Today couldn’t have bee…wait, I retract that, it could have been much worse. At least I even GOT to workout today.
It’s warm-ish today, but it’s deciding to rain. This poses a problem because I’m being told I need to shovel some snow today. That is probably not going to happen at all today. Not only did I get to wake up to rain, but I got to see that my workout included an assload of split squats and split squat jumps. I’m trying my hardest to not hurt myself, so I turned all of these off. Ended up lowering my caloric burn from over 400 to mid 200, it was probably 10 exercises. Hell, the game even knows it’s shitty, I got an “Adequate!” today.
Not only that, but I had battery trouble. Half of the workout was composed of me swapping batteries in all the sensors so I could have enough charge to finish. It ended up throwing my average heart rate number off today.
I’m honestly not feeling depressed today because of the rain or the shitty workout, I’m pissed. Terrible, terrible feeling.
...Am Surprised in Myself (Workout 33) -OR- ...Love New Music
So, today marks the 5th day straight I’ve been working out, and I have to say it hasn’t been terrible. I’m pleased with the fact that my body doesn’t hurt too much (other than my knees a little bit, but I’m sure that’ll go away when I stop doing all these damn squats). Just 3 more workouts to go in the program - Monday,Tuesday, and Wednesday. Then I can break for my b-day!
I will not be coming with my weight total until morning on the 3rd. I will probably move the clock on my PS3 so it shows Sunday so I can do a final cardio test, just to get the difference from the first week. If I can’t, I’ll either just use tomorrow’s or wait until next Sunday. I’m not expecting too much of weight loss from this week, I’ve been doing a lot of muscle stuff and eating a little less than satisfactory. If anything, I bet my weight will be about 223 after this program (which is still three pounds of loss, so go me).
I just want to be able to get outside and run around so I can lose the extra fat really quickly. 190-200 is my goal for weightloss, I think it’s still possible even with the muscle I’ve put on.
So, over the last 24 hours, I’ve been listening to this band which I’ve heard a lot of great things about. One friend is always raving about them, so I decided to check them out.
Their name is NGHBRS and they have a very pleasing mix of great lyrics, driving drums/guitar, and keyboards. Everything on their EP “hellomind” is excellent, they don’t have one track that feels it’s just in there to be in there, they don’t phone anything in. I wish them the best in their careers, I’ll sure be listening.
Check them out at NGHBRS - You won’t be disappointed at all.
Well, I only really did 70% of the workout today, most due to knee problems, but also due to this:
Not only did we get snow overnight, but it’s still going. Fuck you Troy, I was in a good mood (and up early too!).
So yeah, I didn’t do too well on the workout today, but I did at least 20 minutes of heavy(ish) cardio and 30 minutes overall. Other than that, I have nothing else to report for today, just a shitty day I have to deal with.
Whew! Three days in a row of some tough workouts. I think I’m going to move my workout from Saturday to Sunday so I can do four in a row with a break then four instead of my five, break, three.
Still, I’m proud of myself today. I somehow managed to do a full workout even though at least two of the exercises would be ones to hurt my knees. They weren’t too tough sounding, so I went ahead and did them. It resulted in a 50 minute workout, burning about 400 calories. There was a lot of core and arm working today with cardio and one leg workout thrown in for good measure.
I’m in a MUCH better mood today for three reasons.
I get to play Settlers of Catan later tonight, and I shall make EVERYTHING with sheep. (Click HERE if you don’t know anything about this game)
New Skyrim trailer came out that featured in game graphics and video. (See post below for that)
I got to chat with a good friend, finally, whom I miss dearly.
It’s funny what little things can do to make a cloudy week brighter than a summer’s morning.
Today I set the goals on the program for next week. I hope to do 6 more workouts (finishing the program), 4 hours of workouts, and 1,700 calories. Let’s finish this strong.
Other than that, I kind of hate myself today. I had to turn off about 10 minutes and 100 calories of workouts because they all would have made my knees feel even worse than they do now. I really don’t want to push myself to the point where I can’t use my knees anymore. Even though my knees may be weak, I still shall finish this program as well as I can.
So today’s workload consists of reading a short story and crating a single page, single spaced thought piece on it, writing up a proposal for a conference call (for a class), and then looking for a job. I am not going to be very happy today. Job searches are one thing I do not like to do.
About the title of today’s post : Last night I had some really sad dream right when I tried to go to sleep. I don’t really remember what was involved, but all I knew is that when I woke up I realized how much I miss people who used to be in my life.
