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Wednesday February 16 – Day 48

Do you notice a huge gap in my workout entries?  Yeah, me too!  My last workout was Friday the 11th.  I always have the weekends off and then Monday I was so sick I couldn’t workout with The Trainer and my partner and yesterday, he gave us a day of rest.

Today, I texted him and told him I felt ready to get back to it.  Oh emm geee.  Maybe I wasn’t.  But, I do have to say, I finished MOST of this workout.

Go outside and run/jog 1/2 mile
back inside:
21-15-9
db thrusters
burpees
knee ups
go back outside & run/jog 1/2 mile

Okay people.  I’ve done the 21-15-9 thing so many times, I can do it in my sleep.  The ONLY thing I did different was jog half a mile before starting the indoor stuff.  I fell out.  I had to use my inhaler and felt my chest constricting and like I was having an asthma attack.  I stopped in the middle of the burpees for the set of 9.

So basically I did:
1/2 mile jog
21-15-9 db thrusters
21-15-4 burpees
21-15 knee ups

That is it.  I could not finish the burpees or the knee ups and I definitely could not do the second 1/2 mile jog.

While I am VERY pleased with the fact I got anything done after fighting off the plague this week, I am (of course and in true masochistic style) beating myself up for NOT finishing the whole workout.  HOLY CRAP!

I have been so sick I can hardly BREATHE and I’m going to beat myself up for not finishing a stupid workout?  I must be insane.  I am truly sick and twisted.  And here I am beating myself up for beating myself up for not finishing the workout.  Makes perfect sense in my twisted head.

Bah!

Friday February 11 – Day 47

I almost didn’t workout today.  I had planned on working with my workout partner selling t shirts at a concert.  And then I realized I did not want to be out/up until almost 3am selling stuff, on my feet and surrounded by all that noise when I still wasn’t feeling well AND when I’m leaving for Lexington tomorrow.  Just wasn’t a good idea for me to do that.  My throat is thanking me, even though it’s in a rough spot right now.  I’m sleeping it off!

5 stair runs
50 burpees
50 squats
50 sit ups
5 stair runs
1 round

When I first saw it I thought I was going to die.  But it was only one round, so I knew I could do it.  I hoped, anyway!

I finished it pretty quickly, even after bitching about the burpees again.  I will not ever stop bitching when he puts those into my workout.  And thinking I hated db snatches as much as burpees?  Absolutely wrong.  I was incorrect in that feeling.  There is no way I could ever hate an exercise NEARLY as much as I hate burpees.

Hopefully, these workouts he gives us won’t prove me wrong on that!

Time to rest the eyes!

Honey, I’m sorry. I forgot our anniversary!

On January 30, 2006, I posted my first blog on The Soda Stand.  At that time, it was at a different URL.  It was short, sweet and to the point.  I have, however, realized that five years later, I didn’t really use this blog for all of the intentions I had when I started it.  I wanted to discuss important information and news of the day and how I related to it.  I ended up going to the complete personal end of the spectrum of blogging.

I made this blog all about me.  How I felt, what I believed and what I was doing at that moment in time.  Sometimes, I think I made it too personal.  Which is possible, but really not worth rehashing here or beating myself up over.  I became a different person when I got sucked into the blogging world.  I lost quite a bit of who I am and what I believed in; just so I could “fit in” with people.  This is not a good or a bad thing, folks.  It just is.  I am human, just like everyone else, and I will make mistakes.  But I’ve always remained true to myself and the core of my personality.  No matter what, I am the only one who has to look in my mirror and be accepting of what she sees.

And boy have I ever made some mistakes and I’ve posted them here for you to read.  I’ve been narcissistic, passive aggressive and selfish.  I’ve been committed, compassionate and giving.  I’ve been a facade of who I once was and I’ve been a facade of who I want to be.

