People Just as Crazy as Me

Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday - Recap from Last... err.. Thursday? Wednesday?

So... Hi there? I've been gone forever.. even though it's only been 5 days. Seems like forever. 
Wow. This has been a crazy week.

Between the pain in my back... stomach pain.. and then Emry breaking 2 fingers... I can't begin to tell you how much I didn't breathe.... You know what I mean?

I left half day on Tuesday to go to a doctor's appointment, and I swung by my PCP and asked her what she thought about my back and stomach pain... I was told to take it easy... Which meant... Do not work out. I hate when they say that.... I mean, working out... is WHAT I DO. Am I right?

Of course, I didn't tell her, that before I went to my first appointment and before I stopped in to ask for her advice... that I had, in fact, been at the YMCA.. running, and doing an epic weight training workout. I mean, should I have told her? Yes? No? I mean, it's not like I knew she was going to tell me NOT to do anything... Right? Okay I kind of knew I would be told to cool it off... But... You know.. Sorry not Sorry... I loves me my gym time.

But, I took the break on Wednesday... and then on Thursday... I also took a break.... So no TABATA THURSDAY... (More on that later).... 

But, let me back track... Wednesday, was a normal work day... Actually, it was kind of a busy day, and I was trying to get myself ahead... Around 10:30a, I get a phone call from the school nurse. (Just a side note: Wednesday was the 2nd to last day of the school year.. just saying). She told me that Emry had come to her, and that he had fallen off the swing. That he was saying that his finger hurt (this is not the case by the way, keep reading). She then told me, that he looked fine, it was kind of discolored, but he didn't seem to be in any pain.. but "did you notice that his pointer finger is a little crooked?". I knew he probably had broken it... but, the way she was talking about it.. I figured it wasn't that bad. I asked her if she thought taping it to the other finger would work, until I could get there to pick him up. She said yes... he wasn't in any pain... So I hung up.

I called Klay, just to keep him in the loop, and as I was talking to him... The nurse rang in... AGAIN.
"Emry will not let me touch his fingers." I tell her to hold on, put my cell down, transfer to Klay (on the end of my work phone) "Go get Emry, he really broke his fingers". I let her know that his dad was on his way.... and that was that.

Klay took him straight to urgent care. But, he called to let me know that:
  1. Emry didn't ask to go to the nurse. No one saw him fall off the swings, and he was going to tell us about it, when we picked him up. He was going to "walk it off", and his teacher saw him holding his fingers and decided it best to send him down.
    1. This means that our son was trying to be SUPER BRAVE... and if you keep reading.. .you'll understand why I am proud, and so sad.. at the same time
  2.  That his finger wasn't crooked.. but BENT THE WRONG WAY ENTIRELY. As in 45 degrees away from the midline. Crooked my ass... School nurse isn't an RN.. I can TELL....
  3. That his finger was not only discolored.. but was more PURPLE AND BLUE then SKIN TONED.
  4. And that Emry was really pale.. so that he was in a GREAT DEAL OF PAIN.. but trying to be strong about it.
After the doctor at the urgent care saw him.. It was discovered that he had broken his 1st and 2nd proximal phalanges (Read: Pointer and Middle Finger, at the base of the finger closest to the first knuckle).. and that the breaks were completely all the way through. They put him in a hard cast, and said we'd need to follow up with an orthopedic in the morning. They were unsure whether or not complete breaks would require surgery. I... just about lost my mind....

The nurse said he didn't seem to be in pain... He wasn't going to tell anyone he had fallen... He knew we'd handle it when I picked him up.. .Klay telling me that he was PALE... and that there was DEFINITE PAIN... I was so sad. It broke my heart.... My son knows that Klay and I work... full time... He knows that his "job" is school.. and what our schedule is... However, we always tell him.. if you are sick or you are hurt.. or you NEED us... we are there.. No questions asked, our jobs can SHOVE IT... He didn't care... He thought he was brave enough to make it to pick up time... Which mind you, would have been around 4:30p.... 6 hours later... I was then proud of him.. for wanting to be so brave.. but, my heart STILL ACHES... for the fact that he is making such GROWN decisions in a 7 year old body.

When I got home... He was there... on the couch... with his hand all in a cast... And I just sat with him. I had told my boss I wouldn't be in on Thursday, because the orthopedic wouldn't see us until 1p.. and I wasn't even going to attempt to bring him in to work with me... He needed to be home, with me. SO, she doesn't know this, but I brought work home with me... And while I sat on the couch with Emry... nestled under one of my arms... I was typing up spreadsheets on my laptop. And he was helping me when I was making spelling errors, and/or when I was off a line.... Such a big boy...
I wanted to make sure that on Thursday, the only thing that was important, was taking him to the doctor and getting him yummy food to help make him feel better. You know.. Mama Loving.

We had to piggy pack tylenol and ibuprofen all night...Wednesday night.

He was up with me super early on Thursday... he couldn't sleep from the pain (even though he didn't admit that)... I had called the school nurse to let her know he wouldn't be in for the last day, and why. She was thoroughly surprised, because of how he was acting... She said Emry could teach the 5th graders a thing or two about pain management... But, she was going to have his report card and whatever was left for him at school ready for us. We picked it up... And had enough time to go and say goodbye to our class friends... It was good for him.. he was very disappointed he'd be missing the last day of school. Poor Kid.

"Mama, this was the WORST way to end the year".
(Your heart breaking too?)

After that we went over to the Orthopedic.. and they took off the cast.
I almost passed out. I was in such shock.. his hand was so inflammed and discolored.. it looked as big as my hand... And when they took the cast off... pain went SHOOTING to the area.

