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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Hello to you all! And thank you for the lovely messages!

I'm so sorry to have been gone so long - especially after posting that I was feeling down. I'm okay. Better than okay actually - but my laptop started having a number of issues - so I sent it in - and it came back with the issues not fixed - so in again it went. Anyway - I have it back now. It mostly works fine, I'm looking into a macbook - and I'm happy to be back-online and free to catch up with you all! I've missed you all so much and am looking forward to getting all caught up!

In the mean-time - with no computer at home in the evening - I remodeled my bathroom. So ... maybe I was spending a little too much time on line?

And - though I didn't quite make it to the gym every single day in Feb due to catching the flu the last week of Feb - I definitely set a new record of 24 days straight at the gym!

Hope you're all doing well!

  
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SETTIMIA 7/15/2014 3:36PM

    hiya how are you? hope life is good for you

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TENNESSEEWALKER 3/14/2014 10:12PM

    emoticon Glad to hear from you! Glad it was only computer problems that kept you silent. Good job on the bathroom and getting to the gym, and killing all those flu viruses. Happy pi day!

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2014TODAY 3/14/2014 6:30AM

    Hi! Glad to see you posting again!

Wonderful that you remodeled your bathroom! Pics?

Have a good weekend!

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VEGGIE-FITNESS 3/13/2014 11:53PM

    I'm glad you are back!!!

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DS9KIE 3/13/2014 10:37PM

    glad your back and feeling better

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FRAN0426 3/13/2014 10:33PM

    Glad to see your back on the site. Looks like you did a great job getting to the gym in Feb. before you had the flu. Hope your computer keeps working, and good luck with the search for replacement your thinking of purchasing.

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MSOLEDAD521 3/13/2014 10:08PM

    I think having the flu is a very good reason not to go to the gym! God luck with the computer situation. It can get a bit stressful to have to compare them all.

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KNEEMAKER 3/13/2014 9:23PM

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UMBILICAL 3/13/2014 9:17PM

  Stay well

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Day 66 - feeling down ...

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

so a few things have happened over the last couple of days - and I don't know why - but I just feel down / blah / flat ... I didn't blog yesterday - when stuff started going sideways ... but I'm blogging today without much to say. Going to keep getting stuff done - had a pretty productive day yesterday - and Monday's my day off - and decent today though I didn't feel very efficient. Going to head back to the Y in a little bit and work-out a little more.

Hope you're all having a great week so far!
aj

  
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MARIAJESTRADA 2/7/2014 10:30AM

    I feel you. I was down too, but I am feeling much better now. Besides, I remembered I am going to have a make-over day. I am even getting my hair done. Woo hoo! Just remember the old adage, "This too will pass" and working out will help you defeat the blues.

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DS9KIE 2/7/2014 1:07AM

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AHAVAH123 2/7/2014 12:43AM

    It was really great that you blogged anyway!!
To do that is a huge success even though.
Hope you are feeling better...hmmmm....
probably time for a goodie!! :)
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HOTDEENOW 2/5/2014 9:51PM

    Sorry you were feeling like that hope your day got better and that you have a fantastic Thursday :)

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KAYOTIC 2/5/2014 9:18AM

    Keeping on with the plan during those down times is part of the process...good going!

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2014TODAY 2/5/2014 3:47AM

    Maybe your body and mind need a little rest. You've been taking on quite a few new things all at once, perhaps youre feeling low in energy / mood because you need to adjust. And your hip may still need to recover too.

Don't forget to go back and look at the pic you posted of that very happy couple under your roof! Maybe that will cheer you up!

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SETTIMIA 2/4/2014 8:20PM

    THINKING OF YOU AND HOPE THAT YOU WILL BE OK X

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JUSTME9898 2/4/2014 8:19PM

    I often have time of feeling down that have no basis in reality. I just keep telling myself that "This to shall pass" It usually gets me through to the other side. I hope you are feeling more cheerful tomorrow. It sounds like you are making positive choices even if you are not feeling the reward.

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Day 64 - Biking, Jog-walking, the "Masters" & Down-Hill Skiing

Sunday, February 02, 2014

So ... two weeks ago my church changed the service time from 9am to 10am - which means - I got to go to the Y this morning before church.
2 day gym-streak! They opened a little early - so I had enough time to bike and use the treadmill.

Right after church - I raced to the ski-place where 20 of us met up to down-hill ski. It was actually warmer than forecasted. We had a great time skiing together - and played a few games - slaloming and tag etc.

I was bummed that my skiboots were so tight around the calf ... they barely fit. When did that happen? I hope to goodness that when I finally start losing - that I'll lose some of that too. Eeek. Otherwise I'm going to have to turn in my skis and take up sledding.

