Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Not Running Disney

I know I haven’t been running lately, and I know I said the other day that I like the fact that I don’t have a race hanging over my head at the moment.  But, I would like to do one towards the end of the year.  I was thinking about the Tower of Terror 10 Miler in October or even the Disney Wine and Dine Half (or relay) in November.  Yesterday I went on to the runDisney site and I noticed that they are both sold out.  Oh well, so much for that.

So then I set my sights on Disney’s Marathon Weekend in January.  January 2015.  As in 8 months from now.  There are 4 races – 5K, 10K, Half and Full Marathon – and I was leaning toward the 10K since I have never done it before (and it’s way less of a commitment).  All of the races during marathon weekend went on sale yesterday at noon.  Today at 12:20pm I went to the runDisney site and saw that all races, with the exception of the full marathon (because who wants to do that crap – hehe), are all sold out.  Are you kidding me??!  It’s been 24 hours and every race is sold out?  Seriously!?!  I am so perturbed right now I could scream. And here I was thinking I was way ahead of the ball by registering today. 

I love my Disney races, you  know this.  All of the 12 half marathons I’ve done have been on Disney soil. 

WDW Half 2012

Princess Half 2012

WDW Half 2010 - when it as snowing!

Wine and Dine relay 2011

But they have come to be a bit ridiculous.  When I first started running you could register for a race a month or two before and not have a problem.  The races were also maybe 10,000 people.  Over the years, they have opened the race up to gobs more people and now they average in the 20,000-25,000 range, which I personally like on race day, because I know I won’t be dead last.  But I hate the fact that they sell out so quickly.  If you don’t remember to register on the day/minute it goes on sales you’re out of luck – that’s not cool.  When did this become so huge?  Soon they're going to make it like Boston where you have to qualify to get in, and then I'll really never get to run Disney.

My experience today kind of turned me off from Disney races a bit.  I know, that is crazy for me to say since I am a tried and true Disney runner (and overall Disney freak).  But seriously, for the first time I actually thought “I think I’d like to just stay away from Disney races.”  I guess I’ll have to now, since there are no spots for me this year or during Marathon Weekend anyway. 

Sigh.

How about you … Have you run a Disney race? 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Fun Easter

Hello! It's Monday again. How does that happen? Weekends go by so fast. 

We had a great weekend. Jillian's second Easter was a huge, fun success. Last Easter she was just a newborn, so this year was fun because we got to do fun things like Easter baskets (she got three - one from us, and one from each set of grandparents), church and an Easter egg hunt! 

We got her all fancy for church...




 Then family photos before church. (That's my Stitch Fix dress!!)



She was perfect during church. I was a little worried because she was feisty in the car on the way there. Thought we might have to sit in the baby room, but no. 

Then it was time for brunch at my in laws and an Easter egg hunt! Jillian's first! 





So much fun. It was a great Easter!! 

Yesterday and today I did my T25, which is good considering I didn't stop eating once yesterday. Donuts, candy, ham, cheesy potatoes... There was so much delicious food. I definitely needed to sweat all of the sugar out this morning!

Alright, that's all for now. 

How about you ... How was your Easter?  

Happy Easter



It's already been a fun morning at our house! Hope your day is great! 

Friday, April 18, 2014

It's a Good Friday

Hello!  Happy Friday!  Happy GOOD Friday. 

It’s Easter weekend and I’m kicking it off with some candy! 



I went Easter basket shopping for Jillian and while she doesn’t eat candy yet, I still for some reason bought candy for her Easter basket.  I can’t get enough of Reese’s yumminess at Easter – white chocolate peanut butter eggs, Reese’s Pieces eggs, I got Hubs a chocolate peanut butter bunny.  Yum.  Since Jillian doesn’t eat candy, I got her cute Easter books, some plastic eggs and a toy bunny.  I also got her a small package of Peeps since they’re chewy and easy to eat.  We’ll see if she likes them – I am not a fan of Peeps. 

I started the morning off with a little T25.  Today was “Dynamic Core” and it was dynamic alright.  It was half cardio and half really hard core floor work.  All good!  I feel very “on” with the T25 lately.  This is a good thing!

