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KathyBlue - Friday Jul 23, 2021
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 0.0

Hey all,

I'm tired... 

I did strength training with machines today and I'm so worn out, haha. It's so odd, when I leave the gym I feel like nothing has happened, but after some time it hits me so hard.

I still don't like hypertrophy or strength training with machines but I understand that I needed to change at some point. So now I need to let it sink in and I need some structure and additional planning. I suck at planning, I like improvising a lot but this won't work with machines training ... One has to know all the details and work strictly on schedule... MEH!

Here's a good article on the topic:

Hypertrophy Training vs. Strength Training: Pros and Cons of Each (healthline.com)

Medieval fair details from town:

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KathyBlue - Wednesday Jul 21, 2021
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 0.0

Hi wonderful people of the best community online!  

I hope you're all doing fine! We are fine, although facing restrictions again in my area of the country so most probably the kid's summer camp will be cancelled. It will break his little heart because they have been talking about this for so long and they are literally counting how many days left for that one week of "Very Cool Summer Holidays Camp". Fact is, the municipalty had 5 weeks of it, same programme for every week (and one person can only enroll to 1 week, no multiple weeks allowed), and they've already cancelled the first three weeks of it... Literally i don't see a chance that it happens for him either, for the first week of August.

I've been working a lot lately, now work is improving so I'm back to daily exercise... well, at least I think I'm back, because now I have a headache+nausea combo because of ... being THAT time of the month... 

I'm turning 40 soon... 12th August... I feel better than 10 years ago, to be honest... I'm more balanced and down to earth and less arrogant. Learning experience I guess... Let's see what happens next. Haha.

Fancy some pictures of my town? Upcoming medieval fair and summer time overall...


Donkey on 07/21/2021:
Beautiful picture! I'm happy to hear that things are getting better for you at work. That's so important to maintaining a balance in one's life. I know that I really feel it when work gets out of control.

That's sad to hear about your son's summer camp... but I think it's realistic to expect the return of restrictions. I know here in the US, I am already mentally preparing myself. I don't think we'll have a shut-down again, but I'm keeping a supply of masks (cloth and "disposable") that I might wear anyway, to prevent getting a cold or the flu. After all, I'm not vaccinated from the flu, either, so there's that.

KathyBlue on 07/21/2021:
I never did vaccination from flu either, because I simply don't see it being efficient. They have campaigns to vaccinate the elderly and the risk people, every year, that's fine... but for example hubby's grandma got the flu the same and had complications from it the same... I never noticed her being less sick or the flus she had being less severe because of her regular shots. But I did the first shot of this Pfizer vaccine now and will get the second, last one, in August. I have doubts but I want to be socially responsible with this one.. especially because of my son, too. Hopefully it will pay off.

Jacky82020 on 07/21/2021:
Lovely photo!

Sorry about the camp. Same happened in areas here as well. Sucks! These new variants are scary!

Maria7 on 07/21/2021:
Happy Birthday to you for August 12th. Mine is July 26th. Love the photo. Do you know what kind of flowers those are? They look a lot like crepe myrtle blooms.

bearcountrygg on 07/21/2021:
Happy birthday to you on August 12th...that is also our 56th anniversary.....I'm sorry to hear that your little guy is not getting to attend his camp....I'm sure he misses it and that interaction is so important for kids. Today's kids are getting cheated out of so much play time with other kids...I feel bad for all of them. Your pictures as always are breathtaking!

horn_of_plenty on 07/21/2021:
Love your beautiful rose bushes! and you are a favorite at our DD online community!! :)

I am more balanced than 10yrs ago too!

i'm be 39 in Sept! :)

horn_of_plenty on 07/21/2021:
sorry about his camp. are there enough covid vaccine shots by you?

KathyBlue on 07/23/2021:
Yes definitely, we are fine with that, but the cases count is still going upwards... :(

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KathyBlue - Sunday Jul 11, 2021
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 0.0

Hello all,

Finally! I'm getting some time to write here.

I've been thinking to write for a long time but I always end up forgetting it because of so many things to do. I've been working like a dog lately, not a single day off for weeks. It's not easy but I hope this phase will end soon enough.

My kid is another topic, I've been to so many appointments with him because he's been flagged by pre-school as possible autism spectrum, not so much on the cognitive/motorical part but on the emotional level... We're trying to get him in special education but it's not easy given the fact that he's not an OBVIOUS case and some of the public healthcare assistants have already discarded him because of "not presenting signs of delay in development and speech".

He was also prescribed really strong glasses which caught us as a big surprise... us and our wallets... haha. But then again, when it comes to kids, we can't do much but provide them with their needs. One of the big purposes of life, universe and everything.

