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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Saturday, May 30, 2009

emoticon emoticonWell today just about killed me - it all started at 9:00am this morning when I left to go pick up flowers, mulch and top soil. I purchased 12 - 40# bags mulch, and 10 - 40# bags of topsoil and 20 different plants/shrubs. That was all loaded for me however, when I got home I had to unload all of that from our van into my lawn tractor trailer - take them to destination and unload them only to have to pick each one up again in order to empty it - HAD MY UPPER BODY WORKOUT - I mulched my tree'd area that is roughly 20 ft long and then proceeded to the next garden where I dug holes and planted flowers and shrubs, then proceeded to the next area where I had to put down top soil and then plant the remaining flowers and shrubs - HAD MY LOWER BODY WORKOUT + MORE UPPER BODY.

Then I decided I had better mow the lawn and get the weed whacking done because we are supposed to get rain for 2-3 days. Got the lawn all mowed and went out with the weed whacker to whack around everything including all of our trees. We have 2 acreas, all of it mowed, and a ton of tree's, many of them are birch. They all needed to be weeded whacked - HERE CAME LOTS OF WALKING AND UPPER BODY WORK JUST HOLDING ONTO THAT WEED WHACKER FOR SO LONG.

Then the brother in law called and he and my sister in law are picking up my father in law tomorrow and bringing him here for lunch. So when i finished picking up all the tools etc and getting the tractor and wagon put away, I came in and jumped into the shower while hubby ordered dinner. After we had dinner I started making potato salad and shrimp salad. I just finished all of that and the dishes at 9pm. I got all the laundry done and had planned on ironing that tonight, but guess that will wait until tomorrow morning.

So needless to say I did not get into the gym today - but I sure felt like I was there and then some, so I guess I forgive myself today. The outdoor work done today scratches one more thing off the TO DO list and I am happy for that. I do have to say my body feels like it got hit by a mack truck and my low back is absolutely killing me - thank god my son is coming over this week to help me paint cuz I sure do need a massage.

Well short timing for bed - can't come soon enough tonight. We will see what happens for tomorrow. Having company wasn't on the agenda because I wanted to start prepping my walls for painting - but -- it is Dad and we love having him over and I know how very much he enjoys coming so we decided to treat him to some steak on the charcoal grill, no gas this time, and some salads and some fresh oven roasted asparagus and garlic.

I have yet to determine if I flunked out on my goals today or if I actually exceeded them - the lawn was not in the plan, so I guess I can say based on how my body feels that I exceeded them.

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PIGLETSMALL 5/31/2009 2:10PM

    That sounded like the ultimate workout to me. A creative workout is a wonderful thing. Yes, a beautiful massage sounds just what the doctor ordered. I gave my son and daughter a mini shoulder massage. They loved it! very healing for body, mind and relationships. :-)

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 5/31/2009 5:40AM

    Karen
Hun! Workout emoticon LOL
So you didn't do the paintwork- you got the outside done whilst the going was good- re-shedule the paintwork for another day-it'll get done.
I hope you slept well- you should be knackered- oh to have your energy emoticon
Luv
Caz
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HELENAWF 5/30/2009 9:52PM

    Get a good night's sleep. You deserve it!

Wendy

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DDOORN 5/30/2009 9:43PM

    You bring back fond memories of winter when I would pick up a ton of 40# wood pellet bags...50 bags, 2 trips back and forth (our minivan can't handle more than that at a time), PLUS the pleasure of loading 'em onto the van AND unloading them onto our porch! I actually enjoyed doing it tho, figured it was both good cardio (cuz I sure was sweatin' it out during and afterwards...lol!) and strength-building at the same time. We burned through 4 tons this past winter...nice workouts!

My lawn has been needing mowing weekly so far...debating weather I can push my luck and let it go another week... :-) It takes a good two hours with our push power mower. I'm thinking when it dies of replacing it with an old-fashioned push NON-powered motor for more OOMPH to my lawnmowing...!

Don

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DIET_NO_MORE 5/30/2009 9:35PM

    Karen, if anyone ever was a dynamo, it's you! It's amazing how all the hard work you've done on your body has strengthened you, giving you additional stamina - enough to accomplish so much in the course of a day! Enjoy that visit with your father-in-law; you deserve it!

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday, May 29, 2009

Now I am on to some more goals. For the weekend - my workouts and cardio take precedence YOOHOO - they have been on the back burner for too long and I am soooo ready to get into my gym.

