Archive for April, 2011

Hey!!! Happy Friday! I totally played the whole “Friday” song on YouTube at work and sang along with Kellie today 🙂

Here’s some fun news – I’ve been trying out some new beauty stuff getting ready for the wedding, and one of those things is a spray tan!

My sister Abbie had a spray tan at her wedding and looked amazing, so I knew I wanted to try to get one – and I’ve also been wearing a cute strapless bikini top this season to get rid of tan lines since my wedding dress is strapless too. Kellie recommended a chain tanning salon nearby and I headed over to see how it would make my skin look so I didn’t show up at the wedding looking ridiculous.

They use these stand-up booths and you turn around in 4 positions (one of them was like “walk like an Egyptian” to get the inside of your legs – fun) – the whole time I was coughing b/c the stuff smells kinda strong, but it was over in about 2 minutes. I got the “clear” coat so I didn’t walk out looking like J-Wow immediately, and waited until this morning to shower (so I kept it on overnight). The results this morning:

You can see the lines in my finger wrinkles, but that’s about it

I guess I didn’t scrub my feet the right way b/c they still looked funky after the color set in haha


I like the overall tan, it looks good!:) Next up is my first hair & makeup in a salon – I’m doing a trial run tomorrow to see how it looks. Anybody else notice Kate Middleton’s hair this morning looked very simplistic, almost like she had curled it herself? Heard that!

Just got this book in the mail from the library and hoping it’ll shed some light and help me de-stress about some worries I’ve been having lately…

The worries? That we may not be able to afford the kind of home we want in our neighborhood 😦 We have a pretty strict budget (set up so that we could afford the mortgage payments on one salary b/c eventually we’re gonna have kids and our situation will change), and the houses we looked at this week were great online, but in person not so much.

  • One had a shared driveway with 3 other houses, and I almost hit a neighbor’s parked car while backing out…
  • One was immediately next to I-4 with an underpass where homeless folks hang out
  • One was ON A LAKE! but on a very busy street (not really “residential”)
  • And the rest are about 50-100K over our budget. Boo 😦

So I’m drowning my sorrows in bunny corn

and hoping that this weekend will help me chillax – we’re gonna talk to the fiancé’s stepmom since she’s a realtor and can help us get our ducks in a row as far as mortgages, short sales, and all the other processes we are new to.

It’s Friday, Friday, gonna get down on Friday… looking forward to the weeeeek-end 😛


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Ready for a recap? OK – this year was my second Corporate 5-K race (here’s the recap from last year’s Corporate 5K, my first 5K race ever). Fortunately this time I remembered my shoes 🙂

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I met the fiancé at Kellie’s apartment downtown to get dressed and we all walked over to Lake Eola to hang out and chow cookies before the race.

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When we made our way to the starting line, I recognized a lot of people in the crowd – I think it was about 15,000 people this year!

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I bent over to tie my shoelaces and took a cool picture of all the feet in the crowd (I promise it looked cooler in person!)

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The actual race itself flew by really quickly – I was running with a sinus infection, so I couldn’t breathe through my nose.


I took a few walking breaks whenever my lungs were screaming for me to stop, and ran in quick spurts to make up for it.



I ended up finishing in 39:32, which is significantly slower than last year’s time of 35:58, but when I consider the sickness factor, I’m OK with that time.

At the finish line I downed a couple water bottles, stretched out, and headed into Publix for some mac and cheese from their deli (our company tent only had chicken fingers, chips & brownies to eat).

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After running this race, I learned a few things:

  • Running while sick took away all of my energy and the endurance I’d been building up for 6 weeks of training. Still, it wasn’t un-doable, but if it were any race longer than a 5K, I would have just watched on the sidelines.
  • With a sinus infection and all hopped up on Dayquil, 1/2 a beer will do you in.
  • The fiancé doesn’t like crowded races, so the odds of us doing a big-city marathon together are slim to none (but I know he’d make a great spectator!)

