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Gym Rat?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I never thought I would say this... I haven't been around much because I have been to busy at the gym. Yup, I joined a gym, and I have to say, it is awesome. I never thought that I would be comfortable at a gym, but I am.

The gym where I have been working out has a special room for women only. I do most of my working out there, and in another room where no one ever goes. I like doing things there because I can go through, clean everything off, use it, then go through and clean it again.

The gym also has a swimming pool, and I try to use it at least twice a week. Most of the time, I go after work at 530 am when the doors open.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday I use the weight machines. I think I am doing something wrong, because it doesn't take very long. I use a total of 9 machines and usually do 3 sets of 12 on each. It takes me about 20 min to a half hour. Shouldn't it take longer? Then after that, I do 20 mins on the treadmill and 10 mins on the elliptical for a total of 1 hour. I swim on Tuesday and Thursday for 1 hour. After I swim, I treat myself to 15 mins in the whirlpool and a few mins in the steam room and the aromotherpy room as well.

I have asked my boyfriend to pay for a personal trainer for my Christmas gift. I think that will help me a great deal.

I need to get back on track with eating. I have got the working out part down, now, my diet is slipping. I have to find something that works. I have stopped tracking my food because I tend to be a little (ok very) obsessive and I don't know if that is a good thing or not. I will try for a few weeks and see how it works out for me

that is all for now I think...

  
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SARAHNICOLE__17 11/21/2010 1:41PM

    I'm so proud of you! Once you have hit the gym for a few weeks you should try introducing HIIT training for your cardio a few days a week. Limit the cardio to 20 minutes and do intervals of 20 seconds at 90% then 10 seconds at 65%. I do HIIT 5 times a week and have really seen a dramatic change in my body. It's difficult but definately worth the results! I find the best machines to do this is the vertical bike (fav) and the elliptical trainer. Let me know if you try it! I use a Gymboss trainer to time my intervals but you can probably do the same using a clock or the cardio machine itself.

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taking the plunge...

Saturday, October 30, 2010

www.thesummitathleticclub.com/

I am going to go on Monday and join. They offer a lot of programs, and I really need to get over my "gym fears" and go. I am really nervous, but kind of excited too. I am really hoping that this is something that I am going to be able to stick with. I made up my mind though that I just need to take the plunge and do it. This is a really nice place. For $30 a month, you really can't complain, and the best part is once you are a member you can take all of their classes for free. I think it is awesome. And they have a pool. I think this is going to be a positive move

  
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KAMPERKID 10/30/2010 9:56AM

  I set foot in a gym for the 1st time ever in June. One of the best things I ever did. I never have any luck exercising at home because there is always a distraction. At the gym I do well. Everyone is working out & it makes you want to also. Gives you the mind set that I am here, & this is where I workout.
Go as often as you can. Especially in the beginning until it really feels like part of your normal routine. I am currently still going everyday (unless I walk or bike in my neighborhood) Now when I think I might skip a day, I just don't feel right, I want to go.
I was fortunate that when I started in June my middle son was home from college & he always goes everyday. Made it easier in the beginning, & forced me to stay longer because he is usually there 1 1/2-2 hours. Now he is back in school but I already developed the habit & go alone.
I believe this is one of the best things I did this time around & believe it is tpart of the real difference of why I am doing so well with my lifestyle change.
Good luck!

PS- Be sure $30 is the lowest they will go & check for "hidden" charges. Unfortunately a lot of gyms are famous for up charges & are usually willing to deal on prices certain times of the year. Now is a good time because not a lot of people start now, they all think "After the holidays"

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PIEFER 10/30/2010 7:18AM

    That sounds like a great gym. You can do it! Great job on getting over your fears. There's nothing better than personal growth. Plus just think of all the exercise buddies you'll make in those classes. I've never joined a gym but I used to take exercise classes offered by the city, I would just love meeting those others in my class. By the end of the session, we were great buddies and planned which courses we were taking the following session to try and get together again. It was great motivation for those days I didn't feel like going.

Good luck!

