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A Final Recap

Today’s 43 was nice and easy!!!  I worked my obliques with a side crunch.


You can tell that I didn’t even bother with shoes – trying to save time at 5:00am so that I could get ready to begin the long drive home!!!

Of course, I had to do 2 sets of 43 – one on each side!!!

Last Day!!
Last Day!!

I’m pretty sure that we squeezed every minute out of this vacation that we could!!  Now, all that is left is the drive home (22 hours!).  Hopefully we can find the last 10 states we need to find all 50 state license plates!

During the past number of days we have all had a great time!!  Some of the high-lights:

*  Jordan & Hunter and the 2 Page boys logged approximately 150 hours of gaming on their phones/iPads/iPods

Game Time
Game Time

*  My grandpa went into the hospital the day we arrived in Florida.  He had a heart attack and after an EKG, DRs said his heart is only operating at 15%.  He won’t have surgery though – too risky at his age (98).


*  Chris had a weird allergic reaction – big red welts (like 3 inches in diameter) on both arms plus more on his torso.  Thankfully, a trip to minor med, a prescription for a steroid of some sort and he is good as new!!

*  Hunter got his first ever ear infection (at age 12!).  Saturday he went under water, came up crying because his ear hurt so bad – another trip to the minor med, another prescription and no more swimming for him for the rest of the trip!

*  The beach running is really hard on my Achilles!!

left Achilles is swollen
left Achilles is swollen and hurts

*  I saw way too much crack on the beach.Screen shot 2013-07-30 at 6.55.59 AMNot kidding, I saw one lady every single day who walked around in a tiny bikini that only covered about 1/2 her butt – not a good look EVER!!!

*  Of course, no beach trip is complete without at least one good Speedo sighting – 

yep - totally snapped a picture when he walked by!
yep – totally snapped a picture when he walked by!

*  I managed to get 1 (and only 1) picture of all 4 of us the day we dressed up for Daryl’s retirement ceremony.Jordan, Hunter, Kim, Chris

*  There was plenty of time enjoying the beach!!





*  Lots of beauty all around!

cool bridge over the bag
cool bridge over the bay

*  We enjoyed lots of fun times with some great friends – the Keens who flew in at the beginning of our vacation and the Pages who live in Florida now!

*  Our Florida vacation 2013 has been a truly great time full of lots of memories!  With the driving (a total of 4 days) and 9 full days in Florida, this trip has been a long break!

*  2 days in the car and we will be more than ready to be back home and back to reality!!!

Where is your favorite vacation destination?
How long do you like to be on vacation?

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!!!


On the Mend and On the Road

Today I made use of the furniture in my hotel room for my 43.  I used this little footstool as a bench. Screen shot 2013-04-15 at 7.54.22 AM I did a lunge, one foot on a bench (stool), with a twist.Screen shot 2013-04-15 at 7.54.35 AM

not me (sadly I'm not on a beach right now)
not me (sadly I’m not on a beach right now)

This was one of those times when I did 43 with my left leg on the stool and another 43 with my right leg on the stool.  (We all know that I wish I was on a beach but I’m just pretending!!)

The rest of my workout was Turbo Fire Fire 45.  For some reason it was hard – I must be more tired than I thought I was!  Oh, well – I needed to do something before I spend the day sitting!!

Yesterday afternoon, Tim (my twin) and I took my dad home.  He really did not look like someone who had just had a major heart attack (and surgery) 3 days earlier!  I hope that this is a wake-up call to make some changes but I can’t force anything and he is a “big boy.”

On the way back to Abilene, we stopped to see our Poppa (98 years old!).Poppa

Overall, my trip to Texas has been nice (other than the initial reason I came down) since I got to spend time with all of my siblings, my dad, my Poppa and my aunt!!  I told my dad that next time he wanted to see us he could just call and invite us down – it would be easier all around!!!

I’m heading home today (WooHoo!!!)!  However, Chris is leaving this morning to go to the sim (simulator training) in Wichita.  Because I didn’t know until yesterday when I would be leaving, he made arrangements for the boys for the night – both are going home with good friends (of their’s and mine).

Yesterday evening it hit me – I’m driving through Wichita anyway – boys won’t be home….so I think I will stay the night with Chris in Wichita!!!  It’s a win all the way around – 2 hours less driving today, spending the night with Chris (and not home alone), boys are happy to spend a Monday night with their friends – WIN!!!

Happy Monday – I’m hitting the road!


PS – Good luck to all Boston Marathon runners today!!

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