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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year Everyone!

I’ll admit, I have been quite miserable the last few months.  Throwing a personal pity party for myself.  I’m sore, I’m cranky, my appetite is horrendous, medication makes me sick….I have been just ugh.

Welp, I am really going to try and change this around.

I need to honestly, or at least dedicate myself to dealing with this chronic pain better.

For those keeping track, we are on 2 years of my body telling me something is wrong and no doctors being able to figure it out.

Current symptoms include: all over body soreness, painful arm pits ( yes arm pits) , side pain ,chest pain,  my  ” necklace of pain” ( my throat and collar bone area ) , crazy night sweats, fire skin and crazy appetite.

First off, gotta get my meds under control . The metheltrexate i am on is really helping my knees and the arthritis that developed in them , however the medication makes me soooooo nauseous every day ! like every day! i wake up and just want to barf, but i never do, its awful. I just sit and wait for it to pass.  Then there is the Prednisone…. ugh, why do they make it so it helps you feel better but you become a ravenous pig?

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Anyone else have that issue with metheltrexate?  Or Prednisone?

So, my doctors solution to that was changing it to an injectable one, however since i have no “official ” diagnosis and Meganitis is not a recognized disease anywhere, my insurance rejected it.

Ugh. So i was going back and forth with my doctor in messages and getting no where, so I have an appt this Weds. Hopefully I can get on the right path here.

I also am DYING to work out. To say my weight has increased would be a complete understatement, I don’t even recognize myself. I was going to get back at the gym, but then I needed another PET scan and my doctor told me to hold off starting back up .

But, now I NEED to do something. So , I am hoping I can get the ok to start back up , even if its small, and hoping he can do something to offset the appetite.

I never realized just how many people out there are dealing with chronic pain, be it from fibromyalgia, RA or any type of Arthritis , MS, cancers, its really nuts how many people are in the world suffering right now. It’s incredible .

We all find our way to get through the day.  One thing that I have found to help with my daily routine is Plexus. It has been beyond incredible.

They only have a small amount of products, but they have been awesome.  The Plexus Slim, The Ease , The Nerve ,  they are all so helpful to me daily. My pain has yet to be eliminated but, it definitely takes the edge off.

Honestly, I catch a lot of shit from people for promoting Plexus, but if they had any idea how much it has truly truly helped me, they would understand. Thats why I share it all the time, if there is someone out there like me ( based on my research there are thousands) that could benefit from these products, as a human , It is my job to share it.

 

Since I am hoping to be able to start doing some sort of exercise again, looking for feedback from the folks out there suffering from chronic pain. What do you do ? Or do you find that it is too difficult to do anything ? There has got to  be something I can do .

Here’s to making 2017 a great year!

Blessings and love to you all!

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A Week of Non Scale Victories!

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Last week was one of the best I have had in a while.  It seems like everything is falling into place.

Lots of Non – Scale victories to share!

1st – My pants are bigger! I have to keep pulling my pants up ! Silly , but it is so cool.  I swear its because of my Plexus Tri-plex . A big thing with Plexus is a healthy gut.  I have been taking the probiotic and biocleanse, as well as my Plexus slim pink drink.  I think its a combo of that and the fact that I am just not as hungry anymore. I am not ravenous. Which leads me to my 2nd victory…

2nd – I always finish my food – get every last bite – go in for seconds – always finish that last bite of my burrito.  Not anymore, I just can’t .  I have NO DESIRE to continue the face stuffing.  AND ITS FREAKING AWESOME!!!  I had trouble finishing chicken fingers and french fries this week.  Now, granted not the most healthy meal, but I have ordered a side of french fries before on top of the fries that come with the food. And I couldn’t even finish it!

3rd – I resisted a full piece of cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory.  Yes, I can’t believe it either. I usually get a full piece for myself .  This time, I shared with my daughter and even then could not eat half.  THIS IS GINORMOUS FOR ME.

4th – I got into a pair of jeans I have not been able to get into for months.  And it didn’t require acrobatics to zip them up ! This my friends was such a great feeling.

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I also got back into the gym this week! Took it easy but I got in there and moved the best I could!

It was Weightlifting Wednesday.  We started with dead lifts. 3-3-3-3-3.  I warmed up with 85 lbs. I so badly want to beat my 215 lb dead lift, but I have to work back up to it, its gonna be a while.   😦

I started with 85lb as my warm up , then did 105 lb, 135 lb, 145 lb, 150 lb, 155 lb was my final.  Still have such a ways to go.  But I love them dead lifts, so I will keep at it!

Next up was supposed to be goblet squats, but given my knee situation, I did bench squats instead as part of the accessory work. I gotta say, the bending didn’t bother me nearly as bad as I thought it was going to . It was getting up off the ground that was the struggle.

Here is the accessory work :

3 rounds

5×8 bench squats

20 band walk – left and right

10 reverse lateral raises

30 sec dead bug hold

10 skull crushers

 

Like I said, the hardest part was getting up off the ground after the dead bug and the skull crushers.

Looking forward to what the next week will bring!

 

Any non – scale victories to share? I’d love to hear about them!

 

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Back in the saddle….again

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I am not sure how many times you can get ” Back in the Saddle” but hey, I ‘m willing to keep getting in and falling out as long as it takes to get me where I am going.

I am coming off of a month that had no gym.  My back was bad and my knees have been killing me.  But honestly, I am convinced my knees are just because I am such a fat ass at the moment. So, I gots to move .  I know , I know broken record. But hey, its my record and I will play it as many times as needed 🙂

So, I am returning to the gym tomorrow and so happy! It will be lift day .  Hooray ! No better day to get back at it. Fresh start. Fresh month.

On an even more positive note, today marks 3 months flare up free.  3 months!!! No issues, no soreness, no rash.  While there are still no answers to my mystery illness, I am so freaking thankful that I am able to live my life again, free from the bullshit I was dealing with.   I cannot tell you just how much things have changed for the better over the last few months with my health.  I am okay with the fact that I am undiagnosed.  I am happy I got out of my funk and took the leap of faith and gave Plexus a shot.  I am not going to turn the blog into a Plexus infomercial, but man, this shit is awesome!

I noticed today that I have to keep pulling my pants up.  One of the things folks have told me about Plexus and the Triplex is that you lose inches, not pounds on it.  See  you later inches!!! And that is not even why I take it!!!! Another happy bonus.

 

Check back later this week to see how I survive lift day tomorrow!

 

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Something is better than nothing

Happy Sunday Everyone!

The past couple of weeks I did not get into the gym as much as I wanted. Last week was only twice and the week before was only 1( ugh ) time.

While I was not able to do what I wanted fitness wise, I took the next best thing this weekend and joined my husband at Planet Fitness.  Oh.my.goodness.gracious.

This sealed the deal that Planet Fitness is not for everyone, especially me, and that’s okay, but I had to move and Something is better than nothing.

I don’t know if every PF is like this one, but weight machine hogs galore. And the 3 weight benches they had with the barbells attached to the rig, Sweet Baby Jesus…. Once I got in there to do some bench presses – there was only (1) 10 lb plate…. WTF is that ? I looked everywhere.  At that point I was so frustrated with waiting for one, then the disappearing plate, I was ready to go after that.  When we got there, I did time on the elliptical.  Lot harder than I remember, but I did a good amount of time.  I think I can use PF for my cardio needs on the weekend, to get moving.  But I will not be using it for my regular workouts.

I admit it…… I AM A LUNK , lol.  I like to ” Pick things up and put them down” .

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So here is how I did at the workouts I made it to :

Weds 4/6 Lift Day!

Overhead Squats = I really did not think I was going to be able to pull this one off, but lo and behold – I did 5×3 25lbs!!! Winna Winna Chicken Dinna!

Sumo Deadlifts ( which are so much fun! ) 5×3 95lbs.  Its fun, cause you can pretend you are a sumo wrestler, but when I do it, its more like Fat Bastard from Austin Powers.

After that it was accessory work – 3 rounds

20 R/L side steps with side pump

10 dips

20 planks – with kneeoff box ( modified)

20 crunches

Unfortunately, I did not make it back into the gym until the next Monday

This was a killer. Complete KILLA

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2 rounds = 8 modified burpees, 20 jump squats

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2 rounds = 20 kb swings 26lbs, 10 alt pistols ( mod with TRX)

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2 rounds = 12 pushups, 15 plank jacks

Time was 23:43

Then it was back on Thursday . Yes, I missed my Lift Day 😦

It was a kettlebell night.

