Monday, April 28, 2014

The Painted Fence!

I worked all weekend, and got the pond finished and part of the fence painted!
Pretty huh?
Its called natural cedar.....I love it!

I also got the mulch and flowers in around the pond.
and with the fountain on so pretty.
I got blue and pink and a solar ball too.

I just need one more tall shrub near the house but I love the colors.

Once it gets settled, as you can see I planted grass seed too I can start adding black mulch next year.

We have rain for today and tomorrow so I hope the new grass will love it.
Ha, I have a yard full of hay ;-)

So this is the rest that I have to paint plus more.

The big dog section........ugg.

In case you don't remember what it did look like,
here ya go..........
Before at design stage

Before at design stage

After with a "plugged-in" willow tree

Another fun day at the office, just back from a walk

Thanks for reading.....
Ps - NO weekend workouts my gardening was the workout lol

Thursday, April 24, 2014


Easter was a blast!!!
Here is my nephews gifts.........

And my sisters..........

Gracie lounging..........

At the pool, we had fun :-)

My nephew is now 6'5"!!!
Only 17 years old wowza.

New goggles lol

The ole hair flip......

We all had fun!


More stuff :-)

Back home, and I added to the pond.

I collected rocks on the way back on the is almost done.

Pretty just needs a few more flowers.

and the fountain......

Thanks for reading and I hope you all had a great Easter too!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Pond At The Barbie House!

It is finally coming together....
The pond garden in memory of my mother.
Loading the JUKE was no fun

But got'er done :-)

Here it is......I love it!

And with the fountain that lights!

Gracie, wondering........whats going on???

And at pretty!

So happy and I can't wait to complete the details.
(more to come)

Just a fashion shot, casual weekend.

Sunrise today........

At the office

Extra before shots...........

Ok thats it for now, thanks for reading.
Oh this was my workout :-)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

BarreAmped amazing workouts

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Friday, April 4, 2014

T-25 Week 1

T-25 Week 1

This weeks T-25 workouts:

Friday - 4/4 = cals burned 150
30 Day challenge - Rest day
T-25 Lower body Day 5
Jump squats
Lunge pulses
Criss cross squats
Jog w/high knee
Side squat w/hops
Lunge squat lunge
Abductor squeeze with cross leg touches
Abductor squeeze with squats

Thursday - 4/3 = cals burned 150
30 Day Challenge Day 3
9 push ups
15 s tricep dips
50 jacks

T-25 Day 4
V sit ups
Side plank lifts w/side plank arm hold
Supermans w/lat pulls
Standing leg lifts
Single leg lift crunch
Side hops invervals

Wednesday - 4/2 = cals burned 150
30 Day Challenge - day 2
7 Pushups
12 s tricep dips
50 jacks
T-25 Total body - Day 3
Jump squat turns
Plank v ups
Squat boxing
Plank pushup burpee
Walking pushups

Tuesday - 4/1 = Cals burned 294
Spring Fling 30 Day Challenge - Day 1
5 pushups
10 s tricep dips
50 jacks
T-25 Speed Day 2 - 25 mins
Criss cross jacks
Heisman hops
Burpee w/leg lifts
Squat boxing
Side hops w/knee ups
Stability moves
Lunch walk - 3 miles

Monday - 3/31 = Cals burned 295
Focus T-25 Day 1
Alpha Cardio
Jump lunges
Jump squats
Jump rope
Lunge toe touches
High knees
Lunch walk - 3 miles

Thanks for reading...........

