15 October 2011

The Danger Zone

is behind me for today. At least the workout danger zone. I am committed to following the beginner workout schedule for Turbo Jam. I have not been working out enough to consider myself in any kind of shape at all, so I am starting at the beginning. Far too often I start something, go too hard, too fast and end up injured or exhausted or just plain burned out. When I was so successful in the past it was always because I started slowly and built up sanely. So since I am determined to be successful I am starting at the beginning and building slowly. It's clearly working because I faced a major hurdle today and got over it.

 Working out after a couple of days off.

This has always been a problem for me.  And that is just what it feels like, some cheesy title in red that I have to face.  It's terrible.  Part of the reason I tend to go too hard and too fast is because if I take a day or two off from working out I have the hardest time going back to it.  So generally I start with I'm going to workout everyday this week... or some such similar nonsense. Then I try and get tired or sore and fail and feel like a flop.  But taking days off are an issue for me.

The schedule I'm following now called for me to work out for 4 days, take 3 days off, workout out 5 days and take 2 days off.  They are trying to slowly work up to 6 workouts a week. That's a great way to do it gradually but I'm a crazy person and 3 days off were scaring the hell out of me. So I did my 4 workouts and took my 3 days off. Then I awoke this morning staring the danger zone straight in the eye. Workout after 3 days off or have I lost all momentum and I'm just going to eat breakfast??? While I did feel lazy the thought of skipping the workout never crossed my mind. Woo Hoo!!! I had in fact, been looking forward to working out today all week. Yes!!! So after my coffee I got dressed and did it. And it was awesome. I was a little winded since I guess I haven't built my aerobic capacity back up yet, but it felt good. I am so proud of myself. It's a small thing to some but a huge thing to me. Days off are generally a no-man's land and getting back to working out is usually hard for me. Not this time. Finding my motivation was really easy this morning and I didn't even need a garmin trucker gps!! Cool....

I am going to finish out the month following their schedule, there are only 13 more workouts left. Once that is done I will do another month of their schedule - it will be a harder schedule though not the beginner again - and then I will order another workout. I'm thinking of getting Turbo Fire next and then P90X. If I want to keep going after that I'll get Insanity. I know the kind of shape I want to be in and I just need to take my time and focus and I'll get there. Turbo Jam will take me through to the end of the year. At that point I will see if I'm ready to start running again. If I am I will add running in 3 days a week while I continue working out with DVDs. Do you seen how insane I am?? I can not help but continue to think more, harder, faster........ Ugh, I am totally insane!!!!

13 October 2011


For a change I actually feel like I'm making some. I have stuck to the workout schedule all this week. Here is the workout calendar:

Well, it's a little hard to see but the green boxes are workouts I've completed, white boxes are days off, and blue boxes are scheduled workouts. I told them I was just starting out so I got a very beginner schedule. They had me workout 4 days in a row then 3 days off. Next it will be 5 days in a row with 2 days off. Then 6 days with one day off and it will be like that from here on out. I like it because I'm easing back into working out without killing myself. As is typical I want to just keep going with no rest, but this time I'm forcing myself to take it slow. I will do this.

Eating has been okay. I haven't been tracking my calories or anything but I discover that if I'm working out my eating falls in line. I don't crave sweets, I actually crave good healthy food. I guess my body knows what it needs I just need to listen to it. The best part is I'm feeling really good. I feel my energy level increasing, not drastically but it's definitely getting better. I'm more focused and I just feel more in control of all of my life.

I took today off work because I have a friend in from the mainland. Yeah!!! We are planning to go snorkeling out on the westside. That should be fun. She is staying at a timeshare condo out there and I have to go find her. I just hope the condos have big house number plaques because there are a thousand of them and I know I will get lost.

I also have to bite the bullet today and quit Walgreen's. I have not told them that I won't be back, I've just been using my ankle as an excuse. I feel like such a chicken but I have to do it and get this monkey off my back.

Okay, I have to go get ready for my fun day :)

09 October 2011

The things you see

As I may have mentioned a time or two, I have been working at Walgreen's for a few months now. One of the things Walgreen's sells is scrubs. You know, what doctors and nurses wear....The scrubs that we sell are extremely inexpensive and I've wondered about them. I know for me, one of the criteria for what I wear to work is that it be comfortable. If I'm going to be in it for 8 hours doing a job I better be comfortable. One night a lady came in wearing the nicest scrubs I had ever seen. They looked neat and fresh even though she said she had just gotten off work. When I asked her where she had gotten them she said http://www.blueskyscrubs.com/categories/Scrubs/. Okay, now I had never heard of that before but since my niece in currently in nursing school and wears scrubs a lot, I decided to check it out. Looking around their website I realized that they had some really nice looking scrubs. They are a little pricey but honestly, if it's comfortable isn't it worth spending the extra money to feel good and look nice? Seriously... So I told her about them and I think she is ordering some. She starts her extern next week and needs some nursing uniform scrubs. Her school provides scrubs for them but it is like the ones we sell at Walgreen's. Also, the ones they give them don't last very long. She has been in school for a little over a year and she has gone through 4 or 5 sets of scrubs. So you could buy the cheap ones and replace them all the time, or you could spend some money and have a pair that lasts for a while. Hmm....seems like a no brainer to me.

