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June Fitness: progress, not perfection.

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If you’ve been around Compendium before, you know my goal: To be a good steward of this body God has blessed me with.

Because my personal fitness history shows I can’t be trusted and that I desperately need the motivation of accountability, I put my June fitness goals out here on the internet and have been blogging, facebooking and tweeting my progress.

How did I do? I didn’t meet all my goals.

again.

But I’m STRONGER than I was a month ago!

June Totals
6.5% Incline Miles Walked: 52 – GOAL!
Strength Training/Yoga Days: 0 (FAIL. NOT. ONE. DAY. Sad and pitiful.)
2 Minute Planks: 30 – GOAL!
Back Extensions: 300 – GOAL!
BOSU Pushups: 300 – GOAL!
Tricep Reps: 315 – EXCEEDED GOAL BY 15!
Oblique Crunches: 205 (not on the goal list, just working on the love handles)
Days Supplements Taken: 16 (14 days short of goal)
Fruit Servings: 34 (26 short of goal)

(See the daily JUNE ENTRIES HERE)

I’ve just about decided on July’s goals and I’ve decided I need to shorten the window of accountability from a month to a week, so I’ve also decided to join Ragamuffin Soul (Carlos Whitaker) and An Idol Heart (Grant Jenkins) in their 12 week quest to “get their sexy back.”

They’re asking for WEEKLY check-ins. It appears I need that, or I may continue in my pattern of slacking an entire week and flippin KILLING myself to make it up. I’m slightly stubborn.

(“sexyback11?” I know. Guys can relate ANYthing to sex, even exercise and dieting) Kind of annoying that every post is supposed to have the “sexyback11″ hashtag. I have to override my computer’s parental controls EVERY time I read someone’s sexyback11 update.)

June 30, 2011 Posted by | exercise, fight the frump, health, intentional living, laugh!, microactions, poor me some whine, status updates | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

eek! only two days left…

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to meet my June fitness goals!

If you’ve been around Compendium before, you know my goal: To be a good steward of this body God has blessed me with.

Here’s
(1) where I am and
(2) what I need to do within the next two days if I have ANY hope of meeting my goals:

June Totals as of 6/28
Incline Miles Walked: 46 (need 6 more miles)
Strength Training/Yoga Days: 0 (need 8 – obviously not gonna happen)
2 Minute Planks: 26 (need 4 more)
Back Extensions: 265 (need 35 more)
BOSU Pushups: 250 (need 50 more)
Tricep Reps: 280 (need 20 more)
Oblique Crunches: 180 (not on the goal list, just working on the love handles)
Days Supplements Taken: 15 (didn’t make this goal, seriously, how hard is this?)
Fruit Servings: 28 (wanted to be at 60 for the month)

(See the daily JUNE ENTRIES HERE)

I’m already thinking about July’s goals and I’m thinking about joining Ragamuffin Soul (Carlos Whitaker) and An Idol Heart (Grant Jenkins) in their 12 week quest to “get their sexy back.”

(it would seem that guys can relate ANYthing to sex, even exercise and dieting) I have to override my computer’s parental controls every time I read someone’s update because they’re using the hashmark “sexyback11″ on everything!

June 29, 2011 Posted by | exercise, fight the frump, health, intentional living, laugh!, microactions, poor me some whine, status updates | , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

fitness update: 6/24/11

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If you’ve been around Compendium before, you know my goal: To be a good steward of this body God has blessed me with.

I fell behind on my fitness goals this past week and woke up determined to devote much of my day to catching up a little. It wore me down, but with God’s help, I got through it.

Today (06/24/11)
Walked 7 miles in three separate stints of 2 miles, 3 miles and 2 miles,
3 two minute planks,
30 BOSU push-ups,
45 tricep reps,
45 back extensions,
45 oblique crunches
(See ALL JUNE ENTRIES HERE)

June Totals as of 6/24
Incline Miles Walked: 35 (should be at 42)
Flat Miles Walked: 2
Strength Training/Yoga Days: 0 (should be at 6)
2 Minute Planks: 18 (should be at 24)
Back Extensions: 215 (should be at 240)
BOSU Pushups: 170 (should be at 240)
Tricep Reps: 200 (should be at 240)
Oblique Crunches: 115 each side (not on the goal list, just working on the love handles)
Days Supplements Taken: 13 (should be at 16)
Fruit Servings: 28 (should be at 32)

June 24, 2011 Posted by | exercise, fight the frump, health, intentional living, laugh!, microactions, poor me some whine, status updates | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

exercise make-up day: 4:11pm

Check out this morning’s “exercise make-up day: 10:47am” post to see how the morning went…

2:41pm
arrrgg. I got on the treadmill too late to complete my next 2 miles. I’m only at 1.39 miles (in 24 minutes). Have to leave the house to pick up PinkGirl from play rehearsal and finish up when I get back.
But I’m okay with that. I could have looked at the clock and blown off the 1.39 miles because I couldn’t finish my goal of walking 2.

