Thursday, January 27, 2011

Shake that Body! Zumba...among other things

I went to Zumba last night with Katy for the second time. I never thought I would like it so much.  Granted, the room has glass walls, so EVERYONE can see you shaken your booty, but surprisingly I really don't care.  I like the fact that if you mess up it's ok because the girl next to you isn't gettin' right either and you can tell the instructor genuinely loves teaching. She even came in last night saying, "If you see me going a little slow it's because I'm sick, but don't worry you'll get a good work out."  Uh, at the end of the workout Katy and I turned to each other and said, "She's not sick." She had the same spunk as last week! Pure trickery.  I catch myself focusing too hard on getting the moves right, so I decided to loosen up a little last night and I noticed the moves became more fun and less difficult. 

2 weeks now into routinely working out and I can honestly say I feel so much better.  Before, I would make excuses not to work out.  Now, I'm making it a priority in my life.  I want to be healthy for my son and my husband, but most of all for myself.  Like I said, I'm tired of this always being a goal of mine.  This year is it people!! Blogging has helped too...I feel a sense of commitment to the thousands that read my blog...wait...I mean the very few super awesome people that read my blog :)  Also, the number 30 flashes in my head on a regular basis taunting me, so that helps too. 

Lately, I've been feeling like there just isn't enough time in the day.  I know most people feel this way, but I don't think I truly grasped the saying until I got married AND had a baby.  Between being a full time cab driver to my almost 9 month old, cubical worker bee, wife, cook, maid, and chief financial officer / bill payer I value any alone time I might stumble upon throughout the week.  My time alone is usually accompanied with grocery shopping or (now) working out @ the gym.  I've always enjoyed my alone time and when I don't get it, I begin to feel claustrophobic.  Anyone else feel that way? 

On a less serious note, I'm loving all the facebook postings of my friends announcing they are pregnant or getting married.  It just brings me back to the moment those things happened to me...the next chapter in our lives where "single and ready to mingle" is replaced with "domesticated bliss." I would hardly say it's 100% bliss, but it definately has bliss-like moments.  I enjoy all that is marriage, but it helps that my husband is a good man and good to me.  Marriage is hard work in itself...the last thing you want is to be married to the wrong person. I'm tempted to go into my thoughts on marriage and children, but I'll save that for another day =) 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Poking and Prodding - My Fitness Assessment

So, last night I had my fitness assessment with Lori.  I've seen her before when I've come to the gym to work out.  She's of course fit (I don't know if I would trust a trainer that looked...well like myself, lol), long flowing hair, a smile that goes "ding!" and a sparkle reflecting from the top right a nutshell fit and fabulous.  She turned out to be super nice and down to earth, so I couldn't loathe her awesome personality and fit physique.  She was here to help me and I could tell she genuinely took an interest in this stuff.   

All the Poking and Prodding

1. We took my cholesterol test.  Overall it is good.  My good cholesterol levels were good, but my bad cholesterol levels were a little high, therefore it evened out.  I asked her what I could be eating that would cause it to be high since I really don't eat fast food....yup you guessed it RICE and EGG'S - 2 of my most favorite food items.  I gasped at the thought of removing these food staples from my diet, but luckily she saw the panic on my face and told me I could still eat them just not for dinner and in  small portions.  Rice and egg, we won't be seperated after all.  I just can't see you as often as I would like...but that's ok, it'll make our relationship that much stronger.  As they say, distance makes the heart grow fonder.  I will just appreciate you more in smaller doses :)

2. We did sit-up and push-up test.  Results?  She wanted to know how many push ups I could do before it started hurting.  The grand total = 14!  I honestly think I could have done a few more, but it was a little wierd with her just watching me on the grand like a helpless slug.  The sit-up test was different.  I had to see how many I could do in a minute. Total = 45.  Not toooo bad right?  We also did a flexibilty test, which went well.  I'm short, so it touching my toes really isn't a problem.  My torso is a lot longer than my legs.

