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Running!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

I guess it's official that I run now. I like it. And when I can't run I get unhappy, like something is missing from my life. (I don't think I can go back to a life without fitness... it feels so good!)

I ran 5K for the first time about 2 weeks ago. I need to sign up to run an actual 5K race, outside, with people! I also need to get used to running outside, currently all of my adventures in running have been on the treadmill. (But somehow, running outside is a big step.)

Nike+ipod have been great motivators for me... it's satisfying to watch the miles add up! (I've always been a fan of tracking my exercise... it makes me feel very accomplished when I look at my totals for the week!)

  
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SPECIALMG 8/1/2007 10:42PM

    Thanks for the comment on my page, and congrats on your amazing success so far. It is pretty astonishing how much you can change your life when you just start treating your body right, isn't it? That's been my experience for sure! Anyway, I really encourage you to sign up for a 5K. It is so inspiring and fun to be out there with other people, and the adrenaline that you get from being in a race makes it that much easier. Keep up the amazing work, and have fun running on the river in Boston. :)

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STARFISH36 7/18/2007 11:40PM

    Running a 5k.. while when I did it.. I ended up not running .. more like jog/walking but hey I made it past the finish line and I wasn't the slowest either! I was just proud of myself for doing it.. that's a great goal! You go girl!

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Stairs

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Why do I always take the elevator when it takes me only 4 minutes to walk up the stairs? That's about 40 calories. If I walked up the stairs once every day, I'd lose a pound in 3 months just for doing that. It also would get easier, and I'd feel so buff walking up 9 double flights of stairs and barely being out of breath.

Just a random thought...

  


My first journal entry on LJ, November 5, 2005

Friday, August 11, 2006

There is a special feeling of freedom that I feel when I have my sail rigged *just so* and the wind gusts behind me and catches in the sail and we fly over the water. It's not only the flying, but the knowing that I'm the captain of my own boat, that I may go where I wish ... explore my bit of the Charles River freely. That I learned how to sail for myself, for my own pleasure; that I took time from my studies to go outside and savor being under the wide open sky, so close to the water...

And those words are in my head, "grant me wings, that I might fly...". A verbal representation of that sunny, windy, thrilling moment.

Also, an expression of *myself*, of the person who I would be. I see her so clearly sometimes, smiling, strong, graceful. She has long hair that flows behind her, that swirls when she moves and dances. She has seen the joy that is life and lives to embrace it... she is not afraid to be herself.

  


Posties posties!

Friday, August 11, 2006

These days I find that I'm replying to other posts more than I'm writing in here. Which means I'm procrastinating, but how can doing things for weight loss be bad?

This past week has had a lot of cake in it. Festive, perhaps, but I'm getting tired of it. I think I've had enough cake for now. Fortunately it'll be either stale or gone by Monday, so no more cake-worries for me. There was something intriguing about the slight raspberry taste in Albert's Thesis cake. Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, with a hint of raspberry that had me eating it trying to figure out if my taste buds were playing tricks on me.

A lot of food, in general this week. I've been bringing my lunch every day, which is good, but thesis parties have food at them, and I like to taste a little bit of the yummies. And of course last night was a celebration of my birthday with all you can eat sushi... wherein too much food was consumed. I feel different after having eaten so much food, more energy. Not sure what that means, but I guess it's OK to go over calories sometimes... just not as much as I have been recently.

On the gym front, I've been doing very well
Monday - Weights (without trainer, but I'm a harsh mistress) and 65 minutes on elliptical
Tuesday - Walked 2 miles
Weds - Balls, bands and Bars = 45 minutes, Elliptical for 35 minutes (sore, pain, ow, but I kept at it despite the fact that my legs were tired)
Thurs - Evening out getting fat with friends. Discovered that you can push a car, and it will go.
Friday - 65 minutes elliptical
So that's almost 3000 calories burned. I want to do stuff tomorrow, so I'll get to 3500. Maybe swimming!

So they finally open the jacuzzi at the gym, and I'm soo excited about it, I come home tonight after seeing a movie with friends and I see that I have enough time to go to the gym. I bring a bathing suit and towel, intending to elliptical for a while, then submerge myself in bubbly bliss for 10 minutes. And of course, when I get to the gym, I see that the jacuzzi is closed until Sunday. Woe. I put off using it on Wedsnesday... Regret. I can imagine how good it will feel to relax in it, the way the jets massage tired muscles. Yearning.

When I am a rich successful doctor-doctor, I'm going to get a jacuzzi of my very own. That, and a personal chef to have dinner ready for me when I get back from the gym, and to give me a massage whenever I want one.

  


Procrastinatory joy and hot chicken soup...

Sunday, June 04, 2006

(It's colder than before...)

So I decided to make a big pot of chicken soup to warm up, since we have no heat at this moment, and I needed an excuse to have the stove on.

Mmm.

I feel like I'm getting a lot better at reading papers... especially since the bedroom is too cold to hang out in, and most of my computer-sitting happens there. I've read two and a half papers so far, and hopefully I'll be able to finish the one I started. It feels good to be making a dent in the gigantic pile of things I need to read. I will have a good discussion about science tomorrow!

  


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