YTT-Weekend 3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Time For A Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Happy Halloween

🎃Happy Halloween 🎃

Are you ready for the little ghosts and goblins? Do you dress up and “get into” it or just wait for the kids to knock on the door?

We go through spurts! Sometimes we decorate the house completely, sometimes not at all. Sometimes we all dress up and canvas the neighborhood as a family, but this year is going to be low-key.

Halloween being in the middle of the week puts a damper on some plans. I don’t think “The Man” minds too much though. He will dress up when we “make him” lol, but I don’t think he likes it, haha (or maybe he just doesn’t like the photos).

The family dress up theme started the year Noah was born and has continued to incorporate every one.

Here is where it started:

Mickey, Minnie, and Donald
Wendy, Peter Pan, and Captain Hook

Then Miss Quinn came along.

The Smurfs

Then the following year we all got in on the act and I resurrected my sewing machine.

Meet the Flintstones

And it grew from there

Horror movie couples: Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein, Gomez and Morticia, and Chuckie and the Bride of Chuckie

Our horror movie couples came about from the dress below: Our thrift store find “Vintage Versace”. At least that’s what the price tag said, lol. Although Versace was spelled incorrectly. I’m going with it.

Which came about the year before; 2014 was the year my son and DIL became engaged. As a prank for Halloween that year, we decided to decorate their yard during the night. This was the result.

They woke up to this the next morning and sent us a picture wanting to know if we had anything to do with it, lol!

I still laugh about it when I think of us sneaking around putting them up during the night and their windows were wide open! It was quite a sight. Well, running around gathering the stuff to make the scarecrows at the last-minute was quite an endeavor and sight too!

Last year it was time to get Lessa into the act as well. It is also when Noah and Miss Quinn started coming up with their own ideas and we had to get really creative.

The Mario game

That’s what brought on the Mario game theme. Noah was insistent on being a ghost and Miss Quinn just had to be a princess. So Noah is the ghost in the game and Miss Quinn is princess peach. Lessa is Yoshi. I think the rest is self-explanatory. But if not, Amanda is a mushroom, Chelsea is Mario, I’m Luigi, and Patrick is a mystery box.

This year they had their own ideas again and we could come up with nothing to make it work to incorporate everyone.

So if everyone does dress up, we will all be different without a clear theme. There was talk of everyone being circus animals and I could be the ringmaster or zoo animals and I could be the zookeeper, lol, but that isn’t happening. So it will be a surprise, that I will share with you later.

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It’s Time To Get Serious Again

Happy Monday!

Did you have a good weekend?

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

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

I did get some things accomplished first though.

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

It went like this:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Random Musings

Please bear with me today as this post is likely to be all over the place; as I’m combining a couple of days into one.

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you this week got off to a sad start. After a nice weekend, waking up Monday to the news of what happened in Las Vegas just put a damper on the day. Instead of finishing my post I just went inside. I took time to reflect and pray for all involved. It has taken until now for me to get back in the game, and while I still can’t wrap my head around such senseless acts, we must go on.

How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun and exciting? Please share. We could all use some happiness.

Fall finally arrived in the Mid-Atlantic Saturday, for a couple of days. The day was crisp and you just wanted to cozy up. I made it the #saturday7amsocialclub AKA WW and to my session with Jeff. I had a good workout and set a new squat PR. We worked up to 135 which I squatted a total of 11 times 2 sets of 3, then a final set of 5! Jeff didn’t fuss, so they must have been ok. Squats scare me sometimes, especially when we add weight. I’m so afraid I’m going to go down and not get up, lol. I think that is what stops me from going as far as I need to sometimes. I would be happy if I could only deadlift…really I would, but Jeff says it doesn’t work that way….however, I could only bench press. That’s no fun. Since I am only working with Jeff once a week for the next few weeks, he has altered my schedule yet again. This week we did squats and arms. The next time we will bench press and deadlift.