I’ll probably be running this one again next year, and I’m also repeating a couple of other races from 2010 this year (Autumn Rock n Run, Miracle Miles, OUC in December). It’s fun to see if I can beat my own time on the same course!

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Well hey there… it’s been a while and I have plenty of good reasons for not blogging the past 2 weeks or so, so let’s play catch up 🙂

Remember the bachelorette party I posted about?

Well here’s part 2:


Here are some of the more PG-13 pictures (keeping it clean on the blog)

Me, Kellie, and my sisters Amy and Abbie (all bridesmaids)





And FYI there was a LOT of smoke in the clubs 208292_199491210089093_100000846478567_509673_4619876_n

and I came home from Myrtle Beach with a horrible sinus infection that lasted almost two weeks! :-/

So in the past two weeks, I ran one time (wop wop…) at the Corporate 5K. It was my second time doing the race and pre-sickness I was hoping to actually make a decent time, but I ended up walking a lot of it (partly from the crowdedness and partly b/c I couldn’t breathe through my mouth…).


My final time was 39:32, and I didn’t give my phone GPS enough time to sync up with the starting line location, so it just took the most recent location (doctor’s office) and apparently according to RunKeeper, in 39:32 I ran about 11 miles haha!

Getting My Body Ready for the Wedding

Onto what’s up next… it’s 33 days until the wedding and I did a lot of thinking this weekend about getting ready for it. Lately we’ve been slacking about cooking super healthy meals (obvi since none have shown up on the blog recently) and fallen into a trap of pizzas & other pre-made crap. Thankfully tonight I got my butt back in the kitchen and made a fresh meal of pinto beans and kale (beans & greens – can’t go wrong).

After hanging out at the water park all weekend with my family and also going to the Ke$ha concert & being surrounded by girls who look thin on the outside but you can tell are total messes on the inside…


I’ve had a lot of body image thoughts clouding up my mind. We were also going through photos of our childhood and relationship to make a compilation wedding video and look at how gangly I was at 17:


(note I’m the only girl in that picture – it was a science & math boarding school).

The fiancé also found some smoking hot pictures of me from when we first met (before we were officially “going out”) and I was about 15 pounds lighter than I am now. Granted I had just come off of a summer vacation of super freedom and lots of time to exercise & eat right, when nowadays free time is a rare commodity, plus I cook for two.

You would think that after 26 years of living in this body I’d have it figured out by now, but I can’t say it gets any easier. I still get envious of other women I see with sexy figures (even when I know them personally and know their habits are totally self-destructive and unsustainable…) It’s still a challenge every day/week to plan workouts and meals, and find time to plan workouts and meals, and to find time to cook meals and do workouts – ahh!

I know that I’m not realistically going to drop 15 pounds in the next 33 days, and I really wouldn’t want to anyway, but I do want to get back on a regular routine of exercising now that my sinus cavities are up & running again. I like the FEELING of being fit just as much as the way it looks. I like having time to workout and release stress, and to explore in the kitchen with new tastes/smells/textures – that’s what makes life worth living!

I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few days coming up with what I think makes me happiest about exercising and what is realistic with our schedules.

  • Run 3 days each week: This is just enough running to make me feel good without the pressure of tons of mileage looming over me. What I found through my most recent training plan is that I like to run in the mornings on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. What that means is I can’t be a night owl on Friday nights, which is a good compromise – I’d rather give up a late night of staying out than a lovely Saturday morning of mental clarify & meditation.
  • Cross-train at least 2 days each week: The plan right now is to keep doing the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD because 1) I love it, 2) it’s a full-body workout, and 3) it’s only half an hour. If I had more time I would love to be in the gym 4 days a week doing upper/lower splits or isolating muscle groups like I did in college, but I’m trying to be realistic here and not commit to a workout schedule I can’t keep up with.

And that’s it. Run 3 days, Jillian 2 days. That gives me 2 rest days, and peace of mind knowing I’m not setting myself up for failure.

