MRSBENNETT2's SparkPeople Blog MRSBENNETT2's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community A lil' rant, and a new plan. Must be something in the air...or last weeks' Super Moon is still hanging around providing a negative influence. <BR> <BR> A dear friend who has a life far too full and a difficult husband sort of went off the rails two days ago. I am at a loss how to help her. I finally decided to just tell her the truth (she thought we might be talking behind her back, and we were not) and then let it go. From the sound of it, their tv broke yesterday evening....her husband put up a message on a 'buy/... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:50:58 EST A New Focus. I have been MIA since we returned from the States three weeks ago. Life is ramping up now and my head is spinning and it's hard to focus on much of anything. Nothing bad is happening, just the potential for changes - and very rapid changes. <BR> <BR> We're going to put our house on the market soon. There's high demand where we live so we could potentially sell the week after it lists. After that, who knows? We'd like to sell to an investor who would allow us to stay awhile on a lease bu... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 19:02:05 EST Just nattering you do. Been an interesting couple of days. Yesterday morning, I spent several hours with my eldest daughter, who is expecting a baby in early Dec. Baby Gavin allowed me to feel him kicking, which was quite spectacular. :) My daughter is soo excited to be on this journey. Can't help but get carried along with her. I was thinking back to the days when I was incubating her - I remember when she first started moving and it was like a little goldfish fluttering, then my only other memories are lat... Mon, 1 Sep 2014 22:23:03 EST Thankful it's Friday! Off to the gym this morning. Was more interested in socialising, sort of pootled through the workout. Then as I was leaving, the FitBlast (weights to music) class was starting and it wasn't full so I joined in that one. Only thing I couldn't do was hold the weight bar behind my head and shoulders for the squats, so that wasn't bad. What was meant to be worked, got I can attest each time I sit this afternoon. <BR> <BR> There is a darling older lady at the gym who looks afte... Thu, 28 Aug 2014 22:41:15 EST Back at it. Home again home again jiggety-jig. Back at the gym yesterday morning early...didn't go great guns because I was weary, but it was GOOD to work the muscles again. <BR> <BR> I went on vacation with good intentions and you know how that always pans out. I packed my resistance bands, my sun hat and good shoes. Did I use 'em? You decide. ;) I was active, but it was just household activity. And this wasn't the usual gut-fest that family visits can be. My dad will be carried off one day b... Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:12:36 EST What's that road paved with? So I made this resolution to make it to the gym as many times as possible between now and Tuesday. <BR> <BR> Yeah, right. Woke up this morning with a bad upper back ache. It's in the spot where I have arthritis on a rib, or I may have overdone it yesterday at the gym, or I slept wrong. However I did it, I'm disappointed and it hurts like heck. <BR> <BR> When i get home from dropping daughter at the train station, out comes the foam roller to see what I can do about easing the kink. Thu, 7 Aug 2014 18:03:47 EST Just a Rant. Darn cold here today! -0.4C, which is 31F. Brr! My toes still haven't warmed up and I've been awake for hours! <BR> <BR> However, that is not the rant. ;) <BR> <BR> My daughter has Aspergers' Syndrome, and is working with a disability service. Her caseworker arranged a month of work experience for her with a banner and sign making company, as she is an artist and wants to work in that field. It's been a fiasco from the first. <BR> <BR> Three weeks ago, the caseworker took her to th... Tue, 5 Aug 2014 21:26:55 EST Obligatory Gym Report. I've decided to up my cardio each day. Baby steps.... <BR> <BR> I am at the end of my three-part "program" Sharni worked up for me, so I told her not to worry about a new one until I'm back at the gym later in the month. So I concentrate on cardio and do sets of my own choosing between the five-minute cardio sessions. Today I felt especially aimless so I allowed myself to be talked into doing the spin class. I figured I'd just walk away if it got to be too much - but it's amazing how pro... