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January Goals

Thursday, December 31, 2009

I'm keeping these January Goals simple since I blogged so extensively about the overall 2010 goals and this month is just about getting back into good habits. I took my body fat % and blood pressure today, and I will weigh myself and measure myself tomorrow (gulp... fearing a 20 pound gain due to stress eating and water retention from some current birth control issues I wont get into...)

-Burn at least 3500 calories a week
-Stay in my calorie range 6 days a week
-Run at least 3x/week... I've got a treadmill 5k to train for with
Tara (EGGINABOWL) and Courtney (COURTNIZZLE82) on the 23rd. We're just
independently running on treadmills then reporting back hehe.
-Strength train at least 3 hours a week
-Spin at least 1x/week
-Yoga or Pilates at least 1x/week (my 2010 goal is at least 2x a week
but i'll build to that... and it can count towards my strength)
-Make sure I do something active EVERY DAY
-Don't be afraid to ask for help

So that's that. I'll report back this weekend or maybe Monday with the stats. Get the bad news over with and move forward.

  
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ABETTERKGIRL 1/2/2010 7:42PM

    You are gonna rock it out in 2010! I know your going to do great this month girl!

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KARVY09 12/31/2009 1:27PM

    I'm up for a treadmill 5K if you don't mind a Bostonian joining in! I do it three times a week anyways!

Here's to your great goals for 2010!
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LLBEAN75 12/31/2009 1:26PM

    I'm in for the treadmill 5K, though I might run it outside. We'll see what Tejas weather has to offer that day! whoo-hoo!

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JENONTHEROX 12/31/2009 12:54PM

    it's soooo hard to do all those measurement type things, especially during/after the holidays. I've thought about a January 1st weigh-in... ughhh.
Goals look really good, calories in/calories out.

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STINA6584 12/31/2009 12:37PM

    Tara left me a comment yesterday, and I'm totally joining the treadmill 5K fun. (though I may do an indoor track 5K. I haven't decided yet. I do despise the dreadmill.)

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2010 Goals Overview

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

There are plenty of things I'd like to achieve this year. A lot of the 2010 blogs I have been reading lately have listed goals outside of fitness and nutrition. All I'm really going to touch on right now outside of that is that I want to quit being so negative and judgmental all the time. I don't want to be that person who people think is just a big judgemental meanie. I reflect on my behavior sometimes and I just feel disappointed in myself because I know I'm better. I don't know what I can do to break bad lifelong personality habits, but I am just going to be more conscientious of my behavior and my words. I want to be a better person, overall. This will be a good foundation for overall success at everything I hope to achieve in life.

2010 Exercise Goals:


1. Run at least a half-marathon. My goal is to run the Madison half toward the end of May. I may go for a marathon in the fall depending
on how the half goes. In October when I stepped outside to watch the
Chicago Marathoners, I thought "yes. I am doing this next year" but I'd really like to do a half before I commit to that. I want to make sure I am an established enough runner.

2. Bike 100 miles. Semi-consecutively. This is something I would like to do in the fall of next year. I think my booty would fall off. I did about 40 miles this past summer and I wasn't really physically exhausted, honestly, so much as just couldn't stand to sit on that seat anymore. My Dad has done 100 miles before and he's a little older now so I don't know if he would want to, but I am going to try to at least find someone to do this with me. I think it would be boring and unsafe to do on my own.

3. Train for a triathlon, probably sprint distance. I can easily handle the biking and I can deal with the running too but I just don't swim. I should really start swimming. I know I've been saying that for months. It's not even just swimming but swimming in Lake Michigan. I'll have to get a wetsuit and all that jazz. There was a sprint distance triathlon sometime in August this year so I'm assuming it will be around that time next year as well.