I miss my brothers who have gone to find jobs, or have gone to different schools (Spencer, Bandit, Dave, Chris…). I miss friends from home (Mike, Danielle, Ben, Adam). I miss friends who I only get to see once in a while (Catie, Alexa) Most of all I miss my fiancee.
I think that if I were surrounded by all the people for at least one day, I would be happy. Too bad the only time I will be surrounded by all these people at once will be at my wedding - about 2 years away. Blah.
Still not as much as I’d like to see week to week, but it’s something. I’m surprised I’m losing any at all, I thought I’d just be putting muscle on.
So, I have 7 more workouts to complete in this program. It SHOULD put me at next Friday or Saturday. That being said, my 22nd birthday is on March 3rd. Last year for my 21st, I went to have the free Margarita at Bombers Burrito Bar. This year, I would like to go to Bier Garten and get Das Boot, however, I will not be wanting to work out for more than two day after that probably. My solution?
I’m going to try and cram in all the workouts so I end on my 22nd birthday.
How I can do this : Workout 30 is tomorrow, 31 will be Thursday, 32 will be Friday, 33 will be Saturday, 34 will be Monday, 35 will be Tuesday, and 36 will be Wednesday.
This leaves me a day in the middle that I can slide around if need be. Hopefully I can do this and not destroy myself in the process.
Immediately after my birthday weekend, I am going to start the 3 week Cardio program on Hard (I hope). That should get me ready for running again when the weather is nicer. I should be able to lose the pounds like crazy when it gets into running weather again.
After those 3 weeks? I bet I’ll just pull out the game when it’s shitty outside or I feel like I need a good muscle workout. It has so many workouts and I can make my own if need be, so I’m not too worried about never using it again.
Back to the topic in the title, I woke up today with horrible stomach pains, so I went and slept some more. When I finally got up, I decided class would probably be a bad choice today. I finally started to feel better and decided I should work out, and here I am.
I’m not too happy with the revolution that seems to be happening within my body recently, but that could have been from some of the festivities this weekend…
So, this is tough for me to post. Yes, I may have written this for a class last semester, and I may have entered it into the McKinney Contest, and I may be very proud of it, but at least in all those instances, there probably would only be a few people reading it. This leaves me wide open to the internet.
Do I feel vulnerable with people knowing this information? Do I feel this chapter of my life makes me who I am? Do I feel that I can shed some light into my mind with this? Do I think that maybe someone else in the situation can read this and figure out that there’s more to life?
All of these things and more run through my head right now as I’m posting this.
Something else that runs through my mind : To shed some light on why it’s written as such. At the time of writing this piece I was reading House of Leaves by Danielewski. The book was a very difficult read for me because of the sensory depravation, the extreme dark tones in the work, and the poor little love story nestled within its pages. The whole time I was writing this, I was unconsciously thinking about that book. I think it helped me make something you can really feel.
So today was supposed to be workout 28. I figure I can do it easy enough, so I load up the game and I turn off anything that will hurt my knees. I get maybe a quarter of the way in and I have no drive what-so-ever. I quit the workout and go ahead and use my elevated heart rate to lift my 10lb weights. Then I decide I can at least work on my abs, so I do some planks and crunches for about five minutes.
Next week, hopefully, won’t be the same as this week (barely three exercises).
Why did I feel so out of it? Well, I’ve been thinking. Thinking isn’t always a good sign.
One of my good friends is feeling like shit after a breakup with his long distance girlfriend and I’ve been around trying to comfort him. At the same time, I learn that two of my good friends (whom I love equally [very much]) broke up over the weekend. I’m a little distressed because over that, of course, because they were also long-distance, so I won’t be seeing her any time soon (she is, however, still expected to come to my wedding). I’m most upset because of the way I learned about it and the way I’m perceiving actions by one party.
But all this break-up stuff gets me thinking. Do break-ups work like Celebrity Deaths? Are there always three right in a row? I can see other people in the house probably breaking up, but I really hope no one else does. I don’t think I can handle any more of my friends breaking up. I love my friends. I love my friend’s girlfriends. Blaaaah.
Well, because of the mood I have been thrown into and the thought of break-ups and having to deal with it all, I will be posting Blue in the next post. I feel it will fit perfectly.
PS : Going to try and finish off New Vegas today. I took a break for a week, then tried last night but figured I needed a change of pace so I borrowed Arkham Asylum from a friend. I think it was a good enough break. Time for Platinum grind Weekend.
PPS : Finished Lullaby : A Novel by Palahniuk last night. To be honest, I figured out the ending about halfway through. It’s quite upsetting because I normally don’t get that “Ho shit” until right near the end. Still, fantastic novel for it’s point of view.
