Saturday, January 12, 2013
Often we forget to extend love and kindness that we have for our friends to ourselves. I know I am my hardest critic. So, today I decided to give myself some love and kindness in a letter to myself.
Dear The Crazy Mango,
You are doing GREAT! I know you think you are not making progress towards your goal of losing 10 pounds by the end of April. But, you are! You started at 172 and today you are 168.8. Slow and easy, baby! You don't want to lose weight overnight. That is a fad. This is not a fad. This is a lifestyle.
Your internship and college graduation was a stressful time for you. You gained weight over four months. You won't be able to lose 10 pounds at a snap of fingers. It will take time and patience with yourself. You can do this!
Also, I know you are worrying and feeling guilty about sleeping in instead of having a workout. It's okay, hun. You needed the rest. Doesn't it feel wonderful? Besides, it's not like you will be idle all day. Since you work today, you will be on your feet for a good 6 hours and going up and down stairs several times. Maybe you can even hit it harder the next day.
So, hun, be kind and patient with yourself. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will you be!
Sunday, January 06, 2013
By now, you have probably heard me say how I am out of shape and need to lose 10 pounds.
So, what am I doing about it?
This past week, I got an Anytime Fitness Gym membership and started working out consistently. This means I worked out on the cardio machines for 45-60 minutes everyday this week but Friday.
Now, I need to add in some strength training. Strength training is a great way to increase the metabolism, which couldn't hurt! And, I want to get back to feeling stronger and sexy.
Originally, I was planning on doing kettle bells with a trainer on Tuesdays and than in a group fitness class on Thursdays. So, kettlebells twice a week. The trainer would cost $114 for 3 sessions and the group fitness class would cost $35/5 punches. This would be in addition to my Anytime Membership which I pay $36. It sure seems like I would be spending alot of money on fitness. Doesn't it?
At the beginning of my internship, I wanted to try to split day lifting which would mean lifting 4x a week. With everything I was trying to juggle, I attempted this new lifting routine. By the end of the first week, I was exhausted. It was easy to conclude it was not the time to make this change.
Now, I have more time to devout to my fitness, I am thinking it might be a good time to try two-day split routine again. It would be less expensive than kettlebells. It would be also a nice way to break into over a hour workouts. I want to get back to my two hour work outs, eventually.
So, I guess I have a change of plans. Well, until I get bored of the gym scene.
Monday, December 24, 2012
2012 is coming to a close and it is time to start thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2013. For the past few years, my yearly goals aka resolution have been fitness related. I believe last years was to run 12 races in 2012. Honestly, I am not sure if I even reached it. The whole idea is to AIM for a goal.
This year, honestly, I am not sure if I want a fitness goal. Weeks ago, I was going to aim to do 3 half marathons in 2013 but I am seriously out of shape. My hips start to hurt around mile 2 rather mile 4. Before I can train to do another half marathon, I need to get back into shape!
With that in mind, I think I want to work on something that I seem to struggle saving.... money! Initially, I wanted to aim for $2013.00 but that is a bit unrealistic for me for my level of income. I am debating on saving 200.13 for the entire year OR $20.13 weekly or $20.13 monthly.
You know even as I say this I realize I really do want to make Bjorklund Half Marathon (Grandma's [Half] Marathon) happen this year. It is something I have wanted to do for a while. Unfortuately, it is a lottery so I might not even get in!
Putting yearly goals aside, I will be starting in 2013 with all kinds of new changes. I recently graduated college with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. In addition to this, I have a new apartment with roommates.
Here's to 2013...
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Tomorrow is graduation and I must say this week have been one of the most memorable.
Monday of this week, the week before graduation, my back wisdom tooth decided to demand attention. As a college student that does not have health insurance, I searched around for a cheap dental place thinking it was a cavity. Luckily, I found one that covered 90% of the expenses and even got in on Monday.
During the dental visit, I was informed I had two impacted wisdom teeth and one of them was causing the pain. They gave me a referral to an oral surgeon, and pain pills. Monday and Tuesday night I was in alot of pain and waking up every hour from it. In my weakest moment, I posted it on Facebook. On Wednesday, I was prescribed pencillin and been feeling much, much better. The next day I asked my parents to borrow me the money because this tooth HAD to go. Again, luckily, they did. I didn't think any more of it honestly.
My boss has been asking if I got any mail this week. Um, no? [insert odd look] Tonight she called and told me how I said a piece of mail. She made it sound like it was time sensitive and said I want it. Hmm, I wonder what it could be. Maybe it's a job offer? A girl can dream.
I get to the Y and there is a Christmas card for me with the Y's address for the to and from. Okay, not exactly what I was thinking but okay. I open it up and found a postal money order for $500.
You know the really weird thing about all this? It was sent from my hometown and pretty only have close relationships from there that are my family members. I would recognize their writing and this writing only looks VERY vaguely familiar. By the way, I am now taking writing samples. Kidding!
Since the envelope is mark posted for the same day as the Facebook post, I am assuming it was a Facebook friend but not 100% sure. I am accepting that I know I will most likely never find out who this generous person is but hope I can only pay it forward in the future for a college student in need like someone did for me.
Also, I feel this was a gift from God and that is another reason I am sharing this story. I want to show gratitude for all the gifts he seems to give me. No matter my situation, it seems I am magically taken care of. I think that is why I tend to be a generous person and not worry about me.
To sum it all up.
God is great.
People are good.
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