4. 3 hours a week of strength. I really want some amazing toned arms and I need to work on my core in a bad way. Since I'm a trainer now and all I am gonna go ahead and practice on myself a little. At work tomorrow I'm going to plan out a strength training plan for myself. I'm going to make up some routines and a schedule for progression. It will be good practice and benefit me greatly. Want me to make one up for you? It'd be good practice for me. If you do just let me know how much time you have to dedicate each week, what equipment you have available to you, and if you have any limitations or areas you'd really like to work on in articular. Comment here or send me a message, either way :)

5. Yoga and/or Pilates. I keep on saying I gotta do these, I gotta work on my balance and flexibility. I keep on neglecting to do so. I am going to attend at least 2 classes a week once my schedule normalizes. Once a week for starters.

So we've got varied cardio, strength, and flexibility. I think I've got all my bases covered there.


2010 Nutrition Goals:


1. Stick within my recommended calorie range 6 days a week. I'll allow
myself one cheat meal a week but it will not be one cheat DAY. At least 2 days of the week I track I plan to stay on the low range of my calorie intake, 3 days in the middle, and one day at the higher end. I want to mix things up a bit.

2. Start actually making at least 2 dinners a week. I never cook, I always rely on Jon to do this. I think if I were more involved in the process of my nutrition I would get a little more informed and have more control over my food choices. I'm sure Jon will appreciate the occasional break too, even though he likes to cook.

3. Try one new recipe a week.

4. Nutrition Related Rewards. I hope to keep myself interested in continuing to take more control over my nutrition. I want to plan rewards for myself related to this. I haven't thought up anything concrete yet but I'm thinking general stuff like getting myself a new recipe book or a new spice or maybe a cooking class as a reward for adhering to my attempts to cook. If I reward myself with these types of things I figure it will keep me interested and excited.



Tomorrow I'm going to test my BMI, body fat composition, and blood
pressure to see where I'm at. I'd do it Friday with the weigh in but we are closed at the gym Friday. Then, like I said, I'm going to weigh in on Friday. I will also take measurements. After I do all this i'll report back with the numbers and decide on some goals for improvement. I'll do some pictures too.

So that's it for now, I'll also come up with a specific plan for January to work toward my goals for the year and blog on that tomorrow.

  
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LIFE-OF-LEISURE 12/31/2009 12:19PM

    Great goals! You're going to rock 2010!

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HARMONYBLUE 12/30/2009 11:28PM

    Great goals! I think I will steal your "outside of exercise and nutrition" goal to be less negative as I need to make a concerted effort to be more positive. Have a very Happy New Year! emoticon

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ABETTERKGIRL 12/30/2009 5:21PM

    These sound like great plans Sarah! I also take you up on your offer to get your help on ST. I would like to tone up and that actually is one of my goals for the new year, which is to get more into ST. I will be using the weights at my schools gym, they also have weight machines. My class schedule shouldn't be too bad next semester so I would like to ST 3-4 days a week.
You can definitely do the half marathon! I plan on beginning to train for mine this weekend, maybe we could keep each other posted while we both train. emoticon

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LLBEAN75 12/30/2009 4:27PM

    Sarah these are great, specific goals and you definitely will be able to acheive them! If you need help with the food or nutrition, you know who to call! :)

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STINA6584 12/30/2009 4:23PM

    I will gladly be your guinea pig for any strength routines you want to throw my way. Seriously, the number 1 reason I don't do ST as much as I should is because I feel totally lost. I've got full access the gym equipment at X-Sport as well as hand weights and a stability ball at home.

I found a triathlon in Naperville that I'm considering - I don't even remember when it is - May possibly - the swimming is in a pool though which is what's really appealing to me. I really want to compete in a triathlon, but I'm not 100% sold on swimming in the Lake.

With regards to the swimming - I recommend focusing on form. Proper form can take you a long way. If you want any tips/ suggestions for drills to work on form hit me up. I swam for damn near 10 years so I've got your back.

