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Stress – How do you Cope?

For my 43 today, I used a move from Ab Ripper X (one of the P90X programs).  I did the “scissor” move.  Lay on your back with your left leg extended a few inches off the floor and your right leg pointed straight up.

not a very flattering pose

Hold this for a 5-count then smoothly switch leg positions and hold again.

not a very flattering shot!

Like Tony HortonScreen shot 2013-03-06 at 10.32.20 AMsays, “Scissor – get it?”  (he’s a goof but I guess he provides some laughs while kicking your butt!!)

Anyway, I did the scissor move to work my abs (hip flexors, too) as my 43 today.

I just recently ordered (and received) my first pairs of compression socks.  I wore a pair the other day after my run to see if it helped my Achilles.  Today I decided to try them out while I ran.Compression Socks

BTW – if you look really closely at my shirt you can see it is from a race on March 27, 1993!!!  The Azalea Trail Run in Mobile, AL – during my grad school days.  Doesn’t everyone have shirts that are almost 20 years old???

Time to run!Treadmill

I’ve already mentioned (more than once) that I LOVE my treadmill!!!

I did a hard 10 miles  at a 1.5 % incline followed by a much easier 2 miles with steeper incline (maxing at 30%) for a total of 93:00 minutes.

So, I’m not sure how I feel about the compression socks.  I have had them on for about 2.5 hours (including the run) and they completely cut into the top part of my calf.  I don’t think I could go up a size because the heel fit is good and they are almost too long as it is. Anyone else have this problem with compression socks?

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I’m a little lot stressed right now.  I have a huge test tomorrow (ACE Personal Trainer certification) and I don’t feel remotely prepared.  The sad part is, I used to know all of this stuff (and I’ve done this test before – I just let my certification completely lapse so I have to start over). My masters is in Sports Medicine – unfortunately that was almost 20 years ago and I’ve used very little of that information in the past 15+ years.  I spent hours  studying yesterday and will do the same again today but there is so much to learn and remember!!

I try not to get stressed about things but sometimes – WHEW!!!  Last night I didn’t think I would ever fall asleep – I kept thinking and thinking and thinking…  I figured a good hard run would help clear my head (so I can muddle it again in a few minutes!).

How do you cope with stress?

Happy Wednesday!  (I’m off to study!)


Snow Day Fun

Today is another snow day for the boys!!!  Chris had to go to work (but not until 10:00am which is much better than his normal 6:00am show time!).

I decided to give my legs a break on the 43 today and hit my arms.  I did a cross body hammer curl (biceps).  I alternated arms and counted 1 right arm curl and  1 left arm curl as 1 rep so it was really 86!!Cross Body Hammer Curls

You can see that it is a simple move – I tried to go slowly and focus on the entire movement for maximum benefit!  (I used 10 pound dumbbells.)Cross Body Hammer Curls

I guess I’m checking out my massive bicep?!  (Pictures aren’t very close up because this hair growing business isn’t working out that well!! I’ve resorted to just pulling my bangs back in the most lovely fashion so they stay off my face when I work out!)

Today I also did my newest favorite workout from Les Mills Combat – Combat 60 Live, Ultimate Warrior.  This one totally kicks my tail!!!  Love it!

Then I decided to pull out another old favorite – Ab Ripper X (from P90X).  I already know that by Sunday my entire core will ache!!  This is a short work-out (16 minutes) and it includes 11 different core exercise – 25 of each except the last 1 has 50.  It’s a true delight!!!

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I know lots of people spend snow days outside playing in the snow – idiots crazy!  I have a strict snow day policy – I don’t leave the house!!!  I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned it, but I hate snow and cold!!!  Usually the boys go out and romp around in the snow but yesterday they didn’t for some reason.

Our snow day included:

  1. Jordan & I worked for several hours on his History Day board (it is for Saturday so good thing we had a snow day to get it done!!).  It was fun working with him and helping him put it together!!
    History Day Board
  2. Hunter spent time perfecting his Rubik skills!
    Hunter's Rubik collection
    Hunter’s Rubik collection

    3.  Chris spent a couple hours shoveling 10″ of snow off the driveway – yuck! (and somehow I didn’t get a picture – boo!)

      4.  Jordan also fit in some time for his epic Lego battles!  I love that he has such a vivid imagination still.  He even makes videos of the lego stuff – who knows?  Maybe one day he will be a film maker??  Actually he plans to be a History Professor (Ancient History).          

Lego Battle

        5.  Hunter also had a battle scene:Animal Wars

I’m not sure when we will finally get rid of all of the stuffed animals!  Hunter (and his friends when they come over) still enjoys them (for battles!) – funny!

So, how does your family spend a snow day (or 2)?

Oh – Good news!!!  Today is National Margarita Day!!!  What a great thing for Fun Friday!Screen shot 2013-02-22 at 10.29.16 AM

Happy Fun Friday, Margarita Day!!!


Turner Family Pull-Ups

For the 43 today I took on one of my biggest challenges of all times – Pull-ups!!!  Today all 3 of my boys participated!!!

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(that would be a total of 3 for Jordan!)

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(2 for Hunter – but he hasn’t been able to do them because of the broken wrist earlier in the fall)

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(Chris in his very first demo for me – 12 – way to go, Babe!!)

The only times I have ever been able to do real pull-ups are after I have gone through P90X and P90X2.  It has been awhile since I have done either of those programs (slacker, here!!) so I had to do assisted pull-ups in order to get in 43 (or even 1!).  I used a stool (I tried to use it minimally and not completely push off of it each time) to help.

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(I didn’t feel the need for you to watch all 43 of mine – it was painful and not pretty!)

Not gonna lie – even with the “cheat” this was a HARD 43!!!  Clearly, I need to start trying to do pull-ups more often!

After the family pull-up event, I did another work-out:  Turbo Jam 20 minute work-out.  This is the first time in over 3 weeks that I have done any Turbo work-outs and even though I had to keep it low impact (see, Doc, I sort-of listen!) it was fun!!!

Yesterday after skating across a couple of icy parking lots, braving Wal-Mart (what was I thinking on that one?) and a marathon grocery shopping expedition, I came home to this:

Look out, Hunter!!!
Look out, Hunter!!
Ummm...the camo isn't really helping in the snow
Ummm…the camo isn’t really helping in the snow

And after a bit I looked outside and saw this lovely site:

Snow Angels
Snow Angels

I guess you never get to old for fun in the snow!!!

I did not choose to participate in the snow play – I am sort-of a complete hater of snow and cold weather!!!  Instead, I had this as my treat for dealing with the madness of the shopping world:

my kind of cake!!!
my kind of cake!!!

This stuff is sooooo good!!!  There is also a chocolate cake vodka – equally tasty.

Happy Saturday!!!  I hope you don’t have any crazy Wal-Mart shopping to endure!