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Project Pixie Dust: Day 58 01-10-11

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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

So, more drama, drama, drama with the house-buying process! We're making an offer, and the Mystery Buyers ("other couple") are doing the same. The sellers are going to read both of our offers tomorrow sometime and decide what to do with them. Our agent was surprised, in this housing market, to find us in competition with other people for a house! It's a VERY cool house though. But anyway, the likely scenarios are that both prospective buyers will receive counteroffers or the seller may just pick the better offer and run with it. (I guess the seller could reject both offers outright, in theory, but that's not very likely given the amount of time the house has been sitting on the market.) Bruce and I spent some time discussing our price and other terms and came up with a compromise that we could agree on. It's a little above the minimum price in the seller's range, but not by a lot. We'll see. It's a shot in the dark. Or kind of feels like we're on the Price Is Right, trying to come up with the perfect bid. Too bad we can't just bid a dollar and win the thing, like on the show. Wouldn't that be sweet? Yeah, in your dreams, Christina!

And even if the offer goes through, there is sooooo much stuff to work out, the financing stuff, which I barely understand, the testing and inspection stuff, the closing date, and various other crazy logistics. Ahhhhhhhhhhh!!! I keep telling myself, "If it's meant to be, it will be" and if the house gets away, there WILL be another one. But holy moly, it is soooo easy to get sucked up into the emotion and drama of this whole nutball process! In any event, our wonderful agent spent an hour and a half going through the offer paperwork with us, explaining pretty much every clause. It felt like I was back in contract law class again, four years later. I don't know what I expected, maybe just that we'd write a number on a bit of paper, sign it, and send it off, but the offer was 15 pages (ish) and had more legal jargon than I could shake a stick at. Oy. Good thing we have an expert working through this with us, or I'd have no EARTHLY clue what to do.

Project Pixie Dust-wise, I did all right today. My eating wasn't quite on point, but it wasn't a complete train wreck either. It was officially my off-day for cardio, but I did squeeze in a quick strength training routine once our agent had left (to email our offer to the listing agent - eek!)

Drink my water, 64+ ounces: DONE (33 days running)!

Eat five servings of fruits and veggies: DONE (11 days running)!

Eat mindfully all day and night: I give myself a B today. I feel like my meals were just ok today. Kind of cobbled together out of random bits and pieces I found in the fridge and pantry, and not always the smartest or most logical combinations of foods. (Like mac and cheese and a taco for my dinner main course?!) But I got my fruits/veggies eaten and didn't go over my calorie limit, and fat/carbs/protein generally looked within range, so I guess it wasn't all bad. I feel generally better about my eating lately since I have cut way back on pre-packaged foods. Even if they look tempting, I seldom buy pre-packaged snacks anymore (except for popcorn, crackers, and Smart Puffs, really) and have pretty much quit frozen meals altogether since I haven't enjoyed the last few ones I've bought. So that's that.

Running: Night off

Cross Training: Night off

On my way to DISNEY WORLD! 44.50 miles complete, 1245.50 to go (1290 total)

Strength Training: Sixteen minutes of lower body. I did the SP bootcamp video (which I really like) and another SP six-minute video, which amounted to a ton of squats and lunges. It was OK though. Where on earth is my kettle bell?

Tomororw we will likely hear something about our offer. The sellers have until midnight tomorrow to respond with something (I think?) I'll be at work anxiously awaiting "the call" from either our agent or Bruce. Hopefully I'll be able to focus and get work done. This is so nerve-wracking! I just keep reminding myself that there WILL be other houses if this one falls through, and it's not going to be the only one in the world that we will like. So, with that, the waiting officially begins! Until tomorrow...

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 1/11/2011 11:51PM

    Fingers crossed for good news on the house! Congrats on still getting your workouts in with everything else you also have going on. That pixie dust is really working its magic!

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JANEYINMADTOWN 1/11/2011 11:49PM

    Good luck with your offer!

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SPUTNIK512 1/11/2011 6:34PM

    How exciting about the house!!!! I'll keep my fingers crossed that you hear some awesome news tomorrow!

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Country Music Half Marathon 1.3 01-09-11

Sunday, January 09, 2011

OK, it will be wonderful when winter is OVER and I can start running outdoors again! Or really, once we get safely into the high 20s, I'll consider taking it outdoors again, as long as the sidewalks aren't too slippery with snow or ice. The 'mill is already getting a little old. As we start to look for a new house, I'm scoping out the run-a-bility of the neighborhoods we're visiting...since it's a fairly relevant detail ;)

In any event, I hit the gym fairly early today and it was CROWDED. Thankfully most of the people cramming up the locker room and parking lot were headed for group fitness classes, so I had plenty of choice for treadmills. Today I camped out in the Cardio Cinema, where Ever After was playing. I haven't seen that movie in years, so it seemed like an appealing enough entertainment option.

