Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Happy Birthday to me!!

I cannot believe it's my birthday.  This one is hitting me very strange.  I have officially crossed over into mid-thirties yet I still feel like I should be about 25.  Probably because I might have my own casa and drive a car that I am not scared will strand me, I live exactly the same way I always have.  Oh well, cheers to being comfortable with who you are at any age!!

I went to my running group last night and didn't die! Although, it was muggy and felt like I was breathing in dirty bath water and not air.  It only started bothering me about 2 minutes from the end so it wasn't bad.  I was really worried since I tweaked my knee pretty good the night before with my trainer because someone forgot to foam roll.  The run actually helped in stretch out though so who knows what I did to it.  Today it is in perfect, just barely a pain form.

I am off until after Labor Day!!  I firmly believe that your birthday is special and no one should ever work on their day.  My boss completely understands this and supports me because he knows if he were to make me work, I would turn into a bratty little kid who didn't get her way.

I also am strange in that I don't really believe in New Year's resolutions, but I do believe in birthday resolutions.  Because really, isn't your new year your birthday? So I have decided on my resolutions for this year.

1.  Finally stop running 5ks on my own and actually buck up and enter a 5k race.
2.  Run a 10k
3.  Budget and save like a big girl
4.  Lose these last pesky pounds that seem to love my butt
5.  Take a true vacation
6.  Be more thoughtful of other people's feelings and considerations
7.  Be happy
8.  Make the house a home
9.  Don't sweat the small stuff
10.  Take chances.

Off to straighten the house and then meet the parental units for dinner. Hasta la bye bye!!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Sleep please

I can't believe I am still up.  I can tell you tomorrow is going to be unpleasant at least the morning portion.

I left the office and headed out to happy hour.  Why does driving into downtown still get me flustered?  I made it without getting in a wreck or causing one...bonus points for me!!

It was a fun experience but I must say I was NERVOUS before I headed in.  I am 100% pure introverted and it walked in not knowing anyone.  It was fun and I will go to the next one for sure.  It felt good to talk to people about finance and not put them to sleep. Score one for a room full of number geeks!!

After that is was dinner at Bolla for the last gasps of Restaurant Week.  It was good but nothing to write home about.  I guess my tastes have just changed a little and rich food isn't where it is at anymore.  If I am going to have a splurge meal, I would rather have comfort food...chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, friend okra, peach cobbler, those kind of things.

I did slip on the sugar ban but I'm paying the price now.  Strange how when you don't eat sugar and then have a little it effects you as if you funneled a whole bag down your throat?

Almost 12:30...guess it is time to toss and turn in bed and see if I can't get a few hours of sleep.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Quick WTF

Sitting in my office late after a day spent rebuilding my computer and losing files only to find out that we have a backup system that the "IT" never put my computer on.  Two things wrong with this....that I spent the day rebuilding and that the IT guy never helps with anything.  WTF!!!!

Staying late at the office because I have a meeting in downtown at 6:30 and then dinner with a friend at 7:30.  The owner comes in and asked what I am doing here so late.  I tell him and he tells me "you should make the guy come up this way".  I snip back that it isn't that kind of a meeting and he asks why not.  Excuse me, because it isn't.  I am tired and just don't want to have to think up ways to get this guy to leave me alone so I just tell him that I rarely date.  DUMB move....he asks how long since my last date.  Um, 3 years.  DUMB move.  He acts like I have a deadly disease or three eyes. Just because I don't date, I  choose not to and I am perfectly happy single and on my own that gives you the right to look at me like that and give me advice on how I should start dating so I can meet someone and get married.  WTF!!!!

 OK, off to my YPF meeting where I will interact with people my own age and not those with their Medicare cards.  And where I will not be looking for a husband but instead looking for networking contacts.  Then off to dinner at Bolla.  Yummy.

Later Taters.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Wall

Last night I went to class and was apprehensive about what to expect.  It wasn't bad.  Of course, it was only a run to see how what your speed is.  I did it, let's just say that.  I knew I should have started doing some outside workouts, but oh I have room for improvement.

I didn't get home until about 9 last night and ended up oversleeping this morning because I couldn't get to sleep on time.  Add to that the school traffic I still haven't figured out and I was LATE to work.  Or as I call it, a usual Wednesday.

So tonight in my workout, I completely hit the wall during a super set with no break in between.  Normally it isn't hard but after breaking up the following exercises in 2 rep sets, I was spent. 

