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Trying something new, blog-wise...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

New for me, at least. I've popped open a Notepad, and will be jotting down notes during the day as they come to me. Too often, I have a thought, think 'I should blog that' then get distracted and forget, and never come back to it.

My workday is spent on a computer, because technology is my job. Some days are frenetic, some days quiet. I never know, from one moment to the next, when we're going to get slammed. I like that it keeps me busy, and keeps me guessing. So, today, we'll see which it is - slow and steady, or jumping and jiving.

To start off, I've read my Runner's World emails this morning. The Daily Kick in the Butt was this:
If you set a goal for yourself and are able to achieve it, you have won your race. Your goal can be to come in first, to improve your performance, or just finish the race. It's up to you.
Dave Scott, U.S. Triathlete

Amen! And while this quote is about running, it's also about life. It's great to have outside sources reinforce what SP offers and teaches us. Let's keep pursuing our goal of finishing this healthy lifestyle race, yea?

Ok, off I go to sink into work (already received one request in the midst of writing this!). I'll update periodically during the day, I hope.

11 a.m.
We registered, last night, for the Heartbreak Half, 10K and 5K. I'll be running the 5K, Bill will be walking the 5K.
What? Yea, we DID do one last weekend. I explained to Bill that I wanted to do it so that I had run my one 5K for February, which was my original plan - to do a 5K in Feb and March, then move on to 10Ks for April, May, and June. It's the kind of sense that only makes sense to me LOL
Another picture from the Valentine's Run last Sunday. We ordered the official print as a 5x7 and should get it in a while. Yay!

Slamming morning. Whew! Through it all, I'm eating (slowly) my breakfast - Coconut Pineapple yogurt, diced pears, and a few walnut halves. Later I'll toast my crispy english muffin, and have it with a schmear of neufchatel. Yum! It'll total out to be 477 calories, which is a lot, but it'll last me from 7 to about 11:30. I guess I eat in stages at work, and never really thought much about it. Then it'll be a relatively light lunch, a Clif Bar for a snack (never tried one before, but I'm due to run 4 miles tonight and thought I'd see how it goes) and then an even lighter dinner. It'll all be in my shared nutrition tracker if you're curious later on.

14 windows open, most of them active. Yea, we're busy LOL
What's up with the ad banners above individual blog posts? Hmm...
I just read MezzoAngel's blog, A Glimpse of the Future

That's kind of where my head went over the weekend. I want to give up the struggle. I want to give up the angst. I want to give up fighting my body. I simply want to be. I want to do. I want to live my life, not as a constant battle, but by being conscious and present and mindful and putting in the effort. I envisioned myself on a run - not huffing puffing panting OMG'ing struggling, but.. running. One foot after the other - both feet off the ground, no matter how quickly or shortly. Just running. It was simple, it felt light (can you FEEL in a mental image? Hmm..) and it made me smile. I ran Monday night, 3.5 mi on the treadmill, up to 4.5 mph, and it FELT like what I pictured. It was good. 4 miles tonight, against at 4.5 on the tread. I'm starting to like that. Much better than 4.0 anyway.
Really??!? But.. ok. Breathe in... breathe out... repeat.
If typing were running, I'd be a world-class ultra-runner!
BodyBugg vs. FitBit vs Garmin Forerunner 305 -
Do you have any of them? What do you think?
If you could get any one, what would you recommend?
I know they all do different things - or well, the BodyBugg and FitBit are similar, and the Forerunner would be more about running.
Any thoughts?
11 a.m. - half hour until lunch, but I'm already hungry. I'll hold off until 11:30, which will just help me enjoy my lunch all the more! This is why eating during the week is so much easier than eating during the weekend. I have a limited amount of food avalable at work - sorta. I have a few Fiber One bars in my desk drawer; there's a vending machine across the haul in the kitchenette, that I haven't used in .. months; there's a cafe downstairs on the first floor of our building. These are all options for additional food, but my thinking has changed enough that they really AREN'T options at all.
At home? I have the fridge, the cabinets, the bins to dig into, and (previously) no set time for eating. I opted to eat on my work schedule last weekend, and it worked for me, so I'll keep at it.
Ok, here's my half-day update LOL Boy I'm a chatty-cathy today, even with as busy as it's been!
Seriously, I need to find a new vocation! Not everything is personal, but boy it sure does feel like it lately. Too much stress.
Kettlebells! I slacked off last week on my kb workouts because of the doldrums. Big mistake! 20 minutes last night kicked my patootie in a harsh way. I’m back on the kb train again.
Ah, lunchtime walk, how I needed thee. You were just right! A break in the rain/snow and a smidgen of sunshine made that the best 32 minutes of my day so far. So I’m windblown and my fingers ache from not having gloves to wear – that’s alright. It was worth the effort to clear my head!
So I signed up for the Virtual Race – W00TY-W00T!

Several virtual races, actually.
Your Virtual Races
• Week of Apr 10-16, 2011 – 5K Walk/Run
• Week of Apr 3-9, 2011 – 10K
• Week of Mar 13-19, 2011 – 5K Running
• Week of Feb 20-26, 2011 – 5K Walk/Run
The one for April 10-16 is the actual virtual race for SP, the others are real runs I’ll be doing here in PDX. They have options for all levels, even walking. If you’ve always wanted to do a race, but haven’t found one yet, or aren’t sure if you’re up for it, aren’t ready, whatever – TRY THIS! I mean, y’know, no pressure. Just if you want to!
Zwickelmania is this weekend in Portland as well. It’s all about the beer. We’ll see if the Man would be interested in making the rounds.

