Weekly wrap and a four letter word!

It is a four letter word and I am just going to throw it out there.  This week I met my stopping point, I called in sick and went and talked to my doctor.  The outcome ?  It is time to take FMLA.  I had to admit to myself that I can not run enough miles or take enough yoga classes to balance out the work stress.  I have not completely processed my mother’s death.  Her tragic and sudden passing haunts my thoughts.  The work stress has completely overwhelmed me and I decided it is time to take a break.  Life is all about balance and it this point I am off-balance.

It is a tough thing to admit when you feel out of control.  My brave and smiling face has hurt on the inside and it is time to focus on me and not my work.  So there it is, the four letter word, FMLA.  This may be my new favorite four letter word!  Time to rest, try some new medications, and yes, keep running.  It feels great out there and those numbers still look good.  My resting numbers, well they are not so good.  I can fix that.  So, let’s get this weekly wrap up starting!

Sunday on the plan:  3 easy miles.  I am still running back to back runs on the weekend preparing for the Gasparilla Challenge.  3 miles, 30:48 AVG HR 160 and this week’s most liked Instagram post!

After church the hubby and I grabbed our clubs and headed out to play 9 holes.  The course paired us with a single player and it was game on.  Our pace moved quicker and I could tell that in my heart rate!  0 Pars and 0 balls lost!  Oh well, I didn’t lose any balls and the weather was beautiful! 2 hours AVG HR 111

The hubby and I had reservations for our Valentine’s dinner but then we got the call.  My hubby’s oldest son and wife are in labor.  WE enjoyed a nice romantic dinner (HA!) at the hospital cafeteria while we waited on the baby’s arrival.  Here she is, Baby Briar and she is a beauty!

Monday on the plan:  REST  NO problem there!

Tuesday on the plan:  3 miles with surges.  I set my run keeper app to remind me to pick up the pace during the last .25 of each mile and I was off!  A little faster than Sunday.  3 miles 30:34 AVG HR 163  Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Wednesday on the plan:  Rest and yoga.  The class focused on the heart chakra- perfect for Valentine’s day!  The class was full of chest opening positions as we focused on love, joy and inner peace.  60 minutes AVG HR 95

Thursday on the plan:  30 minutes XT plus drills  Welcome to my life the ActivMotion bar!  I selected the 4.5 pound bar and was looking forward to my first workout.  The bar came with 4 videos so I started with video number one.  The workout moves at a fast pace and alternates between floor and standing positions.  I loved it!  30 minutes AVG HR  114

Friday on the plan:  REST  I text Coach M and let her know my inner thighs were already sore from yesterday’s workout.  Well, by end of day I was sore to squat to pee!  I guess balancing that bar was  harder than I realized!

Saturday on the plan:  6 miles.  My BRF and I met to get in the 6 miles plus bridge.  Nothing super speedy but we got it done!  6.1 miles 1:09:00 AVG HR 160

The hubby and I had re-scheduled our Valentine dinner to tonight and I was really looking forward to trying out a new place.  I picked Cooper’s Hawk Winery and it was tons of fun.  I started with a white wine flight and then enjoyed my dinner, seared ahi tuna.  After dinner we hung out in the tasting room and I might have done some more wine tasting.  Yes, I will admit it, I slept like a rock.

Sunday morning’s training will come early!  Next weekend is the Gasparilla Michelob Ultra Lime challenge and I am looking forward to it.  With my new four letter word brings a little more rest I hope.

Make sure you stop and visit with Holly and Tricia, they will be happy to see you.  How did you spend your Valentine’s day?  



50 Responses so far.

  1. Darlene says:

    That dinner probably helped with the stress.

    I worked on Tuesday & then the hubby & I both played tennis. I have been feeling crappy (but I think I’n on the mend) so hopefully tonight we will have our belated dinner out to celebrate.
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  2. I have been wanting to try the active motion bar as well. Congrats on the birth of your grandchild so cute! I think it’s great that you have realized you need some personal time. You have to take care of yourself before you can take care of everyone else. 🙂
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  3. This will be just like hitting the reset button. You got this, girlfriend!
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  4. Marcia says:

    Hooray for those four letters and some much-needed breathing space. We went to Coopers Hawk for our anniversary and loved it! Glad you enjoyed it and are “enjoying” the ActivMotion Bar! 🙂
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  5. Not all four letter words are bad. I hope your FMLA gives you the time you need to de stress and cope. COngrats on Baby Briar, she is beautiful!
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  6. jill conyers says:

    You never fail to inspire me friend. Processing grief and loss takes time. Be kind and patient with yourself. You’ll find that balance. Much love. xoxo
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  7. Coco says:

    So glad you are taking care of yourself. FLMA may be a four letter word, but it’s not a four-letter word. And perfect timing with your lovely grandchild – congratulations on that precious bundle of joy. I’m sure she’ll interrupt many more dinner plans to come. 😉
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    • MB says:

      Thank you Coco and you are so right, that won’t be the last time we have to change dinner plans I am sure! We still have one more grandchild to come this summer 🙂

  8. Yay for more rest…I know that’s something I need LOL I want want of those Activmotion bars!
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  9. Going for the FMLA might have felt like giving up to you…as if you’ve admitted defeat. Look at it a time to regroup and rebuild. You’ll come out stronger in the end. Congrats on the beautiful new baby granddaughter!
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  10. It’s a good thing to take some time for yourself – FLMA is the right four letter word.

