Friday, February 24, 2012

Fitness Friday!

So, two weeks ago, I bit the bullet and decided it was time to drop some of those married-lady pounds I seem to have acquired since saying “I do”. I honestly don’t remember those being in the vows…
Notice, the emphasis on only one half of the marital unit dropping lbs, the other half has been undoubtedly blessed in metabolism-area, shall we say.

So, I put on my big girl [workout] pants, put down the proverbial donut, stifled those remaining excuses, and kicked my recently-acquired-voluptuous-booty into gear.

I’ve been tracking my calories through Sparkpeople (I’m adrienneeb7, be my friend!!!) I know many enjoy My FitnessPal, but I have a good thing going with Sparkpeople and I like it a lot.

I started last Monday, and, for the most part, I’ve stuck with it! I “cheated”, i.e. went over my calories twice, but I’m trying not to sweat it. Meh, 80/20 right? We have however, started every morning with a "green monster smoothie". They're so tasty and I love feeling like I'm starting my morning healthy!
Nevertheless, it seems to have worked, because in the first week, I lost 3 pounds! Wahoo! It seemed like a lot to me but:

A.     A. I’m not complaining
B.     B. As it was lovingly pointed out to me, the first week often reflects more significant loss.

We had hoped to get some work outs in this week but that, uhm, well. Yeah, we failed (minus sort of running on Sunday).

So, the goal this week is to get our bodies moving and [for just me] to keep on trekking tracking.

How are your fitness goals going for you? Does anyone else out there use My Fitness Pal or Sparkpeople?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ten for Tuesday (The Brain-Dump Edition)

  • ·         We spent Valentine’s weekend (it was the weekend after V-Day in our minds) at hubband’s family cabin. It was a tad snowy and perfectly lovely. We had adventures. Okay, mostly, we did nothing. But, it was the sort of nothing you do while pretty snow falls outside.
  • ·         I really love to cook, really cook, but only when I have time to pull out every single cooking utensil in the house take up some space and make some food from scratch (well –ish. I mean, we’re not pioneers over here. This lady buys her enchilada sauce in a can. You get the point.) This usually leaves me really "cooking" on vacations and weekends. At the cabin I made homemade enchiladas and salsa, and hubband fell in love with his Mexican wifey all over again.
  • ·         Tonight, I am making this recipe, and I’m really excited. I recently made the baked oatmeal- it’s delish!I love all the healthylicious recipe ideas!
  • ·         I’m really pumped to weigh in tomorrow. Is that weird? I know it’s weird. But, I’ve been doing well for over a week now, except for last Saturday, when I indulged splurged engorged myself on some delicious See’s chocolates. O, chocolate, why must you be so dangerously delicious?
  • ·         I’ve been having some blogger drama as of late. Like, If-I-get-the-“an error occurred while trying to save”-message-one-more-time-I’m-tossing-le-computer-out-of-le-window drama. In other news, I’ve recently reaffirmed that I’m the least patient person in the world.
  • ·         The hubband-guy is going to be away for the evening doing some IT-Work at his mom’s school. My plans? Dinner, wine, and copious amounts of Army Wives.
  • ·          Yesterday ended up being one of those can’t-get-anything-right-ever type of days. Luckily, I can happily embrace my imperfection, which my sister-ladies are all-too-happy to encourage. Example:
  • ·         Hubband and I have some super, ridiculously awesometacular news to share, but can’t just yet; we are dying to share too. No, we’re not having a baby, but still, the metaphorical duct-tape-over-the-mouth is killing us.
  • ·         My bestest lady friend ever however, recently announced that she’s expecting baby # 2. I couldn’t be more thrilled! I’m so excited for her and her husband (and their sweet, little big-brother-to-be) and for their whole new adventure in parenting.
  • ·         We “ran” 5 miles Sunday evening i.e. we attempted but ended up walking 1/3 of it. It was the first run since the half marathon and the lighter pace was generally appreciated among all parties; read: we were tired. It did, however, feel absolutely spectacular to get out there. I am further reminded that running provides the outlet I need to de-stress and act like an adult again. No, seriously. Running=my therapy.

That’s ten folks, and consider this brain dumped. Salutations amigos. Happy Tuesday!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Two years ago today, God set in a motion a plan decided before those involved even knew.

Two years ago today, a girl walked up to an old friend, a guy, and said, “hey”.

Two years later, that girl and that guy are married, and they’re out celebrating right now,

What God did, two years ago.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Half Marathon Weekend Adventure! (and it's on Friday- That Makes this Fitness Friday!)

To start off, basically, you people are amazing. Now onto the gory details.

We left for California Friday morning, eager and ready for the big race weekend!

Hubband got bored all artsy with the camera during the six hour drive.

After arriving and checking in, we walked down the street, to a small sushi place we had seen on the way!


The sushi chef (who was so nice!) recommended this creation, a unique roll...

I didn't like it, but Hubband appeared to enjoy, didn't he?!

The next morning, we headed down the street, to Huntington Beach, the race site (amazing!) for the pre-race expo

Finding our numbers!

After grabbing our race gear and some sweet swag, it was off to the beach, and the day was perfect!
We found the beach!

My toes found the beach too.

Hubband and I then found some other pretty amazing things and had ourselves a lovely beach date...

Followed by lunch at Ruby's on the Pier

After our spectacular beach date, we enjoyed an evening with my beautiful cousin Sheri, and we had so much fun, we didn't take any pictures! 

Before we knew it, it was race day!

We prepared those war faces and battle grunts

After finding a place in the line-up, we had some time to kill.

Those T-Shirts we talked about.

Shoe love!

Pretty soon, we were off!

Alright, I know, I'm a creeper for taking this picture, but her shirt says: 
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" Phillipians 4:13
And let me tell you people, at mile 8.75 those words were beautiful and necessary.
She probably doesn't know it, but this woman was a bles-sing!

Moving on...

What's that? Oh, nothing, just the view from the race. That's all. (I KNOW, RIGHT?)

These two signs are beautiful, freaking beautiful. We have a really good relationship, these signs and I. We're bosom buddies. Friends for life. Mcseriously.

The finish line!

"Okay baby, gimme your ' I just finished a half-marathon' face"

We behaved for this photo because a stranger took it. (And, it looks kind of awkward for us, doesn't it?)

Our joy after making it the mile to the car. Poor planning, I would have to say.

Thus concludes our journey to the half marathon. We did it, and when things got tough, we imagined you wonderful people, standing on the side line, cheering us on, just like you did with your comments. So, in all seriousness, thank you, for helping us get there. 

Now, celebrate with us, because we RAN A HALF MARATHON PEOPLE!

Good work friends.

Also, this happened on the way home.

That's all.
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