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December 10. Exactly one month. I have so much to do.

Massive amounts of food prep (two or three weeks of food prep at least) because takeout is not an option and I don't trust anyone else to cook for me, including [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick. Sorry, bb, it's not you, it's me. Literally, it's me.

due South Sekrit Santa art piece. I have the base images picked and printed, so that's, like, 2% of the work done.

File FMLA paperwork and make arrangements for doing some work from home. Already started this, at least. Sent the requested forms to the hospital as soon as I hung up the phone with the scheduling nurse.

Physical therapy exercises and walking every damn day. Every Day. I'm gonna be on my ass for two weeks at least. I need to start that at a higher physical level than I am now.

I have one sewing commission that shouldn't take too long and I'd really like to do it for her, but that's taking lowest priority.

That seems like such a short list, and in a long-ago time I could probably have wrapped all that up in a long weekend. Maybe the hysterectomy is the jump-start my body needs to get back to those energy levels.
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Still coughing (productive cough, gross), but my throat isn't as sore, and energy levels are better. I usually have a sinus pressure headache by evening, though. [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick started feeling a sore throat last night, poor guy.

I've determined our mysterious skin-nibblers are pin oak mites. I didn't get a single bite during the four days I spent indoors during my convalescence, but after my walk home from work yesterday, I have four. Two on my neck (ugh), one on my right side near the bottom of my ribs, and one just under my left armpit. I hope the one on my neck doesn't bruise like the one on my right arm, which is still a two-inch across discoloration two weeks later. They all itch so bad. Even the old, bruised one still itches occasionally. Lucky me, I get to walk to and fro across campus twice today, and then walk home. Can't wait to see what I wake up with tomorrow. I'll try showering as soon as I get home. See if that helps.

Despite my comparative non-compliance with the prescribed exercises this month (too tired to do them twice a day), PT guy Tim was happy with my progress. I tested negative for both labrum and SI joint/sciatic inflammation. We spent a lot of time (drumroll, please!) working on setup for deadlift. He showed me some small adjustments I can make to allow for tight hips and ankles that will protect my knees and back.



But before I start lifting anything, I'll be working on increasing my general stamina by...walking. PT guy Tim told me to limit walks to a half mile at first and pay close attention to my gait. When it starts to change/falter, I need to slow down or stop. I heard there was a small indoor track at the free (old, cheap) gym available to faculty/staff, but I've never seen it and I don't know if it's still open. Waiting on a call back about that. No way am I taking outside walks any more than I need to. If the indoor track thing falls through, I might just use my lunch break to walk around the upstairs part of my building (where I do my hourly walkabout). It's only 1/6 of a mile so gets kind of dull, but it's better than being eaten alive.

I'm also feeling a little more confident about resuming yoga after the all-clear. I won't be doing anything fancy. None of that wonderful prep for hanuamnasana for a while, but some nice, gentle hip-openers with basic strengthening poses will be good.

Movement in general will be good. Not being able to exercise/feel strong has a negative influence on my eating habits. I don't like to police my eating, but with an eating disorder, I do have to be aware of my eating habits. I let those slip somewhat egregiously over the last six months. I'm honestly a bit concerned about fitting into last year's winter clothes so it's time to reverse that trend before I switch out the seasonal wardrobes.

Current goal: Fitting back into the jeans I'm wearing in that icon.
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I want a print of the fourth piece of art in this Toast essay.

Maggie Stiefvater posted a really great techno/electronica playlist on Tumblr.

My left hip is still bugging me and I think it's two things. One, I might have been overstretching and...sprained it a little? Oops. I've been babying it during my PT exercises (which omg you guys so exhausting) and it's feeling a little better already. Two, though. Ugh. Two, I think it's the extra weight I've put on in the past couple months. I had a hard time returning to structured eating after 221B Con, which I mentioned at the time, but I still am snacking way too much (like, at all) and so much dried fruit and nuts. I know my joints hurt more and regularly when I creep over 165lbs. I haven't weighed myself in ages, but I bet I'm up around there, if not over. [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick's also unhappy with the bit of belly he's acquired recently, so the two of us made a pact for a full calendar year--until Memorial Day 2016--to be the most physically-conscious versions of ourselves and see how fit and healthy we can possibly get in 365 days.

