Sunday, June 29, 2008

Life is Good

Well, the knee is getting better already (yay!). The bruising has started to set in but I'm not limping anymore and the pain is minimal unless I do a lot of moving around so I'm hoping to get back to the swimming tomorrow or Tuesday. Today was a pretty relaxing day here. I took Wilson for a walk this morning, made breakfast for Brian and myself, read the Sunday paper and cleaned the house..all before 10am. Then, I hung out in the pool with a good book for the afternoon relaxing with a nice cold drink at hand. Yep, got the floaty toys with the built-in cup holder-doesn't get much sweeter than this my friends!

So, since I'm in a good mood today, I've been thinking about the little things that make me smile. Sometimes you just have to appreciate the little things, they are what really make life special. Here's a few of mine:

1. That first cup of coffee in the morning when I get to work. Scrumptious.

2. Seeing Wilson's excitement to see me when I get home. He's such a sweet, little monster!

3. Law & Order Criminal Intent episodes on Sunday evenings. I am addicted to this show and love getting 3-4 episodes on my Sunday nights.

4. The new car smell. Can't be replicated with an air freshener.

5. Knowing my sister and mother are coming to visit in 3 months.

6. Activia yogart with almond slivers.

7. Cold Stone cake batter ice cream.

8. My iPod..what did I do without this?

9. Waterproof mascara

10. Monthly massages

Life is good.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Small Setback

I am a klutz. So, of course my clumsiness would eventually result in some wear and tear on the body, right? Case in point: since it's summer we get all these lovely gnats swarming about. They see the pool and dive right in and, of course, die from the chlorine or their own crash landings, who knows. Whatever the cause, the pool needs to be cleaned of the bug graveyard every day or so. So, last night, I was out there on the deck with my little skimmer just cleaning away. I'd been at it for about 15 minutes and was heading around one of the tighter edges of my pool when my foot slipped on the water on the deck and my right leg flies into the pool, smashing my knee right into the corner of the deck. I wish Brian would have gotten a picture of this cuz I'm sure I looked like an acrobat gone wrong with one leg in the pool and the other splayed out behind me like I'm trying to do a new kind of splits. Needless to say, my knee was hurting big time. I rested for the rest of the night, thinking it would be fine this morning. Umm, not so much. I woke up to the throbbing pain of a pissed off knee so my big swimming session may have to be postponed. At least there is no bruising (yet) but that baby is nice and swollen, especially the muscles right above my knee. I may have to take a rest day and just chill in the pool with a good book...I have it so rough, right?

In other current CJ events:

Bowling was, um, how shall I put this...haphazard? My scores were: 80, 158 and 115. Yeah, um, not sure what was going on with me but I am totally placing the blame on Lane 11. We just were not connecting and it caused a serious rift between us the whole night.

I am so swamped at work I can't see my desk. It is completely covered with files galore. I think my heart rate goes up every time I look at it, too. At least I have a three day weekend next week so I can avoid it for one more day that week..hopefully I can find my desk before the weekend starts but I'm sure once I clear a spot, more will pile up. Well, all that works keeps me from office shenanigans so I guess it's a good thing.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Why I'm Doing This

We all have our reasons for losing weight and getting back in shape. I'm sure everyone has a story out there of the moment the light bulb went off in their heads and they decided, then and there, to make a change in their lifestyle. I am no different, although mine wasn't so much a light bulb as a small atomic bomb exploding in my face.

I'll admit that one of the reasons to lose weight is to look better. I am only 5'2" tall...there should not be that much weight on this short, little body!

But, it's not just the number on the scale and the reflection in the mirror. It's knowing what being overweight does to the body. The physical drain on the muscles, bones, ligaments, etc. having to carry around all that extra weight. Not to mention the extra work the heart and other organs have to exert to make up for the extra pounds that have been added on over the years. I have been exercising steadily for about 7 months now and I just feel better, inside and out. My cholesterol has gone down drastically; my lower back rarely hurts anymore; my joints don't ache like they did this time last year.

Yes, diet and exercise take up much more of my time than they used to but I feel that is time well spent. By making myself feel better, I have strengthened my friendships and have met new people because of my increased activity. I have always been the type of person who wants to better myself in all areas of my life. For awhile, exercise/diet took a backseat to school, new jobs, family...the list goes on. It's good to have this area back in the daily routine and it is great to be reaching my goals again.

Good luck to all fellow bloggers who are out there every day working hard to achieve their goals. Kick ass!