Then the projects start - tonight I put the Old English to the cabinetry and woodwork where my DH has hit with his wheelchair - wouldn't even know they were ever there - GREAT STUFF. Tomorrow I will be spackling any cracks or dings in the walls so that can be done so I can begin painting next week with my dear son. I am also going to get all the marks on the walls primed with paint and of course the spackled areas also. I am also going to go get some dirt and some more flowers to try to finish my planting and the outside will be done. So it will remain to be seen if I can accomplish these goals for the weekend. Weather isn't going to be great but should be able to get my flowers done and then the focus can be on the inside projects. Good god I wear myself out just thinking about my agenda - that's okay, its good for what ails you.

The plan for my training is to get some much needed and desired cardio in - I will incorporate some interval training with weights, hit the treadmill and I truly want to get out for a bike ride on both days depending on our weather. I am going for the big challenge, as you have seen I haven't really been working out at all except for all the chores that I am doing, so the muscles will surely be traumatized - I love that feeling. The other day when I did my 2 sets of a couple leg exercises left me with some severe DOMS so this weekend I ought to be a real hurting camper. I'll make my son give me a massage next week while he is here.

My remaining big chores should be done over the next couple of weeks and then it has to be get down to some serious studying for both certifications that need to get done. I have been studying but for very short limited time frames so its time to get going. So that will be the next big set of goals.

The last big goal for the summer is for my husband and I to spend some much needed and desired time together going on picnics etc and just enjoying the summer together. He has been the most unbelievably supportive and understanding man through my months of comp training and he now deserves my undivided attention. I plan to spoil him all summer long (not that he isn't spoiled all the time).

I will be on to post my weekend training - SUCCESS STARTS WITH A PLAN - and then you have to follow it. Let's see if I follow my plan.

  
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PIGLETSMALL 5/31/2009 2:08PM

    I hope you enjoyed your workout! Thank you for once again inspiring me. I've been for a lovely walk today and I'm waiting for my food to settle down before I do some high intensity training.... Hugs and love x

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LINDA! 5/30/2009 8:44AM

    Great plans...you rock!! emoticon

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 5/30/2009 3:46AM

    Hi Karen
We have something in common- we plan ahead LOL.
Enjoy your workout.

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HELENAWF 5/30/2009 12:24AM

    You are a plan-a-holic, but I mean that in a positive way. Enjoy your workout!

Wendy emoticon

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DDOORN 5/29/2009 10:20PM

    Whew...just READING about your plans have worn me out...lol!

Don't know anyone with a SPARK that blazes like yours! WTG!

Don

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Today was a lovely day and enjoyed reading the responses on my blog from yesterday. I treated myself to a manicure and pedicure today after I got my husband on his dialysis treatment. It felt absolutely wonderful. When we got home I did just a quick little leg workout in the yard while hubby soaked up some warm sun (he freezes after his treatments, so the sun feels so good) - I did 2 sets of 20 walking lunges down the driveway and then proceeded to do 2 sets each of jump lunges and jump squats, then did 2 sets 12 of deadlifts with 45 #. I didn't really go overkill tonight because I had meat to get cooked for me for meals and to get dinner. I am also searching for some health care insurance for my son. He had to give up his full time job in order to go to college so he is uninsured. He is a massage therapist and just started college to get his Chiropractic degree. I cannot stand the fact that he is walking around with no health insurance - his schooling will be at least 6 years and although he is extremely healthy he just cannot go with no insurance - SO I WILL BE DARNED - its time to get on a roll!!!!

I wanted to comment on some of the blogs comments today. I apologize for not blogging not so much because I need to but because I wanted to. There are people who enjoy reading them and learning from them, depending on content, and it somehow makes me feel badly because I so love giving to others. I will probably get over it but nonetheless it makes me feel like I am doing my part when I can contribute.

And then there is that comment about DECONDITIONED?????? Well Don that surely won't happen in my lifetime. I seriously put that in there because so very many people feel that if they don't work out for a few days, or take a much needed and necessary break from training that they will somehow lose every ounce of muscle - this is so not true.

Over my years of training I am extremely aware of self and body and know exactly what I need to do for any ocassion. This comes with years of discipline and commitment. But, even for we diehards, it is extremely necessary to have goals all the time. One of the very big things that I feared when I made the decision that i would retire from competing was that very thing - What Will I Do With Myself Now - My mind does not stop in terms of thinking about what else I want to achieve personally and from a physique perspective. What had made me fearful was that I had achieved everything that I set out to achieve - I added 2# of lean muscle in the areas that I wanted to add muscle and I had achieved getting through my last competition. So where does that leave me now????? Well just suffice it to say that it leaves me with plenty and I will NEVER be without a challenge or multiple goals. I am on top of that planning now.

