Saturday, February 02, 2013
I've been a busy bee, sorry for the lack of updates! Here we go:
-I observed my 29th birthday with a bit of wine, pizza, and cupcakes which did not reflect well on the scale. [Still at the same weight. At least I haven't gone up!]
-It's been COLD [below zero wind chills] and icy so I haven't been out running nearly as much as I'd like. The cold doesn't bother me as much [yesterday it was 10F wind chills and I was out in that], but I don't go running when it's icy. I don't want to risk falling and spraining my ankle for another 6 months.
-I've been doing a lot of work on my house, so now I have a nice cozy home library to curl up in with a good book [but my workout room's been relegated to the smaller room as a result]. I've also got brand new carpets in 4 rooms! And I'm supposed to be getting a new couch and loveseat within the next couple weeks.
-I now work 2 days a week at the library, which might be increasing to 3 pretty soon. I absolutely love it and I'm actually making friends with the staff. :)
-And now, for the big news...
As I've mentioned in passing a couple times, I've been trying to get back into school for a second bachelor's degree [biology] so I can go to vet school and finally achieve my lifelong dream of being a veterinarian. Well, I had to go to one of the schools that I applied to on Wednesday for an interview and setting up a "plan of study" [since I'm a second bachelor's candidate, I don't have to do all the core courses and stuff] and at the end, he told me that I had been accepted! I'm still waiting on the official acceptance letter [he had to sign it, send it to the dean, who had to sign it and then send it to admissions and get me entered into the system before it could be sent out.] And of the two schools I applied to, I was leaning towards this one anyway [it's cheaper and close by, but it doesn't have a dedicated Animal Science program so that's the downside, but the one that does is way more expensive and would take about 2 hours by bus to get to].
So, provided that I get approved for financial aid, I can start as early as the end of May! [Since I'm not a freshman, I don't have to wait for orientation, etc.]. If summer financial aid doesn't go through, however, I'll be starting in September. Here's hoping it gets approved! Ahhh, I'm really excited and can't wait!
So now I'm even more motivated to get as close to my goal weight as possible before classes start, because I don't know how much time I'll be able to dedicate to fitness when you factor in classes, labs, homework, and studying. I've been treating fitness like my full time job for the last year and while I realize how lucky I've been regarding that, I'm nervous about juggling it with school *and* the library [let's be honest, the library threw me off my game for a while there as well]. So, since we've established that I can definitely maintain while I'm busy, I want to get as close to my goal weight as I possibly can in the next 4 months and I'll be happy with just maintaining then. [My first round in college, I was a full-time student and I also worked full-time, and I still managed to lose 65 pounds and keep it off. I'm going to be a part-time student and also only working part-time so this is totally doable, but I'm still apprehensive about it.]
The other perks to being back in school besides, you know, being back in school: I'll have health insurance again [!! I've gone so long without it that actually being able to get an annual exam is pretty much a foreign concept to me now], and the school has a free gym AND POOL that I'll have access to! I'm really excited for this, because there are no community pools for me to swim in around here [when your city declares bankruptcy, all the free services shut down like the community center, the pool... and the library]. So, yeah. I better take advantage of that gym and pool once I start classes!
I don't usually wish for summer, because I love winter and hate the heat, but... is it May yet?
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Yes, you read that right. I woke up at 8am this morning for a run before work, snapped a picture in all my running gear [because I love how overwhelmingly BRIGHT PINK it all is], and did a quick mile run. I've been sticking to shorter distances this week because I'm still trying to get a feel for my new shoes-- although I think they're all set now. [I had some numbness but I relaced them a different way and now they're perfect!] Well, that and I had to go to work today so I didn't have time for much more than a mile.
But when I got back inside, I finally looked at the picture I had taken and uploaded, that a bunch of friends had already "liked" and commented on. And... wow, are those *my* legs? They're so... HOT.
[ instagram.com/p/UTotbRkLcs/ ]
I don't really have much else to add [aside from working on this whole "making food ahead of time and packing a lunch for work" thing, today I brought salad, grapes, and pad Thai and it kept me from eating the entire contents of my kitchen when I got home]. I just wanted to share my hot legs with everyone.
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Oops, it's yet again been a month since I last updated this. I kind of fell off the blogging bandwagon, both here and on my other blog. The holidays were BUSY, okay? Despite the busy season, I'm glad [?] to report that my weight remained constant throughout the holidays. Well, not glad that it stayed the same, per say, but glad that it didn't go UP. I'm still stuck at the same spot I've been for the better part of four months now... but I'm at least at the lower end of that 3 pound plateau, so I'm optimistic in thinking that I'm finally making my way out of it [I *have* seen a lower number, twice now, but it never sticks around for more than a day]. And honestly, I'm not too worried: I got stuck here, almost exactly here, the last time around too [that time for about six months!]. As long as I keep with it, I'll eventually make my way out of it.