1.  Plank Pikes - 12
2.  Medicine ball raises - 12
3. Up/Down Side Planks - 6 each side
4.  Hamstring presses - 12
5.  Bosu squat with 12 lb shoulder press - 12
6.  Step ups - 10 each side
7.  Reverse lunge with tricep kickbacks 5lb - 10
8.  Forward lunge with bicep curl 12lb - 10

On the last 4 of the last exercise I hit the wall.  I couldn't talk myself through it...I wanted to quit. I have never given up and I didn't but I seriously wanted to cry like I was on the Biggest Loser and Jillian was in my face. I did it though and then took a short rest and went on to do squats.  Then had an affair with the foam roller and ended up wanting to scream it hurt so bad.

As if I didn't give myself enough pain, the plan was to come home and roll some more so I could yell in peace and string four letter obscenities together to deal with the pain.  Hasn't happened yet.  Instead I jumped out of the car and went for a 20 minute walk/run.  The weather was just too nice to not do it.  

Now I can roll and scream and then head to bed and do it all over tomorrow.  

Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday Fun

The workout tonight was just what I needed!! It felt so good to do a full body beating.  I admit this is the first time in probably 3 weeks that I was really into it.  The cute trainer being there didn't hurt either!! ;)

The server crashed out at work today.  It should be back 2-3 days.  There are documents on the server that I need to do my everyday job.  There are documents that I spent over a month creating to help me do my analysis.  I am praying that the backups are valid and I get my documents back.  If not, I am going to be an unhappy camper.  Needless to say, from now on, my important documents are going to be on a zip drive. I am also going to have one for all the records that I keep on the server usually.

How in the world did I get sucked into watching this crappy Most Eligible show on Bravo??  I so hope that these people are what everyone thinks of Dallas.  I really need to turn this crap off and get on to what real people in Dallas do...get ready for work and go to bed.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Random Musings

The randomness that is my Sunday...

1.  Well after drinking a ton of water, being outside all day yesterday and being active that whole time, I realized why I still felt thirsty and got a headache last night. On top of that, I was shaky and a few other things I won't mention here.  Can you say electrolyte Imbalance??  Next time, there will be gatorade in the cooler along with water.  Lesson learned.

2.  Still going good on no sugar!!  But right now after dinner, I am craving it.  I know it's all in my brain but I usually listen to my brain! Maybe I will go have some yogurt and strawberries.

3.  This week is going to be crazy and is a preview of the next 6 weeks.  As a result, I decided to start going back to menu planning OCD style.  On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I get to not only bring my lunch but also my dinner with me so I have to really plan.  Crock pot and salads here I come!

4.  Ok, my WTF moment and soapbox topic. Someone close to me posted on FB today that they were cleaning out their kids' rooms today.  My question, if your kids are 9 shouldn't they be doing that?  Why in the world are you being their maid? My parents made me do that and do chores.  I'm still alive, not socially impaired (much), and don't have repressed memories of Mommy Dearest abuse. Kids need to learn responsibility....make them do it.

5.  When did teenagers get so disrespectful!! I know I am not talking about ALL but I witnessed an incident at the grocery store this afternoon that just made me shake my head.  Two teenage girls cut a lady off in her car and the lady said something to them. I heard more four letter words and threats out of those two girls than I have ever heard from anyone who wasn't on reality TV.  If I would have said half of that stuff to anyone my parents would have beat me and I still would have been locked in my room.  Maybe I am just getting old.

6.  I got an email from my running class mentioning that if the heat index is over 105 then class will be cancelled for the day.  That is the first time I realized that I am going to actually have to run in the heat outside. Crap, I really should have been conditioning for this more.

Off to get my food ready or tomorrow, get my clothes for the week laid out, and enjoy a Sunday night.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

More Water Please

I was up and out of the house early this morning and I still ran late. It was fun getting started early this morning but I was off all day long.  At these events, there is a pretty set schedule and when it gets pushed up even an hour, it feels completely off. The only good part is that I was able to get home by 4 which was probably for the best since my head is now killing me.

Being outside in 100 degree heat all day made me drink water...lots of water. I lost track after about my 7th bottle. The strangest part is that now I am's like I can't drink enough water now.  I think I got adjusted to drinking water all day and now without it, I feel dehydrated.  I guess there are worse things to constantly be drinking.

Sugar free day one was pretty easy.  The willpower moment of the day was when I stopped at my favorite place in Denton to grab a late lunch on the way home.  They serve Beth Marie's ice cream which is by the way, the best ice cream.  I resisted getting an ice cream sandwich or a pint of butter pecan.  Yea me!!  But ya'll it was HARD after being outside all day.

I did find a way around the whole birthday-sugar issue.  Duh, I have 3 years worth of Clean Eating Magazine that have no sugar sweets recipes.

