Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Violet

Despite my pseudo-diet efforts and fairly consistent work outs over the last week or two, I feel like I'm constantly expanding.  I'm sitting here in my size 6 banana republic slacks at work and I feel like Violet in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory after she chews the gum and swells into the blueberry.  I had a chat with some coworkers earlier about dieting and might go back to my old friend frenemy, the South Beach Diet.  Hopefully, one or more coworkers will rally and join me.  Ugh.  This sucks. Pin It

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Grown Ups

We are grown ups.  I am married.  We are looking at houses and will probably become homeowners in the next two years.  It's likely that we'll have a baby in the next five years.  I spent Thursday grocery shopping with the money that we make, cleaning the apartment that we pay for, and cooking for my husband who brings home the bacon.

I say all of this more to convince myself than anything else.  The reality of engagement came and settled in.  The reality of being married, and being Mrs. H, is completely comfortable.  Yet, when other people get engaged, it still shocks me and makes me feel like I should still be in college.

I was always told that there would come a time when everyone that I know would start getting married.  It's not that I didn't believe it, but the warning didn't make it any less shocking.  With the overwhelming use of facebook, I'm discovering more and more engagements every day and I can't help but feel surprised and overwhelmingly immature. 

Then again, I've heard that this happens to a lot of people.  Apparently, you don't start feeling like an adult until you have a kid of your own.  And that can wait...for now... Pin It

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Evil Diet

I've never been the skinny girl. I ran cross country in high school and running six days a week helped to keep me fairly thin, but also gave me a serious aversion to running in general. I've always had to fight to be thin for the important occasions where I would be in a lot of photographs or in a bathing suit (or worse...both at the same time).

It shouldn't come as a surprise, then, that my marathon battle with my weight began on November 24, 2008...the day after Mr. H proposed. I had always said that a girl should be her skinniest on her wedding day and I took this to heart. I am a photo addict and your wedding pictures will be displayed in your home for the rest of your life. Following the 2008 holidays, I tried out the hard core South Beach diet and lost a ton of weight. I found my wedding dress on Superbowl Sunday and promptly decided my diet wasn't as important anymore. And so I yo-yo'ed between thin and not so thin for events like our engagement photos, my showers and my bachelorette party and fought through the 2009 holidays attempting to not stuff myself with all of the deliciousness. I went pretty crazy in the last few months between my diet and workout regiment, but it was fully worth it when I walked down the aisle, and later when I saw the gorgeous photos!

And then I ate. And ate. And ate. I ate everything on the honeymoon and didn't gain much back. But then I came home and continued to enjoy all of the meals that I had denied myself or felt guilty about indulging in for many months. And guess how I ended up. Fat and happy. For a while at least. Except now I'm fat and unhappy (with my weight that is). It's time to start pushing back. It's not healthy or flattering to eat everything you want when you want it, as much as it really is fun. I've been fairly good about keeping up my gym habit (paying almost $140 a month does that for you), but I've heard that eating habits are over 60% of what effects your weight and it's time to change.

This is my public declaration. I will never ever diet like I did for the wedding, but it's time to start watching it again. Because I'm not a naturally skinny girl, but I do like being thinner than I am right now. And, let's be honest, I have a girls trip to Vegas coming up in June and I don't want to look like the cow that got fat after her wedding. Pin It

It's Rude to Brag...

...but I have to do it! No one reads this anyway, so it doesn't really matter. Let's look back a few days to the "I Want" entry. Over the long and relaxing weekend, a couple of the I wants became I gots (gramatically incorrect but totally awesome).

After what I deemed a "housewife day" on Thursday, where I did the grocery shopping, cleaned the whole apartment, and had dinner ready when Mr. H came home, I decided that it was worth it to me to buy some spin shoes. I did spin that morning and decided that I go to class enough to warrant and deserve it. A trip to REI on Friday made me the proud new owner of a set of beautiful white Shimanos.

On Saturday, I went to kettlebell in the morning (which included an extremely unfortunately incident of me smacking myself in the head with the 10 lb weight and feeling a bit headachey for the rest of the weekend) and Mr. H played basketball with his friends. With a few hours to kill before we went to the in-laws for dinner, we decided to head over to the mall to walk around for a little bit. While talking it over, I laid it on pretty thick. I told him how much I wanted and needed that Louie Vuitton purse and how long I had wanted it for and basically begged. And, much to my surprise, he gave in! I am the proud new owner of a speedy bag and I want to shout it from the rooftops without having everyone think that I'm a spoiled little brat. At this point, I'm going to try to keep it quiet. But we'll see what happens by the end of the day :).

