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Posted on Nov 18, 2010 in Dear Diary, Working Out | 3 comments

harrypotter! harrypotter! harrypotter!

Guess what I’m doing tonight?

That’s right.

12:01 AM.

It’s finally here. It’s finally happening.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I.

I have been waiting for this for SO long. And it’s finally here! And I’m going to regret going to see a midnight showing SO much tomorrow at work, but I don’t even care. It’s going to be worth every exhausted moment that will follow. My only wish is that I were an actual wizard so I could Apparate into the movie theatre to ensure the snaggage of good seats for Ben, Taylor, and myself. It’s going to be a madhouse! We’re planning on getting in line at least 2 hours early (and even then I’m sure we’ll be pretty far back…) I’m trying to convince them to get there even earlier but we’ll see. 🙂

In other news, I ran on the treadmill at the gym yesterday, and it was a success!

2.21 miles! Well, technically I walked the last tenth of the mile, which is why the time is so high, but I ran at a snail’s pace, so maybe it’s accurate, haha. But who cares? I did it! More importantly, I did it all by myself, without anybody there to tell me to keep going. Which of course made it that much more difficult, but you know what the most surprising thing was? It wasn’t even that hard.

Monday when I went to the gym I could barely bang out over a mile, so I was ready to be disappointed again today. But I guess my legs were still recovering from my hilly 2 mile outside run from over the weekend? Not sure why today’s was more successful, but hey, I’ll take it! I’ve taken to covering up the treadmill display with a towel because I fixate on the distance and time numbers when I can see them. This time when I removed the towel to wipe my sweaty face (lovely imagery, no?) and check my progress, I had already run 1.3 miles! I feel like that’s such an accomplishment for me, because at that point it wasn’t even like I was ready to give up or wanting to stop (at least no more so than how I always, continuously, constantly want to stop from the first steps I take, hahaha.)

Anyway, the path of progress continues to, er, continue as I gear up for my first 5K that takes place exactly 1 week from today! I just need to make sure I work up to 3, or almost 3 miles on the treadmill, and then once I know I can do that I’m sure that I can do the 5K. And I’m still planning on doing at least one more outside run over the weekend to continue to help with the whole gym vs. outside thing. It’s supposed to be a flat course though, so we’ll see.

Anyway, that’s all the exciting news I have for you guys right now! If any of you follow me on Twitter, be warned that your feeds will probably be spammed with some Harry Potter-induced euphoria starting at around 10 PM and lasting until, well, let’s be honest, it probably won’t ever end.

I love you, Harry.

Don’t worry, I love you too, Harry.

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Posted on Oct 19, 2010 in Food | 5 comments

Self-Made(ish) Dishware Delights

So just a quick update on yesterday and today. Work has been CRAZY. I work in an external building from where most of our employees are located, and most of my immediate coworkers split their time between here and there. It makes things kind of difficult though, because when you’re trying to get things signed and sent over it all takes a really long time. So I’ve been dealing with a lot of that, and so I’ve been running around like a crazy person all morning. Oh well, at least stressing out burns calories! Hahaha.

I went to the gym yesterday after work (see? Proof of my whole “not letting .4 lbs knock me down” thing) and ran & speed-walked on the treadmill. I did about 10 minutes of each, which ended up being a little over a mile and a half, and 20 minutes all together. Trying to do that whole “keep an elevated heartrate for at least 20 minutes” thing, y’know. I really wasn’t feeling it, but I dragged myself down there anyway. I don’t know, my body just felt sluggish and heavy. I think it’s because I’m about to start my you-know-what (Overshare? Mmmmmaybe… but I’m okay with it.) and I’m just feeling very bloated and physically blah. And today when I woke up I am pretty sore, even though I definitely didn’t do more than I did last week… weird.

I also think I did something weird to my knee because it was bothering me last night and now it’s still feeling kind of funky. Like I need to crack it or something. Hopefully it won’t be like this for long.

Anyway, the title of this post comes from the delightful dinner I enjoyed last night. Well, Second Dinner, at any rate. For my first dinner, I made myself a little stir-fried chicken on a small wheat wrap. But… I ate it at like 5:00. So by the time 7:30 rolled around and all the roomies were starting to poke around in the kitchen, I was hungry again. So I whipped up a little bowl of — you guessed it — oats!

This is 1/2 a cup of oats, 3/4 a cup of unsweeted almond milk, 1/4 cup of water, a dollop of honey, a scoop of milled flaxseed, and some frozen peaches and blueberries added to the mix. 1/2 a cup of oats goes a LONG way! I poured them into my beautiful Cupcake Mug that I made painted at Clay Cafe Studio in Falls Church the summer my sister got married (2008).

And when I was done enjoying this warm, comforting bowl of natural goodness, I uncovered the magic at the bottom of my mug, and the reason it is called the Cupcake Mug:

How cute is that? It’s got a little cupcake at the bottom of the mug. I am simply a dishware genius. 🙂

Anyway, that’s all I have for right now. Must get back to the grind… sigh. ‘Til next time!

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Posted on Oct 12, 2010 in Working Out | 4 comments

The Little Engine that Could

I think I can, I think I can… that’s my motto for today. Because, yes, people, it is time. Time for my triumphant return to the gym! I have been, admittedly & ashamedly, super slacking in the exercise department lately. And since Zumba is canceled today for Columbus Day (happy birthday, America!) I really need to literally step it up.

So I’m headed back to the gym after work today, and I’m going to relive my as-of-yet-one-time glory of running a mile. I am going to run a mile today! I think I can… Well, actually, I already know I can. It’s really more like, I think I’m willing.

I’m actually kind of excited to go to the gym today. Is that weird? I think I’ve really been feeling the lack of movement in my life. First I was sick, then I was just lazy. Story of my life. But it stops now! Again! Huzzah!

So my new mini-goal is 200 lbs by January 8th. That’s the day the Caribbean cruise I’m going on with my family sets sail! It’s okay to be jealous. 🙂 I’m sure when it gets closer to the holidays I’m going to be picking your brains for tips on how to resist holiday weight-gain, but just for simple math that means losing 17 lbs in 12 weeks. Totally doable, right? I want to keep my goals realistic but at the same time, I hope I lose way more than 17 lbs in the next 12 weeks… I know I have to temper my expectations though. Guess there’s nothing to do but see what happens!

UPDATE 6:14 PM: 1.41 miles! WHAT UP!!!!!

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