My exercise tonight was a miscellanous pile of stuff: hula hoop (15 minutes), jump rope (20 minutes-my calves hurt!), sit-ups/crunches, push-ups and I took Wilson for a 30 minute walk. Now I'm ready for some R&R. Got to rest up for bowling tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Tuckered Out

I was a good girl this morning and jumped (okay, crawled) out of bed at 4:45 this morning, squeezed into my swimsuit and headed out to the pool. Because of all the rain, the pool was nice and refreshing (82 degrees), which is so nice seeing as it is usually on the warm side (86 degrees) due to the heat. It took me a while to warm up/wake up, but I got into my groove and did about a mile and a half in 50 min before I had to head home to start my day. It felt good to get that out of the way for the day, especially since it looks like rain again, but I'm all tired out now. Me thinks it may be an early night again tonight!

Another thing I've started to add to my exercise routines is jumping rope. Last weekend, I was in Target and decided to pick one up. I'm sure we all remember fondly jumping rope as kids. I also did a lot of jump rope moves in volleyball. So, with my all skill and expertise, this should be a breeze, right? Hahaha....not so much. I felt like I was jumping with a 20 pound sack on my back. Guess gravity got a little heavier over the years! So, I managed about 7 minutes before I called it quits. I will be happy to get 10 minutes down the road. It's another little exercise I'm adding on the off days I don't do the hula hoop. The best part of both these exercises is that Wilson is terrified of both and thinks I'm being attacked, so he gets close to help me and then chickens out, backs up and barks. What a fruit loop!

Well, I'm off to straighten up the house and find something productive to do. Reading sounds pretty productive to me. Toodles!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Where to Place the Blame - Again

Yep, had myself another little weigh-in this morning. And what to my eyes see on the scale....the same damn thing as they saw the last two weeks. So, where should I place the blame this week? That's easy this time...

ME.

I am not being very cooperative with myself this month. The bottom line is that I know what I need to do to get that stupid scale to move down and I haven't been doing it. Too much pizza, chips and other crappy foods. I may have to put the kibosh on all of these wonderful treats and really focus on making some healthy eating choices, maybe even try a new recipe or two.

The goal for this week is to drop 2 pounds. Not unreasonable at all considering I haven't moved for awhile now. I'm going to work on eating small meals every four hours and get in 5 days of exercise. Hopefully this daily thunderstorm thing we have going on down here will subside and I can get some running in again.

Non-diet related news: it was a pretty quiet weekend. Lots of thunder, lightning and rain. So I did a lot of reading and watched some movies. We saw The Bucket List, There Will Be Blood and I watched The Other Boleyn Girl. They were all pretty good flicks but nothing spectacular.

Since it's raining again, I think I will do some reading and turn in early tonight. I would like to get up early and go to pool before work tomorrow as it usually clear skies in the a.m. Got to work with the weather!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Quiet Night at Home

Yeah, it's Friday..and the first day of summer! Since Brian is out with the guys tonight, I'm going to have a nice, quiet night of relaxation. I think a nice bubble bath with a good book (I'm currently reading The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett) and I want to watch The Other Boleyn Girl too, if I don't get too engrossed in the book.

I managed a run/walk interval training yesterday morning at the ass-crack of dawn. It went pretty well. I start out with 5 minutes walking, then running and slowly increase the running time to 10-15 minutes with 5 minute walking intervals in between until I run out of time and have to head home. The running seems to be getting better so I'm going to start phasing out some of the walking sets and work on my distance.

Bowling was last night and I am pleased to report there was plenty of Bud Light to go around. However, this did not improve my game into superstar status so I guess it's up to me to keep practicing or find a lucky shirt/hairpiece, etc. My scores were: 116, 114 and 138. Erin came out to cheer us on last night and brought some delicious caramel bars she made, so yummy.

I think I'm going to take tonight off on the exercise front and hit the pool tomorrow morning if it's not raining. The rain has been quite the deterrent this week when it comes to swimming since the pool is outdoors. If no swimming, then I will just hit the gym.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Rainy Day

It has been raining steady all evening so I have made the decision to halt any exercise activity for the day. I declare today a rest day! To be honest, I was debating this all day. I went swimming last night and got in 100 laps and, let me tell you, my arms freaking hurt today. All this swimming is the most exercise my arms have seen in a long time. I could barely move when I got home and felt pretty stiff today so having the rain sticking around for the night is a good thing, I think.

So, what am I doing with my fun-filled evening? Why, I'm enjoying a good book with a nice Bud Light. Couldn't help it, the drink literally jumped in my lap and demanded to be drunk. OK, maybe I'm exaggerating but that's what I'm telling myself. So, I'm off to continue my reading for an hour or so and then I'm off to bed. I did manage to get a good night's sleep last night..I think I finally tired myself out. Hoping the refreshing Bud Light will lead to another restful night.