On the personal level, I mean - MYSELF level, I'm doing fine. My weight is not moving much, I'm also eating more than I should but I stick to healthy stuff.

I keep up with the gym quite nicely, I feel motivated. And now I got into something new, in addition! It's a virtual challenge! Let me copy the text I wrote in a Forum post, so I don't have to rephrase it again, hahaha...:

First of all an important side note, I am NOT working for or benefit from supporting any of these businesses, it's just something I tried and worked for me and I see it working for many others so I thought to share as it might help some of you.
With many in-person events being cancelled for the remainder of 2021, most of these events have now turned into virtual challenges.
These virtual challenges provide a way for people to be rewarded for their training efforts by completing a given distance on their own by their own pace (each person decides the timeline and can change it anytime) and exercise type (you can walk, run, ride the bike, hit the gym, do home yoga, anything exercise-related activity counts) and receiving commemorative medals and/or shirts in the mail to mark the occasion.
When one signs up for some cool themed challenge, a tracking app comes with it with progress charts and motivational parts (virtual postcards, possibility to join to teams all over the world).
And they offer a good community support, most of these challenges have exclusive groups here on Facebook or somewhere else, where the participants can team up, share questions, progress and seek motivation / positive reassurance. 


Here's a screenshot of the challenge I'm doing right now. It's a Conqueror Challenge event, where over the course of 46 miles (75 km) I virtually visit Egypt's tourist spots, receive virtual postcards and at the end I'm going to get a very cool medal mailed to my home address. I am going to post the link of this one in the comments section, but there are many others you can search simply in Google by typing in "virtual challenges with medals".
Giza Pyramids Virtual Challenge | The Conqueror Virtual Fitness Challenges

Donkey on 07/11/2021:
Good to hear from you! And I'm glad to hear that you're doing well at the gym. Thank you for sharing the link for the virtual challenge -- that IS a really cool medal! I could see something like this being a very helpful tool, especially in this time of COVID, lockdowns, heat waves, etc. (not here in the US, but other countries, unfortunately).

We had similar frustrations with my son, when he was younger. He just didn't quite fit the definitions of "autism" but he definitely had some obvious challenges. "Quirky" describes him perfectly. As long as he knows that he is loved, everything else is secondary. But with the schools, keep trying.

KathyBlue on 07/11/2021:
Yes, mine gets "hyperfocused" on things he loves and causes small disturbances when he is "forced" to collaborate in something he has zero interest in... It's difficult every single day, but he's so smart and loving..

KathyBlue on 07/11/2021:
Yes, mine gets "hyperfocused" on things he loves and causes small disturbances when he is "forced" to collaborate in something he has zero interest in... It's difficult every single day, but he's so smart and loving..

bearcountrygg on 07/11/2021:
I hope you can get to the bottom of you little guys issues.....but it's good to find out that he is in need of glasses that might help him.

horn_of_plenty on 07/12/2021:
so nice to hear from you!

i also hope you can figure out everything regarding your sweet as sugar boy.

Sorry you have had no days off. that is very, very challenging type of work to do; where you do not have any "me time."

i'm sure if legs sees your post, she'd find it interesting as she also signs up for virtual types of bike racing!

mulli on 07/21/2021:
https://shrinke.me/q2UYiD We're not just telling stories, we're changing lives! So please help my videos change more lives by SHARING!

KathyBlue on 07/21/2021:

KathyBlue - Monday May 17, 2021
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 0.0

Hey everyone!

New week, new goals! From this week on, I'll be alternating gym (3 times a week) with pool (2 times a week). I'm excited about going back to the pool... I really need it. I just hope I can get hold of my fins soon enough, because they are not here in this town but in the capital and we haven't been there for ages!

Oh, about weight: I am losing weight. I am not writing my meals in MyFitnessPal right now, I just log exercise and doing an auto-pilot with not-so-frequent but still consistent weigh-ins which I also log in the app.

Food-wise, I try to focus on: healthy, simple, and low sugar content. I gave up on many stuff that had artificial sweeteners in them, for example.. I replaced these fancy "protein yogurts" with plain greek ones. These greek ones have more calories and more fat, but less sugar content and I can add stuff to it, I normally mix it with my oatmeal + almond crunchy butter + frozen berries. This has been working for me and these breakfasts are so fulfilling and yet not heavy on the stomach and I don't feel drowsy at all. Sugar used to give me this drowsy feeling, kind of a sluggishness...

