Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Weigh-in Wednesday #4

My new job is great.  I love the people with whom I work and the work itself is interesting. Who could ask for anything more?  I am doing a lot more walking than I had been at home but I feel like I need to add an actual workout more often. 

I do have my Jillian DVD but by the time I get home and feed the family all I want to do is check Facebook and park my butt on the couch. 

Last night Prince Charming caught an informercial for a new pylometrics exercise program called "Ten Minute Trainer."  I'm intrigued.  He said it looks a lot like P90X but instead of hour long workouts, each one is, duh, ten minutes.  If you complete one workout and aren't winded or sore or tire, you can always do another.

I am also eating more consistently.  I developed a horrible habit of having coffee in the morning and then not eating again until dinner.  Often, I wouldn't even drink anything all day either! I have a 24-ounce water bottle that I fill up and drink at least twice over the course of my workday.  I've been adding calorie-free flavor via those cutesy little MIO bottles.  It makes it more palatable for me.  Now, if I can make time to make my own lunches instead of going over to the food court, I'd be doing even better.

My boss is doing Weight Watchers in the office and has lost almost 30 pounds.  They're starting a new cycle and I'd love to join but you have to pay $144 in advance and I haven't started getting paid yet so I don't have the funds to join this time.  Next time.  I'll post about it in 12 weeks when the next cycle starts.

Today's weight: 286. Minus two for the week.  WOOO HOOO!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Momentum: I'm getting some

For my lunch hour today, I went in search of places to get lunch.  I had a vague notion where I might be able to find some places so I headed off in that direction. I'm wearing my new Sketchers Shape Up Sandals and I love them.  They're super comfortable, and if they help my thighs and butt, well then, that's added value!  After walking in them at a brisk pace for half an hour, I started to feel a little soreness in my calves and thighs.

Maybe more than a little.

I kept going.  I started to get a little sweat happening.  I felt winded.  It was great! I walked in a big circle and then came back around to this mall type place where they have a food court with lots of options and what did I choose for my lunch?  A healthy salad?  A sandwich with some crisp veggies? 

I probably made the least healthy selection available.   Those darned Auntie Anne's people with their bewitching pretzel aromas!  I ended up wasting all my exercise points by chowing down on a cheese crusted pretzel dog.

Bad! Bad Bad!

Still, I walked.  I walked quite a bit and let me just tell you:  It's really hot outside. 

So I'm going to give myself a little credit for moving around during my free time.  Tomorrow is a special "Hot Dog Day" at my office, a fundraiser/morale improving social lunch event so I can't promise I'll get my walk, but I'll try to behave myself in the face of an array of baked goods.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Location, Location, Location!

Indoor?  Outdoor?  Indoor?  Outdoor?  It's going to be November in Florida.  It could still be fairly warm weather but it could also be insanely cold weather.  It's so hard to choose!  It's too tough to decide?  Luckily, we still have plenty of time.

Despite being up in the air, there are some frontrunners in the Great Wedding Venue Race.  I think we're pretty set on the Wedding Pavilion for the ceremony, but where, oh where, shall we dance the afternoon away?  I have some ideas about what I want the reception room/space to be like.

It needs to coordinate in "feel" for our theme, which I'm calling "Retro 50s Ice Cream Shoppe Party."  So any old convention center room is just not going to work.  I want some natural light and if possible, a view of the outdoors (if we're not actually outdoors!)

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Weigh-in Wednesday #3

It's my first week at my new job and I think it's a great time to start new, better habits. 

Walking during my lunch hour is on my agenda, and if the first two days are any indication, I'll be spending a lot of time running around the office, bustling here and there, running to meetings, going to the mail center, dashing down the stairs and up the stairs and all around.  It's been exhausting.

Also on the New-Habits-I-Need-to-Start list is actually eating more than once a day, and hopefully, making choices that are healthier, whole foods.

It's mostly so far, so good.

But with all the stress and nervousness leading up to starting this job, I gained two pounds.  I am so ashamed of myself.  It's terribly embarrassing.  I'll do better next week, I promise.

Today's weight: 288. Bleh.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Sparkly, Sparkly, Sparkly

I admit I am a serious dork and I am counting down until November 18th when Breaking Dawn premieres.

I'd like to point out that I've been a huge fan of vampire fiction since my junior year in high school when someone loaned me Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice.  I swear, I've read most of the Vamp Lit that's out there.  Still, at least right now, the Twilight series is my favorite series and I love the movies.  I watch them a lot. I have an addiction and it must be fed. 

In case you didn't know, the last Twilight book, Breaking Dawn, starts with a wedding. Hello!  CityGirl is in HEAVEN!  Woo hoo!  I must analyze every aspect!

Last night, after Game of Thrones, I had to watch the MTV Movie Awards because the cast of Twilight was nominated for a bunch of awards.  Additionally, they premiered a longer sneak peak trailer of Breaking Dawn, part 1, and there were some tidbits of wedding-y goodness.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Be Our Guest!

This is kind of random but I was thinking about guestbooks.  I love the idea of recording who was actually in attendance at our wedding but the traditional guest book full of signatures is, well, IMHO, kinda boring.  Once the wedding is over, you put it in a box in the closet and forget about it.  Lame!

Cruising around the web, I saw some nifty ideas for more interesting, creative and inventive guest options.

Go name free!  Check out this piece of artwork I found at Paper Garland, where the couple asked their guests for a thumbprint.  It's adorable.  I could see this kind of thing hanging on a wall in my house forever.  It even has a little bit of Disney flair in that it reminds me of Carl and Ellie Fredriksen from one of our favorite movies, Pixar's Up! 

I've also seen the thumbprint thing done as leaves on a tree.  Cute, but not Disney-fied enough.

It's unique but you don't know which thumbprint belongs to which guest.  It's a teeny tiny drawback.  I wonder if we'll have enough guests to make this really work for us?   I love the idea though! This one is a frontrunner!

What about something less arty and more personal?  Some clever, game-loving couple came up with the idea of a Jenga guest book.  I found this at Oh Lovely Day (an amazing wedding blog packed with DIY ideas) and she found it on photographer Jennifer Roper's webpage. It would be interesting to see how this would work with my favorite board game, Scrabble.  How tiny would you have to write to get your name on one of those little tiles?

I love this idea but what if you're having a whole lot of guests (not that we are!) but this could become quite the unwieldy game of Jenga!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Weigh-in Wednesday #2

No change.  Blasted Memorial Day BBQ and your yumminess.  Oh well, it's better than a gain! 

Sorry for the lack of posting but it's been a busy week!  I have officially been offered a job.  I accepted!  Now it's a crazy scramble to get the kids into a daycare. I promise a better post soon.