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The importance of scheduling

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I've heard it a lot in the past few months, but I'm quickly starting to realize just how vital it is to set aside chunks of time or days to work on specific projects, and to keep a list of things that I'm working on with steps that need to be done for each.

Far too often I will start working on a task, only to then halfway through doing said task get an idea or remember about something else I need to be doing, multi-task to do that as well, focus more on the other thing, which dovetails into something else, and the next thing you know, I'm working on more than 3 different things yet getting nothing truly accomplished and feeling quite frazzled and all over the place (much like this run-on sentence!).

It is a goal of mine to streamline all of my project tasks and ideas so I can more effectively do them and be successful at them! I'm going to starting scheduling blocks of time to only work on designated items, to make tangible lists of projects and necessary steps (with deadlines), and to put those in my calendar.

I'm hoping and guessing that my increasing stress during the day will go down drastically and that I'll have better focus, plus I won't be sidetracked from getting in exercise for the day! And now onto...

Today's successes!

+ Got some quick training done at the Boys & Girls Club for the Runaway program
+ Had a productive pack (program) meeting at Harmony Cafe
+ Sent out more health histories to friends agreeing to be practice guinea pigs
+ Responded to friend's messages catching up or thanking them for time spent with me lately

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KELLIEBEAN 8/28/2013 8:18AM

    Yes, planning is key. I thought about this yesterday as I ran around the house trying to get this, that and the other thing done. I kept stopping one thing because I saw I left something else undone so I STARTED to finish that but saw something else and moved on to that. ARGH!

I decided one of my September goals will be to work on my focus and being present in the moment.

Thanks for the reminder!

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SOLOMUA 8/28/2013 2:07AM

    Planning is the key! In food and workouts...I learnt that too!

Keep on keeping friend!


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Lesson learned - food before exercise

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Lesson learned. I always need to have some food in my stomach digested before I go for a longer run.

A few days ago I decided to go out for a 35 min. run. It was later in the morning - I was wrestling with the decision to, A: eat something but then having to wait a couple of hours for it to digest and then have it be too hot to run, or B: run before it got too hot and eat afterwards.

I had quite a bit of energy and was wide awake, and didn't feel hungry, so I decided to chance it. In all honesty, the first 20 minutes went well, but then I very quickly crashed. Hard. It was incredibly hard to do the last 10 minutes plus cool-down - my speed slowed down a lot, my intensity went away, I was simply trudging. By the time I got home, I was more out of breath than usual and feel a bit woozy. After eating a large meal, it was quick to see that I needed food.

It's not the first time this has happened where I realized I can't work out earlier in the day without first eating at some point. It's just been so long that I thought it might be different and that I can handle it. Looks like I will never be a morning exerciser, unless I am up super early and have a light "snack" an hour beforehand.

That's ok though, I've never been too much of a morning person. :)

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BUNNIEBUILDER 9/18/2013 9:56AM

    I too cant exercise without something in my stomach. Sometimes I'll get so hungry I'll start throwing up water. My boyfriend is the complete opposite, he will do a full weight training session and feel fine. I find that around Brunch time is the best time for me to workout :)

I guess lessoned learned! eat before training!

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KELLIEBEAN 8/26/2013 8:10AM

    Yes, I learned this lesson. If I'm pressed for time and really need to run NOW, I grab a cheese stick and a few wheat things while I'm warming up and getting dressed. Not to heavy for me to head out right after that.

It's all trial and error to see what works for you. I hope your next run goes better!

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Moving energy

Thursday, August 22, 2013

I had a lovely, productive day alone. Even though I had overslept (or really, just slept in since I didn't need to be up early), I got a lot of "me-time". After a few photos, quotes, and posts that I've seen on FB and other sites lately, and with my own change in perspective and addressing motivation, I decided that everyday I'm going to make a list of successes. Even if there is only one success for the day, that will make me feel so much more satisfied and content with myself, where I'm going, and what I'm doing, than lamenting about what I didn't get done. So...

Today's successes!

+ Relished in some transforming meditation without trying
+ Posted on FB asking for friends interested in being guinea pigs for doing a consultation with me to get more practice for my health coaching business
+ Did a 12 min. HIIT run
+ Did 25 mins. of swimming at the gym (used pull buoys and kickboards half the time, and "playing" in the deep end treading)
+ Did 25+ min. of "deck of cards" workout - one of the SparkTeams I'm a part of had the challenge of the day to be doing the "deck of cards" workout in some way. I decided to use strength exercises.
+ Learned more about and further set-up Twitter

Besides this, I did responding to people from my blog last night, set-up other accounts, replied to various e-mails, finished homework for the week. I have no idea where I got the energy to get through everything that I did, and not feel tired or winded at all. Even now, 13 hours later, I'm just barely starting to feel tired. Yesterday I was starting to get the spark to really step up to the plate to start turning things around and get moving on my business, but today I've been on FIRE and ready to jump into it fully!

Below is my picture from dinner. Sometimes the simplest meals are the most satisfying meals.


A year of changes

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

It's always amazing to see where time has gone...

