A work in progress on all fronts.
Sherman Oaks / Studio City resident.
Spiritual explorer... think Jedi without the lightsabers and intergalactic adventures. ;-)
My boyfriend is a talented, awesome, sweet, beautiful man.
Magazine, book and video editor. Digital content manager for music organization.
Pianist, singer, composer.
Sushi fan! Non-smoker. Pro-ice-cream ... anti-TV/movie-spoiler.
Can spend an inordinate amount of time wandering around the supermarket... LOL.
========================================================UPDATE -- May 24, 2016:
Holy crap, it's been more than a year since my last update? Wow! Walking for cardio. Weightlifting hasn't been in the picture for a while now, unfortunately. In more of a cutting mode, anyway... my doctor wants me to drop weight. And I should. Being sedentary at work for long hours and stress eating has taken its toll... nothing irreversible by any means, but definitely a good point to change trajectory. At last update I was 205. During initial visit to new doctor, I weighed in at 227. Would love to get back down to 205.UPDATE -- APRIL 18, 2015:
Started new job in late March. With it came a totally new commute pattern, along with walking around a much larger workplace than the one I'd been at for 14 years. According to a pedometer on my smartphone, I've been walking an average of 4.1 miles each day, five days a week. Hills, long flights of stairs, flat treks ... it's all there. Consequently, I've been feeling quite active despite the long periods I spend at my desk and the sheer lack of time, currently, to hit the gym in a "proper" fashion as I make my way over the long learning curve with my new position. However, the 4 miles of walking every day has resulted in a loss of five pounds and a feeling of being far more active than I likely would if I were driving to/from work every day like I had been before. Feels good to get physical activity in as *part* of my day organically. Aiming to portion out some time in the near future for weightlifting and body-weight exercises. It would look funny, after all, to have these big beefy legs without a matching upper body. Right now I'm still fairly balanced just given how I'm built naturally (and thanks to years of building my frame on the top half). So I'm not tooooo worried about it. ;-)UPDATE -- JANUARY 21, 2015:
Sore in all the right places for all the right reasons this morning. Bring it! So grateful to be physically active again. :-)UPDATE -- JANUARY 20, 2015:
First at-gym workout post-surgery. Took quite a hit in terms of strength and endurance, but with work I'll bounce back. Felt good to be back in the weight room, for sure.UPDATE -- DECEMBER 27, 2014:
First workout attempt today since surgery. Regular push-ups felt very uncomfortable ... twinges of that "guts going to tear themselves out" feeling. Switched to push-ups on knees for now. Crunches, ironically, not so bad. Light shoulder work and light biceps work just to get things moving. Brief, but felt *SO* good (except for that gut-tearing business, of course) to be moving again. Instant change in perception of my body after months of inactivity on this front. Looking forward to doing more.UPDATE -- DECEMBER 5, 2014:
Four months after surgery, I finally feel like I've completely healed internally. Walking up and down stairs at a clip no longer makes my abdominal interior feel like it's pulling against itself. A recent project to move all the furniture out of my pad for re-carpeting did not result in any injuries ... in fact, it felt really good to be lifting heavy stuff and getting physical. There have been no complications from the surgery so far as I can tell, neither digestively nor in terms of infection. My energy level and mental capacity have been slowly restored. For this thorough healing I am most grateful. UPDATE -- AUGUST 13, 2014:
A week after surgery, I feel slow and dumb ... like I lost IQ points. Likely lingering effects of general anesthesia. But mobility is greatly improved. Sneezing, coughing, laughing don't make me feel like my guts are going to rip themselves out anymore ... but can't seem to get enough sleep and have VERY low energy. Now that my staples have been removed, I'm hoping that the skin will heal up and I'll feel comfortable in the next week or so to gently start some gym work ... and hopefully that will help perk me up mentally and physically because this is, literally, a drag.UPDATE -- AUGUST 7, 2014:
Gallbladder-removal surgery on August 4 has left me with pain and limited mobility, but recovery is in progress ... slow and steady.UPDATE -- JUNE 13, 2014:
Trip to the Philippines has been postponed, which simply gives me more time to look my best for our adventure! ;) Been doing the 40-minute cardio sessions... not four per week due to my hectic schedule, but at least two. And it's made a difference. I've already lost seven pounds ... down from 212 to 205. Shocking my body with some building workouts, some toning workouts, some structured workouts, some totally do-what-I-feel-like-doing workouts. Keeps my body guessing... and helps me be flexible yet keep moving, keep pushing forward. UPDATE -- APRIL 21, 2014:
Well... my doctor wants me to bring down my overall BMI by losing 20 pounds. Other than that, I'm in good condition in terms of blood pressure and vitals. So away with as much bread and sugar as possible and time to up my cardio. Been recommended to do four 40-minute sessions per week at moderate intensity, but it's all good -- fits right in with plans to ramp up training for February 2015 trip to the Philippines with my boyfriend. Let the games begin!
