. Then... take the plunge, accept it-- and keep on working hard. The scale will inevitably catch up!

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VVNOVEMBER 12/15/2009 9:03PM

    Too funny! I've got a lot of hang ups, but fortunately the scale isn't one of them. Not that my weight is anywhere close to what I want to see. It's just that obsessing over the scale would de-motivate me faster than anything I could imagine. So I'm never tempted to jump on it, because I expect the worse. So when I do finally force myself to step on it, I'm usually pleasantly let's hope that holds true!

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MEGAMITENCHI 12/15/2009 8:18PM

    Well, first you always have to breathe. Are you weighing yourself everyday (sorry I haven't read your other blogs!) because that gets really frustrating! But you already know, you said it, it is how you keep yourself in check. The scale is going to do what it is, but there are other numbers involved too, like tracking your food and exercise, and those you have more control over than the scale. Plus, they are way more helpful than a mocking scale. So keep using the scale, but focus on what you can do (food and exercise) and let the scale do it's thing. Good luck!!!!!!

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LITTLE_DEBBIE 12/15/2009 7:38PM

I have a basic analog scale and it drives me crazy too. It's been stuck on the same number so long, I'm beginning to wonder if the stupid thing is broken! emoticonSpark on!

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SPINNER1010 12/15/2009 7:26PM

    Do you wiegh in at the same time every day. That is critical

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Rainy Run and Carb overload-NOT!!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Friday was a great day. Got up early to go running and found a bit of rain coming down. My sister and I had planned on the possibility of rain and were planning to run anyways so off I went. The short drive across town showed just how variable our weather was going to be. In 10 minutes it went from drizzle to enough rain to warant putting my wipers on and then back to not raining at all. Made it to my sis's and donned a baseball cap to keep the rain out of my eyes, a sweatshirt that would just have to do its best at keeping me dry and my gloves. Off we went in the rain and it was FUN!! I actually totally enjoyed running in the rain. We did do a very abbreviated workout, but it was still good and it felt better than letting the rain get the better of me and not doing anything at all. Most of the run we had only a slight drizzle but did get a stronger rain for a bit. My hat and sweatshirt got quite damp but underneath it all I stayed mostly dry. I actually ran hard enough to work up a good sweat on a rainy day!! My sister did a great post on the sweat part of that workout!!
I work up an easy sweat during the summer but the cooler weather has lessened that except on Friday when I ran my little heart out. I did do some walking since shins were still a little tight, but it was easier to start up again after walking a bit so that was good. Friday afternoon and evening I packed on the steps on the ol' pedometer. We went to Disneyland after the kids got out of school!!! Nothing like an evening at an amusement park to pack on the steps!! Got home from D-land kind of late and thankfully got to sleep in a little on Saturday.

Saturday was a day I'd been looking forward to for awhile. A friend of mine hosts an ornament exchange party every year and I spend all year looking forward to it. Each participant makes 16 ornaments and then we get together and swap so each person goes home with a collection of new, hand made, beautiful, cute, crafty, ornaments. This year a lot of people couldn't attend so there were only 6 of present with 3 others participating by sending their ornaments over so my friend could hand them out and in turn collect a set for each absent friend. One of the friends mailed hers from half way across the country. Her husband joined the Navy and they are stationed far from home. It was so nice to have her letter read to us about how she came up with the idea for her ornament and how she did it. It made us feel like she was there with us and I am sure she will feel closer to home when she opens her box of ornaments when it arrives. I was so proud of mysslf though. This party is of course also just that, a party, it is an opportunity for all us girls to get together and chat and eat and spend time AWAY from the kids and husbands for just a few hours during our busiest time of year. Well, my friend put out quite the spread-homemade cream of broccoli soup, served in bread bowls, homemade cinnamon rolls, pumpkin/cream cheese rolls and apple cider. OH MY GOODNESS CAN WE SAY CARB OVERLOAD?????!!!!! Okay with all that creamy, bready goodness set before me I could see A LOT of damage being done!! I was SO well behaved though!! One cinnamon roll (with the least cream cheese frosting I could find) and one bowl of soup. Now, the old me would have eaten the soup and then also devoured the bowl it was served in ( a boule of sourdough bread)!! The new me, the well behaved me, ate the soup, with a little cheese sprinkled on top to add just a touch of protein to this carb fest (not that I needed the extra calories) and left the bowl!!! Woo Hoo!! While I had no control over what was served, I did control how much damage I inflicted upon myself. I totally skipped the pumpkin/cream cheese rolls even though they looked SCRUMPTIOUS!! Even my friend commented on the amount of bread she put out so it was a kind of humorous moment. She said that as she was setting everything out she realized how much bread she had used but hey, it was a party so oh well!! Yep, oh well I did well enough.

