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Fitness Woes

Have any of you seen those videos called “First World Problems”? How “hard” it is to be without cell phone for a day. The television only has ten channels. Microwave meal takes 5 minutes, but you’re hungry NOW!

I came up with some similar statements but call them “Fitness Woes”

Here goes, enjoy:

  1. Going thru airport security after losing several inches on your waist. It’s ridiculous. I took off my belt and had to hold my pants up with my hands, but going through the scanner, you have to hold your hands up…..
  2. Having to buy new clothes every few weeks
  3. But none of those clothes include jeans or Blazers
  4. Most of your wardrobe is now workout clothes
  5. The last thing you need is another pair of socks, but DID YOU SEE THESE NEW NINJA SOCKS?!?!
  6. Your social life revolves around your gym/workout schedule.
  7. You have deleted Facebook friends simply bc they don’t understand what the big deal about your workout/eating habits are
  8. You have been “talked to” about your “priorities”
  9. You have been told to stop talking about working out so damn much.
  10. You didn’t comply.
  11. It’s so frustrating when you are out and about and no one asks you where anything is (bc the elephants are *dramatic gesture* “that way”)
  12. Management denied my request for new uniforms when given the reason for needing them “to show off these GUNS”
  13. The vets respond negatively to your requests to check out these SICK PYTHONS
  14. You have been late for work more than once so you can finish your WOD
  15. You only needed $40 out of the atm but since you stopped by the bank right after an arm workout, you couldn’t control your shaking hand and ended up with $60
  16. Stairs defeat you after leg day
  17. Doors defeat you after arm day
  18. You have no idea why people who may not have seen you in a few months are gawking at you
  19. You get offended when someone calls you “skinny”, even when they mean that as a sincere compliment. “I’m not skinny! I’m FIT”
  20. No one understands how you keep your physique when they see you eat so much damn food
  21. You can’t decide which workout to do, so you end up working out 3 times so you don’t have to choose
  22. When did shaving my armpits become so difficult?
  23. You get pissed about being sick not bc you’ll miss work, but bc you won’t be able to workout.

What are some of your “woes”? Can you relate to any of mine?

100 Ways of Fitness Day 72

So many things to talk about!

Busy busy day!

Got off to a super late start because, well, it’s my weekend so I’ll sleep in and lay around all morning if I want.

First and foremost I have admit I have a deep infatuation with goat milk yogurt and mixed berries. So even though I had a big breakfast of sweet potato and bacon i divulged some more with my love!

Finally getting out of the house, I brought my bike to a park and ride and rode it to LA Fitness. It was my first real ride of the year, so I’m going to mark today as the opening of my bike season. Yay!

At Lala land I worked on catching up on my March challenge. I missed three days so I did 20 of each exercise and will start on 25 tomorrow. I’m really going to try to keep up with the exercises for the rest of the month bc doing 30-40 or 50 of each exercise all in a row is really not the idea of the challenge.

After my challenge, I ran a mile to get my one mile time. I haven’t checked my previous time, but I did it in 9:44 today.

I was exhausted but still got my bike back to the park and ride and ran to the grocery store where I bought all our veggies for the week for only $15! Apples, bananas, zucchini, cabbage, potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomato, mushrooms, and pepper. For $15!

For my evening entertainment, I traveled to Kent to see three very special girls perform in their church/school musical. Adorable doesn’t cut it with these three young ladies, and they even got me a gift, just to make me smile (bc who can’t smile with a jumbo rainbow slinky?)!

And of course Winnie is doing much better, so I’m closing my day with some pecan coconut breaded rockfish and settle in for another fun filled day tomorrow!

If I’m not mistaken, I believe B’s Tequila Grill House is opening for the season. I’m going to eat the hell out of some bacon bbq “sushi” rolls and other delicious treats (eggplant, zucchini, and probably more sweet potato hashbrowns with bacon?).

So, not exactly relaxing but definitely rejuvenating!

