Cara Box Reveal

I like to read other blogs, as I am sure many of you do as well ( and thanks for choosing mine!) One day while reading a blog, I found this link for the Cara Box Exchange  .      It is on the blog Wifessionals which is written by this gal Kaitlyn.  She is an expectant mom and army wife.  You sign up and Kaitlyn matches you up to other bloggers.  Each month has a theme and you send a box to a blogger and a different blogger sends you a box.  Its just a little box with things you think they would enjoy.  But what I found was the best part was getting to know these great ladies I was matched up with!

First, I met Susan.  She is the mastermind behind The Bored Zombie.  It is this awesome blog where she creates quilts, crafts, sculptures, the creativity is out of this world.   She just did this quilt that I absolutley want .  I don’t know how she does it, but man is she amazing.  She is making me want to break out my sewing machine.  Not that I would be the least bit as close to her, but she is inspiring! So, we chatted through emails .  She sent me a box .  This is what she sent :

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I got this great box with some fitness magazines, a cookbook, some body stuff, a box of Star Wars Cards ( kids love these!) and my fav – the Legos with a Shark!  Check out Susan and her awesome blog!

Next, I met Hayley.  She has a blog about her family and her life.  She keeps a blog instead of scrapbooking.  I think this is such a great idea! This is the box I sent her.

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This was a great experience and I am so thankful for the new friends I met.  Sign up and try it out!  Don’t forget to show these bloggers some love too!

I am loving this whole blog community and all the support everyone gives each other.

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Gotta find the positives

I have been having an amazing time in class this week. Monday, I finished first in class . That has never happened . Wednesday we got some time at the end of class to work on things . I am still chasing those damn pull-ups . Still failing , but I am trying . I can do nose- ups . That is where you can get your nose to the bar, lol. I am so close to a pull up . Ugh ! It is frustrating .
Then last night – running, snatches and ring rows since I can’t do the full pull up yet . Lately I have been using a 22 lb dumbbell for my weight . So last night I grabbed a 22 lb. My coach said it was too easy and to grab a 25 lb , so I did . And was promptly sent back to grab ….. Gasp ….. A 30 lb weight . I thought she was out of her tree . But I grabbed it, bent down and jumped that baby up there and completed the snatch . It was heavy and they took me a but longer – but I did it ! Heavier weights ! Yes! Progress ! Thanks Jane for the push ! It is great to have coaches who push you to do your best and believe in you . My coaches are so amazing and so supportive of all of us . I love it !
We also had to do (3) 400 m runs through out the workout . I am feeling better about my running , still slow but I am able to keep my slow pace and keep swimming . My last run I decided to do an experiment – try and run as fast as I can . I did run fast then died out so I had to walk a bit . Then decided to book it on my way back and I was able to do it . Now, how stupid of me to wait until my last run to try this but at least I know that it is there within me to do it .
I am really feeling great lately on this journey . I am seeing progression . I am feeling progression . It is such an awesome feeling ! I can’t give up and I have no intentions of doing so .

And in even happier news – my mom came home from the hospital today ! She still has a ways to go but at least she is home . Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your support , prayers and kind thoughts !!!

Just keep swimming folks !
Meg

Feeling good

Short and sweet this morning .

I am feeling good about myself and this journey.  Everything else in my life is going to shit, but the weight loss part and fitness part – I am feeling great.  I did my runs this weekend.  Triumphs !  Then last night at class, I kicked ass if I do say so myself.  And I finished first.  That never happens. Like Ever. I think it was the first time.  It was a fun WOD.

I am also so very blessed for the bags of hand me downs I keep receiving so I do not have to go out and buy a new wardrobe.  Thanks Danielle! Finding new clothes while trying to lose weight can be very expensive if you have to keep buying new sizes.  If you don’t have a friend who can give you their hand me downs, check out consignment shops and thrift stores to save some bucks.

Have a wonderful Tuesday Everyone!

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I did it again and even better!

I set my mind to run again today.  More prepared though, I  did my stretches before hand.  I was doing them in my hallway and as I was doing them, my daughter was happily following me and bumping into me as I did them. I think it’s great that my kids want to exercise with me and they want to join in, but it gets frustrating when I am trying to do what I need to do for me and I keep getting interrupted.  I am the type of person that once I start working out, I need to keep going, I can’t start, then stop, then start up again 15 minutes later.  That is whole reason I looked outside the house for a fitness program.  Call me selfish, but it took me long enough to get off my butt and move and I don’t want anything to deter me.

After my somewhat of a warm up, I headed out with my newly imported songs.  I found a bunch of old CD’s and imported them into the computer.  Gotta say, The Crow Soundtrack was awesome to workout to, especially the NIN track. It is also one of my most favorite movies, if you have not seen it – you need to.  I also love tossing in some 80’s tracks like          ” Sunglasses at Night” by Corey Hart. As I was searching for songs, my daughter said get ” Eye of the Tiger”.  What fitness playlist would be complete without that song? I know, odd choices when you put them together, but they got me moving.