As always, if doing stuff like this with other people helps inspire you or keep you on track, feel free to join us!

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I forgot to post my Intentional Movement Report last night, so I put it up this morning and backdated it to last night. If you want to check it out, it's here.

I am not a fan of pre-workout static stretching. I know I get lessened results when I do it. If I need loosening up for a particular lift, I do myofascial release. But I do think static stretching can be used effectively in mobility work. After all, certain types of yoga can be seen as static stretching. Breaking Muscle posted an article about using static stretching for lifting heavy. I think one of the most important parts is the last paragraph: Having a thorough and regular stretching routine will keep your body more injury resistant, prevent compensation patterns or overuse of a muscle from occurring, and allow you to feel stable and balanced during your lifts.

Consistency in any exercise or movement program is crucial. A few weeks (months?) ago, I decided to focus my daily intentional movement on yoga and mobility. I've seen some fantastic progress in my regular yoga practice since then. It's been so impressive that when I return from Atlanta, I'm going to incorporate a more regimented program. I'll have three specific series that I'll do once every week, preferably on regular days. One day will be SI Joint Happiness, one day will be progression to Hanumanasana, and one day will be a yet-to-be-found/created series that focuses on upper body and core strength/stabilization. I'll do at least one myofascial release session a week and at least one free-for-all yoga day a week. Any additional days (if I get in more than five days in a week) will be one of those latter two options.

Fun!

In other body news, I found the culprit for my abdominal pains. I forgot to take it yesterday morning and felt fine all day. Took it with dinner and within half an hour had slight gas/cramping discomfort that lasted until about 9am this morning. I'm decreasing the dosage to one scoop instead of two and only taking it at night for the next three days. I'm not going to bother bringing it to Atlanta at all. When I get back, I'll resume the one scoop in the evening until I feel fine with that dosage and then gradually work my way up to two scoops twice a day. One of the nice things about managing my health with supplements instead of pharmaceuticals is being able to play around with dosages so easily.

How's this Monday treating you all?
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Today's Tumblr is Tuesday, December 2: Trees.

Does anyone else remember this clip from the Muppet Show? I remember being, like, eight years old and laughing my ass off at this. It was on one of their albums, too, and I would laugh at that, even without the visual.



I'm in a good space today. Last night I slept for slightly more than eight hours (whaaaaaaaaaat!) and it was, apparently, adequate and restful because I feel great physically and mentally. I think it's been about a week since I upped my progesterone supplement (could have sworn I documented that but I guess not), and I also started standing on my vibration platform again yesterday, so maybe that combo is helping? Whatever, I'll take it. SLEEP IS GOOD.

I have two posts swirling around in my head right now. One is how I've started dealing with anger and directing it in a positive fashion. The other is an exploration of my recent introspection about depression and how it affects some people (me) differently. Of course right now is the busiest time of year for me and I don't have a lot of time for writing long thinky posts. I'm adding to them when I can, though, and would like to get those posted and out of my head in time for the new year. I'm not a big fan of new year's resolutions, but setting goals for the new year is a huge thing in our culture. I'm not immune to the influence of feeling like a fresh start on January 1 is somehow blessed.

Edit: Oh! I forgot to mention my appetite is back, but it's in a very changed form. I've always been one of those people who doesn't have a stop eating switch. Like, unless my stomach is stuffed full, I can always push more food down. Which is why it's so weird when my appetite disappears (and that usually only happens in times of severe emotional stress). On Sunday, I started to develop an interest in food again and that was really great, but it's different now. Last night after I ate a regular-sized meal (half a sweet potato, about 1/2 cup cooked spinach, and a good-sized chicken thigh), I felt comfortably full. I thought about the brownies that are sitting in the fridge right now, but I wasn't interested in eating one. I just wasn't hungry.

This is kind of huge.
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It's That Time of Year again when the inside of my nose becomes dry, tender, and cracked from the forced heated air despite the fact that my office is freezing cold and we don't generally keep our house above 65F. MY FAVORITE.

