Secret Society and Bodypump 81 Sunday

April 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Last night I went to a meeting of the Secret Society. The theme was “spring”.


The only thing I could conjure up for that theme was bunny ears and a big flower necklace.

A huge pink cup filled with bright green/yellow margarita seems pretty spring-y too.


We had our typical spread of health-food.



And Annie, the only society member who does not care if I disclose her real name…


made us pay our dues.


The mystic rituals included the passing of the thematic head dress amongst deserving members…


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as well as the oft-cited symbolic hand gestures.



Okay, admittedly that last photo is not one of the symbolic hand gestures. It’s just me showing off the remnants of my bad-ass body marking from the Meek & Mighty Triathlon yesterday. But I may have to submit a proposal that this hand gesture be added to the canon.

While I was at the meeting, Chad texted me this photo:


That is a picture of the dog hair, sand, dirt and garbage that he swept up in our great room while I was doing my duties in the inner sanctum. Yes, he cleaned the house while I was out! Generally none of us care whether the house is a mess, but maybe it had reached some sort of breaking point for Chad and he took matters into his own hands. Maybe that was my evil plan all along.

I was exhausted from my 4:40 a.m. wake-up time and the triathlon yesterday, so I made a hasty departure from the meeting and crashed kind of early.

This morning I could have slept in until 8 a.m., however stupid chirping birds, kids flushing toilets, and snoring husbands woke me up at 6:30 and I couldn’t go back to sleep. I never used to have that problem, but the older I get the less I am able to sleep in. Sad.

Chad must really be bucking for husband of the year because in addition to cleaning the house…

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he also bought me new slippers…

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and new flowers!


The boys and I had breakfast at home and then headed to the gym. First I did thirty minutes on the elliptical.


My hip was hurting after the tri yesterday, so now that it is over I will definitely not be doing any more running at all until it is pain-free. However, biking, swimming, the elliptical, and Bodypump do not do not make my hip hurt. It seems to just be weight-bearing impact (walking/running) that makes it hurt. And really, it’s not that bad, I just want to make sure it is truly well before I start running again, because I have such big running plans for the fall and next winter (hello Ragnar Relay Florida Keys). I tried to keep my pace really high on the elliptical and keep my heart rate in the “cardio” range to try to mimic running as much as possible, although NOTHING is ever as hard as running to me.

Next up was Bodypump. I wore my Meek & Mighty race shirt!


Even though I swear that I took a shower after the triathlon, I may not have scrubbed the sides of my arms and legs as hard as I could have.


This weekend was the release at my gym of Bodypump 81, or the 81st version of the class. Every couple of months they do a new release with all new music and routines (although the basic class template of tracks in the order of warm-up, squats, chest, back/glutes/hamstrings, triceps, biceps, lunges, shoulders, abs, cool-down/stretching is always followed). To get everyone pumped up about the new release they always do special classes on the release weekend, and then all of the instructors will do the new release for a couple of weeks. After that, they mix in old releases or even combine tracks from different releases.

Today they had four instructors leading the class, with different instructors taking the lead on different tracks.


Holy cow, this release was HARD! Most of the tracks had no break. I have never sweated so much in Bodypump. During the squat track a river of sweat was dripping from my elbows.


It was awesome. The four instructors were super high energy and I loved it.


We are just hanging out at home this afternoon and Cal has a friend coming over to practice a karate sparring routine that they are going to do for the fifth grade talent show at school. I should probably do some laundry.

The kids are off school tomorrow and we have an electrician coming to the house to fix a few things that we have ignored forever, like three wonky electrical sockets and a few can lights that don’t work.

Enjoy what remains of the weekend!

Clandestine Good Times

March 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Bonus picture from my run yesterday:

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Jenny took that with her phone as I was coming to the top of the Belleair Causeway Bridge. Pretty cool photo, huh? Thanks Jenny.

Last night I got together with my incognito sisters.


The theme this month was St. Patrick’s Day.


I need to complain to the Grand Sheba that it is disheartening to celebrate the holidays beyond the actual day. Well, I am but an acolyte, so I adhered to the code and wore my shamrock earrings.


Margaritas! Thanks for driving Miss C!


By the way, this is the second time that I have made margaritas with this “refine” mixer:


Both times I used Cuervo 1800 Silver tequila and the margaritas were great. I liked them more than the SkinnyGirl Margaritas. I think I am going to order some more of this mixer, as it is not available locally. I’ve only found it online here.  I think it is only sold at World Market, so if you have one of those near you, then can you send me some of their other mixers too (cosmo and mojito)? I can’t even find those online.

All the rituals were observed last night, including the ritual of cleansing our bodies with health food:

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Good times. If you want to read about the many previous gatherings of this mysterious group (and try to guess the main purpose of our monthly meetings…it’s not just food and alcohol and girl love), just click on the “Secret Society” link in the tag cloud on the sidebar of my home page.

I was exhausted by the time my head hit the pillow last night. I slept like a rock.

This morning the boys and I went to Einstein Bros. Bagels for breakfast.


We got a doggy bagel to take home for Chewie.


I got the bacon, egg white, and cheese bagel-thin panini.


That’s two days in a row I have had a bacon, egg, and cheese bagel sandwich for breakfast. Yesterday’s from Panera had a real asiago cheese bagel, though, and 200 more calories than the one above.

After our bagels, we all went to the gym.



Inside my gym:



It’s a pretty big gym and I love it. The spin class room is upstairs behind the cardio-deck.

This was in the gym this morning:



I hope I win it! That would be so sweet. I’ve been drooling over some road bikes lately, and after showing the ones I like to Chad, he said I’m not allowed to get into triathlons. I’ll be sticking to sprints with my beloved Trek hybrid, but if I won a legit road bike, I might have to try a longer tri.

First up was 20 minutes on the elliptical. My legs were kind of tired this morning after my long run yesterday.


Next up was Bodypump, where I definitely felt my tired legs in the squats and lunge tracks.


When we got home from the gym we gave Chewie his bagel, which he crunchily devoured.


The boys picked up the “toy moat” in their room and we changed all the sheets on the bunkbeds in anticipation of my Mom’s arrival. She’s so lucky that she gets to sleep with the boys and Chewie! We are very excited about her visit. She just called to tell me that her plane is delayed a couple of hours, so she won’t be here until dinnertime. That’s a bummer. Big plans are in the works for tomorrow!