Lethargic Monday

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Lethargic Monday
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Mon, 07-28-2014 - 8:41am

I'm just ready to go back to bed now.  I'm reading this book about a om of a fictional mass murderer/high school shooter. It's writtten, oddly, from letters she's writing her husband post trauma.  I've vested a few hours in it an it's an annoying read, the woman is unlikeable. How long do you give a book before you stop reading it?  I guess I'm hoping there's some redemption where she realizes she's the cause of the problems in her life but I'm not sure it's worth the time, plus I don't think she'll ever get there.  Ugh.

We're leaving for California the end of the week but this will be a short trip.  Being the over indulgetn dog owners, I'm taking my dog to the place we leave her when we ski because she loves it there.  It's a 90 minute drive which is crazy to add onto a long flight.  So, this week feels like a waiting period tor vacation.  I'm going to parkour and silks today.  I'm just having so much fun with it!






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Registered: 04-07-2008
Mon, 07-28-2014 - 9:28am

I typically give a book just a few chapters before I give up on it. I have found that if I don't like it right away, I generally won't like it. 

I got in a couple of weight lifting sessions last week and I feel great about it. I am going to keep my running to 30 miles a week or less for a while so I have time to fit in other things. While I am loving how I feel with my running, I want to make sure not to loose anything I have worked hard to build up over the last several years. I saw the pics of Jean's back (amazingly muscular) on FB and I was immediately motivated to work out harder. ;-)

Speaking of running I had a fabulous run this weekend. The last two weeks have been very hot and humid and I spent a week running on the beach (very difficult imo). All my runs lately have felt slow and heavy and I was hoping it was the temp and humidity. Saturday morning a gal at the gym (very good runner) asked me to join her on a long run and I was very nervous about running with her as she is really strong and fast, but I said yes because I wanted to challenge myself a bit. We were originally going to run 8 miles but we planned a little different course than we normally run and our run turned out to be just over 9 miles. It was cool and breezy out and looked like it was going to storm on us the whole run but it was one of those wowie runs where I felt light as a feather and didn't struggle in the least bit. We finished a little over 9 miles in one hour 24 minutes. Our pace was 9:19 a mile and that was very fast for me but I never really felt it. I couldn't believe how good I felt. I think slogging it out for a few weeks in heat and humidity has really been good for me. 

I spent the day with my oldest granddaughter yesterday and she is doing really good again. We practiced trying to walk up and down stairs and she was almost able to get up a small stair by herself. I don't know who was more proud of that-me or her. lol 

I'm off to run this morning. I'm going to do 6 miles. My daughter is going to join me and try for 4. YAY!

Karla
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 07-28-2014 - 10:01am

Awesome on the run! Runs like that are what keep me going.  Are you doing any speed work?  I never did them enough but when I did, my long runs felt great. 

I normally don't give books enough time. I started Gone Girl a few times before I finally got into it (again, characters annoyed me).  I don't know why I'm keeping on w/ this one, other than hoping she grows as a person. Maybe I could skip to the end.






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Registered: 09-25-2003
Mon, 07-28-2014 - 10:05am

I gave up caffeine last week, and I am SLOWLY adjusting.  I had a headache for four days, despite round-the-clock ibuprofen, and I was SO LETHARGIC.  I am just now starting to feel "normal."  I find that although I love the punch that caffeine gives me to get going, I eat more because I get that low blood sugar feeling that makes me anxious unless I have constant snacks.

I had a great weekend helping my mom and daughter.  I got to meet my daughter's boyfriend, and it is a refreshing change to LIKE the boyfriend.  He seems to be the "nice guy" who is also very smart and courteous.  He is genuinely interested in my daughter and he makes her laugh/smile.  So, my daughter is moved in to my mom's townhouse, and my mom is in indenpendent living.  Everything is moving forward.

I have a sales meeting to go to in DC in two weeks, so there is a TON of training, tests, etc., on top of my normal workload that I have to get done before the meeting.  PLUS, I am contemplating a visit to my mom's (and daughter's) the weekend before the meeting, just to add more onto my plate.  I think I am going to get my hair done, and I need to schedule a massage.  My trapezius is better, but that is probably because I did not swim last week.  :(  I have at least two linedancing evenings this week - tonight and tomorrow night.  I must get more cardio in!