Oh and about "not eating after 5 PM" - yeah so this is not working for me, I gave up on trying. It's frustrating to fail everyday so I figured my body was not needing or wanting this at all. Focus on : feeling good. Body and mind.

A picture from today morning (7 am) and a motivational pic from the world wide web!


horn_of_plenty on 05/17/2021:
please share more of those naked statues! I want to see them all!

i love the photos of your dog. he looks so happy!

i also have to eat at night, i cannot do the "no eating after..." either. i tried like once in my life, was no good either!

nice job simplifying your foods and going with less sugar. i think some sugar is def ok though, moderately of course!

nice doing.

i agree that instead of "fancy protein yogurts," that regular greek yogurts may be better. sometimes the regular stuff is better.

my friend gave me regular pancake mix and i cannot wait to use it. it's not high protein or fiber, just the regular stuff...i will use it in moderation :)

Donkey on 05/17/2021:
GREAT JOB! Sounds like you've found a good balance in both food and exercise! That's wonderful!

bearcountrygg on 05/17/2021:
OKAY...I WANT your dog!!!!

innerpeace on 05/17/2021:
Love you dog!! So cute. I find having a stop eating time works well for me. Have a great day!

Jacky82020 on 05/18/2021:
Handsome animal!!! Love dogs!

KathyBlue - Friday May 14, 2021
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 0.0

 Hey hey!

Quick entry... All is good around here... Gym is back and I'm doing it almost every single day.

Weather is so nice lately...


Jacky82020 on 05/14/2021:
Nice pics! Love the dog and Van Gogh inspired art.

bearcountrygg on 05/14/2021:
I LOVE your dog!

Donkey on 05/15/2021:
Beautiful photos - look at that blue sky! I'm glad to hear that you are making it back into the gym. Fun!

They are changing the mask requirements here in the States, but I still plan to wear my mask to the gym, at least until I'm 2 weeks' past my 2nd shot... and then maybe to continue.

There are other benefits to mask wearing: easier on the allergies, keeps the face warmer in the winter. I'm going to hold on to my cloth masks, for sure.

happy-1 on 05/16/2021:
Beautiful dog and what a great walk.

Maria7 on 05/16/2021:
What a pretty dog!

Horn_of_plenty on 05/16/2021:
glad to hear things are well, i love that naked woman on a bike statue!

KathyBlue on 05/17/2021:
There are many naked people in the park, I mean in forms of statues... haha.. there's one super creepy, it's in the rear end of the park and it's a sitting woman, in yoga position, I always get the creeps when i pass by it at night. Even the dog does the same, he gets all nervous and feels super intimidated. :D

KathyBlue on 05/17/2021:
There are many naked people in the park, I mean in forms of statues... haha.. there's one super creepy, it's in the rear end of the park and it's a sitting woman, in yoga position, I always get the creeps when i pass by it at night. Even the dog does the same, he gets all nervous and feels super intimidated. :D

KathyBlue on 05/17/2021:
There are many naked people in the park, I mean in forms of statues... haha.. there's one super creepy, it's in the rear end of the park and it's a sitting woman, in yoga position, I always get the creeps when i pass by it at night. Even the dog does the same, he gets all nervous and feels super intimidated. :D

KathyBlue - Friday Apr 23, 2021
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 0.0

Hello Beautiful People!  

It's Friday, yayyy!!!

The weather has been weird around here. Last night I had a very bad quality sleep because something was intensely burning outside and the flat was filled with that smell... It was like having a campfire at my 3rd floor apartment, really. We live in a town which is in a valley and surrounded by a mountain area, the Monchique mountains. Don't imagine it like if it was the Alps, it's just an agglomeration of some modest heaps of rocks and a lot of greenies. And those greenies constist of trees and mainly eucalypts and they burn quick and easy and leave a devastating scenario behind ...

 Half of my day was trying to find an ophtalmologist for my 6 year old son in the area. I called like 4-5 hospitals / medical posts and only got an appointment for 16 June.. crazy.. The head teacher at pre-school warned me that my son was scratching his eyes all day long and also inclines on his works too much, as if he couldn't see the paper / workbook properly from a normal distance.. Well, I will keep trying for an earlier appointment, in the meantime I have booked that 16 June date... we'll see. I certainly didn't have this problem in the capital before, but that's the capital and "before covid" scenario. Who knows what changed there, too, in the meantime.

I hit the gym today (third day of the week) and I was enthusiastic about the new workout buddy but she didn't show up. This is the second person who approaches me in the gym asking if she could try out my workouts with me, just to not show up afterwards on the scheduled time... I don't know what's wrong with people. I try not to be overly enthusiastic about random persons who tell me they want to tag along, but I always end up in disappointment. Nobody really points a gun at them, right? It wasn't me who started the conversation with them. They took the initiative. So...? If my workouts are scary, which I know they are, then just keep watching, don't ask to be part of it if you are afraid of breaking some serious sweat. Haha!

