Monday, January 31, 2011

Something New

I bought Jillian Michaels' yoga dvd in December and it has been sitting on the shelf ever since.  So yesterday, seeing as I was already sore from my workout on Saturday, decided to try out this yoga tape...as a nice calming exercise.

Ha!

First of all, I should have known that Jillian Michaels never does anything at a slow speed.  Although this certainly wasn't at the level of a regular cardio video, it was pretty fast-paced for my perception of yoga speed; although with only 30 minutes to work with, I guess she wanted to get through as much as possible.  Second, I have never done yoga before so I could only guess what to expect, which was slow and boorrrrinnnggg.  I have really never had any desire to do this type of exercise before but figured, why not? First time for everything.

My thoughts on it...it wasn't too bad.  I actually liked that she kept up a reasonable speed because it kept me from being bored.  It was nice to learn some new types of stretches, and she definitely taught me the importance of balance.  The yoga terms are somewhat annoying but I'm sure, with time, I will learn the proper terminology and won't have to keep glancing up at the screen to figure out what she is talking about.  Overall, it was a good first experience and I think I will try to incorporate some yoga every week.  The dvd has two choices so there's a little variety too.

Tonight I was back to running..just a couple miles and then some sit ups.  Now to find my boys and go for a walk.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Time to Get Down and Dirty!

I am all signed up! On May 1st, my bridesmaids Meagan, Adriana and I will brave the mud pits and compete in the 2011 Down and Dirty 10K mud run in Miami!! Military style obstacle courses, water crossings, cargo climbs, and let us not forget....MUD!!  I am really looking forward to this race  because it's different, it's certainly not for everyone, and I personally get very bored with traditional running so this is right up my alley.

Here's an idea of what will take place:











This is going to be a fun race, and being able to do it with friends just makes it that much more appealing.  Only 88 more days to go till race day :)

Friday, January 28, 2011

A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words...

So, as an attempt to get myself back in the saddle with this whole let's lose weight for the wedding thing, I decided to take some "before" photos to really capture my progress.  I already do my weight and measurements so I decided this would be a nice bonus to it. 

Um...yeah. If I wasn't motivated before, I sure am now!  I've got a lot of work to do but it will be totally worth it in the end.  So, starting tomorrow (as tonight is reserved for fun) I will be working the "Crystal will not look like a Snowball cupcake in her wedding dress" weight loss plan.  I know it can be done cuz I've been at my goal weight before...many years ago.  It just takes dedication and planning and I know I can get there.  I think dress shopping next week will solidify the motivation, too.

So, that is the plan.  The ankle still hurts a bit but I can work with it just fine if I wrap it for a few days. It's go time!!

As for tonight, it's time for wine and girls' night!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sabotage or Clumsiness

My ankle has been on the mend this past week...so process but I can tell it's been getting much better. Reduced swelling, greater range of motion, etc. So, since this means I would be able to return to exercise soon, what would happen this morning? Why, I would completely roll my ankle and feel just as crappy as I did a week ago. 

Sabotage or Clumsines? Hmm...maybe a combined effort.  Back to the couch I go!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Promotion!

After four very trying years, I have finally been promoted! Yippee! Now I am paralegal extraordinaire! Well, that's my personal title for my new status.  Basically, I've moved up a notch in the legal department and I am happy about that.  I am still searching for new and exciting opportunities at other locations, but being appreciated for my hard work at my current job is always a nice way to start out the year.  I know eventually I want to leave my current location and move on to a different area of law but until the right opportunity comes along that is worth the effort, I guess I will keep plugging away.

Brian and I have gotten back into the wedding plans and met with our caterer today.  She sent us home with some sample foods to try which is great cuz that means no cooking for me tonight! Next comes the dress search...both mine and the bridesmaids. Hopefully I can find the one I want...I already have an idea of what style I would like, now it's just to see if my style matches reality.  Two of my bridesmaids will be with to shout out opinions so this should be fun! I hope ;-)

The ankle is still on the mend and, thanks to my impatience, is now a wee bit swollen again.  I have no patience at all for injuries or illnesses.  I see both as weaknesses and just want them to go away as quickly as possible.  So, fighting a head cold from hell and an injury at the same time is really annoying to me.  Yesterday my ankle felt better so I was doing some mock jogging in the house to see how the pressure would feel and some ABC movements and now it's swollen again.  Good job!  I guess that's a no on the running department.  Hopefully I can get back to some type of activity soon.  That about sums up life here right now.  Hope all is well with everyone!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Or Not....

