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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Snow Punisher

Well, usually after a Thursday night workout I curse Scott for the soreness in my muscles on Friday and Saturday.  Today I woke up sore and couldn't even blame it on him.  I put myself through my own strength training on Sunday and Tuesday.  Plus, I shoveled 10 inches of heavy, wet snow last night for over half an hour to get my car unstuck in the driveway.  This morning, a few more inches had fallen and my car, Miss Olga the Alero, being the low rider that she is, thought it would be fun to repeat the tire spinning, trunk in the street and hood in the driveway but no one is going anywhere adventure.  So I shoveled again and boy are my shoulders sore!

It should make for an interesting training session tomorrow night since we always do lots of arms, shoulders and chest.  Plus, there will be a few Drake journalism students there doing a story on us.  Hopefully I can lift the weights Scott throws at us and not look like a total pansy in front of them.

I was supposed to have a lunch date with my lovely mother-in-law today but the snow has her stuck at home.  So Melody took our lunchtime walk to Subway since I didn't have anything to eat.  I decided to get the chipotle on my chicken sub instead of the fat free honey mustard I always get.  HUGE mistake.  When I got back to my desk and logged it I wanted to bang my head against a wall.  Guess how much the chipotle sauce added to my 640 calorie sandwich?  200 CALORIES and 20, yes 20, grams of fat!!! Epic fail in the condiment selection.  Yes, it was still a better choice than a pasta bar or big burger and fries but dang, skippy!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Carry On

Carry On

Once in a while a certain song will resonate with me and I can’t help but blare it when I hear it on the radio.  This week I have a new one I would like to share.  It’s by Fun and called “Carry on”.  While this song seems to be intended more towards a relationship or life in general, it hits me on the fitness level.  This is a hard road. Anyone that’s taken it can attest to that.  And I love that this song pumps me up and makes me want to keep going and, you know, carry on. 

Here are a few of the lyrics and I will post the link if you want to hear it. I’m not sure why, but it just calls out to me and makes me happy. 

Cause we are
We are shining stars
We are invincible
We are who we are
On our darkest day
When we're miles away
So we'll come
We will find our way home

If you're lost and alone
Or you're sinking like a stone
Carry on
May your past be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground
Carry on

Another one that plays often these days that I like as well is by The Script “Hall of Fame”.  The first time I heard this was at ICE Warrior when I was at the point of wanting to cry my eyes out during a workout.  This came over the speakers and socked me in the gut and I knew I had to keep going.  Something about someone telling you that you can be a champion.  Positive thoughts breed positive results. 

Sunday, February 17, 2013

2 of 13

Race 2 of 13 for 2013 complete! Saturday Molly, Melody and I did the Red Flannel run in downtown Des Moines as our February race. It was cold and there was thousands of people. We may have stated out a bit too late Friday night because 7 am came really early. Race complete though. Got a nice shirt and it supports the downtown YMCA so that's a great cause. Looking forward to getting a better time in March at the Cresco stew and brew St Paddys day run.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Dear Stranger

Dear stranger at work that stopped me in the lobby to ask if I was Lyndee and to say that you read my blog and find it motivating, thank you. You have no idea how much I needed that today.  To know that people are still reading and I could still be helping others stay motivated, even when it’s something I’ve been lacking myself, lately.  Thank you for taking the time to say something.  I’m sorry that I didn’t think to ask your name but know that you made my day and motivated me to think about this blog today. 

My cousin that is a journalism major at Drake University asked me the other day if she could interview me for a piece on healthy living.  To be honest with you, my gut dropped when I read the words.  I don't feel like a good example anymore.  I don't know why she would want to use me as a focus on something she's going to be graded on and will be viewable by many Drake students and that community.  Because I love her dearly, I said I would do what I could to help but it also caused me a bit of anxiety to think about.  And then today I was reminded that she asked me for a reason.  Because what I'm going through is real life.  Because a lot of people share my struggles and triumphs in their own daily quests. 

I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching lately and wouldn’t you know, so many of the answers I seek about why I started this in the first place, how far I’ve come, my strengths and who I am, are etched on these pages. Going back and rereading gives me hope and helps to refocus my determination.  I can be strong like that again.  So thank you dear stranger at work for that little reminder today that I so desperately needed.