Posted in College, Counseling, Emotional Eating, Fitness, Food, Life + Living, Overeating, Self-Reflection, Strength Training, Weight Watchers

Hard truths: a brief on why I need to lose weight

Reason one: Because this view is distracting when I’m trying to study:

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Now with problem area highlighted in blue.

Solutions currently in progress:
-iaido
-fitness 19 membership
-conscious eating
-weight loss support group (online)

I just need to keep working on my solutions and the problems will solve themselves.

Posted in College, Life + Living, Menu Planning, Wedding Planning

Happy New Year: Extended Edition

Today’s song is brought to you by the Pandora Pop Fitness station.

This time last year was a time of hardship and growth.  No really–I gained 12 pounds.  But it was also character growth, and so so good.

From there, we went through wedding planning, a wedding, getting a dignosis of ‘hyperthyroidism’ for Tazzerson (our cat), an international reception, helping my brother move, moving ourselves, helping my mom move, planning festivities for my sister’s wedding, and finally–attending her wedding.  In between, I’ve been going to school and my husband has been studying for his certifications, our parents have had to take care of our grandparents as they age and needs change.   We’ve had a ton of just LIFE things happening and when that happens, some things fall by the wayside.  Thankfully, I’ve been able to maintain my weight for the last year–230 on the dot.  But what is the point of maintaining when I’d much rather be working towards my ultimate goal weight?

The “life” things have settled down for the moment.  Now it’s time to get back to the rhythm of working out, planning meals, and eating right.

Today’s plan is to get in a quick work out, clean the house, and do some cooking for the week ahead.  When I buy breakfast at work, it’s a sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich (english muffin).  There’s no reason why I can’t make something similar at home and make some healthy substitutions.  When I buy lunch at work, it’s usually when they’ve got gyros in from a local restaurant 🙂 I can do that, too.

Now that life has settled down a bit, I expect to be posting much more often.  Thanks for sticking with me!

Posted in College

Studying: normative influence

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en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communication_in_small_groups

“Normative influence occurs when group members are persuaded b4 the knowledge that a majority of group members have a view.”

Pretty interesting reading for class tonight.

Posted in College, Fitness, Food, Life + Living

K.I.S.S. – Being Better at my Job

The last *real* resolution I have for the year is to be better at my job.  Now, that statement is not simple nor smart, so I’m just going to try to make it fit within those guidelines.  The two ways I know of to get better at my job are to:

1.  Arrive to work on time.

This is the “simple” part because all it takes on my part is to leave home on time with enough ‘cushion’ for traffic.  8:15 am is okay, if too early, 8:45 am is okay, if too late, and 8:30am – the ideal time to leave based on travel time – is a horrid pain in the ass as far as traffic is concerned.  Testing out the ideal times to leave last week left me harried and completely frazzled by the time I got to work if I left at 8:30 am.  It felt like there were a disproportionately greater amount of speeders, weavers, and distracted drivers compared to 15 minutes earlier or later. In fact, I was nearly run off the road twice last week by ragers who would rather speed up when they see my turn signal than to let me move over into the lane.   When we’re already going 60MPH (96 KPH) that’s a dangerous situation!! And much too early in the morning.. I would rather be late to work than to deal with that sort of mayhem. Which is what I have been doing.. which is why I’m here making a goal to be early instead.

2. Continue training/education

Since my employer provides tuition reimbursement for college courses, I am going to resume my college schedule after the wedding.  In the interim, I am an active member of Toastmasters and have set a goal to give 1 speech per month and to fulfill 3 alternate roles per month in Toastmasters from now until June.  By doing this, I will complete 4 training hours per month, checking the box on that requirement, but it will also keep me in the routine of extracurricular activities that require some thought and effort from home.

So, the Simple Goals: Show up on time; keep up in Toastmasters.

The Smart Goals (be on time):

S – Specific – Show up to work 5 days per week before the scheduled start time, ideally 8:45am.  This means leaving the house at 8:15am in order to avoid the road ragers and distracted drivers.

M – Measurable – My time card will reflect my efforts.

A – Attainable – If I can’t show up on time or early to work, I don’t deserve to keep my job @_@; This is definitely one of the most attainable goals for me.

R – Relevant – Being on time is paramount to my position because other people rely on me to be there.  Moseying in whenever I feel like it creates a window of almost 20 minutes where people could be waiting for my assistance.  It doesn’t look professional, nor is it courteous to my mates.

