Oct 23, 2015

Fitness Friday: Oct 23

I've been quiet on the fitness related posts, mostly due to work but also due to redundancy.  I mean how many ways or times can I share what is mentally driving me to keep going?  It ebbs and flows and right now it is peaking and I'm loving it.  I'm having to force myself off the treadmill to incorporate the lifting sessions and I am often in the evening wondering if I can squeeze a couple more miles in the day.  I'm currently hooked.  That is a good thing.

Before moving into this week, I do have to remark on the final tally from last week when I posted early on Friday.  I realized on Sunday that last week I had a first, or a PR:
This is my Polar summary for last week, you can see the actual dates in the far right.  Check out that overall weekly average for my activity!! Over 200% and with two rest days (weekends are just mom chores and running around.)  My weekly step count is misleading since I run on the treadmill and sometimes it catches the steps and sometimes not, but overall I averaged over 15K (minimum) daily.

Now about this week, I'm pushing along with my miles and feeling good.  My hamstrings are getting tight so I need to try and stretch better this weekend.
  • Monday: (am) 4.25miles + Insanity Max Cardio
  • Tuesday: (am) lifting session + TaeBo
  • Wednesday: (am) 4.75miles + powerwalking
  • Thursday: (am) 5.0miles + REST
  • Friday: (am) 3.75miles + T25 Cardio
  • Weekly Miles: 18
  • Monthly Miles: 51/55  
Truth?  Hubs is out of town this weekend and instead of wasting away with guilty-pleasure television, I'm going to aim for a long evening treadmill run.  I typically get better time when I do them at the end of the day (fueled from the day?) and have always gotten my longest runs when I do them randomly in the evenings.

No big plans here in Austin this weekend due to the rain we are expecting.  Soccer practice and games have already been cancelled so I'll likely go stir crazy in the house alone with the kidlets.

Share your fun plans!!
Make me jealous while I squirrel away in the house afraid to drive in the rain.

Oct 22, 2015

Back to the Future Day and Basketball

Apologies in advance as this post is basketball related!
    In case the rock you lived under didn't move yesterday, let me remind you what it was all about: 
    Yesterday, Oct 21, 2015, was #BackToTheFutureDay!!
    April, what does that have to do with basketball?
    Oh just a random trivia fact you can bust out at your next dinner party with dudes....

    Let me remind you of a player on my beloved SPURS team. 
    Tony Parker #9
    Not only does this man play amazing basketball and is amazingly good looking....but he's also a fellow geek! I wonder if Eva ever noticed? I'm shocked I didn't know this before, but his level of geekness was shown yesterday on his Instagram and then reposted too many times to count!

    Tony Parker, owns his very own Deloreon!!! 
    It was a gift about three years ago but yesterday he decked it and shared it in honor of BackToTheFutureDay!

    So I did alittle more digging research and fell in love even more...he loves ComicCon and other conventions!
    Recognize these folks? Walking Dead!!!
    Back to my loved Spurs:  First home game is next FRIDAY!!

    On the subject of basketball and the news, I wanted to do a followup on my earlier post regarding Lamar Odom since things have changed.  Luckily he's improving and has now been moved to Los Angeles with a specialist team to address his kidneys and to have access to more therapy.  Of course the headlines are simply about Khloe withdrawing their signed divorce. 

    Think about it from a business/logical sense and not that of a gossipmonger:
    Since the finding that their divorce wasn't processed yet, the news explained she was responsible for medical decisions as his legal wife and next of kin.  Her involvement legally speaking may have been his saving grace in this situation.  What if Khloe hadn't dashed off and pushed her weight around (figuratively of course) to get doctors and specialists and what not?  We don't know if he would have been pretty much 'left for dead' had she not stepped up legally.  If reports are true as to the grave situation he originally was in, some professionals without the scrutiny and media blitz would have gone above and beyond.  Withdrawing the divorce to retain the legal relationship for the sake of his medical care was perfect.  There is no legal need to remove her role if he truly has no reliable, legal (his children are minors) and designated responsible party to take care of his legal and financial situation. 

    Oct 16, 2015

    Fitness Friday - Oct 16

    I never got a chance to pop in and share my plans this week, which is good because I changed it up everyday just based on how my body was feeling. Gee, what a concept right?

