Thursday, October 24, 2013
It has been almost six months since I've published a SparkPeople blog, and almost eight months since I've done anything with my weight loss blog on WordPress. I spend most of my day on the computer at work, and I guess the last thing I want to do when I get home is spend even more time at the computer. But now that summer is over and there was snow on the ground this morning (WTF, mother nature??), I know I won't be spending much free time outside (my arse freezes when it drops below 60...tell me again why I live in NY). That leaves free time for inside-y things, so I want to blog more because I do really enjoy it.
I need to get my butt in the gym more. It seems like it has been one thing after another the past few weeks (head cold where I couldn't breathe, the following week I hurt my knee at a concert, last week I had my wisdom teeth out...) so I've been making excuses to not go to the gym. I also haven't been running that much at all. What is with me?! I browsed through some of my old blog entries where I was eating healthier and exercising more and I seemed so much happier than I am now. (Just reading my "I lost 50 pounds" blog --> www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4866098 makes me sad because that was such a happy time in my life, and I feel so disconnected from where I was and how I felt then.) Maybe it's because I'm not in school anymore (where I was able to use my creative brain, I had more free time, I was taking art classes and gym classes that I loved) and now I'm not doing those things anymore. I can easily pick up a paint brush, drawing pencils, my sketch book, etc., grab my SLR and play in Photoshop or even strap on my sneakers and run or go to the gym but that spark that I had isn't present right now and it makes me sad.
I really, really miss being a student and working towards something, and I think I have decided to go back to school at some point within the next few years. I wanted to take a few Personal Training courses but I think I want to go back and get another bachelors. I'm leaning towards Fitness Development in hopes of becoming a personal trainer someday or Nutrition/Dietetics with a minor in Health and Fitness. I don't know which route I want to go.
Now that I've whine/vented a little I feel a little better. Now I'm off to make lunch, tackle a pile of dishes possibly make some homemade tortillas.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
Yesterday marked one year since I reached my weight loss goal of 50 pounds. I am proud to say that I have kept it off, and better yet, I am one size smaller than I was a year ago! I promised myself that I will never, ever be the unhealthy, overweight, miserable girl I was 3+ years ago. So far so good!
Monday, April 15, 2013
Hi friends! So I ended up joining the gym I was interested in - something I never thought I would do. I'm finally getting back into a routine, and I've been dragging my butt to the gym three nights a week after work. I'm proud of myself - my job moved me from the local store 4 miles away from my house (where the gym was on my way home) to the store located 30 miles away (where the gym is NOT on my way home), so I'm happy that I'm making myself go (and for the most part, I am enjoying it). For the first time last week, I met my goals and then some for fitness minutes (exceeded by 100 minutes or so), calories burned (exceeded it by 500 calories) and miles (exceeded by 7 miles). Woo!
I got new tats! In my last blog, I mentioned how I wanted to get a tattoo of Baby's paw print, and I got it on my birthday a few weeks ago! I also got lyrics to one of my favorite songs, "Swim" by Jack's Mannequin, in the same day. A few months ago, I saw the lead singer of JM live, and it was one of the greatest concert experiences of my life. (One thing you must know about me - I love concerts. A lot a lot a lot.) After the show, I met him and asked him to write out my favorite line of "Swim" so that I could get it tattooed in his handwriting. It's absolutely perfect, and it means so much to me. The fact that I got it the same day as I got my tattoo for Baby makes it extra special - the song is about getting through the rough times, and losing Baby was the hardest thing I've had to endure in YEARS, so it was all appropriate. Here's a picture of them.
Friday, March 15, 2013
My beautiful 14-year-old cat, Baby, passed away peacefully on Tuesday at the veterinarian. He was suffering from oral cancer, and a tumor had developed on the right side of his face, making it very difficult for him to eat and also making him blind in his right eye. It has been a really difficult week, and I think I'm okay until I see little reminders of him around the house and realize that he's not here with us anymore, and then I'm overwhelmed with sadness again. The hardest part is coming home and not being greeted by him. I just feel so empty. He would always greet me when I came home, every morning he would cuddle on my lap while I drank my coffee and ate my breakfast, every night before I went to bed, I would go downstairs and check on him to make sure he was okay and had plenty of food and water; now I don't have any of that anymore and I just feel empty. If I was upset or pissed off about something, I would just sit with him for awhile because he instantly brightened my day. I don't have any of that anymore, and it makes me so sad. We got him when I was 8 years old, so he was present for the majority of my life, and he was my only pet. He has a special place in my heart, and I plan on getting a tattoo of his paw print in a few weeks. My sister and I even made impressions of his paw print Monday night.
Thank you to everyone who has kept my baby in your thoughts and prayers; I made a few blogs and status updates within the past few months and didn't get back to everyone, but I really, truly appreciate it.
RIP Baby, I love you always
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Okay - Today I visited the gym I'm semi-interested in joining. I'll call it Gym 1. I got a tour - there are two pools and a Jacuzzi, plenty of cardio machines, weight machines (which have FitLinxx, which is basically a computerized "trainer" that keeps track of your progress every time you use it), a decent-sized area for free weights, a sauna and classes (most of them you have to pay extra - $3 or $7 per class). For the gym membership, there's a $130 initiation fee, then it's $50 a month. I'd get 2 sessions with a personal trainer, which is included in the I-fee. I don't have to sign a contract, so I can cancel at any time. It's the busiest gym in the area, but the staff member said the crowd dies down at about 6:30pm, which is about what time I'd be going. Another plus: on my way home from work. It's pricey - it would come out to $730 a year. This gym is part of the hospital network, and my mom works for the hospital, so if she joined, I'd get a discounted rate. But that's the problem: she has to join.
Gym 2: It's primarily a gym for serious weight lifting. Freshman year of high school I would go here a few times a week with a friend to use some weight machines, and I just remember an enormous amount of big, scary body builders. It's $40 a month or $380 a year. A session with a personal trainer is $50 (at least it was 8 years ago, not included in your membership. No pool. Right downtown so parking is a bitch.
There's the YMCA - $464 a year or $50 month-to-month. No I-fee. Classes included. Sessions with a personal trainer start at $60 for a two-hour session. If I can remember, the facilities at the YMCA are not too impressive. The whole building is old. The cardio room is small but the weight room isn't bad. And there are a lot of classes to choose from.
It's between gym 1 and the YMCA. Which one would you pick?
Edit: Just so y'all know, I live in a small town, and these ARE my only options for gyms. We're the biggest town within a 45 mile radius, so I don't have much to choose from :)
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