I had on the schedule another three miler. This week, being the very first, there hasn't been any variation in distance between the three workouts (3/3/3), but next week, my Sunday workouts will gradually begin to get longer, peaking at 14 miles a couple of weeks before race day. I am revisiting the idea of getting a Garmin as a training tool once I get outdoors again. How lovely it would be to track distance without having to memorize the route I took and plot it into MapMyRun! And I wouldn't have to worry if I veered onto a trail that's not on MMR (which I have done in the past). And seeing the splits could give me an idea of whether I am tiring myself out towards the end...because while I don't really care that much about negative splits, really positive splits could be a sign of trouble. Hmm. They have them right now on Amazon for an excellent price, and I have some Christmas $$ left. I heard a couple of fleeting rumors of them at Target for $90, but I have never seen a Garmin running watch at Target. So go figure. (Target website has the same price as Amazon.) Decisions, decisions. I had thought about getting a SmartPhone with my remaining money since my current mobile phone is a piece of junk...and almost five years old...but it would involve completely overhauling our rate plan, and we don't want to mess with that right now. So maybe later on the phone thing.

But today, it was business as usual at the gym. I kept my 4/1 intervals going at a moderate-slow pace and focused on really conserving my energy, in preparation for the long slow distance mentality I'm going to need to adopt on my Sunday runs. I got a bit more winded than I would have liked at the end, but I feel like it was successful all the same. I am still in coming back from a layoff mode, so I'm not really expecting myself to be at my best, running-wise, yet. Hopefully things will continue to improve in the next couple of weeks. Even if I don't gain a lot of speed, I'll be happy if I can get through the longer runs more comfortably.

I wrapped up the 5k in 34:38, between Tuesday's and Wednesday's time, and cooled down with a five minute walk. This brings my weekly mileage to 13.29 (including yesterday's walk, since I am counting ALL miles on foot). This week, I racked up 519 minutes of training, including running, walking, aerobics, elliptical, cycling, and strength training. Not bad for my first week! On tap for next week, two three milers, a four miler, and my usual cross and strength training.

Tonight's Entertainment: About forty minutes' worth of Ever After.

Total CMHM training mileage: 13.29

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SPUTNIK512 1/10/2011 6:00PM

    I got a garmin watch for christmas and I love it! It's so nice not to have to worry about mapping the route afterwards, especially since when I'm at my parents' house the dog and I tend to take very convoluted routes!

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FUNFROG79 1/10/2011 8:44AM

    Graet 5k run! I hate that the gyms are so crowded now! I can't wait for spring, but I'd much rather run outside!

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MKKAYA 1/9/2011 11:45PM

    You are doing great1 Love that you are sharing your workout lan with us.

Great plan with the xt and St. it will pay off for you!!

good Luck

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Project Pixie Dust: Day 57 01-09-11

Sunday, January 09, 2011

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

Well, the house buying drama begins! We called our agent today to express our interest in yesterday's house #3, and she's going to move us in the direction of making an offer - tomorrow. Wow, this is already moving fast! Our job for tomorrow is to get our pre-approval from the bank. We already have "pre-qualification" but want the pre-approval to strengthen our offer. Only reason we don't have it yet is that we honestly didn't expect to want to make an offer so soon! And then, our agent's coming over after work to work on the offer with us. The complicating factor (besides the wacky ranged asking price) is that the seller's agent has a couple who might be interested in the house too. We don't know their level of interest, if it's just casual, like our interest in house #2, or if they're thinking about putting in an offer. All we know right now is that they had several more houses to look at today, but that they had indicated that they liked the house. So...competition?! Our agent's trying to gather as much info on the situation as she can so we can make a smart offer. Drama, drama! This is starting to feel like one of those real estate shows my mother likes to watch on TLC...

I tell myself that if the house is meant to be, we'll get it, and if it's not, we won't. It's so easy to say that, but right now, I realllllly want that house! But we have to be sensible and know that A-we don't want to overpay for the thing and B-if the other couple gets it or it falls through for a different reason, there will be a lot of other good houses out there, and we'll find the right one eventually. Agh, but this house-buying process, wow, it's already inducing a lot of heartburn, and we have barely even started!

