Tuesday, January 31, 2012

birthday cheesecake

here's a picture of the cake I made for Jake's birthday...it was amazing!


So I've put on another 2 pounds since I've been working out.  I know that people say when you first start you tend to gain a little bit, and I get it, but maaaaan. I'm officially the heaviest I've ever been and that doesn't feel great.  Although, other than the weight thing I'm the healthiest I think I've ever been.  I've been eating vegetables regularly and going to the gym at least twice a week.  So if I don't step on the scale I feel good. It's really discouraging, but I'm going to try and keep up with my routine.  Decided that yoga really isn't working for me, because I hate it.  I'm going to try PiYo next and see if I like that better.

Jake's birthday was over the weekend and he got really drunk.  It was funny...until I had to take care of him all night.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Update on Resolutions

We're only 24 days into the New Year and already it's been going swimmingly.  I've kept up with my resolutions remarkably well, I think.  As you (the invisible reader - who I'm almost convinced doesn't exist!) might remember, one of my biggest resolutions was to lead a more active lifestyle.  I had said that the first week was to get my routine back, and after that I was hitting the gym!  My first week I went to Yoga on Monday night.  WOW!  That is a full body workout if there ever was one!  All of my body hurt for days afterwards!  I don't really enjoy it that much, but I know that it must be working, because I can truly feel how much strength my muscles lack!  The next day I went to Zumba - excellent cardio and a BLAST!  I was excited to go on Thursday (they only offer Zumba on Tuesdays and Thursdays) but when I got to the gym, they had cancelled the class for that day! So I only worked out twice the first week.  The next week I was planning on going to Monday night Yoga, only to realize that the gym is closed on federal holidays, and Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day! But I did go to Zumba Tues-Thurs that week and had an amazing time.  That brings us up to this week!  I went to Yoga last night (kind of hated it, but I need it), Zumba today, and I fully intend to go to Zumba on Thursday!  I am such a creature of habit, so I have made up my mind to have Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays be my workout days.  To a lot of people this may not seem like such a big deal, but I have been so stationery for so long that to go to the gym *gasp* 3 times a week!  Since I've started working out I've put on a pound or two, but I hear that is normal?  Your body sort of fights back at first...but I don't doubt that soon I will start to lose this stupid thyroid weight!  And then I can look like an older, pre-thyroid issue Robin! Okay, that was a lot of prattling about exercise.  Other news in my life:

I have started eating vegetables...and enjoying them. Crazy how your taste buds change!  I've been cooking dinner again...and cleaning up the dishes afterwards!  I quit my job.  I really hated it...not so much the work exactly, but I didn't feel like it was the right fit for me.  It created a lot of anxiety and I feel such a sense of relief to be done of it.  Not to worry though, I won't be lounging around the house for long! I am in the process of getting certified to be a birth Doula, you can be sure to hear of my progress as I move forward.  In other exciting news...I finally finally finally got a table! A dining table, with 4 chairs! It was fate, really.  Here's what happened:

One morning last week I went into our second bedroom (aka the JUNK room) and could barely open the closet because of all the crap we'd shoved in there!  I thought to myself "this is madness! not in my house!" So I proceeded to take EVERYTHING out, organize, throw things away, reorganize, etc.  At this point I took a look at a freecycle page where military sells to other military.  Someone was selling this small dining set for 60 dollars, and could deliver!  I asked Jake about it at lunch and he said go for it!  So then I started to take on the much much bigger task of cleaning out the entire room! I rearranged furniture, and took apart the desk all by myself!  I moved the table in further, put all the chairs around it...and voila! On Saturday I went on an IKEA trip (I managed to only spend 100 dollars...a feat in IKEA).  I got lots of organizing things, a standing lamp for the new dining room (we have no overhead lighting in our apartment), super cute placemats for the table, and some curtains for the room as well.  I am trying to make it as lovely a little room as possible...to entertain, to do my crafting in, and just to be able to eat dinner with my husband! It's not finished yet, there are certainly some things that need to be adjusted, but we've eaten dinner in here twice already and I LOVE it!

I am sitting in my new room at the table right now.  I just rolled some yarn into a ball for a project coming up, and am now typing this post!  I still love the placemats and especially the lamp from IKEA.  Here's a picture:

It's shade is made from paper, and I think it's absolutely lovely.

The cats are both laying in here keeping me company...I think that it's funny how your animals follow you from room to room.

Sorry that this post has been so long!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


I myself have never been much of a New Years fan.  It always seems like a let down, and I never really get into the New Year resolution spirit.  HOWEVER this year was fantastic!  We went out with our best friends to this Japanese steakhouse where they cook the food in front of you..so much fun!  Then we went to our friend's house and played kinect games and apples to apples until about 3 in the morning! Also, this is the first year that I have actually made a resolution that I plan to stick to.  My goal for 2012 is to be a healthier, more productive person.  I would like my house to stay cleaner, I would like to lose 20 pounds by the end of the year, and I'd like to eat more vegetables!  I made myself a handy little star chart (we actually bought it several months ago, just stopped going through with it) - it has things like wake up before 9, eat 2 servings of fruit, vegetables, laundry, cook dinner, tidy up, etc! Also, I have my eye on this food processor (it's fantastic, even has a setting for pie dough!) - it costs about 180 dollars.  20 stars equals 10 dollars (I get a star for each task)..and I figure that I'll probably average about 20 stars a week. So, in about 18 weeks I should have earned my food processor :).  Next week I'll be starting my zumba/yoga routine during the day.  I'm pretty excited about what this year has to offer!  In about 2 weeks I'll be doing my doula workshop, and I've been doing my reading for that as well!  I'll be getting certified this year, and it is going to be great!  Sorry that this post has been kind of scattered, it's been a while!