So, after my last post, I decided to create another blog for the sole purpose of writing entries that would eventually make it into my book. Guess what? I posted a test note and the following post, then nothing. Therefore, I'm going to copy the one post that meant anything and delete that blog. One day, I'll get it write right!
Saturday, April 5, 2014
I decided about a week ago that I wanted to start a blog specifically for public journaling, hoping to hone my writing skills with the intention of making said blog into a novel. I then created this page, but didn’t write anything on it. I couldn’t decide how to get the proverbial ball rolling, until yesterday. I waited until today, however, for this reason:
Today is the ninth anniversary of my dad’s death. He’s never far from my mind, but it seems that this anniversary is hitting me harder than others. It could be that I recently discovered a couple of small envelopes filled with pictures, ranging from me as a baby through my graduation and beyond. He’s in very few photos, but I cherish them immensely.
As an adult, I’m learning more and more about my dad. It makes me both happy and sad. I’m happy that people feel like they can talk freely about him, but some of the things I’m learning make me really sad. I’ve been told that he stayed married to my mother for our (there are three of us) benefit. I’ve also heard that he came back from Vietnam a changed man, but then again, who didn’t. During his tour, his helicopter was shot down. My dad always seemed kind of sad, kind of depressed and he never expressed his emotions. He drowned his sorrows at the bottom of a beer, smoked like a freight train and never followed any doctor’s advice. Was he stubborn or looking for a way out? I’ll never know.
I choose to remember his contagious laughter, his goofy sense of humor and the many stories I hear from family and friends touting him a wonderful man that is fondly remembered and sorely missed.
I have prattled on and on about wanting to create (write/paint/sew/make jewelry/concoct homemade scents, soaps, cleaners, etc.), yet I never do any of it! I am determined to make a plan to nip my laziness in the bud!!!
Starting tomorrow, I'm going to write for a minimum of 30 minutes per day, without the distraction of the TV tempting me. Today, I purchased a new office chair and it's a marked improvement, making it easier to sit at my desk and tap away on my keyboard.
This is something that has been annoying me, more so lately, and I had to put it out there. Now that I have that off my chest, I'm off to bed; back to kickboxing tomorrow morning, office work to follow.
I'm going to just copy and paste from my Facebook post to avoid retyping this whole darn thing: Alright folks! The results are in!!! My second five week numbers look like this: -Lost 4 pounds -Lost 6.5% body fat -Lost 1/2" in my waist -Lost 3.5" in my arm -Lost 2" in my thigh -Gained 19 push-ups, for a total of 70 in one minute -Gained 1 sit-up (we had a brutal abs day in class BEFORE testing), for a total of 25 -Gained 1" in the sit & reach, for a total of 16" -Shaved 11 seconds off my 1/2 mile power walk: 8min 30sec
Grand totals: -lost 13.2 pounds -lost 3/4" off my chest -lost 6" off my waist -lost 3.25" off my arm -lost 1" off my thigh -lost 3.5" off my hips
If I can do THIS in ten weeks, imagine what I can do in a year! I think I did pretty well and am very proud of myself for sticking with it! I have already paid for another year and am excited to continue. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the finale party because I had purchased VIP concert tickets for Jennifer Nettles months ago, but the concert was AWESOME, so I'm not sorry I went! I would have loved to have seen everyone's transformation photos and had drinks with the people who have been kicking, punching and sweating their asses off along side me. In closing, let me post a few pics from the concert. We had second row center tickets and it was amazing!