So let it be written…

So let it be done!

Yeah, so, if you happened to go to Bellmar Junior High (not middle school), then that phrase ought to ring a bell with you.  I mean, we watched Ben Hur/The Ten Commandments (when that was still allowed)/The Blue and The Gray/The Bridges of Madison County at least once a year and sometimes more depending on what the teachers felt like doing.  It isn’t as bad as it sounds though because back then, teachers actually did some teaching and they worked movies into their curriculum rather than just throwing on a movie because they weren’t feeling like teaching.  Good times.

In other news: SUCCESS!

Last night I taught my first pole class.  Pretty sure that my students enjoyed their time and I’m pretty sure that they’ll be looking forward to coming back to the studio.  I still have some work to do to get the class where I want it (longer warmup, music change, switch up the moves), but for a first time out, it wasn’t bad at all. 🙂

Day 3 of P90X brought Shoulders, Biceps, and Triceps.  And we dare not forget Ab Ripper X.  This morning before beginning, I was a little sore.  I’m guessing that by this time tomorrow, I’ll be feeling some major muscle pain.  Fortunately, I have but to observe class on Thursday and try to refrain from busting out tricks while my body adjusts to this new pain that I’m bringing it.  Dear Glucosamine: GET IN MY BELLY!

There you have it.  That’s my 15 minute brain dump.  Not much, but enough.  Besides, if I just keep writing here, I’ll have nothing left for my book! 😀

Peace, love, and hair grease!

Beams of Light

That’s what I see this morning.  I have a great big sunshine tapestry (thanks, J!) hanging in my window and the sun is coming in behind it.  Love it.

It’s a short one today because there is much to be done.  Work, work, and more work…which I love, and then teaching my first class tonight.  Somewhere between work and going to class, I really ought to paint my fingers and toes but we’ll see.

Cardio X showed me that I’m not in the horrible cardiovascular shape that I thought I was since I run out of breath if I try to walk and talk at the same time.  Room for improvement?  Always.  But hey, I won’t be too tough on myself since it’s day 2.

Also, lottery gods?  Couldya please?  Doesn’t have to be multi-millions.  $100K would be great right about now.  That would allow for several things that would allow for several things.  Yes, sometimes I talk in circles, but I know what I mean.

I’d love to stay and chat but I still have to go eat half a grapefruit before my breakfast is complete.  Go make your day a positive one!

PS.  I’m about to start reading “Women Who Run With the Wolves”.  Have you read it?  Did you like it?

Here I go again

Yes, boys and girls, it is once again time to Bring It! P90X style.  With only about 3 months until the second incarnation of this sheer torture is released, I thought it would be a great time to tune up for it with the first program.  Once again, I’ll be running the Lean program as I’m not overly interested in bulking up like a gorilla.  Again.

Day 1 – Core Synergistics

So, either I’m not as terribly out of shape as I thought I was, or it’s just the P90X trickery of thinking, oh, this won’t be so bad.  Seeing as how I’ve done this before, I know it’s gonna be bad.  But the results are SO worth it.  As much as I love the kickboxing, it just won’t do everything that the X will do.  I’m very excited to gain the strength back that I had after the last round.

The most difficult part, for me, of the X, is eating.  There’s so much food to be eaten!  I’m not following the diet to the letter because I have additional workouts.  I have to eat a little more so that I don’t collapse.  This morning wasn’t too tough because I was actually hungry.  Realistically, this isn’t more than we would eat on a Sunday morning, it’s just different….and a little more health conscious.  It is suggested to have all of these different things, but I find it easiest to just pick a breakfast and a lunch and have it all week and then switch it up.

This week, breakfast includes: scrambled egg whites with baby spinach and Roma tomato, a glass of skim milk, half a grapefruit, and a cup of coffee.  This week’s lunch: turkey sammiches with a couple of Wheat Thin flatbread crackers.  Let’s not forget some snacks: lowfat mozzarella and protein shakes.  That’s a lot of food throughout the day and then there’s dinner.  It sounds like a lot, but there will be times where I’ll still be hungry.  I love it!

And then there was everything else.

Work is still trucking right along.  My replacement has accepted and now we just wait for the HR processes to do their thing.  My position has to be posted internally as a technicality and then I think the offer letter goes out.   I’m guessing that she’ll start in another week or two, max.

The pole apprenticeship is rawkin out.  Tomorrow evening, I’ll be teaching my first class.  I’m still in the preparatory phases on that one although I have it roughly mapped out in my head.  The playlist for class is done.  I just hope that my new students enjoy the style of class that I want to give to them: calm, relaxing, empowering, and fun.

Looking forward, there’s more work, more working out, more pole, more food, more football (HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO!!), and more writing..hopefully.

Some of the ladies in my pole community were discussing not only NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November, but also the less official NaNoPlaMo (National Novel Planning Month) in October.  I’ve known about NaNoWriMo for several years now but haven’t participated.  I think this is my year.  Why not be able to say by my 38th birthday, “I wrote a novel”?  Technically, I think I may be slightly cheating because I’ve started this novel, but I really want to finish it and have people reading it on the beach on vacation.

