Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Karate 101

In order to add spice to my exercise regimen, I decided to try out some karate classes.  I used to take Tae Kwon Do back in my college days, albeit for only a year as it got to be too expensive at that time, and I figured now is as good a time as any to get back into it. 

Tonight was just a short 20 minute lesson where I learned some basic blocking, kicking and punching moves but I had a blast the whole time.  I love the discipline of the martial arts, the history, and the punching and kicking of course!  I decided to sign up for their trial course, which is 3 lessons, and then I may become a regular member.  I love that this is a life long art form and one can continue learning and growing over the years.  Did I mention the punching and kicking?

As for my 30 day challenge, I must admit that I did take yesterday off.  I just wasn't feeling the whole exercise thing and didn't even have the desire to bike or hula so I said screw it and just enjoyed the evening.  If I can keep it to just the one day, I figure that's not so bad.

Time to find some grub to eat!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

I'm an Auntie Again!!

After a full day of anticipation yesterday, I finally received the news at 1:53 am this morning that my nephew, Xander James Johnson, has graced us with his presence! 

He came in weighing 8 pounds, 6.5 ounces and was 20.5 inches long with a full head of hair. 

This baby was a big anticipation for us as my brother and Becca (his girlfriend) chose not to find out the sex of the baby, so to finally find out was wonderful.  I am so happy for the both of them and can't wait to see the little guy, who is already known as "the xan man."

Now it's time to go out and buy a bunch of John Deere clothes and other boy stuff. Can't wait!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Key is Movement

Today is Day 4 of my 30 Day Challenge and I can say it is so far, so good.  I have been able to get myself to do some type of exercise each day without throwing a temper tantrum so I consider this progress.

Day 1 consisted of the hula hoop and my exercise bike; Day 2 was a nice long walk with Wilson; Day 3 was similar in that I went on another nice, long walk; and today I rode my exercise bike for an hour, did the yard work (including mowing the lawn-kinda fun!), cleaned the patio area, and then went roller blading.  My legs and lower back are a bit sore now so I must have done something worthwhile!

My biggest obstacle is telling myself that I don't have to do a typical exercise routine in order to count each day as actual exercise.  Mowing the lawn burns a great many calories as well as a long walk with Wilson or even hooping.  The key is movement.  I am better off moving around doing tasks around the house than sitting on the couch with the remote.  Also, with the weather being absolutely fantastic lately, I am excited to get out there and enjoy it. 

That doesn't mean that I won't continue to incorporate the typical exercise routines into my schedule, such as running, swimming, an exercise class, etc...rather I will learn to feel like I have accomplished my goals from the other types of movement as well.

On a different note, my brother's girlfriend went into labor today and I should be an auntie again real soon!  So excited, especially since the buggers refused to learn the sex of the baby so I swear the suspense is even greater than normal! Can't wait!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I ♥ Reality TV/Memoirs

Okay, I must start out by admitting that when all these damn reality tv shows began coming out, all I ever had to say was, "What the hell?  Another friggin reality show? Can't anyone come up with a good sitcom nowadays?"  So, it kind of pains me to say that I have fallen victim to the reality tv train that's been heading through town these last several years.

My favorites would be The Real Housewives of: New Jersey, New York, Orange County and Bethany Frankel's show. Also, I watch Teen Mom 2 (so embarrassed right now), Heavy, Ruby, and Celebrity Apprentice.  Not to mention all the reality car shows I watch with Brian.  It's completely ridiculous how many of these shows I make sure to tape on a weekly basis (hint: all of them) and I look forward to their weekly shenanigans every week.  For someone who complains about all this crap tv, I sure do watch a lot of it!

The funny thing is sometimes I want to be on one of these shows...not the crap listed above but something more my style, like Survivor or Amazing Race.  I really wanted to do Amazing Race with my buddy Desi but we never got around to it and at this point in our lives, I doubt we would. I always thought Wipe Out would be fun, too, but you have to live in California for that one (yep, I checked).  So, I guess I will continue to watch my never-ending supply of crap tv until I find something better to occupy my time.  If it's any consolation on my part, I am usually on my bike or hooping when I'm watching these programs.

My other love lately has been for memoirs.  I think I've read every "fat/weight loss" book out there and they can't write them fast enough for me.  Also, I've enjoyed Ambulance Girl and The Happiness Project.  I find it enjoyable to read about how other people have been living their lives and can always find some inspirational moments that make me all teary-eyed...unlike reality shows which show you how to be cunning and deceiving...necessary qualities as well, I'm sure.  So, I guess I will continue to pursue both these topics in my life until I no longer find them useful or entertaining.  Cuz they are just that: both useful and entertaining....

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

30 Day Challenge

My motivation is still hanging around, so to entice it to stay for awhile, I've decided to give myself a 30 day exercise challenge.  Basically, I want to do some type of exercise for at least 45 minutes a day every day for the next 30 days.  No, this does not mean lifting a beer to my mouth or extreme channel flipping but actual physical activity.

