WTF Wednesday, my mojo is missing

I got up this morning with the intention of going for a short run and then a weight session. Instead I completely forgot to set my alarm, and when I woke up and realized that it was already approaching 6:30AM, I didn’t even fret.

I just lazily stumbled out of bed and instead of getting ready and putting on the clothes that were already laid out, I procrastinated. I started thinking about how hot it is outside and then the treadmill, and then exercise in general, and I couldn’t get this image out of my mind.


Nope, it isn’t!

So, yeah, my motivation left the room and it hasn’t come back yet. I should probably be concerned about that but instead I’m just….I don’t, I, I ……

The good news is, it has stopped raining here. The bad news is, the mosquito’s are the size of small birds, and they’re hangry!

The state of Florida places sentinel chickens for early detection of West Nile Virus and recently 3 of them in the County I live in have tested positive, so running outside is not only hot, it’s dangerous.

mosquito control
Lately I’ve been wondering, how is it that they can make a 30 day mosquito, tick and flea control for dogs but they haven’t come up with a 30 day mosquito control for people? I mean, I’d put that shit on the nape of my neck, no problem.

mosquito control

I guess I’ll just have to do my own mosquito control. It’s similar to my spider control methods.

fat cells suck
Oh, and also, MacGyver and I both gained 5 pounds in five days while we were in the Keys. We have no idea how that happened because we didn’t eat any more than usual, and we were pretty active.Clearly, I am not concerned by those 5 pounds seeing as how I couldn’t be bothered to get out of bed this morning.

Pete the peacock comes around every night for dinner about 7ish. He’s pretty prompt.  In fact, that’s how I determine that TMZ is on. When we were in the Keys, the Kid stayed down here and he took care of dinner for all the neighborhood critters including Pete. He also took some pictures and posted them on Reddit.

Pete the Peacock

Just look at that beautiful creature!

Last night when the Kid and I were making a run to Wendy’s for a Frosty, (hmmmm, see 5 pounds), we were talking about Pete and the following was our conversation:

The Kid: I posted pics of Pete on Reddit and people sent me all kinds of great info about Peacocks.

Me: Really? Can you ask them a question?

The Kid: Sure, what do you want me to ask them?

Me: Find out why they like colorful clothing better than plain clothes like black or white.

The Kid: What do you mean?

Me: Well, when I wear black, white, or really plain clothes Pete just comes over and eats dinner and then leaves. But lately, when he comes over, I throw on some purple and orange, or teal and yellow, and talk to him, and he fans out his feathers and twerks for me. So can you ask them why he likes more colorful clothing and if that’s why he dances for me and fans his tail?

The Kid: I think the more appropriate question is, why are you trying to seduce a peacock?

Oh Kid, you slay me.  Obviously my sense of humor has been inherited, but for the record, I was not trying to seduce the peacock.

Do you lose your motivation after taking a vacation?
How do you get your workout mojo back?  Please share because mine has gone to the dogs…or the peacocks…or the turtles, or, you get the point.

Can sitting all day reverse your workout? Possibly…

This morning I ran 6 miles, the same amount I ran yesterday, except today I didn’t stop. I. Just. Kept. Going. And it felt pretty good, right after I was finished!

Tampa Bay WeatherThe peeps from the Rock and Roll series posted this infographic about Marathon Stats. I love it!

Marathon StatsSpeaking of marathons, I really need to ramp up my long runs. I haven’t run over 8 miles in a single run in months. I plan on getting serious about my training this month because I have a half marathon coming up in October and then several long races in the months thereafter.

I’ve had a hard time getting motivated to do a long run this summer and I’m not sure why. Yes, it’s hot, but no more than usual. I’m pretty sure my problem is motivation.

While looking for some inspiration or tips or tricks or whatever I could find to help me get through some long runs, I found this article from Runners World and I thought I’d share it with you.

How to enjoy long runsRemember when I wrote a post about what’s considered sedentary after I gained a little weight? Well since that time, I’ve been really intrigued by the effects of sedentary activity in otherwise active people.

