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Shi**y Shingles April 16, 2009

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  Are you kidding me?  The doc looks at me, and responds…..”No, I’m afraid you have a classic case of shingles. ”  (There follows a lengthy explanation of how the chicken pox virus stays in your body after you contract them as a youth, then reappears later as an adult to attack your nerve endings…yada, yada, yada) 

   Two prescriptions, $75 in meds and office copays, and 100% frustration later, I end up at home, seething.  I have a freaking excruciating painful rash…..right by my left boob no less…..shooting pains around my left side, encircling under my left arm pit, swollen lymph nodes in said arm pit….I just want to cry.  I was doing so well.  I am eating clean (er), exercising pretty much every day for at least an hour, usually more, and feeling great.  Then yet another hurdle to overcome.

  Why is it that just when things seem to be going great, life throws you a curveball?  Is there some great big cosmic joke out there that I’m not aware of?  I have several friends training for Ironman Lake Placid in July….and now a LOT of them are experiencing far worse maladies than I am dealing with.  Of course, there’s a lot of wear and tear on the body preparing for an IM (I don’t even compare my little workouts with all they do!), but I feel so badly that after all the hard work and dedication they’ve put into the race already, that they’re also going through injury/inflammation/chronic pain….etc.  It’s enough to make a grown woman cry.

  Honestly, I’ve had the shingles for over a week now.  I just have been a little on the manic depressed side, dealing with the pain, discomfort, and general crappiness of shingles, and haven’t really felt like posting.  BUT, since this is my blog about how I’m dealing with building this body into something a bit better than a middle aged, pudgy couch potato, I thought I would rant just a little bit about the unfairness of it all.

  I only stopped working out for two days….then right back into it.  Lifting was a little tough on that side, so at first I concentrated on exercises I could endure with just some discomfort (treadmill, elliptical, cycle, lower body weights)…then this week added back in upper body lifting and cardio that involved my arms more.  I really didn’t want to ditch all my hard work and blame it on yet another illness.  But I miss my power yoga…..I can’t quite hold those poses yet, though.  It will come.

  For now, I’m just happy I didn’t throw my hands up in defeat.  I conquered that horrendous awful upper respiratory virus a couple of months ago…..and worked my way back after regaining my strength.  Now, even though the shingles aren’t quite “conquered” yet, I feel better, and have a better outlook on getting back to normal workouts.  With Summer just around the corner, I still have that new bikini laid out and the promise of that tropical vacation to try to motivate me to not……give…….up!



Muscle Confusion? April 2, 2009

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately on what works and what doesn’t when it comes to working out and eating for weight loss.  (Maybe the oreos spawned that, who knows.)  One topic that kept coming up was muscle confusion.  Hmmmm, I thought.  This sounds interesting.

The idea behind muscle confusion is that if you keep doing the same exercise, day in and day out, the muscles get used to it and stop working at their peak (read–no more weight loss).  I kind of figured that out on my own after weeks of the bodybuilding diet and weight pumping.  Unless I was willing to do competition type eating and lifting, I was gonna go nowhere.  I know some girls who do competitions, and as it draws nearer, they literally have a diet of egg white for breakfast (notice I said egg white not egg whites), lettuce and fish for lunch (also notice I mentioned no salad dressing….plain), a small handful of almonds in the afternoon before their workout (the little bit of fat in them is what they fuel the lifting off of), followed by more lettuce and fish for dinner.  WELL. No way, Hosea.

So, I decided to explore the idea of muscle confusion, and started looking for a dvd that incorporated it.  I already knew that I needed to change up the workouts weekly.  Right now I run a couple of days a week, do at least one day of power yoga, two days where I lift serious weights,  and one day where I do something else like kickboxing or circuit training.  Sometimes it’s hard to plan the circuit training workouts on my own, though, even though I used to have a personal trainer license.  The ideal way to do it is to allow little rest between the cardio and weight exercises, moving quickly from one to another.  Well damn my 44 year old brain it’s hard to concentrate and remember the series I’m working on sometimes, so I thought a dvd would be a great idea–let someone else do the planning, and I’d do the work.

