Kettlebells

On the way to work this morning I ate a Pumpkin Pie  bar and these are my favorite I hope they make them all year because I don’t know what I would do with out them. I love PUMPKIN. This Friday we are going to the Pumpkin Patch. Can’t wait! YAY!!!!1021090851

Like I was mentioning yesterday I worked on the bats again today and I have 2 more to do, but I am getting there. I plopped myself in a different corner today and it was nice to get a lot done. Here are some pictures of the bats. I traced all their hands and cut them out on black foam along with the heads. The mouth is made out of white construction paper and you can figure out the rest. 1021091413a10210914121021091413

Here is what is hanging in the hall way right now outside of the classroom. Mrs. Wagner has such great ideas. I can’t take credit for any of this, but I did put everything up. 10210914241021091424a

I did decorate this door!

I did decorate this door!

After work today I headed to the chiropractor to see Dr. Dave and Terri. When I got there I held Palmer (he is too cute) and talked to Dave until Terri got back with their lunch. It was like 3PM and they were just eating lunch. So I sat around and talked while they ate and then I got adjusted (not cracked). Growing up my knees have always cracked, but that is the wrong term and I can not say the word CRACK in Dr. Dave’s office. Also, I told him I got the flu shot last week and he was really disappointed. I was told that it would be good and since I am trying to get pregnant all pregnant women are advised to get it. Well, I should not listen to people and I should start researching stuff on my own and making up my own mind. I did not even know that the flu shot could be bad. Why would any body give you something that could be bad? I am so naive. So tomorrow when I am not as tired I have some research to do.

Dr. Dave gave me this long speech about how female birds and male birds meet and come together and build their home together as a couple and then the female bird feels safe and protected and is relaxed and then they are able to have relations and naturally since she is relaxed she gets pregnant and gives birth. STOP…birds don’t give birth they lay eggs. OK…bad analogy, but I get the gist. So you have to feel comfortable in your bedroom to be able to become pregnant and it is the mans job to make you feel safe and comfortable. All of a sudden Terri starts laughing and saying I HATE our bedroom, I hate the night stands, I hate our bed…etc. It was just hilarious. Guess you had to be there.

When I finally got home it was almost 5:00 and got ready for kettlebells. Today I renewed for another 3 months. YAY!

These are the actual kettlebells we use. Thought I would take a picture for you all to see

These are the actual kettlebells we use. Thought I would take a picture for you all to see

I got there a little early and was surprised to see ropes hanging from the ceiling and a long thick rope laying across the floor. Instead of putting it away Michelle kept it out and we used it for kettlebells. I was the only one to show up tonight so it was a personal session. SWEET!  So we used the heavy rope and it was a lot of fun, we used it like this:heavy ropesheavy ropes2rope-workout-300x270

It was a lot of fun, but you definitely feel the workout in this. It gets your heart rate up quickly and hurts in the arms and shoulder. Also, works the legs because you are squatting and the core is tight. She also had ropes with handles that hung from the ceiling and I put my feet in them and brought both knees to my chest and then we did mountain climbers all while being in a plank position. Then we stood up and leaned back and did inverted presses. This was called the TRX Suspension Training System.

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TRX Suspension Training System

The TRX was invented by Navy Seal commander Randy Hetrick. He realised he needed a tool that could help him and his team maintain their combat fitness while deployed on missions in cramped operating bases such as safehouses, ships and submarines. He put together the first version using parachute material and sold hundreds to the troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The exercises use gravity and bodyweight to sculpt the entire body – more than 250 different exercises have been developed by Hetrick and every one requires you to engage your entire muscular system as opposed to the isolated muscles you work on when using standard gym weights.

She also had ropes with handles that hung from the ceiling and I put my feet in them and brought both knees to my chest and then we did mountain climbers all while being in a plank position. Then we stood up and leaned back and did inverted

It was a lot of fun and really hard. We did a lot of kettlebells, lunges, abs and squats. Great work out!

When I got home I started on dinner right away and made a lot of left overs. I reheated the chicken from last night, made some brown rice which we barley ate, spaghetti squash and I made whole wheat pita pizzas. Great dinner.

Spaghetti squash with tomato sauce

Spaghetti squash with tomato sauce

For dessert I warmed up 2 chocolate chip cookies and had a scoop of ice cream. 10210919351021091935a

Back In the Swing

WOW! What a great morning I had today. I went to kettlebells at 7:30 AM today and what a great workout. I really enjoy going on Saturday mornings because I get the both of best trainers. Kori and Michelle team up and do a killer training/ workout session. We did these ab things (I forget what she called them) which I tried to find online and this is the closest thing to it that I could find abs

Rectus Abdominus: V Rock and Roll

  • Lie faceup on mat with legs together, toes pointed and arms extended overhead by ears, hands stacked (like you’re about to dive into a pool).
  • Engage abs and lift both legs and shoulders about 6 inches off ground, slowly rocking body back and forth.

