When it comes to Christmas my grandparents go hard in the paint. It’s hands down their favorite day of the whole year. They turn their basement into a winter wonderland, make an enormous feast, and spoil all of their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and assortment of in-laws with gifts.
Here I am with a stack last year, so you know what I’m talking about.
They really enjoy buying us clothes, so every year since I was like twelve they have taken me out shopping to choose my presents. My winter wardrobe is dependent on their generosity, and the shopping trips with my grandparents are one of my favorite Christmas traditions.
My mom and I posing with some shopping bags
This year, I was especially looking forward to the trip because I have lost 27 pounds (just three away from my goal weight). Don’t get me wrong, I am PUMPED about my weight loss, and I have been working really hard to get to where I am BUT it is a freaking pain that none of my clothes fit.
I made one of these silly before/ after shots. It was kind of hard to come up with a good before picture because #1 I’m kind of photogenic. I am basically a master at sucking it in. #2 I can be VERY persuasive when it comes to disposing of unflattering pictures (read: I will pitch a total FIT). But just look at my face and my boobs. It’s pretty obvious that I am much slimmer than I was this summer.
Now I just have to wait a month to get my new clothes to go with my new body!
I intended to drive home Wednesday morning for Thanksgiving, but Tuesday night I decided that I could not bare to wait the extra nine hours. I threw a bunch of stuff in a suitcase, grabbed my dog and took off. I know that it’s irresponsible, or dangerous, or whatever to drive through the night. Call me young and reckless.
Wednesday basically consisted of Thanksgiving preparations, and spending as much time as possible glued to my mother’s side. After living with someone who hates me (seriously, I’m not being dramatic. She’s miserable.) it was especially comforting to be surrounded by people who love and appreciate me.
Thursday morning my sister and I ran in our first ever Turkey Trot. She was surprisingly pleasant about the whole experience (you know how teenagers can be). She even agreed to wear matching colors, woke up that morning on her own, and ran the whole race with me. She is on her middle school cross country team and is much speedier than me, so it was sweet of her to stick with her slowpoke old lady sister. We started in the back of the pack- it’s more fun to pass people than to be passed (my advice).
We did get to pass a lot of people, but we were also stuck weaving around them for the first half mile or so, but then the crowds thinned out and it was a pretty fun run. I use the word fun kind of loosely. I did enjoy the atmosphere and spending time with my sister, but the hills on the course were a little more challenging than I am used to. It may have been just the rude awakening I needed to make me prepare seriously for the hills that will be on the Knoxville marathon course. We ended up finishing in 31:55. Between the crowds and the hills I’m okay with that time. The experience was more about being together and active on a gluttonous holiday than breaking records.
I spent the rest of the afternoon cooking with my momsy, and then the entire evening trying to not share this little cutie…
She even spit up on me, but I don’t care. I think it was a bonding moment. Over all, yesterday was a great day, and we all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Monday I presented my mock-thesis to all of the first year graduate students in my program. I was a nervous wreck. I spent FOREVERRRR preparing that thing.
A couple of my slides, so that you can see how beautiful my powerpoint was!
And I made an A. Now that it is over with the world seems like a more cheerful place. The end of the semester is so close that I can taste it. Although it would be easy to start playing Christmas music (guilty) and fantasize about what I am going to do with my upcoming month, I know that I need to stay focused and push through these upcoming weeks.
Let’s start off by talking about what I did today (hint:exactly what I wanted to do). I went to bed without setting an alarm, and woke up when I was “good and ready”. I took my sweet time preparing for the day, and lingered over my coffee this morning. I spent the majority of the day in the library working on a project and being completely self-absorbed. Once I was satisfied with my work, I went to the gym for an hour. I came home, threw in a load of laundry and prepped my lunches for the week. I intended to eat what I as cooking, but decided I was not in the mood. You know what I was in the mood for? Chocolate and popcorn. That’s right, for dinner tonight I had popcorn with chocolate chips thrown in the bag. They were melty and gooey and delicious.
As I was enjoying my “well-rounded” meal I had an epiphany- Most people cannot do this. Most people are not free to just live their life and do what ever they want all of the time without any regard to anyone else. If I had a husband, or children, or even a serious boy friend I could not eat popcorn for dinner. I would have to be responsible. But guess what, I’m young and independent, and I have the freedom to do whatever I want all the time. And that rocks!
The green monster might have gotten to me a little bit when everyone was posting pictures of their babies dressed up as dinosaurs or princesses or whatever on facebook, but at the end of the day I am thrilled that I get to look at those cuties and then close my computer and not have to deal with any of the nonsense that comes with motherhood.
I may complain about my relationship status, but I’m full of bologna. Don’t let me fool you, I love being single. I can be selfish and self absorbed and irresponsible and no one can judge me for it. This is an incredible time in my life and I want to enjoy every last second of it.
I feel like the days just get away from me. Grad school is kicking my butt. I’m doing well in all of my classes, but I am having to work REALLY REALLY hard, spend every weekend in the library hard. I feel like I never have enough time get everything accomplished. I’m pumped about this month. I have several humongous assignments due, but once they are completed and turned in I will feel so much better.
Anyways, It may be a few days late, but lets check in with the goal setting and see how things panned out.
- Run more often! Twice a week. Ummmm, I did run some, but not as much I would have liked. See above paragraph about how I have been struggling to manage my time.
- Pack lunch or snacks every single day. This is probably my most important goal. There may have been a couple of days where I forgot to bring food, but overall I am going to call this one a success. I’ve been prepping my lunches every weekend and then all I have to do is grab it in the morning.
- Eat breakfast– I did a much better job with eating breakfast at the beginning of the month, but this last week was a huge fail. I don’t think I ate it once. I suck. I know.
- Actually run in some stinking races- I ran in ONE race, and it left me feeling pretty successful, and excited to do some more.
- Make an appointment with my boss, so that he can give me feedback on the fitness classes I am teaching. Hahaha nope.
- Do my homework well in advance. This means sooner than the night before it’s due, and definitely not while I’m on my lunch break the day of an assignment’s due date. Overall, I’m going to say that I have done a better job of finishing up my work ahead of time, but there is still room for improvement.
- Register for another half marathon (or maybe even full marathon) in the upcoming months. Wellllllllllllllllllllllllllll….. This morning I actually registered for (drum roll please) THE KNOXVILLE MARATHON. I have been toying with the idea for a long time (like since the day after I ran the Chicago Marathon in October of 2011) and I am ALL ABOUT IT. I have twenty two weeks to get myself prepared. GAME ON!
- Finish up my mock-thesis and give a baller presentation.
- Eat breakfast for crying out loud!
- Continue with lunch packing. Limit going out to eat/ take-out to three times a week. Three times a week is still a lot, but considering I ate sushi pretty much everyday last week, I think I need to start small.
- Run at least twice a week (That marathon is going to be here before I know it.)
- Lose the last seven pounds (this would put me at my goal weight!!!!)
- Get tested for body fat percentage-just out of curiosity.
- Make an effort to spend more time with friends.
Overall, I’m going to say that October was a success and I am looking forward to all kinds of good stuff in November