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Today was a looong day.

I worked over 11 hours

Found out my car still has work to be done on TOP of the $400 I just paid

Had a nice lunch with Caroline

Got to sneak in for the dessert half of my grandmas birthday celebration at Houlihans

At first I wasn’t going to go, but I’m glad I did. My family is awesome . . . We are all very . . . unique. Marie and I split a caramel ice cream pie thing which was ok. We also had some brownie sundae too. My dads coffee came on a pretty cool plate, cool enough for taking pretty food photos. Somehow, Dad slid it over and it fell into my purse! šŸ˜® I didn’t realize until I was home . . . . . NOT!

I don’t advocate stealing, but . . . Who am I kidding, I cannot give any discretion here. I am evil. Sorry, I’m not sorry.


I came home to Chris who got me a cute little Halloween necklace just because. šŸ™‚

Why, oh why did I say I would work on my day off tomorrow? At least I’ll be home in time to discuss sugar šŸ˜‰

HAPPY 81st BIRTHDAY GRANDMA!


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Yesterday was an an awesome day. Unplugging really made me realize how much I fill every gap in my day with the internet. I need to create some guidelines for this so I can stop and smell the roses while my life starts changing. Anyway, I also think it was especially awesome because it revolved around food šŸ˜‰

I’m not going to lie, I ate a lot. There were times that I over ate, but I was well aware of it. Part of me was just trying to enjoy the celebration, and another part of me was trying to do a little experiment.

Ever since my scary run in with sugar, I vowed to make a change for my health. I fed myself better and I faithfully took my vitamins all week. The result was that I ended up having MUCH more energy throughout work, I slept better and I genuinely craved exercise. As busy and as stressful the week was, things felt better.

Yesterday I ate things that weren’t so healthful. Fast food, beer, pastries ect. I actually don’t remember feeling a deep hunger all day, but I ate anyway. I had fun, but what resulted was 2.5 short sleepy type naps, fatigue, bloat and just a general feeling of gross . . . Not worth it.

I slept ok but woke up at 4am with raging heartburn and I did NOT want to get up for a workout this morning. I realized that it was my mind telling me not to go because of how drained my body was from what I did to it. Unhealthy craves unhealthy, remember? I went anyway and I’m glad I did. Running is getting easier and I am going farther and farther without stopping. It is bringing me joy šŸ™‚

I vowed yet again to feed my body better today and for the rest of this week, for my health. I felt so much better and even though I’m taking baby steps I’m learning a ton about what’s really important along the way.


Right now, I am sitting outside watching my sister play in a tennis tournament enjoying the fall weather.


Later, we will be having a cookie cake at my parents house for Chris . . . Last nights cake wasn’t enough šŸ˜‰

Happy One Month Birthday Blog!


(Jills birthday cake made by Marie. . . Used for good measure)

I know this isn’t a huge milestone in blog land, but for me it is. I actually went a whole month successfully posting unlike my last 2 blogs and I feel really good about this one. This month I . . .

Put Myself Out There. I became a face of beauty and showed my struggles on how I selected the picture that made it.

Learned About Fear. and how in most cases fear is worse then the problem you face.

Fought Against An Avalanche Of Negativity. I was able to stop a series of negative actions that drowned my thoughts just from looking at one unflattering picture.

Talked To Myself. I got to really speak to the wise inner voice inside of me that was previously silenced by an obsession of diet and exercise.

Began MY Future I got acceptance to the school I have been wanting to go to and will be starting this fall!

Fit In! yes, I may not fit the norm, but damnit I fit in here in my own special way!

I’m constantly learning new things and loving that I have a place to share my thoughts. I’m even more lucky that I have other people read my thoughts and share thoughtful comments. All of you rock!

I love the support and look forward to many more memories as my life begins to change for the better šŸ™‚

I’m off for a wild ride with Ashley tonight. Stay tuned for the madness šŸ˜‰

I know a lot of people do one mile in half the time or less, but this was the average pace of our 5 mile workout at the reservoir this afternoon!

Marie and I did 2min jogging and 3min walking the whole time. We usually start out good and finish walking the last mile and a half, but we were determined to keep our pace and we did!

We had a long warm up with Mom and Jill who also went but walked the whole way. We plan to do this once a week and shave a bit of time off each workout. I’m sure it will help us for our first ever 5k in November! šŸ˜‰

I feel awesome, and hungry!

We are taking Jill out to lunch for her birthday now at Surf Taco
. . . Even though her real birthday is today, we doing the whole cake and dinner thang tomorrow. But for now . . . .

Happy 24th Jill!

*chomp*


Teriyaki chicken wrap with pineapple chunks. Didn’t rock my socks but cured the hunger.

Not sure what’s in store for the rest of the night, yay šŸ™‚

It’s been a long while since I have had 3 days off in a row. It was such a great feeling on Sunday night when I’d normally be sulking, that I had another full day off! And not just any old day off . . . Today is my Dads 50th Birthday!

Happy Birthday Dad!

Let me share some of the things I did this weekend . . .

WARNING: Lots of Random Pictures Ahead

I Had a bunch of laughs with friends at a bonfire while drinking my favorite Sam Adams beer.

I attempted to start drawing cool header ideas for my blog.


I got some quality time hanging out with old man Ozzy at my parents house.


I got my hands on my first pumpkin spiced latte of the season and accompanied it with a delicious pumpkin scone. Yum! šŸ™‚

Went shopping with my sisters so they can get a birthday gift for Dad.


Waded through a mountain of chocolate, butterscotch, and peanut butter chip pancakes and a home made breakfast quiche for Dad’s birthday breakfast.


Ate a few bites of ‘chocolate death-cake’ and gave dad a gift certificate to Mortons Steakhouse along with this candy that he hates as a joke.


I also was able to take 2 naps outside this weekend, started reading a book by Dave Ramsey, went for a 5 mile walk/jog around reservoir and finish my laundry. Well, it still has to be ironed šŸ˜¦

I’m pretty upset with myself because really didn’t feed myself well. It’s not so much that i ate food that was ‘bad’ but I wasn’t really listening go my hunger and fullness signals at all. I don’t want to sound diet-y by saying ill be good tomorrow, but that’s how I feel.

I’m going to focus on the WHY though. Maybe I’m stresses out about something and i don’t even know it!

Now I’m off to bed with a cup of my favorite Sleepytime Tea. Might get up early for a run then back to the daily grind.

What did you do this weekend?

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  • Ayla: My easiest dinner recipe? PB + banana sandwich. Takes 2 minutes which makes me a very happy girl.
  • kristisn: Yum! That looks like a great dinner.
  • Kate D: After two scarring experiences stuck in big city rush hour traffic (facing the wrong direction) while on vacation with my parents I totally understand

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