Archive for October, 2011

October 27, 2011

Thursday Thoughts…food porn, workouts

Happy Thursday! I love Thursdays, there is only one more day in the week and most people treat Thursday like Friday anyways so there is usually fun things going on. This week has been pretty mellow, just work and working out and trying to kick whatever thing is going on with me. For the last week it seems that every day I feel good in the morning, then in the late afternoon sometime I start feeling like crap. I get a headache and almost get the chills, I feel congested and just really tired. I have tried sleeping extra and not working out but it seems no matter what I do this keeps continuing. Jason has been really sick for the past week so I am convinced that my body is fighting whatever is going on. Bottom line, right now sucks! It is almost Halloween and I feel like dirt. My BFF aka Man of Honor aka Drew has a tendency to get deathly ill for most of the major holidays so maybe he passed the torch to me, and now it is my turn to get sick for the holidays. Either way I want it to stop. I keep looking at food porn on How Sweet It Is and it is not helping. Let me just say I want to devour everything on this blog! Thanks Nicole for introducing me to my latest addiction 😉 If this doesn’t look like food porn I don’t know what does.

I digress.

 

Lets take a look at my workouts this week shall we?

 

Monday- rest from still feeling slightly sick…Gross.

Tuesday- Run that felt like death, I somehow managed to squeak out 4 miles in 50 minutes, how that happened I have no idea!

Then on wednesday I decided to try Bikram again. This time it was a much better success I actually went in there somewhat excited to give it another try and hope for the best.

And I left feeling good and revitalized. I swear I looked exactly the same after the class, you don’t need a post bikram picture 😉

Thursday- Well I woke up at 5:25 before my alarm! I decided to sieze the day and start getting dresses for my run this morning. Well as I was naked in the Kitchen trying to get dressed for running an earthquake hit. I quickly ran to the doorway and then realized if I had to bolt it naked It was meant to be. Thank fully I didn’t have to do that and I went ahead on my run. Besides it being cold and extremely dark I had a great 4.5 mile run! (I just purchased a headlamp to defeat one of those things)

Tonight is my WI and Weight Watchers! I am hoping for the best but I swear I never know what tales from the scale I will learn come WI. Have an awesome day and lets hope I shake this disease Jason gave me.

Do you run at ungodly hours in the dark? What is your favorite food porn website?

October 24, 2011

All Hallow’s Eve, the sober additon

I am sitting here stuffed to the gills with yummy salad. Because the fiance has been utterly sick and defenseless I did what any loving woman would do….not a damn thing as far as grocery shopping and cleaning went. Maybe it was sympathy pains? or maybe I just really wanted to lounge when I was free during this weekend. In any case, today’s lunch was brought to you by Mixt Greens, so good I could eat another mondo salad. Sorry for no picture I seriously devoured the giant thing in less than 4 minutes. Well maybe it took longer but you get the point.

I was thinking of what is a good topic for Monday to talk about and honestly the only thing I can think of is that this is the first Halloween, in a long time, that I am not drinking. No I did not start going to AA or claim myself to be an alcoholic instead I am trying my hardest to lose some weight(especially around the middle) before I try on wedding dresses on November 6th. We have an appointment at a dress shop right around the corner from my house and I am really excited to squeeze into dresses and feel beautiful, at least that is the hope 😉

Back to not drinking, I had my official first day on October 6th, and the dress hunt starts on November 6th, 30 days of trying to not eat all the sweets around me(I have to have a little fun right?) and working my butt off at the gym. So far I am 2 weeks in, and the results?

Well according to my scale at home I lost 1.3 last week, and the week before that I lost 4.2 at Weight Watchers. It will be interesting to see what the scale says at the end of this experience but I can tell that drinking slows down my metabolism. I am sure you have all heard that before from fitness guru’s and the like. I guess being a 26 year old in the SF Bay area I just didn’t want to think about it. But, now that I am seeing and feeling the results I have come to the conclusion of the truth that I already knew; Drinking (can) makes you gain weight.

