Thursday, March 31, 2011
Yup, that's early. Where was I going at such an hour? Well I was going for a run! Yes, that's right, the hubs and I hit the pavement at 5am. We both felt like we needed to squeeze in another run outdoors before our race on Saturday and this morning was the only chance we had...it's rain/snowing now, and it's supposed to rain/snow until tomorrow night, so it was 5am or never. It wasn't so bad, and with my 9 layers (or four) I was nice and toasty.
Since it has started to rain/snow here (yes, tomorrow is April 1st, but it's snowing in Boston), I had to get creative while coming home. I did my best Sponge-Bob impression.
And why did I look square when I came in the house tonight? Well, it's because I was protecting something from getting wet....a special box to mail!
This bad boy is headed over to the Philippines!! My awesome friend Lou is stationed there with the Peace Corps and next week is her birthday! Sorry girl, it's going to be a little later than we planned, but it's coming!
Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday! My mom is coming into town for a birthday celebration! My sister and I were born two years and three days apart, so my lucky family only has to celebrate once! :D
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
That is not to say that I did not have a WONDERFUL weekend. AL (the husband's cousin's wife) and I left nice and early Friday morning, and got to DC in plenty of time to do a little exploring before my friend got out of work. We walked around from Union Station and made a stop at the Capital building.
On Saturday, after a killer spin class (in which I had a busto bike seat that kept falling down, not matter how tight I screwed it in), we made out way out again to see the sights. But not before lunch at my favorite place in DC...
I'm honestly NOT the biggest sandwich eater, but this place is AMAZING. I'm not sure why I'm so drawn to it, but ohhh man it's good. Once our bellies were full with turkey (and a little fro-yo), we went down to the tidal basin. It was cold, but the sun felt so good, and the cherry blossoms were gorgeous!
Each of the trees is numbered and cataloged. This way, the government can keep track of when each tree was planted, if it's healthy, and other things like that.
We had a great time walking around, seeing the sights, and people watching. It was nice to get out and enjoy the sun!
On Sunday we saw the September 11th memorial at the Pentagon. I hadn't seen it before, and it was a somber experience. There are benches for each person who died that day in Virginia and they organized by age. The benches pointing to the sky were people who died on the plane, and those pointing towards the Pentagon are for those people who died in the building.
To brighten up our day, we decided to wait in the ridiculous line for Georgetown Cupcakes. This is the cupcake place on the TLC show "DC Cupcakes" and it is POPULAR. We waited an hour and 10 minutes to get in the store, but the cupcakes were so delicious, and since the weather was nice, it really wasn't a bad wait.
Overall, it was a fun weekend. There was the perfect amount of being a tourist, and totally relaxing. It was nice to get home early enough today that I could still go to Trader Joe's and for a run (ouch. outside run for the first time in a week and a half), but getting back to work tomorrow is going to be tough! Hopefully it's not THAT bad...
And I do have something pretty big to share with you today! After weeks of discussion, meetings and contemplation- I'm going to be training for a fitness competition!! I'm super nervous and haven't really told too many about it, mostly because I am a bit awkward about my body so telling people that I'm working to competitively show it off makes me feel funny somehow just typing it here makes it a little easier. I have just signed up to work with this amazing, talented trainer and she is currently working up my nutrition plan and we'll be scheduling our first work out so soon! There are many reasons why I've decided to do this- one, I cannot run long distances for a while and not having anything to train for (including the dualathon I was eyeing) is making me very anxious and unpleasant so this will help me; two, this is going to put me way out of my comfort zone and that is always a good thing, I love a good challenge and this one is multi-faceted and three, this fall I'll be trying on my wedding dress and I just want to look and feel so beautiful and confident- something I haven't felt in a long time. Gulp, I'm SO nervous and excited about this new adventure!!
Every week I'm supposed to take photos of myself in a bikini and email it to my trainer, I think (if I'm feeling brave enough) I will post my progress here as well. I'm hoping that by posting it I will see a difference and keep my motivation to work out. And who knows maybe some of you out there are also into this sport and we can help each other.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Things have been going really well at work, and this week I was super social, but not so good at working out. I was SO sore from Saturday that I couldn't move on Monday, was busy Tuesday and yesterday, and tonight I have to go to New Hampshire to get the husband's cousin's wife, so we can fly out of Boston together tomorrow.
Good thing I have a race next Sunday....
Sunday, March 20, 2011
When I got home from the gym I knew I need some protein, so I had a quick cup of Greek yogurt, while I made an omelet. It was mostly veggies with a little bit of egg beaters thrown in. Delicious.