A friend recommended that I try the Biggest Loser’s female trainer, Jillian Michaels.  She has done lots of books and dvds, and I like her philosophy and training methods she utilizes on the show.  She’s a no-nonsense, take no prisoners kind of gal.  So this weekend while at Barnes and Noble for my book club, I picked up the 30 Day Shred by Jillian Michaels. 

The dvd has three workouts on it…Levels 1, 2, and 3.  I generally work out at least 4-5 days a week and had run three miles the day before, so I was tempted to go straight to level 2 or 3.  I watched the preview, and Jillian said to start with level 1, and as that got easy to move up.  I thought, what the heck, I can do level 1 and then also do level 2 if it’s too easy.  After all, the workouts are just over 20 minutes each….how hard could it be?

Oh….my……the next day it hurt to sit on the toilet.  I’m not kidding.  I am so glad I started at level 1, because that woman kicked my $#% big time.   That’s the last time I start feeling smug that I am getting in better shape.  This workout was a great big heads up that I still have a lot of work to do.  When I watch the Biggest Loser, I forget that these out of shape people are in the gym, daily, with Jillian, busting their chops for 6-7 hours.  I will not WHINE about a 20 something minute workout….I will not….I will not!

So, the muscle confusion issue did answer my question…..what to do to mix it up a little bit.  No matter if you think you’re a great runner, kickboxer, weight lifter, swimmer, etc., there’s always room for improvement.  I found out the hard way!  Kudos to Jillian……

Jillian the Badass

Jillian the Badass


Oreos…. March 25, 2009

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My daughter wanted Oreos,

For her they are the best.

And so I went to market,

My willpower to the test.

I grabbed the bright blue package,

I threw it in my cart.

I hustled home in warp time

To do my wifely part.

I cooked a fabo dinner,

I had a glass of wine.

I did the mommy homework thing

And settled for “ME” time.

The cabinet started calling,

“Oh yoohoo come get me!”

Those cookies were a shouting…

And would not let me be.

And so I’m here to tell you,

The diet was a bust.

I crammed in four, and wanted more

I rolled in cookie lust.

The chocolate crust was heaven,

The cream was just the best.

And who’s to blame for this fat dame?

That damnable PMS.

(Sorry..just had to get that out)



Random Thoughts… March 23, 2009

I really haven’t been obsessing on any one piece of material for a new post, but here are some “random thoughts”.

After visiting a pal in Florida (and honestly, the older I get), a second home in warm, sunny FL is looking mighty good!

As for the above vacation, let me just say I totally pigged out.  The bodybuilding diet went out the window.  My friend, Angie, and her hubby help run a seafood restaurant in FL.  I consumed my weight in fried scallops (yes, you read that correctly, I said FRIED), shrimp quesadillas, blackened mahi mahi, shrimp skewers,  etc.  And don’t even get me started on the pina coladas, parrot heads, et. al….

My Drink of Choice

My Drink of Choice

Upon returning home, I was thrilled to discover I’d won the Gracie’s Gear tank I advertised on my last post (from my cyber pal rundmt’s site).  Imagine my chagrin when I thought, hmmmm, now that means I actually have to run to work off this last week’s calories!

Speaking of running, a hale and hearty congrats go out to my buddy Kim for completing the Shamrock 8K after suffering a stress fracture in her lower leg bone this winter.  She posted a blazing 47 min. and change.  And then there’s her hubby, Tracy, who ran his first marathon Sunday (also the Shamrock) in an awesome 4:13.  My hat is off to the athletic sweethearts!  (And yes, I grumble, now that is motivating me to get off my keister and run myself!)

More randomness….huge hugs and kisses to my girls.  Maddy Kaye got accepted right before Spring Break to the coveted Maggie Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies (now that’s a mouthful!) where she will start attending High School this fall.  Very difficult to get in…and momma is proud to say she was the top student accepted from our county this year!  And little Mackenzie came out this past weekend and pitched a game and a half to help lead her team to second place at their softball tournament.  Big Daddy was so proud I thought he would bust!

