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Another week…

22 Jan

It was an oddly long, but short week? It feels like it was just the weekend, but at the same time, Monday seems like ages ago! Part of that strange phenomenon is that the weather here was completely awful! Let’s see…

Monday:Β Back and Biceps, Work… not much else! I honestly don’t remember what I did besides make this for dinner (which by the way, was 10x better the next day!!). Weather: SUN

Tuesday: 6 am client and then a GREAT treadmill run! It was so nice to have a good run for once! I feel like it’s been awhile since I felt good and actually zoned out but ran hard on the treadmill! I came home and napped and went to class for the rest of the afternoon. I was SO TIRED on Tuesday night that I was asleep before the 1 hr sleep timer on the TV went off- which I set at 8:40! Weather: AM Snow and PM RAIN

Wednesday: Awesome Chest, Shoulder’s and Triceps workout with 2 miles of TM intervals mixed in! I worked and then went to class for the rest of the afternoon. My Spanish Lit class still scares me but I’ve come to terms with the fact that it won’t kill me (or my GPA) to get a bad-ish grade, as long as I learn some Spanish! The night involved…

COMEDY WEDNESDAY!!

I ❀ them!

Weather: RAIN


Thursday: 6 am client – set my alarm for 5 minutes later at 5:45 and woke up 2 minutes before it went off! That was mentally really encouraging for the day and I slept through the night without worrying about oversleeping in the AM πŸ™‚ After another quality, zoned-out 4 mile run I was home by 9:30! That’s definitely the best part of the early morning training session! I had a delicious breakfast:

Amazing smoothie - eaten with a spoon for satiety and carbs πŸ™‚

Did some laundry, napped, and headed back to the gym for 3 more clients. After leaving the gym I just felt so claustrophobic! I had been cooped up the in either my apartment, an academic building, or the gym for 4 or 5 straight days! I took a cold, but refreshing walk “around the block” before heading to class.

After some dinner and lazy time in my apartment, I went to Punter’s with Sean and Jeremy. Punter’s is a funny place- a little dive bar practically on campus that is not exactly the hottest place around! It’s perfect for a night like that where you just want to go have a beer! (a Harpoon IPA in my case) I actually finished the whole thing too! No small feat for me πŸ™‚ Weather: SUN

Friday: I slept in! Actually, that’s an exaggeration… I slept until 7, woke up starving and had a bowl of cereal while reading for class, then went back to sleep at 8 for an hour and a half!! Yay me πŸ™‚ I had class all afternoon and then came home and did Legs & Back in my room/hallway. I love my Friday workout routine because it keeps me away from the gym!! Weather: SNOW!! can’t even believe we had class today!

Now Olga and I are going to get ready to go out and find something to do!

I have lots lined up for the blog this weekend/week πŸ™‚

-Jul

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Back in the Swing

12 Jan

First day of Senior Year outfit!! πŸ™‚

It’s only the second day of class and already I’m right back where I left off! I trained 3 clients yesterday, 1 today at 6:15 am, did my Back and Biceps workout yesterday, ran 5 miles (outside) this morning, and attended all of my classes!

My first early training session went well! I was pretty caffeinated by the time my client arrived so I’m sure that helped the situation πŸ™‚

I absolutely LOVED my classes this afternoon. They were so business-y and interesting. It completed confirmed (once again) that I love my major. It also made me really excited for my “real person” job starting in August. Supply chain really encompasses so much of what I’m learning in my MIS classes and I truly believe that my background will help me tremendously.

We’re crossing our fingers around here (like 10 year olds!) for a snow day tomorrow! I’m fairly sure it’s going to happen too because every other university in Boston is already closed!

And last but not least, look what I found!

-Jul

Guilt

8 Jan

For 3+ years now I’ve been harboring this guilt. I moderate my time at home with Sean so that I spend as much time at home and with my family was possible. Countless (probably thousands) of times I’ve told him that I shouldn’t hang out, or come over, or go to some party because I felt I should be at home when I’m home from college. I rationed that I spent time with him at school so I shouldn’t in NJ. Last night, my Mom questioned why I was home when I was supposed to be over at Sean’s watching a movie. I finally revealed my guilt. Now, I find it overwhelmingly awful that I’ve been doing that to myself for year!Β I told Sean this morning and he was not surprised. It’s what he’s beenΒ telling my for years now. UGH! He also mentioned another truth which is that I also used that guilt to get me out of some social situations that I was uncomfortable attending. Uncomfortable because I’m not an overall social person, not because they were bad situations. Wow.

