Finish Line

Apparently when I’m doing other things out here in my real life, I can’t keep up with being up to date here. It’s fine.

Thursday gym looked like this:

FM hack squat 60×15 80×15 80×15
KB front squat with reverse lunge 18×10 18×10 18×10
FM cable curl & press 20×10 20×10 20×10
Planks 30s 45s 60s
Supermans 20 20 20
Leg lift crunch 10 / 10 10 / 10 10 / 10

I was late getting to the gym due to work so only got in 45 minutes. But he is really pushing me now. No more long breaks in between. Work and talk. Talk and work. Progress, Andrea! We’re making it.

Super hot trainer was there again. So I put on my smiley face. Every time he even looked like he was looking my way? I was smiling. Big, nice, happy girl smile. That’s how I flirt.

I did not hike this weekend due to the Relay for Life. But then the relay wound up getting rained and winded out. I walked for about an hour before this super wind hit and blew down all of the tables, tents, foods, and brought heavy cold wind. This does happen in the desert. Now you know!

Before decided whether or not we were going to call the relay a wash or not we wound up at Applebee’s as it was the only place open that late. I told the waitress I was sorry for “being that person” but she was so awesome in helping me put together something I could eat that would be compliant. She even sat down at the table and went over some options with me and we settled on a nice 4oz steak and sweet potato fries. She was awesome, nice, helpful, and patient and I wish I’d gotten her name so I could send in a note. That’s how much I appreciated her.

I spent my weekend cleaning my house and cooking. I bought a Dutch oven and new pots and pans. Then I cleaned my house and now my dogs are trying to put their touch on it buy spreading the inside of their stuffed toys hither and yon. Oh, dogs.

I always put off the cleaning. Especially of my room. I’ll clean the whole house and leave my room for last and then decide, eh…who’s seeing it anyway?

The answer is me. I’m seeing it. And I finally really saw it.

A nice glimpse into the teenager that, apparently, still lives in my soul.

A nice glimpse into the teenager that, apparently, still lives in my soul.

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But then I cleaned it and now I have the soul of an adult.

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In my cleaning I got rid of 26 items bringing my total to 249 items tossed out of my house. This consisted of old towels that barely covered my body thanks to being holey that I got for wedding gifts in 1995 and was still using, old undies that were not suitable for viewing, and then ten random assed things I had laying about my room that serve no purpose other than to take up space. No more randoms! You are out of here.

I also got rid of all of the cat stuff that I thought I’d already gotten rid of and hung more stuff on the walls in the computer room. So, I was busy and productive.

More cooking occurred to stay on the Whole30 and I am now on Day 29!!! Tomorrow is Day 30!! I’m gonna put creamer in coffee on Wednesday and see what happens! I’m planning to go out for a nice, local burrito that doesn’t have cheese on Friday! WOO!!

The last few days, though, I’ve felt nauseated off and on. Which sucks because I have no idea what is causing it. I am eating super healthy, I am sleeping so great, I have energy, etc. And then now? Random nausea. That sucks. Like, even right now I feel as if I could hurl. Not the best feeling, that.

I won’t weight myself again until Wednesday. Weigh and measure for the final results. I AM SO EXCITED!

There’s, also, people at work that have noted the improvements. One is now doing the Whole30 and asking me lots of questions, which is great, and another has made lots of healthy improvements in her diet. I think that is fantastic.

And now I’m gonna go lay down and try not to puke. You’re welcome!

So Many Things!

So, I hiked last weekend. Let’s talk about that, shall we.

On Saturday I hiked with the group that I like…until I hike with them. They just don’t go well with me. The hike itself was amazing and beautiful and I’m glad I went.

Superstition Mountains in the spring is one of the loveliest places ever.

Superstition Mountains in the spring is one of the loveliest places ever.

