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Making May My M-Something (for Alliteration Purposes)

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Except I couldn't come up with an "m" word that indicated something that is submissive to my will.Thesaurus.com let me down.

Anyway, before I post my May plan outline, I signed up for a single class for summer school today.

If that's a little too jumbled to read, it basically says I'm taking microbiology. The class is Monday through Thursday (so, 4 days a week) from 8:30 a.m.until 3:40 p.m. all four of those days. 7 hours a day. Two 20 minute breaks. For 6 weeks in the summer. There isn't an emoticon in the world that has bulgy enough eyes to representing the eye bulge happening on my face right now. emoticon (I guess this will have to do for SparkPeople)


Fitness Focus: Walking

My goals are to get 188 fitness minutes per week (or 750 fitness minutes for the month total) and to lose 2lbs. I'm reducing my minutes thanks to school since this month will have finals involved.

I will accomplish this by:
1) Walking 5-7 days per week (35-50 minutes per day).
2) Eating healthy meals that are centered around vegetables and fruit.
3) Tracking meals 3x per week and tracking fitness every time.

I will track my goals by:
1) Using the Food and Fitness Trackers
2) Using my scale and tracking my weight on SparkPeople

I will know I've reached my goals when I see 181 lbs on the scale and I've reached 750 fitness minutes.

Items Needed to Achieve this Goal:
1) SparkPeople/Internet access
2) Support from my Spark Friends/AccountabiliBuddy(ies)
3) Good shoes
4) Heart Rate Monitor
5) Scale
6) Treadmill

I will find the time to accomplish these goals:
1) Monday afternoon, Tuesday evening, Thursday evening, Friday evening, and Saturday anytime (or Sunday afternoon)
2) Scheduled rest days are Wednesday and Sunday (can be switched to Saturday if needed)
3) Open availability starting May 16th, when the current semester ends!

Things I need to learn more about:
1) Exercise induced asthma and how to prevent it.
2) Exercise induced migraine and how to prevent one.

People I can talk to for support:
1) Any of my SparkFriends and specifically my AccountabiliBuddies Malia and Dava.

My goals' relevance:
1) I want to be healthier and to start losing the weight I've put on since moving back to El Centro. I also want to be a runner, so I'm going to start with walking as my base to improve.

I will reach my goal date by:
May 31, 2014
I will weigh weekly on Saturdays.

Additional Dates:
None- Subject to Change

Sundays- menu planning
rday/Sunday- my nights to cook

Spiritual Health
Sunday- attend services; cook breakfast goodies for hospitality ministry when possible
Tuesday- attend Bible study every other week
Nightly- read Bible; pray
Start health & nutrition ministry by the end of July (fitness; good food) 1 Corinthians 6:20

Mental Health
Make friends
Socializing with those friends
Read for pleasure
Work toward fitness, food, and spiritual goals

My reward for accomplishing 100% of fitness minutes goal: New Book
Chosen from Amazon Wishlist: Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach or Death's Acre by Bill Bass (keeping this from last month since I didn't meet my goals)

And some more obligatory photos... of a few foods I ate this week. To make sure your salivary glands are behaving in a normal fashion.

Chorizo, Potato, Pepper, Corn tacos with green onions & cilantro (and some sour cream) with a green salad dusted with chili powder

Homemade thin crust buffalo chicken pizza with homemade bleu cheese dressing drizzled over top... and some crudite... and a wedge salad with turkey bacon crumbles.

My car wouldn't start thanks to some loose battery cables, which made me late to class, so I couldn't even go inside, so I had some time to kill. I spent that time at Starbucks.
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  • RSTM99
    Wow that is an intense micro-bio program. A lot of info to take in a short amount of time. I did that once before for advanced calculus and I still remember the group of us just trying to keep up with the content, assignments and then before you know it a mid-term and exam. Hopefully you can find 1 or 2 others to work through it with - makes it lots of fun, even though the class itself might not be. In any case, pace yourself and take care as you have planned. Then it'll be done and off the list in no time!
    2542 days ago
    That is certainly going to be an intense class! I think it's great that you are planning everything out so well. That is basically what I need to do when school is in session as well, otherwise it is too easy to let things slide. I admire you for taking a summer class, I usually take the summer to catch up on all of the rest of my life stuff before I subsume myself back into academia in the fall.

    BTW--Stiff is a great book! Enjoy!
    2543 days ago
    P.S. Oh, love the food pics...yum!
    2543 days ago
    OMG AND HOLY SH*TMy eyes bugged out and still are over that schedule...oh, honey...six weeks? Dang! You certainly have my support, thoughts, prayers!
    And how I commend you for structuring your goals with your life...I must be honest, I am not sure I could do the six weeks, let alone do anything else!
    Remember ...see that R.D. after your name!
    Love & Hugs!
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    2543 days ago
    It appears your M word is microbiology. Good luck - you can do it. Now you say it:
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    2543 days ago
    Hopefully those 6 weeks will go by fast!

    Love all your goals, as always!

    The buffalo chicken pizza sounds and looks so good. Do you make the dough from scratch?
    2543 days ago
    Now you've made my inner thesaurus start listing off M words...hahah. All I can come up with is "mistress." And that is not right. Not at all :)

    At least you can take the one hard class in the summer without having to worry about other classes at the same time. At least you aren't still at that terrible job and trying to take one really hard class while working 50+ hours a week. Maybe if you just think of the one really hard class as your job for the summer, it will help. (My husband HATES when I do this. He says that sometimes I should just back off and let him feel angry or annoyed or worried or whatever.)

    Maybe the regular walking will help you get through the class. I find that when I'm thinking intensely for long periods of time, exercise has even more of positive impact.

    You can do eeeeeetttt! (and those tacos. my goodness.)
    2543 days ago
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