Tuesday, December 30, 2014


Less than two days to make goals AND accomplish them!

Yep, not gonna happen.

Tomorrow I will toast to better laid (and completed) plans for 2015.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Oh hai...about that gym thing...

I was actually making it there three times per week for a couple of months before our Italy trip (pics of that here).I've been lifting mostly and working on mobility.

We left for Italy on 11/5 and got back 11/12, upon which I found myself incredibly busy, but I'm heading to the gym in a few minutes. Woo. With all the walking we did in Italy I don't feel guilty. (But I do feel a flare up of my plantar fasciitis, boo.)

One thing I want to share is that I got one of these, which I love. I love that I don't have to wear it on my wrist. I love how accurate it is. I love that it has a display that I can see in real time. I love how easy the app is to use (way, way better than WW). I love that it has blue tooth. I love how awesome the online experience is - you can even see macro-nutrient breakdowns. So, yeah, I love it. 

I'm down about seven pounds since I got it and not because I'm dieting or anything but mostly because it's super easy to be mindful of activity and such. 

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Zombieland Rule #1: Cardio

I made it to the gym 3 times last week. I mostly lift weights there and do a bit of MetCon.

That's all well and good but today, for the first time in ages I got to walk with Sarah.

And Sarah walks fast. Like, really fast.

I was sweaty and winded the whole time. We walked for an hour and I got almost 9000 steps in. That's a lot.

I'm really glad we're fighting Ebola and not zombies. Because I definitely need to do more cardio.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

About that gym thing...

I have been going, but only about twice a week. I suppose that's better than nothing. 

One of the reasons I don't like going to the gym is the gym itself. I call it Ghetto Gym. Honestly, it's not bad, it has pretty much everything I need. I guess I just got spoiled by the nice gym with all the amenities. (Which I paid, like a lot, for.) When we signed up for Ghetto Gym, I was really annoyed with all the people at Amenity Gym, so it seemed like a bargain. Now I'm locked in for four years. Boo. I got one year free doing this alas, you get what you pay for. 

An extra nice gym, with a real spa and everything, just opened up in the area. Many times I am tempted to just join it. But I won't, because I'm randomly cheap about some things. 

What I really need to do is just outfit a home gym. We don't have a ton of room in the house for it, but I'd love to put up a building on our basketball court and turn it into a gym. We'd only need to add a steam shower in our bathroom, and a hot tub on the deck and we'd be all set. Casey and I already talked about a name for our gym - Gym Of Thrones. Added bonus of working out at home, I could snuggle pets between sets.

But really, all of this is just an excuse so I can continue to be fat and lazy. 

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Back to the gym

Last week Casey and I agreed it was time for both of us to get back into the gym. I honestly can't remember the last time I went.

Before that; however, we thought we'd better ease into it with some easier activity. For the past week we've been walking the dogs more and doing current walking here. Basically, participants use the lazy river as a walking track. Going with the current is pretty easy, but still works legs and core. Going against the current is a challenge, but gives more of a strength workout. We did both during our sessions.

Today it's back to the gym. Casey already went - go him! ANNETTE SLEEPS IN ON SATURDAYS! Still, I wrote down my workout and am heading there right after this blog entry. I'm going to follow the workouts here - maybe adding in some cardio to round the workout up to an hour.

I broke down and bought some new workout clothes as my others a bit to sausage casing-like. I hope that will make going a little less dreadful.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Goals - part 1

I've sort of felt like I don't know whether I'm coming or going and it's been that way for quite some time. A couple of things yesterday really highlighted this for me. First, I forgot to brush my teeth in the morning. Second, I went to the bathroom, sat down, got up, and while washing my hands realized I still needed to pee. As in I sat there, got distracted about what I needed to do next, and forgot to pee.

It occurred to me that I've been letting the days get the better of me and somehow pushed planning way down my to do list. I'm taking the time today to pause and reflect. First up, let's look back at how I did with 2013's goals. Scroll to the bottom for a summary.

Goals: 2013 edition in review

My goals for the year were:

