Sunday, July 01, 2012
Of all the songs to have stuck in my head, but it was playing on the radio earlier. Sometimes I totally listen to song written since 2000, just very rarely.
I went running today, and did 2.8 miles in about 27 minutes, which means I'm easily on track to hit 29:59 or better for the 5K next Sunday! Just doing easy runs all week and careful weights.
On the other hand, Friday for dinner my husband took me "in" to dinner, meaning that we ate at home, but got grocery store pre-made food so we didn't have to cook. However, it was definitely higher calorie than usual. Whoops. I've been trying to be much better since then. We'll see if it pays off tomorrow.
Today instead of regular church service, we essentially had a poetry circle. I read my favorite A.A. Milne poem Halfway Down. Yeah, my poetry level is Winnie the Pooh. I'm okay with that. I also made a new connection to a local science professor at another nearby school, so that's awesome! She's a woman interested in women-in-science stuff and teaching pedagogy, woot!
Food: there's lots of fabulous food from local farmer's markets in my fridge, so I just need to eat that instead of junk food. I can do it! Then, I need to eat good foods at both the 4th of July BBQ I'm going to AND the BBQ I'm holding Sunday after the race. Mine should be good because I won't make junk. The other one, well, I'm planning to bring homemade half-sour pickles and balsamic green beans, so hopefully that will help.
Exercise: I've really taken the weekend off except for today's run! However, my week's have been packed with gym time and walking and running, this will be no exception, so I think I'm good. Running Wednesday and Saturday before the race, but making them easy runs.
Sleep: On and off. I'm ready to roll this week without screwing up, but I may or may not have another slight sore throat, so no guarantees. I may force myself up, and then allow myself to nap extra if needed. That works better anyway.
Other: My leftover to-do list for tonight is not as bad as I thought it might be. I've made a chunk of my list for this week, so I'm ready for some serious productivity! I'm only teaching one class this week, and it's tomorrow, so that should help by giving me extra time. However, 4th of July BBQs eat time. Gotta stay motivated and get things done.
Okay, now to go have strawberries and cream for probably the last time before the last of the strawberries. At least it will be raspberry season now!
Onward and upward!
Friday, June 29, 2012
Always a favorite REO Speedwagon song. Kevin Cronin sings it from the hair.
It is late and it has been a crazy day! Although, it was pretty awesome. I worked out this morning, and then talked my husband into going to the farmer's market with me, yay! That was nice. I caught the end of strawberry season and the beginning of raspberry season. We had keilbasa and chips from a local vendor and then some cookies. One of the stands makes a really good gluten-free cookie I like to get.
After that, we went to the slightly less local, but way better run DMV to finally switch our driver's licenses to the new state. Considering we moved last August, we waited a long time to get that done. However, it was really annoying and it will take two weeks to get our licenses. Blech.
Tonight, we went to a bad movie and (good) game night, which was totally fun. We watched Killer Klowns from Outer Space. I also chatted with someone about the strategic gaming club at my school and using games as outreach. We have a plan for fall and it is going to be awesome.
Okay, so the good stuff.
Exercise: is happening. I want to add more daily bodyweight stuff again to get my push-ups and inverted rows and abs improved. Running a 5K in 9 days now! I rocked my last run so I feel good about it.
Food: well, today was kind of off, but I don't think it was too off. Tomorrow and this weekend should be normal, so I'm not too concerned.
Sleep: took a bypass briefly while I fought off a cold. I won. However, I'm a little behind in the to-do list since I slept 3-4 extra hours in the last two days. I feel great now, though, so I'll be playing catch up tomorrow.
Other: Things are good. Recent specifics include playing a game of Go (a complex strategy game popular in Asia), planning a post 5K party for next weekend, and rocking out karaoke while drinking a mint julep made with my own mint.
So, it's quite lare, but I've blogged, so, goal accomplished! Time to run, or actually, sleep.
Onward and upward!
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
the heat of the moment!
Whoops, better watch out. It's Tuesday. Time could be repeating!
Okay, enough Supernatural references ... for now.
Onto the real things.
I'm working from home today, which means no gym, but I should run later. I'm also doing mini exercises all day to break up the watching TV and working insanity. However, it also means my kitchen is a little too nearby, so I have to be careful not to munch on things. I'm already not doing that as well as I would like. Whoops.
Other than today, my exercise and food are going mostly pretty good. A bit of overeating here and there, but not enough to hurt me, just keep things moving slowly. Lots of good working out, including 105lb deadlifts and squats and calves.
Sleep is getting better. I'm forcing myself to kick the covers off when the alarm goes off so that I get chilly and have to get up. I also have some plans to accomplish certain goals in the morning. I've gotten up within 45 minutes of the alarm so far, so that's good.