I got my hair cut Saturday and my lovely stylist gave me a free blowout because she's awesome (and I tip well). It takes nearly twenty minutes to blow dry my hair--really blow dry it, not the half-assed thing I do at home--but when it's done well, my hair flows like water. I've been told I look like a Pantene advertisement when my hair's straightened like that. However, the power of my curl is strong and despite not washing my hair or even letting it get damp, it's starting to curl up at the ends and get tangly. I'll probably have to rinse it out this weekend. Sadness. I love my curls, don't get me wrong, but it's such a treat to be able to run my fingers through my hair a couple times a year.

Pretty much everything in this store is something that I'd like to have in my house. Especially this wallpaper. And I hate wallpaper.

Item of note: since I resigned myself to wearing All Knits All The Time, I care less about my abdominal swelling issues. It's amazing how, when I don't have to choose between clothes that fit half the day or have a waistband digging into my belly, the issue is...liveable. I would still like it to stop already, but it's not making my life miserable. Does cut down on my desire to participate in dance gigs, though. Fasting is doable, but that doesn't mean it's easy.

There are two things wanna do in my life right now: 1. Become re-engaged with my job. I am putting precious little soul into it lately and that's not helping my efficacy, enthusiasm, or efficiency. 2. Be more productive on the weekends. I want to get some art done, but once I'm finished with errands and house duties, it's all I can do to even make it to the damn couch. [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick and I were having a conversation about Managing Life a few nights ago and he pointed out that I am great at strategy but not so good at tactics. So those are my two strategies for feeling better about my life right now. Just gotta figure a way to plan out those tactics.

A new goal

Dec. 31st, 2013 08:57 am
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This is a very interesting and very NSFW commentary on bodies. From the description: Illusions of the Body was made to tackle the supposed norms of what we think our bodies are supposed to look like. Most of us realize that the media displays only the prettiest photos of people, yet we compare ourselves to those images. We never get to see those photos juxtaposed against a picture of that same person looking unflattering. That contrast would help a lot of body image issues we as a culture have.

It's a fitting concept for me as I finish what could be seen as I'm addressing as the failed goal of getting myself healthier in 2013. I learned a lot this year. I'm muscularly stronger than I was at the beginning of the year. I'm more accepting of my imperfect body. But am I overall healthier? Definitely not. I've had occasional upward spikes of health, but overall the trend since 2012 has most definitely been downward. The swelling issues are consistent and the Bad Days (where my belly winds up sticking out farther than my boobs) happen at least once a week instead of a couple times a month. My energy levels have more spikes (upward as well as downward). The insomnia is most certainly worse. So yeah, that goal? Not achieved. Can't say I didn't do my best, though.

For 2014, I'm documenting the minutia. I'll keep a journal with the following for every day:
Bedtime
Waking time
If I took all my supplements
If I ate anything not Whole30, note it
Energy levels for morning and afternoon
Type of exercise

Don't worry, I won't be posting all this on LJ.

I'm also doing a Whole30 for January and am considering doing a year-long Whole30 process where I do thirty days on, then take one day off, thirty days on, etc. It sounds daunting, but eating like I do now would have sounded daunting when I was still eating a standard diet.

So here's to my 2014 goal of Becoming More Informed and Educated about my body. If that goal isn't achieved, I have only myself to blame.

A new goal

Dec. 31st, 2013 08:56 am
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This is a very interesting and very NSFW commentary on bodies. From the description: Illusions of the Body was made to tackle the supposed norms of what we think our bodies are supposed to look like. Most of us realize that the media displays only the prettiest photos of people, yet we compare ourselves to those images. We never get to see those photos juxtaposed against a picture of that same person looking unflattering. That contrast would help a lot of body image issues we as a culture have.

It's a fitting concept for me as I finish what could be seen as I'm addressing as the failed goal of getting myself healthier in 2013. I learned a lot this year. I'm muscularly stronger than I was at the beginning of the year. I'm more accepting of my imperfect body. But am I overall healthier? Definitely not. I've had occasional upward spikes of health, but overall the trend since 2012 has most definitely been downward. The swelling issues are consistent and the Bad Days (where my belly winds up sticking out farther than my boobs) happen at least once a week instead of a couple times a month. My energy levels have more spikes (upward as well as downward). The insomnia is most certainly worse. So yeah, that goal? Not achieved. Can't say I didn't do my best, though.

