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6/15/14 9:28 A

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Focus on the fruits and veggies, great idea! And like you say, so much easier in the summer!

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6/7/14 10:34 A

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Zeroing in on doing some hard work, yard ...St.... making that scale and how I feel become a happy balance..... focusing on more fruits and veggies in the diet, ah summertime- so much easier really! ***SNOW*** New challenge: U Jam class.... bringing out the weights at home to supplement and focus on tricepts......

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3/2/14 5:59 A

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When it rains it pours? emoticon Nice that you are getting the rain, I see snow at Royal Gorge and Sugar bowl too! Maybe they will have dug out by the time we get home....

The rain forest was wonderful, nice to get out and hike for a while. And it rained a lot too!

Today we dive!

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3/1/14 10:27 A

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We are in a "rain forest" today ! Wow, California is really getting a constant downpour, they say a really big storm is on its way, mud slides are the topic in SoCal now! Go figure!!
Im loving falling asleep and waking up to the sounds of pouring rain...... diamonds falling from the sky.......***SNOW*** emoticon

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3/1/14 7:59 A

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Tan lines? Maybe the burn lines will turn to tan lines in a bit! Even with the sunscreen, I'm fried like an egg! emoticon

Thanks for the down low on the Vitamix....I should see if we have any kind of company discount....never thought of that. If not, I'll check out Costco, and just keep my eyes peeled for possible discounts.

Hoping to get to the rain forest today....

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2/28/14 10:25 A

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emoticon Yes Kay, I did get my dream Vitamix .... in red no less!! We love it, have to start really experimenting with it now, and it did come with a cookbook. I was talking to my son that works at Intel about it and he said he was sure he could get their work discount and for me not to spring the $399 Costco price just yet. So he ordered it and bought it for me as my Xmas/birthday present to the tune of under $250......so that was amazing!! This model currently sells for over $600 online anywhere else...so Costco is a great deal for those interested. It makes hot soups in a minute, ice cream, sorbets, and smoothies like you've never had before, truly an amazing investment and it will last a life time- extremely well made and durable, self cleaning.... the whole package.

I have reset my scale on SP now too, I guess I was really disappointed in seeing the gain, but it just puts me back to the exact weight when I usually begin a LMS with everyone, so not as bad as I guess it could be if I wasn't a close watcher like you are!!

Any takers for LMS?? Maybe we can jazz it up and give it a new twist, Ill think about how we can keep the challenge and maybe have perks along the way...... ideas??
Ill bring it up on the Deck to try to muster up some interest and motivivation....Healthy living.... instead of so much weather info.... we need to bond again and revive our goals!

See you on the Deck.... gotta run to the gym, ST today followed by Zumba......
Have tun in PR --maybe you will have some tan lines??
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2/28/14 6:45 A

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Vitamix cookbook? Did you get the Vitamix then? How do you like it!!!???!!! (I still want one...)

No scale here in PR, so I don't "really" know where I am on the scale, but I was way up before we left, and am enjoying the food here a lot! Also walking a lot....not sure what will prevail on the scale!

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2/26/14 12:09 P

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emoticon Im in need of an LMS contest, any takers?? Some lbs have snuck on in the last week or two, my sedated vacation and lack of hiking has shown up as a few extra lbs and Im not liking it at all! So Im starting now, to track and to watch the food and nutrient intake until the level of hiking that I like resumes...... if you exercise less, you have to eat less apparently, lol....... food choices are so critical right now, Im going to be working right out of my Vitamix cook book for the next couple of weeks...... ***SNOW*** emoticon

Oh, and almost forgot, Greetings Joanna!!!!Yes, step on to the thread "Happy Hour on the Deck", we all hang out there most of the time and give tons of support and its a great place to relax and use your imagination in our virtual world..... we come here to do the real serious stuff about our weight goals and challenges..... having LMS contests when we feel as a group we could use some motivation in a competitive but supportive way.


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2/24/14 6:22 P

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Hop on over to the "happy hour on the Deck thread and introduce yourself there, Joanna, there are more folks over there that will encourage you, welcome you, and maybe just make you laugh! I think you will enjoy the trip no matter what, but sure, see how far a trek from the bus lot, and give it a go, Pikes Peak is a peak too!

Just got back from skiing (second day in a row!) and it was nice out again. I left a little earlier, since we fly out tonight...still had to pack. I think I'm pretty well close to done. Just a few last minute things to get, make sure the camera is packed and charged (and we bring the charger with!) some last minute laundry...bring the boarding passes! I'd hate to forget something important, but I think I have it all.



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2/23/14 8:08 P

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If I can stay can stay in Colorado after the reunion a few days, My mom is going to Pike's peak. Granted we will drive to the top and not to the bus lot half way. I look at this this way, I am going to see a view is a bucket list type and I will be in the best shape and feel great. I wonder how long it takes to climb from the bus lot? Time for more research. Thanks for all the advice. I plan to stick around (the team) and share my progress and adventures. And of course, lend support and encouragement.

As we walk though this garden, that some call life there are many paths and ways to go. There is always someone there to help you along the way some may force you down their path or help you find your own. No matter what path you take there is a key in the garden. You must find it to survive!


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2/23/14 6:29 P

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Sorry the plans have changed, but better earlier than last minute, at least you have time to spend with family and can still work up to a goal like that. About the fear, you hear things and read things and can become afraid of things in your mind, but it really doesn't pay off. It's typically overblown and once you get to that ledge, you see it's not so bad as you thought (this from building up fear of many ledges in my mind that ended up being nothing!) Not that you shouldn't be cautious and train properly, but sometimes fear can keep us from really wonderful experiences. In any case, there is lots to do in Colorado, so hopefully you can find something that meets your sense of adventure and your sons.

Maui, great news about the air! I'm loving the weather we're having right now, sunny, warmish, those blue Sierra skies....and I got in a great ski today (by myself, Larry's boot is busted, and he doesn't think he can fix it...I may just go again tomorrow, it was so nice out there, great snow finally, even if I did have to walk on the road aways to get to it!

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2/23/14 11:54 A

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Well, the dream snatchers have swooped in. The plan has changed. Only one other besides my son and I want to climb Long's Peak. My Aunt (hostess) is freaked about Cameron (my 13yo) being on the ledges. Honestly I have been too. I am not a big traveler and on a fixed income. I only have to pay for our plane tickets and may be the only time I get out there, ever. I was also told goal number 2 may not happen either. Walking a few miles on the Continental Divide. After the weight loss and my son gets older I want to be an uber' hiker. We want to hike the Appalachian Trail From Georgia to Maine the year after He graduates High School. He wants to do it before but you need to start in April. We are going to train and work hard this year, Mountain climbing or not.