Peace out homies!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Insomnia Strikes Again

I am so friggin tired today. But it's one of those tired moments where you are so overtired you cannot even attempt a nap to rest up cuz the eyes just won't shut. I think I've had about 5-6 hours of restless sleep in the last couple of days, which wouldn't be so bad if I were still in my college days but I can't handle it in the real world. I'm hoping I've worn out all my excessive thinking-about-everything-and-nothing by now and I can get a good night's sleep tonight.

I did manage to hit the pool last night for an hour's worth of laps. No counting...just worked on conditioning my strokes and making them more fluid so I can cut through those waves like a speedboat next year. I worked on the freestyle, backcrawl, breaststroke and butterfly. I'm feelin' it in the shoulders and quads today. I was planning on going for another swim session tonight but the weather is not being cooperative today. Summer is here and with it has come the rainy season. I hear the thunder as I type so I may have to resort to an indoor workout tonight.

That's all for today. My fingers hurt and I'm getting cranky. later chicas

Monday, June 16, 2008

What To Blame

I like to do my weigh-ins on Monday since I see this as the start of the week for me and I like to know where I'm starting at (yep, I do weigh myself throughout the week but this is the one I count). Got on the scale and all I can say is "SCREW YOU SCALE!" Yep, we are not really on speaking terms right now. In fact, I think it needs some alone time to think about how it treated me this morning. No wonder I was not so pleasant at work today.

I know I'm being a bit of a drama queen (I'm am a Sagittarius after all) because there was no weight gain, but no loss either. I want loss dammit! So, what am I going to blame. Let's see...

1. The big spaghetti dinner with garlic bread last night.
2. The 3 cups of cappuccino every day this past week.
3. Only exercising 3 days this past week.
4. Pitchers of beer on bowling night-it helps my game ;)
5. Beer on Friday night
6. Or just not making the best food choices for most of the week.

Gee, I guess I'm pretty lucky I didn't have a big gain from this, now that I see it in writing. So, I'm going try and flip this around this week so I get a nice loss on Monday. I am waaayyy too far away from my goal weight to be slacking off already.

Tonight I'm going to hit the pool for some laps since I haven't done any since last weekend. Bad girl! Oh, I did practice my flip turns in my own pool but that consists of flip-glide-hit other end of pool-repeat until dizzy.

chow chicas

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Procrastination Wins

I never learn. I am a procrastinator down to the core of my being and I just never learn to do things in a timely manner. Case in point: I'm on thyroid meds and I have about 8 days worth of pills till I'm out. No problem...no reason to panic. Now, I've had the prescription filled since May but I have to get these meds via mail order so I put off sending them out until Friday. I express mailed the damn thing for $20 extra bucks. Why you ask? Well, on Thursday I dropped the bottle of pills in the sink and when I went to take one on Fri, they were nothing but a pile of orange goo. Seems some water got in when I dropped it and that's the end of my 8-day supply. Now, if I had not procrastinated, I would be fine. Now I'm SOL for a week. Procrastination 1, Crystal 0.

Besides my pill drama, it has been a nice, relaxing weekend. I did a lot of house cleaning and laundry on Saturday and enjoyed the pool as much as I could without getting crispy. I made it out for a 5 mile walk/run interval training session this morning and the humidity seemed to be a bit better. I was only sweating small buckets when I got home instead of the big ones. Good times.

Now I think I finish some household chores, take Wilson for a walk and get a little reading in this evening. Hope everyone had a great weekend.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Are We in Junior High Again?

This is what I had to ask a fellow colleague today at work. It was late this afternoon and all of a sudden we hear the conference room door slam shut and the yelling began. It seems that some of the ladies were upset because a group of us girls went out a few Saturdays ago for a girls night on the town...they weren't invited cuz, well, they are really not our friends. Apparently, they took offense to this and have been giving a couple of girls a hard time. So, the manager got involved and rounded up the group and put them in the conference room for a free-for-all shouting match. Glad I was on the outside of that. My friend, N, said nothing got accomplished but she was told by the instigator of this fiasco that she should be slapped across the face. What?!! This rude-ass lady is in her mid-forties and acting like this..gee, wonder why you weren't invited?

See, this behavior baffles me and this is not unusual for my lovely place of work. In my opinion, we all do not have to be friends and hang out on the weekends. There are going to be people you really don't care for at work and there is nothing wrong with that. I think it's ridiculous that this discussion (fight) even took place. We are not in junior high, we don't have to like each other, we just have to work together with some level of respect for one another. Good luck with that!