We had a great weekend in good ole Orlando.  Friday we hit up Universal Studios, making sure to hit all the roller coasters, ate some tasty treats (funnel cake!!!) and saw Blue Man Group in the evening.  Those boys put on a great show!  There was everything from paint to Captain Crunch used in the act, good times.

Saturday was spent at Disney.  Now, when Brian and I hit up Disney, we don't mess around.  We had a park hopper pass so we managed to get through three of the parks in one day starting with Hollywood Studios, then Magic Kingdom and ending with Epcot and a tour of the countries.  I love that place, so many good foods and beverages to partake in and all in one convenient location.  The only down side was falling over a sprinkler head in the parking lot and ending up with a nice sprained ankle.  Kudos to me!  No vacation is a good vacation unless someone gets hurt!

Sunday we kind of just chilled out...partly due to my ankle and partly due to football.  Both of us are major football fans and it was nice to chill in the hotel, relax, eat junk food and watch the games.  Brian was thrilled to have his beloved Bears win so after the games we headed to Downtown Disney to walk around and enjoy some drinks.

Now it's back to reality.  The ankle is getting better...the swelling is almost gone and there is only slight bruising.  Still a good deal of pain but it should be gone by the end of the weekend.  Many sprained ankles in high school make me fairly knowledgeable with my timeline :)

So much for my good start with running. Guess I will have to take a couple more days off until it's good enough to run again.  That's okay cuz all my tv shows are new this week. Time to catch up!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Good Start

I've been a good girl and went out for a run both Monday and Tuesday evenings.  Monday was a nice 3 miler and yesterday was just a little 2 miler but it was still a good run since I pushed myself to run a little harder last night to make up for that extra mile, that and Brian and I took Wilson for a walk after I got back so I made up for some distance. With Wilson, it is never a slow walk around the neighborhood, he is constantly pulling you in some direction!

I am planning on doing some hula hooping and I should do some cardio but I can't decide on what.  I've decided I want an exercise bike for the house.  I used to have one years ago but the poor thing finally broke down one day and now I have none :(  So, after a few years off, I think I may start searching for a used one...or have Brian do it during his spare time.  I never feel guilty watching tv if I'm biking while I'm doing it!

Other than that, it's been a busy week at work with coworkers out so I am taking care of all their fun responsibilities.  It's not too bad cuz the work days fly by...which is great because Brian and I are heading up to Orlando on Friday for a nice, long weekend and I can't wait to leave!  It's been several months since we had a nice break (Labor Day, if I recall) and I am so ready for it.  Bring on Mickey and Goofy!

Time to hula and maybe even enjoy a frosty beverage....or two

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Starting Over...Yet Again

Last night I finally put on the running clothes, laced up the sneakers and went out for a nice run.  Having not run for about three months, I had no goals at all except to actually go from a walking pace to a running pace.  I wasn't even sure I could handle a mile as it's been so long since I ran consistently cuz, although I ran once or twice in September, I haven't ran consistently since....the half marathon? Wow.

So, I did manage, after much bargaining with myself, to start running after about a quarter mile of warmup and it went pretty well.  I managed 2.5 miles before I went back to a walk and headed home.  Although this is not very far, I am happy that I not only got my butt off the couch and ran, but also ran further than a mile.  At least I am better off than when I first started running and could barely master a half mile!  I am going to try and make running a regular item for the week and see if I can't get in at least 2-3 runs a week, along with some other activities to get back into shape.

On that note, I think I'll take Wilson for a nice walk. He could use his exercise too :)

Sunday, January 2, 2011

2011 Goals

I can't stand the word resolution, sounds like I've done something wrong and just sets me up for failure, so I am going to go with good old-fashioned goals.  Here's what I've got so far...

1.  Run another half marathon.  I really enjoyed running the Princess half early last year and I would like to do another one this year.  I have been thinking about the Chicago Rock n Roll half in August but it may depend on how wedding plans/costs are going.  At least Brian's family is there so we could visit and stay for free...I just wish it wasn't in August!

2.  Get through all wedding plans with my sanity intact. 

3.  Make more time for friends and family.

4.  Take the LSAT.  I'm thinking the June one sounds good to me.

5.  Lose 40 pounds.

6.  Do something daring and/or exciting.


I have some other short-term goals that I want to accomplish so I am hoping for a good year.  Today we put all the Christmas decorations away and I cleaned the deck and did some household chores.  Now, it's back to work tomorrow (no time off for this gal) so I had best go and figure out what to do about dinner. 

Happy New Year!