Post Holiday 2014

Greetings!  Happy holidays!  I guess we’re still in the holiday mode since New Year’s Eve is just around the corner.  Speaking of which, am I the only person who still doesn’t have plans?

As i’ve gotten older, NYE has been less and less important.  In my head I think it would be fun to get dressed up and do something different and exciting, but I’m pretty sure that come Wednesday around 2pm, i’ll change my mind.  So we’ll see!

The holidays were fine, uneventful and low key.  We did the usual movie and chinese food on Christmas.  Saw Big Eyes, which was interesting.  I had no idea it was a true story.

Now that we’re getting very close to the end of 2014, social media is abuzz with people reflecting and making resolutions for 2014.

I’m not a fan of official calendar year resolutions, but I do appreciate the idea of making positive changes, as well as calling out things you’d like to accomplish in the coming months.

I clearly have one big goal for 2015, and that is to run the half marathon in October.  Related to that is also improving my overall fitness.

I took my first step in that direction today.  I know it’s not yet 2015, but who cares?  After a few VERY lazy days, I finally got to the gym and hit the treadmill.  I didn’t do much, but it’s a start.  I ran one mile and then did another as intervals with increasing speed.  It’s only been a few hours since I finished and I’m already sore.  But for me, sore is good.  I like sore.

Other things I’d like to do this upcoming year….
Go on a vacation (or two or three) – For as long as I can remember I’ve gone on at least one trip a year.  While I did go on a few long weekend trips last year (vegas, london) there was no beach relaxation vacation and I’m really missing it.
Take dance lessons with the sig other – I’m thinking latin of some sort.  He said OK, so we just need to actually do it.
Find more time for me and doing what I want – Sometimes I feel like my life is all about me constantly running around and getting stuff done.  I want down time and the occasional time to do something without thinking about it first.

I know it’s a short list, but like I said, I don’t really call things out.  Maybe the list will grow, maybe it won’t, but either way that’s OK.

I may or may not email before NYE, so if not, have a happy and safe new year!

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A little MIA and a big announcement

Sorry about the MIA piece.  There wasn’t much to update on and I don’t want to write just to write.  I feel like my yogurt post last week was a result of that, and I didn’t love it.

So the big announcement is that I’m officially doing a half marathon in October!

I’ve thought about signing up for a half for a while but never pulled the trigger and went with it.

A couple of weeks ago, it was announced that my town would be hosting it’s first half next year.  I realized that any excuses I may have had in the past really couldn’t hold up since it was a) super local and b) far off enough to allow for warm weather training.  So I sort of commited to myself mentally.

The following week they announced a first half marathon contest.  They were taking entries for one male and one female who were going to make this their first half marathon.  The prize was free entry as well as one on one coaching with a well respected runner/coach in the area.  I was intrigued.

Even though it isn’t at all in my personality to talk about training and working out on social media to friends (the blog is different), I thought this might be something I should consider.  I’m definitely open to sharing my trials and tribulations as long as it’s in an “if I can do it, you can do it” manner, not bragging.

The note asked for an essay and said that you’d get bonus points for creativity.  That I could do.

So I sent them this…  (sorry, it’s a little long)

There once was a girl who really couldn’t run

She’d try and try but fail, and say this isn’t fun

In 2006 she finally conquered a mile

Such an accomplishment, it made her smile

Only on the treadmill, never outside

At the same time, taking Spinning for a ride

A little later she lost her job and needed to fill her time

So she became a spinning instructor to earn some dime

Her life was about fitness,

This many did witness

She ran a 5K and then a second one too

Such an accomplishment, her confidence grew

She continued with spinning, running, and weights

Enjoying life, being social, eating tasty plates

She stuck with the running and eventually hit five

But from there her running took a dive

Work and life got in the way

There just wasn’t enough time in the day

Add in a dog, a new job, allergies, and weather

Alone they were doable but not all together

Maybe in hindsight it really wasn’t too bad

A lack of motivation was more likely what she had

Admittedly, this lack lasted way too long

She’d think back on fitness and when she was strong

As a fitness instructor, you’re supposed to be fit

Everyone’s watching and noticing if extra pounds hit

Don’t get me wrong, she could still kick your butt in spin

But what she really wanted was to again feel good from within

It’s been some time, but now she’s ready to commit

To get back to it all, to no longer be unfit

Running had always been that pie in the sky

“It’s hard”, she’d say with a sigh

I think by now you get that I’m talking about me

For some reason third person just came easily

So….

My sister is a runner and she makes it look effortless

Several marathons, many races, and a pace to impress

She always said “you can run a half”

“I know you can do it” (and she didn’t laugh)

I’m sure it won’t be easy but part of me thinks maybe I can do it too

I need to commit, it’s just something I need to do

Go big or go home I’m saying in my head

I can run 13.1 miles and then go to bed!

 

Applying for something like this is so not my norm

But sometimes it’s good to just take on the storm

So I’m sending in my reply

And ready to look the challenge in the eye

 

I figured I really had nothing to lose.  I decided that I was going to do the half regardless of whether or not I “won”.  So I waited.

