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Day 17 -- Feeling Motivated

Friday, May 16, 2014

It's the downhill side of my 30 day experiment, but there's still a long uphill battle before I feel good about my level of fitness.

Yesterday I couldn't get my Nike Training Club app to work, which makes me really sad. I'm going to try deleting it and reinstalling it today and see if that helps. My ipad is a first gen, so they may have upgraded it and it might not work anymore. The workouts on there are great -- functional fitness, mostly body weight and easy to modify.

Since my app didn't work, I did a youtube video. It was a pretty decent workout. It was 3 minutes of strength moves, then 2 minutes of cardio, then 1 minute of abs. I'm not sore today but sure was shaky after doing it. The lady who recorded the video talked too loudly and with far too much enthusiasm for my liking. It was a little annoying.

However, during the workout I had an epiphany. I was doing stupid box pushups (the ones that are for people who are too weak to even do a knee pushup) and thinking some pretty negative things about my body, when I felt a small, niggling bit of determination creep in. I thought "Yes, this sucks. But if you keep doing it, it will get better. You will start to notice what you CAN do instead of what you cannot." I can remember a time when doing ST felt good, when I noticed my muscles flexing and releasing more than my belly jiggling. That time will come again.

I also went to the grocery store! This is exciting because now I have a freezer full of fish and chicken (yummy lean protein), a couple of bags of frozen veggies, and some fresh stuff -- even raspberries. I love raspberries. I moved my vines early in the spring so they are producing yet. They may later in the season, or they may need a rest. Sometimes plants need a season after being moved.

Anyhow, I expect having some food will help with nutrition. I definitely will not be having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on white bread for lunch today! Probably it will be an omelette with tomatoes, mushrooms, and cheese. mmmmm.....

Speaking of eggs -- I don't think I've told you that my husbandperson is getting me some hens! I'm excited! Year before last, my dad got 69 tiny chicks. We didn't have a coop set up, and they were straight run - which means they were mixed hens and roosters and it was impossible to tell which was which. After a few months, most of them died (snakes, cats, a thunderstorm -- chicks die awfully easily). It was pretty traumatic.

When the birds reached adulthood, I had 8 roosters and 1 hen. If you know anything at all about chickens you probably know the ending of this story: then hen lived a short, harried, and rather violent life. Eventually she tried to fly away from one (or all 8) of the roosters, and fell into our neighbors dog pen and was eaten. :(

Then the 8 roosters started fighting. That was even worse. So I gave all but 2 away. The two that are left are pretty good for pets but they certainly don't give me any eggs, which was the point of the entire fiasco. But, now my husband has negotiated a trade with someone he knows for 3-4 hens that are not babies, but also not yet laying -- like teenager hens. We are going to work on building a coop for them this weekend.

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JTAMSYN 5/16/2014 5:59PM

    My hubby really wants to get chickens too. We have no yard but maybe if we move into the country. BTW, I have a few youtube workout videos that I've saved on my Pinterest. Let me know if you want some!

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JILLYBEAN25 5/16/2014 3:18PM

    That reminds me... I need some fresh yummies in my kitchen, too. I don't know why, but "teenager hens" made me laugh out loud!

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