Monday, June 30, 2008

The workout that wasn't...

Not much to report as far as workouts are concerned. Friday I had some family obligations and couldn't squeeze in any workouts. Saturday I had class all day. Luckily, we finished up our round of business decisions by 5 pm and got to leave earlier than normal. The in-laws were at the house when I made it home, so no workouts in the pm.

Sunday, I woke up at 6:10 am in order to have time to feed the baby before heading over to the pool. I got my swimming gear and made it to the pool by 7 am. It was dreary and cloudy, but at least there was no thunder or threat of rain. I had decided that this week, I would only allow a 30 second rest between laps so that I could get a better workout.

I swiped my access card on the pool gate and heard the "beep!". I pulled the handle of the gate and nothing. I tried the access card again and again - the door wouldn't give. I tried one more time to make sure I wasn't losing it. Ugh! So, I made the trek back home and told the hubby that I would get in a run/walk instead. However, the kiddo really, really didn't want me to leave the house again. I tried to bargain with her, but it didn't work. So, I ended up walking for about 25 minutes while she rode her bike. Ummm, she's 3, so I wouldn't exactly call it a workout. We might have gone a mile, but definitely no more. I tried to "race" her, just to get her to go fast enough for a brisk walk. Toward the end she was pooped and I had to push her bike the rest of the way. Hahaha...I guess I made her go a bit too far and too fast, but hey, she slept really well last night!

So that was it. I only have a short window of time to use to workout and that was it. I did get in a Slim in Six workout while the hubby took the kiddo to the pool and the baby was in the bouncy seat. I really, really wanted to take a nap though. :-)

Swim - didn't happen
Walk - 25 minutes slow
Si6 - 24 minutes

Thursday, June 26, 2008


Feeling a bit blah and not in the mood to blog today. Hell, I really didn't feel like working out today...but I did. All I can say is that starting over with the running sucks. True story.

Workout Stats
AM - "Running", 1 1/2/1 intervals
PM - Si6, 24 minutes

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Misc Shiznit, part II

Well, we are in the option period in selling the old house. We have earnest money, we have a contract and the house passed inspection! WOOHOO! Of course, I am scared to get too excited until we close on the 18th!

In other news, the baby is growing so fast! Can you believe it's almost been 8 weeks? He's outgrown any newborn clothes and some of his 0-3 months onesies are even getting tight. He has a check-up next week, so we'll see how much he's grown. He is now smiling a lot! I love it when the hubby and I talk to him and his face lights up with a big 'ol grin!!! Here's a picture taken a few weeks ago.

The kiddo will be out of school for the summer beginning on Monday...if anyone out there has any ideas for activities to keep her busy during the day, please let me know. I figured we'd be heading to the pool, the playground, movies, play board games, do puzzles, etc. I just want to keep her busy and make it fun, since I will probably not have this much time off with her ever again!

No workouts Capstone group had to meet up to work on our project. Joy. It's my last semester, it's my last semester...if I repeat that enough, it makes the semester a little better, lol.



AM - Neighborhood bike ride - 30 minutes

PM - Si6 - 24 minutes

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Workout Update

Thursday, 6/19
AM - Treadmill, 1/1 intervals - 20 minutes
AM - Slim-in-Six workout - 24 minutes

Friday, 6/20
AM - Treadmill, 1/1 intervals - 20 minutes
PM - Si6 - 24 minutes

Saturday, 6/21
No workout - school day!

Sunday, 6/22
AM - Swim - 350 meters (getting better!)
PM - Si6 - 24 minutes

Monday, 6/23
AM - Si6 - 24 minutes
PM - Brisk walk w/neighborhood chicas - 70 minutes

Tuesday, 6/24
TBD - had to spend AM workout time cleaning out back flower beds!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Save the ta-tas!! (TMI warning)

Mine to be exact! Guys, you may want to skip this post. :-)

I need some help from the well-endowed girls out there! Can you recommend a sports bra with good support for the ta-tas????

I've never had this problem before! I guess it's a good problrm to have though, hehehehehe!

I used to be able to get away with wearing the cheapy $9.99 sports bras from Target..even when I was nursing the kiddo.

But omg, it's totally different with the munchkin! I just started running again last week and I had to hold my boobs!!! Don't worry, I was indoors on my treadmill...not outdoors or in public. Regardless, that's no way for a girl to run!

TIA for your help!!!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Misc Shiznit

Workouts 1st -
50 minute super brisk walk with some neighborhood gals.
As much as I need to get back to the running, I really enjoyed walking with the chicas from the 'hood. Maybe I can convince them that they need to start running. LOL!

40 minute bike ride
I added 10 extra minutes and increased my how much I don't know...I need to either get a computer thingy for my bike or dig my Garmin out of the boxes we have yet to unpack.

