okay... not yet. but, they FEEL like they're shaping up.
yesterday i had my 5th personal training session with Tara and she kicked my ass. (at one point i had to throw the medicine ball to her and it MAY have grazed her head by MISTAKE.)
i actually got up to 17 minutes on the elliptical!! woo!!! not for nothing, but, i've been trying to make these "mini goals" with the elliptical. seeing as a couple of weeks ago i nearly died at 4 minutes on that thing.
so i've been writing these little notes like "GOAL: do 16 min on elliptical." and then i did 17 minutes. i pretty much try to increase my goal by 30 seconds more than my last session. and i have been finding that i surpass that usually.
I'm trying to get to 20 minutes on the elliptical by this sunday. we'll see.
OH!!!! and i just found out that the gym/locker room has a sauna!!!! sweeeeeeeeet.... or should i say "SWEAAAAAAT!"
i'm going to head over there in a little while. mainly going to do cardio today because i have another personal training session tomorrow morning.
i asked what the rates are for more training session / packages.
for 10 sessions it's $700
for 20 sessions it's $1300 ($450 down and then you have 3 weeks to pay the rest)
for 30 sessions it's $1800 ($600 down and you get 4 weeks to pay it off)
if i bought the 30 pack (which i can't afford.) i could do 2 sessions a week for 15 weeks
if i did the 20 pack... i could definitely do 1 session a week for 20 weeks (i can't really afford the $1300 either... )
if i did the 10 pack i'd probably do 2 sessions a week... that'd last 5 weeks - that would take me 'til mid-February and I might be able to see if I could buy more (it's not really a good deal if i keep buying the 10 pack because if i wound up buying it 3 times it'd be $300 extra bucks.
then again, maybe i should do the 10 pack because, while i like my trainer, i might not want to be stuck with her (she's good, but, she does seem a little timid about pushing me... dammit, i think i've been watching the Biggest Loser too much.... it's not that I want to be crippled after working out and she DOES beat the shit out of me --- re: the medicine ball being thrown at me whilst i was stepping up and down on the, well, stepper thing - that was horrible.)
i've gotta figure out my finances (the fact that I "won" down in atlantic city last week was moot because i pretty much covered what gigglemom lost down there and then i paid overdue bills for the house. which sucked. when i hit for the cash I'd envisioned getting the personal training sessions... okay how effed up is THAT? "i envisioned getting personal training sessions" --- that's insane.)
i've gotta get my sweats on to get up to 17:30 on the elliptical and do about 40 on the treadmill... and gather a towel and flip flops together to go check out the sauna
i must tell you that i have NEVER heard a journalist EVER be so biased towards a presidential contender than Chris Matthews with his love of Barack Obama.
I mean, i love chris matthews and all, but, i am getting frigging PISSED at how it's "the obamas are so stylish" and "it's as if barack was delivered to us through indonesia" and just praising him to high hilt, and then any time he can talk poorly about Hillary Clinton he just does (and then says she's a nice person... but the damage is already done.)
okay, it's a "good" pain... i guess. it's the kind where you know something's working.
first i did 18:00 minutes on the elliptical (up 30 seconds from yesterday) - 2290 strides (which is 1.13 miles)
then was on the treadmill before i had my training session. did 1 mile in 15:45 minutes
then it was off to the session with Tara and i did some crazy stuff (not going to list it all right now...)
i WILL list the one thing that is EVIL... BUUUUUUT, i know it has to be one of the major reasons why my arms are like "what the eff did you do? don't you like the matronly arm fat we've been working on for 10 years?"
BEHOLD THE BENCH DIP:
i did 3 sets of 12 (yes. that's 36 of 'em) -- i did those whilst alternating them with Inclining Chest Flyes
*** note: that's definitely not me in that bench dip photo.
well... over the past 6 months, i've given $$$ to 2 of the candidates on the panel tonight. (it had been 3, but Biden dropped out)
I want my money back from one of them up there tonight.
Frigging Edwards. not for nothing, i think that he's totally kissing Barack's ass so that he's tapped for ANOTHER Vice Presidential candidacy. Clinton was backing Edwards earlier in the debate and then he totally turned on her with his buddy Barack and their "change" bullshit... and the "status quo" rhetoric/drivel that he's been yapping about. Not to mention that he said "Senator Obama and I came in First and seond respectively" (in the Iowa caucus) ---- dude, you farking tanked compared to obama -- and were only a few points over Senator Clinton. Jeezuz.
