New Playlist

Music is as important to my workout as having the desire to actually get my butt to the gym. I have a variety of workout playlists… all titled: Workout – Extra Long (this is about 6 hours long), Work Out – Irregular, Work Out – Regular, Work Out – Joan Warm Up (all joan jett songs), Work Out 2.

Tonight I made a new one. There are some songs that are on some of the others lists but some completely new. Its a weird variety but alas its all music that makes me want to move. The biggest problem I can see is trying to stop myself from actually dancing to some of the music since a lot of it is good for dancing. One of the songs on the list is a song I heard for the first time today and I caught myself dancing and moving to it on the gym floor a few times. I finally went into the bathroom and let it out for a bit. I couldn’t help myself – I love dancing and don’t get to do it enough. Maybe next time I will sneak into the aerobics room, turn off the lights and let it go… but not too much. 😀

This new one is called: Work Out – Another One

  • One Minute Man – Missy Elliott
  • Die in Your Arms – Everlast
  • Fetts Vett – McChris
  • Rag Doll – Aerosmith
  • So What – Pink
  • Dirrty – Christiana A.
  • Get Ur Freak On – Missy E.
  • I’m Really Hot – Missy E.
  • Next Go Round – Nickelback
  • SEX – Nickelback
  • Buttons – Pussycat Dolls
  • Red Lips, Red Eyes – Red Elvises
  • If You Want Blood – AC/DC
  • Gossip Folks – Missy E.
  • Teenagers – My Chemical Romance
  • Get a Job – Offspring
  • No One Knows – Queens of the Stone Age
  • London Bridge – Fergie
  • Pump It – Black Eye Peas
  • Boom Boom Pow – Black Eye Peas
  • All the Small Things – Blink 182
  • Glory Days – Springstein
  • Just Dance – Lady GaGa
  • Dueling Canters – Chieftains
  • Pump It Up – Elvis Costello
  • Baby Got Back – Sit Mix-A-Lot
  • Centerfold – J.Giels Band
  • Cherry Pie – Warrant
  • Legs – ZZTop
  • Mother – Wolfmother
  • Bust A Move – Young MC
  • Yeah – Usher
  • Laffy Taffy – D4L
  • When I Grow Up – Pussycat Dolls
  • Hot n Cold – Katy Perry
  • Shake That – Eminem
  • All Summer Long – Kid Rock

Thats it… its a weird mix but it will stop me from getting bored for a bit.

I am looking for one song though – its that new Kid Rock song “All Summer Long” for some reason its not on itunes. I love that song! ETA – Found it! Yeah!!!

Workouts 5-17-09 to 5-23-09

5-17-09, Sunday

Rest day! Had to get ready for a new school semester that started this week…

5-18-09, Monday

Warm Up
9m – Elliptical Cross ramp, glute trainer, resistance 8
stretching

Workout

Leg Press
15 @ 100#
12 @ 110#
10 @ 120#
8 @ 130#
10 @ 120#
12 @ 110#
15 @ 100#

Seated Calf Raises
12 @ 45#
10 @ 55#
8 @ 65#
10 @ 55#
12 @ 45#

3 x 12 @ 60# – Laying Leg Curl

5m – Treadmill, Incline Intervals, 3.5mph

Abductions
12 @ 145#
10 @ 155#
8 @ 165#
10 @ 175#
12 @ 145#

Adductions
12 @ 135#
10 @ 145#
8 @ 155#
10 @ 165#
12 @ 135#

3 x 12 @ 60# – Leg Extensions

3 Rounds of the Following
12 @ 15# dumbbells – lunges, right leg
12 @ 15# dumbbells – lunges, left leg
10 @ 15# dumbbells – deadlifts
12 @ 15# dumbbells – step ups

