My Special Treat

It’s Wednesday, again.

How is your week going? Do you tend to get into a mid-week slump by now?

Last week my friend Susie from the blog PenelopeSeraphina posted about how to combat the mid-week slump. If this is you, you should go check it out here.

If you’ve noticed on Wednesday I try to focus my posts on weight loss or workouts or both. They do kind of go hand in hand. And I have not been the strictest on following any plan this year, so you might be wondering why I’m telling you what I finally found at the grocery store this past weekend.

My beloved peppermint ice cream!

Actually, I have been on the hunt for several weeks now. And stopped short of doing a little happy dance in the aisle. Just what I need when I’ve been struggling to stay in track, right? If you notice I did get the lower fat version, which is lower in WW smart points. At this point I am also only allowing my self one spoonful after dinner. This is my strategy for not over indulging and making it last longer for when I can no longer get it later in the year.

I have been doing really well this week. I decided to follow the simply filling WW plan to get myself in check. So far it has worked, but it is truly one day at a time. The leftover Halloween candy has not been a trigger either. Let’s hope I didn’t just jinx that…..

There is a story behind my peppermint ice cream. I shared it as one of my Simple/Guilty Pleasures a while back.

When I was a little girl, as far back as I can remember, my dad would take me to Regency Square Mall in Jacksonville, FL.  We would usually stop into the ice cream shop (the one with 30+ flavors). Back “in the day” they had peppermint candy ice cream. I almost always got that. Once in a while I would go rouge and get bubblegum, but I always came back to my peppermint. One day I was old enough for a double scoop of that deliciousness! I thought I was something else walking around with that big side by side double cone! As I grew up I would still get that peppermint ice cream. Now they no longer have it, or if they do it’s only at special times and there isn’t one close enough to know.

One day, probably 30+ years ago, we were getting some items from the Schwann’s man/truck. Lo and behold come holiday time they had peppermint ice cream! I was ecstatic! Then we stopped using them and I lost it for a time. After moving to Maryland I discovered Friendly’s restaurants and ice cream and they had it! Then one day it was in the grocery stores around holiday time. This girl was beyond excited! Now every year I look forward to finding it and reliving a little piece of my childhood and special memories of my dad. Isn’t it funny, I can still see the spot where that ice cream store was and see myself standing there next to daddy ordering it?

When it hits the shelves seems to vary by year. I found it one year in September! Usually it’s mid to late October, but this year it was “late”. Maybe that’s just my opinion, but by golly they need to get with the program! This is one thing I will always work into my WW plan.

I always wish daddy were here to share it with me. But it always brings back fond memories of him and a time when life was a little bit simpler. I imagine he is smiling down when I find it. It makes me a little melancholy and this time of year I tend to go inside for a bit anyway. Because of that I may not post as often the next couple of months, but we will see.

I realized a couple of days ago I also have “post race let down”. If you are a runner and run races you may have experienced this. You finish the last race on your calendar and have nothing in the works to train for. It’s nice to have a break from the training routine, but it doesn’t take long for wanderlust to set in. Now it’s not as if I have nothing to work towards. YTT isn’t going to be getting any easier. In fact, it’s going to be ramping up in intensity over the next couple of months. This is what I really need to be focusing on. I didn’t start that just for fun.

The other day “The Man” and I were talking about the races and he asked if I was going back to my twice a week sessions, with Jeff, now that the race is over. I told him I wasn’t sure yet, since I haven’t talked to Jeff about scheduling. He said working out with Jeff maybe why I was able to run those races back to back. I told him that was most likely true, along with yoga. As much as I want to get back on my regular schedule with Jeff and start training for a powerlifting meet, I need to be realistic with what I already have going on, physically and time wise. I definitely need to sit down with Jeff and make a realistic plan! I’m really good at getting myself into too much at one time.

With the holidays coming I really need to watch myself and not stretch myself too thin. Of course, picking up heavy stuff might just get me through the craziness!

Plunder and Rodan+Fields will be ramping up with holiday specials and goodies, and I need to be ready for that.