Friday, I’m taking the day off from work, and heading with the Hubby and Step-Ex-Wife, down to Salem to see step-daughter-the-youngest. She’s 7 months preggers now, and her birthday is coming up. We’ll go down, go to lunch, do some shopping for the baby, and head back home. Should be a very nice day. I can’t wait for the lil bean to get here. It’s a boy, he has a twig. In fact, that’s what Bill has been calling him since we found out he’s a he – Twig LOL
This has been a fun experiment. It’s plain to see that I DO have a lot of stuff going on in my head. I just need to let it out more often. The madness of work has eased up this afternoon, so there’s more flow-of-consciousness going on right now.
First impression of the Chocolate Almond Fudge Clif Bar – Interesting. It almost tastes.. minty? Cinnamony? What’s up with that?
It certainly tastes better than a protein bar I tried a couple weeks ago. This is pretty good.
Day’s winding down. I need to finish up tasks and get ready for the great trek home. Actually, it IS a great trek home. I get to avoid the madness of the freeways and take surface streets, 20 minutes and I’m home.
Roxyangel, thanks for reading! I hope you had a great day, too! I love starting my day with that Kick in the Butt! Sometimes, it really does make a difference in my day.

Robbie and Rigby, I have an office supply fetish (LOVE little notepads and pens and things) so you’d think I’d be more about taking notes. I don’t, or rarely do. I use the computer for everything, which is fine, because my Blackberry syncs with my email and calendar and it’s all good – until I forget the blasted Crackberry (like I did last night) and then I’m lost LOL Bad!

Addie, I thought of you and your status mention about a coworker. I think my fingers would have fit nice and tightly around some throats today LOL It was that kind of frustration, but fortunately, it’s over. At least for today. I really do need to find a new line of work.

Anne, you’re sweet to say I’m interesting, but I think I’m just odd. Heh. I might do this again at some point, but it’ll be a while. I appreciate you reading, regardless, and hope everyone is doing well at your home. Your mom and brother are still visiting, yes?

Shelli, I’m so ready for it NOW LOL nothing like impatience. This latest set of blahs and short bout of depression was .. well, depressing. Just when I think I’ve got it together and it simply IS life, I get dumped on my ear and reminded that I’m not quite there.. yet.
Alright, here’s me, finishing up and signing off. A good run, a good dinner, and a nice evening at home – sounds like the perfect ending!
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    I'm just here catching up on stuff I missed last week. Love your new blog style. Have you tried Lara bars? They're the only ones I like, yummo!

    I heard it snowed last week. Wonder if this forecast is really going to happen. Although I did wake up to snow and stood in it while waiting for the bus.
    3773 days ago
    ok, so I love the stream of consciousness thing!! reminds me of how my brain works!

    A few things:

    1) you GO on all the running - and the distances! I only done one "long" run a week, around 3-4 miles. I want to get more into my 10k training plan I picked up here on SP but have been tentative due to weaning off of the ankle brace. Plus, Tues and Thurs mornings I don't have alot of time to run though now it seems to be a little lighter at least until the time changes so I'm going to take advantage. You've inspired me. Tomorrow morning may just be a long run!

    2) Have you tried Larabars? I eat one for breakfast every day and LOVE them. My fave flavors are the chocolate chip cookie dough and the chocolate chip brownie. They are all natural with just a handful of ingredients. They are very yummy and much more satisfying to me than most of the bars out there - and I'm kind of silly about not wanting a ton of ingredients too.

    3) I have the Garmin Forerunner 305. I bought it as a reward to myself last year after finishing the C25k plan. I love love love it. I only use it for running and walking, but while I'm running I can see my real-time pace, and stay on pace (helps alot in races when the adrenaline hits and I'm tempted to run too fast at first) and also tracks the distance, etc. It has a lap feature too that I love especially when I do speedwork - so it breaks out my pace by my sprints/walk breaks so when I get home I can see how I performed. It is awesome. I know some people that have the body bugg - I just didn't want a monthly fee or anything like that at when I got the Garmin, running was mostly what I was doing. Now that I do other things 3 days a week in addition to running 3 days a week I had considered the body bugg but at this point am very happy with having my Garmin. I NEVER run without it now. Oh - and you can set it too to have alarms go off when you reach certain distances, or if you are going too fast or to slow, etc. It also has auto pause which is helpful when my puppy stops to go potty. :)

    OK - now I've written about as much as you blogged! Your fault! LOL

    Take care!
    3780 days ago
    Blow by blow...interesting idea. I am just not sure if anyone would want to read about my boring blow by blow days!! You on the other hand are quite interesting. I look forward to it.
    3780 days ago
    It'll be nice to get to that place where "all this" is just our day to day routine, without too much focus or effort. It'll just "be". It'll be part of life that we do to feel healthy and strong. Bring it on!
    3780 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7466362
    Scribbling notes throughtout the day... thought I was the only one who did that. I can't keep some of my brilliant thoughts for more than a few minutes, so it's a necessity. I'm on/off the computer all day too (at home). People must think I'm glued/addicted to SP. Well, I am... just not in an unhealthy way.

    3780 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/16/2011 3:33:19 PM
    Fun blog. Looking forward to seeing how the rest of your day went.

    3780 days ago
    Wow, I could have written your first paragraph! I always have these thoughts (usually when I am working out), think about blogging and then don't. Great idea you have to jot down on the notepad. Writing this is making me laugh as I just realized while I was walking yesterday I had an inspiration for something I'm working on so I opened the voice memo on my phone to leave a note. HOWEVER, I forgot about it until now. hmmmmm Don't forget to open your notepad after you write on it!
    3781 days ago
  • ADESSO1234
    Fun idea- I'm looking forward to reading how your day goes.

    I loved the runner's world quote. I've got to sign up to recieve their emails- nothing like some positive reinforcement to help you through the day!!

    have a great day girl!! emoticon
    3781 days ago
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