Hello!! I was a few pages behind. We left for camping Friday and got back yesterday. I've spent this morning catching up on stuff, including this thread. :)
Jaygee~wow, that's tough news! I'd get x-rays/mri what ever just to be sure. Trust me, I hear you on body falling apart, I'm in my 30's with hearing aids for pete's sake. blach. But as was said, just being grateful for what I "do" have. Hug!!
Zub~whooot!! So excited for you!!!
Sparkle~thanks for sharing about your son, my son is very similar. We have a check up at the pediatrician today and I plan on asking about the CLO. I take fish oil and it has helped me tons!
Dana~have a great trip!!
Plady~thanks for the shout out! *LOVE* doing good, just busy.
RR: left achilles really started hurting during Thursday's run, and shoes are around/over 500 miles (didn't track their mileage in the begining), so I ordered a new pair yesterday (and they SHIPPED yesterday too!! So I'll wait to run until they come in but I'm off to do weights and some HIIT hard core!
I've been on the bodybuilding.com website and also checked out the books by Tosca Rena "The Eat-Clean Diet STripped" (peel off those last 10 pounds) and "The Eat-Clean Diet for Family and Kids". I'm figuring out the reason I can't reach my maximum body potential is the food. I love the protein bars and protein bites and hidden sugars/fake sugars. I bought the "Belly Fat Cure" by Jorge Cruise months and months ago, but am finally ready to start implementing it. I may not be able to banish all sugar all at once because I'm still learning about it all, but I've started a bodybuilding page for myself that will have progress pictures, and have a journal started on my stats, and diet and notes so I can continue to improve and tweek where necessary. I've been journalling online for years (on and off) but I never have gone back to see where I am at and where I was, and what needs fixed. So, I figure I am better at paper and pen. :) I've been on this journey since my teens and I'll never give up trying.
Much love to you ladies!
Sparkle, I loved your story about the 'because I can' mentality. It may not be the kick that gets me out of bed in the morning, but it is a good thing to reflect on and definitely becomes more and more relevant as we age, have injuries, etc.
Gaye, thanks for the fabulous RR!! Great job! Wow, way to recover from the 'swim-from-he!!' and still make a 10k PR. Nice. I hope your DS is feeling better.
Bec, congrats to your DH, and how fun to be on the cheering side of things for a change.
Jen, Great news on the offer! I can't wait to hear about it.
DrJ, good luck with your move - and the marathon training!
Real, that's an amazing photo! I thought it was a hill at the bottom, too, until I read that it was the water. That must have been amazing. Could you hear it too from that distance?
JG, good luck with your MRI, and I am hoping for some good answers.
RM, ooh, I tried that Belly Fat Cure - mostly just because I was curious to see the impact of cutting sugar out of my diet. It was very hard (i.e. inconvenient) to get all the sugar out, but I found it really effective for curbing any craving for sweets once it was out of my life. Seriously, I had zero desire for sweets while I was adhering to that diet. I'm looking forward to hearing about your experience with it.
I'm currently in training for another sprint tri on July 10th. It's the third in our local series of 5. I will do the 5th in the series, also... and that kind of reminds me of something I wanted to mention here...
Since doing my first tri back in May, two friends of mine and DH's have also decided to participate in the final triathlon of this series along with me. They don't really want to train, come to find out, just participate. So then, DH decided that he should try it, too! But luckily, he agrees that the training is a huge part of the whole thing, and if you don't want to train, why bother with the triathlon, yk? It should be fun. As long as neither of our friends beats me.
That reminds me that my mom, who will be 70 this year, is also picking up running again! She was a runner when she was my age, and a pretty fast one, too! She has already done her first 5k, and plans to do a 5k every month to gauge her progress. Then she plans to come do the bridge run with me next year!
mom to 3 lovely kids
Hey RM ~ I eat clean (a la Tosca Reno) and I love the magazine too! I am not quite as hard core as she is re: sugar, but I do feel a ton better when I eat clean foods. I'd love to read your blog page if you want to PM me the address.
RR ~ walked 30 minutes at an 8% incline at the Y. Made an appointment with my doctor for when we get back from NH.
Real - Woot!!!! for that 12.5 at solid speeds!!