In fact Plunder just rolled out a few specials today! These are all limited quantity and while supplies last. As they come in I will post them here and on my Facebook page. If you follow my blog page they will be posted there as well as my personal page. If we are not already Facebook friends you can send me a friend request to Janet Earling.

 

 

 

 

Along with these specials Plunder announced reduced shipping for orders under $25! This is HUGE! To take advantage of these specials just log onto my website http://www.plunderdesign.com/grandma2glamma and choose a party with my name in it. They will all be listed in the “specials” tab. Email me if you have any questions at grandma2glamma@gmail.com.

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It Is Done

Happy Wednesday! It is done. The races are over!

Have you missed me this past week? Lol!

Did you have a wild weekend? Tell us all about it!

It’s was a wild one here!

Okay, this past week was a wild week, if you want to know the truth. Last week was race week! Saturday and Sunday were race days! Yes, it is finally done and over!

Now it is time to put my focus on YTT and finishing that. I need to get back on schedule with Jeff. It seems like I haven’t worked out with him in forever! He got sick and we had to cancel our last session at the last-minute.

I wasn’t terribly anxious about it last week, leading up to race time, surprisingly. Now that’s not saying the taper/race crazies didn’t set in. That is a story for another day! If you’ve ever raced or done any type of event that caused a taper, you know how that can go! To top it off I woke up Friday morning snuffling with fall allergies (I thought). Now I know I should have been taking something all week, but no….not me….now I am still snuffling.

Thursday night we loaded up the bus and went to packet pickup for the Baltimore half marathon (which was Saturdays race). Noah and Miss Quinn ran in the “kids fun run” and went to pick up their packets too!

Picking up their first ever race packets

How cute are they?

Friday we loaded up the bus and went to D.C. to pick up my packet for the Marine Corps Marathon-MCM which was Sunday. All of us, my daughter, me, and all four littles 😳. It was a long day. The kiddos did pretty good. Caterina aka Baby Sunshine started melting down on the way home. She was unhappy for the last 30-45 minutes, but we made it.

We got home, ate pizza (carb loading you know) and went to bed early. The kids fun run didn’t start until 9:20 and the half marathon started at 9:45 (that’s too late) but we needed to get downtown early to park. Beth, my Daughter in Law, her sister Jackie, and friend Jessica were running the 5K which started at 7:30 (I wish that had been the half) and we wanted to be there for that!

We all ran to honor Sgt Eric Houck (25), U.S. Army who was K.I.A. on June 10, 2017. Eric’s sister in law is my daughters friend and co-worker.

Part of our group

This was just part of our group that participated. Chelsea, my oldest sons girl friend had not arrived yet. While we were waiting we also met Eric’s aunt who ran the 5K and as they were starting we saw another runner wearing the shirt, dedicating her miles to Eric, my friend Sid Busch also ran for Eric as well as two other Maryland sailors who were lost earlier this summer.

crossing the start line

There were a couple of other runners in the half too that ran for Eric. They passed me by mile three…From the runners we know that ran in Eric’s honor we tallied 124.4 miles ran this past weekend dedicated to Eric.

Saturday was a hot one. The temperature was unseasonably warm and the humidity was kicking. I walked much more than I normally would have if I had planning on running for time. I lost time on a potty stop, because I didn’t hit the port a let one last time before the start. Then I walked over a mile with my friend Sid from 3 to almost 5. He was having some tummy issues and had to stop off. I was hoping Amanda and Chelsea would pick him up as they came through but they didn’t. After I left Sid I ran my intervals until around mile 11, altering them to a shorter run time at some point. After that I kicked a pebble up in my shoe and had to stop to get it out. That almost did me in. I tightened up and couldn’t get my rhythm back so I walked those last couple of miles. I tried a couple of times to pick it up, but I just couldn’t get it working. I waited until the end and when I turned the corner to the finish I mustered up and ran it in to the finish!

heading for the finish

Although I finished much slower than I normally would have, I was ahead of the time for my first ever race. Even though I wasn’t going for time since I had the marathon the next day, I was glad of that.

After my finish, while waiting for Chelsea and Amanda to finish a man who was 91 years old crossed the finish line! He ran the half marathon! He was with two other men who helped him along, but bless him! I have been scouring the race website for a photo, but haven’t seen one yet. I want to be like him when I grow up!

