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)ūüė≥. 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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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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She Believed She Could

Here we are again. We’ve made it back to Monday! Another new week, with new, endless possibilities.

Do you dread Monday’s or do you view it as a week of new possibilities?

Monday certainly gets a bad rap from most everyone. I am guilty of being a Monday basher, myself. When I was working I had come to dread Mondays and every other day I had to go to work. I came to realize that job was sucking the life out of me. I knew this long before I left it, but I was hesitant to leave it.

Why?

Fear.

Mainly fear of losing an income. That’s never easy to do. It wasn’t a large income, but more than we would have had without it. You get used to having a certain income, maybe having a bit more disposable income, and eliminating it is scary; even when YOU make the decision to do so. What if this breaks, what if this happens, what if?

It was six years ago September 1st that I walked out that door for the last time. It was scary, from the day I made the decision, until the day I walked out the door. It was one of the best things I could have done for my peace of mind, my well-being, and the well-being of my family. But I was afraid.

On the surface it seemed my job was perfect. It was about mile from my house, I only worked three and a half days a week. I met some great people, some of whom I still have a little contact with. “The Man” thinks if I had not left when I did to take care of Noah I would still be there. He really doesn’t know how wrong he is. He thought the job was perfect.

Patients of the doctor I worked for thought it was the perfect place to work, that the doctor must be a wonderful boss. They weren’t behind the scenes. They didn’t know how things really were. My mental and physical health was suffering from it. It was far from perfect.

I’m so glad when the opportunity arose to leave I took it. I can’t say everyday since has been a bed of roses, but it was the right decision. I stepped on blind faith that it would work and it has.

Fear can hold us back from so many things. I have had some fear racked moments a few times since leaving that job; for different reasons.

When I set out to lose weight; could I do it…again? When I started practicing yoga; could I do it? The “I’m not flexible, I’m not athletic, I’m uncoordinated” thoughts ran through my mind. But I decided to try;¬†it was a great decision. Then I decided to run a half marathon, could I do it? I wasn’t a runner, I had never run unless forced to. And I did it. Then on to a marathon, then five half marathons in five weekends.

This year began with me deciding to start the blog; would anyone read it? Then starting my businesses; will anyone buy what I sell? Will anyone want to join my team? If that wasn’t enough, a chance to become a yoga teacher presented itself. Again fear; could I do it? Could I afford to do it? Could I work it around the schedule with the kids and family time? I have set out to run a half and a full marathon. The half on Saturday and the full on Sunday; back to back.

All of these have come or come with an element of fear. But I pushed that fear aside and tried anyway. So far I have been successful. Some of these haven’t been completed yet, but I am moving towards them.

Fear? You bet! Can I do it?

I CAN!

Through it all my one mantra has been “She believed she could, so she did”! I have also added “I CAN and I WILL…watch me”.

Do you let fear hold you back? Don’t. Take charge of your life and destiny. If you dream it, you can achieve it. It doesn’t matter your age. That doesn’t mean you need to set out to achieve the same goals I have. Just reach for what you want. I am here to support and encourage you along the way.¬†I still have fear. I am a work in progress, but I’m not allowing it to hold me back.

Take a moment and share your fears, goals, thoughts with us. What would you like to accomplish? What fear is holding you back?

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Negative Self-Talk

Here we are again; another Monday, a new week, new possibilities. How was your weekend? Did you do anything exciting or stay around home a just rest? We didn’t do very much. Saturday afternoon we went to the Baltimore Harbor and walked around for a bit. The Pride of Baltimore was docked. I have never been down when she was in so it was nice to see her up close, in person.

“The Man” told me I looked like a tourist taking pictures, lol! My response was “who cares”?

If you look where I circled, you can see two people climbing up the ropes!

I have no idea what they were doing, but I know that would not be my gig!

It was nice to just go and walk around the harbor on a nice day, but I could have just as easily stayed home.¬†Do you ever have those days where nothing seems to work? That was me Saturday. The day didn’t start out like that, but by the time I had a shower and was getting dressed, I didn’t like a thing I put on. Nothing looked good, my hair was awful (you know those “I hate my hair” days)? I decided it’s time for a radical hair change. I haven’t done it yet, so it won’t be a rash decision, but I haven’t given up on the idea, so that means it’s likely to happen!

