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Friday, 2 September 2011 07:45 pm
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I know, I know, shame on me! I haven't updated in a while... so let me give you a quick rundown:

  • I started my work-study/part-time job last Friday. It's.... interesting. I was hired as an assistant programmer.... until we found out that the head programmer decided to quit. He was on medical leave for about a month, and turned in his resignation this past Monday. So this means that there is no head programmer; some of the people in my department are assuming that I'm his replacement. This couldn't be further from the truth! I was hoping that I could at least sit down with him and go over some of the more important aspects of our systems and the projects that he was working on, but apparently I'm going to be flying blind... and on that note... I may not even be able to get ACCESS to many of the systems because I'm technically work-study and not an actual educational assistant... and I can't be an educational assistant until I get my degree (which is at the end of this semester, but still!). So... we shall see how this plays out. In the meantime, I've been learning more about networking than I ever thought imaginable (I am not a networking girl by any means)

  • I am utterly horrified by the lack of documentation at my job. There is no documentation for ANYTHING. Like I said with our head programmer... there's no notes about what he was working on, how things work, basic procedures... the same can be said for ANY other aspect of our systems! Our network admin is SMART... he's been at the school since the early ninties and essentially BUILT our entire network (as in: designed, laid cable/fiber, upgraded, etc) but... there's no documentation ANYWHERE. If anything were to happen to him, we'd be hosed. So badly. I'm going to have to see what I can do about getting a documentation initiative going...

  • School started this past Monday. It's been busy! Unfortunately, three of my five classes are 4-hour evening classes, and one of them is on Trivia Night (so from now until December I'm going to miss out on trivia!). This has hit me kinda hard, since Trivia Night is the highlight of my week. It's also my main source of relaxation, so I'm going to have to try to find a surrogate until December... maybe this will mean more quilts being made? Hrm.... I'm taking 15 credit hours in the following:
    • Database Programming in VB.NET (includes SQL & ADO.NET)
    • Mobile Programming/Android Development (Java)
    • Java (taking only for credit/as a refresher)
    • C#
    • Systems Analysis and design

  • I'm waiting to hear from Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Beta Gamma about my honours. I'd really like to join, please. I think my 3.89 GPA speaks for itself and is plenty above your entry barrier...

  • Between school and work, I'm pulling 12 hour days at least three days a week. This will be horrible come midterms/finals.

  • I am almost finished with my fall quilt; I picked up batting and backing this morning, and I picked up some more brown fabric so I can rip out the part of the leaf pattern I don't like. Tonight, I expect to rip it and re-stitch, and at the very least get the backing, batting, and top pinned together.

  • I need to start planning this year's Winter Quilt.

  • I need to finish this year's Winter Quilt before December.

  • The last few weeks of P90X are on hold! With pulling 12 hour days, I don't know if I have it in me to get up earlier and work out. I'm very sad... I'm gong to try to fit in at least yoga and some weight lifting on the weekends until I can better determine how much working out I can do without burning myself out. I am REALLY, REALLY disappointed, as I was only three weeks away from being a P90X grad! I really hope that I'll be able to integrate working out into my schedule somehow...

  • With the job and school, I can already feel the pressure... I've eaten out at Subway and Wendy's already this week... I need to get on top of my diet and make healthier food and STICK TO IT. I've been doing pretty good during the day, but around 5 PM I start to get cranky and lose it and run and grab unhealthy things to eat. I need to experiment with bringing more food and/or different foods to keep me sated.

  • The hurricane! We made it through just fine. We lost power for 2 days, had a little flooding in the basement. A tree limb fell in the garden and took out part of the new fence and some plants, but overall we made out okay. We kept entertained by playing scrabble and shut the box by candlelight. I actually enjoyed the experience of not having electricity and being electronically disconnected. You could see the stars at night, and you were forced to interact with those you lived with. We went and hung out with a friend and played Munchkin and watched a little bit of TV (she had power when we didn't). We had a minor scare with our fishtank, as their temperature dropped sharply the first few hours of the outage, but we brought the temp back up with warm water and bundled them under some blankets and they made it out just fine. Mr. Gecko didn't have any issues, and neither did our Betta fishie.

