Posted in Fitness, Gaming

It’s a bad-back day.

Checking in on my K.I.S.S. Goals, as you already know, I’ve kind of slacked off on the exercise front.  Packing meals has been going well, though.  Today–not so much because we never went grocery shopping.  I *did* plan out meals and snacks for the entire week, though.  I have every intention of joining the fitness center (didn’t do that, either), so I planned out breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, snack, dinner.   If you’re wondering why there are two snacks in the afternoon, it’s because I planned everything to be pretty light/even.  Lunch, for example, is going to be an open-faced sandwich with an apple.  That’s only about 200 calories and so two snacks spaced further apart will be required to get me the 8 hrs from lunch until dinner.  The third goal, to be better at my job, has been going well.  I took more training last week and I’m going strong in Toastmasters.  The speech I’m going to present next week is about keeping it simple and having a meal plan.

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My impromptu goal of eating no chocolate has been going alright.  Last week was *really* difficult and I found myself thinking about chocolate quite frequently.  I tallied it up and determined that I have 5 sources of free chocolate, 2 sources of obnoxiously cheap chocolate, and 3 sources of paid chocolate at work–without seeking it out.  Add that to the multitude of places I see it throughout the day and it’s just asking for trouble.  I did *really* well, though, in that I resisted temptation the whole week through.  Last night, I had a small (dark) chocolate bar because I was getting to the point where if I did not make a conscious decision to have just a little bit, then I was going to backfire and binge on a whole lot.  Today, I feel great and I’m ready to go another week without.

I met one of my goals that I set last week, and that’s to set pre-requisites for gaming.  I made a post in my guild’s forums and basically asked for support in meeting my goals, which are as follows:

I have to get back into the routine of exercising daily and taking bio breaks every hour to two hours (max). I could do this behind the scenes but I wanted to throw it out there so that you know ahead of time and can give me a bit of a break, or maybe set similar goals. If we’re running WvWvW or back to back dungeons, maybe we could all take a fiver and save ourselves some of the back aches.

Personal Pre-requisites for gaming:

– 30 minutes exercise
– 10 minutes stretching
– pets taken care of (clean water, full food, ’empty’ litter box, snuggles for them)

Precautions during gaming:

– bio breaks every hour to two hours (max)
– curfew (weeknights) 10:30pm CST

If anyone else has anything similar that they’re doing, I’d like to hear it. Thanks for ‘listening’ such that it is.

gw567

Posted in Fitness, Gaming, Menu Planning, Strength Training

Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail

The age old adage of ‘fail to plan, plan to fail’ has been used as the mantra for weight management (loss/gain/maintenance) for as long as I’ve been trying to manage my weight.  What I have noticed, however, is that the more I plan, the more I fail.  How terrible is that?  Maybe I just rebel against authority, even if it’s my own.

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Take, for example, the K.I.S.S. blog entry wherein I wrote about these easy workouts that I could and would do every single day.  Ever since that entry–I haven’t worked out once.

Yes, the workouts are taped RIGHT TO THE FRONT DOOR.  They are literally in my face whenever I go to leave the apartment and whenever I pass into the kitchen, and yet, I’ve turned a blind eye and ignored them completely.

The fitdecks and resistance bands, too, are gathering dust.

This is a pattern that I have noted more than once about myself.  I start off with the best of intentions and I plan and plan and plan… but that’s as far as my motivation gets me.  I finish up with the last detail of the diabolical weight loss scheme and my motivation goes (with a thick Minnesota accent) “Oof-da! That there is enough work–you betcha!” and my motivation just clocks out.

2013-01-09_12-38-38_427My latest endeavor is to participate in this 8 week book-learning course (through work, of course) that details healthy eating habits for all (not just people looking to lose weight, but really the right way to eat as a regular ol’ human being).  I like to think I know it all, but the pre-test showed that I’ve got a lot to learn.  I’m hoping that the structure of that class will help to keep my mind on fitness and that having a variety of OPTIONS available to be active and healthy will help me to succeed.

One of the healthy-minded girls that I interact with on Facebook posted a pin from pinterest that showed using post-it notes to set daily goals with daily rewards, so I decided to give it a whirl:

2013-01-10_11-39-17_593I liked the idea so much, actually, that I put the template in a frame with the post-it notes on top.  In case it’s too difficult to read, the first goal is to “Clean up/off desk at work: wall, surface, files.”  The reward for completing this task is “new batteries for my butterfly

The second goal is to “Set limits for gaming: pre-requisites, curfew.”  The reward for this task is a new set of batteries for my kitchen scale (CR2032).

