Thursday, January 29, 2009


Nothing profound today-all I got is some random thoughts. Scary, I know.

For starters, work is stupid. Today was one of those days you just want to throw everything off your desk, drop to the ground and throw a big temper tantrum. Too much stupid equals headache for Crystal.

Because of this, I decided it would be a great idea to have 3 cups of cappuccino today...with 34 starbursts. My sugar/caffeine high was totally rockin this afternoon!

Have I mentioned my bowling team rocks? We have gone from the bottom 20s to 14th place in a matter of weeks. Watch out first place team. Your ass. Is grass.

You know those quaint little diners where you can order a meal from the menu but then change everything about it to suit your fancy? That happens to be the diner by our house. We are usually the youngest people there by about 40 years and have become regulars. The turkey club is to die for. So scrumptious!

So, I just finished the book, Into the Wild, which is about an idealistic college student who graduates college and then donates his college fund (for law school), gets rid of nearly all his worldly possessions and takes off on foot around the country, eventually ending up in Alaska. Minus the unhappy ending, it is a great story. I'd love to get out there and just live without all the daily crap sometimes. Very liberating. Now I'm reading Revolutionary Road. Still too early to judge this one.

My fingers have had enough typing so now I'm gonna get into my running gear and head out for a couple miles. I hear a cold front is coming our way again. Could get into the 50s!

Hmm....just read over this post. Maybe that sugar high is still lingering.....

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

My Motivator

By now, most of us have watched at least part of an episode of The Biggest Loser. I used to be an avid watcher of this show but it wasn't so much for the contestants. I was all about my favorite personal trainer, Jillian Michaels. This. Girl. Totally. Rocks. If I was ever going to have a personal trainer, I want someone as bad ass as she is. Someone who is not only going to encourage and motivate me, but kick my ass if I whine or complain. Oh, you don't like sit ups? Great, let's do 20 more to change your mind. Now MOVE! Love, love, love her.

I think I have a lot of respect for her because I see the similarities. She is a mere 5 foot 2 inches tall (me, too!) and she used to have a weight problem as well, weighing 175 pounds (thank you SELF magazine article). She did the whole self-loathing thing for awhile but then decided to get out there and do something about it. Now she is a kick-ass trainer and has abs I would kill for.

So, as I try yet again to get back into my college shape again, I am using any and all tools I can to motivate myself. As Ms. Michaels states: "Fitness is not about six-pack abs. It's a tool to help you reinvent yourself. It's about exercising your greatness, feeling the full potential of your power and reaching it with no shame." Those abs-a bonus.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


I've always had an all or nothing approach to exercise. If I can't squeeze in at least an hour of exercise at a time, then I just won't do it at all. I have always felt like it wasn't worth my effort to only put in 20 minutes or so into a workout just to have to stop it. So, no exercise for me. Well, when you do this over and over for a few years, the results

So, I am trying to have a more relaxed approach to exercise these days and we shall see if it sticks. My goal is movement. As much of it as I can get in a day. This morning I got up and was out the door by 5:45 and did a walk/run routine for 30 minutes, then came in the house for a little stretching before shower time. Normally, I would have just set the alarm for later and given up altogether because I didn't get my hour but I know I good I feel when I get an a.m. workout in so I got my butt up and did it. (yeah, brownie points!)

I get an hour for lunch every day, so I am going to try and spend at least 20 minutes of that doing some movement, probably walking...which will be hard since that's my serious reading and/or nap time. But, I think it will help perk me up for my long afternoon. That's the goal anyway. I'm going to start it today and see how it goes. Bottom line: movement is key.

P.S. Our bowling team rocked the house last night and got 18 of the 22 points. Watch out everyone, we are a force to be reckoned with (just at our own leisurely pace).

P.P.S. I still hate my scale.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Gym Laziness

I was pretty good last year about getting myself to the gym. Even if I didn't go there right after work, I would always (maybe not always but it sounds better) grab my gym bag and head out no later than 8pm. I always pushed myself while I was there, whether it was cardio, weights or swimming, and I felt like a champ when I got home. Which is probably why I was such a good gym student and continued to go on a regular basis. Then, the holidays came and after that I was sick for over a week, so now it's the end of January and I don't think I've stepped into the gym for 2 months. I did drive by it once...on my way to McDonalds.

My intention this morning was to get up bright and early, grab my gym bag and start the weekend off with a bang. Instead, I came up with every excuse I could to avoid the place and now it's 3pm and I still have not gone and I can almost promise you I won't be going at all today. What a gym bum!

