May 17

What’s your orange shorts?

Posted by Lindsey.

I just read this great blog post by Kristin Armstrong from her blog Mile Markers on Runner’s World. Orange Shorts is written far better than I ever could on a topic I’ve been thinking about lately. How do you just be yourself? How do you overcome your fears to do the things you most want and be the person you most need to be?

I shared it on my google reader page . Since I’m become an obsessed geeky google reader, I thought I’d share my most favorite items I’m pouring through. I love information!

So, now I’ve got to think. What’s my biggest orange shorts? And how am I going to change?

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Mar 2

training mentality

Posted by Lindsey.

I began gymnastics when I was two and a half. I think my mom was tired of me bouncing around everywhere so much. Before I enrolled in kindergarten I started playing teeball, probably because my sister played softball too and I always wanted to be more grownup than I was. Back then I was not a talker. I was very shy and quite focused on playing sports and reading. My two great loves in life. Gymnastics was the main focus of my young life, however, and what started as once a week play became twice a week junior training. Junior training was all about getting stronger and more flexible. Our competitions would test us in those areas in several different categories like splits and leg lifts. Then, I switched over to “pre-team” as they called it. It was training designed to prepare us for the kind of competitions you see on tv. Only I was training for the beginning levels. And so twice a week became three times a week and then finally four times a week. I can’t remember all the details as well I’d like to. But I know I lived for those four days a week. My favorite rotations were vault, beam, and floor. Bars was bad but not as bad as conditioning. 😉 Although sometimes the coaches would make even that fun. By the fifth grade I was a regular little pro. And then I mentally burned out. And so gymnastics for a while was replaced by basketball. And then after taking a break, gymnastics came back into my life. Meanwhile I was still playing softball. In high school, basketball was replaced by diving. I realized being not barely 5’2″ I was never going to shoot hoops with the best of them. But, I could take my gymnastics training and use it for diving. And so for the next three years I played sports year round. In the summer I’d go to softball and gymnastics camps. I’d also have summer gymnastics practice. I have no idea how my parents afforded all my training. I think for the first 18 years of my life I spent most of them feeling like an athlete in training. It was the focus of my life. Of course, things change as they always do. My senior year of high school I tore my ACL in a gymnastics meet. And just like that the most important thing in my life was over. I still managed to play my senior season of softball but couldn’t hit because I wouldn’t be able to run very well. I was a pitcher and while I made it through my season it still wasn’t the same as playing the way I used to. I loved to slide and hit and get dirty. And then my life moved on. I had to choose a college, a major, another major 😉 for grad school, and then a career. I suppose I sorta lost myself in that process and let myself get out of shape and overweight. Most of you know I’ve been working on changing that in the last year. And what surprises me today is how much that training mentality sticks with you. I work out all the time now. I love it. If I miss a day at the gym I miss it even if my body doesn’t. I can tell I’m 28, my body reminds me with every joint cracking and muscle protesting. But part of me always remembers what it’s like to train for something. I’ve been trying to train for 5k races but you know it’s not the same. I’m not a very good runner and therefore it’s not the same as when I was a little gymnast. I wasn’t the best on the team but I was pretty good. I had some talent and although I never fully realized it I still loved it more than I have ever loved anything. And so now, I have this training mentality following me around. I want to train for something but it’s not the same as when you play a sport. Even if I played a sport now it’d be for fun and that’s not the same. I really don’t think there is a way to capture that essence. But it’s with me and it forces me to be a little compulsive about the gym. And then I find myself caught up in those memories. Even ten years and two months since the last time I did gymnastics, I still close my eyes and fall asleep at night to gymnastics routines in my head. My mom thinks I should get involved in coaching but the way gymnastics ended for me, it’s still too painful to be around all the time. I don’t think I can ever get involved in the sport other than watching it on tv. Instead, I just work out, remember the days when I was an athlete, and think about what I should do with this training mentality shadow that follows me everywhere. That serious kid is still stuck in me and I’m just not sure what I should do with her. 🙂

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Sep 25

Mix, Stir, and Bake

Posted by Lindsey.

