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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A confession




I have a confession. 

One that I'm not proud to make and quite honestly,
one that I am terribly embarrassed to admit. 


i. am. afraid. of. my. bike.


B gave me a beautiful 21 speed bike for Christmas last year. 
As in December of 2008 - over 12 months ago. 

I have ridden it twice. 
The first time I took a tumble and vowed never to get on it again. 
The second time I barely made it out of the driveway.

It's not that I don't know how to ride a bike,
it's that I am terrified of falling and I just can't figure out how to use all of those gears.  Why on Earth do I need 21 speeds?  I like one speed: SLOW. 

I used to love riding my bike all over the countryside.  But that was well over a decade ago when I was much younger and fearless.  Well, kind of - much more so than I am now

I have a lot of fond memories of riding a bike as a kid.  Back when there was no such thing as a bike helmet - at least not in our tiny town.  I grew up in what most of my urban friends would consider "the country". 

My brother and I would ride 2 miles to a nearby gas station to pick up an ice cream and visit with the old men sitting outside that had nothing better to do than pump gas and talk football.  I always thought they had it so well.  I had no idea back then that they probably worked really hard for 60 years so that they could do those things.

Sure,
I had a lot of crashes resulting in major bruises, near-broken bones
and skinned knees.  But I always hopped right back on,
ready for another adventure. 

So why is it now, that I am terrified of my fabulous new ride? 

Wouldn't one of these be much more fun?





I loved my Big Wheel. 
And I'm pretty sure you loved yours, too. 




Thursday, January 21, 2010

Namaste, ya'll!

Great news!  I survived my second Hot Yoga class. 

Last night's class went much smoother than the first.  I had a better idea of what I was getting myself into, I was able to handle the heat without any nausea and I left with an even greater feeling than the first go.  I really think this is something I could really learn to love!  Hot yoga has officially entered into my weekly workout schedule.

I'm on week 3 of my great weight escape and I'm feeling great.  I've been really good at counting out my nutrition counts, hopping on the Wii Fit and staying active when home.  Just need to get started with that cardio.  The weather finally warmed up but it rained the entire time.  I know - excuses, excuses.  My goal for week 4 is to run at least twice, preferably in the mornings with a browndog.

It's been slow, but I am starting to see results.  My arms seem toner, my face a little less round and today my rear has extra room in my jeans.  I have to admit that I'm a little afraid that by the end of the day I might just have

wait.... for.... it....







Yep.  Pants on the ground.

Namaste!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

What if...


http://www.etsy.com/shop/skippydesigns?page=2

What if you sat in front of one of these each day at work/home?

I've never lived in a world without computers and
I can't imagine my life without one.  

A typewriter just seems so archaic.  

And loud. 

My work environment (an ad agency) is loud enough as it is without the clackity-clack of keys.  Have you ever watched Mad Men?  Those poor girls!  What if you were forced to wear nude hosiery while slaving away at your desk, glued to a typewriter. 

What if you make a mistake?  You have to start all over! 

I do love this print though. 
I think it would be a nice addition to my cubbie - like a little reminder of
how good we've really got it here in the modern age.


I'm not fat. I'm just fluffy.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/edbob/

This image captures my day so well. 

It's gloomy outside and I feel like that blimp. 

Maybe it's because I've been chugging water like crazy
in preperation for tonight's hot yoga class. 

Or maybe it's because my Spanx won't stay up. 



Monday, January 18, 2010

Ohmmm....




On Saturday I had my first Hot Yoga experience.  I've been reading good things about it and wanted to challenge myself to something outside the box.  Hot Yoga or Bikram Yoga is a style of yoga that involves 26 postures coupled with breathing exercises in a room heated to around 100 degrees. 
Sounds scary, right?

I am about as flexible as a steel pole so I didn't really have any high expectations - just wanted to be able to finish the class.  So when I arrived and found out the class was actually 90 minutes as opposed to an hour, I immediately gave up and headed for the door.  Now I'm not sure if the instructor knew what I was up to or not - but he proceeded to lock the door in front of me and commanded us to take our place on our mats. 
So I was stuck. 

The first hour was pretty rough.  The room temperature had reached about 100 degrees, my clothes were clinging to me like Saran wrap and I was feeling pretty nauseous.  It didn't help that the instructor was a bit creepy and apparently a big fan of spoken word.  I found it distracting to the point I found myself stifling a giggle from time to time.  There was also a girl in the class that literally moaned the whole time.  It sounded like a wounded dog making it incredibly difficult to focus on my asanas (postures).

We were finally allowed a water break and I was able to regroup and refocus.  The last 30 minutes of the class were the best.  While I was in the company of several yoga pros, I tried not to get intimidated by their human-pretzel-making skills and I was super excited that I was able to do all of the poses.  And that I didn't pass out from the blazing heat.  

So, would I do it again? 

In a heartbeat! 

The benefits of hot yoga are fabulous:

improvements in the nervous system
improved blood circulation
increased metabolism
skin detoxing
stress reduction
increased flexibility

There were some peculiar aspects of the class but the outcome is totally worth it. I was in a euphoric state for the rest of the day and felt like I could accomplish anything.

So, yay me!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

I've got the blues...


elv photography / flikr

My big, fluffy bed is calling my name!  Yes - I am aware that this totally contradicts what I said earlier in the week. But it's so true.  I am not in the right frame of mind today.  I can't stop thinking about the devastation in Haiti, anxiety is setting in regarding the unpacked boxes still sitting in bedroom 3 and I'm so worried about losing this extra weight.  It has consumed me.  Yet, what did I have for lunch today?  Oh, a crabcake burger and a side of sweet potato fries from FlipBurger

I thought I was making a healthy choice by not ordering the typical greasy cheeseburger and instead going with something that at least sounded healthy - the crab burger and the sweet potato strips.  But when I returned to my cubbie at work and opened up the to-go box I found a thick mound of crabcake mixture topped with a vinaigrette dressing and a pile of battered-and-fried sweet potato fries that were then doused with brown sugar. 

