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give me the music

sung in the style of C&C Music Factory

everybody dance now

stuck in your head???
you’re welcome!!  lol

anywayssssss….

i need some new music for my ipod.
this from a girl who has thousands upon thousands of mp3’s on an external drive…

but i do.  i need some new fresh music….well at least new and fresh to me

currently there are three songs that get me through at the gym – well there are more than 3 songs i listen to but these 3 are my favourite.
they make me happy and pump me full of energy
but lets face it…i want more
i always want more!!!

right now i am in love with:

A Kiss With a Fist is Better than None by Florence and the Machine.
a very inappropriate song (just read the lyrics) but hey – it does the job and makes me grin.  i am not too sure what that says about me – but whatever!

Rumour Has It by Adele.  if you can sit still through this song you have a serious problem.
this song makes me deliriously happy and makes me look like an idiot while i am doing my cardio.  i don’t care.  and you know why?  i love Adele.  she makes me happy…she turns me into a crazy cardio fool.

Gonna Get Over You – Sara Bareilles.  hello – need i say more?  i could be in the most miserable mood and as soon as i hear the first note to this song…my world is all rainbows, sunshine  and kittens.  again, i look like an idiot – but i don’t care.  and you know why?  cause i love her.  big love.  Sara contributes to my good health and weight loss insanity.

these songs rock my socks in a huge way.

so what rocks your socks?  what music do you listen to when you work out that gives you that extra push…and makes you happy.
share with me please.
i am going to spend some time filling up my ipod with some ear candy – to pump myself up for this Couch to 5K training.
yes i said it…as soon as i find my balls.
cause i am still a little scared…but i think i am almost over it.

so a little musical distraction would be wonderful.
what say you my fellow bloggers?
help a sister out!

and now…click here for more awesomeness!!

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me lazy? i think not

i have A LOT going through my head this morning, but i am going to attempt to stay on one topic.
wish me luck!

something happened to me over the weekend
i got struck by some sort of motivational bug and i have been going over things in my head non stop

i guess it came to me while i was sitting watching a movie
i thought to myself…self you are so lazy.

lazy????

i can’t remember the last time i could afford the luxury of being lazy.
it seems my life is non stop.  go go go…and then for good measure…go some more.
by the end of the day…i am exhausted and drop in to bed
wake up the next morning and do it all over again.

just a year ago…cooking dinner and tidying the house was my only work out.

today, i am far from lazy.

lately i have been going through the motions at the gym
i know what needs to get done and so i go in and do it

the one thing about me is…as much as my life is about routine
routine can get very boring.
and the last thing i want to start feeling is bored with the gym

over the weekend i got inspired and motivated and switched up my plan in my head a bit

so yesterday – on my day off of the gym may i add
i went to the gym.
i increased all my weights.  i took my time after each set…gave myself time to breathe
and mentally prepare myself for the next set.
i didn’t rush.
i am always in a rush…whatever it is i am doing…because i always feel like there isn’t enough time.
i told myself to slow down

it was kick ass.
kick ass i say.

by the end of the weights, my heart was beating so fast and my muscles were so shaky
i felt like i just got off of the elliptical from a half hour work out.
it was awesome.

i am off to the gym at lunch.
that’s right…i said it.  at lunch.  this is a first.

i am only going to do the elliptical though, because today my body feels the extra weights i just incorporated
and also i don’t have the time to do a full work out.

so when lunch time rolls around…i will be off to the gym…grab lunch on my way home
and eat at my desk
oh the luxuries of working from home
this morning, i walked the dog…took her for a drive to get a coffee
then sat on my balcony soaking in the morning sun
what a way to start the day…getting kissed by the sun…

life is good.

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hallelujah

in my neck of the woods…it was hot yesterday
actually hot doesn’t seem like an appropriate word.
it was sweltering…hard to breathe kind of hot.

it was 31 degrees out…with the humidity it felt like 41.
for my American peeps…it was approximately 105.8 out there.

Our seasons are always extreme.  if it weren’t for all the rain we have had
i would think we totally missed spring and hit summer head on.

anyways….

my GB completely backed out of going to the gym yesterday
something about her not wanting to die lol
if you read my blog you would know that my gym is not air conditioned.

i hummed and hawed over it all.  do i go or do i not?

i decided i would go.  if i felt like i was going to die i would just leave…
but not without raising a ruckus and complaining.
that’s right.
i was in a pissy mood just thinking about walking into that place.

