Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Our New House!!!

We looked at 16 houses and the one we bought was actually the first house we looked at. This picture was taken the first day we saw the house :)

Here we are in our new living room the night we got the keys!!!

Tonight we prepped the master bedroom for painting and then removed the wallpaper from the one wall that was covered in the master ... here are a few before photo's:

Can you see the horrible wallpaper on that one wall? What about that awesome blue valance? Yep, both are now gone!!!

Let me just say ... we HATE wallpaper and we are very happy that only one wall in the master had wallpaper. Ugh.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Weekly Menu: Sept 29th to Oct 5th

Monday - Tortilla Soup, homemade (or maybe someone will take us out to dinner to celebrate the fact that we just bought a house and we are getting the keys tonight)

Tuesday - leftover Tortilla soup

Wednesday - Chicken Caesar Salad

Thursday - Spaghetti

Friday - leftover spaghetti

Saturday - ???

Sunday - ???

*Saturday we will be painting at the new house and my mom and her husband will be coming down to see it and Sunday we will be taking a day trip to Sunnyvale to visit my Best Coast West Coast Cousin Judy and her husband Bob because my Uncle Tom and Aunt Kathy will be in California visiting!!! We're going to leave those days up in the air for now, but don't worry - we'll be making healthy food choices no matter what! It's just what we do now :)

Last week in review:
One running day and two walking days and then four rest days in a row. Yes, it is as depressing as it sounds. We had a good run at the park on Monday and then a good, brisk walk on Tuesday and then a neighborhood walk on Wednesday. We then spent the next four days not doing anything physical, because lets face it - life got in the way, as it often does. The next two weeks are not looking that promising either.

Weekly weigh-in:
The lifestyle and food decisions that we have made apart of our daily habits for the last 17 weeks really are making a difference because even when life gets in the way we are still very conscious about the food choices we are making. I'm still eating a big Tupperware of fresh fruit and veggies for lunch every single day and we are still measuring all our food and making healthier choices all day, every day. And it works! We're both still loosing. It's not as much gratification when I don't get to run more often because on the weeks where I have more rest days than activity days I don't feel as good as I do otherwise. But, the best part is that we are still making progress and the life choices that we have made are permanent. And that feels damn good.

This weeks running goals:
Ah, hell. We'll we are getting the keys to house we just bought in about 1/2 an hour and we have a lot of work to do in the next two weeks before we move in. I don't know if we'll have any time to run, but I'm going to try my hardest to do as much physical activity as possible - and I'm going to pray that these next two weeks, a long with last week, don't put me back at square one with my running. Wish me luck, I think I'm going to need it.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

I l.o.v.e Saturdays

... even if I do wake up way to early, like I have somewhere to be, even when I don't. It's okay. It doesn't matter if I'm tired all day - because it's Saturday. It doesn't matter that I woke up at 6:30 am and don't have anywhere to be or much to do today - because it's Saturday. Well, don't get me wrong - I do have a few things on my daily "to-do" list including my weekly trip to the farmers market and laundry ... and packing. Packing is by far my favorite part of moving. I've moved a lot. Like, a lot - a lot. When I was 17 I graduated from high school *early* and moved to Berkeley - where I remained for 4 long years. Then from the time I was 20 until now I've moved a total of 11 times, and in two weeks - it will be lucky number 13. I've lived all over the greater Sacramento area. I've lived alone, with roommates, and with boyfriends. And now, after 27 years, I'll be moving into a place of our own. We can paint the walls any color we want and if there is something we don't like, we can change it. It's very exhilarating. Our loan funded yesterday, but not before the wire cutoff - so we won't be getting our keys until Monday - but that's okay. It's only two more days. I can already anticipate my excitement all day Monday - I'm sure I'll get next to no work done. But, that's okay too. Until then, I'll be working on packing up our last apartment and anticipating moving for the last time. Well, maybe not the very last time ... but at least the last time for a long time.

