Progress report

I’m still Sparking on SparkPeople. As of last Sunday I was officially down 15 lbs. Up until this week, I had been doing really, really good with my eating. This week hasn’t been horrible, except in comparison to the super-clean eating I did earlier this month. Still, I need to get a grip before I start backsliding.

The hardest thing for me is exercising. I really, really, really wish I had a treadmill at the house. I just can’t make myself get dressed, drive 20 minutes to the gym, do half an hour on the treadmill, and then come home. That’s like an hour and a half out of my day for half an hour on the treadmill. Going down to work out with Jenny isn’t so hard, because I’m there for an hour and a half (and I’m lifting weights, which I love).

Oh, speaking of weights… last week Jenny asked me, “Have you ever done any power lifting?” This cracked me up, because that makes her the third trainer to ask me that. No, I haven’t, but I’m definitely built for it. Jenny says I not only have the muscle mass, but I’m also very, very strong. She adores working me out because she can push me really hard and I neither quit nor whine. I love the hard stuff. Heavy weight doesn’t challenge me particularly, so she’s adding balance moves to the mix. My balance is horrible, so this is super good for me.

I’m signed up for a three-month package of personal training. I’d like to sign up for one more three-month package, and then after that use the money for a couple of months of Pilates for Equestrians (taught in a private studio in Redmond), and then after that, put the money toward riding lessons with Craig Stevens. It’ all costs about the same per month, and I’m not trying to overlap anything. I’d just like to have that chunk of money each month to do something that makes me fitter and that I really enjoy.

In other news, we went to Portland last weekend and Jay got to meet the Newfie breeder. She’s really, really picky about her puppy owners, and to be honest, I don’t know if we made the cut — I didn’t get just super positive vibes. Well, that would be okay. If we get a Newfie puppy, it will be a long, long time before we get another curly pup, and that’s where my heart lies. At the same time, I miss the cuddles that Rain used to give — neither curlies nor Pyrs are especially affectionate dogs.

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