Hubby's birthday is tomorrow and he has decided he wants to wait til next week to do a few things that he wants to do, so we just may got out to dinner or I will make him his favorite BD meal here at home - we shall see what tomorrow brings. My sister is coming in the morning and she and I are going to color each others hair - but that is after we do our 4-5 mile walk. I will also try to get in the gym to hit a real workout - and guess what, if it doesn't happen oh well - I am on for whatever my DH wants to do for the day.

I am off to do some more research and will be back on tomorrow!!!

  
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SHAKENBAKE 5/28/2009 11:49PM

    Happy Birthday to your husband...I can't wait to hear what his favorite birthday dinner is. xoxo

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MICHFIT4LIFE 5/28/2009 8:49AM

    Hope you have a wonderful visit with your sister Karen, and hope your husband has a wonderful birthday!



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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 5/28/2009 5:00AM

    Happy Birthday to hubby- enjoy your celebrations and I loved your blog.
Caz
x

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PIGLETSMALL 5/28/2009 3:27AM

    Happy Birthday to your hubby!!! Have an amazing day! How wonderful that he was able to go outside and soak up the sun. We have dark heavy clouds and speckles of rain but why doesn't that bother me? Oh, because I love life and all it has to offer. Lol! Hugs and love sweet lady! x

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PWRHSE2 5/27/2009 8:38PM

    I love and admire your hard work and dedication to every aspect of your life.
I am thankful to have you as a freind.
Tell your Hubby Happy Birthday, what a lucky man to have such a great woman

xxx o00

Denice

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

emoticon So YOOHOO for me my spring cleaning is now finished and my house is absolutely spotless. I have not blogged because I was on a MISSION and the mission is done. My gym workouts have suffered but that is the price I need to pay for taking care of business.

Have I deconditioned due to all this time off - NO. To have gone down to such a low bodyfat coupled with the fact that I workout as hard as I do very consistently, no I have not deconditioned. But I do need to get back at it and that was my intention today but we got some very much needed running around errands done today. I am going to next be painting the whole inside of the house and my darling son is going to come and help me do all of that. He is off from college and just finished all his exams so next week we will get started. I also have some yardwork I need to do and that will come as I have time - first things first.

My nutrition has been great 90% of the time and yet I have been enjoying some foods that I haven't been able to have in a long time. Knowing that I have had so much to do, I still have all my foods prepped and ready so that I can stay on target and still have room for some dedicated fall offs. I have put on some healthy weight and can now fill out my bra once again so this is a very good thing. One of the pitfalls for women is the loss of breast tissue when going down this lean - so it is always really nice when you put some weight back on.

I'm in a place that is very peaceful right now - I feel great about where I have been and am looking forward to defining where I am going next. But right now I am seriously enjoying being a wife and caregiver, cleaning my house, playing in the yard or whatever we are doing and just unraveling alittle bit from such a long year getting ready to compete. I don't know that anyone can fully imagine, unless they have done it, how much of your life revolves around competing. You end up feeling horribly selfish and unbelievably frustrated with the many things that you just can't do or get done because your training and eating must come first - well right now my training and eating don't come first (although they are ever present in my mind) life is coming first and I am relishing these moments and feeling really good about what I am getting accomplished.

My plan is to get back in the gym tomorrow and the rest of the week should be great in terms of consistency. I will definately have all my training plans in place for next week and the following weeks as my son and I paint - but again there is no rush to finish any particular time so I won't feel pressured at all to put my workouts aside.

My apologies in not blogging and I will truly be better about getting on and updating.

  
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PIGLETSMALL 5/28/2009 3:24AM

    Hey Karen! You really are a super trooper, sweetie! You never fail to inspire me. I actually sorted out my table in my back room a couple of days ago. It was piled high with papers for different courses for over a year. But they have all gone and now we have a table back. It felt awesome to clear the clutter. Have an amazing time with your son and decorating. And have fun in the gym. Hugs and love Helen x

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WHITEKP 5/27/2009 9:23PM

    I love the way you keep balance in your life. Thanks again for assisting us with keeping everything in perspective.

Hugs,

Ka
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DDOORN 5/27/2009 5:56PM

    Oh hey, there is this thing called LIVING that sometimes takes a bit of precedence over blogging...lol!

Great to see you posting! And as a homeowner with WAY too much *stuff* in my home many congrats on your spring cleaning!

Decondition? You?!?! I'm surprised to see you even use the WORD in your blog! :-)

Don

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TRAINER_T 5/27/2009 11:43AM

    emoticonyour a rockstar girl, glad you updated us on everything.
I am sure when you get in the gym after the garden you will be fierce on a workout emoticonas always! emoticon

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HELENAWF 5/27/2009 8:55AM

    Glad to hear from you. Wow, I bet your glad to have your house back in order. I am happy for you and the peace you have found.

