Cubicle to Fit-ish

How a wimp becomes fit(ish)

Fire Up into Fall #6: T-minus 5 Days Until Vacation

What have you done to achieve your goals this week?

  • Get my eating under control: Slowly but surely.  I brought my lunch to work every day and focused on portion sizes when I was at home.  I still need more fruits and veggies (well… ANY fruits and veggies), but I am on the right track!
  • Find 2 days for cardio every week: This should be so easy… I don’t know if it is that I am going on vacation on Saturday and I’ve been stressing over getting ready or if I am still too exhausted from moving to 3 days a week of boot camp, but I just don’t have the initiative to go to the gym.  I hope to, at least, walk around work (there is a ¾ mile walking path) at least twice this week…
  • Find two ways to relax that do not involve watching television each weekLove this new goal.  This week, Remy and I played a massive game of tug and I made a new mix CD (I am so old school). 
  • Get on a better sleep schedule: This is actually happening, too.  We left a Halloween party around 11:30 so I could get 8 hours of sleep.

What have you done to make yourself feel fabulous?

I got my hair trimmed in preparation for my vacation AND I bought a new pair of pants that I absolutely love.  I don’t usually try on GAP clothes as they are a weird length and hip fit on me; however, this time I just went for it and now I have super comfy pair of blue pants that work for both work and my weekends.  AND they were on sale.  How fabulous is that!?!?

Do you listen to music when you work out? What gets you fired up?

It depends on what I am doing.  Boot camp is a toss up – I don’t get to choose.  When I run, if I am going for speed, I listen to super motivating and fun songs (fun to a former theater person, punk loving, nerd like me – Bright Eyes, Avenue Q, Adele, Ben Folds, Bo Burnham, Ryan Adams, Urinetown: the musical, Dropkick Murphys, Against Me!, Kelly Clarkson, etc.). 

But, if I am going for distance, I listen to a podcast (like the Nerdist one) so I can really concentrate on what they are talking about, instead of how much further I have to go.

What’s your guilty pleasure music? How does it make you feel?

I am never guilty about my music choices – I rock out in my car most days!  But, I have hidden my love for certain Jason Mraz songs as they make my guy laugh at me (he needs to learn that not everyone is as into Norwegian death metal as he is, haha).

 If today were a song what song would it be?

New Slang by the Shins.  Really smooth, peppy, and Zen.

 

Here is Remy getting a new perspective on things! 

 

 

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October 24, 2011 Posted by | a case of the Mondays, Fire Up for Fall (FUFF), General Nerdiness, kick kick punch punch, music, my hair, podcasts, vacation | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Fire Up for Fall #2: Let’s try that again!

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What have you done this week to help you achieve your goals?

  1. Get my eating under control:
    • Have a protein based breakfast that includes a piece of fruit
    • Have small, protein and carb based snacks
    • Bring my lunch to work
    • Plan yummy dinners for me and my guy that include new vegetables that we don’t usually have

     It is like I bought everything and forgot about it.  I bought bacon, eggs, and grapes for breakfast – and brought cereal each day.  I brought my lunch to work on Monday and then just gave up because I was so tired/rushed in the mornings.  I planned my dinners, but gave in to having cereal or stuffing a few nights. 

     I think being better organized would help.  Story of my life.  I brought in healthy snacks to have at my desk at work and plan on getting up a little earlier so I can have breakfast at home.  Also, I think I am going to pack my lunch at night (duh, Lindsay) so I have no excuse in the morning.  Hey… I can only go up from here!

  2. Find two days to do my cardio each week:
    I spent Friday night walking around Boston on my way to see Bill Burr, so I am counting that!  I think I pulled a muscle in my right calf, so I skipped my long walk on Sunday to try and get it to feel better.  Hopefully, my leg AND the rainy weather will allow for me to work in some nice time outside this week.  I love fall (and I really don’t mind the rain), but I am done with this humidity.

  3. Eat dinner at the table at least 2 times a week:
    This requires the table be cleaned off of keys, pocket books, my guy’s school stuff, etc.  I hope to clean off the table tonight and we can eat there on Friday and Saturday (which requires KEEPING IT CLEAN all week).

  4. Do not sit in front of the tv until 7PM on Monday and Wednesdays.
    We actually kept the tv off, but did not get much cleaning done.  I have better hopes for this week per my idea for #6.

  5. Get on a better sleep schedule:

    •  Be in bed around 10:30 Sunday-Thursday
    •  Be up by 8:30/9 on the weekends

     I didn’t do TOO badly on this one (although I stayed up to flip between Pan AM and CSI Miami last night).  I am a better worker, girlfriend, and friend when I get enough sleep and I am getting better and both admitting this and acting on it, rather than trying to stay up with my guy who needs much less sleep than I do.

