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Looking forward to the holidays

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Didn't get up early to exercise today because I had to get up an hour early to be sure I'd be at work on time for my turn in a meeting. But the muscles in the backs of my upper legs are sore today from the lunges I did yesterday. I don't enjoy lunges so I had been avoiding them, but my muscles are telling me that I'd better get back to doing them regularly.

I still think I might be able to lose a pound this week! I'm very proud of myself for restricting myself to light nibbling at the party last night & drinking just one small glass of wine.

I'm taking off tomorrow, Christmas Eve, & Boxing Day, & I look forward to being home & getting some freelance projects done as well as cleaning & baking (just a little) for Christmas--& getting & decorating a tree (which I always do just before Christmas; I keep the tree & decorations up till Epiphany, Jan. 6).

I'm also looking forward to talking through our budget with my husband & thinking through my resolutions for 08. And exercising!!

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PJBOKC 12/30/2007 9:28PM

    Muscle soreness is a reward don't you think. It's proof you worked hard. Way to go!

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STEPHANIEDIAN 12/20/2007 5:49PM

    Like you I'm taking off for the holiday's too. I think it's great to have some time for rest and relaxation. I hope you have fun baking and doing some stuff around the house. Great job just nibbling!!!!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

First achievement: I set a new "other goal" for myself: get to bed by 10:45 every weeknight. This is to accommodate BOTH sleep & exercise.

Second achievement: Last night just as I was about to shut off my computer & go off to get ready for bed, my husband said he was sending me a Colombia-related document he wanted me to read. I explained that I was ready to shut down & asked if it could wait till tomorrow. At first he was a bit insistent but then he said fine. (Usually he has been very supportive with my attempts to have a more reasonable bedtime.) Even so I got to bed closer to 11:30 . . . BUT:

Third achievement: I got up when the alarm went off & proceeded to do strength training, even though it was quite dark--we're nearing the shortest day of the year! Yay me!

Re the title of today's blog entry: "virtue" means not only goodness but also power/strength.

I need to work with weights often enough to increase the intensity. I've been using 10-lb dumbbells for a long time now, & with most exercises they still provide plenty of challenge toward the end of each set. But I have 12-lb ones that I worked up to in the past when I was more regular with exercise. I want to start using those again soon & get a pair of the next size up. I also have a resistance band on my wish list. One of my New Year's resolutions will set some specific goals/dates regarding strength training.

When I said recently that I had only one holiday party to attend this week, I had forgotten that there's another one--tonight. I'm going to eat minimally there. Whoever reads this is my witness.

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PJBOKC 12/30/2007 9:06PM

    Again, you motivate me. I'm a super sleepy head in the morning. I'll give more thought into getting up for some am exercise. WOO HOO for you thinking about getting more rest!! It's so important if we want to have some stability and energy in our lives - which we all need as busy as we are. Our bodies, and especially our minds, need REST. Getting up when the alarm goes off is a goal it self.

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STEPHANIEDIAN 12/20/2007 5:47PM

    I love that you continue to set goals for yourself. I think this is important in achieving all we can achieve as human beings. Great job on waking up in time to do some strength training!!

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Thinking about resolutions

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

I have been thinking about making New Year's resolutions this year, for the first time in many years. I've been working on goals for nearly three years now at, & I take them very seriously, so it's not that I'm goal-averse. But I'm feeling stuck in some ways--mostly with my art & our need to get out of debt. I would also like to get more serious about regular exercise.

I'm taking a few days off around Christmas, & I think my husband & I will be able to sit down & work on our budget one of those days (the 26th)? For the other things, taking some time alone for prayer & planning is in order.

I'd like to start the new year with new energy & vision.

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PJBOKC 12/30/2007 8:57PM

    Ruth, I read this blog on the day you wrote it, but was really tired and wanted to give a genuine comment. You do have a gift to encourage others to think seriously about issues. I had thought a little about resolutions, but after reading this I've thought a lot about them for the past couple of weeks. I hope your time off has been productive - and I know it has as I've seen your plan of action developing in your blogs and posts.

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STEPHANIEDIAN 12/19/2007 10:33AM

    That is exactly what you should be doing Ruth. Entering a new year with a plan of action. I love resolutions and I have a couple posted on my refrigerator from 2 years ago that i've been hacking away at. I'm going to check out that website, what fun.

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Monday, December 17, 2007

Did I not blog yesterday? I was sure I did--funny. It's not the only thing that has slipped my mind recently. Sometimes I feel truly senile.

