Wednesday, November 12, 2008

My Road to Wellness - Part 1

The road to wellness starts with a giant leap. Since snapping my achilles tendon and injuring my back (resulting in 2 herniated discs), my overall physical fitness level has declined......and thus, so has my self confidence and internal happiness. It's been a real struggle to see the almost 30 extra pounds that I have accumulated reap havoc on my body and appearance. I am hoping to continue my dedication to my road to wellnes by blogging about it. Just the idea that one person might read my progress (or lack there of, *gulp*) is very motivating to me. So, with that, I'll be periodically sharing my progress on my blog.

We (Brad and I) have recently hired a personal trainer to help jump start our road to wellness. Brian's technique uses multiple moves to work different muscle groups, while also improving the strength of your core. This is exactly what I needed! In order to combat my daily back pain, I know I need to focus on my core muscles to help strengthen my back. After just 3 sessions, I can actually feel it back doesn't ache as much. Now, I don't know if this is because everything else is aching, but I'd like to think not.

I've never been motivate to lift weights or work out beyond just doing cardio. So, it's no surprise that these workouts are kicking my ass. They are very difficult, but have been very rewarding thus far. We work out with Brian on Tuesday and Friday evenings, so usually we are dying on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. :) We have the convenience of working out in the gym in our building, so we have no excuse!
I have an overall weight goal of losing roughly 30 pounds. So far, only one has been shed, but it's a move in the right direction though. We are taking a vacation in March, so I'm hoping to have dropped 12-15 pounds by then so I can actually enjoy laying on the beach in St. Thomas. AND, be able to wear about 15 pairs of pants in my closet that I currently cannot about expanding your wardrobe!
Hopefully you enjoy this journey with road to wellness.

Monday, November 03, 2008

My New Pet Peeve

Okay, today was a breakthrough day. I have discovered my new pet peeve. My long standing peeve has always been and will always be slow people in the salad bar line. However, this ranks right up there.

Are you ready???? Okay, people who take the elevator to go down one floor about send my nerves through the roof! I mean, are you kidding me? Today, I was taking our elevator down to the lobby in our building on my way to work. I was a little late, so I was in a little bit of a hurry I suppose. I was the last one on and everyone was going down to the lobby as well. So, the elevator starts moving and stops on the 1st floor.

Okay, I'm processing that the button was not pushed while I was in the elevator, so it was clearly someone getting on, rather than getting off. Two things popped into my head: 1) either this person better be on crutches or old, or 2) going down to the lower garage level.

A lovely little lady gets on the elevator. Hmmmmm, she appears healthy.....totally fit for walking down a flight of stairs.......yes, she must be going to the garage level. Sure shootin', wouldn't you know it that the hag got off on the lobby level?

What the hell? The stairwell is right next to the elevator, and Miss Princess decides that she needs to stop the elevator full of people because she needs to go down one floor. The nerve! ;) It just kind of speaks volumes about our society though. Everyone's always looking for the easy way out. Or we are looking for ways to just be plain ol' laaaaaaaaaaazy.

Do I always take the stairs? Ummmm, no. But, I sure as hell would not be caught dead taking an elevator one embarrassing!

What do you guys think? Am I just crazy?