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I’m Really Good at Spending Money

It’s inspection day!! Again.  Although not until 3:30 this afternoon, which is really 4:30, which means you all need to keep me distracted all day so that I don’t go bananas.  I’m waiting to hear how the inspection goes before submitting an order for this photo to be turned into a canvas as a house-warming present.  Hopefully it goes well, because I really want to buy it, and three more, but that’s besides the point.  I have a twitchy trigger finger.

It’s from our trip to Jamaica, and I took it, and I’m quite proud of it, unless you guys think it looks like corny motel art.  Then I totally hate it. In my head, there will eventually be a collage of canvas photos from this trip and potential others on a wall in our house.  Yup.  Now, the only questions remaining are how big, and deep gallery wrap or thin gallery wrap.

So, it’s May, which is cool because that means summer hours start in 24 days and I get to work from home every Thursday from now onnnnn!  So, if you’re keeping track, I get to work from home on Thursday’s, and the Friday’s when I’ll actually be in the office are only half days.  Bring. It. On.

Remember that fitness assessment I took at my gym not too long ago?  Well, the results were ridiculous and told me I had 37% body fat and was technically over-weight for my height and age.  I don’t really believe the body fat measurement at all, but whatever.  Could I use to lose a few lbs?  Sure, but I am by no means over-weight, I don’t think anyway.  Well because of that assessment, one of the trainers drew up a plan for me, and finally got it to me last week.  Yesterday was day one.  It has me working out 5 days a week, with three days of lifting and two days of straight cardio.  On the days I lift, I still do a 10 minute cardio warm-up and 20 minutes of cardio at the end.

It’s designed as a circuit workout, where you do each exercise in a superset fashion, and take a 1-2 minute break between sets only.  I don’t think I went heavy enough on a few of the exercises, because even by rep 12 I wasn’t really feeling it.  Notes for next time.  My cardio was 10 min on the treadmill as a warm-up and then 25 minutes on the elliptical.

I can definitely increase to 20 lb dumbbells for the rows, and probably the 15 lb dumbbells for the Zottman Curls.  I’m mostly feeling it in my shoulders and chest today.  Today has cardio on the agenda, and I’m hoping to squeeze in a spin class at lunch.  She also has me really curbing my diet which I’ll talk more about in another post.  Until then!  Happy Doomsday, I mean Tuesday.

Holding Pattern, Again

Well, I don’t want to jinx it but I think I’m getting better!  I only sound like I have tuberculosis for a few hours in the morning, and then my cough pretty much subsides until it’s time to go to bed and then I can kill it with codeine.  I’m still quite congested, but my face doesn’t feel like it’s going to explode anymore, and I have a plethora of decongestants at my disposal here at work.  Thank god, seriously, because after being sick for over a month now I am ready to feel better.

Something else I am ready to do? Work out again! I’m getting SO fat, and I’m not just saying that to be dramatic. Every morning when I get dressed I have to strategically pick something that stretches because I am expanding at an alarming rate.  With a trip to Vegas next month and a wedding to be in the month after that, this is not the time to pack on the pounds.  Luckily, I was feeling well enough by the end of the day yesterday to head to the gym for the first time in over a week.  I did 60 minutes of cardio split between the elliptical (40 min) and the treadmill (20 min of hill walking) followed by a one minute plank.

It felt good to be back in the gym, even though I took it easy and didn’t break too much of a sweat.  I’m thinking about finally taking advantage of all the classes my work gym offers and heading to spin at noon today.  Someone remind me to go over there at 11:30?  There’s also a yoga class on Monday nights I want to start taking, I need to switch things up, and after falling off the Live Fit wagon two weeks ago I don’t really think I’m going to get back on.  I enjoyed building muscle and really feeling stronger, but it was just bulking me up without slimming me down, and I couldn’t wait 4 more weeks to get to Phase 3 and see if I slimmed down then.  I need to workout in a way that I know works for me.




Happy Tuesday, hope it’s not terrible.

That Reminds Me

Happy December!  I’m not quite sure there are words to express how happy I am to see this month finally arrive.  For one, I’m heading to PA (again) in exactly one week to get ready for vacation, we fly out of Newark, and two it’s almost Christmas! I love Christmas, and I probably always will.  I just get great joy out of giving people gifts, things they’ve asked for, and seeing the joy on their faces.  Even if I’m struggling financially, like I am right now, I always try to find a way to buy some sort of present for the ones I love.

Also, despite being on my 5th day without booze, I’m in a fantastic mood.  Darren says if I’m viewing that as some sort of accomplishment, I have a problem.  Psh, what does he know.  Something I’ve realized since kicking my nightly bottle glass of wine, is that I’m more likely to shove handfulls of frozen chocolate chips in my face if I don’t have something to sip on.  That reminds me, need to stock up on more flavored seltzer water asap.

Some things making me happy today?

This page of my calendar.  Cute puppy, and multiple days off written in.  However, that is wrong, I don’t get paid again until next week, unfortunately.  That reminds me, mom want to send me some money so I can afford gas to drive home with next week? I’m not kidding when I say I don’t have enough.

I picked up the two pairs of pants I bought at J. Crew a few months back from the dry cleaners the other day, and now that I’ve had the waist band taken in my fav winter white cords fit like a glove.  My thighs and ass are huge, so I had to size up to fit there, but then the waist was gapping.  Tayloring, totally worth it.  That reminds me, I have an Anthro dress I want to take the hemline up on…

Lastly, somehow, it’s already been 5 weeks since I last saw my love and next week he’ll most likely be waiting for me at my mom’s house when I arrive home late Thursday night.  Just one more day of work to get through this week, our holiday luncheon is all day tomorrow, and then 4 days next week and I am home free.  I think I can make it.

And just because I normally mention it… yesterday’s workout was 40 minutes on the elliptical and abs.