What’s on your list for the weekend?

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Lessons from Winnie

I’m dealing with my cat who is 17 years old and not doing all that well.

Again she’s 17. But I’ve been thinking back to my life with her and I came to the realization how much this feisty feline has taught me over the years.

  1. Do NOT take shit from people. Ever. Even if you tolerate their presence on occasion.
  2. Pick your fights. But when you get in them, do not go half ass.
  3. Stare at blank walls for random periods of time. It’ll make people wonder. Or you can smile. Does the same thing.
  4. be very picky about the company you keep.
  5. when you get old, you can eat whatever the hell you feel like. Until then, take care of your body. Eat right.
  6. do not be impressed with the latest most shiny toys. They usually won’t live up to your expectations anyways.
  7. DO NOT TOUCH THE WHITE PAW! I don’t know what that is a comparison to. I just know I learned early on in Winnie’s life to NOT. TOUCH. The WHITE PAW.
  8. don’t just eat whatever is put in front of you. You deserve to put good food in your body. Expect only the best.
  9. never underestimate the amount of fun one can have with a (shoe)string (budget).
  10. Speak up for yourself
  11. Make deep impressions on people. Deep deep impressions that don’t heal for 5-8 years.
  12. Just because it’s beautiful doesn’t mean you should reach out and touch it. That’s an excellent way to get your hand ripped off. And leave deep deep impressions.
  13. Only accept the finer things in life.
  14. Be aloof. It draws people in.
  15. When you look back on your life, be sure to show appreciation for those who matter the most.

Chris says Winnie is just like me. Hardly. I can only hope to live my life like Winnie.

She’s doing a lot better this evening but gave me and Chris quite a scare earlier. At least she’s eating a little better. And she still has some fight left in her. And I think she has a few more lessons in life to share with me.

Love my Winnie-vere.

Language of Love

I received homework from Karen, who informed me that doing this profile was not an optional task, but required.

I don’t mind sharing with all of you my results.

So, I’m not sure if I should have done it this way, but I did the test twice. Once as a relationship, and again as a single person, and thought of friends and family versus just my husband. I found the results interesting.

For both, my primary language is “Physical Touch”. At first someone who doesn’t know me very well or someone who does know me but isn’t very close to me might find this odd. Because one of the first things most people discover about me is I DO NOT LIKE BEING TOUCHED! But that’s not actually the case. I love being touched. I CRAVE hugs, pats on the hand or shoulder, or even brushing my hair out of my face . I consider these intimate and loving but very welcome by a SELECT few. You can tell how I feel about someone when you see me engage in physical touch. I like being CLOSE with my friends.

I also found it interesting that “Acts of Service” ranked low in both. I think that has to do with my fierce sense of independence. I do NOT like having things done for me! I ironically will do just about anything for my friends though.

I was surprised where “Receiving Gifts” ranked with my relationship. But then I remembered what kinds of gifts Chris has given me in the past and I know why they are so meaningful. I have several beautiful and touching paintings that Chris has done for me. And there are some gifts he’s given me over then course of our relationship that have become my most prized possessions. He KNOWS me and knows what I cherish. I don’t feel materialistic. Just special! But gifts aren’t important from my friends and family. I don’t actually like them spending money on me, I’d rather do it for them.

So, Karen- when I say I love the shit out of you, the next time I see you, you have been forewarned, I’m going to LOVE the SHIT out of you!!!( although you do derby so I might get tackled back….). Thanks for the assignment.

http://www.5lovelanguages.com/profile/

Revitalize with a Day at the Zoo

Want to know how to really revitalize me, have me refreshed and inspired and ready to greet the world with positivity?

No, it’s not yoga (thank GOD March is finally here). Definitely not hot yoga. DEFINITELY NOT meditation.

Go to the zoo. More specifically, arrange a visit to zoo with other keepers and get to do fun stuff like feed giraffes, play with rhinos, and feed snacks to black bears.

