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28 June 2010 @ 08:56 am
Of Work and Weights  
::un-hides from lurkdom::

Yeesh, so much to do at work lately. Last week was the week of five customers calling in with OMG FIX THIS RIGHT NOW issues in a span of two days- with just three (sometimes four) of us to handle said issues. Good times. I also have to work the Monday after the 4th of July. However, my promotion kicks in this Thursday (my first promotion ever!), which means that when I rake in my holiday double-time, it's going to be at my new, higher hourly rate.

On the balance, I do like my job. I love working from home. July 10 will be my four-year anniversary with the company. Next year, for the fiver, I'm going to get another week of vacation, which will put me up to four. WOOT.

Since I went to college and left martial arts, I've struggled to engineer a regular exercise routine that I would actually stick to. I'm thin and have a good metabolism, which thankfully hasn't changed, but I recognize that this won't always be the case, so establishing a routine now would be smart.

In college, I failed to stick to anything other than walking- lots of walking around the big city campus- and the occasional stint of dancing, because I love to do that. After college, during the first few years getting acclimated to a 40-hour work week, not much doing there either except lots more walking, as I transitioned from suburban drive-everywhere life to living smack-dab in the core of a city, where one can walk to whatever one wants.

I'm still in a city, and I still do lots of walking. If I use my car twice a week, that's a lot of driving for me. Since I started working from home, I've been using my lunch hour every other day as exercise time. Thirty minutes doing something, thirty minutes to shower and prepare to return to work. I occasionally wuss out when not feeling well, but I find that, once I drag my butt to the bedroom and change into my workout clothes, I can follow through with the exercise.

Until recently, something was mostly cardio with just a little weight work thrown in. I've recently switched things around, doing lots more lifting and less cardio, and I'm really liking it so far. There's a lot of helpful instruction and advice on stumptuous, which is targeted toward women, but is useful for men, too. I use a couple of ten-pound dumbbells for everything at this point. I'll eventually want to upgrade the apparatus, but there's no rush.

Something else I really want to try is Shovelglove- but wouldn't you know it, there wasn't a single eight-pound sledgehammer to be had the last time I went to the hardware store. We're heading out there again tonight for paint and some other stuff, I'm hoping they've restocked.
The Perfidious One, amethyst_hunteramethyst_hunter on June 28th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
*hands you a Big Spiky Stick* This will come in handy for those *ahem* "difficult" customers. Just apply to problem's head, as often as needed. :D

I want to get back into martial arts. One of my lifelong regrets is that I never kept up with it after I tried a class in 6th grade. I think it would have helped me on a lot of levels, physically and mentally.

Now I build muscles by mowin' da lawn. Yay mighty pushmower!
Miusherimiusheri on June 28th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
Aww yeah! Nothing like hauling heavy shit around to build up your strength! How else is a girl supposed to drive the spikes on that big stick through those ridiculously thick skulls?

I won't say that I didn't have self-esteem issues growing up, but martial arts certainly mitigated them. Making it known far and wide that I did karate got a lot of my former tormentors off my back. People still talked shit about me for being a nerd, but they didn't give me a hard time, and that was all I cared about.

Except I still got the occasional not-friendly "I'm going to kill you" from people whom I "wronged" by scoring higher than them on tests. (WTF, get over it!)
Purrsia Kat: wtgpurrsia on June 28th, 2010 11:17 pm (UTC)
Glad to see you checking in here. Envy you, working from home! Someday, I keep saying, someday I will telecommute full time too!
Miusherimiusheri on June 29th, 2010 12:25 pm (UTC)
I'll keep my fingers crossed for you! It's definitely a nice setup.