Thursday, April 21, 2011

Oh the updates they are a lagging...

There are so many things that I think about writing during the day that just never make it here anymore.  With my access cut off, I feel like I've lost a limb.  I love to talk, ergo, I love to write as well and this situation has me feeling like I can't express myself enough anymore.  Granted I didn't post something everyday, but it was much more often than once in two weeks *pout*   I've been tossing a few ideas around in my head on how to get around the issue:
write myself an e-mail with entries for the blog and send those as needed, which I can copy/paste when at home.
bring my small personal laptop to work and net tether my Iphone and upload posts as needed.
write out posts longhand (UGH, never mind sounds too much like effort)
I think I'll try option number one for now... and I'm actually writing this up in an e-mail right now.  It has a few advantages in that I could send a bunch of small ideas which can get amalgamated into a larger post, or the smaller ideas can grow of their own volition in the dark with some fertilizer into a full grown post of their own :)  The biggest advantages are not needing to schlep equipment to and from work and not using my cell phone's data plan (it's generous 6 gig plan, but why chance it if I get super wordy).  The other thing that is a bit of an impediment to option 2 is that local IT staff gets really twitchy when you bring in external equipment, they have visions of me surfing porn, uploading viruses via USB stick to the work network or even worse:  using Facebook during the workday :P
You must be wondering what kind of cushy job I have that I could even possibly contemplate writing blog posts while working... well I used to write my blog posts at lunch time while eating :P  My job is not a full tilt go go go kind of job as we write reports after large outages (network or system related) and we have tasks to do in-between flurries of frantic report writing, but those tasks are ongoing.  The ups and downs take some getting used too, but I prefer it over really boring monotonous or super high stress jobs... it's a nice mix that keeps us on our toes!
On the weight side of things, I'm almost back (officially) to the 229 area, I was there before my Saturday weigh-in, but went up to 230.5.  I hope to be at 229 or below it this week, but it's a long weekend (Easter) and weekends are historically difficult for me.
Running is going well; my 5km clinic is moving along well and we've just past he halfway point.  I did 3.2kms on Tuesday in under 30 mins, so I'm not Speedy Gonzales, but it's decent.  I figure I'm either getting faster, or the people taking the course with me are a slower bunch than usual because when I've run with them, not only can I see them, but I'm running with at least 4 to 5 people each time... Garmin says I'm faster overall each time we go out, so I'm cool with that.

It still confuses me how I am so much slower on the treadmill than out in "real life" .  If I ran on the treadmill at the pace I run outside, I think I'd have a heart attack.... and we run up hills during the clinic!!!  I just don't get it!  I'll tell you one thing:  I'm not going to look a gift pace too deep in the mouth :)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

On the road to catching those elusive pounds

In my guestimation I had gained about 8 pounds on vacation week, by the time I came back and ignored the scale until the following official Weight Watchers meeting, I was down to only 5.5 pounds of gainage (pffftt yeah ONLY 5.5 lbs)  2.5 pounds gone during that partial week and another pound gone this week, which means I've got the vacation weight running scared... That's it run you little Adipose monsters!

This week at the meeting, we talked about physical activity and how it can help our weight loss.  Everyone knows the age old formula of move more and eat less, but if those were easy we'd all be slim and healthy :)  Moving more on a daily basis can be a challenge... I am very familiar that a tired brain and a bad diet makes that couch yell so much louder than it should ever be allowed too.  However, I noticed that when I worked in at least an hour of walking into my daily routine, I may not have shed tons of weight, but I felt better physically, mentally and satisfaction-wise.  

Satisfaction-wise?  What the hell am I talking bout'?  Well I figured since we spend so much time watching TV and North Americans that I wouldn't deprive myself of the want of the TV, i'd just combine it with my need to get movement.  When I walk on the treadmill, I watch Biggest Loser, Last 10 pounds and X-weighted and not only do I get to see some of my favorite shows, I get my walk, and I get inspired by watching all these other people kicking ass on a daily basis.  I'm satisfied that I got to see my shows without feeling like I lay around like a beached whale all day :)

On that note, i'm off to do some laundry... running and living seems to generate lot's of stinky clothes!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Oh vacation you tempestuous biatch!

Vacation is defined by Merriam-Webster as:

1 a respite or a time of respite from something : intermission
2 - (a) a scheduled period during which activity (as of a court or school) is suspended (b) a period of exemption from work granted to an employee
3 a period spent away from home or business in travel or recreation

I would like to add to that:

Vacation is a respite from your diet, a period spent away from your exercise schedule and a an inordinate amount of time eating improper things.......

Which all adds up to a weight gain, to which I say:  Keep calm and run.  I registered for a new race:  It's the Perth Kilt run on July 2nd.  It's an 8km run and yes, we get to run in kilts!  lol  Part of the registration fee pays for your very own kilt to sweat in!  Ain't that awesome?

I looked in my weight watchers books of weight ins and I've set myself back about a month... in one week.  Ouch!  Gotta refocus and rededicate myself to the cause... my cause!

ps.  It annoys me that I can't update my blog from work anymore...hence the lack of posts *pout*