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Project Pixie Dust: Day 32 12-15-10

Thursday, December 16, 2010

All you need is faith, trust, and a little pixie dust!

Well, you have a bunch of great days in a row, and then finally run into one that isn't such a whiz-banger. Bound to happen once in a while, even to the best of us, right? I think today was one of those days when my mind just wasn't focused and I let things slip a little too much. I tend to get distracted easily, especially when work is busy and I have a flurry of other things going on...like meeting with a loan officer...for example. So, first, the not so good news. I didn't eat well today. I went over my calorie limit by about 700, and I didn't even come close to my fruits and veggies target. The redeeming factors...I did drink my water. Even though I had unhealthy meals pretty much most of the day, at least I didn't keep going with tons and tons of snacking, like I might have on any other day. And, as an added bonus, I managed to keep myself relatively safe out on the road, even though a lot of the streets near our house are still pretty darned icy...

Drink my water, 64+ ounces: DONE (8 days running)!

Eat five servings of fruits and veggies: NOT TODAY! Had the best of intentions...took a bit of fruit to work, didn't end up finishing it. Grabbed some fresh veggies from the salad bar to cook up for dinner, but it didn't end up happening today. There's always tomorrow...

Eat mindfully all day and night: NOT TODAY! Yep, I completely missed the mark today! Today featured bad eats, pretty much from start to finish. I mean it was stuff that tasted great but just didn't nourish me like it should have. Lunch was a burger, although I skipped the fries and cookie for dessert...so that's a small victory because at times in the past, I would feast on burger, fries, and cookie, which could easily add up to 1300+ calories!! For dinner, I was going to do pork tenderloin, but due to our home loan meeting, we were very short on cooking time and had frozen pizza instead...and I ate way too much. I think pizza is what my old Weight Watchers leader used to call a red light food...as in, once you start eating it, you just keep eating more and more, so maybe you really shouldn't start eating it in the first place. I hate to give up pizza, but it surely seems that if I start eating pizza, I should not have easy access to much more...since I'll go ahead and eat all that too! And a smallish sugar cookie for dessert. That finished me off for the day, and at least after logging all that stuff I knew when to say when and didn't pack in any more. Whew!

Running: Not today.

Cross Training: A good solid hour (plus four minute cooldown) on the elliptical, as I felt more confident to brave the road conditions tonight. I think I burned off my hamburger, plus maybe 5 or 6 calories' worth of pizza.

Strength Training: SparkPeople bootcamp video, this time focusing on the abs. My official bootcamp time is up in 3 days, but I think I may keep going with the ST videos for a while - and just drop the day 1 cardio video, which I never warmed up to, really. The ST videos are pretty good though...save me the trouble of coming up with ST ideas!

Tonight's meeting about home loans was exciting, and now we can officially start shopping the real estate listings. We're easing in slowly, as we probably won't really be ready to close until April/May, which means we won't be making an offer until March-ish, but we at least want to get a sense of what's out there! It seems like it's as good a time as any to buy a house, especially given that we don't have to sell a house in the process. So, our agent is going to dig through her listings and get us set up for some shopping! This whole house buying process means we'll be tightening up the belt somewhat in coming months (like getting rid of cable, which we just did), but since we both spent many, many years as broke students, we can handle it. We are still feeling somewhat swamped with all the details of the loan and home-buying process, but our agent is awesome at helping us sort through it all. So we'll get this! And as the agent and loan officer were leaving the room together after our meeting, we both heard them commenting on how adorable Timmy was. Nothing butters me up quite like saying something nice about my baby boy!! (And another friend today told me what sparkly, smiley eyes he had...which made me feel all sweet and gushy inside...) I love my little guy!


  
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AMARAN 12/16/2010 11:00AM

    Keep going on the Pixie goals! You can do it!

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LAURIE5658 12/16/2010 9:45AM

    Oh RB, how exciting!! Best wishes with your home buying experience and although it can be emotionally demanding...home ownership rocks!!

