Juggling many items, all at once

by Christine on December 10th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Today I am going to try to get the last of my Christmas shopping done. I have to try to figure out how to shop for six people on a very limited budget. This is not one of my strengths. I realize that people have been trying to figure out how to achieve this goal for years,  and I admire the people that can figure it out. However, I’m not a natural bargain shopper or coupon clipper. I’ve been trying and doing a moderately good job of it, but it’s freaking hard and it stresses me out.

Two days ago I went out drinking with friends and had my ass handed to me as a lesson in weight loss vs. alcohol compatibility. I just can’t drink like I used to, and I woke up with a hangover that lasted nearly all day. The only good side is that I’m a cheap date to go drinking with, which is good for my dwindling pocket book! Last night I found myself at yet another bar, this time for trivia night, but I just sipped on some diet coke and was happy with that decision.

This weekend I’m taking a quick out-of-town trip. I’m looking forward to kicking my heels up and having some fun!  I’ll try to post some pictures when I get back!

I got good news in the mail yesterday–I was discharged from Grand Jury Duty!  A few weeks ago I was selected for federal grand jury duty, which is 2 days a week, every other week, for 12-18 months. That’s a year or more!! I wrote a letter to the judge explaining that I was starting a new job in January; I hadn’t told them about the jury duty because I believe that they would have retracted their employment offer to me if they knew about the time commitment that Jury Duty required. The judge honored my request, no questions asked! I’m so thrilled about that and it’s a big weight off my mind. However, I’m also a little sad because the cases are SO INTERESTING and I was thoroughly enjoying the experience. Plus, I enjoyed the men and women I was serving on the jury with–they were all super nice people. So it’s with mixed emotions that I let this fun experience go.

I can’t believe that Christmas is coming up so quickly! Where on earth did time go? The next two weeks will be a whirlwind. I am visiting my family for the holidays, so I need to wrap up the Christmas shopping, clean up the house, put on my visiting-hat, then come home and immediately prepare for New Years festivities. New Years Eve is my hubby’s birthday, so it’s double the amount of celebrating. Immediately after that, I start my new job, and two weeks after that is our annual puzzle weekend at MIT! BUSY!

My big weigh-in is Sunday! Final weigh-in. 125 is the goal. Cross your fingers for me!!  Food has been on-point: grilled chicken and grilled fish, vegetables, low but moderate amounts of carbs, no real snacking to speak of, no candy and sugars.


Do you act insane like me?

by Christine on December 7th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Today I was happily engaged in doing my annual Christmas cards. This is quite a process of course. I spent at least half the time just trying to find addresses and update my address book. What a pain! But it is always fun to do Christmas cards. I watched ridiculous Meg Ryan romantic comedies and played with my cat periodically while I had all my card supplies spread out in front of me. Then I realized that I was going to be quite short on my homemade cards because my list kept growing! Oh no! So, despite the fact that I haven’t showered in two days or something, wearing sweat pants and smelling ripely of B.O., I threw some slippers on, spit on my hand and smoothed down some flyaway hairs, and I headed over to my local Hallmark store. Pure class, that’s me. On the way, I turned the station to Christmas music. O Holy Night came on, and I started singing at the top of my lungs, pretending that I’m as brilliant of a singer as whoever I was listening to (but in reality I’m quite a wretched singer. Really bad, actually.)  I moved myself so deeply I cried.  Do you do this, singing in the car with crazy delusions of singing-grandeur?

Today I got a few scrapbook pages done and most of my Christmas cards. At least I was productive. But, you might ask, what happened to that story you were writing? Hmmm. Good question. I left it off 70 pages into it. I should finish Part 1 before I start my new job, but the damn writing isn’t finishing itself. Where did my motivation and desire dwindle off to?

It was not a good eating day. I made a HUGE crock pot of soup the other day, and I’ve had this soup for three days now. I’m kind of sick of it, to be honest with you. So tonight for dinner I decided to whip up some sauteed shrimp, with just a little rice. Dumb idea, with the rice, and I ended up puking the whole thing up because it got stuck in my gastric band. My brain KNOWS that the band doesn’t like rice and bread, but I still sometimes forget. What is my problem??? I am way under my calories for the day, but I’m not hungry, either.

I want to bake Christmas cookies, but I know that I can’t restrain myself from eating half the dough and more than my share of cookies while baking. So I think I need to say “no” to baking this year entirely. That’s hard for me to swallow…metaphorically, of course.

I’ve recovered from my half marathon. My calves aren’t as tight, and my hips only hurt a teeny tiny bit. Mostly, I’m fine. Which means I should probably head back to the gym, but meh. Again, this week I’m lacking motivation.

I’m totally rooting for ADA for the Biggest Loser Finale.


Roller Derby Saturday

by Christine on December 6th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates

On Saturday night Hubby and I went to see some real-life Roller Derby. The Hellions of Troy were playing a Naughty vs. Nice match in Schenectady.  It was the first time I had seen roller derby before. It was…interesting….some good and some bad. The oversexualization I was expecting. All the small children in attendance, I was not expecting. The costumes were hilarious–some were good, some where like woah–all were fun!–but sadly the crowd wasn’t nearly as rowdy as I was thinking they would be. They should probably hold their matches in a venue that offers a LOT more alcohol so the crowd gets adequately worked up, but with so many small children in attendance, it’s probably best that they don’t. Either way, it was interesting to go and check them out, and I encourage anyone reading to check out your local roller derby and support them!

Food today could have been better. A friend stopped by the house when she was done with work, and it was fun to chat and catch up. I am appreciative of all the friends that I have, and I feel lucky!

I was terribly sore when I woke up this morning.  Sore from  the half marathon. My calves and hips were crying in pain. By this evening the pain has all but disappeared. That sure didn’t last long. I guess I’m  all healed up!


I did it!! Half marathon done!!

by Christine on December 5th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Exercise

I did it! I did my half marathon! 13.1 miles, and my back is screaming in agony but hey, I did it!!  I did it in under 3 hours, too, which clearly doesn’t win any awards, but I’m pretty darn proud of myself anyway. Some pictures along the way….

Above: Self-portrait! Starting off…3 miles into it….

Above: Hubby’s photography skillz. Me jogging away!

Above: Only two miles left to go….

Victory dance!! I did it!

Okay, I’m off to take some Tylenol and lay flat on the ground for an hour while watching cheezy holiday movies!!!

Good luck to Shane, Patrick, Libby, and Karen as they complete their own challenges today! I already heard from Shane today and he got 10 miles done today! I’m so proud of him! Shane is kicking butt!!!


12 hours to half-marathon!

by Christine on December 4th, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Exercise

In 12 hours I’ll be running in my very first half-marathon! 13.1 miles, the longest I’ll have ever attempted to jog at one time. It should be an interesting day!  I am currently eating some leftover couscous to try to “carb load” for the run tomorrow.  Resources say I should have lots of carbs the day before and morning of the race, so I’ll do my best!  I am also packing my gym bag up with some supplies for the race day: gatorade, water bottles, iphone for tunes, earphones, extra pair of socks, tylenol, my list of supporters that are running as well tomorrow, pencil and paper to keep track of time and distance, camera, towel, kleenex, etc etc. I’ll have lots of items nearby in case I need them, but there’s only one long-term goal: JOG 13.1 MILES. I hope I can do it!

Wish me luck!

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