Going through my frustratingly slow process of icon making. I figured I have enough to post now. I will probably have another 2 batches or so when all is said and done.
Credit is lovely and appreciated, but no assassins will be sent to your house if you do not comply. :) Hope you enjoy!( Here there be 122 icons!Collapse )
It's frustrating seeing batch after batch of really good icons from the new Doctor Who pop up on my communities as I am plodding through creating my own. I'm all like "crap, I did one like that" and then some jealousy at people's skills and impatience with myself. :) My process is long and slow. I've made probably 100 so far but am only up to 15 minutes unto the episode. (I make my icons chronologically as I go through the batch screencaps I make from the episodes.)
Sure hope I have anything worth people liking once I get through enough for a post! Gonna take me days to get all the way through. Hee.
Wooot, just booked a flight to Ohio in April to visit friends. I have a week off in April and a week off in August I've been trying to figure out what to do for. :) In August I hope to take a cruise, if my mom ever answers my email, and depending on if I get a tax refund.
If that happens that'll make 4 awesome vacations in one year, which is quite happymaking. I wanted to make this the Year Of Seeing Friends and it's coming together decently!
Also should be seeing a bunch of peeps earlier in April at the NY house concert.
That's one thing I really miss about the old days. I used to travel more and SEE people. It sucks having people you love scattered all over a continent.
In other news, still doing well on my diet! Wore size 14 jeans yesterday! They were snuggish but still fit well enough, and I liked that better than wearing the 16s with a belt because they're saggy. I'm at 195.5 today, which means I have about 30 more to go!
I totally want to visit the Aerospace museum in Dayton while I'm in Ohio. I have insanely happy memories of that place from childhood. :) I should swing by my old houses too, hehe.
I know, I know, I neglect this place so badly. Except for fandom stuff. But I'm not in the midst of any fandom surges right now. So I'm all bleeeeh and hanging out mostly on Facebook. :)
The surprising development is that even though it's been a month since my last entry, I have not in fact stopped with the diet/workout stuff. :) I am currently on my 6th week of faithfully working out every other day. I think the on day/off day thing has really helped me maintain it, whereas in the past when I tried to push myself days in a row it made me burn out and quit altogether. I usually do 75-99mins on the treadmill (99 is the treadmill max for timed stuff) at a fast walk. I can't jog for more than a minute. I try to work up to more but I keep failing. So needless to say I quit the Couch to 5k program. But I keep increasing my strength and stamina and maybe I'll try again someday. This week for the first time I managed to maintain 3.8mph for 90 minutes straight, at 3.0 incline, which is a big deal to me. My previous best that I could actually *maintain* the whole time was 3.6mph at 2.0 incline. Man my heart was going so much harder with just that small-seeming increase of both. I also do hand weight stuff at least every other day as well.
I've also been doing great with the food. Staying within budget, but not too much under, because I don't want to starve myself. I'm now down 12 lbs since I restarted the program. 35 lbs overall since I started it the first time and was my heaviest. I finally crossed the 200 lb threshold last week and am currently at 199.
What's even better is I can SEE the changes in my body from the working out. I have like...actual calf muscles when I point and flex my foot, instead of just...firmer fat. :) And clothes fit soo much better. When I started it all I was pushing the upper boundaries of size 18 and nearing the point where I'd have to buy some size 20 stuff. Now I'm back in my size 16 stuff and much if it is even loose. That makes me SO happy.
I know it's pretty boring to read me droning on about this. It's just the biggest focus of my energy right now. I really want to succeed. Maybe if I get to the point where I'm not disgusted with myself I can feel more confident around other people and not just internally assume they're forcing themselves to tolerate my hideous self. I mean intellectually I know that's just me projecting, but I still don't like feeling it.
Anyway...there's a purring kitten on my chest being rather insistent on getting attention, so I'll sign off now. Love y'all. :)
Dear lord if I had the kind of energy my kitten Coraline has I'd be skinny as a rail. She's running around this place like someone set her tail on fire.