  • Chris got a job! We are so excited! Because of the hurricane, he didn't get to start until Thursday, but it's been exciting getting his room together and getting supplies for his classroom. がんばって, baby!

  • My newest project: Making a jewelery board! I need some place to hang my growing collection of necklaces that is NOT the corner of my mirror. I picked up a piece of moulding from Home Depot and I am in the process of staining it. When it's done, I'm going to add some glass tile and some brass hooks and it'll be pretty damn functional! It'll only have cost $30 total, and I'll have some supplies left over... I can either make another one, or re-purpose the supplies for other projects. (Photo after the jump)

Alright... I think that takes care of everything! Expect updates to be sort of sparse... I don't know how much I'm going to be able to keep up considering work and school. I will do my best to at least update with projects, at least. Until then, my lovelies! Read more... )

P90X Week 11

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 08:42 am
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So, another week where I'm posting my stats late. Life has sure gotten busy! The hubbs has picked up a full-time position teaching middle school history, so this week has been crazy in trying to get his orientation done, getting his stuff for his room put together, etc. I've also had some adventure myself, trying to get one of those discounted HP Touchpads (I ended up getting one yesterday, after spending half the day driving around my state! I'm still trying to get my hands on one for a friend, though... I really hope it happens). I also took a day trip to NYC on Saturday...

So needless to say, my eating habits went out the window. Saturday was essentially beer and fries. Hello, carb-city! Sunday was leftovers. Monday was the day we found out that hubbs got his job so we went out to dinner at a nice Italian place. That was also the day that a friend brought over donuts... Hello, carb-city! And yesterday was spent running around, so I had Monday's leftovers for breakfast, a friend and I ate out at Sonic, and we had pasta for dinner since a family member had leftovers they needed to get rid of. It's no wonder that as of this morning my weight is up to 150! Today can be a good food day, but tomorrow is the dreaded Pizza Castle... and then I have no idea what the weekend is going to look like. So I'm pretty much just writing this week off, at this point. I know that when I go back to school my diet is going to be so much healthier.

I've been okay keeping up with working out... Monday I skipped ARX because I was pressed for time, and Tuesday I didn't do Plyo at all, but that's really my only shortcoming. I'm hoping that this isn't going to shoot me in the foot too much...

I also need to start thinking about what I'm going to do when I'm done with P90X! I mean, I'm only 2.5 weeks away, at this point. One regular week and one recovery week and then I'm done. I don't know if I want to do another round (I wouldn't be averse) or if I want to pick up something like Insanity. I feel really good that I've not given up, and my results are pretty good too -- but I still have this gut that needs to be taken care of... admittedly, it's a lot better than when I started, but I still have a long way to go.


Week 11 , Day 1 Measurements
Measurement This Week Last Week Change This Week Beginning Change
Weight 148.6 146.2 2.4 148.6 156.8 -8.2
Body Fat % 35.9 36.2 -0.3 35.9 39 -3.1
Underbust 35 35 0 35 36 -1.0
Waist 35 35 0 35 40 -5.0
Hips 38.25 38.5 -0.25
38.25 39 -0.75
Thighs 21 20.75 0.25 21 22.25 -1.25
Biceps 10.75 10.75 0 10.75 11.5 -0.75


P90X Week 10

Wednesday, 17 August 2011 09:27 am
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So, not much change this past week. My weight has been all over the place. Admittedly, I've been ridiculously busy. I had an advising session, an interview, went to the local PYO orchard, started canning everything we hauled back (and oh, what a haul it was!), had trivia night, a night with a friend, set up a potential schedule for my work-study program, finished one book and read the entirety of another.. So it was busy. I probably didn't bring it as much as I should have, and I while I didn't totally blow my diet I didn't do the best I could, either. I also feel like I'm losing momentum with the program as I come to the end.. I only have three weeks left, plus a recovery week.

