Live from the passenger seat I come to you from some scarey part of West Virginia. The road is desolate and everyone is wearing overalls without shirts. Ha just kidding they have shirts on it’s cold outside. Anyway hubs and I are driving to Charlotte North Carolina. That is our destination and according to the GPS we have about 4 hours before we arrive. I just made a Youtube video. You can find that at MsOverweighted on Youtube. I am so bored. What does a road trip mean to me?? In one word SNACKS. Yup that’s right I love to snack in the car. It helps to fight boredom. But now since it’s January and I have set my goals for the year…well losing 8 pounds is on there so snacking is not an option. And believe it or not the hubba bubba doesn’t want to talk about feelings for 8 hours straight. His, mine or anybody elses. Whatever. So the reason for the trip to Charlotte is to check out the city and see if it someplace where we may want to live in the near future. As my job with my company is being outsourced this year it is time for us to make a new plan. That plan includes moving away from the Cleveland area to get out of these awful winters. Blah! They suck. I am hoping to take lots of pics and eat lots of yummy local food which I will make the time to photograph and blog about. I finally got it together enough to put 2011’s goals on paper. I’m not gonna lie I know they need some tweaking and some work but at least I got have something to work with. I think I will do a post dedicated solely to those goals. Hmm by looking out the window it looks like we are almost at Charleston West Virginia I think I hear banjos playing.
FOOD DAYS! October 8, 2010
So for the last 2 days at work we have had food days. Yesterday our team brought in food for a baby shower. And today the company supplied a catered lunch for Excellence in Customer Service Week. I work for a very large insurance company. So for the last 2 days I have had to struggle to get thru the workday without bingeing! And guess what? Hmm do you have a guess? Well here it is people I have FAILED. Actually failed miserably would be more accurate way to describe it. So now I get to take myself thru the entire weekend carrying around the shame on my back like some kind of growth. It feels like my big scarlet letter. The fact that I have an unbelievable lack of self control is one thing. The reality is that this junk food makes me literally sick. I cannot eat it and function. You would think that would stop me in my tracks. But noooo it doesn’t. When there is a laid out table on the other side of my little cubicle wall and I can not only rise up and take a peak, but smell it all day long and watch my co workers indulging. Ahhh it makes me nuts. So this now starts a weekend of damage control. So instead of eating intuitively for the next couple of days I am going to have to really watch my caloric intake. I had planned on a run tonight and then a long run on either Saturday or Sunday. And of course I would love to get a Jazzercise class in. My hubby is out of town for work so I am on my own this weekend. Just me and my pups. Hopefully that will help keep me in check! I have 10 more 20 more pounds to lose. Only I can control what goes in my mouth. I am going to start crossing my fingers and hoping I find the willpower. Ahh and note to self. STOP EATING SUGAR STUPID! That will be my new thing SESS.
This is the remnant of the brownie I ate at after lunch:
I think I should also have this tattooed on my body:
Just a QUICKIE!! October 5, 2010
Tonight I came home from work and had a quickie. Now get your mind out of the gutter. I mean I did a quick 4 mile run. Wait did I say a 4 miler was quick? Yes yes I did. After my 1/2 I feel like 4 miles is nuttin! Oh and before I forget I did it in these babies>>>>
Ohhhh yes my new fab shoes! I cannot tell you how excited I am about having these new shoes. They are the bomb diggity. Remember wayyy back when. Well maybe not that far back. I remember when I went shoe shopping with my mom and new tennis shoes would make me run way faster. Fast I tell ya. I would run back and forth in the store to prove how super fast I was. I was always so proud of my new shoes. So I guess things really don’t change much. Cause here I am showing off my new shoes.
Oh yes and 1 more thing. I wore my new shirt from the half marathon. It is soooo bright. You can see me comin and goin!
