Thursday, August 28, 2008

Gym Workout

I usually go to the gym for the pool aspect but tonight I decided to shake things up a bit and went out the the cardio room for some calorie burning enjoyment. The after-work crowd was there in full force so lots of machines were occupied and it was beyond warm in there. I like to have a bit of air conditioning when at the gym, seeing as I'm paying for it, but I guess they really want us to burn those calories even faster!

I chose the treadmill as we are usually not friends and I thought this would be a good opportunity to get to know one another again. You know what? We became fast friends..so much so that I didn't even visit with my BFF, the elliptical. I did four miles on the treadmill, switching it up between walks and runs and it felt purty darn good. Now that I'm back home, I'm going to squeeze in some sit ups and hula for 20 minutes and that should do it for today's activities.

After that, I'm off to the store to get ingredients to make fruit pizza for our potluck tomorrow at work. It's sports jersey day, yee haw!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Jammy Wednesday

I've found this week to be one of those where the day creeps while I'm at work but once I head for home and my evening tasks, time flies by! Because of my never-ending to-do list and the fact that it's the middle of the week and I'm a bit tired, I've decided to create Jammy Wednesday. This lovely theme means that I have decided to exercise right after work and then I'm home and in my pajamas by 7pm. I can do whatever I want or nothing at all but the jammies will be on for the duration.

So, to start this Wednesday off, I went for a 20 minute swim after work (would have been longer but I got my days wrong and the aqua class kicked me out at 6:05) and then came home, hopped in my jammies and had some soup for dinner. I've boiled a bunch of eggs, cleaned the kitchen and straightened up the rest of the house (kinda). I'm tuckered tonight so the rest of my evening is going to be all about relaxing. I'm thinking a bit of reading and maybe a movie then off to bed. Have a good night.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Quick Note

I decided to be brave this morning and I tried on a couple pairs of work pants that are two sizes smaller than what I've been wearing. I took the plunge since coworkers have been telling me I'm drowning in my current wardrobe but I'm not ready to go out and buy lots of new things yet.

So, I tried a black pair and khaki pair of slacks and...they fit! And were very comfortable! Yay for exercise and eating healthy (sometimes)! Makes me want to keep working hard and fitting into the rest of my old clothes. Soon I will be ready to tackle the shopping centers again.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Last week was a pretty busy week so, unfortunately, I didn't get much done on the exercise front. No swimming, running, not even a walk was squeezed in from Wed through Sun. I'm sure I could have found some time-30 minutes here and there-to get something done but I confess that the effort was not made, except for the hula hoop once or twice.

So, I'm going to put my best running shoe forward this week and see if I can get in 5 workouts. After being inactive for 5 days, I'm starting to feel like jello so I'm thinking I will head to the gym tonight for some cardio and weights, maybe a little pool time too.

I did get my to-do list in order so I feel better about having everything written down and organized. Now, I just have to start tackling the list. I'm thinking 1-2 items a week for the easy ones and I will set up a scheduled plan for the tougher assignments. It feels like school all over again :)

Well, looks like it's time to get myself ready for work. Happy Monday everyone!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Deep thoughts

Do you ever have so many thoughts swimming in your head that you just want to scream? That about sums up how I'm feeling right now. Just so much stuff that I want to accomplish or am pondering and I need a break from it all.

I've got my mom and sister coming in about 5 weeks and I wanted to get some stuff done before they get here, especially since my sis has never been down here since I moved here. I've been thinking about school, tests, current job, possible jobs (and their possible interviews), my swim around key west, running events I'm looking at signing up for, etc....the list goes on.

Okay, enough of that. Trop. Storm Fay turned out to be pretty mild here, which is great since I'm really not up for a big hurricane, ever. Too bad I had to suck it up and go to work though..many of my friends lucked out on that one!

I'm going to do some hoopin tonight and either swim or run, haven't decided which yet. The rain has stopped so I'll just have to contend with the wind but it might be nice to run and not be soaked with sweat for a change! That's about all the excitement going on here.

Have a great night, chicas.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Ah Fay, You Little Minx!

Tropical Storm Fay is making her way to Florida this evening and has just passed over Key West. She appears to be a slow mover but she's packing lots of rain, which has been flowing steady since early afternoon. The next few hours will be interesting to see if she strengthens to hurricane status. Thankfully, the meat and potatoes of the storm is not heading east but staying towards west Florida but you never know what can happen.

