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Thank God for Extensions!


Tuesday, March 05, 2013

I was supposed to present at lab meeting tomorrow morning with my presentation that I will give to my committee meeting on March 12th. Obviously I'm nowhere near ready with all the house stuff going on.

I got my boss to push it to Friday... and then it ended up getting rescheduled to Monday, the day before my committee meeting. This is GOOD. This gives me time to devote to that, plus I will have my final version by then *hopefully -- and then the rest of Monday to retool it for my committee meeting on Tuesday.

I feel like a weight has been lifted and I no longer feel like puking from the stress. Regardless of this I have still done at least 10 minutes of exercise each day. I am determined to streak into spring with Spark. My arm is healing! I can actually tell every day how much my skin is closing. I've got about 1" wide and 4" long now instead of over 3" wide and 6" long. Its a big improvement. It still bugs me when I try to reach over my head, so I'm trying not to do that.

On the house front, the realtor comes tomorrow to make the youtube video and take photos. My mom is stressing. There's still a lot of little things to be done. So my goal for today is to stay here until three and make some real progress on my powerpoint presentation, even if it is a rough draft, and then go home and help her finish up and try to keep her panic down.

I swear I get all of my anxiety issues from her, but both her and my dad are on anti-anxiety meds. I just borrow them for times like this where I make myself sick with worry. The realtor popped by yesterday and was impressed at what had been done -- so he was really positive. Its just a lot of little projects that my mom think are essential, but in reality won't show up in pictures. (she wants to pull the washer and dryer out and clean behind them?!)

So that's pretty much it. I did another 50 squats last night while watching the Biggest Loser and got in around 250-300 crunches. I'm taking it slow... slowly building my muscles back up. Seeing what doesn't hurt my arm... I'm telling you though, once this sucker closes, I'm needing to get some cardio endurance back. And I will get back up to 2000 crunches before the end of April. I am just glad that at least I know that I can stay at a maintenance level. Not counting calories but trying to eat better, and not exercising and I still have only gained less than 10 pounds through this whole surgery debacle. I can only use this as fuel to get moving again once I'm able.

Hopefully the house will sell quickly.

Hopefully my committee makes no fuss next Tuesday and quickly agrees to let me defend on April 26th.

Hopefully I get the job interview in April in St. Louis.

My mindset is better than it has been the last few days. My mom is even taking my dogs back with her tomorrow to live at her house so that I can focus on keeping the house show ready and I can stay at work longer focusing on writing my dissertation. Its going to suck but at least I know its only for the short term.

Okay everyone -- if I can keep myself positive through all of this stress and get in more than 10 minutes of exercise every day -- you can too!
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NIKKICOLE83 3/6/2013 9:39PM

    This might sound horrible, but when I read your blog title, I thought you were talking about HAIR extensions!!! They DO tend to make everything better! emoticon

I am glad that your arm is starting to heal up. You deserve a reprieve for that. And hopefully the house sells quickly so you can get to St. Louis.

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LOLATURTLE 3/5/2013 3:18PM

    YAY, so much good news after all the stress! Don't stress over the little things on the house, really. I can't imagine it won't sell because there's dust in one corner or something; people don't care about that stuff, they care about like permanent unfixable things. It will be fine.

AH, extension! Ahhhhh. Just reading "committee meeting" gives me hives, haha. Good luck with your presentations! You'll be awesome.

And I saved the best for last: YAY OMG YAY YOUR ARM IS HEALING YAY!!!!!!!!!

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SPARK_JO 3/5/2013 3:16PM

    I thought this entry would be about hairstyle :)

Glad to see you're healing well.


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CHODGES83 3/5/2013 1:55PM

    Sounds like your arm is finally healing! Great news all around! You've got this!

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AHTRAP 3/5/2013 1:43PM

    Glad your boss was responsive to whatever signals you were giving (silent or otherwise).

Really glad your arm is finally closing up.

Your hopefullies reminded me of the end of the Shawshank Redemption
http://www.youtube.co
m/watch?v=zRBl0GPBm4o

He
re's to that committee recognizing your brilliance without any fussiness.


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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 3/5/2013 1:26PM

    Everything is starting to sound pretty bright over there!! Good!! I'm glad you're finally seeing some progress with your arm, that's great.

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ATTACKFATCAT 3/5/2013 12:36PM

    YAY that your arm is finally healing! Definitely keep doing what your doing!

I've had anxiety issues for a long time, and it's still a struggle even now. Sometimes I have to sit down and write out a list of things I can control vs. things I can't. The things I can control I write down what my next step should be on those. I try to focus on those and push the things I can't control out of my mind. I'm not always successful, but writing it down sometimes helps pull it out of my head.

Glad your meeting was rescheduled! And way to go on that exercise streak!

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ADARKARA 3/5/2013 12:35PM

    Yay! Keep positive and good things will happen.

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RODGRODMEDFLOD 3/5/2013 11:55AM

    Lots going on in your life right now! Absolutely, your attitude is an inspiration.

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