Monday, January 31, 2011

Cheers to Six Months!

(Nonalcoholic--I promise!)
Can you believe it? The five months or so that we were engaged seemed to drag on relentlessly.  In contrast, these last six months have sped by!  I cannot believe that we have been married for six whole months!  In honor of our little anniversary, I want to share 6 things about marriage and Andrew that I am grateful for:

1. Andrew is a wonderful listener.
Andrew has learned that if we are in the same room I cannot help but chatter on relentlessly.  Even if he is up and doing things (getting ready for bed for example) I follow him around and continue to ramble on and on.  He is very kind about this.  I know he would often prefer to work in silence but he rarely complains.  If I have something more serious to talk about he will stop what he is doing and look at me while I talk.  He asks me questions to be sure understands. I really appreciate that.

2. We don't have to say goodbye at night anymore.
BYU-Idaho has a midnight curfew for all single students. Andrew and I went to the midnight showing of Harry Potter 6 and I didn't feel a bit guilty!

3. Andrew is very patient.
He has the ability to remain completely calm and reasonable even when I am quite the opposite.  I can never stay mad at him long because he doesn't let disagreements turn into personal attacks.

4. I get to sharing an apartment with my best friend instead of roommates!  
Don't get me wrong, I loved my roommates but I LOVE having the whole fridge to myself and not having to fight for a burner on the stove or argue over whose turn it is to do dishes.

5. Andrew is a very hard worker. 
It is hard to talk Andrew into taking a break.  If he isn't doing homework or at his job then he is working on his web design, doing projects for his dad, studying scriptures or drawing.  I really admire that.

6. I don't have to go on awkward first dates anymore!
For the most part dating was awkward and uncomfortable, until I met Andrew.  We had so much fun dating and we still do.  Tonight, to celebrate our little anniversary we are going to a movie and getting frozen custard at BRCs :)

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Please someone give me pizza!

Is it a problem that I want to reward myself for working out with food..?  My mom would always say that working made her want healthy foods so as not to mess up all the hard work she just put in exercising.  Me, on the other hand, I see it as my reward for exercise.  I think I need to find a different way to reward myself though if I want to do well in the Biggest Winner competition.

As a general rule, I crave pizza like crazy after I exercise.  Not just any pizza, pepperoni pizza with alfredo sauce at Pizza Pie Cafe (formally known as Craigos) from the outlet in Broulims. One slice of that yummy pizza probably has more calories than I burned in my entire workout (which today was around 800 calories!) I am proud to say that I did not give in.  But boy did I want to!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Biggest Winner: Day 1

Workouts started today for the Biggest Winner competition!  I was actually pretty excited to workout since BYU-I just got a bigger gym.  Before, you practically had to wait in line to get on a treadmill or an elliptical but now there are TONS!  It might have had something to do with today being a holiday though...

The program is set up so that if you workout on your own you earn 3 points, but if you work out as a group you earn 6 points.  So there is incentive to workout together.  That being said, I was a little shocked when only half of my group showed up today. I hope that is not a sign of things to come! Our trainer,  Jacob, had us focus on cardio today.  I think he just wanted to see where we all were at so he encouraged us to form a baseline for our workouts.  He wanted us to see how much we could do today on the elliptical or bike and use that as our minimum from now on.  I did a little over an hour on the elliptical and then 15 minutes on a stair machine.

I really do love working out.  What I hate is getting myself to go to the gym, once I am there it is not so bad and when its over I feel like a rock star.  Even the horrible mirrors in the locker room that make me look like I just gained 20 pounds couldn't get me down today!  If nothing else, this program will be a good thing for me because it will help me get to the gym.  I have a set time to go everyday and I will let people down if I don't show.  But don't worry, I am sure I will still complain like crazy right before I have to go :)

On a side note, the gym has wireless internet which is awesome because I can watch Netflix on my ipod touch while I work out!!  I was so into my show that I hardly noticed the time going by!  Also, I can listen to pandora!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Biggest Winner

I am an official contestant of the first BYU Idaho Biggest Winner competition!  Yes, I meant to write "winner."  I guess we are not allowed to call each other losers at BYU-I even if we are referring to weight..

I am on the yellow team with five other students.  There are six or seven teams total.  Each team has two personal trainers and a weekly appointment with a nutritionist.  Also there are workout classes speciffically for the program and biweekly group competitions.  The competition will last for the entire semester.  I entered to force myself to be accountable for exercising and eating healthy. Plus, where else am I going to get a personal trainer and a nutritionalist for $30/semester??

By sharing this on my blog, I hope that I can feel even more accountable to my workout and nutrition goals.  Baking goodies and yummy foods is my biggest weakness.  As I type, there are brownies baking in my oven...  They are my last indulgence before I crack down and start this healthy business.  Tomorrow I have my first team workout!

Feel free to start asking me if I have worked out!