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In other news….

That picture is soooo not me, I don’t have a picture of me working out! Perhaps I should fix that!

Anyway, to start, my stress triggers recap: house hunt/purchase attempt(s), Equifax mumbo jumbo, mortgage application, frigid weather, sinus cold, my dad’s state of being, hormones, relationships/moving-on from pointless hopes, kids being kids…

Yeah: I think that’s most of the ones I’ve talked about of late.

Now add to that my brand new shiny computer had a glitch from a recent Microsoft update, and the resulting frustrations over not being able to work on my dome designs. I had really hoped to have a significant amount of that completed to show here by now, but alas it will have to wait until the glitch is resolved. I won’t have Sunday time to do that until after Thanksgiving, but I very much look forward to the results when I eventually do get to it.

I am slowly chipping away at the process to become a continuing education course provider. Currently I’m on the portfolio/curriculum vitae. It doesn’t seem on the surface that it would be a big deal, but organizing 15 years of applicable skills into the format they are seeking is a bit tedious. So that is not completely done yet either, and I haven’t even started writing my courses. I projected 6 months when I decided to commit, and like all cases, my estimate may or may not be entirely accurate, but I will eventually complete it. One step at a time, as my schedule allows.

Finally, because of all these stress triggers, I’m feeling the need to burn it off – quite literally!

Except when I’m smack dab in the middle of a stress-trip with a spice cake right in front of me, I have little to no appetite. I’m still eating, but finding it easier and easier to stick to healthy items in very small portions. That’s a great thing! Especially since I’m officially eating vegan now; no grains, no meat, no dairy, no soy, no nightshade vegetables; except that darned piece of cake!

Then, I have a strong desire to move nearly constantly. In between clients I am finding myself pacing quite a bit. I’ve also been taking every opportunity to go exercise. Being it’s been so much colder, nearly all of my workouts have moved inside. I’ve been alternating between the Planet Fitness across the street from work and the YMCA near home.

I have been lifting 2 to 3 times a week, except this week because my cold caused a missed day. I do use the dummy-proof machines since I’m not working with a trainer or spotter.

As for cardio, I am still getting at least 40 min of speed walking via treadmill 4 to 5 days a week, I aim for an hour when possible. I fluctuate between 3.8 and 4.2 mph on the treadmill because I so enjoy matching the beat of the music I’m listening to. This last week though, I’ve been working with incline more, to push the cardio aspect a bit. It’s that or run, and I really don’t enjoy running…. ┬┐Yet!? …. Will I ever?

Anyway, I just wanted to share my progress with my readers to show you really can do anything you want. For me, that just means a little of everything.

My current lifts are all weights based on 3 to 5 sets of 10 reps at a time. I do 2 sessions, with the second hitting 5 sets, before I raise the weight by 5 pounds again. Last week I had a day I pushed a little too far or too fast and I really felt it for a couple days afterwards.

  • Leg press 205
  • Leg extension 85
  • Seated leg curl 90
  • Inner thigh (Adductor) 110
  • Outer thigh (Abductor) 110
  • -Glute extension 70 (I haven’t actually done this one recently so it may not be completely accurate.)
  • Back extension 140
  • Abdominal (curl- arms up) 85
  • Abdominal (curl- arms front) 80
  • Rotary torso 80
  • Lateral raise 55
  • Shoulder press (I just learned this is also called military press, and it was one I had backslide on poorly, I’m part way back up.) 30
  • Tricep extension 55
  • Tricep press 65
  • Biceps curl 30
  • Lat pull down 70
  • Seated row 65

I haven’t been good about logging my times weightlifting in the health tracker- mainly because I log the pounds and sets in a different app and forget to duplicate it, but here’s my average steps and calories views.

I’m not seeing the results myself yet, but several people have said I’m looking better these days. In my pregnancies, that stage was 2 to 3 weeks before I actually noticed changes myself. Besides the scales have not budged, they still stay between 220 and 225. Merh.

I welcome all of you to share your progress in the comments as well. I’d really love to know if there’s anyone out there that I’ve inspired in any way, or encouraged to persevere through their own struggles. And there’s always room for commiseration in fitness journeys!

May you all have easy stress free times. May you have great work-outs with plenty of support. May you find you only desire the calories your body needs. And finally, may you see results of your own hard work.

Siva Hir Su

Knights of Ni

This week has been fairly uneventful, at least in fun ways.

The highlight being a discussion with a client that started with Fight Club and ended with me singing “Always Look on The Bright Side of Life” from Life of Brian. It was a funny moment which proceeded to get that song stuck in my head, alternating with the clip of the knight from Holy Grail yelling “Get back here, I can still bite your knees off!”

I’m somewhat glad for that moment, because it’s kept me buoyant through dreary cold weather and a stressful moment.

This morning I got my regular walk in, but the bitter wind kept blasting my checks and ears. I kept reminding myself that I wasn’t that knight, and what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Each lap around the park I would remind myself and convince myself to do one more lap, finally giving in at 50min of walking. I’ve had 6,000 to 10,000 steps every day this week and intend to keep it up as much as possible.

The stressful moment came in over dog care and related details. I’m due to go see my little brother get married in Iowa this weekend and the person that was going to watch doglet had to back out last minuet because of an ill family member. I spent 12 hours texting everyone I could think of, trying to come up with a replacement, finally receiving a yes response this morning. After lost sleep and cranky muscles from the cold walk, I’m ready for a chiropractic adjustment and a long night’s sleep.

I look forward to the wedding and especially the short family visit, but I’ve yet to pick a wedding gift and I’ve crammed most of 3 days work into 1 to accommodate an extra day off. I’m not sure what to get my brother and his new wife and it may end up being gift cards purchased in motion on the way to the wedding. Jenkies!

Otherwise, I’ve pretty much been doing my best to take care of myself in between working. I’ve been coloring, learning languages, working my muscles to stay limber, and exercising for its myriad benefits. I’ve even finished the graphic design projects, and put a few more minutes into my dream dome-home design. Last night I got the stairs drafted and placed properly. I’m so excited to get far enough to show basic structural layout.

I’m no architect, but I plan to have a vector image that’s meticulous enough that an architect could make adjustments easily. Nathan was excited. He said: “That’s huge, monolithic would probably be happy to see my work, and you know how many people call in with a vague idea and expect them to do all the work.” I replied the difference is I’ve had this floating in my brain for 13 years and had plenty of time to think about all my preferences and desires. Bonus, I’ve sketched it out a half dozen times to really solidify much of it.

Needless to say it’ll be a good day when my sketches are fully drafted. I look forward to that, maybe next week I’ll get a significant chunk done and can post progress.

May you all find your moments of fortitude and strength. May you all feel less stressed. May you all have good times with family. Finally, may you all have joy filled moments of progress.

Siva Hir Su

Awe & wonder…

So I just thought that Ian was smart and doing super well. It seems baby Katherine is one step ahead. I am in such awe and wonder at how amazingly well she is doing. I couldn’t help but share.

Initially I was just going to throw up a short clip, but I confess I couldn’t pick just one, so I condensed nearly 15 min of walking into a not quite 5min home video.

I hope you enjoy and find it as amazing as I do. Enjoy your kids, they grow up too fast.