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Friday already!

Friday, May 25, 2012

I can not believe how fast the week has gone. It just flew by and I think the next month is going to fly right along with it. I'm really looking forward to summer break for the kids. We had a good summer... just a tad too much screen time and sibling squabbles.... last year. This year both kids will be working with my trainer and, hopefully, working out each day. I'm also going to be doing a big push for face-to-face socialization because they spend entirely too much time socializing online. Other than that.... we'll have to see how things play out. My son wanted to go to scout camp but it conflicts with another vacation. Other than that they weren't interested in camps which means I have to run Camp Mom. That's a fly-by-night operation for sure ;-)

I've continued the workouts my trainer laid out for me. I've now done the first 3 workouts 4 times each. Sometime in early June I need to meet with to refresh myself on the next 2 workouts and get progressions on lower body workout I love so much and to review my running progress and get some advice on how to meet my goals AND train for the 5K in September. I may run others in the meantime but that one - here in town - is the one I want to be in peak form for.

YTD: 39.75 miles
Bodyfat: 19.7-20.7 (upper-lower)

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DAWNFIRE72 5/25/2012 10:03PM

    Good luck with the kids and the trainer although I guess getting them to exercise might tire them out a bit.

Keep up the great work!!

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MSROZZIE 5/25/2012 11:52AM

    emoticon Stay active and good luck on your next 5K! emoticon emoticon

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Happy 95th Birthday Grammie :-)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I had a nice weekend. Well over 50 people gathered to celebrate my grandmother's 95th birthday. She was just delighted! She had a rough winter, including a hospitalization, so it was wonderful to see her looking so good!

It was a splurge-y weekend with a lot of sitting around (about a dozen hours in the car!) but I'm right back at it this week. I am feeling so much better as summer approaches. Thank God. Literally.

With my energy I've been working on the house and baking for the family. I much prefer the baking! I'm back to making healthier muffins and cookies for lunches and testing a bunch of breakfast and snack ideas for my son. If there is junk in the house, he will find it. And eat it. He needs calories. I don't argue that. His doctor says to let him eat WHATEVER he finds appealing during the school day (he's medicated for ADD) which is why there is junk in the house at all. I need him to limit the junk to the hours he's medicated so I'm on the hunt for healthy things he can grab late in the evening when he's suddenly starving. Yesterday's additions to the arsenal were whole wheat stromboli (to keep in the fridge and then microwave) and pre-made (by me) whole wheat bagels with peanut butter.

YTD: 36.5 miles
Bodyfat: 20.5-21 (upper-lower) - wish it was lower but happy to see the 2 numbers so close together

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JUNA89 5/22/2012 12:38PM

    emoticon emoticonHAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! emoticon emoticon

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Migrating Navel Piercing

Friday, May 18, 2012

I've noticed in the last few weeks that the inner hole for my navel piercing is migrating. How annoying. So I've read up on migration and rejection of piercings and decided that whatever will be will be. Navel piercings are at a higher risk of rejecting. Piercings on body parts that twist/bend/move a lot are at a higher risk of rejecting. Avoiding tight clothing is suggested for avoiding rejection. I work out. I wear workout clothes. I'm not going to stop either of them to maintain a navel piercing (that would look less than idea if I didn't workout) that is rarely visible to anyone but me. So... if it stops migrating, yay! If it keeps migrating, I'll have the jewelry removed by the piercer and let it heal up. It's been fun but it was a reward for working out so I'm sure not going to give up working out to maintain it.

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DAWNFIRE72 5/19/2012 3:32PM

    I just had mine pierced as well. Not sure how long ago you had your piercing done but I haven't noticed a migration (mine is only a week old). I will have to keep an eye on that as I don't want an out of line piercing, although no one but me sees it for the most part.

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CLCINNOVA 5/18/2012 5:21PM

  darn! that is disappointing! I hope it is just a temporary issue!

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Feeling Better

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The spring is tough for me. Every year sometime between midJanuary and midMarch I start to 'fall apart'. I don't fall apart spectacularly. My friends tell me they wouldn't even know if I didn't tell them. But it's in the little things - like not getting out of bed without hitting the snooze button 3 times, running late getting everything done in the AM, being grumpy because I always feel behind, and then crashing into bed earlier than usual. I'd really hoped that regular exercise would fix this cycle - which my mother first noticed back in high school. She attributed it to blues over the impending end of the school year (yes, I was geeky enough that that was plausible) but it has continued well beyond my school years. Regular exercise HAS helped my day-to-day energy levels, mood, and coping abilities. I truly feel happier over all than I did before I exercised intensely and regularly. But this seasonal thing..... it's still there. I have a physical in December and will talk to my doctor about it. She's the one who suggested exercise would help so now that that's in place maybe she'll have some ideas for what's left.

I am finally starting to feel better. I am up with only 1 snooze and am managing to get my morning work done with no issues and even move on to chores or relaxation before the school run. I feel it in other ways as well. I am relieved. Bring on summer!

Did another interval workout. All 'rest' intervals were 5MPH. 'Intense' intervals went 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 6.5, 6. I ran 3.5 miles and then walked half a mile to cool down. I *ran* 3.5 miles. Woo! That means I should be able to set a goal to run the next 5K I enter. Now, running 5K today took longer than my all-out effort that involved some walking last weekend so I may need to have a different TIME goal.... but if I continue to work on running 5K+ I can also work on my pacing so that hopefully next time out I can run the whole thing AND beat my last time. My next race, right now anyway, isn't until the end of September.

YTD: 33 miles
Bodyfat: 20.1-20.7 (upper-lower)

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 5/17/2012 8:43PM

    Great news:)
Glad you are going to chat with your Dr. about the "winter blues".
Cruise is coming up!!!! So exciting:)
Hope you have a great weekend!

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SEATTLESIMS 5/17/2012 2:29PM

    Maybe you have the winter blues, that are just slow to mainfest as it comes into spring?
We all do so much around the holidays and New Year, maybe it is a rebound effect of stress etc? Well, hopefully you will figure it out? Vitamin D?
But you went on a cruise wtih plenty of D Right?!

Well, your intervals look great! Keep at it, that 5K time will be a breeze!

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Two weeks in... Early returns look favorable

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I am 2 weeks into my new regimen. The goal is to drop body fat below 20% without going too lean in the upper body, hopefully just by dropping the 2-3 pounds I gained in Feb-Apr after I finished The Female Body Breakthrough and was messing around with various things trying to decide what was next. When I wrapped TFBB I was getting 17-18% readings upper body and 19-20% readings lower body. My midsection was still jigglier than I wanted but my upper body was starting to look too bony. I've dropped 2 of the pounds while following the strength training and cardio plans from my trainer and, low and behold, the fat is coming off my lower body more quickly than my upper body. The readings are now usually about 1% different (getting smaller) and upper body is now under 20% again. Very cool to watch the plan work. Measurements are now smaller but my lower body is definitely firmer. Woo-hoo!


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