Friday, April 27, 2012

Feeling heavy

Today just got off to a rough start. I had grand plans of waking up early and getting started on a great foot. Hahaha! That all went to pot when I woke up feeling like I had just closed my eyes. I had to remind myself twice that I needed to GET UP so I could put my clothes in the dryer, otherwise I was going to work in my pajamas. Now it's casual Friday, but not that casual. I had also planned to stay awake and make my lunch and pack my bag for the day. Needless to say, that didn't happen either.  What ended up happening was me leaving my house without eating breakfast, no packed lunch, and already running late. Did I also mention I still had to stop for gas? I stopped at Food City for fuel of both kinds, and luckily I wasn't late for work, just later than I like to be.

I still feel like I didn't get nearly enough sleep last night. I think it's an accumulation of the past few nights. It's making me feel lethargic and heavy. Does anyone else feel that way sometimes? You just feel heavier than normal? It's not an awesome feeling for someone who struggles with her weight. And it doesn't help that my jeans were straight from the dryer today, and therefore a little snug.

I'm trying to focus on good things though, so maybe that will bring me out of my funk. I already did my High Five for Friday link up with Lauren @ From My Grey Desk. That helped a little bit. Luckily, I know I'm not hungry so I'm not tempted to eat to stay awake. That was proven to me when I walked by an open bag of Oreos in the office and wasn't even remotely tempted to have one. Actually, the idea of eating it made me feel uncomfortably full. I'll take it, even though it's odd since I didn't eat much today (at least, not enough to feel uncomfortably full at the idea of an Oreo lol). For breakfast I had a deli cup of fresh strawberries & pineapple with a Breakfast on the Go bag and for lunch I had this:
Top Chef Barbecue Steak
I had never had that kind, but it was on sale. I like the Healthy Choice meals, although a lot of times I'll add extra veggies. This one was so good! And it actually had a decent amount of vegetables and whatnot. Totally worth the 330 calories! I may have to go stock up.

I'm trying to think of things for me to do for these fundraisers I have coming up. We're supposed to have some door prizes for one of them, and Greg suggested that I crochet some more ninjas.
Ninja, anyone?
I haven't made one in a long time, and I was thinking about changing up the pattern. I'm not even sure if I remember how to do it... We'll have to see.  I was also thinking about making a blanket for the silent auction, but I don't know. There's only like 47 days left til Relay, and while that is technically enough time, I don't know if I'll have the dedication.

High Five for Friday!!

I'm so excited that it's Friday! Here's my top 5 for this week.
5. Greg's cornhole board is finished! His birthday was Tuesday, and they are still sitting on top of my freezer, but it's done.
No, I don't expect those to stay on :-)

4. We made some serious headway on our fundraising activities. I spent what felt like cutting appart postcards flyers for one of them. It's all for a good cause!
fun, fitness, and fighting cancer

 3. I totally rocked w5d2 of the c25k program. I don't have a picture, but trust me, it happened. I even bumped up the speed for the last minute of running. I was rather proud of myself.

2. Yesterday was a lovely crafting day. We had a storm run through, so I spent most of the morning working on the baby blanket, listening to the rain.  
Almost done!

1. My "birthday party" is tomorrow! My birthday is 13 (calendar) days after Greg's, so we're doing a joint birthday thing tomorrow. Really, we just couldn't think of what to do individually, and we normally invite the same people to both events, so we just combined this year. Dinner and bowling. Should be fun!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Exercising my demons

Ok, first things first, the weigh-in photo.
I wore socks because I STILL need a pedicure :-)
Whoo-hoo, we're heading in the right direction. That's 1.4lbs down from last week. I'll take it! Especially since I had kind of an iffy weekend with my eating. Plus, I took Greg out for his birthday yesterday and ate an entire thin crust buffalo chicken pizza by myself over indulged . But it was my main meal of the day, and I made sure to drink plenty of water. Anyway, I made progress! That makes me happy.

Today I was scheduled to do Week 5 Day 2 of the c25k program. I decided to go shortly after lunch, mostly to get it over with. I'm happy with that mindset. It wasn't something I didn't want to do, but it was something I knew I needed to do. I was reading a blog recently, and the writer said she was getting to the point where looked at exercising the same way she looked at paying bills. It wasn't something you always (or ever?) want to do, but it needs to be taken care of so get it done. That's how I tried to look at my run today. It was great! I had absolutely no breathing issues the whole time I was going. I felt a little tired when I was done, but not overly so by any means.