My hope is that exercise will become a habit for me once again and that, after 30 days of working out, I will want to continue exercising at least 5 days a week for 45 min to an hour.  That is the goal anyway.  I am going to try and incorporate swimming, running, cycling (at home) and rotate in some of my dvds as well.  For tonight, I am thinking about riding the bike and doing some stretches...maybe some hula hooping as well.

I'm hoping regular exercise will jump start my energy supply cuz I feel like I've been running on empty for the last couple of weeks.  I am exhausted all day long, no energy, just feel completely drained lately.  I am wondering if the good ole thyroid is acting up again and I'm contemplating heading to the endocrinologist to get all my levels checked out since my regular doc only does the TSH to check my levels.  I may just do it anyway just to find out since I haven't seen an endocrinologist since we lived in Chicago. 

Of course, some of the tiredness could be from my diet as well.  I suppose cake, ice cream and other treats aren't the best for stimulating the metabolism :)  Alright, time to do some cycling!

Monday, March 14, 2011


My motivation has been found! Yippee!  No, it was not under the cushions, either.  Motivation can be funny sometimes.  It disappears for hours or days on end with no warning and then reappears when you least expect it...or just when you need it to arrive again.  Today, I was thinking about the countdown to the wedding. Now, I usually think about my countdown in terms of days (235 to go!), but today I broke it down into weeks.  When I did that, my big number vanished and a wee little 33.5 weeks appeared in its place.  Yikes! That just seems like such a short amount of time, especially with how quickly the weeks seem to speed by nowadays....and that's exactly when my good old motivation reappeared.

The wedding countdown is just one tracker that I have; however, there are several things that I want to accomplish this year that I need to start working on once again. The mud run is just around the corner on May 1st and with my ankle injury, I have been unable to do much running.  Then there's my test that I'm taking in June that I need to start studying for as well.  Not to mention getting myself into shape again and trying a few different classes that I've been eyeing up recently.  I also am checking out a possible career change and need to continue my research on that. There's plenty to keep me busy and I bet that is the reason my motivation ran away scared.  Sometimes the more that's on my plate, the less I want to do any of it.

The key is just going to be taking it one day at a time and seeing how much I can accomplish with each day.  Some days will be better than others...and some days are going to be couch days. That's okay too, as long as the majority of the week is fruitful!

Time to hit the bike!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Still Looking...

...for my motivation.  I know it's around here somewhere.  I wish I could find it cuz I really have some goals I would like to reach for the year and it's hard to do so with my missing component.  Maybe it's in the couch cushions somewhere....

Monday, March 7, 2011

In a Funk

I have no desire to do anything productive.  It was enough to come home and clean up the house and cook. I think I am in just one of those funks where all you want to do is chill on the couch with a book or the tv remote and just veg for a couple hours...days....the week. 

I made myself a paltry to-do list for this evening and am almost through with it, so once that is completed, I am off the hook for the night!  Actually, I am going to get myself to ride the exercise bike and hula...both can be done in front of the tv. 

Here's hoping for a wee bit more motivation tomorrow.  Maybe even a run, if the ankle will allow. Nighty night!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

ABCs of Me!

Since it seems to be going around, I figured I might as well participate:

(A) Age: 33
(B) Bed Size: King
(C) Chore You Really Dislike: Cleaning the bathrooms. Ugh.
(D) Dogs? Wilson...our not-so-little puggle
(E) Essential Start Your Day Item: Iced coffee please
(F) Favorite Color: It tends to change with the seasons.  Right now I'm all about the purples
(G) Gold or Silver? White gold or platinum
(H) Height: 5'2"
(I) Instruments You Play: Saxophone
(J) Job Title: Corporate paralegal aka lawyers' bitch
(K) Kids: nada
(L) Live: Coral Springs, FL
(M) Mom's Name: Denise but everyone calls her Neesar
(N) Nicknames: Chris and Crissy (by a select few people)(
(P) Pet Peeve: Ignorant drivers
(Q) Quote from a Movie: Do you like apples? Well I got her number, how ya like them apples! (Good Will Hunting)
(R) Right or Left Handed? Right
(S) Siblings: I'm the oldest with 1 sister and 1 brother...all of us 2.5 years apart
(T) Time You Wake Up? 6ish during the week and whenever on the weekends
(U) Underwear: Yes
(V) Vegetable You Dislike: green peppers. Gross...icky....blech
(W) What Makes You Run Late: just my OCD making sure the house is locked up like Fort Knox
(X) X-Rays: elbow and ankles.  As for MRI's .....
(Y) Yummy Food You Make: tator tot hotdish or pork loins in gravy
(Z) Zoo, Favorite Animal: monkeys!!