Wednesday, November 30, 2005

My, how time flies!

Time sure is fun when your having flies!
Wow, I can't believe it is time for me to go back to the gym for another Power of 10 workout, and I haven't written anything since the last one. I can't believe it. Well, I am headed back today. I have lost 5% in body fat, and gained 2-3 lbs. That part sure sucks, but I think I am feeling better about my pant size. I haven't dropped any sizes or anything, I just feel like they are fitting a little better (not so tight).
I am so excited. it truely is fun to go and do, and I really do look forward to it every week. When Mara told me that...I was thinking yeah right. but it is true.
I will check back and let you know how it goes today!

As for school. School is irritating me. I am ready to drop my asessment class. But I won't. My teacher is not giving me any information, and I have to meet with a mentor this term ( once a week), and she keeps asking me questions that I don't have answers to, and I can't seem to get answers to. my teacher is so vague it is driving me insane. It is online class, so i can't just walk up to her and have a discussion. I have to email, then wait for a reply, then reply back (since I didn't get my answers I needed), and wait again. In the meantime, assignements are due, and i have no clue what to do. last term was not this difficult. It was rather easy compared to this term. I hate having to have a mentor here, and having a teacher in cyberspace. Oh well. i guess I just needed to vent a little. My other class (statistics) is going great. It is a lot of time consuming work, but I understand, and I know what is expected of me.

Hope everyone's Turkey day was fun. I had a great time at home with my family. I didn't want to return to work. It was nice not doing much of anything. I played some poker, did some logic puzzles, did homework (yucky pooh), saw lots of old friends/co-workers, visited the fire department and saw the new engines (very nice!), and got lots of rest (not as much as I would have liked, but you know me!).
Looks like I have to be here for Chrsitmas. I have to work on the 23, 24, and have the 25th off. So I will be here, probably sleeping lots. I do get to go home for 4 days before that. So I am looking forward to that.

Well, better go, wanna get a nap (had some schoolwork to do early this am, so I got up early), then it is off to the gym today! Yeah, I can't wait!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Power of 10: Week 2

This is awesome!! I went to the gym today for week two of Power of 10. I feel great. I haven't lost any weight, but according to my scales at home, I have lost 2-4% body fat. I do not know how accurate it is. Because it is showing like 34%. I used to be like 45%, so I don't know. I was 36% before I started. I weighed yesterday morning, just for weight loss, actually a few ounzes gained, but down to 34%. Today I weghed again ( I don't normally weigh two days in a row, but since I was going to the gym, I did it officially today.), and a pound gained, and 32%. So, I am not sure, again, how accurate it is, but we'll see.
Todays workout was great. I really felt like I worked hard. I did only about 3-8 reps per machine. I am getting used to doing the slow workouts. I really felt muscle failure on them all. I seem to be having some difficulty with the lateral raise machine. Either, I am really weak, or I just can't move that way. I have some shoulder issues on my right side. Every once in awhile (more often than not, lately), it gets really tight, and I can barely life my arm up. So, I think once that gets better, I will get better at the lateral raise.
So enough about that, I am really stoked about this. I am doing good. Once I start repeating exercises, I think I will see improvements in weight and reps.
One thing is for sure, I KNOW, I am gonna hurt tomorrow. Last week, I wasn't so sure I did things right. I hurt, but not as bad as I would have liked. I know that sounds horrible, like I like to hurt...but I do!! I like to know that my time at the gym actually meant something, and I did something!!
That always makes me feel good!!
Well, I am off to home for the holidays. I havne't been home since July. That is a long time for me!! Happy Turkey Day to everyone out there! I hope you can all be with your families this year, and be thankful for something. I am thankful for my friends and family this year. They have been very supportive!!

