Weight and Wit

Finding My Footing in the World of Healthy Living, both Physically and Emotionally, and doing so with clever quips and alluring alliteration (...see what I did there?)

Being the reader I am, the first thing I did this morning was watch the trailer for Fifty Shades. I need to make sure the director stays true to the story and it does not lose its literary authenticity¬† (translation: I’m eager for the raunchy. ALL OF IT)

My eggs expire today, so I ate eggs for breakfast and I will eat them for lunch…I guess yay protein

Today, on the way to the track, I heard the song Born to Be Alive and thought hey I could totally run to this. Then I watched the video. it is…a solid 70s production.

2.5 miles outside. 11 is not as good as 10 am, but not as bad as noon. Slow either way. 10X4 tricep and chest after.

Sweat was had, calories burned.

I registered for my August 5K. Next Saturday. With zebo84 and *hopefully* activearika. I wish alainazubrowski were here to do it : /

Also. I am so seriously thankful you guys put up with my Dark Knight antics yesterday (and everyday). You guys are the Commissioner Gordon to my Gotham City.

Okay, okay last Batman post (oftheday)

I will use this occasion to list the 5 Random Facts about Me.

1. When I was in second grade I choked on mustard. It was hot dog day and I was opening the packet with my teeth and a little squirted out and down the wrong opening. My second grade teacher got really scared and almost gave me the Heimlich, but I coughed really hard and survived.

2.The Beauty and the Beast Disney film used to Terrify me. I used to watch it only up until the Beast was about to appear. Then I would rewind it and watch that small segment over and over again.

3.Whenever something overwhelming happens (good or bad), my comfort foods are Nacho Cheese Doritos and Ben and Jerry’s Half Baked

4.When I was in middle school, a play I had written was chosen to be performed at our local theatre. The lead character’s name was Abby and it was about how her life and friendships changed when she was placed in the advanced/ gifted classes…it may be based on real events

5.I Love Latin and I wish it were still a language that was spoken. and I love Greek and Roman myths and when I was younger I thought that all of the myths were legitimate historical facts. andstillkindahopetheyare

WHY AM I JUST NOW FINDING OUT THAT TODAY IS BATMAN’S 75TH ANNIVERSARY.

I am a terrible Bat-Intern.

This week has been about the Batman. Batman Begins has been on HBO and The Dark Knight on Cable. I am going to have to dedicate a night this week to watching all 3, in order. The Twilight films have been on too. I’m not going to pretend that I don’t watch those every time they are on. No shame.
I was still feeling a bit of residual wooze from yesterday, so I took it easy. 15 minutes on the treadmill on an incline, lower speed. 15 low resistance on the elliptical. 50 bicep curls. 
PS: I absolutely thought of you yesterday snapthistiger when I was hopping in to that blue chair!
and I am honored that my post made you consider going again amendingamber! I still get nervous every time I go that I am going to fall out, but those red cross people are on it, they will do you right

This week has been about the Batman. Batman Begins has been on HBO and¬†The Dark Knight on Cable. I am going to have to dedicate a night this week to watching all 3, in order. The Twilight films have been on too. I’m not going to pretend that I don’t watch those every time they are on. No shame.

I was still feeling a bit of residual wooze from yesterday, so I took it easy. 15 minutes on the treadmill on an incline, lower speed. 15 low resistance on the elliptical. 50 bicep curls. 

PS: I absolutely thought of you yesterday snapthistiger when I was hopping in to that blue chair!

and I am honored that my post made you consider going again amendingamber! I still get nervous every time I go that I am going to fall out, but those red cross people are on it, they will do you right

I decided not to make this a photo-first post because it does feature some blood giving and I wanted to give the squeamish a chance to scroll on.

I gave blood this afternoon, which I haven’t done in 6+ years. Last time I donated was when I was just beginning the journey of health and fitness. So my weight was high, my iron was low, and my blood pressure was questionable. I was barely able to donate.

