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Making a comeback!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hello Sparkfriends...I have been gone too long.
My life has been so very busy the past few months but I know we all have busy lives. Back in May I took on a second gym as Group Fitness Manager..so I now am manager over 2 programs and teach at 4 gyms.
At the end of July I took off to the US to visit with my friends and family..while I was there I am afraid all of my good intentions to exercise daily went by the wayside. Half of my suitcase was my workout things :(
I ran a few times, took a couple of classes and did go through INSANITY training (so I am now a certified instructor).
I was supposed to run a half marathon but unfortunately the night before the event hubby and I went for a long walk..didn't really plan it out properly and I had on flip flops..my legs were achy and tight and the first mile in to the half I had to quit. Hubby did go on to finish though, I am proud of him.
So while I was on my holiday I of course had to eat at all my favorite restaurants and of course had mom's cooking too. Out of the 6 weeks there I'd say 85% of my meals were "out" and only 1% was healthy.
I am not beating myself up over it. I haven't been to the US in 19 months and probably will be 2 more years before I go back so I enjoyed myself.
Big picture though is that I did gain about 12-15 pounds. At my age going through female things you go through near 50 it is not going to just disappear...Definitely will take longer to take it off than the 6 weeks it took to put it on!!!

So I am coming back to my biggest support in my weight loss journey, SparkPeople!

I am taking on more classes next month so that should help some, but I do need to up my intensity in my own workouts. I plan to start running again. I did a 12k this past weekend and it felt great.

So I will still be scarce on here as my life is crazy busy with the jobs, and our new house which is a renovation project so most spare time will be there. but I will do my best to check in here on a daily basis!!

  
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WORKOUTWITHPAM 10/1/2014 11:18PM

    So glad to have you back with us. Best Wishes in reaching all of your goals.
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Pam

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IRP1114 9/24/2014 9:23AM

    SO happy to see you back! Glad you enjoyed yourself. Looking forward to cheering you on! emoticon

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AZURELITE 9/24/2014 6:04AM

    Glad to hear from you. Have fun with the renovations!
Keep on keeping on!


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Changes!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

So a few changes taking place in my life right now...a couple of weeks ago my hubby asks me what I think about Tom (one of my 18 year old step twins) moving in...I missed the text and in the meantime the son is calling his dad and saying can you please come get me now..he had a big fight with his mom, which he could handle..but he also had a fight with his twin. As twins they are alike but yet so different. One son is more like the mom and unfortunately it is obvious he is her favorite...the other is more like his dad..not in every way, but in a lot of ways. We expected this could happen as they got older but it still hit me out of the blue as there was no opportunity to really plan for it.
It is a HUGE adjustment for me as he can be quite lazy and I am not the kind of person who deals well with someone leaving their dirty dishes for me to clean up..hubs is one thing but not a 18 year old who at this time is not working...it will take time..but it will be ok!

So in the process of him moving in I also had to give up my wonderful little granny flat that I was using as my at home fitness studio. It is better for him to live out there than in the house due to some privacy things as well as the noise from the animals and the fact that dad and I do get up early in the morning, so it is better all the way around. I changed the room that was theirs into my fitness room..not quite the same, one of the beautiful things about the granny flat was the big windows and door and the patio so I could do my workouts inside and out on beautiful days..but since I am not working out at home quite as much as I used too it is again, all good. Speaking of at home workouts I have just ordered the latest release from Shaun T-the creator of Insanity and Hip Hop Abs...T25-basically it is Insanity on steroids..pure 25 minutes of work with no rests! I need to shake things up in my workouts. I teach a lot but my body is adjusting to those workouts. They are still great for my heart and body overall but not for weightloss. In a month I will have taught 32 RPM classes straight. Though I still kick butt on the bike my calorie burn is lowered as I have increased my endurance etc. Plus I want to go through the Insanity training when I get back to America :)
Speaking of the training, one of the reasons I am doing it is because the gym that I just accepted the position at as Group Fitness Manager loves to be innovative and have programs other gyms do not. At this time only America and the UK offer the certification for this program so....they did have it before but the only instructor they had left to move back to America so they were stuck. I am excited taking on this new step in my career. I am also really excited as they have rebounders (from another previous instructor) and I can re-introduce that program to the gym. I could never get my present owner to invest in any new programs so this is exciting. I hope to stay on at both gyms as GFM and will know that answer tomorrow!!!
So that is all for now, hope all the mothers out there had a great Mothers Day..can't wait to see my mom in a couple of months!!!!

  
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WENDYJM4 5/11/2014 8:30PM

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UMBILICAL 5/11/2014 7:03PM

  How are you going to help the twins resolve their anger?

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Life is busy but great!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lots going on for me right now. Trying to plan my trip back to America emoticon around several different things..basically I just need to pick the dates and go. Will get to attend a multi-class high school reunion, a concert for one of my all time favorite bands with a group of amazing friends, my dad's birthday, possibly taking on another certification for group fitness while there (Insanity-from P90X) emoticon and hubby and I are going to run the VA Beach 1/2 marathon emoticon on Labor Day weekend before we head back to Oz! Never mind the pure wonderful pleasure of seeing my family again after a year and a half, and hugging my precious mom!!!!

