Friday, January 27, 2012

Jillian Michael's Get Ripped in 30 - Week 1 Update

With the holidays over and 2012 plans in the works, I knew that I definitely needed to start getting back into shape.

It's not so much that there's a big race coming up.  Other than a half or a 5K here and there, I don't have any major race plans soon.  And now that I'm temporarily unemployed, I don't intend to sign up for many races right now.

But I don't want to let myself get too out of shape.  At a minimum, I want to be able to run a half marathon at any time.

Plus, I'm going skiing in a few weeks.  I've only gone twice, and on my first trip 10 years ago I never left the bunny slope.  I got confident on green slopes when I went last year, but I'm hoping to work up to blues this time.  I figure it'll be easier on me if I'm back in a bit better shape.

So I've started running more regularly again, and it feels great!  I am always glad for the breaks I take because I believe they really do help me avoid burnout.  I pick up from a break and remember all the reasons why I love to run and the way it makes me feel.

When I realized that going on the ski trip would mean putting on a swimsuit in front of my boyfriend to hang out in the hot tub at the cabin, I knew I needed to also work on toning up a bit.  Running definitely keeps me trim, and without it my love handles had made a bit more of an appearance than I cared for...  on the recommendation of my sister, I bought Jillian Michael's Get Ripped in 30 DVD at Target (it was like $10).

I had bought her Shred DVD a few years ago, but I never really liked it that much.  I wouldn't have bought this one if I hadn't seen how toned my sister's tummy was.. she swore it was from this DVD.

The concept in Get Ripped is similar to that in her Shred workout... 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio and 1 minute of abs three times.  The main difference is that there are 4 workouts (each about 25 minutes with a warmup and cool down) - one for each week.  You do each move for 30 seconds, and they never repeat in the other weeks' workouts. 

I've done week 1 (I purposefully started 4 weeks out from the ski trip), and I can tell a tiny difference.  When I did the first workout the first day, I thought I was going to die.  Now, I'm still super sweaty at the end, but I can manage to do everything in its entirety.  (So I'm a little nervous about moving on to week 2.)  I don't see a ton of difference in my body yet, but I can definitely feel myself getting stronger.

I'm also getting back to running three days a week, so I'm sure the combination will help me trim up.. even if I'm not in marathon training mode.

Of course, I know diet matters as well.  I've been trying to limit my coke intake to one a week (this is what I'd been doing for almost 2 years, but I always cheat a bit during the holidays), and I'm mostly drinking water.  I LOVE dessert (another thing I splurge on over the holidays), but I've been limiting the sweets to just little treats here and there (I will never give them up).  I'm mostly just trying to make sure I don't overeat, making good choices when I eat, and allowing myself to splurge and eat something I want even if I know it's not super healthy.  You only live once, right?

So we'll see how this goes... nothing can stop me from looking ghostly white in my swimsuit, even if I do get as toned as I would like.  I'm not about to go to a tanning bed.  Everyone will just have to make do. HA.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Time for Something New

As of Friday afternoon, I am unemployed.

It's a bit scary on one hand... I'm not super excited about not having an income.  More than that, I'm not lazy.  It's hard to not have a job to go to where I need to use my brain and work hard, etc.  Sure, it's a little nice that I didn't have to get up early and that I have spent the morning running errands and then having lunch with the boy.  But I'm not going to be content with being unemployed for very long.

On the other hand, it is kind of exciting.  I think it was time for a change.  I'm really looking forward to being able to focus my time on figuring out what is out there and what I want to do next.

I don't want this to come out the wrong way, but I'm smart... I work really hard... and I do things well.  I know that I'll be able to find something new sooner than later, and I'm hopeful it's going to be a job I truly love.

Meanwhile, I am so thankful for my family and friends.  Everyone has been so supportive, and I've already got some leads on some potential jobs.  (So if you know of anything in Nashville, dear reader, please let me know!)

