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Fitness Opportunity / Time for a Change...

Friday, March 11, 2011

It's a two-fer! WooHoo!

Fitness Opportunity...
Today is my Friday off, so we took advantage of that fact, by going to the gym and doing our first ActivTrax workout to get started. I got curious how far the gym is from our home, so I used SP's Map Route app to see what I could see. As it turns out, the gym is 1.5 miles away, and the route is simple, easy, and low-traffic! Awesome! We can walk to the gym and get in a quick'n'easy cardio warm-up before we even step foot in the place!

That's exactly what we did. It was mostly sunny, and not too cool/breezy, so the walk was really nice. We got to the gym and printed out our workouts. Bill's was supposed to be 19 minutes and mine was 13 minutes. We worked with each other, going back and forth between our 'tasks' and learning as we went. Pretty much each exercise that involved a machine was for a weight that seemed too light, so the next session should increase at least a little bit. I got in plenty of various crunches, which is good because I DO need to work on my core more than anything.

I'm hoping that by committing and putting more effort into ST and weights that it will help where I've been lacking and help with releasing more pounds. I've seen 224 and 225 this week, so I'm hoping I can hang in and not blow it tonight before my weigh-in tomorrow. I'm looking forward to our next gym session, which should be Monday. Unless we opt to go back tomorrow after my Galloway group run. We'll see.

Speaking of which.. I signed up for the half-marathon training group. Even if I don't manage to do a half marathon, I think the training will be exactly what I'm looking for. We meet at Foot Traffic downtown tomorrow for an easy 2.75 mi run along the waterfront. Yay! I'm still iffy about only running 30 minutes vs. running distance, twice a week, but I'm still going to keep at it, at least for now.
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This evening, I'm going for a haircut! I purchased a Groupon for half-off services at Sparkle Beauty Bar on Fremont. I've been thinking about finding a new stylist/salon for a while now. I really like my lady, but she usually didn't know how to fix my hair to look good after a haircut, etc., so I'm trying something new.

My plan is to go from this:

Me, at work, just yesterday!

To something like this!

That's me from June 2008.

I don't know, I like my longer hair. It's actually been longer in the past, but with summer coming, I'm thinking it would make sense to have something a little easier to style and handle. I'd love to have hair that I could simply wash, tousle with a dab of product, and let it airdry but I'm not that fortunate. I have just enough curl/frizz to my hair that if I don't do a little something with it, it just goes every-which-way.

And yes! The pic from yesterday is a great example of what Ms Clairol Dark Auburn color can do for a grayhead. Heh. I like it, but sometimes I wish I hadn't colored it, and/or didn't need to keep it up. I can't give up and bear the shameful stripe of gray that would quickly show up at my roots, so I either embrace color for many years to come, or go for stripping the color out comletely and seeing how I like that. Hmmm.... Not this time, though. I'll stick with Auburn for a while.

I'll take a pic or two when I'm back and all styled up to let you see how it turns out!
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    The grey hair looks great on you!And I like the shorter look.
    3734 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4569907
    So glad that you and Bill are doing this together! I love working out with my hubby, it's so much more fun :o) Keep up the great work! emoticon
    3745 days ago
    Such dedication for one hot lady! Can't wait to see the new do. I've contemplated going gray as well but just can't seem to find the guts! I love your auburn color. It is actually very close to my oldest daughter's natural color. I am very impressed with your workout integrity and plans. Half marathon training? Woohoo! Bet you end up doing one before you know it. After all..... IT'S YOU, the amazing lady who conquers it all.
    3745 days ago
    I like your 2008 hair!
    My favorite hairstylist is in NE Portland and unfortunately I can't afford to fly her over every six weeks or so as much as we'd both like that. emoticon
    3745 days ago
    I love the hair color in the first picture, auburn, very flattering.

    I see you are enjoying the gym. You will really appreciate it when the weather is at extremes. The air-condition help you along on really hot days. And being inside during those cold, rainy, or snowy days is so worth it.

    Enjoy your weekend

    3745 days ago
  • GAYLEP67
    I absolutely LOVE the fact that you and Bill are doing so much of this together - cooking, marathons, the gym... He sounds like he's been a wonderful support. I also love that you say "an easy 2.75 mi run" and "only running 30 minutes". Those are 2 things I can't EVER hear myself saying and I'm so proud that you can!

    Can't wait to see the pictures of your new "do"! I'm going to get my hair done in the next few days too. Long overdue and my greys are really showing. Don't forget to post your pictures!!
    3746 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6896537
    SO out of all the awesome things in this blog, my favorite was the statement "an easy 2.75 mile run".

    I mean really.....this time last year did you think you would ever have that thought about running almost 3 miles?!?!

    Not only has the hair changed, you have too my beautiful friend!!
    3746 days ago
    Wanna Trade? I'd love to have Curls & Body. Miner is long, Straight & Flat. I can't even remember the last time I went & Dolled up @ a Salon. Maybe one day when, I lose this Weight.

    Have Fun.

    3746 days ago
    GREAT JOB walking to that gym girl!!! I bet you'll love strength training. I didn't want to do it for the longest time even though that's what my husband was doing and he kept telling me that it would help. I just didn't believe him. It's another one of those things that I thought I'd never do, then suddenly had that curiosity! Now...I love strength training and what it has done for me! The pounds really started coming off when I added it to my workout and I'm sure you'll see a difference too!

    Enjoy your's always nice to be pampered a little, and you deserve it!!!
    3746 days ago
    Can't wait to see the new hairdo!!
    3746 days ago
    a half marathon and contemplating turning grey! i like both options! it's fun watching you test out different fitness dreams and make them your own!
    3746 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8072637
    Baby, you're gonna look beautiful no matter what you come home with! As for the coloring, I completely relate because I have to color mine now or I have gray bits mixed throughout. My hair stylist perms me a couple of times a year, and I always wait to do my color until after the perm. She always tells me it looks fine and the curls hide the gray. I feel 25, not 41, so I sure don't want gray showing! I don't freak out if a little bit peeks out here and there, but it does get to be a pain to have to color it. I like your auburn. I chuckled because when I took my son to Scotland in 2006 I had several people on the street tell me they could tell I was Scottish because of my hair color. I had to tell them it was from a bottle! Ha! So much for Mother Nature knowing my roots!

    As for the running for only 30 minutes, you do what your gut tells you, and if you find it's not working for you, then adjust your routine. I'm happy you got that nice walk in today to and from the gym. I can't wait until the cold and wind dies down here so it's comfortable to take outdoor walks again.

    Looking forward to seeing those new 'do pics! emoticon Christine
    3746 days ago
  • no profile photo BARTINPC
    Isn't it fun not being sure if running for "only" 30 minutes a few times a week will be enough? emoticon
    3746 days ago
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