Waiting to start
getting it done
getting her medal
getting his medal
Two little finishers!

Noah and Miss Quinn enjoyed the kids fun run. Noah said, he wants to do the 5K next year (at least that’s what he says now). We will see. We missed seeing them run and finish, because they started the kid late and the older kids ran first.

After the race we came home, showered, went to get some dinner, and came home to sleep and get ready for Sunday’s MCM. We had to be up at 3am to hit the road by 4:00. It was definitely a long weekend.

Heading to the start.

Day two

All of the “official photos” aren’t sorted yet, so I haven’t bought them, yet, to get a “clear” image. I wasn’t thinking clearly enough, that early, to have “The Man” take pictures. I was flustered after we finally found where to drop Amanda off for the Circle of Remembrance and the Blue Mile, then finally made it back to our parking garage.

Sunday was also hot and humid too. I had hoped that the earlier start time would help beat it (we started at 7:55 vs Saturday at 9:45) but it was humid early and heated up quickly.

The start line.

The start line of MCM

“The Man” did take a few photos at the MCM start, but they aren’t all uploading right. These are the ones I could get to load.

Skydivers before the start. I’ll stick to running!

The Marines getting ready to present the colors.

The wall of flags we ran past after crossing the start.

There is one from every state.

Below is me around mile 11. I tried to look excited and happy for the camera. I might even “almost” have both feet off the ground, (runners always hope for that in a picture), lol!

This is how I really looked and/or felt, lol!

Can we just be done now?

Below is the start of the “Blue Mile”. This is the mile dedicated to the fallen soldiers. If you can go through here and not get emotional, there is something wrong with you. I walked this entire stretch. I could not run it. Most of these young men and women were under 30 years old. Just babies.

The Blue Mile

Eric’s picture was next to the last, before we went through the flags. This mile is presented by volunteers from the Wear Blue Run to Remember group. There was a flag for each soldier. My daughter, Amanda, held Eric’s.

Eric’s photo on the mile and then the flags of remembrance.

I was never so happy to see a mile post sign! It was almost done! It was still an uphill climb to the finish, though!

Almost there!

The marines line that stretch encouraging you along the way. Running uphill was not happening for me, at that point.

But.

I mustered up a smile and once I made that turn, I ran for and across the finish line!

I see the finish line

Finished! Done! It is over! I did it!

Done!

I may have cried just a bit when that cute marine put that medal around my neck. Okay, I cried many times throughout both days. It was a very emotional weekend. I am even weepy writing this now. Maybe I need to do a kids fun run…..

Below are a few more photos from the day.

Crossing the first bridge before mile three.

I wanted to take pictures everywhere, but I couldn’t stop. I knew I was running against the clock and couldn’t take too much time to “lally gag”.

I was lucky as it was. Because of the heat, they closed part of the course to allow everyone to finish that stood a chance.  I would have finished one way or another but I was going slow. There were several runners that were picked up by the “straggler” bus. I passed many people who were struggling and hurting. Some I know started out too fast as they had passed me early on.

I still have all my toenails (often times you lose them), but I did get this gnarly blister! TMI? (Sorry, I had to share) it actually looked worse the next day.

My blister

There was a man who is 60+ years old that finished just behind me that runs races barefooted! I can only imagine what his feet look like!

Post race meal. Jersey Mikes Sub! My standby, giant #6 Mikes Way plus mayo!  Can I just say it was delish!?! I only ate half and brought the rest home, but I think I could have finished it all right there.

Jersey Mike’s sub! Mmm Mmm good

Thank you for coming along on my runs! I hope you may have gotten a little chuckle out of parts of my story. But most importantly, even though I tried to be funny, these runs were undertaken to remember those who gave it all for the freedoms we enjoy every day. Please take a moment today or any day to thank a solider when you see them. Not just a soldier, but the police that put their lives on the line for us each day. These men and women leave home every day never knowing for sure they will return.

