My mad time management skillz?

ย …ain’t so mad!ย  Turns out that Fridays is the “due date” for one of my classes rather than Sunday as I had thought. So instead of being ‘ahead’, I’m merely ‘caught up’. Ugh!

So I spend a good chunk of my Sunday getting work events, holidays, and assignments entered into my planner, then working up a schedule.

  • Up at 8:30am
  • Yoga 30min
  • Breakfast, watch/listen to news, check emails/Facebook 30min
  • Read, study, assignments 9:30am-12pm
  • Lunch 30min
  • Great ready for work 12:30pm
  • Work 2pm-10:30pm – taking laptop so I can study during dinner break
  • Gym after work 30-45min
  • Bed by 12am

And yeah, if you look at the time stamp, you’ll notice that I’m an hour behind –I forgot to actually turn on my alarm last night! but woke up at my usual time ๐Ÿ™‚

Super FriSatDay!

My Friday was so pleasant I could have happily gone back to work today LOL I was just so refreshed, energized, and happy ๐Ÿ™‚

So what got me there?

  • I got my shots! I have been unable to find my childhood immunization records so I haven’t been able to register for classes. I had to pay out of pocket, plus I needed to be over the sinus plague, so this has been something that has unfortunately been delayed many times. The nurses at the Health Department told me to move my arms to help the shots disperse. I asked about going to the gym later in the day and was told that was an excellent idea. Whew! I did end up taking some Tylenol before bed as I felt a smidge sore and feverish.
  • Yoga book! I wanted a book that wouldย  give me good photos and information on poses (where I’m supposed to be pressing/pushing/opening, what muscles to activate, etc) plus flow sequences. I think this one may do the trick, The Women’s Health Big Book of Yoga. I actually bought the paperback book so I could have it on the floor by my mat.
  • 2.5 hours at the gym! My trainer got delayed so instead of coming home I got in some cardio (treadmill and bike), then worked 2 circuits on the machines. To make up for his being late, he gave me more than hour so I actually racked up 2 and 1/2 hours at the gym – WOOF!
  • Lamb chops for dinner!ย  not something I would eat every week but damn, they are yummy! I marinate them in olive oil, salt, pepper, rosemary and a little tarragon. Throw them in a cast iron skillet to get a good crust then gobble them down!

And today?

  • Lower BMI!!!ย  Checked my BMI using the Wii and while still Obese, I am at a significantly lower number. I was 43.45 and now 40.51! YES!!!
  • New workout pants – Comfy and don’t look too shabby ๐Ÿ˜›
  • The Diet Cure book – I read about this on a /r/xxfitness thread, and thought I’d give it a read. Hopefully it will provide some relief for my horrible sugar addiction. I’ve had some good result cutting wheat and limiting my dairy, I know if I could get rid of the excess sugar I’ll feel even better. I downloaded the Nook version.
  • Back in the gym tonight – Eager to see what I can do tonight.
  • Will start working out before work – my trainer is being absolutely awesome and flexible with my work schedule. We’re going to try meeting up about 2 hours before I go to work. I’ll pack a bag and shower/change at the gym.
  • Getting a game plan for the week worked out – with the above new workout schedule I will have to be organized. Plus I want to get my meals cooked & organized. I ate out far too much last week.

Keeping my gym bag in the car

Just in case. Day 2 of my evening class and my feet/legs were killing me. No way I could have done anything at the gym. I’m doing 30-45mins of yoga at home before work, but really wanted some strength training & cardio after work. Facilitating this class is just too physically draining. However, I am keeping my packed gym bag packed & in the car. If I adjust, and feel up to it, then I’ll be ready ๐Ÿ™‚

Paid Time Off

Paid Time Off” what a lovely concept! Thanks to this beautiful benefit I had a nice 3 day weekend. And I’m only working 3 days then off 5 days! Woot! I’m hoping the weather clears up a bit so I can get in at least one beach day during my mini-staycation.

My trainer says he’s starting to notice that I’m thinning out in my face & neck. I had to laugh as that is probably the last place I’d look to see a difference! It was a nice compliment and motivation ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m really challenged (translation: struggling) with my ab exercises. It drives me nuts as I used to have such abdominal muscle control when I was bellydancing. I must start making more of an effort to get up early enough to get a set or two in before work. I think working on them daily will help me master them, and shrink that tummy fat.

I’ve got the rest of July and all of August before things get frantic at work. I want to keep my focus firmly on health as it will only help me survive the holiday season.



So yesterday I discovered that someone had rifled through my car. Nothing damaged, nothing taken (that I can determine). Hell, they even left the pennies in the cup holder LOL For some reason they tried to pop the hood. Yes, I checked for any damage there.

I feel so violated! and it feeds my paranoia. Yippee.

Then I get to work to be told that I’ll be working 6 day weeks for the next 5 weeks due to various “Friends & Family” and “Gift With Purchase” promotions going on. I know I’ll be thrilled when I see my paychecks but I’ve worked for salary for long it doesn’t register yet. All I’m seeing is the loss of time off to prep for PreHeat.

To quell my rising panic and anxiety I’m drafting up a schedule for the next few weeks. Somehow organizing my time makes me feel more in control. And control is good ๐Ÿ™‚

Not so productively stressed

Usually I thrive under stress and deadlines at work. At home, I tend to shut down and retreat. I’m finding myself… dunno. I’m going to have to pickup some tasks at work that I do not want. Those will keep me from doing what I understood I was hired to do. But it gotta be done. I just gotta pull up my big girl panties and do it. More incentive to get on with applying for graduate school.

I’m not broadcasting my decision to go back to school much yet. I still have to apply and get financial assistance. Hopefully I can start by Fall.

Some Positives

A couple of things made me smile and put a spring in my step yesterday ๐Ÿ™‚

A visitor from a very prestigiousย  skin care line came over to me during the day and complimented my outfit. He mentioned that he noticed my outfit the day before as well and liked my “street style”. Huh, who knew I had “street style”?!?!?

Then later I had the opportunity to chat briefly with my former manager. It was a good positive energizing chat that boosted my spirit. She was very supportive to my ideas and plans for further education ๐Ÿ™‚ Woot!

Plus I may get to see the new guy again on Saturday. A third date would be nice ๐Ÿ™‚

I survived!

Made it through my first day of work! Woot! it was both humbling and ego-enriching.

I was a little hesitant as I was going back to the company that laid me off but to a lower position. Part of me felt that I had failed. I was humiliated at having to start over again. I was embarrassed to tell people why I was back…

I shouldn’t have worried.

I was greeted with big grins, hearty hugs, and sincere welcomes. I am floored and still kinda teary eyed over it. People wanted me back! Me??? yes, Me!!! Plus they are planning on adapting the position so I can focus on certain aspects of my prior job, the parts I liked best! SCORE!

::Happy Bombshell does a Happy Bombshell Dance::

Kermit Flail