Saturday, January 25, 2014

All I can think about

I leave for my vacation in 26 days. I've been in training for a few new projects at work for the past month, and so my days have been longer, and I've been unable to zone out as much as I'd like (sad, but true). Weekends have been my saving grace, and also seeing the lovely little Disney World Widget telling me how much more time has to come to pass before I'm drinking Konk Coolers on a cruise deck, getting some sun.

It's really all I can talk about at work, and I keep it at the forefront in my mind while I'm lifting at the gym, imagining my butt finally getting in shape.

So, speaking of the gym, I'm back to LiveFit. I just started week three today, and had so much fun. On Saturday mornings, my sister and I meet our friends, Matt and Lisa (marrieds), and while Matt runs from zombies (he apprently has an app) on a treadmill, Kiri, Lisa and I do some kind of lifting. Matt couldn't join us, so I managed to convince them that they wanted to do Week 3 Day 1 of LiveFit with me. This was a leg day, and I really just wanted the help with doing Smith Machine squats. I tried them by myself earlier this week, and it was kind of painful doing it alone, but at least now I knew Lisa and Kiri wouldn't let me drop the bar on myself.

We also invented the "Bad Joke Break." We'd been doing lunges (supposed to be walking lunges, but there's really not room to do that), and my sister broke into a silly joke. Then Lisa. Then me. While we were laughing, we continued and then more bad jokes. It's a good system, but we definitely need to study more bad jokes.

Mine: Where do horses stay on their honeymoon? The Bridle Suite!

After the workout, my sister said something interesting. We were at HyVee, getting bagels and jelly to feed mad cravings when she told me that when I was school, I should have become a personal trainer. Honestly, the thought has crossed my mind. I've loved fitness since I was in school (though it NEVER looked like it). All of my magazine subscriptions are health publications (Oxygen, Self, Fitness), and I love healthy cooking. I've been reading up on HOW to become a Personal Trainer, and there are several different classes that you can take, but first off, I want to see if I can take my own advice. It's a process, one that I hope to accomplish this year, but we'll see what happens.

I think I'm a girl with far too many interests, and not enough time in the world. Always been my problem.

But it all comes back to my trip in less than four weeks. My training program will be at the 6-week mark when we're on the boat, and that's usually where I get sidetracked and stop. Halfway through the program, I get intimidated and just stop. Or I get injured. I've been talking with some awesome people on Facebook who are going through this LiveFit journey, too, and that's been helpful. Plus, my friend, Emily is doing it with some of her work friends, too, so it's great to hear how it's going for her, too. Since I don't know the layout of the gym on the Disney Wonder, I'm telling myself that I might do week 6 over again if I can't do my workouts. I'm also debating taking a resistance band with me for the car ride down. It's an entire day of a drive, so figuring out some workouts to do in close quarters might not be a bad idea. Or I could chillax, and take my rest day. I still haven't decided.

  • Anything cool coming up that you're looking forward to?
  • Have you considered a change of career based on what other people tell you you're good at?

Sunday, January 5, 2014

New Year's Resolutions

I didn't accomplish ANY of my New Year's Resolutions last year. I was looking through them, and the only one I really did was Color Me Rad, but I sure as hell didn't run it. Frustrating, but I might've bitten off more than I could chew. WHat's important in life is to find your weaknesses and either work on them, or move past them.

I am opting to work on my lack of goal achievement by only giving myself baby goals at the start of the week, but only telling myself about them. I know some might say that I won't have anyone to hold me accountable, but I have me to hold me accountable. That's gonna have to be good enough for now, and it'll prove how much I want it, and not how much I want to show off for other people.

That being said, my goals for last week were a great success. I'm glad to start the year off right by finishing something good. I hope I can keep it up.

