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How hardcore?

Monday, March 28, 2011

I went to my first class last night. Boxing. How hardcore am I? AND it was a great mix of strength and cardio AND the time just flew!

I went in looking very lost and a lovely lady rescued me and offered to be my partner. She explained everything, was very encouraging and kept telling me just to do what I could and forget about the rest. She was lovely!!

It was hard though! Last night I went to write something in my planner and my arms were so tired and shaky that I could barely write. Thats how I knew I had worked hard!

I am in two minds about going to tonights class. Part of me wants to go, but the other part knows I should rest today since I worked hard last night. I will probably just go into the gym for an hour to use the bike and xtrainer, no strength. I want to get into good habits, but I'm not silly, I know that I can't work my arms two days in a row until I have more fitness.

So my next class will be Wednesday night - yoga! Now, I've never really been a fan but I thought I would give it a go because I know it is good for me.

Have a good day all. I am off to uni to work my brain muscle!

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PUFFPASTRY 3/29/2011 2:10AM

    No gym I've ever gone to has offered boxing, and I wish they had, or wish Snap did (HA HA HA HA that's hysterical. (Snap has no classes at all)). I'd love to see what it feels like to get led through a cardio-style arm workout. I'm so totally about moving my legs, and I completely ignore my arms, except for lifting weights, which it takes me a lot of willpower to do, because I find it so boring. Seriously, if I could go through life never using my arms at all, letting them dangle ornamentally at my sides like streamers or Christmas tinsel, I probably would. They just bore me. And I hate my hands. Wow, this line of babbling is getting really odd. ANYway, point being: I need something like a focused, purposeful boxing class to make me pay attention to those upper appendages. I will totally follow your journey into Armville. emoticon

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/28/2011 7:08PM

    Glad you met a nice lady. One reason I haven't joined a gym is because I don't like to stand out/ perform differently than others. I would be pretty self-conscious in my ability. Sounds like a great workout! Good for you. Rest today.

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RUNNER12COM 3/28/2011 4:17PM

    This is so cool. And before you know it, YOU will the person helping out the new people.

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DARACOX 3/28/2011 3:59PM

    I agree, cardio today, rest the arms. Yoga will be great for muscle recovery!

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ENDURETHERAIN 3/28/2011 3:30PM

    I love going to classes! I know that most of the time, people aren't even paying attention to me, but I always work harder, just in case they are. :) I want to keep up with the rest of the class, so I push myself a lot harder then I would at home with no one watching. Glad you made it! Have fun at yoga!

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BICKEY11 3/28/2011 3:18PM

    Yoga will feel great after your boxing workout. I LOVE yoga. It takes some getting used to, but after awhile, you'll learn to appreciate the good stretching and the relaxed pace of it all.

you're a stronger person than I, I'm still whining about my Boot Camp class after 3 weeks, I keep going back...but boxing seems awful :)

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Why clothing sizes suck

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Hello all!

I have had a busy week. I have moved house, worked heaps and had a tonne of assignents to do!

But my rant for today is clothing sizes and why they don't mean a damn thing!

The other morning I had some money burning a hole in my pocket so I decided to buy some new clothes. It was time. My clothes don't fit well and most of them are from when I was in high school! So off I popped to Kmart to get some new clothes. I got (for $100!!! Man I love Kmart!):

1 pair of leggings (14)
2 pairs of jeans (18)
1 dress (14)
2 tops (14)
1 cardi (10)

So can you see why clothing sizes suck? 5 different items, 3 different sizes. And they all fit! So am I a size 10, or an 18?????? Who knows! I suppose I should call myself a size 14, since that was the most consistant number. Who makes the rules here? Is this right? And whatever happened to Burt and Ernie?!?!

That is my rant for the day, kids. I hope you enjoyed and can relate.

On a separate note I have my gym assessment and first class tonight, so wish me luck!!!

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ENDURETHERAIN 3/28/2011 3:32PM

    I agree! I think we should size our clothe's like mens... the number is how many actual inches the waist is. But then I'd be up to 44 or something... that sounds a lot worse than 16.... hmmmm... lol

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DARACOX 3/27/2011 8:28PM

    I totally agree, this makes it sooo hard to go shopping! I usually take like, 3 sizes with me into the change room because I never know what size I'm going to be!

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777GRACE 3/27/2011 5:51PM

    I agree too. maybe we should add them all up and divide by the number of clothes in our closet and that is size,if we like that number. No wait, may it is our shoe size. No that's our IQ. NO...that went wrong.
OH who cares, we are losing it, that is all that matters!!!!

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JILLTBNAGART 3/27/2011 5:26PM

    I so agree! What a joke clothes are!

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ALISHAB3 3/27/2011 5:05PM

    It looks like you are like me, bigger on the bottom (I wear a 14) and smaller on top (medium). I hate clothing manufacturers. Couldn't they get together and agree on this? What we need is a sizing summit and to come to a quorum about the whole thing.

