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I Am a Quitter

Today I had to pick a super easy 44 because there isn’t a part of me that doesn’t hurt.  I did a basic crunch (just like the ones Chris has been doing to get ready for his PT test).

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Even those weren’t much fun but….I can’t quit on everything!!!

Screen shot 2013-10-13 at 9.27.55 AMJust so you know – I did not finish the 50 miles!!!  

I will probably recap the race tomorrow but today I can’t.  I will say that my reasons (excuses, whatever you want to call them) for quitting still hold up even now that it is a sunny morning.

Today will be a quiet day with a whole lot of nothing – some Modern Family and plenty of water.

Happy Sunday!


Short & Simple

This morning is not off to a great start and it’s barely 6:00am!!! I woke up with an horrible headache, Chris has drill this weekend, I couldn’t log-in to my site – I need a Do-Over!!!  Screen shot 2013-09-07 at 6.27.09 AMHunter had to be up before 5:00 to get to the middle school for his cross country meet and we are fixing to head out to watch the meet so this is going to be super short!!!  

For my 43 I don’t even have any pictures!!!  I just did a crunch with my legs straight up (heels to the sky) – I crunched my lower and upper half (hands reaching to toes) – see simple!!!!Screen shot 2013-09-07 at 6.32.58 AM

Ok – so, not totally representative of me but at least you can see the move I did!!!

Jordan and I are fixing to head to Manhattan (Kansas!) to watch Hunter (and all the other 7th & 8th grade kids) run in their first meet of the year!!  Should be fun!!Screen shot 2013-09-07 at 6.29.12 AMI’m hoping to sneak in an hour or so at the swim beach later today so that I can just chill before finishing out the day!!

This has been a long, busy (fun but tiring) week for sure!!!!

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(I love Dwight’s sense of humor!!)

Happy Saturday!


Who Is “Somebody”?

Today I used my Bender Ball for my 43.

add this to your ab routine!
add this to your ab routine!

 I put it right behind my lower back and did a crunch – it totally changes the way your abs work!!!  

crunch - it's not a huge move!
crunch – it’s not a huge move!

This is a great move because it works you abs but it is also a little stretch for your back.

I decided to do a Turbo Jam workout because working out with Chalean always makes me happy!!  I did Cardio Party 3 – 50 minutes of kicks, twists, punches – FUN!!

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One day Jordan said – “somebody needs to clean out the fireplace.”    My response – yep, you can do it this weekend!!

Last night after dinner Hunter said – “somebody needs to take out the trash.”  Chris and I both said – That would be you!!

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  We have tried really hard to teach our boys that there aren’t certain chores that are mine or Chris’ or even their’s because we are a family and should all work together to keep our home clean and running smoothly! When you see something that needs to be done, DO IT!!!

Screen shot 2013-07-17 at 7.56.53 PMAfter the whole trash thing with Hunter last night, I started thinking about other aspects of life.  There have been many times that I haven’t stepped up and done something because I think that “somebody” else should do it.

Around the house I’m pretty independent and there is very little that I can’t do (mostly out of necessity since Chris is often gone for extended periods).  However, there are many things that I prefer not to do and try to pass off to “somebody.”  

*  changing lightbulbs – not hard but I don’t like doing it for some reason
*  taking out the trash – funny since Hunter tried to pass it off!!
*  dusting – I don’t see the point because within hours the there is new dust – “somebody” else, please dust for me!!

I started thinking about other little things in my daily life that I always assume “somebody” else should do when in reality I could do it.

*  at the grocery store when most of the carts are outside I could easily roll some inside on my way instead of walking in empty handed
*  for weeks we drove past a street sign in our neighborhood that was covered in something (mud or ???) – I could have cleaned it instead of assuming that it was “somebody” else’s job
* sometimes in relationships I tend to think that “somebody” else needs to be the one to  make a phone call or plan a get together but really I am that somebody and I should just reach out more!!

Are you waiting for “somebody” or are you the “somebody” that people rely on?

I’m going to work harder on being the “somebody” that other’s might be looking for and on not expecting “somebody” to do things for me!!!

Happy Thursday!


Blogging: How Much Time Does it Really Take?

Today’s 43 was all about working my abs!!!  I did a single leg climb.  

Start by laying on your back with your left knee bent (the closer your foot is to your butt the harder) and your right leg extended (knees even).  Crunch up and reach for your toes.  If you can grab your toes – Awesome!!!  If you have to “walk up your leg” – still good.

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You can see in the demo that I tried to get some straight touches and then I did some where I used my leg to “climb” up.  After I did 43 with my right leg extended, I switched legs and did another set of 43.  (and my abs are already a bit sore!)

