Posts Tagged ‘fitness’

Drumroll… Did I lose?

April 7, 2010

Hells yeah, baby.  2.4 muthertruckin pounds.  BOOYA. 

Today, I got up and ran 4 miles before work (thanks to my imaginary buddies for insuring that I made it out of bed).  Then tonight, we did our Insanity workout.  Me tired. 

Dinner is Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup.  Mmmm.  We are eating shortly.  I’m frickin starving right now.  I’m watching Biggest Loser, too.  I know a lot of people hate Melissa, but I can completely 100% relate to her competitive drive.  I’ve got it.  And if I were on that show (let’s hope I never get back to a place where they’d take me) my bitchy competitive side would come SCREAMING OUT.  People would hate me if I were on that show.  😀 

I’m getting such a kick out of the little game going on tonight.  Awesome.  I’m such a bitch.  😀

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I’m being harassed ;)

April 5, 2010

By one of my two followers.  😀  Miss Novia is keeping me honest with blogging! 

So I’ve been busy.  Lots of Shawn T Insanity workouts.  We did our fit test at the beginning of week three (last week) and we both CRUSHED out initial fit test results.  So, go us!  We were both relieved that the crazy ass jumping and flailing was actually making a difference. 

While I’ve been being Insane, I have not been running much.  After those workouts, my legs are too dead to run.  So this week, I’ve recruited some of my favorite imaginary friends to call and harass me at 0500 each morning.  I shall run then, and do my Insanity workouts after work.

DH has been logging his points faithfully, and that fucker is losing weight like crazy.  I have been logging my points half-assedly, and shockingly, not losing weight.  I am allegedly down 2 lbs right now, but my weigh in day isn’t until tomorrow, and the scale never really cooperates with me.  So who knows. 

I keep saying I’m going to do a long run.  But I haven’t.  So I’m not sure if I’ll end up running at Derby, or not.  If I run, it will be a gallowalking festival, with 5 min running, then 1 min walking.  So we shall see.  It could go right down to the wire that morning.

Today’s workout

March 31, 2010

It started with good intentions.  We were on our way home, planning to do the Insanity workouts.  We got home, and ended up doing a different sort of workout, if ya know what I mean.  😀  Oops! 

I’ve got to run.  Jeebus.  I have a half in about 4 weeks and I haven’t done a long run in a while.  Like weeks.  I may or may not end up racing.  I need to get out this weekend and try a long run, probably gallowalking.  I mean, surely I can tough it out, right?   Eek.  We’ll see.

So this past weekend I went home to KS for a couple days.  That did not go well, foodwise.  It was my birthday, and there was ice cream cake, my favorite dips with chips, fried chicken…  gah.  It was G.O.O.D.  But I held steady this week, and did not lose.  I was neglectful in logging all week.  So, today, the beginning of my week, I’m logging.  No matter what.  Even tho I had too much shit food today.  Log it, move on.  Tomorrow I will just NOT start the junk.  I do better if I don’t even get started. 

Tomorrow DH and I will do our Insanity workouts, and I’m going to get my ass up before work and run.  Someone ask me about it tomorrow.  Novia?  I’m talking to you, babe.

8 straight days of workouts, and COUNTING!

March 19, 2010

Welp, we’re still going strong on our Insanity workouts.  Yesterday was a rest day, per the program, but I had to teach Spinning.  So, I did.  Yesterday was the eighth day in a row of working out!  And tonight I have a run and Insanity workout planned.  Tomorrow and Sunday are Spin + Insanity.  Etc, etc, etc.  As some of my friends would say:  RAWR! 

I had three women in Spin last night.  All of them are definitely more in the beginner realm, and it was a super fun class.  I got to encourage them to hang on for the last 30 seconds of a climb, and tell them how hard they worked.  I really enjoyed it.  I hope they did, too. 

Did I tell you guys that I didn’t end up going to Dallas for the RnR half marathon?  I watched plane ticket prices for WEEKS and they were hovering between $350-400 a person.  Since we needed 2 of them, there was no way in hell I was paying that.  So about a week out, I came to realize it wasn’t gonna happen.  So I committed to teach Spin both days that weekend.  Then, BAM, prices went down to $150 a person.  ::insertPISSEDOFFsmileyhere::  ARGH.  Oh well. 