Last week I bought more oatmeal. I was eating Quaker Quick Oats and have no problems with it, but I was at Ocean State Job Lot (a discount store) looking for tupperwear the other day and came across a two pound bag of Bob's Red Mill rolled oats. Check the price of that baby. I love a bargain.
But the problem with a bag is that there is a high chance that it will rip and there will be oats everywhere (I know myself well), so I did a little transfer.
Not all two pounds fit in the ball jar, but at least I'll only have to touch the bag once and a while and it will stay much more intact. I have a feel these will put Quaker to shame.
Yesterday we went to the store and bought TONS of produce. I wanted to take a picture of the insane amount we bought, but Johnny had put it all away before I got back from parking the car. One of the things we bought was watermelon. I was a little worried that it wouldn't be good yet, because it's early in the season, but it was juicy and oh so good.
Today the hubs and I are going to work on our taxes. Should be fun...I guess...We're really hoping that filing jointly is as easy as filing on our own.
One really exciting thing about this week is that I got my new passport!
It's all new and fancy looking. At first I was really sad because only the new passport came. I wanted my old passport back too. Although I can't use it, it's full of stamps and memories. I thought I'd lost those for good, but yesterday morning a second package came from the Department of State. I got my old passport back AND they sent back the copy of our marriage certificate that I had to send! How thoughtful :)
Ok. Lunch and tax time. Hopefully I make it out alive.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Truth it, it was not THAT awesome. It was HARD. It was muddy and I slipped and sometimes there was snow. It was not flat, but not really hilly. Just lots of little ups and downs. I don't know how far I went, but I was out for about 30 minutes. I would guess that I was only actually running for about 20 of it...the other 10 spent navigating gigantic puddles/the over flowing river I was running next to. BUT it was awesome. I've never trail run before and I LOVED it.
Yeah, it was much harder than running on the road (I assume running on the mushy defrosting earth is much like running in the sand on the beach), it was so beautiful. It scared me a little bit to be so alone in the woods (this trail is in a state park, and I had my phone with me...I was not unsafe, but I didn't see any other hikers), but it was peaceful too. I'll definitely do it again...just maybe after the thaw is over. My sneakers (and now my car) are a hot mess of mud.
Today was gorgeous too, but as the weather predicted VERY windy. I hate windy. I hate sand blowing in my eyes and hair in my mouth/stuck on my face. New Mexico is always super windy in the spring and it was my least favorite time to be there. We did venture out (how can you stay in when it's 65 degrees!) and walked with our friends to Boston Common, had a delicious dinner (a veggie burger wrap! Perfect because I LOVE burgers of all kinds, but am really not a fun on buns), and walked back. The good company kept me from minding the wind.
Now I'm cuddled up on the couch. The window is open and the breeze is wonderful. The fresh air makes the apartment feel so fresh! I hate how stuffy it can get in the winter! I'm so very ready for bed after another long week at work...and the hubs is busy killing zombies on the x-box, so I know he won't miss me if I turn in early! :)
Thursday, March 17, 2011
1) Someone has a Tupperware full of some sort of veggie and feta cheese mix in our office fridge. It looks really tasty! Would it be weird to leave a note "urgent question about your dish; please see me immediately" or to open it and smell it so I can identify the exact ingredients?? Okay, maybe I won't do either and just hope I catch them eating it in the break room.
2) There appears to be a dead bug in our office kitchen. I couldn't go 5' near it so I grabbed my yogurt, shivered and ran out. Ewww.
Have a very happy hardy har har Tharsday :)
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Work is going really well. I'm still working on the other pieces of life though. I have a run on the training plan for tomorrow, and the weather should be perfect for one outside after work. I'm even thinking about trying out a train run near my new office. We'll see if I can hack it before the St. Patrick's day fun begins (tomorrow should be my first real challenge now that I've decided not to drink for a while). Hopefully I'll have lots of pictures to share with you.
For now, I with leave you with two things...
1. Last night, Johnny made fish tacos for my sister and me. They were SO delicious. I was inspired by how quick and easy they seemed when Julie made them, and I convinced the hubs to bust them out (I don't do the cooking in our house lol). I cannot complain one bit. They're probably a new staple around here.