3:34pm
Back on the treadmill as soon as I returned home. Finished up that 2nd mile . . . and, since I was already on the treadmill, I added another mile.

4:07pm
Finished my second “make-up” set of strength training exercises for the day.
10 BOSU push-ups,
15 tricep reps,
15 back extentions,
15 oblique crunches.

Running Total for Today: Walked 5 interval, (6.5) incline miles, 20 BOSU push-ups, 30 tricep reps, 30 back extentions, 30 oblique crunches…(so far, day’s not over!)

Got to get some more “real” work done before 5pm. Then, round three!

Who else is working on being a good steward of these bodies God has blessed us with today?

June 24, 2011 Posted by | exercise, fight the frump, health, intentional living, microactions, poor me some whine, status updates | , , , , , | Leave a comment

exercise make-up day: 10:47am

8:30am – Declaration!
I’ve slacked all week on being a good steward of this body God has blessed me with.

Didn’t want to, but got dressed in workout clothes first thing. Today must be a catch up day. MUST.
The plan is to nick away at it all day. at least 6 miles, two at a time. along with the push-ups, tricep kickbacks, back extensions and oblique crunches.

there. I’ve typed it out loud. now I have to do it.

10:25am – accountability update
Two (6.5) incline miles down. (interval miles, even!)
TMI: if I’m going to spread these workouts over my entire day, I’m gonna need to include showers in the plan. “glistening” is for wimps.

10:47 – accountability update
10 BOSU push-ups,
15 tricep reps,
15 back extentions,
15 oblique crunches.

Got to get some “work” work done now. Then, round two!

Who else is working on being a good steward of these bodies God has blessed us with today?

June 24, 2011 Posted by | exercise, fight the frump, health, intentional living, microactions, poor me some whine, status updates | , , , , , | 1 Comment

PinkGirl’s conundrum: curiosity vs. aversion to learning

Nothing like a new washing machine to make me feel compelled to clean my laundry room…

Last night:
I’m currently observing the “no helping, no complaining” rule of our household.
Round One: Two guys vs. an outgoing dead washing machine.
Round Two: Two guys vs. an incoming craigslist washing machine.
I just have two questions: Where’s my camcorder? and
Is AFV still on the air or is it just in reruns?

Later:
I decided to keep my distance lest I be recruited. I’m no dummy.

A little later:
PinkGirl, inspecting our “new” top load washer: “Mom, I don’t understand this. How does it work?”
Me: “oh, don’t worry, I’ll teach you!”
(I am SO glad to have a top load washer again! Now, when I need to throw in just one more thing, I can get the door open! and if someone accidentally washes an ipod, we can fish it out before it goes through the entire wash cycle while we stand helplessly by and watch it.)

Even later:
PinkGirl just opened the new top load washing machine to watch it spin and it came to a stop: “Mom, I still don’t get it. How does it actually CLEAN the clothes?”
Me: (it was 10:15pm for cryin out loud): “Ask your dad.”
PinkGirl, under her breath: “I really don’t want to hear ‘geek talk’ right now.”

This morning:
This morning PinkGirl asked me AGAIN how our new top load washer cleans the clothes.
Me: “you know, I got two comments on facebook suggesting you look it up yourself.”
PinkGirl: “I don’t wanna LEARN! It’s SUMMER!”
Me: “Then why are you asking questions?”
PinkGirl: “cuz I’m bored.”
Me: “oh, I can help you with THAT.”

June 24, 2011 Posted by | family, laugh!, learning curve, pragmatic commotion, status updates, wise buys | , , | 2 Comments

if I can’t work, I might as well sing.

yesterday:
trying to code merge forms for a client. clearly, I need diet coke and gum.

yo, cat: get your face OFF of my keyboard. bum.

this morning:
PinkGirl and FavoriteSon out of the house: check.
quiet, with “no interruption” potential: check.
Diet Coke: check.
gum: check.
client server access: sigh. their gateway is down.
prayer journal: check.

this afternoon:
come on computer. MAN up!
I need to open another program now, so don’t be such a little girl!
Lord. Momma needs a new computer. Please, please bless me with more compensated work. A firm-wide client computer upgrade project would be EXCELLENT.

computer. you disappoint me. just reboot already.

later this afternoon:
Bad: Reinstalling software.
Good: $10 Software Download Insurance I bought.
Bad: My computer really needs to be completely wiped & reloaded, not just this 1 software program.
Good: Trying to focus on the good, because the thought of completely reinstalling my main work computer…don’t want to think about it.
Could be worse, so THANK YOU LORD that I have a no cost, although time intensive, option & backup computers!

a few minutes ago:
alright. who filled up my inbox when I wasn’t looking?
(please do NOT send me an email telling me YOU did)
Down to 1,418. don’t judge me.

