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Okay, so I know that I am a bit late, but it is finals week, so you’ll have to forgive me. Anyway, you guys are such rockstars and I never imagined when I started my page on Facebook that I would at some point be reaching thousands of people. Truly, it blows my mind and is so incredibly humbling. So to celebrate hitting 3,000 fans last week, it’s time for a giveaway!! Go to the link below to enter and please, please, please share with your friends and family for a chance to win a $25 Target gift card and some other fun swag! Winner will be announced Saturday, May 11, so get to clickin’!
So, there are a lot of blog/website people who have this great routine of posts that they do every week, whether it is the weekly chase on Monday to post goals, What I Ate Wednesday, or Thankful Thursday/Throwback Thursday (whichever you prefer). Clearly, I am usually not one of them. I eat a lot of the same food over and over, so I’m guessing you probably don’t want to see my steak and asparagus dinners every week. Lol. Plus, since I started this blog for me, I tend to write when I am inspired by something and worry less about how consistently I am posting for people. If you want consistent, go check me out on FB, I guarantee, you’ll get more posts daily than you thought possible. But as for here, well, I’m only concerned about writing when I really have something to say.
That being said, I decided that today, since it was such a nasty, gray, rainy day here, that I would practice an attitude of gratitude instead of bitching about the weather, so here are a few things that I am thankful for today.
And just to follow the crowd a bit, here’s a throwback for this rainy Thursday since it was on the radio this week.
I broke my vagina…. aka I decided to try a cycling class and holy mother of god are those bikes uncomfortable. Especially if you are a big girl like yours truly.
I mean, overall, I liked the class. The instructor, Traci, was awesome – super nice and energetic, but not overly perky while the rest of us were dying, the music was great, the energy was high, and she put on Lord of the Rings for part of it, so hey, she’s already got my vote. We started off nice and slow with a warm-up over a couple of songs before getting down to business. And after about a half hour, I was ready for the class to be over. Not because I wasn’t enjoying it, I definitely was, but because my butt was starting to get really sore from sitting in the saddle so long. I mean, really?! Is it too much to ask for a little padding?? And someone tell me, what is with these goofy pedals with the clips on them?
But, since I am not a quitter, I just kept on pushing. Granted, I took multiple breaks throughout the class, whether that was just pausing for a couple seconds or sitting out an entire song because I simply couldn’t handle sitting anymore. That was actually the funny part. My legs were totally fine. I mean, burning from pushing hard, but not painful and not giving out. It was my butt that was preventing me from really taking advantage of the last 20 or so minutes of class. I participated, but not at the same level as before and definitely not as quickly. Which was insanely frustrating because in my head, if I was taking a break or slowing down or anything, it should have been because my legs were worn out, not because I couldn’t stand to sit on that darned bike seat anymore!
We wrapped up class with some stretching and I felt exhausted, but accomplished, despite my breaks and sore bottom and all. I stopped and talked with Traci after class to check in about what I thought. I told her that I loved it, didn’t expect to be quite so sore. She laughingly told me that was perfectly normal and to just wait until the next morning.
As I headed to bed that night, I could DEFINITELY feel the soreness really starting to set in and wondered how this would affect my training with Dan the next day. Maybe I should just call him and cancel? But what do I say? “Hey Dan, it’s Casey. I can’t come in tomorrow….. Why? Oh, because I broke my vagina. Sorry. See you Friday.” Haha, that would have been quite a call. Instead, I decided to just toughen up and push through it, but here I am, sitting at practicum two days later and I’ll let you in on a secret…. My butt is still sore.
Lesson learned? Find some padded shorts or buy a bike seat cover before hitting cycling class again.
QOTD: Have you ever had to learn a fitness lesson the hard way? What was it?
So I get that the end of winter is dragging on and on like a bad house guest who just won’t go home and that is making everyone cranky and whiny and mopey. I get it. Why? Because that is about where I am at myself. I have Seasonal Affective Disorder and turn into a big blob for most of the winter, with all the short-tempered, depressed-ness to go along with it. That being said, I’m going to throw off all of that, even when all I want to do is take a nap, to talk about some of the ROCKSTAR things that have been going on in my life recently because gosh darn it, they are worth celebrating!!
