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45 years ago today…

45 years ago today, my mom and dad were married in Long Beach, California. My mom was young, just 17 when they married, and my dad was 34. My dad had an Italian restaurant at the time and this was how my mom learned to be the most amazing cook ever. It would be 5 years before I was born, the first of 4 kids. The life they had, and the family they made, is the epitome of marriage. My mom took care of my dad, and my mom was my dad’s whole world. She took care of him and he never failed to support his wife and children, all while sitting in a wheelchair. They loved each other deeply. It may not have always been easy, and there were certainly struggles along the way, but they stuck together through it all.

They were married 43 years when my dad passed away. They lived a lifetime together in those 43 years – 4 kids, 3 grandchildren, many moves, many businesses, and a whole lot of love. I know that Daddy is celebrating up in heaven today and looking down on my mom. And my mom is thinking very much about Daddy today and all the fun times they had over the years. Thank you Mommy and Daddy, for loving each other and taking care of each other. We have very big shoes to fill…

 

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Day 3 of Bootcamp

I have officially survived 3 days of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp and I have to say I am LOVING it. For the $25 it cost to register for this, I have gained so much information and access to a wonderful group of people. I know that for me, it is so easy to get stuck in a rut and do the same thing over and over again. This has been an excellent guideline and it is definitely challenging me.

I didn’t post an update yesterday, but day 2 consisted of lower body workout and 20 minutes of steady state cardio. I decided to do 40 minutes so I can get some extra mileage in, being the overachiever that I am.

Today consisted of 45 minutes of interval training (your choice) and core work. I jumped on the treadmill and knocked out the interval training and got my heart rate up pretty good and I was soaked when I finished. The last 10 minutes were rough, but I put some System of a Down on – I can always rely on some good rage music to keep me moving. 45 minutes later, I had gone 3.08 miles and burned 400 calories. My legs have been screaming at me since.

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The core work was challenging after the intervals. BUT… This girl managed to do TWO sixty-second planks. Oh yes I did.

One of the things I really like about the bootcamp is the instructional info given. Not only are we given workouts, but each one has a link to a website on how to do each exercise. While I am familiar with a lot of exercises given all my years of working out, it is very nice to have a reminder on ones I’ve forgotten or clear instructions on how to do the ones I am not familiar with.

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I keep forgetting to do my measurements so I can compare after the 8 weeks is up, so I’ll be doing that tonight. It’s not always the numbers on the scale that go down, so I’d like some other point of reference.

Looking forward to tomorrow and day 4!

What have you done to challenge yourself this week?

Day 1 of Bootcamp!

Today was the start of Best Body Bootcamp 2. Yesterday, I went through my nifty binder I made of the plan and all the workouts to prepare for today. I made sure my stability ball was full of air and set out my weights. I was anxious to start! I even got my lunch and snacks together last night.

This morning I had to be leave earlier than normal, so I had an early breakfast of oatmeal and a bottle of water. The lunch and snacks I put together last night? I left them on the counter, all neatly packed in my lunch bag. UGH. This meant then a less than stellar lunch as I was on the road after my morning ran longer than expected. The rest of the day, I’ve done very well. I’ve been drinking plenty of water and had a snack of avocado slices when I got home. After my snack, it was time to get in my first workout of the bootcamp. I was ready to start, can you tell?

 

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I did cardio first, taking the lead from Julie over at Peanut Butter Fingers. She is doing the bootcamp also and I just happened to notice her post before I started. She gave her version of today’s cardio and I changed it up a little for me. I’ve never done a a 60/60 HIIT (high-intensity interval training) workout before but I loved it. It kicked my butt. My 20 minutes consisted of:

Minutes 0-5………3.0 pace………8.0 incline

Minutes 5-15……Alternate 60 seconds 6.0 pace and 60 seconds 4.0 pace………1.0 incline

Minutes 15-20……3.0 pace………4.0 incline

I was super sweaty when I was done and it really got my heart rate up. I am pretty proud of myself. Can you tell?

 

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After the cardio portion it was time to work the upper body, 3 sets of supersets. Loved it. It’s been a long time since I’ve done any type of weight workout, but I do enjoy it. And in the past, my arms have always responded well to weights. When I work out and get the results I want, my shoulders are my favorite. Hoping to like my shoulders again at the end of the 8 weeks! I am very pleased with how the first day of working out went.

