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Thursday, February 28, 2013

I love to read quotes, and some of my favorite quotes have to do with luck. I noticed that most luck quotes have to do with opportunity and working hard... So lately I've been grabbing every opportunity that comes along! And it's paying off.

On March 26th I teach my first Spin class at my school's rec. center. I have classes two nights a week! I'm really excited. I'm going this weekend to get certified. Which means that I can look into *other* spin jobs at different places, which might lead to something more. It's funny - while I'm not currently in "education," I'm in a different part of education - teaching people how to take care of their bodies. I guess this is what happens when I open my mind to new possibilities.

I booked a trip to Florida! My mom and I are going to Sarasota for our spring break. The hotel looks so nice - it's right by the beach, and there are TONS of water sport things to do. I'm really excited to try stand-up paddleboarding! I still am amazed that my vacation plans include seeking out active things to do. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE sitting on the beach, but I also want to do as much as I can.

Speaking of the beach - for the next two weeks I think I am putting myself on a strict bikini diet. Not depriving myself, but instead filling up on happy-flat-tummy foods. That starts tomorrow - I think "March to the Beach" will be my March theme, at least until I *go* to the beach.

- 6 miles at my mom's house. Get it done!
- drink lots of water
- enjoy the friend visit!
- plan out some March goals and workout schedules

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LYNNANN43 3/1/2013 8:15PM

    You are on a ROLL, Girl!!

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CALGALFOX 3/1/2013 2:51PM

    Sounds like you're planning a great March ahead of you - way to go!

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JOPAPGH 3/1/2013 1:26PM

    You are in the zone lately. Really like!!

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BILLALEX70 3/1/2013 1:03PM

    March on!

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MCJULIEO 3/1/2013 12:20AM

    Be sure to take sunscreen .....That sun reflecting on that white sand can be brutal!

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BUSYGRANNY5 2/28/2013 8:00AM

    Great blog!!! It sounds like you're going to be very busy.... but in a great way!

Keep on keeping on!

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ELRIDDICK 2/28/2013 7:35AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Planning and spinning and un-planning

Saturday, February 23, 2013

I have a very hard time deviating from my scheduled workouts. When I do, I feel almost out of control. A little strange, yes, but I'm working on it. This morning it was icy, do I didn't go on a group run I wanted to do. I have a wine and chocolate event later today (fun, right?), so it was like run this morning or re-do my workout plan. I got myself into such a tizzy about this - I have this irrational fear or regressing and/or gaining back my weight if I skip a workout or eat a donut. I am working on this.

So anyway, after lots of nervous pacing and trying to figure out what to do, I made a new plan. (Because I LOVE to plan.) I am changing my 3-mile run tomorrow to a 5-6 mile run (with a group) and rearranging next week's workout schedule. So easy to do, but it took me so long to finally come up with a plan and realize that the world is not going to end because of a little snag in my plan!

Anyway... I swear I'm not really this crazy in real life, and I would tell anyone else they could just change some stuff around, but it's different when it's yourself.

But on to the good stuff.

I registered for my Spinning Instructor Certification program - I will be going to a workshop next weekend. I'm really excited! I also have this irrational problem with clicking "buy" or "purchase" or "confirm" buttons on the Internet. I get worked up when I buy plane tickets, book a hotel, or buy shoes. It's just so... *final*. (even though I've returned plenty of shoes.) But now that I have the workshop booked, I'm really looking forward to it! I'm going through Madd Dogg - and it's a little pricey, but it's the cert that's accepted almost everywhere. I asked the group exercise director at my gym what she recommends, and this was the one she requires of all her instructors. And my gym is awesome, so I totally trust her.

- lots of water. I'm going to a fun little event tonight full of not-so-healthy food (but great people), so I need to make sure I balance it all out with some good ole' H2O.
- Enjoy getting dressed up for this event! I rarely get dressed up to go out, so I'm going to make sure I look great! I bought a LBD a few weeks ago, not knowing where in the heck I was going to wear it, but now I have somewhere to wear it!
- Try not to plan the entire day. I have so many days planned out to the minute lately that I think I just need to let go a little bit and go with the flow.

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MCJULIEO 2/23/2013 7:58PM

    Every once in a while it's really good to just totally go with the flow.... you might discover some fun along the way!

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CFMOSS 2/23/2013 2:04PM

    Day by day....step by moment at a time. Keep up the good work.

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RUNNERRACHEL 2/23/2013 12:11PM

    Sounds like you have a lot of good things in the works! Good job working out your plan and rearranging it. And great to hear you're doing the spinning instructor class. Let us know how you like it! emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 2/23/2013 9:32AM

    "Life is what we do on between our plans"

I'm a big planner too...what's helped me along is to realize that good planning requires the ability to re-plan when things change

Good luck and keep at it!

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Me vs the wind

Thursday, February 21, 2013

I have a six mile run scheduled for today. It's going to be cold and windy, but I guess that's why I spent the money on winter running gear! Suck it up and I'll be a better runner for it.

Tonight I am giving a group presentation for a class. I hate making excuses, but group projects in grad school are the WORST. People have lives outside of school and it's SO HARD to get together; e-mail collaborations are just so unorganized. BLAH. But anyway, it's put together and I think it's going to be good. Complaint over.

I went to a Pilates class last night; i think I need to make sure I get there every week. I don't do enough core working out on my own. I know it's important, I guess I just have trouble pushing myself to do it. It felt really good, and I can tell that I am getting stronger! Found out how I'm going to get spin certified. It's a little pricey, but the cert is accepted everywhere. I'm planning to go through Mad Dog Spinning - there is an Instructor Training next weekend, so I'm almost 100% sure I'm going to register.

- lots of water
- enjoy my long run. My route is taking me past the house where I grew up, so I'm kind of excited!
- Take a deep breath about my group presentation tonight. It will be just fine.

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MCJULIEO 2/21/2013 11:04PM

    We're rooting for you!

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BOBBYD31 2/21/2013 9:44PM

    way to get out there, don't ya just love windy runs

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DRAGONCHILDE 2/21/2013 3:11PM

    Tell that wind who's boss!

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RUNNINGWILD 2/21/2013 12:09PM

    I know you got your run done. My phone just notified me LOL

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COOP9002 2/21/2013 11:43AM

    Great job on pushing through.

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SIRIRADHA1 2/21/2013 9:53AM

    Very nice! I wish I could run past the house where I grew up. The closest I can get is to google the street view!

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ANGYAS 2/21/2013 7:23AM

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Connections, baby!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Yesterday I killed it at the gym. I mean, I was awesome. The weather was crappy, so I went to my school's gym to do my run. And I ended up doing a great upper body workout and an abs class. I was talking to the instructor after class, and she mentioned that they were short on class instructors, and they'd like to add more. So I ended up talking to the director of the gym (my girlfriend works at the university and took me to meet this woman) and she said that she'd be happy to have me as a spin instructor! So now I just need to get certified! I am really excited - this will be such an awesome way to get started with teaching classes!

Something interesting I noticed, though. The cardio equipment was being used by almost all women, while the weights were all being used by just men. I don't like to generalize, but it would have been good to see some women at the weights! So I marched right over there and got my strength training thing going on. I claimed my bench right in the middle of the weight area and did my thing. Yah!

- lots of water (I've been doing much better with this!)
- look for a spinning cert
- work on a group project (and for the record, I HATE grad level group projects. They are always so much more trouble than they are worth)
- swim this morning, Pilates this evening.
- half-day kindergarten subbing

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SEPPIESUSAN 2/20/2013 10:06AM

    Congrats on the spin instructing - that'll be awesome. At my current gym, I'm often not only the only female in the weight room, I'm also the only person over 30 and the only white person. I must really look weird in there. But who cares...I've got my music playing and we're all there for the same thing - strength training!

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MUFFIY831 2/20/2013 9:23AM

    It's very true about the cardio vs. weights in general. My gym has a few women (including me!) who go over there, but it's 80% men.

As a funny - Have you seen this?

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MELMOMOF4 2/20/2013 9:22AM

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CASSIOEPIA 2/20/2013 7:42AM

    Great time at the gym - way to make good use of bad weather.
And congratulations on the new opportunity for spin class instruction. All the best!

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CFMOSS 2/20/2013 7:18AM

    doing good - keep up the good work and survive the dreaded group project.

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AZMOMXTWO 2/20/2013 7:15AM

  way to go great job

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BILLALEX70 2/20/2013 7:12AM

    Way to cRuSh it at the gym!

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Menu planning is so important!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The past week has been kind of crappy as far as my nutrition is concerned. I had too much chocolate, I went out to eat a bunch of times, and last night's dinner was a waffle, which wasn't even all that good. I wrote about it in my journal because I feel really crappy about it - sluggish, dumpy, blah... I'm pretty sure that my poor nutrition habits had to do a lot with hubs going back to work. Not that I'm blaming him, it's more like I'm blaming myself because I got so used to him planning our meals and cooking them all. I was kind of like a deer in the headlights when it came to cooking last week.

Last night? I didn't feel like taking the time to make a good dinner (and in reality, it takes about 5 minutes to throw together a good soup), so I found some waffle mix, and bam, dinner. Ugh. I was really upset last night when hubs came home. I cried to him about how I felt so awful this week because of my lack of planning, and he was really sweet. He said he was going to leave me "sub plans" for my dinners. What a great guy. Then he reminded me that one week is not going to put me back, and that he loves me. sigh.

- drink lots of water (I am struggling with this again, and it's frustrating)
- make an eating plan for at least the next few days, and grocery shop to reflect the plan!
- work hard at the gym - this morning is a little TM run and some lower body ST

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BILLALEX70 2/18/2013 7:11AM

    Attack the week!

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MCJULIEO 2/18/2013 12:15AM

    What a great hubby!

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RUNNINGWILD 2/17/2013 9:10PM

    One bad week will not make you fat. Just like one good week will not make you thin.

I got that in an mail last week except it said "meal" not "week". You get the idea tho'.

You can fix this and you WILL fix this. You're not a deer in the headlights. You're a strong person AND a personal trainer. Now refocus and make some better choices this week. emoticon

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HANDYV 2/17/2013 7:17AM

    You got this. Don't beat yourself up. Life happens.

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