PPPS : Started Cat’s Cradle by Vonnegut last night. All I have to say right now is : “Ohhhhhh Vonnegut. You crazy bastard.”
PPPPS : No, that wasn’t enough time away from New Vegas. Platinum run is suspended until further notice.
It’s kind of weird to me. Only Workout 27. I could have guessed I would be at 50 by now. In reality, it’s day 42. How the mind can mess with you when you only workout four times a week.
Anywho - I just noticed my knees beginning to hurt, quite a bit. I think what I need to do right now is not push the lunges too far. I might even try to get rid of all the Cross-Over Lunges from the program. As soon as those started, my knees have been aching me. I really don’t want to hurt myself.
Another annoying exercise to note today is Mountain Climbers. While scanning the projection for today I saw two of them and I thought “Oh, this can’t be too bad today!”
I was wrong.
Now, Mountain Climbers are 75 instead of 55. I know that two 75’s is less than four 55’s, BUT that extra 20 that comes immediately really wiped me out (not to mention the four sets of stride jumps [luckily those are still only 80]). So, I can see t going to four 75’s by the end of this. I’m not looking forward to it.
However, I am looking forward to going straight back into cardio when this 9 week program is done. I plan on doing the cardio workout on EA Sports Active 2 on hard, it’s a 3 week program. While that happens, as long as I have time (maybe only the weekends or just wednesday) I plan on going to run in the gym or outside, depending on the weather. Hopefully, I can scrounge up some extra funds for some KSOs from Vibram.
Well, as soon as those orange ones come back in stock.
Ok, here’s what I promised. Today I will be posting my Personal Essay, Warped. Not all of it happened at once, but it is all true. It’s all things I think.
I feel this fits with the blog fairly well, it’s about my weight loss and the aspect of body image. I hope readers who find this enjoy -
Warped by Jared Connell
“You look great Jared!” “Q-Bear, look how thin you are!” “Dude, you look fantastic.” These are the types of comments I primarily heard from Andy, one of my closest friends, at the beginning of this school year. His encouragement has always motivated me to try my hardest so that I may get rock hard abs like him one day. For the next few weeks, I feel great about myself.
When I really think about it, I find I’m not an aesthetically appealing person. I am in no way symmetrical. I feel that I am far too lumpy. I feel that my clothes don’t fit well. I feel that I am always being looked at.
In all honesty, the mirror I have in my room does not help. It was a bargain I bought just to fill space on the wall. Somehow, from falling perhaps, the mirror has become… warped. Looking into it in the morning sometimes makes me feel really good about my body, other days, I feel the complete opposite. I feel it could be bipolar! Because of this, I feel the need to rely on what people say to me.
As soon as the school days began to roll, I could do nothing but look into the mirror on my wall, and in turn, my mind’s mirror. My mind’s mirror seems to also be warped, but warped much worse than the physical mirror in which I look daily. It’s sick, and it likes to torment me to no end. When I begin to reflect on it after seeing people at school, I get many mixed messages.
Look at all those people with all those muscles. Damn my lumpy body.
“What are you talking about Jared, you look thin and normal…” Andy chuckles at the beginning of his spiel. Turning away, I shake my head.
Lumpy. That’s always a word I’ve associated with my body. It’s interesting because I don’t truly have lumps. It’s obvious that I am being too hard on myself, I don’t cut myself enough slack. When I happen to look down at myself and I see a little bit of fat that I have had as long as I can remember, it brings me down. I’m pretty certain it comes from my “baby fat” I have had since childhood.
What’s worse has to be my thighs. It seems weird because even though I’ve been working out and losing weight, my thighs still seem to be very, very large. When I look down at them I feel like I’m running around town like a chicken sometimes. Some days, thoughts like that have kept me from going out of the house. I feel that I could do better, but when I look at them, I become sedentary. Unmotivated. Lumpy.
Everybody looks so…so…proportional. Why do I have to be so lanky?
Andy rolls his eyes at me, “You’re one of the more proportional guys I know! You look fine, bud.” I look at him with half closed eyes and a pursed bottom lip, shrugging my shoulders.
Lanky. Yeah, that’s another word that comes to mind. I may be very proportionate, but because of my height I feel lanky. I know that it’s contradicts my feeling of lumpiness, but some days, I just feel off. I cannot help that I am six foot six, it’s just upsetting when I feel like I’m eight feet tall! People are all so short around me. Why do all my friends have to be so short? The height isn’t the problem though, when I feel so tall, I feel stretched out. I feel like I have long limbs and they just…sway.
