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Impromptu Rest Day

Friday, February 28, 2014

Well, yesterday turned into an unplanned rest day for me. For several reasons. First, I developed a knot in my back when I was working out on Wednesday. It is PAINFUL. I got my kettlebell in the mail and it hurt to even pick it up. So between that and my father in law wanting to take us to dinner, I decided to take a rest day.

I overate and overdrank at dinner last night... But still consumed less food than I normally would. The scale didn't move this morning, so I'll take that as a good sign. But I had a great time and I think I needed the break for my mental state.

The sun is out here today... and they are calling for it to be about 60 degrees!!! So, I am going to hit the exercise trail for my 4 mile run, get back home and eat lunch and shower, then I lucked out and got an appointment with my massage therapist this afternoon to fix my back.

As it turns out, the hubs does have to work tomorrow so I will be doing a killer workout tomorrow too. I will do my first ever kettlebell workout and then I will probably get a few miles in on the treadmill. Despite the great weather today they are calling for freezing temps and possible snow this weekend, so I plan on just staying indoors.

Sunday I have to work a few hours, then I will go home and get a workout in and get ready for next week..........

What are your plans this weekend? Are you lucky enough to get out in the sun for a workout?

Have a great weekend!

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POSITIVE41 3/1/2014 6:26AM

    Sorry about your back. Definitely take advantage of the nice weather day for your run!

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BRAINYBLONDE5 2/28/2014 2:55PM

    hopefully your back stops hurting soon! so glad you were able to enjoy your rest day though with yummy food and drink! afterall life is about ENJOYING yourself! have a wonderful weekend!

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ARUNNINGKAT 2/28/2014 1:45PM

    Yes! I have finally been getting in some runs outside this week! It is so nice! Your planned afternoon run sounds like a great plan! I look forward to hearing how the kettlebell workouts go. I have been intrigued by them for awhile now, but keep stopping just short of buying them.

Have a awesome weekend!

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HILLSLUG98239 2/28/2014 1:27PM

    The high for tomorrow is predicted to be 28F. We're hoping to get some yard work done, but I doubt we'll be able to do much. I suspect we'll be staying indoors, too.

I bought myself a pair of Skins compression tights. I got them at a steep discount, but they're so wonderful I'd be tempted to pay retail for them. (Trust me, coming from me, that is HIGH praise!) I ran in them yesterday morning. If it does get up to near freezing, I may go out for a run this weekend.

On the other hand, there's something comforting about staying in with the Hubs and playing Call of Duty on the Wii. I'm deadly with a sniper rifle, and he can handle an AA gun in a way I can only dream of. We complement each other nicely.

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I JUST WANNA BE FAT.............

Thursday, February 27, 2014

(now re-read the subject line in an obnoxiously whiney voice)

That is what I said to my husband last night. Let's start with some backgroud.... Last year I went to my doc and asked her to change my birth control prescription to make me only have 4 cycles a year. I was getting so tired every month and skipping workouts. I didn't want that anymore. So, here I am... not having to deal with it every month, but for the first time in my life having to deal with cramps every 3 months. They aren't terrible, but they are bad enough to make me wince sometimes.

Fastforward to last night. I get home from work at about 7pm, hubs is laying on the couch and I sit down next to him and tell him "all I want to do is curl up with a heating pad and a pint of ice cream.... I JUST WANNA BE FAT............" emoticon

So, what did I do? I got on the treadmill for an hour. It sucked, I moaned in pain a time or 2 because the cramps were getting me. But I did it. Stupid cramps were not going to keep me from being successful this week. 3 days down... 2 to go!

And I just ordered a new bikini for our trip (23 days away!)... So I really hope that I look okay in it. I hope it fits!

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ELIZABETH5268 2/28/2014 10:56AM

    Ordering a bikini is some good motivations! GOod for you for turning your moment into something good

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SDLEE514 2/28/2014 10:47AM

    haha yup, happens every dang time. Just want chocolate and to be fat lol. good for you for moving through it!

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FITMAMA_ 2/28/2014 8:44AM

    Yah it sucks, but at least you did it anyway! Congrats!

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CANES4EVER63 2/28/2014 1:56AM

    Congrats on jumping on the treadmill and enduring through it!

We all have those "screw life" moments where all we want to do is eat. The juggle is to only give into them every once in a while! And then recover without feeling regret. That's the hard part. But I'm dealing with it right now!

