2019-10-20 Sunday Lazy Sunday Status

Perhaps I’ve been avoiding accounting because I think I’m not going to like the results. I feel like my sleep has not gotten better despite the measures I’ve taken to try and improve the situation. I also think my exercise and steps have not been up to par. I know the healthy eating thing is a constant struggle which I often feel is a losing battle. I’m about to check my stats to see how far off I am from how I am feeling…

Sleep.. Average hours so far this month (keep in mind I’m finding this out as I type and research the results in the FitBit app) – 7 Hours so far in October versus 6 Hours and 48 Minutes in September versus 6 hours and 46 minutes in August versus 6 hours and 1 Minute in July. So I guess my sleep is improving with the changes I have made. I still don’t feel any improvement of my situation during the day, but then again, the difference is only minutes so maybe to get some real benefit during the day I need like 8 hours of sleep a night. Fat chance.

Steps.. Average steps a day so far in October – 9692. This is compared to 9747 in September and 10,549 in August. So pretty much on par with last month but a decrease compared to the rest of the months so far this year. Still, not as bad as I thought. So that is surprising. I thought I have been really slacking but I guess it’s not that bad. As far as other exercise, I have been doing Jazzercise a few times a week but would like that to increase to 3 or 4.

Healthy Eating.. Not much to say about this except that nothing much has changed. I suppose if I tracked my calories or micronutrients, I might have more to report. All I really have to go on though is how I *think* I am doing, which is, day to day, fairly poorly. But you see how I thought I was doing poorly on sleep and exercise. I keep saying I’m going to start abstaining from certain other things (besides caffeine) like alcohol and sweet treats, but it never happens.

Other health updates.. The tennis elbow feels like it is definitely on the mend and I think my arm mobility is back at about 90%. That’s huge good news. I still have pain extending my arm all the way straight or bending it as far as it will go, but most things in between are much better. I’m hoping I can get back to 100% good with this and I plan to be way more mindful of it in the future because I never want to go through that again. A whole year in pain!! Yikes.

The only other health update would be the fact that I ordered my first pair of glasses yesterday. Not only did I have to finally break down and get glasses, but the recommendation was for bifocals, for reading. I’m like – ugh really?? The optometrist was so leery of offending me and kept saying something about my age and it being common but that in itself is offending. I mean, I am only 26 after all so a person at my age should be years away from needing reading glasses right? 😜

I ended up getting no-line bifocals so it shouldn’t be too obvious but I’m still very much “ugh really??” about the whole thing. I probably should have considered just going with the first prescription first because I guess there’s an adjustment period, but if I gotta do it, I just wanted to get the pair that would be best right from the start and not have to get a second pair later.

Work Status.. Currently working 2-5 hours a week which should increase this last week of October into November to 5-10 a week. We’ll see. Sometimes waiting for healthcare contracts to come to full fruition it takes longer than expected.

Student Status.. Still taking the equivalent of 19 credit hours this term 😱, and that is keeping me pretty busy. I just turned in a huge packet of stuff AND it is fall break at UNO so I’m going to take the next week off and not worry about any of the reading or writing that I have to do to finish out the term. As it stands now, I think I am in pretty good shape, except for the fact that my writing has definitely decreased in the past 2 months and I have had issues coming up with new things. I guess the class assignments are what is carrying my along at this point, which is OK for now.

Relationship Status.. Still engaged. Still wedding planning. Still planning on getting married February 2nd next year. Still procrastinating a lot on all of that. 😉 Perhaps tomorrow will be the “all things wedding planning” update and if I do that enough, it might even keep me honest as far as accountability is concerned.

I think that’s it for this lazy Sunday. I was planning on doing some yard work, but now it’s raining out which gives me a good excuse as to why I might just put that off another day too. Maybe I will go read a book or watch a show or something, just for fun. Wonder what that’s like. Ha!

Keeping it Real,

~Miss SugarCookie

2019-09-20 The Friday Night PVP Edition

It’s pretty late on a Friday afternoon and I have a small window to collect some thoughts from the last couple days and I’m sort of not in the mood to write a long sentence song of woe from my drama and it’s actually a nice balance of good and bad so that doesn’t really fit anyway and I mean this already is too long of a run-on-sentence of a paragraph so it feels like a list and go kind of a day. How about a pvp list?

