Down with the sickness

Ugh. I am sick, I HATE, no, I LOATHE being sick.  I felt it coming on Friday night, I could feel it in my throat, took some NyQuil and prayed.  To no avail, woke up worse Saturday. I still got my class in, but went home, showered and was in bed the rest of the weekend.  I am still all stuffed up.  I can’t stand it!

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I am so frustrated! I am not supposed to be sick!   I met with my coach  to go over my nutrition, I have  a new plan I need to stick to and I feel like crap, I don’t want to eat much, but I need to eat.  It always seems to happen like this…. I get going on something, then boom! something happens and I am tossed off the path.  I CANNOT FALL OFF THE WAGON! I know that this is just a tiny bump, but it just drives me nuts.  I am praying that the NyQuil will work tonight and I will wake up so much better tomorrow.

What do you do when you are sick and need to stay on track? How do you do it?  ARRGG!!!!

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Week in Review

It has been a big week!

Worked out Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Great workouts – finished all of them !  Medicine Ball Cleans are the devil – my legs finally stopped hurting, lol.  Met with my coach and got my measurements.  In 4 months at Befit ,     I have lost 10″!!!! Now that I have my workouts under control, need to step it up and work on the nutrition.   Worked out a plan with my coach and I think it is doable.

I am excited to step it up and take this to the next level.

Through this journey, I find its the little things that make all the difference.  For instance, I had a physical this week.  My doctor was thrilled I am working out and making a lifestyle change.  Then, he sends me to get blood work.  Ugh.  I hate having my blood drawn, not so much because I don’t like needles, its because I have ” bad veins”.  In other words, since I have been fat, it has been a bitch to get blood drawn.  Usually they give me some fresh out of phlebotomist school grad who is trying to prove themselves and I leave looking like a pin cushion that someone has tried to place a spell on.  Then there are the bruises that take weeks to heal.  And of course they use the tape that is not the cloth tape, so it hurts wicked bad when you pull the bandage off.  You know what I mean….    Anyways – this week – It was 1 and done!  It was amazing.  I gave the girl the story I give everyone who comes at me with a needle about my ” bad veins”.  She does the tap on the arms to see which one is best and she said they were both good, she picked the left and it was done!

Now, I am no doctor and have no medical training, but the only reason I can see that this was easier – was because I have lost weight.

Another Victory! Small but its another victory! Hooray!

I find myself over and over again saying Just Keep Swimming, and honest to goodness, I swear it works….. You gotta keep going no matter what.  I am kicking myself for not doing this sooner.

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And BTW – All that blood work came back Normal!

Fast Food – Ugh

I am on vacation this week, so I checked in with my grandparents to see if they had any appointments I could take them to.  My grandparents are 88 and 89 years old.  Both of them can no longer drive.  Usually my mother is their usual chauffeur, but due to her recent bout with illness, they need some help.  Today’s trip included an appointment for my Gram, taking Gramps to CVS, taking both of them to BJ’s, then onto Wendy’s.  My kids adore my grandparents, I mean seriously, who wouldn’t?  My Gram kept saying while we were eating what a nice day it was.  That made my heart soar.  I cherish every moment with them and I know my kids do too.  But onto the nitty gritty ….

I was eating – at Wendy’s. 

My struggles with good eating are no secret.  That being said – I have made big strides in trying to eat better.  I have seriously cut down my soda intake, most of the time choosing water instead.  I am not eating as many sweets.  I am trying to eat some more protein.  I gotta be doing something right since I am down 20 pounds! 

I have not had ” Fast Food” in months.  McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King – it has been months – other than coffee.  And boy did my body let me know it!  My stomach was tossing and turning over and over.  It was horrible.  Don’t get me wrong, the Pretzel Bread Bacon Cheeseburger, sure tasted yummo, but I cannot allow myself to veer off path like this again .  For sure I will not forget the aftermath.  I really think my body was not used to the food.  So, not only did I emotionally feel horrible after eating, but I was physically feeling horrible.  

Even my 10 year old said it was probably my body not used to the food.  And as much as that sucked royally going through it – how cool is that, that I have detoxed myself out of Fast Food?  Yea Me!

So, in the end, I know Wendy’s was a bad choice for me, but I learned a lesson and that is another step in the right direction.  As long as we learn and grow from our mistakes, we can only get better!

