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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

First things first, yesterday, I did this...

Okay, so you can't really see it well, but that's me...on a 4-Wheeler. Believe it or not, I have lived in West Virginia for about 7 years and have yet to ride one of these things for longer than 2 seconds. I kept telling Hubs I was too big to ride, and he kept telling me I was being stupid. But those of us who have topped 300 pounds or more know that it's hard to say 'eff it!' when you're talking about the possibility of breaking someone else's stuff. This 4-Wheeler belongs to my FIL. They own 2, which they typically use to get up to their cabin on the next hill over from their house.

Yesterday, my FIL offered to begin lessons with my boys. These boys are growing up West Virginia style, so our neighbors in the area would probably find it strange that they'd never attempted to drive one before now. So as G'pa was in the field teaching them how everything worked, I was on the other side of the road on my front porch just watching. Until it hit me...'THAT'S ON MY BUCKET LIST!' I told Hubs I wanted a lesson and he gave me his shoes and told me to go on over. (I was wearing flip-flops at the time...oops!) So, yea, mark that one off. Of course, I think I kinda suck at it. As soon as my FIL said the word "shift" I got nervous. I drive an automatic car for a reason and the thought of a car or other vehicle relying upon my timing and instinct to shift...it freaks me out. Still, I did it anyhow...and it was both scary and fun. I think I'll need a few more lessons before I get the shifting down, though. *lol*

Annoying Pool People

This morning I headed to the gym for more laps in the pool. Now, like I've mentioned before, the early wake up time (4-4:30am) is actually worth it for me because there's generally no one in the pool between 6-7am. Monday one dude showed up as I was finishing up, and he showed up again today when I was about halfway though. (Granted I was running a few minutes behind this morning as I had to stop for gas.) I don't have a single problem with this guy. He doesn't create an overly rocky wave environment in the pool, he simply picks the other middle lane (there are 4 lanes, I pick a middle lane and he takes whichever one I'm not using) and both of us tend to lean toward the outside of our lanes so as to not crowd the other person.

Well, then the little lady showed up. Whatever, there are 2 more lanes and I was almost done with my laps. And then, in my eyes, she committed a cardinal sin - she asked the lifeguard to turn on the radio. *sigh* For the record, I like the peace and quiet of my morning swim. That's why I love it when it's just me in the pool with the lifeguard in his chair not really paying attention (unless you're splashing about with your arms flailing in the air gasping for breath, I'm assuming). It's a nice relationship and a great way to start the morning - quiet and calm. So the radio in the pool? PSAH! As if! Thankfully, my head is underwater the majority of the time so it didn't bug me too much.

And finally, as I was finishing up my last 2-3 laps, the joker showed up. I didn't get a good look at him. I didn't put my contacts in this morning so my vision wasn't 100%, but on the way back from a lap I see him standing above me on the side of the pool. So what do I do? I immediately start to move over to the center of my lane to give him room. I had been riding the line to test how straight I was swimming and to give Mr. #1 some room, but when someone else comes, I know to move over. I have no clue what Mr. Joker said to me (the radio was on and there was water in my ears), but I think the general gist was him telling me HOW to swim in one lane. *face/palm* REALLY?! You don't friggin' say?! OMG, and all this time I've been doing it wrong! NOT! *sigh* Anyhow, people annoy me...but I did get my laps in this morning.

900 yards + 40 yd warm up and 20 yd cool down
I did a bunch of stretching as well before and after. I'm trying to be a little better about this and not just hop right in the pool and get started. I know better...and the cramps in my legs now and again are reminding me from time to time. They're also reminding me I need to drink more water both before and after my swim.

Side note on swimming today: Dolphin kick isn't really making me go much farther under the water. I may not be doing it right, but I think I get better at it every time I try. The bonus? Right or wrong, my abs HATE me right now, so at least it's helping with that.

Second side note: I used my last 3 20 yard single laps this morning to PUSH a bit more and challenge my body. It's at the end of my swim so I figure if I have anything left, I might as well use it and see if my body can do the laps any quicker.

I am getting a bit faster. On Monday, I swam 900 yards in 35 minutes. Today it was 32 minutes, so I actually shaved 3 minutes off my total time. And this includes breathing breaks which, btw, aren't quite as short as they should be yet. I tried giving myself double the breathing time between laps this morning in order to keep away the headache and not have to do any recovery laps. It worked. I kicked all 900 yards today and didn't get a pounding headache either during my 200 yard stint (MUCH improved today!) or during the rest of my laps.

As for my eating yesterday? Slight improvement there. Yes, I still ate probably beyond what I needed for the day, but I was within my calorie range and I ate mostly healthy food. I nearly opted for dinner out, but I thought better of it and ended up eating some pork loin, green beans and potatoes.

Now to remember yesterday so I know that it CAN be done.

I did not, however, do my ST during my lunch break...even though I even cancelled plans with the bestie for lunch in order to do just that. By the time noon rolled around, I was exhausted, and opted for a quick nap in my car. (Note: Not quite sure why I'm SO tired lately, but it's getting a bit annoying.)

It's probably the best thing I could have done, however, because I have a scheduled supervised workout with Tanner tonight, and I know he's going to work my butt hard at the gym tonight...and I want him to do just that! It will be our last session together as he's leaving for med school and I'm going to have him focus on great ST exercises that can bolster my swimming/running without overtraining certain areas like the quads and the shoulders and calves that I really need in good shape for my cardio workouts.

