A New Hobby

You may have noticed that I’ve made myself scarce around here for the past few months.  Well, I got into a new hobby – and I mean big time.  It all started last summer when I finally decided to get serious about my health and weight loss goals.  I don’t know about you other ladies out there, but pretty much my entire life I’ve been trying to lose some amount of weight.  I wasn’t overweight by any means, but I also wasn’t overly fit, and I had gained a few pounds over the past couple of years.  So I buckled down and started a workout regimen, and more importantly for me, I started to keep track of my calories.  Now, I love to eat, y’all.  For reals.  I love to cook and try new things, and pretty much enjoy me some dessert and fried foods.  So it was a little bit of a struggle to get into the habit of limiting myself. Once I realized that I could still eat pretty much anything I wanted as long as I was careful with the portion sizes I got a lot better at it. And then I started to see results. I lost a pound. And another. And then 5, and then 10…

You guys. I lost 20 pounds. Twenty. No kidding. I still have a hard time believing that I did it, but I feel awesome.   And it’s not just knowing that I look better (because I know that I do. I tried on some jeans that didn’t even look good on me in high school and they were too big. I almost died.), it’s more just the fact that I did something that I set out to, and that I had never really been successful at in the past. I didn’t do anything really hard core – no crazy diets or P90X. I just cut back on my eating and added a 20 minute workout 4 times a week (I did Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred, which I definitely recommend if you have trouble finding extra time). Ultimately, I reached my goal weight, and I feel a thousand times better. I have more energy, I have a lot more confidence in not only the way I look, but also in myself in general. I overcame what was to me a huge obstacle and I have this great feeling that I can accomplish anything now.

But that’s only the beginning of the story. A very dear friend got herself a fitbit last year and told me how cool it was – and me being all into this new healthy lifestyle, I, of course, asked Santa to slip one into my stocking. He obliged, and I was loving being able to track my daily activity on a whole new level at about the same time I reached my weight loss goal. Once I hit the magic number on the scale I was a little lost about what I should do next. I had pretty much been doing the same workout for several months and I was looking for something new to pique my interest so I could maintain my healthier self.   My friend came to the rescue again when she invited me to run the New York Marathon with her later this year. Yep, that’s the for real New York Marathon. 26.2 miles of one of the largest, and most prestigious marathons in the world. Apparently I got a little carried away with the confidence thing because I was all “Sure! That sounds fun! I can totally manage that!” And the rest, as they say, is history.

I started with the Couch-to-5K app on Dec 31, 2013 and I haven’t looked back since. I wasn’t sure about it at first… But as I got better, I started to like it. Then I started to like it a lot. And now I really really love it. I ran my first 5K race in March, I’ve got my first Half-Marathon in June, another one in August, and then the big mac-daddy Marathon in Novemeber. I never thought I’d have the ability to run a single mile, much less 26.2 of them in a row, but this running thing has really taken hold of me. I’m starting to see my body get stronger and more efficient, and I really look forward to my time on the trails/track/road.

All of this fun I’ve been having has taken a bit of toll on my free time, however, and that’s why you haven’t seen much of me lately. With my work schedule, I just have time to get my run in before grabbing a bite to eat and then heading off to work. On the weekends I relax with my husband and the dog, do some cooking, etc. As I’ve settled into a routine with the running, I’ve started to find more time here and there, and I’d really like to share with you more often again. I’ve got some great recipes I’ve been saving, and some little projects too, and hopefully you’ll enjoying hearing about them as much as I’ll enjoy sharing. In the meantime, I hope you’re all getting to enjoy some beautiful springtime weather, and that 2014 has been as wonderful for you all as it has been for me so far.

PS:  I’ve been neglecting my photography lately, but I recently started going through the giant pile of photos I took over our winter trip to visit family in Oklahoma;  Oh my goodness, you guys.  I got some really great shots that I can’t wait to share!  Cheers!

Hustle and Bustle

It’s been pretty quiet – on the blog front at least.  I haven’t updated you in a couple of weeks, but trust me when I say it’s not because there hasn’t been anything going on.  It seems like I’ve been running hither, thither, and yon (as my mother says) for the past month.  I have a wonderful pinterest project to share with you, and a couple of recipes that you simply must hear about, as well as some other odds and ends to share, but in the meantime I’ll tease you with some photos of my various goings-on of the past few weeks.

 

There was some more of this:

Lots of this:

And all kinds of this:

 

In a nutshell: motorcycles, dogs chasing things, and lots of plants popping up all over my yard.  More later!

Spring Photo Goodness

I know, I know, another post of “Springtime” photos… Can it get any more cliche, right?  Well, the thing is, spring is inspiring.  After months of grays and browns, bare tree limbs, and barren lawns, we are finally getting some color back into our lives.  Flowers are blooming, pollen is flying, and our grass is about to need a trim.  And really, it’s lovely.  Lovely, I tell you.  So just suck it up and enjoy the sight of leaves unfurling and blooms happily waving on heavily laden branches that is the annual sign of new life and warmer days that we call: Spring.

 

 

Happy Fall, and Big News!

Happy Fall, dear readers!  Honestly, I love summer better than any other season, but there’s just something special about autumn – unless that’s just the pumpkin spice talking.  Or it could be the fact that we get to wear boots again…or the nature-turned-artwork that is the annual changing of the leaves…Oh who am I kidding, I love fall.  But this fall is a little extra-special.  You see, readers, I have some Big News.  We’re moving!  That’s right, we found our one true house, and we’ll be closing the deal on November 21 at 11am.  Now that we’ve got an actual appointment (with a time and everything!) it’s finally started to feel official.

Moving!  It sounds so exciting – like this huge, monumental event is approaching and when it finally gets here you’ll be the proud owner of the house of your dreams, and you and the husband and the hound dog will live happily ever after in this magical place known as home.  And then you remember that you have to pack up all of your sh-, er valuable possessions, and transport them across town and then unpack and somehow have everything arranged to your OCD (ahem, well organized) standards, and then you have a mild stroke and realize that really it’s just this huge thing you have to get through in order to once again lounge comfortably in your home.  But.  It is kind of exciting.  A little. I mean, this is my dream home folks. The One.  The last house we’ll be buying for the foreseeable future.  And did I mention that I love it?  Like, LOVE. It’s pretty much perfect actually. My kitchen counter space will more than double (Yay!).  I’ll have more than two (pathetic, right?) drawers in which to store things and there’s a breakfast nook, and an island with a bar, and a real live greenhouse, and ohmygoodness I can’t wait!  So you may hear more than you care to about packing tape, boxes, yard sales, and probably a few “what in the world inspired me to purchase this?” stories.  In the meantime, any advice for moving day??