Saturday, October 29, 2011

Great Fall Evenings

Tonight was one of those priceless nights that makes other nights envious.  My best friend, her husband, and her two sons came over for pizza and beer to hang out and watch TV. We talked, laughed, watched TV and just did nothing, but the experience makes me grateful for the company of good friendship. I try my hardest to be the best friend to whomever I am friends with.  That includes being someone to hang out with or to complain to or to just laugh with.  I value my friends. I've made friends in the most unique places as well.  Being that my husband is/was military, we have had the pleasure of moving across the country.  We were raised in California which has its benefits, but then we moved to Georgia where I had the distinct pleasure of learning the ways of the south.  I made a lot of friends there, but then we moved to Arizona.  Here I've become an adult, mother, thirty-something, etc. I've changed opinions, political parties, goals, and dreams, but I've held one thing to the core - the ability to make friends.  On top of all that, technology has taken hold of my life in a new way with social networking. I never imagined I would meet people online knowing only their picture and their keystrokes, but again, I've made friends.  Some of which, I can't imagine being the writer I am today without. I value each friend I've made and will maintain my loyalty to them all. I am a die hard.  I believe in supporting my friends, helping my friends, and overall having their backs (so to speak).  This is me.  I thank tonight's fall evening for reminding me that friends are the people who define us.  Thank you to all of my friends.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Thursday's Run

Hubby and I ran week 1 day 2 of C25K with a different app Thursday. This time is was 2 minute runs with 3 minute recoveries.  We ran up hill the first half and back down for the second half.  This was much more challenging than day one, but I did it.  The only problem I experienced is that I have exercised induced asthma and I had to use my inhaler.  I really thought I was going to have an attack, but thankfully, it subsided.  Come to find out the next day, the wind had kicked up Thursday morning while I was in my 100% recycled air building and the pollen count had increased.  Nice combo of running and allergies caused my asthma.  It sucked! We are planning to run again tonight once it's cooled down and I am planning on using my inhaler before we leave to prevent a repeat of Thursday.  I will let you know how it goes.

Meanwhile, I am officially old.  My first born is turning 9 today and she amazes me with her height, intelligence, age, everything. 

On the writing front, not much is happening other than some pretty heavy editing.  Other than that, I'm looking forward to a fun Sunday of cleaning, birthday, grading, and football.  I hope you all have a great day!

P.S. I know today's post was a bit boring, but as I said in an earlier post, my blog is about my improving externally and internally right now.  No more complaining...just positive thoughts. :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Couch to 5K

I am not a runner. I've never been a runner.  In fact, in high school for the timed runs, I got sick 3/4 of the way through from the overwhelming smell of fresh cut grass.  I've never run a mile straight through a day in my life.  But after not being able to lose weight with just diet, I told my husband we needed to integrate exercise, and I wanted to try this "running thing".

After yesterday's run/walk, hubby and I decided to start Couch to 5k.  For those of you who don't know what that is, it's a five minute warm-up walk followed by six 60 second run intervals with 90 second walks in between concluded with a 5 minute walk cool down.  At least that is week one.  It's a podcast on itunes for free.  Supposedly, we will be able to run a 5k in 9 weeks.  We shall see about that.

So, tonight was W1D1 and it went ok.  We did the first half uphill, which made the return home a tad bit easier because it was downhill for the second half.  I really thought I couldn't do it, and there were times when I wanted to stop, but kept pushing forward because the little man in my head hadn't said stop yet. 

Well, I made it and now I'm back on my couch waiting for my tilapia to be cooked and I'm very proud of myself.  I also edited yesterday for three hours, so I'm getting something for my mind as well. 

We have tomorrow off, so we're going to lift a few weights and do crunches.  How exciting! I will blog again on Wednesday with my W1D2 update.  Wish me luck!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Body and Mind

I had no idea this year was going to start out so crazy, but it did and now I'm having to sacrifice some for the sake of others.  What does this mean? I've had to back down on my blog and writing and editing, and for that matter, any hobby of mine for my work and family.  I haven't written in over two months, nor have I edited anything for me in over two months.  I'm sad about this.  I need to get the words out of my head, but I haven't had the time or the energy.  So, that being said, let me catch you up...

I've been working both at school and online.
My kids are in soccer-two different teams.
My husband is getting his BA, so I'm editing for him.
That's the not so fun stuff. Last week, though, we went to Disneyland.

We left on Tuesday and returned yesterday after three long days in the park.  We are exhausted.  My legs burn and I've gained five pounds.  Now, I'm on a diet and starting to run, which is something I've never done a day in my life.  My husband was in the military, so I'm asking him to help me out.  Today we walked/ran/jogged 1.2 miles.  Anything more would have killed me.  I logged back into my WW account and the diet is on. 

So, my blog may change a little right now because I need to focus on me and getting healthy - body and mind before I can start stressing about writing again.  I do plan on editing a previous work and doing an overhaul of sorts, so I'm not totally putting down the "pen" or computer.  I just need to exercise something other than my mind at the current time.  Feel free to drop in and cheer me on; I'll do the same for you if you would like.