I want Hillary to tear Barack a new arse.
Richardson, who rarely gets a chance to speak, is a good egg and I'd like to see him be Clinton's VP runningmate.
As far as ABC... what the hell's up with their playing of news clips?!?! come on with that.
And Charlie Gibson, what the hay!? Why are you letting Obama speak for 3 minutes at a clip and yet when Richardson starts to speak you barely give him 30 seconds??!!?
--- oh nice. scott spradling the fella asking Qs in the last half just said to her "one couldn't help but notice that you were being double-teamed earlier".
and she's right... SHE would be a change. A woman in the white house. yes. that WILL BE A CHANGE - FOR THE BETTER. sure, barack can say he'd be the first african-american in the white house, that's all well and good too, but, not for nothing, I have a uterus and I want my president to have one as well.
well, my dad and stepmother are sick (dad caught the cold monday of last week and karen caught it over the weekend.)
so, i went to the food store this evening and bought the makings for Chicken Dumpling Soup. (it cures cancer - i'm pretty sure.)
so i made a VAT of it... bringing a small bucket over to dad's - but before that i'm going to drop a bucket off at my aunt ann's (she's 78 and lives by herself on her farm. she's awesome.) Going to Aunt Ann's before that because i don't want her to catch dad's cold.
so i'm going to the be the Soup Fairy tomorrow and bring that stuff
and heck yeah, i'm keeping a bucket for gigglemom and me!!
[AS FAR AS POSTING THE RECIPE... sorry, but, it's a verrrrrrry old family recipe that i cannot divulge. i even just asked gigglemom what her thoughts were about letting it be known and she said "no."]
SOME UPSETTING NEWS... SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH ME...
SOME UPSETTING NEWS... SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH ME...
seriously, SOMETHING HAS TO BE WRONG...
i just came back from the gym where I did 20 minutes on the elliptical
oh, do you think I'm repeating the info from my previous entry?
what the hell??!!
so, i got a bee in my bonnet about an hour ago that I wanted to GO BACK AND DO MORE CARDIO at the gym
this isn't the thought of a sane person, is it?
since I only did 20 minutes this morning (before doing an hour of vigorous weight training) on the elliptical, i felt like i needed to do more.
yeah. so... here are the AFTERNOON CARDIO STATS on the elliptical:
20:00 min | 2808 strides | 1.60 miles | 148 stride per minute avg | 176.5 calories
as you can see, they are similar to my morning elliptical workout... a millimeter better actually. oh and when I just weighed myself I was 204.6 (no worries... this isn't the start of anorexia or anything... although, would it kill me to have that for a couple of months??? hah.)
i have to take Beri to the spa at 9:30 (okay, it's the groomer, but, I either call it the dog cleaner or the spa so it sounds like more fun to her.)
then i had thoughts of cleaning my room (i need to do this one website, but my room is cluttering my mind, so i am thinking of tackling part of it and tossing out a lot of old crapola that i don't need or wear anymore. I just have to let go of memories and not think that some inanimate objects have feelings. yes. i know. it's strange, but, i know i'm not the only one out there who feels guilty for throwing out an old shirt that has been with you for years, or a nail wrapped in a bottle cap that was given to me by an ex-boyfriend at some bar 12 years ago... yeah, i should probably let that one go... it's taking up space in my jewelry box.)
anyway... i also have to drag laundry to the fluff & fold fella
the gym closes at 7pm (actually, i thought it closed at 4pm, but i just checked... it closes on sundays at 4, saturdays at 7. the rest of the week it's open 'til 11pm)
so, i'm going to see how much headway i make with the room and purging stuff from my house today (at least i can keep the front door open as i carry stuff out to the dumpster (i live in a condo complex... we have dumpsters)
if i'm feeling like i still have some energy left in me by 5:30, i'll head over to Workout World and hop on Ye Ol' Elliptical.
