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    Adventures of a squirrel- 2019

    Looks like I picked the right moniker for myself! I did Foundation and started 30 Days of Change in 2016 and then wandered off when I saw something shiny. So, for a bit of history, I set myself up for failure and succeeded. In 2016 I got the bright idea of doing this big running challenge. You did three military sponsored races in one year, and earned a fancy, shiny medal. The third had to be the Navy Five Miler or the Air Force/Navy Half Marathon in Washington DC. I signed up for the Navy Rock N’ Fly half marathon in Pensacola in March 2017, the Navy 10 Nautical Miler in Mamphis in June and the Navy 5 miler in September. I Forgot about the fact that I’m so slow, half marathon training tends to eat up all my free time. As I got deep into training up for the half, I dropped pretty much everything except running. By the time I got to the June race I hadn’t done any exercise other than running for months and I was getting burned out on running. By the time I finished the challenge, I needed a break. That came in the form of sitting on my tail and doing nothing for a year. There were sporadic, epic fail attempts to get moving, but I just couldn’t seem to get motivated. I have picked up a little weight and I’m feeling my age, but I still couldn’t get moving. I decided over the holidays that I had to change, but I knew better than to get too serious about exercising and eating right in December. My son was town in for a visit at New Year’s and I decided to try to get myself moving once he left. So this is sort of like a new year, new you thing, but I don’t do New Year’s resolutions and this didn’t start till about Jan 2. The timing just happens to be right to call it a New Year’s thing.

    So I started Foundation again around the 2nd and I had started running in the mornings (supposed to be 3 days per week, but usually find motivation on only 2 days per week) back in November. The first day was cardio and I did level 3 with no problems. I did day two at level 3 also. Well now I have to do level 3, right? That’s how it works in my pea brain anyway! I haven’t taken more than 30 seconds rest between sets so far, usually less. I’ve been pretty darned sore, but not bad enough to discourage me. I’m starting to feel pretty good about this. At one point I was reflecting on how sore I was getting from trying to work out again and how easy some of these workouts are, especially compared to what I used to be able to do, and it hit me - This is Foundation- it’s about building the habit as much as it is about building a base level of fitness. I don’t know what 2019 will bring. I may get distracted tomorrow. But for now, I’m back to DAREBEE and taking baby steps back to a healthier, fitter me.

    #2
    Welcome back Squirrel Off to a good start in 2019!!

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      #3
      Welcome Back One step at a time ...

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        #4
        Squirrel Welcome back buddy! Looks like you're doing great! New Year is a New You

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          #5
          I skipped my run this morning because it’s 29 degrees outside and I just couldn’t talk myself into it. I know from when I started the running journey 10 years ago that I will get better about making the runs happen over time. As long as I keep signing up for 5Ks I will be able to keep myself moving until it once again becomes a part of me. I remember the love of running, the pure joy of being outside and moving, and the physical and emotional need to get into my sneakers and hit the roads and trails.. It is really hard to get back there, though. It’s an odd feeling to miss something so much while dreading it because I am back to a beginner level and it’s so darned hard now! I need to find a new running buddy, I think. My old running pal retired right about the time I was overdoing it in 2017 and I think not having someone around for accountability is part of the reason I quit running instead of just taking a little break. Wow, I haven’t really allowed myself the time to let those thoughts on running really gel until this morning. On the plus side, I completed day 9 of Foundation at level three this morning since I couldn’t make myself run. It was cardio, but my old arms are tired after flapping up and down for 280 step jacks and 56 jumping jacks! Go me! 9 days in a row working out! Hang in there little squirrel!

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            #6
            Day 10 is done at level 3 with no rest breaks. I suspect sitting down and standing back up may be a challenge over the next couple of days, ha ha. I was pretty sore last time Foundation hit my legs and there were a few more reps this time.

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              #7
              I did day 11 of Foundation at level three with no rest breaks. Surprisingly I have no soreness from yesterday’s squats. Tomorrow’s challenge will be remembering to do day twelve.

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                #8
                Foundation day 12 is n the books. Level three with thirty seconds rest between sets. I took the rest breaks because I thought my shoulders would get tired since all the exercises were on hands and knees. I did a little seated dynamic hip flexor stretching during the breaks. My fear that I wouldn’t remember my workout today was based on a planned run. I usually do them in the morning before work and was afraid I’d forget to do Foundation after a long hectic Monday. I woke up to thick fog this morning so I switched my run to this afternoon for safety’s sake. Now I just have to talk myself into hitting the trail this afternoon instead of coming straight home from work. My bag is packed and in the car already, so there’s no excuses for missing the run. (Except laziness, and I’m very good at that one!). I also had the bright idea that I should add pushups to my workouts. Maybe add one a day. Well, that was depressing. I can no longer manage even 1 from my toes! So maybe I’ll start doing some knee pushups during my rest breaks to get that little piece of the puzzle back. All in all, I’m still making myself move a little more. I feel like logging it is helping. I don’t want to have to say I missed a day.