And, honestly, as long as the number doesn't go up, I'm fine. I *want* the number to go down, obviously, but I'm comfortable at this weight for the time being. It's not where I want to be in the long run, but I'm fine with sitting and taking a breather.
Fitness wise, I've *finally* started back up with strength training. [Ooh, that just reminded me to go do my crunches for the night! Be right back! Okay, those are done.] Anyway, I'm doing strength training again finally. I know, I shouldn't have stopped but... things happen. Right now I'm just doing very basic stuff [crunches, pushups, squats, etc.] and trying to get my muscles back to where they were a few months ago. Once I'm back there, I'm going to [once again] start P90X. I was really enjoying it back in September... until I just stopped doing it suddenly. Oops!
I'm still keeping up with running [my bike's been mostly put away for the winter, now that the roads are icy] and actually, I just got brand new running shoes on Sunday! I went to the running store and got professionally fitted [verdict: I walk on the outside of my feet, which I knew, but it's not too bad] and ended up with Brooks Ghosts as my new shoes:
They're a birthday present from my mom, she said she'd put $100 towards new running shoes. They were $110 and I actually had a $10 off coupon [well, I have quite a few for this store, because I get one in every race packet haha] so I didn't pay anything! Yay! I took them out for their first run this morning before work:
And as you can see, they *don't* match the rest of my running outfit! My older running shoes are pink and black so... yeah. But actually, my other running shorts are blue and purple so they match those. I just don't have a jacket to go along with it. Ah well!
I was running behind schedule this morning so I only ended up doing one mile before having to get ready for work, but it was a nice way to break in the shoes. I hadn't run outside since Christmas morning, so my lungs were a bit shocked, but they got over it. ;)
Tomorrow's supposed to be almost 50 out [in the middle of winter! Poppycock!], and it's my day off [well, I only work 2-3 days a week so most days are my days off] so I'm planning to go for a nice long run. After I relace these new shoes because the way they currently are just isn't doing it for me.
So... that's what's been going on with me.
Oh, and I don't make New Year's Resolutions for various reasons but I have a few things I'm looking forward to in the coming year [or mainly, before I turn 30. I tend to reflect on my accomplishments and goals at this time of year not because of the New Year but because of my birthday. And next year's birthday is a big one!]. 1) The big one is training for and running a half marathon. It's a big step from 5Ks but I honestly think I'm ready [or at least will be after a few months of training. I'm ready to start training to be ready, at least].
2) I'm still just a volunteer at the library, but rumors abound that I might start getting paid by summer. I'm *definitely* looking forward to that. And they've already started increasing my hours there, which I love, and I'm starting to make friends through my work there too. So, this year, I'm looking forward to having actual offline friends in the area, and maybe getting paid for this job that I already love despite no pay.
3) I've been doing a lot of work on my house. Well, not a *lot* lot but what seems like a lot to me. I already put in a considerable amount of effort to keep it clean [with five cats and lots of carpeting, this is a constant battle] and I've been working on making it look *pretty*, too. I recently put together my home library [sacrificing the large workout room and relegating my treadclimber to the smaller room because I have a LOT of books], and I'm finally getting new carpeting for the living and dining rooms downstairs [the old carpet is about 40 years old, no amount of cleaning will EVER get it super clean again, it's incredibly worn out in places to the point where the floor is showing through, and it's an UGLY UGLY brown]. Oh, and the major pipeline clog is finally fixed [it was full of tree roots!] so now I can wash dishes and stuff without flooding the basement. Ahh, old houses, you're so full of "charm". Anyway, this year, I'm looking forward to having a nice, functional AND aesthetically pleasing house where I can have friends [see #2] over and not have to apologize for the horrible 70s decor.
So, those are the three big things I'm looking forward to in 2013. But mostly the half marathon training. Because! I'M REALLY EXCITED ABOUT IT.
[Wow, this got long. I should stop here.]
Saturday, December 08, 2012
Okay, I've owned up to the scale and we're back to being buddies, sort of [I'm still 2 pounds above my "lowest" weight, but now I'm weighing in at Weight Watchers, and I don't weigh in naked, so I'm willing to count those 2 pounds as clothes!]. But I kept avoiding the tape measure. I said I'd start at the beginning of the month... and then forgot. And then went on a trip to New York. And then forgot to take measurements when I got back. So I said I'd take measurements when I woke up this morning, before my Weight Watchers meeting. Yep, guess who forgot.
