Procrastination, Be Gone!

Today’s Daily Post prompt is to craft a missive to a personality trait that you dislike, telling it to basically shape up or ship out. In the interest of being true to this goal, this post will be short(ish).

Dear Procrastination,

I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am that you chose to come for a short stay with me. It’s truly been lovely having you around. We’ve had some wonderful times together during your visit. Just in the last 24 hours alone, we watched three Redbox films back to back, played game after game of Wordy on the cell phone in a sad attempt to beat the previous high score, and even jointly decided it really made so much more sense to get two more hours of sleep rather than waste it on the treadmill. I feel like I’ve known you all my life – you’re my soulmate, and I can’t imagine how I’d ever avoid doing all of the things I need to do if it were not for your beloved presence.

But Procrastination, lately I’ve been feeling some strain in our relationship. You’ve caused me some headaches, and weight gain, and worst of all, an ever-present stress that permeates every facet of my day-to-day existence. I would love nothing more than to keep avoiding the tasks that stretch out before me, replacing those boring secretarial duties with more exciting endeavors like scrubbing the bathtub tiles or organizing my sock drawer. However, that just is not to be. I must get back to checking off my to-do list and making up for the time we’ve lost together.

Procrastination, I will love you forever. You’ve been an important part of my life, and I think that there’s still room for you. Maybe we can go on vacation together in a year or two, and lie around the beach drinking Mai Tais and avoiding tasks that involve too much brain power. We’ll have the best time ever, you and I. But for now, you must go and stay with someone else – just until I get my life back in order.

auf Wiedersehen, dear friend.

Your devoted servant,

Anna

Well Hello, Sunday!

Sundays used to be the most relaxing day of the week. I slept in late, woke up for a spot of breakfast (normally prepared by The Man, as he’s such a go-getter in the morning), then just generally sat around and watched TV, read a book, whatever else. Since I went back to grad school, however, Sundays have become the hardest day of my week.

Monday through Friday are ball-busting days where I race to get everything done for work (and never do), then do homework after, followed by band practice, freelance work, blogging, research, and exercising. Saturdays I get to spend a little time sleeping in, then generally wake up to do the work I didn’t get done during the week, work on more homework, and then do whatever The Man is thinking about doing, whether it’s meeting up with friends, going vintage shopping, cleaning the house (this is huge with him…I’m the lazy one when it comes to needing the windowsills to be dust-free), maybe catching a movie or a concert. On Sunday I wake up early, get my exercise out of the way, and finish off all of my homework for the week.

Since I go to school online, I have the luxury of taking a bit of time getting all of the work done, but there’s still a deadline, and it’s EST 11:59pm every Sunday evening. I write papers, create videos and powerpoint slideshows, put together podcasts, whatever is requested, and Sunday is my catchall day, when all of the work that has yet to be completed demands my attention and dedication.

In the morning I have to write a paper comparing the optimization of my project website’s competition, and describe how they’re getting the edge by choosing the right keywords and putting them in the right places. There are several more chapters to read in my textbook before I can go that far, however, as well as a lecture video that needs watching. I did as much as I could tonight, but now I’m enjoying my glass of wine and a bit of personal time before calling it a night then waking up to school. So while I have a bit of free time left, I’m going to investigate some new blogs that I’ve found links to via a new Blog Hop I’ve joined. Who knows, maybe I’ll meet some more friends to procrastinate with!

Click the picture below if you’d like to be part of the “Say Hi Sunday” blog hop hosted by Three P’s in a Pod, Carrie with Children, and Mommy Head Adventures:

First Post Since Turkey Day

Today’s Weight: 154.8 lbs.

Today’s Mood: Ack!

Today’s To Do List: Long. Oh so long.

I’m OK with my weight, considering I’ve been avoiding the scale since Thanksgiving, thinking I was surely over 160 again. I’m back on the wagon, though – no snacks or sugary drinks, no bingeing, no more carb heavy meals, as much as I do love an excuse to add gravy to just about anything.

I’ve been eating this really yummy soy yogurt from Silk, and this morning I had a bowl of yogurt with a handful of blueberries and a drizzle of honey – mmm. Currently on the first cup of coffee for the day, but I might be moving to tea after. For lunch I’ll probably have soup and an omelet, and I don’t know about dinner yet. When my boyfriend and I went shopping over the weekend, I remembered everything on my list except for Ezekiel bread, and I’m SO craving a slice of toast right now. Might have to go out for a small grocery run tonight – I don’t know if I can do without for too much longer. Plus, a vegan grilled cheese sandwich sounds so very good now that it’s freezing in my house…

Alright, back to work. I’m finishing up on a pesky acronym assignment right now, then moving on to write the 2nd chapter of my boss’ book, and update all of our social media while I’m at it. Have a happy Tuesday!