I've gotta go throw the laundry in some bags and load 'em in the car & get dressed (probably in reverse order... my flannel Christmas pajama bottoms are nice and all, but, I may as well throw 'em in with the dirty clothes.)
was up late doing the room cleaning thing last night.
it's nowhere near done... but, i DID throw out a ton of stuff. See, I had boxes of old t-shirts and clothes. Yeah, some of you might be saying "you should've given it to Goodwill" ---- actually, I gave about 8 garbage bags filled with decent clothes to goodwill last memorial day. Those were the good ones. This stuff was just shirts that I haven't looked at since BEFORE i moved back from Jersey City in 2003.
hmmmmm... so, back in 2002, i raised over $2500 (via friends, family and mostly via this blog - as well as the site i'd set up years ago "save-the-girls.com") for the Susan G. Komen / AVON 3 Day Breast Cancer Walk
That year, while I raised the cash, I never wound up walking it because of a lot of weird things going on with Pallotta Teamworks which had been in charge of running the events.
ever have a headache so bad it makes you nauseous and ya' throw up?
yeah. that just happened.
i think it's a combo of having a head cold for the past few days, not working out, yet, still eating... actually i ate wayyyyyyyyyyy too much tonight (pizza) and then throw in The Friend who's about to make an appearance...
blargh. i feel a lot better now though. weird.
of course, at the moment i'm downing a glass of cherry flavoured alka seltzer cold meds
i have to get up early to head to the city with my godsister and her daughter --- we're going to see Mary Poppins (the Musical)
i'll be fine... it was probably all the sodium from the pizza combined with the bloating that was already happening with me... felt like my head was about to explode... guess only my stomach did
went to see Mary Poppins, The Musical up in nyc yesterday. went with my godsister Lori and her daughter Jenna.
Let me tell you this... I've not been a huge fan of kids i guess... i mean i like them, and i get along with 'em but i usually run home to take my anti-baby vitamins as soon as i can.
i gotta tell ya' that Jenna is the coolest kid - she's 5.
I think that the only way that my mom would have a chance at being a grandmother is to have me hang out with Jenna so that I want to have a kid. (well, that and i've gotta find a guy and get married first.)
but seriously, she frickin' rocks.
polite as heck, witty and funny --- like SERIOUSLY funny.
i dunno... i'm sounding like a freak, but, really knowing that there are kids out there like Jenna... makes me want to have a kid (not at the moment, but, when the time comes. like, really, for the past few years i've been toying with the "there's no way in hell i'll want to have a kid...")
it's okay. i'm climbing back on the horse. i'm not beating myself up over not going at all this week.
hell. i had the period (for about 12 minutes. really. the ABVs i'm on really cut the friend's stay short.) alas, i get PMS like nobody's business i---
FARRRRRK... green bay just scored (watching the giants/packers game. am rooting for Big Blue. my Pats are already heading to the superbowl)
anyway... so, The Friend, The Cold, The Work and The Couch have all contributed to my not heading to the gym this week and i'm okay with it. Hopping back on the horse tomorrow.
Of course, I haven't weighed myself in a few days - till today, i think i was 206. Which isn't as horrible as things could've been. Then again, i DID just have potato chips and dip (it's okay. i finished 'em so they aren't in the house anymore.)
No idea why i ate 'em except for the fact that football was on.
I've been feeling punky all day. I think I ate a funky tamale last night at Chevy's in nyc. (it was close to the car and they had chicken nuggets for jenna...)
anyhooooooooo... let's just say I'm glad that i'd bought the 12-pack of Scott toilet paper (yes. that's my brand. I know it's not as plush and cushy as Charmin or Cottonelle, but I like the fact that it doesn't run out in 4 minutes like those brands do. Plus, i absolutely despise those frigging Charmin bears. We get it... "does a bear shit in the woods?" we get it. )
so, i've been working on and off today and running back and forth to my favourite room in the house.
i just didn't think that with the lower hemisphere of my body being on the fritz that i'd be having a keen workout at the gym.
plus i was walking around constantly for 4 hours, selling 50/50s and taking photos for hte site (actually now that i think about it, i didn't sit down at all... well except for 10 minutes to have some ziti and chicken.)
had a good time. saw folks i hadn't seen for a while...
oh... and according to this article... i should be drinking alcohol more.
i felt like a dolt yesterday when i went to the gas station. i pulled up with the passenger side closest to the pump.
the attendant rapped on my window and said "wrong side!"
below is the KIA ad that is similar to my experience --- it's happened to me a few times over the past few years that i've had Phooka (for those not in the know, Phooka [pronounced poo-kah] is my kick arse 2005 British Racing Green Mini Cooper Convertible)
see, i haven't had to fill my tank in about 3 and a half weeks. that's normal for me. i fill it with Super and on average a full tank ranges between $39 - 43.00
soooooo.. yeah, i can relate to the commercial below... only, i love my Mini Cooper!!