Brief update on life

I have been back from the trip I’ve yet to write about for almost a week and a half. I have a saved draft detailing it all, but I can’t finish it yet. So instead I’ll write a little about everything else.

I live with my brother and sister-in-law now outside the city. Owen and I plan to start carpooling to work soon and I’ve been trying to help out around the house. I’ve been able to entertain my niece a lot which is pretty much the best thing ever.

I have been out of the apartment for a week now. It’s odd not living there anymore but I am also glad to see my family so much. I have been getting up earlier around here too, and actually getting some things done in the morning. I even did my Jillian Michaels DVD for the first time since my trip. The time lapse was evident; that workout was brutal.

I did the 30 Day Shred for three weeks in June. I can’t brag about losing a whole lot of weight with it, but I did notice some nice toning with my arms. That is a big deal to me, believe me.

I went to my home town for the Fourth of July and it looks like I’ll be going home this weekend, too. My friend in Alaska is visiting.

You guys are awesome

I thought I might regret that last post, but my friends’ comments totally took me out of that crappy mood. Also, my dad made me feel a lot better after he read it Saturday morning and talked to me when I got to his house. And here I thought no one read blogs on the weekend!

I had a great time in Caldwell and despite getting a LATE start back to Columbus, I managed to clean my entire apartment in time for a showing by my landlord tomorrow morning. AND I still did my Jillian Michaels DVD on top of that all-day work out.

More on the weekend’s events and conversations soon. I gotta get to bed before I pass out on my laptop.

2010: The year I lived with every family member possible

In the middle of my freak out last week over where the heck I’m going to live after July 1, my dad called with an idea. He suggested I ask my brother and sister-in-law if I could live with them for the summer.

It was a simple solution had been there the whole time, or at the very least, an option I’d never considered. I was really skeptical that they’d go for it; they were probably pretty used to having their house to themselves and, oh yeah, their infant. Just the same, I e-mailed Owen later that day and tried to sell the idea as best I could. I said I could pay rent and help out with the mortgage and watch Hannah if they wanted to go on a date night or go to the store. On Monday morning, he e-mailed back and said they were open to the idea, and added he and I could carpool! (We work within a mile of each other).

The idea of my rent, water, gas, internet and electric bills being rolled into one check is very appealing. Sharing the apartment and its costs with Brandon was just right for my budget; we split rent/water down the middle, I paid gas, he paid electric and internet. We used to alternate who paid for groceries, even. I’ve been able to pay all these utilities on my own, but it’s made saving difficult. Not to mention some car repairs and a plane ticket from California I dropped cash on recently. So, that’s what this summer will be about: saving, as well as making plans for the future.

Come the fall, I’ll need to either be ready to make some big changes or be willing to commit to signing another lease in the Short North somewhere with a roommate.

In other news, I’ve been doing the “30 Day Shred” DVD every day, except for Friday and Saturday. I should have done it Saturday, but I was lazy. However, maybe a second rest day the first week wasn’t such a bad idea. I’ve done it every day since then, so that’s 7 work outs in 9 days.

I contributed to a brainstorming session tonight for Shadowbox; they’re trying to come up with common Halloween candy and costumes that their evangelist character could deem evil and unholy. That was fun to play around with.

Michael Tolcher, “Sooner or Later”

My friend Christine (who lent me that first Jillian Michaels DVD) came over to visit for a while Saturday and we had one of those really great conversations where you’re a little more honest and open than a normal day usually dictates. Those are the conversations I live for, which is weird because I am too guarded for my own liking. Part of our conversation included her telling me about this song. We pulled it up on YouTube and I fell absolutely in love with it. I just bought it on iTunes.

“Sooner or Later”

Pull the hair back from your eyes
Let the people see your pretty face
Try not to say anything weird

Save your questions without answers
‘Til your old enough to know that things ain’t as they appeared

Before you go out in the sun
Cover your skin and don’t get burned
Beware the cancer, it might kill you when you’re old

Be first in line, raise your hand
Remember everything you hear
And playing in the rain is worth catching cold

Sooner or later
We’ll be lookin’ back on everything
And we’ll laugh about it like we knew what all was happening
And someday you might listen to what people have to say
Now you learn the hard way

We only want what’s best for you
That’s why we tell you what to do
And never mind if nothing makes sense

‘Cause it all works out in the end
You’re just like us without a friend
But you can build a privacy fence

[Repeat Chorus]

Some things you have to learn them all on your own
You can’t rely on anybody else
Or the point of view of a source unknown
If it feels good and sounds nice
Then it’s your choice don’t doubt yourself
Don’t even think twice

Pull the hair back from your eyes
Let the people see your pretty face
You know they like it when you smile (Find a reason to smile)

Try not to focus on yourself
Share that love with someone else
Don’t let the bitters bring you down
Don’t let anything bring you down

30 Day Shred, Day 2

Day 2 is complete. My legs are now jello.

I was reminded this afternoon that you aren’t really supposed to work out seven days a week, and that I need to take a rest day. I’ve picked Friday. So, I guess I’ll do this six days a week this month and see what happens. I’ll be amazed if I can make it all the way through tomorrow’s work out on top of my aerobics class at work.

Also at work, we started our annual walking program. We are encouraged to walk for 15 minutes on our breaks and/or at lunch. I went today, despite leaving my walking shoes at home. I’m ready for tomorrow, though. Bring it on.

I say that now. We’ll see how much more gelatinous my legs are by then.

Goals for the month of June

About a week ago I decided to start anew with my diet and workout. I’ve been doing pretty well about eating decently and doing aerobics at work and cardio on my own, but I didn’t have a lot of structure. And I wasn’t really paying attention to results, either. So, since today’s June 1 I decided to start Jillian Michael’s “30 Day Shred” DVD. For the past two weeks I’ve been doing her “Trouble Zones” workout, a grueling 40 minute (plus 10 minute warm up/cool down) torture instrument. I did it four times in one week and stayed within my calorie range and lost four pounds (technically five, but gained one back) in that time. Unfortunately, it didn’t stay away, and for all I know it may have been a fluke, but I think if I maintain that kind of dedication for a whole month I can do some real work here.

Also, I bought this dress in Chicago for Christina’s bridal shower and I want my arms to look nice in it:

That is one yellow dress

So, 30 days in June and 30 days to be shredded by Jillian. The DVD advertises losing up to 20 pounds in 30 days, but I am extremely skeptical. Also, I realize I’ll be on vacation the fourth week of June, but I figure if I manage to stick with this up until June 21, I’ll find a way to make it work. I know Eileen will want to find any way to exercise on our trip even if it means doing sprints in a rest stop parking lot.

Also, I made some more Green Monster with frozen berries instead of fresh. I actually preferred it, it was sweeter this time.

Unfortunately it still looks repulsive

My goals this month are to:

  • Do a Jillian Michaels work out each day in June
  • Drink iced coffee with sugar free caramel syrup INSTEAD of iced mochas or lattes
  • Stay below my Lose It! calorie limit
  • Eat more fruits and veggies ala Green Monster smoothies
  • Tone my stupid arms if it kills me

Away we go! Tonight’s work out was a relief compared to her “Trouble Zones.” It was only a half hour. Still extremely difficult, though.