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Sunday, July 10, 2011

It's been very hot outside... hate that... but it's pushing me to choose more indoor exercise... so today I decided to see if I could get through Jillian Michael's Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism. And I did!! I am so excited about that! This is only the 2nd time I've gotten all the way through that video. We also had out health fair at work on Friday and I won the door prize I wanted... a heartrate monitor watch! It's not the fanciest one, but I used it today while working out and it appears that I stayed mostly between 75% & 85% of max heartrate.

It's been a few days... I found out on Friday that my military stuff is ramping up even more than I'd thought in October. I will be pretty much gone from my civilian job the entire month instead of the 2 weeks I was anticipating. And I have to tell my boss about this on Monday.

A lot of life has been going on, nothing really bad, but a lot of nagging stressors. I keep my body moving to keep my mind calm and able to deal... and to keep my stress at bay.

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COOP9002 7/13/2011 10:44AM

    Awesome job on getting through the workout. It's always good when we amaze ourselves.

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KAYOTIC 7/11/2011 9:21AM

    Good job on the workout! That usually relieves my stress, if need be, the other thing that does the trick is yoga, don't know if you do that at all.

Good luck w/ the boss and your military stuff in October, a month is a long assignment.

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NMMAMA2011 7/10/2011 10:44PM

    Rock on with the J.M. workout. She is tough. It always cracks me up when she says it like it is! I hope your boss takes the news well. S/he does get a 3 month lead, which is more than you owe them and more notice than you usually get! I hope you don't have to be gone long?

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    Moving to relieve the stress...I am figuring that out myself. Glad I'm not the only one...gives me hope that it really works. Good job on the Jillian Michaels video. She is rough!!! Good luck on your military assignment. Stay safe. emoticon

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Meanwhile, back at that music challenge thingie... day 13/30...

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Name a song that is a guilty pleasure...

Sex, I'm a... by Berlin...



Trying a new tack... what exercise means to me... really looking at my calorie deficit...

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

emoticonMorning exercise! This has been a bugbear for me since I started this crazy weight loss then maintenance journey... I really want to do morning exercise, it frees up the rest of my day. Mind you, I love working out, especially how I feel when I'm done... but it usually seems to take all day to ramp myself up to it... so I usually work out in the evenings after I get home from work and I've had dinner, leaving very little time for family activities. I even had it as a goal for a long time, but I was so lousy at getting my buns out of bed, I just took it off. So, starting today, I'm going to see if I can do it for a full 7 days, including the weekend.

emoticonRunning/working out has become something that I physically NEED, I guess you could say it's my drug of choice... but to get my drug to fit in better with my family life, I'm going to have to structure it to better fit in with my family life.

emoticonMy exercise/workout time is also my brain time, it's all mine... sometimes I choose to share it with my husband, sometimes I just prefer to have it all to myself. It's also part of my job, to stay in the Army, I have to stay fit... which is just added incentive to do what I have come to love.

emoticonMy physical activity time is also my therapy. When things are going wrong, I go out for a run or walk or just pop in a video... no matter how bad things are going, they seem so much more manageable after I have worked it out physically.

emoticonI connect with some of my best girlfriends through physical activity... sometimes more low key, like shopping at the mall (it may be slower than my usual intentional pace, but it is up and moving around) or walking at a local park. Depends on which girlfriend I'm talking about. I'm really excited about doing the Hot Chocolate 5K/15K in November with two of my best girls in Chicago in November. Two of us are taking a road trip to visit a 3rd and then we are doing the run! How cool is that.

emoticonMy observations of the world provide my mind plenty of playtime or wonder nearly everyday I am out on my usual route... lately it's been Stupid Human Tricks on the chunk of closed road near my house. (I love the chunk of road since it's flat and mostly quiet and it goes through a wooded area) The S.H.T. score high so far is 3. That is the number of cars who ignore the SIX "closed road" & "detour" signs and end up turning around at the barricades in any given run. Mind you, it's been closed since April. Other observations that interest me have mostly to do with the decay process of animals that have been hit by cars... hey! we all have our oddities!!

emoticonI have gained back a few pounds since reaching goal in Sept 2008... about 10 from my lowest weight... and so I have been half-heartedly fighting "the creep" for months. I am finally using the calorie deficit report and tracking my food & calorie burn religiously 6 days per week and am finally seeing some great results. I am pretty sure Spark will tell me I need to recalc my burn number but I want to see myself really hit that number for more than just a week here and there... or else it just really doesn't do me any good.

emoticonA lot is going on, but it's nothing I can't handle by taking care of myself and using my amazing support systems.

emoticon And I've gained a lot of great wisdom from people I have been blessed with meeting lately too! The one that is really resonating for me is from a fantastic fellow whose mother is 90... his mother's saying is, "I'd rather wear out than rust out." And there is a lot of truth to that. Thanks MJ, for helping me find my new motto!

