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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Wow have I been busy. Here's the quick version:

2/25 - turned 30! W00T! I'm probably more excited than most people hitting a milestone, but that's just me.

2/26 - ran my 3rd half-marathon, finished in 2:48:50. My slowest time, but only by 3 minutes. Considering how much my sciatic nerve hurt, I'm surprised I did so well.

3/3-3/7 Went to Philadelphia for a conference on innovative teaching. Loved it! However, internet was spotty at best.

Anyway, so now I'm here. It's spring break, thank goodness! I have so much grading and such to catch up on. I'm hoping to get it all done so I can get back to a normal life again.

So, my half-marathon could have been better. I'm in great aerobic shape, and even decent physical shape. However, the sciatic nerve problem is bad news. A pinched nerve sends pain straight up and down the back of my leg, which then throws off my step, and forces my calves to be overworked, and then they cramp.

Anyway, I do have a plan for this.
Item 1) I put on almost 20 lbs over the last year and half of new job interviews and moving. I haven't gained since I got here really, but I haven't lost either. Anyway, I need to be a good girl and lose the weight. So, I'm going mostly paleo. What's that mean? Cutting grains and starches. Out, not just down. No pasta, rice, potatoes, etc. Also, minimal dairy, and emphasis on whole foods and veggies. I'm aiming for about 85% paleo, which means I'll have a little hard cheese, some dark chocolate, and not worry about sauces and salad dressing having a little sugar in them.

Item 2) Increasing my strength program to up my leg strength so that my muscles can carry me longer, thus keeping my posture up and keeping the pressure off the sciatic nerve

Item 3) Adjusting my running stance to keep this from happening again. Need to stay on the balls of my feet more and build up slowly again so that I'm not "lazy" when I run distances.

Item 4) I've got a good yoga routine for the sciatic nerve, I just need to do it daily. Possibly twice daily.

So, that's about where I'm at. Weight down, exercise up. Rollin' along.

Glad to be back.

Onward and upward!

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SUGARSMOM2 3/11/2012 2:27PM

  sounds like you are a very busy person . good luck

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HOPESINGH 3/11/2012 6:05AM

    Good luck with all those changes, and with handling this nerve problem.
And congrats for the half-marathon! Sounds like quite an achievement, given the circumstances.

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EAGLES_WINGS 3/11/2012 4:12AM

    Good for you persevering. Hang tough!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/10/2012 8:12PM

    Well happy, happy belated birthday!

Good luck playing catch up during your break. Hope it works!

And your plan sounds spot on. Sciatic pain is such a . . . well . . . PAIN! Hope it clears up fast for you.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 3/10/2012 2:49PM

    You made it to spring break! Woot! You did what you could through all the 'craziness' and activity over the past week and a half. Grab a few good breaths then get working on your plans. You're doing good!

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EGALITAIRE 3/10/2012 10:52AM

    Sounds like a solid plan - go get'em.

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Let My Love Open the Door

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I've been watching a lot of Burn Notice lately, and their theme song is eerily reminiscent of my title song.

OMG I haven't blogged in FOREVER!

Good Things: I've been mostly eating well. I've been exercising like crazy. I ran 10.5 miles in anticipation of the half-marathon (11 days!), and I'm feeling pretty good.

Things That Need Improving: I'm behind on everything, and this past weekend was an eating disaster.

Fortunately, I'm back on track again, and need to stay that way until Disney for the half-marathon!

On my list: getting back on here and blogging.

So ... hi!

Okay, gotta run.

Onward and upward!

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EAGLES_WINGS 2/16/2012 11:25AM

    Love that song, too!
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Great work on making things happen for you!
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CINCYDORA 2/15/2012 10:32AM

    I LOVE that song but have not picked up on the similarity to Burn Notice. I'll have to listen closer.

Hope you had a wonderful VDay and continue having good training sessions for your 1/2 marathon!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 2/15/2012 10:20AM

    Wow - almost time for the race! Best wishes on it! (I won't say good luck because it's all about preparation and the will to keep going.) Be sure to grab a picture to share with us!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/15/2012 7:56AM

    Hi there!!!

