YTT-Weekend 3

Happy Monday!  What a weekend I had! Yoga Teacher Training-YTT weekend three!

An experience of a lifetime on so many levels! I don’t know where or how to start. It was a very emotional weekend and it was designed to be so. Little did I know when I wrote my last blog post that I was playing right into the weekend.

How are y’all today? Did you have a good weekend? Did you do anything fun?

It seems winter has decided to pay us an early visit and I’m still looking for fall, lol! Last weekend I was dreading getting up Saturday morning for the #saturday7amsocialclub meeting, the weather report said we were going down to 19 degrees with a single digit wind chill! I was not looking forward to that! It didn’t make it quite that low, 21 was the official temperature and the wind chill didn’t seem as bad as they predicted. After the meeting I headed to the gym for a workout with Jeff. I’m not sure why, since we are so off schedule and it will be next weekend before I see him again since I had YTT this past weekend and he had his second powerlifting competition. He took first place in his division, BTW!!!

I had to be prepared for my first practice teach Saturday. I had to teach a 45 minute class and I didn’t  know until Friday night what posture and pranayama (breath) I had to teach! That was the scariest part. The rest is that each segment is “timed”. The easy part was putting it together, making it last for the time needed was the hard part! And I was short by 7 minutes! I had to rewrite part of what I thought I was going to do after I got home at 10:30 Friday night, then start putting the rest of the class together. I made it to bed at 1:00 Saturday morning, to be backup at 5:00…..I was running on adrenaline and caffeine all day!

Now it’s time to start preparing for the next class. I will have less time to do my homework. We are back on a regular schedule, this last time there were a few extra weeks between classes due to a yoga retreat in India. How great would that be?

I have been staying on track with my WW plan for the past two weeks. I spent one week pretty much staying with the Simply Filling plan. Last week I followed the traditional Smart Points and did okay, but I am also noticed I give myself permission to be a little more “free” with my choices. The weekend was a bit of a challenge. I had control because I took my food, and if I didn’t take it I didn’t have access to junk food. I have to be sure to take plenty of protein to keep myself going with the intensity of the weekend. I made that mistake the first week. The down side is I come home and need to have dinner. Once I’m home and start eating I don’t want to stop. I have to make myself go upstairs or I will eat my way through the house!

For those who follow or have ever followed WW you know the program changes every few years with some tweaks in between. I asked my leader, Amy, a couple of weeks ago about any upcoming changes (of course she couldn’t/wouldn’t spill the beans). I am actually looking forward to the changes/tweaks this time since I feel like I need a “shake up”. Even though Amy didn’t tell me what was coming, I did get a sneak peek last week. The new changes have already rolled out in the UK and some of the members there have posted about it on connect (our WW message board). Now I am really excited and have started exploring it a bit! It will officially roll out here the weekend of December 3rd. I will keep you posted about my thoughts and progress. If any of you in the UK follow Weight Watchers let us know what you think of the new plan so far.

Can you believe it’s Thanksgiving  week already? Are you ready? Not me. I’m still trying to get my act together for that. We are actually going to have our Thanksgiving on Sunday, so I have a few extra days to prepare. That’s just a little bit exciting to me. It was even “The Mans” idea! I think everyone was shocked by that!!!

“The Man” went grocery shopping alone this week while I was in class. I told him not to worry about the “extra” holiday foods, that I would go out during the week and get whatever we needed. He has done mostly ok with the regular shopping but….I wasn’t ready to let him loose with the holiday food task. Did he listen? Noooooooo…..all things considered he did ok. We do have food we don’t need. He even bought sweet potatoes! “The Man” has never bought a sweet potato in his life. Now they are so big that one will feed 2-3 people, but he bought sweet potatoes. I am thankful he tried. Letting go and being ok with what he brings on from the store on these weeks has been hard. But he does try. We won’t starve. He may not make the healthiest food choices, but we won’t starve.

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Time For A Change

Happy Monday! It’s a new week, with a twist…the time has changed, “fallen back”, it’s getting dark earlier, and I’m ready to hibernate. What about you?

Did you have a good weekend? Or maybe I should ask did you have a good week (It’s been almost week since I posted here). Did you do anything fun? How have you fared with the time change? Are ready to go to bed as soon as the dinner dishes are done?

This weekend I succumbed to the early darkness and went to bed as soon as I could. Of course I was then up and awake way too early. I am also still battling that sinus stuff the showed up two weeks ago, in time for my races and is insisting on wearing out it’s welcome. I felt so bad Friday I messaged Jeff and canceled for Saturday. I really wanted to stay in bed all day, but the grand littles weren’t having that. In fact Lessa took it as a day to be on her worst behavior for the week…..isn’t that typical for kids? As soon as Lessa and Caterina left and everyone was fed, I went to bed. I can’t tell you how glad I was to see them go…I felt so bad, after I told Jeff I was canceling, I wasn’t sure I was even going to the #saturday7amsocialclub. I knew I needed to; it was the beginning of the month and I needed to weigh in for the month, although I wasn’t excited to do so. I am still struggling to stay on track. I start the week with good intentions, but they quickly go out the window. I’m not sure what I need to do. I am going to figure it out though. I am still below my goal weight, which is good, but too far above my “happy weight” to be happy with myself. I need to find a way to keep my head in the game all week, not just a couple of days. If you have any ideas, please share. I’m open to suggestions. If you too are struggling let’s help each other. We are #bettertogether.