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 21:19:14 EST just a check-in. Still struggling with that whole thing about resolutions and then derailment. I haven't derailed in a huge way, just haven't been as strict with the nutrition as I wanted to be, knowing my bad habit of putting on weight while I'm away from home. Still going to the gym five days a week and concentrating on proper form and when I have extra energy I throw in extra cardio and extra sets of exercises. So that's all going well. <BR> <BR> The eating...not so much. Far too much wheat and ther... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 22:08:52 EST keepin' on. I'd like to know just why it is when we make certain goals for ourselves, we immediately derail. Perhaps it's a sign of maturity to understand that its MYSELF that derails, and not someone sneaking up and doing the deed? <BR> <BR> Long story short, I had to rededicate yet again today. I've had two weeks of too much wheat, which of course means too much stuff like cake. Not feeling great. Finally back on a regular schedule at the gym, so that's one thing I'm doing right lately. <BR> ... Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:08:17 EST Food = Mood. I learned a valuable lesson yesterday. Must be true that we don't comprehend til we're good and ready. <BR> <BR> I went out for a gossip session with my friends yesterday. On the way, I stopped and grabbed a fast-food meal because I hadn't planned well and wasn't going to be able to wait to eat til we got to our destination. Wolfed down the fast food, went to the coffee shop.....had a large coffee and a piece of carrot cake. The cake was delicious. I haven't had carrot cake in years. E... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 17:17:31 EST Temporary I'm back. Last week wasn't great for quite a few reasons. Nothing bad happened, just stuff in my head going round and round and an attack of my fun social anxiety disorder. Stayed away from the gym all week except for Friday. Ate ice cream every day. Hey, I figured if it was gonna be a pity party, I'd have ice cream. <BR> <BR> So I went back to the gym yesterday. Started on my new three-part program. The ol' "Low and Slow" one. Lots of reps, lower weight. I am FEELIN' it. I was groaning to ... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 19:47:06 EST Looking forward to the weekend.... I have myself convinced I'm not sleeping well, even though I know I am. Hard to drag my poor butt out of bed at 6am, even harder to think about putting on the workout clothes and heading to the gym. <BR> <BR> But I did. I moaned, groaned, complained, got some good advice from my trainer. I even did an additional ten minutes of cardio that I hadn't planned on simply because a delightful lady got me talking about places she wants to visit in the States. <BR> <BR> Still worrying over th... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:12:21 EST Wild weather.... Tad bit blowy in my corner of the world these days. Power went out yesterday afternoon at 4:30, didnt' come back on til 6:45pm. Dinner was all medieval - candlelight and only meat and bread. I had foresight enough to throw a roast in the crockpot in the morning, by the time I was ready to put veggies on, out went the power. <BR> <BR> I had an interesting dream last night. In the past, I've had recurring dreams about keeping a rental apartment in a very old building, even though I liv... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:59:09 EST Is Mercury out of retrograde yet? Please??? Wow...big emotions lately. I'm ready for the boring to set in again. <BR> <BR> My children are making me crazy of late. They depend on me to both advocate for them, and definitely depend on me ignoring bad behaviour or being oblivious. I was a single mom, working full time when they were young, so a certain amount of glossing-over got done when it came to things like keeping rooms clean, having set chores to help out, etc. None of this has benefitted them because i can cheerfully and l... Sun, 22 Jun 2014 21:44:45 EST My brother-in-law's quilt. ;) This is that quilt from a few posts back...the one I'm making for my wee niece. Very girly. Story behind this is that my dear husband told me the quilt for his brother needed to be 'VERY MANLY' or Brian wouldn't like it. (Truth is, Brian will be thrilled with whatever I make for him.) <BR> <BR> So when I was telling husband the sad tale of discovering the hole Miss Doggie had chewed in it, he glanced across the room at this pile of sweet girlie colors and said "Isn't that Brian's quilt... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 20:16:15 EST Looking ahead to August. Husband and I finally recovered enough from the stress of the last week - sat down and booked just about everything for our trip to Kansas to spend time with my dad. My husband loves the thrill of the chase when it comes to air travel. He wants the lowest fares, the best connection times, the best seat. I just stand back and let him have at it. My personal love is researching accommodation. He hates that, so we must be a good pair. <BR> <BR> Still trying to find a good balance between... Sat, 21 Jun 2014 19:42:31 EST Putting out a request for "boring life", please! Yes, we need a respite from all the excitement and weirdness of the last few days. <BR> <BR> My husband works for the Parks. Sunday morning he was out on his regular patrol, and he found a man's body. Unfortunately it's part and parcel of the job and at least once a year this occurs to some unfortunate soul in the Parks. Wasn't a natural death or a suicide. He was unable to come home and de-brief the day's experience with me as certain details hadn't been released yet and he'd been req... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:09:35 EST Back at it. I took three days off my gym schedule. Didn't even do much activity at home. Ate as well as I could, showed myself yet again that wheat is NOT my friend. I've had a horrific sweet tooth the last few days, I don't know what that's about. Maybe my body telling me to eat more good stuff for fuel? Generally when I'm putting along nicely I can look a gluten-free treat or ice cream square in the eye then pass right by. This weekend was not like that. My sweet husband asked if I'd make a sma... Sun, 15 Jun 2014 20:51:30 EST Bonked at the gym. I almost drove past the gym and on home today after dropping daughter at the train station. Talked myself out of it. Probably should have heeded my inner voice, because I had nil energy. The treadmill warmup felt far too challenging at 5.0kph when I generally push it to 6.0kph. Then when i started with the kettlebells, the lack of puff really showed. <BR> <BR> I need to have a serious review of what I've been eating. I just have not been hungry the last few days so my calories have been... Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:54:17 EST All topsy-turvey. I think I'm getting ready for that full-moon Mercury in retrograde (or whatever it is) Friday the 13th this week. <BR> <BR> Everything is literally off-balance. Last night I got hit with one of my fun attacks of vertigo. Took two of the migraine pills recommended by the chemist and it knocked me out and fixed the problem. <BR> <BR> Went to the gym and sweated my lil' heart out with about 70 minutes of circuit training. Then came home and got online and found myself emotionally hammer... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:51:10 EST Back after a long weekend. I took it easy for three days and learned all over again what a slug I can be if I allow it. Just took care of small tasks at home and was on call to vet travel ideas off my husband. <BR> <BR> He loves the process of planning a trip. He literally spent two whole days trying to come up with combinations to get us to Kansas in August as cheaply as possible. The only one i vetoed was the flight that went through Mexico City. Then he came up with all these fun ideas like a couple nights in H... Mon, 9 Jun 2014 21:16:16 EST Blue on Blue. Started thinking last night on the events of the last few months with family and friends and my mood plummeted. Not much better today. Some of the things were just wild imaginings for the future so i can't even justify it. I'll be better. <BR> <BR> I've been in a great mood the last few weeks and I imagine it has something to do with working out. I got a bit cranky when I discovered the gym won't be open Monday - it's a public holiday, the Queen's Birthday. I don't begrudge Sharni and... Sat, 7 Jun 2014 22:06:08 EST I lurve my doctor. :) I don't think I posted my monumental tumble back in early was the day i was scheduled for my first gym assessment. While I was in Kansas previously, my husband (who loves Ebay) found a spare nudge bar for a car that he just HAD to buy. It was a bargain at 25$ ya know. Well, for some reason he had the nudge bar propped up against the wall in the garage instead of on the workbench. I guess because the workbench was nice and clear and he wanted it to stay that way. <BR> <B... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 21:56:52 EST Weary Wednesday. I think our sudden switch to winter mornings has taken it's toll on just about everyone. I had a hard time getting up today - husband was bright-eyed and bushy tailed though. Then my son who had to go to his baking class at TAFE today overslept. I finally woke him about the time he's generally leaving. Everyone at the gym said they felt the same way. I wasn't real enthused about being there but I jumped into the circuit workout and did 50 minutes and worked up a good sweat so I was satis... Tue, 3 Jun 2014 23:20:08 EST Tuesday, tuesday. <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Here is little Ginny. (Her companion is Harry.) My friend told me that Ginny is very sparing of her kisses, but she must've known I needed some comforting yesterday because I got a facefull of joey kisses! I feel honored. There is something so calming and wonderful in a connection with an animal. <BR> <BR> Onwards. I feel I really did something at the gym today. Upped the lat pulldown to 34 kilos, dropped... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 21:04:14 EST heartsore. My friend Kenny back in Oregon lost his fight against an aggressive form of cancer today. He was a good friend from high school days, and lately we'd reconnected on Facebook. What a good guy! Veteran, funny, intelligent, wise, insightful...the sort of soul we'll miss for a long long time. <BR> <BR> Had a good healing dose of Small Boy and kangaroo joey at my friends' house. Her youngest is 4 1/2, and just the greatest little character ever. We had a very serious conversation about Fo... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 01:20:22 EST Monday Monday.'s not such a bad one so far. I staggered out of bed at what I THOUGHT was 3:45am to visit the toilet. Staggered back to bed, got comfortable, next thing I knew the husband was getting up as it was 6am. My poor old eyes were mistaken. Fooled by the clock.... <BR> <BR> Off to the gym as usual. Kettlebells are sneaky things. About the time I'm wondering if I actually am getting a decent workout, I break a sweat and start to puff and pant. Looking forward to tomorrow when we up ... Sun, 1 Jun 2014 19:40:40 EST Took a break yesterday.... Yes, I had Saturday "off". No gym, no food tracking. My only "cheat" though was a couple slices of real bread. Oh, and oatmeal with brown sugar and milk for dinner because I dont' care for sausages. <BR> <BR> Grey and gloomy day here. Perfect for the first day of winter though. I'm going to make another cup of tea and sit down with The Nieces' Quilt. On the home stretch with that. <BR> <BR> Tracking again, and will stick to the low end of my calorie range since it's going to be a se... Sat, 31 May 2014 19:14:22 EST Fourth Day..... Yesterday ended up ALMOST a train wreck of my own making. <BR> <BR> I had to run out to North Wollongong to pick up our daughter at community college, as she had a counselling appointment. Neither she nor her dear daddy told me she would be an hour, and I arrived an hour early thinking it would be only a 15 minute appointment. Well, I sat there til 4:30pm til she finally came to the car. Meanwhile I'd called my husband at 4pm and said we'd be late. He suggested I stop on the way home... Thu, 29 May 2014 21:18:59 EST Third far, so good. Of course it's only 10:30am but I'm hopeful. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> Still tracking, still sticking to the food program. This will be the fifth evening with no sneaky drinkies and my husband commented yesterday that he's feeling so much better due to that change alone, so I can foresee easing it out completely. I won't mind at all. He's a bad influence on my drinking habits. (I don't quite know if I'm joking here or not.) <BR> All I know is he apologises every morning when I ask if h... Wed, 28 May 2014 20:47:33 EST Second day and two big fitness victories. Second day of conscious nutrition. Husband asked this morning for less of a meat serving tonight at dinner and more greens, so I suggested my famous ground beef n' tons of veggies soup. So that's what's for dinner. I find I did really well with the less bread and the sub of a fruit of some kind for breakfast, so that's what I'll do from here on out. Leftover steak for lunch, veggies and fruit if I get hungry between now and dinner. Fourth night of no sneaky drinkies and I find I'm drinki... Tue, 27 May 2014 19:58:04 EST And now for the nutrition..... I have been challenged. <BR> <BR> I'm not going to claim defeat before I know I'm defeated, mainly because I have never combined serious gym time with a decent calorie-controlled eating plan. <BR> <BR> Here's the plan: make a few swaps here and there and see how my fuel load goes. I've been eating two pieces of gluten free toast with two scrambled eggs in the morning before I work out simply because I was needing more gas in my tank. Today I swapped one slice of toast for a small ban... Mon, 26 May 2014 23:56:37 EST