I started the "not eating after 5 PM" thing today. Well, it's 6 PM now and I'm sipping a coffee with milk. But my coffee + milk are sacred and they don't fall under any laws or regulations. No diet or restriction can touch my coffees. Anyway I do them largely with a lot of water and just a very small amount of milk. And granulated coffee. 

Donkey on 04/24/2021:
These people who no-show --- do you ever see them again? Do they say, "Gee, sorry I missed our meeting?" Or are these psycho ships in the dark that pass without seeing them again? That is SO weird. I think if that were me, I'd be like, "This is when I workout. Come if you want, or don't. I'm here for me." Selfish-sounding? Perhaps, but you gotta find a way to protect yourself from the emotional disappointment in other people. Sheesh...

Are the current burns deliberate? We have springtime burns here, and sometimes it's quite difficult to breathe. And I know what an episode of "not-good-sleep" feels like. Thursday night, I got almost 9 hours of sleep, but Fitbit gave me only a C+ -- and I believed it because it was NOT a good sleep.

I like your "not eating after 5pm" idea, although I get home closer to 6pm, so I'd have to make an adjustment. I might try this for myself for May and see how it goes.

Maria7 on 04/24/2021:
So sorry your new friend didn't show up. I know you felt disappointed. Bless your heart. I hope you can get the earlier appointment for your Son. Take care and hope you are having a good day.

horn_of_plenty on 04/25/2021:
That’s a sweet photo below of the dog hanging onto your leg !

That’s sad about the trees and how they burn easily - a problem with climate change all around the world - forest fires in California and other places damage people’s health and the air quality

horn_of_plenty on 04/25/2021:
Good luck to your son on the eye dr appt - I hope it fixes everything

Some people don’t understand what a commitment truly means ! Ah well, at least you still got your workout in

KathyBlue - Thursday Apr 22, 2021
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 0.0

Hello all :)

Super stressful work week. Good that tomorrow is Friday, phew!

I have given away my game account to another person. I feel a huge relief. After almost 3 years of playing, it's been hard to do so, but having got rid of the daily chore and the obligations towards the team... is priceless, to be honest. This way, I win time and they win a new team member who will be more enthusiastic than I was, for sure. I at least chose the new owner carefully. Some people just leave and never look back. I respect the team and the ones who still feel the zest to play.

So... I have to say I'm really hooked on oatmeal. This week, so far, I could count on one hand's fingers how many times I had a meal that was NOT oatmeal. I feel surprisingly well though. I want to see if I manage to weigh in tomorrow morning (I keep forgetting this...)...

Ufff, talking about mornings... I really do miss the calm and quiet mornings. Since we'd adopted the puppy, my mornings are stressful and hectic. I rarely wake up on my own like I used to, or even the alarm... We have the puppy now as alarm, he starts whining at 5 AM and it's really annoying. So, i wake up really bad mooded which is new to me because I consider myself a morning person and I used to wake up good mooded every single day... 

Then, I know I have to take him for a walk so he would stop the whining and let everyone else sleep, but it's NOT POSSIBLE to go out without eating something first. I need to have a quick breakfast and a coffee before I put my feet outdoors.... And with a whining and jumpy dog it's very stressful... So I'm not sure what to do. I don't want to repart breakfast and then risk overeating by having two breakfasts which I already do, because by the time I take my kid to pre-school, around 9 AM, I'm already hungry again... so I normally have a cup of coffee+milk and a malt bread at the coffee shop near his school...

Actually I'm thinking of trying to stop eating and just drink water after 5 PM everyday... Because I go to bed around 9 PM so it would be a good idea. I don't feel the need of food "right before" going to bed like some people do so it should work...?

Sorry I'm so boring today. Just to be easier to imagine, for whom had the patience to read til the end, here's a picture of when I prepare breakfast....:

Jacky82020 on 04/22/2021:
Oh, what a cutie! Know the breed/breeds? What’s the weight? How big will he get?

The husband has had oatmeal every morning for breakfast for like a 100 years.

bearcountrygg on 04/22/2021:
Well now that is pure love...LOL...and I think your idea of not eating after 5 sounds great........what ever works best for you is best!

Maria7 on 04/22/2021:
Pretty dog. Sounds like a very good plan to only have water after 5 pm. I am doing something similar.

