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Well, I didn’t make it to the gym today. Blah. My alarm went off at 5:30AM, I felt like crap and I hit the snooze button over and over until 6:30. Funny thing is, I got up at 6:30. Not to go to the gym, just to get up. I took a shower, I got ready for work, I probably would have had time to make breakfast! Argh- I think I got up because I felt guilty about missing the gym. To make up for it, I took my running gear; pants, shirt, under armor, watch, heart rate monitor, new sneakers… the whole shabang to work with me. My thought? I can squeeze in a work out in the afternoon- I mean, I’m going to have to stay late anyway!

Here I sit 13.5 hours later, at my desk at home. Dinner is cooking, I left work at 7:15PM, I didn’t make it to the gym. My knees and ankles are sore, my brain is tired, and my throat is full of glass. I’m spent. I feel like I don’t have time for anything these days— and what’s worse, it’s already 8:45PM! By the time I eat dinner, it will be past my bedtime! I didn’t even get a chance to eat lunch today. oh whoa is me! haha.

As a result of not going to the gym this morning, I have decided to give something up for Lent even though I don’t celebrate it.. sort of as punishment. Drum roll please…. I am giving up Chinese Food. That’s right, for 40 days I will refrain from ordering Chinese food. I don’t know how I’m going to be able to do it, but I must. Something needs to change and I need to get my butt to the gym.

Dinner tonight- Burgers and roasted brussel sprouts. Delicious.

Gym: 1 Meghan: 0

Round II. ding ding ding

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Well, after the last post, I made it through a week of healthy eating and I even made it to the gym a few times. I went early in the morning, I got in about an hour each time and then I even had time to shower, make breakfast, sit and eat it… and make it to work on time. I wish I could do that everyday. I mean, I can, I just need to stop making excuses for hitting the snooze button over and over. After a few days of healthy eating and working out, I lost two pounds, it felt great. Then, as usual, two steps forward, one step back. We went away for the weekend and I slowly lost it. We were at the beach with my family and we ate out twice and then Andrew and I actually cooked one meal which wouldn’t have been so bad if I hadn’t have gone back for seconds… and also had a piece of cheesecake. Oh well, not the end of the world, right? I did walk about two miles both mornings that we were there (Saturday and Sunday)… so not a complete loss.

I also, finally bought some new running shoes!!! I went to Pacers on Friday afternoon and talked with the woman there for about 30minutes. I explained the ankle surgery and stability issues, the cramping feeling I’ve been feeling lately in my shoes and my goals for the upcoming year and what not. She fitted me with all sorts of shoes- men’s, women’s, Mizunos, Brooks, Aisics, etc… and she watched my jog around the store so she could see how my gate. Turns out, I’ve been running in shoes that are a WHOLE SIZE SMALLER than I should be running in… I’m not sure if my feet have flattened out, the shoe styles have changed that much or my feet are growing larger by the second, but when I put on those size 11 (I know, HUGE, right?) women’s shoes, I felt like I was putting my feet in clouds. It was glorious. So, I walked out of the store about 30mins later with $105 less and 1 pair of awesome Brooks shoes more!

I started to think about the last few times that I’ve purchased new shoes and the wonderful feeling of “I can do anything in these shoes” that I get each and every time I lace up recently purchased shoes… in fact, I started to think of the miles and all of the activities those shoes would take part in, where they would travel to, which stores they would enter… and so, I started a blog all about the adventures of my shoes… seriously. I think it will be fun to track the life of my shoes! You can visit this blog at: anewpairofshoes.wordpress.com. I hope you enjoy my travels as much I as I do!

Now that we’ve covered that, here I sit, Monday evening… I have binged again and let myself down. I guess that’s why this blog is called the “trials and tribulations of eating and running”… it’s not easy, that’s for sure. I made my lunch for tomorrow and I am planning on waking up early to either 1) go to the gym or 2) go for a run outside. I’m actually supposed to take part in an 8K this weekend in DC for St. Patty’s Day, through one of my bestfriend’s bars (Fado for you DC-ers). They always have a team of people in this 8K and I’ve done it in years past— I’ll probably still do it this weekend… in a run-walk manner, but at least I’ll have done it, right? It’s a fun time to dress in all green and have a good time with great people.

