I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday! I started the day off right, with a freezing cold turkey trot, the 4 mile Flying Feather. Best part? A bottle of wine at the end! Yup, everyone over 21 got one. I finished in 32:37, an 8:10 pace. I probably could have pushed a little harder but I didn't to feel like crap all day. I had lots of oomph at the end to surge up the last hill and felt good the whole way.
Then we headed over to Todd's grandparents' house outside of Dayton. His dad, sister, and niece were all there, as well as extended family. I somehow managed not to eat a ton. And there was a LOT of food.
Today I decided to get up early and hit Target. I've never really done it before but I somehow got the urge. Mostly because there's a Target just down the street from me that is less on the radar so it's less crowded. And they were giving away cute reusable totes to the first 500 people. I got there around 6, an hour after they opened and they had run out of the bags. I saw people with them so I must not have missed them by much. But I was walking around after ditching my cart and went back for it, and lo and behold, someone else had ditched their cart and it had one of the bags in it! I looked around and it didn't seem to belong to anyone (there was nothing else int it), so I took it. :)
It was actually kind of nice to be shopping. It started clearing out a lot and I had really missed the initial craziness, so I was able to just kind of browse the toys and pick out gifts. I got tons of gifts. Then I came home and shopped online and got almost all of the children finished. I really don't have a ton more to do, except for my parents. It's kind of nice! Now I can spend time baking, woohoo!
I have to brag a little bit. I've been really trying to focus on losing some weight lately. I've been running less but added in weights, a bit of yoga, and some swimming, and I'm hoping to get some spinning in. I still run 3 days a week (one day speed, one tempo run, and one 12 mile long run), but I was running 4-5. And I do still usually run 1-2 miles when I go to the gym to lift, before/between/after lifting. But I've also been watching what I eat too. I've been trying to eat a lot less processed food, and am also cutting back on diet soda and artificial sweeteners. And well, it's working! The scale hasn't been moving very much or very quickly, but when I weighed myself this afternoon, I saw a number I haven't seen since college. And when I lose even one more ounce, I will no longer be "overweight" by the BMI calculations. Yesterday one of my running friends asked me if I had been losing weight and said she could tell, and I got a comment in a store of "you ordered a large?? you really don't look like you'd wear a large." My clothes are getting looser and I can tell a bit of a difference. So, yay me!!!! :)
Ok, enough babbling on. I'm hungry for some dinner. :)
I cannot believe this week is already Thanksgiving! Holy crap. Where did the time go??? Sorry I have been so lazy on posting. I've been pretty boring and I never think of the blog at a good time (e.g. when I'm not at work).
I did make over 13 dozen cookies yesterday. Todd's church is delivering meals to people on Thanksgiving so I volunteered to make cookies and he cooked a turkey. It actually didn't take me that long, as I only made three types. I made chocolate chip (easy and it's a big recipe), coconut, and oatmeal butterscotch chip. They all came ok, but the oatmeal one was kinda dry. Bummer.
I had a very nice weekend this weekend. The weather was GORGEOUS. Sunny and highs in the low 70s. How could I not have a good weekend? :) After my long run yesterday morning, I just puttered around the house and was productive. I cleaned out my closet and dressers and switched over to cold weather stuff. I have a pile of clothes to donate (although I could probably stand to get rid of more!). Then today I cleaned and organized my office so I can actually find things! I still need to weed through more stuff (I have a major backlog of magazines!), but I now know where everything is, which is so nice. I think I was starting to get stressed out just from the mess!
I also went to the gym today ( which was so hard to do, considering how gorgeous it was outside!) to lift weights. That's two whole weeks of weights. Hopefully this week I will add in either spinning or yoga.
not too much else going on in my neck of the woods. Lots of cooking, so I realllllly need to update that other blog. Maybe the 2 blog idea wasn't the smartest. :) Really, it's just a place for me to file recipes!
I still haven't showered since going to the gym, so I think I'll do that and then cook some dinner.
Oh, and I wanted to give a quick CONGRATULATIONS to my friend Melissa who got married this past week. I saw some pics on Facebook and it looked absolutely beautiful!!!
I'm alive, just not feeling the posty love lately. I cooked a lot but haven't put any recipes up on the other blog. I need to do that. That took a lot of time. I feel like I'm always busy and doing stuff, but I don't really have anything exciting to report. :) I had a great run this morning, but that's boring. I've finally made it back into the weight room. Again, boring. I'm trying to lose a few pounds, which is actually going pretty well. I have two fabulous iPod Touch apps helping me out - Lose it! and iFitness. I track everything I eat on Lose It, which I think is super helpful.
I did do a super fun race this past weekend - a Dead Celebrity 3 Miler. My time sucked since we all just did it for fun (a few other girls from my running group did it with me) and I'd already run 12 miles that morning. I dressed up as Sahel Kazemi - the girlfriend of Steve McNair who killed him and then herself. (You were supposed to dress up as someone who died in the past 12 months.) It was at night so we wore glow necklaces and it was just pretty silly and fun.
Not much else going on right now. I think I'm going to try to get to bed now. I just thought I'd post a little update since I've been so neglectful lately. Happy November!
Oh, and Happy Birthday to Maria! I don't think she even knows about my blog, but that's ok. And Happy Birthday tomorrow (which it almost is) to Teah! I've known these ladies for years and years, and wish them a fabulously wonderful day. :)