01 June 2013

A plan



I believe that I have a plan. I did some thinking last night about what I wanted to accomplish over this break. I figure if I don't know the end goal, I can't make a map to get there. I have identified two major goals. I want to lose 20 pounds and I want to be able to run for 30 minutes straight - without pain and agony. I figured those are good, solid goals, that are pretty clearly defined and have a definite end point.

The 20 pounds in 2 months might be difficult, but it is not impossible. I have lost 10 pounds in a month, fairly easily, so this should be completely doable. The running is also something that is completely doable, I just need to work at it regularly to accomplish it.

So those are my goals, now I need a way to get there. I know this sounds a little crazy, but I'm really thinking of going to Crossfit 6 times a week. I will be home - a lot - and will have plenty of time for naps and rest. In fact, the vast majority of my day will be spent sitting on my butt working on school work. Since the amount of time I will spend not moving will far outweigh the amount of time I will be Crossfitting, I think it will work out. But ultimately, I will listen to my body and let it dictate how often I work out. Running on the other hand, will be done every other day. For at least the first few weeks. Again, letting my body dictate how often I do it.

The last piece of the puzzle is food. Since I will be home a lot more, I will make more of my own foods and control what I eat. It will be Paleo but not so strict I get crazy. I am going to allow myself some honey and maple syrup once in a while for sweetness. Basically I am avoiding wheat and sugar. I ordered this:



Because there are times when I am tempted to eat pasta and rice just to have something to put meat or gravy on. So this will be well used in my house. This will work much better than a slicer from martorusa.com :) Also, time to break out the food processor again. I haven't used it in a couple of weeks, just too tired or busy. So back to homemade dressings and sauces.

So it begins today. This morning I Crossfit. Tomorrow I start my running. Oh yeah, I'm also in a sit-up challenge. I will be doing 3,000 sit ups in the month of June. That starts today also. It's going to be a good month.

31 May 2013

It's a whole new start



Today is the lsst day of the Paleo Challenge I was in. I dropped out long ago due to pressures of school ending. May is just incredibly busy and trying to do a Paleo challenge during it was stupid. So I'm out. But guess what? May is over. So is school. Today was the last day of May and the last day of school. Cool. I'm done. Yes, I am teaching summer school, but that isn't even real. I work for 3 hours and can leave as soon as I'm done. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. So I'm done and it's time to relax.

That all means that tomorrow is June 1. I love me some new beginnings. New week. New month. New year. Whatever, I love new starts. So with school ending and June starting, I think it's time for a new start. A new program. A new challenge. I'm not sure exactly what I want to do yet, but a serious, hard-ass goal is in order. It will involve Crossfit. And running. And eating. I'm excited and I'm off to work out the details. I'll fill you in later.

30 May 2013

Cookies and donuts



Seriously!!! It feels like that's all I've been eating lately. It's not true, but it feels that way. I have let the perfect storm knock me around and out for a bit. It started with Murph on Monday. Crossfit has what they call the hero workouts. Murph is a classis and one that it seems all Crossfits do for Memorial Day. It's a 1 mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 squats, followed by a 1 mile run. I did that. Only I did an 800 meter run, not 1 mile. But for the next two days my legs were killing me. My quads and calves were so tight I could hardly walk. They were causing my knee to swell, it was brutal. Also, this is the last week of school and it's been a little crazy. I have projects to grade and final grades to enter and a room to clean and summer school to prep for..Plus I'm starting my new classes....It's a lot of pressure. I have not been to Crossfit since Monday. As a result, more cookies and donuts have snuck their way into my mouth then should be allowed. I feel like the Pillsbury dough boy, soft and squishy. But I'm not going to let it keep me down.

Tomorrow night it's back to Crossfit. On Sunday I start my running program. I will be a runner by the end of the summer. I'm going to do Crossfit 5 or 6 days a week and run 3 to 4 days a week. I'm looking forward to 8 weeks of brutal workouts, eating right, and lots of naps and rest. It sounds perfect to me.