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Another Goal Reached!

WHOO HOO!!!!!

 

Got on the scale today and I am down 20 pounds!!!!!!

 

 

I have reached another goal!

 

And how did I celebrate?   I took a 2 mile walk and went swimming tonight! I am going on the right road and it feels so good.

 

I truly believe that my life is changing and it can only get better. I have got to keep swimming – the best is yet to come!

This is going to be a long journey, but I am looking forward to it!

 

How are you doing on your journey? Have you reached any goals?  Share with us!

 

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Who has got your back?

Today it has been 4 months since is started working out.  I am down a total of 17.9 pounds . I am down 2 sizes.  Hooray for me! But I did not do this alone – and there is a long way to go, there are some great people that have my back.

 

To me, family is everything.  My family has been there for me through thick and thin. Never faltering in their support of me, even when it was most difficult.

My parents are the most loving caring people on the planet.  Everyday I thank God for them. They have always supported me, even when I came home at 17 pregnant.  Granted, the image of my father falling to his knees sobbing is forever burned into my brain….but he quickly came around.

Whenever I share my stories of my workouts with my dad, he smiles and gives me a big hug.  Diabetes runs in my family, my uncle had it (he passed in 1990), my sister has it and my father was diagnosed shortly after my sister was. Since my weight went up, my father had always brought up trying to lose weight so I would not become diabetic.  Did it bother me? Sure, but my dad is a pretty smart guy, and deep down, I knew he was right.  His fears and mine came true when I got pregnant with my daughter in 2007 , I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes, furthermore as the pregnancy progressed, an insulin dependent Gestational Diabetic.   That was horrible for me, especially since the beginning of that pregnancy was so easy, it went downhill fast.  My daughter was born with her blood sugar out of whack and had to be in the NICU for about 24 hours to get it regulated.  It was horrible not being able to hold her in my room.  I had a C Section, so it was very difficult to move about.  But the only way I could see her was to go to the NICU, so I had to get up and go down.  In the end, my diabetes disappeared once she was born, and thank goodness my daughter has no signs of it.  What I am getting at it is, my dad was right.  And maybe if I had gotten off my ass years ago, I wouldn’t of had to go through that.  So, my dad, is very supportive of this journey.  My mom,  well, she is just plain amazing and supportive of what ever I do. My mother has an amazing way of putting herself aside for others.  She has been through the ringer medically, for starters, 2 kidney transplants and a heart valve replacement.  She is a crazy goofball, and she never falters from finding a joke amid the tragedy.  I suppose that is where I get it.  My mother has always been my biggest fan and I know there is no way I can possibly thank her for how she has shaped me and all she has done for me.  She has been through a real rough patch lately, but I am hopeful that recent diagnosis will help alleviate it.  She is sounding more like herself when we talk and that makes me happy.

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And did I mention that my parents are still married, I know a rarity these days, but they have 37 years under their belt.  My dad still adores my mom and will always do whatever is necesscary for her.  They are too cute.  I hope that my kids will view me as wonderfully as I view my parents.

I am blessed that I am close to my sisters. I am the oldest of 3 girls.  I talk to my sisters just about everyday or every other day.  We have have fiercely different personalities, but they were my first best friends.  We do things together and our kids play together.  Since I started so young, my sisters were right there through my oldest’s childhood, helping us out and helping with him.  They are so close to my kids.  And I am the most proudest auntie to my neice and nephew.  It is sad to me that people do not have close relationships with their families, I am blessed that I have them.  And not only my sisters, but my brother in laws as well.

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My husband and my kids have been fabulous through this journey.  I have awesome kids, I am not gonna lie, they are pretty darn great.  I tell them about my workouts and show them things we do.   Its cool to see their faces thinking their mom did some of this stuff.   I even came home one night to find my youngest son doing sit ups.  My kids will even offer to go walking with me on my off workout days.  My husband has been amazingly supportive through the whole process, never bringing up all the weight I had gained.  But he would also tell me when I start to bitch ” to do something about it”  He has been great helping at night when I have my class with the kids and I know I do not thank him enough for that.

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And I didn’t even get to mention my aunts, cousins, grandparents and friends who are also so supportive of me.  I am so thankful to have all of them in my life.

