Saturday, September 14, 2013

catching up

I know, it has been quite a while but somehow I didn't feel like blogging and I had some stuff going on.
I'll try to cover it all in this post.
I wanted to write about many things and they all deserve their own posts, but honestly, knowing me if I don't cover it now it might never get done.
So here is what happened from April til now in a nutshell:
The most important thing:
I got my degree! I am a B.Sc. now. The excitement already wore off, but I still get congratulations from time to time from people who hear about it just now.

I totally slacked at running and exercising and I can see it on the scale.
But as I wrote before, running was not fun anymore and I think I did one or two runs since my last post in which I said I will stop running for now.
I am still doing Jillian Michaels' dvds but not as extensive as I used to.
I have to get back into a schedule.
But at some point I hurt my hand somehow.
Nobody knows what it is, it even was x-rayed but it was not broken.
I got some painkilling ointment and it works but for a while I could not workout due to that.
And now and then the pain comes back.
I might have to get it checked out again.

I spent the summer applying to schools, then went home to stay with my Mom for a while to enjoy life.
And we did, beach, shopping and some restaurants included.

I got accepted into two schools and picked the school I will attend for my Master's solely based on financial reasons.
I was invited to take a test at a third school to see if I am suitable for their Master's program but this invitation came really late when I already decided to go to that other school.

My landlord already found a new tenant  for my current apartment which I will dearly miss because I just love this place!
I have now the dreaded task of finding a new place.
And apartment hunting there is a pain in the a...rm. There are so many people looking for places, and the prices are insane.
I took one trip there already and looked at 6 places. 2 I ruled out and the other 4 I did not get.
I'll go again next week and look at more places.
Keep your fingers crossed that I find something and can move in before school starts.

So this is what happened in a nutshell.
I hope I will get back to regular posting soon...


Sunday, April 7, 2013

And the 10K is off as well...

Yes, you read correctly.
I am no longer training for the 10 K. Actually I stopped running completely for now.
The reason is easy: I don't see any success. Up to week 6 of the c25k program, everything went smooth.
Then I got sick, so sick that I couldn't even go to work leave alone run.
That was in February.
And after that I did not get back on track.
I tried, don't get me wrong.
I really tried. But ever since I started again after being better I am stuck at the same level and can't see any success. I just was not able to get past week 6. So so so annoying. And so demotivating.
I though about quitting for a while and going for a run felt like a burden each time for quite a while now.
It was frustrating and I was not enjoying myself at all.
So today I decided to take a break from running for a while.
Even if I kept running, there is no way I could be able to run a 10K in May.
I will not stop exercising though.
I even ordered a new dvd which will hopefully arrive soon.This coming week, I will workout each day.
To prove to myself ,that I can still do it, it is just the running part that sucks currently. And I need to get in a  better shape for the wedding I am attending next Saturday.
On Thursday a friend asked me if I was going to another friends wedding and why I did not rsvp.
Turns out, my invitation got lost in the mail. The wedding is next Saturday.
Somehow I said I was going before I even said I was and then it was a sealed deal.
I am actually really looking forward to it, but I think that is because the stars for once aligned in my favor and I did not even have to buy a dress.
Last Friday we had a girl's night and somehow that topic came up and my friend offered me to have a look at her closet and we found the perfect dress in there.
Now all I have left to do is buying shoes but I already looked online and picked a pair I will look at tomorrow and if it does not hurt like hell or something I will take that pair.
This is a huuuuuuge relief because currently I do not have the time to go dress shopping (I don't have the money either btw) because I am working on my thesis and I feel like I can't be wasting time by not working on it.
Well, this is what is going on in my neck of the woods right now.
Have a great, productive week, everyone!


Sunday, February 24, 2013


Did you hear that?
That was me kissing good bye the idea of running 5 K for my birthday.
I was sick for a week and not able to do anything. I didn't even go to work.
Now I feel better but I still have a nasty cough and my head tells me it's better not to start too early again.
My  birthday is next week and my new goal is to get in at least one run before it.
Before I got sick I did pretty well and ran three times a week, even after work. Some days it was after 8 pm when I went out to run, but I did it. I am pretty annoyed with not exercising for two weeks now and I am toying with the thought of doing BFBM tonight and decide afterward if I am allowed/able to run again.
We'll see.
I've been pretty busy since my last post, with working and running etc.
My week looks kind of like this:
Mo-Fr:  Out of the house for ca 12 hours/day ,
Sat: running the errands I could not do during the week, because the stores are closed by the time I get home, plus laundry and grocery shopping for the week and an occasional outing on Saturday nights.
Sun: relax!!
I am looking forward to the day when this will be over.
The 4hr/day commute is just eating so much time which could be used better.
Well, this is just a little update on my life, nothing exciting, I know.
 Hope everybody has a great Sunday!


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Couch to 5k...the first steps

First of all: Happy New Year everybody!
I hope you all had an awesome evening!
I might post something about resolutions and sticking to them etc soon, but maybe not.
Today I want to tell you about my first experiences with the Couch to 5k program.
It basically is a program, which should lead you to the ability to run longer distances.In the beginning you walk and jog for short intervals each, and then slowly the intervals get longer and longer.
If you want to have a further look, click here .
In the end one is supposed to be able to run 5 kilometers (hence the 5K) or run for 30 minutes.
Both without interruption.
You can either track the time or the distance.
I track time, but I also keep an eye on the distances I run.
The program is scheduled for 9 weeks.
My plan is to give myself a 5 k for my birthday.
I just started running on New Years Day.
This has nothing to do with resolutions or something.
I got running shoes for Christmas and since I did not get to my Mom's house until the day before Christmas and since you are supposed to buy running shoes later in the day, we couldn't go and buy them before Christmas and so we had to wait til after Christmas.
Obviously she could not go and buy them without me. ;)
I also got a Gymboss for Christmas, which I wanted to have since Cookie suggested it to me.
And when we went to the store to get the shoes they had a deal for a running outfit for 40 Euros if you buy running shoes. Normally just the pants would have been more than 40 Euros.
And at the check out, the nice young man who helped us threw in a pair of running socks for free, so I am all decked out now. :)
Throwing in the socks was a smart move, I love them and will certainly buy some more.

As I said, on New Years Day, I set out for my first run.
I started with week one, day one from the program,
I had the sneaky suspicion that it might be a tad too easy since I am no couch potatoe,
And I was right. At first I had the Gymboss clipped to my pants and did not hear nor feel the signal. (I have it on beep and vibrate).
So I ran the time I was supposed to run and the time I was supposed to walk. Oops.
After that I clipped the gymboss to my sleeve and followed the intervals more or less.
I did run a bit more and walked a bit less than I was supposed to without any problems and decided to switch to week two.
So on Thursday I did week 2 day 1 and it went pretty well.
It rained and I had to run in the dark since I did it after work but that did not bother me much.
Today I did day two in daylight and was even faster. It was pretty cold and my eyes were watering but besides that everything went smooth.
And because I am crazy, I did a session of "Banish fat, boost metabolism" after that.
 I will be able to sleep very well tonight. :)
This might be to soon, but I have to say I love running already.
I know I am just in the beginning and so far it was pretty easy, but I am hooked.
After my first run I felt so happy, I was kind of high. And while I still love doing Jillian Michael's workouts,but running is way more entertaining.
There is so much more to see outside. And it is much easier to get yourself to do 30 minutes of running than 55 minutes of exercising after work. ;)
I hope I will still be that enthusiastic a few weeks from now.
After all, I want to be able to do 5 K for my birthday.
And there still is this 10K in May, which I WANT to attend.

Happy weekend everyone!