Tuesday, August 30, 2011

It's Only Soda You Big Baby!

Hey Hey Hey (Sweets),

I used to post every morning, but things are obviously getting a little hectic and so now I must post at night. I will see how that goes, but if you Sweets stop reading then it is back to the AM for me! See how much I care?

Okay, well here are the highlights of my day. Things got off to a rocky start this morning when HM informed me that we were out of my cereal (we maintain different stashes).


"Its going to be your head HM!"

I eventually got it together with this OTD:

My eyes are not closed- I am just looking at my iPhone

Dress: BCBG
Shoes: BCBG
Necklace: From Art Fair

Then it was off to the office. My lunch was a grab bag of treats. Try- two frozen chicken patties, edemame, and a banana. I scrapped it all and went to Paradise Bakery instead.

So there is something about this office I have avoided thinking about, but after my 3pm tireds it started creeping into my brain......here is a hint:

The fact that it is Pepsi might help...

Yep, there is a fountain soda machine in the break room. All the soda you want there for the taking.....they even gave me a fancy cup! Now, I don't have a problem with diet soda like some people do (you say it will kill me? we shall see) but I don't know if cups and cups of soda will be good for me. I am going to have to impose a self limit. Only one glass on odd number days? Hey, tomorrow is the 1st! Hoo ahhh.

Why do you tempt me soda machine, why!!

Sweets, do you drink soda? How much it too much?

Sunday, August 28, 2011

First Day Plan (with a side of cous cous)

Good Morning Sweets!

Well, raise your hand if you are having first day of work jitters...

Just me? That is okay.

I worked for the same corporation for the last nine years before transitioning to working from home. It would be safe to say that joining a new company, with a unique corporate culture and in a new (to me) business sector, can be a little daunting. One of the most important things to me, besides excelling in my new role, is maintaining my level of fitness and healthy eating habits. I have my routine all worked out for my first day.

Step 1:
I have prepared a healthy meal to take to the office:

Saute some red onion, garlic, and red pepper in a pan with olive oil.
Meanwhile, cook 1 box of cous-cous as directed.
After the onions are soft, add halved 'lil tomatoes to the pan and cook until "stewed-like"
After cous-cous is done transfer to big bowl and add onion/garlic/tomato mix
Add one package of feta to the bowl and stir

Step 2:
I have pre-packed my gym bag for a post work workout.

"Is this job going to interfere with nap time?"

One of the perks of the new job is that I get a major discount on a gym membership. I already have a 24 Hour Fitness (largest gym chain) membership and that gym is located less than a mile from my house. EASY. The gym discount offered by the new company is to Golds Gym (the second largest chain). I would not need access to Golds if I were leaving from my house, but there is a Golds Gym a mile from my office. Hmmmm, should I pay the nominal extra to workout at lunch or immediately after work? Maybe. I don't have to decide yet. The plan for tomorrow is to go STRAIGHT to 24 Hour Fitness after work and get my workout in before I even pull into my driveway.

By the time I get home, HM will be done with his Monday night boxing routine and we can grab some sushi.
Me and Doodle at HM Boxing Boot Camp
Step 3:
Dress for success. Here is my first official OTD (Outfit of The Day) Post:

Skirt: Baraschi (from Anthropologie)
Shirt: Ann Taylor
Belt: Nordstrom Rack
Shoes: Corso Como
Bracelet: vintage (thanks Grandma)
Earrings: Express
Purse: Kate Spade
Poodle: Classifieds

I hope you sweets have a fantastic day, regardless of what is on your schedule!

Question sweets, do you workout before of after work? If any of you workout at lunch, what tips can you give me (and other readers) for transitioning back to the office?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Drug Tests and Pencil Skirts

Hey Sweets,

My apologies for being such a dead beat blogger. I have had quite the week and there are a lot of changes in my future.

No I am not pregnant you creeps:

I ate enough for two because I am a glutton. that's all.

I was offered a new job! I start Monday and this last week I have been busy preparing. This is very exciting for me even though it will take some adjusting. I am used to working at home you see, so having to drive to an office everyday and plan out my meals and workouts will take some commitment.

What exactly have I been doing you ask? Oh the regular....shopping for pencil skirts and taking pre-employment drug tests. The former is much more fun that the latter.

this skirt + white button down = perfect first day uniform

Ladies, if you want to snag yourself a man who is responsible enough not to violate the terms of his parole....look no further than the Work Med clinic in Salt Lake. Apparently drug tests are a common condition of employment these days, but I have always thought of them like metal detectors. If a school requires a metal detector, it is not a school you want to enroll in....know what I am saying sweets?

