Start all over again

So, I want to say that I’m here and ready to start all over again.

That’s not entirely accurate, though. Last time I started this journey, I weighed in excess of 200 pounds. Then I lost a bunch of weight — 40 pounds, to be precise — and then I gained half of it back — crazy frustrating.

Now that I’m back in class, my schedule is such that I am going to be able to get back to working out regularly. And, now that I’m going to be getting back to the teaching assistant life, regular paychecks will ensure that my diet improves.

At least, that’s the theory.
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Move on down the line

I’ve been pretty quiet lately, haven’t I?

I knew I had but I didn’t realize just how quiet until I took a look and saw that my last post was from Arizona on the ides of March.

Needless to say, a few things have happened since then.

Classes are done. Papers have been handed in and exams have been graded. Graduation has happened. My first year of grad school is over. I am registered for my fall classes to launch my second year.

At this point, my thoughts go in half a dozen different directions.

I only have three years of coursework to do for this degree and I’m already finished with 1/3 of it. And next year will feel like I’m really getting somewhere because I’ll be getting my Master’s degree at the end of it. This time next year, I’ll probably be beside myself.

Well, I hope I won’t be too ridiculous about it. After all, the Master’s isn’t what I’m here for and the Master’s isn’t what I’ll be excited about, either.
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I just can’t lose my stride

Hi there.

I am in Arizona.

I’ve never been here before.

The skies are cloudless and clear, and in the mornings, between 7:00 am and 9:00 am or so, it’s pleasantly cool outside. Perfect walking weather.

After that, it’s hot.

There are flowering trees and bushes everywhere, so the air always smells wonderfully sweet like nowhere I’ve ever lived or visited.

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If you look way down in your heart and soul

xmas-weight-gain When we last left our intrepid #fitgirl wannabe, she was celebrating both scalar and non-scalar victories and feeling like a million dollars.

And then … dun, dun, dunnnn … it happened. [screaming sound effect] The year-end holidays arrived.

Yes, it’s all very well for you to make fun, Dawn, but …

I know. And I’m not really making fun. It’s just that I have read so many blog posts lately about how the year-end holidays just destroyed everything we were doing to get fit and take off those extra pounds, that it’s been kind of disconcerting.
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