                It’s about time I get serious about the “eat a little less” half of the equation. It may not sound like a good thing, but I bought myself some dark chocolate sea salt truffles to help with that. I am SERIOUSLY sugar addicted. I am also an emotional eater and have a fairly stressful job. Great combination, right? So in the afternoon when I’ve had about all I can take and there’s still two hours to go, I can’t seem to keep myself away from the vending machine at work. I’ve found that a little bit of an intensely good sweet treat is enough to bring me down off my emotional ledge. So I’ll take one of these truffles to work every day for my afternoon crisis. 80 calories for a truffle is better than however many calories are in the stuff I’m getting at work. I also need to start logging all my food, but just haven’t gotten to that yet. Baby steps. And today’s step is getting over the Ding-Dongs, Ho-Hos and Nutty Buddies.

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                  #9
                  I did day 12 of Foundation at level 3 with 30 second rest breaks. I also did a daily dare today. Sadly, my arms weren’t strong enough to do fifteen of the up and down plank thingies in one go, but I did get 11 before I couldn’t push back up again. I finished them off after doing my Foundation workout for the day. I think maybe I’m getting hooked again on this exercise thing. I’ve spent more time this morning than I should have just browsing around the DAREBEE website trying to get re-acquainted with what’s here. My inner squirrel is coming out as I start looking forward to what’s next when I’m not even half done with this first program. The curiosity is OK as long as I keep it under control and don’t go flitting off to something else. Gotta stay on track!

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                    #10
                    I got off work this afternoon and the sun was shining (we haven’t had nearly as much of that here in Georgia as we’re used to lately). I was feeling quite energetic and said to myself, I think I will at least attempt the WOD when I get home. This resolve followed me all the way home where I found out the WOD was a 5 minute plank. WHAT? I CAN’T DO THAT! Oddly enough, as I found cat barf on the carpet and cleaned it up, my thoughts ran to, I can’t do five minutes in one go, but maybe in 30 second increments. And just think what a feeling of accomplishment if you actually do this! So after I got the gack off the floor, I pulled out the old running watch and gave it a go. Imagine my shock, surprise and elation when I made it a full minute before I needed to rest! I walked around flapping my poor arms for a few seconds and went back at it. I made it for another minute! Mind you, things proceeded to get uglier and uglier as I proceeded through minutes 3 and 4. Lots of butt wiggling and shaking going on. At the 4 1/2 minute mark, my arms reminded me just how old and fat they are, but I rested again and did the last thirty seconds. It took me 6 sets and 5 rest breaks, but I managed to finish that WOD. If you’re reading this, please don’t tell me if I missed an instruction and that was supposed to be the first of several sets; I’m too giddy about doing a second workout for today and accomplishing the impossible!

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                      #11
                      I overslept a little this morning so my run will have to be tomorrow morning. We go on vacation next week to visit our kids (one in Las Vegas and one in Tacoma). Between the travel prep this week and family fun next week, runs will be hard to get in. Hopefully I can squeeze one in tomorrow. Wednesdays are packed to the gills. My mom is in a nursing home and Wednesdays are our date night. I go after work and check her out to go out for some fresh air and a non-institutional meal. My husband is out of town for the week, which also messes me up. We’ve been married 33 years, so sleeping alone is hard for me. I have to only unmake my side of the bed and stack the decorative pillows on his side so it feels like there’s someone there to be able to get to sleep. I tend to stay up later when he’s gone too. Hence, my morning tiredness and oversleeping. I’m so blessed that little things like this are my ‘problems’! I did day 13 of Foundation as soon as I got up. I did level 3 with no rest breaks. Thank goodness it was a cardio day. Those are the easy days for me.

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                        #12
                        Day 15 of Foundation. I’m halfway there! I ran 30 minutes this morning before work.i just got finished with my Foundation workout. I did level 3 with no rest breaks. I like the workouts where you’re changing position enough to rest muscles a bit and keep going without a rest break. I just don’t know what to do with myself during rest breaks. I almost feel like I’m wasting time. Occasionally I’ve done a workout where I really needed the rest, but I tend to get discouraged on those. It’s usually something like a HIIT video where I am not really able to keep up. I don’t really like that kind of thing. Guess that’s why I enjoy running. I can go forever once I’m in shape, but don’t expect me at the finish line in any kind of a hurry. If I lift weights, I want to do circuits and just keep going till I’m done. I guess I’m a slow burn kind of exerciser.

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                          #13
                          I did day 16 of Foundation today. I’m still hanging on at level 3 with no rest breaks. Today was the hardest so far. The exercises wern’t tough, it was the talking myself into it that was tough. Once I got moving I was fine and even did the daily dare all in one go after finishing my Foundation workout. My abs were still a little sore from the last daily dare I did, so coughing may continue to be a little painful since today’s daily dare hit abs too. I hurt my knee back in December. Just a little tweak while bowling, but since that was also when I went back to running and then added working out to the mix this month, the knee is continuing to be a bit of a problem. As long as things loosen up when I get moving, I’ll keep going. Ultimately exercise is better for it than sitting around waiting for it to be 100%.

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                            #14
                            Foundation Day 17 level 3 no rest. Just realized today that I could jump on those side jacks instead of stepping. It helped get my heart rate up a bit, duh. The knee held up ok with the jumping. How embarrassing. I probably should have figured out the jumping thing before now!

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                              #15
                              Foundation Day 18 Level three one rest break after set 4. Those squat holds really load your quads, making the second set of lunges much more difficult after a few rounds. Had to really slow down on he second lunge exercise in each set to maintain form.

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