I haven't done any exercise tonight..in fact, I just finished my pizza..yummy! I did get out for a run yesterday morning, though and actually pushed myself to run 4 miles. I'm so excited since I usually have to stop and walk for awhile but I focused and just kept staring at the pavement and jammin to my music. I also tried a different route, which I think helped out a lot. Think I'll try that again on my next run.

Peace out kiddies.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Ode to Bowling

I'm a little behind on my speech but I had so many emotions (not really) that I had to sort through things first and collect my thoughts.

So, our team, which was hovering in ninth place in the early season, came back with a vengeance and got....wait for it.....2nd Place! Yippee everyone!

In light of this, I would like to thank the following:

1. Our supporters and former teammates: Erin and Shannon-you stuck by us when even I wanted to leave the table in shame :)

2. Our teammates Amy and Meagan: your absent consistency kept us grounded.

3. Bud Light: The sponsor of bowling 2008 (even though it was served in Miller Light pitchers).

4. Striker's house balls. Without several choices of 10 pound balls, I would never have found a perfect match. Wait, I didn't. That's why I need my own ball.

5. Our Super Fan and Lucky Charm: Miller-he made it all possible.

6. And, of course, Brian for driving me there every week and making sure my drunk ass got home safely at night. You're swell!

My last scores were 140, 113 and 170. We rocked the house. Who says drunk girls who fall occasionally and do high kicks after strikes can't be serious bowlers?

Okay, you can stop laughing now.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Hump Day!

And it was a good hump day at work because my long lost coworker FINALLY returned from vacation. Yeah! I was so happy to return her work responsibilities back to her that I could have done cartwheels down the hall and would have, but I think it would have been frowned upon. It's good to be back in the swing of things there and not feel like I'm being pulled in 20 different directions.

Last night, I didn't feel like doing a DVD so I headed to the gym and swam for 45 minutes. I really pushed my strokes and only stopped twice to grab the pull buoy. In addition to my normal freestyle/backstroke/breaststroke routine, I also added lots of flip turns and 4 laps of the butterfly. Wow, that stroke is hard as hell but sure gets my heart rate moving!

Can't decide on my activity tonight but I should take little Wilson out for a walk..he gets too cooped up here in the house all day and it's not raining. Yeah again! Later

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Running Plans Thwarted

AGAIN

My buddy Adriana and I had made plans to start running together again yesterday...she has been out of the running lately due to grad school...but the weather down here has been just a wee bit rainy. Yesterday, it started raining around 2pm and continued until 5pm. Since it was still thundering out there, we decided to postpone our run for today.

So, who woke up this morning and did the rain dance? The day was beautiful this morning but turned into a rainy day around 11am and has stayed that way. We thought about running in the inclement weather until the heavy rain came down and then just decided to table it altogether. We both have obligations the rest of the week so I guess we will try to start again next Monday.

Not too much else on my end...I applied to a new job yesterday so am hoping to hear something from them down the road..they state it may take a couple months to hear back from them so I'm not anxiously awaiting the phone call..yet. Work continues to be stressful but my coworker is due to return from her 2 week vacation tomorrow so hopefully that relieves some of my workload. Although, we do have a pool going on whether she will show up tomorrow or not. The last time she was scheduled out for a week, she took another week off to "recover" from her trip. Ha! I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

It's still raining out there so I think I will do some hoopin and maybe a dvd tonight, or read...so many choices.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

7 a.m. Swim

What a great way to start my Sunday. I literally jumped out of bed at about 10 minutes to 7, grabbed the swimsuit, towels and other swim accessories and headed to the gym for some pool time. I chose the gym with the outdoor pool since it is such a beautiful day and I wasn't disappointed. I was greeted to a glistening pool, clear blue skies, nice breeze, palm trees swaying in the breeze and the sun just peeking over the building area. What a relaxing setting.

But I was all about the business of swimming so I hopped in, got those goggles situated and off I went. I swam for an hour with no breaks except to grab my pull buoy. I did leg and arm exercises, breaststroke and lots of freestyle. It was so nice to get a good swim in right away in the morning and now I have the rest of the day to chill in the pool at home...that and get the laundry done.

Enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Another Hot One

So, I would like to start out by saying that our bowling team...ROCKS! We were in 3rd place on Thurs and beat the 1st Place team. Now, this game isn't just about who wins but also about total points so we shall see how we sitting next week. The end is near...me kinda sad :(

The drinks were flowing that night so Friday was not a pleasant day for me. I was pretty miserable until about 2pm when I finally started getting my bearings again. Note to self: Less is more, especially with the spirits!