I know for me personally, the more I paid attention to nutrition (going out to eat and cooking), the better my choices became overall. There are some things I used to love that have absolutely no appeal to me what-so-ever now that I know how many calories are in them (take for example, the brownie obession at TGIFriday's). Sure there are still food that I'll eat despite their horrendous nutritionals, but I'm more aware and I spend a lot more time considering if it's "worth it." The food/ nutrition side of things is definitely where I'm more invested.

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Long Overdue Update...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The past month has been utterly atrocious. Ever since I got the new
job and decided to make this my life things slowly began to go downhill. I was keeping consistent with vigorous, frequent and varied exercise... at first. I got busy and distracted and gradually started making more and more excuses for why I couldn't work out. The month of December was definitely poor. It's not that I stopped working out... I still did a few days a week. It's just I used to be 6000-7000 calories burned a week girl who could run 10 miles. Didn't take too long to ruin it either.

What's worse is at some point I just stopped caring about what I ate. I mean, I knew I should care, I just ate way too much of way too bad things. For the past month, up until this week, my stomach has been in a pretty much constant state of BLECH. Yesterday was the first day in a long time that I held off eating long enough to feel hungry.

This wasn't a few hundred calories over either... we're talking total regression here.Telling myself no more, no more, no more. I've been having a lot of Monday diets lately. No matter how much I knew I had to stop and change before it got out of control I just couldn't. I felt stuck and hopeless again just like before I first started. I don't weigh 270 pounds anymore, but I sure would again if I kept this up.

I think I freaked out a little. It has been some strange form of self-sabotage. Fear or failure. I quit a financially secure job to pursue something I was passionate about. They wanted me to get my certification faster than I was really comfortable with and I started to have a lot of doubts about if I was making the right decision.This weekend I was completely convinced that I was not going to pass my personal trainer certification exam and that I'd have to give up on this and that I made this huge mistake blah blah... The Fitness Specialist position I took honestly really isn't everything I hoped it
would be. I just have to remind myself that it was never really supposed to be this amazing perfect job, it's just a great stepping stone for what I want to be doing down the line. I was too focused on all of this certification pressure and caught up in a storm of self-doubt and lost sight of why I got into this in the first place.

I passed the exam yesterday morning. As soon as I passed it's like everything changed. I suddenly feel right again. Seriously... just like that. I have been completely healthy the last couple days. I took a spin class last night and I did some cardio this afternoon and I've got plans to similarly kick ass the rest of the week. I've been making healthy choices about what I eat and how much I eat. I just know that something is different in me, just like I knew something had left me when I started to slack off the past few months.

I'm a certified personal trainer now. I need to start behaving like one and work a whole lot harder on looking like one. It's a little scary to me though how easy it is for me to get in a funk and throw it all out the window. I need to do a lot of self-analyzing here to get to the bottom of all this. I need to now that even when I'm busy and distracted and have a ton of excuses that I still stick to taking care of my health. It's #1... it's the foundation for everything in my life.

I'm going to continue to eat healthy and I'm going to workout as much as I can. It wont be quite like it was this summer. I can't do my super long runs or bike rides outside and I'm not walking a half hour to and from work anymore. I will make the most of it and eat less to compensate. I know that when the weather gets nicer I'll be able to pick it up again. I know that I've gained some weight because it was seriously just embarrassing how bad how I was eating and I wasn't working out nearly enough to compensate. I haven't gone up a size or anything major but I can tell things are a little more snug than I'm comfortable with. I am going to weigh in on Friday, January 1st to see where i'm at (SCARED haha). That way I can do the whole this is my New Years weigh in number and see how much I accomplish hehe. I guess I'm cheating since I started yesterday but this way I'll give that sodium weight gain from all the ham some time to seep out, hehe.

I'll be writing again soon to come up with what I'd like to accomplish in 2010. One thing is for sure... I'll get myself looking smokin' hot for my wedding day :)

  
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TKLPICKLE 12/30/2009 4:10PM

    REMINDER! You are already smokin' hot... even if your wedding was tomorrow you would look perfect for it. Just sayin'.

