Getting to Know the Blogger: Question 2

by Lisa on Friday: Dec 07, 2012

I mentioned earlier that I was joining the Getting to Know the Blogger challenge, and here’s the second part!

2. Where did you grow up? Small town or Big City?

I grew up right outside of Boston in a suburb that was still very city-like. From where we lived, I could be in Boston in about 10 minutes by subway, but for some reason I hardly ever went. Even from a young age, I wasn’t exactly very enchanted with Boston, which is why I didn’t waste any time deciding to go to the REAL big city of New York for college.

In case you haven’t guessed after reading that last paragraph, I’ve always been a city girl. It’s been almost all I’ve ever known and I have to say that I really did grow up disliking being outside or doing nature-y things. I’ve had brief trips to extremely small, rural locations and they just haven’t jived with me or the way I like to live.

Now that I’m a little older and I live in a suburb of Boston that’s a little further away from the city and a little less urban, I think I realize that suburban life has its charms as well. We’re close enough that we can visit the city any time we want to (as long as we’re willing to brave the horrendous traffic — one of my huge pet peeves of city living). Where we live is relatively quiet without being “in the middle of nowhere”. It’s in between big city and small town, and that’s what works for both D and myself right now.

And I have to say, I do have a dream of moving to Florida, leaving behind the snow and the cold and living a more peaceful existence. Maybe someday!

November Wrap-Up

by Lisa on Sunday: Dec 02, 2012

Happy December, everyone!

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Now that November has concluded, I thought I’d do a little wrap up on how it went and how far I made it with my goals.

To recap, here are a few posts about progress throughout the month:

30 Days of HEALTHY in November
Fitting in Workouts Wherever I Can
Keeping the Streak Alive

The verdict?

I made it all 30 days doing one workout everyday! I took a few days and did easier workouts to let my body recover, which I counted as quasi-rest days. But aside from that, I worked out vigorously every day.

To pick up where my last post left off and for posterity, here were the remainder of my workouts for the month. I think you’ll see it’s no surprise that my month was mostly filled with shredding and dancing:

Nov 19 – 40 mins. dancing
Nov 20 – 30 Day Shred
Nov 21 – Exercise bike for 30 mins.
Nov 22 – 33 mins. dancing
Nov 23 – 35 mins. elliptical followed by weights circuits
Nov 24 – 64 mins. dancing
Nov 25 – 20 mins. dancing
Nov 26 – 30 Day Shred
Nov 27 – 30 Day Shred level 2
Nov 28 – 39 mins. dancing
Nov 29 – 33 mins. dancing
Nov 30 – 32 mins. dancing

I pretty much finished with the first level of the 30 Day Shred and did one day of level 2 (more of this will be coming in December). I’m happy to say that you can really see the muscle in my arms and legs now as a result.

Did I lose any weight? No. However, I did lose inches. At the beginning of this challenge, I decided to take measurements (something I’ve really never done before when it comes to tracking my fitness), and I’m glad I did. If I hadn’t taken that step, I would have looked at the scale and thought there was no progress! The most significant losses occurred in my waist (8cm) and stomach (5cm). Other areas lost too, but those were the biggest numbers. I’m quite encouraged by them and hope by the end of December that the loss will be even greater!

This month really taught me a few things – the first being that it’s really not that difficult to fit in a workout on any given day, even if I’m upset about something or tired or overworked. I learned some discipline and I also learned that even if the scale doesn’t move, it’s still possible to be getting fitter.

How did your November turn out?

Keeping the Streak Alive

by Lisa on Monday: Nov 19, 2012

At the beginning of November, I decided to take on 30 days of health and workouts – meaning I would get in some form of a workout in every single day for the entire month. I have to admit, it’s been pretty tough to make time every day for a workout, but knowing that I just have to get to a minimum of 20-30 minutes has been something that’s gotten me off my butt more days than one.

I’m happy to say that thus far, I have not missed a single day! There have been several close calls though, including Saturday when I was feeling so tired, unmotivated and defeated from a really difficult week that up until about 8 or 9PM, I had all but mentally decided that the streak would be broken that day. However, in the middle of a movie D and I were watching together, he got a call that was on the phone for a little while. As I was sitting there wondering what to do with my spare few minutes, I decided to pop on Just Dance and dance for 20 minutes. I felt much better afterward.

