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Sparker of the Week: Me?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Today I am crabby. Yup, that is it! I am stressed out about my schedule not working out with the YMCA. I REALLY want to work there but... I just need her to work with me for the next three weeks. Three weeks! Tomorrow, I start training and I hope it goes well!

On top of that, I hurt my hip, thigh, knee and upper shin. Why hurt one when I can hurt all of them? I took off class and iced the thigh and knee. I hope it will feel better when I walk around. I have to go to self defense tomorrow... and I might miss if it doesn't feel good. *sigh*

With all that said, there is a little light at this negative tunnel... I am the Sparker of the Week on the Jog/Walk the Weight Off. It is a wonderful team. They are constantly thinking of FUN, exciting challenges.

Check it out: www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp


Anyhow, to be the Sparker of the Week really warmed my heart after a sucky day so far with stressing out about the YMCA job and my lame leg. I am quite honored! emoticon

  
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ANEPANALIPTI 12/2/2010 3:33PM

    Way to go girl and rest up!!!!! :-)

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PSALM34V7 11/30/2010 1:08PM

    Ouch! I hope that leg feels better very soon!

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PATRICIAANN46 11/29/2010 5:47PM

  How could you possibly be surprised about being the Sparker of the Week when most of us on this site think of you as the Sparker of the YEAR?!?!?! emoticon

How did you injure yourself?

Oh, and my wish was for great health for our family members........a dull, grown-up wish, but a very meaningful one as we haven't had great luck health-wise lately. Elizabeth's wish was that she wanted her hair to be as long as Rapunzel's. Oh, to be 3 again......

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LOSETHEWTIN08 11/29/2010 4:04PM

    Congratulations!I'm so proud of you! Glad you are nursing your hurt thigh and knee. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SBATES63 11/29/2010 3:41PM

    Congrats on being Sparker of the Week on your team!

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TAMTAMM 11/29/2010 3:41PM

    emoticonI have to say I am not surprise that you got the speaker of the week.
I know you said you are crabby right now (haha)but I think you are the most positive and uplifting person. I really like how you are soo helpful when someone has a question or needs advice in here...Be proud of yourself!!! emoticon

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KINISUE 11/29/2010 3:27PM

    Congratulations, try to look to the positive.

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Frustrated about the job... (and I haven't even had my first day)!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

In my last blog, many of you inquired that you wanted to be updated on my new job. I start on Tuesday. And, I am already having problems with the hours the "boss" wants to schedule me. emoticon We talked on Wednesday on the phone and I feel like she was trying to guilt trip me. She was like.. "Well, I want to make sure I am hiring you when I want you to work." Okay, understandable. But, understand this. I need to go to class. I did not know my one class that we NEVER have class, now is going to start again. *sigh* I guess what is really bothering me is she's making it seem like I lied. I did not. It say it right on my application. emoticon With all this, I am starting to wonder if things will get better with her and me. I really this think I will like the job... the jury is still out about the "boss" though.

Besides that headache, I have a test on Thursday where I told her I could work 'cuz I forgot I had a test. So, I am going to email the professor and tell him the situation. I am REALLY hoping he will let me reschedule. If he doesn't, I am going to have some real issues.

With all this, I have been wondering when I should be my notice in. The job I currently have ends when the semester ends, in like 3-4 weeks. I feel like if I give the typical 2 weeks, I will be leaving them high and dry.

In other news....

I am UNDER 180! emoticon I feel like I have been working towards this for weeks. I knew it wasn't far away but than Thanksgiving came. I was really worried. Yesterday, I got a touch of the flu... and well, got the run. I know, TMI... But you guys gotta know I didn't go crazy with working out or anything like that. I am just so glad I am under 180. Officially, when I weighed in today (three times), the scale said: 178.8. emoticon

I figured.. well, it's the end of the month, I might as measure myself. So, I did. I lost 1.5 inches on my waist and 1 inch on my hip. emoticon This is so exciting for me as I NEVER lose anything in those areas it seems. Well, I did this time!

Losing inches in those areas got me thinking: what changed? KETTLEBELLS! emoticon I think I just fell in love, haha! A friend of mine taught me how to use them and we've been doing them weekly... I think today I might try to do them by myself.

In a little bit, I am off to run hopefully. Than, find the YMCA I will be working at. (It took me a couple hours the last time.) Than, off to the movie, Tangled. Than, back here... to do some homework and laundry!

Hope everyone has a wonderful Sunday!