Mel38 - so awesome about your mom!! Rockin' runs in your family
Jenlove - SOO happy for you! I always thought you should get the place you , even with the problems. Im so glad it worked out. Cant wait to see your chickens
Ok, all you no sugar eaters, you are starting to make me feel bad!!
RR: 1 hour bike circuit, 25 minute c25k (8 1/2 min. miles for 1 minute x 10 with walks in between). Felt really strong. May try another street run this week 'cause I wanna. My goal is to get fit enough to do a sprint tri. I figure my leg can handle 3 miles right? Now just to ignore the inner-ear problem that makes me when I swim and ta-da I do a tri!
NRR: Dh and I are taking a class at the climbing gym tonight and wedneday night on how to lead belay, which is different than regular belaying (i.e. how to belay a person who is lead climbing). This will move us a big step closer to going on a climbing trip with the kids this summer where we set up the top ropes by lead climbing the climbs first
Going to get my first Mammo in 30 minutes.... Must call the FP today to see about results of bloodwork (do results happen that fast?)
JG - I'm so glad you are getting a second opinion about your back! I am a great believer of chiropractic care, but for anything serious, I always think second opinions are good! Good for you for keeping up the walking, in the meantime, though!
Real - That is an amazing picture!
RR - I actually ran today! I have been feeling like a out of shape, fat slug lately. But, today I ran 5 miles on the treadmill! It was tough, and I did need to take a couple of walk breaks, and almost gave up at 3 miles (this is the problem with me and the treadmill), but managed to push through and did it in 59:59.
I definitely need to clean up my diet. Summer is super tough for that!
Gaye and Real - I am definitely coming out Colorado way in a few weeks! Here's the problem, though. I found out that the campsites mostly have a 2 night stay requirement over the weekend if you want to make an advance reservation (we definitely do!). Unfortunately, that sort of messes up DH's already scheduled time off. Long, tedious story short, we are going to have to drive through the night on Thursday, in order to have a prayer of being there in time to set up camp on Friday. We are camping at Jumbo Campground near Grand Mesa (East of Grand Junction), so won't really be in the Denver area (unless you all wanted to make a Western States Dingo camping trip!) on July 22, 23, and 24. We leave that Monday to move on to Utah, Grand Canyon. We will be coming back around later that week, though. We are going to be in Durango on the night of the 29th, and will be spending the night of the 30th in Colorado Springs. If there is the possibility of a meetup, PM me, and we can work out details!!!
Not perfect, Just amazing!
Hey guys, thanks for the well-wishes... but I think I may about to have an early m/c I took a couple of tests today and the lines are so much fainter... No bleeding yet but I'm honestly not feeling hopeful. Very, very sad.
mama to DS 7/09 and DS 10/12 and married to DH
sparkle ~ I was exactly in that same place last November. I know how stressful it is and you're in my thoughts today. Will they be doing the more detailed mammogram next? Or a biopsy?
Sparkle and Zub, Sending peaceful and healthy vibes to both of you.
JayGee sorry you are injured! That bites. I hope you have a complete and speedy recovery.
I had more personals but can't remember now. Urgh.
Had a decent running week last week. Sunday I did 10 miles and 6 of those on gravel trails. My parents' town (where I grew up) put in a whole trail system a few years ago and it's pretty awesome. Though if I'm going to trail run I think I see the need for trail running shoes. My feet were not too happy and I was definitely not very stable on there, esp. since it was really hilly. Going downhill was pretty dicey a few times.
Lost the house we thought we had to rent, owner decided to sell. So I'm going back later this week to see what I can find. Dd1 is off to overnight camp tomorrow. Wow, how did she get old enough to do that?!
"Now bid me run, and I will strive with things impossible." (William Shakespeare -- Julius Caesar)
::hugs:: So much love being sent to my Dingos tonight.
Jen - Mama to V (b. 2-18-09) and AJ (b. 10-9-11) Wife to DH
Gaye, great RR!
JG, glad you're going for the second opinion. Sounds like a really smart choice.
FM Report: I biked 33 miles yesterday to Walden Pond and back. Wowza! Lots of "terrain," as it were, and I'm sore but had a great time. I have a miserable cold but just chugged along and took my cold medicine and made the best of it. And swam in Walden Pond - amazing.