Now that you know way more than you wanted to about what’s going on in my life, I’ll be signing off.  Until tomorrow…..BRING IT!

Where DOES the time go?!?!

This poor, neglected blog.  I’m surprised it even lets me sign in any more.  It probably wouldn’t were it not for Google Chrome being smart.  At times, I don’t post because I just don’t have anything to say or I’m being lazy.  This time, that is not  the case.  I’ve actually been too busy to breathe.  Even as I type this, I’m counting the minutes until I need to leave the house again.  I think the best way to catch up on what’s happened in August is……..bulletpoints!

  • As a member of Imperial Flyers, we put on an awesome amateur circus show.  No one got (seriously) injured and that always makes for a good time.  Threw two tricks, caught two tricks.  That’s a win in my book.  Videos can be seen here.
  • We passed our one year in Colorado/one year in our house milestone.  It isn’t “our house” since it’s a rental, but it’s definitely our house. 🙂
  • I went on a work retreat to Estes Park.  It was really great to get to meet our near-shore development team from Mexico and our developers who are right here in the Denver area.  We had a blast hanging around and talking and playing games.  And drinking.  And talking about the most ridiculous stuff ever.  Have you de-wormed yourself lately?
  • We made an appearance at my company’s picnic, for which I made some awesome pound cake cupcakes.  The cupcakes started the weekend baking binge.  The following weekend I made zucchini bread since one of Lovey’s co-workers had way too much zucchini and squash. It was so, so  yummy.  Lovey took a loaf to work and I got a few requests for my recipe.  Yay me!
  • WORK!  If you’ve followed this blog at all in the previous years or if you have the time/energy to go back through the archives, you’ll know that my work situation in Miami was just to the left of awful.  It was a toxic situation wherein, at one point, I was so stressed out that I was having what I called hobo dinner – a scoop of peanut butter and a beer.  Well.  All that has changed.  My current job is the COMPLETE opposite of where I was.  I enjoy my job.  I get up in the mornings and I’m excited to go to work.  I have piles and piles of things to do.  My intelligence and willingness to help are acknowledged and appreciated.  Oh yeah, and then there’s that fast track I’m on to be the manager of my little group and possibly a couple others.  I’m doing some online classes through work to brush up on my management skills.  I’m learning another of our lines of business.  And just the other day, I found out that I’ll be shooting over from App Support to QA full time for the remainder of the year.  We’re looking at quite possibly the beginning of the year for wheels to start not just turning, but peeling out with posi-traction.  Funny also that my boss lives within a 5 minute walk from my house and her boys go to the school down the street from my house.  It is really great to enjoy my job again.  It’s no Don Pablo’s and it’s no Club Med, but it’s probably as close as I’ll get in “corporate America”.  Also, I get to work from home two days a week.  WIN!
  • POLE!  If you came here through Facebook, you’ve seen my profile picture and you know that I do a little pole dancing.  It’s the closest thing to circus without having a trapeze in the house.  I started in Miami with the lovely Michelle Meier, currently of Iron Flower Fitness.  I have infinite thanks for Michelle, because, had it been any other instructor, other than the equally wonderful Marissa Alma Nick, I doubt that my pole journey would have come this far.  Where Michelle gave me my base, Marissa inspired me to move more gracefully.  Both ladies were just so instrumental, if you’re in Miami, living or just visiting, do yourself a favor and go visit them.  Fast forward a few years past Miami and I’ve found a new place to hone my craft – Boulder Spirals.  Sasha and Melanie just couldn’t be any more supportive, warm, and welcoming.  And let’s not forget wildly intelligent, because they did, after all, select me to work through their Apprentice training.  That’s right, I’m currently making my way towards being able (I think I’ve always been able, I’m just receiving the opportunity) to spread my love for pole dancing, fitness, and giving women an opportunity to step out of their usual box and feel strong, sexy, and empowered.
So, you see, I’ve been quite busy.  You should see my iPhone calendar.  August was crazy.  A dot on more than half of the days.  September is currently only holding 11 dots, but hey, it’s only the first!  If you can believe it, I’m still trying to find time to prepare for a student showcase around mid-month which will be my first public pole performance, get to the boxing gym a little more regularly, and write.  I still have a couple of ideas for books that I need to get on paper…or computer.
This is my stolen time.  The time before I absolutely MUST get up and get ready for work (where I can throw on jeans and a t-shirt and flip-flops and be appropriately dressed) but after the alarm has gone off.  The quiet time.  The only time I have for writing.  But again, I say that I will try to find this time more often.  And perhaps I will since fun stuff is actually going on.  Even now, there is more stuff happening, but, dear reader, there’s only so much I’ll bombard you with in one sitting.  We’re already at a thousand words for this post.  So with that, I will leave you, wishing you a happy September, a happy, long, Labor Day weekend, a working air conditioner if you’re here in CO with me (we’ll be breaking a temperature record today…97 in September), and just lots of fun, love, and happiness.  Go forth and caterpillar climb!