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Digging in to the 2nd Week

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Well, this blog is better late than never right?

I did pretty well on my Week 1 of Spring into Shape Bootcamp. I didn't do 30 mins of cardio 5x a week as the challenge suggests, but I did do 10 mins of cardio (at least) 6 days a week (which was the goal I set for myself). I did the challenge video daily. And I tracked my fitness daily. Good start.

Week 2 has started pretty rocky, but I am catching up and determined to finish it out strong. When Sunday (day 1) rolled around, I was exhausted. Like, could barely get out of bed, didn't wanna get dressed, tremendous effort to just brush my teeth kind of exhausted. I felt like I could have slept all day, literally. I didn't. I didn't even nap. But, I also didn't do my Day 1 video. I didn't do anything except read- some for pleasure and some for school. Monday was a little different in that I had every intention of getting in my workout, but I kept getting sidetracked by one thing after another after another after another and before I knew it, I had to go to class! I spent the whole day in my workout clothes and didn't actually workout. Lame!

So, I made up for it as best I could today. I did 20 mins of cardio (I intended to do 30, but knew into my second 10 min round that I was not going to be able to do that) and I did both Monday (day 2) and Tuesday's (day 3) video. For the cardio, I did Sunday's video twice. This might not mean anything to those that haven't done one of the bootcamps here on Spark, so I'm sorry. Anyhow, let's just say the lower body workout is what clinched the not-doing-a-3rd-10min-bought-o
f-cardio, it was that intense! Tomorrow I take my mom to the dentist in the morning, where I plan to do my chem homework while I wait, then come home and do 20-30 mins of cardio and my Wednesday (day 4) workout.

As part of my "September Start-Up" I'm also focusing on a few other healthy habits or health-related things this month. I am going back to the "lady doctor" to get back on b.c. so that the obnoxious and HUGE cyst I get on my ovary can go away. And so my skin can return to a normal, calm, blemish-free (mostly) state. And so my hormones can regulate and level out. I went waaaaay back in April for my "yearly" and had blood work ordered (basic labs, nothing major). Then I got "that job, ugh" and didn't get that done. So I did, finally, today... only 5 months late! Woo! Another thing I'm doing is free-writing in a journal several times a week (ideally it would be nightly, but alas, other homework jumps to the top of the priorities). I wrote down about 30-40 topics on strips of paper and stuck 'em in a jar. Then, I draw out a topic and free-write a page on said topic in a notebook. It's not that I want to be a writer and therefore should practice writing daily... it's more like, I want to be a good blogger, and practicing writing will help with that. Like any other skill, it takes practice. And, having said that, I have some big-ish plans in the works for my blog in the near future, so I'm working on that also.

Before I forget, I should tell you about my tap class briefly. I attended ballet (and tap for the first year) at this studio several years ago and stayed until I moved to San Diego. I was a crazy, shameless 22 or 23 year old at the time. Cracking jokes, taking almost nothing seriously... had a partner in crime in the classes with me (my bff at the time). I walked into the studio last Thursday night after a nearly 6 year absence and was greeted warmly by those who remembered me. Needless to say, my reputation preceded me! I also discovered I'd be in a class with someone with whom I worked at the gymnastics club. She remembered me as well and kinda, sorta, in a way hinted at offering me a coaching job down there again. That would be nice! I liked coaching. It kept me active, it was part time and didn't interfere with my schooling, and I never had to worry about overtime 'cuz if there isn't a class scheduled, then you don't work! So, I'm planning on bringing it up again soon. As for the tap class itself- so fun! I love dancing, even if I have no rhythm and I really suck at it. It keeps me active at least 1 hour a week, doing something that isn't stressful (until recital comes around), and I get to do it in character shoes like Ginger Rogers. Ha! If only...

I'm still plugging right along with school. Chem is hard. I got a C on my first "exam". I am disappointed by that grade, but the reality is, a LOT of people didn't do so well on the test either. There is a lot of material to cover, so the class is fairly fast-paced. :-S I'll keep on keeping on. Medical terminology is still fun and since I have some idea of the material, I'm finding it fairly easy. Which is good. I'm enjoying it.

That's pretty much me in a nutshell. I'm very tired, it's after midnight, and this is long enough, so...

I'm out!


The BooBoo gives me kisses after tap class last week.

Almost forgot to summarize my Week 2 goals right quick:
emoticon Do daily toning video
emoticon Track food 3 days this week
emoticon Do 20-30 mins cardio 5 days this week
emoticon Do bonus video twice this week
emoticon Freewrite 4 pages this week
emoticon Address any/all health issues this month
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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 9/11/2013 11:55AM

    Sounds like the month is starting off strong, Jill! Keep it up!

I took tap with 3 of my best friends in high school and I'm pretty sure I was absolutely horrible at it!

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LODESTONE 9/11/2013 8:03AM

    You certainly stay busy. and even though you don't seem keen on exercising, you love tap! great way to burn stress, calories and just plain have fun. like zumba - but with a recital. As you say, keep on keeping on. You're doing great!

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JSALERNO 9/11/2013 6:30AM

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