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Shake Your Bun Bun February 19, 2009

Posted by M in Feelin' Good, M's Perspective.
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It’s been about a month since I last posted and not much has changed.  I’ve been making my dietary and fitness goals but sadly, I haven’t lost any weight.  The good thing is that I haven’t gained any either but it’s still a little frustrating to do so much work and not really see any kind of progress in the area you’re wanting to change.  Even more frustrating is the fact that James and I have similar work-outs and diets and he’s dropping the pounds like, um, they’re hot(?).  I’m aware of the vast difference between James and me, mostly that he has more weight to lose, but still annoyed.  I’ve just got to keep with my work-out and hope that eventually, I’ll see a little change in the numbers that will bring something other than a “Goddammit!” out of my mouth.

James and I have decided to run the Schlotzky’s Bun Run in May.  It’s just a 5k but it’s something we can do together and hopefully I can make up for the fact that I totally overslept for last year’s race and missed it.  D’oh me.  

The AT&T Marathon was this past Sunday and I actually had a lot of friends run both the half and the full marathon.  While talking to some friends, I found out that I actually got two of them motivated to run the half, yay me!  Apparently my gung-ho-ness (is that a word?  It is now) about training last year got them thinking about running and they started training soon after.  I still feel a littl guilty about not following through but at least I got two other people out there and that has to count for something.  

One last thing.  I really don’t think people understand just how beneficial working out is not just for your body but also for your mental well-being.  I’ve had a rough past few months with losing my job and then having Bubby pass away but I think that thing that has saved me is my daily work-out routine.  We’re all familiar with Elle Woods’ theory of “Exercise releases endorphins, endorphins make you happy.  Happy people don’t kill their husbands, they just don’t.” And it’s really true.  Bubby passed away a week before we took our engagement photos so to continue to get in shape for the pics and to just get out of the house, I went on a daily run and I was okay.  I wasn’t great, I mean, my seven year old dog/best friend had just passed away unexpectadly but I was good.  After we took the pictures, I gave myself a week off to just relax and bum around and that was a pretty bad idea.  I was sad and mopey and just generally unhappy but once I started my runs again, I was back to being fine.  Now I’m not just working out for the wedding or to be happy with my body but to be happy.  It’s way better than any pill and it’s free!


My Version of Training in Texas June 14, 2008

Posted by M in Feelin' Good, Gross, M's Perspective, Pain.
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Yesterday I joined three friends for tubing fun in New Braunfels.  For those not familiar with tubing, you basically lay on an innertube and float down a river.  “This is what Texans do for fun?”  Well, you take a cooler of beer and get to lay out in the wonderful Texan sun all day with your friends and try not to die; I think that’s pretty awesome.  The plan was to take the four hour Guadalupe float, which I’ve never been on, but an hour into it, I was over it.  I got caught in the wrong current, busted my left toe on a tree while trying to avoid slamming into it, and got stuck in the rapids.  I decided to get out for a bit and told the rest of the gang I would walk down stream and meet them in a less hectic area.  Biggest mistake ever.

The thing with the Guadalupe is that there isn’t a trail following the river, it’s all private property that you’re not supposed to walk through.  I didn’t know this.  I got out of the river and tried to find the trail but soon realized I was on someone’s property and tried to make a quick exit before I was found trespassing and got shot.  In Texas we shoot first and then ask questions, which was a mentality I used to support until I became a possible target.  So I hiked through some undeveloped area for about a half hour, in a bikini, flip flops and carrying my huge innertube, before I came up to a fence.  It was a four foot tall fence made out of oak that I was able to crawl through without getting splinters.  Yay me!  I walked down a country road, still carrying my tube, still exposed in my bikini, for about a half mile before I went ahead and admitted I was completely lost.  At this point I decided to screw joining them on the river and my main objective was to go back to the launch site, pick up the car, and drive down to the pick up point.

As I said before, it’s all private property and the road I was walking on was a good three miles from the launch site, which wouldn’t have been a problem if I weren’t wearing a bikini and it weren’t 100 degrees outside.  I needed cover, fast.  I walked the half mile back to the houses I had walked through, rang some random person’s doorbell and asked for directions to the launch site.  Yes, in Texas a sweaty girl in a bikini and flip flops can just go and ring a doorbell asking for directions, and the owners will not blink an eye and be very polite.  This is why I love living here.  Anyway, I was told to walk down the road where I would come up to a fence that I could jump over and it would take me to the launch site.  I walked to the fence and saw that they had forgotten to mention it was EIGHT FEET TALL.   I threw my innertube over and began the five minute process of climbing over the fence.   A scraped shin and lots of curse words later, I was over the fence.

I finally got to the launch site, got the car, and hauled ass to the pick up site because at that point all I wanted to do was lay on the hot grass and die.  My whole adventure took about an hour and even though it was extremely frustrating and I got a killer sunburn, I found solace in the fact that I could say I did my training for the day.  And that’s how we do it in Texas!

The Benefits of Working From Home June 12, 2008

Posted by K in Biking, Feelin' Good, K's Perspective.

I found that I had about an hour and a half break this mid-morning and since I was working from home and since it is beautiful out, I went for a quick bike ride! I’ve been in a bit of a crap mood lately and feeling like poo but the minute I got out on my bike in the sunshine, all was right with the world once again

*contented sigh*

I rode a quick 11 miles through the park, out the great highway to Sloat and back. I got my heart rate up by doing some two block sprints and then one block recovery thingies. It’s amazing out in the city right now, sunny, warm (81!), a light breeze and it was even sunny and warm at Ocean Beach. So awesome!

Which brings me to my second favorite part of working out in the summer, TAN LINES! So hawt and sexay!

I’ve got two different tan lines on my back from my different Speedos and now I’m sportin’ a nice left arm tan from driving home this week and a slight bike short tan line. Nothing says I’m hard core like having a pasty white pair of bike shorts tanned onto your body in addition to the already crazy speedo tan lines. Rawr!