Part of the upside of going back to school is that I have night classes three days a week. That means three dinners of MY choosing... plus, while I am going to very much miss trivia night, I definitely WON'T miss eating out at Pizza Castle every Thursday. Their food is really gross. And since my work-study is going to be roughly 20 hours a week, my M-Th is going to be packed. As in, 9 AM - 9 PM I'm at the school... I have no idea how I'm going to fit in working out AND getting enough sleep, on top of homework (I'm the crazy person that keeps taking 4 programming languages a semester... Yeah, that makes for FUN finals...). I guess we'll see what happens, but I entirely expect to fall off the wagon.

Week 10 , Day 1 Measurements

Measurement This Week Last Week Change This Week Beginning Change
Weight 146.2 146.8 -0.6 146.2 156.8 -10.6
Body Fat % 36.2 36 0.2 36.2 39 -2.8
Underbust 35 35 0 35 36 -1.0
Waist 35 35 0 35 40 -5.0
Hips 38.5 38.5 0
38.5 39 -0.5
Thighs 20.75 20.5 0.25 20.75 22.25 -1.5
Biceps 10.75 10.75 0 10.75 11.5 -0.75

P90X Week 9

Monday, 8 August 2011 08:25 am
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So, after skipping working out on Friday because I had no energy, and only doing half of Yoga on Saturday, I had a cheat day for the first time in four weeks on Saturday. AND IT WAS LOVELY. Pizza & Beer, oh my! (Yeah, remember that DQ ice cream cake two weeks ago? I was awesome and WORKED IT INTO my diet. So those don't count!) Unfortunately, I had FINALLY made it into ketosis (where your body burns fat for energy due to a lack of glucose(carbs)) and eating all that pizza kicked me out. Being in ketosis explains why I was really tired and wanting to take a nap in the middle of the afternoon, though. Now I'll be more prepared for next time.

On the up side, MY HIP MEASUREMENT FINALLY MOVED! OMG *squee!* I'm so happy. It's about damn time! It's tiny, but it's a start. HOPEFULLY IT KEEPS MOVING. Do you hear that, hips? You did well, but you're not off the hook yet! :) And I've lost 10 pounds since starting. Overall, not too shabby for recovery week.

Week 9, Day 1 Measurements

Measurement This Week Last Week Change This Week Beginning Change
Weight 146.8 148.8 -2.0 146.8 156.8 -10.0
Body Fat % 36 36.5 -0.5 36 39 -3.0
Underbust 35 35 0 35 36 -1.0
Waist 35 35 0 35 40 -5.0
Hips 38.5 39 -0.5
38.5 39 -0.5
Thighs 20.5 20.5 -0. 20.5 22.25 -1.75
Biceps 10.75 10.5 -0.5 10.75 11.5 -0.75

P90X Week 8

Monday, 1 August 2011 09:04 am
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RECOVERY WEEK! WOO! Yoga, Kenpo, Stretch X, and Core Synergistics are all on the menu for this week. I hope I do better at Core Syn this time around than last time... Week 4 was pretty brutal.

Since Chris' parents were out of town and no one came over for dinner, I didn't have any cheat days this past week. I think it really shows. I also didn't feel like I NEEDED a cheat day. The past few days I've been having a serving of pasta, but I still stay around 100g of carbs a day. I don't feel the compulsion to OMG MUST EAT CARBS RAWR anymore. I don't think I have for awhile... unless it comes down to bread. And I mean really good bread. Italian bread or homemade bread, I just can't win. I have to have a piece. Maybe two. And sometimes three, even though I KNOW that a) I don't need it, and b) it's really not that good for me. But... we can't win all the battles in our life and we have to chose which ones to lose. This one? I'm perfectly okay with losing, as long as it doesn't turn into a binge.

