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.
CHICKEN HOUSE November 15, 2010
So on Saturday after doing some major damage at the outlet mall on our wallets and feet we decided to go to another super popular totally holiday oriented town Frankenmuth, MI. This place bleeds Christmas. It is a world famous little German / Bavarian tourist hot spot. Our main purpose for going was for dinner. They have the most amazing chicken at this place.
I can assure you that they do not dissapoint there were literally hundreds of people in line waiting for tables. I shared my husbands meal. And when I say “share” I really mean took some random bites. But man each one of them were well planned and so worth it. Not only was the chicken fab but they had homemade noodles with butter and toasted bread crumbs on top. These are the times when I wish I could eat just a little more. After dinner we looked around town a bit and had some fun before heading back to my sisters house for the night.
DON’T YA WISH YOUR GF WAS HOT LIKE ME???
Today I am blogging on the road. We are driving back to Cleveland from spending the weekend in Michigan with my family. We had tons o’ fun but now must get home to these guys:
Lucky for us we have a friend to hire to help us take care of them. We could take little Casey with us but not big Jed. So like real kids it’s not fair to take one and not the other. So they both have to stay home and have a sitter. The last 3 days have been busy. Filled with shopping and eating. On Friday and Saturday we went to BIRCH RUN OUTLET MALL. This place is huge. We did not realize that it was a special weekend for the area. They had huge sales for what is called WIDOW HUNTERS WEEKEND. I guess there are so many deer hunters and its such a big deal that hey have spectacular sales catered to all the ladies. I felt like I was out Black Friday. Or maybe the last weekend before Christmas. If our country is currently in a recession I can assure you that these shoppers were not feeling it. The stores were packed and the lines were 20 people deep. But the sales were great. I found lots of great stuff. And they had a Bare Escentuals outlet. I heard the angels singing when I walked thru the door.
The shopping was the secondary reason for going. The primary reason for being there was a charity event at a golf/ ski resort where they have an amazing array of Christmas trees, wreaths, and gift baskets. They all have different themes and the trees are valued up to $1000. They sell raffle tickets to put in for those you like. It is a really fun evening that is super festive with good food and friends. Friday night is a closed to the public VIP night. So they have yummy “heavy” appetizers. So for my family that means noshing on a full meal. And you wonder where I get it??? To finish up the event they have a brunch today (Sunday) and they will draw for the raffles this afternoon. Hubby and I decided to skip the brunch today and head home. I have to be at work tomorrow and I did not want to put off the 5 hour drive back. Plus I can’t really enjoy the heavy foods and the “all you can eat” mindset at the brunch. I would have loved to but decided it best to pass this time. Trust me there has been nothing but food food food all weekend.
Just curious….is it to early for this guy?
Yup that’s right it’s Mr. Clause. I cannot believe that we are speeding like a stray bullet towards the holiday season already. It seems like this year has flown by. Here a pic of me and the big guy.
And here is some of the family on the way to Friday nights event.
So start practicing you will be saying Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas before you can believe it.
SUNDAY RUNDAY October 17, 2010
Good morning / afternoon from Starbucks. I am here with my very best friend
I know exciting right? What can I tell you? I don’t smoke, I don’t drink alcohol except on extremely rare occassions, I don’t drink ANYTHING carbonated. I think soda pop is poison! I watch what I eat and I work out a lot. So if my (sometimes) twice daily Starbucks habit bothers you well then get the latte heck out of here! No not really don’t go away nobody else reads this blog. I need all two of you. So back to business. I did a 6 mile run this morning. The day could not be better for it. Oh my gosh it is sunny and in the 50’s. Just a great fall day. Perfect running weather. I wore my new half marathon shirt of course. I pretty much wear it every chance I get! I can’t help it if I am proud.
That is a wow I am soooo over this look. Anywho….I did great I felt like I had some good energy going and I was pushing myself. While trying to maintain a good heart rate. Not going to fast that I would wear myself out. And then it happened at around mile 4. F’n knee pain. Seriously WTF???? This is not what I need. I have not worked this hard for this long to get wear I am physically just to throw it all down the drain because of my knee. This is so FRUSTRATING. DAMN DAMN DAMMIT! Well because I am an ass I just kept going…because well that’s just what I do. I keep going. So now here I sit at my home away from home crying in my decaf espresso. Thinking I better go home and ice this thing again. Besides I am sweaty and disgusting and people are starting to look at me funny. Maybe they are just jealous of my hot headband and super subtle shirt.