As we walk though this garden, that some call life there are many paths and ways to go. There is always someone there to help you along the way some may force you down their path or help you find your own. No matter what path you take there is a key in the garden. You must find it to survive!


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2/23/14 10:52 A

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Kay-
Love the 10% max increase per week...
Over the years, I have 'relearned' more than once about increasing activity too fast.

And, I must agree too, it is hard to match the feeling of standing atop a mountain you have climbed. I crave it more than more than much in this life. not sure why, but it is a lasting 'need'.

Joanna, i think you will love this year, with this very specific goal established, with your son...doesn't get much better. Enjoy the journey.

Me- It's spring! haha...I can feel it for sure. That's how I know...when the weather and trees and plants collaborate to ramp up toward new life...it's a happening. Chores abound at the a rate keeping me working at a full tilt pace. Great for my spirit. I go to bed with happy aches and fatigue.
Hard work...Kay, I think I have it narrowed down. Fatigue. I am so accustomed to pushing on, 'no matter how tired I get'. Clearly this is when Anyone is likely to get injured, when digging, pitchforking, etc...so...I am listening for fatigued messages and stop. So far this week, I have done a ton, and no injury.Yay. (Interesting too, no asthma) and we have a lot blooming. So the current pollens are not the problem. The horrible pollution of the fall and late winter were the issue. We have clean air now. Yay.

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2/23/14 10:09 A

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Maybe you will get the benefit from the diamox, maybe see what your doctor says. There are books about dealing with altidude as well.

As for endurance, just keep hiking and walking (even on a treadmill, you can up the incline to get a feel for going uphill) and gradually increase your distance/time on a weekly basis. I've seen recommendations to increase by 10% per week and no more. You should be able to gradually build up to that level of endurance, you have some time to do this, right? You might want to find a marathon training plan and tweak that to your distance and time frame. Not that you would run it, but you can see how to increase your weekly hiking/walking miles and use that as a template to safely increase endurance.

I think if you do Long's the accomplishment will be worth the effort, it's a great feeling to stand on a high peak and know you did it!

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2/21/14 9:26 A

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The downside to the altitude is that I am already on diamox/daily for ocular migraine. I will not get the affect if I simply increase the dose. However, since I am on it, it may benefit but that is unsure. I have found a few local (in ohio) trails that have over a 1,000 elevation gain (not high latitude but, we can get a feel of hiking up). I think I am more apprehensive of all the work (exercise) that I need to do just be able to enjoy our 20 mile hikes than I am about climbing up the (or in my case clinging). My mom's wording, she is not attempting it to climb long's.

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2/21/14 8:57 A

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It's nice that you have experienced folks to go with on those hikes. Sounds like a good plan to ease into the "big one" and see how you deal with the altitude. I think the 12K hike should let you know if you are going to have any troubles with it, see how you feel on that one. If you have any signs of altitude sickness (trouble breathing, headache, nausea) you may want to back off on the 14K or even take another day or 2 to acclimatize. Or just go really slow! I've taken diamox which helps me, but it's prescription, so you'd have to talk to your doctor to see if it would be OK for you if you wanted to go that route. You can also bring tums and ibuprofen or tylenol for the headache (if you get them). I think if you are prone to migraines it's more likely. Then again, you may have no trouble at all!

And the climbing/bouldering at 14K isn't necessarily scary, it's the exposure that freaks people out, so if that part is well protected it should be fine (it should be fine anyway, but exposure up the scare-factor by a lot!). Just see what it's like when you get there and trust your guide!

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2/19/14 8:25 A

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Thanks for the great info. My 13 year old son is doing this with me and we have been doing a few 5k Volksmarches a year. Our 5 -10 Mi hikes should help, We plan to several shorter hikes in the next month or two, As for Altitude, I live in Ohio. I live 20 min from the highest point and that isn't even a hill. We will be in Southeastern Ohio, (hocking hills area) a few times this summer. The game plan for Colorado is to arrive Sunday Afternoon. Check out the town of Estes Park on Monday and My Aunt ( the one that lives there 1/2 the year) want to takes us on a 1 hour hike(loop) Easy(she claims all my Aunts and Uncles and hevey cousins can do it without a problem) hike down to a waterfall. Wednesday (small peek) 3 hour moderate hike with the 20-40 somethings with a few of our kids (Teens). I have been told it is about 12,000 ft (7-800 gain). Big Hike on Friday, 14,000+ and 3000+gain. It is contingent out certified c liming Cousin ( if she shows up) apparently there is a section where you "shimmy' and about 100 feet you have to climb. They say bouldering but I say 14,000+ feet. Even if it doesn't happen, I will be in great shape and will be able to enjoy activities much more than I do now.
Thanks

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2/18/14 9:04 A

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Welcome to the team JoAnna!

You have a great goal, and lots of good advice from Maui, I'm on board with all of that.

Aside from the boots, you should make sure you have really good socks too, you'll be on your feet for a long time on that hike, so treat your feet well! I like thorlo's but you have time to try out different brands and styles so find some that suit you, they will do wonders to prevent blisters. Also, make sure you have an extra pair when you go, in case you need them (your feet get wet or they start irritating, you'll want a fresh pair then!)

Try different hydration and eating plans when you go out on longer hikes/walks. Think of this like you would prepping for a long running event. You could even look at training programs to build up to (not that you would run, but you could hike those distances or times to build up gradually) like a couch to 5K, then 10K, maybe a half marathon type program. You want to build endurance, and you won't want to do that too quickly, or, like Maui said, you run the risk of injury. Build up gradually and let your body, muscles, tendons, ligaments adapt to that new regimen. You should have build up weeks and taper weeks built in.

Have you ever been to altitude? That is a big consideration for this type of hike. Some folks do OK with it, but most people struggle, and it surprised them because what is easy to do a 2000 ft elevation cam become next to impossible above 10,000 feet! The slower the better once you get high. If possible spend a few nights at higher elevation before you hike, and if you can put in some training time at higher elevations do it!

Most of all, enjoy the process! You'll have hard days and easy days, but you have a good reason to stay motivated, you want to enjoy this hike with your son, and support his effort!

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2/17/14 11:07 P

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Welcome JoAnna!
You have a great goal! Super...and starting now is the 'ticket' to success.
What you have outlined sounds like a super start! Planning is key to success.