I was a little worried about not having "enough in the tank" for my run. I always run at night, after I've eaten all my meals for the day. But I know people wake up and run all the time, so I decided I would just listen to my body and see what happened. I did just fine. By the last few minutes of running I was ready to be done, but that's from boredom more than anything else. I bumped up my speed for the last minute, just to change it up a bit. I think Week 6 is Week 5 on repeat, so I may finally take it outside to see how I do.

This weekend Greg and I are doing a joint birthday get together. It's gotten to the point where the same people come to our birthdays, so why not have just one party? We're going to dinner and bowling. I'm looking forward to it. Well, duh, I'd hope I'm looking forward to my birthday party. It feels weird to celebrate my birthday in April, though. Hahaha, I'll probably still going to do something on my actual birthday. :-)

My evening was spent making invitations.
200 postcards!
My Relay for Life team is putting on a Zumba event on June 3. We've been soooo far behind this year, I probably should have had them made a few weeks ago. Better late than never though, right? I'm afraid I'll have to make more, but at this exact moment I'm not going to worry about it! I'm glad we finally have some things lined up though. We've got this, a shirt sale, and our annual benefit show with Einstein Simplified. I wish we had time to do more, but the event is in like 6 weeks! Eek!

Oh my... it's almost 12:30am... I need to go to bed! good night all!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Lazy Monday?

I love uneventful Mondays. I've been so go, Go, GO! lately, today was nice. I ran some errands this morning, and I still have to work tonight, but it's nice not to feel like I'm racing from one point to another with barely enough time to think.

I got Greg's boards finished! Or at least as finished as they are going to get today. :-) I'm just waiting on them to dry completely so I can put on the decals. I still have to finish making the actual bags, but all I have to do is fill them and sew them closed. That will take all of about an hour tomorrow. Depending on my mood, I may fill them tonight when I get home from work. I'm still not 100% positive how I'm going to give him these crazy things. They are a little hard to wrap, yanno? I may just leave them on his back deck with a bow. I would leave them on his front porch, but he very rarely goes out that way.

I'm supposed to start Week 5 today. I'm a little nervous, even though it's technically less total running time than I did last time. I'm not sure if I'me nervous I won't physically be able to do it or that I'll be bored. I think the latter. I really need to start taking it outside, but not today. We're in the middle of a "Dogwood Winter" so it's a little chilly out. Plus, I'm not about to run outside in the dark by myself. No thanks!

Ah, I had more to say, but time got away from me. I'll save it for later. Have a good Monday!

Friday, April 20, 2012

It's Friday!

Part of me can't believe it's already Friday. No... All of me can't believe it's already Friday. Time flies when you're doing 9 million things at once. :-)

High Five for making it this far!

5. Going to a Smokies game with friends this past Saturday.  
4. Making some progress with Relay planning! I feel like I spent all day Tuesday sending emails, but we got a lot accomplished, and I'm really excited!
3. Hearing that one of "my girls" from church is getting baptized this weekend.
2. Knowing I get to sleep past 6:30 tomorrow morning! It's the first time I'll be able to do that in like 10 days. Watch, I'll be up at 6. :-)
1. Making progress on Greg's birthday present! His birthday is on Tuesday, so I'm sure finishing it will be in next week's High Five. 
Waiting to add coat #2
Ok, I'll do a real post later! Have a great Friday!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The wrong way...

First and foremost, let me start with this morning's weigh-in.
I would like to apologize for my desperate need of a pedicure, but I am in too much shock that I have somehow GAINED a pound, and 0.8 of it since yesterday morning! I'm hoping it's just hormonal weight gain, but we'll see.

