Friday, February 25, 2011
WARNING - The section on gym research is extremely boring and is written mostly only for me to sort out my own thoughts. However, if you feel like commenting on it, I'm most interested in people's thoughts on these two issues:
1) As a die-hard late-day exerciser, should I attempt early-morning BodyPump??? (See section on the Needham location of Work Out World below for details)
2) Are there other gym options I haven't considered yet??
It's starting to seem more and more definite that I'm selling my condo and moving in with my husband in Dorchester on March 21, just over three weeks away! GULP! I have such mixed feelings about this, but ultimately I must do it in order to move on with my life.
My Life Plan:
1. Sell my condo
2. Move into my husband's condo (imagine that - husband and wife sharing an address)
3. Save a lot of money
4. Buy a house
5. Have children (maybe!?)
So as you can see, I must sell my condo in order to move on with my life plan. Having the two mortgages between us, we aren't saving any money.
I'm getting slightly off-topic here. The most relevant part of this for SP is the fact that moving means finding a new gym! I have been doing a ton of research and here's what I've concluded:
I have been soooooooooooo lucky with my gym situation here. My gym is relatively inexpensive and has THE BEST CLASS SCHEDULE! Yes, I complained a bunch when they moved, but they only went from being a two-minute walk from my front door, to being a 7-minute drive. I COULD continue to go to my gym, but it would be a 34-minute drive from my husband's condo.
I looked into the YMCA but have just about crossed that option off the list because it's more expensive than my current gym and they don't have BodyPump. However, they do have other classes, and many locations near my husband's place. (However, some of those locations might not be options because they could be in dangerous neighborhoods.)
My current gym is Gold's, and I could go to a different Gold's, but the closest one to my husband's place doesn't have BodyPump - what the heck? Plus it's not that close to his place, and it's in the opposite direction from work. There is also a location near my work, but it's in the opposite direction from my husband's place and the classes aren't at convenient times.
I've also looked into a few other gyms that are too expensive, not in convenient locations, don't have good class schedules, and/or don't allow men (I want hubs to be able to come with me).
So far my best option seems to be Work Out World. They have three locations situated not far from my commute from my husband's condo to my work, and their website says that for $1/month you can visit their other locations...though I have to figure out whether that means unlimited. Only one of the three locations has a decent class schedule including plenty of Body Pump choices and that particular gym just happens to have the same group fitness director as my current gym! It's the Needham location, which is not the closest to either work or home, but it's only a few minutes farther - 23 minutes to Jess' condo and 28 minutes to work. And this might be totally crazy, but they have Body Pump from 6:00-7:00AM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. They also have it in the evenings, but if I went in the mornings I might have JUST enough time to make it to work on time (I have to be at school at 7:45 A.M.), and then I'd have my afternoons/evenings free for cardio, and I'd never have to be tied down to a gym schedule on the weekends or at night, unless I wanted to. I have never been an early morning exerciser or even an early morning person, although the older I get the more I have shifted toward being a morning person. Still, even without going anywhere before work I have to be up before my husband in the mornings, and I was wondering if once I live permanently at his place if I'd have to get up earlier than I currently do (which is 6AM on weekdays) in order to make it work on time. We like to watch DVDs at night and go to sleep around 10:00-10:30 PM. In order for me to make it to a 6AM BodyPump class, I'd have to leave his place at 5:30 AM and I usually like to have an hour between waking up and having to leave, though maybe I could figure out a way to shorten that a bit, but still, getting up at 4:30 AM would be a HUUUUGE change for me. Even if I could manage getting ready in just a half hour, getting up at 5:00 AM would be a huge change too. Plus Jess doesn't get out of work until several hours after I do, so for me to go to the gym after school ends but before he's done with work just fits so neatly into my schedule. The evening BodyPump classes in Needham are at 5:30 or 6:30 pm on weeknights, and they have it on Saturday and Sunday mornings at reasonable hours (9:30Sat, 11:00Sun). So I could go in the evenings, except I'd want to go home first and then backtracking 23 minutes to get to the gym afterwards seems like a bit of a waste of driving. However, there's also that $1 access to their other locations thing. The closest location to Jess's is West Roxbury, which is only 17 minutes away, but they only have Body Pump Mondays at 7pm, Thursdays at 5:30pm, and Sundays at 8:30am. This could work, especially since I have the other locations as alternatives if these times don't work out for me. The third nearby location is Norwood, but they don't have ANY BodyPump! Grr! They do, however, have a few strength classes - "Chiseled" and "Strictly Kettlebells."
Oh, also Work Out World is cheaper than Gold's. I currently pay $35/month at Gold's and Jess pays more - $42/month, I think, because he didn't originally sign up with a year or two commitment (silly boy - he has now been going for years and has been wasting $7/month all this time!). Work Out World has an annual fee of $50 and then two levels of membership - $20/month if you want classes and $10/month if you don't (Jess doesn't do classes so he'd save a ton). Plus $1/month for access to other locations. And, they also have the option to bring a friend for free for life - so maybe Jess wouldn't even have to pay at ALL, but the catch would probably be that he could only go with me, never by himself.
