Weightloss/Workout Wednesday-Body Stigma

How do you overcome it

Well, it’s Wednesday, we have made it the half way point of this week☺️, and life with the littles continues….our weekend shopping trip to Lancaster was a success. I think we were able to get the littles outfitted and ready to start school. It won’t be long before they will need some fall/winter wear though, there wasn’t much of a selection out yet. Oh shucks more shopping, lol.

There is just something exciting about back to school shopping. Since my Yoga Teacher Training starts three weeks from this coming Friday, I feel like I need to do some shopping too, lol!

Before heading out on our shopping adventure I made it to the weekly meeting of the #saturday7amsocialclub. It was a great meeting, as usual, but this week was exceptionally good. We even went over by more than 15 minutes, that never happens.

Part of the topic was about stigma. Mainly body stigma and what to do, if it happens to you, how to overcome it.


Have you ever experienced negative comments, stares, etc because of your body shape or size? How have you overcome it? Do you stand up for yourself? If not it’s time to start. If it happens to you, let the offender know how it hurts. Sometimes it’s those closest to us that hurt us the most. I had family that was that way. I say was because they are no longer with us. Ironically, they had no place to be judging anyone. Honestly, it still hurts to this day.

Maybe more importantly have you done it to yourself? I have. Even this weekend AFTER attending that meeting.

I took a few photos this weekend to share with you on another post. Not only are the photos just not good, in general, I could and did pick out every single body flaw; “I looked heavy, all my lumps and bumps were showing”. You name it, I said it and thought it. Do I feel this way because I have gained a few pounds? Whether it’s muscle or not, it is still playing with my head.

I will go through and edit the photos and share with you, the posts that they were intended for, but they aren’t great.

But, why do we do that to ourselves? Would we do it to our friends? Not if we want to have friends! So why can’t we be a friend to ourselves?

Another part of the meeting was to commit to something for the next four weeks. We didn’t have to share with the group but I’m sharing mine here. Maybe that will keep me accountable. And I am asking y’all to help hold my feet to the fire, lol!

I am committing to getting back to tracking, daily and accurately. I have been very lax with that. I have been tracking loosely here and there but that’s about it. Maybe that is why my weight is creeping up? I will half buy Jeff’s assessment that some of it is muscle, but I don’t believe for a minute all of it is. I have talked to a couple of other women powerlifters who have not gained weight when they started lifting. So why should I? Maybe I have just let the thought that I was going to gain get into my head and allowed myself to go too far? So if I eat right and track; the good, the bad, and the ugly we will see. I must get myself back in the right frame of mind, though. If you have any thoughts or ideas, please share with me and the other readers.

I received this journal in the mail earlier this week. It was a gift from my friend LeighAnn from Rodan+Fields. It couldn’t have been more perfect! I needed this message. I will Make It Happen!

This week I have been tracking. Maybe not eating enough, which I wouldn’t know if I wasn’t tracking. And it’s Wednesday the day, that for some reason, I just want to eat anything not nailed down. Today has been no exception, but I’m trying to not go too far overboard. I have yet to figure out what it is with Wednesday. If it were only a monthly thing (ladies you know what I mean) I would understand. But it’s every single Wednesday…Today is no exception. I think today might be stress, though.

Usually I can count on a workout to help “burn off the crazy”. Tonight is usually my session with Jeff, but he messaged me Monday that he had an appointment tonight and asked if we could do Monday or Friday. I wasn’t going for Friday and Saturday, so off I went Monday night. We had a good workout and did something new- Rack Pulls – sort of like a deadlift but you start lifting at your knees instead of pulling off the floor. This is to work more of your back muscles. I managed to pull 205!!! Jeff thinks I’m ready to deadlift that. I’m not so sure, yet! I imagine we will be finding out soon. In the meantime, maybe I better pull out the kettlebells tonight, lol!

“The Man” called me really early this morning. It’s usually never a good thing when he calls me, before I call him. In fact it always scares the bejesus out of me, especially during the night or really early. It means something is wrong. He wanted to know if his truck acted funny when I drove it to the gym last night. No. Wouldn’t I have said something before he left for work? Well, apparently is was missing and skipping and shut off on his way to work….YAY, GREAT….Well, he made it back towards home after work and dropped it off to our mechanic. Now I’m just waiting for that phone call, lol! You know how mechanics are. I am seriously anticipating hearing $700+ anything less and I’ll dance a jig, hahaha!

Do you sometimes wonder where the money for those unexpected expenses is going to come from? Would you like to be able to know you don’t have to worry about them or run up the credit cards? I don’t know about you, but I hate using a credit card. I prefer to be able just to pay for what I want or need and be done with it. If you’d like to be able to give yourself a little financial cushion, why not join me tonight on the Rodan+Fields zoom call? We have an opportunity call every Wednesday night at 9pm EST. All you need to do is download the zoom app and dial in on 736 578 7052. There is no pressure, just great information on how and why to join the number 1 skin care company in the US. Did you know Rodan+Fields is not a new company? They were actually the number 1 line in Nordstrom for six years, before coming out and going into the DS business. Message or email me at grandma2glamma@gmail.com if you can make it or want more details.

