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Happy times. Circuit training session is done for the night, next a shower, then dinner, then chillaxin. I need to call Inna.
INNA, if you're around, I'm going to call you and say, "привет!!!" and maybe ask you some questions about tenses. I should just call you, but right now I'm all gross from working out.

This February weather is cold. Snow! (Февраль погода холодная. Снег!) (February weather is cold, Snow!)

Feeling great. I think whatever I am doing with my diet and my supplements is making my body happier. My BBTs are still a little low sometimes (the rove between the high 96s and the low 97). But I do see progress - energy, and stuff. THANK GOODNESS. And I think with my extreme counting and planning and all around balancing, I *might* just be dropping some weight. We'll see. Fingers crossed. FEELING really optimistic and happy. Thanks to Icky for the supplements that she gave me to try. I will be buying some of those for my regular stash. And um. I can't wait to see my muscles again. I can feel it's coming!!!

Oh yeah - and after talking to Susan, my Floridian friend from High School, my phone automatically answered itself and it was a work call. About that time I was shouting up the stairs in my most cheesy, very typical for 100% private time, "BABY! ARE YOU UP THERE?!" and then more blabbing to Jim. Then I noticed my phone had answered a "425" call, which means work. I hung up out of panic, and then was like, "did a co worker just hear me being as cheesy as I ever get to my boyfriend?" Who knows.
And now I have no idea who it was. Oops. Sort of comical, actually. I like to pretend I'm not sappy and stuff. But I am. Inside the personal life of Angela, indeed. A rare thing has happened. I was EMBARRASSED. That's rare.

-Angela
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My posting momentum definitely shifted in April! As did my momentum with so many other things.
I played with some raw food for about 1 month. Did another 100% raw stretch. It gave good results, I even lost some weight for a minute. But then it came back on as a springboarded out of the raw foods into...

An unprepared post-detox strategy.
Sort of feeling off-kilter, for sure with this. So I am rebalancing with some other stuff. I feel pretty imbalanced in general. I have no idea where to go next with my life, even though I feel like for a few years I've been examining this very thing. Financially I'm doing just fine. That's par for the course. I'm typically fine in this area.

Looking to rebalance what my work outs are, but I find it hard once I add a #3 item to my work out list, that I get too overwhelmed. The problem is that I love and fond Yoga, but I always loved Running, and Circuit Training is important to me too. I struggle having all 3 being players of my life. I find that unlike my stretch between 2007-2008 pre-yoga, the focus drops off on my fitness goals when I have too many different things going on. For one, yoga can be done constantly and there is no limit to that. It also takes up way more time than any other fitness regimen of mine - which means it really does draw from teh rest of my "life."

I like the benefits I get from all 3. I like the benefits of Yoga, but at 3 hrs per night - it DOES take my entire night after work. I'm back to running and pretty much doing 90% of everything physically I could desire.

Standing in one place is no longer a horrid bear on my knees. I can wander around on uneven grounds, do things that used to be WILD. Like stuff that was out of my normal "safe" equation. A lot of folks didn't understand that just going out and trying something new was really hard on me. This is because.... wait for it.......... I was scared of reinjuring myself because I had done it soooo many times repeatedly in the course of 2 years.

Whelps, it has been 2 years since the initial injury.

I actually didn't even write a post about it this year :P It must be because I wasn't focused on it as much. My life is mostly normalizing. Except for the whole, "no direction career wise," and also challenges of figuring out what I want my work out plan to be. It's hard. I'm my own trainer and I'm good at it. But for the first time in years, I'm confused.

I am doing a 10k training plan at the moment that appears to be below my threshold (intentionally). This is fine. But in the midst of that, the Yoga has fallen off the wagon some. Well, shoot!! Right?
Who knows. All I know is that I do work out a minimum of 5 times a week.
Circuit training is one of my favorite activities ... the benefits of strength training are boundless like Yoga. How do I fit all 3 in? I try to get up earlier, but most times I just want my damn sleep. I personally think getting myself to work out once a day is a big enough thing that doing it twice in a day sort of drains me for my next week of work outs. Therefore, I'm at a stalemate.