I have thought of trying a cleanse or a short fast to see if that will reset my mind. Have you tried any? Do you have any recommendations?

Of course we are also getting into “comfort food” season. This is good and bad. For me these are foods that I can prepare in the crock pot or pressure cooker and let them just cook away. Then we can eat almost anytime, because they are ready early, and there is usually plenty to freeze for another time making it much easier to have a meal ready. But they are also what they say “comfort food” and tend to be higher calorie or WW points. Yes, they can be made lighter and I try to lighten them where I can and not sacrifice flavor and think I have been successful for the most part. One thing I am not good at is what some call meal prepping: making meals ahead for the entire week.

Do you meal prep that way? What helps you do that?

I have a fear of things going bad before the end of the week, or not wanting what I’ve made ahead (which happens) and then I’m throwing out what would have been perfectly good food. I hate wasting food and that is my biggest fear with making too much ahead for the coming week.

This is also the time of year I tend to go inside and hibernate mentally. I’ve noticed it more the past few years. My dads birthday was this month on the 27th and my mom passed on the 20th just two days before thanksgiving. It makes this month a bit sad or contemplative. Maybe more contemplative than sad. It’s just hard sometimes and some years more than others.

On top of that I think I have “post race let down”. I didn’t think it would happen this time since I wasn’t in the best running frame of mind to start with (that’s the “I don’t have anything to train for” feeling). And it’s not like I don’t have plenty of other things going on. Maybe it’s time to sign up for the Another Mother Runner Stride through the Holidays plan.

By Saturday morning I felt much better than I did Friday and did get up and go to the #saturday7amsocialclub meeting. I did not contact Jeff to say I could make it after all. I didn’t think he would appreciate me changing again and I felt maybe I should take the day to rest anyway. I thought I might get some extra yoga practice in for my YTT requirements but I did not, until Sunday. Then my friend Linda, who’s in training with me messaged me that she found a class for Sunday afternoon and wanted to know if I wanted to go with her (one of our requirements is to take 8 classes of different yoga styles and write-up an observation of them). Since I was feeling better and had planned dinner to be done early I went. It was a good class, much different from what we anticipated, and if it weren’t in an area so hard to park and such we might be tempted to go back on a regular basis.

I made it through the weekend staying on track/plan. Now to keep it up for the week! Let me know if you have any suggestions!

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It’s Time To Get Serious Again

Happy Monday!

Did you have a good weekend?

I hope you had a chance to have some fun or just relax and recharge for the new week.

For the most part we made it a lazy weekend. So lazy, in fact, I had pajamas on by 6pm Saturday, was in bed by 7:30, and asleep at 8:30! I actually slept better and longer than I had in a very long time! According to Fitbit anyway!

I did get some things accomplished first though.

I made it to the #saturday7amsocialclub and then off to my session with Jeff. Just as I walked into the gym I received a text message from Jeff.

It went like this:

Do you know how easy it would have been to turn around and go back out that door? I have to admit I was a bit torn. A gift? Maybe. An easy way out? Oh Yeah, You bet! But, it had already been 2 1/2 weeks since our last session I could not afford to keep that pattern up. I NEEDED a good workout! I had also made the decision that I was getting my head back in the game and it was not the time to let a snag in the day derail that! I had a week of “carb-loading”, but I really used it as a week to just eat. Then last week was an eat what I felt like week. It was as if I really couldn’t get “full”. Were the races the weekend before still in my head? I don’t know, but I do know keeping it up is not an option; unless I want to go backwards. And I seem to have done enough of that! So I got busy.

Part way through the work out, I got a new message.

By the time Jeff arrived I was 3 into the 5×5 at 145, so we finished that up and then Jeff stretched me out for about 20 minutes. I didn’t do all on the list he sent me. I was actually shaky from what I had done. Was it because it had been so long since a good work out? Was it because this was the first time I had ever done a workout like this on my own? Had he not come in I would have continued on with the list, though. His session after me canceled so he came all the way over for just that short time.

Let me just tell you I was feeling that workout yesterday morning. Well, really later Saturday evening 😳.

“The Man” and I got all our shopping and running around done Saturday. Sunday was going to be a wash out according to the weather report so we decided to get it over with. “The Man” was excited we had to go to his favorite store “Sams”. After all we had to pick up Halloween candy for the trick or treaters….$50 later for just candy! Is that overkill? Probably this year, since Halloween is in the middle of the week. Our neighborhood is usually a hot bed of activity, but it has dwindled down the last couple of years. I have been giving kids a couple of pieces of candy each and still have plenty left over; add to that all the candy Noah and Miss Quinn will bring home and we are going to be a candy coma! I hope we have a lot of kids this year otherwise I will be put to the test! After all, I am a chocoholic😳!

Do you have a lot of kids on Halloween? I love seeing the little kids dressed up and having fun.