So I am covering at a few gyms, work has really picked up for me and I love it...the most recent cover I started at has offered me a job as their GFM. The owners and I hit it off right away as we are about the same age, have been in the gym industry for about the same amount of time and have the same values and beliefs. It is closer to home and more money. So why have I not jumped at the opportunity yet??? Because it has taken me months to get things the way I love them..I have a great class schedule as well as taking on covers when I want, but able to turn them down too...set my own hours, and I love the people I work with at my present gym. It is a dilemma...I have made the decision that if certain things that I ask for at this other gym are not granted I won't take the job, as in the opportunity to keep my classes at the other gyms as well as continuing to take on covers. It is my passion, I love to teach at several gyms...it is not about the money it is about the variety and keeping things fresh and I love the other gyms I teach at as well.

Ordered a new heart rate monitor last week. One of my co-workers was celebrating her 30th and we decided to chip in and buy her one, I had been considering one but had not really done my research on them...so we were under the gun to get hers ordered to make sure we got it in time and well I saw one I liked and the price was reasonable so I said ok that one (I really wanted the one we ordered for her but didn't think it was appropriate to get the exact same one)...so when they come in and I see the booklet for all the options I kicked myself for not spending the extra 20bucks for the better model...oh well, this one does pretty well, gives my heart rate and calories burned and lets me know how long I worked in my zone etc...I am enjoying it, and I like that it lets me know actual calories burned... So that one for gym workouts and my nike for when I run..I should never have to question what I burn or how hard I am working again :)

It is Easter weekend coming up...no classes on Friday, day off :) first one in weeks...last week I taught 17 classes in one week!!! Just have BodyBalance on Saturday, off Sunday of course and teaching Pump on the Monday, it is a public holiday here so we are on limited time table. the following Friday is Anzac day emoticon (similar to Memorial day) and we are again closed. So I will have to allow time for exercise those days as I have become quite dependant on teaching as my workout. Since the half marathon is looming I believe it is time to start our training program. I did buy some compression socks to help keep my calves warm and loose to hopefully prevent my achilles issue from coming back.

Well that was just a managerie of things in my life...thankful my hubby has finished his play as it was time consuming and we didn't have a lot of time together...looking forward to the Easter weekend to play catch up, maybe kayak if the weather allows.
Hope you all have a great week and a wonderful Easter! emoticon

  
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1BEACHWALKER 5/1/2014 8:14PM

    Glad you are doing a job you really enjoy!!! That's great you are coming back home for a visit! Keep sparking and moving right along! Glad you still keep in touch, when you're so busy!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 4/19/2014 4:01AM

    emoticon on all of your amazing accomplishments. HAPPY EASTER!

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Pam

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PHEBESS 4/14/2014 11:18PM

    Going back for a visit is wonderful (and plan to do some shopping!) - but then getting "home" is great too!

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WENDYJM4 4/14/2014 8:20PM

    so much going on but sound like things are going well. Hope you have some quality time with hubby. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARINEMAMA 4/14/2014 7:34PM

    You are busy!! Sounds like things are going well!! Happy Easter!!

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GEORGE815 4/14/2014 7:12PM

    Thanks. You and hubby enjoy your Easter also!

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VISA!

Monday, April 07, 2014

I was approved for my Temporary Partner Visa last week...which means I am granted permission to stay in Aus, but it also means I can now travel outside of OZ, which means I get to start planning my trip back to America to see my family and friends!!!!
I was amazed at how easy the process was once I was assigned a case worker, which took a bit over a year. I had held off on getting my police checks until I was given a case worker as they possibly could have expired..so once I turned those in within days I got my approval letter. Within 2 years I will be (should be) granted a permanent visa and then once I have lived here for 4 years apply for citizenship (dual of course)!
Even though I could work and everything in my life was pretty normal, that was hanging over my head like a little bitty dark cloud because there was still always the tiniest of chances that I would not be approved. It was also putting a little hold on my freedom. It is such a weight off my shoulders.
So watch out USA I am coming back to you in July/August. I am so excited!!!!!
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IONA72 4/16/2014 4:27AM

    What a treat to look forward to!

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RDEE22 4/8/2014 7:19AM

    Great News. Lovely for you to be able to go back to the States for a visit freely.

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APED7969 4/8/2014 5:40AM

    congrats!

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ALIHIKES 4/8/2014 12:07AM

    Congraulations! I just had dinner with a friend who has been having the worst time with US immigration process (she is Nicaraguan married to a US citizen), sometimes the bureaucracy can drive one nuts! Glad it is better in Oz!

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PHEBESS 4/7/2014 11:27PM

    YAY! Sounds good!

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AMANDAUNBIDDEN 4/7/2014 8:05PM

    That is awesome! Congratulations! I bet you are relieved!

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WENDYJM4 4/7/2014 7:49PM

    awesome news.

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Weekly task!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

So we have a weekly task that we need to do for the next 10 weeks..you are trying for your best time in each task. You can "practice" if you choose..I just went for it on this weeks..it is to see how long you can hold a wall squat, in perfect form of course..
So....what are you waiting for, get out your watch, stopwatch, smartphone, whatever you have and time yourself..NOW..and let me know how you did..then I will tell you how I did :)

  
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1BEACHWALKER 3/27/2014 12:38AM

    Sorry, knees too bad & back is hurting right now, but would like to know how you did! Keep pushing! You're doing great!

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WENDYJM4 3/19/2014 6:49AM

    sounds interesting.

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