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Trying to Get Variety in my Workouts...

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I'm trying to get variety in my workouts, so I won't get bored with them and I'll be more likely to keep going. I started out just using the Wii Fit. Then one night, I tried a belly dancing video (got it off Netflix instant watch), just for something different. It was fun, but I'm sure I looked ridiculous. But it was after everyone else had gone to bed anyway, so who cares? I've got some other workout videos in my instant queue I'll have to try eventually, although I just don't have the space currently to try any full blown aerobic workouts. That's one requirement for my at-home workouts--whatever it is, it has to be compact.

I ended up buying an exercise bike at Walmart for about $90. It was pretty decent quality, and I think it was a good buy. I also ordered a DVD off of Amazon from a line called "Bike O Vision." It's supposed to be a "virtual reality" bike ride, and the one I bought was shot in Hawaii. I actually like it pretty well in the sense that it does what it's supposed to--makes you feel more like you're riding a bike, and kind of tricks your mind into telling your body to pedal faster to get up a hill or go faster or slower, depending on what you are seeing in the video. I just wish the video was higher quality--the dvd wasn't compatible with our Blu Ray player at all, which didn't really matter, because I did get it to play on my PS2 and the video turned out to be VHS quality--I actually have a camcorder that shoots better footage (totally not kidding--I actually know a thing or two about video production, and I could have made this thing myself if I lived in Hawaii).

Then today I dragged out Dance Dance Revolution, which I hadn't used in a long time. When I went to school at UNT (back when I was about 135-140 lbs), I used to play it all the time with friends and just on my own. I had forgotten what a good workout it actually is--it makes me sweat, and I just don't normally sweat, no matter what I do. I also tried the workout mode, which I don't think I had ever tried when I was using it before. While it does estimate how many calories you are burning, it doesn't record time, unfortunately. Next time I'll just have to watch the clock.

  
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JUNKFOODVEGAN 1/17/2010 1:51PM

    I'm also trying to find ways to throw some variety into my workout routine so I'm not bored with anything. Fortunately, since I start school again this week, I can start strength training in our school's rec center and using all of their strength training and cardio equipment! I'm excited :D

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Arrgh!!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I have just been told that my hours are being cut at my workstudy job, due to lack of funding. It's a four hour a week cut, which adds up to over $100 lost income a month.

Really kind of pisses me off that they would do this in the middle of the year, but I guess it can't be helped if the funding isn't there (although I am sure those idiots in the administration office don't have to worry about their hours being cut).

I guess I really should start looking for a real job, now that I actually do have an associates degree. I just don't want to go back to working at Walmart.

To top it off, I finally found out what was going on with the class I hadn't recieved an enrollment key for. Apparently I was contacting the instructor at the "wrong email address." Oh, he was getting my emails, but they were in the wrong inbox, I guess. He wants his course related email to be sent to his student account (this guy is the only instructor I know of, by the way, that HAS a student account, and he had previously sent me an email that said "don't send anything to my student account yet, because I'm not using it yet").

  
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GOTHICLOLLIPOP 1/13/2010 11:30PM

    I've been meaning to get an online portfolio up. I guess I will have more time to do that now.

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MIRDREAMS 1/13/2010 8:23PM

    If you want to end up doing web design at all you might want to use the time now to build up a portfolio. See if there are any non-profits in your area who would like to get their sites revampted for free, it's a good way to build up a body of work.

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GOTHICLOLLIPOP 1/13/2010 6:22PM

    Thanks. I probably will wait a little while longer, though, since it ought to be easier to find something once I'm closer to the Information Systems certificate. I'll get by until then. I might try getting some more computer certifications, too.

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JENALYX 1/13/2010 3:06PM

    Sorry to hear about the cut. That sucks. Its tough, but it'll all work out for the best. I wish you luck in your job search!

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First Day Back

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Today was my first day back to school. Of course, all my classes are online this semester, but I did go in for my work-study job for a few hours, and I got most of the enrollment keys for my online courses in my email.

