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Fit(er), Fabulous and Forty

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

I turned 40 today! I turned 40 today! In a blink of an eye, I turned 40!

It was an amazing day. I took time off from work, bought a small gift for myself, spent time with the Mr. and had a just a wonderful day. All this AND all the love messages I received from across the U.S.

The Mr. bought me an iPod nano to replace my MP3 player. It's blue, it's pretty .... oh so shiny! I can't wait to load it up and workout.

I am fit(er). I am fabulous. I am forty.

Me from front to back at forty.




Not bad, even that photo of my backside that Mr. took!

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MANLEYSANDY 8/18/2010 6:57PM

    Welcome to 40! You are fabulous! Great pics...I am glad you enjoyed your day!!

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 8/18/2010 6:16AM

    Looking good. Happy Birthday.

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KITHKINCAID 8/17/2010 2:13PM

    Look at your sexy 40-year old curves lady! That's hot! Congratulations on so many achievements thus far and for looking marvelous on your birthday! And HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

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DARKTHOR 8/17/2010 3:00AM

    You're doing a wonderful job! Doesn't it feel great to reach a birthday and just KNOW that you are heading in the right direction? Fit(ter) and fabulous, you're looking great for any age.

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BANANNA38 8/17/2010 2:48AM

    Cheers to 40!!! I'm turning the big 4-0 on December 24th and want my forties to ROCK! You're looking fantastic! Happy Birthday!

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An emotional avalanche - I rode the slide!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Saturday afternoon/evening was an emotional wreck. I was spiraling - quickly. I ate healthy up to the spiral and with out of control emotions came out of control cravings. I felt trapped!

The day had started out so promising with a great workout and a fabulous lunch. I was even able to go grocery shopping was able to skip the Chinese food & Hershey's Bar w/ Almonds easily. Okay, it wasn't that easy on the chocolate. I went back and forth looking at that darn bar but I wouldn't even touch it - although I was compelled to pick it up and smell it. Yeah, I would have but I was in the supermarket so I thought better it. HA!

Anyway. Right up to the breaking point the day was on track. Then I found myself in an emotional avalanche and all I could do was ride the slide. A friend found out something was up and tried to reach me but I shunned the help, at first. I later found myself in the car ... hunting for food and finally called to vent about the events earlier in the day. I cried a little, I got mad again and I was exhausted from it all! As I drove I found myself back in the parking lot of the place that has my fav Chinese food and that darn chocolate. I sat there chatting with my girl about the events that caused the slide and burned holes in the side of the building. We were deep in conversation and I'm not a public cell phone talker, especially when someone is trying to help me, so I stayed in the car. By the time the phone call was over I drove back home. I fixed a chicken Caesar lettuce wrap - it was delicious!

I mourned my day and went to bed shell shocked.

Positives:
I managed to eat within my calorie range all weekend and for that I am happy.
I worked up a manger sweat at the gym on Saturday.
I relaxed on Sunday.
Instead of eating my weight in Chinese food & chocolate, I walked away (twice) and asked for help with an emotional situation.

  
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DESERTFLOWER8 8/16/2010 10:41PM

    WOW WOW WOW!!! That is really big! You did an awesome job..congratulations!!!

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FICTIONRUNNER 8/16/2010 7:55PM

    It's a great feeling to walk away from those false cravings!

I'm glad you had someone you could lean on to get you through the weekend.

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KITHKINCAID 8/16/2010 2:04PM

    Great job. I'm sorry things are so emotionally tough right now! emoticon

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Knowing my limits

Saturday, August 14, 2010

I was up early today, after a fitful night of sleep. The lack of sleep was due to the kitty - when her tummy is upset she needs reassurance that it'll be okay. At 6-ish she finally let it all go. She felt better, I was just tired.

I dropped the Mr. off at work at 7 and then headed for the gym. It was either do it then or not at all. I know myself well enough to know if I drove past that gym I'd never find my way back there. I walked in the door at 7:10! Ugh, I'm not a great morning person.

I decided that I would attempt W7D3 of my C25K ... it did not go well. With the warm up completed I started off jogging at my regular pace. By mile one - 15 minutes in - I could tell I was not going to finish. I pushed it as far as I could but my legs just won't have it. There was 11 hours between Friday nights workout and this morning, not enough time for the muscles to recover. Knowing my limits I backed off when the clock hit 20 minutes. I finished by walking at the fastest pace I could and put the ramp at 4.5 - it was a tough finish. I then put in 17 minutes on the Elliptical, that helped stretch out the muscles. Not a bad workout for a Saturday morning.

Knowing my limits was important today. I could have gutted out the jog but I also could have hurt myself in the process. Today was the first day I couldn't finish a jog but I've come to terms with it. There's always another day.

Tomorrow will be a rest day but I'll still be active. I plan to walk along the bay ... it should be beautiful out!

I've had a great day in regard to calories and food. I skipped the Chinese food and I walked away from the chocolate bar w/ almonds! I'm on target and feel fabulous. Oh, and last night I cooked instead of picking up something on the way home. YES!!!

Anything is possible.

  
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KITHKINCAID 8/16/2010 12:21PM

    Way to go girl - you just keep truckin along. I love it.

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FICTIONRUNNER 8/16/2010 9:48AM

    I have a hard time running when I don't get enough sleep too. Sometimes a little extra food can help perk me up. Do you eat breakfast before you go to the gym?