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HILLSLUG98239 2/27/2014 6:50PM

    How's your IT band? Did you try icing it? (I think that will help more than anything else.)

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HILLSLUG98239 2/27/2014 6:49PM

    Good for you - keep pushing through. And I can relate - there are times I tell myself I'm okay with being fat if it means I can have another piece of pizza. Of course, then the inner coach gets MEAN.

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POISONGIRL999 2/27/2014 4:57PM

    Good for you !! You tell that body what you will and will not do.

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MENNOLY 2/27/2014 3:22PM

    emoticon I am sorry about the cramps. Hopefully they will not be as bad next time. Good luck on the rest of the week!

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IRP1114 2/27/2014 2:47PM

    LOL! You are too funny. Glad you got it done ; )! emoticon

When you get through tough workouts like that the pain free ones are so much more enjoyable.

I can say that from experience! (over a month of contractions non stop all day with this last one and I still worked out and did long incline walks even though it made them worse and closer. I know crazy. But it helped get me closer lol)

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IAMZBEE 2/27/2014 2:44PM

    Way to go!! Sometimes working out can make cramps feel better though.

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JANE-DOE 2/27/2014 2:09PM

    You are one tough cookie!

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ARUNNINGKAT 2/27/2014 2:08PM

    I understand the sentiment fact I have been there a few times myself the past week. This whole making yourself get up and work out is for the birds. emoticon That being said, WAY TO GO! You are really rocking it this week! Especially since cramps while working out can be the worst.

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One week plan: Day 1 done

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I kicked some booty last night! The only thing I didn't do that I was planning for was my detox bath. It just got too late and I didn't have the time/energy. I honestly don't know if I will ever have the time/energy... but I'll keep trying.

I did manage to do my 30 min HIIT and followed it up with 30 min of walking @ 3.5mph with a 5% incline. My booty was on FIRE! It felt really good. I slept so well. I did well with the calories too, coming right in at my minimum. Today I will be stopping at the store before going home, then getting to the ST and more walking.

I'm going to attempt a cream of potato soup in the Vitamix for dinner. Not the healthiest thing ever, but better than a lot of things that crossed my mind! I'm on my own tonight and cooking is just not my forte... so I figure something made completely from scratch is better than most meals I could go for. Plus, it's still low calorie so that's good.

That's about all I've got for today. Now I need to get to getting my exercises figured out for tonights circuit.

Have a happy Tuesday, everyone!

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POSITIVE41 2/25/2014 7:23PM

    Great weather for soup - nice job on fitting yoiur workouts in!

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ARUNNINGKAT 2/25/2014 6:20PM

    emoticon It sounds like you have a great start on this week!

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POISONGIRL999 2/25/2014 6:14PM

    Go you!!!! I haven't gotten around to the body rock videos yet, but the fitness blender ones kick ass. My arms are finally sore!! I think I'm going to try a body rock one on Friday, if I can tear myself away from fitness blender.

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HILLSLUG98239 2/25/2014 5:46PM

    Mmmmm....soup. I love soup. And the stuff you make is going to be a lot healthier than anything you buy because you will know exactly what's in it. Enjoy!

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This week's plan:

Monday, February 24, 2014

I am hoping to take this month out with a bang! I want to be as good this week as I can. Kick some butt with workouts, and show myself (and the scale) that I can do it. I did well last week, but I'm going to step it up this week. In addition to eating on the lower end of my calories every day this week here is my plan for the workouts:

Today: 30 min HIIT, 30 min walking, then stretching and foam rolling. I'll follow it up with a detox bath and then hit the hay
Tuesday: 45 min ST circuit with some sprinting on the treadmill in the mix. 30 minute walk to cool down
Wednesday: 30 min HIIT, 30 min walking, then stretching and foam rolling
Thursday: 45 min ST circuit w/ sprints, 30 min walk
Friday: 4 mile run (outside if the weather allows it), 15 min walk, 30 min yoga for runners, foam rolling

As far as I know my hubby will working this weekend so I will be kicking butt again on Saturday and resting Sunday. I'm not sure what's in store for Saturday but I'll figure something out between now and then! Probably another ST session.

