Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wrists, Rut, and Relaxin

Hey y'all! 

Today is day 1 of 7 seven days off! Woo-hoo. We get a 4 day "pass" out here, and I just strategically placed it in between days I already have off.... voila! 7 (really it's 8, since when I do go back to work, I'll be on nights again) days of me time. 

I mean, I'm still stuck on base, and it's probably going to be seven days of boredom... but oh well. I don't have to put my uniform on. Haha. Today I dedicated to being lazy. Yup. No exercise, and only left the room to eat. (Though I will go shower here soon...maybe...haha.) I kind of feel like exercising, but my legs are so tight from running, I decided to give them a break, and I think I have really hurt my wrist.

This darn wrist. My right wrist has been bothering me for two whole days now (I am unable to bend it back or forward, and it's getting worse) and I have no clue why. I didn't fall on it, I didn't twist it, I haven't been doing weight training for a while, what the heck??? My greatest fear is carpal tunnel syndrome, which honestly, is quite likely. I've been an IT for 4 years now, and my job is just me sitting at a computer for 12 hours straight. To come home and sit at a computer for even more time. If it is still hurting tomorrow I am going to the doctor. I have known quite a few co-workers to get carpal tunnel, and it is no joke. Plus, I am seriously looking forward to Bikram yoga when I get back to the states (22 days!!), and yoga will be out of the question with carpal tunnel. 

So, if you wouldn't mind, please a few prayers/good thoughts and vibes in my direction. (That direction would be east, unless you are in Asia! Hehe.) 

Alas y'all. I feel I am in a workout rut. Actually, I think I'm just in an Africa rut. I'm so ready to come home, and I'm so sick of being that I don't feel like doing anything. Haha. Seems counter-productive, since I do, in fact, have a lot to do. I know I just need to put my big-girl panties on and make like Nike and "just do it". So I was thumbing through my new edition of Women's Health magazine (Bee Tee Bubs,  -though I'm sure everyone already knows...- they are having a helathy blog contest, and if you go here you can nominate me your favorite blogs! There is no limit, so you can nominate as many times as you'd like.. I'd like to win!) and found a fun new exercise routine to try out tomorrow. 

I'll also be trying out my new Nike + iPod running thingy (I'm so technical) since I haven't yet. You can enter to win one in my giveaway, so if you haven't entered, make sure you do! (And pass the word on!) Basically this workout uses 4 sets of supersets, with cardio breaks in between. I'll give it a try tomorrow (if the wrist allows...) and write a more detailed description about it. But you can totally go here to see someone who actually in shape do the moves. Hehe. :)

Also, I have a question. I am like the PALEST girl alive, so what is everyone's advice for faux tanning. I hit up the sun and even the "cancer in a box", but I'd like some tips on "non-Oompa-Loompa" looking skin. This obviously is for when I get back to the states, since my options here are limited. Though, I guess I could go to the pool and lay out. But I am literally 11 degrees north of the equator. In Katy math that = lobster. Lemme know, y'all. 


  1. Your reason for drinking bottled water is completely acceptable! :) I tried to use sunless tanner (the Jergens gradual tan) but it gave me a rash so I have been hesitant to try another kind.

  2. Hope your wrist feels better! I am so jealous you have so many days off!! Can't wait to hear this workout!

  3. fake tanning doesn't always get you super orange. If u don't over do it and go daily just a couple days a week is enough! :)

  4. Poor thing - sending good vibes for your wrist! I use the Victoria Secret self tanner lotion, and love it - I am super duper white and it doesn't make me orange like most other brands do. Have a good time off this week!

  5. my friend has carpal tunnel- from playing the piano the wrong way. keep us updated!

  6. That's so awesome you go home soon! I am so pale as well, but I only have two skin tones - pale and red, hah I burn so easily.

  7. sending mucho good vibes to your wristy wrist! I hope its just sore, maybe it crapped out from you flailing in your sleep? That happened to me once!

    and i'll totally help you move! =)

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  8. carpal tunnel usually affects the thumb, pointer finger, and middle finger and causes numbness and tingling in the palm side of your fingers. I'd see the doc if it doesn't get better! I am a former fake n baker (don't do it!), now if I'm feeling especially self conscious i'll use jergen's natural glow. I've also used aveeno in the past- both natural looking. My only pet peeve with sunless tanner is it comes off when you wear a tight sports bra and sweat- not great for an athlete!

  9. I hope your wrist feels better!! I really hope it's not carpal tunnel. I'm so pasty white during the winter, but I can't stand tanning beds. I tried self-tanner but it made me break out. I have heard pretty good things about spray tan, so maybe that's an option?

  10. Once you decide what to use fake-tanning-wise you'll have to let me know. I'm tired of being white this winter and I'm ready for a tan even if it comes from a bottle, haha!