Kettlebell triceps extensions....ack! I think by this evening I will be feeling it. Worked with Sharni this morning on the kettlebell portion of the new program. Last week I had to lighten up considerably from what she had recommended, mainly because I was trying to do things the wrong way as she was busy with another class and I was unsupervised. (Moral here is never leave me unattended!) <BR> <BR> I couldn't manage a standing tricep extension because of lingering shoulder issues. So today she had me do the set lying on a... Sun, 25 May 2014 19:27:45 EST Better. :) Two much better days. My knee is still twinging and last night my ankles were complaining but I will NOT just lie down and give up with this whole RA issue. That's probably the worst thing I could do! My trainers have been working with me at the gym, moderating my exersises and keeping an eye on me in general. I love Faith and Sharni! Such gorgeous, giving women. <BR> <BR> Started a new upper body program today. All kettlebells. (Reminds me of that old joke about "more cowbell!") ... Thu, 22 May 2014 21:38:24 EST Blue Wednesday. Looking forward to a better tomorrow. Today was one big irritant from start to finish. I won't go into details because everything was petty and easily dealt with but it sure was annoying! Plus I have a sore knee that comes and goes. I suspect it's RA related rather than overdoing it at the gym because I've been very careful. <BR> <BR> Generally when I get in such a bad mood I announce I'm in a bad mood, my husband lovingly calls me "Grumblebum" and then everything is ok. Not the case ... Wed, 21 May 2014 03:17:14 EST Step away from the scales and the tape measure.... That is what I have to do. Granted, I was measured today by a different trainer who will be doing my measurements from there on out....but there was not as much difference as I expected. So that was annoying. <BR> <BR> And then the scale...bah! Not an ounce has been lost this last 2.5 months. <BR> <BR> Fitness and strength is what I need to focus on. Everything else is too depressing. Tue, 20 May 2014 19:03:29 EST Gettin' it figured out Tuesday. Better energy thankful for this! Had a good workout at the gym, then lunch at home with my daughter and her fiance. In amidst all this I figured out thanks to some wonderful SP members how to recalculate my nutrition and calorie stats, and got my Fitbit back into line. It was off in some odd timezone of it's own making, but a reboot and a sync fixed it thankfully. <BR> <BR> I'm still not real convinced that the new calorie count will "work", I keep allowing those "geez I hop... Tue, 20 May 2014 03:58:33 EST Less fuel + less sleep = Weary Monday. Yesterday was a triumph in that I logged everything and stayed within SP's calorie goals. <BR> <BR> Yesterday was NOT a triumph when it came to decent sleep. My husband drives every day up and down Macquarie Pass, which is a nightmare of a road. Twisty, turny, dangerous. Perfectly do-able as long as you mind your manners, the road rules, the speed limit. He has a dash cam mounted in his car, more for amusement than anything - yet it came in handy yesterday. On his way home he found hi... Sun, 18 May 2014 19:27:15 EST Todays' resolution. Today begins the wrestle to get food tracking in line again. I'm gonna do it, warts and all. I'm not going to worry about eating the proper amount of calories for the expediture, I'm just going to focus on not eating a lot of junk in search of fuel, and getting it all tracked properly. On days when i don't go to the gym or do any supplemental activity, I won't eat as much fuel. <BR> <BR> I tried to download Cron-o-meter, and realised I'm not using it now because it wouldn't download pro... Sat, 17 May 2014 19:32:21 EST The other part of the story..... Thanks to ThinFitKindVegan for suggesting this blog....because it's something I'm struggling with at the moment and I will welcome any and all suggestions and recommendations! <BR> <BR> While I am going great guns at the gym and making huge strides towards my fitness goals, I am having a terrible time getting my fuel needs in order. I finally realised Sparkpeople doesn't count strength training minutes as calories burned, so I am continually getting one of those dreaded "YOU ARE NOT EATING ... Fri, 16 May 2014 21:01:11 EST I've Been Promoted! I'm runnin' with the big girls now. My trainer amped me up to REAL bench presses. I'm only using the actual bar right now which is 20 kilos, and believe me I felt it after four sets of ten reps. Yes, I pretty much rule. <em>334</em> <BR> <BR> I asked for core work in my next program. Well, I got it. Two sets of fitball