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Janet

 

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Why Direct Sales

Why not

July was a crazy month! A good crazy, but crazy nonetheless. The weather was the hottest I can remember for such a long stretch. I hit some new milestones with my weight lifting (more to come). It was busy with Plunder and the Christmas in July specials along with the sign up incentive; then I decided it was time to get on board and sign up with Rodan + Fields. Somedays I wasn’t sure if I was coming, going, or meeting myself in the middle! But it is all good!

Since I have been telling people about my businesses and promoting them; I have had a couple of people ask recently “Why have you gone into direct sales” or started with a particular company? “Aren’t these things just a scheme”? Maybe some are. I’m sure there are still some sketchy organizations out there. The companies I am involved with are not. But why? Well, why not?

These types of businesses have been around forever; for example the first two that come to mind are Avon and Mary Kay and no one bats an eyelash about purchasing from them. Yes, these are the same types of companies and there’s nothing wrong with them, whether you are a customer or a consultant/business owner.

For those who don’t know my story; I left my last job, of eight years, almost six years ago to take care of my new grandson; baby Noah. That was scary. It was not an easy decision on many fronts and very easy in others. I not only gave up a paycheck (which is never easy whether you “need” it or not). I also gave up grown-up socialization and interaction. I often think of myself as an introvert, but I’m not sure that is completely accurate. I need to be with people at times.

That little boy I left that job for (it was a good move) has now started school full-time. And his sister who came along two years later is on her way. More littles have come along since, for me to take care of, and in another five or six years they too will be “off to school”. I will no longer have that purpose. BUT I will be older than I am now, approaching 60!!!! After essentially raising a second family, Do I want to go out and look for another job? Work for someone else after all that time? NO!!! On top of that “The Man” will approaching “retirement” age (heaven help me, maybe I should rethink this, lol). So now seemed the perfect time to start working for me. I have time to work and grow my businesses so that when I no longer have the littles to take care I will not be starting from scratch! If I want to pack up and go somewhere, I can work from anywhere there is internet. I can choose to work when I want from where I want. I won’t need to work on someone else’s time schedule. I won’t need to put in a request and get “permission” to take a few days off!

Now when I started out my first train of thought was to get the products I purchased and use at the best price possible. I knew about the business opportunity of course but that wasn’t my first thought. As time went by it just made sense. Maybe you are on the fence? If so, I’d say go for it! If you purchase and use the product you really don’t have anything to lose.

I am building my businesses with three companies.

Legging Army, which I haven’t mentioned in a few months (it’s summer and while folks are still buying leggings my brain hasn’t been able to wrap my head around that in this heat). We have come out with a new line of maxi skirts, that I will be showing you here soon. In the meantime you can go to the website and click shop, then skirts and shorts to see them. Last night there was a new restock, so you’ll need to hurry to get the best selection! It’s crazy how fast they fly off the shelves!

Plunder, has been such a blessing. I have met and made some new friends and Plunder sisters that I hope to meet in person soon. The sisterhood of Plunder is like no other I’ve ever seen. For those who don’t know, Plunder is a Christian based company, woman owned and debt free. You can go to the website, click on “our story” and read about our founder Hillary and the company. I think the story will inspire you. I feel I was lead to to Plunder for a reason. I’m not completely sure why, but I know there is a reason; beyond jewelry, beyond the business.

Rodan+Fields, has a sisterhood that’s right up there with Plunder. I am looking forward to making new friends there too! I’ve told you about Lash Boost which is what drew my interest to R+F but the skin care is bar none the best I’ve tried, and I’ve been using skin care products for quite a while!

This is a lot to take on, in a short period of time, but like I said; I have time to work and grow and set myself up for the next chapter/season of my life.

If you’ve been thinking of going into business for yourself, getting the best possible price for products you love, or just having a bit of a hobby, and think one of these companies would be a good fit for you; email me at grandma2glamma@gmail.com. If you want to know more about the Rodan+Fields business you can join me on a FREE zoom call tonight at 9pm EST. Zoom is a free app that you can put on your device then just dial in at 9pm with the number 736 578 7052 and hit “join a meeting”. You can just listen in or ask any questions you may have!

This bracelet was part of the April Plunder Posse. I think it came at the right time for me! That’s what I’m doing! If you don’t know, the Plunder Posse is a subscription much like Ipsy, Glam Box, Graze, and such. For $25 per month (tax and shipping included) you receive 1-3 pieces of jewelry. There are no minimums, you can cancel and restart any time. If you have any questions, email or message me.

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Janet

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Setting and Reaching New Goals

Last Wednesday, during my session with Jeff (my trainer), I set a new (temporary) deadlift PR! 175 pounds for 1 rep! You may remember I tried lifting this weight earlier this year, but was not able to budge it! Jeff said he thought I could have pulled it for two or gone up to 180! I wasn’t so sure….maybe.

The significance of that weight didn’t hit me until the next day when he sent me the video.

As many of you know on March 8, 2014 I returned to Weight Watchers. When I walked into that meeting I was at my heaviest weight ever 179.4 pounds.

To get back to my goal weight, I needed to lose almost 52 pounds. I reached my goal weight in January 2015, but continued to lose more; reaching a total weight loss of 70 pounds!!!

That deadlift on Wednesday night was almost what I weighed that day. It was 1.5 times what I currently weight and is 2.5 times the amount of weight I lost!!! 180, I’m coming for you!!! If I had realized Wednesday night, where I was at, I would have tried for it! Jeff, seems to think we will reach 200 before the end of the year! With marathon training, I don’t know, but you can bet I will reach for that brass ring! Marathon training is now starting to ramp up and get in full swing! More to come on that as the weeks fly by.

​Before starting to lift I had to warm up with a series of box squats.

The most weight we used for that was 105 pounds, which increased from 55 pounds (the weight of just the bar). The bar I used for the box squats is a “SS Yoke Bar” aka “Safety Squat Bar”. The reason for using this vs a regular bar is there is less stress on your forearms while gripping the bar, as you are gripping in the front of you vs holding the bar to the side as you would do with a straight bar. This also causes less fatigue for when you will be deadlifting, among other reasons which you can read about here. I have certainly noticed a difference since using the SS Bar on days that I am going to lift.

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“The Man” is home this week. He is on “vacation” or maybe I should say “staycation”. I don’t know what, if anything, I will get accomplished. If today is any indication, it won’t be much, lol!

Until the next time

Janet


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Training For The Run of my Life

Week one of full-out Baltimore Running Festival BRF and Marine Corps Marathon MCM training has ended.

Yesterday, I ran my first race in 2017; the Baltimore Women’s Classic-BWC. The BWC is one of the largest women’s only races around. It is a run to benefit women’s cancers.


This concluded my first week of “official” marathon training.

Here is the picture “The Man” took just after I crossed the finish line. I look like heck! I didn’t look this spent after a marathon 😳


My time was slower than last year, which had improved from the previous year.  Over all not awful. Not the back of the pack; pretty much middle of the road all the way. But a step backwards.


I’m not so sure it wasn’t  slightly slower than the first year. A sign of my lack of running this past winter or the couple of pounds I’ve gained? Time will tell.

This is the third year I’ve participated in this race. I considered this to be a “shake-out” race and my “official” start to full-out training.

The problem or potential problem with this strategy is it puts me behind on mileage; according to “the plan”. I have altered my plan to make it up and/or catch up over the next couple of weeks. Hopefully this works out as I expect it to. This is what I did for my 2015 marathon and it worked. I am cautiously optimistic. My goal is to start and finish both. I am less worried about BRF than MCM. The Baltimore half has a five hour time limit. The marathon is only 6.5. That didn’t worry until I came up with plan to add the half the day before.

Yes, for those who don’t know I’m doing the half on Saturday and the full on Sunday; October 21 & 22, 2017! If you don’t know why I have decided to do this you can read about my “why” of the story here. This will not be easy and I am sure will challenge me to the center of my being. But I have:

The Cliff Notes version of the story is we are doing this to honor a local soldier killed in Afghanistan two weeks ago.

If you are a runner and have plans to run in the BRF (in any of the races), or would like to join us in Baltimore to run in honor Sgt. Eric Houck, please do. If you are running MCM and would like to honor him there, please do. This especially hits home for us as Eric was local, and his sister-in-law works with my daughter, Amanda.

I think of those two little children; the same age as my grand littles, (Noah and Miss Quinn), who will never see their daddy again, yet aren’t old enough to really understand why. There is a young wife and mother who will now have to raise these two little children alone. I think of a mother who has lost her son, and know that “there but for the grace of God go I”. I can’t say that I know how she feels, exactly, because I am one of the lucky ones. My oldest son was in the army and stationed at Ft. Drum when 911 occurred. I cannot tell you how scared I was that day when I heard the “towers” had been hit. It was many hours before I could reach him on the phone. In my mind I had visions of him on a plane leaving without word! Yes, I was one of the lucky ones; but I know the fear.

This is not the first time we’ve run for the fallen, but because Eric is a “hometown boy” we are trying to garner a large hometown presence to honor and remember him. I hope we can do that. To help his family know that he is not forgotten and will not be forgotten.

My time for these two races will not be a factor other than to finish in the allotted time frame. My original goal for MCM was to better my time from my first marathon. With the addition of the half a day before, that my be unrealistic; especially since this will be a very emotional series of runs, but I will do my best to finish.

Until the next time

Janet

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You Can Do Hard Things

A rainbow, a sign

A Sign!

A rainbow. It has long been considered a sign, as far back as biblical days.

Last night when I left the gym, after yoga practice, I saw this rainbow in the sky. It was in close proximity to my house. Since I live less than a mile from the gym, I was able to make it home to snap a picture of it.

Why is this a sign? 

I’ve mentioned that I’ve been wrestling with a decision. Well, I made that decision, and last night set the wheels in motion to begin a new adventure.

I registered for Yoga Teacher Training!

Why was this a hard decision?