"Mama I need you to help me. I need you to make it stop hurting".
(I was almost in tears).

So I put my hand under his ... and supported him... And just waited for the doctor to come in.

The orthopedic came in, and told me that he couldn't have "broken it any better" (I mean, seriously, what does THAT mean?) That is was a "clean fracture" and that he didn't think Emry needed surgery, or even a hard permanent cast. But, he would be in a buddy splint.

WHAT IS A BUDDY SPLINT YOU ASK?'s a piece of velcro that gets wrapped around the two fingers in question.. and the buddy movement off each other.

I can't wait to see what a piece of velcro costs on my insurance.

The Doctor wrote him out of sports (ie: Karate, Swimming, Playground play, Riding bike.. summer time fun) for 3 weeks. Emry was so disappointed. But, he knows that he needs to let it heal properly.. so that it's only 3 WEEKS.

After that, I took him to pick up the groceries.. and whatever he wanted to eat for lunch. He opted for popcorn chicken... And I made sure to keep up with the pain medicine... Because, even though he wouldn't say anything (even though I told him he should), I could tell from his eyes/face when the pain was getting significant.

So.. That was Thursday.....

Friday, was my company picnic. We weren't expected to be at the location until 9:45a... So... What to do with that extra time.... Oh.. yeah, I worked out.. Even though the doctor told me not too... I did.. I wanted to... I needed a stress reliever.... I did an hour of Weight training.. and then I had to drop my car off for an oil change... How did I get home to get ready? OH... I ran home... And I did pretty great on my time.

We all showered and got to the picnic just at 9:45... and proceeded to have a pretty great time. I was able to take Emry in the pool with me... I made sure that he wasn't banging his hand around.. and basically just let him enjoy the water... I think he appreciated that... He was looking forward to actually swimming in the pool by himself... but, being able to still go in.. it was a decent compromise.

Friday was also the day that I was supposed to bring Emry to my sisters, so Klay and I could have a weekend to ourselves. She promised that she'd take care of him, and that she'd abide by the doctor's orders... and so... Klay and I felt confident to let him go.

We dropped him off around 2:30p.. and then proceeded to drive home, talking about him. Isn't that funny? Of all the things we talk about.. we enjoy talking about or son the most. I think our cats are a close second.  (HA!) we got home, I had to make the food for the week, and clean the house. Freedom from parenthood is NOT freedom from housework... am I right?

This week, I made Healthy Sloppy Joe's (that we will be placing over salad)... What makes it healthy? It's Half Ground Beef and Half Lentils... And there are a ton of veggies in it. The seasonings are cut in half (read: not as saucey, but just as tasty).... So basically, it's kind of like sloppy joe flavored chili. The house smelled amazing!

And for the healthy breakfast, I found a quick and easy Protein Cookie recipe over at The Fitness Blondie. I had all the ingredients, so it was a WIN.

House got cleaned.. and by 7p... everything was done.
I also call that a WIN.

We went out to dinner with my dad and his girlfriend... And then Klay and I went over to a friend's bar... just to decompress... Over all the night was very relaxing. It's a small bar... and the ages ranged from young twenty somethings to 70's... It was great. There was a cute little band... And, knowing the owner seemed to get us in the "free drink from other customers" club... We didn't drink a lot.. Wait, strike that.. I didn't drink a lot... But, it was a very enjoyable time.

Saturday morning, I woke up... and well... I wanted to run. But, I didn't... I knew we'd be doing a lot of walking that day... so I decided not to run.. But, I still went to the gym. I got a full core workout in.. and then realized that I still had time to go to the Saturday Tabata... ENTER MY INSTRUCTOR.

It was like he planned to sub into that class... because I had missed Thursday. He asked me, where I had been... and if I was going to the Saturday Class... When he found out I was... He smiled.. (DANGER WILL ROBINSON DANGER)... And he said he'd see me shortly.

When I got down into the Tabata Room, as I broke through the door... I hear the following:
"Hi, my name is John, and I was going to run your Tabata class the way your instructor NORMALLY does. But since Jillian (points to me), missed our Thursday class... I think we should do class MY WAY... ALSO: Jillian will be helping me to teach you about each station, as she also DOES the stations... she will take NO minute breaks.. she will be helping WHOEVER needs instruction on a station, while getting ready to do her OWN station."
I did not make many friends during this class. John set up all the stations he knows that makes me work the hardest.. the ones that are super difficult. From the Pull Up bars.. to the heavy ropes... to the Frogger TRX move... All of them... Sumo WALKS... YEah.. ALL OF THEM.... By the end of the class.. I was all "John, I get it, I'm sorry, I'll take better care of my body, I'll never miss another class... I will not make excuses why I cannot make a 545a class... I'm sorry..." Everyone was laughing.. and so was he. But, I think that was his point... and I love him for it.

After that, I went home, and cleaned up.. I had to drop my car off at Safelite (cracked windshield) and then I had a hair appointment followed by a trip up to the wedding venue with Klay and the photographer.

It all seemed doable.. UNTIL


I get to safelite, and even though I have an email confirmation for my appointment.. THEY HAVE NO RECORD OF ME. And they didn't have the glass in stock.... and I wasn't getting the crack, which is the size of my windshield, taken care of. I had to call back my insurance and have them schedule another appointment... and then DOUBLE CHECKED with SAFELITE that they, in fact, RECEIVED THAT appointment.