I did a Reebok workout DVD (Bootcamp style) this morning.  It was a good workout – just a mix of toning and cardio without being super intense – perfect before Beach Boot Camp.

At 7:15, Jordan and I went to the beach for boot camp.  We did the workout with 7 mini workouts inside it (from yesterday).  I really like this one.  I told my boot campers that these were good if they wanted a short burst of activity – just pick one of the 5 minute drills and do it!Screen shot 2013-07-02 at 9.15.31 AM

When I first started my blog (September 2012), I really had no idea what I was doing or getting into.  Now, 10 months later, I have a little better grip on things except the time factor!!!  There are days that I feel like I spend hours and hours blogging – between writing my posts, reading many incredible blogs every day and leaving comments on some, replying to comments on my blog – I sometimes feel like blogging has taken over my life!

Screen shot 2013-07-02 at 8.46.31 AMI’ve grown to really enjoy blogging!!!  But sometimes I feel overwhelmed by all of the other social media!Screen shot 2013-07-02 at 8.48.01 AMNot gonna lie – I don’t even know what some of that stuff is – Ping, blippy, digg, (and many others)?????

Somedays when I’m going through my Screen shot 2013-07-02 at 8.51.51 AMlist, I wonder if I’m doing the right thing.  I love reading many great blogs and I’ve learned so many things through all of these blogs.  I also feel like I’ve “met” some really great people/bloggers!!

I know that Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and even Pinterest (+ many, many others) are all great online sources but I feel like I’m barely keeping up just on the blog end! 

Screen shot 2013-07-02 at 9.02.05 AMI don’t want my kids to think that I pick the computer over them and I also want to set a good example for them (I don’t want them on the computer, XBox, iPad….. all day either).

I told Jordan the other day when I was just “reading a few more blogs” that I really didn’t know when I started blogging that it would take so much time.  But, I also enjoy blogging and if I’m going to continue, I want to do the best job I can.  I think that the time I invest in reading other’s blogs and commenting helps make my own blog better.  

At what point does it become “too much time” spent blogging?  
Does anyone else ever struggle with this?

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I’m pretty sure that if Chris came home and the house really was super clean, he might wonder what the deal was!!

Happy Tuesday!!


The Gift of Time

For my 43 today, I made use of the hotel fitness center again.  I used one of the stability balls and just did a crunch with my feet on it – pretty simple and basic!!


Since I worked out before the boys got up, we just went back in to take a couple of pictures.  I’m sure the guy lifting weights at the time thought it was pretty self-indulgent or something – OH, Well!!!

I hopped on the treadmill again today.  It wasn’t spectacular but it was SO MUCH BETTER THAN TUESDAY’S RUN!!!  I ran 7 miles in 58:23 and then did an easy 0.4 to cool down.  (I wanted to do a half mile cool down but the treadmill shut off after 65 minutes!!)

Yesterday we were back at the ranch!!


Jordan and Hunter ended up spending the day with my Aunt Jackie. They went to Abilene with a long list of errands (6 hours worth including driving time).  I think all 3 of them, but especially my Aunt, enjoyed the day.  The boys were big helpers – lifting the vacuum into the truck and out, schlepping 5 gallon drums of paint, moving wire….fun for all!

While they were out taking care of stuff in the heat (102), I stayed at the ranch with my Poppa.  It was a great day!!! We talked about all kinds of stuff – I’ve always enjoyed hanging out with him (and my Mema when she was still alive).  The stories that Poppa has are amazing.  

Because he’s 98, he has very definite view on things and has no problem expressing his opinion.  Even though we don’t always have the same view point on things – I love every second spent with him.

For our lunch, I made a pretty great tuna salad (gotta brag cause it was good!!!) – no pictures because blogging and technology are one of the differences we have so I decided to just enjoy lunch!!  But….it was GOOD!!!

  • tuna
  • chopped dill pickle
  • chopped Kalamata olives
  • chopped grape tomatoes
  • chopped avocado
  • tiny bit of mayo to bind everything together

We both ate it with crackers and lettuce – perfect.  

But the best part of lunch was the prayer that Poppa said before it.  He prayed for me and about me and it was everything I could do to not cry.  It was such a simple thing for him but meant a lot to me!!  

We have one more day (today) to visit with my Poppa and Aunt and I’m excited to go back to the ranch.  I have treasured every second of this TX trip!!!

Has anyone ever prayed specifically for you (while you were listening)?  Did it affect you?

Happy Thursday!!