Wednesday, April 16, 2014
No good challenge comes without a pinky swear, but I forgot about it this time around, so he will have to owe me one. I wish I could truly express how delighted I am right now --- with myself, my ability to do what has been set before me, and how great I physically feel. Ok, my feet do hurt in every position I put them, but for now, they are just going to have to take one for the team. I, myself - ME - told a woman in the gym tonight in the locker room, that sure she is sore today - but how is she going to feel 30 days from now? HA HA! I cannot believe that came out of my mouth.
That is exactly how I feel though. When I basically stumbled out of the gym last night - feeling very sore - but emotionally and mentally buoyant - that is something I realized - yes, I am going to hurt now in the short term - but where am I going to be 30 days from now, when my limbs have grown stronger, and my pride in myself has built to an all time high? It is worth the bit of pain now. I am working so hard, but the payoff feels huge.
It is not just the workout now, it is the realization that working out has changed my life. Trust me, I am astounded by this as much as the next person, but last night when I was driving to the gym, I drove past the funeral home that made me take stock of my life and envision that I was headed down the same road. That heaviness in my heart that I had given up on myself (and I had!!!) is no longer there. I am reinventing myself. I am believing and achieving.
Tonight I went 1.5 miles on the elliptical (called octane in my circles). Holy Moly! That was fantastic!!! Kimmy, my ever so awesome trainer, & I were reminiscing about the 30 second days. That's right, 30 seconds used to be my max. Tonight, I set a personal best --- and I think I went .50 miles without stopping. Do you how tremendous that is? I went from a completely sedentary shell of a person to someone who not only cares about herself now, but is thriving. Days are becoming an adventure and I am getting it all together. It is quite thrilling, which explains the feeling I have of jumping out of my skin.
Two days down, 28 to go. I can't wait to see what is waiting for me at the end of this rainbow on May 4th. WOO HOO!
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Started the new challenge tonight, and let me say this --- boy, do I ever feel good! Not my body really - that is aching all over, from chipmunk arms, and tired feet, and maybe sore knees, but none of that matters to me right now --- as right now I am celebrating how darn GOOD it feels to be back, in the gym and working out.
I do not have an easy challenge in front of me, but that is fine - it is better this way - it gives me something to strive for, and I am going to do my very best to make it all happen. I won't drill down to all the specifics tonight, but I will soon - it is just that I am pretty tired tonight, but I have a GREAT DAY!
I am about to say something here that might surprise a couple of people. If you don't believe in yourself already, now is a really great time to start. I had a hard time wrapping my head around this for a while, but when I finally gave in and decided to give myself a chance to believe in myself, I found out something unexpected. When you believe in yourself, you stop questioning every little nice thing that someone says about you - whether to your face - or about you to another. You can lay down your suspicions, and just enjoy the moment. : )
My new mantra is "Believe and Achieve." I think it sums up things nicely.
This challenge includes 3 x weekly weight sessions, 4 x weekly elliptical (aka Octane), and my friend, the rope - lots of it. I took a chunk out of the rotation tonight. I feel it in my hands and my arms, but it is a happy pain. The challenge also includes a switch to standing more than sitting.
It is really good to be back, working with my beloved trainer, & equally beloved coach. I'd write more, but it is time for me to stand up! Cheers!
Monday, April 14, 2014
I went back to the gym today. Because the weather was so darn nice, I knew we would be walking outside. The "we" is the three of us, me, my trainer, and my coach. It was also the start of a new challenge being born. I don't have all the info yet, and it is still coming together, but it will revolve around a chosen vacation spot and how long it will take to get there, charted in miles of exercise.
The second part of the challenge will be substituting standing at my desk for sitting. I knew it was going to involve the office, but I thought it was going to include exercising within the office (squats, lunges, and the like.) I should shut my mouth before that gets added in as well. :)
It felt weird being back in the gym today after being absent for what felt like a long stretch. I've been missing for much longer periods before, so this was a short respite, but I still missed being there.
