Friday, September 19, 2008
Yeah, I love Making the Cut. Did the next workout today, lost track of what day it is, but it was awesome. Completed all circuits twice in about 53min. Not too shabby! :) Today was a lot of drop sets and "till muscle failure" which is always fun.
Gonna run to the library on my lunch break because some more of my requested books are on hold -- In Defense of Food, The Competitive Runner's Handbook... and it seems like one more? I can't remember. I had the Runner's one before but wanted to check it out again because I didn't really get to finish it in depth and it really was such a great resource for me and got my psyched about running. :) Since I'm trying to get my running mojo back, I figure that will be a great place to turn back to.
I got some more squares cut out last night -- not much, but some. They look so cute! :D hahaha. Also, I pulled a shirt out of the bag and was like, "OOPS this is my DH's shirt!" But then I realized... no. It was one of mine that I forgot about. Yeah.... Then he tried it on and it was a little too tight on him. :) HEHEHEHE. I offerred to let him keep it for later but he said I could go ahead and use it. It's a Tootsie Pop Shirt with the Owl and the Kid and How Many Licks Does it Take? Or something like that? :D So like... maybe 7 shirts down, 23 to go. ;) I figure I can make some good headway this weekend!
We also have planned to go to the Maharaja sometime this weekend (local Indian Food restaurant - SO FREAKING GOOD). I'm pretty excited about that. :D We haven't been in AGES. So that's fun.
Got nothing else to really say... oh spread the spark to a new coworker today. :D Yay! And I don't have to work this weekend - DOUBLE YAY! :D
Thursday, September 18, 2008
That is my whiny noise as I was not able to run today. :( I got to the gym with enough time to do the sprints I planned on, but on the second warm up lap I got a seriously awful cramp in my abdomen. NOT bathroom related, NOT overly straining excercise related... (well, unless it was a delayed effect from Tuesday's workout :P hahaha)... I dunno what it was. I stopped, walked around the rest of that lap, kinda pressing in that area trying to feel the cramp and massage it out... felt fine after walking a bit, but when I started to run again it came right back.
BOO! I was so irritated. BUT!!! I did NOT scrap my workout. I hopped on the ArcTrainer (luckily it did not cause the cramp to return) and did the Intervals program on the highest level and burned 303 cal in 20 min -- not too shabby for me now that I'm 165. :) (At least that's what I still put in the machines, I figure a slight underestimate is only to my advantage.) ANYWAY. Irritated, but calories burned, workout achieved. Just not RUN achieved...
I did manage to go buy some batting to make my quilt with. I did a little estimate math and figured out that using 16" squares I could make it be 6 by 5 blocks and it'd be roughly the right size. (I bought a full size batting, 81X96 inches) I'm not adding any seam allowance to those blocks, so it'll come out a bit smaller, but I guess that's good so I can make sure I trap the batting in there when I put it together... but anyway!!! That meant I would need 30 T-Shirts.
And I have them. HAHAHAHA. I still have at least 3 workout T-Shirts, and a few lounging sleeping shirts... and like at least 5 or 6 wearing T-Shirts.... and I had 30 extra to put in a bag and make into a quilt. Didn't know how bad my problem was, did you???? HAHAHAHA. :D So I managed to make a 16" square from a paper bag and trace out and cut about 4 T-Shirts -- fronts and backs.
I figure I'll make the top of the quilt from the fronts, and the bottom from the backs and then not have to buy any backing fabric. WOOHOO. So I still have a long way to go in cutting and whatnot, but at least I will have something to keep my hands occupied while watching TV, maybe cut down on some snacking? :)
My HRM is in the "Delivery Center" here in AL as of 12:00AM 9/17, so it should be getting to my store any day now. :D SWEEEET.
I have a new consideration for a Halloween Costume... Velma from Scooby Doo??? I'm thinking it might not be too hard to put together, yet still recognizable... A friend is having a costume party at the beginning of October on a Cartoon Character Theme, which does not eliminate the possibility of Comic Book Characters that may have been featured in Cartoon Series, but has given me some other thoughts....
Any Cartoon Character/Comic Book Character suggestions???? :D
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Soooo I decided to take an off day today....
I had housekeeping type stuff to do that I've really been neglecting with my workout rocking self, so I decided that it would be healthy for my home if I took care of that.
I went through my closet -- sorta kinda -- again. I think I really need to go through and purge my T-Shirts. They've been the one thing I keep holding on to no matter what size. Because hey -- baggy T-Shirt is a look in itself, and you can always sleep/lounge around the house in a nice baggy shirt.
But how many T-Shirts do I freaking need??? They're taking up a ton of space and I really do not need to keep EVERY T-Shirt I've ever had. So.
I think I might go through them tonight or tomorrow morning.
But everything else I purged again -- I had a few pairs of size 16 pants still lingering, and a couple of tops that I can't really wear anymore. My winter coat is a size XXL so I'm going to need to replace that sometime in the near future. So those things are in a bag. And I laundered our bedding.
But really I was getting everything up so I could run the roomba in our bedroom and closet.
