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Painting vs Wrestling

I don’t have any pictures for my 44 today but it is super easy.  I did 44 hops on my right leg and then 44 hops on my left – see?  Nothing to it!!!

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Today I will be at my first middle school wrestling tournament – ALL DAY LONG!!!

In a gym with 100s of 7th and 8th grade boys walking around in their sinlgets – Screen shot 2013-11-09 at 6.19.09 AMI didn’t take a picture of Hunter when he tried his on the other night – I will try to get some pictures today (maybe).  I thought he was talking about a running singlet – wasn’t prepared for the body suit action!

I’m not sure what to expect, maybe it will be like this – 

Screen shot 2013-11-09 at 6.21.52 AMProbably not!!  I’m thinking I will be doing a lot of hanging out and waiting – good thing I have my Nook to take!!!

Chris can’t go because he is going to work more on the apartment – we worked all day yesterday (and Monday and…).  He fixed all the broken things and I primed everything.  Hopefully he can get a lot of the painting done today since we have people moving in next Friday!

We just found out Thursday that Hunter was going to the tournament today and at first I figured Chris would go (he wrestled in high school and thinks it’s awesome) but then I thought about painting all day again!!!!

Really I was holding out for Option 3!!!!!  Just kidding! (sort of)

Which would you choose for the day (8am – 7 pm), painting or watching middle school wrestling?

Happy Saturday!


Monday Morning Musings

Today’s 44 was one of those great combo moves that I love!!  I did an alternating arm chest press on a bench with my legs at about 45 degrees (to work my core!).

start - need to lower my legs a bit!
start – need to lower my legs a bit!
one arm down other stays up
one arm down other stays up
switch arms
switch arms

I counted a right and a left chest press as 1 rep.  This was a good move – my abs were dying by the time I reached 44 reps!  (15 pound dumbbells)

I decided that today was a good day for some Turbo Jam – Cardio Party 3.  Working out with Chalean and her crew is always a great way to start the day – good workout and some fun at the same time!!!

1.  I have spent the past 2 days painting – ALL DAY!!  One of the apartments above our new venue has been vacant for a week and I needed to get it ready to rent out again.  


I know the pictures aren’t great – chalk it up to being tired!!!  The walls were very dingy and mismatched before.  Now they are all a nice tan color (very rich looking!!) except the bathroom which I painted white because it is so small.  I don’t know if you can tell from the before shot but it was 2 shades of green (even the ceiling was painted!).

2.  While painting, I showed the apartment 3 times!!!  We have a new tenant and I love her!!!  She is the sweetest lady (probably helped that she has raised 6 kids) and yesterday when she came back by to sign everything, she hugged me (nasty, sweaty, paint covered and all) when she left!!!  

And – our sweet new tenant asked me who did the gardening (there is quite a bit around the entire house!!).  I told her that would be me if you counted pulling weeds since that is all I’ve attempted so far and I have a black thumb!!!  She asked if she could work in them!!!  Ummm….YES!!!  Work in them as much as you like!  She said she loves gardening!!!  (Look, someone offered to help and I didn’t even have to ask – bonus!!)

3.  Last week I scrambled around for dinner pretty much every night and I had big plans to do better this week.  Epic fail!!!!  I didn’t plan a single thing – gonna have to go with a lot of stand-bys this week!!!

4.  I wish I were here – 

my happy place!
my happy place!

5.  The Amazing Race started a new season last night – WooHoo!!!

6.    My awesome sister-in-law, Stacy, ran her first half marathon yesterday – 2:02 on a very hilly course!  She totally rocks!!!

Rockin' the Runner T!!!
Rockin’ the Runner T!!!

7.  As much as I would love to share more of the thoughts pinging around in my head, it’s time for me to get on with my day!!!  

What thoughts are bouncing around in your head this morning?

Happy Monday!!


Fixin’ to do Something Really Hard – Help!!!

Today I did a fairly simple 44 – a crunch with my elbows glued to the ground the entire time.  Try it – it really changes the way you work your abs!!!

start - elbows on the ground
start – elbows on the ground
crunch up - fists tap thighs (elbows stay pressed into ground)
crunch up – fists tap thighs (elbows stay pressed into ground)

You can see that it is a small crunch but you have to hold tight with your abs!!!

It might seem like I haven’t been working out much but that is because I have been getting activity through other methods.  Thursday I spent 7 hours cleaning (an apartment & our venue), setting up for a wedding (moving 140 chairs x2), and ironing (20+ large tablecloths) – that entire time was spent standing and moving and lifting and bending!!!

Yesterday I spent 9 hours painting one of the apartments we have that is now vacant.  Squatting, bending, climbing up and down a ladder – it was a workout for sure.  I figure these long days of solid activity and standing are good for my overall endurance when it comes to my 50.

Screen shot 2013-09-29 at 8.06.36 AMI wrote a post in April about asking for help – is it a strength or a weakness?  For me, it is one of the hardest things in the world to do. 

Paint 9 hours?  no problem
Drive across country by myself?  easy
Run 50 miles?  I think I got it
Ask for help?  ummm…….

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I don’t like to ask anyone for help – ever!!!  Not the boys, not friends, not even Chris!  I’m not sure why it is so hard for me to ask – I’m pretty sure it goes back to when I was young!

However, I’m at a point where I have to bite the bullet and ask.

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I don’t know how to make the logistics of the 50 mile weekend work without help!!!  The race is 100 miles from here (through the Flint Hills in Cassody, KS) and with the drive each way, check in, running…..Chris and I will be gone for pretty much a 24 hour period (with ZERO sleep for either of us).

I had originally planned to leave the boys home but the more I think about it the more stress that causes me (Jordan is only 14 – pretty sure there are some kind of laws about that!!!).  They have no desire (or need) to be up all night just because I’m crazy!!!

There aren’t any hotels in the town we will be in because I thought about that option, too.

And, we have a wedding changeover that night – at pretty much the same time I start running!  Because we are a small staff – pretty much of 1 – we don’t have anyone else trained to set-up.  And, you know I haven’t asked anyone to help!!

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So today, I’m going to have to suck it up and ask for help!!!  (after I spend many more hours painting and cleaning!!)  Or, maybe I will put it off another day – I’m sure if I keep waiting it will get easier, right?!

Happy Sunday!!!