1. migraine versus imitrex. Imitrex wins.

2. Getting my next packet for school done versus a good night sleep. Packet wins with bonus points for getting done two days early.

3. Getting my ex to pay me the money he owes me for healthcare expenses versus figuring out I’m going to end up at the courthouse. Courthouse wins.

4. Doing a good job at all the parenting this whole week versus getting to spend more qt with my fiancé. Parenting wins.

5. Yardwork versus housework. It’s a tie.

6. Work work versus painting the craft room. Work work wins.

7. Reading versus writing. Writing wins. Reading has already demanded a rematch for this weekend.

8. Cats versus dogs. Cats win 3 to Zero.

9. Runza versus Panera. Panera wins.

10. Quitting caffeine versus stopping water intake 3+ hours before bed. Liquid abstinence wins.

11. Having plans to go out and do something on a Friday night versus hosting a house full of teenagers. Teenagers win.

12. First Draft Friday versus TV time with my sweetie. Bout has not concluded yet but my money is on couch time.

That’s bout enough for now. 😜

Perhaps the result of that last match will be posted tomorrow. But probably not.

Fighting the good fight almost every day,

~Miss SugarCookie

2019-07-31 NYC Wrap-Up 🍎

Final thoughts and stats on NYC:

1. Four Gallons of Milk consumed by the crew, plus a dozen eggs, 8 bags of microwave popcorn, 3 packages of cookies, two containers of strawberries, 6 salmon fillets, one and a half loaves of bread, One 3 pound bag of oranges, 3 boxes of crackers, and one Big Apple.

2. 24+ glasses and 10+ plates to wash every damn day (seriously, can’t people use the same glass twice?!?)

3. 80808 steps walked in 6 days (13466 average per day).

4. Average of 6 hours of sleep per night.

5. Too many sub-par cheeseburgers, slices of thin crust pizza, and hot dogs to mention.

6. 6 trips on the subway. Only once did we get on the wrong one and had to nav to the right one.

7. about 6 über rides, one that made us all afraid for our lives and also want to throw up the contents of our empty stomachs.

8. One panic attack (by yours truly).

9. Five 90+ degree days, with rain occurring overnight only once.

10. 765 Pokemon caught (by Z and C and I) and many, many battles won and lost.

11. 8 trips to Times Square, 5 to the corner grocery, 3 to Dunkin, 2 to Gotham Pizza, and 1 to Hells Kitchen in Hells Kitchen.

12. Not enough time to do everything but very, very glad to be back home.

That is enough. Time to get back to business as usual.

Peace Out,

~Miss SugarCookie

2019-06-30 Super-Sized Sunday Status

It’s official.. Half the year is done. There’s no time like late on a Sunday where the digits outside are soaring to get some steps in my cool basement and reflect upon the status of things.

I used to take some time most Sundays and look at how my sleep, and exercise, and healthy eating were trending. Now it’s about once a month. I mean, I technically “look” everyday at my sleep for the previous day and am constantly mindful of my step count and if I’ve hit my goal for the day, but lately it’s all just blending together. I’ve got good routines and don’t worry too much if I’m off for a few days. And I might say “healthy eating” is one of my goals but I’m not even sure if I’ve ever found a good definition for that.

Is it moderation? Is it a perfect balance of protein, fat, and carbs? Is it veggies and micronutrients? Is it limiting things like sugar and gluten and caffeine? It certainly shouldn’t have anything to do with weight or BMI Or dress size. I person who is a size 4 can have terrible eating habits and with the healthy metabolism maintain that size.

I digress. Let’s see what The almighty Fitbit has to say about my stats for the last week, month, and half year…

Sleep.. 7 hours and 14 minutes average for the past week. 7 hours and 18 minutes for the month of June and 7, 14 for the year so far. I think that’s pretty much right on target. I’m not sure getting more sleep at night will ever help my all too common afternoon brain fog and evening exhaustion. I hate to say I think it might just be related to my age. Even when I get 8 hours of sleep it does not seem to have a positive impact on my issues. I’d like to see if napping might help but I cant seem to hit enough consistency of routine to really say for sure. 🤔🤷‍♀️ I’m still going to maintain that good quality sleep is key in overall heath, which is just me flexing my “captain obvious” superpower but I always say, what may seem obvious to some isn’t necessarily obvious to all.