It's not Monday yet - so it's not really time for my week in review post, but this week started out pretty good in the exercise department - but today will be my third rest day in a row and we only ran one day so far. We have a run planned for tomorrow morning at the park - but I haven't run since Monday so I'm not very optimistic about my results.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Seriously? Seriously!

Who watched the season premiere for Grey's Anatomy last night?!?

This is my favorite show. I love it. I love it so much that I stayed up till 11pm to watch it live - instead of recording it with my DVR (like I do all my other shows).


That's a good three hours past my "regular" bed time! I don't even care how exhausted I am today!

How good was that season opener? I'm not going to give too many details away so as not to spoil it for anyone that hasn't seen it - but seriously? Within 60 seconds, there I was ready to cry and absolutely glued to the screen for 2 straight hours. I couldn't have gotten up off the couch if you made me!


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Fall TV

Here are just a few reasons that we have a DVR:

Grey's Anatomy


The new 90210 on the CW


The Sarah Conner Chronicles

Brothers and Sisters

Private Practice

Without A Trace


My Name is Earl

The Simpsons

Family Guy

And, my new favorite obsession: Jon and Kate Plus 8

Don't worry - I still find plenty of time for my regular dosages of Iron Chef, Ace of Cakes, and House Hunters!

It's okay. You can say it. I know it. I'm addicted to fall TV. It's just one of the many reason I love fall time the best! Gotta run ... my DVR is calling my name :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Today is a BIG day

... and one of the many defining moments of our future together. Not so long ago (on August 21st to exact) we started house hunting. After one phone call to our best friend, Ryan, (where I mentioned that we wanted to buy a house), our friend Ryan then called his dad (a well known and respected real estate agent here locally) and from then on its been a whirlwind! We met with our broker and got approved for and FHA home loan and the HART down-payment assistance plan. Two days later we met with our real estate agent and looked at 16 (actually, 17 houses - but we don't count the last one because we were advised not to live on that street). Two days after that we put in 5 offers - 3 on privately owned homes, and 2 on bank owned homes. Two days after that we heard back from the offers we submitted. The first privately owned home was about 1100 square feet, three bedroom home with an updated kitchen, a jetted tub in the master bath, small back yard and a sun room as was listed for under our maximum price. The second privately owned home was three bedrooms on a corner lot and was completely updated with a huge backyard and was also listed for under our maximum price. The third privately owned home was a four bedroom two bath home with a big backyard and an updated kitchen and a total of 1600 square feet. The two bank owned homes were newer homes and right next door to each other. One was four bedrooms with a small backyard and no grass and the other was four bedrooms with a big loft and a big backyard. The smaller house with the jetted tub and updated kitchen (the one we figured we would get) counter offered, refusing to pay the closing costs and refusing to participate in the down-payment assistance program. The totally updated home on the corner lot counter offered with a price higher than our max. We didn't hear back from the bank owned homes. The four bedroom, 1600 square foot house accepted our offer!!! We were shocked! Jon and I had agreed to put an offer on this house, even though it was at the top of our price range, because we liked it and we didn't have anything to lose, but we never ever thought that we'd get it! I can not even begin to explain how excited we are!!! Today we are signing the final papers and in a few days we'll have the keys! Check back for more details soon!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Too many rest days - not enough running days

I'm starting to see a trend growing on my little sidebar of total miles I've run. Too many rest days and not enough days of activity. My goal is to have 7 days a week of physical activity, with at least 4 days of running. I'm doing pretty good with getting in a few days of running each week, but I'm not doing very well in doing some kind of physical activity on my "rest" days from running. I think this might be effecting my running - the rest days are good for me - but I think I need to start walking or riding a bike instead of not getting any activity on those days. My goal is to be a stronger runner. My goal is be stronger, period.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Weekly Menu: Sept 22nd to Sept 28th

