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Thursday, December 13, 2012

I've never been a good patient. I normally roll over and play dead for several days until my body and meds decide everything is all good again.

Last night I had a little tickle in my throat. No big deal I thought as I headed for the gym. I really worked the upper body machines, then a two-mile run on the treadmill. Two hours after I got home it hurt to swallow! At 1am this morning, I felt like I had razor blades in the back of my throat.

Instead of curling into a ball and getting ready to play dead, I got myself in to see the doc. No strep, phew, but swollen glands, fluid in my ears and a sinus infection. My throat hurt so bad that I didn't even realize how congested I was. I asked the doc if light exercise was ok and he said nuh uh.

So for a change, I am being a good patient. I am doing all the things I hate to do when I'm sick. I managed to get down all eight cups of water. Normally I'm lucky to get one glass of water down, makes me feel sick to my stomach. But I'm powering through.

I have held my head over steam twice so far. I hate that. I feel like I'm being smothered but the doctor said it will loosen everything up.

I'm sitting still instead of finishing putting up decorations. I have lots of time for reading now. I should finish this book this weekend which will be my 20th book of the year, reaching my goal on

I still hate being sick, but I am determined to get rid of this bug that has derailed my plans. I may even gargle salt water. Ugh, maybe.

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TDEMAIO2 12/13/2012 9:26PM

    Get some sleep emoticon and emoticon

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PHEBESS 12/13/2012 6:59PM

    Feel better!!!!!!! (Hot tea with a dash of honey is often soothing for the throat.)

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Just Another Manic Monday

Monday, December 10, 2012

What a nutty day. All I could think about was getting to yoga to make it all melt away!

I was way overtired last night and never got around to laundry or putting my yoga stuff together. I got out of work a little late, hurried home to feed and let the dog out.

Noticed I did not have any good workout tahirts or sports bras clean. ARGH. The clock was ticking, so I threw on an old Tshirt I have not worn in several months, ran downstairs to grab my keys, ARGH! small backpack was back upstairs so I ran back up to grab that, threw stuff in the backpack, jumped in the car...Argh! forgot the yoga mat!

Ran back upstairs to grab that and got to class with a few minutes to spare and saw that my spot in front was taken by women who normally come in at the last minute and squeeze into the front row. ARGH! I need to be in front to get the poses right and push myself to do a good job.

BREATHE, let it go! Second row will be fine. Good practice for adapting and getting stronger.

Thanks to more downward dogs than she usually puts us through, I realized how much I have slimmed down as my shirt kept sliding down to just barely covering "the girls." ARGH! Thank goodness everyone was looking down at the floor and the lights were dim!! Not my best moment!

I learned my lesson.... a few minutes of planning helps avoid a lot of ARGH!

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TDEMAIO2 12/11/2012 6:25AM

    But you went to your yoga class emoticon Manic Mondays happen and you handled it GREAT!!!

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How I overate and regrouped for a loss today!

Monday, December 03, 2012

I had just hit goal weight last week and then TOM started and brought with it the usual monthly ravenous appetite!

I kept up the two brisk walks on breaks at work each day last week. I forced myself to do two cardio spark people videos one night. I thought my body was going to kill me!

I had a Mexican dinner night with friends Friday night. I overdid it so when I got home at 8:30, instead of comfy clothes and the remote, I started a load of laundry, running up and down the stairs. I ran around the house straightening up till the laundry was done. I think I was falling asleep as I crawled into bed!

Saturday morning, I took the dog for a walk, then headed to the gym for my second session with a trainer. She put me through a few upper body weight machines for an hour. I thought "really I'm paying for this, I could do this myself."

Oh nay nay! No way would I make myself do bicep curls with the machine set to 30lbs!!! While my arms were trembling on the 3rd set and tears welled up in my eyes, I pictured people on The Biggest Loser and told myself this is worth it!

I had another dinner out with friends Saturday night so I got on the elliptical for 20 minutes, upping the usual intensity before I went out. I couldn't resist the chicken panini with a side of about 20-some tater tots!