Well for starters it is far from inexpensive. So that was big factor. I am someone who thinks long and hard about spending major money on some thing, and this isn’t just pocket change. At least not for people I know.

Then there is the fact that I am running a marathon in October. That was actually my first concern. The classes start in September and are nine weekends long. When I first read that, the information made it sound as if it was nine weekends in a row. That would have been a problem for sure. Why? Well, you can’t miss a class unless it’s an emergency or pre arranged, and then you have to make it up. Since the classes are Friday night, and all day Saturday and Sunday it would have taken away my long run Sundays and that would have been when the milage was ramping up. There would have been no way to make that up.  When I was able to talk with my yoga instructor Kim, who is also the teacher for the school, I found out it was one weekend a month for nine months. That definitely put it back on the table. I can work two weeks of long runs around two weekends.

Then there is my powerlifting training, which hasn’t been as intense a training regime because of my marathon training. You cannot train hard for lifting while endurance training. My, trainer, Jeff has been completely on board with the Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) and said that it would not interfere with my lifting.

If running the marathon wasn’t enough, I came up with a brilliant idea on my way to the ocean last week. What was it? For my daughter and I, to run or walk the Baltimore Running Festival (BRF) Half Marathon on the Saturday 10/21, before the Marine Corp Marathon (MCM) on Sunday 10/22!!! Yes, really, I did! I haven’t even told Jeff this yet, I will do that tonight. We are back to our regular schedule.

Since I had been considering the Dopey Challenge in Disney for January and wasn’t able to get in, this is the same as the Goofy Challenge, that I thought about before getting in to the MCM. The main difference is the highest training milages will be in the summer and not the fall…..it will require running two days back to back to train, which will challenging; especially in the heat and humidity. I have figured out how to work my training runs around the YTT training and I think I have come up with a workable plan!

Why did I do this?

On Saturday 6/10 there were three soldiers killed in Afghanistan (you may have heard about it on the news). One of these young me was the brother in law of my daughters co-worker and is a local, hometown boy; Sgt. Eric Houck. I contacted my running friend Sid Busch (I’ve told you about him before), but you can read a bit about him here. This article is a couple of years old, from his 200th marathon. He ran that the day I ran my first! I asked him, if he had not already picked a soldier to run for in Baltimore, if he would consider running for Eric. He, of course, agreed. After I really got to thinking about it. Amanda and I (or maybe it was just me) decided we could add the half to our weekend and run with Sid. This race has a five hour time limit and we can walk the entire thing if we need to and still make it for the marathon. Sid gives his race medal, bib, shirt, etc to the family of the soldier he runs for. Eric had two little children, Noah and Quinn’s age, we decided by running with Sid we could give our medals to the children to have a remembrance. We will also be running MCM in his honor and have submitted his information to be added to the “blue mile” there.

It won’t be easy but…..my motto and the Plunder anthem for this year is:

Ironically when I gave Kim my application and registration fee last night I mentioned still be scared silly. Her words to me were: “It will be hard, but you can do hard things, you have done hard things, you run marathons, That is not easy, it is hard!”

Well when you look at it that way….and add the rainbow. I took it as a sign that I made the right decision.

She also told me it would challenge me to look and my light and dark side. To examine me. I knew this and I think this might scare me just a bit!

Well have I succeeded in making you think I’m ready for the “looney bin”? What are your thoughts about this news? Do you have any words of wisdom, advice, thoughts? Let me hear from you?

This Sunday I will run my first race of this year, the Baltimore Women’s Classic (BWC) 5K. This is one of the largest Women’s only races around and helps to support research for women’s cancers. This will kick off my “official” Half/Marathon training. The 5K isn’t as far a distance as I should run for this week, but I have adjusted my plan to quickly ramp up my milage (safely) over the next few weeks to get where I should be. Remember I tend to work training plans “MY WAY” anyhow…..

Thank you to everyone that has participated in my birthday month “Plunder Give Away”! I have had fun with it. I hope you have too. Remember there is still time for you to enter and win. Just comment on the blog posts to be entered in the drawing each Friday this month. There are still two more drawings for June!!

Last weeks winner for commenting is Amy Hughes! Amy, send me a private message or email at grandma2glamma@gmail.com and let me know where to send your Plunder.

I will be posting the winner of the June Posse on the blog tomorrow. I have to go through all the comments from the month for that one!

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Until the next time

Janet

 

 

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It’s Global-Running-Day

What are your running must haves

Today is “Global Running Day”! How are you planning on celebrating? Will you hit the road or the dreaded treadmill AKA deadmill? Which do you prefer? Me? The road! Hands down.

I’m not sure yet what I will do today. Today is leg day with, Jeff, my trainer. I usually warm up by walking on the treadmill at the gym. Maybe I will get there early and get a mile in outside (if it isn’t raining again) before we start. He will yell about that though. He says I shouldn’t do cardio before a strength work out…..It will be 8pm though when we finish and after leg day. Run? Who? Only if he runs with me, lol!!!

Since its Global Running Day, I thought I would share some of my running “must haves”; besides (what I think is) the obvious, running shoes!

