Wednesday, February 02, 2011
At the gym, timing is everything. Although I wake up really early (4:35 AM) to get to my spinning class on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, the crowd has changed in the last month. There are just more people, which is good and bad. Early morning exercise classes are usually exempt from the rush, but there is still a noticeable increase in those classes, too.
Having to fight for a stationary bike, treadmill, shower, or locker may not be a big problem for lots of people, but such competition tends to reduce my enthusiasm for going to the gym in the first place.
Anyone else feel the same way I do?
Oh, and lest you think that I haven't explored alternatives, I have. I have everything I need to work out at home, but I am MUCH more motivated to work out when the bed isn't upstairs calling my name in a cozily seductive voice. The gym is on my way to work, and even if I have to go into the gym to get my morning shower, I have to go in.
Friday, November 26, 2010
I have to admit, I'm a procrastinator about some things. Even writing this, a few short paragraphs, delays my goals just one bit longer. Odd.
Almost two years ago, I made the decision to pursue a PhD, and suddenly, I was a student again. I have really enjoyed this challenge, because I always wanted this degree. Now that I am in a self-directed portion of my program, I have been struggling with getting motivated and completing key components of my movement forward.
Lately, though, I have been working on this procrastination issue, because I now have a goal larger than any I have ever entertained. When I visited Spain for the first time, I fell in love with Valencia... and I'm going to move there when I finish my degree. That means that I now must operate with a laser focus to concentrate on what's important, eliminate obstacles (ummm, and sometimes that obstacle is ME!), and begin to move into my future self.
Here's what I envision for the "future me" that will be looking at me in the mirror in a few short years:
- fit, healthy, and active
- lifelong learner (and in January I start working on my Spanish-speaking skills!)
- not concerned with the "stuff"
- focused on relationships and people in my life
- an adventurer
There. Now I've put in writing for the world to see. I have many accomplishments behind me, but being able to see the mountain top over the first ridge still means that there is a major hike ahead of me. The sooner I get moving, the sooner I reach the peak! Who's going with me?
Monday, June 21, 2010
Last week was a working vacation on Wassaw Island, GA, and I was a leader of the research crew. We had our hands full, and saw lots of loggerhead sea turtles, turtle tracks, and stars as we patrolled the 7-mile beach at night. I've attached two pictures to my page, but my eyes are closed on one of them (bummer!).
I'm still recovering my sleeping patterns, but that should only take a day or two. My eating patterns suffered more, because I was not in control of the menu or the food available. When we ran out of food, there was no store on the island to buy more... Not really a huge setback, but just a minor frustration.
Overall, a fantastic week!
Tuesday, June 08, 2010
You know, there are days when I feel a little overwhelmed by the minutae.
I know that time is the essential factor in many of the overwhelming events in our lives, but I also know that I get just as much time as the next person.
I wish I was a person that only needed six hours of sleep a night to feel refreshed, or that my focus was like a sharpened sword carving up my day into one successful accomplishment after another, but that's hard for me to maintain for terribly long. Instead of the sword, I think I get a meat pounder some days, and I just beat the snot out of what I have to do.
Ah, well. I have accomplished much in my life so far. The future looks pretty promising, and I'm a very optimistic person. There's just so much to do!
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Lately, solid sleep has eluded me. I know that part of this is due to the backlash of finishing a very intense cycle of work and school (I'm a Ph.D. student), and I'm trying to take a week to chill before jumping in with both feet again.
Unfortunately, lack of sleep also depresses my mood, and being blue makes for some really long days.
While sleep and being in a funk are (hopefully) temporary, I'm just hoping that my normal, healthier pattern of sleeping and optimism return quickly!
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