Do you have strategies for keeping the candy away, or is not a problem for you? If you are able to forget the candy is there, what is your secret? I try to buy candy I don’t like. If I don’t care for it, it’s much easier to “let it go”! For the really littles ones I try to get animal cookies or lollipops. I try to make sure there is something just for them.

October has been such a busy month! With the Rodan+Fields new product launch of: The Intensive Hydration Serum (November will see the Active Hydration Bright Eye Complex), YTT, the races and now Halloween. Now we have the holidays upon us. I’d like to say good riddance to the craziness, but I think the crazy days are going to ramp up fast!

If you want to up your skin care game for the holidays now is the time! For the remainder of October (today and tomorrow) any PC order (current or new PC) will go into a drawing for the Active Hydration Bright Eye Complex! You can place your order at: http://jearlingbencivenni.myrandf.com. This has been an “eye changer” for me this month. My eyes had started looking pretty tired….email me at grandma2glamma@gmail.com with any questions you may have.

I’m starting a new 21 day meditation series with Oprah and Deepak from the Chopra Center. This is a free series and you can find it here, you can also download an app for that. I have done some of these meditations before and find them very relaxing. With the holidays coming, I imagine we could all use some relaxation! Won’t you join me for this series?

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Yoga Teacher Training-Week 2

Whew, its Monday! What a busy weekend! I needed this new week to start to rest up from the weekend! It’s raining here today for the first time in a month. That should make for a slow, lazy day and boy do I need it after this weekend!

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun and exciting?

This was my Yoga Teacher Training-YTT AND the Rodan+Fields convention and new product launch weekend. On top of that there was a birthday party for Lessa and Miss Quinn on Sunday (which I had to miss). Since Lessa’s birthday was really on the 2nd, we had cupcakes and such then. Miss Quinn’s birthday is actually Friday the 13th and we will have a little home celebration then too.

Lessa and Miss Quinn

How many ways can you say crazy busy?

YTT

I was sooooo worried going into YTT weekend. I felt like I was way behind with my homework and unprepared. Most of last week I was waffling back and forth between “I can do this” to “I can’t do this”, “what have I done”? I had plenty of those “I’m going to flunk out of YTT” thoughts off and on much of the week. Who flunks out of yoga teacher training? Oh I was quite a mess! I may have been worried for nothing.

When I got to class Friday night, I discovered I was not the only one with those thoughts and I was not the only one who was a bit behind. Some were much farther behind than I was. Misery loves company?

When I left class Friday night I felt much better and by the end of last night I was back to thinking “I can do this”. I came home and just “let it go”. I haven’t even looked at my books or let myself think about the mountain of homework this next month will entail. It makes last months look like nothing, and I still need to finish the few things I didn’t get done. Out of sight, out of mind? Not really, but I am taking today to process the weekend before I dive back into it. There is just sooooo much information packed into the weekend that you (or at least I) definitely need a day to assimilate before tackling the next step.

I planned to run yesterday (or at least walk) during our lunch break, but that didn’t happen. Our last lesson/practice before lunch was a meditation practice. When we were finished our instructor suggested we go out to lunch and notice how things were in the world. I had brought my lunch and am car pooling, so going off was not an easy option for me. Instead I took my lunch and went to sit outside. I was in such a peaceful, zen/meditative state that running or walking was not something I could even consider. I did not want to break that calm feeling and I knew such an activity would alter that.

Many ladies came back and said they noticed sounds being more amplified and the world seemed to be moving faster. I had the opposite experience and so did a couple of others. As I sat outside, the cars on the road seemed to be moving in slow motion and the sounds were very hushed. That is the most or deepest I have ever gone into a meditation. It was a new and interesting experience.

Have you ever had such an experience? Please share.

Rodan+Fields Convention/Product Launch 

I couldn’t attend the convention in Vegas or go with the few members of my team that went to Charleston, SC for a virtual event, because I was already obligated to YTT. Or maybe I should say I could have gone, but I would have had to make up the YTT weekend at a cost of $60 per hour and each training is approx 20 hours long 😳. I could not justify that.

I chose the virtual option for Rodan+Fields so that I could attend and  watch from home and have immediate access to purchase the new products! Thursday night and Friday I was busy watching the convention via direct feed. Of course I missed all the weekend studies and activities, due to YTT, but I can go back and view them, multiple times! I was glad Friday was the day our new products were launched! I was able to see and order them right away! I am so excited for these three NEW products!

The new products; Intensive Renewing Serum with RetinAl, a new AMP MD micro exfoliating Roller, and the Active Hydration Bright Eye Complex

I ordered as soon as they were up (by being online I was able to see exactly when they were put up and had ordered mine before they told everyone they were ready to order, lol) and right now it looks as though I will have them by Thursday (I hope they make it here sooner)! I think I heard that the Vegas attendees were able to get theirs on the spot (that’s the only thing that would have been better). I will certainly let you know when they arrive!

If launching THREE NEW products wasn’t enough, there was also a new program announced for NEW consultants. I’m still trying to take it all in and learn the ins and outs!