I agree with GGM, I can't pass up the Chinese food. Good going!

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 8/15/2010 9:14AM

    Way to go girl! I wish I had the strength to skip chinese and not eat chocolate!

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Mid-Month Check in

Friday, August 13, 2010

I feel like the Little Engine that could ... "I think I can, I think I can!"

So far this month I've managed to workout 12 out of the 13 days. I'll take it. One of those 12 days was very light due to a headache and fatigue but I managed to walk, so I count it.

Nike Says it best & it's my new Motto!


My TOM has come and gone and I must say emotionally it wasn't a complete mess. I was at full disclosure with the Mr. due to irrational thoughts, emotional outbursts, and the rage that I feel sometimes during this time. My emotions were a bit better this month and physically I made it without much pain. Plus, I didn't gain an enormous amount of (water) weight.

Workouts have been good but I find myself repeating, "I think I can, I think I can!" during my workouts. I am on Week 7 Day 2 of the C25K training and it is going well but tough. I have even logged some extra jogging time. I discovered my breathing is more relaxed while jogging which means my lungs are adjusting. My outer upper thigh's hate it when I jog and they remind me of that in the middle of the night when they start throbbing. After a four week vacation for the instructor, Step class resumed and I find myself struggling physically to get through the 45 minute routine. This brought on the "I need to cross train" thinking. After reviewing the class schedule at the gym and being very disappointed I decided I need to become creative on my own. I still don't know what that looks like.

I've been less than attentive to my calories and have overdrawn that account on countless occasions. I shake my finger at self! I know better. I can do better. I am better.

My weekly weigh-in is on Friday mornings. With the visit from my TOM I was up last week and mid-week this week - yuck! However, this morning I discovered I've come back down and I landed at 234.5! I'll take it with a smile and a sigh of relief. My scale even winked at me with a 234 so I know I'm close to moving on down.

On another positive, well a not so positive turned into a positive ... I was forced to use a different treadmill in a different part of the gym earlier in the week for one of my jogs and it went okay. Last night I actually choose that treadmill. Seems I have a new treadmill!

My plan for the weekend:
Eat sensibly
Workout
Enjoy the outdoors
Nap

  
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KITHKINCAID 8/13/2010 4:36PM

    You're doing great! Look up the Spark stretching exercises for stretching out your IT band. That's the muscle that's throbbing on you in the middle of the night and if you don't take care of it it can cause a whole host of other issues including lower back pain, pain masking as "lady pains" or ovarian discomfort, etc. etc. I had problems with mine about 6 months ago and because it was showing up as pain in all these other areas I was tested for a BUNCH of things that I didn't need to be tested for (kidney stones/infection, PCOS, endometriosis). Big doctor bills - could have been solved by just stretching...ugh. Started seeing a chiropractor who does ART therapy and she fixed it along with my stretching at home. So far it hasn't bothered me on my runs at all which is good since I've learned how to relax it.

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The Push & The Pull

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I pushed myself to go to the gym on Monday night to jog. I pushed myself to use a different treadmill in a different part of the gym. I even pushed myself to finish that 25 minute jog. Monday was a push!

Yesterday I felt the pull to go to the gym. The excitement and anticipation of the step instructors return from vacation pulled me to the gym, early. I was there early enough to do a 15 minute warm up on the bike, all good. After the ride I checked, yup the instructor was back - YES!

Class began and I was pumped. The music she picked was great. Her routine was new and fresh. All Good! Then it happened, the Push. After four weeks of not attending a step class, because there wasn't an instructor, caught up with me 10 minutes into class. I had Leg muscles that have been quiet suddenly started screaming in pain and I felt a wave of distress and discomfort roll through me. I push & pulled myself through that 45 minute step class and felt the frustration mount as each minute passed.

After class I took a moment to pull myself together, collect my thoughts, let my legs calm down and prepare for my walk home. I still have some muscle fatigue/soreness this morning.

My conclusion, it really is important to switch up those workouts. I struggled last night because my muscles had forgotten those moves over the past four weeks. This proves to me that all the talk of switching up workouts really does make since and that muscle has memory. Yeah, I can be hard headed about these things but with sore muscles I can admit I that I am now a believer.

Now, the action plan of change. That is a different post all together.

As a side note, I've become lazy about my calories and I've overdrawn my calorie bank account more than I'd like to admit. It is not that I eat "crap" I just eat lots of good stuff. A calorie is a calorie though. It showed today on my mid-week peak on the scale. I've no one to blame but myself and I scrunch my nose at that! I have noticed in the past that I do this from time to time. I loose focus, I slip, I slide and then it comes to a stop. Today is the day I stop it.

Lots of changes happening!

  
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SINCEKINDER 8/12/2010 12:40AM

    Great job with hanging in there. I'm very proud of you.

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KITHKINCAID 8/11/2010 2:18PM

    Good job girl. I agree - cross training is THE best way to get those muscles in shape. And I feel your pain when I don't do something for a couple weeks and then go back to it - OUCH!

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DAN13LLE 8/11/2010 1:18PM

  I really feel ur pain and guilt. The gym and i have just started up again and I love feeling sore, but I also feel myslef taking steps back in my meal intake. I will have to make up for it tonight, but I hate chasing my guilt. I just need to prepair better, instead of eating conviently. Great Blog!

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