Oh yeah. And we're coming up on 1 month without my sweet little Rufus around. We've adjusted. It's just not as cool as it was. He was awesome. He was my little emotional anchor. Now I've got flighty, very spoiled, very wonderful, and fantastic Fritz solely. He has adapted well to all of the extra attention in the wake of Ru's crossing over.

I have also been going to a new chiropractor. He is not only cracking my back (which has minor alignment issues thanks to a CRT monitor lifting situation when I was 19) - but also stripping my tendons of their scar tissue so that I can kneel easier on my knees directly without experience huge levels of annoyingness later. Speaking of which, I need to go find some shorts and head out to the appointment.

-Angela
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Here I am, finishing off my last day in the workweek. Figured I'd write a quick LJ update before I head out for the weekend. I'm pushing off into my 4 day weekend.

Yeay!!!!!

Circuit trained on lunch. I left my house and did it at the gym today!
It took me a few minutes to figure out logistics of how exactly to set it up. Unfortunately the pull up bars are not really close by... damn. Maybe I will just have to do those entirely separate and not in a circuit then?

Already feeling like I made the right choice with joining this gym. It makes me cheerful that I can use the mirrors for good form - that I have a destination sometimes that isn't 30 minutes away and going to occupy the better part of 3 hrs total in the evening (yoga).

Also that after 2200/10PM I can actually work out doing WHATEVER work out of my choice. Weights, pool, treadmill. I can watch TV and walk aimlessly or even sit on a bike for gods'sake. I can take group classes if I fit that in that aren't Bikram Yoga.

There's possibility. I haven't even delved into half of it! It's only been like 3 days. I think I joined on Tuesday. And because it was there, I ran a tiny bit after my circuits today (it was quick).
What else?

Something satisfying about having a new destination. A new place to call my "place."
And after seeing all the deadlift bar weight bar options in the gym, I'm really stoked to try doing deadlifts. So far I've done free weight stuff. I'll be giving deadlifts a chance sometime this weekend, I think.

See how my body likes it.
I am also getting a lot of yoga in this week. So far, it's been every day except for Tuesday - when I ran 5 miles. Granted... I was going to go to Yoga that day but felt lazy. So I went for a run instead.

ONwards... tonight I have plans to hit the hot room. :) Just trying to decide: 6:30PM or 8:30PM class?
I'll further determine that decision later tonight.
Also booked a room for the Sunday/Monday period, so that Jim and I can go on a mini trip to the Hoh Rainforest, in the Lake Quinault Lodge.
Hoping to get a nice chance to break out of monotony.

We haven't been on any mini trips in a while or stayed anywhere fun. I look forward to it :)
They had a "Four Legged Friends" Special running on some of the rooms, which makes it free to drag the boys/dogs along.

For one - Rufus is almost like not having a real dog at this point. He mostly just lays around in his elderhood now. Next Friday, the 19th - is officially his 14th birthday. *siiiighs

14 years of my life we have spent together. That is a long time and longer than many friendships with humans last. Again - I feel so very blessed and treasure him greatly. We'll see where the end of the road for us lies and how it unfolds.

BUt yeah! Free dogs and we get a "water bowl" to remember the resort by. Awesome.

In less cheerful news...
My co worker's wife died of stomach cancer a couple of weeks ago - and there is a memorial for her on Saturday. I'd like to go. Although me and David aren't exactly pals, I extend my heartfelt sympathies for him. She was 51. And I had met her a few times, and really genuinely thought she was a sweet lady.

And life goes on.

ANywho. Gonna get my stuff together and leave! Excited to have an excuse to chillax with Jimmers, excited for my new gym membership. Excited for a mini-break from the orface.

-Angela
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Way to go, me! I already circuit trained for the morning.
Unfortunately part way through I realized I was running a bit on empty: I need to go shopping and so I didn't eat as much as I would have liked last night - (we're back down to all carbs again) annnnd then I didn't think of anything great to eat that we have right now to start my circuits.

That's ok! I finished even though I felt sort of bluuuh. And I think I did a great job considering ;)
Better hit that market and buy some food, pronto!!!!
This won't do.

Ah, wells. This frees up my lunch hour to relax.
I do - however, have eggs and frozen fruit. But that's more of a "after" work out gig.
Today as I drifted awake, I acutely thought to myself: I should do more private journaling.
Note to self: Set that up.

