Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Not bad so far!

Hi! Just wanted to make a quick check-in while I'm on lunch. So far, so good! Today is set to be pretty long, and I was lazy this morning so my breakfast didn't go as planned, but here's what I've got so far:
Breakfast - Nature Valley Bar, water
Lunch - Roast Beef & mustard on multigrain, apple, string cheese, water
Dinner - Think I'm going to get Subway while I'm studying at school.
Snack - Celery & peanut butter, yogurt, and milk

I plan on doing the 30 Day Shred a short time after I get home from my exam. It starts at 7, so hopefully I'll be home by around 8 to get it done with!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Day One!

My workout and healthy eating endeavors begin today (for real this time) and so far so good! I'm trying to also make this a joint effort in taking care of Mark, too. That definitely helps because I am usually more apt to care for someone else than myself, especially him, so when he gave me the smallest inch of opportunity I decided to run with it. I know that this site does not tell exact calories and fat, but I like it anyway:
http://www.mypyramidtracker.gov/planner/ It's helpful because I make sure that I'm eating enough from each of the recommended food groups. Plus it's easier to use than sparkpeople.com or other such sites because it gives you a basic estimate and you don't have to search through a million listings of different foods. Eventually I may go back to sparkpeople because it gives you some good nutrition reports but for now I'd like to keep it simple.

I put in Mark's information and it stated that he should be eating 2600 calories a day! That's so much, especially for him. The main problem for both of us is that we don't eat breakfast very often. So, this morning I got up when he did to run to the kitchen and try to get him to eat something for breakfast and pack a lunch for him, instead of him running to McDonald's and getting something unhealthy. I made a bagel with cream cheese and packed some almonds, granola bars, and chips in a lunch (he doesn't like sandwiches unless their are toasted and fresh, the pain in my butt), and as I was trying to help him carry stuff out the door I dropped the bagel face down in the carpet :( And it had some nasty lint and hairs on it. Guess I need to vacuum...

Well, I tried. I came back inside and Tricks was eating cream cheese off of the floor. He's been very hyper since then, running around like a crazy person and trying to jump on the walls.

For myself, I started off by eating an apple and perusing my favorite websites. Then I did the 30 day shred, level one. And then I ate some real breakfast of scrambled eggs. I have the rest of my meals for the day planned too - sandwich and soup for lunch; meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and veggies for dinner. If I'm still hungry I'll eat half a bagel and some juice for a snack later on.

I noticed on exercise TV that the 30 day shred level one will no longer be listed as of May 3, which means I'll need to go out and get the DVD. I figure by then maybe I'll be ready to start level two. I'm a little scared of it!

My plans for the rest of the day are just to study, study, study. I'm so unfocused right now but hopefully I'll be able to get a really good start before I need to run to the bank and to the store later on. Tomorrow I'm interning until 3 and then going to a review session for the final from 4-6, so hopefully that will help me out too. If I get 100% on this exam I could end up with a 3.6. in the class. That's aiming awfully high. But I'd love to get an A in the class.

Sunday, April 25, 2010


Our engagement pictures are scheduled for May 23! Hooray...except that I SERIOUSLY need to get something done about getting in shape. So it'll be back to making sure I hold myself accountable for my food intake and exercise regime. Why is it so hard? I'm technically starting tomorrow because today has just been an embarrassment. I will hopefully end up doing SOMETHING productive tonight, whether the 30 Day Shred or study. I planned out all of my meals for this week and counted up calories, so I will NEED to stick to that. Wish me good luck!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

change of plans

And this was totally on a whim. But, I've been in freak out mode for a while now and for whatever reason, cannot a) handle stress and b) keep myself focused. I'm not doing what I know I'm capable of in school and am constantly worrying about the future. I just can't live like this; as my life passes me by I just keep asking God "what's next? okay now what's next? now what can I look forward to?"

I think I'm being a little melodramatic. But in all seriously, I really am rushing through life. Even my mom said I am. Ugh - and she's always right! How does that happen?

So I'm taking a step back. I'm lowering my class load. I'll take one class spring, one summer, three fall, three winter. Graduate April 30, 2011. On schedule. And not be SO worried about rushing through life. Although not graduating early is disappointing to myself and my family, it really isn't necessary and I should be more focused on getting good grades and getting into grad school. Just a few weeks ago I was considering putting off grad school until September 2011 anyway, so there is no hurry in graduating. Sigh of mixed feelings.

This blog feels so overdone with all this profound talk of the future. I never have any fun, it seems. Well summer is on it's way and I do have a few fun, young-person like plans in the works. Maybe. I hope.

1. Warped Tour possibly?
2. Long weekend in Chicago with Mark
3. Silver Lake with Mark's family (for maybe a few days as I have classes starting up in the middle of that week)
4. Cedar Point or Michigan Adventure with family
5. MI Park pass that Mark's parents got us for Christmas!
6. HOPEFULLY, we'll be renting a house & be able to have a BBQ or something...

And that's all I've got so far!

Do I ever just let things happen and NOT plan them ahead? For crying out loud.
But at least those things sound more fun than stressing all the time!

Friday, April 16, 2010


Classes are finally coming to an end this semester and I am ECSTATIC about that. Things have just been too difficult with this schedule and I am really glad that for the Fall I'll only have Tues and Thurs 8-5 and Wed 3-6 for classes. This classes every day thing was such a bad idea. But, lesson learned. Although I vowed after this semester that I'd never take a night class again, I do have one for the summer II semester but I think it'll be alright. The other class I have for that session is online so I don't think I'll be too tired/overwhelmed.

Mark and I are going to be looking for a new place to live pretty soon here. The lease is up at the end of May and we're hoping that there'll be an affordable house somewhere for us to rent. And a pet friendly house too :) for my little kitty. Who, by the way, it getting awfully big! He's going to be six months old soon, and we're going to get him neutered at the end of the month. Poor little baby. I hope it isn't too horrible an experience for him. I know we made the right decision humane-wise to not get him declawed, but I have to say as he gets older those claws seem to be getting bigger and bigger along with him. He's good about not scratching up any furniture (knock on wood) but the claws come out when he's playing and those can be killer sometimes.

This weekend I'll be writing a paper for my Psychology class and working. That'll be about the extent of it. I've had to miss that class lately because I was too busy catching up on other classes (ugh) so hopefully I didn't miss any big hints about what will be on the final.

On my wedding agenda, I'm supposed to be trying to contact some pastors and have one booked by the end of this month, but it seems like I may have to push that into May. Not a big deal at all, we're still over a year out. I think we'll be getting the majority of the rest of the planning done this summer anyway, and then have the fall to just relax, and the winter and spring to pull together finishing touches and invites. I just can't wait.