Meeting new keepers was very helpful. But getting away from my normal elements (elephants and marine mammals) and learning about how cool giraffes and rhinos are was exactly what my spirit needed. Unfortunately I didn’t get pics of their rhino, but trust me when I say she was absolutely breathtaking and adorable!

Nature and wildlife are definitely my power elements. I cannot emphasize this enough. It’s hard to be in a bad mood when a fluffy black bear is giving you “the eyes” just before he gets his snack of romaine lettuce. And I forget all of my troubles when I’m watching a couple hippos hop in the pool for some yummy apple treats. I relaxed around a pride of lions and got pumped watching a cougar way a carcass attached to a hanging bungee. It was truly an amazing day.

I received some hopeful and positive news also. I’m trying not to count my chickens before they’ve hatched but it made me feel good that others are thinking of me and appreciate what I could potentially offer.

What kind of activities revitalize you?

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Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler

Laissez les Bon temps rouler

Today has many names and it’s one of my favorite and least favorite days of the year.

  • Fat Tuesday
  • Mardi Gras (that means fat Tuesday)
  • Pancake Tuesday
  • Shrove Tuesday

Tomorrow starts the Lenten season for certain Christians. I grew up in a catholic family, so I am no stranger to the traditions surrounding Mardi Gras, lent, and Easter. I also lived in New Orleans for a year so I am no stranger to the stranger ideas surrounding Mardi Gras.

I understand the idea behind today. I get it. One last hurrah before you give up your vices and treats for 40 days. But we as a culture typically overindulge as it is, so I find this particular day/excuse to be over redundant for us as society.

If you want something that desperately, just do it. But do it in moderation, and consciously. If you know you’re going to indulge (at a party, or dinner with friends, or you’re going overseas to network and try to impress some British zoos), make a plan- moderation, eat only a little, make sure you drink water, have your workout, etc.

Today is what the Brits celebrate as Pancake Tuesday. I was fortunate enough to celebrate this with some new friends in England last year, so tonight in the sprit of me being a Brit at heart, Chris and I had chicken and waffles for dinner. And I had my fill of waffles. Do I feel bad? No. I allow myself to enjoy things and I take care of myself. Would I feel bad if I ate waffles everyday? Yeeeeeaaaahhhh. I should feel bad. My stomach would too.

But I guess that’s why I don’t appreciate Mardi Gras the way a true New Orleanian might. I don’t see the point or the good in having one day dedicated to being bad. Do what your body tells you is good for you. Iff it happens once a year or once a month, it shouldn’t matter.

We indulge. We cave to temptation. We fall off our wagon. We get lazy. Things happen. It’s not something to beat yourself up over or give up completely. Sometimes it’s about giving your mind a bit of a break and just doing something that feels good. Then get back on that horse, brush yourself off, and go kick some ass! And let the good times roll!

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100 Ways of Fitness Day 47

Recycle, Reuse, Reduce your Waste/waist

I was off work today but just “had” to come in for SMF Bootcamp for our President’s Day workout! I guess I should reiterate how much ridiculous amounts of fun I have creating themed workouts.
But it wasn’t just the workout. I brought my supplies tonight and together we made med balls and kettlebells. That’s right. I MADE kettlebells. They are super light, only 17 lbs, and I don’t trust them that well to do american kb swings, but they are PERFECT for Russian swings, single leg deadlifts, single arm kb swings, and probably a whole slew of other fun activities I’ll dream up! They aren’t pretty like my med balls, but they are functional and that’s what matters! Especially when doing Kennedy Kettlebell Swings.
I love that I’m reusing items that would normally just get tossed out and giving them another life. I made some makeshift weights out of kitty litter containers. I’ve got some boat fenders that we aren’t using anymore to make some sand bags that we can clean or hoist to our shoulder, or carry on our backs for squats and military sprints.

