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me and gym

I have a shaky relationship with going to the gym. I bounce between feeling like it is an ineffective, societal obligation to invigorated and strengthened, not just physically but mentally as well. So, which is it: empowering or obligatory? Both, depending on the day. There are some days when I leave the gym feeling strong, clear and energized. There are other days where I slug it out and leave feeling underwhelmed, exhausted, and depressed. Not really how I want to spend an hour of my time. And then of course there are days (or weeks) when I don’t see the inside of the gym at all.

I put working out four times a week on my 15 in 15 list, hoping it would help establish a routine. My results weren’t so hot. While I accomplished my goal over half of the 15 weeks, there were many weeks where I did little or no exercise. I  wouldn’t see the inside of the gym for weeks at a time, and this is while I was trying to make going to the gym a priority. I came out of this experiment with more questions than when I started. (more…)

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So 15 goals in 15 weeks. Sounds deceptively simple, but it wasn’t quite as easy as I thought. The first 4 goals were ongoing throughout the 15 weeks. Some goals, I am embarrassed I didn’t finish them, while some were easy to drop. Some goals are still on my to do list. Some, I reassessed where my priorities are mid-stream. So what were my goals?

  1. No meat, except for special occasions
  2. Lose weight (10-15 pounds)
  3. Exercise 4 times a week (gym, long walk, run, sports, etc)
  4. Walk the dogs most mornings
  5. Paint the bedroom.
  6. Tea shelf.
  7. Spend 4 weekends at the lake 4/4
  8. Skinny dip at least once
  9. Spend week at the lake
  10. Have a nice evening at a hotel
  11. Take dogs to each of the parks (Shakespeare, Oak, riverfront, Gateway, Vaughn, Cloverdale parks, Ft Toulouse, Prattville bamboo park)
  12. Print 10 photos 0/10
  13. Learn 5 songs 2.5/5 (Circle Be Unbroken, Hey Ya, Jambalaya)
  14. Make a skirt
  15. Read 3 books and 2 OAs 3/3 and 2/2

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our week at the lake

So in July, Dave and I spent a week staying at the lake and commuting to work. Being at the lake during the summer is one of the most refreshing and fun. I want to share some pictures because it was one of the goals on my list I actually accomplished. We enjoyed it so much, I think we may try to do another week in August or September. So take a gander! (more…)

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So I am coming into the final stretch. I really didn’t focus too much on the list on weeks 13 and 14, so I am not even going to list it. I will just say I didn’t do much at all towards the list. I didn’t watch what I ate, I didn’t go to the gym, and I didn’t lose weight. I did do some reading, some dog walking. I got engaged, and after all the celebratory cheese cake and delicious food, I remembered why I do go to the gym. After 2 weeks of exercise hiatus, I began to feel sluggish, tired, and lackluster. Joints that had been behaving were beginning to get rusty. I just went through a time period where I couldn’t remember why I was even going. Everything else seemed so much more important than spending time in the gym. By Wednesday of last week, I knew I had to get back into it. There are a few projects I hate I am not going to finish. There are a few I am trying to finish in the home stretch, and a few more that I hope to finish during the rest of the summer past my deadline. Next week, I will run down the entire project; see what I did do and what I learned.

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15 in 15, week 12

So week 12 was spent almost entirely at the lake. It was a sort of working vacation. We woke up everyday at sunrise, drove to town, dropped the dogs off at home, watered the garden, and headed to the office. After work, we picked up the dogs and headed to the lake. When we arrived at the lake we would sit on the dock, eat peanuts, play with the dogs, and then go swimming and kayaking until almost dark. Once it was night, we would cook veggies from the farm for dinner, play cards, maybe sneak back outside for some nighttime-swimming or star-gazing on the dock, and then read until I was about to pass out (around ten). It was all very refreshing. I didn’t really think about my goals at all. The week before I felt very stressed, and I just wanted to relax and drift. I will do a picture post later of my week at the lake since it is a specific 15 in 15 goal.

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15 in 15, week 11

Week 11 saw the beginning of July and my favorite of holidays, the fourth. Unfortunately the beginning of week I found myself in an unmotivated funk.  So when the weekend rolled around, I was ready to kick up my heels and forget all my concerns and doubt. So when you combine an unmotivated funk with a weekend free of being behaved, I really let a few things on the list slide. That being said, I ended up having a marvelous time. It is becoming clear as the weeks pass by that I am most likely not going to be able to cross everything off my list. And that is kind of liberating in a way. The pressure is off, and it feels less like homework. In some ways the list has become what I meant it to be – a way to put emphasis on some things I would enjoy accomplishing over the summer.

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paint paint paint

So my boyfriend had considered painting his bedroom for about a year now. The walls were a cheery and bright melon color, but they weren’t what he had in mind. After living with the orange walls and “temporary” curtains for years and years, there was no specific emphasis on getting this done. One day a few weeks ago, I was surprised when he ask if we could pick out a color and paint the next weekend. I thought this would make a great replacement 15 in 15 project since the re-doing the deck project was no longer possible. So the Saturday before last, after careful analysis of shades of cool blues and greens, we headed to the hardware store and got to work.

We worked together as a great team- one of us hand painted the edges while the other rolled the walls. By the end of the evening we had 3/4 of the walls with two coats of paint. The next morning we headed back to the hardware store to pick up a smidge more paint and some painter’s tape. We finished the walls and painted all the trim white. I really love the way it turned out. The shade is somewhere between blue and green, depending on the light, and is perfectly crisp, calming, and light. By the end of the weekend, it felt like a different room. Now we just need to figure out what to do for curtains. To make or to buy? White, dark, patterns?

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