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Week Seven – Rewards

It’s been a good exercising week — at least I think so! I recently purchased a Fitbit and I’ve been having some inaccuracies with it and so I’ve had to estimate how I’ve been doing each day in terms of mileage and calories burned. From the looks of Google I’m the only person who didn’t like theirs. In all honestly, I should’ve done more research before purchasing it but I read countless reviews where people raved about them. Now I’m back to my $14 pedometer that works pretty accurately out of the box and gives me the exact information I want.

With only 3 pairs of “workout” bottoms I have to do laundry a couple times during the week, and since I’ve been busy every day this week I’ve fallen behind. There were a pair of workout shorts I bought earlier this summer that have been sitting in the bottom of my drawer barely worn, because they were too tight to be seen out in public in. I couldn’t even be bothered to wear them just around the farm because they reminded me I really needed to lose weight. I reluctantly put them on Thursday morning and they fit really good! They were no longer tight in the hips, stomach, or legs. I could actually sit down in them and breathe! I haven’t taken many photos of myself as I’ve been going along but this needed to be documented! And I didn’t care about the fact I just woke up and hadn’t showered before taking the photo. And I didn’t care too much about the fact I posted it to my public fitness twitter account! (@GeekToFit) I was really happy!

When I woke up yesterday morning I remembered a vague dream of running continuously. I’m not sure what that means. I did go back to bed for another hour, I suppose the dream wore me out. When I got back up I was thinking that today would be my lazy day since I’ve been doing something active a couple hours a day for the past 6 weeks. I laid around for a while, had a shower, made lunch, and opted to go for a walk out of boredom. Ha. I left without my iPhone this time. It was a nice day, the sky was a nice blue with puffy clouds, and it would’ve been distracting and less enjoyable trying to find the perfect song to walk to. I didn’t do my usual 2.8-3 miles but it was still a brisk 35 minute walk. It was better than nothing especially when I planned on taking the day off.

I’ve been trying to come up with ways to reward myself along the way that doesn’t involve food. It’s so easy to use food as a reward or a way to console yourself when you’re having a bad day. I’m definitely guilty of the latter but that hasn’t been the case lately. Now that I think about it, I haven’t had too many bad days since I’ve been exercising more often. In terms of rewards, Monday I got a pedicure with Matt and Lindsey before leaving Cincinnati so that was something nice to do for myself that didn’t involve food. Last night I had a coffee date (that turned into dinner as well) with a cute guy so I guess that’s another reward, but I guess that did involve food. Hopefully the latter doesn’t happen as sporadically as pedicures or require me to hit certain milestones to do. :-P How do you reward yourself?

Health Life

Week six

About a week ago I finally had enough of being sick and went to the doctor. I very rarely go to the doctor because most of the time they give me a slightly higher dose of something I could get over the counter and it’s a waste of money since I don’t have health insurance. Usually after a week of a cold I am feeling better, but it only seemed like it was getting worse and it was affecting my sleep. Long story short, I had a sinus infection. Thankfully, I’m feeling much more like myself now.

This past weekend I went to Cincinnati to visit Matt and Lindsey. It was nice just hanging out, taking photos at a couple parks, and eating lots of good food. I have some left over Green Lantern pizza (mozzarella cheese, garlic, pesto, mushrooms, goat cheese, and artichokes) from Dewey’s that I’ll be rehashing today for lunch.

I got back yesterday and I was a little apprehensive about stepping on the scale this morning. Despite not exercising as much as I had been the past few days and eating lots of good food I lost a pound. Which brought down my total to 15.6 lbs lost all together. I’ve been wanting to hit 15 lbs for a while. It’s not a big number but it’s a milestone nonetheless. It gave me a bit of a high this morning seeing that number. I had another exercising high this past week. Thursday, instead of taking the shuttle from where I have to park to campus I walked. It was only about a mile one-way, which was less than I was expecting, but it added an extra 3,000 steps to my pedometer. I remember walking back to my car with a huge smile on my face and entirely optimistic. I hope I continue to get these highs.


