Thursday Randoms

- Woke up feeling much better! All that’s left of the crud are some minor sniffles and occasional coughing.
- I’m going to redo Week 2 of HM training next week. Thankfully, I had built two weeks of “redo weeks” into my plan. If all goes well, I’ll end the program the exact week of my half marathon.
- Squats with a toddler on your shoulder = pretty decent substitute for a Smith Machine when you can’t make it to the gym.
- I’ve got an appointment to do the BodPod next week. Eeeeek.
- I’m still going to monitor my weight via my scale weekly but, I’m going to concentrate on getting my body fat percentage down to the 18-20 percent range.
- I weighed myself this morning and the number was significantly less than last week’s. I wonder what that’s all about. I kept up with eating well and my water intake but, I haven’t had a “hard core” workout in about a week and a half. Maybe my body really did need the rest?!

That’s all I got for now…I hope everyone’s having a great day. I’m off to disinfect my house. Crud, be gone!!!!

I know 2012 is the year of No Excuses…

But I’ve got four…

  1. My whole body aches. Every little bit. It even hurts to move my eyeballs.

  2. My coughing fits are so frequent and so violent, I feel like I’m going to toss my cookies. (I did once.) How lovely would it be to work out next me?

  3. I go between teeth-chattering chills and feels-like-mid-summer hot flashes.

  4. My nose is so raw both outside and in, it hurts me just thinking about it.

Good news (or maybe not, depending on how you look at it), the kids are cough and fever-free and back to their normal rambunctious selves. I’m hoping that when whatever I have passes, this house will be crud-free for the rest of the season.

sad face I’ll get back in the game soon! Promise. Hopefully, it’ll be just a couple more days.

My nutrition and water intake have been pretty good so, I’m not feeling too guilty taking a couple days off…

Swimming etiquette help…

1. Do I wear water socks/shoes in the pool? Or do I just wear them for walking around? Do you suggest flip flops instead?

2. Aside from bath towels, the only other towels I have are those really brightly colored beach towels. I won’t look like a doof using one of those, right? I never notice what type of towels the “usual” swimmer use so, I guess it doesn’t really matter…just thought I’d ask.

3. The time I plan on using the pool, it’s usually pretty empty so I don’t think I’d have to worry too much about which lanes to use, etc. But, just in case, any tips? Do the faster folks stay on the left or the right? Do you try to leave a lane free in between people?

My suit has shipped and should be here by the end of the week. YAY.

I am a TOTAL newbie to all this so, I hope I don’t make an ass out of myself. I have no idea what I’m going to do when I get in the pool…I’ll just consider it a small victor for getting in it. Baby steps.

I haven’t forgotten!

I’ve reverted to good ol fashioned journaling w pen and paper for my Lists of Awesome. As much as I enjoy using my Tumblr as a journal of sorts, it’s not the best format for when you want to go back and reminisce.

Which I did this weekend. I went through my whole Tumblr and it was a trip seeing my earlier posts. From my first WIW to my first runs on the C25K program to when I found a love for spinning and tried other group classes. Back then, it felt like I was fighting an uphill battle. Now, I feel like I’m just getting started. The only thing I somewhat regret is not documenting my workouts better. I got to a point where I thought it was boring and tedious. I need to change that. ASAP. Even if I just jot it down in a notebook real quick…it’s so helpful to have comparables and see the progress in black and white.

Well, that’s all I have for now. Gonna go read my new Oxygen mag…yep…the one with our very own @Fame featured in it. :)

I haven’t forgotten!

I’ve reverted to good ol fashioned journaling w pen and paper for my Lists of Awesome. As much as I enjoy using my Tumblr as a journal of sorts, it’s not the best format for when you want to go back and reminisce.

Which I did this weekend. I went through my whole Tumblr and it was a trip seeing my earlier posts. From my first WIW to my first runs on the C25K program to when I found a love for spinning and tried other group classes. Back then, it felt like I was fighting an uphill battle. Now, I feel like I’m just getting started. The only thing I somewhat regret is not documenting my workouts better. I got to a point where I thought it was boring and tedious. I need to change that. ASAP. Even if I just jot it down in a notebook real quick…it’s so helpful to have comparables and see the progress in black and white.

Well, that’s all I have for now. Gonna go read my new Oxygen mag…yep…the one with our very own @Fame featured in it. :)

asker

Anonymous asked: are you a happy person?