Monday - leftover Corn and Potato Chowder with Trader Joe's organic brown rice

Tuesday - Pasta with semi-homemade marinara sauce and tuna

Wednesday - Chicken Caesar Salad

Thursday - leftover pasta

Friday - Grilled chicken and Trader Joe's organic brown rice

Saturday - Tortilla Soup

Sunday - leftover soup

Last week in review:
The weekends are our downfalls. We do sooo good during the week ... and sooo bad on the weekends. Last week I was also fighting a stubborn cold ... which is still kinda hanging around. We only ran three days. I'm over the treadmill and so we've been running at the park. I just can't stare at that blank, boring wall while running on the treadmill anymore. I need some change in my life. When we move, and get a treadmill, I want a TV to watch or something other than a blank, boring wall. This week is going to be another long one (work and home life stress) and we are both determined to stay on track with our eating. Last week we really overdid it at brewfest on Saturday afternoon followed by way too much deep fried food for dinner that night.

Weekly weigh-in:
We both recorded a loss (which was totally surprising after the weekend we had) and I'm only 0.02 lbs away from my goal of loosing 10% of my starting weight. I sure didn't feel like I was going to have a loss, but I'm sure glad I did :)

This weeks running goals:
7 days of activity, run at least 4 days

Friday, September 19, 2008

A few things

I have a few posts that I've been wanting to post ... but I've been seriously slacking in getting them finished. These include a post about completing the Don't Sweat the Small Stuff book, some info about the BIG purchase we are in the process of making, and a couple of other fun little posts I've been working on. I have no excuses ... other than being lazy and procrastinating BIG TIME.

Until I can get those posts finished and published ... how about a little weekend preview?!? Tomorrow Jon and I will be heading to the CA Brewers Festival here in Sacto, and meeting up with my cousin Farina. I uber excited for a couple of reasons: (1) we haven't hung out with Farina in way too long, (2) beer, (3) brewfests are one of my favorite things, (4) beer, and (5) beer. In preperation for a day filled with loads of micro-brew calories, Jon and I will be starting our day with a run at the park and then stopping off at the farmers market to stock up for the week. We'll end the day with dinner some place downtown. I love downtown. We'll spend Sunday taking care of things around our apartment ...

I'm very much looking forward to this weekend & I'm so happy to exclaim: TGIF!!! Tonight I plan on making a super yummy potato and corn chowder for dinner, after a nice easy run/walk at the park, to be followed with an at home date night wtih my sweetie watching movies and relaxing from this long week :)

Have a great weekend!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I've lost that motivation feeling

I've hit a bit of a slump this week. Not only am I fighting off a cold ... but I think I've hit a motivational slump regarding running. It's very disappointing. I think it might have something to do with being sick of running the treadmill in the gym at our apartment complex - it faces a very plain, boring wall! Ugh. I just can't stand it anymore. I need a change. We've been trying to run outside at the park more often ... especially now that the weather is changing. Hopefully I'll get out of this slump soon ... maybe a run at the park tonight will help!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Weekly Menu: Sept 15 to Sept 21

Monday - Ahi Tuna steaks and mini red potatoes

Tuesday - Turkey burgers and zucchini

Wednesday - Chicken Salad pitas

Thursday - Pasta with semi-homemade marinara and tuna (Rachael Ray recipe)

Friday - Corn and Potato Chowder

Saturday - Brewfest with Jon and Farina (this could be bad)

Sunday - leftover pasta or leftover chowder

Last week in review:
The work weeks keep getting longer and the weekends shorter. Life is stressful right now and I'm feeling a little bit like I'm in a slump. Food wise we did pretty good. Friday we went out for sushi (which really isn't all that bad) and then Saturday night we were really, really bad ... we were at an engagement BBQ for my best friend's sister and we had lots of really yummy food and some beer and we definitely over did it. Sunday night we went out to dinner with Jon's family and even though we shared an entree we both also had the 22 ounce beer and fried calamari. We did manage to run 4 days but we were not successful in completing 7 days of physical activity. We ran on the treadmills twice (Monday and Thursday) and at the park twice (Tuesday and Sunday). As I've mentioned, I prefer the park - and most days I feel like I am getting stronger at running outside ... then I go and have a horrible run like I did today. Ugh.

