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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

I have a goal to hit a 16 minute mile by September 1st. This is a time I've hit in the past, but not on a regular basis or really all that often (sad, right). This is one of my goals for the real life challenge we are doing this summer. On September 1st we actually have a 5K...the Awesome 80's Run (time to bust out the neon). Sounds like SO much fun and there is a finisher's medal (rare for 5k) shaped like a cassette tape (like, totally awesome duuuuuuude! ) If I hit the time and sustain it for 3 miles I'll 5K PR. Awesome, right?

So, I'm not fast AT ALL and I need to do something to try and get faster. Fartleks are great, but I'm terrible at them. The long, slow run, helps with endurance and just plain old getting out there is the best training. This week I'm trying something new and not recommended for the most part. Running (almost) every day.

I'm giving it ONE week to see how it goes. My goal is 1 mile, that's it, 1 mile, running. Sticking to the 1 mile will be the hard part. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Friday is a day off in preparation for a "long run" on Saturday (this week probably only 3 miles), and I'll probably walk part of that (maybe not, see how it goes, Saturday is a ways away).

It actually works out great. I live on a really big block. I can walk a good distance to the corner as warm up. Then down the street and back is 1.03 miles. Perfect! Then a nice slow cool down walk, which tracked at .35 miles, home. Tonight's pace was a 16:58. My initial pace was 17:34 (shin splints slowed me WAY down).

The good news is that a) I had no shin splints today and b) I felt good today despite some muscle soreness left over from Saturday's hike. The majority of the remaining soreness is settled solidly in my calves and once I started running was not noticeable at all.

Now, the REALLY interesting part of today's run was that the dog AND all three kids were along. The kids were the easy part, except having to yell at them for not stopping and looking at a street where a car wanted to turn in (not actually a "street", this is an entrance to a mobile home park and more resembles an extra large driveway, but still street enough that they should have known how to behave). The driver, fortunately, saw the kids from a long way off and was totally prepared to stop and wait for them to cross. I don't think they'll make that mistake again. The dog was super sniffy tonight (a beagle, this is a common ailment, but more than average tonight) and I had to keep yanking his leash (number one reason we switched from collar to harness, not choking the dog when yanking the leash to encourage him to move after "go" or a whistle fail) and occasionally stopping still while he did his "business" (I jogged in place, like an idiot, but didn't want to lose my momentum-lol). The dog (Baxter) is going to have to learn to a) empty all in one shot and b) not be quite so sniffy-lol. The kids LOVED being out on their scooters and had a great time on our little excursion. So, I'm thinking that Monday and Wednesday evening will be our time to get out and have fun. I love the road I can take them on. This street we travel has no houses facing the road AT ALL, not one. There is a big open field on one side and on the side we travel there is an extra wide sidewalk (like 1.5 of a normal side walk) and only that one drive for cars to pull into so it is a great, long expanse of NOTHING to cause problems. I feel very safe taking my kids on this road and letting them go. Especially after reminding them, forcefully, about stopping to look at the drive.

That's what I'm up to this week and we'll see how my 1 week of daily (almost) runs works out. If I decide to keep them they'll stay short and only grow gradually. Not sure daily running is my thing, but I'm looking into new ways of upping my fitness level and there are TONS of people who run daily so....maybe. We'll see :).

Hope everyone has a great week ahead :).

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ENDUROVET 7/8/2012 1:52PM

    Hmmm, from all of the research I've done, seems like EOD running is "best" for injury prevention...

But obviously your mileage may vary ;-) !

Your fellow turtle,

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2BEABETTERME 7/3/2012 10:51AM

    I love fitness with my kiddos. Your 80's 5k sounds like a blast!

Keep up the great work!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/3/2012 10:39AM

    Hey, it never hurts to give it a try as long as you take it slow and listen to your body...if it starts to wail then it's tellin' you something! :-)

Glad you and the kiddos had a good time!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 7/3/2012 9:59AM

    Awesome! I ran two days in a row, never thought about doing it every day. Maybe I will try that too! You go, girl!