What I did this summer

My summer has been filled with highs and lows. I finished up the math class I was taking this summer a few weeks ago. I was only two points away from receiving an A in the course, but near the end of the course things came up and I couldn’t dedicate the time I had been. Which I guess that’s good enough segue into my next subject. In July, my Dad was diagnosed with cancer. He discovered lumps in his breast which got him to the doctor in the first place, but a CT scan also found spots in his lung, and later another doctor thought there might be something on his liver as well. It has been a really stressful time for all of us, because it seemed like a waiting game between tests to find out what type of cancer it was and how far along it was. Not only that but my Dad is 72 years old so that’s also something else to worry about. They removed his breast and we finally got the news that the spots in his lung were most likely Histoplasmosis and it may just be cysts on his lungs; and so they determined it was breast cancer. He started his first round of chemo Thursday and will do three more treatments every three weeks. He will also be doing radiation but we will have to see how chemo goes before they determine how much is needed. Even though he’s not out of the woods just yet, we’re all feeling a bit positive that we’re moving toward something.

Onto happier things… I went back to NJ and NYC the first week of August and spent time with Andy. If you count his visit to me at New Year’s this will be the fourth time we’ve seen each other this year. I think that’s a record! I set up this trip so that I’d get to spend my birthday with him. We spent a day at Point Pleasant with his friends Dawn and Barbara and later I got burnt to a crisp. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever been burnt that badly! (I have a nice tan now!) Andy treated me to Cirque du Soleil : Zarkana; this was my first Cirque show and I loved it. He also took me to see Zach Braff’s play “All New People” which was great the more I reflect on it. It seems like in the past, things I really want to see happen right before I come or after I leave, but my timing was perfect to catch this show. I feel like being so far away from a cultural hub I miss out on a lot of things that may or may not have an impact on me now or down the line. Other people do without so I suppose if I don’t think too much on it I’m not missing out. Finally, on my actual birthday I was treated to a delicious meal at one of our favorite restaurants. I think experiencing these things is definitely better than any gift.

Those were two big things that happened this summer. Outside of the last few weeks my summer has been pretty uneventful. As you might’ve read in a previous entry, I completed Project 50, finished my book challenge a few months early (11 books in ’11) – unfortunately, none are really worth blogging about, my brother came to visit *twice*, and in my last two days of freedom I saw Glee Live in 3D. It was pretty amazing and makes me want to see them in concert!

Classes start back tomorrow, and while I’ve been looking forward to going back to UofL, I wish I had a couple more days to relax. It’ll be OK though. I have a few things to look forward to in the coming weeks, such as the AIDS Walk (please donate!), and my fourteenth (!!!) Hanson show next month in Nashville. I’m thinking about going back to Nashville to see Chromeo in October but both of these shows fall on weeknights. There are very few things I’d miss a Hanson concert for; sleep isn’t one of those things. Not sure if I like Chromeo enough to go straight after school and come back that night as well. We’ll see…


Technology break

Last Saturday I spent most of the day away from the computer and my iPhone. It was such a nice feeling not to feel the need to check Twitter, Facebook, etc. every hour or so. I don’t know why I feel the need to check it so frequently other than it’s a habit.

I’ve decided this Saturday I’m taking another break from technology. I’d love to do dedicate an entire weekend to this, but I’m not sure I can do an entire weekend. Saturday I’m attending a portrait seminar provided by a local photography meetup group and later in the evening I’m going out with friends to a show and to celebrate a friend’s birthday. Needless to say, it won’t be difficult staying away from my phone and computer that day.

I’ve been staying home lately because my budget is tightening up and the internet has been my source of entertainment. I’m feeling worn down, and since having internet at home again my sleep schedule has been screwed up. There were times when I didn’t sleep well before but it’s definitely heightened. I just assume it’s due to staying up late working on homework (online), or mindlessly refreshing random social media sites, or other sites that I’m not really getting anything from.

After receiving a bill from AT&T for almost $140 (AT&T loves me because they can always count on data overages from me!) I think that’s encouraged me to cancel tethering on my phone after this billing cycle is up. I went to libraries before when I needed to do things I couldn’t do from my phone so I can do it again. I’ve been thinking more and more lately about getting rid of one social media site so I’m less distracted and actually doing something worthwhile with my time. Really the only one I could part with would be Twitter. I use Facebook to keep in contact with many people and Twitter seems to be getting my rants. I’d eventually like to convert to Google+ and use that in place of Facebook but we’ll see how well that catches on with friends.

