Turning a Negative into a Positive

Sometimes I let the little things drag me down but I’m working on turning negatives into positives.

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Negative:  It’s supposed to be really cold tonight.  Actually the whole day will be cold with a high in the 40s and down into the 20s.

Positive:  Is there one?!  Just kidding!!  We have heat, I have a seat heater in my car and the football game will be a fun time to catch up with friends.  (I’m really trying on this one because cold is not my favorite!!)Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 9.39.45 PM

Negative:  I can’t run or do much in the way of working out right now.

Positive:  Instead of getting up at 5:00 I’ve been sleeping in till 6:30!!!Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 9.43.51 PM

Negative:  I had to spend over an hour and a half at our venue yesterday  waiting on repair people.

Positive:  Since I had already spent the morning cleaning for Saturday’s wedding, I took my laptop and it was bonus blogging time!!!

Negative:  Lately I have been starving – not good to be so hungry when I’m not working out.

Positive:  Hmmm…..still working on this one.  Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 9.52.27 PM

Negative:  I ended the day with the boys (especially Hunter) on a poor note.

Positive:  Every day is a new day and he knows that I love him!!

And a big positive:  It’s Friday!

Happy Friday!!


Sometimes You Just Have to Admit Defeat

A couple weeks ago I mentioned that my leg wasn’t quite right.

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I thought that a day or two of rest would be enough.

It wasn’t!!!

I took a really easy week in the hopes that would be the end of the issue.

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Now, it has been over a couple weeks since I’ve been able to run and several weeks since my leg felt OK.

Every day it seems to get a bit worse instead of better.

Tomorrow I will go to the DR – Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 11.48.53 PMand see what she has to say.  Hopefully it is nothing major and I can start running and doing the other things I enjoy really soon!!

Do you go to the DR at the first sign of a problem or put it off as long as  possible?

Happy Wednesday!


Is it “Just a Game?”

Like many Americans (especially locally!!!),  we have been watching a lot of baseball lately.

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(In case you didn’t know, the Kansas City Royals are playing!)

We really aren’t huge Royals fans but we are definitely supporting them right now.

The past couple of nights I’ve felt myself getting really wrapped up and bothered when the Royals aren’t playing well.

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I started wondering how many of the baseball players feel like it’s just a game?!

For them it really is more than a game, it is their job!

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I have seen people of all ages react very badly when their team ends up losing a game.  Even an insignificant game with much less riding on it than the title of World Series Champions.

I’m very competitive and think that we should always Screen Shot 2014-10-26 at 9.05.38 PM

Even when I’m not the one playing and am just a fan, I always want my team to win.

Saturday my favorite college team Screen Shot 2014-10-26 at 9.09.07 PMgot totally shutout by K-State.  Of course, I wanted Texas to win but in the big picture – Screen Shot 2014-10-26 at 9.12.00 PM

Do you ever find yourself getting overly wrapped up while watching (or playing) a game?
Do you think that in some cases it is more than just a game?

Happy Monday!!


A Weak Week (10/19 – 10/25)

This week was pretty light on the workout front.  But I did get in some really fun 45s!!!

Sunday 10/19 - 45 side lunge (stay in wide position between).

lunge left
lunge left

I did all 45 to the left (just returning to the middle position in between.  Then switched and did 45 to the right.

side view
side view
lunge right
lunge right

Monday 10/20 - 45 BOSU balances (start with hands on BOSU, feet on ground – raise right arm to side and left leg, hold then switch to left arm and right leg for 1 rep).

right arm, left leg
right arm, left leg
left arm, right leg
left arm, right leg

This move was HARD!!!  I like it because it worked everything – triceps, shoulders, core, butt, quads, hamstrings….

I tried to run – 3 miles in 25:40 and then realized that my leg is hurt more than I thought so I ended up walking 4.5 miles with an incline.

Tuesday 10/21 - 45 twisting elbow planks (twist right, then left = 1 rep).

twist to right (stack feet)
twist to right (stack feet)

Return to middle then twist the other way –

twist left
twist left

This move was hard – 45 complete reps ended up being a long time to stay in a plank!!!!

I did a workout that I hadn’t done in a long time and it ended up being great – The Firm:  Cardio Fusion.  The workout uses these little balls –

not heavy but they add a lot
not heavy but they add a lot

I will definitely be doing this workout again!!!

Wednesday 10/22 - 45 twisting frog crunches with weighted (5 pound) punches.  (right-left = 1 rep)

start position
start position
up - twist and punch right with left hand
up – twist and punch right with left hand

Return to the ready position and then go the other way –

twist and punch left with right hand
twist and punch left with right hand

I did another workout that I’ve always enjoyed – Cross Training for Fitness.

Thursday 10/23 - 45 back bow cross-over.  This move is one I had never seen before until Nellie (Brooklyn Active Mama) showed it as her Weekly Wednesday workout.  (another one where right-left = 1 rep)

easy part
easy part
up and squeeze - move to other side
up and squeeze 

While in the up position, move your arms to other side –

moving over
moving over (dropped the legs a little:)
small break before moving back to the start
small break before coming up and moving back the other way

I might have adapted it a little (I used a wobble ball as my cross-over object instead of a yoga block) but this was a really good move!!!

Thanks to Hunter for doing the pictures for me on Friday morning since no one was around when I did the move Thursday!!!

Friday 10/24 - 45 leg abductions while balancing on upside down wobble ball.

ready to move the left leg
ready to move the left leg
lift - squeeze
lift – squeeze

I managed all 45 with my left leg without tapping my toe down – I wobbled and looked like a goof but…..

ready to work the right side
ready to work the right side
lift left leg
lift left leg

On this leg, I ended up tapping my toe down 2 times during the reps – my left leg balance isn’t as strong!!!

Saturday 10/25 - 45 stability ball side crunches.


After completing the first set of 45, I flipped over and did 45 more.


I’m hoping that next week I can get back to working out the way I like to work out!!!

Happy Saturday!


Fun Friday!!

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 9.22.47 PMThis week hasn’t been my favorite but today is Fun Friday!!!  The boys are out of school (this week was parent-teacher conferences) and Chris is off work – plus it is supposed to be in the 80s!!!  (late October in Kansas this is a big deal!) so I know that my Friday will be awesome and I hope your’s is, too!!

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Today is all about fun!!!

Like I don’t have enough eye issues!!!

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Maybe – probably – most definitely!!!

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 9.27.52 PMThis is a lesson I’m trying to teach my boys.  Just kidding – sort of!!!

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 9.28.35 PMThis might be me just a tiny bit. Or 100%!

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 9.29.15 PMHaHa – and from now on I will call myself a ninja!!!

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 9.29.37 PMHaHa – maybe!!!

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 9.30.00 PMEvery single day!!!

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 9.30.14 PMThis just makes me laugh because I would never do something so mean/funny!!!  Not on purpose anyway.

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 9.31.07 PMI love bubble wrap and will always be the obnoxious person popping it until there is nothing left to pop!!!

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I’m going to keep telling myself this every single day!!

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HaHa – yep!!!

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I get up early but that doesn’t mean I like the early morning!!!

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HaHa – not sure why this made me laugh so much but it did!!!

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 9.35.01 PMI actually love math and tutor lots of kids who probably think this exact thing!!Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 9.36.01 PM

And from now on I will use this reasoning – female = iron man.

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I’m not saying yes or no to this but you have to admit it is funny!!

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 9.38.22 PM100% true!!!

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 9.39.04 PMDuh!!!

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Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 9.56.44 PMAnd, I think that Maxine sums it up pretty well!

I hope that at least one thing made you smile here today!

Happy Fun Friday!



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