Sunday, November 15, 2009

Week 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 & 40 - 100in1001

Whew yet another string of a complete lack of weekly updates on my part. But, really, I don't feel anyone is missing anything because my progress on any items other than the incremental ones has absolutely slowed to a crawl. Work and teaching combined is just a bit too much. No work or work and only one class would be fine, but my current schedule is overboard. The good news is, now that the semester is nearing an end, I'm finally a bit ahead in my preparation and such. With next week being Thanksgiving with several days off I should be in a good position to knock out at least the lectures for the rest of the semester.

I recently finished A Storm Over the Land, a book about the Civil War. This is one of my favorite subjects in history so I of course enjoyed reading the book. Early on it is quite choppy but it catches its stride about 1/3 of the way through and is quite good from then on. It is a compression of a much larger series on the Civil War and I think Sandburg does a good job in presenting the important things concisely. A great read for the newcomer to the topic especially.

One thing I've found extremely hard to do is the 100 push up challenge. Sometimes it is simply hard for me to remember or have the gumption to do them 3 times a week. I have found that even missing a day seems to put me back a week on progress, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense. The larger problem is I've hit a much bigger wall with getting over week 4 (as the middle column) than with week 3. I'm not sure why, but I just am not seeming to build up any more endurance at this point. The only thing I can think of is I'm not getting enough protein in my diet. When I kept track of meals over the summer on dailyburn.com I noticed that typically I didn't meet the recommended daily intake. Protein powder perhaps? Similarly, my yoga and pilates have been suffering equally, though my body has seemed to maintain their levels of fitness fairly well. Oh well, I'll keep looking towards getting ahead with my teaching stuff and hopefully getting back on the horse here.