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Recovery- Day 2

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The headache stayed with me today, but it seems to be easing up a bit this evening. I took it easy again today, as I don't want to make myself sick. I guess learning to take care of myself is just as important as losing and maintaining weight.

I started my 21 day fix today, though I didn't do the workout because of the headache. Hopefully tomorrow my head will be clear.

  
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CHERIRIDDELL 10/1/2014 10:18PM

    Sorry to hear the headache is persisting

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Recovery

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I had an exercise "hangover" today. I even took a 30 minute nap I felt so dragged out. And I never take naps! My neighbor just gave me some ibuprofen, so hopefully the worst of the headache will dissipate. As a result of yesterday's overusage of my muscles I decided to make today a recovery day... that means less than 4 hours of exercise. LOL! I took the dog for his three walks and did a bunch of yoga and gentle stretching. My arms aren't tired today, but my back and hips are sore. So I must have been using better form on my forward stroke yesterday than I thought I had. I ate a lot yesterday evening, trying to catch up on calories, but I still woke up at 4am starving and ate junk. I recorded that as my breakfast, so the calories are accounted for in my budget for today. I was also hungry most of today, but with the headache it was easy to distract myself from overeating. When I hurt I usually lose my appetite anyways. I plan to go to bed early tonight, and I will probably sleep in tomorrow, and hopefully this headache will be history. I am not certain why the headache was so bad today... dehydration? Lactic acid build up? Endorphin overdose? It was totally worth it though. LOL!!

  
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GOULDSGRANITE 10/1/2014 4:37PM

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CINDHOLM 10/1/2014 2:56PM

    emoticon REST!! emoticon

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BONNIEMARGAY 10/1/2014 2:32PM

    I'm so proud of you for pushing yourself like mad and then following up by resting when your body demands it! You are a champion!

There's so much that can give you a headache about that wild kayaking adventure: straining the neck muscles by pushing your upper body, using up all of your electrolytes, blood sugar, and water resources while you rocked it, and all of the ways that impacts all of your body's functions. Replenishing all that vital stuff is not like filling up an empty gas tank again, there needs to be a recovery period while every cell in your body gets the goods delivered. You are a rock star!

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MBPP50 10/1/2014 8:40AM

    Hope you feel better today! Get some rest.

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GARDENCHRIS 10/1/2014 8:24AM

    rest! emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/30/2014 11:39PM

    I hope you soon feel better !

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Epic day kayaking...

Monday, September 29, 2014

My brother, Jeremy, and I were out of town in the Adirondacks last weekend when they held the annual end to end challenge on Lake Chautauqua, so today we set out with our friend, mike, to do it on our own. We had perfect conditions. We were driving through heavy fog on our way to the lake, but most of it had burned off by the time we got on the water. We wanted to be on the water by 9:30am, but we didn't quite make it, but we did make it on the water by 9:50. We set a brisk pace, as we had decided this would be the express edition of the end to end challenge. I was paddling a 14 foot rec boat, and the two guys were paddling 17 foot sea kayaks. Kind of a mismatch. But I not only kept up, I challenged them. We paddled 17 miles in 4:20. We stopped for water breaks a few times and once to eat something, but our breaks only totaled about 20 minutes. (No potty breaks!) That means we really paddled it in about 4 hours even. That is faster than a 4mph pace. Not bad for a rec boat! I am a beast! Jeremy says that he thinks I am a stronger paddler than him over distance. If I were in a faster boat I would probably beat him. That is really saying something because he is a big guy with tons of upper body strength. Last weekend when they paddled it they took about 6 hours, but that included an hour break for lunch. Still, we shaved an hour off their time. The only issue I had with the conditions was the staggering algae bloom in the water. It was like paddling through pea soup. Yuck! Definitely didn't want to capsize today. Ewwww.

We stopped for a big breakfast on our way to the lake this morning, and I ate a Clif Bar on the water, but by the time we landed in Celeron I was shaking from low blood sugar. So I ate another Clif Bar and had a Maple candy. We stopped for a burger and fries on our way home and that helped too. And when we got back to the farm mom force fed us dark chocolate. (Not that I am complaining about chocolate!)

Cooper was extremely excited to see me. He didn't even bark at Jeremy because Cooper was so focused on greeting me... and he always barks at Jeremy. I just back from a 2.5 mile walk with him. I am going to have a snack then go out for a short run. I am tired, but my legs need a workout too. It will probably be a very short run... maybe more of a waddle.

I have a feeling I should overeat a little tonight, or I will wake up at 4am starving and eat junk. I do that when I burn over 5,000 calories in a day, and I am near that now. (Probably be well over by the time I get back from my run.)

After my run (and sucking down large quantities of water), I am going to curl up in the recliner with the dog and read for a couple of hours to decompress. And I might have a beer. I think I earned one today!

  
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GOULDSGRANITE 9/30/2014 2:27PM

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BONNIEMARGAY 9/30/2014 1:48PM

    You are such an inspiration!

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ANNEMARGAR 9/30/2014 6:01AM

    Thanks for sharing your adventure. Sounds like lots of fun. We have kayaks, but we have not taken them out in years. You're an inspiration!