Sunday was another good day and then up early again today to go running. I set a shorter than normal goal due to having so much difficulty lately with my shins and met that goal. Worked up another good sweat. came home and did leg work!! It's been a good weekend. We are coming into the home stretch on the holiday season. Tonight will be a trial as we decorate our gingerbread house as a family activity. I baked and assembled the house yesterday I had only enough dough for what we needed to do so there were no left over cookies to be eaten. Tonight I will be surrounded by candy though. I'll have to let the kids eat what we don't use so that I am not tempted. Wish me luck!! Hope everyone had a great weekend and is having a great start to their week!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 12/18/2009 7:21PM

    Way to go!!! You have exhibited way more willpower than I think I could have and bread have a love-hate relationship!!! LOL

You are doing so awesome!! Keep it up!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 12/14/2009 8:58PM

    I still have not run in the rain but our rain is a very cold 40 degree rain right now, maybe this summer I will try it.

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FIRENUT34 12/14/2009 4:16PM

    Is California like Florida where it could be thundering and lightning in the back yard with rain coming down in buckets and sunny in the front yard? Glad you had a good run and keep up the good work.

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 12/14/2009 3:35PM

    Sounds like a great weekend Heather fitting loads in

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RAIN_SIS 12/14/2009 1:40PM

    Sounds like a great weekend! Who knew NOT eating a loaf of bread could be as satisfying as eating it?!
The rest of the blog made me think about how when I was a kid I loved playing outside in the rain. Where I grew up rain is a rare treat. It is either dry or snowing. Not much in between. When we got the rare downpour it just felt so good to get out in it! If we could just recapture the joy in motion that we had as a kids...
I guess you have. Congratulations!
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OVERHAULING-ME 12/14/2009 1:19PM

    WOW, what a weekend. It all sounds so wonderful! First of all I'm JEALOUS that you live so close to Disneyland that you can go after school. We've been once, four years ago. My youngest two have never gone so we have the goal to go again when our youngest is five (three more years).

I LOVE ornament exchanges. I've done it a couple of times and I enjoy seeing the ornaments made by friends. The food sounded WONDERFUL! I don't know if my new self could have resisted the sourdough bread bowls, YUM!!!

Good job getting your workouts/runs in regardless of the weather. Good luck with your gingerbread house building. We do that every year (for the past 25). My mom, sisters and their families come over and we usually build about 12 then we go caroling and give them away (each child picks who they want to give theirs to). Good luck with staying away from the candy. I'll be trying to do that next week. Have a wonderful Monday and a Terrific week!

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Stretching myself

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Had a great walk this morning. We are supposed to get more rain starting tonight. The forcast is for "showers" so hopefully it will be done or just sprinkling when it is time to run tomorrow.

Wednesday's run was crud. My shins didn't want to cooperate AGAIN!! I think I've got it figured out though!! Silly me, we went hiking on Saturday-6.something miles with some really extreme hills, anyway, we finish the hike, walk to the car and get in. Anybody else see the problem here? We drove across town to where I met my family at the parade route for our city's Christmas Parade. My husband had thoughtfully set up my folding chair and it was ready and waiting. I didn't sit down right away though. I stood and did a little bit of stretching and wriggled and paced for a bit. Then I sat down, in the cold for 2.5 hours. Have you figured out my problem yet?

STUPID, STUPID, STUPID Rookie mistake-I did not follow up my INTENSE workout with a sufficient amount of stretching and cool down!! My muscles got TIGHT!! No wonder, that on Wednesday, they were still feeling the effects. Especially since Sunday is my day off so no exercise there, Monday was storming and while I had good intentions they did not pan out, so nothing Monday either, Tuesday was a walk where I was feeling some of the tightness and needed to stretch at one point to alieve some of that. On Wednesday I was still tight, no wonder trying to run turned out badly!! I had this epiphany while walking a nice little stretch after running a measly one mile and needing to stop. So yesterday, after the blankety, blank run I came home and dug through my fitness papers. I knew what I was looking for and it took only a moment to find it. A bit of enlightenment...I am a bit of a magazine junkie and have been reading Shape, Self and Fitness for a while. When I find an article or workout I think has potential I rip it out of the magazine and put it in a folder I have for just that purpose. I knew I had this article about AI stretching. I couldn't remember what that meant, but I had done the stretches shown with the article before and found them helpful. When I found the article I used those stretches for my cool down after strength training yesterday and they really seemed to help. Thank goodness it was just a little reminder of the importance of stretching!!!