Hoping for a bike ride tomorrow but we'll see how far I get on my reading tonight - I might need to wake up early and read instead.
Zub and Sparkle~big hugs!!
Jaygee~sent you two pm's, the first one was too complicated, the second is on blogspot. :)
Mel~ thanks for the input on the Belly fat Cure. Do you still follow it and did you accomplish what you set out to do?
First day started off with packaged protein food, yet ended in a five meals made clean to eat this week. It's a good start!
So off to see what I need to eat for breakfast. I think oatmeal with some berries and egg? Off to research!
I have had very, very good news about Gromit, though! The pathology report came back today, and the tumor they removed was benign, and they were able to remove the entire tumor (they weren't sure at the time of surgery)!!! I am soooooo relieved. Gromit is my first adult owned pet that I've taken care of from start to finish. He was a rescue dog, and is such an awesome dog. He's loyal, protective, loving, and completely attached to me. He has a great, sweet personality, and well...winning ears! I know he's 10 years old, and is getting on the older side of things, but I am just not at all ready for him to go! I know he has a lot of years left in him, and I want him and this puppy to enjoy them together! My heart would have been broken if he had cancer.
Not perfect, Just amazing!
I worked today, and it was, um...interesting. I walked onto the unit to be greeted with the news that I was being floated. Really? It's my second day on my own, and I get floated? I was floated to neuro, which is internal med's sister unit, but I was terrified because I've heard horror stories about how hard neuro is on CNAs. Super heavy patients, full assist, lots of incontinence. Blech. It turned out that there were four of us on and one was supposed to be a sitter for a patient who was coming at 11, but the patient never came. They were down an RN, so they kept all of us instead of sending one home (which I would have been a-ok with). It ended up being an ok day, just kind of weird since I didn't really know what I was doing. And waaaaay more poop than I care to deal with.
Tomorrow, back to mental health clinical. Yippee.
Gaye, single mama to Tyler (5/06) and Baxter the labradoodle
Wait...I signed up to DO an Ironman??? I thought I was signing up to go SEE Ironman!
Zub, you too. Such an emotional time and it can be hard to reach out for support in real life.
Gaye you are going to be so ready for your RN position when you finish. All this time on the floors is nothing but good.
I have one week until the movers show up here to pack and load. I am organized enough that I am bored and busy tying up loose ends. I hope it stays boring and smooth.
I have been running but just short 3 mile jaunts. Some of you may have seen that ds1 joined me yesterday. He is s-t-e-a-d-y if not super fast. We left home running just over 8 minute miles and I was okay the first mile, the second may have been downhill and the last, well, I got home 3 house lengths behind him with no kick left. I was thinking it was time to up my training but he'll be doing the same thing as we go into CC season.
Zub - I'm thinking of you today, with hopes that the fainter lines don't really mean anything and that everything is as it should be.
Sparkle - I hope that you aren't too worried and stressed out, and that you get some answers soon.
Bec - Here's to many more years with your Gromit. Love the name!
Mommajb - you are gonna be f-a-s-t after training with your DS!
RM - No, I stopped doing the diet in the spring. I loved how I felt, and I know that I will go back to it again, but it is inconvenient for me just in terms of shopping, planning ahead and making arrangements for my own diet.
These next few days will be interesting in terms of any FM. I am home alone with DS, so probably a yoga DVD and biking on the trainer. Next up, a few days of driving which inevitably means practically no exercise. Ah well, I get to pick up my DD2, who I have missed sooooo much as she spent 2 weeks traveling with my sister's family. Just seeing her again will make all the driving worthwhile
mom to 3 lovely kids
Ok, so it looks like we won't be staying overnight in Colorado Springs after all. DH really wanted to spend a second night in Durango, and I didn't have the heart to say no (besides, I kind of wanted another night as well!). We still have to pass through Colorado Springs, so maybe we can do a lunch meetup? It's so hard to try and do everything we want to do!!
Not perfect, Just amazing!
Sheesh, we have so many ants, one is crawling across my keyboard right now :eyeroll
Have you guys heard anything about the Los Alamos fire? (They have now evacuated the lab). That's the one we saw over the ridge when we were picking up DD1 Sunday. It went from a plume Sunday at 1p to 45,000+ acres yesterday So heartbreaking
RR: weight circuit this a.m. after I drop kiddos at various activities...
