Making goal while biking at work

Today was Bike To Work Day. At least it was in the Bay Area. Did everyone have Bike To Work Day today?

I did not bike to work today for many reasons, including I live more than 20 miles from work (I don’t think you can ride your bike over the Bay Bridge); I would feel very unsafe riding on the streets; I really wouldn’t want to do something like that; and the biggest reason … I don’t have a bike.

On the shuttle ride on the way to work I saw many cyclists. It was pretty cool. There were stations set up all over the Bay Area called Energizer Stations.

Even though I didn’t participate in Bike To Work Day I still biked 19 miles on the spin bike today. After I hit 16 miles I reached my century mile 500-mile goal before the end of the challenge, which closes on Monday.

The challenge was to complete 100 miles in a two-month period walking, running, biking, dancing …

Once I hit 100 I decided to challenge myself and try for 500 miles. At one point I wasn’t sure if I would make it. But I did it today!

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A year ago today …

A year ago today my life changed.

A year ago my company moved from Emeryville to South San Francisco.

 

That move changed my life in many ways. I am surprised I have lasted a year but then I am not surprised. Is that weird?

I now get up for work at 5:30 a.m. Something I never thought I would do. This means I have to go to bed between 9:30 and 10 p.m.

I still drive to the old building in Emeryville and then jump on the shuttle bus, which drives us the 20ish miles to South San Francisco.

Since I don’t drive to work I have become a bag lady: big purse; gym bag; lunch bag; laptop bag.

I have learned how to maximize my working hours and really focus on time management. I now work fewer hours–as in no longer averaging 10-hour work days. I just can’t with my long commute.

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Surviving long weekend in Vegas

We got home from Las Vegas today. We flew out on Wednesday night. We had a great time and with our friends Jen and Dave, too.

When I go on vacation or out of town or whatever I usually know that the healthy eating goes out the window.

Sometimes I can keep the outrageous caloric intake to a minimum. Other times the options are limited or I just don’t want to.

This long weekend I didn’t want to. I wanted to eat crap and delicious food and drinks lots of beer and some fuu-fuu drinks as well with a little wine in there, too.

Hanging out at Ellis Island Casino makes it easy to eat and drinks lots with their Dollar Madness Menu: $1 beers (larger beers were a whole 2 bucks); $1 hot dogs and 5 wings for a buck.

And hanging out watching basketball for hours is, of course, better with beer and bar food!

The couple of times hanging out at the pool I was either having beer or yummy fuu-fuu high calorie frozen drinks.

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Exercise, vegetables and dancing … oh my!

Sorry for the slacking in blogging. But rest assured I have not been slacking in the exercise or the caloric intake department.

Let’s see. What have I been up to since I last blogged on Tuesday …

On Wednesday I walked with some co-workers/friends. It was a small group, but we were/are fierce. The walk started off rather cool. But eventually we were warmed up and feeling good. We walked for an hour. And we were faster than last week. In our first 30 minutes we got farther than we did the week before. I kinda dreaded the hour walk. But once we got going I felt great! Wednesday night I went to Baxter’s Hatha yoga class, which was packed.

Thursday my friend/co-worker and I went out to lunch. We had Chinese food. I had a cup of hot and sour soup and steamed veggies over brown rice. I really wanted kung pao chicken, but I refrained. Thursday afternoon I hit the gym at work. I decided to not spin as the seat is jacked up. (The repair guy is coming tomorrow.) So I walked for about 20 minutes on the treadmill and then did weights and abs for about … Continue reading

Sore, tired body

This will be a short post as I am tired and well, just bleh.

Tuesday night Jenn and I did some weight work on our back and shoulders (among other stuff).

Yesterday I worked from home so I attended the Power Vinyasa yoga class at the studio in my neighborhood. Naushon really had us focus on doing upward dog properly, by pushing our chest forward and our shoulders down.

Between the work on shoulders/back Tuesday night and the yoga class yesterday and the crappy sleep I have gotten the past FOUR nights I woke up today with super sore shoulders and upper back.

I know being sore like this is a good thing as I am working my muscles and getting stronger. But it still is not that comfortable.

(Tonight at the gym I did intervals for spin and a little ab work. I did some stretching of my back and shoulders as well.)

