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On to It

very sharp me
So I’m in the process of getting used to this new schedule. I’m in class on MWF from 9:00-12:00 and then in my office until 1:30. on Tuesday I have a night class from 5:30-8:00. So I should have plenty of time to workout and write and cook and watch TV. I should have plenty of time, but yesterday I didn’t work out or write. For one thing, I couldn’t sleep Tuesday night, so woke up in a Trazadone fog and could barely drag myself to class. I was sleepy all day long and I didn’t really get a nap. I was also sore from working out (terrible knees) so having a day off was probably a good thing. Anywho, I am in process, always in the process of doing something.

I just finished reading Marion Nestle’s WHAT TO EAT and if you are interested in food, in what goes into it, in how it’s advertised, in how it’s processed and sold, then you should read this book. It’s not an eat-this kind of book; it’s an information book and I just devoured it. Loved it. Highly recommend it.
It’s funny, but just changing my eating didn’t really make me feel different in any particular way, at least not physically. But adding exercise—within a day I could tell a difference. Dale ordered a new TV stand for upstairs. Now the TV can swivel and I can do workout tapes. I don’t have a lot of room, just enough. I’ve pulled out my old Maryilu Henner’s Dancerobics. I used to do it with my mother, aunt, and friend, years and years ago, when Alex was a toddler. It gets me going much more than riding the bike, though that is good too and I’ve been doing it. Now if I can just stick with it. The thing is, I’ve allowed myself to get into SUCH bad shape. Not only am I so fat that my belly gets in the way, I am in such bad shape that I can’t run, can’t move quickly, can’t squat, can’t do any number of movements easily. I mean to change that. If I don’t start moving I’m going to lose it. I’ve already lost a lot of it and I intend to get it back.

In my Tuesday night class, there were 22 people. I’ve allowed it to get totally out of hand, but I hate saying “no” to eager students. There are only supposed to be 15 and it’s going to be tricky making it work, but I’m up to the challenge.

Yesterday, Kathryne and I talked on the phone and we’ve made a commentment to write 500 words every day and to share a story once a month, our own little long-distance workshop. Should be a great thing.
So I have many things to stick to, many things to stay on top of. My health should be my main concern which means cooking on most days. I am determined to not eat out so much and to avoid the lure of the vending machines at school. The bags of Fritos beckon, but I resisted the urge yesterday. I stopped and looked into the machine, was just about ready to pull out my wallet, but just walked away instead. And didn’t really think about it again. Progress.

Today I am taking James to the doctor and this afternoon I have to go to the dentist for a cleaning. And I have some minor grading to do. And I need to read Candide. Enough to keep me very busy. So on to it.

~r.

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