Saturday, July 31, 2010

Weight Loss Takes Time

I started my weight loss journey in January...and again in June, and sadly, I haven't lost the weight I had hoped to by now.  It gets discouraging at times, but I just remind myself that weight loss takes time.  I'm starting to find things that work, and things that don't.

Things that don't work: NutriSystem, walking around the block (too hot), going to the FGCU fitness center (I live 20 minutes away now), avoiding fast food altogether

Things that work: Workout DVDs, portioning food using frozen dinners, drinking lots of water, making better choices when at a fast food restaurant

A lot of people do those progress shots where they're in workout shorts & a sports bra or in a bathing suit.  Now that I'm starting Power 90, I'll be doing those too.  But I'm not brave enough to post them on here.  What I will post are regular pictures of me...ones where you can see the weight loss.  I won't post my weight right now, but I will post it eventually.

Here are some "progress pictures":

March 27, 2010 (heaviest weight)

June 1, 2010

July 6, 2010

July 28, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

Power 90

My Power 90 DVD set finally came today!!  I'm not officially starting my 90-day program until August 2nd, but I figured I'd do a run-through of all the workouts so I can find alternative moves if need be.

Today I did Phase I-II Cardio and Ab Ripper 100, and it was the most intense workout I've ever done in my life.  It also reminded me how out of shape I am!  I had to pause it a million times so I could take a 30-second mini break and focus on my breathing.  My lungs couldn't handle it, and even though I have asthma, being out of shape isn't helping.  During the Power Yoga, I busted me ass on a few of those moves.  I'm just not that flexible yet.  So I'll look to find some alternative moves.

The biggest thing is that I finished, and I'm so proud of myself for that.  I need to invest in a yoga mat before I do the Ab Ripper again.  My lower back is killing me from that tile floor :/

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

What's the word count?

At FGCU, we're required to take four Gordon Rule Writing classes.  Two of those classes are Comp I & Comp II, and another is Colloquium.  Basically, you have to take 1 non-required Gordon Rule class.  You're required to write 6,000 words in a Gordon Rule writing class, but I've noticed that many times you do more than that.

This summer I took Colloquium and Foundations of Civic Engagement.  Even though Civic Engagement isn't considered a Gordon Rule class, I seemed to do more writing in that class then in Colloquium.  I decided to add up the word counts from all of my papers, journals, and discussion forums from both classes.  I was amazed at the results.

Colloquium: 10,113 words
Civic Engagement: 13,729 words

Yes, you read that right.  I wrote nearly 24,000 words in six weeks during my two summer classes.  Honestly, they might as well consider Civic Engagement a writing intensive, Gordon Rule class.

If I can handle these two classes in six weeks, I can definitely handle two Gordon Rule classes in a 16-week semester.

Let's see if any more writing classes are open for the fall.

Song of the Week - "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry

As I was driving home from FGCU on Tuesday, I heard Katy Perry's new single "Teenage Dream."  I was instantly hooked, and I've been listening to it practically non-stop for 24 hours.  It's one of my favorite songs by Katy Perry, along with "Waking Up in Vegas" and "Thinking of You."

If you haven't heard it, here's a video on YouTube with the audio.

Monday, July 26, 2010

FGCU Campus Field Trip

Today was our last Colloquium field trip, and it was an on-campus one as well.  This was the trip I was most dreading, probably because I knew I'd have to get in the water.  And as we all know at FGCU: Wherever there's water, there's gators.

We started off walking on the boardwalk from Whitaker Hall to Parking Garage 2.  We learned all about the air conditioning system and the wood that is used to make the boardwalk.  Then we ventured over to the bridge near south Village where we started our journey through the nature trails.  What I didn't know is that there's a slough on campus named after a guy that lived there many, many years ago (I forget the name)!

I was so nervous walking through the nature trails.  We were advised to look up and see all of the trees and plants, but I spent most of my time looking down making sure I didn't step on any snakes or trip over any tree roots.  After a long stretch of dry land, I noticed a few puddles.  I walked through them thinking that this must be the wet part of the tour.  I was so wrong!!

After the little puddle we began the wet part of our tour.  The water was as high as my ankles, and my feet kept getting stuck in the mud.  Our tour guide, Erica, told us how even though it looks dirty, the water is actually really clean (cleaner than most of our drinking water).  And before we all trudged through it, the water was pretty clear.  The water trail went on for another 1/2 a mile to a mile, and the water got deeper and deeper.  For a good portion of the wet trail the water went up to my knees.  It was during that time that the rubber bottoms to my shoes fell off.  I wore old shoes so I could throw them out incase they got muddy.  But I never thought they'd fall apart!!

