Things to come

So if you are a regular around these parts you noticed that I have been absent this past week. I am getting better at writing consistently but sometimes personally I need to take a step back to breathe and reevaluate my life. Even though I feel I wasn’t productive in this facet of my life things are changing and I feel that good things are on their way.

I am getting prepared to go back to school July 1st at UC Berkeley… online, of course. More than anyone can know I wanted to go back to school to get my Masters but financially that just is not realistic t this point in time. It kills me to put that on hold but I have to remind myself that things happen for a reason. And I don’t feel too entirely crushed that I cannot go back right away to get my Masters because of the fact that I will be starting a program at UC Berkeley for Project Management. My employer has a partnership with a trust that has partnerships with several different schools and they offer these programs to us at no cost. When I was told about the project management course I jumped at the opportunity; this totally relates to my desire to be in the field of communications and public relations, it also curbs my appetite for school and the best part I think is that I don’t have to take out another ginormous student loan. I feel that is a definite win-win situation.

I also picked up another little job, I am now the Administrative Assistant for the Public Relations Society of America, Inland Empire Chapter. I already do work for the Los Angeles Chapter of PRSA so I figured that this position was a no-brainer; I have about the same responsibilities as I do with Los Angeles and it allows me the opportunity to network with professionals that are in my area. Although I love LA and I love the people I work with and meet every month, it is nice to not have to leave my house hours before hand to fight LA traffic. This job is temporary only until December of this year but the way I see it, it is a resume booster as well as experience.

I also took a break from working out, I was beginning to feel like working out was all I would do in the day; well working out and working. I would wake up between 4:45am and 5:15 am, go to the gym, come home and get ready for work and after work I would come home and do whatever I needed to do around the house always keeping in mind that I needed to make sure I was in bed no later than 10pm otherwise I wasn’t getting up in the morning. It felt like I wasn’t doing much of anything else so I decided to take a step back and make sure that all of my other commitments were in order and nothing was being neglected. I know that people say you shouldn’t be out of the gym for too long because it makes you lazy or it makes it harder to get back into a routine; I believe this. Although I love being able to sleep in and stay up later I do miss being active. Exercising is something that I like to do, it makes me happy and it sure helps me to sleep better at night.

This past week I have been shopping too much, mostly for stuff I legitimately need but also for a lot that I just really wanted. So this coming week I think I want to devote to things I’m digging; products, people, companies, etc. I feel that although I do not have a large following of readers, I do greatly appreciate honest reviews and information about products that I might be interested, so maybe someone will stumble upon my blog and I will have been helpful? Who knows either way that is what is to come this week.

Until next time

r

6/22/14

Working on my Fitness

So somewhere between October of last year and March, maybe April of this year I went from being a couch potato to this crazy person who got up at 4:30am to go workout, then back to couch potato… well maybe not actually a couch potato but something similar… lazy, lump always on her laptop probably sums it up better.

Last year I put on a significant amount of weight I would tell you the number if I knew it but I don’t, so I won’t.

I just know dresses and skirts started to be my everyday attire because the thought of trying to squeeze into my jeans was much too much to even think about let alone do. So sometime maybe the middle of last year my good friend Groupon had a deal for a local bootcamp, I had been really wanting to get back into a workout routine and figured group exercise might be it for me so I bought it. I bought the Groupon for this bootcamp and decided that I would start the next camp session after I came home from Italy; so October.

I loved slash hated it I loved working out and getting my body moving but getting up t 4:30 am sucked and going to bed early sucked even more. I did bootcamp for awhile, then things with my migraines started getting worse and then I hurt my achilles tendon, as if all the physical things weren’t enough I started to get really frustrated with the bootcamp and the ethics and dynamics of it (I won’t even go there). So I stopped going to bootcamp and started going to the gym. Then I stopped going to the gym regularly even, then I just stopped. I got back into my ways of non-movement and bad eating and I gained about 14 pounds.

I am writing this because awhile back I read a blog post (which for reference sake I cannot find right now) about a girl who blogged her weight loss journey and it helped to keep her accountable. I am hoping that writing this will help to keep me in check. I promise to not be that annoying person who only talks about losing weight and eating salads. I don’t feel like what I am doing is any sort of journey,  but maybe somewhere along the line I will help to inspire or someone will help me to be inspired.

I am not yet prepared (mostly mentally) to put a number out there for the world to read and for the internet to keep forever but I can promise you that losing and gaining weight is something that I have struggled with for a good portion of my adult life. I yo-yo like no other; up, down, up down.. it is a vicious cycle. Right now I am up. And right now is the time I feel like I need to do something about it. June is halfway through the year, I tried and failed the first half of the year, why not come back and follow through with the things that I started.

Everyone falls off the wagon, but what you do after that is what matters; will you get back on or stay off?

I am choosing to get back on. I started working out again last week; I also have a workout buddy which makes working out early much easier. I find that working out in a group or with someone else makes the workouts easier to do and it helps to push me when I don’t want to keep going. I invested some money into workout books that help to make muscles and strength make more sense. The one that I just finished reading, is “A Woman’s Guide to Muscle and Strength” by Irene Lewis-McCormick. This book is amazing, she breaks down how strength training works for a female’s body, myths on using weights, using proper form, and there are even several different workout programs that you can follow. Since I have been out of my gym routine for a while I am using the beginner workouts. I followed the program 5 days last week; strength and cardio; it was pretty much amazing, I still feel that great sore feeling after you’ve worked your body. One thing I wish that this book did discuss is nutrition, if it is one place that I fall short it is in nourishing my body.

I can gladly eat the same meals a hundred times over as long as no one around me has anything that might be remotely tempting. I am a huge sucker for crunchy things; chips mostly. I never was a soda drinker until Marlboro Man, which is weird because he always drinks diet and I like the real thing; Coke not Pepsi and NEVER diet. I love ice cream, I am not proud to admit this but I can eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s in a single sitting, ice cream is my happy place. I need to find a book that discusses nutrition on a level that I can comprehend and that will teach me the proper way to eat. If you know of a book that does this please let me know, I will be forever grateful.

So I guess that is it for now, I am not sure that I really said much of anything; maybe this was a post for myself? Like I said to keep me accountable for me; at some point I will put that number down which will make me even more accountable.. soon.

 

r

6/9/14