Weightloss/Workout Wednesday-Body Stigma

How do you overcome it

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thursday Simple Pleasures 8/10

Hello friends! It’s Thursday again and that means it’s time to share our Simple or Guilty Pleasures. This week I am sharing a Simple Pleasure.

This past Sunday when I went for my long run (usually my only run) I decided it was time to take a different route than I had been taking. I try to switch my routes around now and again, for safety, just in case someone is watching. As a woman running alone and in the wee hours of the morning, I think it’s a good idea.

The route took me down the Peninsula Expressway. This can be a rather busy road, but not so much in the early dawn; which can be good and bad. I was heading over the draw bridge, that crosses Bear Creek, at the perfect time to see the sun rising. Bear Creek opens up into the Chesapeake Bay.

How beautiful is that? God’s handy work. The beauty of nature that is all around us. Sometimes we just have to stop and look. Many times we don’t or we take it for granted. I have run this route many times, but never at the perfect time to see this. I have run this early many times, but I have never seen a sunrise so spectacular while running.

This is my Simple Pleasure for this week. The beauty of nature that surrounds us. A beautiful, peaceful sunrise over the water. Don’t you just love a beautiful sunrise or sunset? What is your Simple or Guilty Pleasure for this week? Please take a moment to share.

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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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Simple Pleasure Thursday 8/3

Wow! It’s Thursday, that means it’s time for a Simple Pleasure, and the weekend is almost here! Yay!!!

August is off to a great start. After the crazy extended hot weather in July, things seem to have settled down a bit. I wouldn’t say it’s cool, but right now it’s not oppressively hot. I’ll take it!

This week my Simple Pleasure is a good nights sleep! Not just the number of hours I get, but the quality of those hours!

I try to get a minimum of seven hours sleep each night. That seems to be a good number for me. For the past several weeks that has not happened, consistently. And boy was I feeling it this past weekend! So much so that I didn’t even try to run on Sunday!

When I woke up Sunday to get ready, for my run, I felt like crap! My sinuses and throat were stinging and burning. You know that “is it allergies or am I coming down with something” feeling? I got, made coffee, and tried to talk myself into going; but I couldn’t make myself get ready. Missing an entire run at this stage isn’t good for the training plan, but stressing my body, getting sick, and missing more runs or workouts would be worse. So I just decided to take it easy for the day. It was actually nice to do practically nothing, for a change.

Sunday night I was in bed at 7:30, and asleep before 8:00! Thanks to my Fitbit I can track my sleep patterns.

This may not look like “good” sleep, but it’s better than it had been and I felt much better when I woke up Monday morning! The first awake period was when “The Man” got up for work. The second was when Miss Quinn decided to come sleep with me. She is not easy to sleep with! I think last week either she, Noah, or both wandered in every night. Do you know how much room a three year old can take up in a king sized bed? 😳 a lot, lol!

One day “The Man” came home and asked her where she slept that night. She told him in “mine and Oma’s bed”, haha! She wandered in last Friday night, not too long before I had to get up and get ready to leave for WW and the gym. When I got up to go she said to him “Pop you need to get on the other side of the bed” meaning my side. He was on “her side”! Cheeky little thing, she is!

Do you have a simple pleasure to share with us this week? Have you gotten a break from the weather? Someone posted to Facebook today, that it’s 50 days until fall! I’m so excited! Fall is my favorite season and Spring is a close second! I like summer for the longer days, but not the heat. What is your favorite season?

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Why Direct Sales

Why not

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am building my businesses with three companies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Janet

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A Change of Schedule

I’m sure we’ll get settled into a regular routine soon

You may or may not have noticed I was missing for most of last week and didn’t have much in the way of blog posts. Life got really busy and writing was not happening, at all, lol!

Wednesday my grand little Lessa came back along with Baby Caterina AKA Baby Sunshine, I first introduced “Baby Sunshine” to you here (Noah and Miss Quinn gave her that name). When asked what they thought the new baby’s name should be, Noah said he wanted her named Sunshine. It has stuck as a nickname, at least for now.