T – Time-bound – This one will be continuous, but I will provide a progress report weekly.

S – Specific – Perform 3 roles in Toastmasters, and complete 1 speech per month.

M – Measurable – check the box, did I do it or not?  The speech, at least, will be scored on a rubric and has the potential to mark progression of expertise in delivering speeches.

A – Attainable – Given that I have taken a break from school in order to focus on current life events, I think that it is entirely reasonable to do Toastmasters with some of my spare time.

R – Relevant – Toastmasters improves my functioning at work because it is improving my grammar and spelling, but it is also improving my active listening skills.  More often than not, I find myself being a passive listener and multi-tasking while people are explaining something to me.  Since joining Toastmasters, I have become a more attentive listener and started to provide co-workers my undivided attention.  This will make me ‘better at my job’ because it will improve interpersonal relationships and further reinforce the notion that I’m a professional.  This will be important, should I decide to apply for a more professional role.

T – Time-bound – This goal has a mid-marker in June.  I will be doing monthly updates on my experiences with Toastmasters.

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So, we’re a week into January so far, and I had set some pretty normal goals previously of cooking dinner at home and working out regularly.  We’ve cooked dinner at home 5/6 days 🙂 The grocery bill this week was $145 and so if we can continue to eat the food we have at home, we can stand to save almost that much in the breakfasts, lunches, and dinners that we buy from restaurants because it’s inconvenient not to.  I’ll continue to track this.

Work outs have not been completed the last three days, I have no excuse except that it’s not a switch you can flip.  It takes time to build new habits and to break down the old, but working out is still something that is important to me.  I will be checking out the community center after work today and I have a new pair of work out pants to sport if I decide to join up.

How are your new year’s resolutions going?  Did you forget about them yet?

Posted in College, Counseling, Emotional Eating, Fitness, Gaming, Life + Living, Menu Planning, Overeating, Wedding Planning

2012 – Out with the old…

Most bloggers are doing posts about 2012 and showing their personal version of the year in review. I keep TRYING to come up with things to talk about, but, all of you have been with me through the ups and downs of 2012.

We rang in the new year with news of my engagement, and then barreled right into the rest of the year, much of which was spent studying.

In March, my parents officially lost their house and so we moved them to their new home.  I kept busy with work.

In April/May, Jeff and I got our own place

June and July had us traveling to Canada for adventures galore.

August was probably my favorite month of all, because we got to have our Bridal Party Get Together. And–GW2 came out..

September and October were especially difficult but life has honestly been on an upward swing ever since.

November was a slow month, blogging-wise, but I had my highest-hitting blog entry with my Search for 1st Dance Wedding Songs (we’re still undecided).

December was probably the best month of the year and leaves me happily looking forward to 2013.

I have some new year’s resolutions tumbling around in my head, so, hopefully those will get posted tomorrow 🙂 For now, I’m off to make merry and ring in the new year with the family!  Thank you for reading my blog!

 

Posted in College, Food, Life + Living, Uncategorized

Hodgepodge (an update about Canada and the Christmas Season)

I’ve bot Bassnectar Freestyle Music pumping through my headphones at the moment.  Wearing my (awesome) pajamas (pac-man t-shirt and some bad hair day cartoon black pants) and just trying to figure out what to put in this blog.

I’ve been doing a lot of *reading* of blogs lately because they’re delivered straight to my inbox and I’m usually able to scrape a few minutes together to read them on my phone.  I haven’t felt inspired to WRITE lately, though.  There’s not been much that’s interesting going on and anything that IS interesting is so far gone that it feels irrelevant.

Over the week of Thanksgiving last month, Jeff and I went to see his parents, family, and friends.  We were there for the WHOLE week and it was good for the soul to reconnect with the people that we care about and who care about us from afar.  We connected to see our friends Anne, Errol and their son, Landon.  We got to see Jeff’s Aunt Janet and Uncle Greg. I finally got to meet Jeff’s friend Jackie (and play Mario on her SNES ❤ hehe).  PLUS he finally got to see his brother, niece and nephew for the first time since last Christmas.  Like I said, good for the soul.

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465510_10151332141677112_1968038866_oDriving around the city up there really brought in the Christmas spirit, too!  Thanksgiving in Canada was back in October (on the 8th, I believe) and so they were full swing into the holiday season with lights, and snow, and music on the radio.  It was really nice and I felt like I was indulging to just take it all in and be okay with it without having to defend Thanksgiving’s ‘honor’.