What am I going to do with this new information? Well I am going to keep my drinking to a minimum. I think that having 3 or 4 drinks a week is pretty decent for most of the time, and the occasional “Drink like a college student” night will just have to be kept occasional. I still have to figure out my Halloween costume and since I won’t be drinking I will be much colder, or at least realize it 😉

October 21, 2011

Podcast love

Sorry for the delay peeps,  I started feeling a little sick Wednesday night on my run, but I think it made me feel worse and yesterday I was pretty much glued to the couch watching Damages. I missed my WW meeting and my weight lifting class, I was pretty bummed about it but I know that trying to get healthy now is better than letting myself get completely sick and overdoing it.

One thing that is helping me feel slightly better since I have been feeling sick is that I have been falling more and more in love with podcasts. In an effort to not let this blog go too crazy with my fuzzy, sick brain that keeps going back to kitties and pie, I will give you some links to some sweet Podcasts I started liking.

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First I have to say that I will always have a place in my heart for Adam Carolla, now I don’t suggest listening every day all the time because it can get a little annoying but every few days he is pretty funny. I do like his new cohost Allison as well, on days she is not there it can be boring so beware.

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Another podcast that I have been listening to and loving is Comedy Bang Bang.  The main podcast is awesome, and from that I learned about another few really good ones. Make sure to check out How did this get made, a podcast about horrible movies that are so bad they are good, and The Apple Sisters a variety show that takes place in the 40’s, need I say more?.

 

In other news!

Well it is Friday, I lost 1.3 this week, Score! and I am ready to not feel sick anymore. Have a great weekend!

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October 19, 2011

My first Bikram Experience

There are two words that can describe my first experience with Bikram yoga, Life Changing. Now I may be jumping the gun just a little bit with this one but honestly I feel so refreshed and energized today after doing my first last last night and I feel like a changed woman.
Lets back up for a second and talk about my history with Yoga in general. I first fell in love with yoga back when I was going to Cabrillo, tho community college in Santa Cruz. It was one of my elective classes and I did it 2 times a week for 2 of those years. The first was in the gym, a huge basketball court above me with close to 100 students all getting their fix of Hatha Yoga. This was a good start and when my second year at Cabrillo came I signed up for a class that was downtown in the vets hall. It was kind of loud since it was right downtown but it was peaceful all the same. I had first started doing yoga because I had heard it was great for your back and I had a lot of back pain from various car accidents. When I moved back home to the SF bay I couldn’t find the time for yoga. I was commuting to school and the classes at SFSU were at bad times and it didn’t seem to work out. I had also just recently met my BF (now Fiance) and I was trying to spend as much time with him as I could. Lets not forget that for a poor starving(Not really I wish!) college student yoga studio’s are expensive.
Sorry where were we? Oh yes so I basically stopped doing yoga as much then not at all and found fitness in other places. If some of you are thinking, why Aly why can’t you do yoga at home? Yes, yes I could but I really love the feel of a community and doing classes. I can run on my own but doing Yoga just felt like I needed lots of people.
Back to last night, My running/fitness buddy asked if I was interested in trying Bikram yoga and buying a month unlimited to try out because there was a deal online. I quickly bought the deal because I have been meaning to try it and having someone else to endure the torture with me was just too good to pass up. After trying to plan for weeks we were set on going last night to the late class, starting at 8:15.
Now this class is 90 minutes, just like any traditional Bikram Yoga class, and did the basic 29 positions with breathing exercises. When I first went in I was worried because I do have issues with headaches and heat always seems to trigger it or make it worse. I was doing good for the first hour or so, granted I was sweating so profusely that when I did a forward bend a river of perspiration was flowing into my nose and mouth(super sexy right?), But I was feeling good. My body was warming up and the poses were good. When I hit the 60 minute mark and we did some back poses I could feel my head pounding and I just felt like I might pass out. I calmed down and drank some water and have now realized I need to make sure I eat enough and have some sort of electrolyte drink instead of just water during or before or after the class. I tried to lie down after the 90 minutes and all I wanted to do was get out of that hot room!
I went home and made sure to have a snack and lots of water. I was lying away in bed thinking what a rush and my body was still so warm. I finally fell asleep, probably some time around midnight, then when I woke up I felt amazing. I was able to get up easily and have felt energized all day. My neck is a little sore I think from being in awkward positions or not knowing what to do but all in all I feel soo good. I am definitely going back for more torture! Next time I will try to at least take a picture of the funny studio that is on top of a building.
New Bikram Addict in the making over here ❤

