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I'm Motivated!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A weird thing happened when I wrote yesterday's blog and said I wasn't motivated: I became motivated!

Yesterday my husband and I took a day trip up to Charleston. The weather was a gorgeous 76F with a cool sea breeze on the waterfront. We had gourmet burgers and a cocktail on a rooftop cafe with a beautiful view of the harbor.

Today I filled my raised bed garden with soil, and planted my salsa garden. I covered it with netting to protect it from birds and squirrels. I've discovered a new garden pest - neighbor cats! This morning I found the half eaten remnants of the catnip I planted for my cats. Some cat had a WILD party last night on our patio! I can't imagine how wired it must have been when it got home. I wonder if its owner got any sleep when the cat stumbled in stoned like a rock star!

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Plants are waking up here in the south. My lettuce are already thriving, and I should be able to start enjoying them soon. I've started seeds for carrots and mini cucumbers. Little green sprouts from my asiatic lilies are popping up from their bulbs.

Maybe it was the smell of the sea or the warmth from the rays of sunshine, but somehow I felt invigorated. A little seed of motivation awakened somewhere in my soul. I wanted to run and jump and swim!

Summer is just around the corner. Wouldn't hurt to tone up a little bit, right?

Now that I don't have free access to a gym anymore, I have to tailor my 'workouts' to be almost pure body weight. I'll be digging up my Jillian Michael's vids, and I'll also do what I call a 'middle school PE' workout. Back when I was a kid, we were required to take physical education classes every school year. My school didn't have free weights or mechanical equipment. We did jumping jacks, jump rope, running in place, pushups, planking, bicycle kicks, and situps. I'll add a modern twist with a stability ball.

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I really need my bike tuned up, but my schedule for this week is packed. If I can drop it off during the week, though, maybe I can get it back for the weekend!

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This week I'll cycle on the low end of my carbs. I'll drop everything except protein and veg to get things rolling. Already got a good start on it today. Cheese and onion omelet this morning for breakfast, and an asian turkey salad for lunch. I'm making corned beef and cabbage tonight, and I have plans to make reubens in cabbage rolls tomorrow. Kinda like an Irish Spring Roll! Interesting fusion...I wonder if I could try wasabi in the place of horseradish - hmmm!

Ok, I'm ready!

How are you getting ready for summer?
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MRS.CARLY 3/18/2013 8:57PM

    I'm ready for summer! I'm excited about pool time, kayaking, long jogs at our local hike and bike trail, and just more vitamin D!!

We Got this girl!

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FITGIRL15 3/18/2013 11:40AM

    Your garden sounds jus lovely! I remember how much I enjoyed tending to my flower beads when I had a home with a yard!

Life has a funny way of turning around sometimes!
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BILL60 3/18/2013 9:59AM

    You turned yourself around nicely. Way to go!!

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BERGBA7 3/18/2013 3:04AM

    As you read in my blog. I don't have access to a gym and am not missing it. I think one can do a lot of strength training at home with just some dumbbells, a ball, and your own weight. Great you are motivated and I wish you lots of fun jumping around at home.
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THINRONNA 3/18/2013 2:20AM

    It is funny about those cats! I had the same thing happen once when I had a container garden while living in Chicago...I also managed to grow one big beautiful sunflower in a pot only to have a squirrel jump up onto the railing and pop the head right off my flower! Those animals!!!!

I am inspired by your motivation! I never had a gym and (not last year) but in years past have managed to get in really good shape using just my body. You go!

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WOUBBIE 3/17/2013 5:29PM

    Isn't it funny how that switch gets thrown? One day you're just not feeling it and the next something triggers your motivation all over again.

It's too early for any planting in Pittsburgh yet (though I'm sure lots of people have their little sprouts shoosting up out of the potting soil under the grow lights in their basements. By the way, "shoosting" is straight out of Green Acres. Loved Eva Gabor!)

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BEECHNUT13 3/17/2013 5:27PM

    I celebrated with a flight of stouts and a corned beef on rye... I am just not made for all that bread anymore. I feel like crap. After eating (bastardized) paleo, having a 'free' meal is a good reminder of why I eat (bastardized) paleo! Blargh!

To get ready for summer... well, I'm going to work on becoming strong, and eating well. I don't feel like I'm making any gains yet, but it's only been a couple weeks, so we'll see. I made good gains by dumping bread and sugar before.

I don't know how you give up fruit though - that would be so tough for me! I do have a sweet tooth.

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GOODGETNBETR 3/17/2013 4:00PM

    Way to motivate. Good luck with the tune up and gardening.

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