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SUNSET09 7/8/2011 6:01PM

  Great blog and a good representation of what it is all about, thanx! emoticon emoticon

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DARKTHOR 7/6/2011 5:52PM

    I really hope you can make morning workouts work for you. I know exactly what you mean, the day flows so much better when you already have your workout done and in the bag. But, it's still so hard to get up and doing a workout!

It sounds like you have things well in hand, so keep up the great work and congratulations to you!

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NMMAMA2011 7/6/2011 3:53PM

    I, too, have come to the conclusion that morning is the only absolutely consistent time to exercise. I am a morning person, but it is HARD to get moving some days! However, when I say "I'll do it after work," after work gets busy and the workout never happens!

I like that you get moving with your friends. You inspire me to persist in my efforts to do active things with my girlfriends rather than sitting around for drinks or coffee! Maybe I will try for a walking coffee date to compromise!

It is great that you mentally amuse yourself while you run...but decaying animals? Can I take up a collection for an iPod? emoticon

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Having a nice relaxing holiday weekend.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

For years we had a big 4th of July bash... but a few years ago it just got too big... 40-50 people in our small house was just overwhelming. So this year, we are just having a few friends over and prolly won't even shoot off any fireworks. And that is okay. I want my holiday to be anything but stressful.

My first week back home started out well, but kinda petered out towards to end of the week. It's okay. It was so terribly hot here that getting out was not a good choice. I did brave our aged treadmill, Galloping Gertie. She must have been in a good mood since she didn't try to throw me off with any sudden speed changes... that is so scary when it does happen, and since I can never predict its occurrence, I keep a hand on the handle.

Today we had a huge storm blow through and it dropped the temperature to about 70 from a high of nearly 90. That was a wonderful blessing since it mean that I could get out and run! I had an average pace of 9.3 minutes per mile. I thought I was a solid 10 min/mile runner and I have shaved a good bit off of that... I love how my body surprises me constantly. I wonder where I will get down to?

Even though the running is hard... some days every step is a huge challenge, it's wonderful to see what my body can do and how it continues to change. I also did Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred Level 2 for the first time in forever... and it went better than it ever has. My shoulder pain is almost completely gone now... but it took a few months to get it to go away. I am so glad that it's gone.

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KAYOTIC 7/5/2011 10:09AM

    Sounds like a nice holiday, and I just recently did level 2 of 30 day shred as well!

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COOP9002 7/4/2011 11:38AM

    Enjoy your Independence Day with your family. Thanks for serving your country and helping to keep us all free.

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ANNIEONLI 7/4/2011 7:11AM

    Happy 4th!! emoticon
Galloping Gertie! LOL I think I have a friend for her here in my basement.."old Girl" I like to call her emoticon She just keeping on going!!

We divided and conquered the family this year, which was a nice change to the 40+ normal family parties that occur when we usually get together. Yes, I agree, it's nice to change it up a bit!

I'm off to take a stroll on the Ol' Girl now...It's time to get this body moving once again!!!
Enjoy your day!!

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LALMEIDA 7/3/2011 10:08PM

  Happy 4th emoticon

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Hey it's good to be back home again...

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sometimes this crazy old house seems like a long lost friend...

Today was my first full day home after my 2 great weeks of annual Army training in southern MO. I guess it seems odd to call my Army duty a break, but it really was... just kind of got away from the sad events at home, and just the stresses of daily life.

It has also been great being back home and settling back in. Yesterday was a no-count day... but I still went for a 4 mile walk with Markle in the evening. Today, I went for a 4 mile run/walk early, while it was still cool. This evening I did a round of Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred.

I developed a really good exercise habit while I was on training, and I am planning to keep it up now that I am back. I found that my hip really twinges if I DON'T move a lot. I also plan to up my calorie burn...

Things are calmer at home and the air is definitely clearer of the tension from before I left, to be sure.

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ANNIEONLI 6/27/2011 6:43AM

    I'm glad things are calmer now at home.....home stress is the WORST because there is nowhere to escape to!

I hope the mead turns out yummy as anything! Going to see if my brother will try it in his brewing one day.

emoticonglad you are home!!!!

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