Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I never thought I'd be a morning person. When I was younger, I used to think my grandmother was nuts for getting up early and going to bed early. She always reminded me of the old saying, though - "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." Bah, I thought. But now since I've been doing this early morning thing, I feel like the old adage is true. I am definitely getting *healthy* because I do the gym thing early, I feel a little wiser (I guess) because I get stuff done in the morning and I have more energy to do my work; the only thing I'm waiting on is the "wealthy" part. But I assume that will come at some point in one form or another.
This morning I made my lunch for tomorrow (!), I baked banana-walnut muffins (with approx. 200 calories a piece - pretty good!), and picked out my clothing for the rest of the week. I am going to "Burn and firm Pilates" at 10:00, and then it's off to school from noon-8pm for conferences.
Until I leave, though, I think I'm going to clean up a little bit around here...
Monday, November 16, 2009
This weekend I went to my mom's house for symphony. It was great - I love Symphonie Fantastique!!! I usually leave early to get there and stop at the mall. I really *do* need to build up my wardrobe again - I got rid of so many fat clothes - and symphony days are perfect to shop in the morning. So anyway, the goal was to find a second pair of jeans and some new leggings. Tried on about a million pairs of jeans and ended up with a super cute pair of SKINNY JEANS!!!! Never in a million years did I think I'd ever buy a pair of skinny jeans and have them look like they are supposed to! I LOVE them. I feel so amazing in them... thick thighs and all. My thighs are they way they are because of running and working out... I am proud of how muscular they are getting. WAHOO!
I also ended up with a sweater, a turtleneck (my fiance said "didn't you have one like that?" The old one was an XL, this one is a S) and some new leggings. I LOVE to shop now. Trying on clothes is so much fun!!! If I ever have the urge to eat an entire cake, I can think about how much fun shopping is now. It was never fun for me... I used to HATE clothes shopping. I'd wear giant t-shirts and pants... it was so frustrating. My closet is not bursting with clothes, but I wear just about everything in there because I CAN. Everything fits and I can throw anything on without worrying about covering a roll here or a bulge there.
This morning I went to my first ever spinning class... my legs are killing me! I decided I'm going again on Wednesday. Entered my fitness minutes for the week, I was a little conservative on the running minutes since I'm still getting my ITB back in shape. Who knows, I may end up with way more minutes than I anticipated. LOVE working out. I think I'm definitely over the rut I was in.... the early morning workouts are helping for sure.
Today and tomorrow I have conferences at school, so I don't have to go in until noon. But I'm there until 8:00... I get to try some morning classes at the gym and maybe some late running after conferences.
Friday, November 13, 2009
So overall, I'm very happy with how this week went. I met all my goals, and I had a good week of workouts. Tomorrow I'm going to visit my mom and go to symphony - we're going to a wonderful little Italian restaurant for dinner; I need to really watch what I order. I'm not going to deprive myself of good food, but I know enough now to make smart choices when it comes to restaurant food.
Tomorrow is a shopping day! I want to get some new leggings, a new belt, and maybe some new shoes. We'll see. I saw a really cute pair of Frye boots I'd like to get, but I have to think about spending that much money on shoes. (Do I need them? No, but they are really super cute.) Maybe a new pair of skinny jeans - I'm really enjoying how my legs are getting some definition and looking better. If only the damn inner thigh would go away faster!
Saw a cute sweater purse online; I may go look at that tomorrow, too.
It's time to move the laundry and plant myself on the couch... I plan for an early day tomorrow.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I just took some Apricot-Almond Muffins out of the oven and boy, do they smell good! Tomorrow morning is a baby shower at school for one of the kindergarten teachers. His wife is having a baby... I volunteered to bring muffins. I LOVE to bake, and I especially love to bring homemade food to showers and parties. It would have been easier for me to run out to the store and buy muffins, but I think that homemade muffins show that a little effort went into it. Luckily, I only have to bring 12 and there was enough batter for 18. I am going to try one tonight just to make sure they are ok, and to see how the recipe turned out. There is no sugar, just honey and dried apricots. Should be delish!
Tomorrow should be easy for me to resist the food... most of it will probably be store bought. I always ask myself some questions before I eat something at a party/shower; 1) Can/would I make it at home? (If no, it's edible) 2) Is it homemade? (If yes, I'll eat it) 3) Will I feel bad about entering it into the nutrition tracker? (If no, it's a go)
I have to answer all the questions appropriately in order for me to eat it. The exception to the homemade question is if it comes from a local bakery or food store and it's really special. I used to live across the street from a bakery which made the most wonderful donuts. Dunkin Donuts just doesn't cut it anymore.
I put my new braces in tonight, so tomorrow's eating is going to be difficult. My mouth will be sore and I'm sure I'll be eating yogurt like crazy. I may have to stop and get some bananas and sorbet tomorrow night so I can eat something... I'll make some soup, too. I'm halfway through my braces! Only five more sets after this one. I'm very excited to see the end result...
Off to try a muffin, pack tomorrow's lunch, and get my gym stuff ready for the morning. Tomorrow is a day off from ST; I'm going to do some swimming in the morning and go to a Pilates class at night. Wahoo!
Drink all my water.
Remember to take my calcium both times.
Work on my school work for 1/2 an hour tomorrow night.
Give someone at work a compliment.
Happy Wednesday night!
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