Monday, June 04, 2012
So I am waiting for a vlog to load and it's taking so long that it won't finish by midnight, so I'll do a written blog to get my Sparkpoints. Bonus Blog!
Today I walked for an hour at the grocery store, but I didn't track that..
I walked with my son and the dog.. well, Nessa Dog went one circle and it was drizzling too much for her long hair, so we took her home then and got umbrellas and kept going. My son and I did the whole walk again then which came to 1.2 miles in 33 minutes. It always takes longer with my son. He stops and starts a lot.. Stops and collapses (playing) and then gets up and RUNS.. and I try to keep going steady, but I think he might have something there.. more like HIIT he's doing. Haha..
So then I knew I was going to work out later tonight. I'm just glad I did it!
I danced with Carmel's YMCA Dance party vlog (4 minutes). Then I did the Day 1 Jump Start Bootcamp thing which is a Cardio routine (10 mins.) and I hate it. I can't do jumping jacks well. They hurt my knee. I had to modify almost the whole thing. Then I tried the Bollywood SparkPeople cardio dancing routine. I did about 10 minutes of it. OMG that was hard on the knees.. the whole thing is in squat position! Then I did a customized workout which was for the outer thighs - skater squats, standing adduction and abduction, and side lunges. Tough strength training routine (about 20 minutes).. And Then I got up and danced for another 23 minutes.. So that was about 45 minutes plus the cardio routine and then the strength training (which I didn't mention in the status update).. I totalled it at 108 minutes. WOOHOO!!
Feeling good now!
My Calories however.. I'm only at about 950 calories and wasn't hungry til about now.. I had a raw veggies and coldcuts and corn on the cob dinner with Nicholas at 5:30 pm. Anyhow, I have a great piece of bourbon maple glazed salmon to cook, though, and some brown rice I cooked today. Going to make that in a second. I'll still only get about 1350 calories today, though. Hrm.
I have a dance party vlog I'm waiting to finish uploading so I can post it! It's just one song - Michael Jackson's "Thriller". :) It is taking exceedingly long to load up, though, so I'm going to post this just in time for the sparkpoints.
Hope you're all well! I'll come check out your blogs in a few. ;)
Sunday, June 03, 2012
My Dear SparkFriends,
This is a Youtube link to my women's chorus "Animaterra" singing the song "I Will Be Gentle With Myself". This quote is so important to me, it is in my SparkPeople sig. Please watch it and FEEL it.. and take care of yourselves. This is from our concert on May 20th - just a couple weeks ago! I am on the right side, second row, third from the right end, wearing bright blue.
"I will be Gentle with Myself.
I will love myself.
I am a child of the Universe,
Being born each moment."
And Sparkfriends, we are being BORN each moment.. We are rebirthing ourselves into new healthy bodies. We need to be gentle with ourselves and not overdo it.
The main thing I still need to work on is getting enough sleep. I got about 4.5 hrs last night and it wasn't enough. I'm wiped out. I do not quite know how I managed to dance for more than an hour tonight ANd do the Day 7 Boot Camp Strength Training Routine (core/abs)! But somehow, I did.
Also, don't be so hard on yourself if you mess up, but just start again the next day. You can do it. It is consistency which will win the day and gain us the healthy, fit bodies we desire.
Sunday, June 03, 2012
I danced for 11 minutes in this video. Second try to record it. Please get up and dance with me! If you do the whole thing, you'll get some good endorphins going and get 11 minutes of cardio dancing to track on your fitness tracker! :)
"Jump" by Flo-Rida - 3:24 min.
"Ma Ya Hi (Dragonstea Din..)" by O-Zone is the second song - 6:14 min.
And CKensington (Suzy), too..
and YOU! Please get up and dance with me. :) I made this vlog for you to dance along to. Please let me know if you did dance with me. Thanks!!
Sunday, June 03, 2012
My new hoop arrived on June 1st. It is a dance hoop - lighter and a bit smaller than my first hoop. I was able to get it going on the first try for waist hooping, but not keep it up too long. It is different and going to take a bit of practice. Will be good for tricks when I figure it out.