Friday, November 18, 2005

24 Hours after

So, I am starting to feel a little sore tonight. I am thinking I will feel pretty sore in the morning. I usually hit my peak at about 36 hours. I am hoping to maybe go for a small run tomorrow night. I will see how I feel. of course...Harry Potter opens tomorrow too, so maybe I will have to see that.
Tasha, how are you feeling? Sore yet?
My sister is pretty sore too, but that is expected of us I guess.
I think my abs are hurting the most when I stand up. My legs, not so much, but still a little sore. Arms...that was where i didn't feel I did my best at, so...but they hurt a little. My biceps, not at all. Chest...yeah, that hurts!
Well, now that you all know where I am hurting right now...
I can't wait till next week. Plus, I work 4 days in a row (which sucks), but then I get to go home!!!
Yeah, I totally excited about that. I haven't been home since the end of July. That is a long time.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

First Time

So, I finished my first Power of 10 routine!! I feel great. I don't really feel like I worked myself to the limit in some areas.
First, the leg press, I kept going, and going, and...well you get the point. I added some weight, then added some more. i finally felt like I was reaching muscle failure, but only after about 20+ reps. That was the first exercise though, didn't know what to expect, or what I could I moved on, and learned from it.
Second was Lat pulldown...did great. Felt muscle failure at about 6 reps. That was a good one.
Chest press....I am so weak. I could only do the bar weight of 30 lbs. I hit muscle failure at about 4-5 reps. The only thing is though, i didn't really feel "the burn", I was just pushing and nothing was happening, so I kept pushing, and still nothing. I guess I had reached muscle failure.
Bicep curl...this would have been hilarious to anyone that watched. I lifted only 2 reps an couldn't move, but the funniest left arm never really moved. I could lift the weight with my right arm, but my left arm, just stayed there. So I obviously have to work on strengthening my left arm, just to get to what my right can do. Really weird!!
Lat raise...well I could do about 2-3 on the weight I was at. I have never done any of these exercises, so i had no clue what to even start at, it was all blind luck. But that is okay. I will perfect my magic number, and do great soon.
As for abs...I did 60lbs, and the first rep i could move, but my entire body was shaking. I have never been one to do any sit-up/crunches...ever! i hate them, so I will have some work to do on my abs.
I finshed my work-out, and I feel pretty good. It was hard to leave the gym feeling like i didn't really work-out, but I know i reached failure on those machines, and now I need to rest! I will keep you posted as to my soreness tomorrow, and the days to follow.
I have a few days off, so that will be good. Then I work for 4 before i get Turkey break off.
Can't wait to go back, and do some more weights!! T-Minus 7 days...and counting!!

Monday, November 14, 2005


I am really glad that I went running yesterday. You know, the days when you really feel like you worked something good...
Cuz you hurt like HELL!
Well, I hurt today. I don't quite hurt like hell, but i do hurt.
A good hurt, though.
I feel like my 4 mile run yesterday meant something, that my body responded to me working out, and is now repairing itself.
Now, I really can't wait till Wednesday, when i start Power of 10.
I wanna feel the burn, the pain, the work!!
I know this is gonna be great!!

Sunday, November 13, 2005


So, the concensus all want me to post! So here it is... a post!!

Okay, so I really do have something good to post.

Wait for it...





My sister wanted to get out and go for a run, so I went with her. We ran 4 miles. At the beginning, I felt I was about to die.

Kept Running.

I knew I was gonna die.

Kept Running.

Okay, I did walk for about 1/4 of a mile, just so I wouldn't die. But then...

Kept Running.

I started up again, and I felt great. Not great enough to go for a ten mile run, but great to at least finish this one.

I was slow.

Jen was fast.

But, in the end, I still felt good about myself for getting out there. I can't wait to start Power of 10 on Wednesday. I know this is gonna be the thing for me. Plus, I have a friend (Tasha) and my sister (Jen), to help keep me motivated.

Mara, I am gonna depend on you, too, to demand weekly updates!! I need the motivational help from you all, but I really think, this is it!!

Keep Running.

Keep Lifting.

I have to Keep telling myself this!!

Friday, November 04, 2005

The day is set!