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NEWLYWED_JENC 12/30/2009 9:44AM

    Congrats on passing the exam!

I have been in an eating funk and not even thinking about working out. I am trying to snap out of it but it is sooo hard. While eating, I know that I'm eating way too much and the wrong things but I don't make myself stop. Gotta love self sabotage! I'm toying with the idea of joining Weight Watchers online in addition to Spark.

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HONEYBEARKELLY 12/30/2009 6:55AM

    isn't it funny how easy it is to fall off the wagon, when it just makes you feel like total crap?? glad to hear you're feeling better, though, and congratulations on your certification!

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TASHISNOQUITTER 12/29/2009 9:43PM

    so glad that youre back :) And so proud of you for passing your exam!!! Wish you could be my personal trainer! haha Good luck with your weigh in on Fri...Im sure its not as bad as you think. You know Im here if you need me!! 2010 here we come!!! emoticon

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PAPPHEM 12/29/2009 9:13PM

    Great to hear that you passed your certification! Sounds like you "fell off the wagon" but also sounds like you realize the problem and you're working to get back on track. It happens to the best of us when our worlds completely change. So good luck getting going with the new career and I look forward to seeing your "new" progress!!

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KARVY09 12/29/2009 9:09PM

    Good for you that you caught it before it became even more major. Time to look forward and make some concrete goals. It's great that you've got your certification now, and you have the whole "Lose to Win" thing to look forward to, where you can basically tread your own path. And no more studying to worry about!

I definitely predict great things for you in 2010!

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ABETTERKGIRL 12/29/2009 9:07PM

    Way to go on getting back into fitness Sarah! I must admit I fell off the band wagon when the end of the semester of school hit. I started working out again today which felt great, but I'm already kind of sore emoticon emoticon on getting certified I'm so happy for you. Hopefully things get better with your job. I think once you get a routine together you will be fine and figure out your eating and exercising. I'm also weighing in on Friday too and I don't think it's going to be good either. But I know 2010 is going to be a great productive year. You are going to be a gorgeous bride! emoticon

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"Lose to Win"

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

That's the name of the Biggest Loser ripoff competition that my gym is doing starting January 19th. Guess who is COMPLETELY in charge? Oh, that would be yours truly. So I will explain a little more in detail what we're doing, and then I would LOVE any feedback from all of you. I'd like any marketing advice (ie: besides the prizes, what would motivate you to sign up for something like this? What would catch your attention?) and any tips generally that would keep you motivated to succeed and to keep coming into the gym and sticking to your goals. I realize the gym is a business and their main goal is to get as many people to sign up and pay 50 dollars to do this as possible... but MY main goal is to have a low attrition rate.

So here are the specs:

There will be of course the first baseline weigh-in. Then there will be weekly weigh ins of course based on % weight loss, like biggest loser. Nobody ends up getting kicked out of the competition, but there are prizes each week to keep people motivated. We'll have gift cards and various other prizes members can win for having a big loss.

I will be designing workouts throughout the week. There will be 3-5 workout sessions members can choose to attend up to 2 of them. This will help with accountability and it always helps to be working out with others who are working toward achieving the same goal. It will be a variety of exercises to complete and then I will be around to help out and demonstrate and answer any questions. I will also be there to modify anything if it's too challenging for someone or offer someone more advanced something to challenge themselves more. So we're talking a few months of gradually progressing group workouts a couple times a week with a trainer for 50 bucks. I think.... very nice. I know I'd go for it... especially because of the chance of earning that money back in prizes... and the ULTIMATE PRIZE:

Which brings us to...The BIG prize. The top male and female who lose the greatest % of weight at the end of the competition win a FREE YEAR OF PERSONAL TRAINING. That's 52 personal training sessions valued at about 60-70 dollars per session that you could potentially win.


