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P(x≠70) But we don't know what it equals!!!

Friday, March 22, 2013

This is going to be a quick update. I won't talk about the baby shower yet, as I'm still cleaning up and editing the photos from that (I took about 100 of them!) So, I wanna pick the nicest ones to represent.

Very quickly: I was sick and as soon as I got well I pretty much had to start studying for my math test. So, needless to say, I haven't even begun to tackle my March goals:
-150 fitness minutes per week
-No eating after midnight
-Drink more water daily
-Eat freggies at every meal

Some of these I was able to work on while being sick, but the fitness minutes for sure I've not even scratched the surface. All are still a work in progress. I ate my dessert a few minutes ago, and it's well after midnight... oops. Honestly, I forgot to see what time it was. I was busy in the kitchen baking a key lime pie until about midnight. Anyway, now that my test is over and I'm able to breathe mostly normal, I can start in on the exercise.

Not much else is going on.

I'm sure you all got tired of all my math related status updates. It was all-consuming for several days. I saved all my homework for the last module, which is 3 chapters covered over the course of a month, to do at the last minute. It helps me to study (particularly the stuff that was covered a month ago!) and then to go over all the questions on the study guide. Whew! I was very determined to not fail this one.

Unfortunately, math is hard for me. I read many of your suggestions on my status updates and will for sure be taking some of your all's advice. I'm going to look into a tutor and I used a website to help me with a few things I got stuck on. In the meantime, I found a really great way to illustrate my relationship with math:


Yup, math makes me crazy. And I do wanna tear my eyeballs out.

And I was waiting to write this blog until after I got my test back to know what my grade was before writing. Turns out my instructor forgot them tonight, so I probably won't know until Tuesday. Which was a major bummer. Before I headed out the door, I told my brother and sister-in-law the only reason I was going to class was that I didn't want to wait an entire weekend to get my graded test. Guess I ate those words big time. I was sooooo tired, I just didn't want to go to class. I'm still tired, but of course am having some insomnia issues.


Of course, I've been dying to know my grade, so when I found out he forgot our tests, my reaction was pretty much like this.

Which leads me to...

Ending this blog now. I'm going to bed! I'll update with pics from the shower soon!

  
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ARCHIMEDESII 3/23/2013 6:14AM

    Glad you're starting to feel better. It stinks to get sick when you're trying to study.

When I was in school, I was great at science ! However, I was weak at math. As I got older, my math skills did improve. If you find yourself struggling, you should consider getting a tutor. When I was having problems in a class, someone told me to get a tutor and it was the best advice I received. That tutor helped me get my grade from a D to B by the end of the class. They taught me skills that I still use today. Find out what tutoring services the school has. I'm pretty sure they are free. so, take advantage of them.

Don't worry that you weren't able to exercise as much as you wanted. Now that you're feeling better, you can slowly ease back into your routine.



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ARUNNINGKAT 3/22/2013 12:15PM

    So glad your test is behind you! Nothing more frustrating than a project or class or test that never seem to end. Love your cartoon illustrations! While they aren't really funny, they do show how you are feeling very well! Hope you can catch up on rest a little and relax too!

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NEWSGIRL2177 3/22/2013 12:02PM

    I stink at math. I admire anyone who pushes forward with such a challenging topic! I hope you get some rest this weekend.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 3/22/2013 11:52AM

    Math was never my thing, either. And it doesn't apply to my life or job at all so it doesn't really matter that I stink at algebra! :)

I hope you get an awesome grade on your test! Hopefully you can forget about it for a bit so you can enjoy your weekend!

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SMILINGTREE 3/22/2013 9:09AM

    With all the effort and study, you surely didn't fail. Have a lovely weekend. Work on some meditation and Jill-centric stuff :)

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LODESTONE 3/22/2013 7:15AM

    At least the test is behind you now. Relax over the weekend and don't let it worry you to a crisp! Get a good sweat on--- you'll feel better! Take care.. key lime pie sounds delish- did you save a bite?

