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Strength Training: Kettlebells vs. New Lifting Routine

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. emoticon

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MYLADY4 1/6/2013 8:17PM

    Sounds like a good plan. I had a trainer for a while it is was money well spent. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/6/2013 6:05PM

    Give it a try and see how it goes :-)

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1CRAZYDOG 1/6/2013 6:04PM

    You're doing the right thing, planning, following your plan, evaluating, and changing it when you need to. Good for you.

Well, life will settle into a routine as time goes in.

HUGS and wishing you well as you start your post college life's journey!


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PATRICIAANN46 1/6/2013 6:04PM

  Hi Savannah..........
Somehow, I don't think you will get tired of the gym-scene. From what my youngest son tells me, it is quite the social network........and then he added that he also works out!!!

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December's Show and Tell (with pics)

Thursday, January 03, 2013

December was a crazy, busy, fun month! Here are some of the highlights...

I ran a 5K with my group of beginner runners. They rocked it!

I graduated college with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. Here is a photo of my dad and I. One of my favorite photos from that day!

I moved into my new apartment. Here is a shot of my room. Packing is almost done! WooHoo!

Holidays were nice but so glad they are over. I am ready to get back to normal life. I received a race medal holder for my race medals. Can't wait to start filling this baby up!

It is exciting to start a new chapter of my life with the New Year. Recently, I have joined an Anytime Fitness. There are a few things I wish it had but it's close to my apartment so it means I will work out consistently.

Also, I am working at the Y. On Monday, I have an interview for another position at the Y where I would be giving tours and selling memberships. Super excited. It would be a job that I think I would really enjoy. And, it would double my income!

With that in mind, I have been trying to run more to get it back up to par. There is a trainer at the Y that I think I am going do kettlebells with. I just am not a group exercise person.

Hope everyone had a lovely holiday! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/4/2013 11:32PM

    Congratulations on the great new beginnings, girlfriend! May 2013 bring you great blessings in every area of your life. May you also glorify God through all that you do. Merry Eleventh Day of Christmas and Happy New Year! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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OPTIMIST1948 1/4/2013 10:29PM

    I remember being petrified at graduation. Just this incredible sense of "ok, now what??" But you look so happy and calm. Its wonderful. I predict all good things for you in 2013

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HDHAWK 1/3/2013 7:24PM

    I'm not big on the group exercise thing either, especially now that I'm SO out of shape. I hope you get the job!

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PATRICIAANN46 1/3/2013 5:56PM

  Hi Savannah.........
YOU look emoticon !!!!! I love the picture with your Dad. You have the "Look" of someone who has just graduated and have your entire life ahead of you. What a relief that is. I can still remember the feeling!!!

Your plan for 2013 sounds like a very good one. Now you will have the time to concentrate on what your priorities are. emoticon

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DOGLADY13 1/3/2013 5:54PM

    Such an exciting time! WooHoo!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/3/2013 4:38PM

    Your picture on graduation day w/your Dad is fabulous! You both look very happy. Wonderful!

And good luck with the job @ the Y. Hope it works out for you. HUGS!

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NATPLUMMER 1/3/2013 4:22PM

    What a fabulous month!! emoticon

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2013 Goal

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. emoticon 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... emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/2/2013 11:41PM

    Continue to challenge yourself to live the healthy life. You have great perspective in food, fitness, and finances, so may this year be the year you begin achieving balance and improvements in all these great areas! Merry Ninth Day of Christmas as I write this and Happy New Year! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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1CRAZYDOG 12/24/2012 7:13PM


What a wise woman to set your eyes on savings! You can do it. Start @ what you think you can do and if it's not possible, well . . . re-adjust. The goal . . . save SOMETHING! You can change as you need to!

Wishing you all the very best. You have accomplished a lot this year and I know you're going to go far.

HUGS and Merry Christmas.

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MYLADY4 12/24/2012 5:04PM

    Setting a savings goal is a great goal. What I suggested to the DD when she was starting it out is set up an automatic transfer to a savings account as soon as she got paid so she would never miss it. It works pretty good for her.

I thought of trying for Grandmas's half too but it is just 2 days before the birthday which moves me to the next age bracket and I just do not want to run a half being the oldest one in my age group, maybe 2014.

2013 is going to be a very exciting year for you.

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COOP9002 12/24/2012 4:15PM

    Wow! Sounds like you have some rather ambitious goals for 2013. Blessings upon you as you seek to achieve them.

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NATPLUMMER 12/24/2012 3:37PM

    I think a savings goal is good.
Fingers crossed you get to do Grandma's in 2013.
Yes, lots of changes for 2013...I hope it's a fabulous year for you!!

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DOTTIBELL 12/24/2012 3:18PM

    Envisioning our goals is one thing, it is the implementation that brings us back to reality. Don't push yourself....if anything pushback. It is important to go slow and get it right. Believe me! I have had to totally revamp my life this year. It is a taunting task. Make goals you can work on and work out on today. Good Luck and I wish you the best year ever.

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KARRENLYNN 12/24/2012 2:36PM

    Take 1 choice at a time and make your plan.

Merry Christmas and Happy 2013!


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RUNNING-LIFE 12/24/2012 2:34PM

    Sounds like a good strategy in place. You can do it!

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EWL978 12/24/2012 2:27PM

    Just keep on keeping on....looks like you're right on target!!


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NEEDTOLOOSE1 12/24/2012 2:26PM

    Sounds to me like you have a good plan for 2013.

