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Ice Skating N’at

9 Jan

The last few days have been busy, but uneventful.  I ran 2 miles on both Sunday and Monday – which I wasn’t sure I would be able to pull off!  I didn’t work out on Tuesday because there was some confusion with the schedule at work and I didn’t plan my time accordingly.  Lame.  On Wednesday, I managed to get in 1 mile on the treadmill while I was babysitting.  But between the heated, fighting noises and the suspicious quiet periods coming from upstairs, I was too paranoid to leave them alone for too long!  I make it a point to enter all of my runs into the Map My Run app on my phone.  I want to track exactly how many miles I log in 2014.  Hopefully I look back at this post in June and am amused with this mileage!

We spent the afternoon ice skating with family at the Schenley Ice Rink, so the 1 mile worked to my advantage.  The two older boys do not need those plastic grannie walker looking things, they were being used for battering ram purposes and attempting tricks.  In other words, making all of the other ice skaters very paranoid of being taken out at the knees or rammed by accident.  RED alternated following them and being pushed by them, so she was having a ball.  DR was struggling a bit more than the older boys, but still had a lot of fun skating around the loop close to the wall.  I’m looking forward to the family ice skating party later this month, where dozens and dozens of Christina’s relatives get together for a big ice skating party.

photo credit: Amanda

photo credit: Amanda

Why are ice skates so painful?  My arches and ankles were killing me and I somehow got a blister halfway up the back of my calf.  If I had gone 2 miles, I might have pushed my legs past the point of having fun! And despite following 2-4 children around and not losing a single item of clothing, I somehow lost my own glove between the ice skating rink and the car.  Figures!

Despite sleeping in past my alarm this morning, I do plan on hitting the gym tonight to get some kind of physical activity in before the end of the day.  I’m feeling very accomplished  because I’m really staying committed to doing some kind of physical activity every day.  The weather seems to have calmed down now and is cooperating, which gives me more options for activities and locations.

So far, 2014 is just wonderful. 🙂

Why I Love January

2 Jan

The start to the year is an exciting time because it feels like we are given the opportunity to hit reset; it also happens to fall during the time of year in which we may feel like we have been hitting snooze!  We truly are given another chance, another fresh start, another blank slate full of possibilities.  That feeling is like my crack.  Kind of explains my habit of throwing myself into countless new projects and passions, only to quickly get bored and move onto the next new and exciting thing?  I guess I’m like a dog in that way.

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Such a cheerful note to start the new year on!  Seriously, though, the new year is a great time to jump-start strategies to achieve goals which have been lingering around.  My goal for the last few years has been to change my lifestyle with healthy choices and fitness.  For the longest time, I thought running would be a good vehicle for that.  I still love running, and do have a few new running goals for 2014, but this year my goal is to lose weight.  If I’m being brutally honest, a 50 lb. deficit will take me into a normal, healthy BMI range.  I find that to be shocking, but I’m a real person with real stresses and a history of struggling with my weight.  I hit a plateau during that journey a long time ago, but I’m ready to get moving again.  Literally.

Maybe even up these stairs I found on my run!

Maybe even up these stairs I found on my run!

I am not going vegetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten-free, raw, or any of the other countless dietary restrictions.  I’m not joining Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, or Atkins.  I am going to get it done the old fashion way – eating healthy, balanced meals and exercising.  For once, I feel prepared for the hard work that’s ahead and I have the determination to keep going even when it’s hard – I’m turning 30 this year!  I feel like I am running out of chances to get it done.  This year symbolically and literally marks a different phase of my life, and I want to start it off on the right foot.  The right foot which will hopefully soon be attached to a much smaller body.


Err…lifestyle change.  Whatever.

Six days ago, I committed to a 50 lb. weight loss goal and I challenged myself to do something active every day no matter how small.  Since then, I have logged almost 6 miles, done 2 hours of Zumba, taken a pump class, and done yoga.  The last week has been awesome!  Some little crazy voice inside my head even wonders if I could lose 30 lbs. by my 30th birthday?

It was only a matter of time before Christina got me sick, though.  This morning I woke up with chest and nasal congestion, runny nose, coughing, along with feeling like I’m an iPhone 5 in LTE mode that didn’t get charged overnight and is clinging to that last 4% of battery even though you’ve force-quit all the apps.  Everything in me wants to curl up under a blanket and sleep away this feeling, but I know that I need to take care of myself and push through.

That Time Old Ladies Did More Crunches Than Me…

31 Dec

Are you also sick of reading end of year recaps on blogs?  Pretty sure I get every single one of your posts in my reader’s feed – throughout the year I’ve even commented, liked, and shared those posts.  Please do not make me relive it again with you because you are feeling nostalgic, k?  Thanks.


Since I’m all about flexibility as a means to success lately, I went to my first ever fitness class last night! That’s right, kids. I got in a run early and then I made it to a class.  All fitness classes are included in my membership at the Carnegie Library of Homestead Athletic Club, so I thought it was about time I take advantage.  I chose Total Body Sculpting, which was as a low to moderate intensity body pump class.

When I walked into the classroom, I quickly realized that I was the youngest attendee by about 20 years.  This was very comforting in a way because I knew I wasn’t going to get left behind!  Everyone was very nice to me and one of the ladies helped me find free weights and a mat.

As we started warming up, I remember thinking Oh my gosh, hopefully this isn’t so slow that I feel like I wasted an hour of my night…  Let me tell you – those older ladies can MOVE!  The moves were very easy to follow along and I was getting my sweat on.  They actually did more crunches than I could.  Shame!  Shock!  Motivation!  I was determined not to be surpassed by the elderly, so I pushed myself hard the whole time.  I dipped low during squats and lunges then I kept good form during arms.  BOO YAH!  The only time I had trouble keeping up was during leg lifts and only because I got a crazy bad cramp in my hip flexor?  I don’t know what that’s about.  And oh yeah, crunches because I haven’t worked out my abs in 5 years.  Basically, I got my ass handed to me by an senior citizen named Cookie.  Also, I’m pretty sure that most of those ladies stuck around for yoga afterwards – color me impressed.   I, on the other hand, booked it for my car and a bottle of water!

I was a little stiff last night when I got home and I’m a bit sore today.  Not P90X sore, but I know I was definitely working some muscle groups that haven’t seen the light of day for a few months.  I needed that.

Christina is dealing with a seriously mean head cold, so we spent a lazy morning together and I’m sure will spend New Year’s Eve relaxing at home.  I’m thinking I might do some Zumba today after work to loosen up my hamstrings!

Y’all stay safe out there tonight and enjoy the last few hours of 2013.  I will check you in 2014! 🙂

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