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ELISEL 3/27/2011 4:36PM

    Amen on that. And sizes numbers keep getting smaller. They say that Marilyn Monroe was a size 12 but would wear a size 6 today.

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CARLA-216 3/27/2011 4:20PM

    I agree about clothing sizes. It make it aggravating to go try on things and very difficult to order anything online. Even with using the size guides, when I order from a website, half the time what I get is totally off, either way too big or too small.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/27/2011 3:39PM

    Clothing sizes suck! I totally agree. Guy sizes seem so much more consistent, my DH doesn't even have to try on clothes. If I did that I would come home with 60% of clothes that don't fit. Gland you got some new outfits. Good luck in class tonight.

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GRAMPIAN 3/27/2011 3:38PM

  Each manufacturer seems to decide on his own sizes, which makes it difficult for us. Good luck tonight. emoticon

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JJRUTT 3/27/2011 3:32PM

  Good luck!!

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SAMI199 3/27/2011 3:31PM

    I totally agree.Good Luck tonite!


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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Just a quick note today because I am on an assignment roll! It helps that this assignment is very interesting. Today I interviewed a Sudanese refugee about her experience and now I am writing about it and relating it to the theory. It is actually very interesting!

I've been so busy that I didn't tell y'all that my baby had surgery yesterday! She got into a fight with another cat and the other cat bite a hole in her tail. It was gross. So we carted her off to the vet who stitched her up. She was very stoned when we got her home yesterday. Cats coming off anestetic are very funny. She mainly just slept on me and when she got bored of that she tried to walk, but couldn't and would just fall over. Poor baby. She is doing fine now and apart from not sitting down she is back to normal!

Now I better get back to the books. I want to have a good amount done before Off The Map comes on in 30 minutes! I am learning Spanish at uni, so watching it is technically study!!!

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PUFFPASTRY 3/27/2011 3:10PM

    Ooh, I want to hear about the Sudanese refugee and what you end up writing. Also, poor kitty! Also, thanks for the write-up on Auckland! I was hoping you'd do that! Between Auckland and Wellington, which is artier -- like, where would the funky artists live, where would there be a hippie population, or goth/punk population, or a density of actors, writers, musicians? Just curious. I'm pretty sure I asked you if you knew of the handful of NZ actor/performers I'm friends with...right? Or was that the other NZ Sparkperson on my friends list? I am old, and my mind gets fuzzy so very often...

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CARLA-216 3/23/2011 4:01PM

    Your assignment of interviewing the Sudanese refugee and writing about it sounds very interesting.

Sorry your kitty got into a fight but glad she's going to be okay. My two orange cats, who are litter mates, are fighting with each other like crazy lately.

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WENDYSPARKS 3/22/2011 4:18AM

    Have a good day! Love the beach picture here!

Wendy :)

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Picture blog - Day 10

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Day 10 - A picture of the person you do the most ****** up things with

My friend Jemma. We used to get up to all kinds of trouble. Until she had a baby and moved to Aussie :( But she is still the person I have done the weirdest stuff with!!


Gone Fishin

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Picture blog will resume tomorrow. For today, c-c-c-check out what I did!

It involved getting up at 4.45. AM. They do a 4.45 in the morning now too. I was shocked.

I went fishing! And had a blast. But I am super tired so I will just show you what I did instead of telling you.

My catches. I had to throw them both back, they were too small!

I was COMPLETELY clueless about fishing. Everytime I got a nibble, a bite or needed my hook baited I would turn to the man next to me (who I called Nice Mr Fisherman, but apparently he prefered to be called by his real name, go figure) and say "What do I do?!?!?!?!". Luckily this man and many others (and some ladies too) were happy to help me out. I'm not above fluttering my eyelashes to get some help and to avoid touching the bait.

I also drank sparkling wine from a bottle, because a can would have been tacky

I was a good girl, just the one drink!

I love this lady!

And then we headed back to shore.

A great day was had by all :) Now if you'll excuse me I have a hot date with my pillow.

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CARLA-216 3/20/2011 9:45AM

    Looks fun [I've never been fishing]...except for handling the icky bait...which you so gracefully avoided! LOL

And the scenery...beeyooteefull!!

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PUFFPASTRY 3/20/2011 3:56AM

    Um, I am kind of confused over here. So, let me get this straight: You woke up when it was STILL DARK OUTSIDE (I'm guessing), in order to sit in a boat (which I do understand -- I have sat in boats, and it was a lovely experience, but I did so at normal hours of the day and night, after getting an ample amount of sleep) and catch fish, which you then discarded, so that when you returned home, you did not have food, or treats, or money, or payment, or fame, or extra college credits, or a trophy or other prize of any kind to show for the experience. Not even a t-shirt? Did you at least get a t-shirt?

Where I live, in Minnesota, where we are covered in ice for about 2/3 of the year, people do exactly what you just did, except instead of sitting in a boat on water, they sit on a wee stool on the FROZEN lakes/rivers and dangle their fishing pole through a hole (not a euphemism, sadly). For hours. And often return home with nothing. This seems even MORE unpleasant, and also leaves me asking "why?".

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