But drug test or no drug test, as Marlon Brando would say:

yeah I am aware that is not the actual quote, get a life!

In last weeks poll, I asked you how many hours of sleep you tend to average. 33% of you sweets get between 6 and 7 hours. Another 33% get between 8 and 9. The remaining voters were split between getting less that 6 (I don't want your job!) and over 9 hours (I'm looking at you Lisa).

With my upcoming transition to an office environment, I have been giving a lot of thought to meal planning. Specifically, lunches. I don't want to rely on eating out everyday.

In this weeks poll, I want to know:

What do you normally do for lunch during the workweek?

Go Out And Grab Something Fast
Pack A Lunch or Bring Leftovers
Nothing, Who Has Time For Lunch

I am considering adding a new segment to my blog: OTD. Outfit of The Day. Since I can't wear lululemon 24 7 anymore, I thought it might be fun to document my outfit choices that are not made of luon. would any of you sweets appreciate that?

I would love it if you sweets could suggest some portable and easy ideas for lunches!!!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Lifting Love Update

Hola Sweets,

The big news in mi casa today is that yo implemented a new weight lifting routine. I live an action packed life don't I? En fuego.

The new routines will be posted on the Lifting Love page for future reference, but here is a sneak peak:

I have been slacking a bit since Saturday and skipped my first schedule J workout that I was supposed to complete yesterday. Guess what this means? I have to double up today. I plan to do my weight lifting and follow it by at least 45 mins of cardio. If I don't stick to my routine, there will be a serious case of sad eyes when I step on the scale!

"Damn you Beggin Strips!"

Sweets, how many of you have a workout plan that you stick to? If not, do you just wing it when you get to the gym?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hot Piece of Spring

Good Morning Sweets,

What is the best way to spend the day after a race? Was your answer "at the hot springs"? If so, then you totally nailed it! On Sunday, HM, Dog, and I headed south to the Fifths Hot Springs. We figured that a nice leisurely hike followed by a soak in the hot springs was exactly what our aching muscles needed.

Picture from fall 2008 visit

It took us about an hour to get to the trail head. The drive really tested Buckley's patience.

The hike was a little over 2 miles (each way). As we got closer to the springs, the water started getting murky and there was that lovely sulfur smell.

HM perked up when he saw the 'Caution Nude Sunbathers' sign.

When we reached our destination, we found a giant rock on which we could stash our things and play in the water. The stream that ran through the middle was cold water. Around the edges and base of the stream, there were springs that came up from the ground. Those springs were very hot. You had to find the most comfortable mix of stream water and hot spring water. We also had to be very careful with the doodle so he didn't burn himself. We stuck close to the water fall where we knew it was safe for him.

After we had our fun, we headed back to the car. We were tired and it seemed to take longer on the way back even though it was downhill.

Me: There seems to be a lot of wasps on this part of the trail. I wonder....

HM: its because of that (points to exhibit A)

Exhibit A:

We finally made it back to the car and we were so hungry that we google mapped an In and Out as soon as we regained cell service. They should really put one by the trail head, jeeez.

Have you sweets ever been to natural hot springs? How do you recover the day after a race?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Race Recap and Road Kill

Hello Sweets,

I had to take the weekend off to relax and watch back to back episodes of True Blood, so I am sorry for the delayed Race Recap post. Saturday's South Valley Half went without any major issues. Did I meet my goal time of 2 hrs and 10 minutes? Um, no I did not. While it was not my worst race, it was not my best race either.

At the starting line, 5am. Come out and play sun!

I started off with the 2:10 pacer (9:55 miles). At mile 4.5 I looked down and noticed that my average pace for those miles was 9:12. Excuse me?!?!?! Major fail Mr. Race Pacer!!!! I was beat already and I had not yet begun the climb!
Thanks for joining us sun, 6:45am.

Please note: I do not normally have cankles. The timing chip was a ankle cuff and it made my legs look like tree trunks.

In all honesty, the hills were not as severe as they looked in the elevation chart. There were a few times though where my hip flexers were threatening to quit. Yes, I walked some of the hills. Sadface. With a slower pace, I was able to take in some of the scenery, which included a dead deer, a dead chipmunk, and a dead snake. Yep, it was that kind of race.

