Saturday, September 13, 2008

Time to update!

Hi Lovers!

Quick updates on me:

Summer was good and filled with seeing family and friends, catching up, working at my job which I'm really loving since I got there last November and keeping up with my health/fitness.

Mark and I celebrated our 2 year wedding anniversary! Whew!

I gave up meat (beef, chicken, pork, turkey, lamb, veal), milk, and cheese (milk and cheese products are harder to cut out but I'm trying). Still eating fish though. I thought I'd see if I felt better physically and to be honest, I watched a PETA video "Meet Your Meat" and read the book Skinny Bitch and I felt compelled to at least try it. To top it off, the doctors have told my dad that if he wants to live past 60 (he's 55), he better watch his blood pressure and cholesterol, as well as his family history for late-onset diabetes and that a good step would be to cut out alcohol and fatty meats. thinks that if my dad has to watch it then maybe I should too. Is it permanent? I don't know, but it's been a month and I don't miss it too much but the thought of no more prime rib or buffalo wings hurts my heart something awful.

Got a bike, named her Penny (short for Penelope) and boy is my girl FAST! I am joining Orange County Wheelmen, but unfortunately they've told me I need to be able to ride for at least 15 miles at a 12mph speed before I can ride with them. Soon enough!:

I officially start my swimming lessons on September 16th with the YMCA. With the help of Yahpee (Aline), I hope to be able to swim 1/2 a mile in open water by around March 2009. Considering that I can only doggie-paddle about 10 yards at a time with the comfort of the pool edge within my reach, this is a big deal for me. This is me currently:

August 31, 2008 Disney Half Marathon - CHECK! Aline, Kim, Kim's MOH Michelle, Joy, Claire, Andrea and Me did the race together. I had my best time ever! 2:06 and change wahooo! After waking up at an unGodly hour of 3am and being at Claire's house by 340ish so that MVP Tim could take us there, we set off. It was pretty great, except for the muggy heat. The cool ass medal and post-race Soup Plantation sure as hell made up for it though.

RIGHT before the gun went off...pretty exciting

I can officially say I've ran a race through the Magic Kingdom (Castle? Whatever). My everlasting pacing partner Andrea and Me (still giddy at mile 2-ish):

Hurting hurting hurting....I think this is around mile 10ish:

Disneyland was such a rush that guess what I've signed up for for October 12, 2008? Yes, a race that is 100% along the shoreline. How can you beat that?

Twilight. Edward Cullen. Yummehhhh.... No further explanation needed to fans and non-fans alike. November 12th can't come soon enough darling.

Cheefy Beefy Romanian Melts, with a can of Pepsi. I'm STILL crying. Oh hell.

That's about it.


Jessica said...

You are such a rockstar

NorCalMrs said...

I love it. Awesomeness. Especially the cheefy beefy Romanian melts. Yum.

Winnie said...

I recently hopped on the Twilight bandwagon, too. Love the "vampire Cougar" shirt :) Very cute bike and congrats on finishing the race!

Angie Eats Peace said...

Congrats again on your race, and Penny!

I became a vegan after reading Skinny Bitch, as well. I was a vegetarian already for 2 years, and after reading the book, I started cutting out all the dairy. For about the past 2 months, I have been pretty consistent with veganism.

ssinca said...

I can't believe your summer recap got a cheefy shoutout.


WeezerMonkey said...

Milk and cheese, too? Me sad for you.

wan-nabe said...

aha! that's why i'm eating your share of spam!

dying at the last bit, dude.

J Lopez said...

been wondering where you've been! good stuff homie.

A Feminist Gold Digger said...

Since we live so close, you can ride your bike in circles around me while I fry up a pig and eat it. Kidding. I'm proud of you for not killing animals, yo.

amber said...

congrats on the halfie! you look strong out there :)

i'm loving that pic of rob at the bottom. so hot!

R said...

So much to comment on! Thanks for the recap, happy you are still on the healthy bandwagon, hope your dad gets better, yay for the halfie, yay Nov. 12th, and yay for everything else I missed except for the sadness of no meat, milk, or cheese. :)

jane said...

You're awesome. Congrats on running a great half!

sherthebear said...

wow another marathon! that is awesome. Last year, I did the LB marathon on a bike. The have it where the cyclist can participate too. It is a nice scenic route for sure and pretty flat. Ton of fun. GL!

losangelesdaze said...

Oooh I want to do the Long Beach half! Except...i'm doing the MS 150 that weekend. Boo.

So I read on the forums that you are trading your bike? Nooooo :( But whatever makes you comfortable!

kccat said...

Congrats again on that Disney race. You really rocked it. I am very jealous of the swim lessons. I was actually thinking of taking some myself if I can find sometime.

A local board I am on is all a buzz about twilight and now I may have to check it out. I am always hearing about it.

Anonymous said...

re: the buffalo wings, have you tried the ones by morningstar?? of all the faux nuggets out there, i really like these with trader joe's bbq sauce..