I then realized that the photographer was going to be taking pictures of us that day... so Klay and I had to dress nicely. This isn't a problem... but, for us to dress in a way that compliments each other IS. He doesn't have a lot of clothing (outside of rock t-shirts)... so I told him to find his nicer (but still casual clothes) and I would match to him.... Well, I had NOTHING... to match to him. We had to run over to Joyce Leslie before my hair appointment, so I could grab a quick (and cheap) sundress... SIGHS.

Barely got to my hair appointment in time.. but it went well. I don't like that my hair is barely passed my shoulders... but it is THICKER and HEALTHIER than it has every been.

We met up with the photographer, and the whole scouting for Wedding Shots and taking Engagement photos went really REALLY great. It was like everything slowed down once we got to Mohonk.
THANK GOD, am I right?

Hopefully, I should have some proofs to show in a couple of days. Klay and I don't have any professional pictures of ourselves.. so it will be nice to have one or two.

After that was done, Klay and I had packed hiking clothes in the car.. so, we took the opportunity of being able to do so. Mohonk has beautiful trails... And we opted to do something called the Labyrinth. It is a rock scramble, and it's a "No going back" trail.. Once you start.. there is no stopping, there is no turning around.. It's GET TO THE TOP... and then walk the road back to the where you parked.

It was epic. And even though I am supposed to be taking it easy.. My body responded... I was climbing and pulling myself up.. I was using all those muscles I have been training for months. I mean, why do I lift weights? If I'm not going to USE those muscles in real life?

When you get to the top of the Labyrinth, you are at "Skytop".. and you can see forever into the distance. It was BEAUTIFUL!

A leisurely walk back to the car... and we drove home. I grilled up some Tandoori Chicken Kebabs on the grill.. and paired it with a kale salad.... We had a bottle of wine ... (Mind you: it was a bottle of wine between Klay, my dad and I).... And then we just relaxed. I took a nap on the couch... and when I woke up around 9p... Klay decided we should go out for dessert.

We went to Outback stack house, and we shared some carrot cake.. and they have these MINI (3 oz) milk shakes. So tasty!!!

Home and to bed.

Sunday was a rest day... We did nothing... Mostly because we were waiting for my sister to contact us, for when we were supposed to meet up and grab our son. Which, I was missing like CRAZY!
We had him by 3p... and then all of us went out for Thai Food... Which was super tasty... Super SALTY... but, what can you do... It's a given!

And here we are... at Monday.

I ran this morning outside. The temperature was 63 degrees and balmy... And I have discovered that I am in urgent need of new running shoes... I think a lot of my back pain is coming from that... I felt it as I was doing the hills this morning... **SIGHS**... Don't really have the money for it.. but, it's a necessity if I plan to keep running.. AND I DO PLAN TO KEEP RUNNING! Can I get an AMEN?

I went to the Y around 530a and did about 40 mintues of core work... And then I went home.. changed... and got Emry to camp... then made my way to work.

Yes... it was a jam packed 5 days away... Did you miss me? I can't wait to catch up on reading all of your blogs.

Let's hope this week is a CALMER week? Mmmm'kay?


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Brief Hiatus - Injury

Hello All -

All posts for the rest of the week will be postponed.
My son fell (on the 2nd to last day of school) and fractured 2 fingers and probably 2 metacarpals.

We are going to and from doctors for the next couple of days... and probably surgery...

Keep him in your thoughts.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I rested... and a Top 10

There is definitely something up with my body. Between the crazy back pain, and then last night the stomach turmoil... I think a trip to the doctor is due.

I'm leaving half day to go to an appointment... and then we'll see exactly where we are.

I woke up around 2a, and my stomach was screaming... Needless to say, TMI MOMENT, I was up and down for most of the evening.

Going to the gym wasn't going to happen... even if I wanted to. I was dehydrated, and I really was contemplating coming in to work or not. (IE: wasn't sure if I could make the 45 minute commute to work).

So, here I sit, waiting for 12pm to come, and I realize that I need to get a lot done before then.. **SIGHS** Maybe if I get red glittery heels and click them together.. maybe it will all be done?

SO, today, I'm going to give you the:

TOP 10 things I wish I could be doing right now:
(COMPLETE WITH GIF's.... Sorry not sorry... I needed to giggle with these! Enjoy!)

I wish I could be laying on a beach, in my bikini, listening to the waves crash, with a large umbrella drink in my hand.

I wish that I was not so topsy turvy in the tummy, and running outside in this beautiful weather...

I wish that I could be one of those Desperate Housewives, and only have a charity event and pedicure appointment to keep.

I wish that I could be laying in bed.. with NEGATIVE CALORIE PANCAKES (they exist in my dreams okay?) eating and enjoying HORRIBLE TV.

I wish that I could be working on my tan.. seriously, I'm not a big "TANNING" person.. but, I think my legs are actually not PASTEY white.

I wish that I could be in a hot bath, with lavender and epsom salt.. trying to persuade my back to feel better.

I wish that I could be taking Emry off the bus at 11:15a.. rather than making him go to Boys and Girls Club.... I wish I could be that mom.

I wish that I could be in an office across the building... where people actually work.. and the most important thing is NOT.. what food is in the breakroom.

I wish that I could be getting a massage... a hot stone massage...Ooooh yehah.. That sounds good.

I wish that I could be rich... MONEY RAINING FROM THE SKY.... FREAKING RICH.

Enjoy your day.

What do you wish you could be doing right now?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Case of the Mondays - and Weekend Recap

Hello Monday People! 
I, myself, have a case of the Mondays. 
You know what I mean? I did not want to leave the house today.. I would have much rather stay in bed and sleep the day away.