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The last goal is to “Check out/join community center.”  Because of the area that I’m in, and the agreements that the localities have with each other, I can actually join any of three community centers in my area for about $30/month.  The one I was looking at last night would let both Jeff and I join for $50/month for both of us.  They have access to a 24 yard (I think?) lap pool, sauna, whirlpool, tennis courts, cardio machines, weight machines, free weights, and group classes including aqua zumba–whaaat??  I really want to check that out this weekend.  The reward for checking out the community center is a walk outside with Jeff.  D’awwe 🙂  He’s already agreed to be a part of my reward system hehe.

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Posted in Gaming

Things I’m Digging

1. Albacore Chunk White Tuna in water.

Sometimes, you  just have to eat tuna.  One of my resolutions was to eat lunches and dinners from home more often and today I ended up eating tuna sandwiches–twice.  It’s probably not the healthiest option for every meal, but when you’re already running late (another resolution I’m working on), it’s super easy to just grab the can, grab a couple pieces of bread, and go to work.  My cafeteria has condiments readily available so I just mixed it with low fat mayo, pickle relish, and call it good.  Luckily this morning, I was also able to grab an apple and a pepper to munch on, and I had some apple sauce, almonds, and cheese sticks already at work.  Tonight–I was not so ravenous, but we were still hangry and ended up making tuna sandwiches for dinner too.

Ugh. I might not be digging chunk white tuna much longer, though.. when looking for an image to spice this one up, I learned that adults are only supposed to eat chunk white tuna (not the same as chunk light tuna) 3x/month or risk elevated exposure to methylmercury.  Great. 😦

2. Guild Wars 2

This may be where the list ends because, really, that’s what I’ve been focusing on, lately.  I love to play with my guild mates and the game just offers so much variety and challenges.  The game helps to meet some of my social needs because I can link up to play with real life friends, too.  Depending on the mood, we can go exploring, questing, seek dynamic events, fight dragons, raid dungeons, or compete in player vs player action.  Here are some screen shots I wanted to share with you:

My character, Aminarra Westin, sporting 3 versions of armor
My character, Aminarra Westin, sporting 3 versions of armor
This ice crystal shows just how detailed this game can be..
This ice crystal shows just how detailed this game can be..
This is what 'stealth' looks like in this game... Go ahead, click the link to make the image bigger.
This is what ‘stealth’ looks like in this game… Go ahead, click the link to make the image bigger.
Twilight Arbor Nightmare Tree
This is the boss at the end of Twilight Arbor… and this dude is nuts! The sound files of the creaking wood overwhelm the audio and lend to the magnitude of this foe.

This weekend, I’m going to think about some prerequisites and goals surrounding gaming because this one  turns into a time-suck pretty quickly.  It’s so engaging and entertaining that hours can fly by and I barely notice.  One Saturday, I had a piece of toast for breakfast and did not get the urge to eat until 8 hours later.  I guess that’s one way to lose weight 😉 j/k

 

 

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 Fitness, Gaming, Life + Living, Self-Reflection

Getting back on track

Last week was a very good week as far as getting stress under control.  As you may have read, the visit to the second counselor went really well. After the revelation that she made, I was better able to handle the stress of the week.  One of the ways that I coped, though, was through cutting out my exercise routine.  Emily, my personal trainer, has been a champ at dealing with all of my canceled opportunities.  Honestly, when I was bogged down with everything else that was stressing me out, trying to keep an appointment with her stressed me out even more.  Why?  I don’t know.  Exercise truly makes me feel better, but in the heat of the moment, it was just one more thing that needed to be done that takes time to do.  I felt that if I took time away from doing homework that it wouldn’t get done.  I ended up staying at work until 10pm almost every night last week just to make sure it *did* get done.  Then, I just did things that made me happy.  Getting the homework off of my plate opened up the rest of the weekend where I could do things I enjoy:

(top to bottom, clockwise) – work, as I was leaving Thursday night, completed Pinterest Project (magnetic make-up holder), having Michael and Stephanie over for games, cooking healthy food, and fixing things for my grandma with my papa-bear.

To be fair, some of these pictures are older, but it captures the gist of things that make me happy.  That, and gaming.  I got together with a few people from the guild and did my first dungeon in GW2 this weekend:

Today I’m going to meet with Emily and catch her up on all of the goings on.  We’re going for a walk over lunch and then I’m going to get back into my fitness routine.  I’m starting up the C25k again, and hoping to use that in between my strength training days.

Glitter and goals, folks, that’s what’s going to get me back on track.

