Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year! Commence resolutions!

I started reading a book on the list - #529 - Catcher in the Rye.

I have preconceived notions about what "classic" books are about. So far, Catcher is not anything like what I thought it was going to be. Mostly, I thought it would be boring, you know, being an assigned book in school and all. So far, it's not. I suppose anything is better when it's not compulsory.

Note: I counted the number of books I've read on the list of 1000 and I come up with 54.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Addendum to Resolutions

I'm adding two things to my New Year's Resolutions -

5) Read more using this list as a guide: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. I have no idea how many I've already read. I'll have to make a spreadsheet. You can do anything with a spreadsheet. Not that you should, but you can.

6) Get a massage every 6-8 weeks. This probably doesn't need an explanation. I had one for only the 3rd time this week. It's been at least 4 years since my last one. My gym has a spa attached to it and they had an intern doing free massages. Hello? Sign me up! Now that I've had one I'm wanting more. If I eat out less I might even be able to justify it. I wonder if I can write it off on my taxes?

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

A new addiction

Uh oh.

I got Dance Dance Revolution for Christmas.

I'm SO going to kick this kid's butt.

Also, I'm going to need living room curtains.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Now all I need is a baker














I painted our entry way yesterday Now the first floor of the condo looks exactly like a Panera Bread- Maroon, Olive Green, and "Gingery" (brown/orange).

I love it.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Something stinks

I have to admit, I don't "get" perfume commercials.


J'adore


Britany Spear's Believe (I believe she needs serious help)


Kiera, I'm begging you, eat something!

Friday, December 21, 2007

Happiness is...

... a warm chocolate croissant, cafe au lait, and snow outside the window.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Use It or Lose It!

It's that time of year again. Time for New Years Resolutions. Last year's resolution theme was "Git 'er Done!" I had 9 things I wanted to complete. I finished 2 of the 9 - my thesis and paying off my car. Those two were the biggest ones so I'm quite pleased. I also took steps to work on all of the other 7 (mostly craft) projects. Forward progress was made but none were actually completed. Things like a total career change and moving in with Friendster Guy kind of put a hold on those. They are still on the docket as things I need to do but they aren't worth making resolutions about at this point.

This year's theme is "Use it or Lose it." It's a stretch for some of these to fit that theme but whatever, it's more fun to have a theme with an exclamation point than just a list.

Without further ado, here's what I'd like to do in 2008. It's gonna be great! (See! Rhymes and themes and exclamation points make it that much more festive.)

1) Take part in more competitions - 5Ks, triathlons, bike rides, what have you. I read an article recently that suggested thinking like an athlete, not like an exerciser. An exerciser thinks in terms of pain and restriction whereas an athlete thinks in terms of personal records and achievement. Athletes compare themselves to the best, not the worst. The article's author, Charles Staley, said "Athletes as chasing excellence, not running from corpulence." I like that. I'd rather have a positive goal (a faster 5K finish, or lifting higher weights), than a negative I am counteracting (calories).

2) Eat more veggies. When vegetables actually make it into my house, I want to use them before I lose them to mold and wilting. I'm going to have to give myself smaller goals in order to do this. Like having veggies in at least 2 meals a day, or trying one new veggie laden recipe a week.

3) Keep purging. I now have a bunch of clothes that don't fit or I don't need because I no longer work in an office or both. I also have paperwork for old utilities and accounts I no longer have. Then there's the craft supplies, especially those I need to use to finish those projects from last year's resolutions. Use it or lose it!

4) Learn more about my new profession - i.e. anatomy and physiology, exercise science, psychology, etc... I need to keep learning and growing and working new things in for my clients. It would be helpful if when they ask me what muscle they are using I actually knew. Also, I need to get CEUs to keep my NASM certification. (Use it or lose it!)

There are a lot more things I could add to this list but for now that's it. The other things are more for a "To do" list and don't really fit the theme.

What's your theme?

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Sunday is not conducive to motivation

Like half of the nation I am trapped in my home because of a winter storm, although as I look out the window it doesn't seem to be doing anything. Much like myself.

I'm trying to get up the initiative to get my client stuff ready for the week. I like to be ahead of the game and make sure I have all my workouts planned for everyone. But instead of being productive, I'm surfing the internet and trying not to turn on HGTV, Bravo or TLC. That's a one way ticket to 4-6 hours of lost time. I think I need to turn off the computer and bride myself with an episode of Trading Spaces. I have an hour and 15 minutes before that comes on. I bet if I get my heiny in gear I could actually get all I need to get done finished by then. Here goes nothing.

Wish me luck.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Unfortunate product placement

Heard on the History Channel last night:

"The Plague, brought to you in part by Red Lobster"

Yum.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Which would you rather see?