There were roots and broken branches in the water, and with the mud all turned up, it was hard to see them.  There were so many times where I nearly fell because I tripped over a tree root or branch.  I wouldn't care so much, but stupid me left my cell phone in my pocket.  Luckily I never actually fell...just a few stumbles here and there.  Towards the end we were walking through knee deep water and there were plants towering above me.  It was kind of cool, but I was still so scared that I just wanted to get out of there.

I was scared about the snakes the most, but we learned that there wouldn't be any snakes in the water we were in.  I forget the exact reason, but it was reassuring...and made me slightly less nervous.  After what seemed like an eternity, the water began to get lower and lower, and we finally walked out onto dry land.  My heart was racing and I was still breathing pretty heavy.  It was a huge adrenaline rush, and I've never had that kind of feeling before.  The student naturalists (who served as our tour guides) told us how relaxing a deep-water nature trail walk can be and that we should do it often.  At first I laughed, but now I kind of like the idea.

This was the second most traumatizing experience in my entire life (the first being snorkeling in Labadee).  But in retrospect, I'd do it all again.  In fact, if anyone wants to go through the trail that has water that is waist-high, let me know.  I'd love to do it, but I won't go alone.

Friday, July 23, 2010

The Evolution of a 2nd Degree Burn

I was baking for our Civic Engagement fundraiser on Friday.  When I was taking the baking sheet out of the oven, my cat came up behind me and freaked me out and the baking sheet hit my arm.  I have never been in pain like that before.  No amount of cold water or tylenol could make it go away.

So here's the evolution of my burn...starting from right after it happened.

Day 1 (right after it happened) - July 16:

Day 2 - July 17:

Day 4 - July 19:

Day 6 - July 21:

Day 7 (update w/out pics) - July 22:
All of the skin finally pealed off, and now it's in its final stages of healing.  There's a few sections that were burnt deeper than the others, but for the most part it's almost fully healed.  Most of the pain is gone, and I couldn't be much happier about that!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Harry Potter Weekend

This weekend was Harry Potter Weekend on ABC Family, and to my surprise they actually showed the 5th in the series (they've never done that before).  Watching the first five Harry Potter movies all weekend is what inspired this blog.  I decided to rank the movies from absolute favorite to "not my absolute favorite but I still love it." In parenthesis will be the number that movie is in the series.

Here's my ranking of the first six Harry Potter films:
1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (5)
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (1)
3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (4)
4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (6)
5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (3)
6. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2)

And here's my ranking of all seven Harry Potter books:
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (7)
2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (6)
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (1)
4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (5)
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (4)
6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (3)
7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2)

I'm not going to lie: ranking these books and movies was SO HARD!!  After my "absolute favorite" they're all pretty much so close that it was hard to rank them.  At the end of the day, I'll watch any of the movies or read all the books.  Doesn't matter if it's my "absolute favorite" or not! :)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

My Bucket List: Travel to All 7 Continents

One of the things on my bucket list is to visit all seven continents.  So far I've only visited two: North America and Europe.  I thought my bucket list item wouldn't be possible since I didn't think you could even get remotely close to Antarctica.  I was wrong!

I found a tour company called Go Ahead Tours that does a tour that "visits" Antarctica.  Basically, you go on a cruise that passes through some of the islands of Antarctica.  Now I actually have an opportunity to make this dream come true!  Their tour catalogue came in the mail today, and I literally bookmarked 15+ tours that I'm interested in.  I seriously need to find a job so I can make this dream come true!!

Here's the places I'm interested in going to:
Africa: South Africa (Cape Town, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park), Kenya
Antarctica: I'll just be happy to be there!!
Asia: China, Thailand
Australia: Sydney, Melbourne, Cairnes (for the Great Barrier Reef), New Zealand
Europe: Iceland, England (again), Ireland, Scotland
North America: All 50 states (another one of my Bucket List items!)
South America: The Galapagos Islands, Brazil, Costa Rica, Peru

Here's my tour catalogue:

Aaaand here's one of the tours I want to go on:

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Countdown to My 21st Birthday Cruise!

170 days until my 21st birthday cruise!!!  I can't wait!