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Hewwo, again…

Yes, I’m still here.

I realize it’s been forever since I posted, but things just got crazy for a while and i got out of the habit. No good excuse: just didn’t feel like it.

So, instead of telling the whole boring story, I’ll just give the recent and relavent developements.

I no longer work at my office job. I’ve been back in school full-time for a whole semester now and about to start another one, and I work part-time (very part-time as of recently) at a clothing store. I let go of my healthy-eating habits for a while, but soon got back on the wagon. I now eat a vegetarian diet (except for fish, which technically makes me a pescatarian) and I feel great about it.

When I let go of my healthy diet, my exercise kinda flew out the window, too. Over the last couple of months, I’ve started getting back into yoga and recently discovered hot yoga. Most amazing thing! It’s so hard, but so worth it. When I leave class, I feel like I just accomplished something great! Sounds corny, but I dare you to try it and not love the feeling after a few classes. It’s a perfect escape from everything.

There’s been a lot more drama in these in-between months…a lot of ups and downs…but I’m trying to keep myself motivated and trying to remember why I’m where I am right now. I’ve decided that even though this break between semesters is great and much-needed, it’s also made me feel like a blob – yes, a blob. This isn’t because I feel fat or anything; I just feel like I’m wasting away doing nothing with my life. I get to sleep in, but then I just lay around all day, which makes me not feel like doing anything but laying around all day again. So, even though I hate the stress of exams, the early, cold mornings, and late-night study sessions, I’m really glad that school starts next week. I need to feel like I have a purpose again!

Sooo, on that note I will leave you and get myself to bed. I have to start the transition into getting up earlier so Monday doesn’t shock my system.


Get Your Head in the Game!

Most of my week has been consumed with thoughts and organization for my immediate future. I’ve made a complete (or as complete as it can be right now) financial plan, and I’ve done exhaustive research to find out what classes I need to take and when.

I get so excited when I start things like this that I want to start my classes now! But I have to remind myself to take a step back and remember not to jump into everything so quickly that I completely burn out in the middle of the first semester (which has happened). So I think I’ve decided on taking two classes (one evening and one online) this summer to give me a head start. I just don’t want to wait till fall. If things go according to plan, I should be able to transfer to the University a year from August. Then, hopefully, I’ll only have to spend a year there before I can head out to med school (I hope!). That’s the plan…I think it’s a good one. I just have to keep my head in the game this time!

Running has been going well this week. I ran again on Wednesday, and I made it through the same routine without any issues. I’m supposed to run again today…unfortunately I walked out the door this morning without my shoes and workout gear. So, I guess I’ll go home to change and head out to the local park. I don’t enjoy it as much as the park I usually go to (it’s pretty much just a loop), but it’ll do for today. I have to keep at it because my first 5K is two weeks from today!!! It’s a little sooner than I had planned, but I just really want to do this one. I don’t expect to run the entire thing, but I hope I will be able to run the majority of it. I’m really pumped about it, and about the fact that I’ve actually made this much progress. This is only my fourth week, and I feel like I’m already performing about 20x better than when I started.

I’m planning on making the most of the next few weeks – starting this weekend – and soaking up all the freedom I can, because school is calling…


Synchronicity?

Isn’t it strange how sometimes your thoughts are confirmed by other things you see, or people who couldn’t have possibly known what you were thinking? This has happened to me a couple of times today, and I’m thinking maybe it’s a good sign.

I’ve had the plan all this year to start taking classes again this coming fall. I want to take a few courses at a time, finish my bachelors and eventually go to med school. I know…it’s going to take a LONG time, but I’ve learned over these past few years that the important thing is that I keep moving forward toward a goal. As long as I keep moving I haven’t failed, right?

It’s very interesting that I started thinking about this today, and when I started reading my “regular” blogs today everything pointed in that direction.

