Thursday, August 7, 2014

Expectations--I Want To Do That Too!

Sometimes I see people working out really hard at the gym and I ask what they are doing. And I wish that I could do it too.

Today I asked this 50+ year old guy what he was working toward.
It turns out he is a fire fighter and works out as part of his job.  Next time, I need to ask if he enjoys working out.  My guess would be that he does because he is there so consistently, but if he's getting paid for it--you never know.

There was a message on a white board near the free weights that I couldn't quite read from the cardio area.  When I got closer, I could see what it said and had to laugh.  "Please do not take photographs in the gym.  We want all members to be comfortable here, your membership may be terminated if you take photos."  I'm guessing guys were taking pictures of girls or vice versa.  I had been trying to figure out who I could ask to take my picture at the gym.  I don't know how that works.  Lots of bloggers take action shots in the gym.  Who is taking all those pictures? Now I don't have to worry about it.

I'm almost done with another round of the Advocare cleanse.  I feel great and have gotten back down to a normal weight and am no longer bloated. You should try it.  I will be making an order in about 2 weeks.  If you're interested, let me know.

I have an appointment for the podiatrist for August 21 and I am still waiting for PT.  I'm only working out 3x per week. No running. I feel like I am having a circulation issue on my right side.  I might need an adjustment or a massage.  PT could work if I can get in.  I just can't wait much longer.

I expect a lot out of myself physically. Things will get better with time.  Sigh.

10 minutes--AMT 16/18 Interval
30 minutes--lift back
  • pull-ups
  • chainsaws
  • barbell row
  • dead lift
  • decline abs
20 minutes--AMT 16/18 Interval
10 minutes--lifting
  • reverse lunge with medicine ball overhead
  • Pendulum lunge MBOH
  • static lunge holding 20 lb. kettlebell
10 minutes--rowing machine 2000m

What's your latest and greatest achievement?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"Slow Is Better Than Quitting"

"Slow Is Better Than Quitting"

I read something along those lines yesterday. 
That is how I feel right now.
It's hard to know if I should stop or just go slower.
I'm still waiting to hear from the specialists, so I have to stick with how I feel.

Speaking of how I feel, I have very little pain.
These meds, arthritis meds, really help.
I should be sore, because I did lots of squats with weight.
I can feel that my muscles were worked, but I am not sore.
I feel my foot, but not pain.

Is it more damaging to take the medicine and still workout and not feel the pain?
I'm going to have to focus on my nutrition more, again, now that I can't workout how I want to.
I didn't realize how little protein I was getting.  If I want to maintain muscle, I need more protein.
The goal is at least 100 grams throughout the day, but if I follow a mid-range carb plan, I should get 200 grams of protein.  How do you get that much without a shake?  I deleted my food app.  I probably need to get that back.  I prefer to just think about the protein and figure that I do okay with fat and carbs.  But if I want to lose fat, gain muscle--I'm going to have to pay attention to everything.
It probably won't happen until the kids are back in school.

My husband loves giant bowls of cereal, I love giant bowls of salad.  Our version of Jack Sprat.

I really wanted to try some burpees today.
I did a couple push-ups and popped up at the end.
It didn't feel quite right.
So I stopped.

I also tried the rowing machine again.
That felt so hard.
I thought, "How can I be this out of shape?"
Then I looked at the resistance and it was all the way up.
That's why it was hard.

I looked at the treadmill.
It was calling my name.
But I know I am not ready for that.
I put in my earbuds and jumped on the AMT.
No treadmill!  Not yet.

 He was underwater treasure hunting under the couch cushions.
Good thing he had his goggles!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Dr. Visit, 10 Days Off, Macros

Time Off
After trying everything I could think of to try to heal, besides take a hard break, I decided it was time to just rest.
10 days felt like forever.
I really didn't do any exercise, except for a walk with my daughter one morning.
My leg has improved, but my foot still hurts.

Yesterday, I was in a foul mood.  I did not feel well, I have been tired and not able to sleep.
I had also been stressing out over my daughter going on a trek for church.
They left this morning and will be in 100+ degree weather.
I hope she survives.
She is not an outdoorsman.
This will be a test for her.

When I woke up this morning, I decided that I would go workout, but I wouldn't run.
I am now a non-runner.
I hope to lose that designation soon.
I drives me nuts.
One plus, I won't need new shoes for a while!

