Archive for July, 2012

Listening to my body

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Yesterday, I completed Day 1 of Week 2 of bootcamp and felt great. Well, I was tired, sweaty, and sore, but great. This morning, as I was getting ready, I felt a pain head straight down the back of my leg, starting on my hip. NOT good. I knew what it was, even though I’ve not ever really had a problem with it. I consulted Dr. Google and confirmed my theory that it’s sciatic pain. It’s been bothering me all day long. I’ve taken aspirin, a hot bath, and as recommended, I looked up piriformis exercises to stretch out that nerve and I’ve done them.

I’ve had my issues with back pain. I’ve thrown out my back a few times over the years, just from moving the wrong way. I am always aware of my lower back and I try not to make any sudden movements that might send me reeling from pain or muscle spasms. Been there, done that. When it happens, I rest, ice, heat, ibuprofen or aspirin, and wait for it to heal. It always does, even if it takes time. I am fortunate (knock on wood) that I have not had that happen in over a year now.

Here’s the thing… I am TERRIFIED of even the thought of going to the chiropractor. Hubby has does it, and he always feels great after. I know other people who have gone. Many people go. But not me. The thought of being adjusted and hearing pops and cracks and such is enough to make me want to faint. And I have a fear of them doing something wrong, leaving me in even more pain, or worse.

So, I have to listen to my body. I did not do bootcamp today. I am hopeful it will feel better tomorrow so I can do something. Fortunately, I can modify the cardio and workouts as needed to fit my needs. The important thing is to take care of my body. It won’t get me anywhere to ignore it and keep pushing myself.

Have you dealt with sciatic pain before? Or do you have any tips or advice on how to get me to a chiropractor?

 

Starting Week 2 of Bootcamp!

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I just finished Day 1 of Week 2 of Best Body Bootcamp. I have to admit that I am very focused on doing my workout as soon as I get home. My theory is, if I sit down when I get home, I’m done. So I get home, take the dogs out, change my clothes, and get to it.

Day 1 of week 2 is almost the same as Day 1 of last week, except on the upper body workout we add in an extra set of fatigue exercises. My arms are like jello.

I also did the 20 minute HIIT workout on the treadmill. I really really enjoy the HIIT workout, it keeps my heart rate up and keeps me challenged. One thing I’ve realized after week one of bootcamp is that for far too long, I was not challenging myself as I should be. I push myself hard for the time it takes to do the workout! After 20 mintues of HIIT, I had burned 215 calories. Not bad for 20 minutes.

 

 

 

I am really happy with how the bootcamp is going and I look forward to tomorrow!

What are YOU doing to be active this week?

 

 

 

 

Best Body Bootcamp – Week 1 Recap

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I’m skipping my Sunday in the kitchen post today to recap my first week of Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp. It was a great week as far as my motivation, activity level, and accountability.

The bootcamp, 8 weeks long, is broken down into phases. The first phase (weeks 1 and 2), focused on Upper/Lower/Full Body split. We were supposed to do three strength training workouts for the first week and 4 days of cardio (technically three since we had one rest day and one optional cardio day.) As the week ends today, I did 6 days of cardio and 5 days of exercises.

 

I had strengths and weaknesses this first week. My strengths were:

  • Knowledge of most strength training exercises
  • Desire to try any exercise at least once, even if I was not familiar with it
  • Desire to be accountable to myself and be able to check-off the box each day
  • Setting 2 personal goals for myself to keep up during the week – my goals were to a) drink 64 oz. of water daily and b) plan my meals

 

My weaknesses were:

  • Fear of doing the new-to-me exercises incorrectly and second-guessing myself on how I was doing them
  • Trying to push myself too hard on the exercises I was already familiar with
  • I had a hard time meeting one of my personal goals for the week (specifically planning my meals on days that I was on the road a lot)
  • Core was the hardest of the exercises – upper body would be my favorite, followed by lower body, and core… I know my strengths.

 

As someone who runs and walks often, it is very easy for me to get in a rut and do the same thing over and over again. We have to remember that our bodies become used to doing the same thing - we need to keep our bodies guessing. If I had to pick one thing I liked most about the first week of bootcamp, it would be the Interval training. I could definitely feel a difference in my heart rate and how I felt when I was done. The HIIT training that I did on the first day was HARD. it was a real wake-up call to the conditioning that my body clearly needs, despite my current activity level. I welcome the challenge.

I also LOVE doing planks. I am able to do a 60-second plank, which I think for someone who has not done a plank in years, is great. I feel very strong while doing them and I look forward to being able to do them longer as we progress through the bootcamp.

I really like that this bootcamp does not focus on weight loss and the numbers on the scale. It is a balance between being active, being healthy, and focusing on the personal goals we set for ourselves (which we can change weekly if we so desire). I also like the flexibility of it and how modifications are given. This came in handy on a few exercises.

I made note of my measurements earlier this week. It is my intention to redo them at the start of Week 4, halfway through, and then again at the end of Week 8. I have a whole other post regarding weight, which I will address separately.

One other thing I’d like to say about the bootcamp is that the access to the Facebook group and everyone participating is WONDERFUL. The support really helps, knowing there are 400+ people out there doing the same thing and can answer questions if needed. And Tina herself is fabulous as well – she replies to email questions as soon as possible and is ready and willing to help however she can.  If you’d like to read more about bootcamp, visit Tina’s site here: http://www.tinareale.com/best-body-bootcamp/

I am so glad I signed up for Best Body Bootcamp 2 and I am ready to start Week 2. BRING IT ON!

 

Saturday Sleepover!

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Yesterday, we had Autumn for the night. She was itching to get to our house yesterday and start our sleepover fun. After dropping her stuff at our house and waiting on hubby, we headed off to “the horsey mall”, which is what Autumn calls Citrus Park Mall in Tampa. She loves the merry-go-round and we were happy to take her there. We had dinner at the food court, rode the merry-go-round twice, and she played on the playground for awhile.

   

   

 

After fun at the mall, we headed home and Autumn made herself comfy cozy on our couch to watch one of the Barbie movie she brought with her.

   

 

 

This morning, we headed over to the park, Autumn loves that we live across the street from the park and she knows that we will walk over there at some point during her stay. She was ready to go bright and early this morning!

   

 

 

After we played on the playground and walked around the park for a bit. We were on the lookout for turtles and whales. I was very disappointed when we didn’t find whales, but Autumn kept looking. We also took a few fun pictures.

   

 

 

Autumn also to wanted pick flowers and we found quite a few! She was most excited about the pretty yellow ones and said they look like sunshine.

   

It was a fun sleepover, they always are! She told me this morning she can’t wait until we have another one. Such a sweet, adorable niece…

45 years ago today…

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45 years ago today, my mom and dad were married in Long Beach, California. My mom was young, just 17 when they married, and my dad was 34. My dad had an Italian restaurant at the time and this was how my mom learned to be the most amazing cook ever. It would be 5 years before I was born, the first of 4 kids. The life they had, and the family they made, is the epitome of marriage. My mom took care of my dad, and my mom was my dad’s whole world. She took care of him and he never failed to support his wife and children, all while sitting in a wheelchair. They loved each other deeply. It may not have always been easy, and there were certainly struggles along the way, but they stuck together through it all.

They were married 43 years when my dad passed away. They lived a lifetime together in those 43 years – 4 kids, 3 grandchildren, many moves, many businesses, and a whole lot of love. I know that Daddy is celebrating up in heaven today and looking down on my mom. And my mom is thinking very much about Daddy today and all the fun times they had over the years. Thank you Mommy and Daddy, for loving each other and taking care of each other. We have very big shoes to fill…

 

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