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Friday, January 10, 2014

The picky part of me doesn't like some of the wording on this picture but I appreciate the essence of what it says. Thank you, Spark Friends for lighting the spark in me.

It's been a pretty successful week. I didn't go out of calorie range once since my last post and I exercised every day. One of those days the exercise was via "Just Dance" on Wii with my daughter so it was kind of a light day but still, I got myself moving and this week was a big improvement over the previous week.

I've been doing C25K except for one day at the Y when I did 1/4 mile length walk/run intervals instead of timed intervals. The reason for this is because I got a new waterproof phone case and my headphone jack couldn't fit without an adaptor, so there was no way to listen to music and the C25K app's little timer to tell me "begin running/start walking". I've since located the adaptor emoticon

Last night, I went to hip hop class at the Y. The regular teacher was sick so we had a Zumba teacher substitute. This is one of the teachers I avoid because she moves way too fast and her routines are very hard to follow. Don't get me wrong, she's a nice lady. She's very friendly, smiles and is energetic, but instead of constructing the routines to her songs with repeated sections of the same movements she always switches moves up every couple of seconds at a very high pace and it's difficult to discern a pattern to the movements. You'd have to be a regular and go to her class a few times to know what to do. A lot of the people actually quit the class partway through but I just kept in place and tried to keep moving, even though I might not have been following her exact moves. She was downright frenetic . I really didn't feel like I got a good workout since most of the time I was just half-a$#ing it while trying to figure out what the heck she was doing. So afterwards I went to the indoor track to walk a bit and then ran a half mile. I wanted to try for the full mile but my will power and steam just were not there.

Tonight my daughter and I will have to figure out a way to get some exercise in. She usually goes swimming while I go to a class/weights/track. However, something is going on with the pool. She swam 5 days in a row this week (which she's done before) and twice she came home with her skin inflamed and red. I think it's because of the pool chemicals. I told her she has to scale back to every other day because her skin gets dried and painful to the touch. We'll have to see how this plays out. Chlorine isn't the best thing to be exposed to but I hope she isn't developing a sensitivity. It would really be a disappointment to her if she couldn't swim often.

I will be taking 2 classes this semester and they start in a week and a half. I'm just hoping and praying that once they start I can "keep it together" with all the other stuff going on. After this semester, I'll be halfway done with the degree. At that point I can be on the lookout for other job opportunities. I like my current job, can't complain, but I definitely am stuck in the chain without upward movement in a town this size. In the meantime, my current boss is a good mentor and when I am ready to move on, I'll be sitting pretty. Just gotta keep chipping away at this degree---even if I really hate school (don't tell my daughter I said that).

This weekend, I will hopefully be delivering the last remaining hamster (woohoo!). What an adventure that has been! Besides a bit of housecleaning I need to take care of, it should remain a relaxing couple of days. Hope everyone has a good one!
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    You ROCK, Holley!!! What an inspiration you are!!!

    love you so!
    1931 days ago
    I have a real hard time with exercises that require I follow another person. That's why I love the elliptical. Sorry about your phone case and the Y pool. I hope they get the pool working again and your daughter is okay with the chlorine. You are doing outstanding! I understand the frustration of class as well as all the other worldly responsibilities. It's a lot to keep up!
    I have been blessed in one way and not in another. The PRN contract work is at a stand still with the AFCA admissions are down, so I have had ample time to study. No money but plenty of time. Like you I will be in a tizzy when more work is available. emoticon

    Have a great weekend and enjoy your free time! Keep up your good progress! emoticon emoticon
    1931 days ago
  • SUMMER2203
    good for you for continuing your workout after the class! it's those little bits that add up!!! could it be the cold weather that's irritating your daughter's skin in combination with the chlorine? there's gotta be some sort of swimmer's cure! i hope you guys are able to figure something otu!!!
    1931 days ago
    Awww your poor daughter!

    You are selling me on the Y though! Since we moved, there are 2 really close by and I have been tossing around the idea of joining. It sounds like you have a ton of great options, especially with the weather being bad!

    You're rockin' and rolling and thanks for sparking all of us with this post!
    1931 days ago
  • NHES220
    Wow, too bad about the chlorine sensitivity. Maybe with the dry air combined with the chemicals it is just worse in the winter. Hope it is just seasonal. Congrats on delivery of the last hamster! Lesson learned on that one! Congrats on hitting the halfway mark with school. I am not a fan either and my husband starts back full-time on Monday - he LOVES school and when he is a HS History teacher he'll get to go every day! I have a waterproof case on my phone and I have to make sure I bring the headphones with the adaptor too. It is warm enough to run outside here today, but way too messy, so treadmill again today. Have a great weekend!

    1931 days ago
    You are doing wonderfully!
    1931 days ago
    talking about helping light someones spark.. right back at you sister... grateful for your love and support..

    does your daughter shower at the Y ? or wait until she comes home to shower.. if she does wait .. it might be worth it to buy some cheap flip flops and have her rinse off really well there.here is a web site one Chlorine Rash.. what your daughter might have

    g/chlorine-rash/ .hope this helps .. it also has a link to some soap that might help.

    Way to shake and fake it.. sorry your instructor was sick .. hopefully she will be back soon.

    So proud of you working on your degree, working, being a mom and tackling this journey.. none of it easy and doing it all. Remember to prioritize and how import you are. Spark when you can .. we understand LIFE first .. but take care of you while living it.

    WOO HOO for hamster delivery .. and have a relaxing moment for you !!

    love you HOlls ,
    1931 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/10/2014 9:55:54 AM
    wow sounds like you've got things under control right now. I think I need to take a page from your book and let you inspire me!
    1931 days ago
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