1. Vienna’s Summer

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    Happy Monday!  My weekend was low key which is by design.  I started Friday off with a Crossfit workout on a paddleboard.  It was a hot sunny day with calm blue water.  I did squats, over head squats using my paddle, sit ups, and  burpees. The burpees were done under the water and I jumped back up on the board for each one.  The finisher was a fast swim to the buoy and back.  

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  2. The Lazy Fisherman

    Today it’s storming outside and I wanted to stop in and say hello.
    The past few days have been perfect for boating and breakfast on board which is a nice treat and wonderful way of easing into the morning.  I load up the boat with cold drinks of tea, water, and coffee with a fresh loaf of baguette and fruit. 

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  3. Mid Summer Fun

    I must have jumped off the boat about 20 times or more.   I really don’t plan on stopping any time soon either.  I haven’t been to crossfit in a couple of weeks because I had a small couple of stitches that were healing up.  I think this is the reason I’ve been climbing like a monkey on the boat jumping in the water.  

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  4. The 4th of July Weekend

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    For the 4th of July we cooked up some lamb burger on the grill with
    kaisers rolls and topped them off with pickles.  It was a good way to spend the time while waiting for the big show.  The park started to get really packed as the day went on but we wanted to get THE best view for the fireworks display.  The night was amazing! 

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  5. Climbing The Rope

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    One day last week the rope climb was our skill focus in Crossfit.  I like learning new techniques to improve my performance. The rope climb is not something I practice often but with all my other upper body training I was hoping for some progress.  My coach instructed me to sit on the box and get the rope around my foot to use for leverage to step with.  Once I had the footing in place and stood up on the rope I swung off my seated position back and forth, and then I began my ascent.  I heard his voice say raise your left leg (my left foot was looped around the rope) and as I did my feet moved up the rope faster.   With a little bit of footwork and coordination I did it.  Of course, it hit me that I was pretty high up and I needed to hang on as if my life depended on it because it did!

    It was so much fun!    It makes me want to put a rope in my backyard and climb it every day before work it was so much fun.

    I learned to pack a pair of long crop pants and socks to protect me from that aweful rope burn.  Seriously even if it’s 95 degrees out like it is now that rope burns!


  6. Summertime Magic

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    The summer lifestyle of Florida is magical.  No, everyday is not a beach day but it makes me appreciate it even more when I can get out.  The water is just the right temperature and the breeze is soft and warm.  On a clear day the sky is blue and water reflects the colors.  There was enough wind for the kite surfer to play all day while we watched on the other side of this barrier island. 

  7. Bacon Lettuce Tomato and Cauliflower

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    BLTC!   So my dobie snarfed up 2 pieces of bacon yesterday while I was reaching in the cupboard for the bag to put the bacon chips in.  She got a taste of it and now she gets mad at me when I cook it because I see her sulking in the other room.  She looks like she’s trying to make me gaze deep into her eyes so she can hypnotize me into cooking her more bacon.  She gets real bacon treats but its only when she really is a good dog.

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  8. Did You Hear That?

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    That’s the sound of 3 lbs falling off.  Day 17 and I’m ignoring my inner cries for Hawaiian bread in the middle of the day piled with cheese or homemade strawberry preserve.  My fantasies have become more elaborate substitutions of portabella, endive, tomato and cucumber as carriers vs bread.  Someone said to me I’m becoming one of those tea sandwich ladies that linger over every bite of a gluten-free meal.  She has no idea my beast mode is fully engaged.  

    I explained to her my reward is the not some gorgeous summer dress to wear for a special date. Oh no, I’ve set the bar high for myself, literally. I’m going to achieve an unassisted pullup … someday.  We chat and I’m beginning to see she thinks I’m a psycho.  Like THAT’s news. She hasn’t come to the dark side yet.  Soon, she will beg me to share my secrets of the primal/paleo goddess lifestyle.


     

  9. Five Reasons Why I Excelled Over This Weekend



    I have mastered the art of the tennis ball rollout on sore muscles.  It’s a strange thing at first when someone notices the basket of balls around the house.  That sounded weird.  Them; “Do you play?” My response; “No it’s for my massage.” There is a whole post coming on this so you will be seeing more later.  Tennis balls, not just for tennis anymore.   

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  10. My Progress

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    Vienna really likes to take over my yoga mat while I’m in plank position.  She is a kisser and sneaks them in any way she can.


    After a fun weekend of playing in the water and seeking shade I ate oysters and yellow fin tuna.  In addition, I also included a glass or 3 of Chardonnay.  It was a very good Chardonnay so I regret none of it.  As you can tell I’m totally winging this abdominal challenge and not abiding by any strict rules.  I suppose I need to get back on the wagon and this being Monday gets me a bit closer to behaving better.  Weekends are not so easy.  

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