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exercise regularly (read all 2 entries…)
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Currently, I am doing 2 – 3 cardio workouts, 1 boot camp class, and 1 – 2 yoga classes each week. I need to add another strength training session but am not sure where to put it on the schedule.

(Heading off to the gym later today. It’s too hot to exercise outdoors.)



start running again
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I ran for about a 1/2 hour yesterday (and, before that, warmed up for 15 minutes walking on the treadmill). I remember when 1/2 hour was a short run. This one seemed to go on forever.

My goal is to run enough to be able to tell people that I run. And to do a 5k this fall.



exercise regularly (read all 2 entries…)
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Well, I’ve been going to the gym 4 – 5 x weekly. Hoping to build up to 6. I did a dance fit class and a boot camp class, and I’m going to another dance class tomorrow. (The rest of the time I go to yoga.)



spend less time discussing life on the 'Net and more time actually doing all the things I envision.
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I’m actually on the ‘net right now. So it’s kind of ironic, no?

Maybe I should contemplate what I’m trying to hide from when I’m in front of the computer. How did I survive BEFORE I got the internet?



start exercising (read all 16 entries…)
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I tried Nordic walking (with the two poles) today…it’s relatively easy to pick up, and apparently it gives you a bit more of an upper body workout than regular walking. I am seriously thinking of getting myself some poles.



get an apple powerbook
Actually, I bought a MacBook instead...

My iBook got to the point where I couldn’t use it to surf the net anymore, so I bought a MacBook last fall. I absolutely love it…it’s the right size, haven’t had any troubles with Leopard, and the wireless function is potentially addictive.



start exercising (read all 16 entries…)
Progress?

Well, I’ve been going to the gym at least twice a week. I’ve been doing yoga, taking a weights/ toning class, and walking on the treadmill. Hopefully I can keep this up. I’d like to do more cardio.



become less enraged at instances of stupidity (read all 2 entries…)
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I have this coworker that is perpetually bragging about how educated she is, how athletic she is, how popular she is, etc. It’s like she’s on some weird motivational thing to act as though she already has the life she wants. She’s not anywhere near the fabulous person she is. In fact, she looks absolutely pathetic! (Some people actually feel sorry for her.) So why am I letting her annoy me?

(I’ve tried the “point and laugh” tactic, if only with a few trusted friends. So far, it’s working.)



start exercising (read all 16 entries…)
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Okay, I think I might have to bite the bullet and join a gym. I don’t like walking in the dark by myself (it’s cold and wet right now, and I’m afraid of dogs and skunks). Besides, I need to do some strength training and I’d like to get into yoga.

I’m thinking of joining the YWCA: it’s near the office and we get a reduced (corporate) rate.



Buy a pro account of Flickr
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I signed up for Ravelry (a knitting community website), which in turn motivated me to get the paid Flickr account. The site lets users post pictures from their Flickr accounts, and many of my earlier knitting projects weren’t in my photostream as I’d exceeded 200 pictures.

It probably didn’t hurt that, the weekend I bought the pro account, the Canadian dollar was pretty close in price to the US dollar.



start exercising (read all 16 entries…)
Well, I've made some progress.

I’m getting out at least three times a week for a walk (and Sunday I managed a walk/ run). The Nike+iPod thing is helpful (as long as I don’t mess around with it too much; it slows me down) but I won’t be able to use it when it starts getting dark. I will probably carry it around so I can look at the stopwatch / time elapsed/ distance thingy mid-workout, though



start exercising (read all 16 entries…)
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I was knocked out for a week or so by the Summer Cold Virus From Hell, so I didn’t get a chance to test out the Nike + iPod thingy until today. It’s actually kind of cool (although I don’t know if I like the voice interrupting my music). Anyway, I managed to walk for 56 minutes today.



start exercising (read all 16 entries…)
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Well, I’ve been walking a bit more. In order to motivate myself, I thought I’d get myself one of the Nike + iPod kits. Hopefully, it will help me get away from the donuts.



feel more in control of my life
Goal Setting

I guess that most of the goals I have listed here (except the knitting ones) seem to relate to this larger goal. I realized that this afternoon, as a very frustrating week wound down. Yes, I know that there are things that I have no control over, and I know that I shouldn’t be frustrated because I have no control over them.

Nonetheless, I am feeling frustrated. Very frustrated. And I don’t know what to do other than bang my head on the keyboard.



Lose 20 pounds
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Actually, I could stand to lose more, but 20 is a good number to start with. I really want to be able to fit into my old jeans again (it would sure be cheaper than buying new ones).



start exercising (read all 16 entries…)
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I took the wellness pledge through work – one of the things that I have to do is exercise for at least 20 minutes, 3 times a week. I’ve been walking, but it really doesn’t feel like exercise.



replace my computer(s) (read all 2 entries…)
Still no computer, but...

I think this will be the year that I replace my desktop computer. I will most likely buy another iMac, although I want to wait until Macs start shipping with Leopard. (Hopefully soon.)



visit paris (read all 2 entries…)
Getting closer!

I booked my hotel and my plane ticket…leaving in November!

I guess I should start working on learning (re-learning) French; I took a course last spring and it feels as though I forgot everything.



improve my spinning
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I started a spinning course in April. We learned how to spin on wheels. I learned that ergonomics and the right shoes are key…after spinning crap yarn for the first three weeks, I wore a different pair of shoes to class, and what a difference that made. (My other shoes kept slipping on the treadle.)

Anyway, right now I’m spinning on a spindle. I didn’t learn how to use it in the class, but the instruction I got on drafting was very helpful. And I was able to retain whatever I learned this summer when I went to my parents’ house and gave my mother’s wheel a try. (I learned on Ashford upright wheels; the one my mother has looks more like a traditional wheel.) However, my yarn is still very uneven. I’d like to change that.



learn to knit socks (read all 4 entries…)
Well, I finished my first pair of socks a few weeks ago

...and have started the second. I made a shorter version of the sock pattern included with the Fleece Artist sock kit (ironically, I’ve never used the FA sock yarn to make socks). I’m currently knitting the Basic Ribbed Socks from spunmag.com.



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