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Three Lessons (related to Strength Training)

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Lesson: Strength training is essential in losing weight.

In the last few months, I have trying to weight train but the machines bore me. The new machines at work are a little less boring. Even the weight machines are alright. But, still.

Lesson: Be consistent.

I have been all over the place with strength training. For a couple reasons. I have little time nowadays but maybe that is just an excuse. With so little time, how can I be excited to whittle my precious time that is SO boring?

Lesson: Find a way to enjoy it.

I did this with the aerobic exercise. I do it like clockwork. Strength training? Not so much. But, I gotta do it.

Because I know I need to reassess what I am doing here. I am going to simplify it a bit, well, kinda.

I have decided on focusing on these:
-Completing a 60 second plank
-100 push up program
-200 squat program

Hope to do them on running days - Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday!

My hopes for the new plan that:
-it will be enough strength training for weight loss
-it will help me be consistent
-I will enjoy it to keep with it

Some emotions I am experiencing:
-Nervous that I will fail
-Scared that I won't fail
-Excited to be trying something new

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CIVIAV 2/6/2011 11:50PM

    Arrrggghhh! Ok so you do 100 push ups every day?!

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CIVIAV 2/6/2011 8:52AM

    Woman, You express what is happening for me too. I love the minimalist but critical approach to the solution and will do the same!

Rock On!

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ANEPANALIPTI 2/6/2011 2:06AM

    OMG I swear I didn't see your blog before I wrote mine, but we are in the same place!!!!!!! I am starting the 100 Push up program right now we can do it together!!! When are u doing ur initial test??

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Watch out world... here I come!

Friday, February 04, 2011

Life is good.


Tonight I went out to supper with an acquaintance/friend. We ate healthy. Well, at first. emoticon Than, we had wine and split a piece of cheesecake.

It was wonderful to eat healthy with someone that wasn't like well it's just one night, you can have it, but understood I already had a series of those nights and they are in the past. In addition to that, it was nice to catch up about school, guys, and even talking about future goals.

At one point she told me that I am so refreshing to be around because I have such a positive outlook. I have been told this several times in the past couple weeks.

Once upon a time, I was told I was always negative. I guess over the past few years, I have been trying to project positive energy when I write blogs that I became a positive person. I love it that I am the person people come to for a positive outlook!

But, life really is good.

I feel classes are going well. Yeah, I have TONS of homework but I cannot really do it with a wine buzz.. emoticon I really enjoy my classes. The material and professors are great! In fact, one day this week I was really down and didn't want to be around people. I went to Kinesiology and the professor totally cheered me up with her energy!

I was down because of the breakup. I feel like that is going well, too. I feel like my anger a few days ago were part of my grieving process and like.. I am okay. Like I know we didn't break up of ME or HIM. Maybe that is the beauty of going into a relationship being confidence and knowing who you are. By doing so, you know what will work and you know sometimes two people just do not work together. It wasn't anything personal on either of our fronts. We both are not what each other looking for. I truly believe we can be friends. Our relationship has some special circumstances that made me believe that. You will have to take my word for it as they should not be posted impersonally. There's new guys in my life. They are all great guys... but right now.. I am content with me.. school... work.. life.

As for work, it is alright. I still feel like I am being watched. Oh well. I am trying to just to work, do my best, chat with members, and go home. Unfortunately, now I am getting pressure to park in the ramp by my co-workers so we can walk together. The thing is I don't feel safe parking in a ramp. What if I had no one to walk with one evening? I'd rather park on the street right next to the building.

You know talking to my friend.. I realized I have a solid career plan. What is better yet, I am super excited about getting the ball rolling. It's such a great feeling. Here is the quick run down.