I’ve been thinking about “Negative self-talk” a lot! Do you do it? How often? I think most people are usually pretty good at it. I know I am and I was at it all weekend. And that was AFTER the #satuday7amsocialclub AKA WW meeting where we talked a bit about it! Maybe that’s the problem, lol! That wasn’t our topic, but it’s where we “wandered” to.

One member was telling us about a race she just completed in horrible weather. She was under trained but decided to go for it anyway, she was doing it with her daughter and a friend. It took her over four hours to run a 12 mile race, she was next to last, was walking and crying the last few miles, had been moved to the sidewalk to finish, had a policeman offer to give her ride; they were rolling up the timing mat when she got there so she didn’t have an official time, but she finished. She didn’t quit. She turned her negatives into a positive. She finished what she started.

I know how she felt starting out. I know I am so under trained for these upcoming races next month, or I guess I should say for the marathon, I should be good for the half on Saturday, but I am very much doubting my ability finish the full on Sunday or within the time limit. I see me being on the sidewalk trying to finish. I am honestly counting on race day adrenaline and finding another “back of the packer” to buddy up with to keep going. I am honestly scared. This is the most I have ever been scared and doubting my ability going into a race.

Another member made it to a milestone in her weight loss journey. Our leader asked her how she felt and what advice she would give to others. She started her story with everything negative she could, she’s never made it to that point, always quit just before getting to that point because her weight loss was slowing…..not that she didn’t give up, she kept going….you get the picture. It took another member pointing out that she hadn’t said anything positive to get her there.

Maybe that’s what happened. My day didn’t start out that way, but by the time I was getting dressed, those doubts were running rampant. Do you think someone else’s negatives can cause your own? How do you turn it around?

It didn’t end with Saturday. When I was running yesterday, I was negative talking to myself the entire way. “I can’t do this, I should defer, I should downgrade to the 10K, if I can, this is crazy (that might be), once this is over I may never run again (maybe or at least not for endurance anytime soon). It has been a lot with the other stuff I am doing and I will admit I have taken on quite a bit. I knew what I was doing, talking down to myself, ¬†but I was powerless to stop it. After missing my run last week because of spending the weekend in yoga teacher training, this week was a 15 miler. I managed 10.well one GPS said 10, one said 10.9….ah which one to go by? I was still within the time limit to not get swept, but I had to slow down my intervals sooner than I would have liked. When I looked back in my marathon training log to two years ago, for this run I made it 13.25 out of 15. I think that was the week I fell and kept going as much as I could. So a little more than I did this time, but still not the entire distance and I finished that marathon. In all honesty I could have gone more than the 10 I did yesterday, but I had talked myself into stopping. I just wasn’t feeling it. Those negative thoughts let me stop myself. Had I looked at the log from last time and thought about it, I would have pushed myself farther, I think. ¬†At the end of the day, my goal is to finish. I’m not going for time, but would like to stay within that time limit and not get swept. I would feel much better if the full were on Saturday and the half on Sunday. For the next month I will need to be diligent with my diet, and get as much rest as possible. I started thinking (while running) maybe I should go back to once per week with Jeff, for the next month, until after the race. With the extra yoga work and studying I’m not sure twice per week is a good thing (since this was part of my talking to myself yesterday I’m not sure that is unreasonable to do or me doubting myself). I will continue to ponder on that.

Somewhere along the way I remembered this pendant from Plunder.

I CAN and I WILL…..Watch Me

It came with some bundles I bought earlier in the year. I seemed to have gotten a boat load of them! I wasn’t quite sure why I needed so many, but maybe I should hang them all over the house! I will carry it with me for the races. I do have several so if you or someone you know needs one, let me know!

“I Can AND I Will…..Watch Me”! So much more positive than “I can’t do this” don’t you think? When I was training for my first marathon my mantra was “She believed she could so she did”, my race songs were “I don’t need your rocking chair” by George Jones and “My Way” by Elvis.

I think I am adopting this saying for my race mantra now “I CAN and I WILL….Watch Me”! With a new mantra, should I come up with a new race song? Any ideas? Help me out here!! I may need that rocking chair this time, lol!!!

