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Oh What a Week It's Been!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Addee and me

Addee, Meg (and baby), and Gwen

Shoot!  I hate when I forget to draft my blog somewhere else.   I almost always lose it when I draft it write in the spark page.  Ugh.  Where was I?  I'm going on Week 4 of being sick, but I'm juiced with antibiotics finally and am on the mend!  Woohoo!

I took some time off work in Week 2 of my cold, started feeling better, so I didn't go to the doc before going to Miami. Big mistake. The travel and flights did nothing for my health.  My coughing was a real nuisance at the conference,  not to mention being achey and worn out, so I missed all the networking events and most of my learning sessions.

On the plus side, I was able to get all three of my daughters under one roof again.  It was awesome.  I got to see my mom, dad, brother, and his family.  I also got to spend time with my best friend from high school, who I've written about before.  She's fighting stage 4 cancer that's spread throughout her body.  I can't tell you how much that visit meant to me!  Tracy "senses things." In school, I often wondered if she did it for attention. But some of the things she said this week were uncanny.  She predicted I'd be back in February.   I thought it was highly unlikely.  But that evening when I was on the phone with my husband, he said, "Maybe we should visit again in the spring. Who knows, maybe you'd like to move there. " Wow, that was so unexpected! We've talked about relocating and Florida's always been off the list because of the humidity.

To summarize, the trip to Miami was memorable and fun, despite the bronchitis.  I got into the doctor as soon as I got home, got my 5 day antibiotic and am feeling better already.  I'll try to add some pictures soon.

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ZANNACHAN 11/23/2014 11:19PM

    Love the pics and that you had such a great visit! Wishing the best for your friend fighting cancer. I had a friend of mine diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer a couple of years ago, but thankfully it was operable and she's doing well now. But I well remember how stressful it was and hard on her as she fought back. I hope your friend is successful in her fight.

And I hope you feel better soon.

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MRSP90X 11/23/2014 5:11PM

    Great pics!!

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HILLRUNNER 11/23/2014 4:44PM

    Great pictures and thanks for sharing your wonderful trip, minus the bronchitis.

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GOLFGMA 11/23/2014 8:38AM

    Lovely photos and so glad you are feeling better! emoticon

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Hot Yoga

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I bought a Groupon to try Bikram hot yoga. I'm going to try it when I get back from Miami. What are your thoughts, experiences, and/or tips? I'll be curious to see how this goes. I'm a profuse sweater. Seriously. I think about working out and I start to sweat. Most of the sweat comes out through my head too, so it's never pretty! But I'm up for it! 30 days for 30 bucks was definitely worth checking out. I plan on going every day right after work.

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JCARDINAL 11/16/2014 4:15PM

    I've wondered about this. Let us know how it goes. emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 11/15/2014 8:06PM

    haven't tried HPB I heard to drink plenty of water beforehand. I could not do it but good luck to you.

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JUNESHOPE 11/12/2014 11:28AM

    emoticon emoticon I wouldn't be able to do it. I hate sweating! That's one reason I loved living in Seattle...rarely got hot enough to sweat. LOL. Now I live in San Antonio, and when it's hot outside I stay in the A/C. But right now it's pretty chilly, so still not sweating. LOL
I just read your profile, and I also don't eat anything fake, no artificial sweeteners, etc.
Your weight loss is impressive. emoticon JOB!

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MRSP90X 11/11/2014 11:23PM

    That was Tracy Reifkind's favorite yoga for something like 8 years. She blogged about it a lot on her first blog, Living My Physical Potential and second blog, Training Food and Thought. She went daily sometimes twice daily and said it was the perfect compliment to her serious kettlebell training. I believe she quit in the past year as she had an injury and it interfered with her kettlebell training and competitions. I would scope out her blogs and see her gold mine of info she has!! One thing I remember her saying us that when she changes studios, the floor was rather slippery and that was an injury waiting to happen. She over stretched, and then want back to her old studio. So make sure the floor isn't slippery, even with the mat. I think the carpet was too slippery she said. Have fun!!

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ZANNACHAN 11/11/2014 11:20PM

    To be honest, I've never done hot yoga because I am afraid of overheating... I overheat fairly easily and I have sometimes had trouble in yoga class. But the heat helps relax the muscles so that you can stretch them further, so it's good to try if you can! Personally, I'd bring water, just in case. My yoga teacher said that water isn't ideal during a yoga class (I guess you're supposed to drink extra before hand maybe?) as it's cold and cools the body when you're trying to warm it up, but I found sometimes I needed it. (again, though, sensitive to overheating/dehydration).

