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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Exercise fiend?

September is here. Where did the summer go? Hard to believe that fall is on the way considering it was 104 degrees last night at 6pm. SOOO tired of this heat. I swear it is making people so irritable and bordering on psychotic.

Thanks for all your encouraging thoughts for my godmother yesterday. The surgery went as expected. She did very well and it looks like the cancer was contained and all removed. We'll know for sure when the final pathology report is available.

Yesterday I ate great, I ended with 1250 cal. At lunch I went to the gym. I did C25K Week 1 day2. I started over when my iphone had to be reloaded and my settings were lost. It is getting easier and I am doing better on speed this time through. After my walk/run, I lifted some weights. My trainer was happy to see me in the gym so much this week. I explained that TKD is closed this week so I've had extra time. He wants me to do the gym 3-4 times a week, but with TKD 2-3 times a week that's generally not in my schedule. Now that the kids are in school maybe I can do more. I'm sure enjoying the extra workouts this week.

So yesterday as I was having to wrap up my workout to get back to work I realized something amazing. I love working out. I want to do it more. I'm pretty sure if I had the opportunity I could spend hours in the gym everyday. Between cardio, weights and swimming and even yoga classes which I have yet to try due to my schedule.   I wish I had more time in my day to spend just doing all the exercise I want. That is SO weird for me. In March 2010 when I really got busy on this healthy track I could barely force myself to walk 30 min a day. Now I'm pissed off if I only have time for a 30 min workout. WHO am I?  I don't know, but I like it. Today I will be doing elliptical and some weights and my plan is to swim laps for a bit as well. If there is time, I may even hop in the hot tub. I have a little extra time today since work is slow today. I think people are getting ready to go out of town.

I'm trying hard not to weigh everyday. The scale calls to me and I tell him to wait. I'll weigh on Monday. I have a football game this weekend. I'll have to watch for the usual traps. Especially the trap of not drinking enough water and having alcohol. That just makes me bloat so badly. I rarely if ever drink and I don't drink much when I do. But, it is amazing to me how little it takes to bloat me.

I went to Kohl's this morning and checked on the clearance racks. I just hate paying money for clothes these days. I found some cute cheap shirts for fall and a couple of pants. None of them were more than $10. Plus I had my 15% coupon. SCORE! I love bargains.

I have just a few more vacation pics to share........
After Mount Rushmore, we drove to the Badlands National Park. So different from anywhere I've ever been. Beautiful in a very unique way.

Me in my Sturgis hat
Then we drove to the famous Wall Drug
My picture on the famous Jackaloupe

Then we stopped in Mitchell, South Dakota at the famous Corn Palace.  All the murals are made from corn!

So.....where are you with your exercise routine? Are you getting it in? Are you getting enough? What is your FAVORITE exercise? What time of day do you usually exercise and how do you fit it into your schedule?


  1. I'm pretty faithful riding the stationary bike 35 minutes/day. Now I have found an indoor walking track close to the house and am adding 30 minutes cardio walking a day. (Will return to the out-of-doors when the temps drop below 108°)
    Wow, have I lost a lot of stamina post surgery!
    Loving the pics, and hearing your exercise routine keeps inspiring me.

  2. I'm so happy for you and your mom. Yay to doctors! I wish her a speedy recovery.

    Also, good for you for loving the workouts! That's such a difficult thing to have happen (I still hate it). I'm happy for you!

  3. So glad the surgery turned out well!

    My new thing is an outdoor boot camp. At 5am when it is cool. So far it is a love/hate relationship, and I think that's what my sadist..er trainer...wants!

    I love to hate to go every morning!

  4. I know what you men about exercise and wanting more time. I do, too. especially when the weather is beautiful and I can be outside. Right now my fav is biking, but I have become a good walker, too. I also started canoeing which I think is good for upper arms.

    Right now I have time for exercise because of my sabbatical and lots of it if I feel like it. The challenge will be fitting it all in once I go back.

    Love the pictures!!!

  5. Yay for your godmother!

    Exercise-wise I'm doing well. Right now the boys and I are doing "forced marches" on the weekends, which basically means we get out of the house as early as we can in this summer heat and then go slog through some swamps for an hour and a half or so.

    It's only slightly less brutal than it sounds. ;)

  6. It's so funny - back when I first started, I struggled to make myself ride my bike for 10 minutes. And now, when I'm in the pool, doing my 100+ laps, I see people get in, swim for maybe 10 or 15 minutes and get out and I think "that's ALL they did?!?" LOL We both have made some major changes on the workout front, that is for sure!

    I do appreciate having the freedom to spend so much time swimming, and also being able to do a 6pm yoga class without dinnertime guilt. I hope you get to fit more of the fun exercise into your days since you enjoy it so much.

  7. Now that we can, our bodies want it more and more!
    And you look great on that Jackaloupe!

  8. great pictures.. I am still swimming .. will be going from 3 days to 5 in 2 weeks...


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