Ringing in the New Year

So yesterday I posted about resolutions, but I didn’t go over how we spent the last day of 2016 and the first day of 2017.

I had to work until 2pm on Saturday and I quickly went to Trader Joes for my weekly shopping since they would be closed on Sunday for the holiday. When I got home, we unloaded the groceries, put them away and I changed to head out to see our friends. They recently moved out to a youth camp property where one of them works and we spent the afternoon on the gun range testing out Mike’s new Christmas presents. We returned to their home for a nice dinner before heading back to our house to fall asleep long before the clock struck midnight. That’s the best way to spend the evening if you ask me!

Sunday I slept in. It was absolutely glorious. Mike went out early to go retrieve his tree stand and do a little hunting for the last day of season. No luck. I had a lazy morning and started taking down some of the Christmas decorations before heading to a Century Ride at Krank It Spin Studio. Guys, let me tell you, if you haven’t been to spin in 3+ years, your bum will be mighty sore after 100 minutes! It was totally fun though and a great way to start the new year!

We spent the rest of the day taking down Christmas decorations and cleaning up the house from all the chaos of the last few weeks. Dinner was meatloaf, horseradish mashed potatoes and collards. It was a lovely way to start the new year!

How was your New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day?

2017 Goals and Resolutions

2016 has been a great year for me personally, but I’m afraid it has been sort of a mess everywhere else. 2017 will be wonderful. We have four weddings we will be attending already, 1 booked, and our wedding! It is going to be a beautiful year.


1. Brush Teeth 2x per day:
As I write this, I realize y’all are probably like “yuck, this girl doesn’t brush her teeth?!?”. I promise you, I brush my teeth. My main issue is making sure I do the whole floss/mouthwash thing at night. By the time I head to bed, I can’t wait to crawl under the covers, so I usually end up brushing my teeth and popping into bed as fast as possible. I want to set up more of a nighttime routine: wash face, moisturize, brush teeth, floss, mouthwash… Gotta stay pretty!

2. Blog 3x per week: Not a new goal, but definitely one that’s getting accomplished this year. I’ll be blogging Wedding Wednesdays and Things I’m Loving Fridays for sure. The third day is up in the air.

3. Use my camera once per day: I got a beautiful Nikon D3400 for Christmas and I am currently learning how to use it. With our venue goal, we’d also love to be able to add additional services, like coordinator, photographer, calligrapher…the one stop shop is the end goal. You’ll be seeing lots of photos and maybe even some portraits on here. Lots to come.

4. Finish my Christmas quilt: 4 years in the making, but it’s getting done this year

5. Handletter everyday: Kind of a part of three. I’m getting pretty good at it, just got to practice,practice, practice.

6. Book 3 more weddings: I’m trying to grow! I have one booked in 2017 and one in 2018. I would love to nab a couple more, even if they are in 2018 too.

4. Re-Vamp Taylored to You Events: probably my biggest undertaking. I want to re-do the website, branding, everything. This is the year.

Tis the Season

Alright guys, I’m pretty dang excited about this upcoming Christmas season for a multitude of reasons.

The first one is the weather. We have been plagued in south Florida this year by the hottest summer I have ever experienced. It was pure misery. Well we have been rewarded by cooler days and low humidity. I’m not saying it feels like winter here, but the days have been amazing and I am not complaining.

The second reason is we made out like BANDITS on black Friday. I not only finally got a Roomba (guys, if you haven’t bought a Roomba yet, GO GET ONE NOW. Easily the best purchase I have ever made), but I convinced the man to get a new TV, he got a work laptop and I got a Nikon D3400 for my Christmas present.

The third reason is that my amazing sister and aunt came down to go dress shopping with me. And we bought the dress. It ended up being a discontinued dress and I bought the one at the store, which surprised the heck out of me. I couldn’t handle it being in my closet so it’s currently living at my mom’s house until it gets altered.

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The fourth reason is our engagement party is December 22. We’re having an Ugly Christmas Sweater themed party at a local wildlife sanctuary and I am PRAYING for cold weather so we aren’t sweating our butts off in the sweaters. A ton of our out of town family and friends are coming in for it and I couldn’t be more excited. If y’all have any recommendations for an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party, I’d love to hear them!

That’s my Christmas season in a nutshell. We’ve done other fun Christmas things, like the Holiday Boat Parade (see below) and deck out our house for the season, but above are my top things for sure.

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What are y’all doing to get in the Christmas spirit?

Transitions

Guys, transitions are hard. Whether they are major life changes or just transitioning in a conversation because you’re over the topic, it’s not always the easiest thing.

There are lots of transitions going on in my life. Some are secret, and some are well known. The biggest transition I am going through (publicly) is from long-distance running to short distance/speed post-marathon. The marathon was horrible. I will not lie to you. There was no feeling of ‘what a wonderful accomplishment’. It was rough. But it’s over, and I’m done and I have no inclination to ever do that again. Either way, here’s me looking excited for a medal.

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I look rough, because I felt rough. I was dying. I then got the horrid sinus infection that has been spreading throughout South Florida. Yay!

Anyways, running faster/shorter distances is a struggle. My legs don’t want to go fast and my mind has pretty much decided that running is terrible. I still love it, but the transition is slow.

I am excited to get back into triathlon training with some swimming/biking. I am excited for the holidays. Thanksgiving is my favorite, especially since we host. Pictures will be posted. You will hear from me a lot coming up!

What transitions are you going through and how to do get through them?

Until next time. XOXO Gossip Girl.

I am 100% kidding, but I couldn’t help it!

