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28 April 2007 @ 10:20 pm
Slow week in Kellyland; not much to tell.

~Work: busybusy. Our Eclipse Satellite Prom was okayed, which is grand, but it leaves us very little time to get everything together. I’m not going to buy a dress, much as I really want one. Instead, I’ll cobble together a Faire outfit and try to glam it up a bit. If only I had faerie wings, I’d add that hint of Tithe. Should be fun, though, and a good reason to pimp my favourite teen fiction books to those waiting for Eclipse’s release date. Also, Thursday saw the beginning of the next round of school trips. The school that had brought in five sets of sixth graders is bringing in their eighth grade reading groups. I tried to be a bit more organized; the teacher had requested I really focus on twelve or fifteen titles. I was also informed that they're going to be reading ‘The Taming of the Shrew,’ and are studying Shakespeare and his time in general, so I pulled some books that tie in with the time period and Shakespeare’s life and characters. There were some kids who weren’t all that keen on much of anything, but a good eight or so had lots of questions. There was one girl (I ought to call her Mini-Me) who came up to me after I’d finished talking and said, “I’m interested in seven of the books you talked about. I kept track in my head.” hee! There was another who blushingly admitted that she liked stories with lots of romance. “I know it’s kind of stupid.”

“It is most certainly not!” I replied, and gave her a laundry list o’ my favourites. Another student, a boy this time, and I had a lengthy discussion about Eragon (book and movie), dragon stories in particular and fantasy stories in general. He walked out with ‘The Dark is Rising’ and the title of the first Temeraire book, since for some incredibly stupid reason we were out of it. Anyway, over the next few weeks, I’ve got four or five more classes coming in. Any chance to blither about books = happy Kel.

~Moya: Ah, my poor Saturn wagon is beginning to show signs of age and wear. She’s been revving terribly high, and making some strange noises to boot. Turns out the noises were a combo of the revving and a bad wheel bearing. Long story short, it took several days to determine this, get the parts in, and get the car repaired. I missed my doctor’s appointment on Monday, but had a lovely spot of exercise when I walked the 2 1/2 miles into town to fetch my girl home. Repeated that walk on Friday to fetch her home again, only this time with the repairs completed. So we hope.

~Phototherapy: Psoriasis sucks. There. I said it. UV light treatment is one of the few things that makes a difference in my case, but I need to go at least three times a week for it to work it’s magic (and this is no small pain in the posterior in extra driving time alone) Even so, my skin was sort of in a holding pattern. Finally - FINALLY - I’d started to see some improvement - and then I had to miss Monday’s appointment because of car issues. My legs backslid almost at once. My torso... meh. Arms haven’t been brilliant, but they’ve certainly been worse. I just want a summer where I can wear shorts. I don’t want to look like I’m diseased (which, in fact, I am, but hey - you know what I mean). grawr.

Sorry. I am not going to dump this crap on you. Moving on...

~Kickboxing: Continues to rock. Hardcore. There are days - and they are many - where I just don’t feel like I’m making any sort of progress. I’m huffing and puffing and dripping sweat just as much as I was when I started... and then I think about how many times I had to pause, or slow down or outright stop, how I couldn’t do all of the ab work, how my kicks were pretty low on the bag, and I came to a realization: I’m getting more fit, I’m just pushing myself harder. It’s like if I don’t reach a certain level of exhaustion by that hour’s end, I’m not doing it right. There are times when I know I’m dogging it, or when an exercise sort of hamstrings me (forty-two double lunges on EACH SIDE? Thanks, Blaine, and happy 42nd birthday! My gimpy horse-trodden right knee thanks you, too! Woo... when I tried to stand after that, my knee was having none of it. One of the other instructors happened to be taking the class, and she was at my side in less than a heartbeat. I felt like a tool, though I know it is just a bum knee, but I have to give Liz huge credit for noticing - and acting - that quickly), but I leave feeling completely energized.

This week marks the beginning (so I hope) of four classes a week. I went Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday (Blaine taught; he mentioned Liz had a done a new exercise that played merry cob with his knees, so he wouldn’t be in the rest of the week. I showed admirable restraint and simply said, “Ouch. Rest up. Knee injuries really suck.”) and this morning. It was a Trish class (haven’t taken one of hers in oh, a month? maybe more), and was really really really killer. I left walking on air, though, because at one point she stopped by my bag and said, “You’re looking skinny!” She is not the personal-cheerleader sort, so if she said it, it means my body really is changing. yay!

Don and I are going again tomorrow morning. I’m still sore from today, so this should be interesting.

~the Diet: I’ve been pretty good. Well, except for tonight (you don’t even want to know - trust me). And Thursday night (pasta with shrimp and scallops, but only half the portion; the rest was breakfast the next day). But the rest of the week was mad healthy, even if I still can’t manage to eat every three to four hours. I have decided I really can’t stress about that. I’ll just do the best I can. Healthy foods, no refined sugar, lots of water... it’s making a bit of a difference. Seven more weeks to go with this eating plan. If it sees me comfortably in a size eight, excellent. If it sees me trimmer, I’ll be over the moon. But you know, I tried on my size eight non-stretch jeans this week... and they’re snug, but I can button them. Minor victories. Baby steps. I’ll take it.

Ea Quae Legiteaquaelegit on April 29th, 2007 02:45 am (UTC)
I've been on a "healthy living" kick this year myself. My main tool has been sparkpeople.com, which for me has been great on its own, though lots of people use it in conjunction with WW or other programs. It's a lot like WW, actually, but free. I like that part.

Anyway, should you be curious, I can send you and invite or info.

Congrats on the efforts so far paying off! It's a great feeling, innit? I'm buying a ton of new summer clothes when I hit my goal. I'll need to - my old ones are already not fitting so well!
Kel: Gwen in redladyjoust on April 29th, 2007 02:50 am (UTC)
I actually have an account at sparkpeople, I just haven't used it... oh, ever. *blushes*

I'm gearing up to do some shopping when I hit my goal, too! Not only are my old clothes not fitting well, they're in pretty bad shape. I'd sworn not to buy anything new (not a hardship when shopping is a panic-inducing activity for me) until I'd reached a decent weight and fitness level. Let me know how it goes for you!

Oh, and I have to tell you: I've been on a 'Road to Santiago' jag. Listening to it pretty much nonstop all week. yay!

Fjordhopperfjordhopper on April 29th, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
Good for you, with all the healthy eating and exercising! I feel so blah, I really need to do more to be healthy.

You are an inspiration!
harpiegirl4harpiegirl4 on April 29th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
I have some fairy wings to lend you if you want. In fact, I have a few pairs you could choose from. :)

Yay for the diet and kick-assing! You rock! I fell off the wagon over vacation and have yet to climb back on, but I'm diving back into South Beach tomorrow and will definitely get my bloated lazy ass back to the gym this week if it kills me! Your blogs have been very inspiring. :)
kmcclure on April 29th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
This is a SLOW week?
Kelladyjoust on April 29th, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC)
Not much substance and a great deal of filler.

yep. that's me. bleargh.
kmcclure on April 30th, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
You are SOOO underestimating your impact... on young people... kick bags... those so far away it takes a significant ripple to be impressed...

I'm sure this will make sense if you're as tired as me.. heee!