Cardio

25m – Elliptical, Weight Loss, Level 4

Est. Time: 2 hours
Est. Cal Burn: 1285

5-19-09, Tuesday

Warm Up
10m – Treadmill, 3.5mph, Inclines 2, 4, 6
stretching

Workout

Tricep Push Down w/ v bar superset with bicep curls
12 @ 30#
10 @ 40#
8 @ 50#
10 @ 40#
12 @ 30#

Bicep Curl w/ ezbar super set with tricep pushdown
12 @ 25#
10 @ 35#
8 @ 45#
10 @ 35#
12 @ 25#

5m – Treadmill, 3.2mph, Interval Inclines

Hammer Strength – ISO, Lat Decline Press weight is per arm
12 @ 25#
10 @ 35#
8 @ 45#
12 @ 25#

2 x 10 @ 10# each arm – ISO, Shoulder Press

3 x 10 @ 8# medicine ball – back extensions
3 x 10 – roman chair, straight legged

Cardio Cool Down
15m – Treadmill, 3.5mph, Random Inclines

Est Time:1 hour
Est Cal Burn: 700

5-20-09, Wednesday

30m – Elliptical Cross ramp, glute trainer 2, resistnace 8

2 rounds of:
20 – stability ball crunches
10 – reverse crunches
15 @ 8# medicine ball – Russian twists on stability ball

11m – treadmill, 3.5mph, incline 3 & 6 (50/50)

Est. Time: 65min
Est. Cal Burn: 625

5-21-09, Thursday

Rest Day

5-22-09, Friday

Rest day…

5-21-09, Saturday

Warm Up
10m – Elliptical, Hill Intervals, level 5
stretching

Workout

Smith Machine Squats
12 @ 60#
10 @ 70#
8 @ 85#
10 @ 75#
12 @ 65#

Hip Abductions
12 @ 145#
12 @ 155#
10 @ 165#
12 @ 150#

Hip Adductions
12 @ 140#
12 @ 150#
10 @ 160#
12 @ 145#

4 x 15 @ 75# – Calf Press, left leg
4 x 15 @ 75# – Calf Press, right leg

8 x 30sec – wall sits

3 x 15 – Stability ball bridge pull in

Cool Down
10m – Treadmill, 3.3mph, Interval Inclines

Est. Time: 1 hour
Est. Cal Burn: 350

Time to Figure It Out Part 2!

I told you I would be back to finish that last part of this adventure. If you need to reread or read for the first time, Part one go here: Time to Figure It Out Part 1.

Okay, when we last left off I rushed through what I thought I should major in. Since then I have had some deep discussions with my mom. She too didn’t go to college until she was in her 20s and 30s, mainly cause of raising kids and having to work to help support the household. My mom had some interesting thoughts on what I should major in but her main point was to just get a degree in something, and preferably something that wasn’t too specific. That if I go for a very specific degree it would be harder to find a job in just anything. Whereas a degree in just English or liberal arts would give me a degree and the ability for a wider range of positions. For example, I could go for a psychology degree, but in truth unless I am willing to go further in my education then a bachelors it is basically worthless.

She also stated that, this is what minors are for. I could major in English and minor in something else. This would give me a focus but not too specific a focus. Is she right? Probably but the real question is if it is right for me. I have no clue but I do know that my mom is speaking from experience. It took her over a decade to final graduate from college in her 40s. She went for an teaching degree… now she loved teaching but hated the politics of the administration in the education system today. So, now she has a teaching degree which isn’t really good for much beyond teaching.

I look at my brother, he went for a history degree with a teaching degree attached to it. He is stuck working in retail. I look at my friends who majored in psychology – one can’t find a job because that degree means nothing without, like I said, another degree attached to it; the other works for the government in a job that needs no degree for people to do. Another friend with a journalism degree who works at a gym for just about minimum wage. And the stories go on and on and on…

So, does the major really matter? And in that case, if I do this I can only be sure that it does not guarantee me a job in career just because I have a piece of paper. I have to really look to the outside of just the degree and find out – what do I want to study for 2 – 3 years and where would I like to go to school.