I stopped to weigh in before working out, and found I'd gained 5 lbs since last weigh in. I felt really bad about it, though I know I will take it off again soon, but I still couldn't tell him to his face. Coward. I texted him and he replied "whoop-de-do-no worries" with the attitude of I will take it off again. I will indeed, but I also know that is not going to happen with skipping workouts.
No weights are planned for my next 30 days at this time. All challenges are subject to change. ha ha. I am glad this one is getting underway. I suspect tonight may feature the return of the leg cramps. I have not had them in a week.
If that happens so be it. I am sore tonight, but that was expected. So I am chugging along getting back to my workouts, and happy to be back in the game. Cheerio.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Today was full of surprises, including one especially funny one. I was due in a meeting at 11am with my boss and he moved the meeting to the theatre down the hall from us. It was an odd choice, but I didn't think anything unusual was up. Little did I know....
Seconds after I walk into the room, I am stunned to see "Elvis" walk out on stage and all of the other people in attendance, are enjoying deep belly laughs. I am trying to figure out who is "in costume" and why --- and then I see it - Elvis is carrying a gift bag with Happy Birthday on it. OMG. Elvis is there to see me. I almost pass out.
He serenades me, several times, which is awkward on a good day, and the whole time I am watching my boss, staff and co-workers look like they are about to wet themselves with laughter. I was laughing, though half in shock, and midway through song three or four, Elvis lets me know "my sister" is responsible for this little treat. That takes a minute to register,..."wait, did you say my sister?" Everyone is cracking up, and looking relieved since moments before I was threatening them. ha ha.
Side note, Elvis is apparently also a stripper but my boss made it clear that today's version should be a family show. WHEW!!!!
Here's a pic of the action. Oh my crazy sister. What a way to usher in my 5th decade (which starts tomorrow!)
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Along the lines of TGIF, my husband dubbed Thursday as Sorry Honey It's Thursday!
Mr. Clever makes me laugh a lot, and Thank God for that!
It's been a busy time at work - even busier than usual. I am interviewing like crazy to hire for a week over the summer, where we need all hands on deck, but even with the short term hire, I am still looking for the best people. I've hired about a dozen, and probably still need a dozen more. I have not had much downtime during the work day, but when I do, it seems to get suddenly filled with a drop in visitor. One drop in made my day - and was rather fortuitous in that I am nominating him for an award unbeknownst to him, so I tried to casually ask a lot of questions that will help me in my quest. Score! I've got three nomination letters to write before I leave work tomorrow, so I best shake a leg on those.
I did a bang up job today on variety of veggies - several were in small amounts mixed into a salad, but included lettuce, peppers (red & green), black olives, red onion, celery, tomatoes. Later I also had cauliflower. I am improving in my veggie intake. I also had strawberries, a banana and a tiny little box of raisins.
I worked a little late (til 6) - it really only felt late since the other 4 people in my office suite had all bailed by then. Came home and hung out with hubby for a while and made some tentative weekend plans.
This morning, I threw my gym clothes in the car, in case I decided to stop. I am still a bit antsy about missing so much time, but riding it out. Having the clothes in the car made me feel like it would be okay if I stopped by. Maybe like a little security blanket. There is a part of me that worries that come next week I am not going to want to go back to the gym. I should let that feeling go, because "they" know where I live, and I ever started those shenanigans again of missing time there, I know they would hunt me down somehow.
Today marks the bday of one of my early mentors when I worked in a pharmacy dept of a supermarket. He used to encourage me to become a pharmacist by looking through the classifieds of the NY Times and looking at all of the job openings. Then he would say there did not seem to be any listings for "freelance poets." He had a point there, not too many listings for those. I do get a charge when I call him up all these years later (maybe 30?) to say hi from the freelance poet. It is always good for a couple of laughs.
Another long day tomorrow, including a chat with a staff member about her office behavior. This is going to be a bit icky, but I can usually handle these talks pretty easily. I am good at putting the hammer down as my boss says. I prefer being encouraging, but sometimes you just have to do this also. I've saved this for the end of the day.
Hope everyone is having a good week so far.
Woo hoo! We are closing in on the weekend!
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