Wow, it’s really getting cold outside.

I’ve lived in Pennsylvania for about 99.5% of my life, but every year fall sneaks up and takes me by surprise. I blame my parents. They had me while living in sunny California and then moved us to western PA. If it were not for the fact that Justin lived over here on the East coast I would continue to be bitter.

I’m looking forward to starting my workout routine tomorrow, week 1 day 1 of C25K. I downloaded the itouch app and everything for it! I think I may have talked Justin into doing it with me, but the real test is trying to get him out of bed tomorrow. I’ll probably be on my own, unfortunately. I’m thinking of taking some “before” pictures of myself in the mirror in my bathing suit to kind of keep me motivated. It’s hard to keep yourself motivated with something like this, so I’m basically just going to try every trick in the book and see what happens. haha.

Another thing that I would like to accomplish this year is working on my novel some more. November is National Novel Writing Month. I always want to participate in this, but I usually bail a couple weeks in. Maybe I can really turn over a new leaf and get back to work on one of my life long dreams…publishing a book!

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I really, really, really need to get back in shape.

I used to be in shape, before I found the love of my life and booze. I got comfortable, I got lazy, and I also got a desk job. Now the wine and beer has gotten the best of me and my love for cooking huge meals for just my husband and myself has taken over. So, I have a dream…

Justin picked out a hot little black dress for me before we started dating, I love it, and it doesn’t fit anymore. I asked him to take me to see RENT on Broadway in Pittsburgh for my birthday (one of my favorite musicals ever) and my goal is to get back into that dress for me and for my hubby.

I also would like to be in good physical shape for whenever we decide to get pregnant. It’s still a long way away, but it’s something I can’t help but think about.

I started taking Xenadrine before meals and have been drinking water like it’s going out of style. My next step is I’m going to start The Couch to 5K. I’ve always wanted to be a runner, but I am so not built like one. I’m hoping this program will help ease me into it. I don’t like the gym and our living room is just too much on the small side to do much exercise. I’m trying to talk my darling husband into starting to run with me, I think it would be a good way to spend time together, and we have some very pretty landscape near our home.

When the weather finally just becomes too awful to run outside I can turn to my college, which I have a membership to the gym because I’m a student.

I have a seriously major goal. I basically wanted to lose 65 lbs. altogether, and that’s a lot of weight. Losing that would mean that I would be back at the weight I was my senior year of high school and in the best shape of my life. I like to think that it isn’t obvious that I’ve gained that much in 4 years, and I’m very, very lucky that I’m tall, I can carry it all! haha.

But there you have it, hopefully I can get this accomplished =)

Well, if you’re not a regular smoker you may have missed it, but today cigarette sales tax rose $1.01 in PA today.

Ouch.

So I’m down to 4 cigarettes I bought yesterday before they jumped to to over 6 dollars, and I’m going to make my first (and hopefully last) real attempt at quitting.

I remember when I started. I was a freshman in college and hated, hated, hated smoking up until I had my first one after a particularly bad week involving work, school, and an asshole I had a crazy-insane crush on at the time (who coincidentally smoked) I have an addictive personality, I was hooked.

That was a little over 4 years ago. Now with this new tax I think it’s just best I give quitting a try. I will not say I’ll never pick up another cigarette as long as I live, no way. I enjoy a cigarette when I’m drinking, so on nights out I think it might even help in the regular quitting process to let ourselves indulge. It’s also going to help that Justin’s on the same page as I am. It’s nice to have the support, and I will support him. Hopefully we will not be so cranky we’ll want to kill each other.

I really am on a health kick. I did the shred again last night and plan on doing it later tonight as well. I like how I feel after (and definitely do not want a cigarette!) Of course, on the flip side of that, I’m trying desperately to shed some weight, and quitting smoking is really not going to help in that aspect.

So I’m down to 4 and I’m armed with Nocorette and the Quitter app on my ipod touch. Whatever I save from not buying cigarettes I’m putting away for 4 things: wedding, honeymoon, house, and a long life with my husband. If I can keep those things in mind I think I can kick it.