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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Weathering the Storm

Well we survived the storms swirling around here yesterday. It was crazy!  As soon as one tornado was spotted, they'd see another. Luckily the bad stuff wasn't very near us. We had tornadoes to the south, west and east. We were lucky.  The sirens went off 3 times and I had patients in the hall. Of course my medical assistant and I were outside looking at the clouds while everyone else was taking cover. That's what we Okies do. How else do you know if the tornado is really coming? I've been through enough tornadoes and warnings and storms I know what to look for. I knew we weren't in any real danger where we were, thank goodness.

I got a massive migraine yesterday with all the storms. Barometric pressure change is one of my triggers. I can always tell when a storm is coming. It's better today, but I still have a lingering headache. I had to take some migraine medication and now I'm drowsy and nauseated. Add to that my lack of sleep last night because my dang dog decided she needed out at 3am. That plus my sore muscles and I'm not feeling too great today.

On the bright side, yesterday I did two taekwondo classes. Yeah me!  I went at noon to the adult class and then I had to wait on the kids for their class so I figured I might as well just workout again. I feel dumb just sitting on my butt doing nothing when I could be working out. And since my late afternoon patients all canceled due to the storms I REALLY had no excuse. I even had time to go home and change, pick up the kids and drive over to the gym. Sometimes when I'm busy in the office I can't make the evening class. It starts at 5:40, but I left the office around 3:30.  So yeah....I had to workout.  I can go to as many classes as I want for the same fee. No excuse at all.

It was great except the second class during crunches my abs were BURNING. After doing 40 situps and the other stuff the day before and then 90 crunches earlier in the day, the second set of 90 was burning! And the push ups....40 traveling push ups Monday, then 20 at noon, my chest and arms were so sore that for like the first time, I switched to girl push ups for the last 5 during my 20 at the evening class. Shame....Haha. Just kidding. Considering I haven't worked out for 2 weeks before, I feel pretty good about my performance.

However.......I am super super sore today. My arms are killing me to straighten. The biceps are so sore. But, I think that has more to do with the weight lifting on Monday than TKD. Anyway, all that led to a rest day for me today. I'd planned on going to the gym, even brought my bag, but by noon it was clear I just needed to rest. If I don't rest today, class tomorrow will SUCK and I can do 2 classes tomorrow possibly if the schedule allows.

Diet has been great although I was STARVED last night at dinner after that second TKD class and I ended up eating 300 extra calories, so 1500. But, considering I burn around 600 cals+ per class, I think I was OK. My big mistake was I don't think I drank enough. I drank my 100oz water, but with the extra exercise, I should have had more. I woke up so thirsty this morning and I've been thirsty all day. Food today has been fine. I'm well within my calorie limit. Scale was up a little today, I figure that's the extra workout and water?? I'm not worried about it.

So yeah, we made it through all the storms thank goodness!  Now it's a matter of continuing one day at a time and staying focused.


  1. Wow! Those tornadoes looked very dangerous, so I'm glad that you and your family are safe and sound. Take care of yourself, and sometimes one day at a time is a good path to get us further down the road.

  2. I'm glad you made it through -- and glad to see you back!

    On yesterday's entry, I'm such a sick pup in that I like the Roman chair. I actively miss it. Strange... LOL

  3. So glad to see you back and feeling healthier every day (even with the aches and pains of sore muscles). And grateful that the storms missed you!

  4. Glad to hear you are all okay. I was wondering about you.

    One good thing about being sore is it is a great reminder that you are moving in the right direction. Enjoy that well earned soreness. It will go away...

  5. Glad you made it through the storms without any harm.

    Awesome that you went through two workouts! I can't imagine doing any number of traveling push ups!! Well done!

  6. Those storms were awful - glad you all were ok. And how very Ann-like of you to take advantage of unexpected free time to go workout...sounds like you're back, baby! :)

  7. So glad you are all alright. Tornadoes are scary. I'm sorry your migraines go haywire when the weather changes. I have a shoulder that lets me know when the barometer is dropping--I feel a little like Ma Clampet (am I showing my age??). Happy Easter.

  8. You are a brave woman, as soon as I hear thunder I want to run to the basement, while my husband stands outside!

    Whoop on getting in two classes in one day! :D

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