Sunday morning dawned even cooler than Saturday, which was great for my run. It was my last really long run before the races (which are now officially less than three weeks away)😳. Depending on which GPS is accurate (none) I managed 14.5-16.1 miles. I ran 9 of those at what I hope will be race pace, then slowed down some and then walked the last few. I would have gone for more, but I was back near my house and nature was calling very loudly. Once I went in the house and crawled up those stairs I was not going back out. It is what it is. I will do my best to finish, even if I’m the last person crossing the line, on the sidewalk.

I also had to think about getting ready to go to Miss Mia’s birthday party! That gave me just the excuse I needed to stay home, oh shucks, lol! It turned out to be a beautiful day for the party. The adults and kids had a good time.

Now I just need to get myself ready for this upcoming weekend and my second Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) class. I feel way behind on where I need to be there too. Altering my schedule with Jeff has allowed me time to work on my practice but not as much as I need. The homework is extensive and it’s going to get even harder. Yesterday as I was studying I had one of those “what was I thinking” moments and in the next moment had a bit of an epiphany. I think I have made this harder than it is/was. I’m going with it and finishing up what I need to do this week. I think I’ve avoided some of it because I know it’s supposed to make you go inside. It’s a lesson in self-study. I was semi-prepared for it, but, let me tell you that is hard and eye-opening. It is certainly a learning experience.

The rest of this week and through the weekend will be busy. Not only will I be at YTT, it is also the Rodan+Fields annual convention! I am very excited for this. Of course, I won’t be at the actual live convention (which is being held in Las Vegas) but I have signed up to attend virtually. There will be our new product launch and I will be able to order it Friday and start sharing it with you (there are actually rumors of more than one new product)! Since I will be in YTT, I will miss much of the weekend events, but I will be able to go back and replay what I miss! I’m very excited to share in this experience. Last year the new product was Lash Boost! That was/is a phenomenal product!!! I think my lashes now have lashes! Tonight is also our monthly business opportunity FREE ZOOM call. If you are thinking of joining me in business with Rodan+Fields; be on the call tonight at 9pm EST. The call is FREE, the opportunity is like no other, and everyone on the call is pretty spectacular too! All you need to do is download the app or search ZOOM on your computer then dial in 736 578 7052 there is no pressure, just information on R+F and the opportunity. If you have questions you can ask. I hope to see you there!

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Simple Pleasure Thursday 9/28

It’s Thursday and that means It’s time for our next installment of Simple/Guilty Pleasure Thursday.

Do you have a simple or guilty pleasure to share with us this week?

If you’ve read the blog this week, can you guess mine? I’m calling mine a guilty pleasure this week, although it could be both.

Our little weekend trip to the Jersey Shore (simple pleasure) resulted in a trip to White Castle for hamburgers (guilty pleasure). Guilty, because I over do it on them. But I do plan for it too.

Let’s be honest here. That’s probably our main reason for going, to the Jersey Shore, lol!

Growing up in the south we had Krystal’s. They are basically the same kind of burger. The biggest difference between them is White Castle puts ketchup on theirs where Krystal puts mustard. I prefer to eat them straight off the grill with just the onions they are cooked with. Sadly (but probably for the best) neither one is very close to us. White Castle in NJ is roughly a three hour drive versus Krystal at around ten hours (right now the closest one I know of is in Georgia) not doable for a quick trip.

I do enjoy those little burgers. When they are steamed just right, it’s like a little bit of heaven. I think “The Man” likes White Castle better because they have crinkle cut fries! I could careless about the fries, I just go for the burgers. “The Man’s” uncle calls them belly busters, lol. They can be just bit gaseous! Yes, probably TMI….

We usually stop on the way home and get a “crave case” (that’s a box of 30) to bring back with us. This time we did not. That took a bit of will power.

I will just have to savor the moment until the next time.

Can you believe it’s already the end of the month? I have some new specials to share and some current ones that are going away.