  6. Track my progress:
    I made this whole spreadsheet, which was super-overwhelming.  I love check marks, but hate looking at the week as a failure.  This week, I’ve printed out these goals and mini-goals to post on my fridge so I can just check something off as I clean or pack something.  Much easier, much more in my face, and much less of a downer.  It will be more like Things to do… than Things I didn’t do…

What have you done to make yourself feel fabulous?

Not enough!  But, I hung out with some friends on Saturday night and watched The A-Team (the recent movie) and laughed way too much.  I also bought a few magazines and just sat on the couch reading for a couple of hours on Saturday afternoon, which was wonderful and relaxing.  I heart magazines.

What is your talent? What are you good at?

Oh, gosh.  I’ve been told that I am good at presenting or reading aloud (from my theater days), but something I’m super proud of is that I roast a really good chicken.  I am horrible and anxious in the kitchen (I keep an album of my cooking disasters on Facebook), but I just GET roasting for some reason.  It was like the universe took pity on me the time I mistook a screw top wine for a cork and attacked it with an ice pick when the wine opener didn’t work.

What’s been the highlight of your week?

I saw Bill Burr at the Wilbur Theater on Saturday night.  He was hilarious and it was awesome to just sit and laugh for a couple of hours!

Fun Question: What’s your guilty pleasure TV?

I love my shows (it is a recurring theme on my blog).  I’m not really guilty about any of them! 

But, I guess I’ll go with Criminal Minds.  Even though it creeps me out regularly, I love it (even when I have anxiety attacks in bed because I am convinced there is a serial killer in my house  – even though it is usually my puppy walking around on the hardwood!).  I stopped watching last season when they fired all the female actors, but caught up over the summer when they hired them back.  It is one of those shows that I don’t advertise that I watch, but I can talk about in great detail if someone brings it up!

Inspiring picture:

This is my puppy, Remy.  How can I not be inspired when I have this to go home to?

September 26, 2011 Posted by | a case of the Mondays, Fire Up for Fall (FUFF), General Nerdiness, guilt, Remy | , , , , , | 3 Comments

5 Things I’m Loving Right Now Friday #3

I am so hopped up on Dayquil that this could go wrong very quickly.

This week has not been what I wanted it to be.  I was so excited about getting back into a routine that I chose ANY routine – not my healthy, small and manageable goal routine.  So there was a lot of cereal eaten, not so many vegetables, and sleep was non-existent.

But, I made it to boot camp on Tuesday and Thursday.  Tuesday was a big win.  I spent the day at my day job’s All Company Service day – a great concept, but not as fun when you are picking up trash and weeding sea grass on Carson Beach in a down pour.  At boot camp, Tuesday was a crazy circuit – burpees with rope slams… box step ups with a high knee…  Everyone was shocked I actually went after a long, wet day, but I didn’t want to let myself down.

Last night, we did Thai, but it was all about blocking.  Strangely, I don’t enjoy blocking as much as I do punching, haha!

Here we go…

  1. Fall TV Shows: What better motivation is there to get my butt in gear than the fact that I have new shows to watch at night!?!  I heart my DVR (as we all know), so I have plenty of things to watch Saturday afternoon.  The rumor of a Doctor Who reference on Community has my nerdy heart aflutter…
  2.  My new pillow: A couple of weeks ago, I woke up and could barely turn my neck.  Boot camp was not fun that day – I couldn’t even do a crunch!  It turns out my pillow was so malformed that it was physically hurting me as I slept.  $10 later, I have a lovely hypo-allergenic pillow that I am trying not to misshape when I read in bed (I tend to twist and turn pillows to prop my glasses up on my face while on my side – SO LAZY).
  3. Summer The West Wing recaps on the TV Club: I love The Onion, but I love AV Club more.  Quirky, critical, and honest reviews of TV shows that I actually watch.  They have a lot of great interviews, as well.  The West Wing is in my top 5 favorite shows ever, so I really enjoy reading someone’s views on each season, especially since some time has past since they first aired.  A truly good show only becomes better with age, not dated and irrelevant.
  4. Dayquil: Because it got me through this work day.
  5. Random Thank Yous: Sometimes I forget how much a kind word can change a day around.  I was miserable in boot camp last night (on the edge of a cold, not enjoying being hit in the head, messing up my hair…), when my partner said “thanks for sparring with me.”  Something so little, but something so nice.