So, I have chosen the day to start working out. I needed to work around my schedule and my sisters schedule, and get started soon. I went to Bally Total Fitness website, Jen already has a membership there, and there is a gym about 1 block from where I live, and I got a free 2 week membership. I can go as many times as I want during this 2 week trial. I will start it on Wednesday, November 16-30. I am very excited to get started. I had to decrease my cable to basic in order to pay for a gym membership, but I am sure I will be doing less TV watching and more activities, once I get started, and start losing some weight.
So, the day is set, Nov 16, I will start doing Power of 10. I got the book (thanks Mara), and have been reading up on it. There are three pillars...exercise, nutrition, and rest. I got the third one down, and I am working on the first, now I just have to start thinking about pillar #2. That will be the hardest part, but I am going to do it.
When I put my mind to things, I do them!
I am gonna start by just decreasing the amount of sugar intake. That will be my biggest hurdle. Once I do that, I think the rest will fall into place. Plus, in the book, it says you should allow yourself once a week to eat whatever, no restrictions, that way, you get what you want, and still make healthy choices for the most part.
That makes me feel like I can eat healthy on most of the days, and eat whatever I want on one day...anyone can do that!
So, there you have plan!!

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Happy Halloween

Well, I had to work on Halloween, so I didn't dress up, decorate, or get any trick-or-treaters. Basically, it was just another day!!
However, Grason got to have his first holiday. Jen bought him a really cute onesie for H-day, and he helped hand out candy. Jen said they didn't get too many trick-or-treaters, but at least he was cute!!
This is what he looked like....

Isn't he the cutest???

Power of 10

So, Mara has been doing this workout called Power of 10. I really want to do it too. So, I am going to start. My sister said she would do it with me, but Tasha, if you want to too, I would love for you to join us as well. I asked my sister, because she just had a baby (5 weeks ago), and is needing to get back to running, and start working out again. I figured great chance to get a workout buddy. Besides, me and my sister can get together and go running (or walking) on days that we are not at the gym, pumping it up!! I figure, if I get 2-3 days of walk/running in, and 1 day of Power of 10, I will be set. Although, Mara was always quite sore for a few days after, so I will have to make sure I don't plan my walk/run days during that soreness/healing days.
I know I have promised on my blog to keep running, that I would not stop, but I did. So, I will not make another promise to you, but, I will say that I am going to try hard, and I will keep you posted of my progress.
I am very excited about starting. I will start in the next couple weeks. I have to get a gym membership, and plan time around the new mother. Tasha, if you seriously want to start with us, send me an email!! We can plan with you too. Once a week, one hour, can't be that difficult!!

And yet another...

So I did the what birth order are you...and it is not right. I have actually done this one in the past, several times, and I never got the middle child. This could be a good thing, or a bad thing, I don't know!
Here is what it came out as...
You Are Likely an Only Child

At your darkest moments, you feel frustrated.
At work and school, you do best when you're organizing.
When you love someone, you tend to worry about them.

In friendship, you are emotional and sympathetic.
Your ideal careers are: radio announcer, finance, teaching, ministry, and management.
You will leave your mark on the world with organizational leadership, maybe as the author of self-help books.

So, as you can see, not all are right! But, they still are fun to do!

Another Test

So, I guess I jumped on the test bandwagon. Oh well, it is kind of fun!! Today, I share my political views, I didn't even really know where I stood myself!!!
Well, here it is...

You Are a Conservative Democrat

Frankly, the way most other Democrats behave embarasses you greatly.

You pride yourself on a high level of morals, and you have a good grasp on right and wrong.

It's likely you think America needs to get back to its conservative, Juedo-Christian values.

Why aren't you a Republican then? Because you believe the goverment helps more than hurts.

There you have it! I am a conservative Democrat....what that means...I have no clue!!
And...what my underwear says about me...
What Your Underwear Says About You

You like to think of yourself as innocent, even though you're not!

You're a closet exhibitionist who gets a thrill from being secretly naughty.

I didn't know that about myself, but alright, I guess I will go with it!!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Life Score

I got this from Mara, so I did it too. Here is how my life is rated...
This Is My Life, Rated
Take the Rate My Life Quiz