1. Steps can be a great tool. For is critical. When stepping up onto step...must keep bum tucked under you, not leaning forward. We will have to look for some links that show good form. Poor form can compromise your knees or low back.

Preventing injury has to be a part of your plan. There are great utube videos I bet too...but lets find some good ones. Folks here may have some good hints.

2. Boots- good idea for hiking about and need to be well broken on and fit right. I'd get to a point where you can walk, hike (even on flat several miles in warmer temps. Go for a good long walk, maybe mid day and late in teh day, go try on boots. Feet swell and to get a good fit you need to try on boots when your feet are not fresh in teh morning, rather , later in the day. It can be too easy to purchase boots too small. Don't do it.

3.You can do this! Get a check up with your GP and let him know of your plan.

4.Cardio increase gradually...YES! But you can start easy and go! Consistency is key. Period. You body has to have a chance to adapt over time...and not shock it. Baby steps...consistently. Make a chart, log your miles. Maybe get a step pedometer...make it a game. This will encourage you as well and help you know if you are trying to go too fast. Plot out your mileage goals...walking at least 5 days a week. Since you are going to be hiking on a dirt trail (as well as altitude,) try do do walking on dirt trails to train. The hills are definitely an issue. Maybe as you get into more training, try going to a local high school and do the bleachers...maybe there is a place with a hill nearby...maybe not a mountain, but a hill...and go up and down. Teaching you body to climb naturally in conditions you'll be seeing will help to prevent injury.

5. Weight training is good for all of us! There are great videos and tools to use here on spark people. Try them out, starting at the beginning level. and try a selection that hits all body muscle groups. and rotate each day what you are working on. arm day, leg day, core day...etc. With good rest days for that muscle group.

Anyhow...welcome to our team. Mostly we hand on on the 'deck' thread. Over there we share our adventures. We have a magical imaginary deck with pool, tree house, hammocks, hot tub and a LOT more. So feel free to stop by over there too!

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Hi Everyone, I'm JoAnna and new to the team. I think this may be the team to help me out. I am in some desperate need of some advice. I am 34 live in central Ohio (pretty Flat) I weigh just under 250 and I am climbing Long's Peek and some of the smaller "neighbors" in Rocky Mountain National Park, end of September.
As of right now the plan is
1. buy a step aerobic platform and DVD.I think I would be to board to do a step machine. I live in the country so no tall buildings.
2. New hiking boots (any suggestions)?
3. My 13 year old is doing this with me. He plans to earn his Hiking Merit Badge (Boy Scout). 5: 10 mile hikes and 1-20-mile hike. We also plan on doing several less than 10 mile hikes as well.
4. I was told I need to get on a cardio plan that increases time over several weeks and start now.
5. increasing my weight training from 2 to 3 x/ wk and increase weight over several weeks as well.
What do yo think of this plan and do you have suggestions?
Thanks for the help emoticon

Edited by: JOANNAEDGE at: 2/16/2014 (20:53)
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It's been quiet in here! My trainer cancelled my last session of the first round also, well, he didn't so much cancel, as he just couldn't make it, flat tire! Poor guy, he felt really bad. But I did it on my own, and we rescheduled so I'll do it with him on round 2 next Tuesday. I did the first workout with him on Thursday (the one he had cancelled for being sick), and it went really well. We set up the deadlift in the rack instead of using the cable machine. I think that makes i a bit more difficult as the bar is less stable than the cables, but I was able to do it. Feeling strong!

And I did the second day, upper body workout on my own. Forgot my i-pod, so I was without my usual listening material. It wasn't bad! I should probably do that more often.

It's raining today, looks like this storm is here for the weekend, so I think we're punting on the skiing, and I may try to take a half day during the week when (If) the weather clears up. I wouldn't mind skiing in the snow, but the wind is so NOT my thing!



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Good plan, hope the calf has calmed down and the run goes well. Fingers crossed!

Yep, I'm doing the workouts with my trainer for the first round (except he cancelled the first one, he was sick, so I did it on my own) and yes! he gave me a great modification for the single arm dumbbell clean/push/press, I did a barbell clean and press, and no pain! I think the better stabilization with both arms on the one bar helped a lot. And it's a fun movement so that helps. I also did ring pull-ups (with the band), ring push-ups and reverse lat pull down, along with a superset of lateral raises, bicep curls and skull crushers. Nice set overall, and my pecs were a little tender yesterday when we were skiing! I think my quads are drowning out any other soreness I might be feeling though, oh, so sore!



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You back with your trainer again? Was he able to modify that exercise for you? You're smart to skip it until you have a replacement.

My knee/calf is actually feeling really great! Thinking of taking it on a jog tomorrow, but only going a mile and a half. Last time I felt the first real pain at a mile. I have another 30 minute calf massage at noon, so if I reinjure myself I've got treatment almost immediately.

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If it's any consolation, that's pretty much what happened to me with my marathon! I missed at least 2 weeks of training during the build up, still finished my event, but walked about half of it. It was my first (and only) marathon, and I really enjoyed the event, I think more so because I knew I wasn't fully trained to run it, so was "off the hook" on pushing myself.

Well, my trainer cancelled today, I'm going to go do it myself. Probable will modify some of the exercises (the first one is the trap-bar deadlift,well my gym doesn't have a trap bar, so I'm just going to use the cable machine I've been using for the deadlift during the last round. He thinks he'll be back tomorrow, so we'll see! I'm counting on him to give me a different movement for the push press since that was the one that did my back in, and I don't think I want to go there again!

Glad you have the bike and trainer, SDL, sounds like that's not bothering your knee? It's strange how the movements put pressure on different areas like that, one thing works and the next doesn't!

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I grew up listening to oldies and heard the song in my head as soon as I read the name. emoticon Yes, ebb and flow. I just have to be patient. Next race isn't until March so hopefully I can get back to training to complete that one. It's a half marathon and I'm officially 2 weeks behind training but if I heal up then it might just mean more walking, not necessarily that I have to skip the fun entirely. Fingers crossed!

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Malia,
Sorry this has been s hard. Setbacks can be such emotional times. But good for you, calling your friend, getting that bike...and doing something that helps those depressive symptoms. I hear you! And the 'not knowing' is such a big factor as well. Again so good to fine something 'you can do'.
We have a trainer to put bikes on as well...and as soon as I get the go ahead, that's what I plan on doing.
Hang in there my friend...you can do this. Not sure if you are old enough to be much of a Pete Seeger fan, but teh folk song troubadour died yesterday at 94. One of my favorite songs, Turn Turn Turn...to everything there is a season. An ebb and flow...I know its hard, but you can do this!