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KARVY09 7/3/2012 9:06AM

    Keep it up, girl. You'll get there!

80s run sounds awesome!

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NEW-CAZ 7/3/2012 3:18AM

    I can see you and the kids and your dog on your run Heather, must have been fun and certaintly worth repeating for the entertainment value as well as the exercise LOL.
I love that you set such a great example to them to be active.

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BUTEAFULL 7/3/2012 2:51AM

    16 is good, I'm about 20 min.

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Why I run...Why I lift weights...I've always wanted to be Badass.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

A little bit about me...

1. It is my last day as a 42 year old.

2. If you've been reading my posts for awhile you might remember that the year I turned 40 was HORRID. I went through a wringer and was very psyched out for a bit. Then I started running.

3. I've been "running" for three full years now and moving into year four.

4. I have enough race t-shirt to make a quilt.

5. I'm still not svelte and I'm still not toned and I'm turning 43 and couldn't care less. It is just a number. Woot. I have come a long ways in 3 years.

One thing that didn't change for a very long time and still isn't completely there is my ability to self sabotage and the mind set that the scale rules the world.

Wanting that scale to move and having it not do so has caused more than one set back as I got depressed and stopped whatever I was doing and moped. Not very smart, right? See, self sabotage...I warned you.

So, what I've been working on for the last little bit it a true change of attitude. 1. That I will work out no matter what everyday (except 1 rest day) baring injury or extreme illness (and if you read a recent post you know that I've had 1 success here already). The scale is a nice tool, but more important is how I feel about myself and what I'm doing. That's a pretty major change and it isn't perfected, but working on it. The mind set has gone from "be skinny" to "be strong". Of course I WANT to lose weight, but focusing on losing weight wasn't getting me anywhere. So, I'll focus on being fit and see where that road takes me.

To help me do that I've gone back to some childhood roots. See, I've always wanted to be badass. Granted, I never would have called it that, but essentially, that is the gist of things. My idols have always been somewhat unconventional. I did have some of the standards, I mean really, what girl hasn't put on her bathing suit, tied a towel around her neck, wrapped aluminum foil around her wrists, grabbed her jump rope and pretended to be Wonder Woman? But, as I grew and read and learned, my heroes became real, true-life people who rocked and frankly were totally badass!

Amelia Earhardt: One of the earliest and most daring female pilots, set off to do what nobody had ever done, male or female. She disappeared and went down in the history books as a total and complete mystery. She was badass. She was a woman who knew what she wanted and wouldn't let anything get in her way. I have written more than one research paper on this daring female.

Annie Oakley: I mean really, you gotta be one badass woman to have musicals written about you. The woman was killer with a gun from the time she could hold it. She could shoot better than most men in her day and not many could sit a horse the way she could. She was badass. She lived a life that was full of adventure. No timid attitudes here.

Clara Barton: Nurse extraordinaire. Founder of the American Red Cross and brave beyond belief. The American Civil War was a nasty business with nasty results. She organized a nursing corps that is still revered today. She and her nurses did their best to improve conditions in hospitals and worked hard to piece back together bodies torn apart. Wonder how many times she had to stare down a ranking officer, towering over her and tell him he was wrong and it would be done her way, period? She was pretty badass.

Laura Ingalls Wilder: What's that you say? She wasn't badass? You bet your britches she was! All the frontier women were. Unless you've ever slaughtered your own dinner, don't tell me she wasn't badass. My sister has me pegged that is for sure. She recently told a mutual friend that I've always wanted to be part of Little House on the Prairie or Bonanza...YEP! The women of the frontier were all badass chicks. With the exception of Ben Cartwright's wives who always managed early and tragic deaths (3 for 3 is a horrible record).

I've always wanted to be heros have all been badassed women. I'm never going to fly around the world at it's equator (the adventure in that has been conquered anyhow). I'm never going to be a sure shot with a rifle (though the one time I've held one and fired it...I felt badass and even killed the steel bunny-lol). I've discovered that nursing is NOT up my alley and the frontier has mostly been eradicated and replaced with Wal-Marts (though my dream is still to live, much like the Pioneer Woman, on a ranch with horses and animals and open fields and home baked bread from my stone oven). What frontiers are there for a nearly 43 year old?