No workout, unless you count my homework as a workout...maybe a workout of the mind? :-)

Speaking of school, I'm taking 2 classes this semester...have I mentioned that this is my FINAL SEMESTER??? One is a Marketing Capstone class that combines all the stuff from the previous marketing classes. We have to come up with a detailed marketing plan for a fictional product.

Piece.of.cake. (for reals)

The other class is our Management Capstone that combines EVERYTHING we've learned in our illustrious MBA careers and combines it into a big 'ol project. The class is split into 6 groups that make up 6 different companies that all sell the same product. We have to strategize on everything from our R&D, production, marketing, HR, TQM, etc. without knowing what the other teams are doing. (true story)

I didn't think this was going to be difficult, afterall our group includes two of the most financially savvy minds in the entire MBA cohort. Plus, we've had this professor before and even though he's the toughest one I've had, he's an excellent teacher. No sweat, right?


Our group placed last in the 1st two practice rounds! Out of 5 stars we could obtain, we obtained none in the 1st round and 1 in the 2nd round. But, thank God that was just practice. The problem, you ask??? Our financial geniuses over analyzed everything and overestimated the program we're using. Fortunately, we've dumb-downed our strategies and viola, we're now in 2nd place. Last year, our stock price rose by $25!!! LOL! We start the real rounds on Saturday, so hopefully we've learned from our mistakes and will kick butt. Oh, and on Saturdays, we're at school from 8 am - 8 pm getting this shiznit we're meeting during the week. Someone keep reminding me that this is my LAST SEMESTER please.

That's enough blabbering for now...I'll fill you in on the baby stuff and work tomorrow.

Sunday, June 15, 2008


Despite being in school all day on Saturday, it was a fan-freaking-tastic weekend. Friday was a fun-filled day with the kiddo (Viv, we enjoyed hanging out with ya'll!!).

Saturday was school, followed by a fajita dinner with the in-laws. I stopped at the store on the way home from school for some margarita mix, but the kiddo and I fell asleep on the couch before the margarita's were even made. LOL!

Sunday started with a swim at the pool - 400 super slow meters, some laps were better than others. About 100 of those meters were backstroke...just so I could take a break from inhaling pool water and coughing up a lung. :-) The rest of the day was split between time with my inlaws and my parents to celebrate Father's Day. Here's a little project I worked on for the hubby from the kiddos. Next year, I fully intend to have a new camera because the pics from my current point and shoot are getting worse and worse. Maybe there's a SLR in my future!?!?!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Pics, pics and more pics (this for you Pony!)

First of all, I had my 6 weeks dr appt today and I am officially cleared to workout. Woohoo!

After my appt, I had one errand to run before heading home. I had the baby with could day this was our 2nd real outing together. I was pleasantly surprised to run into Tiggs! Cassie, was great talking to you!!!
No workouts today...unless you count cleaning the house as a workout. A couple of friends are swinging by tomorrow to check out the house and see the baby, so I wanted to mop, vacuum, dust, etc. I did get in a 30 minute brisk walk on Tuesday and a 30 minute bike ride on Wednesday. I really wanted to get in a swim on Wednesday, but by the time I actually got out there, the pool was crowded. Looks like my next swim will be in the wee morning hours on Sunday!
So, without further ado, I am posting some pics of the new house and neighborhood. Some of these were taken way back in April and in all honesty, not much has changed. There are still boxes everywhere, we haven't bought any new furniture and there is still nothing on any of the walls (except in the kid's rooms)! I don't think I will get to any decorating until I am done with school in August. Pony asked for these months Pony, these are for you! Please excuse the quaility...I need a new camera. I forgot to get pics of the kitchen and dining room..and, I left out the pic of the playroom/guestroom (it's mess with toys everywhere!).
The exterior...

The entryway...

The living area (okay, it really needs some color!!!)

Breakfast area...I don't know why I didn't take any pics of the kitchen!?!

Master Bed & Bath...(yes, we need a king-sized bed!)

Upstairs gameroom...aka Hubby's future media room (right now it houses an old couch, the treadmill and our computer desk)

The kiddo's room:

The munchkin's room:

The kid's bathroom theme:

The backyard:

My favorite things...the trails, playgrounds and lake!

Monday, June 09, 2008

Time Management

I woke up at 7 am this morning...later than usual. The kiddo is usually in our bedroom by 6:15, wanting to watch her cartoon and ready for breakfast. I decided that today I would get on a better schedule...even though I am not at work, I am answering e-mails and doing a little work here and there. I also have school work...there's a ton of that this semester! And of course, there is the main part of my life right now - the new baby!

What I learned in my 1st day of getting on a schedule is that life with a 5 week old does not fit into a perfect schedule! My hour of reading work e-mails, was more like 10 minutes before the munchkin wanted to be held...he's still not sure about the bouncy seat yet. :-) My hour of homework while the baby napped, ended up being tummy time with the baby and bathing the baby after some nasty spit-up.