So off I went.  Slowly, but I kept moving, and I swear that damn squirrel from yesterday is mocking me by running along near me, almost like ” Haha, I run faster than you!” Well, I don’t know for certain it was the same demon squirrel but it was in the same area….. just saying.

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I kept going and left the mocking squirrel behind me.  I focused on the goal – to go farther than I had yesterday, which was my farthest run without stopping, over 1 mile.  I had the goal, I had the pace and I kept moving. I happened to look down and there they were, my sneaker laces flapping all over the place on my right foot.  So, I am moving along thinking, I can’t stop, the whole point is to go with out stopping, that is what I am doing here. Then, I am thinking, this is gonna look great when I trip face first and kiss the pavement. But, I was committed to my goal and I figured, if I fall, then I fall, it was meant to be, until then, I am going to keep moving myself along til I hit my goal.  ( Don’t try running with loose laces at home kids)

I kept going and saw it – my landmark, kept pushing and pushing, my calves on freakin fire!  And I DID IT! Ran a little bit farther than yesterday and still over 1 mile without stopping! That makes 2 days in a row that I, Megan Ashworth, ran over 1 mile without stopping! Holy Crap!   Then, I stopped and tied my sneaker.

I regrouped, and decided to walk back the way I came, back the way I started.  It was a beautiful day here in North Andover, so I took it in.  I kept walking back the way I came and all around, my guess is all in all I did 2-3 miles.  I am happy with that!  I need to get my stamina up for the JDRF Walk in October, I think I should be able to handle walking 5k no problem.

I “swam” my heart out this weekend – gotta keep swimming.  I just gotta.

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I’m a Believer

I find more and more along this journey that I am surprising myself more and more . I know it is just natural progression with the process but I kinda like it .

Today I ran around doing a bunch of errands and picked up my oldest at camp . It was a busy day and quite frankly I wanted to go home and nap . I love to nap on the weekends . I think it is something my body needs. I sat here for a bit and decided to go for a walk. Got myself all ready, playlist loaded , headphones on and hit the pavement. But this time when I hit the pavement, I decided to run . And I ran and ran kept going and going ….. Wait for it …… Wait for it …

I RAN OVER A MILE WITHOUT STOPPING !!!!!

I can’t believe it! Not sure how far over a mile it was but based on my previous walks around my complex, it was definitely over a mile .Granted it wasn’t a fast run, and there was that one squirrel that was running along near me, then passed me , but dammit , I went the distance !!!

So I hit my mile plus and then walked it out a bit and as I walked I was thinking how proud I am and how I cannot believe I just did over a mile when it happened . My iTunes shuffled to an awesome song . ” I’m a believer” by the Monkees ! I kicked up my heels cause I believed in myself and ran the rest of the way home . Yes I know the song does not refer to “believing in yourself” but it was enough to get me going . Now, if I could just find a ” just keep swimming “ song besides the Dory one, lol!

Check out the Monkees video here —>     http://youtu.be/XfuBREMXxts    

I can’t wait to get out there tomorrow and see how far I can go . I got this !

If I keep this up, I will be able to actually do runs for the Less Thighs More Thunder Charity Challenge !   But for now, I am happy to  keep to my JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes .

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The Less Thighs More Thunder Charity Challenge!

I don’t know if I have mentioned this before, but my sister Rachel has Diabetes.  She has had it since she was 10.  Diabetes runs in my family, which is part of the reason I am going on this journey. In the past I have done the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes.      I did not even realize I had signed up this year, but I guess I did. So it got me thinking, number 1 – I am goinna do the walk this year, but 2 – what if we all do a walk or a run or a challenge or a race?  WE are all on this journey, and why not use this to help others?  So, I proudly started the Less Thighs More Thunder Team for my walk in Boston on October 5th.

I encourage all of you to do your own charity fitness !  I started a seperate page on the blog for this.  I would love for you to send in your pictures and stories to share with and inspire others.  Don’t forget to include where donations for your cause can be sent to !

Please send stories and photos to lessthighsmorethunder@gmail.com and I will respond and post them!

If any of you are from Massachusetts and would like to join our team – here is the Link – Less Thighs More Thunder JDRF Team

I am excited about this and I think it is such a great way to get moving! We can do this!

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Swimming Wonder Woman

Finally returned to class last night. Gosh it feels good!

Last night we had wall climbs, front squats, toes to bar and lateral hops.  I have not been able to do anything on the bar, let alone toes to bar, but my coach said lets give it a try.  So I did, and wouldn’t you know – I could jump up to the bar and lift my knees! I know, not ” toes to bar” but it was lifting up myself and I was on the bar!!! Victory! And boy do my palms  still hurt!