I have another half marathon planned for April 24th in Louisville, KY.  It’s the Derby Half Marathon, and I cannot frickin’ wait.  Not for the run, but for the company!  I’m going to be hanging out with my imaginary running girlfriends!  I mean, they are real, but I call them my imaginary friends because I met them on a running message board, and had not met them until this past fall!  But they are THE BEST.  I’m going to attempt 9 miles on Monday, and then work up before the race.  It’s been probably 3 weeks since my last long run, so we’ll see how it goes.  In addition to the race, we are also having a Fuckerware party.  (In case you don’t know what that is, it’s like a tupperware party, but you buy big black dildos and the like)  GOOD TIMES. 

We’ve been having this outstanding spring weather here in Colorado.  I ran outside after work on Wednesday, and it was fabulous.  However, because Mother Nature is a mercurial bitch, it is now snowing and 26 degrees.  I kinda want to tell ol’ Ma Nature to go f*ck herself.   I’m ready for outside running, capris, skirts and sandals, and grilling. 

My message to Mother Nature:  Bring back Spring, you crazy ho.

Insanity!!

March 16, 2010

Not my life.  😀  My workouts!  In a couple ways.  So I haven’t been running a ton, but I’ve been Spinning a lot.  Subbing and teaching a lot of classes.  But the real Insanity are the workouts I somehow talked my DH into trying with me. 

The first day we took a Fit Test that consisted of kicking and jumping around like a jackass.  Well, sort of jumping.  I’m not a very good jumper.  You’d think a little fit test would be ok, and then the next day we’d be ready to jump in to our workout.  But, in reality, not so much.  Jeebus H. Christ, I was sore for two full days, and a bit sore for the third day.  Holy crap.  What a crazy ass workout.  It’s awesome. 

I do, however, need to run.  I haven’t run in a while.  GAH.  After the Insanity workout, my legs are too jelly-like to run!  But I have a half marathon in April, and I’m going to be in big trouble if I don’t get my ass in running gear. 

I’ve lost a few more pounds, so that is good.  🙂

Big workout weekend

February 22, 2010

I love these weekends.  They give me a great amount of confidence in my ability to go for a long time.  Yesterday I taught a 90 minute spin class, and then today I ran 4 miles before I taught a 60 min spin class.  Both days, long workouts.  And last weekend I ran 11 miles on the treadmill, which was over 2 hours long.

I’m starting to feel cautiously optimistic about my upcoming half marathon.  I know that long biking sessions are not the same as long running sessions, impact wise, but I feel good about my endurance.  This coming weekend, I have a 12 miler to do, and it would sure be nice if I could get outside for it.  We shall see.  Winter seems to have set in for good in Colorado, and I’m sick and frickin’ tired of it.  Give me some goddammed sunshine, before I get grouchy(er). 

Although, the upside of running on my treadmill is that I’ve been reading a lot.  My new E-reader is da bomb for running on the treadmill.  It made that 11 miler go pretty fast.  SCORE.

Eating wise, I have been ok.  Not great, but not bad.  I am down another pound or so, and that is good.  However, I have slacked off on the logging a bit, which is definitely why my losses slowed.  It’s like this magical coincidence, huh?

I’m slacking!

February 13, 2010

Not on the workouts or the eating right.  But on the blogging 😀 

So this has been a good couple weeks.  I am down about 6 lbs from my recent high, all due to counting points and logging them.  Amazing how that works, huh? 

This past weekend I had a 10 mile long run on my schedule.  However, Mother Nature, the bitch, didn’t want to cooperate.  It was cold and snowy.  Boo.  So I did that sucker on my treadmill.  Good times.  I used my Sony E-Reader, and read a book the entire time.  That made it go by pretty fast, all things considered.  I only had to take one potty break.  Not too shabby!

Then this week on Tuesday, I did a Body Pump class.  No, it is not a class on hibbity jibbity, you pervs.  It’s a weight lifting class.  Apparently it worked, because my thighs were sore, REALLY SORE, for two full days afterwards.  Going down stairs was no fun, and I felt like I was walking like a zombie everywhere I went! 

Thursday brought a run and a Spin class (woo!) and tonight I’ll hopefully run later.  I am going out to dinner with a couple friends, and they chose Carraba’s as our destination.  UGH.  First, I don’t really care for Italian Restaurants, because I feel like I’m really getting bent over on the food.  $15 for a plate with some noodles, sauce, and maybe some chicken?  Come on.  Plus, I never really like the food there.  But hey, at least they should have good wine.

So like a good little Weight Watcher, I went searching for nutritional info on Carraba’s.  They don’t have it on their site, so what I found may or may not be accurate, and isn’t exactly comforting.  It sounds like I should try to get them to bring me a dry salad (no cheese) and a piece of grilled chicken.  Fun.  Oh wait, no, not so much.  So it’s going to be expensive, not tasty, and probably blow my points for the day anyway.  Super. 

But, it should be good company, and don’t forget…  GOOD WINE.  Really, what more can I ask for? 

Oh yeah, good healthy food.  But whatevs.

7 days of tracking points (WW)

February 2, 2010

I’ve rejoined Weight Watchers, because really, it is the only way I’m ever successful.  Counting Points is basically glorified calorie counting, but for some reason I find it much easier to keep track of 25 points per day, than 1800 calories.  I’ve done the math on my WW daily points, weekly points, etc, and the calorie ranges end up the same.  So in theory, it shouldn’t matter which I do, right?  Points are easier for me to keep track of, and there is a kick ass iPhone app for it!  Woot. 

So after counting points for 7 days, and staying within my points, I am exactly the same weight as I was last Tuesday.  Which is only frustrating because every single day – EXCEPT TODAY- I have been down anywhere from 2-4 lbs.  Motherf*cker.  Right?  Argh.  Yesterday I had Pizza Hut with DH, which I had points for, but I suspect was packed full of sodium.  So we’ll see if tomorrow shows me down again.  It friggin’ better. 

I did my 9 mile long run on Saturday with my friend Leigh.  It was slow, but we did it all, outside.  I only had to make 2 bathroom stops.  I say “only” with a lot of sarcasm.  WTF?  If I run on my treadmill, I don’t usually have to stop.  But get me outside, away from a warm, dry, clean bathroom, and it’s like I’m Super Pooper.  I had planned for this, as this was nothing new to me, but it still blows (pardon my pun).  But the good thing is that my long run went well.  So yay!

Coach Becca gave me my schedule for this week.  And um, holy shit.  It has me running 31 miles, which is not going to happen.  I have 3 spin classes to teach this week, so I’ll be subbing at least one of my 5 runs for one of those, possibly 2.  I’ve emailed her to get her thoughts on what I should do for the week.  The spin classes are not optional, since I’m the BIC (bitch in charge).  I don’t mind doubling up on workouts if I can fit it in, but I can’t do a 7 mile run and a 60-90 Spin class on the same day.  I’m just not there right now. 

My long run this week is 10 miles. Since I’ve structured “my week” as Tues – Mon (two reasons:  I don’t work on Mondays, so it feels like a weekend to me, and I often teach spin classes on both Sat & Sun, so it gives me Mon to do my long run) I’ll be doing my 10 miler on Monday this time.  That means I’ll be by myself most likely.  UGH.  I’m such a social runner.  But when I do my long runs on Mondays, I don’t know anyone who can run with me. 

And yesterday, I completely forgot to run.  It’s like it never even crossed my mind, until about 8:30, and by then I was full from dinner, and not going to go run.  That doesn’t happen very often!

The Week (so far) In Review

January 22, 2010

So… this week has been good. While the scale hasn’t done anything I’m overly impressed with, I’ve logged my food and done ok on exercise.

  • Tues – 8 miles (my long run from last week, oops!)
  • Thurs – taught 60 Spin
  • Today – 4 miles on the mill – EARLY

So once again, I blame my buddy Scoobs for getting my ass up. Should I say “thanks” instead of “blame”? 😀 I took a picture of my sweaty-ass self in front of the treadmill, flipping her the bird this morning, and texted it to her when I was done. If my phone wasn’t in the car, I’d post it. Laters, fo sho.

Food wise, I’ve done OK. Logging is really the key. If I can be consistent with that, my intake almost always falls in line. As I stuffed my sausages (legs) into my bike shorts last night, and struggled to find a top that didn’t make me look like a giant cream puff (aka, doesn’t hug my fat rolls), I was struck with an “if this isn’t good motivation, what is?” sort of moment.

I just finished reading Half Assed, by fellow blogger Pasta Queen.  I totally recommend her book and her blog.  She lost over half her body weight!   She’s funny, and real.  It’s a great read on the trials of losing weight, and a testament to how sticking with it is the key. 

I’m waiting on Novia to get and try out the TRX system.  She, like I, loathes doing weights.  The TRX thingy-ma-bob (yes, that is the technical term, smartasses) is a suspension weight trainer.  It’s tiny, and goes over any doorway, and is supposed help you gain functional strength, not just super shiny firm muscles, although those should come with the territory.  I like the idea of this, because quite frankly, it sounds more like a trapeze than a workout.  So you know, fun!  Here’s a picture of a relatively non-trapese looking move:

I’ve tried to convince my hubby that we can use it, in conjunction with my balance ball, for some sort of bedroom escapade, but I think he fears for our (his) safety too much.  😀  So Novia, if you are reading this, LET ME KNOW!

Novia, along with some other imaginary friends, will be running the Dallas RnR Half Marathon with me on March 14th.  Maybe we’ll be all shiny and buff by then if we use the TRX (Trapeze Rope seXmachine).  Wouldn’t that be spiffy?  I suppose I’ll have to get one first, tho, huh?

Running = Magic

January 14, 2010

Tonight my DH and I fought.  We don’t do it very often, and I’m not very good at it.  My reaction to anything that makes me have feelings other than happy-go-lucky-sunshine-radiating-out-of-my-ass just results in tears.  Angry?  I cry.  Sad?  I cry.  Frustrated?  I cry.  So, shockingly, this fight lead to tears on my part, mostly of the angry/hurt/frustrated kind. 

So when I get this way I pretty much want to be left the fuck alone.  I also tend to clean.  We often joke we should schedule fights so our house isn’t such a friggin’ sty all the time.  So after I did all the cleaning I could stand, I was still pissed, so I decided to go for a run.  Now this is tricky, because normally on chilly dark evenings, I’d run on my treadmill…  however, it is in the basement, which also happened to the be the location of my DH.  😀  So, I said to hell with it, and bundled up and went outside. 

As I ran thru the chilly dark night, stewing over our fight, I was all teary and worked up.  So I put on my HR hat and decided to talk my way thru this.  I made myself identify what I was feeling, putting it in to words.  (I tried not to talk to myself, lest I ran across a neighbor!)  This helped, but mostly I went for a run because of the magical thing that happens.  Sad, pissed off, hurt, frustrated…  it doesn’t matter.  After I get out there and get my ass going, I start to be less whatever I was before.  It is apparently hard to get worked up when your brain has filled with those feel good endorphins. 

I did make myself go at a nice even pace, because generally when I go for a mad-run, I go out super fast and then end up dying shortly there after.  So I did what was probably 4-ish miles and a nice even pace.  I felt good when I started (physically) and even better when I ended (physically AND mentally). 

When I got home, my DH (who coincidentally did his walk/run thing on the treadmill after we got home, while I pissed-offedly cleaned the kitchen) came up to talk to me.  We are both sorry, and we were able to reach an agreement about our stupid issue, without either of us being mad.  🙂 

I realized on my run that part of the reason I reacted so poorly to the initial conversation with my DH was because it was one more thing added to the stuff I’m feeling shitty about right now.  You know how when you are worried about a lot of stuff, it’s a tiny stupid thing that usually pushes you over the line?  Well, while this wasn’t a super tiny stupid thing (it was a valid deal, and we both have room to improve in this) it definitely pushed me over the line.  I’m feeling shitty about being fat, and getting fatter.  I am feeling shitty about making poor food choices, and about not running fast.  I am feeling a bit isolated from my friends right now, and I’m not sure why.  I also miss my family, a lot.  I have not been sleeping well at all for the last few weeks, and I have had a stuffy head for like 2 months.  Most of these, on their own, would be no biggie.  But I guess lately things have just kind of added up.  A lot of it is my own doing, whether consciously or subconsciously (weight, food, exercise, the friend thing) and I felt like today’s meltdown was a wake up call.  I hope.  So we’ll see. 

So now that the drama is over, I am planning to return to the happy-go-lucky-sunshine-radiating-out-of-my-ass Courtney, because, quite frankly, I like her a lot more.