The first thing I read was Katie’s blog. Wow. Talk about an in your face “you-should-really-take-this-to-heart-and-get-off-your-butt-to-do-something-that-matters” serendipitous moment. I think this is just what I needed to hear. All I’ve been doing lately is contemplating the future. How will I take full-time classes and still work at my job? Where will I work if I can’t? Will I be able to afford it? Blah, blah, blah. The fact that it’s taken me all this time to realize is this: if I keep waiting for the perfect time, I’ll never do it because there is no such time.

I also read Angela’s blog this afternoon, and what do you know…hers was about relatively the same thing. It’s like I’m getting silent encouragement from people who don’t even know they’re doing it. Thanks ladies!

I know it’s not going to be the most enjoyable time of my life, but if I stick with it maybe my life will be that much better when this ordeal is over. I just have to buckle down, save every penny I can, and get serious.

I realize that this might not be a blow-your-mind amazing epiphany or anything, but it’s been quite the realization for me today. It’s good to know that it can be done…so why not me?


Success Comes in 1-Minute Packages

Yesterday started a new week in my running schedule. The plan this week was to run 3 minutes, walk 90 seconds, run 5 (!) minutes, walk 2.5 minutes, and repeat. All I could say was “yeah, right”. I really struggled last week when the longest period of running was 3 minutes, so 5 minutes just seemed completely impossible.

Well of course Scott wasn’t going to hear any of that. He told me just to try it and that he really believed I could do it. So, even though I really didn’t feel like it, I made my way out to the park and started.

Surprisingly, the first 3-minute segment seemed not too bad. Then came the 5-minute part. I really thought I would have to stop after 3 or 4, but i did it! I did the whole thing…even the second time around. I was completely ecstatic when I realized I had done it.

I know that running for 5 minutes may not seem like a long time – especially to those who have been runners for a while – but to me it was like conquering Everest. A few weeks ago I could barely make it 1 minute, and now I can do 5 times that…way exciting. So I’m starting to think that doing a 5k after 9 weeks doesn’t seem so unreachable a goal, after all. I just have to keep pushing myself…1 minute at a time.


Pay Attention to Directions!

So I think I know why my runs have been pretty unsuccessful this week. I just took a look at my running plan and, whattya know…I was doing it totally wrong. In fact, I don’t know where I got the whole run 2 minutes, walk for 1 deal – that’s not on there anywhere. I just make things up sometimes…gah!

What I’m really supposed to be doing this week is run 90 seconds, walk 90 seconds, run 3 minutes, walk 3 minutes, then repeat that. That’s a pretty big difference – especially considering the amount of time allowed for a break. This makes me feel so much better. I think today’s run should go a lot more smoothly…if I can wake up by then. I’ve been so tired all day long. I was literally on the verge of falling asleep on the way to work this morning! That’s a TERRIBLE feeling.

Thank goodness it’s almost lunch time. I’m having quinoa (!) and sauteed veggies (squash, broccoli, and carrot). Maybe that will get me through the afternoon.

Oh, and last night’s dinner was awesome. I did not want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so I decided to whip up a tortilla pizza using lots of things I had on hand. A whole grain tortilla, spaghetti sauce, carrot, spinach, a few pinto beans, tofu (still not crazy about it but I’m trying), red bell pepper, and cheese. Just tossed it in the oven for about 15 minutes, and it was amazing. I will absolutely make that again when I want a quick meal.

Alright, off to lunch…halfway there!


Writing/Running Block

I’ve been a total slacker when it comes to blogging lately. I got behind on the weekend, and I just can’t seem to “re-motivate” myself. But here’s me trying to snap myself out of it.

This week in running, I’ve been a little off and on. Monday started a new step up for me. I had to start running for 2 minutes and walking for 1. I got Scott to come with me, thinking that he would be able to motivate me. Fail.

