Neat gifts

Here’s a picture of one of my Christmas gifts; paper white flower bulbs from my mom…. it’ll look better in a few weeks if I don’t manage to kill it!  🙂  Yancy usually takes over watering my plants to keep me from drowning them. He has the green thumb of the family.

Yancy did the honor of planting it for me.

I also got some really neat cook books. Can’t wait to try some more new recipes! This week I’ll be working on a new “menu” for our house to help with the weight loss plans. I’ll tell you more on that later.

And here’s one of my favorite gifts this year:

There's a bird and the saying "Seize the day, Carpe Diem"

Those who know me well will understand why I love this gift. It came with a pack of Reces peanut butter cups. You know someone was thinking of me when they found this in the store. You are awesome! 🙂 I’ve gotten compliments on the bag from my coworkers too.

Goodbye 2011

It’s been quite a year of ups and downs. I sent out a Christmas letter talking a little about my year. The biggest highlights are my athletic achievements: another half marathon, another half iron triathlon, a 204 mile bike ride (in 2 days), and my first full marathon! I gained a lot of confidence and self pride along the way. Even with the awesome accomplishments this year, I’ve really struggled with staying mentally positive. Especially when it comes to my physical body. I’ve gained a bit of weight this year. Some of that may be due to changes in medications, but mostly due to chronic stress and lifestyle (eating out too much and being really lazy when not training for an event). I’ve also done some soul searching and have decided that my current career isn’t where I want to stay. I think I could be more personally fulfilled by a job that helps others and brings them confidence and health. I think a good career path that would be both rewarding and bread-winning would be to become a physical therapist. But that means several years of school and lots of sacrifice. Our current financial state wouldn’t really allow for me to quit work and pursue school full time, so the current goal is to get out of debt, while getting healthier, and learning what I can about fitness and recovery.

I’ve been kind of skeptical about “new year’s resolutions” in the past. I mean, most people never really accomplish the high & mighty goals they set for themselves. I’ve personally been highly motivated to chase after lofty goals, only to fall short and feel bad about myself later. But I’ve also accomplished many goals I set for myself. I did a full marathon!!! I’ve done 6 triathlons and 4 half marathons! I’ve kept off most of the weight I lost a few years ago. I do have a great job, good friends, and a stable home life. I have enough money to pay the bills and still get to splurge often. But I think things could be even better. I could certainly be healthier. I could be financially more responsible. I could take more time for myself to do uplifting things. I could be more proactive about working towards a future career change.

So I do have 2 New Year Resolutions: Loose enough weight to fit into my red dress by my 30th birthday, and Work on paying off more debts. I’ll keep it simple, but in order to accomplish these 2 big ones, there will have to be a lot of discipline and hard work.

Tomorrow morning Yancy and I are heading to NE Washington to help my mom celebrate New Year’s and her 50th birthday. Should be lots of fun. Except the part where I have to give my grandma $25 for loosing the weight loss competition. 😛  But I’ll try to use the humiliation to fuel my hard work in the next few months.  🙂

Hi ho Hi ho

It’s off to work I go. But first, breakfast with my amiga Paula. 🙂 Moroccan stew is already in the crock pot. And I’m already looking forward to getting off from work!  :O)

Good times!

I just had a wonderful day! Yancy and I got up and did a little housework this morning and I started the Italian Meatball stew in the crock pot. Then we had an intense workout at circuit training class. Then my best friend, from way back in the day, came to visit. I love hanging out with Paula. We get along so well and it feels like we never missed a beat even though we hardly see each other any more. Then my other best bud Stephanie came over and we all really enjoyed the Italian Meatball stew, with salad and bread. YUM! And good company always makes good food taste even better. 🙂 We went to Bellevue Square for drinks and to enjoy the “Snowflake Lane” festivities, live music, people in Christmas costumes, and great people watching. It was just nice to be with two of my best friends, then meet up with Yancy.

I’m a lucky girl to have such wonderful people in my life. Times are good! 🙂  Tomorrow morning Paula and I will be loading the crock pot up with Moroccan Lentil Stew before going our separate ways. Wish her luck in her interview!

Good morning

Oops, another week has gone by. It flew by! This always seems to happen to me in the last few weeks before Christmas. Last weekend was very busy with my mom over. We did lots of shopping & eating, watched the Muppets movie, and made Christmas gifts. I still need to finish a few last details on them. Today’s goal is to get my Christmas letter all done and mail everything out. Also, I’m very excited at a chance to see one of my best friends tomorrow. She’s coming over for an interview on Monday and will visit me for a little bit. We’re planning to go see “Snowflake Lane” in downtown Bellevue. I’m also looking forward to getting a good work out in tomorrow morning at circuit training class. I am pretty much completely over my cold, it was a nasty one, but I only have a little coughing left now.

Other than money being a little tight this month, life is really good. Things are looking hopeful with Yancy’s job. Can’t really give details yet, but hopefully we’ll have some good new in a few weeks. I found some interesting crock pot recipes to try. First one will be Italian Meatball Soup and the next is Moroccan Lentil Stew. Will tell you all about it.   :O)

Oh, and weight-wise. I’ve totally lost the game. There’s only a few weeks until the final weigh in. I’ve gained weight. Grandma has lost weight. Not sure about Mom, but I can pretty much guarantee that I’ll be handing over $$. Next year will be better. I still have that red dress hanging on my wall to remind me of my goals every day. I can still do it!

Still alive

I’m still kicking, just haven’t had much time on the computer. This weekend was a blast. Tell you more about it later. For now, I have to get back to the grindstone…….

YAY!

My mom and I went shopping last night for Christmas gifts. We had a good time and came home around 9:30pm. Only in the city can you do all your shopping at night. 🙂  We had cheese, crackers, and a glass of wine while watching a movie before bed. Now we’re heading to the salon for a little mother/daughter pampering. Merry Christmas to us!  :O)

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