26 September 2009

Fall Break Day 1

Today is the first day of my 2 week fall break.  In the past it would have gone like this: 
- the first few days I would be active, working out and doing things around the house.
- by about the 4th or 5th day I would begin to slow down, sleep later, not do quite so much, etc....
- by the 10th or 12th day I would be getting bored and boredom leads to eating and doing nothing.
- by the end of the 2 weeks I realized that I had wasted it and pretty much got nothing done.

This time it is going to be different.  I have a list of projects I want to do, some fun, some not so fun, some that are in the house, some that will take me out of the house.  I have school work to do, both for the classes I teach and the class I attend.  I have books to read, both for fun and for work. I have physical things to do and non-physical things. I'm going to make some doctor appointments and get all caught up health maintenance. I may even go to the dentist.  I hate the dentist in a completely unreasonable way but I know I have to do it.  Maybe I'll even look into Plano porcelain veneers who knows. Most important is I have a plan.

For the next two weeks I am going to be active, productive, and busy. I will not find myself spending time on the couch unless I'm reading something or working on the computer.  Also, I will be limiting my time on the computer for the next two weeks.  I'm allowed on in the morning while I drink my coffee and at the end of the day when I recap the day.  That's it. During the day the computer stays off.  I know myself too well and the computer is one of the biggest time-sucks in my life.

Not only will I be keeping busy with chores and projects and such, I plan to eat right and workout.  This actuallly goes hand in hand with the keeping busy.  As long as I'm busy I have no problem eating right.  It's when I get bored that the sugar cravings hit.  Well, not this time.  My basic plan is to work out in the mornings,  take a bike ride in the middle of the day, workout again in the evenings. The workouts in the mornings and evenings are flexible.  I may go running, swimming, do aerobics, whatever.  The bike ride in the middle of the day is kind of set, I want to get back into biking and forcing myself to do it for awhile is about the only way.  I also want to get back into running but I'm at my highest weight in years and would like to lose a few pounds before I start running.  Over the next 2 weeks I'd like to lose 5-8 lbs.  I'm fairly confident I can do it and if I do I will start running again.  I want next year to be a running/triathlon year.  Finally, the working out a lot will increase my energy.  I know that the first couple of days it's really going to make me tired, but that's okay.  Once that passes I know that I'll have a ton of energy and that's what I'm looking for.  Also, I need the workout habit.  Once the energy increases, and I lose a couple of pounds, it will be easier to get up in the morning and workout.  It will also be easier to workout when I get home from work.

I realize this post is getting very long and I need to get started on my program so I'll end here.  I'll post tonight how the day went.  

24 September 2009

That is it, I am done

Seriously, I'm done.  I know I've said it before but this time I really mean it.  Really.  I'm done. I know this is not going to make much sense I just need to get it all sorted out in my head before I go shooting my mouth off. 

In other news, I am on the verge of two weeks off.  This teaching thing is wicked cool.  Tomorrow is St. Francis feast day and we are spending the day playing games in the park, eating lunch, and listening to a concert.  After the kids are dismissed at 2 pm it's time for the adults to party.  There will be food and drinks after school is done.  Then it's 2 weeks off.  I really, really love my job :) 

Tomorrow I will post my plans for the 2 weeks and what I'm so done with. 

23 September 2009

Did you know...

....there's 100 days left in 2009. 

.....it's going to end whether I do anything or not.

......this was a year of great change for me.

.....I started off the year unemployed.

....I want to end it with a real bang.

.....not sure what the means exactly

.....but I'm willing to give it some thought.

...stay tuned......

22 September 2009

I knew it had to happen eventually

In all my years of computing, and I've been online before there was an online, I have never had any real computer problems.  I was always able to nurse a dying computer along long enough to get everything I wanted off it.  Well, my good luck streak finally broke over the weekend.  My desktop just died.  Just up and died.  No warning, no problems, no indication at all.  I went to turn it on Saturday and nothing.  Just nothing.  It was kind of funny because I just sat there looking at it like huh????  I didn't know what to do.  I'm good with computers, I can figure out any program you throw at me, I can learn quickly.  Hardware??  I'm a dummy. So today I took it in to SuperGeeks to have it looked at.  $150 for them to diagnose it and fix it - not including parts.  {sigh}  Oh well, things happen. But as a result I've been semi-computerless through the weekend.  I do have a laptop and a netbook but all my info in on my desktop.  I had to find time to sit down and enter all my info in the laptop.  Luckily I know it all or I really would have been screwed.  It just took a little time to get it all straightened out.  I got all my regular sites loaded and all the contact stuff I needed. I remembered all my passwords and even the name of the Oakland motorcycle accident lawyer that I had spoken to. Now things are back to normal and I can continue on my with my Interweb routines. I do love my routines....

20 September 2009

So what today?

It's Sunday.  I have one more week of school then I have 2 weeks off.  You have no idea how excited I am about it all.  Also, this week is really only a 4 day week.  Friday is St. Francis feast day and we are going to the park to play games and have a concert.  Fun.....

As for me I would like to do like I did last week again.  In the mornings do 30 mins on the elliptical and then do 30 minutes of Jillian at night.  I like the way it made me feel and working out twice a day really helps me keep my eating in line.  Also, it really helps boost my metabolism, I can feel it.  So that's the plan.  For the two weeks I'm off I plan to up the workouts to 3 a day.  An early morning workout, a mid-day bike ride, and an evening strength session. I don't plan on killing myself on any of the workouts I just want to keep moving.  I also plan on doing some cleaning around the house, that should keep me from sitting on my butt all day - which is a distinct possibility.  It's either keep busy or get an  appetite suppressant because if I'm around the house I'm tempted to eat.

Okay. I sat on my butt, or back, most of yesterday so I need to get moving and do something today. I'm off.

Monsoon season has arrived

and we got our first rain yesterday. Actually, it's still raining a little this morning. It wasn't a lot of rain, but it was rain....