Today during the pre-screen/mini physical, I found out that my iron level was perfect and my blood pressure was perfect. That little victory, paired with my attempts to take pictures without getting caught kept my focus off the thought of fainting, not because of the needles and blood, but just a nervousness that my body wouldn’t be ready to donate. In all honesty, I like watching the blood go into the bag and test tubes

I had good numbers. I didn’t faint. I got a cookie bar for my participation. Good day with the Red Cross.

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I was going to head to the gym for an inside run, but there was blue in the sky so I switched it to the park.

2 miles running, 1 mile cool down with tricep dips and bench push ups

I wanted to use this 2 miles to see where I stood. Ignore lap 2. As much as I would love to run a flash-esque .1 second mile, my finger was lap happy and clicked too fast.

Clearly the days of sub 10 minute miles are currently behind me. As disappointing as that is, I am glad I finally decided to time myself, I hadn’t really checked pace since April. And I think this is the first time since then I have run 2 miles without walk breaks. Now I know where I stand and where to build from. My dream of getting a 10k done is still lingering…

I also need to pick a 5k for August, and I saw a banner for a local run in 2 weeks…

In case you couldn’t feel it in the pit of your stomach, it is, in fact, Monday.

I got a later start than intended. I blame the gloom and the thunderstorm outside for keeping me in bed.

Workout in the gym. Strength setting on the Arc Trainer, Glute program on the elliptical. Biceps and Squats with the help TRX.

Above:Current song that makes me bump the speed/resistance for the 3 minutes it plays.

Still unpacking and organizing.

I am going to make myself a promise that I write for at least an hour for 5 days this week.

Received my first solo bill in the mail, which means the job hunt game will have to be strong this week, too. It’s okay though. I got (or will eventually have) this.

The long awaited workout post (like 7 days but still)

45 minutes at the Gym. c25k on the mill. 15 on the elliptical.

My usual TRX was swapped for free weights, since there was a certification class for TRX going on this afternoon (which I should have totally signed up for because I would love to teach it and workout at the same time)

My sister is in her new place. It’s weird and different, but good.

I am currently reading The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis and it seems I am always in the middle of a chapter that I can relate directly to my life, I love when books are like that.

Goodbye, 2 Bedroom. You have been good to me.

I have been gone for approximately 7 days from regular consumption of the internet and television. I now look like Tom Hanks in Castaway.

With the help of zebo84 and his wife (so fun to say) and activearika I am all out of the old apartment and moved into the new place.

I set up my own internet and cable, figured out the cables and wifi and all that jazz. Then programmed the remote. It’s quite the accomplishment for this girl. I feel so grown up lately.

I have been out of the house from roughly 7:30AM to 6:30 PM everyday, so unpacking and tidying and finishing touches will be this weekend, after a solid 8 hours of sleep.

I have not been working out, getting home after rush hour and getting ready for the next day has been more important. Saturday though I think pre-unpacking I might get in a run and some strength.

The weather in the morning has been mid 60s. It reminds me of Fall and I get really excited about October and November

Oh Hi Friday.

My back felt a little wonky this morning, it was further jacked when I tripped over the sidewalk going into work.

It isn’t excruciating, so I went to the gym for light cardio, strength, and stretching.

I started 15 minutes later than I wanted to, because the fire alarm was going off when I walked up and we had to wait for the all clear. When we were finally okayed to go in, the police officer who was monitoring the building gave me a thumbs up and said “you’re good to go.” I returned the thumbs up and he apologized for the delay. I think it’s safe to say I now have a best friend in law enforcement.

This week, the wise words of Ferris Bueller have been on repeat in my head.

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it"…

Last Sunday I was looking at being homeless by the end of the week and jobless by the end of July. Wednesday I heard some good employment news. Friday I heard great apartment news. Tomorrow I get to move into my own place (after 26+ years of always living with someone) and I get to start a very terrifying and very exciting chapter in life. You guys better get ready, because I am dragging you along.