Tonight I am going to nurse my headache, drink water, and watch my "little" cousin hopefully get some play time in pre-season.  I hope, hope, hope he doesn't get cut and get to see his dreams fulfilled.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Fast Friday Post

I had a whole post done...Blogger freaked and now I have to go all over again.  I swear, sometimes I think it would just be easier to have my own URL.  Anywho...

Today was a rest day only because I had so much to do and not enough time.

After work I headed over to Run On and signed up for the running class that starts next week.  Hopefully this will get me motivated to get with the program and stop making excuses and start making progress.  The goal is to do a few 5ks once the weather gets cooler and I would really like to run them as opposed to walking them.

It is also tax free weekend and I was going to get some new socks.  I ended up with a new sports bra and a new pair of shorts and completely forgot the socks!!  Such is my memory on a Friday.

After some unexpected shopping, I went to finally get my hair cut. Yea, for not looking like a shaggy dog anymore.  It was hard to actually relax and enjoy.  I finally got to it...right about the time that it was time to go.  Again, such is my life on a Friday.

Once I got home I did a little car wash probably more to play with in the water but at least it was an excuse.

Now I am off to bed os I can get up EARLY and be at an event at 6:30 in the morning.  Spend all day outside and then come home and crash. I am going to be realistic and say that the gym will not be happening tomorrow.  But I will definitely be heading there on Sunday.

Oh, I am also going to join Krista in the Sugar Free Challenge.  I always feel better when I do sugar free.  I also think that is part of the reason that the weight is not coming off as fast as I would like it.  Sugar free  until I hit 155 too.  That will be about 20 pounds.  I can do this.  I might have to kill the next person who puts the Krispy Kremes outside my office but that is a small price to pay for my thighs!!

Now can someone tell me how to celebrate my birthday without sugar?!?!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wednesday Confessions

I think it is about time that I clear my consious a tad and make some confessions. I keep coming up with stupid excuses to not work out.  As a result, I am going to take this time to list all my excuses (feel free to use them) and then what I need to do to bust through them (feel free to give suggestions)

1. I am freaking lazy.  I mean, come on...look at the URL of this blog.  L.A.Z.Y.  I would rather sit on the couch on long work days as opposed to getting up and getting to the gym.

Nope, I am not going to stop running. In fact, I am going to do it MORE!  Starting next week, I am going to training on Mondays and Wednesday and then on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I am going to be at the Run On! Running 101 class.  These are things I pay for and I as much as I am lazy, I am also cheap and hate wasting money.  This gets me moving four days a week and then I can add a day here and there on the weekends.

2. I'm too tired! I always choose sleep over working out. Last night, I had every intention of going to workout and instead fell asleep on the couch. 

This one is easy....get some damn sleep!! Stop staying up till 1am and thinking you are going to get your butt out of bed at 5:30 the next morning.  Yes, you might be staying put for hours but really, you are just being unproductive.  It is better to be more productive in a shorter time period than be a slug on the couch for longer periods.

3.  I feel sick.  I must be the weakest, sickliest person ever for as much as I say I don't feel good.  I know I am a wimp when it comes to pain and give into being sick alot and even I get tired of it.  It's actually kind of ironic since I am the person that rarely takes a sick day EVER. 

I bet if I took care of myself I would feel tons better.  I need to start really making sure I stay hydrated througout the day.  I think that is really what is causing my headaches and my lack of energy. 

4.  I'm too stressed.  Somewhere in my brain I have decided that when I am stressed the best thing to do is relax and forget about it or sit and stress some more about it.  These things can't happen when you exercise.

I know that exercise helps reduce stress.  I just need to remember it when all of the other excuses come up.  I need to remember how good it feels to run and with every step feel stronger and like the crud of the day isn't a big deal. 

5.  I feel sluggish.  Well duh!!  Of course you do, you forgot your lunch yet again and you indulged in In-N-Out at lunch!!  Of course you feel bloated and like a fat cow when you go work out. 

I must realize that every day is not special and that I deserve to eat out every day.  My butt can't handle it and my bank account can't handle it! Of course if you eat food high in sodium and fat calories you are going to feel like crap on and never see a change on the scale. This also might be some of the reason my skin is starting to look more like a 15 year old pimple face again.  I must start just getting off my butt at night and packing my food up for the next day again.  I am usually so good at this and these past few weeks have just been a little fall off the wagon. 

6.  What will padding my time an extra 10 minutes hurt? I am the world's worst at holding myself accountable to doing hard tasks. I can justify any reason (see items 1-5).  A big reason for this is that I work out alone.  I have been going to the gym and doing this on my own for a year now.  I have no gym buddies, no running buddies, no one to cheer me on when I do good and no one to hold me accountable when I start straying from the plan. 

