Thursday, September 29, 2016

Training a Running Buddy

My puppy is 20 months old. I'm training him to run with me. I want him to be the best running and trail dog. He loves going out and the happiness on his little face is worth the effort. And it's a big effort- lots of strength training when 85 solid pounds sees a squirrel and decides to chase.

Big changes in my life over the past two years. Shout out to people going through things. I have learned so much and also feel that at 45 years old I still have a lot to learn.

I left my corporate job the end of March. It was a tough decision but the stress was taking a toll on my health. I'm working exclusively at the Y and I love it. I love the environment, my supervisor is great, clients are fun, and my co-workers are cheerful and encouraging.

I'm still running, although I have cut back to half marathon distances to make room for CrossFit in my life. I feel that I'm stronger and better for it.

My dad is living in a senior community-a place that offers assisted living if it ever comes to that. I'm not as worried about him being alone.  My brother is still the toxin in his life however. John is the epitome of what is wrong with society- he does nothing and has a huge sense of entitlement.
I get that this will never change. It's difficult having a relationship with my dad with this always in the background. I have counseled my dad over and over about continually giving John money and he doesn't listen. Dad blames himself for the path my brother took in life.

Mike is still in my life. I want it to be forever. I want to believe that he is the one and that people can hold onto each other and make it together.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Celebrating with Deschutes Mirror Pond Ale

Today is May 10th 2016. I am celebrating submitting an application for a business license.

Every day this image floats around in my head and I feel determined that my life's work is to make an impact for a down trend. One client at a time...

Friday, December 18, 2015

Spinning into A New Opportunity

I started teaching Group Cycle at my Y in July. It's a Thursday night class with about 10 regulars. The instructor before me was well loved (and rightfully so) and that was my biggest fear...the follow up. A close second is that my guy goes to this class. And I wanted him to be ok with it. Well, not just ok- I wanted to impress him and keep on being the cool wellness coach/trainer that he fell in love with. And that can be the sticky part in relationships, right? You meet somone, you fall in love, you idealize and then realize...

It ended up that I had to ask him not to come to class for the first month because I needed space to get my groove. It was stressful making the 'ask'. But he understood.

It's been six months now and last night was the last Thursday class for 2015.
Some things I need to work on are 1) projecting my voice. Which does not sound difficult, but when you are spinning and there are fans blowing and music thumping, it takes some mega phone lungs. Or pre-defined arm gestures. 2) the intro that runs over because I like class participation. I start with names and QOD. That worked great in the summer when class was 5-6 people. Now I have the 10 and it's probably a good 10 minutes of class. 3) Finding different ways to express the same cues like relaxing the shoulders, smooth pedal strokes.

The one thing I think I do well is balancing challenging classes with moderate effort. I sub-ed a Monday night class and one of the particpants came up to me the next day and said it was the best work out she had from that class- that definitely made my day.

I have big plans for the coming year with progression type classes and possibly a mixed format with some body weight strength exercises and core work.

The adventure continues...

Thursday, December 17, 2015


"Always expecting this and expecting that. May I recommend serenity to you? A life that is burdened with expectations is a heavy life. Its fruit is sorrow and disappointment. Learn to be one with the joy of the moment."- Douglas Adams in "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency"

That sums up today.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Matt 16

So, this happened today.
My traps hurt. My legs hurt. My elbow hurts.
Cheers to self inflicted pain.