I stayed for Vinyasa+ with Melissa and had a GREAT time. I was pretty tired and sweaty since doing both back to back. I am feeling pretty good about myself because I tried CROW POSE for the first time and I LOVED IT. I am not good, but I was able to do it and hold it for 10 seconds each time. YAYYYY!!

THIS IS CROW POSE

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THIS IS ME DOING CROW POSE

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This is me doing it at home after the thousandth try because my camera sucks and demanding that Sam take my picture. Yes, my feet are off the floor. Not great, but so proud of myself!

This picture reminds me of:

I like big butts and I can not lie
You other brothers can’t deny
That when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist
And a round thing in your face
You get sprung, wanna pull out your tough
‘Cause you notice that butt was stuffed
Deep in the jeans she’s wearing
I’m hooked and I can’t stop staring
Oh baby, I wanna get with you
And take your picture

Yep! That’s right Baby got back.

So I had a great start to a great day and at the end of yoga Melissa read something that almost made me cry.

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots , each hung on the ends of a pole , which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water , at the end of the long walk from the stream to the house , the cracked pot arrived only half full.

For a full two years this went on daily , with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water. Of course , the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection , and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.

After 2 years of what it perceived to be bitter failure , it spoke to the woman one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of myself , because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house.”

The old woman smiled , “Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path , but not on the other pot’s side?” “That’s because I have always known about your flaw , so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path , and every day while we walk back , you water them. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table. Without you being just the way you are , there would not be this beauty to grace the house.”

Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it’s the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding. You’ve just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them.

Made me almost cry I am very emotional!

Great story right?? Did you cry??? What do you do that is wonderful to start your day?


YAYYYY…Soda Stream!!!

What a great start to the first day of October. Happy October everyone! So I finally made Christina’s pumpkin flavored oatmeal this morning and it was soooo GOOD!1001090812

I saved the rest for lunch which everyone loved the smell of. Once again they were jealous of my lunch…heehee!1001091156

When I got home I started right away to making chicken broth from scratch (which I have never done) to make chicken noodle soup. Sam came home early and was yelling for me to look and see that I had a package. It was Soda Stream and I quickly stopped what I was doing to take lots of pictures. It was like a Soda Stream photo shoot.10010915431001091545new package1001091549a1001091550

Erin O’Connor and the really nice people at Soda Stream sent me not only the machine, but 9 different flavors and tiny flavors to add to water. Let me just tell you how cool and amazing this machine is:

  • It is really light weight
  • Easy to assemble
  • Don’t have to plug anything in
  • Takes up very little counter space (which is so valuable)
  • Comes with 2 great/big bottles with lids
  • Fun to use
  • Tastes amazing plain or with flavoring
  • Earth Friendly
  • You can make seltzer water plain or with flavors
  • You can make your very own soda with many different flavors

How to use (so easy):

  • First take off the back and insert the CO2 cartridge from the the bottom. Just screws in the top.
  • Put the back cover on
  • Fill bottle with cold water and screw into the front of the unit
  • Push the button on the top 3 times (push hard)

Check out my YouTube video of me trying it for the first time!

  • Fill bottle with cold water. I used the purified water and then put the bottle in the fridge to get cold.

    Fill bottle with cold water. I used the purified water and then put the bottle in the fridge to get cold.

    Screw the bottle into the front of the unit

    Screw the bottle into the front of the unit

    Add some flavor (I used just a half of the cap) or enjoy it plain

    Add some flavor (I used just a half of the cap) or enjoy it plain

    ENJOY!!!!!!

    ENJOY!!!!!!

WORKOUT

I was so pleased with myself because I made homemade chicken noodle soup and went to kettlebells. Also, I did laundry and cleaned up the house a bit. I did not sit down all afternoon so my feet are sooo tired. Kettlebells kicked my butt tonight, but it was so nice because it was the first time I used 26lbs. and one of the other instructors was really impressed about how much I am going to yoga and kettlebells. She said, “you can really tell we are kicking your butt and you are doing and awesome job.” I was so HAPPY!

DINNER

Chicken Noodle Soup with lots of noodles. I made a huge pot so I will be eating this for a while.

Chicken, noddles, carrots, garlic, celery, onion, spinach, oregeno, and salt and pepper,

Chicken, noddles, carrots, garlic, celery, onion, spinach, oregeno, and salt and pepper,

PAMPERING

After dinner and cleaning up the big mess I made. I treated myself by doing my nails with the new nail polish I got today. They are two different shades of purple. I couldn’t decide which one I wanted so I got both. My finger nails are a little lighter.1001092022