I'm also kicking things off my to-do list at an impressive rate. Yay! Just gotta go keep it up. Today involves grading, finishing and recording a new song, and working on my class worksheet for tomorrow.
Hopefully all of you are also getting things done!
Onward and upward!
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Someday you'll pay the price, I know
Bonus points for song and band from the title today! I'll tell you at the end.
Blog #2 of blogging when I'm supposed to! Woot!
I'm still finding my groove, but I think I have some ideas, so that's good.
Recent events: I had a minor math-related injury at the gym. I miscalculated the weights on a barbell and then I dropped it because it was too heavy. Really, I just scraped my knuckles a bit because I use good form and safety blocks on equipment so even if the barbell falls, it won't take me down with it. I actually finished my workout before dealing with it all.
I just visited my sister yesterday, and we went out to the Public Market (which was less local than I usually like) and to see Brave (so adorable and Merida is fabulous, go see it!) and then had some dinner. I wasn't great during dinner, but we hadn't eaten much all day so I think it balanced.
Now for basics.
Exercise: rocks. I have to up the running this week because I have a 5K in two weeks and I intend to set a personal record. Weights feel good and I'm less sore, which only means it's time to up the numbers again!
Food: mostly good, though I still get off track and have peanut butter instead of a fruit/veggie smoothie sometimes, so I can't do that this week. I'm getting local eggs from a friend this week, yay!
Sleep: I have gotten some ideas and I have some ideas, and I'm going to test a few this week and report back. I let myself sleep way in today, but yesterday was so tiring AND we were woken up at 1:30 in the morning because my neighbors decided to roll in on ATVs. No, seriously. That happened.
Other: My music stuff is going great, and I love my new karaoke joint. I made a real mint julep yesterday with mint from my container garden and it was awesome. I have a lot of little green tomatoes and can't wait for big, real tomatoes! I've also started a celery sprout from my last celery stalk, so we'll see how that grows. For anyone who wants to grow their own celery, here's the link gizmodo.com/5915081/how-to-gr
Plans for this week: make to do lists and stick with them! Eat what I *should* be eating and not what I *want* to eat. Run, fast.
Now for the bonus points: Cold as Ice by Foreigner!
Onward and upward!
Thursday, June 21, 2012
So, I thought summer might be, you know, relaxing with lots of time.
Not so much.
I actually have a lot to do! Don't get me wrong, it's better, waaay better than the school year, but it's still pretty busy. Now, I like being busy. I'm terrible when I have nothing to do. I don't know the meaning of "relax" unless it is coupled with a specific activity.
Now, don't imagine that I'm crazy stressed out. I've been "relaxing" a lot this summer. I've done a lot of running, walking, and hitting the gym, and I love it. I've gotten to do a lot of reading and catching up on the internet as well.
Still, I think there's more on my summer to-do list than summer left. It happens.
One of the things on my summer to-do list was to blog here again, because my last blog was ... in March. That tells you how my life went.
Quick notes first:
Exercise: freakin' amazing, I have a gym again, I'm lifting heavy things, I'm running a lot, and I have a 5K in 2 weeks and a 10 mile in 14 weeks, and I'm crazy ready
Food: could be better, but I'm getting there. I'm finally learning to stop eating in certain situations before I've had too much, so that's good, because I was always the type to eat until I was nearly sick without even realizing it was happening. However, I still eat too many calories in things I need to limit like chocolate and peanut butter. Both good for me, in smaller portions than I eat. However, I've discovered smoothies with farm-fresh fruits and veggies and I'm ADDICTED and I love them. Yes, kale can go with strawberries.
Music: best part of summer! I found a place to karaoke that I like, it's cute, tiny, and I've had two separate guys buy me a drink. I've also reignited my songwriting, which is so much fun to do again, and I actually have some time for it.
Sleep: gotta get this under control. I tend to stay in bed too long, which doesn't make me feel any more rested, but I'm just a bum. I've tried a few things that haven't worked with this so far and will take suggestions. My newest idea is to have a project I enjoy (like writing music) planned to work on in the morning that I have to get up to do. We'll see how it goes.
Other: I'm doing a lot of prep for fall, and I'm hoping it makes fall less stressful, but I'll have even more going on, so who knows. I love it all though, so, I'm cool being crazy.
Okay. One goal down, more to go.
For my semi-geeky/dorky friends: I have a new podcast for you by buddies of mine from high school on various topics. Check it out:
The title is a great song from Jonathan Coulton which always reminds me of my life, minus the drugs. www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zEFz
Onward and upward!
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