Silence is the Enemy

It is hard for me to find the right words to say about this topic… there is a group being started online called “Silence is the Enemy” by a group of women in protest against the mass rapings of children in war times.

I just want to pass on the links and some information because I feel this is a worthy cause and needs as much attention as possible. Put the spotlight on it and maybe people will start realizing that we can hopefully do something to stop it.

Read the Blog: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/intersection/2009/06/01/silence-is-the-enemy/

Join the Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=88260307629&ref=nf

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Workouts: 5-24-09 to 5-30-09

5-24-09, Sunday

Cardio Day!
60m – treadmill, 3.3mph, random inclines
20m – treadmill, 2.0mph, flat, cool down

Est. Time 1h20m
Est. Cal Burn 600 cals

5-25-09, Monday

Warm Up
10m – Elliptical, Weight Loss Training, Level 4
Stretching

Workout

3 x 12 @ 35# – Squat w/ row
3 x 12 – pull ups w/ 180# counterweight

3 x 12 @ 20# – chest press
3 x 12 @ 20# – tricep extensions

2 x 12 @ 6# med ball- some weird ab workout, wood cuter or something of the like
2 x 20 – crunches w/ legs on stability ball
2 @ 1m – plank in push up formation, on toes

5m20s – stairstepper

stretching

thats it

Est. Time: 1 hour
Est. Cal Burn: 737

5-26-09, Tuesday

cardio day…

15m – Elliptical Crossramp, Cross Training, Level 5
Stretching

3 x 5 – burpees minus the jump but did the push ups with no knees. Big girl push ups!
3 x 12 @ 8# medicine ball – back extensions

15m – Treadmill, 3.3mph, 5incline

30m – elliptical, hill intervals, level 3

Est. Time: 1h20m
Est Cal Burns: 977

5-27-09, Wednesday

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

Workout

Seated Legg Press – superset with calf presses
15 @ 90#
12 @ 100#
10 @ 110#
12 @ 100#
15 @ 90#

Seated Leg Press Single Legged- Right Leg
15 @ 75#
12 @ 85#
9 @ 95#
12 @ 85#
15 @ 75#

Seated Leg Press Single Legged- Left Leg
15 @ 75#
12 @ 85#
9 @ 95#
12 @ 85#
15 @ 75#

Bicep Curl w/ EZ Bar super set with tricep pressdown[/i]
12 @ 25#
9 @ 35#
7 @ 45#
10 @ 35#
12 @ 25#

Tricep Pushdown w/ V Bar
12 @ 30#
9 @ 40#
7 @ 50#
10 @ 40#
12 @ 30#

10m – Elliptical, Hill Intervals, Level 3

1 x 15 @ 50# – Fly (superset with rear delt)
3 x 12 @ 55# – Fly
3 x 12 @ 55# – Rear Delt

3 x 10 @ 25# – lat raises

3 x 12 @ 15# dumbbells – Lunges, Right Leg
3 x 12 @ 15# dumbbells – Lunges, Left Leg
2 x 10 @ 15# dumbbells – step ups, left leg
2 x 10 @ 15# dumbbells – step ups, right leg
3 x 10 – roman chair

10m – treadmill, 3.3mph, random inclines

I was going to do more but I was beat, this was the 5th day in a row for working out, I was tired. As well as the gym getting insanely crowded. Taking tomorrow off and going back on friday and saturday.

Est. Time: 1h30m
Est. Cal Burn: 1,121

5-28-09, Thursday

Rest Day

5-29-09, Friday

tonights workout – not as much as I wanted to do but at least I went!

Warm Up
5m – Treadmill, Incline 6, 3.5mph
Stretching

Workout

3 x 12 @ 45# – Squat w/ Row
3 x 10 @ 180# counterweight – pull ups

2 x 10 @ 20# – Shoulder Press

3 x 15 @ 60# – Seated Tricep Pushdown

10m – Elliptical, Weight Loss, Level 4

3 x 12 @ 8# medicine ball – back extensions
3 x 12 @ 8# medicine ball – russian twists on stability ball

Cardio
30m – Treadmill, 3.3mph, Interval Inclines

Est. Time: 1h15m
Est. Cal Burn 840 (mainly the cardio)

I feel like I am forgetting something but have no clue what… I am gonna go back again tomorrow I think then take sunday off.

5-30-09, Saturday

kinda rest day… I attempted to workout today but my body just wasn’t having it. I basically got in 10m on the elliptical and tried some smith squats but my knees were dying. So wish me luck tomorrow!

the right guy?

My mom and I have been having some interesting conversations lately mainly about my non-existent love life. While there are times that she still says I should become a nun there are times we have some deeper discussions about my failures in this particular field (ignoring my many failures in the other fields) and they have been particularly enlightening. In truth, I asked her why she never told me this like 10 – 20 years ago… she said, I wouldn’t of been receptive and my response when in such a state of mind doesn’t make me able to listen very well and usually end up brushing off what people say to me.

