100 Happy Days

So, if you are on Instagram, you have possibly seen lots of photos with the tag #100HappyDays. The more of them I saw, the more curious I got. So, I Googled it. I am glad I did. The movement, if you can call it that, is about taking time to stop and smell the roses. What am I getting out of this? It helps me to see all the blessings in my life. We all get down from time to time, but this is helping me to see that I have so many things to be thankful for everyday.

Do I recommend it? Yes! If you don’t take time to pay attention to the daily happy moments, are you really enjoying your life to its fullest?

How You Doin’?

After having taken some time off, I wanted to pop in and say hello. I have really enjoyed just living in the moment and not always writing about it, but I do have moments that I miss my blog. Some things have changed and some things have remained the same. Where to begin….

After my shows, I had the elbow surgery, which was successful. However, my shoulder started locking up and pulling on the tendon again. I took quite a bit of time off from training…and quite frankly caring about being healthy. My food slipped and became a crutch for feeling blue about my inability to train. And then I started putting on weight and the holidays came. It became a vicious circle. I was beginning to dislike my body and had lost so much appreciation for it. In January, I did a 21 day cleanse. It is called Standard Process. I am not here to push the cleanse, so if you want info, Google it or call Pete at Thrive Chiropractic. I am not usually someone who does a cleanse, but I really needed a physical and mental reset on food. And not just a 3-5 day reset. I was really strict in following the cleanse guidelines and lost almost 10 lbs. I was starting to feel better about myself. After the cleanse, I went back to more of a primal way of eating with a keto twist. I wanted to do some diet experimentation. I know a lot of people don’t agree with really low carb eating. I don’t believe it to be a long-term solution by any means. I eat High protein and fat most of the week. And then, one evening a week, I give myself lots of carbs. I refill my glycogen stores and indulge a little. Frankly, this keeps me from cheating on any other day and I find myself getting really excited to plan out what I will eat. And it’s not like my normal days are boring. High fat keeps me really satisfied. I am really enjoying eating this way for the time being. And…….I have lost a bit more weight. I am just 3 lbs away from my show weight. Now….that being said, it is NOT about how much I weigh. That is just a gauge so I can see progress. It is about what I see in the mirror. I do not want to lose muscle, just fat.

As for my elbow and shoulder, I went to Airrosti and it is now fixed, but 6 months of little to no upper body work means a slow build back up. I did the open this year, but it was mostly at 85-90% effort. The first workout made me sore for a week. Walking hurt my arms…yeah, it was like that. Ha! After having done 14.1, I remembered how much I enjoyed crossfit style training and rededicated myself to the training. I am currently back to the OPT She track and am deciding if I will stay on it. It has a lot of upper body work, which I need at this point. Slow and steady. And quite frankly, I really enjoy the She track and being a part of OPT’s inline community.

Work has been great. It seems as though things are finally clicking. I understand so much more and am able to take on more challenging tasks. I have also been home (Texas) more since starting with Compcare in the past 1.5 years than I had in 5. Bonus family time is always a good thing.

As of the beginning of February, I am a dog owner. He’s pretty awesome. His name is James Fitzgerald Furbottom and he is a Dobbie or Rott and German Shepard mix, we think. That has been a huge adjustment, but it is already proving to be pretty amazing. He goes almost everywhere with me. I love taking him on errands and to the gym. In fact, he spends most of his time at the gym and loves it. He gets lots of love from members. We also recently starting running together…just a little. I need to build up both of us on running.

I am also considering venturing back into the bikini world. I think I have found a method of eating that works well for me. I am planning to give myself a little more time to decide as I build my training volume back up. I have already mentioned this possibility to Marie. I will definitely work with her on posing and making sure I am on track for a show….once I decide to compete and choose one.

Well, that is all for now…perhaps more to come in the future. We shall see!

It’s Been Real

After four years and 760 posts, I have decided to take a hiatus from my blog. I am not sure if it will be short or permanent.  There is a season for everything and I feel as though I am entering a season of internal reflection and rest. I plan to leave the blog up indefinitely so that everything is accessible.

Thank you to all who have encouraged and supported my through my blog, both near and far. I hope and pray that I have inspired you  and given you a few laughs along the way. Best wishes to all!

Post Op Checkup

I had my checkup with Dr. Tim today. He likes my progress so far. He told me not to use it for another two weeks. After that, I am allowed to start adding a few things here and there to start building back up.

I am getting back to training, slowly. Last week, I walked to and from the office. This week, I have done some sled drags and am starting to use the weight vest(s). Since my arm is less sore, I think I will start to throw some running back into the mix here and there. Just to be clear, this will be more of a warm-up 800…not miles. At least, not yet.

On another note, I am heading to Texas to visit my grandmother. My father says she is excited to see me. I am excited to see her as well. With the passing of her husband, I really feel as though this visit is really important. The reality that my grandparents are getting older is starting to hit home.