The frontiers that are left are the ones I create for myself. 15 minute mile is a frontier I have yet to conquer since my last 12 min mile test waaaaaay back in college. A 1.5 minute plank is still elusive. An entire set of biceps curls using 8 pound weights....oh wait....DONE!! Frontier met and conquered. And yes, that felt pretty badass (okay I am using a word I NEVER use way too much apologies).

There are still LOTS of frontiers for me to conquer and to show that I am worthy of hanging with the awesome chicks. My weight may keep me back from some of them, but what's badassedness without a few mountains to climb. Which reminds me....starting to feel the call of the mountains, might be time to climb another one of the real mountains. So, I can't say that I've accomplished huge and amazing things that will put me in the history books, but I can be badass in my own way. 43 is calling me and 43 is going to be awesome and to kick off this badass year I get to go see a movie about a badass princess with my kids. Birthday treat from Mom is a family trip to Brave :). Wonder where, around here, I can learn archery?

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ENDUROVET 7/1/2012 11:12PM

    Happy Belated BD, sounds like it went well!

Hmmm, is "badassedness" a word?!? That's ok, you be it!

& thanks for your comments on my blog; I am more determined than ever to A.) be well, not to mention B.) outlive that b!tch (I've got 15 yrs on her)... Not the most kind & loving attitude to have, but there you have it.

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PINKBEANBOO 6/29/2012 3:20PM

    Great blog!
Happy Birthday.

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SPEEDYDOG 6/29/2012 1:57PM

    I think badass is really just an attitude. I think you have the desire to be a badass, hence, you ARE a badass.

One of my favorite lady badass - Dolly Madison!

Thanks, Bruce

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NEW-CAZ 6/29/2012 3:19AM

    You are a Badass emoticon

Great blog Heather- as always, love your attitute and zing for life!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/28/2012 5:22PM

    Love, love, love this!!!! It is awesome and is even better in print than the conversation from this morning!!

You ARE a Badass!! And I suggest you go ahead and give that girl inside of you a name...something that reflects just how awesome she is! Kelle Hampton named her inner badass 'Betty'. I'm still trying to figure out what mine is named, but someday she will be strong enough and SHE will let me know what she wants me to call her! LOL

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 6/28/2012 5:09PM

    OooOo What a great thing to be! I wanna be a badass too! Happy almost Birthday!

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KARVY09 6/28/2012 4:52PM

    Love this blog, and love how BADASS you're gonna be. Happy birthday!

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LISSOME 6/28/2012 4:27PM

    I love Amelia. My oldest son was born on her birth date, and I've always loved that.
Here's to one Badass 43rd year!

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My efforts to make a difference fall flat.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Not sure what I was expecting to happen, but hey, I spoke up and that's what matters, I guess.

So, here's the tale...recently I stumbled upon a link to a thingy being run by Under Armour, you know the fitness wear people. They were/are running a promotion/contest titled "What's Beautiful". It's a pretty cool challenge and a video they have posted on the page is pretty inspiring. But, the problem I have is that these women are all already fit and in my opinion beautiful in the normal everyday sense of other words exactly what you expect to see under the heading "beautiful". When you are done reading click over and check out the page and the video. I'm don't want to take away from what all the women who did this accomplished and are accomplishing. I LOVE all the things women all over the world and of every shape, size, and color are showing is possible. There are inspirational stories EVERYWHERE and this is one small drop in the inspirational bucket, but it's still cool.

