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Monday, June 21, 2010

So tired today. It has been a battle getting things done today.

The upside is...I sent out a message asking for some kicks to get me going and people responded -thank you!!!

I started by putting the stuff I had to study for my class in a plasitc sleeve so that it would not get ruined if it got splashed. Then I took the kids to the pool. I jumped in for a half an hour of serious swimming. For 20 minutes it was no goofing off, no playing, backstroke out, breast stroke back, got the breath going, heart pumping. Then 10 min. of side stroke and treading and I was done goofing off-oops I mean working out!! Got out and sat on a chaise poolside and studied while I kept an eye on the kids and they kept playing. Came home, had dinner, checked on spark, then time to do my assignment.

The way this works for my program is that all the classes are on-line. This particular class has 8 lessons. Each lesson has Mastery Check sections spread throughout the lesson. It asks questions, you fill in the blanks and then hit the check answers button and preloaded answers pop up from the instructor so you can see how you are doing. Then sometimes at the end of the lesson there is a homework assignment, questions to answer or a project to complete. Then, always at the end of each lesson there is a FastBack Assignment. Basically a test. On the honor system it is closed book, the questions are multiple choice or true/false. When you are done you hit the submit button and poof just like that you get your score back. So...first assignment I got an A, second assignment a B, so I am a little worried that the alphabet will keep going-lol!! It was this assignment that I was studying for poolside....I got a 93%!! An A, the alphabet reversed itself, whew.

I am thinking I am liking this studying poolside thing. 30 minutes of serious pool time felt good, I'm feeling my shoulders already. It gotthejuices flowing and points I had been confused about started making sense!! I think part of it was the kids were not constantly saying "Mommy", I kept stopping to make sure every head was in sight, but it was on my schedule. Nobody said "mommy" right in the middle of a thought!! Might have to try this a few more times!! The kicks I received got me out of the house and we found a plan that worked for today.

Now it is time to finish up the plan for the day-a strength workout, the 28-day challenge and bed. Maybe I'll do a strength that also has a little cardio thrown in...can't wait to sleep!! Long day today.

See you all tomorrow!!

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 6/22/2010 1:06PM

    I needed a nap after reading your blog! Seriously, impressive!

And I love how you study and sun and watch the kiddies! What subject are you studying?

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/22/2010 12:40PM

    What a great day and an awesome way to study...nothing better than cooling off and letting the brain work productively instead of just hot, hot, hot, hot, get the idea! LOL

I bet Tuesday is awesome too! :-)

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BROWREN 6/22/2010 8:40AM

    Sounds like you had a great and very productive day! I always loved studying outside. I found it very relaxing and allowed me to absorb more of what I was reading. And I'm sure having the kids completely distracted helped quite a bit too. emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/22/2010 3:41AM

    A great way to study Heather- I'm sure you'll remember more because you're relaxed, you'll take more in!
Hope you enjoyed your workout too!

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PAPPHEM 6/21/2010 11:29PM

    A little relaxing is always a great way to study, I think poolside is great study time! Glad you got moving today and the pool can be a serious workout, I'm finding out!

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Be happy with enough...

Friday, June 18, 2010

Yesterday I got up at the b-crack of day, actually even earlier than that-the sun was just coming up as I was going home from my 2 mile run. Anyways, it was a great run, I ran hard and finished my 2 miles (plus a little) at 35 minutes which is a good time for me lately since I've been taking it so slow. It felt good to run a fast, yet sustained, pace.I started to get on Spark, but the internet freaked out just as I posted and I lost my blog and I was tired so I said "forget it". I turned off the computer and shifted my focus to the rest of the day. I had a lot to do. My house is suffering the effects of summer vabation. The dishes are piling up faster than I can wash them and all the fun we've been having has left a MOUNTAIN of laundry needing attention. I focused on getting my room in shape, laundry and dishes and got a lot done. I really did make a huge dent in the things that needed to get done. Unfortunately what I didn't do was tie the kids to their bedposts so while I made huge headway in some areas, other areas slid backwards while the kids were left mostly to their own devices.

