Thursday, December 31, 2009

Short and Sweet

No big reflections or anything from this gal. 2009 was a good year overall and had its share of successes and disappointments. I met quite a few of my goals this year and missed out on a couple of them, which tends to happen when you have 47 freaking goals :)

So, what's in store for 2010? I have a couple things up my sleeve...

  • Carribbean cruise to Grand Turk, Half Moon Cay and Nassau in 10 days-woo hoo!!
  • Back to school on Monday-yeah!
  • Continue with my fitness regime and maybe start including some new challenges
  • Finish the Princess Half Marathon and get my shiny medal
  • Bridesmaid in my best friend's wedding in September
  • Still eyeing up those trapeze classes....
  • Books to read
  • Family to see
  • And whatever else may come up.
Happy New Year everyone! See you on the flip-side...

Monday, December 28, 2009

Registration Complete

I waited as long as I could, but when I saw the race was already 70% full, I whipped out the credit card and confirmed my spot in the 2010 Disney Princess Race.

I'm committed now! So, that means I need to dust off the training schedule and get my butt out there and start logging in some serious miles. I've been slacking the last couple of weeks but now, with payment in place, I think I've got the monetary motivation to get me moving again.

The registration actually asked who your favorite princess was. I chose Cinderella, of course. I just love her gown! So pretty!!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!!

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Friggin Sore

So, in anticipation for the new year and all the wonderful goals I will prepare for 2010, I decided to purchase a couple new exercise DVDs at Target on Saturday. I got two of Jillian Michaels' DVDs (cuz I love her) for a mere $10.00 each and decided to try out one of them yesterday.

I chose "Banish Fat Boost Metabolism" dvd first cuz it just sounds bad ass. It consists of a warm up, 40 minutes of circuit training (7 circuits) and a cool down. I breezed through the warm up and the first couple circuits with no qualms at all. In fact, there was a bit of smugness on my part at the easiness of the exercises. I started to think Jillian was being too nice...these were just going to smoothly.  And then the bitch picked turned on me. And kicked my ass. And tried to make me cry. There were mountain climbers (on the ground and standing up), high kicks, kickboxing moves, ab workouts and other exercises she must have bought off of Satan himself. I ended the workout good and sweaty and cursing her existence. Just the way I like a workout to be.

After my workout, I was still on an exercise high so I went out for a walk/run interval session, alternating between walking and running every half mile and ended with some good stretches.

Which leaves me to today. I am sore. Muscles that I forgot I had hurt today and the thought of getting out there for a quick 3 miles seems daunting but I think it must be done, f for no other reason than to loosen up my poor little muscles a bit.

Jillian, you didn't disappoint. Hate you today. See you tomorrow!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

A Step Back Into Childhood

Today I decided to try and finish up my Christmas shopping and, being an avid book reader, I decided to head to the bookstore and see what I could find for my niece, Morgan.

Total time warp people. I spent about 20 minutes in there just reliving my childhood through all the great books I read when I was young. The Ramona Quimby books, Bridge to Terebithia, The Secret Garden, etc. So many memories of hiding under my covers with a flashlight and reading long into the night, praying that I wouldn't get caught being up past my bedtime. It makes me want to reread all those great books The Boxcar Children. Loved it. Just loved it.

So, to start Morgan off, I got her the original series of Winnie the Pooh books. My sister used to love Winnie the Pooh and I thought these would be great books she could read to Morgan. I think I will make it my mission to keep my sweet, little niece stocked up in books...that and Barbies, of course.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Another Week Goes By...

Good grief, I can't believe another week has flown by and we are only a week away from the Christmas holidays. So much left to do and so little time to get it all in. So, what's been up this week:

  • No exercise, that's for sure. I bowled Monday night, which was a lot of fun and a nice change to the week, but left no time for exercise, Tuesday I was at the school getting things squared away and yesterday I was too lazy. So, I guess I'll, um, start tomorrow.
  • We have our work Christmas party tomorrow so that means very little work to be done and a whole lot of eating to be done instead. Yippee!!!!!!!! Hope there are some refreshing spirits too!
  • Wilson had another case of the allergies over the weekend and had to be taken in to the vet on Mon. cuz he was breaking out in hives and crying. Poor little guy...he get's such bad allergies in the winter and spring months down here but he's back on his medicine and seems to be back to his old self.
  • We are watching our friends' dog Annie and she is such a good girl! Can't wait for the rain to stop so I can take her for a walk...actually she tends to take me for the walk-that girl can move.
  • I finished the 6th Harry Potter book and just started the last one in the series. Can't wait to see what happens, the last book sure surprised me!
  • I still have to register for the Princess race-only 77 days, 3 hours and 47 minutes to go! (I'm not obsessive, I just checked the website)
  • Oh, and only 25 days till we set sail on the cruise!!!! Woo Hoo!!!!!!!! Maybe I should make sure I have the time off from work.
So, this weekend I think I will finish up my Christmas shopping, get my hair cut, get back into my running routine, clean the house, and do all the other little things that are sure to pop up. Back to Harry Potter!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

What's Your Motivation

So, since the Princess race is a mere 3 months away, my bff/running mate (who is flying down from Minnesota for this run-yay!) and I have been trying to motivate eachother with some quotes. We've come up with a few we like:

Running is a big question mark that's there each and every day. It asks you, "are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?"

If I am still standing at the end of the race, hit me with a board and knock me down, because that means I didn't run hard enough.

I see you. Sweating. Breathing hard. Head down. Shoulder into it. How your clothes fit. How the crowds part. I don't have to meet you. Just want to be like you.

Run every race like it's suicide and it's a perfect day to die.

It's as simple as left, right, left, right, repeat

And a favorite so far....

There is nothing to be intimidated about - it's just another long run where a few more people show up and they all happen to wear numbers.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Still Here...

Just been busy. So, where are we at:

  • Brian ventured out to the stores at 3:45am on Black Friday and got us a new computer and a new tv for the bedroom.
  • The tv was a lemon and was returned for a new one. Success!
  • The computer was a friggin lemon and after a ridiculous number of hours trying to diagnose the problem, talking to tech support (idiots) and fighting w/Best Buy, the computer was returned (with many swear words following in its wake) and the old computer continued its reign for our tech world.
  • I ran about 20 miles in the last week and feel pretty good about it, although I'm wondering if I may have a shoe problem as my toenail seems to be separating on one foot, causing me to get annoyed and stressed out about how to prevent its inevitable departure. Not running is not an option anymore!
  • All Christmas decorations are up both inside and outside the house. Looks freaking great!
  • I baked cookies and bars yesterday and then began eating them in earnest. Kinda feeling like a blimp right now-no wonder I rarely bake.
  • After a week of hating Best Buy, we headed back and purchased a new computer, which I am happy to say is working wonderfully. Now, I just have to get my stuff to transfer from one computer to another and I will be a happy camper.
  • Now, I am just getting ready for this upcoming week: getting computers switched out, upcoming birthday, registration, cleaning house and preparing for Christmas party. And lets not forget running!!
On that note, I shall depart and enjoy the rest of my Sunday night...after I finish my chores, that is.