Thursday, April 11, 2013

DC Vacation and CUCB!!

I haven't kept up with this blog but since no one but me is reading it didn't seem like a big deal.  A little has happened since I last wrote.  I had a birthday which turned out to be disappointing.  I have had some personal issues that were pretty shattering.  And I just got back from Washington DC and the Credit Union Cherry Blossom race.





We left on Thursday, April 4th so that we could spend some time vacationing in DC.  Out first stop was at Fed Ex Field since my friend and her little one are huge Redskins fans.  I am not a football fan at all.  But I had to go to the bathroom something fierce so I got to pee in Redskins territory.  The gift shop was big and my friends were in their glory!


Redskins Gift Shop

Fed Ex Field

Next it was on to our hotel which was in Virginia just over the bridge from Georgetown.  We were on the fifth floor with a decent view into DC. We got settled in and then walked over the Key Memorial Bridge into Georgetown.  Our destination was Georgetown Cupcakes!! There was a line to get in but it was not bad.  We were speaking with the girl at the door and told her that we had been to the G-Town Cupcakes in Boston. She said she had been there last summer, too, and the little one recognized her as waiting on us there.  We got our dozen cupcakes and then walked the streets looking for a place to eat.  I had never been to Georgetown before and I just loved it.  All the shops and restaurants! We ended up eating at Martin's Tavern.  I was on vacation so all the healthy eating options went out the window!! I even had a roll with butter which is something I rarely eat these days! The meal was good and I was stuffed.  We walked back to the hotel. And we changed rooms! My friend wanted a better view so we were changed to a room on the 10th floor! Now we had a really good view into DC and the Washington Monument!

 I took the little one to the pool while my friend did some work.  

Friday we headed back into Georgetown and these--

Another line but, again, not bad.  We went shopping--first stopping at Lululemon's.  I got a pair of running socks since I did not have any.  The little one got a headband. We went to Buffalo Exchange -- I had heard of it and really wanted to check it out.  My friend found a beautiful dress that was even half off the sticker price.  I ended up getting a maxi skirt and a pair of Minnetonka mocassins.  There was a Kate Spade bag that I would have loved but it was very worn. 

We stopped in at Lush because that was on my list of spaces to shop. There were a couple things I wanted and figured I'd save myself a shipping charge by going to the store directly.  The person who waited on us was a bit over the top.  To the point of being annoying.  I picked up what I had wanted and we got out of there. 

We went into a few more stores and then into Sprinkles Cupcakes.  We were on a Cupcake Crawl!! I knew of Sprinkles (I watch Cupcake Wars!) but had never had one.  They had a cinnamon cupcake and cinnamon is my favorite so I had to get it!

Triple Cinnamon Cupcake
Unfortunately, it was not very good.  My cupcakes felt like it was underdone and the frosting was way too sweet! I love cupcakes and will try them all.  But Georgetown Cupcakes keeps coming up the winner!

We stopped in the Old Stone House which is supposed to be the oldest house in DC.  We got stamps in our National Parks Passport Book. 






After a visit through the house we stopped at Pinkberry! Another place I had heard of but had never been to.  If you are keeoing track so far I have eaten two cupcakes and frozen yogurt.  No real food at all! Ah, the joys of being on vacation!

We headed back over the bridge named after Francis Scott Key and dropped off our stuff at the hotel.  Then we went to the Metro to go into DC.  We headed for the Expo to pick up our packets and check out the expo.  Didn't buy too much there.  This was actually my first expo and it was a little overwhelming.  We bought patches, bandanas and head scarves.  We got some samples of chips, granola, and Lara Bars!

After we left there we were on a mission to find Cherry Blossom margaritas! We had stopped at many places along our travels and no one seemed to have them! We ended up in a restaurant in Chinatown.  Since it was Friday night the place was packed and NOISY! The restaurant was upstairs but the bar was downstairs so we sat in the bar and had a drink. I don't know how people go out drinking in DC! Two drinks and a soda came to over $30!!

We didn't hang around because Chinatown was just a scary place to be! So, it was back to the hotel where we ordered pizza for dinner.   And, of course, cupcakes!! That is the end of our second day in DC!

