Monday, November 05, 2012
Hi there, I haven't been around as much lately since I joined the New Horizons music program at OU. It's a blast, but sadly I had to drop the upright bass/orchestra section. It was just too difficult, trying to learn a new instrument AND jazz numbers for the guitar. I'm still doing the Jazz Ensemble, and I may even become a decent guitar player (someday)
The key is (big surprise) consistency, just like diet and exercise. I need to practice daily, consistently, in order to learn and play these songs. I've never played jazz before, so this is a totally new experience for me. I am learning alot, pushing myself on the guitar and music theory more than ever. That's the ticket.
And now it's time to push myself harder on the dieting part. Yep, it's a terrible time of the year to even TRY to diet, and I'm not very good at saying "No" to the yummy treats that find their way into my workspace. So, my strategy for November is this: limit the AMOUNT of yummy treats to just 1 or 2 SMALL ones, and consistently follow a healthy and low-cal eating plan the rest of the day. I figure that I won't be able to say no to ALL yummy treats, but if I can hold it down instead of eating everything in sight, that's a good plan. And of course, with the extra treats it's even MORE important to eat smaller, healthier meals the rest of the time.
As for exercise, well now I've got my Thursday nights back, so there's no reason NOT to run 3 times a week, and throw in some weight training 2 other days. I can get back into Coach Nicole's 28-Day Bootcamp DVD, or even hit the gym on, say, Wed & Sundays. And I'm proud to announce that I ran the Kramer 5K on Saturday in 34:28, which is about 1 1/2 minutes FASTER than last years! One of my New Years goals was to increase my running speed to 6mhp, and I'm definitely making progress! But with just 2 months left in the year, I really need to be pushing it!
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
So I ran in the Hinton "Zombie Edition" of the Dirty 30, and MAN, it was COLD!!! My goal was to complete the course in under an hour, and still have at least 1 flag left. Well -- I think I got it done right at one hr (still not totally sure on that), but I lost all my flags and therefore "died." Oh well, it was still lots of fun -- except for the COLD part!
Monday, September 10, 2012
Yep, temps were cooler yesterday so there goes my excuse. MAN, it was SO HARD, I haven't run outdoors since the Memorial run. Got that Zombie run coming up in - 4 weeks! ULP! Gotta get moving on that!
Friday, September 07, 2012
Last night I went to this New Horizons program out of OU, where people of "all ages" (mostly MY age) either learn to play an instrument or take up one they used to play. I have played with guitar for years (they didn't have Rock Band when I was a kid), and I thought maybe this would be a way to get better. Well, last night was a full orchestra, and they don't really use a guitar player, so I decided to try Upright Bass! They got me a loaner, you should see the thing - it's HUGE! So last night I just learned a little about the instrument, like how to hold it and the scale, then we went over a song. I think I'm going to like this!
Next Monday I'll be jamming with the Jazz Ensemble, and they DO take guitar players! Stay tuned....
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