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JSALERNO 3/22/2013 6:10AM

    I love math

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Smarch! Er, March!

Saturday, March 02, 2013

I'm pretty sure it was at the beginning of last month that I said I wouldn't blog on the weekend. And yet, here I am... Brilliant!

So far, the end of February, beginning of Smarch hasn't been great. I got the weirdest cold. Its one of the few times I have actually FELT a cold as it took me by the neck and dragged me down. 11pm on Saturday night I was working on some homework, waiting for the shower to become available and by 1am I couldn't even swallow. I ended up having to wake up my mom for some throat lozenges and cold medicine. The throat pain eased up, but the sinus pain/pressure/congestion has yet to stop. Ran through a whole box of kleenex. Ran out of DayQuil days ago (saved one pack for class on Thursday) and I've only been taking NyQuil once a night. Only have 2 packs of those left. Friday I ended up with a migraine (unrelated to the cold; probably hormone related), so that just added to the fun. I was weak, dizzy, burning hot (but no fever) and actually had to have my mom cook for me. I do feel like this junk is on it's way out, though, finally.

It better be, too, because this week is the California Mid-Winter Fair, which is held in the next town over. I got tickets for my bro and sis-in-law for their anniversary gift. I also bought a pair of tickets for me and whoever else wants to go (I'm thinking my mom). I haven't been to the fair since I moved away 5 years ago, so I'm kind of excited to go. I know it'll be a time of indulgence. There's no way I'm going to the fair and not eating a corndog or funnel cake or candy apple or spiral fries. And you know what, that is perfectly fine. That is my decision to make and own. I'm not going to feel guilty for it. I'm not going to worry about it going to my thighs. I'm going to enjoy the splurge and move on. I'm glad I'm finally able to say that, to be in a healthy place with a healthy mindset and relationship with my food... At least in this case.

Over the last few weeks I've become aware of a problem that I've always seemed to have and just never really thought about. Night eating. But, not just night eating. Sometimes night binging. I have a wicked sweet tooth. I've made no secret of that. Lately it seems that while I have a handle on my food the rest of the time, it's the late night, long after dinner eating that I'm having issues with. I used to be fine with just a little "fun size" candy bar, usually a Baby Ruth or Butterfinger Crisp. The small bar was all I needed. Since moving back home, it's been more of a binge thing (prior it was just late night eating) and I'm not sure what to do about it. I'll have several pieces of candy or a cupcake or two or several cookies or a combination of all the above. Rarely is it ever just a single piece of something. Its made think that I also may have a sugar addiction. Since it's something I've just come to realize, I need some more time to think on it and do some research. But, if anyone has any sage advice or words of wisdom or tips that help them, please feel free to share!

The good news as of late is that I lost 5 of the 12lbs I put on over the holidays. 7lbs more and I'll be back to my 45lb loss mark. And then I can continue on the loss path. Which leads me to some goal setting for the month of March:

emoticon At least 150 fitness minutes per week. Since I'm just restarting (and will be re-restarting after being sick) I'm setting this number kinda low. 150 minutes is 30 minutes a day, 5 days out of the week. Before I got sick, I was doing quite well with that. I think I can swing it again.

emoticon Be mindful of my night eating/binging. I eat dinner late (after 10pm) 3 nights out of the week due to my school schedule, and I'm a night owl anyway, so I'm trying to cut off any and all eating by midnight. That's a start. I can figure out from there my next step to tackling this problem.

emoticon Drink more water. Since I moved here, I've been drinking ridiculous amounts of water! Ridiculously SMALL amounts! Like, maybe 30oz a day. If that. And not much of anything else, so I know I'm dehydrated! (Geez, no wonder I got sick.)

emoticon Freggies. Every meal. No excuses. Even if the rest of the family isn't eating veggies or fruit with their meals. Potatoes don't count, unless they've been prepared in a really healthy way. But, even then... They only count as half.

