Counting Down Thursday

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Counting Down Thursday
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Thu, 06-12-2014 - 7:54am

There is so much I'm counting down these days, end of school, end of my fitness classes.  I'm down to my last three fitness classes. Today we're doing another pyramid (starting w/ 1 globe jump, then repeating that and doing 2 burpees, repeating both of those and doing three squat jumps on the BOSU, repeating all three of those andadding 4 jumps over the BOSU,  up until we get to 10. And, in between repeats, we'll lift and do the same w/ lifting. I hope I haven't made the class too complicated).  I'm meeting friends for lunch and then relaxing. I do need to go pick up a grill for my husband for father's day.  Anyone doing anything for fathers day?






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Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 06-12-2014 - 10:23am

I woke up tired this morning and I'm thinking it's allergies. My head feels stuffy and I can't really taste much. I'm going to exercise lightly today and jog a few miles before I head to work this evening. I got a new pair of shoes I want to work on breaking in and I don't want to take a chance on blisters since I am planning a 10 mile run on Sunday. 

My oldest son has met a new woman that we all really like. She is 27 and just home from military service, has a college education and is quite a pleasure to talk too. He is baby crazy right now and desperately wants a family and children but  he's not had the best of luck with woman so I'm glad he's waited. We really hope things work out for him this time. 

Happy Anniversary Gym!

Karla
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Registered: 09-25-2003
Thu, 06-12-2014 - 10:43am

Happy Anniversary, GR.  How did I miss that our anniversaries are one day apart?!  OMG - it will be nine years tomorrow, and eleven years since we first met.  I cannot believe that amount of time has gone by, nor can I believe how much we have DONE in that time!  It's really amazing!

SJ, how wonderful that you were the origin of the reunion, AND that it was so successful!  Memories like that are so important!  That is why I am making a photojournal for both of my children to document our wonderful vacation.  Karla, how are your injuries holding up with all of the running you have been doing?  I am amazed at how quickly you picked up the running bug!  Jean, did you ever decide on a family vacation for the summer?  Now that things are winding down from one season, what will be your next endeavor?

It's funny, but I had a conversation with some other women about our grumpy-old-men/husbands issue, and we all agree!  SJ, it is so insightful of you to see that we women/mothers are busting-at-the-seems for taking ME-time, while our husbands just want to putz around at home...although dh is very productive at getting home projects done, it's just not on my radar.  Since dh has been moping AND I was so tired, I sat on the couch at watched, "Frozen" with him and dss.  I've been wanting to watch it for a long time, but dh always said, emphatically, "NO!!!"  However, with the encouragement of dd and the fact that dss said he would watch it with us (dh gives in to his son EVERY time, but not me), we watched it!  How exciting - a disney movie that is all about strong women...definitely showing that "times are changing" FOR THE BETTER!!!  I am so happy that this generation of girls will grow up with strong(er) role models.  The world really IS getting better, despite all of the violent setbacks.

Work today, yoga tonight (it's been two weeks!), massage after yoga...maybe dog training?  If I am still alive and kicking, I really should do some dogtraining!  I am also PRAYING that my mom decides to move into independent living...she just saw a unit, and if she confirms, she will move in 7/1.  After she moves in, perhaps my goal should be to get my dog therapy-certified.  My priorities seem to be 1.  Mom, 2.  Me, 3.  Husband, 4.  Daughter, 5.  Dog (I think the dog is somewhere on the "Me-list"  lol).  I'm moving up on the list.  YEA!!!

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Thu, 06-12-2014 - 11:18am

Fresh, thankfully since the achilles injury the rest of my injuries have been minor. Most of the problems I am dealing with currently are skinjuries. I am desperately trying to figure out a way to avoid any kind of foot skinjuries for the rest of this summer. I want to feel good about the half I am running in September so I want to make sure I am well trained. I feel as though I am doing good with the conditioning and I may start to add in some real speed training. I haven't decided yet though because right now this doesn't feel like "work" to me. It's more of a fun personal challenge. I am loving the planning and preparation and I want to keep this feeling for a while longer. 