The news this past week has been fettered with something that the supposed “leader” (I use that term loosely) of this great country said “they knew what they signed up for” in reference to a fallen soldier. Yes, they did. AND THEY did it any way. They have given the ultimate sacrifice. That’s more than some have done (especially the one that said this)!!!! No, I’m not going to go political here. But I just had to get a bit of my feelings on that out.

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Something Old/Something New

What a week it has been weather wise. Summer is still hanging on here with both hands and it is HOT!

Has fall made it to your neck of the woods yet?

Saturday, before we left for our little getaway, that I told you about yesterday, I headed off to my usual #saturday7amsocialclub AKA Weight Watchers meeting and my session with, Jeff, my trainer. Last week I decided, after talking it over with Jeff, to cut my workouts back to once a week until after the races (which are less than four weeks away now)! Twice a week with the added yoga and the running has been way too much. I felt I was burning out fast. I think once the races are done and I can switch my long run with my extra yoga practice I can get back to a regular schedule.

Of course that means we will be hitting everything on the one day we do meet. Saturday, to finish up he had me doing weighted planks.

Have you done weighted planks yet? What was your experience like?

I have done weighted planks before, and shared that with you, but only with one weight and the most was 45lbs. Saturday Jeff decided to increase weight in increments. I started at 35lbs for 30 seconds, then 60lbs for 30 seconds, then on to 70lbs for thirty seconds! As many of you know 70lbs is the amount of weight I lost. I honestly have no idea how I walked around with that much extra weight on my body! Don’t tell Jeff, but I’m sure I had at least another 15-30 seconds in me at that weight.

Weighted plank with 70lbs

Before we left for our trip “The Man” said “you can run on the beach in the morning”. Wasn’t that nice of him? lol. I told him I was already one step ahead of him and had my running clothes packed. I was so ambitious I even put a yoga mat in the car! But I realized after we got there I left my head phones at home. My plan was to do one or the other. I was hoping to do both, but it didn’t happen.

I got up Sunday morning to run, and just as I was getting ready to head out the door, “The Man” woke up ready to go get coffee. I had talked myself into being ok without it, but tagged along. We got back and I headed for the run. By then traffic had started picking up so I didn’t go very far. The route that I knew and planned to run was pretty busy. I wasn’t very sure about going off the main roads, since I’m not that familiar with the neighborhoods so I ran out two miles out then back. I’m sure not having my headphones didn’t help either. Later we went down to the beach and I ran another mile barefoot in the sand (that counts for extra right?). I have never run on the beach or barefoot (for the sake of running) before. It was quite a different experience, one I should repeat. I ran a total of five miles in all. I think it was supposed to be my 18-20 mile week, though….yikes! This coming Sunday I have got to log as many miles as possible. I think the weather is supposed to be fall-ish, so hopefully that will make it easier to get some miles in. The next weekend will be Yoga Teacher Training and I will likely not get a run in and if I do it will be short.

That will also be the Rodan+Fields convention weekend in Vegas! I won’t be attending that live, but I have signed up for the virtual convention. I am so excited! There is going to be a new product(s) launch that I will be able to order right away!! We don’t know what it is yet, but the buzz is BIG and I can’t wait to share that with y’all! Last year at convention is when Lash Boost was introduced and you know how I love that!!

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Powerlifting Meet

In May I had the chance to go watch a powerlifting meet! I met my trainer, Jeff, there. He was wanting to check it out since he would be competing in his first meet in June. It was held a little over a mile from my house, but I almost didn’t make it. It was on a Saturday and “The Man” knowing I had planned to go there, just had to go to Sams….have you noticed a theme here? I swear he thinks that store isn’t open any day other than Saturday. The women were up first, which is why I wanted to go early. I did manage to get there before the women finished. I am so glad I did! I got to see two ladies in the masters division, both in a different age and weight class than I am. Both lifting significantly more weight than I do, right now, and it’s possible they always will. There is a significant weight difference between us. But it was good to see. It was good to watch and see how the meets are run, and was great to see other women around my age and older powerlifting. I know that I am not alone with my craziness…there aren’t many of us, but we are there and maybe we can encourage other women to test the waters.

They were both named Linda. There was Linda Jo and Linda.