Weekend Recap - 

Friday night, I did my normal, clean the house, make the food for the week. If you remember, I was planning on making Fitness Blondie's, Protein and Veggie Stir Fry and well... I sort of did that. First, I went to the cupboard to get all of the ingredients out. As I did that, I realized that I did not have "Italian Dressing" in the cupboard, but "Greek". This is not a big deal, but, the flavor change meant I had to use a few different veggies. I mean, if we're going GREEK.. we are GOING GREEK.. am I right? I realized then, that I did not want to use the quinoa noodles anymore. but, I wanted to make zucchini noodles. So, I got my shredder out, and made some kick butt zucchini noodles. I added tomatoes, mushrooms, asparagus and a little red onion into the mixture... I browned the meat... drained any extra grease from the pan... and mixed it all together... AND OH MY OH MY.. did it smell delicious! That's what I call turning Lemonade.. into FANTASMAGORICAL LEMONADE! Great recipe with great roots... and I just added my own flare. I can't wait to have some for lunch today.

Saturday, I got up early, and I did my hill training. I once again set my eyes on the insane hill by my house.. and the first time I did it.. my time was 41 minutes (3.71miles)... Yesterday? Oh.. my time was 38 minutes 11 seconds. That's right.. I conquered said HUGE HILL and I shaved 2 minutes 49 seconds of my time. I felt like a rock star. It was very VERY cool. I was feeling big and bad.. and invincible.. so I cooled down at home, had some breakfast (protein brownie and a large piece of fruit... holy cow yum) and then went to the YMCA. I had some time to kill before my Saturday Tabata class... so I did some Core focus... Once again, I was feeling big and bad and invincible.. So I upped the weight on the oblique machine... and the crunch machine. 20 minutes later I am down in Tabata... kicking butt and taking names.. Just felt so energized.. so I used slightly heavier dumbbells.. And I really REALLY pushed myself through the class... 

Afterwards, I came home... stretched out... and got ready to take Emry to his friend's dance recital. He got dressed all nice, and so did I. I even wore my new GIRLY shoes... you know, the ones with the 3 inch heel.. that are more for sitting, than walking. Did I mention, that by time we got to the venue for the recital.. I had to park in the FAAAAARRRR lot? Yeah, lots of walking... not fun... my feet were (and still are) not pleased. Emry got his friend some tie dyed roses... and we enjoyed a really cute 2 hour dance recital. We went out to Linner (Lunch + Dinner) with her family after.. and just had a wonderful time. I got home, and we all sort of relaxed. Klay did a lot of outdoor work, so he was beat. While Emry was showering that evening, I through myself onto my bed, and was just laying there. And that's when it happened. Something POPPED.. and Something MOVED... and then I had pain. A lot of pain. Radiating from the right side of my face, down across the left side of my upper body and then down my left arm. My lower back locked up... and I couldn't move. Literally... I couldn't move.

Remember when I was big and bad and invincible? Yeah.. I over did it... and I was kind of screwed. 
Klay walked in the bedroom and could tell that I was hurting. My face said it all... He had to find my muscle relaxers (that I haven't used in 8 months, mind you)... he had to lift me out of the bed... He basically had to walk me where I needed to go in the house. It was awful. I was in and out of consciousness that night.. and then.. Sunday came.

I was still in a load of pain. I did not work out. At all. I barely moved for most of the morning. I had breakfast (pancakes.. I needed pancakes).. and then IT happened. My stomach got wicked upset.. and it wasn't like I could physically RUN to the bathroom.. so I hobbled there as quickly as I could.. And enter, from stage left, and obvious stomach virus. Yeah, Saturday Evening - Sunday Afternoon, not my finest moments. 

Around noon, Emry was really trying to "OVER HELP" Klay outside with the yard work, and I could tell Klay's patience was running low. So, I had Emry help me up off the couch, and he helped me gather clothes, and everything I needed in order to take a bath. Getting myself in and out of the tub was fun, and took time.. but Epsom Salt and 3 Tylenol later.. I felt decent enough to move. I took Emry to Toys'r'us, in hopes of finding an outdoor toy.. A slip and slide.. a sprinkler.. just something. We got a RC car. But, hey.. it can be used outside.. Right? 

Also, because it was a nice day, and I can't seem to learn my lesson. I worked on Emry's bike riding skills, on and off.. for about an hour. He's very close to being a big boy bike rider. And my back held out fine... Fine-ish. We went out for Mexican food for dinner... I had a Raspberry Margarita (because my back needed to be ignored)... and we went home and got ready for bed. 

Overall, the weekend was really nice... I really enjoyed the memories that were made.. I just wish that I didn't hurt myself in the process.

How am I today? Well, I went to the YMCA this morning, and did my hill run on the treadmill. Just in case I had to fall or stop... all I had to do was pick up my feet and put them on the side of the machine. I managed to get through it with minimal effort... and then... I did really light... super light... Core workout. 

I'm at work.
I'm not happy about it.
But, Tylenol is my friend. 


Hopefully tomorrow is a better day. Just got to keep stretching. 

How was your weekend? 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday Fives - What a great week!