 

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I am trying to decide if I want to do tomorrow’s workout in the morning or in the afternoon. I would love to do it in the morning, so we’ll see if I can make that happen.

Part of the bootcamp is to focus on 2 goals for the week, or duration of the bootcamp. They can change throughout, and I don’t know yet if mine will change. To start, my 2 goals are drink 64 oz. of water daily, and to plan my meals. I always do better when I plan ahead (unless I forget my packed lunch on the counter!).

I am really glad I decided to be a part of this and I will do my best to give it my all for the 8 weeks. Everything works together. The more I workout, the more mindful I tend to be of my eating. And with my half-marathon training starting no later than mid-August, I am determined to make some positive changes, and continue to be #fitfluential.

If you’ve taken park in a bootcamp before, whether a long-distance challenge such as this or through a gym, what was your favorite part of it?

Sunday in the kitchen

I went to the park this morning, excited to try out my new Brooks running shoes. As I expected, they were fabulous. All the other miles I did this week were walking, today I *mostly* ran. My new shoes were definitely worth every penny.

 

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I also really liked my new water bottle. It holds 16 oz. of water plus room for ice. My iPhone fits perfectly in the zipper pocket and it’s very comfortable holding it while running. I was a hot mess when I finished my 3.11 miles. Florida humidity is no joke, even at 7am.

When I got home from the park, hubby gone to Starbucks. He likes to take Blue and Ozzie with him on the weekends, they love to go for a ride and the folks at Starbucks get a kick out of them at the drive thru. And of course they get treats from them. Much excitement for Blue and Ozzie! And bonus for me this morning, because hubby brought home a Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher for me. Oh so refreshing after a run!

 

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After some grocery shopping and breakfast, I put together our dinner, which was slow cooker chicken. This is such an easy recipe, smells wonderful while it’s cooking, and makes for good leftovers. Do you sense a theme to the meals I make? Any meal that creates lunch for hubby the next day makes me happy.

Slow Cooker Chicken

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 6 red potatoes (medium to large)
  • 1/4 white onion
  • Bottle of fat free Italian dressing
  • Celery salt and pepper

Clean the potatoes and cut them into thirds (depending on size). Leave the skins on. Layer bottom of slow cooker with potatoes. Cut onion into small strips and put on top of potatoes. Cut chicken breasts into halves or thirds depending on size. Add whole bottle of dressing. Top with celery salt and pepper. Cover with lid and cook on low for 5 – 5 1/2 hours.

 

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I don’t normally serve any side dishes with this as it’s pretty filling itself. The dressing make the chicken very tender and juicy, it just pulls apart with your fork.

What slow cooker meals do you like?

The one where I get new shoes…

This morning, hubby and I walked the Memorial Causeway to Clearwater Beach. It is always a treat when hubby joins me for a walk. We went around 7, before it got to be about 500 degrees outside. It was a beautiful morning. The view over the bridge and causeway are always amazing to me and reminds me how lucky we are to live here.

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After our walk (5.33 miles!) and a quick stop at Starbucks, we headed home and got ready to head back out again. During our walk, we had talked about how I need to start looking at new running shoes soon. Hubby asked if I had any in mind and I told him no, that I wanted to go somewhere and have gait analysis done so I know I am buying the right shoes. With another half-marathon coming up, as well as a 10K and 5K, I wanted a nice pair of shoes to get me through. We decided to head over the Fit2Run at International Plaza. (Thank you Beth for giving me a heads up on who to talk to!)

When we got there, I was helped right away by Gary and a few questions later to see where I’m at with my running, I stepped on a nifty machine, sans shoes, that determined how the weight is distributed when I stand. I never knew this, but I have high arches. The most weight is on my heels and the balls of my feet, more so on my left foot. He then measured my feet for correct show size and looked at the shoes I wore in, which are the Saucony’s I bought in March.

A few minutes later, I was in a pair of Asics and hopping on the treadmill so Gary could video tape my awesome running skills. I ran for about 30 seconds and then we watched it in slow motion. He said that I am a “neutral runner” as my ankles don’t roll out or in on impact. He also that the shoes I am wearing now are not the right ones for that (and they are also more of a track shoe, not made for long distance). Neither were the pair of Brooks Adrenaline I had before, which I wore for the Rock N Roll Half Marathon (oops). Both had support on the inside of my feet, which I don’t need, and that was causing my shoes to wear more on the outside. It was so exciting to learn all this.