All I can say is SWEET BABY JESUS.

4 rounds

8 KB Cleans 26lbs

8 KB front squats ( 2 rounds just Bw squats )

8 KB Jerks 12 lbs

8 Lunges – BW

time was 27:13

This workout was so hard for me.  I was going to stop and cry at one point.  I wanted to finish, I wanted it to be over, I wanted to do it.  I just Kept Swimming.

Honestly surprised I did not cry or pass out.  I was so happy I finished.  IMG_4219

 

Today, I decided to go to one of our State Parks. Maudslay State Park in Newburyport , MA is a place I have been going ever since I was a kid.  I absolutely love it there.  It is a great place for a walk, run, dog walk, picnic, bird watch, horseback riding, kite flying, you name it, its great . Today , they had a telescope set up so visitors could look at Great Horned Owls that were nesting in the trees above the main building.  Its 480 acres of awesomeness. I took a great walk there this afternoon.  Other than the obviously pot smoking teens I walked by, the walk was really great  and super peaceful.  Here’s a little snapshot I took .

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If you get a chance to explore all the Maudslay has to offer, I highly recommend it.  You won’t be disappointed.

 

Bring a water and some binoculars too.  There is so much to see .

 

 

One of the things I have been actively avoiding this week is the fact that 1 year ago, I was really sick and things for our family took a drastic turn when we experienced a fire in our apartment building.  It sucked. 2015 as a whole, truly truly sucked.  On one hand its hard not to think about it, cause all of us are stronger for having gone through it.  I am still frustrated that they have no answers for me as far as my health goes.  I am thankful for Plexus and its effect it has had on my health,  a true ray of hope in my battle against this unknown. I am thankful that my amazing kids adjusted to hotel life, then to living in a whole new town, going to new schools and have THRIVED. My kids are unbelievable.  At least I know we are doing this parenting thing right. All 3 of my kids are exceeding expectations in all areas.  I am so proud of them.

So far, 2016 , it has been a pretty good year.  Here’s hoping it continues.

Wonder what this week has instore? Gotta keep swimming!

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Refuse to Sink

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Refuse to Sink.

I think this is a perfect way to explain how I feel right now.

My health, my life, my well being, I have taken  matters into my own hands and sticking with what works for me.

I Refuse to Sink.  I will Keep Swimming.  I will conquer no matter how long it takes.

 

 

 

This week at the gym, I was really proud of myself. Here is how I did:

Monday

8 min AMRAP

5 push press – 25 lbs

6 box jumps – I am jumping on 2 plates right now,

working my way back up to the box, currently at 7″

7 KB swings 0 26 lbs

I got 5 rounds, 11 reps

6 min AMRAP

6 thrusters – 25lbs

60 single jumps

I got 3 rounds.  Whoa Nelly were those jumps harder than I thought! Snuck up on me!

4 mins- as many backsquats as possible – 15 lbs – I got 60.

To say my legs were burnin would be an understatement.

Wednesday – Lift day!!!

My favorite!!! Wish it was every day 🙂

Back Squats

3-3-3-3 increasing weight after warm up set .  6lb- 75 lb- 85 lb – 95lbs!!!!!!   Yeah baby – 95 lbs, how the hell did I pull that out?!?!

Push Press

3-3-3-3

60 lb- 65 lbs- 70 lb- 75 lbs

Here are some pics from my Push Press -courtesy of my girl Alicia 🙂

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And – Can I just say , I didn’t look as bad from the back as I thought I would , lol

 

 

Accessory work / 3 rounds

10 single leg dead lifts – 18lbs

8 seated presses – 18lbs

30 frog pumps

(3) 20 second hollow holds

Thursday

4 rounds

200 m row

15 wall balls – 8lbs

15 box jumps – ( actually 7″ plates )

15 hollow tucks

I completed this in ……. get ready for it……. 18:24 !!!!!!   What the frack ?!?!?  I was dying, sweat dripping, eyeballs sweaty, ready to puke, but I DID IT!