October 18, 2011

Camera phone saves the day!

Well instead of wallowing in the fact that I don’t have a new camera and I don’t have access to being able to easily upload photos from a camera I had an Epiphany, insert the camera phone!

In case you are wondering I am still rocking this historic piece of historyThe first google phone I believe(ask my fiance he is the technology guy in the family…Somehow he sucked all the technological savvyness when we got together hmm)

So I have been looking at lots of blogs and noticing that I really only like looking at ones that have pictures. In an effort to keep all of your attention, I have decided to just use my phone camera..I mean it can’t be that bad right? Don’t answer that I am planning on getting a new phone during Christmas and I am looking into one that has a badass camera on it so hold on to your seats folks this is going to get even better come January! (ok maybe not that much but it’s worth a try)

It is super sunny in SF today, I secretly want it to get cold so I can wear buy all the fall clothes!

But even though it is crazy nice outside I still need my tea to keep me warm.

My little umbrella friend, lets call him red, is sad that he has not been used lately.

Maybe I will go use my little kiss friend today

Haha, that is definitely not going to happen. The last time I got on a skateboard I fell off immediately. I would like to try it again but trying to get another hobby is just not in the cards right now. I am getting excited to eat my Thai leftover chicken curry that I made last night. I would post a recipe but it was really just a mishmash of stuff we had around the house and random ingredients I picked up when I was in a hungry zombie state last night.

Tonight I am finally going to use 1 of my my yoga groupons! It is a hot yoga and it should be intense! It doesn’t start until 8:15 so it is going to be a late night and I need to make sure that I eat something light right when I get home. I am thinking veggie wrap….The Steak stirfry just might have to wait until tomorrow, bummer I am jonesing for red meat!!

 

October 18, 2011

Food plan

Food plan

October 14, 2011

Weekly Check-in (Friday Thoughts)

This week has honestly been really good. Aside from being extremely emotional from various things going on it was a lot of fun and super productive. There was lots of exercise, and healthy food and some good times with friends.

One highlight that I want to touch on is the Full Moon Run at Inspiration Point in the Berkeley Hills. I think technically it is Orinda but I will always associate it with Berkeley.

First we started the night off with a few photo’s courtesy of my wonderful friend Emily(these photos are at the top), check out her blog. She is going to start training for another Ironman soon so she will be updating soon, but she has some great posts on her last Iron(WO)man that she did in August.

It was a fun night except when we had to turn back because there was a mountain lion on the road! Ahh! We were  a little scared but since I don’t run that fast I didn’t actually see the mountain lion (thank god!)

October Goals Weekly Check in!

I swear, making things pink just makes them better, am I right or am I right? (Don’t answer that 😉 )

Here are what my goals are for October

October Goals!

  • lose 3-4 pounds– Well this week I have a pretty big drop, 4.2 to be exact. So I am going to try to set the goal of losing 2 more pounds by November 3rd. (I am secretly hoping for more)
  • strength train 2 days a week with my running training– So far so good, I have been strength training at least 2 days a week the past 2 weeks, I was thinking of kicking it up a notch to 3 times a week but we will see if I can fit that in.
  • relax and enjoy life even if it means not losing weight that week– This is always a tough one, I have picked up knitting again and reading more so I think that is good ways to relax.
  • cook 1 dinner a week– Last night I made the wraps, and I am making a Meatball Skillet tonight!
  • Don’t worry about what happened yesterday, focus on today– slowly but surely I am making my way towards this.

