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Baby steps forward...

Thursday, June 06, 2013

...are better than moving backward or not moving at all.

Did you ever have something in your life cause you to feel like you just slammed on the brakes, stopping your momentum? I didn't realize that was happening to me until just a few days ago. Since January, I've been busy with grad school, teaching Spin classes, and driving back and forth to school. Well, school ended, we're settled in the new place, and I'm not teaching Spin anymore (hopefully that will change soon - I have an "audition ride" coming up next weekend). So I was busy busy busy, and now I'm not. I haven't had to get in my car in days, and my internship hasn't kicked into high gear yet because it's the summer.

So what do I do? I sit on the computer and look for jobs. And boy, is it depressing. This is such an awful time for a music teacher to try to find a job in PA. So I've been really really bummed out the last few days.

But the baby steps forward are the important things here. I have acknowledged that I CANNOT sit at the computer all day and night and look for jobs that aren't there. I am going to make myself (even more) crazy. I went out to a beer tasting at the library last night and met some awesome people. I went out for a run this morning and met with a trainer this evening at my new gym. I MUST get myself out of the house and experience the awesomeness of my new city!

I'm very much an introvert, so this is totally going out of my comfort zone. But i think it's helping me to grow.

So anyway, this is rambling... here are some goals.

- drink all my water every day
- write up a workout plan and GET TO IT
- take the time to get Sparky, tracking workouts and nutrition and getting re-involved in some teams
- limit my computer time, especially time on job search websites

OOOOOOOOKAAAAAYYYY here we goooooooo!

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MYAKAYAH 6/22/2013 6:41PM

    I'm introverted as well but I made that work for me in my career life. I'm thinking of getting into a second job just because I think I can handle it with my increased energy and positive attitude. I'm figuring out what I want to do now. I have a somewhat creative job but I would like to be more outgoing and social with this work. I don't think I mind what I do and I live in a highly touristy location so it shouldn't be too difficult to accomplish when I am ready.
Its time for me to make up some written goals as well, I have a bunch on my Spark Page's other goals but its time to bump it up since most goals are ingrained now. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MCJULIEO 6/7/2013 9:36AM

    Things are looking up! Way to go!

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    great ideas!!! hop to it!!

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

I can't believe how much walking I do around here! And I love it. Walk to get groceries, walk to the bank, walk to get falafel for lunch...

It's been a week since I've been back at a gym. I'm so glad I found a good one - I didn't realize how lumpy I had become until I went back there. I'm looking forward to getting back in shape like I was in early spring. Tonight there is a 90-minute yoga class! I definitely need to go - my legs are really sore from my killer lower body program I wrote up for myself. Sheesh.

My to-do list is shrinking for today. I am really trying to get back into a solid routine...

OK! Off to drink some water and cross of some more stuff!

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PATSYB7 5/30/2013 5:15AM

    Great job--keep up the good work!

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MCJULIEO 5/29/2013 11:13PM

    Love turning my To Do list into my Have Done list!

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LYNNANN43 5/29/2013 6:15PM

    Still really enjoyed our walk to Tom Chee emoticon

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NIKEGRL688 5/29/2013 1:10PM

    I love that you get to walk so much!! It is such a nice stress reliever and you see so much you might not have had the chance to see before.

Goood luck in yoga!

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Joined a new gym today - getting the Spark back!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Today was a big step for me - I joined a new gym! I was holding off until I was done with my classes, and now that they are finished and I'm not driving all over creation, I have time for the gym! So I found a really nice gym only a five minute walk (yes, WALK) from my place, and it's clean, the people are friendly, there are tons of classes, and there is a POOL!!! Totally excited about the pool. I think I needed to join the gym more than I realized. I've been feeling a little bummed out, and I think a lot of it is that I've put on a few pounds and I've gained a bit of flab. Not much, but enough to make me take notice. I'm thankful that I caught it early enough that I'm confident that I will be able to get rid of it (relatively) quickly.

I think I'm ready to get back into my Sparking. I'm ready to lose some flab and get back in control. I feel like I'm really settling into my new home. Joining the gym was a sign of that - I even got a great deal on the membership.

Ok... time for some dinner!

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HAWAIIANMAMMA 6/4/2013 11:46AM

    That's GREAT! Keep up that motivation! You can do it!