THE GOOD LIFE BLOG you didn't go over to the link up yesterday, on TWIT Thursday, I came through with a 5lb weight loss from the week before. And I am totally elated. I really buckled down, and I really kept my eyes on the prize. It's affirming that I know, that when I am focused and in my zone. That I can accomplish great things.  If you have no idea about TWIT Thursday, It stands for Thursday Weigh In Tell-All! And it's my Healthy Journey Link up. That bonds us, and helps us to keep each other motivated while we are on our Healthy Journeys. Whether we are in the beginning, the middle, or the end of it. Just a way to keep ourselves motivated with our favorite Blogging Buddies! Klay and I are finally back on the same page. We are just a tight unit again. Isn't it funny how that happens? It takes a fight to bring you in closer. I wish there was a way to just skip that.. and be able to just talk about it. And my hope for the future is that, talking does happen... instead of the alternative. But, either way.. This entire week, we've been.. SO in sync. Allowing each other more time with the other. For so long, we've been avoiding conversations, and thus avoiding each other. And, then it became habit.. just to be in separate quadrants of the house. This week, we've spent at least an hour or two, before bed, sitting, talking, watching TV, snuggling. It's nice. It feels better than what had been occurring. to Parent's Day yesterday at Emry's School. He is SO excited when Klay and I can attend things at his school. They had a little class presentation about when Mother's Day began, and then when Father's Day was started. Why and by whom. They read allowed to the parents, and each had their own part. They sang songs and afterwards there was snacks for the kids and the parents. I was able to take him out of school a little early, and we were able to get our grocery shopping done, and still have time for a little fun! He opted to play mine craft, and I opted to lay on the couch and enjoy the amazing weather. Amazing breeze coming through the windows. SO NICE. I had some time to kill before Parent's Day, so I was able to get a nice hill run in, and I cut my time down by 3.5 minutes! It was AMAZING! self control, was a favorite this week. Especially with the fact that I am still in this 14 day reset. I am trying very hard to not eat anything I shouldn't, but, still be able to enjoy myself at a party. This week we had a Farewell for an employee, and there was a party. I said no to Red velvet and Cheesecake. But, I sat at the party, and happily ate some fruit. Yesterday, before I left work to go to Emry's school, one of my co-workers brought in a Apple Pie Flavored - Caramel Apple. Yeah, I know, DROOOOOLS. And she was having problems cutting it into chunks, so of course, I helped her. I had one TINY piece. It was a gigantic apple, and we managed to cut it into about 10 pieces. so I had 1/10th of the apple, and nothing more. That's pretty awesome right? Because I have personal knowledge, that this chick, right here, she can eat SEVERAL Caramel and Fudge Dipped Apples. At Emry's School during the Parent's Day snack, I was able to not go for the cookies and chips.. And I opted to eat the vegetables and fruit. This was really a big deal for me also. The same thing, at home, since I had that 1/10th of the apple, and avoided crap at the kids thing, My inner fat girl was SCREAMING.. but, instead of eating junk, I had 1/2 a chocolate rice cake, with a little PB on it. I had fruit... but, I did not go searching for the car keys to go get Ice cream or candy. THIS IS HUGE. It means that this 14 day reset is working. And I am killer excited about that. final Friday 5... ALL ABOUT TODAY. It's Friday, the sun is out, I slept in, and I snuggled up next to my fiance. I laid there and felt the breeze come through the windows, and I got up and got ready for work SLOWLY. I did my makeup... I put on a pretty dress.. a pretty black work dress. but I still look cute as ALL GET OUT. I woke up my son, and kissed him goodbye. I was able to just to move at a SUMMER PACE. I will save running for when I get home later... I just loved being in the summer Friday moment. Just so in love with my life and my family. Just truly seeing the big picture. And that's just it for me, that's all I really need.


Stay tuned tomorrow, for the workout plan for 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ta - to the - BA - to the freaking - ta!



It seems that I have made Tabata a habit.. not just a habit.. it's kind of a love affair.
I keep going back to see what we're doing! And it makes me just.. SO STINKING EXCITED.
All levels of Fitness Geek go to this class, and I love how we all inspire each other to keep going!
 Once again Tabta is a HIIT class (High Intensity Interval Training). Participants go through 7 different stations, 2 exercises per station. Each exercise is 20 seconds long, with 10 second breaks. Each station gets 4 repetitions of the 2 exercises. It's about 4 minutes for each station, and then you get a 2 minute break between stations. 

Now, do you remember last week when JOHN WAS ON VACATION? (I mean, seriously, still a little pissy, how dare you go on vacation, I NEED YOU! joking - not joking). And we had a different instructor.. she wasn't bad... It was different... But, you know.. I LOVE MY HEAVY ROPES AND INTERESTING STATIONS!

So.. was he back this week? YES!!!!!! Oh thank the Lord... However, he came back with a vengeance! Oh man, did I sweat up a storm during this class... Pushed it to the extreme!  I started on the "Slush" PVC Pipe Station (go to #3 and I ended on #2)

Double Swing & Squat
Knee Down Alternate Wave this was very... releasing. I swear I was almost done with the class, just had to make it to Station 2... and something built inside of me, and was like "HEY YOU. YOU'VE BEEN STRESSED OUT.. USE THIS TO MAKE IT GO AWAY. BEAT THOSE ROPES UNTIL IT GOES AWAY". Every time I squatted I slammed those ropes into the ground.. I got instantly back up, and I did it again.. Each round, just as strong. John commented that "I'm watching you, and I'm liking what I'm seeing" I beat the crap out of that exercise. Knee Down Alternating Wave, was the same thing.. Just keep pumping those arms.. Keep waving the ropes.. Make the floor scream from the impact. I imagined the argument Klay and I had, I imagined his mother, who was it's cause. I imagined the crappy people in my world, who pretend to be my friends.. but aren't. I imagined the stress at work.. I just kept doing it.. And it felt so freaking good.

