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Photographic Evidence of the PART 5K

Hello. Oh, I’m sorry- do I blog here?

You might not know considering I decided to take an unplanned two week sabbatical.

I’ve been a little consumed with all the details of my life. And even though I’ve had multiple entries queued in my mind, the motivation to actually write has been difficult to find.

While my thoughts on this topic are extensive , I want to share a few more photos from my April 9 race. Remember when I talked about a theatrical performance piece featuring a purple spandex clad superhero, a gas guzzler, and a kangaroo? Well, feast your eyes on some visual proof.


I suppose I was feeling festive enough to pose for a photograph…with a kangaroo…and people I don’ t know. Papa Bear Stanley is cheesing over my left shoulder.


Apparently the official photographer was creeping on our camera phone photo sesh with my little brother.


So….the purpose of the race was to encourage alternative forms of transportation in the triad. So of course, the ARCHNEMISIS of the alternative transportation movement is The Lone Rider, a triad resident who cruises around town alone in a gas guzzling vehicle. Apparently, The Lone Rider also has a gas pump for a tail.


Who are the only creatures in the land that can save our community from The Lone Rider? A purple spandex clad superhero and a kangaroo wearing sneakers, obvi. Yeah, I couldn’t explain the relevance of either character, but their “showdown” with the lone rider was almost too much for me to handle.


Action shot of the environmental ass kicking. No really, who could keep a straight face during this madness? I kept looking at my brother in shock, expecting it to be a dream.


But…apparently they are all bros in real life. What a jip


Downhill is always the easiest.


(organic!) Post race refreshments provided by Earth Fare. See those bananas? I probably ate about 26626827 of them. And by that I mean 2.

What a great day. Because of the epic Southern rainstorm last weekend, my second race (15th Annual Hospice Hope Run) was cancelled Sad smile. I didn’t schedule a race for today, but I’m thinking about doing a race next Saturday to make up the difference.

Anyway, enjoy these photos until I can summon the energy to fully explain my blogging departure (and finally talk about the sick Melting Pot dinner I ate during my absence.)


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Jessamyn Tackles The PART Commuter Dash 5k

In spite of my wallet/camera theft, I was determined to do the PART Commuter Dash 5k yesterday. For one thing, it was free. For another, PART is really focused on promoting alternative transportation methods in the piedmont. In an area which desperately suffers from urban sprawl (in the worst possible way), it’s great to see the transportation authority really start focusing on educating people about alternative transportation methods. I mean, the American South is not renowned for its public transportation options (this can be attributed to a myriad of reasons, ranging from the Civil War to sketchy bus patrons), but PART is definitely making the effort to create a culture of public transportation in an area dominated by single drivers.

Anyway, yesterday’s race took place at Bur-Mil Park, on the outskirts of Greensboro. It was very chilly and it misted rain through the entire race. However, I was determined not to let the weather get me down. Even though I was out late the night before (word to the wise- DON’T STAY OUT LATE THE NIGHT BEFORE AN EARLY WAKE-UP), I managed to wake up before my first alarm.  I was very excited that my dad and brother accompanied me to the race, and even MORE excited when my dad decided to race with me! Since my camera is probably in a Winston-Salem pawn shop( Sad smile), I made my brother take a camera phone photo of my dad and I pre-race:

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You can see that my big teeth smiles were hereditary.

Before the race, there was a veritable theatrical performance piece featuring a purple spandex clad superhero, a gas guzzler, and a kangaroo. No, I’m not speaking metaphorically or telling a riddle. Gabriel wasn’t able to get any photos of the action, but I’ll be sure to post some of the official PART photos when they are tacked on the facebook page.

At the start of the race, my dad and I parked ourselves close to the back of the pack. I wasn’t planning to run this race (“mall-walk” would be a more accurate description), and we wanted to stay out of the way of the serious runners. However, when the starting gunshot went off, I was slightly surprised to see us both weaving through the crowd of slower runners (we tried not to be obnoxious). We kept very different paces, but we both managed to run the last leg of the race. My dad finished about five minutes before me, so now I have a new personal goal- besting my physically fit papa bear.

