Monday, December 24, 2012
2012 is coming to a close and it is time to start thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2013. For the past few years, my yearly goals aka resolution have been fitness related. I believe last years was to run 12 races in 2012. Honestly, I am not sure if I even reached it. The whole idea is to AIM for a goal.
This year, honestly, I am not sure if I want a fitness goal. Weeks ago, I was going to aim to do 3 half marathons in 2013 but I am seriously out of shape. My hips start to hurt around mile 2 rather mile 4. Before I can train to do another half marathon, I need to get back into shape!
With that in mind, I think I want to work on something that I seem to struggle saving.... money! Initially, I wanted to aim for $2013.00 but that is a bit unrealistic for me for my level of income. I am debating on saving 200.13 for the entire year OR $20.13 weekly or $20.13 monthly.
You know even as I say this I realize I really do want to make Bjorklund Half Marathon (Grandma's [Half] Marathon) happen this year. It is something I have wanted to do for a while. Unfortuately, it is a lottery so I might not even get in!
Putting yearly goals aside, I will be starting in 2013 with all kinds of new changes. I recently graduated college with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science. In addition to this, I have a new apartment with roommates.
Here's to 2013...
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Tomorrow is graduation and I must say this week have been one of the most memorable.
Monday of this week, the week before graduation, my back wisdom tooth decided to demand attention. As a college student that does not have health insurance, I searched around for a cheap dental place thinking it was a cavity. Luckily, I found one that covered 90% of the expenses and even got in on Monday.
During the dental visit, I was informed I had two impacted wisdom teeth and one of them was causing the pain. They gave me a referral to an oral surgeon, and pain pills. Monday and Tuesday night I was in alot of pain and waking up every hour from it. In my weakest moment, I posted it on Facebook. On Wednesday, I was prescribed pencillin and been feeling much, much better. The next day I asked my parents to borrow me the money because this tooth HAD to go. Again, luckily, they did. I didn't think any more of it honestly.
My boss has been asking if I got any mail this week. Um, no? [insert odd look] Tonight she called and told me how I said a piece of mail. She made it sound like it was time sensitive and said I want it. Hmm, I wonder what it could be. Maybe it's a job offer? A girl can dream.
I get to the Y and there is a Christmas card for me with the Y's address for the to and from. Okay, not exactly what I was thinking but okay. I open it up and found a postal money order for $500.
You know the really weird thing about all this? It was sent from my hometown and pretty only have close relationships from there that are my family members. I would recognize their writing and this writing only looks VERY vaguely familiar. By the way, I am now taking writing samples. Kidding!
Since the envelope is mark posted for the same day as the Facebook post, I am assuming it was a Facebook friend but not 100% sure. I am accepting that I know I will most likely never find out who this generous person is but hope I can only pay it forward in the future for a college student in need like someone did for me.
Also, I feel this was a gift from God and that is another reason I am sharing this story. I want to show gratitude for all the gifts he seems to give me. No matter my situation, it seems I am magically taken care of. I think that is why I tend to be a generous person and not worry about me.
To sum it all up.
God is great.
People are good.
Saturday, December 01, 2012
In the last couple months, I know I have a Negative Nancy. But, in just TWO weeks, it will end.
I will be graduating which means my internship is also ending. I just figured out my hours and after tomorrow I will have a little under 60 hours to complete. I can for sure complete that by the 15th. I might aim to complete close to 35 hours next week and 25 hours the next week. The final week is going to be in-tense! I have to present in a final presentation on my internship and hand in a final report that I haven't exactly started. A challenge of mine is ending so I will wrap up things than. I will find out if I get an apartment that week. I really, REALLY want this apartments. It's $163/month plus utilities. That sure would take off alot of pressure in finding a full time job. I could work at the Y 3x a week, give plasma (~$200/month) and dog sit for my friend (~$100/month). It's not ideal but it could work!
And, I am really looking forward to having graduation to where I can get back to fitness and have a couple weeks to myself. I think eventually my new routine will be simple: MWF... kettlebells, T,TH, Sunday... run and Saturdays... fitness yoga. Oh! By the way, I have been thinking I need to start doing what others do and train in seasons. For me, it would be running during October-June than maybe biking (if I ever learn how to ride a bike!!) in the summer months. I have even been thinking I could take up skiing during the winter months. My boyfriend likes to snowboard so that is something we could do together. I've wanted to get into skiing for a few years now.
Tomorrow is a Jingle Bell Run with my running group which is my internship. They are all excited and even are dressing up. Honestly, I don't think I will be dressing up.. but will be bringing my camera in case my boss forgets hers. Maybe I will post pictures of it. For me, its my zillionth race. For them, it's there first! How exciting! Many of them have told me they wouldn't have done it without me. It's really awesome. I have gotten many compliments on Run For Life. It gets mentioned in Central Staff/Directors meetings. My boss's boss has even complimented me on it saying I have done a great job with it.
Okay! I need to get to bed! Or I will be oversleeping for their race! That would be terrible as ***I*** will have the race shirts and BIBS! Eek!
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
We all seem to work hard to reach our magical weight loss goal. But, what happens when we do than two years later we gain 10ish pounds? I never thought I would gain weight. I was consistent with exercise. I watched carefully what I ate.
Ever so slowly I loosened the reins. I deserved it, right? I worked hard to lose 100 pounds over three years. Shouldn't I get to have some fun? Shouldn't I get to eat cake like everyone else around me was doing? Why can't I eat it, too? Well, eventually, I started to have cake. After every meal.
I didn't loosen the reins with just food either. It was exercise, too. A day of missed exercise turned into a week.
So, how do I rein it in?
As a trainer that supports friends and family to change their lifestyle, I don't know how to do for myself. Today I am above 170s. This really depresses me. I used to be strong in strength and running. Not anymore.
In a couple weeks, I am graduating and there will be pictures. And, I feel FAT. I don't want to see FAT me in pictures. I want to see the slender Savannah. *sigh*
After graduation, I want to take up kettlebells and running, two things that make me sweat. But, right now I don't do either. Kettlebells takes money. Something I don't have. Running? Well, I just don't feel motivated to do that either.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Considering I haven't blogged for nearly three weeks, it is not exactly shocking that a handful of friends stopped by my page to see how I am doing. For those that did, THANK YOU. It was quite thoughtful. For everyone else that might be wondering as well... yes, I am still alive!
I have been crazy busy trying to juggle a zillion things. Okay, not a zillion things. Just internship hours, paid work hours, fitting at least 10 minutes of exercise in daily, donating plasma, saving money, looking for a job, personal training, applying for a job, christmas shopping, debating about moving in with a friend, spending time with my boyfriend and who knows what else that needs to be done to prepare for graduation in just THREE weeks!
I really am looking forward to graduation. Not because I finally get my degree. But, it means I get to BREATHE. After I graduate, I don't have to worry about my internship. In fact, during the last two weeks of December, I can devout my energy to finding a job and packing. I would even have time for daily two hour workouts if I want. That would be heaven. Maybe I could even kick some of these pounds I seem to have collected during my internship.
As part of my graduation prep, I did find a full time job opening with benefits at a nearby hotel. I am hoping to finish my cover letter for it tomorrow and get it to them on Friday. It would work out perfect for me. It would be in the afternoon which means I could keep my commitment of teaching Silver Sneakers for Active Older Adults at the Y. And, if I can keep that, it would mean keeping the door open to a possible full time position there and at the very least, a free gym membership!
So, yes, I am still alive! WooHoo!
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