Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sunday Miscellany

  1. Annoying sprained ankle = no running for me.  I tried last night and only made it a mile before hobbling into the house.  Maybe if I run with it wrapped....
  2. I bought a new exercise bike on Friday and have already put a number of miles on it over the weekend.  At least I have something productive to do while watching tv!
  3. Brian and I looked at wedding bands today and we found some pretty good choices. Got to say my ring looks pretty sweet with more bling surrounding it!
  4. Just signed up for the GRE for June.  Now I suppose I should get some study materials and start reviewing. Yeah! More learning...or is it relearning??
  5. Wilson got a refreshingly cool bath outside this morning. He was not too happy with me. But he did get a scrumptious-looking cookie for his suffering so I think that helped ease his suffering.  Man, you would think this dog melts like the Wicked Witch with his hatred of water.  Good grief.
  6. We now have Netflix through the Wii and I am happily watching 1001 tales of Bugs Bunny. Good times!!
Other than that, I am enjoying the weekend and totally not ready for Monday to rear its ugly head tomorrow. Back to my cartoons and maybe a refreshing cold one. Later gators!

Monday, February 21, 2011

I Love the Keys

Since it was a long weekend, Brian and I packed up and headed south to Sugarloaf Key to hang out with my matron of honor, Desi, and her family.

Here we are on the drive down...











We enjoyed soome lounge time around the house....

















Yep, they have their own tiki hut too!

















The gals did a looonnngggg kayaking trip around the bay....

















Hit up No Name Pub for dinner and refreshments (yes those are dollar bills-I have a few of them up there)
















Me and Desi....yes there was alcohol involved :)

We had a very relaxing weekend with some shopping, people watching and drinking in Key West and a relaxing time at their home in Sugarloaf.  I also got a new Coach purse! Woo Hoo!  It was good times had by all and I'm sad we are back to work again tomorrow.  Sigh....

Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday Randomness

Happy Friday!  Today is an absolutely beautiful day...clear skies, sun is shining and I am not at work!  Absolutely perfect! I have nothing of substance to say today, just a bunch of randomness from the mind of a blonde gal  :-)

  • I love McDonald's iced vanilla coffee but have a feeling we will need to part ways if I expect to reach my goal weight this year. Sigh.
  • I have a great love for both salt and ketchup.  In fact, I choose many of my meals based on what condiments I want at that time.  Helps narrow things down.
  • I have become a tv watcher of all weight loss programs as well as a reader of all weight loss memoirs.  Do I have a fat complex?  Possibly. But better than some of the other complexes out there.
  • I want to mark off 5 things on my bucket list this year....wish they all were free items but most are going to cost me some scrilla.
  • There are so many damn birds in our neighbor's backyard (cuz the morons feed them) that it sounds like a damn pet store when the doors are open.  Where are those firecrackers?
  • I love Key West!  Can't wait for us to leave this afternoon.  Hmm...maybe I should pack?
There's plenty more but I have to take off to get my hair done did.  Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend, especially if you're lucky enough to have Monday off as well!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Decisions....Decisions.....

I want to run a marathon. It's on my bucket list and I think if I start in the next couple months, a full marathon could be attainable.  After all, I could only run 6 miles and had no trouble with the half marathon last year. The only decision is which race to do?  I am currently eyeing up two of them:

Vegas Rock n Roll marathon on Dec 4, 2011

Disney marathon January 2012

The good thing about Vegas is, um, that it's Vegas and it would be a good way to end the year.  However, this one will be more costly with flights, hotel, etc.  Disney is always a good choice and I enjoy these races, it's close by so no flying although will still need hotel, and it would be a great start to the new year.  They are about a month apart so it's just to decide which one sounds more feasible.  I have a feeling it will be Disney...but maybe flights to Vegas will be super cheap! I guess I'll just have to see.

