I suck at running.

So I just completed a 4-week Boot Camp with the fabulous ladies at Alavie Fitness. Let me just say they kicked my booty! They don't call it "Boot Camp" for nothing.

Four weeks ago, I signed myself up for a 6:30am class. When I arrived for my first day of class, it was dark. And cold. And dark. I thought to myself, "What the heck have I gotten myself into?" My butt got kicked. Seriously. Totally. Ubiquitously. I sweat, a lot. At the end of the workout my head was steaming, literally. But it was worth it. I felt energized. It's counter-intuitive...but go with it.

Basically, I'm just glad I survived all four weeks. We did a ton of drills, little hurdles, circuits, weights, and...RUNNING. I suck at running. I have and I'm pretty sure I always will. Ok, so I think I suck a little less now, but still. Running will never be something I do for fun. I'm so glad I didn't pass out while running! Because I totally felt like I was going to. Serious props to all you runners out there. I bow down to your talent in running. I blame it on my short legs. Long torso + short legs = not built for running. Alright, enough excuses. We did a fit test at the beginning and I had to run the mile, like in high school. After four weeks, I improved my time by 1:10! I was just wishing for like 10 seconds, so I was stoked with 1 minute and 10 seconds!

What's kind of sad is that today was my last day and the workout felt harder than all the other days! But I'm thinking that it was probably due to the fact that I've been having a gnarly allergy flair up due to the change in weather and early blooming season. Seriously, these sinus headaches and post-nasal drip action are super annoying.

However, I do feel like my endurance has improved. I can do REAL push ups now! I thought that I couldn't (well I think that's because I was just lazy), but when you are surrounded by other women - some at the same level as me, some older in age, some at an amazing fitness level - I feel like I'm pushed by the little voice in my head that keeps saying, "Don't let that old lady show you up!" Oh, did I mention that the little voice is super competitive? Again, I bow down to all the ladies in my class who kicked my butt consistently over the last four weeks, running in much better form than I. But I can do real push ups, improved the plank, and I realized that I can run.

Probably the most humbling experience during the past four weeks has been the realization that I CAN run. I don't love it. I'm not good at it. But I have the ability to do so. I'm thankful that I can run, I'm in good health, surrounded by family and friends, blessed to have a wonderful fiance, and the perspective to acknowledge those gifts. I'm forever grateful.

So to anyone who's wondering...YES, I definitely recommend doing a boot camp. YES, it's hard, but you'd be amazed at how much you can accomplish. YES, I am sore (still currently am). YES, I really woke up at 5am 3 days a week for a 6:30am workout. YES, I would do it again.

I probably will as the wedding approaches t-minus 3 months. That means April.


Vote for me!

So I enter contests with the thought that I probably won't win. But I guess I have some luck. I once won the pumpkin carving contest at work, $50! I won the drawing at the company Christmas party, $100! I won the drawing from F-Stop Beyond TV, $60 value! And I won a $10 iTunes card from Southern Weddings Magazine! I'm not trying to brag, I'm just amazed that I have won stuff.

I'm up for something again.

Southern Weddings Magazine has been running a contest since they launched their print magazine in January. It's a chance to win The Flip. All you had to do was take a picture of yourself with the magazine or a picture of the magazine on the stands. Well, I happened to be in Dallas when the magazine launched and since as the title suggests, it features Southern Weddings, it was way more readily available in Texas than California. So I asked Cent for a special trip to Tom Thumb (Texas equivalent of Safeway) and snatched one up off the shelves! I was all excited about taking a unique picture. I didn't really know what to do...So I lagged. I waited and the deadline past twice, but they extended it twice. So I finally got my act together and submitted a photo!

Southern Wedding Flip Entry

Here's my entry! #11 on the page: Flipping out for Southern Weddings!

Anyway, I'd appreciate it if you'd rock the vote for me, dear reader. All you have to do is comment with #11 at the bottom of the page!

Thanks and happy Saturday!


I bring a hair dryer to the gym.

I've become one of those people. Yes, those. The kind that bring all kinds of junk to the gym to get ready for the day. I'll admit it. I'm one of those gym snobs who thought that getting ready at the gym was silly. Why not go home? Why show the world how you roll? Sometimes, it's not that simple. Well, I'm officially one of those people. With good reason, I might add. I had to. Either that or look like a drowned rat all day.

Personally, I'll take the hair dryer.

I started Boot Camp today. I thought I was going to DIE. And I'm not even talking about the working out part yet. Waking up at 5:15am isn't glamourous. I don't know how Oprah or anyone else in their right mind does it on a daily basis. I love sleep. In fact, I might even dare to say, I cherish it. Let me have my sleep.

