Monday, September 01, 2008
This weekend has been good!
Ate within calories, Worked out hard Saturday, got some more Bollywood style workout yesterday ( that thing kicks my butt... ugh. HAHAHA)...
I noticed yesterday at church in the morning that my upper arms/shoulders were REALLY sore!! I was like, what the crap? I haven't done any Strength Training since... I dunno, Thursday? Then later that day I did the Masala Bhangra workout DVD and I was like ow ow ow ow ow. I don't know if it's the cause, since I think I did it on WEDNESDAY, but wow. All the arm and shoulder bouncing was soooooooooooo painful. HAHAHA :D
My plan is to take today off, since it's a freaking Holiday and I have to be at work so I might as well take SOMETHING off, right? :D Then tomorrow start with the mMTC that's planned for September. :) I'm excited. Also want to run. I think it'll be pretty easy for me to get up early enough to run tomorrow since I've been getting up early all weekend. It's getting lighter later in the mornings, so I'm thinking I can get away with running not SUPERSUPER early either. Gonna make it my first regular run outside in a while. I'm not going for a long distance, just a nice easy run.
DID run indoors on Saturday -- got off work at 11AM, so running outdoors would have had to wait till evening and I knew if I put it off I'd be putting it off till another day. So I just did an easy 2 miles. Can't manage to run more than that indoors -- I just get so irritated and stir crazy running in that loop. :P
I finished the Twilight series on Friday. Now I'm trying to get back into the Dresden Files stuff, but it's taking me a while... my brain has not quite switched modes yet. :) But time for that today.
After grocery shopping! Hopefully this isn't too hard... Luckily I don't have to buy any meat. I'm concerned what with the hurricane. People around here freak out (although I'm sure we're only getting some rain in my area, we're way out of range of the main stuff)... but like I said, people freak out. That combined with those who aren't freaking out who are probably having BBQ's, I'm not sure what I'm gonna find at the store. :) But luckily I'm not going for too much stuff...
Friday, August 29, 2008
So when it came to 9AM, the time I was going to get up and go run, I was wayyyyy too tired. So I decided today will be my off day. I will have plenty of time to hit the gym realllllly good tomorrow like I did last Saturday. :) So I'm excited for that.
Need to get running again, though. I really do want to do that 10K coming up in a few weeks and I don't wanna do it completely cold. I think I have the ability to complete the distance, but I need to get back in the swing of running regularly before then. I did SO GOOD the week before I got sick with the running!!! And that just totally threw me for a loop, then it was raining constantly and I haven't gotten back to it since then.
Happy football season everyone!!! :D
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
PHWEW. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.
Guess I was more nervous about that audition than I anticipated. HAHAHA. My hands were literally shaking while I was playing... but it went well. It wasn't flawless (*GRRRRRRR*) but it was good. I sounded great!!! :D The audition was in the Concert Hall so I got to stand on stage and really fill the room, which was awesome!!! My attacks were not all clean on my notes, but I didn't make any real mistakes or anything, it just wasn't as good as I wanted to be. Also the first portion of the piece I chose lasts about a minute, if I play the entire thing it's probably between 2-3 minutes. The audition required a 1-2 minute solo. So after the first portion I asked if he wanted me to continue (there was a page turn and all that good stuff) and he said that was enough for him so there was no need. The only thing is that the first portion has less technical bits, mostly it's just GORGEOUS. :) So hopefully the gorgeous factor is ok. I just wonder if I should have picked something that demonstrates my technical ability better, but maybe he was able to see that with my scale.
ANYWAY. ENOUGH MUSIC RAMBLING. I don't know when I'll know any results of it -- like I said it's not to GET IN, it's a community band, everyone gets in, it's just for part placement. But I haven't heard anything yet -- they might just wait and let everyone know at the first rehearsal.
After the audition (which lasted all of 2 minutes), I went over to the gym and waited for the Let's Dance! class. The brilliant ladies at the counter had no clue they even had this class, so couldn't fill me in on WHAT it was supposed to be like... but we danced to Beyonce (Get Me Bodied), and it was freaking awesome. Loved the teachers, loved the dance, and I felt like I really got a workout by the end of it, so WOOHOO on that front. It was an hour long class, with a brief warm up and cool down.
I wish I could go to it every week. The teachers said they were wanting to do a routine to Ciara's Like A Boy, but there were too many people to do a chair routine. Everyone was like NO!!!!!! We all wanted to do a chair routine. :) HAHAHA. But the room was WAYYYYY too full.
This morning I did Jillian Michael's Maximize: Front routine... or something like that. Anyway -- it was aimed at the PUSHING muscles. And it was tough. When it was over I was like -- really? PHWEW. HALLELUJAH. HAHAHAHAA :D
She had us doing this Standing Mountain Climbers thing that was kinda weird. It was like high knees combined with an alternating shoulder press-like motion kinda? With dumbbells? Also jumping jacks with shoulder presses -- never done that one before. It was fun. I'm sure I'm going to be sore tomorrow. :)
Monday, August 25, 2008
WOOHOO!!! ONE MONTH DOWN!!!
Granted, today I'm at the top of my range but I have an understanding of why.
Last week I did NOT adjust my calories down for my lower level of activity, neither did I while I was sick the week before.
I only worked out 3 days last week, not 4, although they were all at the end of the week practically. Wed/Thurs/Sat.
I ate my weekly splurge meal yesterday.
SO! This week is back on track FO REAL, I'm not feeling the least bit sick anymore, and I have a great plan for the week, including bringing back Making the Cut MODIFIED version, so that's exciting as well. I will keep this maintenance thing GOING.
Today is my audition so wish me luck. :) I practiced yesterday (which if I'm gonna be a loser I could count that as another workout, and in that case I "worked out" every day last week in some way or another, but I don't consider that a workout -- just bonus calorie burn...) for the first time this time around without my practice mute in.
I have this nifty contraption that is a combination of a silent practice mute and TECHNOLOGY. It has a pickup mic inside the mute, and a little box that you plug the input from the mic into and headphones into that somehow transforms the sound into NORMAL. :) hahaha. Because without the headphones it sounds like some faint whiny sounds. But with the magic box it sounds prettttyy normal. BUT!!!!
It's so heavy, and slightly resists the air flow so it's a little more difficult to play with it in. So yesterday I practiced without it and it sounded GREAT. I just hope I don't flub anything from lack of practice. I know my sound is still there... and the reflexes are there... just gotta be confident and do it.
So I'm working 8-5 today instead of my usual 1-10PM, because my audition is at 6:30 and I didn't want to leave too little time due to it being a high traffic time of day. The great thing is that if I make good time I might squeeze a workout in before. OR. I'll go after. Maybe hit up a dance class. :D I'll have to check the schedule at the gym. But my audition is on campus, and I go to the university rec center so that is very convenient.
Hmm... there's a 7:30-8:30 class called "Let's Dance!" And I have NO IDEA what that would be... hahahaha. Hip Hop isn't until 8:45. Which is less convenient after a 6:30 audition. We'll see. I figure I'll most likely head over AFTER my audition and I'll ask someone what that class is, and then decide my workout destiny. :)
AND YES WISH ME LUCK PLEASE!
Edited to add: MTC starting 9/1, not this week. I'm crazy. But I will be doing the Jillian videos on my Roku instead as a prep. :) YEP!
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