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Married life has swallowed me whole…

While I’ve been updating my food-tracking blog several times daily, I’ve been neglecting this blog something fierce.  And what has been taking up so much of my time?  Nothing, really.  I wake up, go to work, work my bum off, come home, work on cross stitch, catching up on Gossip Girl, or expanding my pinterest boards, study, go to school, try to learn how to drive a stick shift* and read books.  It’s pretty ho-hum, actually! … But I like it.  Life is good, and I’m going to cherish it while it lasts.

I’ve been causing a bit of mayhem on Facebook… pushing my political views on anyone who doesn’t agree with me.  Bleh.  Who knew we’d have to deal with this before the presidential debates started up?  I thought we’d have a nice 4 year break… nope.

I also cause mayhem when I over-share the type of shenanigans that me and my brother get into:

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Seems legit….

Haha… Work is the same as usual.  The only thing that’s pretty awesome is that I’ve got over 100 followers on my other blog and to celebrate, I’m doing a ‘Happy Hundred’ challenge where I am working out for at least 10 days for 100 days since I got my 100th follower…. Turns out that’s until January 1st 2014 🙂  Serendipitous.

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To help me reach my goals through the winter..[Pipe down, Stark, we all know winter is coming…] Jeff and I got a BOSU ball and a jump rope 🙂 So far, I’ve gotten at least 1 ten-minute workout in… while inflating the BOSU with the hand-pump 😛

*Jeff and I got an Audi a few months ago and while it was a great deal because it was marked down, good financing, paid off my car, etc.. there’s just one itty bitty tiny little problem:  I can’t drive it.

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The Audi is a stick shift.  A manual transmission. A Standard transmission.  Three-pedals, kills the car if you do it wrong, shuddering death-trap of a stick shift.  And he drives it like they’re linked telepathically and all he has to do is think and it responds.

He was trying to give me a driving lesson today and I should not have gone out–it was already a rough day.  I was able to get the car going from a level surface, and cruised around the neighborhood 1st, 2nd, 3rd, oops, dead-end, neutral, park, reverse, 1st, stop-sign on an incline, shuddering start, stall, attempt # 1, attempt #2, 4-ways, concerned neighbor, attempt #3, car is smoking, I quit.

Heh.

I’ve been driving an automatic for 10 years and it’s really not that easy for me to pick up the skills needed to keep the car going smoothly.  It’s half mine, though, so I’m determined to figure it out.  Any tips/tricks would be welcome in the comments below 🙂

 

Posted in Fitness, Food, Life + Living, Recipe, Strength Training

I-i-i-i Work Out

 

So, now that vacation is over and I’m climbing out of my funk, I’ve got a new routine that I’m establishing.  This is going to be another one of those short posts because I’m writing it as I’m sippin on a smoothie when I should really be heading out the door instead.  I’ve got, oh, 10 minutes maximum.  Here goes:

Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Wake 5:45, make breakfast/lunch, leave by 6:30. Strength routine at the gym until about 8:15.  Work until 5:30, then it’s home to cook dinner by 7.  After dinner, go for a 30 minute walk/play racquetball.  Then, from 7:30 on, lollygag–er, I mean, study, work on my blog, and generally have free time until bed at 9. I give myself leeway to read until 9:30pm, at which point I’m generally nodding off anyway.

Tuesday: Wake 5:45, make breakfast/lunch, leave by 6:30. Physical therapy (for my back. Finally. After almost 3 months) until 7:30am. Go for a morning walk/jog/bike for 30 minutes. Work on blog/browse the internet until 9am. Then the rest of my schedule is the same as M/W/F.

Thursday: Wake 5:45 just to stay in the routine.  Make breakfast/lunch and watch My Little Pony until it’s time to go to work.  Work. Then evening is the same as M/W/F.

Saturdays and Sundays are not nearly as structured except to say that there will be at least 8 hours of studying and at least 3 hours devoted to menu planning and grocery shopping, an hour to working out (on Saturday) and 30 minutes cardio on Sunday.

My workouts have gotten pretty darn good, too.  My personal trainer really listens to me and I think we’re going along at a good pace.  My strength training routine has an “A” day and a “B” day that alternate.  My “A” Day looks like this:

Warm Up: Bird Dog, Adductor Mobility, Hip Flexor Mobility, Wall Slides, Ankle Mobility
Abs: Plank 1 minute; rest 30 seconds; Plank 1 minute [When I asked for more ab work, she said that if I’m doing the movements right, everything involves abs]
Strength: Squats (30lb DB); Chest Press (20lb DB); Static Lunges (10lb DB); Cable Cross-over Pull-Downs (25.7); Glute Bridges with a Bench (18lb Bar); TRX Rows; X-Band Walk

And that’s what I’m up for this morning. So there we go.  There’s the old me that would struggle with cuddles vs. muscles  and then there’s me: ready and rarin’ to go.

Blueberry Shake: 

2 Tbls (Plain, non-fat) Yogurt

1/4 Cup Blueberries

1 (medium) Banana

2 Rounded scoops protein complete (meal replacement) powder

splash of milk

(smoothie button until blended)

Ice cubes

(Icy drink button until blended)

Eat right away and rinse of all components before protein turns to glue.  🙂