Sunday, March 28, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
On Sunday I did a bit of research and decided that since my symptoms were mainly above the neck, I could go workout at the gym. I hopped on the treadmill and was feeling really good the first mile. All of a sudden it hit me and I could barely keep up a jog. I got off after 2.5 miles and tried some strength training but then decided it was probably better to rest. I guess it is a good thing that I tried to work out, as it gave me the impetus to get to the doctor. Do you guys have a hard and fast rule for when/when not to work out when you are feeling off?
On Saturday I had my final dress fitting! We are getting married in 11 days; craziness! I found some fun stuff for the out of town bags, including Saratoga Salsa Co. Bloody Mare Mix (saratoga is horse country!) and Saratoga hot fudge. I am also going to include water, vitamin water, tylenol, saratoga potato chips, sugar cookies, candy and maps of downtown. Here are some of the other last minute deets I am working on:
- dance lessons with my father. My stepmom really wanted him to get them and it is actually kind of fun, haha.
- seating chart. We have approximately 181 adults and 9 children attending.
- Place cards. Sooo excited for this (YUCK).
- Table card numbers. I've assembled pictures of Bailey to use and my co-worker is going to put numbers on them for me.
- Schedule last minute spa appointments.
- Order food (sub platter/bagels) for the suite for the bridal party while they are getting ready.
- Day of schedule? Not really sure if I want to be this anal but I need to coordinate 12 women getting their hair done. Yikes.
- Programs for the ceremony. To do this, we still need to pick out three readings. Nothing like procrastination at its finest :)
- Pack for honeymoon!! :)
- Book excursions for honeymoon. I booked the luau, but we are also diving two of the days, going on a hike and taking a sunset catamaran cruise. Yay Hawaii!
I did get a big check off of the list this weekend: my rehearsal dinner dress! I have been on the lookout for quite some time now, to no avail. Anna mentioned that Ann Taylor Loft had some great spring clothes in so I headed over to check them out. Success! I purchased this dress:
I'll be back later this week with a guest post from my guy (on his definition of fitness) and whatever else I can fit in during this crazy time. I hope that everyone is doing well, and know that if I'm not commenting, I'm still reading your fantastic blogs! Happy Tuesday! :)
Thursday, March 11, 2010
So today brings us to the first edition of thumbs up (or down) Thursday. I have been trying some new products that I want to share my experience with. Today's selection: Kombucha! What is kombucha? It's pronounced kom-booch-a, so whenever I think of it that song from the nineties (who got the hooch? baybaaay) always pops into my head. That's an annoying aspect of it :) The company describes kombucha as "a handmade tea that is delicately cultured for 30 days. During this time, essential nutrients form like: Active Enzymes, Viable Probiotics, Amino Acids, Antioxidants, and Polyphenols. All of these combine to create an elixir that immediately works with the body to restore balance and vitality."
Hmm, sounds good to me. Apparently, Kombucha also supports digestion, metabolism, immune system, appetite control, weight control, liver function, body alkalinity, anti-aging (all over that), cell integrity and healthy skin and hair (sign me up!). Basically, a miracle in a bottle. I don't know how much I buy into it but I was intrigued enough to try it when I saw it at the health food store the other day. A few other bloggers have raved about the booch on their blogs so I finally bit the bullet and dropped the $3.99 for a bottle of it.
After debating the many flavors, I purchased the synergy organic and raw raspberry flavor. I shook it up (big no no) and it proceeded to explode slightly in the car. So far, the booch was a major fail. Anyway, I got back to the office and realized duh, you aren't supposed to shake it. I tentatively sniffed the drink and was overcome by the scent of vinegar. At this point I was highly skeptical. I took a few sips. The verdict:
Two very enthusiastic thumbs up! After the initial shock from the vinegar-like smell, the drink became incredibly refreshing. So much so that I mosied on over to the health foods store today to purchase four more bottles. I am currently drinking the strawberry serenity flavor and it is even better! This habit is going to get expensive!
