10 March 2012

Spring Break


So far it's off to a fabulous start. I slept in. Got up when I wanted to. Played games on the computer for a little bit. Worked out. Yes!!! Now I'm off to shower and then put some time in on my thesis. I have got to make serious progress this week and I need to start right now. So I will spend 4 hours on my thesis today. I'm going to try and organize my thoughts about my topic and see if I can't get started writing. I have to stop jumping all over the place - kind of like in my life. I need to find a thread and stick with it. Ohh, I think I just got an inspiration about how to go about this. Off now.....

09 March 2012

7 days


For 7 days this is what it's been doing here. Raining. A. Lot. There is lots of flooding and mud slides and rock slides and it is a giant mess. I haven't been able to ride my bike to work all week and I do not like it. I did ride it on Wednesday and that was awesome. But it has been raining so hard here in the mornings that the bike was out of the question. Hubby drove me to work every morning. Yuck. They even closed school early one day because of the rain. Yuck, I say, Yuck!!! I am tired of wet and cold and I'm ready for some sun. That should happen in a couple of days. I can not wait!!!!!

So I haven't ridden my bike all week and I feel like a giant slug. I feel like I'm huge and flabby and I don't like the feeling at all. Also, I am now on spring break. Breaks generally mean a drop in activity level. I really, really, really need to not let that happen. I only have a week and I need it to be a very active, productive week. If it's not I may have to spend a couple of days reading apidextra reviews because I will have a whole lot more weight to lose.

In order to not gain a ton of weight, I really need to have a plan, a routine, a structure to my day. Left to my own devices I will do a whole lot of nothing. That's not good. I have 4 things I want to accomplish over break. I want to make huge progress on my thesis. I want to work out everyday. I want to start running. And I want to work on training the dogs. That's all. I will also allow plenty of time for naps and watching trashy TV. So I want to work out early in the morning - Boot Camp. I want to work on my thesis for 4 hours a day. I'm thinking 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. The dog training will take place all day at various times. The running, I'm thinking about afternoons for that. So my day would look something like this:

-Boot Camp 30 minutes
-Dog training 10 minutes
-Thesis 120 minutes
-Dog training 10 minutes
-Lunch/Nap/TV 60 minutes
-Thesis 120 minutes
-Run 30 minutes
-Dog Training 10 minutes
-Dog Walk 90 minutes


That is 8 hours!!! I still have the evenings to do anything. I like that plan. I like it a lot. I will treat break like it is my job. I like it!!!

04 March 2012

Moving forward


Hmmm...that seems to be another theme with me. Anyway, now that a whole lot of that nonsense has been settled - at least for now - it's time to move forward and put this all behind us. Sidebar: am I wrong for not completely trusting these people? Am I wrong for thinking that their break with reality can happen again and that I need to watch for it? I got the impression that some people think I am wrong but am I really? Back on topic. Yesterday was a good day. Probably one of the best in a long, long time. I went to WW in the morning. Then cleaned the house and did some laundry. Spent the afternoon taking it easy - okay, napping on the couch. We walked the dogs, had dinner and watched Rise of the Planet of the Apes. It was really a great day and it felt awesome to be "normal" again. I'm looking forward to another nice day today.

I leave for Indianapolis in 3 weeks and I need to lose some weight so I can fit into some long pants I have. It's going to be cold there. Right now it's 32F with light snow. Hello!!! I'm from Hawaii!! I'm not going to last 10 minutes there. So I need to fit into at least some of my long pants. I don't want to buy new since I don't wear them much here. Towards that end, I will be following WW religiously for the next 3 weeks. Tracking everything I eat. Focusing on fruits and veggies. Weighing and measuring everything. If I can drop 5-7 lbs in the next 3 weeks, I will have 4 or 5 pairs of pants that will fit me. I get plenty of cardio between riding my bike to work and home and walking the dogs, but I need to add in some weights. I'm going to investigate some weight programs and try to find one that is not too long that I can do at night. I figure if I can do weights while I watch TV that should work.

Other than that, I need to finish the laundry, clean the bathroom, get clothes ready for the week - I have to iron my pants, I can not stand them when they are not ironed - and I think I need to get a nap in. Oh yeah, I need to find a vlc free download for my laptop. There are some things that won't play on my laptop and someone recommended that to me. I'll have to go research it and see if I can find it. Sounds like an awesome day to me..

Gambling


Is a huge topic here in Hawaii. Huge!!! People who live here love to gamble. LOVE IT!!!! We even call Las Vegas the 9th Hawaiian Island. People from Hawaii go there so often that you can actually find deals to Vegas cheaper then almost anywhere else. It's crazy. And while they love to go to Vegas and gamble in person, they will gamble just about any way they can. Poker nights are huge - hell, there's one at my house every Tuesday and the guys really, really look forward to that. Fantasy football is big. So is online sports betting. Seriously big. Now in the interest of full disclosure, I myself am not a gambler. I will gamble with a lot of things; my time, my energy, my creativity; but not my money. But I do understand the attraction of it. The few times I have gambled, I have really enjoyed when I won - the rush of winning is awesome. And that may be why I stay away from it, because I could grow to like it too much.

There is a lot of talk here about allowing casinos. People here spend so much money in Vegas that they think if we build casinos here they will spend their money here. I'm not sure that's true, let me explain. Living here on an island things are expensive. Very, very expensive. Housing is among the highest in the nation. Food costs are astronomical. Gas is completely insane. It's expensive to live here. Also, we don't have things that they have on the mainland. Trader Joe's, Kohl's, and a bunch of other stores. So when people go to Vegas, gambling is not the only reason. They go to gamble and to visit all the stores we don't have here and get things we can't get. If they just wanted to gamble they can do that online. They can go to a bet calculator and figure out how much to bet, how much they would win, what the spread is, etc. And like I said, there are poker nights all over if they want the live action of gambling with other people. I'm not sure that people go to Vegas just to gamble. I think there are more underlying motives that lawmakers are missing. Of course I think that about a lot of things with lawmakers.

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....