Wendy

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MICHFIT4LIFE 5/27/2009 8:30AM

    Karen, you sound really relaxed, and at peace with your life right now. With all the hard work you have done, I know no other that deserves a little peace and tranquility.
I'm really happy that I have you in my life to look up to, and learn from.
Enjoy your days painting the house with your son.I find doing chores around the house with my kids are a lot more pleasurable, then doing so myself. If that makes any sense. emoticon

Michelle emoticon

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DIET_NO_MORE 5/27/2009 7:52AM

    I love your awareness and desire to keep reflecting on, and setting, your course. It's been fun to learn what it's like to train for a competition, too! One can only imagine that as fit and lean and strong as you are, it's all the easier for you to do all that spring cleaning, the considerable work involved in your caregiving (although it's clearly done with such love), and the upcoming housepainting (you've got a great son, too!). I've been enjoying your blog! emoticon

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 5/27/2009 4:13AM

    Hey Karen
Don't apologise for lack of blogs! It's great that you're feeling so relaxed and happy doing "stuff" like every other mere mortal LOL and yet you still manage to keep a healthy eye on your intake and exercise planning - amazing! I am in awe.
SO you're decorating now too- a clean canvas after clearing your life of competing perhaps? hee hee.
Enjoy the painting hun, I find it so soothing and rewarding to see everything looking new!
Luv
Caz
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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sunday, May 17, 2009

YOOHOO I can officially say that I got half my house spring cleaned this weekend and am feeling beside myself. The remainder will be finish by this new weeks end!!!!!

So this got me thinking today - do I feel guilty because I have not worked out in the gym, hmmmm. I pondered this for awhile today while I busily worked away and decided that I absolutely do not feel guilty because I have opted to get my world in order before I resume my normal and typical routines of life. How many people struggle with this dilemma when they legitiamately have good reason to put their training off? Far too many. It is one thing if you are just procrastinating vs. truly having reason, it is another when life priorities have to be taken care of.

Will my body fall apart because I have been so inconsistent with my training - NO - as long as I am not laying on the sofa eating bon-bons, and what about the fact that I am going non-stop all day with no rest until I drop into bed at night. No I am working and moving continuously and that is activity no matter what way you want to look at it. Now do you want to consider what shape you are in when you decide to take this time out - you can and you should, although if life dictates then it is time for that time out. All you can do is get as much activity as you can and stay on top of your eating. Just because you are busy does this mean that the eating plan must go out the window too - ABSOLUTELY NOT. That is wrong reasoning and a very poor excuse. When you know you are going to be extremely busy and life will be dictating that you take some time away from training- then put on the planning cap and get in the kitchen and begin preparing for this time off. This is also priority related to the upcoming priority so it is wise to take the time to prepare an amount of food that will carry you through and make sure you are getting your meals in no matter what.

We can always find reasons why we don't have time to prepare - but is it a "true" reason or are we subconsciously going to use this as a mechanism to fo off the plan - hmmmmm. Our minds tend to play with us at times and/or we tend to play with out minds. If you are of the right mindset for your journey you will do your very best to plan ahead and if you can't plan ahead then go and eat where you can eat a healthy meal. Keep things in your purse or in a cooler in the car so that you are never without your meals and if all else fails there surely is time to take in a protein shake.

Although I have been non-stop all weekend, I have taken the time to eat all of my meals. This does of course have to be forced because I am a person that doesn't like to stop when I am in the middle of something but I have learned to discipline myself to JUST DO IT!! So as the busyness of the beautiful and enjoyable summer season comes upon us - don't forget to always be prepared.

  
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DIET_NO_MORE 5/24/2009 11:14PM

    Karen, I've just been cruising around Spark tonight and happened on your page - amazing! You are so tremendously inspiring to me, as I know you must be to your husband, son, and clients. I love the way you just power through the roughest, most trying of times. Keep up the amazing work!

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TRAINER_T 5/18/2009 9:40AM

    Thank you for all the great wisdom and I will keep trying to keep up. I did not pack things for Sat. race day but I was still in macro ranges. Congrats on how far the spring cleaning has come!
Your my hero!
Hugs, T.

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CAZ_NR_HEATHROW 5/18/2009 4:36AM

    Hi Karen
I so agree about reasons vs excuses- not just on the healthy eating issue but in life.
As I read you thought processes I could have been reading my CBT counsellors hand book on procrastinating and "avoidance behaviours" LOL.
All I can say is that worked for me ( have a look at my Spark page sometime)
Perhaps you have another string to your bow for 2010- Health Counselling!!!!!!!!

Luv ya
Caz
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