2017-Feb-27, Monday 19:59
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
Now that my living room and dining nook have a substantial open carpeted space: rec me exercise Youtubes!

I'm looking for something interesting enough to keep my attention over a span of time measured in weeks or greater, but basic enough that my (probable near-total) inexperience in the activity will not be a barrier. My priorities exercise-wise are, in order from the top, lung capacity, endurance, strength (full body), and flexibility.

I like to dance, but the only type I'm any good at is square dance; this is far too social an activity to work as my 3x/week solo morning exercise. I'm going to look for Irish dance exercise Youtubes later, though. I'm also going to try to get out to the city park to walk on the regular, but it isn't yet warm enough I want to do that.


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2015-Jan-01, Thursday 02:17
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Goal for the first half of January: hobbit birthday present, fiction style. (My birthday's the thirteenth.)
alexseanchai: Sunset in rainbow colors (baby steps)
Today is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. Holly King gives way to Oak King, the shadows to the light. "What is coming to ascendancy in your life?" asks today's meditation at The Daily Compass.

The calendar hasn't quite flipped yet, but the solstice is a fitting day to celebrate a new year.

I've chosen Natasha Bedingfield's "Pirate Bones" as my theme song for the year:

What if I stake everything I am on a dream and it's counterfeit?
If I reach the end that justifies the means, could I live with it?
And if it's true that having too much of any good thing can only make me sick
What's the point in it? Where's the benefit when I'm gaining all but I'm losing it?

Today is the winter solstice. It seems a fitting day to begin a journey to a better self. As they say, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

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2014-Dec-11, Thursday 16:25
alexseanchai: bar galaxy (Bar galaxy)
So I was at a class for work today, and one of the things the trainer said in the closing remarks was "have a mission statement". (A personal one, that is.) She said she revises hers every New Year's Eve, and it is meant to reflect where she wants to be in a year, what she wants to accomplish in that year. This is distinct from making New Year's resolutions in that NYRs are task-oriented and mission statements are purpose-oriented.

I am inviting all y'all to think about writing a mission statement.

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2014-Sep-24, Wednesday 14:15
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
56:28 5K woohoo go me *resolves to walk moar* (worse time than last time, you see)

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2014-May-25, Sunday 18:17
alexseanchai: Mary Campbell from Supernatural 4x03 (Mary project)
Things that do not get me out of debt: spending $35 on pizza. Even if my sister does owe me $9.50 of that. *sigh* But I'm hungry and I don't wanna do anything and Domino's will bring me tastynoms straight to my door.
alexseanchai: calligraphy: "the beauty of words" (the beauty of words)
So I have realized that I save money better when I'm saving for something, something more exciting than 'my own apartment' and more concrete and, frankly, apparently attainable than 'getting out of debt'. Therefore I have decided I am saving for a month two weeks in the British Isles. Ireland, England, Wales. (Not sure if Scotland and Northern Ireland too.) Date to be determined, but this is definitely number three on the priority list, behind 'getting out of debt' and 'my own apartment', so we're talking a few years out at least.

Off the top of my head, places I can think of that I want to visit are Dublin (nowhere specific off the top of my head, but I know there's exciting things in the city), London (ditto), various family-history-pertinent spots in Ireland that I can't actually name without asking my dad the amateur genealogist (but Dublin's among them and I think so is London), Cadair Idris in Wales (Wiki it and look at the first paragraph of the 'myths' section; also, there is a reason this post has a music thingy), Stonehenge, Blarney Stone, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Where else in the British Isles, dear readers, should I put on my list of 'places I absolutely must see while touring the British Isles'? Other than 'some lovely little bed and breakfast somewhere in scenic Ireland where I can sit and write my heart out', of course. :)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
1 lb uncooked pasta (any shape; I amuse myself by trying to never use the same shape twice)
16 oz vinaigrette (I like Kraft Zesty Italian)
8 oz shredded cheddar (I like Kraft's shredded-for-me triple cheddar)
8+ oz shredded carrot (shredded-for-me is good here too)
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes

Cook pasta according to package directions and individual taste. (I like to cook with added salt till the pasta is tender, but you might want salt-free and al dente.) Drain. While draining, apply cold water until pasta is cool. Put in bowl with lid. Mix in about 4 oz of vinaigrette. Refrigerate at least two hours.