I received a "challenge" from one of the SparkTeams I'm a part of to do a simplifying/de-stressing activity 4 out of 7 days for the week. Our leader linked a SP article of 7 stress busters. They are as follows:

1. Take a walk
2. Call a friend
3. Write in a journal
4. Play a board game
5. Work up a sweat
6. Plan something fun
7. Take a hot bath

At first glance I didn't want to choose exercising, since I already do that as a sort of stress-reliever. I was going to pick playing a board game as I have been doing that more with friends lately, but I've noticed that playing the games actually gets me riled up since they are strategy based. For the challenge I decided to write in a journal - I already had the SP one and I figured it had been a while, so why not?! What I didn't realize though was how long it had been since I last wrote. A year.

A year.

A lot can happen in a year. A lot HAS happened in a year.

My last blog post last July was updating the status and love/hate perils of running in my neighbor. The year since was full of ups and downs, successes and accomplishments, but set-backs as well. Joyous times were experienced as well as trials, and just like any other year, there was an ebb and flow. Here's the biggest of what has happened since July 2012.

- Ran my first 5k in Aug 2012 in Milwaukee, The Color Run
- Started my final semester of undergrad
- Fell completely in love with one of my classes, so much so that I would research information on my own for fun when not at school
- Found and enrolled in an online 1-year program for health coaching
- Graduated in December 2012 with a B.A. in Psychology
- Started experiencing weird symptoms with my toes and feet
- Moved back home right before the holidays
- Saw the doctor and other specialists frequently to determine if there was anything tied to increasing symptoms with toes and feet, was ultimately put on 3 rounds of different antibiotics
- Experienced a lot of hormonal and gut issues due to stress of a missed period, no job, and antibiotic use
- Stopped working out and fell off the healthy bandwagon a little
- Alleviated weird symptoms with toes and feet by going off my sleep medication (it was a stimulant)
- Got a full-time, 6-month temp job at a local/state-wide healthcare system with great pay in February
- Lost the job randomly one day due to discrimination in April
- Took a spur-of-the-moment week-long trip back home to Florida with my mom in early May
- Took a mini-trip to Minneapolis for a friend's wedding Memorial Weekend
- Worked again at the annual Youth Leadership Forum, a week-long camp for high school students with disabilities, in mid-June
- Filed an equal rights complaint against the healthcare system employer
- Got a part-time job at Harmony Cafe, a local non-profit cafe that is part of the Goodwill programs in my region
- Celebrated another birthday
- Started working out and being more diligent about being healthy again
- Got a part-time AmeriCorps job at The Boys & Girls Club (the same one I used to work at 5 -9 years ago) in the Runaway Program that will start in the next couple of weeks

Since graduating college, I've frequently felt like I haven't accomplished much this year. I'm so used to doing SO much. I suspect that's due to always have multiple classes and assignments and projects going on, and usually a job and other hobbies on the side simultaneously. Looking at this list of "big" happenings though, a lot has happened for me this year. It's been sprinkled with smaller, more personal things in between, and that mix actually makes me feel like I AM doing something with my life, and I AM accomplishing things. Sometimes we just need the reminder from ourselves in a more tangible format.

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KELLIEBEAN 8/21/2013 8:03AM

    It's good to look back and see how far we've come. Sometimes we dwell on the difficult times and forget our successess.

You've come a long way. Congratulations on your accomplishments and continued success in your journey!

Great blog!


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TRYINGTOLOSE64 8/20/2013 9:25PM

    Good luck on your journey!! Glad your year has been filled with successes.

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144AUTUMN 8/20/2013 9:24PM

  Nice post!!

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Incline love/hate

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

I have a 5k route mapped out that pretty much encircles my neighborhood - it's also a block off from major roads north, east, and south of it. My time today was one of my best times running it (35:07), but oh jeez.... the street I live on has an incline (well, my house is on the decline from the "main" road). When I start this route, I walk/run up the incline. I always do a 2:30 walk in the beginning as a warm-up, and usually about half to two-thirds of the way up I start my run. Tackling the incline isn't hard for me then. The majority of the route is your typical city terrain, so not a lot of variation. Near the end of the route, I get closer to home obviously. I run on a street that is one block north of mine, and EVERY. TIME. I turn it, I always forget that the incline is there as well, if not more severe. And I curse myself in my head everytime.

By the time I turn the corner to go onto this street, I'm in a pretty good groove, hitting about 2.25 miles, starting to wind-down & wanting to be done. My heart rate is up there but tolerable for a bit yet. And then when I turn that corner & see that incline, I always yell at myself, yet am amused at the same time. The stretch of incline I run up lasts for a good 1/3 of a mile. I don't have as much energy to expel to push myself harder to go up it, or even stay running the entire time, so it's an interesting "battle" of the mind to see what I will do each time.

In any case, I always push through as much as I can & make it. If only because I know I can run on the decline when I hit my street a block later. :)

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FLEURGARDEN 7/11/2012 11:36AM

    Those inclines can be killers, but they're great for those glutes!

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IHEARTGEE 7/11/2012 9:36AM

    I know that feeling! There's a hill on my route that I always forget about, without fail! That's a fantastic time though, especially with the surprise incline thrown in there. And just think how good it is for your butt! Keep up the amazing work emoticon

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