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Updating my MP3 player

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I have not upgraded from my original MP3 player to a shinny new IPod, yet. I figure my MP3 is working just fine so why replace it. This doesn't mean I don't want for a shinny new IPod, I'm just practical - if you ask my hubby, he'd say cheap - but that's a different blog - HA!

After helping a friend update her IPod this week I went to the gym with my little MP3 and was frustrated while jogging on the treadmill. Not because it is old but because the songs are old and played out. Plus, some of the songs are love songs with a slower beat - that alone made it hard to keep up the pace. I found myself trying to keep up the pace (which as you know, if you don't on the treadmill you fall off the treadmill) and trying to forward to the next song. It was not pretty.

Today, I'm happy to say that I updated my MP3 player, which has made me so very excited to go to the gym tomorrow to jog on the treadmill. I'll give it a test run tonight as I walk to and from the gym for my step class.

She's old but faithful. We've traveled a lot of places and heard a lot of songs together!

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KITHKINCAID 7/16/2010 12:08PM

    I love it! I'm in the process of updating mine as well. I made it a daily award system actually that if I stay on track and get my exercise in all day I get to pick one new song on iTunes to add to my wishlist. Once a month I'm going to download everything so I have a nice mix. Depending on my mood I'll select an upbeat workout song, or a cool down song, or just something I have heard on the radio and like. Then when I hit 50 pounds of weight loss I'm going to trade in my original iPod shuffle for a nice new Nano or something :)

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WoW, that was hard

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Today, after two days off from workouts, I went back to the gym. I went back to the gym on the day I scheduled to start my week 3, day 1 of C25K training. It was hard! I was sucking wind on that first three minute jog and praying for time to move a little faster on the second three minute run. I did make it to the end and ended up jogging an added 90 minutes.

It could have seemed harder due to my unscheduled break from working out, being tired, the gym too warm to enjoy and the heat outside. I was soooo happy in "getting it done" and I look forward to Friday nights session to see if that goes as well or better. Plus, now mentally I KNOW I can do this week ... the anticipation of getting started was weighing heavy on my mind.

I was so happy to get back to working out too. I hate those unscheduled breaks that just can't be helped.

My treat tonight - I'm going to the movies!

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KITHKINCAID 7/15/2010 12:01AM

    LOVE movie night treats. I need to reward myself like that more often.

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NANCYLAPEACH 7/14/2010 9:30PM

    Enjoy your movie - you deserve it! Good for you...you got back to it - even though the conditions were less than ideal. I took off today - not on purpose - a surprise visit this morning kept me from my walk. I'll get back to it tomorrow. Enjoy the C25K. I downloaded the app and I am going to do it...I have a little recovery from back surgery ahead of me first but it is definitely a goal. Go, you!!

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Everything but Nothing

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Today, a typical day in my world of Sunday's. I'm off work, finally finishing a 6 day work week. The hubby works today so I got up had breakfast and after dropping him off I went stratight for the gym. I arrived, not feeling great - a lot of free living happening this weekend was catching up with me this morning. But I was determined, it is my day to run/jog. I made it to the upper floor and found ALL the treadmills, elliptical and stationary bikes full (11:00 on a Sunday apparently is a high traffic day at my gym). I sighed, decided to make a pit stop and prayed someone would be finished when I returned. What I really wanted to do was head back to the house and forget about the place all together. But I couldn't do that, it was my day to run/jog AND I was already there. I told myself to focus and suck it up. By the time I returned one of the bikes was free - score! I stayed on the bike for 10 minutes, a good warmup.

Finally, one of the treadmills opened up and I jumped on it. I wasn't sure how the C25K training would go - my TOM is here, I woke up "puffy" (water retained), tired, and grumpy - but in my mind I HAD to complete it. So, off I went. Amazingly today's training went GREAT! I was a sweaty, hot mess when I finished and I felt fabulous. I kicked it up knotch when it came to the running part; instead of 4.2, I went up to 4.5 and when I walked I went up from 3.1 to 3.3 - amazingly it all felt better at the higher speeds. I'm undecided as to what I'll do starting week 3, move on or repeat week 2. I guess I'll know more tomorrow - it's another training day. Oh I can't wait!!!

After the workout I went to the local grocery store to see if they would refund my $4 for raspberries that went bad in less than 12 hours - they did. Then off to the Jamaican market to pick up a few things that the hubby likes (he's Jamaican). Found out the owner is closing shop and moving back to Jamaica - the store will close by end of August. I was in a panic - I didn't know what to stock up on and what to come back for. I spent more than I anticipated only because of the closure. My hubby will be so disappointed. I got what I thought was important and plan to go back next Saturday to stock up on more of the nonparishable items.