Did anyone watch the Scandal finale last night?  OMG.  I won’t say anything about it, but I will say that WOW so much happened in an hour.  I was anxious the entire episode and afterwards I couldn’t sleep because I was so wound up.  Yikes.  That show is too good.

Alright I must go.  I have 101 things on my to do list before I can go home, and I was hoping to leave a little early today, so I’d better get crackin!

How about you … What’s in your (or your kids’) Easter basket?  Did you watch the Scandal finale?  Did you work out today?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pep Talk

Today was one of those mornings where I had to pep talk myself out of bed. I wanted to work out, but bed was so comfy, I was so tired, I didn't have any early meetings - it was the perfect day to lounge. But I kept saying to myself "you always feel great after a workout", "you won't regret it" and "it'll make the day so much better."  After a bunch of that I finally got up. So glad I did! 

Today I did a T25 workout called Speed 2.0 and holy cow, that ish was crazy!! I've done this workout once before but I must have blocked it from my memory because it was so crazy. We did three rounds of a set of 7 or 8 exercises, three times through, each time a little faster than the first. It was crazy good. And just what I needed this morning. I am really digging my decision to do the Beta workouts for a switch up. Love. 

And yeah, as a result of that, I didn't make that triumphant return back to the gym that I was contemplating. Maybe next week. I need a plan. 

I put on my Three Awesome Chicks shirt from the Tower of Terror 10 Miler today. Fun!

                                    

It made me want to run. Or sign up for a Disney race. Or not. I am kind of enjoying not having a race hanging over my head. 

And then Jilly and I did a photo shoot. Of the thousand pictures I took of us, this is really the only decent one and I still have wonky eye. I am terrible iPad photographer. 

                         
 
She's getting so big, and look at those curls!! I just want to eat her up!!

How about you... Did you have to pep talk yourself out of bed today? 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Organized Chaos

Hi there.  It’s Tuesday and I’m happy to report that I’ve been on the workout wagon for two days this week.  Nice. 

To perk things up a bit, I switched from the T25 Alpha DVDs to the Beta DVDs and that is definitely a big help.  New workouts are always fun.  I loved today’s workout – Rip’t Circuit – because it incorporated weights and strength in with the crazy cardio, so I was definitely a fan this morning.  My goal was to get to the gym two days this week – Tuesday and Thursday – but I totally forgot to plan for it last night when I went to bed so when I woke up this morning I was like “oh, yeah, duh” and just did the T25 instead.  Thursday I will try again.

Hubs and I are in a spring cleaning kind of mood around here because our house looks like a 15 month old owns the place … oh wait, she does.  So we stumbled across a blogsite on “31 Days to an Organized Home.”  I spent about an hour reading through some of the posts last night and it made me want to get up and organize. Organize my kitchen, my pantry my closets, my sock drawer – all good stuff, and easy.  So we may be implementing some of these things in the near future.

You can read about it all on the blog, “The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking” (which is apparently now defunct, but there’s still some good stuff out there).  See if you get inspired to clean and organize like I did.  This picture should do it…


How about you … Do you get into the “Spring Cleaning” habit?  Do you love to get organized? 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Funk

Seriously, it’s been since Tuesday since we’ve chatted?  Aah!  It’s been a crazy week!  I have had blog topics going through my head all week, but I never actually had a chance to type them out.  Today I finally have some down time, so here I am!

So I realized that it was April – about two weeks into the month – and I thought about some goals to set for the month.  And then I laughed because I have been so bad at sticking to goals lately.  But still I thought it would be fun (read: funny) to recap my March goals that never really came to fruition. 

Goal 1 was – EXERCISE COMEBACK  #348685
This didn’t happen.  It did a little bit, towards the end of the month when I got back on the T25 bandwagon, but not as much as I was hoping this month.  I blame traveling two weeks in a row and work being so dang busy.  Yeah, I blame work.  And I shouldn’t because that’s dumb.  I only have myself to blame. 

Goal 2 was – POUND THE PAVEMENT
Walking, running, getting my steps in every day.  I kind of did this.  Some days I got the amount of steps I wanted/needed, and some days I didn’t .  You heard about my giant push the last week of the month to get the amount of steps I needed to get my gym reimbursement, so I did this to some extent. 

