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SPY 2; Day 31: Blues and Kettlebells

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

I was amazed that my Amazon order came today! As soon as I came home, I walked to the office to pay the rent, splurged on a lottery ticket (it's $88M) and then came home to load the DVD.

I learned how to do 5 exercises and did 5 or 10 of each. I want to practice those a few times to make sure I have the form down before I actually launch into the first workout.

I saw Bob Harper's KB DVDs at Target today. They look really hard, so I will use them as an incentive to keep working. When I am ready for them, I will buy them.

The blues are at work. I just feel stuck. As my VP said a couple of weeks ago, I am smart but...The workload is unchanged and the feeling that I am invisible continues. It gets harder to keep working and that adds more pressure because I sure don't want to be unemployed!

This morning, I had a huge breakfast. My tummy felt off so I ate a whole bagel with PB&J (I never do that). I ended the day way over in calories.

I did walk for 53 minutes (not all at once) and did the intro exercises on my new DVD. What a cool early birthday present to me!

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JHADZHIA 3/3/2011 12:21AM

    Awesome getting the DVD in and starting on it right away. Good for you being careful you have the form down..
So sorry you have such a heavy workload :( Just keep in mind you are doing the best that you can. That is all you humanly can do.. Keeping up a healthy lifestyle will help you be as productive as possible..

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CARRAND 3/2/2011 9:19PM

    I love that you are enjoying the kettlebells. Exercise should be something you can look forward to after a tough day at work.

I'm feeling really stressed at work recently, too. I don't feel appreciated at all. I look forward all day to my strength training or yoga.

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LIBBYFITZ 3/2/2011 8:55AM

    emoticonLove the sound of the DVD and I agree getting the form correct will serve you well in the long run. emoticon

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SPY 2; Day 29: One Kettlebell DVD Found!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Kettlebell purists are probably cringing. I found a DVD today at Target and it was the only one there! AND it was only $9.00

I went to a surplus store and did not find anything KB related. I went back to my favorite used book/music/dvd store. I saw some great fitness DVDs. They ranged from $3.95 up to $19.95. They had a used copy of the DVD I found at Target for $14.97. I found another DVD for working with weighted balls for $3.95. I picked up a small weighted ball last week, so I grabbed that DVD.

When I got home, I put the KB DVD on and worked through ONLY the KB tutorial. I need to practice my form because I am sure I am not doing it perfectly. I would love to take a class to make sure I am doing the right form. I am wiped out from just doing the tutorial!

KB purists say that you should be trained by someone who's certified in KB and use the heavier weight KBs. I plan to work up to that...

Time for a late lunch and then studying...

Update: My brother gave me a giftcard to Amazon, so I ordered the book "Kettlebells for Dummies" and another DVD. I can't wait until they arrive!

Thanks, everyone, for your comments on my recent blogs. Some of you really touched my heart and brought me to appreciative tears! emoticon emoticon

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HANDSPK 3/1/2011 12:43PM

    Nice! Nothing like a new fitness regimen to spark some excitement for it! Good ideas! And thanks for the positive comments on my blog. Means a lot ... :)

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JHADZHIA 2/27/2011 11:10PM

    That is awesome you are getting into this and being very careful about it too. It is best to practise form and make sure you get it properly as this work out can easily lead to injuries. Its always so exciting trying something new! I do envy you, as weights is something I will ever be able to do and improve at. I am limited to 5 lbs lifting only with my new artificial elbows :(
Enjoy your new DVD's!! I can't wait for summer to hit the garage sales and find some great bargains (I found some DVD's, not even opened for $!)
Good night, have a great week!

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MISSY455 2/27/2011 9:02PM

    WooHoo I love successful shopping trips! I was just looking on Amazon for a couple of things too. I put them in my shopping cart, and now will think about it for a day or two. I have to decide if I really need them, or merely want them.

Have a great week!

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CARRAND 2/27/2011 8:31PM

    emoticon right back to you!