 

The Undertrained

I am the queen of undertraining. I don’t know how it always happens. I set out, goal in mind, race plan set, and then somewhere along the way I fall off the wagon. Life gets in the way, and by life, I usually mean sleep. So here I am, 9 days before my FIRST marathon and I have more red days on my calendar than green and yellow combined (my training calendar has this neat little setting where the runs you completed turn green, less than completed yellow and didn’t do red).

Don’t get me wrong, I have had my fair share of issues. From being sent home by my fiancé at mile 12 during a 16-miler because I was limping was just one of them. I have been sick, have extreme tendonitis in both ankles, the world’s worst shin splint on top of the dead legs that come with the high mileage of Hanson’s Training Method, I let many of my runs fall to the wayside. I am slow, so I know I can probably run/walk about 20 miles or so and be ok, but there’s a 6 hour time cut-off and that’s a serious concern. I got cortisone shots in both ankles to get me through the marathon and at this point I am hoping for the best.

I am normally cool as a cucumber. Working in the death industry, nothing is as big of a deal as dying. Except apparently a marathon, because it is all I think about. I think about the pain, the slow time, the “getting picked up by the bus” fear, and everything else in between. It’s all I do. I hate running right now, marathon training has absolutely ruined my love of running. But I want to run this one marathon, one time, and never do another. Will I make it? I  have run all but 1 of my half marathons completely undertrained (except for the one I ran right in the middle of marathon training and it was one of my slowest but the whole course was basically hills where I had to BEND IN A 90 DEGREE ANGLE to walk up and for this Florida girl, that was rough). I finished, miserably, all of those half marathons. I can honestly say I don’t even think I have given a 5-K the training it deserves. But guys, this is a marathon. Something to be respected, and I have disrespected it. Completely.

So, pray for me. Feed me encouragement. Tell me I am not the only one who doesn’t follow the plan.

Updates

So, I haven’t been here in a while. I’m going to try this route again. Let’s give you the quick updates:

  • got engaged! Woo!
  • marathon training for my first marathon October 9, 2016
  • working on my teaching license (1 test down, 2 to go)

Those are the main updates in my life. Pretty big life changes going on here. Let’s get on with update 1!

We got engaged on our trip to North Carolina. I knew it was coming but I was still totally surprised when it happened. He proposed in a blackberry patch when it was just us. It was perfect. We started wedding planning and set the date for September 22, 2017. I’m sure time will fly.

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Update 2: Marathon training. Have any of y’all ever trained for a marathon? It is rough. I’m a month out today (holy crap!) and I’m exhausted. I don’t know how my dang legs are going to carry on. I’m running on the Hanson plan, which has me only running a max of a 16 mile long run. I’m heading out on that in the AM

Update 3: Getting my teaching license has been a whirlwind of decisions from getting a secondary bachelors in English, to thinking I was going to get a Master degree then changing my mind, to now I am still getting  a Bachelor in English (slowly) but I am going to get my teaching credentials taken care of as well. I will be starting an Educator Preparation Program in Spring after I pass my English Subject Area exam. Very exciting stuff. I cannot wait to pursue this path. It’s always been a dream of mine and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Those are my quick updates. Lots has happened, lots to come. Hopefully lots of blogging as well. Looking forward to having y’all along for the ride!

 

My first Crossfit competition

So last Saturday I competed in my first Crossfit competition and let me start by saying I did not do well. We placed 43 out 69. Like I said, we did not do well. That being said, we had a ton of fun.

I dragged my butt out of bed at 6:15am on Saturday morning. I had my bag packed already and my boyfriend was volunteering so we packed some blankets and chairs and headed out. We got down to the event at about 7:20am, set up our area, and I met up with my partner. I would like to point out, it was about the dead in winter in south Florida, a very windy 60 degrees. That may seem warm to some of you, but I can promise you it was freezing and my Floridian blood is thin. Our team name was “Where’s The Wine” and the events were in alphabetical order so we were in the last heat every time. Our first workout was at 10:30am so we waited around till then. Our first workout was:

50 hurdle hop buy-in each
20 pull-ups (from a box)
30 meter shuttle run
20 pull-ups
20 kettlebell swings (35lbs)
30 meter shuttle run
20 pull-ups
20 kettle bell swings
20 knees over hips
30 meter shuttle run
20 pull-ups
20 kettle bell swings
20 knees over hips
20 kettle bell goblet lunges
50 deadlifts (85lbs)

We finished in 8:43. I thought that was a good time but not great. Our second event was at 12:15 and was max distance broad jump and max 1 arm snatch. Your score was your max in each thing combined with your partners. This was the most ridiculous event. I can’t even tell you how far we got and I only remember my snatch was 50lbs. We never do one arm snatches in the gym and I think this was an extremely dangerous event to have at a competition. My partner and I agree to not push ourselves too hard before we even got there. Better to be uninjured and lose, than injure ourselves and probably still lose. Again, I want to make this clear, this was the stupidest exercise they could have had.

Our third event was a thruster relay at 1:30. We were the only heat going and everyone was watching our group of 6 teams. It was set up that partner one goes in each section then partner two:

4 facing the bar burpees
30 meter dumbbell farmers carry  (15lbs)
15 dumbbell thrusters
30 meter dumbbell farmers carry

4 facing the bar burpees
30 meter kettle bell farmers carry  (18lbs)
12 kettle bell thrusters
30 meter kettle bell farmers carry

4 facing the bar burpees
30 meter over the head bar carry (45lbs)
9 thrusters
30 meter over the head bar carry

We finished in 6:15. It may not have been the fastest, but I was extremely happy with this time. I am no longer sore from this event and I am really happy I did it. We obviously didn’t make the finals. I wish the one arm snatch wasn’t there, but oh well, it was fun.

Has anyone else competed in a Crossfit event?