So i raced home and walked the puppy….got changed and started walking over to the gym
every step i took i got pissier –  i had a dialogue going on in my head.
if the a/c wasn’t on…i needed to talk to someone who could make that happen.
i was in the mood to bring out bitchy bee.

it should be illegal…air should be on at all times in that place.

but you know what?  it really doesn’t matter.  they don’t have to turn it on…
i mean they got people locked in to contracts – who are paying that place every 2 weeks…
they are set…and they really don’t need to think about us and our needs any further.

so i walked in there…chip on my shoulder…speech prepared…
and it felt cooler in there.
cooler than it did outside.

could it be they finally turned the air on?
why yes…yes i think they did!!!!

it was on…barely.  it was still hot and muggy in there… but every once in a while the cool would touch your sweaty skin
and it felt like heaven.

but…

it was barely on.  i mean barely.
it was actually a pleasure to have stinky, sweaty people walk by me…because that generated a cool breeze for .2 seconds lol

i couldn’t even finish my work out…because i really thought i was going to die
so i skipped out 10 min early.
the thought of 10 more minutes on the elliptical made me cry inside..
but this gives me hope…maybe the a/c will stay on for the rest of the summer.
here’s to wishful thinking.

so after i finished up… i scooted over to McDonald’s and got my “special” iced coffee (no sugar or that syrup they use to sweeten it)
took a cold shower and sat outside in my undies…and checked emails 🙂
life couldn’t get better than that very moment.

drinking iced coffee in my undies…outside.
yeah baby.
summer is here.

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say what?

i have an injury
a unique one.

no, it doesn’t really hurt all that much
but it is uncomfortable when i am driving or go to grab something.

my thumbs hurt.
true story.

i figured out it’s from the elliptical.  i guess the position my hands are in make them hurt after wards.

it’s probably cause i am holding on for dear life.
death grip activated!

i wonder if there is a name for it???
ellipticalitis? lol

it’s just constantly there…that dull ache…in my thumbs

i’m not dying or anything
just sharing…cause sharing is caring kids!

could this be any more random?

on to something completely different…

Have an awesome bunny weekend 🙂
i am currently sitting here staring at a basket of chocolate eggs that were gifted to me….
From someone who knows i don’t eat chocolate lol
Either way…it’s very sweet…
I can survive this temptation.  I’ll give it to lil’ bee…and she can give me sweet kisses in return.
see…everyone wins!

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i am a superstar

going to the gym with my gym buddy is fun!  no other entertainment required.
no ipod or anything…just us.
we kinda have that unspoken language…where just one look or head gesture can entertain us forever, or make us pee our pants from laughing.
it’s good times 🙂

we can’t go to the gym together alllll the time.  life happens.  sometimes something comes up for one of us where we have to change our schedules up and more than likely go alone.
going alone is not scary for me anymore…but it does get a little boring.

enter last week.

i went to the gym twice on my own.
not a problem.

the one day i went prepared…my ipod fully charged (which reminds me…it loses it’s charge in 24 hours…what is up with that??)
so anyways, i had my tunes to keep my brain busy….cause face it…staring at yourself in the mirror while you are on the elliptical for half an hour can get rather boring…unless dr. oz is on…but i digress…

i left the gym that day feeling perturbed.  totally irritated.
it was a new group of people that i had never seen before…and i felt like everyone was watching me.
it was the creepiest feeling ever.

i was kicking some serious ass on the elliptical and kept feeling a set of eyes on me…staring and staring.
at one point i made eye contact with her…and gave her a look…a look that only i could give.  a look of annoyance…and full of attitude.
i thought…this chick must be floored at how awesomely i rock this elliptical!!  she wants to be JUST like me…
cause really who doesn’t?
i thought my fancy foot work impressed her…cause it impresses me to no end that i don’t fall off that thing…being accident prone and all.

i thought about it for a couple of days….
i thought about all the staring…how uncomfortable i felt…
and it dawned on me.

that’s the day i was listening to my ipod.

let me just set the scene for you.

when i am listening to music…i am in my own world.
nothing else exists.
in the tub, in the car, outside in public…you get the idea.
that is one of the reasons i started listening to the boring radio at work…
cause when i would listen to music i actually loved…i would break out into song randomly.
i mean full out song.
to the point where coworkers would smile…and make comments on my voice…
oops…was that out loud?
i always think i am using my inside voice…but really…i couldn’t be louder if i tried.

i remember quite clearly that i was rockin’ the elliptical while listening to an array of my favourite up beat songs.

adele came on…she had me rolling in the deep.

i was grooving on the elliptical…and i am pretty sure when my favourite parts of songs came on
i became a full blown super star.
it’s like a muscle spasm…you can’t control it…it’s just gonna happen.

i don’t know how loud i was…or how silly i looked…cause i am sure i had a smile on my face…
rockin away…and then wailing away

“The scars of your love remind me of us,
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all,
The scars of your love, they leave me breathless,
I can’t help feeling, we could have had it all”

i am pretty sure…almost 111110000% convinced i was using my outside voice that day.

to my fellow gym peeps.  i am sorry.  no one needs to hear that.

from now on, Dr. Oz it is.

