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Come rain or come shine

Sunday, April 28, 2013

My daughter is usually a really good exercise buddy, but I realized today that she has been my downfall when it comes to biking this year.

She is not the dedicated biker that I am. She is much more of a runner. But I've gotten really used to having her along as a pal at the gym. So when I would suggest biking, she would protest that it was too cold or too windy or going to rain. And I would let her talk me out of it.

This is a bad thing. She became like that little demon on my shoulder in the old cartoons, tempting me away from doing the right thing.

Yesterday was beautiful weather, but I had limited time and chose to work on the disaster that is my yard, figuring I'd bike today. Today it was colder again, and raining.

And I reminded myself that rain is not going to melt me. I got on the bike and put in 15 cold, wet miles. When I got home, I told my daughter that I can't be letting her talk me out of biking anymore. She completely agreed that she was being my shoulder demon, but that SHE still wasn't going to have anything to do with biking in the cold and rain.

That's okay. I've put in many miles solo in the past, and I can do so this year, too.

  
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SAPNA2008 5/1/2013 1:41AM

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MANILUS 5/1/2013 12:37AM

    Great work, keep it going!!

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JACKIE542 4/29/2013 10:48PM

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LAWANDMUSIC 4/29/2013 8:51PM

    WOW. I need to get my bike out! Thanks for the reminder!

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HILLSLUG98239 4/29/2013 5:52PM

    Good on ya!

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 4/29/2013 10:17AM

    Exercise buddies can be good things or not-so-good things. It's great when you're on the same page and you can encourage each other to stick with it. But it's really easy to bail when the other one does. Good luck on your solo miles. I have walked solo most of the time and consider others wanting to walk with me a real treat rather than a regular, dependable occurrence!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/28/2013 8:52PM

    It's great you figured that out. I am impressed with your rain ride.

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TATTER3 4/28/2013 8:11PM

    Keep Sparkin'!!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 4/28/2013 4:26PM

    Biking is such a great form of fitness. At least as good, if not better than, running! I had my own little demon on my shoulder this winter too. My legs have gotten so heavy! It's unbelievable!
Lets get our rears and our bikes in gear GirlFriend!

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Not doing as well as I'd like

Friday, April 26, 2013

Saturday I went on a 5k. I had not jogged since I broke my tailbone in February, but we were going with a group of friends and I had organized it, so I figured I'd better show up. Two miles in I managed to pull my hamstring. I was smart enough to walk the rest of the way, but it's still bothering me.

Despite the hamstring pull, I have been going to the gym and focusing mostly on upper body strength training, with some walking, and that's been okay. The problem is that my weight is ooching up some and I am feeling antsy.

Today at the gym I attempted to jog a bit on the treadmill. Besides feeling awkward and lumbering, my hamstring was having nothing to do with that. So I got on the elliptical for a while instead. That wasn't too bad. I'm feeling frustrated because it feels like I'm starting all over. I'm trying to stay focused on being where I am and working from here, rather than letting my image of where I want to be make me feel hopeless.

And I have to say that yesterday I sort of ate the entire world today and felt like strangling people, all because I didn't work out. I did work out this morning and I already have a much better attitude. There may be something to this "exercise addiction" thing.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/27/2013 7:27PM

    I'm sorry you are having a rough time. Are you able to bike any or does that bother your hamstring too? My husband and I were finally able to get out and ride our tandem today for the first time. So much for biking every day this month!

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TATTER3 4/26/2013 10:24PM

    Keep Sparkin'!!!

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MURRAYGOLD 4/26/2013 12:39PM

    Finding new ways to move post injuries will help. Sounds like the elliptical might work better than the treadmill for now.

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DOTTIEJANE1 4/26/2013 12:07PM

    You had a nasty tail bone issue and a hamstring is /can be a long timeer . TAKE it easy and you will be moving in no time . emoticon emoticon

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LUCKYDOGFARM 4/26/2013 11:32AM

    It is hard starting all over again, but given the severity of your injury to your tailbone, your body has been through a lot and you definitely have to take it a bit easier. Slowly work your way back in to fitness. Not trying to pick up where you left off back in February, or like you have found out, you will get another injury.
Push yourself mentally to get back in the game, and push your body easily so that you can stay in the game!


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NATPLUMMER 4/26/2013 10:20AM

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MNNICE 4/26/2013 8:54AM

    I can understand the frustration. Funny how we grumble about exercise, but then when we can't do it we want to more than ever! Take it slow and heal. You'll get healthy faster that way and the weight loss will follow. The important thing is to not give up! Hang in there and be proud of the progress you've made!

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GAILRUU 4/26/2013 8:45AM

    I had rotator cuff surgery a few years ago. I am not as athletic as you, but I do go to Curves and I went back as soon as I could and did the things that I was able to do so I wouldn't lose what I had worked on in my legs and other arm. Progress was slow at first but eventually I was able to get back to normal. Don't aggravate that hamstring or it will take even longer to recover.

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Today's smile

Friday, April 19, 2013

On the day I was born, my grandad went out and bought me a hula hoop. Now, 55 years later, I am finally learning how to use one. I'm older now than he was when he bought it for me. But I'll always be a kid at heart.

  
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K1TT3N 4/23/2013 11:58AM

    thats great.

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OPTIMIST1948 4/22/2013 8:57PM

    Thanks to all the spark hoopers, Im thinking about adding it to my regime.

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COOP9002 4/21/2013 2:45PM

    Cool.

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HOPERISING 4/20/2013 11:36AM

    How fun! I've never been able to hoolahoop... not even when I was a kid!

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 4/20/2013 8:59AM

    Hooping is cool again! I remember being the hula hoop champion in my neighborhood in the 4th grade for hooping 45 minutes before I lost it. Fun!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 4/19/2013 10:52PM

    I am going to have to go buy myself one. I can hoop on wii just fine! But I have never been able to do the real thing.

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JANETRIS 4/19/2013 6:04PM

    What a sweet story to have in your history!! Enjoy your hooping adventures and be sure to let us know how it goes. Are you taking a class??

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Butterflies

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

I'm involved in a spring challenge wherein my team is the Beautiful Butterflies. How appropriate. I am in need of a transformation this spring. My diet, my exercise routine, my life. And more color is the ticket, just like butterflies. More colorful veg in my diet, more variety in my workout.

And then when I finish all this transformation, colorful new wardrobe!

  
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LUCKYDOGFARM 4/19/2013 12:48AM

    New wardrobes are a very good encourager! Go for it girl!

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DATMAMA4 4/16/2013 5:39PM

    Sounds like a great challenge with a great reward! Keep us posted!

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MAGGIE101857 4/16/2013 5:23PM

    Good luck on the challenge! Butterflies are beautiful, and so are you!!! emoticon

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SANDYWANTSTHIS 4/16/2013 3:16PM

    Hey there, just reading over blog entries to keep inspired and learn new tricks etc. I'm on the Sizzling Chicks team...nice to meet the friendly competition. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 4/16/2013 2:41PM

    Excellent!

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I need beef. Lightly killed and put on a platter.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

The last few days of March I was feeling continually hungry and stressed and just...off. Last night I made beef stroganoff. And today I feel a billion times better.

I have been trying to cut down on beef consumption, but I find that if I don't eat beef at least one, if not twice, a week, I start to flag. I don't even think about it, but suddenly I start feeling run down and lethargic and my functionality fails. Then I think back and realize that I haven't had beef in over a week.

Physiologically, this makes no sense. I take iron supplements, eat lots of dark, leafy veggies, and don't deprive myself of calories.

But the plain fact is that I do better when I am consuming beef. It doesn't have to be daily, but if it's not one and preferably two times a week, I fall apart.

I need to take this into account.

  
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ON-FIRE1 4/29/2013 2:49PM

    Just make sure you don't eat it the day before a weigh-in. I made that mistake and found out the hard way that beef takes 24 hours to fully digest. I gotta have me some too but not as often. I love it every couple weeks or so. I get the grass fed beef so it's more expensive but it is so much better tasting and better for you. It's a real treat when we have it.

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KLUTZY68 4/29/2013 1:22PM

    I'm the same way, and I eat other proteins of all kinds, and plenty of them. Sometimes it's a burger or steak, and sometimes MUST. EAT. LIVER. I don't consider beef the bogeyman meat!

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OPTIMIST1948 4/7/2013 8:04AM

    Meatballs?

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/6/2013 9:54PM

    I really start to feel it if I don't get enough protein too.

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TATTER3 4/3/2013 10:39PM

    Me too!!

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NATPLUMMER 4/3/2013 10:41AM

    You have to do what works for you.

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MANDYLOVE_76 4/3/2013 9:15AM

    Very interesting. Are you eating enough calories in general?

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LUCKYDOGFARM 4/2/2013 11:26PM

    Do you eat other meats during the week? Maybe its the protein? Or lack of? Hmmmm!

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