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LiveFit Trainer Recap Week 2 and Memorial Day Weekend

After as much pain I was in after week one of LiveFit, I decided to tone down all my weights last week, and thankfully, it was still a good workout, but without the massive DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) afterward.

I also set a goal for myself last week, and succeeded. At the start of the year, I decided to set one week goals for myself in order to actually make those goals. Last week, I determined to finish week 2 of LiveFit on Thursday, so that I could go camping with my mom's family around Nebraska City. I also did it so that I could spend a little more time with my grandpa, whom I didn't get to say goodbye to after our cruise in February. I always enjoy spending time with him.

On Saturday morning, I woke up around 7, and it was rainy and cold. It was nice, actually. Got to sit around visiting with my uncle, and cousins, before anyone else got up. I made my family bacon and pancakes on a camp stove, which is different than making it on an electric skillet. Still tasty…

LiveFit Trainer Week 1 Recap

Okay, so maybe these recaps will continue this time around. Somehow, I always get to the middle of phase two and get burned out. It shouldn't seem too hard: See and excercise, do it to the best of your ability, and move on to the next one. I guess this journey into health and fitness is a lot more mental than I want to believe.

But I made it through week one again, which I feel good about, despite having to take my weights down from ten pounds. Turns out in the two months since I last lifted weights, my muscles atrophied a bit (they do that. Who knew?), and they can't handle ten pounds right now. I switched down to 7.5's for my back, biceps, and shoulder workouts, but because the first day, I tried to use ten pounds for my chest and triceps, I was in a LOT of pain all week. Live and learn, I suppose.

Anyway, mini recaps.

I did it as directed, with the exception of narrow push ups. Those are too hard for me. I can usually get out about five, which only goes down from there. …

Fun Facts Friday!

So, how's everyone's week going? Excited that it's Friday? I know I am! Thought I'd get started on Fun Facts Friday, hopefully something that will be here to stick.

1. I restarted LiveFit this week. I had serious qualms about even talking about it, since I can never seem to finish it. I've been praying about my health and that God would give me strength to complete the program. We'll see. Right now, I'm really, realy sore. 

2. Spent the week eating clean. LOTS of fruits and veggies. I'm waiting for the energy to kick in, but I am feeling a bit better. Trying to figure out things to make ahead to take to work, and have made herbed egg muffins and fajita veggies for a big salad. Pretty tasty, but even better when topped with salsa and sour cream. 
3. Janie is back to being her old self again. For awhile, she's been stressed, pulling out her fur, avoiding me, and hiding under my cedar chest in the living room. I've had her on kitty prozac for the l…

Happy Mommy's Day!

Today is the day to celebrate all mothers. I'm a very fortunate person because my mom is my best friend. We can geek out over Muppets and Disney and she will NEVER tell me to stop loving these things, because she loves them, too.

Seriously, meeting Mickey on our last cruise was one of the best things (She keeps talking about it, and imagining that he blew her a kiss, when really it was me! ;-) ).

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a nurse, just like my mommy (which changed quickly when I tried to watch a show on PBS on leg surgery!), and she was the first person I called with all my good news in college (Like getting an A on my Senior Project).

On this, her 30th Mother's Day (My sister's 30th birthday was just Friday, as a matter of fact!), I want to wish my Mom the happiest of days, because she's the best mother ever. Seriously.

And also to the two great women who raised my parents, who are missed more and more each year.

And to all of my wonderful aunts and cou…

Homemade Laundry Detergent...Not a Trend, a Way of Life

I've been really getting into more natural methods of cleaning, and living. I'm a huge fan of using baking soda and vinegar for everyday cleaning, and after a year of making my own laundry detergent, I can honestly say that buying detergent from the store is something I'll never go back to.

I started last year with this recipe, and followed it to a T. We used it and really liked it. We were really close to running out again, so on this, my usual day off, I made another batch. Not as big as the last time, when I used THIS recipe, which involves dumping whole boxes into a tote or bucket, but for now, this worked well.

Now, MY version of this recipe.

2 Bars Ivory Soap2 Cups Borax2 Cups Washing Soda2/3 Cup Downey Unstoppables (I like the Blue scent)1 Cup Baking Soda

Shred the soap. I use the food processor with the shredder attachment, but then also the S blade to chop them into smaller bits.

Add all ingredients to a large bowl and stir well.

Place the mixture into a screwtop j…

Gym Politics vs. the Real World

I don't make it a secret that I go to Planet Fitness. It's inexpensive, there are tons of machines, the help are very nice, and the only two problems I ever encountered was in the first week, the employees didn't know how to operate the Red Light machines (and looked at me like idiot teenagers), and the second was when some teenager (notice *teenager* is prevalent for both of these stories) was dropping heavy dumbbells near my head. Neither has happened in a long time. I feel very comfortable at my gym, and get a little pissy when people pooh pooh it for vain reasons.

Case in point, back in March, a woman was kicked out for not adhering to the dress code, which states:

Q: What is the Planet Fitness dress code?
A: We have a corporate dress code policy, for all Planet Fitness locations nationwide. Dress Code:
No jeans
No String Tanktops
No boots/sandals The above are all subject to our discretion. Exceptions are made for medical and religious reasons. We believe that this corporate …