We hiked up to Praying Hands and they said there wasn’t much elevation gain, etc. on this hike but that was just not really true. The entire trail was a good, steady uphill and I did well on that part. And that made me feel amazing because the last time I hiked on a similar trail out there I had to rest a lot. But then we got to super steep, narrow trail and I didn’t like it but I was managing OK. But we just kept climbing and my head wasn’t right and I got lost in it and then I finally got a spot I hated and I stopped to think about it and the lady that is super nice but I can’t deal with her management style on the trail says “KEEP MOVING, ANDREA! THERE’S PEOPLE BEHIND YOU!” Well, no shit. I know that. I know I am not a special snowflake and I know I am not the only fucking person on the trail but goddamn. I like my usual groups method better. “What do you need, Andrea?” or they just get behind me and gently nudge me up the hill. They get me. This lady just mutters to her friend about how I need to stop listening to the negative voice of anxiety in my head. Again, no shit. But easier said than done sometimes. Especially once someone yells at me when I’m in that state. So, I found a rock and I sat on it and refused to go further.

On the way down my friends that were on the hike helped me as well as a member of the group we were with. He was very understanding of where I was and he was just really nice. But the whole thing got into my head and I’m realizing now that it actually impacted my entire week.

On Sunday I took Gladys on our nice, easy hike with our usual group of friends and there was another dog on the hike that just so happened to need a home. He and Gladys looked super cute together and it got my little wheels in my brain moving.

Buddies.

Buddies.

On Monday I made contact with his owner and made arrangements for a “trial run” to see how Gladys would feel about having a dog in her house. By Tuesday I was already renaming him and buying him a new collar, leash, and harness. So, I have an additional dog in my home. We’re a family of three now.

Couch time.

Couch time with Gladys and Riley.

But I also worked out with Tyler on Tuesday, as per usual!

Foam roller
DB SB chest press 20×10 20×10 15×10
SB crunch 15 15 10
SB arm extened plank hold knee tucks 5 5 5
rope work 20:10 3min 6 exercises x
DB single arm opposite leg shoulder press 10×10 10×10 10×10
Ski jumpers 10 10 10
Standing bird dogs 10 10 10

My hip had been bothering me for some days and I’d not stretched or rolled so he made me roll before we got started. It made a difference. I should get on that more regularly like a reasonable person. How many times have I said this now?

I’m not sure why I only did 10 crunches on the swissball on my last set. No idea at all.

He made me do planks on the swissball and then do knee tucks. He lightly held the ball but that made me feel like I wasn’t doing anything and he couldn’t make me believe he wasn’t totally holding it still so he then put it up against the TRX frame and said “Do it! See the difference?” and then I knew that he was basically just a set of training wheels and I then I did them and felt ok with my performance. It’s this type of thing that slowly made me realize that my behavior on Saturday got into my head and shook my confidence a bit and woke up my anxiety a bit more than that.

In fact, I should take a Xanax now and just kinda level off! Hang on… Back! Sometimes you just kinda need a help in leveling off, man.

On the DB single arm opposite leg shoulder press, my balance was good then it wasn’t then I was kicking out my bent leg to counter balance which Tyler said was ok, it was better than putting it on the ground, etc. Lots of balance work. The ski jumpers were for balance, too. And the standing bird dogs, I think were where I had to stand on one leg with both hands up in the air then you bring the bent leg up and crunch one arm down to meet the knee while keeping the other arm up in the air. I did not do these well. He wants me to practice this at home. To that I can only say this:

Wednesday I did home stuff with the dogs and the pool.

Thursday I did gym stuff. And I was not in a happy place in my head and my performance at the gym was bullshit.

TRX weight stick push up hold 10 10 10
TRX weight stick row 10 10 10
TRX weight stick ab extension 10 10 10
TRX weight stick crunch 10 10 10
Med ball purple push up high toss 20xLOT 20xLOT
Assisted pull ups 160×15 150×15 150×15

The TRX weight stick push up hold was TERRIBLE and I HATED IT and it was all because of anxiety and crap.