Now I know you may be saying, “I can’t join Rodan+Fields, I know nothing” about skincare. Well neither did I, and that was a concern. What I did know was that I needed to up my skincare game. In fact, I don’t know any consultants who knew anything about skincare, before they started, but you don’t need to.

Why?

Drs. Rodan+Fields are Stanford trained and practicing dermatologists in California. They are so sought after, they have a two year waiting list for appointments. But they have made it easy for us to help our customers by taking away the guess work.

How?

By giving us the “Solutions Tool“.

https://jearlingbencivenni.myrandf.com/Pages/OurProducts/GetAdvice/SolutionsTool

What is that?

It is an online tool that will help you and your customers figure out what products and regimen will work best for you or them. You will also have access to a wealth of product information and there is a nurse is available to call on if you have any questions.

You may be saying “I’m a man”, I can’t join Rodan+Fields. Sure you can! We have several HIGHLY successful male consultants as well as male customers. They do sell skincare, but mainly work their businesses based on the business opportunity with the company. If you are looking for a business investment, don’t think twice. This is a sound business model, that has seen tremendous growth, and is only going to continue to grow.

Some people join Rodan+Fields as a consultant only for the product discount and are quite happy with that. Others join for the discount and soon decide they want to work the business and start moving up the ladder. Then there are those who see the tremendous business opportunity from the start and join with the intention of growing a successful business. If you want to join me and work this as a business, starting now, this new program will “reward” you for getting your business up and moving. The incentives are phenomenal and you will have access to some great training, information, and a wonderful support system. You will never feel like you are in it alone or “hung out to dry”.

There are several ways or levels to sign up and become a consultant. Starting now, if you join Rodan+Fields  with a Business Building Kit you will automatically receive the NEW products in it AND be enrolled in the NEW program. If you are interested in joining me or learning more, message or email me at grandma2glamma@gmail.com for details.

The Intensive Renewing Serum with the new AMP MD roller will be available for customers to order beginning October 18th and the Bright Eye Complex will be available for you to order beginning November 2nd. Why not give yourself the gift of younger looking skin for the holidays?

It was an amazing weekend but there’s no way to fully describe the intensity. I can say I’m glad to be back to a normal schedule, lol!

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Janet 

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She Believed She Could

Here we are again. We’ve made it back to Monday! Another new week, with new, endless possibilities.

Do you dread Monday’s or do you view it as a week of new possibilities?

Monday certainly gets a bad rap from most everyone. I am guilty of being a Monday basher, myself. When I was working I had come to dread Mondays and every other day I had to go to work. I came to realize that job was sucking the life out of me. I knew this long before I left it, but I was hesitant to leave it.

Why?

Fear.

Mainly fear of losing an income. That’s never easy to do. It wasn’t a large income, but more than we would have had without it. You get used to having a certain income, maybe having a bit more disposable income, and eliminating it is scary; even when YOU make the decision to do so. What if this breaks, what if this happens, what if?

It was six years ago September 1st that I walked out that door for the last time. It was scary, from the day I made the decision, until the day I walked out the door. It was one of the best things I could have done for my peace of mind, my well-being, and the well-being of my family. But I was afraid.

On the surface it seemed my job was perfect. It was about mile from my house, I only worked three and a half days a week. I met some great people, some of whom I still have a little contact with. “The Man” thinks if I had not left when I did to take care of Noah I would still be there. He really doesn’t know how wrong he is. He thought the job was perfect.

Patients of the doctor I worked for thought it was the perfect place to work, that the doctor must be a wonderful boss. They weren’t behind the scenes. They didn’t know how things really were. My mental and physical health was suffering from it. It was far from perfect.

I’m so glad when the opportunity arose to leave I took it. I can’t say everyday since has been a bed of roses, but it was the right decision. I stepped on blind faith that it would work and it has.

Fear can hold us back from so many things. I have had some fear racked moments a few times since leaving that job; for different reasons.

When I set out to lose weight; could I do it…again? When I started practicing yoga; could I do it? The “I’m not flexible, I’m not athletic, I’m uncoordinated” thoughts ran through my mind. But I decided to try; it was a great decision. Then I decided to run a half marathon, could I do it? I wasn’t a runner, I had never run unless forced to. And I did it. Then on to a marathon, then five half marathons in five weekends.

This year began with me deciding to start the blog; would anyone read it? Then starting my businesses; will anyone buy what I sell? Will anyone want to join my team? If that wasn’t enough, a chance to become a yoga teacher presented itself. Again fear; could I do it? Could I afford to do it? Could I work it around the schedule with the kids and family time? I have set out to run a half and a full marathon. The half on Saturday and the full on Sunday; back to back.

All of these have come or come with an element of fear. But I pushed that fear aside and tried anyway. So far I have been successful. Some of these haven’t been completed yet, but I am moving towards them.

Fear? You bet! Can I do it?

I CAN!

Through it all my one mantra has been “She believed she could, so she did”! I have also added “I CAN and I WILL…watch me”.

Do you let fear hold you back? Don’t. Take charge of your life and destiny. If you dream it, you can achieve it. It doesn’t matter your age. That doesn’t mean you need to set out to achieve the same goals I have. Just reach for what you want. I am here to support and encourage you along the way. I still have fear. I am a work in progress, but I’m not allowing it to hold me back.

