Returning To Daily Workouts Finally

After being in pain since July 4th bad enough to have me….yes me seek a medical opinion, I am please to say I have finally returned to my daily workouts.Light, easy workouts but hey, we all have to start back somewhere. Right now I am doing no weights at all since technically every child I lift during the day is like lifting weights. I been doing mostly cardio and stretching with of course some trail walking thrown in the mix. And it feels so WONDERFUL to be back!!!!! There are not many things in life that I would miss if it was taken from me suddenly but exercise is definitely one on the top of my list next to my husband and son.

I should remind you that it was a crazy busy week with everything on the calendar this week. So I do feel pretty good about what I did accomplish since it was not an easy task to fit it all in. Having my clotheslines full of workout clothing once again is a wonderful sight;-)

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A look at my week in workouts:

Saturday: gym:30 minute elliptical and stretching

Sunday: gym: 30 minutes, elliptical, leg weights and stretching

Monday: home gym: legs workout and 30 minute recumbent bike, along with some foam rolling

Tuesday: 3 mile trail walk (I was a bit hung over from our night out and my new favorite drink….read about it here)

Wednesday: home gym: legs workout and 20 minute recumbent bike

gym: 30 minute elliptical and stretching

Thursday: home gym: legs workout and 20 minute recumbent bike

Friday: rest

Early morning workouts for me are now key to getting it all in before my body says your done. My brain and body simply are not seeing eye to eye so I do what I can when I can and mornings are my time to give it all I got.

As for our weekend ahead…..anything could happen truthfully. We are hoping to float a river again and relax a bit like we did here. Plus, I have a full day planned with a friend to a nearby festival, farmers market, and lunch at a new restaurant I have been waiting to get her to. If the stars all align properly this should all happen….and if not I will take what I can get.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Active Lifestyle+Age=Aches and Pains

You can eat right, exercise, and drink all the water you want but sometimes your body just says….ENOUGH! If you’ve been noticing on these weekly posts regarding what I have done for workouts each week I have been adding a lot more stretching to try an alleviate some aches and pains I have been having. Well, it’s not working and I came to the conclusion that maybe I just need to give my joints a break. More precisely, I need to give my knees and ankles a break. Yes, I know they have never been strong especially my ankles, but recently I have had a sore knee. It plagues me most when going up steps and seems very weak and unstable. So before I do real damage, which hopefully I have not already done, I made a deal that I would take it easy for a week and see what happens. I made this deal with myself Monday evening after my 3 mile walk when I was miserable after I finally arrived home. So here is a look at my easy exercise week….which was not so easy mentally but needed.

Sunday: 3 mile trail hike

Monday: home: 1 mile walk with my kiddos, full body weight workout and 3 mile evening walk

Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: upper body weights in laying/sitting position and rowing

Thursday: upper body weights and rowing+ 1.5 mile slow walk on level ground since my knee seemed to be feeling better today I thought I would give a slow walk a try. No pain during or after so I am hoping that it’s on the mend

Friday: rest

Saturday: gym: 30 minute elliptical

Not a week I was hoping for but it is what it is. I am trying to learn to listen to my body but at the same time I also know moving helps my body feel better. So it’s a double edge sword at times. In my heart I know walking on pavement, black top, and cement gives me pain. However, dirt trails are not always close by or time prevents me from making the trip to one so I settle for this alternative. Lately, with the snow and ice gone, I have been spending much more time on hard surfaces and I am hoping this is what is causing my joint issues. Time will tell…

 

Ugga Mugga…..Another Long Week On My Own

This week was much like last week in that I was again, on my own all week. Hubby and I said goodbye to each other again Monday afternoon so he could catch his flight and I could face the week ahead on my own. Thankfully this does not happen too often with his job, but when it does it really rocks our world here at home. We rarely do anything apart, he is usually always home at the same time everyday and all my daycare children know when this time is, and honestly, it just makes life a bit crazy trying to work around when we can find the time to chat in between busy schedules. Add in a time difference (if any) depending on where he is compared to me here at home and it can get a little difficult…. I always pray I am the earlier time so I can go to bed at a normal hour.

Anyhow, like last week, I did what I wanted when I wanted to do it. Here is the outcome of my workouts this week:

Sunday: 1.5 mile walk

Monday: 3 mile walk together before dropping him at the airport, 30 minutes elliptical at the gym

Tuesday: gym:30 minutes elliptical and stretching

Wednesday:home: floor weight routine and 30 minute recumbent bike

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Thursday: gym: 30 minute elliptical, upper body weights, and stretching

Friday: rest

Saturday: rest…but a ton of big household chores…..scrub carpets, do loads and loads of laundry, and just hang out with my hubby who arrived home finally.

