11 June 2011

A new plan

The plan I had clearly is not working. Last week I worked out 3 times. That is better than not working out at all, but I want to work out more. Also, I have things I need to work on that are not getting done. So it's time for a new plan. Here goes will I talk it out.....

I get up around 6 every morning, make coffee and feed the birds. By 6:30 I'm ready to sit down and drink my coffee. It is at this point that I usually get on the computer and see what happened overnight and in the early morning hours. Sometimes I spend only 15 minutes, other times I can be there an hour or more. If I manage to drag myself away, I workout. If I don't get away from it I don't workout. That has to change. So starting tomorrow, no online stuff in the morning. I will get up as usual, make coffee, feed the birds, and sit outside to drink my coffee. After no more than 30 minutes - or at 7 am - I will workout. If I manage to workout I will frequently sit down at the computer when done and blog about it. That can lead to another 1-2 hours on the computer and my morning is shot. Starting tomorrow, if I feel the need to blog after a good workout, I will blog on my phone. Not as fun to use and I generally try to get it done quicker.

So that takes care of the morning problems. After workout, breakfast and shower I will usually sit down at the computer and burn more time. Also, between these tasks I will check the computer frequently burning 10-15 minutes 3 or 4 times in a morning. That time all adds up. That stops completely. Instead of burning all that time on the computer, I will spend that time doing what I need to do. The schedule will look like this:

  • Up at 6 am
  • Make coffee, feed birds
  • Sit outside with dogs at 6:30 to enjoy coffee
  • 7 am - workout
  • 8 am - train Bella
  • 8:30 - shower, eat breakfast
  • 9 am - prep for the day, work on thesis
  • 10 am - leave for school 
  • 11 - 1 - teach
  • 1:45 - back home, have lunch, work on thesis
  • 3:45 - leave for work 
  • 10 - come home go to bed
Another thing I have to cut out is the naps.  I take way too many naps during the day.  If I work out particularly hard, I will take a nap in the morning.  Before I leave to work at Walgreen's, I will frequently nap in the afternoons.  There really is no need for that at all.  If I eat dinner at work, I come home and go straight to bed. That gives me 6.5 to 7 hours sleep. More than enough for me.   I have things I want to get done and I need to work hard to get them done.  So that's my plan.  I will check email and FB on my phone.  I will probably stop playing the games, I just don't have time. 

There it is. Time to get serious.  I want to finish my thesis this summer and submit my application for the PhD program in the fall.  In order to do that I have to work  - hard!!!  So there it is.  No more fun on the computer until I make some serious progress on the thesis. 

08 June 2011


Workout update:

Last time I did Bob's Cardio was on Sunday and I suffered through it. I had to reduce my weights to 3 lbs and I thought I was going to throw up a lung. There were some moves I could not do at all and basically had to sit out. Well today - wow!!! I used the 5 lb weights through the whole thing. I did every move - although I may not have done as many as the DVD people did - I did them!! And I felt pretty darn good through the whole thing. I was pushing myself, but I was strong enough to push through it and not barf up my lungs doing it. Awesome!! It really is amazing how quickly the body responds when given the right stimulus. This success just motivates me a whole lot and I want to keep going to see how far I can take it. Enough for now, I have other things on my to-do list, but I feel awesome and proud of myself. I rocked it!!!!!

Just passing through

Thought I'd pop in real quick before I start my day. Summer school begins today and I have to work tonight. In my mind I keep thinking that it will be a busy day. Yet, when I look at it logically, I will have hours of open time. So it's not going to be that busy. What I need to do is reframe the way I look at my day. I have plenty of time to do everything I want, and need, to do, I just need to get the busy part out of my head. Today looks like this:

  • Workout from 7 - 8 
  • Train Bella from 8 - 8:30
  • Shower, eat breakfast
  • Get ready for summer school 9 - 9:30 
  • Head out to school 10
  • Teach 11-1
  • Head home 1:15
  • Stop at the bank 1:45
  • Eat lunch 2ish
  • Open market 3ish
  • Work   4-10
There is a little bit of down time built into that schedule and some things won't take as long as I've indicated. So I need to just chill and roll with the day.  Right now I need to work out so I'm off. 

07 June 2011

Quick Update

Saturday I worked out twice and felt really good. Sunday I got up and was sore, but it was a good sore so I worked out again. By Sunday night my back was killing me. Not only my back but my periformis in my butt, my shoulder, my arm, clearly I had done something that was throwing my entire right side out of whack. I didn't sleep well Sunday night and so I wisely decided to rest yesterday. By last night the back, shoulder and legs were feeling much better. I slept pretty good last night but I've still got some weird back pain going on this morning. I have decided to take another day off. I have to go to school today and I have to work tonight, so it's not like I'll be laying around all day doing nothing. I would rather take a day or so off now than to really injure myself and be laid up all summer. So that's it for now. I have a bunch of school work to do and I need to get it all done before 10 am - so I am 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....