Weekly weigh-in:
We both gained this past week. Jon is up 0.8 and I'm up 0.4 - neither of which is very significant in the grand scheme of things ... but it was discouraging for a few minutes until I realized that instead of letting it get me discouraged, it just means I need to work harder this week and let that little insignificant gain know whose in control of this merry go round!

This weeks running goals:
7 days of physical activity, run at least 4 days

Friday, September 12, 2008

Treadmill vs. the park

Last night we ran on the treadmills. Tuesday we ran at the park.

Let's compare these two runs:

Cooler temperatures
Goal 2.88 miles
Ran 1.44 miles

Warmer temperatures
Goal 3.1 miles
Ran 3.1 miles

I prefer running outside. The park has a new running track, its 1.44 miles long and curves it's way around the park. It's definitley my favorite place to run. Running on the treadmill's is so boring. They are stationed about two feet away from the very blank and boring wall they face. And, I'm obsesses with watching the miles go down as the time goes up when I'm running on the treadmill. I can't seem to focus my attention anywhere else.

I just don't understand why running on the treadmill is easier for me than running outside. I guess it must have something to do with keeping the same pace the whole time, which the treadmill allows you to do. Over the past few months, my treadmill distance/time has increased and the runs are getting easier - but my outdoor runs are not improving. I think once the weather changes from hot summer temperatures to cooler fall temperatures we will need to start running outside more often. We also will not have a treadmill for very much longer ...

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

I know ... I have yet to blog about the book. I did finish it - as did my mom ... but I just haven't found the time to sit down and write about how it made me feel and what I read. It's coming ... soon - I hope. Life is kinda getting in the way right now - I'm very focused on running and some other "big" girl stuff :)

Monday, September 8, 2008

It's no wonder my pants we're falling down!

Ah, yes ... Monday. The weigh-in day. Today when I stepped on that scale I didn't expect to see much of a loss - I was actually anticipating a gain or staying the same even though I ran 4 days last week and did weights 3 days - we had a pretty bad weekend regarding eating. However, instead, it read 152.4 which means, my friends, that I've lost over 15 lbs!!! I'm amazed ... Im excited ... I'm stunned ... I'm ready to lose m-o-r-e!!!

Weekly Menu: Sept 8 to Sept 10

Monday - whole wheat spaghetti with semi-homemade marinara sauce and Trader Joe's turkey meatballs

Tuesday - soup & caesar salad (Jon will have chicken noodle and I'll have tomato basil - both Progresso Soups)

Wednesday - leftover spaghetti

Thursday - Trader Joe's turkey burgers

Friday - sushi with Trinh :)

Saturday - engagement party for Mo & Ben (BBQ)

Sunday - Trader Joe's Ahi Tuna Steaks

This weeks running goals - 7 days of activity; run at least 4 days for 30 mins

Last week in review: Sept 1 to Sept 7

Monday was Labor Day and we did pretty good eating wise - we BBQ'd some chicken for dinner along with some corn on the cob and we started our day off with a nice run at the park. We did pretty good eating wise from most of the week - until Friday when we went out to eat at a local mexican restaurant (at least we shared an entree instead of overeating). And we ran Mon - Thurs and took Friday off with the intention of having Saturday off becasue we were too busy and then getting back to it on Sunday. Saturday morning I did do some ab work and weights at home before starting my day. We ate out for lunch and dinner on Saturday (deli sandwiches and pizza) and then also ate out for lunch and dinner on Sunday (mexican and then Italian). We did good at dinner on Sunday night - we split a chicken Caesar salad BUT followed it up with an appetizer size of fried raviolli's (sooo good) and then later we each had a small glass of wine at home as we shared a slice of heaven AKA tiramisu. We did not get a chance to go running on Sunday because I was very sore from painting on Saturday and Jon was exhausted - so we slept in instead and then Jon headed off to soccer while I decided to go through my clothes and get rid of items I no longer wear :)