The kids have been getting grumpier and grumpier as they fight their bedtimes and try to stay up WAAAY too late each night. We've adjusted bed time by about an hour, but they want to push it past that too and stay up until we go to bed. The grumpy kids combined with my increasing fatigue over the course of the week, along with the volume of work I had to do, prompted a "no swimming today" clause. My personal fitness schedule called for just the run and the 28-day boot camp workout (10 min.) so I decided that no swimming was going to be a good thing for me too and give me time to rest a bit and that I wouldn't add on anything else either. I would be happy with the run and the 10 min. workout.

So here is where we get to the meat of the blog today. I've had a super busy week, I'd scheduled a lighter than normal day on Thursday intentionally. There is not a day this week where I do NO exercise-except Sunday. I knew that a lighter day would be good for me and let me recover from some of the stuff I've been doing this week. Yet, when it came right down to it I had to keep fighting myself all day. This is how it would go..."Ahhh a great run and that little video, that was a great workout today"....(just decided I'm stealing my sister's devil/cheerleader routine because it actually works really well right here and I am having trouble formatting the plain typing so it makes sense, except mine has a little twist to it-Thanks for the idea sis!!)

emoticonYou haven't done that much exercise today, just that little run and video. You should go lift some weights. That would make you feel better.

emoticon That's a good idea. I think I'll go do that.

emoticonWait a minute there've been going full steam all week, you lifted yesterday you need a day off. You just don't want to clean your room. Forget the lifting, get back to work and get this job done.

emoticon You are right, okay back to work. Maybe if I put a Star Trek video on while I clean that will make it more interesting.

A few episodes and a whole lot of dusting, closet rearranging and laundry shifting later...

emoticonYou know, the kids really want to go to the pool and you've got time to fit in an hour of swimming right now, why don't you put down that dish and get the suits on-a dip would feel really great right now.

emoticonYou're right, a swim sounds like just the thing-I can do some laps and work those shoulders and my chest some more.

emoticon Seriously? You know the kids are quarreling because they are TIRED and you already told them no pool today-it's a rest day. Besides you are on a REST day, remember?? You've been working hard this week and your muscles need the day off to recover-you already ran this morning that is enough for today. You just don't want to do the dishes-back to work!!

emoticon Okay, okay...I hate dishes, almost as much as I hate the cat box.

emoticon I know, but you need balance and today is about the house-you can work out again tomorrow.


emoticonI promise.

Got more stuff done, made dinner (which was fast and easy and delicious-canned beef mixed with teriyaki, water and quick cooking brown rice with stir fry vegis on the side-vegis could go in the beef and rice mix, but thought the kids would like it better with them on the side and I was right) and then it was time to face the MOUNTAIN of laundry waiting to be folded.

emoticonYou know, you REALLY haven't done that much exercise today. Now would be a great time to do a little cardio and then some pilates. You've been eying those pilates videos as something new to try, now would be a good time to do that.

emoticon(I know not exactly pilates, but the best I could do-crunches work your core and so does pilates) Yeah, I have been wanting to try one of those pilates workouts-my core does need so much help...

emoticon You know-

emoticon I KNOW!! You know what-you are both starting to get on my last nerve. Missy cheerleader I've got this-you can go to bed now.

As for you little devil guy-I've done enough for today!! I got up waaaaay too early and went for a run and it was a good run to, and you know as well as I do that I've gone full speed all week! I've done more so far this week, than I've done in entire weeks for a long, long, long time. For the first time in MONTHS, I met and exceeded my fitness goals. So you can just stuff it mister. I've done well for today and it is enough. I'm not making any excuses. I met my goals and today was supposed to be a lighter day. Quit trying to make me feel guilty for not doing more. I've done enough and I need to be happy with that. If I can't be happy with enough then when will I ever be happy??? I'm kicking you to the curb. emoticon emoticon

Now, let's get on with that laundry shall we? Hey honey what's on tonight? Ohh I love Mentalist!! And then Iron Chef America? Oooh love that one too!! Good, two good things to watch, I'm going to need something to keep me entertained while I tackle this mountain of laundry. (We finally hooked up to the t.v. network again-we'll see if it lasts-we went broadcast t.v. free for more than a year, but decided to try it when the company that provides our cable internet service called with a special 6 month deal. We might drop it when the special price drops!! My youngest daughter actually thought you could pause a show and finish watching it later.)