Can't wait to get in the office, close out my shiat, do some personal business when that is done. I'll be beginning to compile a good ole outline for what I hope to be a mini-workshop for self defense tactics. When I get more comfortable with sharing what I personally know, I can add in more physical stuff. For now, we'll start slow and build up. The key is just jumping out and starting my gig!

Anybody interested in being my guinea pig for a workshop is welcome to comment.
I might also be doing personal invites. And be kind, this is my first foray into workshops. It will have to evolve and age like a great red wine. :)
Oh yeah - and you have to be in the Seattle area of course. I'll most likely choose a location on the Eastside.

-Angela
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Lunchtime today ... I wasn't sure if I had it in me for a run. But I did my new favorite "town loop."
Start around 56th Street, run down 56th to Gilman Blvd, down Gilman Blvd to Front Street - hang a left, and back to my car which is near 56th.

The last 2-3 weeks I've been making a nice 50 minutes of this regularly. Today I blew that away with a 45 minute clock in time. Wow - if I do say so myself. I was wondering why I was getting tired at the end aside from being at the edge of my calories for the day - and it might just be that I was high tailing it for the beginning of my run.

Needless to say, it felt awesome - but I think tonight I'ma take off from Yoga and reward myself with a lil chill time around 874.

Appreciate the wonders that I have use of (my home!)
March is gonna be my month - people. I'm here to make use of my time wisely.
Who knows whether that's a new pace, or I just had the right alignment to provide these legs with some speed. Also - could be the circuit training paying off. This is possible. :)

Regardless. Work is caught up. Next week I have Sharepoint training.
I know - not a terribly exciting post.
Yoga was super hot last night, it broke 111 degrees with 40% humidity. Woo. It was hard because I worked my body hard earlier in the day with my circuits and upping my weights.
And then after Yoga - since Grant's girlfriend wasn't there to sort of friend-block me, I chatted it up with him for an hour or two before I headed home for my shower and dinner. I got home and ate dinner at midnight.

Wow.

:P But once Grant starts going on about Yoga or we start talkin about life - suddenly I look at the clock and it's been an hour or two! Yikes. It's 2200 when class ends to begin with on Tuesdays. I try and take the Tuesday 2030 class. Was just nice to visit with Grant, it's been a while since we just talked. Goof ball always has some tiny details to share with me about the poses. I enjoy it 111% :D

Way too clever. I hope to remember the things he told me DURING the series.
In fact, he may have had difficulty with memorization and really getting the series down pat... but there are so many areas where he blows me away and astonishes me with his detail oriented nature and insights. Really, he's a sharp dude. Everyone needs a friend, also - that will pass the time so quickly that you thought you blinked but it's hours later! Seriously. Everyone needs a pal like that.

-Angela
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Just catching up.
The last 3 Mondays I took off from working out; normally a good prime day to work out as it is my day off...

The boys are part of my reason behind this!!! Jim and Jon have the exact same schedule... both garnering Mondays off. (Same overnight shift too)
And typically I'll spend the mid day to evening with Jon, and then chill with Jim in the evening, even if I had "plans" to hit the 2030 Yoga class. Yikes.

Been feeling balanced though, and as I look at my work out logs, I realize it's working out ;) hAHaHA.
So far this week it looks like this:
Sunday: Yoga/4 Mile Run
Monday: OFF
Tuesday: Yoga/CT

Will be hitting the Yoga tonight, and I'd like to squeeze in a run somewhere. But, if it doesn't work out, I'll just hit the yoga studio and be happy with that :) It's been packed in the studio since the New Year. I don't remember this kind of boom last year.
The grand opening at the new location can't come soon enough - the packed room is something else ;) It's good... but also torturous! The more folks packed in the room, the higher that humidity spikes.
Surely by the end of January, my focus will be bullet proof from this.

Adjusting to what my practice looks like alongside regular running and CT. I am seeing results already with my CT, which I was not expecting. I've moved back to the 20# weights, and gauge based off of how heavy Rufus is feeling on any given day ;) When he begins to feel lighter, I know my CT is doing the job. (We carry him up and down the stairs in the 3 level townhouse...)