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BAYSIDE07 10/30/2010 6:48AM

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I have been a emember for 5 years. Joining is the hard part. Once you are a member, remember this: GETTING to the gym each day is harder than the classes themselves - those are fun.

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...and then I fell in love...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

My beta fish Elmo died. I got home Monday and he was at the bottom of his vase dead. I was a little (ok a lot) sad about it. I had actually grown attached to that little guy. He responded to my voice and he was my little fishy.... well, my little fishy died and I was pretty put out by it. My boyfriend got me a new fish, even if he really didn't want a new one, he got me one. The new fish's name is Little Jaws (LJ for short)

We stopped at the Jeep dealer yesterday to check out this Jeep I want to buy. It is amazing. I took it for a test drive. It is a 2010 Wrangler with the "Rough Country" package on it, which means that it has a 6 inch body lift and 33 or 35 inch tires. In other words it is a monster. I am in love, and I REALLY want it. I checked the price, and while I can afford it, I don't want to. It is about $150 more a month than I am comfortable paying. In total, this sexy monster was $32,000 plus dollars. I just can't pay that much for a car. The other ones that I am looking at are between 22,000-25,000. Plus I want to try to save a nice down payment as well. Suffice to say, I am in love with this vehicle. I want it in the worst way... but you know...

Sunday after work I went swimming at Penn State Altoona. It was awesome. I loved it. I can't wait to do it again. I am thinking a lot about maybe joining the Summit, but I am not sure if I want to spend the money on a gym. I am going to call them and see what they have to say. I think it might be worth a shot. I have a really big fear of the gym, but not for the reasons that most people are scared. I don't really care who sees me trying to work out, who sees me in a swimming suit, because we are all there for the same reason... trying to get healthy and fit. If someone can't respect me for that, then f*%# them. I don't really care. My issue is with... GERMS. That really bothers me. I don't know how I am going to handle that. I am hoping that I can work through it.

I have been doing ok with my eating. I could be doing a lot better, but I could be doing a lot worse. I had KFC, but I did account for everything and portion controlled my meal and it was well within my calorie range, I still felt like crap for eating it in more ways than one. I was mad at myself, my stomach felt like crap and the only thing I wanted to do was drink water. I get so frustrated with myself sometimes I don't know what to do sometimes... *sigh*

I think that is all for now

  
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KARENIN1DERLAND 10/28/2010 1:02PM

    Sorry to hear about your fish. I know how devastating it can be to lose a pet, even one you think you're not all that attatched to!

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VICIOUS421 10/28/2010 3:56AM

    Sorry about your fish. I think you are doing really great!!!!
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I love you Mrs Dash

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

I have re-discovered Mrs Dash. I have been eating it on green beans. It is quite tasty

We made some espresso at work and I drank some, that was a BIG mistake... HUGE mistake... now I am sooooooo jittery, and I doubt very much I will be able to sleep at all tonight. That is so lame.

I got in a fight with one of my friends over the weekend. Actually, I didn't even do anything. Here is what happened...

Her daughter who is nine (9) responded to a post my Grandmother (who is 75) made on Facebook. She said "stop posting this crap it is on my wall please" and my Grandmother said that she would unfriend her and she wouldn't have to worry about it. Another one of my Grandmother's friends asked who this little girl was and why she was posting on her wall. My Grandmother said that is was a friend of her granddaughter's (that is me) kid and that she wasn't going to let some snot nosed little kid tell her what she can and can't post. So, my friend got PISSED because my Grandmother called her daughter a snot nosed little kid. She restored with telling me about it. When I simply responded with "What do you want me to do?" She told me that she expected me to tell my Grandmother that she was rude and out of line. I said "Are you daft?" She then said my grandmother was a bitch and she needed to get a part time job, she had to much time on her hands if the only thing she has to do is sit on Facebook all day. Excuse me? My Grandmother worked for 40+ years, and if she wants to sit on Facebook all day, then that is her right to do so. When I explained this to my friend, she promptly started ignoring me and made the big adult move to delete me from her Facebook. Mature huh? What I want to know is this... why does her NINE year old have a facebook? Why is her NINE year old posing rude comments on my grandmother's status? Now granted, my grandmother should have just deleted the comment, unfriended the girl and left well enough alone, but you know... she is 75 years old. She comes from a different time than we do. Honestly, in her mind, kids do not talk to adults that way. That is grounds for a beating (and trust me, she will do it... and it hurts, a lot)

