Am I Insane?

Hello lovers and Happy Monday!  Hope you all had a great weekend!  I woke up around 10am Saturday and had a glorious bowl of egg white oatmeal before watching a few hours of tv and napping until 3pm!!

Egg white oatmeal with a dollop of unsweetened apple butter and sprinkle of Natures Path Pumpkin Flax granola. Ah. Maze. Ing.

Later I treated my mom and I to manis and pedis to prepare for my first day on the new job.  I also caught up later that with my best guy friend from high school who was on leave from the Army.  I hadn’t seen him in over 5 years!  He wasn’t in a good place when I saw him last, but this time he was doing so well- he looked great and I could tell he has really turned his life around and I cant wait to see what he does with it!  I rounded out my weekend with some chores and a little insanity.

But Krista, that’s normal for you..a little insanity…

You misunderstand.  I got the Insanity workout DVDs.

I know, seems I always change up my workouts.  But that’s how you keep from getting bored, right?  I wanted a change.  While I can do written fitness routines (plyo, tabatas, HIIT, etc), I always do my best when I follow someone yelling at me what to do.  I also wanted a big fitness change, so I thought why not?  I got them half price from someone on Craigslist (she apparently had a stroke/heart attack recently hence why she couldn’t use them).  Fortunately they are the correct DVDs (unopened even!) and not some shady bootleg copy.  Yesterday I did the fit test- whew, I was worried for today’s first actual workout after that!  But once I completed it, I was so proud.  I actually did more of it than I thought I would be able to.  I was actually a bit terrified to do day one.  Watching the commercials, seeing everyone in the video lying on the ground gasping for air.  Which I wasn’t at the end.  Don’t get me wrong, I was SHWEATAAAY.  And I was wiped.  But it was a GREAT sweat session and I cannot wait for tomorrow!  And I really really want to do the whole 60 day thing to the best of my ability (I may miss a day or two because of work, vacations, etc).  But I cant wait!

To continue the Insanity of this Monday, not only did I decide to start a new fitness routine but I also started my first day in my new division/unit!  I was pretty nervous and probably just as terrified as I was with insanity, but I knew I was going into a unit with good people and my friends were close by.  I also had their confidence and support so I went into my first day with my head held high.  I spent most of the day reading information being thrown at me, attempting to understand all the new people I met, the projects we work on, and the hardest part- all the new acronyms (we love those in the government).  Its like learning a whole new language!  Needless to say a few full sheets of paper filled with notes, a couple index cards with the acronym definitions, and several email folders later I think I have the teeniest tiniest itty bitty grasp of what I will be working on.  I even sent out my first ‘product’ for higher management to review!  Well, I sat with my ‘supervisor’ and we completed it together, but I sent it… He is also working a big portion of what I will be doing while I work on learning the whole duties of my position.  With so much to do and learn the day really flew by. And the best part?  My phone didn’t ring once!  At my old position I was in a very ‘customer’ oriented position.  I was the main POC for the program and had to answer all the policy/technical/etc questions ALL day by email and phone.  Though my current position has a big email volume, it is all to do with our unit and their products/projects.   I’ve met and made friends with my ‘supervisor’ and a couple people in the unit, and had a chance to visit my old unit, too!  All in all, it was a pretty productive, exciting, and info-filled day!  Thanks again to all my family and friends for all their support and assuaging my fears!!

Lastly, I got my first email and my first match for Foodie Pen Pals sponsored by the lovely Lindsay at The Lean Green Bean.  An overview of the program is here, but basically you get paired with another blogger or reader and you ship a box of goodies and get one as well!  If you’re a blogger you’ll write a post about what you received.  I am SO excited!  I’ve been reading her blog for months and decided to join the fun!  I love finding out about new products and meeting new bloggers/readers.  I am so excited!!

Well lovers, I am wiped.  It was a mentally (work) and physically (workout) exhausting day and I am SO looking forward to a full night of restful sleep.  On tap for tomorrow- more craziness!  Hopefully I will retain the info I learned today.  And I hope I’m not sore tomorrow.  I need to be in top shape to (finally!) book a cruise to the Mediterranean with one of my best girlfriends!  There is a funny Iceland volcano story I will have to share at a later date.  For now, I leave you with this caahhraaazaaaay photo revelation…

Woah. Kind of makes you feel old, huh?

Rock on lovers!

 

Question:  Have you tried insanity?  Do you ever feel the need for a big change- work, workouts, etc?

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Switchin it up

Hello lovers!  Hope you had a great Wednesday!!

So this is take-two of this post.  I drafted this kick ass post yesterday about starting a new workout regimine…and just as I saved the draft and clicked to preview, WordPress promptly deleted the post! Needless to say after about 45 minutes of writing, editing and posting photos on the post, after an already exhausting day of workouts and the 9-5, I didn’t attempt to re-write last night (plus I hated WordPress, so it was best to just go to bed!) I will attempt to be as witty as that one was!

Ever since about Junior year in college (oh my, that was over 7 years ago!!) I have been a stead-fast gym rat.  What began with the treadmill in my basement transitioned to hitting the gym near my home after class, and then at my first post-college jobs’ in-house gym.  Once I moved closer to DC for my current government job, I joined the conveniently-across-from-my-apartment gym and would go right after work and do an hour/hour and half cardio/weight routine just about every day.  I loved the consistency, I loved the stress relief the constant sweat sessions brought, and I loved trying new things from all the blogs I read.  While I did keep things fresh with intervals on different cardio machines and different weight machines/free weights, after 2 years of the same damp (albeit large and nice) gym, same smelly people and same machines, I was fed up.  So I decided, after much thought, to cancel my gym membership.

GASP!

I know, years of gym-attendance and then nothing! I actually took a couple week break from working out entirely- I just needed a break.  I felt great after my break- refreshed and ready to try something complete different- home workouts! I actually did a lot of research on how I could stay fit- in my apartment as well as with my complexes minimally-fitted gym.  I purchased a bunch of Jillian Michaels’ DVDs- and loved them right off the bat!  Unlike my roommate, I love the boot camp style workouts that push me to my limit.  I love seeing just how far I can push my body- and am always surprised what it can do when I put my mind to it! I also started incorporating plyometrics and bodyweight-type exercises to ensure I wouldn’t plateau or get bored. But after doing those for a few months, I needed yet another change (though I still love plyo)…so back to the drawing board I went. I also decided since it’s a new year that I really wanted to push my body and get real results- maybe do some kind of challenge to get my body like this:

I sweat Britney

I contemplated buying Insanity, P90X, more workout DVDs… then I found this website.

Bodyrock combines my desire to stay at home and workout and my love for plyometrics with tabata-style workouts (I’ll do a post on these later, but in brief- it’s a timed interval workout doing plyometrics).  I fell in love!  The best part?  It’s free!!  They post videos of the workout, then demonstrate the moves and do modifications if you’re a beginner or don’t have the specific equipment.  Plus, the instructors are super encouraging and inspiring, I just love it!  I just finished day two and man was I a sweaty beast!!  I actually did day two, plus the added ‘Sean’ workout (x2.5), PLUS day one to get really sweataaaay!  I am stoked and will be doing this 30-day challenge (a couple weeks late- I just found out about it!) and hope to have some fabulous results!!

Rock on lovers!

Question: have you ever been sick of your workouts? (who hasn’t??) What did you do to break out of your rut?  <— going to start incorporating questions in posts to generate class participation!!