Saturday, February 22, 2014
A double title for a busy life. This is something for business and fitness.
First the fitness part. I'm finally coming to terms with going slow. Thinking back, I now realize that if I increased my runs by one mile a week, I would be doing 20 miles at a time. So now, nursing my latest injury, I'm going slow. The MRI I cancelled would probably tell me everything I need to know. Until then , slow and steady.
The second concept is for work. Here it is - "we are going to put bread into a bread bag". Seems kind of crazy to say that, but that is the reality of work right now. The best part is - I get to initiate my own changes. The old manager has been ousted, Assistant Manager was moved up, and I have leap two spots to the Assistant position. Now I don't have any delusions about the lack of glories with this job, but it is a managerial spot in the Hilton Corp tree. The biggest perk of this job will be money. I knew the old boss was messing around with me, costing me around $100 per week, but I never knew the behind the scenes stuff. Now that is all gone. A huge stress has been lifted and I'm finally on level ground. I will probably blog more in the future about this, but I've only had one day of training.
A few side notes. With the change in health care, my cost for testing went way up. My side fees for an MRI will come in around $400. At least I know what I'll be doing with my first few paychecks. Next is to all who read my first blog from the 16th. I know it was a huge wine and complain session. That is normally not me, and that is why I deleted it. Sorry for the bad attitude everyone, doing better now.
Know there isn't much depth to this blog. I'm also in the middle of a family night, and it's a little hard to concentrate.
Have a good night and a Great Sunday, Konrad
Sunday, February 16, 2014
This will be more of a thinks to do with your life blog. Most everyone knows I like to run, have kids, and am married. Here are some of the things I do in the middle of all of it.
There have been lots of snow days this school year. Which leads to home projects to take up the time. Here is a top ten list of some things I've done to keep myself and my children busy during those "what do we do now" times. Most everything was geared to be useful and incorporate some together times with the family household.
1. Make your own hand and foot cream. I use a combo of 1 part shea butter, 1 part beeswax, 1 part coconut oil, and 2 parts olive oil. Throw them in a jar, cap it, and melt in hot water. Pour it into smaller jars an let cool. right when it starts to get thick, I drop in vanilla extract, and SHAKE. This adds a little scent and emulsifies the mixture. It works wonderful. Provides a great face cream to stop winter dryness.
2. Second recipe just like the first, but no vanilla. This time add tee tree oil and peppermint oil. Doesn't cream up, but soaks in quicker, and is a awesome overnight foot rub.
3. We made some home cleaning products. First was the dishwasher soap. This combo of one cup borax, one cup washing soda, half cup salt, and 5 lemon Kool-Aid packets works, but leaves a film on glasses. Found out that it works better as a scrub powder, which replaces the powder we made, but didn't work very well.
3. Laundry and windows. Mixed together half cup vinegar, 4 cups water, and teaspoon of Dawn. What an amazing glass cleaner. Works well as an all-purpose cleaner if there isn't too much grease. Catch up all your laundry with this one. Boil 1.7 ounces of grated soap, add half cup washing soda, and half cup borax. Mix in enough water to make 2 gallons. Now use half cup mixture per load. Works wonders. I know it doesn't seem like enough soap per load, but it does work, and it cost me around 3 pennies per wash. The soap I grated was a natural lemon citrus bar soap. Most recipes call for Fels Naptha. Mine came out too Gel Like, but it dissolves just fine.
4. Cooking lessons. Encouraging the kids to cook with daddy. Teaching the how to, and healthy subs to make in a kitchen. Such as reducing milk/cornstarch instead of butter/flour to thicken anything. Leaving out some of the eggs/oil and replacing with apple sauce. Showing how overnight oatmeal tastes mountains better than instant packets.
5. Treadmill. Don't forget to stay moving. Don't sit and Spark. Build a shelf on your treadmill. Set the speed slow and walk while you Spark. Or watch movies while you walk. I like to watch videos and run. Even kids will do some inside walking if they can "Youtube" at the same time.
6. Snow removal. All that white stuff is free activities. There are things like foot stomping, door fist thumping, shovel throwing, handle leg smashing, car pushing, fall and get-ups sit-ups. There are many free exercises that weather can provide, just get creative.
7. Cold running. Any of you that have run 6 miles with negative 24 wind chills know what I'm talking about. 30 minutes getting dressed, 60 minutes running, 30 minutes stretch and shiver, 30 minutes hot shower, 180 minutes in bed triple covers. There goes half a day and well over a thousand calories.
8. Job searching/ Resume building. Even if you're content with your current job. Do a resume anyways. It makes you think about things.
9. Ted Talks. I love these. Friday the kids and I were watching, learning, practicing the Positive Effects of Positive Actions. You might be amazed how much children can take away from and Internet Lesson and not a Parent Lesson.
10. Blog. Blog your life, ups, downs, all arounds, cookies, soap, photos, life in general whatever you would like.
There you have it. Stuff I do at home. I'll leave you with a picture. This is a GF Valentines Chocolate cake my daughter and I made. It is a no oil, half the eggs, gluten free, chocolate (coco not syrup or chips) cake. Topped with a low fat/calories chocolate yogurt base frosting and finished with strawberries. It was originally a heart on top, but it got shifted.