It’s very hard not to compare myself to other brides when I see their wedding pictures, but I have to remind myself that I don’t know anything about their personal lives leading up to the wedding. Maybe their parents paid for them to hire a personal trainer, and maybe they were college students or unemployed and actually had hours to spend each day in the gym, or maybe they were fitness instructors/personal trainers themselves, or maybe they have a freakishly high metabolism, maybe they’re not on birth control, maybe they don’t eat enough, maybe they smoke cigarettes, maybe they are just blessed with good genetics – you really never know! All I can do is focus on what works for me and try to avoid having a nervous breakdown from the wedding stress, because with all the other coordination that goes into planning a wedding, adding an unrealistic workout schedule would definitely push me over the edge.

Did you make any special fitness/diet changes to get ready for your wedding?

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Two totally unrelated topics, but what else is new? ;-P

Let’s start with the recent eats – tons of interesting stuff going on here…

I was downtown for a meeting and swung by for lunch at Ethos Vegan Kitchen this week with my boss (his first trip – it’s always fun to bring carnivores to Ethos and watch them squirm at first, then find out that they love it and can’t wait to come back!) – I got the Tofurkey Reuben which tastes just like it sounds. It’s just a Reuben with a vegan thousand island dressing, and Tofurkey slices instead of turkey. I could make this at home so it’s not too impressive, and was pretty greasy, but the watermelon was nice & refreshing.


New awesome pre-run breakfast: Vitatop PB sandwich! Take two Vitatops (they’re only 100 calories each so that ain’t nuthin’) and smear some PB in the middle – booyashaka sandwich magic!

Dinner for one hangry vegetarian girl… I’m still trying to detox from this weekend’s bachelorette eats (mostly pizza, booze, and fried things), and the fiance was working late so I made a stir-fry for me with a little olive oil, soy sauce, a whole package of snap peas from Publix (normally I think this is a family size but it’s just me and it’s just veggies), with a Tofurkey italian sausage dog. No carbs needed, this was AAAAAAWESOOMMMMMMME!!! 🙂 It reminded me of the stir-fry station we had in my high school cafeteria – so good, so good!

And tonight’s dinner – again I’m still getting over a major sinus infection so I can’t really taste much, so tonight’s dinner was a simple carbolicious dish of whole wheat penne pasta, asparagus, kidney beans, tomatoes and a tiny sprinkle of feta (gotta fill up the glycogen stores for tomorrow’s race!)

I’m actually kinda nervous about the Corporate 5K tomorrow since I missed 3 training runs recently (more on that later, but 1 was for the bachelorette party and the following 2 were missed b/c of the resulting sinus infection from that party…). I wasn’t planning on setting any PRs during this race, but I’d at least like to be able to breathe through my nose while running!!!

OK, onto the next random topic – eyebrow threading

In case you don’t know what it is, here’s a little info for you. If you check on YouTube there are a bunch of videos, fun stuff to watch! They basically yank a bunch of hairs out at once, and it lasts longer than tweezing and looks great. There’s a place near our house that does it, so I go in every couple of weeks to get it done. The only bad part is that for a few hours afterwards, my face is all red from the pulling:

but the same thing happens with waxing. It’s pretty cheap ($7) and looks better than anything I could do myself – I’m totally hooked 🙂

Enough with the randomness – I’m going to try and get some sleep before tomorrow’s race!

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Hide your kids, hide your wives… and hide your husbands because it’s BACHELORETTE PARTY TIME!!!

If you’re wondering where I’ve been and why there’s been no bloggin’ lately, it’s because I was working super long hours to take off early Friday and drive up to Myrtle Beach for my bachelorette party!


I grew up in MB and my oldest sister Amy still lives there, plus our mom – it was the perfect place for a girls’ party weekend! But beforehand, we had to get some innocent-looking photos at the office.