That's it for my health related goals. I have others, of course, that will include keeping up on homework, studying harder and longer for my next stats test, and blogging regularly at my other blog. I'm working on a new entry for that... SNEAK PEEK:

  
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MEWHENRYSMAMA 3/11/2013 10:46PM

    Oh, love that sneak peek!
Hang in there...
Healing Hugs,
Mary

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ARCHIMEDESII 3/3/2013 3:55PM

    How are you feeling this morning ? a friend of mine had similar symptoms and ended up with strep throat. I hope you don't have that ! Take it easy and keep pushing those fluids. I find lots of hot tea and honey helps me whenever I have a sore throat.

Fairs... I love state fairs, but rarely go anymore. When I did, I loved having a corn dog or curly fries. I eat a corn dog maybe once every two years i.e. when I go to a fair. I love corn dogs, but they don't love me. which is why I only have them once every couple of years. I love how they taste, but they mess up my digestive system.

Also, how late do you stay up at night studying or doing whatever ? Perhaps some of your late night binging could be tied to how late you stay up. Maybe if you went to bed at an earlier hour, you'd be less likely to snack.

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FRENCHTOSD 3/3/2013 3:22AM

    I'm definitely ready for some nighttime eating after this post. :)

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ERINBELLOWS1978 3/2/2013 8:07PM

    Jill I have managed to conquer that late night binge problem. I work the swing shift and dont get off work til 1am. So the whole of last year I spent at the vending machine a few times a night because I was RAVENOUS for something sweet. Since re-vamping my eating. I stick to a very tight schedule at work. I eat dinner at about 630 or 7 then I have a two snacks later- One about 10 or so then another at about 1130 or 12. Both are usually sweet. Naturally. I will do an apple w/ some peanut butter/greek yogurt dip (amazing! found it on pintrist!) OR cottage cheese and pears. Something sweet w/ protein. Then my last one will be usually sweet snow peas. I love them. AND because you have to snap the ends off and peel the fibers off the pod it takes longer to eat. I havent been to the vending machine in 3 months!!! Amazing! You can do it girl. You just have to put a plan in place. You are a great planner and like things in an organized fashion so you can totally get a handle on it my dear!

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NEWSGIRL2177 3/2/2013 1:50PM

    I hope you feel better soon! I'm struggling with getting enough water, too. And for no good reason! Hang in there!

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/2/2013 8:40AM

    Hope you feel better soon. Be careful at that fair if you are still recuperating; you don't want to wind up feeling worse. Take care.

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LODESTONE 3/2/2013 8:36AM

    Hope you are kicking the cold to the curb! It sounds as if you've set reasonable goals to start the minth, coming back from illness. Enjoy the fair!!!!! And your treats.

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JSALERNO 3/2/2013 8:24AM

    I USUALLY GET SICK THIS TIME OF YEAR

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PhotoShop Assignment Example

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I thought ya'll would like to see what I have been learning in PhotoShop. I borrowed the quote from Be My Anti-Valentine, but I 'shopped it all by myself!

I didn't finish it in time to post on Valentine's, otherwise, that's when you'd be seeing this.

  
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RAINYFRIDAY 2/21/2013 8:56AM

    Nice job! Are you loving this class?

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 2/20/2013 5:20PM

    Look at talented you!!!
I know nuttin about this "stuff"!
Hope you are having a good week!
Love you!
Hugs,
Mary emoticon

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Today I Did It... Finally

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Today I figured out how to get in a good workout without having a gym, having to go outside, or resorting to drastic measures (like getting rid of my bed to make room for a treadmill that would double as my bed emoticon ). Sunday I finally lit a fire under myself and my brother, and finished organizing and cleaning my room. I stuck in my all-purpose book shelves that will hold my linens and a few misc items that have no "home" (like my first aid kit and tool kit). That cleared my desk and desk chair to actually be used for their intended purpose, but more importantly, cleared a lot of floor space. Now, I actually have a piece of floor real estate to do some working out. Granted it's not a big space... maybe about 6ft by 4ft (or about 7ft x 5ft at its widest points, which isn't all that helpful). Think you can't work out in that amount of space? THINK AGAIN!!!

