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Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Good grief I'm not blogging like I used to! But hey, I'm working on it. Cause I DEFINITELY NEED THE SPARK IN MY LIFE!

I've been busy -- wake up, run, shower, eat/makelunch, go to work, head to the gym, workout shower, make dinner, eat, go to bed. Basically my life. Yes I've been rocking some 2 a day workouts. Today will be only one workout -- no run this morning, but some lifting at the gym this evening.

I'm in a CHALLENGE with KEAKMAN. We're betting that we can have the most defined arms by October 1st. When that day comes, there will be before and after pictures and you SparkFolk will get to vote. The loser must profess their undying love for the winner's favorite College Football teams. Kate's are OU and Penn State... bad business. I hate those BOOMER SOONERS. But I do like Penn State kind of, but still. Gotta win. Can't love the Sooners! It's just evil!

It's been pretty easy to keep up with upper body ST since my BIL is using me as inspiration to become a gym going FOOL. Well we got a joint membership at this gym and we go together usually at least 3 times a week, but often more. Sometimes I go straight to the gym (like for Monday's so I can hit the Zumba class at 5:30 when I get off at 5), or I'll go home and we'll go to the gym together and hit the ST floor and work on our assisted chin up/dips machine and then do everything else to exhaust our upper bodies. We usualy go together on upper body ST days... Tue/Thu/Sat - Saturday is also Yoga with Holley assuming we can get it together to get there early enough - it's at 10:15 AM which means I must be done with my long run and regrouped enough and also he must be ready. But we've done it a few times already. We also went to CLUB SALSA together and did some salsa dancing last week.

Here's been my typical gym schedule though:

Mon - ZUMBA! Tue- upper body ST, Wed - Pilates/Hip Hop/nothing..., Thu: Upper Body ST and BELLYDANCING class, Fri- OFF from the gym, Sat: Yoga & Upper body ST, Sunday - usually OFF from the gym.

So.... I really should get some more other ST other than just upper body. But my legs get soooooooooo much work from all the running. My shoulders get really sore from Bellydancing class, too. RESISTANCE TRAINING! haha. Standard bellydance stance has arms parallel to the floor, hands at "heart level"... and then there are shoulder pop isolations building the upper body shimmy and whatnot. I'm loving that class for REAL.

TRX classes start in Sept, demos in Aug... Hoop Fitness classes (with a weighted fitness hula hoop) are starting this month, too, which I definitely want to try at least once - they'll be on Mondays right after Zumba. :)

I also rowed this past Sunday early am with the local Rowing Club! YAY! It was SOOOOOOOooo great to be on the water. I think muscle memory mostly took over but the workout felt a bit harder than I thought it should be. My body is not quite where my brain expects it to be! HAHA :D But I didn't feel like I was messing up or anything - just exerting. The boathouse is WAYYYYYYYYYY across town from me. Like 30min drive. And open rows for Masters are only Wed at 5:30 (too far to reach from work), or Sunday morning. So I'm not sure what my future will be with that, but I'm going to try to at least join the weekend open rows through August because its' "ROW FREE AUGUST" and I won't have to pay anything. After that we will see... the boathouse is nice, the boat was nice, the people are great... so it's not that it wouldn't be worth the money IF I felt I COULD commit the money and the TIME to it.

Right now my primary focus REALLY is the running. I go to the gym classes for fun, and the upper body ST because I feel I need it. I do some ab work with that stuff sometimes, too. Depends on what kind of time I have. So those upper body sessions are usually really upper body and a bit of abs.

But I have MY FIRST HALF MARATHON on September 19th (yes, I ran a full before a half) and my goal is to finish in under 2:30. You'd THINK that would be a reasonable goal, but let me be honest - I'm worried I'm getting slower every day. HAHAHAHA I dunno what the deal is. Is it the heat? Is it because I'm heavier? (I think that's a big part of it) But anyway. My LR are averaging a bit over 13min/mile, which according to McMillan's Running calculator is actually not too bad. The top of the long run range suggested goes to 12:55 I think. So I'm in the right area. And I'm able to maintain the right pace on tempo runs thus far.... tomorrow will be a bigger challenge than I've had since it's 6 miles w/ 4 at tempo - last time I ran 30min of tempo which was ALMOST 3 miles (like 2.9) - so I'm considering just bumping it to 35min of tempo this week since I'm new to the speedwork anyway.