I still haven't seen a change in my hip measurement, which at this point is pretty disheartening. I can feel that my clothes hang differently... Clothes that one never needed a belt now do, and those that were too tight fit much better. In comparison to when I started, my waist is much more defined. But I still have this layer of fat between my stomach and  my hips that is refusing to leave. I'm short and stocky -- my waist is literally 5 inches from my underbust... and my hips are about 4.5 inches from my waist. So you don't really get any sense of my body being more defined than it was before... my boobs end at my waist (Yay DD/DDD), so it still just looks like one amorphous blob. I really need the fat at my hips to get a move on and go away.

A little over halfway done, and I've lost 8 pounds, 2.5% body fat, and 8.75 inches total... I hope the second half gives just as great results.

Week 8, Day 1 Measurements


Measurement This Week Last Week Change This Week Beginning Change
Weight 148.8 150.8 -2.0 148.8 156.8 -8.0
Body Fat % 36.5 36.3 0.2 36.5 39 -2.5
Underbust 35 35.25 -0.25 35 36 -1.0
Waist 35 36 -1 35 40 -5.0
Hips 39 39 0 39 39 0
Thighs 20.5 21 -0.5 20.5 22.25 -1.75
Biceps 10.5 11 -0.5 10.5 11.5 -1.0

P90X Week 7

Monday, 25 July 2011 10:20 am
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Almost halfway done. No motivation to really write. Yesterday was a bad day, and twice this week I've had DQ Ice Cream Cake under the pretense of my in-laws saying "please, dear god, don't let there be any left when we get home". So... yeah.

Week 7, Day 1 Measurements:


Measurement This Week Last Week Change This Week Beginning Change
Weight 150.8 150.4 0.4 150.8 156.8 -6.0
Body Fat % 36.3 36.6 -0.3 36.3 39 -2.4
Underbust 35.25 35.25 0 35.25 36 -0.75
Waist 36 36.5 -1.5 36 40 -4
Hips 39 39 0 39 39 0
Thighs 21 21 0 21 22.25 -1.25
Biceps 11 10.75 0.25 11 11.5 -0.5

P90X Week 6

Monday, 18 July 2011 07:40 pm
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Some pretty big changes this week! I'm excited. I was able to fit into a skirt that I haven't been able to fit into for almost two years. It's still snug, but I'm making progress! I still don't feel like I can really "see" the progress, but my measurements, and now my clothes, don't lie. It's great to have some affirmation that all this working out is actually DOING something.  I'm still struggling with pushups... I'm still doing girly pushups, and I can do like... half of a one-armed pushup. Hopefully by the time I'm done I'll be able to do two. That's my goal. :) And I've seen weight changes everywhere but in my hips... hopefully that'll change soon.

Week 6, Day 1 Measurements:


Measurement This Week Last Week Change This Week Beginning Change
Weight 150.4 152.2 -1.8 150.4 156.8 -6.4
Body Fat % 36.6 36.4 0.2 36.6 39 -2.4
Underbust 35.25 35.5 -0.25 35.25 36 -0.75
Waist 36.5 37.5 -1 36.5 40 -3.5
Hips 39 39 0 39 39 0
Thighs 21 21 0 21 22.25 -1.25
Biceps 10.75 11 -0.25 10.75 11.5 -0.75

P90X Week 5

Monday, 11 July 2011 05:10 pm
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Tomorrow is Day 30!! I have made it through the first phase... now to kick it up for phase 2. Recovery week seemed to do a bit of good, even though I bombed the diet because I was at Connecticon all weekend (but all that extra walking makes up for it, right?). I already worked out today... Chest & Shoulders & Triceps... it was a bear. I'm back to doing almost all girly pushups. And forget one-armed pushups. Those are just craaaaaaaaazy!

61 more days to go... I CAN DO THIS.