What have I been doing with my workouts this month? Well the first three days are recapped here. As for the rest:

Nov. 4: 33 mins Just Dance
Nov. 5: 30 Day Shred
Nov. 6: 20 mins Exercise Bike
Nov. 7: 30 Day Shred
Nov. 8: 30 Day Shred
Nov. 9: 40 mins Just Dance
Nov. 10: 30 mins Elliptical, followed by a weights circuit
Nov. 11: 35 mins Exercise Bike
Nov. 12: 30 Day Shred
Nov. 13: 40 mins Just Dance
Nov. 14: 30 Day Shred
Nov. 15: 30 mins Just Dance
Nov. 16: 30 Day Shred
Nov. 17: 20 mins. Just Dance
Nov. 18: 30 Day Shred

As you can see, I’ve been doing quite a bit of the 30 Day Shred. In fact, now that I’ve listed all that out, I’m realizing that I should probably move up to level 2 of the shred pretty soon. I’m a little scared, since level 1 still is extremely challenging, but it’s all about pushing yourself right?

30 Day Shred

How are you doing on your November goals?

Getting to Know the Blogger Challenge

by Lisa on Sunday: Nov 18, 2012

Bonnie from A Little Unhinged is hosting a Getting to Know the Blogger challenge this month, and I figured this would be a great chance to let you guys know a little bit more about myself.

The first question of the month:
1. Introduction to this Challenge and tell us a little about yourself!

Where to begin? Well, as you can probably tell from the title of my blog, my name is Lisa and I’m a vegetarian, but that certainly doesn’t describe everything about me! I’m 29 years old, living in a suburb of Boston. I’ve lived in this general area for the entirety of my life with the exception of the 4 years I spent in college.

I work as a software engineer, which means I write code and lots of it. It’s the type of job where you leave work at the end of the day and your brain hurts. Sometimes I feel like this is what I do all day (except in front of a computer screen):

Because I have a desk job that requires lots of sitting and a good deal of stress, it can be very hard to get in enough physical activity during the day. One of the things that motivated me to start blogging was this fact, and knowing that if I had a blogging audience to hold me accountable, I’d be more likely to eat better and work out more. So far, it’s been great motivation, though I’m still trying to lose about 20 pounds or so that I’ve put on during the past few years.

I became a vegetarian at the age of 16, and if you’re interested in why/where/how, check out this post:
My Vegetarian Journey

Outside of work and the blog, my life includes living with my boyfriend of the past 3.5 years, reading, playing video games, kind of being a nerd and trying to make sure our home keeps running with our incredibly hectic schedules.

I love the idea of this challenge, though I will probably be running a few days behind because I’m getting a late start.

I hope you’re all having a great weekend!

30 Days of HEALTHY in November

by Lisa on Thursday: Nov 01, 2012

With today being November 1st, there was something inside of me that wanted to start a challenge. So many people participate in NaNoWriMo and last year I did NaBloPoMo (this was right when I started blogging!), but this time, I wanted it to be related to health.

I’ve been a little bit (ok… more than a little bit) off track ever since our vacation last month to Disney. I haven’t been working out as much, I’ve been drinking more wine than I should, and eating way more of the bad stuff than I should. As a result, I’ve been feeling tired and definitely not at my best. I don’t want to wait for the new year to come around to make resolutions – I want change NOW.

So, I have decided to take the 30 days in November and turn things around. My challenge includes getting in some physical activity every single day, as well as cutting down on all the bad stuff I’m consuming and upping my fruit and veggie intake.

What will I be including in the category of “physical activity”? Lots of interval training (something I almost never do), some 30 Day Shredding, weights sessions at the gym, and at least 1-2 days per week I’m going to do something on the less intense scale like 20 minutes of walking on the treadmill or cycling on my stationary bike.

I’m off to a good start – today on November 1, I went home during lunch and conquered the 30 Day Shred! OK, “conquered” might be overstating it, but it was the first time I was able to make it through the level 1 session all the way to the end. (You can read about my first attempt a few weekends ago HERE <-- Spoiler alert: I almost died). Are you making any new goals for yourself this month?