So, after a totally useless Friday, I have been determined to make more out of my Saturday. I did some computer work this morning, cleaned the deck and pool area, watered my plants and went for a run. Now, as you may have noticed from past posts, I do not run during daylight hours. Why? Cuz it's friggin hot out there! But, I think I deserved a bit of punishment for yesterday's sloth so I headed out for my run at 11am. Not quite peak sun hours but close enough. I headed down to the park about a half mile away and ran the park loop a couple times, then headed back home. It was about 2.5 miles total and I was a sweaty mess with a face the color of a beet. Oooh, so pretty! I'm proud that I forced myself through this run even though I wanted to give up after about 5 minutes since it felt like I was running in a hot steam sauna. Excessive sweating is good for the body, right?

And let me say, that pool was freaking awesome to jump in when I got back.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Very Sweaty Run

Even though I started at 8:45 tonight, it was still pretty warm out there and the humidity must be high cuz I was sweating before I even started running. Once I got going, the run felt pretty good. It's been a few days since I got these old legs moving and once I brushed off the cobwebs, it was smooth sailing. I ran about 2 miles and walked another half mile so a pretty good distance for me.

I want to start working on getting that 3 mile mark down good since the fall season is soon approaching and I know there are some 5Ks I want to enter. I can get through them now but it would be nice to get a decent time. Sometimes it's tough to push yourself when it's so hot but...suck it up dammit!

Anyway, running and the hula were my exercise for today. I didn't run last night but went swimming instead and did 2 miles in 45 minutes. Not too shabby! As for tomorrow, either I will have to get up early or just rely on bowling for my exercise. Sleeping in till 6am is looking pretty good right now.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Why Not?

As you know, I live in very sunny south Florida. You know, where it's 150 degrees in the shade at 9am (only a slight exaggeration) and the humidity is at a dry 90%. So, of course the air conditioner would go out today. In the freaking summer. In August. Why Not? It's 82 degrees in here right now-better than I thought-and the fix-it man isn't coming till tomorrow. Guess someone's sleeping light tonight!

Well, my ants aren't sugar ants. I put out Terro last night and the ignored it. The funny thing is they are nowhere to be found today. I feel an ambush coming on...will keep you posted.

I think the weather is making me feel icky. Every time there is a weather system down here I start to feel this way, especially like my eyes are holding up their very own bricks. It doesn't feel like a cold..could be denial.

I didn't get up early this morning so I am going to do my sit ups and go out for a run tonight. Haven't run in a few days so this should feel pretty good. I always feel like a speed demon when I have some time off.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Short and Sweet

Nope, not talking about me (hee hee).

I've been dragging since Friday..think I've got a bit of a cold but I'm doing my best to fight it, nothing an overdose of Vitamin C can't combat.

Work is super busy. One of my coworkers is gone for 2 weeks and since I am freaking awesome at my job, I get to do hers too. Now I have deadlines coming out of my ears. Bet that's contributing to my tiredness.

Did some retail therapy at Target tonight. Got some new picture frames and house accessories. I *heart* Target.

I will be getting back into my exercise routine tomorrow so there should actually be a post about that one of these days again.

Wilson is being a butthead tonight so I'd best give him some attention before I go to bed.

Oh, and I'm at war..with the ants. So far they are winning but I shall overcome!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Insanity

Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. This is how I felt about the housework today. I was a cleaning machine today. I tackled the floors, dusted every room, vacuumed, did laundry, straightened the pool area, named a star, cleaned the bathrooms and washed lots of blankets that have Wilson's hair all over them. A productive day but one where you find yourself saying, "Didn't I just clean this?"

After my cleaning spree, I spent a few glorious hours in the pool with a good book. The pool is a perfect 84 degrees and I floated around with my Coke and book for a good three hours with breaks only to switch the laundry. It was lovely.

The rest of the weekend was pretty good, too. Friday night flew by, seeing as I came home, had a snack, said goodbye to Brian when he headed out for cards and took a nap-which lasted till about 9pm. Saturday I went to the beach early in the morning, ran some errands and spent the afternoon in the pool. Brian and I went to dinner at Olive Garden and rented some movies. Semi-Pro was about what I would have expected..had it's funny parts and 21 was pretty good, too.

Now it's time to whip up a Mexican feast of tacos (soft and hard-I'm very accommodating), chips/salsa and maybe a bud light lime. Hope everyone had a great weekend.