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I'm Doing Cartwheels - Literally!

Monday, September 01, 2014

We took all of our boys to the ocean today for a bit of rock climbing and walking around. It was a great time and, despite a little bit cooler and overcast weather, it was nice to get out of the house even if the plan had been a lazy Sunday at home.

While our two youngest were amusing themselves by doing handstands, and my husband was joining in and showing them a few PT exercises he does, our oldest son enjoyed rolling around in the grass and watching the ocean waves. When my husband attempted a cartwheel (nothing to be ashamed of - I mean he's never going to get higher than a 1.2 from the Russian judges, but that's just how things go!), it made me wonder (for the millionth time since my first C-Section over 15 years ago) if *I* could still do it. Let's face it, I'm 41 years old, haven't done a cartwheel in just a shade over 16 years, have put on a lot of weight, and have had a LOT of abdominal surgeries since then - a handful of them VERY major (12-15 inch vertical incisions major).

BUT - it has been a long time. I'm probably as healed as I am ever going to be. I've lost 30ish pounds. I felt good about it.

So, I took a deep breath, let the boys help psych me up, and went for it.

And I did it! Five cartwheels. No falling. Legs were straight. Landed them. I'll never be where I was over 2 decades ago, of course, but I can still do it and come out no worse for having done so.

I'm pretty proud of myself. :)

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MYTURNNOW2013 9/1/2014 1:47AM

    emoticon emoticon I envy your ability. I was never able to do a cartwheel, even when I was a size 5.

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The Four Day Weekend Has Started. (Weekend Wedding Order Photos.)

Friday, August 29, 2014

My husband started his four day weekend today, so that was nice. Of course, it coincided with a big wedding order I worked on all day for delivery tomorrow morning, so no sleeping in for me - but it was still nice to have him around. :)

While baking and decorating, I did a consultation for a birthday party next weekend. I will be making a two tiered cake and two dozen cupcakes for that. I look forward to this theme! (A Fairy Garden and Tinkerbell cupcakes)

I got in a LOT of steps today, so that was good. My eating was really sporadic, though, and here I am at 8pm with under 1000 calories. That's not so good.

Here are a few photos of today's work. Hope you all have a great weekend!

The cutting cake

Cupcakes and cake

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/30/2014 10:25PM

    The cake is beautiful!! I would love to eat that!!! You are a staying really busy!

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Circuit Training Starts Again.

Monday, August 25, 2014

My body had really missed circuit training - in a couple of ways.

1. I feel GREAT. Sore and tired (and pretty sweaty), but great! It is the perfect way to start my day and I am glad I psyched myself back into it.

2. I FEEL it. I know it will become easier each day, and by next week I'll be at it with no problem, but getting back into a habit is always an effort. At least this one is worth it. :)

I have an order for delivery tonight, so I'll have to start baking right after I make the bed and pick up the upstairs. I am also going to whip up a few healthy snacks for myself for this week, things like Energy Bites and homemade granola. I desperately need quick foods for myself (I am glad to be the only one in the family with Celiac disease, obviously, but it absolutely means there are less on-hand snacks for me since I have no interest in pre-packeaged foods), so I need to make myself portion them out for the week each Monday to stay on top of things.

Otherwise, things are good. Evening walks are going to re-appear this week and I am putting the scale away until September 1. At that time, I am only going weigh myself on the 1st of each month and focus on the stamina, body changes, and mental benefits the rest of the month. Every now and again I have to just go scale-free and I think I have hit one of those times again.

Have a great week, all!

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    Good luck with the circuit training. I have never done it.

I have celiac disease too according to my doctor but so far have not tried to tackle it other than the trying to stay away from processed foods. I'm already not allowed to have salt of sugar so it makes it hard.

Was the rest of your family tested for celiac disease? If often runs in families.

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I Am So Tired. (Plus: Famous Artwork Cupcake Photos)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Between yesterday's all day outing (LOTS of walking!) and today's artwork inspired cupcake decorating (not to mention cleaning, laundry, and chasing an active boy while we were home alone together), I am really looking forward to an early night and (God willing) SLEEP.

We have had a wonderful weekend, though, so a bit of exhaustion is worth it. :)

This week will be moderately busy, as far as the baking business goes. I am doing a birthday cake and cookie set tomorrow, Buckeyes will be made, and then I have a full wedding that gets delivered on Friday evening. It'll be even busier on the 'around the house' front, though, as I will be cleaning the outside windows, moving furniture in at least two rooms, and working on redecorating a couple of rooms. I'm also starting Jillian's 30 Day Shred again. So, no pressure. Haha.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend.

Cupcakes inspired by famous works of art.

Where we spent a large chunk of time yesterday.

Me, staying hydrated!

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    Very creative cupcakes! Sweet!

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    Loved the cupcakes and the lighthouse! I can't imagine how you can keep up with that schedule. You are amazing. No wonder you are tired!

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BLUENOSE63 8/24/2014 7:46PM

  Wow those are great cupcakes! You are quite talented.....did they get eaten?

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Friday, August 22, 2014

I think I am going to buy a bathing suit on clearance this weekend - two sizes smaller than I need right now. That will be the motivator in the closet to keep me going all winter. :)

Yes, I realize that my health, looking better, and feeling better should be all the incentive I need, but let's be honest - if that is ALL we needed then none of us would be here!

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MYTURNNOW2013 8/22/2014 3:54PM

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/22/2014 12:48PM

    I think it's a great idea!! I hope you can find a cute one for a good price.

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LJOYCE55 8/22/2014 12:11PM

  I think that is a great idea. I think I will copy that and then try it on once a week til it fits.

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