After I got home I took a nice hot shower. Then I slathered my refreshing gel on my shoulders and upper back. I am feeling a little better. I am relaxing while blogging, watching TV, drinking wine and having a dinner of leftovers.

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Working out with friend

 

 

 

My friend Jenn e-mailed the gym girls yesterday to see if we wanted to workout tonight.

It just ended up being Jenn and me. We had fun and a good workout.

We did about 45 minutes. We talked about doing cardio. But there was a spin class going on.

We decided to start with some step ups on the step board. Those things ended up being plenty of cardio. After two sets or did we do three? I was sweaty and huffing and puffing.

We did arms, squats, lunges, abs and the ever so lovely glutes, which were hip extensions and the dirty dog!

Cardio is always a big part of my regular exercise routine and something I want to keep a major focus on. But I have also been making it a goal and effort to get weights in twice a week and more abs as well.

I think this will become a regular occurrence. It’s always easier for me to take a class or exercise with a friend or friends.

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Working out with friends

Tonight I hit my regular gym, In-Shape City, and worked out with Jenn, Monica, Pam and Pam’s daughter, Isabelle.

We did about an hour of body conditioning with arms, some step ups on the step board, squats, lunges, glutes and abs.

We did these crazy butt exercises, which we have done in class before. They are always so painful while doing them and then I never “feel it the next day.”

One is called the dirty dog and the other is hip extension. I feel like my butt is gonna fall off (I wish it would) and I want to cry.

I realize as I list the various exercises we did many were focused on the butt. That is where I need the most work. After that is thighs and hips. And then abs.

It was a good workout and it was fun hanging out with the girls. I hope this becomes a regular occurrence.

I have been trying to get more abs and weights into my workouts. My main focus is cardio and then yoga.

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Taking a walk …

I didn’t get down to the work gym until about 4:20 or so. Twenty minutes later than I really wanted.

(Lately it is more difficult to get down to the gym at 4 and get in an almost 90-minute workout.)

I really wanted to focus on weights and abs today. But I also wanted to do a little cardio. And I really didn’t think I could do an hour of weights and abs. Though I bet I could have.

I walked on the treadmill for about 20 minutes–1 mile and about 100 calories. After that I did about 30 minutes of weights, medicine ball and squats and some abs.

It was nice not to have to feel rushed while doing arms, squats and abs. I did a lot more weights for my arms than I normally do.

Hopefully I will feel my hard work tomorrow.

Oh man, it’s 9 p.m. Gotta start getting ready for bed and finish my dinner … a glass of wine. Yup, one of those days and nights. And I just didn’t have time or energy to make dinner. (Last night I had a bowl of cereal.) My evenings seem to get shorter and shorter …

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Working those guns, endurance and abs … in that order

I went down to the work gym today about 4:15 (later than I wanted, lately something seems to come up at work to push into my exercise time) and the spin bike was being used. First time in about seven months that I have gone down and wanted to use the bike and it wasn’t free.

I decided to reverse my workout and start with arms, then abs and then cardio–if the spin bike became available with enough time to have at least 30 minutes of cardio. And if it wasn’t I would just do an elliptical or treadmill.

As I was finishing working out my arms with some hard core weights (that was a joke) the woman on the espinner was finished with her cardio. Perfect timing.

I jumped on the spin bike and did about 30 minutes of endurance. Once I was done with my cardio I did about 10 minutes of abs.

Then I had about 10 minutes to grab a snack, fill up my water bottle, hit the restroom and jump on the shuttle bus.

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Dragging myself to the gym

I really didn’t want to exercise today. But with the way I have been eating lately …

Today was a busy, but productive day at work. I had a lot of meetings. But I also managed to get a good amount of work done.

I was trying to catch up on a few e-mails when I realized it was 4 p.m. I try to get to the gym at 4 so I can do 45 minutes to an hour of cardio and then 20-30 minutes of weights, abs, stretching, etc.

I ended up getting on the bike a little before 4:30 and did 45 minutes of endurance. That’s about all the endurance routine I can handle.

The endurance workout on the espinner is moderate resistance and moderate speed all in the saddle. It’s a lot of work on the glutes, quads and hamstrings.

I definitely feel a sense of accomplishment when the routine, class, etc. is over. The espinner guy talked about how he looks forward to end of the spin routine because of the endorphin rush, the release and, as I said, the sense of accomplishment.

Seriously, I am just glad it is over with.

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