Tonight was a circuit .  I really don’t care for these ones, but I do it.  So we had sandbag sprints, floor presses, jump lunges ( had to do reverse lunges) rope pull ups, bench dips and jack knifes.  I really surprised myself tonight .  The sandbags, we used the heavier of the 2 we had, honestly, I don;t know the weight, but I tossed that baby up over my head and onto my back no problem at all.   The sprinting part was more like a fast walk/saunter/ jog, but I got the sandbag up! Floor presses, I don’t usually have an issue with, so I went heavier tonight and went with the 25 lb dumb bells.  The jump lunges, I still can’t do, so I had to do reverse lunges.  Then, the rope pull ups, I can’t do those for shit.  And my palms hurt so much from last night’s workout.   Then we had bench dips, I can somewhat do those.  But then – the jack knifes.  When I saw the giant ball I was trying to see what we were going to do with it.  I had never done them before.  So, during the workout instruction, I asked , and got to be the guinea pig.  Sweet Baby Jesus was that fun!  The rolling around on the ball to get on and off was pretty hilarious too.  Imagine my fat ass rolling around – seriously – it was funny.

Now more than ever, I need to take care of myself.  I am on the right path, and I feel so good knowing that I kinda veered off the path and was able to get right back on.  I have not been able to do that before.  I can honestly say I love working out.  I love the sense of accomplishment.  I love the smaller clothes! I love feeling better! Feeling healthier! So, I am not a complete health food nut, so what? I am doing this baby steps and small swims.

I have to keep swimming.  I find myself saying this now even when I am not working out.  I gotta stay afloat. I feel like I am sinking in so many aspects of my life right now, drowning even.  Somehow, I am making it work.  I got the drive, just waiting for the payoff I suppose.  I have to get healthy, I have to be here for my family.  I don’t want my poor decisions to hurt them down the road.

I feel like this whole process ( and some prozac, lol) is helping me with how I handle things.  We are all stronger than we think.  I think this is bringing out my inner Wonder Woman.  images

 

Damn Right I am Wonder Woman! I think there is a little bit of her in all of us.  Grab your ropes folks! We have some got ass kicking to do!

 

On another note, Mum is still in the hospital,thought things were getting better and now not so much.  She is still holding steady and has such a great outlook.  Thank you to everyone for your well wishes and kind thoughts.  It means the world <3!!!

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It has not been a good week….

Honestly, that is an understatement.  It has been a horrible, shitty, terrible, emotionally draining week.

My mother was admitted to the hospital on Monday and has been there ever since.  She is very ill.  She has a slew of medical issues which make everything so much worse.  This time it was trouble breathing that sent her to the ER.  She is still on oxygen.  There is so much more, but to relive and go through all her issues, we would be here all night.  There is no greater fighter on this earth than my mother.  I thank God for her everyday and pray to God every night that I get just one more minute with her. She has a crazy positive outlook on life, finding the happiness within the darkest hours.  That is what gets us through.  I just want her to be better and to not be in pain.  I want her to be “normal” like she wants.  She deserves better than the hand she has been dealt, but she handles it with grace.

So, as of this week , I have not worked out.  I need to get back.  I feel my body expanding.  Every night this week I went to work and went straight from work to the hospital.  I could of gotten a walk in when I got home from all that, but I am so tired.  I way overstuffed my face this weekend, thinking , I will be at class next week and work it off. Ugh.

And this is what always happens to me. I get going, I am doing great, feeling good – then bam! My world is rocked. Something happens and I fall off the wagon, rather, have that terrible wagon wreck.  Just so happens this time my world is my Mom.

Now more than ever, I need to be healthy.  I need to be my best.  So this time – my world is not being rocked – more like a slight bobble.  I will be back at my classes next week, continue to eat better and succeed! I need to keep swimming, for my momma.  She is so proud of me and this journey and I can’t let her down.

How do you deal with the bumps in the road that come up?

This is the board in my Mom’s room with our goals for her 🙂

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Good night everyone! Hug your Momma’s tight!

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How I can tell I am losing weight

Its not just the inches and the pounds – its the every day things…. Like :

My pants are super huge! Big at the waist!

I no longer have my bosom popping out of the top of my bra! ( you ladies totally know what I am talking about)

I can wrap a bath towel around my  body after a shower without all my lady parts being exposed!

I was able to shimmy under a gate at work! ( Long story, but a victory none the less)

 

I know this isn’t a whole lot and I really thought I had more examples, but some is better than none!

 

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Frustration level …ugh

So, since I have been working out I have progressed quite a bit . I can do things I would never imagine I could do . But what I cannot seem to do is anything on the rig. Pull ups, ring dips, toes to bar, you get the idea. Tonight was a double WOD. First one had ring dips . I tried them, but I could not budge, I could barely get my legs in the bands. So damn frustrating !!!! So I had to do them with a bench on the ground . Ugh. To boot, I was the only one who couldn’t do them on the rig. I know I am progressing and that’s great , but sometimes, I just wish I could do things like everyone else . I tried pull-ups the other day and I couldn’t even get my chin to the bar .

I need to be happy in what I am doing, I am happy. I know that as I lose more weight these things will get easier. I just gotta be patient . I am so not a patient person, lol.

You know what I gotta do here…..
Just keep swimming!

Meg:)

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