So that was my work day today. On a better note, my iPod finally went caput (w/Brian's help) and he was such a great fella that he bought me a new one. Yeah! It looks just like this one. Now I just need some new running shoes and I will have completed my motivational tools to increase my running time and distance (um, yeah..okay). I might try it out this evening if the rains subside. If it's still raining, I think I will just put in a workout tape and stay indoors for the night. I definitely have to get some type of workout in since BJ and I went out for dessert last night...I bet I consumed 1000 calories just in my half alone. That should only take about 20 hours of exercise to work off, right?

later chicas

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Kick-Ass Workout Weekend

Yep, I rocked the exercise this weekend. And I am feeling it now!

Brian and I went to bed early Friday night so I was up at the ass-crack of dawn and out for a morning walk by 6:15am. Now that summer is here, Florida is a miserable, sweltering spot on the sun so it was nice to get out there before the sun had a chance to peak yet, although with no breeze whatsoever and humidity at about 1200%, it was still quite steamy out there. I did 3.5 miles walking and then picked up the pace and ran a mile before I was drenched with sweat and had to call it quits...with that part, that is. Once i got in the house, I grabbed my swim gear and hit the pool. The pool at my gym is a standard size (25 yards=1 length) and I got in 66 lengths (one mile).

Today has been more of the same. I got in a 3.5 mile walk again this morning but skipped the running portion. Then I headed to the pool and swam 110 lengths in 50 minutes. I am so excited because I really want to do the Key West swim next year and, if I can keep this pace up, I could get done with the race in about 6.5 hours (they allot 7 or 8 hours for completion). So, my plan is to keep building up my endurance by adding more and more laps until I crash. The majority of my laps consist of freestyle, although I do throw in the breaststroke, leg/arm drills and the backstroke to break up the monotony. I shall conquer this!

Besides the exercise, it has been a pretty quiet weekend. I've spent a lot of it lounging in the pool with a book, and with nearly two days in the sun, I am starting to see a sunburn forming-even though I am lathered an inch thick with sunblock. Blasted sun rays!

Hope everyone has had a great weekend. Enjoy the rest of your day!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Happy Friday

Did everyone know that today is National Donut Day? Me either..in fact, I never would have thought we would have a day to celebrate donuts but boy was I mistaken! I'm tempted to run to Dunkin and pick up a batch for work in celebration of this great event. I guess it'll depend on how quickly I get ready for work today, so far I'm in slow turtle mode but I may surprise myself and kick it up to cheetah speed.

Last night was the first night of bowling league and let's just say, I could use a little practice. I got a 95, 112 and 100. That's nothing to write home about! I think, once I get my own ball and some comfy shoes, my bowling skills will magically appear and I will be a dominant force to be reckoned with on the bowling alleys. Beware all future opponents!

I'm so glad it's Friday! This week seemed to go pretty fast but I feel like I didn't get much accomplished. The plan for today is to ignore my phone at work and get as much stuff done as I can and then hit the gym after work for a swim and maybe some cardio, then an evening of relaxation.

Have a great day everyone

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

So Much Excitement!

A big congrats to Erin and Ryan on their new baby boy, Miller! Brian and I stopped by the hospital to see the new family this evening and I got some one-on-one time with the new little man. Such a sweet face and I think he is going to be a tall one, just like daddy! It was a nice visit...we kept it short as the new parents have not had much, if any, sleep time in two days. It's so nice to have a new baby in our crew..can't wait to see him again.

Hope Erin and Ryan get some sleep while they still can!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Back to the Basics

My stats for this morning: hot and sweaty. Kudos to all Floridians who can run in this blasted humidity...this morning it felt like I was trying to run through water-with cement blocks on my feet-and I got caught in some seeweed-and the wind was against me. Get the idea?

Since I have not ran for almost 2 months, I decided my best approach to getting back into this was to do baby steps. I'm trying to prevent the shin splints and, let's face it, when it comes to running I am out of shape again. Son of a monkey's butt! Feels like I had worked so hard before but that damn accident put a wrench in things so here I am at square one again. So, I did some interval training this morning. Walked for 5 min, ran for 2-3 minutes for a half mile and then increased my running to 5 minutes, then ended with 5-7 minute walks and 10 minute runs. Now for some quick stretching and then it's time to get ready for work.

I think I'm going to continue the interval training for at least a week until I build up my stamina again. It seriously felt like I'd never ran before. Once I get these kinks out-again-I will start to build up my running distance again.

And get some new shoes Crystal!

later gators