So this was a pretty big week! Here’s how it went…
I have been really enjoying my Crossfit experience, and one of the coaches talked me into giving it a two week test drive. Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday in the box. My friend from the Saturday morning Meetups, Barbara, goes at that time also, so it worked out pretty good. I was going to start last week, but got sidelined by the stomach bug. So Monday, February 25, I headed over to Cantina Crossfit to start my new workout regimen. Fear and Panic, followed by Pain and Suffering, with a healthy dose of Awe and Confidence to finish it up. That is pretty much my experience. I freak out panic all day that I won’t be able to do what they ask of me, then I push as hard as I can to be able to do it. At the end out each session I am amazed that I was able to achieve the goal for the day, even if I finish dead last, or have to scale back for my strength. Crazy, huh?
So, my first weekday workout, and they are doing squats, and presses, and pullups. Weightlifting and Ida lifting all at once. (I won’t tell you which is harder, but the weighted bar was only 45 pounds, so I am sure you could guess. Just not out loud please, I do have my pride.)
This week was also really homework intensive. Microeconomics is becoming my chief academic nemesis, and the sheer volume of reading involved in Psychology and History is starting to overwhelm. Although I have a much better understanding of ancient civilizations and what perception really means…. I am still a little rocky on our to understand the marginal cost of something as related to the number of units to produce, but I am working on it.
Tuesday I did go to the sculpt and strengthen class at lunch, and it kicked my butt because I was still tired from Monday night, so I may not do that again! But we will see. Wednesday, hoop class where I am still working on isolations and my new direction change move, then back to the box where Barb and I had a lot more company than on Monday. Three younger women, and a couple whose children sat quietly doing their homework while Mom and Dad worked out. It was another tough workout, but I am starting to get the sneaking suspicion that the whole point is to make it tough. And they are doing a fine job of it if that is the case.
I came in with the last time for our group, but I really don’t mind. The interesting thing about recording your time or reps for the workout of the day, it seems like you would compete against everyone else, but you don’t. Well, not really. Because even though everyone is doing the same workout, each person has a different level of achievement or progression, so you are only ever really competing with yourself. I know there is a gripping metaphor for life their somewhere, but I will let you find your own version of it, it should be scaled to your own existence, just like this workout was scaled to mine.
I did try and study a little on Wednesday night, but it seemed my attentions were needed elsewhere…
Thursday I managed to finish all of my homework, get quite a bit of work done, clean the kitchen, take a 50 minute walk with my Miss Rebekah and still have coffee with my girls Toni-Lei and Stephanie. It has become increasingly hard to find time for all three of us to get together, and we are now down to about once a month. Toni’s business is really starting to pick up with her real estate and property management business, Couture Brokerage, and Steph has a handful with working crazy hours and watching her grandson several times a week. But it is nice that we all have a chance to get together even if its limited, and more importantly, that we still work to find time together.
Friday was my day off (yay!) and I took the opportunity to sleep in until almost 7:00 a.m. before getting up to feed the puppies and then start my day of leisure. I did hit the scale first, and check it out!
I am now only 2.8 pounds away from my next weight goal. This has taken over a year and I am super excited to think I will hit 150! Now I can work on strength and conditioning, you know, in case of a zombie apocalypse…
Friday morning I met my friend Alyssa for tea at Figments Tea Shoppe and we had a pot of their delicious chocolate raspberry truffle black tea. And since we were in the tea shoppe and enjoying a pot over scones, we had to find the perfect tea party hats as well. Luckily, Figments supplies a nice variety to pick from.
This week was busy, and a little overwhelming. But it was also very rewarding, and filled with accomplishment. Its nice that we can balance that sense of panic and pressure with an appreciate of achievement and joy. I think that is what makes our human existence so unique, the limitless amount we can feel and experience at any given time. I know I am grateful that I can carry both drive and contentment with me throughout my life.
See you all soon, have a great week, and try and find a moment for a spot of tea! (I have a great hat you can borrow.)
What a crazy Thursday! It was such a busy day, we had an important meeting at work, plus a large project due. So I was up early, running around all day delivering documents and lunches, gathering up signatures, putting out fires, and cloroxing every inch of my office to fend off the omnipresent flu virus.
But the best part of my whole day happened in the first five minutes after getting to work. Team Newbies got an email from someone in the audience of yesterday’s Biggest Loser kickoff. She said she went to the meeting to learn about the program. She also said she could relate to so much of what we said, about how we felt when we started, and that by knowing we succeeded, she knew she could too. One step at a time.