I really need to get my goals in order, and figure out what’s important, and figure out what’s next for me. Maybe that doesn’t require me to delete anything but self discipline isn’t one of my best traits. We’ll see…

I’m curious to know how you all manage to keep your focus when we’re living in a distracted and multitasking society. Please share your tips so maybe I can try them out!


Louisville AIDS Walk : Please Donate!

Louisville AIDS Walk Poster

Louisville AIDS Walk Poster

Since I’m not working right now I feel as though I need to do things to keep myself active. There have been days where my only physical activity has been walking from one room in the house to another. I hate that feeling!

I’ve been wanting to do the AIDS walk for a while but I’ve been waiting to find someone to do it with me. I’ve accepted the fact that I’ll probably be waiting forever so I’m going to do it anyway! Honestly, I’ll probably enjoy it more by myself anyway.

I have a goal of $300 and I think I can meet that goal. I’m asking in lieu of gifts for my birthday that people donate to this cause. Even if you can only donate $1 that would be helpful. I’d throughly appreciate it and you’ll even get a hug from me (assuming you live near by)! :-P

You can find my donation page here. Thank you! :)

Life Photography Travel

The Food Tour

food porn

I’m back from my trip visiting Andy in Jersey. I should add the word unfortunately to the previous sentence. I always have a blast when I visit him so it’s always difficult leaving. I still wish I would have forced him into my car when I left Tuesday morning. ;-P

lychee saketini : revisited
Andy’s Lychee Saketini from Teak

From the photos I took while visiting (insert shock and awe!) it appears that all we did was eat. That wouldn’t be a stretch to say as we both love good food… But we did walk around quite a bit so we’ll pretend that evens things out.

rest stop view
Pretty view from a rest stop in MD or PA

Wednesday night when I arrived we had a (delicious) turkish meal from a little place near his apartment that we’ve been to a few times and called it an early night.

my foursquare addict
Andy (probably) checking in to foursquare

Thursday we had lunch at Teak on the Hudson where we had sushi and headed to Queens. The trip to Queens was short-lived because I didn’t realize I was still tired from the drive there and not getting very much sleep the day of my drive. I would like to go back though…

wet bikes @ rutgers
Wet bikes @ Rutgers

Friday we met up with my flickr friends Kasia and Elizabeth at Rutgers University. It started out being a rainy day, fortunately the rain stopped as we were walking around campus. We ended up stopping for ice cream at Thomas Sweet and later had dinner at Old Man Rafferty’s. Oh, and we took pictures at the statue on campus that supposedly whistles at virgins…?!

met life building flatiron building
Buildings in Manhattan

Saturday we had lunch at Nanoosh (a hummus bar) in Manhattan, walked around most of the day, and had dinner at Rosa Mexicano. There we had two pomegranate margaritas (each lol), guacamole, and our entree. Hey, we did a lot of walking!. My sister asked me what my favorite meal was, it was Rosa Mexicano hands down, it’s always Rosa Mexicano unless we go to Cafe Matisse! I’d probably make a special trip back to NY just to go to either places. Then again it wouldn’t take much of an excuse to make me want to go back.

Andy Burt Reynold's style
Andy Burt Reynold’s style on the couch. LOL!

Sunday we went to his friend Susan’s wedding. It was a jewish wedding, I have never been to one, so that was interesting in itself. Looking back, the wedding wasn’t too different from other weddings I’ve been to aside from a few traditions here and there. The reception was a lot of fun considering I didn’t really know anyone except a few of his friends that I had met last year at his birthday party. All of which are always so nice and welcoming!

pulled pork sandwich

Monday we planned to have an uneventful day, and it turned out to be a good idea, but it went by too quickly! I think we left his apartment only to grab something for lunch and dinner. Lunch was at a Ruthie’s; a bbq and pizza joint. We both had bbq but I’d love to go back and try the pizza. Dinner was pizza but from a different place. Heh-heh.

Andy and I
Andy and I at the wedding. Thanks to Barbara for taking it!

Even though we spent 5 full days together it seems like it went by too fast. Fortunately, I am going back for my birthday in ten short weeks so it’s not so bad. I can’t wait!

As a result of this trip I hit 250,000 miles as I was coming home and I realized I like taking pictures of food! That’s good right?

**Thanks to Andy for letting me steal his photos from the wedding (without permission of course!)**