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Do You Have an Addictive Personality?

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 8.12.27 PMAn addictive personality refers to a particular set of personality traits that make an individual predisposed to addictions.  (according to Wikipedia)

There have been many times in my life that I’ve felt like I have an addictive personality.  I have to really watch myself  sometimes because I have an “All or None” mentality in a lot of circumstances.

Exercise is one example – I feel like if 1 hour is good then 5 would be better!!  Thankfully, unless I start getting up at 2 or 3 every morning then I can’t fit 5 hours of exercise into my day!!

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There was a time in my early 20s that I would go for a run at 11:30 at night when I got off work because I felt like I had to get in a 2nd run for the day – not always a good choice!!!

All the little games/apps that can be played on the phone are dangerous for me.  I have wasted way too many hours playing – 

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andScreen Shot 2014-04-10 at 8.22.56 PMOn Sunday Hunter introduced me to a new time suck game – 

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 8.23.41 PMI have lost hours this week on this game – late at night, waiting places, when I should be working…..I keep thinking, “just one more game” and then an hour will pass and I’m still trying to beat the game!

Part of why I limit the TV series that I watch is because I get obsessed and want to watch every single episode in a day – ummm….that is not a good thing – unless I combine it with the exercise thing and watch from the treadmill!!!  (just kidding -sort of!)

Even in blog reading I find myself being very obsessive about it – lately my Bloglovin feed has been out of control.  I can’t even begin to make it through the list but I try because my personality says, “you need to go through the whole list EVERY day!!”  

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What about you?  Do you feel like you have an addictive personality or can you play one game, watch one episode, read a few blogs…..and move on?

Happy Friday!!!  
I would love to spend the day trying to win 2048 and read blogs but I’m off to clean and set up for an event! 


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!!


Building up Our Memory Banks

Today’s 43 was inspired by one of my Turbo Fire workouts from the past week.  I did a speed bag move on the right and then kicked with my left leg.   Of course, after finishing 43, I had to switch sides and do another set with the speed bag on my left and a right kick.  (imaginary speed bag!!)

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I wore my weighted gloves to add a little to the speed bag challenge – I think they only weight a pound each but at least it was something!  This was a fun 43!!!  

I feel like I haven’t done much weight training lately so I decided to do Les Mills Pump.  I did Pump and Burn which is one of the shorter workouts (just over 30 minutes).  Probably a good choice since I finished about 30 minutes ago and my arms are still shaking!!!  I think there’s a good chance that I will be sore tomorrow!!

TX trip
TX trip
TX trip
TX trip

The past week, the boys and I have spent almost every minute together during our trip to TX while Chris was on his own trip for work.  I started thinking about all the things we have done and how much we have laughed together – a lot!!!  Knowing that my boys are having fun and that we can all laugh together makes me HAPPY!!!

I watch the boys and know that when they are grown and no longer live  with us they will have 1000s of happy memories from the time spent at home and with their family!!!


Whether we are spending hours together in a car, playing one of the 100s of games that we have played over the years (Monopoly, Life, Uno, Skip-Bo, Head Bandz……..), sharing a meal together


or just hanging out – I want the boys to keep storing up these fun/happy memories!!!

Last night we added more memories!!  A week of firework fun has begun!!!

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So, even though sometimes I have to give up things that I would like to do – FitBloggin’ conference  – in the big picture, the things that matter are these everyday fun times that I get to be part of with my boys!!!

There are huge chunks of my growing up years that I have completely blocked from my memory and I want to make sure that my boys have full memory banks of awesome family times!!!

driving on the ranch
driving on the ranch
rocking on the front porch
rocking on the front porch

And, the bonus of building up the boys happy memory banks is that I’m also building up my own memory bank with lots of incredible experiences!!!

I can’t wait to see what we add to our “banks” today!!!  Probably some time at the swim beachSwim BeachDefinitely more fireworks tonight!!!

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 And above all – laughter, happiness and LOVE!!!

What are you putting in your memory bank today?


Happy Sunday!!!