Avoiding the Inevitable – D186

20 Dec

I have put up the good fight but inevitably I am on the brink of losing my battle.

For the past week I have been pounding back copious quantities of Odwalla Green Machine and Naked Red Machine.  I even tried a  Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness this morning for something different.  Each morning, in addition to my tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, I have been taking Wellness Formula with an Astragalus capsule.  In the afternoon I take a Stress B-Complex and then more Wellness Formula before I go to bed.

It all started last Thursday.  In addition to the extra work I have taken on and the end of my semester I have had a string of late soccer games each week.  Usually the 10 and 11pm games are spaced out so I will only have one every two or three weeks.  For what ever reason, this session, they have been falling every week.  When I woke up Thursday morning with a little congestion I figured it was just allergies and brushed it off.  Around 3pm I realized the congestion was not going away and my throat was starting to feel a tad raw.  And so began the influx of vitamins and minerals into my system.  Either Sunday or Monday night I forgot to take my Wellness Formula and felt the congestion return the next morning.  I supplemented my morning intake with a chocolate Green SuperFood and a heavy shot of cream (that stuff is magic but it tastes like crap); that seemed to put me back on track but last night on my way home from my soccer game I could feel the cold raging against my body.  You know that extreme exhaustion that makes your shoulders sag and your chest feel heavy?  That was me last night.  Again this morning I work up with a hint of congestion and here I sit, two o’clock in the afternoon, and I can feel the body aches setting in.

I am a firm believer in mind over matter, especially when it comes to being sick.  Husband, on the other hand, tends to wallow in his misery.  (But I have to give him credit – he very rarely gets sick anymore.)  I can usually will myself better if I catch my cold symptoms early enough and if not, the really brutal part of my colds tend to only last for one to two days while Husband’s can drag on for five to seven.  If I time it just right the perfect bowl of Phở and a good night’s sleep are often all I need to knock a cold down.

I have been fighting hard for the last week but I just do not think I am going to win this time.


Two for the money – D185

19 Dec

Great soccer night yesterday!

My competitive women’s team won our fifth straight game (I scored a goal!).  And even though my intermediate women’s team lost I had a goal and an assist.  Maybe even two assists but I can not quite remember…  The second game was at 11pm and I am a little fuzzy on the details this morning.

Pennies – D184

18 Dec

penny dayIt is a penny kind of day…

Well isn’t that a slightly ambiguous statement.

Okay, yes.  Without some context that is a pretty cryptic sentence.

Care to elaborate?

No, not really.

Changes – D183

17 Dec

This is my week for change.


It starts with a job interview tomorrow morning; this is actually my second interview with the firm.  I am hopeful that 1) they will make me an offer 2) the offer will be high enough that I can accept it and 3) I can quit all my side gigs so I can just work one job.  I have a lot of respect for people who can piecemeal their salary together because it is killing me.

I am also going to start back to running this week.  No more talking about it and not getting it done.  Me and the treadmill have a date tonight and I am not going to miss it.  I have noticed over the past three weeks that the rotund little layer around my mid-section is becoming more pronounced again, when I am sprinting during a game I can feel it jiggling around my waist band.  Not cool.  Not sexy.  Not healthy.

Finally I am going to get all those little to-dos checked off my list.  I have next week off of work and I am going to knock out a large portion of the stuff I keep thinking about but never get done.  Like changing the batteries in my fire alarms… been trying to remember to do that since JANUARY!  Or the filter in my furnace… I do not think I have changed that since September or maybe even August.  Geez….

Change is good.

Week’s Thoughts – D181

15 Dec

Week’s Stats

Soccer Workout: 0

Speed and Agility Workout: 1

Running and Miles: 2 (10 min miles)

Stretching: 0

Indoor soccer games: 3 ( 2 W / 1 L – 0 goals)

I should – D180

14 Dec

What a freakin day…

I have been beating myself up all week for not getting out for my morning runs and was especially hard on myself this morning.  As I am walking down to my car I over hear my neighbor’s television reporting another shooting.  I only catch bits and pieces but am to hung up on my own lack of motivation to really clue into what I hear.  I look into my car as I am trying to insert the key into the lock…  WTF?!?

The contents of my glove box and center console are strewn all over my car.  I look past the seats to the passenger door and notice it is unlocked.  Did I forget to lock it?  Usually I am OCD about locking my doors but the last three weeks have put me into a perpetual brain fuzz; it is very possible I left it unlocked.  My car windows are held up by packaging tape (used to be with duct tape until I realized packaging tape is clear – not as obvious as duct tape – and does just as good of a job) and gorilla glue.  I kicked in the front fender after spending forty-five minutes unsuccessfully trying to latch the driver’s side headlamp into place.  I have hit more bollards than I care to admit and it is a Kia so anything that could fail cosmetically has and none of it was covered by the warranty.

Long story short – I do not keep anything of value in my car.  I do keep a lot of crap in there but nothing of theft worthy value.  After rifling through my belonging Mr. Theif decided to pocket my business card holder.  REALLY?!?  Of all the things in my vehicle you stole my celadon blue business card holder???  The change you tossed from my ash box onto the floor boards was worth more than that…  geez…  whatever…

I toss most everything back into my glove box and I am now late for work.  I flip on the radio and hear the DJs discussing the school shooting in Connecticut.  I sit in my car and wonder WTF is wrong with people.  From the douche canoe who saw fit to ruin my day by violating my car to this seemingly unending string of selfish f*ckers who instead of just offing themselves have to destroy the lives of others before making their exit.  It makes it hard to hold my private pity party when there are parents of kindergarteners who will no longer hold their child in their arms or kiss them goodnight; it makes me physically sick to think about their grief.

What a freakin day…  I should go for a run.

I didn’t – D179

13 Dec

Not my definition

My expectations are just to high right now.  I should not have expected myself to get back to running this week.  But of course I did and here is it, Thursday afternoon, and I have only run once.  In all likelihood I will not be able to fit a run in tomorrow or Saturday; maybe Sunday afternoon but honestly I doubt it.  I am disappointed but I need to cut myself a little slack right now.  I turned my grades in on time, I got my bid set out to my team by the deadline and I finished teaching  all my classes.  I have checked all the major items off my list – now I can get back to working out.

I will… – D178

12 Dec

Well I did not get out this morning, however, I have every intention of doing so after work.  Tonight is my first night off as the semester wrapped up this past Monday.  <phew!>  I am not usually a big fan of afternoon runs but this morning necessitated making the switch.

On the soccer front I had an exceptional defensive match last night.  Was not my best showing offensively (I remember at one point while attempting a shot I actually kicked the ground instead of the ball…) but lately my defense has needed a lot of improvement so I was pleased with my effort.  My competitive women’s team is 4-0 with a lot of potential to win our league this session!

I did! – D177

11 Dec

I got my butt out and ran this morning!  Granted it was only on the treadmill for twenty minutes but I did it.  Tomorrow… 30 minutes!

I am – D176

10 Dec