As a physically healthy person (this role used to be called "athlete" but c'mon who am I kidding?) I will:
  • do EP Lifefit workouts 3X/week - NOT EVEN CLOSE
  • do some other workout (golf/yoga/swim) 2X/week - NOT EVEN CLOSE
  • get all of my big lifts over 100#s (the only one outstanding is shoulder press) - NOPE
  • walk dogs 30 min/day - MOST DAYS YES
  • drop some pounds on Weight Watchers (15 would be fine, 35 would be better) - NOPE
  • do 4 Whole 30 challenges - ONLY DID ONE
  • get massages twice a month - PRETTY MUCH
  • take up a martial art, maybe Hapkido - NOPE
  • and this last bullet is for my extra-super-stretch items: ripped by 40, prepped for a Tough Mudder, pull ups, general badassery. - HAHAHA NO
As a homeowner I (we - as most of these require Casey's blood, sweat and tears) will:
  • have a kickass garden - ONLY BECAUSE OF CASEY
  • refinance mortgage (done) - YAY
  • remodel the master bathroom - DON'T GET ME STARTED
  • refinish the hardwood floor on the main level - I BOUGHT ALL THE STUFF BUT THAT'S IT
As an explorer/learner I will:
  • knit and crochet more - NOPE
  • take more pictures - NOPE
  • finish a scrapbook - NOPE
  • buy a sewing machine and learn to use it - YES!!!
  • garden and can - NOPE
  • learn a martial art (as mentioned above) - NOPE
  • get my concealed carry permit - YES!
  • finish my current piano book - NOPE, BUT I DID MAKE SOME PROGRESS
  • travel to Reno, Texas, Virginia, Florida, and somewhere for Casey's 35th. - RENO YES, VIRGINIA YES AND NYC WITH THE GIRLS SO I GIVE MYSELF PARTIAL CREDIT
As I wife I will:
  • show affection every day - MAYBE? I TRIED
  • cook with Casey- A LITTLE BIT
  • go to the farmers market and other stuff we love to do together. - OK MOSTLY WE WATCHED SHOWS. 
As a stepmom I will:
  • teach Caelen how to do more things around the house and more things independently - THIS ONE IS KILLING ME. IF ANYONE HAS ANY IDEA HOW TO GET A CHILD TO ENJOY WORK OR AT LEAST THE RESULT OF WORK, LET ME KNOW.
  • host at least 1 sleepover - NO, BUT WE DID HAVE GAME TRUCK FOR HIS BIRTHDAY.
  • have a couple of dates just the two of us. - WE DID QUITE A FEW THINGS TOGETHER, ACTUALLY.
As a member of my family I will:
  • get together monthly with Karen and Dani (at least)  - I CAN'T REMEMBER FOR SURE BUT WE TRIED.
  • be on time with birthday cards - YES, I THINK.
  • visit my sister and grandma in Cedar Falls twice - NOT EVEN ONCE.
  • call my parents once in awhile (this sounds bad, but they don't call me either) - YEP, AS MUSH AS THEY CALLED ME ANYWAY.
  • the VA, NV, TX, FL visits are about family too. - SEE ABOVE.
As a professional I will:
  • attend an agile conference - TWO ACTUALLY
  • read the stack of business books on my desk - YES, BUT I ACQUIRED A NEW STACK
  • do a little programming, if only for fun - DOES SCRATCH COUNT?
  • kick some ass (accidentally typed "kiss" instead of "kick" on my first try, but that'll work too). - IN SPITE OF THAT PROJECT THAT SHALL NOT BE NAMED, YES.
As a patriot I will: 
  • blog about issues that matter to me (so my mom will know at least) - NOPE
  • attend an LPIA event, maybe even help out with it - ACTUALLY I DID ATTEND A WORKSHOP THAT LIBERTY ON THE ROCKS PUT ON.
  • be followed by Jonathan Hoenig from Cashin' In on Twitter (DONE!) - YAY!
  • try not to get so frustrated by the state of our world that I shoot myself in the face. - YAY!
So, 2013 basically sucked and I sucked in it. Work was crazy busy and I had one project that basically destroyed my will to live, but by the end of the year it was over. Actually, looking back on my work life last year, I managed to kick ass really. 

Out of nowhere, I went from having seasonal allergies to ALL THE ALLERGIES and severe asthma. It took most of the year to get my meds right. I missed so much sleep from having attacks every night and feeling like crap all day. I'm still not 100%, but am much improved compared to this time last year. 

Casey changed jobs which was great yet brutal as he started working long hours. The two of us somehow managed to have one of our best years though. We're actually really good partners in slogging through what needs slogging through. 

Caelen turned 10 so there are lots of interesting things he's doing now. But he's also 100% tween so that pretty much blows.

I really just feel like I'm still licking my wounds from 2013. Which is probably why I haven't looked back until now. 2013 was about survival. Looks like recovery is the watchword for 2014.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Friday Update

Up .6 this week.

I thought it would be worse since my plan for a migraine usually involves all the Mountain Dew I can drink plus whatever will still taste good if it comes back up. I ate ice cream twice. And lots and lots of chocolate. Yikes.

However, I'm all better now and last night when I could have gotten all manner of terrible but wonderful mall food court junk I opted for chicken and mushrooms with a side of veggies from Panda Express. Small victory, I guess.