My not so regular check in

First…

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This is meant to be an easy breezy place to read mindless content ūüôā ¬†(yes, I’m calling myself mindless). ¬†Hopefully you get the idea.

Phew…

So let’s talk books. ¬†I LOVE to read. ¬†When I’m travelling I read a ton. ¬†When I’m not travelling I typically read before bed. ¬†Sometimes I get 20 pages in, sometimes I get 2 pages in and fall asleep mid-sentence. ¬†Either way, reading at night helps quiet my mind and allow me to let the day go.

I innocently downloaded a book from the library and have been reading it for a couple of weeks now.

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I didn’t really know much about it, but the little blurb sounded interesting enough.

I had just read on a blog that it had some really disturbing parts and I came to see some of that. ¬†The book was very slow moving for me. ¬†I felt like I had been reading it forever and was just barely at 40% completion. ¬†I wasn’t enjoying it but wanted to keep going and give it a shot.

Until last night. ¬†There was a plot twist. ¬†When that happened, I pretty much gave up. ¬†I just can’t read this book. ¬†Quite honestly I think it’s pretty horrible.

I will admit that I’m very picky about books and it’s rare that I rave about a book. ¬†Most books are a solid 3 stars to me. ¬†That said, it’s rare that I hate a book. ¬†Enter Pretty Girls. ¬†Ugh.

It has made me mad and then I get mad at myself that I’m still thinking about this stinking book. ¬†ARGH! ¬†ūüôā

Have you read it?  if you liked it, please tell me why.

So aside from my apparent book fueled aggression, things are just fine.

On the wedding front we booked a venue so we have a place and a date.  Phew.  That was the biggest one to check off the list because it was the most challenging.  Now to find a way to cut down the guest list.  Easier said than done.

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My hope is that people understand. ¬†While it’s great to be invited to a wedding, sometimes it’s not so bad to not be invited (in my opinion). ¬†Has anyone had to deal with cutting friends/family from an event? ¬†How did it go?

I’m thinking that if i’m honest people will understand and if they don’t understand then maybe the relationship wasn’t so great to start.

On the fitness front things are going OK. ¬†Off to a slightly slower start but still an improvement over where I was a few weeks ago, so that’s good.

I have been managing to get my two OTF workouts in each week, which is great.  Last Thursday I took a 5:15a class (I usually do the 5:30a class on Wed/Fri). It was a great class, but setting your alarm for 4:45 is not so fun.

In terms of OTF, the morning classes are pretty crowded so they changed them to a 3G format which means three groups, instead of the usual two. ¬†So there’s a group that starts on the treadmills, the rowers, and the weight room. One morning I ended up in the weight room because everything else was full and I ended up loving it. ¬†I almost feel like starting with weights gives my body a chance to wake up and prepare for the cardio. ¬†Make any sense?

So that’s what’s going on with me. ¬†Have a wonderful week!

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Brain dump – still no photos

Not that anything I’m going to mention is photo worthy, but I will work on that.

I need to clean my house, my office, and my head. ¬†So here’s a start…

Beets!

On Sunday afternoon I roasted three beets to use throughout the week (lunch, dinner, whatever) and have been eating them since.  They are so easy to make and so delicious hot or cold.

The only downside of eating a lot of beets is that my pee is now anywhere from a pale pink to a full on red. ¬†Even though the reason, it’s still alarming to see. ¬†And sorry if that’s TMI. ¬†Actually the first time this happened to me years ago, I did freak out. ¬†So if this happens to you. ¬†Don’t. ¬†A similar thing happened when I was on a huge kiwi kick, but that was a more neon yellow tint. Good times!

No sugar update

I’ve greatly reduced my sugar intake but am still not 100%. ¬†For example, last night I did indulge in some frozen yogurt. ¬†That said, I woke up with my stomach hurting, so I blame the froyo.

My biggest accomplishment is that I’ve been drinking my coffee without sweetener. ¬†I knew it was possible, but I’m pleased with myself to be doing it (and not hating it). ¬†I will quickly admit that my coffee doesn’t taste nearly as good, but it is what it is.

On that topic, has anyone tried putting butter or coconut oil in their coffee?  Feedback please.

Wicked!!

In a relatively spur of the moment decision, last night we bought tickets to see Wicked in a couple of weeks.

My sister and I saw it when it first opened with the original cast and LOVED it. ¬†I’ve wanted to see it again and this time we are going with my parents who have never seen it. ¬†Fun family night!!

I think i’m finally ready to run!

Lots of exclamation marks today. ¬†But this is a big one. ¬†I think i’m finally starting to get excited to start running again! ¬†And speaking of which, I plan to register again for the Fairfield Half in June. ¬†While my time in that race last year was bad, it was a great race for me in every other way.

Wedding venue stuff

I have learned that people in this area plan their weddings WAY in advance. ¬†I guess I always knew that, so I was reminded. ¬†This was also a subtle reminder that I’m not in my late 20s as most brides seem to be.

We don’t want (or need) a long engagement so we’re trying to move things along. ¬†This weekend we’re looking at some venues and my real hope is that by sunday evening we’ll have a venue and a date.

Fingers crossed!  Send those good venue vibes my way.

So that’s what’s on my mind right now. ¬†More to come after the weekend and I will try to take some photos going forward.

Have a great weekend!!!!!

A picture-less update

I know. ¬†Blog posts with no pictures suck. ¬†I’m sorry. ¬†I really am. ¬†I will work on that in the future. ¬†Promise.

So we’ve made it past the mid-point of January. ¬†Holy cow! ¬†I suppose it’s good and bad that time is flying, but mainly good because I can’t stand the cold. ¬†I’m jonesing for the caribbean and I’ve only been back for about 3 weeks.