Over the last five years, I’ve evolved into several different areas of my life and I must say, I am quite pleased with every single one of them.  I may look back and say “well I wouldn’t do THAT a second time.”  But not one thing in my past would I even begin to regret.  No matter how heinous or bad it was, it has made me who I am.  It has shaped me, it has molded me and I’ve become a person that I can look in the eye in the mirror and honestly say “I am so very proud of where you have your life heading and where you’ve come from.  I love you.”

I’ve discovered some wonderful friendships because of this blog.  Mr. Fab, Nobody, Fantastagirl.  My first three blogging “friends” that I met face to face in October of 2006.  Beautiful people.  I get to see two of them this weekend.  This pleases me more than you’ll ever know.  

I am still smoke free (after looking at the calendar, it’s been 27 days).  I no longer have those horrible, physical urges like I did.  I do, however, still have a behavioral urge when I see co-workers going down to smoke or I see someone on TV smoking.  It triggers, for a split second, that thought of “damn, I’d love a cigarette.”  And I probably would.  I would love that cigarette and I would enjoy that cigarette.  And then I’d be hooked again.  Not acceptable to me.  Since 1/15/2011 (my quit date) I have saved $88.36 from not buying cigarettes.  I get this figure from this great website!  All I had to do was plug in my quit date, how many cigarettes I smoked a day (17) and how much each pack of cigarettes cost ($3.85). 

I am currently (thanks to my tax return/refund from Uncle Sam) completely, 100% caught up on all my standard everyday bills (rent, car, utilities, phone, etc) for the first time since September.  I have always had problems with my finances, I’ve never hidden it either so I can’t really say I’m ashamed anymore.  I’m not ashamed of it.  There is HUGE room for improvement in this area of my life and while I work on it everyday, I cut back on things that are not necessary.  I find myself using coupons more and more and actually searching out deals and sales on items I use on a regular basis.  Being frugal is NOT easy after spending 40 years being not so frugal!  Progress, not perfection!  And the progress I’ve made and that I currently see is a good thing.

I work out 5 days a week.  I workout Monday through Friday and I take the weekends to rest up the body.  The workouts are intense and The Trainer has really helped me more than I could ever express.  I get a little fussy *ahem* at him with some of these workouts, but I still do them and I feel better for it.  He has been such a huge help to me in the last two months.  I’m grateful he’s there and I’m grateful I have a workout partner (not the trainer) that I can depend on and workout with!

I’m also grateful that I have a job in this current economy.  I may bitch about it now and then, but it’s a job and it helps pay my bills.  It also helps me get out of myself and think about helping others. 

Happy 5 year Blogiversary, The Soda Stand. 

Until next time…

Thursday – February 10 – Day 46

I was sitting at the doctor’s office today when I texted The Trainer and ask him to send something if he gets a chance.  Almost immediately, I got:

10 burpees
10 jump squats
10 db snatch – each arm (explanation in a minute)
10 v ups
10 knee ups
10 wall balls using 12# med ball (explanation coming)

Alrighty!  This does not look fun.  I texted him back and said “This looks gross, but definitely better than the half assed shit I came up with yesterday.  Definitely not one of my better attempts.”

We had to have the Platoon 1 guys show us the db snatches and wall balls.  Yeah, I’m a 12 year old boy in a 41 year old woman’s body cause I let my mind go into the gutter and thought these exercises sounded so nasty.  I laughed my ass off.

The db snatch.  I hate it.  Since I hate it, this means I’m sure The Trainer will incorporate it into all my workouts.  Kinda like burpees.  He knows how much I hate them.  I hate the db snatches almost as much as I hate the burpees.

I used a 15# dumbbell for these.  Lay it on the ground between your feet – which are slightly more than hip width apart.  Squat, pick up the db and then in one fluid motion, jump up and extend the db all the way in the air.  Sound stupid?  Yeah it LOOKS and FEELS stupid too.  Makes absolutely no sense to me.  None.  And apparently, there is a “rhythm” you get into when doing these things.  I found no such rhythm.  Supposed to do them in one fluid movement.  Yeah, there was nothing fluid about them for me.  Nothing.