Today I did my favorite thing: got on YouTube. I have a bunch of the SparkPeople videos by Coach Nicole jammed into a playlist, so I always know where to find them. I did a 10 minute cardio vid, an upper body vid, and a lower body vid. All are part of the bootcamp series- New You, Swimsuit, 28 Day... They don't require much equipment and best of all, they don't require much space. You basically do all the moves in one place! Luckily I have a thick, cushy yoga mat (for the lower body vid) and several free weights (1.5lb, 3lb, 5lb, and 10lb) for the upper body. Cardio didn't require anything. Got hot, sweaty, and winded, and I know I got a pretty decent workout for just 30 mins of my time in the tiny space I have.

BOTTOM LINE: If I can do it, you can do it!

Just get 'er done!

Best of all, I can do this any time during the year in my nice air conditioned home. Which will be really good come summer time when the temps soar into the 110s+. Death weather.

So, cleaning up my room was my Sunday. On Friday I lit another fire under myself, my bro, and my sis-in-law to clean up the kitchen. I believe I've mentioned previously that my family is not known for their housekeeping skills. So, the kitchen was quite the project. Luckily with 3 people working on it, it went pretty quickly. We got pretty much everything cleaned, counters cleared, and a few things organized. Things are put away, but our cupboards and extra storage spaces could be better organized. Alas, that is a big project for another weekend. In the meantime, there is clean, uncluttered counter space in which to prepare healthy foods. That's good enough for me (for now). And I was able to photograph a new meal for my blog. I just need to edit photos and write. Which brings me to...

The saga of PhotoShop 6. The PS class I'm taking is using the latest Adobe products... which is 6. On my computer, I have version 2. WAY WAY WAY outdated, let me tell you. Unfortunately, the only computers at school that have CS6/PS6 are the ones in the classroom in which my class is taught. Which is the classroom that every computer class is taught. So, I can't just go in and use a computer any time to get my homework done (and this week, I have a lot of it!). Unfortunately, most Adobe/PS products aren't compatible with each other. So, even if I had PS4, I wouldn't be able to go back and forth with PS6 with it. Confusing isn't it? Well, PS5 is compatible enough, so now I have several folks working on getting me a copy of PS5 to use on my home computer. Basically cross your fingers and/or pray that I get SOMETHING so I can do my homework before it's due.

P.S. EDIT: I should mention that a student discounted rate for getting PS5 or 6 on Adobe's website is $350. So not affordable!

My stats class... oh, stats. How I loathe you. Math in general, really. That test I was worried about failing? I failed it. Well, I "university standards" failed it, which is to say I got a D. 69%, even. If I had just answered 1 question right I would have had a C. Seriously, and I knew what I had done wrong when I got my test back. Stupid mistake, too! Of course. That's how it always happens. My teacher is really cool, though. He spoke to me after class about it (he even approached ME!) and said he thinks I'm still capable of doing well in the class. I told him I would try harder and study more. I also told him that when it comes to math, I don't test well. I freak out and get nervous. So, he said we'd work on that. It's the first of 4 tests this semester. I do have a chance of doing well, but I really do need to apply myself. I think I really can do better.

A few weekends ago I went to the Carrot Festival in tiny little Holtville, Ca. Carrot capitol of the state or country or world... I dunno. I grew up there, sorta. Moved away in the 5th grade. The majority of my family still lives there. The day started with an adorable parade down the main thoroughfare and ended with a little festival in the park. Lots of food booths, merchants, and a small carnival. I spent the day with my mom, cousins, grandma, and aunt. We had so much fun! I had delish fish tacos from one of the church's booths (these are usually fundraisers for local orgs) and homemade ice cream. There is an entry in the parade that is usually decorated with produce from the Holtville FFA (I think). This year it had a merry-go-round made of different colored cauliflower. Anyway, its covered in all kinds of veggies, and at the end of the parade, you pay $5 and they give you a standard sized plastic grocery bag (I know, I know, so not eco-friendly) and you can fill up the bag with however much you can fit in (and it HAS to fit in, no overhanging food!). Luckily, I'm a master at this, so I came home with a metric f***ton of produce! 2 napa cabbages, 1 bok choy, 1 purple cauliflower, 2 broccoli, a bunch of carrots, and something else I think I'm missing... :-S Anyway, here's a photo:

Courtesy of my cousin Olivia.