Running Recap

As you can see from the pictures I did the night run on Wednesday, documented proof I am being a bad-ass this week ;P

Sunday- 5 Miles with the Lovely Katie

Monday- Rest because I just got my tattoo on Sunday

Tuesday- 4 Mile run! I killed this run, seriously! I am not going to put my time up because real runners will think I am lame but I was amazing for me hehe.

Wednesday- Night run about 40 minutes.

Thursday- Weight lifting  class at the gym.

Friday- Rest day because I want to hehe.

Saturday- Crosstraining circuit workout with the beautiful Kim!

I am feeling really good about this week and my schedule. We are also watching an adorable puppy this weekend, and I am going to see the play Little Shop of Horrors. I am super excited! I will try to be good and post about all the fun shinnanigans I have this weekend.

What do you have planned this weekend?

October 12, 2011

Busy days and nights.

I wish I had a million pictures to post for you but I don’t. I am currently in a lull with taking pictures (possibly because I lost my camera and I have resorted to using the camera we found in Mexico in the ocean a few years ago…A story for another time) But I think most of it is because I barely have time to relax in the day especially upload photos to a computer and talk about the things I have done. I guess this blog is just going to have to be a little toned down until I can figure out a balance. I am sure you don’t mind too much, I mean your still reading right? Well I know if I were you I might be wondering what it is that I do that makes me so busy that it is hard to be a savage blogger like the rest that are out in blog land. Here is a look at yesterday.

6:30- Alarm goes off and I actually feel pretty well rested and decide to get up and take a shower.

6:45- I start getting breakfast ready, put the oats in the pot and chop up some peaches to go in the mix.

7:00- Eat Breakfast and start getting my lunch together.

7:25-7:45- Stare at my closet cursing to the cats that I have nothing to wear, Dig around for some clean socks. Decide that I need new shoes and a new wardrobe then finally find something that will work to wear.

7:55- Make sure my Ipod is synced up and grab my lunch so I can head out the door to get in the carpool line.

8-8:15- Wait for carpool, listen to Funny podcast while people in carpool line stare at me because I am laughing out loud. Then I get in a car and act like a normal person.

8:35-8:45- Arrive in SF- Step over bums and pigeons on my way to work, still listening to podcast and thinking about why I decided to give up Coffee for the 356th time.

8:50- Arrive at work ready to be a computer zombie for the next 8.5 hours.

9:00am-5:30PM- Work, drink tea, work some more, eat my healthy lunch that I packed, see funny cat video, work more.

5:30-5:40- Walk to Bus then get on bus and either a. Fall asleep b. freeze to death because the A/C is on for some ungodly reason.

6::15-6:30- Arrive home and get ready to go for a run.

6:30-7:15- Run like the wind listening to Lady Gaga and Britney mouthing the words and looking like a weirdo.

7:25- shower again

7:45- Start making Tempeh Wrap with veggies, soo yummy.

8:00- Eat dinner and watch Mad Men.

9:00- Clean up dinner and put away some laundry, finding other thing to clean throughout the way, then decide my attempt is futile and I will have to clean again this weekend.

10:00 Fall asleep wishing there were more hours in the day.

