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New April/May goal

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Thing the first - I have a running buddy! This guy is a friend of a friend and lives down the road. We are pretty evenly matched in pace and ability, so we decided to go running together. We ran 5k together this afternoon and it was nice to have company, even though we didn't talk much and I listened to music some of the time.

Thing the second - I have a running app called runkeeper. If you are a runner you must have it (it's free!!) You press the start button when you begin your run and the stop button when you finish. It uses the GPS to track your route, gives you your pace per minutes/km plus overall pace and once you send the activity to your online account you can see even more detail, like elevation. It is super fun and a really easy way to keep track of my progress without having to guess anything.

So my new April/May goal is to run a 5k in 30 minutes! Today I ran 5k in 31m28s, so I am nearly there. I hope once my ankle is out of the strapping tape (limiting my movement) I will be able to start shaving some time off. Plus I have a running buddy to keep me motivated and stop me from walking too much (I'm competitive).

I have a 5k at the end of May and I would LOVE to run it in 30 minutes. It is on AND off road, but the course isn't too bad (I ran it last year in 42m06s) so we'll see. If not I'll look for an all on road 5k in early June.

Wish me luck!

  
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BETHIE_ESS 4/5/2013 6:12AM

    Excellent goal! The under 30 minute 5k has eluded me so far!

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CATLADY52 4/4/2013 6:47PM

    Good luck and lots of it! emoticon emoticon

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CARLA-216 4/4/2013 2:13PM

    If anybody can meet that goal, YOU can!

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LYNSEY723 4/4/2013 12:38PM

    Its great that you have a running buddy now! I'm sure you will be able to do a 30min 5k!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 4/4/2013 5:55AM

    Great goal! Jess, you are so impressive and inspiring!

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SCAREWALDORF 4/4/2013 3:25AM

    1m 28secs to shave off. Totally doable you got this!

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LIVEDAILY 4/4/2013 2:45AM

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Wonderful progress!! You've shaved nearly 12 minutes off your time from last year!!
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My big decision

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Being in a long distance relationship is hard. Really, really hard. We miss each other constantly and we never have enough time together. It can't go on forever, so one of us has to move. Since Luke has a young son (and I would NEVER ask him to move away from him) we decided that I would move. This is a huge decision for me, to move an 8 hour drive/hour flight away from all my family and friends, but it is the right thing to do; We want to be together.

So I made the decision that I would resign from my job effective the end of term 2 (July) and try to find a job in Wellington. If all else failed could always relieve. We started looking at rental properties, discussing who would bring which furniture. So, I was set, I had my references sorted and my CV typed up and I was ready to tell my boss that I was leaving. THEN...

I was offered an AMAZING opportunity at work. Incredible. I can't say much about it for security reasons, but I can say that I am implementing and managing a new program, and other schools may want the same program implemented in the future. It comes with a pay bonus, and will look outstanding on my CV. Did I mention I'm only in my second year of teaching? This is unheard of, for a second year teacher to be offered an opportunity like this. I would be crazy to turn it down. So I haven't.

Long story short, I am staying in Auckland for the rest of the year but I'll be moving as soon as I can at the end of the year, just before Christmas. It was a very hard decision, choosing between the man I love and the career I love. We decided together that opportunities like this don't come around much, and I have invested too much time and money into my career to turn down offers like this. An extra 5 months is manageable. We are committed to our relationship, and we will make this work.

Although it is hard being away from this cute face

  
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CATLADY52 4/3/2013 7:07PM

    emoticon Good that you both discussed and decided on this opportunity. Who knows what lies in the future...... emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 4/3/2013 3:04PM

    I am very impressed that this was a decision that you BOTH discussed and came to an agreement together on. This was a mature and wise decision, I think. Who knows? Perhaps something similar will open up for you in Wellington!
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LYNSEY723 4/3/2013 1:20PM

    Wow!! Great opportunity! Congrats on that and I think you made a great decision - you will still be moving to be close to him as soon as you can, but you will get to take advantage of this wonderful career opportuinity!

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ADARKARA 4/3/2013 8:08AM

    Congrats on the work situation! I was in a long distance relationship about the distance of yours for 7 years before he moved here and we got married, been married almost five years. =) It's tough, but you can last another 9 months or so. Just keep dreaming of the future and don't get too caught up in the distance. At least you guys are in the same country! (I am in the US and my husband is Canadian)

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BUSYGRANNY5 4/3/2013 7:55AM

    Congratulations on your new work venture! Good luck with your move, which will happen soon!