What bothers me the most is knowing that it's a "failure trigger." I will be the first to admit that I am an emotional eater. One of my favorite fb status updates is "Today my feelings taste like ______ and they are delicious." So when I see that I'm gaining weight, it sets off the emotional dominoes that I've failed and I start eating.  What makes me even madder is that I know it doesn't make any sense for me to do that. I will know while I'm eating that I don't want it, I'm not hungry, but I'm eating anyway. It turns into a vicious cycle. Luckily, that won't be a problem today. I've never been so happy to have allergy drainage making me nauseous. :-)

I'm hope I will be able to work on Greg's birthday gift today. I don't have to work tonight, but I do have to take my mom to the store. Anyway, I'm hoping when I get back I'll be able to get the sanding done. My mom's friend's husband let me borrow his electric sander, so I shouldn't take that long. There's not even that much that needs to be sanded. I might even be able to get some of the spray painting started. I hope so at least, because I am working all day tomorrow, it's supposed to rain on Saturday, and I have my day booked on Sunday. I'm sure I'll get it all worked out though.

Today I will leave you with what I think might be one of the cutest and most awesome things I've ever heard about. Here's a link the the story.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ah, so that's why...

Last night I discovered why some people call it the dreadmill. While I am proud to say that I finished W4D2 without incident, I have to admit I almost stopped due to total boredom! I started praying for God to keep me from looking at the clock. I was literally thanking Him for every little thing under the sun until I heard the beep to change pace. I never felt like I couldn't do it anymore, I just felt like I was going to die of boredom. I'm not really sure why I felt that way. I didn't have my iPod with me, but I haven't used that in a few weeks. After reading an article in Runner's World, I decided to try jogging without it so I could listen to my breathing.

For the record, my breathing was good, but I haven't started using my iPod again. Since I want to start taking my runs outside soon, I want to get used to doing them without it. I don't live in a bad town, but I want to be able to hear what's going on around me.

Today was a weigh-in day. I overslept HORRIBLY. I am supposed to leave my house at 7:40, and I woke up at 7:20. I'm not sure what my problem was. I remember my alarms going off. I guess I just turned them all off. Luckily I had everything ready to go, I just had to go in a hurry. I did remember to check my weight, but I forgot to take a picture. My weight was 211.0. :-( Up 0.2 from last week. I'm HOPING that my muscles are just holding on to water because of my run last night, but I did have kind of a cruddy food weekend. I'll weigh myself again tomorrow, and hopefully remember to take a picture as well. Even if it's bad, I still need to document it.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Love affair

So, in my first post, I mentioned a new love affair. I figured I should explain... although you might have figured it out. My newest love is running. Although, I guess what I'm doing at this point is still jogging. As I mentioned yesterday, I decided that I wanted to run a half marathon. This was after the most recent time of me starting the c25k program. I've started it I don't know how many times, but this time I made it a little further, which made me think I might actually finish. And as I've progressed further, I like it more and more. Actually, I like the running about the same, but I'm getting addicted to the after effects. :-)

I really do want to run a half marathon. I'm taking it one step at a time. I need to finish the c25k first! I was reading a blog, shocking I know, and she said that she a good plan was to pick a race, then go ahead and sign up for it. Then I will be more committed to my training, because I don't want to waste my money. My initial thought was to do the Music City Half, but I can't figure out how to register for the darn thing! But, that's probably good, because it is tentatively scheduled for my mom's birthday weekend, and I really want to do the Color Run, which is also scheduled in Nashville in October. If I have to choose, the Color Run wins. So, I'm still looking for a place to do my first Half. There is a marathon series close to me, but it is super hilly, and just no. Not yet anyway.

Like any good love affair, this one has given me a bit of a confidence boost as well. There is just something special about doing something I've never done before. Like making it to Week 4 in the c25k program. I've never made it past week 3. I'm not even sure I've ever made it pas W3D1... Knowing that I did it once and can absolutely do it again makes me feel almost giddy. I'm hoping to be able to complete W4D2 today.  

I was supposed to do D2 on Saturday, but I just couldn't. I only got about 4 hours of sleep Friday night, and I hadn't eaten much before I was going to run. I tried though. I really did. I started the program and got to the first set of jogging for 5 minutes when I realized it was a bad idea. I'm not going to lie, it did make me feel like a little be of a loser. It put me in a bad mood for the rest of the weekend. But I know that it was the smarter thing to do. And I don't want to get into the habit of trying to do too much with too little. That's a fast track to a burnout. Or breakup I guess.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Crafts abound!