While watching Bruins/Devils hockey game yesterday -

Announcer: That player has the body of Adonis.

Sassy Pants: Ooo, I want locker room footage of that. Please cue locker room footage!

Friendster Guy: The body of a Datsun?

Sassy: Huh?

FG: A Dachsund?

Sassy: Adonis.

FG: Oh. I'd rather see the locker room footage of the other two.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Another milestone

Every month we have a staff meeting where all the personal trainers (about 30 of us) hear how we've been doing over the past month. The boss announces the top 3 trainers for number of new clients, number of renewals, etc, etc.

Well, knock me over with a freakin' feather, I was in the top three for number of new clients in November. Number 3 to be precise. I rock! My clients rock! I love my new job!

I know I've been saying this a lot lately, but holy crap!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

A milestone

I was just able to remove my "skinny" jeans without unbuttoning them.

Holy crap.

I need to go shopping!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Time's Up

Is it a bad omen when you put money in a parking meter and instead of flashing the time you have left it flashes "DEAD" over and over again?

Friday, December 07, 2007

My year in brief.

We're still a couple weeks away from all the annual wrap up shows and lists and whatnot that will be pouring down upon our heads from media outlets everywhere, but I thought I'd get a jump on the competition. I've gone through a serious series of transitions and new things this year. Pretty much nothing in my life is the same as it was way back in January. Here's 20 highlights, or lowlights, you decide.

1) Thanks to some lessons, I can now ski. And I like it. I intend to do some this weekend in fact.
2) I finished my Masters. Whoop!
3) I've lost 13 pounds!
4) I paid off my car and got my X's name off the title.
5) I got an IUD and stopped having my period! Joy! Rapture! I have not had to buy tampons since March.
6) I went on a cruise with my Mom.
7) I vacationed with Friendster Guy in Ogunquit.
8) I passed out in the bathroom at work.
9) I posted Before pictures of myself on the internet. I should probably take some After, or at least In Transition pictures taken.
10) I bought Crocs even though I had solemnly swore I'd never do so.
11) I got measured to determine what size bra I'm actually supposed to wear.
12) I read a crapload of books. I was keeping track but then life got hectic and it was a list I didn't feel the need to keep up.
13) I hosted Australians at my apartment and made plans to return the favor in 2009.
14) I discovered my father should not be allowed to attend sporting events. Or if he does, he must be muzzled.
15) I bought a Playstation and learned to rock out on Guitar Hero. Hmmm...we haven't set it up on our new HD TV yet. Looks like I have a project.
16) I talked to Barak Obama.
17) I got a new nephew.
18) I quit my office prisoner job to become a personal trainer.
19) I moved in with Friendster Guy.
20) I finished my Christmas shopping.

I've had a heck of a year. Phew.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

The first step

I have a problem.

I am obsessed with HGTV, Bravo, and TLC. It's the perfect channel trifecta and I am addicted. Right now, I'm blogging and watching a Top Chef marathon. And doing neither all that well.

Why oh why did I set up the living room to be able to be on the computer while facing the new TV?

Oh that's right, because it's awesome.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Cocoa? Check. Chocolate bars? Check. Drinking chocolate? Check.

I think I have a vitamin deficiency that can only be cured by chocolate. I went grocery shopping yesterday and bought more chocolate products in one trip than I have in the last 10 trips combined. This is why I should probably continue to shop with Friendster Guy and not alone. He helps me with my chocolate impulses and I help him with his cheese cravings. It's a beautiful relationship.

In case anyone out there needs an additional chocolate vice, the answer is drinking chocolate. A little goes a long way... at least calorically. It is one tasty treat. Like drinking, well, melted chocolate, only better. You'll never use Swiss Miss again. Or fit into your skinny jeans. I'm just saying.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Moving is expensive.

It doesn't matter if you're moving to the house next door or to Zimbabwe, you end up needing to buy way more stuff than you ever expect while you settle in - shower curtains, welcome mats, stuff to hang up pictures, cleaning supplies, etc... Moving at this time of year is an extra challenge because, no matter how small the purchase or how quickly you think you'll just pop out and grab something, you have to fight holiday shopping craziness.

All I want is some wire I can use to hang a picture and a bath mat but I feel like I have to wait until January before I can safely and sanely do so. I really don't want to have to stand in line behind 34 people with shopping carts loaded with crapola no one in their family really needs. And I do mean crapola that NO ONE needs. Think before you buy people. And Mom, if you're reading (which I hope you are not), put down the crapola and get me what is on my list. If it is not on the list I do not need it. If it is readily available at The Christmas Tree Shops I don't need it. I don't even really need what is on my list. How' bout this, just send food. It'll save me from having to go grocery shopping as well.