MUFFIY831's SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=MUFFIY831 MUFFIY831'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/ Results ... So Far & Anniversary Pic! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5761993 I started new meds two weeks ago, and I just finished the two week low-dose trial. Which is basically just to make sure, I dunno, my heart didn't explode or something. So, success! I lost two pounds in two weeks, which is actually pretty amazing by my standards. I started the regular dosage yesterday so I'm hoping that speeds up a little bit. <BR> <BR> Of course, I went and sabotaged myself over the weekend though. It was our one year anniversary! I can't believe it's been a year already. I... Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:37:02 EST Puppy Scheduling http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5754183 Everyone, meet Ali! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/9/l1956397960.jpg"> <BR> <BR> She is a six-month old Plott Hound/Boxer mix, and she is amazing! However, we're learning she has MAJOR separation anxiety. She does not want to be alone for a millisecond. <BR> <BR> I knew we'd have to do some puppy training and so I'm spending two weeks being a stay-at-home-dog-mom to get these issues underway. I didn't realize I would be quite so homebound. It's only day three ... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 08:34:03 EST Better Living Through Chemistry - Maybe http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5753054 Six months ago or so, I wrote a post here about my new endocrinologist offering me weight loss drugs. He went through the pros and cons and I decided against them. In short, I feel like they're cheating. I feel like I should be able to do this on my own. That I can eat better and exercise more and lose weight. <BR> <BR> But here's the thing. I have been eating better (not perfect, but better) and I have been exercising more (boot camp about four days a week, exercising about 5-6), but I'm s... Mon, 4 Aug 2014 16:33:42 EST A Message from Captain Obvious http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748073 I got home from a business trip Friday night and headed straight out to dinner for a veggie burger and fries. <BR> <BR> Saturday I had hemp toast and almond butter for breakfast, metric tons of sushi for lunch, then had TWO parties to attend. One surprise birthday party that ended up being an engagement party too, then another engagement party. (As J put it, "is there a Groupon for weddings right now?!") I had a drink and a hummus/pita chip snack at the first party, so not too bad, then, ah... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:09:27 EST Hotel Workouts http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5744715 I'm on my only business trip of the summer right now. (Which, by the way, is amazing! I never get to stay home this much!) Figuring it's just one week out of the whole summer, I set some rules for myself before going: <BR> <BR> 1. Exercise at least three days during the week. <BR> 2. Get all the Fitbit steps in (set to 7500/day). <BR> 3. Say no to the snack breaks. <BR> <BR> 1. Good! This morning I went to the hotel gym for the second time, and am on track to go either tomorrow or Frida... Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:26:34 EST Adios, FitBit Connection. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5735219 OK, love the new FitBit, as expected, but after 24 hours I've already disconnected it from Spark. If I track exercise here, which I like to do, the FitBit double books everything. Yesterday it added an addition 103 fitness minutes. I'm not even really sure where that number came from - I'm guessing that's how often it thought I was 'active' but in any case I don't want to over-credit myself on spark. <BR> <BR> Still, I do like to see my steps and stairs throughout the day for a little extra... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 09:44:22 EST Leg Day + New FitBit http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734409 Leg day at boot camp this morning. Lots of running, squats, lunges, dirty dogs, donkey kicks, calf raises, and resistance-band running. Oof. It was good, though. <BR> <BR> I was really craving a hot breakfast so I went to the Whole Foods breakfast bar for some tofu scramble and potatoes. I don't do it very often, but sometimes you just need a solid cooked breakfast, you know? <BR> <BR> One of my credit cards has these 'thank you points' that you can redeem for gift cards, electronics, eve... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 09:21:51 EST Action- (And Activity-) Packed Long Weekend! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5733665 I! Am! Exhausted! <BR> <BR> Aren't long weekends supposed to leave you feeling refreshed, rested, and ready to go? Ha! <BR> <BR> Friday: <BR> 8AM Firecracker 5K. <BR> <BR> I forgot my watch (what?!) so I was relying on my running partner for pacing and intervals. I know she runs faster than I do, but when we hit the first mile I knew we were going really fast (by my standards). <BR> <BR> Me: "Hey, B, we're going really fast, aren't we?" <BR> <BR> Her: [looking at watch] "Ummm, I'm n... Mon, 7 Jul 2014 09:40:29 EST Rain, Rain, Go Away http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731186 There's a hurricane headed up the east coast, projected to hit my area (DC/VA) tonight into tomorrow morning. First, good luck to the folks on the coast. As a Floridian I know how stressful hurricane season can get. Second, I hope it bounces out to sea on the fast side of the predictions. I am scheduled to do the Firecracker 5K at 8AM tomorrow morning and I would really like to do it. <BR> <BR> There you have it, my selfish reason for not liking this stupid hurricane. <BR> <BR> This morni... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 09:32:47 EST June Recap & Quick Story http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5729738 First the bad news - for the second time in 2014, I didn't hit my goal of 21 exercise days a month. <BR> <BR> But the good news: <BR> <BR> ... I did get to 19 exercise days in June ... <BR> ... at least four times per week, each week ... <BR> ... for a total of 1215 exercise minutes ... <BR> ... which averages out to 40.5 minutes per day <BR> <BR> That, I think, is awesome. Consistency! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/2/1/l2108551809.jpg"> <BR> <BR> Now for th... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 09:57:47 EST My Calves! (Hiking Pics!) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5728911 The kiddo is off to Florida for the summer, so J and I have almost two months of grown-up time! Yay! This weekend, we went hiking off Skyline Drive in western Virginia - about two hours from home. It was fantastic! We hiked all day, spent the night out there, had a great dinner in an awesome little tavern in a small town, and came home on Sunday. <BR> <BR> We did the White Oak Canyon Trail, which according to the National Park Service Website is: <BR> <BR> "4.6 miles round trip to upper fa... Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:17:30 EST Sleeeeeep! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5725708 I was up past my bedtime last night, so when the alarm went off at 5:10AM I yelled at it, rolled back over, and slept another hour. <BR> <BR> I don't feel guilty, though. Yesterday was Twofer Tuesday, wherein I go to boot camp in the morning and run with my friend in the afternoon. Then after the run, I went to the pool with the boys for a game of pool volleyball. While not exactly the most intense exercise ever, it totally counts as a calorie burner of some sort. <BR> <BR> This morning I... Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:01:58 EST Not Quite Right http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5724789 As I have mentioned approximately 87987298379487238749237423 times, I *detest* push ups. Which means I need to do them more. Which makes me even angrier about doing them. Which makes me hate them more. Repeat. <BR> <BR> This morning was a mostly arms/chest class, which means ... PUSH UPS! <BR> <BR> [ grooooooooaaaaaaaaaan ] <BR> <BR> Not only did we do 80 bajillion barrel roll push ups, but we did these Spiderman push up monstrosities. <BR> <BR> Here's what they're supposed to look lik... Tue, 24 Jun 2014 10:22:01 EST 4-Miler Race Report http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5723951 I'm good for a 5K, but I was a little nervous about doing a 4-miler. It's only 9/10ths of a mile more, but it matters. My internal list of reasons to freak out: (1) I haven't really been running all that much. (2) When I do run, it's ~2 miles at a time. (3) It was in the mid- to upper-90s all week, and I suuuuuuuuuck at hot weather runs. (4) Two years ago I did this race and it was in the mid-90s and I thought I might die - so much so that my running buddy and my running coach doubled back on... Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:10:03 EST Pyramids & Perfection http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5721342 My boot camp instructor, Tom, is not the type to dole out meaningless compliments. He's more prone to yelling at people to suck it up than pandering. So when you get a compliment, it means that much more. This morning was some sort of insane pyramid frenzy. A pyramid is when you do 5, then 10, then 15, then 20, then 25, then 20, then 15, then 10, then 5 of the same exercise with maybe 10-20 seconds between reps. They basically suck monkey balls depending on what exercise you're doing and how ... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:21:22 EST Tracker Fun http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719693 Today's boot camp was a rousing game of Chase Tom Around Sterling, Virginia. I ran/walked 4.25 miles in one hour. Now, that is a 14 minute/mile, which is not exactly record-setting pace, but I have short little legs and I was *running* for a good chunk of it. The Spark calculator insists I was walking and that I burned about 300 calories. Compare this to a regular boot camp class and when I put in 'boot camp' for one hour it says I'm burning almost 700 calories. I guarantee you I was just as ... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:04:17 EST Still Stuck http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5719233 The scale is still stuck, but I'm not going to stress about it too much. Stress enough to make sure I get my ass to boot camp at least four days a week. Stress enough to put down the french fries and pick up the broccoli. But not obsess over four tenths of a pound. Yes, I am 'up' 0.4 pounds, after fluctuating within one pound for the last at least three months. But you know what? It's going to disappear. And if I can keep the cookies out of my mouth, it's going to go down. <BR> <BR> And I C... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 15:46:16 EST Where Have I Been!? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5714896 Sheesh, have I really not posted anything since 20 May?! <BR> <BR> Well, let's see, I've been going to boot camp, and I've also been trying to run more since I have a 4-miler on 21 June. This weekend I managed to do 4 miles in 51 minutes, which is pretty darn good for me. Consistency, though, is key. I need to keep going! <BR> <BR> I'm also doing the ROC Race this weekend. It's the Ridiculous Obstacle Course race, which is roughly based on the TV show Wipeout. Here's a little YouTube ad f... Tue, 10 Jun 2014 10:48:17 EST Excercise Isn't About Doing What You Like ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5699102 As you've probably figured out by now if you've been reading my blatherings regularly, I love me some boot camp. I also hate me some boot camp. Really, I love it when it's done, but it sure does suck for an hour straight! <BR> <BR> The instructor, Tom, is kind of your old-school calisthenics type. Cardio, plyometrics, body weight exercises. Every class is different. Every class is hard. Some days it's all running. Some days it's all push ups. Some days it's working muscles you swear you did... Tue, 20 May 2014 09:49:25 EST An Uncharacteristically Lazy Three Days http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698227 Further proof of my theory that it doesn't matter what the hell I do, my body will do whatever the hell it wants ... <BR> <BR> I skipped boot camp on Friday, was totally lazy on Saturday, and on Sunday was supposed to run a 5K (the Color Run) but as it turns out I, um, sorta never bothered registering for it. Oopsies. Now, I did at least volunteer at the race yesterday which meant lugging 50kg barrels of dye around, moving cinder blocks, lots of arm/shoulder exercise throwing color on peopl... Mon, 19 May 2014 09:09:28 EST Mid-May Check-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5696263 Well hello, May 16th. <BR> <BR> I skipped boot camp this morning, as planned. Last night was a work dinner for my boss who's leaving and I knew those things can stretch into 3+ hours depending on how many people feel the need to give speeches. Thankfully, it was *only* 2.5 hours, so I was still home by 10. Still, I have been to boot camp every day this week and I felt like today would make a good rest day anyway, so I slept in until about 630 this morning. (Isn't it sad that 630AM is consid... Fri, 16 May 2014 09:22:20 EST Compliments Welcome http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695518 There's a woman at my gym I chat with for a few minutes a few times a week. I'm usually finishing up and heading out as she's coming in, but we're friendly enough. <BR> <BR> Today, this happened: <BR> <BR> Her: "Good morning! Can I just stop for a second and say you look great?" <BR> <BR> Me: "OF COURSE YOU CAN TELL ME I LOOK GREAT! hahahahaha thanks!" <BR> <BR> Her: "I can really see your face and neck in particular getting thinner. Just wanted to say that." <BR> <BR> And then she was ... Thu, 15 May 2014 09:00:08 EST Feeling hot Hot HOT http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694799 Several years ago when I did boot camp, there were only outdoor classes. Outdoors. 6AM. Boot camp. February. Clearly I was insane. <BR> <BR> So when I went back and saw that now there are indoor studios, I thought it was awesome! No snow, no ice, no rain! <BR> <BR> I started boot camp again in ~February, and it was great. Warm! Protected! <BR> <BR> Then it was 92 degrees yesterday, and when I went in to boot camp this morning I realized ... THE PLACE IS A FREAKING SAUNA. There are a few... Wed, 14 May 2014 10:15:13 EST Fun With Numbers http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5694084 For the last three weeks, the scale has been exactly the same every Sunday morning. To the ounce. This is a bit frustrating. (At least it's not going up, at least I'm seeing non-scale victories, at least my clothes are fitting better, blah blah blah, spare me your pep talks.) <BR> <BR> But here's the weird part. <BR> <BR> If I weigh in on any other day, the scale moves. That is the only reason I know it's not broken. I weighed in this morning out of curiosity and I have magically gained t... Tue, 13 May 2014 10:34:40 EST What's that weird bony thing? Oh, a hip bone. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693198 A funny thing happened on Saturday. I went to boot camp (a Saturday rarity) and there was a different instructor who had us doing different exercises. Not that there's any such thing as a normal class with Tom, but after awhile you get to know his moves. She has us doing back extensions, and while I've certainly done them before, I'd never done 300 of them before (2 exercises, three sets of 50 each). Two things occurred to me during this torture: <BR> <BR> 1. I honestly had no idea my back w... Mon, 12 May 2014 08:51:40 EST STREEEEEEEEEEETCH http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690453 This morning was one of those classes where you don't realize how hard it is until it's too late. There were only 5 of us today, so we were on the TRX straps most of the time. Chest presses, chest flies, bicep curls, preacher curls, tricep kickbacks, rows, you name it. And when we weren't on the TRX, we were doing push ups, back extensions, mountain climbers, and planks. <BR> <BR> Somewhere along the line I realized HOLY CRAP THIS IS HARD. <BR> <BR> I can do cardio all day long. OK maybe ... Thu, 8 May 2014 10:31:31 EST I'm Changing My Name to Scatterbrained. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689606 Last year, two friends and I had a little Tuesday night running club. It was fun. It was a nice, slow, easy pace to accommodate the one woman there who was slower than me. (And I didn't even think that was a thing aside from perhaps elderly ladies with mobility issues!) <BR> <BR> This year, we've decided to resume our Tuesday night running club. Except the slower one hasn't been able to make it yet, so it's just me and Speedy Gonzalez busting out anywhere from 2-4 miles. <BR> <BR> Oh, rig... Wed, 7 May 2014 09:16:42 EST My Newly Straight Teeth http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5689074 I think I neglected to mention it here, but two weeks ago today I got my braces off. YAY! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1599670809.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I had two glorious weeks (glorious in hindsight anyway) of these clear plastic retainers so it looked like I was really, truly done with metal in my mouth. <BR> <BR> But then today my permanent retainers came in and now I am back to a silver line across my top and bottom teeth. It's better than full on braces, a... Tue, 6 May 2014 15:35:51 EST First 5K of the Year - DONE! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687824 I had a really good weekend. Saturday I rode my bike to the local sports pavilion for packet pickup for a 5K race on Sunday. Hyper-local races like this are awesome! In major suburbia like this you really can't walk / ride your bike many places. It was only about 10 minutes each way, and that 20 minute bike ride was my only exercise on Saturday. But it is hilly! <BR> <BR> Sunday morning my running buddy picked me up and we drove to the race (hey, who am I to turn down a ride?!). It was a ve... Mon, 5 May 2014 08:59:52 EST April Summary http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685602 Whew! April was a good month! <BR> <BR> What I find, funny, though, is that in January and February I realized I didn't exercise on Wednesdays. And I was OK with that, but it was an odd little quirk that I hadn't ever realized. Then in March and April I started exercising on Wednesdays more. Now, in April, apparently I don't exercise at the end of the week. Ha! There are a lot of holes in the Friday/Saturday columns! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/5/3/l538891083.... Fri, 2 May 2014 09:23:13 EST Boot Camp On Crack http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5685595 Hi, there, regular readers! As you know by now, Tom is insane! I regularly regale you with his insane workout plans, but somehow I manage to muddle through them. Usually last to finish, but I feel like a badass when it's over and that's all that matters right? <BR> <BR> Today, Tom was feeling a particularly heinous shade of evil. It was kind of like normal, except in between sets instead of resting, we were running! Alllllllllll over the warehouse complex. Run around a building, stop and do... Fri, 2 May 2014 09:13:15 EST Dead Last, But Done! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5684763 Tom's been on a running kick lately. There were SEVEN people (!) in my boot camp class that ran the Nike Women's Half Marathon on Sunday, and I guess he decided to continue that streak all this week. Monday, Wednesday, and today were all significant amounts of running. Tuesday probably was, too, but I didn't go. :) <BR> <BR> And given that I'm only good for a 5K at best and these people are running freaking half marathons (one girl ran with Shalane Flanagan, the first American woman to fini... Thu, 1 May 2014 10:02:19 EST I *KNEW* It! Boot Camp is the Devil! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683798 Ha! Oh, tracker, you're funny. Usually it says boot camp burns 600-700 calories but I don't know if the formula changed or what, but today? <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/6/l1653469846.jpg"> <BR> <BR> (I just realized that picture is tiny. It says 60 minutes of boot camp burns 666 calories.) <BR> <BR> Evil, indeed. :) <BR> <BR> Laps <BR> Stretching <BR> <BR> Laps (regular, inside squats, outside squats, high skipping, far skipping, regular) <BR> <BR> Dirt... Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:00:32 EST The Gray Pants http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5683004 I basically only wear pants from The Limited. And really just one cut. But I have this one pair of gray pants in a different cut. They're the same size, but they're not the 'curvy' cut the others are, and man can I tell the difference. I'm the definition of hourglass, so I need roomy hip regions in my pants! <BR> <BR> I haven't worn these pants in a long time. They were just a smidge too snug for me to feel comfortable, so they were tucked away in the closet. But this morning as I looked at... Tue, 29 Apr 2014 09:24:10 EST Measurements & Stuff http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5682462 I weighed in again this week, to find the scale exactly - down to the ounce - where it was last week. Yet Friday was chock full of compliments and as I was about to get into the shower J said he sees results too. So I went out and bought a shiny new measuring tape. <BR> <BR> Of course, I have no reference for these numbers, but I'll be interested to see if they go down over the next few months. <BR> <BR> Because even if I am not losing pounds, losing inches is what really matters more to ... Mon, 28 Apr 2014 13:46:50 EST Compliments, Compliments, Compliments! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5680150 What a great day so far! <BR> <BR> One of my fellow boot camp inmates commented today that I've lost weight. I haven't but said thank you anyway, and she said, "well at least you're losing inches or something, because you look great." YAY! <BR> <BR> Then Tom said I had nice form on several exercises and told me I was "on fire today." YAY! <BR> <BR> Then I went to the gym to stretch and shower and my locker buddy said I looked great, too. <BR> <BR> WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE?! Ha! I love i... Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:46:42 EST Catching Up With Reality http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5676899 I'm quick to adjust the weight tracker down, but not so good when it goes up, telling myself, "it's just a blip, I'll wait until next week." It's a slippery slope. My weight started creeping up again a couple of months ago - not by much but by maybe ~2 pounds - but then with boot camp and a renewed focus on food it stayed the same for awhile. This week, it finally moved down a pound. I just updated it in Spark. It's actually a pound higher than it was in the tracker, but my last weigh-in was ... Mon, 21 Apr 2014 09:07:36 EST Pseudo-Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5674222 Yesterday I talked about stepping up my food game but that I wasn't really going all out and tracking everything. <BR> <BR> Then I tracked everything. Ha! <BR> <BR> Though, I'm calling it pseudo-tracking because I'm taking some liberties. A lot of the food I eat is homemade and I don't have the time to input every recipe - if there even IS a recipe, which is doubtful - into Spark. <BR> <BR> For example, my dinner yesterday was leftovers off the grill - squash, balsamic-marinated tofu, a... Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:49:07 EST Food Matters Too http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5673409 I've been concentrating a lot lately on exercise. Boot camp boot camp boot camp! Active recovery! Spring = running! <BR> <BR> But the fact of the matter is I've been back at boot camp for two months (as of Friday) and I haven't lost any weight. <BR> <BR> I know how my body works by now and I *KNOW* I have to keep plugging along even when I don't see any results on the scale, and I am committed to doing so. And sometimes I look in the mirror and I think I see less chin. And J swears he see... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:01:28 EST Is That All? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5672689 This morning was one of those classes where I left looking like I had gone for a swim because I was so sweaty. My shoulders and chest are pretty sore from yesterdays push-up-alooza. I didn't think my chest ever really got sore, but it turns out I was wrong. And I realized on the first exercise of the day - sit ups - that my abs are sore too. I didn't think we even did that much ab work yesterday but I guess we did. Soooooo, basically what I'm saying is that this morning was rough. It was also... Tue, 15 Apr 2014 09:57:34 EST Right. Let's Just Make Up Franken-Exercises. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5671873 If someone asked me to pick my two least favorite exercises of all time, they would be pushups and triceps. So imagine the look on my face when I learned that this morning's class would be all pushups, triceps, and shoulders (my 3rd weakest part). <BR> <BR> And then imagine the death glares I shot the instructor when the last exercise of the day - after the barrel roll pushups and offset pushups and overhead triceps - was a one-armed pushup with a tricep kickback with a band. WHAT? I can't ... Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:43:30 EST 135 Burpees. Not a Typo. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669705 This morning was the kind of class I enjoy. Instead of everyone doing the same thing at the same time, it was a go-at-your-own-pace thing. The challenge was to do at least 100 of each exercise but really he wanted 200 for the advanced boot campers. <BR> <BR> We had 50 minutes to do five exercises in whatever order we so desired, in whatever quantities we so desired. In the end, I hit my 100 in 35 minutes (and I wasn't last to get to 100!), and by the end of the 50 minutes I had done 135 of ... Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:48:29 EST The Extremely Long List of Boot Camp Exercises from This Morning http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5669071 Man, today was COMPLICATED. Here's the full list of everything we did: <BR> <BR> 1. Warm up Laps. <BR> <BR> 2. RUN. <BR> <BR> 3. Cool down Laps. <BR> <BR> How on earth I managed to keep track of this whole list is beyond me. <BR> <BR> ;) Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:59:12 EST Run, Forrest, Run! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5666337 When I first started running several years ago, I went all Goldilocks and rejected 8 million pairs of shoes until I finally found my beloved Saucony Kinvaras. I had those, then the Kinvara 2, then the Kinvara 3 … and I was absolutely 100% loyal to them. <BR> <BR> Until the Kinvara 4s came out and I hated them. :( DAMMIT SAUCONY! <BR> <BR> I bought every pair of Kinvara 3s at my running store and then two more on Amazon, but my last pair was dying a tragic death and it was time to replace ... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 09:45:08 EST March Recap http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5661578 For the first time in 2014, I did NOT make my 21 sticker goal. Bummer. <BR> <BR> I got sick, traveled a bit, and got a little complacent. I DID manage to get 18 stickers, so I was almost there despite all that. <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/8/l1873487116.jpg"> <BR> <BR> I will do better in April! I'm already off to a great start, having gone to boot camp this morning. <BR> <BR> I'm leaving town again today, but I should have no problem getting to the gym in... Tue, 1 Apr 2014 09:47:42 EST Cardi-OMG http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5656048 I hereby dub this morning's boot camp class Cardi-OMG. <BR> <BR> First off, any class that starts with planks is not going to be my friend. But then when the rest of the class is pretty much all running and jumping, well, if you need me I'll be crying in the corner. Ha! <BR> <BR> And the 'resistance-band running' thing was pretty brutal. Not only are you doing laps, but you've got TWO resistance bands wrapped around you and a WHOLE NOTHER PERSON whose sole job it is to drag you down. It's... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:35:41 EST Cross Training ... It Works! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5655285 A funny thing happened over the weekend. I went for a run and it was ... easy. <BR> <BR> I used to run a lot. And not do much else, truth be told. And every run felt like I was trudging through mud. I'm not fast, and I never will be, and I'm OK with that. <BR> <BR> I haven't been running much lately. Sure, we run in boot camp, but it's usually about a quarter-mile at a time at most. (Repeated 2983098203480298340892343 times some days, but non-running stuff in between reps.) <BR> <BR> But... Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:55:24 EST It's Official. *Everything* is Sore. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653025 Oh, my. <BR> <BR> I honestly cannot recall the last time I was this sore from exercise. <BR> <BR> The big ones at the moment are my abs and my butt. It aches when I cough or laugh or sit or stand or do all sorts of other things that are required for daily life. <BR> <BR> But no pain no gain, right? OR, more specifically, no pain no loss, right? <BR> <BR> It's the good kind of aching, really. The kind that lets me know I've been active. Not the I-need-a-chiropractor kind. <BR> <BR> T... Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:51:57 EST No Comparisons, No Problem! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5652394 OK, I'll admit it. There's definitely something demotivating about being the worst at basically everything in boot camp. Yesterday, Tom wanted us to do 50 sit ups and then run a lap. I was on MAYBE #25 when people started running past me. To hear him at the end say, "wherever you are just do five more" kinda sucked, because in my head I heard "dear god you slowpokes just finish already." And it's not the first time that's happened. Out for a run, who's coming in last? Do 50 of something on th... Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:12:45 EST DOMS ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5651413 Yesterday's boot camp class was a lot of legs. This morning I woke up starting to feel the telltale signs of DOMS. My legs are aching and my butt is sore. But off to boot camp I went, and today it was almost all upper body. We did so many push ups, bicep curls, and sit ups that now my entire body is sore. And it hurts to cough, which I'm still doing. He wanted us to do 50 sit ups at a time but I simply cannot do them that fast, so I ended up doing about 35 in each set before he called time. <... Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:30:16 EST