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I have been in MN for almost 1 year!

Sunday, February 06, 2011

It is hard to believe how much time has passed since I wrote my last blog entry.

Before the move, my greatest concern was my job. Well, I stumbled upon the Americorps website and have been working as a Literacy Tutor in a Title I school since August. It is humbling and THE perfect way for me to spend a year of my life while I figure out what I want to do with the rest of it. I work with children from many different backgrounds in grades 1-3. My contract ends this summer. I will use the educational award money at the end of the year to pay off what is left of my undergrad student loans and have a little leftover to go towards grad school. I just began studying for the GRE -- it is TOUGH! I plan to go to back to school for Library Sciences.

My fitness goals have been all but ruined. It really bummed me out for awhile, and all I did was sulk. I am slowly moving back into healthy routines.

For a couple of weeks now, I have been logging the foods I eat at least a couple days a week. Having that accountability helps me even at the moment I need to decide what to eat. I realize I will have to log the foods I eat later, and that allows me to convince myself to make better decisions. Instead of cooking on my long days, I have a freezer full of Smart Ones to choose from instead of allowing myself to eat out just because I am tired.

This week, I have done the 1st rotation of my DVD workout three times. I am so out of shape that I cannot even do the whole DVD like I used to. The 8 lb weights are also too heavy for me now, but I think it will only take a couple more days to be able to use them comfortably again.
We walked around St. Paul on Wednesday for about an hour at a brisk pace. Today, we tried going ice skating, but my skates do NOT fit correctly. Before meeting Forrest and moving to Minnesota, I never dreamed of buying ice skates, so its not a surprise to me that I picked an ill-fitting pair. We walked for 2 hours around the Minneapolis Institute of Art and I did the DVD, so I got a decent amount of physical activity in today.

However, I am back up to my heaviest.

This past summer, I traded in a regular workout schedule for some more extreme bouts, like long mountain bike rides one week, a Boundary Waters canoe trip another week... nothing consistent. We also let our eating habits go to hell in a handbasket.

Here's my bazillion-th weight loss goal: I want to reach 140 and toned by the end of June. That's going to take the reintroduction of consistency.

I have tried working out after school and in the morning before school, but I am not sure which I like best. I think I will try to mix it up. Once it warms up a bit here, I am going to try riding my bike to school. We made the bike ride once this summer and it wasn't unbearable. It will probably be very calming to cycle instead of drive, actually.

I think it will help that Forrest has a physical education class this semester and that I have "trained" him to know what is a good decision at the grocery store and what is not. :)
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EMMANYC 2/6/2011 7:28PM

    Library Sciences sounds like a great plan. I have a friend who got a Master's in Library Science and she has one of the coolest jobs among my friends - she's the senior research librarian for a major national newspaper. She gets to satisfy her insatiable curiosity every day, help reporters pull stories together - and then she gets to go home (great work-life balance).

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