Imagine my surprise when I found out last night that they picked me as the winner!  Hooray!!!

So it has officially been announced so there’s no looking back.  My official training will start in mid to late February.  In the meantime I’m going to try to hit the treadmill to at least get a few miles under my belt.

I will definitely document things here, so stay tuned!!

Scatterbrained

I’ve been all over the place this week!  Plus taking off Monday threw me off for the week and I was never really sure what day it was.

Now it’s Thursday.  TGIT!

I made it to the gym at lunch today, which was good.  I had clothes with me yesterday too but couldn’t get away.  It happens.  I’m also fighting a very minor cold, which while not horrible, does complicate things just a bit.  Colds are annoying.

It was good to work out a bit.  I think working out of any sort is a fabulous stress reliever.  I always said that I’d walk into the gym one person and out another…especially during times of my life when my job satisfaction wasn’t the highest.

Something else I’ve been thinking about….yogurt.  Random, right?

I’m not a huge fan of yogurt but I make myself eat it because it’s good for me.  I’ve tried many brands and my favorite is Oikos by Dannon.  One day last week I had to sub in a Chobani, and I wasn’t impressed.  I mentioned this to a coworker who told me that Chobani has much less sugar, so I figured I’d investigate.

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To me, this is not a huge difference, but maybe it is.  Do you know?

And my last random thought of the day.  On facebook today was an article about 5 foods not to have in your kitchen.  Most were common sense but the one that surprised me was microwave popcorn.  I just wrote about my new love for the Jiffy Pop 100 calorie Kettle Corn, so this was disappointing.  Apparently it’s due to the oil used to cook it and the possibility that the cooking and packaging process may actually be harmful.  Lovely.

I hate to say it, but I’m still going to eat it, but I will try not to do so as frequently.

Any snack recommendations?

Hanging on to the weekend

It’s Monday night but because I didn’t go to work it feels like a Sunday.  I actually asked my sister what she did all day today.  Duh!

It was a good weekend, but it was TIRING!

On Saturday I taught my class, which was pretty good, and then did a bunch of errands.  It was rainy and gross and once I got home I wanted to stay home.  We ended up going up to a brewery in Stratford, CT because I had never been and the pizza trailer will be there next Sunday, so I got to scope it out.  It was such a cool place and a huge brewery in a random CT town (should out to Two Roads Brewery).  After that we had a house warming and birthday party to go to.  So by the time we got home it was around 10  (not late in general, but late when you have a looooong Sunday).

Sunday the alarm went off at 5a, which was painful.  The entire day was tied to pizza, which is tiring.  I was EXHAUSTED and ended up asleep by 8:30, which meant I missed Homeland :(.  Having today off was key as it gave me the extra day I needed to get stuff done.  It was spent doing a lot of cleaning and organizing (I’m redoing my floors, so everything needs to be moved).

What stinks is that it feels like I’m getting a cold (again).  I like to brag about how I never get sick.  About two months ago I came down with a mild cold, but it had a lingering runny nose and chest congestion until just a week or two ago.  The nose finally stopped running and I was ecstatic.

Got home last night and my throat was hurting, which tends to happen when I’ve been outside all day, so I didn’t think much of it.  Unfortunately the sore throat is still here and getting worse.  Boo hoo!

So, we’ll see how I feel tomorrow.

Looking at this post, it doesn’t really say much.  Oh well!  Hope you had a good weekend!

Finally Friday!

I love Fridays!  I maybe love this Friday a bit more because I have the day off on Monday!!

This was a really busy year for me and while I did take a few days off here and there (and tacked some trips on to work travel), I didn’t use most of my paid time off.  So now it’s the last month of the year and I have a decent amount of days to use.  So this was my last full week of work for the year! 🙂

Switching gears, I’m very happy to say that I went to the gym during lunch yesterday!  As it was my first time, it was a bit of a learning experience, but overall it worked.

I left work around 12:10 and was at the gym by 12:15.  I changed and headed to the weights section for some strength work.  My logic was that my just doing strength I wouldn’t sweat and therefore wouldn’t need to shower.  Kind of wrong…but kind of stuck because I wasn’t prepared for a shower.  Oh well!

I’m a sweat-er.  I never was and in college I was actually jealous of “visible sweaters” as I called them. I felt like they looked like they worked hard while I didn’t.  But anyway, I need to remember that I will start to sweat as soon as I do anything somewhat physical.  It wasn’t horrible, but I probably should have at least thought to bring powder.

So right about now you’re probably thinking i’m gross and dirty. 🙂

Anyway, my workout was good and it was around 30 minutes.  I hit the main muscles (bi, tri, shoulders, chest, lats, core, glutes, hamstrings).  It definitely wasn’t perfect, but it was a start.  When I was done I put my work clothes back on (I know, ewwww), swung by the supermarket and headed back to work.

Lessons learned:  bring powder and/or body spray (for those slight sweat sessions), bring makeup (to touch up), bring extra underwear (did i really just write that?).

I also realized that on days when my hair is not straight, I can in fact take a body shower.  Imagine that! Of course that probably adds on about 10 minutes so I need to consider that, but still.  Exciting revelations happening here.  May try the cardio route today…are you on the edge of your seat?