All in all we had a pretty good week ... it could have been better, but we're just not that perfect! And, today starts a new week to try all over again :)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

It was GOOD

On of my bosses recently gave me a gift card to a local restaurant (that just happens to be one of our favs) as a way of saying "thank you" for a job well done. Jon and I decided to go out last night and use it because I was too exhausted to even think about cooking (even though we really, really wanted to stick to our food plan this week - sometimes you can schedule in cravings or fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants moments). Jon enjoyed a couple of beers and I indulged in a couple of swirly margaritas and we shared chips and salsa and chipotle chicken fajitas! It was GOOD. We try not to frequent this Mexican restaurant very often because their chips are super yummy and we tend to overindulge in them - and more often than not we order the deep fried chicken flatuas - however, last night we managed to skip those and decided to share an entree instead.

Today Jon is working for his dad and I'm heading to the farmers market then to pick up my best friend and matron of honor, Kylie, so she can come with me to Roseville to pick up my wedding shoes and all the bridesmaid dresses. After that we'll be heading back over to her new house and I plan on spending the afternoon helping her paint while Jon helps her husband repair an old doggie door in their kitchen. So, needless to say - we'll be skipping another run today. We didn't run last night because (1) I was exhausted, (2) he had his intermural sports club yesterday after school and played basketball, (3) I am super sore and I have horrible shin splints. We are just too busy today but maybe we can squeeze in an evening walk tonight. Tomorrow we'll be heading to the park in the early morning for a run before he goes to soccer. Since I knew I wasn't going to get a run in today - I did some ab work and some weight work this morning - it felt good and woke me up :)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

THAT dreaded scale ... again

Monday was a holiday and I enjoyed every paid minute of it ... except all day long I was thinking about having to step on that cold hateful scale at 4pm for our weekly weigh in. I've been stuck on a plateau for the last three weeks - most likely because I've stopped counting my points on a "regular" basis. SO ... the husband-to-be and myself went for a nice long run at the park (two laps - for a total of 2.88 miles - and I ran the first mile in 10:51 - and then finished up switching between running and walking every 0.10 of a mile) and then we proceeded to go out to a buffet lunch! It was a sushi buffet and I did really good. I only had two small plates and stopped when I was full. After lunch, and running a few errands, the dreaded weigh in time approached. Well ... I stepped on that cold little contraption and waited for it reveal disappointment and instead it said "154" - I stared in disbelief. I made it past my plateau! I was so relieved and proud of myself. Being proud of myself is a pretty big accomplishment on its own considering its something I hardly ever do. I have a long way to go ... but I'm slowly getting there! Jon is a huge supporter and motivator and really keeps me going. As a side note, even though I haven't been "counting" my points, I have been very conscious about what I've been eating and I've been continuing to measure my food. I'm trying to limit my sweet snacks (Skinny Cows and Weight Watcher ice cream bars) to only a few days a week instead of every night and I have started journaling my food again - I just am too busy to keep up with entering the points onto the Weight Watchers website everyday. Plus, I'm pretty sure we are going to be canceling that membership to save $17 a month and because I'm just not using it as much anymore. The changes that we've made in the past 13 weeks have been about loosing weight and getting in shape - but they've also been life changes we decided to make so that we can live a long, healthy life together - and they have become a way of life for us. Making healthy choices is something we don't have to think about anymore, we just do it - and thats the best feeling about this journey we've been on. I'm proud of both of us!

Monday, September 1, 2008

3 years today

Today marks the three year anniversary since I quit smoking!