Last bit of news: this is my final week in my current office. I like to say, “it’s my last week of protecting America’s drinking water.” haha- starting next Monday, I’ll be sitting back where I belong; the Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds!!! I’ll be working on 319 Grants and 604b Grants.. basically nonpoint source pollution. If you don’t know what this all means, look it up, it’s pretty interesting. I’m hoping I can work with my boss and get them to pay for a grad school class or two for me this year! I need to start studying for the GREs, otherwise I’m afraid I’ll get to a point where I just don’t have the base knowledge anymore.

Ok, that’s all for tonight, hopefully I’ll have some good news to post this week… involving me going to workout :0)

2011… a new outlook

Posted: February 27, 2011 in Uncategorized

Well, it has a been a while since I’ve last blogged. Guilty as charged- I have excuses but they don’t let me off. Plain and simple, 2011 has been rough so far– I lost the rock in my life- a true role model and my biggest fan in January; my Grandfather. He and my grandmother would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this year.  I’m continuing my life and trying hard to live my life by the lessons that he taught me over the past 26 years… but it’s still hard at times. There are still days when I’ll think, “I can’t wait to tell Grandy that- he’s going to be so proud” or “haha- Grandy would have a few choice comments for that” and then I remember that I can’t just pick up the phone and give him a call to tell him. It’s hard. My grandmother is has been an absolute rock during this time- she is so strong and continues to tell me that she is blessed to have had so many years together with such a phenomenal man and that’s what keeps her going. I try to call her on Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays. Just to check in- just to see how things are going. It’s different, not being able to hear both of their voices, but I’m still happy that I get to hear my Grandmothers and she is always in an upbeat mood. I will continue to live my life by my Grandfathers lessons, reminding myself that just because I can’t see him or hear him, doesn’t mean he isn’t there. And just because the funeral was so wonderful and everyone has been supportive and the outpouring of people attending was more than I ever could have hoped for, that doesn’t make it any easier. And that’s ok.

This year so far has had its up and downs. We were able to make it out to Colorado for Austin’s 30th birthday exravaganza, which was so much fun and it was so great to meet everyone that is in the wedding this May and what not. I also got to see Colleen, my friend from college, whom I haven’t seen in 5 years. It was a fantastic weekend- complete with brewery tasting and snowmobiling… not to mention games and hangouts galore. I’m really excited for the wedding in May.

My job has had it’s rough parts and I have been finding myself frustrated by the way things are run and how things are managed… but that’s part of life I guess. On the upside of this, I was offered a job in my old office and I accepted. I start my new job on March 14th and couldn’t be happier.

Franklin is getting a lot better with being left at home which will be a great way to save money– but he also ate daffodils… and not just any daffodils, but daffodils from my Grandfather’s funeral that we had brought home with us. They can be toxic to dogs. He was in the ER overnight and put on an IV and a bunch of medications. Thankfully for Andrew’s parents, they helped us out with the bill- otherwise, I don’t know what we would have done.

Having to ask for help was really hard– because we want to be responsible adults. That night, it dawned on us how maybe we’re not quite as responsible as we thought we were… so, we sat down over the next two days and created a budget, which includes an emergency fund- just in case. We will pay Andrews parents back for the ER visit- and owe them a heap more for all of the kind things they have done for us over the past year or so.. I am blessed to be dating someone with such nice, kind, and generous parents who are extremely supportive of their sons.

So, we created a budget and thought things were looking up and then I got a letter about one of my loans that is part loan, part scholarship. I’ve paid off quite a bit of it (over $7K) but it’s been hard because it has to be paid back in $1000 increments. The letter I received indicated that the last $3500 is due by June or it will be reported to credit bureaus. Sooo that makes things a little bit tighter and more stressful, especially in the wake of the federal government possibly being furloughed.