Jean, DO the commercial!  That would be awesome!  EL, good for you on the biking.  Karla, I am so relieved that your gd is "just sick."  :P  GR, how was your pj party - that sounds like so much fun!

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Registered: 04-07-2008
Mon, 07-28-2014 - 10:59am

Jean, I'm trying to put some tempo runs in to my weekly plans since I am training for a half-marathon right now, but feeling like I must do something like that kills my motivation. 

Fresh-I have tried and tried to give up caffeine and can't do it. I feel achey and tired all day without my coffee. I have cut back considerably though in recent months. 

Karla
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Registered: 03-15-2004
Mon, 07-28-2014 - 12:36pm

Jean, what book is that?  It sounds vaguely familiar.  I really loved Gone Girl and am looking forward to the movie.  Her other books were all outstanding too and at least one more is being made into a movie.  Current reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and it's rather interesting.    

FSN, maybe skip the daughter/mom visit?  Or have daughter go visit Mom?  No reason to stress yourself unnecssarily.  

Karla, how awesome for you and your runs!  You are such a wonderful example of sticking with it.  

My weekend was exhausting but very fun.  We went to a hotel birthday Friday night at this very old hotel that has been remodeled and is decorated in mid-century modern.  Saturday was my birthday/pajama dinner and words cannot express how awesome it was.  Every single thing DH made was mouthwatering and delicious.  After just about every course, best friend said "I could just have a large bowl of that" and I agreed every time.  OP made a delicious summer cocktail with bourbon and ginger beer.  We laughed and ate the night away.  I took photos and when I get a bit of free time (swamped today because I didn't deal with email all weekend), I'll do a photo album and send you ladies the link.  Yesterday we went to this mirror maze thing which was really fun but it was overrun with kids which made it less fun.  We spent the afternoon at a friend's house and I went to bed about 7:30 and slept until 6 this morning.  

I'm working my buns off this morning and am seeing my client this afternoon.  I'm going to get a strength workout in before I see her.  I could really use a recovery day but ah well.  No rest for the wicked, right?  Wink

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Registered: 05-08-2006
Mon, 07-28-2014 - 1:27pm
Hi ladies! I am back from France. The last day was amazing...I hope to post to my blog and if I do, I will post the link. The trip home was long and I am way out of time synch. I went out for breakfast at 7 this morning and I am in food graze mode. I had such issues with letting too long go between food in France, that I am interested to see if it really is related to how often I usually eat. I lost four pounds in France. I only managed to eat a full dinner once...one night I had nothing, one night just fruit. I don't know if I will ever be invited to go on another trip with my brother's family, but I would definitely need to work out the food better if I did. FSN, I am glad your Mom and daughter are settled. Try to take a breath and enjoy this moment of calm. Karla, congrats on the almost step! It takes so much patience to teach a special child. GR, glad your birthday month was so amazing, you deserved it. Jean, I tried to watch American Ninja last night - it was too bizarre for me - but I can see why it challenges you!
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 07-28-2014 - 3:55pm

The book is We Need to Takl about Kevin and as I google it, I realized that it was also made into a movie a couple of years ago.  So, reading the reviews, I have the feeling there's no realization that she's probably at fault as much as he is. 

SJ, welcome back!  I'd love to read a blog if you do one.  Yeah, it's fun to travel w/ people but then you have to deal w/ their idiosyncracies.  I like Maerican Ninja Warrior somewhat but it's all the same after a while. 






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Registered: 05-08-2006
Tue, 07-29-2014 - 7:05am
We had a tornado in the next town to me yesterday! Here there was just a big quick thunderstorm...huge crack of thunder and lightening, but just a little east, a tornado...there has never been a recorded tornado in our county before! I do sometimes think between the wars and the weather that the world has gone mad. I am awake insanely early for me, and in one short day, I have made my house a mess...so I need to stop procrastinating and clean up a little. I went to the gym last night to lift...I think it is possible I am addicted to working out because I felt so good afterwards...I could feel myself relaxing into the movements and feeling so strong and confident...I passed on cardio and went to a Pilates class, which was the perfect complement to the lifting. OK...turning on music and moving my butt!
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Tue, 07-29-2014 - 8:41am

"I think it is possible I am addicted to working out because I felt so good afterwards."

Me, too--it's a good addiction to have.  I leave the parkour gym in such a happy mood, usually.  I think our bodies need to move!