Thursday, February 14, 2013

Thankful Thursday: Thin Mints & Visitors

It's thankful Thursday time! We all have so much to be thankful for and we love to take this opportunity just to write down each and everything that comes to mind. Please take this time to share with us what you're thankful for as well. If you have a blog expressing your thankfulness, please share the link! Without further ado, here's what we're thankful for:

Mandi's List:

I'm thankful for my love. After all, it is Valentine's I can't help but think about my hubby today. I have been so blessed to find such an incredible man to spend my life with. I never imagined I'd have such an incredible husband and marriage, but God has blessed me beyond my wildest dreams.

I'm thankful for girl scout cookies...and I'm not thankful for them at the same time! HA! I have a total love affair with Thin Mints. I may or may not have eaten 2 boxes in the last 3 days (don't judge me - hehe). I literally cannot stop eating them. They are just so perfect in every way.

I'm thankful for a happy baby. Mckenna has been a bit cranky the last week or so between being sick and not sleeping well, she's been on the cranky side, with one meltdown after another. But last night she got a really good night's sleep and have been the happiest little love all day today! YIPPEE!!

Ronnie's List:

I'm thankful for some special visitors that are coming in today from Texas. My Dad and my Step-mom Denise will be hanging with us for the next few days and we're very excited about it! I love having family around, and since I only get to see them once or twice a year, it's extra special!!

I'm thankful for Mckenna's love of books. She is always asking us to read books to her, which usually turns into her flipping through the pages and pointing out "dogs" and "cats" and "fish" and "Noah" and "Jesus" and "giraffes" and on and on and on. It is so cute how excited she gets about certain things.

I'm thankful for a pretty potty trained little girl. She's about 50/50 on the pee-pee, but we've only changed about 4 poopy diapers in the last month. You've got to love that!! She also looks so cute sitting on a toilet as we just plop her up on the seat and she holds on until she goes. So cute....and much cleaner!!

So, what are you thankful for today?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Gym Exchange

This isn't the first time it's happened and it won't be the last, but it's fresh, so I thought I'd rehash while I remember.

Here is an exchange that I had with a woman today two treadmills over....

Me: *Cough*

Her: (Trying to get my attention by waving her hand in my direction)

Me: (Finally give in and look over) Yes?

Her: Do you have that cold or flu that's going around?

Me: Nope.

Her: But you're coughing!

Me: I know.

Her: And you don't have it? (Said very skeptically)

Me: No, I have a lung disease.

Her: So you don't have the flu?

Me: No, but I do have Cystic Fibrosis.

Her: Oh, ok, oh.

Me: (Put headphone back in and continue to watch SportsCenter) *Cough*

Her: (Grabs towel, stops treadmill and leaves)

....and life goes on. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Not Back On the Wagon

Unlike my very awesome wife, I am not back on the wagon! I have been battling a virus/cold, in the hospital or traveling since December 23rd, 2012 and my exercise life has certainly suffered for it.

Yeah, I've been to the gym now and again. Went on the occasional walk or bike ride. Heck, I even ran in the hotel gym, but I have not come close to the workout pace I set in 2012. A good part of 2012 I was in the gym 5 days minimum and usually 6. I endured some of the toughest workouts I have ever done. I pushed myself like never before. I was incredibly consistent. So far, 2013 has not been the same.

I'm not an excuse guy, so I won't give you a COMPLETE one, but I will say this. About 50% of the available days I could have gone to the gym were "no way" days. In other words, I was too sick to safely work out either for myself or for others. 25% of those days were "I probably could, but if I push it, I may set myself back" days. I did in fact push it on some of those days that then the days after became "no way" days. It may be generous, but I'd say 25% of the days were probably "It won't feel good, but I can do it" days. Of those days, I probably went half of the time.

So what are we talking here? Well, by my calculations, I've been a slacker for 12.5% of 2013. This is obviously not acceptable to me, my family or anyone counting on me to kick booty. I must improve.

It won't feel good to start, but starting is key. Even if it's just .5 miles or a short lifting routine or a couple box jumps. I've got to get moving. I don't think I'm at 100% health right now, not even talking CF stuff, but sometimes, 100% doesn't come.

Sometimes, it's just a matter of taking that first step and not looking back.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Back on the Wagon

It's about that time...time to get back on the wagon. January was a wacky month for us. Between Ronnie's tune up and traveling for a speaking engagement, and the three of us being down and out with colds (and pink eye for Mckenna) the last two weeks, it has been a bit wacky during January and the beginning of this month for working out.

I made the choice not to get to the gym as much while Ronnie was gone, I wasn't bound and gagged in the house while he was gone. Ha! All excuses aside, I could have done more. But the beauty of a spouse that works out is that you push each other to go, and I'm just not as good without my better half around.

Ronnie and Mckenna are still sick, but it's time for this momma to get back on the pony. I need to get back into the gym something fierce. I haven't totally let my muscles atrophy to mush, but much longer and I may have trouble lifting a fork to my face...and that would be awful :) Thankfully when I did workout (which I should mention was 3 or so days a week...which isn't awful, just way less than I'm used to), I would push myself hard. So my muscles still got a challenge, but the frequency was lacking.

I will be pushing myself this week and going every day, but I need to be a little smart about it. My mom and I are running another half marathon Sunday, so I need to be a bit strategic about what I I keep muscles from getting too sore or fatigued before Sunday. I think I can lift my upper body and core decently hard, but need to avoid to much intense stuff on my legs. I will say, we are just running it for fun again (I haven't run more than a few times between the last half and this one...and we didn't train for that one either - HA! So we aren't expecting to break any records), but I also can't have my legs be totally dead. I figure I can just work out decently hard and just push through on Sunday, but totally dead legs will make that a challenge. Sore upper body I can handle!

So why am I writing a blog about it? I want you to hold me accountable. I will be working out Monday through Friday on weights and light cardio and then doing the half on Sunday. I will report back on Monday. If I didn't do it...flog and stone me, will ya?! I figure if I put it out there, I will have to. Who wants to fail publicly, right?! Hehe!

Am I the only one that finds it impossibly hard to get back into the groove once you're out of it? Have any tips you want to send my way?