Steps/Exercise.. Last week I got about 10K steps each day which is another stat that has not had much variation in the last month and half year. Both come in at just above 10K, 10.1 and 10.6 respectively. My goal there is 12K so I’m still not there yet. But it’s days like yesterday that are the biggest challenge. I hit my goal almost everyday this week and then yesterday I was just a lump (plus we were in the car a good part of the day), so I only got like 3K. That kills my weekly average. In order to have days like that I would need to boost my daily goal to like 15 or 18. That would be tough.

With sleep, both quality and quantity are important measures. With exercise it’s tougher to measure the other key factors, such as diversity and strength or balance work. I’ve recently started doing Jazzercise again regularly and I can already tell a difference. It’s tough to put into words but my body just feels better. I’m only doing 5 pound free weights as I’m still unsure what affect doing arm weights will have on my tennis elbow. When I stopped doing Jazzercise last year I was using 8 pound weights. Eventually my goal will be bank to that.

I guess one measure I could be paying more attention to is resting heart rate. According to several web sites I visited, adults normally range from 60-100 and lower scores indicate better, more efficient cardiovascular function. Mine was 66 this past week and 63 the past week and this year so far. I’m going to say that’s a good thing.

I guess not much has changed in my relationship or school status either. Still happily engaged and on a break from School. Although one of those is going to take a dramatic turn in July. There will be at least one post coming soon dedicated to my 3rd term in the MFA program at UNO.

The biggest change in the last month has been my switch from full-time wage earner to “stay-at-home-Mom”/“household engineer”. That transition was mostly positive. Life is never free of doubts, but all things considered, it’s been great. The jury is still out on the question of whether I will go back to work. If I do, it will be when I am done with school and hopefully it will be something more in the sphere of writing and less on IT.

All in all my stats are petty stable and that doesn’t leave much to write about. Still, ive still managed a healthy sized post for this last day of June.

July is looking like one crazy rollercoaster. I’ve got about 1 more full week until that ride starts. It’s also a holiday week so we’ve got a few fun things planned. I should have plenty of time to get everything I want done, including sleep and exercise!!

Well that’s it for today.. this month.. and the first half of 2019. If you only get two bites, make sure they are good ones!

Cheers, 🍻

~Miss SugarCookie

2019-06-02 Deep Dish Sunday Status 🍕

It’s Chicago Style.. Sauce on top.

The month of May took me to three of the four corners of Nebraska and it was the oddest little spring road trip ever. Torrential rains, hail, snow, slushy hikes and frozen fingers refusing to stop taking pictures of rare views of nature. Yellow wildflowers poking hopefully through a layer of wet, white winter, searching for the sun. Yeah, the sun would have been a great companion for our little adventure but it was not meant to be I guess.

We cut the fourth corner off the end of our trip, exhausted from driving dirt roads and drying our wet clothes on hotel room heaters. Not to worry, I’m hitting that 4th corner in July when I spend a week plus in Nebraska City. By then, snow will be an impossibility so I’m predicting a heat wave. That’s Nebraska.. the land of endless corn and soybean fields and extreme weather. “Honestly, It’s not for everyone”. 😜

Two days ago I was asking myself what I did with the rest of the month of May and proceeded to go off on an emotional tangent instead of actually answering the question. Since it’s Sunday, I guess stats are a good place to start.

Exercise.. 9878 average steps per day and a total of 1 Jazzercise class. That’s the lowest average step count I’ve had since October 2016. No bueno! Bookmark my words – This is going to change this month! It has to!!

Sleep.. 7 hours and 1 minute average per night. This has to go up to, and I have a pretty good feeling it will.

Healthy eating.. This is hard to measure but I’m thinking it’s holding steady at “meh, doing ok”. I also have high hopes for making some progress in this department in June, but I say that almost every month. I have to have tangible goals or it will just melt into another month of “meh”. More on that later (perhaps).