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THANK YOU ladies for the support. I wish I had read your first response, Kay, when your wrote it. I was definitely depressed all weekend. Not hungry, sleeping a lot, random bursts of tears. Running is what keeps depressive symptoms under control for me and I hadn't been out in over 2 weeks. Things were catching up. And then to not be able to do the run when I knew I needed it for my psychological well-being...well, that was just a kick in the butt. Was hard to recover from. I was talking a new friend on the phone, though, who's a cyclist and he offered to bring his bike over to the house and set it up on a stand to be stationary! So I've been hopping on that for about 20 minutes a night. It's super uncomfortable since I'm not a cyclist and since the bike is tailored for someone 7 inches taller than I am, lol, but it does the trick. I feel a burn and I feel accomplished and that's what I need. Still going to acupuncture and massage for my calf. No clue what the timeline looks like but I feel better about taking my time. For now. lol



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Yeah, I'm going to have to buck up and take my own advice here about my back! I was looking ahead and see a single arm clean to push press (the push press is what messed up my back in the first place!) so I may ask my trainer for a different move to replace that one for this go-round. It still twinges on occasion, and I'm just not going to let perfection get in the way of progress! I'm sure we can come up with a move that will fit the program without doing damage to my back!

My assessment is part of the training plan, not a medical assessment, (although I do need to get in touch with my doc, I'm not sure what medical assessments are due right now....but having just turned 50, I'm sure I need to schedule some!) Anyway, I'll be comparing my performance in 4 moves, I think it's squat (how heavy can I lift), push-ups and hanging rows (number of reps) and then how many kettlebell swings in a period of time (5 min, IIRC). I did this before I started the first part of the program, and I'm supposed to finish an reassess, but we decided to reassess at the mid point as well. I'm curious to see how I do.



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Malia- Yes, beautiful name.
I hope you woke feeling a little less overwhelmed about the run. Sleep is always a good invest. Eating too...hopefully you found some food.
Rebooting your program I think is a 'normal' part of life. Modifying as needed...You CAN do this...honest.

OK...Island names...lol...a little Story..My oldest son called me Maui instead of Mommy. I didn't 'correct' him, because I didn't think it was 'broken' to call me Maui. But of course when eh went to school, all the kids 'fixed' that and teased him, so he stopped. But...as he got older, if I was chatting with other Moms after a meeting or where ever...you know when all the kids say "Mom...let's go!", and most Mom's are slow to respond. Well, my son would a gentle shout out to "Maui", and my head would spin and we'd be out of there. The younger children learned this trick as well. Anyhow...I also worked 25 years in Youth Development with mostly teens. And we needed to communicate via chat, email etc...and my 'handle' became Mauima. My domain is Mauima...set up by that older son...hehe...
I also love Hawaii and go semi regularly since 2006 (My first visit). So that's the story.

Leilani too loves the Islands, Kauai being our favorite island. And she did a PR yesterday on her run...step by step regaining confidence that was lost several years ago following a serious femur tumor surgery. She seems to be on her way now. Yay. Step by step, forward going is she!

Kay- med program assessment. I love hearing you feel stronger. This is what matters eh???
How well is that ol body working for us/you/...not the scale per se. Eye opening...and like your advice to Malia, (from teh ortho), Let your knee guide you. LIsten to teh body.
LOL...now having said that, it is funny when the body gets noisy...chattering away. lol...Mine is like a chorus some days. And at times I want it to shut up! hahaha...no worries...
I still listen, Have too. I just take all teh chater with a grain of salt some days. ;)

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Malia, pretty name! My dad's girlfriend and a good friend of mine both live on Maui....I need to get back there soon! And learning to surf has been on my bucket list for a while...

I'll be doing my mid-program assessment tomorrow, so I'll see what, if any, improvements I've made...I do feel stronger, so that's good! And I did weight myself the other day, pretty much the same as the last time I had weighed myself. I was 133 and now 132.8, doesn't get much closer than that! I think I'll wait until mid-February to weigh again, as I have another challenge starting then (a maintenance challenge) which has a weekly weigh in.

Sorry about the run, SDL, that's a bummer, but it's all part of the process, and I know it's too late for this advice, but try not to let these things get in your head. One bad run doesn't mean much, except your body has more healing to do. That was the point of the run, right, to see where you were? So take it and "run" with that information! Keep stretching, rolling, resting, and listen to the knee. Actually when I saw the Ortho for my knee, he said, "let your knee guide you, if it hurts, stop, if it doesn't keep going". And I had already taken a couple of week off from running because of the pain, but by the time I saw him, I was almost feeling normal again....it just took some gentle outings to start to feel OK. And my knee is still not feeling 100%, but I still just watch it. If I want to run and the knee starts to flare, I slow down and go back to walking. Time is the healer, but it's hard to do!

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Yes Malia, I began on outdoor people...and blended in more of a "deck " ending.... I knew that at the time.... one stop shopper I guess emoticon ***SNOW***

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Snow, something makes me think you mean to post that on The Deck, lol.

Maui, so awesome for Leilani! How'd she do?! Also, fun fact about me: My name is Malia. I'm half Hawaiian. My sisters have Hawaiian names, as well as my nieces and nephews. I was born there but didn't grow up there. My uncle is a well-known surfer in Kona and won some pretty gnarly surfing competitions back in the day by surfing waves that people still talk about (To which he chimes in, "That was me on that wave! I've got a picture back at the house!"). So I love the throwback in the names on here. emoticon

Kay, you just keep on plugging away! Doing awesome! PR is going to be beautiful. I've never been but it's on my bucket list. Jon and I are planning a cruise after he retires this summer. Probably in 2015. You'll have to let me know how you like PR!

My run today was a total letdown and I feel like I'm probably back at square one. Been depressed all day and haven't eaten. Acupuncture tomorrow and we'll see what he says.

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Kay--I am so jealous of your regimented exercise regime... mine is so varied, but predictable in the sence that I am not really hurting myself in the challenge department. I don't seem drawn towards bootcamp style workouts, but I did buy a TRX and think that now that holidays are gone and put away, I have to be mindful of shoulders, side planks and such are deadly for me, my shoulders wont have anything to do with "tricky formations" and planks that have arm lifting and leg raising just destroys my shoulders darn it!! So Im always trying to challeng my abs, but not engage rotator cuffs or neck tendons. Sometimes I feel the dance moves of Zumba really give me a killer ab workout with arm movements.... when I do arms and shoulders I use light weights and stay very focused on form. emoticon

How is your weight doing ? Are you not going to weigh yourself until this series is over? Im just curious how this complete change up is making you feel too.... are you stronger?

