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Fabulous and Forty

Bring on 40 and I’ll Show You What I’ve Got in Return

Fabulous and FORTY! Admittedly, I shared the same common apprehensions (for lack of a better word) with turning the big FOUR-0 as many women do, the wants to remain my physical younger self with the combination of my life experience and maturity, almost perfection. I say almost perfection because I’m not sure it really exists. IF I reached perfection I would not know because I always have goals that make me feel less than perfect. Not to mention, I am one of those “bad moms” that is always beating herself up. I should have read more to them, her grades are less than good because I didn’t check her homework enough, she’s giving me a hard time because she’s not getting enough attention, I have a tendency to take responsibility for everything they do wrong.

Leading up to the big 4-0, I had a list of things to accomplish and I’m sorry to say that they are not all crossed off. At the same time, when I made the list it may not have been a realistic approach. For example, one off the things on my list was/is to be the kind of mom that lets her kids be kids not to expect these small humans to be little adults. Well, I have to say that is an every day goal that will never go away. It’s a focus that requires a lot of deep breaths and changes with every minute they mature; I.e. puberty. So, my goal truly morphed into not just letting them be kids, but allowing  them to be their age without expectations of something else;  it is fairly the same philosophy as “accepting people for they are”, though carefully as we guide them through life, walking on the line of discipline all the while feeding their need to be different, independent, willful (stubborn 😉 and keeping their spirit intact. This is just one example of how I learned to love the thing I’ve worked so hard on and not want for anything different, me (Thank you Lisa Varga! I hope I said it right!)

I also can’t do a perfect hand stand, jump rope for five minutes, or do a pistol squat, but it’s not for the lack of trying. I will continue to work on it and know my determination will get me there. Sometimes it feels like the stars are aligned against me and I get very discouraged, my herniated discs get me down and I think I broke my toe. Most of the time I’m able to turn it around in my head and I try, try again or do something different that I can do well for the boost in confidence.

One July 19, 2017 I completely embraced my 4 decades on this planet. I looked at my husband, my daughters, my family, my career, my house & my life and felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude and wondered how I could possibly deserve such a wonderful life? Then, I went to Mexico and refused to act my age, but home safe and sound, I am searching for the compromise. The place that is fun and exciting all the while productive and moving forward and growing in knowledge and strength. read more

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Don’t be too Aggressive

Squats, Deadlifts, and Lunges -Focused on Legs for Summer

 

“Don’t be too aggressive”. That’s what my physical therapist said to me at my last appointment. Two epidurals, an investment in a home cervical traction device, countless physical therapy appointments and five months later my herniated discs are still not healed. But the good news is they still have great potential to heal without going under the knife, though it is a a slow process, it’s moving forward. read more

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Day of 100s

Discovering What I Am Truly Capable of

I like to push myself, I like to discover what I am truly capable of, I like see improvement and reflecting on my progress. In order to do this, I am always looking for different workouts and change them up so I’m not bored or stagnant. I do not go to the gym, I don’t believe I need to, I can do so much with my own body weight and I’m lucky enough that my husband has outfitted our frog with all sorts of bands, balls, euro board (the list goes on and on). The only thing that holds me back is me. My brain pushes me forward, but sometimes my body will not cooperate and by that I mean injury. I injured my neck and am struggling to recover which is really affecting my workouts. I have been focusing on lower body for about 8 weeks and have been enjoying my center of interest. The doc cleared me this week to start testing my upper body with caution to stop if my symptoms occur and/or increase. read more

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Running is Emotional

Own Your Runs both Good and Bad

I was chit chatting in my office with one of the awesome ladies on my team, Tori Jarema, about running and workouts in general and was inspired to write this blog.

We launched a wellness program where I work, Zero Point, earlier this year so it’s pretty common to have and/or hear conversations “around the water cooler” about exercise and overall fitness; a subject I particularly enjoy. The program is all about challenging yourself to accomplish goals that you may or may not have accomplished in the past. It’s to better yourself in ways that will benefit your life style all with the support and banter of your peers. read more

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Chasing Fitness while Circumventing Ailments

Sucks getting old and/or tired, but we all avoid the pitfalls of exercise.

If it’s not one thing then it ends up being another health issue that frequently attempts to squelch my efforts at maintaining and gaining physical fitness.  I am determined not to let my laundry list of ailments, past and present, bring me down. read more

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Fabulous and Forty

Bring on 40 and I’ll Show You What I’ve Got in Return

Fabulous and FORTY! Admittedly, I shared the same common apprehensions (for lack of a better word) with turning the big FOUR-0 as many women do, the wants to remain my physical younger self with the combination of my life experience and maturity, almost perfection. I say almost perfection because I’m not sure it really exists. IF I reached perfection I would not know because I always have goals that make me feel less than perfect. Not to mention, I am one of those “bad moms” that is always beating herself up. I should have read more to them, her grades are less than good because I didn’t check her homework enough, she’s giving me a hard time because she’s not getting enough attention, I have a tendency to take responsibility for everything they do wrong.

Leading up to the big 4-0, I had a list of things to accomplish and I’m sorry to say that they are not all crossed off. At the same time, when I made the list it may not have been a realistic approach. For example, one off the things on my list was/is to be the kind of mom that lets her kids be kids not to expect these small humans to be little adults. Well, I have to say that is an every day goal that will never go away. It’s a focus that requires a lot of deep breaths and changes with every minute they mature; I.e. puberty. So, my goal truly morphed into not just letting them be kids, but allowing  them to be their age without expectations of something else;  it is fairly the same philosophy as “accepting people for they are”, though carefully as we guide them through life, walking on the line of discipline all the while feeding their need to be different, independent, willful (stubborn 😉 and keeping their spirit intact. This is just one example of how I learned to love the thing I’ve worked so hard on and not want for anything different, me (Thank you Lisa Varga! I hope I said it right!)

I also can’t do a perfect hand stand, jump rope for five minutes, or do a pistol squat, but it’s not for the lack of trying. I will continue to work on it and know my determination will get me there. Sometimes it feels like the stars are aligned against me and I get very discouraged, my herniated discs get me down and I think I broke my toe. Most of the time I’m able to turn it around in my head and I try, try again or do something different that I can do well for the boost in confidence.

One July 19, 2017 I completely embraced my 4 decades on this planet. I looked at my husband, my daughters, my family, my career, my house & my life and felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude and wondered how I could possibly deserve such a wonderful life? Then, I went to Mexico and refused to act my age, but home safe and sound, I am searching for the compromise. The place that is fun and exciting all the while productive and moving forward and growing in knowledge and strength. read more

View Post

Don’t be too Aggressive

Squats, Deadlifts, and Lunges -Focused on Legs for Summer

 

“Don’t be too aggressive”. That’s what my physical therapist said to me at my last appointment. Two epidurals, an investment in a home cervical traction device, countless physical therapy appointments and five months later my herniated discs are still not healed. But the good news is they still have great potential to heal without going under the knife, though it is a a slow process, it’s moving forward. read more

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Devastated

I’m devastated and that’s an understatement. I am sad, angry at myself and emotionally debilitated because I have lost the material symbol of unconditional love and commitment to and from my husband; I lost my engagement ring, wedding band, and 10-year anniversary band.   All three are gone, just like that. read more

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Day of 100s

Discovering What I Am Truly Capable of

I like to push myself, I like to discover what I am truly capable of, I like see improvement and reflecting on my progress. In order to do this, I am always looking for different workouts and change them up so I’m not bored or stagnant. I do not go to the gym, I don’t believe I need to, I can do so much with my own body weight and I’m lucky enough that my husband has outfitted our frog with all sorts of bands, balls, euro board (the list goes on and on). The only thing that holds me back is me. My brain pushes me forward, but sometimes my body will not cooperate and by that I mean injury. I injured my neck and am struggling to recover which is really affecting my workouts. I have been focusing on lower body for about 8 weeks and have been enjoying my center of interest. The doc cleared me this week to start testing my upper body with caution to stop if my symptoms occur and/or increase. read more

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