Saturday, March 19, 2011
It looks like a glorious day outside this morning. The sun is shinning and I can hear the birds even though it's a bit chilly to have my windows open. I will tell you that Thursday night I slept with the windows open. I felt like a new person. I woke up refreshed and ready to meet any challenge out there. This is my time of year and I LOVE IT!!
Day 68 - Core Synergistics
I was ready to sweat. I put everything on the table and had a great workout. I kept my HR up for over half of the workout and really burned off some goo.
Day 69 - Kenpo X
I'm still improving on the moves here and love my progress. The punches are my favorite. I wish there were more sequences with them. Maybe I'll sign up for the One-on-One so I can get more. But it was a great workout and just what I needed for a Friday.
Day 70 - Stretch X
Well, I decided that my body needed a rest day. Yes, you read that right. I didn't workout this morning. I've been reading Thrive Fitness and something really resonated with me.
"Maybe you've seen them, people who come to the gym week after week, month after month, and even year after year but never seem to get any leaner. Despite consistent exercise, they can't lose extra body fat or reshape their body. As I discovered firsthand, the underlying problem may be too much stress - from several sources - which culminates in a variety of health problems.
The solution? Stop exercising. Taking time off from training can be one of the best ways to kick-start results. In some cases, it's the only way to get back on track. The reason these people don't make any gains is that their cortisol is elevated. And because exercise is a form of physical stress, it elevates those levels even further. Rest, eating a high net-gain diet, avoiding foods and drinks that stimulate the adrenal glands, and reducing stress in other areas of life will help bring down cortisol levels, at which time exercise can be introduced. When overall stress levels are low, that's when significant exercise gains are made."
"In an effort to help alleviate athletes' fear of rest and help them understand that training is only half of the equation for fitness improvement many coaches began to use this line: A good rest is half the work."
I've been over training myself. Anyone who has read my blog for any length of time knows I NEVER take a day off. I workout 7 days a week. Think I'm exaggerating? Check out the thread "Today's Workout" on the Living A Lifestyle team. I'm there every single day. I've blogged about this before but something in this book just hit me. So I decided to take today off. It was difficult but I did it. When I got up this morning instead of popping in X Stretch I sorted laundry and started getting things done. It's 8:19am and I already have 1 load of laundry done, strawberries washed and cut up, blueberries washed and in the freezer, 2 pineapples cut up and chilling and all the laundry sorted and ready to go. Not that I wouldn't have had that done anyway after the workout but I was able to just start doing it. Anyway, so not the point. I've also decided that after P90X I'm taking a whole week off from working out. It ends Saturday, April 9. There will be no working out from Sunday, April 10 through Friday, April 15. The only exception will be yoga. After 3 days I'll evaluate how I'm feeling and maybe toss in yoga 2 days. I have been going non-stop this way for years. Let's see, I quit smoking June 2007 so it started before that. I've always felt guilty taking a rest day like I should be doing something. Yeah, stupid...you should be resting. So that was my big revelation this week.
Ok so what's going on with the potential new job? I made it to round two which will happen Monday at 3pm CST. I have a phone interview with the Business Manager in AZ. I would report to her. At this point it will come down to a personality fit because I done this exact job and have all the qualifications. It's funny but I'm not even nervous. I feel really at peace about this. If it is meant to be it will happen. I'm not pushing or even freaking out a little bit (yet). I'll get there but it will be after I'm offered the job and then have to quit my current job. Yes, cart horse Kelly....don't over think it. It is between me and two other people. I should know something by the end of next week. This is a VERY new company. They are just establishing benefits and getting office space. It's a very exciting opportunity that I'm really looking forward to. So I'm praying that if it's God's will it will happen.
I think I've rambled enough for a Saturday morning. Thanks for reading and your continued support in my journey to find real balance in my workouts, diet and my life.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Ok I can't believe I can use my sunglasses when I leave work. It's such an awesome feeling. Even though I get up before the roosters I love this time change. Bring on the warm weather!!
Day 65 - Cardio X
This isn't one of my favorites. Let's be honest, it's really just a 30 minute workout. The first 10-15 minutes is a warm up and yoga. Then you get into the heart pumping exercising. That's what is missing from this program for me. But I rocked it as usual.
Day 66 - Back & Biceps and ARX
Since I chose the lean program this is the first time I've done this workout. Holy curls!! My arms were pumped. In fact I was a bit concerned about my suit fitting ok. I felt amazing really. The back workout isn't all that. I guess I would get more out of it if I could actually do pull-ups. But I'm using the bands on the door so not really feeling the burn. But as usual.....you guessed it....I rocked it!
Today was my interview. I'm not sure if it was anxiety of that or the fact that Paul woke me up at 2am but I couldn't sleep. I finally gave up at 3:30am and just got up to workout. It was only 20 minutes early. But I knew if I stayed in bed that would be the time I actually fell asleep. So I got up, got dressed, checked the crock-pot (I cooked my steel cut oats for the rest of the week) and got to it. I'm glad I did because it gave me plenty of time to get comfortable with my outfit. So how did it go? You guessed it....I ROCKED IT! It sounds like the perfect opportunity. It has all the elements of a job that I'm looking for. The position manages the office (supplies, equipment, IT, building out the new office space, everything soup to nuts), and also will provide admin support to 4 professionals. They wouldn't start hiring for about 6-8 months or more. This is exactly what I want to get back to doing. I'm tired of working for corporate America (large corporations) and want to get back to making the decisions and making things happen. So now I'm waiting. Did he like me? Did we click? Does the recommendation I got from a previous boss have any weight? I should know in a few days. They are looking to move pretty quickly like before May 1. That's fast in the financial industry. I'll keep you posted. That's all I have for you tonight.
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