Tuesday, August 20, 2013


you should totally read the title to the tune of this...

but instead of being a bartender...i'll be a goaltender.

cuz i've got goalz, yo.

since getting engaged (!!!) my brain has been non-stop...a pinball machine-style idea creator.

have you seen my wedding pinterest board?  my mind is constantly pinging around, dresses, vibe, food, venue, favors, candles, accommodations, etc.  i'm not worried or panicked that it won't turn out perfectly, because quite frankly, i know it will be perfect.  (my kinda perfect that is.)

well, in addition to planning the event itself, i've got some shit to take care of in terms of #sweatingforthewedding.

i've been working out and eating right (mostly) for 11 months.  i've lost over 30 pounds, gained strength and lost fat.  i'm wearing pants 3 sizes smaller than last year at this time...but now it's time to kick it in to high gear.

(if you're new around these parts, i joined kdr fitness last september and have shared my weight loss journey, recipes, goals, etc., here on the blog.  it helps to keep me motivated and if it helps even one of you join the journey or stay on track, than i've done by job.  feel free to go back and catch up -- the labels on the right sidebar will help you find 'weight loss' or 'recipes' or 'goals'....or whatever you're looking for, like 'handmade' projects....which have nothing to do with weight loss, but they're fun!)

kdr recently started offering a new membership, total body, which i signed up for.  it's a small group class structure, but it's like having a three personalized workouts that you do at the same time as others in the class.  i like the small group size and the personalized attention.  they offer 6 total body classes a week, but one falls on a day that's hard for me to get to the gym (in more ways than one):  monday.  but i'm available tuesday, wednesday, thursday, and friday (and sometimes saturday).  there's no reason i can't get there out of those 5 class offerings, plus the other classes they offer at different times as well.

so, goal #1:  work out at kdr 4x per week.

i've also signed up to do the diva dash in massachusetts on september 7th.  we have a group of over 15 women (from kdr and a few extra friends) heading down to complete the 5k dotted with "fun" obstacles.  no fire or mud, but there will be obstacles that test our balance, strength, and agility.  our group opted to participate in a non-competitive wave, mostly because we're in it to do it, not to win.  we're all excited for our little adventure and have had a few 'diva bootcamps' including running, jumping over objects, etc., just to get us prepared for the madness.

so, on to goal # 2:  sign up for more events.

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i'm clearly in a serious weight-loss mode right now, as i want to drop at least 2 more sizes before our big day...if not more.  i want to make sure my extra flub is gone.  i don't mind having 'soft curves', but a bulging belly ain't happenin' next june.  i'm re-committing (yes, again.) to staying serious, eating right (with minimal cheating), maintaining my food journal, and gettin' this shit done.

here's goal # 3:  be serious about food.

{view recipe here}
i love eating.  i do, it's my biggest weakness when it comes to my weight loss goals.  but, i've learned one really important thing in this journey:  you lose weight in the kitchen, you get fit in the gym.  i love healthy foods.  i really do.  i love fruits and veggies...but the thing that makes me drive myself crazy?  there are times in the afternoon when it's time for me to fuel my body with some food (a protein, fruit or veggie, and a fat), and i'd actually rather not eat than eat the food that i like that i know is good for me (and it's honestly food i really do like!).  i'll go without an apple, a cheese stick, and a small handful of almonds for no good reason.  and, of course, there are also times when i'm busy working and stopping for a snack is just not a priority.  well, it is a priority.  it's fuel for my body to keep working properly.  i know this.  i just need to do it.

so, again, because it's important, goal # 3:  be serious about food.

{view recipe here}

the last part of this goal-tending post is less about food and fitness and more about life...specifically, life as a bride-to-be.

goal # 4:  stay calm and organized.

i'm a planner.  i love knowing exactly what's going on in the coming days/weeks and it makes me better at everything else in my life because i'm forced to, well, plan ahead.  i have my erin condren life planner helping me every step of the way.  (check out the website here.)  my planner helps me take notes on what i've accomplished as well as what is left to do.  with a wedding to plan, i've also started using a binder to hold all things wedding.  i signed up on and printed out a checklist so i'll know what things i need to accomplish as the months progress.

i'm also slightly neurotic.  the down-to-earth side of me knows this is crazy (quite literally), but i like things to be 'just so', and when i know i can make it 'just so', i want it 'just so'.  and if it's not...well, i get eversoslightly neurotic.

i just need to remember that while i love working out all the details and making our wedding my most favorite day the end of the day...

even if candles don't stay lit or 
flowers wilt or 
my makeup runs or 
someone gets sick or 
the food isn't hot or
it rains...

none of it really compares to the reality of the day:  i'm marrying my best friend.

so...i've shared my 4 goals for the next 312 days (luckily, is counting.)...stay tuned for progress, inspiration, and all things #mikeandandrea!


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  2. My twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest links are right on the sidebar! =)


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