It was a constant battle yesterday to be happy with enough. Even where the cleaning was concerned. I accomplished a lot and when I was done, all I could see was what I still needed to do. It's been that way with my exercise too. I definately need to work on being happy with enough. I could turn into one of those people who works out ALL day and never has time for anything else, but I have more to my life than this. Spark is great, but so are my kids, and my husband. My house is nicer when I give it the time it deserves. I am not going to stop my workouts and today is back to the regular schedule. We'll hit the pool later and I'll pop in a video or go to aerobics, either way I'll get my fitness in for the day. Exccuses will probably have to be busted today, but I am working towards more balance and tomorrow after my run I will be happy with it and enjoy the rest of my weekend guilt free!

Excuse busted yesterday-I'm thinking, thinking, thinking-well there is the one about 4 a.m. being an insanely early time to get out of bed...but, how about the one about I can't be happy with just enough-I can only be happy when things are perfect...Excuse BUSTED!! (Though in all honesty I'm probably going to have to bust that one over and over and over!!!)

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/20/2010 11:00AM

    Awesome - glad you finally gave yourself a break!!! Yes, we need to find the balance and it is soooooo easy to lose track of all the other stuff while focusing on our healthy lifestyles...and it doesn't help that Spark makes it so darn easy to just lose hours at a time! LOL

You are doing great and so glad you allowed yourself to be happy with what you had done! Good job!!! Besides - next week is a whole new opportunity to punish yourself. ;-)

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NEWNAC304 6/18/2010 7:08PM

    I wish I had the problem of talking myself out of exercise. I have to talk myself in to exercising when my bed feels too good in the mornings.

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NEW-CAZ 6/18/2010 1:19PM

    Brilliant blog Heather but give yourself a break hun, you're only human and you've got so much done.
Have some time for you and I mean YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Have a wonderful weekend hun emoticon

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KARVY09 6/18/2010 11:45AM

    You've been having a stellar week. Enjoy your day and have a wondeful weekend!

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CFLOTT 6/18/2010 11:36AM

    I agree! Once you're in the groove (and wondering how you were ever out of the groove) it can be tempting to get carried away. But, yes yes yes, your are more than just the sum of your exercise! So bravo to you for beating down the snarky devil whispering in your ear. I love the image of the girl ha-cha-ing him away!

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CREATINGAMANDA 6/18/2010 11:29AM

    You did lots this week! And yes, we can often be our own critics telling ourselves that we should be doing MORE. Try adjusting your thinking to tell yourself that you also NEED downtime. Cuz it's true ... you do! And you're doing awesomely so be proud of that!

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 6/18/2010 11:18AM

    You did a lot this week ... pause and give yourself some credit! emoticon

You job is not to be wonder woman ... if you take on that role you will always be too busy DOING rather than BEING!

You have a life ... exercise, eat right, and enjoy ... then repeat!

Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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No excuses, but maybe a compromise...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Woke up REALLY tired this morning. I think fitting a full week's worth of exercise into two days has left me exhausted!! The kids seem to be feeling the effects of the start of summer too. Today we had exercise class on the schedule, but I think we are going to alter the plan a bit. Aerobics would start in half an hour and we are all still dragging, nobody's had breakfast-I've got a farmer's casserole in the over due to be done in 10-15 minutes so everybody can eat, but I think a somewhat quieter day is in store for us all. So since I can't use tired as an excuse for not exercising I've got a compromise.

I've still got my 28 day Bootcamp video to do and I'll do that a little later in the day. The library opens at 9:00 and we haven't been for a couple weeks so we will take a trip to the library this a.m. to get out of the house, but still have a bit more restful morning. Then later when the temps get high again we will hit the pool for an hour or so. I spend almost the entire time in the water doing very slow laps (so that I can crawl or doggie paddle and keep my face out of the water) or I tread water so that I can keep my eyes on the kids while I still get in pool exercise. Son became a strong swimmer last year and I trust him, but 6 y.o. has not mastered swimming yet, but is brave enough to "walk" herself around the inside edge of the pool. If those fingers slip off the edge I need to be ready. Occasionly the youngest wants to leave the kiddie pool and come into the big pool with Mommy. She clings to me and pretends to be a sea star, while we do that I hop or do lunges in the shallow end. After the pool while I am still feeling cool and relaxed in goes a video to replace the aerobics class we are replacing with the library.