I remember when I had hit the 30#ers he seemed rather effortless. :P
Have committed to moving slowly with CT, especially regarding the lower body exercises in the circuit. HOWEVER - I am doing squats and lunges and have had surprising success with how my knees are responding! It's wonderful! Before long, these will also help me in triangle pose in class.

Really enjoying noticing my kneecaps, instead of my tendons in my knees when any pressure gets near it! This may sound weird, but... the tendons being so un-inflamed these days feels like a miracle every day. Every moment I stand and talk to someone for more than 5 minutes, I'm grateful for my recovery point. Every time I'm tempted to "push it" because someone like Joe at Records begs me to do something that could put it "at risk" like a hike that I know it isn't ready for, I am reminded again of how NOT to push it, and how regular folks will not quite understand necessarily what it's like to have been put in a position of limitation for so long.

This coming weekend is my unarmed defense course, and I am particularly looking forward to it :)
Trying to stay high vibrating about the office here.
Having fun also at home with some great veggie recipes.
So far, things are going along great.

Side note that made me laugh: A black guy shorter than me called me "Shawty." Nevermind. Co worker of Jim's. The dude is hilarious, and is somehow super amused by me. Makes me giggle.

Off to go replace a monitor somewhere in the city...

-Angela
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Just finished an arm busting, ab busting circuit training session. With a teensy bit of legs...
And now I am dripping. Drip. Drip. Drip. Drizzle.

I love Rufus; he is my constant cheerleader. He loves to sit and watch - just to be with me. Luckily months and months ago I taught him to get the fuck away when I start lifting the heavier weights. He used to try and get up next to me and I'd be like, "buddy, my arms WILL fatigue and it scares me to think about dropping 20-25lbs on your noggin..." :P

So we made a pact that he can watch from a safe distance ;)
He is welcome to help with push ups any day though.

And he has. With his face right where mine goes when I go downwards. ;)
Work today was blah. Thank gods I have coping mechanisms.
And "Devour" by Shinedown packs a powerful lifting punch.
Today has been a low knee pain day. Random updates brought to you by Angela's amped up adrenaline from the dumb bells. Back to a shower and finishing watching LOTR Return of the King with my best pal, homie, sweetie, fellow homeowner, main squeeze, and love of my life. I had him pause it so I can get the CT done before bed.

-Angela
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1- I experienced more pain while shopping at Safeway for one hour than I did running for 15 minutes and doing random calisthenics for the same amount of time.

2- I always feel like the more my blood is moving the less pain I experience.

3- My knees were tight before I ran.

4- My knees were not tight after I ran and stretched.

5- Tightness equates to some level of pain.

6- The absence of tightness equates to higher levels of painfreeness.

I really had fun working out today on lunch. It's so different than the Yoga workout, and I can't deny that I love it. Yoga is fantastic, but so are my old favorites. Even if it's in the gym for now. Later on I might migrate out to Gilman - but again. Patience and first things first. And if I am forced to do treadmill workouts, I may still have to find a way to budget one into my late 2009 plan somehow. Because I hate running with co workers amiss. They piss me off.
Especially mister arrogant runner guy that I work with. He's competitive and a jacktard. I was just praying he would be off the treadmill by the time I finished warming up on the elliptical. And to my good fortune, he was. He only said, as he left, "oh it IS you! Hi!" and that was it. It was downright pleasantry and nothing else behind it.

I was so relieved that he only passed on minute #4, and he didn't try and bug me or make any rude comments.

Thank the gods.
In other good news; I have re-partitioned my Acer 6930 (Jim commented that it has a 69 in it) - and am now in the middle of my new Ubuntu install. This makes me happy, because Ubuntu rocks the house.

-Angela
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I succeeded in making the 6:30 Yoga class. I had... a wonderful class!!!
This, was definitely not my expectation. I just did my best and I really felt strong all night.
What a lovely treat.

So, I did my Return to Run, my Circuit training, AND Yoga - adding up to one of the best days I could imagine. I am working a few hours Sunday, so my longish lunch to accommodate my CT/RUN will be no problem for the comp time I will earn on Sunday!!!
And although I hate that I will be paying for a month or two - I am in love with my new Acer 6930 laptop.

Woohoo.

-Angela

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