I have not posted in awhile.  May has been a very crazy month.  I did two weeks in Bremerton, Washington for the Navy to start the month off.  I met some really great people.  I got back late on Friday the 13th.  I had drill on Saturday.  I had a CIZE workshop on Sunday.  I am a certified CIZE instructor, but I am not ready to teach a class, yet.  I need a lot more work on the timing of the moves.  Hopefully, I will get a chance to take a couple classes and work on my mechanics and be teaching in the near future.

It was great to get back to work at the YMCA.  I really love going to work.  I also started a new workout last Tuesday.  It has only been one week and I can already feel a difference.  I was a little sore the day after each workout, but it was the good kind of sore.  Tomorrow, I start over with the first workout.  I am anxious to see if I can do a little more this time around.

On Tuesday, May 17, I took my Navy PRT.  I got an excellent!  I think it was my best PRT to date.  Physical Readiness Test consists of as many push-ups and Sit-ups you can do in 2 minutes and a mile and a half in a certain time.  I did just go up into a new age bracket because I turned 45 this year.  I may not have gotten an excellent if I was still in the 35-44 bracket.  I am still happy that I completed more sit-ups then I have in the past 5 years.

This past weekend, I participated in a personal trainer workshop and took the examination on Sunday.  I felt good going into the PT exam, but once I started, it was like I went brain dead.  I do not think I did very well and I won’t find out for 3 to 4 weeks.  I really wanted to do well on the test.  I love helping people and I think that I can really make a difference in people lives by helping them getting started on living a healthy lifestyle.  I hope I already do, to some extent.  I cannot believe that in today’s day and age with all the technological updates that it takes so long to grade a simple test.

The other thing that happened this month is that, I had one of my co-workers take me measurements for me before starting my new workout.  She said a couple times that she was taking the measurement from the fastest spot.  This week one of my friends told me I was fat.  She really did not mean it.  If these comments took place at the beginning of the year, I would have been extremely self conscience about it.  Now, I laughed it off.  I am not where I want to be for my BMI, but I am working on it and have made big strides over the past four months.  I look forward to going to the Y tomorrow and continuing my journey!



Setting Goals

Setting goals, I should say setting realistic goals.  What are my realistic goals?  I want to be fit, lean, strong and happy!  I don’t believe that is too much.  I do not want to be a body builder or be super skinny.  I don’t want to win any contests or even run a marathon.  In the Navy, I am required to run a mile and half in designated amount of time.  I can make that run and complete it in the amount of time that I am allotted.   My issue is that I am always the last one from the Des Moines Navy Reserve Center to complete the run.  I really do not like that everyone has to wait on me to finish.  It is humiliating to be so slow.  There is no pain or even any soreness afterwards.  I am just really slow.  I have run several 5k’s, 10k’s, 20k’s and a half marathon.  I am very proud that I have been able to complete each of these, yet as one of my many goals, I want to be able to finish a mile and half in 13:00 minutes.  I would really like to finish a 5k in 30:00 minutes.  I know that is really high expectations of myself, but think if I put my mind to it and really work hard I might be able to accomplish it.  I believe what works for me would be to jog more.  I think that the more I run the comfortable I will be and my pace will increase.  I whole heartily believe that it is a state of mind.

My second realistic goal is to get stronger.  This does not mean I want to be labeled as a bodybuilder per say and I do not want to win any competitions.  I want to be able to work a good day in my yard cleaning up the timber and straightening up the acreage  without being sore for days afterward.  I want to feel stronger.  I have started this process and I realize that it is going to take time and patience to build a base.  I have arthritis; I am getting older and I want to try to make it to where I can continue to do the things I enjoy doing like kayaking and hiking.  My goal of getting stronger will help me to continue doing the things I love to do in my free time.  I also love to lift weights.  I always feel better after lifting weights.  How will I accomplish this goal?  I am already making my self make the time to lift 4 days a week.  I am already noticing a difference.  I just have to stick with it and get a plan that works for me and change it up every month to keep it fresh.

Another goal for me is to eat right and portion control.  I am really, really bad about eating at all different times of the day and night with no set schedule.  I have been doing a great job of starting food in the smoker, pressure cooker or crockpot so that food will be ready when my husband gets home from work.  I do not follow through with making myself something.  I have never been good at eating breakfast, yet I am determined to make a mental challenge for myself  to make sure I eat something good for breakfast.  I am also going to push myself to try to eat several small healthy meals throughout the day.  I am not doing anything close to that now.  I get bored, I eat!  I need to get much better about having healthy snack food available.

Finally, my last and most important goal for myself this year…

I am going to work at being happy!  I have struggled for years with depression, anxiety, low self esteem, and I always try to please everyone.  This goal will be hardest of all my goals to accomplish.  I have started in the right direction in working at the Y.



What a Workout!!