#1 – I started a project of learning to love spending quality time with myself, so once a month I go on a “date” with myself to do something I’ll enjoy, without having to deal with anyone else’s schedules or issues or whatever.
#2 – I completed my first half marathon in February for my one year running anniversary at Disney World with my sister and one of my closest cousins. What better way to celebrate an awesome year of taking on new challenges than by doing it up Disney style! (And no, I still haven’t posted about it… I’m getting there! I promise!)
#3 – I knocked out a 51 page group proposal for school that I never thought I’d finish and I am damn proud of the end product. Now, let’s just hope my professor agrees.
#4 – I started seeing a really nice man, who treats me pretty darn well and makes me smile. Can’t ask for more than that.
#5 – Project Girl Get Fit hit 1,500 followers on Facebook and 500 followers on Twitter. What WHAT!!
#6 – This one is kind of shallow and superficial, but hey, whatever. I can officially wrap up in one of the towels at the gym for my shower. That sounds incredibly silly, but I have never (to my memory) been able to use less than two because between my boobs and my stomach, it always, ALWAYS gapped. But I went to take a quick shower after work Friday and lo and behold! One towel baby! Heck yes.
#7 – I was picked to be a race ambassador for not one, but TWO races in Chicago this summer! Yeah buddy! One is the Pretty Muddy mud run and the other is for Esprit de She, which is Lifetime Fitness’ new race series. They cover everything from 5k races to triathlons and since I decided to try a tri this summer, I’m going to be blogging for them about my training and my experience at the race. Can anybody say super sweet?! I’m way excited to be involved in this brand new race series!
#8 – My mom just bought a new house that I am helping her renovate while we sell the old one. Yay for fresh starts!
#9 – In three weeks, I’m flying off to Nashville with some of my best girls to celebrate my 27th birthday! And then when I come back, the family and I are going out to a swanky dinner to celebrate. Read: a new dress may be making an appear.
#10 – I am just all around happy with my life. There are still parts to adjust and things to work on, but I am all around peachy keen.
So, let’s get some love going out there. What are you celebrating today? Tell me all about it!
Yesterday was another race day and man was it cold! I don’t know when I will start to actually figure out that from early October to end of March, I should just wait until race day to sign up to see if it is warm enough to run. Yesterday’s weather in Chicago was miserable. It was probably 40 something degrees when I started out, but the weather just got worse from there. I was running in the Get Lucky 7k that Team Ortho was hosting and while the race was great and the swag was awesome, the weather was less than cooperative. On my 4.35 mile run, we headed south from Soldier Field (who knew that there was ANYTHING south of Soldier Field?! I figured that it was all industrial and then crappy neighborhoods. Huh) for a couple miles before turning around and running back north to the Field. Unfortunately, the weather was less than ideal starting out and by the time we reached the turn around, I was running north into freezing rain, snow, and a pretty strong headwind. The second half of the race, I was so cold that my muscles kept locking up, so no matter if I was running or walking, I was not performing my best. Of course, my brilliant self left my gloves at home and had ignored Dan’s advice that I sit this one out since I’ve been sick all week (even though he agreed that he would have been just as headstrong as I am and run anyway rather than waste the money from the race entry), so let’s jh ust sum it up and say that even though it wasn’t a bad race time, it was pretty miserable conditions for running. However, I am glad that I sucked it up and did it, if only for the awesome medal that I got at the end.
