Christmas Prep and a Marathon

Well, I was doing great following Weight Watchers again until a 5 pound box of chocolate showed up at work. I’ve been a disaster the past week. I need to just throw that stupid thing out. I am now telling myself after the holidays I am for real getting back on track. I kind of have to now; I signed up to run a marathon in April. The weird part is I was sober when I signed up. Regardless, I’m excited and I am running as part of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. This is a great cause and I hope that everyone reading this can find an extra $5 , or whatever you can spare, during this holiday season to donate and help me reach my goal of raising $1,600 forĀ  the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. You can make your donations at: http://pages.teamintraining.org/nc/rnrrlegh14/toreyschaefer

Thank you in advance!

As for my holiday preparations, I don’t really have much to do in the first place so I am way ahead. My family isn’t much for getting together or exchanging gifts so I have bought the necessary cards (I swear I am putting them in the mail tomorrow) and wrapped my cat’s presents. Christmas Eve night we will be joining Victor’s family for a fiesta de Navidad. We are scheduled to go to my dad’s Christmas morning at 10 am to give the boys their gifts and spend some time with them but, I see that ending approximately around 10:07 am, if it even happens.

Otherwise, my life has been creeping along at a steady pace. I did read book I really liked the other day. I couldn’t put it down; I read it in less than a day. That usually doesn’t happen. The book is called Lie Still by Julie Heaberlin. The book follows a woman as she deals with the lingering effects of a date rape that happened to her in college and the subsequent murder of the date rapist . It is not an overly serious book; the topic is presented in a palatable manner. I highly recommend it.

I hope everyone has a happy holiday and I will leave you with some pictures from our vacation to Asheville and the Biltmore Estate.

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So bad at blogging and Weight Watchers

Seriously, I am really bad at this. I get very excited and tell myself I’m going to keep up with a blog then I just stop doing it. I think about it but just don’t do it.

Anyway, the last time I posted I just got back from skiing. We are now gearing up to head back to Asheville this weekend but not for skiing. We are going to visit the Biltmore Estate for their Candlelight Christmas. I am very excited. Asheville (including the Biltmore) is my favorite place.

We have our daytime tour scheduled for 1pm so we will head up Saturday morning for that. We will do the tour and wine tasting then head back after dark for the Candlelight Christmas.

The fact that I have been a terrible Weight Watcher has held my excitement for the weekend at bay. I have knowingly avoided the plan as well as the gym. I actually ate half a pumpkin pie yesterday. About 3/4 of the way through, I realized what I was doing and still didn’t stop. I went to the gym today and have never been so scared to step on the scale. Luckily, I hadn’t gained as much as I thought but, I have gained over 10 pounds and I am miserable.

I don’t know why I punish myself like this. I was so close to my goal and I just give up. I have done this with so much in my life and I need to make a change! I actually sucked it up and decided to get back on track after watching (oh, this is hard to admit) The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Yolanda Foster was at her daughter’s photo shoot. She told her daughter that she knows it’s hard to eat salad everyday when you want something else and it’s hard to go to the gym 6 days a week. I liked hearing this because it is hard work and sometimes I don’t think people understand that. I feel they think I’m “just a gym person” or “just a healthy eater”. It frustrates me and I appreciate Yolanda saying that and giving her daughter that credit and acknowledging her efforts . She then asked her daughter if she felt it was worth it and she said that it was difficult but when she was in front of the camera enjoying what she does she felt it was worth the work. Even though I’m not a model, I have to stand in front of the mirror everyday and I am definitely happier when I am in shape.

Anyway, enough of this episode of “How Reality TV Influences Me”. They dryer has just stopped so it is now time for me to be a real housewife.

PS. Here are some pictures from that ski trip I said I would post.ImageImageImage