Final random thought for the day…if you haven’t gotten on facebook yet, get ‘er done.  I have had a blast catching up with pals I don’t see often, as well as old friends from high school.   The trouble is, I find myself chatting too often, playing games like Mafia Wars (totally addictive) and Celebrity Agent, and ignoring the laundry.  Not a bad trade off, I say.

The scene of my diet demise, Pop's Sunset Grill.

The scene of my diet demise, Pop's Sunset Grill.


A New Giveaway….Thanks to Other Denise March 11, 2009

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See my bloggie buddy Denise’s cool blog for another great chance at a giveaway this month…the Gracie’s Gear long tank.  Denise recently completed a marathon in this tank and highly recommended it!



March Madness March 9, 2009

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     I hate March. There I’ve said it. It’s my least favorite month of the year, for several reasons.  First and foremost are the memories it brings back.  Yesterday, March 8th, was the fifteenth anniversary of my son’s death.  I can feel myself tensing up each year as March rolls around.  I doubt that will ever change.

     Another reason March is on my shit list is the crappy weather.  And wasn’t that obvious this year?  A famous anecdote associated with March is that it “comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb.”  March 1st, our house was smothered in a foot of snow.  Lion?  More like a freakin’ Tasmanian Devil.  At least “the lamb” showed up a few days later, with a beauteous weekend with 70+ degree temps. 

     March is also traditionally the month that I get the sickest.  And once again, that proved true this first week.  Gotta love those upper respiratory viruses…I won’t call it a cold ‘cuz it went beyond that.  It felt like the flu, only without the body aches and temp.  I missed a week of working out, and am only resuming today because I can finally breathe without feeling like I’m going to pass out.  It’s still gorgeous out, so looks like I’m headed out for a long fast-paced walk…maybe sprinkled with a few minutes of running in between.  It all depends on how quickly the bod is able to recoup after the week of illness.

     March is also the start of my hair pulling time of year….spring school sports vying with travel softball AND little league.  My day planner looks like my mommy time has just gone on hiatus.  Luckily I can get my house chores (can we all say “yuck”?) and workouts in while the kiddos are in school, ‘cuz after school it’s go, go, go until bedtime. 

     Aaaah, March.  Wonder if I can start a petition to have it wiped off the calendar?  Can we just start spring in February or April?  That’ll give me something to ponder as I head out for my walk/run.


Illness and Working Out March 4, 2009

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     I. Am. A. Slug. It’s official. I am a whiny baby when it comes to being ill.  I don’t like being sick, I don’t function well when my throat feels like I’ve swallowed broken glass, I don’t want to even THINK  about cardio when I can’t breathe freely without panting.  I just want to lay here and wallow in my own misery.

     My husband quite helpfully pointed out that I would feel much better if I would just get in the workout room and put in a good hour or so.  I had a hand gesture that I think made my point without me having to say a word in my gravelly, nasally, plugged up voice.  ‘Nuff said, honey?

     As of today, I haven’t worked out since last Thursday.  Today makes it a full week of no exercise, other than meandering through the house looking for yet more tissues.  I feel tired, deflated, and a little irritated that I was doing so well, only to be felled by a little microscopic germ.  I can’t even muster up any enthusiasm for looking forward to exercising…as I know it will be hard (almost like starting all over again…ugh!)  Anyone who has ever gotten over the flu or other lengthy illness knows what I’m talking about.  Two or three days is easy to make up for…a week is like a kick in the seat of your pants.  And not in a good way.

     Hopefully I will be back in somewhat of a routine by this weekend.  Maybe not one and a half hour workouts yet, but then again, I REALLY don’t want to suffer any setbacks.  One lengthy illness per season is enough!

My pharmacy, I mean counter top!

My pharmacy, I mean counter top!