Also, the race route was beautiful. It crossed through residential northwest Greensboro, and over Lake Brandt. There were some inclines, but nothing too ridiculous- I’m definitely going to keep this path in mind for future bike rides.

However, I’m sure doing this race was a great birthday gift for him- he turned 46 this week, and there’s nothing like physical activity to make you feel young again. Even though, for the record, 46 is the new 36.

All in all, it was a great day. Yeah, it rained through the entire race. But it felt really nice to be up and active early in the day. Earth Fare provided the post-race snacks (bananas and organic pretzels, OH yeah!), and my dad (and brother) and I loaded up on all the free gifts from the race sponsors.

Next week I’m doing the 15th Annual Hospice Hope Run in Winston-Salem, and even though it’s going to be sunny all week, it’s supposed to rain on race day. Oh well. After yesterday, I’m ready to run in every element.


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The Trouble With Food Tracking and My Wish List

I learned a valuable lesson today. It’s a lesson I’ve been forced to learn about 187391092779 times over, and I hope this time the true meaning will stick in my mind so that I’ll quit making the same mistakes.

If you are monitoring your food intake, ALWAYS TRACK YOUR MEALS.

I know, it seems obvious. It is obvious. It’s also the cornerstone of the Weight Watchers philosophy. But I am the laziest tracker in the history of the world. I spent the month of March being really lazy about my tracking habits- partially because I was fasting, and partially because I’m just really freaking lazy. As a result, when I stepped on the scale two weeks ago, I wasn’t very surprised to be pissed off by the number it gave me. However, I was a little surprised to be even more upset by the number I saw last week. In my defense, I was on my period and I always weigh really heavy when I’m menstruating. But I also didn’t track very well last week. I always start the week strong, and then I taper off toward the middle of the week. When I stop tracking, it becomes infinitely easier to impulsively eat the foods which sabotage me and my goals.

This week, however, I really focused on my tracking- even when I didn’t feel like it. And I saw definite results on the scale this morning. I need to maintain this momentum- sometimes tracking my food is just such a F-ing hassle. But I have to remember that the long term goals are worth the extra five minutes of effort.

In other news, I’ve been accumulating a wish list of items which will improve my blogging/cooking/athletic life. While the list grows steadily every day, there are a couple of items that are really key:

canon rebel1. New Camera- I love my camera. I really do. It’s small, and I can take it everywhere. But I need to get serious about my photography, especially in regard to my blogging. I mean, I’m well aware that a fancy camera does not create great photos- there’s no substitute for good lighting and composition. But I want the quality of my photography to increase, and I don’t want to invest more money in another point and shoot when I’m pleased with the point and shoot I’m using. I need to upgrade to dslr. My ideal model is the Canon Rebel– of course, it’s really expensive. I’m looking for a used canon, and I’m actually looking primarily at older models. I spend quite a bit of time scouring ebay for viable options. At this point, it’s just a little too far out of my financial grasp. But I’m hopeful- if you know anyone who is upgrading to another model and wants to get rid of their dslr, let me know!

garmin heart rate monitor2. Heart Rate Monitor: I think I need to be monitoring my activity level more vigilantly and I think a heart rate monitor will really help with this goal. I’d like to kn0w exactly how many calories I’m burning while exercising and I’d like to get more precise heart rate calculations. This will help me determine how I should be increasing/decreasing my exercise levels, especially as I reach weight plateaus and finish couch to 5k. At this point I’m battling between a garmin and a polar– price is an obvious factor, but I’m still just trying to decide between the two brands. As always, I’m really open to any insight you guys might have.

running shoe fitting guides3. Running Shoes: I actually already talked about this, but it’s become a true necessity. I don’t know how I’ll make it through the summer running season (especially since I definitely plan to run/race when I’m in Boston) wearing the shoes I have right now. These are great sneaks for general exercise, but I need to take better care of my tootsie wootsies if I’m going to keep up this hobby. I’ve received some great running shoe store recommendations in both GSO and Winston-Salem, but I still can’t quite decide between Fleet Feet and Off’N Running. In fact, I might have to get fitted after Saturday’s race– but maybe I’m being too impulsive. Thoughts?

citrus reamer4. Citrus Reamer: Self-explanatory. I bite my nails, and citrus juice+ bitten cuticles= LAME.

