Thursday, August 25, 2011
Garage Kitty needs a name before his neutering appointment on Monday.
He jumped out of the bushes last week and started following my daughter and her friend. They knocked on doors, put up flyers and still no one has claimed him. He is very sweet and affectionate and has been living in my garage while we try to find him a home. We have been calling him Garage Kitty because I have been reluctant to give him a name.
I found an outreach that provides low cost spay/neuter services so he goes in Monday morning to be fixed. There is no way an intact boy cat is coming into the house, it smells too much. But the outreach requires a name for his records and Garage Kitty just isn’t right for him.
Thinking about past pet names I realized they have fallen into 3 themes – food, proper names and WTH? **Note that I do not actually have this many pets today; some have died, some have found their forever homes. I currently lay claim to 5 cats, 1 dog & 2 teenagers. 2 of the cats are technically my sister’s, but since she cannot have cats in the house she is renting they have been living with me.**
Munchie (dog); Turtle & Rocky Road (cats named for ice cream); Melon & Carrot (parakeets); Mango (hamster); Tabasco Sauce (cat)
Caesar a.k.a Fangface (cat); Tyler & Rosie (cats); Fred & Archibald (hamsters); Santa (cat); Louis (hamster); Scooby (Great Dane)
Church (cat); Explorer (bunny); Chicupahabra (hamster); Gantu (parakeet)
I have not yet been able to come up with a name for Garage Kitty. So I am opening it up for suggestions.
Yes, I know where naming him is going to lead, but let me wallow in denial for a while.
Garage Kitty needs a name before Monday. The winning suggestion will get….well, absolutely nothing in real terms but I have lots of Goodie points with which to award Goodies LOL!
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
A bit late but here they are:
My Starting Weight: 144
My Finishing Weight: 137
Difference: -7 pounds!
Four (or more) Other things I will be measuring during this challenge & their current stats:
1. 2 mile run time start: 20:44
Difference: -1:07! Only 1:37 more to goal! (note that on 8/22 I ran 18:39, so less than a minute to go now)
2. 5k run time start: 32:07
Finish: 31:00 (estimated based on 2 mile improvement above)
Difference: I am claiming the -1:07 reduction from the 2 mile time. My focus shifted to distance running & I did not actually run a 5k specific for timing
3. Pushups start: 44
Difference: +2! Only 4 more to goal! (note that on 8/23 I did all 50!)
4. Distance running start: 3.1 miles
Finish: 10.84 miles
Difference: +7.74 miles! Half marathon, here I come! (note that on 8/20 I ran 11.75 miles in the time it had taken me previously to run 10.25 miles)
When I first started this challenge, I thought that it would be tough to show real progress but now I've learned that it is only hard (mentally) if I make it that way. If I say I can…I will.
I already knew that getting my black belt motivates me, but now I've learned that making progress and continually pushing the envelope motivates me even more.
The thing that I accomplished during this challenge and am MOST PROUD OF is not only did I finish but I improved in all areas, including those where I had secret doubts that it was possible.
Something I didn't expect from this challenge was how much I could actually do. I never expected to be up to almost 11 miles. 3 months ago I laughed at the idea of running anything more than a 5k, which was enough of a struggle. Secretly inside I still doubted that I could improve my speed, 2 miles in 18 minutes was a goal but not something I thought I would be able to do outside (non-treadmill). But I tried in spite of my secret doubts and surprised myself...“The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt.” (Dr. Rollo May)
This challenge may be ending, but I am not stopping... I'm going to swallow my fear and set a goal to reach the 50 pushups and 18 minute 2 mile time by the end of September.
Make a statement declaring your commitment to continue: There is only going forward; I can, and I will. “When work, commitment and pleasure all become one and you reach that deep well where passion lives, nothing is impossible.” (Unknown)
Monday, August 22, 2011
Nothing specific or motivating today, just random stuff to get my blogging points for the day.
Saturday morning I got up early to go to the Metropark to run with a Team in Training group. One of the coaches is at the track on Wednesdays and invited me to the training runs. The half marathon group was doing 10 miles, and I wanted to go a little farther to hit the 11 mile mark. This was the first time I've run with other people; I was definitely the slowest one there. But after 3 miles I pushed myself a little harder (actually the coach started running next to me and kept gradually increasing her pace until we caught up, very sneaky) and ran the next 7 next to the second slowest guy. And wound up completing 11.75 miles five minutes faster that I would "normally" take to complete my previous 10.25. WooHoo, go me! I didn't even realize I was going that "fast" for most of the run.
