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The precious gift that was today....

Monday, July 01, 2013

I gave today all that I could. I am laying here about to go get some much needed rest and I can say with all my heart that it feels amazing knowing I am ending this day with all my goals reached and knowing I pressed harder than I thought I could. There were times I wanted to stop, but I did not. There were times it hurt, but I found the fight inside of me to keep pressing ON! And feels incredible!

Today I did an ST workout at home along with a HARD spin session. My husband has moved my spin bike into the living room so I can spin during the day while my girl and I are together. It has helped me so much. I think my greatest joy today came from watching my sweet Kayla interact with me as I was working out. By now, she is used to Mommy doing crazy things to workout but as I was spinning today, she was saying to me..."Be careful!! You need a helmet"I just thought it was hilarious! At one point she heard me breathing heavily and yelling out as I was so pumped up on the bike she said to me..."you need some water!" Then she proceeded to the kitchen and got me one of her cups and filled with water for me. She just thought this was so much fun so she kept bringing me more and more water! I will NEVER forget it!

When I was doing my ST outside she was there right beside me trying to ride her little bike and amused by the TRX as always! Ever since she was baby sitting in the swing watching me workout and laughing at me jumping up and down to my Cathe dvds, I have loved that I can share this time with her. She was once again laughing at me today doing the crab walks with the bands while doing upper body work with my Db's.

All in all, it was an incredible day! I feel truly blessed....

Regarding my results, for ST I did a combination of spinning as a warm up, then a high, very high rep set with minimal rest. I was lifting to songs as opposed to counting reps so there is no telling how many I did but my sets were as follows....

TRX rows
Bosu ball pushups
MB chops with squats
Squat press with plates
BB curls to overhead press
BB rows
KB swings
Crab walks with the band and Db's - curls/press
High knees
Plate chops
DB curl to squat press

For my spin session I did a mix of hard/slow climbs along with a few higher tempo climbs and high RPM intervals trying to keep my working resistance high while keeping my RPM's over 100.

HRM stats...

ST workout with spin warmup - 47 mins, 351 calories burned, AHR - 142, MHR - 168
Spin session - 74 mins, 655 calories burned, AHR - 152, MHR - 181

Total calories burned today - 1,006

The weekend of rest did a great deal of good for me. I feel ready to face this week head on and I will do ALL that I can each and every day to make the most of this time God has blessed me with.

This morning I was reading about the terrible tragedy with the 19 firefighters who lost their lives. It is just so very sad and my heart hurts for their families...I cannot imagine the pain they are feeling. We once again have a brutal reminder of how fragile and precious this life is.

Focus on the time we have been given and let's work hard to really make it count. Let go of past failures. Rise above pain, doubt and fear. Reach higher and harder than you have before. Pray for those who are hurting and love one another. We are all in this together. This amazing gift called LIFE. Let's live with a purpose in our hearts to be better each and every morning we are blessed with.

God bless you all.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CRYSALLIS1 9/19/2013 5:48AM

    What a great example you are setting for your little one. Thanks for the inspiration.
And yes, one more tragedy. Prayers for all that are affected.

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GEMINIGEM6 7/28/2013 3:36PM

    Beautiful blog about being grateful and living in the moment. Thank you for sharing. :)

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LOVINGWOLF911 7/23/2013 2:28PM

    Thank you for Inspiring! I hope my little girl will do the same for me.

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FROSTIERACES 7/21/2013 7:09PM

    Life is short and very precious. Thank you for sharing your blog and...the happiness with that little girl of yours!

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RACEWELLWON 7/14/2013 4:32PM

    Life is way to short to concentrate out efforts on what we cannot control and to be grateful for our lives - Nice workout - emoticon

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ANDREAG89 7/12/2013 12:00PM

    The last paragraph says it all. Thank you so very much for sharing!

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FITGIRL15 7/9/2013 6:27PM

    You are an amazing role model to your sweet little daughter!!! How very blessed you all are :)

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BMCKEOW1 7/8/2013 12:57PM

    Wow what a great workout. It's great that she can share all this with you and you get to spend the time together.

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GREGGWEISBROD 7/5/2013 10:05AM

    You're a warm-blooded machine, and I love that about you!!! I love that you push yourself to new heights, and that your daughter can see how awesome her Mommy is! Such an inspiration. :-D

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CMCGRUN 7/3/2013 9:26AM

    So nice to read this! Your daughter sounds sooooo cute! What a sweetie.

