Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Days 174 and 175: Movie Review, Product Review, House Update & Deep Thoughts on Commuting

Yesterday was a great day! I got up early (not in the best mood… cute, sweet baby Reuben didn’t sleep through the night again – so weird!), got ready and moved out! Work was busy – good busy – it’s been great lately! I was able to walk with Stacy during lunch – 3 miles – woot! The afternoon flew by and before I knew it it was time to head back to the gym for a quick 2 miles and abs then home for a quick dinner with Austin (Mustard chicken pasta!), then over to Phipps to meet my mom and sis for Shopaholic. SO FREAKING CUTE! I just love Isla Fisher – she MADE the movie. It was pretty silly, but she was so charming and endearing that I was really able to compartmentalize the over-the-topness and just enjoy it for what it was, a cute fun movie perfect to see with your closest and brighten your mood. In other words – I recommend! I got home at 9:30 or so and spent time with Reuben, watched Gilmore Girls (I’m so addicted) and read your fabulous blogs! Austin got here at 10:30 from poker and we hung out before crashing out. Forgot to add – swung into my FAVORITE store, Hue – got 4 pairs of underwear (SO CUTE) on sale and an adorable pair of tights half off!

As far as eats, I started the day with a yummy bacon/egg/cheese muffin, and a yogurt. For lunch I had the white bean chicken chili with saltines, followed by 100-calorie chips ahoy air crisps (still not as good as my Kashi cookie dang it!). Around 3 it was time for another snack – 7 triscuits and 4 little laughing cow cheese cubes – YUM! Then it got to be 4:30 and I was hungry… I was worried I would be too hungry to not eat before the gym. Enter Stacy to the rescue with pretzels!! They more than carried me over to my mustard chicken pasta dinner with Austin, and then my slimfast yummy chocolate bar during the movies. That’s all folks! I ended up at 1,714 calories, 239 carbs and 35 fat grams – not bad, especially since I was able to walk 5 miles. Here’s what I ate.

Today was a great day, too! I woke up tired (again – blah!) but ready for the day! I wore my new tights with a skirt that used to be tight and was so excited! I even busted out a pair of low heels – highest I’ve worn since all of my foot problems started in September. It wasn’t bad at all! For breakfast I had a yummy breakfast burrito (potato/egg/MS sausage) and yogurt (my new favorite thing in the world). Then I had 3 milk chocolate dove promises…. Hehe…. I wanted a treat. I had every intention of going to the gym, I even ate my pre-gym snack of RF cheez-its but alas… it was a cold one and me and the girls (Stacy & Melissa) decided to not work out but to instead go out for a nice lunch and catch up – yay! We went to Chequers seafood grills – FAB- and I got salmon, mashed potatoes and mushrooms. For some reason this time the mushrooms were floating in so much oil. I moved them out of it and kind of tapped them off before eating. I hate when restaurants do that! I also had the famous biscuit before lunch – so good and of course worth it for the great time with my great co-workers/friends. When I got back from lunch I was stuffed. Like not good stuffed – ugh! I definitely didn’t eat anymore, and definitely did go to the gym for a quick 3.5 miles after work before heading to meet Austin and Amanda at a house.



Yes…. Austin found a foreclosure today, Amanda moved on it, we set up a meeting time of 7 p.m., met there at 7 p.m., walked through it and… it’s awesome and we decided to put an offer on it. Yes, right then and there. We followed each other back home each talking to our moms, got here and made the black bean chicken tacos (I did what my notes said and only had one in the tortilla and the other in a bowl – awesome), and got on the computer. Amanda had sent the offer over! We printed it, signed it, scanned it and emailed it back. Yes – we saw it at 7 p.m. and had an offer signed sealed and delivered by 11 p.m. Now we’ll just see what happens. SO MANY things could happen. We could get in a bidding war and get priced out (foreclosures are toughies from what I understand) OR it could work out. Who knows? Lord knows we’ve done our due diligence so maybe this will work.
My hopes are not up so we’ll see, AND I’ve made a list of things I didn’t like so if it doesn’t work out I’ll have that to console me (like $5,000 a year in taxes… missing that “opportunity” won’t be sad). Anyway – crazy day/night. So glad to be back home with Reuben blogging… and eating a new yogurt (Yoplait Light Very Cherry flavor – very good, especially seeing as how the only thing cherry I’ve ever liked before is jolly ranchers)!! At the end of this hectic day I had 1,729 calories, 201 carbs and 43 fat grams. Here’s what I ate. Off to sleep now! Oh wait -one more piece of news... the highway that i'll be taking to get to the houses we're looking at is notoriously crowded (like most in ATL rush hour). I used to make this trek in 2006 when I was interning with my company. I remember the commute well... I made it 5 months before moving to Buckhead and haven't looked back at the suburbs again... