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
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.
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...
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.
WORK STARTS MONDAY!!!!!! :D
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