26 February 2010

99 Days

This morning when I woke up, I realized that I'm getting married in 99 days! Then I did the happy dance because I can remember way back in August when the wedding was over 300 days away and it seemed so far. Now it's only 99 days away and that makes me very very happy!

I also realized that I'm feeling super good about the wedding planning. I'm feeling no stress, except for the whole get skinny enough to look good in my wedding dress thing. I think we've figured out what Tim will wear and we'll get that taken care of this weekend. My parents are totally on task with getting the reception venue (their yard) all ready. My dad is working on the fire bowls and the tiki bar and tiki torches are all taken care of. I think I have everything I need as far as wedding day clothing goes. So, while we still have a list of tasks to get taken care of, I'm feeling super good about it all.

Mostly though, I'm just super way excited that I get to marry a truly incredible man who is SO perfect for me in 99 days! That is probably the best feeling!

23 February 2010

Weekly Workouts

February 22, 2010 ~ KenpoX + AbRipperX
Worked out 59:59...burned 395 calories.
Worked out 15:46...burned 91 calories.

February 23, 2010 ~ Aerobic Body Shaping
Worked out 56:22...used 15, 10, 5lb dumbbells...burned 486 calories.

February 24, 2010 ~ Core Synergistics
Worked out 59:41...used 8, 5lb dumbbells...burned 406 calories.

February 25, 2010 ~ Jiggle Free Buns + Tight Buns and Killer Legs
Weigh in +0.8lbs
Worked out 33:08...used 15, 10lb dumbbells...burned 307 calories.
Worked out 30:19...used 15, 10lb dumbbells...burned 276 calories.

February 26, 2010 ~ Bootcamp Maximum Calorie Burn + AbRipperX
Worked out 52:49...used 8lb dumbbell...burned 459 calories.
Worked out 15:49...burned 88 calories.

February 27, 2010 ~ REST

February 28, 2010 ~ Get Ripped 1000
Worked out 1:04:33...used 15, 8lb dumbbells...burned 635 calories.

15 February 2010

AJ vs. The Mouse, Round 2

When I arrived home from work on Friday afternoon, this is what I found, along with a note saying, "I hope these work!"

In my head, I was thinking, " actually expect me to stick glue pads around the apartment to catch the mouse. I really don't want to see the mouse. I really don't want to think about how awful it would be to hear the mouse or to know the mouse is struggling to die." Definitely not cool. So, I headed to the store to buy some actual mouse traps that I thought would work perfectly. I ended up with these.

I put some string cheese in the trap for bait. I figured if the mice were willing to get in the garbage to mess with my string cheese wrappers, that string cheese might actually catch them. I set 4 traps around the apartment and then proceeded to go on with my day, which included working out and tearing my calf. That made for a LONG night of no sleep. It also involved getting up every so often to check the traps to see if I caught a mouse.

On Saturday morning, when I decided to get out of bed for the day, I hobbled into the kitchen and checked the traps. This is what I found.

As you can see from the red mark on the trap, I had caught a mouse. I got a little freaked out, but I could not do the heebie jeebie dance because my leg wouldn't straighten or bear any weight. I was trying to figure out how to deal with this mouse trap without getting all grossed out. I'm actually doing the heebie jeebie dance in my chair right now just thinking about it. I grabbed my broom and swept the trap out onto the kitchen tiles. I scanned my kitchen for anything that would allow me to not actually have to touch the trap with my hands. I didn't really feel like walking to the bathroom to find my rubber gloves, but I did find a granola bar box that was almost empty. I proceeded to empty the box, set it on the floor, and swept the trap into the box.

Once the trap was in the box, I picked up the box, did the heebie jeebie dance sort of and dropped the box into the trash, scrubbed my hands twice, and then took the garbage out. I also scrubbed my hands again.

So, I won round 2. The mouse is dead and gone. I still have 3 more baited traps hanging around the apartment, just in case... Oh, and my landlords graciously left me some more of these. they'll ever get used in my world...