ON2VICTORY posted the following link on his latest blog post:
You can manage your Spark Friends list there. I discovered there were 120 people who had added me as a friend without reciprocation - sorry!! I have now added all 120 of them. I remember way back I used to receive an email every time someone added me as a friend - now I have no idea when someone has done so.
Second day below 160:
Self-explanatory ;) Yesterday 159.6, today 159.4 so today even if I round off to the nearest whole pound I'm still below 160! And no magic weight-loss cake this time!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
I'm guessing most people would be rather turned off by wedding cake that's been in the freezer for a year. I know a lot of people skip the tradition altogether, or they just have a symbolic taste and then they throw the rest away. But I was really into that cake. At my wedding they took my piece away before I even got one bite of it (excluding the taste Jess and I fed each other during the cake-cutting ceremony) so all year I have to admit I was looking forward to this. And it definitely tasted like it had been in the freezer for a year, but I still loooove frosting, and I love cake almost as much as I love frosting. We kept the cake at Jess' condo, so I only had opportunities to eat some on the nights we stayed at his place. Each time I'd cut myself a very generous slice - I tracked it as 1.5 pieces each time - but I never went so overboard as to say I binged on it.
Anyway, this past Monday night I had a big piece, and the next morning my weight was down 3 pounds, to 160.2. When I told Jess, he joked, "Maybe it's magic weight loss cake." Yeah, or maybe it was just a combination of the fact that the scale at his place always yields a lower number, the ending of TOM, and just good fluctuations. Anyway, the next day I had no cake and my weight was back up a little bit, as I mentioned in yesterday's blog, to 161.6. Then last night I had a really generous slice - it was the last piece - and this morning I weighed 159.6!!! Yay for being back below 160! When I told (actually showed) Jess, he said, "Are you going to blog about the magci weight loss cake?" So of course I have to blog about it. :)
My weight has crossed from the 160s to the 150s many, many times in the past, and sometimes I haven't allowed myself to celebrate. But now I recognize that a) my weight never dips below 160 without some good solid effort on my part, so that's something to be proud of, and b) as I've been mentioning lately, I think I am fitter with more muscle now than I was all the previous times I weighed this much, so as a result I'm okay with my weight now just the way it is. That's not to say I haven't been fantasizing about continuing to lose weight between now and summer so I can actually be thin on the beach ;)
This morning my husband and I went to our favorite breakfast place, a little bakery in Jamaica Plain. They serve French omelettes (fluffier than regular omelettes and made with only 2 eggs!) with a really great salad (baby spinach, red leaf lettuce, arugula, and a nice viniagrette) and bread. I asked for extra salad and no bread. Anyway, my husband had to rush off to work, but since this is my week off :) I went for a run afterwards. I ran from the bakery to the pond, did two laps around the pond, and then figured I'd take a different route back to my car but I somehow got lost and had to ask someone for directions and ended up on a huuuuuge hill which gave me a better and longer workout than I'd been anticipating, which is good, but as soon as I hit over an hour of jogging my knees (and then hips) started to feel sore so I walked. I wasn't wearing a jacket (performance long-sleeved top, light gloves, and one of those headbands that covers your ears which I love because then my iPod earbuds don't slip out) and it was sunny and just the right temperature for jogging, a bit chilly when I was walking. About 35, I think.
I am really loving my life these days!
EDIT: Run stats from mapmyrun.com:
Time: 71 minutes
Distance: 5.49 miles
Average speed: 5.5mph
Average pace: 10:54 min/mi
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Ahh, I loooove a week off. Yesterday I slept in until 10:15 - I guess I just really needed the sleep! When I woke up I got on the scale and was down 3.0lb from the day before, and that's even after having had a huge slice of cake for dessert! (That cake is almost gone now, as are the Valentine's chocolates, phew.) I was back up a little bit today but that's okay because I am fully fine with daily fluctuations.
This morning my husband and I both woke up before the alarm - 6:45ish, which is really early for me on a day when I don't have to be anywhere. And I have been productive! I created a to-do list and have been ticking off items on it all morning. So far I have resubmitted my taxes and updated my name and credit card info on my bank account, cell phone account, and cable/internet account. I have also written a check for my excise tax. Boring stuff, but when better to do it than today? The big thing I have to do that I'm dreading is going to the RMV to change my name on my license. They closed down the branch closest to me and now I have to go to one on the Mass Pike, which is a toll road. So I have to pay just to get there, annoying. Plus the website is a little wacky so I hope I have the right directions. I should go there soon but am just procrastinating because I don't really wanna.
Yesterday I went for a jog at Jamaica Pond - two loops around the pond. Then I left to get to the gym in time for class, but ended up being so early that I did 20 more minutes of jogging on the treadmill. So in all it was almost an hour of jogging, then ab clinic, then Body Pump. I have been having great workouts lately!
