Saturday, March 27, 2010

Plyometrics kicked my A and Autism Awareness

  I have some serious runners envy going on!  Its been 9 days since I last ran. Traveling for spring break and with the hubby out of town its been hard to fit it in.  The negative thoughts slip in and whisper in my ear that I could get up super early and run on the treadmill before the kids wake but then I remember that I am a single parent right now and its harder by far and if I feel like I need more rest then I should be patient and not push it. Parenting is so much more enjoyable when there are two of us and it makes one weary.  Its bitter sweet to read running blogs and see runners out in the nice weather!

  I have had P90X sitting on my desk taunting me for a while now and it came down to going insane with 4 boys and one little ol me or doing some plyometrics and burning off some energy. I am admittedly shody at scheduling my time much less workouts so workout DVDs are handy.
Here's the simple version....
Plyometrics = feeling like I am going to vomit, my heart would explode and I would pass out. 
I freakin loved it!  I feel energized yet mellow now as I sit here after dinner, which Milo and Archimedes helped prepare.
    I surprised myself as I  jumped and cheered and clapped with them when we were done. I felt really accomplished and it was humbling to say the least.  I get moments when I think I am in pretty good shape and kind of a bad ass. Then when I realize I had to stop and pause the DVD at the 35 minute mark it shows me what I am and what I need to do to get where I want to be. I feel motivated to do better next time for sure. I love the puffed up feeling in my muscles when I work out like that. I think this will be a fine supplement to my running and the weight gained over spring break will melt off!

I was skeptical at first that I would find the guy leading the workouts to be annoying but he has grown on me and I like him now. His vim and vigor are addictive. I did the chest and back workout the day before yesterday and I can hardly brush my hair or put on a necklace as my triceps are so stinkin sore.  I can feel it in my lats and chest as well but my triceps must be the weak spot for now.

On to other things...
  April is autism awareness month.  I have an 8 year old son named Jupiter who has autism so its near and dear to me.  On April 2nd please wear blue in honor of those with autism and their families and friends.

Autism Speaks  was started by grandparents of an autistic boy and has grown to be the nations largest science and advocacy organization.
Please visit their website to learn more about their efforts. Being a parent of a child with autism has been quite a ride so far. The heart ache, motivation, let down, its been a roller coaster ride that has made me a better person and taught me to celebrate the small things.  I will write more about this over the coming month and provide more links and information pertaining to what autism is as well as what to try if you child has just been diagnosed.

Last but not least please enter the Chia Seed Giveaway !!!! The winner will recieve 2 lbs of this super food from ChiaSeedsDirect an online chia seed retailer. You have until Tuesday to enter.

What I am eating: I can't get enough frozen berries. Every day a couple of cups of them!
Who inspires me:  Ultra runner Jill Perry. She is a course record breaker in the Umstead 100 mile race. The lady had 5 kids and a husband who works out of town often!
Listening to: watching various Black Cab Sessions on youtube. 
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