I have been looking and asking for information on some schools and found that not all of them have departments for all the different majors. Such as the University of Pittsburgh, a school I wanted to attend most of my childhood, does not have a journalism school. So, if I want to move back to Pittsburgh at all – I could not major in journalism. Not that really matters, there are plenty of schools that have a journalism department in different parts of the country.

I have stated before that I am looking at possibly moving out of New Mexico to another part of the country, preferably to the east coast. In my search for university and colleges I started to look overseas to the UK. One of my dreams since I was a kid was to live somewhere on the British Isles for a few years. This is a possibility for me to do with finishing up my final years of school. I couple of the universities I came across are very open to international students of all ages and also give scholarships to help pay for your time there – including housing. Depending on my major – this is another possibility for me.

I am right now stuck on two majors: Journalism or English. Either one would be good but part of me wants to follow my mothers advice and go for the more general degree of English (most places don’t have a general lib. arts degree anymore at least that I can see) and possibly do two minors. One in journalism and another in business. The business would give me a back up. Or do a double major in English & Business w/ a minor in Journalism. Something on my paper that gives me something more concrete in the real world. Something that I could grow with and hopefully give me a boost up in the insanity that is life.

Maybe I did not find my exact major at this time but I do now at least have it narrowed down to a more specific region of study. I have come to realize that there are things, while I think they would be fascinating to do, are things that I would hate doing as a career. Now, I just need to figure out that last bit but I have awhile before I have to have it solid. I can spend the next year finalizing it and helping it come to fruition.

Workouts: 5-10-09 to 5-16-09

Another week down, next week will be harder with school starting up again and two of my days are later in the evening. Hoping to keep going at 5 days a week but we will see. I already messed up this week and took Sunday off forgetting that I needed to take Thursday/Friday off since I have work and school on Thursday and Friday is movie/regular night off.

School starts tomorrow for me, I am so not looking forward to that!

5-10-09, Sunday

Today was cardio day!

30m – Elliptical Crossramp, Crosstraining, Resistance 8
5m – Elliptical Crossramp, Cool down, Resistance 6
30m – Treadmill, Rolling Hills, 3.5mph, Level 12

Est. Cal Burn: 354 – Elliptical, 260 – Treadmill – 714 tota

5-11-09, Monday

Warm Up
12m – Elliptical Crossramp, Glute Trainer, Resistance 8

Workout

Seated Row – one regular pull & one laying pull = one rep/superset with chest press
12 @ 40#
10 @ 50#
8 @ 60#
10 @ 50#
12 @ 40#

Chest Press
12 @ 30#
10 @ 40#
8 @ 50#
10 @ 40#
12 @ 50#

5m – Treadmill, Incline Intervals, 3.3mph

12 @ 15# dumbbell – kickback, right arm
12 @ 15# dumbbell – kickback, left arm

12 @ 70# – Lat Pull

3 x 10 @ 25# – Lat Raises

Seated Dip
12 @ 60#
10 @ 70#
8 @ 80#
10 @ 70#
12 @ 60#

5m – Treadmill, Incline Intervals, 3.5mph

3 x 12 @ 8# medicine ball – back extensions
3 x 15 – incline sit ups

2 x 10 @ 5# dumb bells – shoulder arc
2 x 10 – ab wipers

9m – stairmaster, level 3, fat burner

and that was it… I ended with an asthma attack.

5-12-09, Tuesday

Rest Day!