One Sided Knee Tuck
Atomic Crunch may have (read: totally did) over did the Station before, so my last station, at #2.. I was tired... But, it was still intense, and I still tried to push through it with the same FIRE that I had. The one sided knee tuck is kind of like the Pendulum Exercise, but, just on one side per round. Make Sense? Well.. I think I prefer the pendulum more.. there's more of a fluid motion to it. This makes you stop back at center and just swing back to where you were... It's a jerking motion. atomic crunch, aka: Do a push up, then bring your knees to your chest. Yeah, that's fun, NOT! I did these slow... And after the third set, I went to my forearms to finish it out.. MAN, was everything screaming by the end of this. 

STATION 3: PVC/POOL "Slush" Pipe
Alternate Row
1/2 Get Up alternate row (Read: like rowing a canoe) was standing.. And I just rocked it. This was my very first station, and I just love these "slush pipes" ... Row the boat FORWARD.. push through the waves.. Push through the darkness and the crap.. MOVE FORWARD. I want to note: it was a really small class today.. so I was at each station by myself.. so I focused harder on my mind, as well my body. Get ups are getting easier and easier.. Remember the first time? I couldn't even do it. NOW, I'm contemplating whether or not I want to use the heavier "Slush" Pipe. You feel this in your arms, your upper back, and of course, your abs.. IT feels AWESOME.

Two Handed Swing
Jack Press Kettle Bell, and I am rocking the two handed swing.. I think I could have even handled a 20lb weight. I am find that my form is improving.. that my endurance and amount of reps during each set is increasing.. and that is awesome. This is the week, I truly made a comeback. And I am so happy to be back. Presses are still hard with a 10lb weight... It's the motion.. It doesn't feel natural... And I hate doing jumping jacks.. so.. Of course, I need to learn how to conquer this exercise... I mean seriously.. I got to get over myself and learn to power my way through this.. It's a 20 seconds (multiple times) of my life... Ain't no THANG!

Alternate V-Up
Boat Press Alternating V-Up is exactly what you think it is. Right Hand to Left Foot.. pick up body at both ends. Sounds fun? Right? Yeah.. John threw an 8lb dumbbell at me, and told me to make it more fun. I totally was feeling this, and rose to the challenge... Get it done.. Just keep going. Presses with 8lb weights.. aren't easy.. yet.. but they are smoother, and stronger. I don't have to drop my legs nearly as much.. It really does make you tighten your core. It's amazing. Also your getting body weight strength out of your legs.. and some extra muscles in pushing those arms up! And that's a win in my book!

STATION 6: Cardio
Jumping Pull Ups
Standing Mountain Climbers Pull Ups made a comeback.. and I got a wink from John.. It's just for me and I know it.. Now, I've been doing those pull up exercises (Lindsay, have you been doing them too?) So I found these jumping pull ups better than the previous class with them. I was able to jump, HOLD MYSELF... and then lower slower then ever. That means the exercises have to be working.. right? Or am I just too hopeful. Anyway.. I felt strong in them!
Standing Mountain Climbers suck.. no two ways about it. They suck. I hate them... I close my eyes and do them.. But, I hate them as I do them. Does that make sense. Am I clear? Me no love Mountain Climbers. HA!  

STATION 7: Cardio
Jump Squats we remember gym class in high school, or any HS sport team? Suicides are rough.. Run to one dot.. run back.. run farther to another dot.. run back.. Touch the dot.. get low.. do it fast.. Keep going. Don't stop. Don't slow down. Yup. There is a reason for their name... Very appro-po.

Jump Squats, I must say, I did not like these.. I did so many squats yesterday, I should have known better. My legs are like "DIDN'T WE DO THIS YESTERDAY? LIKE A LOT OF THEM. YOU EVIL BITCH". But, I did them, SLOWLY, but I did them. 

That was our class.
Amazing cool down... Lots of stretching.. and I feel AMAZING...

Oh, John, I missed you.. Never leave me again. HAHAHA! 
Do you have a favorite trainer?
Do you have a favorite class? 
Tell me about it!

Don't be such a TWIT.. wait, no, YOU SHOULD BE A TWIT!



Current Weight: 124.6 (HOLY COW I DID IT!!!!)
Weight Last week: 129.6

What I did right: Since I was in my "14 Day Reset to a New Me" , I had a structured workout and meal plan for Days 1 - 7. This focused on a high protein meal plan, and 3 workouts a day. Now, usually I would powerhouse through an hour and a half in one sitting.. But, these 3 workouts ranged between 15-45 minutes and happened 3 specific times of the day. I run in the early AM, and then I did strength training in the early (but not as early) morning, and then after Emry goes to bed, I did a PM strength training. Every day was focused on a different area of the body.. and each run was different.
I stuck to the meal plan (85% true - see below), even if I did have to adjust it. For instance yesterday morning, I was supposed to have  Hard Boiled Eggs with my breakfast... and It was so stinking HOT I couldn't imagine turning on the stove. So, instead, I swapped out the breakfast entirely with one of the breakfasts I had earlier in the week. Same thing with dinners... as long as I swapped it for another healthy option, I call that a win.

What I did wrong: We took Emry out for ice cream on Friday night, and then to the Carnival on Saturday... I had ice cream Friday night, and I had a Caramel Apple on Saturday Night. We went to a BBQ on Sunday, and I stuck to as healthy as I could... but, I had a piece of cake at the end.
My workouts were all there, except for Sunday, when Father's Day took priority over working out, and I don't mind that. Klay is an amazing Father to our son, and he deserves to be shown it. And yesterday, when I should have done a 30 min Speed Run.. I didn't.. I knew my body wouldn't handle it. SO, I did a steep incline, followed by a 9mph super minute sprint. 