Disclaimer: All items pictured below are my own personal items, purchased by me. I have not been compensated in any way for them. My opinions are my own, based on my own use.

Here they are, in no particular order:

  1. Phone–This is a necessity, for a couple of reasons. 1-I use it for music and the MapMyRun app which tracks distance, time, and is my interval timer. 2. For emergencies! You just never know.


2. RoadID–This should speak for itself. You never know when something could happen and you are not be to contact someone or tell emergency personnel who to contact. I ordered my RoadID after falling during training for my last marathon and have worn it for every run since, no matter how short. This one I wear on my wrist, but they have a variety of selections from wrist to shoe tags or you can even just get a “plate” that will fit on your running watch, etc. When I ordered mine and it came, I found that I had entered a phone number incorrectly. I knew that I had entered a number wrong, but thought I “fixed” it before submitting my order. Apparently not. When I called to have it remade, they did it at no charge and didn’t charge for shipping either. I highly recommend them.


3. Headphones–It’s kind of hard to listen to music without them, lol, unless you want to share with those around you. I actually only use one so that I can hear what is going on around me. I put it in my left ear only. I run towards traffic so my right ear is facing the road and I can hear what’s coming up behind me. For years I could not wear “headphones/earbuds” they all hurt my ears on the inside. When Apple came out with their “EarPods” they were better, but not great. “The Man” talked me into trying Bose (for sound). I resisted. Who needs to spend that kind of money on something that wouldn’t make a difference (this was before Bose had a wireless option). The comfort level, because of the design was like night and day!!!! So I left with my Bose “wired headphones”. After a while though running with wires became annoying. At that time Bose didn’t have a wireless option, so the quest began to find a pair that would work. I found Plantronics BackBeat Fit. They “hook” over your ear and are somewhat soft. They worked but I didn’t love them. Then I found the Samsung Gear Circle. They were ok, but I didn’t love them either. During this time I kept checking with Bose because I knew they were working on a wireless design. Finally, they were released last year, just a few days before my birthday! Happy Birthday to ME!!!!! They fit my ears just like the wired version, and they are easy to use and make and receive calls. They say they should last for 6 hours of continual use. I haven’t tested that yet, but we will see come October when it’s marathon time. That will definitely put them to the test.

  1. Running Pants/Shorts with pockets–I put my phone and fuel in the pockets. I tried using an arm band for my phone, but I didn’t like it. I like being able to just grab it from my pocket as I’m running if I need to. My favorite workout clothes are from Lululemon. I find they fit me better, and the compression is bar none. They are pricey, but no more so than some other brands, and if you hit it just right you can often find them marked down almost 50%. And lets face it, I don’t care if they are last years print!!! They will also hem long tights to whatever length you want free of charge. I even had a pair that I had cut off “re-hemmed” after my fall because they got a hole in the knee.
  2. FitBit Surge–although I also use MapMyRun to track my runs and distance, I like to be able to glance down and see where I’m at. There are many “running” watches you can get, but since I already had a FitBit and liked participating in challenges, this was what I picked.


6. Water–I always take water with me, if I plan to run more than four miles or the weather is hot and humid. If I’m going for a short run I just use a hand-held water bottle. If it isn’t too hot or humid I can usually make it through a five-mile run ok. This one is great because you just slip it on your hand. You don’t have to “hang on to it” and worry about dropping it. It also has a little pouch for your, ID, money, and a key.


But I use a hydration pack for longer runs and races. This one is a CamelBak Mini M.U.L.E. and holds 1.5 liters. I have a larger one that hold 2.0 liters that I will use on marathon day.


Although the races have water stops I make sure to have my own. There’s worse than needing to hydrate and the next water stop is a mile away! I learned that two years ago when I didn’t take water for a 5K. I had been running without it at home, and knew they would have two water stops; so I thought I would be ok. I was, all in all, but I found because of the heat and humidity I wanted water when it wasn’t available. I tend to take a sip of water on odd intervals and practice that in training. If I need it more often I will drink more. I use the water stops, on the course, to grab a sip of Gatorade at those that offer it.

The next items are things I use, but not every time I run.

  1. Lighting Source–I only use this if I’m going to be running in low light. But since I run on the road vs sidewalks I make sure to have it when I know I will need it! This is another item “The Man” talked me into. It’s the Tracer 360 by Noxgear. You can order it directly from them or Amazon. This is very lightweight, and has a variety of color options for the light. That’s good because it you make sure it doesn’t blend in with your clothing. It will flash or stay static. I use it on static. I know flashing lights can bother some drivers and I want to be safe…..They even make them for your pets! I will use this even though it’s summer. As I ramp up training miles, and the heat and humidity kick up, I will have to leave earlier in the morning and it will still be dark or too dark to run without making sure you are visible.

  1. Running Buddy Pouch–This is a great pouch, again thanks to “The Man”. It has strong magnets and can hook to the waist band of your pants to hold your phone and other necessities. He thought it would be good for pants without pockets. I will use it during the marathon to hold extra fuel for the run. I will hook over the strap of my hydration pack and put the fuel that won’t fit in my pockets in it. They have a variety of sizes and products. There are plenty of pockets in the hydration pack, and I will make sure to have extra supplies there in case (I’m a woman after all), but they can be hard to get to and since I run mainly alone there’s usually no one to help get it out while continuing to run. When you’re slow already, you don’t want to waste precious seconds playing around.

