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Thursday, August 07, 2014

So I made this resolution to make it to the gym as many times as possible between now and Tuesday.

Yeah, right. Woke up this morning with a bad upper back ache. It's in the spot where I have arthritis on a rib, or I may have overdone it yesterday at the gym, or I slept wrong. However I did it, I'm disappointed and it hurts like heck.

When i get home from dropping daughter at the train station, out comes the foam roller to see what I can do about easing the kink.

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DJ4HEALTH 8/13/2014 2:02AM

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LSDALOIA 8/11/2014 9:23AM

    I love those foam rollers. Feel better!

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TINA8605 8/8/2014 8:18AM

  Work it out girl! Stretchhhhhhh. Hope it feels better.

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TEXASFILLY 8/7/2014 8:47PM

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Just a Rant.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Darn cold here today! -0.4C, which is 31F. Brr! My toes still haven't warmed up and I've been awake for hours!

However, that is not the rant. ;)

My daughter has Aspergers' Syndrome, and is working with a disability service. Her caseworker arranged a month of work experience for her with a banner and sign making company, as she is an artist and wants to work in that field. It's been a fiasco from the first.

Three weeks ago, the caseworker took her to the company for what was meant to be a simple interview. She didn't come home when I expected, then I got a call from caseworker saying he'd left her there so she could start her month of work that day, as the owner was impressed with her abilities. Fine and good - except noone seemed to be able to tell me when I should go pick her up. Finally she calls and says 1:30pm is good. I went then to pick her up, spoke with the owner, and he wanted her to go have lunch and then come back and finish the afternoon. She was on overload and wanted to come home and work on the sample project he'd given her. All seemed well.

Next day, caseworker calls and needs me to bring her in to sign some papers. We go, I mention to him that the last day she's scheduled for work exp, we won't be here and so we need to put it off til we're home. He jumped down my throat about the whole thing...."doing her/you a huge favor" blah blah blah...."just wasting everyone's time if she doesn't go that last day" blah blah blah..."she LEFT EARLY yesterday and lost time" blah blah blah....

I kept my temper and when he was finished, I told him my husband doesn't like to ask his wife's side of the family for favors and we would have needed to arrange with Kate's grandparents to take her out to the place. I also told him there was no specific time for Kate to leave that first day, and it was left up to her. He backed down then and said he could drive Kate out there and pick her up. Well and good.

The second time I took her out to the company, noone showed up til 9:20, and she didn't even have the keys. Finally at 9:30, the kid with the keys shows up. I was thinking to myself "this is NOT a professional business".

Funny thing is, I complained to the owner of my gym when I finally got there that morning, and she just laughed - she'd tried to order some banners from them and they were very casual about confirming her order so she ended up doing business elsewhere.

So today we hop in the car and go out there again. We arrive at 9 a.m. Young man arrives at 9:15 and opens the gates, but not the business. Kate goes inside at 9:20, he tells her she can stay if she wants, she feels uncomfortable and comes back to the car. I figure the owner will show at any moment. I finally had a hissy fit and went in at 9:40 to see what was up. Young man calls the owner who gets squiffy with me for hunting him down. He was "just next door" getting some printing done. He let me know with attitude and tone of voice that he thought I was silly for not just leaving her. I didn't jolly him up or apolgise.

I mean, really. Firstly, it's not her normal work environment. She doesn't know these people very well at all. Secondly, she's a young woman with a disability that hinders her with social interaction. Just throw her in the water like that? I don't think so.

Some people, hmm? Thanks for reading. I think I feel better. Maybe. ;)

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LSDALOIA 8/6/2014 9:08AM

    If the company is going to hire someone with a disability, they need to be ready to accommodate that disability. That means having someone there on time who can interact with her. Pretty simple stuff.

Good for you for pushing your daughter out into the workplace! Not every parent is so diligent, so I'm sending congratulations your way....

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WENDYJM4 8/6/2014 7:37AM

    how frustrating and disgusting. I would be reporting this to someone higher.

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RDEE22 8/6/2014 7:11AM

    How Crass is that. They should be reported to "someone " as a not fit business for any young person to work.

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TEXASFILLY 8/5/2014 11:14PM

    How utterly frustrating! I agree with Susan~ these folks on both sides of the fence need an attitude adjustment. Hope it all gets worked out in Kate's best interest~ emoticon BB~

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KEEPITUP62 8/5/2014 10:44PM

    Some people are entirely too unprofessional. In this case I think both the company and the case worker need an attitude adjustment.

Hope everything gets worked out in your daughter's favor.

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Obligatory Gym Report.

Monday, August 04, 2014

I've decided to up my cardio each day. Baby steps....

I am at the end of my three-part "program" Sharni worked up for me, so I told her not to worry about a new one until I'm back at the gym later in the month. So I concentrate on cardio and do sets of my own choosing between the five-minute cardio sessions. Today I felt especially aimless so I allowed myself to be talked into doing the spin class. I figured I'd just walk away if it got to be too much - but it's amazing how proper adjustment on the bike really helps. Tina the new trainer set it up properly for me and I had no knee pain. Even did the standing-up pedalling and the racing sprints.

Husband and I have been eating lighter meals at night and I think it's something we should continue. We've both been sleeping better.

I am going to TRY to walk my dad's dog every day while we're there. It'll be good for the doggie, and good for me. Of course, you know what they say about good intentions....considering it'll be mid-August on the prairie. We tend to do our errands early in the cool of the day so it'll be a challenge to get myself out the door when it's hotter.

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DJ4HEALTH 8/13/2014 2:08AM

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WENDYJM4 8/5/2014 7:11AM

    sounds good.