Here is where I had the difficulties that resulted in a letter to the company. I am not beautiful. Okay, before you get all hot under the collar in my behalf...I'm not, don't know really how else to put that. I'm fat. I'm not in shape. My hair is in DESPERATE need of a cut (can't afford even the tip). I don't put on makeup on a regular basis. My clothes are HORRIBLE. I'm in serious need of new clothes, but a) can't afford any and b) don't want to pay for even one more thing in the current size. Nothing in society or the world would give me any indication at all that I qualify for beautiful. So I click over to see what Under Armour is up to with "What's Beautiful" and find a fitness based "challenge/contest" and think "hmmm, okay, that's cool, encouraging others to be fit". And then I get distracted. I've been to the Under Armour site before looking for stuff to wear while working out and running. They are an awesome company and make excellent gear, but....Huge but....not in my fact in the women's section (maybe I got discouraged too soon?) there is nothing over a size XL and a search for "plus size" pulls up men's wear only, where they do, indeed, make items in XXL. So, to me, it was fairly obvious that in order to even start qualifying for "beautiful" you had to be an XL or smaller. I currently want my shirts to be XXL (especially for working out since I like to be able to have full range of motion and don't like my shirts to pull up too much). Pants are at least a 2X, sometimes 3X depending on the pants, the fabric, the cut, etc. (I am very, very hippy, even without the current layer of padding).

The total lack of any option for a person of my size prompted the is what I wrote:

"I've looked a UA products in the past, but you don't carry my size. I clicked over through your What's Beautiful campaign and can see that you still don't understand that beautiful also comes in larger sizes. The obesity epidemic is a real thing and many of those who have, for whatever, reason become "larger than life" need good, quality gear to help them get into the sizes you currently make. If you REALLY want to address the question "What's Beautiful" start making sizes for more robust women. "

I must have contacted them through JUST the What's Beautiful campaign and not the company itself, because here's the answer:

"Thanks for your email. There are many steps to take in redefining beauty and it's a mission we feel strongly about. For feedback on our clothes, please reach out to us via our support page of our website.

Well, that wasn't exactly what I was expecting. Not sure what I was expecting, but that wasn't it-lol. That line "there are many steps to take in redefining beauty and it's a mission we feel strongly about" kind of bugs me for some reason. Are there "many steps" to redefining beauty? I'm not so sure about that. I think there is one step...start showing women of diversity on a regular basis in the media. But, yeah, I can see where, in a business, they would have a lot on their plate in redefining beauty. I guess I just wish that more companies would be more serious about making products for real women of every type and part of this is my own personal hang up about "brand names". Does wearing a certain brand make me more of an athlete? No. Does wearing a certain brand make me FEEL like more of an athlete? Well, kinda. Might as well be honest, right? Not that I can currently afford one single thing in the Under Armour catalog, but the point is it should be available in my size (especially workout bras...common folks my boobies are in much more dire need of a good sports bra than some tiny little A cup..that A cup is never in danger of getting out of bed in the morning and stepping on her own boob).

So, there you effort to change the world did nothing. I'm going to send the message to the RIGHT contact now, but I still don't expect to see size 2X on the UA site anytime soon.

Should you have the desire to also try to change the world here is the contact address as a link:

Have a great week and do something to change the world even if it falls flat :).

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ENDUROVET 7/1/2012 11:24PM

    Yep, me no likey UA either - I can squeeze into an XL but prefer a 2X... (my skinny son, of course, has fallen for their ad campaigns hook, line, & sinker)

I LOVE - their gear fits, it's high quality & last forever... I have a couple of tank tops which are respectively 8 & 12 yrs old, bike shorts 11 yrs old, & my trusty old workhorse Enell heavy-duty bra for riding...(think it's 7 or 8 yrs old now)

I live for their sales, but even full price, their stuff is worth it!

(unpaid endorsement by Val ;-)

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JUSTLIKEALICE 6/28/2012 12:47PM

    Go you for speaking your mind!!!

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PPELTON 6/28/2012 11:39AM

    I would call you a true ACTIVIST for the rights of beautiful women!. Never give up the fight against the world. Skinny is not always healthy. It angers me when people are so shallow and only look at the package before them .. What is inside is far more important! GOD made us Big and beautiful, we in return will exercise to our abilities and eat healthy!...B*E*L*I*E*V*E in yourself as I believe in you!