Fo’ sho’. My life isn’t perfect but, I have no reason to be UNhappy. :)

Although, I will be a *millionbilliontrillion* times happier in 3.5 months when Joel comes home. And when MiniMr gets all his teeth in and we can be done with this horrid teething process. And, when I get rid of this d*mn cold….

But what about you, Anon? What compels you to ask a (I’m assuming) stranger if they’re happy? How are you? Send me a non-anon message if you want to talk. I promise you, I answer all non-anon messages privately. I’m not a therapist or a clinician but, if there’s anything I can help with, I’ll give it a try.

Just bought this bad mama! 

I am inching my way into that pool this month. 

I will do it. I will do it. I will do it.

Just bought this bad mama!

I am inching my way into that pool this month.

I will do it. I will do it. I will do it.

WOD Toys: Give your kids the Kool-Aid

I want to reblog this so I can show Joel. He’s for real been trying to get me to build a “kid gym” for the kiddos in the basement. We stumbled onto this site last month: www.toddlerfitness.com. But, we’re leaving in about 5ish months. I don’t know if I want to put in all that effort…not to mention $$$. Our property manager is, of course, against it.

shortmom:

Barbell Mini with removable plastic and rubber weights. 1.5 lbs

Kettle Kid 0.5 lbs

Medball Mini: 1 lb

Plyo Box Mini: 5 inches

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Available for pre-order from WOD Toys. Ages 3+.

asker

Anonymous asked: Freakin' grats on your UGW ~

Thank you. :)

Flashback Friday.

April 2007. This is the only picture I have where I am near my highest weight of 190 lbs. I was around 175-180 in this picture. (I destroyed all other pics that showed me at a higher weight…much to my dismay these days.)

Back then, I couldn’t fathom the active, healthier, happier life I’m living now. I’m not going to go into the nitty gritty of my journey on this post but I did want to say to all those who have vowed to make a change this year to just do it.

Put one foot in front of the other and keep going.

Make better choices.

Don’t hate on yourself when you have a bad day. You’re human. Wake up the next morning and start again.

It’s YOUR life and YOUR journey. It’s natural to be inspired by others but never ever compare yourself to anyone else.

Mental health is just as important as physical health. It’s okay to rest and take a day or two to just enjoy doing nothing.

Flashback Friday.

April 2007. This is the only picture I have where I am near my highest weight of 190 lbs. I was around 175-180 in this picture. (I destroyed all other pics that showed me at a higher weight…much to my dismay these days.)

Back then, I couldn’t fathom the active, healthier, happier life I’m living now. I’m not going to go into the nitty gritty of my journey on this post but I did want to say to all those who have vowed to make a change this year to just do it.

Put one foot in front of the other and keep going.

Make better choices.

Don’t hate on yourself when you have a bad day. You’re human. Wake up the next morning and start again.

It’s YOUR life and YOUR journey. It’s natural to be inspired by others but never ever compare yourself to anyone else.

Mental health is just as important as physical health. It’s okay to rest and take a day or two to just enjoy doing nothing.

fitvillains:

Today’s Mantra (pic via the Dodinsky FB page)
Just a thought for today.
It’s one of life’s lesson’s that many people (not everyone sadly) learns as they get older: what other people think of you does NOT define who you are. Their opinions, their thoughts and even their beliefs about who you are as a person, is filtered through their own sense of self, their fears, their insecurities & their own sense of worth. We honestly don’t put others down unless we’re trying to lift ourselves up in some way, especially when we’re hurting inside.
How other people feel about YOU is between them and their self-esteem. You don’t need their approval, and the sooner you start repeating that to yourself, the easier life gets and the more open you will be to letting in people who love you just as you are.
Repeat this next time you feel anything less than amazing. :)

I would reblog this a million times and everyday if I could. Just the message I needed to read today.

fitvillains:

Today’s Mantra (pic via the Dodinsky FB page)

Just a thought for today.

It’s one of life’s lesson’s that many people (not everyone sadly) learns as they get older: what other people think of you does NOT define who you are. Their opinions, their thoughts and even their beliefs about who you are as a person, is filtered through their own sense of self, their fears, their insecurities & their own sense of worth. We honestly don’t put others down unless we’re trying to lift ourselves up in some way, especially when we’re hurting inside.

How other people feel about YOU is between them and their self-esteem. You don’t need their approval, and the sooner you start repeating that to yourself, the easier life gets and the more open you will be to letting in people who love you just as you are.