It has been a difficult week, heck it has not been an easy few weeks. There are a lot of things that are going on that are forcing me to take a very serious look at myself. Not just look but really see me and not turn away in shame but see the strengths that lie beneath the fears that overwhelm me at times. It defiantly is not a pretty picture but one I have to learn to live with. I may not like myself at times but I do not hate myself. I am proud I have come as far as I have. I could be dead or a stripper or living on the streets – so it could defiantly be a lot worse. Instead I am alive, have a stable job, am going to school and own my own home.  Defiantly, not the girl I was 12 years ago when I was dragged out of Atlanta to San Jose.

Pretty soon, I am coming up to my 1 year anniversary of starting on my workout and diet regiment. In total I have lost around 55lbs and counting. It does not seem like a lot when you look at it but each pound was a struggle. A struggle against my desire to walk away and give up (like I have so often before), the desire to ruin it all by binging every single night while watching tv, the desire to make this not about me but someone or something else. I am very happy with how this year has progressed and who I am becoming. Yes, I still have massive amounts of negatives on my side but the positive aspects are outweighing those more and more. The biggest is becoming my own person and loving myself. I am finally, after 33 years of existance, loving me for me. Even the disappoints that I still have, I know I learn and grow from them. Not let them hold me back anymore.

Back to the conversations I have been having with my mom, we had a semi-deep one this week that unfortunately got cut short due to people coming into work but my mom yanked one of those final nails in my coffin back out when it comes to how I deal with men. I yanked a big one out of a few months ago but that is too private for me to talk about in a blog. She basically pointed out my biggest weakness when it comes to the opposite sex; one she and my dad have noticed over the years and wished I would finally notice it myself… I had started to but it took my mom saying it to realize how blatant it was to the rest of the world.

Hello, my name is Varza, and I am a relationship chameleon. Please do not think, after reading this explanation of what that is, that I am a weak willed or weak person. I am not, I am a strong woman with her own mind – which is probably why I ended so many of my relationships quickly because of my struggles with this. A relationship chameleon is a person who slowly morphs who they are to fit into what they feel the other person wants or what they expect that person wants, instead of showing their true form. Constantly changing from one guy to the next – hiding behind their desires so that no one will truly SEE them. At least this is my explanation for this.

I do, do this. I really fear people seeing me for me and more importantly, seeing me for me and seeing that I am worth loving. I give men, boys, guys what I think they want. I will walk into a relationship an equal partner and then lose myself into their desires and wishes. This goes hand in hand with my troubles with saying no to guys. Its hard but I am learning to say it and stand by it without fearing that they will hate me or be disappointed in me.

Thirty-three years old and I am finally not afraid to show the world who I really am… kinda sad ain’t it?

The title of this blog is called “the right guy?” and I am sure you may be wondering why I am talking all about my and my relationships with men and not “the right guy”. There is a method to my madness, I promise! Part of this chameleon part of my personality is that I have been thinking about wanting to settle down (not that I have a love life at all, single for most of my life because I’d rather not date then lose me again) and trying to see myself with someone but I fear settling on what it is I want. What if I put it out there and I am wrong and I pull the wrong person towards me? What if I meet someone and settle then the real right one comes along? What if I make a mistake? What if I do try and I fail? All those fears that eat away at my mind in the middle of the night when I can’t sleep making me wish that there were a bottle of whiskey in my house and a Cherry Pepsi to chase it with (there isn’t thankfully).

Part of the realizations and the opening up of the coffin that is my soul is letting go of these fears and realizing I do know what I want and I should NOT be afraid to want the best for myself or that I should NOT be afraid that I will make a mistake or fail. I won’t. In truth, I am not scared as I once was… I am still scared at times and I have to fight against it often. Like people seeing me… the losing the weight – I know it means men will look at me again like they used to and I have to realize I am not the scared drunk chick I used to be. I won’t make the mistakes I once made.

So, the right guy? Who is he? Where is he? So many questions and I am sure I have answers in spades for who I think he should be *cough*christian bale*cough* but I do know there are things I desearve:

a man who loves me for me

a man who is not ashamed of me

a man who is not afraid to love me

a man who makes me a priority in their life

a man who wants to be around me

a man cherishes me

a man who can see themselves growing old with me

a man who wants to have children with me

a man who has the same ideals and morals as I do

a man who is athletic and fit

a man who is tall

a man who has a job and can support me if I need to take time off of working

a man who loves to travel

a man who wants to live in different places around the world (I do not want to live in NM forever)

a man who will not treat me as though I am not good enough

a man who will not hurt me

a man…. (I have no idea what else)

I am sure I could go into more detail but I won’t. In truth, this is just the basis of the right guy for me. Is it dumb? Maybe… I don’t know. I mean I am not going to put out there, I want a man with a specific eye colour or hair colour. The athletic and tall is mainly because that is what I am comfortable with. The rest is just dressing… its in my head and not sure if I want to share it just yet. My brother says I may be being too picky. Who knows… but don’t I deserve to be? Maybe I don’t, but I think I do.   😀

(btw – I did figure out my major finally… actually writing the last blog I wrote it in there and realized it was the right thing: English Major, Business Minor… )