Halve tomatoes. Transfer pasta to MUCH BIGGER BOWL. Mix pasta with tomatoes halves, cheddar shreds, carrot shreds, and vinaigrette as desired (I don't always use the full remaining 12ish oz in the 16oz bottle, but sometimes I do). Serve oneself a big enough serving that the remainder will fit in the original bowl. Refrigerate whatever doesn't get eaten immediately.

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2014-Apr-27, Sunday 13:47
alexseanchai: Egyptian scribes (writing Egyptian scribes)
Uh, so, what are y'all's tips for self-motivation? Because I am about to resort to bribing myself with Talis Kimberley CDs I don't own yet in order to get my homework for this past week done, and I really, really shouldn't spend the money.

The icon indicates I am talking about writing. That too.
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
Maintain my greater-than-2.0 institutional and major GPAs, ideally by acing all the classes this term.

Write things that aren't for class.

Finish all the craft projects I currently have started—that is, the genderqueer-colors crochet purse, the purple crochet purse, the Mom's-favorite-colors scarf, and the chainmaille bracelet with (if enough jump rings survive the bracelet) matching earrings. Do not start another craft project, even if it is one I have the materials for already, unless it will be finished the same day and therefore not added to the list of ongoing projects.

Stay within my budget.

Make significant progress on killing off the credit card debt.

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2014-Mar-29, Saturday 11:44
alexseanchai: Mary Campbell from Supernatural 4x03 (Mary project)
56:32 5K. In the rain.
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
Like New Year's Resolutions, only less intimidating:

Get halfway through a draft of Leah Far-Sighted.

Maintain my greater-than-2.0 institutional and major GPAs, ideally by acing all the classes this term.

Write things that aren't Leah Far-Sighted or for class.

Finish all the craft projects I currently have started—that is, the genderqueer-colors crochet purse, the purple crochet purse, the primary-colors-of-light crochet purse, the Mom's-favorite-colors scarf, the sparkly blue wrist warmers, the hats and flower pins for my friend's grandmother (this is all one project), and the chainmaille bracelet with (if enough jump rings survive the bracelet) matching earrings. Do not start another craft project, even if it is one I have the materials for already, unless it will be finished the same day and therefore not added to the list of ongoing projects.

Stay within my budget.

Save lots for new apartment.

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2013-Nov-06, Wednesday 19:00
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
no brain for anything but bejeweled. cannot has more bejeweled without spending moneys. not allowed to spend moneys.

no brain because at seminar all day (on four hours sleep), learning communication skills. the theory not the practice. anybody know of studies in which 'smile moar' is proven to work on depression? (interested also in the conjunction with 'smile moar' directed at women who are being insufficiently decorative. but mostly in whether it actually works on depression.) what about the efficacy of the principle behind [community profile] 3_good_things_a_day? seminar leader swears studies exist but there wasn't time to inquire about details.

car crash

2013-Oct-09, Wednesday 11:49
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
I'm okay. Other driver's okay. Our cars are not okay but Dad says he can fix mine and my insurance will doubtless pay to fix other driver's. I'm shook up good, though, still shook up nearly four hours later, and I got ticketed for "failure to remain stopped", and I owe the city money and I owe somebody else money for the tow and another somebody for repairs though I'm not clear yet who these somebodies are.

Thank fuck I have emergency money.

Hugs? Reassurance that I can rebuild emergency fund and that my car will be fine and that the world is not about to end?

(How in hell do I tag an email post? I know I have instructions somewhere but apparently I forgot to star them in Gmail...or possibly they're in the old Gmail...)

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2012-Dec-03, Monday 03:55
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
Writing didn't happen. Media didn't happen.

Exercise did happen, in the form of ALL THE STAIRS. MY FUCKING ROOM IS FUCKING CLEAN.

