Thursday, April 26, 2012

With the good comes the bad...

Life for me the past few months have been pretty great. There was some bumps but in general it's been pretty fab. Well I knew sooner or later something bad had to happen.

I was in a car accident two days ago. I was sitting at a red lady and a woman smashed into me when she was trying to make a right turn. No one was hurt thankfully but the damage on my car is a lot. Plus I hate accidents. I was shaking all day long after it happened.

I got the estimate yesterday and it's going to cost over $2,500 to fix! Thankfully this accident wasn't my fault so I am not responsible for any payments. However the other people are upset to say the least at how much it'll cost to fix it. They wanted to pay out of pocket and they had assumed the damage would only be a few hundred dollars. Now that we are in the thousands they will need to go through insurance. However they want me to go for another opinion. Which is fine, but I also don't want this repair to take forever.

I'm going to be travelling a lot starting in about 3 weeks. That's my time frame. It needs to be done by then. The man at the shop already told me the repair will take at least 5 days to get done. Meaning we need to get this show on the road. I emailed him the estimate and now I'm waiting for him to get back to me on what the next step will be. Hopefully they won't be difficult.

Monday, April 23, 2012

A really awesome weekend (with some pictures)

For months I've been freaking out over the fact that I could not fit into my bridesmaid dress. I had ordered a size smaller, thinking I would be able to fit into in no time, and would probably need it to be altered. Then my weight loss all but stopped and the wedding kept on inching closer and closer. Two weeks ago I had tried putting on my dress. It fit better than last time but still would not zip up all the way. I had a big gap at the top.

I started to really freak out and wonder if I should just cave and get the dress in the bigger size. I put my head down and really crunched down. I lost 6 pounds in 2 weeks! On Friday I held my breath as I put the dress back on. And it freaking zipped!!!!! granted it's still very tight but at least that thing zips up all the way!!! You have no idea how relieved I am. I just need to lose a few more pounds and this baby will be perfect. The wedding is 2 months from today!! Now I can get really excited and happy about it knowing the dress fits.

Since the dress fit, it gave me the courage to try on my size 10 jeans that I bought a while back. And those fit too!!! Yay no longer a size 12!!!!

Also on Saturday was my gym party where they announced the winner of the team challenge!! I am happy to say my team WON!!! Yippee!!! All that hard work and effort paid off! The score was so freaking close. We just barely won, but a win is a win!! We got our names on a plaque and mine was up top for being a captain! The party itself was a lot of fun. I drank way too much and ate way too much. lol. But it was worth it and so much fun.

For winning I got a bucket filled with goodies. including that giant whistle! I love it.

Here I am in my size 10 jeans!! I felt awesome that night.

On Sunday I went shopping with some friends from work. I spent a whole lot of money on new smaller clothes! It was awesome!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My Weekends Ahead

Needed a place to write it down so I wouldn't forget. lol

Weekend of April 21 – Gym Party Saturday, shopping sunday

Weekend of April 28 – going out for friend’s birthday

Weekend of May 6 – Mud run!! EEK!!

Weekend of May 12 – My monthly "fancy dinner" with friends.

Weekend of May 19 – 5K that morning, then leave for Baltimore. Bridal shower on Sunday

Memorial Day weekend – May 25 – PBA Ball Friday, 5 mile race on Saturday morning then cousin’s college graduation up north

Weekend of June 2 – DC for Friends bach party

Weekend of June 9 – Bridal Shower

Weekend of June 16 – might have to take another trip down to Baltimore to help out bride

Weekend of June 23 – Wedding weekend in Baltimore!

New Direction?

I've been finding it hard to blog lately. I'm not giving up on it yet, but I feel like I never really have anything good to say. My life is in a wonderful place right now. When I first started this blog I was miserable and I used this space as a place to vent and work through my feelings. Now everything is peachy.

Hmmmmm, Maybe I need to change the name of my blog. That actually might help me. I need to find a new direction for this space. Should it be more about my weight loss and fitness? Stay the way it is now? Or something totally different? Well that will have to go on the back burner for a little while.

The next few months I am a busy busy lady. Almost every single weekend from now until the end of June I have stuff going on. Lots of travelling and wedding related stuff for my friend. Throw is some upcoming races for the weekends in between and my head starts to spin a little.

I wish it wasn't so busy though. I have been wanting to give online dating a try again, but my weekends are so full I wouldn't be able to actually go on any dates in the near future. Not that I think I'll be flooded with offers anyway. The last time was a total bust for me. But it's something I'm willing to give another shot at anyway. I'm in a better place now than I was the last time I was on there.

