Monday, October 12, 2009

A Date With My Kids

Sunday, October 18th.  I am going to see Where the Wild Things Are with all 3 of my kids.  My two oldest boys are in college and Sara, my only daughter, is a freshman in high school.  I read this book to my kids years and years ago.  They loved it then.  I think we will all love it again!  I'm really looking forward to it.  Kyle, the oldest is driving down to Muncie, where Craig, the middle guy, goes to college. Kyle is a senior at Taylor University and Craig is a freshman at Ball State University.  Education Redefined.
I just hope I don't cry.  :)  I miss the boys something fierce and I love it when we are all together again.  They think I'm crazy most of the time.  That's not a compliment either.  They just really think I'm crazy!  This should be a fun afternoon.  That is, if I remember to sit in between Craig and Sara, so they don't pick at each other.  I do love my kids!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Friendship is a wonderful thing...

You know the internet is amazing.  Since I became a coach with Beachbody, I have met so many people from all over the U.S.  One friend in particular is Anne Dovel.  She's amazing.  What a wonderful inspiration she is.  She's a 5 star diamond coach and a stay at home mom.  She home schools her three boys and I think that alone is worth standing up and cheering about.  She's leading by example and we, her "followers" think she should be crowned our Queen!  How about it Anne?  Will you be our Team Beachbody Queen?  Oh, don't thank me Anne.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

I purchased a new book today.  I mean, I went to the grocery for a quick trip. Milk, bread, kleenex, etc. and all of a sudden, this book just hopped into my cart.  So, I took it home and have now read the first 25 pages or so.

I think this awesome little book is going back to the grocery store with me next time.  It promises to help me choose the healthiest of the healthy foods available!  I will take that challenge!
And I may never have to text Anne Dovel ever again.  :)
I hate being outsmarted.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

P90X Lean

Well, it began again last night!  I'm feeling that good kind of sore today!  I decided to go with the Lean version of P90X.  The biggest differences I can see, at least for the first month, is this:  You don't do chest and back and you don't do plyometrics.  Instead, you do Core Synergistics and CardioX.  This sounds good to me!  Since I am not supposed to be doing pushups right now, this works fine for right now.  Although there are some pushups in core synergistics (which is what I did last night), I managed to do a few, as well as modify the rest.  I have that good kind of sore feeling today.  I haven't felt that in several months.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Putting ChaLean Away

Finished.  I am not super happy.  Just happy.  I know you shouldn't compare the exercise programs against each other, but it's hard not to. I'm just not as happy as I was with P90X.  In fact, I'm going to start P90X again.  I took pictures this weekend.  I am a bit smaller, but I'm just not that happy with it.  I didn't skip workouts.  I didn't do extra workouts or extra cardio either.  I just stuck to the plan.  I think my organizational skills need sharpening because I am not a good one to plan supper.  So, many times, we would get stuck in the what's for supper rut and I'd make the same stuff, over and over.  Not unhealthy stuff, mind you, just blah.  So, I vow to do better.  I must clean out my nasty freezer full of junk and yuck so I can get more stuff to put in it.  Fresher frozen chicken breasts maybe!  
Tonight, though, I am lazy.  Laying on the bed, typing and surfing the net.  No exercise tonight. My energy level seems to be highest after lunch, after my shakeology.  Too bad I'm stuck at work from 8-5.  Most nights I can just get busy and do a workout.  Not tonight.  I'm lonely, wishing for someone to talk to.  Pity parties are never pretty. 

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Little Purple Band

Well, I finished ChaLean Extreme!  Big smiley face!  I am going to take pictures this weekend.  So watch out!  But seriously, last night, I did the RevAbs preview.  I love that.  I love doing it, I love the attitude and I noticed I have really nice hamstring muscles that are starting to show!  I have hamstrings!  So, while working out with my One on One with Tony Horton tonight, I did the "Just Arms" DVD.  Well, ChaLean would be proud.  I chose to do my reps slower than Tony AND I brought out the little purple band thing.  I worked my hamstrings while I worked my biceps.  SWEET!  I love double action.  I feel like a million bucks!  Have a great night!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Flying Boys

Well, above is a picture of my husband flying through the air and coming down, SAFELY. Greg and his son really had a great time. I was a nervous wreck. I was so relieved when they both landed. The day was a little overcast that day and we had some worried moments about if they would even get to jump. But, it all worked out.

Look at that smile! He was thrilled. And what is great for me, is that he said, "I think I got it out of my system." I'm so glad he didn't say, wow, I want to do that again, and again and again. It was a good day.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Don't let your arms get tired!

