Wednesday, March 12, 2014
So I'm trying to figure out if it's crazy to have two gym memberships. I started trying out another gym because of a Groupon. The new gym offers a much wider selection of classes than the Y. I like the barré class because it reminds me of when I took ballet as a kid. The yoga instructor actually mentions mulbandha, which is rare. I'm also falling in love with kettlebells, and I'm even toying with the idea of female competition... However, I hate the facility. It's old, cramped, poorly ventilated, ten minutes farther from my house, traffic is a nightmare, and parking is atrocious. That's part of the reason I still want to keep the other membership. It will keep me from having to workout at the new gym exclusively. It also has morning spin classes that work with my schedule, and it grants me access to a pool. Of course, I can't swim...
On the other hand, I've run into someone I would have preferred never to see again twice at this new gym. I know it isn't her gym, so I don't know what she's doing there (the Groupon like me?), but I'm hoping it's only temporary. But a second membership also means more money. Only $25 more per month... I could easily spend that on 2 yoga classes. but that's still money capitalism tells me I shouldn't spend because I need to save for a house. (I don't even want a house, but I feel like it's the next thing I'm supposed to do.)
If I join the new gym, I'll be locked in for 3 months. But then another voice says I've been sabotaging my workouts by overeating anyway. (I know I need to blog about this at a later date to figure out why it's happening. First year teacher stress isn't enough. I'm pretty sure I'm using food and exercise to avoid dealing with the mess that is my personal life.) I haven't gained, but I've not lost the 10 I put on since the school year started. Without the two gyms, I'm not sure I'll be able to find enough classes I want to attend to burn the calories I need to to maintain my current weight, later on lose any of it.
Sunday, February 02, 2014
That's what the cashier who rang me up today said. Or at least that's what I heard. It felt pretty good. Just this morning, during my workout, I began to wonder if my shoulders and arms were becoming a little too masculine… Now if only my thighs would catch up in terms of their definition… :)
Saturday, February 01, 2014
6 weeks = 3.25 inches. Nevermind that I've only dropped 2 pounds. I probably really have gained muscle. And, truth be told, I've been eating outside of my calorie range. Besides, this has happened before.
I will not get discouraged. I'm on my 3rd weight loss, so I know better now.
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
I won one when I spun the wheel. It expires on February 1st, but there's nothing I want to use it for. The first person to reply on this blog gets the code sent to her SparkPeople inbox.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
2:02:51 finisher. 9:23 min/mile pace. 756/2529 overall, 301/1258 females, 51/178 females 25-29.
Today, I was supposed to run my first full marathon. The universe, however, had other plans. But no matter, I had an amazing run. I beat my time from a year ago by 16 seconds. That may seem like nothing in a half marathon, but I'm also 10 pounds heavier than I was back then (teaching weight gain). I also had some drinks last night that I shouldn't have...
The sun over the lakes around mile 3 was beautiful. The sign that said, "This is a marathon. Do not trust that fart" made me laugh around mile 5. I smiled at every marker because I hit the first 7 at my targeted pace of 9 minutes per mile. After mile 7, things got hard. Just like last year. My pace slowed, but I kept going. Hitting mile 10 was a godsend. After that point, I kept thinking "Now, it's just a 5K. I ran one of those yesterday. And posted my best time yet."
The 5K yesterday was the kickoff to the Louisiana Marathon weekend. I was joined two other teachers and 3 students. (The latter group thought they could beat me.) They didn't. However, what was powerful about that experience was the sheer joy of one student at improving his time from last year. There was also hearing another student say, "I'm not going to win, but I am going to finish." That student threw a piece of paper at my face earlier in the school year. Later that day, he crossed the street to yell in my face for a solid minute during my lunch break because he had been told he would be expelled because of the paper throwing incident. I suppose I really am developing an attitude of letting things go, which I associate with runners for some reason.
I made the list of the top 100 runners in the 5K!
In short, it was a good weekend for racing. My knees are hurting a little, but I can't wait for the next one!
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