[By the way, I was up 0.2 at my weigh-in but that's not bad for a trip to New York!]
I just remembered at 11pm and my measurements might be fairly different from what morning measurements would be, due to all the food I ate, but it's better than nothing, right? So I took my measurements and... well, they're not terribly horrible but not great, either. They're basically what I expect after not doing any real strength training consistently for a few months.
waist: 34.5 inches [+0.5]
hips: 41 inches [-0.5]
thigh: 26 inches [+1.0]
upper arm: 13.5 inches [+1.0]
neck: 14 inches [+0.75]
Guess who needs to add pushups back into her routine... yep, that would be me. It's funny how my measurements have gone up so much when my weight hasn't really changed. Meh.
Tomorrow, I'm going to the gym for the first time in three months [!!]. I've got my gym bag packed and everything already. I haven't been in so long, not because I've been slacking but because I was running outside and taking advantage of my home equipment. But now that the weather's turned cold, my lungs are really struggling so it's time to turn to the treadmill for my running for a few months [my asthma does NOT like cold weather. It doesn't really give me trouble the rest of the year, though, so I guess that's tolerable]. I also just got some new, puncture-proof inner tubes for my bike so hopefully they'll be as advertised and I won't get flats every time I take my bike out [because that will both reduce my gym trips AND trips to WW].
I'm kind of curious to see how far I'll be able to run on the treadmill... I've always found treadmill running to be easier, so we'll see.
Anyway, back to work on getting those measurements down!
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
It's called, "Guess what day Fuchsia decided to go back to Weight Watchers!"
I swear, just sitting in those seats in the meeting room is magic. My old leader used to say that wasn't the case, but I think it is. Just sitting in the room gets something going in me. Plus, seeing that "high" weight [not my highest by far though], and having *other* people see it, is motivation as well.
So, yeah. I went back to WW meetings. I just needed something new to spice up my plan, because routine is deadly to me [it's also why I need to add in something new to my workouts every couple months]. As you might remember, I'm actually a Lifetime Member at WW, I made goal in 2006 and maintained it for over a year. I love WW [although they do put a bit too much emphasis on "fake" foods, in my opinion] and would have joined up with them again at the beginning of this journey but for three reasons: 1) I didn't have the money, 2) I didn't have transportation to meetings [there are none in my city], and 3) I didn't want to join up again at a weight that was 20 pounds ABOVE my original starting weight in 2004! So I put it off, saying that if I really needed to once I was below my original starting weight, and could afford to, I could join up again then.
But I got below my original starting weight and kept going. I was going strong for a good long while there. Summer's easy, with the nice weather and outdoor activities and fresh fruit everywhere. But September came, and then October, and then November, with no change in the scale [well, if we're being completely honest, minor upticks every once in a while and we know how those can add up over time!]. And so, with the acknowledgement that I needed some new motivation [and with a pretty big dogsitting job], I decided to return to WW [ fuchsiagetsfit.blogspot.com/2012/11/
I went to my first meeting on Saturday. That was a really easy decision: I actually had a car for the weekend, and it was the first day that the check from dogsitting cleared. So I went down to the WW center, sat in for a meeting, and signed up. The leader was really enthusiastic [even though she's been a leader for 25 years!] and I even spoke up a little and it definitely did the job of revitalizing my resolve. The bad part? Well, when I weigh in at my home scale, I'm nearly naked and so, the scale's pretty friendly towards me. At the WW center, however, I'm dressed for the day and wearing a few more pounds of clothes than at home. So my official WW weight was 180.4 which is higher than I'd expected. But, on the other hand, I've already lost 4 pounds [according to my home scale] since then! So this week's weigh in will be much nicer, as long as I don't majorly mess up on Thanksgiving [not likely. The benefit of being vegan and in a family of lifetime WW members is that everything I can eat is really healthy. I even make a low calorie apple pie!].
I'm feeling good about this decision. Even if it means that in the really bad weather, I'll have to walk the 4 miles to the meetings. But maybe I'll make friends with someone near me who can give me a ride!
On the downside, I've been fighting a sore throat since last Thursday, and I don't know if I'm actually getting sick but it's not going away, and it is keeping me up at nights. So I haven't been running in almost a week! I miss it! Hopefully this sore throat will go away really soon so I can get back to running [especially since I'm running another 5K in a week and a half!].
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