Saturday, May 30, 2009
So let me preface this report by saying that I had a TERRIBLE night last night. I had had insomnia the night before--early morning waking because of having a bit too much alcohol in my husband's birthday celebration--so Friday night I was tired & got to bed promptly at 10:30. You'd think my body would be grateful for the chance to get back to normal, but nooooooo . . . early morning waking again. And finally when I got back to sleep, well past 7:30 a.m., I dreamed of being part of a family trying to survive in wartime, with soldiers & officers coming into our house & harassing us & doing some unspeakable things . . .
Then when I woke up at 9:30 my whole body ached. Insomnia just does nasty things to me.
Today we are supposed to weigh & measure, to see the effects of bootcamp over the past month. My eating had gotten a bit self-indulgent in the last 10 days or so, I am sorry to say. At least I can report a small loss overall: 1.4 lbs.
BUT there's good news. The change in my measurements is pretty amazing, to me at least. I lost 8.25 inches overall! Most of that is in my core, with a whopping 2.75 inches off my waist--in less than a month! & 2.25 inches off under my bust. Also 0.75 off in the hips & 1.5 off my upper thigh.
I am definitely going to keep bootcamping during June.
By the way, besides completing & sending out my poetry manuscript this week, I sent in my housing form. This year a friend (whom I encouraged to attend the workshop) & I will be rooming together. Already have my airline ticket, so all that's left is my balance for the workshop itself. And the first manuscript from a classmate arrived yesterday! All very exciting. The workshop is June 15-19.
The sun just came out. I'm going to put on my HRM & go out running.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
He is totally sold on The Minimalist in the NY Times--for example, a recipe for Mexican Chocolate Tofu Pudding that he made last week & made us almost weep for joy (heehee):
Tonight when I got home, he was making the Maya Citrus Salsa:
And it was incredibly good too, over seared fish. Ohmygosh, yum.
At the same time he made a red curry with chicken (a quick version with a small can of curry paste) which is to eat later this week!
It is SO LOVELY not to be the only person in this household who cooks. And we agree that cooking is good for one's soul--it increases well-being because it's so wonderfully sensory.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Memorial Day weekend was extremely busy, with dinner guests two different nights, plus unplanned overnight guests twice (fortunately my husband took care of them). Still, I managed to do all the batch cooking we had planned for the upcoming week. One recipe, for Thai tom yum (tangy soup) was new & turned out just fabulous! . . .
AND I finished putting together my poetry manuscript! Five copies are printed out, five envelopes are addressed. Tomorrow I'll get clamps to fasten them, & then I can send them off Wednesday morning.
It was really a lot of work, as two poems had to be entirely rewritten, plus I made revisions on many of the other poems; I had to decide an order (ended up with 33 poems); & then I had to key in & finish up several pages of background material (which I decided to make into "personal & historical notes" at the back of the book rather than an introduction).
I'm a bit giddy with amazement & accomplishment. I feel kinda like this combination:
What was totally neglected this weekend was laundry, which means I have no clean sports bra for going running tomorrow. That's OK, I'll take a break & get at least a couple of loads done tomorrow night.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
"This is to inform you that you have been accepted into Martin Espada’s manuscript review section within the XXX Writers’ Workshop. Martin reviewed the submissions and made the selections himself. He has requested that the class participants print and forward copies of their manuscript to him and to others in the section. His address is . . ."
Oh, this is so exciting & scary! I did not know that getting a spot in this class would be competitive, since the overall workshop isn't. (You have to show some of your writing, but you don't have to be a top-tier writer to make it in.) There are just five of us in the class. Now I feel VERY honored . . .
And nervous! I DO NOT HAVE MY MANUSCRIPT READY. Of course it makes sense that I should have to send it ahead, though. Now I have to scurry about & slap that thing together! I'm not done with all the poems! I haven't written all the intros! My goodness my goodness!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
(An aside: The new formatting of our Sparkpages will take a little getting used to. Links are clearer, & I like NOT having the long long activity feed down the middle of the page. But the buttons have a chubby look--heh.)
Today's optional challenge for bootcamp is to blog about how I'm doing with bootcamp & how I feel about it. Overall, fantastic! In the 17 days of my participation, I think I have missed just one short video workout; I'll make it up someday soon. Similarly, I have let myself sleep two mornings rather than go running, but then I have made up (or WILL make up) the missed run on Saturday.
My weight is down about 3 pounds since bootcamp's beginning. I increased my eating slightly, as recommended, & when I'm careful to not increase TOO much I see the scale numbers go down regularly.
This week, though, I have stayed up a bit too late 3 nights in a row. Even if I manage to go running anyway, getting under 7.5 hours of sleep leaves me tired & less alert. I am going to get more serious about bedtimes again.
Those are the two issues I need to keep paying attention to. +
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