Coming up SOONER is the Hood to Coast Relay in which I am NOT really running, but I AM ghosting an actual team member as they participate (KASHMIR) as I've mentioned, so I will have some hard running to do toward the end of August.

I'm not concerned about finishing the half AT ALL. I mean, I've finished a full, I ran 9 miles last weekend and felt good about it, there is no way I will NOT run 13 miles. It's just being able to reach that time goal that is making me a little unsure.... but of course I will definitely have my base goal as finishing upright and smiling and getting that train medal! :)

Work is going good -- I'm somewhat independent now. Still have to ask a lot of questions when something completely new to me comes up, but since I'm generally on my own (but still so new that no one really KNOWS about me yet) I'm not getting the same workload as everyone else yet as far as people calling me to ask about things, etc. So... hence this super long blog. ;) hahhaa.

But to sum up - working out tons. Still loving the new gym. Still missing my DH (they're finally on the road back to us now but not sure when they plan to get back yet...). Still so far so good at the job. Still eating crazy.

I'm making a sincere effort to track all of my food again. I was not tracking for a while and I KNOW for a FACT I was doing this thing where I wouldn't eat enough and then my body would be like FEED ME and I'd eat a lot. I'm burning more calories now w/ the running and the gym (up to 5000-5500 a week vs what I had in there before which was 3750) so.... yeah. I've now adjusted my calorie range and now that I know I'm allowed more calories (still trying to lose .5-1lb a week at the moment) I am trying to really make sure I am eating them and that they are coming from quality sources.

I invite you all to look at my nutrition tracker and fuss at me if I don't post or if you see some garbage on there! :)

EDITED to add that if I win, KEAKMAN must profess undying love for the Florida State University Seminoles and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide! :D

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    so glad to see you blogging regularly again! I might add that it is important to do some ST for your legs. It will help your run time and protect your knees. Minimum some lunges and wall squats (work up to 90 secs). Yes your legs are getting a workout from running, but you are not building muscle in the same way...you will be amazed how fast your times will improve with a little added muscle on their...oh and remember to listen to your body. Don't push too fast too soon! You have your whole life to hit that 2:30 goal... :)

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SKYFYRE 8/4/2010 5:40PM

    Hahaha! I love the open invitation to fuss at you, you silly southerner, don't you know we are ;likely to do it.... hmmm... maybe I should open up the same invitation! Ha! Great to hear from you lovely lady, sounds like you are killing it at the gym! Wahoo! I hope DH gets home safe and sound,.... and fast for your sake!
Take care!

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SEEHOLZ 8/4/2010 2:03PM

    I say don't worry too much about the speed- I first is always a PR and speed will come with time!

Keep rocking your workouts and having fun! Life is supposed to be fun after all!!!

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WHATAGRL42 8/4/2010 1:23AM

    RE: "The loser must profess their undying love for the winner's favorite College Football teams".... LLLLOL!!!!!!!! What a great penalty!!! So funny!!

RE: BELLYDANCING: "I'm loving that class for REAL."! ,,,, WAAAAA! I have BEEN SEARCHING for belly dancing in my area, but to no avail. I want to belly dance so badly!!! It sounds like an awesomely fun (and effective) workout!

RE: Hoop Fitness, TRX, Zumba, Rowing, and Marathons: GIRL WHEN DO YOU SLEEP?????!!!!! WOAH! Though I have to say, the Zumba is addicting! When I strapped on my Polar F7, I found Zumba to be the most cardio-pumping, calorie burning thing I was doing! I don't belong to the "zumba" gym anymore (2 gym memberships was out of my budget), but it was a MAJOR workout!

smell some roses in between all that sweating!
Lisa in CA

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ROSESCHESTER 8/3/2010 9:36PM

    Haha sounds like a fun competition you're having with your friend. Good Luck!

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TAMTAM64 8/3/2010 9:21PM

    Please, Please do not be an Alabama football fan...