And my coaches – I cannot say enough about my coaches.  I workout at a place where you are not a number, you are a person and they let you know everyday that they are there to help you on your journey.  The only thing that stinks, is that I did not meet them sooner.  What they have done for me is LIFE CHANGING! and it has only been 4 months!

Thank you to everyone who is in my life.  I love you all.  Thank you for your support of my journey.  I have only just begun and I cannot wait to see where I go.  I hope I make you all proud.  Let’s Keep up the swim everyone!

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Feelin’ Pretty Darn Good

Lately my life has been a shit show – lots going on at home, slammed at work, sick family, broken car…. I am just plain stressed out.  I have dedicated myself to myself and I can say that, you know what? I am sticking to it despite the whirlwind around me.   And you know what else? It feels Pretty Darn Good!

Tonight’s workout was all about Kettlebell’s.

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I think I did pretty good.  And – personal victory – I finished with time to spare.  Granted it was 10 seconds, but it was still time!

I finished exhausted but so proud! And that is the thing…. I love working out.  I really do, never thought I would say that or feel that, but I do.  I will gripe and sweat and wish I could stop during the workout, but I keep going – always keep swimming! Cause the feeling at the end – is AMAZING.

Nothing can beat it! It is such a cool feeling, knowing what I am doing, and completing it!   I can’t wait to see what I can accomplish further down the road, and I am just beginning.

Hope you are enjoying reading along and coming for the swim!   Feel free to share your stories of triumphs or personal victories!

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Shakin’ It – the key to running!

So seriously, you all know how me and running are not good friends…..well tonight my peeps, I found a way to make it a wee bit easier…… Let me explain…..

 

Tonight was really tough.  It was blistering heat and humidity to boot.  Lets just say this – after the warm up, I was sweating bullets.  Ready to die.  Then came the 12 minutes of squat cleans ” for practice” .  granted, I needed the practice but doing this ahead of the WOD made it so much harder.  Then came the WOD – Man makers and 200 meter runs – AMRAP.  Can I get a “SWEET BABY JESUS?!?!”

Holy Moly – it was a killer. Plus we did it out side which, i will admit, was better than doing it in the gym.  So, we are busting our butts and one girl comes back and says there are some sketchy guys by the spot where we need to run to.  So, me being the goof I am, start rubbing my belly and shaking it.  That will stop them from leering at my classmates!

So I run, and get to the spot where sketchy dude is at and I start shaking it! Shaking it while running! Holy Shit! I swear I moved faster! Then of course I had to start singing ” Milkshake”…

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I think this is hilarious ^^^

I had some fun, cause if you are all serious, you are never gonna get anywhere, live a little and you will go far.

Plus I found out shakin it, make me move my booty faster.  I can’t exactly see me running a marathon shakin it but, hey, there is always a first time for everything!  How about we start the first shakin it run?  How fun would that be? We would only be able to shake it for a little bit , but wouldn’t it be funny to see a sea of people running towards you , shakin it?  HA!

We had some laughs, we had some fun, we worked our asses off and we kept swimming.   It was a GREAT workout!

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Time to Step it Up!

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I have been working out since March 20 – so as of today – almost 4 months.  I feel I have gotten some great results.  Lost 16.3 pounds and definitely lost inches.  I need to measure myself for exacts, but definitely inches.  I workout at least 3 times a week – 4 if I don’t have to work on a Saturday.   I need to start moving everyday.  I have got to get off my duff and move, even if its just a walk at night, at least I am doing something.

Now, here is my challenge – its time to eat better.  I need to commit and I need to just do it.  I know there is a way to eat better and I know some of that has to do with more protein, but honestly, I have no idea where to begin.  And realistically, I do not want to pay someone to tell me what to eat.  Its not so much that I wouldn’t pay someone, just money is beyond tight right now.  And I have googled it and I get so lost.

I came across a bunch of different pages that basically led me to purchase a program which i am not doing.  And I don’t want something that tells me to eat the same thing at every meal .  I guess I do not know what I am looking for .  It’s like I know what I want to do, but not sure how to do it.  I know there are little steps I can take, cutting out bread and pasta ( my favorites ) guess I will start there.

I gotta do something.  At least I realize that, and I suppose admission is the first step.

I have got to step  it up and get this ass in gear!

