Real Life Update

Today is going to be such a marathon! I’m trying to get in nine hours of research (done six already this morning, three in the afternoon), because I need to make up some hours for not being able to do them on Saturday.

My mom is coming to visit, which will be fun! We’re going to the Farmer’s Market, then probably grab some lunch, then take a bus trip somewhere (potentially Harriet Island), and then out for Indian Food for dinner! It is quite exciting! But that means that I won’t be able to get in my usual six hours of research on Saturday, thus I need to make up the hours in the next two days.

Contrary to how I was feeling about research during yesterday’s panic attack, it went very well this morning. I have FINALLY outlined an actual argument (after about 17 pages of brainstorming, might I add … good lord), and am just going to keep writing. I also started to read (again, finally) Edward Said’s “Culture and Imperialism.” Remind me again why I haven’t read Said before now? Oh, that’s right: for no good reason.

You know you should be a professor when: You pick up a book of theory, and decide that while you are reading it for a purpose, it is in fact a good bedside book.

Yes, my nerd has reached that level.

In other news, I’ve been dieting again! There aren’t really rules to the diet, and I think that’s why it’s working. Every meal/snack, I am just making the conscious decision to eat things that will make me feel good. As much as pie might taste good, I will feel guilty for HOURS. So I’m cutting back on the guilt by not doing things that make me feel guilty. Make sense? I think so. I’ve also been keeping a food journal, to look more critically about what I’ve been eating and hopefully keep myself accountable. It’s been working thus far.

I have also finally mastered the art of Thai peanut pasta. Found a new recipe, and it was delicious. AND I have leftovers that I can eat for dinner. I really like cooking kind of complicated food, and especially love it when I make something that I realize I would pay $10 in a restaurant to eat.

I’ve also been exercising fairly frequently. A friend recently suggested that I break up research every once in a while with something like sit-ups or push-ups. Something that will get the blood flowing again. I’ve been kind of incorporating that into the research routine, but haven’t been doing as well.

I did, however, discover that there’s a yoga studio blocks from where I live. It’s really good, and is actually exercise. I am sore today (in a very good way) from yoga on Tuesday. AND it’s a “suggested donation” of $8 per lesson. So that’s been awesome. I’m finding that I really, really like the post-heavy-exercise feeling. Not so much while I’m doing it, but I like the aftereffects.

Tonight I’m going to Baha’i services tonight, and so I think that my next post will probably be about spirituality and exploration and such.

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T Minus 4 Days!

Blog: Check. Coffee: Check. Tasty Snack: DEVOURED.

Assignments due before spring break: 1.

Then … CELEBRATION!

My much-needed break is just around the corner. Seriously, this is SO NECESSARY for my existence right now.

This week has been relatively busy, but not nearly as busy as the last two weeks have been. Which is good, because my ability to focus has seriously deteriorated. My bedtime shifted from 11 to 9:30. You know what that means? Abbie needs a break, that’s what that means.

But there are many really great things that have happened this week.

For instance, I turned in my Collaborative Research application. This is the Arthur Project which has been growing for years. If I get this research grant, I will be researching King Arthur, pop culture representation, and Colonial/Imperialist trends in a “post-imperial” world. Can you say best summer ever? That would be my JOB, people! My JOB!

I would also get a very significant amount of money that would go to my India trip. It’s looking to be more expensive than I’d thought, but … such is life. (I’m actually kinda financially screwed if I don’t get the grant, but … there’s loans, right? *cringe*)

I also sent in my confirmation materials to go to India. They should be to the program directors by Monday. Whew, that’s a relief.

I’ve also managed to do yoga every day this week. I hope I can keep this up – it’s a really good thing to do. I generally feel better about my body, my levels of exercise, and life in general when I keep up with yoga. However, I really don’t think that I’m getting the kind of aerobic exercise I need. So I am (once again) contemplating running. I’ve tried to get into running before, and it just never really worked. But recently someone turned me on to the Cool Running: Couch to 3k program. It’s pretty cool, and should get me in shape at a decent, healthy pace.

Hrm … let’s just hope I stick to it … I added a tag for it, so hopefully I’ll feel accountable if I blog about it.

AND! I get to go to St. Louis on Tuesday!

Thanks to my wonderful friends, I have rides to and from the megabus stop. Have to get up bright and early to make the bus (leaves at 7). What will follow then is a full 24 hours of travel, BUT it is on a double-decker bus, and I love the act of traveling, so it’s totally worth it.

I have a six hour layover in Chicago both ways, and weirdly enough don’t know anyone who lives in Chicago. So I’ll just be crashing at a coffee shop and getting some much overdue reading done. I have things I need to read for class, and for my collaborative research. I’ll try to post as well, so that you all know I’m alive. There will at least be a twitter/facebook update.

As far as adventures in St. Louis go, the friend I’m visiting and I are going to an art show/benefit/fun thing where we can get free stuff, as well as a Tegan and Sarah concert! I also want to go out and hit some of the blues/jazz clubs. Free music all the time? Hell yes.

I’m sad that the break is only a week (there are other friends around the country that I would have liked to visit as well), but perhaps that’s a good thing. After all, I really need to not spend oodles of money. That’s what India is for.

And now: Fix myself another tasty snack, and then get on to that last stats assignment.

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.