Oh yes, but the poi hoops I ordered to match didn't match what I had requested (the pattern that's on the big one.) Instead they are segmented with teal sections and purple sections.. I didn't think I liked them, mostly just because it wasn't what I ordered, but now that I saw this big one, I think I prefer the segmented ones for the little hoops. Before I got this big one, I asked her to make me ones that matched. She's made them.. and just waiting for me to return the first ones. I took them to the PO and walked in the door and could NOT bring myself to return them.. I have to talk to the maker, but I want to keep those. I may have to buy the other set, too, though. Oh well. Nicholas wanted a set of the small hoops to play with - and I can always get more tape and retape one of the sets if they're too similar or too dark or whatever, right?
Poi hoops are smaller hoops about 22" diameter for arm/hand tricks.
Here is my new dance hoop in purple, black, teal, and more black.
The colors are - Purple metallic, black glitter, narrow teal grip and narrow black grip tape. It's darker than I sort of expected, but I stil like it. I custom ordered this to be able to use it at our Swamp Bats baseball games. Their colors are purple and black.
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Saturday, June 02, 2012
I had a very bad day. I didn't feel well all day, but nothing is particularly wrong with me physically, I don't believe. I think it was emotional stuff.. upset stomach due to that? I'm very worried about my job.
Apparently by asking for support at the upcoming annual meeting (to my committee, the teachers, and a few other parents via email) regarding the budget which has been slashed to cut my hours - well to not increase them to 15 as promised, I have overstepped my boundaries and could be let go for that, according to the minister. Still upset about this, as I don't see I have any way to speak about this and no way to even ask for support without jeopardizing my job. Sheesh!
Tomorrow is our teacher recognition and it's my job to run that and do the opening Welcome and Announcements and the actual Teacher Recognition speech and gifts. I also was in charge of getting kids to do all the church jobs and I just hope they all show up. We're also doing a teacher recruitment piece that is a take-off of Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham, but I don't have confirmed presenters of this yet. I can't do it myself because it refers to the DRE (Director of Religious Education) - me.. several times in the piece. And if we don't do it that is going to look even more strange. Basically I'm in charge of the first half of the service and how it goes is going to reflect on me.. And now I'm worried about all of it and being judged because I wasn't supposed to speak up about my hours, but I did. Why do I have to fight so hard for this? I'm only getting paid for 10 hrs and doing regularly 15.. but it TAKES 20-25 to do it well. They can't see their way clear to give me even 15 hrs?! Come on! It was going to be 15, but they didn't get enough funds, so they chose to cut the staff hours instead.
If I had plenty of money and this was just a volunteer sort of thing that I got a token bit of money for that would be great.. but it isn't. It's my main job and all I can count on for income. Trust me, I can't get by on $125 a week. It's a very high profile and high prestige job with a lot of responsibilities and hardly any pay and only being paid at half the hours it really takes. This is the end of my second year doing it. I put in 20-25 hrs the first year - paid for 10 hrs. I tried to get down to 10 hrs this year, but still only got to about 15 hours average a week, doing just the absolute bare minimum.
Well, tomorrow is the last day of the religious education classes and then there is one more week to go where I'm teaching Children's Chapel. Sometime in the next week or two they'll decide if I even have the job next year. And despite the injustice of the pay, I do love the job and I do want to keep doing it.
I stayed in my nightgown til about 5 pm. I got up at noon and just sat in my chair wrapped in a comforter and with my pillow. I didn't feel good at all. I told my husband I couldn't give him a ride to work. It was pouring rain all day with flash flooding and I didn't want to go out at all. He respected that, sort of, and didn't complain much. I did get dressed after he left and eventually my son went to the neighbor's for a half hour playdate. I managed to take a walk then. It was just sprinkling and thought it was over, but nope. After one circle around (.3 mile), the rain was steady again. I stopped for an umbrella and continued. I did a full mile .. well, 1.2 miles. After about 10 minutes I got the endorphins and felt a little bit better. I also ate well today with healthy foods. I am still under 1400 calories now, which is below my range. I am still going to dance.
Worry isn't going to get me anywhere. What I need to do is get what I need to do DONE.. which is my dancing and my strength training routine (Day 6 of BootCamp) and then get to bed soon after. I need sleep and then in the morning, a shower, good breakfast, and to dress up nicely. I will be strong and present a face of confidence and professionalism tomorrow. I will get through it.
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