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  • #16
    [QUOTE=teach2183;820924]Pushups: 10 = L2
    Pullups: 0 = L1
    Squats: stopped at 61 = L4
    Plank: 31s = L2
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    Gave it another shot today and seeing some improvement.
    Push-ups L2, tough but good
    Squats L5, not sure if I should be alternating or one side, then the other for full sets. Tried both ways and wasn't too bad.
    Pull-ups L1, definitely seeing improvement here though 10/10 and 15/5
    Plank L2, getting easier, not as rough on my shoulders

    Also did quite a bit of cleaning/decluttering today, which means a lot of walking all over to put things away. It's nice to see part of the house with less clutter as well. Off to take a shower and then see if I have enough energy to keep tackling the kitchen. And of course it waited to rain until AFTER I watered the garden!

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    • #17
      Had a nice mother's day today. Worked this morning, cleaned a little more, then had lunch with the ILs. I was doing great until I ate a fudge chocolate cake for dessert. Apparently my stomach has become accustomed to goo, non-grain foods because it did not feel good this afternoon. I can't believe how fast it hit me either! Will definitely be staying away from the wheat in the future and go with ice cream for my treat.

      I am still sore from lifting yesterday, so no sprint workout this week. Still have soccer Wed, so it's not like I won't do any sprints.

      Got a new tutoring client tonight, so will miss dinner with family tomorrow night and possibly Tuesday. Might be my chance to end up eating a really light dinner or not at all, we'll see how I'm feeling. I hope it doesn't stress DH out too much to have me gone. I will put dinner together before I leave. Then again, I'm home with the kids all day so he can handle 2 hours while I'm tutoring. I'll be back for bed time so DS can nurse. Looking forward to work with this student, but the first visit is always nerve-wrecking.

      Off to do the last bit of cleaning of the kitchen so it's fully done. It's weird to have an area of the house so clean and decluttered! But so nice to look at.

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      • #18
        Today was a wonderful day. Had a nice breakfast with the kids, did a little more cleaning, then walked down to the park with the kids. Had a good lunch, got work done during naps, played outside with the kids some more, then had a great tutoring session. I think I forgot how much I like tutoring HS students and what good money it can be. This could be the ticket to next year for us if DH doesn't find a new job. I definitely missed the kids while I was gone, but it's quality Dad time for them and he doesn't have to feel second fiddle. Plus they were all excited when I got home. Perfect timing too, because I just missed some play time, dinner, and a walk. Tomorrow I'm going a bit earlier so should even be home for a walk.

        I think I overstretched my quads on Saturday because they still are really sore. Everything else is fine but them. I kneeled at one point and leaned back, felt good at the time, but apparently that was too much. Not much to do now but try to let them rest. Hopefully they'll be better by Saturday so I don't have to skip lifting.

        Get to relax tonight, which is nice. Not real hungry even though I missed diner. Can't decide whether I should just skip it altogether or have something small. I'm kind of worried that if I don't eat I'll wake up starving. I finished lunch before noon, so it's been 7.5 hours since I ate and waiting until tomorrow would put me at ~19 hours. I'm a little worried that it might tank my supply for breastfeeding. Pretty cool that I'm not super hungry though, because before I would have needed a snack before heading to tutoring. This is totally a new world for me!

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        • #19
          Things are going pretty well. I have been trying to follow my body's cues and eating until no longer hungry. I've been eating 1 square of chocolate more often lately, every other night or so. But I'm down another pound, just over 12lbs gone total. I'm enjoying working out, even if I only fit it in once a week. Will try to sprint tomorrow as well. I'm only 2lbs away from seeing a new decade of pounds. I haven't been below 180 since before I was pregnant with DD, so coming upon 5 years.

          Looking at make some big changes coming up. Spending the next 2 weeks cleaning the house and getting rid of stuff. Will be having a large garage sale in June when our town does theirs. Afterwards everything left will be donated to good will. Ready to have less things and we're definitely discovering that as a family we don't need a ton of space. I realize that as the kids get older they'll want a little more space, but definitely thinking for the next couple years we could handle an apartment with a park nearby. DH has an interview on Tuesday that could allow us to shave ~$600/m off our budget, how awesome would that be! Plus DH's pay would go up by ~$500/m, so we could pay off the car and save to get a new house. Met with the RE yesterday and there's not a ton we need to do. Just majory purging and cleaning. Have made a pretty good dent already though. Have decluttered nearly completely the kitchen, dining, living rooms, and front hall. Also completed DD's room today. DS's room should be pretty easy. That will leave me a couple days to get our bedroom under control, a day for each bathroom, and then several days for the basement. After that we'll just need to actually clean and be ready to show! I hope we can sell without paying a bunch of money. It's hard to believe that we're going to lose over $60k in just 5 years on this place.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by teach2183 View Post
            Push-ups L2, tough but good
            Squats L5, not sure if I should be alternating or one side, then the other for full sets. Tried both ways and wasn't too bad.
            Pull-ups L1, definitely seeing improvement here though 10/10 and 15/5
            Plank L2, getting easier, not as rough on my shoulders
            Got in my lifting yesterday. Seeing a little more improvement which is great. Not sore at all today, so last week must have been from overstretching, even though it felt good at the time.
            Pushups L2, still tough but getting easier
            Pullups L1, 15/5 and all 20, this was awesome to accomplish. I love seeing this progress!
            Squats L5, thinking just 1 more week and then going to L6
            Plank L2, right shoulder was bothering me on the side ones

