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Well, I woke up with a head full-o-snot and a sore, scratchy throat. So much for not getting sick. I have decided if I have something infectious, I’m not going to be a jerk and go to the gym and spread it around. But that doesn’t mean I get to slack off! I have a bunch of chores I should have done yesterday that I’m going to do this morning. I’ve already got the garbage and recycling out, and I have a kitchen that needs to be gotten into shape, as well as laundry going. And that aerobics tape that’s normally too easy for me? I’m going to do that today. I still want to exercise even though I’ve gotten the yuck, just take it down a notch so my body can still heal. Since I don’t feel any lung congestion, I feel like some cardio will still be safe to do today. I’m still optimistic that I won’t get as sick as others around me since I’ve been taking good care of myself lately, so I shouldn’t be absent from the gym too long. I just don’t want to spread my illness to others.

Yesterday I had a “cheat day” of sorts, but I still ordered one of the healthiest things on the menu where I went to eat w/ my folks. My parents like Jimmy Buffet (I don’t, haha) and recently one of his chain restaurants opened up in my city. They wanted to eat there. Most of the menu consisted of, well, cheeseburgers (“Cheeseburger in Paradise…” is one of his songs and the name of the chain). But they had some healthy stuff on the menu. I ordered the “chicken satay” skewers with terriyaki broccoli on the side. It wasn’t too bad. The chicken was the white meat marinated and grilled on skewers kabob style, and the broccoli was steamed w/ garlic and such. I couldn’t eat all the chicken, there was just too much for one meal (obviously) so I only ate 2 of the skewers and saved the other 4 for later (yep, there were SIX skewers of chicken, probably amounting to about 24 oz. of meat for one entree!). I plan on using the rest of the chicken in some sort of stir fry dish later. Anyway, I was proud that even though I was allowed to “cheat” I went for the healthier option anyway. The real “cheat” was the ice cream I had, which I couldn’t even finish because it was so sweet.

OK, I have 2 hours and 20 minutes til I have to leave for work, so I’m going to finish up the kitchen, do my exercise, prepare food, and get cleaned up for work. I hope everyone has a great, productive day!

In other news….I am a little worried. My housemate works for a small business which is suffering due to the poor state of our economy. He’s one of the upper managers, so I’m hopeful that his job isn’t in jeopardy, but it still worries me. If he’s out of a job, we won’t be able to afford our apartment – I can’t make enough money at my job to float both of us without some kind of assistance. So if everyone out there in blogland could think happy, positive thoughts for his business to stay alive, I’d really, truly appreciate it ever so much. Thanks, all! Peace and love!

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Another day, another workout. I went with the elliptical again today instead of swimming to avoid the swimmer’s ear. I had time to relax in the sauna today, which was great. Went and got lunch and saw a friend after, home now relaxing. Mind trying to convince the body not to get the sick that everyone around me seems to have. I feel a little congestion coming on, but I feel like I won’t get as bad as my roomie or my friend I saw today (the latter is already feeling better than he did before). I feel my workouts and healthy diet and vitamin-regimen will help stave it off. I just have to keep getting lots of sleep. That’ll be no problem tonight. My muscles are sore and it feels good because I know they’re getting used to the new routine (hence not wanting to get sick, not wanting to slow down the process of getting in shape). I think I can use the power of mind over matter to keep myself from succumbing fully to the bug going around. That combined with common sense (getting sleep, good diet, taking vitamins), I shall overcome. Sorry if I’m boring people. I actually do have a point to posting.

People always freak out when they found out that you’re pushing your body physically. Not seasoned fitness folks, mind you, but just everyday people. They’re the people who tell you that you shouldn’t push yourself, and you shouldn’t feel any pain whatsoever from exercise, and that building muscle will make you “bulky,” do pilates instead because it’ll give you a “long, lean” look…the people who say that taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking far away from the building you’re entering, and playing with your cats is enough exercise for anyone. The body is made to do a lot more than that, and with the insane portion sizes people eat these days, they should be doing more. Furthermore, I want to be super fit. I want to be able to lift heavy things without asking a man to help me. I want to be able to clamber around mountains and climb up rocks with grace and ease. To me, having a very strong body is my ticket to seeing the world in a very unique way. Why shouldn’t I push myself? If I just go for a nice, little walk every day, I can keep from gaining more weight maybe, but I won’t maintain actual fitness. Fitness requires cardiovascular and muscular exercise. Fact.

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Well, with the windchill making it feel like it’s -17 degrees, I’m not so eager to go outside today unless I have to. I do have to go to work later, and I work earlier than usual today, giving me way less time to get to the gym, work out, stretch, yada yada. Thusly, I am going to skip my gym trip today and go tomorrow. That doesn’t mean that I’m allowed to slack, however. I plan on working out in my own home here in just about 45 minutes (I’m having a little spot of coffee, drinking some water, and I’ll be warming up as soon as I finish writing this). I dug through my videos and found a highly amusing, but highly effective 80’s aerobic tape. A couple years back, my mom dug it up and asked me if I wanted it. We both laughed at the hairstyles of the women on the box, and the fact that it promised you a “great body” that the women on the box obviously didn’t achieve by doing this workout alone. However, it does get the heart pumping, and that’s basically what I aim to do. Its downfall is that it’s only a half-hour long, so I plan on rewinding the more challenging part of the tape and repeating it, because I thrive better on more of a 45-minute to an hour cardio session. If I’m up for it after, I plan on running up and down the stairs in my apartment.

My housemate is really sick, like coughing up his whole lungs sick. He’s quarantined in his bedroom and has pretty much been keeping to himself except to hang out with me for a little while when I get home. I’m hopeful that my “free immunization” of touching money all day at work has made me more resistant to things like this and that even if I do get it, it won’t be as severe as his. Also, I did my sick-time at the beginning of the season, fighting a near-constant sinus infection for what felt like 2 months…ugh. Anyway…

I’m off to get warmed up and stretched before I start my 80’s workout odyssey. I’m bummed about not going to the gym, but dangerous cold (and no car to boot!) and time constraints make it a task that would cause me more stress today, and tomorrow there aren’t any phys. ed. classes going on, so everything will be open for much longer and I’ll have way more time to devote to getting there safely on a bus as opposed to freezing my ass off in the bitter cold. Also I won’t have to worry about going to work tomorrow since I’m off. I’m thinking since the pool is open all day tomorrow it’s going to be a lap-swimming day. The black bathing suit that I bought that was too small at the end of the summer now fits! 😀

POST WORKOUT EDIT: Ugh, that tape was so EASY I had to do it TWICE, and I had to do the moves 3 times as fast as the ladies in the video to get my heartrate up to where I wanted it to be, AND I still wanted to run up and down my stairs. This tape is for absolute beginners and not for anyone who wants to push themselves. So I’m going to buy some Gilad tapes (high impact aerobics) for those odd occasions when I can’t make it to the gym.

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