Take a moment and share your fears, goals, thoughts with us. What would you like to accomplish? What fear is holding you back?

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Negative Self-Talk

Here we are again; another Monday, a new week, new possibilities. How was your weekend? Did you do anything exciting or stay around home a just rest? We didn’t do very much. Saturday afternoon we went to the Baltimore Harbor and walked around for a bit. The Pride of Baltimore was docked. I have never been down when she was in so it was nice to see her up close, in person.

“The Man” told me I looked like a tourist taking pictures, lol! My response was “who cares”?

If you look where I circled, you can see two people climbing up the ropes!

I have no idea what they were doing, but I know that would not be my gig!

It was nice to just go and walk around the harbor on a nice day, but I could have just as easily stayed home. Do you ever have those days where nothing seems to work? That was me Saturday. The day didn’t start out like that, but by the time I had a shower and was getting dressed, I didn’t like a thing I put on. Nothing looked good, my hair was awful (you know those “I hate my hair” days)? I decided it’s time for a radical hair change. I haven’t done it yet, so it won’t be a rash decision, but I haven’t given up on the idea, so that means it’s likely to happen!

I’ve been thinking about “Negative self-talk” a lot! Do you do it? How often? I think most people are usually pretty good at it. I know I am and I was at it all weekend. And that was AFTER the #satuday7amsocialclub AKA WW meeting where we talked a bit about it! Maybe that’s the problem, lol! That wasn’t our topic, but it’s where we “wandered” to.

One member was telling us about a race she just completed in horrible weather. She was under trained but decided to go for it anyway, she was doing it with her daughter and a friend. It took her over four hours to run a 12 mile race, she was next to last, was walking and crying the last few miles, had been moved to the sidewalk to finish, had a policeman offer to give her ride; they were rolling up the timing mat when she got there so she didn’t have an official time, but she finished. She didn’t quit. She turned her negatives into a positive. She finished what she started.

I know how she felt starting out. I know I am so under trained for these upcoming races next month, or I guess I should say for the marathon, I should be good for the half on Saturday, but I am very much doubting my ability finish the full on Sunday or within the time limit. I see me being on the sidewalk trying to finish. I am honestly counting on race day adrenaline and finding another “back of the packer” to buddy up with to keep going. I am honestly scared. This is the most I have ever been scared and doubting my ability going into a race.

Another member made it to a milestone in her weight loss journey. Our leader asked her how she felt and what advice she would give to others. She started her story with everything negative she could, she’s never made it to that point, always quit just before getting to that point because her weight loss was slowing…..not that she didn’t give up, she kept going….you get the picture. It took another member pointing out that she hadn’t said anything positive to get her there.

Maybe that’s what happened. My day didn’t start out that way, but by the time I was getting dressed, those doubts were running rampant. Do you think someone else’s negatives can cause your own? How do you turn it around?

It didn’t end with Saturday. When I was running yesterday, I was negative talking to myself the entire way. “I can’t do this, I should defer, I should downgrade to the 10K, if I can, this is crazy (that might be), once this is over I may never run again (maybe or at least not for endurance anytime soon). It has been a lot with the other stuff I am doing and I will admit I have taken on quite a bit. I knew what I was doing, talking down to myself,  but I was powerless to stop it. After missing my run last week because of spending the weekend in yoga teacher training, this week was a 15 miler. I managed 10.well one GPS said 10, one said 10.9….ah which one to go by? I was still within the time limit to not get swept, but I had to slow down my intervals sooner than I would have liked. When I looked back in my marathon training log to two years ago, for this run I made it 13.25 out of 15. I think that was the week I fell and kept going as much as I could. So a little more than I did this time, but still not the entire distance and I finished that marathon. In all honesty I could have gone more than the 10 I did yesterday, but I had talked myself into stopping. I just wasn’t feeling it. Those negative thoughts let me stop myself. Had I looked at the log from last time and thought about it, I would have pushed myself farther, I think.  At the end of the day, my goal is to finish. I’m not going for time, but would like to stay within that time limit and not get swept. I would feel much better if the full were on Saturday and the half on Sunday. For the next month I will need to be diligent with my diet, and get as much rest as possible. I started thinking (while running) maybe I should go back to once per week with Jeff, for the next month, until after the race. With the extra yoga work and studying I’m not sure twice per week is a good thing (since this was part of my talking to myself yesterday I’m not sure that is unreasonable to do or me doubting myself). I will continue to ponder on that.

Somewhere along the way I remembered this pendant from Plunder.

I CAN and I WILL…..Watch Me

It came with some bundles I bought earlier in the year. I seemed to have gotten a boat load of them! I wasn’t quite sure why I needed so many, but maybe I should hang them all over the house! I will carry it with me for the races. I do have several so if you or someone you know needs one, let me know!

“I Can AND I Will…..Watch Me”! So much more positive than “I can’t do this” don’t you think? When I was training for my first marathon my mantra was “She believed she could so she did”, my race songs were “I don’t need your rocking chair” by George Jones and “My Way” by Elvis.