Anyway, had a pretty good day with Project Pixie Dust stuff, again.

Drink my water, 64+ ounces: DONE (33 days running)!

Eat five servings of fruits and veggies: DONE (10 days running)!

Eat mindfully all day and night: I give myself a B today. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner were pretty sensible. The main blip is that we went to McDonald's for an afternoon snack (when we went to drive through the neighborhood where house #3 is to check it out again), and I had a small hamburger and some fries. Still stayed within my limits though...

Running: Yep, did it...separate blog coming. Total of 3.36 miles.

Cross Training: Did some of this too, seventy minutes of Leslie to equal 4.67 miles.

On my way to DISNEY WORLD! 44.50 miles complete, 1245.50 to go (1290 total)

Strength Training: Day off.

Agh...I have to calm down. I am almost literally bouncing off the walls with anticipation about what's going to happen with house #3! Our agent is going to call us in the morning with details on our pre-approval process, as well as whatever she can find out from the house's selling agent. And we can go from there. It will be helpful to just have some solid news about it, but I know there are still going to be lots of hoops to jump through before we can call it ours (if we even can, of course). Blahhhhhh! I hope I can sleep tonight.

To divert my house-induced heartburn, I enjoyed cheering on my friends running the WDW Marathon this morning. Lots of happy new Mickey, Goofy, and Dopey runners out there! And to think that I'm going to be one of them...I can't wait! I'm looking forward to digging into everyone's race reports and savoring the experience (vicariously, through everyone else, until next year, anyway). It's going to feel amazing to have that Mickey bling around my neck, and it will be an accomplishment to cherish for a lifetime. At least, for this one, there isn't any kind of complicated negotiation/approval process to navigate. Just 26.2 miles to run. Piece of cake, right?! Haha!

Congrats to today's Mickey and Goofy (and Dopey) finishers!!!

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FUNFROG79 1/10/2011 8:23AM

    I had the same problem when we were house hunting, I always said if it was meant to be, it was meant to be! It's really tough sometimes though! I was excited for the Disney runners too, I can't wait to do my race in Disney next month!

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Project Pixie Dust: Day 56 01-08-11

Sunday, January 09, 2011

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

First day of house hunting! Very exciting way to celebrate our six year wedding anniversary, which is today. I woke up at six o' clock this morning, too excited to sleep. After ten or so minutes, I admitted defeat, and got up. After brushing my teeth, I sat at the computer and watched for updates from my friends running Donald at WDW. Funny, as I was just coming around, a lot of them were finishing and earning their Donald bling! I'll say it right now, the three AM wake-up calls are one of the hardest parts about running a Disney race, with exception of W&D, which is at night. But, then again, before the Princess Half last year, I was so excited/nervous about it that sleep was kind of a lost cause, anyway.

House hunting was quite an experience. We visited three places today. The first, we ruled out almost immediately. It didn't look nearly as nice as we thought it did in the photos, and there were some issues, like shoddy looking construction and what we thought looked like mold. And the kitchen and bathrooms were in, to really make them work, we'd have to scrap them and start over. Um. No. The second was the house we spotted when we were out driving the other week. It was very nice on the inside. The owners had made a lot of updates, and the basement was beautifully finished. Our main objections were that it was a bit small and definitely overpriced (by about $15-20k). We kept it on our list for now, though. Our third house, in a different town, was a dream come true, though! It was recently remodeled and almost more space than we would know what to do with. If we didn't know the house was 35 years old, we'd assume it was brand-new going on the interior. And the kitchen was gorgeous, brand new appliances and lots of room to work, definitely big pluses in my book. It's about a 20-25 commute from my work, and a nice neighborhood. The house had lots of natural light and tons of storage space. It was immaculate and very well kept. I could go on and on. Holy cow, it was gorgeous! The bidding is going to be tricky since the sellers are listing it as a price range, and not a single price. They apparently reassessed it before they finished their renovations, so maybe weren't quite sure about the value they added to the house...? We're going to sleep on it, but in the morning we might call our agent about taking the next steps. We did notice that the same house was having another showing today, so maybe we'll have comptetition for it, we'll see. I'm trying not to get emotionally attached to it yet since there are so many unknown variables, but we both did love that house!

I guess I should talk about how my Project Pixie Dust stuff went today though, huh?!

Drink my water, 64+ ounces: DONE (32 days running)!

Eat five servings of fruits and veggies: DONE (9 days running)!