Signed by a LSU Tiger fan :)

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KEAKMAN 8/3/2010 8:39PM

    Ah, my dear, "if" you win indeed. Learn how to sing "Boomer Sooner" at the top of your lungs! emoticon

I like the habits you are getting into. Especially trying the new classes and discovering how much fun belly dancing can be! What does DH say about it???

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RHALES199 8/3/2010 7:19PM

    Hey! I was just wondering 'bout you earlier today! Way to go on all the exercise! You da woman!!

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ROLLTIDE425 8/3/2010 6:47PM


That is all :)

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 8/3/2010 5:38PM

    Sounds like summer has hit you. It will be a little cooler in September. I hope all goes well for you. Glad to hear the new job is going well.

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    so happy to hear from you my friend.
your blog just stinks of enthusiasm and i love it!!!
glad the new job is going well still and woo hoo on double work outs!
i can't wait to see your new and improved arms. add some more upper body strength in girl.

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SEPPIESUSAN 8/3/2010 4:46PM

    I am running slower because it's summer too...or because I realized how much more enjoyable running is when I stop worrying about time and distance and just go. :) Good luck with your half marathon!

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MBSHAZZER 8/3/2010 4:20PM

    It's definitely the heat! You will totally rock the HM! No sweat, hehe!

Glad to hear everything else is going well... mucho impressed with the dedication to working out and trying new stuff at the new gym! FUN!!! You didn't share your fave college teams? Would that be Alabamy? ROLL TIDE!

Thanks for the update; I think you're doing SWELL!

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MDTWEETY 8/3/2010 4:02PM

    Yay! Good to see a blog from you! You are kicking butt with all that working out! OOOH that hula class sounds fun. Let me know how you like it! I think I will plant a bug in someone's ear at my gym to offer one of those classes. Or maybe I will fill out a comment card.

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LUCY_SHADOW 8/3/2010 3:47PM

    I just got into ZUMBA! about a month ago, and I LOVE it!! It's all I do anymore cuz I don't get sick of it and give up.

Good luck with your half, and with that contest!!

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Everything's GOOD.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

So -- work is going great.

Workouts are going great.

Eating is going... mediocre. HAHAHA Some healthy, some not so much, not tracking consistently yet. So I know what I need to work on.

My DH is going out of town this Saturday for probably like 2 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :( WAHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am going to miss him like CRAZY. And I'll have more time doing doggie watching duty probably, since the only other one home will be my BIL and I don't want to make him go insane. But I AM planning on spending as much time at the gym as possible. No more thinking of taking the next class and thinking I should go home cause I've been gone all day... ;) haha. So eh. I'll be trying to keep busy to avoid the lonely stuff that can tend to send me to the kitchen. :P So lame.

This morning I did mile repeats for the first time - 2 of em. .5 mile warmup and cooldownand inbetween roughly. ( a little over 3 miles total) it was fun. I should have done 1 mile warm up and cooldown though...

That's all for now!

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MARLIE13 7/29/2010 10:29PM

    Hey...you haven't blogged in awhile. I've been reading along you know...and commenting in my head. lol!

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MBSHAZZER 7/27/2010 9:18AM

    I seem to have gotten disconnected from your blogs... so I missed this. Anyway, glad to hear everything is going well. When my honey goes away, I cherish the alone time to do the things I like to do that he doesn't... I get it all out of my system and I am overjoyed when he comes back! Hope you survive!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 7/23/2010 3:57PM

    Glad to hear that everything is going good your way.

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TRACYZABELLE 7/23/2010 3:31AM

    Best thing to do -- don't let any crap enter your house whily hubby is gone-- maybe find alternative things to keep you occupied.. for instance-- come popst on spark more oftem-- read more blogs and such :)

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SWEATONCEADAY 7/23/2010 1:13AM

    i am so happy the new job is going so well. it sounds like your move has really gone well. lots of new positives coming your way.

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SKYFYRE 7/22/2010 2:34AM

    Sorry Henry is going out of town, that stinks, but they say... yes, you guessed it, absence makes the heart grow finder :) Why is that not the same for me and the gym?!?!?! Prolly cause I wasn't that fond of it in the first place! Hahaha! Well, enjoy the doggie love and gym time!

