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Getting in Gear!


Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Since I canít sleep Ė I might as well blog, right? Iíll just post this in the morning...

Iím playing the waiting game. I went for my second interview on Monday. I donít know how it went. I like it. I want to work there... I just... donít know. I donít know if I sounded smart. Asked enough questions... made it seem like I really wanted to work there... its just weird. I donít know if I messed it up. So instead of worrying about it = I just did my nails. Thatís what I usually do.

On Tuesday (today for me) Ė I was able to meet up with TJ for lunch since he was over on my side of the river to audit a pharmacy. That was nice Ė we usually donít get to see each other during the week unless weíre going to a wedding (seriously). Then I stocked up on healthy groceries. I made a GIANT salad full of veggies. I think thatís part of my problem = not buying the healthy stuff and then eating whatever is around in my parents house. This is a horrible, horrible habit. I need to get myself down to the farm stands now that its summer.

Anyway after lunch TJ got some good news. St. Charles, MO has just gotten its very own CHL (minor league professional hockey) team. Its brand spanking new Ė and they are having an open tryout in late August. I donít know if I mentioned it, but TJ is a retired goalie. He didnít play in college, and would have probably played at Wisconsin, but he decided to enlist in the Navy instead. One very unlucky injury later he had to medically discharge from the Navy and they basically wonít let him back in even though heís tried Ė heís had too many injuries and concussions.

So back to the hockey thing Ė this is basically the one thing that TJ has wanted to do his entire life, so the thought of possibly playing professional hockey at ALL for any team makes him ridiculously excited. And I know how much he loves it and wants to go for it, so Iím supporting him 100%.... but weíre both outta shape. Heís got less than two months to lose a belly and get his flexibility and stamina back up to par to give a good showing at the tryout.

Heís so focused on this that heís going to hit it hard. Today he worked on his food plan and reorganized his parents basement (yep Ė living at home to save $$ like me) to get his weights back in order. He even hung up motivational hockey posters. Then he went to bed three hours before he normally does, so that he can get up before work and lift.

Iím kind of sitting back flabbergasted at just how motivated he has become so quickly. We both have gained weight since we started dating. I fell into a bad trap of wanting to please him and cook him delicious food while recovering from my surgery. But that is no longer an excuse. He even told me heís going to go back to a no-beer/drinking policy until after the tryouts. No excess carbs. Heís going to do lean chicken and pork with brown rice and corn (did I mention he doesnít eat veggeies?) Ė and do a sh*t ton of cardio in addition to lifting.

I am 100% supporting this boy. If it takes 2 months for him to have a shot at his dream Ė why not try? I already told him if they took him on as a goalie, that Iíd support his decision to leave his current job Ė even if it was a significant pay cut. Iíve been thinking about this all day. No matter what happens this will be good for him. He can meet hockey guys in StL that heís been wanting to get connected to, so even if he doesnít make this team, he can find a club team he likes in the area.

Out of all of the positives, I am just wondering what its going to be like to see him drop a lot of weight and gain muscle so quickly, when I know I wonít be able to do the same. So for the ladies on here who have watched their SOs lose weight rapidly while you struggle, is there anything I need to watch out for? Any coping stuff? Iím just trying to stay positive and think about the hot hockey boyfriend Iím getting out of this deal.

Also, this will mean more activities outside. Heís been a lazybones, not wanting to go on walks or anything Ė and suddenly its all *cardio, cardio, cardio!* He told me we might not spend as much time together if heís at the gym Ė and I called BS Ė I said Iíd be there with him. So weíll see. Iím optimistic that this will have at least given TJ the shot in the arm he needed to be motivated to get back in shape. Ditto for me. I tried on a few pairs of my conference/dress pants... and they didnít quite fit in the thighs. I need to get my treadmill hooked up in my garage so that I can train Ė come 80+ humid weather or not and sweat like a mo-fo out in that garage at a 5-10% incline. My legs are in shambles. Its almost shocking to see how far out of shape I really have become.

My arms are currently sore from my lifting tonight. My abs are sore from crunches.... and my brain is sore from overthinking things. Itís a common thing I do. I also will not be bugging my boy about a ring anytime soon. That has just fallen down his priority list right now. He was planning on going up to the family jeweler with his mother to broker the ďfamily discountĒ on my ring... but Iím going to take a leap and say that heís not going to do it until AFTER August 25th now.