  2. Fuel–There are many types of gels, goos, etc available to add carbohydrates to your body for fuel. These are the ones I use. I have tried the gels and they are just straight up nasty IMO!!! These Honey Stinger Chews have worked well for me since the beginning. They come in a variety of flavors and you can get them at many of your local running stores, health food stores, and of course Amazon. I don’t use them until I get up to around 6-8 miles. When I get to that point I eat 2-3 every 5-6 intervals or 20-30 minutes on average.

What are your running must haves? Are there things you absolutely do not leave home with out, or do just go out the door and hit the ground running! Take a minute and let me know. Do you use something not on my list? Let me know what it is and why!

Have you signed up for the blog email, yet? If not you can sign up with the subscribe button at the top right side of the page or on the “pop-up”. I will not share your email with anyone else, and you will just be the first to know when there is a new post. You can also follow me social media through the pop-up or by clicking the following links: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Bloglovin. If you would like to share the blog on your Facebook or Twitter, you can just click the share buttons at the bottom of the post. Your likes, comments, and shares are what helps get the blog out to more folks, and I appreciate it more than you know. Remember you can also “Pin” the blog or just the photos to Pinterest now. So feel free to pin away!

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Until the next time

Janet

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The Liebster Award: I Have Been Nominated

I’ve been nominated for my first-ever blogger recognition award, The Liebster Award. Since I had never really heard of it I had to check it out. Here is what I found:

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award 2017 is an award that exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

So the cliff notes version is: Fellow bloggers nominate each other in an effort to introduce folks to new blogs and the people behind those blogs.

The Liebster Award: I've Been Nominated!

I would like to thank the wonderful Amy from @MuscleMatters for nominating me! Amy runs a blog about fitness, weight loss, muscle gain, and motivation. On more than one occasion, I’ve come across a blog post of hers that really resonated with me and spoke to my personal issues, often mirroring exactly what I was on my mind that day. Does she read my mind, lol?  Thank you, so much, Amy I am honored!

Amy gave me a list of 5 questions to answer. So, in the spirit of getting to know each other better, here goes . . .

  1. What is your next goal for your blog?  To grow my subscriber list and have more interaction and engagement.
  2. What is your favorite social media platform to promote your blog, and why?   That’s a tough one! Facebook is the easiest, but I get more interaction from Instagram and Twitter and I like interacting with my readers.
  3. What would you consider your biggest “win” in terms of your blog since you began?   Meeting, interacting, and gaining support from other bloggers. There is such a community of support for new bloggers even though we all do the same thing.
  4. What is your biggest pet peeve? Hmmm? In general or in terms of blogging, lol? In general, it’s people that just can not be on time! That completely drives me bonkers….In blogging, I’m not sure.
  5. What is your all-time favorite movie, and why? This is easy, Fried Green Tomatoes! I just loved this movie from the first time I saw it! Ironically, I have never sat and saw it completely from beginning to end at one time….Why? It’s a toss up between the characters played by Jessica Tandy-Ninny Threadgoode and Kathy Bates-Evelyn Couch. Kathy’s character Evelyn, has always resonated with me, even in my “younger” days. She was in mid-life trying to “find herself”. I especially love the scene in grocery store parking lot where “Evelyn” is trying to park and those young girls zip in and “steal the parking space”. They look at her and say “Face it lady, we’re younger and faster”. She sits for a moment then  yells “Towanda”!!!! as she gleefully starts ramming their car then looks at them and says “Face it, girls, I’m older and I have more insurance” and drives off.

The best part of this award is I get to nominate 5 more bloggers! So without further ado, the nominees are:

Lisa from Lisadesignslife.com

Maggie from thethriftshopfashionistablog.wordpress.com

Robin from weightlosspro.co

Farah from farahfostermanning.com

Lori from Choosing Wisdom.org
Head on over to their blogs and check them out!

The Rules for Liebster Award Nominees

  1. On your blog, thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.

  2. Link back to the blogger that awarded you.

  3. Upload the award to your blog.  This can be done by writing a post about the award, and uploading the award image in your sidebar.

  4. Answer the questions you have been asked by your nominator in a blog post so we can get to know you better.

  5. Nominate at least 5 blogs with less than 200 followers that you believe deserve to receive this award.

  6. Notify the owners of the blogs that you’ve nominated them so they can accept their award.  Bloggers can be nominated more than once, giving their readers more chances to learn more about them.

Okay, fellow bloggers, it’s time to get to know you better.  Here are my questions for you:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. Give a tip for other bloggers or potential blog starters:
  3. When you have a writer’s block what do you do to work it out?
  4. Where is your favorite place to travel to?
  5. What is the best memory that you have while traveling?
  6. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

I can’t wait to read your answers!

Thank you again, Amy for this awesome nomination!

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Fierce 50 Follow Friday

Let your voice be heard now

Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in my first #fierce50followfriday on Instagram. 