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KEAKMAN 7/21/2010 11:26PM

    I know you are sad about DH leaving for a while, but look at it as a positive opportunity for you to set some new, healthy routines with your new job in your new place. Then, once he returns, you will already be grooving with your new way of doing things (like when do you work out? how do you eat? etc.) and he will just fall into it, too!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 7/21/2010 3:32PM

    You have reached your goal. In the pictures you look great so now is time to learn how to BE the thin person. I hope you learn how to be that without having to cling to it so tight. I am saying that because I hope some day to have made the habits that make being thin easy.

I know it can be hard with hubby gone. Stay busy and hopefully it will go fast.

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MDTWEETY 7/21/2010 3:15PM

    So glad that everything's good in your world!!! Sorry your hubby has to go away for a while. Boo!! I know you will miss him, but try to have fun with it. Just think: you can watch shows or movies that you like but he doesn't, prepare whatever food YOU like, catch up with the girlfriends, etc. etc. :)
Sounds like the new job is going well. Ever hear back from Jenny Craig about that job? (Was it Jenny or some other similar program, can't remember)

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SEEHOLZ 7/21/2010 2:07PM

    Truthfully... and I LOVE my husband, I'd be okay for 2 weeks... the things that would bother me is things like taking out the garbage... my boys are going camping for 3 days and I am not complaining... but I do tend to be super happy when they come back. One thing I do know is that if my DH was gone for 2 weeks, he'd treat me super awesome for awhile... not just normal.
I love summer... it's our least stressful time of year and we tend to get along GREAT... so far that has been the case.

Anyways, I am really THRILLED that life is good and that you LOVE the job!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 7/21/2010 1:40PM

    Glad you're enjoying the new job! Being strict about the eating is the hardest part for me! And it's sad, but I'd probably be totally dysfunctional without my hubby for two weeks!! Us Sparkies can keep you company :)

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Yes, I went to the bellydance class tonight! It was awesome!! And apparently I have a hidden bellydancing talent because the teacher thought I had taken bellydance classes before and said I did really good! :D hehehe. AWESOME. Will definitely be doing that again!

But.... um.... a class I will NOT do again - Bodyattack! It's supposed to mix cardio intervals w/ strength training blabhlahblah. Well -- it was almost all cardio w/ some random lunge stuff, one or two sets of squats... (IN the mainly cardio segments) then there were TWO mat segments - one w/ pushups and one w/ planks and crunches. But mostly you were jumping around like a demented fitness cheerleader at a competition w/ lame techno remix music.... Just... NOT my kind of class. If I'm gonna be jumping around to music, at least let me be dancing. And have real music. It was definitely challenging my heart rate and whatnot but .. ugh. just NOT fun. NOT for me. :P But I stuck it out and burned almost 700 calories.

This morning I ran 3ish miles before work, too. So I've already burned like 3800 cals this week, and I have an 8 miler Saturday morning and will probably go to the gym at some point this weekend. WOOT.

WORK IS GREAT! :D hahahaha. I like it more and more -- I am constantly impressed by how nice the company seems even if there are things like the fact that I don't get any paid time for 90 days (at which point I get some sick time) and then in Jan I get some floating holidays and then is also my 6month mark when I'll get some vacation. But for the next 3 months I'm SOL if I need any time off as far as I know. The HR guy said to talk to my supervisors (cause I have to take a Wed. off for SIL going through the temple before her wedding) - and they might be able to work something out. (Maybe I could work extra hours over some other days or something?) Anyway. If that's really the ONLY THING I have to complain about -- that's really NOT that big a deal for me because I don't really just take a lot of time off randomly.

I get Thanksgiving and the day after off, the two days (Thu-Fri) before Christmas off (all with pay, yes) - New Year's. etc.
There are GREAT employee purchase options for LG products
A very cool Employee of the Quarter and of the Year program
Regular company events that sound cool
I get to wear tennis shoes w/ my jeans on casual Friday (we were never allowed tennis shoes at my old work, even when we got to wear jeans - which was every Thursday and Friday pretty much and some other special times)
I got a cool LG Insulated Cup thing and Lapel Pin today
The dept monthly meeting at which I was introduced was really full of team support and spirit
And the people are nice!

