Sunday, December 16, 2012
Happy Sunday Sparkers! I can't believe the weekend is almost over!!!
I had a lovely time at my Christmas parties. My work Christmas party was very nice. The country club was a very lovely place. The food was great & I didn't over eat. However... I did over drink haha. I did a lot of dancing, and I drank a lot! The bartender did a great job, but I had way too much to drink. I was nervous I wouldn't be able to talk to my co-workers, but once I was there it went a lot smoother than I thought. It was 11:30 when I left. All of the other co-workers left, so there was just the two bosses & clients left. They seemed to be drunk too and they were saying to me "You are leaving already?!" haha. Then they said thank you for dancing since not a lot of other people did. Music + alcohol + me = dance!!! =) I am not very good at it, but I don't care! I wonder if any of my co-workers will make any comments to me tomorrow about dancing haha. =)
I didn't sleep very well Friday night because of the booze - and I woke up a little bit out of it Saturday. I got breakfast & went to the Old Navy outlet. Usually I don't like going to the mall on weekends, but I wanted to look for some new pants. The first time I took clothes into the dressing room, they were all 12s and were too big! I found a pair of skinny jeans in a size 10 that fit! Unfortunately, I had to wait 45 minutes in line. Everything in the store was 50% off so I understood why it was so busy! I also got some cheap tshirts - size large and medium depending on the shirt. By the time I was done, I as super sleepy. At least I had time to take a little nap after shopping. The second Christmas party started at 7 and was fun too!!! My parents came for a bit, and I talked to a lot of people. I only had two small drinks, and I got super tired around 11. The only dessert I had was strawberries! I did good with the food, woohoo! I helped clean up a bit and then headed out!
Today I did a lot of relaxing. I did some laundry, wrote out some Christmas cards & went to a comic book store. Where I was at, the cat in the house was having fun laying on my cards haha. My weekends have been so much fun the past few weeks. Even though I still have a lot of stress in my life, I still have been much happier.
Here are some pictures from the two parties & of a new outfit! Large black striped shirt/red skirt! Medium black/gray shirt & size 10 jeans. woohoo =) I definitely like being healthy, but feeling skinny definitely is a bonus for me. I don't always feel skinny at my current weight, but sometimes I do.
I hope everyone has a spectacular week! I can't believe Christmas is approaching so fast!!!!!!
Friday, December 14, 2012
Happy Friday everyone!!! Thank you for the awesome support as usual =) I lost another pound! 161.8!! The scale actually said 159.6 this morning - but I am not going to count it until I get that low at least two more weigh-ins. I hope I don't drink too much alcohol this weekend at the parties. I will do fine with the food. The alcohol is the only thing I am stressing about a bit.
I randomly get stressed. Basically I can get stressed about anything!
My work Christmas party is tonight - I am excited!! But I am also nervous & a bit stressed about it. The past couple days have been tough because of the stress! I have a nice outfit, but I will feel a little self conscious wearing it. I don't wear skirts very often, so I have been stressing about how I will feel in it. When I get inside in my head, my body feels it too! I have been trying to breathe and relax the best I can. The party is tonight & now in my mind I am going ahhhhhhh! I am smiling, but I am also feeling anxious!!
There are many other thing I am stressing about - I have a few more Christmas gifts I need to get & wrap. I know it isn't the end of the world, but I wish I had it all done. I won't stop worrying about this until it is 100% done! But then I will worry I didn't get enough presents haha. I know it is the thought that counts, but I like doing a lot for people when I can! My funds aren't too great, but I still made the hot chocolate mix to give to everyone coming for Christmas dinner - I think there will be 22 of us then!
When tax season starts, I will be learning a new job. I also will be working late nights. I am worried I won't have the time or energy to exerise! There are two Challenge teams I am on, and I hope I have enough time to keep up with them! Being healthy is the most important part for me - but the challenges really do help me focus!!
What can I do to help with these stressful issues?
I need more ME time I think! I do count wrapping gifts & writing out Christmas cards as KIM time though! While I am working - I multi-task! I catch up with shows or listen to music while I work. I have a hard time sitting still. My mind works too fast sometimes.
I am going to try and schedule a movie night or game night to try and relax at. The planning of this gets a little stressful, but I have been much better at managing it. I only ask people once or twice instead of 10 times! If they don't get back to me - oh well!
A few weeks ago I bought an online deal for Laser Tag - I think doing this will actually relieve some stress! It will be a lot of fun. It has been years since I played that!