Weekly Workouts

I tore my calf on Friday night during my workout. I'm hoping to be able to get back to normal quickly, but in the meantime, I'll be modifying my workouts. I'll still keep posting what I do, but it will probably not be my typical workouts. I'm also hoping this doesn't deter my weight loss.

February 15, 2010 ~ Upper Body Sculpt + SBS Abs only
Worked out 35:55...used 20, 10, 8, 5, 3lb dumbbells...burned 190 calories.
Worked out 9:43...burned 37 calories.

February 16, 2010 ~ Ab workout
Used the 10lb medicine ball.

February 17, 2010 ~ Jiggle Free Arms + Jiggle Free Abs
Worked out 31:39...used 15, 10, 8, 5lb dumbbells...burned 201 calories.
Worked out 23:20...burned 112 calories.

February 18, 2010 ~ KenpoX
Weigh in ~ lost 3.2lbs.
Worked out 58:47...burned 424 calories.

February 19, 2010 ~ Get Ripped
Worked out 53:21...used 15, 10, 8, 5lb dumbbells...burned 242 calories.

February 20, 2010 ~ Walked with Julie
Worked out 1:34:24...burned 478 calories.

February 21, 2010 ~ Get Ripped (with Tim) + Jiggle Free Abs
Worked out 57:35...used 15, 10, 8, 5, 3lb dumbbells...burned 289 calories
Worked out 23:52...burned 114 calories.

12 February 2010

AJ vs. The Mouse, Round 1

So, as some of you probably know, occasionally during the winter, I get to battle some small rodent (ie. The Mouse) who decides that living in my apartment is a good idea. I, on the other hand, am completely opposed to this idea. I am not a fan of mice. I don't get up on a chair and scream when I see one, but I do get the heebie jeebies and get totally freaked out. I should mention that I haven't seen the mouse that has decided to live with me this winter, but I did hear him or her last night.

I should probably share a couple of background stories just so that the current story makes sense. A few years ago, I arrived home late after a date, headed into the bathroom to get ready for bed, and saw a dead mouse floating in my toilet. I was not at all pleased to see this. I was also not sure how to go about dealing with this problem. So, I did the logical thing...I flushed. Of didn't go down very well. In fact, it was a total didn't go down for several flushes. I'm sure my landlords were upstairs thinking, "geez, is she sick or something?" Finally, after a phone call to my mother (in the middle of the night), I got Mr. Floater to go down the toilet.

Fast forward, a few years...I woke up one morning, headed to the bathroom, wasn't really awake, sat down to pee, did my thing, stood up, turned around to flush, and noticed a mouse sitting above the water line in the toilet bowl...ALIVE! I'm pretty sure I said an adult word, freaked out, and slammed the toilet lid down. I didn't know what to do...I wasn't going to scoop up Mr. I Hang Out in the Toilet and let him go outside. What if he ran up my arm!?! I flushed...he didn't go down. I flushed again, all along feeling very sad that I was drowning a poor mouse that I had just peed on. He still didn't go down. At this point, I wasn't really sure what to do. He was soaking wet. I was totally doing the heebie jeebie dance. Finally, I just stopped looking. I think I flushed the toilet about 10 times before I left for work. He was gone when I finally lifted the lid. I felt bad all day, but was also glad to not have a roommate.

Fast forward again to last weekend. I arrived home from a conference to find the clean frying pan that sits on my stove full of mouse turds. This did not make me happy. In fact, I was totally grossed out and doing the heebie jeebie dance again. I scrubbed the pan 3 times, searched all over for more mouse turds, didn't find any and didn't find any other signs of mouse occupation. I was hoping it was just an anomaly. Well, when I arrived home from work yesterday, there was nothing on the stove, except mouse turds. This did not make me happy. I scrubbed the top of the stove, wrote a note to my landlord, and then was freaked out all night.