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JENN26POINT2 12/16/2010 9:14AM

    I found what works best for me is to just jump right in there and not try to understand the whole house buying process... just jump in and sign what they tell you to sign!! hahaha jk!!

We bought a house once (major headache b/c of certain lender rules and county specs), sold it relatively easily, and then built our current house. Building is DEFINITELY way easier than buying an existing structure! It costs a lot less to change things in a house that hasn't been built yet if the county or lender come up with some special requirements. For instance, we had to pay out of pocket to have the water source moved 5 foot to the north when we bought our last house b/c county rules had changed about the distance between a water source and the septic tank... Doesn't cost anything to move it on a blue print!!! lol

Good luck!

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FUNFROG79 12/16/2010 8:35AM

    So exciting! I'll be anxious to hear when you start looking. Tis the season to slip up here and there, be strong and stay positive! YOU CAN DO THIS!

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Project Pixie Dust: Day 31 12-14-10

Thursday, December 16, 2010

All you need is faith, trust, and a little pixie dust!

Getting through my work week, slowly but surely. So far this isn't shaping up to be the greatest week, food-wise. I find myself giving into temptations around the office, although I have still somehow managed to stay within my calorie limit and get my fruits, veggies, and water in. So that's something to be happy about, surely! We're still solidly in a wintery wonderland, complete with icy roads. Commutes are not fun this week, and who knows when the roads will even clear up?! Is it spring yet...haha.

Drink my water, 64+ ounces: DONE (7 days running)!

Eat five servings of fruits and veggies: DONE (7 days running)! Was pretty lean during the day, so filled up my plate with lots and lots of veggies at dinnertime.

Eat mindfully all day and night: DONE (7 days running)! It was kind of a mixed bag...I started the day with a bag of chocolate covered raisins (does that count as a fruit), but thankfully the day didn't continue to go downhill from there! I had an Amy's pocket sandwich and fresh berries for lunch, and dinner was Korean-style flank steak (mmmmmm...) with a ton of fresh veggies. And all of this kept me inside my calorie limit.

Running: Not today. I think it's safe to say that I'm on a bit of a hiatus right now. My body still feels like it's catching up from all that half training earlier in the year, and my right ankle still isn't 100% right, so I'll take up running regularly again, probably when I start getting ready for the Country Music half in mid-January. A break will do a body good...and rest assured that I'm still working out hard!

Cross Training: Today I didn't want to brave the icy, hilly drive to the gym (even though it normally is a very quick drive...) and did some aerobics videos. I actually almost didn't even do that, as my motivation was just wanting to sit on the couch. I even posted on a chat board I belong to "does baking count as a workout?" since at that point in the evening, I had a sudden hankering for pumpkin muffins and wondered if I could just go ahead and make some. (I didn't.) I ended up doing an assortment of workouts, two Denise Austin walking workouts and one short WATP video.

Strength Training: Two of my aerobics workouts had light weight training, so that counts as sculpting, I guess, and I also did a double-header SP bootcamp workout, which was upper body training. Bicep curls, tricep dips, pushups, and so on.

As I may have mentioned, my husband and I are starting the process of buying our first home. Very intimidating, overwhelming, and frightening, but also exciting and life-changing! Tomorrow, Bruce just told me, we're meeting up with our home buyer's agent and a representative from the bank to get "pre-qualified" for a home loan. It's not quite as official as getting "pre-approved," but will give us a ballpark on the price range of houses we will be looking at. We'll basically run some numbers, like our salaries and what debts we have, and get some rough numbers. We have some ideas about what we think we can afford, but it will be interesting to hear the banker's perspective. Nervous but excited...once this step is done, we'll be ready to start actually looking at houses. EEK! Our lease runs out at the end of May, so we're aiming to get this whole process complete by then...exciting but SCARY! So we'll see how that all goes...

  
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JANEYINMADTOWN 12/17/2010 11:03AM

    Good luck with the house hunt...it's actually a good time to purchase a home...interest rates are low and it's a buyers market!

