Month: October 2013

Day 84 – Back to the gym we go

I know you’re thinking to yourself, “Jodi, we aren’t able to read today’s post because we’re overwhelmed by the awesomeness of your sunglasses!”  It’s OK, I felt like that at first as well, the feeling will pass.  While the awesomeness goes on forever, your eyes will adjust.

In case you haven’t figured it out, I’m pretty stoked to be able to wear sunglasses again.

I’m also happy that we solved the temporary break down of the elliptical today.  We are the newest members of Planet Fitness (for the time being).  $10 a month, no contracts and $1 sign-up fee.  Well worth it compared to the $5 per person, per day that the YMCA was asking.  Overall I’m pretty happy with the place, but the WIFI is absolutely horrible.  I couldn’t watch Glee, which was immediately demotivating, and then I couldn’t even connect to Pandora.  Luckily I had a pretty decent playlist on my iPad, but I was super annoyed.  However, that was the only downfall of the afternoon (outside of my epic fail to try and be tutored by my husband in Networking…Did I mention just how much I hate majoring in IT at this point?).  The equipment was great and the perks are pretty awesome.  The best one, in my opinion, is access to a personal trainer that’s included in your membership.  After I’ve been a few times and made up my mind whether or not to keep the membership once the elliptical at home is fixed, I think I’m going to schedule a meeting with him.  I’ve always been super nervous about meeting with someone like that, but I know I’m going to have to sooner or later.  I would like to hear a professional’s opinion on how to best lose the weight and tone the problem areas as I go.  I don’t have any experience in lifting weights and I’m not very well versed in other forms of exercise outside of cardio equipment.  It can’t hurt, that’s for sure.

Now it’s time to go wrestle the contact lenses out of my eyes.  Still haven’t mastered that just yet.

“Enter every activity without giving mental recognition to the possibility of defeat. Concentrate on your strengths, instead of your weaknesses… on your powers, instead of your problems.”–Paul J. Meyer

Day 83 – Now I KNOW I’m 30


I closed down a bar last night for the first time in my life.  My friends and I went out last night for a girl’s night and didn’t make it home until 5:30 this morning.

How do people do this every…single…week???  I feel like someone has hit me with a car.  A small car, like a Honda Fit or something, but still a car.  I’ve barely moved from the couch all day.  I did manage to get down the stairs and wash all of my laundry.  I also sat here and did all of one class’s homework and about half of another class.  So I wasn’t completely useless today, but I definitely wanted to be.

With that being said, it was totally worth it.  I don’t know that I could do this often, but it is certainly a crazy amount of fun from time to time.  The only bad part is the next morning.  Luckily, I have the best husband in the world who fed me omelettes this morning to assuage my hangover while I guzzled water for most of the morning.  As I write that I’m feeling 1000 times better than I was when I awoke from my 4 hour nap.

The best part of last night was getting to hang out with my best friend.  We got to spend almost the entire day together yesterday and I couldn’t have been happier.  I miss her soooo much!  The only bad thing about my career move a few months ago is that I don’t get to see her every day.  However, even though our lives are going in different directions right now, each of our paths are leading us to wonderful places, so I can’t be too terribly upset.  I can’t wait for next month.  TWO WHOLE DAYS OF JUST US!  It’s going to be epic.

Even though I had a great time, I can’t say that I ate very well.  A friend of ours hosted a Tastefully Simple party at 1, then we had an early dinner at Ichiban (our favorite Hibachi restaurant) and then wound up at Denny’s at 5AM.  Throw in the (slightly ridiculous) amount of alcohol that I consumed and you get a 5 pound gain when you step on the scale after breakfast the next day.  I know it won’t stay that high, but man…just one day can sometimes (not always) ruin an entire week’s worth of hard work.  Luckily, I did dance a lot and went up and down the stairs at the bar several times.

**Insert random rant about who puts a BAR at the top of a gigantic flight of STAIRS!  I hope they have good insurance on that place, it’s a death trap!**

It looks like I might get out of having to walk while we work on the elliptical.  Cliff and I are going to stop at the gym tomorrow after work and see about signing up until we have it back up and running.  We have a Planet Fitness right up the street that’s only $10 a month with no contract.   Hopefully, it’ll work out pretty well and we won’t be stuck walking around our block for 2 hours trying to burn the same amount of calories that the elliptical burns in 30 minutes.  We’ll see.

I really wish I had a better quality picture from last night.  Next time I’ll have to take my actual camera and get us all in a decent light.

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.”  ~Albert Schweitzer

Day 81 – Fall is finally here!

I’ve never been so excited to see a Friday (I could possibly say this every Friday, so just humor me and pretend that I’ve actually never been this excited to see a Friday, k?)


I thought for sure I was going to wuss out on the elliptical today, but I made it.  I only did 45 minutes, when I had originally planned on an hour, but I’ll take it.  While we’re talking about the elliptical, I’m sad to say that it’s suffering a minor ailment right now that consists of a wheel that has come off.  We’ve ordered a replacement, but it won’t be here for another week.

This means I’m going to have to walk.

And I hate walking.

Like, I really don’t like to walk unless I’m shopping, and I have a feeling that Cliff isn’t going to go for me shopping for 45 minutes, 5 days a week.

Oh well, that’s going to have to be a problem for future Cliff and Jodi to face on Monday.  Right now, ‘I’m going to enjoy my hot chocolate (use water instead of milk and you get a huge coffee cup full of hot chocolate for a measly 140 calories) and then head to bed where I eagerly anticipate NOT SETTING AN ALARM.

“Of course it’s hard. It’s supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. Hard is what makes it great.” – A League of Their Own