Dinner last night was made by the hubs. He has always eaten relatively healthy, but lately he's kicked it up a notch and I am so proud of him. He invented a dish consisting of jasmine rice (I told him brown rice would have been healthier, haha), marinated artichokes, mushrooms, onions, garlic, and red/yellow/orange peppers. He's eating less meat these days, a bigger variety of vegetables, and I've even got him having smoothies for breakfast!! I try to get him to take fish oil supplements but he'll only do it inconsistently.
Today is supposed to be very sunny and it should eventually hit the high 30s/low 40s....I'm waiting for the warmest part of the day for an outdoor jog.
Sorry for being so boring today. Can you tell I'm just babbling on so I don't have to go to the RMV? I must go!!
UPDATE, APPROXIMATELY 2 HOURS LATER: I went to the RMV. It was easy, and they have a U-turn place so you don't even have to pay the Pike toll. For some reason, the fact that this is done has me super excited. Can't wait to get out in the sun for my jog!!! I now officially have the same last name as my husband!
ANOTHER UPDATE A FEW HOURS LATER: The jog wasn't quite as wonderful as I'd been anticipating. There was still a lot of ice on the sidewalks so I stopped to walk a lot. Stopping and starting the running was somewhat difficult psychologically. It was 67 minutes, 4.7 miles, average speed 4.21 mph or 14.26 min/mi, and 376 (only!) calories burned according to MapMyRun. Now my mom's here. She's going to help me pack and we're going to check out exercise bikes for her.
Monday, February 21, 2011
I have this whole week off from school - February vacation! This is the first year since I've been with Jess that we haven't gone to the Carribbean or Mexico during Feb. vacation. We're just staying home! And I'm loving it!
Yesterday we went to Pat's Peak. We picked it because it's relatively close to Boston (just under two hours) and relatively cheap (I think the lift tickets were $56). It was cold but sunny. I stayed on the easy trails the whole time because I just wanted to enjoy the meandering rides down the mountain rather than worry about falling - I didn't fall once all day! And since I had homemade breakfast, snacks, and dinner (dinner was at home after we got back) and I just had soup and salad for lunch at the lodge, my calories were surprisingly low yesterday - just 1,800ish. Lately my calorie range has been anywhere from 1,700 to about 2,800 per day, usually around 2,000ish probably, maybe a little more.
One of the best things about having a week off and spending it at home is getting to go to the midmorning classes at the gym, especially the Body Combat class I went to at 10:30 this morning with my favorite instructor, Denise. I don't know what it is about her, but I always work a little harder in her classes than any other and was sooo sweaty. I have such a love/hate relationship with those jump kicks - so hard, but so powerful! After class my husband was still working out (he'd arrived at the gym later than me) so I stayed and did a half hour on the treadmill - some walking, some running, some incline. Then I went to the grocery store (Trader Joe's) where I bought a couple new things (for me)...one was precut sweet potato spears, which I just roasted in the oven with some sesame oil and a thickly sliced onion and it was sooo good. The other new item is...hang on, I have to go check because I forget what it's called...minneolas. They look just like oranges, at least from the outside. I haven't tried one yet but will report back. :)
My social security card with my married last name is finally here! This is my to-do list this week:
*Go to DMV (tomorrow?) and get a driver's license with my new last name.
*Apply for passport with new last name.
*Resubmit taxes (was rejected when I first submitted because my name change wasn't official yet)
*Start bringing things to Jess', and selling or throwing/giving away things I don't want to keep
*Go cross-country skiing at the Weston Ski Track
Finally, I read a comment on an article that really stuck with me so I thought I'd share. The article was about childhood obesity but the comment hit home for me because it was closely related to what I've been trying to do lately. The comment said something to the effect of, "You can't blame children for being obese. They just eat what their parents provide them, so to a lot of kids snacks mean chips and cookies. They don't know they should be eating fruits and vegetables as snacks." It was that last sentence that struck a chord with me. Eating fruits and vegetables as snacks is such a basic concept, but it's really effective and has actually changed my view of eating in these past few weeks more than I ever could have imagined. These days I never feel deprived of food - if I'm hungry I can ALWAYS have a fruit or vegetable!
Friday, February 18, 2011
I went for my first outdoor run since Christmas this evening! I ran from 5:00-5:45 and it wasn't totally dark, and I was in short sleeves too! This route normally only takes me 40 minutes, but it was an obstacle course today with the puddles and slush. It felt GREAT to run outside! I can't wait for spring!
I have been Eating Whatever I want and Tracking It for five weeks now, and in this time I have lost five pounds. That SOUNDS like a pound a week but in reality it's been more like a few pounds up here, a few pounds down there, a few weeks at the same weight, etc. But I think it's the trend over time that really counts, and averaging out at one pound per week makes me extremely happy! I think I'm fitter at 163 than I ever have been before, so even though I'm well into the overweight range for my 5'6" I really don't mind.
In real estate news, the potential buyer of my condo had her inspection yesterday, and gave my realtor a list of six items she would like addressed. The good news is that they are all doable and relatively minor. However, I am not considering this sale to be a definite until it IS a definite! My husband is a few steps ahead of me though. He's already been looking at houses and contacting financial advisors about how much house we can afford.
I will leave you with a few pictures from last Saturday's anniversary party that my mother threw for us.
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