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DARINGR8LY 6/28/2012 10:29AM

    It is things like this that remind me I would go crazy if I didn't have a family to love me and tell me I was beautiful. The corporate world and just people in general can be so doggy dog with their perception of beauty and STRENGTH. I know I feel useless and ugly most of the time. It is a constant fight to see myself as God sees me. His wonderful creation.

Not to butter you up falsely but I have seen you in person and here are a few things I am envious of. You have a beautiful coloring that has a natural glow not a glow in the dark pasty like some of us (won't mention names). You have stunning eyes and to die for curly locks.

I hope you see the beautiful in you after reading all these comments!

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    Your efforts probably didn't fall flat. Just one of the first steps in their long advertising path to beauty.

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BUTEAFULL 6/27/2012 9:08PM

    I hear ya sistah, we need real support for our bosoooms, not the flimsy shelf bra they seem to put in everything, these suckers bounce and could give ya a black eye just kidding, but you get the drift. Larger gals need more companies to back them up

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LISSOME 6/27/2012 7:09PM

    I think the letter that you wrote says it perfectly and eloquently. Have you resent it to customer service yet? I'd like to think that they would give it more careful consideration and send a response that comes a little more from the heart.

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KARVY09 6/27/2012 4:46PM

    Great blog. I clicked "like" and I hope others do too. I don't have anything to add that's different from what Kristen and Melissa and the others did, but bravo, girl. And guess what, you are beautiful!

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MNGIRLIE 6/27/2012 4:12PM

    Can I tell you that your blog here has spectacular timing?? I couldn't agree with you more on so many aspects of this blog - except the 'you're not beautiful' thing. Every person is beautiful - including you! I won't harp on that though.

A week or two before my first half marathon I went shopping for a dry-fit shirt to wear to keep me cool and comfortable during my race. At about 220 I still have some girth to hide and I didn't want a super tight fitting shirt. I went to ten stores. TEN!!! Before I found something that worked (Thanks Columbia Outlet store for their TINY 3 shirt collection). The first store I went to was UA and mostly just because they're so hyped up and all the ladies I know at the gym LOVE their apparel. Well, I can tell you that I never want to buy a piece of UA gear after visiting their store. My reason was exactly the same as yours. NOTHING in the store was above a size XL in women's. I also didn't get the time of day from ANY of the store employees while they fawned over other families in the store. Sure, I chalk that last part up mostly to the fact that there were cranky high school kids working, but it sure didn't give me a good impression. Maybe they already knew that I wouldn't be able to find something in the store. Why help the fat lady if she's not going to find anything that will fit her anyway?

There's a healthy living blog that a gal from SP keeps outside of Spark. She was approached by UA about the "What’s beautiful" campaign and they'd given her readers a chance to enter a prize giveaway for a UA gift cert (sure, it was also a giveaway amongst other blogs at the same time though). When I read that I immediately dismissed it because I know that UA doesn't cater to plus size women's needs. It also just seemed like a well-timed marketing campaign. I never even went to their site to see what you saw about all the women looking fit and pretty. They'd also pimped this blogger out by giving her free UA gear – which luckily enough for her, actually FIT her.

Sure I would be screwed if I NEVER shopped in a store that doesn't cater to plus size ladies looking to get fit. But, something about UA just puts a bad taste in my mouth. Good for you for writing that email. I never even thought to send them a message, but I think I will now after reading your blog.

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 6/27/2012 3:42PM

    A step is a step is a step. I once thought "somebody should do something about that" and then I remember, I am "somebody." I'm so proud of you for taking a step and trying to right a wrong. I will email them as well.

"W.hiskey T.ango F.oxtrot," is exactly what I thought when I read you don't think you're beautiful. My precious, dear, friend. A haircut and new clothes do not beauty make. Beauty comes from the soul. The light shining out behind beautiful eyes. If only you could see what we all see...

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NEW-CAZ 6/27/2012 3:23PM

    Good for you for championing the cause of more robust women Heather, keep plugging away hun and someone will have to take note.
You are an amazing woman and a fantastic role model to your kids.