Oh well Ė I am happy for him. Legit happy. I honestly hope he gets it, and if he doesnít weíll both be going to games at the Family Area since its about 5 minutes from his house. *Fingers still crossed on good job news...*

Everyone have a happy and healthy 4th!


Edit: Wednesday

I weighed in. HOLY F*CKING SH*T. Sorry for the cursing but I weigh 199. FML. Seriously hitting this hardcore now.

Slightly depressing. 15# gain! What the heck!
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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 7/3/2013 9:19PM

    Sorry about the gain... it sneaks up on us sometimes!!

Good luck to TJ, it's awesome when people get to take a stab at something they really love. I'm still crossing my fingers for you and your job hunting, too!!

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MINEA999 7/3/2013 6:51PM

    Well let's say you caught it early enough to do something about it! Now that you have the BF on board for his own health, getting yours back as a priority will be easier. I know how it is - something about meeting a mate makes people fat. haha.

So yep, get yer butt in gear! You can do it!


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NEEDBU66 7/3/2013 3:09PM

    Nothing quite like a shock at the scale to get our butts in gear, is there?

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MEGYSU 7/3/2013 3:08PM

    Sometimes it takes that "something" to get you going. Maybe this will be that for you. I don't know about you - but I'm competitive and if my guy was hitting the gym, I wouldn't want to be outdone. It's awesome that you will be able to work out together and motivate each other.

Try not to be too discouraged about the gain. You've lost so much - taking that 15 off won't take long at all.

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CHODGES83 7/3/2013 2:30PM

    Exciting times! I have no coping mechanisms for dealing with my SO losing weight/gaining muscle waaaayy easier than me. I just try to be supportive and he is of me as well. Good luck with everything going on right now!

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SKINNYYENNY 7/3/2013 2:07PM

    Wow - a lot going on right now! That is so cool that the bf is going to try out for the hockey team! That will definitely be both huge motivation and probably some frustration to see him shape up. It makes me crazy that my former soccer playing DH can drop 15 lbs just by thinking about it pretty much. Stupid body thinking we need fat to birth babies...grumble grumble...
Summer is the easiest time to eat healthy - get your butt to the farmer's market and no excuses!

Good luck!

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BLUEROSE73 7/3/2013 12:37PM

    sorry about the weight gain. I sure hope you both can get on track and reach those goals soon. Good luck with the hockey thing. Sounds like it's his passion. That's awesome

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SKAHONEY4U 7/3/2013 12:30PM

    Sorry about the gain. Sometimes that is the only thing that will get us back in gear, though.

Great to hear he is so passionate about the hockey stuff! My boyfriend and I started sparkpeople together, and he is almost at his target weight, while I am at least a year away still. it is tough. i'm jealous for a lot of reasons. with all of the weight training he does, he has some nice muscles now, which means he has to eat a lot, which is tough for me. sometimes we fight about food. mainly because im always ready for dinner at like 630, but sometimes he isnt because he can come home from lab and eat a huge snack and not be hungry for dinner until like 9, and i cant do that. or he can drink 4 beers and still be in his calorie range for the day. ugh. he also super laps me in the pool when we swim, which makes me sad.

on the other hand, we always workout together, and so its really great to have a partner. though, usually i am the one having to motivate us, not vice versa. he is almost always supportive, and understands that i can only bike 4 miles right now.

crossing my fingers for your postdoc position!

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WHOVIANGIRL23 7/3/2013 12:03PM

    *hugs* sorry to hear about the gain. Catch it before it gets too out of control!

Fingers crossed for your BF, that would be so cool if he made the team!

And I saw your nails, I likey!

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KCLARK89 7/3/2013 11:26AM

    Maybe since he is going to be hitting it hard and you want to as well, you can set up a challenge for the two of you. How many minutes can you get/week at the gym? Who can lose the biggest % of bodyweight in x-number of days. That way instead of working out with him because he has a tangible goal to get to for his hockey tryout, you have something specific to strive for as well!

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FYFE82 7/3/2013 11:20AM

    emoticon it sounds like your making better choices for yourself. Good lick!!

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