Recently we finally hooked our Wii to the internet and through that we can Netflix a whole host of instant viewing videos. I now have access to a bunch of differnt workouts and I've only tried one so far-I want to try more so this is a good opportunity to do that too. There are a couple of Crunch workouts in the line-up, I might try one of those for cardio and then follow it up with some power yoga for muscle definition.

So, excuse busted for today="I'm too tired to workout today". I will let myself be tired this morning but later it is game on and then I can go to bed tired and happy and sleep well. No excuses allowed, but compromise is good...I'll still be getting the same amount of exercise, probably even a little extra, but I still get a lazy morning to gain back some energy. Everybody is happy. emoticon

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KBERRIEC 6/16/2010 4:48PM

    I wish I had your mentality. Holy cow! Swimming would take all my energy away and there is now way I would want to exercise after that!

We've been thinking about signing up for Netflix through our Xbox 360. While I'm staying with my mom for a while I might check out their workout videos. Although I'm not very good at workout videos. The only on I've ever been able to do is Tae Bo. I'm so uncoordinated!

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NEW-CAZ 6/16/2010 2:13PM

    Heather hun enjoy the pool with the kids is exercise enough!
Good grief woman you never stop....unless you're ill.
But yeah! I hear you about no excuses I could so easily have NOT worked out myself this morning- then the sun shone and I did my core workout outside, that got me into gear LOL.
Have a great hump day hun

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 6/16/2010 12:27PM

    Great plan. You are making it happen.

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 6/16/2010 12:16PM

    Compromise is a good thing. So is looking for new oppunities. You have done both! When I'm too tired and dragging, exercise feels too much like work, and I don't like that. I want it to be fun and relaxing or fun and challenging.

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CINDY1TWO3 6/16/2010 11:36AM

    Excellent plan, fun for everyone. Good to be flexible, especially with kids.

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BROWREN 6/16/2010 11:28AM

    Sounds like a great plan! Very flexible to everyone's needs. emoticon busting through your ready made excuses!

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EFELL123 6/16/2010 11:17AM

    I too live in a hot climate and love the pool! It's great on the joints and is refreshing in the hot climate!

Hang in there you're doing great! I'm on Day 6.


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KARVY09 6/16/2010 11:13AM

    You're still working out. Make the most of your pool visit and do some water jogging or really fast treading water!

Have a fun day!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/16/2010 11:13AM

    Compromise is good! Isn't that what we said your "word" was for the year back when you were dealing with those awful shin splints? It was that or flexibility...can't remember. But at any rate - another excuse busted! Way to go!!! You need to make a new superhero...Buster Girl (girl, girl, girllllll) (that's the echo by the way LOL) Your weapons are a spatula for busting food excuses and a resistance band for busting exercise excuses! Nothing can stop you!!!!!

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ESBELL 6/16/2010 11:13AM

    Enjoy the pool! My kiddos have been bugging me to let them get Netflix through the Wii - now I find out there are workouts? I think I might let them do it emoticon

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DEFIB64 6/16/2010 11:12AM

    Well I had a few mornings like that this week too..wake up exhausted!! Not fun at all...
However, as long as we realize we have to get back on track, that is half the battle, right?
What is your farmers casserole? I am always looking for things to make ahead to freeze so that the house is looked after when I am at work for 24 hrs at a time.
Have a great is miserable weather here again in SW Ontario and not sure what Mother Nature has against Wednesdays, but it must be bad as every one for the past 6 wks has been miserable.
Cheers Lizzie

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Excuse Busters

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

First, thanks to all the Sparkers who clicked on the button to nominate me a motivator, I am honored and touched!