Meals were easy peasy since, for the most part, it was just me.  It sure makes grocery shopping much easier when its less mouths to feed. Here’s a peak at the meals from the week.

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Sunday: baked ham, roasted brussel sprouts, scalloped potatoes(family dinner)

Monday: philly cheese steak brat, sauteed perogies with spinach and bacon.

Tuesday: chicken and cheese quesadilla with stuffed poblano peppers(dinner with our son home)

Wednesday: sushi

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Thursday: bruschetta personal pizza

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Friday: out

Saturday: mom’s day off….fend for yourself

The week as a whole….I would say was pretty good. I love being back at the gym. Renovations there are almost complete and I am pretty excited to hear we will be getting kettle bells soon. I love kettle bells and wish I had more at home, so this is something I am really looking forward to having access to at the gym.

Life lately has been many unanswered questions…however, the one thing I am sure of is that winter is getting closer to making an arrival and I am preparing myself the best way I know how….I have a whole tub of hot chocolate, my Christmas list has an electric heated blanket on it, and I have stocked up on lip moisturizer….I literally have tubes of this stuff everywhere! The joys of frigid temperatures makes me want to cringe!!!!!

 

 

 

Taking It Easy….But Still Having Fun

Ahhhh, what a weekend we had.

After suffering for almost the entire week from paddling Lake Michigan the weekend before, I had decided going into this past weekend that I was going to take it easy. I was determined not to touch a paddle of any kind. My water toy this weekend would be a blow up inner tube. That left my husband with a hard choice….his kayak or my stand up paddle board. Both of which would be fun where we were headed but after taking a look at the wind direction/speed he ended up taking his kayak. And in the end it was a good choice. IMG_4400

We arrived at a friends cabin mid morning to find small whitecaps on the lake…..which means FUNNNNN in the life of a whitewater kayaker. My hubby ended up paddling his way in the waves to the beach located at the other end of the lake while I gladly boarded the pontoon and made my way to the beach this way. When we arrived I boarded my tube and relaxed until the chills set in.

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Thankfully the beach was nice and calm and we all had a great time soaking up some sunshine. IMG_4387

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After some time at the beach, I talked my friend into having her husband pull us both back to the cabin in our tubes. Neither of us had ever tubed before but there is a first time for everything…right? Granted, we did go very slowly because remember, I was taking it easy and hoping to end this weekend with NO PAIN! Which I am happy to say, I did accomplish.

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After our little water adventure back to the cabin, we all changed into dry, warm clothes and prepared dinner over an open campfire.

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What a blessing it is to have such wonderful friends that love to have fun in the sun. I can’t wait to do it again…..and maybe, just maybe I will be ready to go a bit faster in a tube behind the boat by that time.

 

 

There Is Just Not Enough Hours In A Day and My Workouts of the Week

I had every intention of posting regularly this week although as you can see this plan did not happen. After spending four days and countless hours in the hospital with my father-in-law and then going back to work on Monday, I was tired. During the week we were left with only the evening hours to visit with him after working all day, which used up every ounce of energy I had left.

Let me catch you up a bit on my last week and show you what I did squeeze in for workouts. Like I said, Monday I returned to work and I must admit routine was nice. After sitting, walking the halls of a hospital and trying to wrap my head around how a cardiac ICU unit functions, I needed my routine life back. These nurses in this unit are IMPRESSIVE and that is an understatement. From patient care to family care they have it all and they even manage to throw in a little fun into the mix at times also.

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We could not have wished for a better team of professional to care for my father-in-law. I also found it very comforting and at the same time odd that we actually made friends with other patients families in the CICU waiting area. Since visitation is limited much of the time while in this unit we spent a lot of time just waiting for our turn to have some time in the room with my father-in-law. During this waiting time other patients families would talk, share and discuss what they where doing in this area also. It’s comforting to know that others are going through the same thing, struggling with the same issues and can relate.

As you can imagine, dinners were pretty scarce this week as was everything else. However, I am blessed to have a pretty good setup of workout equipment right here at home so I was able to squeeze in what I could in between nap times with my little ones and get in a workout here and there. Here’s what I did accomplish for exercise this week:

Saturday: gym: 30 minute elliptical

Sunday: gym: 30 minute elliptical

Monday: 20 minute recumbent bike, weight lifting, stretching

Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: recumbent bike 30 minutes, weights and stability ball routine

Thursday: rest

Friday:rest

Not my greatest week of workouts but I still managed to get in a few sweat sessions and that is good enough for me. Toward the end of the week I started coming down with some sort of nasty virus and was feeling pretty rough. Which in turn made me decide to just call it a week and rest when I could.I am looking forward to life getting back on track in this next week.