Happy Super Autumnal Saturday! What a terrific sunny cool day it is here in NE Ohio. This is how I feel today:
This is a seriously TA DA!!! moment. So here is the thing. I just after all this time figured out how to use the self timer on my phone and my NIKON. WTF??? It is so easy what an idget I am for not thinking about this sooner. Now I can take photos that are actually further away than
the end of my arm. This opens up a whole new world to me. I actually was trying to send some photos of me and the two black furry kids to my husband who is STILL out of town. He will hopefully be back on Wednesday. So the first couple of days of freedom are great! Wow I can do what I want, eat what I want, sleep when I want, have total full control over the TV. Then on the 3rd day I start getting bored. And by the 5th day I start getting lonely. And by this time 2 1/2 weeks later I am just stir crazy. I am talking to the dogs wayyyyy more than is normal. Here’s the problem. He is out making money and because he is gone and I am painfully bored I want to spend money. Umm hello I think that is counter productive. But at least I figured out the self timers.
So I have recently had some knee problems. I think it started the first week of doing boot camp. Call me crazy but I think that maybe I shouldn’t have done two hundred gazillion lunges on my first day of class. What do you think boot camp lady who is supposed to be expert professional? Hmm?? And btw please stop telling me that I will only get out what I put into it. I think I get that. Excuse me miss inappropriately to tight camel toe making ugly camouflage workout pants wearing boot camp Nazi but in the last year I have lost 100 pounds and taken my fitness level from a big fat 0 to running a half marathon. I think I understand how to push myself and take it to the next level. And now I am having knee issues. So thanks for that. And yes I am just stupid enough to go back…why?? because I made a commitment to myself to complete 6 weeks of boot camp and so that’s what I am going to do. Now however I am faced with suffering from sometimes extreme knee pain and finding it necessary to spend precious minutes from my day icing the damn thing. Yesterday I did a 4 mile run and by the time I was finished and back home it was starting to swell. I iced it and relaxed for awhile.
Then at the request of my animals who are sick and tired of me I decided to go up to Borders and do some reading and blogging. After being up there for a couple of hours I had to come back home. I was having a lot of throbbing aching pain. So today I am forced to rest it. And I don’t want to. I am at a point that my weight loss has been stalled for while and I just need to up my exercise and work through this plateau. Ok so it might help if I slowed down on my steady diet of chocolate but what the heck I have to keep my life worth living. So this morning I did some P90X abs and upper body work. I am giving my knee a break. And I hope that tomorrow I can do a run of at least 6 miles. Pretty soon I will have snow up to my ass and not be able to get out there and run. I have to take advantage of these nice weather days. Ok so that’s my rant today.
When the cat’s away…the wife will go shopping October 10, 2010
Yup today was a very successful day of shopping. My husband is not going to want to go away for work again. Do I feel bad that he is off working hard and I take my day off to shop, shop and shop some more, umm ok I do feel sort of bad. But then I just look at these babies and suddenly I feel a little better.
I did not take a picture but I also bought a pair of jeans. What you want to know more? Oh ok they are Levis. What you want to know more about them? Like the size?? Ohhhhh that’s right SIZE 4. And for my Spanish speaking friends CUATRO. Ok so maybe they run a little big. Or they have a little extra stretch. But they are still a 4.
Almost as exciting I made a new discovery at Costco. Of course it’s Saturday Sample day. They cast out the line and hooked me with the first bite with this stuff
Yummy. The first thing you taste it the sweet raspberry with a smokiness similar to barbecue sauce. That is quickly followed by a soft mild heat from the jalapeños. The first thing I did when I got home was put some light cream cheese on a cracker and top it with my Raspberry Chipotle Sauce. I can’t wait to try this in some other recipes. Tomorrow I have a 6.5 mile run planned. And maybe just maybe a little bit more shopping. I am on the hunt for a new purse / bag. I have had some knee issues today so I am gonna sit here and ice it and watch a movie. Toodles!
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.