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February 2010

Losing My Grasp

Last week was B U S Y. So was the week before that. It's good to be employed, no doubt. But it's not normally the way I like to work and a lot of it was out of my hands, so I just had to deal. This week will be busy as well, but in a much different way. More adjustments.

And speaking of adjustments, I'm having a hard time adjusting to this new year, to these new directions. Hard in that I find I'm still wallowing in past frustrations, still bemoaning things that haven't happened yet instead of focusing on making them happen now (or soon). I think part of what is frustrating is that much of it is plan B. Thankfully there is a plan B, but still, plan A was plan A for a reason. 

I know, I'm being vague. Sorry. I have to let go of what is past because it is past. Yet I find myself holding onto to it so tightly. I'll be concentrating on letting it go, one finger at a time, this week. 

End of Six Weeks -- How Am I Doing?

My Six week plan was:

  1. Exercise at least six days a week
  2. Eat less and eat better
  3. Complete my book proposal
  4. Start a writer's group for two specific projects

How am I doing? 

I have exercised at least six days a week. The first week was only five days, this last week was also only five days. However, there were two weeks where I did seven days. So I averaged it out. The best part is, I have already gotten stronger. I know this because the exercises are not leaving me sore anymore -- so I have to up the reps and intensity. The other best part is (I can have as many best parts as I want!) that I LOOK FORWARD TO EXERCISING! Holy cow it's been a long time since I've felt that way about it. So while the Wii Fit might not be the best long term exercise plan, it's a damn fine one now because I *want* to do it. In fact, I have to force myself to stop playing so I can get showered and dressed for work. This is a good thing.

In regard to eating, I have not improved much. I haven't lost more than the four pounds I lost earlier in the six week plan. Maintaining is better than gaining. So I will press on with the better eating plan. The longer hours than expected work schedule has been a bit challenging to the better eating, and I'm going to work at getting things done ahead of time. But then I'm doing so much more fun stuff on the weekends (See item #4 above) that I don't have much time then either! I choose how I use my time and I have not chosen to spend time making healthier food yet. 

The book proposal sits idle. I think I put it in the wrong part of my schedule and it floundered. I was working on it just after waking up and before exercising, all before work. Normally I can get a good chunk of writing done at that time of the morning. But this was different kind of writing and I found myself not very enthusiastic. I think I will try switching my book proposal work time to a different time of day. I have one more week of super busy work, then I'll restart on it.

As to item #4 -- it is moving ahead splendidly. It keeps me going through the week and I can't wait to have more time to devote to it!

So what will the next six weeks have? Much of the same

  1. Exercise at least six days a week with higher # of reps and greater intensity. I need to have sore muscles after exercising to know I pushed it harder.
  2. Eat less and eat better, make two specific meals a week (from cookbooks)
  3. Bring book proposal to Rough Draft shape and find a better time to work on it during the day.
  4. Continue writer's group! 

I'm feeling good about another six weeks and am quite proud of myself for how much exercise I've done. Thanks to the Wii Fit for getting me into a new habit.

I'll check back in about three weeks on this!

Busy Bee


Raise your hand if you've been slammed at work. [counting hands....] I'm with you! I am grateful to have the work, truly.

With all the work, there is really not much to report. I've volunteered at KCRW for their pledge drive two mornings so far, tomorrow will be my third and last shift. Have you renewed your membership yet? Now I will start looking for volunteer opportunities for March. So far so good on the volunteer resolution train for 2010.

Last August I got news that Eddie Izzard was coming to town to play at the Nokia Theater. I bought tickets immediately and last Saturday night we joined in the fun.


Our seats weren't bad, especially for such a huge venue. (Last time we saw Mr. Izzard was at Largo. We were in the last row which was something like row 25. NICE!) There were three huge monitors and it was easier to watch them, but still felt strange to watch the monitor when the guy was right there on stage. 


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He didn't disappoint and Kurt and I have been quoting the squirrel on Noah's Ark all week. 

Eddie dressed like a boy this time, wearing jeans, a striped shirt and tails. When I wasn't laughing hysterically I thought about how I always always always wanted to buy a tailcoat. It was new wave (or something 80's) and I wanted one so bad. Of course I could never find one on Maui, but when I got to LA and someone took me to Aardvarks, there was a WHOLE RACK OF THEM! OMG OMG OMG! However, they were like $150 or $200 each -- not really in a college freshman's budget. So I never got one. All week I've been thinking, oooh, I could afford one now if I wanted to. Then I thought, how silly would I look? Then I would think again, so what? Just get one and see. 

But I've been too busy.