I ran my first 2 minutes but, after walking for 1 minute, I was still trying to catch my breath. Basically I ended up running between 1 and 2 minutes and walking for about 90 seconds…oh, and freaking out and saying I didn’t think there was any way I was going to ever be able to run. Not a good day.
So yesterday I went out to run again and, at Scott’s advice, I tried not to pay as much attention to the clock as I did to the way I felt. I think this did work, but the first half of my time was kinda rough. At the halfway point, I decided to just run slowly as far as I could possibly go. I ended up running for about 2.5 minutes, walking for 1, then running another 1.5. By then I was at the point where I just needed to walk for my cool down. I felt much better, though. Maybe I can still do it.

I did have a strange experience yesterday for the second time in a couple of weeks. As I made my turn around at the halfway point, I noticed that my right foot was numb – like it was “asleep”. This happened to me once before, and it worried me a little. I’m really not sure what could cause this. Help anyone?

I’m going to walk with my mom after work today, but I may end up running for a bit, too. We’ll see, but I really think I need the practice, and I think I can handle it today.

In other news, I was supposed to have a casual lunch (sandwiches, chips and fruit) with work today, but the thought of lunch meat really turned me off. I did end up having one – and it was pretty good – but I just realized how much my appetite has changed. I would much rather have had a big bunch of veggies and a salad or something. It’s a good thing, I guess. But this also led me to think about the restaurant choices in my area and how many vegetarian choices there are. The answer? Seemingly not very many. I spent a good deal of time looking at websites for area restaurants and perusing their menus. Pretty poor selection. I’ll have to look into this a little more.


Technical Difficulty and Chasing Waterfalls…

Long time, no see. I’ve been having a lot of trouble getting my photos emailed to my computer from my phone, so I didn’t want to post until I worked that out. FINALLY got it fixed just now.

So, we ended up going to Brevard, NC on Saturday morning for our trip. We got there around lunchtime and stopped at this little cafe to eat. I had an awesome chicken salad sandwich and a green salad with a delicious balsamic dressing.

Sooo good

 I also had an iced chai, which was pretty awesome as well.

After lunch, we drove out of the downtown area and went on a waterfall hunt. Our first stop was Looking Glass Falls. Apparently this is one of the most photographed falls in the country…I think that’s because it’s just off the road and requires absolutely no hiking.

So...many...stairs

Then we went to another, smaller waterfall. We hiked to the bottom of it and to the top. Going to the top didn’t exactly have a trail the whole way, so it was kind of treacherous.

I'm glowing...with pride that I made it up there?

Scott sometimes hides in the shadows

After all of my whining about being afraid I was going to slip and fall on the way up, Scott was terrified that I was going to fall into the water at the top. He wouldn’t let me go!

This is the top, looking down the falls...

Shh...don't blow my cover!

 Oh, and did I forget to mention that we weren’t on this trip

"Here I am at the stream"

alone?

Now that's a man!

Charlie dog tagged along with us!

And yes, I do know I’m a nerd…it’s ok.

We went to one more waterfall that was supposed to be 0.7 miles away…yeah, maybe if you’re in a helicopter. It was definitely a couple of miles. Not a difficult trail though, so we didn’t mind. And it was really cool when we got there.

Objects in picture are larger than they appear.

 It was pretty awesome…we were able to walk underneath into this cave-like area.

 

Scott's thoughts..."my calves look awesome".

More Charlie pics!

So after a day of hiking and photo snapping, we went to our hotel to clean up then headed out to dinner. We went to this place called The Quarry, and it was AWESOME! I could not stop raving about the food the whole time. I would have taken pictures, but the place was dark, and I didn’t really want to draw that much attention.

Scott and I both started off with salads. I got the spinach salad which had spinach leaves, eggs, bacon, mushrooms, onion, and parmesan topped with their homemade dressing. Wonderful.

They brought fresh (I mean right out of the oven) bread to our table. It had garlic/herb seasonings baked in, and it was served with pesto. Yum.