Beware of what the bank says you can afford...they generally quote 3X your combined salary but this can get you in trouble...Good luck!

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FUNFROG79 12/16/2010 8:34AM

    Congrats on buying a new home, it is scary and exciting! Sounds like you are on track with your Pixie Dust Project! Keep up the hard work!

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Project Pixie Dust: Day 30 12-13-10

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

All you need is faith, trust, and a little pixie dust!

Whew, talk about a wild Monday!! Even though we didn't get a "lot" of snow over the weekend, the roads were crazy gnarly today...not to mention the bitter cold! *Shiver* The weather and road conditions definitely set me up for a stressful commute, not to mention the drive to and from the dentist's office, which took me approximately double the time it usually does. Hey, snow plows, would you please drag yourselves out onto our roads and do something, anything to make these roads somewhat...I dunno, civilized? White knuckle driving may be cool for Mario Andretti, but it just isn't my style. Mkay? I got four fillings in my teeth (just little ones, thank goodness), and I daresay that today's driving experince was ten times more stressful than the hour and a half-long dentist appointment. Yep.

Drink my water, 64+ ounces: DONE (6 days running)!

Eat five servings of fruits and veggies: DONE (6 days running)! Two servings of berries before I got my fillings, and a nice heaping helping of veggies on my dinner plate.

Eat mindfully all day and night: DONE (6 days running)! My eating was sort of all over the map today, although I did technically (I think) stay within my usual limits. I had a normal-ish breakfast, but once my face was all numbed up with Novacaine, all bets were off! Around lunchtime, I had that lovely fat-lip, can barely close my mouth feeling, but did find some nice soft mac 'n' cheese at the cafeteria. It wasn't a huge portion, although I couldn't get a calorie count on it, so had to guess using a similar food in my tracker. You do what you gotta do, right? Although, I didn't "gotta" indulge in an afternoon snack of chocolate-covered raisins! Whoops. I went to the company store to get some Advil, once my numbed up jaw started waking up again (and aching like the dickens!) and what do you know, a bag of chocolate raisins jumped into my hand. *Slapping forehead with hand* How do those things happen?! But since I pretty much used up most of my day's calories right there, dinner was another feast of veggies with a small side of chicken. It seems like the last three days, I've kind of splurged, OK splurged a LOT, on my lunches, but have managed to rein myself in later in the day. Definitely an improvement, although some tune-age uppage of my lunchtime habits certainly wouldn't be unwelcome.

Running: Not today.

Cross Training: Today I didn't feel like driving over to the gym, mainly because it's at the top of this ginormous hill which happens to be coated with ice right now...so I chose the most intense Walk Away the Pounds video I have, a five mile walk that you do in 65 minutes. I worked up a pretty good sweat.

Strength Training: Bootcamp video, lower body training. Part of the week four program is to repeat a video 2x three times this week, so I put this one on repeat to get a super awesome lower body workout. Squats and lunges, fun fun!

The big news for today is that I now officially have TWO 2011 races on my calendar. As in, my vacation time is approved and I have paid my race registration fees! First, I registered for the Madison Mini Marathon, which I'll run with my awesome running buddy Laurie in August! We had been planning to run the 2011 Princess Half together until Disney abruptly changed the race date to the same weekend I have to be in California for a client's project. I was MEGA bummed about the surprise schedule shifting, but...AWESOME Laurie has made plans to come up and run with me in Wisconsin. MAJOR YAY!!! And we both have faith that we'll be able to run Disney together, one day soon...