Eat mindfully all day and night: I give myself a B- today. Passable, but not great. I had a very sensible breakfast, but we splurged on lunch and I got a burger and cheesecurds at Culver's. Naughty, naughty! I made up for it with a light dinner, and still managed to stay within my calorie range and eat my fruits/veggies and Culver's didn't completely undo my day!

Running: Day off, 5k run planned for tomorrow.

Cross Training: Today I finished up quite a mish-mash of cross training. First up, 37 minutes / 9 miles on the Expresso bike. Then, walking 3.36 miles on the treadmill. And then 15 minutes of Denise Austin aerobics. All great stuff, and equivalent to 6.83 miles.

On my way to DISNEY WORLD! 36.47 miles complete, 1253.53 to go (1290 total)

Strength Training: I broke away from the SparkPeople videos today and did Pick Your Spot Pilates, the abs portion. It was a welcome change.

My excitement for today is over the top, between the wedding anniversary, possibly having our house all picked out, and seeing my friends running Disney, which I'll be doing next year! I can barely stand it...this time next year I'll be a marathoner! I am psyched about taking this step. Nervous, yes, but knowing that I have plenty of time to prepare for the distance, I WILL be ready for it. Anyway, throwing some pixie dust in the general direction of that great house and hoping for the best! Time to call it a day!

Congrats Donald runners!!!


Project Pixie Dust: Day 55 01-07-11

Saturday, January 08, 2011

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

Drumroll please...I hopped on the scale this morning, and I am back down to my Weight Watchers goal weight! Since I started this project 55 days ago, I estimate that I have lost between 10-12 pounds. Not bad...that pixie dust is really working wonders! I would still like to lose about five more pounds and also tone up a bit, especially in the ab region, but I'm very, very happy. Two months ago I was feeling soft, flabby, and just a bit sorry for myself, and now I feel empowered and energized with each good decision I make and each new accomplishment in this journey. I had another successful day...

Drink my water, 64+ ounces: DONE (31 days running)!

Eat five servings of fruits and veggies: DONE (8 days running)! A looooot of it was clementines, as I'm trying to eat up the bag of them while they're fresh (and it was officially the only kind of fruit we had left in the house), but I still got it all done!

Eat mindfully all day and night: I give myself a B+ today. Generally a good day, and I stuck to the healthy eats in my lunchbox while I was at work. More rice, beans, and veggies for lunch. For dinner, we ended up going to Taco Bell on the way to grocery shopping, but I stuck to one of the smaller combos, a burrito and bag of chips deal. It was about 700 still a lot but I had the calories in the bank and still didn't go over for the day. Taco Bell was a splurge but one I really enjoyed. (Other fast food places, like KFC or Arby's, would have been pointless splurges because I don't like their food all that much...but yo quiero Taco Bell. Call it a guilty pleasure, if you will.)

Running: Day off, next run is on Sunday.

Cross Training: Fifty-eight minutes with Leslie Sansone, lots of fun! Equivalent to 3.87 miles.

On my way to DISNEY WORLD! 29.64 miles complete, 1260.36 to go (1290 total)

Strength Training: Seven minutes of upper body training. Eh. When will the mailman deliver that kettlebell???

Today, many of my friends are expo'ing at Disney in preparation for running Donald and/or Mickey this weekend. I'm very much enjoying their Facebook posts and photos. Initially I thought that seeing them would depress me, since my next trip to WDW is nine months away, but they're making me happy and getting me all fired up for W&D and the 2012 marathon weekend! I am stoked! Tomorrow and Sunday I'll be cheerleading all my running buddies from hundreds of miles away...and daydreaming about being in their midst.

Although tomorrow I'll have a welcome distraction from my daydreaming and cheerleading...we are going to visit our first houses tomorrow! Our agent is taking us to visit four houses. I'm nervous, excited, still in disbelief that we're getting ready to buy our first house. I know there's a chance we may not see "the one" tomorrow, but I'm thrilled all the same, knowing that it's out there somewhere and that in five short months, if all goes according to plan, we will say goodbye to renting!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 1/8/2011 12:40PM

    Congrats on the weight loss!! Crossing my fingers for the package to come today :). So many exciting things going on right now...congrats on all of it :)!

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FUNFROG79 1/8/2011 7:22AM

    Congrats on your weight loss! Whoo-hoo! So motivating! Have a great time looking at the houses tomorrow! What a fun time! emoticon

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    emoticonI'm so happy for you! Back down to your WW goal weight! Now, that's an awesome accomplishment! Keep up the great work!

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