Let's Review

Okay, I know that one day does not a habit make and that I'm not going to cure everything in just one day. But I must say that after yesterday I feel like I'm back in the saddle again.

So I started out by going to the Turbo Jam website and setting up a workout schedule. I decided to follow it for one month and see how I feel. The first day was strictly learning the moves and it was only 35 minutes. At the end of those 35 minutes I was sweating and breathing a little hard and feeling absolutely awesome. I felt energized and not completely exhausted. I felt like energy to get through the day but I also felt like I had worked out. Awesome!!! At this point, when I do Bob or JIllian I am wiped out after and need to take a nap. I think that pretty much defeats the whole purpose of working out. So I felt really good all day, a little lazy, I did spend some time watching TV, but I did not nap all day. Woo Hoo!!! I don't remember the last Saturday I didn't spend 2 hours napping on the couch. So that was a huge success.

Eating was good most of the day too. I had a kind of big lunch but it was all good, wholesome, homemade food - specifically salad, pasta and Italian sausage in marinara sauce. Very good. For dinner we ended up at Chili's, but even that wasn't so bad. We had the triple dipper appetizer with boneless hot wings, southwestern eggrolls, and loaded potato skins plus I had a beer. I figure what I ate probably worked out to around 750 calories. Not great but not that bad either. That would have put my total calories for the day at ~2000. Not too terribly shabby. Not as bad as it could have been.

Today though I do feel a whole lot better. I feel more in control. I feel like I have some energy. And I feel like it's going to be an awesome day. So yes, I know, 1 day does not a week make, but 1 day is a fabulous start....

Day 2: Turbo Jam Learn & Burn again. First, I was kind of not looking forward to working out again but knowing that I wasn't going to end up in a puddle, whimpering on the floor made it easier to get moving. Once I started I decided to push it just a tiny bit. Yesterday I kept the movements small and took the easier version on some. Not today. I made the movements bigger and did more than required. What I noticed: I could feel the muscles in my abdomen and back. They weren't sore exactly, but I could definitely feel that I used them yesterday. Awesome. I made it through the whole workout and was strong to the end. I love it. I think I am on the right track here. Doing something that I find fun and that doesn't drain every ounce of energy I have is a good thing. FYI, there will be a time when I will want to pushed to the absolute edge. When I want to be left a quivering blob of jello in a puddle of sweat. Just not yet.

Growing old gracefully

It really isn't. Growing old involves lots of aches and pains and things you never thought about before. Like your skin. For all of my life I had oily skin. Extremely oily skin. I could never use anything like moisturizer on it because my face would become a greasy, slippery mess that even I hated to touch. At the same time I had acne. Lots and lots of acne. Yikes!!! Any of the things that were available when I was younger to treat acne either dried your skin out completely or added to the oily mess that was my face. It was a nightmare. Then I got into my 30's and 40's. Finally my skin started to act normal. It was no longer very oily and I could put on moisturizer now and then without creating a goopy mess. But I didn't need to use it regularly, only once in a while. Then I hit my 50's. Hello. My skin became dry and papery. WTH??? I did not sign up for this. Not at all. Now i have to use moisturizer almost every day and be extremely careful what I wash with of my skin becomes extremely dry. But then menopause rears it's ugly head and I get these hot flashes where it feels like someone turned up the thermostat by 1000 degrees and anything I put on my body, moisturizer, sun screen, deodorant, starts running in rivers down my body. Oh, this is fun.

So one night I was working at Walgreen's and looking over the products they have available for the old and feeble - namely me :) I got to talking with the cosmetics girl about skin care. She is young, mid-20's, and has acne really bad. Lately though it seems to be clearing up, so I asked her about it. She started to tell me about a company called Tanda skin care. They have an acne removal system that uses light therapy. Now, as a chemist I know the power of light. It can do amazing things, just look at your skin when you spend too much time in the sun. So I know these things are possible I had just never heard of it being used for acne before. It is working on her. Her skin is starting to look really nice. They also have one for anti-aging. Maybe I'll have to check into that.

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