I've definitely been experiencing a mix of emotions about the matter, but I'm feeling pretty optimistic.  One chapter has ended, and I'm looking forward to seeing what the next chapter holds.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Planning for 2012

I've been thinking some over the past few days about what I am planning for 2012.  I have also spent a lot of time going through everything in my place... reorganizing things to work better for me and getting rid of a ton of stuff I no longer need or use.  It feels good to start the year with my home in order.

As I think about the coming year, I feel like it's full of promise and possibilities.  It seems that time goes by so quickly, but going to Disney World about a year ago feels forever ago.  I know there's really no way to know what this year holds, but there are a few things I want to plan for this year.

Running - I've decided that I want to run this year for the fun of running.  I definitely think it is still a passion, but I don't think I care right now about PRs. That doesn't mean I'd turn any down or that I won't try for one here and there, but I don't think I'll be training hard for any specific time in any specific distance.  I may change my mind later in the year, but for the next few months in particular I want to run, be fit, and have fun.

Relationships - I want to do my best to fully engage with all of the people that I care about in my life.  I think that I am very relationship-oriented and that I am a pretty good friend, but I know that in 2011 there were some times when I was having a hard time and felt liked I needed my friends more than what I was giving to them.  I know that's what friends are for, and I'm thankful for the ways they were there for me on the days when I felt a little dissatisfied with life.  BUT.  I think 2012 is going to be a good year, and I hope that entails having a ton of fun with them.  I want to take road trips, run races, and have game nights.  I want to meet for coffee or grab a bite to eat or exchange long emails about life.  I really want to connect with everyone that matters to me in a way that is unique to our relationship.

Travel and Adventure - I want to continue to travel and go to new places.  I am still brainstorming on what all this will include, but I know for sure that I'm going on a ski trip next month and then to New Orleans for the first time ever in March. I'll also be heading up to Canada in June for one of my best friend's wedding. But I hope to plan a few more trips and find many other adventures this year, and I'm down with some of them being more local or weekend type adventures.  I know there's a lot in a close radius to Nashville that I haven't done that could be fun.

I do have some other specific goals and plans for the next six months that I'm choosing not to share publicly right now, but when I achieve them I'll definitely fill you in! (Or if you're really curious, just ask... I'm more willing to share on a one-on-one type basis.)

I think it's going to be a good year.  I love how January 1 always brings with it a feeling of a fresh start.  I'm very optimistic in general, but I just have a good feeling.  2011 seemed to be a hard year for a lot of people I know, and I really believe 2012 is going to bring us all many blessings!

Happy new year!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Final 101 in 1001 Post

My 101 in 1001 list isn't supposed to end until February 8, but I've decided to call it.  I've pretty much done everything or made plans to do the things that still matter to me. and some of the items on the list turned out to not be something important to me like I thought when I first made it.

I'm pleased with the things I've accomplished, and many of the items were less measurable things that I just wanted to stay on top of throughout the process... and not necessarily something I'd mark off as being done.

Overall, this really helped me to try to make sure I did some of the things I've wanted to do.  I'm still going to tackle a few more things on the list in 2012 - just not necessarily by the deadline.

I have a few days to myself here at the start of 2012, and I plan to use it to start thinking through what I want to do this year.  I also plan to clean out stuff that's hidden in drawers and closets and get rid of anything I no longer want or need.  It's nice to do this once a year or so, and I feel like it's time.  What better way to start a new year than to get rid of old stuff that is now just clutter?

I've got some trips brewing and some ideas of things I want to do later in the year.  I have some personal goals I'm thinking on, some of which are more personal and won't be shared here.

One that I will go on and share? It's time to get back to running.  I took some time off in December for a much needed break, but now I'm just feeling lazy.  I ran about 5.5 yesterday morning to close out the year, and I'm looking forward to getting back on track with regular runs.  I think I may even talk the boy into running a half with me here soon!

Hope everyone's 2012 is off to amazing start!