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Guest Post: How to soothe joint pain after running

Suprise! I have a guest post for you today,

I think you will like it :-)

How to soothe joint pain after running

Millions of us love running or jogging as a form of exercise or competitive sport. But whether you are a leisurely jogger or professional athlete, it’s likely that at some point you will experience the agony of joint pain, particularly around the knees. Understanding the causes and taking preventative action can help minimise joint pain and reduce the likelihood of sustaining a serious injury:

Prevention, not cure!
There are several things that you can do which will reduce the likelihood of injuring yourself or getting joint pain to begin with. Make sure that you warm up before you run, and cool down afterwards. Many people skip the cool down, not realising that it is just as important as the warm up. It helps the body to recover, ensuring maximum flexibility, relaxing the muscles and returning them to their resting length.
When you’re out running, stick to softer surfaces such as grass rather than concrete, and always wear supportive running shoes that are suitable for your foot and gait. Consult a specialist to see whether arch supports might be needed for your shoes, particularly if you have flat feet. Shoes should be replaced regularly too – every 300 to 350 miles is recommended.
Ensure you build strength and flexibility in all of your leg muscles – otherwise you can put pressure on your knees which may lead to misalignment problems. In between your running sessions, make sure you give your body adequate rest, allowing your joints and muscles time to repair from your training.
What can go wrong
Despite taking every precaution, sometimes you will find yourself injured or in pain, and often this will be in your knees. The knees contain many ligaments that work to stabilise the joints, and running can cause the ligaments to twist, tear or over-stretch which is what results in pain. This is often accompanied by swelling and a feeling like the knee is going to give way. Unsurprisingly, these symptoms are sometimes referred to as ‘runner’s knee’!
Damage to cartilage which helps protect and cushion joints is also a frequent cause of pain. This spongy material keeps the bones from touching each other as well as helping to absorb shock and distribute weight evenly. Cartilage damage can take a long time to heal and if you do continue running on the injury, you can incur further damage both to the cartilage and to the ligaments.
Tendons can also be the cause of joint pain – these white elastic fibrous cords cross and attach close to the knee joint and these can tear from repetitive overuse or from stretching the muscles suddenly and rapidly. Even a partial tear of a tendon takes between two and eight weeks to heal properly.
Dealing with joint pain
If you find yourself in pain after running, there are various things steps you can take to alleviate the discomfort. You need to rest and initially try to keep movement to a minimum, avoiding putting weight on the affected joint. Although anti-inflammatory painkillers like ibuprofen are usually helpful, don’t be tempted to stop resting if they take the pain away.
During the first 2-3 days, avoid massaging the area or applying heat. If it is an underlying muscle injury causing the pain, you will end up sending more blood flow to the area which will actually prevent the muscle from healing. Instead, it is advisable to apply ice to the area and change your ice pack regularly to help reduce the pain and lessen the swelling. A compression wrap may also be helpful. You should elevate the affected joint using a pillow to reduce strain and help keep swelling to a minimum. After 2-3 days your doctor will likely recommend gentle exercises to help regain the strength in the joint and to keep it flexible.
Taking supplements
Many runners who suffer with joint pain recommend glucosamine, a substance that occurs naturally in the body but can be bought as a supplement which is made from the exo-skeleton of shellfish.
Glucosamine is thought to help prevent cartilage in the joints from wearing away, and to promote healing. In a survey carried out by, 94.5 percent of respondents said they had tried glucosamine and/or chondroitin, another substance commonly taken with the supplement. 79.8 percent of the respondents reported their symptoms to have "somewhat improved" or "greatly improved" following taking the supplements, with less than 1 percent saying that "things got worse". Trying glucosamine supplements when you are experiencing joint pain from running therefore seems like a no-brainer.
Allowing yourself time to heal
If you do experience joint pain following a run, it cannot be stressed enough that you need to give yourself time to heal – you should never run through the pain or try to mask it with painkillers. Pain is a message telling you to stop and rest, and running on an injury can cause long term damage.
Before taking any new supplements, it is recommended that you consult with your doctor or healthcare professional to ensure that they are right for you. If you should injure yourself during a running session, always seek professional medical advice.

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This article was written by Carly, a freelance writer from the UK. Carly is really into running and has recently started training for her first competitive race! She’s booked onto a fun “colour run” later this spring! When not writing, Carly enjoys walking her two dogs in the countryside and is working her way through season four of 24 -- shhhh! No spoilers please!

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