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Saturday, February 23, 2013

My very own focus mitts! I wanted pink ones to go along with my pink gloves but these were on sale. I got these PLUS a pair of gloves for $50, down from $70. Since I didn't need the gloves I put a photo on facebook and offered them for $20 to anyone looking to start boxing (I figured someone might want to try it without a huge investment). They were snapped up in minutes, so that means that my focus mitts only cost me $30 in the end! YAY bargains!

In other news, my trainer is trying to kill me, and my hands hurt. I did 2 pull ups and 2 almost-but-not-quite pull ups today, as well as the rest of my killer program. Hurts so good! Not a bad effort after only getting a few hours sleep! Must give a shout out to Chaley3, who is my friend on facebook and who allowed me a safe space to vent some feelings last night when I couldn't sleep. I love my network of sparkfriends! I really couldn't ask for better people to be in my life.

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CARLA-216 2/25/2013 3:39PM

    Awesome job on the pull-ups!

And yeah, I totally love bargains!

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JANETTEB553 2/25/2013 3:21AM

    what are focus gloves???

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JSTETSER 2/24/2013 6:43AM

    Great deal!
Thanks for your comment on my Love Is blog!

read about my hike up Monadnock!

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DRAGONCHILDE 2/23/2013 10:52PM

    I'm SO jealous of your pullups. You rock! emoticon

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APED7969 2/23/2013 10:48PM

    Great job on the pull ups! And emoticon on the bargins :-)

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JULESJET 2/23/2013 7:50PM

    YAY for bargains!!!!

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LIVEDAILY 2/23/2013 7:30PM

    Don't you just love a bargain?!? Now, I have to know, how do you use those particular type of focus mitts?

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Lantern Festival (picture blog)

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Ringing in Chinese New Year with thousands of other Aucklanders! It was packed!!

And my new lantern

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CARLA-216 2/25/2013 3:37PM

    Very cool!

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MKMMARTY 2/24/2013 12:12AM

    Thank you for sharing

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LIVEDAILY 2/23/2013 3:52PM

    Beautiful!! Your new lantern...is it electric? It's so pretty! Love that new dress too!

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PATSYB7 2/23/2013 6:04AM

    Great pics! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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JSTETSER 2/23/2013 5:42AM

    Beautiful! Whanks for sharing.
Read my blog Love is...

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Maintainence looks good on me (with photo)

Friday, February 22, 2013

Shameless AW, I know. I love this dress, but it is a bit clingy. I got it for $14 in San Diego, so it was such a bargain. Today I felt confident enough to wear it!

Still maintaining around 67kg (fluctuating 500g either side, but for the most part I weigh 67kg).

This week (which starts tomorrow according to the spark fitness tracker) I plan on hitting the gym 5 days. 3 days of my new weights program, 2 days of boxing!

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CARLA-216 2/25/2013 3:36PM

    You look fab, and that dress is beautiful on you!

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LYNSEY723 2/25/2013 12:50PM

    Love it! You look great!!

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LIBBYL1 2/23/2013 12:24AM

  better than good!

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IAPHOTOGIRL75 2/22/2013 11:25PM

    You look great!!

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ANGHARAD3 2/22/2013 11:12PM

  You are rocking that dress! Congrats.

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MAKINGHERPROUD 2/22/2013 10:48PM

    You look great!

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Back to the gym

Friday, February 22, 2013

And looking damn fine if I do say so myself.

I felt fine once I got to the gym, apart from some abdomen pain while running, which I am blaming on the amount of coughing I have been doing. I'm hoping that is all it is, since I am running Round the Bays in, oh, 2 weeks. Just a casual 8.5km, I'm sure I'll be fine. Should probably do some more running...

I got my new strength program today. My trainer is trying to kill me. He tells me I have an "advanced" program; His words, not mine. I have

All 2 sets of 8-10 reps
Squats - 40kg
Deadlifts - 20kg
Walking lunges - BW
Kettlebell Clean and Jerk - 12kg
Kettlebell Swings - 12kg
Shrug/Squat/Press - 22kg
Pull ups - Band and BW
Med ball twists, V ups

Yeah, I only did one set of everything and I already hurt. Sunday night won't be fun. But, it hurts so good, and I love it!

Looking forward to getting into my new program, and getting back into a regular gym routine after all my breaks!

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CATLADY52 2/22/2013 6:34PM

    You will probably feel better by the end of next week. emoticon

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DRAGONCHILDE 2/22/2013 2:43PM

    You really do look fantastic. Keep up the great work!

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LYNSEY723 2/22/2013 11:30AM

    You look great!!! And wow - I'd say that's an advanced workout!! I bet you're kickin it's butt though!!!

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CARLA-216 2/22/2013 9:15AM

    Yep, looking mighty fine! I'm glad you're feeling better and back to working out.

40kg squats = wow!

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JSTETSER 2/22/2013 5:45AM

    Looking good, girl!
You motivate me before I head off to a fun Friday at the middle school.

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PINKEUROGIRL 2/22/2013 12:45AM

    Great work!Looking good :-)

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Day 6 of no working out :(

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I'm sick. Was bound to happen. When you're stuck in a room with 27 germ factories for 30 hours a week no amount of hand sanitiser in the world will save you.

I was fine for most of the weekend (thank goodness) so I got to have a good time with my boyfriend. I was unwell on Saturday night, but he got my some pain killers for my headache and I was OK by morning. On Monday afternoon my voice started to go and I woke up on Tuesday with no voice at all. It is coming back today, but if I talk too much it leaves again. Apart from the voice thing and a cough I feel fine, which is the annoying part. However, I won't go to the gym with a cough like this. It's not fair for me to be coughing my germs everywhere. Even if I do try to cover my mouth and wipe down everything I touch I won't get everything. I will try for Friday, I should be back to work and able to get to the gym by then! Until then I am resting my voice as much as I can, drinking plenty of water and trying to eat as healthy as I can since I'm not working out.

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CARLA-216 2/21/2013 3:19PM

    I hope you're feeling better soon, Jess!

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CATLADY52 2/20/2013 7:12PM

    Sorry you are sick but your plan is good. Rest and recovery will follow. emoticon

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LYNSEY723 2/20/2013 11:28AM

    Being sick and wanting to workout is the pits! I was just there myself, I was sick for 2 weeks - completely unable to workout! I hope you get well soon and can get back to the gym and school!!

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PATSYB7 2/20/2013 7:01AM

    Yuck, I hate being sick, too! Thankfully, I've built up an immunity after all these years.

We're on winter break here in western MA. Hopefully the rest will kick some of the germs out. I went in yesterday and sanitized their desks. We've had two known cases of strep. I will go in Friday to sanitize door handles and computers.

I'm glad you had a good weekend, at least! emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 2/19/2013 9:32PM

    It's an occupational hazard!! I throw the windows open to exchange the air, give the kids Lysol or Chlorox wipes and have them wipe down their desks and tables and chairs, and spray the room liberally with Lysol spray when they're out at lunch. I've even been known to spray their bookbags and coats. Die, nasty germs, die!!

YOU need to get some rest. Keep those fluids up. Hot tea is lovely for a non working throat. Airbourne is good, soup is good! Hope you feel better soon!!

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MKMMARTY 2/19/2013 9:25PM

    It is not good to be sick - hopefully you will feel better soon

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