5-13-09, Wednesday

Warm Up
10m – Elliptical Crossramp, Crosstrainer, Resistance 8
Stretching

Workout

Leg Press aka Darth Vader Shortener
15 @ 100# (warm up set)
12 @ 110#
10 @ 120#
8 @ 130#
10 @ 120#
12 @ 110#

Hip Adductions
15 @ 130#
12 @ 140#
10 @ 150#
12 @ 140#
15 @ 130#

Hip Abductions
15 @ 140#
12 @ 150#
10 @ 160#
12 @ 150#
15 @ 140#

Standing Calf Machine
2 x 12 @ 75# – Pigeon Toed
2 x 12 @ 75# – Duck Toed
2 x 12 @ 75# – Straight Toed

2 x 10 @ 75# – Glute Trainer, Right Leg
2 x 10 @ 75# – Glute Trainer, Left Leg

2 x 10 @ 15# dumbbells – lunges, right leg
2 x 10 @ 15# dumbbells – lunges, left leg

10 @ 15# dumbbells – deadlifts

Est. Time: 1 hour
Est. Cal Burn: 769

5-14-09, Thursday

Warm Up
10m – Elliptical, Level 2
Stretching

Work Out

Tricep Push Down w/ v bar superset with bicep curls
12 @ 30#
10 @ 40#
8 @ 50#
10 @ 40#
12 @ 30#

Bicep Curl w/ ezbar super set with tricep pushdown
12 @ 25#
10 @ 35#
8 @ 45#
10 @ 35#
12 @ 25#

10 – incline pushups, on the toes this time, no more knees if I can help it!

5m – Row machine

Hammer Strength – ISO, Lat Decline Press super set with pull downs, weight is per arm
12 @ 25#
10 @ 35#
8 @ 45#
10 @ 35#
12 @ 25#

Hammer Strength – ISO Lat Pull Downs Super set with Decline Press, weight is per arm
12 @ 25#
10 @ 35#
8 @ 45#
10 @ 35#
12 @ 25#

10 – incline pushups, on the toes

5m – Row machine

2 x 10 @ 8# medicine ball – Russian twists on stability ball
2 x 15 – crunches on medicine ball

Cardio
25m – Treadmill, 3.3mph, Random Inclines

Est. Time – 1h30m
Est. Cal Burned – 965

5-15-09, Friday

Warm Up
10m – Elliptical, Level 4
Stretching

Toning
3 x 12 @ 60# – laying leg curls
3 x 12 @ 65# – leg extensions
4 x 10 w/ 8# medicine ball – jacknifes
3 x 10 @ 0#, 6#,8# balls – back extensions
2 x 10 w/ 8# medicine ball – Russian twists on stability ball
20 – bridge w/ stability ball
10 @ 20seconds – wall sits

Cardio
12m – elliptical, level 3
20m – treadmill, random, 3.5mph
18m – treadmill, interval inclines, 3.0mph
2m – treadmill, flat, 2.1mph cool down

I’m tired and starving, have no clue on the cal burn. But I did get to see the cute boy at the gym tonight! Yeah!

5-16-09, Saturday

Rest Day!

Another plus to the week – down another 2 pounds. Very happy with that! Yeah!

Time to Figure It Out

Here is one of my major stresses right now, which I have discussed before and am still working it out: what should I major in? I have a major right now of general studies for a transfer to a regular university after I finish at the local community college. And I have chosen several majors throughout the many years of schooling and always end up realizing its not the right one then quitting school because I have NO CLUE what I should be trying to focus on.

This is nothing new, I have spent my life jumping from one thing to the next. I want to be this and then I want to be that and so on and so on until I am where I am today: 33 years old with no idea of what I want to be when I grow up. I have wasted so many years trying to be something special or unique or super intelligent. Seriously. Here are some of my dreams from when I was a kid on up:

  • teacher
  • lois lane or journalist
  • princess (yes, I was very young at the time)
  • Rockette
  • broadway star
  • actress
  • writer
  • director
  • music video director
  • fashion designer
  • anthropologist
  • business owner
  • personal trainer
  • psychologist
  • restaurant manager
  • nurse
  • oceanographer
  • and on and on and on…

You can get a general idea. I have gone over a lot of these things several times since I was a youngling and I keep doing it. Right now, I have no inkling. Its not that I don’t think I won’t be good at anything; its more of a sense of well, I can do anything and be good at it. In all seriousness though, how do I narrow it down?

