Unfortunately, I didn’t get my strength training in as I had hoped.
I did, however, complete 2 written assignments for college, get started on a third, cleaned the whole house (including 5 loads of laundry, excluding the kitchen, which Jeff cleaned), got new glasses,
did the meal planning, grocery shopping, modeled a bridesmaid dress for my long distance bestie, picked up our bikes from the repair shop, and finally got off my feet to play guild wars 2 for a couple hours over the course of the weekend.
Yes, I could’ve worked out instead of spending time on the computer, but I’m a big fan of balance and after so much work, it was time for a recharge. It was a fantastic weekend and I’ve done enough of the prep work to be ready for Monday when it comes swinging. 😀
What’s up, bloggy-type people? I haven’t written any entries recently because I’ve been letting my standing station entry sort of sink in. I shared it with people at work, so I kind of wanted a gap between that and my normal content.
Here’s a few things and stuff and words that matter to me today (get out of my head, Phillip DeFranco!):
1. Eating is (mostly) on par, but I still eat too much sugar.
2. Jeff got a new desk and it’s REALLY COOL. It’s an Obutto Revolution cockpit built for a range of PC activity, but specializing in flight sims, racing games, and other stuff. His friend came over on Monday and helped with the assembly.
3. When I went to Ikea recently, I happened upon a set of perler plates and a bucket of beads. My first creation…?
Well, I have had a week of static. To the point that I shocked my computer mouse the other day and killed it (thereby leaving me stuck with a mini mouse that only fits one and a half fingers):
Because of this, Jeff proudly proclaimed via Facebook that he married a pikachu. My first creation then, was a pikachu.
This is actually a pretty hearty cereal. It generally keeps me sated until lunch time.
I know I haven’t posted fitness in a bit… I didn’t take pictures, but I wanted to share one of my fitness exploits from the weekend: minute to win it One minute intervals. I set a 1-minute timer (really 1:05 so that I could get back to position) and then just did whatever I wanted for a full minute. Then I reset the time and did another minute. And another. Soon I had a 20 minute work out in, where otherwise I wasn’t doing any. I did high knees, bosu cross-overs, push ups, crunches, squats, punches–etc. It was a great way to blast just a handful of calories and wake up before going back to work.
Tonight, I have a fitness assessment and personal training session at the gym. Once my loan is paid off, I’m investing in personal training.
This weekend was 100% enjoyable. a majority of it was spent gaming, hanging out with the family (Jeff, and our two fur-balls, Taz and Toby). A LOT of it was spent studying because I had two exams to post for.
Breakfast this morning was Quaker Real Medleys with blueberry and banana, with a side of research. See, I’m still dealing with chronic back pain. Turns out, I’m doing it wrong. When my back hurts, I feel like I can’t exercise because of the pain. It’s like, I can’t twist or bend, so why try?
Well, I was reading some peer reviewed articles on www.spine-health.com and one of them said that for Chronic Intractable Benign Pain (CIBP) one of the best things you can do is to exercise.
A typical response to experiencing back pain is to take it easy – either staying in bed or at least stopping any activity that is at all strenuous. While this approach is understandable and may even be recommended in the short term, when done for more than a day or two it can actually undermine healing. Instead, active forms of back exercises are almost always necessary to rehabilitate the spine and help alleviate back pain.
Gamer culture is weird, but that’s probably why I like it. Yesterday, I put in a 14 hour day at work followed by an hour or two of gaming. I was having back spasms yesterday and that really put a damper on my mood. Our guild had an event night last night, though, so it was fun to just give in to the distraction.
Yesterday wasn’t all bad, though. I made it to and from work without incident, had a marginally healthy day, and got to talk to my friend Lyz for about an hour on the phone. It was really actually pretty good.
Today, I’m hitting the books, writing an essay, taking an exam, and hitting the gym.
I said this morning that wipers up means snow will be coming down. It started early afternoon, and never really let up…
The roads were icy, visibility was reduced… And I had to go to school for class tonight.
Yeah. Good luck getting anywhere.
You know what, though? I got there, checked my voicemail, and heard a message saying class was canceled.
Some days are only good for building snowmen and going to bed early.
Tonight I’m wearing my warrior shirt to bed. Kind of need a reminder to eat better tomorrow and stop getting so frustrated with work. I ranted at a friend* at work today about all of my frustrations and it just made me want to cry. Then, I rushed off to school where I was scheduled for an exam…I was feeling crappy, so what did I have for dinner? A chicken taquito, a corndog, a bag of chips, a handful of dark chocolate, and about half a cup of gelato. Did it feel good at the time? Absolutely. Does it feel good now? Nope. Can I take it back? Nope! Time to move on.
Tomorrow I’ll be well rested, and I’ll make sure to have healthy snacks with me.
I went to iaido last night, after an eleven hour day at work, then spent a couple hours studying. I got to sleep after midnight, I was up at 5:30..and I’m tired. Exhausted, really. But I’ve got 8 hours ahead of me at work, plus school.. I won’t be home until 9pm.
What does all of this have to do with the photo above? Well.. raised wipers is a winter omen in Minnesota. Winter is coming..again. 6-8″ snow expected before I have to go to school. I’ll take a before and after picture of my car..
In the mean time, I’m going to be living on energy drinks.