Thursday, December 20, 2012
Well, this the title has a two-part meaning.
Part one refers to the college course I was taking in Political Science.. a subject that I am not fond of at all and the teacher was of no help in my understanding of the subject. I persevered through the course, even with nightmares of being crushed by a cement wall. After taking the final I was at a 79%, but the proposal was awaiting grading at 22.5% of the total grade. Well, the results came in today... I got 94% on the proposal, which brought my grade up to 83% without the extra credit... so I passed the class and have another gen ed course taken care of. If I can take care of the math one next fall, then I will just have the computer classes left for a degree. I cried on my husband's shoulder when I saw the grade because I was totally fearful I would fail the class because the project was minus a chart and a page shorter than what he wanted. It was difficult finding charts that suited the needs, and I did not want to be repeating the same thing over and over again just to make the length that he wanted.
The other part of the title is for my resolve to increase my cardio, even if I do not increase the strength training. I went to the gym on Sunday and last night. I would have gone tonight, but I ended up staying an hour after I was supposed to at work because I am off tomorrow with working Saturday. So I will go tomorrow after the dental cleaning, and probably Friday after work, so I will get my 4 days of cardio this week. Once I am warmed up at the 3.0 speed, then I am pretty much able to go to 3.4 without an issue. I have been changing the incline between 2.5 and 3.0, so my next step will be to bump the incline up once I am able to increase the time at those current paces. I want to get up to 25-30 minutes before adding more incline because the higher incline is making me do less time, so I am building up to it. I also have not done my free weights due to my fibromyalgia being really bad the past 2 weeks, so I want to work on that also.
Interesting thing I have found is that my weight went down, then back up, but there are certain areas of the hips that I could see fat on before, but that is going down. I am not at the point of feeling comfortable in tighter fitting clothes, but it is so great to be seeing a difference in my body shape. I forgot that seeing the biceps a little when flexed is encouraging also. My last trainer appt I told her that I have taken some exercise she has taught me and combined them. I do a modified push-up against a low wall followed by stationary lunges for 2 to 3 sets, and she commented that she had not thought about that combination for where I do it. I figure it keeps me moving and I am still out of people's way.
The stress at work is increasing. During the past week we had 2 patients die, neither being over 55. The one was a heart attack and the other was not stated in the obituary. The coworker that we are having issues with is not getting any better, and the manager cannot seem to get any help in correcting the situation which puts us in a real bind because the manager knows she stresses me out, and I am part of what keeps things going there. There are a lot of things I know/remember that other people do not. The manager actually told me the other day, "have I told you that you are a genius?" It felt good to hear that, but maybe I am also expecting a lot our of my coworkers, although I do not expect them to remember everything. I just do not expect that I should have to cover a basic subject a half dozen times for someone that has been in the field 6 years.
I am going to stop rambling and go to bed. Maybe tomorrow my head will be clearer and I will write some more... Actually I guess that is today for me now. Goood night all.