Why am I so concerned with this now? In all honesty, I am tired of not knowing. I am tired of saying I am going to school but not having a clue why I am even going there in the first place. I am not a stupid person but there is very little that I am whole heartily thinking I want to do. Jealously rears it head at times when I talk to people who have always known or known for most of their lives what they wanted to be since they were teenagers. Most of those people have their careers and have no desire to do anything else. I fear that when I finally choose something that I am will find I hate it or suddenly want to do another career. Of course, I have this same problem with men, I can’t settle on what I want there either because I am afraid I will choose unwisely and end up hating my decision.

There are some inklings and flashes I have had over the years of what I should do. I can see myself accepting an oscar for best screenplay or best actress, hell I even have my speech all prepared for when it happens. I can see myself listening to people discuss their problems. I can see myself in front of a classroom at a college discussing a number of subjects. I can see myself well, doing any of those things listed above. The question is though: would I be happy in any of those?

Being an actress would be great but I would hate the spotlight because I like privacy. Listening to people and helping them solve their problems would be fascinating but I would get bored because I don’t want to always have to deal with other peoples crap. Teaching would be interesting but I get annoyed when people ask stupid questions and how would I focus on one subject? See the problem there? My negative personality traits rear their head when I really start to think about that job.

I recently asked some friends and family a question: if you could see me being anything, in any career path, what would it be? The responses I got were earily simiular: writer, editor, goat herder. Actually the goat herder was a bit off the cuff and I think my brothers way of telling me he didn’t want to give me an answer. But I got writer and editor several times over. I would love to be a writer but I am horrible at it. Okay, not horrible at writing. Horrible at finishing all the damn stories that are in my head but I do like to write. I have fun with it. Now, I have that. Writing, I can do that but will I be able to make a career out of it.

I also recently asked for advice on finding a career where I can put to use all the useless knowledge in my head, which I have a lot of, and my ability to sound intelligent and knowledgable when I talk. Then I got the response of politician which I swiftly threw in the garbage because that is one career I have absolutly no desire to be in. I do not like politicians, I find most of them to be the scum of the earth.

So, lets look at what I am good at… what am I good at? I have no clue but I am going to try to figure out some of these things but I do know what I like to do!

  • writing – I am actually very good at writing, and I have a somewhat decent grasp on the english language
  • research – something interests me or I have a question about something, I am really good at finding out the answers and sometimes I am able to pass that knowledge on
  • and….. um, hum… I don’t know what else to write here.

There you go… I am sure there is more but in truth, my boss aka mom keeps coming back into the office and its hard to write when I keep having to change the screen. My thought process is getting jumbled with actual real life work…

I do have an inkling of where I am going with this… Can you guess? I think I know where my niche is, its just wether or not it will want me. My thought the other day that I should maybe look back to my childhood dream job. What I really wanted to be when I grew up. I used to annoy the heck out of my brother pretending to be a journalist like Lois Lane before I could even write and for years I would walk around with a notepad and pencil, writing down everything people said (in my own pre writing scribble that only I could read) and well anything and everything. Even the prices at the cornerstore.

What is this job? I already said it and if you have ever read a comic book you will know. And who knows, maybe I will finally meet my “superman”.

I will attempt to continue this train of thought in my next blog but we will see won’t we. I am bad at the whole follow through thing.

Lil’ About…

This blog is my personal blog about my writings, life, weight loss, and time being a stay-at-home mom as well as part-time student. Please do not expect a well-edited professional blog as a majority of my posts are done in the free-writing format.

“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” – Benjamin Franklin

Workouts 5-3-09 to 5-9-09

5-3-09, Sunday

Warm Up
20m – Treadmill, 3.8mph, Random Inclines

Workout
3 x 15 @ 90# – Seated Leg Press
3 x 15 @ 60# – Seated Calf Press

Hip Abductions/Adductions
15 @ 125#
12 @ 135#
10 @ 145#
10 @ 145#
15 @ 125#

10m – Treadmill, 3.6mph, Interval Inclines

3 x 25 – Stability Ball Crunch
5 x 6 (each side) – Floor wipers

10m – Stairstepper, Level 3, Fat Burner

That was it – not a huge amount but something. Had a great day so far today. Its been really relaxing.

