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Being Patient!! - Geek Turned Athlete

Being Patient!!

So, the past few days, I have been dreaming of doing this:image

Instead, I have been doing this:


Let me just say that pneumonia sucks!!!  You know when you haven’t worked out for a little while (for me it has been a little more than a week since I have pushed myself) and you start to imagine that you are getting flabby and your muscles are atrophying?  Yeah, that is soooooo happening to me!  Things are starting to appear to jiggle.  Of course, they probably aren’t, but I’m starting to go crazy after being chained to the couch and my bed for the past 6 days.  I’m trying to be patient (gritting my teeth). 🙂

BUT… all the resting has been paying off.  I don’t look like a dead person anymore, and some of the color is starting to return to my face.  And after following doctor’s orders for the past few days and eating right, I had enough energy to do a 30 minute weight lifting routine in my living room.  Of course, I was out of breath after doing 12 reps of lunges on each leg with 10 lb weights in each hand (I’m a wuss right now), and I had to take a nap after that, but I LOVED every minute of it!

I might go for a run/walk tomorrow.  I don’t know about that yet.  We will see how I feel.  I don’t want to push it too soon especially with my lungs!  Geez, it is hard to believe I ran 16 miles with no problems less than two weeks ago!

The good thing about being sick and not working out (at least for me) is that I get to catch up on my magazine reading.  I don’t like reading while I work out so this was perfect.  This past weekend, one of my dear friends brought over a get well package with lots of magazines in it.  I hadn’t read Oxygen in a while.  I’m the cardio queen, remember?  One of my pet peeves about the magazine is that they have an ad for diet pills every other page, but I picked it out of the pile and started reading out of desperation to live (work out) through this magazine.  This month’s was actually really good (well, aside from photos of a few very manly muscular women) , and it got me excited about a new weight lifting and abs routine that I’m starting next week.  Most of the women in the magazine look so beautiful to me.  I had sort of that body at the end of my last triathlon, but I definitely don’t have it now.  I have fallen into the runners’ trap of avoiding weight lifting.  I LOVE my bosu routine that I had going on, but one time a week isn’t enough even when I’m combining it with yoga.  I love taking yoga at a studio, and I have sort of lost the fire for the one at my gym who basically teaches the same class every single time I go (Fridays are the same as every Friday, Mondays are the same as every Monday).  The main thing is: I want a change!  Every enthusiastic weight lifter will tell you to change it up, and I have been doing the same thing for a while now.  I just hate change!  I’m a creature of habit, but I know change is good, so I’m just going to go with it. 🙂  I need to build more muscle mass to help my running as well!!  Runners forget about this that weight lifting will help with speed!  I will be starting it next week, and I will post what it actually is next week.

Now, here is what I’m worried about right now:  I don’t know what to wear to London this weekend!!!  I have plenty of pashminas, so I’m not worried about that.  The thing is, I just finished folding a bunch of laundry and realized that it was made up entirely of sports bras, socks, workout clothes, and loungewear.  I haven’t worn anything but a hoodie, workout apparel, or jeans with my keens, running shoes, or cycling shoes for a good month.  I have some pieces in my closet that I can wear, but I’m nervous!!  I’m mostly worried about what to wear to Phantom of the Opera!   Ahhhhhhhh!  I haven’t been to any theatrical event since 4 years ago.  When I was in college, I used to go all the time, and now I feel out of the loop with what to wear.

So, what should I wear? I’m going shopping with one of my friends tomorrow, but I need a plan!!!  Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Rose February 11, 2010, 6:27 pm

    Oxygen is one of the few fitness magazines that I actually read. The advertisements bug me as most of them are contrary to having a healthy lifestyle and some of the women in the competition section in back are a little intense. Most of the women featured are very inspirational and I love Tosca Reno’s clean eating recipes.

    London, how fun! Find something comfortable and flattering, I’m sure with your runner’s physique that shouldn’t be too hard ;)!

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama February 11, 2010, 6:35 pm

    I have a magazine addiction – I subscribe to at least 8, maybe more.
    Sorry you are feeling sick still, I can totally relate to wanting to get out and move!

  • Laura Georgina February 11, 2010, 7:57 pm

    London = layers and layers and layers… It will be hot and cold all day long as you come in and out of buildings… Shopping-wise, as long as you pack a couple of cute tops to wear with jeans for going out you’ll be fine!

    Have a lovely time in London…

  • Tiffany February 11, 2010, 10:04 pm

    I used to have a subscription for Oxygen, before I really was more aware of exercise physiology and theory. I still get really agitated by the ads I see! The exercises become redundant and re-used over time.

    I’m happy that you’re feeling better! I made your cucumber salsa today; should be amazing with the garlic hummus and pita bread. 😉

    As far as what to wear to in London: I’m in the same running shoes as you are. My wardrobe, as a Kinesiology major, consists of mainly sports bras, t-shirts, race shirts, running socks and shoes, running tights and shorts, etc. At least pull out a fancy dress from an old formal or pant suit for the Phantom!

  • Mike February 11, 2010, 10:06 pm

    The little black dress never fails to disappoint when headed to the theater. I’m just saying — if you don’t have one go out and pick one up. When your husband gets back from deployment, show up in that and he will thank you…

    • Nicole February 11, 2010, 10:42 pm

      It’s good to get a guy’s advice! Thank you!

  • Abby February 11, 2010, 10:53 pm

    I hope you feel better soon! Pneumonia SUCKS! And I’m really jealous that you’re going to London. I’m itching to go!

  • Michelle@Eatingjourney February 12, 2010, 12:54 am

    I am sick right now as well and I was thinking about you. I am pushing myself too hard and not sleeping.


  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans February 12, 2010, 2:13 am

    Glad to hear you’ve been resting up! In terms of what to wear… boots boots boots! They dress up anything and always look good! I’d also look for a cute hat because lets face it, it’s winter and when you take pictures outside it never hurts to have a cute hat on your head!

  • 'Drea February 12, 2010, 3:45 am

    I love that your weight workout *knocked you out.* I often feel like I need a nap after working out.

    I can’t help you with what to wear because my wardrobe resembles your wardrobe and I’m in trouble when dress-up time arrives.

  • Nicole February 12, 2010, 4:35 am

    Like Mike said, a nice black dress and if its cool at night you can wear a shaw over your shoulders!! You have a rockin body so you will look great no matter what you wear!! Have a great time in London. I would love to visit London someday. 🙂


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