    Congrats on your beautiful grandchild!

    I keep seeing so many great things about those Active Motion bars – I really should look into getting one.
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  11. Sometimes you just need a break and that is ok. I love wineries too! That sounds like a great way to reschedule a Valentine’s dinner. Congrats on becoming grandparents! Now you can spoil the little girl!
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  12. Sharon says:

    Way to take care of yourself! Congrats on becoming grandparents!! Briar is a nice name! Looks like you rescheduled Valentines at a great place! Enjoy Gasparilla!!
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  13. Elle says:

    I have no idea what FMLA is??? But the new baby is adorable and I am up for a round of golf whenever and wherever!

    • MB says:

      Elle FMLA is the family medical leave act which allows employees to take time off work with a doctors order and still have their job protected. It is a great benefit for those that need it.

  14. Gina says:

    What a precious bundle of joy! Congrats to you both! Hang in there! I am sorry you have been hurting, but hopefully the rest is exactly what you need.
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  15. Rachel says:

    I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been having a tough time. <3 Hopefully this will be a great change for you for a little bit and you can get back to balance in your life. xxoo

    Great week of training, though. I've always wanted to try ActivMotion Bar. And that baby!!! So sweet. Congrats!
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  16. What a sweet little baby! Im sorry things have been tough for you. Im glad you are doing what is best for you ad hopefully a break from work will help.
    I am definitely intrigued by that ActivMotion Bar. I need to look into adding that to my home gym!
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  17. Don’t be ashamed of FMLA. It’s there to be used when needed. I hope it helps, and I hope you enjoy the new grand babe, too! I hope celebrating her life will help with coping with your mom’s passing.
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  18. So sorry to hear about your stress. 7 know exactly how that feels. Baby Briar is precious and so glad you and your husband got to go out another night! I hope this week goes well for you. BTW what does FMLA mean??

    • MB says:

      Thank you Katie. FMLA means, family medical leave act. You are able to take time off from work (with a doctor’s statement) and still have your job protected.

  19. Mary says:

    I hope you get the time you need to recover from the stress of your loss and from all the work stress. Very healthy of you to realize what you need and take the break. The ActivMotion bar looks challenging!
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  20. Jenn says:


    I’m so sorry things have been so difficult lately. I’m glad you have the option to take a bit of a break and take care of yourself. Thinking of you.
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  21. Teresa says:

    MaryBeth, I’m super proud of you for taking a stand to take care of yourself! We women get so caught up in being strong to take care of everyone else that we so often neglect ourselves…good for you!

    Congratulations of the birth of Briar..I know your hubby is super proud, she’s beautiful!

    Good luck on the Gasparilla challenge ..you’re going to do great!
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    • MB says:

      Thank you Teresa! It is tough to admit that we can’t do it all sometimes but I was finally ready to admit I was at my limit. Briar is a cutie the hubby just grins from ear to ear when you mention her name. 🙂

  22. Congratulation on your new family member. Wish her healthy and beauty. It’s great to see you and your husband smiling hapily.
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  23. We went to a Cooper’s Hawk location in Illinois, and the entire experience was amazing! The food and the wine were superb! Glad that you and hubby were able to enjoy your rescheduled Valentine’s date there.
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  24. HoHo Runs says:

    The death of a parent is a lot to process MB, I think even more so when it’s unexpected. You should not feel guilty for taking some time off. You do you…and you take care of you! Briar is a cutie pie and I’m sure you and your husband will enjoy loving on her. Good luck this week with the Gasparilla Challenge. That’ll be great therapy for the soul/sole. Thanks for linking!

  25. It takes a smart person to realize you need some TLC and down time but even more of a smart person to implement it!
    Sending you virtual hugs until I can get my hands around your neck for a real one!

    I’ll be thinking about you during Gasparilla too this weekend! Wishing you a super great race and good time there!
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I am a wife, mother, stepmother, working healthcare financial professional and a 5K enthusiast! I love to travel, try new products, meet new friends, eat great food and drink great wine! Why not run around the world in my tutu and tennies?
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