Thursday, May 21, 2009
So yesterday I wrote in my blog about my car problem. Today my car is down at my very trustworthy mechanic, and my very negative review is sent to Midas. After I present them with the write-up about what was wrong with my car (i.e. what they screwed up) I am reporting them to the Better Business Bureau. Just another thing I have to deal with.
It's amazing how much I have come to depend on a car. There is nowhere around my house where I can walk to get anything done, and it's not exactly safe to bike around here. Since I started this whole Spark People lifestyle, I think I have really found myself, or at least discovered what it is I'm really all about. I love being active, I love eating healthy, whole foods, and the idea of living in a place where I don't need a car is really growing on me. On my fiance, as well. I think a home where we don't need cars is in our not-so-distant future. We really don't like to collect "things," and we do not want the "house with a yard and a picket fence." Children do not look to be in our future because that's the choice we are making. While having money is certainly nice, we aren't hell-bent on being millionaires from our jobs. Being happy is very important to us.
So back to the car. Tonight I was supposed to make a casserole for a breakfast at school tomorrow, but without a car, I can't get to the store. I think I'll get my fiance to drive me down when he gets home from work. My fingers are crossed that tomorrow my mechanic can find what is wrong with my car and it is not a big deal. I'll pick up my car, and life will go on. It's hard to find a mechanic to trust, but I really trust the one who I should have just gone to in the first place. But what garage screws up an oil change??? Argh.
Went for a short little run tonight, only about a mile. I rested my foot since Sunday, which has been great for it. It is not getting worse, and I really think it's just a bruise. I'm going to ice it while I watch "So You Think You Can Dance" and take tomorrow off from running, and go swimming if I have a car. Saturday morning I am planning to go on a run with one of the girls from work; we are going to a park with wonderful trails and I'm really looking forward to it.
Off to put some laundry in and get some ice!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Today has been one of those days. I took my car in to get an oil change, 80K checkup, and inspection. After making it very clear this morning that those THREE things needed to be done, I didn't get the 80K checkup stuff taken care of. I found this out *after* I sat waiting for my car for an hour after work.
THEN! I went to get my extra passport pictures taken and I was on my way home when my temperature gauge shot up and my temp light started blinking and beeping. This was almost immediately after I picked up my car. So I had to pull over on route 80 (which is a really really busy highway at rush hour), call the tow truck, and have my car towed back to the shop. By this time, the shop was closed, so I couldn't even go in and cause a stink. The tow truck guy was really nice and suggested that I ask them to check the wiring and sensors if they bumped it after they did stuff to my car. He also said that they most likely did not take it for a test drive since they didn't see that the temp. went way up. I am definitely going to bring that up when I go in tomorrow and talk to them.
So here I am without a car, on the night when I planned to finally get back to the gym, get some groceries, and get some other stuff done.
BUT! THANK GOODNESS for friends. My very good friend came and rescued me. I took her to dinner. I had a beer. and fries. and dessert. I couldn't help it. I was SO hungry since I didn't eat all afternoon or evening, and I was stressed out. I *HATE* making excuses like that, but I was famished. I was over 2 hourse behind on my eating schedule and I had a light lunch, so of course I was hungry. BLEH
Anyway, I can't beat myself up too bad, it doesn't help. I suppose I get the car fixed tomorrow and head off to the gym tomorrow to get myself back on a schedule. After tonight I shouldn't be going out to eat until the beginning of June. I can't even believe how often I've been out to eat this past week. It makes me anxious to think about it.
I think I might take a hot bath tonight.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Today I got an e-mail from Sparkpeople about going to Stage 4. I didn't go on. I am staying in stage 3 and really going to re-evaluate my goals and re-visit them as well. I must get back to thinking about my long-term goals and not settle for what I have already accomplished, as wonderful as it is. I didn't make a vision collage, which was one of the suggestions. Tomorrow I am going to work on making one; I have pictures and phrases that I will put on it.
I am not as diligent about tracking my calories and fitness minutes anymore; I need to get back into it, at least more than I am doing now. My strength training has been decreased since I started training for my first 5K, which is now past. the strength training needs to come back.
Off to make tomorrow's lunch.
Sunday, May 17, 2009
I don't really have anything specific to write about, so here goes.
Today was my first 5K. Wahoo! My time was somewhere around 31:00, not totally sure, because I forgot to look at the giant time clock when I crossed the finish line. I was just so excited to finish that I forgot to look. My personal goal was to do better than 35:00, so I did manage to do that.
My dermatologist noticed I lost weight. The doctor that doesn't even weigh me! She asked me what my secret was, and I told her "running and no cheese." I guess that really *is* my secret. On another note, I am getting two moles removed in June. My grandfather had skin cancer, so I am very careful about getting moles removed and wearing lots of sunscreen.
I had to do a Microsoft Access project today for my class. I am lucky I still have a computer. There were plenty of times where I wanted to throw mine off the back deck.
It is late; I can't believe I'm still awake. I am SO tired. Off to bed.
Friday, May 15, 2009
This morning I have a bunch of stuff that I'm thinking about, so here goes.
Today I have an appointment with the dermatologist. I have been blessed with the good teeth from my father's side of the family, but unfortunately I have also been "blessed" with the bad skin. It's under control now and I'm happy with my skin, but high school was horrible. Having acne is a far worse problem than you'd ever imagine if you've never had to deal with it. Sure, a zit here and there is part of life but having it all the time SUCKS. I tear up when I watch Proactive commercials because I know what it's like for those people.
Tonight I am going to visit my brother and my dog; my mom is in Egypt, so I have to make sure that my brother is watering the plants and that my dog is doing ok. He is an old, blind dog and he is my baby. I am so excited to visit him.
My brother and I are going to see the new Star Trek on IMAX tonight. I don't even *like* Star Trek but I've heard really good things about the movie. I figured I might as well see it on IMAX if I'm going to be right near one anyway.
I'm going to try to get a little run in this afternoon/evening around town. There are no bears around my mom's house, so I can run in the evening without worrying about a bear coming to get me. Around my house, not so much. A bear could pop out at any time. And even though I know black bears are kind of scared of people anyway, there's something about a 200+ pound animal that is just a little frightening.
I discovered a HUGE eating trigger for me - procrastination. I wrote a paper last night after procrastinating with almonds, Wasa crackers, raisins, turkey breast, etc. Nothing really horrible for me, but just too much of it. I need to learn to just do my work and get it over with.
Off to brush my teeth and get on the road. Happy Friday!
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