All this talk about running has made me pretty pumped about my run tonight. It’s weird how I’m sort of starting to like it.

…I hope I didn’t speak too soon. Smile


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Jessamyn’s March Goals Wrap-Up- The Biggest April Fools’ Joke Of All

I can’t believe it’s already April. March usually feels like the world’s longest month to me, and while it did seem a bit lengthy, it didn’t drag by like usual.

Fortunately, I had a great month as far as my goals are concerned.

APRIL FOOLS- I did not do well with my goals. In fact, I knew by the middle of the month that this wrap-up was probably not going to go well. However, it’s good that I can look back at what I did wrong and figure out ways to do better in April. It’s all about growth, and that’s the purpose of writing specific goals.

Ok, let’s see:


  • Write at least four blog entries/week.

Um…..clearly this didn’t happen. I averaged about two per week. But considering I spent a good portion of March on spring break/finishing finals/working on a play/running around like a chicken with my head cut off, this was a fairly good average. However, I’ve developed a pretty good groove with writing, and I’m sure I’ll be able to maintain it during April.

  • Of the four blog entries, write at least one recipe entry and try/blog about at least one new product per week.

In my defense, I have several recipes photographed and ready to post. I’m just….ugh, I’M JUST JESSAMYN AND I GET DISTRACTED ALL THE TIME WAHWAHWAH FORGIVE ME. I posted three recipes  this month (out of five weeks- not so bad), but hang on- I did several restaurant reviews, and I reviewed a bunch of new (to me) products. Maybe it balances out? Plus I still have my Guinness chocolate cake recipe forthcoming (I made it on St. Patrick’s Day, but we’ll pretend like that wasn’t almost three weeks ago).

  • Do a deep spring cleaning of my apartment, including window washing and oven cleaning. I will also look for new kitchen lighting.

I did actually do a pretty deep clean of my apartment. However, I didn’t wash the windows or clean the oven. I mean, I’m not Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. But I did clean parts of my bedroom which have been messy….pretty much since September. I began the hunt for new kitchen lighting (photographing in my kitchen is like photographing in Grendel’s mom’s kitchen), but I haven’t made any official decisions. However, quite ironically, the overhead lamp in my kitchen blew out a couple of days ago. And since I have sweeping, loft-like ceilings (one of my favorite parts of the apartment), I’ve been using a table lamp from my living room until I can get hold of a ladder. Basically, after dark, my kitchen  now looks as though it is lit by candle light.

  • Watch 1 new movie every two weeks.

Surprisingly, I didn’t do too shabby with this goal- a major step up from February. In March, I watched Eat, Pray, Love (two thumbs down), Divine Secrets of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood (two thumbs down- did Maggie Smith have a dialect coach?), An Affair To Remember (two thumbs WAY UP), A Wink and A Smile: The Art of Burlesque (two thumbs up), the majority of Fantastic Mr. Fox (I’ll comment if/when I ever finish watching it), and Waiting For “Superman” (two thumbs up- I cried like a baby). I also watched an embarrassingly large amount of Parks and Recreation, with a generous amount of Jersey Shore sprinkled on top for good measure (Team J-Woww and Snookie- yeah, that’s right. I took it there.)

  • Continue with the couch to 5k Challenge, and water jog AT LEAST once every two weeks

So I only water jogged once. Meh. But I did continue with couch to 5k, and broke lots of personal boundaries. Because of my fasting period (which took up the vast majority of March) and spring break, I got a little behind on my running schedule toward the middle of the month. However, I’m making up the time I lost and I’m back on my original schedule. I feel really good about my pacing and my endurance. I still don’t love running, but I’m definitely becoming more confident in my abilities.

