Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I'm in my third week of my new health regimen; I've been pretty good and disciplined. But the scale doesn't want to cooperate. I feel GREAT. I've been functioning on 5-6 hours of sleep a night and despite my incessant griping and my afternoon crash yesterday (which I solved with 5 Hour Energy, my new best friend!), I'm doing pretty okay. Except the scale doesn't want to cooperate. And though I know I shouldn't be so numbers focused, I can't help it. It's really the only concrete measure of success ... or failure. :-( So, I'm taking a page from Blah-blah-blah Blagojevich's book and boycotting my scale. It's a way to focus on the other benefits of working out and trying to be health conscious, yada yada yada. So, my oath is this: I WILL NOT WEIGH MYSELF FOR ___ (I haven't figured out for how long yet) I'm going to start with getting through this week. Maybe it would help if I throw it off the balcony. Just a thought.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Quickly, how 'bout that President Barack H. Obama? I heard the speeches and events were awesome, only I didn't get to see much of it. I saw jerky streaming of footage on cnn.com for a while and then I lost the stream and couldn't get back on. I tried listening to it on the radio, on the NBC6 television broadcast that has a sister radio station but it doesn't come in very well in the office building and I kept hearing bits of Spanish music during the speech. I taped about 6 hours of footage though, but I'm guessing I'll be well into the summer months before I really have time to sit and digest it all. Thank goodness for youtube. and the like.
I'm in week 2 of my recommitment to health. I was great last week, managed to hit the gym 6 out of 7 days and did my morning crunches each and every weekday morning, capped off by an 8:30am session with my trainer Saturday morning. On the 7th day I rested, like all us Great ones do, and all I did was walk my dog. Did my crunches this morning, drank my smoothie, and I'm off an running...
Now, why is that I seem to have NO time to blog (though the length of this blog may lead you to believe otherwise -- my boss is on the phone)? The reading for my constitutional law class is some of the most dense, intense reading I've ever had to do. I keep thinking, "I speak English, I read in English, this book is in English, WHY DON'T I UNDERSTAND???" Crazy.
Damn, she's off the phone. 'Til next time!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
So, today is day 2 and for the 2nd day I started off just right: woke up 20 minutes earlier than usual to do 100 crunches and 45 leg raises and made my smoothie w/ whey protein (on my brand new Fit & Fresh smoothie maker from GNC, that I got on SALE). Yesterday I did 50 minutes of cardio before class and walked my dog for 20 min before bed. I hope I manage to do the same today.
Also, yesterday I upgraded my personal training at LA Fitness. When I signed up last year (Oct. 2007) I also signed up for a personal trainer through their ProResults (then Body of Change) sister company. I got a very basic plan to match my very basic budget - 2 sessions a month at $29 each. The theory was I'd have the training session and at the end he'd give me "homework" ("gymwork"?) to do until my next session. Yeah, well that didn't work out so well. I could barely drag myself into the gym when I had an appointment let alone do stuff on my own. But, again, once school started I made a commitment to myself to try harder and be more consistent. By then I'd accumulated all these sessions I hadn't used so I took it as an opportunity to jumpstart my program. I've since depleted those sessions and find myself wanting to train more. (OMG, did I really just write that?!) So, I bit the bullet and upgraded my program. Now, I have 54 sessions for the year @ $120 a month. I'm actually saving about $1.30 per session. I've worked with the same trainer since the beginning and Jason is really patient but demanding, which is good. I tell him I hate him every session. He understands.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
But it pays off. Toward the end of last semester I kind of hit my stride and I managed to do all those things. Of course, I wasn't perfect everyday; but I was good more days than I wasn't. So, my goal is to continue on the same path and progress. I gotta be the 'not-so-little Cassandre that could'. I will.
This semester I have the pleasure (?) of taking Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law and round 2 of Legal Skills & Values (LSV). Sounds rather boring, don't you think? I'll let you know.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
- Since I last actively blogged...I started law school at FIU last semester. I now work part time for a solo practioner and go to school at night. Classes start again next week and I'm getting tired just thinking about it. So, if all goes according to plan I'll be a bottom-feeding, scum-sucking, ambulance-chasing lawyer -- can't wait!
- Since I last actively blogged...A little known Illinois senator with big ears and a funny name thought it would be a good idea to run for president; in just 13 days Barack Obama will be inaugurated as the 44th President of the U.S. Now, if THAT isn't change, I don't know what is.
- Since I last actively blogged...The Miami Dolphins were recovering from a terrible 1-15 season; Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas went to different teams, we hired a can a tuna and got a head coach only people in Dallas had ever heard of; the Dolphins won the AFC East Championship this year by beating the dirty, rotten, stinkin' New York Jets.
- Since I last actively blogged...Our economy has TANKED. AIG and Lehman Brothers (companies that only people with serious money to invest cared about) went belly-up and now the blue-collar automobile industry is crumbling. Gas prices averaged $2.55 and were on the way up, where they would eventually top $4 a gallon! Though the past 4 months have brought steady decreases, as low as $1.63 just last week, they are back on the rise and it cost me $1.77 a gallon when I went to BP last night.
- Since I last actively blogged...We've lost notables like George Carlin, Bernie Mac, Paul Newman, Isaac Hayes, Anna Nicole Smith, Kurt Vonnegut, Heath Ledger, Charlton Heston, Tim Russert, and so many, many more.
- Since I last actively blogged...I had just joined LA Fitness and despite an enthusiastic start, I stumbled and went weeks at a time only driving through it's parking lot on my way to Publix or Chick 'N Grill. However, over the last 6 months I've recommitted and am pleased to report that though I'd gained a significant amount of weight back (No, I will NOT tell you how much) I've managed to get rid of most of it and am within 10lbs of my lowest weight. This is actually a good thing since my trainer is convinced I've converted fat into muscle which weighs more...yada yada yada. Point is I'm getting back on track physically and feeling great for it.
Actually, the hectic schedule of work and school has actually made it easier for me to work out and eat better. I actually lost 12lbs last semester. I think I do better within a structured routine and I hope that I will continue on the same path this semester. But it's all about baby steps. Below is a picture comparison of me on 12/31/06 and 12/31/08. Hopefully, the 12/31/09 installment will show significant progress.
Anyway, I hope to be back for good. Blogging is good for the soul. Thanks for the inspiration, Trudy!