I can look down at my arms for hours and think that they aren’t too bad but then, I give another thought. Looking at other people and their muscles, makes me believe that I don’t actually have anything going for me. I may be gaining muscle in my arms daily, but it doesn’t and has never shown. Of course, this may be a good thing, but some times, I just wish that my muscles would pump up.
Sometimes I need to check myself. I won’t pay attention to where I’m going for more than a second and I end up either hitting something with my arms, running into tree limbs with my head, of tripping over my own feet. It’s totally embarrassing to be walking and talking with someone, and falling over because you flip your foot the wrong way and you scrape it on the ground! I have lost a couple pairs of good sneakers from the constant scraping of my toes on the pavement. Holes ware right through the fabric of the shoe. I think it has to do with being so oddly shaped. Obtuse. Lanky.
Everyone else has such nice hair and clothing. Why do things around me have to be unruly?
“How can you even TELL?! All your clothes are big on you now!” Andy waves his arms and grabs me tight around the torso, patting me on the back. I chuckle at his attempt to cheer me.
Unruly. I can’t help looking at myself in the morning and thinking this. I check my clothes first. Everything is in the wrong spot. I adjust. Still no luck is found. I decide to leave things they way they are some days. Other days, I just wear another layer. It tends to fix itself after I do that. I feel it has to do with what is under the clothes. If everything was a little smaller, more muscular, I wouldn’t have the problem. I worry about moving up a size in clothing because if I do, it will be far too large. It’s difficult being in a size of clothes that aren’t natural to the rest of civilization. I seem to have an odd and unique body.
My hair is another thing. I tend to keep it short, very short. When I wake up in the morning, I don’t have to deal with messy hair. Of course, some times I don’t have the time to get to a barber, so my hair becomes much longer than it normally would. During those times I end up with thick, wavy hair. It doesn’t look very good with the style of clothes or body I have. I try to wash it with different products, comb it, wear hats, forget about it. Nothing ever seems to work. Hair begins to creep out from the sides of my ears and I am forced to push it back. Hair begins to get all over my forehead, and I have to itch because I have sensitive skin. Hair begins to get so thick that just putting my hand through it will make it stand up on end. I feel that if my heritage was something other than Italian-Irish, I would have no problems with the hair on my head.
It’s not just my head that I have an issue with. It’s hair all over my body that becomes a problem. I believe that I have hair on almost every bit of my body except for the weirdest (and more common) locations, the tops of my feet, the sides of my ribs, and two little patches near my kidneys to name a few. It’s not only that it grows in weird around my body, but it also sits oddly. I’ll come home from class or work after a long day and find half of the hair on my body in the opposite direction than what it should be. I could be sitting down, not moving for hours while typing up a paper on my laptop and then find the hair on the top of my thighs acting weird. As if it has a mind of its own, it’s standing on end, irritating me. I don’t know if it’s trying to tell me to move my lazy ass or if it’s just being a troublemaker, but my body hair is annoying. Obnoxious. Unruly.
Why is my mind so twisted? Why does it look like I’m looking through a warped pane?
Andy looks up a me with open eyes and drops his shoulders and hands to his sides. “Sometimes I just want to hit you, but I don’t because you’re awesome.” Looking down at him, I pick him up and give him a big hug.
Warped. What is being normal anyway? Is it looking and being like everyone else? Is it acting like the people on TV? I don’t really know. All I know is that even with all these qualms I have about my body, I am stuck with it and I love it. Whether other people love my body or not, it doesn’t matter.
The mirror I use may not be the best portal that I have to see myself through, but what else can I do? The only real answer I see is to go through life and try to fix and bend the mirror in my mind. I should try to make it show who I really am, not who I might be through some other person’s eyes.
Looking goofy with a huge grin on my face I go down the hall, “Thanks Andy, I needed the reassurance.” He looks up with a grin and pats me on the shoulder. It’s all good.
I may not be the most confident person. I may not be the most aesthetically pleasing person. I may not be even remotely symmetrical. I’m warped, but I’m not worried about any of that because everyone’s different. Unique. Beautiful.
Last night I finished Stardust and was vey happy with the ending in the book. I’m not saying the movie’s end was bad, but it was the end fit for a movie. In the book, the ending fit much better than the movie ending would have.
I also started and finished Slaughterhouse Five. It’s funny though, I’ve never read a Vonnegut until now. When I get more money, I plan on getting more of his work.
That’s it for now. My knees hurt quite a bit so I’m going to finish off the week with Friday/Saturday workout. Later today, Warped will be up.
Well, I just printed 50 pages of work (about 9 going to homework and the rest to the McKinney Contest).
I’m going to be submitting my two works tomorrow, so I will post my first Personal Essay, Warped, later in the day tomorrow. Blue will come the day after.