Become a Zumba Instructor - maybe over Spring Break or summer break
Become a Certified Personal Trainer (PT) - this is a required course for my major and people keep asking if I am a Personal Trainer at work
Get certified in Russian Kettlebells
Teach Zumba or Kettlebells - Maybe on campus or at the YMCA
Start working as a PT on campus - you know, start building clientele
Graduate with degree
Start working as a PT at the YMCA - if possible
Start teaching Zumba or Kettlebell classes
Go back to college for Chemistry and Physics
Get my Master's in Physical Therapist with a focus on Sport Medicine - I want to specialize in running

All this would be in the next five years. I feel like things would just fall into place.

Watch out world - here I come!

Oh my goodness... two things I forgot! So many updates, so little time!

1) There is an ACSM Conference over my birthday. Not sure if I am going to go yet. But it would be nice to get away, if nothing else, for my birthday. We will see!

2) I brought myself flowers today. Yellow roses. For friendship. So many people say: Be your own best friend. So, I did! emoticon

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LIV2SSKI 2/5/2011 11:35PM

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ANEPANALIPTI 2/5/2011 11:11PM

    This blog is MAGIC!!!!!!!!!!! I love your goals, and what you said about "going into a relationship with confidence" is pure wisdom and so so so so SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO spot-on!!!!!!

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CIVIAV 2/5/2011 7:17AM

    How glorious and positive it is to read this. You go woman!

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SNOWFILLY 2/5/2011 7:03AM

    You are AWESOME!!!! emoticon

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LCORTEZ7 2/5/2011 12:58AM

    Sounds like you have a great plan. Things are looking up for you and sounds like everything is falling into place in your favor. Sorry to hear about the boyfriend but know that there's a perfect person out there for you. emoticon emoticon

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JUSTBIRDY 2/5/2011 12:13AM

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Breakup Crabbiness

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Okay, I was trying to hold off with writing a blog about the break up. But, the thing is... it is the only way I deal with my emotions.

In fact, I went home tonight, and was there for like 10 minutes. I was so emotionally stressed that I ate brownie with frosting. And, it felt soothing. No guilt. And, I am making myself a steak today.

So, what put me over the top?

Well, remember I had alot of stress from last week. And, I had school pressure. I was dealing. I was fine. Okay, a little less than fine.

I have been down in spirits like I didn't want to "hang out" with my friends. Fine, whatever. I chalked it up as part of the greiving process.. you know when a relationship ends.

Than, I checked my ex's profile. He has comments that sound alot like him pursuing someone else. If you want more details, I can tell you what they are.. but they are not exactly SP rated.

And, here I was feeling guilty about being happy to see another guy and being happy because my ex and I were not together. Hell, I sure am not pursuing anyone. We just broke up! On Saturday!

I feel like I am a bomb waiting to go off. Like I am going to lash out.. but at the wrong person.

I am hurt, frustrated, mad, ready to cry... pick any of the emotions.

But seriously! Couldn't he wait even a week?!! And, on Facebook?!!

Thanks for being so sensitive! Seriously!

We were going to be friends but honestly, I don't think I can nor I want to. Also, I noticed towards the end we had nothing to talk about but what we did during the day. That's it. Even if we were friends, what would we talk about?!!!

Deep breath in.

I have homework I need to do but when I am this stressed out, I cannot think much less focus on ANYTHING else but the stress. So, I am going to go and get reacquainted with the arc trainer tonight and read my Women's Health magazine. This may mean I am up later since my heart rate will stay alleviated but I don't care. I guess if I am up later, it means I can do the studying I cannot focus on right now.

So, tonight's plan:
Arc Trainer
Maybe some strength training

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EMMANYC 2/6/2011 5:01PM

    Sorry to hear your ex is broadcasting his lack of classiness.

I once went out with a guy who dumped me, the night before the hardest exam I'd ever written in my life, for a woman he met in the laundry room of his building. I felt like Carrie on Sex in the City, who was dumped by "post-it note".

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CIVIAV 2/4/2011 1:51PM

    And keep breathing through it all. emoticon

This weekend will be a bit more healing (from whatever, I don't necc mean a break up). I would like to go to another fitness class tomorrow. My son has two hockey games and a practice and then their is the Superbowl party!