Being able to slide into my ski-boots, buckle them up with ease, and feeling strong enough in my legs to just charge down the hill - is the best motivation to lose weight and get in shape I've come across yet.

Hope you're all having an awesome Sunday and a lovely weekend!

  
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SETTIMIA 2/4/2014 10:46AM

    well done you can do it

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2014TODAY 2/3/2014 7:31AM

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Go for it!

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Day 63 - This February - I will bury my gym-fear.

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Okay - if you've read many of my blogs - then you probably already know that I don't really "get" the gym. It's a leap for me to feel like sweating in a room full of strangers is somehow fun-ish. I just don't get that. I'd rather work ... as in "toil" to get exercise - like dig in the garden, hike up the bluff, go snowshoeing ... But that's not too easy this winter. It's just no fun to play outside in the snow when the temps are constantly very near, at or way way below zero. My can freezes - and takes forever to thaw.

And - besides - there are all these awesome toys at the gym. Like a pool, and racquet ball courts and yoga classes and some of the machines are okay. I really like the gym best in winter.

But ... I've never felt at ease there. Ever. The closest I ever came was back in college when I swam 1-2 miles 3-4x /week. I got really good at swimming - down to 31-32 second splits on a 25m pool. But that was like - a hundred years ago. Believe it or not - I even get an upset stomach as I drive there. Doesn't matter if I'm meeting a friend. Under the surface - I'm a wreck. Of course - nobody would know that though because that would be terrifying.

But ... the unfit thing has to stop. Spring is really really far away. I need the gym. So ... this month I'm going to try to go to the gym every single day. That's not my long term goal. But I do want to break this thing ... so there it is. Gym-fear has to finally die for once and for all this month.

This morning I went in and started chipping away at the indoor-triathlon thing - and used the treadmill & rode the bike - and left after about 45 minutes. But ... I really felt like a cat in a dog-kennel. I'm counting on the gym-fear croaking one way or another.

  
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EDDYMEESE 2/2/2014 4:02PM

    Hmmm...
I think that's the same reason I join gyms and leave them, lol! I just don't get them, either. Maybe going at an "off" time?
What I used to do might sound really strange, but I'd wear a hat. A baseball cap down low over my eyes. I felt like I was hiding.

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2014TODAY 2/2/2014 6:17AM

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2014TODAY 2/2/2014 6:15AM

    LOL, cat in a dog kennel.
I don't have money for a gym but when I did, I went to a women's only gym and liked it. It took some getting used to but after the first few weeks I was all right with working out with strangers in the room!
Very courageous of you to make this plan for february! Good luck!

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HOTDEENOW 2/1/2014 10:08PM

    Everyone is there for the same reasons! That's what I tell myself anyway and try to ignore everyone else. After a while it feels like second nature... Hang in there... You can do this!!!

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KAYOTIC 2/1/2014 8:24PM

    I think it takes some people a while to feel comfortable in strange situations, maybe that's what this is for you. Keep trying, keep doing thing at the gym to challenge yourself, and it will start to feel more comfortable. I know I felt better going to the gym when I had a trainer to take me through a workout, or when I was going to a class. You mentioned yoga, maybe give that a try, the instructors in yoga classes are usually very friendly and welcoming. emoticon

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Day 62 - the risk of shout-outs from a vlog is ...

Friday, January 31, 2014

that you incorrectly write down names, or miss names ...

So - let me just give a shout out to ...
Beeandham
JCEdit89
MeaganRose1704
VeggieFitness

... and I'm sure that still has me leaving someone out.

And - on a different note -
I'm happy to say that though I came home from my first karate class pumped and a little sore - this morning I'm not sore at all. (thanks maybe to lots and lots of water and some stretching/walking yesterday here and there?)

Finishing the rest of my paperwork today and hanging out with my friend this evening. So looking forward to catching up with her. She's having a tough winter not being from this far north and this being such a cold winter. This friend is the one that I'm doing the Y's February indoor-triathlon with - so we'll brainstorm when to meet up.

Hope you all are having an awesome Friday and last day of January. Can NOT believe how quickly this month went by!

  
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SETTIMIA 2/1/2014 12:09PM

    Have a great evening, and well done for all your achievements

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JCEDIT89 1/31/2014 10:24PM

    emoticon for the shout-out! You are inspirational!

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2014TODAY 1/31/2014 1:46PM

    That's wonderful that the class had no ill effects for you!
I tried to do judo as a teen but quit... discouraged because I was the only girl there and the teacher made fun of girls... Still I like the idea of doing it, or karate. Hope you will keep on enjoying it!

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FRAN0426 1/31/2014 1:32PM

    Wonderful news that all is ok on the soreness that didn't get a hold of you . I'm sure that the stretching /walking helped along with getting enough water yesterday. Have a great time catching up tonight and have a great time this evening.

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