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No Time



Today (yesterday really since it is past midnight) was one of those days with not enough hours.

As I am oft to do, I was awake in the middle of the night Sunday night and thinking of someone and so penned a note to them while the thoughts were fresh in my mind.  The problem with that is .. by the time I’m done and can go back to sleep, I crash pretty hard until the alarm goes off.


I then don’t have enough time to work out, meditate or do anything beyond take a shower and get ready for work as generally I awake much earlier than the alarm and do those things and the alarm is only the final warning system that if it has reached the point where that goes off, it is mass critical and time to go.

I got to work on time and go on my now almost daily walk at lunch.  I stop by the park where I am thinking I will try the monkey bars again, but there is a family there and it feels odd to be there taking over the monkey bars and having them watch as I possibly struggle mightily.  I pass on the task today.

I work late as my boss is out of  town and there was more to do.

I get home and make dinner and sit and watch a show we missed the night before with the family and Oh Look… time for bed and nothing is written for the daily.

2am.  I’m up once more, so here is your quick note.

Wilma has posted comments that she purchased my ticket for the RAW Challenge mud race.  And then posts that she clearly wasn’t aware of the implications of signing up for the race.  Amen to that sister.

Hopefully tomorrow/today/whatever, holds a bit more time so that I can communicate better.

Love Betty

Committed all the way


looking back

The “wonder if” I will make it to Australia has been replaced with “check your schedule” because here I come.  I purchased my plane ticket today!

I found that United had dropped prices from what they had previously had and they also had flights with only one stop.  Sounded good, checked with Barney and he said to jump on it while available, so I started the online booking.

I got to the part where they say to make sure your using the same name as on your passport so I went to get my passport to be sure how it read and couldn’t find it.  Want to know the quickest way to surf through the piles you have let get out of control because you will deal with it another time?  Be in the middle of booking an international flight and find out the passport isn’t where you thought you had it.


Several piles down and a trash bin full, I check the internet to see how long it takes to get a replacement if necessary.  I know I cannot tell Wilma I’m not coming because I lost my passport as she will have me cleaning every corner of every space until I find it and really, I would rather do the insidious Burpee exercises.  I finally locate it in the travel bag I leave half packed.  I faintly remember putting it together when we were evacuated last year when there was a forest fire nearby.

I’m leaving the evening of the 28th and arriving the morning of the 30th of April.  This is certainly one ball that started rolling and doesn’t look like it stops until I’m face deep in mud in Sydney, Australia.committedI am fully committed to the plan.  There is little room for turning back now.

staying committedWilma says I also need a visa. I hope that doesn’t take too much time.



Adjusting as I go



The Ohio State University men’s basketball team won their first round March Madness tournament game last night in overtime.  I love sports because it is the arena where you can see how hard people try and put themselves out there to succeed or fail sometimes while much of the world is watching.  Go Buckeyes!

After they won, I felt that even though I was incredibly tired, I should try the pyramid workout that Jane had recommended as celebration of sorts to the win.  The scheme is that you do 15 each of Burpees, Pushups and jump squats. Then you do 14 of each, then 13, and so on down to 1.  Wilma must have put her up to it as she had been trying to get me to do the jump squats and burpees for a while now.

You can google what a burpee is, but you basically go from a standing position
and squat until your hands reach the ground and then place the weight on your hands and extend your feet until you are in a plank position.  It all sounds fine and achievable until I realize I must have T-Rex arms as I have to practically face plant myself to get my hands to the floor to start the exercise.

t rex hates burpees


I keep trying though as maybe I just need to create some muscle memory in order to figure out how to start these better. It isn’t pretty, but I manage to do 15.  Somewhere around number 12 or so, something happens with my right knee as I am extending it.  I complete the round and do the 15 pushups and 15 jump squats and start the burpees again.  This time, my knee starts to feel badly earlier on and I feel myself compensating by changing how I hold the rest of my body position and it is not good on my shoulder.  I know then that these will ultimately make things worse if I continue.

I did not do any more or finish the reverse pyramid workout last night.  Sorry Jane, it wasn’t meant to be for me just yet.

This morning I awoke and tried a few and it still did not feel good.

stubborn on goals

I decided to go back to the weights for now and did the upright rows, presses, curls and a few others.  I also did four sets of planks.

I walked about 2.5 miles at lunch and while walking, did an inverted pyramid of reps with a squeeze ball to strengthen my grip.  I started at 20 with each hand and decreased each rep by one until completed down to 1.  I was surprised just how long that took (nearly half of my walk). I  was also able to take a path that I like but was previously too muddy from snows to slog through.

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I ended up at the park where the monkey bars await another test.  I take off my sweatshirt, sunglasses, remove my phone and anything else that might restrict or weigh me down more than I already naturally am as I am determined to make it past the 5th rung which was my previous farthest rung.  My palms sweaty from the walk, I slip off on just the second bar.  Not what I had envisioned.