I finally made it into the 21st century and signed up for my own personal cell phone. I've had work cells for the last 10 years and never really needed my own. I don't use the phone a lot, but now that smartphones are pretty common and I can check e-mails, track my food and all the pretty nifty apps to do stuff...I need a phone that I can use for personal things and calls that is not company property. Plus Jacq has a new phone now on my plan so is especially happy; her old one is a dinosaur.
Sunday I FINALLY got the living room floor prepped. All I had left to do was pull up the last 6 feet of tack strip, a few dozen staples and then paint it with Killz to block the pet odors. Less than an hour's worth of work and I've been procrastinating for months. But now it is done and I am waiting for my couch to be delivered today. And I need to start saving for the new flooring.
Feeling proud of myself for finally finishing that floor I also rented a carpet cleaner and got the family room floor & steps cleaned, and the booth. My kitchen table is a built in, like a restaurant booth, with padded benches. I would like to have a regular table but that will have to wait until I'm ready to do the floor since taking this out will mess up the tile.
I got a lot of herbs cut & dried, although there is still a lot more to do. Lots of peppers, zucchini, eggplant, garlic & tomatoes chopped and bagged for the freezer. I brought my chest freezer in from the garage where it's been for the last year and put it in the dining room, which is now empty since my Grandma moved out in June. I would like to somehow put in a pantry there since I have hardly any cupboard space. I'd really prefer to remodel the whole kitchen/dining area but that would cost more than I care to try to afford so I will settle for some sort of pantry shelves.
I have today off work to take delivery of the couch and to see my knee doc this afternoon. I have 4 pumpkins that are ripe so I need to start cooking them up to puree and freeze. And I will pick more herbs to take in to a co-worker. She found what she thinks may be poison ivy growing in her herbs and since she is more sensitive than most to it she razed all the plants just in case.
My daughter and her friend were out walking and a cat started following them. He can't even be a year old yet and was skinny as a rail. They knocked on doors and put up flyers but no one has claimed him yet. He is very affectionate and hasn't been outside long. I think he either ran away or someone dumped him; I suspect he was dumped. He has been living in my garage for the last several days; he is not neutered and I don't need that in the house. I'm trying to find a home for him but no luck so far. Jacq wants to give him a name but I know what that will lead to and I don't really need a sixth cat. So we call him Garage Kitty.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
I have been plateaued for the last 17 days, approximately. In the world of Plateaus that is nothing, a mere blink of an eye. Still, the scale hasn't really moved.
I am not a patient person by nature. I am only 3 pounds away from my stated goal weight. And did I say that I am not a patient person?
I "should" be frustrated, upset, discouraged because the scale hasn't moved. I "should" be plotting how to mix it up, increase my cardio and strength training, decrease my calories, all with an eye to busting that plateau.
I am not any of these things. I am actually kind of happy that I am plateaued.
Being plateaued is proof that I can maintain. It is hard evidence that I have made a true lifestyle change. Plus I actually get to wear the clothes at my current size for awhile before shrinking out of them.
I used to think I was a glass half empty kind of person, but now I believe that was only because I had toxic people in my life. While I try to look at every situation in a glass half full light nowadays, being only human I don't always succeed. But at least I can see that I have half a glass.
Being plateaued is like that. Yes, it would be great if every day saw at least some downward movement. An ounce here, an ounce there...it all adds up. When the scale number moves down it is a glass half full moment for us. We cheer, we celebrate, we feel great and motivated to continue.
But when the scale gremlins start messing with us, holding that number steady with no movement, or yo-yoing us up and down the same few pounds...it can be easy to all into that glass half empty mentality. We get upset ad frustrated, mad, sad, demotivated and want to give up.
This is normal. But we can't give in to it. After all, we still have half a glass, which is more than when we started. And if we stop to think about it we will have to stop losing weight at some point. We cannot just keep losing the rest of our lives.
Being plateaued is a body's way of recovering and gathering energy for the next loss. It is telling us it likes what we have been doing so please continue while it adapts to these lifestyle changes we have forced upon it. After all, if we could meet our goals in just a few weeks would we really have learned anything about what it takes to live healthy and maintain?
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