Week 5, Day 1 Measurements:

Measurement This Week Last Week Change This Week Beginning Change
Weight 152.2 154.2 -2.0 152.2 156.8 -4.6
Body Fat % 36.4 36.7 -0.3 36.4 39 -2.6
Underbust 35.5 36 -0.5 35.5 36 -0.5
Waist 37.5 38 -0.5 37.5 40 -2.5
Hips 39 39 0 39 39 0
Thighs 21 21 0 21 22.25 -1.25
Biceps 11 11 0 11 11.5 -0.5

P90X Week 4

Monday, 4 July 2011 09:34 am
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I don't know what I'm doing wrong. Starting to feel like I'm doing this for nothing, because the results definitely say I'm not making fucking progress. If I can sit around and eat carbs all day and go to the gym for 30 minutes 2x a week and not gain a pound, then what's the point of working out 6x a week and eating so much protein I can hardly stand it?

Week 4, Day 1 Measurements:

Measurement This Week Last Week Change This Week Beginning Change
Weight 154.2 153.8 0.4 154.2 156.8 -2.6
Body Fat % 36.7 36.7 0 36.7 39 -2.3
Underbust 36 36 0 36 36 0
Waist 38 38 0 38 40 -2
Hips 39 39 0 39 39 0
Thighs 21 21.25 -0.25 21 22.25 -1.25
Biceps 11 11 0 11 11.5 -0.5


P90X Week 3

Monday, 27 June 2011 09:10 am
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This past week didn't see as much of a change as the week before. I really struggled with the diet and with ARX. I have a feeling that this week I'm going to struggle with staying motivated. I know that you don't REALLY start to see results until after the fourth week so I know that I shouldn't be bummed when I see no change in some areas, but I still am. Hopefully I can turn it into the motivation I need to really BRING IT and step it up this week and really push myself. 


Week 3, Day 1 Measurements:

Measurement This Week Last Week Change This Week Beginning Change
Weight 153.8 154.2 -0.4 153.8 156.8 -3
Body Fat % 36.7 37.5 -0.8 36.7 39 -2.3
Underbust 36 36 0 36 36 0
Waist 38 38 0 38 40 -2
Hips 39 39 0 39 39 0
Thighs 21.25 21.5 -0.25 21.25 22.25 -1
Biceps 11 10.75 0.25 11 11.5 -0.5

Protein Adventures

Saturday, 25 June 2011 04:07 pm
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I've started playing around with foods in an attempt to boost my protein intake for P90X. Due to popular request I'm going to start posting some of the higher-protein recipes I come up with.
Read more... )

P90X Week 2

Monday, 20 June 2011 09:47 am
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I'm not 100% certain that I'm measuring in the exact same places as last week for my bicep and thighs. I've made a note in my notebook of where I measured this week, so I can measure in the same place again. The other three measurements are in the same place, though, so that's pretty impressive progress... Although keep in mind that last week was *ahem* THAT week, so I was a little bloated in the beginning (which accounts for such a drop in the waist).

I ended up picking up protein powder on Tuesday. It's a small price to pay for not having to eat ALL. THE. DAMN. TIME. I normally eat ~1200 calories a day.. and mostly in carbs. So the new calorie requirements for me are hard to deal with (1800) when you're reducing carbs and half of everything you have is PROTEIN. On Monday I just wanted to die. This way, I can have a protein shake in the morning and in the evening and not worry so much about it.

And the other positive thing is that I talked to Chris' Mom, and there is an exposed beam upstairs that I can use for pullups/with the resistance bands. Yeah! It'll suck having to run up and down the stairs in the middle of a workout, but it is better than not doing them at all!

Alright, week 2. Bring it!