When he explained to me what the TRX weight stick ab extension was I was all “Awww, hell naw, I ain’t doing that.” But I totally did it and it was my favorite thing of the session.

The medicine ball purple push up high toss things? I had to do a burpee holding onto the ball, then a push up (which I think is actually part of a real burpee) and then pick up the ball and toss it high but far. But not like a basketball. I, apparently, have the March Madness! But I did these. In a terrible fashion.

We finished things off with assisted pull ups. They were ok.

Friday I went to a baseball game and ate a bacon wrapped hot dog and had a beer. Then I came home and did home stuff with the dogs and the pool and decided that I just should not go on the big hike today, Saturday. My friends were doing a special return trip to Oro Valley to do that second hike that scared the crap out of me. I was really very much looking forward to it but in all honestly, I just added a dog to my life. I’m away from the house 10 – 12 hours each day and he’s been couped up with Gladys, a new to him dog, during that time. The evenings have been spent with them playing frenetically then going to bed then more of that in the mornings before I leave for work. And Gladys’ whole routine has been disrupted as well. I didn’t think it was right to then also take the first day off to leave the house super early and then be gone all day again. I am going to take them hiking tomorrow morning, yes, and I’ll be home most of the day but I have plans tomorrow evening that are set. So, I let my responsible dog owner take over and I cancelled today’s hike. And it’s been really good. They’ve taken naps. They’ve shared couch space. They’ve been outside. They’re not playing like wild monkeys so much. A whole lot of settling in has started and it’s fantastic. That means that I’ll be able to start retraining Riley in some areas he needs improvement in.

Sharing space, sharing me.

Sharing space, sharing me.

I did, however, make a small grocery store list from the Whole 30 program and hit the store. Instead of buying pre-made breakfast sausage I bought ground pork and then researched what spices to mix into it to create my own breakfast sausage.

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wpid-20150328_165844.jpgIt is now in the fridge to let all of the flavors join together and when I get home from the hike I’ll brown it up, scramble some eggs, and I’ll have my first Whole 30 approved meal. It’s just too bad I also bought milk and ice cream at the store. Ooops.

I also went to REI and spent my dividend check plus some of my own cash. Because my dividend was not that huge. But it was huge enough to totally pay for a new hydration pack that I can wear on my super easy hikes. My day pack is now too big for that. That’s for my long day hikes. This pack will be for my Sunday hikes. And I bought three pairs of hiking socks and now I am all set for socks for the canyon! Also, thanks to my dividend check I know that I spent $1,050 on hiking gear last year! But only $600 of that was eligible for dividending. I bought some stuff on sales that were far too good to pass up.

Well, the Xanax has kicked in, which is good timing. OH, but I should also add that I got rid of three more things in the 1,000 Things Challenge before I close.

Good bye stuff!

Good bye stuff!

The mouse and monitor are being donated to a group home for kids so they can do homework and the earbuds that Gladys chewed up as a puppy were tossed in the trash, as they should have been last year when it first happened.

What I have now realized in my own head on my own, which is great, is that I need to try to not let people like that one hike lady get to me. I need to change how I respond to that so I don’t regret my behavior later. That’s going to be a challenge. And I need to rely on myself again. I’ve got a friend on the hikes that I have realized is my security blanket. She’s not always going to be there. And it’s not fair to her, really, to have to slow down or whatever when I call to her to get me through something. I need to rely on myself. I can do that. These are things for me to work on.

And now I will run. I’m feeling too groovy to type!

 

One Week

Tuesday gym:

seated hamstring curls 55×15 55×15 55×15
Leg press 90×15 90×15 90×15
Standing BW calf raises 20 20 20
Hip ADductor 40×12 30×12 30×12
Hip ABductor 80×12 90×12 90×12
Back extensions 15 25×15 25×15
Gravity sit ups 10 10 10
Cybex seaed row 40×15 40×15 40×15
LF lateral raise machine 15×12 20×12 20×12
Med ball rissian twist slams 8×20 8×20 8×20
Med ball toe touches 8×20 8×20 8×20

Yep. I really did as much as it looks like I did. And that was after I started the day having a transvaginal ultrasound which, for some reason, seems to make me feel queasy and crampy the rest of the day. I told Tyler about it and the we went over to do the hip abduction machine thing and I laughed because of so many stirrups in one day.