    • Monday  - I was off work, but got up early like usual and hit a solid 5miles! = 253%
    • Tuesday - (am) 4miles + Jillian Michaels Kickboxing = 316%
    • Wednesday - (am) 4.25miles + REST = 214%
    • Thursday - (am) 3.5miles + walking = 201%
    • Friday -(am) Lifting session + T25 Core Speed + 1.5mile walk =211% so far!
    • Monthly Miles = 33/55 (ahead of schedule!) *not adding in walking mile

    The YMCA program I've been using for the last four months is requiring me to do an updated strength test before it will let me to keep pushing myself.  I was supposed to revisit at 12wks, but schedule and work and life and such I said 'no, I'll do it at 16wks.' Yeah, I'm at like 19wks now, so I will make the appointment. 
    Why have I stalled on that appointment? 
    It will also include the dreaded scale and measurements as well as that body fat machine that makes up random numbers?  I'm feeling good and relatively positive about what I've done the last six months, so I'm worried that those numbers will just be 'eh' and make me angry and I'll throw it all away and say 'screw it!'

    I'm afraid of the old April mentality.

    But I have to do it.

    So if I go in with the plan of low expectations then hopefully I'll be pleasantly surprised right?  #wishfulthinking

    Any big plans this weekend for anyone?  
    We are scheduled for our monthly uber-level cleaning fest because of visitors on Sunday. ha!

    Dear Pseudo-"News" agencies: (re Lamar)

    "Kardashian reality star? No, no no. Lamar Odom, unlike those for whom fame is oxygen ... 
    whose fame comes in the absence of accomplishment, his fame was earned.
     As sixth man of the year, as a multiple NBA champion, as a result of his significant role with the 
    Los Angeles Lakers teams and being a beloved NBA teammate and peer."
    "I understand not everyone watches sports, but 'Kardashian reality star'? 

    His name is Lamar Odom. And we knew him, long before he got married on a
     TV show that we don't watch." ~Scott Van Pelt 

    And while most blog-readers are more likely Kardashian fans than basketball or sports in general, I feel that we need to identify the man struggling to survive in a Nevada hospital as the person he is and not the "friend of" or the 'exhusband of'.
    He is Lamar Odom.
    I've blogged before about my love affair with my beloved San Antonio Spurs.  Part of being a loyal and loving fan of the Spurs requires two things: a historical hatred of the Utah Jazz (Carl Malone era), and a loathing of the nemesis that is the "Los Angeles Lakers."  That said?  The rivalry between the Lakers and anyone is warranted. The Lakers are a phenomenal team that one must respect as a team and unit (even if Kobe is there) because of the strength of the team, and Lamar was as others have already said and printed, 'the heart of the Lakers.'  Kobe may be the star, but Lamar was the shine and heart.
    I watched Lamar as he grew up into the NBA from the Clippers to Lakers to Mavs and yes, he coincidentally became known to the non-sports world via his marriage to Khloe Kardashian.  He is a sweetheart of a man, everyone who's met him and been around him agree. I have a friend associated with a few current Lakers players and the rookies as well as the veterans are all distraught and upset about Lamar.  The NBA organization is upset and worried.  
    What upsets many of us sports fans is the complete disrespect and lack of credibility some of the pseudo-news outlets are using regarding this grave situation involving Lamar.  He is his own person and deserves to be discussed and reported as "Lamar Odom" and not that of a 'reality star' or 'burn out' or whatever other Kardashian hating theme you want to call him.  He doesn't deserve that, not in life, near death, or god forbid in death. Don't fault him for choosing to love a Kardashian. At least it was the best one of them, Khloe.  

    These gossip media and sources cling on to his faults.  Lamar has lived a life smiling but with shadows and demons constantly on his shoulders. No other individual has survived this long in his world and able to still have the heart and smile that he shares with us.  TMZ and other sources like them are clinging and profiting on headlines about where and how he was found. Yes, it was a brothel in Nevada. Newsflash people, it is legal there. And why is a legal and regulated brothel any worse than the numerous celebrities who get caught with prostitution associations?  His choice to visit that particular establishment from an STD standpoint is safer than the miscellaneous groupies he could have spent time with.  *however I would have encouraged a non-disclosure statement*
    Yes, he has struggled with drug use.  He has for the last 15years, long before the NBA and long before Khloe. He has lived a life of shadows and death since his mother's passing from cancer when he was 12.  Between his mother, grandmother, aunt, the burying a 6month old son who died of SIDS, to being in the car accident that took a friend's life to the most recent of his best friend, Jamie and another within a month?  

    Lamar needs and deserves a chance to shake those shadows, because frankly he was born with and has been fighting them for over 20 years. 

    He deserves reprieve, so yes, my prayers are to him and his family. 