A.I. stands for Active Isolative Stretching. Most of us use static stretching techniques-where you move into a posture that stretches a muscle and hold that pose for 30-60 seconds or longer. A. I. stretching works by sitting or standing in a way that isolates the muscle group you want to stretch and then during the stretch companion muscles are contracted and stretched at the same time. You all know that muscles work in teams right? When your shins contract your calves stretch and vice versa. It is this partnership of muscles that keeps any one part of you from flapping in the breeze!! In all your bendy parts there is always a muscle that contracts and a muscle that stretches in order to effect movement. AI focuses a little more on the partnerships and helping them work together. AI stretches are also held for 2 seconds, then released and then repeated for about 10 repetitions.

I am not a physical therapist or specialist of anykind so I can't really debate the benefits of static vs. AI stretching all I can say is that when I did the AI stretching in the past I enjoyed it. AI seems less "tuggy" on my muscles and the short, repeated movements seem to effect a better overall stretch. Today during our walk my shins felt much better, no tightness and I did the stretches again today after strength training (lower body yesterday, upper body today). So, I am anxious for our run tomorrow, even if it is a drizzle I'm running, so that I can put my muscles to the test. I can say for certain I have learned my lesson!! An intense workout is not going to be relieved by a few little stretches done by the side of the road. Next hike I am taking along a stretching cheat sheet and making sure that EVERY muscle gets its due. My muscles worked hard on that hike they certainly deserved better treatment than I gave them. If you want more information on AI stretching google AI Stretching or its creators Phil and/or Jim Wharton. Happy Stretching everyone!!

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ESBELL 12/10/2009 3:54PM

    I'm glad the stretching made you feel better!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 12/10/2009 3:07PM

    Loved the info on stretching Heather, I knew the bit about opposite muscles working in unison but it was great to reminded HOW to stretch effectively.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 12/10/2009 2:24PM

    Yes - you better make sure you bring the cheat sheet because don't forget - it's your homework assignment to make sure we get a good pre- and post-stretch session!! hehehe

Look at how bossy your little sister can be! (But you already knew that...LOL)

Love ya sis!! Looking forward to running tomorrow! You know what I'm going to say to the impending storm??? BRING IT! We're so ready for you and you aren't going to stop us!!!!

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Something about this time of year and finally set the excuses aside.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

There is something about this time of year that brings out the kid in me. Must be the whole Christmas thing. I can't help but feel a little happier when I drive through town and see all the pretty twinkly lights. My three year old is really helping to bring out those feelings this year too. A couple of times now she has gotten my attention while we were in the car and said "Mommy me think our town is sooo beautiful"!! It cracks me up that she refers to herself as "me" and then uses a word like "beautiful" in the same sentance!! It is another beautiful day and that combined with my childlike attitude right now inspired my status for the day-"it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood, won't you be my neighbor." I could have typed the real lyrics word for word like many members of my generation and those a bit older and some who are much younger. Mr. Rogers was a staple of my youth. Any male wearing a cardigan was reminicent of every child's best friend. Mr. Rogers' neighborhood was NOT my favorite childhood show (Romper Room and Capt. Kangaroo) but he is still an icon of my youth and something about this time of year brings memories of childhood flooding back. Then that makes me think about the memories my husband and I are creating for our children. I want them to look back on their childhoods and have wonderful memories of growing up.

I am so glad that some of those memories are going to be about watching their Mom exercise. The home portion of my exercise routine has taken a serious blow in recent weeks (months) and my goals for December are to get that part of my routine back in motion. I still go out every morning and exercise with my sister (weather and exhaustion permitting-we both have had those mornings where we just say "too tired" and take a little break-fortunately we are usually up for the challenge and our weather usually cooperates also) but when it is time to go home and do strength I usually fizzle out. Part of it is that I do have travel time in between our walks/runs and the strength portion of my routine. I have let it get too easy to get distracted once I get back home. I have a million reasons. My house is so small that I have to store my weights, bands, step, etc. in a different room than where I actually exercise. When I get home the kids are up and want breakfast. I have to get the kids ready for school. I want to check some things on the computer. I need breakfast. Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!!!!! lol!! Excuses, excuses, excuses. Excuses don't pay the bills missy!!!

