Tuesday, August 7, 2012

signed our lives away....


joined a gym. 

that's right. we joined up at gold's to work on our fitness. i am so stoked. we have both been wanting to join up at gold's for a while, but kept putting it off...we finally bit the bullet when we got a card in the mail with a coupon to join for $1. how could we refuse? dave went on his day off to check out the gym and to talk to them about joining. he called me later and told me about all of the amenities and the packages they offered. 

when i got off work, we headed up there to find out if we really wanted to join. i was ready to wheel and deal (i wasn't sure they would let us both sign up for a buck with just one coupon) but they were eager to have our business. we signed up almost immediately. we walked around and checked out the gym and i was really starting to get excited. 

we were signed up to meet with a personal trainer the next week to find out what our fitness goals were and where we needed/wanted to be. 

i have been wanting to join a gym not only to enhance my derby, but to lose a bit of weight. before we got married, and when i hit my mid twenties, i packed on a few pounds. i had also added beer to my diet and stopped being so active, so i know all of these things were factors in my weight gain. 

we met with a personal trainer last night. she went over our diets, sleep habits, personal goals and also did a skin fold test on us to determine our body fat percentage. i was pleasantly surprised when she told me that i was at 25% body fat. (average) WOW! here i thought that i was 'overweight'.... now i feel bad for all of the times i called myself fat. while i am not where i want to be physically, this makes me see that just changing my eating habits and working out more will help me attain the body i had 2 years ago, when i weighed 130 and was 5' 6" and didn't drink beer. (only liquor)

we also talked about diet. i told her that i was counting calories. i have been using myfitnesspal.com (find me here)and the iPhone app off and on for about a year now. she told me it was great that i was tracking my calories. i think i am going to be more strict about using it for now on. we talked about what is good for me to eat and when to eat it. we decided that my biggest meals should be either breakfast or lunch. (this makes sense anyways because then i will have longer to burn off the calories.) lately, i have been eating a lot of baked chicken breasts seasoned naturally with lemon pepper and lemon juice. SOGOOD. i either pair it with a salad and ranch, or steamed mixed veggies. i do put sea salt on my veggies, but not too much.

we also talked about how i should work out. i told her what i had been doing since joining and she said that everything i was doing was fine, she would just change the order and she suggested that i change over to the free weights. she told me that the first 20 mins of working out, you burn off your food. then you go to burn off fat...she also told me that the best fat burning/calorie burning machine they had was the elliptical. i am so glad because that is my favorite thing to use there. it's so easy to zone out and just get shit done.

my typical work-out routine will be this for the first month or so:

warm up:
stretch legs, back, arms and neck
10 mins on incumbent stationary

weight training:
3 reps of 10 ea.

shoulder press machine
inclined bench press machine
seated bicep curl machine
leg curl machine
hip abductor machine (inner and outer)
seated leg press machine
free weight squats
free weight arm curls

elliptical interval training (probably a full hour)
cool-down jog on the treadmill (10 mins or one mile)

i am going to try to switch it up as much as possible to keep my muscles on their toes. i'm also not going to stop doing my p90x...i just won't do it every day, of course, but i want to keep my muscles confused. i will of course, still attending derby practice 2-3 times a week. the cool thing about derby is we do burn about 1300 calories on average at a really good, intense practice. (i confirmed this with the trainer) i am committing myself to go to the gym any day that i do not have roller derby practice. i will have one rest day. if i am not going to the gym, i am wasting my money. (this is a great incentive.)

i thought when i joined roller derby, i would automatically start to lose weight. ha! was i wrong. not only did a gain a little (muscle gain) i didn't even begin to lose any... my hips got bigger for sure. (i'm only half complaining about that) i definitely became more serious about my derby once i landed on a home team. now i am also on our B travel team, so i knew i really had to step-up my off-skates work outs. 

if i want to be the ultimate derby player that i can be, i need to cross-train more. i am finally realizing this. i am so excited to start living more healthily. i am ready to see results, but i know that i may not see weight gone, but instead inches. i am OK with that.

**i am writing about my fitness plans and goals on here to keep myself accountable. it's public and everyone can see it. i feel this will make me exercise more and i will reach my goals. plus, it will be a great way to track my progress, no?**

Thursday, August 2, 2012

take me out to the ball game...

free tickets to the ranger game? yes, please! my grandma passed us some tickets and asked us to take my cousin and brother. we really had a great time with them and the rangers won! it was hot as Hades, but we tried not to let that get us down... 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

before muttley got his balls chopped

haha. please forgive the vulgar title. that's what dave and i keep calling it though. muttley got fixed this past saturday. the day before (friday) we thought we should take him to the lake with us. we grabbed a 6 pack and a blanket (and some hot cheetos) and headed to our favorite spot by the water. dave tied muttley up to a rope which was tied to a tree. long story short, he got off of his leash (the collar came unclasped) and some lady threatened to mace him! i don't blame her for initially being spooked by some random dog running up to her, but dave was right behind him (barefoot) and already apologizing. muttley sat when dave told him to and just looked at said lady's dog wagging his tail. she yelled at dave "your dog is about to get a face full of this!" as she waved her mace wildly in the air. i yelled that we were sorry and that he meant them no harm. she kept yelling and said that her dog had been attacked 3 times.... OK. your dog has been attacked 3 times? sounds like that's YOUR fault. i told her we were sorry, and said "you don't have to be rude, lady!" she yelled back, "your dog hasn't been attacked 3 times!" so i yelled "that's because my dog isn't a pussy, you hippie bitch!". there in which she promptly walked off. had she maced my dog, i would have hip checked her into the lake. don't mess with my baby! he didn't do ANYTHING wrong but be curious about your stank ass little mutt. i'm sorry i called you a hippie. i like hippies... you were a bitch. i hope you stepped into a big pile of dog shit on your way home. and i hope it was your little bastard dog's shit. and it ruined your favorite pair of rope sandals. stupid lady. aside from that drama, we really did have a great time. muttley found lots of stuff to dig out of the bushes and chew on and we finished our brews in silence. the next day, muttley was fixed and now he is mad at us for having to wear the cone of shame. the moment he walked out of the room with the vet, i felt so bad for him. he was so happy to see me! he walked all wonky like over to me in his drug induced happiness. sweet little guy. when i got him home, he just stood staring. he does this a lot with the cone on. i think he is trying to think of a way to get comfy. we have been cheating a bit and letting him walk around without it while we are home and watching him. i don't think he gets much sleep at night because it's hard for him to lay down. he is also not eating as much. i think he misses his balls.  his incision is healing up well and he can stop wearing the cone next  tuesday. i can't wait for my baby to start feeling better. 

frequently asked question....


"when are y'all going to have kids??!!"

being a newlywed, it's a question i get (we get) asked quite often. truth is, i'd be happy with having one now, but, realistically, we aren't in the best place to have one yet. (financially). i think we have a lot of growing up left to do. i am pretty selfish. i have my roller derby, my friends, my family, my husband and me. i like my me time. i like my time i spend with friends. i love my time when i go to derby practice and i knock the shit out of people after a long day at work. i'm not saying i wouldn't be able to do those things at all, but having a child would make those things much more difficult. plus, i am not ready for the 9 month derby injury!

but i do want kids. like now. everyone i know is having kids. every day i log into facebook i see another girl from high school is expecting. it's hard not to feel left out. or, left behind. it's weird that i feel left out, at least, i think it is. i could totally get pregnant right now if we really wanted to, but we know that we need to wait a little longer. we are trying to do what is best for us.... and a potential kiddo.

people always say 'you'll never really be ready'... i know, i want to be kid-free just a little longer.