Today’s photo theme: temptation, life challenges + resolutions, and really the best post-nutritionist appointment breakfast I could have had. Hahaha. It’s just so good. I’m completely satisfied. And bonus: I have two full weeks now to undo this damage and make more progress until my next appointment.. so, it’s like this never happened. Shhh.
So yeah, hi. I’m never, ever here. Lee was gone for two weeks, and not even once did it occur to me to hop on and do some writing. Last weekend I obsessive-compulsively organized our entire house, including refolding and reorganizing all of the clothes in the dresser, closet including linens, towels and bedding.. got rid of three bags of clothes I haven’t worn or just don’t like anymore, and hung up everything not super-casual into our closet. It’s been very nice living out of a normal, user-friendly closet this week. I also cleaned out and reorganized all of the under-sink-cabinets, in the bathrooms and kitchen.. and I now have my eye on similar rehauls for the living room, dining room, and kitchen next. Kitchen will be most difficult.. that will be last. I also want to rehaul & organize my makeup and beauty/skincare supplies.. and, that will be very last. Lol. I need to mandate a no-buy. I say this with 3 different liquid foundation swatches on my arm, as I’m typing. I have come to the ultimate conclusion that instead of paler makeup, I need a vacation. And a tan.
So anyway, while Lee was gone two weeks for work, besides being bored as hell and keeping house like a good housewife, my brother joined our gym & has been working out with me! .. well, a little bit. Like three times, lol. But it’s been fun teaching someone else my routine, and coaching them through the exercises and movements, helping with form and giving encouragement. I like working out on my own, and it being my own thing (which is why this has been my favorite so far — it’s my time, my music, only competing against myself) — but I can’t lie, I like the company too. I went last night by myself (in a fit of girlish rage, after Lee brought home cinnamon brown sugar pop-tarts, which were explicitly banned from the house). I can report back, working out irrationally pissed off works — I am tired, and sore, and had a really great workout actually. And I’m going to blame the low-carbs on my bad moods over food. Just today at the nutritionist, we casually banned beer from my diet for these next few weeks. I’m going to consider this your warning, to everyone who spends any time around me.
Anyway, I am still following my ICF program, and the more I do it the better I get (I am a big fan of instant gratification, and this is pretty close). I’m happy with all my numbers — I’m up to 150 front squat, 255 deadlift, 80 overhead press, and 90 bench press working sets (along w/ the extra accessory work lifts). The other numbers are great too — the number on the scale, and the number on my jeans, which dropped by 3 inches since my last measurements 2 weeks ago. Honestly I couldn’t be more happy to see results that aren’t just scale based. Overall, I just really like how good I am at lifting weights, and I’m really glad I found something I like so much. And while nobody likes getting stared at when they’re working out, lifting more than the boys who stare is the best, most rewarding feeling (ha ha, I’m stronger than you). At least I know they’re staring because I’m kicking ass, and not because I’m grunting or acting like an idiot, like many of the 4-7pm crowd (I still try to go after 8pm).. or maybe they’re just surprised to see a girl, who knows. I could use some new music, but that’s always an issue. I find something I like with a good beat and good pace, and then listen to it to death, and then despise it, and then cringe every time it plays during my workout playlist. Argh.
For like, general life updates.. we have a bunch going on here around the house, and it’s been nice but hectic getting so much done. It’s never ending, but I’m finally feeling better about the house in general. We have new carpets (so nice) — and other than the break in or two, the dogs aren’t allowed upstairs past the baby gate, haha.. which makes the carpets that much nicer. We have new kitchen counters too, which made such a difference to the entire feeling of the whole house. The sunroom, the painting, all of that got done last year.. new driveway, new fence (just gorgeous).. new windows, new sinks.. new kitchen sink too. My to-do list is still a mile long, which is stressful and frustrating.. but it’s nice to stop and admire all of the work that has gotten done. This year has certainly flown by so far — already March 6th! I missed all last month of writing. I don’t really have much to update today, either.. but, I guess this is more than it’s been for a while, so you’re actually pretty lucky, huh.
The next coming weeks and months will bring lots of change. By the end of this year, I honestly don’t know where we’ll be, it’s to be determined. My future, Lee’s job.. house, kids, moving… it’s almost nice to not have a plan. It’s against my nature.. and it’s a little overwhelming actually. But change is good, and it’s vital — can’t just close my eyes and stay here, and watch as everything else changes around me while I pretend to stay the same. I’m excited for my 30’s. For me, nothing was required of me until I was really an adult, and in my mind, that was when I was 30. I finally feel comfortable in my own skin.. I feel like I changed & grew so much in my 20’s, I would hardly recognize who I used to be. So now, I’m actually a little excited to start this next journey! Although, I’ll just concentrate on making it to 30, first.. but — I think this year will be the best. Not there yet!! I am firmly 29 — just making sure that’s perfectly clear, I’m excited but I’m not rushing into anything! Hahaha. Maybe I should concentrate on finishing work today, first. Hmm. Yeah I guess.
So. I’m going to make more coffee. And stay away from the rest of the cupcakes. Yeeeeah.