Because of the loan and the wedding coming up and a few other factors, we had to cease looking for a house to rent for the upcoming year. It’s just too much money due upfront… we figured we’d need about $5000 upfront to rent a house and it’s just not realistic. That is disappointing and frustrating because we really want a house with a little yard for Franklin… and the space would be nice, but maybe next year. Our goal is to save money by living in a one bedroom apartment again for the year.

Upside- the apartment we found is through the same management as our current building so we don’t owe any money for security or amenities. Also, parking is included in rent. It’s a one bedroom apartment, a little smaller than the one we’re in now (10 sq feet smaller), but it’s about $350 less a month for rent than our current place. The savings will be nice. It’s on the 5th floor and comes with a storage unit on the floor for free (that was the incentive). Also, because we signed within 24 hours of viewing, we get $500 off our first month’s rent.

Downside of budget/loan/etc- The only other downside of all these bills is that I won’t be able to fly to CA for Mariah’s wedding shower. To be honest, I didn’t even know that I was going to be invited and getting the envelope and reading it made me feel.. well, really special. I’m so glad that I am in the situation that I am in- Andrew’s family (including Mariah) is so wonderful. Everyday I feel like I have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming- this is truly the happiest I have been in a while, even considering the gloom of 2011. Everyone is so sweet and Austin and Mariah’s friends and family are fantastic. Anyway, I made a decision and I believe it’s the responsible one- we’re sending Andrew to CA for Austin’s bachelor party, but I will miss the wedding shower. Paying of my loan is a necessity and I did get to see Mariah for Austin’s bday weekend, so I am happy.

Let’s see… is there anything else? Probably, who knows, but I’ll stop rambling. 2011 has had it’s ups and downs, but I think I’m going to start regaining control now. Even this morning, I made it to the gym for an hour! I burned 570 calories and ran/jogged/walked 4.6 miles. We went for a short jog/walk yesterday and this past week I made it to the gym one morning. Getting in shape and healthier is not only a priority for me, but it’s something I can control… considering life is the hardest thing to manage sometimes and things don’t always (sometimes seem to never) go your way, exercising and eating healthy is something that can be controlled.

So here’s hoping that the remainder of 2011 is much better than past 2 months! Happy Sunday :0)

My phone is gone, so until I get a new one (this weekend) no pictures, sorry!

Ingredients:
1 Head of Broccoli (about 2 cups), cut into bite-size pieces
1 Can of Artichokes in Water, drained
2C of Cherry Tomatoes, rinsed
2t Olive Oil
2 Cloves Garlic
Salt, Pepper, Italian Seasoning

Steps
1. Dice the garlic cloves us and add to a medium-sized frying pan with the olive oil. Put the pan over medium heat.
2. When the garlic becomes very fragrant and just begins to brown, add the broccoli
3. Allow the broccoli to cook until soft, about 10 minutes. If the pan dries out, add about 1/4C of water and cover to promote cooking without additional olive oil.
4. Once broccoli has softened, add the cherry tomatoes and cook until soft and breaking down (about 10 minutes). Stir every so often to help fuel the breakdown.
5. While tomatoes are cooking, dice up the artichoke hearts. When tomatoes are done, add the artichokes in along with the salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and any other desired spices.
6. Cook until warmed all the way through. Spread on top of pasta.

Enjoy!

