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The Toothache Dilemma

Today I used my one of my bands for my 44  and did a slow bicycle crunch.  Using the band and going through the moves slowly made this a great move for my abs and also a nice bicep workout!!

I counted  a right side crunch and a left side crunch as 1 rep so it was really 88 crunches.

The workout for Insanity the Asylum vol.2 was the Championship plus Sudden Overtime (Fit Test).  Not gonna lie – I was dreading this one!!!  But – it wasn’t horrible!  It was about an hour and during the last 10 minutes you do the fit test part – as many rounds as possible during 3 minutes.  

I actually think this workout was a little easier than the Game Day one that was part of the first Insanity the Asylum!!!

All day yesterday I had a dull ache in my tooth/gums on the left side of my mouth.  I ignored it because that’s what I do!!!

Then last night at about 11:30 I woke up (I had probably been sleeping about an hour) in pain!!!Screen shot 2013-12-06 at 6.45.59 AM

The entire left side of my mouth hurt (not just a little) and even my left ear and my throat.  I propped myself up and tried reading thinking maybe I would fall back asleep because ignoring things makes them go away or something!!!  

Screen shot 2013-12-06 at 6.48.35 AMFinally around 1:30 I couldn’t handle it any more so I went in search of something to take.Screen shot 2013-12-06 at 6.46.40 AMThankfully we had some hydrocodone from a previous injury or surgery (don’t know and didn’t care – just needed some relief!!) and I took one.  It finally kicked in around 2:15 – less than 3 hours before my alarm would be going off – nice!!   As long as I stayed propped up, the pain was back to just a manageable/ignorable level.

At 5:00 when I got up, it was just a dull ache (like yesterday) so I figured there was no reason to put off the fun of Insanity!!!

My dilemma is what to do – I don’t even think our dentist works on Fridays but I don’t want to experience another night like last night – Oy!!!  

What would you do?  Ignore it and hope it just goes away (that could totally happen, right?!)?

Happy Friday!!!


Use It or Lose It

I decided to use my bands for the 44 today  – I did a leg abduction with the resistance of the bands.  

I only did one side for this demo – but you can sort-of see that I stepped on the band with my stationary leg to get the resistance.  Besides working my thighs and hips, this is a great balance challenge (I wobbled a lot and had to tap my toe/foot a lot!).  And, of course, I did 44 with each leg!

Then I pulled out one of my favorite workouts – Les Mills Combat – Combat 60 Live – Ultimate Warrior’s Workout.  This workout is awesome because just when you think your legs can’t handle another rep, you switch over to punching again!!!  The hour flies by in a sweaty blur!!!

Screen shot 2013-11-19 at 6.53.17 AMI’m sure that everyone has heard the phrase “Use it or Lose it” many times before.  I think it’s true in lots areas of our lives – fitness, knowledge, some insurance plans, vacation days…

We all know how hard it is to achieve the level of conditioning/strength that we want to be at and many of us have seen how quickly those gains can deteriorate when we can’t work out because of injury, illness or whatever other reason.

Screen shot 2013-11-19 at 6.51.38 AMI think another area that we can quickly “lose it” is our brain power!!!  

Yesterday Jordan was talking about the Trojan War and the guy who suggested that they get in the horse (I can’t remember his name!).  He said, “Didn’t you learn all of this in school?” Ummm…Yes – like 30 years ago!!!  And, I’ve never used it since!

There was a time (in grad school and for a few years after) that I could do a thorough observation of the entire human body, palpating and naming each bone, tendon and ligament as I went.  Now, I can name and identify only a very few of those because it has been 20 years since I really studied and applied all of that knowledge.

Sometimes I look back at all the years I spent in school and wonder how hard it would be to re-learn all that I’ve forgotten.  

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Maybe I should work on actually using some of the information that I’ve learned over the years so that by the time I’m 70 I have at least a little knowledge of something left!!!

What have you lost because you haven’t used it?  (please tell me I’m not the only one!!!)

Happy Tuesday!!!  I’m going to try to learn and apply at least one thing today!!!