We're still working our way through all those veggies! The cauliflower was awesome and I used a napa cabbage in my latest blog meal, which I promise to get around to posting. I was able to get my container garden going yesterday. The bro, sis-in-law, and I tackled part of the backyard that has been looooong neglected. We cleared the patio, cut down some branches on our big mesquite tree, and just did some general maintenance. I was able to set up a few of my pots and fill them with soil and fertilizer. Then, I ran out of time and daylight. We set up the BBQ so we could cook some dinner. I wasn't able to sow any seeds yesterday, but was able to this morning. It was really super windy, though, which made it difficult. But, I wasn't planting much- a few beets, carrots, radishes, and spaghetti squash. We'll see how any of it does... with sweltering heat, I'm not sure. I may have to shade my thangs. Growing in the desert is hard due to heat and the dreaded white fly. Those lil' b@st@rds eat EVERYTHING. Literally.

Well, that's it in a nutshell. Today the wind has not only blown me and my seeds, but my allergies into a tizzy as well. I can't breathe through my nose. I've been through ridiculous amounts of kleenex since about 2am last night. I woke up unable to breathe and had to take a Benedryl. So. Lame. And despite my inability to use my sinuses properly, I STILL WORKED OUT FOR 30 MINUTES! WOO!

  
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ERINBELLOWS1978 2/28/2013 2:44PM

    So proud of you my dear! It's been a hard few weeks for you. I'm so glad you were able to "de-clutter" and Jillify most everything to get yourself some space for healthy living. This will improve your overall mood and attitude about being back home. I told you things would look up. You just have to keep doing what you're doing and life will fall into place!! Love ya girlie! Keep up the good work!

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MILLER*TIME 2/21/2013 10:58AM

    Love this blog!! You are being SOOO productive!!! Lots of cleaning sounds like! That's awesome. I love those types of weekends-- exhausting but accomplished. Great job!

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CANNIE50 2/20/2013 6:12PM

    Nice work on the exercising and on the organizing. When I get things in order, my appetite for mindless eating goes down - there is definitely a correlation. Keep up the good work, Miss JillyBean! emoticon

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FIT_DAISHA 2/20/2013 12:38PM

    emoticon I also use Youtube! emoticon videos, but I also love FitnessBlender videos! They have a huge selection at different levels! emoticon

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AURORAMILLET 2/20/2013 12:30PM

    TOTALLY AWESOME about your workouts!! I think I want to do the same!

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NEWSGIRL2177 2/20/2013 12:05PM

    Way to go on creating a usable space for you, in both your room and the kitchen. I know what you mean about storage space not being used wisely. Organization is always a challenge for me.

Power through those classes, Jilly! I know you can do it.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/20/2013 12:00PM

    I'm so happy you found a space to work out! Woo-hoo! 6x4 was about the space that I had in our last apartment, I was crammed in between 2 walls, our bed, and our bureau but I logged many, many hours there sweating my butt off!

Sounds like things are looking up in other areas, too! Go Jill!!

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SMILINGTREE 2/20/2013 8:59AM

    I LOVE reading posts like this. Nothing was easy, but everything was done - great feeling, isn't it? Congratulations on having enough space to do a workout. It sounds like things are settling down for you. You may not be exactly where you'd like to be, but that's all right - you are on your way :)

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RAINYFRIDAY 2/20/2013 8:56AM

    Jill! Super motivated, nice job! I'm sorry that the stats class is giving you such a tough time, I know you'll get through it. Looking forward to the new blog post!

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/20/2013 8:06AM

    Good for you! This is terrific and pic is so lovely. Big hug.