I take some time to thoroughly dry my hands and try again. I go one hand on alternating rungs for the first 6 and then try the hand, hand, rung, hand, hand method and make it another 3 for a total of 9 rungs today!  Getting better!

sally iphone 036

Wilma,  I know you will be disappointed that I am not doing the bupees right now, but as my flexibility and strength continue to get better I will keep trying them.  For now though, I will defer to other ways to get some reps.

Love Betty

Athletic Trainer or Trained Assassin?


Yesterday Jane posted our workout:

“Workout 1: High intensity interval training – it’s Tabata Time! After monitoring the Japanese speed skating team in the early 90’s, Dr Izumi Tabata noted that VERY hard but intermittent exercise appeared to be as effective as standard intensity, longer workouts requiring several hours a week. The Tabata protocol involves 20 seconds of high intensity work followed by 10 seconds rest. These are traditionally performed for 8 rounds on one exercise equalling four minutes in total, or two mins 40 seconds of HARD WORK! You’ll be doing Tabatas on 6 exercises, with each exercise being completed for the eight rounds. Do one exercise eight times, with eight rest periods, then give yourself a 2 minute break, and onto the next exercise on your list. Time for some training…you will need to download the Tabata Pro app on your phone, or use a timer that can handle two different interval lengths. Do a 5 min warm up-I min each star jumps, squats, shadow boxing, hi knee jogging and arm circles, forward and backward. Your exercises are: lunges; plank; mountain climbers; squats fast hi knee jogging on the spot; push-ups/tri-dips (alternate these for the 8 rounds and Betty, you can do angry uppercut punches instead of the tricep dips). It’s 20 seconds as hard as you can, then 10 seconds rest, 8 rounds per exercise except for the alternating pushups.”

athletic trainer voice

So last night I downloaded the free Tabata fitness app because 1: I want to see what it is all about before putting any money out that can go toward my ticket and 2: Do I really need the music portion? Pretty sure my heart will be pounding so loudly through my ears that I wouldn’t hear anything anyway.

This morning I awoke and did Jane’s workout.  Here is how it went for me:

As instructed, I started with the lunges.  I’m fresh and rested and a bit excited so not too bad.  I might have grabbed the chair nearby to steady myself a bit toward the end.

Planks: The first two or three 20 second planks are not bad, but I’m fairly certain that the timer had a flaw after that and was taking more like 40 seconds to time the recommended twenty and the rests were a mere 2-3 seconds.  There is a distinct possibility that I started compensating for the discrepancy by splitting the time a little more evenly between the intense workout portion and the resting portion.

The Mountain Climbers had me feeling like there was about 900 pounds of weight on my hands by the end.

I started the squats with real gusto.  Since I have been doing squats every day, I’m thinking I have this one – no problem.  Only thing – I did my usual number of squats in the first set and then there were another 7 sets to do!  Suffice it to say that each set might not have had as many reps in it.  That’s gunna hurt again tomorrow.

High Leg Jog?  Can you say hip replacement?  Going to have to work my way into that one better as it was more of a high stepping march toward the middle and end.

Push-ups and Angry Uppercuts for the final sets…. Nice to alternate.  And Jane, I was doing some visualization on where I might land those angry upper cuts.  Wanna guess who I was punching at in my mind?

training session



Wilma,  There are two possibilities as I see it for Jane’s motives of this workout.  Either she really is striving to get our sad butts in shape or she is trying to kill you off and I am just collateral damage.  Have some tea and feel better.

Love Betty



Barney Saves the Day – and the pocketbook

unexpected causes anger


This morning Bam Bam drove my car and when he parked it in the driveway he forgot to put it into park prior to turning it off.  Normally that is not an issue. You step on the brake, put it in park and then you can take out the keys.  Not today.

flinstone mobile

Today once it was turned off you couldn’t put it into park, couldn’t start it, couldn’t take out the keys.  It could not have been rendered more useless. I checked all that I could think of and then got Barney.

inspecting car

Barney confirmed what we had seen and said to go Google the issue and find out how to remedy.  I do believe this is one of the first times where I couldn’t find someone right away who had experienced the same problem and posted a solution on Youtube.  We kept finding references to solenoids and switches, but no diagrams to find where they were located.

use husbands tools

So Barney took apart the console to see if we could find the issue in the shifter.

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It was such a technical piece of work that I won’t even get into what all we (Barney with me watching) did to get it working again.

keep calm its the flux capacitor


Which is Techno Babble for we unplugged, moved some things, put them back and it worked and we have no clue what was wrong to begin with.

I just thank my lucky stars that I married a man who can fix most anything and this doesn’t have to come out of my ticket money.

Wilma, I see Jane posted a workout for tomorrow.  I will see about downloading that app for timing the intervals.  I had almost 5 miles on the Fitbit today and no I did not do the Burpees!

Love Betty



A Week of Workouts and Writing



It has been officially an entire week of daily workouts and blogging! Who woulda thunk?  So far they are fueling each other and along with your comments and encouragement I feel pretty good about it.