Posted in Uncategorized

Check out VexX Gaming’s GW2 Beta Impressions Series

http://www.vexxgaming.com/2012/08/10/guild-wars-2-beta-impressions-part-1-of-3/

My fiance wrote up some articles for the main page of our guild site and I was hoping you could check them out.  Part 3 was just published today, so there’s no waiting for the series to finish 🙂 

Posted in College, Fitness, Gaming, Life + Living, Strength Training, Wedding Planning

A picture is worth 1000 words. This must be a 6k word entry…

TL:DR – I’ve been busy. Scroll through pictures 🙂

[On the subject of expanding my gaming know-how]
I did some World Vs. World Vs. World last night with a few guys from the guild (Yezhik, Starry, Krew). I didn’t die nearly as often as I usually do. I die often enough, though, that I’ve proposed a story idea to Hellrazor entitled “Leveling as a lowbie: oops I died.” I pitched it as a humour piece using a format of either “dear diary” type entries or straight up story-telling. I’ve been mulling it over for a bit but I’m just not sure yet where I want to go/start with that. I think it’ll definitely include the time that I grouped up with Fibbi to “go exploring” and I got bit by a mosquito and it got me TKO with one hit. Better get some better repellent.

[On balancing gaming vs. studying vs. other stuff]

My schedule has been pretty saturated lately.  I get up around 6:30-7am, go work out, work work work, come home, cook dinner, study from about 6-9pm and from 9-11pm I’ve been playing GW2.  This is why I haven’t been blogging @_@;  Tonight, I got home at 7 from work, and I’ve been studying ever since.  No GW2 today… It’s 11:27 and I have to be at work early tomorrow for career-based training.  It’s a GOLD course on Facilitating Effective Meetings.  So far, I’ve picked up a few strategies for gathering information, synthesizing data, narrowing topics, and making decisions.  The end of the course today involved an hour and a half about how to build a meeting agenda that really defines what is going to be accomplished, lays out roles, and identifies the tools that will be used in each portion of the meeting.  The instructor is just great.  Her name is Candyce Penteado and she actually owns her own business in corporate training and leadership.  http://www.thepeopleside.net/candyce-penteado

So I have that to look forward to tomorrow…

[On college stuff]

I’ve been hitting the books pretty hard, too.  The Accounting class that I am taking has an excellent tool from McGraw Hill that lets me practice creating balance sheets, t-charts, adjustments etc. without it being scored.  The testing program on there, too, is pretty helpful.  Instead of just blinding going forth and filling in what you expect the answers to be based on your careful study of the curriculum, you can actually select a link that lets you check your answer.  I don’t know how other people use this tool, but, for me it means two things: 1) I can learn in the last stages of the coursework because I can fill in the blanks with how I *think* it works and be shown that it just does *not* work. That makes me revisit my strategies, make changes, and try again until I get it right.  2) I pass every test with 100% because I don’t quit until it’s right.

Tonight in my Business Management course, I started reading about Ethics/Decision Making and thought that with a good moral compass that I’d be able to face any decision that came up because obviously it would be clear cut.  Then they throw the hypothetical trolley incident at me:

“A runaway trolley is heading down the tracks towards five unsuspecting people. You’re standing near a switch that will divert the trolley onto a siding, but there is a single workman on the siding who cannot be warned in time to escape and will almost certainly be killed. Would you throw the switch?”

Do you think you have the answer?  Was it “yes” because the lives of many are greater than the life of one?  According to The New York Times, if you answered this way then you’re in the good company of 97% of respondents. Now consider the following:

“Now, what if the workman were standing on a bridge over the tracks and you would have to push him off the bridge to stop the trolley with his body in order to save the five unsuspecting people? (Assume his body is large enough to stop the trolley and yours is not.) Would you push the man, even though he would most likely be killed?”

Wut.  I think, personally, I would freeze and not know WHAT to do!  In that type of instance, you need to have your ethics and actions ingrained so deeply that your reaction is instinctual.  The more time I have to think about it, the more time I have to think about “what if the workman is Jeff?  What if the five on the tracks are thugs looking for things to spray paint?”

The good news is that my assignment is not to actually answer this question.  It is used as a tool to illustrate that not all ethical dilemmas are cut-and-dry.  Tomorrow, I’m looking forward to reading about strategies for decision making including the utilitarian approach (for the greater good), individualism approach, moral-rights approach, justice approach, and virtue ethics approach.  It should be intriguing for sure.

[On working out]

I don’t have a great transition from ethics to working out.  If you made it this far, we’re now going to look (briefly) into my fitness update.  I don’t think I’ve lost any weight.  I blame it on sweets (still, always).  I am, however, making strides in my strength training.  I’m actually getting calluses on my hands.  The above is my attempt at showing you my calluses, but I’m realizing they didn’t actually show up, lol.  Basically, I did/do the following 1-2x/week in addition to another routine:

[2x, 30 second break in between]

  1. Plank on a balance ball, 0:00:45

[4 rounds, 6x reps per]

  1. squats, 35lb dumb bell
  2. overhead press, 2x 20lb dumb bells
  3. cable cross-over pulldowns, 25.7 lb
  4. RDL, 55lb barbell
  5. static lunges, 2x 15lb dumb bells
  6. incline push-ups
  7. single-arm farmer’s carry