To be continued....

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Da Blues

I have been feeling rather down lately.  Lots of things going on and not much of it is fun.  The winter is really doing me in.  I hate the cold!! We had one day that got up to 60 degrees--it melted the snow and by the time the snow was completely gone, it snowed again.  My blues have been so bad that I took a day off from work yesterday.  What I found, tho, is that my spirits are lifted when I am around other people.  Well, really, friends.  I have a small circle of friends but not many have time for me lately.  I am naturally a solitary person but isolation is not good for anyone. 

This weekend I went to a women's basketball game.


















I am not a basketball fan of any kind.  But it was Girl Scout day at the game and it got me out of the house.  That was the important thing! I felt energized enough to organize a shelf in my bathroom.
















(Not so exciting but I had been wanting to do it for a while.)

But Sunday I was on my own again and I fell back into that funk.  Monday called for a sick day.  Monday night, tho, I did get out to see Josh Groban at my local theater.  He was performing live in NYC and it was broadcast to like 500 movie theaters across the country.  I got a friend to go with me--she didn't know who he was but I knew she'd like his music.  And she did--she loved it.  It was a good show--he is a fantasitc singer and he is funny, seems very down to earth.  And not bad on the eyes, either!



   

















 (This CD came out TODAY!)   

   On the weight loss front I am kind of discouraged.  I am eating pretty good.  Recovered from the chaos that was Christmas and New Year's.  But I have been in the same size jeans since the beginning of December.  Since I don't weigh myself I have to go by jeans size.  It took me about 8 months to drop 5 sizes.  So, it has taken me about a month or a month and a half to drop sizes.  It takes longer the smaller I get.  So, it has been over two months since I dropped a size.  I shouldn't beat myself up since the holidays did fall within those two months but I am getting anxious to get into a size smaller.  My goal is to be that size by my birthday which is in March.  So, patience is a virtue at this point.                                                                                                                                                                           












Friday, January 25, 2013

Flying Pig Marathon

I just bit the bullet and signed up for this race...

I had mentioned it to my friend when I saw it in Runner's World since I knew her sister-in-law has run this race many times.  And....she suggested we do it!!  Not the marathon--I don't have a death wish! But the 5k--me running, her walking.  I didn't know if she was really serious since this race is in Cincinnati and we are not.  We are about 6-7 hours away from Cincinnati! But it seems she was serious and today was the day we told each other that we signed up for the 5k.  I signed up, just waiting to hear from her as to whether she did.  So, that is two road trips I have set up for this spring to run 5k's! I am excited and nervous.  I really need to get my butt in gear and train for these races!!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Five Things I am Loving

Just a few things I am loving today...

1. Anjou Pears!

I had been eating apples every day for months.  But lately the apples taste rather, well, tasteless to me.  I don't know if that is ME or if the apples really are tasteless.  They aren't in season any longer so I'll go with it being their fault! I need to have some kind of fruit with me at work.  So, I started buying bags of pears.  I started with Bartlet which I like.  They did start to get overly ripe by the time I got to the bottom of the bag, tho.  When I was shopping they didn't have Bartlett anymore.  They had Anjou so that is what I got.  And these are even better than the Bartlett! Very sweet just how I like them!








2. Bear Naked Maple Pecan Granola!

I like to have a little granola with my Oikos yogurt in the morning.  It just feels more like a meal to me that way.  I had been eating the Love Grown granola which I do like.  I have to get that through Amazon, tho, as it is not stocked in my grocery store.  I decided to pick up a bag of this granola at Target a few months ago and I LOVE it!! My grocery store does carry Bear Naked but not this flavor! :(












3. Brookside Dark Chocolate-covered fruit!!

I heard about these on another blog.  They aren't in my grocery store but a random trip to BJ's--and there they were! They come in big bags but also in these 100 calorie back bags.  While I am not much of a chocolate person I do prefer dark chocolate over milk.  I am not much of a snacker, either, but I have a few bags of these at work for those times when I start to get hungry.  They are very good and I love that they are portioned controlled!!