So that's about it. Any tips? I know many of you are super motivated and would jump at the chance to kick butt at something like this and mix it up for a few months. Just keep in mind that a lot of members might be kinda wishy washy. They WANT to lose weight, but you all know how it goes... you've been there. What might "spark" them into action? What would motivate you to sign up and keep coming each week? What other kinds of things might you like to see from a program like this? What types of workouts would you find most beneficial in this type of setting?

Thanks in advance for any tips. I know you've all got some wonderful ideas and some undoubtedly great insight about what motivates you and what works for you!

  
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CHIMEL 12/5/2009 3:38PM

    I love the at home challenge ideas. Also the poster board, and weekly goal based prizes perhaps? Some who are overweight will have no chance to win based on % of weight lost, just due to not having to lose much to start. So having a weekly prize based just on making the goals set for that week, getting harder each week as they go along would be great to keep those that are not as heavy, but still want the support and to do the group motivated, to sign up to begin with. I am just one of those who are looking for something for the winter, who don't need to lose much %, but would so sign up if there were prizes I could win just for doing MY goals, to help keep me on track and motivated during the winter.

Also, is it $50 total, or plus gym membership? Can you log hours spent working out at gym, but not in the "group" workouts?

You could use SP as part of it, they will have to friend you and have a group on here just for it? That way they have that much extra support, and can talk to each other outside the gym. Plus, extra points for tracking nutrition?

As for advertising I would use the fit and healthy for cheap kinda take. I mean really, Just what you are offering for the $50 sounds worth it (I may even join in) but the grand prize is amazing. So for $50 you can fit into your summer clothes this year, and years to come. Or $3640 for a year of PT, $50 for a few months of group training, new bathing suit $45, feeling 25 again priceless. (ok, so wording can use some work, but you get the idea) Take advantage of a great deal in a bad economy angle of it as well.

Wow, just your blog got me excited about the idea. Will let you know if I think of anything else.

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HONEYBEARKELLY 11/29/2009 10:25AM

    other people's success stories motivate me a LOT. maybe you could sort of advertise people who've had a lot of success at your gym. it sounds really awesome. i wish i could participate! :)

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NIXFROMTHEBLOC 11/25/2009 1:49AM

    oooh great project and "competition"maybe get a local newspaper or magazine to cover the winner that might motivate people as well.

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HARMONYBLUE 11/24/2009 10:13PM

    I think in order to keep someone involved who may not be as totally motivated as your sparkfriends emoticon it would be a good idea to have weekly challenges that participants would do in their "real life," something to keep them thinking about the program when they aren't at the gym. I am not sure how this would work...a scavenger hunt to find motivational words in their favorite magazines, making a motivation collage, a "raid your pantry" for the needy charity event (participants bring in canned and processed goods to donate and replace with fresh fruits and veggies in their own kitchens). Some of those are pretty cheesy, but basically just challenges to complete when they aren't at the gym but that they turn in when they go to the gym, some of which that could have prizes or recognition attached. Also, set up a Facebook page for the contest so participants can get updates online and also stay in touch with each other. I would also use Twitter and encourage participants to follow your tweets.

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TKLPICKLE 11/24/2009 12:41PM

    Maybe once all the participants are signed up, you could have a big posterboard grid thing that each person could sign when they come in to do their workouts, so you could see how much other people are working out, and you'd be motivated to come in to the gym so you could put your mark on the board and prove to everyone else on the list you were there! Maybe that is a lame idea, but that's just what popped into my mind! I know I would hate the thought of that grid showing my lack of participation if i signed up originally. Good luck getting it going!

I'd say if you heavily advertise the grand prize, people will be motivated to plunk down $50. Maybe you could make signs that say "Cost of 52 weeks of personal training: $3,640. Cost of 52 weeks of personal training for our winner: $50" or maybe "How would you like to save $3,600 of personal training cost?" or something along those lines. Or even just a simple "Looking for a way to keep yourself motivated?"