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Do Not Steal Someone’s Moment To Shine

Be happy

Happy Labor Day! The last day of a the long weekend. The beginning to the end of summer. The last day of summer vacation for many school children. Has school already started back in your area? This is the first year in I don’t know how long we are starting back after Labor Day. Are your children/grandchildren ready and excited about the new school year?

Please be aware of bullying. It is such a problem with kids, for sure, but can occur at any age. It is not a new problem by any means, I have come to realize I was bullied in school. It might seem to be getting worse but maybe there wasn’t much attention on it then. So please be aware of your littles being bullied and don’t allow them to bully others.

I hope you have had a great day and a wonderful weekend. My weekend was relatively typical. It started off with the weekly meeting of the¬†#saturday7amsocialclub aka WW for my monthly weigh in (I was down from August, yay) then off to my session with my trainer, Jeff. Saturday was pretty much a “wash out” weather wise, so after I got home we headed to the store! “The Man” finally got his wish, lol! It was such a wet, gray, damp day that I made tomato bisque and grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner! Who doesn’t love some comfort food on days like that?

I ran yesterday, not as far as the plan called for, but I did what I could. After missing last weeks 8 mile run (which was a step back week) due to Miss Quinn’s Saturday night, all-night party, this week called for 14 miles. My plan was to go for it. Early in I knew that would be pushing it. So on the fly I devised and implemented plan B, C, D; ect. I ran the 8 I supposed to¬†run last week for time/pace, then turned off my timer and interval reminder and added two more, mainly walking the last one. I was thinking I could work more in next Sunday. What I didn’t think about until after is that I won’t be running this Sunday; it will be the first weekend of Yoga Teacher Training! That means I am going to need to log some miles during this week and keep up with my regular workouts! Heaven help me!

During my run I was thinking about this post and what I would say. I knew what I wanted to write about, but I hope I can make it make sense. I am going to try. It is quite a sore spot, and may become a bit of a ramble.

If you are a regular reader you know that I train with Jeff on Wednesday and Saturday, and that I often post pictures or videos, and write about milestones here. I also share them to my personal Facebook page, as well as instagram and such; as does Jeff. I do this in hopes of encouraging others to take steps to do what they want. To not limit themselves, especially us ladies of a “certain age”. I know that the activities I do may not be for you, but it may help you to see that you can do something you have wanted and thought impossible. Through writing the blog and posting I have found other ladies “of that certain age” who are powerlifters too. Some even older than me! There is a sisterhood and we know we are not alone. I have had some of you write and tell me my story has you thinking about running or lifting. You have realized it’s not impossible. You may not go to the levels I have and may not try to compete, but if you just turn that desire into doing more, you have won!

This past Wednesday was no different. Jeff posted a video and sent it to me to share, which I did. Here it is:

Things were pretty normal, Until a Facebook “friend” made a comment on my post. This was the comment:

“Hope you do not hurt your lower back !!!!!

¬†There’s so many other exercises you are able to do that will work the same muscles that doesn’t have to be this intense js”

This was finally my response.

“There are. But when you’re training to lift heavy and for a powerlifting competition. You lift and train heavy.”

It took me a while to find a way to say something nice. Trust me my first instinct was to lay into her. Why, you may ask?

This is someone who bullied me in junior high/high school (it wasn’t middle school back then).

I was not an athletic kid, I have probably mentioned that a time or two. Honestly, I still don’t consider myself athletic. Team sports were never my thing. I was terrible at them. If you notice, I don’t engage in team activity now. I run races and there are others, but I am competing against myself, to better my time, to challenge me, to test my own endurance. When I do things like run five half marathons in five weeks or a half and full marathon in the same weekend I am competing with me, I am challenging myself. This is same as when I went for that 185 lb deadlift. I had a goal to lift more than the amount I weighed when I returned to WW 3 1/2+ years ago. That was a challenge and suck a “high” for me. There are a host of others in a yoga practice, but in Yoga you work at your pace with your breath and where your body is that day. And with weightlifting I am bettering and competing against myself. Even if I want to go to a competition and maybe set a record.

My first memories of being made fun of because I couldn’t catch a ball or make the kick in kickball etc go back to fifth grade and age 10. I was always the last or next to last picked at recess. Often others actually saying they didn’t want me on the team because I wasn’t good enough.

