Monday, October 27, 2014

Mini Vacation

Wednesday morning hubby and I left for our mini vacation. I weighed in a day early and was thrilled to see such a big loss for the week right before vacation.  

We had free airline tickets we had to use by the end of the month so we went to Ft Lauderdale.

The weather unfortunately didn't cooperate. It was dreary and rainy all 3 days we were there but we still had a blast.

View from our balcony

I love traveling with my husband. We always manage to have a good time no matter the circumstances. We're very much alike in the way we travel - we're both very laid back and not too schedule-happy.  

Have I ever mentioned how compulsive hubby is about clean cars? Well he is and we have a monthly membership to a local car wash place so he can keep the cars clean. He takes my car at least once a week and his own 2-3 times a week.

The first stop on our way home from the airport was to the carwash. I told you someone was compulsive...

My "babies" went to their first Homecoming Dance over the weekend. I can't believe how fast they're growing up.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

Another catching-up post

Geez I wish I could get the hang of blogging more often!

October has been crazy busy. Two weeks ago the family and I went to a free event in Baltimore to see various Dance Crews compete. It was a lot of fun. I love when the four of us can get out of the house and experience different things together.

The next day I had a couple of my long-time girlfriends and their families over to our house for lunch. We hadn't seen each other in FOREVER and we all live right in this area (ok - one JUST moved back after being gone for 2 years).

I have been friends with these ladies for 29 years!

Hubby and I got to go to the Redskins vs Seahawks Monday night football game which was a blast. Especially since Seattle won! 

Excuse the grainy picture - my friend took it on her new phone and her photos come out weird.

Photo-bombed by the guy in the row behind us.

She was not happy the Redskins were losing.

Hubby and I also woke up in the wee hours of the morning last Sunday to run the Army 10-Miler.

My race was less than stellar. I'd been having knee pains all month and hadn't run further than 6 miles since the end of September. My goal was just to finish the 10 Miles and not get swept off the course. 

I succeeded! I by chance met up with one of my friends and her running buddy in our corral and the three of us ran/walked the whole 10 miles together.

This past weekend I spent mostly shopping with my teens while hubby was away for work. My son has outgrown all of the jeans I just bought him in August so he needed more and my daughter needed a Homecoming dress. Finding an age-appropriate dress for her was almost mission possible! 

I spent way more money this weekend than I wanted to - especially since hubby and I are going on a mini-vacation on Wednesday - but we'll still have a fun, low-key time.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Weight Watchers Works

Yesterday's weigh-in had me down .4 pounds for the week which is amazing considering I was up almost 2 lbs on Monday after my birthday weekend festivities. That's the thing I like about Weight Watchers - I can have my splurges and still stay within the plan. As long as I record every bite and stay within my points I feel like I can have success with Weight Watchers. This time around I am consciously making better food decisions   Plus this time I'm recording my FitBit steps for Activity Points. 

Yesterday we had an office lunch and I looked at the menu on-line before we went. I knew that a salad or the salmon would be my best bet. And I stuck with it - I had the salmon and asparagus. I REALLY wanted a burger but I knew we were having pizza for dinner so I wanted to balance it out. 

Tonight we went to Uno's for dinner. I really indulged but I tracked every point. Let's just say I used almost all of my weeklies. I've got a lot of activity points to earn over the next 4 days!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Happy October

It's been over two weeks since my last blog post. Nice.

Since my last post I have been keeping up with my #workitout100 challenge. I'm on Day 53 so far. Some days I was only able to include my FitBit steps as that day's activity and some days I did actually take plain ole rest days.

I had a birthday on Sunday. I turned 46 - which now makes me closer to 50 than to 40 so that was an interesting reality for me. Turning 40 felt fabulous. Turning 46 was kind of meh... But wait until the 50th though - I'm going to throw myself a blow-out for that one.

My running hasn't been coming along as I would have liked. My left knee has been giving me issues lately. I think it's the darn ballet flats I've been wearing on the weekends trying to look cute.

The Army 10 Miler is in 10 days and I don't know how I'm going to get through it. The longest distance I've run since my half marathon in April was the 6 miles I ran a week and a half ago. And then after the 10 miler I foolishly signed up for another half - in November - reasoning with myself that since I was training to run 10 miles in October - surely I could do 13.1 miles in November. Oh silly me.

This month I downloaded Blogilates' paid app. I'm going to try to follow October's complete schedule as closely as I can. I know that if I want to see changes in my body I really need to switch things up. Obviously the running thing is not helping me lose any weight. I also rejoined Weight Watchers On Line. My Fitness Pal wasn't giving me results counting calories so now I'm going to give another try to counting points. 

Last week we bought the plane tickets to travel home to Seattle for Christmas and I really would like to be 10 pounds lighter by then - not only for vanity's sake but also so I can fit comfortably back into my winter clothes. I refuse to buy any pants the next size up so I have got to get it together with slimming down this booty and this waistline!