Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Yesterday, I was walking to work listening to "I have a dream" by ABBA. What a great song. Here is a snibbet of the lyrics...the part that really clicked with me:
I have a dream, a fantasy
To help me through reality
And my destination makes it worth the while
Pushing through the darkness still another mile
I believe in angels
Something good in everything I see
I believe in angels
When I know the time is right for me
Iíll cross the stream - I have a dream
When I started this journey in March, my dream was to be healthy and fit again. Then I realized that I'm living that dream right now. I'm about half way to my goal weight and I'm already looking and feeling so much better than I did in March. I can breathe so much easier. I could barely jog for a minute in March, but since then I've jogged a 5K twice! My body is also looking better in my clothes. I've been able to shop for stylish clothes again, which makes me feel so much better than when I was wearing so-so clothes just because they fit.
I just saw my doctor yesterday and my cholesterol is in normal range. He even commented on how much weight I've lost and asked me how I did it! My answer was that for the first time in my life I DIDN'T diet, but instead I try to eat from hunger as opposed to appetite, I watch my portions, and I try to choose healthier options. And I exercise, which is something I rarely used to do. I could tell he was impressed. And I was very pleased.
I still mess up. I skip a day of exercise. I eat a cupcake. But I am so proud of myself for coming this far and changing the way I relate to and feel about my body. I have a dream, and I'm living it today!
1000 Roll-up Challenge:
194 (running total) + 15 + 15 + 20 = 244 total
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Friday evening I found out that I'm still in the running for a position I interviewed for two weeks ago. I still don't think I'll get the job, but it was nice to hear that even though others had been eliminated from consideration, I hadn't been. Then, I came home to a message on my answering maching regarding a resume I submitted in June 2009. It was too late for me to call back, but they had to be calling me about a position, right?
Friday night I noticed that my kitty was breathing shallowly. She'd been a little lethargic in the morning, but nothing too concerning. However, at night I noticed her smacking her lips like they were dry and I realized that I hadn't seen her eat or drink in the few hours I'd been home from work. I gave her a syringe of water and noticed that her gums were white. Then, I checked her for any lumps or painful areas, but couldn't find any. For no really good reason I checked her stomach and was shocked and upset to find a really large purple bruise on her stomach. I woke up my husband and, at 12:30 am, we drove to the pet E.R. Turns out that, apparently, she must have ingested rat poison, although we never put any in our house. Perhaps the previous tenant did? We have no idea. We were at the E.R. until 4 am, finally leaving as the vet was about to administer a blood transfusion, which had the potential to kill our kitty outright or save her life. We got 3 hours of sleep that night.
After 36 hours of hospitalization, an oxygen tent, a transfusion, antibiotics, steriods, and rat poison antidote, we were able to bring home our dear little kitty. She's still doing well and I'm taking her to the vet for a follow-up appointment tomorrow morning.
On Monday, I called the law firm that kept my resume for almost a year and a half. I was told that I have impressive credentials. Yay! Then they found out that I work (volunteer) for a pretty powerful person in my field. The conversation ended and no job would be offered. Turns out certain people don't want to be accused of poaching people from those who hold the purse strings. This really has to be a cosmic joke, but I'm not laughing.
Sadly, with all the stress, I tossed good food choices to the wind. I ate more than I should have and not the healthiest choices. I don't care (I do, but I don't). I'm giving myself a pass, because that's what I felt I needed at the time. I've still got more to learn apparently, but this isn't a race, it's a journey.
I've also been neglecting my 1000 Roll-up Challenge, but it's back on as of tonight!
129 (running total) + 65 today = 194 total
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
I've challenged myself to do 1000 Roll Ups by November 30. In case you're wondering what a roll up is, it's like a crunch, but with straight legs and a larger range of motion. Here's a link to a brief demonstration video:
I've done roll ups each day since October 30, and boy am I feeling it! Actually, I think I overdid it at the gym yesterday, because today I can barely move. This is in addition to very sore abdominal muscles from the roll ups. I'm curious how challenging the roll ups will be tonight.
