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A Night At The Gym

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I met with my trainer last night at 8pm. That's my prime falling-asleep-on-the-couch-watching-tv time. Not to mention it was flipping freezing out but I made it there. I missed my last appointment last week so I couldn't say no.

After the severe abdominal torture he put me through, he brought me out to the main gym area and started hooking up this contraption that for a second reminded me of watching my daughter get hooked up for the bungee jump attraction at Great America years ago.

I felt my eyes shoot open as I asked what he thought he was going to do with that! It was TRX suspension training. You use your body weight to push and pull yourself through various exercises. Holy hades batman!!!! I was soaked in sweat and saying bad words but was really jazzed when I got done that I did that. It certainly wasn't pretty but I did it!

At one point I was trying not to laugh as I got in push-up position, then he helped put my feet in this thing which kept my feet and legs suspended in the air behind me. How incredibly not feminine that looked! I just kept thinking this 23 year old kid is helping me get in stirrups upside down! I dipped down into a push-up then pulled my knees into my chest as I came up. I felt EVERY muscle working!!!!

It occurred to me after a few minutes that I had stopped worrying about how ridiculous I looked. I found spots to focus on while I huffed, puffed and grunted my way through this.

I came home and looked up TRX suspension training on line. A little too steep for my budget to buy for home but boy that was cool. I can't wait to go back and do that again!!

I will leave you with a thought for the day from Dr. Seuss....

You have brains in your head
You have feet in your shoes
You can steer yourself any direction you choose
You're on your own and you know what you know
And you are the guy who'll decide where to go.

Happy hump day! Steer yourself in a great direction today!


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TDEMAIO2 2/21/2013 4:58AM

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TORTISE110 2/20/2013 1:33PM

    Sounds like a breakthrough workout!

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HHB4181 2/20/2013 10:56AM

sounds fun! glad you like it

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Weekend workouts

Sunday, February 17, 2013

I've been lazy the last couple weeks. I've been slacking off logging my food. I've been getting workouts in but it's been a struggle, I've really had to drag myself to the gym or popping in a video. This is where I start to falter after I lose weight.

After an argument in my head, I started getting ready for the gym. I realized I hadn't done laundry in a few clean workout clothes. UGH! forget it, I thought, I'm too tired anyway. But I had just posted on SP that I was doing this so I had to figure it out.

I pulled on a pair of thin spandex/polyester pants I wear under my jeans when I ride my motorcycle in chili weather, an old ugly Tshirt and sorry to admit, a sports bra that was less than fresh. Seriously, I wasn't going to go there to hug anyone. I COULD NOT BELIEVE I was going out in public like this!

I got there later than I usually do and sure enough, all treadmills were full. AAACK! I almost went home. Instead I went into the weight machine room and killed time doing some upper body work. I tried some new machines I haven't used before which felt good.

Finally, a free treadmill! I caught a glimpse of myself in those pants I normally wouldn't be caught dead in and hey, not as bad as I thought. Not good mind you but not noticeably horrendous. Gave me a little more umph on the treadmill.

Today, I watched Safe House with my husband and felt a nap coming on. I pushed myself off the couch, bundled up and took the dog for a 15minute walk, then did the deck of cards workout I saw on Biggest Loser. You assign an exercise to each suit and then one by one, flip the cards over and perform that exercise however many times the number shows. It took me 15 sweaty minutes to get through the deck, then I jumped on my elliptical for 20 minutes.

I have to remember this post-workout feeling. This week will be TOM so I'm in for a challenging week.

I hope everyone had a positive day today!


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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/17/2013 10:17PM

    You may not feel it, but you rock! Going to the gym when we don't really feel it is so hard. Then you add clothes challenges, a busy gym (I really hate that), etc. That makes it an even bigger accomplishment!

And awesome NSV on looking pretty darn good in those pants. You know we are all our own worst critics so you probably looked even better than you thought. LOL!

Keep pushing this week! Make some little goals or keep telling us what you will do - you seem very goal oriented - to help hold yourself accountable. And if you have a tough day and it doesn't work, don't beat yourself up!

Have a wonderful week!

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KELLIEBEAN 2/17/2013 9:34PM

    Thanks guys. I appreciate your supportive comments!

I've never been able to maintain a weight loss in the past. I feel myself slipping back into old habits lately so it really helps me to blog and post, keeps me accountable.

Unfortunately I have to work tomorrow. I hope you all have a great star to the week!

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LORILEEPAGE 2/17/2013 8:03PM

    I like that deck of cards workout idea! I'd love to know more about it!

Have a great week!