So overall I’d say so far so good.  I put my music on at the gym and quickly remembered how much I used to love going to the gym and working out (while getting lost in my music).

I’m looking forward to the weekend!  Tomorrow should be somewhat quiet but on Sunday One Bro Pizza Co. (the sig other’s side business) is vending at a holiday market, so it will be a long (and hopefully busy) day.

Have a great weekend!!!

Day 2 (so far so good)

Good morning!!

Since I just went public with my new mission yesterday, not much has really changed, but I’m writing for a second day in a row, so that’s good.

No gym time yesterday as I had a dinner to attend after work.  But I am happy to say that I didn’t pig out.  Little victories.  I love food.

Like I just said, I love food.  And I feel like I am hungry more than the average person.  After some trial and error in the past, I found that it really is best for me to eat something small every few hours, otherwise I end up too hungry and am at risk for making poor decisions.

So….I figured I’d share with you the foods that have helped me snack and not feel guilty.

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I found these a couple of years ago.  Only 90 calories and a really great sweet treat.  Plus, I love the texture, which feels much more decadent than it really is.

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I love cheese!  I also know that cheese isn’t particularly healthy.  Part-skim string cheese is a great way to indulge in cheese without going overboard.  (Full disclosure, I don’t always buy Polly-O, the store brand works for me too!)

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This is my latest (and greatest) find.  I’ve never been a fan of popcorn, but for some reason I found myself in the popcorn aisle at the supermarket and grabbed the kettle corn.  What appealed to me was the sweet/salty flavor as well as the fact that you can eat a decent amount without feeling guilty.  These bags are portioned so that you can eat the whole thing.  This is one of my favorite snacks at the moment.

So, I did bring workout clothes to work today, and provided that work isn’t too crazy, I plan to give the whole gym-at-lunch thing a try.  Wish me luck!!

I’m Back! (I think)

I’ve missed blogging for several reasons.

I always enjoyed getting to interact with different people.  While my readership was on the smaller side, I “met” some interesting people and enjoyed reading different opinions and thoughts.

I love to write.  Since elementary school I have loved writing.  Aside from emails and other work related stuff, I rarely use writing as an outlet, and this is something I’d like to get back to.

It could possibly hold me accountable for things I say I’m going to do.  This blog was originally a resource for fitness, then spinning playlists, so accountability wasn’t really applicable, however now I think it may make sense.

So, expanding off that last item, I will let you know where I’ve been, what I’ve been doing, and why I’m back.  (Looking back on an earlier post, it seems that I tried something similar back in June, but clearly it didn’t stick.)

I have been anything but fit.  Given that the title of this blog is Fit Talker, I felt like I didn’t have anything to say of value.  Since I started my current job in July 2013, aside from my twice weekly spin class, I have hardly gone to the gym.  I initially chalked this up to an adjustment period, but now that it’s been about a year and a half, I’ll admit that that is not the case.  While I have gained some weight, it could definitely be worse, and for that I’m thankful.  At this point though, I feel kind of blah and refuse to buy any new pants because I don’t like the way things are fitting.

I wouldn’t say I’ve hit rock bottom, but for me, this is probably the worst I’ve felt in quite sometime and this needs to be fixed.  My sister is a rock star runner so obviously she’s in phenomenal shape and my mother is retired and goes to the gym every.single.day.

I definitely struggle with finding the time to do it all.  I can’t get out of bed in the morning and by the time I get home I’m tired and just want to relax with the sig other and the pup.  But, I know this needs to change and I’m starting to come up with a plan.

To summarize, here are what I think my issues are:
Tired/not enough time
No gym with good classes at good times
Dog/home responsibilities
Having got into the habit of laziness

I think they are all fixable.  The gym part is the hardest.  I love a good class.  I love how someone else does the thinking and just tells me what to do.  I love the camaraderie and just the overall atmosphere.  I currently belong to two gyms; the one I teach at and another that is geographically convenient.  While neither have the class offering I’m looking for, I know that I need to stop using that as a crutch.  I’ve worked out on my own for many years and am totally capable of doing that again.  Not to mention there are so many workouts and even videos online that I can still let someone else do the thinking.

So here’s my plan…
Bring gym clothes to work and attempt to get in a short strength workout during the day.  I have a gym that is quite close-by and while I don’t want to get all sweaty mid-day, I think that a short workout would do me good both mentally and physically.
Start out trying to get to the gym a total of 4 times a week, so two times in addition to my class.
On days that I have a class, try to make time to do something other than spin (i.e. strength or other cardio).
Continue to look for a more specific gym that I would look forward to going to (i’m so curious about Orange Theory, although it’s not at all convenient).
Sign up for a race.  I’ve talked about running for a long time and it’s really time to do something about it.  My town is hosting a half marathon in October and I think I’m going to commit to doing it (notice my use of the word “think”, not OK).
Use this blog to journal my progress and frustrations and of course random thoughts.

So, if you’ve gotten this far in this loooong post, thank you.  Feel free to continue to check back or if this isn’t your cup of tea, thanks for reading.  🙂

Any suggestions for getting back to it?