I think I am adopting this saying for my race mantra now “I CAN and I WILL….Watch Me”! With a new mantra, should I come up with a new race song? Any ideas? Help me out here!! I may need that rocking chair this time, lol!!!

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Janet

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Do Not Steal Someone’s Moment To Shine

Be happy

Happy Labor Day! The last day of a the long weekend. The beginning to the end of summer. The last day of summer vacation for many school children. Has school already started back in your area? This is the first year in I don’t know how long we are starting back after Labor Day. Are your children/grandchildren ready and excited about the new school year?

Please be aware of bullying. It is such a problem with kids, for sure, but can occur at any age. It is not a new problem by any means, I have come to realize I was bullied in school. It might seem to be getting worse but maybe there wasn’t much attention on it then. So please be aware of your littles being bullied and don’t allow them to bully others.

I hope you have had a great day and a wonderful weekend. My weekend was relatively typical. It started off with the weekly meeting of the #saturday7amsocialclub aka WW for my monthly weigh in (I was down from August, yay) then off to my session with my trainer, Jeff. Saturday was pretty much a “wash out” weather wise, so after I got home we headed to the store! “The Man” finally got his wish, lol! It was such a wet, gray, damp day that I made tomato bisque and grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner! Who doesn’t love some comfort food on days like that?

I ran yesterday, not as far as the plan called for, but I did what I could. After missing last weeks 8 mile run (which was a step back week) due to Miss Quinn’s Saturday night, all-night party, this week called for 14 miles. My plan was to go for it. Early in I knew that would be pushing it. So on the fly I devised and implemented plan B, C, D; ect. I ran the 8 I supposed to run last week for time/pace, then turned off my timer and interval reminder and added two more, mainly walking the last one. I was thinking I could work more in next Sunday. What I didn’t think about until after is that I won’t be running this Sunday; it will be the first weekend of Yoga Teacher Training! That means I am going to need to log some miles during this week and keep up with my regular workouts! Heaven help me!

During my run I was thinking about this post and what I would say. I knew what I wanted to write about, but I hope I can make it make sense. I am going to try. It is quite a sore spot, and may become a bit of a ramble.

If you are a regular reader you know that I train with Jeff on Wednesday and Saturday, and that I often post pictures or videos, and write about milestones here. I also share them to my personal Facebook page, as well as instagram and such; as does Jeff. I do this in hopes of encouraging others to take steps to do what they want. To not limit themselves, especially us ladies of a “certain age”. I know that the activities I do may not be for you, but it may help you to see that you can do something you have wanted and thought impossible. Through writing the blog and posting I have found other ladies “of that certain age” who are powerlifters too. Some even older than me! There is a sisterhood and we know we are not alone. I have had some of you write and tell me my story has you thinking about running or lifting. You have realized it’s not impossible. You may not go to the levels I have and may not try to compete, but if you just turn that desire into doing more, you have won!

This past Wednesday was no different. Jeff posted a video and sent it to me to share, which I did. Here it is:

Things were pretty normal, Until a Facebook “friend” made a comment on my post. This was the comment:

“Hope you do not hurt your lower back !!!!!

 There’s so many other exercises you are able to do that will work the same muscles that doesn’t have to be this intense js”

This was finally my response.

“There are. But when you’re training to lift heavy and for a powerlifting competition. You lift and train heavy.”

It took me a while to find a way to say something nice. Trust me my first instinct was to lay into her. Why, you may ask?

This is someone who bullied me in junior high/high school (it wasn’t middle school back then).

I was not an athletic kid, I have probably mentioned that a time or two. Honestly, I still don’t consider myself athletic. Team sports were never my thing. I was terrible at them. If you notice, I don’t engage in team activity now. I run races and there are others, but I am competing against myself, to better my time, to challenge me, to test my own endurance. When I do things like run five half marathons in five weeks or a half and full marathon in the same weekend I am competing with me, I am challenging myself. This is same as when I went for that 185 lb deadlift. I had a goal to lift more than the amount I weighed when I returned to WW 3 1/2+ years ago. That was a challenge and suck a “high” for me. There are a host of others in a yoga practice, but in Yoga you work at your pace with your breath and where your body is that day. And with weightlifting I am bettering and competing against myself. Even if I want to go to a competition and maybe set a record.

My first memories of being made fun of because I couldn’t catch a ball or make the kick in kickball etc go back to fifth grade and age 10. I was always the last or next to last picked at recess. Often others actually saying they didn’t want me on the team because I wasn’t good enough.

This certainly felt like that all over again. I don’t believe this came from concern or a place of loving kindness. I found it mean-spirited. Trying to take my success away. This person has recently began attending a boot camp for weight loss. That’s great! I would do nothing but encourage someone to better themselves. Do what works for you, but just because you have jumped on a fitness bandwagon, does not make you an expert. Do not steal someone else’s thunder! Be happy for them and their accomplishment. Cheer for them. It’s ok to acknowledge that it may not be for you, but don’t discourage them. Don’t make them feel wrong. Unless you have been there, side by side training you do not know what they have done to get where they are.

