Monday, March 10, 2014

Going to the Chapel

Yup, I'm getting married.....  Again.

I never realized before I met my fiance that love is really not supposed to be so difficult.  So, when he asked, I couldn't wait to say YES.  We aren't wasting any time, either.  The wedding will be March 29.

Now, because we all know that I have to put all kinds of undue pressure on myself, this falls right in line with the rest of my calendar.

March 29:  Wedding
March 31-April 7:  Honeymoon (Maui!!!)
April 19:  Kentucky Derby Marathon
May 3:  OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon (Indianapolis)

The fiance is pretty stoked about these races, too.  He's even been running with me even though he's never really been a runner before (with the exception of the last month or so, I'll tell you about that in a minute).  So, no matter how hard I try to convince myself that I should just skip the marathon on April 19, he's not going to let me.  Urg.
Dam him for being so dang supportive.

Anyhow, we had been doing really well earlier this year.  Going to the gym and running on alternate days, worked up to a 12 mile long run, getting stronger and faster.  Well, and then this winter happened.  There came a point in time where I just couldn't take the cold and the snow and the cold cold cold.  All I wanted to do was stay in bed until the last possible moment when I had to get to work, then come home and put on something warm and fluffy and go to bed and hibernate.  The cold got me down, too.  I just can't stay happy when I can't stand to step outside.  So, I've been a bit of a slug for the past 4-6 weeks.

Now, I only have a few more weeks until it's marathon time, with a wedding and a vacation stuck in there.  Everything may not be perfect, but it's going to happen, and I'll be happy no matter what.  Ha!

I've been an engineer for 17 years and never had an interest in dating an engineer.  Ever.
I'm marrying........     an engineer.  

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

I'm Back to the World of Blogging

So, it may seem like I've dropped off the face of the planet, but I'm still here.

Maybe nobody will read this, but I miss writing and will keep doing it just for me.

So, what has happened since I last posted here?  Well, that's too much.  I'll hit the highlights of the past few months.

- I accepted a position with a new company and moved to a tiny town in the middle of nowhere.  Great pay, boring job, horrible location, good boss.  Meh, it could be worse.

- I'm RUNNING again.  I ran the Monumental Marathon on November 2, and I was running again the following week.  I didn't train for the marathon, but I had a 16 mile long run in the tank, so I decided to go for it. Running is going well, I'm feeling great, and I'm finally dropping the weight that I gained by eating my feelings the past couple of years.
I swear, they use a special camera at races that adds 20-30 lbs.  I really am losing weight, even though my race pictures don't show it...

- My daughter is considering moving back in with me, she doesn't love it where she is now and needs to switch schools anyway (she started at a community college Fall 2012 and is staying with my parents in Southern IL right now).

- I started dating again.  Yes, after taking a few years off from dating and being a hermit, I finally decided to get back out there in the world again.  Of course, the first guy I started to get serious about turned out to be a serial cheater.  Yeah, found that out a couple of weeks ago, and it still burns.

- My 40th birthday is on Black Friday (yes, this Friday).  My best friends in my hometown (where I will be for the holiday) have out of town company/family obligations, and so I have NO plans for my 40th birthday.  Yeah, just got out of a bad relationship, and I get to spend my 40th alone.  Fun times.  The good news, my daughter doesn't have to work that evening, so I'll probably go shopping/take her out to dinner.

- I did have Friendsgiving (friend thanksgiving) with my friends in Chicago a couple of weekends ago, so it's not as if I haven't had any fun stuff going on the past couple of weeks.  Haha!  I needed to get away the weekend that I found out about the ex, so I went there.  We had a blast, and much champagne was consumed.

- I've put up 2 Christmas trees already.  I helped with my friends' tree in Chicago, and I put mine up over the weekend.  I'm going to have a good holiday season this year, darn it!!  I don't care how much garbage is going on in my life!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Jumping in with both feet, that's my problem. 

Moderation does not come easily for me.

So, I mentioned that I was starting the TapouT XT workouts.  I love the workouts, they are tough but oh so good.  That said, I'm registered for 2 marathons this fall (Chicago and Marine Corps Marathon).  I haven't been doing much of any running lately, and I'm now ~16 weeks out from Chicago.  Probably not very realistic to assume that I can do a tough daily workout 6 days a week plus marathon training. 

So, I'm regrouping.  And traveling down to St Louis for the weekend to run the Pride 5K with my friends.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

To Quit Does Not Exist - TapouT XT

For the past several months (OK, probably more like a year), I've been going to see a personal trainer twice a week, eating junk, and not really doing any other exercise.  This has not been working for me.
Plus, lately I've been getting burned out on the trainer sessions and skipping on a fairly regular basis.  This has not been helping the way my clothes fit at all.

I have a couple of friends on Facebook who have been posting about a workout called TapouT XT, so I got curious and visited their website.  I watched the infomercial and decided to give it a go.  I ordered it late one Sunday night and waited patiently for the workouts to arrive.  Next, I started the procrastination.  Of course, this is me we are talking about.  I got the DVDs a couple of weeks ago and just started the workouts on Monday.  Since this is me we're talking about, I also had this brilliant idea that I would be running 4-5 days a week AND doing these workouts 6 days a week.  Um, yeah, maybe eventually but not so much from couch to twice a day workouts right off the bat. 

