Wednesday, August 27, 2008
And, BTW - no news was "good" news ... but I'll blog about that later!!!
Posted by The Jesse at 8:00 PM
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Okay, the after work munchies were not that bad seeing as I only had one small snack worth two points - but the not running for three days and being really sore sure did make the first mile H-E-L-L. The not eating healthy over the weekend made my body feel weighed down and sluggish - but, I did make it to my goal point of 2.0 miles for today at a speed of 4.5 - it was tiring and I'm glad it's over! I hope tomorrow's run is better. I'm aiming for four 2.0 mile runs this week and some cross training and weights :)
Posted by The Jesse at 6:19 PM
Monday, August 25, 2008
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Saturday, August 23, 2008
I also want to mention that my husband-to-be is my best motivator, my best friend, and the best running partner I could ever ask for! He motivates me and pushes me when I need it and lets my rest when I need to - he is encouraging and optimistic and I love him for helping me become the best runner I can be!
Here's to our next race ... TBD!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
In learning to "not sweat the small stuff" this excerpt from the first lesson, also entitled "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff", really hits home:
'Often we allow ourselves to get all worked up about things that, upon closer examination, aren't really that big of a deal. We focus on little problems and concerns and blow them way out of proportion'
How true is that? I'm definitely guilty of this behavior, as are most, but as I've read it and re-read it a few times I have learned that in order to achieve a more peaceful, harmonious, and loving life then I will need to learn to let the little things go and understand that, in the grand scheme of things, they are not as important as I've made them. I'm sure this task will not be easy for me ...
The book is ... interesting. It's not quite what I expected, but I'm still reading it. After 85 pages I can say that I have more clarity and I'm observing my reactions and interactions more carefully. I have not yet had a chance to talk to my mom about how she feels about the book ... but hopefully I will talk to her about it tonight.
Posted by The Jesse at 4:27 PM
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
In the meantime, what trait did you inherit that you often wish you had a "off" button for?
Monday, August 18, 2008
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Friday, August 15, 2008
A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer's well. The farmer heard the mule 'braying' - or - whatever mules do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together and told them what had happened...and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.
Initially, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back ... a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shover load of dirt landed on his back ... HE SHOULD SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP! This he did, blow after blow.
"Shake it off and step up ... shake it off and step up ... shake it off and step up!" he repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blow,s or distressing the situation seemed the old mule forgot "panic" and just kept right on SHAKING IT OFF AND STEPPING UP!
You're right! It wasn't long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, STEPPED TRIUMPHANTLY OVER THE WALL OF THAT WELL! What seemed like it would bury him, actually blessed him ... all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.
THAT'S LIFE! If we face our problems and respond to them positively, and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness, or self-pity ... THE ADVERSITIES THAT COME ALONE TO BURY US USUALLY HAVE WITHIN THEM THE POTENTIAL TO BENEFIT AND BLESS US!
- Author Unknown
Monday afternoon I made the dreaded rush hour drive into and out of downtown Sacramento so that I could visit my current doctor one final time for my yearly physical. It only took me about 15 minutes to get into downtown Sac ... but a little over 30 to get back to Elk Grove afterwards. Luckily I was on the phone most of the way home ... that always helps the time fly by when driving (and, yes, I have a hands free device). Once I got home, we went for a run and then ate dinner and made cupcakes for Jon's birthday while watching the Olympics way too late into the night. Of course that meant I was exhausted the next day.
Tuesday was Jon's 28th birthday! After work I iced his cupcakes with homemade mint butter cream and then we went to Paesano's for dinner with his family. And, of course, I was exhausted from staying up late watching Olympics the night before - so, after my two drinks at dinner and eating wayyyy toooooo much, I went straight to bed when we got home - but, stayed up again watching Olympics ... which meant I was going to be even more exhausted the next day.
Wednesday was your average hump day at work. I was tired. I was unmotivated. It was hot out on my lunch which I spend sitting outside eating and reading. After work, Jon and I went for a run - but I was so exhausted that I barely was able to run 0.25 of a mile and ended up power walking the majority of the time. Plus, I was super sore from our 1.7 mile run and 1.7 mile walk on Sunday in our neighborhood, on the concrete sidewalk ... ugh, my shins are use to treadmills now ... the concrete hurt! After our run we ate a quick snack and headed over to a new patient orientation for a family practice office we are joining. The orientation lasted about 2 hours. After that, we were too exhausted to go home and cook dinner so we decided to hit up Macaroni Grill for some wine, pasta, salad and bread. And we watched the Olympics while we ate. Then we came home and watched the Olympics some more. Yep, you guessed it ... I was exhausted all day Thursday too!
Thursday's are just dreadful. It's not Wednesday (hump day) and it's not Friday (the start of the weekend). I always wants Thursday to hurry by so that it can be Friday ... but instead they just drag and drag and drag. After work, Jon and I went for a run ... 2 miles in 28 minutes without stopping! Woohoo! It felt great ... except my shin was hurting pretty badly. After the run and a shower, we ate some dinner and I iced my shin while we watched Big Brother on the DVR and some more Olympics. Finally, I didn't stay up too late watching the Olympics ... I was exhausted. I fell asleep nice and early ... but, I still woke up on Friday, late, and exhausted!
Today was pretty uneventful at work. Just an average Friday. But, I'm sure glad it Friday. It's a rest day so no run for us after work today. Jon took a nap and I caught up on some emails and just hung out. I'm looking forward to some pasta for dinner and watching a movie ... and then a nice long run at the park tomorrow :)
Soon (like as in next week soon) Jon goes back to work teaching ... so I'll have my afternoons free again to catch up on blogging, emailing, and wedding planning. I'm gonna miss our early afternoon runs and spending lots of time together ... but, I'm looking forward to my "alone" time again!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
I, like most, have experienced a lot of change in my life. Some good, some bad ... not always expected or accepted, but in the end it was always inevitable. I've learned that change is not always good ... not always bad ... not always instant ... not always sad.
"Be the change you want to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi
I've learned that you can create change ... and change can be the essence of life. People change, circumstances change, outcomes change ... it's all apart of the circle of life.
“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Posted by The Jesse at 1:13 PM
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
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Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Here's to an evening of gaming with my sweetie :)
Posted by The Jesse at 3:57 PM
So, along with all the other purposes this blog is serving for me, I have decided to also use it to journal my migraines - something I haven't done in a few years.
Monday August 4th
Woke up with migraine. I was very tired, and did not get much rest over the weekend. I was also dreading going to work. I took 3 Advil around 10am and 3 more around 5pm. It was not that bad at the start of my work day, but by the time I got off work and got home I was very sick to my stomach and dizzy and my head was throbbing and the light and sound was bothering me so I laid down in bed with an ice pack on my head. I was exhausted. I went to bed with a dulling throbbing in my left temple and the left side of my face was numb. I woke up today (Tuesday the 5th of August) feeling the same way I felt when I went to bed - by the time I got to work the pain was getting worse. I took 3 Advil and drank 32 ounces of water and I'm starting to feel better.
Posted by The Jesse at 9:58 AM