September 23, 2011 Posted by | 5 Things I’m Loving Right Now Friday, boot camp, Doctor Who, General Nerdiness, my hair | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

5 Things I’m Loving Right Now Friday #2

Another attempt to see the good, rather than focus on what is wrong and SMILE MORE.  And, what better day than Friday to think about things that make you happy?

  1. Doctor Who comes back tomorrow night.  I am way too excited.  If there was a number before 1, I would make it that.
    • As I’ve said, I love my shows.  My relationship with them is more romantic than my actual relationship (that isn’t a burn; I’m totally happy with my guy); I see the show…  I try to pretend I’m not that into it – but, I start stalking blogs, reviews, fan sites… then, I just dive whole-heart into it and devote countless hours into watching, re-watching, reviewing, and obsessing.  It is who I am.
    • Doctor Who is the epitome of this for me.  The history, the humor, the accents…  I could go on and on comparing Doctors and plot lines, but I’ll keep it to a. Love the Weeping Angels; b. Like the dark, fairy tale-ish, stories about stories and legends focus the Moffat years have done so far; c. did not LOVE the past Christmas special; d. I don’t think you can compare Tennant and Smith as the show seems so completely set in a different world; e. I kind of miss when the Daleks and Cyber Men were not around all the freaking time – they used to be special and now, when they show up, it is like “whatever….;” f. I don’t pretend to know everything about the old school Doctors – but think understanding the show’s history gives all of it more meaning.
    • I got a TARDIS cookie jar for Christmas last year.
    • I hold people hostage and try to get them as obsessed as I am.  I mean Let’s Kill Hitler?! How could you NOT want to watch that?
    • WAY TOO EXCITED 
  2. Progress!  Even though my boot camp test didn’t go quite as planned (more on that next week), I’ve noticed that certain exercises are getting easier for me.  Burpees (my idea of hell as it involves jump squatting AND a plank) are actually being done in succession, rather than jumping at the end of one and gasping for air for a bit.  I can also jump back into plank and forward into the crouched squat with both feet – before, all I could do was step back and forth with one foot at a time, which looses a lot of the benefits…  I can also get through the warm up much better – one minute of jumping jacks isn’t as bad as I though it was…
  3. Trader Joe’s Seedless Grape Medley: I know… I know… the link is to the duet – but, I got the medley with the green, red and dark purple grapes and it was like heaven.  I am not a big fruit or veggie person, but I ate these all week for dessert and they were delicious!  Baby steps…
  4. DVR’s:
    • I have always needed a lot of alone time.  I am not a naturally social person.  I like going to the movies by myself.  I like reading.  I like watching my shows without interruption.  I am lucky to have found friends and a guy who are cool with this.  And it isn’t that I need to be alone ALL OF THE TIME – I just need to have independent time to just have my thoughts.
    • This is something that becomes heightened during stressful or bad times.  When I was depressed in my 20’s, I used to plan out my life by what was on tv.  I couldn’t miss The West Wing, so Wednesdays were not a night I would plan anything on.  And there was SOMETHING on every night.  Even if it was fun and awesome and I mean, honestly, Lindsay, they have repeats for a reason!!!  But, I stayed in.  All the time.  It wasn’t healthy.
    • I am much better now (growing up and having an actual life helps a lot), but I still get sad if I miss my shows.  The DVR has changed my life.  I can watch, and re-watch, my shows WHENEVER I WANT!
    • And, this may seem super shallow, but I’m not ashamed.  Everyone has things that they irrationally love.  A sports team.  Church.  Shopping.  Mine just happens to be movies and tv shows.
  5. Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series (and how Jasper Fforde spells his name): I’m a reader (big surprise).  I used to have blog where I talked about the books I re-read every year (there are about 100 of them).  The Thursday Next series are included in that.  There are in-jokes for Lit Lovers and fans, but the plots themselves (and, well, there are a lot of them) are just so well done and interesting.  These books don’t get boring and you don’t have to be a die-hard Lit freak to get something out of them.  And, “Fforde” is just a great spelling of such a simple name.  The extra F and E just make me smile.

No boot camp this Saturday, so I am hoping to rest my ankle and toe, get some actual rest (see what I did there?) and survive the hurricane without feeling like I was mainlining cereal the whole time…

Hi, my name is Lindsay and I have a Wheat Chex problem…

August 26, 2011 Posted by | 5 Things I’m Loving Right Now Friday, back story, Books, boot camp, Doctor Who, General Nerdiness, smile more goals, Who am I? | , , , , , , | 2 Comments