Honestly, I believe it was the power of MC HAMMER , that propelled me.  We had a 90’s throwback jams playlist going , along with Hammer , we had Humpty Hump, No Diggity, you get the gist.  I was 2 Legit 2 Quit! It was quite the interesting class.  Coach Jane always makes it fun.

 

I have got to tell you folks, yours truly , is back at it , back in the game, and the Swim is strong! After the past year and a half of all my various crap, I am back doing what I need to do for me .

Managing my condition, once I had a better understanding of what is going on and how my body is reacting to things with the info from my drs, was number 1.

I needed to get working out.  I really just love working out in this format.  I do. I feel good, I feel strong , I feel fierce. I feel freakin awesome!

In addition, adding Plexus into my daily routine has helped so much . It has really helped me so much, I cannot even put it into words.  I wish I had discovered it sooner.  The funny thing is, I didn’t realize how much I wear my emotions on my face. I keep hearing how people can tell I am feeling better. How crazy is that?   I signed up to be a Plexus Ambassador because this product is now something I  NEED, I do. I figured why now get the most of it as possible.  If you are interested in learning about Plexus or want to give it a whirl – check  out my site : Meg’s Plexus Site.

Or shoot me an email – lets chat. lessthighsmorethunder@gmail.com

I feel better than I have in such a long time.

It’s taken me a while and its a long road, but I feel I am at the start of a great part of this journey!

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Sometimes you surprise yourself

Happy Easter Folks!

 

Sometimes you surprise yourself, I think that is really the best surprise .  I was at the gym 3 times this week .  Did some new stuff and did things that honestly going into it , I thought I had no chance.

 

I have been pretty sore this week, which sucks, not gym sore, but me sore, if that makes sense.  I started taking Plexus .  One of my blog friends I met a few years ago got me into it.  I  have to say, I don’t know how, but this stuff works.  For example, I am always sore, but when I take it, I am not as sore, and I feel great.  That’s enough for me.  If you are interested in reading up on Plexus or would like to check it out and try some your self, check out my site : Meg’s Plexus site.  Yes, I signed up to sell it, but really just to get a better deal on it.  Hey, at this point, anything that makes me feel better, I owe it to myself to try it.  And the doc said it was good too.

The gym this week was great!  Three times again, really happy with that .

Monday – Sweet Baby Jesus – Monday was killa!

It was :

15 Wall balls, 15 burpees ( modified) ,15 KB swings ( i think I had 26 lbs), 15 BW squats, 15 side toe touch planks, 75 singles, 15 Step ups, 15 Push Press 55 lbs

The work out was 2 mins to get through as much as you can, rest, 4 mins to get through as much as you can starting from beginning, rest, 6 mins get through as much as you can from the beginning , rest , then get through all of it.  Man O Man.  It was rough.  Even though everyone else was doing 25 reps, and I had things modified, it was so hard!

Wednesday – Lift Day !

We worked on Front Squats – now since returning to the gym my squats are just as horrid as they were when I started 3 years ago.  If not worse, I did not think I was going to be able to do this, let alone with the bar…. And whaddya know? Not only did I do them with the bar, I kept adding weight!

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10 reps @ 30 lbs

8 reps @35 lbs

6 reps @40 lbs

4 reps @ 45 lbs

2 reps @ 50 lbs!!!!

And I did not fall over!!! I thought for sure that was going to happen.

 

Then we did some bench presses.  Surprisingly , I have never done bench presses before, but I gotta say…. Mama like!  These are awesome!! Where have they been all my life?!

For these I knew I could do them , no question. Here is how I did:

10 reps @ 55lbs                                                        Bench Press!

8 reps @ 65 lbs

6 reps@ 70 lbs

4 reps @ 75 lbs

 

 

 

Please do not mind my Tweedle belly which you can clearly see on display here.

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After that , we had some accessory work. It was 3 rounds, my weight kept going up each round, which felt great .  I love lifting the weights.

8 landmine bent over rows – 10lbs, 20 lbs, 25 lbs

8 single arm floor press ( a fav! ) 20 lbs, 22 lbs, 25 lbs

20 mountain climbers, 20 supermans

I felt so freaking amazing when I left the gym on  Wednesday.

 

 

Thursday – Holy Crap on a Cracker. IMG_4116

It was a 20 min AMRAP.