Well, it turns out that my will power won out. I decided to sign up for Boot Camp with AlaVie Fitness as a way to jumpstart my fitness program in these last handful of months leading up to the wedding. I've been pretty good about working out, I just needed to kick it up a notch. Shock my system, if you will.

Let me tell you, Internet, I was shocked. And then I about died again. No joke. As obscene as it was waking up when it was dark, having to work out when it's dark and cold is just as obscene. I didn't know how the ladies who started at 5:30am did it. They were finishing up and it was still dark. But I decided that I had plunked down the money, so I am going to do this.

The workout itself wasn't so bad, and it was nice to be in a small group. I sort of felt like the fat kid on the playground because I was last finishing up some sprints and drills. I didn't care. That's usually how I felt in high school when we had to run laps for the annual fitness test. That's usually how I feel anyway, nothing new. I must say, however, this was my first boot camp and all the other ladies had been before.

"It'll get better" they reassured me. "Good job for just making it out here!"

As dawn broke through the night sky to wake up those who were lucky enough to be sleeping, we continued our work out. I'm happy to report that I can jog without completely passing out, as I have been doing intervals outside and on the treadmill prior to this camp experience. Let's face the truth though, I was tired at the end. I was glad it was over. My head was steaming, literally. I guess I was really hot and the air was really cold. Oh Physics!

Then, in pure ghetto-fabulous style, I went across the street to 24Hour Fitness (I do have membership and frequent it) to freshen up. And I busted out my hairdryer. That's how I roll now.

Am I looking forward to tomorrow?




I'm not digging the idea of another early morning, but I'm stoked that I'm doing this. I'm facing whatever hangups and fears and saying "Take that! I can do this!"

Tomorrow is the Fitness Test, a la high school fitness test...

Wish me luck!


New Year, New Look!

Happy New Year! So I'm about 11 days late, but whatever. I just wanted to say that the blog has had a little revamp to go with the new year! Voila!

I will be posting my goals for the year soon! :)


Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you have a fantastic holiday! It's my last one apart from Cent, woo hoo!


Tag, I'm It!

So, because B-Rod tagged the world, here I go.
  • Link to the person who tagged me 
  • Mention the rules
  • Reveal six quirky yet boring, mundane, banal and pedestrian facts about yourself
  • Tag six other bloggers by linking to them
  • Go to each of their blogs and leave a message letting them know they’ve been tagged!
Catie like you’ve never seen before:
  • The wrong year is printed on my birth certificate. Therefore, I have an amendment.
  • I hate it when people pronounce the word NUCLEAR as "new-queue-ler" (ie the outgoing moron lame duck)
  • I learned to read and write in French before English.
  • I enjoy sarcasm and petty gossip. (Awful, I know)
  • I have two dachshunds, Frieda and Walter the Farting Dog.
  • Pinocchio freaks me out because it reminds me of Chucky (also freaks me out)
Now, I tag:
Mercy, JessicaMichele, Jen, Lydia, and Camille Elise.


Happy Birthday Mom + Goals Revisited

Happy Birthday Mom! I love you! :)
Thanks to two blogging buddies, I've decided to revisit my list to see my progress.

