Anxiety/New Job, plus The Royal Burpee Challenge!

Hello everyone and Happy Weekend!  I don’t know about you but this week has been crazy long and exhausting!  First things first- I got a new job! Woo!  I will still be working for the same Agency, just as a different position and out of Human Resources.  I’m very excited as I have been trying to get for a couple of years now, but the job economy has been less than stellar.  I am eternally grateful for my time spent where I have been- I have met so many amazing people and made some really great friends.  I am truly sad to be leaving and hope with every fiber of my being that I will remain great friends with a select few.  I wont be moving far- just a couple floors down- so there’s no excuse to not get coffee/lunch/froyo a couple times a week!  While I am excited for a new position with new projects and responsibilities, I am so so so anxious and nervous, too!

I feel ya buddy

I have an unfortunate habit that with every new life challenge I make myself so anxious it literally effects my life.  In middle school I had horrendous stomach pains, in college I would have headaches, and as an adult (as evident all this week when I found out I got the job) I have not been sleeping well at all, even with the help of sleep aids, relaxation techniques, etc.  Hopefully this will end soon when I can convince myself I will be just fine and will conquer this new job with the same vigor as I have my current job!

Today’s workout was a mix of whatever I felt like doing- I barely got 5 hours sleep last night thanks to my anxiety, so I was pretty  exhausted when I got home from work.  I attempted to nap without success, but felt pretty rested anyway.  Here’s what I accomplished on limited sleep:

10 minutes HIIT treadmill warm-up

10 minutes arm and leg weight machines (15 reps/3 sets of 5 machines)

15 minutes Bodyrock tabatas

15 minutes arm workout with free weights plus some ab work

I was a sweaty beast when I finished!  I felt super accomplished I tackled my taxes…and quickly saved and exited out of the program when I didn’t see a big return.  I may ask the tax people tomorrow what the deal is as I had a pretty nice return last year and expected at least nearing that this year.  Stupid tax season!

One last thing-I am FB fitness group friends with the very lovely DC Event Junkie – and I have joined her as well as Hey Love Designs in the Royal Burpee Challenge!  From the website I will be joining in the craziness:

Burpee Madness

“Those who join us in the challenge will start with a single burpee on Feb. 11. On Feb. 12, the second day, we will do two burpees. On Feb. 13, the third day, we will do three burpees. We will continue adding a burpee to our daily workout until June 4, when we will do 115 burpees in honor of what would be Royal H. Burpee’s 115th birthday. Over the course of the challenge, athletes will do a total of 6,670 burpees.”

Over 6500 burpess total?  Yup, I must be crazy!!


Anyway I hope you lovely kids have a fantastic – anxiety free!- weekend!


Rock on Lovers 🙂



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.


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!!