I remembered I have a resume started on a webspace from a class last semester, so I’m going to count that as progress. I’ll email my advisor and ask a few questions so that I can continue fro there. Since it’s a three-day weekend, I’ll get to work on it then.
So, wish me luck in the McKinney Contest! I’m hoping to place with one of my essays, top prize in each category is $300, and you can put it on your resume. I’m excited and I hope I can do well!
So I feel much, much better today. I think part of my anxiety yesterday stemmed from not working out for 3 days and the fact that I had so much work to do for the day.
Today’s workload isn’t bad, just stuff for one class tomorrow at 6PM. Because of that, I’m going to be doing prep for the McKinney Contest and my Resume too. I could also begin two term papers I have due for the 10th of March in the same class. One of them is pretty much written, I just need to expand. The other isn’t too far off, but I feel I need to do one or two more reading homeworks before I attempt thinking of a thesis.
So yeah, I’m doing well, but that’s not entirely why.
Yesterday I pre-ordered Pokemon Black and my Aqua 3DS. I’m super excited for both of them and I’m glad that I’m only going to have to pay $125 for the 3DS ($50 down and $75 from my DSi).
But I guess I should speak about my workout today too.
Today was not that bad entirely. It was a pretty balanced full-body workout and a lot of me is tired (thighs and shoulders), but I’m not too sweaty or upset today. I feel pretty good, considering how hard it has gotten.
Some exercises have added 4 reps (the lifting ones, lunges), while others have added up to 10 (Mountain Biking). However, there was one in particular that just turned out to be a bastard. It wasn’t too difficult, but it was annoying because it added another 25 reps (Skipping). The biggest problem with skipping is how much faster I do it than the game, so in all reality, I’m probably doing over 100 while it’s still around 75. No big deal though, more workout for me.
PS : Looks like my heart is getting stronger. Dammit, I don’t want to push more to get better results. DAMN YOU BIOLOGY!!
PPS : Other good news, I’ve gotten into the swing of work again here and now I’m able to read for leisure instead of just work! I knocked out two more chapters of Stardust by Neil Gaiman (<3) yesterday. I’m really pleased that I’ll be able to do more fun things.
Today sucks. Woke up, didn’t want to workout. Tried to workout, realized I’m not into it today. I have a damn presentation at noon that I’m not very worried for, but it still bothers me.
So, like I said, I started the workout today and only got in 20%. Technically it counted today, so what I’m going to try to do is do some lifting here in my room. since I have waiting tonight, I’m sure I’m going to be doing enough. Now the workout is going to be on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday this week. It kinda sucks, but I’ll deal with missing most of one workout I’m sure.
Woke up, looked online, found out Netflix started charging me again. I’m so pissed. It doesn’t reming me when I push the date back, that’s all I want. I guess I need to go now and at least enjoy the online features.
To be completely honest, I think the reason I’m so anxious right now is because of the Netflix thing. *shrug* I’ll get over it, I just really wish it didn’t restart.
So last night Mike finished Dead Space 2. The game was good, but I felt it was trying WAY too hard to be an action game instead of a horror game. To quote Mike :
It’s like Alien versus Aliens
It’s true, too. I just wish that Dead Space had more Sigourney Weaver.
This means we finally get to watch more Naruto, as soon as we can find where the files are.
8AM - I’m going to try to get up at 8AM from now on (Thursday). Going to do all those other things I’ve been putting off too. Yeah.
I forgot to set my alarm this morning, so I woke up at 10. I don’t have enough time to workout and rest before my noon class so I’m just going to wait until tomorrow to start Phase 3. Also, for some reason, my inner thighs are tired. *shrug* I’m sure they’ll be better tomorrow.
This week is going to be Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. Next week I’m going back to normal.
Also, it’s Valentine’s Day today. I have class and Margaret is home. At least we got the weekend together. Love you hunny.
I’m so close to having the Platinum Trophy in Fallout New Vegas. I have to start a new file to get hacking, food, and pickpocketing then I can go through a game playing hardcore doing Mr.House’s ending. The DLC is coming out next Tuesday, so I really need to do it before then so I can have the Platinum before they add six more Trophies because I’m not really interested in the DLC.
The last thing I’m thinking about today has to do with the weather. Apparently it’s going to be 40 with rain today. That gets me to thinking about warmer weather. I want to wear my Vibrams. I have a pair of Sprints, but I would love to purchase the Block/Orange KSO’s. Photo below.
They are beeeeautiful. Too bad they’re out of stock. I should shoot an email out to customer service so I can know when they’ll be back in.