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Like a Firefly Without a Light

Friday, January 27, 2012

Yikes! I'm still not really used to this schedule, but I'm getting better. I had both of my powerpoints posted before class this week. Now, I need to spend the weekend making up all my work for next week, including an exam, so I can actually get ahead.

The scale and me are having some issues, like it's lack of reasonable movement. Seriously. I can only imagine I'm due for a reasonable drop at some point in the near future.

I've been good on most every front. Exercise is rolling, UFC trainer is great! I can't quite do fast enough T-pushups. I've been running, and doing yoga. Today I'll either run or bike, we'll see.

I made my new favorite veggie dip this morning. It's cream cheese, artichokes, spinach, chickpeas, parmesan cheese, a little whey, onion, garlic, salt. Yum! I also need to make new honey peanut butter and yogurt this weekend.

I'm trying to adjust my sleep schedule again, because what I've been doing ain't quite working. I find that when I sleep longer, I feel worse and more tired, so I'm going to kick back the hours a bit and make a point of getting out of bed when the alarm goes off.

I'm watching season 2 of Burn Notice, and Michael Shanks is on it. Hehehe, geek crossover love.

Time for shower, breakfast, and a lot of working from home with a little exercise and shopping thrown in.

Onward and upward!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/27/2012 10:53AM

    Yeah, stress is a bugger! Even GOOD things that are a change can cause the body to feel like it's a stressor.

Well, hope that getting up with the alarm helps your sleep a little. I have to do that too.

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SUPERSYLPH 1/27/2012 10:35AM

    Maybe it's stress? I know that when I'm not losing while I seem to be doing everything right, I'm most likely not losing because I'm so stressed out!

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Highway to the Danger Zone

Monday, January 23, 2012

So, the weekend could have better, but could have been worse. We didn't actually go off track specifically, I just allowed a little too much munching, especially on peanut butter. Still, my weight didn't jump up, just kind of hung out.

Today is my 8 mile run. The temps are up, but it is windy and I have to plan effectively to avoid the rain this afternoon. Crazy.

UFC training is still going well, today was abs with jump rope in between. I'm tracking my fitness over at Fitocracy right now as GirlsAreGeeks if you want to see it. I'm in a small battle with a friend to see if I can overtake him in levels. I just hit 12, he just hit 14, but the running is about to hit high gear for me, so that will help a lot.

The plan is to run at 1pm, that means working right now for a bit, having a small snack around 11-11:30, and leaving work about noon. That will get 8 miles done before 3pm when it's supposed to rain.

Okay, now I have to do this working thing I talk about.

Onward and upward!

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SUPERSYLPH 1/25/2012 11:38AM

    Working? What's that??? j/k lol

Good luck on your run! I can't even imagine running 8 miles! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/23/2012 9:19PM

    Hope you had a good run!

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I've Taken My Bows

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Whew, I was doing really well with blogging, and then ...

First week of classes, you know. I had to learn how long 75 minutes was. For the record: really long. I was teaching 50 minutes 3 days a week last semester, and now I'm at 75 minutes 2 days a week, and I'm trying not to be a talking head. It's hard. I did do this successfully on Thurs. Now, I just have to plan next week.

This has affected my blogging, but not my exercise! I'm still completely on top of UFC trainer, yoga, and running. I need to get my 8 mile run in, but it snowed this morning and I think the roads are unsafe. However, by Monday it's supposed to be 20 degrees warmer, so that's a much better time to run. I biked today, UFC tomorrow, and I'll save the 8 miles for Monday. I just need to circumvent the little bit of rain we're supposed to get.

My eating has been 50/50. I'm mostly good, but my snacking is still a bit too high, and the husband (who is also supposed to be on the healthy track!) managed to con us into chips and dip last night. Still, I'm planning on a very good rest of the weekend.

Okay, now, off to write a 75 minute lecture and do a thousand other catch up type of things. Ahh, weekend.

Onward and upward!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/21/2012 8:10PM

    Good luck!!

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