I feel like since July hit, I have not been as good with my fitness as I should be.  Granted, a lot has gone on in my life this month, but stupid me for letting it slow me down.  I can’t slow down now, I have come too far and farther than I could of ever imagined!

Thinking of the past week with my workouts – I am disappointed in myself that I only got 2 in.  Was supposed to be 4 but my son’s dr appt conflicted with one, then I had to work Saturday so that canceled out the other.   One night had running, I got through it.  Deep down I had hoped that the running would be easier for me by now,  no Flo Jo, but at least easier.   I am completing the runs, but I still struggle.  It sucks.  I hate it.   I would love to hit the pavement and be like Flo Jo, gracefully striding, wind at my back.  Instead I am like Igor crippled and hobbling.  But, I keep swimming.  I have to. I have to keep it up.

I know this seems like a bunch of random bitching , but I needed to vent it.  That is what this is all about Triumphs – Trials – Tribulations.

Back in the gym tomorrow with a smile on my face!

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Cheesy Fry Challenge – Accepted!

I am from Massachusetts – and if you are from Massachusetts, you have heard of Kelly’s Roast Beef.    

They have amazing Roast Beef Sandwiches and more importantly – SIMPLY AMAZING CHEESY FRIES!

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I am not gonna lie – and I am not exactly proud either , but there are not 1 but 2 Kelly’s within lunch break distance from my work.  I would run to Kelly’s on my lunch and get what I call the ” Value Meal”.

Bacon Cheesy Fries and a Chocolate Frappe

I know I know, awesome right?!?!   And soooooo freakin tasty!

Well, my friends, Those days are way behind me. And how do I know?

Today at lunch, some co-workers went to Kelly’s.  I passed.  I even passed when presented with delicious, cheesy, gooey, yummo, bacony, Cheesy Fries!  Now, I know this is not a huge moment, I suppose more of a comical one if that, but this is something.  My normal routine, would be to have a few fries, then a few more, all the while saying ” I’ll only have a few…”  But not today! Not today my friends! I resisted the delicious fries!

I busted my butt last night in class and I was not going to ruin it.  Plus I had class tonight too , and I was not going to set myself up for failure.

It’s these little moments, these little things, that I think I am most proud of .  These are the little changes I notice.  Its these moments that mean the most.  I am changing.  I have so much farther to go, but at least I know I am on the right road.

Go out there and be happy folks! Do what makes you happy!

And never ever forget to KEEP SWIMMING!!!

 

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Back at it!

Ok, I will admit it, I haven’t been sticking to my workouts when the gym was closed.  My last workout was last Tuesday.  Yes, I have been swimming a couple of times, but really, I haven’t done shit.  Its my own fault – I have been lazy.  Plus we have had a lot going on in our family, which didn’t help.  Unexpected trip to the ER with my oldest and 2nd degree burns on his foot, he is ok now and it is healing nicely.  Thank goodness!

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Two views of local Extension leaders drilling in physical exercise in middies and bloomers, … (Photo credit: Cornell University Library)

 

Onto the nitty gritty – What a bum I am!   Ugh! So frustrated that I did not get off my ass! But let me tell you = went back for my 1st workout tonight and had my ass thoroughly handed to me.

And I loved it!  Tonight was box jumps, mountain climbers, V ups and my favorite – running.  Cha! Oh and did I mention 5 rounds?  Surprisingly – the box jumps, climbers and V ups were not too bad – it was the running that once again did me in.  It was a 400 meter run – I did 400 meters the 1st 2 rounds, then by the grace of God, my coach said I could do 200 meters for the last 3 rounds.   Still running sucked , but as soon as my feet hit the pavement – I start the mantra ” Just Keep Swimming” And I did just that – kept swimming and got the runs done.  All 5 rounds. Yea Me!

I have to step it up.  I have got to be even more dedicated.  And Lord knows I have to do something about my nutrition.  I know, I know I eat horribly.  But, I have to eat better and I know there are things I can do, maybe I just need to see a nutritionist to get me started.  I will get it figured it out some how.   For now, I will keep on trucking with my work outs.

Nothing can beat the sense of accomplishment at the end of the workout – nothing.  It is the sweetest, sweatiest, most satisfying high out there.  And I freakin love it!

What are you up to?  Are you keeping up the swim?  Are you kicking ass and taking names?  Share with us!

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