For 2014, I'm documenting the minutia. I'll keep a journal with the following for every day:
Bedtime
Waking time
If I took all my supplements
If I ate anything not Whole30, note it
Energy levels for morning and afternoon
Type of exercise

Don't worry, I won't be posting all this on LJ.

I'm also doing a Whole30 for January and am considering doing a year-long Whole30 process where I do thirty days on, then take one day off, thirty days on, etc. It sounds daunting, but eating like I do now would have sounded daunting when I was still eating a standard diet.

So here's to my 2014 goal of Becoming More Informed and Educated about my body. If that goal isn't achieved, I have only myself to blame.
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Oh hey look. A Sherlock tee shirt that I think (finally) is actually pretty.


Unfortunately for me, I prefer more abstract designs on my tee shirts. Le Sigh. I really need to find at least one Sherlock tee before 221B Con.

I think most people who know me know how I feel about fitspo pics and slogans. And if you don't know know, you can probably intuit from my general hatred of social programming and generalized statements. So this Tumblr post pleased me immensely. FUCK FITSPO BULLSHIT. JUST FUCK THAT NOISE.

At Sunday's session with Andrew (where he near killed me, yay!) he mentioned that I was starting to visibly lean down. I told him that was largely due to my absolute lack of appetite lately and not to expect similar rapid progress for much longer. =/ I pitched to him my latest idea regarding long-term goals, which is to spend the rest of the year getting as strong as possible and then, starting in January, leaning down. He said that worked great because that's already what we're doing. So...that was easy.

My reasoning for the goal is that I'm going to 221B Con in April 2014 and I'd like to cosplay Sebastian Moran provided the BBC doesn't provide us with a specific and contradictory styled one in Season 3. Hm. Maybe I should ping my Spoiler!Sherlock peeps about that. I haven't been actively avoiding spoilers for Season 3 (I don't have spoiler tags nixed on Tumblr), but I also don't click links that say spoilers, either.

ANYWAY.

I've seen some good Rule 63'd Moran cosplays, but hardly any of them convince me of the character being a real badass. I want my arms, shoulders, and legs to say I can and will fuck your shit up, yo. Also, I think it would be awesome to be strong enough to fireman carry a cosplaying (handcuffed!) John Watson away for nefarious purposes. That would be a great photoset.

In other news, boy did I not feel like performing at KCRF yesterday. Spotty audiences aren't helping my motivation. It was a decent enough crowd, but if it weren't for the three groups of friends I had in attendance, it would have been a shit tipping day. There was a group of four tables right in the middle of the feast hall that didn't tip my first round. Nearly twenty people (out of a crowd of ~60) and not a single fucking dollar. I stopped dancing and put my hands out in an "are you shitting me" gesture and asked them "Seriously? None of you?" They all shook their heads and looked down at their tables. I gave a shrug, flipped them off (I was only holding up my zills, honestly!), and shimmied to the tables behind them where my awesome graduate students were sitting. I got a few dollars from the cheap-ass douchebags the next two sets, but only one person at each table both times.

My last performance at KCRF's Event-Formerly-Known-As-Smoker will be Columbus Day, Monday, October 14. I've already planned to take off the following Tuesday because it's KU's Fall Break. But I'm seriously considering taking the rest of the week off because FUCK I could use some vacation time. I'm headed to Indianapolis the first weekend of November, but visiting my parents is really not a vacation. Nice, but not a vacation.

And speaking of work, I've got a huge stack of data entry stuff sitting on my desk...pitter patter let's get at 'er. Bleh.
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Let's get the serious stuff out of the way first:
Shit's still going down in Texas, y'all. A pro-choice advocate was removed by state troopers during her testimony because one of the legislators on the committee didn't like what she was saying.


Article about the incident here. Warning: The video made my blood pressure go up. Just so you know.

Check out Joan Jett's leather jacket, on display in what I assume is a rock and roll museum. Look at her buttons.



*whew*

OK.

Last night I managed to get my Etsy shop up and running! Use code "acleverfan" to get 10% off through the end of the month.

Big thank yous to [profile] stuology for her photography, [profile] msmitti for modeling, [profile] radiantmephit for hosting the photoshoot, and especially to [profile] miischelle for modeling as well as her invaluable assistance, advice, and support through the whole process. It wouldn't have happened without you, bb.

