22 January 2011

Slowly returning to normal

After almost 2 weeks of not feeling good, I do believe I am on the mend. On Thursday, my 2nd day of missed work, I drew a mental line in the sand and said "no more!!!!" I was done being sick. I got some activity on Thursday, not much, and did start to feel better. I went to school on Friday and it was a looooooong day. But I made it through. Last night I was very, very tired so went to bed early and slept pretty good. This morning I got up and walked over to Body Pump then walked home. Still got the sinus congestion thing going on but it's not bad. Another day of eating right and resting and I should be fine. Tomorrow I have an 8k in the morning. I'm using that as a start to my serious half marathon/marathon training. I'll do 8k on Sunday, then on Wednesday kick in the real training plan. I want to run 3-4 days a week. I'm looking at Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with a long run on Sunday. But we will see what the body thinks of that. In the weight department, I do believe I'm down to where I started. I lost 3 lbs the first week of WW, then I went up 2 lbs, then I got sick and (according to my scale) went up 3 more lbs. Well, this morning my scale says I'm back to where I started WW at. Not great but I guess it's better than the gain staying. Okay, time to shower and maybe grab a little rest.

20 January 2011

14 weeks

Until my marathon. It just hit me. What the hell am I thinking? I have no time at all to waste on anything but running. I have no excuse for not getting up in the morning. I have a marathon in 14 weeks. I have a half in 12 weeks but that is totally doable. But a full in 14 weeks. Yikes. I don't know exactly how it got away from me so quickly, but it did and I need to get back in control. So, it's time to throw off the restraints of illness. I need to get out there and run. Starting tomorrow morning. I'm going to get up every morning at 4:30 am and get out. I'll run 2-3 days a week and I'll walk the other days. I wish I could take a dog with me, that would make it really fun. I also need to get really, really serious about getting this weight off. No more screwing around with the points. I will stick to my points and eat healthy. Wow, I can not believe I have a marathon in 14 weeks. I can do this, I can do this, I can do this.....

Coffee

I love coffee. I mean I REALLY love coffee. Sometimes nothing is better than a good cup of coffee. But I'm also discriminate. I won't drink just any coffee. In fact, I generally only drink one cup a day in the morning. That's the cup I need to get me going. If I do have another cup during the day it has to be good. Like Starbucks or something. I will not waste time or effort on nasty coffee. Ever. So I always have a coffee pot at home and coffee in the freezer. The other day Hubby said that someone had donated a coffee maker to the club but the club didn't want it, did he want it? I was like meh, but when he said it had an espresso maker I was sold. If there's something I like even better than coffee, it's espresso. So he brought it home and it's big and takes up a lot of counter space. It's rather complicated and I had to read the instructions to figure out how to make coffee. Yesterday I used it for the first time and all I can say is Oh! My! God! The coffee that comes out of this thing is so smooth and delicious. There is no after bite at all. It is absolutely awesome. I only put creamer in my coffee and you only need a little bit. It is so good. Here is the beast on my counter:

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I have no idea what something like this costs. I just looked it up on Amazon and it's about $150 machine. But it is worth every penny. The coffee is so good it's not funny. I guess in some things it's worth it to spend the money and buy the best. Somethings you can get by with cheap imitations like an iPod or a purse. But other things it is worth it to go for the best you can afford, like rifle scopes or running shoes.

So, if you are looking for a really, really good coffee maker I highly recommend this one. Oh, yeah, and we are not even using expensive coffee. We just buy the coffee that's on sale every week. Luckily we live in Hawaii so Kona coffee is generally the stuff on sale. But still, I bet this could make Yuban or Folger's taste really, really good.

19 January 2011

Still sick

Woke up this morning with no voice. Since I have to lecture today for 4 hours, no voice is definitely not a good thing. I called in sick and am sitting at home. I'm feeling a lot better but definitely still have a pretty bad head cold. But I've decided to take the bull by the horns and start acting kind of normal. First, I'm back to eating right and tracking my food. I figure I'll get better faster if I feed my body the right kind of food. Plus I feel like hell from not eating right so let's eliminate that problem. Second, I'm going to get a lot of rest today. Like all day reading and snoozing. I want to kick this thing and I really think if I give my body the right tools, food and sleep, it will do it. So I'm off to make a good, hearty breakfast and then to lie in bed and read. Can't wait....

18 January 2011

Seriously, I'm done with being sick.

I have now had sinus issues for at least a week. That's a long time. I'm tired of having sinus pain and breathing issues. I'm done. I went to work today because if I didn't I would not have gotten paid for the holiday yesterday. So I went and it was hard but I made it through. I'm feeling a bit better now and I'm hoping a good night's sleep with put me back on the road to wellness. I want to work out. I want to get back to healthy eating. I want to feel normal again. Ugh!!!!!

I also need to get well because I need to pick up a second job. Teaching just does not pay enough. I'm looking at anything even production jobs. If it fits my schedule I'll consider it. But I can't do that if I'm sick.

Along those lines, we have a new teacher at work who was a sub for another teacher that developed cancer. The teacher with cancer decided not to come back so the sub was hired full time. The new teacher took off this week because her father is ill in Florida. I understand wanting to go and be with him but you just started a new job. Yikes. I have a hard time doing things like that. I would have taken about 3 days and gone to visit, she's taking a week and a half. Yikes.

Okay, enough of this nonsense. I'm off to get some more rest.

17 January 2011

Sick

That's me and I do not like it. I do not like being sick. I do not give in to sickness easily. I fight it tooth and nail. But this I could not fight. I was knocked down today. Hard. I haven't been feeling good for a couple of days. I've had post nasal drip and some sinus issues. Well, this morning I woke up with a full blown head cold. I got up and walked the dogs, had breakfast and fell asleep on the couch. After about an hour or so I got up and moved to the bedroom. I then slept for another 1 1/2 hours. I did feel much better when I woke up so that was good. And I'm feeling better as the night goes on. The thing is I can't take off tomorrow or I don't get paid for today. That. Sucks.

When I'm sick, needless to say, I don't workout but my eating becomes funky too. I will not be hungry then all of a sudden be starving. So I can go for 5-6 hours without eating then, without warning, be so hungry I could eat raw meat. As a result I don't count points or even track. Definitely not worth the effort. After a day or so of this, I'll be looking for safe diet pills that work. I'm planning on tomorrow being back to normal and right back on track with the food thing. Let's hope so anyway.

16 January 2011

Called on account of rain

Here in Hawaii we are very spoiled. We have nice weather so often that a little bad weather can just get us down. This morning I was supposed to go ride with some friends but I woke up and it looked like rain. There is no way I am riding in the rain so I bailed on the ride. Don't know if they went, don't know if it rained on them but I did not want to get wet.

Since I stayed home I decided to play DDR. I love that game and I just don't have enough time to play it as much as I want to. So I played for about an hour and oh what fun!!! I really love that game. I think if I did that more I wouldn't need more fat burner supplements. It is a fun, sweaty mess and I love it.

Now I have to get ready to head off to a bird club meeting. I'm not looking forward to that. It's going to be boring and I'm not in the mood for boring today. Not sure why, I'm just not. So I better get ready for that....

Food was really good yesterday even though I was hungry all day. I did really good until dinner, then I went over my points a bit. But the damage wasn't serious so I'll survive the week. Today is looking better already, I'm not near as hungry as I was yesterday. Good sign...

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