3. We talked about my goals.  She seemed very optimistic when I told her I would like to lose 30 lbs by August.  I mean that is 7 months, I would hope that would be doable!  I told her working out has never been an issue for me, I just LOVE FOOD.  I honestly don't think my brain has an off switch, so if I don't watch myself, I can snack all day.  She asked me if training 4-5 days a week is realisitic and I said yes, so she told me what to do on those days and where I should keep my heart rate for maximum weight loss.  I always that when you're on a machine, the higher the heart rate the more chance of weight know, the whole "balls to the wall" mentality, but shockingly I was WRONG.  She wants me to do interval training, as well as strength training and try to take spin and zumba on a weekly basis.  After speaking with her, I really felt more confidant and more knowledgable.  She also took me out to a machine to show me exactly what she was talking about regarding my heart rate, weight loss zone, etc...

Tomorrow: Zumba with Katy

Monday, January 24, 2011

Over the weekend - Recap

I usually only blog when I feel compelled to, but I'm not really feeling compelled...but then again it's Monday and I don't feel compelled to do much on Mondays. 

The things that happened this weekend:

1.  I took my mom out for a belated birthday lunch: Viet Huong

Bun Cha Gio
Spring Rolls

2. Spin Class with SIL Katy:

The class was a little "easier" than the first one.  The instructor
was very chill...basically do whatever you want - sweet.

3. Christian had his dedication @ church:

I find it more fun to dress him than myself
these days :)

You can see the terrified look on his face, lol. The Pastor
was trying to show off his shirt that has the symbol
for Starfleet Academy (Star Trek).  Like my husband,
our Pastor LOVES Star Trek.

I have my fitness assessment tonight @ the 'ol gym.  Let's see how this turns out.  Be optimistic right? It can only get better.

Monday, January 17, 2011

What I learned from my first spin class

So, the plan was that on Saturday Katy (my sister in law) and I were going to to take our first spin class together @ the gym we just joined.  Katy and her husband graciously bestowed upon me a 1 year membership to this very nice health club under one condition - that I be Katy's "accounta-bil-a-buddy."  After arguing with her that this gift was far too nice, I accepted and immediately became giddy.  Katy has taken spin classes before, but this would be my first fitness class EVER.  I was nervous, but since she was going to be there with me, I was looking forward to it more than anything.

Come Saturday morning, I receive the text that she wouldn't be able to make it!  One of the boys was sick.  Don't get me wrong, I felt bad for my nephew, but I also was a little bummed I wouldn't be taking my first spin class EVER.  Did you catch that?  I had already decided from that moment I wasn't going to the class without Katy.  I still went to the gym...I mean I was already dressed for fitness success.

Once I got there, I jumped on the treadmill and did a measly mile because in all reality I did want to take the class.  I even picked a machine that was facing the spin class just so I could see who all was going in...see if there was anyone entering the class like know, pleasantly plump, heehee. 

I decided to venture over to the class to see what time the class started...and that's when the instructor caught me!

Instructor: Are you here for the spin class?

Me: Yeah, I wasn't sure if it started @ 8 or 8:30.

Instructor:  Well there's been a mix up, but it starts @ 8:30.  Are you training for a triathlon?

MeUh no - I thought this was a beginners spin class.

Instructor:  Well its more geared for a triathlon, but don't let that scare you.

**In my head: Don't let that scare me?! Look @ me.  Do I look like I've been training for a triathlon?? Uh no spin man**

Me: OK....

Instructor:  The class is great for beginners, it's just a longer class...about 45 minutes to an hour. 

Well to make a long story a little shorter, I ended up mustering up enough courage to jump on a bike...I didn't even pick the back row!  Well, at the time I did think it was the back row, but more people joined the class, so I ended up being on the second to last row. 

I even made a friend - Alma is her name.  Granted, I'm probably half her age, but we were both beginners and she was super nice.  Sadly, her and I almost kept the same pace, LOL.  I think that speaks more for her than me.  She was very encouraging and I like those kind of people in my life regardless of age!

