Wednesday, October 26, 2011
There is an instructor at my gym who is totally awesome. :) She teaches Body Combat and Body Pump, and she is so motivating, friendly, and always totally on with her cueing. She's also perfectly fit and gorgeous. I always attend her classes, and when I find out she's subbing for someone else, I rearrange my schedule to attend! Do I have my first ever girl crush? Haha. Anyway, after spending 5:30-7:30 in her classes this evening, I finally went up to her and introduced myself. I've been taking classes from her since I joined this gym in March, and figured it was about time she knew my name. She was totally bubbly and appreciative when I told her she was one of the best instructors I've ever had, and she told me that I looked like I was getting really fit and muscular. I told her that I've gained weight lately, and that for me it's all about counting calories, and she did give me some advice, but nothing I haven't heard before: avoid extremes, let yourself eat that cookie if you want it (um...had four today, oops), 80 percent nutrition/20 percent exercise, muscle weighs more than fat. Yeah...I know that...I wish I knew how SHE eats. She has what to me is the ideal perfect shape. But I didn't ask.
Anyway, I was just feeling all warm and fuzzy from having that conversation and felt like sharing. I hope all of you get to experience an awesome fitness instructor too. It makes such a positive difference. :)
Sunday, October 23, 2011
This is my gorgeous hubby looking slightly less gorgeous than normal with our new shop vac:
I'm rinsing down the built-in book case just before I put the first coat of white paint on it. I'm also very happy that horrible shade of red is GONE from my home! (PS - I don't think I look TOO overweight here.) :)
This is my cutiepie screwing "buttons" into the drywall on the stair ceiling to prevent even more of it from falling down than what already has!
My MIL. She's a great painter.
That bookcase I was about to paint white a few pictures ago? Here's the after (never mind the horrible kitchen in the background!)
My honey's plumber butt. :) And the wider opening in the bookcase is where we're going to put our flatscreen TV:
Another yellow family room shot. That exterior door has since been replaced by something much prettier:
My MIL again, doing what she does best! This is, of course, our front door/steps:
Painting the dining room ceiling was a b*tch! And look how dirty the ceiling was before the paint! We still haven't agreed about a light to put there...we have two here...I don't like either one of them.
Dining room, post-wallpaper, pre-paint:
My BIL looking way too excited taking off ugly old floor tiles in the kitchen:
Look at how disgusting my kitchen is! :)
Me painting the kitchen cabinets. We're not going to keep them, but until we can afford new ones these needed paint to be sanitary enough to use:
More of me painting the cabinets. Here you can see our new kitchen lighting...and old everything else!
I did not like painting the dining room ceiling.
Here we both look frustrated because we're getting gray paint all over the white trim.
A rare shot of the man behind all the renovation work, my FIL. Here he is adding "picture frame" molding in our dining room. It looks fantastic. Oh, and he didn't know he was having his picture taken.
My MIL surprised us the other day by removing the kitchen wallpaper!
Friday, October 21, 2011
I decided that today was as good a day as any to track my calories, even though I haven't been on a roll with that lately. I think for me a good way to get back on track might be to allow myself to eat whatever I want, but track it. After a few days of that, I can start to tweak here and there to get the totals down, but first I have to re-establish the habit of simply keeping track.
Here are a couple pictures from my dad's birthday party.
This is my husband and me. He forgot to smile.
This is my dad and me, plus Teddy the Maltese and an Oreo birthday cake. And you also get to see the yellow color we picked for our family room. The room is not finished yet, as you can probably tell in the picture.
Happy Friday everyone!
Sunday, October 16, 2011
I'm overweight, but I'm happy anyway. I have trouble keeping my weight down, but that doesn't make me a failure. I have a successful career, probably the world's best husband ever, and a fixer-upper house that WE are turning into a beautiful home, day by day. I get endorphins from working out every day, and I love fall and foliage and pumpkins and boots. I don't need to wait until I get my weight down to be happy - I am happy now.
Monday, October 10, 2011
OK, so tracking is hard on the weekends (and today counted as a weekend day - Happy Columbus Day) when we work on the house all day and people are always bringing us treats. Yes, this is an excuse, but I caved. Last night we went out for my dad's birthday and today there were cookies brought over by both of our moms, and brownies, and lots of other stuff. Yesterday I ran in the new neighborhood but today I decided to let painting be my cardio. Oh, we did take a walk...but it was to the ice cream shop. :) Anyway, no worries, tomorrow is the start of the work week and I can count calories then. :) I'm sure a few days of calorie counting will lead to happiness on the scale. :)
We sort of spontaneously decided to do a temporary kitchen makeover starting today because we can't afford to renovate the kitchen for a long time. I painted the cabinets white and my cute hubby ripped up the nasty vinyl floor tiles.
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