Category Archives: Fitness

A whole lot of not much

I know I’ve been doing things, but I don’t feel like it’s been anything special enough to blog about. 😉

My days are slowly falling into routine, but I’ve been feeling exceptionally lazy.  I can’t even tell you what I did on Tuesday!  I have been reading a bit more, than in the last couple of weeks, and maybe that’s why.

Yesterday was Zumba and it was torture for all of us.  In fact it’s the first time I’ve seen the instructor drip sweat.  The air returns weren’t working properly, our humidity has been high for us, and one of the fans had a short in the plug.  I sweat all the time during class, but this was the first time I dreaded bending over since it would drip off the end of my nose, every single time.   I was starving when I got home at 10:30 and it wore me out.  I ended up taking a 1 1/2 hour nap later that afternoon.

I did get some good mail yesterday.  My EQ7 Dear Jane software arrived.  I couldn’t wait to get upstairs after supper to get it downloaded and play with it.

Dear Jane

Dear Jane

I plan on paper piecing as much of it as I can.  Still not firm on the colorway, but I’m leaning toward the Amish version.


Mister is in class all day.  This morning I’ve spent quite a bit of time in front of the computer uploading photos and creating drop down boxes for my Quilts tab.  But my refrigerator is almost empty and we can just about say “there’s nothing to eat in the house” so I need to head to the store.  Planning on getting back upstairs and hit the sewing machine afterward since I’m very behind in my Civil War Club projects and need to get busy!

Howdy neighbor

Today is June 1st and I have started a major countdown. Actually the countdown has been ongoing in the back of my brain since the beginning of the year, but today it’s serious. My birthday is coming up (so’s my anniversary). Now for the past 49 years it’s never bothered me that I’m having a birthday. I’ve never been one to care about telling anyone my age, and actually I still don’t mind, but this year my birthday is actually scaring me. I think I’m about to have my mid-life crisis!! 😆

To celebrate this momenteous occasion, I’ve decided to keep with the BIG number theme. Between today (not my birthday) and my birthday in 2010, I’m going to accomplish 50 things. I’ll be posting that list in a few days.

I’ll be upfront now and state that two of those things involve something I’ve let go of over the past 6+ months. I’m going to attempt to post to my blog at least weekly and I’m going to be getting back in contact with two very dear women I’ve neglected horribly over the past 8 months. You two know who you are 🙂

Things are going okay with Kahuna and I. His race season started out with a bang and he has two races done fo this year. Miss Harley Quinn attended the second race with us and was quite the hit with the men. She’s a definite hunk magnet 🙂

I found out last Thursday that my hours were going to be cut at work and I’m determined to look at it as a good thing. When I was originally hired 14 months ago it was for 30 hours a week. The paralegal I work with has just now been released to return to work for 6 hours a day so I’m ratcheting back to 30 hours a week starting today. I’m planning on taking major advantage of it….I went to the gym, straight from work today. I’m thrilled to death that my plantar faciatis is completely gone. I had it for 18 months!!!! Anyway for the past two weeks I’ve managed to drop 5 pounds just cutting back on some bad eating habits I’d picked up. I’m actually looking forward to seeing what I can accomplish adding in the exercise. Kahuna and I have hit the weights a couple of times of the past couple of weeks, but now I’m going to crank that up as well. I hope someone is still reading my blog and will volunteer to help keep me honest and keep posting.


Budgeting – we all do it, in all aspects of our lives.  Some of us are better than others, some succeed in one area of their life and fail miserably in the others, some of us have it down to a science.  I don’t know that I’ll ever get to the “science” part, but I am trying!   😆

Money – I thought since I’m starting a new job on April 1, I would use that as a jumping off point to faithfully budget in one area of my life.  I have mentioned (over and over) how ready I am for Kahuna to retire.  While I want to get myself out of college debt, I want to have a life too, so I’m looking into budget programs.  My goal is to be personally debt free by 10/10/10.  😀

I would greatly appreciate comments from you if you budget.  What do you use to budget your finances (pencil or computer)?  What do you like about it?  What don’t you like about it?  Where can more information be found about it?