    Oct 10, 2015

    Confession: Jealousy

    I'm irritable quite a bit lately with a friend, she's not changed or done anything different so I know this is all on me.  But I'm really chapped about it all, and then cranky at myself for being this way. Damn self-awareness. I know we aren't supposed to compare ourselves to others, but sometimes it happens and you don't realize it.  That has been me and this friend.

    I'm jealous and judgy....there I said it, I admit it, I'm judging another woman.

    My friend underwent a gastric sleeve last year, a decision that I helped her come to terms with.  I shared with her what I watched my dad and others go through, the good and the bad and so forth. I encouraged her to do this for herself and she's had amazing results.  It has been almost a full year and she's down almost 90lbs, only 15 or 20 from her goal weight.  Perfect right?  She underwent a significant surgery, recovery, and all the not-so-great things of a weight loss surgery. It is NOT a walk in the park and I am the first to tell people that (from observation, I personally have not had any surgery.)

    So why am I judging and jealous?

    I've watched her shrink in the last year thanks to this surgery.....however
    I've watched her continue to use the elevator
    I've watched her continue to eat out at lunch daily, eating fried foods, having a bite or two of a donut or taco for breakfast.
    I've watched her avoid vegetables.
    I've watched her laugh off my snarky remarks about fake food.
    I've turned down her offerings of food because I can't have them.  Not even that one sample bite.

    I've watched her not make any healthy changes.  I've watched her simply keep her behaviour the same but on a smaller scale (portion size.)  I've watched her reap the benefits of not doing much physically.

    We were out of the office together this week and I was unable to pack and take my lunch, so eating out was my only option.  Despite her and my need to make a good choice, she was 'craving' Dairy Queen.  A greasy burger place. That's okay, I'll figure something out and track it. It is life, I gotta deal. 

    And then I watch her get to eat fried chicken and french fries.

    I sat, nibbled my bad grilled chicken and wilted lettuce and realized how jealous I was.

    I realized that while I've watched this over the last year.... I've done so while working my literal ass off everyday.  While I skip going out and being sociable, I go work out.  I track every morsel that goes into my body.  I cook 98% of all meals at home. I drink a gallon of water. I walk over 10K steps every single day.

    I do all the things that they tell you are the 'right way' and I am not 'shrinking away' or having any evidence of my hard work and lifestyle.

    No, she did not do the easy thing.  She did undergo a surgery, anesthesia, recovery everything. It is not an easy way out.  I'm not jealous of what she did to get here.

    I'm jealous of her ability to act and live like those normal thin people.  She simply gets to eat smaller meals (of crappy food) and not have to exercise and she gets to lose weight and buy cute clothes. And yes, she will soon be the same size as I am currently....I'm jealous that I've worked hard especially this past year and the scale is right in the same place.

    I'm a crankypants judgmental woman.
    flame away.

    ETA: Thank you all for your comments and emails, I've replied privately as always but wanted to thank you all for commiserating with me on this issue.

    Oct 9, 2015

    Fitness Friday - Oct 9

    Giving myself a B for the week but I'm being generous in my opinion.  I'd rather go with a B-, because of the slip on Thursday due to my schedule but then I realized I worked as hard as I could every other day, so a B it is.  It is what it is, right?
    • Monday - 4miles +  Insanity = Total HRM burn of 954calories! 
    • Tuesday - Lifting session + Turbo Jam = burn of 421cals
    • Wednesday - 4miles = 513cals
    • Thursday - REST DAY
    • Friday - 3miles   + T25 Core = 640cals
    • Total calories burned (per heart rate monitor) = 2528
    • October Miles total: 16/55
    (I do plan on a little 2-3miler somewhere this weekend to stay on target)
    So I hit a wall or something on Wednesday and had to listen to my body.  I'm still learning how to balance out how to listen to my body's true needs versus the "old April lazy habits" needs wants.  I don't know if it was a migraine or what, but my entire body wasn't feeling too hot.  I ended up falling asleep on the way home (we carpool so luckily I wasn't driving).  Migraine meds got me back to a functional mommy mode but as soon as I punched the clock on the mommy shift, I tried to crash but had severe back spasms and struggled.

    Thursday I was at a conference so I skipped the lifting session anyway to get a little dolled up and continue resting/recovering from the invisible wall that attacked me on Wednesday.  So limited walking at the conference of course, and I had to skip my lunch time class.

    All in all, I figure its a respectable 'B' grade for the week's efforts.  All I can do is keep on moving along, if my body isn't going to get smaller it might as well be healthier, right?

    Have a great weekend!!
    Its a fun-filled soccer Saturday here and Sunday involves Halloween costume shopping and some new decorations!

    Oct 6, 2015

    THAT weekend, you know

    The one where all logic and restraint is forgotten.
    Like all day long...times two.

    I really don't know what happened last week, well perhaps it was the very pleasant number I saw on the scale Friday morning being in a new smaller decade.  And then perhaps it was my stupid brain that rewarded that magical number by indulging in a friggin donut on Friday morning.

    I blame that donut for the following 48hours.

    Friday was a bust, just a complete bust with snacking on crap and excessive.  I actually lost count of how many candy wrappers were in my trash can.  I was guilt-ridden and disgusted with myself but said 'fine fine April, tomorrow is a new day and you can get back on track.'

    and I didn't listen.
    Saturday was pretty much a repeat of Friday.

    Why do we do that to ourselves?  oooh a shiny pretty scale number?? let me splurge and enjoy food like a normal person? let me ignore the tracking just this once....sigh. 
    I know I'm not the only one.
    And the harsh truth is that it wasn't any physical need (as in not shark week) I said outloud several times while eating 'April, you aren't even hungry!?' nom nom nom.

    I faced the music yesterday morning to feel the slap of the bloated and indulgent number on the scale remind me that it was not worth it at all.
    I'm down two of those craptistical pounds of bloat and regret, and back on track wholeheartedly.  I had a double-cardio day yesterday and ended my Monday at over 340% for the day.  

    But I am sticking to my 'No Chocolate October' (so far)!!

    Oct 2, 2015

    October Goals

    If anyone recalls, back in my hey day of being under 150lbs (still not there again) I joined in Monica's November's annual Pile on the Miles  that was 2yrs ago and my goal was original 50 but I surpassed and hit 62miles for the month of November.  So yeah, I'm inching my way back up to that goal.

    August miles were 45
    September miles  51
    October?  I'm aiming for 55
    Which will put me on target for November's goal of 'anything more than 62'

    The only other goal for myself?

    No chocolate for the month.
    But April, it's October???
    ruh roh..
    I know I know, worst time ever...but I cannot kick this issue right now. Once that first piece it eaten in the day, its a very fast downward spiral and then you are stuck with a trashcan of wrappers that looks like it could have fed an elementary school.

    So yes, you hear right.
    No chocolate.
    No Reeses
    No Kitkat
    No M&Ms
    no no no.

    I'll be over here wearing down my teeth with gum chewing instead while I kick this addiction habit.

    Sept and weekly recap

    First things first....this week didn't turn out the way I hoped.

    Just in a mental funk, that whole busy professional mom trying to do it all kinda week, where nothing goes your way and you are just drowning trying to keep up with it all and smile for the kidlets.   And the weekends aren't any easier, but harder with trying to get even more done to make next week easier.  "This too will pass"

    Copying the very optimistic list from Monday's post:
    • Monday - (am) 4mile run done! no noon cardio due to schedule 262%
    • Tuesday - (am) 3mile run + (noon) Jillian Michaels Killer Buns and Thighs just a solo walk: 261%
    • Wednesday - (am) 3mile run/walk + (noon) Jillian Michaels' Shed and Shred antisocial again so I went out for a solo walk = 143%
    • Thursday - (am) lifting session + REST DAY (nothing intense, but more active than Wed) = 208%
    • Friday - (am) lifting session *actually did 3miles of hill work instead + T25 Core Cardio= tbd

    But overall for the month of September, I cannot complain whatsoever.  I deserve a gold star at least?

    I don't recall sharing my goals for September, but it was simply: Keep moving.

    I simply wanted to do better than August.
    I noticed when I was out of town on my trip that I had a respectable amount of miles last month and on a good routine this month so I just half-hazardly said aloud 'cool, I should aim for 48 this month.'

    That was September's little goal..I didn't aim high or burden myself too much. Just keep moving.
    from flow.polar.com = Polar Loop

    But now we aren't in September and its a whole new month to set goals for...

    How did your September turn out? Did you hit any goals?
    what about this week?  For Sept you just had to be good for three workdays.

    Sep 28, 2015

    Where did Sept go??

    I actually found a drafted post for my September goals....and it feels like I wrote it only about ten days ago. This month has flown by faster than ever.  So much so, I guess I'll just recycle those goals and name it October.

    Last week was a bust, I tried but I only give myself a C+ for my efforts last week.  By Thursday my snacking got out of hand and I bailed on my Friday run.  This weekend was complete blur of mom work that I was ready for the Work -weekdays to return for a break. 

    Because of my skipped run on Friday, I'm short on my mileage goal for the month...so I'm doing my three runs back to back (hopefully) so I can meet at least one of my Sept goals!