What's my plan for this week: My plan for this week is to go into Week 2 of the Reset. To keep strong with the high protein, high exercise regimen. To stay focused. To not give in to temptation. To have a weekend filled with memories.. not food.

My Weekly Weight Goal: 122.5 lbs (which would be a loss of 2.1 lbs)

This is just my rubric for a quick way to do this link up. 
If you like it, please mirror it.. 
if you have your own ideas..

ALSO TODAY, a new link up from Fitness Blondie, called FEARLESS THURSDAYS! This link up is to share our stories.. to explain why we are "FEARLESS".

Liz @ Fitness Blondie

What made me FEARLESS this week?

My story, is a long one.. it's a complicated one, and before I met Klay, it was a dramatic one.
But, what matters, is I am a stronger person (mentally, physically, emotionally) than I was the day before.
I make goals and conquer them, no matter how long it takes, and no matter how hard I have to work at them.
This week was the beginning of a reset.. a getting back on track. Because, for a hot minute.. I was slipping, into the girl I used to be. The girl who would eat here feelings.. the girl who would sneak and hide junk food... The one who lived in the fridge... Just looking for something to make her happy.
I am not that girl.
I am a strong, motivated, driven WOMAN.
And I am humble.. I know that it will take time to change bad habits and bad mindsets. I know that as long as I stay positive, and keep pushing forward.. I will really cement into this new lifestyle.

We are human, and we slip.
We fall so that we can pick ourselves up.. and go farther.

I am fearless.. because I am not afraid of the fall, nor am I afraid of the climb... I embrace both, and I use them... they are my Fuel..

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hump Day Hump Day Hump Hump Hump Day!

Liz @ Fitness BlondieToday, is Wednesday and you all know what that means! It means that it's Hump Day, and the "Hump Day Blog Hop". This is hosted by Fitness Blondie, an amazing and positive blog I stalk follow. I found a bunch of great new blogs to read, and a lot of new positive bloggers! I am going into my second of month of participating in this. Each week, the new bloggers I follow become like new friends... We are a support system of awesome sauce... Are we not?
Go check it out.. and Join in!
This is also the day for Wednesday Confessions! So, since I think this is very cleansing, and fun therapeutic..
Shall we?

  • There was a party at the office yesterday, and I may have stared so hard at the cheesecake and red velvet cake, that I may have just absorbed calories... I didn't eat any.. but oh man, did I try to use my Jedi Mind Trick to get it to levitate into my mouth.
  • I confess that when I get cut off by the car that was directly behind me, that I really REALLY lose my $#!T.... I clap, and scream BRAVO.. and when I know their windows are open.. I, in turn, open mine... so they can hear my road rage. (Not proud, but not sorry).
  • I confess that I am a little scared to weigh in tomorrow. I am half way through my reset, and I set a big goal for this week... But, I've been determined and focused... Whatever I achieve is awesome.
  • I fell back to sleep this morning, and barely got to the YMCA on time. I did a full leg workout, and instead of a speed run, I opted for a walk, with the treadmill as inclined as it could go.. for 15 minutes.. and then just to say that I ran... I lowered myself back to 0.. and then ran 1 minute @ 9mph... Needless to say, I'll be hobbling later.
  • I am currently blowing off a project my boss just gave me. But, I'll get to it after I finish this post, and read all of my favorite blogs. I know, MY PRIORITIES ARE SO STRAIGHT!  
I also use this time to share with you the food I plan to make for next week. I prepare bulk meals for my family.. and this gets us through our work week, and sometimes into the next weekend. It's hard with all of the adults working full time jobs, and it's even harder to make smart choices when you are tired after work, and doing mama things. Preparing a healthy meal, and having fresh fruit.. Saves me. Time after Time. A little extra effort.. HUGE reward. Am I right?
This week, I had an instant WIN for this weeks meal. 
Fitness Blondie, You're a rock star and the recipe for your Clean Protein and Veggie Stir Fry sounds delicious!
What I love about this recipe, there are very few ingredients, MOST of them are in my fridge, freezer or pantry at this very moment, and it looks super simple to make.
Her recipe calls for 5 servings, so for my family, I'll probably have to triple/quadruple it. But still... AWESOME SAUCE. I'm thinking that using Asparagus and Mushrooms sounds amazing.. But I may also throw in some diced tomato too. Mmmmmmmm
We will have fruits and veggies a plenty to use as sides.. and that just leaves us with a Breakfast for the weekend. 
Hmmmmmmm....... Something good, Something Tasty, Something Healthy... Hmmmmm
Oh fitness blondie you win again, and it's only because I actually have 3/4 a can of pumpkin!
How do you say no? How do you resist? That's right, you don't. Once again, picked purely because I have all these ingredients, and it seems super easy to make, not to mention.. Chocolate.. YUM? 
We are trying to keep our grocery bill low, so the more I can use what's in the pantry/fridge/freezer, the smaller or grocery bill will be. Also, it will help clear out the older products, so that when we do need a LARGE shopping trip.. It's for all NEW stuff.. not just putting new groceries right next to the OLD ones. 

This week is turning out wonderful, and I feel wonderful. I think a lot of my mood, and just desperation came from the unhealthy stuff I was putting in my body. Is that possible? Crap food Crap mood? Hmm.. got to look into that.
Tune in tomorrow for Tabata AND Twit Thursdays!
And, as always, have a wonderful day my friends!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

TA-Freaking-DA Tuesday! everyone! This is the first Tuesday in, (checks post dates), WEEKS, that I have felt THIS STINKING GOOD.