Didn't spend anything except paying my Etsy bill, but not for lack of trying—I want a complete set of Supernatural magazines, and I found on eBay a set of eight issues including six I don't have, auction ending a few hours ago, and I bid $60 which was the absolute most I could afford to spend today, and I was winning at numbers from $25 to $50 until the last seven seconds. They went for $85. I'm currently trying to talk myself out of spending that $60 on five issues I don't have being sold individually on

I am frowning at my food diary spreadsheet, and either my eyeball measurements are underestimating what I ate or I'm eating a lot less than the government guidelines say I should be. The first makes more sense because this was pretty much a normal day foodwise and if I were eating about what I should be I wouldn't be gaining weight. (I'm now in the upper end of what the BMI charts say is normal, which is twenty-five pounds above what my driver's license says and it was accurate when I got it, and fifteen to twenty pounds of that went on in the past year.)

Sleep nao.
alexseanchai: Mary Campbell from Supernatural 4x03 (Mary project)
Money: Get $1000 in the savings account designated 'emergency' ASAP. After that, save $20 per paycheck and pay off debts ASAP via snowballing in order of interest rate. The budget starts with the compensation for full-time work with no overtime and no unpaid time off; any money beyond that, such as overtime, sales, and gifts, goes 10% added to the spendy bucket, 90% to either savings or debt depending on whether the $1000 in savings has been passed. The first day of every month number divisible by 4, get a free credit report, rotating which credit-report agency it comes from, and check balances in 457(b) and Roth IRA accounts. The last day of every month, do the income summary in GnuCash and take a good look at all the expense numbers.

Nutrition: 2 cups fruit. 2.5 cups veggies, balancing over a week to 1.5 cups dark green leafy, 5.5 cups red and orange, 1.5 cups beans and peas, 5 cups starches, 4 cups whatever. 6 oz grains, at least half whole grains. 5.5 oz protein (beans and peas can count for either protein or veggie, and at any given meal some can be one and some the other, but not both at once). 3 cups dairy. Multivitamin. Three fish oil capsules. Extra sodium.

Exercise: Goal is an hour a day, divided equally between flexibility (yoga), cardio (walking), and strength (resistance training). Work up to that.

Sleep: In bed no later than four am every day and attempting to wake up no earlier than noon.

Hygiene: Wash face every time glasses get cleaned, because if glasses are dirty, face probably is too. Brush teeth twice daily, not once.

Charity: Starting the weekend of March 16, donate blood as often as the blood bank will let me.

Media: Watch at least one episode of scripted TV every weekday, at least two episodes or one movie on weekends, of which at least half should be something I own but have never seen. Watch Stewart and Colbert every applicable day. Read at least one never-read book, preferably something I own, every week.

Writing: At least a hundred words a day every day for a total of at least a hundred twenty thousand words in the year.

Social: At least one meatspace social activity every month, ideally at least one every week. Square dancing counts and so does UU services.

Meta: Regular locked DW post tracking all this shit.
alexseanchai: the back of a one-dollar bill, with 'in God we trust' blacked out (in God we do not trust)
I will be debt-free—no student loans, no car loan, no credit card debt, no personal loans, nothing—and ready to move into an apartment all my own on or before October 1, 2015, at which point I will also have at least $1000 in a savings account designated 'emergency fund', at least $1000 in a different savings account designated 'apartment furnishings & sundries', and total savings of at least $3500. I will achieve this without reducing my contribution to my 457(b) account (which does not count toward the $3500 savings) below $50 per paycheck or my contribution to the State Employees' Charitable Campaign below $25 per paycheck. I will achieve this by snowballing payments on my existing debts, moving $50 per paycheck directly into savings, and not spending shit beyond the $50 per paycheck allotted for spending shit plus any excess from the allotments for gas and food, though I will endeavor to put any such excess toward debt and savings equally.

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2012-Apr-29, Sunday 20:43
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Supernatural Mary contemplative)
I just realized, I didn't say it here.


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2012-Mar-22, Thursday 07:58
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
Yoga this morning. Feeling pretty good. I should do this more often.

Breakfast, too. I should also do that more often. Even though the now-typical post-meal nausea has set in.

