Monday, March 31, 2014

Maintenance: Year 4

I've been procrastinating this post for about three months now and I had this whole thing typed out. But when I read it back to myself this evening, I sounded like a giant whiner making excuses for making poor choices. But, that might have something to do with the fact that I'm in a completely different mental space this evening than I was this morning.

The day started with my alarm waking me from a dead sleep at 7AM. That's abnormal for me since I tend to wake up before my alarm even goes off. I attempted to summon the energy to extricate my exhausted body from the bed but it took an extra half an hour. By that time, I knew breakfast at home wasn't happening so I decided I'd just take a shower, get dressed and head to Starbucks for my standard tall dark roast and bacon breakfast sandwich. As I was attempting to wrangle my sweater from the laundry basket (because it's still freaking cold) I managed to cut myself on the laundry basket. Yeah, that's right my laundry basket cut me. Who the hell cuts themselves on a laundry basket? This girl, right here. I'm not sure what idiocy on my part really caused that but I just sucked it up an got a bandage for it.

On the trek from the car to my cubicle, I managed to fill the pad of my bandage with coffee. Because of course, the lid wasn't on correctly and that meant coffee drips down the cup. Since I didn't feel like coffee was doing my cut any good, I removed the bandage and gave up on them entirely.  Remarkably, the work day passed without any major issue and my trip to the gym with Eric and Meaghan was the high point of my day.

And here's the part of the day where things went downhill, because when I do idiotic, I do it well.

I was nearly home, not even a mile away, when I managed to hit the curb on a right hand turn. And I didn't hit the curb at a nice slow speed. Nope, not me. I made it home, parked the car and opened my door. As if on cue, I heard a rapid hissing noise emanating from the front right-hand side of my car. I began swearing like a sailor, because that was the only response to the situation I could muster. I was so mad at myself for my brief lapse in judgment that was going to result in needing a new wheel and a new tire.

It wasn't until after dinner, while I was sitting there waiting for AAA, that I realized that my lapse in driving judgment was a great analogy to the poor food/fitness decisions that have been going on lately. Obviously the busted tire was a more immediate result of my own idiocy, but the end result of my poor food choices was going to leave me in an equally pissed off state.

So, I deleted the entire whiny post and am owning my lapse in judgment. As of today, I'm six pounds over my original goal weight of 127 and I'm done with it.

By the way, this post was alternatively titled "Sarah's an idiot."

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Weekly Weigh-In & Recap: 3/27/2014

Ugh.

The last week has totally sucked. I woke up Friday to a dull, throbbing head and neck ache. Then, I proceeded to roll over to get out of bed and found out that I also had a wicked case of vertigo.  Further testing revealed, that the vertigo was bad if i rolled my head or my body to either direction and when moving from lying to sitting. I'm theorizing, because I didn't go to the doctor, that the likely culprit is a vestibular migraine (more on that here, if you care).  I've only ever had this happen to me once before over seven years ago and I'm confident that it's not worth me going through the requisite diagnostic tests to obtain medicine for something that happens that infrequently.  I'm almost back to normal now, though when I tilt my head or body to the left while lying down the vertigo is still there.

In slightly more interesting news than my spinning world, we bought some FLOR tiles for the family room. They were pretty easy to set up. Or well, they looked easy to set up since I just watched Eric do it. Thanks crappy vertigo, thanks. I do love that you can just replace tiles because I'm inevitably going spill something besides water on them. I'd meant to take a picture them, but my todo list has been suffering from Diablo 3 and vertigo. 

Mostly Diablo 3 though.


DateWeightB.F. %Steps
March
3/24/14135.623.2%51,000
3/17/14134.6??.?%79,243
3/10/14134.623.2%73,302
3/3/14132.622.7%83,981
February
2/24/14134.623.3%80,957
2/17/14133.222.7%65,000
2/10/14131.222.3%70,140
2/3/14133.822.8%73,108
January
1/27/14132.223.3%71,930
1/13/14131.622.8%85,705
1/13/14133.023.0%68,759
1/6/14132.622.6%52,281

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Dining Room Facelift: Part 3 - See ya later old ugly trim!

In late January, I tried to remove the remaining trim. I quickly realized that while a hammer had been the perfect tool to get the chair rail off, it was not going to work for the baseboard and casing. I just couldn't find a way to get decent leverage so I asked a friend at work (hi Shane!) what he recommended. The answer was a prybar or two. After those arrived, Eric and I made quick work of the trim.

February was a quiet month on the home improvement front and I'm attributing that to the fact that it was cold for most of the time. There were only a measly eights days where the temperature rose above freezing. It's hard to summon the energy to work in the dining room when it's cold inside and out. I'm more inclined to want to a warm beverage and hide under some blankets reading a book. However, February did bring a useful development with it, my birthday presents:

Thanks Mom, Dad and Nate! :D
Once March blew in and I'd had time to analyze the entire dining room for a month, I realized that I didn't want to leave the casing on around the bay window. I took it down but that means all the work I did stripping the paint on the casing was for naught. Oh well. Learning experience, right?  With all the trim inside of the room gone, I started in on the walls. The prior owners used a frightful amount of nails to hang things and since I removed the chair rail I needed to even out the newly exposed wall. One container of spackle later and one 220 grit orbital sander pad later, the room was finally prepared for paint:

Next up? Painting! No promises on a time-frame of that post though. :)


Dining Room Facelift: Part 1
Dining Room Facelift: Part 2

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Weekly Weigh-In & Recap: 3/12/14

I hate daylight saving time. Really, I do. I spent all of Sunday feeling like I was White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland and getting up for work has been a struggle so far. In a few
weeks, we'll be back to having sunrise around 6:30 and that should make getting up a lot easier for me.

I feel like these posts are totally lame because I hardly ever have anything of interest to report. It's partially also why they end up being many days (or weeks) delayed. All I've been doing lately is playing Diablo 3, knitting hexipuffs and staring at the paint test patches on the wall in the dining room.

Super interesting, right?

No. Not really.

I think the most interesting thing that has happened in the last week was the confirmation of the fact that deer are jerks. Saturday evening, I was sitting at my computer playing the aforementioned Diablo 3, when I heard snow crunching outside. Finding the noise suspicious, I tried to peer through the blinds next to my computer only to realize that I'd put plastic over that window to keep my hands from freezing while I play video games. I stood up to turn off the light and sneaked over to the window in my craft room. Peering out the blinds, I saw not one, two, or even three deer. There were four little deer jerks out there eating our shrubs. I quickly and quietly went downstairs to tell Eric that there were deer snacking on our landscaping. After spotting them, Eric decided to throw a light switch rave to scare them off.

This only solidifies my decision to purchase this come springtime:
8'x12' Just Add Lumber Deer-Proof Garden Kit by Gardens to Gro

And, here is the boring weigh-in chart. Though I'm not wholly content with being over 130, I'm at least happy that I'm not on an upward trend.

DateWeightB.F. %Steps
March
3/10/14134.623.2%73,302
3/3/14132.622.7%83,981
February
2/24/14134.623.3%80,957
2/17/14133.222.7%65,000
2/10/14131.222.3%70,140
2/3/14133.822.8%73,108
January
1/27/14132.223.3%71,930
1/13/14131.622.8%85,705
1/13/14133.023.0%68,759
1/6/14132.622.6%52,281

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Weekly Weigh-In & Recap: 3/4/2014

Wow, it's March already. It certainly doesn't feel like it because it's still freaking cold. Winter just doesn't want to let go this year, but man, I wish it would. I'm aching to run outdoors again and I want to get started on my training for the Westborough Spring Festival 5K on May 4th. Nate and I are planning on racing it, though maybe not together this time. That really depends on how well my training goes, but some hill sprints are definitely in my future.

Besides cobbling together a training plan this weekend, I took the time to set up my craft room finally:


Other than a little work in the dining room (which has its own post coming), the weekend was pretty uneventful.

More to come on the training plan later this week!

DateWeightB.F. %Steps
March
3/3/14132.622.7%83,981
February
2/24/14134.623.3%80,957
2/17/14133.222.7%65,000
2/10/14131.222.3%70,140
2/3/14133.822.8%73,108
January
1/27/14132.223.3%71,930
1/13/14131.622.8%85,705
1/13/14133.023.0%68,759
1/6/14132.622.6%52,281