2. Here's my wordless part. My dad and me. My sister took this picture when we were there two weekends ago and send it to me a few days ago. He's a stud. Clearly I take after his side of the family.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
This weekend was a fabulous one. It started with my first workout at the new gym. It's most definitely a community center and not a gym, but it's got all the right equipment and a spin class, so it will do. Remember when I made the note to myself that if I only run once a week it's going to suck every time? Well that still stands true. Friday night I had a TERRIBLE run on the community center treadmill and left looking like this:
|please note the really old middle school gym-style lockers behind me. the cc is clearly updated.|
Saturday my sister and I went on an adventure. We tried to go have brunch at a place in the North Shore, but we never got there. We were following the gps just find, but then all of a sudden found ourselves going back south. It was a hilariously disasterous trip, but we did end up getting delicious waffles at the Friendly Toast in Cambridge. They win big in my book because they serve breakfast all day, and their bar was decorated with hilarious product spoofs.
And then there was today. Today was a Sunday for the memory books. I didn't get out of bed until 11:30am. Granted, there was the whole time change thing, and I was up until 2am (3am?), but it felt oh so good. I did some dishes, and prepped myself for the gym. As bad as my run was on Friday, it was THAT GOOD today. My legs felt great and my last mile was faster than my first two. After my run, I grab some coffee and oatmeal, and got myself a much (and I mean MUCH) needed manicure and pedicure.
My fingernails are painted that nice, dark, professional color, but my toes are hot pink. It may not be summer yet, but I wanted something to remind me that it's coming!
I then went to the grocery store and stocked up. It felt like all the things I usually get were on sale thing week! It was a grand trip and our fridge is now full and happy. The hubs and I then went to Thai dinner with a friend who's in town from Chicago. We haven't seen her since she and her husband were in VT for our wedding, so it was nice to catch up. We ended the night with some J.P. Licks. It's the best ice cream in Boston. They have amazing fro yo in addition to their long long list of ice cream flavors. The hubs got Leprechan's brew...it was bright spakin' green...and made with Sam Adam's! He was in ice cream heaven. I got blackberry and chocolate fro yo, with jimmies, of course.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
After the massage and a quick trip to Whole Foods to pick up some fresh fruit for dessert, we came home and found what used to be a 4 pack of Energizer AAA batteries torn up and only two batteries nearby. We had no idea where she found these and if she had eaten the other two! Maybe there weren't two in the box when she found it?? I rushed her to the Animal Emergency Room where they took an xray and didn't find anything but I have to keep an eye on her for any odd behavior. I was definitely panicking last night but so glad that she is okay!!
Time to watch a little Burlesque and get some housework done!
Friday, March 11, 2011
With my new job, a lot has changed in my life. It was a quick and drastic change. For example, I no longer work in the city of Boston. I actually commute about an hour each way now. I used to take the T to work and had a commute of less than 30 minutes door to door. I used to work directly above the gym I belonged to. I would pass two more branches of the gym on my way home. I knew I could leave my desk at 5pm without consequence, and I knew stepping out for a dentist appointment in the middle of the day was not a problem.
Sounds peachy, right? I hated it. I disliked the work I was doing and the company I worked for. When I moved to Boston I didn't have a job, and I took one in a field and industry unrelated to my interests because I needed to pay the bills. Nearly two and a half years later, I was so happy to be offered an opportunity to leave. I appreciate the position I had and the people I worked with, but I am now in a position that I want.
I knew taking this job would mean giving up those good things in my life. I did it knowing full well how much time I would spend the car, and that it would mean finding a new ww meeting. But it was worth it. Spending 8 hrs a day not enjoying things was seriously hurting my life. I was sad a lot and it was hard for my husband because he wanted to make me happy, but clearly couldn't give me a new job. So now that part of life is in order. I am much happier. However, it means I've lost all the ease of city living. I have not been to the gym once since I started this new position, and I have not found a meeting that I like. I've gotten caught up in the exhaustion of the new position and new life, that I haven't figure out those things that were once the only things I had in order.
THAT BEING SAID. I've made some decisions today. They may seem a little drastic, but I need to get myself back in line so that my life will be happier work-wise AND gym/food-wise.
1. I am joining a second gym. There is a community center right across the street from my new office and they offer us a corporate rate that is really low. Like I spend more on coffee in a month than this gym would cost (and I dont even buy coffee out!). I am not canceling my Boston gym membership either. I will have easy access to multiple gyms for only a slight increase in cost. It's worth it to me so I can go to the gym before I even go home, but I can also have a place to go on the weekends. PLUS this community center has TWO pools! It will make triathlon training that much easier!