First for the new:

A couple of you have expressed an interest in joining me in my Plunder business. From now through the end of September (which is only a couple of days away, how did that happen?) when you sign up as a Plunder Stylist  you will receive 10 extra piece of jewelry in your kit! So instead of the usual 9 you will receive 19 pieces of Plunder jewelry plus your sales tools! To sign up go to my website http://www.punderdesign.com/grandma2glamma and click on Plunder Opportunity.

If you have been on the fence now is a good time to get off! And if nothing else you could have a lot of your holiday shopping done!

And now for the old:

Remember that awesome Rodan+Fields Regimen/Hydration bundle special with the mini regimen?

It ends tonight. That mini-regimen is great for travel and is TSA approved. If you don’t travel, it’s an extra two weeks of product FREE!

If you don’t need a full regimen, but would like to try a product, I will be placing my last bulk order for September tomorrow (Friday) night at 6pm EST.

Message or email at grandma2glamma@gmail.com with your product choice and I will order it for you at PC pricing (that’s 10% off and free shipping) and get it to you!

Not sure what regimen or product is right for you? Take the solutions tool and find out. Be sure to enter your email, so I will know you tried the tool, and I will send you a micro-dermabrasion paste packet, just for trying it 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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A Quick Getaway

Do you ever have a day that seems like it’s never going to end? Friday was one of those days!

Boy, by the time the littles were gone, I was done! My energy level was nill. Now maybe I was in a hurry for the day to be over and that made it worse. Why? Earlier in the day I got a wild hair and decided we should go to the Jersey Shore on Saturday (yep, no Sams club for us, lol) so I called up the little motel we stay at when we go there the 88 Motel to see if they had a vacancy. They did and I booked us a room. The 88 Motel is a small, family owned, efficiency motel that is affordable, and just a short drive, bike ride or even run to the beach.

The office/owners residence. Photo courtesy of The 88 Motel
Photo courtesy of The 88 Motel

The owners Liz and Ken live on the premises and service the motel themselves.

Beaver Creek Dam that runs next to the property

I love this view and I was very tempted to practice my yoga sequence for yoga teacher training here. I would have, but by the time we returned from the boardwalk it was getting dark and I was sure if I would have “visitors” that I wouldn’t be able to see during that two-hour practice. I don’t think that would have been overly relaxing….

The pool was still open as our weather is still VERY summer like for late September (I think change is coming soon though). I found it a bit too cool for my liking. “The Man” thought it was ok and had the kids ready to go in. By the time he had more than his toes in, he changed his mind, LOL!

The Pool and back of the owner’s residence/office
Part of our room. Noah and Miss Quinn had to be in a picture, lol

A few pictures of our room. The rooms are clean, and comfortable. Everything you need for your stay is pretty much already there. The windows even open to allow fresh air in during nice weather and there is usually a nice breeze blowing.

After I made reservations, I THEN  told “The Man” we were going to Jersey! Lol! Ok this was only semi spur of the moment. He was whining (you know how that goes) about going to Ocean City for the weekend. The problem with his ideas? He never pays attention to what’s going on. This past weekend was SunFest in Ocean City, the weekend before was bike week….you get the picture? The “no-tell motels” that still had vacancies were over $200 a night. No. Thank. You.

If you ever want a quiet getaway to the shore, ocean, beach (what ever you call it from where you are) and are going to be in the area of Pt. Pleasant, NJ; check out the 88 Motel.

To tell the truth, I’d rather drive three hours to Jersey than three hours to Ocean City.

Why?

Two words.

White Castle.

Yep. Little itty bitty hamburgers.

Now I’d rather have Krystal’s any day,  but you can only get those in the south. I’d have to drive 10+ hours to Georgia to get to the first one. So NJ and White Castle it is, lol!

It was a short overnight trip but it was good to getaway. Noah and Miss Quinn enjoyed themselves at the boardwalk.

Somehow I always manage to be the one who has to ride the “high” rides with them (I think it’s a conspiracy).

A little ice cream treat before heading back to the motel.

“The Man” thought it was funny that we were sitting over a smiley face!

I hope enjoyed a glimpse into our weekend getaway.

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Janet

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