Tuesday, November 22, 2011

New PR to Start a Great Weekend

I have a habit of typing these out and leaving it open until the next morning where it's been saved and then I have to publish it the next day, so this is Monday night's blog!

I had a fantastic weekend and am actually looking forward to Thanksgiving this year.  I started my weekend off with my Friday long run.  I made a new PR in both distance and speed.  I ran 9.31 miles and averaged at 9:50 min/mile finishing up in an hour and 31 minutes.  That's faster than the speed of my last 5k, and on long distance I feel that's something to be proud of.  My fastest mile was 8:48 minutes!  :D  Hopefully that's a good sign that I'll make a new time PR at the Turkey Trot!  Later that evening I went clothes shopping.  I feel that I may go down one more size before I hit my goal weight so I didn't want to spend too much money, but I was in desperate need of clothes, pants especially.  So I went to the thrift store.  I got 4 pairs of pants, 5 tops and one skirt for $21.  Talk about bargain shopping!  I also cleaned the house Friday in preparation for a nice night out on Saturday.

Saturday I got all my weekend stuff done (including a 40 minute run and an hour of Zumba!), got an overnight bag packed and we went to stay at the Marriott for the night.  We had planned to go last weekend, on my birthday, but plans changed a bit abruptly.  So we checked into the hotel and got ready to go to dinner.  I was excited to have the opportunity to dress up and go out so I wore a dress that I found at Burlington on sale.  We tried to get a few pictures together and Mark took a couple of me, but we were starving so we kinda rushed the picture process (ahem HE).  This is the best picture out of the bunch:

I look a bit crazy in the picture of him and I, and I hadn't even had anything to drink yet!  We went to the Olive Garden where I had one glass of wine, two bread sticks, one bowl of salad and half a plate of Mediterranean Chicken.  It was absolutely gluttonous and deeeeeeeeeeeelicious!  I sure was glad I worked out that morning!  Especially when we got back to the room after dinner to freshen up before heading down to the lounge.  I came out of the vanity area to see this:

My hunny really surprised me this time!  They were delicious and gorgeous!  We spent the rest of the evening in the lounge, enjoying the music and having a few drinks.  (Okay so maybe I got a bit sloshed!) 

The next morning we got up and had breakfast in the restaurant (it was included in the package Mark got).  I had an omelet with veggies, a piece of wheat toast, a side of bacon and some fruit.  I felt a bit less icky after that.  I was going to go for a run to sweat off some of the alcohol, but I didn't have time.  I spent Sunday cooking and preparing for Thanksgiving.  I am a firm believer in preparing foods and freezing them so all I have to do is pull it out of the freezer and stick it in the oven.  I had three batches of dressing I had to make (one for Mark's family, one for my dad's house and one for the work luncheon), which involved 9 batches of cornbread in 6 pans, two sheets of biscuits and lots of wine!  I also got 2 batches of broccoli and rice casserole ready.  Tomorrow night I'll be baking two cakes and then Wednesday I'll get the dough ready for rolls.  My sister was a saint and came over to help me with the cooking, so on Wednesday I'll be helping her with her cooking.  I was so exhausted by the end of the night, between cooking and laundry (oh and cooking tonight's dinner, too) I felt like I made up for not working out considering I was on my feet all day. 

Today was uneventful, I ate well and went for a quick 40 minute run after work.  Tomorrow will be the doozy, need to bust some tail at the gym, have the work luncheon, stop at the grocery store for a few more Thanksgiving items, then go home and bake a couple cakes.  I sure will be glad to have all this done a couple days early though.  Here's to getting through the next few days without a gain!

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