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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

So have I mentioned how much I love living in the city?!? Ha!

Hubs and I had a great weekend. Saturday I did my wellness "Boot Camp," and on Sunday my bestie and her fiancee came down to visit. It was a special occasion, so we went and got hoagies (at Paesano's, and they were AMAZING), walked up to the park, headed to the river, and had some ice cream (at The Franklin Fountain - which I highly recommend if you are in Philly!). The whole day gave us about four miles of hoofing it. Getting in my steps during a fun day? I'll take it!

They had to leave earlier than planned, so hubs went on Twitter and checked some restaurants for reservations. We found an opening at a great little French bistro, where people make reservations months in advance. It's practically right around the corner from us! We had escargot and fois gras to start, and some great main courses and desserts. The entire day was filled with such decadent food! mmmm

So after Sunday, yesterday was kind of a bummer. Low-key, I should say. I slept really late (ugh - I always feel so blah when I sleep late) and it was pouring. Didn't really feel like doing much of anything. But hubs pushed me to go to the gym in the afternoon, and I ended up working really hard and doing a great circuit. I instantly felt better. Yay!

- schoolwork
- send some resumes
- stuff around the house
- drink all my water
- track food!
- cycle class this evening

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MYAKAYAH 6/22/2013 6:29PM

    Its great you have a very supportive husband, a lot of people don't have that support and family who sabotage th emoticon eir efforts! Brava~

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MCJULIEO 6/11/2013 3:35PM

    Rainy mornings are so wonderful when you can sleep in just a bit.... and playing "tourist" is such a nice way to get your steps in, too.

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SUMMER2203 6/11/2013 2:27PM

    um a) yummmmm
b) props to your husband for encouraging you to work out, and props to you for doin it!!!

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Being well on a Saturday

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Today I'm headed to a day-long wellness fair. I'm so excited! There are fitness classes, nutrition workshops, and cooking demos going on all day. There is also a big expo - I love a good expo!

I have my workouts planned for next week. I'm excited to be getting back into a routine. It's amazing how much better I feel when I work out - I already feel like I have more energy and more motivation to *do* things, not just sit on the computer, looking for jobs and feeling sad.

- drink lots and lots of water!
- be friendly and outgoing at the wellness fair - I can make some good connections there!
- don't let myself get too hungry; last night I was STARVING after Spinning, and I ended up eating a bag of cheese curls. Bleh. I knew I shouldn't, but it just happened.

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MYAKAYAH 6/22/2013 6:33PM

    I think we all have moments of feeling like we could be doing more in life, its a hard road to walk at moments. Keep active and busy because it shows in your attitude when you get your chance to show your stuff in interviews and even when you are just out and about. Keep doing fun activities as well~ emoticon

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GIANTPANDA 6/8/2013 9:40PM

    Awesome! My mother wants to go to the Philadelphia Flower Show so I am already looking at Philly next year. You live in an awesome city wit so much going on. It is about two hours from where I live. My husband and I should visit more often. I just love the art museum there and even the Rocky steps! Great restaurants, too!

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/8/2013 9:08PM


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MCJULIEO 6/8/2013 7:39PM

    Those opportunities for good choices can go south quickly when we don't prepare for them....

But tomorrow is a new day!


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SNOOPYMOMMA72 6/8/2013 12:37PM

    You sound like me - I am trying to get out of staring at the computer and waiting for jobs to pop up so I can apply.
I try to get exercise in every day and feel better for it too!

Enjoy your health fair! That sounds like something I would want to go to!

Have a great day and get lots of good info and connections! Good luck!


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CHERYLHURT 6/8/2013 6:47AM


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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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