And then, later today, I signed up for the Country Music Half Marathon in Nashville. (By registering this week, not only did I make it official before fees go up, but I also snagged a free holiday gift, a Rock and Roll series water bottle and six pack of Gu!) Since I started running, I've kind of had my eye on this race because it has special sentimental value. I credit the Country Music Marathon for bringing my husband and I together almost ten years ago. At the time, neither one of us was directly involved with the race...and neither one of us was a runner. I daresay, that at that point in our lives, we both hated running, and would really only resort to it if someone was chasing us. (Actually, that's probably still how Bruce would describe his relationship to running, although I, obviously, have done almost a complete 180.) I was a grad student living on the west side of town, and attended a church near downtown. I had planned to attend a church get-together on the morning of April 28, 2001...until I realized that the roads were closed (for the race) and it would be nearly impossible to get to church without taking some kind of crazy looooong way around downtown. So, while I was sitting in my apartment with my cat, feeling kinda sorry for myself, I got a call from another friend, asking me if I want to come out to MTSU in Murfreesboro to hang out and help her and some of her friends (including Bruce) with a recording project. Feeling grateful for somewhere to go, off I went. The "hang out" happened to be in Bruce's dorm, and I started to notice that he seemed kind of interested in me. He kept making special efforts to sit near me and talk to me, and he gave me a lemon poppyseed muffin from his snack stash. The afternoon wrapped up with him inviting me on our very first date, to Marina's on the Square, a pizza place in Murfreesboro. And the rest was history! So, had I been able to get across downtown to go to church that morning, I wouldn't have gone to the MTSU dorm, and that date with Bruce wouldn't have happened...and who knows if we would have ever really crossed paths again. So that's why I often say that the Country Music Marathon got us together. Ten years later, I'm back, and I'm running this race! I am very excited about this one, and my training starts up next month!


  
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JANEYINMADTOWN 12/14/2010 10:32PM

    Wow...2 races already? Cool!

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FUNFROG79 12/14/2010 12:18PM

    Great plans! COngrats on getting your races scheduled! Whoo hoo!

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LAURIE5658 12/14/2010 10:18AM

    I love that story and can totally understand the meaning behind this particular race. I cannot tell you how excited I am coming to madison and run with you. Well, I don't know if I will be RUNNING with you but I will be there running in your dust! Wait for me at the finish line!!!!

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MARGARITTM 12/14/2010 9:49AM

    great plans! Ha Ha on the weather though. I think it's colder in Forida than in Maine today!

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JENN26POINT2 12/14/2010 9:35AM

    What a great story! And how symbolic of you to run that race!

My aunt used to live in Murfreesboro... now they live in Laverne (sp??). Good luck with your training!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 12/14/2010 7:04AM

    Okay - every time I read a blog from people up north - I swear I won't complain about our weather. Glad you get to run with Laurie - someday - we will get to meet up.

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Project Pixie Dust: Day 29 12-12-10

Monday, December 13, 2010

All you need is faith, trust, and a little pixie dust!

Helllooooooooooo from the other side of the snowstorm! I woke up around eight and glanced out the window, not quite sure what to expect. Oddly enough, the snow accumulations didn't look quite as dramatic as I expected. Cars were driving down the road, Bruce's station wagon wasn't completely buried and, well, it just didn't look like much. I checked the weather report, and found out we had received 4.9" overnight. My reaction? "Pffft, that's all? That's hardly anything!" A mere dusting! True sign that I've (already) been living in the Midwest too long. Although I do still expect tomorrow's commute to be somewhat dicey, given that many of the streets have that skating rink appearance, at least I won't be trying to trudge my way through 8+ inches of power to boot. I hear other areas, like the Twin Cities, did not fare so well, so I'll just count the (relative) lightness of this snowstorm as one of my many blessings!

Nonetheless, we stayed pretty close to home today. Bruce and Timmy ventured out to mass at nine, but given that I had barely rolled out of bed, I stayed put, worked on laundry, and watched Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on the BluRay. And it didn't hurt that I was spared the coffee and donut hour...I don't mind a bit of socializing but those donuts are way too tempting. I have yet to say no to one. (And Bruce commented that it wasn't that well attended this week anyway, so there were lots of donuts for hardly any people. Eep.) For lunch we cooked up a frozen pizza and I, admittedly, ate more than I should have, but I avoided munchie-induced snacking and kept dinner pretty light to stay within in my calorie range. In the afternoon, we braved the cold, blowing snow to pick up a couple of things at Target...wow, there were moments when it felt like a really, really cold sandstorm! And the rest of the day, we just relaxed and enjoyed the last few hours of weekend before what's probably going to be yet another busy work week, with bonus dentist appointment!