Bad news. Found out my turbo kick teacher is going off to explore the world for a while cause she just graduated from college. BUMMER! That was my favorite class at Eco Fitness. It had good music, kickboxing, dance, and an elevated heart rate. It was so much fun. Keyword…was.

So at the end of the week I guess I will have to mix up my workout routine. Then, I’ll need to stir in some motivation and love for the new routine. And then finally, all it takes is for me to literally bake in the gym. Stir, Mix, and Bake SillyLins at 400 degrees until a year later I come out a totally different person.

That’s where I’m at. In the next few days I’ll have to plan out my new sched. I’m probably going to add a spinning class but I’d be glad to take recommendations on work out stuff. It can be outside, in the gym, in a class, or hitting the weights. I’ll be doing it all.

Now if I could only keep up with Megan in our nike+ challenge. She’s on fire!

Much Love from me to y’all! 🙂

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Sep 24

I wish I was the biggest loser!

Posted by Lindsey.

Why don’t I plan these things out beforehand? Here I’ve been working my butt off on my own with the help of the musc weight management center when I could have been on a tv show, working with the completely awesome Bob Harper, and trying to win $250k. I would be so awesome on that show!!! That would have been the time of my life because unlike some people, I like pain. I would have told Bob to “bring it on.” I love that expression no pain no gain. I’m a total freak.

Here’s an example of my total freakness. My new motto lately is if I hate something, attack it. If I want to do something bad torture myself with the complete opposite. So when I hate a certain body part I go to the gym and just lift and do cardio until that body part screams. It’s total funness. And, if I have a food craving for something really bad like pizza, I’ll go to the gym and do lots and lots of extra cardio. I’m trying to re train my mind and you know by the time I do 60+ mins of cardio there is no way I want to go eat anything bad. First, because I don’t feel well. And second, I just worked my a** off and I don’t want to undo it with a heart disease amount of calories.

Couple weeks ago I didn’t like how my legs were lookin’ in the mirror so I’ve been kicking it into higher gear with them. Last week I didn’t like my face and how exceedingly wide it is so the only thing I think I can do for that is to watch calories extra closely, lots of cardio, and to not look in the mirror 😉 . I’m not sure which body part I don’t like this week so I’ll have to see which area I’ll push myself the most on.

To say I’ve become completely obsessed with all this stuff is an understatement. It’s almost like I’ve got a bit of that magic back from when I did sports growing up and now I don’t want to let go. Now if I could only get The Biggest Loser seasons 1-3 on DVD I’d be watching it all the time.

Season 4 of Biggest Loser is on right now on Tuesday nights at 8pm so check it out, you know I’ll be. Only diff, I’ll be in the gym on cardio equipment while I watch 🙂 .

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Sep 12

I did a funny

Posted by Lindsey.

Last night in the gym, I just finished my cardio class and was going to work on leg resistance training next. I was getting out a step thing in order to do toe rises on when all of a sudden one of those big bouncy blue balls takes off. I had my hands full with the bench and yet the ball was close enough that I thought I would be able to get it with my foot. Well I wasn’t as coordinated as usual and instead of stopping it, I kicked it further. And, to top it off, it went careening off and hit a guy while he was working out. If it wasn’t for the fact that there were people around and that it wasn’t quite appropriate, I would have laughed my butt off. I thought it was so hilarious. Also recently, I’ve been trying out the class offerings at the gym and decided to try this Nia class. The way they described it didn’t prepare me for the hour. To sum it up, it was interpretative dance. Yes, I did say interpretative dance. We were supposed to let our body move in whichever way it wanted. I wanted to laugh the ENTIRE time but it wasn’t appropriate then either because there were two other people in the room who were taking the class very seriously (one was the instructor).