Ah! This weekend was rough! A series of cancelled plans, high stress levels, and emotional eating did not make for fun times. It probably didn't help that I wasn't sleeping well the whole weekend. Why do we always make such poor decisions when we're tired?

I'm feeling rested and better today. I'm hoping this good mood can carry me through. I have a loooong week, working both jobs. But, looking on the bright side, at least I'll have some money coming in. AND, since I took off Saturday morning to go to Tony's soccer game, I get to sleep in that day... it's sad what makes me excited, isn't it?

I mentioned earlier that my friend and I had something crazy planned for this weekend. Well, that fell through. It's probably for the best though. To be perfectly honest, it was NOT a smart idea. :-)  We were going to walk a half marathon distance. I told my friend I wanted to run a half marathon, and I wanted to start training for it. Technically, I was already training to train for it. (I'm doing the c25k program so I can get to the baseline for half marathon training... make sense?) Anyway, she had a dream that we went out an walked 13.1 miles. That gave her the idea for us to really go out and walk the half marathon distance. Her rationale was that if we walked it first, our time could only get better. Plus we would have already done it once.

Before anyone starts yelling at me, I KNOW! Not the best of ideas. Not to mention the fact that we couldn't really find a path to try and follow. The more we started putting the idea into motion, the more we realized it wasn't going to work. Not to mention the fact that I had just read about someone who walked a half marathon without training and was in a lot of pain after. It was probably for the best, but I was still disappointed. And mad at myself for consuming the calories the day before, thinking I would burn 1200 on our walk lol.

I'm itching to work on some craft projects. I actually have one going right now. Mr. Wonderful's birthday is a week from tomorrow, and I finally figured out what to do. He's really not hard to buy for, but for some reason I was just drawing blanks this year. Or what I wanted to buy was expensive (insert this or this). I'm not sure how, but I finally settled on a cornhole game. Amy's husband had been tossing around the idea of building one, and she said it would be cheaper if he bought the stuff to make 2 and we split the costs. I offered to make the bags if he did the building.
I think they turned out pretty awesome!
I just need to sand them before I paint them. I'm still trying to decide on decorations. Originally, I was going to do a Thor motif. I was going to to paint them blue and put the silver circles on each. He'd get it, but I was worried no one else would. Then I saw these Avengers movable wall decals at the store last night, and I thought about just putting those on there. Before I go any further, yes, Greg is turning 35. He's a big kid, and I love him for it. :-) Anyway, I may paint them and put those decals on them, and let him pick a different design later if he wants. I think that might be the easiest thing for him and my sanity.

I also have opportunities for other crafting projects coming up. Some friends of mine just found out they were expecting a baby (I'm not sure if she's even 2 months along yet). That means BABY BLANKETS! I'm so itchy to do crafts, this poor kid is probably going to have enough coverings for every day of the month... which given the nature of babies and messes, may not be a bad thing. I'm super excited to try this pattern from Delia Creates. I've been wanting to try it since she posted it, but no one I knew was expecting. I know I could have just made it and put it up, but I like to think about specific people when I making a blanket. I feel like I put more love in it, if that makes any sense? I guess it becomes more of a prayer quilt that way.

Well, this is getting to be a bit of a rambler. I hope that you all have a wonderful Monday!

Friday, April 13, 2012

High Five!

It's Friday! I didn't really forget, but I didn't think about it! Anyway, I always wanted to participate in the High Five for Friday, but I never felt comfortable with the other blog. Anyway! Here are my top five things from this week.

1. Surviving Week 4 Day 1 of the c25k program! I don't know how many times I've started this program, but I always crap out at week 3. Pusing through and knowing that I could complete Week 4 has given me a new burst of energy and confidence.

2. I get to go to spin class tonight! I hope I remember my bike settings....

3. My friend Amy and I made a CRAZY decision last week, and we finally decided when we're going to go through with it. I don't want to give anything away, but I promise I will post what's going on as soon as it happens. We're aiming for this Sunday, so you won't have to wait long. :-)

4. We had a good committee meeting last night.There were some great ideas tossed around, and I'm getting more and more excited for this year's Relay!