It was a week of re-adjusting along with adjusting to a new old schedule, having a newborn to care for again, and to Lessa’s new attitude 😳, in regards to her sister, lol. She is also getting into the groove of the “terrible twos”, add baby Sunshine to her world, and that she and Miss Quinn sometimes get along like “two cats on the back fence”; let’s just say it made for some interesting times! We had a couple of “practice” runs for a few hours here and there, but it’s not the same.

If that wasn’t enough, Caterina is breastfed and had not had many bottles, since she came home for the hospital (during her stay there they bottle fed her as they were supplementing her with formula for a time and measuring the amount she ate). Moms, if you nurse your babies (and I applaud you for doing that) but you are going to work outside the home, please, please, please, start giving your babies a bottle well before going back to work. It will make their transition easier and help your caregiver too! Day one was quite a challenge, getting her to eat. By Friday she was eating much easier and close to a “normal” amount of milk. Fortunately, this wasn’t my first rodeo, with bottle feeding a breast-fed baby but, with that said, all babies are different and transition differently. So PLEASE help your babies and their caregivers; start letting dad, grandma, or even you start giving them bottles before you return to work. Set them all up for success. I can not stress that enough!

We made it through and now we are starting our first full week. I’m sure we will get settled into a regular routine soon, and things will settle down; just in time for school to start back for Noah and Miss Quinn, lol! Miss Quinn, is much more accepting of Sunshine than she was/is of Lessa though. Why, I’m not quite sure. She has never gotten over the jealousy with Lessa, so maybe it’s just that the baby isn’t able to “mess with her stuff”, yet.

Aside from that, I have had a lot going on and plenty to write and tell you about, including some product reviews, and other goings on. It looks like I better get to writing, lol! I see I may need to change my writing schedule and learn to write at night (like my friend Tania) to get it done, and probably should have seen that coming and transitioned myself before now….what do they say; hindsight is 20/20? Lol, it is true as I’m sure we all have experienced, at some point.

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Setting and Reaching New Goals

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Until the next time

Janet


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Simple/Guilty Pleasure Thursday 6/22

Hello! It’s time for Simple/Guilty Pleasure Thursday again! This week I have (what I will call) a guilty pleasure. It’s a game! Yes, a game. I play Candy Crush!


Really, I do! I started playing it on a whim a few years ago and was hooked immediately! I don’t play it as frequently as I did in the beginning, but there’s rarely a day that I don’t play for a few minutes.


I also play Words With Friends and right now I have games going with four people! In my mind, it keeps my mind active, lol! I only devote a few minutes of my day to them, but I must admit, I do enjoy just zoning out for a few minutes and playing.

Do you play either of these games? Are you caught up in any of those “Facebook” games? These are the only ones I play, though I get requests daily from “friends” trying to get me caught up in their games. Sorry, guys, I have enough to keep up with!!! It seems some folks do nothing but play games all day. I wish I had that much time on my hands, lol!

What is your simple/guilty pleasure for this week? Take a minute and share with us!

Don’t forget, when you comment on the blog during June (my birthday month) you get a chance to win that weeks Plunder Jewelry.

The winner of the June Plunder Posse is Beth! Beth, contact me via private message or email at grandma2glamma@gmail.com and let me know how to get your Plunder to you.

Plunder has just started a new sign on incentive! It will run through the end of June. I know some you of have thought of joining me, but have been on the fence. Now is the time!

If you join before the end of June you could earn the $99 fee you pay for your starter kit back AND be eligible for the Plunder cruise in January!!! How awesome is that? 

Where else can you start your own business for $99, earn that money back, so essential you’ve started your business for nothing, and earn a free cruise? The jewelry pictured is what will come in your starter kit. This is your jewelry to wear, display, or sell (if you want). If you change mind about being a Plunder Stylist, at the least you’ve bought 8 gorgeous pieces of Plunder for much less than you would have paid per piece. Private Message me or email me at Grandma2Glamma@gmail.com for more details or if you are ready to join. You can also just click here then click on “PLUNDER OPPORTUNITY” then “STARTER KIT” and sign up. I hope to see you on the cruise!!!