            Also did my sprints today and it felt great. Much warmer today than 2 weeks agom so rested a little longer between sprints. But felt strong which is a great feeling. Really looking forward to steak for dinner tonight!

            In other news, my period is a little late. I can't be pregnant so I wonder what's up. No call to a doctor or anything until I'm at least a week late.

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            • #21
              Just wanted to note that I'm now well overdue this cycle, as in on day 32 and nothing. I'm finding it interesting that every other month seems to be a long cycle. So I wonder if something is up with one of my ovaries? Possibly something to discuss at my next OBGYN appointment. Maybe even a reason to sneak in an appointment at the end of June before our insurance switches over? I think we'll see how long this ends up being. Any females reading this have long cycles every other month?

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              • #22
                Originally posted by teach2183 View Post
                Pushups L2, still tough but getting easier
                Pullups L1, 15/5 and all 20, this was awesome to accomplish. I love seeing this progress!
                Squats L5, thinking just 1 more week and then going to L6
                Plank L2, right shoulder was bothering me on the side ones
                Lifted again yesterday. Same levels as last time.
                Pushups L2, fine until the last 5 or so on the second set. Hopefully 1 more week and then up to L3.
                Pullups L1, 20 both times here! Definitely tough, but great to get in all the reps without a break.
                Squats L5, Got dizzy mid-way through the second set, not sure what that was about.
                Plank L2, right shoulder was still bothering me on the side ones, but otherwise feeling stronger

                I've been extremely dizzy tonight and I'm really tired. I'm wondering if it's the increase in sugar lately. I made gluten free brownies for DH's birthday yesterday. And we had pizza for dinner from his favorite pizza place. So my body could probably use some detoxing. I had a lot for dinner tonight, so I'm considering skipping breakfast tomorrow. But we'll see how I feel in the morning as I have to tutor at 9:30. Definitely about ready for bed.

                Have made great progress on the house and we're ready for the cleaning phase. DH said he would do the bathrooms tomorrow. So I think I'll dust Tues, vaccuum Wed upstairs, downstairs Thurs plus windows, and then sweep the floors Fri. Don't plan to fully finish the floors until after DS's party as that seems it would be a waste. Hopefully we can keep everything tidy though! I wish I knew what God's plan was for us. I'm finding some great options for apartments and activities for the kids actually look to be a bit cheaper. Hopefully this is His plan and we can sell and get everything to work out. And if we could figure out this dizziness it would be amazing too. I hate feeling like this. Time for bed after DD comes to say good night. At least DH is home all day tomorrow and only 3 full days left!

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                • #23
                  I have been absolutely exhausted lately. Today isn't as horrible, but I have a sore throat and my upper back is super sore. Have been researching adrenal fatigue and think that might be the problem. With going on vacation Sunday there's not much I can do for now. Started back up with magnesium last night before bed though. Didn't help much as I slept 8:30-12 and then woke about every hour until 5:30 and have been up since. I took B complex, D3, and my prenatal vitamins with breakfast. So perhaps that accounts for the slightly higher energy. If just this helps that would be amazing. We will see what happens over the next few days.

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                  • #24
                    Alright, I'm ready to quit. Where is my energy? I was in bed last night 8:30-7! I was likely asleep by 9:30, so that's nearly 10 hours of sleep. But by 10 this morning I was seriously ready for a nap. It's not that I didn't eat a good breakfast either - 3 eggs fried in coconut oil, green pepper and mushroom sauteed in coconut oil, raspberries and blueberries. I did forget to add salt to the eggs, been trying to up that intake lately. But this just isn't working for me. I've been super dizzy all day today as well. I just don't know what to do anymore. It doesn't help that our insuance changes 7/1 so I'm not interested in going to see a doctor right now. Plus I've seen 9 different doctors in the past 4 years and no one has found a thing. What in the world is going on?
                    It doesn't help that nobody gets it either. DH is clueless and I feel bad. He doesn't get that sitting/laying on the couch looking at the computer doesn't really expend energy, but pretty much everything else does. I want to feel better, I really, truly do. Who would want to live exhausted and dizzy all the time? I wish there was something that would help!