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Based on this information, Gary brought out two more pares of shoes – Saucony and Brooks. After trying all of them on, it was no surprise that I liked the Brooks the best. There is nothing like putting on a pair of shoes that fit just right. I originally tried on the blue pair, but when I learned that had pink ones, well I had to get the pink ones. Aren’t they fabulous? I can’t wait to break them in tomorrow morning!

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Thank you, Gary, for all your help and teaching me things I did not know. It was very informative and helpful!

We checked out the rest of the store and I also got a cool water bottle with a pocket for my cell phone. Again, lots of color options and I picked the pink. Do you see a pattern here?

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I also decided to sign up for the Club Fit2Run membership. For $30 a year, you get a discount on everything in the store and a 30-day wear test guarantee on all running footwear. Sadly, it does not guarantee I’ll look this good while running… Darn!

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I also picked up two books I’ve had my eye on at Barnes & Noble. You know, because I don’t think about running enough, I have to read about it too. I am just determined to be a runner. I want to be a runner. I am a runner.

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Hubby really spoiled me today, but he says I’m worth it. He knows how much I enjoy running and wants me to have the best chance at it. Thank you, honey, for a fabulous day and for showering me with new goodies. I love you oodles!

Thoughts on Thursday

This morning on my way to work, I stopped at Starbucks. My newest obsession there s the Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher. Oh. My. Gosh. It is so yummy and well, refreshing! It’s actually made with Green Coffee Extract, basically taken from a coffee bean while it’s still green, before they are roasted. It has no coffee flavor whatsoever (which I do love), low calories, and NO fat. This drink is perfect for summertime. I even like it better than the Passion Tea Lemonade. One of the things I like the most about it is the whole blackberries they put in it. This drink lasts me a couple hours – as it melts down, I add more ice and it’s still just as yummy. I was enjoying it so much this morning, I had to document it…

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In my email today, I received the first two weeks of workouts for the Best Body Bootcamp 2 that starts on Monday. I am really impressed by all the information and how thorough it is. Well worth the $25 entry fee. I printed out everything, including screenshots of the exercises, and I put it all in a binder. No searching for any of it when I need it, I know right where it is. And because I’m kind if a geek, I out it all in a binder and even made a nifty cover for the front of it. I can’t wait to get started.

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After having rain off and on everyday this week, I decided to skip out of work a little bit early so I could get home and walk. I decided to take Blue and Ozzie to the park with me. We made it 2 miles before they were ready to keel over and die, but they had a fun time. They so love the park and there is much excitement when we’re getting ready to go. It seemed to take forever to get out the door, and the 2 miles took a really long time to walk with all the stop and start. But I am positive that I also got an upper body workout at the same time. It can be a bit challenging to walk 2 dogs.

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Since I like to do at least 3 miles, when we got home from the park, I jumped on the treadmill. I was all hot and sweaty and decided to push myself. I did 1 mile on an incline of 10. Holy quads, did I feel that. It was awesome. I was definitely #fitfluential today!

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Hubby is working late tonight so I was on my own for dinner. I decided to cook some lean ground beef, zucchini, and onion. It was very tasty and filling.

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I am so glad tomorrow is Friday. As always, I am so ready for the weekend. I need some down time and I hope to get some more miles in !

I’m going to Bootcamp!

I’m packing my bags, and I’m getting ready to head out on an 8-week journey! Well, not really. I don’t have to leave my house for this bootcamp, but I am looking forward to the journey.

Earlier last week, I read about Best Body Bootcamp 2 on one of the many blogs I follow. When I saw that it was an at-home bootcamp, it really caught my attention. I do not belong to a gym and a personal trainer is not in my budget. However, if I can get guidance, support, and motivation by way of email and support group online, along with a little friendly competition, I am in! I also think I found this at just the right time, as this will help me get my strength training in as I start my half-marathon training.

 

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You can read all about the best Body Bootcamp here. It is put on by Tina with Best Body Fitness. She has a great website, full of information. And what do I like best? She is a real person who has had her own struggles. I am always drawn to people who have fought their own battles and have come out on the other side. And when they use their success and knowledge to help other people, well that’s a wonderful thing.

As with any new fitness routine, I had some questions and I emailed Tina. She graciously answered my questions, mostly related to how the bootcamp would work with my half-marathon training. She was very thorough and full of information and let me know that I could adapt the bootcamp to my needs during my training. I appreciate the fact that she allows for flexibility. When I finished reading her reply, I knew I was going to sign up.