    Plans this week include:
    • Monday - (am) 4mile run done! no noon cardio due to schedule
    • Tuesday - (am) 3mile run + (noon) Jillian Michaels Killer Buns and Thighs
    • Wednesday - (am) 3mile run/walk + (noon) Jillian Michaels' Shed and Shred
    • Thursday - (am) lifting session + REST DAY
    • Friday - (am) lifting session + T25 Core Cardio

    and for my #MCM this week, we pay tribute to NBC's  "The Voice"
    I mean who can choose between these two guys??


    and we can't forget this one too....
    damn....it is too hard to pick just one, so the entire show gets a shoutout for #MCM this week.

    Sep 24, 2015

    Vampires and a NSV

    Yesterday I found myself back at the doctor (seriously? twice in 10days is freaky for me) but more related to my wonky stomach or other ailments. I rolled my eyes when he personally called and said 'yeah, lets run your numbers and see where you are, I don't like what I hear.'  Blah...The scale was nice, but it wasn't as nice as mine at home when I'm nekkid, but I got some better news than that stupid scale number.

    Repeat after me: "Scales are stupid, health is important."

    The nurse went through her obligatory checklist and then did my routine vitals like every other visit.  Since having hypertension with my first pregnancy, I've always paid attention to my blood pressure and now ask everytime they take it.  I don't settle for 'oh its good,' but rather I want the numbers.

    102 / 61
    Thumbs up April.

    And then that resting heart rate, which is always skewed if your rushed or slammed coffee right before or stressed from traffic.

    Then the doctor comes in to chat and tell me how much blood they want to take for fun, and he skims the nurses' notes.

    "You've lost some weight, that great but don't lose too much more" (ignore that part...I am)
    "How much are you running now? Your heart-rate looks awesome!"
    "eh, my goal this month is 55miles, so its about 12-15 a week?"
    "well your body is keeping up and its showing!"
    see note above about the stupid scale
     "but now we need to get your vitamin levels checked...." again.
    After the vampires caught up with me and took everything they could (4 vials), I went home and googled to see what the doctor was talking about.  I pulled out my paperwork from last Thursday where I was at urgent care and found my HR was 51bpm there as well..
    And lookie loo....
    I was flattered and then laughed out loud at the label.  Anyone who knows me, I will never ever at all try to claim or call myself an 'Athlete'...but damn it looks good on paper, doesn't it?  A reminder that its just not about that stupid number that I admit I slightly obsess over, but overall health.  And well, things are improving right along aren't they?

    Sep 23, 2015

    Nutrition53, sound familiar?

    Anyone remember when I shared a product review this summer for a new protein powder that took me on as a challenge? That their whey wouldn't mess me up and it was made with stevia and was gluten free and all that jazz??

    You forgot? then read about HERE where I re-read my review last night and realized that I was pretty darn blunt but I'll give a followup or update today.

    While June was my Whole30ish month, I craved and missed my protein powders (weird I know!) and in August started back again with using the chocolate protein powder I had left from my generous sample box from Nutrition53.  Maybe it was the Whole30 cleanse or whatnot, but I had zero issues with the protein powder.

    I rationed my last pouch of the banana cream out for five small breakfasts instead of the 2servings it comes with (sample size pouches).  It is September and I still miss that flavor!

    I actually had shared a few pictures online and of course my review, and well I was and am still all about that whey.  Turns out it wasn't the 'whey' but my high sensitivity to lactose and soy.  So yeah, this whey is 'whey' better! (so corny)

     So much so, that Aubrey would say I 'drank the koolaid'...but not quite the same as others.

    I am very excited to share Nutrition53 with anyone else who struggles with sensitive guts/stomachs or food allergies that I am now a new affiliate for Nutrition53 products!  Obviously it isn't marketed or solely for those of us, anyone can use the products as they are much easier on anyone's system, food allergies or not!

    Rather than others who get to use that advo-other company, my partnership with Nutrition53 is straight forward.  No distributor or marketing ploy, I'm not a 'partner' or 'coach' or anything...just happy to spread the word of N53 products!

    By using my affiliate link, my friends can save on shipping costs, as in FREE SHIPPING, and get better sale prices than the public. 

    Visit the sale prices and bundles available at my affiliate link "Aprilelayne's Store" and feel free to email me with any questions!

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    Sep 21, 2015

    a Doctor April fail...

    Just a quick driveby to get back on track in here as well as at work.
    I'm alive and kicking, but overworked and sore.

    I wasn't able to blog at all while I was on my little work trip to Ft. Worth. They worked me beyond my usual smiling and assisting duties.  I represented my semi-decent-sized arss off for five straight days of 20hr days.