I guess now that I look at it I could have blogged during Mad Men, but I was knitting and trying to get away from the computer for a little bit. Well that was yesterday and tomorrow marks a new WI day and I just got a new scale yesterday. I am actually looking forward to Weight Watchers this week because I really have tried hard this week. I am also excited to have a scale at home that I can check in the mornings so I get more of an idea of what my “true weight” is. Well I hope that was exciting for you. I have to say it wasn’t that exciting reliving the day like that. I need to be more exciting…

Exciting post coming soon…

October 7, 2011

Being real for real

Well I had a pretty big slap in the face last night at my Weight Watchers meetings. I guess I just learned again that half-assing the plan is not going to get me to see weight loss results. I really want to lose this weight so I am commuting to focusing on my weight loss and reminding myself daily that I am doing this for myself not just to get into a super hot wedding dress. I can complain about it being tough and hard but the fact is that I just want to have less junk in the trunk! At this point I just want to be back to my Pre-triathon training weight of 163, it doesn’t seem that hard but 20 pounds is 2o pounds no matter what. It is going to take dedication and perseverance and a lot less beer.  Source

Yes I know Boohoo, So I won’t be able to go out and party like I am 21 again, I guess it is just the truth that I really have to account for myself and really focus on that.

For anyone that might actually be reading this….

Would it be interesting/beneficial for me to do a daily eats on my page to help keep me accountable? Especially when going out on the weekend? What about only doing daily eats on the weekend (my trouble time) …

Next week I am going to come back smaller and weighing less damn it! PS I need to run my ass off because I only have 8 weeks until the Vegas Half Marathon( be jealous)

October 3, 2011

Octobre, just go with it.

I am not sure if that is how you actually spell it but for some reason I keep saying Octobre instead of October so I am just going to go with it. I already feel like this month has started off great. Aside from the mini splurges I did this weekend (lunch out with the fam followed with wine tasting and several pieces of cheese throughout the day/night and a few more beers) I think I did pretty darn good. It was the first weekend of Octobre so that right there says it. Actually I am not sure if it says anything but again just go with it.

Lets look at my goals for September shall we?

  • Read 1 new book- Booya Bitches! I read 3 new books because I finished the Hunger Games trilogy!
  • workout 3-5 days a week (Start half marathon training and cross train!)- I was really consistent with this, There was one week where I know I only worked out 2 days but considering the circumstances I consider that a win.
  • try 1 new recipe a week- Not so great on this one, I might have or might not have. Jason does most of the cooking honestly, an I help on occasion. Maybe I should start getting Jason to post on here 1 time a week about a meal he cooked hmm.
  • lose 5 pounds- Definetly not, but hey at least I weigh less than I did on the first. I lost 1.2 pounds this month. I am going to shoot for double that as to not be too crazy about losing as it seems to be going much slower than I was hoping for.
  • Blog more!- I consider this a win. I am working harder and harder at this and hope to have to pictures up regularly.
  • meal plan- I meal planned a few times during September but not every week. I want to be better at this, it can be challenging because I know that Jason doesn’t care too much for it and since he cooks more it can be tough.
  • work on me vs me- This is an ongoing battle but I think it is going better. There was a lot of stuff going on in September but I think I handled it well and didn’t beat myself up too much.
  • continue wedding planning- Check and Check! We are getting our save the dates this week and sending them out. We have also finalized out  guest list for now. Next step is to meet with caterers.

October Goals!

  • lose 3-4 pounds
  • strength train 2 days a week with my running training
  • relax and enjoy life even if it means not losing weight that week
  • cook 1 dinner a week
  • Don’t worry about what happened yesterday, focus on today

Well there we have it folks. I have some good goals I think and I really thing I can attain all of them and come out with flying colors come November! Since I had my last Weigh in from Weight Watchers be the previous week right before the 1st, I am going to do that for this month as well. I am also going to buy a scale so I can check my weight in the morning and get more accurate results as opposed to the evening which is when my official Weight Watchers WI is. Here are some cute pictures from my fall festive Sunday where I decorated and cooked up some fall happiness!

Our Halloween Bride and Groom 😉

Doesn’t this squash look like a mushroom from Mario? We kept calling it the 1up squash. Yes we are beyond nerdy at our house 🙂 Happy Octobre peeps! I will be back soon.

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