 

When Life Gets In The Way Of Workouts….

Well, I have decided to nix yoga from my workout routine. I just went back to it last week and besides being sore I felt wonderful afterwards. However, the day after I started having some pain in my right ankle again. I did not think anything of it at first but after a day or two I started wondering what I could have done to cause the pain. And it dawned on me fairly quickly…..I tried doing yoga with my shoes on and found it difficult so I removed my shoes about half way through the routine and that is a BIG NO NO for me these days. Ever since tearing two tendons and spending weeks in an immobility boot I was told to never go without insoles and shoes for a long period of time or during a strenuous activity. Needless to say, I forgot and did this to preform yoga and I would bet that is what caused my pain this time.

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I do have hope that this time I don’t believe the tendons are torn like last time. However, I do think they are overworked/stressed in some fashion to have the tenderness I have. For now, I am hoping they heal themselves by resting as much as I can and not putting any extra pressure on my feet. As you can see below, workouts at the end of this week have been very limited thanks to some family medical issues we needed to attend which left no time what so ever to exercise anyhow. Ultimately, this was probably a blessing, since the more I stay off the foot/ankle the faster the healing process will be. If nothing else works and I see no improvement I still have that horrendous boot I could go back to for a few weeks. Although, I am not quite ready to go to that extreme quite yet….

Enough with all my aches and pains…..let’s take a look at what I did accomplish this week.

Saturday: Gym: 30 minute elliptical, total body weights, stretching

Sunday: Gym: 30 minute elliptical and upper body weights, stretching

(Today was rough but sometimes getting dressed and getting to the gym is half the battle. Once I arrive I figure I might as well workout since I am there.Which is exactly what I did….happy to get there and just as happy to be done.)

Monday: 1.5 mile walk, 30 minute recumbent bike, weights and stability ball routine

Tuesday: 1.5 mile walk, 30 minute recumbent bike, weights and stability ball routine

Wednesday: 30 minute bike and tons of outside time with temps in the high 60’s, this was quite the treat for us summer lovers:)

Thursday: rest…..although walking the halls of a hospital should count for something….right?

Friday: rest….still dealing with family medical issues all day and night

 

As you see on Sunday I struggled. For no apparent reason I just did not feel like exercising but I did it anyhow. And Thursday and Friday were days I really had no choice but to take off. Sometimes life just gets in the way and you just need to accept it for what it is.

My feelings on this weeks accomplishments….honestly, it killed me not to attend the gym all week since stress is high here at the moment and I love a good sweat. However, considering a sore ankle, gorgeous temps and my husband needing all the family support he can gather at the moment….I am ok with what I did get in for workouts.

What is the hardest part of your workout routine?

What do you do when you just are not feeling it?

Do you roll with it or feel guilty when life matters get in the way of your workout routine?

Weekly Wrap Up and Workouts of the Week

It’s been a great week here at our house.

My husband is now completely off all meds for his back injury and after a few days of adjustment he is doing great. The only time he is noticing trouble is when he has his big, steel toe work boots on, he then still has signs of drop foot. Since this has been his main complication resulting from this back injury, he is now once again concentrating on working those certain muscle groups to help with his foot drop issue. We have high hopes that he will see improvement quickly.

As you will see below when you glance at the workouts I accomplished this week, I have started adding yoga back into my rotation. It’s been at least 6 months or more since I last did yoga and let me tell you, Wednesday morning I felt EVERY SINGLE MUSCLE. Ouchhhhh! I am really hoping to squeeze in a yoga routine twice a week to help with balance, flexibility and relaxation. Yoga is something I struggle with because it takes a long time for me to feel like I am actually working out, which then makes me choose something more high energy. Although, apparently my muscles need yoga because I had all I could do to lift and carry around my two toddlers Wednesday morning after Tuesday’s yoga routine.

Anyhow, here is what I did for my health and happiness this week.

Saturday: rest, traveling

Sunday: Ahnapee State Trail completed….4 mile hike

Monday: home:1 1/2 mile walk in the morning, 20 minute recumbent bike, stability ball exercises and upper body weights

gym: 30 minute elliptical, 10 minute ARC, abdominal workout and stretching

Tuesday: 2 mile morning walk, 45 minutes of yoga (OUCH….it’s been a while), and 3 mile walk after dinner

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Wednesday: home: weights (upper and lower body), recumbent bike 30 minutes and stretching.

gym: 30 minutes elliptical

Thursday: rest

Friday: abs and 30 minutes of yoga

Have a great weekend and a safe Halloween:)

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