4. Chai Tea!

I don't normally like to drink my calories but I do make some exceptions! This is one of those exceptions! I love the chai tea from Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts but rarely get it.  I came across these k-cups in chai tea and decided to try it.  The taste is very close to the tea from Starbucks and DD! Well, close enough for me!! And it is 60 calories per cup.  Maybe not the healthiest of choices (I imagine there are chemically things in there along with the tea) but a great occasional treat!











5. Georgetown Cupcakes!!

I just thought I would add this in here! I don't currently have any cupcakes.  But I LOVE...let me repeat that...LOVE Georgetown Cupcakes!! Can't wait to get some when I am in DC in April!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Long weekend and a mini haul!

Three day weekend! Although I spent most of it cleaning I did get out yesterday to see this...


Good movie! I really liked it! Would I pick it over Lincoln or Les Miz to win the Best Picture Oscar? No.  But I would recommend this to people!

While I was at the mall I hit up the sales again.  I just can't help it which is why I should not go to the mall. Especially not by myself! I need to conserve my money for bills and all the traveling I want to do this year.  But I have no reasoning when I see an item of clothing marked down! Apparently, the same goes for comestics.  I vowed that I would not buy anymore cosmetics since I purchased so much for myself for Christmas.  And, I also subscribe to a couple beauty boxes.  I have plenty of makeup! But, you know who suckers me in? YouTube.  Yup, I subscribe to a couple  several beauty gurus.  I am always seeing a product that I want to try.  Doesn't matter if it is wildly inappropriate for me ::cough:: red lipstick ::cough:: I still add it to my list.  Here is my mini haul at the drugstore:



These are on the lower end in cost which is a good thing.  And the only reason why I bought them was because I saw a YouTuber mention them.  Yes, I am that easy.

While I am on the subject of makeup let me take a moment to do a little rave over a beauty subscription I received.  I started with Birchbox but ended up cancelling it last month after months of being disappointed.  I have two makeup subscriptions now.  Sample Society and Ipsy. I'll review Sample Society some other time.  Right now let me talk about Ipsy.  Again, swayed by a YouTuber! I didn't know what to expect with this subscription.  I knew that the products came in a little makeup bag.  I was skeptical.  The last thing I needed was a bunch of cheap makeup bags cluttering up my already too cluttered abode.  But I gave it a try anyway.  And I love it! I have only been doing it for three months but I have not been disappointed! I love these beauty subscriptions because it is like getting a present - that I pay for - in the mail every month! It is such a let down to open a box to find samples that I could have easily gotten for free at Sephora.  That has not been the case with Ipsy! Here is a picture of my latest bag:



I should have opened that box of Nailtini! It is a bright red creme nail polish that I love! The bags have been cute and I am actually using them! Thumbs up to Ipsy!

I spent all day Sunday unburying my treadmill.  Yeah, it was that bad.  Also,  I have a tendency when I am cleaning to go overboard which is probably why I hate to clean so much.  I was so tired by the time I got the treadmill up and running again that I was too tired to use it.  But I'm feeling good that I got it done and now I can start training for my 5k! Yeah, we have snow on the ground again and it is 11 degrees out.  I am spending as little time as possble outside!!

Still trying to figure out how to post pictures.  I am such a dunce.

The Zone

I wrote a post yesterday but I need to put some pictures in before I post it.  I figured out (I think!) how to post pictures from my phone but for some reason not all the pictures on my phone were transferred over.  Including the pictures I need for the previous post! I can't win!

Today I am going to share my weight loss story.  Over the course of my adult life I have lost a large amount of weight four times.  I don't consider myself a yo-yo dieter because there were huge gaps of times between those four times! The last time I lost a considerable amount of weight was 6 years ago.  My feeling at the time was "third time is a charm".  I do believe with all my heart that I would not have gained back the weight except for my mother passing away.  It was rather unexpected and the most devastating event that has ever happened to me. At that point I had been losing weight for over a year.  I was eating healthy and exercising.  But the night my mother passed away all bets were off.  My sister and I were at Denny's at 2am stuffing our faces with some kind of non-healthy food.  So, I GAVE UP.  And gained all the weight back. 