  • Prepare for my first 5k of the season, and possibly walk/run one before the end of the month

Because of scheduling conflicts, I wasn’t able to do a race during March. However, my first official race is next weekend and I’m pumped- you can check my races and see where I’m going to be this month. If you’re in the triad and want to do/already plan to do one/all of these races, let me know so we can smile at and high five each other. Smile

  • Strength Training 2-3 days/week

It was more like two days per week, but at least it happened.

  • Continue the 200 Sit-ups Training Program

I don’t want to talk about it…

Ugh, that was rough. But let’s talk NEW GOALS. There are some definite repeat goals, but I’m repeating them because I know they’re attainable. Even if I pretend otherwise.


  • Write at least four blog entries/week.
  • Strength Training 2-3 days/week
  • Continue with the couch to 5k Challenge
  • Of the four blog entries/week, alternate reviewing one restaurant per week and posting a new recipe per week
  • Watch 1 new movie every two weeks.
  • Stick to a food budget of $75/week (including a fruits/veggies budget of roughly $25/week )
  • Finish reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Middlesex
  • Successfully run/walk all of my April 5Ks, in preparation for my first full run 5K in May
  • Maintain a (financially and health-related) balanced diet during my New York City trip at the end of the month.

Whew. I think I can do it. In fact, I know I can do it.

….I hope that doesn’t turn out to be another April Fools Joke. Smile


my name (and this blog) have been thrown into the ring for Yes! Weekly’s Triad’s Best Blogger Award. Even if you’re not a triad resident, I would be absolutely thrilled to have you go to their website and vote for me. There are tons of categories, but you don’t have to vote in every category. It’s very simple to cast your vote:

1.  Click this Link.

2. Type in your name and e-mail address, then click ‘Save’

3. Click ‘Media’, scroll down to ‘Best Blogger’ and select ‘Jessamyn Not Jasmine’ from the list of options.

4. Click ‘Save’. You’re done! Smile

Of course I’ve found out about this at the very last minute, so I’m sure my last ditch effort to win probably won’t be enough to shoulder out some of the frontrunners. However, it’s really wonderful to be recognized and I hope this leads to more Triad residents checking out Jessamyn Not Jasmine.

Happy Poisson D’Avril!


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Fat Girl Running- A Letter To My Fellow Gym Patrons and Looking Toward My Future as a Runner

Dear Person Running Next To Me On The Treadmill,

I see you staring at me. You’re not very discreet. I might not be looking directly at you, but my peripheral vision has yet to fail me.

I get it. You’re competitive. You like the thrill of racing next to someone. Trying to run faster than them. It gets your blood pumping, your energy racing. You know what gets my blood pumping?

Running at this pace. Consistently. For several minutes. Without stopping. It makes me feel unstoppable. Even when my breath is waning and sweat is pouring down my back and I’m swearing that I will never step back on a treadmill again. Even when my side starts to cramp. Even when my calves burn like the Fourth of July. You know what doesn’t get my blood pumping?

Competing with you. Just because we’re next to each other doesn’t mean we’re in a running club. And if we were in a running club, I wouldn’t be competing against you: I’m competing against myself. I’m beating my own records, I’m out-timing myself. I’m not tempted to creep my pace up to meet your neck breaking pace (which you can’t seem to maintain for more than a few seconds, but that’s neither here nor there.)

You see, a couple of months ago, running for one minute felt like it would be the end of me. This week, I’m mentally preparing myself to run 20 minutes without walking. That mental preparation is more important to me than any mini-race you want the two of us to engage in.

So keep your eyes to the front, listen to your own breathing, and stop looking at me- I’m not your competition. You are your competition.

(By the way, for the sake of your personal safety, I’m going to assume you’re staring at me for the fun of competition and not because you can’t believe a fat girl can run for so long. If that’s the case, your real concern should be whether or not I’m going to yank out your treadmill power cord when you’re mid-sprint.)



