Friday, December 07, 2012
Well, today marks my being 99% done with this semester. A few things still have to happen in order call this one complete, but I'm basically in waiting mode for that. I have a 1-on-1 phone interview with my program coordinator to wrap up the practicum portion. Then, I have to wait until Monday to be assigned to a "group" for my online class, where I will review/critique 4 of my fellow student's final projects. And they'll do the same to mine. If you'd like to, and I'd highly recommend it!!!! You can see my final project on my food blog (yes, we had the option of doing a blog post!) here:
You can comment as a guest without having to create an account or sign up or anything. Hint, hint, nudge, nudge! Really, though, I've "turned it in", but I have until Sunday night to "fix" anything that may need to be worked on, so if ya'll could give it a read and let me know if anything seems vague, unclear, irrelevant, or if you just find it awesome and delectable, let me know that, too. Since my teacher is going to see it, can ya let the critiques/criticisms/corrections be commented here instead of on that blog? Thanks!
I announced about a week ago that I was going to be moving back to El Centro. Announced it here:
That hasn't changed. I'm still moving. And still dealing with all the things that go with it. Realizing so many things about my life that's going to change... or change back. I have access to many wonderful services, opportunities, recreational facilities, products, etc. that I am accustomed to utilizing, that I will no longer have access to. It's scary and sad think that. I'm going to have to adjust to having nothing essentially. The simplest, most basic things... which the things I use now I consider basic. It's going to be rough. No doubt about it. Not just for me, but kitty. And to some degree, my family. But, they're excited to have me back. I guess someone has to be stoked. I'm sure maybe I'll feel better about it later, but right now it feels like I'm going back in time. It's upsetting.
As such, my fitness activity level and diet have stalled. Not that I was exercising much before, because I totally wasn't, but my activity level was pretty high. Thanks, in part, to my practicum which is OVER NOW! WOO! Luckily, the next weeks will be jam packed with a bunch of physical "fun". Cleaning out my old El Centro room to make room for me. Then, coming back to San Diego to pack and move. I'll be beat. I'll be lucky if I'm still alive come Christmas! Diet, on the other hand, always tends to go by the wayside during times of moving. It's easier to eat fast food and processed/prepared junk than it is to cook. But, we do have a lot of things in the freezer that need to be consumed, so it's my goal to work on that for now.
That's keeping most of my focus for the time being, besides just the general stress of moving. Tomorrow I get to attend one of my last Spark Rallies (at least for a while, it's not going to be my last! I hate my hometown, so I'll be looking for excuses to leave!) and we're going to a gym that's pretty much entirely trampolines. Too fun! We'll see how it goes.
Until next time, folks.
Here's another collage of my shiny beast.
Saturday, December 01, 2012
Day 30, Nov. 30th
Today I am thankful for SparkPeople
Shoulda been obvious, right? Without this site, I wouldn't have safely and healthfully lost 44 pounds. I wouldn't have officially decided to study nutrition. I wouldn't have met the wonderful friends and acquaintances through San Diego Spark Team. I never would have hiked Torrey Pines, gone paddleboarding, walked through Mission Trails, participated in my first 5k, and enjoyed a healthy potluck with great company at Mission Bay. I wouldn't have all these things and more without this site. It's truly amazing and I am very grateful!
Even wore my shirt to the 5k!
