This is me. . .

Freakin’ out! AhhHHHH!H!Hknfa,gjaljrkael jal!!!!!!

I just got an e-mail from my running coach.  Our marathon training starts this Sunday.  I am so nervous it’s unbelievable.  I’ve never been so afraid of failing in my life.  Is that weird?  I have to remember that this is for me and no one else.  It’s something that I’ve always dreamt of doing (for some odd reason) and it’s crazy that it’s being set in motion.

This is what next week looks like:

Sunday-3.2 miles (5k)

Monday-4 miles

Tuesday-6 miles

Wednesday- 4 miles

Thursday-6 miles

Friday-Rest

Saturday- 3 miles

Grand total= 27 miles!!!!!!!!!!!

One day at a time.  Get ready for weekly updates on my progress.  I need all the encouragement I can get.

I’ll be working two jobs ( I just couldn’t let go of Anthropologie) and training for a full marathon.  These next couple of months are definitely not going to be dull.

A few before and afters

We spent all last weekend (thurs-sun) working on our house.  We probably spent the most money we’ve ever spent in one place, minus the house itself, at Lowes buying appliances and paint.  I may  or may not have fainted afterwards.  We primed all the walls, minus  bathrooms and kitchen, and finished painting the living and dining room.  Note for anyone looking to paint a popcorn ceilingdon’t do it.  I did not learn this until I had already worked a couple of hours, and finished, both dining and living room ceilings.  It looked so nice.  Then, it dried and you could see all the places I missed.  I was told by an experienced painter that it wasn’t the best idea to paint them and that I should probably wait a month or two before we try to do a second coat.  CRAP.   I’m going to wait a week because I’m impatient.

Here’s some painting eye candy for you.

Living/Dining Before

Lovely brown paint. . .and a globe fan.

Living/Dining After

Loving the light airy colors! Can’t wait until the trim is bright white! You can’t tell very well in this picture but the living area is a light gray (grey?) and the dining room is a lovely mint color.

Dining/Living After

Dining/Kitchen before

Notice the lovely vintage dishwasher in the kitchen? Believe it or not it works, but it is freakin’ ugly. Also, the previous homeowner painted over wallpaper in the kitchen. Good job.  Not looking forward to that project. . .

Dining/Kitchen after

Haven’t quite tackled the kitchen yet.  We’re also hoping to switch out the lighting.  It’s nice, just not our style.  We have quite the list of things we would like to do, but for now we’re stickin’ to painting and minor fixes.  Once we get moved in and organized, I think the yard will be next.  We’ll just see how it all goes!

Easter Sunday

After a long weekend of work, we spent Sunday resting.  Preston’s cousin, Callie, came up from Baylor and spent a few hours with us.  We had lunch and showed her the house.  It was a nice day.

My first day at my new job went really well.  I am excited for my first full week to start tomorrow!  I think I’m really going to love this job, however, it will def be an adjustment from being on my feet for 8 hour/day to sitting at a desk 8 hours/day.  Exercise is absolutely going to be a must.  I’m going to join a gym so I can get exercise in before work.

P.S.  I am extremely guilty of not running AT ALL since my 1/2.  Uh oh.  I’ve been enjoying other forms of exercise like pilates and Jill Michaels.  My full marathon training starts at the end of May, so I should probably start running again. :o)

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.

Pantry not gone.

So, I know I had this goal at the beginning of the week last week not to go grocery shopping…BUT I kind of made that goal on the whim without checking out what we had in our fridge.  It wasn’t much.  HA!  However, we have managed (and it’s definitely taken some adjustments) to rarely eat out.  It’s so easy to fall into the habit of just picking something up and not worrying about cooking dinner.  Preston and I knew from the beginning of marriage that eating out was something that would have to significantly decrease if we wanted to save money.   And guess what?  It has been hard at times, but we’ve done it.  We have saved some money and our health. Yay!

Something that has changed in the last month or so, is that we are eating a lot less meat. And guess what?  We don’t miss it that much.  We mainly did this for health reasons, but also because meat is expensive!  If we’re going to eat meat, it’s going to be organic. . .and that’s expensive to say the least!  It’s what I feel strongly about and I’ve done too much research to be blind to the effects of eating non organic, commercial meat.  Ick.  Don’t get me wrong though.  The cheap stuff entices us often and I sometimes have to give in for the sake of our bank account.   It’s hard to find a balance, but we are really trying.   I’m still researching, thinking and contemplating all the things being said and discovered in the food world. . .and oh my word there is so much to be said by so many different people.  All I know is that whole, natural and organic foods are suppose to heal, promote health and give us energy,  not make us sick, fat and tired.

I’m not on a soap box, I promise.  You can still invite us over for dinner or out to eat.  Organic or not.  Meat or not.  I’m no food snob…I just like good food!

So on the quest of less meat, I bought some tofu.  Didn’t really know what to expect.  I forgot where I found it, but I found a simple recipe for first time tofu-ers. And it wasn’t bad.  Tofu pretty much takes on whatever flavor you cook it with. Here is the brand that I tried. $2.99 for the whole package which has 5 servings! Pretty dang great!

Only later, after eating about half of this package, did I see the “Best by” date…Hmm.  I’m still alive, so that’s good.

I’m really obsessed with these little guys right now.  They’re great to take to work.  Plus, I don’t look like an idiot who eats PB out of the jar. . .or a fatty.  Okay, I do it at home.  It’s really embarrassing when Preston finds me licking PB off my fingers and elbows.

If you have any tofu tips to share, please do!

Or any tip for that matter.  Money…advice.  Whatev.