Ok, really, it isn't all that bad.  I just happened to get into getting back in shape and taking care of myself and started it alone.  The majority of the people in my life don't take it as serious as I do and don't workout with me.  I just need to get out there and meet a few new people to workout with and run with.  That is one of the reasons I am taking the running class...that and to finally figure out this whole training thing so I can see some increase in my miles or speed. 

Those are my top 5 reasons and a little bit of what I know I need to do in order to fix it.  Admitting you have a problem is the first step to fixing the problem right?

What do you do to stay motivated and beat back the excuses?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Nap Time Please

I am dragging butt today!!

I was all set to get to asleep at 10.  Bed and a book called my name at 9:30 and who am I to deny? The plan was one chapter, lights out at 10.  It ended up being one book, lights out at 1am.  This is why I don't read during the week.

This lack of sleep was only made worse by the fact that about 12:45, something put the psycho kitty into full on hunting mode.

And whatever it was was on my bed or the wall by my head.  Two things here...the thought of something crawling on me when I went to sleep is enough to keep me up.  And when Ms. Thing goes on safari, nothing is safe.  She will jump on your head to get where she needs to be...if you are in between her and her prey, you are going down. I had to push my pillows away from the headboard so she could pace back and forth.

Can we also just add to this long night and say my medicine decicided to also make me feel like I was on fire last night?  PERFECT.

Here I am at work, on 4 hours of sleep.  I want to go to Zumba tonight but I don't know if I can hold till 6:30.  It might be a zzzzz's class instead if you get my drift.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Hello Monday!

Yea, Monday...can you sense the sarcasm.

Apparently new glasses make all the difference in the world! Something in me snapped this weekend and I decided that I after 3 years it was time to get new glasses. I decided to mix it up and try something new.

Yea, I feel smart!!  Really, it was strange. And What is up with the halo effect in my office...This was the best picture I could get.  Every other picture made me look like my hair was a light bulb.  I swear I hate florescent lights and mustard walls.  

Something else I found in my office today...

Doesn't everyone keep a bottle in their office?  When I got my job, I went almost a year without my beloved adding machine, thinking I could just do what I needed on my computer.  I was having major printing withdrawal (as a finance nerd, I love to hear the 10 key printing).  I finally broke down and went to ask if we had an extra one.  The owner couldn't find one but said the bottle was a consolation prize. Heck yea!!  It stays in my office for the worst day which thank goodness hasn't happened yet.  And I ended up bringing my personal 10 key in...yes I am THAT person.  

After work, I did the usual gym trip and actually came home and cooked dinner!  Will wonders never cease up in this house??

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Yep, still got shins

For the first time in 3 months it was nice enough to take the run outside.  Let me tell you, while it was wonderful and I loved it, my shins let me know they were there.  OUCH!!! It was well worth it though.

I can tell you that I need to do a little research on food before I do another run at 8pm.  I ate a Cliff Bar and a banana and I was tasting the banana the whole run.  I just don't get how to eat dinner AND workout if I do it past 6pm.  It might be time to let the bookworm out and start reading some of the books I see everyone writing about.

This is going to be a strange post...I completely had a brain fart and now I have no idea what I wanted to write.  Time for chocolate milk and a little Hoarders before bed!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Two more left...I can do this

First, before anything, let me get something off of my chest and behind me.  Last Night. Oh boy!!

Sometimes I wonder about people. Sometimes I wonder about myself.  Last night I met up with someone in my profession who I has met at an event that is outside of my profession.  We met up after work for drinks and to talk.  Now, it should be said, this person is considerably older.  I was looking forward to discussing our mutual hobby as well as work and learning how this person does their job.  It turned into this person coming on to me.  This isn't the first time and I came home feeling awful and wondering if it is me, if it is normal, if I'll ever meet people who truly want to help or if I am going to have to make my own way with no help. It was not a good night. I can't let it get me down but honestly, it does make me feel like I can't trust anyone I meet and everyone has an ulterior motive.  It sucks. I don't like it. I go on.

Ok, now the bad stuff is out and I am releasing it.

Other than that, this week has been busy, long, and rewarding.  Tomorrow is a LONG day and I should be getting my stuff together but I am just sitting here still tired after my workout.  I love the tired.  Now I need to get up, iron my pants and put tomorrow's dinner in the crockpot.  Maybe I will do that dinner for Friday.  Yep, Friday.  It's Wednesday and the meal plan is out the window again.  Such is life!!

