Friday, April 24, 2009
I enjoyed zumba a lot more last night. The moves seemed a little easier, even though I was still a bit clueless at times. The instructor was better too. She seemed to have more energy. Maybe last time I just wasn't in my zone. I remember I was full because I tried to have a light dinner beforehand (class isn't till 7 p.m. and I was starving) but I don't think that was the best idea. Last night I didn't go on a full tummy, which really helped. There also were more people in the class - and lots of newbies- so that made it more fun.
We are having a gorgeous, sunny day. I am off for my walk to the gym soon. No classes to speak of today so I will do one of the machines. Bleh. But it's something... and I can catch up with my Jillian Michaels podcasts.
I wish all my Spark friends a wonderful weekend!!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Lately I have been using cold, rainy weather as an excuse not to go to the gym. Yesterday (until about 6 p.m.) we had lovely weather and I took advantage of it to head to my morning water aerobics class, and I felt GREAT afterwards. Today it's back to cold and rainy and I decided to skip the gym once again. Tomorrow I have too much going on but Friday through next week we are supposed to have beautiful weather and I am planning to get back into that gym Friday, attend my body combat class Sat. morning, strength training Sunday, and take lots of walks with my DH and dog.
I have to admit that I am disappointed in some of my fitness (lack of) and food choices lately. I am supposed to be eating the healthiest diet I possibly can right now, yet somehow I find myself making less than stellar food decisions. When I am forced to eat out (we need to get to the grocery store) I have a lot of trouble. We were in Richmond last weekend, and I am convinced that there are no healthy foods in the entire city. LOL. I know I do best when I prepare my own meals, eat at home and track my calories here on Spark. As for fitness, I know I don't have the energy level I used to have but that doesn't mean I can't make more of an effort to get my exercise in no matter what the weather. I used to be like a mail carrier andtrudge to the gym in rain, snow, wind...anything. Now I just feel lazy and blah and lethargic. It's what happens when I don't get enough exercise. My body is begging for something active.
Also, I am still trying to figure out how much fitness is good for me and how much I should be eating to give baby all the nutrients she needs but also to make sure I don't gain too much weight. This is my first pregnancy, so I am new at all of this!
Emotionally, it isn't easy to be gaining weight after spending 2 years LOSING weight, even though it is for a very good and happy reason. I just want to be healthy and fit and give my baby the best start possible. Doctors surprisingly don't give you all that much insight into your nutrition during pregnancy. I am left to try to piece things together based on my calorie ranges here and on Babyfit, message boards on Babyfit and speaking with my dietitian friend. The perfect calorie range still illudes me.
Depending on the day, I worry that I am not getting enough nutrients that I need, or I worry about eating too much and gaining too much by the end. People's comments don't help. One day I hear: "Look at that belly!" The next day I might hear: "You're 5 months pregnant? You're tiny!" Mixed messages for sure!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Lately all I've been hearing about is Twitter. Everyone seems to be talking about it. I looked into it because I was curious, but honestly...between this site and Facebook, I think I'm spending enough time online with social networking sites. I think it's a cool concept, even though I still don't know much about it, and it might be fun but I am not convinced that it is for me. I mean, I don't think anyone really cares what I am doing right now in less than 20 words or that I am flossing my teeth or what I had for dinner. I guess if I had something unique and interesting to tweet about every day that was worthy of following, I would consider it. But as it is, my daily life is not that exciting - I don't think. But I want to poll my Spark friends. Do you tweet? if so, what do you tweet about? I am really interested in learning more.
So...my knitting class was OK last night. One more class to go and I will be done with the beginner classes I signed up for. I am going in again tomorrow morning for some more help. But I pretty much have the hang of knitting and pearling. I did forget how to "cast on" and still don't really remember because once I cast on and go on to the knitting part, I forget the procedure. She also showed us how to "tink" (which means "unknit — it's "knit" spelled backwards, get it???) and how to fix mistakes with a crochet hook. We started to learn how to knit on the round, which would make a hat, for example. I think it's fun overall to learn all this stuff, but I don't see myself sitting in my living room and knitting holiday sweaters in the future.
We are having beautiful weather today. Just perfect. After being a hermit for the two straight days of rain we had, I was itching to get outside. I walked to the post office and then the gym for a workout. It felt great to be back at the gym. I won't get to go again until probably Tuesday of next week, but I will try to do some sort of exercise outdoors this coming weekend. We'll be at the in-laws and there is a lake with a path around it to walk on. I hope you're all having a fabulous day!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I went to my long-awaited Zumba class last Thursday. I meant to blog about it a lot sooner but got busy so...
For anyone who is not familiar with Zumba, it's a workout using latin dance moves: salsa, merenge (sp), etc.
It was fun, but a little difficult for me at times. I'm just not very coordinated. The class is new at my gym so I was surprised that the instructor didn't, well, INSTRUCT more than she did. In my other fitness classes, the instructors usually go over the basic moves for any newbies. Well for this class, everyone is pretty new to it since it was just introduced 2 weeks ago! But she just went right into the moves and we were to follow along as best we could. She also wasn't very motivational, personality wise. However, I still had fun, and I think I will get better as I go along. But for this first class, I didn't feel like I got a good workout because I was so focused on what my feet were supposed to be doing (forget about the arms, which were another dilemma altogether).
Trying to drum up some motivation to go to my 9:30 Tuesday morning gym session. I usually go to either bosu or water aerobics, and it's usually my favorite day to go to the gym. AND, I haven't been to the gym since Saturday. I had planned to go to the store afterwards and pick up a few things. But now I am rethinking because it's cold and raining. If I go to water aerobics, I'll have a big bag to carry with me as I walk, and do I want to carry that plus grocery bags in the rain?? I could just go to bosu and skip the store until later in the week. That is probably what I will do. When will spring finally get here?
Thursday, April 09, 2009
I am so proud of my hubby today. He passed his final architecture exam and can now get his license! Woo hoo!! It's been 6 long years of studying (the exam has NINE parts) and now he is DONE DONE DONE!! We got the test results in the mail today! He is very excited, and so am I!
So...back to the title of this blog, otherwise it makes no sense. I went to my second knitting class last night, and it reinforced what I already knew: that I am NOT a crafty person. Yes, I am the remedial student in the class. Everyone else went on to the next thing, but the instructor had me keep doing what we learned last week and I have to come in on Friday for extra tutoring! LOL!
OK yes, I am laughing about it now, but last night I was pretty much in tears. I didn't cause a scene in the class or anything and I am not sure that anyone noticed, but I did get teary eyed because I was so frustrated. I know that a lot of it is probably due to my whacked-out hormones. But I just feel like such a dummy!
I was just really hoping that this would be a fun new hobby for me. Well, two more classes to go (plus the tutoring session). We'll see what happens with my knitting career.
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