Thursday, February 17, 2011
Ok, this isn't going very well. My life is still very, very busy and squeezing zombie training into it is much more difficult that it was last semester. An hour on the treadmill and some weight training yesterday was great, but it was the first time that had happened in a couple of weeks.
Sigh. Back to work. Hope to get to the gym today and start getting back into the habit.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Pole dancing is hard, and it kind of hurts. My experience of pole dance teachers, and I've known three, is that they all have trouble with the concept that I might not be capable of some moves, even with lots of practice. My pet theory is that when you've been a beautiful women in this society all your life,* you develop an inflated sense of what is possible. Of the pole teachers I have, only one seems to have fully cognizent that I am a 200+ pound person and that is a lot to lift. I know with time I will develop arm strength, but I don't think it is rational to assume that I will develop anything like that anytime soon.
I'm working on the arm strength, which, as someone else pointed out, will come in handy for holding AK-47s when the Zombie Apocalypse comes.
No pole or yoga or anything tonight as I'm working late. I did an hour on the elliptical this morning, which was fine, though using the elliptical gives me a sense of mission creep as I'm not the ""Zombie Out-fitness-machine-r." But I'm told that using it for awhile will really help me get my strength built up for running. So that's good.
*And I'm attractive enough, just not the "Hey, look at her," type. Pole Dance teachers tend to be.
Monday, January 31, 2011
First came the holidays. Then came the illness. I went to a science fiction convention in Boston and caught this illness that was like ebola or something. It was awful, y'all. At one point I was so sick I couldn't even talk.
That one is huge for me.
So yeah, i slacked on the exercising for weeks and I gained a bunch of weight back. Not a bunch, but enough that I feel like I'm starting over. So that's my excitement.
Today I did some elliptical trainer. (My yoga instructor insists it is better than the treadmill, so I've decided to do an hour of elliptical every day and switch off running on the treadmill and weight training.)
Tonight, I have pole dance. Always, I have law work.
So anyway, that's my excitement.
Friday, December 31, 2010
Yeah, I haven't updated in awhile, which is both bogus and sad. I've done a decent job keeping up with my running and my other stuff, though. My husband is serious about Yoga, so serious that I think he could call himself a "yoga practitioner" without sounding like an asshole. His studio has been closed for the week so he's been coming to my gym, which has resulted in a little more "couple time" than was really my goal. I think we will both be glad when his studio opens up again because we're both introverted types and have had trouble with the additional together time. That said, I've learned some yoga and he's done some cardio, so expansion of options is always good.
The weight has plateaued a bit, but I've been eating like a rabid wolverine over the holidays, so that's not a huge shock.
Anyway, things I've discovered in my sabbatical from Sparkpeople:
1. When your exercise a lot but eat whatever you want, you don't lose much weight but you feel fabulous.
2. Pole dancing is really, really fun. If you're in the DC area, go to Jordin's Paradise (http://jordinsparadise.com/) because the other pole dancing studio in town is really sketchy.* If you go to Jordin's, I'm the fat chick wearing all black.
3. I joined the friendliest gym I could find and have been there just about every day. One thing i love about gyms is that even if you're a fat, awkward chick, the gym rats still respect anybody who shows up every day.
4. Kickboxing is awesome but it is hard to find a good class in it. My gym has a bag, so I've been teaching myself from an Ipad app.
5. If your "personal trainer" that the gym assigns you for the first week who has a marketing degree wants to keep making annoying small talk about you, ask her questions about diet and exercise. Like anybody else, personal trainers love to talk about what they know about and it will minimize the "Wow, law school sounds hard. Are you worried about the bar?" conversations that nobody wants to have. And hey, I've learned some stuff about diet and exercise.
6. I was out with a fashion-focused friend and mentioned that I was having trouble finding workout clothes in my size. She said "Well, you know that shirt you're wearing is too big for you." Why, so it was. Old Navy has gotten a lot of my business in the last few days as I transition from XXL to XL. I am obsessed with Old Navy and its wonderful, wonderful vanity sizing. I'm a size 14 in their jeans. Intellectually I'm aware that this is stupid and I'm no where near a 14 by any rational sizing system, but it makes me happy.
So that's me. Between gyms being closed and holiday stuff getting in the way of me getting to one and the fact that I'm not a very good runner, I'm on like my third week of week five of C25k, but I'm cool with that. I'm not so committed to outdoor running that I have any particular desire to do it outside when it is cold and the weather will be uncomfortable here for a few months. If the Zombies come in February, I will have to run in the cold, but I see no reason to start now when treadmills have that handy "incline" button. I look forward to being able to run faster, but I'm sure that will happen with practice.
Pilates class at the gym today and, of course, running. I think there's a "Without a Trace" marathon on, though if there isn't I will keep watching "the Wire in the Blood" on netflix. Then I shall go to a New Year's Eve Party and eat like a rabid wolverine.
*Pro tip for other studio: When even your advertising photos for your studio show people waiting in line to use the poles during class, that's not a good thing. At my studio, they emphasize small classes and the instructors actually notice and tell you if your form is wrong.
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
I didn't run for four freaking days from Thursday through Sunday and I ate like a maniac, so I'm doing some damage control. I've walked/run like 12 miles in the last two days, so that's good, but I'm still feeling more out of shape than I was. I've been hanging out on week four of C25k for two and a half weeks and am going to week five tomorrow because I'm starting to think I'm only hanging out at week four for so long because I'm a big scaredy cat.
Also, I'm really bad at measuring my portions of Thai food and I've eaten a lot of Thai food recently.
And I have a blister.
Whine, whine, whine.
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