Thursday, April 05, 2012
In case you didn't know, it's Holy Week. For people who are affiliated in any way with church music, that means it's a very busy week. I was trying to cobble together some people for Easter dinner, until I realized I wasn't really in the mood to throw a party.
First of all, Jason and I are both singing at the Easter Vigil Saturday night and both Easter morning services. Most other church choristers are also singing every night this week (Jason sang last night at Tenebrae), but for me, 3 services in 12 hours is about all I can handle. Last year after the 2nd Easter service, I felt exhilarated by the beautiful music and the sense of community worship, but also really, really exhausted.
Plus, work has been crazy busy lately and I am selfish with my down time. Since Sunday afternoon will be the calm before the storm of work and meetings that my Outlook calendar tells me is coming next week, I sort of let the idea of Big Easter Plans fade away.
However, that doesn't mean I can't whip up a ham for me and Jason. Inspired by Jenna at The Paleo Project* and Melissa at CupcakesOMG*, I'm planning my own Paleo Easter. Which is also known as "regular dinner time at Jason and Kelly's", but with the added flair of a Paleo carrot cake and possibly some deviled eggs.
I'm going to make:
Honey and Citrus Glazed Ham*
Some type of roasted vegetable*
Spiced Carrot Cake* (with regular whipped cream)
Like I said, deviled eggs may also make an appearance. As may baked sweet potatoes (with cinnamon and butter).
All of the above sound doable without making me crazy on a Sunday afternoon. Happy Easter to us!
* See my blogger blog at kellyim10.blogspot.com/2012/04/paleo
-easter.html for links to the recipes.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
I was tired this morning, so I didn't go to strength training. No biggie, I thought, I'll make sure to take a lunch walk. Not as good, but it will do. Only then it started pouring rain at lunch. Well, I still have a little walk up the big hill to meet Jason after work to look forward to, so at least I'll get my heart pumping for a few minutes.
Yesterday, though, I did well. First off, though, my alarm didn't go off. Sometimes it goes off at weird times, but this is the first time it just didn't go off, period. I woke up on my own at 6:22, jumped out of bed and managed to make it to the pool by 6:40. I must admit, it's nice to live only a couple miles away.
We proceeded to do a million 100s at top speed. We did 100s of free, 100s of drills and 100s of stroke (I did backstroke) all as fast as we could. I was exhausted by the time it was done, though my fastest 100 was 1:24, which is a new best time for me (at least since my swim team days).
I keep thinking, if I could just get rid of some of this excess fat, imagine how fast I would be! I suppose skipping strength training class is not the best way to go about that.
Tomorrow I swim. Friday is strength training. Saturday I will swim again because I want to get in 4 workouts this week.
Monday, March 26, 2012
Work has exploded again, like it did in October, November and December, but this time I'm determined not to let it derail me. So even though I could come into work at 7:30 or 8 tomorrow, I'm going to go to Masters swimming from 6:30-7:30. And then I'm going to go to strength training on Wednesday from 6:30-7:30. And so on.
I just think it's really important to keep going. I know I'll feel better if I keep up my healthy eating and my regular workouts.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
That's how many inches I've lost in the past couple of weeks! The scale is staying put for now, but I have lost a total of 4.5 inches. I'm thrilled with that!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
"NSV" in weight loss lingo means "non-scale victory". I don't have one yet, but I have a couple of ideas of NSVs I want to shoot for.
First, I just bought a cocktail dress (Yay for Nordstrom free shipping both ways!). I often have to go to cocktail and semi-formal affairs for work and I've just about worn my 2 other cocktail dresses into the ground. The new dress is this lovely deep purple color, with chiffon layers and it ALMOST looks amazing on me. The shape is perfect for my body, which is saying something, since I often have a hard time finding things that look right on both my hips and my waist. Usually it's one or the other.
While you might think that fitting perfectly into this dress is actually weight-related, I would argue that the number on the scale won't really matter, so long as my proportions are correct. I'm doing strength training to get toned and to improve my overall shape, and that's what looking amazing in this dress depends on. My next work event is at the end of April, and my hope is that I'll be wearing the purple dress!
My next NSV goal is about feeling good about myself when I go visit my grandma in Florida in May. I know we'll be making at least one trip to the beach, and I want to feel confident in the knowledge that I have done everything I can to be fit and healthy. I want to be comfortable hanging out in my swimsuit.
By the way, we're buying our house! I mean, the one we're living in right now. I am oddly calm about it, while Jason is kind of a nervous wreck. I'm not sure if my calmness is denial about the implications of it all, but I'm pretty sure I've thought it through and I feel A-OK. Maybe I've just decided to let Jason do all the worrying. For once.
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