Saturday, January 19, 2013
You're kidding yourself if you don't believe it
Get up, get back on your feet
You're the one they can't beat and you know it
Come on, let's see what you've got
Just take your best shot and don't blow it
I just rediscovered Styx. I realized I knew a lot more of their songs than I thought, and that they all sounded different, so I put Styx on spotify all week. It was fun. Fooling Yourself is my new favorite, and also Lady, although Come Sail Away will always be incredible.
Okay, enough music talk. I've been not blogging for a long time. Some of that time was good, right up through Thanksgiving I did really well with everything. My two person team even won third place in our Biggest Loser challenge at work. However, it all went downhill from there. My break was mostly me sleeping, eating junk, and not exercising. Not smart. I think I was reacting to my incredibly high level of stress from this past semester or something, but I just didn't care at all.
Anyway, so I gained all I'd lost during the Biggest Loser back plus some, and now I'm back again to get it right for a while. I had to kick back into gear post-holidays no matter what because I'm running the Disney Princess Half Marathon on February 24th, so I knew that was coming. I'm back on track for training, ran 5 miles Monday and will be doing 7 in about 10 minutes.
The food is still an issue, but I'm solving it. I'd gotten into some major trouble taking my metformin in the fall because I wasn't eating in the morning, and then I'd forget to take it when I did eat. I have a new plan for spring: peanut butter and raw honey. I'm taking the metformin every morning within an hour of waking up with peanut butter and raw honey. The peanut butter keeps my system from reacting to the metformin, and the raw honey keeps out viruses and allergens. So far, it's a much better system.
I also have a new eating plan on top of that. It goes about like this:
3 small meals between the hours of 10am and 5pm
meal one: half a grapefruit, one egg with cheese, one piece of bacon
meal two: half a can of sardines with hot sauce (or other sauce), homemade yogurt/fruit mix, veggie chips
meal three: homemade chopped liver, miso soup with onions, sharp cheddar cheese and jam
All of these are tiny portions, a few tablespoons of chopped liver, 1/4 cup yogurt, 1 oz cheese, etc. Then, I'll have normal dinner and in the evening I can have a small homemade frozen chocolate whipped cream, low sugar. This is very much a low-sugar, low-carb, whole food diet.
This is three days a week, the other two days I'll fast from peanut butter until dinner. Those are days when I teach 5 hours in a row, so I don't have time to eat anyway.
So, I have a plan, and I have to go for a run. I also have it scheduled to blog here at least once a week, so expect more of me.
Onward and upward!
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Apparently, there is not much in my life other than what I'm half-jokingly calling "panic mode". What that boils down to is that what I've been doing recently is eat, sleep, workout, grade, teach. Not much else. I'm just barely following blogs, reading the internet, answering email. It's kind of crazy. I expect next semester to be far less crazy, fortunately.
However, this is where I get to chat about the first three bits of that statement, and not the last two. Since I deal with the last two all the time, I'm okay with that.
Sleep: works the way I do it. I've actually got an app on my phone now, it was free, that monitors my sleep cycles. I put the phone on the bed with me and it registers movement. It follows cycles of increased and decreased movement to determine light and deep sleep. I give it an approximate wake-up time, and it wakes me somewhere around that time when I'm in a light sleep. It also has a neat slowly increasing in volume tone that I like. It definitely helps me gauge the polyphasic sleep better than just guessing.
Eat: could be much worse, but could still be a little better. I'm fasting a lot of mornings until after 1pm. I've got a good system of food at school. I bring lettuce and cut peppers, an egg scrambled with carmelized onions, and miso soup which I bring as caramelized onions and a scoop of good miso and just add boiling water to. I also have fallen in love with Mediterranean Terra chips, but I have to watch my number of those. The leftover candy corn is just about gone! That's always a good thing.