Tonight I'm catching an early show at the Replay. Michael Buck is opening and I'll be leaving after he finishes. So if you want to catch some good tunes and a quick drink before it even gets dark tonight, meet me there. It's supposed to start at 6pm, but it's Replay, so... I'll be there at 6pm to get a table, anyway.

Tomorrow is my session with Andrew where I will not be doing anything resembling a metcon, and then an afternoon matinee of Pacific Rim.

Sunday I drive to Olathe to meet with [profile] sdemory and [personal profile] orrin to hash out details for the booth at Crypticon where I'll be serving as Demory's booth girl, cosplaying Dead Girl, a character from this story.

Somewhere in between all of that I want to finish cleaning the floor of the Chevelle, get the pieces cut for Dead Girl's clothes (I'm making her a dress and 30's styled undies), do laundry, and prep food for the following week. Pretty sure that's all entirely do-able as long as I don't let myself get caught on the couch with my computer open to AO3 or have another fatigue episode.

WHICH, speaking of, I feel pretty good today! Only took a week to get over that fucking baby metcon from last Saturday! Wooo!
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I want this soap dispenser. Like, NOW.


Sadly, I don't think it's actually available for purchase.

Last night I got called out on [livejournal.com profile] ontd_political for using a masculine pronoun as gender-neutral. The calling-out was perfectly appropriate in that environment. It's something I should probably stop doing, anyway. But I'm not sure how to tackle the issue of breaking a speech-pattern habit. I am a champ at incorporating different physical habits (eating issues, exercise, etc.), but I'm not sure how to go about changing the way I speak. Subliminal messages? Shock collar? Any suggestions?

Holy crap, the Salt Lake Tribune endorsed President Obama.

"In considering which candidate to endorse, The Salt Lake Tribune editorial board had hoped that Romney would exhibit the same talents for organization, pragmatic problem solving and inspired leadership that he displayed here more than a decade ago. Instead, we have watched him morph into a friend of the far right, then tack toward the center with breathtaking aplomb. Through a pair of presidential debates, Romney’s domestic agenda remains bereft of detail and worthy of mistrust.

Therefore, our endorsement must go to the incumbent, a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day. The president has earned a second term. Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first."

Whoa. I mean, that's Utah's golden boy they're dissing, there. That's...pretty big.

I got nearly everything done yesterday that I wanted. I still need to clean the sewing room and pull out the winter wardrobe. Those didn't get done because while we were out on errands, we found Iron Sky on Blu-Ray. Since [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick didn't get to see it in the theater, we watched it pretty much as soon as we got home. I did, however, cook up two pots of stuff to take to work, so I've got breakfasts and lunches covered for the week.

Now that KCRF is over, I need to start up with those Goal Posts again. I guess this week's goal will be developing some goals.

Lacking

Aug. 27th, 2012 10:01 am
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You knew it had to happen eventually. Tumblr Collection: Monday, August 27: Tom Hiddleston.



Goal posts are on hiatus until after KCRF closes.

I'm losing ground on my deadlift. I couldn't lift ninety-five pounds on the second set this morning. My previous max was 135. Boo, hiss.

This weekend wasn't nearly as productive as I'd planned/hoped. I've got a lot on my plate for this week, now. One hundred and forty-four hours until KCRF opening day.

Goal Post

Aug. 12th, 2012 02:07 pm
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Last week's:
Eat super squeaky clean. Done.

Make it to CrossFit three times. Made it FOUR TIMES, yo.

No checking email after work. Two nights last week I was too tired to do anything else, and I didn't want to start a book that I wouldn't have time to finish, so I played around on LJ and Tumblr for an hour or so before it was late enough that I could go to bed. Better that than sitting on the couch, staring blankly at the wall--which was my other option.

I'm counting last week as a win, even if I don't get a perfect gold star.

This week:
Continue to eat super squeaky clean--and remember to eat those starchy glucose carbs. Yes, I actually forget to eat carbs now. Sweet potatoes are sitting right there on the counter by the stove, bananas are sitting on the refrigerator, and I still don't remember to eat them. Carby food just isn't in my reality anymore. SO WEIRD.

