Thursday, September 9, 2010

Sound of Silence

Have you ever walked into a room and it was completely (well almost) completely quiet? I had one of those experiences today as I arrived home from a long day at work. Today was a very eventful day, as we had our first assembly, in which I had to stand at the front of the stage and sign with most of the school there. This assembly was an interactive one, where the speaker used magic to bring books to life. There was a lot of yelling and a lot of laughter. It was a great assembly and the teachers and kids enjoyed it alike. When school was finished I had a faculty meeting, a new teacher meetings, and a mandatory PTA meeting to go to. Needless to say as I walked through the door of my apartment, dropped my bag at the base of my futon, I stopped and listened....SILENCE. Now those of you who know me, know that I am not one for complete silence in a room. I like to have the TV or radio on in the background, but to tonight....only silence. The muffled sounds of the kids playing outside is the only background noise on tonight, and I'm enjoying it. Who would've thought. Now I think I know why my brother sometimes just likes when it's quiet. I may just snuggle down with a book!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Workouts and Old School Tunes

So I've discovered that it's imperative to have something to unwind after a long day at school. In an effort to get in shape, keep weight off, and just feel better, I've embarked on a personal challenge...daily workouts. Now, here in the small community that I call home, the nearest gym is about an hour away, and after being worn down with kids all day, driving an hour in the afternoon is not something I want to do. Therefore, I've invested in a Pilates video workout that I do two times a day (once in the morning and the other in the afternoon). What better way to get pumped at 5:00am for a workout than old school tunes? I know, you're probably thinking, Noie, seriously that early? Yes, that early, granted the majority of the time I don't actually get up until 5:15, but still, old school tunes are the key. With my Ipod strapped to my arm, the 35-40 minute workout occurs to tunes such as:

*It's Tricky-Run DMC
*Tootsie Roll-69 Boyz
*Push It- Salt N Pepper
*Jump Around-Beastie Boys
*Inside Out- Eve 6
*Blue-Eiffel 6
To name a few.

I've also started watching what I'm eating, but still eating what I want. I thought I'd try the Special K 2 week challenge, to which I'll eat the cereal in the morning and a snack bar throughout the day, but other than that, that's the extent that challenge goes. Sorry, it's just not for me. Instead, I'll eat breakfast in the morning, have a snack bar, eat a light lunch, and then a good dinner in the afternoon.

All in all this new outlook on working out and eating better is going well. I have now added a new workout routine in addition to the pilates in the afternoon getting my groove on with the "Pussycat Dolls Workout" DVD to which you "dance" and "lose weight", we shall see about that, and I'll keep you updated. All I know is this is day 3 of the Dolls workout, and holy moly my thighs feel like they are on fire. But I'm feeling great!

So here's to life!
Simply N :)