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SPY 2; Day 28: Kettlebell DVD Hunt Continues (A Good Day!)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

I started the day with a little strength training. I used my kettlebells and was discouraged that some of the exercises seemed really tough. Then, I realized I was using the 10 pound weight instead of the 5 pound one. No wonder! Yet, WOOHOO! How cool that I could even use it at all! That got me pretty excited!

I went shopping and did not get much walking in then. I was going to take a walk when I got home, but it was soooo cold outside and I suddenly could not keep my eyes open. A short nap was not particularly refreshing.

Surprisingly, BF wanted to go with me to see if I could find a DVD for beginners about kettlebells. He hurt his knee the other day, but said he could handle the walk through the shopping district. We did not find any, but I got in a lot of walking. We did find some "sweet black rice" and "red" rice. That should be fun to try.

We're going to a larger bookstore tomorrow and, if I don't find one, I'll order one from ebay or Amazon as an early birthday present to myself...

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LIBBYFITZ 2/28/2011 4:20AM

    emoticonLooks like you are onto a winner here! Well done. Good luck with the DVD hunting!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 2/27/2011 11:02AM

  Awesomeness job with the kettlebells :) You are doing so fantastic. :) Good luck in finding the video! :)

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CARRAND 2/27/2011 10:39AM

    emoticon I'm glad you're back to the kettlebells.

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MISSY455 2/27/2011 1:55AM

    WOOHOO is right! I definitely think you have found your exercise! Good luck on the hunt emoticon

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JHADZHIA 2/27/2011 12:40AM

    Way to go with the kettlebells! Good luck finding a video!
Have a fabulous Sunday!

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SPY 2; Day 27: I Feel as if I am Chasing Mercury

Friday, February 25, 2011

I feel as if my role in life right now is trying to corral mercury from a shattered thermometer. Of course, you're not supposed to touch mercury, but I remember from science class that it is really hard to round up!

I've blogged ad nauseum about my work situation. I just don't think I will ever be on top of my work load and all the other stuff surrounding work does not help.

My living situation has challenges (but whose doesn't, right?).

In short, as I commented on someone's page or blog yesterday, I feel as if I can control nothing in my life save that part of it that is SparkPeople. Yesterday and today, I abdicated my responsibility. I did not eat as if I care about me and I have not exercised much. Amazingly, I got nearly 10K steps today, but that was more accident than planned.

I am not proud today...

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CARRAND 2/26/2011 8:28PM

    You should be proud.
You got nearly 10K steps in - I never even come close.
You're still on Spark People, still trying.
You have a strong work ethic, whether it's appreciated or not at work.
You are a kind individual, and ultimately, that's worth more than all the rest.

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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 2/26/2011 2:01PM

    Today is a new day! Rejoice in it and take care of yourself. Having control of yourself is very empowering. That sense of control gives great satisfaction and it sounds like that would really fit well in your chaotic life. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MYSTERY4EVER 2/26/2011 10:41AM

    Take a deep breath, look forward - not back, and enjoy your weekend. You can do this.

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LIBBYFITZ 2/26/2011 8:43AM

    emoticonSorry to see that things have not improved for you. There are things you can control, and how you think is one of them. Google "Cognitive Behavioural Therapy" and have a look. There are some really helpful strategies on how to change the way we think and view the world. emoticon

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NONIE_C 2/26/2011 2:45AM

    There is so much in life that we have no control over, but that's not what's important...what's important is what we do with the things that come our way. And one or two decisions on a bad day do not define us. Things have been stressful for you lately and you're finding it difficult to make good choices about food and exercise - this happens. I'm beginning to realize that it will probably always happen. But don't jump into the cycle of self-destruction. You have come too far!!! Just because you make some choices that don't necessarily reflect the kind of self-care you want to be showing yourself, doesn't mean you should beat yourself up.