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JSALERNO 2/20/2013 6:47AM

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FRENCHTOSD 2/20/2013 12:45AM

    Good for you, Jill. Try WATP videos too. They take no floor space and I know you can find them on you tube. I just posted a foot stretching video. I hope you like it. Sharon

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ARUNNINGKAT 2/20/2013 12:09AM

    I am so excited for you! I know how frustrated you have been with your exercise challenge and I so glad you found a creative year-round solution! You are an inspiration to all of us! emoticon

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 2/19/2013 9:06PM

    Wow, Jilly...you just rock!
Look at all you did! Amazing! Your work out sounds great...and more from gardening and cleaning!
You will do better in your class, ESP with a teacher who is available!
Hang in there...
Love & Hugs,
Mary
P.S. Thank you for prayers and support!

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February Beginnings

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Well, one month of 2013 has come and gone. That month was interesting, to say the least. I am curious to see what February will bring.

First of all, thank you to all who voted to make my 5 year look-back blog a featured post! I am not sure I ever said out loud anywhere, but secretly I've always wanted a blog to be featured... I wanted to have something be inspiring to others. It was a great way to celebrate my 5 year milestone. I didn't expect it at all, honestly. And I couldn't believe I'd ever be inspirational to someone (or many someones!) else considering my journey has been more of the "slow and [sorta] steady" variety. 45lbs in 5 years doesn't seem like much to celebrate, but then I have to remind myself (because you wonderful SparkFriends remind me!) that everyone's journey is different. And it's true. I wish my journey would have seen more success in a shorter time, but that was not the way it was meant to be. And that's perfectly okay. When it seems like the journey is taking too long, remember what the destination will ultimately be. And I discovered a long time ago that my journey was less about weight loss and more about good health. I want to be healthy and happy... weight loss is just a bonus side-effect.

I noticed since moving away from San Diego that my blogs have more or less a "negative" tone to them. Yes, I am struggling to find my place here and I'm struggling to feel okay about this move. I hate it in my hometown and I really didn't want to ever have to move back in with my parents (especially right as I turned 30!). It's also natural and okay to be feeling those feelings. But, I can't let them take control. I'm working on being more positive. That saying "fake it 'til you make it" apparently has some merit... I've read if you don't feel happy to just smile anyway. Eventually that smile will be genuine and lift you out of your mood. That's kinda the approach I'll be taking. If I need to get something off my chest, I will, but otherwise, I'm really going to try to focus on the positives that are happening in my life.

Starting with school. Miraculously I was able to get into the statistics class I was crashing. Not that I want to be in that class since I'm terrible at and really hate math, but I need it to apply to a grad school, so I'll do it for the greater good. And at least its something to occupy my time. :-) I'm also in a Photoshop class, and so far I'm enjoying it. I've learned quite a bit already! Not anything of professional caliber, but that might come as the semester wears on. So far I can change eye color, lip color, add a window where there wasn't one, and change the background of an image. I'm hoping it'll help make my photos for my other blog better... speaking of which...

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Feast your eyes and bellies on this! (I should mention I didn't Photoshop this photo, so don't judge too harshly...)

Also, this:
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That one I did do a little bit of the ol' 'shoppin'... Just a touch, though. Like I said, I've learned a lot, but not enough to have pro-caliber photos.

Secondly, I have a tentative workout plan. I have to say this because it involves working out outdoors, which as I've mentioned before, won't fly come March or April when the temps go above 90*F. Daily. Even more so when they go above 110*F. DAILY. I'm going to check to see if my school's weight room/gym thingy has open gym hours. I'm not going to hold my breath, but it won't hurt to ask. My grandmother has offered me the use of her treadmill, but I have no way to get it to my house and no where to put it if I did get it here. Maybe I don't need to sleep on a bed... A pillow and some blankets could make the TREADMILL comfy to sleep on, right? HA! I kid. In the meantime, on Tuesdays and Thursdays when my brother goes to class, I can go walk on the track next to the school. Its one of those ones that has the lanes nicely painted and it's all squishy 'cuz it's made out of chopped up rubber tires or something. Anyway, I walked 2 miles on it on Thursday and had no problems with shin splints! However, it turns out 2 miles was a little much considering I haven't worked out in a REALLY, REALLY long time. I stretched after walking and even did a short warm up beforehand, but maybe a 16 minute mile walk was WAY too much for me. I should have started small and begun working my way back up to that level, but I figured time was of the essence. Also, it's not like I'm not active. Today, though... DOMS for the lose! As the day wore on, I became less and less able to function normally. Then I was unable to walk for more than a few steps at a time. So, I had to give myself the day off. Not like I had a plan anyway... no one was heading out to the school so I could walk the track. I need to figure out something else... and quick.

