Saturday, April 23, 2011
Catching up from vacation is a lot of work!
On Sunday afternoon I drove down to Virginia for a little relaxing ME time and to pick up my brother from Dulles airport. He is home from his math-teaching stint in Doha. It's nice to have him back!
I did a lot of shopping, a lot of eating, and a lot of walking.
I met a new Spark friend (hi Megan!), and I reconnected with an elementary school friend I haven't seen in almost 25 years. I know I'm not young anymore when I can say "wow, I haven't seen you in almost 25 years!" We had a great (almost 3-hour long!) lunch at a Thai place - it's amazing how friendship works. There was absolutely NO awkward silence, no wondering how to fill up time, just two friends talking about anything and everything. It was so wonderful to see her.
After I picked up my brother, we came back to the hotel to unwind a little bit and decided to go to dinner. We got out to the car and the tire was flat. We are no strangers to car trouble on our trips - when I had to take entrance exams for grad school, my car overheated on the way to Kentucky and it needed to be towed somewhere in West Virginia. And that happened before smart phones and everything, so it was really a challenge to deal with the car. So we are old pros.
Car got towed away on Wednesday morning, and we went into DC for the day. It was hot! Finally! Warmth and sun! We did a ton of walking - it's nice to travel with Andrew (my brother) because he doesn't mind a lot of walking. Went to the American History Museum, Arlington National Cemetery (beautiful this time of year) and then headed over to Alexandria for some dinner.
Picked up the car on Thursday morning and headed out for some breakfast/lunch. Got home that evening and was exhausted.
So since Thursday I have been catching up on e-mails, bills, phone calls... it's nice to still have the long weekend. I may have to do the Easter week vacation again!
Back to the routine. This morning I got in my gym time - I have conceded to the fact that I MUST go to the gym first thing or I just don't go. Right when I woke up I put on my gym clothes, so I was ready to go. There's no getting around it.
April flew by, just like March did...
Tonight I will put together next week's schedule of workouts and eating.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
I'm pretty sure my goal for the rest of this week and next week is to not have any wine. Sunday night we had a pizza and wine party and last night I went to a wine tasting where the wine was very liberally poured. I am exhausted today. Thank goodness it's already Thursday.
I'm getting ready for my vacation - yahoo! This weekend is symphony weekend with my mom, and on Sunday I am leaving from her house to go to Virginia. I am picking up my brother from the airport sometime while I'm down there (he is coming home from a math-teaching stint in Qatar), so I thought I'd take a couple days to myself to explore DC and the area. I am totally looking forward to a vacation. I don't know that I'm really going to plan anything!
But there is a lot to do around here before I go. Brad is very capable of holding down the fort, but I do need to give him some guidance. I think I'll surprise him with some apricot muffins before I go, and maybe do a little grocery shopping for him.
- Drink water water water. I did not have nearly enough yesterday, and I can feel it today. I MUST go water-crazy today.
- Hide the chocolate in my room at school. As much as I wish I could, I just can not stick to one Dove chocolate square.
- Get in my workout tonight, either at home (preferred) or the gym. I didn't wake up early this morning (wine), but today is a scheduled ST day. So I think I'll stay at home and do it. It's not a deadlift day, so I have what I need right here.
- Keep being positive. Control the control-ables. Yesterday we had a meeting before school, and it was not very fun. So after I was upset for a little while, I took a breath, and thought to myself "only control what you can control. The rest is out of your hands."
The sun is out, it's going to be a great day!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Woke up at the crack of dawn,
went to get my workout on.
Muscles now are good and sore -
in two days I'll go for more!
Packed my bag and drank my tea,
the milk in my cereal was almost fat-free!
The rain was coming down real hard,
making a lake out of my little yard.
Got to school - I love what I do!
Sang with the kids, doobie-doobie-doo!
For some of the kids, I'm all they've got.
One of my first grade girls said I was hot! (ha!)
Laid on the couch and took a nap,
two hours later I ate part of a bap. (A small bun/bread loaf)
Tomorrow's lunch is already packed,
It's just about time to hit the sack.
Monday, April 11, 2011
Last night Brad and I had another couple over for pizza and wine. Too much wine, not enough pizza. Uuurrrrgggh.
Spent yesterday cooking. I had been away the past two weekends and didn't get to fill up the freezer with anything. We now have some delish marinara, lentil soup, and banana bread pudding. SOOOOO good. I can't wait for bread pudding for dinner!
This whole weight-loss body-changing thing is pretty amazing. I was chugging along, doing my thing, happy with my progress, even though I haven't really noticed any big differences. Slow and steady.
Today I was getting ready, and I noticed that my tum looked a little flatter. My shirt has more room in the tum than it did last year (and no, it didn't stretch!). I saw my calves and I thought "wow, they actually look pretty good!" My calves are kind of big, and today was the first day that my immediate though wasn't "look at those giant calves."
I feel back on track with my eating, and I've been tracking more and more. I'm not tracking everything, but I do it when I think of it.
I'm really liking my non-scheduled schedule. Monday, Wednesday and Friday are the only days that I MUST get in a workout (my lifting workout) and the rest of the days it's up to me. I love not feeling bound to the clock.
Off to finish my tea...
Saturday, April 09, 2011
And not the kind that Ice Cube rapped about...
Woke up for a run, got the heart pumping on some hills. Phew! Honey and I went grocery shopping at BJ's for some cheese and short ribs. Got a mega-big package of dental floss, too. I love to floss. Hooray teeth!
Came home and flung open the windows. Ok, not really flung, but opened them all. It was so nice to have the fresh air in here! Cleaned the house a bit for tomorrow's little party. Brad and I are hosting a few of his co-workers for a pizza and wine party. Brad's going to make some dough and we are just going to chow down on home made pizza. I bought some wine today, too. I'm looking forward to it!
Dropped off some clothes at the dry cleaners... I took a pair of pants that are already feeling a little big. And I just bought them less than a month ago!!! Goooooooo strength training!!!
Picked up some wine - a Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Chateau St. Michelle Riesling, and Hob Nob Chardonnay. The Riesling and Pinot were even on sale!
Went to the local outlets to find some shoes for Wednesday's wine tasting. I have a really cute dress but I didn't have the shoes for it. Found some super cute open-toed black sandal-y shoes. I can even wear them into fall with some tights! And then I just popped into another store just to look, and I found a pair of PERFECT nude sandals for $29.99! They were originally $100 - and they were just what I was looking for. I won't be looking for more shoes for a while. One more pair of Birkenstocks a little closer to summer...
Came home, took a nap (the Masters is on, and golf = nap). Woke up and decided that I wanted to use my Kate Spade Friends and Family. So I should have a new bag in a couple days.
No more shopping for a while! One really good thing about having been in debt (really really in debt) is that I am really really picky about what I buy. I will look around for days, weeks, even MONTHS if I have to for the perfect ________. And when I find it, I'll buy it. I don't worry too much about the cost, as long as it's perfect. And I return stuff a LOT. I get my stuff home, show it to Brad, and he lets me know whether or not I should keep what I have. I really respect his honesty!
The house is almost ready for tomorrow. Just a little cleaning tomorrow morning, and then we should be set.
Time for a hot bath and a little reading.
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