I’ve had folks ask about the workouts and of the blogging and what is entailed in maintaining each.  Here is how it has been for me.

I was told day one by Wilma to do 20 squats, 20 pushups, 20 upright rows, and 20 presses.  She mentioned I should use weights from 1-5 pounds as I felt comfortable to start and if I didn’t have them, the local store was sure to sell them.

Okay, maybe she missed the memo of all extra money will now be going toward the trip to see her.  So, if I’m not buying weights to use whatever will I do?

1, 3 and 4 pound weights abound in the pantry
1, 3 and 4 pound weights abound in the pantry

My pantry is a small room, not a wall as shown above, but just the same, I have plenty of 1 pound weights in the form of soup cans, cans of beans, etc.  The two pound weights are the 32 ounce bottles of lemon and lime concentrate that are unopened in the pantry and the 4 pound weights are the OceanSpray Juices or V8 jugs.  Turns out I have plenty of weights around.

My husband Barney has since gotten out his barbells and taken the weights off for now and just lets me use the bar which is 30 pounds – we think.  I am glad to have it as for some reason I kept getting hungry when I worked out in the pantry!  Go figure.

Last night Wilma said to add another weight exercise where you bend over and reverse your grip and pull upwards with slightly bent knees.  She also mentioned that I could add a jump to the end of each squat.  (that just sounds like crazy talk to me!  I just got to the point that I can do multiple sets of squats per day and still walk down the stairs when I need to)  I might have to pretend I didn’t see that one!  She said to increase reps when I can. so now I do twenty or thirty reps sometimes a couple times a day.  I added planks on my own as I know I need to increase the core strength and I feel pretty secure doing anything where after an interval I can nap on the carpet.

So far we are not all that structured in the how, when and where.  Friday, I was doing pushups off of a low counter in the break room while I was heating something in the microwave.  It seemed like a great use of time until one of the sales guys walked in and wondered what the heck I was doing.

Oh, And we are to walk/run/jog when we can.  I walk for now.

wonder woman

The Blogging has been interesting as well.  I’m sure I didn’t know what I was going to write about every day and truth is, I usually wake up thinking I have an idea to put down for that day and by the time I sit down to the computer in the evening to write the post, it is something altogether different that comes out of me.

Please continue to comment on the pages if you can. You will not see your comments right away as I do have to go in and approve them for posting – thus avoiding someone posting inappropriate things.   Like I won’t have enough inappropriate posts of my own!

If you have time, go back and click on the comments and see what others have said and remember to Like the pages and pass along if your comfortable doing so.

For those who read every day, you are the eggs, butter and sugar in my batter.  For those who read when you can, but catch up as you go, you add the vanilla and flour.  For those who post a comment, you’re the icing on the cake.

I feel your love and support.  Just remember –

I love you more
I love you more

Love Betty


No more middle of the night texts

texting in bed

I have got to start making sure my phone is turned off at night. I have gotten use to making  notes on it and last night was one of those times that I sat it down to further contemplate something and then I awake hours later to the ping of a message from half way around the world.
Do I just reach over and turn it off?  No, that would be rude to know there is a message and not respond.  Especially since I’m fairly sure it is Wilma and I had sent her the link to the blog she hadn’t know was up and with a post or three just before nodding off . It wasn’t a total surprise to her.  I had relayed that I felt that my inner voice was telling  me to blog about it, but I don’t think she thought I would listen.
I do see how anyone who knows me would be skeptical.  After all, I have a Facebook account but never use it and seldom remember to friend anyone.  And if I can’t even use that, then what hope was there for a blog?
Google is a wonderful thing  – and you can learn to set up a site long before you realize what it is you’ve actually gotten yourself into.
Anyway, when I awoke in the mid of the night,  we ended up texting for an hour or so and then of course it is hard to turn off the mind to slumber once more.
Thankfully she was happy with what I’ve posted thus far and offers up encouragement to keep it going.
I made it through the day but didn’t get in any portion of a power walk outdoors as it was snowy, cold and I forgot my gloves and coat.  I journeyed over to a large discount store thinking I could  power walk around the store like people do at the mall.
It wasn’t long until I realized I was darting in and out of peoples paths and since I had no cart or products it was suspicious looking and should I keep it up, I might get to meet security.
I had a fleeting thought of doing wind sprints down several isles, going to the sporting goods department and just stand there and use their weights and then go stand out at the end of the checkout isle and do my squats and really test a store’s reaction.  These are thoughts of a sleep deprived woman.
I’ve made it home, dinner completed, sat by the fire in the dark watching the lovely orange flames dance around the dark logs and red coals until I decided to just listen to the fire pop and crackle a bit. Yep, fell asleep. So I’m sending today’s blog and heading off to slumber land with phone powered down.
Wilma,  I did the squats, two 30 second planks, push ups, and rows and presses. The Fitbit says I only did 2.2 miles today. Tomorrow I’ll come at it rested and go farther.
Love Betty