And I’m constantly on the lookout for other ways to create exercises I love to hate while on a budget and reducing waste. If you have any ideas, shoot them my way. Especially ideas for pull-ups and pull-up resistance bands.

Ah, creative fitness!

SO MUCH FUN!!!!

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100 Ways of Fitness Day 46

Hell is Hot Yoga

Since I wasn’t my ultimate best today workout or eating wise, I’m going to use my post tonight to talk about something I did last week. Hot yoga.

I know trying new things is good for me. I know that trying new things doesn’t guarantee I’ll like them. Or even that it was a great idea to try them in the first place.

Take me and yoga. Yup, I hate it. Yes I am giving it a solid try for a full month. All I can say is thank goodness I picked the shortest month of the year to try it.

Was I upset that I got sick for 5 days and couldn’t do yoga for that time? No, not at all! But I was starting to feel fat and lazy and I was itching to get out, even if that meant doing a yoga class.

As much as I hate yoga, there’s something I hate even more than that. It’s being hot. I don’t mean the sun is out and it’s warm. I mean, can’t breathe because the fracking parking lot isn’t covered and you just got in your car after a 10 hour shift and the ac won’t kick on fast enough (I’m referring to my time in Florida and Louisiana for those not in the loop). Which I discovered is basically what hot yoga is. Who on God’s green earth thought contorting your body into weird positions in the heat and humidity for a full hour was a brilliant idea?

Let me paint you a beautiful vivid picture of my experience with hot yoga!

Five minutes in and I’m DRIPPING sweat. Not dabbing off my brow. Not even “wow, that was a fantastic workout” swear. I mean my clothes were DRIPPING wet! Within five minutes. So I’m actually thinking I’m pretty smart for getting the spot by the door. (Turns out this WAS prime real estate but not for what I was hoping)- if it gets too much I’ll just bow out quietly and no one will even notice. That was an adorable idea. The instructor placed herself by the back door for most of class. Why? You ask?

No not to stop folks like me from escaping. Although I did end up staying bc of her. No, she strategically placed herself at the door in order to fan the room. Because it was so hot.

Now I have to hand it to the regulars at the class. These were the special idiots that held all the poses for the entire class. They had their 16 oz water bottles next to them and they calmly sipped on them when the teacher gave us a second. Me? I had my 33 oz bottle and that sucker was GONE the first 30 minutes. And forget holding all the poses for the entire class. It’s sad when even child’s pose gives you no solace or relief because putting your head between your arms makes you just as dizzy as standing. I found the floor was a great place to lay my face. It was the only place in that horrid room that wasn’t hot to the touch.

So while I’m trying to relax and catch my breath, I feel my head starting to freak out a little. I can’t breathe. It’s too hot. I don’t care that the teacher is right at the door, I’ve gotta get the hell out of here! And then the teacher says out loud “if you feel like you’re panicking, don’t worry, that’s perfectly normal.”

Lady- no. No it is NOT normal! If you are panicking it is because your body is experiencing extreme ABNORMAL conditions!!!!

She also said later that it was completely normal to feel light headed and dizzy. I wanted to punch her in the face. Easy for her to say! All she was doing was standing by the door fanning the class off once every few minutes!

So I made it through the class. Thanks to my strategic placing right by the door. I didn’t bring a change of clothes so I walked out of the studio and into the cold. All the while swearing I’ll never do that to my precious body ever again for as long as I live. I have 8 more classes on my punch card though. Would any of you like to take a hot yoga class with me?

Fun times!

100 Ways of Fitness Day 45

Roses are red, you’re who I like. It’s a beautiful day, let’s take a hike!