For my 43 today, I pulled out my bands (the perfect travel equipment!) – 

Turbo Fire Band
Turbo Fire Band

I decided to do a combo move with them to work my shoulders and upper back.  I stood on the band and did a right arm shoulder press and a left arm row.

press up and row
press up and row

I’m not gonna lie – this move ended up being hard – and the surprising part was that the row was harder than the press!!

And, of course, another set of 43 with my arms switched.


By the end of the two 43 sets my arms were shaking!!!

My workout today was actually really short (just under 15 minutes) but intense!!  I’m still participating in Taylor’s 6 week challenge and the workout this week is 1000 reps (700 of which are mountain climbers!!) for time.  This is a perfect workout for this week – next time I think I will do it on the beach!!!

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Guilt – so many emotions all wrapped up in one word.  I think that some of us (like me) have a really hard time letting go of guilt.  For as long as I can remember I have lived with guilt.  Growing up (especially when I was in high school) it was a constant.  And, becoming a mom brought a whole new level of guilt into my world.

Screen shot 2013-07-23 at 7.58.58 AMI struggle daily with trying to let go of all of the guilt I feel.  Most of it these days is all brought on by myself.  Chris and the boys never say things to purposefully make me feel guilty – they don’t need to because I make myself feel guilty without any help!!!Screen shot 2013-07-23 at 7.57.50 AMMany days I feel like I carry guilt around for no reason.  I have tried to let a lot of things from my past go and tell myself that I should not feel guilty about things I can’t change.  And over the years since becoming a mom, my guilt has actually lessened (not gone completely but much less!) – I spent years feeling like every thing I did was the wrong thing – I was totally clueless about babies and kids and made many mistakes but I think in the big picture everything is really OK.

Screen shot 2013-07-23 at 7.57.18 AMSome days I feel guilty for things that are actually completely beyond my control – but that doesn’t make me feel any less guilty!!!

Even now when we are having a great time on vacation –DSCN1560(how could you not have a great time when this is the destination?) – being on the beach, with my family and some really great friends – I feel guilty.  

My sweet Poppa has been in the hospital since Saturday morning.

Poppa with my boys!
Poppa with my boys!

I’ve talked to my twin brother and my younger sister who drove down to be with him in the hospital and still don’t know if I should try to get to Texas or just stay here with my family.

Guilt – a constant struggle to decide the right thing to do and then live with the decision!!!

Do you struggle with guilt?  How do you overcome it?


Happy Tuesday!


Lesson Learned

My 43 today was hard (for me) because it was all shoulders.  I used one of my bands

Turbo Fire Band
Turbo Fire Band

and combined 3 moves:  Alternating front raise, alternating lateral raises and a curl with a shoulder press.

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43 sets of that move left my shoulders burning for sure!

After I finished that torture move, I did a Les Mills Combat DVD – Combat 60 Ultimate Cardio Fighter.  Rachel & Dan (they lead the Combat series) say this is the hardest workout in the set – I don’t think it is but it’s a great one!!!

This morning I will finish my journey home.  I can’t wait to get home and see the boys this afternoon.  I was happy to see Chris last night but I will be happier when we are all back home together again!  It was hard to watch all the coverage about Boston yesterday and know that some families will not be reunited because of such a senseless event!  (I had to quit watching and watch some mindless reality TV – Dancing with the Stars.)

Sunday and Monday I really dragged through my workouts – to the point where I thought about not finishing.  Then yesterday evening by the time I got to Wichita & saw Chris (about 5:00) I was dizzy and shaky and felt like crap.  Lesson learned:  Screen shot 2013-04-16 at 9.00.20 AMPopcorn for dinner does not provide enough fuel for a good workout.  I need protein!!Screen shot 2013-04-16 at 9.01.39 AM

I already knew that for me, the most important meal I eat is usually dinner but I haven’t been eating dinner every night since I left home – STUPID!!!  And yesterday, in addition to skipping dinner,  I only had a snack while I was driving so I nearly paid a price for my stupidity.  Fortunately, a little food (with carbs & protein) and some rest and I was pretty much back to normal.

Just 2 more hours in the car today and I will be home – I can’t wait!!!