Today as usual- the sun is out... thinking of a dog walking day with my DH who is fighting off a cold. I think with all his travel, it was inevitable that he was going to pick up something here or there. He seems to be doing fine tho, just sniffley, sneezey. So while still doing the rain dance, I will enjoy the sunshine today. emoticon

Good luck to Leilani on her run today, Ill be rooting for her from the deck sidelines! She always looks so emoticon happy at the gym, does she ever have a down day? I think not.

Wood, whatcha up to today? emoticon
Choc- are you still freezing your buns off? emoticon Did I tell you we bought a generator , just so that we have one just in case? Its so laughable this year, but comforting to know we have it anyway. ...
SDL- you amaze me also with your focus and determination, how do you do it? You get a goal lined up and nothing really deters you from figuring out how to accomplish it. emoticon Did the acupuncture work? Im glad you are an advocate for stretching, so am I!

OK, my honey made me a wonderful Sunday special breakfast, emoticon last Sunday he was in a taxi cab at 4:15 am on my birthday.... so I am really enjoying a belated with him today.

Whats going on tonite on the deck guys? Anything? I would like to hear some guitar strumming and perhaps a sing along....who plays guitar here? Gathering some firewood, Im in a fire pit mood....... calm, quiet evening with friends, we can just hang out, relax.... call it an early evening. emoticon ***SNOW*** emoticon

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Yeah, I've been watching Leilani on FB, great transformation and progress she's making! Just seeing that smile is fantastic! She is rocking it!

Hope we get the rain...or snow up here! I was looking at the webcam at the XC place (they've been closed for weeks now) and it is just sad... emoticon so I'm rooting for something to happen! I may have cinched it by letting Larry take my car to SD, since I'll have the 4-Runner, and I really don't like driving it! Would like it less if it rains or snows, since it's older and stick shift...and doesn't fit in the parking garage at work! So that should make is snow for sure!

Got to the gym early today, and finished my de-load week, next week start the second part of the program! emoticon



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KAy- PR ...fun. Another place I have never been...but I have freinds who have visited and loved it. Nice to have this trip to look forward to it.

Kay- yes...January...just crazy...weather. I watched the news/weather a bit ago, and now it said showers maybe Thursday and Friday...I sure don't want to jinx it for sure...but I hope so. Need to breathe fresher air.

SD- so a short run tomorrow...and really have your 'body listening ears' on... :) 'Managing' injury and evaluating when you can go forward, not ever easy.

KAy- Leilani has a 10K tomorrow (SD, Leilani is my daughter). She has another half marathon coming in April. And she is getting stronger every week...she is trying to stay focused on 'Strong is the new skinny'...and she seems on her way. She is now down 40lbs. Not sure where she was when you were here...but she is inspiring me, let me tell you. Although , my hard work, I accepting she can do activities I cannot . And I need to keep focused on what I can do.

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Did you postpone your events then? Probably best to heed the advice of your team! (and I mean your masseuse and acupuncturist, not OP!) Hope the trial run goes well! emoticon emoticon

PR is end of February beginning of March. I think we leave on a Monday and back on the following Wednesday....I'm really looking forward to the down time!

Just got back from a hike/jog, it's such a beautiful day! Who would think it was January with this weather?

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Nice! That's a good set up for training. When is PR?

I'm going to take today and stretch out from acupuncture yesterday. I was told to go on a short run this weekend and see how it feels so I'm going to do that tomorrow morning.

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That's great SDL, good for you for making it through the long day and hitting your goals!

I'll have 6 weeks on the second half, it's set up a little differently, I do upper/lower splits, so while the first half was every other day, full body workout, this one will be M/T then Th/F. (you can pick whichever days, but that will work for me). And then I'll be "off" for a week and a half when we go to Puerto Rico....so I'll have to see how that goes! I might be able to find a gym there, but I don't want to worry about that, I think I'll be able to manage just picking it up when we get back. We tend to be active vacationers, so I think we'll get enough activity in.

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That's exciting! So another 6 weeks on this program? Or is it 5?

How was today? I had my long day and didn't get to check in with everyone. I did well with my food and even knocked out some sit ups and push ups before hopping in bed!

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Started my de-load, it's an easy workout, 4 sets of 12 each of goblet squats, push-ups, Romanian deadlifts, and hanging rows. So far so good! And I'm booked with my trainer for next week to start the next go round after a re-eval.



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Woohoo! Go Kay! I've been slacking on doing pullups. No bueno. Gotta get back to it!



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Namaste....hope the meeting went well! emoticon

Finished Round 6 today! Yeah! And my pull-ups are getting better, I did more with the red band than last time, and much more than the first time....improvement I can see! emoticon

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Meditation, calming anxieties, centers you. I need these things this morning, lol. Meeting at 10 but it's on Skype. Time to meditate. emoticon emoticon

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No offense taken here either. I too look at yoga, stretching rolling...all not exercise, and more than mediation to me. Exercise to me is a message to the body...get stronger! Go! Whereas Yoga, stretching , Yoga are a mental exercise. A communication between brain and muscles...improving communication to restore proper function. All these modalities have their primary function. Balance is the key I guess, like everything. emoticon Sometimes that's the trick. Great job ladies...doing it all and finding ways to shift focus as needed. Somedays...it's yoga.

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I don't take offence. Yoga for me is not really "exercise" in the traditional sense, unless I'm doing a power yoga (or Bikram, which can be quite intense) but my home practice is more about flexibility and meditation. I find it calms my anxieties, and centers me in a way that is very relaxing and wonderful. But you're right, it's not exercise. But neither is foam rolling or lots of other things you can do in a gym, it doesn't mean the benefits aren't great!

My back is much better since Thursday, when it was at it's worst...and I haven't taken any pain relievers since Friday, so I think it must be healing. Last day of Round 6 today, then I have a de-load week....I think that will be great for my back too!

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I feel like yoga is "fake" exercise. Not to offend anyone here. I actually had some gorgeously toned legs when I was doing yoga 3x/week, I just never felt like it was a workout. It was alright today. Did a Jillian michaels video off YouTube.

I do foam roll. It's glorious. Gotta be careful with my knee though. Massage today was great and I have acupuncture scheduled Tuesday. I'm gonna be healed by Saturday, Gosh darn it! Lol

Kay, I'm so happy your back is feeling better! Just needed a little tlc, huh? I am so impressed with your progress through this program!

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Enjoy the yoga, SDL, I've been doing a self-guided practice lately (I mostly practice at home to podcasts or videos) and been really enjoying it. I think your rest week is a great idea too, hope you do well in your upcoming events!

Maui, is it flu your DIL has? Hope she recovers soon, you're a good healer, so I know you're giving her what she needs...And glad to hear Leilani is rocking it!

It's my day off, I did my 3rd workout for round 6 yesterday, and my back handled it well. I think between the massage, the ice, some icy/hot creme and the occasional ibuprofen, I'm turning the corner!

Also foam rolling helps. SDL, do you roll? It was really helpful for my knee once I was able to work through the pain, especially on the outside of my leg (IT band). It feels great now, but was a tough one to get through...

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SDL- Thanks my friend...positive, mindful, loving life is the only way to go eh???
And I have been confusing I see...there are 2 lovley young women living with me right now...my lovley youngest child...Leilani. And the DIL (to be actually...we just call her that cause its been 9 years now she is with our son...lol) We figure we are keeping her...but she, jsut finished her Phd program and is the one sick. Leilani is strong as can be...hehe. busy house for now. And hoping DIL can get well so she is strong enough to apply herself to a very exciting fellowship she landed here in the bay area. Anyhow...

So, yoga it is. Great idea...just be smart in how you care for the knee, gently stretch and ice upon return maybe??? Hugs.

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Maui, that certainly is an awful lot of illness in your life and around you. It takes a strong and determined person to stay as positive as you appear to be. Good on you!

And super cool that your DIL is so active! Whether or not you can/want to keep up, it can be so inspirational to have someone like that around. It can also help with feeling supported on your journey and in your healthy lifestyle. That's great!

So I've decided to do yoga today. I have to do something cuz I woke up feeling fat and weak. Yoga will be good for me and good for my knee! Feeling positive!

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Kay- Yep...Lelani is'on a roll' for sure. Having graduated and landed a job, life settling into a routine and finding a way to establish new relationships with folks sharing goals are all things contributing to her new found focus. So fun to be around, and yes encouraging for me. I have a team buddy. Kinda. No way I can do what she is doing...haha...running, all kinds of core, body building/lifting...ya..she is sculpting for sure and getting strong.

SDL- rest...recovery...for my knee (and its had 2 surgeries), I have to move enough to stretch a little to keep the knee compression down. My quads and hammies must get a stretch to support relief inside the knee joint. LOL...took me a long time to figure this one...sad but true.
Glad to hear you are resting .I send you healing energy for that knee.

Here...our work is trying to stay well. I know Wood said not to worry too much over on the deck...but I take this seriously. My DIL is a cancer survivor and missing something like 90 nodes. She has a compromised immune system and a huge work in from to her, she needs to get well and so far, not happening. Here in my county many deaths are happening from this flu with the cough being the main culprit. Hubby is now sick as well. With my Lupus, my white count stays low...so I have to try like heck to not get this...darn it. So, my regime goes on. I feel fine so far!hard work...stay well!

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Lots of rest happening around here. I actually just sent a team mail to my team about the importance of rest and recovery. I'm taking a full week for my knee. I have a couple races next weekend and I NEED to be healed!

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Good for you Snow, for taking a rest day, well earned one too!

Maui, you must be so proud of Leilani, glad she is being a good influence on you!

SDL, I've had trainers for about 10 years or so now, and had my trainer work me through this workout the first round, so I'm pretty good with my form. I think I just pulled it when I picked up the weight last week and it just hasn't had a chance to recover. I'm also noticing it hurting more at work when I'm doing a lot of data entry...it's on my right side. I had an "aha" moment at work and adjusted my keyboard and mouse the other day, and that did improve the situation, so maybe the "form" business is not that far off! Just in a different area.

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The real "hard work"? Knowing when to say NO ! Blew off working out this morning, took inventory on the exercise I did yesterday and thought..."No way, Im sleeping in and resting all my muscles and bones! Even tho it meant only a couple more hours of sleep, I did it anyway. Off to work now I go, body glad that is all it has to do today!!***SNOW*** emoticon

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Snow- YAy...DH is back home again.Love homecomings. Bet dinner was perfect.

My hard is to try and stay well. Sheesh...and move without upsetting asthma.


SDL- haha...OCD cleaning moment...yep...it can happen. I have 'spells' myself. Interesting you bring this up. Can be a challenge...so pace oneself with OCD moments.
I wake up some days and think to myself...hmmm which should I do? a 20 mile hike? or cut down a tree and chop it up? Dig a trench? crazy...right Snow???

One advantage for the asthma, is my joints are all enjoying the rest. No weight loss though...trying to get a new vision of how to make this happen. With Leilani around...its helping. I do have free weights here at home and will do sets of lower leg work and arms with weghts. Good day ahead. Period.


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emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Kind of a heavy but fun day of working out and staying active, too bad the scale isn't moving like you'd think, but I think its ready to! Saw Leilani at the gym last night and tonite, she looks amazing, we had a few giggles discussing the Deck, and our pillow fight...she thought it funny about the boxer shorts, just sayin'.....

I watered everything in the back yard today, I didn't realize just how tired and suffering everything looks right now, a good drink of water seemed to perk things up a bit.

Tomorrow Im starting the day out with some ST in a class that is very challenging, then Zumba right afterwards followed by a busy tightly booked day of doing hair. Ready to jump in the shower now, DH lands at 10:45 pm and I love to go to the airport emoticon to pick him up! Its something I have enjoyed doing since we first met, the car knows the way, I hardly have to think... we live about 10 mins. from San Jose International Airport (Mineta) so its an easy no brainer, saves the company a lot in Taxi fares too.

What's for dinner is the problem..... that's the hard work for tonite! emoticon
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Snow, you're pretty active. It's motivating to read about all you do to stay healthy!

Kay, have you had someone look at your form? If you've lightened the weights then that would be my next guess. Past that I'd ask a chiropractor. I certainly hope you feel better soon and figure out what it is about this exercise!

Today was a rest day for me. Although I stayed off my feet, I did an awful lot of cleaning! Fell into an OCD cleaning mode and wound up re-organizing my kitchen cabinets, cleaning the great room, and making the bathroom spotless. Even my son was impressed! lol

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You have foot issues too, Snow? I have that neuroma, and Larry is having plantar fasciitis pretty bad right now, poor guy just limps around the house. We have lots of ice, so I'm afraid we may wear a path to the freezer soon with all the icing we're both doing!