Today is the end of Phase 2 of the 9 week program. Now I only have three weeks to go. I’m kind of worried about where it’s going. The next three weeks are going to be very challenging on my poor body, but at least they will be worth it.
Speaking of which - Here is the list of results after my first three weeks :
An increase in my stamina
An increase in my flexibility
Muscles beginning to develop in places that had been neglected (Thighs, hip, triceps)
A tightening of my core (Not that I’m losing the fat, but the muscle is holding it in better)
A better recharge time on my muscles
More energy to do more things (that I don’t do because I don’t feel like it)
I’ve noticed these points becoming more and more prevalent over these last three weeks as well. In addition I’ve noticed :
Muscles in my triceps
Muscles in my shoulders/shoulder blades
Ribs (Still a gut/love handles though)
Shrinking of love handles/gut
Shrinking of Pecks
Shrinking of Thighs
Tightening and lifting of Glutes
Absolutely no fat on my Calves
Huge muscles on my Calves
Other than that, today/yesterday I noticed a quick drop in weight from 225 to 223ish. I’m really happy to see where I’ll be on Monday.
Well, it’s Saturday, and even though Margaret’s here, I need to do homework. Boo. Reading includes a chapter on Creating Characters for Games and “Heart of Darkness.” Other work includes making a small presentation and a thought paper on the “Heart of Darkness” reading. Also, a 2 page story using some specific element of fiction.
Maybe I’ll do just half of the work today.
Oi, I still need to work on a resume. Wednesday. Going to do it Wednesday.
...Do Amazingly Well (Workout 23) -OR- Am Going to Have an Awesome Weekend!
Today’s workout was pretty much all upper body and heavy cardio. There were a lot of split squats with lifting, two different lifts thrown together, and mountain climbers sprinkled around.
I am glad I’m getting better with the Mountain Climbers. I was able to power through a little more than 3 of them before getting tired today. My endurance is going to be amazing at the end of this program.
I have one more workout in this phase, but I’m going to be leaving that until Saturday. Margaret is coming up tomorrow morning for the weekend and with her getting here, and me having class at noon, I won’t have the time to workout at all tomorrow (I like to do it in the morning). After Saturday’s workout, I’ll recount how I felt after the first three weeks and then add on how I feel now.
Anyway, Margaret is coming this weekend! Hooray!
We’re probably not going to be doing anything more special than we normally do. Maybe we’ll go out and see Gnomeo & Juliet, that looks really cute. We’ll probably go out with friends or alone. Not really sure what’s going to happen though.
I do know that I’ll be busy finishing up Margaret’s hat/scarf this weekend if I cannot do it all today (Mostly, I don’t want to tire my grip out, so I’m not going to be doing it all at once). I know I should have been doing it all along, but there has been a lot of homework for me to do the past 2.5 weeks. This is the first time I’ve gotten a little break.
Today’s workout was a lot of squatting. I’ve been getting tired in my legs for the last couple of days because of all of the heavy squatting and lunging exercises. The worst ones for me have to be the drop split squats. For these, you stand straight, jump slightly to get one leg back, then squat. I need to find a better way to do them or else my knees aren’t going to hold up for much longer.
Yesterday, I got my unlocked Sidekick LX 2009. It only took me all night to figure out how to get the picture messaging to work. You see, I’m on AT&T so I needed to figure out all the MMS settings and test them. It took me about an hour to get that to work. (I have class from 6-8 on Mondays, this is why I say it took me all night). Then I have to import all my contacts one by one. Only reason for that is because I HATE saving to the SIM. The only problem I’m going to have with the phone is that because it’s unlocked, I need to fuss with it every time I turn it on (luckily, I never turn phones off).
The phone is fantastic (even though I can only use a portion of it). I love the menu system and the lights. The sounds are great, the camera is great. However, the multi-lit trackball has to be my favorite (well, next to the screen).
The phone came with everything in the box (except the tmobile SIM). That pleased me greatly. If I didn’t get the 1Gig microSD, I’d be upset. The phone can only hold 2 pictures without an SD card. Storage is not a problem anymore. I do think it’s funny that I can now hold 2000 contacts.
Bad thing is, I don’t think it will spin my TARDIS chain. I need to test this further though.
EDIT : Just got a text, it totally still works. Awesome.
I’m going to shovel out Margaret’s spot for this weekend today. It looks like we might be getting a little more snow today, so I might as well clear it out. At the same time, I’m going to be doing laundry.
...Do Well (Workout 21) -OR- ...Am Excited (Part Deux) -OR- ...Have a Plan of Attack
Current Weight : 224.6 lbs - Well, little change is still change I guess.
