Tuesday, July 12, 2011
I can't believe how much I love being married. It's funny - it's like everything changed, but nothing changed. We still love each other, we still have our house together, but it just *feels* different. Swoon...
Yesterday I picked out some paint chips to paint a few walls in my closet. It is SO boring and I couldn't stand it anymore, so I headed out yesterday to pick up some new curtains and some accessories. I bought some beautiful stuff at Pier 1 - some sumptuous teal silk curtains with peacock feathers (you can see them on the website - GORGEOUS!), a blue and teal vase, and an antique-gold wire body figure (like a dress-maker has, but not life-size. Still fun.).
I am really looking forward to getting my closet room in shape! I can't wait to have a really special place that I created for myself.
Did my morning weights. I feel good. Pizza is baking (sauce-less pizza, we don't have any sauce! argh!) and I'm finishing off my coffee from this morning. I may look for a new desk today...
Have a super day!
Monday, July 11, 2011
Going back to the beginning of Spark is interesting... I have had to make a conscious effort to drink all my water, and I have gotten back into taking little walks around the little loop in our neighborhood. I had forgotten how much I enjoy those little 10-minute walks after a meal.
Today I ate half a homemade pizza - it was small, but the point is that I put half on my plate and said to myself "well, I can eat the rest if I'm still hungry." And I sat down AT THE TABLE with my half a pizza, concentrated on my food, and realized that I *wasn't* hungry after the pizza. Hm. My routine as of late was to eat in front of the TV or computer, and I think that was a serious problem for me. One of my new Spark challenges is to eat at the table for every meal. It's already made a difference.
I woke up late this morning - I slept really horribly last night - and didn't go to the gym. I said "oh, I'll go later" but I didn't. If I don't go in the morning, I just don't go. Simple as that. Bleh. And here's my excuse for the day - my hamstrings are SO sore from my weightlifting session on Saturday. Like hurts-to-walk sore. This tends to happen when I start a new workout... tomorrow morning I WILL GET TO THE GYM first thing after I wake up. I have to.
But I suppose the whole point of going back to Stage 1 is to figure out what I need to do to be successful at this weight-loss thing.
Off to drink some more water!
Saturday, July 09, 2011
Yesterday I went back to Stage 1 in the Spark thing. I didn't re-set everything, I just went back to the beginning.
I think it all came from some recent pictures... I mean, compared to 30 pounds ago, I look great. But when I look at some pictures, I get a bit of the same feeling I did 30 pounds ago. "Those arms could be smaller," "Ooooh I could use more of a waist..."
It's not in the same pathetic, sad tone I used over two years ago, but it is in a tone that makes me want to get back on the ball. I am off for the summer. There is no reason why I can't spend more time at the gym and more time on my wellness! I have the time to spend on Spark, reading articles, interacting more with my Spark friends... I should be using the time to do just that!
The big difference is that this time I am "starting" Spark, I'm doing it already loving my body. I know what it can do. I like the way it looks. It has muscles. So this time will be different.
Friday, July 08, 2011
Brad and I got married on Tuesday morning. It was just the two of us at the courthouse - very private and wonderful. I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with my best friend.
We have been together for over seven years - we have a house together, we moved up to this place together, so it kind of felt like we were already married (and definitely in a good way). We wanted to get married last summer, but his work (argh) kind of kept us from that. So this was it. The day after school let out, we went to get our marriage license. In PA you have to wait three days, so we picked it up on the following Tuesday.
After I came back from my trip to New Orleans, we called the courthouse to schedule a day. And July 5th it was! I have to say - the non-stress of the day was nice. We woke up, had some breakfast together, sat around for a while, and then got ready. I think the drive there was longer than the ceremony! We had this cute old man judge, and he commented on how happy I looked. After he married us, he smiled and told me that I was beaming the whole time. It was so special.
I was in NYC on June 30 with a friend, and she helped me pick out a dress. We went into Anthropolgie (our favorite store!) and it just jumped out at me. It was the first one I tried on. So it's a happy day. I'm not going to change my name yet - we have paperwork in to Canada to see if we can live there (they cashed our check, so that's really good news!) and I think it will be confusing and/or a pain in the rear if my paperwork has one name on it and I am really another name. But I think I'm going to make address labels with our name on it... any thoughts about that? AAAH and what am I going to have the kids call me in the fall? Can they call me my married name even though I'm not legally changing it yet? So much to think about!
But for now, I'm just going to enjoy my married life with my hubs.
Saturday, July 02, 2011
So my vacation to New Orleans was nice... I went with my mom for a long weekend. While I had fun, I also came to the conclusion that NO isn't really a "mom and me" kind of vacation place. We had a good time, but it's hard to enjoy Bourbon Street with your mom.
I came home from NO and found out that someone was in our house AGAIN. It kind of negated any kind of excitement I had about going away. I was so sad and depressed over it... I felt so stupid that I left the door unlocked, and I hate feeling like a sucker. Ugh.
A little bit ago, two guys from the neighborhood came over to talk about some stuff, and I am glad they did. I felt a little better knowing that someone else was looking out for us.
But ever since our house got broken into the *first* time, I haven't really felt like myself. I didn't want to go to the gym, I didn't care that I wasn't eating any fresh fruit or veggies, and I just didn't feel like doing anything. I felt unsafe in my own home. And on some level, I still feel unsafe in my home. I keep expecting to see someone looking in our back window or coming down to the front door. It's a really crappy feeling.
So yesterday I was a total lump, but today was a big step for me. I cleaned up the downstairs, threw some stuff away and organized like crazy, and I made it to the gym first thing in the morning. I can't remember the last time I felt like being productive.
And there is more good news! My honey, Brad, got a new job! He is the executive chef at a new restaurant that is opening in the middle of July. It's super exciting because he was hired as the head chef. Which is a big deal! Not just becoming the head chef, but getting hired as the head chef. I am SOOOO excited for him. He's been coming home happy, and since they are still the in the pre-opening stages, he isn't cooking all night. We have been getting to spend lots of time together - we even got to go out to eat earlier this week! It's been SO long since we've had so much time together. I am very happy about this.
We even get to go to his cousin's 4th of July picnic! The cousin with the great house and the beautiful pool. I guess if I knew we were going earlier, I would have been a little more careful about what I ate. But I didn't know, so oh well. I am just glad to be getting time with Brad.
So tonight we are grilling and drinking mojitos. Brad is out taking a walk, but when he comes back we will start the grill and have some steak.
My next mojito will have a little more sugar in it... off to work on that!
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