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Realization
Tuesday. 9.15.15 6:56 pm
It just hit me yesterday that my birthday is in 3 weeks. Normally I don't give a shit {I still kind of don't} but just the fact that it's getting really close without me even realizing it, is amusing to me. I also leave for Vegas in 5 1/2 weeks. The idea that I'm that close to my vacation is awesome! I'm so looking forward to it.

I'm hoping to be down at least 5 more pounds before I go on my trip and even if I only lost a pound per week, that is where I'd end up. Hopefully it'll be a little more. 10 max, but that's if I really push myself and pay super close attention to what I'm consuming. Today was a little bit of a "cheat day," so to speak, because there was a potluck, but I only indulged a little. I still recorded everything since it all came from a store with labels.

Saturday is going to be my actual cheat day, where I don't log anything or pay attention to what I'm consuming. I'm going hiking with a friend and we're going out for margaritas afterwards. However, the hike is an 8 mile round trip hike so I'll be doing more walking than I normally do on any single day so it's our reward for completing the whole thing.

Tomorrow is my rest day for lunges and pushups; I'm debating whether to go to the gym after work and get in a quick 30 minute jog. I guess we'll see how I feel when I get home from work. It could very well happen. I know that I do need to get in to the gym at some point before Saturday since I'll likely be too sore to go on Sunday. If not tomorrow, then definitely Thursday.

Until next time. . .

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Another Mile
Wednesday. 9.9.15 9:25 pm
Pandora was advertising today as their "appreciation day" which meant that they were going ad-free for everyone, even if you hadn't paid to eliminate ads. Because of this, I finally brought my extra set of ear buds to work {8 months later} and listened to it while on lunch. After lunch, we used the free computer in the office to play background music. 3 hours of uninterrupted music. 'Twas awesome. It kind of, sort of, helped motivate us a little more. Sort of.

I usually listen to Pandora while I'm at the gym, but there's always ads right in the middle of my flow, so throughout the day, I debated whether I wanted to take the extra initiative to go to the gym in the middle of the week just to have a run without having to listen to ads. When I got home from work, I decided to just go for it. I changed, grabbed my stuff and headed back out in to traffic. It takes me so much longer to get to work at that time of day simply because everyone is trying to leave. A 6 minute trip in no traffic took me 15. Not complaining, despite the way it sounds. I think the decision would have been different if my commute wasn't so short.

It was definitely worth it. I found it rather entertaining that the only people in the gym during the 35 minutes I was there were just females. There were about 6 of us when I got there and it ended with just two of us. There were also 3 other women in the yoga room next door. No men at all. We females are bad ass and we work hard at it!

... I'm tired. Ignore that last sentence. I just don't feel like deleting it.

Anywho, payday is this weekend. I need to go grocery shopping for the next two weeks, pay the bills and purchase my airline ticket to Vegas. I know I'm cutting it close, but the trip to DC was necessary and more than worth the money spent so I'm good with this. My family understands that I'm pretty much broke until January.

Other than the gym, grocery shopping and bill paying, I have no other plans for this weekend. Next weekend, I'm going on a hike with a friend so I'm looking forward to that. This weekend is pretty open. Who knows what it'll bring.

Until next time. . .

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Hungover? Sweat it out!
Monday. 9.7.15 3:35 pm
Last night I hung out with a few friends for a round of 5 Tribes, and Cards Against Humanity. Alcohol was introduced in to the second game and it was pretty amazing. We're all horrible people, and the cards drawn and chosen were proof enough of that; if anyone ever actually needs proof, anyway.

Because I'd only had one thing to eat the entire day, the few bottles of beer that I had {two of the taller bottles from Elysian Brewery: one at 6.3% and the other at 8.1% and a bottle of a 5.6% Oktoberfest kind} made me quite cozy. We all hung out longer than we normally would have so that the two of use who needed to drive home could do so without being intoxicated.

This morning I woke up with a slight hangover and I was quite reluctant to go to the gym, but I decided to stick with it ... and pray that I didn't puke. A friend of mine, who's recently starting going to the gym himself, calls it "rise and grind." I like that phrase; it's fitting. I asked him what kind of advice he had for going to the gym with a hangover and he said to run until I puke, then keep going because it had only been 30 seconds. I laughed harder at that than I probably should have ...

I took it a little easier than I have been. I only ran for 35 minutes and only went 2.49 miles. I was sweating quite a bit more than normal, despite taking it back a notch, so I'm thinking that my body was sweating out all the toxins still left behind. I didn't puke, I only had one side stitch episode, and I felt pretty damn good afterwards. I think if I'd consumed more than the alcohol I did, the gym would not have been possible this morning so I'm thankful I limited myself.

After the shower, I hung out for about 30 minutes before going back out to the store and then to my friend's workplace to hang out for their little Labor Day "BBQ." I say it that way because it was inside an office and someone brought in their George Foreman grill to use for the hot dogs. I only ate some pasta salad and a hot dog. I let them keep the bag of chips that I didn't even try because I know that if I'd taken them home, I would have eaten the whole thing in a matter of days. With as well as I'm doing with the weight loss right now, I don't need more temptations than necessary. It's already going to be difficult enough with another potluck for lunch on Thursday and happy hour afterwards the same day.

It's a short work week, though, since we're off today for the holiday so I'm definitely happy about that. I'm also pretty happy with the progress I've made so far. I still have a long way to go before I reach my goal, but it's nice seeing results.

Until next time. . .

