Monday, June 20, 2011
I hope everyone had a wonderful Father's Day!! I spoiled my man by getting him a Kindle, (yup, I'm the best gf ever ;) which he absolutely loved!! He and my dad played a round of golf in the morning and we met at my parents for an awesome homemade dinner after that. It was really a great day minus the fact that I spent the beginning of it in the ER!!
I woke up with tremendous back pain and couldn't even stand up straight. It hurt to lift my arms above my head and when I went to try and pull my hair back in a ponytail, I just couldn't do it. It hurt sooooo bad!! I was in tears!! So off to the ER we went. They figured out that I had strained the muscles in my back from using improper form with the kettlebells.
I guess if you lean over even the slightest bit instead of keeping your back absolutely straight, it will cause strain. When I described the exercise to the doctor she was astounded by it. She thought swinging a weight around was one of the worst things you could do for your muscles. She said it would be VERY easy to injure yourself and when lifting weights they should never be swung around. She asked how heavy the weight was and when I told her 8 lbs, she said that was WAY too heavy to be doing that sort of thing with. (Which is like the lightest weight you can buy a kettlebell in!!)
Sooo, I'm on muscle relaxants and ibuprofen every 4 hours and am staying home from work today to try and get all healed up. I'll try to catch up on some Sparking but not sure how much I'll get done since it kinda hurts to be at this computer desk right now. I just wanted to get on here and warn you guys about the possible risk of injury using kettlebells. I'm always adamant about using proper form and thought that I was. It is VERY easy to injure yourself with these things and I strongly recommend that you DON'T try them at home! It's not worth the risk!!
Now...onto some fun pictures!! This next part is dedicated to my friend Linda. Here's a picture blog that I promised you! ;)
These were taken at my parent's 50th anniversary party last weekend. This is my family! My parents are on the left, then there's my beautiful niece Maddie and her boyfriend Daniel. My sister and her husband are in the middle and my boyfriend Ray is the one hiding behind me that you can't see lol. On the right is my nephew, Jake and my step-nephew Corey. The 2 blonde little ones in the front are mine and the brunette is my sister's step-grandchild.
"A happy family is but an earlier heaven."
This is myself and "the boyfriend" Ray. Aren't we a cute couple?!!
This is my niece and nephew. These kids have been my pride and joy since they were born.
Kaitlyn and Isabella.
My son by his "cool rocks."
My sister and her husband, Dan.
These are some pictures from their wedding 50 years ago. I think they're really neat. I can't believe how young my dad looks!
And this is a picture of my mom's 5th birthday party!! My mom is the girl with the cake and my dad is the one in the bottom right corner that's pulling the hair of the girl beside him. LOL
This last one is their original wedding party! That's my aunt who was my mom's maid of honor, and to the right of my dad was his best man. I think that's so cool!
One of my favs...the girls were playing like they were walruses. LOL
This last one my son took of himself. I just love his freckles in it! :) He took over the camera after that and the rest of my pictures are of things like light sockets and toilets!! LOL
Well, my back is really starting to hurt again. Again, if you haven't tried kettlebells I don't recommend it. If you do try them though, be VERY careful and pay close attention to proper form. It took 48 hours for it to kick in, but boy does it hurt!!
Love to you all!!!
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Well, I'm finally getting into the exercise groove! Since joining Spark, I've become more active but haven't really done the hard core work out thing. I didn't want to do what I've done in the past...go all out and exercise my butt off, only to get burnt out and just dread the idea of lifting another finger.
Yep, that's sooo not me! Crazy!
This week I've stepped it up, though! I've got a renewed sense of determination and I'm ready to bust out of this exercise rut!
I'm proud to announce that I've worked out the last 6 out of 7 days! GO ME! I'm on a roll and there's NO stoppin' me now!
Now...if only the scale would move!!
I know I've been doing a lot of extra ST, but can muscle really weigh that much more than fat?? I feel as though I've lost weight--my back fat pinch test tells me so!! LOL I think my scale is lying!! Yes, they do that!
I'm not going to let the scale win, though!! I'm going to KEEP AT IT! I've not come this far to give up now! I CAN and WILL do this! YOU can, too!
Saturday, June 11, 2011
I found a pool that I can regularly swim laps in thanks to my new fitness buddy! She happens to live in an apartment complex that has access to a very nice pool! I'm helping to keep her accountable in the fitness area and as a trade off I get to use her pool! SWEET!
I'm also participating in another facebook challenge. A friend has proposed a 30 day exercise challenge and we are trying to work out at least 15 minutes a day with one or two rest days per week. Totally doable! I had actually already set this as a goal for myself and checking in daily will just help keep me accountable.
I haven't lost any more weight yet and have actually gained a pound... ...BUT...I'm telling myself that I've gained muscle with all of this fitness and strength training that I'm now doing. So YAY to more muscle!!
And my last update that I just HAVE to tell you about is the other pair of pants my sister gave to me. There were two pairs actually, and I had only tried on one. The other pair just looked way too small and I wasn't going to disappoint myself by trying them on, only to find out that they didn't fit. Well, today I was rifling through my clothes to find something to wear to work. I saw them and thought, "Well I'll just see how close I am to fitting into them. I'll use them as goal pants if anything." I looked at the tag, a 7. Ok, totally not going to fit. I stepped in them and didn't even try to zip them. I looked down and thought, "They fit pretty good in the legs. Doesn't look that bad." I then decided that I would just try the zipper but wouldn't pull too hard because I didn't want to break it. That's when they zipped right up, NO PROBLEM!! I literally said, "What?! Seriously?!!"
Then...I did the HAPPY DANCE AGAIN!!!!
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
I told myself that if I was a good girl and exercised today that I could get a pedicure. This is a big deal because I've never had one before!
Right as I was getting ready to exercise, a friend called and invited me to her pool. How could I say no that that, right?! A day with the girls by the pool was just what I needed!
It would've been the perfect excuse to get out of exercising but instead, I did some laps while I was there!! I forgot how much swimming really worked your muscles. It was great! I totally need to find a pool that I can regularly swim some laps at. I'm going to crave that now!!
So I happily treated myself to a pedicure. :) The lady also talked me into a manicure. All of my appendages are sexy now! lol
Notice I'm wearing my power bracelet! The bracelet revolution is on!!
That's my first and only tattoo, by the way. I always told myself I'd never get a tattoo, I never wanted one. Shortly after Chris died though, I had the urge to get one. I wanted something that would symbolize that he was with me forever and that I'd always carry him with me. I was also in so much emotional pain that I thought physical pain would be a good distraction. I put it on my foot as a message to myself to put one foot in front of the other. It hurt like a son of a gun, I tell ya! lol But I really love how it turned out.
So yeah, I love my new pedi!! I'm definitely going to make these a regular thing! I never knew what I was missing...a girl could really get use to this kind of pampering!! I think I deserved it!
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