I have briefly mentioned The Fierce 50 Revolution to you before. Earlier this year a group of 50+ bloggers came together to form The Fierce 50 Campaign; to support each other and raise awareness to those of us in Mid-life. From that The Fierce 50 Revolution was born. The purpose is to raise our voice, awareness, and shift the perception of women over 50! Just because we may be of a “certain age” we are not to be ignored! We are a force to be reckoned with!



These ladies are four of my new “Fierce Sisters”!

 You should head over to follow and support these Fierce Women on IG. Their handles along with their websites are below.

I asked each of them the following question:

How do you hope/want to inspire others (those in mid-life and those who haven’t even thought about it yet)?

Here are their answers!

Sheila @fattofabover50 “lost her sparkle” during the years of raising a family and building her business (who else can relate to that?). She is reinventing and reclaiming her life! You can find her blog here.

Lori @gerontologistloricampbell said that “it’s her hearts desire to inspire and motivate people of all ages, but primarily millennials to”: practice prevention, value health and live their values, establish healthy lifestyle/mindset practices, embrace their aging journey, own it. you can also find Lori here.

Rosie @themidlifeaesthetic feels that “using your own life as an example is the best way to give women hope”. “When she shares her own personal journey of loss, she can see them perk up”. A phrase she loves is “we are all walking each other home”. She said “that is how I feel about other mid-life women”! You can find Rosie’s blog here.

Robin @weight_loss_pro_robin said she “hopes to inspire others that they CAN do anything they want” she is on a quest to lose 150 lbs and is half way there! It hasn’t been easy, but she isn’t giving up! Robin’s blog can be found here.

How do YOU hope/want to inspire others? Now or when you get to a “certain age”? Comment and let me know!

Have you already joined The Fierce 50 Revolution? If not; all you need to do is go to the Facebook page: The Fierce 50 Revolution and click join! It doesn’t cost a thing and you don’t even need to be 50+, or a blogger. You younger ladies are welcome to join The Revolution too. After all you, will be joining us one day! Let your voice be heard, now!

We truly are better and stronger together!

If you haven’t already signed up for the blog email, you can sign up with the subscribe button at the top right side of the page. I will not share your email with anyone else, you will just be the first to know when there is a new post. You can also follow my social media sites through the pop up or by clicking the following links:Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Bloglovin. If you would like to share the blog on your Facebook or Twitter, you can just click the share buttons at the bottom of the post. Your likes, comments, and shares are what helps get the blog out to more folks, and I appreciate it more than you know. Remember you can also “Pin” the blog or just the photos to Pinterest now. So feel free to pin away!

Until the next time

Janet

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Training Plan(s)

I wonder what Jeff has in store for me next

I am running a marathon in October, but you most of you already know that. Last Monday I started (sort of) a new training plan. A plan to take me into the summer. I am part of the Another Mother Runner tribe. Periodically during the year we can elect to participate in five-week fun challenge plans called stride plans. I almost always sign up. Can’t say I always finish, but I start…..

Here is the current plan-Stride into Summer


Now I think I’ve told you before I have used training plans, I just don’t follow them to the letter….remember “my way”? Yeah that’s me….that song was even playing at the gym a couple of weeks ago when I went in for a session with Jeff…

Here is how my first week actually went.


Now I really did have every intention of starting Monday off on the right foot, and going for a walk after taking Noah to the bus stop. However, Miss Quinn decided she wasn’t going to walk, and dragging kids wasn’t part of the plan….I guess carrying her could have been considered strength training, hahaha. I didn’t push the issue and didn’t go later because to tell the truth my rump was sore from my workout with Jeff on Saturday and I didn’t run Sunday (mother’s day) either… (that’s why we switched leg day to Wednesday and arms to Saturday). I have a feeling leg day is going to become quite a “pain in the rear”….

I also started working on my marathon training plan. This stride plan will end the week before I need to start serious full marathon training. My goal is/was that it will help me build my base. Now I just need to dig in, set it up, and make it work!

Here is the plan I used for my first/last marathon.


As you can see some thing got messed up in the first couple of weeks (don’t ask me how), so I will need to go back and fix them, but for getting it together purposes; it works. I haven’t completely decided if I am going to use this same plan, try a different one, or modify this one (ok this is modified, lol). But since my workout schedule and intensity with Jeff has changed I will need to modify it even more to accommodate that. Back then I was only working out with Jeff for 30 minute sessions every other week. When he went out on his own we went to one hour ever other week. Last fall I upped it every week for an hour, and now we are at twice a week for an hour. We have been at this schedule for three weeks now. I haven’t died yet….but I wasn’t so sure I was going to survive last Wednesdays deadlifts. I ended up lifting 155×6 total for my heaviest lifts.

Now the plan, apparently, was to go for three. Jeff, neglected to tell me that (so it’s his fault) and after one I put it down. Then he told me he wanted three. The most I had done at that weight was two. I couldn’t pull the third one a few weeks ago. Well, I regrouped and started again; one, two, and I thought I was going to hurl on three! Seriously. For real. I’m not sure if I ate too much before going, or if it was what I ate. I had a brain blurp, didn’t think, and had some fried stuff (which I don’t eat very often to begin with) or if it was because I had a new weight belt.

