Friday, July 29, 2011

Sweat Me A River

Spin class numero dos! I just can't believe how much sweating goes on. It just doesn't stop. I wipe my face off, and it's like I didn't JUST wipe my face off. It just keeps streaming down. Ridiculous amount of sweat! Shirt is like it just came out of the washer! Amazing!

So, some improvements. My legs weren't wobbly when I stepped off the bike this week. I was able to stretch afterward with minimal pain. Endurance for Katy Perry/Lady Gaga club mix was better. We even rode an "Amy Winehouse Tribute Ride." Creepy Monotone Guy (that needs to eat a hamburger) was the instructor again. He gave the quote of the that dry monotone delivery he has mastered...

"40 is the new 20. 50 is the new 30. It's not your age, it's what your body can do."

Speaking of old guys...I saw The Mick at the gym last night. He told me that if I want to train with him, it would have to be next week, because after that he and his wife are going on a 3 WEEK CRUISE!!! He won't be back until Sept 1. OH MY! So again, "It's not your age, it's what your body can do"...EEEWWWWW! LOL!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011


It hit me today! My name is Joanna, and I am an excuse-aholic. How annoying and lame is that!?!?! Wanna hear them? OF COURSE YOU DON'T! I don't either, for that matter! I have 4 main ones that I use to justify eating off the wagon. WOW! 4! ME! 4! I just didn't see myself as an excuse person. Self awareness is the first step to a large piece of cake...NOOOOO!!

Ok, here they are. Just so I get them out there, and face the Fab 4.
1. I'm tired
2. I'm bored
3. I'm stressed
4. I don't feel good

My now realistic answers to the Fab 4:
1. If I'm not too tired to go get the bad food, then I must also have the energy to get the good food. Same amount of energy spent.
2. Find something to do that's productive.
3. So what, don't eat! Suck it up, cupcake! Walk it off!
4. And eating bad food solves that problem how?

Nice to know what I'm doing to myself. Who knew? (If you did, let's just keep that to yourself, ok?) There are others. Oh yes, there are others. BUT, these seem to be the main ones throughout the day that "fester, fester, fester...rot, rot, rot." (Name that movie!)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Post-Spin Recovery

Here we are...4 DAYS since the spin class, and my quads are FINALLY not twitchy, "jello-y", fatigued, floppy, or in pain. WHEW! That was a trip! I even couldn't play in my last kickball game last night :-( My wonderful husband gave me the best advice..."Go sit in the sauna, then stretch it out." Sounds so simple...did he realize it's 110 degrees outside?!?! I did it anyway, and bada-bing, bada-boom, I have a pain free morning! ALSO, used IcyHot (IcyHeat...whatever it's called) for the first time. Uh...has anyone told those people that their product smells like Pepto on crack?? That's quite the inticing smell to have on you when it's bedtime (if you know what I mean...wink, wink).

So, when I first started stretching on Saturday, I had to have Kevin help me. I sat on the floor with my legs out in front of me, thinking I would just touch my toes for a good stretch. HA! My hammies were so mad at me that I could do nothing more than sit up straight. I had to have Kevin hold my arms and pull me forward to stretch. Also, I couldn't grab my foot when I kicked back my leg to stretch my quad. Kevin had to hand me my foot (that sounds wierd..anyway...) so I could stretch it out. Needless to say, 4 DAYS LATER, I am able to reach my toes again, sitting and kicking. YEA!!

Who wouldn't want to touch those toes? JK! Stay away from my feet!!!

Losing weight again. Good thing, there ya go. I haven't been weighing everyday. It really is just too annoying. Small problem with it though is that I thought I hadn't gained "that much" weight since I've been down and out. HA! I gained 5. Not a huge big deal, but when those 5 were so hard to lose the first time, I've got my work cut out for me.


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Twitchy Quads

There they are! The culprits themselves!

Last Monday, I was playing kickball. This is not me, but I'm sure this is what I look like in action!

I did a kick like the one above, and started to run like the wind to 1st. About halfway there, my quads, BOTH OF THEM, cramped up at the SAME TIME! Needless to say, I was out. BUT, I made it on base every other time I was up...just sayin' :-) They hurt for like a day or two, and no problems. Then, I did spin class yesterday!

You can just presume that one is me...LOL! I could hardly hardly move this morning to get out of bed! Ouch-y-mama!! I have another kickball game on Monday, so I'll be doing a bunch of stretching between now and then!

