Saturday, April 30, 2011
The grill is going, the pork chop is marinating... it's a good day.
I went to an afternoon tea with my best friend today. It was such a good time! I dressed up a little bit and felt really pretty. I'll tell ya, it's a really nice feeling to feel pretty. Got myself some new makeup techniques, some new skin care stuff, and I feel great. It's good to take care of myself!
Getting over some kind of nasty cold I had yesterday... nothing a little grilled dinner can't fix. Pork chops, asparagus, and fingerling potatoes. Goat milk ice cream for dessert - chocolate mint. I can't wait to try it!
And I bought some new shampoo and lotion today, too. Yay!
Have to check the grill...
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
I really love vacations. Vacations at home, vacations away... there's just something about being somewhere and doing something you're not really "supposed" to be doing that makes me feel good.
Last week when I was down in Virginia, it felt so wonderful to be shopping and dining while people were working. I think that's what I like so much about spring break... it's a break when not everyone in the world is off. Christmas break? That's a different story. But because of all the snow days we've had in the eastern US, lots of Easter breaks got cut short.
So today it's back to school. And I feel good. I am definitely ready to get back - I enjoy picking out my school clothes, doing my hair and makeup... I think Spark People may have turned me into a little bit of a girl! Ha!
So last night I was looking through some old pictures, and I found a definite "before" picture. I totally forgot all about it, but I remember looking at it and thinking "man, I'm really fat."
I think it's so easy for us to lose sight of how far we've come, especially when we're "stuck" or we're not changing as much and/or as quickly as we'd like. When I looked at that old picture last night, I remember very clearly how tight that shirt was - how I had to contort myself when I wore it so that my boobs didn't fall out or my tummy didn't bust the seams. I remember wearing those jeans and thinking "damn, these are supposed to be loose-fit." And they most definitely were not loose.
It's about that time to finish getting ready and head off to school... I need to go in early today to clean up from my sub.
Have a wonderful day!
Saturday, April 23, 2011
Catching up from vacation is a lot of work!
On Sunday afternoon I drove down to Virginia for a little relaxing ME time and to pick up my brother from Dulles airport. He is home from his math-teaching stint in Doha. It's nice to have him back!
I did a lot of shopping, a lot of eating, and a lot of walking.
I met a new Spark friend (hi Megan!), and I reconnected with an elementary school friend I haven't seen in almost 25 years. I know I'm not young anymore when I can say "wow, I haven't seen you in almost 25 years!" We had a great (almost 3-hour long!) lunch at a Thai place - it's amazing how friendship works. There was absolutely NO awkward silence, no wondering how to fill up time, just two friends talking about anything and everything. It was so wonderful to see her.
After I picked up my brother, we came back to the hotel to unwind a little bit and decided to go to dinner. We got out to the car and the tire was flat. We are no strangers to car trouble on our trips - when I had to take entrance exams for grad school, my car overheated on the way to Kentucky and it needed to be towed somewhere in West Virginia. And that happened before smart phones and everything, so it was really a challenge to deal with the car. So we are old pros.
Car got towed away on Wednesday morning, and we went into DC for the day. It was hot! Finally! Warmth and sun! We did a ton of walking - it's nice to travel with Andrew (my brother) because he doesn't mind a lot of walking. Went to the American History Museum, Arlington National Cemetery (beautiful this time of year) and then headed over to Alexandria for some dinner.
Picked up the car on Thursday morning and headed out for some breakfast/lunch. Got home that evening and was exhausted.
So since Thursday I have been catching up on e-mails, bills, phone calls... it's nice to still have the long weekend. I may have to do the Easter week vacation again!
Back to the routine. This morning I got in my gym time - I have conceded to the fact that I MUST go to the gym first thing or I just don't go. Right when I woke up I put on my gym clothes, so I was ready to go. There's no getting around it.
April flew by, just like March did...
Tonight I will put together next week's schedule of workouts and eating.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
I'm pretty sure my goal for the rest of this week and next week is to not have any wine. Sunday night we had a pizza and wine party and last night I went to a wine tasting where the wine was very liberally poured. I am exhausted today. Thank goodness it's already Thursday.
I'm getting ready for my vacation - yahoo! This weekend is symphony weekend with my mom, and on Sunday I am leaving from her house to go to Virginia. I am picking up my brother from the airport sometime while I'm down there (he is coming home from a math-teaching stint in Qatar), so I thought I'd take a couple days to myself to explore DC and the area. I am totally looking forward to a vacation. I don't know that I'm really going to plan anything!
But there is a lot to do around here before I go. Brad is very capable of holding down the fort, but I do need to give him some guidance. I think I'll surprise him with some apricot muffins before I go, and maybe do a little grocery shopping for him.
- Drink water water water. I did not have nearly enough yesterday, and I can feel it today. I MUST go water-crazy today.
- Hide the chocolate in my room at school. As much as I wish I could, I just can not stick to one Dove chocolate square.
- Get in my workout tonight, either at home (preferred) or the gym. I didn't wake up early this morning (wine), but today is a scheduled ST day. So I think I'll stay at home and do it. It's not a deadlift day, so I have what I need right here.
- Keep being positive. Control the control-ables. Yesterday we had a meeting before school, and it was not very fun. So after I was upset for a little while, I took a breath, and thought to myself "only control what you can control. The rest is out of your hands."
The sun is out, it's going to be a great day!
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