I don't have that much interesting going on these days, though I am realizing that the summer vacation couldn't be going better.
First, I'm looking at fitness as my "job" this summer, and am spending a couple hours a day in the gym. I feel great and am starting to see results. I don't care too much about poundage - I just want to feel good and I want my clothes to fit well - but I made a point of stepping on the scale when I started this new fitness thrust and stepped on it yesterday and was happy to see that I'd lost seven pounds. I really let myself go in the last six months, munching on donuts a couple times a week at school, going to the gym only 2-3 times a week, etc, and it's nice to get back in gear. What will be key for me is maintenance when curveballs are thrown into my summer, like when I take my class in a couple of weeks, when my sister visits (she wants to go to Ocean City, where I've never been and don't particularly want to go), and when I sojourn back to Michigan.
I'm lifting every day, working on different parts of my body each day, and doing about an hour of cardio every day as well. The latter has been made easier by my mp3 player, which I'm loving and just makes the time slip by. I'm running every other day for my cardio, and have pushed myself up into the four-mile range already. It's slow, but I'm tossing around the idea of starting to register for a 5K race to push myself to get the running in faster.
Other good things are happening, too: lots of time to read, lots of time to organize my things (I really need a computer desk, though, and have been scouring craig's list for a cheap one that I can transport in my vehicle, which is a tough thing. Could use some shelves, too), lots of time to be social in different ways. I even went on a date last night. 41 is too old for me (I didn't know beforehand), though it was nice to get out there nonetheless.
I'm also undertaking some projects that are kind of fun - a vocabulary list for my freshmen and juniors next year, some transcribing of daily grammar practice into my own format, and, best of all, creating a list of the my 200 most important songs. See, for my 30th birthday on Wednesday, August 15, I'm planning on (hopefully) taking over a bar somewhere, setting up my I-Pod to play those 200 songs on random through the place's central music system (I've got two ideas of where it should be, and I'm going to check on them shortly), writing up the entire list, and giving out mixed CD as party favors. Very dorky, but it's totally me.
Today, I'm going to sit back and enjoy a midweek afternoon Tigers game on my majorleaguebaseball tv on my computer. Tonight, I'm playing softball in the sauntering heat with my school's co-ed softball team. Then, we'll probably head to Looney's for $1 beers. Tomorrow, I'm using my free passes to The Charles to see Michael Moore's Sicko, the first film I've wanted to see there in quite a while.
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