Drink my water, 64+ ounces: DONE (5 days running)! Nothing to say...I did it.

Eat five servings of fruits and veggies: DONE (5 days running)! Did great...since my dinner "had" to be low-cal, I just took a very little bit of meat and filled up the rest of my plate with veggies. Having such a green-heavy plate let me fill up without putting myself way over my limit.

Eat mindfully all day and night: DONE (5 days running)! I definitely tend to lose my mind when I see a yummy pizza, and today was no exception. Thankfully there wasn't more of it, or it could have been worse! But, to balance things out, I feel like I generally made very smart decisions the rest of the day.

Running: Not today.

Cross Training: Today I kicked off week four of the SP bootcamp challenge with the ten minute cardio video, which I probably just did for the last time. I like most of the videos that came with this challenge, but honestly wasn't crazy about the cardio one. The kinds of exercises in the video just don't suit me...I'll stick with running, walking, cycling, etc. and leave the jumping jacks and mountain climbers to someone else! I also tacked on a brisk, four mile WATP video. I'm finding that if I choose the more difficult WATP videos and/or get creative (like jogging in place during parts of the video rather than just marching), I can amp up the intensity and really challenge myself! These videos are definitely working for me when the gym is inconvenient/inaccessible.

Strength Training: None today.

And that's my Sunday! Tomorrow I'm going to get the ball rolling on my 2011 races. I think that having a concrete race that I've paid for and have on the calendar will be a huuuuuge boost to my motivation. When I'm just going about my fitness routine without some kind of solid goal in front of me, it's hard to stay focused and I drift along with thoughts of, "What am I doing this for again?" So, when I get to work, I'm going to request the needed vacation time for Country Music Half and Madison Mini Marathon, and once it's approved, I'll sign myself up! (I'll actually wait until Tuesday for the Country Music one, because apparently there's some kind of promotion where if you register for a Rock and Roll series race between the 14th and the 17th, you can get some kind of cool free gift...and what's not to like about a free gift?! Unless it's a fruitcake, maybe...) And then, with two races on the schedule, I'll have to start thinking about training, not to mention what other events I can fit in there...

  


Project Pixie Dust: Day 28 12-11-10

Sunday, December 12, 2010

All you need is faith, trust, and a little pixie dust!

Well, here we go...the snow is coming down like crazy out there, and we've been trapped inside since lunchtime. And more of the same tomorrow! Bruce said he might try to get out to church, but somehow, I seriously doubt that it will happen. Anyway, it wasn't snowing or even raining in the morning, so we took a trip to Target as an excuse to get out of the house and stock up on a few things I couldn't get last night at Woodman's. And then we ended up hitting Taco Bell for lunch. So, the afternoon really dragged, and as the snow started to come down, I felt the winter blahs set in full-force. I dunno, I was feeling grumpy and mopey. Timmy was driving me nuts (and I know it was probably because he was just about as bored as I was), and every little thing just seemed to either irritate me or feel sad and mopey. I did finally start to perk up once we ate dinner though. I made homemade General Tso's Chicken, and it came out unusually well, and then I did a WATP workout, which gave me a boost of energy. So even though the weather is really sketchy - we could get as much as 10" overnight - I'm feeling a lot better. Oh, and it doesn't hurt that I bought myself a Christmas present, one of these:



It's a medal hanger. My medals are sitting on my desk at home right now, so they're visible, but eh, not really "on display" as such. I'm obviously proud of how hard I worked to get them, so I want to hang them on my wall and make them look pretty. The company I ordered from makes all different designs, but I liked BELIEVE simply because it embodies what this journey has been about...believing in myself, following my dreams, building my confidence and character. I can't wait to get it set up! And there will be one more Christmas present, to be determined. Bruce and I agreed that, rather than exchanging gifts, we'd each get to buy two things, in the $30-40ish range, anything we choose. It's much easier on us than trying to figure out what the other one wants! Anyway, a bit of fun shopping did a bit to help my mood too.