It’s all true, of course. I spend most of my time doing what I think will make others happy and not looking out for my own best interests. I think in 2011 that needs to be a priority. I need to stop being a martyr and start communicating to other what I need and want. No one is going to thank me for the things I do and I don’t expect them too. Making myself happy first is the most important thing. It’s hard to even believe that after a lifetime of looking out for everyone else. I better start believing though or else the rest of my life will be filled with anger and resentment.

Heavy stuff for a Saturday morning, huh?

On the workout front, I attempted the ambitious feat of mixing in 5 miles of intervals (incl. warm-up and cool-down) into my P90x Chest & Back workout (with ab ripper). I definitely didn’t succeed but I did my best. I completed 3 miles in 28:37 and 1 complete round of Chest/Back, plus about 1/2 of the ab ripper workout… about 50% overall. I would be disappointed but I was just feeling hungry, a little shaky, and tired this morning.

To be SUPER cheesy and Tony Horton-like, “I did my best, now forget the rest.” *groan* πŸ˜‰

I’m off to get some more coffee and window shop a little… doing 2 things that make me happy this morning.

thanks for listening,

Jul

Running in Circles

8 Jan

I went for a run yesterday around Brookdale because it’s the only place in town where the plows did a decent job. I had my heart set on 5 miles in an area that is about 1.6 miles end-to-end… needless to say, it made for a LOT of circles! I ended up running loops around every parking lot I encountered to make it to 5 miles without running my route twice (which is mentally pretty difficult for me).

Overall it was a hard run. I guess that’s what 1.5 weeks of mediocre treadmill running only will do to a girl 😦 It felt great to get out there and work really hard (cardiovascularly) for the first time since the big blizzard after Christmas.

*edited to add: I delayed on posting this because I wanted to include a screen shot of my pacing. When I tried to upload it I couldn’t retrieve it from my history since my Garmin died mid-run!

Other than my run, I pretty much just hung around the house all afternoon and cleaned/organized, updated my music, and relaxed. Sean came over to work out in the late afternoon and then it was off to games for me! I watched Mike play for 3 quarters at South before heading out to Manalapan to watch Kiera’s game. I gave her a little pep talk and convinced her to eat before the game and voila! she played really well! I was so happy for her πŸ™‚ I also got a chance to have a great chat with Mr. Dauber- I missed our chats!

Today I’d like to actually start packing bags and gathering my things that are scattered across the house. I’m going to do my Core Synergystics workout again and then maybe a little yoga. I’m really sore and tight this week… not sure why but I have a feeling it’s from donating blood?

I have a $25 iTunes gift card- any music suggestions?!

-Jul

Semester Goals and Workout Plan

8 Sep

1. Learn Spanish again! (NUCALLS class 1x/week)

    2. Commit to Yoga and make it a habit (Prana Body Yoga 1x/week)

    3. Get A’s or A-‘s in all of my classes!

    4. Relax, have fun, and enjoy my last semester of Fall Classes!Β πŸ™‚

    Now that I have my schedule pretty figured out, I think my workout schedule is going to look like this:

    • Monday: Strength (Total Body)
    • Tuesday: Speed Run+ Yoga
    • Wednesday: XT (spin class or elliptical) + Ab Ripper X {or} Easy Run
    • Thursday: Tempo Run
    • Friday: Strength (upper body)
    • Saturday: Long Run
    • Sunday: Rest

    Of course, I’ll take rest as needed but I’m pretty excited about this plan!

    My total body strength workout is geared toward strengthening my legs for running with no added weight. It looks like this:

    1. Reverse Lunge with Static Bicep curls – 10 each
    2. Single Leg Hops – 10 each
    3. Push ups – 15-20
    4. Single Leg Deadlift (Reach) – 10 each
    5. Triceps press backs – 12
    6. Plank with alternating leg/arm lift – 15
    7. Y Squat – 12
    8. Heavy Pants Row – 12
    9. Monster Walks and Side Steps – 20
    10. Leaning Shoulder Raise – 12
    11. Roll-up and V-sit – 25
    12. Lying Side Crunch – 25 each

    + more ab exercises as desired.

    These are done in groups of two (super-setted) for 2 sets. The reps are indicated next to each exercise.

    Including a 6 minute warm-up on the bike and foam rolling, this entire routine took 45 minutes. I LOVED IT. My legs, triceps, and back were pretty sore the next day but I think my legs will be less sore the more I do it. I have stopped lifting legs in recent weeks and it always kills me when I get back to it!

    That’s all for now!

    I’m headed to my first class of Senior Year later πŸ™‚

    -Jul