So spin class @ 8:30 geared towards triathlon trainers, I'll see you on Saturday!

Oh yeah...What I learned from my 1st spin class:

1. That I can survive a 45 minute spin class geared towards triathlon trainers
2. That I am able to step out of my comfort zone.
3. That the class had great energy and I'm glad I did it.
4. It'll get easier every time (that ones from Alma)
5.  It's not a race and you're only in competition with yourself so have fun (that ones from Katy)

Monday, January 10, 2011

January 1, 2011 - The Beginning of a New Tradition

The first person I saw on 01.01.2011 is:

 The last 8 months with Christian have flown by.  He's just now starting the seperation anxiety stuff, which is throwing me off.  I just assumed I had this independent kid, but now when strangers hold him, he freaks out a little.  He also is trying to be more adventurious and pull himself on furniture.  Result?  A lot of Thuds coming from his head hitting the floor.  That face he makes when he's crying somehow turns me into SUPER MOM.  I rush to his aid and hold him close.  I only do this when he's screaming his face off though, so don't assume I do this every time he wimpers... I'm not one of THOSE moms ;)

See the bright pink blanket he's under?  It is this AMAZING blanket my mom got in Korea.  They call it a mink blanket, but no minks were harmed in the making of this blanket.  I love it.  Its a bit of an eye sore (b/c it's SO bright), but it sure keeps the winter nights warmer.  I keep it under our comforter, so no one can see know, b/c I'm giving tours of our bedroom all the time. 

Ok, so on to our new Solomon family tradition.  It's an American tradition to eat black eyed peas for the first of the year because it's thought to bring prosperity and good luck, but Matt is allergic to BEP's, so the Solomon's needed to come up with a NEW new year tradition. 
I, personally, love the Korean meal for new years - dduk guk.  It's a rice cake soup and it's delicious. Korean's eat this soup for the new year for luck and to gain an additional year of least that is what I was told.  Don't ever quote me on Korean facts. I could eat this soup at least once a week.  I could learn how to make this soup, but right now I'll take advantage of my moms magical cooking mojo and continue to let her make this dish.  I enjoy going over to her house and eating this with her - good way to start the new year :) 

Oookay - so the dish I chose to be the Solomon's New Year Meal  is....POT ROAST!!!  What?  You were expecting something a little more exotic? I tried this recipe from The Pioneer Woman herself and it was delicious. 

Pan seared potatoes,  carrots, and onions - Yummmm

Pan seared 4 lb chuck roast - Yummmmm

All mixed together in a big pot of beef broth,
fresh rosemary, and thyme - Yummmmm 

You know it looks good....

DELISH :) Of course I mix some rice in my bowl to soak up the
super awesome broth because what have I told you? 
Rice makes the world a better place, thats right :)

Random photo moment: This picture is a little
 blurry, but it makes me smile :)

Monday, January 3, 2011

Oh the things I say I will do for the people I love - MUD RUN

So, like I said, I'm GOING to run a 5K this year.  I planned on accomplishing this goal @ the Race for the Cure  SEPTEMBER 17, 2011 BABY! Then I get this text:

Katy (my sister in law): I emailed you a link.  I am absolutely forcing you to do this run with me this year. ;)

*So I checked my email and this is what I find:  It is the Tulsa Mud Run - a (approx) 2 mile "run" aka super muddy obstacle course.

Me: LoL I think you asked to do this one before. All the contestants look pretty and fit! 

*The first picture that popped up on the website were freakin' Hooters girls

Katy: I did! And we are already pretty. We've got till August to work on the fit part.  I don't care about looking hot.  It just looks like a lot of fun.  I'll pay for your fee, what do you say??

*She continues to compliment me about being her favorite little sis to sucker me in, so I'll spare you all the sap :)

Me: I will do this for you. Just know I'm stepping way out of my comfort zone for you.

Katy: I think that's awesome!

So, before I do my pretty in pink boobie race (September), I must slosh in the mud (August).
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