8 DB Snatches Alt 25 lbs!

12 single leg squats ( did this modified with the help of the TRX)

6 Plank rows ( no weight) into a reverse lunge ( no weight)

I don’t know how, but I made it through 4 plus 8  rounds.  At one point during the squats I was trying to breathe, and I kept saying ” Just Keep Swimming ” Swear to God, that mantra works wonders.

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My round chips – 3 White for the Goal , 1 Red for Goal Smashed!

Then there was a ”  But wait , there’s more ” Bonus – 4 rounds , 30 mountain climbers, 10 bw squats.  I completed it in 3:46.  How I did not collapse, I will never know.  Another happy surprise, lol.

 

I also tried cutting out bread , pasta and soda.  Past 2 weeks I have done pretty good.  No pasta at all, which for me is an eternity.  Soda, I had some this weekend, and bread too.  It’s Easter. Fresh snowflake rolls.  I did not stand a chance. But hey, whats life if you can’t enjoy it , right?  I will be back on the good streak tomorrow. Back to the gym too.

I am trying to get in walks where I can .  I work on a very busy stretch of road, and we are surrounded by trailer parks.  Not exactly a scenic walk, but a walk is a walk. Today, we got home from Easter festivities and I took my pup for a walk.  At least its something.

 

Today was the 1st Easter without my Gram.  We had steaks and french fries, it was what my Gramps wanted, so we did it.  It just did not feel like Easter without her.  I would bring her Easter Lilies here and there, so I wanted to make sure I got one to her today .  I think she would of liked them, they smelled beautiful.

Ready to crush another week! Are you ??

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Just Like Riding a Bike

A Very Happy Tuesday to you all!

Well folks , Yesterday was one of my best days in a very long time.  Not only am I trying to lose weight , but now I had this added in mystery illness where no one can diagnose me. There is no possible way that losing weight and working out can harm me in any way , so I am diving back in , no matter if I am sore or not.  Honestly , I am always sore, there is a baseline level of soreness, some days it flares up.  I am making changes to try and see if any of it works to help me feel better.

One thing I have tried is Plexus, not for the weight loss aspect, but for the blood sugar level out and the help with inflammation . And, I gotta tell you , for those aspects, its definitely working . My only issue is that you need to drink tons of water when taking it and I am doing that , but I feel like I am retaining water. So, I am going to check with the doctor when I see him this week.

Now, it is no secret that healthy eating and I have never been good friends, but I am taking a different approach.  I am attempting to cut out Soda, Bread, and Pasta.  That last one is going to be a killer.  I loves my pasta.

Day 1 of this plan, I think it went very well.  My biggest victory was lunch, I got a burrito bowl from Qdoba. I got rice, chicken, cheese, a splash of queso and GUACAMOLE! Yes, guacamole.  This was a very large step for me.  I know to most, you are probably thinking  ” Is this chick all right?” but this was big for me.

So much so , I took a pic

Guacamole !

Next up on my healthy quest was snacking.  I wanted to find something I could snack on and not eat crap.  So, I went with almonds.  But, I found, salted caramel almonds! And Sweet Baby, are those suckers delish! I took a pic of those too!

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The salted caramel is not a thick caramel all over them, it is more like a salted caramel sugar, I don’t know , but it is yummo ! And only 4 carbs for 28 pcs! Winner Winner !

Now for the best part of the day :

BACK TO THE GYM!!!!

I found my notebook from the last time I was in the gym…. 8/13/15! Ugh. So not proud of that .

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6 rounds 30 seconds work : 30 seconds rest

Thruster / Burpees ( 15 lbs db, mod burpee)

10 thrust/5 burp – 9 thrust/7 burp – 7 thrust/6 burp – 6 thrust/6 burp – 4 thrust/5 burp – 5 thrust/5 burp

Snatch/ Jump Rope (15 lbs db, single jumps )

9 snatch/44 jump – 9 snatch/35 jump – 8 snatch/38 jump – 8 snatch/ 29 jump – 8 snatch/13 jump – 8 snatch/44 jump

I love dumbbell snatches.  One of my favorites!  I was dying at the end , but I felt so good! And waking up this morning, I feel great !

Looking forward to what today will bring .

Get out there and get swimming folks!!!

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