Wall balls were not that much better – but they weren’t as bad as I thought.  Hold the med ball in your hands, squat and when you come back up – throw the ball as high onto the wall as you can; then catch it.  Stupid little exercise.

After that, I went and got my hair did so I may be a little extra cranky for having to sit in my own funk (sweat from the workout) for 3 extra hours after the nasty ass workout.  Whatever.

YAY for completing 95% of this workout today, by the way.  I didn’t finish all of it.  I sometimes can’t find the extra reserve of energy to push myself that last little bit.  Just didn’t have it.

Wednesday February 9, 2011

We never heard back from the trainer, so I came up with some half assed shit.  I figured, at least we’re doing something and it’s better than not doing anything, right?

It was incredibly lame, I can only remember part of the work out!  I remember we did 5 rounds and at least 5 real push ups per round.  I know we did some knee ups and sit ups too.  Beyond that, I have no recollection of what we did.

I also know that I didn’t “feel” the workout yesterday.  It just didn’t really kick my ass like they usually do.

Oh well, I knew I’d get something for today….

Tuesday February 8 – Day 44

Normally, our trainer would have been at the office today and so we would have worked out with him in the building, making sure we’re doing things correctly, etc.  I texted him once I found out he was detailed to a different firehouse and asked for a workout when he got a chance to send it.

He made me very unhappy.  Extremely unhappy and to the point I cussed him out BEFORE I did the workout.  All I had to do was read it and I knew I hated him for this one moment in time.

21-15-9
burpees
knee ups
db thrusters

then 6 stair runs as fast as possible.

I really was displeased with this workout.  I just did not feel good about it at all.  I did it, so I feel accomplished but it hurt.  My fingers are swollen from having two knee ups sets one day after another. 

I realized as I was sitting here at home, I don’t know that I thank him enough.  I know I cuss at him all the time for the shit he gives us, but have I thanked him?  So I looked back at my texts with him and I do say thanks or thank you after asking for a workout.  However, I don’t know if it’s remembered as much as my cussing him is, ya know?  This makes me worry about not thanking him enough.

I actually don’t think I could ever thank him enough for what he’s given me in the last 2.5 months.  Talk about a total turn around!  Yeah, I was walking and running stairs, but now?  Now I’m feeling good about myself again, I’m feeling healthy, I’m looking fantastic and I’m so pleased with the results.

I need to thank him more.

Monday February 7 – Day 43 – start of Week 10

I had it in my head that I would make my workout partner contact our trainer for today’s workout.  I was mad at him for hurting us on Friday.  It was horrible.  And unfortunately for me, her phone was acting all wonky.  So in order to make sure we got our workout, I texted him.  *sigh*  I hate giving in like that!  Then again, it is easier for me to hate on him when he’s not around and I don’t talk to him.

5 dl (he didn’t give us a weight – so we did 95#)
10 push ups (didn’t say real or on knees – so we mixed it up and did as many real as we could before switching to on knees)
15 jump squats
20 lunges
25 v ups
2 stair runs
4 rounds

This is all my fault.  Here’s how it went down.  I originally texted him at like 9am, asking for a workout.  He immediately responded with a “sure will.”  Well then as the day went on, I realized he may have forgotten us.  So sometime around 3:30p.m., I texted him with “either you forgot us, or it’s going to make me cry.  Just checkin.”  He immediately sent something back, saying he’d get it to us.  He then sent me the above workout.

My partner and I could hardly talk during the workout (we are usually pretty chatty as we’re doing this stuff).  We agreed it was extremely difficult and I’m thinking I shouldn’t have reminded him to send us one.

But we did it all four rounds and I know my workout partner rocks the stairs.  I still struggle with the stairs.  Hugely.  Progress, not perfection!  Right?

