MICKEYMAX's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MICKEYMAX MICKEYMAX's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ The Hard Questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838028 Within the last couple of weeks, my coach, Hadley, has posed some interesting questions to me including will I eat healthy on Christmas. One of the questions he asked me a couple of weeks ago is still rolling around my brain..."How do I feel about my body now?" <BR> <BR> I am not sure if this can be answered objectively or on its own. A lot of time and hard work has brought me to this point. A LOT. But what has happened in all this time? I have changed. I have gone from someone who has give... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 15:29:26 EST Releasing the Frustration http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5832159 I am really glad to be starting a new challenge with my BLC squad of Sapphire Beauties this week. Our gang is genuinely supportive, warm-hearted and a very compassionate group. They are one of my lifelines and also give me a lot of support, while pushing our collective group to be more active and eat healthier. <BR> <BR> This is a good thing. I prefer not to go it alone. Between my SP family, my coach Hadley and dozens of other supporters, I am doing as well as I can expect of myself. It is ... Fri, 12 Dec 2014 23:13:04 EST Need to Strengthen My Muscle http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825720 Been off for a few days --- and perhaps that is why stress seems readily available today at work. I recognize that when I am stressed, it is so much easier to chomp on something even when I am not even hungry. I have been trying to avoid this behavior today. I stocked up on a lot of candy for my students this weekend, and I unloaded ALL of it in their offices. Whew! That was a great idea, otherwise, I would have been chewing into that stuff. <BR> <BR> I am building my mental and emotional s... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 10:23:09 EST Making Choices http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5822132 Here's a peek at today's menu, breakfast (at home) and lunch for later. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/4/4/l446434383.jpg"> <BR> <BR> The oatmeal looks like it is overrun by the raisins and possibly is - but it was a small box of raisins. I don't like mushy oatmeal so I use very little water and nuke it in the microwave for a minute. I made my lunch while it was cooling and in those few minutes, it dried up a bit more and had the texture of baked oatmeal. Not bad, ... Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:16:16 EST Lucky Bling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821334 I have a weird relationship with jewelry. I really enjoy certain styles and pieces, but actually don't wear it all that much. I actually make it too, but that was born out of a desire to keep my hands busy and out of the kitchen. <BR> <BR> In the last couple of years since my Mom passed away, my sister and I have started a ritual where every Mother's Day we meet at a jewelry outlet and buy ourselves some bling......because "Mommy would have wanted us to." That's the story we tell ourselves ... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:10:16 EST On the Way to 398 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5821094 I have had a truly amazing week. I stopped bingeing, turned over a new leaf and began eating healthy and did a version of running with my coach. The culmination of those things showed up today, when I went to weigh in and for the first time in recent memory, I weigh under 400 pounds. I am in the three's!!! WOO HOO! <BR> <BR> This is epic. When I lose my next 70 pounds I will be closing in on the two's. I am over the moon about this, all of it. I had the doctor's office record my weight in t... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:48:05 EST The New Ten Seconds http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820882 I had an incredibly awesome day with success from top to bottom. I walked to meetings instead of trying to catch a ride, I walked up a big hill instead of taking a shortcut, I ate well and had an amazing session with my coach. <BR> <BR> First, here's a look at lunch. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2136523648.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Apparently, I broke hubby's prized Tupperware container during the schlep with pasta and veggie salad, so I went low tech today with a l... Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:48:01 EST Blazing a Trail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820373 There is a thin line between I don't want to and I can't. I could have taken a pill that would have numbed the pain today, but I didn't intentionally. It sounds ridiculous even to me, but this morning I was all about feeling the pain (really soreness) because I wanted to prove to myself that I am working hard and that this is the short term result. The long term result is something else entirely. Something wonderful and it is headed this way. Actually, no - I take that back. Something wonderf... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:08:25 EST Post Workout and On the Menu, Day 4 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5820032 The funny thing about today is that I feel so happy, I am nearly giddy. That's one side, but on the other, I am so sore today, it feels like every fiber of my body is aching. It is a result of last night's workout. I know that. I also opted not to take any "pain" killers today (like alleve) so that when I feel the soreness, it will remind me how killer of a job I am doing. Woot! (I may regret this later, however.) <BR> <BR> Last night after the gym, I had the remainder of the chicken salad... Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:37:41 EST Rocking the Comeback Trail http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819776 How do I feel right at this very minute? Happy. Happier than I can probably put into words. <BR> <BR> My work day went well - highly productive, and two projects I am leading are going swimmingly. One person that I don't really care for lodged a complaint about me to my boss. I knew exactly how it was going to go for him --- badly, and I was right. Using phrases like "not in my job description" also generally don't go well. I'll admit the episode was a bit fun for me. I'm loopy like that. ... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:20:15 EST Table Talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819569 The healthy lunch is starting to be a happy habit. This morning when I was assembling it, I realized making my lunch is a very loving thing to do. I am feeding myself in a nourishing way - having healthy food - not to mention how much money I have saved in 3 days (prob more than $20). I am feeling very good about this. I have my "mojo" back. I am looking forward to gym visits - and I am being honest --- especially with myself. Despite the probable weight gain I had when bingeing, I am now the... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:19:56 EST Finding My Way Back to my Happy Place http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5819179 Got trapped a bit at work tonight and thus arrived at the gym late --- but I arrived. I did not shirk it off. I still had a 30 minute plus workout with my trainer, Don, and I felt pretty euphoric about it. Why? Because even I can see I am making progress. He sees it too, and shares that. Getting up off the machines is much less of a struggle. I am lifting slightly heavier weights. I crushed the 20 lb. bicep curl bar tonight with 3 sets of 15 reps. I have long hated and struggled with this one... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:44:11 EST Dining with the Three Bears http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818844 My intentions were certainly good this morning. (although one of my late mother's favorite expressions was "the road to hell is paved with good intentions.) Perhaps, a little dark. Nonetheless, I got up a bit earlier this morning, and lollygagged for a while watching NY Times' videos on different cities. I made myself stop after Helsinki, but truthfully, I could have watched them all morning. So interesting. <BR> <BR> It's good for another booster shot of why I want to lose weight - travel... Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:02:45 EST Grocery Stop http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818600 Stopped at Trader Joe's on the way home tonight after working a wee bit late. It was kind of crappy out - weather wise - cold and rainy, but it's my only "free" night for the next 2 weeks, so I went. Stopped for gas on the way. It's nice to have another item crossed off my to-do list. <BR> <BR> Here's my healthy haul from TJ's tonight: <BR> <BR> Blackberries <BR> Pineapple <BR> Hard boiled eggs <BR> Turkey breast <BR> a few assorted protein bars <BR> some chicken salad (organic chicken, wi... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:28:44 EST On the Menu Today - Monday 11/17 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5818350 I'm no cook. I haven't been really making meals since I first moved out - and that was a long time ago. After I got married, hubby preferred to take on that role as he prefers food that is highly seasoned. I don't. He likes things super spicy (x-hot), and while my tolerance for such foods has grown, he oversalts for my taste. So, we do our own thing most of the time. Now, I am trying harder. Now that I am realizing that food makes a big difference, I am making a bigger effort. That, and my c... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:08:41 EST Jumping in with Both Feet http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5817995 I started to write a mea culpa blog earlier in which I laid out all of the things I have been doing wrong, how I crashed and burned and how I veered off course. It feels kind of pointless now, and those I needed to make amends with, I have, so onward and upward. <BR> <BR> Here's what I have done to pull myself back on course. I drank a ton of water today. I prepared for the week: I did laundry, including all my gym clothes, I sorted through the mail, I set out my protein powder for the a.m. ... Sun, 16 Nov 2014 22:50:44 EST I Don't Want to be Fat Anymore http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812482 Out of the