ROUTINES! I really need to create a bunch of routines for my eating & exercise once the stressful tax season starts. Even if I plan & eat the same food most days, I will feel better than worrying about what to have each meal. I need to schedule my exercise and then actually do it! The treadmill is in the room where my computer is - so I have no excuse now!!! I need to use it!
Hopefully everyone has a wonderful Friday & Rest of the weekend! I will try to get some pictures posted of me in my fancy work outfit once I get dressed after work!!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
I have had less time to be on Spark recently. I had to edit the work Christmas Card mailing list, fold the cards, stuff envelopes, postmark them & print the labels. Once I am done that, I am going to start with the end of the year tax organizers. The extra work is making the days go by faster, but I am also tired when I leave work now. It will get even busier once I start my training for the new position - then tax season will be here before I know it!
Even now, I have less time to Spark. I feel like I am missing out on a lot of good blogs from you awesome Sparkfriends. I miss reading them! It will be tough keeping up with these two challenges - I can feel it. At least in the one, I am an honorary member - I still want to do a good job so hopefully I can be in their Spring challenge!
Once tax season starts, some days I will be working 8:30am to 8 pm. That means even less time for Sparking!! Hmm... I will have to start bringing lunch and dinner with me. Yikes. I may need two lunch boxes or one bigger one! The fridge is small here, so it will be tough fitting my food in there. The bosses buy us dinner when we work late, but I don't want to get paninis and salad every night. I enjoy variety in my food choices.
There are a few more things I need to get for Christmas. I feel the Christmas pressure hitting me! I need to get the ingredients for the Hot Chocolate Mix I want to make. I also need to pick up the chocolate to melt so I can try making the chocolate covered plastic spoons! At least I don't need those right away - but the sooner I get it, the less stressed I will be. My payday is today, so I can go out this week & weekend and finish my shopping.
I have my work Christmas party Friday & a friend's holiday party on Saturday. It will be tough with my food this weekend. I won't cave in to the bad foods, but I may not get enough good foods. I still need to figure out what to bring to the holiday party - I need to skim through the Spark recipes & find somethin healthy and yummy! I bought a new outfit to wear to the work Christmas party. I got a frilly shirt & a skirt! I barely ever wear skirts. I checked with my Mom to make sure the outfit looks ok together haha. Black & white striped shirt with a red skirt. Hopefully it is presentable enough!!!!!
My calves are still super sore today - even to the touch. Hopefully they heal up by Friday so I can dance at the Christmas Party =)
Hopefully everyone has a great rest of the week. Good luck to everyone with any holiday festivities you may have! Keep Sparking!
Sunday, December 09, 2012
Saturday morning came way too fast for me. It was 7am, and I didn't want to get out of bed. It was still dark outside when I woke up, and it felt like I didn't get enough sleep. For a second, I even felt like missing the race. Something made me get up & get ready! I put ribbon in my hair to try to dress up a bit. They gave us bells at the race, so I put one on each first. I listened to my music this time. The only time I heard the bells was in between songs!
It was a bit misty for most of the race, but at least it didn't rain. My hands were a little cold, but at least my feet weren't. Christmas is coming up soon, but I think I may ask for a workout jacket/long sleeve shirt. I wore a regular sweatshirt over my workout shirt, and I had to roll up the sleeves towards the end of the race. A few times I felt like I was going to slip and fall because of how wet the ground was. There were some leaves in the park part of the race & that was super slippery! We raced around the school once, and then ran through the park. I saw two squirrels and the creek! I can't wait for the warmer weather again. This 5K reminded me of how much I miss the park!
Even though I was nervous and excited for my 5K, I still forced myself to do it. It was my third one, and I knew I would get through it. It actually seemed like this was my easiest run so far. I jogged a lot more than I normally do during my training. My race time was 36:11 but my chip time was 36:04. New PR!!! I was a bit further back from the starting mat/line so it took me a few seconds to cross it! My first 5K was 37:37, the second was 36:36 and now 36:04!!! I was # 250/317 of the timed racers. There were a lot of other people who were walking that didn't have bibs. I feel very proud of myself! I just need to keep up my training.
I need to figure out my next 5K race. I did a search the other day, but there aren't any close by. There are a few in Philadelphia, but I don't know if I want to go that far by myself. Hopefully a few more pop up soon! I will probably do my own around the neighborhood, but I still like the whole atmosphere of the race.
My legs are sore today, but it was definitely worth it! Besides the 5K, I had a fun weekend. I played the game Risk, and I won! I took my normal 5K after-race photo!!! I also took a picture of the lovely flowers which are on my work desk. I am getting more into the Christmas spirit every day.
My two challenges start soon - tomorrow & Wednesday!! I hope everyone has a great week!
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