Lately, I have been feeling more like writing. That’s why I think my anti-depressants are working. I’m starting to take joy in more lately. For many months, I’ve not wanted to write much, even in (or is it on?) this blog. I’ve really begun to love reading again. For several months, I couldn’t even get through a magazine.
So, as I mentioned in my last post, I’m carving $ out of my budget to meet with a trainer a few times. We met for the first time this past Saturday for about 45 minutes (thankfully he won’t charge me for the full hour we’d originally planned on), and well, yeah…I have weak triceps. I know this because they are the one part of me that is still sore. He basically ran me through a lot of full-body workout exercises, so we could focus on building strength and flexibility, and on my brother’s advice, how to strengthen my inner core muscles. I understand that these are lower in your core than your 6-pack muscles. While my abs are getting more defined, I have no idea what a six pack on a woman looks like. So, if I ever get there, I’ll let you know.
As I said to a few of my coworkers who were saying they were unhappy about the way they look today after kids, I am actually happy with the way I look now. It’s taken me a lot of work to get there, and I reminded them of my weight loss plan: “stress, and getting divorced.” Not necessarily something you want to go through to lose weight. I only lost 11 pounds, but I’m on the smaller side to begin with (ok, I’m a midget, or almost one, at 5 feet, and a quarter inch.)
Ruthie's mailbox: please note that the snow is a few feet higher, and it's Jonly an. 31st.
So, the flattering part was when he had me do some bicep curls, and a few other things with free weights, he said that I was already strong, but we’ll work on toning and building more lean body mass (or was it muscle mass?) Yay, a trainer thinks I’m strong! (Believe me, this guy is strong but not in a “I eat steroids for breakfast and drink creotene” way, so I was very flattered.)
By the way, in case you are in the Boston area, the trainer’s name is Rich Rowland, and he works out of the Boston Sports Club in Watertown. I definitely recommend this guy, and that club in general. It’s run very professionally and efficiently from what I can tell.
So, my goals, not necessarily in any specific order.
Last goal, but it’s definitely not least. If I can afford it, I’d like to go through the RRCA coaching certification program . Because I am also saving to go and watch my brother, Jim (also a running coach with a blog called Coaching, Training and Motivation ) run the Leadville 100 this August, I need to do it in an economical way. And hopefully meet some of you in person FINALLY! (Already planning onvisiting Fern, known as @sitbones on Twitter.)
And oh yeah… get better with time management so I can read more of your blogs on a regular basis like when I first started blogging a few years ago.
And oh yeah…have my credit card balance paid off by August. When with Bill, we paid it off every month. I don’t like having that hanging over my head. At all. It’s doable if I budget smartly, and continue saving at the same time.
Wow, wordy post. Maybe I should add “gain self control and preciseness” into my list of goals?
Thanks for reading. I’ve got to head for bed so I can get up and run/bike tomorrow morning. While I’ve not loved the treadmill in the past, right now, it’s much safer than running down the middle of the streets just to avoid falling on ice. It kind of increases your chances of being human roadkill, know what I mean?
What I wished we had as a view right now. Photo taken last fall, looking toward Boston from Castle Island in Southie