My son, DIL, and granddaughter gave me a nice new belt for Mother’s Day.


I think it’s going to take years to break it in. I had not been convinced it was the correct size and after thinking I was going to lose my cookies, I’m still not. They ordered a small and I cannot get it past that first hole, on my own. I was able to go one tighter with my sons help, and it was fine (if I didn’t want to breathe), lol! Along with that, it’s so wide it wedges pretty much between my rib cage and hip bones. Jeff, insisted it was fine….then he got me his, which is a medium, it went all the way to the last hole, wrapped back around me, and was loose….So I guess it’s ok size wise (if I don’t gain an ounce)! I’m not sure my “innards” have recovered yet….

Well, after I thought for sure I was going to lose it or croak, Jeff, insisted I could pull three….apparently somewhere deep down I knew I could too, or I was going to go out trying. I regrouped again, tightened my belt and pulled it; one, two, annnnd three. That’s how I ended up doing 155×6. If I don’t do that again it’ll be too soon. We went on to some ab work and I ended the night with a three-minute plank! Saturday was arm day and I ran on Sunday. I wonder what Jeff, has in store for me next? Maybe I shouldn’t ask….

Thank you to everyone who has signed up for the blog email or followed on social media. If you still haven’t you can do so by entering your email in the subscribe box at the top right hand side of the page or by clicking the follow box on the pop-up. You can also follow the blog on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and also on Bloglovin. If you click the share buttons at the bottom of the blog you can share the blog to your own social media pages. Now, you can also pin the blog and/or any images to your Pinterest boards, by click the pin button on the images. I really appreciate when you take your time to comment, like, or share. It is what helps the blog to grow and reach more people.

Until te next time

Janet

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May Style Club Challenge

Can you guess my favorite

Last month the style club challenges were focused on “hiding your belly”. I did not participate in all of the challenges, because there was just so much going on. I am hoping to be much more active for May. This months theme is: Accessories Essentials.  So we will be focusing on accessories and week one was necklaces and choosing the perfect necklace for your outfit. The challenge for this week was to wear an outfit and elevate the look with a necklace.

Have you signed up for the 40+style club yet? If not you can do so here and get on the waiting list.

For the week one exercise, I actually managed to wrap three separate challenges into one; necklace, hat, and bag, without even realizing it until I had already taken photographs, you may see a lot of the same photos this go round, lol! I will try to focus on just the necklaces today though. Here I used a statement necklace, along with other accessories to step up a simple sleeveless top and jeans. The black jeans you’ve seen before, they are just good ole’ Levis, the top is a couple of years old and I’m not really sure where I got it, but it wasn’t anywhere special. It may have been Sam’s Club, but I’m not 100% sure, and the bag came from HSN. It is part of the Joy/Iman collection. I bought it for the color and it has great pockets, but I’m not sure about keeping it. The hat came from a local shop last year.

This look was part of yesterdays post and if you haven’t read it you can do so here. This necklace is bold enough that it works with the V neck of the blouse. It is often recommended to wear a V-shaped necklace to fill in the decolletage area on a V neck, but this was low enough and the design worked.

The accessories elevated this simple look, but did not over power it. What do you think?

In the outfit below I changed up the jewelry and shoes to change to over all feel of the outfit. The clothes are the same. With a scoop neck top a bib type necklace works well for filling in the void. The floating heart bib on the right with matching earrings does just that and by wearing the wedges with the crops it dresses the casualness of the outfit up.

I changed the necklace and shoes for the photo on the left, to give an overall more casual feel to the same clothes. By adding the longer necklace it adds vertical length and visual interest to the look and brings in the rule of thirds.

The top is the Fit and Flare by covered perfectly. If you haven’t checked them out yet you can click here  or on the banner below to see the entire line and order yours. This is their birthday week and there is a fabulous sale going on through Saturday May 13th.

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The jewelry is all from Plunder. The floating heart set is from the Valentines specials and is no longer available. The Ezra bangle and the long beautiful pearl strand is from the spring catalog. It is 62 inches of pearls on leather! You know I just had to have it. You can see the entire line by clicking here. It will take you to the party link for May. If you have any problems with that or any of the links;  please let me know.

What do you think of these looks? Which one of these looks do you like best? Can you guess which on is my favorite? I am certainly no fashion icon. I am just a simple girl trying to learn and find what works for me and share it with you. I hope you find some useful ideas and things you like.

The blog reached 50 subscribers yesterday!!! Woo Hoo!!!! The social media sites are growing faster, but the blog itself is starting to catch up!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, for liking, commenting and sharing. That is what helps to get the word out! I appreciate all that you do to help with that! If you haven’t already signed up to follow the blog or to receive an email when there’s a new post, you can do so by clicking the FOLLOW button at the bottom of your screen. Easy Peasy, and you will only get an email when there is a new post. Remember you can also follow and share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and now on Bloglovin.

Until the next time

Janet
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