Thursday, April 30, 2015

Think happy thoughts...

This week is weird.

I have been having all these weird moments where I just pause and take in all that is around me and think about how lucky I am. I may not be married, and I may not be a mom, but I love so much that is my life. Yes, I'm getting older and lamer, and my bedtime is getting earlier, but I feel like I am right where I am supposed to be. Yesterday my routine was thrown off a bit, and I felt kind of rushed and off-kilter all day, but I was still able to just live in the moment and love everything around me.

I know. Stop it.

Anyway, to continue with this theme, I am going to tell you the things I am loving lately. And don't worry, they are not as deep as what is written above.

1. My hair. I told you these will not be deep thoughts. Leanna did my hair last weekend, and I don't know what she did to it but it has been big and luscious lately. I've been getting compliments all week.


2. It got announced last night that Revenge is ending this season. Usually the ending of one of my shows is a bad thing, but I was relieved when I read this. I think it's the perfect time for that show to end.

3. I think I am finally getting more used to getting up so early. 

4. The Entourage movie is coming out in June (!!!!!) so I have been binge watching the series like no one's business. LOVE.



Thursday, April 23, 2015

Farrell's - week three

On Monday I started week three of Farrell's. While I am starting to get the hang of this, it is still such a drastic life change and it is really taking me awhile to get used to it. Is this really my life? Am I really going to continue getting up at 530am every day forever so I can work out?

I don't know.

I don't mean I don't know if I am going to continue, but I don't know if 530am is going to be my call time forever. Mama likes her sleep way too much. (Referring to myself as Mama is so gross, but for some reason kind of hilarious). I am also a night owl by nature, so I worry about what I'm missing out on when my bedtime comes at 10pm. Yes, I live alone, so I am not missing out on anything in my apartment. But what about everything that is happening on twitter?

I may want to switch to one of the evening classes, because when I work at at 6am I have a little trouble filling my evenings and I want to eat everything in my kitchen. But I guess I could continue to work out at 6am, and then do another type of workout in the evenings. Maybe some light cardio or some yoga.

Anyway, about Farrell's. It is amazing. For reals.

The kickboxing days kick my ass every single time. The class starts at with a warm up, then stretching, then some punches and kicks with just our wraps on. I would be lying if I said I don't feel like a total badass when I put my wraps on. I look tough. Then we pull the bags out, and my badassness kicks in to highmotherfuckinggear. I did not realize how much I love punching things.

The strength days are done with bands. The bands range from yellow being the easiest, to green, red, blue and purple. I have yet to touch a purple band. On leg days I am mostly on greens and some reds, and on arm days I am trying my damnest to use green only but sometimes I have to use yellow. My upper body is WEAK, especially my shoulders.

The classes last 45 minutes, and there are all these little side "extra credit" things you can do - like a smaller challenge to do before or after class that takes 3 or 4 minutes. Sometimes at the end of class, one of the FIT students will just yell at "five minutes of abs if you have time!" and then people just drop and do a series of ab moves.

My nutrition is constantly a work in progress. I try very hard to follow my protein/carb plan that the dietician at Farrell's made up for me, but I'm not perfect. Friday nights it is really hard for me to stay on plan. I use Saturday as my free day, and then it's hard to get back on track on Sunday. I need to get the weekends figured out. Maybe when I start working a normal Monday-Friday schedule this summer I will be able to stay on track better. But things always happen that throw a wrench in it - like Monday, for example, was the first day of freshmen registration and I could not get my shit together. I was so busy all day, and I just wanted to snack my face off.

Anywho...I'm not really noticing a ton of changes with my body yet, and I don't think I have dropped a single pound. But I am feeling stronger, and more fit. I guess that's the point, right? It's a marathon, not a sprint...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Bucket List

On September 11th, 2012, I blogged about my bucket list. Here is what it was then:

  • See Eminem in concert.
  • See Garth Brooks in concert. - Happening soon! May 9th!
  • Own a home (which is already decorated thanks to pinterest.com)
  • Go to DisneyWorld with my nieces and nephews.
  • Be able to run more than two miles at a time.- DONE!
  • Have sex in the bathroom at a professional sporting event.
And here is what has been added in the last 2.5 years
  •  Go to Hawaii
  • Color my hair a really rad color (like purple streaks maybe? Or grey streaks, although that is happening naturally.)
  • Become a wine-o.
  • Complete the ten week program at Farrell's without dropping over dead.
  • Wear a tank top without worrying about everyone judging me.
  • Get a ruby red slippers tattoo somewhere on my body (hoping for the back of my neck).

Thursday, April 9, 2015

4 days in...

Today was my 4th morning at Farrell's. My life is so weird now. This has become my routine:

My alarm goes off at 5:20am, but I'm already awake. I naturally wake up at 5:10am somehow, so then I lay there for ten more minutes, try to wake up, and think about what the days brings. It's a wonderful little ten minutes.