I know keeping my calorie count low with my activity so high is not something that I can maintain, but I'm just looking to do it for a week so I think I'll be okay. On my rest day I'll figure a new plan based on what the scale decides to spit out at me. There is no time for rest right now! Only 26 days until Vegas and at this point, this girl will NOT be taking the bikini!

Who else plans on taking this month out strong?? Any plans started for next month??

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POSITIVE41 2/24/2014 7:41PM

    Busy week - great plan. :)

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IAMZBEE 2/24/2014 6:45PM

    Wow. Sounds like an awesome and intense plan. You've got this!!!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/24/2014 6:38PM

    Sounds like an awesome plan and I know you can do it!!

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Evil Foam Roller

Friday, February 21, 2014

So, I foam rolled last night. I've had a foam roller for quite some time now. I bought a small one that came with a video. The guy who is in the video is like rapist creepy so I can't watch that for instruction. So after hearing from some of you that I should foam roll and maybe that'd help me knee pain - I looked up some videos and went to it.

emoticon It hurt so bad! I mean, bad in a good way... I think? I know it takes a while to loosen up the muscles so it's not so painful, but wow. I am really hoping it will be helpful in my legs since they are apparently so tight. I plan on rolling every day, at least for a few minutes.

So, my week wraped up like this:

Tuesday - 30 Day Shred
Wednesday - 30 min HIIT on the treadmill
Thursday - Foam roll

Today I will be doing my long run on the treadmill, finally give our power tower a try, and foam roll. If I'm feeling really ambitious I might try to do my yoga for runners before foam rolling but I'll have to see how much time/energy I have.

Hubs is working tomorrow and we have the kids so I'm trying to plan ahead to make sure I stay on track this weekend - while still cooking foods the kids will eat/enjoy. Tonight I will do turkey tacos in biscuits (as found on Pinterest).

I'll let the kids have cereal tomorrow morning and I'll do a green smoothie or oatmeal. Then I'm going to splurge and make shake n bake chicken and Pasta Roni for the 3 of us for lunch. I'll be on my own for dinner tomorrow so I'm not sure what I'll have... Anyhow - bottom line, I'm trying to plan ahead and NOT undo what I've done this week!

What does everyone else have planned this weekend?

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CANES4EVER63 2/23/2014 9:23PM

    Eek, foam roller is evil but it is SO good! I use the one at my gym about 2-3 times a week, generally the day after I do a run. I just use it on my hamstrings and my IT band, my quads aren't that tight. But man, sometimes when I use it, my leg starts to shake because of the pain! It really does loosen up the muscles and get rids of the knots! Keep with it! My PT told me to roll on it and whenever I feel pain/pressure to hold it in that spot for at least 30 seconds (working up to that length of time, of course!). Just keep with it and it will help!

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ALICIALYNNE 2/21/2014 10:11PM

    Tomorrow we are going to a party for the Cub Scouts - the annual Blue & Gold. On Sunday, if the weather holds, I am taking the kids "hiking" on a paved greenway. We have GOT to get out of this stupid house! Plus grocery shopping and laundry.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 2/21/2014 8:27PM

    I've heard those things are evil. LOL

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POSITIVE41 2/21/2014 6:33PM

    Your comment about the video made me crack up. I might have to try this foam roller thing.

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POISONGIRL999 2/21/2014 4:08PM

    Yeah forgot to mention that little bit of infomation.....the foam roller hurts like a SOB!! But like you said, in a good way. You know your are doing something right when the pain is on the edge of torture lol

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HILLSLUG98239 2/21/2014 3:50PM

    I both love and hate my foam roller. I have a big one with deep ridges in it. It's torture, but sweet Jesus do my legs feel better afterwards. The ones at the gym are round - no ridges - so they hurt a little less, but I'm keenly aware of how much noise I make when I'm using them. I grimace in pain. I grunt. I "Lamaze breathe" to try to push through the pain. I pant afterwards, mostly because I've just spent several minutes grimacing in pain.

Oh, and every now and then I run over my own ponytail while using a foam roller. Yeah, that inspires confidence.

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ARUNNINGKAT 2/21/2014 2:45PM

    emoticon Sounds like you are having a good week and are going to have a great weekend!

I have not used a foam roller, but should probably start. I have noticed that my calf muscles are really tight right now.

Watching our daughter's dance performance at games tonight and tomorrow night and then of course the very long list of chores....that is what is on the agenda around here for the weekend. And of course several great workouts!

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