Goal 3 was – BRING MY LUNCH
I did do this!  Mainly because I have been so busy at work that I didn’t have time to go out for lunch on days I was in the office.  Win win? 

So, what’s my plan this month (now that it’s already mid-month)?  I’m going to get back on track.  I did T25 four times this week, but I still feel a little unmotivated and just in a funk about exercise.  I need to do something to get myself excited again, to make exercise a top priority in my life, to get motivated again.  Some ideas:

- Get back to the gym a couple times a week to supplement T25 – it has been far too long since I’ve visited a treadmill or an elliptical machine

- Do some new workouts – I just discovered fitnessblender.com, so cool!

- Push ups every day – this is so easy to do, drop and do 10 anywhere, but yet I don’t do it

- Steps, steps, steps – I really really want to get in at least 7,000 a day.  Why is this so hard?!

So that’s the plan from here on.  I need to get back on the wagon.  I have said this so many times, and I’m tired of talking about it.  It’s time to make working out priority again.  Yay!


How about you … What are your fitness goals this month?  What are ways you stay motivated to work out?  I need tips! 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Sporadic Posting

Seriously, what is up with my sporadic posting? It has been so busy around here that I just have not had any time to write. Such a bummer because blogging is so therapeutic. It is! 

Since I worked my ass off today at work I can't really form a complete, grammatically correct paragraph so it's bullet time...
 
- This weekend was a good one - the home and garden show (we met Ahmed from Yard Crashers!), shopping, cleaning the house from top to bottom (also therapeutic), yummy food, some relaxing, capped off on Sunday night with Wrestlemania - awww yeah. 

                                

Hubs and Ahmed Hassan from HGTV talking yard stuff

- Yeah, not ashamed that we watch wrestling (and Total Divas on E!) in this house. It's a big manly soap opera and it's oddly entertaining. I probably shouldn't admit that huh? 

- Still on the T25 wagon and it's going really well. It feels good to sweat every morning and be back on track. I hope it lasts. It will, because summer is almost here ... It was 90 degrees yesterday! 

- Jillian is still cute as ever. Just had to share that. 15 months old next week...where does time go? 

          

- Did anyone know this existed? I picked it up theming it was regular Smartfood (white cheddar popcorn), but it was kettle corn! Happy surprise!!

                                     

Aaaaand that's all I've got. I'm tired, it's time for bed. 

How about you ... How was your weekend? Do anything good? Do you like kettle corn? 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

What Day Is It?

Wait, what?  It’s Thursday?  Really? 

I feel like I have been in a cave all week.  A cave called work.  I had a workshop this week with 40 people in town from around the country, so I’ve had little to no time to do anything “me” related.  Good workshop, but so glad it’s over.  Here’s some bullets to get you caught up…

- Over the weekend we met another “Crasher” at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival.  Matt Muenster from Bath Crashers.  Super nice dude. 


- We spent more time than we wanted at Epcot on Sunday.  We went to the 12 o’clock seminar by Matt, but didn’t get in line to meet him until it was too late, so we had to stick around for the 3:00 seminar to actually talk to him.  It’s okay though because the weather was glorious and I got in the remaining steps I needed to get my gym membership reimbursement.  What what!


- I didn’t work out this week at all until this morning.   Meh.  I blame work.  I had to be at work by 8am every day.  This is not late for most people, but it is for me.  I usually don’t leave for work until 8:45, which allows me the luxury of waking up at 6:45, working out and then going to work.  That did not happen this week.  Thankfully I’m working from home the rest of the week, so T25 is back on!  And it felt so good to sweat today.

- I got to wear my Stich Fix dress yesterday to work.  OMG I LOVE IT!  I want to wear it everywhere all of the time.  It is just so dang cute and I feel so fancy in it.  Love.  So sad that my next Fix is not until May 8th.  Ugh.

- I watched the series finale of HIMYM (How I Met Your Mother) on Monday.  I was okay with it.  I already had a sneaking suspicion that the mother was (SPOILER ALERT) dead and I was really really hoping that was false, but it wasn’t.  Not sure I buy into the whole Ted/Robin thing.  I dunno.  It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t my ideal cookie cutter ending that I wanted either.

