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On the Banks of the River

Thursday, July 05, 2012

stood Running Bear, young Indian brave.

Yeah, so, I took a two mile walk to and from the farmer's market today, so I was singing camp songs. I may have even been doing the motions to this one. Then I did all the verses of Rise and Shine, in the right order. I did manage to pick up a ton of fresh raspberries and baby greens and romaine and my gluten-free cookie from the place that makes them really good!

I'm pretty sure I'm overeating this week, but I don't think it's too bad. I played more games than I ate yesterday, so that should be good. I did munch a lot today, but then I was on my feet for two hours and walked 4 miles. I'm hoping to balance this all out.

On that note:

Exercise: pretty slim due to the holiday and today at home, but tomorrow is a gym day and Sunday is race day! I also need to get back to my daily push-ups and stuff if I'm going to keep improving.

Food: as noted, too much. Whoops. Should really slow that down tomorrow, but then it's going to be trouble again because Saturday is my 5 year wedding anniversary and we're going to have a nice dinner, then Sunday is the race, followed by a "we made it" BBQ at our place. Monday, I'm back to serious!

Sleep: same, could be better, could be worse. I'm trying to sort out my sleep cycles, and I haven't hit it yet.

Other: I actually did a whole chapter's worth of prep today for my fall lecture and some grading, yay! I'm mostly on schedule with things, so that's good. I'm playing lots of games with friends lately, yesterday, tonight, tomorrow night, and Sunday at my party. Love it!

So, as I just mentioned, I am off to play games with friends.

Onward and upward!

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CJSARGENT1 7/6/2012 12:43PM


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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/6/2012 2:44AM

    It's all about doing better, right? When we can't do as well as we wish we could, focusing on at least doing better helps us get to where we need to be. You're gunna rock the race!

BTW, didn't you say you wanted a reminder to explain your sleep schedule? I've already read your explanation, but I'm sure others would like to know how it works. Also, are you still doing the fasting days?

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Every Choice is Worth Your While

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Any Indigo Girls fans out there? Up on the watershed ...

Anyway, hi!

My week is going pretty well so far. It helps that I'm busy during the week, so I try to have very structured days. Today, for instance, I got up, packed the hubs and my foods for the day, drove with him to his work then walked to my work, then spent an hour in the gym. By then, it's already 11am and I haven't had breakfast yet. Fortunately, I packed my favorite breakfast salad.

Tonight is Tuesday, so ... karaoke night! I need some new ideas, what should I sing?

I'm spending the day at work, but I'm not teaching, so I'm trying to get stuff done. I fixed up some online things and I learned a little bit about how our courses are coded into the computer system. Now, I'm blogging. I like to mix up real work and other things throughout my day, thus, I do this at work, but I do work at home. The benefits of an academic life: no 9-5. The downfall of an academic life? No 9-5. I still love it!

Okay: how am I doing?

Food: oh so much better in the past few days. Today especially. I think I've also just discovered that I can add my calcium and fish oil (both liquids) to my freggie smoothie which is way better than trying to take them separately! It just means I'll need to be certain to have smoothies, but I like them, so I think I can handle that. Today's included spinach, carrots, strawberries, blueberries, and peaches.

Exercise: I rock. Today, I accidentally put 35lb weights on a bar instead of 25lb ones, which only brought my intended total up 5lbs, so I went with it. This means my squat and deadlift are now up to 115lb. I'll be in the gym again Friday, but I have to not push too hard because the 5K is on Sunday. I should be running Wed, and Sat. I need to get some yoga in there too, so I'll aim for Thursday.

Sleep: Better, but not better enough. Still, I'll take better. That reminds me, I need a nap. I'm on that post-blog. Tomorow, I'll do EVEN BETTER! At some point I should explain my whole sleep thing here. Remind me I said that.

Other: I'm still blogging, right, so that's good. I'm also doing some music writing, some chilling out. The only thing I want to do that is lacking is playing Go. it's a strategy game that I play online. Maybe I'll finally do that again tonight. I also need to clean my house, but I need the husband's help in that, so it will likely be partly done tomorrow when we're both off and partly done Saturday before Sunday's get-together post-race.

Okay, on to nap and make up course stuff!

Onward and upward!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/3/2012 5:16PM

    Have a fun and safe 4th! On the road tomorrow through very late Friday.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/3/2012 4:35PM

    Glad to hear you're doing a little better on food and sleep. Keep doing what you're doing - you're making a good dent in the remaining bad habits you have (no mention of overdoing a certain food you've mentioned before!).

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Raise Your Glass

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!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/2/2012 5:29PM

    I think you're doing pretty darn good! Keep up what you've been doing and keep reviewing your progress to know where to try working harder.

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GIGISINGS68 7/2/2012 4:00AM

  I love how your categorize different parts of your blog. I think I'm going to borrow that idea to help me stay on track. I'm sure you'll do amazing in the 5K, good luck!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/1/2012 11:25PM

    The strawberries have been awesome! Ready for raspberries too!!

Glad you're going good wthe running. Keep it up. Good luck with your 5K.

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DOTSLADY 7/1/2012 10:49PM

    emoticon to see what you're up to.
emoticonyou're so FAST! emoticon

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Take It On the Run

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!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 6/29/2012 8:45AM

    I remember that movie! Yup, it was bad but fun to watch & laugh! We need to laugh! We have to make the best of what seems bad all the time! Thats being positive! good 4 U

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1CRAZYDOG 6/29/2012 8:37AM

    Glad you're having a great summer so far!! Enjoy those mint juleps. I was inspired by you, as I have mint growing as well! Yowza . . . they're good!!

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BMCOLLEY 6/29/2012 8:28AM

    It sounds as if you have a grip on your plans/goals.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/29/2012 3:39AM

    We all have to take short breaks now and again, but you've been doing pretty good, so keep it up!

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Telling Me What Your Heart Meant

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!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/26/2012 9:54PM

    That's exactly what I do . . . kick the covers off. If I leave 'em on, it's all over but the snoring!.

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HOPESINGH 6/26/2012 3:15PM

    Yep, we're getting things done, just not at the same rhythm as you! Very impressive! Not to mention those deadlifts... emoticon

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1STATEOFDENIAL 6/26/2012 2:52PM

    Too bad when you get things accomplished on a Trickster Tuesday you have to do it all over again starting with the Heat of the Moment. HAHA! But really, while you're in the kitchen eating, be sure to avoid the pig in a poke or the hot sauce might hit the floor. There's no reason for being really really childish until you notice the strawberry syrup.

Okay I need to stop those references. haha Good to know you're getting things acocmplished and figuring out how to make yourself wake up.

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