Well, I hope ya'll will consider following my other blog. I'm trying to reach more people so I can get more feedback on it. I'm going to be posting something small weekly, something big monthly (I hope), and photos for a little challenge I'm doing daily. All in an effort to keep positive.

Hmmm... I can't have a blog without a photo in it...

Some terribly unhealthy, but sinfully delicious, peanut butter cookies with a couple of melting chocolate chips on them.

  
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JAIMESIZED 2/6/2013 4:19PM

    I've been writing for many years for the sole purpose of it being the only hobby I'm capable of being good at. With that said, may I say that it didn't take me long to realize that you are a wonderful writer. I really enjoyed reading this blog.

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ARCHIMEDESII 2/6/2013 11:57AM

    What a great idea ! I never thought about adding avocado to egg salad. What a country ! Although, when I was in Italy, I had a sandwich (pannini) that was egg salad layered with marinated artichoke hearts. MAN that was yummy ! I do love a good egg salad sandwich.

You know, when I took statistics (a million years ago), I used a great supplemental book called How to Lie with Statistics. Fantastic book that really does make statistics fun ! check your school library. they have to have it.

And I know it's tough to be 30 and back home with the parents. It's happening to a lot of people. It's not you. It's the economy. Don't think of this as a step back. Think of this time back home as a stepping stone to something better !!

Yum, two of my other favorite things... peanut butter cookies and chocolate !

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ARUNNINGKAT 2/4/2013 12:32PM

    I am so glad you got into your class!!! I am excited for you even though it doesn't sounds like the most exciting class in the world. emoticon It sounds like you are headed in the right direction and staying focused even under less than ideal circumstances sometimes. emoticon

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/4/2013 11:07AM

    "Fake it till you make it" is a good plan! It sounds like things are starting to turn around and definitely enjoy the outside workouts while you have the chance!!

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RAINYFRIDAY 2/3/2013 5:50PM

    Jill- so glad you got into that statistics class! You're getting it out of the way and it won't be hanging over your head once your done. Yay! I hope being back home stops feeling like such a heavy weight for you soon. :( Keep your chin up and keep that food blog going strong...I need a kitchen guru to follow, I don't have food network anymore! ;)

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LODESTONE 2/3/2013 3:50PM

    Cookies look divine! I took photoshop quite a few years ago and unfortunately, since I didn't use it often, I lost most of what I learned. Not to mention, that I now have a Mac and the software probably wouldn't reload! Smile, smile, smile. Let everyone wonder what you are up to! Going to dash and check out the other blog and the pics. Take care!

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SMILINGTREE 2/3/2013 3:47PM

    I'm right there with you on the whole trying to be more positive thing. We will cheer each other along, eh? YAY for photoshop! And a more subdued...yay for getting statistics out of the way.

I love your other blog, though admit to sometimes forgetting to check it. I wish I could get into the habit of using my RSS feed.


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SLIMMERJESSE 2/2/2013 9:53AM

    I understand this so well - hating the place you're at. I've found that I have to work hard to accept the things I cannot change. At least
for now.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 2/2/2013 7:54AM

    Good Morning Dear Friend!
You are an inspiration and I am proud of you and all you have done!
You are a great example of slow and steady and how just deciding to take on health can make such a positive change over five years!
I keep you in my thoughts and prayers that a positive outcome will emerge from this difficult move!
Have a great weekend and hugs to you & Meow Meow (M&M)!
Love,
Mary

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