Sunday, September 22, 2019

Day 276

While I was busy reading today, Richard was hard at work in our yard. He is turning into one of those men who obsesses about the lawn, and I am not mad about it. 

Today, he interrupted my studies to show me this teeny tiny frog that is skinnier than my pinky finger! The frog friend was hanging out in one of our potted plants. Richard tried to bring him inside to show me, but then little buddy jumped onto our kitchen door! After this photo op, Richard returned the frog to the wild to do its amphibious thing. 

That’s what I’m sharing today: a tiny frog. Here’s hoping for a marvelous Monday!

Something that made today great: I finished my work for class tomorrow this afternoon instead of...tomorrow 15-30 minutes before class
Time I woke up: 6:55 am

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Day 277

Hooray for a slightly lazy Saturday! I woke up early this morning and went for a 10-mile run that turned into 11.5 miles, which was a lovely way to start the day. Sandra was out of town, but one of the girls from Slow Mode was willing to be my buddy, and now I have a new running friend! Today was hopefully the first of many times that we'll run together.

This afternoon, I did several of my favorite things such as eating a hot dog, shopping at Costco, and taking a nap. I also finished a paper and read one article for class on Monday. I am trying to get ahead this weekend so I can finally breathe this week. I have told several people that if I were in the ocean, I wouldn't be drowning, but I wouldn't be on top of the wave either. I really, really, really want to be surfing on that proverbial wave. (After my lack of balance on Thursday, I will not be attempting actual surfing anytime soon.)

I'm ready to kick some tail tomorrow and go into the new week feeling like I didn't put off too many things. I will have an update on how that goes in about 24 hours. Have a great Sunday!

Proud to be done with our run!
Something that made today great: Spending time with my best husband!
Time I woke up: 5:55 am

Friday, September 20, 2019

Day 278

TGIF, y'all. I am le tired. I went to campus earlier than usual today to volunteer at the Financial Literacy for You (FLY) program through the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Aid (LOSFA), and while that was fun, I can tell the difference in showing up at 8 versus showing up at 9. Now that I have done it, maybe I will try to aim to arrive at 8:00 more often...but I kind of doubt it.

After yesterday's Lunchtime Lifts class, I worried that my muscles would be killing me today from all of the new stress I gave it, but today was actually not too bad! Once I finished working today, I met Lucas for our second Friday Slow Mode Run. Since it has happened twice, I guess that is an official tradition now. I definitely wasn't running at my best, and the heat was not the only thing to blame this time; I am feeling some soreness in my thighs when I try to sit down or stand up. As long as I don't move, I'm just fine! My plan for the weekend (after I go for a long run in the morning) is to not move very much. I also suspect that hanging out in pajamas all day helps with muscle soreness, but I will have a better idea tomorrow night.

Something that made today great: Richard cooked a really delicious dinner!
Time I woke up: 6:50 am

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Day 279

Do you ever just know something about yourself, but when you test that thing it turns out that maybe you didn’t really know that thing about yourself because the situation is actually much better or worse than you realized? 

Well, I have. 

I knew I had noodles for arms, but what I thought were spaghetti noodles turned out to be more like angel hair pasta. I learned this at today’s Lunchtime Lifts class, which kicked my tail despite the fact that our lovely and patient teacher Paul modified literally everything for me. I traded my 15 kg bar for a 10 kg bar , used the lightest dumbbell offered to me, and did my pushups and triceps exercises at a different (read: easier) height than planned. 

I love this panel from The Oatmeal’s book “The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run” (check it out at and imagined myself something like the guy in the cartoon, but I wasn’t really that either. 

I thought I would at least be ready to rock some leg exercises, but that didn’t exactly happen either. Usually I can fall back on the old “I didn’t quit!” line, but after I fell off of two different platforms (one soft platform while holding a dumbbell, one harder platform without the dumbbell) doing some box step up exercises, I opted to sit on the floor and count/cheer for Jennie for that round. 

On the bright side, I have established a baseline and should only be going up from here. I hope no first graders try to challenge me to a weight lifting competition anytime soon, because I would probably lose. In a few weeks, I could probably beat a first grader in a lifting competition, but I don’t think anyone would be impressed. 