Today’s workout – Friday the 4th – Day 42

I thought I’d never get caught up to current day WOD information!

My back was still sore from the previous two days workouts and I was just not looking forward to the damn thing anyway.  It’s Friday, I’m tired, I just want to go home and relax before doing my homework (mid term in one class and another paper in the other).  I need concentration and worrying about how my body was going to be feeling was not what I wanted to think about!

20 Russian twists
20 knee ups (hanging from the pull up bar)
20 sit ups
20 alt v ups
2 stair runs
5 rounds

I knew it would hurt.  I knew I would be near tears by the end of it.  What I did not know is how I’d do it.  I have not been able to breathe through my nose for days.  Days.  It’s driving me insane!  I dislike breathing through my mouth cause it makes me thirsty and makes my throat freaking hurt!

When he texted this to me, I almost burst into tears.  You know it’s bad when that happens.  I sat there and stared at it for a good 45 minutes before texting him a thank you.  I may or may not have told him that it just made me want to cry.

I am fairly certain he thinks I’m crazier than shit and I’m okay with that.  I will text him outta the blue after a workout and tell him exactly what I’m thinking at that moment.  And sometimes, it is NOT pleasant towards him lol  He takes it and he laughs at me.  He grins and says “I know, Kathy, it’s okay, I do not mind.”

Although, after today’s workout?  I told my partner I was not speaking to the trainer until at least Tuesday (when we would see him at work again) and she would have to get our workout for Monday.

I used to make fun of people like me.  Always working out, even when you’re super sore from the previous workout.  Now I’m one of those people I used to hassle.  Why?  Why do we do this to ourselves?  It makes no bloody sense to me.  But I do like the results.  I like what I’m seeing and feeling.  I like that my clothes are getting loose around the waist.  I like that my legs are feeling and looking pretty muscular.  I like that my neck and face have more definition to my facial features than before.  I like that my chest has not really gotten smaller, even though I’ve lost weight with these workouts and walking we did before the workouts.  I’ve gotten really used to being able to run up and down the stairs at work without getting winded (when I’m not going from basement to 2nd floor like in the workouts).

Until next week, when we start week 10.

February 2nd and 3rd – Week 9

Wednesday the 2nd – Day 40
10 DL – (95#)
10 burpees
10 push ups
10 push press
5 rounds
Holy freaking deadlifts, Batman!  My back is STILL hurting (I wrote that 3 hours after the workout)….two days after the workout?  My back is still sore.

Thursday the 3rd – Day 41
20 OH lunges (10# plate)
20 squats
20 bent over rows w/bar
50 sit ups
3 rounds
With my back still hurting horribly from the previous days workout, I didn’t know how much of this workout I’d actually do.  I surprised myself and finished about 90% of it.  I know I did not finish all the sit ups in each round – but I was moving and doing something!  The overhead lunges actually weren’t all that bad.  I don’t know why those seemed easy to me.

Monday January 31 & Tuesday February 1 – Week 9

Week 9 starts with us not hearing back from the trainer.  He has three different jobs, so it’s always a possibility that we do not hear from him.

Monday the 31st – Day 38
2 stair runs
15 push ups
20 squats
25 v ups
4 rounds

I did this one – it kicked our asses.  My workout partner cussed me like she does our trainer.  I felt vindicated hahaha I don’t know why it pleased me so much when she cussed me.  Now I know why it doesn’t bother him when we tell him to f off or some other colorful wording.

Tuesday the 1st – Day 39
21-15-9
db thrusters
burpees
step ups

Any workout that starts with the 21-15-9 is going to suck.  Just saying.  And then added to that, it has thrusters AND burpees?  Holy smokes.  So for a total of 45 of each of those exercises, I hated every flipping second of it.  Every.second.  And I got matching bruises on my knees.  AGAIN!

Really need to figure out what the hell I’m doing wrong on these things that it’s giving me bruises on both knees.  Maybe my legs are too long?