Since we’re on the topic of running:

I’ve learned quite a few things about running in the past couple of months. Since I haven’t been doing this my whole life, my learning curve is pretty intense. However, since my personal racing season is about to begin, I’m thinking about a number of things I need to do in order to maintain this hobby after I finish the Couch to 5K Challenge.

running shoe fitting guides1. New Shoes- I’ll admit it, I never thought shoes made that much of a difference. I’ve read countless articles and blog entries where people swear by the importance of proper shoe fittings. I’ve rolled my eyes and thought, “ I can run in these kicks, so what’s the problem? Yeah, it hurts a little, but I can’t afford to buy news ones and certainly not from a running store.”

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Don’t get me wrong- I am very grateful for these shoes. Without them, I would be running in old converses or even older kangeroo sneakers. But after a few months of running, I’ve started to think that I need shoes which actively accommodate for my foot arch. Also, the backs of these shoes rub against my heels in a way that is not very pleasant. And every time I start to think my calves are feeling the burn more than any other part of my body? That could be directly related to my shoe choice. Basically, new running shoes are fairly high on my list of priorities. They might not happen before summer, but I need to meet up with a running shoe specialist ASAP.

go belt2. Road Running Accessories- Another confession: I am scared to run outdoors. As in, I’m truly afraid. I love walking- I could walk to California and back. But running  outdoors freaks me out. I’ve developed an unhealthy dependency to the treadmill. I know it probably sounds weird, but the treadmill comforts me. It might be really boring, but I find comfort in the fact that as long as it is moving, I can’t stop moving. I’m scared to run outdoors because I can just stop running whenever I “feel tired”. If I stopped running every time I “felt tired” on the treadmill, I would never accomplish any of my daily goals. I don’t have a problem participating in outdoor races (probably because there other people present to motivate me), but running alone makes me nervous. In short, I haven’t conquered the mental aspect of running at all. However, I know that the time for me to focus on road running is near- the weather is brightening up, and I can’t stay indoors forever. Plus, if I really want to take my running seriously, I need to take it outside and try out different types of terrain. Therefore, I need to get a couple of accessories to make things easier. For instance, I am always saddled with too many handheld objects– cell phone, keys, etc. I’ve been eyeballing the go-belt for some time now (pictured above), because it’s an obtrusive way to carry all my stuff without causing problems.

running shorts3. New Clothes- I’m pretty happy with my sports bras, and I own about 308710821 tops which are appropriate for most running weather (though I should probably find a good under armour long sleeved top). However, I need to invest in new running bottoms (pants/shorts). Since I’m losing weight and my butt is (and probably always will be) larger than my stomach, I’m constantly dealing with droopy pants waistbands. Further more, I ( like most people who are blessed with hefty inner thighs) have a problem running in shorts because they always rise up into my crotch and I spend the entire run thinking about readjusting the crotch of my shorts. Therefore, I primarily enjoy running in capri pants.

capri pants

But it would be nice to have a solid pair of running shorts, especially since it’s getting warmer. But if I’m going to run in capri pants, I need pants that don’t droop down under my belly. Actually, part of the problem (probably) is that the shorts I run in are the same shorts I use for biking– but they’re not even really tight enough to be great biking shorts. However, when I’m biking I don’t have to deal with them riding up in my crotch. Hmm. Maybe I should get some shorts that are already short enough to be in my crotch so I don’t have to think about pulling them down? I know a lot of people think Fat girls can’t/shouldn’t wear shorty shorts, but I’ve never really cared what other people think about my wardrobe- why start now?

Bottom line? If I’m going to get serious about running, I need to get serious about my gear. Any ideas?

Also, speaking of suggestions, I think this is the week I’ll work on transitioning to my self-hosted domain. Basially, any and all words of wisdom are greatly appreciated. Smile


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Time MARCHes On

(First of all, check out that title- I’m so punny, I just don’t know how you guys deal with me. Winking smile)

I can’t believe February is over. I can’t believe it’s March. I can’t believe it’s the end of UNCSA Winter Term. This has been a CRAZY month- I spent most of it in a perpetual state of sickness, and I’m probably especially surprised by the shift of time because I’m still trying to catch up with every thing I let fall to the wayside during my time as Winston-Salem’s resident invalid. 1776 closes this weekend, school will be over by the end of next week, and I am in desperate need of Spring Break. However, though I’m excited to see the back side of February, I’m really excited to check in and see how well I did with my February goals.