Donkey on 04/23/2021:
I agree with your plan, if you feel that you need to eat before taking the puppy out. Could you take your coffee with you? I don't have to eat, but I have to have my coffee before (or while) I start the day.

That's why I don't go to the gym in the morning, because I need my coffee! So I ride my bike at home, while enjoying my first cup.

Maria7 on 04/23/2021:
Hope you are having a good day.

KathyBlue - Wednesday Apr 21, 2021
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 0.0

Hey Everyone!

I feel so sooooore nowadays. I only did gym twice last week, and this week I did on Monday and today and also have one scheduled for Friday.

Soooo, another girl came to talk to me at the changing room, and asking about my training program. I told her I'm doing them in my head before training, lol... I do have a vast experience and some workout catalog in my own head, from the last years of gym sessions with certified trainers... 

She asked me if she could join me on Friday to do a training together... I said sure, but, I wonder! The last time someone asked me to do so, never happened. They normally chicken out because my trainings are hard and they prefer the machines and stuff. Which is still OK... but I wish they would not make me enthusiastic for nothing! Ha Ha!

Actually, I tried several exercises from this list: 

The 20 Best Arm Exercises For Women - Best Arm Workouts (womenshealthmag.com)

It is interesting! The one called "Around the World" is actually really demanding. It doesn't seem like so... but it is, made it right. I don't usually try out these things and I am positively surprised by some.

Next things to try will be some of these!:

19 Best Stability Ball Exercises For A Full-Body Workout (womenshealthmag.com)

Well, I feel better! I still eat more than I should (I think) and drink less than I should (I'm sure). Soooo... Improvements need to be done. Just... one day at a time...

Have a nice day, girls and boys!


bearcountrygg on 04/21/2021:
Sounds like you have a good plan!

Jacky82020 on 04/21/2021:
Oh, very interesting, didn’t know it was possible to insert links here. Good info. Hope your new buddy works out, if not, no biggie. I like going it alone, even walking. People slow me down.

Maria7 on 04/21/2021:
Hope it all works out well with your new friend.

KathyBlue - Saturday Apr 17, 2021
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 0.0

7 AM, heading for the gym.. Family is still sleeping, except for the dog who promptly woke me up way before 6 AM and I feel like a washed rug. I can just hope that the walk to the gym with some good vibe music would help to motivate myself for another gym session. 

Note to myself: need to create new playlists for gym / dog walking. I'm getting fed up with the existing ones...

So, I bought yet another app, lol... It's called Avocation and it's a habit tracker. Lifetime membership cost 16 euros so it's okay and it helps creating and tracking healthy habits with minimum effort.

It looks fairly simple and effective.

Avocation - Habit Tracker

Jacky82020 on 04/17/2021:
That seems similar to the Fitbit app. But I’m too lazy to use it. lol

Donkey on 04/17/2021:
Cute looking app! I hope it works for you!

Tracking really is everything. *sigh* I lost track of my water tracking for the past 2 days. I was trying to recall all the water that I consumed. I think I was able to get most of it right.

KathyBlue on 04/17/2021:
Yes, tracking is useful BUT a person like me who struggles with obsessions, has to be careful not to get overly frustrated on failures, let it be tracking or complying with the habit itself.

Donkey on 04/18/2021:
^^VERY TRUE. I don't have a good answer for that, only to say that in myself, I was able to overcome the obsessions, to some degree.

Horn_of_plenty on 04/18/2021:
very organized, easy to look at tracker photo.

nice you can walk to gym. i love to walk with music also!

good going get out to the gym early :) I am starting to do some exercise early too, i think, once in awhile at least, before the day gets too busy and i get too tired after work to do it anymore!

Maria7 on 04/20/2021:
Sounds like you are doing well, Kathy. Happy for you. Glad to see you back posting again. Have a happy, blessed day.

KathyBlue - Thursday Apr 15, 2021
(Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.)
Weight: 0.0

Another day of overeating on healthy food.

Another day of not having my s... together. Oh, well. I am exhausted. 

 I should try this... but... if I can't get my basics together, how do I force myself to do such thing, on top of the chaos I'm surrounded by...?

Jacky82020 on 04/15/2021:
You look like a very happy apple! Or is it a peach? LOL

Donkey on 04/16/2021:
Oh I can easily eat too much healthy food. That's one reason why vegetarianism never worked for me, unfortunately. (There are other reasons, too.)

I can so relate to this post... Keep on trying!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/18/2021:
i have overeaten on healthy food too....but at least it's more nutritious than junk food....you are doing good, like donkey says, just keep working on it!

Horn_of_plenty on 04/18/2021:
lol jacky...def an apple!

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