Those who commented and were interested in the roomba -- it's AWESOME. It picks up really well. The ONLY downside is that the compartment is small, so at first we're having to empty it every time we run it, but once we are using it regularly we should only have to clean it out every 3 times because it will be maintaining a better level of cleanliness. :D It's supposed to be super awesome for allergies AND there are special models designed for people with pets!!! And no, they aren't paying me. HAHAHA I know I sound like a commercial but I'm in love with it. :)
I guess that's about it today. I think I will run tomorrow and MTC on Friday so I can run again easily on the weekend. Although, the running on the weekend plan hasn't worked so well in the past, I know we don't have a million things planned this weekend so hopefully it will be pretty easy. If nothing else, I don't work, so a morning run will be do-able.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
So, in the middle of one of my circuits of Making the Cut today, this older woman comes up to me.
This lady!!!! I'm gonna go find the blog. BRB.
OK, so apparently Sparks ate my blog that day, but I at least know the day. 2/13/07. I went to a Funk Dance class. I rolled my ankle and had to sit for a minute before rejoining the class. There were only like... 4 people in the class including myself, and one was this rockin older woman.
Judging by her face (because her body is on point), I'd guess she's in her 60's MAYBE 70's even??? Anyway. I remember she was wearing some tight workout pants and I could see her HAMSTRING MUSCLE BULGE. YES. And I always would see her at the gym -- seemingly no matter what time I would go...
She became one of my inspirations. Like I want to be as active and fit as she is when I get older.
ANYWAY!!! SO!!! She came up to me today and was telling me how amazing my change was, and that she saw me the other day and was like....... Is THAT the SAME WOMAN?..... and so she approached me today and was asking me all about what I did and I was telling her about sparkpeople and everything, and going on a bit, but she was really interested and happy for me. She was like, YOU SHOULD TELL EVERYONE!!! hahaha. :)
Then I confessed to her what an inspiration has been to me through it all. :)
I'm so flattered that she remembered me and has noticed seeing me at the gym, although probably not as much as I noticed her... but yeah. She remembers me. She saw me change. :) That is SO COOL. Because she is stranger. :) Anyway. Coolest thing ever.
So I had to cut my workout a little bit. I finished all the circuits of the Making the Cut workout, but only completed 3 of them twice.
I would also like to state that I was faux jumproping on top of a bench at the side of the ST floor.... yeah. I don't have a rope. I'm jumping. And I'm up on a platform. :) Gym confidence is soaring. I took another little step in that direction today. I usually don't do pushups and stuff on the ONE mat down in the ST area -- I go down one of the hallways that has them. But today I was rockin my modified pushups in front of the world and jumproping on top of a bench. Hehehe. Maybe the super compliment helped me out. But I think I do just get braver and more confident every day.
Band was good last night. We didn't rehearse the portion of the song with the solo. (BOO). Oh and turns out I'm actually THIRD chair, not second because the second chair guy apparently didn't come to the first rehearsal... but I'm better than both 1st and 2nd chair and they know it so whatever. HAHAHAHA I'm so cocky when it comes to my trombone playing. Even after not practicing regularly.... but I'm getting my trombone mojo back, too.
Monday, September 15, 2008
So.... this weekend was kinda lazy.
WELL! Not really lazy -- I was really busy most of it, but when I wasn't busy I was laying around -- and the activites weren't all that ACTIVE. :D Movie watching and whatnot. I had to get up and come to work on Saturday morning.
Was going to go to the farmer's market but had a bank card issue and couldn't withdraw any money! WAH! Then after work I went to the library and picked up Fight Club which I had on hold, and some cookbooks -- Mostly Moroccan and Mediterranean and one Korean one. :D MMMMMM I'm excited about cooking this week.
Then to the bank to resolve issues, then home, then to the matinee, then home, then eating and watching another movie.
Watched Burn After Reading -- WHICH WAS AWESOME. Brad Pitt was HILARIOUS. Never seen him act like that before... :) And Appleseed Ex Machina which is an anime and it was REALLY AWESOME also in it's own way.
Then church, the flute playing and whatnot went really well. And I got my trombone back! YAY!!! Then grocery shopping...
and we got a ROOMBA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D Had to dip into savings but ... our current vacuum cleaner is HORRIBLE. Barely does anything. And if we're being honest -- DH is the vacuum-er of the house and he has no time, so we figured it'd be most realistic to get the robot instead of a supernice person-operated machine that might still not ever get used...
It is so CUTE. I was soooo entertained watching it go around vacuuming... which makes me feel so odd. :) But it's true.
Finally at about 8PM I decided I really needed to get up off my butt and DO SOMETHING. So I tried a CRUNCH Cardo Sculpting workout on the netflix instant viewer box...
and it sucked. I think I'm spoiled by how awesome Jillian Michael's is. HAHAHA I felt like I was doing some wack 90's crap. Then there were TWO segments that were difficult to perform ... and the rest of it was way too easy and seemingly ineffective. I highly recommend AGAINST it. :)
One of the difficult moves was very similar to the tricep dips video I made -- only without the cool cross punches and instead of dipping with the leg up, it was bring your leg up, move it down three counts, then up, repeat repeat repeat... boo.
This morning I went for a run. I ate beforehand, it was nice and cool outside, overcast and breezy. :) 3.23 miles in 35 min. Not too shabby for me.
I have realized that taking Monday off and then doing MTC Tuesday and Thursday was really not working for my running 3x a week -- I ended up running only once last week. So I decided I was going to kick off my week running and get one in right away. Hopefully this will work better.
P.S. -- Still maintaining. :)
P.P.S. -- I just checked my HRM order and it should arrive between this Thursday and next Wednesday! WHEE!!! :)
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