Then I'm up. I immediately turn my music on - my Beastmode playlist -  and I throw on my gym clothes that are carefully laid out from the night before. Then I stand in my kitchen and eat a piece of wheat toast and drink a protein shake. This takes about three minutes, but it's another little wonderful chunk of time. This is when I mentally prepare myself for the ass kicking I have coming. I grab any food I need for the day, my water bottle, my work bag and I'm out the door.

The weather this week has been cloudy and rainy and gross, so my ten minute drive to the gym is kind of annoying. But I have myself timed perfectly to arrive as soon as the 5am class is leaving, so I get some rockstar parking. And yes, I also get annoyed at people who think they need to park in the closest spot at the gym, but I have to hightail it outta there right when class ends to get to work on time, so the closer the better.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday are kickboxing days, so I've had two of them so far. Monday's class was tough - I didn't know what I was doing, so I was trying to watch the more advanced students.

Oh, I didn't mention that this isn't just "new" students in the class? Nope, after you complete the ten week program at Farrell's, you can opt to become a FIT student and continue on. So my class is about half new students, half FIT students. So there is no beginners version. I love that, though, because I feel like I am definitely getting what I paid for.

Anyway, Monday's class was tough, but I got through it. At the end, I started feeling a little light headed, so I crouched by a pole and started sucking down water with my head down, trying to get the blood back to it. I have passed out enough times to know I wasn't going to go down, but I needed to calm myself down. Immediately two coaches came over to check on me, but then I was good and got going again. That morning I had just had a protein shake and no carb before class, so I added a carb (whole wheat toast) and on Wednesday's class I felt a lot better through the whole thing.

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday are strength training, so I have now been through the upper body and lower body work outs. We work out with resistance bands, and WOW. I had no idea you could do so many things with those bands. Those are some tough workouts, too.

After class I hurry up and shower and then head to work. It's weird - when I get in my car around 7am, I feel SO GOOD. I feel tough. I'm excited my workout is done for the day, and I'm determined to make good food choices all day.

2 more days and I am done with week one! And Saturday is a CHEAT day!! I have a list of things I want on my phone - I'm thinking if I write down all my cravings, then on Saturday I can choose the ones I really really want and enjoy them. It's all a mind game, yo.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

4 day weekends make me HOLLA

Hey everyone! I'm just coming off a four day weekend and I am JACKED the eff up! Here's a lowdown of what happened over Easter break:

Friday - Nick and I went and saw Furious 7 right away in the morning. Now...to say I have been dreading this is an understatement. I mean, obviously I had to see it because I love those Fast and Furious movies, but Paul Walker...you know. I am still grieving. So I loved the movie but I cried a lot. Like every time Paul was on the screen. And also, constantly through the last five minutes.

After that I went to FARRELL'S to get my before pictures taken and weigh in. This just about killed me. I was so nervous for that damn picture. But it took about ten minutes at the gym, and then I was on my way to Glenwood to help Kate paint my brother's old house, which was my sister's old house, which is the house that my parents bought next door to their own.

Saturday morning was orientation at Farrell's. Again, I was a pile of nerves. I think you will notice a pattern that everything this week makes me incredibly nervous. I hate the feeling of starting something new, something where I am not confident at all. Orientation was supposed to last about three hours and included a few fit tests, including one minute of push ups, one minute of sit ups, a sit and reach test, a step test and a one mile run.

I know I have work to do on all of those tests, so I feel okay about my results. It's just a starting off point. I need to remember that. What I am nervous about, however, is the mile run. I have been running for over two years and I just cannot get faster. I don't know what is up with me, but I just cannot get my body to move faster. And this Saturday, at orientation, I ran one of my fastest miles. UGH! Now what?

Anyway, after orientation, I helped Kate a little more, and then I spent some quality time with Netflix. Last Man Standing is so laugh-out-loud funny.

Sunday was Easter! I headed down to Dad's and found out I'm going to be an aunt AGAIN - Nicole and Eric are knocked up, so the next little nugget comes this October! I'm hoping for a girl. Then I went to Mom's to eat, then I spent some more time on my couch.

Monday was the my first class at Farrell's - Monday, Wednesday and Friday and kickboxing days, so I arrived at the gym early to wrap my wrists, figure out my gloves and get my bearings. And then I got my ass handed to me for 45 minutes.

Wooh hoo! Here's to a great week! And here's another picture in the "I selfie while other people work" series.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Calendar flip

Last year I distinctly remember flipping the calendar from March to April. I didn't want to do it. That calendar flip meant one thing to me - it was time. Time to run my half marathon. April was the month, and I was dreading it something fierce.

But I did, and although Mother Nature tried to kill me (you can read my race recap here. ) I survived. And it's one of my favorite memories.

This year, I do not have a half marathon staring me in the face, but instead a new physical challenge. I start Farrell's this weekend!

I am nervous. Nope, that's an understatement. I am terrified-butterflies-in-my-stomach-throwing-up-on-each-other nervous.

But so excited.

Friday I have to go get my "before" pictures taken. And if I'm being completely honest, that's the part I am the most nervous about! I have to stand in front of people in just a sports bra and booty shorts and smile for the camera. There is one person I am comfortable being that naked in front of. One. And that photographer is not him!

So I figure if I can get through that picture, I can get through anything, right??