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ABETTERKGIRL 11/24/2009 12:27PM

    Wow this seems like a fun competition! You have some great ideas! I agree with KARVY09 gift cards would be a good idea too tje ultimate prize sounds amazing! Good luck with the program. emoticon

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KARVY09 11/24/2009 12:08PM

    WOW, that sounds like something that would catch my attention! Free personal training would be amazing. And definitely worth the $50 for the small group sessions. I guess my BIGGEST consideration in designing this would be assuring participants that the results of the weigh-ins would be completely private and confidential. Something about weight loss challenges like this can turn off a lot of people who are sensitive about the number on the scale. I wish I had a concrete suggestion on this, but other than saying just that, I don't really know what you can do.

I definitely like the idea of the group workouts and working in nutrition tips during these workouts might be a good thing as well. I'd try circuits, just to mix it up and keep it interesting, and adding a "new strength exercise" every week would be something that I'd appreciate as someone who was shy about using the strength equipment.

For weekly prizes, I'd try less exercise-related rewards just so it's not all about exercise. Maybe gift certificates for coffee and things like that.

Good luck! This sounds like a great thing for you!!!

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Long overdue update on life

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The last couple weeks have definitely been insane! My first week it was just adjusting to this new schedule. It really feels surreal that I quit my old job. I mean yeah I'm working there part time still but it feels like just a place I'm helping out at, and not my day to day responsibility. Makes a big difference.

I got the stomach flu this week, which really set me back. It sucks because it's my second week of a new job so I didn't want to be taking time off. I HAD to call off Tuesday because I was ultra sick. But I made the mistake of trying to be okay and going into work yesterday and today... only to end up leaving early both days because I felt nauseous, yesterday I actually threw up at work and then left. So now basically I'm just prolonging this because I keep pushing myself. But my boss said to me today... don't come back here until you aren't nauseous anymore! Hopefully that is very soon. I feel much better tonight after resting all day.

So of course I haven't really worked out all week, and even if I'm feeling better the next couple days I still don't want to overdo it. Makes me realize I don't even know what not overdoing it on a workout is. I try to think of light workouts and anything I normally do would be way overkill. Maybe I'll take a nice aquaerobics class if it fits into my schedule, or perhaps one of my yoga or pilates videos would be good. Maybe a nice walk by the lake if it's not too chilly out.

So the new job! It's really really easy haha. My responsibilities are minimal. I mostly spend a ton of time studying for my certification and socializing with other employees and gym members. I've had a couple cool things to do. I got to put together some heatlhy holiday cooking/baking tips and some good healthy recipes in a packet for members. I used a lot of sparkpeoples resources and member recipes in putting this together! So I got to pass those out while getting people to sign up for a complimentary holiday bootcamp. It's for a new trainer so he can get some exposure. That was pretty fun I got to talk to a lot of people and I far exceeded my boss's sign up expectations.

I just found out today one of the trainers who has been there a long time now just put in her notice. She is going to go independent, so awesome for her. Awesome for me too because she's the only full time female trainer. There are 2 new males who just started but I may end up getting some of her clients. A lot of females want a female trainer. I know I requested a female when I got training. So I'm taking my certification December 28th. NUTS. They want me ready to go by the new year. I feel like it's a little soon but I'll mostly be doing super basic free trainer session new member consultation type things, so it will be a good way to get some practice. Definitely lots of opportunities to look forward to!

In other news... Jon and I set a date for our wedding this past weekend. January 14, 2011. I really was hoping for a nice fall wedding, it's at a state park, but they were ENTIRELY booked, even Friday nights. I guess gorgeous affordable venues book up fast. So I still think a nice January wedding in a lodge will be amazing. The backdrop for the ceremony is this stone wall fireplace so we can have a fire going and all. I also have tons of time to plan so there will be lots of DIY elements with the decorations. Also my mom is all crafty and loves making cards and doing these stamping parties. She has so many resources and ideas so I'll be able to do my own save the dates, invitations, programs (if we decide to do them at all) and place cards for the reception. Jon and I are looking at photographers next. We're meeting with one tonight that we really like, so I'm sure that will be awesome. I love their style and they've done a wedding at this venue before. I also share some mutual friends with a girl from my college who now does wedding photography. She is more amateur but she's GOOD. Gorgeous pictures. So that means reasonable pricing because she hasn't built up that high demand yet. I'm very eager to meet with her because the quality of her work and her prices make it an extreme value and some beautiful photographs.