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WINDYCITYCYNDEE 11/11/2014 10:32PM

    I have not tried it. I'll be interested to hear how it works out for you.

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5 More Days!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Today's Day 3 of my 10 minute Kettlebell training. It's a simple 10 round workout doing swings for 30 seconds and resting for 30.

Today is also Day 1 of my 5 day green smoothie cleanse.

5 more days until I'm at the beach with my daughters!!

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JCARDINAL 11/16/2014 4:13PM

    Have a great time at the beach! emoticon

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ZANNACHAN 11/10/2014 5:10PM

    Have an awesome time!!!

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MRSP90X 11/10/2014 12:05PM

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JUNESHOPE 11/10/2014 11:18AM

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ooooh, enjoy your beach time!
My workout today is OUT IN THE YARD! There is a TON to do. I'm so thankful for pleasant weather to do it in.

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Quick Check In

Sunday, November 09, 2014

I completed a 15x10 kettlebell workout this morning. After shopping, I have about 4300 steps, very low compared to previous weeks. I took more Nyquil as soon as I got home. I can't wait for the coughing to subside.

I bought some detox teas to try out. I know many people don't respond well when they're healthy, so I might hold off on trying them!

I got most of the items on my grocery list. It's a simple list when I'm doing the cleanse..crunchy veggies, greens, apples, bananas, eggs, peanut butter...yep. I bought almond milk too. I haven't decided if I'm doing the full or modified cleanse. Maybe I'll split it, 3 full, 3 modified. I'll be ready to rock and roll by Saturday! Which reminds me, need to start planning my packing for the trip.

What healthy variations do you plan on using for the holiday meals this year?

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JCARDINAL 11/16/2014 4:12PM

    You aredoing fantastic! Even while you're sick you're staying on track! emoticon

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JUNESHOPE 11/10/2014 9:12PM

    Keep it up. Way to stay on track even though you are sick.
Enjoy your trip. emoticon emoticon

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ZANNACHAN 11/10/2014 9:29AM

    I hope you feel better soon!

The holidays are hard for me to plan healthy food alternatives because we spend the holidays with family and so we only provide one dish out of many--and that dish is usually homemade applesauce. Which I guess is healthy in that it's homemade and made from a ton of apples cooked down, but it's also a rare treat that I know is loaded in sugars etc. My approach to the holidays is more to try to eat things in moderation--yes, I will probably have some of my mom's home made pie, since I only get it a few times a year, but I eat predominantly the healthier options (thankfully both my family and my inlaws have plenty of healthier options) with smaller servings of the treats, and to eat a healthy amount, not until bursting.

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KNEEMAKER 11/9/2014 7:58PM

  Yep, let's keep on keeping on! emoticon

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Still Out!

Saturday, November 08, 2014

I finally bought some Nyquil pills yesterday. I think I'm over the worst of it, which is funny because I sound worse! I won't belabor all the yucky details. I'm tired of sitting around. I did a 10x10 kettlebell workout this morning, nothing too strenuous. It felt good to get off the sofa. Now I'm back to surfing. I even downloaded a mindless plumbing game. I should probably download a Kindle book. Any suggestions?

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JCARDINAL 11/10/2014 4:15PM

    Glad you're starting to feel better.

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JUNESHOPE 11/9/2014 12:42PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Sorry you are still sick. Good for you for not using it as an excuse to go off your program.
Keep up the good work! emoticon
emoticon you earn a gold star!

Comment edited on: 11/9/2014 12:42:42 PM

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ZANNACHAN 11/9/2014 12:19AM

    Hehehe, I have tons of recommendations, but it really depends on what you like to read. Fantasy? Mysteries? Romance? YA? emoticon emoticon

I hope you feel better soon! It sounds like you are on the mend--funny how you always sound worse when you are feeling better. It's because stuff is breaking up and moving out.

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A_RARE_BEAN 11/8/2014 5:33PM

    Do you like the classics? I downloaded a bunch of free books on the kindle as most classics are free now. Am reading SHE by henry Ryder haggard which is the dude who wrote king Solomon's mines, its pretty good. Hope you get back to full fighting strength soon!

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KCSMOM9 11/8/2014 3:54PM

    I loved the Divergent series and also recently finished Gone Girl. emoticon

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