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AM_MORRIS87 2/17/2013 7:17PM

    Kellie, that's awesome!!!!!!!!!!! Great job not only getting your exercise in, but fighting the blahs when you were just NOT feeling it!

Hahaha, the sports bra thing made me laugh. I'm the same way about my workout clothes needing to be fresh to death. If I feel like they smell weird, I am like super anxious the whole time. I also have to drench my HRM in Febreze because it... um stinks lol.

Are you off work tomorrow? Hopefully you are, but if not, I hope you have a great start to your week! :)

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BECCAR6 2/17/2013 6:59PM

    You should be so proud of yourself for the decisions you made. So many reasons NOT to do it and you did it anyway. Great job! emoticon

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Great day, lots of laughs!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Since we have to attend a training seminar 3 hours away from work in the morning, four other women and I took it upon ourselves to leave work early today and get hotel rooms near the training site. Of course we had to pay for this ourselves but we felt it was worth it.

I've been with this company for only eight months but I feel right at home with these woman. We had a fun ride up here, major laughs in the car. Lots of you-had-to-be-there moments! We're a group of women between the ages of 47 and 60. I'm the baby.

We checked into the hotel and headed to our rooms. I laid everything out that I would need in the morning so I can workout, get ready for the training session and pack quickly. I noticed the room key card on the dresser and thought I should put that in my purse so I do not forget it.

Two women came to my door saying we were just going to another woman's room to talk about where to go to dinner, don't worry about a purse right now. Cool, off we went. As soon as I closed my door, yep, I thought about the key card in my the room. Can't take me anywhere. Hilarity ensued.

After getting a new room key card for me, we drove around getting ideas for dinner. We decided on what looked like a nice steak restaurant. Seeing the packed parking lot, it occurred to us what a motley crew we were...... five women on a work trip trying to find a restaurant on valentines day. The nice lady at the steak restaurant said she wouldn't have anything till 10:00.

So we walked across the parking lot to Stir Crazy and had appetizers at the bar while waiting 45 minutes for a table. We amused ourselves people watching! More hilarity ensued.

I haven't laughed as hard as I have tonight since seeing Jeff Dunham last weekend and what seems like forever before then! I'd say I burned off everything I ate laughing so hard.

After dinner, I hit my room and logged on for two 10 minute Spark People workouts and then did a one minute plank. I'm getting better. I used to have to do 30 seconds, take a break then 30 more seconds. The last two nights, I made it a full minute without a break!

When you turn the tv on here at the hotel, the beautiful sight and sound of the moon shining down on ocean waves hitting the sand appears, with a row boat on the sand. All I need is for Kenny Chesney to start singing....."there's a blue rocking chair, sittin in the sand, weathered by the storm and well oiled hands." When I first met my husband, he sang softly along with that song on the radio and I fell in love with him!

Well, I'm all over the map tonight aren't I?? I'm going to read a little and fall asleep to the ocean waves. I have my alarm set to play This Girl Is On Fire by Alicia Keyes on my IPhone at 5am. I'll hit the elliptical in the fitness center in the hotel and get to breakfast by 7:15!

Oh yeah and then attend a boring seven hour training session. That's okay, the laughs we have had so far make up for that.

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's day. Or at least a great Thursday!


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DESERTJULZ 2/15/2013 5:39PM

    How fun! A girls' Valentine's date night. :D

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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/15/2013 10:32AM

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There is nothing like laughter!

I hope you have fun the rest of your training trip!

And congrats on that plank! emoticon

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ANDY_54 2/15/2013 7:48AM

    Ditto what you said--love to laugh and it's good for you--a two-fer! Hope the training session went well (and the exercse, too). Sounds like you have a great group there!

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TORTISE110 2/15/2013 7:37AM

    Love laughing! We all need to do it more. I want THAT to be my challenge.

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TDEMAIO2 2/15/2013 6:38AM

    WOW sounds like you guys had fun for a training session :D

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What a day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Readers digest version......

Woken up by the dog at 3:30am. I don't have a fenced in yard so I have to go out with her. GRRR

Laid back down but was too angry to fall back asleep......until just before my alarm went off at 5:15am. MAJOR groggy feeling.

During my first meeting of the morning, I learned our off-site meeting later was cancelled. Thank goodness! I had no energy for that one.

I barely made it through the day with my eyes open. As tired as I was, I was still looking forward to working with my trainer tonight.

As I got ready to leave work, I received a text message from my husband not to call on my way home, he was laying on the heating pad, his neck was extremely stiff and he couldn't move.

So I got home, helped him with a few things, fed the dog, let her out and got to the gym.