Throughout my workout this morning, I kept thinking I wasn’t doing enough.  Now, that is much later, I think I did a lot.  It was one heck of a workout!  I started with 100 crunches with feet on exercise ball, butt lift with feet on ball for 1 minute, butt lift bridge with legs straight for 1 minute, flutter kicks with hips facing down on ball for 1 minute, knees across body 30 seconds each side, gluteus  kick backs on hands and knees lift foot upwards toward ceiling 1 minute each side (completed 40 each side), barbell rows 55lbs 3 sets of 10, dead lift with bar 55lbs 3 sets of 10, single arm rows 30lbs dumbbells , chin ups with 18lbs assist and then I went to Body Pump class with instructors Cindy and Jen!  I really liked Body Pump class, but half way through the class I started feeling my workout and I struggled completed the easiest moves such as squats and lunges.  The class used bars with weights and dumbbells.  I liked the way it was set up and it was a great workout even if I hadn’t completed the earlier workout.

I have shoulders?!?

I have been studying for my personal trainer certification and one of the items I have been working on, is naming muscles.  I have definitely figured out where the deltoid muscles are located.  I started with standing dumbbell shoulder presses with 25 lb. and doing 3 sets of 10 reps.  Next, I did alternating deltoid raise to the front and then to the side with 12 lb. 3 sets of 10.  I really struggled with finishing the side raises even though I was only lifting 12 lb. dumbbell’s.  I moved to the multi-station where I did reverse curl at 22.5 lbs. and triceps press down with straight bar at 32.5 lbs. doing 3 sets of 10 reps on each.  I can feel my shoulders.  It is not pain per say, but I definitely know they are there.

Leg Day?!?

I started a new work out plan today!  I had to drop off my husband’s car at the shop for a oil change so I jogged the mile over to the YMCA.  I went to Zumba class which was very fun.  I really love going to Zumba.  Tanya, the instructor, is so much fun and upbeat that the time just flies by, before I know it the class is over.  Then I went upstairs to do 200 jumping jacks and 200 squats in sets of 25, 15 wide grip pull-ups with 20 pound assist, 100 squats on free motion machine with 100 lbs. taking a 20 sec break every 25 reps, Strive leg extension machine 75 lbs. 50 reps taking a 10 second break every 10 reps, 50 crunches on incline bench.  I completed 3 miles on treadmill took me 37 minutes to complete.  I finished my workout with the 1 mile jog back to pick up my husband’s car.  According to Run keeper, it was .97 mile, 11:36 minutes.  I have to work a long day tomorrow, but I am going to try to get up really, really early and get in a class before work.

Creme Ale is in the Fermentor

We brewed our first Crème Ale yesterday, Sunday, April 11.  We used Pacifica hops, 2 row malt, flaked corn, white wheat malt, Cara-Pils, and a little orange peel.  It registered a 1.052 original gravity and it is bubbling in the primary fermentation.  We look forward to the first creamy taste of this lighter beer.

Today’s Workout

One arm rows from bent over position, double arm seated triceps extensions, alternating arm barbell curls with twist, lying dumbbell bench press, and lying dumbbell rows all completed in 3 sets of 10 using 25lb dumbbells.  I completed 100 crunches, 50 squats, 1 min plank, 30 second side bridge plank on each side, 1 minutes high knees, and 2 1/2 miles on stationery bike.  I really wanted to do more, but again I ran out of time.  I am not sore at all.  I think I need to step up my work out.  I talked to an Army Officer that was working out will I was there.  I might try to incorporate some of his routine into mine this week.  I also need to get going earlier so I can complete a long cardio set in my workout.  Tomorrow, I hope to take two group exercise classes along with my (new) workout.

My Workout

My workout today started with squats on the Paramount machine and 145lbs.  I did 3 sets of 15 with just a short break in between sets.  I did the same number of sets, the same weight, and same machine, but with calf raises.  I love leg day.  I moved to the inner thigh Strive machine where I did the same sets with 90 lbs.  I continued the same weight and reps on the Strive outer thigh machine.  Next, I went to the leg extension Strive machine were I stayed with the 90lbs, but only accomplished 3 sets of 10.  I struggled a little on the leg extensions.  I continued leg day with 2 minutes of squat jumps, 20 deep squats, 20 lunges each leg, 20 calf raises, and I finished my workout by taking the Yin Yoga class with Carin as my instructor.  I had never taken a Yoga class before and was not sure what to expect.  Everyone that knows me, knows that I tend to go full speed all the time and I do not still very long.  It was really refreshing to stay in the Yoga posses for an extended amount of time allowing deep muscle stretches.  I was surprising refreshing to take time to relax and stretch my muscles.  Carin was extremely good at giving alternatives or modifications to moves if a new person like me was not comfortable doing some of the moves.  I really loved the one of the hip and side stretches.  I do not know what it was called, but it felt really great especially on leg day.

My Story

I think everyone experiences and looks at everything in their own unique way.  So whether it is fitness, spirituality, work, relaxation or anything else each individual person will perceive it in a different way.  I am hoping whether you agree, disagree or really don’t care someone might get something out of my posts.  Please comment, like, follow, or don’t.