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My insanity: let me show you it

Friday, February 28, 2014

I am about to embark on a completely crazy project, and the only way to do it properly is to put it out to the world so that I have nailed my trousers to the mast (“don’t you mean your colors to the mast?” “No, trousers; that way I can’t crawl back down”)*

I am starting a project that I’m calling “100 Days of All The Things.” From March 1 until June 8, I am committing myself to:

* Go to the gym daily
* Cook healthy meals (except for days when we are specifically going out or doing something that takes me away from the kitchen, but no, “Eh, don’t wanna cook; let’s get Chinese.”)
* Read
* Practice Italian
* Journal (and not endlessly about this experience; actual, substantive journaling)
Do something crafty

I fully expect that by day 2 I will be wondering what the hell I was thinking. But if I can do this, I hope that I will develop some good habits that will stick. I feel like I’m doing too much “drifting” through my days. I want to live more intentionally. I will also continue working, and keeping house, and having time with Ferrett, and walking my dog, throughout this.

And now y’all know. So you can help keep me honest. Wish me luck.

*Extra Brownie Points of Extremely Impressed-ness for anyone who knows the original source of that slightly-rewritten exchange!

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DISCIPLINE1962 3/2/2014 2:22PM

    Good goals. Very positive! emoticon

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JUST_TRI_IT 3/2/2014 1:21PM

    Super! Keep us posted. AWESOME GOALS.. and not insane at all.

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EBRAINK 3/1/2014 2:37PM

    How does that saying go? when we reach for the stars, we may catch the moon?

I think this is great. Setting high goals will move you further along toward reaching them than if you had no goals, and made no effort in their direction, at all.

The thing I'd worry, if I did this, would be how I would deal with the first "meh" day - would I pack it in as an utterly failed project, not worth trying the following day? Or would I say, "why didn't that work today? how can I make sure it works tomorrow?" I'd probably prepare for that conversation with myself by having a long rumination about what counts as 'working' and whether I need to do everything perfectly to count, and if I could be perfect in some areas, but 'good enough' in the others...then, knowing me, I'd probably write it all out into some sort of a chart with a sliding scale to measure poor to perfect performance, assign numeric values to those definitions, and then aim for a daily range... (Yes, I am an assessment nerd. And all other kinds of nerd, too.)

But I think you can do this - your goals are high, but not impossibly so. You can do it!

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MANDYLOVE_76 3/1/2014 12:03PM

    WTG. Make it Happen!

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HILLSLUG98239 3/1/2014 1:20AM

    Sometimes, it takes an outrageous goal to shake us out of our lethargy. Enjoy your outrageousness!

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DOGLADY13 2/28/2014 9:41PM

    The quote made me think of Pirates of Penzance, but I doubt that is correct.

Give yourself some latitude with they gym for the days you can't make it. Allow yourself to exercise at home or outside or something. You will know if you are "cheating" or not.

I'm on Day 56 of mental toughness training. Not much difference in terms of final destination.

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Do SPATs float??

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I clipped my SPAT to my wrist watch today to swim, as I have done before. Only this time when I was in the shower I noticed it was missing! I put back on my suit and went back in the pool to search for it, but no luck. I gave them my name and number, in case it shows up in a pool filter. I guess I'll wait a week to see if they find it before I order another one. In the meantime, I'm already going through SPAT withdrawal! At least I already got my February trophy already. But all those Glow Getters I'm going to miss out on! It's amazing how addicting that little device is.

EDIT: It was found! I have it back! Yay!!!

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HONBAD 2/24/2014 4:14AM

    Hi there! Long time no talk! I'm glad you found it :) The entire Cleveland Clinic wellness program for reduced health insurance rates uses those pebbles and I am so jealous! (I am technically employed by the food service company even though I work at a CC hospital.) I am on the wellness committee so I hear so much about them. I just learned last week you can swim with them so this was an interesting coincidence to see this blog. Maybe I need to get my own through Spark People to get in on the action!

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LUCKYDOGFARM 2/12/2014 7:07PM

    Yay! I am so glad you found it! Was it at the pool? Or somewhere totally different?

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DOGLADY13 2/11/2014 9:07PM

    I lost mine at work. Very sad. Glad yours was recovered.

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NATPLUMMER 2/11/2014 12:04PM

    Boo! I hope they find it.

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SUZIPAM1 2/11/2014 10:45AM

    i totally agree i feel naked without my fitbit

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Like being hit in the face with a folding chair

Saturday, February 01, 2014

I stand before you, an object lesson. A cautionary tale. A living, breathing, coughing, sneezing, feverish exhibit of the adage, "Be careful what you wish for." We have plans for the evening, a friend's birthday party, but the weather is so dismal that I dared say, "Ugh; I wish we didn't have to go out in this." Not 20 minutes later, I was hit with this misery like it was a runaway train. The express train to Miseryville. There was nothing of "feeling something coming on." No, "is that a tickle in my throat?" This leaped out of a dark alley and mugged me.

My only hope is that it passes just as quickly as it arrived. Good grief.

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WILSHAR7 2/5/2014 12:04PM

    I like your story about how you became sick. Feel better. emoticon get some sleep.

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MANDYLOVE_76 2/4/2014 9:48AM

    Sounds like sinus problems!

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EBRAINK 2/2/2014 3:01PM

    UGH! Hope you feel better soon. But hey, on the bright side, you did get to stay home, right? emoticon

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WENDYSPARKS 2/2/2014 10:26AM

    Get well soon!! emoticon

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LUCKYDOGFARM 2/1/2014 11:17PM

    MissG, I hope you feel well soon!

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DOGLADY13 2/1/2014 7:10PM

    Lots of rest.

