Monday, December 05, 2011
I'm not really a student, but I've been thinking about maybe getting a third degree... in French. My local university allows you to "bank" courses over time that you can later apply towards a degree, so for the past two years I've been taking French classes either once or twice a week (I credit this with my weight gain last year- French ran on the two nights of my favorite fitness classes!). So I've got an exam tomorrow, for the highest level offered at night classes. We have to know the indicative, the conditional and the subjunctive tenses, and pretty much everything else related to grammar too. Plus obscure vocabulary. Plus reading Francophone literature, writing about it, and discussing it in a half-hour interview.
You'd think I'd be studying?
Rather, I am shaving, exfoliating and picking out an outfit. They say attractive people get ahead in life; I'm putting the theory to the test!
If this doesn't pay off, it means one of two things: the research about attractive people getting ahead is wrong...
Or I'm not attractive!
Saturday, December 03, 2011
I am suddenly overcome by desire to watch this 1985 classic, with Jamie Lee Curtis and John Travolta. I expect to get some pretty awesome fashion inspiration!
Have you seen this movie?
Thursday, December 01, 2011
I kind of love December.
In the same two-week span I get to celebrate my birthday, Christmas and New Years!
Also, this year I'm doing something a little crazy for the holidays.
Usually, I work until a few days before Christmas and then spend two weeks with my family in my hometown. This involves eating, eating, eating, taking two walks, eating, eating, eating, opening presents, eating and eating.
This year I'm working until 1:30 pm on December 23rd, and then heading straight to the airport. I'll arrive in MEXICO CITY at 5:00 am the next morning!
I've been to Mexico City twice before, and I absolutely love it. I've never been at Christmas before, and I'm excited to be staying in a hotel right by the main cathedral in the city center. I'm an atheist, but I do love observing religious holiday customs in other countries.
I'll be alone in Mexico City until Boxing Day, when a friend from Europe arrives. Together we'll travel to Oaxaca for a few days, then on to the Pacific Coast, then we'll head back and visit some small towns near Mexico City before flying home.
This holiday should involve eating and more eating, but also lots and lots and lots of walking- hours every day. Hopefully I'll be able to get in some swimming and surfing as well (depending on the waves each day), and I'm always up for a hike or boat trip too!
I know I won't be able to log into Spark from December 23rd until January 8th, so I'll be doing my best to be responsible while still trying all the great things that Mexican cuisine has to offer (chilaquiles! tequila! aguas frescas! tamales! mole! paletas! quesadillas! chiles rellenos! ceviche de soya!). I usually keep a little notebook with me when I travel, and I jot down everything I do each day (it helps me manage my photos when I get home). I'll be extra-careful about recording my food, both to inspire my cooking when I get home, and to be an aware eater.
And then, when I get back in January, I'll be hitting the gym- and the food scale- and health food store- and the walking trails- HARD!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
... but I'll show you my body! On July 24th I weighed 152 pounds, today I am 126. My immediate goal is 125, but really, it's not hugely important to me anymore. I'd also like to eventually reach 119, but I'm again open to taking my sweet time reaching that point. I don't really know why I'd be happier weighing 119 than 126, and I think I need to work that out in my own head before I make additional weight loss a priority. Right now, I'm thinking about eating healthy, maintaining my exercise schedule, being able to work out longer and harder, and also building muscle strength.
(Not to be crass, but I think I kind of look like a chimp attack victim with all that facial blurring!)
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