Here it goes:
  1. blog everyday for a month (COMPLETE)
  2. learn how to cook and ease kitchen anxiety
  3. learn how to use Digital SLR to its full potential (getting there)
  4. take better photos (work in progress)
  5. post photos consistently on Flickr (work in progress)
  6. go to the gym at least four days a week for a month (trying to keep up with this)
  7. try a new class at 24Hour Fitness (have tried out 4!)
  8. search for other job possibilities
  9. meet my fiance’s friends
  10. learn full potential of Photoshop (as of May 2008)
  11. move out of parents’ house (July 2009... 9 months to go!)
  12. organize my bedroom
  13. clean out my closet and donate unwanted clothes to Goodwill (Completed, but need to do again)
  14. purchase new or “previously owned” car (woo hoo completed January 2008!)
  15. have my friends meet his friends
  16. explore major cities – Atlanta, Chicago, Washington DC, Seattle, Denver (found out Denver = not so exciting)
  17. spend time in New York City
  18. practice taking more portrait photos (work in progress, check my flickr)
  19. crochet a beanie for the fiance
  20. learn how to surf, even for a split second
  21. go to Vegas as an adult (March 2008, and got engaged!)
  22. go wine tasting, I do live close enough to Napa & Sonoma!
  23. take a cake decorating class
  24. design logo for future business (currently being designed, working with graphic designer!)
  25. take a ballroom dancing class
  26. move out to Texas to be with boyfriend (to be with future husband! July 2009)
  27. schedule annual physicals (going today...)
  28. remember to have car oil changed (car reminds me now, how fancy!)
  29. have extended family meet fiance
  30. set aside money to donate to charity of choice
  31. participate in Habitat for Humanity Project
  32. look into the possibilities to PMP my job (Project Management Professional)
  33. get engaged, and have legitimate reason to read wedding magazines like Brides, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, etc. (COMPLETE: March 1, 2008!)
  34. shadow a professional photographer (COMPLETE: October 18, 2008)
  35. buy a house
  36. design personal stationery
  37. decorate said house and give it sense of style
  38. finish painting room
  39. take a cooking class
  40. read at least one book a month (been pretty good, have read a good stack!)
  41. go to the library more often (facilitates my new audio-book obsession)
  42. go to Hawaii and reclaim summer color (going to honeymoon!)
  43. document my 101 goals as completed (been bad at this)
  44. plan fantastic wedding on my terms (IN PROGRESS)
  45. complete my first quilt project – already bought the fabric!
  46. go to the Philippines during Christmastime to visit family
  47. cook semi-fancy romantic dinner for self and boyfriend. from scratch, without killing or making us sick
  48. build photo portfolio (IN PROGRESS)
  49. visit the New England during the fall (mostly complete, went to Boston in October)
  50. buy a new computer and Adobe Design bundle (COMPLETE: October 2008)
  51. as a complement to completion of #33 and #44, apply to be a Bee
  52. go on a cross-country road trip
  53. learn more on the fundamentals of photography (Always learning)
  54. ride my bike around the park
  55. go on daily walks when the weather is nice (woo hoo! thanks Nike + iPod kit!)
  56. lose 20lbs... if they can do it on Biggest Loser, I can too! (work in progress, lost 10 since January, gained back 7 lbs, sad, but working on it!)
  57. start cooking own meals to make good on goal #56
  58. visit best friend in Italy while still stationed there (don't know if this will happen, sad)
  59. return to Lyon for Fete des Lumieres
  60. write a journal entry everyday for a month
  61. keep a food journal consistently also in efforts to make good on #56 (did this in January-March, then totally slacked off)
  62. make a pair of earrings (or more)
  63. clean out wallet and purse... rogue receipts be gone! (Constant work in progress)
  64. spend the holidays with fiance’s family (next year!)
  65. send out Christmas cards with photos of us
22 out of the listed 65?! Not too freakin bad! To me, this is truly testament to having your goals written out. I didn't think I accomplished this much, but wow! I'm super happy with 22 complete.


Nike + iPod!

I decided that to make better on my goals to get my butt moving in the next 8 1/2 months before the wedding, I would invest in this cool little gadget. I bought the Nike shoes a while ago with the intentions of getting the little device. Well, months later I finally got around to it and it's awesome! So far, I've only completed two workouts, with a time goal, but I'm looking forward to knocking out goals down the road. Check out my little widget. When you plug the iPod into the computer, it uploads all the stored workout data to Nike.com. Easy peasey. I'm kicking it up a notch as we get closer to the wedding!


9 months to go...

...til the wedding!

So it frustrates me to think that almost a whole year has passed and I have slipped back into my slacker tendencies. I started the year out great, working out and eating right. Then sometime around May-June, it all started to slip. I had made some great progress, and then I guess I took it for granted because here I am, ten months since the start, back to where I was in January.

And I know there's no one to blame but myself and lack of self control. It's laziness, I'll admit it. I was on a freakin roll in January, eating salads and lean meats and GOOD for you food. Potatoes are evil. Deliciously evil. And also are my downfall. It's all about self-control and free will, and while I'm big on snarky remarks...I need to get big on not putting food in my face.

With nine months to go till the wedding, I need to pick up the slack. The dress I ordered will forgive me only so much and I have about 3 inchese leeway. With that said, I have to pick up my lardbutt and stop being lazy. Step one: going to the gym on Saturdays. Fridays and Sundays are my days off right now, but I'm thinking that I need to do something everyday, even if it's just walking in the neighborhood. And I need to eat better. Period. I had this free test thing (who knows how legit), but basically it could tell that I don't get enough veggies, which I'm totally guilty of. Potatoes are not vegetables. Damn.

On a separate note, as part of my 101 in 1001 list I've been making some great strides. I have, however, been a slacker about posting my accomplishments. I'll be working on that too. In the last month, I've completed #34 and #50. Woo hoo! As a part of my portfolio building process for my future freedom from the evil clutches of corporate America gig, I have a blog dedicated to JUST my photography stuff. If you know anyone looking to have some photos taken for the holidays, engagement, portraits, wedding, anything really, let me know!



Come on people. It's that time of year again. REGISTER to vote. Regardless of who you are or what you believe, if you want to make a difference, you'll need to get off your butt and vote. So register. I found this video from a photographer who posted it to her blog.


Thank you Tina Fey!

Quality Comedy. Sadly so close to real.


10 months to go!

So it's the 18th. That means ten more months til the big day. And yet, how is it that we are already half way through September? I though Labor Day was last week...

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