alexmegami: (Punkelf)
Ha, so, the post I made before my new-year post was actually a post of goal-ish type things, so let's look back and see how I did:
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alexmegami: (Punkelf)
So while I know most of you read my FB at this point, I'm going to put this here, also (think of it as extra, extra insurance on doing them:)

So elsewhere I wrote what my goals for this year are, and I figured, well, let's post them to FB as well.
1. Be gentler with myself overall. (I have a tendency to be a bit of a perfectionist, and not in a good way [is there a good way?]. So this one is the most important one.)
2. Write at least three sentences a day.
3. Read at least one book a month.
4. Meditate at least five minutes every morning.
5. Find something fun that feels more like 'play' than 'exercise'.

No, they aren't lofty aspirations (and I know a bunch of people are going *one book a month???* and dying a little on the inside), but... if I do better than this then that's good. If I do only this, I can be satisfied. And if I don't manage all of these, then that's okay too. Trying to make that my mindset for 2016.

2015 was an... interesting year. I did a number of things, even though it felt for much of it like I was wading through the molasses of my low energy and a fuckton of self-loathing. (See also Item #1.) Therapy has been going... well? I think? Like at least I'm able to identify the fact that I have a lot of self-loathing, haha? >.> (And also nervous laughter when I'm actually upset about something/self-conscious? ;))

I dunno. It's really hard to tell as it goes if progress is being made, but I think things are going well. So I'm going to trust that it is, in fact, doing what it says on the tin, even if at this point I think I've been going about three times as long as what it's "supposed" to run. (CBT and IPT, the two therapies my therapist is using, are both intended to be fairly short-term, and we're now at 16 months, rather than weeks.) I dunno if that's just me, or what. (I do know I have been fairly resistant to the idea of being okay with small victories.)

But, let's see how 2016 plays out. (Yosh'!)
alexmegami: (Punkelf)
So one of the things I've been doing lately is 8760 Hours. It's basically a REALLY INTENSIVE version of your New Year's resolutions, but taking like... a day or two (or several weeks, if you're me and don't always actually go work on it when you say you're going to) to sort out. In the end, you have about 14-20 things that you' like to accomplish during the year, of which you pick 3-5 to really focus on (with expansion potential if you achieve the first set).

So my goals for the year (which I'm really counting as the current half-year, so I'll re-do this in December) are as follows:
Under a cut for those who don't care )

So that's the five that I thought were most important to me. Other stuff on the list includes reducing meat consumption (those of you also on FB saw the results of that; I'm going to try but I'm not putting a concerted effort into it yet, the eating out thing is more important), improve earnings (I want to get to a regular $3600/mo pre-HST and income tax deductions, or about $2700 actual "my" money), write 500 words/day, see friends more frequently, have potlucks more frequently (see previous point), volunteer, get myself more organized/less prone to getting out of bed at the crack of noon, and meditate 20min/day.
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So, a look at my fitness stuff:

My endurance is low. You're supposed to be able to do a one-mile run in 10 minutes maximum as a woman, and I did it in 11:15. (On the other hand, my aerobic capacity is apparently fucking astronomical, although not on the level of trained athletes.)

Flexibility-wise: I can do the allotted number of curl-ups fairly easily, and the trunk lift (test for the lower back) is extremely easy. I can also do the shoulder stretches (where you touch fingers between your shoulderblades) with minimum fuss, although left-hand-top is harder. I cannot do the sit & reach (minimum is 9 inches; I can't even make a full seven).

My upper-body strength is not there. I cannot do a single pullup, and I can do the minimum seven pushups, but they are very weak pushups and should probably not be counted.

My body fat percentage is within the acceptable range, although different calculators give me wildly different responses (between 17% and 31% - I'm settling on the 22%), and my blood pressure is within range, although low (same with heart rate). My BMI is extremely low (underweight), but within range.

So, there. I need to work on... um... most of my actual physical fitness, but my health is fine?

I don't understand my body either.

But I would like muscly arms. All will fear my bench pressing, just you wait.
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So!

Happy birthday, Henry-- er, Kyle Schmid, who is one day younger than me and is hotness!

Anyway.

So I got my schedule for next semester. Let me tell you, Waterloo was SANE. This schedule? Is not. Rather than doing (say) 10 AM - 1:30 PM, they instead have times like 9:55 - 12:40, 1:20 - 3:15, and so on. Break shit down into half-hours, assholes!

At any rate. It looks like most days my classes go 10AM (sorry, 9:55AM) to 3:20PM, with an hour break, save for Wednesday (which ends at 1:40) and Friday (which starts at 1:45). Yeah, I have less than two hours on campus on Friday. That is how long it's going to FUCKING TAKE ME TO GET THERE!!! Why couldn't they have just slotted the Friday class into Wednesday?? WHY??

(I know why - the people teaching us are also professionals with real jobs, which is why the program is so expensive; the school has to compete with their real-world salaries in order to bring them in - but it's still frigging annoying.)

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In other news, I've been "testing" (sort of) my physical fitness levels. While I haven't tried lifting weights any time recently, I feel secure saying that I've probably slipped back to being able to only lift 25 pounds, which is, um, shit. (My blood pressure, should you care, is 112/65, and my heart rate resting is ~66 bpm.) I'm sure my cardiovascular capability is also somewhere with the termites, and we just won't mention my lungs. I have terrible flexibility. In short, I am Unfit McUnfitterstein.

So, I am looking at this. Wondering if it's worth my time and money to hire a personal trainer (although the prices seem to be very good). I would probably sign up for the six training sessions or the "Variety Pak", because I know if I only signed up for the basics I'd just quit after the time ran out. But I dunno.
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And I seem to be doing okay. Skipped exercise yesterday, should catch up tonight (yes, it fucking well still counts as Thursday!), although I'm going to lose tomorrow's '8 hours of sleep' checkbox because of the whole 'get up at a reasonable hour' thing.

So far, I have missed out mostly on my water intake, food-wise, but that's no surprise. I HATE drinking water. It is so goddamn BORING. (My parents buy Crystal Light, which in theory would help, right? ...except they put HALF the crystals in that are required to make it taste like anything other than citrusy SHIT. Seriously, I think they make it worse.)

I also really need to get back in the habit of reading things on paper. :P Have been reading through some of the free literary magazines that I've swiped from various locations, and can I say - with the exception of Erin Noteboom, who wrote at chapbook of poetry relating to the Bible (which is excellent, and I'm glad I paid the $15 for it), almost all of the poetry is ASS. PURE, UNADULTERATED ASS.

Oh wait... just like real life. Never mind. /cynic mode off

And I have seen Brampton people this week, and I will see Patrick and my Daddy on Saturday, so overall, this week is a success with some minor stumbling blocks. Go me!
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So, Project Take Care of Myself is underway. So far, I am failing hardcore in the grains department (less than half the minimum recommended daily intake), and only barely keeping up in the water and dairy departments. Hopefully tomorrow, when I will WAKE UP AT THE CORRECT TIME rassifrackin' alarm clock, will be better. Cereal and such.

Jen has promised bellydancing... or something else, which I can't for the life of me remember. In the meantime, I'm doing pushups and such. Currently doing 20 pushups, 30 situps, 20 each of inner + outer thigh exercises, and 20 shoulder exercises.

Also trying to get my 8 hours sleep, and at a decent time.

I predict this will not last more than one week.

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