Can you see the flat parts of the mountain? Those are the copper mines.

It is depressing to see the finish line when you are still 6 miles away.

It took a lot of convincing for HM to run ahead. I could tell he was feeling really good and that he could keep up with the 2:10 pacer. They call it a race for a reason HM now GO.

When I started running, my first half marathon took me 2 hrs and 40 minutes. Clearly there was a lot of room for improvement. Since my first race, I have constantly set new personal records. Now that I have improved so much, the margin for improving each additional race gets smaller and smaller. It was really disappointing to not get a PR in this race. I had a very "whats the point" attitude at the finish. I guess I better get over this if I want to stay in the sport.
Oh yeah, I run it for the bling.

I am going to reevaluate my goal for the Disney Wine and Dine to 2 hrs and 10 minutes. I am also going to bump up my training run pace. If I am not training at a 9:55 pace, then how can I expect to go even longer and faster on race day? Exactly.

Cheers to a personal record!

So there is my 'lil recap for you. Tomorrow I will give you a recap of our recovery day at the hot springs....highlight: poodle still smells like sulfur.

Sweets, have you voted yet in this weeks poll? Who knows what I mean by being disappointed by missing a goal?

Friday, August 19, 2011

New Poll and A Big Day

Afternoon Sweets,

I have a big day on the schedule today and an even bigger day planned tomorrow. I hope you didn't forget....tomorrow is RACE DAY!!!! I think our little HM is nervous. I have been really busy this week and have not had time to think about the upcoming race....until now!

I am excited because I am hoping to meet my goal and set a PR by finishing the race in 2hrs and 10 minutes. There are no flat sections on this course. It is a 4 mile climb sandwiched between two large downhill portions. This makes it hard to set a goal time accurately so only time will tell.

Tomorrow morning I will be standing here:

And hopefully 2 hours later I will be running through this Truman Show neighborhood towards the finish line:

This evening, HM and I are going to pick up our race packets. After that, the night continues with another exciting stop. Our friend has a show at a gallery here is Salt Lake City tonight. Very exciting! Although we can't join our friends for cocktails or stay out late, we can at least go and look at all his awesome artwork.

Then it is straight to bed for us. We have a 4am wake up!!!!!

I think it is time for a new poll! On a normal night, how many hours of sleep do you average in a night? Go vote in this weeks poll, located in the top right of this blog.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Running Off My Summer Fun

Good Afternoon Sweets,

I had a Kids in The Kitchen meeting the other night and there was obviously a lot of talk about nutrition and exercise. The committee is in the process of building lesson plans for the upcoming school year. One lesson plan that we will be delivering is based around how much exercise it takes to compensate for a poor food choice. It got me thinking:

Sunday's lunch:
Nothing says diet like perogies and bratwursts!

Girl's Night Out:

My award winning fruit dip

Miz Evil (the friend formally known as Miz Liz):
"Come on, you know you want some Jr. Mints"

Now I know why I have to clock 15+ miles and 5+ hours a week at the gym!

Tell me sweets, what are your weaknesses? Whats your reason for clocking time at the gym?

Monday, August 15, 2011

She Can't Add But She Can Run

Good Afternoon Sweets,

So, I am getting pretty excited about our race next weekend! Remember my 164 by 820 Challenge? Well is it too late to brand it 154 by 820? No, I am not being lazy. I accidentally counted the 10 mile run twice. You know when next months dates are grayed out on the calendar but still show up? Yeah well that is what happened. August 6th's 10 miler showed up on my July calendar and my August calendar. So even if I had done every run, I would still have come up 10 miles short.

So with 8 miles left on the schedule before Saturday's race it looks like this:
Not too shabby! We will end up 6 miles off. Considering the botched long run and thunderstorms in Crested Butte, we did pretty well!

Training with HM has been....well.....structured. If HM can be described as anything, it would be structured. Whether I felt like it or not, if it was on the schedule, we were doing it. Of course, you never regret doing a run (even if you hated it during the run) and so I was always glad that I got out the door and got it done. Here is me, happy it is almost over:

It may have been dusk, but it was still 90+ degrees

I felt like a dummy though. Here I was, sweating my yams off and I see these kids along my route in the park:

Well done youths of Salt Lake, well done.

I hope everyone's week is off with a good start!

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