Monday, March 19, 2007

Catch up!

Let's see, I haven't had time to blog over the weekend, so this will just be a quicky catch up since last I updated :)

Friday - I ran 3.1 in 31 minutes, I think. It felt pretty good, but I was not breathing great.

Saturday - Warm-up mile (I may have finally figured this breathing thing out. I will let you know if it works next run or not...but this mile felt really good!) Then I did an hour and a half of weights. It was a great workout. My Icon-Kathy, her friend/gympartner Mike and I all worked together. They are sooooooooo helpful to me and have just taught me so much. I didn't even get sore from this workout!

Sunday - rest day

I wanted to run today over lunch, but ended up having to work through, so I will do some core and yoga tonight :)

Tomorrow is back to weights and I can't wait! I love the weight days at the gym!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

It May be True Love

Have you met my new boyfriend? His name is Gym. He gives me everything I need and knows I hate all that mushy crap. When I am pissed off, he lets me work my aggression out on him. When I am conflicted, he just lets me find my own pace and work through my own issues. Oh, he's there when I am happy and feeling on top of the world, too. He really is a great guy, my Gym.

Bad mood doesn't even come close to describing how I was feeling this morning. Irritable - not even close to being in the realm of where I was at. I was so far more than these feelings, these words that it wasn't even funny. You see, my dear, dear friends. I am in the process of stopping smoking. Yes, that's right. Now, before you go jumping into your "that's great" "you will feel so much better" blah, blah bullshit, I have to warn you that right now at this moment the only thing that will make me feel better is a cigarette and I could honestly give a crap about anything else.

But with the help of my Wonder Woman co-worker and my true love, I honestly feel like I may not just beat the snot out of someone today for no apparent reason. So, there is hope. If I can make it through today, I may just make it. And that is the only reason I need to continue this wonderful love affair.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


So Saturday really let me have it on Sunday and Monday, so I have definitely slowed the pace down for a couple of days. I took the kids on a walk to try to loosen up my muscles both nights and did yoga last night (Monday). I really think that did a world of good. The whole time I was doing it, my joints were popping and creaking, but it didn't hurt at all and I felt like a new woman afterwards. I need to keep that in mind the next time I overdo it.

I am still pretty sore, going up and down steps is rough, but not nearly as bad as yesterday was, so I decided that no more wimping out on the gym, time to get back on that horse ;) I definitely didn't have time to be nearly as intense as Saturday, but I got in a really good workout and felt great the whole time. I did a pretty decent upper body and ab/core workout. So tell me this....why is it that as soon as I put my heels back on in the locker room, my legs were whining again? I got in a warm-up mile and a solid 40 minutes of weights and felt super and the minute I stop, the muscles are back crabbing at me again. I just don't get it.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Hurts so Good

LOL! Not really, but I keep telling myself that I like it ;) I got the most awesome workout yesterday! One of my coworkers who is a Gym Goddess let me follow her through her workout (I was actually invited since her usual workout partner was unavailable ;)) yesterday. I started by running 2 miles because I didn't know if she was actually going to come or not so I just figured I would run until I felt like stopping and then hit the machines. Shortly after my second mile she got to the track for her mile warm-up (she is crazy fast, too). So I ran a lap with her and thought I should probably stop and stretch since I was about to pass out from one lap at her pace...heh.

She asked me what I wanted to do and I told her whatever she was doing, I would do too (just minus some of the weight). We started with twisting lunges with a medicine ball down the hallway, then used the resistance bands another couple of sets. Then it was on to upper body. We started out on the mats and did some presses with dumbbells on a swiss ball. Let's see, I am still learning all the muscles, but we did pull-ups (that machine sucks royally), one for our shoulders, another where we pushed straight out and then went to the big machines in the free-weight room. We did biceps and triceps and there was a machine that you pull down that is supposed to give you that rocking "v" from your shoulders to your waist ;) After those, we did squats then quads, hamstrings and calves. We finished with a core one that is actually I guess like a backwards situp? You stand with your quads against a board and then lean over and straighten up. I know that makes no sense, but she said it supposed to work the love handles, which I am all about I can't wait to find out if she did more after I left. I had no choice as the kiddos had been in the daycare for 2 hours and I probably would have had child services called if I didn't come get them ;)

It was a rockin' workout, but I am paying for it today. Oddly enough, my calves are probably the worst for wear. They are not happy with me and I am afraid what tomorrow morning will hold for me. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, March 7, 2007


You are so much stronger than you think you are. You can carry whatever load is handed to you. And if it is too hard, then share it with me. I will carry part of it for you. I will take it all if you can’t handle it. If you can’t be strong enough right now, let me be strong enough for you. Don’t ever forget that I am always here to help you. I will pick up whatever you drop. I love you so much and would never leave your side.

You are so much stronger than you think you are. The rough patches don’t last forever. They really don’t. The first “ten minutes” are the hardest part. If you can get through those ten minutes, you can make it to the end. This is your “ten minutes” and I will be cheering you through. I love you so much and would never stop yelling as loud as I can for you.

You are so much stronger than you think you are. And you can believe in this because I am telling you that you are. I love you so much and would never lie to you.

I am so scared for you right now and I can’t tell you any of this yet, but I will. And I will do everything I can to help.

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Are you Freaking Kidding Me??????

My first official weight training day was today and boy, oh boy, do I need to hit the weights! I knew that my upper body was not as strong as I want it to be, but I had no idea how weak it was :X The lat pull-down (thanks Nik ;)) sucked butt and I couldn't even pull down the last time. I suppose it gives me something to shoot for ;)

Definitely need to weight train at least 2, preferrably 3 times a week though. I think I can even use the kids to do upper body at home, too. I am also trying to line up a sitter for Saturday morning to get to the gym for a little longer and workout with a girl from work. That would be great.

And now for the just called and grandma is back in the hospital. Seriously. :(

Monday, March 5, 2007

Ugh, life.

Last week at the gym they started a team program...Around the World in 40 Days. Basically, you choose your goals (anywhere from 125 travel points to 300 travel points). Each travel point equals 1 minute of exercise. So, on Monday, I go in, get my goal set at 300 and am all pumped up about it. That same afternoon, my grandma gets admitted to the hospital with pneumonia and there goes my perfectly planned week. Thankfully, we can count exercise at home (away from the gym) in our point total, so I did end the week with about 340 minutes, but they didn't come the way I had expected them to!

I ran on Monday and Friday at the gym. The Monday run was a great one, but Friday's was just kind of there. I have been doing core work on the ball at home, lots of yoga (which is getting much harder! I must have gotten lucky and started with some easy ones) and have started using dumbbells to do upper body work at home, too. Other than cardio, I have a decent selection of things to choose from at home.

The plan this week is to run MWF and weight train on Tuesday and Thursday. I am really excited to get into the weight training, so hopefully life leaves me alone this week ;)