Friday, February 12, 2010

Snow day!

Yes, it's true, NYC public schools had a SNOW DAY! We found out the day before at about 11am. AMAZING feelings of joy! Work Tuesday became so much more doable, and a day off was an answer to LOTS of prayers. I made sure to make the day count.

In good faith, after a WONDERFUL pedicure with my friends Alyssa and Carly, I went to the gym to work out. It. Was. Closed. Really?! REALLY. In a neighborhood where a large majority WALK everywhere?! I had such good intentions. Instead, I was cold and annoyed with the lack of snow removal on the sidewalks. Instead, we cleaned up, dishes and living room, and watched Couples Retreat. Funny. Clever. We're going to the Bahamas, it felt appropriate.

I ran today because my yoga club was cancelled due to next week being vacation (EEK!). I did 6 miles. 3 miles outside, but it was getting dark, so I had to head into the gym to the treadmill. Read some good people magazine. Carney Wilson: GET A GRIP. Poor lady, but come on! Which leads to a question. Even though I don't think I have that many readers...

What do you do for running in the winter? How cold is too cold to run?

I've been doing it to about 30 degrees, but the snow has created a lot of water, which will freeze once the sun goes down. Long runs especially. I'm just treadmill/gym add I think. Oh well.

And I got shoes. New Shoes. Pictures to follow.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Super nothing

Ok. I'm SO over this cold. Today is the day training begins again. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I SAID THIS?! Ugh. I finally took the advice of many people and just RELAXED this week, and finally, FINALLY, my cold didn't turn into some sort of bronchial/sinus infection. Thank. God. I popped 2,000 mg of vitamin c everyday, which also helped. And then there's my sister Jennifer, who is plugging away at her training program. My blessing and my curse is that I know I can run a lot without prepping. I'm good at that. But that's always in the back of my mind tempting me not to train as hard. I'm going to have to start punishing myself. First punishment: No tv until I work out. There it is. It's out there. I must honor it. Brian will help me. UGH.

Today I'm going to attempt a long run of 6-7 miles, depending on the weather, how I feel, etc. Also, the place we're staying at in the Bahamas has a running trail and fitness center, so I'm stoked about that. We're staying one day at the Atlantis for the first night, and then Breezes for the rest of the week. AH we can't wait!

Can I just say God is good? I was working at the restaurant yesterday, and it wasn't that busy, and this table gave me a $4 tip on a $95 check, and another $3 on a $40 check. UGH. 20% is standard, in case anyone was wondering (Therefore $18-$19 would've been fine. $10 would have been fine. ANYTHING over $4 would have been fine! Haha) but I made the decision to trust God, despite the restaurant being really slow and the tips being REALLY bad. Well, I ended up being really busy, and made REALLY great money because of some really generous people. I also had the highest sales out of anyone in the restaurant. That's pretty great, because this has happened two weeks in a row now. January is the WORST time for restaurant workers, so Brian and I have really been praying for favor. He has had significant favor and blessing with his shifts, as I have with my one shift a week. And the Bahamas is coming. Sigh. Thanks God, this really sets our minds at ease during what is supposed to be the slowest time of the year for restaurant work.

I had to teach HIV/AIDS health lessons at school this week. I didn't like it. I think 4th and 5th grade could hear it, but k-2 should NOT have to hear the words "HIV" etc. They don't understand the stigma and the social-cultural aspect of talking about it, and how people usually get it. We just say, in the lower grades, that HIV can only be passed blood to blood, so if you share a drink with someone you can't get it etc. However, I told some 3rd graders I had a cold, so one of them asked me "Do you have HIV?" I mean, come on. Do they REALLY need to know all about this? I don't think so. It's my job, and contractually I had to do it, but I really think that using the actual words for the younger kids is STUPID. I don't agree with it, and I was very uncomfortable talking about it. But apparently, all NY State has to do these set of lessons in an effort to prevent HIV misinformation. Next thing you know I'll be handing out condoms to 4th graders. Sigh.

Happy Superbowl Sunday!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

New Year Goals...

So I decided I'm going to check in on my 2010 Goals every month to see how I'm doing. How's THAT for accountability?!

1. Back to wedding weight: According to Wii fit, 4lbs away. UGH. Always the hardest to lose.
2. Running AT LEAST 3x's a week: I did it 3 out of 4 weeks. That's DECENT for getting back into training!
3. Working out on a college night - NO college nights yet...this week will be the first :-(
4. Run 3 half marathons: I signed up for one half marathon, and I'm signing up for another one AND buying new running shoes tonight! YIPPEE!
5. Still no word on the marathon.
6. Have fun - I had some friends visit which was VERY fun, but I need to work on this. My fun has been limited due to Brian being sick and now I'm sick. UGH. Bahamas. It's better in the Bahamas
7. Save money. Not too shabby. Haven't eaten out all that much or made frivolous purchases.