Here are the goals I set for the month of February:

  • Write at least four blog entries/week.

This was the goal I was most concerned about reaching, and I definitely think I did a great job with it. I wrote 18 blog entries in a 28 day period, not including four new pages (Blog Roll, My Races, Kitchen Staples, and my Recipe Index).

  • Of the four blog entries, write at least one recipe entry and try/blog about at least one new product per week.

Good gravy, I actually did this! I wrote at least one recipe entry and reviewed/talked about a new product every single week.

(By the way, you can check the recipes tab for all my recipes and product reviews can be found on the product reviews tab)

  • Read Oil! by Upton Sinclair

Ok, first failure. Well, is it MY FAULT that the book was already overdue when I made this goal? Is it MY FAULT that the library has now blacklisted me because I ignored their calls regarding said overdue book? Ok, wipe that smirk off your face. Smile

  • Watch 1-2 new movies every week, starting with One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

Ok, there’s a legitimate reason why this didn’t happen. Since I don’t have cable and I’m REALLY busy, I end up watching all of my favorite TV  shows during the time I might have watched a new movie. So yes, I’m still one of the only people with a film degree who hasn’t seen One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. However, I think March will be a little less congested and last night I started watching Lenny (starring Dustin Hoffman, the love of my life). Therefore, I have hope for the future.

  • Start water jogging once per week, and continue with the couch to 5k Challenge

While I didn’t get in as much water jogging as I wanted (I only ended up being able to do it once), I’ve kept up with the couch to 5k. Since I do each week twice, this weekend I’m going to begin week 4. And (I hope I don’t regret saying this later) I’m kind of excited about it.

  • Schedule my first 5k of the season- preferably late March or early April

I didn’t just schedule my first- I scheduled four different races for 2011. Check out My Races to see where/when they are. In addition, I’m planning to do the Susan G. Komen Race For The Cure on May 7, and I want to do a race during my spring break.

  • Strength Training 2-3 days/week

Done and done, though I think I need to start varying my training and focusing on specific body areas which will help me when running.

  • Continue the 200 Sit-ups Training Program

Because of my other exercise efforts, I’ve let this goal slide to the back burner. However, the month of March has officially been deemed the month of the sit-up: I’m ready to get back in the groove.

This March, I plan to:

  • Write at least four blog entries/week.
  • Of the four blog entries, write at least one recipe entry and try/blog about at least one new product per week.
  • Do a deep spring cleaning of my apartment, including window washing and oven cleaning. I will also look for new kitchen lighting.*
  • Watch 1 new movie every two weeks.
  • Continue with the couch to 5k Challenge, and water jog AT LEAST once every two weeks
  • Prepare for my first 5k of the season, and possibly walk/run one before the end of the month
  • Strength Training 2-3 days/week
  • Continue the 200 Sit-ups Training Program

It’s really March- What Are Your Goals For The Month?

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Time Keeps Running: Managing My Way Around The Blogosphere

Time Management. It’s difficult enough for me to find the time to live my regular, non-social media life- home, work, school- just making those three conflicting elements move together harmoniously is like putting together a never-ending 173970170 piece jigsaw puzzle.

However, adding in the instant complication of blogging is enough to give me hours of anxiety. I admit it: I’m terribly paranoid about my blogging abilities. I think it stems from being a self-doubting perfectionist. However, this self-doubting perfectionism causes me to spend over 2 hours writing individual blog entries, and I spend way too much time reading other blogs, commenting on as many entries as possible, and trying to get to know the rest of this ever expanding universe. Yes, it sounds like fun, but I know I’m not the only one who thinks it’s a bit of a headache.

