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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Who says you can't go home?

Who Says You Can't go Home - Bon Jovi
Who says you can't go home? There's only one place they call me one of their own. Just a hometown boy, born a rolling stone, who says you can't go home? Who says you can't go back? Been all around the world and as a matter of fact, there's only one place left I want to go, who says you can't go home? It's alright, it's alright, it's alright, it's alright, its alright. I went as far as I could, I tried to find a new face, there isn't one of these lines that I would erase. I lived a million miles of memories on that road with every step I take I know that I'm not alone you take the home from the boy, but not the boy from his home. These are my streets, the only life I've ever known, who says you can't go home?

Who says you can't go home? After my bat-shit insane moment of decide I was going to run a marathon, I thought about where to run one. Did I want to go to Cali? Phoenix? Somewhere local? Instead, I decided I wanted my friends & family to be there, so the Vermont City Marathon it is.

On top of that, I decided I needed a vacation. LA and Vegas called my name.... but I finally decided on going to Vermont for a long weekend (almost a week) with family and my best friend. I can't think of a better way to relax and spend my time off. There will be lots of laughter, getting my hair done, shopping, laughter, family and friends. Did I mention laughter? And a new puppy... who's stolen everyone's heart at home.

And my best friend. My amazing best friend. I say it often, but I mean it, I would be absolutely lost without her. We've been through it ALL together. From the heartbreak to laughter to everything in between. The other day she said "I was thinking while mowing the lawn, I could run to the play list on my iPod". I said "ohhh like a 5k? DO IT WITH ME!!!", half thinking she would tell me I'm nuts. But she didn't, and before long, I was sending her the Couch to 5K (C25K) running plan. Yesterday, with her son in tow (er..stroller...yelling "run mana run!")... she started her 1st training. I'm humbled and grateful that she is my best friend. And I couldn't be more excited to know she'll be crossing the finish line with me in November. (Christa, you'll leave us in the dust!!!) ... we might be gasping for breath, but I'll be crossing the line arm in arm with my best friend.

I'm going home in October for vacation. I'm going home in November for my first Thanksgiving in Vermont in 7 years, and I'll be home for Christmas. I'm so grateful that I work from home and my job is allowing me to work from home, in Vermont. Miss Lily will be with her cat-sitter, eventually maybe she'll be able to make the trips with me on the plane. Maybe. Possibly. (Am I that brave?)

So...who says you can't go home?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Drift Away

Drift Away - Uncle Kracker

And when my mind is free, you know a melody can move me, and when I'm feeling blue the guitar's coming through to soothe me, Thanks for the joy that you're given me, I want you to know I believe in your song. Your rythm and rhyme and harmony you've helped me along, makin' me strong. Oh, give me the beat, boys, and free my soul I want to get lost in your rock and roll and drift away.  

Music is where it's at in my life most of the time. I listen to Pandora all day every day at work. I have a robust, diverse iPod playlist, and I'm willing to listen to most anything someone suggests to me. I find that hard, angry music is great for running. Slower, but with a good beat helps me in my weight circuit training. Slower is better with lifting - so anything too upbeat gets me in trouble. I need to put together a new playlist for running though. Maybe this weekend I'll work on it.

I keep meaning to write about my workouts as a few people have asked - so here goes. Monday, Wed and Friday are cardio for warm up and weight circuit days, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday are running/cardio days. Although I'm thinking about taking Saturday's off and going to Sunday/Tuesday/Thursday. running plan.

Cardio/Weight Circuit:
  • 20 mins cardio (treadmill or the evil elliptical)
  • Core Workout - I vary this up between all of these, usually 3-4 exercise, and I do them twice. Reps in parentheses. The 1st 3 work the upper abs, the last 3, the lower abs.
    • Medicine Ball twists - side to side seated twists w/ a 6-7lb medicine ball (25)
    • Crunches (25)
    • Sit-ups with 6-7lb medicine ball (25)
    • Taps - laying on back, knees bent, tapping to floor (25)
    • Bicycle - laying on back, knees bent, extend each leg (low to ground) alternately (25)
    • "Holy Crap" (My nickname!) - Lay on back, legs up in the air, raise hips up (1/2" -1" - not very far) (25)
    • Modified planks - on forearms and knees, pulling in stomach (2) - 30 seconds each
  • Free weights - I do 2 sets of each
    • Straight arm raise (out to side) 10lb dumbbell  (15)
    • Bicep Curls 12lb dumbbell (15)
    • Tricep Extension - grab dumbbell with both hands behind head/neck and raise up/down. 5lb (15)
    • Tricep Extension #2 - 7.5 dumbbell. Arm at side, push back (15)
    • Lower back/quad/hamstrings work. 15lb dumbbell, knees shoulder width apart, bend over, sticking butt out, push down heels and stand up, squeezing glutes. 1 set of 15. Next, same thing, but push down with toes. 1 set of 15
  • Legs - weight machines
    • Curls - 40lbs. Laying on stomach, kicking calves up, feet flexed. 2 sets of 15
    • Leg Press - 120lb, 160lb, 180lb - 1 set of 15 per weight
  • Arms - weight machines
    • Pull downs - 60lb - seated leaning back, pulling all the way down to chest, extending back. 2 reps of 15
    • Other pull downs - 40lb - standing, pull bar down as far as it will go, with arms at side, pull up, and back down, arms never leaving side (works triceps) 2 sets of 15
    • Chest Press 60 lb - seated - pressing out - 2 sets of 15
And then I die a little. I usually up my weights, or reps every few weeks. Right now I'm pretty comfortable, but not too comfortable with the weights. I think I'm going to ask to up to 3 sets of each. we'll see.

Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday (or Sunday) is doing the Couch to 5k Program.... I'll write more about that later.

So that's my workout ...for now. I should add - I do core work daily now, at home (reminds me, I need a mat!) So I pick a few of the core exercises above and do them, trying to alternate upper and lower abs day to day. I need to get some dumbbells for the house too to work on my arms more. I'm Wii Boxing a lot - between that and the ab workout - I feel pretty accomplished daily!

 Oh, give me the beat, boys, and free my soul I want to get lost in your rock and roll and drift away. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Disturbia - Rihanna
It's a thief in the night to come and grab you. It can creep up inside you and consume you. A disease of the mind, it can control you, I feel like a monster. Throw on your brake lights, we're in the city of wonder. Ain't gonna play nice, watch out, you might just go under, better think twice your train of thought will be altered. So if you must faulter be wise your mind is in disturbia. It's like the darkness is the light, disturbia, am I scaring you tonight? Disturbia, ain't used to what you like. Disturbia

This is one of my new fave workout songs. I can listen to it a few times in a row on the treadmill or on the track.

I've been bad (again) about blogging. I need to get better - I feel like I'm too dull though. I'll be better! I need to write about my new ab workout. Holy wow... it's no joke! I love it though. I was a little sore in the days after, but now it's getting easier. It's not EASY but it's not bad!

My mom, Aunt, and apparently my Dad are starting our own challenge. Details to be determined, but I'm excited they are all on board. I'll be in Vermont for Thanksgiving and Christmas - and will hopefully be running my 1st 5k in Middlebury! EXCITED!

So other than feeling boring, my only other "excitement" is trying to decide where to go on vacation. LA/Vegas, FLA Keys, or Vermont are the options now. All have their pros and cons!


This song... is worthy of it's own post. Living our lives out loud... I'm leaving it at that, for personal reasons.

"Someday" - Rob Thomas

You can go
You can start all over again
You can try to find a way to make another day go by
You can hide
Hold all your feelings inside
You can try to carry on when all you want to do is cry

And maybe someday
We'll figure all this out
Try to put an end to all our doubt
Try to find a way to make things better now and
Maybe someday we'll live our lives out loud
We'll be better off somehow

Now wait
And try to find another mistake
If you throw it all away then maybe you can change your mind
You can run, oh
And when everything is over and done
You can shine a little light on everything around you
Man it's good to be someone


And I don't want to wait
I just want to know
I just want to hear you tell me so
Give it to me straight
Tell it to me slow

Cause maybe someday
We'll figure all this out
We'll put an end to all our doubt
Try to find a way to just feel better now and
Maybe someday we'll live our lives out loud
We'll be better off somehow

Cause sometimes we don't really notice
Just how good it can get
So maybe we should start all over
Start all over again

Thursday, September 2, 2010


Wrong - Martina McBride
Wrong baby wrong baby wrong, it ain’t the end of the world. Don’t you worry pretty girl cause now that he’s gone baby gone baby gone you got nothing to lose. Count the minutes if you want to it won’t be long baby long baby long 'til you find somebody new. Come on now everyone falls down everyone crawls now and then. Then they get up again. You cry if you want to that’s what we all do. But if you think you’ll never move on you’re wrong baby. 

Wow... so I should write an entire blog about dating...no, crappy dating. Er, crappy dates and creepy guys! Part of the list? Let's see... guys who are intimidated by my career, and that seem to think I'm "spoiled" because I've chosen not to have kids and get to travel and have fun and go and do when I want, guys with BAD shoes (and shoelaces and a sweater you'd wear to a bad sweater party) that are clingy.... and now the latest? A stalker. Yay. A stalker of my VERY own. I'm wondering if the convent is a good choice now.

I'm not letting it get me down... but really, it's not fun.

I've been bad at updating this - feeling like I'm censoring myself... and I have been. I'm trying not to - but I am. It's crappy blah drivel - but still censoring.

And the big news..... I was in a funk yesterday and decided to do a weigh in a week early... and thus, had to do measurements.... Officially down 22lbs and 22.5". The inches shocks me, but at the same time, a lot is in my arms and legs, and I've been working them like crazy.

Next week...more core work. I'm pretty sure my trainer giggled a little (you know, if he was a giggling kind of guy) when I said "can I have more core week, like...a lot more". So...here's to more core, more running (really, I hate that....), and more arm work. I'm kind of obsessed with my arms lately. I love love love seeing definition and my arms/hands shaking when I'm done.

Mom & Dad came down this week to visit and bring down a dresser and chair my grandparents had given me. Seeing their reaction to how I look was priceless for me. They hadn't seen me in almost 4 months... and it will be another 6-8 weeks (maybe more) till I'm in VT again - so that should be another interesting reaction. Another favorite reaction was my gf here in VA saying "I keep meaning to tell you this - you're shrinking... you can tell - and you're happier than the 1st time I saw you when you moved here, lots happier". And I am. I just have to remember that.

Come on now everyone falls down everyone crawls now and then. Then they get up again. You cry if you want to that’s what we all do. But if you think you’ll never move on you’re wrong baby.