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Until the next time

Janet

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It’s Global-Running-Day

What are your running must haves

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

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

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

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

Here they are, in no particular order:

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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Until the next time

Janet

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A New Month A New Weigh In

The first Saturday of the month. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know what that means. It’s time for weigh in at the weekly meeting of the #satuday7amsocialclub AKA Weight Watchers. This is the second month in a row that I have had a gain of a couple of pounds. I am still well below goal, but I can’t keep this up and stay there for long!

I have to tell you I’m still no sure how much it is the increase in weightlifting how much is what I’m doing food wise. I went into last week pretty sure I was going to be around the same as last month. I had come to terms with that gain (somewhat).

When I weighted myself on Wednesday I was good. Well Wednesday needs to be taken off the calendar. That is the day I want to eat all the things. Sometimes I do ok, sometimes not. Last week was a not. Ok it wasn’t the worst early, but..then I had my session with Jeff. I came home and ate like a mad woman! I tried to eat mainly protein, but, come Thursday morning that scale was not my friend 😳 not that I was surprised. I almost always have a gain the day after an intense workout. Friday’s WI was the same as Thursday. Instead of leaving well enough alone, I had to compound it by going out to eat (something I try to never do before WI) and got shrimp and crab….now seafood is good and low points, so overall it’s good choice. Right? But this is Baltimore, Land of Old Bay!  Can we say sodium? Yeah, that wasn’t very well thought out! Add another two pounds on to what it was that morning, when it could have been down. Yep, a whole FOUR pounds up from May….still well below goal and free for the month, but not good, but I did do it to myself….

Last weeks meeting was not very well attended. Very unusual for the first of the month, for sure!

 

I don’t know if it was because it was the week following the holiday and people were out-of-town or if they were in the same boat I was and stayed home.

“The Man” had jokingly said something about going away for the weekend, maybe I should have pushed for it 😳 it might have saved me from myself….or not, but I could have put off weighing for a week, lol!

I left that disaster of a weigh in and headed off to the gym, Jeff and “arm day”! Now Jeff is still insisting a big factor in this gaining is me building muscle and getting stronger. He always reminds me that “he told me this would happen”. I guess that’s an “I told you so”…. He pointed out the work we were doing, the amount of weight I was lifting and working with that day and how much my should stability had improved. I had to agree with that. My upper body has always been my weak spot, but after he said something I was able to see and realize how much better it is. Maybe he is half right?

I am going to try to ride this out, but I must say it is hard!!!!

I have to keep saying this to myself, everyday! For those on their own journey, how are you doing? Do you have your own mantra? What keeps you going when the going gets tough? Now that it’s “almost” summer, do you find it easier or harder to stay on a plan? Let me know what you think!

Remember June is my birthday month! Everyone that comments on the blog will be entered in a weekly drawing for a beautiful piece of Plunder Jewelry and on my actual birthday, one lucky person will win the June Plunder Posse! Seen here! 

If you want to sign up to receive the Plunder Posse each month you can do so here. The Plunder Posse is a subscription plan, much like Ipsy, Graze, etc. For $25 each month (which includes tax and shipping) you will receive 1-3 pieces of beautiful plunder jewelry. Your Posse will bill and ship on the same day each month, and you can cancel anytime or stop and start as often as you’d like if there’s a month you just don’t want it. This is a perfect time to sign up because you will be able to see it before time to ship and can decide if you want that month or not. If you have any questions or need help placing your order or have questions about joining the plunder business, email me at: grandma2glamma@gmail.com

The winner of last weeks Plunder piece just for commenting is: Sandy! I will be putting Sandy’s Plunder in the mail by weeks end!

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

Don’t forget to leave a comment so that you can be entered in the drawing for this week. Of course your comments help more people to see the blog too and that’s what helps to get it out to more people.

I am off now with Miss Quinn. We are heading out to my little Noah’s end of the year picnic! This is last full week of school. He will only go two half days next week. Where has the time gone?

Until the next time

Janet

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