Friday, November 30, 2012
Day 29, Nov. 29
Today I am thankful for San Diego
And for the more than 5 years I got to live here. It is with an extremely heavy heart and tears streaming from my eyes that I have to announce my big news (remember earlier this month when I said I had some? This blog should jog your memory: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5132874 Here it is...) I will be moving back to my hometown by the end of December. I couldn't announce it earlier than today because I wasn't 100% sure yet. That job opportunity that I may/may not have? That's also in my hometown. I'm from El Centro, a podunk awful place about 2 hours east of San Diego. As saddened as I am that this has to be the sequence of events for my life, I know it is the right thing for me to do. I'm so tired of struggling with money and everything else that I have to deal with (transportation issues, stuff like the crap found in this blog: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5141585 etc) that I know I need to go home, recharge, regroup, and save some money up. My family needs me there... my poor dad being the full-time sole caretaker for my grandmother, my mom at the early stages of her recovery, and my brothers that are sort of just floating in the middle and unsure of themselves. I'm not saying I am going to be the fixer of all the things, but just being there would be a great comfort to them. Plus, I can still go to school there and I can apply to a Master's Program when I get all that pesky chem, bio, anatomy and whatever else out of the way. My plan is to only be back there for 2-3 years, then begin the Master's program at SDSU.
So, for the place I've truly considered my "real" home for the last several years, I'm grateful that I got to be here. Unbeatable weather, beaches, places to hike, restaurants of all cuisines galore, so many things to do, actual farmer's markets, terrible sports teams that I still enjoy watching, and everything else that my hometown doesn't have (and probably never will). I have amazing friends that are still going to be here when I'm gone. San Diego has the best Spark Team EVER! Seriously! One of my best friends I met while attending school here and we've been practically inseparable since. This place has been wonderful and I never thought I'd have to leave it. This is where I figured I'd stay. I love San Diego and all that's in it.
Paddleboarding in Mission Bay
Downtown for ComiCon
Hanging out in a cemetary in Old Town
This blog could go on and on with the San Diego pics. But, I'll stop it here for now. Nostalgia is already making me sad and I haven't even left yet. I'm going to miss this place while I'm away.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Day 28, Nov. 28th
Today I am thankful for opportunities
Any opportunities that come my way. I potentially have a new opportunity for a job. That'll be nice. It won't be as a DSS, but it would be a cook's position at an assisted living facility... which only has 12 beds! So small compared to the 99 bed facility at which I'm currently doing my internship. I need to send in my resume (which means dusting that puppy off!) and constructing a cover letter. Neither of which I'm good at, but I need to send it in ASAP. Either way, it would be a wonderful opportunity. I'll have the opportunity to finish my schooling, as well. Super sweet. I have 1 basic chemistry class (with lab) to take and I'll be done with my AS in Nutrition. Then, I'll have tons of other chem, bio, and anatomy classes to take before I can apply to a master's program. But, at least I'll have the chance to try. Some people in this world are not afforded opportunities like I am, so I'm grateful for the chance to just try.
Hmmm... I don't really have a photo for this one...
So, here's a photo of some whole grain pancakes with turkey bacon mixed in to the batter. I made that for Thanksgiving breakfast.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Day 27, Nov. 27th
Today I am thankful for reusable water bottles
I totally forgot my favorite water bottle when I went home for Thanksgiving. It was pretty awful. I felt so lost and thirsty without it! I take a full water bottle with me everywhere. Currently my favorite bottle is a green, double-walled insulated Camelback. I like it because it doesn't leak at all. You have to bite the mouth piece to suck out the water, which means I can use it on the treadmill or while walking and not worry about spilling water all down my front. I'm not coordinated enough to be able to drink and walk simultaneously. I always have to stop. But, with this bottle, I can easily drink and not miss my stride. WOO! Plus, I'm always carrying it in my hands, so I'm always reminded to drink water from it. Double WOO! I do have some stainless steel bottles that I like, too. They were my first loves. I have one from my specific college at UCSD (Eleanor Roosevelt, WHAT!) and a purple one that has a sort of wide mouth, which I like. Bottom line, I'm never without a water bottle where ever I go (except, of course, when I walk out the door without it for a week away to. the. desert!) I hate buying bottled water and having all that plastic waste. If I do that, I reuse my bottles until they are practically falling apart and withering away. But, the green-conscious hippy inside me screams in pain when I go disposable bottle.
Lou digs my purple water bottle with the wide mouth.
My fave bottle. Rawr.
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