Today’s workout included a lot of squatting, but also a lot of cardio and lifting. Overall, it was a good full-body workout. I didn’t get too tired, but I was really sweaty by the end of it today. I feel I’m doing well and I hope the results continue to show as I peek in the mirror.
Today I’m excited for the early b-day pressie from my fiancee. It’s a “new” phone. We found a cheap, unlocked phone on Amazon (one that shipped with Prime, so a little bit more trustworthy than random people off the internet) and she decided to get it for me because every other phone I have is a piece of shit.
Update, by the way, on the Xenon with the screen issues. The old screen’s connector was broken off inside the phone (the reason it wasn’t working at all), and when I put the new one in, there was no way to get to configuration to make the new screen work. Nice job LG, nice job. At least I tried. (As an aside: The digitizer that I put on, won’t stay in place because it has no sticky backing to keep it on the phone, so it would have fallen out and broken as well sooner or later)
So, the new phone I’m getting is a Sidekick LX 2009 from T-Mobile. It’s a nice big phone with a nice big keyboard, and as long as it’s unlocked, I should be happy with it. I’m really sick of the choices I have with AT&T and I want to move to Verison for the Droid line, but I feel this is a good stepping stone. That and it was one of the cheaper unlocked phones.
That phone should be coming in today while I’m in class. Boo class (also yay class). Honestly though, I enjoy all my classes this semester. That’s not an easy feat. Well done RPI, well done. That’s the first and only time you will EVER hear me say that.
I restarted Fallout: New Vegas yesterday (saturday evening), on very easy setting so I could grind the rest of the Trophies I’ve missed. I got to the part in the game where you branch off to the 4 final storylines and stopped. I now have a plan of attack for the 3 endgames I missed so I don’t have to waste too much time. I’m basically going out and killing all the factions that I need to visit in the three endgame missions before doing said missions. Then, I can just sit in front of the quest giver and say “Yeah, I’ve been there, they’re dead now.”
Before I do that, I plan on getting booted out of the casinos with my high-luck character. I also need to get 10k damage with fists and 10k damage with explosives. It shouldn’t be too hard, but I’m worried about it. I think that would only leave me with 7 other Trophies to get: 10k healed by food (I’m working on currently), 30 Games of Caravan (so annoying, but I have a way to win easily), Hardcore Mode (Gonna be a bitch, BUT I plan on doing it with Very Easy and powering through), Mod 20 weapons (I’m working on that currently), Hack 25 consoles (I’m raising my science skill now so I can do this easily), Pickpocket 50 people (also raising my stealth to do this quickly), and than I can grab #8: The Platinum. This would make it my 2nd Platinum on PS3, and my 3rd game in which I have received all the Achievements/Trophies (The other two being Assassin’s Creed 2 and Heavy Rain [I was really close with Mass Effect 2, but I didn’t want to play it through on Insanity, I have a friend doing that now and he said the Colossus and Harbinger are a fuck.]).
I’m worried about the Hardcore mode to be honest. I’m probably going to die so often. I wish there were save states, then I wouldn’t have to wait on the save file (It takes so damn long!).
I decided to do my homework for the first half of the week yesterday. This time it only took me four hours because one of my classes didn’t have any work due. At least I know that when I need to do my homework, I can get it done between 4 and 10 hours.
I feel all this blogging is really helping my writing. Being able to go somewhere and get rid of all the informal bullshit allows me to write a little better every time I go and do another paper. It’s also helping me develop a better voice for my works (the more I learn about myself through this, the more I can add to my writing).
The McKinney Writing Contest is coming up next month, so I need to get on setting everything up to enter it. The prizes are $300 for first prize, $175 for second, and $75 for third. There are also many different categories to get prizes in, which is good. Now I can enter a great personal essay and have a chance at winning something because I won’t have to worry about a great piece of art, or animation concept.
I’m going to send in two of my four essays from last semester that I wrote for Creative Writing: NonFiction. One of them is titled “Blue,” I am not sure which other one I will enter just yet. I’m going to decide over the next week, and then post both entries up for viewing after I enter them.
Superbowl is today, I’m excited for Old Spice Guy to come back.
So I just finished workout 20 of the 36 workout schedule. One more week until Phase 3. One more week until I switch over to 20lb weights. One more week until I only have 3 weeks left of this.
16 more workouts. Can I do it without bitching? No. Can I do it and actually lose some weight instead of just putting on muscle? I don’t really think so, but then again, I’m only halfway through.
Yesterday was weird. My noon class was cancelled so I was stuck waiting around for my 2, then for my 6. I know it sounds odd for a student to say this, but : I really like having 6 hours of class. Or at least having a straight 4 hours every day (except for Wednesday). I think it gives me a good balance so I don’t end up boring myself.