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Every-season-in-24-hours season is back
Saturday. 9.5.15 6:48 pm
It's definitely changing from summer to fall. This entire past week has been gradually getting cooler and cooler. It's rained more often over the last week than it has over the last three months combined. Today, it started out quite chilly; the temperature was below 50 at sunrise. It warmed up to a comfortable high 60s, with the sun shining bright between puffy white clouds. There was even a cool breeze to make it the ultimate perfect temperature for being comfortable.

Around 4 I laid down for a nap, with the sun still shining, but two hours later I was awoken to thunder and a pretty heavy rain for Seattle. There wasn't even a 50% chance of rain today so it was quite the pleasant surprise. I opened my blinds just in time for the final bit of lightning and thunder before the rain tapered off to what Seattle is used to getting.

I think there's a Sounders game tonight; the Geico banner plane was flying around earlier and the stadium lights are all on. I guess I'll find out here shortly because they set off fireworks when the game starts. It kind of sucks for the players, but they are more than capable of playing in the rain. That's why Safeco Field has a convertible top and the Clink doesn't have one at all.

I got up this morning, drove up north to put gas in my car, stopped at the eye glass place so that they could actually see the scratched up lenses that needed replacing before ordering new ones for me, and then proceeded to the gym to get in my run. I went for a little more time today and covered a little more distance. I'm pretty damn close to finishing 3 miles in 40 minutes. If I can get there by the end of the month, I'll be happy. Then I start working on shaving off time to get to the 10 minute mile people strive for.

On top of the gym this morning, I've also completed my lunge challenge for the day. It's another challenge my sister and I are doing for the month of September. She started everything else over as well, because we never really finished the other two challenges. Because I'm going to the gym once/twice per week, I count that towards my working out. My DC trip is what screwed up the challenges last month. This month should be fine since I'm not going anywhere and next month should be okay too, since my Vegas trip will have been a little more thoroughly planned. Also, my sister's place has a community fitness center that I can use so even that won't have to stop.

I'll be getting on a scale again tomorrow {I will own my own scale one of these days} and I'm really hoping the number has gone down again, but I also understand that all the lunges and running has probably increased my muscles so I have to take that in to account. Scale doesn't care if you have muscle or fat; it just tells it like it feels it.

Anwyho, it's a three day weekend and I'm pretty damn happy about not having to go to work that day. Any extra time I have off from work is good, especially when it's a paid holiday. I'll be taking another three day weekend in a month; I used my floating holiday to take my birthday off, which is actually a month from today. 13 months from today I'll be 30 ... woo! As soon as I get back from Vegas and get caught up on my bills and such, I'll be saving like the dickens to take two more weeks off for next year's birthday. I'm going back east and this time around I'll have time and money to do whatever I want. Ahh! I can't wait!

Until next time. . .

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Silly little things
Thursday. 9.3.15 8:15 pm
I'm so over this week. Patients have just been extra annoying this week and I'm thinking it's because we're coming in to a holiday weekend. People tend to go a little nuts because they feel like they need to get in immediately when the issue they're having has been going on for weeks and weeks. All of a sudden, we tell them that we're closed on Monday and they freak out thinking they're never going to be seen ever again.

I really wish I was exaggerating.

It's kind of crazy that it's already September. October is next month. Thanksgiving is in two months and Christmas is in three. Then it'll be 2016! Holy crap. If you ever feel like time isn't going by fast enough, work in a scheduling department. Especially one that regularly books out several weeks in advance.

I'm still kind of going out of my mind about DC... I need to work on bettering this... this thing I have. I guess it's only an issue if it's affecting my daily life, which it's not. I can still go about my day and do things I like to do. The difference is that I always have this feeling in the back of my mind. Or the forefront of my mind, depending on what I'm doing and how distracted I am. Oh well. It is what it is and it'll work out how it's supposed to.

Anywho, I'm gonna read a little before I go to bed. I'm finally reading a book a friend let me borrow over a year ago. I'm kind of in to it; I'll definitely finish it, but I'm not sure if it's one I'll ever pick up to read again. I'm mostly just getting through it because he won't let me borrow The Martian until I finish this one. Maybe I can convince his fiance to sneak it to me on a day that she and I hang out without him ...

Until next time. . .

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Triggers
Tuesday. 9.2.15 9:35 pm
Funny how certain things trigger certain memories, even ones you're not sure are even real memories. The ones I'm thinking of, at this particular moment, are definitely real.

Songs, smells, movies, sights, sounds. All these things can trigger memories, some of which you never know are going to be a good one or bad. Even if the memory is good or bad, the reaction it can trigger can be the exact opposite of what you'd originally experienced. A very happy memory can trigger a very sad reaction depending on the situation. A once sad memory can become a smile because you're realizing that you've made it. You got through a time when you thought otherwise.

The memories can change, as well. They fade and the details become less etched in to your mind as it continuously fills with others. The emotions, however, are what stays behind. A friend of mine always questioned how I felt in dreams because that was what was important. The content of the dream meant nothing. It was just conjured ridiculousness that your subconscious squished together to make something for you to visualize. But the feeling behind the dream, that's what matters. You could have the craziest dream, but feel incredibly elated in it. And vice versa.

I know I've talked about this before; it's a recurring theme for me. I dream quite a bit and I remember an odd amount of my dreams. However, this is about a song, not a dream.

I leave from an amazing time and a song that had been discussed during this time was the first thing to come on the radio as soon as we'd parted ways. Another song that was shared when I was present, but not necessarily directed toward me, comes on as the first song on the Pandora mix I have. Each time, I smile. Right now, these are still happy memories that create happy reactions. I honestly hope they stay that way forever.

Sure, I'd like to continue creating memories, but the time isn't right for this particular instance. Hopefully, if time allows, it'll come and I'll be the happiest person in the world.

It'll come; I just have to be patient.

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