Resurrecting the 'mary project' tag because I'm doing a six-week healthy-eating program and the Mary Project is about health in all areas, not just exercise.

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2012-Jan-15, Sunday 15:13
alexseanchai: young Mary from Supernatural looking skeptical (Supernatural skeptical Mary)
Ten minutes of yoga and ow.

I suck.

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2012-Jan-04, Wednesday 21:24
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)

I do not like my body. I think I would like my body if I could run a 5K and start a damn lawnmower with it. And when I go too long without stretching, I hurt. That right there should be enough motivation for the daily yoga, the daily walk, and the daily resistance bands. Why isn't it?

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2011-Dec-29, Thursday 20:39
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
Contemplating New Year's resolutions. Famously ineffective, as Literata recently said on The Slacktiverse, but worth a try.

Everyone always says 'set achievable goals'. So how about these for goals:

Daily morning yoga.
Walk a 5K in April.
[Resistance bands goal, currently unspecified.]
Pay off the lowest-balance credit card by May. Pay off the next-lowest-balance credit card by December.
Before June, have enough saved to go to con.txt.
Read a book a week.
Write every day.


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2011-Dec-26, Monday 09:32
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
Poll #8883 So I has Christmas moneys.
This poll is anonymous.
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 33

What to do with it?

View Answers

be selfish: pay credit cards
29 (87.9%)

be selfish: buy shampoo off Etsy or shampoo makings off probably-Bramble Berry
7 (21.2%)

be selfish: buy books for research for the SPN 7x01 Clairefic
8 (24.2%)

be selfish: buy earrings, likeliest from faultlesspajama on Etsy
11 (33.3%)

be very selfish: save for con.txt
10 (30.3%)

be selfless: donate to Philippine Red Cross or other charity
5 (15.2%)


View Answers

16 (55.2%)

12 (41.4%)

17 (58.6%)

19 (65.5%)

[personal profile] synecdochic, it's an anon poll, but if you put 'buy earrings', I WILL KNOW.

In other news, I was browsing my tags to see if I had anything appropriate, and hello 'mary project'. I have not posted on the subject of fitness since MAY. Or if I have, I forgot to tag it. I do believe it is yoga time. ETA: And I did not get dizzy! \o/

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2011-May-13, Friday 22:00
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
The Mary Project would be going ever so much better if I could convince myself that sitting around with nothing to do and no reason to go to bed yet means it's an excellent time to do yoga or resistance bands and therefore I should get up off my ass.

I mean, it's going fairly well. I've walked at least half an hour every day this week. But that is only lower body strength and cardio. I need upper body strength and flexibility. Do I ever need upper body strength—I can't start the lawnmower on my own, nor mow more than a third of the back lawn at a time, and I keep needing both arms to operate the damn stapler. And I hurt less when I yoga more. And there's nothing on my to-do list that won't wait till tomorrow, and I'm not tired, so exercise would be an excellent way to fill the time.

Motivate me? Or explain why I am unmotivated?

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2011-Apr-28, Thursday 19:15
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
So apparently 'must shut down computer because thunderstorm' means 'must scrub bathroom'. *wince* At least the bathroom's cleanish now?

Which reminds me. I was doing Project Valkyrie. Clearly the name of my project is not sufficiently inspirational, so I'm renaming it the Mary Project. Mary would have the upper body strength to scrub the damn bathtub without wearing herself out. Step one, half an hour of walking every day. Easily enough accomplished at work, what with breaks. Somebody, [personal profile] tptigger, harass me if I haven't checked in after a walk Saturday and Sunday.

Remix Madness AAAAAAH.

Commission YAYAYAYAY. Unicursal hexagram charms smaller than pendant-size no longer exist on the Internet BOO. Neither do the Buddha charms I was using, for that matter, but there are other Buddha charms and for all I can tell from the pic on Superwiki it might actually be Kwan Yin, so.

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2011-Mar-29, Tuesday 21:33
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
Yogaed. It has clearly been far too long since I've done warrior pose. Or the plank sequence. By way of keeping track, I did seven of the plank sequence. Upper-body strength, here I come.

Giving serious consideration to modifying my routine, where I can, to include a twenty-minute comedy show I'd be watching anyway (Daily Show or Colbert Report or Big Bang Theory, or apparently Community—she stirs the pot! she is a pot-stirrer!) during which I do not sit at the computer and instead I step up and step down and step up and step down on this exercise step thing that's supposed to go with exercise DVDs Mom has never used.

Broke two thousand words on the Big Bang! Only eighteen thousand words to go and thirty-some days to go in. That's still doable, right? Right? *crickets* Coherence, I not has it. Plot, I not has it either. I'd be doing ever so much better if I could write dialogue.

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2011-Mar-28, Monday 23:31
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
Just watched the Community pilot. Britta is AWESOME. So's John Oliver's character, whose name I didn't catch. Apparently I am measuring awesomeness on a scale of Jeff-pwnage. Jeff I loathe, and please somebody tell me he isn't actually the protagonist. Shirley and Annie and Abed have potential, and I believe Troy won the fandom cage match so I'm sure there's potential there too. Pierce I'm not sure about.

Sleeping now. Yes [personal profile] tptigger I yogaed.

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2011-Mar-23, Wednesday 22:11
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
Cramps = no yoga. Theoretically yoga helps with cramps but theory not work for me tonight. I tried. Also, feeling blah, for reasons I assume are unrelated.

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2011-Mar-20, Sunday 21:34
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
Wrote over twelve hundred words today, made two necklaces and two matching pairs of earrings, and am about to go do my yoga and go to bed. Good day.

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2011-Mar-19, Saturday 21:53
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
[personal profile] tptigger: I did my yoga for the day. Feels good. You see how well my pledge to not go back to the computer after yoga is going, though.

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2011-Mar-19, Saturday 13:52
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
Over on the Slacktiviteland we're talking about how the new year used to be in spring and it makes more sense to start the new year when everything's shiny new than in the dead of winter. Also I've heard quitting electronics half an hour before bed aids sleep. Therefore BE IT RESOLVED that starting tonight there will be twenty minutes of yoga every night last thing before shower and bed.

I'm also stealing it [ profile] truepenny? Somebody on my LJ flist, anyway. 'Project Valkyrie'. As in, becoming as capable as a valkyrie. If in a month I've successfully adopted the yoga-every-day habit, I'll add cardio, possibly counting steps for the walking-to-Mordor project that lives somewhere on the Internets, possibly training for a 5K. A month after that I'll check back in and if I'm doing well I'll add resistance bands. I need to figure out some sort of incentive, too, since if being valkyrie-like was enough I'd have done this years ago.

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2010-Nov-28, Sunday 22:35
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
earrings in the embryonic stage

Yeah, the basement lighting's crap. That's ninety pearls each in smoke gray and light gray, plus a couple dozen earring hooks, over a hundred eye pins, six meters of wire, wire cutters, round-nose pliers, and files. So if Dad can find chain-nose pliers (don't know why he wouldn't have them, he has every other tool known to humanity except the thing to print circuit boards that he keeps saying he wants his workplace to get), that picture is of the embryonic stage of lots of earrings.

(The Pride stuff is gonna wait till I know I have the hang of this.)

(I'm actually doing this aren't I *freaks*)

Fascinating fact I'm discovering. I know there are no gods. I know it the way I know matter does funny things when accelerated to near light speed. But what's been going through my mind since it clicked that I am seriously doing this? "Oh God oh God oh God". It's bizarre and I don't like it and I want it to go away.

On the bright side, the weird new thing and a slightly elevated heart rate are the only freakout symptoms I'm experiencing, and the akathisia went away when I stopped the Abilify and hasn't come back except for an hour or so this afternoon after I started the Abilify again after three days without akathisia. So I guess I'm liking the Abilify.

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2009-May-13, Wednesday 12:12
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
Told myself I wasn't gonna count anything I did at work towards exercise done that day. But if work's gonna make me walk two miles to range-test their gadgetry, that is bloody well gonna count for my half hour of exercise.

(Ow. Ow ow.)


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