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Laziness Long Overdue

9 Dec

Swear, I think we are addicted to playing Settlers of Catan.  It’s actually getting to the point that our games are really quick because we play it so much.  I blame my brain’s preoccupation for the shocking lack of pictures taken over the weekend!

My weekend was very relaxing.  On Saturday, I had off at Changin’ Time, but was on-call for my other job.  Around 10AM, we were trying to track down the source for all kinds of noise outside and remembered that the Steel Valley Christmas Parade was lining up in front of our house for the parade that started at 12PM.  Best seats in the house!


I see many different kinds of people walking in my neighborhood (and I will keep it at that!), but Civil War reenactors have got to be the most random! We took in the parade from our porch, drinking hot tea and waving to the peeps.

Christina’s 4th grade basketball team had their very first game of the seasons on Saturday afternoon in Monroeville.  They don’t keep score in this jumpstart league (that starts in 5th grade), however the family on the bleachers usually know how many baskets were made.  If they had been keeping score we would’ve lost but, hopefully the team got our first game jitters out and have some better luck next weekend!  I spent the rest of the day under a warm blanket, crawling out to do laundry and clean the house occasionally.

The  weather took a turn for the worse on Sunday, so Christina decided to err on the side of caution and cancel basketball practice.  We did brave the storm on Sunday afternoon to attend a Christening party for one of Christina’s cousins.  It’s always so nice to spend time catching up with family, especially with cousins who haven’t been home in a while! 🙂  Luckily, we get to see them again next weekend at the family Christmas party before they head back to Washington state.

I feel like I spent a lot of weekend quality time with Big Booty Judy, who seems to have developed a hankering for cuddles since we lost Hallie:


It was exactly the kind of weekend that I needed: lazy and low key!  I woke up this morning feeling rejuvenated!  Recharged! Ready to get all of the Christmas things done!  Honestly, I haven’t done a lick of Christmas shopping or decorating but I did pull out my decorations earlier and we are hoping to get a tree this week.

Questions Of The Day:

  • What are your goals for the week?
  •  Are you ready for the holidays or not yet?

Weekend Recap

15 Jan

Instead of boring you with the mundane recitation of my weekend activities, I thought this would be a nice day to do a recap.

I have officially lost 5 pounds.  I have no idea how this happened so quickly.  Especially considering I spent the majority of my weekend basically sitting on the couch watching football & drinking Landshark.  It really has been trial and error, entering food into my calorie counting app (I use Calorie Counter for iPhone) and seeing what combinations work best.

I’ve learned a few things in the past week (Obviously, I can only speak for myself, as I am clearly not a personal trainer or dietician):  

1.  Breakfast sets the tone for the day.  Its beginning to feel like setting up a game of chess.  Depending on what I have and need for breakfast, I am able to get ideas for lunch and dinner.  If my day includes a run, I tend to chose a more carb-heavy breakfast.  If not, I am able to eat a lighter breakfast which allows me more flexibility to snack throughout the day and plan heartier meals.

2.  Black coffee still gets it done.  When I first starting drinking coffee heavily (circa 2006, 4th Avenue), I only drank black coffee.  The thought, taste, and smell of creamer disgusted me.  I worked very closely with a friend who was incredibly health-conscious, had previously worked at a gym, and had enjoyed a lot of success with weight watchers.  A lot of my food behaviors today can be attributed to our friendship (even if we don’t talk anymore).  Somewhere along the gluttonous way, I started drinking iced coffee instead of hot.  I’m fairly sure that this is when my morning coffee started to be this creamy, sweet, confection that was more of a treat than a jumpstart to the day.  In the last week, I’ve managed to break myself of that temptation and enjoy my coffee dark and bold.

3.  My will power is weak.  After stocking up the fridge on Sunday, I realized that it was nearly impossible to have some of my “favorite” foods in the house without being tempted to binge on them.  Frozen yogurt is basically a trigger for me, but for now I seemed to have dodged this particular bullet on the scale.  In the upcoming week, I am going to work on being at peace with the fact that there is frozen yogurt in my freezer; just because it is in there, does not mean that I have to eat all of it.

4.  I CAN do more than I actually do.  For example, yesterday I jogged/walked 3 miles.  Yeah.  That’s a 5K.  And hell yeah, I wanted to quit and say “I did enough for today,” but I didn’t.  I ran on my in-laws treadmill for 2.2 miles and then I jogged my happy ass the mile back to my house.  And you know what?  The world didn’t end.  I was able to wake up this morning with sore, but strong muscles that are craving more today.  This week I am going to work on endurance:  jogging more, walking less.

So, I’ve got a fridge stocked full of food, a 5 pound deficit, and unwavering motivation to keep going.  All in all, its been one hell of a weekend!

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