Funny the day 1 workout was not bad on my back at all, but the push-press (the exercise that started this whole back pain mess) did it to me again! I cut way back on the weight too...I don't really get it, since it doesn't feel bad when I'm doing the workout, but after... emoticon

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Havent been over here in a bit, enjoyed reading all the runners challenges, Kay and SDL... Im so jealous to read about your training a the ways you are overcoming injuries, tummy upsets, mileage and pacing issues, I feel like the cheer leader on the sidelines, you go girls!!! emoticon

Toying with the idea of doing some intervals o running just to "see"... I don't want to do it in addition to all I already am doing, Ill trade it off for something else if it feels "good" I used to run a lot and enjoyed it a lot... well- that love/hate thing that lots of runners admit to. Not ready for it quite yet, letting the feet have enough time to feel like they are not compromised any more- I hate pain!
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emoticon knee? Hope that heals quickly....I had to curtail my marathon training last summer because of my knee. I still did the marathon, but on half marathon training. And while I really enjoyed the race, I know I would have done much better with proper training.

I'm icing my back. Brought some tylenol to work so I don't have to keep heading to the gift shop and pay a king's ransom for 2 pills!

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Round 6! Moving right along! I certainly hope my knee and your back aren't in cahoots. We'll be in BIG TROUBLE! I hope you feel better soon, Kay! (Also, that workout sounds like a LOT of fun! For real!)

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I didn't lift yesterday, I did walk to work, not exactly strenuous, but at least I'm moving! And the sunrise was pretty....

Round 6 starts today....deadlifts, pushups, jumprope on the agenda. I'll have to see how those go with my back. I'm icing this morning, for some reason using the mouse at work was aggravating it, and that's about all I do some days!



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I hope it does too! Today's a rest day right?
My 8 miles had me pretty tight when I got home. Downed some ibuprofen and took an Epsom salt bath and feeling pretty good this morning! I've got 4 miles on the schedule today. Easy peasy!

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Yep, enjoyed the day! I didn't even hit 5000 steps on my fitbit!

Got to the gym today, finished round 5 of the train to be awesome program.

My back was wonky after again... emoticon but I iced and ibuprofened, and it feels better now....hope it stays that way!

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I'm in a half marathon training program. Running one in March so milage I'd picking up! 8 miles this morning. Phew! Hope you enjoyed your rest day, Kay!

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I forget, SDL are you training for something? It's been awhile since I did any real running at all, but I did hit a slow jog on my way in to work a couple of times lately!

Maui, yes, mom, I did ice my back! But it actually felt fine during my workout...a little twingy afterward. I must get some adrenaline going that masks the pain while I'm in it? Anyway, got some ibuprofen from the gift shop, and iced this morning. It's nothing like when I was over your way though, that was lower and much more painful. This just lets me know it's there when I move my arm the wrong way, since it's more mid-back near my shoulder blade.

So, it's a rest day for me, and I think I will take that pretty literally! I am going to make a list for a Trader Joe's run though, but will avoid the chocolate aisle! I'm still trying to pace myself on all the chocolates I got for Christmas! I need a Chocolate pacer!

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Ah, my friend backed out at the last minute! I really struggled with motivation after that but I'm accountable to 3 different people for my training so I made it out there. I accusing did a really good job of pacing myself! I ran at about RPE 6 for 2 miles, then RPE 8 for 2, and back to RPE 6 for 2. I think it just helps to have a plan.

Taking today off of training and have an 8 mile run scheduled tomorrow. I can't remember the last time I ran more than 6! (Well, it would be my hm in November, lol)

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Kay- sheesh...OK...yes...if you feel the back spasm...time to stop and more ice! You know me...lol...deck mommy worries. Hehe... emoticon Good to know you are at the gym though. Must be feeling ok.

SDL- how'd the 6 miles go? Good youi have someone who is a good pacer. I can't run anymore ...but...a hiking buddy is always good for me too.


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R5D3 for me...I'll see how the back does this morning, and back off if it's twingy!

Enjoy the run!

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That sunset sounds gorgeous! I used to be into yoga but I fell out of it. I stretch and I mediate but I do them separately, lol

Going to run 6 miles with a friend this morning. I discovered earlier this week that it helps to run with someone to pace myself. Should be good!

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That sounds bad....but no, my back isn't nearly that bad! It actually feels OK today, just a bit twingy now and again if I move the wrong way...so don't move that way! emoticon

I walked in to work and then back again, nice sunset tonight, that 2 nights in a row of really pretty sky...also got in a really gentle yoga, I'm experimenting with self-guided yoga this week, I am really enjoying it!

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Oh, eesh! Any time I pull anything in my back I'm laid up on muscle relaxers for 2 days minimum. One time I felt it happen. I immediately stopped my workout, grabbed my things, and went to my car. I called my boss to say I needed to call in sick, I called my girlfriend to meet me at my house, and I drove home. By the time I got there my mobility was so bad I couldn't take off my own shirt (why I called the gf).

Anyway, sorry for impromptu story time, lol. I certainly hope your back isn't that bad and some ice and ibuprofen help. I'm also taking the day off, but it's a scheduled day off. Perhaps I'll take pups to the lake.

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It's good to have partners in accountability, good for you for reaching out!

I pulled a muscle in my back during my workout yesterday...just kind of made it through the day on tylenol from the gift shop until I got home to the ice and ibuprofen. I'm icing again this morning.

Hoping I can nip this in the bud!

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Last night I was contemplating sleeping through my sprints this morning when I came across a FB post in a local running group I'm part of. "I'm starting a HM training program and looking for someone to hold me accountable - even if it's just via text." Well shoot! There I was thinking about skipping a workout because there was nobody holding me accountable and BAM! So I hit her up, I now have a training accountability partner, and I ran my sprints this morning! DOUBLE Win!

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I vacuumed up Larry's popcorn crumbs this morning, but I don't think that counts in the "heavy cleaning" category! emoticon I will be heading out for a nice walk soon, it's really sunny and looks nice out, I'm pretty sure it's still cold, but a good day for a walk.

Yeah, tummy, it just rumbles on....I think my eating is fine, but need to work the holidays out of my system! emoticon

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Maui, I've also become very well-practiced in the art of taking care. It's slow work getting back into the groove but I'm working on it.

Kay, I must've missed the tummy issues. I hope it clears up soon.

Managed to do my regular pushups pullups abs this morning. That might be it today unless my domestic pickup turns into heavy cleaning (a real possibility).

