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journeys in awesomeness…revised

So I did write a post in there a little while back, which was awesome, but it got erased by stupid wordpress like 3 times and I quit.  Oh well.  I can assure you it was full of stimulating anecdotes and hilarious quips and you will believe me, right?

I have been revisiting my “Journeys in Awesomeness” page lately to kind of review where I have been and where I am going.  I know I have been talking a lot about this weight goal lately, which has been elusive and annoying.  It’s a weird time of year here in our household, the time of year where we all hold our breath and wait for snow (which a good portion of our livelihood depends upon and which it’s doing right now) and we go to a lot of meetings about a lot of things we are supposed to be concerned about, whether or not we are actually concerned about them—like parent/teacher conferences, yes; benefits plan informational sessions, no.

Without any looming goals (save the annoying weight loss goal), I have been more focused on work.  One of my goals was to “never quit on a student”, which is a vague and ambiguous goal, to say the least.  I would never accept that kind of answer from my students in their own goal setting exercises, so I feel hard pressed to accept that kind of answer from myself.  Additionally, I had an incident last week which made me realize that there are times when you have to walk away from a situation, even if it looks like I am “quitting” on a student.  No situation is worth sacrificing the greater good, and trying to make one student learn in my GED class was interrupting the learning process for a lot of other students in the class.  Additionally, I realized that I shouldn’t take verbal harassment from anyone, least of all in my own classroom.  When the student finally walked out of my class last week, Kenny Rogers popped into my head, singing “You gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em…” and I realized that while my goal was good-hearted in nature, it was foolish.

thanks kenny!

So, I am taking that goal off the list for now, but I have actually been working on some of the others- I actually went one whole day without swearing this week!  And I am adding one more, so I stop walking around like a girl who lost her puppy (which I did, and it is still really sad!) and get motivated to get my butt working out.  My workout regimen has been…hmm…lackluster to say the least.  BUT, I think it would be good to throw a half marathon goal into my upcoming schedule.  Because I need to so that I get my muffin top under control and onto a treadmill…or on a bike…or anything.

I would love to know what some of your upcoming goals are–hearing other people’s ideas always motivates me!  Even if your goal is simply to survive Christmas with your relatives, send it my way!


Looking Good While Working Out

Lately, I have been on a bit of a quest to look good when I go out and about on the town.  Perhaps something beyond sweatpants and a ponytail.  Not much beyond that, but still.  But I cannot understand how people can look good while they are working out.  I am not sure I am capable of mastering that arena.

I mean, how do two people doing the same exercises look so different?  I will give you an example.  Yesterday I am taking a class of TRX and then some total body fitness.  It’s a ball buster, and I don’t even add on the 40 minutes of spin after the first 80 minutes of class.  By 40 minutes in, my hair has started to come out of the ponytail, frizzies fly out from my headband, and I am sweating fat drops all over the ground in front of me.  Yet, (and this person is a wonderful, smart, and funny, so you can’t even begin to hate her) this other person can manage to make a little frizz look like sexy bedhead.  Perhaps a visual might help, so you can understand the depth of the comparison.


Not only that, but my clothes get all out of whack and my muffin top starts creeping out the bottom of my shirt, and meanwhile, you would think this other person had been lounging and watching TV for the past 45 minutes.  And I am sitting there thinking, I wonder what kind of hair product I need to look like that? 🙂

I will be honest.  Looking good while working out isn’t high on my list.  But if I could manage not to look like a sweaty bison with stretch marks, I would be psyched.

The confessional begins…

So this blog is named treadmill confessional after a weekly exercise I am forced to complete while sweating and panting on the treadmill while my trainer sits there and checks his nails for dirt while increasing the incline and asking probing questions.  I think it’s pretty appropriate since I know that he was a Catholic school boy and probably dreaded confessional time as much as I dread it now.

I am an overweight mom of 2 who likes to imagine herself as an athlete one day, as soon as she gets rid of her muffin top and learns how to run without knocking her feet together (something I have been told will correct itself if I just keep increasing the incline).  This blog is about my journey through weight loss and towards awesome-ness, and while I have to be “positive” and “focused” in my workouts, I get to be snarky here.   So the confessional begins…the good, the bad, and the ugly.

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