We’ve all heard the saying ‘sitting is the new smoking’ but how much does it really affect your training efforts? Some recent studies show that for each hour you sit each day, you lose 8% of the benefits from an hour of running.

So, if you run for 1 hour in the morning and then sit for 9 hours during the day, you lose 72% of the benefits of that morning run!

You can read more about the studies in this article.

sitting negates your workout
What helps you get through your long runs?
Do you sit a lot during the day?
What’s your favorite post-race meal?

The Twist Board, The Jiggler and working out with Mamaw.

Can you believe it’s Tuesday already? I can’t. Yesterday flew by, which for me usually means my whole week is gonna blow by. I’m not complaining, trust me, I just hope it slows down when the weekend comes. Know what I mean? Momma needs some chill time.

party weekend

When I was a little girl, we used to visit my Grandma’s house on the reg but I grew up in Tennessee so we called her Mamaw. I’m not sure if it’s the same in all southern towns but most of my relatives lived within a mile or two of each other and my Mamaw was no exception. She lived about a mile up the road and she had a huge 4 car garage with all kinds of interesting things but mostly I remember when she had the workout area. It was basically just some carpet on the floor in one of the bays and lots and lots of really cool exercise equipment. I can remember going up there with my Mom and playing around on the machines while she worked out.

I’m pretty sure most of the equipment in there was from the 60’s and 70’s and it’s a good thing we’ve evolved because that exercise equipment was not the most effective. What it was, was hilarious. The workout room of the 70’s was a whole heck of a lot different from the kettlebells, the resistance bands and the crossfit boxes we see today.

Just for shits and giggles, I thought I’d look up some of that equipment and share it with you. Won’t you join me in a little trip back to my childhood and where I first learned all about working out.

The most exciting thing in my Mamaw’s workout room was a contraption we use to call ‘the belt’. I absolutely loved this machine because I could wrap the belt around me and sing K.C. and the Sunshine Band’s Get Down Tonight in the coolest vibrating tone you’ve ever heard. I could stay on this machine for hours and it never felt like a workout, probably because it wasn’t.

The Belt

In reality that little beauty was called the fat jiggler because, well, I don’t really know why.

My second favorite machine was an old motorized exercise bike. I mainly liked it because unlike my bike, this thing shook the hell out of you and sort of threw you around like a bucking bronco. I wasn’t allowed to stay on the bike too long because it gave me a headache.

motorized exercise bike

At some point down the road Mamaw updated the bike with a newer non-motorized model but I never liked it near as much as the bucking bronco machine.

exercise bike

Floor exercises were apparently very common back in the day as well, and there were many inexpensive tools you could purchase to accommodate your exercising needs.

There was the twist board:

Twist board

We ultimately turned the twist board into a sit and spin and had loads of fun with it. We had a spinnee, the person riding the board, and a spinner, the person pushing them around. I’m pretty sure it was me who was the spinner when the spinnee blew chunks all over my Mamaw’s garage and I don’t remember seeing the twist board at her house again. My Mom had one too though so the party continued on….

The Wheel:

The wheel

I can remember all the women in the garage using this thing and I thought it was the most boring thing on the face of the planet. I never got it. My brother however used to love it and years later when my son found my Mom’s old one, he loved it too. Go figure.

The rope thing:

the rope thing

This handy little contraption attached to a door knob and you pulled the ropes every which way for a full body workout. I used it only once and got my foot stuck in it which hurt like hell. The ropes were made of a material similar to a ski rope which is why eventually it made its way outside where it was tied to the back of my bike and someone else’s skateboard, a more appropriate use!

And then there was the most exciting workout of all which didn’t really require any equipment. You just needed music. Jazzercise!


My Mom, my Aunts and my Mamaw all went to classes and they would also do the routines in the garage. I’m ashamed to say I partook in that activity on a regular basis and thoroughly enjoyed it. But I was a kid, they however, have no excuse.

Mamaw’s been gone for several years now but exercising in her garage is one of my fondest memories and regardless of how ineffective it may have been we always had fun. Suffice it to say, as an adult it took me quite some time to figure out the whole exercise thing and it’s probably the reason I’d rather run.

What exercise equipment or fads do you remember from your childhood?