Miles for August

8/2 - 1.44 (at the park)
8/9 - 1.7 (outside in the neighborhood)
8/14 - 2.0 @ 4.4
8/16 - 2.04 (at the park)
8/18 - 1.0 @ 4.5
8/19 - 1.5 @ 4.5
8/20 - 2.0 @ 4.5
8/22 - 1.25 (at the 5k)
8/26 - 2.0 @ 4.5
8/27 - 0.95 + 0.50 @ 4.5
8/30 - 2.24 @ 4.5
8/31 - 2.24 @ 4.5

During the month of August I recorded the total miles I was able to run without needing or wanting to stop. I definitely was able to increase my stamina and running is continuing to get easier and easier. I am becoming a runner and I love it!

Weekly Menu: Sept 1 to Sept 7

Monday - BBQ chicken with corn on the cob and salad = approximately 10pts (depending on how many ounces the chicken ends up being)

Tuesday - whole wheat spaghetti with turkey meatballs and homemade marinara = 8-10pts (depending on how much spaghetti I have and how many meatballs)

Wednesday - Taco Soup = 2pts

Thursday - left over spaghetti = 8-10pts

Friday - Trader Joe's marinated ahi tuna steaks = unknown at this time
***UPDATE*** We went out for Mexican food instead :(

Saturday - BBQ Trader Joe's turkey burgers = unknown at this time
***UPDATE*** We had pizza instead after a long day of work :(

Sunday - Paesano's with Zach and Val and Steve
***UPDATE*** My friend Zach is flying in from Florida/Texas this weekend for a wedding and Jon and I will be joining him along with a few other friends (namely Val and Steve who are driving up from Dublin to visit, also) for dinner at Paesano's!!! I'm uber excited to see Zach and Val and Steve!!!
***UPDATE #2*** Dinner was good and it was great to see Zach and Val and Steve and even Brian showed up (and Zach's newly engaged sister was there, too)! Jon and I shared a chicken caesar salad and the fried ravioli's and got a tiramisu to go. The visit with our friends was most definitley not long enough - but it was good to see them just the same - it had been a while since all four 182'ers were together at the same time :)

This week's running goals = at least 4 days at a speed of 4.6 along with 3 days of cross training (walking, elliptical, bike, whatever) and 3 days of weights
***UPDATE*** We ran Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs and took Fri, Sat & Sun off

Last Week in Review: Aug 25 to Aug

We ate pretty good all week - we always eat good for lunch because we both pack and bring our own lunches to work and they consist mainly of fruit and veggies and usually a sandwich. Monday was a busy night for us, we snuck in a low point dinner of black bean burritos for dinner but didn't get a chance to run. Tuesday we made it to the gym and ran and had whole wheat spaghetti with turkey meatballs from Trader Joe's and homemade marinara sauce. Wednesday was a busy and exciting night for us, but we still made it to the gym (that's the night I was "distracted" and hit the emergency stop button just a few short seconds after Jon did) and we ate microwaved quesadillas for dinner. Thursday we made it to the gym again, but it was later than usual since Jon has a BTSA meeting that night so he ran while I cross trained on the elliptical and then we both did weights and then we had pizza using the leftover marinara as the sauce on a whole wheat boboili crust topped with low fat "Italian" blend shredded cheese and turkey pepperoni. Friday we we're bad. We went to Chevy's for dinner and then we to the local brewery for beers and we skipped the gym. Saturday was pretty good - we ran and had a Caesar salad for lunch but we went out for dinner and didn't do so good - but the dinner was great! Sunday we did great! We went for a run and we had pizza again - on the whole wheat boboli crust with the turkey pepperoni again. Today is our weight in day. I did manage to work out five days and I ran 7.93 miles and had one day of cross training. I'm hoping that I made it past my little plateau I've been at for the past three weeks and that I've started loosing again. I have changed my running strategy - I use to run until I hit a certain mileage, but now I've decided I'm going to run for 30 minutes everyday and overtime the mileage will increase because I've been slowly increasing my speed - this week I'm moving up to 4.6 - and I'll probably hang out there for two weeks before I increase it again.