On that note, I really need to get Margaret’s hat and scarf cracking. I think I should have some time this weekend. If not, I guess I can stay up one night, or do it Wednesday while everyone else is at class (I’ll be really bored).
Nothing else is new right now. I’m still waiting on my loan money to come in so I can feed myself. I’m still waiting on the 3DS and Pokemon White/Black to come out. I’m still waiting on a lot of games and things at this moment.
PS : The touchscreen for my phone is coming in today, which is far below the estimated 4-14 business days it said at the beginning. I’m super excited. When I get back from class I’m going to fix it! Crossing my fingers that it’s the only issue.
...Have Muscles Get Tired (Workout 19) -OR- ...Am Confused
So today was a bitch.
There were 4 counts of Mountain Climbers, 2.5 which I did without hesitation. The other 1.5 were not as successful. That’s ok though, because I also had to do full pushups after a bunch of shoulder/weight exercises. The pushups didn’t happen at all, I reverted to knee pushups. I still had trouble.
Not only was there a lot of annoying workouts, but a couple of them were split squat lifts. These lifts include: going into a squat with one leg in front and one leg in back, releasing the squat, doing the lift, repeat for 6 then switch legs and arms. There were three different types of those today, each more annoying then the last. I’ve ended up with really really tired shoulderblades. I think tomorrow I’m going to be even more sore.
I live in the NorthEast. I have for all my life. So when I hear that we’re going to get snow, I get excited, then angry because I’m going to have to shovel. One thing I forget is that Troy does not get Lake Effect snow like I do when I’m home. Snow that we got here that gave RPI it’s first closed day in years was not really all that bad.
However, I did have to shovel.
I spent an hour and a half yesterday shoveling out various parts of my fraternity: the porches, the walkways, the road, and after all thatI somehow gained four pounds. BS. I bet my problem has something to do with the amount of cheese I had yesterday. Stupid sodium. Stupid muscles. I like to physically see progress AND mentally agree with what my scale shows me.
Maybe tomorrow will be better.
PS : Oh yeah, even though it was a snow day yesterday, I don’t have classes on Wednesday. Waste of my time.
PPS : The screen for my phone has shipped from Brooklyn. It’s travelling USPS and that estimate says 4-14 business days. I’m expecting less since Brooklyn is so damn close.
...Go Above and Beyond (Workout 18) -OR- ...Love Life
Current Weight : 225.0 lbs
Not change down, but not very high up either. I’m ok with this weight, I’m still showing signs of thinning.
So this marks the halfway point of the 9 week program! Hoorah! I wish it would get easier from here, but I know it won’t.
Another note : I need to get up at 8 from now on. The workouts are reaching 50 minutes in length so I’ll need al the time I can get before my noon classes.
Today I wrecked the workout. Pushing 330 calories, I was running harder, lifting better. I am proud with myself. There were two sets of Leg Raises and I did them with (semi) ease! I even did fantastically on my Mountain Climbers today. I’m glad I’m showing improvements, I just wish the weight would melt off.
I have waiting today after classes. We’re making Chicken Riggies, it makes me really happy. I just hope I don’t get stuck on dishes today. I’ve not been happy wiht doing dishes in a while.
Last night I got the rest of the packages I was waiting for (Finally). My copy of “The Killing Joke” is hardcover. I honestly forgot I bought it in hardcover. The binding looks really nice. It’s black with a purple shine layer depicting Batman punching the Joker in the face while the Joker is laughing (pics later).
Little Big Planet 2 is so amazing. I have yet to play all of the story or create anything, but I played a few creations. One of which was an original Zelda clone. It was absolutely fantastic to play as Link in the LBP2 world.
I really just want to crack open LBP2 and create, create, create. Sadly, I need to play the story first, so I know I’m not missing anything while I’m creating. My current ideas for creations involve platformers (of course), and possibly an RPG (that I write up). I’ll be pooling ideas for creations over the next week or so.
I also finally got the phone I’ve been waiting for. It’s a used LG Xenon that a friend had. Honestly, the phone is better than the one I have right now (even though it has 2 problems). The two problems are :
Phone will turn off if closed too forcefully (due to a problem with the battery wiggling around)
Touch Screen doesn’t work.
The first issue isn’t too much of one for me, I’m used to my phone dying off from battery dislodgment. However, the issue with the screen bothers me greatly. Why? Because I really really want to use the new phone like today. Now I have t wait to get a part to fix it. Luckily, that should alleviate my problem and I should be able to have a newer phone for a year or so.