Saturday, April 19, 2014
My mom's beagle Milton died yesterday. He had a tumor on his spleen and had surgery, but it was too big and he was bleeding internally so they put him to sleep.
My heart is broken. He wasn't even my dog but I loved him so much. He was extra special somehow, you know? We all love our pets but... really, there was something special about Milton.
I feel awful for my parents. They are taking this really, really hard. He was their baby. They have 3 dogs... all the same age, but somehow Milton was The Baby. My mom can't even talk. She'll call and try but all she can do is sob. My stepdad keeps sending me texts that just kill me. They are breaking my heart. I just wish I could do something for them.
I cried all day yesterday myself.
Sorry for the downer, guys. I am just so, so sad.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
I gotta tell you guys, I have been so happy lately. Happier than I have been in a very long time! Here are some updates about the big parts of my life.
Job: I LIKE THIS JOB!!!!! It's not perfect- I would change some things if I could- namely, my PAY, but overall, I like it!!!!!!! For those of you who don't know or need a reminder, I used to work in industry science (BD) as a temp for 3 years. I got laid off, which was honestly a GREAT thing to happen to me, truly. I was scared at the time, but when one door closes........! I was unemployed for 6 months. I will say the second half was getting me down, but the first half was frankly kinda nice. I was able to spend an ENTIRE week with my mother for her birthday, and had 3 weeks of Christmas... anyway, now I'm a research assistant at Hopkins in a lab that studies nuclear morphometry of cancer cells. I fit in SO much better in academia. On my first day, I was already pretty comfortable. I just felt like I fit in, you know? Additionally, I found out yesterday that I work for a professor who will put his research assistant on his papers Not all professors will do that, so I'm pretty excited about that. I have learned more in 3 weeks than I learned in 3 YEARS at BD, and I love that. I am just so happy to be in academia and OUT of industry!!!!!!!!!
CrossFit- CrossFit has been fabulous. I re-dedicated myself in February and it's just been amazing. I've made so many friends. I only have about 100 Facebook friends and TWENTY of them are my CrossFit friends. More info on this in the next section.
Diet- my CrossFit started a 90 Day Mission Board. We all had to write a goal we want to achieve by July 3rd on the Mission Board. I wrote As Many Days as Possible Without Sugar. Well- that was Monday! Today is Sunday- I have gone 5 days this week without sugar and lost 5 pounds. LOL. Not ONLY that- in this week alone- I PRed my back squat, my hang squat clean, started using the RX kettlebell weight, and have been running with friends after the WODs. Additionally- I started a 90 Day Mission Board group on Facebook where we can all encourage each other and keep up with our goals- and everyone LOVED it! Almost everyone at CFBA joined- 93 people! And now I am making even MORE friends!
As most of you know, I get homesick frequently... I don't like living here and I wish I could move home... but I have to admit, at home I would not have these opportunities that are making me so happy. There are no CrossFit boxes there, and no world-class universities.
So anyway, yes. I have been very happy lately... and I'm ready for a new week!
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Wow, I haven't blogged in a long time... I've been keeping up with CrossFit better than ever! I have lost count of how many weeks I have gone at least 4 days!
Unfortunately I am still a bit too big for my britches! No literally. My pants don't fit.
I don't know why I'm struggling so badly with this... I lost 35 pounds in 2011 and I remember it being easy...
But maybe when I start my new job tomorrow things will be different.
Maybe I should start again...
CrossFit has been better than ever. So much fun. I had my one year anniversary on March 21. On March 21 I did my first WOD at CrossFit Bel Air. It was rather uneventful, but over the course of the first week I fell in love with it just like I knew I would. I couldn't believe the amazing support and community! I remember thinking WOW! All the great things they say about CrossFit are TRUE!!!!
I have to confess I have not progressed very much in a year though... that's due mostly to my own inconsistency and this bad habit I had of going for a few weeks then taking a week off... plus I had some injuries (not CF related, but I did have to take time off for them)... but I'm off to a way better start for my second year!
What I really need to do though, is drop these 20 pounds. They make everything harder. I was talking to a friend there and she said, "I haven't seen you in a long time. You look great!" I was like "Really? Because I've gained 20 pounds and I feel terrible." Then she said that I am look curvy and healthy. Well dang, that was nice!!!!!!!!!! I liked that!!!!!!
Honestly it's not about how I look... I don't mind being a little thicker. I just mostly don't want to buy new clothes. LOL. And I want to get fitter, not fatter. And it's not muscle, trust me.
Also last week I made Honey Sriracha Chicken. I have a ton of recipes bookmarked and finally decided to try a new one. I had to buy some odd-ish ingredients and I was sure hoping they weren't going to be a waste of money. They weren't! OMG. Honey Sriracha chicken was AMAAAAAAZING. The chicken and sauce were good enough on their own, but the recipe said to serve with a fried egg. I put mine in a tortilla with shredded cabbage and a dippy egg? HOLY ****, people. DELICIOUS. I'm not sure how healthy you could call it... the sauce is full of sugar from the ketchup and honey... but it was delicious.
And lastly I start a new job tomorrow after 6 months of unemployment. It has good and bad qualities... there were so many jobs I interviewed for that I wanted so much more, but it is at least in academia! I have escaped industry science and for that I am excited.
I am a little concerned about my closet. I emailed the guy and asked what I should wear and he replied exactly this: "Relax; comfortable and casual is best." OK... that means something different to everyone. To me it means what I wore at my old job- nice jeans, cute top and pretty flats. I'm going with that- if he has a problem he can say so tomorrow. I don't want to shop if I don't have to.
Well, that's what's going on here. Hope everyone had a great weekend!
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
I'm actually having a pretty good week so far.
I kind of ate too much this weekend. Thin Mints anyone? Man, those things are like popcorn to me. But I started again Monday and had two good days. Wednesday is my weigh in day with my BFF. I gained a pound from last week but not from my highest. It looked like this:
Last Wednesday: 171.0
Last Thursday: 167.0
Oh well. *shrug* I definitely don't care. I feel better and the scale is a tiny piece of the whole puzzle to me.
Monday's CF was fun! It wasn't a heavy breather but it really burned and made me sore! It was the benchmark "Mary" which is a 20 minute AMRAP of handstand pushups, pistol squats, and pullups. I did strict presses for the handstand pushups, and most everyone used boxes for pistol squats. You just sit down then get up and down using one leg. It's funny, it was only 5 on each side per round, but dang! My butt is sore! I got in 6 rounds plus 11 reps. Was hoping for 7 so I could have had 105 pullups (still with a thick band) but I did 90. Still good.
Yesterday was also good. Deadlifts and running. I went really light for my deadlifts and just focused super hard on form, because of my slipped disc. Apparently when most people mess up deadlifts, they round their back. I'm in the small minority that arches their back instead. Either way, it's a bad thing. FLAT BACK PEOPLE.
I'm not going today, I'm taking one of my "rest" days but I might go for a run at the trail. Since my back has been feeling so much better, I stopped going for walks during the day and wouldn't you know, it's started to ache again a little! Gotta get up and moving during the day!
Maybe I should do that now! Bye everyone and happy Wednesday!
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