5. Starting my new blog! Not that I don't love the old one, but I'm excited to see what I can come up with here.

Since I created this blog on a whim, I didn't take pictures of anything. I'll try to do better next week. Have a great Friday!!

Survival! or I can't count...

Yesterday was the day for me to start week 4 of the Couch to 5k program. I was talking to a friend about it when she asked how long I had to jog for this week, so I looked at it and figured I had to run for 11 minutes altogether, up 2 minutes from last week. I swear, almost immediately I started feeling wheezy (I'd been fine right before I looked), and when I walked next I felt a slight twinge in my knee. Can we say psychosomatic symptoms? Later when I was stepping over a baby gate, I felt like I pulled something in my hip. What the heck??

I went to the gym anyway, and after 30 minutes of chatting and procrastinating, I finally got on a treadmill. After a few minutes of my warm-up walking my hip and knee both felt fine, so I figured it really was in my head. I walked for 5 minutes, jogged for 3, walked for 1.5, jogged for 5, walked for 2.5, jogged for 3, and started walking. There was my 11 minutes of jogging, and I had made it through! I was tired and slightly winded (my asthma was flaring a little, but nothing unsafe for me to jog), but I felt good. Then I heard the beep to start running. What?? I glanced at my phone and saw it counting down another 5 minute jog. I'm pretty sure I let out a little whimper, but I hit the button to switch pace. After I was done (for real this time) I realized that the first time I calculated only added up to 25 minutes, and I had 31.5 minutes on the timer. Oh well, I still survived. And I had all kinds of endorphins flooding me on the way home. Love it.

I have been on a tea kick lately! I've always liked tea, but in the past few months I've been drinking it a lot more. Even more than coffee, and if you know me, you know how crazy that idea is! Anyway, this week I picked up a few new flavors to try and they are all delicious.
Not sure why the people cut off the sides of the box?
 So far this is my favorite. It's light and sweet, but not TOO sweet or coconutty. I also bought the Lipton Green Tea Orange, Passionfruit, and Jasmine, and the Celestial Seasonings Green Tea with White Tea Peach Blossom. They are both really good, too.

Whoo hoo! I have the day off today. I didn't sub this morning, and I gave away my shift at work tonight. So what are my big Friday night plans, you ask?  I'm going to spin class and then to Jo-Ann's (the craft store). Yep, that's right, I'm going to my place of work on my night off. Because I'm awesome like that. Actually, I love my spin classes, and I adore the instructors. I've get really bummed when my schedule doesn't allow me to take the class. I think this will be the first time I've gone in about a month. I'm super excited! 

Ok, I think I'm addicted to the endorphins. :-) Seriously, I'm not a workout addict by any stretch of the imagination, but I notice that when I do cardio, I want to do more of it. Take my c25k stuff for example. My schedule was weird this week so I had a bigger gap between day 2 and day 3 on my schedule. When I finally got to it, was was practically bouncing to get on the treadmill. I couldn't remember why about 10 minutes in, but still!

Alrighty, I guess I've rambled enough for the moment. I need to find my stuff to go to class tonight. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

A Day Late

I am one to do Wednesday Weigh-ins. I love alliterations, and it's easy to remember, so... yeah. Anyway, I REMEMBERED to weigh-in... I just FORGOT to post about it. Anyway, here's what I saw on the scale yesterday morning.
I always seem to be in need of a pedicure!
Not a horrible number. It's down 3 pounds from the last time I weighed myself! Sadly, it's up 2 pounds from the start of March. BUT I'm not going to beat myself up. I really need to be consistent about posting my scale pictures to hold myself accountable. I think the fact that I didn't do it was why I was able to gain 5 pounds in the first place.

Ahh! I have so much I want to say, but I need to get ready to go! A friend asked me to follow her to the repair shop so she can get her truck fixed (she has to leave it for a few days). I have a Relay meeting tonight, but hopefully I'll be able to post later tonight. Bye!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


So... Technically I have another blog (over here), but it's original purpose seems to have failed, and I feel weird taking it over completely, so I decided I would start a new blog and see where it leads. There will probably be some stuff about my weight loss and my new love affair (more later), but since I like to craft and create (hence the title) there will most likely be some of that in here, too. I'm not really sure where I'll go from here, but I'm excited to see!
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