Week in review October 2, 2010
So here we are. Ok so here I am. One week post half marathon. Last Saturday I was doing the biggest run thus far on my journey. I was filled with excitement and the ultimate feeling of joy at my success. Now exactly one week later I sit with my laptop in Starbucks reflecting. So I decided instead of taking it easy for a week post race I would take on some new challenges. I signed up for a 6 week BOOTCAMP! I have never done a bootcamp class before. So as I sit here on this super hard wooden chair that is not even remotely comfortable to begin with I can feel each and every one of my muscles in my oh soooo sore bottom and legs. I ache. I WANT Advil. However I have an extreme sensitivity to ibuprofen now since my stomach surgery, so that is not an option. So I guess I have to embrace the ache! No pain no gain…um NOT. Thank goodness we know that is not the case anymore. But anyway this is an overview of the last 7 days:
Saturday – 1/2 marathon
Sunday – Rest
Monday – 3 mile run
Tuesday – Bootcamp
Wednesday – Jazzercise
Thursday – Bootcamp
Friday – Jazzercise
And today I woke up to cold and drizzle So far nothing today. But I am thinking a good run this afternoon would be great. Or I go rent a couple of movies and go home and get in my cozies and relax. Tomorrow may be a better day for a run. I am happy to have some extra flexibility in my schedule so that I don’t feel like I HAVE to only run. That I can do some other cross training activities without feeling like I have varied from my running schedule. I have wanted to try a Bootcamp for a while and I have been looking into a kickboxing class. This is the first time in my life that I feel like I am physically fit enough to take these classes and do well. However I think I have to spend some time looking for a new goal. I want to keep my running up so that I don’t get sidetracked. I want to spend some time now working on speed. Ohh that is hard with muscles so sore that it hurts to bend down and tie my shoes. I just need a few extra hours in the day to fit everything in. Other people seem to manage so why not me? Work, house, husband, animals, excercise. Repeat. Notice there is no mention of friends or socializing. Where is the time? I mean really? I am not even trying to be dramatic. But by the time I do everything during the week by the time the weekend comes I am tired. The last thing I want to even think about is the pressures of actually getting myself together to commit to any social activities. I need to find some friends that I can work out or run with. That would help. I am thinking of joining the gym near my house for the winter. I know that my outdoor activities are going to be extremely limited here, so in order to get in my miles I am going to have to depend on the treadmill. Or else move. Hehe it sounds funny but you never know.
We interupt the regularly scheduled programing September 21, 2010
Ok so although I love working on my vacation blogs and posting lots o’ pictures. I have to interrupt and talk about my upcoming half marathon. This Saturday September 25th I am running my first half!! I am already a bundle of nerves. I am worried. About a lot of things. I know that I can finish it. I have been training for a long time. My training runs have taken me up to 11 miles. I know that come hell or high water I will make it to the finish. If I have to crawl I will do it! I am simply afraid of not doing it well. I am afraid of totally blowing my time and embarrassing myself I am worried about simply not being good enough. I drove the route last Sunday and there are a lot more hills than I ever expected. BIG HILLS! My brother is coming down from Michigan to run it with me. I have been looking forward to this for so long and have myself so jacked up about it. Can you say ADRENALINE??? My stomach is in knots already…how will I be come race day? I am worried. If anyone happens to read this and has any experience at all on this I would love it if you could give me some hints on how to calm my nerves. I am sure I will post about this again before Sunday but I just wanted to put this out there!
ST. THOMAS, US VIRGIN ISLAND September 19, 2010
WOW!!! Can’t say much more than that. This island really is paradise. What a great time we had here. I think it will most likely take a couple of posts to share all my photos and everything we did while we were there. Our entire family thought this was by far the best day spent on vacation. So I hope you enjoy the photos.
This is a pic of a cemetary. I am not gonna lie I found it somewhat creepy!
We walked down the above alley and just by chance found a great place for lunch! It was a gem of a place hidden away.
This was some of the best chips and guac I have ever had. The chips were home made and nothing I was familiar with but excellent. If you are ever in St. Thomas make your way to Gladys’ Cafe you will not be dissapointed. So I will end this post here and continue my St. Thomas trip on the next one.
THE SHIP September 17, 2010
PRINCESS CRUISES…THE EMERALD PRINCESS
This is not a stock photo from the company but one I took. This ship is big and awsome. I have been on 6 prior cruises and this is the biggest ship so far.
I took so many pics I am having a hard time choosing which ones to post. I don’t want to overwhelm every post with to many. But then again nobody reads this so I guess it’s pretty much just for me anyway. So anyway the ship was great. Had some really nice features. The crew on the other hand was not the most friendly that I have ever dealt with. It seems the higher up the food chain the cruise line the bitchier the people.
View from the onboard gym
I AM SHOUTING THIS LOUD AND PROUD! I WORKED OUT 4 OUT OF THE 7 DAYS!!