One thing to note? While I was doing my standing calf raises? I noticed a dude looking at me. Like, right at me. Watching me. It was odd. Then I saw him again later and he checked me out then, too. It was off-putting for some reason.

That’s all I need to say about Tuesday.

Thursday gym:

walking lunges with lunge hop LOT LOT LOT
Lunge, lunge, jump squat LOT LOT LOT
Behind head lat pull down 30×15 40×15 NA
Spider man wall walks (yellow band) 4 4 4
Band lateral push up walk 5 / 5 5 / 5 5 / 5
Planks 30s 30s
Plank up downs 6 6

This doesn’t look like a lot, but it was. The lunges were 3/4ths of the lot then I would jog the last 1/4th. This shit was hard. And tiring.

The spider man walks up the wall was hard as fuck. Up and down was one set. Yikes.

The band lateral push up walk was hard, too.

The planks, not so much.

The plank up and downs? I must practice those at home because they made me feel inferior to the entire world.

Saturday I did a hike at Union Peak. I was doing great and kicking ass and then suddenly, when I’m almost at the end of the ridge line and had did fantastic, my brain kicked in and said “NOPE.” Cindy got in front of me and then I continued on my way. It was weird. It angered me that it happened.

Then I came home and cleaned up a pile of papers that I had laying around. I’m counting this as part of my 1,000 Things because I sure do love to have stacks of crap laying about.

49 items from the stack are gone!

49 items from the stack are gone!

I have now gotten rid of 220 items!

Today, Sunday, I took Gladys on our Sunday hike. To Balancing Rock.

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In person these are pink and look really fluffy and fun. I love them a lot.

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This is her wide legged “why aren’t we moving forward!” stance. She doesn’t enjoy all of the stopping. She’s a mover. Very rugged.

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One of the other hikers took this photo and I stole it from the group site because I kinda love it. Except for that weird smudge thing in the sky. Other than that? I love this a lot.

I also made chicken tikka masala in my crockpot and it is delicious and I eat it with black rice.

I went to see a movie.

I’ve taken care of the pool.

I cleaned up and did laundry.

I took a nap on Saturday and it was glorious.

So, I guess you can say this was a pretty well rounded weekend. I approve.

Weekend Recap Photo Post!

On Saturday I went to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum with a co-worker friend of mine and it was lovely! Flowers, trees, hummingbirds, butterflies, fresh air, a nice stroll, and a Gila Monster!

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We had delicious Mexican lunch and then we went home. It was a wonderful day!

Sunday, I took Gladys on the easy Sunday hike. We got to see a momma owl in her nest! We were all very excited about that.

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desert tortoise-5Then I came home and I took away the pump to the pool and cleaned the filters. By myself. For the first time. This did, however, entail me texting the owner of the pool and a old friend of mine and they reassured me I was not about to break things. So I forged ahead and got it all done. One thing I noticed was that I was able to lift the filter cartridges out of the pump much easier this time around. Because I have muscles now!

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Then I came inside and got rid of 14 more items, bringing my total of items purged to 171!!

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These have sat, unused, beside my sink for years.

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At one point these were beautiful solar system suckers. But the planets, and Sun, disappeared over time and that made me sad. I thought they’d last forever!

I finished Sunday by going out to dinner with my friend Wendy, who I just do not get to spend time with enough. So that was a lovely way to finish up an awesome weekend!

New Things!

Monday I wore a pair of my Doc Martens to work and realized they just do not fit. So I asked a coworker that wears my size if she’d want them and she enthusiastically said yes! So they are now hers. I forgot to take a photo, though, before giving them to her. But they are part of my 1,000 Things Project. I will no longer hold on to things I cannot use! That brings my total to 157 items outta here!