I've been doing good so far on the diet front. I know, I know, I've been here before and have screwed it all up. I'm not naive enough to declare this time it's for real. But progress is progress and I can be proud of that. So far I've been back "on the wagon" for 2 weeks, and I'm down 5.4lbs. I even worked out 3 times last week. Trying out the "Couch to 5k" app on the iphone that someone recommended to me. It structures your workouts with increasing difficulty with the aim of getting you to be able to jog/run for a sustained time by the end. The first week you do a 30 minute thing, 5mins warmup, then alternate 1min jog with 90seconds walk for 20mins, and the 5 min cooldown. The first one I couldn't manage to finish without cheating the last two jog parts to fast walk. But the second and third workouts I managed to do it all PLUS walk an extra mile or two after the 30 minutes was up. I'm proud of that. Of course the second week ramps up to more so I'm gonna be struggling again, and I'm doubtful I'll EVER be able to jog for 25 minutes straight because I just don't feel like I'm built for that. But I'll keep trying to follow it fully.
I also am going to try to find the patience to get through the period of no loss and possible gain that might happen if I do really start consistently exercising. I know it will be discouraging but it's healthy.
Ah well. Here's hopin'.
I totally ran out of steam in finishing my EOT Icons. I SUCK. I hope I'll get back to them. And I hope people still give a shit once I do.
Also am waaaay behind in my photography class online. As in the class has ended and I'm at lesson 5 and I have until the 29th when all the links close to finish up the reading and take the quizzes and stuff. I mean, it's not for credit, and I downloaded all the material, but still I paid $110 to take it, I should get my ass in gear and actually do so.
Biggest thing on my mind right now is that I've force myself back onto the diet wagon. Sigh. Hope I don't fuck it all up yet again. The good news is my backsliding had only erased like 7lbs of the 30 I had lost last time, so it's not like I'm starting from scratch again. But it's still hard, and depressing, and disheartening.
Back to using my Lose it! app on the iphone, and am happy to see it's expanded since I last used it and now has a pretty awesome web component with reports and tracking and forums and the ability to add friends and motivate each other. SO, if any of y'all use that, please add me. I'm using the firstname.lastname@example.org address. And if anyone doesn't know what that app is, it's a free weight loss app that helps you track all your food/exercise into weight loss plans and daily calorie recommendations and such. When I use it consistently, it helps me a great deal in losing weight. It's the human element that sometimes gets shoddy. :)
I have lost 4lbs since starting back up again. Only 4 more lbs until I cross the BMI line from "obese" to "overweight". (I know a lot of folks try to argue with me that I'm not obese but hey, the BMI says so.)
IF. That's a big if. I stay on track the app tells me I can hit my goal by the middle of June. Not sure if I'll make it but man, it would be lovely to turn up at Falconridge for once NOT hating myself when being seen by all my friends. (note: I know that's not coming from y'all, it's coming from me.)
Gosh I hope I can make it work this time.
So I'm doing this thing I wouldn't normally do, that I stole from klingonlady
2. Date of birth:
3. Where you live:
4. What makes you happy:
5. Currently listening/the last thing you listened to:
6. Do you read my journal?:
7. If yes, what makes it especially good or bad?:
8. An interesting fact about you:
9. Are you in love/do you have a crush at the moment?:
10. Favourite place to spend time:
11. Favourite lyric:
12. A memory you'd like to share (nice, funny, embarrassing, special, whatever!):
13. How did we meet here?
14. LOL: Have I, since we know us, ever corrupted you into any kind of music/person/show/fandom? If so, what was it?
1. A film:
2. A book:
3. A band, a song, or album:
4. A TV show:
1. One thing you like about me:
2. Two things you like about yourself:
3. Look at my friends-list and tell what you like about one of our mutual friends:
4. Put this in your journal so that I can tell you what I like about you.
If I can't marry Alton Brown, I will happily share my life with Mario Batali. :)