Over the weekend I ran out of the Amitriptyline I take to help me sleep--there just wasn't time Sat. or Sun. to stop by the pharmacy. Last night I went to bed around midnight praying that I would get decent sleep anyway. Well, I woke sometime after 6:00, & when I got up to check the alarm after a bit & saw that it was 6:34, I decided to get up & get in some exercise! Better than lying in bed fretting because of not being able to get back to sleep.

By the time I got exercise clothes on, got some water & got the dance DVD going, I had only about 15 minutes to actually exercise. Still, much better than nothing! And I brought my pill container with me to work so that I can stop by the pharmacy on my way home.

I have given up real expectation of losing weight during December--so far I'm just maintaining what I've lost previously, & that's an achievement given all the parties & treats of the season. But I have just one party this week, Friday night, & I'm going to see if I can make this a "bonus week" & lose another pound before all the Christmas Eve-Christmas Day festivities. Anyone want to join me & try for a Pre-Christmas Bonus Week?

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PJBOKC 12/19/2007 10:05PM

    Glad you got a decent amount of sleep. I admire you for exercising in the morning. I've never been able to do that. Even when I get up and go to work, I don't really wake up and get my thoughts together until about 1000. Until then, I just on auto pilot. Is this the new dance DVD you ordered - or still the Latin dance DVD?

I've had the same thoughts - hoping to maintain during the holidays. I'm so busy now and will be for the next 6 days or so - don't know if I'm coming or going. I'll have my kids here starting tonight at midnight, some more coming on Saturday, and I'm sure my son and daughter in law that live here will be over some when the others are here. So maintaining would be good..... but I'll try to rev up and lose 1-2 before Christmas day. I think I gained 1-2 last week. I haven't weighed this week - need to do that and see where I am.

I'm looking forward to getting back to normal.

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STEPHANIEDIAN 12/17/2007 10:33PM

    I understand how frustrating it is to not be able to sleep. I'm trying to step it up a notch with the exercising this week because I've got some time and that wonderful gym membership. I'll do my best to keep up with you this week!!! :)

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Just going to blog & check in briefly on the message board tonight. I need to go over Scripture readings before going to bed, since I'm one of the readers in church tomorrow. I get to read Mary's part in the Annunciation, & then her meeting of Elizabeth & the Magnificat (also known as Mary's Song). What a privilege!

Our day went amazingly well. Soon after breakfast I went to two grocery stores (fortunately across the street from each other) to get food we would need for hosting a special dinner tonight & an afternoon Christmas dinner tomorrow. I had chopped veggies & mixed them with the needed spices last night, to have them ready to throw in with the chicken & rice tonight (see below). Had to do lots of thinking about strategy given all there was to do!

After noon we took the train downtown & participated with others in a small political "action" at Obama's campaign headquarters! We presented the manager with a letter & some other printed materials for Sen. Obama, & he listened patiently while we explained our position on a particular issue. We also handed out some flyers outside & held signs for a short time, even though it was snowing pretty hard. Everything worked out well--we were pleased.

Tonight we hosted a family we had wanted to get together with for about three years--at last everything had come together. I made arroz con pollo, my favorite chop salad, & fried plantains; I was delighted that the 12-year-old boy guest asked for more arroz con pollo about three times! :-) It was their first introduction to Colombian food. After dinner the 2 1/2-year-old, Emily, made friends with me & I got to play with her a bit. After Josh was done watching a movie in the living room, I played Battleship with him while the other adults watched--by then Emily was sound asleep on the sofa. It was fun to connect with both of the kids; I don't get enough chances for that. We adults had some significant conversation too. All around just a lovely evening.

The busyness continues tomorrow, as my kids come for an early Christmas celebration. The gifts I ordered finally arrived today (most of them); it's so late that "wrapping" will mean just sticking them into holiday bags. I'm going to serve tofurky--my son is a vegetarian, but this will be our first time to try it. I'll let you know whether we end up liking it.

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PJBOKC 12/16/2007 4:51PM

    You have had a busy day, and sounds like it will continue tomorrow. I'd like to hear more about your political "action" (can do it by e-mail if you want). I learn so much from your interests. I know you were very effective in your reading this morning at church. That is a privilege. My daughter played Mary in our church Christmas pagent when she was 19. She has a beautiful voice. Joseph was a man from our church - about 40 at the time. They both had solos and then a duet. They sang the scriptures to music. It was beautiful. It's a powerful message.

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EYEBRIGHT 12/15/2007 11:31PM

    Sounds like you had a busy day. I'll be praying that it goes well and hearts are touched tomorrow during your reading. God bless, EYEBRIGHT

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