Friday, November 14, 2014
Uhhh. So yeah, this is new. I am trying to comment on someone's blog and the site won't allow me to and keeps asking me to remove any cursing. I haven't curse and I, for the life of me, can't figure out what's wrong or what word might be prompting it. Does anyone have any clues or suggestions....are there any typical "innocent" words or characters that kick warning into effect? I wish it would at least highlight for me the problematic word(s)!
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
I will do this...again...even if for the millionth time. The last year has seen a lot of change...injury, illness, a move, a partnership. I've regained weight AGAIN. I'll eventually blog about some of these things This is the second relapse since starting SPARK several years ago.
I need to dig deep to get and stay motivated. I know if I can do it again one more time, it will be the last time. What's different? I now have the space and the capability to maintain an exercise routine. I have a treadmill. I've been put on some medicine that have given me a new lease on life.
I have the means to get back on track. Now the spirit is doubtful and bored of the same ol' routine.
Glad to see some of my old friends around. Thanks for not dropping me off your Friends Lists!
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Well, today is the first day of my classes. I finally received the syllabus for one of them and it looks completely do-able. Not too bad. Just have to wait and see how the other one shapes up.
I had a rough start to the morning which has had me down. I got mad and yelled at my daughter because I caught her lying to me. She told me she made her lunch, I asked follow up questions about it, she lied some more, and then it turns out she didn't make it, she was going to buy it despite there being a house full of groceries. I don't know how long she's been doing this. Part of her retort was that her dad gave her money for Christmas to spend anyway she wanted to without being judged. There's a lot of things I don't like about the situation and the lesson that message imparts. I guess it's not worth hashing out here but needless to say, I wasn't happy about her response and deflection away from the initial issue of lying and I wasn't happy about it being inferred that I was judgmental about the way she wants to spend money by my co-parent. My job is to teach her to act responsibly and I am failing. I cried a bit on the way to work. Some days I really hate being a parent. That may be awful to say, but sometimes I just feel so ill-equipped.
Otherwise, my week is going well enough. I've been eating well. On Monday I did a zumba class plus a C25K run and my old leg injury flared up. Yikes! I told myself to dial it back. The last thing I need is another 2 months off. Yesterday the leg was still aching a small bit (dully) and so I did NOTHING, other than my walks across campus (job related). Today I have no pain at all. I won't have time to exercise today because of my classes after work but I will be doing more walking around campus. Tomorrow I'll hit the gym again and see what happens. No more doubling up on high impact, though. Hopefully as my muscles grow stronger, this will become less of an issue.
It's hump day. Hoping the rest of the week is a little sunnier.
Friday, January 10, 2014
The picky part of me doesn't like some of the wording on this picture but I appreciate the essence of what it says. Thank you, Spark Friends for lighting the spark in me.
It's been a pretty successful week. I didn't go out of calorie range once since my last post and I exercised every day. One of those days the exercise was via "Just Dance" on Wii with my daughter so it was kind of a light day but still, I got myself moving and this week was a big improvement over the previous week.
I've been doing C25K except for one day at the Y when I did 1/4 mile length walk/run intervals instead of timed intervals. The reason for this is because I got a new waterproof phone case and my headphone jack couldn't fit without an adaptor, so there was no way to listen to music and the C25K app's little timer to tell me "begin running/start walking". I've since located the adaptor
Last night, I went to hip hop class at the Y. The regular teacher was sick so we had a Zumba teacher substitute. This is one of the teachers I avoid because she moves way too fast and her routines are very hard to follow. Don't get me wrong, she's a nice lady. She's very friendly, smiles and is energetic, but instead of constructing the routines to her songs with repeated sections of the same movements she always switches moves up every couple of seconds at a very high pace and it's difficult to discern a pattern to the movements. You'd have to be a regular and go to her class a few times to know what to do. A lot of the people actually quit the class partway through but I just kept in place and tried to keep moving, even though I might not have been following her exact moves. She was downright frenetic . I really didn't feel like I got a good workout since most of the time I was just half-a$#ing it while trying to figure out what the heck she was doing. So afterwards I went to the indoor track to walk a bit and then ran a half mile. I wanted to try for the full mile but my will power and steam just were not there.
Tonight my daughter and I will have to figure out a way to get some exercise in. She usually goes swimming while I go to a class/weights/track. However, something is going on with the pool. She swam 5 days in a row this week (which she's done before) and twice she came home with her skin inflamed and red. I think it's because of the pool chemicals. I told her she has to scale back to every other day because her skin gets dried and painful to the touch. We'll have to see how this plays out. Chlorine isn't the best thing to be exposed to but I hope she isn't developing a sensitivity. It would really be a disappointment to her if she couldn't swim often.
I will be taking 2 classes this semester and they start in a week and a half. I'm just hoping and praying that once they start I can "keep it together" with all the other stuff going on. After this semester, I'll be halfway done with the degree. At that point I can be on the lookout for other job opportunities. I like my current job, can't complain, but I definitely am stuck in the chain without upward movement in a town this size. In the meantime, my current boss is a good mentor and when I am ready to move on, I'll be sitting pretty. Just gotta keep chipping away at this degree---even if I really hate school (don't tell my daughter I said that).
This weekend, I will hopefully be delivering the last remaining hamster (woohoo!). What an adventure that has been! Besides a bit of housecleaning I need to take care of, it should remain a relaxing couple of days. Hope everyone has a good one!
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