Enter Jennifer of shesafitchick. She wrote an EXCELLENT blog series about how to better time manage your life in and out of the blogging world. I’ve been feeling very inspired by a lot of her ideas, and I decided to take the time to document a full day in my life, divided into 15 minute (or 5 or 30 minute, whatever made the most sense) time increments. This may seem a bit time consuming (therefore counterintuitive), but it took no time at all and when I looked over my day afterward, it really opened my eyes to the way I use time efficiently and inefficiently:

Monday, January 31, 2011

7:45am- Wake-Up

7:45am-8:15am- Check e-mail/ facebook/twitter

8:15am-8:30am- Organizing Backpack

8:30am-8:45am- Organizing Backpack/Getting Dressed for the gym

8:45am-8:55am- getting out the door/driving to the gym

8:55am-10am- GYM

10am-10:15am- Return home from gym

10:15am- 10:40am- Shower

10:40-11am- start breakfast/dry off/put on lotion

11am-12:15pm- eat breakfast/put on lotion/ get dressed

12:15pm-12:30pm- walk to class

12:30pm- 1:50pm- Class

1:50pm-2:15pm- photocopy 1776 script

2:15pm- 2:30pm- walk home

2:30pm-3:15pm- eat lunch/make dinner

3:15pm-3:30pm- go to 1776 rehearsal

3:30pm-11pm- 1776 Rehearsal

11pm-11:15pm- Return home/Put on Pajamas

11:15pm-11:30pm- Check e-mail

11:30pm- Fall in bed

As you can see, a huge portion of my afternoon is currently consumed by rehearsals for a production of 1776 that I’m currently working on. Obviously, the time spent on that particular activity is not negotiable. However, I think it takes me way too long to get dressed and put on lotion- I didn’t really realize I spend so much time pampering myself. I don’t even wear makeup on a regular basis, yet I spend as much time getting ready as someone who wears a full face of makeup. My class schedule definitely varies, and I don’t always have the luxury of walking to class so late in the day. However, the amount of time I spend getting ready doesn’t change in relation to my wakeup time- if I have to be somewhere at 7am, I’ll wake up at 5am so I can do my daily physical prep.

While I’m not quite sure what to do about my pampering schedule, seeing the way I spend my time in a chronological format is oddly comforting. It’s allowed me to really think about things I want to do in a given day, week, or month. For example, I need to pick out the best hour of every day to write a blog. I need to stop feeling pressured to write every single day or more than once per day, but I need to set up a minimum number of weekly entries. Also, I need to figure out ways to fit my cultural enrichment into my schedule (because, while my schedule may seem packed, I waste quite a lot of time watching re-runs of The Office when I should be doing other things.)

Here are some things I hope to change about my schedule within the next three months:

  • Write at least four blog entries/week.
  • Of the four blog entries, write at least one recipe entry and try/blog about at least one new product per week.
  • Read at least one new book per month.
  • Watch 1-2 new movies per week (this may seem ridiculous, but as someone who enjoys the cinema I think it’s very important to continuously enrich my cinematic knowledge. However, I have a bad habit of watching the same movies repeatedly which has resulted in a jam packed netflix queue. If I stopped re-watching so many things and just reminded myself to watch two new things, I could gain knowledge and relieve my bursting netflix queue( s ).

Here are my goals for the month of February:

    • Write at least four blog entries/week.
    • Of the four blog entries, write at least one recipe entry and try/blog about at least one new product per week.
    • Read Oil! by Upton Sinclair
    • Watch 1-2 new movies every week, starting with One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
    • Start water jogging once per week, and continue with the couch to 5k Challenge
    • Schedule my first 5k of the season- preferably late March or early April
    • Strength Training 2-3 days/week
    • Continue the 200 Sit-ups Training Program

I don’t think these goals are unattainable, but I do think they will require a lot of commitment.

In other news, Danica of Danica’s Daily is giving away a giant box of dark chocolate ice cream miniatures! You can find entry details on her blog– make sure to enter by February 4th!

What are your monthly goals?


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