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I like my coffee black

Some days it’s not easy.  Some days I feel like making any one of a long list of excuses.  Easy would be going home and parking my butt in front of the t.v. after a long day at work.  Or a long drive thanks to the wonders of the 401 highway and all the random nothingness that can turn my hour-and-change commute into a 3 hour journey.  Or a day when my legs just feel like they weigh 1,000lbs thanks to my good old MS.  There are always going to be things that are going to get in the way and make achieving my goals anything but easy.  Butt I always have the choice.  Thanks to the inspiring message found on a fellow bloggers site (thank you sleepeatgymrepeat.com!) I will keep reminding myself that although it will rarely be easy, it’s really not that hard.  🙂

Yesterday, after a long day at work (and for my girl a very stressful one!) we toughed out the urge to curl up on the couch and hit the gym.  My legs were having a “heavy” day, so my treadmill effort was a 10 minute run and a 10 minute walk at an incline of 12 and speed of 4.0mph (without holding on).  Let me tell you – my heart rate was higher during the walking portion than during my run!  I just kept hearing the trainers from The Biggest Loser yelling at the contestants “DON’T YOU TOUCH MY TREADMILL!!!”  Haha… that helped me keep from wanting to hold on while scaling my steep incline “mountain”.  After the treadmill, we put in a 30 minute lower body workout with 3 sets of:

bench step-ups w/ 2x10lb dumbbells, 12 per leg

pendulum lunges (lunge front/lunge back) w/ 2x10lb dumbbells, 12 per leg

sumo squats w/ 25lb dumbbell, 20

single-leg dead lift w/ 30lb barbell, 12 per leg

Although it wasn’t easy, it wasn’t impossible. :-p  AND… I felt great afterwards.  Food was skimped on a bit more than I would like.  With meeting at the gym for 6:00, (which turned into 6:15 is thanks to traffic) I didn’t really have an opportunity for dinner.  Made a quick light protein shake when we got home with a scoop of protein powder, half a banana and some water.  It did the trick!  Today I have the closing shift at work… will make sure to plan meals so I don’t starve :-p  Loving the Primal diet, but there certainly isn’t an option to “just grab something quick”

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