I was kind of stressing out because I haven't gotten a key for one class, and I wasn't able to get in touch with the instructor to make sure the class had made (classes that don't make are a constant problem in the computer science department at my school). A couple of other people in the department told me it should be making, but still, I'm kind of OCD, and it stresses me out when things that should be taken care of aren't.

I'm also still kind of stressing over whether or not I really want to take a couple of the classes I'm in. I know they're part of the certificate program, but I really wonder if I could get them to substitute some more challenging courses. I really don't want to take "Desktop Publishing with Word." For one thing, I already know how to do everything I've ever wanted to do with Microsoft Word, and if I wanted to know anything more about the program, I'd read the help files. I doubt we're going to cover anything in that class that I couldn't figure out myself. I'm just so sure this class is going to be boring, I'm not even sure it's worth taking it just to get the certificate when I already got my associates degree.

One more thing that got me stressed out today was this: I went and got everything arranged for the internship that I need for my certificate, and I found out that I needed to get a copy of my degree plan. Now, I had been told by someone in the administration office that they don't do degree plans for certificate programs when I asked before. So the internship class instructor called down to the administration office, and arranged for me to meet with the person in charge down there, so I could get a degree plan.

Well, I went and met with this person...and she couldn't find the degree program for Information Systems in the computer. So instead, she gave me a degree program for something called "Information Processing" which is apparently from their 1995-96 catalog. It seems to be some kind of accounting certificate, and only three of the classes are the same. When I told her it wasn't even close, she insisted that it was the best she could do.

So I'm going to have to go back to my internship instructor tomorrow and try to get this sorted out. Sometimes I really wonder why my tuition is going to pay the people in the administration offices salaries, because even the people who are in charge down there seem to have no clue what they are doing. Not only that, their motto seems to be "If I don't know the answer...well, screw it, this is close enough, right?"

Now, before I get any comments that start with, "Hey, I work in a college administration office", I will say this: I mean no offense. I am sure, somewhere, in some administration office at some college, there are intelligent people, running things efficiently...

O.M.G. While I was typing just now, I broke a nail. Could this day really get any better?

LOL. Actually, even though I wasn't having the best day, I did manage to eat within my calorie range and exercise. And really, I feel better after doing some yoga.

  
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NEXTYEAR 1/12/2010 7:07PM

    This was certainly not what you needed today. Hope it gets straightened out without using a 1995 plan emoticon

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MOCUEVAS 1/12/2010 1:15AM

    Glad you are over your first day back. Now things can move up hill. Enjoy your classes this semester and try to find something in each one that you can focus on that captures your attention, that way you will look forward to working on each one.

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Found my Bento Box (A Photo Journal!)

Friday, January 08, 2010

I found my bento box! I ended up finding it in four different places in my house, so it was kind of like a scavenger hunt...

I hadn't seen my bento box for a while. It was actually a few years, to tell the truth, and I've MOVED since then, so I thought it was pretty much a hopeless cause. But I decided that since I did know where the carrying bag and the chopsticks were, I could just replace the actual box part with a tupperware container, at least until I bought a new bento. I decided to put everything together.

I had found the bag while cleaning my closet out about week ago.



I knew the chopsticks were in the silverware drawer in the kitchen...



I opened the case, and to my surprise, I found it to be empty.



I looked all through the drawer, but they were no where to be found. I groaned inwardly, but then a thought occured. What if the stupid things had rolled under the silverware compartment? I lifted it to check.



Sure enough, there they were.

And so, I moved on to the tupperware drawer to look for a replacement for my bento box. I found a rectangular container with a red lid that was the perfect size. But then, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed something else...




I had found the lid to my bento. I got excited, thinking, maybe if I just rummage around in here some more, I'll find the rest of it...

