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In Case You Were Wondering….

Today’s 44 was one of those that worked multiple muscle groups – my favorite kind of moves!!!

I used 1 dumbbell (10 pounds) and started with it in my right hand – 


Step back to right lunge with your leg extended and touch the dumbbell to the ground –

 back to lunge
back to lunge

Stand with a knee lift and bicep curl –

up and curl
up and curl

And, after you finish 44 on the right side you have to switch sides and do 44 more!!

up and curl
up and curl

I enjoyed this move because it was pretty much a full body move and since I was working upper and lower at the same time, I really got my heart rate up.

Today was a fun workout day – Turbo Fire!!!  I did Fire 55EZ which is not easy but a 55 minute workout that flies by!!!  

I feel like sometimes I talk about stuff on here and then never really get back to it so today I thought I would share a few Screen Shot 2014-02-21 at 6.46.57 AM

1.  I don’t set New Year’s resolutions but in January I did share a post with some things I wanted to do and try this year.  So far I haven’t made a lot of progress but we did try something new to us the other night!!  I made a Greek Barley Salad – 

this was so tasty!!
this was so tasty!!

We had never tried barley – not sure why???  The entire family enjoyed this side dish!!!  

2.  I’ve been wearing a FitBit Force since the start of the year and I reviewed it after just a few days.  I still pretty much just use it as a pedometer but that is working out well!!  The first few weeks I didn’t really do anything different – just wore it to track and I realized that the only days I reached 10,000 steps were running days.  Now, I try to get 10,000 steps in addition to whatever number I reach during my workout.

One way that I increase my steps is through the use of my Christmas gift  – my standing desk!!

old picture but...
old picture but…

I love using this desk and when I read blogs I either pace around in between each one or I jog in place while I read!!  Yesterday I hit 20,000 steps by the end of the day!!!

3.  I mentioned that Hunter wants to run a half marathon this spring to celebrate turning 13 and we all know that I think running your age for your birthday is the best way to celebrate so we are going to do one together.  We were going to run a large one in Kansas City in April but when it came time to start training and the weather looked like this –

lots of snow
lots of snow

Hunter wasn’t a fan of the training (and I’ve made it clear how much I hate running in the snow and cold!).  For some reason Hunter didn’t want to log his miles here –


Weird but true!

So we picked a different race that I think will work better.  We are going to do a race that is smaller the first weekend in June.  He will start his official training in March and hopefully by then all of his runs can be outside.

4.  Last week I shared a dilemma concerning our event venue and a couple who had sort of strung me along about turning in a contract and paying.  Well, they did turn in the contract and full payment by the weekend so they are officially booked.

However, they are still causing me stress!!!  They called early this week to set up another meeting at the venue.  I let them set the day and time.  Yesterday at 11:00 we were supposed to meet.  I drove over in the sleet – waited for 20 minutes (past the time) – drove home in blowing snow – in other words I wasted an hour of my day and never saw them!

You know how sometimes you just don’t have a good feeling about a situation?  That’s pretty much me with this whole deal!!!

5.  I have mentioned that this year I’m trying to increase my mileage and still be smart about it and this morning I looked to see how many miles I have for the year compared to this time last year.  I have more than 2x the miles already compared to last year at this point!!!  Actually, it is about 2.36 times more!!!  (yes – I did the real math!!!)

What updates do you have to share?  

Happy Fun Friday!!!


Positive Patty Triumphs over Debbie Downer!!!

Today’s 43 was a fun plank challenge!!  I did alternating bicep curls while in plank.  

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I kept thinking that I would take a quick stretch break at some point but I made it through all 43 (with each arm!) before I had to stop – I should have timed it so I would know how long my plank was!

Today for Garage Boot Camp, we did 100s Boot Camp (10 exercise x 10 reps each) – we completed 8 rounds today (plus warm-up and cool-down) which is 80 of each exercise!!

Screen shot 2013-09-05 at 6.57.12 AMI needed a sign like that all day yesterday!!!  After my dismal run, things pretty much went downhill for the better part of the day!

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Those faces pretty much represented my day – notice how there are very few smiles!!!

BUT – today is a new day and Screen shot 2013-09-05 at 5.46.59 AMis gone!!!  She is not my favorite person to “live” with so I was not sad to kick her to the curb.

Today is all about Screen shot 2013-09-05 at 5.46.25 AM

I think that this is a much better choice and will make for a far nice day for me and those around me.

Thank all of y’all who were so encouraging and gave me some great ideas to use to push myself  on my upcoming run!!!  

And, I can’t even tell you how many wonderful, positive, perfectly timed blog posts I read yesterday that seemed written just for me (I know they weren’t but they were helpful when I needed it!!).

Happy Thursday – I hope your day is full of Positive Pattys and no Debbie Downers!!!!