This is Linda. Linda is 60+ years young. Her final deadlift for the meet was 280+ pounds! She hit and won the gold for her age/weight class!! She is now in training for her next meet, it will take place in October in Orlando, FL.

I was able to speak with Linda for a few minutes before I left. She is amazing. She is a grandmother of five. She runs a non-profit, and she is a pastor. Linda has only been lifting for about two years. Like me she kind of fell into powerlifting while working with a personal trainer. He noticed she was good at picking up heavy stuff and convinced her to train as a powerlifter. She has taken the gold in her division in all her meets, so far. Linda has a Facebook page where she shares her journey. Go check out her page and give it some love. She has recently started training with a new trainer. He is 70+ and still competing and has set several of his own records.

This is Linda Jo. I was not able to speak with her. I do know that she and Linda were in the same weight class and their final deadlift was the same weight, but I don’t know about age. 

Linda Jo was definitely intense and intimidating. She certainly came with her “game face” on. To tell the truth she was a bit scary! Lol.

Linda and Linda Jo have different lifting stances. Linda uses a conventional stance where Linda Jo uses a sumo stance.

Either one is fine and allowed, it’s just what you’ve trained for and your preference. With the sumo stance apparently you don’t have to lift the bar up as far. I use the conventional stance. After watching this meet I tried lifting with the sumo stance and it was a bit weird, for me. Apparently, I am a conventional stance girl!

These two ladies are phenomenal. The women’s powerlifting masters division is going to be a force to be reckoned with one day. Have I convinced you to start lifting yet?

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Janet

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Getting It Together

Last Wednesday I told you I was seeing my doctor on Thursday. Well, I did. She assured me I wasn’t crazy, lol, that men are clueless, and well you can just imagine how the rest of that conversation went….

She did agree that my monthly visitor may very well be in the process of leaving again (oh shucks), for good this time, and that my idea of going back on the bio-identical progesterone would be a good idea.

We talked about my increased physical activity and the anxiety type feelings I have been having. She pointed out that with the increase in frequency and the intensity of my workouts that my blood sugar may be dropping and suggested I eat more frequently. Yay!!! And that my desire for salty foods (I don’t like salt) is a response to stress. She suggested I eat every three hours and make sure I am eating protein for snacks. Ironically when I am following my WW plan and tracking in my usual manner that is what I am doing. And since I had been back on plan all week, I had actually started feeling better before seeing her.

I made it through all last week without going off the deep end food wise, and even through this past weekend. I did have that peach ice cream at the state fair on Saturday, but with WW you can eat anything you want, you just count it/track it and move on. That is what I did and so far since then I have been right back on target. Even today with it being Wednesday I haven’t had the need to “eat all the things” like I usually do, but it hasn’t been completely smooth sailing either.  I am attributing that to being back on my regular eating/fueling schedule. When I eat to fuel my body rather than just eating to eat I feel much better. I am human though and sometimes eat to eat. That doesn’t have to be a problem if it only happens occasionally. I was on a “binder”, if you will, and just kept it up. Hopefully I have broken the cycle and things will be getting back to normal. This coming Saturday will be the first Saturday of September and I must weigh in at the meeting to establish my lifetime status for the month. I will be ok for that, and if I keep on the path I’m on I will be down a bit from August.

Jeff has been varying my workouts and I have not been lifting heavy, the past couple of weeks. We have moved back to some old workouts and doing more reps with lighter weights, to get ready for the next big “jump” in heavy weights. I don’t know when that will happen. I am still trying to get my act together for the upcoming back to back half marathon/marathon. With the weather changing running is becoming much more pleasant, but after Miss Quinn’s Saturday all night party in my room I did not run Sunday. I know I am good for the half in Saturday but that full worries me. I think, I need to get out of my own head.

Now to continue my Get/Be Happy week. My three happy things for Tuesday were:

1. I awoke to the patter of rain on the window.

2. I tried a new to me fruit; Dragon Fruit. It was not bad (which is good because it’s a tad expensive). I will try it again.

3. I made it to yoga practice.

How are you doing with listing your happy things? Does listing things that made you happy help you to realize it’s not all bad?

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