When I got home about 9:00, I popped on a playlist with dance music and danced myself silly for 20 minutes! It's good hubby was working, he may have thought I was having an epileptic fit!

Sunday morning, I went for a 3 mile run and took less walking breaks than I did last week. I was jazzed. I got home thoroughly spent and completely soaked but my lab was anxiously waiting for a walk so I put on some dry clothes and got that done.

Sunday afternoon, my son met me for lunch and a little Christmas shopping. I had a turkey unwich at Jimmy John's before we hit several stores and more walking.

So lesson learned, I must keep moving several times a day to be successful. A body in motion stays in motion, a body at rest stays at rest!

And as The Baha Men sang... let your body move to the rhythm!


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TDEMAIO2 12/4/2012 9:16AM

    GREAT job and GREAT advice : ) Thank you : )

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CHAQUITA73 12/4/2012 6:13AM

    That's awesome! I know I've finally accepted the fact that if I want pizza or Mexican or Italian, I need to move before and after I indulge so it doesn't get me off track.

Way too go!!

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Put One Foot in Front Of the Other

Friday, November 30, 2012

I was inspired by a member's status to search out this song from one of my childhood holiday favorites, The Year Without A Santa Claus.

Someone created a homemade version of this scene from the movie but I thought the lyrics are quite inspiring for any challenge in life. Who knew a childhood favorite would have so much meaning at my age!

I hope everyone decides to keep putting one foot in front of the other this weekend!


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TDEMAIO2 12/1/2012 8:13AM

    Thanks for the link : ) just watched it- I totally forgot this :O yes your right its a good one emoticon

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AMARILYNH 12/1/2012 7:02AM

    That's what I tell myself when the going gets tough during a race - just keep picking them up and putting them down!! We can do this - its just a matter of creating healthy habits and sticking to them (or going back to them when we stumble! emoticon

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JAMBABY0 11/30/2012 9:40PM

    thanks for sharing

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First Session With a Trainer

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

So I went to my local gym on Sunday since it's only 9.95/mo, pay as you go. I need to keep running through the winter to get ready for the St. Patrick's Day 5K in March, then the Warrior Dash in June, then the Beach Dash after that... date to be announced. I thought I could layer up and power through cold weather running but it was not to be.

I left there with a folder of signed papers agreeing to five months wtih a personal trainer. He was good!

Tonight was the first session. I showed up ready to work out, went to the locker room to lock up my stuff. Ugh forgot the bracelet thingy to put the key to my lock on so I stuck the key in the side of my gym shoe.

She took several measurments which included my neck. Never had my neck measured before. Then weigh-in. It was just after dinner and it's glorious PMS time so bye bye goal weight! But it was still good for me.

I liked her, very muscular, great personality, no nonsense this will be a good match. She said this is the session everybody gets when they join the gym, not just those who sign up wtih a trainer. Cool, I thought, breeze right through this.

Oh nay nay! Many repetitions of various lunges, some utilizing a step with three risers. At any given time I was also lifting 8lb weights or a 6 lb medicine ball along with the lunges. There were squats while tossing the ball as I stood up.

I'm a people watcher, lots of people to see, mirrors everywhere. Lots of dialogue going on in my head. "Wow, look at the muscles on that guy", "Ugh, the key in my shoe moved again", "holy crap, that girl has been holding that plank forever", "GEEZ, how many more of these do I have to do", "HEY, is that my butt in that mirror back there???!"

I worked extra hard not to be distracted by everything going on around me and focus on my form. She didn't give me any direction on form but I wanted to be impressive. After all, I told her about all these intense workouts I've done on sparkpeople and my vaious DVDs. Yes, I did plug the website.

Next appointment Saturday morning. She was very excited saying we'll have the full hour to get to work. I am strong like bull! Or I will be in a few weeks!

Rock on everyone!


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CHAQUITA73 11/28/2012 10:15AM

    Ha! Ha! :-) I need to figure something out too as I have decided that I am a fair weather runner (outside) too! Keep at it!!

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