shower, looking at myself in the mirror, doesn't make me wince anymore. I am looking at myself thinking the things I don't like can be fixed. <BR> <BR> I have layers and layers of fat on me. I am under there somewhere. How I've managed to let my soul out under all that fat is a kind of a miracle. I am really beautiful person. I have learned so many lessons, and accepted who I am as I am. But there is way more to me than what meets the eye. However, just because that is true does ... Fri, 7 Nov 2014 09:51:05 EST Building Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5812229 If there is anything smart I have done, it is that I have built a wonderful support team around me. In times of turmoil, and continued difficulties on the job, the place that I can turn to that has become my refuge, is strangely (to me), the gym. <BR> <BR> In it, I have found some of the most amazing folks. Of course, there is my coach, my trainer, the owner of the gym, the other gym staff, the other trainers, my old trainer (Kimmy) and lots of other folks -= just there to work out also, - ... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 21:49:41 EST It's not a competition http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807840 I've been having a busy week - not just at work, but at home and a couple of projects I have been working on are closing to a close. All hands on deck! What is awesome through this is that I am still putting myself on the to-do list, and I am showing up at the gym, working out hard with my trainer/coach, no matter what else is happening. <BR> <BR> I have been gleaning inspiration and information from everywhere. My trainer, Don has a couple of phrases he repeats to me regularly, including,... Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:15:57 EST Day 3 - Oh It's On http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5807195 Approaching midpoint of the challenge this week, and it's looking good. I am going whole hog on this, and doing something which would have been helpful if I started this before now, but the past doesn't matter - just what I am doing now. Two things, actually - 1) I am eating healthier by bringing my lunch with me to work AND tracking my intake, and 2) working out to some extent during the day at work. I had been unhealthily being the poster child for being sedentary at work, but now I am movi... Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:36:42 EST Day 2 - What's in my lunch bag? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5806149 Had to get up extra early this morning to be at work by 6:30 a.m. Blah! I am here though, and I stopped to make lunch before heading out the door. <BR> <BR> This is one of the key ways I am setting myself up for success! PREPARATION! Making time for myself. <BR> <BR> In my healthy lunch box today, I have: <BR> lettuce (didn't eat all of it from yesterday, so I hauled it back). <BR> ditto on the 2 small boxes of raisins <BR> 2 small pieces of light string cheese ... Tue, 28 Oct 2014 06:56:25 EST Day 1 of the 7-Day Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805994 The challenge was given to me as exercise an average of 2 hours a day for the next seven days. This is good, but since I am peeling off for a fresher start, I figured I might as well add my own bits in here as well. <BR> <BR> I am encouraging myself to be MORE positive. I had several negative down days brought on by lots of unchanneled stress, but now I am kicking it up a notch, and losing the Debbie Downer attitude I have been schlepping around. <BR> <BR> I am also packing HEALTHY FOODS ... Mon, 27 Oct 2014 22:10:06 EST Rolling Into a New Week http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5805317 Last week, I was very stressed out from work and I let it take its toll on me. I had to work today and I have to say, I was very positive, even though I did not want to drive up there and work for a few hours. I was in an easy position to help a few people, and most were tickled. I was in the no problem mode today. If anyone had a problem, I just fixed it. Easy peasy. <BR> <BR> Told hubby I would go to Trader Joe's today, though I just felt like driving home and crashing. I did go, because ... Sun, 26 Oct 2014 22:41:47 EST Taking Things in Stride, or Not http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803930 My coach said something to me the other night, which I am trying to embrace and take on as a second nature. It was something like, "You find as you get older, you only need to worry about things a little bit." Tongue in cheek on the "older bit" since he is 20 plus years my junior. <BR> <BR> Nonetheless, I am working on taking things in stride. There is a situation at work which I am struggling with which causes me to boil inside about it nearly every day. If it is not every day, then it is ... Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:42:14 EST Great gifts in my life: Laughter, Friends, Coach, Love & blogs and change! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5803679 I need to write at least a short blog, so I can clear my head and conk out for the evening. It's been a long day. I just got home from work (after 11pm) in hopes of catching up enough that the rest of my schedule is not thrown out of whack. I did blow off a session with my trainer tonight (I did tell him) and under the circumstances, I think it's fine. Making it to the gym for a solid 4 workouts is a good start this week. I will ramp it back up to my 5 workouts as soon as I catch my breath. ... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:42:54 EST Beginner's Luck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5800123 I have to learn to be patient with myself, but not so much that it lets me off the hook. I need to remember I am a beginner in a lot of ways, and when you find yourself starting all over, it is frustrating, tiresome and challenging. <BR> <BR> At the end of my workout tonight with Hadley, I found myself asking a question that I thought might make him a little mad, but it didn't. If I did not ask him, though, I would let it fester, come up with my own answer which would support my insecuritie... Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:25:53 EST Mental pushes and major wins http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5799559 I gave myself a mental push last night while I was attempting to get off the rower and into an upright position. I said, "you got this, Mar." And I did. Not at first, and not before my coach, Hadley encouraged me to get up, even though I look scared to him. This time I got up on the second shot, while last time around it took me 4 tries. Doesn't really matter if it takes me 10 tries. I am making progress and that is a major win. <BR> <BR> Tonight I worked with Don, my trainer. I still prefe... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:16:47 EST Happy Dance! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5795920 I'm taking a minute out of my crazy day to just share a little! <BR> <BR> Today, I am wearing a jacket that I don't think I've worn since 2008, I love it. It stopped fitting. Now it is on me OVER A SWEATER. I can button it, and I can wrap it so the lapels are not just touching. This is a huge happy milestone for me. <BR> <BR> SNOOPY DANCE! Fri, 10 Oct 2014 15:28:14 EST At My Best http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5793089 I'm at my best when I am keeping promises to myself and those that matter to me. <BR> <BR> I'm at my best when sweat is running off my head and dripping on my shirt. <BR> <BR> I'm at my best when I don't give up before I started. <BR> <BR> I'm at best when I am doing the very best thing that I can for myself. <BR> <BR> I'm at my best when I keep trying and pushing forward, no matter what. <BR> <BR> I'm at my best when I say what I mean, and I mean what I say. <BR> <BR> I'm at best whe... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 23:12:04 EST There must be some misunderstanding (must be some kind of mistake) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791981 This has been a hard fought week for a lot of reasons. But look at me, it's Friday night and I am feeling good. I had my hardest workout of the week tonight, and probably the hardest in the last few weeks as well. It made me feel happy and satisfied with myself tonight and in a few minutes, I'll probably be sleeping like a baby. I just realized that this is also the first day all week I did not have a headache brought on by stress. <BR> <BR> I also had a mid-week meltdown. I was out of sorts... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 23:05:38 EST Positive Spin Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5791334 1. The day started on a positive note. I got up on my first alarm, and had my earliest start this week. <BR> <BR> 2. A friend got good news from home about the well being of his Dad. <BR> <BR> 3. Despite a horrible night at the gym last night (may make a future blog), I got right back in there tonight. (It's my gym!!) <BR> <BR> 4. A former student staff member spotted me as I was leaving work and ran over and gave me a hug. <BR> <BR> 5. I accosted a very fit man at the gym tonight, and ... Thu, 2 Oct 2014 21:13:48 EST Positive Spin - Day 1 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790534 This morning I woke up and thought, I have got to start focusing on the positive. Here are five things I am grateful for today: <BR> <BR> 1) Opened the freezer last night and found some Skinny Cow cones my hubby bought for me. I had no idea they were in there. <BR> <BR> 2) A client known for freaking out - hasn't and in fact, emailed me a little joke. <BR> <BR> 3) I submitted a recommendation on time for a Rhodes Scholarship applicant today. That made me feel good and happy to help him. ... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 15:51:28 EST Chain Reaction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5790052 I can be my own worst enemy when things feel like they are falling apart. Work has a tendency to push ahead on the priority list for me while pushing other things aside, home life, sleep, family, church, projects, hobbies, friends, and the gym. Eating well is also a lost art to me lately. It is not that I am eating poorly but it is all helter skelter, and I know I could be doing so much better if I could get my act back together, as it was pre-vacation. One month later and things have not imp... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:45:01 EST Lessons learned and loved http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787688 I've had a pretty wild day. Last night, I read an email right before bed from a colleague who doesn't just push my buttons, he leans on them. It is very hard for me to "let it go"so I forwarded it to my boss, after what feels like a dozen conversations on the same topic, and he did not reply. Instead this morning he came to my office, shut the door, sat down, and proceeded to talk to me in what I dubbed "the tone" - very condescending sounding, and saying it to me like he was talking to a lit... Sat, 27 Sep 2014 00:52:47 EST Believing my own press http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5787001 Last night my coach, Hadley mentioned to me that he was approached by 4 individuals who asked what he was doing there. (He used to work at the place where we train together.) And when he said he was there training me, he got the same response basically - that I looked fantastic. Sure, it's nice to hear, but you wonder did people say that? do they mean it? Was Hadley just being nice? <BR> <BR> I'm at work this week, and a guy who works in my building came up and told me I am looking slimmer, ... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:18:22 EST Getting Back in the Groove http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786452 When I hear folks say "I'm a perfectionist" I think that it means they spend a lot of time trying to make things exactly right. I have those tendencies also, but the way it usually materializes for me is that I think I can never do it "right enough" so frequently I have given up, maybe before I really even got started. <BR> <BR> Tonight, however, was a wonderful night. My coach came home, well home on this side of the world. While he kept in touch, even sending me super adorable pics of him ... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 23:07:48 EST Change of Heart http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5782630 I pretty much would have given anything to skip my workout tonight and just go home instead. I was so tired, had an overwhelming week at work that is not over yet, and I know I am really craving some sleep - maybe a day's worth. <BR> <BR> I decided to go to the gym anyway because I enjoyed my last time with my Sherpa, Don. I was on for another round with him tonight, but only for 30 mins. Hadley is still away and I won't see him until mid-next week. It's better this way because I want to hea... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:55:37 EST The Sherpa and Mrs. Go-Time http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781284 It's taken a bit, but I am finally clicking with my new trainer, Don. Tonight he likened himself to a Sherpa -- he is going to get me on the path of where I want to be --- but he can't take the steps for me. He's leading me and guiding me, but I have to follow through. It makes good sense. We are still learning each other's ways --- but it is coming along. I am feeling much more comfortable with him. <BR> <BR> We're progressing to working out an hour at a time now. This is a good step. Ton... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 22:58:34 EST Remembering What's Important http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5780584 If I were to let work define my day, I would say it was crappy, but even then that would be pushing it. For inasmuch as I felt overwhelmed today, and had a teary meltdown in my boss' office, my day was chock full of surprising and up lifting moments. The enormity of my current role at work started to stand out when one of my staffers moved to a different group. So then I was doing her job, plus mine which was imbalanced to start with, but then tipped over quickly. Add in me misplacing one of ... Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:56:18 EST When It Clicks http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5779257 It's becoming a matter of choice for me. Every choice has a consequence and has the potential to hurt me or help me. This is what has been subconsciously happening to me lately. I am not letting things fall into place. I am making choices and then things are falling into place. <BR> <BR> Case in point - choosing a restaurant to eat dinner. Normally we drag this conversation out with no one wanting to make the decision. Now though, more and more, what I eat is becoming more important, so I pi... Sat, 13 Sep 2014 18:19:20 EST Change is in the Air http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778837 Today was the culmination of a long and tiring week at work. Whew! My time in the office is over for a couple of days, but I brought a giant pile of work home with me to accomplish before Monday. It is quite all right, though some would frown on this practice. <BR> <BR> Prior to last year, I would spend MANY late nights in the office. I barely felt like I could keep up yet I refused to surrender. The person who made me stop this happens to be away this week, so if he were around, I would be ... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:18:07 EST Celebrate Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5778177 For many, myself included, today marked a significant and terrible event in our lives. People say "never forget" as if that is some kind of option. Years ago, I would have had a much different outlook on this day. I would have been morose, and avoiding contact with others. But I am not that person anymore. Today, and every day, I celebrate Al, my friend, and honor his life, by living mine, in the way he did - joyfully, lovingly and with non-stop laughter. <BR> <BR> A couple of years ago I c... Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:25:19 EST I danced tonight http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5777486 at the gym! Yes, between sets my nutty trainer and I were cutting up and doing some moves. This is beyond my comfort zone, but I realize my comfort zone is expanding. <BR> <BR> Tonight's workout featured some of the same body parts as last night - arms, triceps, abs, I guess. I don't know what the trainer has me doing. I am not sure if he makes the names of the exercises up or if these are common terms - such as - wood chops, driving the bus, salt and pepper. All involved resistance and ran... Wed, 10 Sep 2014 21:11:01 EST 10 Ways to Love the Gym http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5776904 Bit by bit, I have been making the gym a place I want to be, instead of feeling like it is a chore or that I have to be there. This was not an overnight feeling. It has been coming upon me little by little, but here are some of the things that helped me along the way. <BR> <BR> 1. Wear clothes that fit, and are not going to fall down while moving about. (Tonight, I was forever pulling up my shorts, and while I looked fine, I would have felt more comfortable if my drawers were staying put.) ... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 23:16:45 EST shoulder city http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773643 Tonight's workout was shoulder city. We did overhead shoulder presses on the machine, pull downs of some sort - Trainer Don described it as "scraping ice from a swimming pool," isometric shoulder exercises, lifting and holding arms up. A lot of stuff that looked weird, seemed odd, but is now amping up the soreness I felt from yesterday. <BR> <BR> I would love to blog more, but I am so freaking tired right now, I am going to crawl into bed. Thu, 4 Sep 2014 23:14:27 EST When Body Parts Do Roll Call (Film at 11) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5773430 Do you ever lay in bed and wonder why do your toes hurt? and then, not just toes, you realize your calves, your knees, your back, your noodly arms, your elbows, just about everything is chiming in with an ouch? That was me last night. I was certain I was going to get a good long rest last night after working out with my coach. <BR> <BR> DENIED. (please read DEEEEEEE NIED.) <BR> <BR> I have been sleeping very little in the last few days with a lot of work stuff on my mind. It will eventual... Thu, 4 Sep 2014 15:35:56 EST Noodly Arms http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772937 Tonight's blog entry has been postponed due to acquiring noodly arms during my workout, which hampers typing. <BR> <BR> I have been winding down since I came home from working out tonight with my coach. <BR> <BR> He is all kinds of happy that I am suffering from soreness, or at least he will be once he reads this. <BR> <BR> until tomorrow, happy trails. <BR> Wed, 3 Sep 2014 22:26:53 EST The Pursuit of Calm http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5772474 I have been on a wild ride lately - mainly at work. Being in the education field, and it being September, this is to be expected at this time of year. But throw a few surprises into the mix, and I am going through some upheaval. <BR> <BR> I really have to take a moment to congratulate myself on staying calm throughout the whole day, especially yesterday. My exercise has been on hold a bit this past weekend/now, but I have been eating fine, when I eat. Yesterday I did not eat much with the r... Wed, 3 Sep 2014 08:53:49 EST Shocker!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769652 Quite honestly, I thought the breaking news about Hello Kitty would be the most shocking thing I would hear today. Nope, not even close. The most shocking thing came from my coach's lips when he said, "OK, now we are going to run as fast as we can down to that tree." <BR> <BR> What? <BR> <BR> Did he say run? <BR> <BR> Seriously? He thinks I can run? <BR> <BR> Truth be told, I thought he was crackers, and I am not saying that it would be the first time I thought that (and probably not th... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:08:13 EST Shaking off the Negative http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5769351 I've been having a few struggles this week - mostly at work - which is unusual for me. One bright spot about it is I spoke up about it, and my boss apologized to me. I work very hard and I was not feeling the love. Ironically on the same day as all of this was transpiring, I did get a $100 bonus in my check for a whole other reason. Weird. <BR> <BR> I've decided while the craziness is still going on, I am going to coast a bit, and just dwell on positive things in my life until the rest fal... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:35:10 EST