May I suggest FIFIFRIZZLE's remedy, which I love?

Mix in a mug, fresh ginger, honey, lemon, hot water and some whiskey or rum. (FIFI adds garlic, but that just seems wrong to me.) Drink enough and you won't care that you are sick.

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MSANITAL 2/1/2014 4:12PM

    Hope you feel better quick.. maybe staying home and snuggling with your furry friends and Hubby will help you heal quick

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    Aw, feel better soon! emoticon

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SOPHIEDO13 2/1/2014 1:10PM

    Sounds horrid !! emoticon

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HILLSLUG98239 2/1/2014 1:03PM


Something like that hit me several weeks ago. I went from feeling pretty good to refusing to get off the futon within a few hours. I didn't have a fever, but I had the body aches and the exhaustion; I'm not sure if it was a weird flu or just a bad cold.

The oddest thing is that although I was really tired, I didn't sleep a lot. Usually, when I'm sick, all I want to do is sleep. I think I got ten hours one day, but the rest of the time my sleep pattern was pretty normal.

The worst of it was over in about 5-6 days, but the cough lingered for another week. It still isn't completely gone.

I hope yours decides to move on a little more quickly than mine.

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Let it snow!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

We've gotten about 8 inches of snow here, and though the weather report says we should be done, it's still coming down. Everyone I know is complaining on Facebook about the terrible weather.

Secretly? I'm delighted. Yes, it's awful for driving. Yes, it makes walking the dog much more of a challenge. Yes, we have been hunkered down and hibernating all weekend.

But honestly, I love it. I'd love it more if it snowed 2 feet. I love me some real weather. It feels like a bit of an adventure, even though I'm warm and snug in my house, safe from the actual weather.

I have my front curtains open (something that never happens here) to let in the light and to watch the snow fall. Yes, in a while I will have to bundle up and fire up the snow blower. But I'm okay with that. Let it snow!

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DOTTIEJANE1 2/3/2014 9:25AM

    Have around 7 inches coming to us her is mod mo .I am like you enjoy it and just deal with getting around .I enjoy the 4 different seasons that we have here .

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MARILYNROBERT 1/31/2014 9:15PM

    Good for you. It helps if we can be happy with what we have. And it's really nice if what we have is what makes us happy. emoticon

We have 50mph winds right now and we have high winds a lot. I've learned to be happy whether it's windy or not and it makes life much more enjoyable around here.

The key, with weather, is to have the right kind of clothing for the weather. emoticon

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    We have lots of snow here in Ottawa and it's really cold. I'm tired of winter!

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MSANITAL 1/27/2014 8:22AM

    You know I don't mind the snow matter of fact I love it.. right now we are getting blasted the only think I don't like is the below zero temps that's what I don't like.. I had so many plans for this winter with cross country skiing and show showing but not sure if I am going to with this knee but I do want to try a fat bike ride next weekend this local bike shop had demos on the weekends and I am going to give it a try they are predicting lots of snow this week woot woot.. stay warm

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 1/26/2014 9:01PM

    You can keep the snow!! We've been dealing with frozen pipes to the washing machine here!!

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TTLEELEE 1/26/2014 7:23PM

    MissG~ Yes, I admit that it is pretty. And if I can stay home, warn and light the fireplace, I feel much better. I don't mind shoveling too much as long as the it isn't bitter cold out; I call it fitness minutes emoticon

Thanks for the reminders of the positive stuff emoticon

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K1TT3N 1/26/2014 5:53PM

    We have been getting snow for a few days also ( near Pittsburgh) , if ya have to drive its nasty but it is pretty

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/26/2014 3:34PM

    It sounds wonderful! You will have to post some photos for us!

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DOGLADY13 1/26/2014 1:22PM

    I'm with you. I love Weather. Huge snow storms, especially. We've had plenty of snow in New England, but we haven't had a huge honking storm like our 2 feet of snow last February. The cold weather is a nuisance, but fun, too. Working with the homeless and vulnerable poor, I worry about long spells of cold weather because that means bad, bad outcomes for them. But we do what we can to make sure they get inside and their houses are warm.

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NATPLUMMER 1/26/2014 12:31PM

    Enjoy! emoticon

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DARJR50 1/26/2014 12:15PM

  snow and wind here also. I'm staying in.

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Just keep on tri-ing

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I signed up for my first triathlon for next summer today. I am aiming at doing at least one Olympic length, but this one is early in the season, so I signed up for sprint length. I did two last year, and I have to say that everyone at the events was awesome and supportive. I was close to the last person in both times, and people were friendly and encouraging. There were people of all sizes, and everyone was just happy to be with other people who enjoyed this crazy activity! I'm looking forward to it!

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JANETRIS 1/17/2014 9:27AM

    Way to stay motivated and create a good reason to work out! You cando it!

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MANDYLOVE_76 1/16/2014 3:30PM

    You can do it

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MSANITAL 1/16/2014 2:34PM

    Congratulations.. Just the thought that you want to do this is so motivating I know a lot of people do tri's for different reasons and there is so many different levels of people who do them the sheer fact that your doing it is awesome ... you will rock it

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JUST_TRI_IT 1/16/2014 1:47AM

    AWESOME!!1 These are quite fun indeed. I love the people and the overall energy. Amazing what we can accomplish.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 1/16/2014 12:40AM

    way to go MissG! id like to do an Olympic tri too, but the swim will kill me. gonna hang with the sprint distances for now!
Have fun!

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DOGLADY13 1/15/2014 10:02PM

    Sounds like fun. I still have a goal of being tri-fit this summer, but I doubt I'll be able to do a tri this year. Plantar fasciitis is messing with my feet. So I'll enjoy the events through you. I'm counting on great race reports.

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