Between multiple reboots, troubleshooting, uninstalling and reinstalling software – not to mention client server problems, I obviously wasn’t accomplishing much work using the computer, I decided to play this week’s praise team music on repeat all day while I waited. I think I might know these songs now…

June 21, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“a jacket is like wearing a hug.”

One of my yoga buddies said that. Thank you Kathy for that gem.

This week, it’s been in the 90s with a heat index pushing into the 100s.

So is it weird that I’m so tired I want to turn the air conditioning down to 60 and curl up in my old navy fleece jacket with a cat in my lap and listen to the rain?

Going to PinkGirl’s dance show at 7pm instead.

Then taking the kids to Del Taco because they’ve been NAGGING me to take them all week. (do yourself a favor and do NOT Google Del Taco nutritional information. seriously)

Then taking FavoriteSon to Walmart to get him a fishing license because he’s turned 16 since he last went fishing.

Then can I come home and do nothing?

June 17, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

three clues.

I admit it. I am tired. The hubs has been out of town since Sunday and I haven’t slept well. Combine that with the fact that I was the only on-duty go-to parent 24-7 all week and my children have worn me as thin as a 10 year old flip flop. I. am. tired.

Here’s what I will be unable to respond to with grace today:
entitlement.
sarcasm.
yeahbuts. (excuses)

So if you witness me abruptly end an interpersonal interaction with with someone today, I just gave you three clues as to why.

The customer rep from Wells Fargo didn’t see it coming. I wonder if it matters that her sarcasm was recorded “for my protection.”

She thought I was trapped. That I had to do whatever she said, no matter how time consuming or task intensive on my part. She operated on the assumption that I had no other options and that she was under no obligation to give me any reasons. Because she didn’t explain anything – from why any of the steps were necessary to what would happen after each step, she left me with the impression that she was following a checklist. A checklist she didn’t understand.

Left me with NO confidence in her authority. The fact that she was condescending and sarcastic only strengthened my impression that she was insecure in that authority.

After she was finished telling me every step I had to do in order to access my account information now that my accounts have been switched from Wachovia, I told her I was going to table the process and take the weekend to think about whether I wanted to continue banking with Wells Fargo.

I think she was surprised. She actually stopped talking for a few seconds and then gave me a “yes, but…”

Since she was still exhibiting the same poor listening skills, I repeated myself, encouraged her to have a great weekend and freed myself from the conversation.

ahhhhh.

This isn’t my main checking account. I use it for convenience. Not so convenient right now. There’s nothing special about their services. And in order for me to be their customer I have to jump through a bunch of hoops. And I’m tired. No hoop jumping for me today, especially when the jumping instructions are being barked at me from someone who’s lost my confidence and respect. After I get some rest, I’ll probably decide to call back again. I’m betting I’ll get a different customer service rep the next time I call. If sarcasm and a condescending attitude are served up a second time…

buh. bye.

June 17, 2011 Posted by | poor me some whine, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment

fitness update: 6/16/11

exercise-log

If you’ve been around Compendium before, you know my goal: To be a good steward of this body God has blessed me with.

Picking Up FirstHusband from the airport at 4:30pm. THANK YOU GOD. He’s been gone since Sunday and my children have worn me as thin as a 10 year old flip flop.

I fell 2 more miles behind on the walking today. I have no good excuse. Not even gonna try to make one up or lie to myself. Just poor time management.

BUT. I DID meet my other daily fitness goals today:

06/16/11 – 1 two minute plank, 10 BOSU push-ups, 10 tricep reps, 10 back extensions, 10 oblique crunches (See ALL JUNE ENTRIES HERE)

June Totals as of 6/16
Incline Miles Walked: 24 (should be at 32)
Flat Miles Walked: 2
Strength Training/Yoga Days: 0 (should be at 4)
2 Minute Planks: 13 (should be at 16)
Back Extensions: 150 (should be at 160)
BOSU Pushups: 140 (should be at 160)
Tricep Reps: 155 (should be at 160)
Oblique Crunches: 70 each side (not on the goal list, just working on the love handles)
Days Supplements Taken: 11 (should be at 16)
Fruit Servings: 19 (should be at 32)

June 17, 2011 Posted by | exercise, fight the frump, health, intentional living, laugh!, microactions, poor me some whine, status updates | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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