That's all for now. Have a wonderful day everyone.
Lots of Love, Konrad
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Have lots to say, but not much on the good side. So I'll do one of these fun ones.
A- Anderson, my last name
B- Books, I love to read but have a hard time sitting still
C- Clothing, basic and not flashy
D- Diets, hate them. would rather exercise my weight off
E- Education, high school and 2 years at Michigan Tech University
F- Foods, eat almost anything
G- Goals, have to make them to get anything done job and running are current focus
H- Home, have an old farm house in Munger, MI
I- Irritating, my boss
J- Juggle, can't do it, and yes I've tried
K- Konrad, my first name.
L- Love, I Love Everyone. Really, fall in love instantly with everyone
M- Meat, can take it or leave it. Especially red meat. More of a fish guy
N- Never, one thing I've never done was win a race
O- Osteoporosis, my bones are acting like I have it
P- Pee, I go all the time. Pea, my favorite veggie
Q- Quality, do not understand why people would like anything else
R- Retire, would like to retire owning a small restaurant
S- Salad, my number one food base
T- Teeth, the only part of my body that bug me
U- Underwear, not afraid to show them
V- Vocation, the hospitality industry
W-Weight, stable but would like it to be stable 8 pounds lighter
X- X-games, don't get into them
Y- YMCA, my favorite place to exercise, sadly had to give it up
Z- Zale, my middle name
Saturday, January 18, 2014
That's my day so far. I also did laundry, invented a new cake for me, did a favor to work, and dropped off my lotion to sell.
Son was sick at night, and wife was watching him the first half of night. My turn came around 3 AM, but son was fine and wife was snoring. Covered them with extra blankets and went back to bed. Here comes the day. My morning started with an in bed stretch then checking on my wife and son again. OK! Time to get ready for a race. Did my routine and was out the door (after goodbyes of course).
Showed up for a 10 AM race at 8:15 AM. Yikes, wrong race series, this one doesn't start at 9. Well, what's a runner to do? Yes, I went running. Ran the entire loop of 3.1 miles (5k). Stayed cool, went inside, put on my race clothes, stretched, talk to friends and others, then headed outside. Took off quick in this one. Knew I couldn't hold up the entire race, but wanted to push and see what I had. BTW- it is still cold outside with wind. Started out in 10th out of around 100. Passed a few, got passed, slowed down, finished strong enough. Final time of 23:54 (I think), with a split of 7:23 per mile (computer).
Now here is the best part. I stop, catch my breath, and start jogging back up the route. Find my friend Christine, and run the rest of her race as a pacer. She hits a best time of 30:20.
Turn back around and jog to another friend, she's having a rough time. Run her back to the finish also. Not looking all that good, I leave her with some of her partners. Funny that none of her friends came back to pick her up.
That was my exercise for the day. About 7.5 miles outside in the Michigan winter.
Now some side notes for the day. I finished first in my age group , and 9th overall. My first top ten. The cake I made was with GF yellow mix, fat free vanilla pudding, cranberries, vanilla whey powder, and toped off with some toffee peanut crumbles. Only about 2080 calories for the entire thing. I only ate around one forth of it. (calorie replacement). Everything else is just a side note for the day.
It's 4:42 PM, taking the kids bowling, and have the rest for resume (goal) work.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful day, great weekend, and making plans for a spectacular week.
Loving Life and Everyone here, Konrad
Thursday, January 16, 2014
I Did. I Did Have A Tummy Ache!
Everything was going so well. Then, ouch, got hit with something. Exercise was in full swing with 9/6/6 mile runs, and only one pain in my left foot. Tuesday was going to be a rest/stretch/walk day with starting to work on a resume. Home early that day and it all went down hill. Awoke that morning at 183.2 pounds, was back to bed by 10 AM. Awoke Wednesday at 184.8 pounds and stayed right in bed (freezing, tired). Had to work the bar at night, and the sickness decided to "leave" me in the middle of my shift.
NOT MUCH FUN, I TELL YOU
So today is- still cold, wide awake, energy back, hungry, starving, and super grumble belly. Also, back down to 183.2. Going to eat a lot of light today.
Previous weeks goal was to exercise 60 minutes a day. Super successful! (except last day sick). This weeks goal is to work on my clothes every day. Who doesn't need to clean out their closets?
Resume. Four of this week's daily goals were resume driven. It is time to have a good one put together. I have to skip giving out the info on this one. Sorry, but it directly reflects my current job position. That's all I can put on an open public forum Once again, SORRY! Hope to update this soon.
Plans right now. Get my body back to even, record weight next week, run Saturday's race in the KOLD COLD ICEY SNOW , pump out resume, make homemade hand and foot cream, go out Friday for Mom's B-day, figure out bills, big dinner Saturday night, work tonight, and back to work Sunday at 5 AM. Biggest goal is to catch up on blogs, updates, and emails.
I think I can handle it.
Have a great weekend my friends, Konrad
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