Drink my water, 64+ ounces: DONE (4 days running)! Kept a big cup of water nearby at various times, and that seemed to help.

Eat five servings of fruits and veggies: DONE (4 days running)! Made it! Not feeling very motivated in this department today, but I did ultimately get it done...three servings of fruit, two of veggies, all in whole, natural form!

Eat mindfully all day and night: DONE (4 days running)! Done! I had a small breakfast, including fresh fruit, and then we ended up at Taco Bell for lunch. I got this combo that had a burrito and nachos, and it ended up being 900+ calories...whoa. Of course, then I was thinking to myself, this day is shot, what can I do now? This is the point in the day where I would often give up, rationalizing that I'm too "far gone" to try and save it. When I tracked my lunch, I saw that I had about 450 calories to go before I reached the upper limit. Soooo...I was going to do my best to make it happen. Not nececssarily easy, but feasible. So, I made the chicken for dinner and served up 3.5 ounces, along with a small portion of rice and plenty of veggies, and still had enough calories left for a small dessert, and still calories to spare. I did it!!

Running: Not today.

Cross Training: Walk Away the Pounds four mile/one hour aerobic walking video, one I hadn't done in a while. Not super difficult, but enough to get the heart rate up and give me a variety of different movements.

Strength Training: Today I continued on with bootcamp, a core workout. This let me wrap up week three of the program, and tomorrow I continue on with week four.

I didn't do the JBR today, although looking back, I probably could have. It didn't snow or rain at all until the afternoon, and from what I heard from people who went, conditions weren't altogether awful. Oh well, I'm a bit sad that I missed it, given that it was such a fun race last year, but at the same time, I know the $$$ can be put to good use...like on half marathon fees! As let down as I'm feeling about not being able to run Princess (and it is a serious, major bummer for me...), I'm starting to get excited about Country Music in April. I'm getting ready to take the plunge and register! The fee goes up by $20 on the 31st, and I just read that there's a special free gift if you register for a RnR series race between 12/14-12/17, so it looks like things will become official THIS week! Woohoo, my first registration for 2011, that's exciting. There was a tiny piece of me that said, oooo, maybe I could register for the full and take the plunge, but given that it's "only" 20 weeks away, and a full marathon is such a big jump in distance/difficulty, I'm still going to hold off until January 2012. But there was a small part of me that was definitely tempted! I need to be patient...right now running and I are going through some rough spots, so I need to get those worked out before I up the ante. Almost time to crawl under the covers and get some sleep. Until tomorrow!

  
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JENN26POINT2 12/13/2010 1:56PM

    Way to salvage your day! I wish I'd had your way of thinking this weekend!

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FUNFROG79 12/13/2010 8:40AM

    Great job! I'm so proud of you that you didn't eat out snow boredom! When I get stuck in the house and I get a little stir crazy, I'm always in the pantry! Great job! I love that Believe holder! What a great idea!

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JANEYINMADTOWN 12/12/2010 5:40PM

    Keep working your program...you may not feel successful each day but you learn something each day....that's more than most can say! Enjoy the rest of the weekend and stay warm!

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LAURIE5658 12/12/2010 9:44AM

    RB, it was so great visiting with you last night and thank you! Remember, we WILL race together in 2011...it just won't be at our our favorite place...WDW. That in itself WILL happen sometime in the future.

I totally love the BELIEVE medal hanger and it is going to be awesome adorned with your hard earned blingage. Photos pkease when you get it dispayed.

Enjoy the peace and solitude of being at home today!!

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