Week 2, Day 1 measurements:

Measurement This Week Last Week Change This Week Beginning Change
Weight 154.2 156.8 -2.6 154.2 156.8 -2.6
Body Fat % 37.5 39 -1.5 37.5 39 -1.5
Underbust 36 36 0 36 36 0
Waist 38 40 -2 38 40 -2
Hips 39 39 0 39 39 0
Thighs 10.75 11.5 -0.75 10.75 11.5 -0.75
Biceps 21.5 22.25 -0.75 21.5 22.25 -0.75

P90X Week 1

Monday, 13 June 2011 04:17 pm
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So, I've started P90X in full. I've used parts of the P90X program before (Kenpo, Plyometrics, and Yoga) and worked them into my own routine and loved it. I lost an initial 20 pounds, gained 10 back, and I've been on an even keel ever since (this was about a year ago). But I don't want to be on an even keel anymore. I'm still a good 25 pounds overweight and on my small frame it shows, badly. So I'm going to attack!

There's two downsides to this, though. The house I'm living in is well over 200 years old. There's no doors appropriate to hang a pull-up bar, and no door that has enough structural integrity to withstand the weight and force of resistance bands (not to mention that I don't think a single internal door closes completely). So I'm going to have to find some kind of alternative to pull-ups, which is going to be hard because I don't think there's quite anything that you can do that'll work the same muscle groups in the same way. Maybe I can attempt something at the gym? It might be the only reason I have to keep my gym membership at the moment.

The other downside is the food. I don't know how I am ever going to get the proper protein-carb-fat ratio. It's supposed to be 50-30-20 (for the current level I am at -- Phase 1 (AKA "Fat Shredder"). The closest I've gotten in 40-40-20. I'm going to have to go grab some protein powder or something, because I honestly have no idea how to add more protein without killing myself (3 egg whites at breakfast with a portion of ham, a can of tuna at lunch with a portion of turkey breast, 6 ounces of meat at dinner). Anyone that knows me know that I am *not* a huge meat-eater. Maybe I should look into some vegan/vegetarian cooking/recipes... There has to be a way to add protein without adding carbs (and without protein powder, if at all possible...). I'm also not used to eating roughly 1800 calories a day. I know that the extra 600 is there to compensate for working out, but at the same time.. that's a lot of food. But, the program is the program, and I'm going to do my best!

So, I'm not going to do the obligatory Day 1 photo because I know I'm fat. I'm an apple with toothpicks for arms and legs, if that helps with your mental picture. A big, fat apple with tiny, skinny toothpicks. Instead, I'll leave you with my "Week 1 (Day 1)" measurements.

Height : 5'2"
Weight : 156.8 pounds
Body Fat : 39.0%
Underbust: 36 inches
Waist : 40 inches
Hips : 39 inches
Bicep : 11.5 inches
Thigh : 22.25 inches

And don't worry, I'll have some crafty updates soon!

Housekeeping

Tuesday, 15 March 2011 10:04 pm
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So, we're in the middle of a move - packing up our modest apartment and moving back in with the hubby's family because the economy is just trash. The subbing that the Hubby does won't be able to keep us in the apartment and pay the bills, and my unemployment benefits are coming to an end. I'm still looking for a job, but I have no degree and I've been hearing "Well, we like your qualifications, but we think you've been out of a job for too long". So... I'll just keep going to school, and Hubby will keep subbing, and we'll move in with his parents until things improve. I hate to be moving back in with them - we have a *fantastic* apartment... Picture window in the living room, skylight in the kitchen, and it's within walking distance to many places... Target, our grocery store, Dunkin' Donuts, the place where we do Thursday Night Trivia... It's slightly smaller than we'd like and there's no storage space but you make do. In any case, I'm really sad to have to lose this place. On the upside, Hubby's parents are wonderful people - we get along fantastically. I'm just sad that we have to put them in this kind of position.

So, we're slowly packing things up. I got a smart idea and decided to keep a record of what goes into each box, so that if we need to get into them while we're living at his parents' place for whatever reason, we don't have to go digging on a treasure hunt. It'll also help us when things get better and we move into a new place and unpack. Right now it's in an excel spreadsheet, but when I get the downtime I'm going to make an application that saves everything in a database.