She was a cheerleader back in the day, should she decide to do that again I wouldn’t tell her she shouldn’t be turning flips, doing hand stands, or such. Why must she try to steal my thunder? In all the years through my weight loss and half marathon, marathon trainings she has never responded to a post. Is she jealous? I don’t know. What I do know is that it still rankles and brought back a flood of memories.

She (in my opinion) does not/ has not followed my journey and that’s ok. If she did she would know where I started at and how far I’ve come. She would know that I have been working with a trainer since almost day on and that Jeff and I have been training together for going on three years. That we/I have worked long and hard to get to this point. Jeff knows me and what I am capable of. I did not get here over night. It has taken time. I am still a work in progress. And this isn’t where we are heading for the long run. I must get through my marathon training before we step it up much more. Jeff, also knows if we try something that I am not comfortable doing or don’t think I’m ready for I will not do it or I will stop and try again after training better for it. Yes, he will push/nudge me out of my comfort zone (as will any trainer worth their weight) but he won’t ask me to do something he doesn’t do.

So all of this was to say, if you want to do something, JUST DO IT. Do not let some one tell that you can’t or that you shouldn’t. Follow your heart and dream. If you need to make modifications until you get to where you want to be that’s ok. Just have fun doing it. And encourage those who dare to follow their dream, even if it isn’t yours.

The week of posting three happy things that happened each day has passed. How did you do with yours? I am going to continue to post mine each day on my personal Facebook page, the blog page, and twitter. I will not post them here (unless a few say you like me to, if so let me know) since it is always a day behind.

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I will leave you with this thought.

Have a great week; on purpose.

Until the next time

Janet

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Be Happy

Get Happy Challenge

It’s a new week! I hope you enjoyed your weekend. Honestly, mine was on track to be “eh”. Lol. It turned out to be not great, but not the worst. “The Man” was fixated again on going to Sams Club on Saturday….I wish someone could explain such a “need” on a beautiful day, when there is nothing you “need” to purchase. It didn’t happen though.

We did make it to the state fair with Noah and Miss Quinn. They had a good time and we made some memories. I love-making memories, don’t you?

The #saturday7amsocialclub meeting AKA weight watchers was about being happy. We were given a challenge to write down three things everyday for the week, that made us happy that day. I took it a couple of steps further and decided to share it here with you and post it to Facebook and the WW connect site. That is a forum (?) for WW members to post on and encourage each other, much like Facebook. Did you know that some days finding something that made you happy can be hard? Especially if you are around unhappy people. They can certainly drain the life and joy out of you

My three things for Saturday were:

  1. Attending my Saturday morning meeting with my WW family then heading off to my workout with Jeff Afterwards. I get to recharge and reset for the week ahead.

2. Spending the afternoon with Noah and Miss Quinn at the state fair.

3. Peach ice cream-at the fair-it was yummy and totally worth it!

Since this is my post for Monday I am listing two days worth of happy moments and sharing Sunday’s too.

The three things that made me happy Sunday were:

  1. When I got up I could feel that fall in the air. Yes it is coming. I love fall
  2. I got to lay down and rest for a bit today, I didn’t “sleep” but I rested (Miss Quinn wandered into my bed around 10:30 last night and didn’t go back to sleep until after 4:30 this morning 😳) apparently it “was party in Oma’s room”… I had that “dragon” disease.
  3. It’s just a few minutes after 8pm and as soon as I’m finished here, I’m going to sleep!

Now I am going to pass this challenge along to you; dear readers. List or post three things everyday for the next week that made happy that day.

We could all use some happy in our lives. Sometimes it is just way too easy to focus on the bad, negative and unhappy moments.  Share your happy moments in the comments or on the Facebook page if you would like.

I hope you don’t have to look too far to find your happy moments.

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Let’s make this week great and be Happy!

Until the next time

Janet

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A Day At The Italian Festival

Things are starting to change, I will get it figured out

Have you ever had a day where everything and everyone irritates the living daylights out of you? Well, let me tell you, I was there on Saturday! I went to the #saturday7amsocialclub aka WW meeting and on to the gym. That was the better part of the day.

When I got home “The Man” was napping, as usual. I proceeded to get a shower and dressed. He got up and said “I guess we can ready and go to Sams”. What? Well that just set me off! I have been cooped up I the house for how long? With the littles “off the chart” do you really think I want to traipse off to the big box store on Saturday morning? I was not going to that store if we starved!!! And since our basement is akin to what I imagine someones who is  preparing for the apocalypse might look like, I don’t think starvation is happening anytime soon.

I have been trying for weeks to go try the butterfly garden and sunflower fields and have yet to get there. I told him I NEEDED to be outside!!!! I wanted fresh air and sunshine! I have still not made it to either of these places….apparently the compromise was to go to Little Italy and the St. Gabrielle’s Festival which occurs every year. Sometimes we go, sometimes we don’t.

It’s basically a street festival where you can eat your way through a couple blocks of vendors. It’s sponsored by one of the local Catholic Churches in the neighborhood.