I guess I need to re-motivate myself to get my lazy butt back there again. Maybe try a class or remind myself how much I love to swim and my little, non-heated backyard pool is not going to cut it. Or the best up my bank statement and see what I'm paying for the place every month. That should do it.

So, in my most confident diet/exercise voice possible I shout to the world:


Thursday, January 22, 2009

Screw You Scale

Oh yeah, it's war. The scale and I are sworn enemies now. The gloves are off. The trash can is looking pretty good right now. That damn thing has not budged one freaking bit for so long that I wonder if it even works properly anymore. Scale, you suck.

(It's totally irrelevant that I have only worked out about 3 days since before Christmas and I had french fries and dessert tonight along with lots of other goodies in the past, right? RIGHT?)

Whatever. I'm right. Screw you scale.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

It's Fixed!

I guess you never know how much you rely on something until it's gone for awhile. That's how it's been here with the computer. A week ago, Brian was on the computer looking at some tire stuff and we got a happy little visit from a virus or two. I tried to use my computer kung fu powers but I guess I'm out of practice cuz I lost the battle. So, the computer was out of commission for the past week until we could get someone to fix it today. My work computer is heavily monitored and blocks most sights so that was not an option, either. It's so nice to be able to have computer access again!

So what have I been up to lately? Not too much. My crumminess from last weekend lasted about a week and I'm still trying to get rid of this hateful cough and the sniffles but at least the rest of the cold seems to have passed. But since I was feeling crummy, I did as little as possible beyond going to work and bowling this past week. At least it's a 3 day weekend so I have more time to relax and get some good housecleaning done. Yay!

I'll be catching up on blogs over the weekend and am going to try and get back into some type of exercise routine again since my little sickyness got in the way of activity. Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Feeling Crummy

Well, I held off as long as I could I guess. Brian was sick last week and everyone at work has been passing this damn demon head cold around since before Christmas so why did I think I wouldn't end up with it sooner or later? Yesterday, it started with the sore throat and some sniffles and has emerged today as the demon cold from hell. So, I think it's going to be a laid back weekend for me. Maybe I will get some reading done since I got 5 books at the bookstore yesterday (it's like I anticipated this or something...maybe I have a bit of psychic Sylvia in me) or watch some movies. I'm a bit disappointed cuz I thought I had superior genes like Dwight Shrute and wouldn't get sick. Guess there's only one Dwight. Sigh.

To celebrate my sickness, I decided to reward myself with a nice cup of vanilla ice cream, slightly melted. With a bit of whipped cream. And a crushed chocolate chip cookie. Topped with chocolate syrup. Mmmmmm......sometimes it's good to be a wee bit under the weather.

But I had better wake up tomorrow in perfect health again.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

You know times are tough when...

the porn industry, especially Hustler and Girls Gone Wild, are asking for a $5 billion federal bailout stating America's sex appetite has gone limp (ha!) due to the economy.

This downturn could be huge people. Think about it...the porn stars will have to start doing tricks on the streets, edging out the current working girls and driving them into other menial labor. The repercussions could be horrendous! So, the next time you are at the strip clubs or watching your favorite video, reach out and touch someone and remember these guys have it tough too.

...This has been a public service message...

Thursday, January 1, 2009

2009 Goals

So, what's in store for 2009?

Well let's see...

1. Spend more time with my family. I haven't seen my brother in about a year and a half and it will be a year in February since I saw my dad so I really want to etch out some time this year to get up to MN and visit my family. I know we have a big family reunion in July, so maybe I'll push for that weekend to see the everyone again. It's been too long and it's too easy to lose track of people's comings and goings with the way time flies these days.

2. Lose the rest of this stubborn weight! I managed to lose 35 pounds in 2008 (hurrah!) but I still have a rather large chunk to go. I'm thinking another 60 pounds should do it. No pressure. (yeah right)

3. Run at least 3 races this year. I only got around to doing one 5k this in 2008 and it was about 2 months after I started running so my time was not so hot. I think I'll stick with the 5k races until I see some improvement and then work my way up to longer races.

4. Stay connected with friends. This one seems so easy but with busy schedules, it can be hard to meet up with my buddies so I want to schedule some girls' nights, movie outings, etc. this year.

5. Enjoy life each and every day.

I will also have some more defined eating/exercise goals for the year but I haven't completely figured them out yet. Here's hoping for a happy, healthy and prosperous year for everyone.

Happy New Year!