Overall, we had a really great weekend. Mr. H decided to take Friday off at the last minute and we spent a ton of time together. We visited my family and his family and even made a trip up to an area where we would consider buying a home in the future to look around at what was available in our price range. All in all, it was relaxing and fun and I just enjoyed the time with my husband. I know it's ridiculous, but after long weekends like that, I always end up sitting at work and missing him like crazy. I just think he's perfect and I love him to death. The end :).

Edit: this means that the road bike, and consequently, the triathlon, are getting put on hold indefinitely...oh well! Pin It

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mid-Afternoon

It's that time of the day once again where I go from trying to be healthy to wanting to have a chocolate chip cookie. It's the same time of the day when my motivation to get a good workout in, which was so intense at 9am, dissipates completely. Ugh. Pin It

I Wants

So thinking with thinking about the triathlon has come some research (as do all things that I do...I'm a planner by occupation so it shouldn't come as a huge surprise...). And with this research, I've realized that one's first triathlon can be quite an expensive endeavor. So I went home to broach the subject with Mr. H and he said that it was fine, as long as I was willing to let go of some of my other "I wants."

That's what my wish list has come to be known as. I'm not one of those people who plays coy and makes it difficult to figure out what I want. If I see something that's pretty or appealing, I make it known. Mr. H has become an expert at figuring this out and getting me exactly what I want. I think we have a pretty good system worked out.

But his comment made me realize that I have a pretty long list going. There are the things that have nothing to do with this triathlon...
Louis Vuitton Speedy Bag
Marc by Marc Jacobs Aviator Sunglasses
Spin Shoes
Generally everything at Banana Republic
Puggle Puppy (this one is coming next fall/winter once we move whether he likes it or not)
A house and babies (clearly not a short term goal, but if I keep getting all of the other stuff then I have to wait longer for this)

And then if I want to do the tri, there are a lot of new things I need too!
Road bike (I wanted one of these before so it could technically go on both lists with the spin shoes)
New helmet
Bathing suit (I only have bikinis)
Goggles, swim cap, etc.
Wetsuit? Other biking/swimming/etc. attire?

Phew. So now I'm looking at the lists. And I'm much more intrigued by the first half. So officially ends my triathlon idea for now. I can still go to the gym and pseudo-train, but it'll take me a while to afford all of that. I'd wear my new purse and sunglasses a lot more than I would use a silly bike anyway... Pin It

Monday, March 22, 2010

Brilliant or Insane?

I have an idea that could potentially be very good or very bad. It's summed up in one very scary word...triathlon.

It started when one of our assistants decided that she was going to do one in anticipation of her wedding. She encouraged me to get involved but I brushed off the idea quite easily. And I know at least a dozen people who run marathons all the time. And then all of the news about the LA Marathon hit this weekend and it sounded like such a fun accomplishment. Except I hate running. The whole marathon thing is basically out of the question in my mind. But this triathlon thing...

I've gotten into spinning lately and Mr. H and I have always liked biking together. In fact, I was going to buy a new road bike right before we got engaged (clearly the money needed to go elsewhere at that point) so we could ride more pleasantly (riding my old mountain bike makes me grouchy). I was starting to think about buying that bike again too.

And the swim thing is something I've always loved. I did swim team for a few years and I don't consider myself great, but I don't doubt that I could get back to the point where I could swim for an hour or so, which is more than I need.

So maybe a triathlon. We'll see... Pin It

Friday, March 19, 2010

PS

I have seriously crafted the most awesome Pandora station ever. It started with "Love Story" and I've carefully given the thumbs up to every song that makes me happy that has come through. Now, it's a mostly non-country, female vocalist channel with the occasional Journey and Queen. Best Friday background work music ever. Pin It

Girl Talk

In just a few hours, I'll be leaving work and off on my first girls trip since I got married. Watching an inordinate amount of Real Housewives of OC (yes, I'm going there) caused me to wonder about the Alexis vs Vicky arguments about girls weekends and whether or not it was appropriate to spend time away from your husband.