Hope yours is a good one! And no more brownies. I ate 6 of those little two bite ones last night. Ugh, they still aren't sitting well in either my intestines or my mind.

Here's to continued breathing!

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ANEPANALIPTI 2/4/2011 5:35AM

    SWEEEEEEEEETYYYYYYYYYY! Men and women are two totally different emotional creatures psychologically. Women are programmed to be pickier and more invested (we are the ones stuck with the kid if something happens) while they are by nature more daredevil spread my seed....

That said, this is a natural, grieving process. It's a LOSS. You have to just get through it. And you will.

How are you feeling? Is the chest cold over?

BIG HUGS FROM ME, and I'm glad you're already letting go of the staying friends idea. we're here for you



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LIQUEURLADY 2/3/2011 9:26PM

    Oh, Sav, I'm so sorry he turned out to be such a jerk! I'm not so good at all this stuff, but I think that it's all nonsense that "we can be friends;" that's just a way of not having to confront the issue and be honest and make a clean break thinking you won't hurt the other's feelings. WTF?

So have a wonderful steak dinner! and hit the machines. I've found that running off the frustration and anger helps alot. emoticon

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MONICA_W 2/2/2011 10:59PM

    Don't sweat it! It's quite possible he's posting that stuff for your benefit, so it appears to you and to all his friends that he's fine, that he's doing better than he really is. The last thing he wants is for people to know his pride was wounded! emoticon Ignore it. And why are you checking his facebook anyway?! Give yourself some distance and some time to heal. Maybe in a few weeks you can think about him again... but don't rush. You broke up for a reason!

And yes, breakups suck. Enjoy your brownie - and have a great workout!

And I agree with whomever said to spend your Valentine's on yourself... I always go out with my girlfriends on Valentine's Day, despite the fact that most of us have boyfriends now. There's just something nice about getting dressed up and going out and appreciating the important things in life: your best friends, who are there for you through thick and thin!

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ELFITZPA 2/2/2011 9:01PM

    Even mutual break-ups suck. People can be so clueless and insensitive and it's totally natural to feel conflicted and upset when you find out the other person may have already had one foot out the door. It makes you wonder why they didn't just end things before. Except it's totally pointless to think like that, you know the break-up was for the best and you need to forget it. Easier said than done, I know. Blech. But we're here for you on Spark and I hope you're back on your "be your own valentine" track soon because I LOVE that idea. I've always been big on splurging for myself on Valentine's Day (and my birthday, for that matter) regardless of whether I was single or not. ALL forms of love - familial, platonic, romantic and even self-love (not in the dirty way, haha) - should be celebrated. Crappy exes, on the other hand, should be left to their own crappy devices.


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KNL8923 2/2/2011 8:46PM

    I hear you! This week I got the "you want more than I am willing to give you" followed by the "you deserve someone way better than me" speech. Ya know what, maybe he's right. I know I cannot continue to be "just friends", at least not right now. Need some time to get over it before I can stand to see or hear how well he's doing without me! Grrrr

Hang in there. Take this time to take care of YOU. Be kind to youself. Treat yourself with LOVE. Be happy & healthy. And when he comes crawling back, stomp on him like a bug! ;-)

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LIV2SSKI 2/2/2011 8:45PM

    We are all here to be an ear for you, to help you vent, and help vandalize his things... I mean help you stay on track. emoticon

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TARANITUP 2/2/2011 7:35PM

    This too shall pass... and when you're tempted to eat to make yourself feel better... do something else you like, maybe a warm bubble bath or reading a favorite book... I understand the pain of a breakup though, at times I have felt like I couldn't even catch my breath. But life went on!

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Celebrate loving you on Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Today is the start of February. I know. Not the biggest shock.

In 14 days, it WILL be Valentine's Day.

Some will be down for no other reason than they do not have an significant other. My boyfriend and I recently broke up and I REFUSE to be sad on that day... not that I am really "sad" that we broke up. It was mutual, bhah, bhah, bhah!

Anywho, I have decided to be my own Valentine.