crunches, each set one minute. And two sets of mountain climbers, each set one minute. Tomorrow I will be feeling it. <BR> <BR> Since they are reorganising everyt... Thu, 15 May 2014 23:06:05 EST It happens quicker than you'd think! Yesterday I took a drive down the coast to Kiama, a beautiful seaside town about half an hour from here. I'd arranged to donate some fabric to the textile class at the high school there. I asked my stepdaughter if she wanted to go along for the ride. I only know how to reach the high school one way, and missed the turn so we ended up downtown and decided a walk and some lunch might be in order. <BR> <BR> Kiama has miles and miles of really nice walking track, most of it ocean-or-harbour... Wed, 14 May 2014 20:52:41 EST Spin class....nah. Just as I was finishing up today, the 9am spin class started. Every single woman in the class encouraged me to give it a try so I said I would just to be neighborly. I just sat and pedalled while the rest did the full-on thing, kept it up for ten minutes then decided I'd had enough. Is it a good thing or a bad thing that the trainer remembers everything I say such as "I hate pec flys" or "Repetitive cardio bores me". I know I need to up the cardio a bit and to take opportunities as they c... Wed, 7 May 2014 21:11:07 EST Circuit training! Woo-hoo! Got talked into doing cardio circuit training today instead of my regularly scheduled program. The owner and trainer at the gym are mixing things up a little and trying new ideas. So in the interests of market research, I gave it a go. <BR> <BR> I liked that it could be modified to my abilities and horrible balance issues. There were two excersises in one set, I did those for two minutes, rested for 30 seconds, then on to the next two. Started with what was supposed to be bosu ball ski... Tue, 6 May 2014 19:26:10 EST Monday, Monday. Trying to keep my stuff together today. Why do Mondays always feel so unbalanced? <BR> <BR> Bad news this morning. My dad's wife's family has had another blow, a double one this time. His brother in law was diagnosed with a tumor wrapped around his spine between his shoulder blades. He's in intensive care right now dealing with an infection issue. His lovely wife begins aggressive breast cancer treatment this Thursday. Just the sweetest people. Why does this crap always happen to t... Mon, 5 May 2014 02:09:09 EST Some days I need watching..... Like today. I was awake at 5am all enthused about going to the gym. I was all keyed up about doing the second segment of my new program. <BR> <BR> Did warmups, talked to the trainer about what I wasn't familiar with and would need help with. I've graduated from one-arm lat pulldowns to being able to use the regular bar. Got myself all set up for the first set of lat pulldowns at 20kgs......could NOT get the bar to budge. Pulled and pulled and fussed and said WHAT ON EARTH IS WRONG WIT... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:23:15 EST A new program. Returned to the gym yesterday with new focus after only going twice last week due to holiday closures and days out with our guests. <BR> <BR> My trainer left the gym so I am working with the owner. She has a different 'style' and different philosophy and I think I'm going to enjoy working with her. My previous trainer was great, but she is a very competitive person and I got discouraged a couple times with her "you can do this" attitude when something was clearly too much of a challenge ... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 21:52:20 EST A realisation. We've had a busy week - all the holidays (the Easter days and Anzac Day), and friends visiting from Queensland. Yesterday and today I have cocooned in my sewing room working on two projects - this is always good for my soul as it gives me time to think. <BR> <BR> Took my youngest over to the Square to have her hair done. While she was busy with that, i wandered from shop to shop and vetted kettles. After finally settling for one after twisting myself into knots over features and would it ... Sun, 27 Apr 2014 03:17:54 EST Ok...I gotta brag! Last week I struggled with the 5 kilo weight plus ez bar bicep lifts. I could only manage one set of 21 total reps - 14 half lifts if that makes sense, and not even 7 of the final full lifts. And this was with the trainer taking some of the weight off the bar as I lifted. <BR> <BR> My regular trainer is back from her break and when I told her what was happening, she just said to do my best and then we'd see. She walked away and you know what? I did the full 7/7/7. I almost cried, I wa... Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:53:08 EST