I walked Gladys on Monday. We, apparently, think walking around our neighborhood is boring. We’ll both happily walk 4 miles in the desert and not once slow down or look bored. But a 1.37 mile walk around the neighborhood just makes us both unhappy. We need closer desert, I guess.

Also, on Monday, I used my new cookbook and made Chicken Enchilada Stew!

Ingredients!

Ingredients!

And it turned out DELICIOUS!!!

You can't taste this but you can tell. You know this is tasty good.

You can’t taste this but you can tell. You know this is tasty good.

Tuesday I gymmed! When I get to the gym I did my warm ups and then had to wait for Tyler to finish up with his other client. The back door of the gym was propped open so I went and stood out there and just enjoyed the quiet and the being outside and the perfect temperature. When he came out to get me I explained that I just needed some quiet before we got to work. He then suggested we just work out there! He brought out dumbbells, a medicine ball, and a weighted basket ball type ball and I did my thing out there. And? It was really awesome. It was quiet and perfect and I just enjoyed it so much.

I did curl & presses with a half squat. Three sets of 20.
I did squats then swung a kettlebell up and back down. Three sets of 20.
I threw the weighted basketball up at the wall from my chest level and caught it for three sets of 20.
Then I backed up and threw that ball from over my head to the wall and caught it for three sets of 20.
Lunges on the stairs while pressing the medicine ball up. Three sets of 20 on each leg.
Then side squats with one leg on a stair and the other on the ground while holding the medicine ball at chest level. Three sets of 20.
Then I did two things inside. Crunches on some machine where I hold the straps that are attached to the weights and then crunch over. Three sets of 15. Then I had to do crunches on the roman chair. The kind where your back isn’t touching the pad, just your butt. And he said “You’ve gotten stronger!”

And you know what?!? I allowed myself to say “I KNOW! I have!” Because I have.

We then discussed that my one year anniversary is March 4th and just how far I’ve come since then. And now he’s going to put together some scary tough anniversary work out for Tuesday AND Thursday of that week. I can do it.

Today I ordered a new cheese shredder since I killed my cheapy one. This time I bought a good one. And I bought a ladle. For using with my crock pot. My kitchen is getting so mature.

Then I also went and bought new gym shoes!

This gave me some angst because I do not want bright, neon gym shoes and that’s the norm these days. So I looked around at the online stores that have them and they were all the same price no matter which shop it was. But at Road Runner Sports I’m a VIP member and I had a coupon. So, they won. But they don’t offer all of the colors that the Brooks Ghost 7 come in.

I had really wanted this one:

I love purple!

I love purple!

But Roadrunner Sports only has these colors listed on their site:

pink brooks minty gum brooks blue brooks

I had finally decided I’d go with the blue! They’re not so bright and they’re different than what I have now. And, according to my friends, they’d make me faster and stronger and super desirable.

These guys will now be my walking the dog shoes!

These guys will now be my walking the dog shoes!

But, of course, when I got to the store they only had the pink or the minty gum colored ones. I totally hate the pink. Hate them a lot. So, I went with the minty gum ones. They’re, what I imagine when I look at all of the options, newer version of what I already had!

There's some purple there! Yay purple!

There’s some purple there! Yay purple!

I introduced the old to the new and we all had a good talk and everyone is fine and dandy with this whole thing. And? I got new gym shoes and saved $25 in the process. So, that’s all a good day right there.

Brooks Ghost 6, meet Brooks Ghost 7.

Brooks Ghost 6, meet Brooks Ghost 7.

And then I came home and ate all of the things because that seems to be what I do now. Is be hungry and eat.

I, also, am trying to determine whether or not I’m going to lose this nail:

My gross toe.

My gross toe.