And I'm going to have that lunch with the bestie today. We're going to a place I've never been to before but have heard great things - like that they use a lot of local ingredients and have a TON of healthy options on their menu. We shall see how that works out!

Happy HUMP day everyone! Just today and tomorrow and I get to bask in the 100+ degree glow of the weekend the weather forcasters around here are comparing to life on the sun. (Okay, I totally made that up, but they've got me so freaked out with their doom and gloom I'm almost scared of this weekend. Plan is to either hit the lake and sit in the shade or swim in the water OR find some place with a huge, well-built and well-maintained AC unit. :) Hell, Hubs better not be P.O.ed if I bring the kids and the laptop over and come hang out in the back room of his work with my two dogs and my cat. *lmao*

emoticon Where do you escape when the heat goes crazy and it's humid and nasty?

emoticon Anyone want to suggest some great dinner options for me? I'm sitting here fretting because I have not a clue what we'll eat for dinner tonight...
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    Great job of kicking one off the bucket list! I really need to work on mine.
    3234 days ago
    Cheers to checking things off the bucket list! I tend to hide in the house when the weather's too hot or the movie theater.
    3234 days ago
  • SUGIRL06
    Dinner: My mom made shrimp the other night with mixed veggies like mushrooms and such. She added some tomato sauce and served it over roasted cauliflower. It looked delicious!
    3234 days ago
    3234 days ago
    Nicely done on the swimming... and seriously the guy wanted to join you in your lane when there was an open one? When you're swimming you only need to circle swim (stay to right side of the lane) when there are multiple people in a lane.

    Is it bad when I'm swimming and see someone standing over my lane (normally asking to share) I do a flip turn and don't stop. if they get in, I circle swim, but I don't invite. Although my pool is only 3 lanes and horrible!

    Congrats on the bucket list cross off- you'll be cruising around in no time!

    Food: Tonight I'm making myself a shrimp cocktail (or grilled shrimp) since they were on sale and a steamed artichoke
    3234 days ago
  • THOMS1
    I think it is wonderful that you swim a lot as it is such good exercise. In the really hot weather we tend to go to exercise early in the morning, ride our bikes and walk early also then hang in the air. We are just starting to get really hot and humid here so we will hang out at the lake probably the rest of the week. emoticon
    3234 days ago
    So great that you knocked out a bucket list item!! It sounds like you're really motoring along. I assume you'll be able to get another trainer at the gym when the current one goes to med school? The pool people sound really annoying especially so early in the morning...
    3234 days ago
  • ERIN1128
    Awesome on the swimming, you're making me want to do it! But I don't belong to a gym or anything. :-( As for dinner, quesadillas with rice and beans is one of our "emergency" dinners. :-)
    3234 days ago
    You make me want to join a gym so I can give this whole swimming laps thing a shot!! Way to go, girl!
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  • no profile photo CD10795864
    I am impressed with the amount you swim!

    It is supposed to be hot and humid in Ontario as well, but not as bad as I sure you will experience.

    We have central air, with the addition of fans, so cope pretty well.

    When we visited Tennessee I saw houses with two central air units, one for upstairs and one for downstairs!

    Dinner? We're doing chicken and vegetables. Probably a combination of cauliflower, carrots, snow peas. I bake the chicken and leave the skin on and use a coating mix. There, I've said it. I have been able to lose weight and maintain eating this kind of chicken. It's the binging that puts on the pounds.

    Hope the weather is not too extreme in your neck of the woods!

    3234 days ago
    Congrats for getting your swim in! I used to swim like a fish when I was a kid, but then I didn't swim for years and discovered how out of shape I really am. I know I'd get better if I kept at it, but so far I've been sticking with the treadmill and the weight machines. And yes, we have annoying people in the gym too. :-)
    3234 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8180433
    Well good for you for going in the pool. That's one thing I"m still scared of. I can't exercise with other people like that.

    As for the 4-wheeler. I live on a lake, well across the street, we don't actually have shore-access, but anyway we've been there for over 7 years and I still haven't been in a boat. I like swimming but the idea of getting out in the middle of the lake scares the crap out of me. So go you!
    3234 days ago
    Lately my go to meal has been lean protein (tonight it's bunless hamburger with guacamole YUM! Last night was balsamic pork loin) sauteed brussle sprouts in a little EVOO and half of a baked (microwaved) sweet potato. The brussel sprouts I change up for steamed broccoli or cauliflower or carrots (or all three together) but somehow this seems like a great go to meal. Granted my husband does complain about always eating the other half of my sweet potato every night but he will live haha!
    3234 days ago
    My go to menu is chicken breast pounded out with bread crumbs and lemon zest, the other one is chicken, salsa and crockpot. Its easy and done when we get home which I love. What do you have in the house that you can throw together?
    3234 days ago
    I too live in WV and the pool is my exercise haven and serenity spot. I have known a number of the "APPs" you describe and try hard not to let them get me down. Enjoy your pool time and keep up the good work. APPs are not only found around the pool, they fill up our lives if we give them the power to upset us. I (mostly unsuccessfully) try to keep a positive spin on them and remind myself that maybe they just don't know any better. Sometimes that helps but mostly it just helps to remind me that I too am probably one of those annoying people to someone else.
    3234 days ago
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