Tuesday, March 15, 2011
My fiancee and I just started the Insanity DVD workout. Boy, oh, boy. It literally does make you ask yourself, "Who other than an insane individual would complete such a challenge?"
Yesterday was the Fit Test. You had to see how many of several different exercises you could do in one minute. I outlasted Forrest 50% of the time! I gave it my all for the first few, and then had to muster up some strength I haven't mustered since my days of team sports (I always work harder when people are watching/counting on me). I was piddly on one or two, like Globe Jumps, but even the people who Shaun had working out on the DVD started with some low stats for their Day 1 Fit Test. I liked that he asked them after each exercise what they started with on Day 1; it was humbling and, albeit still insane, made me feel a little more sane knowing people on a similar fitness level (or lack thereof) have gotten through it.
Today was Plyometric Cardio Circuit. I made the mistake of Youtube-ing some vids of other people taking on Day 2. My stomach started to sink and my heart started beating nervously. But once you start this DVD, your mind has to forsake all doubt. I almost felt survivalistic doing those circuits. Life or death -- push myself or die a thousand deaths. I know, dramatic and insane! But something about Shaun T.'s method just channels that part of my mind. I am still debating the possibility of brainwashing... I'm just fine with that possibility.
Looking forward to Day 3...
Sunday, February 06, 2011
It is hard to believe how much time has passed since I wrote my last blog entry.
Before the move, my greatest concern was my job. Well, I stumbled upon the Americorps website and have been working as a Literacy Tutor in a Title I school since August. It is humbling and THE perfect way for me to spend a year of my life while I figure out what I want to do with the rest of it. I work with children from many different backgrounds in grades 1-3. My contract ends this summer. I will use the educational award money at the end of the year to pay off what is left of my undergrad student loans and have a little leftover to go towards grad school. I just began studying for the GRE -- it is TOUGH! I plan to go to back to school for Library Sciences.
My fitness goals have been all but ruined. It really bummed me out for awhile, and all I did was sulk. I am slowly moving back into healthy routines.
For a couple of weeks now, I have been logging the foods I eat at least a couple days a week. Having that accountability helps me even at the moment I need to decide what to eat. I realize I will have to log the foods I eat later, and that allows me to convince myself to make better decisions. Instead of cooking on my long days, I have a freezer full of Smart Ones to choose from instead of allowing myself to eat out just because I am tired.
This week, I have done the 1st rotation of my DVD workout three times. I am so out of shape that I cannot even do the whole DVD like I used to. The 8 lb weights are also too heavy for me now, but I think it will only take a couple more days to be able to use them comfortably again.
We walked around St. Paul on Wednesday for about an hour at a brisk pace. Today, we tried going ice skating, but my skates do NOT fit correctly. Before meeting Forrest and moving to Minnesota, I never dreamed of buying ice skates, so its not a surprise to me that I picked an ill-fitting pair. We walked for 2 hours around the Minneapolis Institute of Art and I did the DVD, so I got a decent amount of physical activity in today.
However, I am back up to my heaviest.
This past summer, I traded in a regular workout schedule for some more extreme bouts, like long mountain bike rides one week, a Boundary Waters canoe trip another week... nothing consistent. We also let our eating habits go to hell in a handbasket.
Here's my bazillion-th weight loss goal: I want to reach 140 and toned by the end of June. That's going to take the reintroduction of consistency.
I have tried working out after school and in the morning before school, but I am not sure which I like best. I think I will try to mix it up. Once it warms up a bit here, I am going to try riding my bike to school. We made the bike ride once this summer and it wasn't unbearable. It will probably be very calming to cycle instead of drive, actually.
I think it will help that Forrest has a physical education class this semester and that I have "trained" him to know what is a good decision at the grocery store and what is not. :)
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
As many of my sparkfriends know, I am set to move with my fiancee to Minneapolis in March.
I work for Walgreens. I have had no job luck in any other (better) fields utilizing my degree. It is difficult to find a job when you are not near the market yet. My fallback was a Walgreens transfer until I had the time and the proximity to pursue bigger and better opportunities. Much to my dismay, my fallback is seemingly falling through... all of the stores in the Minneapolis area do not need a transfer at this time.
However, there is a city about two hours from Minneapolis that has a Walgreens job posting for the exact same job I do now.
We have a good enough cushion to get us established in the Minneapolis area and have rent paid for several months to give us time to settle, get to know our options, and find one that will sustain us in the city in which we want to live.
We could move to the city with the (95% guaranteed) job opening and limit our future opportunities.
I do NOT want to work for Walgreens for the rest of my life. If I did, I would have pursued a pharmD or business management. I want to be a librarian. I have applied for the Minnesota ReadingCorps that will start in August, and I really think that would be the better door to open for a chance at a career path down which I would not feel as if I had taken a walk with the devil and compromised my soul along the way. However, the prospect of not having a job (even though we have cush) when we arrive bothers me. (My eating habits and lack of physical motivation as of late prove that fact... geesh.)
So, I guess this blog is really a plea for advice. Help! Any stories of relocation triumphs or words of advice otherwise would be greatly appreciated!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Well, the snow is beautiful. It hindered my ability to go to the cycling class on Tuesday. Instead, the boyfriend and I went for an hour-long hike on the railroad tracks and the woods behind his apartments. Er, that was after we ate at G's Pancake house.
But the hike was strenuous and I got to see some neat things. He showed me different animal tracks and what it looks like when deer mark trees with their antlers.
I have officially thought of my excuse for this week's lapse into higher calorie range: it is the week of our one year anniversary, and I deserved that french toast and all those smarties and that pizza as a celebration!
I know, I know, what am I doing... thinking that way. It only leads to disaster/failure. We are pretty active together, so I do not see eating badly as a long term problem. I can only look forward to Minneapolis, though, when we have our own kitchen and therefore more freedom to cook and lounge for dinner as we please. Right now, we are both feeling the onset of stress that inevitably comes with the territory of roommates, and we have been feeling it for a while. It is a burden to cook at home -- not a luxury. We look forward to a place of our own in the near future to better our health both mentally and healthwise.
Also, I've read in numerous magazines that to deny yourself only leads to a greater binge session when you finally give in. I felt the urge to have pizza last night and planned to have it for lunch today. I put it in my mouth, savored the flavor, and was content with 1 1/2 slices. I won't need pizza again for awhile. I used to eat the greater part of a whole pizza to myself before joining spark again (during college... LOL). So, I had pizza, yes, but I didn't have a pizza pity party or anything. I am confident in saying that it is better than what I used to do and better than what I might have done if I had let the craving eat away at me for days on end.
Friday, February 05, 2010
So instead of doing my DVD workout, we are going bouldering at Climb Nashville. I am excited. I wish I was a more confident belayer so we could do some wall climbs, but I am still pretty bad at that. But bouldering is a good strength workout, takes major stretches to make some of the moves, and burns a LOT of calories per hour. I will get a better workout today than if I had done my DVD.
Minneapolis is also rated one of the five most healthy places for women to live. It has a bunch of lakes for water sports and trails to run around those lakes. I am excited for this adventure. I have never lived anywhere but Clarksville.
Had a wonderful time with auto mechanics today ( that statement comes coated with sarcasm). Why do they always try to get more money out of you?
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