The nail has looked bruised and there seemed to be a callus formed under it, too. Well, I was finally able to peel away some of the callus and then it looks like the bruise is drying up but the nail is also, kinda, loose? I dunno. I’m hoping I can be gentle with it and the nail will grow out and I can just keep cutting and peeling and not really ever lose it. That’s my hope. That’s my toe. Now you know.

Now I shall go reflect on how to be faster, stronger, and more desirable in my new, but not blue, shoes.

Spring Cleaning

I did not workout with Tyler this week. I did not walk Gladys this week. I worked and rested this week. Today I am sneezy and ugh but will go hike with Gladys tomorrow on an easy 4 mile trail.

I was hit with the need to get rid of some things this morning and straighten up so today has been devoted to the 1,000 Things Challenge.

I am a keeper of paper. I am a keeper of paper that will remind me of a fun time. However I am now doing my photo books digitally instead of with scrapbooking tools so I do not need to keep these things. My goal for this year is to work on my photo book for 2015 as I edit the photos and get them ready. And? To scan any paper mementos that may go with them. The first ones of the year? The PGA tickets and daily pairing sheets! Scanned and recycled, my friends. This is a big deal. This counts towards my goal of getting rid of stuff. Six items, gone. Bringing the total to 30!

Precious memories!!

Precious memories!!

Then I went through all of the freebies that my Dad picked up at the PGA event and tossed out the trash, put the granola bars in the pantry, the sunscreen and chapstick in my hiking supplies closet, and then? Put the stuff I do not need in the box to leave this house! That is three items. My total is now up to 33!

Free stuff!!

Free stuff!!

These three things are of no use to me. Out of my house with you!!

These three things are of no use to me. Out of my house with you!!

Today I told the world I was going to go shopping. Instead I watched “Friends” on Netflix and then started to clean out my closet to prepare for my shopping spree. After I posted a photo of all of the things I pulled out of my closet a friend invited me to a clothing swap in two weeks. Now, this may mean I may take some things out of the house and then replace with new things. But I’m not going to sweat that. Because I will only replace things with things that I need. So it’s all just a net loss, OK? Yes!

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So many clothes, so much nothing to wear.

So many clothes, so much nothing to wear.

I hate to shop. So most of the stuff that I have to give away is super dated or super worn out or both. But maybe somebody will like something and take it? And if not? It all goes to a charity as donations so yay all around! If my count is correct, this is 87 pieces of clothing! Bringing my total of things gone to 120!!

Then I have three dog accessories that are way too small for Gladys and are not anything I can reuse = 123.
A five piece Batman toy set = 128.
One Pez dispenser and some Pez = 129.
Six books = 135.
Three hair accessories = 138.
Four pair of socks = 142.
The bra from my wedding! = 143.
One scarf = 144.
Two bathing suits = 146.
One bag = 147.
Three wallets = 150.
Three t-shirts from my previous employer = 153.
Three bottles of lotion that I will never ever use = 156!!!

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Tiny dog harnesses.

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I’m sorry, Batman. I cannot keep you.

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I’m giving away a Woody. Any takers?!?

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Swim suits that just do not suit me. At all.

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Fun knee socks that I just never ever wear. Likely because I live in Arizona.

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Handmade hand bag!

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Wallets. Go away.

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I kept one. That’s enough.

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I have a love/hate relationship with lotion. I hate slathering it on. Hate it. But I like the way it smells. So i buy it and then never use it. The other bottle is just too greasy for me. I have a bottle I use and that’s the way it should be. Go to a home that will enjoy rubbing you onto their skin. With or without the threat of a hose.

So, yeah. Here we are in the beginning of the second month of the year and I’m already up to getting rid of 156 items. Woooo!

Now I will spend the rest of the day washing all of the stuff I’m giving away and packing it up. And NOT going shopping. because, really? Who wants to do that? Not me, that’s who.

Seriously, someone needs to kidnap me and make me shop…

Routine

This week is back to the regular schedule of life. Working 7 – 4 Monday through Friday, working out with Tyler on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and hiking Saturday and Sunday. Whew. Routine. Schedule. I’m for it!