After warming up in my car, I met Baby Sis to watch the St Patrick’s Day Parade before we hooked up with Middle Sis for brunch at Marmalade, which has some pretty delicious eats! Of course, since the three of us tend to be whack jobs when we are together, we spent the entire lunch giggling and being goofy. Middle Sis desperately wanted to see Oz the Great and Powerful after we ate, so we piled the three of us into my mom’s two seater car and drove the couple miles to the theater, laughing our heads off the entire way as we came up with ridiculous explanations for what we would tell the police if we got pulled over. It was without a doubt, the most hilarious moment of the day. The movie was only so-so, but as with any time that I spend with my sisters, I had a blast. We also were cracking up over the fact that Middle Sis and Baby Sis were in agreement that when they bring significant others around to meet the family, they only want to introduce one sister at a time since we’re less likely to be spotted as the crazy freaks we are when we are in smaller numbers. However, get all three of us together and forget it. You’re never going to catch a normal moment. I, being the oddball I am, was the complete opposite and said if and when I bring Matt to meet the family, he’s meeting them both at once so I can get all the crazy out in the open all at once. Because really, if you’re not okay with it now, you probably won’t be okay with it later, right?
All in all, A+ day. Check out our funny and wacky pictures from yesterday and if you’re really awesome, you’ll scroll to the bottom for my St Patrick’s Day giveaway! Because I couldn’t be truly Irish without celebrating and giving something away to one of you!
Happy St Patrick’s Day!!
Alright, enough of that nonsense! Now, on to the good part! In honor of being Irish and it being St Pat’s, I am giving away a bag of pasta shaped like shamrocks! Because really, who doesn’t love that?!
To enter, click here and do your thing! Good luck! Winner to be posted by Wednesday of this week! Woot woot!
Oh my sickness! What a lousy way to spend a Thursday. I think that I get a little bit spoiled by having a pretty stellar immune system as I have never gotten sick more than 2-3 a year since I have been an adult and since I started working out and really caring about my health, I haven’t been sick in over a year. But now? Bring on the sinus pressure. Gah. Unfortunately, my awesome ability to rarely get sick also translates into my being a TERRIBLE patient. All I want to do is sleep, whine, and then sleep some more. Not realistic in my life…. not by a long shot. Which is how I come to be sitting at my desk at my internship, sniffling my way through the day with a red nose and a never ending supply of Kleenex.
So in lieu of my witty banter and motivations, I’m sticking with keeping it simple and posting a workout today. Half pieces from workouts with Dan, half made up myself, all the crazy lifting that makes me so ecstatic to workout! Not that I will be getting at it today, but hey, you’ve always got to have some back up workouts in reserve to keep you from getting bored.
Lions, Tigers, and Bears, Oh My!
Grab a barbell and whatever weight you think you can heft for quite a while. Honestly, the first time I did even part of these workouts, I just used the bar (45#) without any weight added on. You’ll be keeping the same weight for the entire workout, so pick something that you can use at all of these levels, no matter what that may be. Heck, try it with just the bar and work up to adding weight from there if you need to!
One minute on, 30 seconds rest for 5 rounds of Lion complex:
- You’ll be performing these moves with one flowing right into the other since they are each one rep.
- Snatch, Overhead Squat, Back Squat, Push Press –> That’s one rep!
- Keep going! Get as many as you can in one minute before you break for 30 seconds.
Once you’ve toughed your way through that, take a 3-5 minute break. Let your heart rate drop back down to normal, get some water, and catch your breath. Done? Ready for the next part?
One minute on, 30 second rest for 5 rounds of Tiger complex:
- Same deal as the first in that you perform these with one move flowing into the next and each series of movements counts as one rep.
- Deadlift, Snatch, Overhead Squat, Front Squat, Bent Row –> Look at you! Let’s see how many you can get in the next minute.
Alright, take another 3-5 minute break to come back down. Take the whole 3-5 minutes and don’t rush through it. Let your body rest a bit so that you are fresh for this next part!
One minute on, 30 second rest of 5 rounds of Bear complex:
- By now, you’ve probably got the idea of the smooth flow of moves fr0m one into the next. Good! Keep it going with this complex!
- Power Clean, Front Squat, Push Press, Back Squat, Push Press –> Check it out! You just did a rep!
- Bust out as many as you can in a minute before taking a 30 second breather. Trust me, by this point, it’s okay if you feel a little like you have spaghetti arms. Hang tough, you’re almost done!