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2BEABETTERME 6/27/2012 3:21PM

    I think you rock for taking the time to say something! Beauty comes in all shapes, colors and sizes (including your exact size and shape)! More people need to take the time and tell companies like that they don't like being excluded.

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    This ticks me off as well. The Mr can easily go to a sporting goods store and grab a pair of 2X UA 'sucker pants' but ME? Psssht, PLEEZ! I have to get like Delta Burke sucker pants or some bobo brand and hope they fit properly.

Major brands don't like fat women. It's a fact they don't want to admit. Period.

Good for you for speaking your mind, I think I'll head on over and speak mine.

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MOMSFIVE1028 6/27/2012 1:57PM

    Good job speaking up for us more "robust" women (liked that phrase). I have a tendency to want to hide in the background because of my weight.

It is difficult to find "workout" wear for larger sizes too...I'm also between 2x-3x depending on the cut, and it seems like if you're larger than like a 14 you can't find workout you have to already be kinda thin to work out? I think not.

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/27/2012 1:45PM

    Hey - at least you SAID something even if it didn't necessarily get across. If enough people do, perhaps that PR person that sees it will let it start to open their minds to what "beautiful" can actually mean outside of a visual image determined by the media.

Good job on speaking up!

And you know what - you ARE Beautiful in EVERY. SINGLE. WAY!!! Clothes and haircuts do not a beautiful woman make. You are beautiful because you are inspiring your kids through action and teaching them how to not just try, but ENJOY, new and different things - both physical and mental. That is what beautiful is!

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Weekend update

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

When we last saw each other I was not feeling well and we were coming up on daughter's birthday party.

Saturday morning broke bright and early at a little before 5 a.m. as I got up to get ready for my morning run. The kids had spent the night at their grandma's and were getting dropped off so that my mom could get in a little running before she had to go to work. Saturday we planned on doing hill repeats at our favorite hill aptly named The Beast. So Mom leaves the kids with my hubs and she and I head out for The Beast to meet up with my sister and our friend. I was feeling better, but still not 100%. Warm up went great and then the repeats started and for the most part it was awesome. At the bottom of the hill after one trip up I did have to stop and take a slightly longer break while my gut threw a minor tantrum, but other than that it went well and I managed 6 trips up and down before saying good enough. Went home and actually made the bad decision to fall asleep for a little while, then it was rush, rush, rush to finish getting ready for the party. My sister was so kind as to host the party for us (our house is WAAAAAY small). Due to feeling like crud all day Friday I did not sew the hand puppets the kids would be decorating, oh wait, I didn't even cut them out-lol. I had to quickly rush and cut and then sew some hand puppets, luckily they are SUPER simple. Unluckily I broke the needle in my sewing machine and had to waste precious time changing out the needle. By the time I was done it was rush, rush, rush to get everything in the car and get down to my sister's in time to decorate and get ready, but we made it and were just ready when the first guests who were not family started to arrive. (Doesn't it seem that family is always early when you'd rather they were just a little late? lol)

The party went SUPER well and daughter had a great time, as did her friends. We made puppets and told stories and had fun acting out "If You Give a Pig a Party". The kids went crazy on cookies, cupcakes and chocolate or strawberry milk and ice cream. We let the kids frost their own cupcakes and they LOVED that. Funny how exciting spreading frosting on your own cupcake can be.

Once the party was over and all the stuff back home I was BUSHED. That party really took it out of me so I fell asleep. Then was really grumpy when I had to get up and run some errands that I should have done earlier in the day.

Sunday was a nice rest day and today was try not to kill the kids day. Lol-the weekend festivities got them a bit too riled and attitudes were running high. Luckily daughter got to go to a friend's birthday party and it was nice for a couple hours. Now it is time to work out and get some more cleaning done before bed :).

Overall, a successful weekend and start to the new week.

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JILLIANPRNCSS 6/28/2012 7:10AM

    I love those days when you really feel like you got some thing accomplished.

