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Getting Fit Fridays {vol. 8}–Yawn.

Whining ahead.

You have been warned.

TRUTH: I woke up tired this morning. Not just tired—sleepy. My knees are achy. My feet hurt. My shoulders are sore. And I am feeling over-extended in most areas of my life. Oh yeah, AND I want to eat a lot of stuff that I do not need to be eating. I did not want to go work out this morning. I was dragging.

But I went anyway…after popping a couple of ibuprofen, that is.

I am thinking that I need to take me some stock out in a certain name-brand manufacturer of said ibuprofen.

Mia Hamm QuoteSo, I went to my exercise class today, feeling tired, but glad to go. After all, it is Friday, which in and of itself is most deserving of the Friday Dance. Music has a way of bringing me out of a funk. After Celebration by Kool and the Gang and Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benetar, I was feeling the moves and feeling a little more perky. Hashtag-doingitanyway.

So, we are in week 8 of this thing. This is the point in time where the novelty of “heck yeah, I’m doing this thing!” begins to wear off. The proverbial honeymoon is over and you must fight, fight, fight the urge to give in to whatever tiredness, overwhelmed-ness or “man, I just want to eat that”-ness that punches you in the face when you get out of bed each day.

Here is where I find myself.

REALITY: This is no short term deal. No matter what the numbers show—or don’t show—I must keep on keeping on. This is for the long haul, if what I am really shooting for is health and fitness and not just some temporary phase I am going through. And regardless of how I am feeling at the moment, I must not let my emotions get the better of me. I have to dig down deep and overrule my innate desire to do just enough to get by.

When I am at the end of my own strength, I have to look to the true source of strength. The Lord God. My creator. The designer of this body I live in. The One who says to me, “do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 NIV)

And so I press on!

Getting Fit Fridays appears weekly here at Red Van Ramblings to chronicle my fitness journey and more importantly, to increase my accountability. Do you need to get back on the wagon? Do you need some help and encouragement? Join with me, if you’d like. We can do it—together.


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30 Days of Thankfulness-Day 18

It’s Friday! Woot! Woot!

  • I am so thankful that it is Friday.

I don’t know about y’all, but around my casa, we do celebrate the end of the week. Time was, when Jacob was in public school, I would wake him up on Friday mornings by singing the Friday song (Rebecca Black has nothing on me) and doing the Friday dance. We over-emphasized the Happy Day because Jacob hated school so very much. It was my way of saying, “Yay, you made it through another week. Congrats.”

We still enjoy Friday around here, but we don’t necessarily feel the need to sing and dance about it in order to overcompensate for our dislike for the rest of the week.  In fact, we like the rest of the week just fine now, thank ya verra muuch.

  • I am thankful for my son, the rescuer of lizards.

So I’m in the kitchen, right? There are various dishes on the counter that I am fixin’ to load into the dishwasher. I lift up a bowl and BAM! there is one of these guys looking up at me:

Green Anole Lizard

Now, I have had experiences with lizards before. And I see them around my house all the time…only on the OUTSIDE. But I am not going to lie, I screamed out like I was being punked on that show Scare Tactics! Or like when I rode that hang glider ride at the fair a couple of weeks ago. 

It looks like this: Except when I rode it, I looked like this (yellow shirt guy):Why? Because I do not like rides that leave the ground. But because I love my children and wanted to show them how awesome and brave I am, I rode that thing.  And after Jacob and the Hubby begged me to open my eyes (while we were at the highest point), I did. And then proceeded to SCREAM out!  Loud. It was sad.  I was the only person screaming on this nice gentle ride.

But back to the lizard:

Shocked the heck outta me, it did! Here at my house, we subscribe to the Two Cup Capture and Release method. Frankly, today I just wasn’t up to it. So, who you gonna call? Jacob, that’s who.  That’s right.  Jacob comes in there, grabs a couple of plastic cups, scoops up our friend and sends him on his merry way. I am sure he was as glad to get out of here as we were glad for him to be gone!

So, here’s to Friday. And Lizards. And Scary Fair Rides. I am thankful for them all.


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Friday Fun

“Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.”  ~Bill Watterson


My car is yellow.  (No, I didn’t get a new car.  The Edge is doing just fine, thank you very much!)  The pollen is out in FULL force down here in the South!  Complete with sniffy nose and scratchy throat.  <a la Pacino, “Say hello to my little friend”—>Zyrtec!>  Hubby and Jacob take their allergy meds all year round.  As for Emma and me, we just get all puffy-eyed and drippy-nosed once or twice a year.

All that yellow has “We All Live in a Yellow Submarine” looping through my brain.  Not my favorite Beatles song, by any means.  I like “Imagine” a whole lot better.  It makes more sense anyway. 

But whatever.

Friday Funny–

I saw something over at my other home (Facebook) this morning and wanted to share it with all 3 of my readers over here.  Y’all may be aware of my affinity for Chick-Fil-A…but this describes it oh, so well.  Please enjoy the vocal comedy stylings of Tim Hawkins, who is hilarious.  Please go visit hissite or search him on You Tube, you won’t be disappointed.


So I was headed over to pick up Emma from school while ago.  The elementary bus had just dropped off here in the ‘hood and so there was a gaggle of elementary children spread across the road and sidewalk.  What do I spy but some little bully grabbing another kid by the wrist and bashing him in the stomach with his knee? 

I couldn’t control myself.  I rolled down my window…

“Hey.” <kid is ignoring me> 

“HEY!” <meany is still ignoring me and STILL abusing the other kid>

“HEEEY YOU!” <got his attention, but he’s giving me the “who me??” look>

He’s lucky I didn’t get out of my car.

“ACT RIGHT!”  That’s what I said to him.  Act right.  Kinda dorky, but I made my point. 

Well he stopped beating up the other kid.  And he moved away and was looking all around like “I didn’t do anything”.  <UGH.>

This is the VERY reason my children do not ride the bus.  Kids often do not get called out on their bully-ish behavior.  And other kids aren’t going to tattle lest they be the bully’s next victim.

I hope that kid goes home and tells his mama that some crazy lady was yelling out her car window at him for no apparent reason.  I would be more than happy to explain it to her.  <insert maniacal grin here, complete with hand wringing>

There’s no excuse for it. Period.

That is all I’ve got to say about that.

Torture Update–

We all survived the “torture” (aka testing) this week.  Emma, however, came down with some horrible 103 fever/sore throat/headache virus and, wouldn’t you know, missed the second day of testing.  The HORROR.  She spent the day at the doctor having a strep test, chest x-ray and blood draw.  Negative strep and everything else looked alright. We did come away with an antibiotic though.  I think the doc was concerned about her rattle-y sounding lung.  She was able to return to school today and finish up the test.  Shwew!  Wouldn’t want her to miss the “Precious” (a la LOTR’s Golem) testing, now, would we?!  It’s done for now…that is until late May, when they will have the second go round.  More on that later, I’m sure.


And now, I am off to begin the weekend…

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