Alright! You made it through! Consider it perfectly acceptable to feel like collapsing on the floor at this point. But make sure that you put away your equipment first! Nobody likes cleaning up after someone else and unless your mom tagged along (and she’s awesome enough to clean up after you!), it’s all on you. Take a nice long cool down and make sure you stretch it out before hitting the shower!
So yesterday was a good news and not so good news kind of day. I have been having pain in between two of my toes on my right foot recently, which was becoming increasingly painful and making me worry about running the Princess this weekend, so I went to the health clinic at school the other day. I figured that I pay all that money to be there and I have to pay a medical fee anyway, so I may as well take advantage of it. Plus the last time I was at my regular GP, it ended up costing me over $1,000 because of my lousy insurance and getting vaccines, etc. for my practicum placement. So why not, right?
So I see the nurse practitioner who was very nice, but then proceed to poke and scrape her finger over the painful area in order to examine it. Can anyone say OUCH!? So after a few minutes of doing that and determining the actual source of the pain, she asked if I had been taking any anti-inflammatories lately. I haven’t, mostly because I avoid drugs as much as possible, even OTC ones. She told me that the problem wasn’t a cut or a blister or even a wart. The hardness is just a little callus that has formed from where my two toes rub together a bit. The pain however, is apparently the result of a bone spur that is forming. Again, ouch!
The good thing is that anti-inflammatories and keeping it properly padded and bandaged should help reduce the pain, especially in my upcoming race. The bad news? It’s not going to go away and for any long race I run, I’ll probably need to medicate at least a little bit so that it doesn’t flare up. Wah wah. No fun. But at least I don’t have to worry too much since my favorite distance is a 5k. There are very few races that I run that are longer than that.
To balance that random not so happy-ness out though, I had a great rest of the day! Dan and I worked on overhead squats and front squats at our training session. We also talked about how since the new PT department head has taken over, they are hiring less qualified people who are more about the sales and money than genuinely helping people. Pretty much anyone who has been hired in the past 6 months is not NASM or ACE certified and when they had their educational meeting, more than 95% couldn’t correctly perform an overhead squat assessment in even the most basic of ways. Frankly, that is a little terrifying, especially knowing that they are going out there and training clients who really don’t know any different. It was basically summed up that I am more qualified to do their job than most of the new hires are and I didn’t even get certified for that purpose. Sigh. We also talked about how if Dan ever leaves Lifetime that I will probably leave as well. Maybe not to follow him, but I feel like it’s gone downhill in the past several months and really, he and a few other people are the only reason that I stay.
I also went to see my favorite band, The Nadas, with one of my best friends. They are a little band from Iowa that I’ve been seeing play for almost 8 years since discovering them in Cedar Falls and since they only come to Chicago once or twice a year, I pretty much arrange my schedule to go see them. They’ve been around for something like 20 years playing small time venues across the county, but I just adore their music and from the few times I’ve talked to them after shows over the years, they are pretty nice guys. Overall, even though the morning started rough, it was an amazing end to the day.
Plus, I got goodies in the mail from Crystal FuntoRace for winning a giveaway she was doing! Yum! I love treats!! I was full of a couple beauty products, some sample packs of various protein powders and supplements and lots and lots of GU! Just in time for my race. Score!
Alright, so I am having a little bit of a freak out moment this morning… Well, maybe in the last 24 hours total. I had some pain in my right foot last weekend when I was running my two races, but didn’t think much of it. When it happened again earlier last week, it pretty much felt like my little toe was rubbing on the inside of the toe next to it and scraping up the skin. I figured it was just a toenail thing and so I re-trimmed them, thinking nothing of it other than that it was minorly sore. Fast forward a few days and it is still bothering me! Not only that, but it is in one of those few places that I can’t really see unless I bend myself into an awkward pretzel and even that is a long shot at best. So I got my mom, who is a nurse, to take a look for me. I figured that if it was a blister, I’d just pop it and if it was a cut, it would heal quickly enough, so no biggie squiggie. However, when she looked at it, she said it definitely wasn’t either of those, but that it might be a plantar’s wart. Ewwww gross!! Well now what am I supposed to do? There’s no quick way to get rid of those that don’t involve some fairly painful recovery time. I tried just bandaging it up on Monday, but it is increasingly painful, even when I am just walking around. I can’t imagine trying to run on it.
