27 December 2008

Back to what I was saying....

Last night I sat down to write a really good post. I was talking about a bunch of different things and doing some thinking, etc. It was really good. Then the power went off. Here it is 19 hours later and it's finally back on. And for some reason Blogger didn't save a draft of my post. Ugh!!! I'm not going to try and recreate it since I don't feel the same way I did last night. Ugh!!!

Anyway, I hope everyone had a great Christmas. Wait, did I say that already??? The good news is after my workout yesterday the headache was banished. I tried to go to the mall yesterday since my bank is in the mall and I need to deposit my bonus check. I drove around of 20 minutes and could not find a parking spot. This mall is not that popular. All the secret out of the way spots that no one parks at were even full. It was crazy. So I didn't get to the bank. I haven't gone today since this side of the island was without power until very recently. I don't know if they will open or not.

For Christmas Hubby got me a bluetooth headset for my phone. I've never been big on those bluetooth things, but let me tell you..... I love it. I have the Instinct from Sprint and while I love the phone for all the cool things it does, talking on it is a pain. It's hard to hold, it's kind of like holding a deck of cards to your ear. Very annoying. But the bluetooth?? Absolutely fabulous. I can't believe how cool it is. I love it. I don't think I've been this happy with a Christmas gift in a long time. Not that Hubby doesn't choose good gifts. He really does. But this one takes the cake. It's almost as good as the Christmas we went looking at engagement rings. That's a story, our engagement ring. I should tell you all some day, it was wild. But not today. I've cleaned bird cages, read 2 books, I think I'll venture out of the house for a while.

26 December 2008

Hope everyone had a really nice Christmas. Now it's time to recover. I have off today and am not sure what I'm going to do with myself. I had thought of going to the mall only to realize they would be insane today. I may do a little cleaning and organizing around here. I don't know. I do know that I'm going for a short run and then doing some weights. Or is it doing weights and then running. I think the weights come first. After that it's wide open. Hubby is working so it's just me and the animals.

I woke up around 5 am with a headache. I still have it now. I don't know why. Usually if I get a headache I can trace it to something I ate or drank or did. Not this time. I think it may be a combination of lack of water, too much dessert, and too many naps the last two days. Basically a slothiness headache. So my goal today is to get rid of it and be active and drink lots of water. Easy.

I guess that's about it for now. I should get moving before I give in to the sloth inside.

24 December 2008

The first step

was an easy 2 mile run this morning. No record breaking time here, just an easy lope through the neighborhood. I did 2 miles in 28 minutes with a couple of short walk breaks. Not bad. A good place to start anyway.

One thing that I forget when I don't run is how good running makes me feel. I feel like a total rock star after 2 miles. It clears the mind, opens the lungs, gets the blood flowing, it's absolutely awesome. It hurts yes, but the good far outweighs the pain of running.

One thing I remembered when I was running (and I'll have to dig up old journals to verify this) was that the last time I was supremely happy with my body was when I was running a lot. I was running a race at least every other weekend (5 & 10ks). I was running during the week consistently. I was strength training but mainly as a way to improve my running. Also, I was working out for the sheer joy of it. I loved moving my body and sweating. As a result of this it was also the time when I was at my lowest weight in recent history. So I'm going back to that place. I love running so I'm going to make it my main activity. I enjoy weight training so that will play a big roll. I love biking and that's a good cross trainer. I also want to get in some Pilate's and yoga but I'll have lots of free time after next week :)

The first race of the year is a 10k and I'm not ready for that but the next race, Jan 11, is a 5k. I'll be ready for that one. There is a race every month until April then there is almost a race every weekend. So that's what I'm shooting for. Running. Run, Forest, Run......

23 December 2008

Some Decisions

After I wrote my last post I got to thinking. Thinking about the time I will have on my hands. The opportunity to work on my health and fitness in that time. The chance to work on me a little bit. Thinking about what I want to do. How I want to workout. What my goals are. I haven't worked it all out but I've made some progress.

I had wanted to do the 10k on New Years Day but when my knee started acting up I sidelined running, so that's out. My next event is the Great Aloha Run. This will be my 15th, and last, time doing this race. I really want to do it well. It's an 8.2 mile race and I have a goal of 1 hour 20 minutes. That should be fairly easy. I've sat tonight and worked out a training plan to get me there.

So I'm making slow progress. It starts with baby steps.

The Eve of the Eve

Here we are..... face to face with the holidays. This is a strange year. I don't get into the holidays much since the kids grew up but this year so much is happening. As of next Wednesday I'll technically be unemployed. I'm so looking forward to it. Weird, I know. I have decided where I want my life to go and this is forcing me to do it and not just dream about it. I'm excited. I'm also looking forward to moving to the mainland. I see snow and get all excited about next year. Next year is going to be a year of changes. It's exciting and scary and I can't wait.

Along those lines..... It's just about a week since my revelation. In that time I haven't done much since I was trying to get my head on straight. I need to get back on track. I have 4 days off this week and after Wednesday I'm free and clear. So it's time to get real again. I've outlined things I'm not willing to do but I need to get back to what I am willing to do. Since I'm only working until noon tomorrow I'm going to get up in the morning and workout. It's a start. I need to work out a program. I want to start seriously running again and weights are definitely necessary. Of course, since I'm unemployed maybe I can fit in 2 workouts a day for a while. How fun. So tomorrow we get things rolling.

22 December 2008

Turn and face the change

New Beginnings

This sign is in front of a house down the street from me. That sign has been there since we moved here in 2006. I don't know why it's there. I don't know what it means. But I'm glad it's there. Every time I see it reminds me that every day, every moment is a new beginning. What you did just one second ago has no bearing on what you can do in one second from now. So just because something has always been one way doesn't mean you can't change it.

This year this is especially true. My career will be changing. My job will be changing. My family will be changing. And hopefully my home state will be changing. It's looking to be a very exciting year. Lots of changes and new experiences. I'm really looking forward to it. And as we approach Christmas that just means that the changes are that much closer.

What is that Chinese curse?? May you live in interesting times!! I guess it all in how you look at it whether it's a curse or not.

21 December 2008

Hmmm... yesterday

Yesterday was a planned non-eventful day. I really had nothing big at all on the agenda and that's exactly what I accomplished. It was perfect. We did end up at the mall for a little bit but that was about it. I did some behind the scenes work on my blogs yesterday and in the afternoon just goofed off. I read, watched TV, hung out with Sammy. It was perfect.

Today will not be so much fun. I have to clean this house, since it didn't get cleaned last week, and get some laundry done, and straighten up my dresser, and then go to a christening later. No laying around being a bum today :(

You may have noticed there has been no working out in there. not because of any problem or any planned reason, it just didn't happen and that's okay. Sometimes you just need a little break. Of course, cleaning this place with all the animal cages and stuff turns into quite a little workout, so maybe that will count.

Well, I'm off. Things to do....

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