When we celebrate Velentine's Day, we are supposed to celebrate that love for that other person. Well, I am going to celebrate loving ME with ALL my flaws!

Every time I look at my flowers (the ones I am going to get me), I will know I appreciate me and I am amazing! What a great reminder for that week!

Who's with me? Who's gonna celebrate loving themselves on Valentine's Day?

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 2/4/2011 7:35AM

    I like that idea. I'm going to mull it over.

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NAMSMOMMY 2/1/2011 10:28PM

    I completely agree with SHERYLDS. You don't want to look at yourself and see the "flaws" even if you are embracing them. See them as your character that you are developing. =) Happy Valentines Day to you!

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LIQUEURLADY 2/1/2011 4:29PM

    Great idea!

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ANNE7X7 2/1/2011 3:57PM

    This is SO awesome! We must love ourselves, first and foremost! Happy Valentine's day to you and your valentine emoticon

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SHERYLDS 2/1/2011 3:47PM

    Savannah ... you don't HAVE have character
And it's beautiful thru and thru

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/1/2011 1:58PM

    Absolutely right! We need to celebrate ourselves, whether we're in a relationship or not. If we don't love ourselves, how can we love anyone else, anyway?

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MEANO124 2/1/2011 1:50PM

    I'm totally with you!!! Now that doesn't get my husband off the hook lol but we should all love ourselves and celebrate the beauty of each and every one of us! I love that you are going to buy yourself flowers! We should all learn from your example! Sorry about the break up but congrats on being wonderful, strong, empowering YOU!
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What a week!!!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

What a week!

Here are the bulletin points!

Started classes on Monday.
Laptop died on Monday.
Phone was turned back on Tuesday.
Still sick with a cold/horrid cough.
Went to the doctor and got antibodies.
Failed a quiz... oops. But, I don't think it counts toward my grade.
Got another mass email from work about how we spend our time during our shift
Finally got SOME books on Thursday
Someone that sexual harrassed me in the past, did something else
My BF and I broke up on Saturday before work. (Please no condolences. It was mutual.)
Bought my very first Mac last night!
Ran for 10-15 minutes solid - first time in like a week and half - Woohoo!

Weeks like this, I realize stress is all relative.

Any of these things could seriously stressed me out but like I was used to it. In fact, my depression is triggered by stress. More and more, I have noticed that it is triggered when it is not elleviated. Like in cases of personal stress in where I do not let it go or when I am overwhelmed with my schedule. When the last one happens, I tend to shut down and don't do anything.

Now, onto the next week...
I get my scale back from Nick on Tuesday - it's the first of the month and get to weigh in after no weigh ins from MY scale!
1 1/2 hour private session learning kettlebells with a PT
Running with a friend
Test in A&P sometime - not sure when
Quiz on Friday - hopefully I can do better
Visiting my family for the weekend, maybe.

Okay, I think I am ready for this week more than I was last week... but, I said that last week, too! emoticon

Have a good one! emoticon

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LIV2SSKI 1/31/2011 9:24PM

    emoticon Go get 'em this week!!

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CANLOSE81 1/31/2011 7:42PM

working out with the PT & SOLID running!?
Sounds like THIS will be a good week
(minus the snow)

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PATRICIAANN46 1/31/2011 3:30PM

  Oh, how that brings back memories of just how crazy and stressful college life can be. It sounds like you are handling things well. Compared to last year at this time, I would guess that you are putting what you have learned to use and finding it somewhat easier to cope. At least, I hope that is the case.......... emoticon

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HANNAHV 1/31/2011 6:37AM

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    wowza! intense week. you are superwomen! i hope you are finding a moment somewhere to relax and destress!

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LIQUEURLADY 1/30/2011 9:03PM

    Good going! You'll do great this week! emoticon

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VPOPPY01 1/30/2011 7:37PM

    Holy cow! What a week! Rest up tonight! I hope this week is better! emoticon

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JUSTBIRDY 1/30/2011 5:40PM

    Oh my! That IS quite a week!

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