Repeat this next time you feel anything less than amazing. :)

I would reblog this a million times and everyday if I could. Just the message I needed to read today.

asker

Anonymous asked: how many calories do you intake and how much exercise do you dooo!?

:/ I’m always wary of answering Q’s like this because I get concerned that what I say/write will get misconstrued and taken the wrong way. I’m not an expert, I haven’t had any formal training in nutrition or fitness; pretty much everything I’ve done on this journey has been through trial and error and finding what works for me. But, with that said, I hope that my experience can help you in some way.

I don’t count calories. I tried it for a couple months and I did have some success with it but, I couldn’t commit to logging calories into an app/notebook day in and day out. It stressed me out too much. I also don’t follow any type of diet.

Things that I Do do: Try to eat as clean and healthy as possible MOST of the time. I’ve said before that I am not the cleanest or the healthiest eater. I don’t restrict any type of food from my diet because that doesn’t work for me…it just makes me want to eat them more. Instead, I allow myself the freedom to eat what I want JUST IN MODERATION. I still have my cookies and cakes and ice cream…but I DON’T have them every day or even every week or every month. And I make allowances for them. If I know I’m going to a party/dinner with lots of temptations, I’ll maybe exercise a bit more or eater a smaller lunch that day. For those times I have unexpected “treats,” I don’t beat myself up over them. I just wake up the next day and move on. I’m human after all; I stumble from time to time. I can probably go and on but, this has become a long-winded answer to your question.

As for exercise, I try to do something active everyday. Even on rest days like take the kids to the park, chase them around the house, go for a walk around the neighborhood. When I’m at the gym, I enjoy going to group fitness classes, I run on the treadmill, go on the elliptical, row, and strength train…

What’s next?

Thank you, thank you, thank you ALL for the kudos re: my WIW post. I’m home with two coughing and feverish kiddos today and was thiiiiiis close to losing my sanity. (Both are napping now, thank God!) To see all the positive feedback…it’s overwhelming and certainly a bright spot in my day (more like week/month/year/life). THANK YOU. I’m going to get all cheesy for a moment and say that this community ROCKS. I was very fortunate to stumble into it. Here, I’ve found support, motivation, inspiration, camaraderie, and understanding.

So what’s next?

Truth be told, this started as a weight loss blog and *for the most part* it WAS a weight loss blog. The main purpose for my Tumblr was to document my journey in reaching my “ultimate goal weight.” But along the way, my ideals, mindset, attitude, etc. changed and I was introduced to so much more than just weight loss.

And now, even though I’ve reached my UGW, I feel like I am so far from being “done.” Actually (‘bout to give you all a whole heaping spoonful of cliche right here), I feel like I’m just getting started. My goals now include: running, biking, swimming, hiking, climbing, lifting, practicing yoga and on and on. I want to do it all! Or at least, *try* it all.

With that said, I was *thinking* (NOT sure if I’m actually going to do it) of moving to a whole new Tumblr. I’m definitely not leaving the community just wanting a “fresh” Tumblr since I feel like this one has served it’s purpose and I’d like to leave it as is. (Kinda like how people switch out journals every year or have different scrapbooks for different places they’ve lived, life events, each child, etc.)

Anyways, This was pretty ramble-y so I’ll rattle off now. Thank you all again for the kudos! I appreciate them more than I could ever express in a post.

WIW 01.11.12

GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!!

I did it! I did it!

I reached my UGW.

booty shake, happy dance, booty shake

WIW 01.11.12

GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!!

I did it! I did it!

I reached my UGW.

booty shake, happy dance, booty shake

HMT Wk 2 Long Run: 4 miles.

Good: Awesome weather and it felt great to be outside.

Bad: Seven Hills Rd is very aptly named. Very. Holy freaking moly! I’m glad I was able to stay around my target pace. It felt like I was going much slower.

Ugly: It felt awkward running down the downhill portions. Do I lean back, lean forward, try to stay straight? At one point I was worried about landing wrong and hurting my knees. I hope I figure this out soon.

HMT Wk 2 Long Run: 4 miles.

Good: Awesome weather and it felt great to be outside.

Bad: Seven Hills Rd is very aptly named. Very. Holy freaking moly! I’m glad I was able to stay around my target pace. It felt like I was going much slower.

Ugly: It felt awkward running down the downhill portions. Do I lean back, lean forward, try to stay straight? At one point I was worried about landing wrong and hurting my knees. I hope I figure this out soon.