  
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ANEPANALIPTI 12/2/2010 3:32PM

    Under 180? WAY TO GO! I will be throwing a party when I get there, 177 is my goal weight!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PARKIE 11/29/2010 7:20AM

    Congrats on the weight loss! kettlebells always looked interesting

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SHERYLDS 11/28/2010 3:51PM

    CONGRATULATIONS on the Weight Loss.
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Fantastic! All your hard work is really paying off
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don't do a guilt trip on the old job. the laws of nature say, when you leave a place, they will blame you anyway, resent you for leaving, and say you left them short handed regardless of what you do....but they could drop you in a minute if they wanted to.

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LIQUEURLADY 11/28/2010 2:19PM

    I know, I know, you didn't ask me for advice, but here it is anyway, and worth every penny you paid for it (LOL). Take each day as it comes. I think that I would be upfront and say that I forgot about my test on Thursday (hoping that it's a class that I do really well in so that a test is no big deal), rather than ask the prof for an extension -- but you know best what his/her preferences are. Really -- you CAN make this work! Go for it!

oh yeah -- Congrats on the loss! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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The New Job!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

One last blog before vacation? I think so!

My big news of the day is I have a new job. She called me this morning and offered the job to be... via voicemail. I was sleeping. Hopefully, tomorrow we will be able to connect and make it official with getting me on the books! emoticon

Now about the job...
I'd be a Wellness Center Instructor. In a nutshell, I'd be teaching people how to use the equipment and correcting their form if it incorrect. In addition to that, I'd be giving orientation among other things.

Super excited.. yet.. kinda nervous at the same time. I am excited because I am getting into my future career field. Yet.. I am leaving the job I have had for the last three years.

It definitely is time for a change but... my current job is comfortable. I know how to do everything... there is no doubt in what I am doing is right.. at all. There is no nervousness.. No meeting the new co-workers.

Either way, it is time to make that next move.

And.... I get a FREE YMCA membership. I don't need it as I work out at the campus gym but I think I will be trying out a spin class or two. emoticon

  
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PATRICIAANN46 11/26/2010 3:10PM

  emoticon Savannah...........A new job is always a bit un-nerving at first, but you will catch on quickly and will be doing what you really want to do. It sounds like a win-win situation.
I am so happy for you and am anxious to hear how you like it.
Hope your vacation is going well and that you are relaxing and having fun with your family.

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MSJULES01 11/24/2010 3:17PM

    Congrats on your new job.
Enjoy your vacation.

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MEADSBAY 11/24/2010 9:19AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Change, even good change, is always stressful but I know:
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SNOWFILLY 11/24/2010 6:46AM

    Good for you!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon What a great way to start a vacation!! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!!!

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/24/2010 12:32AM

    This is such great news!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I want to hear all about it!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHOAPIE 11/23/2010 11:42PM

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REVJVH 11/23/2010 11:17PM

    Way to go!!!! Congrats and have a good vacation.

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I am NOT an elliptical trainer!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

It has been nearly TWO years since I have changed to a healthier lifestyle. During most of this time, I have alternated between working out the elliptical trainer and walking (which is now turning into running).

After I graduate college and are in a fairly secure career, I will buy a house. I already know in my house I will have a room devoted as my mini gym. This shouldn't be a HUGE surprise as my dorm room is already turning into a gym with the stability ball, balance board, 5# hand weights, yoga mat and jump rope.

With this said, I decided to look at the cost of the elliptical for my future home. Well, it was a bit of a surprise to discover what I call an elliptical trainer is NOT one at all.. rather an arc trainer. In fact, the true elliptical trainers... I hate working out on!

This is an arc trainer.



www.cybexintl.com/products/cardio/7
50AT/intro.aspx


And, if you are curious, these babies run about $4000-5000 at average. Guess I need to start saving my pennies!

  
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GODDESSELLIE07 11/22/2010 10:38AM

    I love, love, love the arc trainers! They are so much better than ellipticals if you ask me. In fact, I'm going to be working out with the arc trainer today... can't wait!

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VICIOUS421 11/22/2010 3:40AM

    Cool looking machine!!!!! That is a lot of pennies!!!!!
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ANEPANALIPTI 11/21/2010 6:01PM

    NICE! :D

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PATRICIAANN46 11/21/2010 5:31PM

  At that price, I guess I will stick with what I am doing now...... emoticon

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FOURTHWALL2000 11/21/2010 5:00PM

    I have a similar problem where I'm not sure if my routine is considered circuit training or not. According to the stricter definitions it is, but some routines require aerobic exercize between the strength exercizes. For now I'm tracking it as circuit training.

