Monday, January 21, 2013
I bought a few fitness tools for Christmas: a ball, a cushy mat, and a resistance band. I want to use Spark videos to help me with form so I get the most out of my efforts. I can't seem to get them easily on my TV with my Wii accessing youtube, and the ones on the site need a download to work which I can't get on my Wii/TV. So....must I work out in front of my computer? The space is so confined!
Enter the IPad! If you have been thinking of getting one, it's a pretty cool little gadget. Mine was used when I got it but still very functional. The videos at the SparkPeople site will play on my IPad yippee! I bet they will also play on the IPod Touch. They might even play on Kindle Fire. My mom has a Kindle Fire...I'll have to ask her once she figures out how to get it to work. She's not that computer savvy! If you have an IPhone or some other smart phone, it's possible that the videos will play on that! With all these gadgets at hand, we can look at them just about anywhere and get our fitness on! When I get off this blog, I'm going to pull out that mat and ball and finally do some of these workouts!
Am I the only one whose fitness tracking page has changed substantially? Is it because I joined the January Jumpstart Challenge? Is it happening for everyone? I don't usually do all those calisthenics that I'm seeing on my tracker now, but maybe I should. Again, I can watch the demonstration on my IPad and might be able to expand my fitness horizons without leaving my home!
Do you use your computer to work out with Coach Nicole? Some of the things she does seem pretty hard to me like jumping and lunging and lots of squat moves. My poor knees can't handle it and my jiggle is a little too uncomfortable when I jump around, but she does other things that I can do if I try. I really want to build muscle and melt fat. I do stuff on the Wii Fit every day but maybe it's getting too easy and I'm not that challenged anymore. Maybe I should shake it up.
Tell me how you are getting your fitness done.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
My pounds are not down where they were on Tuesday. I have eaten some salty chips and carby pasta as well as some sugary birthday cake thanks to the back-to-back celebrations of my son and husband's birthdays. And I just couldn't rally to the exercise bit yesterday either. Nevertheless, I have been faithful about downing my water quota.
For my interview today, I selected to wear a little 3/4 sleeve jacket over a tank shell top and black slacks and nearly-new ballerina flats with a peep toe. I looked over my usual pants and they needed a touch-up with the iron. I spotted my dressier pants that have been too tight to wear for many months. These were purchased on deep discount from Coldwater Creek (clothes there don't tend to be cheap!), and I decided to try them on. Lo and behold! They fit perfectly without being the least bit tight! I elected to forgo on the Spanx since they fit so well! Now that's a good feeling!
I think the interview went well. There is no telling if I'll get the job though. I really liked the two women that interviewed me and they seemed to like me. It is only for a teaching assistant position. They said if I were hired and obtained high school certification, I could be eligible for a teaching position down the road should one become available All that is required for me to get a high school certification is to pass a test after paying about 200 dollars (to the best of my memory). I told them I wanted to work in education. That I wasn't looking for a full-responsibility public classroom teacher job and to take me seriously even if they thought I was overqualified. The money would be better than other options like working at a daycare or a store. They will let me know something next week they said, but I am REALLY hoping this pans out. The only downside is that it will only last until May and then I will have the summer without getting paid. But I have some ideas about how to deal with that as well.
One of my friends here on Spark told me about a work-at-home option. The money appears extremely modest, and there is some initial investment, but it might hold me over during the summer, or I might pursue it even sooner if this job doesn't pan out. I just want to get off unemployment and stop having to deal with the department of labor. It's stressful!
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Got in some fitness minutes and intended to eat better, but plans are made to be broken. Had a big salad at Zaxby's and that meant 4 servings of veggies. It was doughnut Sunday, and I couldn't resist one doughnut.
Had a sad episode today as well as I attended the funeral of a 21-year-old boy who is a church friend. He was killed in a single car accident at 2 in the morning. He wasn't wearing his safety belt, and he fell asleep behind the wheel (at least that's the way it looked in the paper). He was such a nice sweet fellow that I had enjoyed watching grow up since he was around 10. This reminds me that we need to enjoy life and live to the fullest, because we never know when our time will be up. There were probably more than 400 people at the service and I watched it from a smaller room on a screen.
I did my Wii Fit today and it's a lot of fun. I'm contemplating buying some risers for the balance board so that the step aerobics would be more challenging. There is a step program you can buy on the Wii channel to do more step aerobics. Those are the kind of workouts I can do as I have two left feet. I've used my resistance band using Coach Nicole videos. There are quite a few exercises you can do with that band and you can feel the burn! I have not gotten much use out of my ball, but hopefully I will finally get jiggy with it and do more with it. I do not like getting on the floor even with my brand-new-extra-cushiony mat! Wii Fit Plus has a strength training move that is considered for "advanced" users which is pretty much just going from standing with the remote overhead to lying down, remote still held aloft, and then returning to a standing position, remote held over head. That would be quite a move for me! I need to do it without the remote and Wii fitness lady and see if I can get up in any way gracefully. I'll be lean and strong when I can do this! I'm doing more and more of the strength and yoga moves on Wii Fit and trying to build up my strength while I whittle away at my pounds.
Tomorrow is my son's birthday. We usually take the kids out to the restaurant of their choice, but he has requested my homemade lasagna. I wish I had known of his wish prior to going to the grocery! I will need a few more ingredients to do it. I guess I'm off to the grocery again tomorrow morning.
My weight has crept up and I need to get on the good foot with my eating before weigh-in time. I have a few ideas about ways to curb my calories before Tuesday.
Sunday is my big TV watching night. I want to see some of the Golden Globe awards. I love to see all the fashions. I used to be more interested in movies than I am right now, but I still like to see who wins, etc.
Hope everyone is attending to their goals and NOT giving up no matter how hard the going gets or how weak they feel. If you eat a sugary yummy, glug down 8 ounces to fight it back! Change is all in our own hands.
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