Work – I’ve been very busy at work this past week while we’ve been getting ready for a federal trial, plus I’ve been trying to wrap up some loose ends so New Girl can start fresh in those areas.  Naturally, on Friday, the Judge continued the case until mid-April. 🙄

I expect to be super busy at the new job for at least the next two months.  The paralegal in the office is going out on a leave of absence in May to have surgery and recuperate, so I feel a bit under the gun to get everything down in April.  Nervous, you betcha.  This is where the “I’m not good enough” demons come out to play havoc with my self-esteem psychy.

Fitness – I’m focusing on fitness, just not my own.  I’m to the point where I just mentally roll my eyes while he tells me something that’s going on with his training.  The same something he told me about yesterday morning, last night, and will talk to me about this afternoon.  I do care about his fitness, it’s the repeating that’s getting to me but I know he needs to get it out and we’ve always been sounding boards for each other.  He hasn’t even started this race and he’s already told me he’s taking his checkbook hoping to get a roll-down slot at the AZ IM in November.

Weight – Goes hand in hand with Fitness, but I’m doing okay in this area.  I have continued to go to WW (not today because they’re closed for Easter).  I love the support of my group.  I’m even in contact with several members outside of the meetings.

Stitching – Haven’t touched a needle in 2 weeks.  I’m going to try to sit down with it today though.  I need it.

Downtime has been at a premium for me this past week.  Kahuna and I have been on the go a lot.  It’s mostly focused on his getting ready for next weekend’s race and I am really looking forward to it.  I know this coming week I’ll be super busy again getting everything turned over to New Girl at work, I’m working race registration Thursday and Friday evening and Saturday morning will find Melissa and I standing on a street corner at 4 a.m. waiting on the first cyclists to exit T1. for Kahuna it brings tears to my eyes.  I have my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to find him out of T1, in and out of T2 and be there as he crosses the finish line.

Reading is a luxury

Annette posted a book meme that grabbed my attention.  I find I spend my time wanting to read while I’m stitching and then wanting to stitch while I’m reading.  I know there are audio books, but I just love turning the pages of a good book.  I don’t know that I’ve ever listened to a book that I haven’t actually read.

Look at the list of (100) books below. Bold the ones you’ve read.
Italicize the ones you want to read. Leave blank the ones that you aren’t
interested in. (Movies don’t count.)

1.The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
3. To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien)
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Rowling)
17. Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King)
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25 . Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)
28. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis)
29. East of Eden (John Steinbeck)
30. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)
31. Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)
33. Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. 1984 (Orwell)
35. The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
41. The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini) – this happens to be next up in my reading
43. Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)
44. The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom)
45. Bible
46. Anna Karenina (Tolstoy)
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens)
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
61. Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. Interview With The Vampire (Anne Rice)
65. Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. Catch-22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo)
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell)
74. The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje)
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett)
76. The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White)
81. Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier)
84. Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. Emma (Jane Austen)
86. Watership Down(Richard Adams)
87. Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields)
89. Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. In The Skin Of A Lion (Ondaatje)
92. Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd)
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. White Oleander (Janet Fitch)
98. A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. Ulysses (James Joyce)

I got up at 4:45 to swim this morning.  I need to get up earlier if I want to continue doing this since I forgot about the the amount of traffic that’s trying to get on the base in the mornings when I return.  Tomorrow is treadmill day.  I’ve changed the orthotics in my shoes and am hoping I won’t be limping around the office tomorrow afterward since this will be the first full session on the treadmill since being released by the doctor.

Plans for March

I will be glad when March is over.  I admit to getting a little tired of Kahuna’s training taking priority over everything, even though I understand why it is so.

I’m trying to get my act back together this month by making me the primary focus.  I know it’s probably going to take some juggling to keep doing everything I want to do, but I’m going to give it my all.  I’ve slacked off in a lot of areas lately, and I’ll be taking steps to get it all back under control.

  1. I will actively look for another job.
  2. I will get back to WW meetings, faithfully.
  3. I will get back to eating better, faithfully.
    • 1 free day a week.  Period.
    • 1 fully vegetarian day a week.
  4. I will get back to the gym, faithfully, and build up to:
    • Walk 3x a week
    • Swim 3x a week.
    • Bike 2x a week.
  5. I will continue plugging away at my finances.  I’ve divided everything out and know that if I continue on the path I’m on now I can easily be ready to retire on Kahuna’s retirement date, if I decide to go that route at that time.
  6. I will continue to stitch in my stash as much as possible.
    • I will get The Token framed.  The fairgrounds has already notified me about this year’s entries.
    • I will get my TSL patterns up for sale.
    •  This month’s stitching goals include:
      • Start stitchalong for Hannah Beeby
      • Next lesson on Ann Holewll
      • Page 5 & 6 on French Alphabet Sampler
      • if any time left over, start Flying Monkies

Follow-up on doctor appt

I am a happy person.