Now, Excuse Busters...I should see if there is an Excuse Busters team, that would be cool or SP should have an Excuse Busters challenge. My sister (just in case there is SOMEBODY out there who is not aware-4EVERADONEGIRL is my sister, we live 10 minutes from each other and we run together a couple times a week) has been on a bit of an excuse busters streak lately. Her background is "no excuses" , she's written several blogs on the subject and she does this really cute cheerleader/devil dialoge that is fun to is her latest check it out
. So, anyways, I can be pretty good at making excuses-"I'm too tired", "My kids won't let me use the t.v. to do a video", "I need to do this instead....", blah, blah, blah. And the result of all those excuses is a body that is still too heavy and a running pace that still resembles a wog (walk/jog) more than a run. The excuse busting actually started last week when I did sleep in instead of running, but by the end of the day my kids had soooo gotten on my nerves that I REALLY couldn't stand one more minute of being in the house with them. I did manage to wait until my husband got home and we had dinner. It was a warm day and I wanted to let it cool down outside a bit before going out for a run. And then I did it, I went out for an evening run. I don't do evening runs. Too many people out and about, I'm too visible, I actually see people I know!! But, I did it, I went out, I saw people I knew and I did just fine. I decided that I might actually like the occasional evening run. Not until summer is over though...yeah, not an excuse-life preservation-it gets REALLY hot here during the hottest parts of summer and heat stroke/exhaustion is something I've dealt with once and never want to do again thank you, I still bear the scar!!

After that one day of "excuse busting" I've kind of been on a roll. Now I am seeing all kinds of excuses I can bust. Yesterday my legs were "too tired for cardio", -BUSTED!! There were actually several I busted yesterday, but that was the start of the streak. So, I've been thinking about excuse busting and I'm going to try to find at least one excuse I can bust everyday and see how long I can keep the streak going.

Today was a great run, on a whim I pulled out the old clunky ipod that has the C25K program loaded onto it and strapped it on today. I had Robert guide me through speed work!! W1D1 running intervals were "all out, I'm not stopping for nothing, how fast can I go without sprinting" runs and the "walking" intervals were my slower, steadier pace. One word-WOW!!!

I learned today that I have been playing it WAAAAY safe on the running front. I think those shin splints still scare me. I'm afraid of going too fast because they might come back. I forgot that they didn't appear overnight. It was a process of pushing too hard and not treating myself right that brought them on in the first place. I am hoping that now that I've "been there and done that" I will recognize if I fall into old habits and traps and change it before it becomes a problem. Those all out runs today were AWESOME!! It felt so good to push it, to go hard and win my own personal race. I noticed that towards the end of the intervals my energy was starting to lag and my legs were getting heavy, but if Robert said "go" I could still dig down deep and find the reserves necessary to push myself again. I ran 2.75 today and made it through W1D1 almost two times. I just used the cool-down and (2nd) warm-up walking intervals as an extra-long slow run recovery and that was nice, it gave my heart rate time to come down just a bit and when I got home and checked the HRM I was VERY happy with how much time was spent in my target zone. I'd been having a lot of time coming in below the target zone. Of the 47 minutes tracked, 38 of them were in the zone. I also forgot to stop the timer when I started my cool down walk, so 5 minutes of the total time was cool-down. I'm having a lot of fun with this HRM, next I want to start playing with zones of high target and low target, but I am thinking that as I increase my times of speed and recovery that will kind of take care of itself. There are some days when I am guilty of the sin of coveting. I REALLY wish I could have trainer who would explain all of this to me in a way that was soooooo easy to understand. I feel like I am kind of fumbling my way through, but it seems to be working anyways. I just wonder what I could do if I had a trainer-oh well, now I am just rambling.

Anyways, my excuse busted today is a HUGE one, GIGANTIC, HUMONGOUS, THE KING KONG OF ALL EXCUSES!! -I have to run slow, I'm too fat to do speed work, I can't push myself that hard I'll suffer an injury. BAH!!! Excuse BUSTED!!! I can push myself, I should be pushing myself harder. I am NOT a STUPID runner. I know when I'm going too hard. I've been doing this for almost a year now. I know when I am TOO out of breath. I know when my legs are saying enough for real and not just as an excuse to stop early. I know what a tight shin feels like and how to get rid of it. I know how my body feels when I am running on form and safely. And after today I also know how it feels to run ONE, 60 second, all out, running for my life, arms pumping, legs flying, ponytail bouncing, sweat flying, breathing erratically, the finish line is right there and nobody is going to beat me SPRINT and then return to a nice pace and keep going run and dang it felt good!!!!

