Routine.

I am a big fan of planning and routine.  I feel as if I really thrive when I have my day planned and all those things get accomplished.

That being said, life has not exactly been a bundle of agendas these last couple of months.  Which, in a lot of ways, has been freeing and taught me a lot about myself.  However, let me just say, that I am looking forward to the routine of knowing week in and week out what my work schedule is going to be.  I love anthro, but it was rough having a different schedule every week and day.  It has definitely taught me something about being flexible and just going with the flow.

So, another reason I’m really excited about this routine. . .1.) I can plan my workouts accordingly and way in advance every week and 2.) I think it will help me be more discipline in what I’m eating.

I’ve avoided saying this via the internets, because I didn’t want accountability from anyone, but I’m going to say it. First, let me preface saying, I do not think I am fat.  I just want my body to be the best that it can be.  And I may exercise a lot, but I also eat a lot of great food along the way.  So, that being said…

I want to lose weight.  It’s true.  I’ve been inspired by one of my friends, Julianne, to shed a little weight.  She’s done amazing and lost almost 20lbs in a month and half!  Talk about discipline! She just started her blog so you should probably just start following it now.

So there it is people.  Liz is going to be losing some weight.  And trying to find a balance whilst training for the full marathon.  Hold me to it.

Time for a little workout and then a walk/talk date with my friend, Courtney, later.  Hooray for exercising buddies! It makes it so much more enjoyable!

Paint Inspiration

As soon as Preston and I started thinking about paint colors for our house, we knew we wanted gray.  I think it’s a great neutral that can look so modern and clean especially with some crisp white ceilings and trim. We’re hoping to paint the dining room another light color…possibly a mint or yellow.  These were our wedding colors, and I didn’t realize it until I started lying paint samples out.  Well, at least we’re consistant.

And a little kitchen organization inspiration…

We begin painting tomorrow! I can’t wait to post before and after pictures, but it might be a while before we get to that point.

Life, you crazy.

It’s true.  Life is sometimes extremely crazy.  The Lord has a funny way of taking us on this  journey called life.   In hindsight, I ‘ve been laughing about a lot of things that have happened in the last few months and thanking Him for believing in me enough to put me through some of the things that He did.   He was and is there every step of the way.  He provided me (and preston) with everything we needed, including each other.

Texas is really becoming our home away from home.  I really didn’t think it was possible, but now that we physically have a home of our own, we are beginning to feel settled.  I can finally nest.  I like to do that.

This week was a big one.  I accepted an offer from a company to become a Grant Coordinator and we closed on our first home.  Thankfulness is abounding.    I am thrilled about my new job.  The culture in the office seems fantastic and every other Friday we get a half day.  Um, yes please.  I’ll still be working at anthro, because honestly, I really do love it(mainly the people I work with).  And my discount. :o)

The key to our first home!

I Know, I Know. . .

…So, it’s been a while.  Sue me.

I’m kidding.  Please don’t do that.

Last time we talked I had just finished my second half marathon! Craziness.  Life has been so busy these last few weeks that I’ve had little time to keep up with blogging.  Reading my millions of blogs has not been a problem though. ;)

The half marathon.  I will say that I wish I would have done better.  I kind of expected to improve from my last one, but I came in with pretty much the exact same finishing time.   I’m starting to see a pattern for myself.  I train really well and gain a lot of confidence that when the race gets closer, I tend to back off my training.   Lesson learned: push hard all the way through.  I think if I would have done this, and gotten in my 12 mile training run as planned, I would have killed it.  BUT I have to remember that I finished and that was pretty much my only goal…besides doing better than my first half.

Another lesson learned:  Keep with your routine on race day. For some reason, the night before the race, I decided I was going to go without music on race day.  I NEVER run without music.  Since it was a Rock N’ Roll I figured that having music along the course would suffice.  Nope.  I needed my tunes.

Another thing that I did not do during training was experiment with long run fueling.  Typically, if you run more than 75 (it may be more or less than that depending on your source) minutes you need to fuel during your run.  I never did this.  So, when race day came and I popped some sports gels, my body freaked a little.  But I really needed fuel by mile 8-9. . .otherwise I probably would have fainted.

Lesson learned:  Cross train.   I think this would have made me a lot stronger.  Running for 3 months straight got boring too. Hoping to join a gym once we move (what?!…yeah, we’re moving. More about this later) and get in on some fitness classes.  I love those!

For the full(in Portland Oregon!!) in October,  I need to be extremely focused.  Training for 4 months is going to be hard.  I’m excited for the challenge and hoping to take the experiences I have had and better myself for Portland.  Really thankful that I will have a group to train with and push me towards this goal.

Enough about running.  Guess what!

WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!!!! We close next week and I cannot wait.  So blessed and thankful that we were able to find something that we love and in a great location.  We’re next to a park and a Whole Foods.  I’m really glad that I will not have to give up my frequent WF visits. I love you, WF.  You’re almost like my best friend.  Almost.

We’ll be moving slowly since our lease is not up on our apartment until July.  Speaking of, if you know anyone wanting to sub-lease from May-July send them our way.  We’ll make them a great deal!

We’re excited to paint ever surface!  I’m not keeping the master bedroom hunter green with gold sponge painting on top.  It was just too pretty for us to keep.  NOT. Sick nasty color.  Once we close I’ll post some beautiful pictures of our first home! :o)

Here is a tribute to our little apartment which I have grown to love so much.