 I walked out of there with customized inserts, a night splint, personal physical therapy advice, and a “go forth and walk on the treadmill, swim in the pool, cycle your fanny off” blessing from the doctor. 

No incline on the treadmill and absolutely no concrete, asphalt walking. 

NO running of any kind for at least 6 weeks (follow-up appt). 

I have to wear the inserts for 1 hour tomorrow, then increase the length of time each day following.  I also probably need to be wearing them for at least a week before I attempt the treadmill so my arch will get used to having that hard thing holding it up.

I’ll have to start out slouchy with the night splint and increase the stretching tension on it over time.  My achilles is also not stretched properly which is probably leading to some of the heel problems.

 I must wear stiff soles shoes when cycling, which I do anyway since I wear clip in cycling shoes.

Guess who’s going to the gym tomorrow 😀

New week, new attitude?

It’s a short day for me at work today.  I have the appointment with the foot doctor to see about getting me healed so I can start training again.  I’m going to throw myself on his/her mercy that I can at least get back into swimming and cyling.  Tears may be involved.  This has greatly affected my attitude about many things and I need to get it resolved and get back to where I was.

As to this past weekend, where to begin?  I did a lot and did so little that I really don’t remember all that I did.

Saturday I braved the commissary because we were expecting cold, blowing rain on Sunday.  There were so many Super Bowl displays set up.  Almost made me feel like I was at Costco.  I managed to stay within my weekly budget, even after spending $20+ on a Brita pitcher for Kahuna to take to work.  I also worked more than 15 minutes in my office making room for my sewing machine.

On Sunday there was the obligatory laundry all day while I watched TV and stitched.  Before I started any of that though I made a huge bowl of pico de gallo, some guacamole, and a pot of chili.  Then I spent time getting to know my sewing machine again (I’ve got to figure out what’s up with the tension).  I only managed to get Ann Holewll serged and basted before having to put her away because I don’t have qsnaps available for her.  I almost finished Atelier de brodeuse (I need her qsnaps for Ann) instead of working on FAS.

I also need to figure out my stitching schedule for the month so I can be sure to get done what I want accomplished when I get back to training (thinking positive here!).  I’m currently thinking 1) Ann Holewll at the beginning of the month until I get the monthly lesson finished; 2) FAS page #x after Ann Holewll; 3) Hannah Beeby during the SAL dates; and, 4) one of the small designs for the rest of the month.

And last, but certainly not least, a shot out to Melissa and Darla for finishing the Surf City 5k in very cold and driving rain.

January is over?

How the heck did we get to the last day of January already? At the rate this month passed me by, I’ll be setting down my 2009 goals in a heartbeat.

I’m thrilled by all the interest in Hannah Beeby. And it’s been so nice to hear from so many of you. I think since there’s interest in a weekly and weekend only stitchalong, I’ll set it out for a week, and those who can only stitch on Fri, Sat, and Sun., can join in at the end of the week. How does starting March 24th sound? Would you like for me to set up a separate blog for progress photos? If so, I can do that early so we can start sharing fabric and fiber choosing woes! Please post a comment and let me know your preferences.

Am I the only person (besides Darla) that will stress over deciding on fabric and fibers?? I’m determined to stitch from my stash so I think I’ll do some sample stitching with the fibers I pick out to see what they’ll look like together. I would hate to get really far in and discover I don’t like the way my fibers look.

The puppies had their shots and heartworm checks yesterday and with the exception of me being fussed at for not keeping their nails short enough (this was a stab to my heart that I wasn’t taking proper care of them!) they are in excellent very spoiled puppy health. They were very glad to get back home.

Since I have a meeting tonight after work, I know I won’t have anything more to contribute toward my goals for January, so I think I’ll do my recap today and set down February’s goals tomorrow.