This certainly felt like that all over again. I don’t believe this came from concern or a place of loving kindness. I found it mean-spirited. Trying to take my success away. This person has recently began attending a boot camp for weight loss. That’s great! I would do nothing but encourage someone to better themselves. Do what works for you, but just because you have jumped on a fitness bandwagon, does not make you an expert. Do not steal someone else’s thunder! Be happy for them and their accomplishment. Cheer for them. It’s ok to acknowledge that it may not be for you, but don’t discourage them. Don’t make them feel wrong. Unless you have been there, side¬†by side training you do not know what they have done to get where they are.

She was a cheerleader back in the day, should she decide to do that again I wouldn’t tell her she shouldn’t be turning flips, doing hand stands, or such. Why must she try to steal my thunder? In all the years through my weight loss and half marathon, marathon trainings she has never responded to a post. Is she jealous? I don’t know. What I do know is that it still rankles and brought back a flood of memories.

She (in my opinion) does not/ has not followed my journey and that’s ok. If she did she would know where I started at and how far I’ve come. She would know that I have been working with a trainer since almost day on and that Jeff and I have been training together for going on three years. That we/I have worked long and hard to get to this point. Jeff knows me and what I am capable of. I did not get here over night. It has taken time. I am still a work in progress. And this isn’t where we are heading for the long run. I must get through my marathon training before we step it up much more. Jeff, also knows if we try something that I am not comfortable doing or don’t think I’m ready for I will not do it or I will stop and try again after training better for it. Yes, he will push/nudge me out of my comfort zone (as will any trainer worth their weight) but he won’t ask me to do something he doesn’t do.

So all of this was to say, if you want to do something, JUST DO IT. Do not let some one tell that you can’t or that you shouldn’t. Follow your heart and dream. If you need to make modifications until you get to where you want to be that’s ok. Just have fun doing it. And encourage those who dare to follow their dream, even if it isn’t yours.

The week of posting three happy things that happened each day has passed. How did you do with yours? I am going to continue to post mine each day on my personal Facebook page, the blog page, and twitter. I will not post them here (unless a few say you like me to, if so let me know) since it is always a day behind.

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

I will leave you with this thought.

Have a great week; on purpose.

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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Working It Out

Did you get to see the solar eclipse? Our coverage was supposed to be about 82%. “The Man” came home from work and went to bed, but asked me to get him up about 15 mins before peak time. He was going to take Noah and Miss Quinn out to see it. We knew there was no way to safely try to let Lessa see it. And at not quite two she wouldn’t have a clue. Well, I devised a plan, that should scare you, lol!

When it was time for it to start I went out to view it. I figured I would go every 15 mins or so to see the changes and take Noah and Miss Quinn out one by one to see also, then let Pop take them out for the finale’ well you know what they say about plans! Once the moon covered the sun enough that you could start to see what was to come I took them out one at a time (I figured it would be easier to make sure they didn’t look that way). Noah, saw it once and was done, he didn’t want to see anymore. Miss Quinn, went out but didn’t want to look up to see it. So much for those viewing glasses they were so excited about. I was able to see up to approximately between 1/4-1/3 of the coverage before the clouds rolled in. By time to wake “The Man” up, thunderstorms had rolled in and the bottom had fallen out! So much for our eclipse viewing!

This has been a bit of an eye-opening week for me. I am finally realizing there are forces at work that are bigger than me. I’m still convinced the eclipse caused forces of nature that has had things off kilter, my friend posted an article about it http://awarenessact.com/the-effect-of-a-solar-eclipse-on-your-mind-body-and-soul/?=ire…..on Monday….I wish I had seen it much earlier. It certainly explained a thing or two. Most people seemed to have had positive responses to this force. Me? Maybe not so much. Or maybe at then end of the day, it brought some things to light and that is good.

But like I told you Monday my hormones and system is completely out of whack too. I’m not sure that can be completely blamed on the forces of the eclipse, but I imagine it didn’t help.