So the fact that I have this, not the freak out. The fact that I have this and am facing running my first half marathon this weekend? Serious freak out and self-doubt. I’m going to do the best I can and knowing me, I’ll muscle through regardless, but I was worried about finishing (because I’m slow, not because I can’t run the distance) when I was 100%, so the idea of being less than that… well, let’s say that I’m not precisely calm about it. I’m going to try to get in to see my dr tomorrow to see if he has any suggestions, but right now, I kind of just want to cry in frustration.
Oooh baby, do my quads and glutes burn! Barbell lunges with Dan yesterday during our maximal strength training was a) among my not so favorite exercises, b) awesome yet terrible, and c) guaranteed to make me sore. By the time I got home, I was already dreading the stairs and, as with all good workouts, it was worse the morning after. Maybe it is a bit sadistic and I practically guarantee that it is something that only people who love to work out will understand or agree with, but I love waking up sore the morning after a good workout. It’s a little a little painful pat on the back saying, “Good job, baby. You kicked ass yesterday.”
However, I am also smart enough to be thankful that today is a rest day since it is my long day of practicum and class. The idea of running tonight is mildly frightening, so I’m excited to not be doing it. I am looking forward to my two runs this weekend though. The first is the Cupid’s Undie Run that I am doing with my sister and my Chicago Spartan warriors. Who else would agree to run a mile (ish) in February in the whacked out weather we’ve been having in Chicago…. in their underwear?! Um, we would! Not that I relish the idea of running around in my unmentionables in public, but it is for a good cause and we all know how I love to try unique experiences! My second run of the weekend is a 5k in Highland Park called the North Shore Cupid’s Love Dash. It’s a much more normal race, being that it’s a 5k and we’ll be clothed. Plus, I finally met up with one of my online fitness pals who happens to live in my area and she’s running it too! So we’re going to carpool (mostly because it’s easier, we’re not going green or anything…. )
What is everyone else up to this week? And how do you know that you kicked ass in a workout?
The end of January left me a little drained and a little uninspired…. Of course for me that tends to translate to letting a few of the balls I am juggling drop to focus on the absolutely mandatory things in my life, i.e. school, sleep, food, exercise, and work. Notice how writing posts didn’t make the list? To be honest, I was too tired to even come up with ideas for posts.
I suppose I could have written about the awesome sessions I have had with Dan since we are doing max strength training or how pumped I am for Disney, even though the idea of running 13.1 miles still trips me up a bit. But I didn’t.
So, moving on, it’s a new month and I’m feeling reenergized and excited to continue on with all the craziness! I spent my day yesterday looking at houses with my mom and then at a baby shower where I had enough people asking me about my life and didn’t it just make me want to have babies/settle down/have a house, etc etc etc, that I took a few minutes to evaluate. And the conclusion I came up with? I AM HAPPY WITH WHERE I AM IN MY LIFE. I’m happy living at home to save money while I’m in school because it also means I get to spend more time with my family. I’m happy that I currently don’t have any children because I don’t have the time or energy to devote to having kids right now, plus I’m just not ready. Clearly, since I want to take people’s new puppies home more than their new babies. I’m happy with how much I eat and workout and plan for healthy choices in my life because it means that I can take time off that to enjoy a treat like the boneless BBQ wings I’m currently eating on Super Bowl Sunday. In short, I don’t really care where anyone else thinks I should be in my life or if I’m at a completely different stage than other people my age. I am generally just very content with where I am and the direction that I am headed in. And I don’t think that you can ask for anything more than that.
Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Hope you’re enjoying it!