Soo I suppose that's about all that is going on. Work is awesome, wedding planning aaand that's pretty much my life right now. I'd have to say I did pretty good with my workouts adusting to my new routine. Though I got sick this week so we'll have to see. I hope to be back up and running next week and try to still finish the month strong. I'm getting there, even if it's slowly.

I hope everyone is doing great! I know I haven't been on nearly as much and may have missed out on some blogs or accomplishments and that sucks. I will try to get on more. I'm always around though if anyone needs me!

  
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PAPPHEM 11/15/2009 11:41AM

    Sounds like things are going really well for you! With things so busy, just make sure you take it easy so you get and stay well!!

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CURVYCASEY 11/13/2009 9:05AM

    I love your life! Well, minus the stomach flu! I am glad you updated us all on how you're doing and it sounds like you're doing fabulous!

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CHIMEL 11/13/2009 12:37AM

    The wedding will be amazing. A lodge in winter is sooooooo romantic.

Great to hear the new job is working well. So glad it is working out well. You will do great on your tests I am sure.

Take it easy girl, or you will never feel better.

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CHANDTE 11/12/2009 10:10PM

    Sounds like you're busy, busy, busy girl...but also that things are going well!! Funny...I can't wait to see wedding pics...and it's over a year away...haha!! I hope you are feeling better soon!!

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KARVY09 11/12/2009 10:06PM

    Sounds like everything is going well except for the flu! Glad you are enjoying work and that you're on the fast track to being a trainer! Good luck with all the studying for the certification, though I know you'll be fine!

And a winter lodge wedding sounds so great!
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HARMONYBLUE 11/12/2009 10:03PM

    So glad you got a chance to fill us in on everything that has been going on and glad most of it is great news! Sorry about that stomach bug!

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SOPHIKKO 11/12/2009 9:30PM

    Glad to get an update! Things sound busy. I hope you are feeling 100% better very soon :)

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ALPHAPREP 11/12/2009 7:55PM

    Congrats on the new job! Just making the decision to switch to something you are passionate about can be difficult, but is so worth it in the longrun! You are an inspiration for me today!

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DOLL2THEWALL 11/12/2009 7:37PM

    Hooray - so glad things are going well for you, even if the flu is bringin you down (boooo)! Hope you feel better soon - I'm so happy you like your new job. Good luck on taking that cert test early!

Oh, and January 14 is a PERFECT wedding date - of course, I'm biased, since that's my wedding anniversary. ;)

*big hugs*

-Allyn

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COURTNASTY82 11/12/2009 7:05PM

    the wedding plans sound AWESOME! i'm so excited for you! and also proud that you're doing so well at your new job...and your certification is coming up FAST! you're kicking @ss and taking names! i love it!

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MANDAO97 11/12/2009 7:02PM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better. Sounds like the new job is amazing! It's perfect timing with the female trainer leaving! Enjoy the new career and planning your wedding - you have a lot of great things going on in your life right now. :)

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KIRSTY1306 11/12/2009 6:43PM

    Wow you are a busy lady aren't you? glad to hear your job is going so well for you , sounds like you will fit right in there! Such a shame that you have been poorly, just remember to rest but im sure you will.
Congratulations on setting the date! Thats fantastic news!
Good luck with the wedding planning!
Kirb xx

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KEEPGOING87 11/12/2009 6:18PM

    awww sounds like your doing great except for the flu...... I hope you feel better soon. and enjoy your wedding planning. Marriage is AMAZING

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