Saturday, January 26, 2013
The cold weather here in the northeast has put a kaposh on most of my exercise. I'm making a point of going to the gym tomorrow, but otherwise (with the exception of Thurs Swim lesson) its been pretty pathetic here. The pity-party continues: evolutionary eating patterns are kicking in too, I've been craving and eating hot, caloric things. You can only heat your insides with tea for so long before they kick at you and demand TOAST and CHEESE and BEEF.
But anyway, I wanted to celebrate two important events in my son's life which have nothing to do with weight loss and exercise, but are kind of momentous.
1) He started reading chapter books this week. The Mouse and the Motorcycle, The Chalkbox Kid and vol 1&2 of the Magic Tree House series. Encyclopedia Brown is in progress. In one week. Clearly, when it comes to books in this house, we dont mess around.
2) Friday, he lost his first tooth (intentionally; one was knocked out a year ago after a series of gravity accidents). Child has decided that he wants to save his money for "A Real Camera" not a hand-me-down or a kids camera. He wants a real one. And he had me write a letter to the Tooth Fairy to save up his money until he looses enough teeth.
Of course today he did wake me up by piling every single stuffed animal he owns on my head.....
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Swim lessons at least.
Last week I started swim lessons and was mightily disappointed. I was not challenged. (I can already swim, I want to get better!) I spoke with the Director that night and she was going to check into the class and call back. When I didnt hear from her I called back last night.
They DID decide to split the class and since the other person did not show up, I DID get a private lesson at public rates!
Turns out I'm already pretty good, just all the stuff I've figured out on my own, but there are a few tweaks that will improve it even more. Perhaps not 6 weeks worth of tweeks, but definitely an improvement over last week. And it gets me out of the house and having a regularly scheduled exercise time. You cant have everything, but "I have to admit, its getting better....a little better all the time."
A reminder and public service message: if you are not satisfied with something in your life, do something to change it!!
Saturday, January 12, 2013
What 3 strategic initiatives would you like to accomplish this year?
Smart alec response 1: Is there anyone who smells a business consultant nearby? Really, I'm having flashbacks to my marketing career.
Smart alec response 2: Olivia Newton John moment "Lets get STRATEGIC, STRATEGIC. Lets get into strategy. Let me hear your body talk. Your body talk..."
I actually have NO strategy this year. I'm just sort of wandering and bumbling thru life at this point because with my career in shambles I just dont have the ability to make a long range plan. I had one, but when I lost my job the whole thing was just blown out of the water and now I'm just trying to make it one day at a time.
Weight loss: I'm pretty happy with where I'm at now. I had my hand on my hip the other day and realized that I could reach from my front hip to my back hip and feel both bones. I'm not boney, there is still plenty of ME, but if my weight loss slows, I'll of course be disappointing, but minorly. I'm getting pretty close to what I think is a good weight for me healthwise. Its a small 12/ large 10. I need to continue with the weights (more challenging now that I cant go to group classes and I'd like to add some muscle. Am I the only one that thinks a little muscle on women is incredibly sexy?
Racing: I'd like to have a well thought out racing season this year, the goal being one event per month. Start with some 5Ks in March/ April, June the Hopewell Junction Triathlon, July: Orange County Classic 10K, August West Point Triathlon, maybe a Du in September and perhaps volunteer at the Inaugural Hamiltonian Marathon in October.
Shh. There is a quiet hope in my heart, that eventually, some day, I will be able to run a half marathon. There are a number of challenges in the way. 1) No Local event 2) Time to train (CINERICIA can leave her kids at home for an hour and not worry about them setting fire to the house) I'd like to do Disney's Half. Someone here on Spark posted about the experience and it just sounded SO NICE. The Rock N Roll Marathon series also sounds tremendous. I think its within my eventual abilities, but not my grasp this year. So we file it under "eventually."
A few words on where I am working. Its a new school for severely emotionally disturbed kids. About half are in residence on the campus and the other half are bussed in from all over the county. For 60 kids, we have 6 VERY LARGE security guards - and they keep them busy! There are bright spots every day - the kid that tries, the kid that keeps it together, the kid who all of a sudden gets it. And there is a steady march of insults, foul language and "testing" (if you work with teenagers, you know what being tested is). There is MUCH talk at my job that they will grow a position for me part time teaching/ part time aide, so I need to see what happens there. I hope I grow into it and it becomes a calling. These are special kids that need a special person. I feel very shallow that I am disappointed to be here instead of a regular school. I am hoping this is an good opportunity. Keep in mind I've only been there 4 days!
Saturday, January 12, 2013
We interrupt this blog challenge for a swim lesson update.
I paid my money and was the first person to sign up. I had delusions of being the only person and getting private lessons for public price. Instead I was in a group of 5, 3 of whom were learning (deep water issues, face in water issues) myself and another person were comfortable and hoping to get better.
I'm not going to say it was a complete waste of time, but it wasnt thebest use of an hour of my time. I complained to the aquatic director explaining that I was not challenged. She offered to prorate me to private lessons but it was $200 DH and I had just had a discussion about needing to trim expenses.
If they dont split the class (basic adults/ adv adults) I am going to ask for my money back and just make a committment to swimming during open swim time. That would be a better use of my time.
For all of DogLady's protests, I dont think she is going to have to worry about me anytime soon. I might beat her out of the water, but she's totally going to smoke me on the bike. As all triathletes know, the tri is lost in the water or the run, but its won on the bike, where she excels. (And I dont)
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Well for those of you who watch my "Status" feed know I just started a new job. Sorta exciting. Its education, its close to my house. But it's as a teacher's aide, not teaching.
I have been out of work for *2 years* during which time I have applied for hundreds of jobs. In November I looked at my husband and said "If I cant get something by January, that's it. I'm done. I'll get a job as a cashier or secretary." This particular job pays the SAME as those positions, but at least its something I can put on my resume.
So Yes - Starting Things.
1) I will give myself 2-3 weeks to wallow in "Oh god, how do working people find balance time!" Then I will do it. This may mean getting up early for AM runs. This may mean Child gets to watch me sweat with a Jillian DVD. And when the weather gets warmer, I will start bicycling to work (its 3 miles) at least once per week.
2) I am restarting my program, not because I gained a buncha weight over the holiday, but because I need to reset my brain. 10 days of sickness, sloth and eating had a 3 lb impact. I've already lost 2 of the lbs so its really just one that needs my attention. But I was getting lazy with my tracking and eating anyway. So a Start-Fresh is in order.
3) I will restart blogging in my other blog. I havent posted anything since the August Monroe Triathlon. Family members comment that they enjoyed my writing and seeing what I'm up to. Now its just a matter of doing it.
Oh dear. This entry comes perilously close to New Years Resolutions.....
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