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/29/2014 11:35PM

    What a fabulous day.I love hearing about your adventures.I spent my youth in New York so I love hearing about it. My daughter has a kayak but I am too crippled to paddle it any more maybe after they replace my hip.

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FORZACHANDMATT 9/29/2014 10:09PM

    Sounds fantastic!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/29/2014 8:39PM

    Sounds great.

You ARE a beast in a boat. :-)

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MBPP50 9/29/2014 7:49PM

    I think you earned a beer too!

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GRANDMABABA 9/29/2014 7:44PM

    I got home from a lot of errand running and was famished. I ate so many bad things! And as always when this happens I'm not kicking myself and promising never again. We'll see. Haven't kayaked in years but looking forward to doing some in Hawaii this winter along with a lot of snorkeling, boating, sightseeing, etc. I'm just hopeful I can whip this body into good enough shape to keep up with my husband. Continued success to you in all your endeavors!

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Warm up

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Went out for a short paddle this afternoon as a warm up for tomorrow's long distance kayaking excursion. I was focusing on proper form and technique today. It isn't in muscle memory yet, but when I concentrate I am speedy. Jeremy told me to eat red meat and pasta tonight, to stoke my engine for tomorrow. It should take us about 5 hours to paddle the length of Lake Chautauqua. Right now it looks like there are 3 of us going. Even with proper form I have a feeling I will be trailing the pack. I am used to that though. I just tell myself "keep paddling... keep paddling..." Eventually I catch up. I hope that is not a metaphor for my life. LOL

The dog is spending the night with my parents, so Jeremy and I can just go in the morning without having to drop Cooper off. It feels weird to be in my apartment without him. I might go for another run though, since I won't have to crate him or anything. I went out for just short of an hour this morning. Cooper doesn't mind the crate, but I always feel like a meanie when I lock him in there. I think he takes the time to nap.

The last three days all Cooper has wanted to do is sleep in my lap. He hasn't wanted to go for a long walk, so I have been crating him more than usual so I can get out and go. But then I feel weird not having him with me. I guess he has me trained.

  
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BONNIEMARGAY 9/29/2014 4:47PM

    I thought the crate was sort of mean at first, too, since Addie is my very first trained dog. Turns out she goes in there by choice whenever she needs a break, just like a bedroom. It works really well as a healthy boundary for our home, even if "freedom" seemed like the friendly choice at first.

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NEELIXNKES 9/29/2014 8:58AM

    Have a wonderful time on your adventure today! emoticon emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/29/2014 12:16AM

    Have fun on your paddle tomorrow then you can come home and catch up with Cooper cuddles !

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/28/2014 8:27PM

    Have fun paddling!

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MBPP50 9/28/2014 7:48PM

    Have fun on your paddle. And have fun cuddling with Cooper every chance you get!

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Everything is okay...

Friday, September 26, 2014

It looks like my brother and I might be doing the end to end paddle on Lake Chautauqua on Sunday. I wasn't certain that Jeremy would want to as he has been doing a lot of heavy construction work this week and I thought he would be tired. Guess not too tired, as he suggested it.

I am tired of being caught in between my brothers in their feud. I am glad neither one is mad at me, but I hate being someone they talk to about each other. It is stressing me out.

I have been going out for midnight runs again. It isn't as nice as it was during the summer before the college kids came back, but I still enjoy getting out and running.

Overall things are okay. Sometimes that is all I ask for.

  
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MSGRANNYMAE 9/28/2014 7:17PM

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OPTIMIST1948 9/28/2014 9:49AM

    Just keep paddling. Just keep paddling...

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DONNABRIGHT 9/28/2014 8:13AM

    Have fun paddling!

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BONNIEMARGAY 9/27/2014 2:57PM

    Sending you a huge whopping box filled with boundaries to help you draw a new line:

No more gossip in front of me. No more talking about him. Enough. Stop.

Wishing you relief from their crazymaking nonsense.

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GOULDSGRANITE 9/27/2014 11:27AM

    Enjoy every moment paddling and running! Woo Hoo! Sorry about your sibling situation. This too shall pass emoticon

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NILLAPEPSI 9/27/2014 7:32AM

    Hang in there! Blessed are the peacemakers. emoticon

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MBPP50 9/27/2014 4:23AM

    I hope things get better than just okay. Hope you enjoyed your run. And have a great time on your paddle!

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/27/2014 12:04AM

    I hope things will all work out

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SHERYLDS 9/26/2014 10:42PM

    considering the number of people I know who disassociated with their families, I would say you may be the only connection left between your brothers before the link is totally severed. You are an angel in between...

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IRON_RESOLVE 9/26/2014 9:54PM

    I also think paddling the lake together is pretty cool to do with your sibling!

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IRON_RESOLVE 9/26/2014 9:53PM

    You need to let your brothers know that you understand their differences, and don't want to be the one caught in the middle. Tell them each that it hurts your feelings, (if that's true), and that you feel badly afterwards about the distance between them. And your wish is that they could get along, so your families, and kids could all be together. If that's what you want from them.
Easier said than done though I know. But I bet they will respect that if you ask them to just not discuss the other brother with you. Sometimes one person would like to end a difference, but just don't know where to begin. And you never know what good could come from suggesting it.

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