I’d say any calluses are well-earned at that point 🙂

[About Wedding Stuff]

Wedding planning stuff is coming along great 🙂 I think a lot of people might be critical of me for getting things done so far in advance (the wedding date isn’t until May), but the way that I see it–the more I can get done now, the less I have to do in the weeks leading up to the wedding.  I want to savor the process as much as possible and that means reducing stress prior to the event.  It’s supposed to be fun, so I’m trying to space stuff out.  Jeff is interested in invitations so I’ve been working on that when I find a few minutes, but the leaves on the trees are starting to change so photography got bumped up in front of invitations.  While we were in Colorado, we also picked out some awesome tuxes to rent from Men’s Warehouse.  All in all… he’s probably feeling overwhelmed, but I am feeling accomplished about the progress.

[Kittehs!]

Last but not least are the furbutts.  Toby had a round of illness recently that set us back another few hundred dollars but we’re hoping that his eye issues are finally cured.  We’ve got rounds of eye-drops to run for about a week or so and then we’re actually going to start both of the cats on an anti-histamine regimen.  We joke that Taz is allergic to cats because he’s sneezing all the time and Toby has been absolutely miserable since we moved and we’re thinking that he’s got allergies triggered by the woods that we now live so close to.  They’re both indoor cats, but with the number of windows that we have here, and the acres of woodland that we have now compared to the more urban environment that we were in before… I’m just thinking that they have allergies acting up.  Our vet made a good recommendation that should cost less than $10/month and make both of the cats more comfortable.

Now all I need is someone to photoshop a cheeseburger in front of Toby’s mouth, lol…

Posted in College, Fitness, Food, Gaming, Life + Living, Recipe

Colorado n stuff

[Life in general]

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I’ve been meaning to write, but there always seems to be something that comes up *cough*GW2*cough*.

Well, now I’m at my friend’s house, four states away from home. Everyone is sleeping, so I’m going to write.

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Posted in College, Gaming

The cure to indecision? Procrastination.

This post contains a couple of swear words.  Fair Warning 🙂

So, (there I go again), I am in dire need of studying because I found out today that there’s an assignment due on Thursday but I hadn’t actually received my “textbooks” until this afternoon.  I am torn between studying and gaming, though, and so I find myself here: procrastinating.

I was so fuming mad this afternoon dealing with the fiasco that is MCTC.  Jeff was going to pick up the books for me as he has more flexibility in his schedule, but when I called to verify stock, they were outrageous.  They refused to check to see if the books were there and said they were too busy and that there was a line inside the store and outside the store and we would just have to come down there.  They wouldn’t even say whether we could pay with AMEX or not.  I went on a tirade about getting what you pay for (because this is one of the cheapest schools in the area) and then ended up just going to the bookstore myself.

The “line” that they exaggerated and made out to be miles long was just about 10 people.  And the only reason that there was a line was to check book bags.  Waste. Of. Time.  So after I get through that line, I pull my “books” from the stacks, sure that I am missing something, because what is labeled as a book is actually a ream of paper wrapped in kitchen-grade saran wrap.  Looks like it’s got the POTENTIAL to be a book, but it’s just not quite there yet.  Kind of like this college and how it’s just on the cusp of being great but just falls short and ends up being mediocre.  I waited in line for the check-out while a huffy student in front of me threw fits about waiting in line (for 20 minutes) to buy a 70 cent bag of chips.

When I got to the check out, the woman was probably having a good day and I probably wrecked it. 😦 I wanted to know where the binding was.  She replied that most people were buying their own binders and kindly directed me to the back of the store to pick one out.  I replied that after paying over a thousand dollars in tuition and over one hundred and sixty dollars for the book the least of my expectations is that it be bound and said “Can’t you do anything about that?” She smirked (which toppled my negative attitude from veiled contempt for outright disgust) and said “nope.”  So, naturally I mocked her, she responded with a highly impressive level of sarcasm and we went our separate ways.  Truth be told, I think our skill levels were quite equal when it comes to being bitchy when the situation calls for it.  I’m being ripped off by a rigged institution (can’t buy the book used or resell it due to this lack of binding and because of an access code that’s required) so I was bitchy, and she was bitchy because it wasn’t her fault at all.  I was sincerely impressed with her level of sarcasm because if I weren’t so well versed in it, it would appear to be great customer service.  Plus 5 to her.

Plus 5 to me, too, though.  Refusing to spend one red cent more than necessary at the college library, I headed over to the nearest office supply store.  Staples was able to cleanly bind my book into two parts – separating the case studies from the actual text will come in handy over the course of the semester.  I got two books bound and bought two notebooks for eight bucks.

At this point, I find it prudent to begin my studies… if only so I can go back to playing Guild Wars 2.  Here’s a bonus screen shot of Harkin and Aminarra at a vista in Rata Sum: