Monday, January 30, 2017

Workouts 1/22 to 1/28

Ok this week was much better on the workout front!  Feeling back to myself!  5 workouts a week makes me feel great.  It was a very busy work week but I prioritized my workouts and made them happen.

1/22: Run 1 mile
         30 sit ups
         30 squats
         30 push-ups
         Run 1 mile
This was a quick at home workout.

1/23: Iron Tribe Power Class
         24 min EMOM:
         1st min: Front squats (I used 65lbs)
         2nd min: Max rep ring dips (I used 1 red band, struggled but stuck with it)
         3rd min: 45 sec max calorie bike
         4th min: Rest
Record total reps: 140 and Grey scale

1/24:  Iron Tribe Power Class
           For Time 23 min cap:
           2000m run
           150 1 arm russian KB swings (I used 26lbs)
           100 sit-ups
            50 HSPUs
I didn't finish this workout, but I was close! Grey scale

1/25:  Rest Day

1/26:Iron Tribe Power Class
         Partner Workout 23 min AMRAP:
        15 back squats (65lbs)
        12 V-ups
        12 cal row
Partner A completes entire set while Partner B rests.  We finished 9 + 15.  Orange Scale

1/27: Iron Tribe Push Class
         4 Rounds of 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest for 3 sets at each station
         Station 1: Max cal row
         Station 2:  Bottom to bottom wall ball (I used 14lbs)
         Station 3:  Hollow body rock
Record total reps: 254

1/28: Rest Day

Monday, January 23, 2017

Sober Day 6...First Craving

Its 7:30pm.  Its Monday evening.  I had a 12 hour day.  Just got home.  Prepping dinner and usually I would have a glass of wine.  Typically I would drink the first glass very quickly and then have 1 or 2 more through out the night.  However I am no longer doing that and I am feeling anxious.  So I poured a grapefruit flavored club soda into a wine glass and I am pretending that is my "relaxing cocktail".  I know this will pass.  I wonder how much of it is just habit.  Either way I know I am strong enough to break the cycle.  It helps to journal it out here.  I will eat my dinner and stay busy for the rest of the night and then get a great nights sleep.  I have been working out and meditating daily.  I am trying to do all things to naturally calm myself and relax without alcohol.  I think I liked the alcohol at the end of the work day because it signaled to me that the hard work was over for the day and I could relax.  I guess I need a new habit or routine to tell my brain that it can chill a bit til the morning.  This too shall pass!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Workouts 1/15 to 1/21

Second week in a row of not making it to Iron Tribe.  Alcohol, Traveling and Working have gotten in the way.  I have already scheduled my class for this week and will be back at the gym on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday!  I am looking forward to it and I know the first few classes will be tough!

1/15: Hotel Gym Workout: Run 1 mile but every 1 minute stop and do 10 push-ups
                                            250 air squats
This was a super fun workout!  And Im glad I was able to do it in a gym with a treadmill.  I would have felt goofy running and stopping outside to do push-ups

1/16: Yoga Class.  Our hotel in Cancun offered a free outdoor morning yoga class.  It had been a few months since I attended a yoga class and my body felt so good afterward.

1/17: Day in Islmorada

1/18: Hungover again:( Hence this post  Alcohol Free - Take Two

1/19: Busy getting back to real life with both jobs.  Left the house at 7am and didn't get home until 9pm.  Too tired to do anything then.

1/20: Nothing again

1/21:  Run 400 meters
           50 squats
           Run 400 meters
          50 push-ups
          Run 400 meters
          50 sit-ups
          Run 400 meters

Alcohol Free....Take Two

As I mentioned a few weeks ago in this post Alcohol Free I made a major mistake on the first Saturday of 2017 and drank WAY TOO MUCH WINE.  So much that three girlfriends had to put me in a cab and bring me home.  I got sick in the cab and all over our driveway and in our bedroom.  I was charged a $250 cab cleaning fee, still need to scrub the driveway again and had to throw out a rug in our bedroom.  What an embarrassing mess!  After that night I wrote the above post stating that I was going Alcohol Free for awhile.

Well that lasted about 5 days.  I had a conference for work in Cancun on Thursday.  The conference is short and there is a lot of free time to hang around the pool and drink.  The first day I abstained from drinking at the pool but asked D if he would mind me having a cocktail at the welcoming cocktail reception that evening.  He said that the decision was mine to make and that he wasn't going to tell me what to do.  So I decided to have one drink at the cocktail reception and one drink with dinner.  I was controlled and moderated well and didn't feel the urge to drink more.  We ended up going to bed early and it was great to wake up on vacation not hungover!  On day two I drank a bit more than two drinks and by day three I drank too much and don't remember going to bed. That is a problem.  My drinking always escalates. On day four I was kind of hungover and didn't drink very much.  After Cancun we traveled back to the US and had family in Islamorada in the Keys so we drove there to stay with them for two nights.  On the first night we got in late and only met them out for a bite to eat and a couple of drinks.  But Day two is where it went bad.  Real bad. We went on the boat during the day.  D bought me Smirnoff ices and a few other drinks like that for the boat.  Everyone started drinking but I was waiting to start so I could be more in control and not have an issue.  We stopped for lunch and I decided to order a two drinks there.  Then we got back on the boat and the drinking continued for me.  Then we stopped at another bar and I could feel myself picking up the pace and drinking quickly.  If I were normal this should have triggered something in my head to tell me to slow down and to order a water, but it didn't.  I continued drinking.  When we got back to the house and off the boat we all got showered up and ready to go to dinner.  As we were getting ready we opened a bottle of wine and I was definitely drinking it quickly.  I was embarrassed by how much I was drinking so I kept switching my glass with other peoples so it would look like they were drinking as much too.  Isn't that sick?  In my opinion, if you are embarrassed by the amount you are drinking you have an alcohol problem.

It has been 5 days since my last drink.  I have been very busy with both of my jobs and really haven't had the opportunity for a drink, so that has made it much easier.  But I plan to write about my journey so I keep myself in check and accountable.

Wish me luck!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Workouts 1/8 to 1/14

What a crappy week of workouts!  I didn't workout on Sunday or Monday because I was miserably hungover.  I hate that.  On Tuesday and Wednesday I worked my full time day job and then my get out of debt waitressing job so unfortunately I didn't have any time to work out.  On Thursday we traveled to Cancun for my work conference.  I will be recapping our experience and the resort soon:)  By Thursday I was definitely feeling the effects of not working out.  I was extremely irritable on Wednesday and Thursday.  Yes I was PMSing too but it seemed worse than usual.  I made myself get up at 6am on our first day of vacation to go to the gym to get a workout in before my conference began.  I also did a quick workout on Saturday on our balcony.  For me exercise is more than just a tool to stay in shape.  For me its necessary for my mental health.  I aim for 4 to 5 workouts a week but definitely fell short this week.

1/8: Rest Day...AKA Hungover:(

1/9: Rest Day....AKA Hungover:(

1/10: Worked both jobs and no time

1/11: Worked both jobs and no time

1/12: Travel Day to Cancun

1/13: Hotel Gym Workout: 10 Rounds of 100m Sprint
                                                                   10 Burpees
and then 250 Squats

1/14: Hotel Gym Workout: 10 Rounds of: 10 Push-Ups
                                                                    10 Squats

Monday, January 9, 2017

Alcohol Free

My Goal #18 for 2017 is to have zero alcohol related fights or issues.  Its 9 days into the year and I have already screwed that up.  Actually I only made it 7 days into the year.  I drank WAY too much over the weekend and really embarrassed myself and my boyfriend.  I have spent the past two days hungover and feeling guilty.  What a waste of life!  So I have decided to cut alcohol out of my life for awhile.  I'm not sure how long I am going to do this.  I don't have a definite plan but trying to moderate was NOT working.  Before things go too far I am just going to abstain.  I don't know exactly what this means.  I'm not sure if I have a legitimate alcohol problem or just a lack of control.
These are the things I am going to try to figure out.

A lot of what I do for fun involves alcohol.  Whether its meeting a friend for happy hour or going out for dinner and drinks or going on the boat or to the beach.  I know alcohol doesn't have to be present at these things but for my group it typically is.  It will take a little adjusting to get used to not drinking but I know I can do it.  Also, I would like to find a few new non-alcohol related things to do.  I feel like I am heading in the correct direction.  I feel like this is what I need to do for me right now.  I hope my boyfriend will be supportive and encouraging.  99% of the fights that my boyfriend and I have had involve alcohol so I think this will bring a lot of peace to my life.  That is what I am looking forward too.

Workouts 1/1/2017 to 1/7/2017

This was a great week of workouts!  I love the mix of the Push and the Power Classes.  The Power classes are more weight lifting focused and the Push class is more of a bootcamp style.

Sunday - 1 Mile Run and then 10! of Burpees, Push-ups and Sit-ups

Monday - Iron Tribe Push Class: 2 Rounds of the Following:
                 3 minutes at each Station
                 Station 1: 15 max/30 light X 4 on Assault Bike
                 Station 2:  3 min AMRAP of 7 Box Jumps + 7 Burpees
                 Station 3: 200m MB run (14lbs) then max rep Sit-ups
                 Station 4: Rest

Station 1 on the assault bike was intense!  15 seconds of hard work doesn't sound too bad but it was awful!  My legs were fried for the box jumps on Station 2.

Tuesday - Iron Tribe Power Class: For Time: 25 minutes
                 5 Rounds:  400 meter run
                                    20 KB swings
                                    10 Handstand Push-ups
I used a 35lb Kettlebell, Orange scale and finished in 21:26.  This was a challenging workout!

Wednesday - Rest Day

Thursday - Rest Day

Friday - Iron Tribe Push Class: 5 Rounds of the Following
                               15 Calories on the Bike
                               20 Kettlebell Swings
                               10 Strict Hanging Leg Raise

Saturday - Yoga Class On Demand

Friday, January 6, 2017

Debt Update January 2017

As I mentioned a few weeks ago, I have found myself in a mountain of debt again.  Here is my January Update:

Iberia Loan  $2,377.67
Fifth Third   $5,395.40
Boyfriend     $7,000.00
Wells Fargo $1,545.12
TOTAL        $16,318.39

As of December 1st my Total Debt was $16,444.39.  So in the month of December I made very little progress.  At that rate it would take me FOREVER!!  So I started a part time job.  I went back to the waitressing gig that I had in college.  This was extremely humbling but honestly I wish I did it about a year ago. This situation would be cleared up by now if I had done that. This month I should be able to pay off the entire Iberia Loan.  That will be such a great feeling!  I think once one debt is gone it will feel like I am making progress and will be very exciting!

My point of writing this post is to keep me accountable and to help inspire others!  Debt can't feel overwhelming but just get started!

Monday, January 2, 2017

2017 Goals

I love goals!  I love a new year.  To me it feels like a fresh start, clean slate, a do over!  Here are my 2017 Goals:

1. Stop Biting Nails - Ugh this is a DISGUSTING habit and has been on my annual Goals list since 2011!  I stop for a few weeks or even months and then relapse.  If anyone has any tips please let me know!

2. Increase My Income by 64% - Large goal but I know it is attainable.

3. Increase Assets Under Management by 30% - Those in the Financial planning world will understand this.  This means that I want to increase the amount of client money that I manage by 30%.

4. Read 12 Business Related Books

5. Teach Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University Class 3 times

6. Be Debt Free by December 31, 2017

7. Decrease Body Fat to 23%...Got weighed today and I am currently at 25.7%

8. Be Able to do 5 Unassisted Pull-ups....I have been trying to increase my upper body strength for years but progress is very slow

9. Do grey workouts only 25% of the time...Iron Tribe breaks the class into different color divisions based on the amount of weight you use.  Grey is the easiest so I would like to do the harder workouts 75% of the time

10.  Meditate 5 days a week

11.  Take a meditation class

12.  Blog once a week

13.  Read The Story - The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People

14.  Volunteer at Church

15.  Attend a Bible Study or Connect Group at Church

16.  Read 12 Spiritual Books

17.  Try Paddleboarding...Live 5 minutes from the beach and love to exercise so this seems like something I should be doing on a regular basis.

18.  Have 0 alcohol related fights or issues...Ugh Alcohol....So fun...Til it isn't.  Sometimes (most times) when I drink I completely lose my filter.  This is not something that I am proud of.  This is somewhat acceptable for a 22 year old but not a 32 year old.  This is something I really really want to improve this year.

19.  Get Engaged to D

20.  Read 25 books for fun

21.  Find a New Charity to Get Involved With...I have volunteered with the American Cancer Society, our local Elementary school with a reading program and with Habitat for Humanity.  I enjoyed all three but am looking for something new that I am passionate about.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Workout Recap 12/25 to 12/31

12/25: Christmas = Rest Day!

12/26: At home workout: 10 Rounds of 10 burpees and 10 sit-ups.
           I was short on time and just wanted to do something quickly

12/27: Rest Day

12/28: Iron Tribe Class: A. Sumo Deadlift (13 min)
                                            5 - 5- 5 - 5- 5  * Weight is approximately 75% of 1RM Deadlift
                                            I used 105lbs.  I probably could have went a little heavier.  It was my first                                             time doing a sumo deadlift so I wanted to make sure my form was correct.
                                        B. For Time (10 min cap)
                                             30 Burpees
                                             10 KB snatches
                                             20 Burpees
                                             20 KB snatches
                                             10 Burpees
                                             30 KB snatches
I used the lightest KB, only 15lbs.  KB snatches are a new move for me.  I finished in 8:05.

12/29: 3 mile run at 9'45" pace.

12/30: Rest Day

12/31: Rest Day

As you can see, quite a few rest days.  Usually I shoot for 2 or 3 rest days a week but this was a strange week. I wasn't going into the office regularly and my normal schedule was blown.  You would think if you weren't going to work that you would have a ton more time to work out but I really don't know what I spent my time doing.  Oh well!  Next week will be back to normal!