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Learning to Juggle

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Picture of the Day:

First of all, thank you to all of you for your outpouring of support and encouragement! It really means the world to me! I wish I could thank you all one by one, but ...well, I'd never get to the gym if I tried that! (We can't have that happening, now can we?)

This week has gone pretty well. The foot blister is healing well and I've been able to do my exercises on it. The elliptical is a bit of a pain, but otherwise we're good.

Last night I opted for a quicker workout than what I had planned, but for good reason. That little boy up there at the top? Yeah, that's my youngest son, Ethan. He was so bummed that I can't be at every practice, so when I found the opportunity yesterday to skip out of work a little early, I took it! I headed straight for the gym and instead of evening Zumba class (which doesn't start until 7pm), I just hopped on the elliptical and committed to do at least 30 minutes. It was a HARD 30 minutes on that blister, but I managed. I did my cool down around the indoor track, stretched and then rushed to the showers. Quick shower later, I was out the door and ready to surprise my boy! (His face positively LIT UP when he saw that I made it to practice!) I was able to watch the last half of the game and then take him out for pizza after. (Yes, I ate pizza...I had a low calorie day so I had the calories to do it. Still kinda wish I hadn't though! *lol* Oh, the mark of being a mother...you want to take the boy for pizza but you really just want a healthy dinner at home. And, in my case, you don't want to have to cook it! *lol*)

Tonight I'm here for the long haul. I'll be off at 6pm and should be at the gym by 6:50pm or so, depending on traffic. I've got at least an hour and a half tonight at the gym as I have planned an "easy" (my program calls them ALL easy walks...stupid liar!) 3 mile training walk, followed by 15 minutes on the rowing machine, and then a full set of ST. I recently added the leg machines to my ST routine to help the knee a little more. So far, so good! Once I feel like this latest increase in weight is too easy I'll start doing multiple sets before moving up in weight again. (Already lifting 50-80 on some of the lower body and ab machines, doing 30-40 on the arms.)

Just have to butt in (on myself) to mention that Hubs has been absolutely wonderful. Sure, there *MAY* have been a joke on Saturday about husbands packing lunches for their wives, but I never expected him to take it to heart. Yesterday he handed me a container of chili for my lunch. Today he made me a yummy healthy sandwich! He also made me breakfast BOTH mornings! (Sorry, girls...he's mine!)

Eating has been good lately (except for the pizza, of course). I've been adding back some more fruit and have been honestly craving veggies lately! I have 3 more gigantor zucchinis waiting for me at home, so I think this weekend I WILL be finding a great (healthy) zucchini bread recipe. And maybe get Hubs to make his, "Oops, I Forgot the Eggplant! Zucchini Soup" again. (If he can remember how!! *lol*) SOO good!

I have noticed that this week's lesson seems to be about learning to juggle. I had one coworker comment on how amazing I look, and another ask me why I've been ignoring her just today! I've been given additional responsibilities at work, added to football practice (a scrimmage this Saturday and then games start next weekend), and school coming up, in addition to the 10k training I'm doing right now... I told the first coworker thank you and the second that I'm overwhelmed recently. I'm trying to be present, consistent and adapt to changes as they come, but it's been a struggle to make sure all of my relationships remain 100%. (And, let's face it...my family comes first!)

Learning...still learning...always learning...

Events I'm interested in right now:

9/4/10 - Charleston Distance Run - Charleston, WV - 10k Walk
10/2/10 - The Barkcamp Race - Bethesda, OH - 5 Mile Trail Challenge
10/10/10 - Dayton River Corridor Classic - Dayton, OH - 5k Walk*
10/16/10 - Auggie's 5k - Wheeling, OH - 5k Walk**
11/13/10 - Nick Caldwell Memorial - St. Albans, WV - 5k Run***

*A 5k with my Momma! (SNOWFLAKE57)
**Great cause! (SPCA)
**Need to see if there's a walk division for the 5k. Another great cause!
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  • no profile photo CD7009225
    You are doing an amazing job! And you are probably even becoming a better mom and co-worker, all because you are getting healthier. What a great side benefit!
    3920 days ago
    You are soooo focused and determined to make a difference with your lifestyle! You truly inspire me to step it up with my workout routines, I thank you. Great Mom emoticon
    3920 days ago
    Yay! Auggies Walk! I am a little concerned that I might adopt another animal while we are there....I will need to be strong. Sounds like you are having a great week. LOL!!!! about the packed lunch...tooo awesome!
    3920 days ago
    Do the one on 10-10-10 because it's such a cool date :)
    You're amazing and your blogs inspire me so much. I don't know how you do it. I seriously admire working moms sooo much in general but to try to change your lifestyle and get healthy and still juggle all of that... wow. just wow.
    3920 days ago
    HOLY COW!!! that's a lotta lotta!!! Good for you for taking time out for your son...I know I am guilty of missing soccer practices and games this summer all in the name of MY fitness...

    You have so much on your plate...don't get TOOO overwhelmed now!


    3920 days ago
  • _TRIXIE_
    I love reading your blogs. They are always filled with positive thoughts and motivation. Keep up the amazing work. I love seeing my friends succeed so far!

    Keep it up!
    3920 days ago
    You are rockin' this!
    3920 days ago
  • MAGPIE17
    You're such a good mom! Making it to watch practice and taking him out for pizza afterwards, I'm sure you made his day! ;)

    Balancing is difficult, especially when overwhelmingly busy, but you seem to be doing a pretty good job of it!
    3920 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/11/2010 12:36:55 PM
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