This is exactly why I try to spend little time on Facebook as possible. I admit my Grandmother is a pain in the ass on Facebook. She feels the need to comment on everything, and if she doesn't understand it she asks 500 questions and she feels the need to tell the entire Facebook community your personal business. However, she is my Grandmother and I love her. For my friend to call her a bitch was out of line. She may be sometimes, but my grandmother has never been anything but nice to her and treated her exactly as she always treated me (minus the whooping)

I guess the good thing is now, I don't have to be her friend. This was actually an easy way for me to get out of our friendship. We used to be best friends, but as the years have gone on, the less and less I liked her. She is one of those kind of people that is very, very fake. She tries to be someone she is not and it is annoying. So, now I don't have to deal with her. Because of this particular situation however, I spent the rest of Saturday night with my neck and shoulder muscles in knots from being pissed/stressed. In turn, that lead to me being in a gloomy mood on Sunday and getting in a fight with my mother because I wanted to be left alone. To get rid of that stress, I drove to the park and took a nice two mile walk, so that made me feel extra good. I didn't take a walk today though. I should have, but I slept in, then had to go to Walmart, then had to make dinner for work, then once I got to work I could have went but it has been raining all night

I have taken a few numbers and am going to call around to see if anywhere offers open public swimming. Even if I have to pay a few dollars, I think it would be well worth it to be able to swim a few times a week. I am going to call and see what I can find out.

I want to go see a Registered Dietician, or a Nutritionist problem is my insurance won't pay for it, so I am going to call around on Wednesday (when I call the places with a swimming pool) and see what their fees are and things like that. I think it is pretty stupid my insurance won't pay for one. I mean, you would think they would want you to be healthy... *sigh*

I think that is all for now...

  
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SARAHNICOLE__17 11/21/2010 1:44PM

    Nice post!

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The Kentucky Waterfall

Friday, October 15, 2010

One thing I love about working in the trucking industry is all of the wonderful examples of mullets I get to see. I just had a driver at the window who bore a very striking resemblance to Joe Dirt.



www.smithtransport.com

That is where I work and that is what I do for a living. It is a lot of fun and I like it a lot. I had mentioned previously, that I had interviewed for a promotion. I didn't get it. I am ok with it though. The more I thought about it, the less interested I was, and eventually I did "bow" out of the race, but only citing that since another coworker had been covering the position for 70+ days, I didn't think it was fair not to give the job to him. I guess "upper" management was impressed by the fact I am not a selfish jerk-off like they are and offered the job to my coworker. Everyone, I think at least, got what they wanted. I know I did. I mean the money would have been nice, don't get me wrong, and I am sure I could handle the job with no problem, but I just got settled into my new schedule and I didn't want to change. Plus I like what I do, and the other position involved a lot of tracking, and if there is one thing I HATE to do, it is track. Basically, with tracking, you have to look at individual trucks and determine that they are going to make their delivery/pick up appointments on time. A lot of the time, there are loads that must not fail for any reason... but anyway, I hate to track. I find it boring and tedious.

Can anyone tell I am super bored?

I am throwing a party at the end of the month for my mother's retirement. I am just having basic picnic foods. Hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, potato/pasta/macoroni salad... those types of things. I am not really a big fan of any of that. Never really have been, but that is what they like to eat, so I am ok with that. I am, of course, going to have to get a cake and booze... but anyway... I digress. I am not really looking forward to this party, or planning it, but it is for my mother and I will do anything for her.

only 2 hours until Potter time. I wish it wasn't so late/early. I would love to stop at McDonlads and get one of their non-fat lattes to sip while I enjoy Potter... however, that would not be a wise idea...

  
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STINKYBICHEZ 10/16/2010 2:59AM

    Yay, Potter time!!! emoticon

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