It’s a solid 8 hour drive from Orlando to MB (I’ve done it so many times in the past 6 years it’s ridiculous, which is why I’m even happier that my mom has a timeshare in Kissimmee now!!!), and along the way we stopped at Cracker Barrel for some lunch. Kellie went healthy with the salad, while I loaded up on various carbs covered in cheese (mac & cheese, hashbrown casserole), with fried okra, turnip greens and cornbread – mmmmmmmmmm! Obviously healthy living took a backseat this weekend (and fast forward, I ended up coming home with a sinus infection and wanting an enema to cleanse away all the pizza & booze…)

We also munched on some SunChips and downed a Red Bull to stay pumped for the long drive. When we got into town, my sister and her new boyfriend took us to Fiesta del Burro Loco (“the crazy donkey party”) – my favorite Mexican place in Myrtle Beach.

Two pitchers of Patron margaritas?? Don’tmindifIdo

After literally closing down the restaurant (the servers were very conspicuously sweeping next to our booth as we just laughed & reminisced), we got a funny picture – look how authentically chill Kellie looks (bottom left), just hangin’ out with her hand on her knee haha

We went back to my sister’s condo to catch some sleep. Kellie & I stayed in the boys’ room where my nephews normally sleep (they were with sitters this weekend, adults only!). The condo is pre-furnished and pre-decorated with various odds & ends, including hundreds of tiny candles, birdcages, lighthouses, and this awesome glass hat:

Why I do declare Miss Kellie, that hat looks mighty beautiful on you 🙂

Betcha can’t tell that thing weighs 20 lbs!

We woke up on Saturday and decided to hit the beach, and Kellie broke out the party gear – she had stayed up all night Thursday making these awesome shirts & coozies for us!


Love you Kellie!!! Thanks so much! 🙂

We went down to Ocean Annie’s, a beach bar with a pool & lazy river, and shared a pitcher of Hurricanes – and froze our butts off since there was a strong wind by the beach! The live band singer was all bundled up in a fleece hoodie lol what a strange sight.

We had some lunch at the beach bar and headed back to the condo to get ready for the REAL party at Broadway at the Beach… and you’ll have to stay tuned for PART 2 (since I’m still waiting on the pics from my sisters), but sneak preview – we’ve got:

  • Random homeless guy groping my sister (“don’t I know you?”)
  • Marines who lurve Amy
  • Yankees who lurve Kellie
  • Dancing dancing (pole) dancing
  • and other crazy sister/BFF shenanigans

The fiancé went on a guys’ camping trip and floated down a river in intertubes – totally different but still had some of his own shenanigans to share (I came home to a midget blow-up doll on my coffee table, tons of Army/Navy gear in the front room, and a still-buzzed fiancé on the couch).


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Hey everybody! Hope you’re all having a great week – it’s super hectic here which is how I came up with today’s post: how to make time to exercise. We all say we’d like to work out more, but we ‘just can’t find the time’. I’m guilty of it too, but lately I’ve found motivation and time and wanted to share some tips with you!

But first… shout out to my awesome fiancé for making an epic dinner last night of meatless ‘beef tips’ with peas, spinach & harvest grains mix (aka ‘bird seed’):

He’s so gourmet =) That dinner helped fuel me for this morning’s run – SPEED WORK!


It was cool outside so I put on my favorite running outfit

did the hand trick…

downed half of this package – sooo good!

and set out my supplies in the driveway (since I run up & down the street) – water and the other half of the energy gels

Here’s how the run went down:

  • Warmup: 1/2 a mile
  • Ran 1 mile (1600 m) in 9:32
  • Walk/jogged 1/2 mile (800 m)
  • Ran 1 mile (1600 m) in 9:28
  • Cooldown: 1/2 a mile

So technically it was only 3.5 miles instead of 4, but this girl had to get to work for an early morning meeting! And did you notice… an average of 9:30/mile was my running pace today… aka the fastest I’ve ever run in my life, and faster than my current 5K goal of 30 minutes!!! Exciting!!! It’s a lot easier for me too to break up speedwork & tempo runs into 1/4 mile segments (i.e. down to the end of my street) and repeat that 4 times, because running a whole mile in 9:42 seems daunting, but getting to the end of my street in 2:25 is totally do-able – mind games 🙂

How to Make Time to Exercise

During this morning’s run & shower I had a lot of thoughts on this, so I’ll just start with what I jotted down on paper.