After work, I decided to make myself feel better by running a mid-week half marathon with Sandra, so I’m sure I’ll feel awesome in the morning. Man I’m tired. 

Something that made today great: Richard is home tonight because he’s done working nights for a while! 
Time I woke up: 8:00 am

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Day 280

Saturday was a day for great ideas, but this week seems to be a week for poor choices. Monday was the day of eating no vegetables, and Tuesday was the day of the night nap.

"A night nap? Isn't that just called sleep?" Well, not exactly.

Last night after I showered and ate when I returned from Happy's, I was tired. I spent Monday night catching up on statistics, which meant that I had not finished by reading for finance. Actually, I hadn't even started. (That is unusual for me, but it was my situation.) Knowing there was no way I could do all of my reading without passing out face down in a book or on a printed PDF, I decided to take a risky route and go to sleep. In college and my professional life, I found that saying I will wake up early and finish my work is a lie from hell, but a night nap could be just the ticket to getting some sleep and getting my work done.

So, last night I slept from 8:30 pm until 11:15 pm. I woke up to write my blog, then I started my homework. I had a coffee interlude around 2:00 am, finished my reading, and went back to sleep for a few hours.

It is probably not a shock to anyone that the night nap is not an ideal choice for everyday life, and I spent today dealing with the consequences of my own actions. Tomorrow, however, I'm joining Jennie at a Lunchtime Lift class at the UREC, and I'm hopeful that the class will be the beginning of an upward trajectory. These poor choices simply will not do.

Something that made today great: I brought delicious snacks to class tonight.
Time I woke up: 8:00 am

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Day 281

After two weeks of busy Tuesday evenings, I made it back to Happy’s Run Club tonight. Sandra and I had an ambitious eight miles on our schedule, which we ran on the levee by the mighty Mississippi River. We both agreed that running the levee is always more challenging than we expect it to be! We were able to hang out and socialize for a bit after our run, which was pleasant. 

The weather was cooler today thanks to some clouds, but the humidity is still for the birds. My weather app says the dew point was 77 when we were running, and if I thought throwing a chair or a fit would help the situation, I definitely would...but instead I guess I’ll continue to tolerate it for however many more weeks. 

Something that made today great: The non-Happy’s portion of my day was both pleasant and productive. 
Time I woke up: 8:00 am

Monday, September 16, 2019

Day 282

Sometimes I crush the healthy lifestyle thing. There are days when I wake up early, go for a run, make healthy food choices, and drink plenty of water.

Well, today wasn't one of those days. In fact, I don't think I ate a single vegetable today, and I only managed to get one serving of fruit. So what did I eat? Well, let's see. My day started with a coffee walk turned coffee and donut walk, then the downward spiral continued.

  • A cup of coffee with two hazelnut creamer packs
  • A powdered donut
  • A donut with purple and gold sugar sprinkles (that I documented on Snapchat--see below)
  • A glazed donut
  • A cup of blueberry tea with one artificial sweetener pack
  • A Go Go Squeeze strawberry applesauce pack (HEY SERVING OF FRUIT!)
  • A kind bar
  • A serving of Stouffer's meat lover's lasagna
  • A 12-oz can of Coke
  • 3 or 4 macarons that Rebecca left this weekend (yum)
  • 30-something oz of water (and drinking more now!)

I swear I'm my mother's daughter...but I don't wear lipstick as regularly or as well as she does.
So yeah, I didn't crush the responsible decision-making today, but I do think my actions are clear indicators that I feel empowered to make my own decisions no matter how destructive they are. What's the point of being an adult if you don't have a carb-tastic day every once in a while? I'll brush my teeth and take my vitamin, and when I awake in the morning, it will be a new day for making healthier choices. 

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Anyway, look how happy I am in this photo from this afternoon! The Higher Education Student Personnel Association (HESPA) took photos of some current students in shirts to represent their undergraduate alma maters, and I showed up to represent the best school in the land before heading to class.

Tomorrow will be a healthier day. Maybe.

Representing my alma mater and my future alma mater! 

Something that made today great: Surprise donuts in my building!
Time I woke up: 7:30 am