I know, you may applaud me now.
*Waits for applause*

I am about half way through my reset, Day 6 of 14... and I can completely feel a difference in my body, and my mind. I am really starting to center again.


As I type this, I am eating my amazing breakfast. 
Dannon Light and Fit Vanilla Greek Yogurt, a cut up Doughnut Peach and a big spoonful of Flax seed. I never thought I'd see the day where I would be in love with anything including FLAX SEED. But, It really adds a nice crunch and texture to my breakfasts! And salads too!

2) If you have never had a Doughnut Peach, I recommend it. It has a lighter sweetness than a normal peach... and when they are super ripe.. the pit is practically detached from the fruit.. so you can more FRUIT AWESOME. Just saying.

Moving forward:

Yesterday, I lost a blogifriend.. You know, we all follow each other, read the other ones posts, comment. Some of us even will share an email or two. (Side note: I love getting to know the bloggers I follow... And one day, to actually meet some of you... A lot of you inspire and motivate me. True support system from all areas of the world!)

But, this person, just, there is no real words for it.

I wish them well, and am truly sorry that my opinion was so different.. that it caused them to back away from my blog as well as remove me from being able to read theirs.

Here's the deal and it's an opinion that I have always shared... and it's a lesson I constantly re-learn.
  • The dark is powerful, the dark is crafty, it feeds off the drama.. it sinks into your soul... and it messes with you. Try to keep your face to the light.. try to rise above the stupidity. No matter how hard it is.. just try. 

So, yeah, it makes me sad, because truly, I think this person needs more people telling her that she is capable of great things, that focusing on these little things is what is holding her back. That you can see her light.. it's right behind her eyes. Just let it shine... 

This morning, I woke up, and I did a comfort run around my neighborhood... And I think I ran slower for one reason... I thought I was being stalked by this white SUV... 

As I ran, I noticed he was on the same street with me, and was constantly getting closer. I was having a STRANGER DANGER MOMENT.. no joke. 

Finally... He got up real close to me, and I stopped my run, and I faced the car.. and I was so ready to freaking scream. dude gets out of the car, and was like... "I'm delivering the paper... I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to scare you."

No that is not the stance I'm taking on this... but, DUDE.. WHO DELIVERS THE PAPER AND GETS RIGHT UP NEXT TO A WOMAN RUNNING... I was relieved.. but I ran really quickly away.. and tried to just get distance... 

Totally freaked me out.

2.17 miles in 23 minutes 27 seconds... I swear I would have been more focused on the run, if I wasn't so focused on the paper MAN trailing me for half of this run. 

Note to self: Take route that does not include Paper Delivery Personnel. 
Double note to self: Work on Side Kick.. and clawing out eyes motion. *haha - joking - not really*

I got home, I logged my stuff into the mapmyrun website. 

And, then I got over to the YMCA, to do my A.M Stronger Workout!
  • DB press (3 sets x 15 reps) w/ 8 lbs
  • DB Fly press (3 sets x 15 reps) w/ 8 lbs
  • Bent over rows (3 sets x 15 reps) w/ 8 lbs
  • Bicep Curls (3 sets x 15 reps) w/ 5 lbs
  • Triceps (3 sets x 15 reps) w/ 5 lbs
Now, if you remember, I have been adding this workout into my every other day "Stronger" workouts.. From looking at it.. Most of these exercises were covered by the scheduled workout. So I did the Reverse Pull ups (with some weighted assistance) and the negative pull ups..which are getting slightly easier...

And now, looking at this, I forgot to do the pushups. Dagnabit.
Oh well, I'll do them tonight! Am I right?

But, seriously, after that.. I was like... WHAT AM I GOING TO DO NOW? I did squats. I know, it was upper body day.. but, I love squats and they love me... and my lower body loves how it looks after I do them...

Sorry, not sorry... I did them with a 40 lb barbell on my shoulders...

But, then, I stretched out really good... and I was able to get home and just lay next to Klay for a couple minutes... which is rare.. and nice.

One thing I am loving about the Reset and the workouts I am doing is, that they all are at home.. or close to home. This gives me 10-20 minutes with Klay in the morning, and I can actually wake my son up.. which I haven't done, on a weekday, in over 6 months...

I never realized how much my old morning routine took me away. I mean, they were sleeping anyway, right? But, spending the extra time at home.. waking up a little earlier to fit everything in... and leaving a LOT later than I normally do... I get to see them... And strength and unity is what our family needs... not just now, with all the stress and wedding drama, but forever.

By 4:30a I am running. I run for about half an hour and then I get home, have a glass of water, and go to the YMCA for another 30-45 minutes. This gives me time to get ready and just relax with Klay.. and seeing Emry's face in the morning. I know he loves it.. He hugs me... and tells me he loves me as soon as he opens his eyes.

I need that feeling right now.
That what I am doing is important...
Because, he loves me... Darn cute kid... am I right?

The ride in is brighter too.. I mean who knew that SUNSHINE would make you feel better too!
I suppose driving to work in the dark.. and basically never seeing the sun until you leave the building.. takes it's toll as well. (I do have a window in my office.. but, I really get more view of trees.. than sky... It's a weird set up...

The traffic is thicker, and there are certainly interesting people on the road. By, interesting, I mean fucktwards who think riding in the center of a two lane highway is a SMART decision.. Real Smart.

Reset Workout may possible become a normal workout... At least the idea of it... It's an unexpected gift that I got from this reset.

Come by tomorrow for the Hump Day Blog Hop and Confessions. Not to mention the recipes I'll be making for next week! 

Thanks for reading.
Happy Tuesday My Friends!