Friday, July 22, 2011

First Spin Class

Last week, while at lunch with the wonderful friend who put trash on my plate so I'd stop eating, it was decided that we would go shopping today. I have every Friday off, and her job is flexible, so it's a plan. I check in yesterday to make sure we are still on, and she says, yes, but she needs to workout first. Ok, I'll join in, no biggie. We both belong to the same club. Then, the kicker...spin class, she says. Well, I've never done a spin class, and they look just totally exhausted at the end of those things. BUT, sure, why not? Then, the real kicker...5:45 AM!! WHAT?!?!?!!!! HUH????? REALLY?????!!!!! That would be a yes. Ok, sure, why not?

I've been going to the gym now since the week before Christmas. I now know who the regulars are, and have nicknamed most of them. Of course, there's The Mick, Fryer Tuck (should see his hair), Steroid (figure that out on your own), Bouncy Booby Girl (I blogged about her early on when The Mick lost his focus in our session that time), and Hamburger Guy, plus a few more. Hamburger Guy gets his name because he is so skinny, that we think he needs to eat a hamburger, or two. Hamburger Guy was our spinning instructor!!! FOR REAL?!? Who knew?! He has a VERY dry sense of humor, and monotone delivery. He commented on the songs that were playing. For instance, "Yeah, sex is hot. Hot like the summers in Texas." OK, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!! The phrase "sex is hot" was in the song...don't even know the song. I think I'm going to now rename him Creepy Monotone Guy (that needs a hamburger).

I made it through the class. VERY difficult at times, felt VERY wobbly at the end, BUT a VERY good workout. Will probably do this again. We'll see what the pain is like later. For now, it's only 1:30. I'm going to take a nap. I've been up a while, and it IS my day off!

P.S. We did go shopping afterward :-)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Weakness For Fries

We went to Red Robin for dinner last night. I went back and forth between "should I get a salad, or something with fries." Trust me...a VERY agonizing process! Then I saw my golden egg...a lettuce wrapped turkey burger with a side salad. I'm in! I even ordered it without cheese to cut calories and cholesterol. (Pat myself on the back, please) When it came out, the burger had cheese. No biggie...just picked it off. Then, as I picked up my first fry, I realized I was supposed to have had a side salad. Yes! It came with fries, against my best effort to not eat them. Did I summon the server to make the exchange??? HECK NO!!! I ate those fries, and dipped them in Ranch! Weak, I tell you...weak!

I think I made the quote of the century (for me) at lunch yesterday. I ordered flautas, and it came with 3 big ones, guac, black beans, rice and such. I had eaten two of them, AND some off someone else's plate (yes, they offered). I was full, it was time to quit, but I didn't want to. Everything just tasted so good! I said out loud, "I quit, somebody stop me." My friend, took my plate and put all this trash on it...LOL! Well, that worked! My comment was, "I just like the taste of it so much, I want to keep eating it." It really is a shame the restaurants put so much on your plate, but that's a blog entry for another day. Point being, I like the taste of food, and I want to keep enjoying the good stuff. Too bad everything doesn't taste like poop. I would definitely not have a problem with portion control if that were the case.

I should go to work, but one more thought for today. I have a friend (who reads this blog, and you're gonna know who you are here in a bit) who is slender. We just had a girls' weekend, and what a blast that was! I observed that she was eating the same thing I was, in basically the same portions. So, I ask..."How do you stay skinny, and eat like this? I eat like this, and you see what happens to me." She said, "All I've eaten today is what you've seen." (This was the Friday she drove down, and she got to my home at 2:30ish). That day, in addition to what we had eaten, all I had eated otherwise was egg whites for breakfast. Metabolism was our conclusion. I ain't got nun. LOL! So, all this is, the eating right and exercising, really is a personal thing. What works for me, may not work for you. What works for my friend, obviously, doesn't work for me. Just an interesting observation.

Ok, off to work! Stress eating anyone??? JK!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Where, Oh Where...

did I go? After two weeks of being in bed with bronchitis (one of which was with a fever), and two more weeks of marginal energy, and 3 rounds of antibiotics, I THINK I'm better now :-) I've missed 3 kickball! Today, I went to the gym for the first time in 5 weeks. I was going to start back up last week, but Thank God for friends! I met Lisa and Paige at the gym today to get jump started again. Lisa and I are going to meet again Tuesday.

So, what happens to one's self when they don't work out for 5 weeks?
1. Stomach pooches out and droops, carving out that Oh So Special spare tire's in this year, btw!
2. Good food habits wane, reminding me that oh yes, I do still like coconut creme pie for breakfast...again, thank God for friends :-)
3. Allergies return, making it hard to lose that stupid bronchitis cough.
4. My legs don't get shaven as often...LOL! (I know, I know...TMI)

The adventure continues!