For my entrée, I got crab-stuffed halibut with a light basil cream sauce, mashed sweet potatoes and sugar snap peas. Oh my…everything on my plate was so amazing that I literally did not want to stop eating.

We were really tired after our active day, so we slept till about 9:00 AM, then we had breakfast at the hotel, got ready, and went to roam around downtown. Some of the shops were closed because it was Sunday, but we still got to shop around a little. After having lunch and a little more wandering, we made our way back home.

All in all, it was a fabulous trip! We both had a great time, and it was really nice to spend some QT with each other.


Happy Saturday!

This is going to be a relatively short post because Scott and I are about to leave. I’m not sure where we’re going, but I’m excited!

Yesterday, after work, I met up with my mom at the park for a walk. I”m not sure how far we went, but it was probably around 3 miles. After she left, I started on my run…it was AWESOME!! I felt so strong during this one. I didn’t run out of breath, and I made it all the way through with just a little burning in the legs. Whoo hoo!! I was so pumped up!

The rest of the evening we just had dinner and chilled out a while. I was pretty exhausted from the night before, so I was ready to go to bed kinda early.

That’s about all I have for now…updates to come later on where we go today.:)


Ouch! ….yawn

Happy Friday everyone! Thank goodness the weekend is here! Woot woot!

I, however, do not feel nearly as peppy as that sounds. I feel like someone snuck into my room last night, beat me up, twisted me like a pretzel, then made sure I didn’t get but about 5 hours of sleep. *sigh*

That didn’t happen though. I am just sore and exhausted because I did an hour of yoga (and a tougher one), then spent the entire evening cleaning up my room (which was a disaster) because someone is coming to look at our house today. My two roommates and I rent from an individual, and he is trying to sell the place. I also had to wash three loads of clothes and pack for this weekend.

I was in dire need of my choco-cherry bomb this morning. I think it has helped me to feel a little better already. I had a dull headache (probably from lack of sleep) this morning and now it’s gone. I love magic smoothies.:)

That’s about all for now. Just hoping this day goes by quickly…I’m ready to chill out. Of course, I won’t be able to do that immediately because today’s a run day. But after that, nothing! At least the sun is back out today. Makes me happy!

Oh, and I remembered to take a picture of my flowers.

How precious!

 These made me smile.

Have a good day!


Fiesta and Flowers

It’s days like this that make me wish I was lying on a beach in sunny southern Cali. It’s pretty dreary outside, and we’re supposed to have thunderstorms all afternoon. Boo.

But backing up a little, last night was pretty great. I had a good run at a park I had never been to. I was still a little out of breath, but not nearly as bad as on Monday. So hopefully that means my lungs are getting stronger. I’m still on track for the 9-week schedule, which definitely makes me feel good. I was concerned that, as much of a weakling as I was, I might have to repeat or lengthen a week, but so far so good!

I got home, showered, and put on comfies before going down to the kitchen to make one of the best meals I’ve made in a while. I finally tried out this recipe I found for Mexican pasta. I adjusted it a little to my preferences, and it was super easy and delicious!

I used 1 can of black beans, 1 onion, 1 can diced tomatoes, 1 can of corn (reduced sodium), about 3/4 of a bag of fusilli pasta, and part of a taco seasoning packet (because it was way spicy).

It is awesome with some sour cream and cheese…and avocado if mine would have been ripe.😦 And it makes SO much. I’ll be having leftovers for a while.

Just as I was finishing up with cooking, there was a knock at my door. I looked out the peephole and, lo and behold, it was Scott.:) He had told me where he was throughout the day, and I didn’t think he’d be home yet. He surprised me with some pretty flowers (which I meant to take pictures of, and I’ll post those tonight), and we got to spend a little time together on our anniversary.

Got back to my chocolate-cherry bomb this morning, and had a plum as a snack around 10:30. I’m already looking forward to lunch…I WANT that pasta!

And now, just because it’s adorable…

:)


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