I should mention that I have not seen this mouse, but I do know that it exists. At about 10:30pm last night, I was hungry so I had a couple of string cheeses. I usually just set the wrappers beside my bed and then throw them away in the morning. This lets me stay warm in bed. However, last night, I decided that since there was obviously a mouse living in my apartment, it probably was not a good idea to leave food wrappers on the floor, so I got up and threw them in my bedroom trash can. Apparently, that was not a good idea either. At about 12:30am, I heard wrappers rattling around and woke up, TOTALLY FREAKED OUT! I couldn't find the lamp turn on switch, part of me was thinking that I was dreaming, the other part of me was like, "REALLY...THERE IS REALLY A MOUSE IN MY BEDROOM!" I finally got the light turned on, didn't see anything, but did notice that the string cheese wrappers were no longer in my garbage can. So, yes, there really was a mouse in my bedroom last night.

I spent the rest of the night lying in bed, freaking out, being creeped out, wondering where the mouse was living, wondering why the mouse was in my house at all, worrying that the mouse was living in my wetsuit under my bed, worrying that the mouse was going to crawl up on my bed and sleep with know, all of the typical things that keep you awake at night.

Round 1 definitely goes to the mouse. I'm totally bothered by the fact that he is living in my house. I did leave a note for my landlord saying, "Hey, there's a mouse in the apartment." I'm hoping that when I get home today after work that it will all be taken care of. I'm also considering going to the store and buying the mousetraps that keep the carcass all tucked in and out of sight. Of course, if I do that, I'll have to buy some armpit length rubber gloves, an extra long pair of tongs or a shovel, and I'll still probably be dry heaving as I try to dispose of this stupid little pest.

P.S. I should also mention that Tim seems to think all of this is very funny. He's expressed interest in seeing the heebie jeebie dance, as well as the hillarity of watching me deal with a mouse carcass. I told him that when we get married, it will be his job to deal with the mice. I also told him that I really would prefer not living in a place that has mice problems at all.

09 February 2010

Weekly Workouts

February 8, 2010 ~ Get Ripped + Cardio Party
Worked out 57:18...used 10, 8, 5lb dumbbells (need to heavy up next time)...burned 246 calories.
Worked out 39:19...burned 365 calories.

February 9, 2010 ~ Maximum Calorie Burn Plus Abs + Ab Sculpt
Worked out 55:17...used 9lb bar...burned 416 calories.
Worked out 25:09...burned a whopping 79 calories.

February 10, 2010 ~ Supercharged Sculpting + YogaX
Worked out 35:55...used 15, 10, 8lb dumbbells...burned 340 calories.
Worked out 1:16:19...burned 257 calories.

February 11, 2010 ~ Cardio Sculpt
Weigh in - lost 1.2 lbs.
Worked out 58:31...used 15, 10, 8lb dumbbells...burned 431 calories.

February 12, 2010 ~ Ultimate Calorie Blaster + Express Cardio
Worked out 44:13...used 8, 5lb dumbbells...burned 431 calories.
Worked out 28:10...used 8, 5lb dumbbells...burned 303 calories. TORE CALF

February 13, 2010 ~ Upper Body + Abs
Worked out 30:33...used 15lb dumbbells, 10lb medicine ball...burned 194 calories.

February 14, 2010 ~ X Stretch
Worked out 57:43...burned 132 calories.

02 February 2010

Weekly Workouts

February 1, 2010 ~ Get Ripped to the Core
Worked out 1:06:20...used 10, 8, 5lb dumbbells...burned 484 calories.

February 2, 2010 ~ Total Muscle Shaping
Worked out 48:48...used 20, 15, 10, 5lb dumbbells...burned 397 calories.

February 3, 2010 ~ Fat Blasting Cardio + Jiggle Free Abs
Worked out 31:52...used 5lb dumbbells...burned 293 calories.
Worked out 23:45...burned 149 calories.

February 4, 2010 ~ Hotel Room Workout
Lost 0.6lbs at weekly weigh-in.
Worked out 36:16...burned 275 calories.

February 5, 2010 ~ Elliptical
Worked out 1:02:24...burned 675 calories.

February 6, 2010 ~ Elliptical
Worked out 50:32...burned 532 calories.

February 7, 2010 ~ REST

01 February 2010

Have I Done Any Good?