I got invited to sit and eat lunch w/ some people today - that was so nice! :D I was all prepared to eat fast and play my PSP -- I guess I always had lunch at an odd time before, no one else practically had lunch at 5PM ya know? Now that I'm a noon to one girl that might happen more often I guess. haha. But anyway...

Oh and HR is taking me and the other new hire from last week (and any other NEW new hires I guesS) to lunch on Monday since we didn't get that before.

I should be set up on my computer tomorrow as well which is great cause I can finally start working on getting really good at the boring/worst part of the job so I can get trained on all of the interesting and challenging parts. :)

OK I need to shower and eat.

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 7/21/2010 9:34PM

    Belly dancing sounds great! Good luck with the job too!

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CATIATM 7/18/2010 2:42AM

    I used to take bellydancing and Hawaiian dance classes. Great exercise and lots of fun! I love that you're just jumping in and finding new opportunities, and YAY for work shaping up to be cool!

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CLOVERR1 7/16/2010 3:27PM

    Good to hear the new job is going well!

Bellydancing has always been on my I'd like to learn "SOMEDAY" list. In the meantime, I'm a poseur with dress up costumes...:)

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SEEHOLZ 7/16/2010 1:11PM

    I think of you even more higly regarding belly dancing, as the only time I ever took, I failed miserably-LOL! I have to say that I just couldn't move my right hip and my left arm or whatever all at the same time... it was just so not for me...
So, I have major respect for you girl!

As for Bodyattack? Never took it, but I know those kinds of classes and they're okay... there is not much purpose to them, but to burn calories I guess...

Glad you like your job-- that means a lot-- and being in a nice environment surely helps.

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MBSHAZZER 7/16/2010 10:35AM

    Hooray for the belly dancing! Sounds like fun! I'm glad that you are liking the new job. I had a job once that was a little stingy with the time off, too. Basically, I started in May or June (2002). I accrued something like one vacation day for each month that I worked, but I couldn't take those days till the FOLLOWING year. So I "earned" 5 or 6 days during 2002 but couldn't take them till 2003. Then, all during 2003, I only had those measly 5 or 6 days off! GAH! Needless to say, that job didn't last very long!

Have an awesome weekend!

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MDTWEETY 7/16/2010 7:37AM

    I am not a fan of Body Attack either, though I love some of the other Les Mills classes, especially Body Combat and Body Pump. The belly dancing sounds like fun!! My gym offers pole dancing. Ummmm....NOT the same.
I am glad to hear your new job is going well. Have a good weekend!

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SKYFYRE 7/16/2010 2:20AM

    That class sounds like "spazattack" not "bodyattack"!!! Work sounds great glad that you are ALREADY making friends!!! And I love a free lunch! Hahaha!

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LADY_JOSIELOT 7/16/2010 2:10AM

    I love bellydance and woo hoo on the job being a great fit. :)

- Josie

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TRACYZABELLE 7/16/2010 1:32AM

    Sounds like everything is coming up roses.. ONce I can stand long enough Bellydancing I would love to try!

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DABINEXIAN 7/15/2010 11:35PM

    Belly dancing is something I've always wanted to try but I'm afraid that I might really suck at it. Sounds like you had a lot of fun. Your workouts are amazing. Keep up the great work!


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BRUIN2 7/15/2010 11:35PM

    So glad the new job is going so well!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 7/15/2010 10:31PM

    body attack. what a silly name. way to try so many new things. i have you dancing to shakira's hips don't lie in my head right now lol. the job sounds like it is going to be a good one!

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IMREITE 7/15/2010 10:12PM

    bellydance can be a lot of fun and realeases stress.
the bodyattack doesn't sound like fun. i am ok with jumping around, but it needs to be to fun varied music. i am not a huge techno fan.

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KSGROTHE 7/15/2010 9:55PM

    emoticon Your gym classes and your job sound great! And look how much exercise you're getting in this week! Great job!

Even though you didn't like the Bodyattack class (what a terrible name for a class by the way -- who wants to attack their own body?!), you stuck it out for the whole thing and burned lots of calories.

Keep up the good work! You sound so happy!

- Karen

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ZORBS13 7/15/2010 9:50PM

    I thought I'd love BodyAttack from the class description, but I totally hated it too.