NRR: Im ok. Mostly trying to ignore the obvious. I know worry does NOTHING, so I am mostly able to not. I also have a consistent meditation practice so when that worry rolls in, I can release it pretty well. It is what it is. It will be what it will be. Deep breath. And as my bestie IRL said, "if it is something, you caught it early, and now you can get a boob job!. ..... and while you're under, you can throw in a tummy tuck! " She cracks me up
Off to get us all out the door.
Dang! When do you start your trip, Sparkle? We are going to be in the Grand Canyon for 3 nights before Durango. It's a whirlwind tour of the west! I think your friend has the right attitude. Just know that there is a lot of positive Dingo energy being thrown out there for you!
My SIL and now X-BIL used to live in Los Alamos (he still works at the lab). They lost their house to the last huge fire that went through there over 10 years ago. It is heartbreaking and devastating. It's such a small little community up there, and it seems like they get a huge fire every decade or so.
FM: I swam 2000 yards in the pool this morning. I wanted to make sure my swimming endurance was there, knowing that I have this olympic tri coming up! I'm glad to say that it was a really good swim and I was able to swim it continuously. I was also boosted by the woman who was swimming next to me. When I stopped, she asked how far I had swum, and said, "You are a machine!" It made me feel really good! I felt strong today. I plan on taking the kids to the pool this afternoon. I think I'm going to have to wear a t-shirt so I won't get burned!
Not perfect, Just amazing!
I will not even go into how dh is not taking the trip I would as he heads out west. To inject a bit of zen, he is doing it his way and I could have done it my way but I chose to fly with the thre younger children. He was suposed to really tour them around and now I think he is making a bee-line for the new place. They will still see quite a bit that is new to them and I will be glad for his help.
sparkle ~ excellent attitude Mama
bec ~ your trip sounds wonderful! We're heading west again in 2012. Can't wait!
zub ~ any more news today? Thinking of you and hoping for a sticky baby
mommajb ~ have a good flight with the littles and I can't wait to hear about your west coast adventures to come!
I'm busy here getting ready for our vacation in NH. We leave on Friday, drive 3 days, and arrive on Sunday. My Mom, of course, has a jam packed schedule planned for the next 5 days before we head to RI for two nights with my brother and his family. Then we're heading back to Illinois via NYC and Beckley, WV! I'm excited, but as always a little apprehensive about DH and my parents being together for extended periods of time.
Sparkle - Keep the zen mama, we're all worrying for you.
Zub - How are you doing? I'm sending sticky baby vibes your way too, I hope it's just too soon to have a consistently strong line.
Quick RR: Well, I did weights for lower body today. My feebitude was palpable but I have to start somewhere. And my legs feel like jello in a good way (who cares if it didn't take much to accomplish that?)
I've got one sickie home and GNO tonight.
A little bit grasshopper a little bit ant
Definitely sending sticky vibes to you, Zub! Hoping that maybe you just had some diluted pee or something.
Sparkle - We are staying at the South Rim. Mather Campground. Arriving the 26th and leaving the 29th. It would be awesome if you could drop by!
Just got back from a nice time at the pool. I feel like my body has been soaking in chlorine for long enough, though! I love how much easier the pool is now that the big two are really swimming, and Abby is mostly competent in the water (but not enough to really say she's swimming). It was just nice and fun!
Not perfect, Just amazing!
I was so not calm today. Practically crying at any moment (hello, in between sets at the gym), and then talking myself down. Repeat. I sweated over a big lasagna (assembling it) to keep my mind occupied. Now that it's normal I think "dang, I wasted a day off from kids with worry. I could have been shopping!"
Plady - you DO have to start somewhere. Who cares where! And you are!!
RR: weights. They were hard. My head was not in the game. I wanted to stop the whole time, and left off a few sets at the end but whatev. My body is sore and tired, especially b/c I woke at 3am and couldnt get back to sleep. But I did it. I also found a tri at the end of Aug. that is short enough for my body to handle, I think. The glitch is that I will have just returned from a 2 week road trip two weeks prior Hmm. I have to think about this. Also found one for the kids in 2 weeks. Im not even sure they can swim the length of a pool But it would be fun to watch. I'm gonna ask them tonight when DD1 gets home from climbing practice...