PP: 1     Serving Size: 1/2 the recipe

So, on December 29, Andrew and I headed to the Dominican Republic for 10 days of pure awesomeness. One of my best friends was getting married. The trip was absolutely phenomenal and in fact, we created a separate blog for the trip! I need to finish that blog though, but unfortunately my phone is gone thus why I’m behind on those entries (I was hoping to blog as we traveled). So now I have written blog entries which need to be digitzed. Hopefully soon! If you want to find me on facebook I posted a TON of pictures there- the beaches were awesome, the wedding extravagantly beautiful, and the whole trip just so much fun!! We spent 4 days with the wedding party and then headed out on our own for 6 days. We were to see most of the island which was really cool! I can’t wait to go back :0)

On the right you will see one of the highlights (for me) of the trip; rhinocerous iguanas!!! They were bigger than house cats. I’m not exaggerating at all! They were so big and they were abundant especially in one area of the country. We pulled into a parking lot with maybe 20-25 of these guys just hanging out! So cute!!!

Anyway, a Dominican trip later, here we are again trying to get back to eating healthy and exercising more! It’s good to be back and sad at the same time! Next stop, Andrew’s brother’s wedding in May!

Well, here we are, 18 days until Christmas. How did that happen? There’s so much going on right now and it seems like time is just flying by too quickly.  Of course, we’re doing the Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk for Arthritis on Sunday, December 13, 2010- oh wait, that’s THIS SUNDAY!

Hehe, nah we’re ready to go! We did our long run, so we know that it is possible at least! We started working on the costumes last night. We’re trying to go as Christmas Trees. Don’t worry, I’ll post some pictures when they’re done. I’m hoping to get our whole group- nine of us, together before and after the race. We’ll see how that goes!

Mariah and Austin will also be participating “with” us in the Denver Jingle Bell Run/Walk. They’ve raised over $3,000 and Mariah is truly an inspiration.  She has Rheumatoid Arthritis and deals with it day in and day out… and now she’s turning something negative into a HUGE positive; she’s raising money and walking to beat it. Go Mariah!

In other news, my alma mater, Dickinson College, received a $500,000 grant through the Fulbright-Hays Act. They are running a program called “Across Borders.” The program sounds amazing and is a four-week, all expenses paid immersion into Egypt, Israel and Jordan to study the Jordan River Basin. How cool is that? Anyway, Andrew and I are applying for it- and crossing our fingers that we get in! I had a few people ask, well what happens if one of you gets in and the other doesn’t? I am happy to respond with “we are grown ups and we love and support each other. Therefore, if one gets in and the other doesn’t, we’ll simply be happy for whoever got in and help whoever didn’t find another program to apply for!!”

I’ve been going through a lot of red tape with my work to make sure that I can travel ethically and I am in fact, still waiting for my management and upper management to sign off on my written request which states that I am allowed to go, should I be accepted into the program. Basically, if accepted, I would be participating in my own capacity and accepting travel payment personally. This is clearly the way it would be, but we need to file the necessary paperwork to assure that everything is covered and we don’t get sued/and I don’t get fired!

Anyway, cross your fingers that we are accepted. We won’t find out until February, so quite a long wait! Well, it’s off to running and writing a letter of interest. Cheers!

Oh, PS- I lost 1.8lbs this week!

 

Today was a great day! We ran 3.1 miles! The longest distance I’ve gone since post-surgery and the longest distance Andrew’s gone in his life (or so he says). It felt pretty good. We got up around 7:15AM or so and planned out a 3.1 mile path to the Old Town Farmer’s Market. My joints are hurting a little but other than that, I feel pretty good. We are ready for the Jingle Bell 5K for Arthritis next weekend! We’ll be staying in Baltimore, MD (where the race is) on Saturday because 1) we have to pick up our race packets on Saturday and 2) we won’t have to get up SUPER early on Sunday morning for the race. We ended up going through Hotwire so we found a little bit cheaper hotel on the Inner Harbor, so it should be nice.

We have some supplies for our costumes, but we still need to pull them together and of course, make sure we can run. I’ll give you some hints: we bought battery-operated twinkling multi-color strings of lights, some garland, some snowflakes and some green tablecloths. :0) We’ll have to see how they turn out! Pictures to follow, of course.

Tonight is taco night and I couldn’t be more excited! Andrew’s dad is also flying in so he’ll be over tomorrow morning for breakfast.

Short entry for today, I want to get in some relaxing times!