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Ok I'll blog... :)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I'm not getting a good routine going yet, but I will get there.

To sum up:

Sunday we DID go to the gym -- I did upper body mostly w/ a tiny bit of ab work.
Monday - 4 miles before work (SUPER SLOW but it felt good, so that's nice), Thought work was going to suck, ZUMBA (which was awesome!) after work!
Tuesday - OFF day for workouts - work was MUCH better, ate out w/ some people Mexican, got fajitas and it was awesome but too much food. Didn't go totally insane on the chips and salsa though, just had some, but not constant food shoveling. Ya know?

So now I'm at home and I think everyone else is GONE... so the dogs are in their cages and I didn't realize I was home alone until I came down to our room and DH isn't here and neither are his shoes or anything... and I don't feel like dealing with the dogs. Now is about the time they usually EAT...?! So I'm surprised no one is home... unless they left RIGHT before I got here and they fed them before they left? Gonna go call DH cause I was so looking forward to coming home and spending time with him because I was crazy tired yesterday. (Not used to my new schedule yet.)

Tomorrow morning I run - 5 miles w/ 3 at tempo pace according to my new HM Plan from RW. I'm just doing the plan they published but adjusting all suggested tempos to my estimated current fitness suggestions from McMillan's Calculator thingie. I know exactly where I will go for the run, just gotta DO IT. then tomorrow after work I hope to make it to the gym in time for Pilates.

So yesterday work seemed horribly annoying and boring. I find out today that I was being trained on the worst most boring part of the job only at first. HAHAHAHA. *phwew* So far I really like the people I've met and interacted with and the company does seem really great except for dropping the ball on my first day.

I was supposed to have new hire orientation, but the HR people were NOT THERE so some other guy tried and he didn't know where any of the files were for what he was supposed to show us, so he essentially just took our paperwork and sent us back to wait (again) in the lobby until someone from our dept came to rescue us. :P

Well apparently the orientation is usually fabulous and you go out for lunch (so they did that for me today w/ the sup and mgr from my area), and I dunno, everything just seems much better all of a sudden. HAHA. Tomorrow there is the area's monthly meeting and they will apparently introduce me - unless I'm in Orientation - but they'll still introduce me because a girl came and took my picture and gave me a cute little survey to fill out about myself so they will have some things to say about me. (hobbies, what I'd take on a desert island and why, favorite sports team, etc.)

OK. Time to go do other things. Call DH at least...

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 7/21/2010 9:33PM

    Glad you're doing well!

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WHATAGRL42 7/15/2010 12:04AM

    Starting up a new job is bittersweet... soon, it will be smooth. I fantasize about working with grownups..... enjoy the fact that your days do not consist of 5 year old's with conjunctivitis and cafeteria corn dogs......
How do u like Pilates? It's like yoga on steroids.....
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CATIATM 7/14/2010 5:14PM

    I hear 'ya on the getting settled and finding a routine. I often struggle with getting into my groove when I switch locations - which you konw is pretty often.

Congrats on finding a rhythm so quickly. You are doing great - with the house, work, and your exercise program!

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SKYFYRE 7/14/2010 4:00PM

    Oh, how sad, you came home from work and nobody's home! :( Sorry! Well, at least the work situation is looking up, and hey! awesome about all those great classes at you gym!

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CLOVERR1 7/14/2010 2:34PM

    Am thinking to do an early Saturday morning run (6-8 miles) at the Indian Creek Greenway; let me know if you want to join me!

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NUTRIGIRL08 7/14/2010 11:05AM

    Give yourself a few weeks to adjust! You will find a rhythm!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/14/2010 9:36AM

    Our dogs will try and fool us that they have not been fed, when in fact they have. Sometimes the little scammers even succeed!

I think that training, and frankly the first approximately 4 weeks of any job are the roughest, so if yours is already seeming better, that is a great sign!

I am so with you on the routine. I am ready for law school to start so I can get settled into some semblance of routine. I already know the first weeks are going to be chaos . . . .

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SEEHOLZ 7/14/2010 9:29AM

    Sounds like you are adjusting... totally well. Glad you enjoyed Zumba and sounds like your running is also coming along nicely.
Good to hear from you girl!

