If we were having coffee, I’d tell you:
It’s mid-term exam week. It’s a very formalized affair here, and I’ll be grading all kinds of inane papers very soon. The only good part is that I don’t have classes this week, just tons more grading. As if a writing teacher doesn’t already have enough of that.
In addition to grading the mid-terms, I’ve created a to-do list that I want to get through this week. It’s probably a tad too ambitious, but I’ve already make some progress over the weekend, including some data entry for a research project–A LOT of data entry. Almost caught up. And it wasn’t even on the list.
I have an outing tomorrow. I’ll be going to Taipei to meet someone who wants to consult with me regarding academic writing, and it involves “seeing some sights” afterwards. I feel a blog post coming on.
I’ve had a few fairly large issues weighing on me lately, and one of them got resolved last night, so I’m feeling much more hopeful about getting back to the other things that need my attention.
I restarted the writing group this semester, and it really took. Most weeks, we now have 12-16 people. And they are starting to help choose the topics we cover. Further, they asked for some conversational “practice” time. PLUS, it’s at the coffee shop, where I’m having a coffee as I type this. The group isn’t meeting this week (mid-terms), but as you can see, it’s not keeping me away. 🙂
But I also ended something. I have cancelled my membership to Curves–for now. The two evenings that I would normally go are now taken up with an evening class and a work session with a student helper (only night she can make it), and they aren’t open until 11:30 am, so I can’t go before work. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m not exercising. I’ve increased my walking to every day, and I will increase it further over the next few weeks. Which leads to the next thing I would tell you.
November 4 marked the one year anniversary since I joined Curves, started walking, and totally changed my way of eating (as well as my thinking about it). I had a strong intention of becoming healthier as I approach my 60th. In the year’s time, I am excited to report that I lost 35 pounds! Now my intention is to do it again. I have to thank Joycelyn and Farther to Go! for the tools and motivation to accomplish this goal, after MANY failed attempts in the past. I’d also like to thank my husband, who has been totally supportive.
I am happy to be blogging again, even if on a limited basis. I’ve started visiting blogs again too–not as much as I’d like, but I hope to increase it a bit as I get a few things crossed off that darn to-do list. Thanks to everyone who has welcomed me back! It is just what I needed. 🙂
It’s 189 days to 60.
Great news on all fronts and good to see you back. Thinking of pinching the idea 😉
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I just crossed the 60 mark last Friday. I can report that there’s nothing to fear. Congratulations on the progress you’ve made, that’s quite an accomplishment. And, for the record, I am glad you started blogging again.
Good to see you busy lady!
Congratulations!! It sounds like you have made some lifestyle changes, and that will help the weight stay off! So very proud of you! And I love how you are modifying and adapting it for your life! 🙂
Good going on your accomplishments and yay for good things still to come! 🙂
Congrats on your successful lifestyle changes!
So good to have you back and sharing coffee time with you!! xxxxx
You are so busy! Good for you for keeping up the exercising. I would find it hard to maintain a membership, but if we can find motivation elsewhere, we can still be healthy without a gym.
Sounds like a busy week. Have fun with the papers, Curves and everything else. Gosh, I’m tired just thinking about it! Enjoy!