So FINALLY, today I set the excuses aside. I walked in the house greeted the family, went straight into my room and collected the gear I would need to finish my workout for the day. 5 year old daughter even helped by bringing my step, which I was going to have to make a second trip for!! I laid out the pages showing what I would be doing and got to work. Leg and Booty work today with 20 crunches thrown in. At first I wasn't really feeling it too much, but then the work started to set in and it felt....GOOD!! I was pleased as punch when my daughters took over the step after I had done my first set of step ups and started copying what I was doing. I even had to ask them if I could "work in" and have a turn to do my second set of reps-they were happy to oblige. I was a little rushed towards the end, but I did complete my stretching routine before I had to take the kids to school. Husband helped by pouring cereal for the kids on his way out the door to go to work. Kids helped by getting themselves ready, including shoes and socks (except I did have to stop a couple of times-daughter's shirt was not appropriate the first try (summer shirt) and I had to stop to tie her shoes because she doesn't quite have that skill yet). We dashed off right after I finished the stretches to go to school and when we got back youngest daughter decided a bowl of cereal was not sufficient for her needs and I had to make her a peanut butter quesadilla (a peanut butter sandwich on a tortilla instead of regular bread-a dish I think is unique to our family and not a quesadilla at all due to there being no queso (cheese) on it at all but that is what she calls them so...). While I was standing there making the sandwich (which has about two bites out of it and will serve as her snack for the rest of the morning) I felt kind of strange, I did a quick self-assessment and came up with two things. First I was hungry!! It was now going on 8 in the morning and I hadn't eaten a thing. Second, I was suffering jelly legs!! I haven't had jelly legs since a few hikes ago!! Woo Hoo my legs did get an extra workout today that they were not anticipating!!! I grabbed a yogurt and some Grape-nuts to satisfy the hunger part and decided that if this is going to work for the long term there is going to have to be some sort of nutrient intake between the walk and the strength sessions. A go-gurt (children's sqeeze yogurts in you've never heard of a go-gurt before), an Odwalla smoothie, a piece of fruit, a nutrition bar, SOMETHING in my car would do the trick. I've got ten minutes in the car during which some sort of easily consumed, yet nutritious, meal could be consumed giving me the energy needed to finish my workout and get the kids taken care of and off to school before having an actual breakfast. It will just take a little forethought is all. A thyroid medication that I have to take and prevents me from eating for 1 hour keeps me from eating before my walk/run, but waiting until 7:45 or 8:00 is setting myself up for a bigger breakfast than I need because I will FEEL so hungry I will think I need more than I really do. As it is right now I am watching the clock to make sure at least 20 minutes pass before I decide that the Grape-nut and yogurt breakfast really was not enough and I need a hard boiled egg to go with it now and not later as a snack!! LOL! Anyways, our town is beautiful, I got in a great workout, it's a beautiful day in the neighborhood so won't you be my neighbor!!

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 12/9/2009 3:10PM

    Heather you and me both - kids at Crimbo LOL.
Great going getting your strength training in hun and it sounds like it's done good.
I love that your kids have such an excellent role model for health and healthy eating and every time I read your blog I swear I can hear your American twang.
I always come away feeling lifted, bless you hun- enjoy the rest of your day

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LAURANAV1 12/9/2009 2:21PM

    Great going getting the strength session in! I love that your whole family pitched in.
The timing around the thyroid medication has stumped me a few times too but it can be done. I just have to plan ahead.

Years ago I lived in Brooklyn and joined a gym near work where a coworker from Queens would meet me. The night before I had to be careful to pack my bag and put out my workout clothes so I could stumble out of bed (too) early and get there on time. So much depends on the planning and preparation.

Keep up the good work!!!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 12/9/2009 12:02PM

    You ROCK!!! Awesome job on getting home and getting your strength training session in! Woohoo!!

Yay for Jelly Legs!!

And why, yes - I WILL BE YOUR NEIGHBOR! LOL Bekah is right - our town IS beautiful!

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