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Kay- Oh my...yes...tummy rebels with diet changes.
My first year with no chocolate and no cookies baked in decades...lol. Since you are the master of planning and goal setting, I suspect you'll figure a way back to health...soon.

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Yeah, tummy issues, still having them, not as bad though. I need to lay of the chocolate! I'm getting better at this too though, so I should be back to normal by the time I run out of chocolate in the house!

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SDL- Great run/pace! Good for you...

Kay- hey...how's that GI /tummy...all better?

I worked out back a bit today...and asthma is not toooooo bad...
I am anxious to get going, slow start for the new year. But yes...some times, the hard work is taking care. I am waaaaaaaaaay too practiced at this the last couple years though. lol



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Great pace! That was my race pace during my last half, IIRC!

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Went running with a running group for the first time today. It was pretty awesome! The group was huge and we broke up into distance and pace groups. I ended up running 4 miles at about a 9:30 pace. Not too shabby for me. It was a comfortable jogging pace. I'll definitely be back!

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Yeah, it's hard to workout when you can't breathe the air, so take care of yourself, Maui!

I did get to my old gym yesterday, halfway through the first half of my program (does that mean I'm 1/4 done?) emoticon and it's going well!

My stomach is not well though...it's been "acting up" for about 4-5 days now...mostly lower gi stuff, if you know what I mean... emoticon maybe too much chocolate and rich food? It will be nice to get home, and back to "normal!"

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OK...SD and Kay- Snow- I am trying to get going.
We have our 21st spare the air day. I went outside a bit to help out with the garden beds...and flared up my asthma withing minutes and had to get a new prescription picked up yesterday to yet again try and get it calmed down.
Need rain...like I said before...sheesh...hard to know what to do, but wait this out.

I guess some times the hard work is 'do no injury'.
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did my workout at home yesterday, it went well considering the improvising I had to do with the weights! Fortunately the workout was less weights more bodyweight (push-ups, back extensions-which I did on the ball). I only had a 28 lb dumbell (actually it's Larry's!) so I used that for the weighted exercises. Still, I did it, and can stay on track!

We'll be mountain biking today, and I should be able to get to a gym tomorrow morning for day 4 of round 3! That will mark the halfway point of the first half of the program.... emoticon

Hope your weights and plyo went well, sounds like a good one!

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12/26/13 6:51 A

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Slacked the last 2 days so I'll be getting some work done today. Headed to the gym with Bob. We train differently so it'll likely be a mish mash of weights and plyo. It'll probably actually be a really great workout!

Have a safe trip and a happy holiday!

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12/25/13 9:25 A

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Merry Christmas!

I'm shooting to sneak in Day 3 of round 3 today, improvising at home with the equipment we have. I should be able to get the gist of it, and stay on schedule. Have to pack to head to my sisters for dinner tonight! emoticon emoticon

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12/24/13 10:48 A

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Awesome, Kay!

Yesterday I did an hour long interval session. It kicked my butt for sure! Kinda sore today. I was supposed to train today but was up til 3am with friends and it's flurrying outside anyway so I'm gonna slack today.

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12/22/13 2:07 P

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Looks good! Nice job on the 10K this morning! We have sunshine today, it seems to be melting the snow off quickly, so I may try to get out and walk/hike today.

Had a good workout yesterday, and did a little cooking, I have leeks and potatoes so I'll be making soup later.

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12/22/13 2:49 A

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Idk if I did! I'm doing the Rugged Maniac 5 week training program. This is my second time through it. It's fantastic!

Program only called for a 2 mile run this morning but I was challenged on Nike+ to run a 10k today so I woke up early and did that. Felt a little sluggish bit I finished!

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So the first half is 7 or 8 weeks, depending on how you do the program, either 3 days a week, or every other day (so 4 days some weeks). I'm trying for every other day, so should take 7 weeks to complete the first half, but with Christmas and NY gym closing, it will take a little longer, unless I can figure out a way to get in my workout on Christmas morning! I may just see what I can do...

I will start week 3 today, deadlifts and more! It's a good program, I got it when it first released and it was half price....there are many programs out there though, and I'm sure many of them are just as good.

Did you say what program you were following now? Sounds like it's fitting your schedule well!

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WooHoo! How many weeks is your program? I checked it out online. Looks pretty good!

Today is Day 5 Week 1 and it's an Active Recovery day. Yay! Perfect fit with my travel schedule!

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Had a few flakes of snow yesterday, and it's pretty much gone today! My ST went well yesterday, day 4 week 2 done! Now tomorrow I'll start week 3!

Today I'm walking in to work, so I guess I'll see if any of that snow stuck to the trails!

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12/19/13 11:55 A

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Did a tabata-style workout session this morning. Done and done in 20 minutes!

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12/18/13 8:16 P

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We're cloudy here too, should have snow on the ground tomorrow morning!

And I'll be getting my ST on again! emoticon

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Strength training. :-)

This morning I woke up early and did a sunrise hike with a friend. It was too cloudy to get the gorgeous colors though. Bummer!

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Kay- Yay...I too was wondering about your skiing...Off to a good season I hope. A we need is precipitation!

Gals- forgive me...what's ST?

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Skiing was fantastic! Nice spring-like conditions, considering it's December. We need more snow (hopefully the forecast is correct, and we'll get some on Thursday), but it was still fun to get out.

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How was skiing, Kay? I've only ever been once and it was in 2000. It was fun but I just don't like the cold enough to go again, lol.

Yesterday I did an awesome workout that was cardio intensive. Today is ST at the playground. :-)

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Saturday was a rest day for me...I did some cooking and grocery shopping (which this time of year was bad enough, traffic in Reno is rare, but abundant yesterday!). Trader Joe's was packed! But I got the stuff for my butternut bread pudding, it smelled so good cooking, that I was a little disappointed that the flavor was not as rich as the aroma! Not that it didn't taste good, it did, just not as powerful as it smelled while baking.

Today I hit the gym for my ST before we go skiing!

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I hiked Iron Mountain, near Poway, California. Most of the peaks around here are pretty easy; I have to do some traveling to get more of a challenge. This was 1000 ft elevation gain/loss and 6.4 miles roundtrip. Pretty standard for me. I love peak bagging also, and have hiked just about all the peaks there are in my immediate area and some a little further out. I need to head up north and hit the San Gabriels for some new scenery.

Today I am not going to do ANY hard work, lol. (Unless you count household chores) Just taking a relaxing Saturday. :-)

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