Work.. My contract ended and I’m officially on the “bench”. I benched myself. I’ve taken a seat and don’t plan to put myself “back in the game” for the foreseeable future. I’m shifting my focus elsewhere. And it feels great!!

School.. That’s where that focus and extra time will be going. I spent most of the month of May orchestrating my re-entry into the masters program at UNO and communicating with professors to get permission to take classes that I’m not qualified for. This topic could also blossom into a post all of its own as there’s a lot to it. The short story is that a person who has never taken a literature class in their extensive college career would normally never be granted permission to take graduate level Lit courses. But poets aren’t good at following rules and I’m learning how to “bend and snap” with the loopholes.

I’m stoked beyond words to be starting my second year of grad school in July. Scared and anxious too, but when am I ever not anxious about things? The answer is almost never.

Relationship status.. Still engaged and still not doing any wedding planning. 🤔

Book report.. I finished “Wasted” by Marya Hornbacher and have intentions to finish “The Te of Piglet” in the next few days. Then I’m going to develop a reading list for the upcoming semester and start on that. There’s a blog post about “Wasted” waiting in my brain too but it apparently needs to take a number and get in line.

Movie review.. We watched “The Imitation Game” the other night and I highly recommend that. I would say more but I’m sort of coming to the end of what I’ve got time for today.

I’ll end by saying that my word for the month of June is going to be “impossibly”. It’s the adverb form of the word impossible of course and it’s the perfect word for describing things that are just too outrageous to be true. It also pairs well with lots of other words because it starts with that vowel sound. I’m going to write a blog post soon about my impossibly perfect back yard.

I think I’ve thought of six spin-off topics that I want to write about in the space of an hour. Not bad!!

Pizza Pizza!! 🍕

~Miss SugarCookie

2019-05-05 Long Lost Sunday Status

We hosted shenanigans for 10 teenagers over night last night and I didn’t get to sleep until late. Of course I still woke up at 5, and then again at 6 and 7. At 7am I gave up and got up. The house is quiet now and I’m all alone with the treadmill in the basement (except for my kitten, who follows me everywhere).

Life has been going by so fast lately that I’ve barely stopped to check in on myself. Today feels like the perfect morning for that. Since It’s been about a month since the last one and I believe That was a “monthly” update, I’m going to stick with that… These stats are from the month of April.

Steps.. 11,207 average for the month. That’s a move in the right direction from the average of about 10k for the past 3 months and total for the year thus far. I set my goal at 12k and I feel like I should be able to get there with the inevitable extra steps that come with all the gardening and yard work I’m planning on doing this summer. I’m also planning on mixing in some Jazzercise classes, but I’ve been saying that for a couple months now and it hasn’t happened.

Sleep.. Miraculously I got an average of 7 hours and 57 minutes per night. I totally crushed my goal in April (7 hrs. 15 min.). I’m quite shocked by this actually because I still had the same issues with exhaustion and brain fog at the end of most days. I’ve still not solved that puzzle. With this month’s stats it actually brings my 3 month and average for the year up to my goal. That means it’s time to celebrate, or nap.. you know, whatever. 😜

Healthy Eating.. There are no stats attached to this category. I know I have failed though. I don’t need a calorie calculator to tell me I’m still not making great choices, the scale tells a pretty good story. I’ve gained more weight this month and struggled to find professional clothes that fit to make appearances on-site for work this week (which I had to do two days). I’ve been spoiled by this “work from home” gig and now I do t know if I can ever go back to a traditional office environment again. I’m not alone though, when meeting for happy hour with several of my co-workers this week they said the same thing. It’s easy to get used to for sure!

