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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Until the next time

Janet

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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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Janet

 

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A Surprise Award

Happy Tuesday! Things are starting to return to normal (whatever that is)  here after the last weeks activities.

Is this good or bad? Lol! Is there such a thing as normal?

The sun is shining today and summer is still trying to hang on. I like the sunshine and warmth. I like that it’s warm but not oppressively hot and humid; although the humidity is higher than normal for fall. I do hope that it cools down a bit and the humidity disappears for the races, that are now less than two weeks away! My butterflies are starting to develop butterflies; by the way! I talked to my friend, Sid, this morning (he’s running the Baltimore Half with me) and he said he still gets goose bumps before each race. This is a man who has run over 200 full marathons and too many other races to count!

Today I am sharing a little something that happened last week. With the week being so crazy busy and my postings minimal, I had to wait to share.

Wednesday morning,  I woke up to an email from Feedspot Blog Reader! My blog. This blog.  Grandma2Glamma, was selected as one of the top 15 fitness over 50 blogs!!!

To say I was surprised would be putting it mildly! I am honored that my little contribution to the world of fitness and sharing my stories and journey with you has been recognized. I’m not quite sure how it happened but I’m sure your support, dear readers, was a big contributing factor. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for liking, commenting, and sharing the blog and/or the social media posts. That is what helps to get the word and the blog out to more readers. I am honored and humbled to be selected. I hope to be sharing many more stories and endeavors with you.

You can also find Feedspot on Facebook. They support blogs across many niches. Head over to their page, give it a like, and check out the blogs that are featured!

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Until the next time

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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Janet

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Workout Wednesday

This week is out of sync. Since we are planning on taking the grand littles back to school shopping, in Pennsylvania, Saturday I have altered my workout schedule for this week. “The Man” will likely want to leave earlier than we need to, so I won’t have my regular session with Jeff and will likely miss the #saturday7amsocialclub! Altering my schedule with Jeff means I will have six straight workout days, before a rest day! Boy, I hope I can survive it!

The last time I altered my schedule was three weeks ago. Not intentionally, but at the last-minute I had to miss my Wednesday workout. So come Saturday, which is arm day, I was not prepared for Jeff to decide we were going to work arms AND legs to make-up for missing a day…Since we usually only work arms on Saturday I don’t wear my lifting shoes, so we almost didn’t lift, but I suggested lifting barefooted and Jeff agreed. I must be a glutton for punishment!! Remind me why I do this?

Do you remember a few weeks ago, when I told I hit a new deadlift PR of 175 pounds? I told you then it was “almost” the amount I weighed when I started my weight loss journey more than three years ago. The significance didn’t hit me until afterward. I knew I had to keep working.

Well once we got into the lifting phase of this altered work out, Jeff, said we wouldn’t go for weight but volume….unless I wanted to, but we had already done a lot of work with squats and bench pressing. Now what do you think I did? He’s going to give me a choice between repping weights or hitting a new PR….This girl was going for it! Because that carrot was still dangling in front of my nose. My exact words to him were: let’s go for it! What’s the worst that can happen? I won’t get it? Wouldn’t be the first time. When I first went for 175 (earlier in the year) I wasn’t ready and I didn’t even know exactly what was on the bar. I took a potty break (it happens at my age, lol) and when I came back Jeff had added weight. I knew he had, but wasn’t sure exactly how much. I had tried to calculate it in my head, but hadn’t and I really think I just went for it too fast and wasn’t prepared for it.

We racked up 185 and I stared it down and literally walked back and forth, stalking it; for what seemed like forever. I was mentally getting myself ready. Then I went for it!

And I got it! A new PR!!! I knew once I pulled off the floor it was coming up! I have officially lifted more weight than my heaviest weight!!!! I was laughing and crying at the same time! Jeff and my son both said it looked easy. I’m not sure I would go that far, lol, but that two hundred may not seem so far-fetched after all.

If this wasn’t enough when I went in the following Wednesday Jeff had some crazy ideas. Since the weather was nice, after some warm ups with squats on that Smith Machine I showed you then a few traditional squats, we took our work out outside this is what he concocted:

After about ten of these Jeff had the brilliant idea that he would sit on the tire and have me lift it. I budged it some, but wasn’t able to fully get it up. Something to aim for the next time! Maybe.

This is why Jeff has said the weight I have gained back is muscle. He says I  can’t lift that amount of weight without getting stronger and I can’t get stronger without adding muscle….yada yada. Yes, I know but I still do not have to like it! This is the hardest part to wrap my head around. If you have any tips or hints on how to do that, please share!

Apparently I have gained or built my arm muscles. When “The Man” I went shopping this past weekend, I was trying on long-sleeved blouses. They fit my body and not my arms….first world/weightlifter problems? This did not so anything to help my thoughts about adding weight though.

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