I put everything in the locker, put my glasses on my top of my gym bag, locked it up and found my trainer who told me we were booked for last night. argh! Embarrassing!

I didn't have my music with me to get a run in so I went back to the locker to head home. I grabbed my gym bag, heard a clunk...oh yeah my glasses. The glasses were nowhere to be found. I tore apart my gym bag, looked in the locker four times., Looked all around the floor. WHAT THE HECK??? Of course I was saying worse things in my head.

Good thing I only live five minutes away. It was a fuzzy drive home. I do have a spare pair of glasses but I can't believe how those glasses disappeared!!!!

Before thinking about it too much, I hit my elliptical and did some upper body ST.

I'm SO glad this day is done!

Onward to tomorrow.

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/13/2013 9:25AM

    Some days are like this and drive us crazy. Here's to a better one today.

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TDEMAIO2 2/13/2013 6:31AM

    I hope you get a good nights emoticon and tomorrow will be a better day emoticon

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TORTISE110 2/13/2013 6:29AM

    You were so smart to fit that elliptical time in. Boy, some days are just...hard! What a good example you are to me. Thank you!


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LORILEEPAGE 2/13/2013 5:46AM

    After all that I wouldn't have been able to pull off a ride on the elliptical unless I did what you did. That's actually very helpful, to JUST DO IT without over thinking it. You ended a pretty screwy day with treating yourself well! That's something positive to take from the day!

Here's to a saner day!

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Weekend ramblings

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Just a few rambling thoughts.....

I hit the gym on Friday right after work. A minute into my run, I hear "bam, bam, bam, bam". I took out my ear buds to see if that was me running that hard, and oh nay nay, it wasn't me. It was the guy four treadmills over. He was really booking! I felt sorry for the balls of his feet.

Shortly after that, cell phone guy got on a treadmill next to me. I figured he was wrapping up a call but oh nay nay, he talked for 15 minutes AND he even put his caller on speaker while he took off his shirt! DUDE!

Saturday, I was at a store that specialized in sewing machines. I was not there for sewing machines but I'll leave out those boring details. I noticed cute little gadgets on the counter. A tape measure and thumb drive in one. The woman working there told me its only two gig because that's what the machines handle.

Excuse me, I'm sorry, what did you say, a sewing machine takes a thumb drive??? I have not used a sewing machine since Home Ec class over 30 years ago. Sewing machines are now thousands of dollars with touch screens and downloadable trademarked images like Disney. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!

As an anniversary present, my husband bought tickets to see Jeff Dunham and a hotel stay Saturday night. If you are not familiar with him:

Too bad I couldn't earn spark points for laughing so hard for two hours that my cheeks were sore after the show. We did briskly walk the two, cold city blocks from the hotel to the civic center and back. So I got my steps in for the day.

After we got home this afternoon, I thought, I'll just watch a couple episodes of the NCIS marathon and then go to the gym. An hour later when I woke up, I thought maybe tomorrow but then I read some blogs on SP and got the motivation to get my tuckas to the gym.

While running and wishing I was still on the couch immersed in the NCIS marathon, I noticed a woman on an elliptical in front of me going very very slow. I wished I had her butt! She got off, turned to walk away and that's when I saw she was EXTREMELY pregnant! Boy did I feel lazy for wishing I was still on the couch!

Well that's enough of my drandom thoughts. I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Rock on everyone!

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TORTISE110 2/11/2013 7:02AM

    A day in the life of a spark girl! Thanks for the smile.

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AM_MORRIS87 2/10/2013 9:18PM

    Haha, that is crazy about the sewing machines! That's how I feel about kids toys these days. (I mean, I literally just got my first touch screen phone lol.) The kids I work for always have cool high tech stuff, and when they bust it out and show me how it works I'm just like........... wow. Even like their video games are different. I can't believe how far some stuff has come!

Oh man, I totally get you on the gym guilt lol. Especially when I'm just bee bopping along, and I see someone doing this super intense workout, and I'm like, "Oh tryin to show off..." And then they bust out their workout, fill up their shaker bottle w/ water and protein powder, change into business clothes and head back to work like they were just on their lunch break. I'm like, Okayyyy I'm a bum lol! I also follow a lot of fitness competitors on facebook, and I'll get back from my weak cardio session and teensy bit of weight training, and I see their status updates like, "Hitting the gym for round 2! Back and legs! Sprints tonight!" I'm like MAN, I feel so lazy!!!! LOL

That's awesome you got to see Jeff Dunham! It sounds like you had a super good time! :) I hope you have a fantastic week!!

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CHAQUITA73 2/10/2013 9:11PM

    I just peed my pants!!! :-)

Thanks for the chuckles!


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