I had/have big plans for January and going forward in terms of my fitness and overall health. ¬†While things got a bit delayed, I’ve got a plan now and am ready to run with it.

First up.  I weighed myself this morning.  Gag.

During the move I managed to lose the scale. ¬†Odds are good it’s somewhere in the house, I just haven’t come across it yet. ¬†I bought a new digital scale because I felt like I’d need those decimal points.

So after a not so healthy dinner last night, I stepped on the scale this morning. ¬†I was right around where I thought I would be, so while I wasn’t shocked, I was still surprised to see that number in front of me. ¬†I haven’t weighed that much in AGES!

So while I’m a bit put off by the number, I know getting it down is do-able (and necessary). ¬†My rough goal is about 20 pounds and I’m thinking I will let myself look at wedding dresses if I can get to 10.

So it’s back to healthy eating (no sugar and greatly reduced carbs) and working out.

My tentative plan for working out (becauase if it’s not in writing it’s not real):
Monday – teach spin PM – this is also a flex day as I can do something additional or not
Tuesday – work out with my sig other (he’s a fan of Body Beast and intervals)
Wednesday – 5:30a OTF
Thursday – sig other
Friday – 5:30a OTF
Saturday – sig other
Sunday – teach spin AM (also a flex day)

Yes, I realize that means working out 7 days a week, but I also realize this will not work every week, but at least I have a plan in place. ¬†It will surely suck at times but I think it’s what I need both physically and mentally.

So speaking of the mental stuff. ¬†I’m frazzled. ¬†Completely out of it and stressed. ¬†Not good. ¬†I think I’ve been feeling this way since the summer, which is way too long. ¬†I kept thinking things would resolve themselves but something always comes up and they haven’t.

I do believe that working out does wonders for your mental well-being so it’s my expectation that committing this time and effort to myself will help me on that side too. ¬†It has to! ¬†ūüôā ¬†No where but up!

That aside…

Not much is new here. ¬†Last week I was in Germany for a few days (because everyone in the US hops over to Europe for a “quick trip”). ¬†It was for work, so I wanted it to be quick. ¬†I suppose I could have stayed longer if it was somewhere I wanted to be. ¬†But it wasn’t. ¬†It was gold, gray, rainy, and snowy in Frankfurt.

I left Tuesday night and was home Friday afternoon. ¬†This weekend I checked out my first wedding venue, which was a little eye opening. ¬†Honestly the whole process has been eye opening. ¬†It’s expensive! ¬†My sister came up to visit on Saturday and Saturday night we indulged in sushi as we always do. ¬†It was so good!

I taught spin Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, so I am feeling like the fitness thing is really getting started. ¬†Of course I come home Monday to an unhealthy dinner because my other half ran out of time to cook. ¬†But it’s just a bump in the road.

So cheers to making the right decisions and having fun a long the way!  Cheers to not beating ourselves up over making decisions that might not be the best.

As a former boss once said, sh*t happens, wipe and move on. ¬†ūüôā

Here we go 2017!

Happy 2017 to you!

I figured that 2017 would be a pretty uneventful and quiet year but it looks like that will definitely NOT be the case.  More on that later.

To finish up 2016 I headed to St. Thomas. ¬†My happy place. ¬†We were there for Christmas but back in time for New Year’s Eve.

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Bushwacker – so good!
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Sapphire Beach (again)

It is such a beautiful and lovely island. ¬†We stay at Sapphire Beach, on the East End and rent a condo. ¬†We stay in the same complex each year but a different unit each time. ¬†It’s lovely to be somewhere this gorgeous but feel like you are at home.

The town of Red Hook is right down the road and has a bunch of bars and restaurants as well as the ferries to St. John and other islands.

If you ever want to know about STT, feel free to contact me.  I could talk about it all day!

We were home for NYE and spent it with my other half’s family, which was lovely. ¬†Lots of laughing (and dancing!). ¬†I didn’t go to bed until 3am and definitely paid the price the next day.

So looking forward to 2017…

It will not be a quiet¬†year because most likely I will be getting married in 2017! ¬†Yes, you read correctly, we got engaged while we were away. ¬†It’s nuts and i’m definitely still processing.

So if I needed any reason to really get back to being healthy and taking care of myself, this is as good as any.

Big plans for 2017.

I registered for the SONO Half on 10/14/17. ¬†There is a slight chance that that could be wedding weekend in which case I’d defer (and register for another) but we’ll see. ¬†My plan with running is to really start up again in April with an occasional outdoor run here and there until then. ¬†I think I’m almost ready to really give it another go.

I’m getting back on the OTF train and hoping to get back to two classes a week. ¬†I also told the sig other that we could work out together 2 times a week (he’s pushing for 3). ¬†So on the fitness side, the plan is in place.

We’re also on day 1 of no sugar. ¬†I know I need this. ¬†Quite a few years ago, I had to go on a strict no sugar diet due to an overgrowth of yeast due to years on antibiotics. ¬†It sucked but once I got past the challenge I actually felt better than I had in quite some time. ¬†I’m really hoping I can return to that feeling since lately i’ve been feeling very sluggish, not motivated and overall blah. ¬†Fingers crossed! ¬†Drinking coffee without sugar this morning did not taste very good, but I will make myself like it!

So that’s what’s going on here. ¬†I’m ready for it.

Now on the complete opposite side of what I just wrote about, I made banana pudding for New Year’s Eve. ¬†My other half’s family is known for the banana pudding so when he asked me to make some, I felt a bit like I was being set up to fail. ¬†I did some recipe digging and found this one. ¬†Somehow, it got the stamp of approval from the family! ¬†Thank goodness! ¬†Give it a try, it’s quite easy!

And now i’m off to be productive. ¬†Talk soon!!!