Dr. Visit
I went to see my Dr. last Friday.
She is a runner too.
She suspects that I do have some form of Plantar Fasciitis and some tears in my calf. 
I will be visiting the podiatrist and doing some Physical Therapy in the next few weeks.

She said to do the following:
  • Ice
  • Stretch
  • Tape
  • Rest
  • Elevate
  • Roll
  • Take anti-inflammatory
I had been doing all of those things, except for the meds.
So, she encouraged me to take something 2x/day for 2-3 weeks.
I don't like taking medicine, but if it helps me get better, I think I will try.

Cleanse, Again
It's that time again.  My body is so ready for a reset.  I have not felt well in my guts for a long time.  I love doing the Advocare Cleanse.  It works!

That looks like a lot of protein.  Your needs will depend on your goals and activity levels.
To determine your needed calories and macronutrient break down, look here.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Friday Catch-up

Athleta is having a sale.
Check out some of their deals.
I really like their compression shorts.
Drifter Jammer
It's been extra hot here for the past week.
And I have been feeling extra tired.
I normally only drink water.
But I discovered Peach flavored Propel and it has been a nice, refreshing treat.
This week has been tough on the potty training front.
Post-vacation, he has not wanted to go on his own.
I decided to set timers one day. 
30 minutes on one timer and 1 hr. on the other.
The last time I set the timer, I must have hit cook on the microwave.
I went upstairs and after a while, I smelled burning.
The microwave was hot on the outside.
It won't turn back on.
Luckily, there was no smoke and no fire.
It just got close.
I think we were pretty lucky.
My arch was bugging me this morning.
One strip of tape on my foot and it was fixed.
15 minutes--AMT
50 minutes--lifting
  • OH Press (45 lb. bar)
  • Front Squat (45 lb. bar)
  • Sumo Squats
  • Triceps Push-ups
  • Bicep Curl with Twist
  • Concentration Curls
  • Biceps (40 lb. easy curl)
  • Triceps Pushdown
  • Triceps Push-ups
  • Bicep Rows
25 minutes--AMT

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Push Ups and Green Beans

I thought today was the day.
But my leg is still hurting.
I think running hills by the lake didn't help my cause at all.
And flip flops are definitely not supportive shoes.
My pain is running from my arch, up the side of my leg.
I am hoping that it is not anything more troublesome than my other current aches.
My cousin said, "It sucks getting old."
I have never really considered myself old.
I mean, I am not the cute young thing that I once was.
And I shudder at some of today's "fashion."
I'm not old, I'm middle aged...
That doesn't sound any better.
I can still work out.
I just have to be careful.
35 minutes on the AMT
45 minutes lifting
25 minutes AMT
Came home and did some push ups and abs.
 It took me a while to figure out how to do this type of push up (arms close to your sides)
Sometimes I do them with a hand release, if my muscles are already tired.
When you get down to this position, just lay your body on the ground for a second and pick you hands up just off the ground.  Then push up again.
 Shoulder Tap Planks
 Stretch all the way out and then tuck into a ball.
 With a friend
And just for fun.  Green Beans.
I can't remember what kind these are, but they are not what I was expecting.
Those long strings are the beans. I don't think I can eat them. You probably only have to eat 2 to get a full serving.
How was your workout today?
Any  interesting plants in your garden?
How hot is it where you are?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Why Women Run and I'm a Mom

Runner's World is collecting women's running stories.  You can be part of the story.
I have yet to find a running community where I am, but I have found lots of inspiration online.
I am grateful to those ladies who work hard at home, at work, and at running.
Life is about balance and becoming your best self.
It is about finding joy along the way.
Sometimes I want to feel like I am more than just a mom and then I realize that there is no such thing as being just a mom.
Mothers are important.
I am grateful that I am able to stay home with my children.
I need to be more grateful for the opportunity I have to be a mother.
Whether you have children or not, we can nurture one another and serve others.
We can support one another and help build each other's confidence.
Let's hear it for the Mothers!


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Zucchini Muffins

I finally made my Zucchini Muffins. Click link for the recipe.
I had to wait until our garden started producing before I could do it.
Just like garden tomatoes, garden zucchini is way better than store bought.
Waiting is hard.
Now we can eat these every week.
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