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A New Month to Get It Right!

Monday, April 01, 2013

Well, can I just say where is this year going?!? My Smarch was a toughie. I was sick for soooooooooooo long! At least the first half of the month was spent fighting that stupid cold virus. And of course as soon as it was finally out of my system, I had that fatty math test to study for. Things kinda of wound down, and my month seemed to disappear before I could make any real progress.

I'm telling you all, right here and right now, that is not how April is going to go! I'm going to accomplish something in April! Which basically means, my March goals will be my April goals, so I can actually work on them.

I didn't get hardly any fitness minutes in. I think I officially recorded only 28 fitness minutes. That's just......... well, sad. I should at least get in 600 for the month. Minimum. That *was* my goal, after all. But, I only did one workout. Which was actually just this last Thursday. No. No no no no no. I can do better.

No eating after midnight... I did okay. I think I was more conscientious about this particular goal early in my setting it, then sorta petered as the month wore on. I've got to figure out a way to get myself to keep it in mind. I realized I don't have a clock in my room. I usually use my cell phone or computer for timekeeping, but I really need something I can look at. Preferably in big orange digital numbers. So, I'm going to hunt down a clock.

Drink more water. Yeah, this one needs WAY more work. I'd go a day doing better, then I'd forget for a day or two, then do better for a day, then forget for another few. I need to be more consistent with this one.

Freggies for main meals. This is easier for me. I've long ago switched my way of planning my meals, starting with vegetables and THEN deciding what meat/protein can compliment them. I have less control over this when it's not my night to cook dinner, but I usually plan the meals for the week, so vegetables mostly get done. Occasionally I have to remind the other cooks that there's a salad that's meant to go with dinner, so someone has to throw it together really quick.

I am also trying to think more positively. I've been ending most of my nights in either meditation or prayer. It's not necessarily helping with my quality of sleep, but it does make me feel better. More positive. So, I'm continuing to work on that.

This week marks my spring break. I really wish I was doing something fun and wonderful. I want to go strawberry picking in Carlsbad (San Diego), hiking at Torrey Pines, shopping at the San Diego Public Market (it's a permanent farmer's market), and eating at D.Z. Akins (Jewish deli/restaurant). I'm trying to convince my grandmother that we should go. Only problem, I realized, is I'd have to drive. But, my license expired on my birthday, all the way back in January! And since I don't drive here, I've had to reason to hurry and get it renewed. I'll be doing that, hopefully, this week also. If I can get my hair cut. Unfortunately for me, I am in this sh*tty little town where no one seems to realize what the word "break" means. BOTH my teachers assigned homework over the break. Seriously?! In the 2 years I was at the community college in San Diego, I was NEVER assigned work over a break! My stats instructor not only assigned a project, he assigned a GROUP project!!! REALLY! Come on, man. Not. Cool. I'm actually pretty p*ssed about it.

Sometime in the near future, I'll be getting ready to register for summer school, should I choose to take it. Right now that's my plan... I'm not 100%, but I only need 1 class to get the A.A. in Nutrition at my other school (so I'd just transfer over the credit). Unfortunately, that class is basic Chem (with lab). For summer school, it's 5 weeks, 4 days a week (M-Thu), for 5 hours a day! That sounds wicked brutal! I mean, I know I did my practicum for 13 weeks, 2 days a week, starting my day at 5am and traveling by public transit for 4-5 hours on those days, and not getting home until well after 6pm... But, still. 5 hours in 1 class?! Geezy creezy.

I also discovered, much to my dismay, that my current college does not offer a few of the classes I will be needing to take in preparation for the grad program I want to apply for. O-chem and possibly bio-chem. Super. Now I need a plan B. I'll either have to go back to San Diego earlier (thus less time to save up more money) or find a way to do them via distance ed. More fees to pay, more transcripts to transfer, bigger hassle. At least I have some time to figure it out.

I am still on the hunt for a job. Not much here. This area is #2 on the list of highest unemployment rates for the state. Awesome. I have so many skills and no where to utilize them. And I think I under-represent myself on my resume. I've kept it mainly to work experience, but I did a lot of great things in college that I should be listing and I don't. I just can't write a resume. I seriously suck at it. No wonder I've never been hired. In the meantime, I'm going to be taking an online seminar on blogging and seeing if there's anything I can do to make my current blog work for me and potentially bring in any income. It's no big deal if there isn't... that's not really my intent, but I do find the subject interesting, so it should be fun to just learn. I'm also trying to get my family on board to revamp our kitchen a bit so we can do some cottage food production and sell the goods at our local farmer's markets. We don't have many, but it seems to be an idea that's finally catching on in this area. I'm glad about it.

I've also been doing some gardening to have a bit of fun. I've got some watermelon seedlings potted and growing. A spaghetti squash plant that is now HUGE, but no blossoms yet. I planted radishes and am already harvesting them. Those little buggers are way more spicy than store bought! My jalapeno and bell pepper plants are still on the mend from horned worm attacks, but I do have a bell pepper going and some blossoms on each. Glad to see they're making a strong comeback. My eggplant is probably not going to survive. :-( I also planted some flowers to attract some bees over. There isn't much in my backyard to bring them around, so I have to make the effort.