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    awesome message, thanks so much
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LOVINSHERRY78 7/2/2013 12:39PM

    emoticon this blog!
the whole time you talked about your baby girl it made me think of mine. it's amazing they watch our every move and my little one just started copying me while i'm working is the most sweetest thing. and it's such motivation to push even harder b/c she is watching.
great job and yes...each day is a precious gift! we need to be reminded all the time how short it all could really be and that in the middle of our little messes...we need to realize how big we are blessed.
wtg on the workouts..u are doing amazing!

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ANGDTHOMPSON 7/2/2013 9:09AM

    Very inspirational!! Thanks for taking the time to write this! Enjoy your week :-)

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SNOOPYMOMMA72 7/2/2013 4:37AM

    Wow! You are working it girl! That's great! Your little girl sounds adorable! Soon you and her will be working out together! You are setting a great example!


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NUOVAELLE 7/2/2013 2:42AM

    Wow! You really worked hard yesterday! Great job!
Your little girl sounds so sweet! I'm sure she's the best workout company for you.
Thank you for the reminder about the precious gift of life. Each and every little moment should be treasured and considered priceless.

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NANCYPAT1 7/2/2013 12:29AM

    What an awesome feeling to have completed your goals.

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/1/2013 10:45PM

    Great message! So true!

Love and live life to the fullest. Let go of fear, doubt, bitterness. Enter into the great things God has for us!

Love that you got to spend time with your daughter. She sounds like such a sweetie bringing you water. Love it!

My daughter is around me when I workout at home and I think it sends a positive message to them, teaches them to be active and healthy.

Thank you for your introspective blog.

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TADTURC 7/1/2013 10:28PM

    That is a beast of a workout! Woot!!

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BILL60 7/1/2013 9:08PM

    Ro to beat the Pain!!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 7/1/2013 8:39PM

    What a great workout and what a great example you are setting for your daughter.

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KAYATLANTA2010 7/1/2013 8:04PM

    Wow!!! What a fabulous workout! Keep up the excellent work. I'm so happy you get to spend this time with your little one!
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DLDMIL 7/1/2013 7:38PM

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WONDERWOMAN 7/1/2013 7:29PM

    Go Girl! emoticon

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HOLLYM48 7/1/2013 6:05PM

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What a workout! Hope you get a good night's sleep, you deserve it after that !

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SHERLYN-WILL 7/1/2013 6:05PM

    Great blog... precious baby of yours too!

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BELIEVER104 7/1/2013 6:01PM

    I just love reading your blogs! I always feel a sense of renewal and deep appreciation. Wishing your continued success in meeting your goals!

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    Jen you are an inspiration and great role model. I am sure you will reach your goals for the 10 days. Don't forget to relax a little too.

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MYMIRACLE30 7/1/2013 5:35PM

    I hope that one day I can get there. Boy would I love to have a day where I reach my goals and end the day feeling good about it, too. My motivation is never what I wish it was :-/

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CAALAN23 7/1/2013 4:51PM

    It's amazing what your daughter is learning about drive and spirit just be being with you. And through all of it I'm sure she saw loads of smiles to reinforce the positive. That's better than all the numbers at the end!
Keep it up!

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MKLOMBARD333 7/1/2013 4:40PM

    How sweet that your daughter was making sure you had plenty of water!

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ARUNNINGKAT 7/1/2013 4:10PM

    I love how you are creatively working your fitness into time with your daughter! You aren't using her care as an excuse, you are using the time to teach her wise habits and how to take care of herself. And yes, life is so very precious! Every moment needs to be treasured!

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ALLIEALLIE2 7/1/2013 3:59PM

    Setting a wonderful example for your girl! I agree TODAY is a wonderful gift from God, let's make it count:) emoticon

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    And God bless you, as well, sweet friend.

Your message today is amazing, Jen, full of drive and joy. It inspires me to believe that if you can continue to succeed then I surely can, as well. I so needed that nudge today.

That you have your precious daughter to share these days with is, indeed, a gift from God. I treasure my memories of my daughters when they were little and those thoughts get me through some crazy days. All grown up with daughters (and a son!) of their own, I delight in the joy that they and all mamas are feeling today. What a blessed bunch we are!

It is truly sad about the 19 young men who have given their lives for their neighbors. My prayers are with their families and friends as the whole country mourns this tragic loss.

We must treasure each and every moment as if it were our last, loving with our whole hearts and souls. There should be no room for hate and anger anymore. Let us love one another.

Take care and know that you are treasured, Jen!

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