  1. Eat a fruit/vegetable with every meal. I think I did phenomonally on this one. I prepped a bunch of veggies to take to work, and I made sure to include something, be it applesauce with my oatmeal (made it with applesauce instead of water, and it was great!), or carrots with my yogurt (not mixed in, obviously). I also mixed avocado with my tuna for a healthy fat twist on tuna salad. Tasty noms.
  2. Go to the gym at least six days. Well, my gym didn't open until January 1, which was a Wednesday, so this will be an ongoing thing. I was actually really proud of myself. After two days of attempting C25K, but feeling completely meh about it, on Saturday, I actually completed day one as written (no unnecessary walk breaks). I felt refreshed, energized, and even did five minutes on the stairmaster, the 12 minute ab circuit and five minutes on the arc glider. I had an eventful Saturday, and it really pushed me into full on workout mode. I even want to spend time at the gym on my cruise next month!
Two goals for last week were all I really wanted to handle, but I'm already feeling the effects. I'm sleeping deeper, dreaming more vividly, and I'm not nearly so achey and sore as I used to be. For example, when my mom and I were putting up the Christmas tree, I got up on a chair to put the angel up, and I HURT. Really badly. This week, with less processed junk, and more workouts, I got up on that same chair to remove that same angel, and I wasn't in pain. Of course, I do hurt due to actually working out, but this was completely different. I used to hurt because I sat still, now my muscles hurt from use, and it feels good.

The long term goal for right now is to be able to move with some kind of energy on my vacation. I've been getting winded using the stairs at work, and I'm hoping that by the time the cruise rolls around, I'll be on my 7th week of C25k, and it's an 8 week program. By the start of that week, according to my trainer, I'll be jogging for 25 minutes straight. Whew! Craziness! This is why I'm going with baby steps. Because jogging for two minutes seems disturbing right now, let alone 25 minutes. Baby steps.

Anyway, this weeks' resolutions are going to be silent until probably next week. Hopefully the running keeps up. I was just so energized yesterday. It was awesome.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A Year in Review

Whenever New Year's Eve rolls around, I always, Always, ALWAYS look back on the previous year with a bit of a funk. I can only ever see the bad that happened. Don't know why. Probably because my life will never be as I want it, which is why I'm another year older, and a bit more disappointed.


I'm not usually this emo, but I do get this way around New Year's. But, I do know that some good things have happened over the last twelve months, and I'm going to list one for each month.

January: I discovered that I really enjoyed lifting weights. People noticed a difference in about a month, which was really nice to know. I'm getting back to it starting tomorrow. I joined the new Planet Fitness in town, so it should be all kinds of fun times.

February: I got to celebrate my friend, Emily's birthday at a dueling piano bar. I'd never been to one before, and it was actually a lot of fun. Just wicked freezing!

March: I got nominated for a blogging award, and got to see the second best performance of The Magic Flute I've ever seen (The first will always be when I saw it in Santa Fe).

April: My big sis moved home. It's been nice having my partner in crime back.

May: I completed the Color Me Rad 5k with no training, but was happy to finish in less than an hour. It was an amazing day.

June: I had an amazing garden. Lots of wonderful veggies came from it, and I discovered that I really enjoyed gardening.

July: I got a new phone! Samsung Galaxy S 3! Not the newest in the Galaxy family, but I love it.

August: I got to take a road trip with my sis to our cousin's wedding in Colorado. I got to see my best friend ever, and got to catch up with family, including my grandpa. 

September: I turned 28, and my lovely coworkers threw me a brunch party, complete with Disney Princess cupcakes. I also got a new computer that's been wonderful to have.

October: I found out that my client at work was going the way of the Dodo. This was a WONDERFUL thing for me, though it proved to be bad for several of my coworkers, who are now employed elsewhere. It was a blow to all of us, but it turned out well for me.

November: Participated in NaNoWriMo, and am in the process of writing a story that I'm liking even more the Sugar and Spies.

December: After not having a whole lot to do while they juggle things around at work, I got put on the Analogies Team to work on a calendar that goes to our clients, and I also got my first stint as a Technical Writer for the CEO of my company. That's been pretty exciting. I also found out where my permanent place would be at work today.

So, 2013 wasn't all bad. It had several high points, several low points, but such is life. 

2014, I hope you have as many, if not hopefully more good moments than 2013. I'm looking forward to several things this year, including my cruise in February.

Happy New Year!