Sunday night I took before pictures in my bikini (which I haven't worn in public in about 4 years).  It is not pretty.  I couldn't bring myself to measure or weigh.  I know, I know.  I have an idea of what my weight is, so I'll know how much weight I've lost at the end within a pound or two.  See that, I'm thinking positively about this thing already. 

So far, I've completed 2 of the workouts. 
Day 1 was "Cross Core Combat".  This workout is no joke.  There were a lot of pushups, which are my kryptonite.  I had to come up with my own modifications for a lot of the moves, but I got through the workout and still managed to burn just over 500 calories.  Not too shabby for a 45 minute workout.  This workout took a lot more space than I expected, so I was rolling into furniture at first. I'll get that figured out before the next time (I've been doing these in my bedroom).

Day 2 was "Strength & Force Upper" along with "Ultimate Abs XT".  I liked this workout a lot better than the first one.  There was some floor work (which I did on my knees again), but there was also a lot of resistance band work which I liked.  My upper body was burning by the end, more than it ever has after any weight training workout.  The Ultimate Abs workout is ~15 minutes of ab hell.  That's all I can really say about it.  My goal is to get to a point where I don't have to take any rest breaks during the moves for the 15 minutes.  Day 2 was a little over an hour of workouts, and I managed to burn 674 calories.  Not bad.

Today is Day 3, and I'm looking forward to Plyo XT after work.  I know it's going to be tough, but I still can't wait.

My next progress photo will be after 10 days.  My plan is to post the progress photos as I go, I'm hoping for a noticeable difference after 10 days... 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Is There Anybody Out There?


I can't believe it's been over a year since I've posted here. 

I'm not going to try and summarize what's been happening around here, I'll just jump right in like I've been here all along.  That makes perfect sense, right?

Last weekend was a big weekend.  My daughter had her senior prom,

and she graduated from high school.

Since I live alone with 2 kids that are basically adults (the boy will turn 18 in October), you would think I would have all kinds of time to do whatever I want, right? 
Well, that's true.  I do have a lot more free time on my hands these days, but I'm not taking advantage of it.  I'm spending a lot of time lounging around the house and reading on the back deck instead.

I'm not going to whine and complain here about how out of shape I am.  I have the tools to change it. 

The plan is that over the next few months, I'll be posting my progress here.  So far, not so great.  This week is Week 1 of Marathon Training for Chicago.  Guess how many of my 3 scheduled training runs I've done so far?  Oye.

I'm signed up for CARA Training, so I have no excuse (short of laziness) to miss the 6 mile run on Saturday...  Hopefully I'll meet somebody who lives in my  neighborhood who can be my conscience for the weekday runs as well.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a local running partner.

Saturday, April 2, 2011


1: a promise to do or give something 2: a promise to be loyal to someone or something 3: the attitude of someone who works very hard to do or support something

Despite the fact that every man I date wants to make a big commitment to me for some strange reason (perhaps because they need me to support them but that's a different story for another day), I have a big problem with it.



Take, for instance, the fact that I signed up for 2 marathons this Spring (one which takes place next weekend). Big commitment, right?

It should have been, yes.

The problem: I didn't do the training. Same as when I signed up for Chicago last October, no training. (The difference is that I will NOT be running a marathon next weekend with no training.)

So, even though I paid the money and signed up (commitment), I refused to do what was needed to keep up my side of the bargain. I made no commitment to my goal. In fact, I probably did LESS running than I would have done if I hadn't imposed a big deadline on myself. It was like I had a monkey on my back, but I couldn't force myself to do something about it.

The weekend following Marathon #1, I have committed to run a relay. Ugh. (I will be running the relay, I can't let my team down)

So, here's my plan for the next month or so:

  1. 1- I will go to Marathon #1, I will support my friends and cheer for them (and possibly switch to the Half Marathon, if that is allowed).
  2. I will run the relay, it's only ~10 miles per person, broken up into 3 sections, I can do that. I will enjoy the day with 7 of my friends.
  3. I will play Marathon #2 by ear...

Beyond that, I plan to stop making these commitments until I can get a handle on my schedule and start running for myself without a looming deadline.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Getting the Hang

Yeesh! What kind of blogger am I? An absent one, I suppose...

As usual, I'm on the road this week. Unless something comes up at the last minute, I'll be home all week next week. I'm actually starting to get the hang of this. I honestly don't mind traveling a couple of days every week. I don't have to go to the same office every day and meet with the same people week after week.

This week, I'm south. I know it's warmer everywhere, but I didn't even need a jacket today, for crying out loud! I'm planning a run tomorrow morning in shorts and short sleeves, my Garmin is charging away as I type.

The bad, terrible, horrible news that I'm trying not to focus on until I get home... my dog is missing.

Yes, this guy. Long story short, he got away from my daughter on Monday night. I've got pictures hanging up all over town, contacted all the local vets and groomers, and nobody has seen him. This is a 14 year old dog, hard of hearing, poor vision, but as energetic as a puppy. I just can't imagine somebody would pick him up and not turn him in. I can't believe he's gone. I don't know what else to say about it. I feel like I'm missing a member of my family right now, a runaway. I'm hopeful that he'll come home, but realistically I know that's probably not gonna happen.