The only time I have been able to lose weight is when I have been in, what I call, "the zone".  The zone is a mindset and when I am in the zone losing weight is not hard.  I don't mind not eating junk food and actually crave fruits and vegetables.  When I am not in the zone I feel deprived and sorry for myself.  That is when the "one more day (of unhealthy eating) won't hurt" plays over in my mind.  I LOVE the zone! I don't feel deprived. I know I am doing good.  I don't have to force myself to make better choices.  Unfortunately, I cannot make myself be in the zone. I have to wait until it happens.  Maybe that all sounds weird but it is the truth for me and what works for me.   I got in the zone again back in April.  How it happened, I don't know. But there were a couple factors that I know contributed to it this time.  First, my father was in failing health.  He ended up in a rehab center to regain his strength.  I'd visit him around meal times and I witnessed the meals they served him.  Now, I KNOW that a balanced meal is the right way to go but this time I was actually seeing it.  Being a visual learner maybe that is that I needed.  A plate with protein and vegetables, a dessert in correct portion...it triggered something in me.  The other factor was that I was going in for another bout of eye surgery.  It was a one day thing but it still meant that my vitals were being checked and I wanted my blood pressure to be in the normal category. I started eating healthier and making better choices a week before the surgery.  And after a week it DID make a difference! (It made an even bigger difference when I had more surgery in September!) So, I have been on this road since April.  How much weight have I lost? I don't know.  I don't weigh myself.  I have read a lot of articles that said weighing yourself is important.  But I can't do it.  Since I gained back the weight after my mother's passing I just knew that it would be defeating to me to know exactly how much I had gained.  Even now I feel it would be demoralizing to know what I weigh.  (When I went in for my last surgery I couldn't put my weight on the form because I had no idea...not even a ballpark idea.  They needed to know that, of course, for the anesthesia so I was taken to a scale.  I told the nurse that I did not want to know so I closed my eyes to the scale and asked her not to tell me.) So, I have been going by my pants size.  Since April I am down 5 pants sizes.  That is good enough for me to know.  Christmas was a difficult one for me.  I know it is for a lot of people.  I really wasn't confronted with a lot of fattening goodies. I went looking for them.  A big part of that is some family drama that got to the point of overwhelming me.  It kicked me out of the zone.  I am still eating healthy but it isn't easy anymore.  I struggle with that inner voice that says just one more day isn't going to hurt.  But I am not giving up.  This has got to be the last time.  In all the other times I felt like I never got to the maintenance part of weight loss.  I always stopped right before I got to my "ideal" weight.  I am so close to it now and I want to get there! Even tho I am still the same person I always was in a way I am not.  When I am heavier I don't care about my appearance.  All I care is that I have clothes that cover me and don't hug any of my torso.  When I am thinner I am into clothes, jewelry, makeup...in short, I feel more confident about myself.  I have friends that are "shocked" by my style.  I say that I have always been into style.  I just didn't show it.  But now I do...every chance I get!!

Just testing..yea, I can add pictures! I still eat pizza occasionally.  But it is one slice of veggie pizza! YUM!!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Cherry Blossom Run


Still not understanding how to upload pictures so this one is going to have to be ginormous!!

Yep, 77 days until I leave for Washington DC to participate in the Cherry Blossom Run! The race is actually on the 7th but we are going down for a little vacation.  For this race you have to enter a lottery.  I didn't think I'd be picked but I entered anyway.  My friend signed herself and her daughter up as well and -- YUP -- they were picked, too!! My friend plans to walk the 5k and I intend to run the 5k.  Something I have never done before.  So, this is my goal.  But it is about 80 days away and I haven't trained for it at all.  :( I started the Couch to 5k program a few months ago but barely got past week one.  Then it started getting darker early and colder.  Excuses, I know, but I don't feel comfortable being out by myself in the dark.  And the cold just does me in.  I get so cold that I stay chilled for the rest of the day.  We had a temp of 60 degrees on Sunday which was NICE!! But the next day it was back in the 30's.  I have been going to bed early this week because I am just so cold.  Anyway, I have to figure out a way to train for this race because my goal is to RUN!!