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CARLA-216 4/3/2013 7:34AM

    Very smart decision you made, in my opinion. Both of you seem to be on the same page, and that will get you through.

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PATSYB7 4/3/2013 5:53AM

    Very mature decision! Good for you! emoticon

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JSTETSER 4/3/2013 5:53AM

    Go girl, go.
You are making a decision that will draw you closer to love and health.
I'm reading a great book called the Blood Sugar Solution.
It has helped me so much.
Great links are included.
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ZCTMMOM1 4/3/2013 3:45AM

    Awesome! I admire the fact that you are both looking to the long term goals! So many couples don't!! Hooray!

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April goals

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Well I’ve been smashing my goals and was at a loss for what to aim for next. I wanted to do a push up last year, and did it. This year it was a chin up, and I did my first unassisted one in March. I told my trainer to think of some new strength goals for me and he did as I asked. My goals for April are as follows:

Weight – Keep maintaining within the 66kg range

Nutrition – Just because I can eat more chocolate doesn’t really mean that I should…

Cardio – Run a 6k without stopping

Strength – Squat my body weight (1.5kg to go)
Deadlift my body weight (27kg to go)
Bench press my body weight (30kg to go)

I am confident that I can squat my body weight next time I'm at the gym and deadlift it by the end of the month. The bench press is my weakest area, and will take more time. I’m hoping to be there by the end of May, but will work on it and get there as soon as I can. I’m also going to continue to work on my chin ups and start working on pull ups.

  
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LIVEDAILY 4/2/2013 6:27PM

    Great goals for April!

What to do for 9 nine days. Well, take him to your gym. Any hikes or rambles you want to go on? Cultural things: movies, plays, museums, concerts?? Does he like to cook? The 2 of you could try cooking together; try a new recipe!

Have fun and enjoy yourselves!

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CATLADY52 4/2/2013 3:26PM

    Fantastic achievements and great goals for April! emoticon

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LYNSEY723 4/2/2013 12:37PM

    You are so amazing!!! These are awesome goals! You can do it!!

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JSTETSER 4/2/2013 5:46AM

    You're amazing! Keep up the good work.

I'm reading a great book right now.
The Blood Sugar Solution.
http://www.sparkpeople
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PATSYB7 4/2/2013 5:38AM

    Impressive! Working with a trainer is a great way to stay on track. Keep up the good work!
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4 days in Wellington (pics)

Monday, April 01, 2013

This weekend was a 4 day weekend for most, but us lucky teachers get tomorrow off as well, so I get a 5 day weekend!

I spent my weekend in Wellington with the boyfriend. We had lunch and dinner with friends, but other than that we just hung out at his place for the most part. Lots of cuddles and long conversations about our future. We are very serious for a couple that have only been together 3 months, but considering our history we feel we know each other really well. The pace feels right so we aren't fighting it.

Here are a couple of photos from the weekend


From the plane



Luke is coming to me next. 3 weeks between visits :( but he is coming up for 9 days. I'm looking forward to having him to myself for 9 whole days! We have only had 12 days together our whole relationship, so I don't know what to do with him for 9! He is going to meet my friends, but besides that everything is undecided.

  
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LYNSEY723 4/1/2013 2:41PM

    So exciting!! I love how happy you guys are!

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SCAREWALDORF 4/1/2013 9:21AM

    Aww you two are adorable!

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HEAT7918 4/1/2013 6:33AM

    Cute couple! :)

Every relationship moves at its own pace - as long as you both feel good about it, that's all that matters.

Have fun planning for his visit over the next few weeks!

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Insulted at the gym :O (rant)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I was just finishing up my chin ups (4 unassisted, 2 with the band) when a guy said to me, "You might be better off on the assisted chin up machine, over there", and points to the machine area.

WTF?! First of all, I had just done 4 PERFECT unassisted chin ups. Second of all, mind your own bees wax. So I said, " Don't insult me. I just can do chin ups all by myself, so I'll stay over here with the big kids", and walked away. Then I told my trainer who laughed and said that he probably couldn't do one and was jealous.

I mean, seriously. I can do military push ups, chin ups, I'm 10kg away from squatting my own body weight, I'm deadlifting half of my body weight (and I did all of these things except for the push ups in full view of this guy). Don't try and tell me how to do my workout because I'm obviously doing just fine as I am.

Moral of the story: Do your own workout and leave me the heck alone!

*Yes, I sound like a witch with a b in this post. I don't care how well meaning he might have been, he should not have said anything*

  
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MELTEAGUE 4/1/2013 2:38PM

    He is just jealous, you are rocking it! There are VERY FEW women who can do more than 2 chin ups!