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MEADSBAY 11/21/2010 4:24PM

    I prefer the elliptical because the arc trainers at my gym have a lot of options but the hand thingees do not move so I miss the upper body workout part of it.
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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 11/21/2010 4:14PM

    This is my FAVORITE piece of equipment. Hands down!

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EYELINER 11/21/2010 4:14PM

    I LOVE arc trainers. Our local gym recently bought all new machines (treadmills, ellipticals, AND added the arc trainer to the menu) and I can say that it is ALWAYS my first choice with cardio!!!! It gives a much better calorie burn than the elliptical in a shorter amount of time and really kicks your butt! I LOVE it. New favorite machine. Recommend it to anyone! :)

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KENP22 11/21/2010 3:58PM

  you know what you want, and have a plan to get it. good luck!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 11/21/2010 3:39PM

    I was surprised by the cost of home gym equipment as well. We went and tried some true ellipticals and all of them felt unsteady and shaky as soon as I got to even a slightly decent speed in the price range I was willing to pay. Too bad. I guess the gym it is!

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DARBOYMOM 11/21/2010 3:37PM

    Hmmmmm. I've been doing the "Precor AMT" at the gym. I wonder if that is an arc trainer too! Thanks for sharing, I will have to look into that!

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IMREITE 11/21/2010 3:32PM

    arc trainers are awesome. ellipticals are ok, but the ar trainers have so many options that can give a calorie burning workout.

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SHERYLDS 11/21/2010 3:30PM

    yikes.....looks intimidating

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The Plan.. for Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

It has been awhile since I have blogged... like seven days! That is a long time for me considering I have blogged twice! I thought I'd write a quick blog to tell you I am still around.. just quieter, I guess.. and some other updates my life.

In the last few days, I have become annoyed with a handful of friends. Of course, all for different reasons. I am having trouble trusting one of them while another is constantly asking me to borrow her money yet while another one is ditching out on me on an event that we planned for like a month. Needless to say, I was really happy it was the weekend and I didn't have to see any of them.

Another update is that I am fighting with the 180 number. Yup, you guessed it, I weighed myself every day this weeks. Oops! emoticon I am hoping to hide it away again until Wednesday. This month I really want to leave the 180s behind but I am not sure if it's going to be possible with Thanksgiving.

I know Sparkpeople has wonderful suggestions for a healthier Thanksgiving but what about us that do not have control of what is being prepared? If anyone has any ideas, I'd be open to hear them. I am going to be home for five days and scared I am going to be back up at 185 and all my hard work will be nothing.

Some thoughts and actions I am going to aim for are:
-Just because it is offered, it does not mean I have to take it.
-Just because everyone else is having pie, you do not have to have pie.
-Have ONE piece of pie for the entire day
-Eat slowly - maybe putting the fork down after every bite
-Eat until content, not until stuffed
-Aim for a walk everyday while visiting

I hope everyone has a happy emoticon. I was supposed to run with a friend but they had to work.. so off I go work out.. hopefully emoticon.

  
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PATRICIAANN46 11/20/2010 5:56PM

  All of your ideas sound good. I usually take a very tiny portion of each item. That way I don't overdo and it's satisfying to sample the foods that I usually don't see again until the next Thanksgiving.
Have a great time with your family. That's the most important thing. emoticon

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SHERYLDS 11/20/2010 4:41PM

    Enjoy smaller portions and do your run/walk. You'll be fine. Missed Ya my Sunshine Savannah. Have a wonderful time and have fun with your family. My best to you and your loved ones.

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MARSHASTAR 11/20/2010 1:22PM

    The walking every day is a terrific idea. . and maybe you can influence somebody else who needs to be healthy.
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I am going to confess . .
Although I'm not going to try to control my eating on Thanksgiving,
I do have to be careful of my Vitamin K intake, so that alone keeps me conscious of everything I eat. . but i'm just not going to worry. . just for that one day.



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NAMSMOMMY 11/20/2010 11:37AM

    You might also try for VERY light meals the rest of the day. Maybe a few eggs for breakfast and then popcorn or something for dinner. That way you have more of a calorie allowance for the big day

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THOMS1 11/20/2010 11:22AM

    Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter are all of the Holidays that are harder for me. On these days I practice portion control. That is all you can do plus I only take the foods that I really like and do not make the rest of the year. Have a piece of that pie but, just try to have one piece. At my house after we are finished with dinner everyone usually takes a good walk and believe me we are at the gym the next day. Good luck and HAPPY THANKSGIVING. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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