Posted in Fitness, Life + Living

Today, I did yoga at work


I found myself feeling like I was stuck at my desk and my muscles were all locking up. I’ve been having some back problems since I hurt myself at the playground a few weeks ago.


I’ve been to the chiropractor twice, now, and the spasms seem to have reduced, but things still get pretty sore throughout the day.

While getting my steps in and exploring the lower level at work, I found a quiet space and decided some yoga was in order. I loaded up the YouTube channel for Yoga with Adriene and found a perfect 10-minute sequence that I could do on my breaks.

In it, Adriene Mishler said something that really resonated with me–as I’m joining Weight Watchers, using a FitBit, going to Orange Theory Fitness, and really trying so hard to transform who I am. She said:

I love yoga because, yoga is actually not about transforming into something awesome. It’s about recognizing that you’re already amazing, and awesome, and unique, and beautiful, and if that makes you giggle, that’s fine, that’s okay with me–just know deep down that it’s true…

At the end of our yoga sessions we often take a moment to acknowledge how awesome we are; it’s not stuck up. It’s a way of going I’m awesome, you’re awesome, and we’re all awesome.

Gosh I just loved that. Especially since she acknowledged that saying “I’m awesome,” might cause some people to giggle, or refuse to accept it as fact. I have to tell you what, though.  When I interviewed for my job, I said I was awesome because I HAD to. Most of it was bravado and desperation to find my next career and actually excel at it. But I’ve been living that ever since I started my new career.  Am I perfect? No. Will I make mistakes? Of course! But you know what? I’m pretty freaking awesome.

I think if you need a boost and you want to connect with your inner-awesome, you should check out Yoga with Adriene on YouTube. She’s unique in the way she connects with her audience… less woo, more woo-sah.


Posted in Fitness, InBody230, Life + Living, Measurements, Self-Reflection, Weigh Ins/Progress Photos

Day 1. Again. How many Day 1’s does one person get?

Day 1. Again. How many Day 1’s does one person get?

As many as a person needs. (I have 10 results that come up when I search for the key phrase “day 1” in my blog…)

I had another Day 1 today.  This time, I was sized up (literally–I gained 10 lbs since my back injury, and had gained 15 lbs due to a situational depression prior to that.. eep!) and figured out.  I met with Jody from the fitness center and asked her to be my trainer.  I talked to her about my back injury and what I’ve been through…

I let her know that we (Jeff and I) are at a point where we’re willing to try anything really.  The cool thing is that in addition to being a personal trainer, she actually has experience with physical therapy and rehabilitation.  She was really nice about figuring out whether I care more about form or function at this point.  I had let her know about a friend’s wedding coming up in October and how the dresses she admires are more like sausage casings at this point.  More important, though, is my functional ability to move and be myself.  I can wear an A-line dress if it comes down to it.

With functionality in mind, my day 1 is going to start on Friday with some resistance band exercises to figure out where my muscle imbalances are.  We’re going to go through a rehabilitation program for my back/core, I’m going to keep up with chiropractic care, and we’ll see how it goes.  Jody said that we’ll be able to transition from the therapy to actual fitness workouts once my strength is rebuilt.

After about 3 weeks, she wants to see a food journal.  Guess the photo tracker is making a resurgence 😉

Day 1 Weigh In:

InBody230 – Weight: 240, Lean Body Mass 118, (body fat 122), BMI 50. (ugh!)
(Previously)  Weight: 220, Lean Body Mass 117, (body fat 103), BMI 43.

Posted in Fitness, Food, Menu Planning, Strength Training, Warrior Dash

The Monster Dash is probably dashed…

Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images

It’s probably a good thing that my camera is in the other room and the web-cam on my computer is disabled.. Otherwise, I may be tempted to post a pic of my current predicament.  See, my nose has decided that it would like to run a mad dash… We have no Kleenex or other facial tissues in the house to speak of, so I am using toilet paper.  It happens to be the Charmin Ultra Strong (because that’s what was on sale…)  It works fine for the loo,  but it feels like 80-grit sand-paper on my poor nose.  The solution?  Instead of wiping my nose, I’ve just twisted a couple squares into a make-shift plug.  LOL  Yep.  Coming to you, live, from runny-nose-ville with a wad of toilet paper stuffed up my nose.  now that’s glamorous. 😉



So, as I was saying… I think Monster Dash 2011 might not work out this year 😦 My calves are still cramped up from Monday’s work-out and this cold that has come out of nowhere has me feeling pretty run down.  It’s probably not the best idea to go traipsing about in 40-degree weather with cramped legs and a runny nose.

There is good news, though!  Yesterday was the Health Fair at work and it was pretty freakin’ sweet.  I was most impressed with Memorial Blood Centers who came out and did blood-typing for free.  We’re about 80% certain that my blood type is A-.  Which is the same grade I averaged in high school… But, more to the point–only 6% of the population has type A-.  Even more interesting to me is that because I am type A-, I can only receive type A- or type O- (the universal type) if I need a transfusion!  Figure THAT one out!  If I can only get type A- (or o- but we’re omitting that part right now), then I should give A- while I’m healthy enough to help!  I have never donated blood in the past (because it creeps me out) but 1 pint of blood can save the lives of 3 people.  10 minutes+1 pint=3 Lives Saved.  Where do I sign up?!



Also at the fair were other vendors showcasing healthy living habits etc.  I participated in a fitness demo to show off the Power Circuit class that our fitness centers offer on Wednesdays.  Even with my injured calves, I wanted to participate because 1) It was supposed to be beginner level and 2) I am proud of our fitness center and want people to feel comfortable going there.  Turns out, though, that Mr. Trainer wasn’t hosting a ‘beginner’ class.  He had all his regulars as the demonstrators, so he hosted an actual moderate/advanced class!  He had us doing 7 different stations for 1-Trainer-Minute each for about 45 minutes–in front of an audience.  At some point over the next few weeks a picture will crop up of me doing crunches on a stability ball with a 15 pound bar.

If you’re still here for the food posts… I promise, they will resume again shortly.  Tonight’s dinner was made by Mr. Roomie.  He prepared pork chops “grilled” on a cast iron skillet, brown rice and broccoli with a spiced gravy made of cream-of-mushroom soup.  The chops were tough, but the broccoli was good and the soup/gravy went really well with everything.  I don’t have a recipe for you yet, but from the Health Fair I will be posting recipes for State Fair Food Gone Healthy!  I have a recipe for Avocado Curds (as opposed to Cheese Curds), Chocolate Covered Banana (as opposed to Deep Fried Snickers), and The Best Cookie Recipe Ever (as opposed to Sweet Martha’s Cookies).  Stay tuned for that…

I believe that’s all for today 🙂 Thanks for subscribing and for reading.  I hope to be posting on Saturday to let you know about the Monster Dash–if I run it and how it went, and if I didn’t run it, and how that went.  Ta ta for now!