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Shakin' In My Boots

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Tonight I decided to do a little workout in my dorm room because it is POURING snow outside and I hate walking to the gym in the cold. I thought I would try out the little workout generator on Sparkpeople, just to see what would happen. Let me tell ya, those little workouts are no joke. I did the 60 minute full body dumbbell workout at this link:


I am already sore. Holy Moly. I knew I had a good workout because when I was in the shower tonight, shaving my legs, my legs were shaking while I was bending down to shave them. THAT is how I know I did good tonight. My muscles are sore and tired, but it's one of the greatest feelings ever.

Also, has anyone tried the couch to 5k app? I was thinking about doing it. Please know that I have NEVER been a good runner. My run is more like a walk with a hop in it and even after doing that, I get tired in like a minute. Sooo would anyone recommend me doing this?


Hashtag: Social Work Problems

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

These past couple of weeks have been the most stressful weeks of my college career. I have had so much to do and since I am in a practicum 4 days a week, there is not much time to do it all. I'm pretty much working full time, plus overtime, for free. So that is my life at the moment. This past week has been especially bad because I felt like I had no clue what I was doing. It's like I have been a social work major for 4 years yet I felt incompetent. It also doesn't help that my BIGGEST pet peeve EVER is feeling stupid. Therefore I am at my breaking point.

I felt the need to punch something. I was so upset about my eating habits, my lack of exercising, my grades, my time, my stress, my personal life, and my lack of competence that I was at my breaking point. Just a bad week. Tonight I MADE time for myself. I kickboxed like I never have before. I threw myself into the workout.

And I feel wonderful again.

I made some me time. Time where I did not have to think about school, work, boyfriends, friends, family, or anything else. Just focusing on what I was doing and imagining that I was kicking the hell out of all my problems when I kicked my foot in the air. I imagined that I was punching all of my problems straight in the face when I threw my fist. It was amazing.

Also I feel like I should write a letter to Jillian Michaels after this is all over. The woman is seriously an idol.

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SWKBRITT 2/17/2013 10:55PM

    Thanks for the encouragement ya'll!

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CINDYSDAY 2/15/2013 9:34AM

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UMBILICAL 2/13/2013 10:07PM

  That's how we learn

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Jillian Michaels

Monday, February 04, 2013

So last night I decided I would do another Jillian Michaels workout. I have a kickboxing video (as I have mentioned before) that has 3 different workouts on it. I have only done one of the workouts on the video because it's my favorite one. I decided I would pick another one to do instead of my regular one. So I picked this ab workout kickboxing thing...it was workout number 3 on her video, if anyone has it. It was HARD. I survived the workout, but I knew it was probably going to be difficult when she seemed calmer in the video. I feel like she needed to be calmer to sympathize with all the people doing this crazy workout. I about died.

I'm just going to be real. Now I love Jillian Michael's workouts. She is really motivating and I'm one of those people that you have to push in order to get through a workout. She definitely PUSHES. This workout kinda made me dizzy after it was over. I don't think this is normal...so maybe I will wait to do that one again. Lesson learned: I'll stick with the first workout video from now on. I'm getting good at kicking an invisible person's face anyways. :)

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COANNIE 5/21/2013 4:22PM

    I got dizzy after doing that same workout today, I think mommaslilgunny is right- that lean back stretch is rough- I can hardly breathe during that stretch.

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SWKBRITT 2/4/2013 8:49PM

    Hey, Thanks ya'll. Yeah I ate before I worked out. I think it was just a lot to do too soon. I have her 30 day shred video too and it definitely kicks my butt. I just have a love for kickboxing. But She made me do this exercise where you bend over and lift up one of your legs behind you...it's kind of hard to explain. Anyways, it was a lot of bending over and coming back up. So I think it just made me dizzy. But thank you both for the encouragement!

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SUE5007 2/4/2013 1:57PM

    Did you eat before you worked out? Were you holding your breath? Maybe next time do the reps slower to keep your heart rate a little lower?
I'm doing her latest "Ripped in 30" which is basically a new 30 Day Shred and man is it kicking my butt!

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    I have gotten dizzy when I finished a few of her workouts. Mainly when she does a folding hamstring strech then has you looking at the sky to strech your abs right after. That is just equilibrium. Once durring 30 day shred I overexerted myself and barely made it 10 minutes into a 20 minute workout. LOL. Too Much too soon.

Keep it up. Soon you won't feel that way!

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Fast Food Woes

Monday, January 28, 2013

So this week I have to go out of town for a training for my job, in which I have to stay in a hotel and everything. I leave today and I won't be back until Thursday. I am afraid that I will have to eat fast food all week. This is not only expensive, but also it obviously won't do anything to help me with my calorie count (or fat count...or any count). It's just not healthy. Straight up heart attack in my mouth unhealthy. Because I am sort of a picky eater, I don't like salad. So that proposes an issue for me when going out to eat. I know that some menus provide healthy things like yogurt, but I can't eat yogurt for a week straight.

So that is my dilemma. I hate fast food, I hate healthy versions of fast food, and I don't want to eat it.

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RIDLEYRIDER 1/28/2013 7:40AM

  If you have a mini-fridge in your hotel room, you can bring lots of your favorites and maybe you can avoid many of the restaurant meals. (or learn to like salad, your choice).
Good luck!

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You Win Some, You Lose Some

Saturday, January 19, 2013

You know that feeling when you are entering in all the food that you ate at the end of the day (because you were too busy to do it throughout the day) and you just know you ate too many calories? That is how I have felt the past couple of days. I just knew that I overdid it when I entered in the food that I ate on Thursday. I actually cringed while entering it in. I was bad. I lost that one. However, it was not as bad as I thought. Sure I gave in to that Krispy Creme donut. I'm alright with that. And I also needed some caffeine to get me through the day, so I did drink a coke. I'm alright with that too. Not as bad as I thought. I was also so tired that I fell asleep as soon as I ate dinner after work. So I didn't workout either. Gag me.

I told myself I would do better on Friday and I absolutely did. My coworkers go out to eat on Fridays for lunch and I had to go with them because we had a group meeting afterwards. I ate Tumbleweed (great place) and I ordered off the kids menu (smaller portions = smaller calories). Kids menus are cheaper and they are more likely to be the correct portion size. Instead of fries, I got rice and a little cheese quesadilla. It wasn't bad and I was filled up until dinner! I also ate a grilled chicken sandwich and fruit for dinner. All in all, I did wonderful.

So I am telling myself (and anyone else who wants to read this) to not sweat the bad days. Yes I did make some bad choices Thursday, but let me be real. I am a REAL person who makes REAL mistakes. I am trying to make a REAL lifestyle change and I am just beginning. Of course I am going to mess up, just like everyone else. You win some, you lose some. I just got back on track the next day and worked my butt off in the gym today. I can still do this. Don't sweat it.


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