Sunday, January 20, 2013

On Lance...

Not sure if any of you have watched the full 2 hour interview with Lance Armstrong this past week but if you can find it, it is worth the watch.

What can I say?  I get it.  I totally understand the unreasonable elements of control, ego, drive...etc. that Lance demonstrated over the past 15 years.  I can relate to wanting to defend yourself even when you yourself know you are wrong.  I respect the fact that even now, with all the lies and recent truths, that Lance makes somewhat  no apology for the kind of person he is.  He recognizes the character flaw but doesn't pretend that by acknowledging it, and saying "sorry", it will suddenly be gone.  Or that he isn't still influenced by those same flaws everyday.  For that, I give him a lot of credit.  Are his flaws major?  Yes.  Will he ever come to terms and overcome them?  I doubt it.  It seems to be who he is.  However, I hope that in his lifetime to come, he is able to earn some self respect and become a better person.

I don't think that any level of apologies will undo the damage he has caused to the people that he went after with no limits.  Even with the revelations, it is hard to come back from that.  Admitting that you "have a problem" just doesn't cut it.  It is my hope, that in time, these people can move on and find some kind of peace that finally the truth has come out.  But I realize that sometimes the truth makes no difference.  It doesn't heal wounds.

Above all, I hope that for the rest of his life, Lance does everything in his power to make amends.  It may never be enough but based on who he is and what his characteristics are, he should be using those powers for good.  I am still convinced that there is a phoenix that can rise out of this and be the hero that we all thought he was in the first place.

I know that I hope for a lot but I truly believe that everyone can do better once they know better.  Does Lance now know better?  Time will tell.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Time is ticking

Down to the wire now and my last switch up of the program.  Man it does not get any easier.  But like any program, the last few weeks are always the most important.  Problem being, I am going to Mexico and there is no way in hell I am not having my Mexican food.  Sadly I won't be going to the gym this time while there.  Even I need a break sometime.  It will be siestas and lots of massages for moi.  Can't wait.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The end is near

So I am in the last few weeks of my first p90x journey. And with such a short time left, I have made tweeks to the program to ensure I get the best result.

For example, I have noticed that although I CAN lift 30 or 35 lbs for most of my shoulder and bicep work, I get a better burn and workout when I lift 25s. My body reacts better with the 10-15 reps than it does with the 6-8. So this last stretch will be more reps rather than big weight.

Secondly, I find that doubling up on workouts you enjoy keeps you motivated more than forcing yourself to do a class you hate. Or better yet, find a replacement. For example, sometimes I just can't handle doing yoga, so instead, I go onto youtube and I follow an online yoga class and stream it to my TV. These classes are a bit less intense but just as good of a workout. It is better than not doing the class at all.

And lastly, and I hate to admit that it is almost the most important element, you just have to keep a food journal. When you see the calories attached to the food you are eating, you make better choices. It is as simple as that. You can't lie to yourself when you see those numbers.

I have lost 3 inches on my waist, although I still can't see it. lol But I know because I am down 4 belt notches. No arguing with that. Now if only my baby belly would pay attention and drop 3 inches. Sheesh. But maybe that is due to the pancake I had this morning. ;)

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Best tunes of 2012, the non remixes.

And as promised, here are my non remixed tunes for 2012. Some might have come out in 2011 but I only discovered them this year so that is why they make the list.  And as you will see, they range from adult contemporary to classical to pop.  Enjoy

In no particular order:

1.  Pink:  Try
2.  One Direction:  Little Things  ( I know.don't judge me.  It is a sickingly sweet song)
3.  Dragonette:  Live in this city
4.  Bruno Mars:  Locked out of heaven
5.  Nelly Furtado:  Parking Lot
6.  Olly Murs:  My heart skips a beat
7.  Emeli Sandi:  Next to me (accoustic version)
8.  Olly Murs:  Heart on my sleeve
9.  Emeli Sandi: My kind of love
10.  Josh Groban ft. Nelly Furtado:  Silencio
11.  Christina Perri:  A thousand years
12.  Jason Aldean ft. Kelly Clarkson:  Don't you wanna stay
13.  Lady Antebellum:  Just a kiss
14.  Train:  50 Ways to say goodbye
15.  Emeli Sandi:  Read all about it (part 3)
16.  Ed Sheeran:  A Team

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

On 2012

Although 2012 had some minor hiccups, for the most part, it was a pretty awesome year. 

Things are going well on the family front as my bro continues to astound us all in his successful battle against the bottle.  We are all very proud of him. 

I survived the cuts at work and am happy to still be working in a job that I enjoy coming to on a daily basis.

I had some relevations this year that resulted in some good moments and some not so good moments.  I hope to capitalize on the good ones from now on and try not to generalize and dwell on the others.

Albeit late in the year, I began my P90X challenge and as of today am down 3 inches on my waist.  That is 4 belt loops people!!  So awesome.  And I have another 4 weeks to go so who knows what can happen.

I had the awesome opportunity to visit places that have been on my bucket list for so long.  And I was lucky enough to do with my best friend.  Greece, Italy, Croatia.  Who knew I would love Croatia so much?  It was stunning.

And most memorable of all for me this year, was being able to meet so many new friends.  And re-connect with old ones.  Whether they were online friends, friends of friends or straight up new ones, all of them, past and present, help me travel this path everyday and for that I am grateful.  I have great admiration and respect for all of you and wish you only the very best in 2013.

And one more bestest friend, my sista from another momma finally had her life long dream come true.  She is a happy new mom of a beautiful baby boy.  Knowing she realized her dream (she has had since high school) has put the true cherry on top of this year.