New podcast

When I don’t have an audiobook going in the car, I’ll go for a podcast. I had a new one fall into my lap last week. Its host is a woman who lost 100 pounds twelve years ago, making small changes.

Her main advice is to not start anything that you aren’t prepared to keep up for your entire life. And next is to not do anything big that is a quick fix.

My first week, I was away, so I wasn’t fully ready to start anything. I decided to go for 64 ounces of water a day. I actually managed it and more. I got through the running to the bathroom to pee all day while I was on vacation and it didn’t really matter if I wandered off. I kept it up. I am no longer running off as frequently, since my body seems to have adjusted.

Sunday night, I packed all my stuff for an early morning swim, followed by work. I got my lunch ready to bring with me.

I weighed myself this morning. I will be continuing that on Mondays.

Today, I got up early. I put on my swimsuit and cover-up, grabbed my bag and headed to the gym. I got in the pool and told myself to not do the full distance. When I got halfway through, I told myself to just do a little more. Then, suddenly, I had just one lap to go! I did it! I went into the hot tub after the swim. I had to get out when the guy in his tidy whities got in. Nope. Didn’t want to see that getting out of the water.

I showered, dressed, and went to work, drinking my water along the way. I found that they moved the little free library a block away! I chose a healthier breakfast than I normally would. I got my coffee and settled into a work schedule.

Close to lunch time, I realized I left my lunch at home in the fridge. Thankfully, we were off early and I wouldn’t starve on the way home.

I went to drop some of the books from my car into the little free library, went to the post office and ATM. I picked up a hold from the library and went home to eat my lunch. I napped and then went to the grocery store.

When I got home, I took out the garbage cans. I had forgotten that I was going to take a kid to get snacks at the grocery store, so I sent them back to the store with my debit card.

I got my stuff ready for a trip to the pool again tomorrow. Is this something I can keep up for the rest of my life? I sure hope so.

New exercise routine

During the camping trip, I put on insect repellent, but, it seems it didn’t work, or I didn’t fully cover myself.  I am covered in insect bites.

I have been trying to figure out how many calories my new workout routine burns.  The workout consists of trying to ignore the itch, then bending over quickly to scratch the bite that is making me insane.  Then, going to find the cortisone to apply, and bending over to apply it.  Repeat an infinite number of times.

I have had more fun with other routines.  This one is just new.

Prepping for the swim

I am currently charging my swimming mp3 player. My towels and swimsuit are drying. I sync’d my Garmin watch to the app, so it’s empty. I have most of my change of clothes packed. Once I put the clothes, towels and music into the swimming bag, I’ll be all set. Except, I forgot soap in my shower bag. One day, I’ll get to the gym with everything I need. Today wasn’t that day. Maybe it’ll be tomorrow?

Pool on the cruise

Those of you who know me well will be surprised that I spent zero time at the pool. We didn’t even sit on a lounge chair. I did, however, spend time in the water in Cabo San Lucas. My daughter’s got those photos. I didn’t bring my goggles so I didn’t full on swim. I had to check out the buoys on the edge of the swimming area, though. I made some people nervous doing that, though. They weren’t even as far out as the buoy line at Aquatic park, though. Plus it was much warmer and clearer. I could see plants and fish. I body surfed back to shore, so it wasn’t a strenuous swim by any stretch of the imagination.

I did briefly consider asking the water temperature every morning the captain announced the stats. With the air temp being what it was, I can only image that the water at sea was chillier than I’m used to

Fifteen minutes at a time

I have had people ask me how I get so much reading done. I make time for it. I am not a fast reader, really, but I pick up my book or Kindle whenever I have free moments.

“I could do that if I ignored work, my kids, my spouse, etc.” No. I don’t. I just do my reading in little chunks. Waiting in line. During breaks at work. Waiting for a dental appointment. On the train or bus. All useful quiet time.

I start reading about fifteen minutes before I plan on falling asleep. This actually helps with my insomnia, too. My body knows that if I’m lying down reading, it’s almost sleep time. I used to have hours of awake time at night. Now it’s about fifteen minutes after I start reading. Sometimes less.

I multitask. Read the book on the treadmill. Bring the waterproof Kindle to the pool and hot tub. Run the audiobook in the car.

Another trick I learned us to put on my headphones. When my family sees them on, they know I can’t hear them well. They get my attention if they are addressing me, but if they are talking to each other, they are muffled. This is usually at the point where I’m trying to sleep. I’m not just ignoring them.

The main thing, though is that I turn the TV off and read during the time that I’d normally be watching TV. The TV is a big distraction. I have learned to only watch the few shows a week that I actually enjoy. The rest of my former TV time is spent reading.

What a big book you’re reading

I am reading Spinning Silver for sci fi/fantasy bookclub on Sunday.  My mom saw me reading it and commented that the book was huge (466 pages).  She usually sees me reading on my Kindle, and it seems that she doesn’t realize that there are many many more pages in the Kindle than in a paper book.  She just can’t see them, since they are digital.

I tend to read the Kindle in bed, so I don’t have to turn lights on and fully wake up.  Even with the reading light, the paper books are more likely to keep me awake or to keep me from falling back asleep.

I also am supposed to finish We’re going to need more wine for a Goodreads group challenge by Thursday.

The Swing of Things is what I’m reading on my Kindle right now, while I am in bed or on the treadmill.  It’s just for me.

Skinwalker is due for sci fi/fantasy bookclub on Sunday, too, as an alternate book.  I don’t think I’m going to get to it, though.  It’s a library book, so it might be headed back before I get to it.

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows is on the list for Vegas bookclub, but it’s not due until the week before Christmas.

I already read the book for tomorrow’s book club.  I am glad, since it wasn’t a favorite book, and I don’t have to read it again.

Curse of the Lord of Darkness needs to be read and reviewed soon.

Neverending Story is for a buddy read with a very patient online friend/reading buddy.  I carry the book with me, but I tend to grab my Kindle when I am out and about.  I need to pick up the paper books more.

First day back after a long weekend

After 4 days off for the Thanksgiving weekend, I didn’t know what to do with myself when the alarm went off this morning.  I rolled out of bed and did my usual routine, and headed out the door.  Everyone else seems to have gone back to work and school today, too.  Traffic was a mess.

I got to the parking lot at work and got a text from my coworker.  Two of the monitors were black, and she couldn’t get them going.  I started troubleshooting from the phone as I walked up to my department.  She was on the phone already, calling for outside help, when I walked in.  I took one look at the computers and turned them on.  All fixed.  I knew it was going to be a Monday.

The rest of the day went fairly smoothly.  The last patient was late, and we learned that we would be working late tomorrow, though.  All in a day’s work.

I got an email for a free registration for a 5K.  I signed myself, my daughter, and two of her friends up for it.  It will be in May, so there’s plenty of time to get ready for it.  It is a foam glow one, so it will have black lights and soap bubbles.  We should be a mess by the end of it.  It ended up costing us each $10 for insurance, but it’s still cheap for a 5k.

After work, I met my daughter and her friend to practice driving.  Her friend has her driving test next week, and will be driving my car for it.  She did well with the practice drive.

School had been cancelled for the previous week and a half, due to air quality, so I went back to that, too.  I managed a mile in under 24 minutes, while reading my kindle on the treadmill.  My foot and lung are coming back.  I am getting there.