You can’t see them very good, but there a group of Nonna’s (Nonna is Italian for grandma) sitting back there making Pizzelles. I left the Pizzelles there. You get 10 for $5.00, my thought was I could come home and make many more than 10 for less than $5.00. I did not though. You will see why as you continue reading!

Then you have a group Nonno’s (Non-no is Italian for grandpa) playing Bocce Ball. I say they were the Nonno’s as the majority are the old timers. This a permanent Bocce Ball court and you can almost always find someone there playing a game.

This year the vendors just didn’t do it for me. There was just too much commercial stuff you can get anywhere. Does that make sense?

I did find a bite to eat, go figure, lol! After walking through I decided to have an Arancini.

If you don’t know, Arancini is a rice ball. A fried ball of deliciousness. I had a choice of sausage and peppers or crab and shrimp. I chose the crab and shrimp!

In my mind the seafood was healthier, hahaha! I just had to get a cup of wine to wash it down….there’s nothing like some wine in a plastic Dixie cup, lol!

The man caught me checking out the Alfa Romero’s on display!

A girl can dream, right? Unfortunately or maybe fortunately they don’t make a “bus”….but, if I go take a test drive I can get a $25 gift card and $250 off, lol!!! I think I’ll pass. I’m quite sure I would love the way it drives and want to take home. Not only do I hate having a car payment, and I have one with the bus, it is not practical for me right now with all the grand littles. And the man does not need that for a work vehicle, although I’m sure he would think otherwise.

I was looking to see where he had wandered off to. The dress is from WHBM. It is mainly navy with some light blue, tan, yellow, and white. I like it with my tan Vince Camuto sandals and yellow, cream and tan cross body bag (both from HSN). You can’t see my jewelry very good, but I have on a pair of dangle earrings that I got in Italy (in Epcot at Disney last year, lol). That’s likely the closest I will ever get….the blue bracelet on my left arm is Plunder and called Ritta. It is a narrow denim bangle type with gold and silver along with a row of rhinestones and is one of the new magnetic closures. They are so easy to put in and take off! My other bracelets are a combination of Plunder and one of my Pandora bracelets. I don’t think this dress needs a necklace.

On the way out of the festival we had to stop by a local Italian bakery; Vaccaro’s. I just “had” to get some cannoli chips and dip.

Can you say yum? I only get what they call an individual serving (it’s more than I need) but they give you enough cream for what I don’t know….fyi, I got a homemade mango gelato too….

Later in the day “The Man” thought we should go to the mall….we were only at the festival maybe 30-45 minutes. It doesn’t take long to walk through, unless you eat and drink your way through. Now what part of being outside did he forget? We went and I bought NOTHING! Can you believe that? I even spent almost and hour in WHBM trying on things, and although I liked them, they were in sale, and I had coupons but I found no joy in being there.

It finally dawned on me after I completely snapped at him, my hormones are getting out of whack; way out of whack (ladies I imagine some of you know what I mean)….. This may be why the littles are so on my last nerve too, besides this eclipse business which I’m still convinced has had an effect on moods. Times are starting to change….this is going to be a challenge.

As I pondered what was going on the rest of the weekend, I started putting two and two together. I started noticing more than a month ago I would got to bed freezing then I was waking during night with what I’m now believe were hot flashes. At the time I kind of chalked it up to it being summer and the nights being so hot and humid and such. I can also cry, just for the sake of crying; happy I can cry, sad I can cry, angry I can cry (after I let loose with both barrels). Then I started doing some more math and realized it’s also been about three months since that monthly annoyance has visited. Now I knew it had been a little while, but wasn’t thinking it was that long. I’m sure you know I don’t really mind that. It’s the rest that comes along when she leaves that is going to cause problems, if I’m not careful. Let’s hope I can through this with out completely going around the bend. And I have thought a couple of times I was careening around it pretty darn fast!

Ironically I thought this was done and over with several years ago. I started taking a bio-identical progesterone during my 40s due to some imbalances, and going through some of the same things. After a period of time my cycle stopped. My GYN and I thought after more than a year, it was done and For six years or so, nothing! Then I started losing weight and after losing 35 pounds, guess what returned? Just as if it had never left….😡 I also stopped the progesterone as I felt great and my doctor and I decided if I didn’t need it there was no sense in continuing to take it and I could restart it at anytime I needed to. So for the past almost three years things have been great. Guess who I called today? Yes, it’s time to revisit some alternatives. If not I think I am going to go mad. Yoga and other exercise hasn’t helped. It does while I’m there, but so far long-term it’s not doing it. I’m now wondering if this is a factor in some of the weight I’ve gained back. There are so many changes going with my body; the increasing activity and now the likely hormonal changes. If it is indeed a factor I will most definitely need to be more diligent with my diet and work this out. It may well explain the increasing cravings for things I generally could care less about. I will get this figured out! Hopefully sooner rather than later.

So friends have you been there, done that yet? How have you fared? How/what did you do to get through it? Any thoughts/words of wisdom will be appreciated. I’m sure there are others who may want to know too! As women we are all in this together!

After all that my daughter came home and wanted to know if I wanted to go Sunday afternoon and get some pictures for the blog. Just wait until see what we got into….I still can’t believe it!

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