Are You a Good Sport?

Today’s 43 was my favorite kind because it was a combo move!!!  I did a bicep curl to a shoulder press while staying in a plie position.

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I love to incorporate lots of muscle groups into one exercise!!!  I used 10 pound dumbbells and that was plenty by the time I reached 43.

I decided to pull out one of my 10 Minute Solution DVDs – Ultimate Boot Camp.  I did all 5 sections for a great total body workout!!  

Yesterday afternoon the boys and I played Monopoly.  Screen shot 2013-07-15 at 7.42.57 PMI love to play board games and the boys have grown up playing games – now that they are older I’m the one asking them to play usually!!  (Hunter asked to play yesterday!!!)  Jordan ended up dominating the game and Hunter was the first one out – he started getting more and more cranky when he realized that he was fixing to be bankrupt!

From the time the boys were really young (like 3), we have played games.  Countless games of 
Screen shot 2013-07-15 at 7.44.33 PMand Screen shot 2013-07-15 at 7.45.47 PMI was really happy when we moved on to other more exciting games and activities!!  

But, from the very beginning – I played the game to win, not to let them win.  Chris always said that was mean but I disagree.  When we played (even at that young age) – the winner had to say “good game” to everyone else and the loser(s) had to be a good sport.  

I felt like it was important for my boys to learn early on that competition is part of life and a good thing but being a good sport is also very important.

I’m not gonna lie – this has been a really hard thing for me to teach because I’m sort-of over the top competitive.  That whole saying Screen shot 2013-07-15 at 8.02.09 PMYep – that’s me!!!  

However, I try really hard to be a good sport and show my boys how to be a good sport.

At the same time, I think that competition is good for us and I have always competed at whatever I do.  From early on when  I took the boys to play Putt-Putt Golf, we kept score.  One day Hunter said – “we like to play with Dad, he doesn’t keep score.”  What?!  What’s the point?  How do you know who the winner is?!

When Jordan was a 1st grader he came home from school  one day and said – 
        If you had fun you won.

I about fell over!!  Where did you learn that?  It was posted in the gym at school.  Oh!!!  I don’t necessarily say that myself but I’m trying to at least think it on occasion!!!

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So, clearly, as I try to help my boys learn to be   good sports,  I’m also working on making sure that I’m a good sport!

Are you super competitive?  Does that make it hard for you to be a good sport?

Happy Tuesday!!


Happiness Is…

Today’s 43 was a bicep curl while in a V-sit.  (I know that I’ve had a few 43s in a row that work my abs/core but that is because I’m resting my legs!!!)  


I tried to hold my entire body still except my arms from the elbow down.  Because of the core work involved here – I only used 8 pound dumbbells – I was afraid if I went heavier that I would start swinging my arms and end up hurting something like my back!!


I liked this move since I got some upper body work, core work and even my hip flexors got a little work while I held my legs up.

And, as hard as it is for me to take days off from working out, I’m giving myself another day off today.  I know that after running 31 miles on Friday my body needs it!!  Of course, I have Jordan who keeps saying – it would have been more impressive if you had done Insanity on the day you ran 5 hours!  Today he is giving me grief for not doing Insanity or “at least do some Tae-Bo!”  Silly boy!!!Screen shot 2013-07-14 at 7.49.47 AM

When I was in 2nd grade, we had a big music production at my school and I actually had a solo (crazy since I can’t really sing!).  I was Snoopy and sang the song Happiness Is.  There is one section of the song that I have always remembered:

          Happiness is morning and evening,
          Daytime and nighttime, too.
          For happiness is anyone and anything at all
          That’s loved by you!

So much truth to those last 2 lines – happiness can be anything!!!


my boys
my boys


the beach
the swim beach
Hawaii - this was several years ago
Hawaii – this was several years ago

Having friends over – for dinner, drinks or just to sit and visit!!  No pictures – I try not to put pictures of people on here unless I have asked if they mind (which I always forget to do!!).

Shoes – I know it’s materialistic but I LOVE shoes!!  All types of shoes!!  And shoes in a well organized closet = pure happiness!!!

some favorites!
some favorites!

One day Chris said my closet looked like a shoe store – NICE!!!

Books and Reading – I’ve mentioned my cookbook obsession before, but I also love to read.  Having a Nook makes me HAPPY!!  So many books all in one little spot!!!

my Nook
my Nook

CookbooksWine – I love a glass of wine or other cocktail!!!

cases of my favorite German wine!
cases of my favorite German wine!

Music – music and happiness are a perfect pair!!

Reality TV – pure entertainment!!!

Running and working out!!!

nothing like a good sweat!
nothing like a good sweat!

There are so many things that make me happy – some big and some  little – but like the song says – happiness is anyone and anything at all that’s loved by you!!!

What makes you happy?

Happy Sunday!!!