So what’s the lesson here? It’s that no matter what you shouldn’t be afraid to try silly things or do something stupid at the gym. I’ll pretty much try any equipment even if I have no idea what it does. I usually sorta figure it out based on the picture and if it doesn’t work a muscle for me I move on. I know some people think I’m really brave for trying out a class at the gym or lifting weights around a bunch of dudes but really, it isn’t that awful to embarrass yourself for a few minutes. I mean worst you can do is hit a hot guy focusing on working out with a bouncy ball. And even that wasn’t so bad. It sure made my night. But then again, I like to laugh at myself 🙂 .

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Sep 2

training update

Posted by Lindsey.

Well, I’m not sure where I’m at training wise for my 5k. I hope I haven’t lost too much ground since I went on vacation. It seems like wherever I go bad weather follows. I arrived on my vacation in Michigan to cold, wet weather. They were all doing rain dances because they were in the middle of a drought. Meanwhile, my workout clothes and shoes sat in my suitcase alone and sad. The last day in Michigan was finally nice but I was on a plane back to SC. And what have we had this past week? Well a lot of rain and storms. In good news though, my new gym has been a good friend to me. I’m there almost every day and so far the variety has kept me on my toes. Although, I do miss the sun, the trees, the nature, and the peace outside. So I hope I can get back there soon. In the meantime, I thought I’d share one of my favorite nike ads that inspires me to become an athlete again. Lately, it’s all I can think about. Most of my days are consumed by work and then working out. It’s not much of a life but I know it’s what I need to do right now.

 

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Aug 9

sweating buckets

Posted by Lindsey.

I’m pretty sure you didn’t want to know that I sweated buckets and buckets on my jog/walk tonight. I really can’t wait until this heat/humidity breaks here because I waited until 7 to go out and I still sweated almost to the point of dehydration. I’m definitely not a camel. I’m doing okay on my 5k training program. I’m about to move onto week 4. I even graduated from running on the track to the trails/roads/sidewalks around Daniel Island. I don’t get embarrassed very easily but I have cared about what people think of me. So I didn’t want to be that girl who looks really pathetic trying to run. But! I’ve been working on not caring what people think about me. People are going to judge me no matter what so I should just live all out and not care. I’m liking the philosophy so far so I think I’m going to stick with it. I’ll have to let you know how that works for me in the long run. Oh and I’m not sure if I’m doing the 5k I originally planned on doing in October. Christy mentioned doing our Clemson tailgating and football game that weekend and I want a little more time to train so I reach my goal. It’s really important I reach this first goal so I don’t get discouraged about my progress. Now, I’m thinking about running the Half Moon Outfitters Reindeer Run Dec. 1st downtown Charleston. Not only will it be festively fun but it will be cooler out then. What do you think?

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Jun 25

Finish Line?

Posted by Lindsey.

I thought this morning before work while I drink my coffee, I would share a goal I set for myself. And perhaps publishing it on this online forum will force me to not only live up to the goal but to exceed even my own expectations. You see, I decided that I needed to up my own game. I am already exercising regularly. It’s something I’ve always done. I told my mom I can think of only three times in my life when I wasn’t working out. Numero Uno: After I quit club gymnastics when I was 11. I was tired of working out like a pro for so many years. Numero Dos: Not when I tore my ACL because I continued to play sports on a torn ligament like a crazy fool, but when I had surgery that summer. Something about not being able to bend my leg made it difficult. Numero Tres: I had surgery spring of 2003 and wasn’t allowed to properly work out for 6 months or so. But yup, other than that, exercising has been a part of my life. So I thought I’d up the stakes. And since I’m competitive, I thought I’d be competitive with myself. I set a goal to run the Race for the Cure 5k on Daniel Island in October. The catch being I want to be able to jog the whole thing. No walking. YIKES! It’s really only a yikes because the one sport I haven’t been that good at since elementary school is running. I’m pretty good at almost all others. Oh well, this is something I want to get better at. I already have my plan laid out and I even bought a “complete book on running for women.” I’m learning and setting a goal I hope I can attain. I’m still cross training so I won’t be running more than 2 times a week for a month or so. We’ll see how I can kick it come October. So there world, I put my own goal on the line. Let’s see if I can make it to the finish line. 🙂

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