Talk about gratifying. I was so overwhelmed that I had to stop the day I had just started, just to breathe. To that person who reached out to us, thank you. Thank you for reminding us where we were last year. Thank you for realizing that our message was, “you CAN do it.” Thank you for telling us personally, that we had the honor of being any tiny part in lighting the spark of your inspiration. I have never received more meaningful feedback.
After sending her a thank you for her kind words, and immersing myself in my frantic schedule, I carried that feeling around with me everywhere I went. It still lights me up inside. How amazing it is to feel like you made a difference.
I think that is enough to be grateful for, any day of the week.
Today I got to give my speech. I am here to write about it, so obviously it didn’t kill me. It was actually kind of fun! The Biggest Loser Kickoff audience was pretty full, in fact, it was a lot more crowded than I had anticipated. But they were really receptive, and the program trainers did a great job with the whole presentation. The picture of me and Rebekah that they put on the GINORMOUS screen behind us was a little disturbing. I mean, how big a picture of your own face should you have to look at?
Miss Rebekah did AWESOME in her speech. I was so proud of her. She had the audience pretty much in the palm of her hand the whole time, laughing with her, and somber with her… She did great! I didn’t do to bad either. Although I am not sure if I pulled off the whole, inspiring, funny, emotionally touching, motivational speech I was aiming for, but I didn’t pass out and no one threw anything at me. Always a good thing.
Now that I have that behind me, I can focus my manic personality on other things, like school work, my very dusty house, my unruly pets, the usual.
So after my speech today, I went back to the office and prepped for tomorrow’s busy day, went home and worked on two hours of homework. I took a quiz online, and signed in to the research program site for my Psychology class. Then I made a huge salad for dinner. When did I get so motivated to get stuff done?
Have you ever noticed that the busier you are, the more you get done? And the more you are getting done, the more people hand you stuff to do. I have been feeling really busy, super productive, and only marginally crazy over the last few months. I know that this is a direct result of my Biggest Loser success. Not the win, but the success at changing my environment with more healthy food and the daily exercise.
No, I am totally serious.
The more I exercise and eat healthy, the more energy I have. The more energy I have, the more I get done. The more I get done, the more people give me and the more I sign up to do, because I want to do more. I can do more.
Dang it! I should have put that in my speech!!!!
Today was a day to get things done, start new things, and reflect on how much my life has changed over the last year. My life has changed and almost all for the better. So today, I think I will just be grateful for the chance to recognize how lucky I am, and how many blessings I have.
(Although I am a little bugged I missed hoop class.)
When you have something you have to do, and want to do, but are nervous about the outcome, it will consume every minute of your time, every thought in your head, and quite possibly some of your basic motor functions.
Tomorrow I am giving a speech. Like a speech, speech. Like a standing at the podium on a stage, and talking to a crowd of a couple of hundred people speech. (Are you anxious yet? Just talking about it makes me anxious.) This past year, my friend Rebekah and I took part in a Biggest Losers competition at work. We did really great! Over the last year Team Newbies lost 100 pounds. Fifty pounds a piece!
And tomorrow, we are giving a speech to kick off this year’s event. So, yeah… I am a little consumed with my speech at the moment. I want to be inspirational, but not cheesy. I want it to be passionate, but not make people cry. I want it to be about the program, and about me and Rebekah, and about our journey. And it should be kind of funny. And maybe a little sad. I think I might be a little obsessive about it, actually. I have written and re-written my speech four times.
Okay, five times. I keep thinking of other stuff to say!
You see, its like this. I love what the Biggest Loser program did for me. I am so proud of my team mate. I am so proud of the efforts of my trainers. I am in awe of how much they help people transform their health! I really want to make sure that the people that come to this year’s kickoff walk away with a spark of inspiration. That they walk out knowing that they too can do this!
Too much pressure? I mean, the trainers will be speaking and they are amazing. They inspired me last year, they will inspire folks this year. And Rebekah… Wow! Her story is so impressive! Couch to half marathon in 8 months! I should probably relax a little. I should just be honored to have been invited to speak, and grateful for all that I have learned and all that I have to share with the audience. But…. I think I will just go with what I know and be a nervous, obsessive wreck until it is over.
I will let you know how it goes!