Friday, October 19, 2007
Yesterday when I left work to catch the train, it was storming. I keep an umbrella in my commute bag, so I opened it up right away, but when the rain is being driven nearly horizontally by strong winds, the protection is minimal. My legs & bags were soaking within a minute. With other passengers, I waited inside the entrance/exit shelter by the tracks till the rain mostly stopped--but its roof is in sad need of repair.
Downtown I went through an underground walkway to stay out of the weather between trains.
When I got home, I peeled off sopping shoes & socks & put on warm slippers before eating a quick snack supper. Then I made some popcorn & tea, changed into my PJs, & spent the rest of the evening in bed reading.
This morning I was dressed warmly enough--except that it hadn't occurred to me to wear a hat or scarf. We had gusty winds again, quite chilly, & my ears got really cold while I waited for the train. Then the train was slow enough that I missed my connecting train & had to wait for a bus instead--& downtown it was raining, & a woman came into the bus shelter with me & lit up a cigarette! I said something to her politely, & she said OK, but I don't think she snuffed it out.
All that to let you know, I do have bad days as well as good ones! Oh, & Paula, I'm not a morning person either! But I have to do my exercise in the morning because I don't want to take the time to shower twice in any given day, plus I'm usually working on a freelance project & often I need evening time for that. Time is a constant challenge.
BUT I'm happy to report that I got 8 hours of sleep AND got up for strength training this morning! I did an upper-body workout this time. Tomorrow is supposed to be beautiful, so I'm hoping to get in some core/lower-body exercises tomorrow morning as well as going out for a jog.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
I've lost another pound--which brings me to 8 pounds in a month! The focus & camaraderie I've gotten through SP are making a BIG difference. Thanks teammates!
Last night I was working feverishly on a poem, & then I had conversations with my husband & stepdaughter that kept me up past my ideal bedtime. So no strength training for me this morning. However, I rushed between trains even faster than usual on my way to work, & I'm going to count it for cardio because my heart rate was definitely elevated!
Writing a good poem, walking briskly, & losing a pound--these things make me feel really, really good.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I woke up around 3:00 worried by the realization that I had forgotten to pay a bill that is due today. But I calmed myself by deciding that since I was getting up in time to exercise, I could take a few minutes to pay the bill online. After that self-talk I was able to go back to sleep! That in itself was an achievement.
Then I did get up shortly after my alarm started buzzing. I paid the bill--including an express-payment fee, but that's better than a late payment. Then I did two full sets of my core & lower-body strength training exercises.
I left to catch the El (elevated train) a few minutes before I usually do. But then it was even slower than usual--there's construction in several places. If it had been just 30 seconds slower, or if I had take a little more time walking from one station to another, I would have missed my second train. But I caught it--yay!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Well, we shall see whether I can complete the weekly challenge. Morning is the only good time for me to exercise. Sunday night I got to bed a little late, & I didn't feel too great as I got up Monday morning. Last night my bedtime turned out even later, because my only time to speak by phone to my husband in Colombia turned out to be 11:00, & we had a lot to catch up on so I didn't get to bed till 12:25. To have time to exercise, I need to get up around 6:25, & that would have just not been enough sleep.
I am feeling just a bit better today, though, & I don't know of anything that should keep up me late tonight. So here's hoping that I can get in some weight training the next three mornings! You're not supposed to exercise the same muscle group two days in a row, so I will probably alternate upper-body work with lower body & core. Then, if all goes well, I'll still have Saturday morning for jogging--& I SHOULD be enough over my cough to be able to enjoy it!
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