When you are feeling down, you don't need negative self-talk, you need encouragement, belief in your abilities, acceptance of the fact that mistakes will be made and are not the end of the world...you CAN tell yourself it's OK!!! YOU CAN YOU CAN YOU CAN!!!! Try it!

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JHADZHIA 2/26/2011 12:52AM

    Keep in mind exercise is a great way to relieve stress and boredom! When you feel like eating something bad, drink water and get moving instead! This is just a bump in the road. We all have them. Time to own your weekend and get back on track!

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MISSY455 2/26/2011 12:00AM

    Don't allow a bad day or two too derail you from eating well and exercising. Reflect on what choices you are making and why, and then move on. Every time you need to make a choice you have the opportunity of making the better choice. Do what you can, and don't berate yourself when you fall short.

The work stuff not many of us have total control over, unless we own our own business, and then you are at the whim of customers or clients. After all work is a four letter word for a reason!

I hope you have a good weekend my friend.

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SPY 2; Day 26: I Failed Today!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I did not feel well this morning. Allergies and a consequential stomach ache. I ate a doughnut and a half in the hopes that the carbs would quell the bad feelings in my stomach. At least that's what I told myself. I did feel better insofar as the stomach goes, but it made me feel worse knowing how that would look on my food tracker. I still feel like eating, too! I really don't like this.

Sleep calls and, tonight, I intend to go to bed earlier than usual, or at least on time. That should help tomorrow's energy level and, perhaps, help me fight off whatever is trying to attack. My throat is sore, there's a possibility of snow in the Bay Area and it's a good night to snuggle in early...

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BNBLYNNE 2/26/2011 10:59AM

    I always feel like eating. So do not feel alone there.
I hope you feel better soon.

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CARRAND 2/25/2011 9:13PM

    I wouldn't call that failure! Don't be too hard on yourself. You'll be back on track tomorrow. How are the kettle bells working out?

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MYSTERY4EVER 2/25/2011 8:07PM

    I hope you feel better today. Don't beat yourself up for one doughnut. Remember this is about moderation, not deprivation. Think of it as a treat. Feel better and be careful if you get the snow.

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LIBBYFITZ 2/25/2011 5:11PM

    emoticonStop beating yourself up1! A donut is not that big a deal in the long run and you ate it for a reason, if I need quick carbs because I feel off in the tummy I also grab what is around! stole my hubby's last vienna sausage and had it with White bread and ketchup! It was not meant for me to eat but I saw it there and after it, it tasted nice at the time and I will not do that again in a hurray as that white bread really pushes up the calories!

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JHADZHIA 2/25/2011 10:43AM

    When you say you binged, I was imagining a huge, calorie and fat laden meal in a restaurant, not a donut. That isn't the worst you could have done, believe me!!
I use pasta when I have an upset stomach -stops the runs cold for me. I have learned moderation and give myself a portion that will stay in my calorie range.. My allergies are starting to drive me nuts and being shut in is not helping when its too cold to open the windows :( I tried giving myself Nasonex, using both hands as that is the only way my bad hands let me do it. It meant bending my right elbow past 90, but I just had to do it. Hopefully, its close enough to the time my surgeon will (hopefully) give me permission so that it won't have mattered..
Sometimes you just have to look after yourself.
Hopefully, you will feel better on Friday and can get back into it..
Do what is best for yourself today and have yourself a great weekend!
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HEALTHQUESTER 2/25/2011 10:11AM

    Failure is when you stop getting back up and trying again! You havent failed sweetie. You hit a bump in the rd, went on a teensy detour, and reemerged on the trail! emoticon you assessed the situation and looked at how you could improve. I say emoticon

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CHRIS3874 2/24/2011 10:43PM

    That's really not that big of a deal in the big picture. Just keep going (you'd be shocked if you knew how many times I've screwed up).

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SEXXYBACK2012 2/24/2011 10:40PM

    I hope you feel better. Tomorrow is a brand new day, so get back on the wagon and conquer your goals. emoticon emoticon

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