705261_10151316087967025_612073457_oOnce I got home, I started decking our home out with Christmas splendor, too.  I feel like time has been flying, though, and there’s never enough of it.  It took me nearly a week to get our tree done because I could only worked on it for a few minutes here and there.  I finished it last night and I’m really happy with it.  For a wonder, I actually used the ‘nice’ camera to take pictures this year, but I forgot that I don’t have an SD card reader on my PC, so it’s going to be a while before I can post those pictures.. le sigh.

We also had the Big Baking Weekend at my Grandma’s house a couple weeks ago, which was lovely.  My sister, her daughter, our mom, and her cousin all descended on my Grandma’s house for eight hours of baking and tom foolery.  Reconnecting with my sister was great.  We haven’t talked much because we’re both in school and life has been busy, but she filled me in on her own wedding plans and even some family planning for the future.  I might have a new little niece or nephew in the next few years if they’re serious about family planning.  I’m excited for her.  She deserves happiness and I think she might have found it.

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Of course, being with my Grandma was great, too.  We found some really really old recipes in the archive and I got to hear the stories about having made them in the past and whose favorites they were.  Date cookies, apparently, were my Great Grandpa Ray’s very favorite.

Once I can figure out how to get the pictures off of the good camera, I also have some HILAROUS video of when my 8 year old niece got bored and stole away with the camcorder function of my camera.  I think I’ll work on that today if I can find some time between studying and celebrating my brother’s graduation 🙂

Posted in College, Gaming, Life + Living, Self-Reflection

This is the homework police – step away from the internet!!

Facebook, pinterest, iwastesomuchtime.com, sparkpeople, gmail, pinterest, facebook, oriental trading catalogue, youtube, wordpress…

Nope, I don’t have trouble focusing at. all. …

At least I got it together long enough to dye my hair yesterday.  The highlights were positively atrocious by the time I bought the box and fixed it.  Originally I got the highlights to impress my fiance because he was going to be in the company of comparably more-beautiful women and I wanted to show a little effort.  The subtle caramel highlights that I *asked* for, though, had turned into crazy brassy blonde streaks..

Huh. Twenty minutes later and I’ve got cellphone, facebook, sourcefed, gmail, mspaint, and now back to WordPress.  How’s that studying going?

Oh, yes. I love my “new” (old) hair.  It’s back to my “natural” hair color and I was turning heads at work today.  “There’s something… different… about you…You just seem prettier.”

Anyway.. Work is.. work.  Very busy/frustrating today.  My weekend went very well–most of it was spent watching Buffy The Vampire Slayer on Netflix with Jeff.  It’d tough to switch from that show to Ringer.. Sarah Michelle Gellar is such a great actress, though, that I can distinguish Buffy from Siobhan from Bridget-playing-Siobhan from Bridget-playing-herself (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar).  Have you seen that show?  It’s pretty good.  Also on Netflix.

The switch back to standard time is helping me to get my sleeping back on track.  Except for the fact that it’s supposed to be 10:30pm according to my internal clock and I’m just kind of wired.  Of course, that might be due to the five laffy taffy’s I just had about 20 minutes ago…

I’m really just off track.  I need to get my sleeping in order so that I can get my fitness in order and if those two fall in line then eating will fall in line naturally.  And then, maybe I can better focus.  And sleep.  And write.

Thanks for reading.  I am sure I will come up with something better for you soon 🙂

OH!

Here’s something better – the latest screenshot from GW2.  There was a halloween event.. I was a ghost–best costume evar.

Posted in College, Life + Living, Self-Reflection

Choices: compromise for success

I figured out last night that they shut off the a/c at 8, and the lights at 9. I studied by the glow of my computer until about 9:30 and then called it a night.

Being an adult is hard, lol..

There are days when I kick myself for going to work instead of finishing college first. But, the thing is, I love the work that I do, the people that I work with, and the opportunities that I have to grow and progress in my career. No, it’s not easy to do it all, when it all is so much some times, but I am glad that I have the opportunity to do so, and the support from all of my family and my friends.

I also figured out why freshman gain 15 pounds their first year–“dinner” last night was Nutter Butter Bites and a Pearson’s Nut Roll.  Had I gone home, I would’ve had baked salmon with lemon and pepper, but I also wouldn’t have gotten as much done.  These are the choices we make.