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Monday, June 21, 2010

Time for some updates.. and it has only been a day.

First, I weighed in at 199.6, finally. Okay, so I have been staring at that scale and waiting and waiting. I have been so close for such a long time, ok, maybe a few weeks. It was cool to finally see it. Because I don't want to be back in the 200-ville, I worked really hard today and hope to keep it up all week. I was 200-ville to be a memory!

Secondly, I have finally made a decision on the RHA position ALOT of thought and consideration. I decided to drop it. When talking to my mom about it, I figured out that I would be making less than $4/hour. If I need money that bad, I think I can definitely find a better paying one. I think, though, I am going to start volunteering this summer at a hospital. And, if I like it I will continue in the fall! So, now all I need to do is write the resignation letter. Too bad I just can't write.. I QUIT.. hehe.

The last update is a bit sad. An acquaintance that I met when I was 16 or so died Friday night on a motorcycle accident. He died at 21.. much too young. He was the type of person that was always smiling and had a vibrant personality. His wake was yesterday - on Father's Day! Can you imagine? His funeral was today. I could not go to either because I live 3 hours from our hometown and I learned last night at like midnight. So sad.. I still cannot believe he will never again smile. While part of me feels sad, the other part feels like I will see him again. I guess I will.. in heaven. RIP Matt!

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PATRICIAANN46 6/22/2010 11:32AM

  It is so difficult to lose someone that young!!! You have my sympathy. I have lost 2 former students at 16 and 18 and it is just so hard to think that they will never experience the rest of life.
On a LIGHTER note (Pun intended) CONGRATULATIONS on going below 200. I am very proud of you. emoticon

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LYNNDAK 6/22/2010 3:19AM

    That is really sad. It's hard to lose the good ones.

CONGRAT, CONGRATS, CONGRATS on getting below 200!!!

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SHERYLDS 6/21/2010 9:28PM

    Sorry you lost your friend.

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Pros and cons: RHA's VP Social Programming Position

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Putting aside my little rant from earlier.. I realized this summer I have been overall happy. I think it is because I have been able to put myself first and focus on my classes. During the academic year, I do not get to do this that much. I find it kinda sad because, really, that is why I am here: to finish classes and complete a degree. It seems that classes are my last priority along with myself.

With these thoughts, I was thinking about next year and for the first time, I realized I do not want to fill up every second with other obligations. I just want to focus on me and my classes. Okay, so it is not a perfect world and I know I need to work some. Right now I have full-time school with a 3 part-time positions working as a Desk Worker at a Residence Hall, a Team Leader for Freshman Orientation, and being the VP of Social Programming for the Residence Hall Association. The last two pays $500 stipend and the other one pays hourly.

I am thinking of resigning the VP position. Before I accepted it, I did not know that it was highly recommended to be also involved with YAC, another student organization. Also, I have been thinking what is the point of being involved with the VP Position.. like how is it going to help me with my future. I came up empty. Instead, I would like to take those 10 hours and devout them to myself along with volunteering at the local hospital in where I could start networking with people in my field of Exercise Science. That sure would be more useful than planning events, don't you think? In addition to that, the position is at least 10 hours weekly for a stipend $500 per semester. I think that averages to be an $100 a month. I must ask myself if it is really that useful when I could be using that time to work out, focus on homework, volunteer or ALL of the above. I know during some of those 10 hours I can work on my homework.. but I also know I won't.

In addition to all that, I want to do well in my major which I am just starting this year and I want to get on the Dean's List for the first time since being at this college. Besides all that, I know that if I don't get my GPA a smidge higher or if it goes any lower, I may not be able to the National Student Exchange (NSE). The NSE is where I study at another college in the US. I am really looking forward to either going to the West or East coast. Do I really want to give that opportunity up for a mere $500? I honestly think I should be able to live on the income. On the other hand, it is recommended that you save up money for that year you are gone.

So.. you have heard most of the pros and cons.. what are your thoughts on this? Should I fill my life with crap, ah, work or try to just manage and focus on me and the task at hand?

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SHERYLDS 6/21/2010 11:25AM

    I think you networking idea is good. In this world, being able to introduce yourself to people in your field, can get you a lot of leads for positions later.

On the other hand, VP of Social Programming for the Residence Hall Association, sounds like good training for administrative/management type skills. A plus in the minds of a lot of HR recruiters.

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I want OUT now!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

So this is definitely going to be a rant! I am so frustrated right now. I really just want to scream and cry at the same time!

I live in the dorms and today a refrigerator that is kept in the kitchen that I rent went OUT. Usually this probably wouldn't be such a big deal because I usually store things like yogurt and such. But, this time there were like $20 of meat! I CANNOT afford this.

I don't want to deal with this right now. I don't want to live here anymore where I eat out of two mini refrigerators. And no I cannot move the meat to the other refrigerator because I already have food in that one. Probably doesn't help that I just went grocery shopping today.

I really don't want to be live here anymore. People are pigs.. leaving their mess. Your mother does not live here! Besides living with a bunch of pigs, they are rude and noisy. I just want to live in a normal apartment where I can come home and not have to walk all the way down the hall, past 20 ppl's rooms, to get to the darn bathroom or for that fact, to the kitchen. I want OUT! But I don't graduate for another TWO years.

