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Hello 2014

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 seems to have been a rough year for many, myself included. Work woes, injuries, etc. all made it more challenging than I would have liked.

That said, 2014 is going to be great! I won't accept anything less. :) And I have a goal!

I want to PR the half distance in the fall. To do that, I need to do a few things:

- Get my eating back on track. It's not terrible, but it has been sloppy over the past month or so. For me the best way to get back on track is to be very strict for a few weeks, so I'm going to do a Whole30 starting tomorrow. I'm very much looking forward to it, as it gives me some structure and really I'm sick of holiday food.

- Start run training again. Real training, not fun runs. (though I hope they'll be fun!) There is a half marathon in April that I will likely do with some friends, but that's not what I'm training for. My eyes are set on the fall.

- Keep up with strength training. The end of 2013 has focused on weight lifting, and it has made a huge difference in how I look and feel. I will not let that go by the wayside in favor of my running. It makes me a better runner, and a healthier person all around.

What are you doing to make 2014 the best year yet? Don't leave it to chance - set some goals and get working!

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DOGLADY13 1/1/2014 11:49AM

    My goals aren't much different from yours. I want to continue the strength training I started in November. I want to be stronger and healthier. I want to be fit like I was two summers ago when I was killing my work outs - doing doubles and generally kicking butt. Keep me honest, OK?

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STEPH-KNEE 12/31/2013 9:13PM

    Great goals! I know you are going to rock 2014!

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WORTHEYMOM 12/31/2013 1:09PM

    love it! whole 30 is awesome! We are doing clean eating at my house starting the 2nd - it's tradition to have Rubens on the 1st! lol hope you have a blast tonight and a great start to 2014!

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BARKLESSWAGMORE 12/31/2013 12:40PM

    This sounds like a GREAT Goal and a GREAT plan Jeckie!! I'll be behind you supporting, pushing and/or cheering you on the whole way! I actually started by plan on 12/29 with my elimination eating plan after getting the feedback from the specialist. I'm adding in consistent ST into the mix once work starts up again this Thursday! You GO GIRL!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/31/2013 11:08AM

    Putting ME first. That's my plan!

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AMARILYNH 12/31/2013 10:17AM

    My most important goal in 2014 is to keep processed foods OUT of my life and include more fresh freggies in it. I'm aiming for 7 to 9 servings a day of freggies.
Secondary goals include:
2. Make ST a habit - I was doing really well with this until we went on vacation - since then, not so much.
3. Finish decluttering my house (an ongoing project.)

I'll have more ongoing goals, but if I can accomplish these in 2014 I'll be very happy.

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 12/31/2013 10:00AM

    Sounds like a great plan!
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Still breathing...

Friday, December 13, 2013

Well, breathing may be an exaggeration today. This cold has me wheezing at best. I hope I can manage through my workout tonight! Yikes!

Anyway, things are good, just busy. New job started on Monday, and while I'm not yet super busy I am off my game because of the change. I am the type of person that needs structure in my life, even if it's just knowing that I own the lack of structure and can focus on creating structure around it. But having none of that has been tough. I will get there, though. :)

Still shopping for Christmas, too. I think I'm almost done!

Beyond that, I'm doing a fitness challenge that has pushed me to get it done. I'm a little worried as I skipped my workout last night (for a good reason, to see a loved one who is in a nursing home and really wanted to see me) and now I have to find a place to make up that hour before the end of the day tomorrow. So... I'll have to sneak in some extra time tonight and tomorrow. :)

Off to get things done! Have a wonderful day, all!

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/14/2013 11:41AM

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STEPH-KNEE 12/14/2013 2:32AM

    Congrats on the new job, super exciting stuff!! I hope you feel better soon! emoticon

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SEAJESS 12/13/2013 1:09PM

    emoticon Oh yes, new job! EXCELLENT!

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SEAJESS 12/13/2013 1:08PM

    emoticon What wonderful challenges you are putting on your plate... instead of less happy alternatives. I love the way you're thinking about your life! Inspirational.

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MAMACHAMBS 12/13/2013 12:13PM

    Keep looking forward! I feel great things in store for you in your very near future.

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AMARILYNH 12/13/2013 12:07PM

    emoticon Congratulations on the new job!! I know you've been wanting to find a new job that would allow you more career growth - so glad you found it!! AHHH - hate the first week or two of a new job - but you've made it through the hardest week - its all up from here!!

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SARAHSMC22 12/13/2013 11:25AM

    I have no doubt you'll fall into routine soon. You can make up the workout too I'm sure.

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TEENY_BIKINI 12/13/2013 10:52AM


Congrats on the new job! Woo Hoo!

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WORTHEYMOM 12/13/2013 10:24AM

    congrats on the new job! I'm almost done shopping too - just a few more! woot woot on the fitness challenge~ great job! I'm sure you will be able to push through and get that extra you need! Merry Christmas!

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And it's a wrap!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Aaah. Sleep, beautiful sleep. So loved after a crazy week!

Saturday night went off without a hitch. We were prepared and ready, and it was a wonderful night!

The day started at R&T's house, getting auction items together, making sure name tags were set, etc. But we also spent a lot of time wondering if we were missing anything since it seemed too easy. That's the beauty of an experienced team - everything was done ahead of time!

