A Mid-Autumn “Hike”

Good afternoon and thanks for stopping by today!

I have some very exciting news. I am back in the business of having a gym buddy! I was able to spend the better part of my day off with katie today and we were extremely productive!

First of all, we ditched Boot Camp. The forms have been filled out for a refund and I should be getting about half of my money back ($5 cancellation fee? What is that nonsense. They are charging $5 to avoid certain death  unnecessary pain and suffering!

Next, we hit up my gym since this week is “Member Appreciation” week which means that Katie could come along for free to test the place out! (She also ended up joining so now I officially have a gym buddy which is endlessly exciting.) First up was a 20-minute stint on the treadmill. In that short time, I tackled both sprinting intervals and inclines and by the end I was sweaty and red-faced. Next Katie and I did the following arms and abs circuit (thanks Jordan, for the arm-moves that I STILL use all of the time!)

After that, we realized that the weather was just too beautiful to spend inside so we “went for a hike”. (What actually happened was we walked the perimeter of a large field and followed a “path” for a short time that led to yet another field and some spritely, unleashed dogs.) Despite the fact that we didn’t cover much ground and really didn’t hike at all, it was nice to be outside in the beautiful weather and the trees were still gorgeous! It was almost 70 degrees, I couldn’t believe it!

 

I also spent some quality time in a coffee shop that is right in the middle of the village. It was very quiet and the view out the window was gorgeous. We all know that just about any day of the year I would choose coffee over tea, but for some reason, I bought a cup of hot tea and it was absolutely delicious. Maybe I should consider coffee’s backup drink more often.

 

Numi Tea

Now it is time to head off to tutor. We are in the middle of completing a big project! Sometimes I wish I could go back to high school. And then I snap out of it real fast. ūüėČ

See you all tomorrow!

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The Yin-Yang of October

You are not going to believe this. Guess what was cancelled AGAIN. Boot Camp! I was so disappointed. I actually really do like the combo deal of strength and cardio that the class offers and it always succeeds in making me woefully sore for days. <— The jury is still out on whether that is a good thing or a bad thing…

I decided to swing by my gym and hit up a BodyPump class instead. Fortunately, the room was far less packed than it was last Saturday. The routine was switched up a bit and some of the music was different which kept the session interesting. I am still playing a bit of a guessing game with my weight loads. There are some tracks that I know I could go higher on (for example back and legs), but other tracks I always seem to load my plates up much too high. Today I could barely finish the chest track with the weight that I had on my bar even though I thought I had gone a bit lighter than last time! In my opinion, the chest and shoulder tracks are definitely the most difficult portions of the class.

 

This chest move right here nearly killed me today:

 

Sure, it¬†looks¬†innocent enough, (heck, they’re lying down!) but ohmygoodness did it HURT! At one point, you are doing what they call “bottom halves” where you are pressing the bar up but never extending your arm fully, just halfway.

Somehow, I managed to skip breakfast this morning other than an apple that I had on my way home from the gym. Lunch consisted of a cup of Dunkin’ Donuts’ hazelnut coffee and also a whole wheat bagel with some peanut butter. I was actually shocked by how the bagel kept me full for just about the whole day.

And now for the main point of this whole post. The yin-yang of October.

The month of October has always been one of my very favorite months. I absolutely love fall. I love everything that comes along with autumn in New York and I know that if I ever move out of this area, I will miss this season like crazy. There are so many fun things associated with this time of year– hayrides, scarecrows, fall festivals, pumpkins, halloween, comfort foods. The list goes on and on! Even the¬†clothes¬†of fall are hard to beat.¬†On top of that, my mom’s birthday is in October (Monday!) and so there is always an element of birthday-ness associated with October as well and I LOVE birthdays.

At the same time, I can’t help but to feel a little bummed around this time of year. In the midst of racing around at work and (in the past, not this year!) also having school just starting to kick into full gear at this time, I often feel like I am missing out on something. It is the end of the¬†beautiful¬†weather. The end of summer, the start of franticness (is that a word!?) and also for some reason, halloween always makes me feel OLD. It is always around this time each year that I start to wonder where the year has gone. It makes me think about things that I wish I had done or “should” have done. I started to think about all of those things today and it got to be a little frustrating and so now, I am going to make an active effort to enjoy this time of the year that I love so much to its very fullest. Instead of getting wrapped up in the hectic nature of this time of year, I am going to try to get back to how I felt about all of this when I was just a kid. Thrilled to be carving pumpkins, eating apples and enjoying the spooky fun that is Halloween.

Even though October seems to bring the Yin-Yang Effect along with it, I think it’s about time I get back to enjoying it as I always have before!

Well, I think that is¬†all she wrote, folks. Work is bright and early in the morning and I am hoping to squeeze a workout in before I go. If you spend any time at all on Pinterest, I am sure that you have seen the motivational exercise quote that states something to the effect of “You’ll never regret a workout.” Apparently, that is supposed to serve as motivation to wake up early and get your keister out of bed and exercising. Today that exact phrase popped into my head, but I couldn’t help but thing “true, but I¬†have¬†regretted waking up too early…” ūüėõ Hopefully I will make it to the gym at the crack of dawn as planned!