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PATRICIAANN46 6/21/2010 11:33AM

  It DOES help to get it all out of your system. Sounds like you have already answered your own questions.........when you come back from your time away, you can decide if an apartment is for you. Hang in there. emoticon

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THECRAZYMANGO 6/20/2010 3:45PM

    Thanks! I am feeling better now. It helped to vent it out.

The rational part of my mind knows I cannot move out because I am going to the National Student Exchange (NSE). NSE is basically where I study a year away at another college in the US. Otherwise, I would have gotten an apartment but it doesn't make sense to move in, get all arranged, move out, than probably move back here in a year. Does that make sense?

Thanks for the advice though. I know when I was thinking about moving into an apartment people that work at the college had places for me almost instantly. Gotta love them!

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BAILEYS7OF9 6/20/2010 3:27PM

    emoticonsorry!! Perhaps you can look for rooms to rent or rooms where they'll give you a discount if you do things around the house?

Check local churches, they might have someone that is willing to do this. Couldn't hurt!

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Updates on 30 Day Shred, Computer, and being MIA! :)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Today, I woke up sore in my arms, abs, thighs and buttocks. I think this means it is working, right? I did Day Two today. It was a bit tough to get through but I did it! emoticon I already feel sore in my arms. I can't wait for tomorrow.. not, lol. In a bit I will be going for a 3 mile walk with a friend.

After the 3 mile walk, I will be going to Best Buy/Geek Squad to hand them my computer.. just fix it already! It is still overheating. *sigh* I swear if they tell me nothing is wrong I may just throw it on the throw and scream about how much piece of.. um.. I think you get the picture. Hopefully, they will be able to fix it. It will be only the third time after the screen, motherboards and 3 power cords were replaced!

Than, after the screaming at Best Buy/Geed Squad, I will be driving about 3 hours to my sisters which I will be staying for the week. I am watching her kids for the week and getting paid for it. I basically the nanny for the week. In another words, I will be MIA for the week but no worries, I will be back! Than another summer class (Creative Writing) starts on Monday!

Hope everyone has an awesome week. Keep sparkin' and keep movin' it!

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LYNNDAK 6/14/2010 12:22PM

    I started microbiology and medical terminology last week at CVTC. Ugh!

But I wanted to tell you that you inspired me. I had never heard of J Michaels 30 Day Shred until you blogged about it. I checked the group page and read everything and went and bought the DVD and hand weights yesterday. So, I won't know until after I try it if I should thank you or shun you! LOL. Just kidding. I am doing this for me and it sounds like a great way to get in shape!!

Thanks for the inspiration.


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SHERYLDS 6/13/2010 1:51PM

    Have fun....I know they will

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THECRAZYMANGO 6/13/2010 1:13PM

    I'm thinking of bringing my jump rope and go for walks. I sure hope it works, lol!

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PATRICIAANN46 6/13/2010 1:12PM

  That should be a week of lots of opportunities for exercise with the kids. I hope you enjoy it. emoticon

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30 Day Shred: Day One of Level One

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Today, I weighed in at 200.4! Eek! How exciting! I think this is because I haven't done my typical exercise of walking but broke out the workout videos. Basically, I just have to lose something, anything at my sisters this week when I am gone all week.. I should be able to do this as long as I stay on track and do some kind of exercise. With two boys, one 10 years old and one 18 months, I should be doing alot of running around. Haha. Also, I am hoping to do a few walks during the week!

Last night I decided I wanted to experience the 30 Day Shred for myself. It seems like alot of people are talking about it and I want to know what it's all about. The cover says lose up to 20# in 30 days. I am not really expecting that but I hope to do 10# and 5" in 30 days. Considering I can lose 6-8# during a typical month, I don't think I am really reaching that far.

So, I looked at some message boards about it. Took measurements which I learned that I lost .50-1" in most areas (see exact numbers under "About Me" section.) Joined the team for the 30 Day Shred. And today, I brought it and tried it out.

I am not gonna lie. I struggled. It was hard. It got me sweating. But I think it will be a good challenge for me. Also, a nice change of pace. I am going to do it again tomorrow before I leave for a week. Than, I will have to break but I hope to do it on average 6 days a week when I get back. The ironic part is that it will end around the time my 100 day challenge does. What will I do when I don't have the challenges to occupy me? Hehe. Don't worry.. the first week of August, I will be gone and I hope to run and kayak regularly. Talk about mixing things up! emoticon

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LIV2SSKI 6/13/2010 11:35AM

    emoticon on all the success!
I'll admit the first time I did the Shred I took 2 days off before trying again then another 3 before my 3rd attempt.
Good Luck!!

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SHERYLDS 6/12/2010 7:37PM

    Good for you. That's a great attitude. Is there a level zero, in case I want to try. (I saw Kung Fu Panda....can you tell)

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    Nice job on doing the Shred! The first time I tried it I found it really hard as well! In fact, my arms were kinda sore for a few days afterward. But it's what I call "good pain" -- you know it's working!

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