Best.  Lunch.  Ever. 

I'm not kidding.  Sadly, though, I really wasn't able to enjoy it for feeling guilty about the colossal amount of calories and fat grams it had to have contained and how much harder I'm going to have to work if off tonight.
  
Did I mention that this also came just after shopping for workout clothes?  I did get 6 pieces for under $100 so today hasn't been a total FAIL I guess.  Old Navy is having a fabulous sale on their yoga and activewear.  Be sure to check it out

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Daydreaming

When I opened up my Google Reader this morning, the first thing that popped up was a blog entry from The Pioneer Woman Cooks that featured this little gem:



Ice cream Pie with Easy Carmel Sauce.  Yum.  This cold weather has me down - winter always seems to do this to me and I spend the few short months Alabama experiences temps below 80 daydreaming about relaxing on a beach somewhere with a margarita in hand.  I know I'm on a strict diet but this little treat has me wishing for warmer weather and has further increased my excitement about our upcoming vacation.  Yep, I'm taking a little vacation in celebration of turning the big 3-Oh. 
And guess where we're going?



THE MEXICAN RIVIERA!




This trip has also given me more inspiration to drop that post-wedding weight so that I can look fabulous in one of these:




mojito bikini / Anthropologie

Isn't this adorable?  I love the asymetrical strap and the bright, tropical colors.  Yes, I know it will produce a terrible tanline but I'll be sure to lather up in the SPF. 


I also love this navy one from Anthropologie




paired with this flowy silk coverup in my favorite colors:


Wow. 

I've got a lot to accomplish between now and May 5th
or I'll be wearing a mu-mu instead! 

Monday, January 11, 2010

Monday, monday...

It's Monday.  And I'm in my usual Monday mindset of not wanting to be at work.  But instead of wishing I was at home curled up in bed with a good book, all I can think about is working out and cooking a healthy dinner.  This is so not me!  I am very talented at finding ways to put off exercise and finding something fatty to stuff in my mouth.  However, I have been following my brother's plan that he developed specifically for me and my lack of drive and it's actually working! Well, slowly but the weight is coming off.  In two weeks, I've lost 4.7 lbs.  That's not too shabby. 

But I know that it won't be so easy from here on out. My strength training is getting harder each week and I start running again when the outside temperature finds it's way above freezing.  (Seriously, are we entering the next ice age?)  Thankfully, I also have gotten in the habit of jumping on the Wii Fit when I have time.  It's fun, it's silly and it's an easy way to burn a few extra calories.  B has been a huge help as well.  He cheers me on each time and challenges me to beat his high scores on his favorite activities.  Super Hula Hoop and Ski Jump are his favorites.  It's hilarious to watch.  And I'm sure on the occasions that I've forgotten to close the drapes, our neighbors have gotten a laugh as well. 

Tonight's menu features island pork tenderloin and steamed green beans.  You can find the recipe here.  Doesn't it sound yummy?  This comes from one of my favorite food bloggers who is currently doing 68 Days of Gourmet in honor of the influential magazine that recently stopped publication after almost 70 years.  This appears to be an easy recipe to follow and I love the low-fat / low-cal factor of pork tenderloin.  Hope you find something delicious to cook up for dinner tonight! 

Friday, January 8, 2010

They call Alabama the Crimson Tide...

Stars fell on Alabama last night.  Well, maybe not stars but lots and lots of red and white confetti.  Bama won its 13th National Championship.  And boy was it was sweet! 



My face hurts from grinning so much. I don't think I've stopped smiling. I've been cheering for Bama my for my entire life and I've never been more excited than I am today.  This was definitely a great year for my team.  We acquired the holy trinity of football. 

A Heisman winner
(Mark Ingram - our first!)



Winning our conference title - Go SEC!



and a National Championship!




Yeah, being number one feels pretty awesome.



ROLL TIDE! 

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Paint!

While the weather here may be cold and dismal, sorting through dozens of paint chips in cheery colors has perked me up. The walls throughout our house were freshly coated with a dull cream by the previous owner and I have been itching to get a hold of a paintbrush to liven things up. We (finally!) bought an area rug for the living room over the weekend so I thought choosing a color would be super easy.  Oh how wrong was I. 


B and I don't agree on a lot of things when it comes to decor.  If it were up to him, our house would resemble the inside of a hunting lodge, complete with a chandelier made of antlers.  Thankfully, he's acknowledged that I have much better taste and pretty much lets me do what I want as long as ruffles do not make an appearance.  Ruffles don't really belong in our new house so I'm keeping things clean and simple with lots of blues, greys and greens. I'll leave you with these little inspirational items I came across on some of my favorite blogs today.   


Living and Dining Room
(which are separated by a foyer which will be painted a darker shade)




Kitchen Walls
this yummy yellow would brighten any one's day!



Master Bedroom
this green is so pretty and it matches my current bedding perfectly!



I've got A LOT of paining to do.  Looks like I'll be channeling Mr. Miyagi and becoming one with that paintbrush.  And I might even find a way to work in an antler chandelier...

I hope each of you is staying warm and cozy tonight!  I'm heading home now to curl up in front of a fire with B and the browndogs.  Rumor has it we might even see SNOW!