Last week I told you after my WW meeting the weekend before, my commitment for the next four weeks was to track my food. Well that worked out pretty good; for a few days. Then it fell a part and I didn’t care….until Saturday morning when I got up to go to the #saturday7amsocialclub up an entire 2.5 pounds from the last time I had weighed on Wednesday. Yep. Not only did I not track but I stood in the kitchen and just ate. I’m not sure I could have accurately tracked if I had tried or wanted to. I paid little attention to what I ate. I just shoveled it in. Why? Because I could? To avoid the littles bickering and whining? It was a place to escape, I could lock my self in (baby gates are wonderful) but still see and watch them. Emotional eating? Stress eating? My inner pig just having a god ole time? Whatever you want to call it, it was on a roll!

This week I am back to tracking and being mindful of what I am eating. After my epiphany over the weekend about my hormones being a factor I am more determined than ever to get back where I need to be; physically and mentally. It is certainly not going to be as easy as I had hoped. It seems many people I know have been in the same boat. If we don’t want to keep rowing upstream without a paddle, let’s join forces and get ourselves back on the right path together! We can do this. Who is with me? We can definitely be better together! We must take care of ourselves.

What is that saying? “You can’t pour from an empty cup, take care of yourself first”

How are you doing? Let’s talk about it.

I had my session with Jeff tonight. Saturday he told me I was crazy. No not really, but that he thought I was over thinking some things. Maybe. That was before I went over the edge, almost. Sometimes I wonder if I am just doing too much. Too much exercise, is that a real thing? Actually, it can be. We will see. Aside from upping my mileage for the races, and adding weight to my workouts I have not been doing any “extra” or new activities. I have been working out the same number of days, doing essentially the same routines. Maybe the upping of the intensity is a factor. I have my appointment with my doctor tomorrow, we’ll see what she has to say.

This afternoon is the first time since the weekend that I have felt almost “normal”, whatever that is, lol. So far the only thing different is I have been tracking and eating healthfully AND today is Wednesday. This is the day I usually want to eat “all the things” and I have not had that feeling today. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that maybe, just, maybe this too shall pass.

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A Day At The Italian Festival

Things are starting to change, I will get it figured out

Have you ever had a day where everything and everyone irritates the living daylights out of you? Well, let me tell you, I was there on Saturday! I went to the #saturday7amsocialclub aka WW meeting and on to the gym. That was the better part of the day.

When I got home “The Man” was napping, as usual. I proceeded to get a shower and dressed. He got up and said “I guess we can ready and go to Sams”. What? Well that just set me off! I have been cooped up I the house for how long? With the littles “off the chart” do you really think I want to traipse off to the big box store on Saturday morning? I was not going to that store if we starved!!! And since our basement is akin to what I imagine someones who is ¬†preparing for the apocalypse might look like, I don’t think starvation is happening anytime soon.

I have been trying for weeks to go try the butterfly garden and sunflower fields and have yet to get there. I told him I NEEDED to be outside!!!! I wanted fresh air and sunshine! I have still not made it to either of these places….apparently the compromise was to go to Little Italy and the St. Gabrielle’s Festival which occurs every year. Sometimes we go, sometimes we don’t.

It’s basically a street festival where you can eat your way through a couple blocks of vendors. It’s sponsored by one of the local Catholic Churches in the neighborhood.

You can’t see them very good, but there a group of Nonna’s (Nonna is Italian for grandma) sitting back there making Pizzelles. I left the Pizzelles there. You get 10 for $5.00, my thought was I could come home and make many more than 10 for less than $5.00. I did not though. You will see why as you continue reading!

Then you have a group Nonno’s (Non-no is Italian for grandpa) playing Bocce Ball. I say they were the Nonno’s as the majority are the old timers. This a permanent Bocce Ball court and you can almost always find someone there playing a game.

This year the vendors just didn’t do it for me. There was just too much commercial stuff you can get anywhere. Does that make sense?

I did find a bite to eat, go figure, lol! After walking through I decided to have an Arancini.

If you don’t know, Arancini is a rice ball. A fried ball of deliciousness. I had a choice of sausage and peppers or crab and shrimp. I chose the crab and shrimp!

In my mind the seafood was healthier, hahaha! I just had to get a cup of wine to wash it down….there’s nothing like some wine in a plastic Dixie cup, lol!

The man caught me checking out the Alfa Romero’s on display!

A girl can dream, right? Unfortunately or maybe fortunately they don’t make a “bus”….but, if I go take a test drive I can get a $25 gift card and $250 off, lol!!! I think I’ll pass. I’m quite sure I would love the way it drives and want to take home. Not only do I hate having a car payment, and I have one with the bus, it is not practical for me right now with all the grand littles. And the man does not need that for a work vehicle, although I’m sure he would think otherwise.

I was looking to see where he had wandered off to. The dress is from WHBM. It is mainly navy with some light blue, tan, yellow, and white. I like it with my tan Vince Camuto sandals and yellow, cream and tan¬†cross body bag (both from HSN). You can’t see my jewelry very good, but I have on a pair of dangle earrings that I got in Italy (in Epcot at Disney last year, lol). That’s likely the closest I will ever get….the blue bracelet on my left arm is Plunder and called Ritta. It is a narrow denim bangle type with gold and silver along with a row of rhinestones and is one of the new magnetic closures. They are so easy to put in and take off! My other bracelets are a combination of Plunder and one of my Pandora bracelets. I don’t think this dress needs a necklace.

On the way out of the festival we had to stop by a local Italian bakery; Vaccaro’s. I just “had” to get some cannoli chips and dip.

Can you say yum? I only get what they call an individual serving (it’s more than I need) but they give you enough cream for what I don’t know….fyi, I got a homemade mango gelato too….

Later in the day “The Man” thought we should go to the mall….we were only at the festival maybe 30-45 minutes. It doesn’t take long to walk through, unless you eat and drink your way through. Now what part of being outside did he forget? We went and I bought NOTHING! Can you believe that? I even spent almost and hour in WHBM trying on things, and although I liked them, they were in sale, and I had coupons but I found no joy in being there.

It finally dawned on me after I completely snapped at him, my hormones are getting out of whack; way out of whack (ladies I imagine some of you know what I mean)….. This may be why the littles are so on my last nerve too, besides this eclipse business which I’m still convinced has had an effect on moods. Times are starting to change….this is going to be a challenge.

As I pondered what was going on the rest of the weekend, I started putting two and two together. I started noticing more than a month ago I would got to bed freezing then I was waking during night with what I’m now believe were hot flashes. At the time I kind of chalked it up to it being summer and the nights being so hot and humid and such. I can also cry, just for the sake of crying; happy I can cry, sad I can cry, angry I can cry (after I let loose with both barrels). Then I started doing some more math and realized it’s also been about three months since that monthly annoyance has visited. Now I knew it had been a little while, but wasn’t thinking it was that long. I’m sure you know I don’t really mind that. It’s the rest that comes along when she leaves that is going to cause problems, if I’m not careful. Let’s hope I can through this with out completely going around the bend. And I have thought a couple of times I was careening around it pretty darn fast!

Ironically I thought this was done and over with several years ago. I started taking a bio-identical progesterone during my 40s due to some imbalances, and going through some of the same things. After a period of time my cycle stopped. My GYN and I thought after more than a year, it was done and For six years or so, nothing! Then I started losing weight and after losing 35 pounds, guess what returned? Just as if it had never left….ūüė° I also stopped the progesterone as I felt great and my doctor and I decided if I didn’t need it there was no sense in continuing to take it and I could restart it at anytime I needed to. So for the past almost three years things have been great. Guess who I called today? Yes, it’s time to revisit some alternatives. If not I think I am going to go mad. Yoga and other exercise hasn’t helped. It does while I’m there, but so far long-term it’s not doing it. I’m now wondering if this is a factor in some of the weight I’ve gained back. There are so many changes going with my body; the increasing activity and now the likely hormonal changes. If it is indeed a factor I will most definitely need to be more diligent with my diet and work this out. It may well explain the increasing cravings for things I generally could care less about. I will get this figured out! Hopefully sooner rather than later.

So friends have you been there, done that yet? How have you fared? How/what did you do to get through it? Any thoughts/words of wisdom will be appreciated. I’m sure there are others who may want to know too! As women we are all in this together!

After all that my daughter came home and wanted to know if I wanted to go Sunday afternoon and get some pictures for the blog. Just wait until see what we got into….I still can’t believe it!

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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‚ėļÔłŹ, 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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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.

‚ÄčBefore 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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