Week 9: All of your eyes will open and you will know.

Saturday, March 07, 2009

This is the first time in a long time that I have wanted to come and put up a post here on this blog. Insane. I know, especially coming from a hardcore blogger.

But this week was, well, good- at least the end result was.

I have never been this busy in my life. Here is my schedule:
Sunday: Went home and saw family (2 hour drive) and did work out tapes
Monday: Teaching from 7am-4:30pm, band 7-9pm, got asked to a teaching interview!, no gym
Tuesday: Teaching from 7am-4pm, Quartet rehearsal from 5-6pm, Gym afterwards, worked on portfolio and bridal shower invites till 11pm
Wednesday: Teaching from 7am-4pm, Band from 4:30-6pm, Worked on portfolio for job interview for the rest of the night
Thursday: Teaching from 7am-11am, drove an hour to job interview, had dinner with my mom, hour drive back, at home strength training
Friday: Teaching 7am-5pm, work from 6-9pm, out with friends for first time in weeks till 1am
Saturday: Teaching (yes, on a weekend) from 8am-3pm, work from 5-12am (here now)
Sunday: Chicago trip with my best friend

So yes, I have been incrediably busy. It was mainly the stress of getting my sister's bridal shower invites out and going to my first job interview for a teaching position (YAY!). And you can see that I didn't get much gym time in. I am really working hard to make strength training- whether at gym or at home- a part of my Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday routine but it isn't going so hot. I am just not a big fan of strength training in general and I hate feeling like I cant walk up and down stairs or that I have a hard time lifting my arms. Plus, injuring my arm would seriously hurt my teaching and I cant really risk it. So I tend to do the little things instead.

I follow the sparkpeople bikinni workout strength training plan. But because I dont own hand weights, I use weight balls and things laying around the house. Since I cant bench press at home, I try to lift the bar stools in our kitchen instead. I up the intensity in the crunches by doing them in a bicycle style with outstretched legs instead of the suggested one. And overall, it seems to be helping.

This week, I am down .5inches from my waist and 1 from my hips. And as for the dreaded scale number, I've lost 2lbs this week! ROCK ON. I haven't had over a pound loss in weeks so seeing that number was awesome. I am going to say that adding calories to my diet and cycling as made a significant impact- at least this week.

But I am making this week another push for intensity. I am going to aim for 500 workout minutes total and push to do some cardio at least 6 days this week to make up for this week's gym vacation. If the weather stays up, I am going to also run outside (which I did last week). Running outside is so much harder, but if I am going to meet my 5K goal, then I am going to have to push for outdoor mileage.

... and by the way, I am up to running 1.2 miles without stopping. My time is terrible, but I am building stamina and that's all that matters!

*Pounds lost: 2
*Pounds lost so far: 17
*Current weight: 172

*Lessons Learned:
You can make big gains outside of the gym
Grab healthy snacks on long days so fast food wont be so tempting.
OMG. 90 calorie quaker mini delights. You are amazing and my new best friend. I swear. We will forever be BFFs.

*Goals for next week:
I am going to for another 2 lbs. It's not too far out of the picture.
500 fitness minutes- increas the intensity
Strength training Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday
Run a total of 6 miles this week.
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