Which excuse are you going to bust today??? Hope it's a good one!

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CFLOTT 6/15/2010 4:13PM

    My body...hurtin' from yesterday's strength workout. AND I have a salon appointment today. Plan on busting TWO excuses tonight, "I'm achy and my hair is too cute to run!"

Nice job!

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PAPPHEM 6/15/2010 3:00PM

    I love it! I'm going to use the speed work, that's a great idea to start over the C25K program as speed work!

And I will start busting excuses now, "I'm too busy at work to exercise" so instead of playing on Spark during lunch, I'm off for a quick 15 min walk!


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    Good blog, my big excuse is "We don't have childcare appt. at the gym." The hardest part is getting there to schedule the week. Don't know why.

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FUNFROG79 6/15/2010 1:35PM

    You are a great inspiration! emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 6/15/2010 1:28PM

    You're AWESOME woman!!! Way to go on busting through those excuses! I made SEVERAL of them last week but not this week! Some days you need those excuses just so you can learn that you're not a slave to them!


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ESBELL 6/15/2010 1:27PM

    Great job on the speedwork!!! You are doing so well! Can't wait to hear all about the half marathon you pick!

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IMSMILEY88 6/15/2010 12:20PM

Hmmm... I'm not sure what excuses I've been using lately. It seems like I am just really going all out these past 2 weeks. But, I'll try to watch and become aware if I start making excuses... which I'm sure will happen!


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KARVY09 6/15/2010 11:49AM

    Yay for excuse busting, pushing yourself, and getting recognized as a Sparkpeople Motivator! All great things!

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NEW-CAZ 6/15/2010 11:34AM

    I wonder if I'd not pushed myself I might not have jogged instead of walked. The excuse was a fear of falling on to the battery pack in my chest........I was so scared I'd not have the balance or cofidence- but once I got into the swing of it the fear went and I LOVE it

How often do we make an excuse for fear of failing and are then delighted to excel?

Great blog Heather emoticon

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1YEARFROMNOW 6/15/2010 11:33AM

    My excuse...I don't want to right now. I'm still working on trying to figure out how to get my motivbation back. It's somewhere!

Great blog and great idea to bust all the excuses. It will challenge me to think about busting myself when I make excuses!



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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/15/2010 11:31AM

    How FREAKING AWESOME!!!!!!! I am so proud of you for busting that excuse! Way to go!!! Good job on getting out there and running on your own AGAIN! Those kinds of runs feel so good when your heart is just pounding and you know you completely exerted yourself. That is how I felt after running up those last two hills at our 10k. I literally thought I would either pass out or puke...but I didn't do either! LOL

I am so glad you are having a blast with the HRM! I just knew it would be a tool that you would be able to get a lot of use out of! Glad I could pass it along and that you are enjoying it! :-)

Way to go sistah! Love you bunches!!!

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 6/15/2010 11:24AM

    I really liked this blog! I think that's a wonderful idea that you and your sister have ... bust one excuse a day! I think I'm going to put that in a streak I use so many excuses for so many things ... what if they all got busted?? Can you imagine the time that we would have ... so much gets wasted in trying to get out of something! emoticon

Also, good going on your new way to do the C25K. You are so resourceful! You are an amazing role model! emoticon

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GOODTIMESAHEAD 6/15/2010 11:15AM

  My excuse for the last 5 days has been that since I no longer have a gym membership I can't exercise or I'm too tired. But thanks to you when I get home I gonna hop on my exercise bike and RIDE!

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Oo-de-lolly, Oo-de-lolly, Golly, what a day!!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Spent my "rest' day Sparking and making plans for my summer workouts. I also scheduled each day, all day as a part of a school assignment on using time wisely. I got up this morning ready to rock and roll!!

Started with family scripture study (woo), something we've been intending to start doing for forever and just never have, it was interesting since we kept stopping to explain terms to the kids and the two girls kind of didn't really pay attention, but we did it and hopefully it will turn into a habit.