Speaking of work.. Aside from the week I was away in Spain, I’ve been averaging about 25 hours per week. This exceeds my quota by like 5 hours and makes my boss extremely happy. I technically only have two weeks left on the contract but the project doesn’t end until December. My boss was also in town this week and we talked about it. I’m still going to be involved and logging a few hours a week here and there where they need it. It feels like the right thing to do. Of course I’ll be starting back to school in July and I’m taking at least one on-campus class and that will be my priority (you know, among other summer road trips and visits to friends and family across the country, and vacations). 😊

My Relationship status is still engaged. We picked a date for the wedding but have done no planning beyond that. It kinda freaks me out actually, but, as I have said, that’s another blog post altogether. What does it say that I’m not only procrastinating my wedding planning, but also resistant to writing or talking about it. Yeah, I’m sure there’s some deep-seeded reason for all that, I’m just smiling and nodding and ignoring it for now. I mean, things are so great now. We’re making plans and scheming about the future, just not “THAT”. Ha!

I think that’s it for this edition of the Sunday Status. Time now to start waking up the crew. We are taking all the kids to Laser-tag at 10AM. That will be the perfect end to the first of (hopefully) many summer hang-outs for the kids. Life is good.

Cheers,

~Miss SugarCookie

2019-03-24 Sunday Stat Monthly Recap

Oh hey! Here’s a blast from the past.. Sunday Stats!! Somewhere along the way I decided weekly stats were overkill (probably right about the time I was confident I had finally found the secret to success). But I still keep tabs on myself on a regular basis and think it’s Important to check it so I don’t wreck it by being pulled into a false sense of security with my new found fabulousness.

What I know now that I did not know then was that you can do all the right things and still fall short. I mean, if you are a bicycle built for two, flying solo is always an uphill climb. Holy mixed metaphors Batman, that’s terrible. The point is, teamwork makes the dream work and I can count steps and calories and hours of sleep all I want but without some qt with my people, I’m never gonna make it to the peak.

Still, the daily grind requires balance and if I just let go of some of the other targets, it’s a slippery slope. If I don’t get the sleep, the QT with people loses its “Q”. If I don’t get my exercise, I start feeling like a grumpy lump. In short, it’s ALL part of a big equation. Ok… that’s enough fuss about that and here’s the update for this week/month:

Sleep.. 6 hours 44 minutes average this week/ 6 h 54 m this month. Not hitting my goal of >7 hours. Let me tell you, I feel it. So many days I’m just beat by 9pm and that’s just sad. I’ve taken a hit because of my new commute and not figured out how to solve that. I still think naps might be the answer but right now I don’t have the bandwidth for that. Ask me again in 2 months. 😉 interestingly my 3 month and average for 2019 thus far IS greater than 7 hours which is how I’m confident that my new routine is to blame.

Steps.. Just shy of 12k per day for the past week and hovering at about 10k for the month, 3 months, and the year so far. That means I did slightly better this week, but am still below the target goal I’ve set for myself. Hell.. I used to get 15-20k per day and that felt great! Again, it’s gonna change soon cuz I’m about to have more time.

Healthy eating.. I’ve done pretty good this week and cut out coffee (which always comes with lots of sugar for me). I had a happy hour drink Friday to celebrate the house closing with my realtor but besides that I had no other alcohol. I opted for healthy snacks between meals and had reasonable portions otherwise. I tried to do that 16 hour fasting thing and was able to stick with that for the most part too. The exceptions to most of this has been this weekend. A girl’s got to have some weekend bending of the rules you know! 💃💃💃

Work.. 23 hours logged this week. That’s pretty much been my average for the entire month.

Reading .. nada.

Writing.. Aside from this blog, not much aside from submitting one set of poems to a contest and trying really hard to force a few poems into the shape of the subject matter for that “doubt”.

Entertainment.. We finished the first season of “The Handmaids Tale”. It’s pretty good. There’s a reason why I don’t do official reviews of shows and books. By the time I get to something it’s typically already been verified and often old news. I also almost always like everything so me saying “it’s good” isn’t saying much. Still, dystopian fiction is my jam and this one does not disappoint so if that’s your thing I highly recommend it. 😜

No real progress on any of my other personal creative endeavors outside of wheels turning in my head. I have high hopes for the rest of this year and aspire to do more, just not solid on what that means yet.

I think that’s it for this week/month. Next month will be super exciting cuz it will be my first trip overseas in 9 years. We have everything booked for Barcelona and Valencia and it’s coming up quick. Stay tuned for more on that. Life is good… just gotta enjoy it while you can.

Happy Sunday,

~Miss SugarCookie