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NINJALINDA 4/1/2013 12:58PM

    No, you don't sound at all like a b!tch. But he sure sounds like an @ss. He should thank his lucky stars you didn't cold-cock him...sounds like you could do it!

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SYNCHRODAD 4/1/2013 12:36PM

    Just a passing wisp of fog. Not even worth a verbal bullet or an extra heartbeat of frustration. Of course you could have said, "It sounds like you are quite familiar with that machine." If you know how good you are at physical stuff, you don't need to defend anything. Not worth a bullet.

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JENSTRESS 4/1/2013 12:20PM

    He is just being incredibly ignorant. And awesome job. I don't think I could get halfway up.

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PMRUNNER 4/1/2013 12:12PM

    Stand your ground and don't let punks like him bother you! Some guys seem to have a compulsion to "help" women, even if they are awesome and can totally kick their butt. He would probably try to give skiing tips to Lindsey Vonn or lifting tips to crossfit champ Annie Thorisdottir if he had a chance!

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TWINSMOMMY607 4/1/2013 10:50AM

    I was a competitive swimmer in high school and my upper body was really strong. We were required to do chin-ups as part of our Physical Education assessment. I had a bunch of football players in my class who thought because I was thin I was weak. They "challenged" me to a pull-up contest. My PE teacher told them they might want to rethink that seeing as I was a swimmer. They laughed at her and told her to get ready to count. We all took our places at the pull-up bar and I SMOKED them!! I think I did about 20 pull-ups to their five. My PE teacher was laughing as we walked out of class!

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LUCKYPRESENCE 3/28/2013 12:17AM

    I really hate when people mind my business. Way to go standing up for yourself!! emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 3/27/2013 10:12PM

    Agree...he had been watching you for a while for him to make that comment. He probably wanted to use the machine and was hoping to intimidate you (fat chance). You handled it well.

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1DERLAND14 3/27/2013 9:15PM

    some people are SO RUDE! Good for you for sticking up for yourself! emoticon

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WHOVIANPRINCESS 3/27/2013 4:49PM

    He sounds like a punk, it is no one else's business to tell you how to do your workout besides your trainer. Take it as flattery, he was obviously checking you out if he took the time to talk to you.

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LYNSEY723 3/27/2013 11:17AM

    Grrrr... Sorry to hear about that jerk!!! I don't know what I would have done in your situation... I either would have been so stunned I wouldn't have said anything, or I would have gone off on him!! I think you handled it very well.

Also, congrats on all that you are able to do! I wish I could do even 1/2 of the workout you can!

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CARLA-216 3/27/2013 9:07AM

    What a perfect response to the meddlesome little man!

I love all the things you can do. Awesome!

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BIZZ27 3/27/2013 7:49AM

    Your response was much nicer than what would have come out of MY mouth lol Good for you for not letting him get you down!!! 4 chin ups unassisted?! WOW!!! You go woman!!!!

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JSTETSER 3/27/2013 7:45AM

    Don't let small people bother you.

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ADARKARA 3/27/2013 7:38AM

    He was a jerk. I probably would have asked him to do one for me to "show me how it's done" and then laughed at him when he backed out. emoticon

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INAFFIT319 3/27/2013 6:32AM

    You rock for being able to do unassisted chin-ups and for putting that dude in his place!!!

When I used to workout in the weights section of the gym, I often felt like many of the men didn't think I belonged there. They would rush me off of equipment, or hover. I never saw them interact that way with the other guys. I wish more women would brave that area of the gym.

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FINZFANATIC 3/27/2013 6:25AM

    I think your response to him was perfect. If he was well-intentioned, it will certainly give me something to think about. If we was intending on being a jerk, then he deserved it. Most importantly, it is amazing that you are able to do unassisted chin ups... of all exercises. Those are miserable. I can do six imperfect ones, yet still refuse to use the machine. Back off buddy!!!

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TRYINGHARD54 3/27/2013 5:48AM

    I agree. people need to learn when to keep their mouths shut....and I'm glad you said something....good going !

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PATSYB7 3/27/2013 5:45AM

    LOL If I saw you doing unassisted chin ups in the gym, I certainly would be smart enough to keep my mouth shut! Keep going, you're doing great!
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COLETTEISGREAT 3/27/2013 5:35AM

    It sucks that he was rude, but OMG YOU'RE SO FRICKIN' AWESOME HE MUST HAVE BEEN JEALOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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