Did my morning household run through, emptied last night's dishes, changed over the laundry in the wash and did a quick sweep of the kitchen floor. Then had a quick breakfast- Cream of wheat, milk and raisins.

Then, I did days 1 and 2 of the Sparkpeople 28-day Boot Camp Challenge. I had to do two days, because I don't work out on Sunday so I had a day to make up. But, it worked out quite well anyways.

Then, we went to exercise class-LOL!! I hadn't intended to go to the class but the kids were looking forward to it, hoping that some friends would be there, they weren't. I still had a pretty good work out though.

Came home and did a bit more cleaning and did a quick check in with Spark.

Then, the kids wanted to go swimming, so off we went to the pool. I got in a few very slow laps, some jumping jacks, some lunges and lots of treading water while I watched the kids. Treading water for 15 minutes burned more than 300 calories for me!!

Came home and had lunch...

Okay, this looks really weird I know, it is an adaptation of a recipe from the Wasa website. A Wasa crispbread, 1 tbsp of peanut butter, some banana and some raisins. I learned to love Wasa while I lived in Germany, my roommate and I would eat Wasa, German Stoneground mustard and Gouda like it was diet food, mmmm, my mouth is watering just thinking about it!! I hadn't ever thought about PB and bananas though. I know a certain extrememly famous singer, who may be living or dead depending on who you asked loved PB and banana, but it wasn't really something our family did. So, I was was a lot better than I anticipated!! I actually enjoyed it. I had two since it was lunch and not a snack.

More house cleaning and a cheese stick later and soon we will be going out to my son's baseball pizza party. I already allotted and tracked 2 slices of pizza. If I am still hungry when we get home I have a salad with some mandarin oranges OR some black beans lined up. If I still need protein after that cheese stick I'll go for the beans.

So far, including the pizza, I am still within range of my dietary goals. Today's exercise alone got me almost 1/2 way through the week's goal so if my summer activity level is going to stay high, which I am planning on it doing, then I will indeed need to up my weekly goal!!

Hmmm-if I go up the goal for this week now can I earn an extra piece of pizza? emoticon

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 6/15/2010 9:24PM

    "I learned to love Wasa while I lived in Germany, my roommate and I would eat Wasa, German Stoneground mustard and Gouda like it was diet food, mmmm, my mouth is watering just thinking about it!!"

You made my mouth water too! I had to buy the stuff today and had some for a snack .... emoticon

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KBERRIEC 6/15/2010 11:13AM

    We started our family scripture study a little over a year ago. It's challenging with three small kids (we started with a 5 year old, 2 year old and 10 month old). It's challenging, but so worth it! We finished the Book of Mormon, D&C and Pearl of Great Price. Now we're in the New Testement.

Keep up the good work! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 6/15/2010 3:43AM

    Heather a good day all round and well done on burning those calories.
I wish I could love peanut butter but it makes me wretch

Love the time you spent with the kids- great fun.
Have a great Tuesday

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PAPPHEM 6/15/2010 12:48AM

    Oh, I love peanut butter and banana on graham crackers! Or on an english muffin if I need breakfast!

Sounds like you had a fantastic day!

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IMSMILEY88 6/14/2010 10:10PM

    My family loves pancakes with PB and bananas. Yum!!!

It sounds like you are doing terrific! I've been trying to figure out if I need to up my calorie intake since I'm working out quite a bit. Well, at least for me. I see others working out hours a day.

Anyway, great job!

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 6/14/2010 9:53PM

    Enjoy the days of summer! Sounds like you and the kids had a really good day. Congrats on all those fitness minutes too!

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DEE107 6/14/2010 9:49PM

    great going

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ALLYALLYT 6/14/2010 9:37PM

    yum yum i love wasa as well, in fact i had some at dinner tonight. i am going to have to try that peanut butter banana combo myself. looks great.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/14/2010 8:40PM

    Sounds like the first day of summer was a great day! One many more to go?!? LOL

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KARVY09 6/14/2010 7:50PM

    Up that fitness minutes goal! You're doing great!

Mmmm, love Wasa crispbread. Keep forgetting to get it at the store! Looks so yummy!

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