Mission: Slim and Sassy update

Happy Fall Equinox! It’s been a very, very good equinox for me. Attended a public ritual put on by the Tree and the Well, and then had a very, very lovely dinner with my parents.

Time for sleep now. Among equinox/parental activities, I also read 90 pages today for homework. Didn’t even get everything done, but I’m in a good place to stop.

Post on the Hangar Dance to come, as well as some project-updates and general think-space on more serious subjects.

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I guess I haven’t really stated it here, but I’ve been pseudo-dieting for the past two months. Well, month and a half I suppose. It’s mostly just consisted of me being smarter about food (as in, not eating because I’m stressed, and trying to eat a balanced diet), and also working in some exercise every day.

I now do yoga every morning, and go swing dancing at least once a week.

Here’s a brief look at my weekend’s exercise regimen:

Saturday

Did a quick vinyasa routine in the morning. Got dizzy (strangely), and so decided to stop.
Went to a swing dance and danced for 2 1/2 hours!

It was a really cool swing dance too. It was WWII themed, and took place at the airport where they still keep the WWII bombers. Everyone was dressed to the nines in their 1940s garb, and there was a live band playing with Andrews Sisters look/sound alikes. Absolutely fabulous! (More on this one to come later)

Sunday

Did an extended yoga routine.
8 Sun Salutations.
Balance poses – but grounded balance poses, so there was boat pose, cobra pose (very proud of being able to do this one), standing splits, and warrior poses.
Also practiced handstand and seated forward bend, with great success.

Side note: it’s one of my goals to be really flexible. Like, when doing seated forward bend, I want to be able to touch my nose to my knees. I also want to be able to do the splits sitting and standing. These flexibility goals will take me a while, I know, but they’ll be really worth it once I’m done with school and can go into teacher training for yoga.

Biggest news of the post:

I may have reached my goal weight of 125 pounds! I finally weighed myself in just a towel this morning, and that’s what the scale said.

EDIT EDIT EDIT: I did not actually reach this goal, I was just really excited to see 120 come up on the scale and forgot my scale is ten pounds nice. DAMMIT! Oh well; so I’ve got ten more pounds to go – those should be fairly easy! And I wasn’t planning on changing the diet much anyway, so I’ll just keep dieting to lose for another month. No big deal.

Here’s what I’ve been doing:

1. I’ve really started to listen to the body. If it’s not hungry, I don’t eat.

2. I’m not depriving myself of anything, I just make sure it’s balanced. If I have pasta for lunch, I’ll have a salad with protein for dinner.

3. Exercise every day. At the very least, sun salutations in the morning.

4. I don’t eat late into the night, unless it’s fruits and veggies.

5. I don’t stock the things that I know I’ll eat too much of. Like chips. Hide them away, nothing to eat here.

6. I allow myself one day off a week. Not to binge, but to eat some things that I like and celebrate how well I do during the rest of the week.

That’s pretty much it. Nothing too fancy, and I feel so much better about my body. I will lose those last eight-ten pounds! And it will feel wonderful!

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We are the kiss between heaven and earth,

we are the song between sky and ground,

Loving the world that we are making,

nothing is lost that can’t be found.

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Research Updates, plus “How I Stay Sane.”

The research is going so well.

All of a sudden, this afternoon I was miraculously able to schedule four interviews. Next week is going to be absolute insanity.

At the same time that these interviews were scheduled, I also heard back from someone I hadn’t thought I’d hear back from. They’re willing to do an interview, though cautious about how much information they can really give. But still, interview! The more the merrier!

My to do list for the week is looking like it’s almost done. Aside from the on-going projects, which are like reading, annotated bibliography stuff, and watching samples of digital projects.I’m getting nervous about my ability to streamline the information into something … I don’t know … useful? I’ve never done a film/audio project. I don’t want it to be a slideshow, but I don’t want it to be solely audio, and I want it to be manageable. We’ll see what kind of technology I can drum up for this.

In non-research news, life has been good. I took a day off yesterday to bop around a neighborhood near Uptown. Neither of us had been there before, and we discovered that we are definitely good shopping buddies. And he’s really good at directing me through city traffic. It was just really nice, I don’t know how else to describe it. I haven’t spent a lot of time with him alone before, and it felt good to do that.

I think my taking a day off yesterday was much, much needed. I’ve been dragging my feet this week about research, like I just need some time off. It felt really, really good to do that.

I have a tendency to be too much of a workaholic at times, and I totally know that. Next week will be really intense, what with traveling and four interviews (not to mention traveling with my father, which is always interesting). But this week can be a good “re-grouping” week before I head out. You know, to make sure my head’s on straight.

Other things I’m doing these days that are keeping me fairly sane:

1. Knitting. This is so relaxing, and a great way to think.

2. Doing more spiritual stuff. This is SO necessary. I did not realize how much I miss doing cleansing ceremonial things.

3. Biking everywhere. Even if I bike mostly to meetings, it feels so good.

Just being with people has been lovely.

I’m going to plan a Summer of Solutions gathering at my apartment sometime soon. I really want to hang out with people from that group in a non-meeting setting, with little pressure.

I think that’s all for now. That’s a fairly comprehensive update on my life. It’s a whirlwind, but I’m beginning to think I couldn’t have it any other way.