March 2, 2012

Roses and thorns

I'm back down to 195 pounds, which is really interesting. First, because it's my -150 milestone weight and it feels so, so good to be able to claim that again. And second, because my workouts the past few weeks have been lousy at best - good workouts, but just few and far between. The weight loss has been almost entirely diet-based, which I am proud of. I'm eating well and I have not binged; between feeling well-nourished and feeling in control of my recovery, I'm very positive these days.

The workouts have slowed mostly because it's the middle of the semester (already!), and while I don't give a midterm exam to my students, they do have chapter exams, which I first create, then administer, then grade. Add the exams to short essays, post-film screening packets, and oral exams, and it's been a busy couple of weeks that won't be slowing any time soon ... and I am so happy. And so grateful. It's my dream job, and even though little pockets of being extra busy pop up here and there during the semester, I truly love the work I do. I'm finally figuring out the university system here, how to best reach my students (the material may be the same as in Chicago, but the way I introduce and explain it is tailored to the unique needs of this student body), and how to make sure the kids enjoy the class while still feeling like they're learning something useful, even if they don't ever speak French again after this semester.

So, this weekend, I'll be continuing to do a lot of work. A few piles of grading are here, in need of a serious dent. But - good news! There will be a few breaks here and there because...

My new bike is ready!!!

And not a moment too soon! The folks at the bike shop called me yesterday afternoon; I'll be walking over there this morning to pick it up. It's going to be a little weird, though. I ordered the exact same bike - same model, same color, same size, same extra-thick fancy tires. My old bike's identical twin. I'm honestly hoping I don't cry.

The old bike was definitely a girl - I named her the Black Widow (because like the spider, which can be found locally, biking was something new to me in California - and also, because the bike [and the bug!] is small but powerful!). This one I have not met yet, but I already sense that it's male. Not quite sure what I'll name this one; perhaps seeing it will inspire me.

I need to control myself and not jump on it and ride my 35 mile mega-loop right away (even though I so desperately want to). I have about three weeks of pent-up, no-bike-riding energy that wants to cycle itself out, but I also don't want to go nuts and overdo it and get hurt. So I'll try and contain my excitement as much as possible.

What about you? How was your week? What's on deck for this weekend? Do you name things like your bike, treadmill, etc.?

P.S. The winners of my Mister Rogers giveaway are Dominique (from DomWillRunForBeer) and Ashley (from The Opposite of Thin). Congrats, ladies! Please e-mail me your mailing address so I can get those out to you ASAP!


Chubby McGee said...

YES! Good job, kiddo!

I'm also happy your new bike is ready. I bet that means another lower number next week, eh?


Taryn said...

Way to go!! That is awesome work.

Awesome that your bike is back! How exciting!!

Taryn said...

Congrats on the loss and I'm so happy you finally have your bike!

My plans for this weekend include celebrating my birthday, working out and getting a pedicure!

Fit Mom said...

Congrats on the new addition to your family. Make sure you post pictures of your new baby!

I think this will help your spirits so much!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your loss and the new bike! You must be psyched as I am that I won your giveaway! Thank you!

h@wou said...

Congrats on getting to your 150lb lost mark again! Plus, getting your new bike. That's pretty sweet. And I didn't comment on it before, but good luck on the marathon! How cool! It's a lot of hard work, so be prepared. Suprisingly, some of the training runs feel more special than the race itself.

Tim said...

Well I know what your bike is called and I love the name. I'm so pleased you got a bike again, pictures please!!!! :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats on both the weight loss and the bike coming in. Currently having no transportation means beside my own feet, I know how good it must feel to have the bike again.

My week was good. We survived the move. Our weekend has been pretty quiet thus far, though we plan to walk into the "Alley" tomorrow. It's a Turkish shopping center right next to base.

Enjoy your weekend and having your bike again!

Ann said...

Can't wait to see the snaps of your new wheels!!! :)

Tammy said...

oh oh !!! Black STALLION!!!