Karla
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Registered: 05-08-2006
Thu, 06-12-2014 - 11:31am
FSN, your priority has to be 1)YOU. You have to put on your own 'oxygen mask' first or you can't help anyone else! I always feel a little badly when I say this to people, and I certainly agonized over my own mother's safety, but at some level, as long as they are not endangering someone else, sometimes you have to accept that their own decisions might lead to an earlier death, or a harder end of life, but sometimes, you have to let them make them and accept the consequences. I bless my brother every day for every time I said 'I think we need to look into nursing homes' and he said 'we can wait a little longer'. My mother might have gained a few months, but not happier ones...and I am not saying you shouldn't keep moving her towards assisted living, just don't beat yourself up if you can't get her to accept it...this is such a hard part of life's journey...(((hugs)))
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Registered: 03-15-2004
Thu, 06-12-2014 - 11:46am

Thanks for the anniversary wishes ladies!  We're not celebrating until tomorrow - just going out for a nice dinner.  

FSN, I'm in agreement with Happy that you need to put yourself first (oxygen mask and all).  There are of course times when other things need to be first but in general, I think you need to be first.  You'll be a much better wife/partner/dog & kid mom/painter/yogi. 

Karla, sounds like things are going well for your training.  Go you!  

Happy, I loved that you were the catalyst for the family reunion.  When my Grandma passed away, I (somehow) managed to gather our estranged family together at her favorite restaurant.  None of us really like each other but I thought it was important that we do that.  Of course, none of us have kept in touch since then and it's doubtful we'll all be in the same room again but that's okay.  

Jean, I think your classes would kill me.  Tongue Out

Did cardio this morning and it went pretty well.  I am still working on slowly increasing instead of jumping right in as I would normally do.  So far, lungs and such are doing good.  I'm working on freelance stuff this morning and then I have a marathon hair appointment this afternoon - cut, two process color (because of the purple) and then a brazilian blowout.  Yesterday, DH and I were talking about my plans for today and I mentioned I was "getting a Brazilian."  His eyebrows shot up and he said "you really don't have to do that for our anniversary."  LOL.  Wink  I didn't think I needed to clarify but apparently I do.  I have since been making many jokes about "the other hair" being smooth and silky straight.   

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Registered: 05-08-2006
Thu, 06-12-2014 - 10:33pm

Jean, I agree with Gymrat that your classes are killer...I think you like jumping....and I am a jump avoider...but they do sound like they make the body WORK! Karla, interesting that you want yo work on speed...I already think you are very fast...Gymrat, happy anniversary...hope you feel well for celebrating....I went to the gym tonight - ten minutes on bike, lifting for legs, abs, fifteen minutes on stairs. Last week I bailed on the stairs after five minutes because my favorite Zumba instructor walked by and I realized I could go to class instead...more than an even exchange calorie wise - ten minutes stairs vs 45 minutes of Zumba, but less challenging. I was really not into doing stairs tonight, and my trainer and I agreed I would go five minutes and decide from there (he doesn't supervise cardio, but he usually asks what I am planning and encourages me, and asks about it at the next session...keeps me honest). Anyway, there were two people in wheelchairs working out while I was on the stairs...I thought that I bet they would be happy if they could do stairs...and I should appreciate the fact that I can...so I pushed through. I would like to think that even in a wheelchair I would be motivated to work out, but somehow, I doubt it....we have at least three members who are there regularly in their chairs..one has a servic dog...he is so cute, moves from machine to machine with his master and the trainer they work with, and lies down watching intently. Sometimes the gym is busy and loud, and the dog seems like the most 'normal' person in the room....it is easy to take things like walking for granted...until you see people who don't have the option...so yup, stairs were GREAT tonight...

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Fri, 06-13-2014 - 7:57am

LOL, my workouts can be hard but I give variations in class so it's do-able for everyone. I have 70 year old grandmothers who can do it. They are very fit but they take the low impact option.  I do love to jump, though.  We used to joke that I was the Tigger instructor. 

It does put it in perspective how lucky we are when you're doing something you don't want when you see people who can't do it.  My friend was running the Army 10 miler and she said her calves were killing her but then there were soldiers running w/out legs and she thought, calf pain isn't that big of a deal.  I think if I were in a wheel chair, I'd still find a way to move.  Even when I've been injured, I've worked around it as much as possible. I do think starting fit makes a big difference, though.  I don't know if I've ever metnioned this but one of my high school classmate's wife and daughter were in the Boston marathon crowd when the explosions went off.  The wife lost a leg. But, following her progress the past year has been amazing. She used to look like a typical mom, overweight, out of shape.  Since losing her leg, she's been working out a lot and she looks amazing.  I can't imagine the challenges to get there but what an inspiration. 






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Registered: 04-07-2008
Fri, 06-13-2014 - 12:06pm

Wow Jean about your friend who lost her leg in the bombings. It is sad that it took such a horrible event for her to turn her life around. Thankfully it didn't destroy her will to live. 

Karla
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