- These came today…


Disney Magic Bands.  This means I now don’t have to faddle with my annual pass, I just slap on my bracelet and it gets me into the park, serves as my fast pass, etc.  It’s golden. And I'm a geek.

And now, I think we’re going to go and try out those Magic Bands.  It’s 5 o’clock and I am ready to get out of this house and get my Disney on (because that’s what most normal people do after work on a Thursday, right?).

How about you … Ever been to Disney?  Anyone watch Bath Crashers?    

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Babble

Helloooo!  Happy Friday!  This has been a crazy week – a long week – I’m glad it’s finally over.  I thought I’d bullet today, because hey, it’s Friday!

- I had an 8am meeting this morning.  I hate 8am meetings.  It makes the day drag on.  I feel like it’s 3 o’clock.  It’s only 11:46.  Ugh.

- The series finale of Psych aired on Wednesday after eight fun seasons.  I’m still saddened by this.  I love Psych and I hate that it’s not going to be on anymore.  But, the finale was perfection, so I was happy.


- One series finale that I fear is not going to be perfection – How I Met Your Mother.  There have been horrid rumors swirling that we find out that the mother is actually dead in the finale.  WHA?!??  WHY??!!??  This is a comedy, why would you kill the mother?  I really hope this is a false rumor because that would not be okay.


- And I just learned that White Collar got canceled.  Seriously, why are all of my shows ending?!?! 

(and why are all of my bullets about TV?)

- I took today off of T25, because of my 8am meeting.  I did four days in a row, so I figured today would be a good rest day.  Tomorrow I will do Ab Intervals and Cardio to make up for it.

- I am happy to report that I only need 70 more points (that’s 7,000 steps, which I’ll get done today) to get my gym reimbursement.  SUCCESS!!!!!  I’m so proud of myself for making this goal for the week and keeping it.  Now I just need to keep it up!  Hmm, what will I spend my $31.95 on? 

- Meeting another “Crasher” tomorrow at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festival – Matt Muenster from Bath Crashers.  Unfortunately we don’t have an ugly bathroom, so I have no idea what we’re going to talk to him about.  But it will still be fun! 

Alright, that’s all I’ve got (I know, lame).  Hope you have a great weekend!

How about you … Do you watch Psych?  How I Met Your Mother?  White Collar?  Bath Crashers?  Am I the only TV-holic around here?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Every Step Counts

I have a major goal this week:  get enough steps in to get enough points to get my gym membership fee reimbursement.  (I said the word 'get' a lot in that sentence)

As I have mentioned before, my work does a program where if you wear your pedometer and log enough steps/points in a quarter, they will reimburse you for your gym membership fees.  Each quarter we have to get 4,000 points in order to get reimbursed.  You get points by walking a certain number of steps per day, and for other activity you do as well.  It’s a big motivation to get up and get moving. 

As of the beginning of the week I had 3,540 points.  That means that I need 460 points to get my moolah.  460 points equates to 8 days of walking between 7,000 and 11,999 steps per day.  Umm…don’t have 8 days to do it, I have to do it by Monday.  So I have to get MOVIN’ this week! 

It’s silly, but I’m so motivated by this.  I have charts and mathematical equations everywhere trying to figure out when and where I can get my steps in.  Hey, we’re talking $31.95.  That’s dinner for two at someplace decent.  That’s a box of diapers (with a coupon).  That’s 15 large Diet Cokes from McDonalds (umm, yeah).  I will get my money! 

I’m doing well, and actually now only need 160 points.  I logged 60 points on Monday step-wise (7,267 steps), 80 points yesterday step-wise (12,253 steps – we went to Epcot last night and walked the world), and I’m currently at 60 points for today (7,015 steps thanks to a walk I took at lunch).  I know, the math isn’t right if you’re really looking at the numbers, but you get additional points for logging into the site, you get points for logging exercise, so that stuff really adds up.  Especially when you’re trying to cram a ton of points into a few days.  But like I said, I’m determined  And heck, I never turn down a chance at free money.  So I’m pretty happy with myself right now.

