Saturday, May 25, 2013

Memorial Day

I'll be the first to admit that when I think "Memorial Day", I automatically add on "Weekend" and imagine the pool opening, excited kids storming the mushroom pool, a ridiculous sunburn, and now, a long weekend.

But I think most of us know that isn't what this day is about. It's not another day to celebrate and thank all military members, either. It is a day to remember and cherish those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

In recent weeks, there have been several military plane crashes in theater. Regardless of the causes of these crashes, it is a reminder that life is fragile and freedom isn't free. Considering C is a pilot, it has been a very poignant reminder to me.

Take at least a moment this weekend to remember those who have died in service to our country.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Fitness Update

Welllll, I am not quite as far along as I would like to be in the weight loss department. As of this morning, I am 11.2 pounds down.....38.8 pounds to go. Ahh.

That being said, I know I am swapping out some fat for muscle. I can feel my muscles getting stronger. I am slowly increasing weight in most of my lifting exercises, and when I told C that I didn't feel like I was working hard enough, he was more than happy to oblige me by making me do more reps. He isn't very good with taking no for an answer, either :P

I weigh in regularly, but I have really come to realize it's just a number. I care about that number, because I feel like it is somewhat a reflection of my success. However, I care more that all my clothes are feeling looser. I wore a top last week that I haven't worn in probably a year, and it looked good! I wore a tank top layered under another shirt today, and didn't have to spend my whole day tucking down the tank whenever I stood up. My pants are all getting noticeably (to me anyway) looser. C has noticed a difference, too, and isn't one to give empty compliments.

I am amping up my cardio now, in preparation for the half marathon, so I expect to see a lot more fat burning off of my body so my newly toned muscles can shine through!

shirt care of my beautiful bridesmaid, friend, and Tone It Up bikini buddy Kathleen :)

So overall, even though my weight loss has been hit or miss this past week or so, I am happy with my overall progress. It is super empowering!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Wedding Registries

Phew. It's after 9 pm, but I did not forget to post today!

I spent my free time today trying to organize our wedding registries. Let me tell's fun, but it's also hard!

C and I have so much stuff already, but plenty of it is in need of upgrade, so I figured we would have no issue filling up a wedding registry and then some. But it is actually much harder than I expected.

A lot of this stuff is expensive! And if someone is going to spend that much money on things for us, we want to make sure we LOVE what we are picking! We also want to make sure we strike a balance between low quality and highest quality, since we don't need top of the line everything, but we don't want it to need to be replaced for a long time.

Even though we live together, it's also fun to pick out this stuff together. Up until this point, most of our things have been either his or mine. We have made a few purchases together, but still have a lot of "purchased when I lived alone" stuff that I am ready to move on from.

I don't mean to sound is so awesome to get to put together a wish list for our family and friends! We are so thankful for the generous friends and family we have.

Have you registered? How did you do it?

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Quotey quote quote

Woah baby. Another blog post, only one day after the previous! So far so good.

Today's prompt is to post your favorite quote and explain WHY it is your favorite.

I love quotes, but I love many many quotes so it's hard to have a favorite. So I just looked through some of my faves on Pinterest and will share a few with you. The first one is my ultimate favorite quote ever, which I couldn’t resist sharing and explaining.

"A ship in port is safe; but that is not what ships are built for. Sail out to sea and do new things." -Rear Admiral Grace Hopper

I have this quote on a plaque….I found it in Baltimore at a sidewalk sale as I was approaching my big move to Abilene. I have always been a homebody, so I knew the move to Abilene would truly rock my world and my foundation. I bought the plaque as soon as I saw it.

The version I have is only the first sentence though. When I was googling the quote to give proper credit, I found this longer version and also learned a bit about Grace Hopper.

This truly resonates with me, and is a mantra of sorts that I have running through my head on repeat. Leaving Baltimore was excruciatingly hard for me, and the feelings of wanting to go HOME were only overpowered by the love I have for my flyboy. It was important for me to remember that yes, I left behind deep roots and a happy, comfortable life, but not everyone is meant to just stay in port. Some people are meant to go out into the world and see it, and that is the life I will have with C. It is so important for me to understand and remember that.

exploring new places with my love

"If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely." -Roald Dahl

"The trouble it might drag you down. If you get lost, you can always be found. Just know you’re not alone….Cause I’m going to make this place your home." -Phillip Phillips

And an extraordinarily perfect quote for the day......"May the Fourth be with you."

Have a great May the 4th!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Blog Every Day in May! Posts 1, 2, and 3 :)

Ok, I just jumped on the boat for this "Blog every day in May". I read about it on my friend Jessica's blog, and decided my blog needs a little loving lately anyway.

However, it is day 3 already and I have 0 posts. So I am going to sort of play. Day 1 was supposed to be the story of my life in 250 words or less. Day 2, I was supposed to educate you on something I know a lot about. And Day 3- Things that make you uncomfortable.

So I will mash them all together and educate you on the story of my life and some things that make me uncomfortable :)

Ok, story of my life. (These words don't count towards my 250). I was born to two pretty amazing parents, and raised in the 'burbs of Baltimore with an older brother who didn't really like me simply because I was his little sister. I was born at 10:10 pm on April 21, two days late. I was born pretty quickly, though- my dad dropped my mom off at the door at 10 pm and was practically still in the car when I was born in the examining room at 10:10. I love Baltimore and Maryland, and if I could go back, I would. But somewhere between birth and now, I met a man and the Air Force now rules my life. In between those two points, however, I did accomplish a few things.

I went to private, Catholic schools my whole life, and I wore a uniform from 1st grade through 12th grade. I loved every minute of it, partially because it's all I ever knew, and partially because it was amazing. The ties I made in school are still ties I cherish today. When I was younger, I was super independent and a strong leader. Now, I am more likely to let others take the leadership roles, although I still enjoy leading and managing.

My brother and I fought like brothers and sisters typically do growing up, and I'm pretty sure he would have been content with Mom and Dad sending me back to wherever it is I came from. However, they kept me, and today, we are pretty good friends. He was stationed in Abilene for a while while I was here too, and I lived with him for a few months when I was between jobs. I'm glad we had the opportunity to live together as adults, as I think it solidified our friendship.

Ok, I am now 35 words over my limit. (plus those 9 words I just typed telling you that). I feel like I haven’t told you everything about my life, especially my man friend or my pup, but 250 words isn't much for a loquacious person like myself (SAT word!). And I feel like I write about my flyboy and pup a lot, so you know about them.


Now onto educating you about what makes me uncomfortable.

Confrontation. I don't even really like watching other people in confrontational situations, and I usually try to diffuse tense interactions.

Rejection. I was one of those annoying mature, A students who didn’t often encounter rejection. So I tend to shy away from things that seem too challenging, since rejection makes me uncomfortable and sad. (ok, apparently this is also a therapy session.)

Old men. I never know how to interact with them, including my own grandfather. It's strange, but true.

Awkward hugs. See also: Old men. I feel like if you're going to hug, really commit to it. Don't just give me some weird side armed hug or barely put your arms around me, cause it makes life way more awkward than a real hug, or not hugging at all. In fact, I tend to avoid hugging all together, because I think most people are awkward huggers. Also, note to tall skinny people- hugging you is like hugging a flag pole. Please bend your body slightly towards mine so it feels more like hugging a human instead of climbing a tree.

Sitting with my back to my office door. Like right now. Since clearly, instead of working, I am writing a blog post. I also get spooked REALLY easily, so people can sneak up on me without even trying.

Taking a sick day. Possibly because I am rarely sick, so it's unusual for me. I always feel like I am missing something important or letting someone down. I am blessed with a strong immune system, so when all the other kids in school were dropping like flies with the flu, I was in class every day without even a sniffle. IF I got sick, the world was absolutely ending. It is still the same way now, so when I got nasty cold last week and took a sick day, I felt like such a fraud. When I started feeling better after noon, I thought "Should I go into work?!" Instead, I went to Starbucks and felt like an even bigger fraud and contemplated wearing a huge floppy hat and those plastic glasses with a nose and mustache so no one from work would possibly maybe see me if they happened to go to Starbucks in the middle of the day at the same time as I did. Yeah, I think this is the most uncomfortable thing on the list.

Ok, hopefully you have been sufficiently educated on me and what things I find uncomfortable. Let's see if I can keep this up :)

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Half Marathon Training

Ok, time to put my money where my mouth is. I have said this before on here----I want to run a half marathon. But I am full of excuses as to why I haven't.

But now I will. Because C and I are registered for the Air Force Marathon and Half Marathon in September! And registering makes it WAY more real! (C says if I bail out, I owe him 2x the registration fee!)

It is just 2 weeks after the wedding, so I will have to really focus in these months leading up to the wedding on getting prepared, so that a couple days of potentially not running won't throw off my training. Luckily, I have just under 5 months to train, which is a good bit of time!

After doing the half in OKC, C has decided he wants to do a full. But have no fear.....I won't be alone. My brand new mother-in-law and sister-in-law will be running the half with me! Right now, all 3 of us run about the same pace and are working towards a similar goal, so it's possible we will actually run together the whole time! Father-in-law will be our cheering section!

I am also recruiting anyone else who wants to run too-----it would be fun to have a big group!

Sadly, I am still in a place where running a 5k is a challenge, so I am working on a 10k plan. That may sound weird, but I have a Couch to 10k plan that I am going to start midway through the plan. Once I get myself up to 10k status, I will jump into a Half Marathon plan. Most half plans I have seen are a little beyond my reach right now, but without an actual plan, I will be lost.

It is heating up in Abilene already, so some of my runs are going to be in the gym. Now that I run on a somewhat regular basis, I know what a comfortable pace for me is. In the past, I have hated running on the treadmill because I can't just slow down or speed up whenever (although typically it's slow down :P). Now, I enjoy it because it forces me to pace myself. I ran last night and felt the best I have in a long time, simply because I maintained a reasonable pace the whole time.

I can't get too comfy on the treadmill, since I will have to run the actual half outside, pacing myself, but for now, I will use the treadmill intermittently in my training. I have issues pacing myself, and tend to burn out or get shin splints whenever I set a running goal because I try to amp it up too fast. So I will utilize the treadmill as a useful tool :)

So wish me luck! The race is September 21 in Dayton, OH, at Wright Patterson AFB. You should sign up!