Okay, this is long-winded enough. If you've made it this far, I commend you and am impressed! Let's do some summing up and we'll call it on this one:

emoticon At least 150 fitness minutes per week. Since I'm just restarting (and will be re-restarting after being sick) I'm setting this number kinda low. 150 minutes is 30 minutes a day, 5 days out of the week. Before I got sick, I was doing quite well with that. I think I can swing it again. Also, do the Tuff Butt April challenge with SD Sparks (on Facebook).

emoticon Be mindful of my night eating/binging. I eat dinner late (after 10pm) 3 nights out of the week due to my school schedule, and I'm a night owl anyway, so I'm trying to cut off any and all eating by midnight. That's a start. I can figure out from there my next step to tackling this problem.

emoticon Drink more water. Since I moved here, I've been drinking ridiculous amounts of water! Ridiculously SMALL amounts! Like, maybe 30oz a day. If that. And not much of anything else, so I know I'm dehydrated!

emoticon Freggies. Every meal. No excuses. Even if the rest of the family isn't eating veggies or fruit with their meals. Potatoes don't count, unless they've been prepared in a really healthy way. But, even then... They only count as half.

I would really, very much love my SparkFriends to help keep me accountable for these goals this month. Ask me (daily if anyone can, or at least every couple of days) about my progress on them. Remind me I have these goals! Encourage me! I promise to do the same for you if you ever need me to. Just gotta ask!

And I can't end a blog without a photo.

Believe it or not, this is her "happy" face... she had a belly full of salmon and was purring contentedly while laying on my belly.
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    Hey friend! What can I do to help you this month? Happy to look at your resume (since I have also been looking for a job for the longest time) or maybe join you for a hike later in the month. My month is filled and overflowing, but I'd love to reach out to you!
    1815 days ago
  • DAWNESS0404
    Today is my new start too. We can do this!!!
    1816 days ago
    It looks like we have similar goals for the month. it's spring time - anything is possible, right? All of these are reasonable goals. There's not much stopping you from drinking more water, and you are already on the right track with the fruits and vegetables, so that one will be easy, and since you have been thinking about the late night eating for awhile, you're more than halfway there on that one, too. The only big thing will probably be the 150 minutes - and that only because of school. But it's reasonable. We'll all be here, cheering you on!
    1816 days ago
    You've certainly had a full plate these last few weeks ! I'm glad you've finally gotten that cold/flu out of your system.

    And don't beat yourself up because you haven't found work yet. I'm still looking for work too ! It's a TOUGH economy. Too many highly qualified people fighting over too few jobs. Believe me, it's not you. I'm still having problems too.

    Do you have job counselors at the school ? If so, talk to them. Show them your resume and have them help you perk it up. Your professor is another good source for resume advice. talk to one you trust and get their opinion on ways to enhance that resume. I've had a couple of different IT professionals help me with my boring resume. My current resume is very different from the one I started with six months ago.
    These days, you need to have a couple of different resumes. One generic to pass out to places like Starbucks and at least one targeted resume specifically for the job you want. Don't be afraid to sell yourself because that's exactly what your resume is supposed to do i.e. show off your talents.

    Some days, you really do have to toot your own horn to get noticed. But once again, don't beat yourself up because you haven't found work yet. it really is tough out there.

    Oh and can you walk to school ? taking a 30 minute walk each day will certainly help those fitness minutes add up. And you might want to add a squeeze of fresh lime or lemon to your water to perk it up too. I know drinking water can be boring. that's why I also like having flavored sparkling waters.

    I love the idea of starting a little cottage industry !! That's how many companies got started.

    1816 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/1/2013 3:23:19 PM
  • NEWSGIRL2177
    Oh man! That 5-hour class sounds rough, but it would get it done much faster. Tough call!

    Make April your month, girl! WOOHOO! (I'm your cheering squad - high kick!)

    1817 days ago
    Keep up the positive attitude, Jill. you can do this! Oh, and if you ever want a DZ buddy, I can see the sign from my house. Live that place! And Groupon just had a deal!
    1817 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/1/2013 10:54:51 AM
    Hey Jill, I'm definitely rooting for you to have a kick butt April! I'll help to keep you accountable!!

    I'm annoyed for you that your teachers gave you homework over the break! It's called a break for a reason! :)

    Now, go drink some water! ;)
    1817 days ago
    If you are re-restarting, with basics, wouldn't it be wise to start with just one thing, then build? Go back to the baby steps basics until you get back in to the swing of it and make things habits? Just a random thought- don't overwhelm yourself. Hope you can find the classes you need- close by and reasonable. You can do it!
    1817 days ago
    Such a cute pic! My Prince Wills looks so grouchy but is the happiest little boy ever.
    1817 days ago
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  • CANDEE412
    Good Luck on your new month! emoticon
    1817 days ago
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