My gym challenge is finally over. The last week of it was so stressful but it's done. We will find out which team won this Saturday at the party. I really hope it's us. We were on a roll for a while points wise, but final weigh ins and the last challenge will probably be the deciding factor. Either way Saturday is going to be a blast! I can't wait.

The spring cleaning last weekend was also a success. I got rid of 3 black garbage bags of clothes. Half my closet is now empty waiting for me to fill it. I did some shopping last weekend and got some awesome stuff. This Sunday a few friends from work and I are going to go to the outlets.

Any suggestions on where I should take this blog would be much appreciated!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Spring Cleaning

It's that time of year again. When I feel the need to purge my closet. A lot of clothes no longer fit or I just rarely wear anymore. I need so many tops that can be worn for spring and summer. I have all winter and fall stuff.

My life the past few weeks has been totally consumed with my gym challenge. It will finally be OVER on Saturday. I cannot wait! As much as I love being the captain, I'm ready for things to go back to normal. Ready to go back to my normal workout routine. So Saturday morning I'll do my last and final challenge bright and early. We won't find out who won until the following weekend though at the party.

After the challenge the fun will start for me. I plan on going through everything I own. Getting rid of the clothes that no longer fit and the shoes that I no longer wear. It sounds silly but I really can't wait to fill up those black garbage bags for the clothing drop.

Then I'm going SHOPPING. I am a huge online shopper. I buy almost everything online. The last time I went to a mall was before Christmas. I am really looking forward to going out, shopping and actually trying things on. This sounds strange but now that I'm smaller there are sooo many options online to go through. It's totally overwhelming and I never seem to find anything I like anymore.

Even though I'm not where I want to be yet, I'm getting pretty close. Most of the items I plan on buying should still look good on my when I hit my goal weight. I also don't plan on buying a million things. Just enough to replenish my soon to be depleted wardrobe.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Made my 5K goal finally!!!

For my team challenge most of us signed up to do a 5K on Saturday. Little did we know that the weather was going to be TERRIBLE.

That morning when I woke up to gray skies I knew it wasn't going to be a good race. It was freezing out and misting all morning. If it wasn't for the team challenge I probably wouldn't have ran. The race had over 2,000 runners signed up initially, only 400 actually ended up running it. That's how bad out it was.

I am so happy I have proper running gear though. My compression shirt really helped me stay warm. I forgot to bring gloves though and thought I would never get them warm again! We sat in the car until about 10 minutes before the race to try and stay warm. Standing at the starting line was pure torture. I just wanted the race to start so I can move my body and warm up a little.

Before the race, I really wanted to get under 30 minutes. I've been working toward this goal forever. My first 5K I ever ran (May 2011), I did it in just under 40 minutes. I knew then that eventually I wanted to get under 30. I was getting close. I wanted to hit it badly.

Once the day of the race came and it was raining, freezing and WINDY I figured I would hit it the next race. Too many elements to contend with I figured. The race finally started and I was already miserable. My face was soaking wet and freezing. My shoe lace became slightly untied. UGH. I was never going to hit it.

Then I got to mile 1 and the guy standing there said I was only 8:44 in. WHAT?!?!! I've never ran under a 9 min mile before!! I kept running along. Eventually my tie came completely undone. I had to stop and fix it. Since I thought I wouldn't hit under 30 I wasn't too upset.

We turned a corner and I was running against the wind! Ugh. It was horrible. I felt like I was barely moving. My fingers were completely numb. I just wanted this thing to be over!

Finally I turned a corner and saw the finish line!!! I started to sprint. That's when I saw the clock. What?? There was no way!!

I crossed the finish line in 27:44!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHH!!! I cannot believe I got under 30!! And that much under 30!! I shaved 4 minutes off my last 5K time!! Apparently really crappy weather makes me run super fast. ;)

I still can't believe my pace with under 9 min mile. With my shoe being undone, the wind, rain and everything, I really thought I wasn't going to hit it. I can't wait until the next 5K, I feel like I'll be even faster without those elements to slow me down!

It's also surreal to me to run 5Ks now because I'm right in the thick of it. There are tons of runners all around me. In the past when I was all the way in the back, there was hardly any other people. Now I really feel like a runner with everyone all around me.

After the race with my trainer. Soaked but so happy!

My other co-captain for our gym team challenge.