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Thursday, June 7, 2012

What can BROWN do for me? And some pics!!

I survived the weekend AND my brown belt test. It was a very busy weekend with kids stuff and my test, but I made it through. Sunday I collapsed. I was sore. I was bruised. I was achy. I was pretty much not doing anything.  But today I'm much better.

The test lasted 5 hours. We were one the floor most of the time, but there was one black belt testing so there was some downtime while he did his more advanced stuff. I did pretty good on my stuff. I nailed everything but one of my forms which I screwed up a little. I broke both of my boards. One with my hand. I've never done that before and I was nervous about it. I ended up breaking that one on the first try and the other took 2 tries. Who knew?

This week has been busy. My son has had band camp. That resulted in the great mouth piece crisis of 2012 when he forgot his mouth piece in his locker at school.  We tried to get a new one and needed it the next day, but music store didn't have it.  Called private teacher and he recommended a kind to get, they didn't have that either. Luckily I had the middle school teacher's number, she told us his locker had been dumped. She met us at the school and per chance, hey saved the mouth piece and he was RESCUED. Saved his forgetful, non-planning teenager brain ONCE AGAIN.

Food and exercise is going well this week. I remain irritated with the scale. I think my thyroid is jacked again. On Monday I had a second rest day. I was still bruised and sore from my test. Tuesday I felt great. I went to the class at noon. I finished work in time to go to the evening class and decided to work out instead of just watch my daughter. So 2 classes on Tuesday. Wednesday was a long meeting day and so I rode the bike in the morning and did a little plank and push ups. Today I was supposed to do class at noon, but ran late in clinic. I thought we had class at 6:30, but the summer schedule has changed and I am ALL jacked up so apparently there is no brown belt class at 6:30pm. So I missed my workout and now I'm pissed. Tomorrow is the golf tournament and although I'm not playing, I'm volunteering most of the day so I won't have an opportunity and there are no classes. I'll be getting up to workout in the morning. I'm bummed I won't have TKD until Tuesday now. I'll just have to practice this weekend.

We have a lot to do in preparation for our vacation. My office is swamped which is weird for this time of year, but OK. Allergies are awful and it's been raining for the last 24 hours or so with intermittent storms so I'm sure there will be more of that. Good for business.

Today I'm wearing a shirt I bought last summer for our pics for the office. It was a bit tight in the bust and hips, but now fits fine, but I WEIGH more. I swear I don't understand my body sometimes. Also the arms are looser. I swear last time I measured I wasn't that much different. I don't get it. I'll measure again soon. It's really convincing me that I need a new scale, maybe one of those zero scales that just show the change not your weight.  I'm still tracking my food and all that. I'll admit I've not had enough water yet today. I'll work on that in a few minutes on the drive home.

Anyway, that's all that's up with me. I'll include some pics from my belt test. I hope you all are staying focused. Sometimes in the summer with trips and camps and kids at home we let our diets get loosey goosey. Don't do it. Enjoy the fresh veggies and fruit. Find your farmer's market. Eat real food. Make sure your kids know what veggies and fruit look like before cooking or preparing and WITHOUT cheese sauce.

Recently we tried a golden honey dew melon and OH MY it was sooooo good. I can't wait to get more. So sweet and fresh. I love melon so very much. All kinds. Regular honey dew is my least favorite so I was pleasantly surprised that I loved this new yellow one. I'm always looking for new fruits and veggies. What about you. Try anything new lately?

Broke it, knife hand. First try!

The boards I broke

What can brown do for me? Get me another belt closer to black. Two more then black!

Sweaty, tired and successful!
Funky clouds I saw the other day when driving home. I did STOP to take the pic.


  1. Looking great in a brown belt!

    Ahh, Texas clouds...

    I am having the same issue with the scale, which I keep saying that I do not trust. I am adhering to my no starch/grains/sugar (except for some fruit) and staying under 1200 calories/day but the dern thing won't budge! I have to remain focused on my behavior knowing that good health follows.

  2. Congrats on the brown belt -- that's awesome!

    My boys' pediatrician's office said that, weirdly, there's a bunch of flu right now. Search me. Disease trends are weird as weather.

  3. Congratulations on your new brown belt. The scale might be frustrating but you continue to pile up the belts. That is really quite an achievement. Wahoo! I would bet that your overall fitness level belies what the scale says, too. Enjoy a more RELAXING weekend!

  4. Again, Congratulations! Great point about getting your kids to recognize and appreciate fruits and veggies as they are in nature, "before cheese.". Trust the way your clothes are fitting. And that brown belt accented a slim waist!

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    1. I didn't mean to delete my post. I just noticed my name isn't showing up properly.

      Congrats on your success. That is awesome that you got you brown belt. I look forward to reading more of your blog.

  6. Big congratulations to you - a brown belt is an amazing accomplishment!

  7. You are doing so well Ann! Had to laugh at your sons locker story! Kids keep us on our toes! Glad it all worked out. The body just keeps changing and shifting as we lose weight and exercise. And it always baffles me how I can look smaller at a higher weight but I guess it's do to exercise and if those pounds on the scale are more muscle or more fat.


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