As a bonus to getting back into a real fitness routine, besides the walking and running that I love, there is the added temptation of cash prizes. I like a little friendly competition. Whether I am a lucky winner of a cash prize or not, I will still come out ahead of where I am now. And this will be another way for me to be #FitFluential!!

Bootcamp starts on next Monday 07/23 thru Sunday 09/16. I look forward to blogging about it throughout.

Would any of you like to join me at Bootcamp? There is still time to sign-up! Be sure to go here for more information. If you sign up, be sure to let me know!

 

 

Shiny new appliances!

A week and a half ago, our washer died. I thought we’d be able to get it fixed under our home warranty, but it turns out it’s not covered (neither is the dryer). I contemplated trying to get it fixed, but I’m sure we would have spent $200 – $300 by the time we had someone come look at it, etc… So we decided we’d look for a new washer. Here’s the problem… In my world, the washer and dryer need to match. When hubby and I moved in together, my mom and dad bought us a washer and dryer for our apartment. A nice pretty Maytag set, so white and clean. I loved them. And for 12 years, they’ve served us well. Hubby, knowing I wasn’t going to be happy with a mismatched washer, said we should buy a new set. Yay! If he was okay with it and we could make it work, I was happy.

We shopped around Friday night and Saturday – Home Depot, HH Gregg, Best Buy, and Lowe’s. Prices were pretty similar everywhere, but the selections varied. I knew that I did NOT want the front loaders. I am not a fan of them, they’re too much, there are too many bells and whistles that I don’t need. I don’t want to have to wash my washer and keep the door open when I’m not using it, etc… Too much. I just want to be able to wash and dry my clothes. And if we can do so a little more economically than before thanks to newer technology, it’s a bonus.

So, we looked at top loader washers. Some still have the agitators, but most do not. I also wanted a dry with a “hamper” door that opens down, rather than to the side. Seems simple, but it’s a nice feature.

We finally decided on a really nice Whirlpool set in a really nice color called Chrome Shadow. The washer does not have the agitator, so it will use less water and will be gentler on the laundry. Also, the new washers spin faster, getting more of the water out. This means when you dry them, they won’t take as long to dry. So, less water and less dry time = more energy efficient.

It’s been a long week and a half without a working washer here. Fortunately, I’ve been able to do our laundry at my mom’s, but that’s a pain taking laundry with me. Thank you, Mommy, for letting me use your washer and dryer!

So now, we have a nice, shiny new washer and dryer. I am super excited about doing laundry now. Weird, huh?

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Trying to be #fitfluential

Last Saturday, something clicked in my brain and I got off my lazy butt and went walking. Yeah, it’s too hot to run, but I snuck a little bit of that in also as my walk turned into more of a run. I ran when I felt like it and walked when I needed to, and it felt great. The last mile was definitely more walking than running (thank you Florida heat and humidity), but I still did it.

That set off 5 days straight of moving, of not sitting on my butt being lazy just thinking about doing what I need to do. Doing what I should have been doing for the last couple of months. Who knows why I stop working out… All I have are excuses – busy at work, bringing work home with me, too much going on, stressed, or I just don’t want to. I cannot do that, I just can’t. I feel better when I give myself the time to do something. Walking or running for 45 minutes or so and ending up a hot sweaty mess makes me feel so good. The sweatier, the better. And if I wake up the next morning and actually notice the muscles in my legs? Well, that’s a bonus.

I was outside Saturday and Sunday, mid-morning before it got to be unbearable hot. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday I had to do the treadmill thanks to the the lovely afternoon thunderstorms we’ve had.

I did at least 3.11 miles every day for the last 5 days. Today is a rest day.

 

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I am trying to be #fitfluential. Many of the bloggers I follow, are #fitfluential and motivate me every time they post about their workouts and more. I want to be that person that motivates people. I want to reap the benefits of being active AND motivate other people at the same time.

If you visit www.fitfluential.com, you will see that they are all about the whole package. As they say, “FitFluential is the perfect combination of fitness and influence.” They focus on 4 areas of balance – Eat, Sleep, Move, Enjoy.  I. Love. This.

As I plan out the end of the year, with a half-marathon, a 10k, and a 5k in my sights, I need to stay on top of things from here on out. I need to take care of myself and keep moving. I need to focus more on eating better. #fitfluential will be my ticket to this balance!

So tell me, who wants to be #fitfluential with me?