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KEAKMAN 7/13/2010 9:46PM

    Free lunch always makes me feel better!

Hope today is "normal" for your new job!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 7/13/2010 7:41PM

    You'll get it down. Keep moving forward. I love that you are learning to eat at restaurants and not blow everything.

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MBSHAZZER 7/13/2010 7:05PM

    Glad things are looking up at work! The first few weeks always suck till you get going with your routine, and who to call for x task and who to avoid before they get coffee, etc. etc. Hang in there!

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Gym Membership Acquired - oohhhh yeahhhh

Saturday, July 10, 2010

And gym BUDDY acquired simultaneously!!!

My BIL felt inspired to find himself a gym membership to give himself some more varied and excited tools to use to get muscles. :) That is his #1 goal. hehe. Anyway, so I went with him to check out the local University Gym and well... the guy who showed us around showed us what an awesome deal we could get and bingbamboom - we signed up. I'm on his membership as a family member so it is an extremely reasonable price for all inclusive classes, great ST floor which includes a Kettlebell Selection, a ton of BOSU and Stability Balls (my old gym had one. of each. and NO KETTLEBELLS), cardio floor, basketball gym, and nearby old gym facility w/ racquetball and volleyball courts if we so desire. OH and an indoor pool... and a hot tub.... the pool has every pool equipment I could think of looking around there - water jogging belts and foot thingies, all those underwater dumbbell thinges, flippers, etc.etc.etc... even freaking RUBBER DUCKIES. I AM NOT JOKING. Other pool toys like balls and whatnot, some nets... I mean it's insane. I'm not sure when you can use all of that, but there are some interesting sounding pool classes that probably make use of some of those things. Like an aqua BOOT CAMP class.

So yesterday we got our membership, came home, changed, and went right back to work out. 30 min on the cardio floor (roughly), then 20min or so back checking out the ST floor again, did some ab stuff. (Thursday I did some kb work w/ swings and whatnot, as well as a bunch of squats and deadlifts (deadlifts w/ my BIL's 35lb KB YIKES - I did some swings with that sucker but I didn't last too long, only about 30 seconds), so I avoided lower body and my upper body was still sore as well since I also tried to do some negative chin ups, which didn't work, and then some assisted ones, which felt too easy cause I knew I was relying on my legs too much, but hey obviously I did something....) THEN back to cardio for another 30 min or so... I did Arc Trainer, rowing machine, this cool upper body cardio machine which has you doing like a WIDE kayaking kind of motion..., and some spin bike between all of that. Then after stretching a bit, it was only 20min till POWER YOGA so we stayed for that as well and almost died. HAHAHAHA.

Fast forward to this morning I got up and lugged my sore butt around for almost 9 miles. Oh it was SLOOWWWW but I did it. I'm proud of myself.

I'm gonna change HM Training plans and switch to the 10 week RW plan on Monday sooooooooo yay. I was using this free plan from TrainingPeaks and it was kind of insane. Like 2 days of running M-F - one easy, one hill repeats - and then saturday long run, Sunday TEMPO run. yeah. I was like uhhhh what? So while I did that to form last week, skipped hill repeats and likely tempo run tomorrow this week (because I want to run on Monday and need a recovery day).... I think the new plan will be better for me.

I'm thinking run in the morning, gym in the early evening right after work -- there are a bunch of great classes at 5:30 and 6:30 (or on Tuesday night's there's CLUB SALSA at 6:40). This gym has bellydancing classes, pilates, TAE KWON DO (in which you can actually do belt tests, the testing costs $20 when you test and move up a belt but the class is free), Body Pump and Body attack, turbo kick, Zumba, yoga, Power yoga, Gentle Yoga, cycling classes...ABSolution, Butts&Guts or whatever, um.. yeah. I think there are a couple more I'm forgetting... oh a beginner lindy hop class on Mondays... :D haha and more I think.... So I'm super excited. Hip hop is in there somewhere... yeah.

OK I need to go SHOWER.


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SWEATONCEADAY 7/14/2010 1:19AM

    yeah for gym membership!!!! sounds like a great gym too.

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    I am so jealous! A buddy and a cool gym!! That is awesome lady!!

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DANCETHEBEACH 7/13/2010 2:37PM

    BTW - Tasha's Monday night Zumba class is incredible.

