Saturday, March 08, 2014
I will have my degree in about 9 more weeks. 9 WEEKS!!!
This semester has been the most hectic yet but it's been FABULOUS!!! I have loved every minute of it. I love the kids, I love the teacher I'm working with, and every day has been incredible. Today I spent my afternoon applying for jobs and fixing my resume/cover letter. It is so weird to be doing this after 15 years of being a stay-at-home mom.
My food and exercise have been...ugh. Everything has fallen by the wayside while I've set my entire focus on school. I'm not happy about it, but I've also decided that when I am finally done, I will have the whole rest of my life to pull it together. I'm starting with #30daysofbiking, which is a promise I signed up for yesterday to ride my bike every day of April. The weather is starting to warm up and since tomorrow will be in the upper 40's, I'm getting my butt out there a little early! There is still a lot of melting snow and I will probably have to ride my mt. bike with the tires that can handle snow, but that's okay, a ride is a ride. I'm also signing up for the Blackhawk Country Roads on Memorial Day weekend with my friend Jean who had hip replacement last year and scratched most of her cycling season. She and I are both ready to gear up for a great 2014 riding season!
Thursday, February 20, 2014
I'm riding my bike!!! I'm hoping for 2000 miles this year. My strategy is to get out there every day during the week, even if only for 5-10 miles, and then get at least a metric every weekend. I have a lot of cycling events this year, and being finished with school, I will be able to focus completely on my bikes. Sadly, there will be no Evergreen Triathlon this year, which I was planning to do the bike/swim and have my running daughter do the run for me...the race director canceled it due to dropping registration, plus a group in Springfield is organizing a half Ironman the same weekend, so she is not having Evergreen this year. But I have plenty of other events to keep me busy this summer.
It is going to be in the 50's today, and my spirits are lifted. Some of my biking friends have gotten fat tire bikes and have been riding in the snow this winter, and it looks fun! I already have a road bike, commuter bike, and mt bike, so I can already see hubby rolling his eyes if I ask for one... :/
Earlier this week I went snowshoeing, but the snow was *meh* so I wasn't out long. I went snowshoeing with some friends a couple weekends ago and it was perfect! Great time, and nice powdery snow. We've had plenty this year.
My food got really bad and this week I'm back to logging and trying to rein things in again. My pants are tight and I've worked so hard over the past 8 months, that I don't want to throw any more of my hard work away! Lunches are working out pretty well...I got a bunch of healthy-choice meals and grab one from the freezer every morning before leaving, and then I keep a bag of apples and container of yogurt at school, so I have those at lunch. Bfast is pretty consistent with my PB&Banana on whole wheat, and I can eat while driving because it's portable. It's after school that I struggle...lots of snacking while making dinner or foraging for something to settle me down after a busy day. I'm trying to replace that with water instead but I'm not always successful. I just keep trying.
My husband is getting on my nerves with his diabetes. His A1C is up, his cholesterol is up, and his weight is up. He doesn't watch his food anymore and doesn't exercise anymore, he just expects the drugs to do the work for him. His dr. is putting him on cholesterol medication this summer if he doesn't pull it together. So then we'll be up to 7 meds in his cocktail. He's 43. Sigh. :(
On a brighter note, school is going well. My ct is constantly pushing me to do new things and try new things, and I'm learning a ton. I have been saying for awhile now that I'm just going to sub for a few years when I finish school, and part of that is my lack of confidence talking. I'm working on building my confidence right now. I'm very glad I'm in a new room this semester. :)
Sunday, January 12, 2014
This is the last semester I will be in school. The end is finally here. It has been an awesome journey but a horrible one, all rolled up together. If I could've done this before having kids, it would've been amazing! Instead, I've been doing it amidst a whirlwind of laundry, dishes, activities, and obligations. I feel so bad for my kids, who have needed me so much these past 3 years and I haven't been the mom they deserve. Hubby keeps reassuring me that I'm still doing the right thing and it's almost over, and we will get through it. In 4 more months, this will be over and I can put these days behind me.
In the meantime, my exercise has been...meh. I decided that when I have 5am to myself and there is work to be done, I belong in front of my laptop getting it done, and the exercise will just have to wait until I can get through this last bit of school; however, I did make it to the gym once last week for ST, and I'm glad I did that. The gym was closed an extra couple of days because of the snowstorm we got last weekend, so I pretty much stayed home with my kids those days. I think if I can at least get in there to stay on top of my ST every week, I will be okay until school is done. I might have to scratch my first tri of the year in April, because at this rate I really won't be ready for it, but it's not that big of a deal to me to miss that one. The season will be young! :)
My food has actually been pretty decent since school started, since I'm so busy running around that there's no time to think about food! I pack a lunch, and when I get a lunchbreak, I eat it, and get right back to things. My new classroom this semester is awesome so far. The guy I'm working with is constantly having me go out of my comfort zone a little bit every day, always pushing me. I'm so anxious that this semester will be as hard as last semester, but he makes me feel more calm and more positive, every day. That's about all for now. Thanks for all your encouragement, all this time; I truly and deeply appreciate it.
Monday, December 30, 2013
I think this next year I'm going to feel really OLD, and the first 2 reasons for that came to me today; #1 because more than half of my kids have NYE party plans elsewhere this year, and #2 because hubby and I were having lunch today and saw a grandparent with a baby...and I realized that I'm now much closer to becoming a grandparent than I am to having another of my own. Crap.
Anyway! So I've been thinking a lot these past few days about what I want to accomplish in 2014, and here you have it:
1. Finish SCHOOL! :D :D :D Nuff Said!!!
2. Get my finances in better shape. This year was extra tight and stressful at Christmas, so this coming year I want to put away all the money I get from my flute students so that next Christmas will be better.
3. Continue to encourage hubby to work on his health by doing something for his body/mind every day, so he can eventually rely on his drug cocktail less.
4. Pay ahead on my 2014 events, so I won't have to back out on them due to lack of funds. I had to back out of the Pumpkin Pie ride in October at the last minute because I didn't have the money, and one of my favorite riding buddies was really disappointed. SO, I don't want to do that again!
5. Continue my own healthy choices every day to get under 200 lbs., which isn't very far off for me. Keep eating clean, getting enough water and sleep, and cardio every day with ST twice a week, and I should be there by summer. :)
Probably some of these don't sound very health-conscious, but the stress of money has been a big strain on my mental health, and that makes it much more difficult to live a healthy life. So getting a grip on those stressors will help my health in the long run. May you all have a Happy 2014!!! :)
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