For January I said:

Fitness goal 1: this month I’m in a cycling challenge. My goal is to cycle 78 miles. My first ride is tomorrow. Most of this month’s riding will probably be on a trainer. Well this didn’t happen. My heel ended up sending me to the doctor who said she preferred I not do any activity until I see a podiatrist, told me to wear inserts and gave me naproxen to take twice a day.

Fitness goal 2: do not miss a WW meeting and lose 6 pounds. I did miss 2 meetings. I forgot when I set this goal that I had plans for 2 Sunday mornings this month. I also didn’t lose 6 pounds because of the naproxen. For some reason when I take it I retain water. Add that to no activity, and well, I’m just glad I didn’t GAIN 6 pounds instead.

Stitching: complete page 4 of French Alphabet Sampler. Post picture when page 3 finished. Woohoo, I actually accomplished some goals! I did post a picture and I did finish page 4. In fact, I finished page 4 so fast, that I was able to start and finish 1 design and start and almost finish a 2nd design. But since I’m up to something secret I got a bit sidetracked and didn’t finish the 2nd design. I’ll get it finished after my February FAS goal of page 5. 😉

Professional: this is the new addition to my goals for 2008. Revamp personnel and accounting records. Scan in client billing records. NOTE: This will take more than a month to accomplish. I actually got all of the billing records scanned in (shocker!) and have started on the accounting and personnel records. I still have much to do in that department though, so this will be added to next month’s goals.

What day is it?

One of the very few reasons I dislike days off work is that for the rest of the week following I have a hard time remember just what day it is! I should know today is Wednesday because I had a session with my PT last night (always Tuesday or Thursday) and Biggest Loser was on last night. I’ve had to look at the calendar every single time I’ve done something today because I cannot remember what day it is.

Last night was my last session with the PT for awhile. We sat down and discussed my carrying on but I’m going to wait awhile for 2 reasons: 1) I’m not prepared to put out that money right now, and 2) I’m starting to feel burned out. I talked to Kahuna last night and we’re going to try swimming in the evenings after supper. I feel too harried to get to the gym for a PT session or to swim before everyone else, or aqua classes. It’s taking the enjoyment away from me and right now I need all the “gym” enjoyment I can get since I’m having major foot pain. Swimming is my joy. Cycling on the other hand…well, I have just got to suck it up, Buttercup, and get my fat ass on that hard bike seat. So. Starting tomorrow, since I no longer have PT sessions, I’m going to be coming home, putting on my sexy, very thickly padded, but obviously not padded enough right now, bike shorts and getting on the drainer trainer. I’m going to take a timer with me and set it and each time I get on it, set for a longer time. I’m going to put that timer across the room where I cannot see it and watch the TV while I toughen up my posterior.  Someone please hold me accountable to this!
In the stitching world, thank you for the comments on my pillow cover. I’ll decide this weekend what to do about the pillow that goes with it. I’m enjoying my current project and as usual am trying to remember why it’s taken me so long to get to it. It’s a fairly quick stitch, and it’s cute. I’ll try to post a progress picture tomorrow.

I have a dr. appt. this afternoon. Originally scheduled for my foot, I’m going to be talking to her about a couple of other issues, like my blood pressure meds. I’m looking forward to the check-in portion where they weigh you and take your vitals. I know there is going to be an improvement and I want to be sure to point that out to her.

2008 stitching finish

I finished The Best Things yesterday. Like I said I think it’s a lovely design, but was a pain to stitch. Another complaint is because it was already put together it was hard to figure out the exact center, and you can see I’m a bit off.  I’m trying to decide if I want to order the pillow portion or attempt to make one of those as well.
The Best Things by Pine Mountain

I worked on my stitching spreadsheet some yesterday and decided upon 10 new starts fot 2008. That doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll be starting them all but they’re ones I’ve had in my stash for a bit, and except for 2, they’re small designs to work on after I meet my FAS monthly goal. One of those designs is Au Fil des Reves’ Atelier de brodeuse (Stitching Room). I managed to stitch one of the little motifs before it was time for bed.

Back to the gym tonight to meet up with my PT. I’ll decide tonight whether to carry on or wait until we move. I have a dr. appt. tomorrow about my foot. It was reeeeeally bothering me yesterday after walking around and standing on concrete during Kahuna’s race. If I’m going to be in pain, it might as well be from activity that benefits me, but I’ll wait to see what the dr. appt. brings.

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