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DANCETHEBEACH 7/13/2010 11:48AM

    "local university gym" ... as in UAH's UFC? Please let me know! That's where my membership is!

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TRACYZABELLE 7/13/2010 2:52AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonYou rock woman!!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 7/12/2010 10:55PM

    Sounds way cool. I want to do the aqua boot camp. I would love that. I think all the classes sound interesting. Don't over do. But have fun.

You are so motivating.

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KSGROTHE 7/12/2010 8:46PM

    Hey, now I have that "Oohhh Yeahhhh" song from Ferris Bueller's Day Off going through my head, so thanks for that! emoticon

It sounds like you found an emoticon gym! And there's so much variety, you should never get bored with your workouts! emoticon

Keep up the good work!

- Karen

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NUTRIGIRL08 7/12/2010 10:37AM

    Gym sounds great!

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MDTWEETY 7/12/2010 9:16AM

    Hi Dana!! Your new gym sounds absolutely awesome!! And of course you've already explored every inch of the place!! LOL! emoticon Enjoy it!

And...CONGRATS on the new job!!!! I am playing catchup on blogs (again) as I've been away on vacation last week and not on SP much. So, sorry I am late with the congrats. I am so happy for you.

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JOHNBABJR 7/11/2010 8:42PM

    Good luck on your first day of the new job, Dana. And congrats on getting the gym membership!

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SKYFYRE 7/11/2010 6:00PM

    yay! How exciting! Glad you have a gym membership, tht sounds like a great place to work out!

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SWEETZMIX 7/11/2010 1:26PM

    emoticon That gym rocks!! I always wanted an awesome gym membership like that, but can't afford one here in NYC. You are going to kick some serious ass! I just know it, b/c there is sO much to do!! ugghhh take me with you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JOPAPGH 7/11/2010 8:52AM

    sounds perfect for you, and good luck in the new job!

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EDGEOFSANITY 7/11/2010 8:28AM

    I want that gym by my house! =)

Good luck with your new job!

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 7/11/2010 2:31AM

    Sounds like a phenomenal deal! Glad you were able to find this gym!

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CCSDESTINY 7/10/2010 9:45PM

    I am slobbering over your new gym!! WOWZERS!! I really hope you enjoy yourself, there is no way you cant find something that you love to do there!! :D

Great job on getting all those miles in today! You are like SUPERWOMAN! I love love love RW smart coach training plan. The scheduled runs are perfect for me. I just started a HM plan but I dont have any HMs to do at the end, which is weird, but I just needed 'a plan' to get my rear in gear :)

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CASSIOEPIA 7/10/2010 3:21PM

    Holy Kettlebells Batman! We'll never see you anymore :)

The gym sounds awesome, and the classes are so varied - how will you ever fit them all in? It'll be fun trying out all those dance ones.

Enjoy. emoticon

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KEAKMAN 7/10/2010 3:13PM

    WOOHOO!!! Sounds great! I want THAT gym to be near my house!

AND you got in your 9 miles too -what a studly woman you are!

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SEEHOLZ 7/10/2010 1:58PM

    Sounds like my kind of gym-LOL! How awesome that you have so many options... especially after doing that TRX thingy for awhile.. it'll be extra fun!

Enjoy your week-end before work starts!

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RUN_LIFT_EAT 7/10/2010 1:30PM

    That gym sounds incredible! How great that you and BIL are going to be workout buddies :). Any chance your sister will join, as well?

I am so impressed you ran 9 after that! I was feeling cool for running like 7.5 today with a sore bum from weights :P. You got that beat in spades!

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RHALES199 7/10/2010 1:24PM

    That's cool that you found such a neat gym, and you have a gym buddy!!
good for you for running this morning, despite being sore!

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ZORBS13 7/10/2010 12:25PM

    If you can DL the 35 pound KB, you can swing it. Just do baby swings in short sets, 15-20 reps.

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MBSHAZZER 7/10/2010 11:55AM

    Dana, your new gym sounds AWESOME!!!! Especially the hot tub! :D Enjoy it!

And good luck on Monday at your NEW JOB!!! Sending great thoughts your way for a successful beginning to your job!

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