I'm decisively on Vicky's side, and I think Mr. H completely agrees with me. Maybe it's the fact that we met early in college (for me at least) when I wasn't ready to give up the sorority life, the girls trips, and the general debauchery. And he was always ok with that and that was always important to me. Not to say that it's one-sided. He goes on trips with the guys and I really don't think twice about it...other than the fact that I have to make other plans for that weekend. I guess what it really comes down to is trust. We both know that nothing bad is going to happen when we're not together.

Although I have to say that I feel like this may be a touch more difficult for me than past girl trips. Mr. H and I have been spending a lot of our free time together (clearly, as married couples do), but I feel like the longer we're married and living together, the more settled down I become and the more I prefer a lazy weekend walking around in the LA sun or going for a bike ride together to pretty much everything else in the world. There are no happier moments for me than the ones that I spend with him...even if we're just vegging on the couch. Luckily, he's going out of town to visit with family so I don't feel any guilt for leaving him alone.

Regardless, I'm looking forward to a weekend of tanning, relaxing, drinking wine and enjoying the company of my best friends. Pin It

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Suzie Homemaker

I just agreed to host Easter at our apartment for our families. It's probably going to be an abridged version of our families...maybe 6-8 people total...but this is a big deal for me. Ever since I was little, I wanted to be a part of the family tradition of having a holiday at my own home. Thanks to the wedding gifts, I've got all of the china, silverware, linens, serving platters, and everything else that you could think of to have a perfect dinner party for up to 16 guests. This will be my first opporutnity to use everything together, for a holiday none the less, and I couldn't be more excited.

So in my usual compulsive manner, I've made up a menu, list of recipes, and shopping list three weeks early. I'll call the Honeybaked Ham store later today to reserve my little ham and call it a day. I can't wait to spend that weekend cooking and entertaining my family in my new little home! Pin It

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Tribute to the Sun God

A beautiful thing happened yesterday. I walked out of work, and it was warm and light outside. I walked my wonderful half block to the gym, and when I came out an hour later, it was still warm and light!! And today, it's downright hot! I'm not sure that I can impress how happy this made me.

Let's step back. I'm a California girl, born and raised in the valley where the temperatures normally reached up to the 90s or 100s during the summer. It may be sick, but I love the feeling of the sun beating down and burning my skin. I love the days when the sidewalk is too hot to walk around barefoot (my obsession with being barefoot is another story for another day). I had a while in college where I considered myself "tanorexic," and it wasn't until my dermatologist started taking pieces out of my skin at the old age of 22 that I realized I needed to lay off it a little.

Mr. H and I took a long walk down to our favorite fro yo place on the first day of daylight savings time and checked out the ridiculously expensive West LA condos on the way. It was a gorgeous and perfect afternoon to spend together.

Suffice to say, I'm thrilled for the return of hot weather, long days and the impending summer. If it gets cold again in a week, I'll cry and put my dresses back in the back of my closet. I see the headlines about the snowy cold mess that is the rest of the country right now, and there's nowhere else that I'd rather be (even after sleeping through the latest earthquake last night...). Regardless of whether it's hot or cold, I welcome the extra hour of light as we slowly work our way towards the longest, hottest, most wonderful days of summer again. Pin It

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

My Happily Ever After

So here I am, with a blog. Hopefully an anonymous blog that stay anonymous but we'll see. Let's be honest, I'm a twitter whore, facebook obsessed, and was an English major in college so it really shouldn't surprise anyone that I'm doing this. Here we go...

I just got married. I was one of those girls who started thinking about her wedding as soon as she realized what one was. I was also one of those girls who knew every last word in every song of every Disney movie ever made so I started looking for my prince charming pretty early on. After a pretty awful track record and a couple of boyfriends who just didn't cut it, I found him. I promptly declared to everyone in the sorority who would listen that he was "the one" and they all looked at me like I was crazy. But after a while they realized that we were perfect together and decided to accept my initial prophecy. I proved them all wrong in January when I took him off the market for good.

Our wedding was a total fairytale. It couldn't have been better. It lived up to all of my hopes and dreams and then some. It's cheesy and awful but it really was the best night of both of our lives. Then we went away for a week to adventure and relax in the gorgeous sun. And now I'm back at work, back to life, changing my name and getting used to being Mrs. H. I'm living my happily ever after. But what comes after happily ever after? The end? Not a chance. I'm not sure what comes after my storybook wedding, but I'm ready to find out. Pin It

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