We packed the cars and headed to the venue. Queue running around setting up tables, making sure presentations were running properly, etc. It wasn't long before I realized it was time to get dressed!

Doors opened at 6:30 and people were ready! Happy faces as people found their seats, greeted friends, and had a lovely time. This included FIVE puppies-in-training! Wow! So adorable! It's always fun to follow the progress of the Guide Dogs in Training from when we first meet them as tiny pups to when they get their assignments and go to their forever homes.

Dinner was great, I even got to sit and chat with some people for a while. The auction ran smoothly and everyone loved the items. Everything sold very well and we are fortunate to have made a good deal of money to continue our work!

Everything wrapped up around 11, and then the scramble to get the room cleaned up and packed before heading home.

It was a long day, but well worth all the work to see everyone happy and having fun, and supporting such a great cause!

oh... and I suppose you all want to see the dress. ;) Here you go:

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DOGLADY13 11/24/2013 6:50PM

    Wow! Dahling! You looook maaahhhvelous.

Having worked on more auctions and events than I care to count, I know what you mean when it all goes smoothly. You keep wondering "what did we forget?" LOL

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STEPH-KNEE 11/18/2013 8:17PM

    You are rockin' that dress like nobodies business! :D Glad you had a great night where you looked fantastic as well!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 11/18/2013 7:46PM

    You look magnificent! You always support great causes!

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AMARILYNH 11/18/2013 6:02PM

    emoticon Congratulation on a job well done! And you look FABULOUS in that dress!! Awesome!!

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LETHA_ 11/18/2013 5:28PM

    Looking good!

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AEROBISAURUS 11/18/2013 4:25PM

    Great dress and cute shoes too!! emoticon

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SECRETKEL 11/18/2013 4:12PM

    You look amazing! So glad your event was a success! emoticon

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 11/18/2013 2:16PM

    I'm so happy that your event was a success. Congrats! You look FAB-U-LOUS by the way.

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THETURTLEBEAR 11/18/2013 1:04PM

    Great results and awesome dress!!

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GYPSYGOTH 11/18/2013 11:45AM

    Oooh! It's perfect! Great seams. You look TERRIFIC and super happy, yay! emoticon on everything going seamlessly! And good for you for giving SO MUCH of your time for a good cause!

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WORTHEYMOM 11/18/2013 11:00AM

    whoop whoop! sounds like it was a great time! And by the way - you look great!

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2 days, and being awesome

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Why am I awesome today? Well, that would be because despite not feeling well (i'm getting a sinus infection - 'tis the season), I not only went to the gym but had a kick-a$$ workout.

Food was pretty good today. I was munchy, but ate all whole food, healthy munchies thanks to being prepared. :)

Here's the workout:

Warm Up - 5 min

Set A - Repeat 4 times
Push Ups X 10
Landmines X 45 pounds X 10

Set B - Repeat 4 times
Standing One-Arm Landmine Press X 65 pounds X 10
Goblet Squats X 35 pounds X 10

Set C - Repeat 4 times
Barbell Deadlift X 70 pounds X 10
Kettlebell Swing X 35 pounds X 10

Set D - Repeat 4 times
Suspension Trainer Inverted Rows X 10
Farmer's Walk X 90 pounds X 15meters

Set E - Repeat 4 times
Sled Sprints X 90 pounds (guessing on this one) X 15meters
High Kneex X 30s

AWESOME workout. I loved it. Though I'm dead tired now.

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DOGLADY13 11/15/2013 5:52PM

    My arms are sore just reading about your work out. You are indeed, awesome!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 11/14/2013 1:11AM

    emoticon you are.

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STEPH-KNEE 11/13/2013 9:44PM

    That is awesome indeed!! Great job!! emoticon

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3 days, and a slacking blogger

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Yikes! SO busy I haven't blogged in a couple days.

I've been good, though. Eating mostly on track, moving a lot.

Here's today's workout. It was "Butts and Guts" night:

Run 2 (slow) miles
Stretch for 10 minutes
Ladder drills - 10 minutes

Set A - repeat twice
Single Leg Glute Bridge X10
Kettlebell Reverse Lunge - 40 lbs. X 10 each side
1/2 Kneeling Plate Lifts - 10 lbs X 10 each side
Sumo Squats - 20 lbs. X 10
Side Plank w/Hip Abduction X 10 each side
Plank Shoulder Taps - 60 seconds

Set B - repeat twice
Partnered Medicine Ball Toss - 60 seconds
Partnered MB Twist Toss - 60 seconds
Partnered MB Toss with Burpees - 30 seconds

Everything for the outfit is purchased (finally) and now it's just the final touches of the auction!

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WORTHEYMOM 11/13/2013 8:27AM

    that's one heck of a workout chickie!! woot woot! I am going to have to see if the hubby or one of the kids will do the medicine ball workout with me. Can't wait to see the outfit!!

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KAPELAKIN 11/12/2013 9:45PM

    Wow, that looks like a heck of a workout. Can't wait to see the outfit!

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DOGLADY13 11/12/2013 9:03PM

    Pictures of the outfit, please.

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DOGLADY13 11/12/2013 9:03PM

    Medicine ball toss AND burpees??? What kind of sick b@st@rd is your trainer?

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