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LISSOME 6/26/2012 2:55PM

    I'm so happy that the party was a success. Kid parties are so much fun when you're a kid, and SO much work when you're an adult, right? They take way more preparation than I was ever aware of.
Hopefully the kids settle down soon and you can catch up on some more rest tonight. Glad you're feeling a little better!

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2BEABETTERME 6/26/2012 10:49AM

    A great weekend! Glad you felt better in time to enjoy the party chaos!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/26/2012 10:19AM

    It was definitely a successful weekend and a good start to the week so far! Good job on getting everything handled in such short precious time!! :-) And I have to say that it was really good you didn't have time to frost cupcakes because the kids really DID enjoy doing it themselves. Woohoo!!!

Keep on that momentum train! You're hitting full speed ahead!

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NEW-CAZ 6/26/2012 3:01AM

    emoticon getting it all done Heather, you are unstoppable hun.
Take care emoticon

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DARINGR8LY 6/26/2012 12:36AM

    You always achieve what you need to do despite the challenges you meet. Great job!

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WENDYWITKOSKI 6/26/2012 12:16AM

    emoticonYou are making it all happen! Way to go!

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Does working out when you feel crappy make you feel better?

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Maybe, sometimes, maybe a little today.

Sorry I haven't been around much lately. I have been checking in almost every day and I've been tracking my fitness and did notice the changes to that. (Interesting is all I'll say...despite being a HUGE proponent for this change I'm still not sure they got it right, but it is a step in the right direction and maybe I'll like it more as I get used to it (still think their calculations are WAAAAY on the low side for calorie burn and think that the way they have it set up encourages false readings to the extreme, but that all is a topic for another discussion.)) I've been working out and trying to eat better on a more regular basis and trying to keep the kidlets from killing each other during summer break. All my energy has been going to those things and I guess I just haven't had much to say in the blog forum lately. I'll try to change that.

So, today, I wake up, take my meds and go sit to check all the fun stuff while I wait for being able to eat breakfast (when you take synthetic thyroid you have to wait a minimum of 1 hour to allow your body to absorb the hormone since the body does not readily take it up and if it has to compete with food the body chooses food over hormone (drat)). So, almost as soon as I have a seat I'm struck by the first of what would be many cramps. Not the monthly kind, the lower gut, something I ate is trying to kill me, kind. The last two days I've been hit and miss with eating, period. I haven't had much food and it was pretty easy to pinpoint what was attacking my gut...pretty sure it was the salad I had for lunch yesterday. Not sure WHY a salad would be attacking me, but I'm fairly certain that was it. Maybe I haven't been eating much because something was coming on and the salad was the catalyst that made it hit? I don't know. I do know that for much of the day I felt pretty incapacitated by the pain in my gut. Luckily it could have been much worse...the ONLY symptom was the cramps..none of the other icky stuff that can come along for the ride. Every time I thought they were done I would get up and try to get something done and they would come back. Now, generally speaking, I'm a tough cookie when I'm sick, but this had me on the bed grabbing my gut and wishing it'd just stop.

All this time, all I can think about is "I've got to work out". Yeah, kinda sick in an entirely different way. Why couldn't I just sit and enjoy my illness? Well, a couple of things really.

First, maybe, if you read 4everadonegirl or Aweise, you've seen something about a challenge they are currently too. My sister (4everadonegirl), our mother, my sister's son and DIL, my sister's bestie, Aweise, and myself all live in a close geographic area and have gotten a group challenge together. Another niece-in-law is also participating via internet as she is a bit farther away. The object of the game is to rack up as many points as possible. Points can be earned by doing cardio (1 point for each 20 min session up to 5 points in a week), strength training (1 point for each session up to 3 a week), drinking water (1 point for each day up to 7 points) and then up to 5 additional points for fulfilling an extra credit choice (choices are grouped by difficulty 1, 3 or 5 points). (I've mentioned all this before, but just in case you missed it). I am currently trailing the leader (my sister) by 3 points. The "winner/s" each week gain 1 additional point. So, I need every single point I can muster. Now, in all actuality, I could have missed today and still garnered all the points....EXCEPT...I needed to do 1 more plank to earn my 5 extra credit (5 planks over the course of the week for 60 seconds each for 5 points). I figure if I have to do the plank I might as well do all of it right?