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wonder drug

as much as i hate taking pills
these pills have been my miracle drug.
once the whole stoner feeling passes that is…
that...is not fun.

after the pill kicked in…i felt like myself.
very minimal headache and neck pain…tolerable.

so i took advantage of this feeling and went straight to the gym.

i got almost 2 hours in!!!
the scary thing was, i probably could have kept going!!!

i did a whole hour on the elliptical, while watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer –
i’ve never seen one episode of that show…but i watched the whole thing at the gym
couldn’t tell you what the hell it was about…but i watched it lol

i totally got my sweat on.
woohoo!

i drove with my music really loud
did my car dancing…
life was good!

till the pill wore off…yuck.

i took one more at night…and got the best nights sleep EVER
i slept the whole night through –  which never happens

today i am feeling better.  still can’t really turn my neck
but i am going to see if i can make this a pill free day.

woohoo to feeling normal!

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a sordid love affair

i saw her from across the room…
and i swear it was love at first sight.
 
i couldn’t take my eyes off of her…she had to be the most beautiful thing i have seen in forever.
 
all of a sudden i was filled with a hot desire…i wanted her to be mine…all mine.
 
i knew it was wrong – these feelings.
but i couldn’t help myself.  i just had no fight in me.  she had to be mine and damn the consequences!
 
she was there, teasing me with her good looks.  tall and slender, she knew exactly what she was doing.
i have never known temptation so strong.  she was on my mind 24/7.
 
it would be wrong to give in…so very wrong.
but it would feel so right.
 
how could you not fall in love with this vision of complete beauty?  and she is mine…alllllll mine!
bwaahhahhhaaahahaa!!

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amusing

i find it really funny…

that while i am on the elliptical at the gym, working my butt off to burn calories

that the tv to the left of me is showing the new show “Heavy”, and the tv to the right of me is on the Food Network

oh the irony!

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i am so in love

with the gym!
it’s true…i can’t even believe i said it, but there is no use in denying the truth.
 
i picked it up a few notches last night
and what i mean by a few…is ALOT.
 
my whole life i have hated the elliptical.
and i think that the word hate is an understatement.
 
even hating it…i did purchase one years ago believing that if i owned one, i would have to use it.
sure at the beginning of that love affair i was on it.
i hated it.  i dreaded it.  15 minutes seemed like a lifetime.
it didn’t matter if i was watching tv, or listening to music.  i just hated it.
if i could have had a glass of wine in one of my hands perhaps i would have felt differently at the time lol
it became my closet of sorts…or my hamper.
it was a fancy clothes holder, that’s what it was.
 
so when i went for my assessment at the gym, my personal trainer said i should be able to work myself up to an hour on the elliptical.
she said this after getting me to do it for 3 minutes.
i thought – whatever lady.  stop the crack.
 
the other day i thought i would give it a go.  i was on it for 35 minutes
and….
i loved it.
i am not too sure what changed inside of me…to actually say that i enjoy it…
i really don’t know.
i loved everything about it.  the jello legs, the heavy breathing…the sweating…
(i am talking about the gym people, not bedroom antics – mind outta the gutter!)
 
so back to the gym i went yesterday.
did all my ab work out and weights and hopped on the elliptical
which to my great joy (NOT) is right in front of a mirror.
 
all of a sudden i heard that jerk in my head telling me i wouldn’t be able to succeed without him training me etc.
i kept hearing that sing song voice in my head that i should be able to do it for an hour…
so off i went.
different things flashed through my head…like all the cute bikinis that will be coming out this season…my trip to Texas, summer, cute clothes
and i kept going and going…
and i kid not when i say it was not even a struggle.
 
i didn’t do an hour on the elliptical.  i did an hour and one minute.
eat that jerk face.
 
and i felt freakin’ amazing…i could have kept going…but i didn’t
 
a couple of hours later…trying to get up from the couch was fun
my knees ached something fierce…
i didn’t think much of it…
 
i woke up in the middle of the night to get a drink
and i felt like i was just hit by a car.  and i have personal experience with that feeling…
i felt like i blew out my knees!!!  crazy.  and not fun.
 
i woke up this morning…feeling not bad at all.  my knees are a little sore…as is most of my body – especially my lower back.
but i feel amazing.
 
i cannot describe how i felt after my work out yesterday.
it’s an unexplainable high…like a drug.
i see how people get addicted to working out…because at the end of it all…you just feel so absolutely amazing.
 
why didn’t i discover this sooner??? 

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