As I’ve mentioned before, 7,000 steps is the baseline for this program we have going on.  I know that’s lower than the 10,000 steps that everybody says you should be walking per day.  Since this week I’m gung ho about getting steps/points in, I’ve really been trying to get closer to that 10,000 mark.  It’s not easy.  Especially when you have a sedentary job.  But I noticed today that just a 20 minute walk got me 3,500(ish) steps.  That’s not hard to do in addition to my morning workout.  I really want to make this a practice and strive to get 10,000 steps per day, every day.  If anything, just so that I don’t have to scurry around at the end of next quarter making sure I get enough for my reimbursement! 

Here are some fun stats I pulled off of the site about my activity:


I think that 6,932 (or 7,079) average daily steps is a little inflated.  Shoot, some days I don't get over 3,000, so I'm wondering how they got that number.  I guess if you average it with my "high" 36,714 (that was the day of the half marathon) it comes out like that.  But look at that - 1,883,854 total steps taken.  That's since July.  Pretty cool, but it can be better! 

Aside from the walking, I’ve also been super good with my T25 this week.  Three days in a row.  That’s like the most I’ve done in a really long time.  Sad, but true. 

How about you … Do you track how many steps you walk per day?  How?  Pedometer?  Fitbit?  App?  Some other cool gadget?  Tell me!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Night of Great Music

On Sunday night Hubs and I went to a concert.  And it was probably one of my favorite concert experiences ever.  The music was so fantastic, I was introduced to new bands and we got to meet and hang out with some of the band members.

Hangin with Audio Adrenaline
The main reason we went to the concert was to see Audio Adrenaline play.  Hubs and I saw them at Night of Joy this past September and they put on a fabulous concert (in the pouring down rain).  Rob has been a huge fan of the lead singer, Kevin Max, since high school when K-Max was in the band DC Talk, so he was stoked to see that we could pay a little extra to meet and hang out with the band before the concert. 


It was a four band lineup featuring Audio A, Kutless, Finding Favour and Shine Bright Baby – all Christian rock bands that rocked my face off.  We got to do the meet and greet beforehand with Audio A and Kutless. 

Us + Kutless
Hubs and I had never heard Kutless before, but the guys were super duper nice.  I’m definitely a new fan.

Usually I am not a fan of opening acts.  I’m a “get to the reason I’m here” kind of gal (I know, that’s terrible), but I was so very wrong this time around and actually found the opening bands to be the highlight of the night.  First up was Shine Bright Baby. 

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I instantly liked them.  The lead singer, Emily Irene Fertig’s, voice was so great and it was just a super rockin’ show.  I loved it from the first song to the last song. 

The second band, which I am eternally grateful that I got to experience, was Finding Favour.  Four guys from Georgia who were signed by tobyMac a couple of years ago (hello, that instantly makes them cool).  W-O-W.  Wow.  Wowwowwow. 


I loved the first song.  I loved the second song.  The story in between the second and third song made me cry.  The third song made my cry some more.  And then the fourth song, Say Amen, stuck with me all night.  Wow.  Powerful message, amazing vocals, my new favorite song.  I instantly downloaded their EP and the Say Amen single as soon as I got home and I have pretty much had it on loop since the concert.  Freaking fantastic.  Click the video below and tell me you don't like it.  I dare you.


After their set, which was way too short, I posted a pic on Instagram and tagged them.  And Matt Blashaw-style, they liked my pic back and they took my pic and posted it on their Instagram.  I heart Instagram.



Next up was Kutless.  Another big WOW.  They were amaaaazing. 


I will definitely be downloading a bunch of stuff from them because they were awesome.  Hubs and I remembered the name of the band from past Night of Joys, but we never heard them play.  I’m pretty bummed about that now. 

And last, but certainly not least, the reason we were there, Audio Adrenaline.




Awesome, awesome, awesome.  They ended their set with a song off their newest album and had members from each of the four bands come out and join in.  Wow.  Great moment.


All in all, it was a fabulous night. 

How about you … Any fans of Audio Adrenaline, Kutless, Finding Favour or Shine Bright Baby?  How about any other Christian contemporary or rock bands?