Today's reflection e-mail from SP was about persistence. How timely! Not just for the roll up challenge, for which it IS highly applicable, but also for my life in general. I've been seriously wondering if I should start considering giving up being an attorney. It's been over a year and a half since I've been paid to practice law. But today I had a really good talk with my supervising attorney where I'm volunteering and I get the feeling that she's really working hard to try to get me into a paid position. I know I've got to do my part and persevere. I don't have to make a decision right now. I just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other or do one roll up after another and I'll eventually end up somewhere. If I focus on my goals, I hope that the "somewhere" is the time and place where I reach my goals, including a paying job and 1000 roll ups done!
Tuesday, November 02, 2010
I'm adding a new challenge...
Today I jog/walked a 5K in 45:04. Not great, but I'm still recovering from the flu, so I'm going to give myself a break and just be proud that I got in to the gym on my day off to jog/walk 3.11 miles plus complete a 45-minute yoga class. (Not to mention the larger improvement of barely being able to jog at the beginning of the year compared to my current level of fitness!).
So here's my new challenge. I want to shave off at least 5 minutes of my time by November 30. This will require a sub-goal, and that is to get into the gym before work at least 3 days a week to get on the treadmill and get in my "training."
As for my 1000 Roll-up Challenge...
48 (running total) + 48 yesterday + 33 today = 129 total
Monday, November 01, 2010
Yesteday, Hubby and I went to Jon Stewart's rally in DC. We'd been looking forward to it and had even considered going down the night before and spending the night, but decided to save the money and take the metro in instead. Given that DC is only about 40 miles away, we thought 2 hours would be more than enough time to drive to and park at the Greenbelt metro station, ride the metro to Navy/Archives, then walk to the National Mall. Silly us.
After being stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on a Saturday morning (what!?!) we found the parking lot at Greenbelt completely full and the most ridiculously long line of people waiting to get on the train. One train stop down stream at College Park was essentially the same. We heard on the radio that every end-of-the-line metro station was similarly packed because of the number of rally-goers. Wow! Then Hubby remembered that shuttles were supposed to be running every 15 minutes to and from RFK stadium. We left College Park metro at noon...the rally had started.
At RFK, the metro station also had quite a line OUTSIDE the station. Eek! And, parking was $15. This, on top of the scary thought that it was now 12:30 and we'd have to wait in the ridiculously long metro line or try and find the shuttle buses and hope the line wasn't so bad. Instead, we decided to take our chances and try to find parking within walking distance of the mall.
Victory at 1:05pm! We found parking, then walked for over 1/2 an hour to the mall. Oh, the crowd! We tried to find a spot where we could see and hear, but were not having much luck even moving through the crowd. It was wall-to-wall people. Some people were on top of the wall and the fountain surrounding the Native American museum. People were in the trees! People were in the bushes (including us) trying to get a glimpse of the stage. We heard Ozzie Osbourne briefly and most of the song Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert sang about loving America, but that was about it, because we left before the rally ended.
I'm not claustrophobic, but I kind of get freaked out when I'm stuck in a crowd and I can't move. All the bumping and jostling and no way of getting away from it. It didn't help that there seemed to be a lot of smokers in the crowd, too. We miscalculated, thinking that the crowd would have been a reasonable size. Boy, did we underestimate the power of Stewart! Given that we couldn't see anything and had difficulty hearing, we ended up heading back to the car. On the way, we stopped at Eastern Market and got some farm-fresh fruits and a pastry to take home.
All in all, the rally was a bust for us. We were sad we hadn't set our DVR up to tape the rally, because, even though we were there, we didn't get to see any of it! However, the day was beautiful and we got to enjoy the sunny, mild weather. We also got in at least an hour of solid walking, plus we got to wander around DC again. I haven't been in quite a while, but being there felt like we'd never left. We felt like Washingtonians again. I'm starting to wonder if maybe we should move back to DC. Maybe I'd have better luck finding a job there.
Anyway, here's a picture of the stage I took from the best vantage point we could find:
Roll-up Challenge: Day 2
15 yesterday + 33 today = 48 total
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