The hubby and I did manage to take turns working out. We both chose to ride our bikes today. He went first - an hour ride on the trails. Then me - a 1/2 hour on the streets of the 'hood. This ride was much better than last week's..! Less headwind, less humidity and not quite as hot. I originally wanted to do the 2-mile loop around the neighborhood 3x, but opted to explore more sections of the neighborhood instead. Once I have the go ahead to really workout from the doc on Thursday, I want to increase the mileage a bit more. Then maybe I will start posting my real workout stats, lol.

Tomorrow, I'll head out for a walk and see if I want to start some slow intervals. Wednesday will be my swim day.

Now, if I could just get better with my WW points. The hubby being home during the day is not he insisted on getting us both a milkshake from Sonic! Ugh! Somewhere along the way, I lost my will power!

Workout Stats
30 minute bike ride

Sunday, June 08, 2008

The Good. The Bad. The Ugly

I did it. For the 1st time in over a year I made it to the pool for a swim. In fact, I managed to get in a 1/4 mile swim! I've been to the pool in the new 'hood several times with the kiddo, but that only consisted of splashing around and playing with the kiddo.

My neighbor, Kathy, met me there at 7 am as planned. She's also an avid runner, but sticks to trails due to some past stress fractures. She also bikes and like me, is a novice swimmer. However, she has been in the pool a lot lately and is much better than me.

Due to all the rain last summer, a majority of my swim lessons were cancelled. However, I did feel like I had made a lot of progress by the time my 3 weeks of lessons were over. Unfortunately, when I started my attempt in the pool this morning, I felt like I had forgotten a lot...well okay, I felt like I had forgotten pretty much everything.

I still have the issue of not being able to breathe correctly. Several laps consisted of me stopping midway to cough up the water I had either snorted or swallowed. Around my 3 lap, I caught myself just swimming with my head up. Then I had to give myself a stern talking to..."Christy, this is not how you're supposed to swim, this is stupid!"..."If you don't at least try to get the breathing down, you're never going to get it!"... or a simple, "get your freaking head in the water!"

So yes, I did get in a quarter mile...but I stopped after a length and rested. Kathy rested for 15 seconds between rests were more like 30 seconds, sometimes longer. 30 seconds of panting and trying to catch my breath. So, I won't tell you how long it took me to do that 1/4 mile. ;-) It was bad.

By the end of my swim, I was pooped. In the last two laps, my calves were cramping and I was done. That part was ugly. Well, that and my hair. LOL! I need to get a new swim cap, because I haven't been able to find mine since the move.

The not so ugly part was that I had fun. Hell, I had a blast. Kind of like riding my bike...I really, deeply enjoy it and it doesn't feel so much like work. Now, if I could just suck less at it....

I think I am going to try to work in 2 swims per week, 2 runs per week and a bike ride per week (and maybe a few brick workouts mixed in) until the maternity leave is over. After that, I'll have to rethink the strategy.

Workout Stats
1/4 mile swim

Thursday, June 05, 2008


Sorry for the sporadic posting. Check out my graduation pics here.

LOL, Barbara I STILL haven't seen SATC!! Trying to get my group of girlfriends together is almost impossible...hopefully this weekend. Either that or I'm going to go by myself during the week.

Jamoosh, I had the long awaited margarita last night and it was de-lish!!!!

I finally tested the waters...I had a real workout today. My 1st post partum one and the first one since about 6-7 weeks ago, since I didn't really count my walks to the pool or playground with the kiddo as a workout.

I headed out on the bike today around 2:30 pm. Well I tried to head out at 1:30, but the bike gods were not cooperating. 1st, I had a flat....I haven't been on the bike since October of last year and I had a friggin' flat! To top it off, the spare I was sold was not the right one for the bike. Thankfully, the hubby had a spare tube! Then, something was up with my gears and I kept hearing a clicking noise. Again, the hubby helped me out. I was finally on my way, but I realized now why I REALLY needed to take the bike maintenance workshop at Bike Barn that I had signed up for 2x, but had to cancel both times thanks to school.

The ride was only 30 minutes...just enough time to see if I was truly ready to get back into the swing of things. For some reason, I can tolerate the heat better on the bike than I can running...that hasn't changed since last year! Since I still have the slicks on my bike from the Tour de Pink, I stayed on the road (rather than the trails, although the trails would have been more fun). I've been wanting to check out some parts of the neighborhood that I'd never seen before and that's exactly what I did. I'll admit, between the headwind and the heat, 30 minutes was all I could take. My heart rate was up and my legs felt like jello afterwards, but I enjoyed the hell out of it!

Sooooo, I am officially back. I need to come up with a game plan for working on my mileage both with running and on the bike. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Fortunately, I have already met someone in the neighborhood who has offered to show me the trails (for biking and running) and who swims laps at the pool before anyone else gets there. I *think* I meeting up with her at the pool early Sunday morning to see what I've retained from the lessons I took last summer. I imagine it will NOT be pretty. :-)