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God is great. People are good.

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.

Until today.

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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EJOY-EVELYN 12/17/2012 12:53AM

    What a blessing, indeed! It's good to know we have some people of excellence in this world!

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MYLADY4 12/15/2012 11:03PM

    That is just awesome, someone is definetly watching out for you.

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ARCHIMEDESII 12/15/2012 2:18PM

    How wonderful ! This reminds me of that song "someone to watch over me". Sounds like you have someone looking out for you. It was a thoughtful gesture.

There are lots of really good people out there. You've met one.


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MRLDCTYGRL 12/15/2012 1:49PM

    Wonderful story! Thanks for sharing!

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FIREFLUTTERFLY 12/15/2012 12:33PM

    thats awesome! I hope you can get the dental stuff taken care of quickly and easily, mouth pain is the worst!

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LALAFLOWERS 12/15/2012 12:30PM

    :-) What a great thing!

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RUNNER12COM 12/15/2012 12:27PM

    I. Love. This.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/15/2012 11:49AM

    How wonderful! I am so proud of you. Congratulations on your graduation. LIFE BEGINS!

Hope your feeling well so you can savor every moment of this occasion. HUGS my dear. YOU DID IT!!!

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HDHAWK 12/15/2012 9:53AM

    I had a similar experience a week ago. I found a letter in my school mailbox with a very lovely letter about how much I do for my students. There was also a $100 gift card to Target included and it was signed by Santa Claus. What a surprise. Sure makes you feel great, doesn't it?

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RUN4ME21 12/15/2012 9:06AM

    You are so blessed! How kind!

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Excited for the future... finally!

Saturday, December 01, 2012

In the last couple months, I know I have a Negative Nancy. But, in just TWO weeks, it will end.

I will be graduating which means my internship is also ending. I just figured out my hours and after tomorrow I will have a little under 60 hours to complete. I can for sure complete that by the 15th. I might aim to complete close to 35 hours next week and 25 hours the next week. The final week is going to be in-tense! I have to present in a final presentation on my internship and hand in a final report that I haven't exactly started. A challenge of mine is ending so I will wrap up things than. I will find out if I get an apartment that week. I really, REALLY want this apartments. It's $163/month plus utilities. That sure would take off alot of pressure in finding a full time job. I could work at the Y 3x a week, give plasma (~$200/month) and dog sit for my friend (~$100/month). It's not ideal but it could work!

And, I am really looking forward to having graduation to where I can get back to fitness and have a couple weeks to myself. I think eventually my new routine will be simple: MWF... kettlebells, T,TH, Sunday... run and Saturdays... fitness yoga. Oh! By the way, I have been thinking I need to start doing what others do and train in seasons. For me, it would be running during October-June than maybe biking (if I ever learn how to ride a bike!!) in the summer months. I have even been thinking I could take up skiing during the winter months. My boyfriend likes to snowboard so that is something we could do together. I've wanted to get into skiing for a few years now.

Tomorrow is a Jingle Bell Run with my running group which is my internship. They are all excited and even are dressing up. Honestly, I don't think I will be dressing up.. but will be bringing my camera in case my boss forgets hers. Maybe I will post pictures of it. For me, its my zillionth race. For them, it's there first! How exciting! Many of them have told me they wouldn't have done it without me. It's really awesome. I have gotten many compliments on Run For Life. It gets mentioned in Central Staff/Directors meetings. My boss's boss has even complimented me on it saying I have done a great job with it.

Okay! I need to get to bed! Or I will be oversleeping for their race! That would be terrible as ***I*** will have the race shirts and BIBS! Eek!

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BUSYBEE37 12/7/2012 10:00AM

    AWESOME!! CONGRATULATIONS on your soon to be graduation!

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    emoticon It's nice when things get finished and a new start is beginning. The running group sounds like they appreciate you and that is always a good feeling.

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OPTIMIST1948 12/1/2012 9:15PM

    Definetly sounds like things are looking up. Happy for you!

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RUNNER12COM 12/1/2012 11:26AM

    You haven't been Negative Nancy. You've just had a lot going on. We all are in that place at some point.

I'm just super happy to read that things are looking up!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/1/2012 11:07AM

    OH my dear, I am so glad to hear you see the light @ the end of the tunnel. That's got to be such a relief. Yes, it is going to be intense between now & then, but you can do it. I pray that the apartment works out for you. Things seem to be falling into place for you and that's wonderful. You have so much to offer, you'll find a job. But in the meantime, you definitely have good plans to get you through.

HUGS sweetie. and it's almost completed!!

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MYLADY4 12/1/2012 10:34AM


Getting so close, I am so happy for you, you did it. Now, bring on the next chapter.

Can't wait to see the pics. I have not done a race since the EC 1/2 and I kinda have started missing it. Have fun!!!

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HDHAWK 12/1/2012 10:03AM

    You have a lot of wonderful things going on! Have fun at the race!

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SOXYINMO 12/1/2012 7:38AM

    Yea, Savannah!!!!! Fingers crossed for the apartment! And how wonderful to be such an inspiration! Have a great run tomorrow! Big, big hugs and lots of happy faces for you!!!!!
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LEIGHWOMAN 12/1/2012 7:14AM

    Sounds like a very exciting time for you! I love snowboarding and miss it so much. I haven't been able to do it since leaving Wisconsin. Unfortunately Nebraska is lacking in the ski hill department :(

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