Practice dance at least one evening. Seriously, girl, you need to get your game on.

Finish the new dance costume for Smoker. The dyed silk came out beautiful (so beautiful I'm tempted to purchase the rest of the bolt so I can have it on hand for future costumes in any color I care to make it). I dropped $50 on chrome-plated chain for this yesterday, too. It's gonna be gorgeous.

Seen on Tumblr this morning:
i got 99 problems and society’s attitudes towards sex and sexuality is like 98 of them

Goal Post

Aug. 5th, 2012 08:38 am
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I skipped a goal post last Sunday because vacation, baby. Fuck goals on vacation. I sat on my ass all week and took lots of naps and it was awesome.

Reporting on the week before that's goals, though:

Make an appointment with chiropractor to have her crack my neck. Done.

Wrap up orientation scheduling at work. Pretty much done. I just have to put in the final order for the handbooks. I planned to do this Friday, last thing before leaving, but I sent Kinko's the wrong TOC page and had to go back in on Saturday morning to send them the correct file. Ah, well, they can print them in 24 hours, so no big deal.

Maintain a strict bedtime schedule. During the previous week? Yes. Vacation week? Not so much. But I did get a lot of sleep, with naps at least half the time. And even when I didn't fall asleep for a nap, I often took a little lie-down. Blissful.

For the coming week:

Eat super squeaky clean. No soda. No snacking. No booze.

Make it to CrossFit three times. Even if it's hot. Even when I'm tired.

No checking email after work. I've got two sewing projects that I'd like to wrap up this month. Possible to do, yes, but not if I'm dicking around on the internet all evening.

Goal Post

Jul. 22nd, 2012 09:19 am
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Last week:

Stop by Star Struck Clothing I stopped by during the sidewalk sale because I was already downtown that morning for my acupuncture. The shop wasn't open. She had a tent set up on Mass and the store was locked up. WTF. So I have to go down there again. Next time I'll call first.

Scrub the downstairs shower Done.

Give double-unders another go I can't shake this stupid sinus headache (going on about a week now), and any sort of bouncing movement hurts. Jump rope just wasn't gonna happen.



So this week:

Make an appointment with chiropractor to have her crack my neck. Sometimes that helps with my sinus headaches, although I have no idea why.

Wrap up orientation scheduling at work. I'm on vacation next week and I don't want the orientation stuff hanging over my head. Tasks: print letters and info sheets for student packets, order the new printing of the grad student handbook, confirm room reservation details, organize department and guest speakers, email incoming students with reminders to attend, and compile my notes on my own presentation for the new students.

Maintain a strict bedtime schedule despite the fact that we have company in town this week.
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I would ask "D'you think there's slashfic out there yet?" But I think we all know the answer to that.

From BBC Two's production The Hollow Crown

Out with friends last night, one of whom was visiting from St. Louis. I actually closed down the bar. Yes I did. Craziness. Fell into bed around 2:30 and still woke up at 7:00 this morning. *sigh* Worth it, though!

Last week's goals:
Practice some dance Check

Start on the new costume Fail

Budget time wisely Check

The third one took precedence over the second one, and to be honest I ran out of steam by Thursday. What with the Campbell Conference the weekend prior, I hadn't had a day of rest for nearly two weeks. Apparently my brain and body really need rest days because I was just dead by Thursday afternoon. This wasn't helped by the fact that sometimes, when I reach that level of exhaustion, it's hard for me to sleep. This is why it takes me weeks to get past my insomnia issues, when they pop up. It's a nasty cycle. I wonder if this is a cortisol issue--perhaps I should mention that to Dr. Khosh. BTW, I didn't get my nap yesterday. Tried and failed. So I'm working on about ten hours of sleep since Friday. Yay. Really hope this doesn't trigger another insomnia bout like I had this spring. Man, that sucked.

I found out that CrossFit Lawrence has changed their WOD hours and they have a 6:00am one now. If I went to that, I could still make it home in time to shower (quickly) and make it to work by 8:00am. But if I'm not sleeping...that's not going to work so well.

I'm not sure what to set for this week's goals. Maybe I should shoot for practical, one-shot things this week. So let's say:

Stop by Star Struck Clothing to see if any of my bloomers have sold.