Healing Up Nicely!

Well, it’s been four days and my arm is doing very well. I can hold things like my phone or small coffee. But let’s be real, who drinks small coffees? Ha! As long as I keep moving and stretching it, it feels fine. It is definitely sore in the mornings. Partly because it is stiff and partly because I am more comfortable with sleeping and may have rolled on top of it. Oops!

I walked into work this morning and am planning to do so the rest of the week. I may even walk home. I am feeling a bit restless not being able to work out. So, I will walk this week. I may even hop on the bike at lunch, just to get some blood moving.

I have some pretty great people in my life. I was super nervous about going into surgery. The night before, I received several texts from people letting me know I was on their minds. Kathryn braided my hair for me the night before and again on Sunday. She offered to help with the shampoo process as well. I realize it may seem small to a lot of people, but that was really touching to me. :)

When I was deciding to have the surgery, I had a friend who had it two years ago reach out to me (Cookie). He walked me through some planning. He reminded me to have my hair braided, prep food, and plan to wear comfy clothes. The discussion with him put me at some ease and helped me with a to-do list.

Then, there is Heather M. She was really happy to give me the following card. I really appreciate the time and effort she put into making me laugh.

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From Heather McNaughton.

And, of course, Stephen. He has been super helpful. He waits for me to ask for some tasks as I think he knows I can do some of them without help. Or at least I want to try. He has stepped up even more to make sure the things I can’t do yet get done. He made sure to keep my mom in the loop when I got out of surgery and got directions from Tim on post-op care.

I am looking forward to full use again, but I am taking it slow. One day at a time.

Life is Not Always Daisies….

I try to keep my blog upbeat and geared toward training for life. But sometimes, real life surfaces……..

I arrived at work yesterday morning and things were normal. Around 8:30 am, I saw my father was calling. I should have know that I call from him before noon couldn’t be good. We had been trying to get in touch with each other for a couple of days, so I dismissed any internal alarms that were going off. I happily answered my phone “Goooood Morning!”. Unfortunately, his joy was not returned. He was calling with bad news. My grandmother’s husband had passed away the night before. His name was Jerry and he has been a part of our lives for ~15 years. I was not particularly close with him, but for some reason I was at that moment broken. My thoughts immediately turned to my grandmother, who has had a pretty rough year. She has had two strokes, one major, and has now lost her significant other. I am worried for her. I am counting my blessings every moment of the day. I am so happy that I went home and got to spend some time with him. My father is taking this pretty hard. He has been living with them for months to be able to help. He and Jerry had become close. He also had his hand on Jerry’s chest when he passed.

My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to my family in Texas as they go through this time of loss.  I pray that I can offer comfort when it is needed and be an ear when they just need to talk.

The loss of someone in life makes me start to evaluate my own life. What can I do to make sure I am as happy as possible and that I contribute to those around me. With my birthday only a few days away, I think it is time for a life evaluation. Are there things that need to be changed? My outlook? My actions? Time to start looking inward.

PRs in the Gym Do Not Equal PRs in Life

So, yesterday, I set another PR. I hit 144 on “300 FY”. I wasn’t even trying for that, but it just happened as I was trying to get to 150 calories AFAP. At some point, I would love to get to 200. Yes, I am aware of what I am saying. I also am aware of the amount of pain that will be associated with this goal.

Even though I have been hitting new PRs in the gym, that does not mean that I am doing awesome things outside of the gym…at least not yesterday. So…… my laptop has not been charging. The DC jack is not registering the connection to the charger. I decided that if I could change out my LCD screen, then I could do this too. Welp..not so much. I really thought I had it. I got the whole laptop pulled apart, swapped out the part, and put it back together. It was charging!!! Then, I turned it on. No dice. The screen wouldn’t turn on and the caps lock light was blinking. Eeeeee! I tried using the TV as a monitor…NOPE.

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The scariest thing I have ever seen. Ha!

The good thing is that my laptop was pretty much on its last legs. The only thing I need a laptop for right now is AutoCAD work. There is a mobile program that I am going to see if I can get away with using for a while. Hopefully it will be fine. Otherwise, I suppose I will have to install it on a new computer. No matter what I do, I will have to spend some money. Either an inexpensive notebook like the Chromebook, accessories to use with my iPad, or a fully capable laptop that I can install AutoCAD on. We shall see.

Lesson: Some computer upgrades are easy…..some are not. LOL.

I then thought I should venture into the world of protein brownies. I am going back to a strict diet geared toward bodybuilding. And sometimes I will want something. Well…while not a total flop (Esteban liked them), they were not what I was expecting. I wanted fluffy/fudge brownies. Not so much. They didn’t taste bad, but the texture wasn’t what I was looking for. Looks like the search will continue. OR I guess the once in a while I really want a brownie, I could just eat one. :)