I have other plans too. I'm redoing the room I'm sitting in right now. My computer room has become a disaster. I'm getting rid of my desk and building a new one. I have the wood outside that I have to stain and varnish. I really need to get a couple 3m n95 for the fumes. I hate breathing those fumes. I also want to redo the spare room. It has rapidly become a junk room, time to clean it out.

So those are my summer plans. Oh, I also plan on getting in some beach time too. I'm thinking of heading to the beach at least 2 or 3 times a week. I totally can not wait.....

27 May 2013

Parents



Last night was our schools graduation. I was in charge of the ushers and the door. The graduation starts at 5 pm. At 4:50 pm we close and lock the doors so that the graduates can get into position. At 4:40 pm I went around outside telling people the doors were closing in 10 minutes. At 4:45 pm I went around outside telling people the doors were closing in 5 minutes. At 4:48 pm I went around telling people the doors were closing in 2 minutes. At 4:54 pm I closed the doors. People were yelling and crying that they needed to get inside. I tried to explain that the graduates have to line up and go. The ceremony has started. One man, on the inside, kept telling me that there were people still trying to park. I said they should have gotten here earlier. The place was filled with people who got here early, parked and were seated and waiting. If they wanted to get here they should have come earlier. Finally, a mother who was stuck outside, started banging on the glass door with her fist and telling me if I didn't open the door she was going to kick my ass!!! Wow!! Really???? You are at your daughter's graduation and this is how you act? You are at a catholic school graduation, and this is how you act? You are holding a baby in your arms, and this is how you act? I was floored to say the least.

This particular class has been trouble since they got here. In freshman year, the whole class had an attitude and it just got worse as they progressed through the years. We always referred to them as a whole and usually not in nice terms. This is my 4th graduation and every single time I've gotten a little teary. It' s a huge milestone, they have their whole lives ahead of them, blah, blah, blah. This year, after that scene, all I could think is when will this be over???? Also, after graduation, I usually walk around and hug the ones I really like, and in this class there are only a few believe me. But last night, no way. I was out of there without talking to any of the graduates. I wanted nothing to do with that entire class. We were talking yesterday and one of the other teachers said, this class reminds them of white trash. Just the way the act and the things they do. I didn't completely agree, but after last night, yeah, I agree. They pretty much are white trash.

I seriously was so angry... I still am... What a freaking moron. How low class is that, to threaten someone at your child's catholic school graduation? Unreal. You can always tell the uneducated by the way they react to situations like this.

The only thing I can say is, thank god that class is gone.

26 May 2013

Success on the food front



After out of control eating for 4-5 days, last Wednesday I started to get a grip on things. I promised myself that I would not eat any junk and if I could do that until Saturday, I would get a treat. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday were all good. I managed to stay away from wheat completely, had only a little bit of rice, and no real sugar to speak of. Started feeling 1000 times better, and even had the energy to go to Crossfit on Friday night. Saturday was Crossfit in the morning, then the baccalaurate ceremony at school. It was my job, as the junior advisor, to provide refreshments. I stopped at Safeway and bought some of their packaged cookies. I had my helpers set them up so I did not even see them until after the event. When I came out, people were snatching up the cookies like crazy. We ended up running our fairly quickly, which was a good thing. I did end up having about a half of a red velvet cookie. Those are good. Note to self, never buy again. After that I went out to dinner with some friends. It was a little tough because I was thinking of having a beer - grains. Also, I couldn't help but focus on the dessert menu. Then I realized that I really didn't want any of that stuff. I wanted a salad. Which I got and enjoyed immensely. When I got home I had my treat of a Magnum ice cream. I also went out to breakfast this morning and had eggs, potatoes, sausage, and not a bit of guilt. I have come to realize that if I avoid wheat, in all it's many forms, I really don't have much cravings. I need to stay away from the sugar, but don't need to be so crazy about that. The wheat seems to be my ultimate enemy. And as long as I'm not getting crazy about everything else, avoiding it is not that hard.

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