In pet-related news, we lost three fish recently. Mr. Angelfish and two of our Diamond Tetras got taken down by something that we haven't quite figured out yet. Everyone else is doing pretty fine. Mr. Gecko has his first vet visit the other day - his last shed didn't go so well, and it affected his eyes and his nose so I took him to be seen. So now he has some eye drops and a cream for his nose, and he should be back to his playful self in about a week, we hope. He's still eating like a champ, so he can't be feeling THAT bad.

On the fitness front - things are going alright. This week is spring break, and between packing and schoolwork I'm letting the gym slide. But, I'm able to run 25 minutes straight pretty consistently now. Now I've got to work up to 30 minutes, and then work on distance. I'm doing 11 minute miles, as of now. Slow and steady. My weight hasn't really changed, but I attribute that to the fact that we're trying to eat as much food out of the freezer and pantry so that there's less to move and less to have go bad.

In other news, I'm almost done quilting my winter windowpane lap quilt (I'll make a post on it later). I want to finish it up so that it's one less wip to move. I might be able to finish it up and then start working on the bias tape tonight. Once this project is over and before we move I need to take my machine in to get serviced. It's a Brother Pacesetter 6000, and it's never been serviced, ever. There's never really been any need. It's got its quirks, and some of them can be fixed with a little TLC, though, and if it makes it easier for me to work with then I'm all for it. None of the problems on its own is a big deal, but when they add up it just makes for a huge annoyance. So, to the shop it is!

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Monday, 24 January 2011 09:32 pm
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So, after that cold, I took it easy for another week. It was the last week of winter vacation, and now school is back in full swing. I have 3 programming classes, a technical writing class, and an accounting class. I'm going to get buried under work, and it's not going to be pretty. At least I don't have a 6-hour biology class.

On the good side, I registered for the gym on campus, and I'm managing to work some P90X into my routine. I still haven't seen any change in weight, but, oh well.
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So, last semester kept me away from going to the gym, and it sucked. I was in classes from 8 AM - 2 PM, Monday through Friday. I would then have to pick up the hubby from wherever he was substitute teaching that day, come home, and then attend to house duties (cooking, cleaning, fishtank maintenance). Homework in the evening, and then crash into bed at 11 PM.

This semester is going to be much easier on my fitness schedule. Class on Monday from 9 AM - 9 PM, class on Tuesday from 5 PM - 9 PM, class on Wednesday from 9 AM - 3 PM, and one online class. So I have at least Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings to hit up the gym. Saturdays are out as we spend the day doing a scrub of the house and having company over for dinner & movies/games, and we'll see what Sunday brings (Sunday I usually dedicate to homework, but we'll see if I need to this semester).

Unfortunately, because of my laxness in going to the gym last semester I don't have the stamina to run a 5k anymore. :( This must be fixed! I also gained about 10 pounds because I ate like a cow - ice cream 5 nights a week, pies, cookies, tons of pasta and bread (though my diet is heavy in that anyway because we're income-challenged).

So, my fitness goals for 2011:
  • Lose the 10 pounds I gained last semester by June by bringing my eating back under control.
  • Lose an additional 10 pounds to bring my weight to 135 by December.
  • Be able to run a 5k in under 30 minutes by March.
  • Be able to run a half-marathon (in any amount of time) by December.

From time to time my posts here will be about my fitness progress. I'm going to make an effort to use TheDailyPlate on a daily basis to keep track of my caloric intake/foods, and my weight. I'm going to use foursquare and runkeeper to keep track of my running stats. And I'm looking into Fitango for a half-marathon plan.

If you wish to follow:

TheDailyPlate:
http://www.livestrong.com/profile/reishka/

Runkeeper
http://runkeeper.com/user/reishka

On that note, I managed to run 1.7 miles in 22 minutes. Terrible, horrible, ew. Let's get to work on fixing that, shall we?