    While I consider last week 'off' from the gym, I did manage to run a full 5miler plus another day of almost four. But the week was wrought with cruddy feelings.   I assumed the 'off' feeling was just gluten overload and/or dehydration for three days which were both true....but this time, "Doctor" April was wrong. Cranberry juice is part of the recovery, if ya catch my drift.


    While I deal with antibiotics, I can't go full out like I had been with doubles everyday, I'm adjusting my schedule day to day based on how I'm feeling. Not setting things in stone this week and trying to let my body breathe before kicking it up a notch.  Today I survived a 4:30am whole body circuit lifting session and an Insanity30 at lunch, but tomorrow I'm aiming for some walking miles and possibly Jillian's kickboxing, but I'm not going to feel guilty if I'm tired for a 2nd cardio.

    But, to balance that out and to stop the conference induced sugar cravings, I'm going at it lowcarb this week to get rid of the sugar cycle.  I'd been doing really well since my Whole30(ish) June with my sugar intake and I actually liked not being dependent (in my head) on the sugars and chocolates.

    And if you haven't noticed my love for Jensen yet, get used to it...he's a regular for my #MCM.

    (and then my computer doesn't agree with me and won't let me use my Jensen gifs, so instead I will not-so-subconsciously tell you to watch Sam and Dean. You are welcome.)

    Sep 11, 2015

    Friday Recap: Sept 7 - 11


    This month so far has been pure madness.
    and it is only 1/3 over with?

    Quick recap of this week's activity before venturing into next week's madness:
    • Monday - holiday at home, steps 10620 = 90%
    • Tuesday -  (am) 3.5mile + Insanity 30 = 245%
    • Wednesday - (am) lifting session + lunch cardio = 160%
    • Thursday - (am) 3.75mile + long walk = 203%
    • Friday  - (am) 4.0mile + T25 Speed2.0 = ???TBD
    So I'm not too far off, but I know my snacking isn't 100%. Chocolate cravings and indulgences are going on over here without cause?  I should do a three day sugar detox again to reset those urges again...but not this upcoming week!

    I leave Sunday morning bright and early, as in while the kids are asleep for a week long trip to Ft. Worth.  A first overnight trip since LittleOne joined the house, so 4days away is going to be quite the shock.
    Hubs says he isn't worried and everything is under control, but um yeah.... I expect some phone calls while I'm gone on this work thing.

    I mention this trip mostly because I start my packing list yesterday and instead of starting with my work stuff, it looked more like this:
    workout clothes, three shirts/tanks, three shorts/capris, socks, hrm strap, chargers, SHOES!!! 
    protein powder sample packs, unsweetened applesauce, raw almonds, sweetnlow, kcups, etc.

    Who am I??
    But yes, I plan to take advantage of my solo time with the hotel gym.  I will be standing around most of the day and not able to walk/roam like I normally do to hit my minimum steps. So I gotta do what I gotta do.

    Literally I leave at 5am on Sunday, so I have one day to take care of the house, the lists, and notes for Hubs to handle the house on his own.  I know everyone will survive and the sickies have left the house, he's capable, but this mama is a self-declared control freak on some things.  I'll make my lists and notes to make me feel better and he will take them and smile and never read them...sigh. I know this, but he knows I will feel better in doing this.

    I hope to spend some time on some blogposts that have been stewing in my head for a while as well.  

    Have a great weekend everyone!!

    Sep 9, 2015

    Life interruptus...

    Sorry folks, I didn't want to contaminate my blog with the serious sicky funk that plagued the house last week.  

    Let's just say, the things we do for our children is down right nasty if it was for a stranger.  God bless nurses and healthcare workers who work with nastiness on a regular basis for complete strangers.  Luckily, LittleOne is now medicated and hydrated and all that fun stuff and is back at school so this mama can get back on track with work and working out (sorta).

    Wednesday to Saturday was 100% Nurse Mama duty.

    I did get a run in on Saturday night at 10pm to try and salvage my week though....I should get credit for that right? Nominal sleep plus getting done with a treadmill run at 11:15pm only to be up and back on Nurse duty by 6am again.

    Thank goodness for that bonus day off on Monday.

    Trying to play catchup at work and here, but I do have September goals to meet....so I'm off to my lunch cardio class today.

    Sep 3, 2015

    Zombie quotes....

    Looks like my little lunchtime Wellness class is getting some attention within my company:

    "Sweating, shredding and sculpting – these are a few of the things that go on during lunch in an empty conference room in .....Each work day, a dedicated group of strong, healthy women gather to sweat it out to programs with names like Insanity Max, Killer Buns and Thighs, Total Body Circuit, and Max Out Cardio.
    The lunchtime workout group has been meeting for about four years. Members come and go depending on the time of year, but you can always find someone pushing themselves toward a healthier lifestyle. Some of the women started working out to control health problems such as blood pressure, and others are cancer survivors trying to maintain strength and stay healthy.
    "It's rare that we call in sick," said Minnie Mouse, a breast cancer survivor who joined the group in October 2012 after her chemotheraphy treatments ended. "This is my time," she said. "No kids, husband or work. It's for me."

    April, who joined the group in 2011, says she always feels relaxed after the workout. "I go into zombie-mode and am super relaxed the rest of the day."

    Daisy Duck, who helps organize the group's activities, says she likes how she feels after working out. "It helps keep my energy level up ... I feel energized the rest of the day." Daisy encourages other employees to join the group and take advantage of the Wellness Program. "There's always space, and with the Wellness Program, you are allowed to take the time."

    The group is open to all employees, regardless of fitness level, and exercises can be modified to fit an individual's needs. Participants should bring a mat, water bottle, towel and positive attitude."
    *names changed of course.  Because Daisy and Minnie both got fired a couple years ago for having relationships at work with Mickey and Donald.  Big no-no.

    That is our second feature in the last year I think, all I know is they came and took really horrid pictures AFTER an Insanity day? Not fair people.

    Getting the word out is always good even, I hand out my SweatPink pink laces to any new members to encourage them on as well! (so far my classes are 100% women, so it works!)

    Aug 31, 2015

    This Week: Aug 31 - Sept 6

    Now back to my regularly scheduled Monday, after last week's lows I am going to be smarter this week with some gatorade or type for recovery .

    and eat more....don't hate, its a struggle to eat, I'm adjusting still and aware of it...

    • Monday (am) 3.75mile run + walking*
    • Tuesday (am) lifting session + (noon) P90X Interval X
    • Wednesday (am) 3-4mile run + (noon) Jillian Michaels 30dayShred
    • Thursday (am) lifting session + (noon) RockinBody Booty Time (fave!!)
    • Friday (am) 2-3mile run + (noon) T25 Core Cardio

    I picked up two bottles of powerade to keep on hand for another episode like last week.  I don't drink the stuff normally, and realized why when I kept trying to find one that did not have any sucralose in it.  Last week of three days of feeling 'off' and low followed by two days of itching and rash thanks to the electrolyte packets I use.  Hopefully between watching my calorie intake closer and actually decreasing my water I can avoid the trouble again. *Decrease because I realized that for about three days I think I hit 2 gallons of water by accident, which would further deplete my vitamins/electrolytes than is typical.  I wasn't paying attention, this is random and a reminder that it isn't healthy to drink too much water.

    All this serious talk and it is only my Monday plan post?
    Let's move on to the better visual part of my Monday posts now that I'm including a MCM.

    This week's #MCM portion of this post, I share John Legend.
    Because nothing is sexier than a man in love who can play a piano and sing like that.

    And ladies from the VMAs last night?  
    Chrissy still leads the pack with sexy and reasonably modest compared to most last night.  

    Dear MTV (vent)

    Dear MTV;
    You will never be what you once were, in part thanks to your programming ventures but also your lack of actual music videos.  Upon hearing that Miley would be hosting your video awards, (what videos?) I was perplexed as to if there was still an audience for such an awards show.  From the outside I assumed the music industry had turned it back on you for this lack of partnership, but I was wrong.  

    Music and lack of videos aside, let me educate you on the finer points of marketing.  


    This is why your first generation of MTV loyalists cannot help you with your legacy.  You see, us MTV generation kids grew up and are the parents of your musicians now.  We are the parents of your audience you should be trying to suck into your music everything world.  If that is what MTV is about anymore. 

    I will be the first one to swallow my pride and admit that the girl can sing.  Remember her SNL semi-dressed sitting on a stool doing an acoustic Wrecking Ball, ya know, when she focused on the art of music and not a 'show'....she won me over as having a smidge of talent.

    I originally planned to just type a judgmental post on how crappy Kim and Kanye looked....
    not flattering at all Kim..and Kanye? sloppy sweats? no.
    and who shined fashion wise (Selena you win...even over your BFF Taylor!)

    but scouring the interworlds and images just frustrated me more than anything.  What I found just showed me that Miley has some issues.  I hope there was some psychotherapy in the contract for her because girl needs help.  All her drug references and proud marijuana use aside...she perpetuates the unnecessary sexuality of young girls.  And you, MTV, are encouraging this drug-induced young lady to flaunt her stupid nonsense for your gain. 