Scrub the downstairs shower because it's seriously due.

Give double-unders another go just once before the weekend.

That'll do.

Goal Post

Jul. 8th, 2012 08:35 am
clevermanka: default (wrestler)
I did not lose my shit. I came really really close yesterday afternoon, but instead of blowing up, I just walked away from the situations/conversations.



Let's see, then. Goals for this week.

Practice some dance I was reminded that there's only six weeks until KCRF. I need to get some actual dance practice in. Not just drills. Dance twice a week this week.

Start on the new costume Those new bra cups aren't going to morph into a new costume on their own.

Budget time wisely Friends from out of town are visiting this weekend, and another friend has a going-away party Friday night. I want to make sure all life responsibilities (laundry, grocery shopping, etc.) are completed before Friday night!

Good news: I'm down four pounds and nearly two inches around my waist since starting these new supplements (I started June 29--so that's only a week and two days). I THINK THIS MIGHT BE WORKING. I still don't have a lot of energy, and I'm still not sleeping great, but I wonder if that's more the heat than anything else.

Last night I woke around 3:30 and it took me over two hours to fall back asleep. My eyes are really dry and tired. I should probably put in some eye drops before I drive Sheila Finch to the airport.

And I should also eat breakfast. Hm. This is new. I'm not usually hungry this early in the mornings. Perhaps the cortisol is working. Higher cortisol levels in the morning (what most people have) means better energy levels and an appetite in the morning. Well, right now I've got one out of two.
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Haven't lost my shit yet.

Yay.

Even though I lost an hour of worktime yesterday to run to the airport. And will lose two hours Thursday for acupuncture and then possibly another three hours going to the airport again. Never mind! Got that one covered!



Oh, and there's that little matter of tomorrow being a federal holiday and I can't come to work--well, I can't count hours worked. And you know I am not working if I don't get my hours counted because fuck being a hourly employee who works like a salaried one. Oh hey! I just got approved to come in and count my hours for comp time tomorrow if I need to!



So here I am! Not losing my shit!

Because OF COURSE someone had to do a Hiddleston Old Spice Ad.

And this is awesome, too.

Goal Post

Jul. 2nd, 2012 12:18 pm
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Okay, you know what? I need to take fifteen fucking minutes and just breathe for godssake. I am being pulled in too many directions and am going to snap someone's head off. Breathe. B-r-e-a-t-h-e. Breathing on LJ.

So, goals from last week:

Attempting the no-coffee thing again Well that one was sort of a no-choice thing after Friday's meeting with Dr. Khosh. No coffee on Saturday morning sucked.

Exercise at home three times If you count doing some drills and other bellydance stuff with [livejournal.com profile] msmitti, check this one as a yes. Otherwise, I only managed two times.

Make some art Art card made, mailed, and received.

Due to the demands of Campbell Conference stuff, I don't have the physical or mental stamina for new and exciting goals this week, so I think I'm just gonna make one, which I copied 100% from a previous goal of [livejournal.com profile] tama_grey:

Do not lose your shit Do not lose your shit at anyone or anything. Just chill the fuck out. It's okay. You've got this. You've totally, totally got this.

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Jun. 24th, 2012 01:10 pm
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Last week's goals:

Continue to eat well Knocked this one out of the park. My food choices were 100% appropriate. Avoiding nuts and fruit also eliminated snacking. High-fives all around.

Make the mock-up for commissioned Frock Coat Check.

Avoid caffeine during the week I completely forgot about this and bought some coffee from the cafeteria downstairs on Friday. WTF, brain? I did fine the rest of the week and then Friday I bought coffee. I wasn't even tired. I just felt like coffee and forgot about my goal. WTF.



This week:

Attempting the no-coffee thing again and this time I hope to remember about it all five days of the workweek.

Exercise at home three times It's too fucking hot to go to Crossfit. The box isn't air-conditioned and I overheat easily. I've already come close to throwing up twice during a WOD and I don't want to push my luck. I've got to continue with strength training, though, so I'll be devising some home workouts.

Make some art Non-sewing-related art. Maybe some art cards or a collage cigar box. I'm gonna start on that as soon as I'm done dicking around on the internet. Yay art!

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