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CHSHULER89 5/26/2013 8:08AM

    Great job! You can do! I love having the option to go to the gym! So many different things to do!

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MCJULIEO 5/24/2013 1:40AM

    Good for you!

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/23/2013 8:31PM

    emoticon That sounds perfect! Location, clean, pool! Sounds like you are in the right place!

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PATSYB7 5/23/2013 5:22AM

    Sounds awesome! And you can walk there, too! No excuses--I love it! Enjoy your workouts and have a great day!

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BUSYGRANNY5 5/22/2013 9:06PM

    Wow, your new gym sounds absolutely awesome! I hope you LOVE it!!!

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SJACK06S 5/22/2013 8:03PM

  Congratulations! I wish there was a gym close enough to my house that I could walk to. Enjoy your gym time!

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DRAGONCHILDE 5/22/2013 8:00PM

    Yay for your new gym! I really wish I could switch mine. I dumbly signed a long contract, though, and I'm stuck unless I move.

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Feeling a little panicked...

Monday, May 13, 2013

This week I have my last final exam and I'm teaching my last two Spinning classes at the univ. gym. Yay! Maybe...? I am quickly realizing that this means I can't use "I'm really busy with school" as an excuse (for anything) anymore. Excuse for not working out, for not working, for not cleaning up the laundry... and this is a little scary for me. Yesterday I had a serious "now what?" moment.

I'll be doing an internship this summer, which is wonderful - I'm super excited, but I still need to actively look for a job. I'm in a little panic. I often think about not ever finding a job again. I loved my old job - what if that was it? What if nobody ever hires me again? These are actual thoughts that I have, and I don't like it. Hubs always reminds me to concentrate on the things I can control, but that's easier said than done (I know, I say it to people all the time).

I think I'm going to work on getting back into some regular working out as I wait to hear back from places I sent my resume. I was feeling so good when I was strength training and running regularly. We've been in our new place for a little over a month now, so I think it's time to get back to a routine.

- finish my School Law final paper
- put together my final two Spin classes for this week
- get my stuff together to go to school
- drink water!!!

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/13/2013 10:56PM

    I understand the fear. I'm reading What Color is Your Parachute. Have you read it? You loved your job. You CAN find one you love just as much, if not more. There is hope. I also just read Who Moved My Cheese--another good one about dealing with change. You will get through this phase. emoticon emoticon

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MCJULIEO 5/13/2013 4:36PM

    Here's to making progress!

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CFMOSS 5/13/2013 12:14PM

    Hug for doing what you can do and hmmm....letting go of the stuff you can't.

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RUNNINGWILD 5/13/2013 11:22AM

    You CAN control more than what you CANNOT control. At least, from the list of things that you're fretting about, you can. Grab your calendar and start writing your workouts down on it. Like appointments or a "job". Once you have your runs, ST and spin classes on there, make laundry appointments (etc.). I think, when you have it all down, you'll feel better. Or you'll have developed an OCD like behavioral pattern. If that happens, this was NOT my idea...


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City living

Saturday, April 20, 2013

We have been in Philly for about two weeks now, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I have already found a great running group, and I dusted off my bike and rode up to the Art Museum this morning to do an 8.5 mile loop next to the river.

This afternoon I have to head out for some Hammer Gels - the running store is about 1.5 miles from me, and I'm going to walk. I LOVE walking through the city. It's so alive, and I get to people-watch. Not to mention get in lots of fitness!

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GIANTPANDA 5/23/2013 6:24PM

    That sounds awesome Philly is a great city with awesome museums and restaurants, not to mention a lot of history. I live in a major city, too, and I love that I can walk nearly everywhere. I also get a lot of exercise that way.

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TECH1960PS 4/22/2013 10:34AM


Sounds like a nice place. Living in a small town I do miss all those fitness stores you can browse and there is so much to see.

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MCJULIEO 4/21/2013 10:11PM

    Would love to visit Philly some day...

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AMBERZADE67 4/20/2013 8:30PM

    I've always lived around some of the biggest cities in the United States but I have never really liked being in the center of all that big citiness so more power too!!!!!

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MUFFIY831 4/20/2013 1:20PM

    Sounds fantastic, and I'm so excited for this new chapter in your life!

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SUNSHINE99999 4/20/2013 12:20PM

  people can be interesting. emoticon

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GERARLAUR 4/20/2013 12:04PM

    Excellent. You sound very happy.

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