    Miley, you were used as a publicity stunt. 

    Sorry dear...I wish your agent would have warned you, but you were simply for ratings.  Your free spirit and layers of undress were not for your talent or artistry (and this is a reach for me to even mention) but you were used for your image and body.  Is this what you want to be known for?  Your love of nekkidness and drugs?  

    Sorry hon.  If it weren't for your Disney earnings, you would be nothing more than that drunk whore at the party that all the girls feel sorry for and the guys just want to....well you know.

    MTV, seems if nekkidness and drugs are what you are about nowadays, then I'm afraid I will have to continue to use other avenues for music videos and showing the next generation what MUSIC is about rather than your channel.

    a first generation MTV viewer.

    Aug 27, 2015

    Hitting the button....snooze button

    I'm feeling off-kilter today....
    It actually started yesterday but I went through the motions of my workouts.  I tried, but the stars were against me that despite my struggle, I made it to the gym by 4:50 and the activetrax program wasn't working. Urgh.  I had to wing it with my weights, so I focused on a shoulder and back circuit.

    My lunch class kicked my arss, T25 Lower Focus?  Don't know if it was the work I'd done already this week, but my balance was completely off and I struggled bad.  Bad.

    I managed to get the mom job done last night and forced myself to shower and get to bed by 9:30. I said aloud 'you will run tomorrow! just three miles, nothing special....but April you need to push through whatever this is.'

    I repeated it to myself at least three times because my head was already thinking about sleeping in and resting.

    And this morning I let my body decide instead of my brain or pride.  I struggle with this idea of listening to my body.  Its hard.  Resting or taking it easy?  I'm always afraid its a slippery slope and find myself ten pounds up and miles away from where I left off.  If I trusted my body to tell me things, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have ever gotten to that 200+ weight. 

    But today I'm telling my brain that this is okay, that my body is telling me it needs a break or something.  I am sipping propel water and a nuun not for hydration or my gallon goals, but hopefully to get back in sync.  My electrolyte balance is likely out of whack and last year I wouldn't have realized this and its importance.

    So today the snooze button was hit at 4:35am.
    And then it was turned off to allow the 'gym done-get home and shower' alarm 
    to wake me up at 5:28am instead.

    Aug 25, 2015

    Online shopping fail

    I've long been the first to admit that I'm less than the whole girly girl woman people think I should be.  I am the cliché white chick with her love of coffee and pumpkin spiced everything, but you will never find me roaming a mall or clothes shopping with that coffee.  I abhor clothes shopping.  Like death by treadmill boredom sounds like an awesome distraction or delay tactic to avoid shopping for myself.

    I hated it at size 14-16 and still hate it as a size 6-8-10 whatever. 
     No difference, it still sucks.

    But I'm trying, I do want to be cute....because lets face it, cute clothes are more plentiful when they are smaller than a former size! We all know a size 18 will feel cuter than the size 22 just like moving from a XXL to a XL and the same as the 2 moving into a 6!  Same clothes, but we all know that things FEEL cuter, we feel CUTER and dressed better when its in our personally desired size whatever that may be.  I say this, because vanity sizing messes with our minds and makes shopping as hard or harder than working out.

    I said 'screw it' last month and snagged a "grab bag" deal I found on Jane.com (great site btw) from White Plum.
    great site for gifts and accessories!

    specific product or boutique

    I checked the sample pictures and said 'they have some cute pieces and definitely things I would never try myself.' So I ordered two mystery grab bags, one in a size small and one in a size medium.  According to the size chart I'm right in the middle so I figured something would work out, right?

    Each grab bag included a total of three items that could have been a shirt, leggings, accessories, whatnot.  I figured out of 6 items, my money wouldn't be wasted if I managed to get 1-2 items. 

    For reference here, other than my arm size...I have similar measurements as everyone's cute favorite, SkinnyMeg.   I just am not as photogenic as she is! ha. 

    As of June 1 measurements from the Y; should be smaller now but not officially measured
    • Height: 5'6
    • Arms 12
    • Bust 33  **she wins here, I need a padded bra to get that 33
    • Waist 26.5
    • Hip 40
    • Thigh 21

    I received a total of 4 shirts, 1 tunic/dress thing, 1 leggings, and one set of earrings.

    I'll keep the rest of this post short and sweet and just say that its all for sale if interested.  This is not a reflection of either site, just me and my shopping woes!!

    I hope to iron them out and take pictures shortly on Instagram...but for real, I'm keeping one single shirt with the hopes that my arm fat will shrink to where it is comfortable.

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