Thursday, July 25, 2013
Good morning everyone!
What can I say, blogging once a week is about all I can tolerate at this instant. I'm killing myself at work trying to put in as much overtime as possible to accrue vacation time so as not to be forced into taking DragonCon off unpaid. So, for example, I came in on Sunday from 3:30 to 8 and worked on stuff. The problem is that only billable work is supposed to count toward my overtime. so, while I have already put in 5.5 hours of OT and yielded 2.75 hours of PTO for my efforts - if there isn't an onslaught of billable hours I will have a very difficult time making up all the time I need in order to not take a few days unpaid.
So far I am estimating that in less than ideal conditions I need between 16 and 24 hours of accrued PTO. So far I have managed 8. So, I'm halfway to my minimum goal. I'd be willing to take a half day unpaid so I can leave on Wednesday afternoon. We have a very long drive down to Atlanta and leaving on Wednesday allows us to get to the Convention and rest up before the festivities. Of course, all the plans right now have me coming back to work the day after the convention - in which case I will be useless. This is not how I planned for things to go down.
Between my Dad's health issues and my own surgery my 3 weeks of time off has melted away. It is what it is. The good news is I already put my student loans into forebarence so any additional financial consequences of my year of tough luck won't ding my credit.
In terms of how I've been keeping up with the lifestyle, I'm going to say I've done pretty crappy. I haven't tracked anything since my last blog and I've developed some nasty habits.
First I'm finding it impossible to get up on time for work. Hello sleeping until 7:45.. This means I'm not only getting to pay $14 a day to park in the close parking lot; but, I'm missing out on 2 miles of daily walking.
Second, since I'm running late, I'm enabling myself to stop at Dunkin Donuts each morning on the way. After all, I'm not walking past my bagel shop. So, not only am I not getting the benefit of the walking I feel like I'm doing more caloric damage (It's really only a 25 calorie difference between my bagel thin and a donut; but, still..)
Then, on top of all that I haven't been leaving my desk over lunch to get my walks in. So, there goes another 60 minutes of exercise.
Let's not even talk about my less than wholesome dinners, candy jar mayhem, and lack of self control in pretty much any food related context.
All of this has amounted to a gain of 5-6lbs over time.
What have I learned? That my bad habits are not only hard to break; but, they're going to land me back in the land of 190 in no time. That idea doesn't make me happy. Not even a little bit. So, I'm going to do everything I can to get back to it. The goal, right now, is to be around 180 for Labor Day. That's all I want.
What I am glad to report is that I'm back in my contact lenses with no pain, discomfort, or issues. I still have an air bubble in my eye, so that makes my vision a little bit distorted (And full of glares); but, I FEEL better with my contacts rather than my glasses. It's nice to have that one little thing to be back to normal.
The next doctor's appointment is in August. I'm hoping he tells me I'm allowed to run by then. As you can see, I've updated my race listing on my page to reflect everything I've dropped out of as well as what I still have on the charts. I feel confident I'll make it to the November races - the Liberty Mile is the one that I think I may still need to drop, unfortunately.
Alright - I'm going to go for my walk. Sure, it means I'm going to be at work until 6PM; but, I'm not giving up anymore of my accrued overtime/ my fitness goals. I can stay late. It won't kill me.