When I bought Greg's gift certificate to go sky diving, it was a piece of paper. Now, it's a reality. He is jumping out of an airplane tomorrow. Tomorrow! Greg's birthday was in January so I knew I had quite a lot of time before the weather would actually allow him to jump. I have also arranged to have a DVD made of the entire jump. That's as close as I ever want to come to jumping out of a perfectly good airplane!
Greg's son, Curt, has surprised everyone and shown up to jump with his dad. I think it will be great for them to do this together.
I'll post about their adventure tomorrow.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Icing the Collarbone

Chiropractor's are amazing in my book. Sunday something really scarey happened. Out of the blue, while sorting laundry, of all things, I got a terrible pain / cramp in my left shoulder and down my back. It brought tears. It really was not something I've ever felt before. I waited, felt my pulse was completely normal, and I felt fine otherwise. The more I tried to stretch it, the worse it got. I had a total stiff neck within a few hours and told Greg who I wanted to sing at my funeral. Dramatic, yes.
Today, I went to the doctor. I felt somewhat better, but could tell all my muscles were still ready to scream at me. After determining I didn't have a heart attack, I explained that the centralized pain was on my collarbone. He touched it once and ordered xrays. As expected, the xrays showed no breaks or fractures. Remember, I was sorting and folding clothes! He determined it was probably a sudden flair up of arthritis. Wow. I picked up my anti-inflammatory meds at the local $4.00 prescription place and called my bff to vent. How stupid. Arthritis?
Within the hour, and after talking it over with Greg and Julie, (employee / niece-in-law) I visited my chiropractor. He, bless his heart, took time to listen to me, inspect the collarbone and validate that it probably was not an arthritis sudden flair up.
What he did was pop that collarbone back into it's place that God designed for it. Sweet relief.
I felt so much better, I worked out tonight. Since he said to take it easy on the push ups for a while, I only did them on my knees. :) I've only got a few more days of ChaLean Extreme to go and I refuse to just quit now! So, at this moment, I'm reclining on my bed, with an ice pack on my collarbone, as ordered, and my cute, tiny netbook propped just so, on my lap. Quite a sight, I'm sure.
Since there is quite a bit of swelling, I will take my $4.00 medication. It says it may cause drowsiness. Not yet. But I hope soon. I've got a full massage scheduled for tomorrow night. Joy upon joy!
Night all!

Friday, August 28, 2009

ChaLean Extreme .... almost done

This has been a rough week for me. After the boys left for college, I got sick that night. Yeah, the boys both left for college the same day. One is a Senior, one is a Freshman. I thought I was just exhausted and run down. This ridiculous cold smacked me up side the head so hard, I felt horrible. So, when I'm that tired and exhausted, I choose not work out. Five days, no exercise. Now, I'm back into it and still feel too tired to finish. Part of me is wondering is it because I didn't have any recovery drink with whey powder that week? Is it just exhaustion and my body's need for more rest? Two weeks ago, I did 12 traveling pushups on my toes. Tonight I barely got to 7. I felt pathetic.
So, I made my recovery drink and vow to continue on. I must keep going! I refuse to quit with only a few workouts left!
Craig caught a ride home tonight from college and he's doing laundry and visiting with friends. He needs to shave. :)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Quiznos. It's been a long time. Tonight after our trip to Carthage to get our hair cut, we decided to grab dinner at Quiznos. It was yummy. We got our "usual" . It's the very low fat Honey Bourbon Chicken. 380 Calories, small, on wheat.
I also finally exercised a full program tonight! It's been 5 days since this ridiculous cold hit me and knocked me out. I only had to back off weights on 2 exercises. 7 more workouts to go and I'm done with ChaLean. I'm so ready for RevAbs! I can't believe crazy Anne is doing Insanity. It's insane! Who the heck wants to exercise in a pool of your own sweat? Yes, I'm jealous. :)
I got to visit with my former step-sons, Alex and Ben, last night. They're going to make BSU fun for Craig. I just hope they behave! Not likely, but still hoping. They are tall, tall, tall and so cute. I'm please that I can still tell them apart. They are my birthday buddies!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Oh my. Sleep is a wonderful thing. For the last 3 nights, I've managed to sleep 10 hours each night. Well, maybe not 10 solid hours. It's more like sleep 4, get up, take cough medicine, use the inhaler, lay on the couch for an hour, then go back to bed. But, it works. I've been sleeping and breathing more and coughing less. Today will be even better. Greg brought me breakfast in bed! Cold cereal, but hot coffee! He's a blessing.
Craig has posted on facebook this morning already. That means he's awake. I take joy in knowing the little things. When they first go off to college, you want to continue to talk to them all the time. I want to know what he ate, who he saw, what he did and how much sleep he's getting! But, as the weeks go on, I know I'll let go more and more. At least with Kyle it was that way. Every time I saw Kyle on messenger, I wanted to chat. He didn't! So, letting go is more than just difficult. It's nearly impossible and it rips your heart apart. (But I'm still smiling on the outside.)
Today I will leave the house. It's sad when the weather is so awesome but you feel like total crap and you don't even leave the house. Today I will leave the house. We need to get some supplies for the store and I need to get my body moving again. I may even meet up with ChaLean later today. wink wink.
I'm posting from my cute little netbook. Cute, but difficult to type on. So, as my darling daughter says, ttfn!
Did you know that originated from Tigger on Winnie the Pooh (Disney version, not the book)