Est. Cals Burned: 961 (time around 1.5 hours) I took it slow…

5-4-09, Monday

32m on treadmill, 3.0mph, incline 12. Slow and steady and stopped when I started to get lightheaded.

Started getting sick this day

5-5-09, Tuesday

Home sick

5-6-09, Wednesday

Home Sick

5-7-09, Thursday

today was the 1st day back at the gym and I did pretty crappy.

Warm Up
10m – Treadmill, 3.5mph, Incline 3
Stretching

Workout
15 @ 85# – Seated Leg Press
8 x 20sec @ 90# – Seated Leg Press
3 x 10 @ 10# dumbbells in both hands – lunges, both legs

2m – Treadmill, 3.2mph, Incline 4

then I got dizzy and lightheaded – so I stopped. I will be going back tomorrow. Hopefully I won’t be spending the day feeling like I am going to pass out.

5-8-09, Friday

Pushed myself today… I am beat! But I am very happy with it!

Warm Up
10m – Treadmill, 3.8mph, Interval Inclines
Stretching

Workout

Bicep Curl w/ ez bar
25# – 12
35# – 10
45# – 8
35# – 10
25# – 12

Tricep Push Down w/ v-bar
25# – 12
35# – 10
45# – 8
35# – 10
25# – 12

3 x 15 @ 70# – Seated Row
3 x 12 @ 30# – Chest Press

5m – Treadmill, 3.8mph, 6incline

Hip Abductions
135# – 12
145# – 10
155# – 8
165# – 8
135# – 15

Hip Adductions
125# – 12
135# – 10
145# – 8
155# – 8
125# – 15

3 x 15 @ 8# medicine ball – back extensions
3 x 10 – Roman Chair w/ straight leg

5m – Treadmill, Intervals, 3.8mph

2 x 10 @ 10# dumbbells – lat raises

3 x 10 @ 8# medicine ball – jackknifes
25 – Bridge

10m – Stair stepper

I think there is more but I can’t remember.

Time – 1h15m
Est. Cals Burn – 850

5-9-09, Saturday

Warm Up
10m – Elliptical Crossramp, Glute Trainer, Resistance 8
Stretching

Work Out – lots of super sets

3 x 12 @ 50# – Laying Leg Curls
3 x 12 @ 55# – Leg Extensions

2 laps down the hall in the gym about 50 yards each way – running

5 x 10 @ 70# – Smith Squats
4 x 10 – Incline Push Ups (on my knees of course)

2 laps down the hall in the gym about 50 yards each way – running

15 x 15secs – Wall Seat Press? (with 15sec rest in between) where you sit against the wall and hold urself up, can’t remember the exact name)

10 – Reverse Crunches
2 x 15 – Bridge w/ Stability Ball
2 x 10 – Russian Mason Twists w/ 6# medicine ball

2 laps down the hall in the gym about 50 yards each way – running

2 x 15 – Bridge w/ Stability Ball
2 x 10 – Russian Mason Twists w/ 6# medicine ball
10 – leg raises

30m – Random Inclines, Treadmill, 3.0mph, 0 – 10 incline

Cool Down
2m – Cool down, Treadmill, 2.1mph, Flat surface
5m – Stretching

Believe it or not – that workout took me 2hours to do… it doesn’t seem like a helluva a lot from here but that was with some breaks to catch my breath and not throw up. During the squats/push ups I was dying.

Est. Cal Burn: 1360

I think the forced rest I have had these past two weeks have done me some good. I am feeling great. Sore but great. I had a ton of fun at the gym today playing with different things I have been afraid to do in the past.

Please note – you can follow me during my workouts on my twitter account! Its not a full blown account but I do post while working out and comments et al… http://twitter.com/varza