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                    • #25
                      Worked out today! The first time in a month I finally had the energy. And it felt great! I've only lost a little strength, as I did get through the whole routine at the same levels as last time. But the pull-ups were REALLY hard again. The planks actually felt okay, with NO shoulder pain, yahoo!
                      L2 knee pushups - last 3 of each set tough but not too hard
                      L1 chair assisted pull-ups VERY hard, have lost strength here
                      L5 side to side squats - fairly easy
                      L2 knee/forearm planks - easier than before, no shoulder pain

                      I plan to repeat this set next time and then hope to move up on the squats and planks.

                      My energy seems to have returned. So I'm starting to think that I was going through some major recovery and that's why I was so exhausted. I have maintained my weight of 182lbs over the past 6 weeks or so, but supposedly by body fat has gone down. So hopefully now that something has fixed itself I can get back to losing more weight. It would be awesome to be back to my pre-preg 1 weight when I go to the doctor next month. Either way, I finally have energy again! I'm going to stick with spinach for breakfast, adding salt to my food, and keeping my carbs at a medium level until it's not working anymore.

                      Feels so great to workout again.

                      Oh, I should mention that I am on day 3 of my cycle and NO cramps! Never in my life have I experienced this. I used to take 500mg of naprosyn 1-2x/day for the first 2 days of my cycle. I would wake up at night from them and often throw-up from the terrible pain. But this time I only discovered my period had started because I went to the bathroom and saw blood.

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                      • #26
                        Glad your energy has returned. Not sure if it is the primal food or exercise that stops the period pains. I was surprised this month that i didn't have to take painkillers to cope.

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by annedawso View Post
                          Glad your energy has returned. Not sure if it is the primal food or exercise that stops the period pains. I was surprised this month that i didn't have to take painkillers to cope.
                          Definitely food. I played college soccer with no change in cramping.

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                          • #28
                            Here we go with the rounds of doctors. Saw my gyno today in hopes he could start getting to the bottom of everything. Well, he said I need to go see an internist about the fatigue (which has returned). But did give me orders for thyroid function, stating that if it was low but normal before it certainly may have taken a nosedive. And he doing a urine culture to see if we can explain any of the bladder issues I've been having. I'm to return in 2 weeks and we'll see how things look. I did squeeze an appointment in to a regular doctor this Friday though. So maybe he'll have some ideas.

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                            • #29
                              So I'm still sore from Sunday's workout! Did very little yesterday except the doctor and working. Played with the kids this morning, which did include some carthweels. They're fun when they get along with each other :-) I'm hoping I'm feeling a little better tonight as I'm playing 2 soccer games. Very tired today, but can't nap because I'm demoing (work) until 4:30. But last day of this. Looking forward to being able to possibly nap on Saturday and going forward from there.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by teach2183 View Post
                                L2 knee pushups - last 3 of each set tough but not too hard
                                L1 chair assisted pull-ups VERY hard, have lost strength here
                                L5 side to side squats - fairly easy
                                L2 knee/forearm planks - easier than before, no shoulder pain
                                Worked out again today, despite being real tired all week. I've decided my body is just wacked out, so I have a new approach. With DH home and work lighter for the next month, I have the luxury of sleeping more - earlier to bed and napping. So I'm going to get back into working out, with the schedule I had hoped for over the summer months. Except for this coming week I will continue to have 1-2 soccer games on Wednesdays. So this week will be a little different in that I don't have that restriction. I did body weight training today, same levels as last time. The pull-ups were still pretty hard, and everything else felt good. So I'm going to stick with this for at least 1 more week. Monday morning I plan to do some sprints. Will have to get up early before tutoring at 9:30 as it will be hot later in the day. Wed in the 4th, either Wed/Th I am going to get in a weight training session using our weight room.

                                My plan going forward will be:
                                Th - Body Weight Exercises
                                Sat - Weight Training
                                Mon - Sprints
                                Wed - Soccer

                                Probably not the ideal cycle, but soccer is locked in and Saturdays I have time without the kids. This will give me time to rest between workout days though. If I am struggling I will first switch the body weight training to Sat, and perhaps switch off week to week with that. But I actually miss lifting weights and seeing my progression of what I can lift. I'm considering doing something like starting strength, but I need to first get my energy levels back up.

                                I also have resumed weight loss, finally down another pound. I feel like I can really see the progress in my stomach too, I know others can. So hopefully my fairly decent patience and not playing around with too much is working. I'm averaging just over 0.5lb/week. While that is considerably slower than I would like, at least it's something. It'll take me around a year to get to my previous happy weight at this rate, but that's okay. It's okay because it should stay off this time. Ideally I could get back into the 140's, but just have to see how my body does. As of today I'm 181lbs. I would like to be in the 160's by the time I turn 30. I can only imagine what rate I might start losing weight once my body fully heals itself from whatever damage I did with my eating, 2 pregnancies, and over 3 years of breastfeeding.

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