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EMSSBEARS 8/5/2014 2:02AM

    Great job on the exercise. Good intentions can turn into good goals just make sure you do carry those thru early in the morning and you will feel so much better about yourself and your surroundings everything in your day will go so much better. emoticon

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ALIHIKES 8/5/2014 1:31AM

    WOO HOO congratulations on your spinning success! and the lighter dinners will help (I'm trying to do the same)

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TEXASFILLY 8/5/2014 12:37AM

    Great job on your gym workouts, dear heart! *hugs* So proud of your progress and how you try different things to see what's right for you. Glad to hear the spinning did not hurt your knees as that is one exercise I've yet to try for fear of knee pain. Hope you're gearing up for your trip to Kansas. Natural fibers, light colors, and a big straw hat to keep you cool. Early mornings is right when it comes to beating the heat of the day for exercise. You will get it figured out~ emoticon BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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just a check-in.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Still struggling with that whole thing about resolutions and then derailment. I haven't derailed in a huge way, just haven't been as strict with the nutrition as I wanted to be, knowing my bad habit of putting on weight while I'm away from home. Still going to the gym five days a week and concentrating on proper form and when I have extra energy I throw in extra cardio and extra sets of exercises. So that's all going well.

The eating...not so much. Far too much wheat and therefore all the goodies I've made for my dear husband. All the upset stomach and heartburn that goes along with too much wheat too.

Just for grins and giggles, I entered a competition on a local radio station to win a Food Patrol package. My daughter has the workbook but is being lazy about finding it for me....if I don't win the package, I'll study the workbook and see what I can do. (Well, if she finds it for me.)

It's been very freeing emotionally to recognise the fact that I don't lose weight no matter what I try. I've lost not a pound since joining the gym early March. That's all offset by increased cardio stamina and vastly increased strength so I fret not at all about no weight loss.

The new trainer I wrote about in an earlier blog asked me today "if I'm getting the results I want" from all the time I spend there. That of course is polite speak for "what can we do to help you lose weight if that's what you want to do". We had a chat and decided that when I'm home from Kansas at the end of August, we'll sit down and work up a nutrition plan for me. I told her I've never seemed to be able to grasp a clear idea of how calories in/calories out works for me because it never seems to 'work'. Hopefully we can get some sort of handle on what my problem is. I'd like to think it's something else but I'm sure it's just me. Don't you hate when you can't blame it on someone else?? ;)

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LOOPYLOU0363 7/30/2014 11:26PM

    That's great that you will work with a nutritionist on a plan for you. Are you tracking your food? Doing this has helped me to see what is going in and how many calories I eat. The trackers have great reports to view to see how many carbs, fat and protein. I even found a setting to track my fiber.
Enjoy your holiday. And good job on the fitness.

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WENDYJM4 7/30/2014 8:04AM

    have a great holiday.

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RDEE22 7/30/2014 2:44AM

    Not long til the Kansas Trip. You will be physically so fit, you will be able to enjoy the trip so much more. emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 7/29/2014 11:56PM

    emoticon I know it's not easy; then again, anything worth having doesn't come easy. I love how you've built your strength and stamina through training at the gym. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Seriously, look at your food. Study up on GMOs~ 80-90% of what is setting on grocery shelves is genetically engineered organisms. Go organics and give up the no-fat/lo-fat garbage. When they take out the fat, sugar and/or salt is substituted. Eat what appeals to you in its most whole, natural state and think about where it's grown (How far does it have to travel to get to your table?) and how it's grown (preferably without pesticides, etc.

Keep up your diligent search, sweetie. We empower ourselves with knowledge and then put into action to make our dreams reality. emoticon BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAGMATTIN 7/29/2014 10:10PM

  Yes I do!

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keepin' on.

Monday, July 14, 2014

I'd like to know just why it is when we make certain goals for ourselves, we immediately derail. Perhaps it's a sign of maturity to understand that its MYSELF that derails, and not someone sneaking up and doing the deed?

Long story short, I had to rededicate yet again today. I've had two weeks of too much wheat, which of course means too much stuff like cake. Not feeling great. Finally back on a regular schedule at the gym, so that's one thing I'm doing right lately.

There's a new trainer at the gym today. Apart from the fact that she's probably 25 years' younger than me and does fitness competitions so you can tell from just that alone how darn good she looks - we apparently run quite similiar when it comes to fuel. We were swapping stories about too much carb consumption and what it does, which is puffiness and general malaise, and it ruins our workout intensity as well. I don't know what it is, but just knowing that she struggles with the same issues in such fine shape as she's very heartening. All three trainers have given me good advice but I lean more towards this new woman's instruction when it comes to nutrition. Gonna give it a go. Oh, I know I'll never be a 25 year old fitness competition competitor...but good advice is good advice.

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WENDYJM4 7/30/2014 8:06AM

    sounds like a great trainer and one that cares.

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    I think you've found yourself a real great teacher. She can't help you stop the self-sabotage though. The only one who can control you is YOU. I ask myself when I get into this behavior who am I punishing besides myself? There is always a name that pops up. Always.

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1BEACHWALKER 7/15/2014 1:49AM

    Glad you're back at it! Carbs are hard to cut down on! I am working harder at cutting down on that myself! Keep going ! We can do it!!

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LOOPYLOU0363 7/14/2014 11:28PM

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I too am feeling the derailment. Thinking I need to kick it up a notch!
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As long as we keep trying we will succeed!

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TEXASFILLY 7/14/2014 10:17PM

    Good for you, gf! *hugs* So glad to hear you're back on track. We all get sidelined from time to time, but as long as you don't give up. Good to hear that you've found something in common with such a young example. It goes to show that life is life no matter if you're at goal or need to shed a lot. I'm so proud of you for your consistent workouts. I'm learning to follow suit~ been in the pool 5 out of 7 days. YAY for us! emoticon BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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