Team Kaleena Update - 3rd Week

I got off to a rough start and have been mildly sick for a few weeks now. I even gained a few pounds and went over my start weight. gross.

I finally went to the doctor on Monday and found out I have a sinus infection so I've now started antibiotics and will hopefully be getting better for soon. (And hopefully I'll get actually better unlike the last few weeks where I thought I was getting better only to get sick again a few days later.)

But some exciting good news! I got a membership to the YMCA and love it! They have a pretty impressive schedule for group exercise and I've already tried several fun classes. My favorite way to exercise is outside, but with the cold and darkness that just hasn't worked in the winter.

After some healthy eating and lots of exercise over the weekend (including Bhangra dancing with Lauren, and free yoga with pop music) I'm now back to my start weight and also down a whole percentage point in body fat! (I have a fancy scale) So, although I have a net loss of zero :( I'm still in a better place than I was two weeks ago :)

I met a women Monday night who biked to our house at night. I'm super impressed. I keep thinking I'll wait till it's warmer to start biking again but if she can do it, then so can I. Also, I have several friends that live within 2 miles of me and that is a totally easy distance via bike. (Note to self: replace tube in tire so that I can use my bike again...)

So, things are looking good at this point and I'm still going to kick Ben's butt.

Also, t-shirts are in progress for you 5 lucky winners.

Don't forget! Early (aka cheaper) registration for the SpeRUNking ends Jan 30th. I've already registered and can't wait!

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2 Bare Arms

No, I didn't use the wrong "bear" (Or, I suppose I used the wrong one intentionally...) In my high-school civics class, we had mnemonics to remember the bill of rights and to remember the second amendment we were supposed to think of sleeveless arms.

Heck, I'd wear sleeveless dresses frequently too if I had her sexy arms.

I had a snow day today which was loverly. Unexpected days off really are fantastic and didn't do much except catch up on my hulu queue. Thanks Saturday Night Live for making my day with this gem!

"And yes, the founding fathers wanted you to have the right to bear arms but the guys who wrote that would pee through all 8 layers of their pants if they saw what guns are now."

Grrrr. I hate guns. I hate that guns are allowed per the constitution. I hate that we've amended the constitution many times but somehow still see the constitution as infallible.


Goals for 2011

Looking forward to this year, goals for 2011:
  • Read 56 books. 1 per week, must be at least 100 pages to count. I kinda had this goal for last year, but only made it to 36 last year. I think 20 more is totally doable. If you're interested, I track them on goodreads.
  • Lose 30 pounds. Currently at 190. I don't know what a good "healthy" weight is for me so I'm shooting for 160 and then will reassess.
  • Become a full-time student. This one is probably the hardest and scariest to accomplish for so many reasons...
  • Respond to any communication (email, phone, fb, etc.) in a timely manner. No more than 48 hours, aim for less than 24 hours. Even if the response is "I don't know yet, I'll let you know in x amount of time"
  • Find ways to like my job again.
    • Work on getting good people elected to the school board. And see if I can incorporate this work into my "day-job" so I'm not overworking myself.
    • Create to-do lists with specific action items for the next day. I seem to spend quite a bit of time floundering to figure out what to do next since much of my work is nebulous. "Make education better..."
  • Blog more about life and less about crap I think is interesting (or maybe just find a better balance between the two) I find my sister's "about life" posts super interesting and imagine my typical post is pretty boring-ish.
  • More alternative transportation. Moving to STL will help tons with this as friends, gym, grocery, library and post office are all within a few miles. Use my bike! More exercise and good for the earth too! I used to do it in Boulder all the time, even when it was cold and can easily do it here with the cold too.
I love a good "year in review" article or video and here are a few of my favorites: Warning! You can waste quite a bit of time on the following!