Second decision is school.  I really would like to get back into school this fall or next January at the latest but I just can't decide quite yet.  I pretty much know what I want to do, make that two choices that veer off in totally different directions, but it's whether I want to add stress before the wedding or not.  Deadlines are beginning to loom so I need to decide relatively soon on this path. 

Lastly...

I need to pick bridesmaid dresses! So many styles and choices to choose from!  We will commence shopping once more next week at a different boutique and see what happens.  Heck, maybe I'll find my rehearsal dress too.

On the fitness front, I have been totally slacking.  Last night I spent the majority of my evening cleaning the house as we leave for the Keys tomorrow for some fun and booze with my maid of honor and hubby.  As for the other days this week, I just didn't feel like it.  My plan is to get back into the swing of things next week.  As for tonight, it's pizza night!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

6 Month Challenge

I've decided to enact a little 6 month challenge to lose some weight, get in shape, and try some new things.  One reason could be the upcoming nuptials...or encouraging a friend to get healthy again....or just because I like challenges and I want to reach my goal weight once and for all.  Whatever the reason may be, I am going to take the next 6 months (starting tomorrow) to exercise, eat more healthy meals for at least 5 days of the week, try new exercises, and really work on increasing my strength and endurance with respect to running.

Even though it is a long 6 month challenge, I am going to think of it in monthly increments.  So, tomorrow begins the first month's goals. My goals for this month are as follows:

1.  Work on my running i.e. speed and endurance. Having taken several months off, I am very slow again and do not have much endurance, although this ankle injury is some of the problem.

2.  Work on flexibility.  I have always been relatively flexible.  Splits are not a problem, for instance.  However, I have noticed a decrease in my flexibility over the past few years since I do not focus on it nearly as much as I used to in the past.  Time to increase that again.

3.  Try a bootcamp class.

4.  Eat healthy meals 5 days of the week.

5.  Start jumping rope.  This used to be so easy as a child and now it's a pain in the arse!

So, that about sums up the first month's goals.  I think it's pretty doable if I stick to it.  Yes, there will be tough days and I'm sure obstacles will arise now and then, but the overall goal of my 6 month challenge is to lose the rest of this stubborn weight, be more flexible, stronger and healthier overall.

~The wedding is a definite motivator as well!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Where Did the Weekend Go?

That was one of the fastest-moving weekends I have had in a long time. At least it was a pretty good one overall, which usually explains time flying by so quickly.  Last week, I managed to get in 6 days of exercise, ranging from hula hooping, weights, running and yoga.  It felt good to get back into the swing of things and burn some calories so I hope this week can be just as successful as last week was, especially considering all the junk food I consumed yesterday.

To review the weekend quickly...

Friday I had the morning off from work for an interview with a new company.  Although it's not a law firm, I would be a paralegal with their company covering all legal and compliance issues under the direction of a few attorneys. It sounded like a promising job prospect, albeit a little boring at times, but I will wait and see what they have to offer before making any decisions.  They are still in the interview process so we shall see what happens.  In the evening, Brian and I just relaxed and watched The Departed as I knew Saturday was going to be a busy day.

Which it was....a couple of my good friends and I went shopping for wedding dresses.  It was such a blast hanging with both of them, there was champagne, pictures and lots of laughs.  The best part is I found my dress! Yay! One more thing off the list!  It's a beautiful gown that I was leery about trying on in the first place so it figures that the one I was most skeptical about turned out to be the winning dress.  Next up is finalizing the bridesmaids' dresses and then starting on the groomsmen.

Sunday morning/afternoon was spent cleaning and doing laundry.  I think I squeezed in some reading, too, but I don't think I retained too much of it so I may be rereading those few chapters.  Then we were off to a Superbowl party with friends whereby I stuffed myself full of junk food and guzzled some beer.  Diet starts tomorrow, right?

Overall it was a good weekend and this week has started off pretty well already.  Work day was relatively stress-free and this evening I plan to watch some shows and get in a quick run. Maybe I'll even take Wilson :)