Getting fit

6 11 2011

I didn’t make a New Year’s real resolution this year*.  I simply vowed to be better – physically, emotionally, spiritually, academically.  But, in January when the gyms were full of folks trying to stick to their resolutions, I was home chillin.  I refused to be a part of the madness.  I wanted to get in better shape but I didn’t want to get caught up in the NY hype.  I waited 6 weeks (’cause that’s when a lot of folks start to drop off) and started searching for a new gym.

I found CrossFit Cleveland, an affiliate of CrossFit that’s near my apartment.  CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that focuses on increasing competence in 10 distinct areas (cardio and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy).  Each CF affiliate creates a daily WOD (workout of the day) that members complete, usually for time.  All workouts are scaled to the person’s individual abilities.  For example, pullups are often a part of the workout and can be done as ring rows or with elastic bands to assist.

In short, I love CrossFit.  I’ve become a gym rat thanks to them.  I workout 5 days a week, sometimes twice a day between CrossFit Cleveland and CTown Crossfit.  Since February, I’ve lost 12 pounds and I’ve gained a ton of strength.  My body is changing still, but I don’t look like a bodybuilder.  I like it.

It’s expensive, but I think it’s worth it.  I was never able to motivate myself to do much at other gyms.  At CrossFit, the workout is planned for me and there’s always a trainer there to teach me the movements, correct my form or scale the exercise.  I need that attention.

Most CF affiliates offer free classes so you can try it before you invest.  I highly recommend it.

*after briefly browsing my own blog, I realized I did make a resolution. :-/

The end of an era

5 10 2011

Honestly, who’s been more influential on American (and maybe global) culture than Steve.  iPod is to MP3 players what Xerox is to copiers.
Steve Jobs

My hair has grown

11 09 2011

Well, what do we have here?  Hair growth. :-)

It's me!

Since I last posted something here, my hair has grown a lot, I’ve completed my coursework (comprehensive exams on Tuesday), I’ve put in my 2 weeks notice at the job, I moved back to the westside of CLE, I traveled to Miami for my 29th birthday, I washed several loads of clothes, I hung art on my walls, I lost 10 pounds thanks to Cross.Fit (will write more about that later), and Michigan beat Notre Dame.
That’s about it.


8 12 2010

I was not at all impressed by my commute home.
Now, I left work early because of the weather.  Stopped by school to run some data because my SPSS license expired at midnight last night. 

They announced at 5:30 that the school was closing at 7.  Ugh.

My department had planned a social.  I went, hoping that the traffic would be better around 7.


It took me nearly 2 hours to get home.  I live 7 miles from campus.  I could’ve walked.  *could’ve*

I hope we don’t have another storm like this for a while.






Rethinking resolutions

7 12 2010

I love and hate New Year’s resolutions.  I love that people put their goals in writing, and work towards them.
I hate that it takes the end of the year for people to do that.  (And I hate how crowded the gym is during the month of January!)

I don’t plan to make a “weight loss” or “get organized” resolution.  Instead, I want to make a pledge to do for someone else.

Follow me.

At work, we have Charitable Choice.  There are a ton of nonprofits and organizations that you can choose to donate to.  You can donate one time, or have money deducted from your biweekly pay check.  I was given the opportunity to give to an organization, so I chose one that served me well, especially while I was uninsured.  I also chose to give to one of my old schools.  They’re rebuilding and could use every penny.

I believe 3 is a better number than 2, but I couldn’t think of a third organization, so I asked a friend who’s going through some things.  He recommended an awesome cause that I hadn’t even thought about.  I added that org to make my donation feel…right.  I like the idea of giving on behalf of someone else.


I think I’m going to give every year on behalf of a friend as my “resolution.”  I will resolve (?) to be philanthropic.    $10/week for 26 weeks is $260.
$20 is $520.
$50 is $1300!

That’s much more than I’ve ever given at a single time…and I like it.  I mean, it’s so easy!  I’m doing something (contributing) by doing nothing!

So, next year, around October when we have open enrollment again, don’t be surprised if I’m asking you to tell me what your favorite cause is.
Y’all better have some organizations in mind.


Does anyone else participate in Charitable Choice?

28 – 30

4 12 2010

Yeah, I honestly had some posts in mind while I was in LA, but…I lost ‘em.

So, just know that I’m thankful.
And I’m ready to post random musings again.

27 more reasons

4 12 2010

Day 27

I’m thankful for my life!  I may complain and beg for the day I can leave Cleveland, but honestly, I love my life.
I have money (usually) and I have my health.  I learn something new everyday and I have people who love me.

Tell me what’s better.


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