No such luck. I pulled out all the drawers that contained the storage containers, and checked in the adjoining cabinet. Nothing. Still, finding the lid gave me a little hope. Maybe someday I would find the rest of it. Thinking I might want to try making onigiri for my bento, I went to get some rice molds that I had bought two years ago and never used out of the cabinet above the stove.





The container had been behind the rice molds all along! Go figure!

So now, all the parts of my bento set are happily back together again, and I think I shall be making bento for lunch tomorrow.






  
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JENALYX 1/13/2010 3:09PM

    Nice set there. Mine is long gone, but this makes me want to get another.

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SPEEDWACER 1/12/2010 12:30PM

    Where did you get your bento box? I want a cute set like that.

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MIRDREAMS 1/12/2010 11:42AM

    Oh I love this! You turned something that could be completely frustrating (searching for lost pieces) into an adventure and took us all along. I hope you share the bentos you make in your box as well.

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INKEDSHUTTERBUG 1/9/2010 9:07AM

  Great Blog, loved the pics and how awesome that your set is back together again!! Can't wait to see what you create emoticon

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NEXTYEAR 1/8/2010 1:22PM

    Wonderful blog. Let us know more about filling the box.

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BREW99 1/8/2010 10:15AM

    haha Thanks for the scavenger hunt! Now all you have to do is fill the bento! Sounds yummy to me! Have fun!

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MARLOU4 1/8/2010 7:39AM

    Never give up! Most things lost can be found, Thanks you for taking us on your journey.

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VEGGIE67 1/8/2010 5:35AM

    I love my Bento box. Mine is a Mr Bento jar though. Great for portion control.

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TAMMI_JORDAN 1/8/2010 5:30AM

    I read your blog hoping to figure out what bento is. Got to the end and still wasn't too sure, so I did a quick web search. How cool! I bookmarked a bento page to go back to and explore some more. Isn't it great when we find something we thought we'd lost? Thanks for the trip through finding old favorites lost in our everyday clutter and for teaching me a new thing today.

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It's Becoming Difficult...

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

I've been on this diet for a week now, and It's actually becoming difficult for me to eat 1200 calories a day--and what I mean by that is that for the past couple of days I just haven't felt like eating that MUCH.

After getting to the end of the day today and realizing that I had eaten less than 1000 calories, I made myself eat a banana and drink a mug of hot chocolate. Well, I wasn't exactly forcing it down or anything. I just could have done without it. I wonder if I should really make myself eat when I'm not hungry, though. I don't want my metabolism to slow down because I'm not eating, but it's a weird feeling to be eating because I should and not because I want to.

Of course, part of the problem is probably that I'm not getting up early enough to eat breakfast, so I'm eating all my calories for the day in two meals and then snacks here and there. I go back to school next week though, so hopefully I'll start getting up early enough to eat in the mornings...

  
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SOHOJOSE 1/7/2010 10:43AM

    Hi!

I saw your post via the Bento team...

Yeah, this happens to me a often too. There's times where I'm under my calories for the day. What I found is that is I don't eat the extra calories, I usually wake up famished and sometimes overdo it on breakfast.

If it's not too late, I'll eat a little something to keep my metabolism up. However if it's within two hours of me wanting to go to bed, I'll skip it.

Another good source of calories are nuts and dried fruit. I usually eat these as a 'make up for calories' snack.

Whatever you do, good luck. It sounds like you're off to a good start.



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ANEWHEALTHYLIFE 1/6/2010 12:24AM

    I am going through the same thing! I personally feel that as long as I am listening to what my body want I am fine. Problems begin to occur when I start depriving myself...but as long as i'm listening and in tune with myself then everything should be fine. My close friend who is very "food/fitness smart" said that I will probably get really hungry one day and that's normal. She also added that naturally thin people don't eat exactly 1,200 calories a day. It goes up and down depending on what their bodies want. :) I have begun to worry less about calories and more about what my body is telling me it wants. By doing this I still lose weight as fast as everyone else and I'm not deprived or too full. It's a good feeling to be in control. :)

Good luck...It sounds like you are doing a great job so far!

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