Workout: this is my usual level of awesome, well, mostly. I'm in the weight room three days a week, no excuses. I've done a great job of maintaining that. I have not been running, though, and I need to get back on that. Just this week, I decided that I need to earn more points on fitocracy, so I'm doing morning workouts again. Three days in a row, each worth 500 points! I'll be at the next level by the end of the weekend. I do need to pick the running back up, especially if I'm going to get the vibram shoes in shape for the half-marathon in February.
So, things could be worse. I'm still improving on finding more time in my life. I'm excited about Thanksgiving because i get to be in Disney World, woohoo!!
Okay, I always say that I'll get back on here, and you know I will, just no promises as to when.
Onward and upward!
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Whew, it's been a while!
I've pretty much fallen captive to a schedule of teach-grade-sleep-survive and there hasn't been much time for things such as Sparking. Some of this is slightly my fault, but some is just the general insanity of being an early-career teacher trying a lot of new things in new courses.
The good news: I'm doing pretty great. I am on a consistent 3 day a week strength training routine and lift heavy weights. I am still running, mostly. I am eating decently. This one is the most important because the last time I had a physical done, my A1C was just a smidge above normal, and I need to watch that nonsense. For those not in the know, A1C is a blood sugar measurement. Which reminds me, I really need to lay off the leftover candy corn, like, yesterday.
The bad news is that I'm busy and stressed out and I know it. I'm great at handling it, but it can make me crazy at times, and then I don't do things I enjoy like blogging on here and on my geek blog.
I'm working on it, though. Getting my balance, finding my groove. Only 4 more weeks of classes this semester! I love my students, but they sure eat my life!
Anyway, just saying hi and hoping to do so more in the near future.
Onward and upward!
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Got a little busy last week, and it's not getting any better for about two weeks. Of course, I'm going to be on vacation for a week of that, which is the main busy issue. Too bad vacation causes lots of other issues. Fortunately, it's fun!
So, the short story: I'll be visiting my sister in San Francisco. We plan to cook more than eat out, walk everywhere, and go running. However, we also plan to enjoy ourselves inbetween, so I'm hoping for a balance.
The rest of things, well, could be better, could be worse.
Food: Man, did I eat badly this past weekend. Party, friends, etc. Gotta stop that all once I get back from San Fran. I have some friends and my husband in on it, so that should help.
Exercise: Still rocking out the weight room and starting putting mileage on my runs with a 4 mile today at an easy 12:30 pace. I need to start planning because my schedule is all funky until classes start 8/20, and I don't want to get stuck and not workout.
Sleep: A combo of it working well and me playing hooky on it, depending on what I've been doing. I need to stay on target for the next three days, then the trip will throw me off, then I'll be back on schedule, and I have to maintain that for a week before work starts to settle back in. That's my goal.
Other: I'm all over the place, but I think that's vacation mode. Once I actually go on and get back from this trip, I think I'll settle into a good productive schedule again.
Okay, almost bedtime, so I'm out. I'll try to post, but no guarantees with vacation. I'll try to be good even when I don't post.
Onward and upward!
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Well, I got a little busy this week, which totally happens. Fortunately, I have not let it throw me completely off, maybe a little, but not too far. Gotta stay on track this weekend.
I'm watching IT on tv. I don't think I've ever seen it straight through before, just bits and pieces. Since I never saw it, I'm not afraid of clowns. Also, I have a clown collection started for me as a baby, so I've always been surrounded by them. Makes my friends and husband crazy.
Okay, on to the important things.
Sleep: I took the last two days off since I was so busy and stuff and high stress, whoops. Tomorrow: back on track, I promise.
Food: Other than the wine last night with date night, it's been pretty good. Maybe a little too much munching and a few too many spoonfuls of peanut butter, but not too many.
Exercise: Still my favorite thing. I benched 80 lbs the other day, woohoo! I'm also being good and doing mini-exercise sets on my non-gym days, like today!
Other: mostly crazy, have a bunch of stuff that needs to be done yesterday but isn't getting done until tomorrow, you know. Today, I am going to a picnic, but I'm not going to eat anything other than meat, fruits, and veggies. That's the plan.
Gotta run and get ready, so, onward and upward!
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