June 1, 2012

Workouts: May

Ah, June. This is going to be a crazy month for me - my Post-It note countdown calendar is down to one color!

Getting ready to move has been hectic, mostly in terms of mental preparation. Trying to figure out how to get back efficiently has been very emotionally challenging. I have boxed up all my books, movies, picture frames, and knick-knacks, with a small pile left to be packed up (as soon as more boxes come in the mail). I'm waiting on the mailman right now to pick up the first five boxes, to be shipped to Matt's apartment in Chicago. As long as they arrive safely and it isn't too frustrating a process, I'll continue to ship the other boxes. If not, I have to reassess. It's tough, because the most stressful  part lately has been the idea of shipping all my kitchen stuff, my bedding, and my computer. Most of my stuff fits in the USPS large flat-rate boxes, I just have a lot of them. This other stuff, though, will need bigger boxes. And it makes me anxious. We talked briefly about him flying out here and driving back (cheaper than flying out my mom and brother for the same trek), but there's a lot that complicates that and makes it pretty unlikely.

Work-wise, things are good. Week 2 of my summer course ended yesterday, hard to believe it's already one-third over! I have exams to grade this weekend - luckily, there are only six students, and they're all great, so it won't take long. The kids are really motivated, as tends to be the case with intensive summer courses - they know it's an accelerated pace, so you tend to not have any of the slacking that happens during the semester. As much as it would have been good to have the class canceled and be able to move back earlier, I'm grateful for the chance to earn one last great paycheck before diving back into being mostly unemployed.

Not having a job offer yet is stressful, but I'm trying to stay optimistic. I have a part-time job lined up, plus a good amount of money saved up, plus two roommates to share rent/bills with, so as long as I am mindful of my spending, I shouldn't have to worry if things don't work out right away. With teaching, at least as far as adjunct faculty positions go, hiring can happen very soon before the semester starts, as it is contingent on course enrollment. I'm confident that things will work out, even if I am not entirely certain just yet about what that will mean. No matter what happens, I'm still feeling entirely confident that turning down my offer from the University of California was the right decision. Karen posted about a similar quandary on her blog this week; she said it best, "they say beggars can't be choosers, but sometimes they're wrong."

As far as workouts, this was a good month. I'm down to 191, down 5 pounds from May 1 (but still up 2 pounds from my lowest weigh-in in early April).

I ran 25.5 miles, biked 200.29 miles, and did 269 minutes on the elliptical. I don't log it, but I also did a ton of walking this month - between trips to the grocery store, walking to/from the gym, and of course, Bay to Breakers! So far in 2012, I have ran 153.07 miles and biked 956.95 miles. That's 55.17% of my year goal - not too shabby!

For June, I'm looking forward to getting back into longer runs for marathon training (my longest since the January half was a 10K in February), and getting in as much time on the bike as I can before I have to sell it (there's no easy way to ship it to Chicago, plus I have nowhere to store it there, and also, I'm terrified of city biking). I'm a little upset that there seems to not be any races near me in June - I wanted to do a race a month this year, and have succeeded thus far. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled.

My June goals
1. No binges.
2. Keep up with marathon training.
3. Arrive in Chicago weighing less than when I moved last summer (192).
4. Complete three 101-in-1001 goals.

I've gotten very distracted from my 101-in-1001 list, and want to get back to working on that since I only have about 14 more months to complete it!

Also, I'm oddly obsessed with round numbers; my 100 week anniversary of healthy living coincides with the day when there are exactly 100 days remaining before the Chicago Marathon. I'm putting together thoughts and ideas on a blog challenge, so look for more information on that hopefully soon!

What about you? How was your May? What are you looking forward to most in June?


Bailey @ Onederland or Bust! said...

Those are great goals and it sounds like you're on track! I have my first ever 5k race in June and I also want to be binge free.

Denise said...

Do you have a vacuum? Stick your bedding in a garbage bag and stuck the hose I the opening of the bag, sucking the air out. It will get flatter and more shippable.

Unknown said...

Great work! May first full month of my weight loss journey and it went really well overall. I lost about 20 pounds, yay! Most of it in the first two weeks and now things are going at a more "normal" pace of about 1-2 lbs. I love the idea of tracking miles over the year, I think I'm going to "steal" that from you! :) Keep up the good work!


timothy said...

INVESTING IN SOME OF THOSE VACCUUM BAGS FOR BEDDING AND TOWELS ETC WOULD MAKE THEM MUCH MORE MANAGEABLE. oops sorry for "yelling" lol have you looked into seeing if anyone needs a car driven from cali to chicago? worth checking out.

Mimi in Vienna said...

My May was inconsistent. I will have more spare time in June, so I am looking forward to more walking and then of course more blogging :)

Anonymous said...

Great goals for June. Unfortunately my May turned out a disaster for weight loss, but I am back on track now. I am down 86 lbs so far and getting closer to goal. Just found your blog. It is very inspirational. I am your newest follower.

Anonymous said...

May was another rough month. I'm ready to not have to say that again. My health/weight has been one of the few consistently good things since we moved. So I guess I have that going for me.

In June, I'm looking forward to starting work, finally, after having not worked a regular schedule since December.

Sarah said...

That post-it note calendar is so pretty!

marisol said...

I think I did well in May & hope to do even better in June. I feel so motivated. Sometimes it just clicks you know?

I can't believe that in less than 30 days you will be back in Chicago. How freaking awesome is that? I think your June goals are doable and I know you will crush them!

Anonymous said...

I think it was brave of you to step out of your comfort zone and give California a chance in the first place.
I know you'll find a great job! So many folks are focused only on the timeliness of offers rather than holding out for that right one to come along. Good things come to those who wait!

Anonymous said...

Great job in May Mary. Glad the summer class is working out for you. May was a good month for me. I have finally jumped back on the wagon and my eating is on plan. My goal for June is to start exercising. My weight-loss has stalled the last couple of weeks and I'm hoping exercise is the key to make it start moving again.

Crossing my fingers for a job offer to come your way soon.