Has anyone else ever experienced a situation like I did?  How did you handle it?  I still get uncomfortable and think I handle it wrong.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Sleep is needed!

Talk about a crazy Monday!!  With my boss on vacation, my days are long and my work load is double...I love it.  I left work today feeling fulfilled but drained.  Thank goodness I had to workout tonight or else I would already be asleep.

I forgot about the most amazing kitchen appliance ever until this weekend...the crockpot!!  It was so nice to come home before the gym and smell dinner already cooked.  Broccoli Beef with venison instead of beef.  I think that I will be using the crockpot on trainer nights at the gym.  It makes eating afterward so much easier.  Usually I am so tired that I just eat a banana and a piece of lunch meat.  Not too good for refueling. Hopefully, this will be a little better for me.

I think I found my groove for the month and I am ready to go. I have learned that during the week before IT, I lose all motivation and each like a teenager.  So I need to push it the other three weeks and try not to eat away all of my progress like I did this week.  I swear junk food is addictive and when I eat it, it is so much harder to stop eating it.  Willpower is non-existant in this house.  It is a skill I really need to learn!!

Off to chow down and enjoy some trashy TV.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Weekend Plans

I'm home...thank goodness.  Nothing like the freeway being shut down to make a crazy Friday commute even crazier.  I just happened to get to the accident involving the overturned semi-truck at the highway merge so I didn't have to wait long...10 more minute and I would have been taking the LONG way home.

On deck this weekend is operation Get Life Organized...Again.  This is a never ending saga in my house and hopefully this will be the last of it.

Take my kitchen for instance; I wish it could be like this.

Instead, I feel like it is more like this...

OK, really I know it isn't that bad....much.

So this weekend it is all about getting it done and getting this place so clean that Mrs. Cleaver would be amazed.   I mean if the heat is going to keep me indoors and unable to do anything fun then might as well get things in order.  After all....

I also got a home notebook done today so I could put all of my lists (I'm OCD like that) in one place.  I give it 2 weeks before I am back to writing notes on the back of the cereal box.  Not that I really do that...much.  Doesn't single life rock!!

Also on deck, head to the grocery store to take back the sounds good but is really germ infested turkey burger patty I got at the store this week.  Seems the recall bug hit my house.  Now I really do live in a germ infested hoard!!

Gym is also, of course, on the plan. I'm thinking Sunday is a good day for some TurboKick.  I usually hate classes but I just need to face up to the fear of looking like a complete, uncoordinated dork and try it.  I have not really tried a cardio type class since the infamous failing of aerobics in college.  Seriously, it was not my fault!!  Who ever schedule a morning aerobics class was on crack.  It really cut into my staying out and partying time.  Ok maybe I was just lazy.  Some things never change!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Rest Day...what is that?

What a week!!  Today was a killer.  It was constant phone calls and emails.  I had to eat lunch at the yuck joint downstairs.  I keep saying never again!!  Might help if I remember to pack a lunch.  The day was only made better by the special delivery that was made today.  The company that shares the office with us had an all hands meeting and for the afternoon snack they brought in this!

Yep, pure on chocolate attack.  Can ya guess that it's that time. It was full but I was good and didn't eat it all.  Honestly, I just got chocolate overload.

Today was a rest day from the gym since I overdid it yesterday.  An hour of personal training emphasis on the thighs and the arms.  After, I ended up on the treadmill for 30 minutes and really pushed it.  My knee protested and I had to finally call it off and come home and ice and roll.  I got really smart and decided to sit 109 degree weather and ice.

Literally 10 minutes after I started, the peas were getting thawed. I guess that package is destined to just be an ice bag.  It did feel better but this morning was a killer.

I decided to play it cool today and not go to the gym for fear I would do more harm than good on the knee.  Instead and came home and got this wild hair to chemical clean the bathroom.  Now I am completely sick from the fumes and feeling light headed.  I'm really showing my smarts lately aren't I?

Sorry life is kind of boring today.  I'm gearing up for a weekend of cleaning, relaxing, cooking, working out and possibly a little thrift store shopping.

AWOL just a bit longer

I haven't fallen off the face of the earth or ended up in a ditch in the middle of nowhere. 

I was out of town this weekend and I just haven't gotten into the groove of the week yet (yes it is Thursday...this week is a waste).  Add to that, this is the busy week at work and that causes my blogging to be put on hold. 

Tonight I hope to have a new post and my fail at green peaing (aka icing) my knee outside in 109 degree heat.  Hint...frozen veggies melt too and now I have a dedicated green pea ice pack!

Until then...