 

27 Days and Counting

Today’s Weight: 158.6 lbs.

I haven’t been measuring, but I will next Monday. I’m losing weight pretty rapidly now as a result of doing all of the things I’ve been too lazy to do since I moved to New Orleans: restrict my carbs, no snacks (but I eat 4+ meals), no cheese, no alcohol, drink lots of fresh juices, run at least 2 miles a day, go to one gym class a day, use contouring oils & creams, and sit in a 115 degree sauna every day for 20 minutes. It’s time consuming and really not that fun, but even if I’m not going to be 140 in 27 days, like hell am I going to be 160. Today the only class they’re offering at the gym is an abs workout, so I might up my run to 3 miles.

Time to get back to work.

Later Edit: OK, so I measured right after posting this, and OMG!!! I updated on the side widget, but whoo-hoo, looks like I’m doing something right. Gonna keep going…

Running Out of Time

Wow, I’ve really been sucking lately.  I’ve got 44 days until my 30th birthday, and I haven’t weighed myself since the day of my last post.  Pretty sure I haven’t lost any weight – in fact, given my diet over the last week, I’ve probably added on a few pounds.  That’s no big deal, though, because I have a plan.  I spent half of the day today logging in a very detailed plan for every day of the next month, including exercise, work, and play.  From now on this is all about getting into the best shape of my adult life, as well as starting to train to run again, finishing a few projects I’ve had in the works for WAY too long, and building a social life while I’m at this.

Also, this week I bought some products that I wasn’t going to use at first, but now that I’m thinking about it I feel like I deserve to splurge on.  I’m going to be trying out the Bliss FatGirl Treatment Set, something that I’ve always been a little reluctant to try mostly because of the name (so demeaning), but have also heard great reviews on.  Despite the name, they’re not actually ‘fat’ treatments, they’re for diminishing cellulite and firming skin, two things I’d love to see happen in my massive butt region.  I had heard great things about the different products in the kit – Fat Girl Slim, Fat Girl Scrub, and Fat Girl Sleep.  I’ve abstained from buying them for a few years because they’re pretty expensive, and also lately I’ve been trying to go all organic with my body care products.  However, since gotten healthier with my skincare routine, my skin has never felt more slack or sad.  Maybe that’s all about diet and exercise (probably), but since I’m getting old and feeling icky, I feel like I’d rather take the chance on toxins and feel pretty for a little while.  I know, so shallow, but so be it.  Combining a product regimen like this with intense exercise and a good diet will make me more intent to follow all three routes religiously, so I can see the best results, and it would be great to have a 25 year old butt again in time for my 30th birthday!

Besides those products, I also splurged on a bottle of Bliss Love Handler, which is probably a big waste of time but sounded like a fun thing to try.  It’s supposed to be specially formulated to firm skin and improve tone and contour of your tummy, with an 8-hour release of caffeine and creatine.  Probably all snake oil, but hell, why not, right?  All of this stuff should be showing up in the mail this week, along with the new shower curtain I spent way too much money on but am totally and irrevocably in love with…

I’m over the moon about that fabulous octopus, and it’s the first shower curtain in a long line of shower curtains (I’m practically a chronic bathroom redecorator) that my boyfriend was actually enthusiastic about me purchasing.  I take that as a great sign for my life going forward, lol.

AND, on top of all this weirdness/goodness, I worked out a schedule today that I think will be a lot of fun for me if I can get my butt in gear and keep it there.  I’m going to start running again in the mornings, just a mile to start, followed by EDGE training.  When I get home, I’ll have an hour and a half of writing time to work on my book.  Then most afternoons I’ll be taking a class like Spin or Zumba, and if I’m feeling the funk this week, I’m going to start going to a Hip Hop dance class once a week, too.  I’ve wanted to take Hip Hop for a long time, and even though I’m not very graceful or coordinated, I figure it’ll be a great way to start feeling more feminine and having more fun with my body.  I’d like to start taking horseback riding lessons soon, as well, but I’m going to hold off on that until I’m sure I can trust myself with this schedule, and then move on from there.  I also signed up to volunteer at a couple of local festivals that should be super fun, and hopefully will also give me the chance to meet new friends and make new marketing contacts so I can get my copywriting business up and running over the course of the next year.

Tomorrow’s the first day of this grand new effort.  I’m a little embarrassed to go back to EDGE after only making it to one session last week, but I need to just suck it up and show up.  That’s the best I can do, and all I can do after that is make it to one class at a time.  The more I show up, the more I’ll feel like showing up again the next day.  Duh, right?

OK, wish me luck.  I’ll see you tomorrow, with my weight, measurements, and caloric intake.

Kisses!

A