After that it was lunch time - I wanted everything but nothing. I ended up with Chinese food - yuck. Well, not yuck at the time, but REALLY?? I got Chinese food. I blame it all on my TOM and have moved on. The rest of the day shall be reserved for a better choice of food.
I did pass up sugar and soda ... next time I hope to pass up on the Chinese too.

Also, We have eaten the last of the Ruffles in the house and I'll do what I can to keep them out from now on.

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JENNYBETHIN 7/14/2010 8:00PM

    Good job! They say that the monthly goes better when you do light cardio during it.

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I'm In a Hurry

Friday, July 09, 2010

Ever heard the song, "I'm In a Hurry" by Alabama?
I personally love it and it describes my life on most days.

"I'm in a hurry to get things done
Oh, I rush and rush until life's no fun
All I really got to do is live and die
But I'm in a hurry and don't know why ..."

The song just played on Pandora.com and I sat back to take a moment and reflect. Yeah, I'm always in a hurry. I'm hurrying to get the work done at the office, hurrying to the gym to get to class or just get it done, I hurry to get chores around the house finished so I can hurry up and relax.

I've learned over the years that a slower pace is fine and things get done, but I still rush in most cases. I have to remind myself to stop and take a moment to enjoy what's happening around me.

This reminds me of a time I was traveling with my brother and his family. Along our way we stopped somewhere to stretch our legs and fill the truck with gas. The next thing I notice is my brother is hiking across a parking lot, final destination - a rose bush with a giant red rose. He had literally taken a moment to stop and smell the roses. As I watch him bend down and gently take the rose in hand so he could better smell it, it struck me, life is short make the most of it. Sometimes taking a moment for yourself is okay, even if it's just to smell a rose for 30 seconds. I'm still learning that lesson. I often think of my brother smelling the roses - it was so out of character for him.

On this journey of wellness I often forget to take it all in, to stop for a moment. I want to rush to the end but I need to remember this journey is teaching me life lessons.

Another bit of the song:

"I hear a voice, it says I'm runnin behind
I better pick up the pace
It's a race and there ain't no room
For someone in second place"

Life is too short to always be in a hurry!

Here's a link to see the complete lyrics:

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SINCEKINDER 7/10/2010 3:33PM

    I like your brother.

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JENNYBETHIN 7/10/2010 8:35AM

    Besides second or even third place is fine. First place is a lot of pressure anyway. Be your own personal best, and the world will just have to be happy with that.

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ZSAZSAJANNY 7/9/2010 5:04PM

    Your brother is so right.

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"If you look back long enough you might trip! Move forward and learn."

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Update on my July goals ... am I on track?

Workouts - I did not workout on July 3 and I did not start week 2 of my C25K training on Monday, July 5 - but I did take a short bike ride that day. I'll take it. My workout calendar is looking good and I'm enjoying each day as they come.

Personal Goals:
**Obtain medication(s) for the 7-day course of treat prescribed by Doc & complete treatment - in process.
** 60-min. massage - scheduled for July 24 @ 5:00 p.m.
** 1 pedicure - not yet.
** Take a day off from work for personal/me time - I'm taking 6 hours off tomorrow to spend at home by myself doing what I want to do, when I want to do it.
** Do something outside my comfort zone - not yet.
** Continue photo scanning project - bought more supplies so that the project can resume and be completed. I've not started scanning again, yet.

This review tells me that I'm on track and moving forward.

Over the holiday weekend I was off schedule and white knuckling most days to stay present on my journey of wellness. I workout as best I could. I held myself accountable. I did not always make the best choices when it came to food; however, I did not blow the whole day because of one poor choice. I did not log my food with SP but I logged in everyday and participated. I noted that healthy habits have become apart of my life and routine. I'll take it!

So, with all of that, I said hello to my scale today and asked my digital friend what's my penalty for my free living over the long weekend? I stood in all my glory, breathed deep, whispered - "oh it's going to be bad" and then took a leap of faith. The scale whispered, "it's okay, you can look now." I was met with a shinny new number at which I smiled. In a word: DOWN. The official weigh-in will be Friday morning.

With every missed step this weekend I kept reminding myself, "If you look back long enough you might trip! Move forward and learn."

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JENNYBETHIN 7/7/2010 10:29PM

    I like it! I'm glad you had a good weekend!

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TSEWARD 7/7/2010 7:36PM

    thank you! Your positive attitude and self respect are inspiring! emoticon

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BBGYRL4 7/7/2010 7:05PM

    I love that quote! I like your goals too for the month, especially the one about taking off a day. About your workout, you can start fresh tomorrow so there's no need for a beat down like you said. Congrats on the scale going down too. Keep it up!

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