Drink stats (per bottle):
- 75 Calories
- 16 grams of carbs
- 8 grams of sugar
- 25% daily folic acid requirements
- 20% Vitamins, B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12
- Tons of Probiotics and Antioxidants
Has anyone tried Kombucha? Would you? Any thoughts on all of the drinks claims?
Have a great rest of the week! :)
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Don't get me wrong, Bri and I got sooo many amazing gifts. However, I was ecstatic when I opened this one up. After seeing some of my bloggers post their amazing juice concoctions, I knew I had to get one. Do you juice? If so, have any recipes for me? :)
Okay, enough randomness from me- onto the race schedule! In the past I had mentioned partaking in a triathlon this summer. After thinking about it, I decided that I'm not ready for that yet. I would like to focus on my running and get into half marathon shape! So, here is the plan:
May 14-15- Ragnar Relay! I haven't been assigned my legs yet, but I'm hoping it's nothing too crazy. There are a TON of hills on the course. I've never really hill trained so I need to get on it!
June 5- Freihofer's Run for Women 5k- I'm hoping that at this race I will be able achieve my goal of a sub 30 5k!
July 15- Boilermaker 15k- I've heard that this race is super fun, and I know some fellow bloggies have mentioned that they ran it in the past. If you're planning on running this, let me know! We can meet up afterwards :)
And lastly, the big one, which Molly of I'm a Sleeper Baker clued me in on:
The Mohawk Hudson River Marine Corps Half Marathon on 10/10/10! I didn't even know that there was a half marathon in my hometown around the time that I was looking to run one- this works out perfectly!
I am very excited for all of the upcoming races. I am going to continue my weekly workout schedule until the wedding (run 3x week, body sculpt class, jillian michaels circuit workout, yoga) and then start training for the 15k (I will likely follow the same training plan as my 14k) mid-April. I will throw hill workouts in there for Ragnar and speed workouts for the 5k. Then, once the 15k is over, I will transition into full on half marathon training. I am excited! What is everyone else's race schedule like?
One last thing... even though Jillian sold out (sooo disappointing) I still have to admit that she is hardcore. Or maybe I'm a sucker, because as soon as her new yoga dvd came out I wanted it! My mom ordered it for me (yay!) and I am anxious to try it this week. I'll let you know how it goes. Have a great rest of the week!
Friday, March 5, 2010
I'm thinking that I should go play the lottery today. Why, you ask? I won TWO awesome giveaways from two fantastic blogs! The beautiful Skinnyrunner (btw, you should totally check out her blog- she is super funny and wicked speedy) was hosting a giveaway on her blog to celebrate the amazingness of billion hits (or half a mil, who's counting). I won a ten dollar gift certificate to chocomize chocolates! I am super excited because I think I may use the chocolate bars as wedding favors. The site looked so awesome that I ordered a chocolate bar before winning. I will be trying their dark chocolate/oreo/marshmallow combination. I emailed the company and they told me they could give me a sweet discount and customize the labels and whatnot. I am thinking of creating a his and her bar- half of the guests will get a chocolate bar "Katie style" and half will get one "Brian style." I encourage you to check out their site! What chocolate creation would you purchase?
I also won the gorgeous Shannon's Fashion Friday giveaway! Yay! That girl is one serious fashionista. I love her outfits! I am excited for the yoga subscription, nut butter and tea assortment. I am feeling pretty lucky today! Do you consider yourself to be lucky?
Does everyone have fun weekend plans? I am heading to lunch with my Matron of Honor to give her her gift for being in the bridal party- I can't wait to give it to her! :) Then I am meeting my little brother at a local wine bar to meet his new girlfriend. So cute. Tomorrow I heading to the Philly area for my bachelorette and bridal shower take two! Bri's sister and mother are throwing me one so his side of the family can attend some festivities. How lucky am I? Annnd, I get to see Bri! He is driving up to see me since he couldn't make it last weekend due to the weather. :)
Starting today I am implementing Photo Friday, where I post one of my favorite pics. My photographer recently posted this one on his blog. Have a great weekend everyone!