UPDATE -- JANUARY 14, 2014: After one false start that landed me in bed for 2 days with a stomach flu, I just finished my first lifting and cardio session of 2014. Lost some strength during downtime the last few months, but found (or was granted, depending on one's perspective) freedom from everyday hyper-caffeination and dependence on pre-workout supplements. Better sleep, less anxiety, more serenity. More than a fair trade in my book.UPDATE -- JANUARY 13, 2014:
Started using mobile app "MyFitnessPal" to track food intake. Not looking for down-to-the-last crumb accuracy, but mainly for trends regarding protein intake, sugar intake, caloric intake, etc. Such data will help me make constructive nutritional adjustments to benefit (rather than potentially sabotage) my workout efforts. For instance, I'm ingesting plenty of protein, but not nearly enough potassium. Would *not* have known that otherwise. Also, the accountability of *seeing* what's in what I'm eating certainly helps steer me toward better choices during those turning points where it's fit vs. fat, you know? More news as it happens for anyone who happens to stop by and read these updates. UPDATE -- MAY 16, 2013:
More than 8 months has passed since my last blog-style update. Nice to see myself keep to the notion of "less talk, more action." ;-) My December 24, 2011 entry had a list of "fitness goals" for the coming year (2012). Since then, I can honestly say I'm doing those. The only one that I haven't done is have my boyfriend take measurements of my arms, chest, etc. Will do that soon to get a new baseline. New pictures coming soon, maybe some before/now shots. Definite changes in progress. Clocking in at about 210 pounds, but a very different 210 pounds than I've experienced previously --- more muscle on my frame. Carrying it well and enjoying how I look and feel. Keeping it really simple. Guiding mantra:
- Drink water.
- Go to the gym.
- Lift weights.
- Eat well.
- Build muscle.
It works — it really does.UPDATE -- SEPTEMBER 13, 2012:
Been a LONG time since an update here. But hittin' it hard recently and diggin' how I feel and am starting to look. Probably the last of these blog-style entries. Will let photos do the talkin'.UPDATE -- APRIL 10, 2012:
A little more than halfway to first two-month marker in six-month training arc. Consistency with training and food has been about a "B" with new-roommate transition, high-demand work schedule, interstate travel ... and a momentary distractive obsession with Grindr. LOL. Grateful to have had that experience and to be moving forward. Traveling to Colorado and Las Vegas over the next 2 weeks and looking forward to hitting the hotel gyms for some good workouts in less-crowded environments, as well as the awesome meditation srssions I tend to experience in hotel rooms. :-)UPDATE -- MARCH 17, 2012:
Been busy at the gym, gettin' into the groove with the high-protein eating, cookin' up a storm, etc. Diggin' the results --- both how I feel in my own skin and how I'm starting to re-shape.UPDATE -- MARCH 3, 2012:
Good shoulder workout at gym with a few more new moves. Some goid-lookin' guys in the weight room this afternoon, too. Always nice. ;-)UPDATE -- MARCH 1, 2012:
Awesome biceps + triceps workout tonight at hone. Listened to some great music. Gonna be sore tomorrow!UPDATE -- FEBRUARY 27, 2012:
Back at LA Fitness tonight. Crowded, but feels good to be back in the weight room.UPDATE -- FEBRUARY 25, 2012:
New shoulder workout today. Good stuff. Gonna be sore tomorrow. ;-)UPDATE -- FEBRUARY 23, 2012:
Lifted tonight. Felt awesome. Simple stuff: biceps and triceps. Took some new pix for fun. One turned out nice. Posting it.