Monday I received word that we were approved for our permit and we all called one another and acted all giddy. Jeff got the campsite for the night before and the shuttle reserved and we all put in our vacation times and YAY!!! Dates to look at and count down to. We’re pretty stoked.

Also on Monday I received a dress in the mail that I’d been excited about. Until I put it on. It is very pretty. But it is not an Andrea dress. So I sent it back today. That’s part of me being healthy and shit. Not keeping dresses that I know I will not be happy and twirly in. No matter how colorful and dotty they are.

Party dots! So bright. So pretty. So not Andrea despite all of that.

Party dots! So bright. So pretty. So not Andrea despite all of that.

Tuesday I went in to the gym and did my five minutes on the stair master then my shoulder warm ups then five more minutes on the treadmill. And? I went almost straight to the highest incline on the treadmill! I used to have to build up to that. So, that’s exciting improvement.

Then Tyler and I got started and we did this:

FM hack squat 80×15 80×15 80×15
Box jumps BL1x10 BL1x10 BL1x10
Sled push (blue) HOT(2) 45xHOT(2) 45xHOT(2)
Elevated squats alternating 20 20 20
SB hamstring curls 15 15 15
SB crunch 3×20 3×20 3×20
Bosu ball crunch 15 15 15
Bosu ball cross crunch 10 10 10

The first sled push was without any weight on it and I kinda went much faster than I did the very first time I had to push the sled without any weight on it. I’m really starting to see improvements here and there like that. Then he put the 45lb weight on there and I slowed down a bit but not a whole lot. But I did get winded and dizzy. And then he was all “Do you have exercise induced asthma?” and I was all “IS THAT REALLY A THING?!?!” because people I hike with said I may have it and I thought they were just being nice to my out of shape ass as I huff and puff my way up mountains.

So, the SB hamstring curls were me balancing my feet on the swiss ball then elevating my body and then doing hamstring curls. That was a lot of work. I giggled A LOT on the first set. But then kicked ass on the second and third.

When I started doing the cross crunches on the bosu ball he said “Look at that balance!” and I was all “I know!” I no longer look like a panda bear. I look like a person doing crunches on a bosu ball.

When this session was over and he gave me the high five, I actually felt like I’d earned it. Yay!

On my way home from the session Wendy called and asked if I wanted to Taco Tuesday. We all know I did, so I did. And I tacoed. And I’m not even sorry.

This evening I didn’t have any errands to run after work so I got home and felt like I had so much free time so I looked around and got rid of a few more things for the 1,000 Things Challenge.

I’d been keeping these glass jars as containers to put stuff in. I’ve not put stuff in them. Instead they are sitting there collecting dust and making me look like a lady that hoards glass jars. So, I put FIVE glass jars in the recycling bin. It was a nice idea, but I’m just never going to use them. I have a few I am using and that’s fine.

I look like an antique condiment store.

I look like an antique condiment store.

Then I have TWO cans of Double Noodle soup I am never ever going to eat because I do not like Double Noodle soup and therefore I will donate these. I know. I’m a giver. Where’s my humanitarian award?

Double the noodle is not double the yum.

Double the noodle is not double the yum.

Lastly I determined that my frugal ways were leading to me looking like a lady that just can’t throw shit away. So I finally got rid of the two hand soap bottles that I can no longer squeeze soap out of that were by my kitchen sink. I have replaced them with one full one. Like a reasonable person.

I just know I could get, like, five more hand washes out of these things if I just tried hard enough.

I just know I could get, like, five more hand washes out of these things if I just tried hard enough.

That brings my total of things I’ve gotten rid of to TWENTY FOUR. I’m on a roll, y’all.

Also, I was spontaneously invited to go out and meet someone for a drink just now and I searched my feelings and determined that was not what I wanted to do so I used my voice and said “No thank you! Maybe next time.” I like how things are going thus far in 2015.