Hiking in Washington has its pros and cons. Because everyone in the state enjoys it so much, there are literally hundreds of easy to find and get to hikes, most within an hour from Seattle. Chris and I could easily hike a different trail every week in a year and not even scratched the surface of all the possibilities. The problem is with hiking being a year round popular activity is thinking Valentine’s Day would prohibit folks from going hiking. That would be totally incorrect. Hiking on Valentine’s Day is ALMOST as popular as hiking the day before the Big Game when your team is playing (there were so many folks wearing their 12th Man shirts and even dressing their dogs in Seahawks bandanas or shirts. There was even a huge crowd of people at the summit with a 12th Man flag). So people here in Washington LOVE to be outside in nature. So if you go hiking on a weekend, there are going to be a TON of people, no matter what.

Today we went up to Bellingham area, to the Chuckanut mountains near the Puget Sound and hiked Fragrance Lake. It was a very enjoyable hike. Yeah, there were a few people around, more than I’d like to see. But it’s great to know I live in an area that has so many folks interested in connecting to nature.
I found one nerdy correlation in the wildlife we saw on our way up north while going through Skagit county. There were dozens of flocks of trumpeter swans in the fields. I know in some places these swans are threatened and they are protected in most areas, and I’ve heard that local farmers try to do their part to conserve the species, but on this annoyingly romantic day, I found it ironic that we were seeing them everywhere, and they are typically monogamous birds that mate for life. Say it with me “aaaaaawwweeee!” Actually, I’ve never heard a trumpeter swan before, but I’m pretty sure they go “hooooonnk”

I find it interesting that I love hiking, but the thought of getting out of bed, packing the backpack with snacks and driving “so far” is so unmotivating that I almost cancel nearly every time I plan a hike. Except once I’m there, it’s energizing, I feel connected, natural, and even tranquil (it’s odd that one of the more relaxing things I do is sweating and makings heart beat fast- I imagine most people would find that difficult to believe). I mean, it’s not meditation, but I am usually very much at peace in the woods.
This feeling is also connected to biking, morning workouts, swimming, and lunch time or bed time routine workouts (I try to work my glutes at lunch and foam roll/pilates in the evening). I don’t wanna! I don’t wanna! Don’t make me! I don’t wanna! Oh, this is fun. Why didn’t I want to do this? And I usually have a significantly great time. I mean, usually I see something that I find significant for me. Like the trumpeter swans today.

And hiking with Chris is great too. We were debating for a while on whether hiking is a great “new relationship” date, because I felt it was a more “long term relationship” date, but I think that has to do more with myself being deeply connected to nature, it being such a personal and almost sacred and spiritual thing for me, that I wouldn’t share it with someone unless I really enjoyed their company. But I have to concede that Chris was probably right, and as long as both parties are somewhat active, a hike is probably a perfect date (just no sex in the woods- don’t make me commentate on that).

So, how was everyone’s V-Day? Did you all do something that your heart will thank you for? Did you have a sweetie to do something with? Or did you simply take very good care of yourself, because you love yourself?

Have a great weekend, my friends!

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Groundhog Day

Groundhog Day

A few years ago I watched Groundhog Day and had an epiphany. It never actually sticks, but I am reminded every year of my lesson from the classic movie (don’t tell me you havent seen it- it IS a classic), and especially with this challenge, I wanted to share it with you and get some of your thoughts.

Bill Murray had to relive his day over and over until he got it “right”. At some point, he starts just doing things he’s always wanted to try, but he never had time, or never got around to it, and that’s when we start seeing a change in his character. He starts living his day to be the best because he’s going to have to live it over and over.

Every year on Groundhog Day, I commit to living each day like I’m going to have to relive it over and over again. I make the promise to make that day the best possible. It stays with me for about a week or two, and then it falters, but I’ve been thinking, with this challenge, I’m trying to do something each day to better my life as a whole, so why DOES Groundhog Day have to end? Heck, why does 100 Ways have to end? What if I do something each day that I will be grateful for for the rest of my life? How awesome would that be?

That being said, what would you do today if you knew you’d have to relive it over and over again?

And I know the photo doesn’t exactly work with the theme, but it’s just hilarious and wanted to share.
Happy Groundhog Day!

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