Friday, March 26, 2010
I know I can always count on you guys to make me feel like I know what I'm doing. I appreciate all the comments on my blog yesterday about my sick day.
This week I haven't been Sparking as much (I don't know why, I just haven't) and I can really tell. I feel like my eating has been random (not horrible, just not in control), my school work has been pushed aside, and I had no direction for the week. usually on a Friday night I spend time coming up with the next week's workout plan and goals. I didn't do that last week.
Therefore, I had no goals for the week. This obviously did not work out well for me. So tonight, instead of relaxing on the couch, I have to write a paper for a class. I'm pretty good at writing papers, so it shouldn't take all night, but still... lesson learned (hopefully).
I am going to have to set up some goals for next week. I think I'm also going to have to map out my class assignments and figure out exactly what I need to do on each day to keep on top of my classes. I have done so well so far and I don't want to throw these last two classes away.
So my goals for today are:
Drink more than enough water
Suck it up when I get home, buckle down, and bust out this paper
Plan out next week - including school work, workouts, meals
Stay calm and take one thing at a time
Give someone a compliment - this one is going to be super important. Last night, my gym buddy said to me "you're such a skinny-mini!" It was so nice to get a compliment. I really need to make this part of every day.
Off to throw together a lunch. It's going to be light, but that's ok. For tonight's dinner I'm already anticipating a frozen pizza and some coffee (just like the old college days) to get me through writing this paper.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Yesterday I was a mess. Runny and stuffy nose (I will never know how this can happen at the same time), watery eyes, sore throat... nasty cold stuff. Took a day off to get better and today I feel almost 100%.
When I started teaching, I didn't take many sick days. I thought "what will the kids do without music class?" Even when I was sick, I'd still go into school. I thought I was being a "hero" by going in and doing my job, even though I felt horrible.
As I spent more time teaching, though, I learned that sometimes it's much better to take the day off to get better, so the next day can be 100% instead of many days in a row of less than 100%. My colleagues have really helped me to see that this is ok. The kids will be just fine with a sub, and when you teach kindergarten - second grade, sometimes you get nasty colds. I see 300 kiddos and they all touch all the instruments in my room, so I have a large amount of germs in my room at any given time.
I do not abuse my sick days - they are there for when I get sick, not for when I just don't feel like going to work. The reason I write all of this is because the only person who seems to think that I don't need to take sick days is my mom. She called last night, asked how I was, and I told her that I spent the day on the couch with a nasty cold. No "are you feeling better?" or anything like that. It was "another one? do you have any sick days left?" in this tone like she was scolding me. Sigh... I can't win. She gets upset if I *don't* tell her how I am, and upset when I tell her I take a sick day. I *know* I needed a sick day. Why is it that one person can make me feel like I need to justify it to no end???
Sigh... but on to today.
Drink more than enough water
Clean up something when I get home from the gym
Go to bed between 9-9:30 (I need to get back on schedule with this)
Off to pack my lunch. I have to be a little creative, we are running low on lunch stuff.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
A bear in hibernation, that is. I came home from school yesterday, took a hot bath because I was FREEZING and then slept. Woke up to eat a little dinner, then slept some more. Went upstairs, took out my contacts, and slept. Got up this morning, ate some breakfast, and slept. Got up, ate some lunch that honey made (some wonderful veggie soup - very basic and just what I needed) and then I slept.
It's amazing what some good sleep can do for the body. I felt SO horrible last night and this afternoon I feel much better.
I have to admit, though, that I *did* get some other stuff done. I got caught up on some school work - very necessary, and paid some bills. Just had some shrimp curry noodle soup and I'm ready to lie on the couch again.
Didn't go to my classes at the gym last night. Sometimes I can push through a cold, but this time my body was begging me to stay home.
I'm getting back into the nutrition tracking mindset. I don't think I'm doing poorly, nutrition-wise, but I do think I often forget to take into consideration the peanut butter I have throughout the day - on my toast, on my apple, in my soup...
Time to brush my teeth, get a big glass of water, take some decongestant and retire to the couch for a bit.
I have a good feeling that my body is going to thank me for all this rest in the form of a great night of working out tomorrow night.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
When I started with my personal trainer, I told her I wanted some serious arms. Not those little wimpy arms, but arms with muscles. So she set me up on a circuit with push-ups, planks, planks with one arm rows (holy lat muscles), tricep dips on the block, and some various other moves that seriously make me feel my shoulders the next day. BUT! I can tell it's working - honey told me last night "Your shoulders look like swimmers' shoulders." Wahoo!!!
I also did my 15-minute TM run - no pain! Last night was the first night of the new running club I joined, but it was pouring and the radar showed that there were no signs of stopping. I went back and forth about going in the rain, but honey and I decided that it would be better for me to go to the gym. I love running, but I haven't been outside since last fall and didn't want my first foray back into outside running to be in a downpour!
Tonight is some Power Yoga (so it's more planks and "chaturanga" which is Sanskrit code for "push-up") and Sexy Back/Fab Abs. Along with some arms, I'd like some nice back muscles. I'm on my way!
I'm off to get some water and some allergy meds... I don't usually like to take meds if I don't have to, but I think I'm in need right now. I feel like my head is in a bubble!
Today I will:
Drink more than enough water
Do some school work
Plan out this week's breakfasts and dinners to start getting back into the tracking mindset
Sunday, March 21, 2010
For being a rest day, I sure got a lot done! Honey and I did the grocery shopping, went to the hardware store, washed some windows, went for a nice leisurely walk around our neighborhood, and watched some Kitchen Nightmares and Star Trek from the computer. I have decided that I have a little crush on Gordon Ramsey. We actually watch a lot of his cooking on YouTube and we have a bunch of his cookbooks; he's very into eating fresh, healthy and simple. AND he's a runner (he's done a few marathons) and a former pro soccer player (swoon).
Honey is cooking lamb on the grill tonight, and we're having some risotto and snap peas along with it. Creme brulee is for dessert. Yum!
Wrote my paper in only about an hour today - I put it off and put it off... today was finally the day I felt motivated enough to do it. So it's done and sent. Not much time before my next paper is due, though. I can't wait until the end of April when I am DONE with my degree!!!
It's time to finish my glass of Prosecco (what a fun little treat) and get ready for some lamb. It smells heavenly - how I missed the grill!
Tomorrow we are going to wash our one high window - we bought a long window washing squeegee. It will be nice to have it clean - we've been here almost two years and haven't washed it yet (oops). This year is our year to make our house a home. It feels good to have a little ownership in it, even if it does mean spending a little more money. I'm pushing for new flooring downstairs.
My running group starts tomorrow night - I am SO excited for this. I've been sticking to the TM per doctor's orders, so I've been itching for some outside running. My gym buddy joined the same group, so we're going together. Wahoo! We are also going to sign up for the group runs at our gym to prepare for a local 5K. It's the first 5K I ever ran in, so it's a little special for me. Look how far I've come!
OK, a few glasses of Prosecco have got me rambling. I'm off to enjoy the rest of my lovely Spring evening!
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