2. I am giving up alcohol and cutting back on chocolate until my black tie event. I don't drink that much to start with, so completely cutting out it of my diet should not be hard. I just know that when I drink my chances of eating more than I need to or making unhealthy decisions goes up, so I'm just taking a break. I'm cleansing, if you will. The event if four weeks away, so it's not an insane amount of time, but I think it will put me in a good place (and just to clarify, I am most definitely NOT pregnant, nor am I doing this in hopes of becoming preggo. No need to spread those rumors, kthx).
And the chocolate speaks for itself. I don't want to cut it out completely, because that's a little dramatic, but I definitely know I have more than my fair share on a regular basis. I'm not going overboard to ruin my whole day, but it's calories I could be using in a more affective way. It's not a treat any more because I've allowed it to become a staple.
I'm hoping this commitment I made to myself will help me feel back on track and help me reach some big goals. I guess it's my own personal version of Lent. I don't do the real thing, but this is close, and hopefully it's what pushes me forward and takes me to a place I want to be physically and mentally.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Tonight I'm home by myself. The hubs is at a special viewing of Red State, directed by Kevin Smith. Sooo when I have to cook dinner for myself, I get really fancy.
Oh yes, that's the bottom of a container of Greek yogurt, some peanut butter, a peach and a banana. It was DELICIOUS and ready in about a minute. I'm clearly a 5-star chef.
I enjoyed the weekend though. I got to spend some time with my gram, and we went to my Dad's for dinner. I haven't seen him since just after the new year, so it was great to see him. My gram made beef stew and my Dad picked the wine. He's a professional wine consultant, so he knows his stuff...and was showing off his new wine atlas.
He and his wife also showed off their new dog...
My dad's wife is little, but she LOVES big dogs. Lilah is 80lbs! And she's only a year old! I was surprised at how big she is! To give you a little perspective, this is her with my dad...who is about 6 feet tall.
I'm hoping that this week, being week two at the new job, will be a bit more normal. Last week I didn't get to the gym. I went Sunday, and then I ran yesterday with my sister, but I couldn't get there the rest of the week. I was EXHAUSTED by the time I got home. It takes a lot to train for a new position...and I have to commute to work now, so I spend a lot of time in the car.
But hopefully this week will be better. I know what to expect and I think I'm ready to take it on. I'm looking forward to trying a new gym too (same sports club, different location), and getting in a sweatier week!
ps- I like pink.
|tumbler, coffee cup, phone, head phones, and sun glasses case. obsessed much?|
Saturday, March 5, 2011
This weekend I'm at my g-ma's with my sister. It's supposed to be in the upper 50's! We're going for a run this afternoon, and so hopefully I'll have some good stories. I have not one before in my life run with my sister. She has run the Boston marathon more than once. Her pace is probably several minutes faster than mine. This could be interesting.
If there isn't a new post by tomorrow, know that running with my sister has killed me.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
After breakfast, we lounged around our house until it was time to head to the USA Track & Field Indoor Championship. I was awe-struck just knowing we were in the same room as these top performers, including former and soon to be Olympians!! We were able to watch many of the athletes stretch and warm up before their events, we collectively decided that their flexibility and strength was beyond anything we've seen before! For instance, we watched a high jumper skip (yes, skip!) over the bar and we watched another high jumper do back flips as a warm up (I can't even do a tumble without running into something). It was truly an amazing experience to be able to watch this level of talent perform while in the company of my family!We enjoyed spending time with my family, discussing wedding plans and of course planning out the triathlon my Dad and Jay are going to compete in this summer. I don't think bike riding is in Jay's physical therapy plan, but does that count popping wheelies?? I can't blame the guy. All of the triathlon talk made Jay so anxious to get on his new "9er" for a little, tiny ride. I really don't know very much about bikes, but by hanging around this fiance of mine I'm really learning a thing or two!
Last night I attended water aerobics as at a local pool. It was very low impact, a decent arm work out but not the amount of cardio I would have liked. My ankle still hurts and feels a little swollen, I sure hope the pain goes away so I can bike ride and swim. I did a quick upper body work out at lunch today followed by a delicious vanilla/banana/strawberry protein shake for lunch. I was looking forward to having a cold shake for lunch on such a warm day and wouldn't you know it, I left out the ice cubes!! Thank goodness the strawberries were frozen. I threw in some crushed ice and mixed it but it was not as good. I think I've been a bit stressed at work and not being able to work out is making me a little goofy (goofier?).
Jay's not feeling well tonight (I think he caught that cold I had this past week!!) so I think I'll relax with him.