Second, I have a great set going....I've done SOMETHING every single day this month, except on Sundays which are my rest day. I didn't want to lose that over some gastro-intestinal trouble.

So, I did it, I waited until late in the day and I hadn't had any gut-clutchers for awhile and then did my 30-day shred and then my scheduled strength training. I SERIOUSLY adapted Jillian. I did maybe 3 jumping jacks and then turned every jumping jack into a butt-kick with a weird flapping arm thing kind of mimicking a jumping jack but without so much jarring (I am certain I looked absolutely ridiculous). I didn't do a single side lunge...I stayed on the floor after doing the chest flys and sort of lifted my arms up and down mimicking a front arm raise without standing up...I felt kind of lazy...but it still worked my arms-lol. I have to say that during the workout I felt fine, except that I felt warmer than I should have (maybe a tiny fever is going along with this?) My strength training felt weak and I felt like I was working harder than I should have been, but I did everything except the scheduled step-ups...felt that would be just a touch too much.

Now that I've been sitting for a bit, I feel gut is still cramping, but not as severely as earlier and I'm pretty sure I'll be fine by tomorrow. Which, by the way, is my daughter's birthday party. Hubs was awesome today and baked batches and batches and batches of cookies and cupcakes for the party tomorrow. I was supposed to do it, but he is pretty awesome in the kitchen and let me be miserable while he baked. What a great guy.

So, in the end, the verdict is...working out can sometimes make you feel better if you are feeling crappy, but know your limits and make adjustments. I'm sure if I had tried earlier in the day I would have failed miserably, if I couldn't breathe because of chest congestion it would have made a difference, if I were puking that would be another limitation, but it wasn't any of that. But, I'm also sure that in the past, I would have called it quits on today and then wouldn't have felt better or worse, just lazy. I might have even let it affect tomorrow, but at this point I'm still planning on running and enjoying it...if my gut agrees, if not I'll still walk or do Jillian or something, because it won't make me feel worse.

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 6/25/2012 12:18PM

    Hope you feel better and go you for pushing through the crud and getting it done anyway! THAT is a "lifestyle change!"

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 6/25/2012 11:51AM

    Hope you're feeling better by now! What a great hubby, such a trooper! So proud of you for toughing it out and getting those points! Go GET HER!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 6/25/2012 11:36AM

    And this right here is a HUGE non-scale victory!! You won out over sickness and that should count for oodles of points...just not more than 3! ;-) And yes - I feel you breathing down my neck as you are attempting to catch up, or GASP, even pass me. Not gonna let it happen though...LOL

Glad you got your full points! Way to go! And high-five to that man of yours - he did an excellent job on the treats!

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NONIE_C 6/23/2012 12:07PM

    What a fun sounding challenge you've entered into with your family and friends!
I love your attitude about exercising too. It's important to recognize when your body truly needs a rest, and when that movement is actually going to make you feel better.
I hope you're feeling better

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BUTEAFULL 6/23/2012 11:48AM

    I empathize with you, I too take a synthroid and hate the wait since I usually wake up ravenous.
Happy Birthday to your daughter, daughters are awesome

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DARINGR8LY 6/23/2012 10:50AM

    You looked great this morning. So I hope you felt it too!

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WISLNDR 6/23/2012 7:40AM

    I hope Saturday is a better day for you! It's good that you paid attention to what your body was telling you; me, I'd probably power through and then wonder later why I felt so awful!

Have a good weekend!

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NEW-CAZ 6/23/2012 3:19AM

    Hi Heather sorry you've been feeling so rough, but you're right!
If you listen your body and modify your workout or do a lighter workout you CAN feel better within a short time.
Just make sure you DO listen.
Hope you feel well enough to enjoy the party tomorrow emoticon

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