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Apartment Scouting, day 1

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I got up at 330 this morning and did an hour of push-ups, lunges, sumo squats, and planks at home because the fitness center doesn't open early enough for me to get my whole weights workout in and get home and cleaned up in time to catch my flight with Mom. It's hard to say for sure because we have done a lot of walking around town today, but I think that the moves I tried out this morning were pretty great! My hamstrings in particular are 💥 (in a good way)! My inner thighs are still 💥 from the modified abductor thing I did Monday afternoon...partly standing up, about 3-4 cm (well that was the goal) above the seat rather than having my butt right on the seat. (Although my knees hurt like hell, and NOT in a good way, as soon as I left the machine, so not sure if I will try that again.)

I'm so proud of my mom for hiking with me for over 7 miles just since we got into town, especially since there were a few tense moments when I didnt get what was up with the google walking maps/directions.


Anxious about moving

Friday, August 15, 2014

I am starting a new job in November, and I am so excited and have worked so hard to get there, but...I am sad/anxious about not finding TurboKick classes yet. I do it twice a week and I have a blast but also I love how it makes me feel. I have really challenged myself to build up to using 1- and 2-lb hand weights throughout the workout, and doing the high-impact options (like power jacks and tuck jumps) and I don't want to lose that progress. I just love it so much. When I started in 2011 I actually cried out of frustration in the shower after a couple classes because I felt like I was completely lost and disoriented, I didn't get the moves so I couldn't keep up and I felt like I was getting nothing out of it. I feel like it has transformed me, not just physically but mentally as well, because I was able to deliberately stop my panic and frustration and take it slow, learning to do the moves properly and just accepting that for a while, it wasn't going to be a crazy cardio workout but that the time was well-spent because I'd be able to really do great once I had the basic moves down. That's exactly what happened, too. And I gave myself permission to screw up and keep I kick with the wrong foot first, doesn't matter I am going to focus on the present instead of berating myself for my mistake. I have even learned to laugh at my missteps, which was something I never ever did before because I felt so ashamed and frustrated about my clumsiness. IE it wasn't funny because it was something really "bad" about me. And funny thing...almost as soon as I gave myself permission to mess up without punishing myself for it, I started "getting" the moves and the rhythm.

I guess I am anxious too about the unkown; everything here is very much a more or less comfortable routine, eg i know what time Turbo is and what I have to do to make it there, and that helps me feel grounded and ok.

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PLAINJANEDOE 8/27/2014 7:16PM

    Thanks for your comment! It is so much fun.

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DALID414 8/15/2014 11:50PM

    I started doing Turbo Kick with my sister and she seemed to make it feel ok to mess up. We'd bust out laughing when we'd end up facing each other! F I would have went solo, I would have quit after the first clumsy class I did!

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Running in central park!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

"before" = at the hotel as I was leaving to central park.
"after" = mid-run, by a lake

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PLAINJANEDOE 8/27/2014 7:20PM

    Thank you for your comments! My next goal is to run somewhere in Chicago area while I'm in town the next few days...maybe along the lake!

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    I lived in Brooklyn, NY for my first 25 years and never went to Central Park, lol. Not my "neighborhood" I guess.

Been to Prospect Park almost weekly for a few years though - went with my Mom before I moved out of NYC.

Keep going, you're doing great!!

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Getting ready for my trip!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

I will be in NYC for a couple days for work, including "business" dinner, starting on Monday. For the actual presentation I'm wearing my pantsuit that I wore in April for my job interview, but I needed something nice and light for work dinner and the day after the presentation. So I got 2 maxi dresses, which I absolutely love. This is my payoff for lots of working out...getting to wear something cute and comfortable without feeling self-conscious that people will be able to see my shoulders/arms/back. emoticon

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    Haven't heard "maxi-anything" in so long! Enjoy!

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PLAINJANEDOE 7/5/2014 10:26PM

    Than, you! emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/28/2014 5:24PM

    Have a great time! Enjoy your new clothes!

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