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Dachary Carey
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I eat adventure for breakfast. (Adventure and waffles.)
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Boston Women's March. So many beautiful people here of all shapes, sizes, colors and ages. What a strong statement. #WomensMarch #BosWomensMarch
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1/21/17
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Today seems like a good day for a walk. Let me go put on my marching shoes...
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Starting a collection for fitness posts, picking up where I left off in September, and adding my hubby, who hates exercise ;)

Should be interesting!
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Resuming the efforts I started with +miller ramos last year - this time, hubby has volunteered to be my workout buddy. That was his "big" Christmas present to me. It's kind of a big deal, because he really doesn't like exercise... so we'll see how it goes.

Today was strength training, and I decided to start him where I started nearly a year ago when Miller and I started working out together. Full body workout, upper body, lower body and floor work super sets. I guessed pretty right on where I was with weights after not working out much since September, but he has no idea where he should be, so he did a lot of trying out various things. I think it'll take a few workouts to get him to the right level of effort.

Amusingly, he has no idea what his form should be. His squats, in particular, are horrible. Luckily, I've had some practice helping people with form, so I've got a few tricks up my sleeve. There were a couple of exercises where he was like: "This feels way too easy" and when I corrected his form, he was like "holy shit!"

Me - I'm already sore.

Also, my planks suck now.

And finally, the dogs made for some interesting floor work. This is the first time I've tried to do a strength training workout with them in the room. It was... interesting.

But huzzah for resuming. First goal: lose those 10 pounds I've picked up since September, eesh.

And now, the traditional post workout selfie!
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This is how we do Christmas dinner. Pork crown roast, root veggies, potatoes au gratin, rolls, beef brisket, broccolini and very berry apple pie!

Hope your Christmas was as tasty as hours! Happy Holidays!
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12/25/16
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So historically, hubby and I haven't done much holiday decorating for just the two of us. Typically just a tree. But this year, I'm missing my dad and sad about the election and unhappy about not working on my own writing... so I decided doing a bit more holiday decorating might give me a lift.

My dad used to do lights all over the front of our house. It was impressive. I figured asking that of hubby was a bit much, but we've lit up our living room and kitchen, and even done one strand outside. That, plus listening to season-appropriate music, means it's feeling a lot more like the holiday season now.
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11/27/16
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Hey Google buddies:

We're on a road trip, and we're blogging it over on our site, if you're bored and looking for something to peruse in the next few weeks.
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Hubby has been stressed lately, so I made him a surprise pie! This is Atlantic Beach Pie, and it came out super tasty - great for a hot day!

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7/13/16
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(Warning: really long, rambly weight lossy post.)

So Saturday, +miller ramos and I wrapped up Week 8 of a second strength training program (which was basically a more intense version of the first one, with more reps, more sets and a few new exercises thrown in to target different muscle groups). Added to the 5-week program we did before that, I've got 13 weeks of strength training under my belt since we started in late February. I've been trying to do cardio on my off days, and to hit my adaptable step goal - which increases when you meet it consistently, or decreases when you don't - to round out the work we're doing.

I'm proud of the work we've put in, and happy with the progress I've been seeing, even if it is going a little slower than I would have hoped. I just hit 20 pounds lost this morning (although that wasn't from the beginning of our program - it was sometime in the middle of Week 3) - which I feel is a good milestone.

I've lost weight faster in the past, but I also did it in a more unhealthy, less-sustainable way. This time around, I'm tracking my calories but not necessarily restricting them - just trying to be aware of what I'm eating and make smarter choices overall. In the past, when I've done this, I've been obsessive about my calorie intake in a manner that borders on eating disorder, so I'm happy to be doing it in a healthier way this time - and to do it in a way that I don't feel deprived. Because feeling deprived isn't sustainable for me, and leads to backsliding.

In addition to approaching my eating in a healthier way, I'm also not losing weight as fast because I'm putting on muscle at the same time. It's a little frustrating because the scale isn't moving as fast as I want it to, but I am enjoying the benefits of having more muscle. It's made very real, day-to-day improvements in my life, like I don't get back pain when doing the dishes anymore, my balance, coordination and moving in general has gotten easier, and I'm starting to see and feel muscle definition under the fat, which is strangely exciting. And it's fun to flex my abs when Lita is walking across my stomach and lift her up (and make it not hurt when she's walking all over me!)

We're currently taking a week off from our efforts, which has turned out to be good timing because I've gotten miserably sick, but I think we'll change things up when we start again next week. We'll continue to do strength training, but we're considering adding in kettlebell workouts on one of the days, and maybe cardio on another day, in order to switch things up so our bodies don't get too complacent doing the same old thing. I wanna keep the gains coming!

Oh, it's also worth pointing out that we've been doing this entirely with no gym memberships whatsoever. We bought a bunch of Dumbbells ranging in size from 3lb to 20lb - I think it's time to add a set of 25s to our collection, and we've got a balance ball for some of our exercises. The rest is just floor work we've done with a mat. For cardio on my off days, I've been doing Just Dance, Biggest Loser Yoga for Weight Loss (which is a surprisingly tough body weight workout), and occasionally I've been using the elliptical and the exercise bike we have at home. But I find the machines to be the most boring, so I try to do my cardio in other ways.

I'm getting back into Couch-to-5k on the elliptical, because I'm still too heavy to run outdoors - it's murder on my knees - but C25k is good interval training to help improve stamina and cardiovascular health, even if I'm not really running. I'm actually feeling energetic enough these days to want to run, though, and I do run occasionally in the park with the dogs, so I'm actually looking forward to when I can start running for real again. Which is strangely exciting. Another 40 pounds or so and I'll consider running outside at that point.

Another point worth noting, we haven't injured ourselves or suffered any overtraining strain. I'm really proud of how intelligently we're approaching our workouts, modifying things (or dropping them entirely) when we can't do them properly and safely, or if they're too much for us at this point. In the past, I've plunged headlong into lots of physical activity and suffered for it - sometimes losing all my progress when I get injured and have to stop working out. We're doing a really good job of taking a measured approach, and I want to pat us on the back for it.

One thing I've been surprised by is how much it has helped to be working out with Miller. I've never really worked out with someone else (except when I roped Kay into working out with me occasionally in 2013, but it wasn't a consistent thing) and I wasn't sure I wanted to do it. I thought I might not be able to keep up with him, because he had already done a 4-week program before I joined him, and I was really out of shape. And I thought it might be embarrassing to have someone else see me struggling through a hard workout. But in reality, it's been completely the opposite. We've been able to modify some of the exercises that I wasn't able to do at the same level as him, or I could just use smaller weights, and I never really had a problem. And I didn't feel self-conscious about struggling through some exercises because he's been completely supportive, and he's struggled through other exercises, so we've really been able to keep each other going through the hard parts. Mutual commiseration is surprisingly helpful. And then there are the days when I just don't feel like working out, but I know he's expecting me and I don't wanna bail or leave him hanging, so I go and workout and feel better for doing it, whereas if I'd been left to my own devices, I might have just skipped the workout. So I think having him as a workout buddy is a big part of why I've been successful. Thanks, +miller ramos ! :)

So yeah. Progress!
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