Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Its Got To Get Better Soon!

Have to admit that I have been very upset still about my dad. I talked with him on Saturday at length about his health issues got upset cried...It was awful...I was awful I think I made him feel bad without meaning too we ended on a I love you daddy I said and he said I love you too baby....Today he was having a colonospcy however you spell it haven't heard anything yet if they don't call soon I will call him and check tonight.

Tonight's the Biggest Loser Finale:) I like all 4 of the finalist. I voted for Daris to be in the final 3...I hope he wins:)

My weight is up 1.5 pounds:( If I was a alcoholic I would think it was time to get to a meeting! I baked a certain yummy substance and got into the batter plus ate some of the baked goods temporary comfort at best. Sigh. When will I ever learn?

I am back to my clean eating as of Sunday but my body is still punishing me mean ol scaly monster!! I have jogged/walked 9 miles so far this week with one full body workout and 2 ab days so we shall see.

Thanks for listening to me whine, complain, and sigh it has got to get better soon.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Sandwhich Generation

Thank you for all the thoughtful advice and caring. For now I am sitting tight here at home. Trouble always comes in three's why is that? Anyway, my husband is going through a rough time with his job situation and my son is having a rough time right now as well so I really need to here unless the situation drastically changes for the worse plus I talk with daddy often.

I had a really hard workout today done inside on my treadmill. I set some Pr's with my jogging. The best one being getting to three miles under 40 minutes. Plus I was able to do upper body again along with abs. So tomorrow will be my fifth workout day for the week then I am done.

Thanks again for all the support you guys are the very best!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

What to do? Please Help

I'm very stressed out right now. I just found out late yesterday that my dad had a mini-stroke last Thursday. He sounded just like his "usual" self on the phone. This time he had no lasting damage.
He said the episode happened at breakfast last Thursday all of a sudden he couldn't get his left arm to do what he wanted and some other symptoms. He lives out in the boonies in Alabama so his wife drove him to the nearest emergency room and he was checked out pretty throughly but they don't know where the clot is/what caused the minor stroke. The doctors say this is a warning that a major stroke could happen.

I am a big daddys girl always have been.I am very torn right now about staying here at home and talking to him pretty much daily or getting in my truck and driving up there asap 12 hours away plus $$ that are hard to come by money is tight or finding the funds and flying.

Do I go or sit tight? What would you do? Please let me know TODAY if at all possible.


Saturday, May 15, 2010

Saturday A Favorite Poem Of Mine

Inspired by Katie J today I decided to post one of my favorite poems and it isn't even sad it just about life lessons we all have to learn!

After A While

Author: Veronica A. Shoffstall

After a while
you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn love doesn't mean leaning and company doesn't always mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren't contracts and presents aren't always promises
and you begin to accept your defeats with your head up and and your eyes ahead with the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child.
And you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow's ground is too uncertain for plans and futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.
After a while you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much
So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers
And you learn that you really can endure, that you really are strong and you really do have worth and you learn and you learn
with every good-bye you learn.

Hope your having a great weekend!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Not As Planned

The best laid plans going a stray is how my workout week went. I pulled/strained a muscle in my upper back on Monday. The soreness didn't show up until late Tuesday and all day Wednesday it hurt. I rested it and took Aleve and now it feels fine. I am not sure at all how I did it so I will have to be really careful next time out on weight lifting.

I was able to complete my 5 days of cardio this week my jogging just seems to be getting better and better. Most days I just jogged most of 2 miles. Thursday I did 3 miles a mixture of both walking and jogging.

I can fit into size 10 shorts now they are still a little snug but I should be able to be comfortable in them hopefully before the summer is done.

I caught my reflection in my glass door as I was watering yesterday and I liked what I saw for a change. 8+ pounds down again is a big change on this body can't wait to see what size I eventually get into with another 12 down.

Have a great weekend and smile back at yourself when you see your reflection:)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Weekend Wrap Up

Had a very lovely time yesterday with my son Chris. We hung out and watched Iron Man the movie. He brought me flowers and a lovely card.

Saturday I toiled in my front yard pulling weeds out of the flower bed for an hour and a half very stiff when I woke up yesterday. Speaking of yesterday didn't much want to work out but I made myself anyway:)Jogged 4 laps and walked 4 laps then rode my bike for half and hour and did abs.

Today was a personal best for me! Jogged all but one lap out of 10! Completed my two miles in about 27 minutes I've never jogged this long before without having to walk some in between. Came home completed my whole body weight workout routine very tough after all that joggin in the heat:)

Bought some resistance tubes at Walmart the other day to supplement the upper body workouts there are some moves you can't do with free weights.I'm not sure I'm gonna like them I'll let you know.

Mothers day is bitter sweet for me with my mom being gone. My son brought over a book bag type thing that she had made and he came across it and gave it to me yesterday. Very sweet and touching...I miss my mom...

Well, I hope you guys are getting your cardio and weight training in you know summers all most here! I'm trying to do boot camp days 3x this week join me won't you?

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Fitness Blogging Resumes

I have been busy doing my new weight lifting routine and thought I would share it with you all! I have lost inches overhaul doing this twice a week plus my daily cardio 5 times a week.

Now don't hate me but I am a certified personal trainer who currently works out at home and not the gym! This can be modified to make it easier or harder depending on your fitness level. If you don't currently lift weights I would suggest easing into it. Constructive feedback is always welcome:)

I do the lower body part first and as a circuit without stopping until all exercises are done rest for a minute then do it again for a total of 3 sets 10-12 reps each.
Ball Squats or just use a wall or chair to help with balance

Side lunges I hold weights in each hand helps with balance

Standing side leg raises don' raise leg past point of comfort

Standing leg kicks behind again don't go past the point of comfort

Dead lifts-picking up a pair of weights off the floor and bringing them up to your knees and repeating. (helps with flexibility in your hamstring and lower back)

Seated Leg extensions holding a weight on top of your leg. I currently use 8 lbs but you can use more of less depending on your fitness level and goals.

Upper Body:
I do these as a superset which is advanced somewhat but easy to get used to and very time efficient.
I also use 3 sets of free weights but anyone NEW to weight lifting I would advise starting out with light weights maybe only doing one set and working on your form then add to so you don't get to sore and quit. I use 5, 8, 10 pound free weights. First set is 12 reps, Second set is 10 reps, Third set is 8 reps. There are many ways you can combine these exercises these are just a few of my favorites there are several sites on the Internet where you can find proper form if your not familiar with the moves.

Chest Presses and Chest Flyes

Tricep Extensions and Tricep Kickbacks

Back: Seated Bent over flyes: Your seated and you put your chest on your lap and your arms go behind you knees bring your weights out to the side and squeeze your should blades together then go back down and do more repetitions. This will help get rid of your bra strap flap:)
One armed rows

Shoulders: Should Press, Shoulder Side lateral raises

Biceps: Bicep Curls and Hammer Curls

Don't forget to stretch out afterwards so you not to sore...Try it out and let me know if you like it. I have lost a inch off my biceps, and chest, 3.5 inches off my waist, 2.5 inches of my hips, 1.5 inches off my thighs all since I started doing this regularly at the end of January....

If you have questions please ask here in the comments or at susanc7818@yahoo.com.

Happy Weight Lifting!