A partial workout is better than no workout at all. This morning I had 4 miles on the plan, and ended up doing 3.5 miles and feeling super accomplished anyway 🙂


Make breakfast as easy & fast as possible. I love a hot bowl of cooked oatmeal as much as the next gal, but if you’re scrounging for time in the morning to fit in your workout, don’t get held up waiting for the microwave to ding. I recommend making overnight oats in a jar and eating them at your desk, or making a smoothie and sippin’ on it in the car. Or if you’re REALLY pressed, sometimes I just grab a Larabar + banana for breakfast.

Try out a lower-maintenance beauty routine. Now keep in mind I’m a female engineer and not a newscaster. I know some of you might think I’m nuts when I say that I frequently go into work with wet hair, no makeup, or “Day 3” hair (i.e. washed it on Monday, so Wednesday is Day 3). Hair: I always let my hair air dry because blow dryers destroy my hair, so I’ll either put it up in a bun or do a quick side-part-bangs-clip thing so it doesn’t look too much like the girl from The Ring.


If I’m really pressed for time, I’ll just shampoo it, skip the conditioner, then spray it with Aussie leave-in conditioner real quick. Makeup: a few days a year (company photos, awards ceremonies) I’ll wear actual foundation, eyeliner and eyeshadow, but the rest of the time, I don’t wear any makeup (except mascara on days when I’m trying to look less dead in the morning or just feeling girly). My skin care routine is just putting on moisturizer in the mornings – that’s it. It’s not that complicated folks 😛

Minimize your lunch prep. The easiest way to do this is have planned leftovers from the night before, which isn’t too hard since a lot of recipes make 4 servings and there are only 2 of us in this house. Or if you don’t have any leftovers, throw in some lettuce & random toppings to make a quick salad (today I used greens, hearts of palm, corn, chickpeas, pickled okra & balsamic dressing). Massaged kale salad is great because the dressing won’t make it soggy while you’re at work, and you can “massage” it at lunch time.

Wake up a little earlier than you normally would. You’re probably thinking “yeah right” – and I know the feeling, sleep is one thing I don’t compromise on, and I try to get around 8 hours a night. But this means I go to bed a little earlier too and I don’t stay out partying all night if I know I want to work out the next day! This morning I was rolling around half-asleep in bed, around 6:45 am (I was supposed to get up at 5:45 to go run but slept right through Alarm #1). My brain was thinking “well, I could sleep in a little bit longer and go to work by 8, but I’d have another average, unsatisfying day without a workout… or I could get my ass out of bed, run, go into work about 45 minutes later and feel great about my day…” – that was an easy decision to make! I will say it helps a lot that my whole department at work is into exercising so we definitely have a buffer in the mornings for when we have to be there, because it’s important to all of us to stay fit. But if I had a rigid work schedule like the fiancé, I’d just find another way to wake up even earlier.

I say it was an easy decision to make because I’ve made the wrong decision a LOT and slept in, ending up with no time to exercise. Fact is, if I have 30 extra minutes in the morning, I’m gonna go for a run because I know it makes me feel better than if I slept in the same amount of time!

I also used to make excuses to not work out because I wanted my schedule to sync up exactly with the fiancé’s – exercising used to be our together time in college, and it was hard for me to break that habit. But this morning I gave him a goodbye kiss after my warmup, I was about to run down the street and he was pulling out of the driveway. So it doesn’t sync up perfectly (but I still make him smoothies in the morning to show him love), and many evenings while I’m making dinner he’ll be at the gym or riding his bike around the neighborhood.

So there you have it! I’m super excited because the Corporate 5K is next week – and this year the fiancé is joining me! Last year was SO much fun.2010 Corp Run - 25

What tips do you have to help make time for exercising? What works for you? Or what do you think would help you find time?

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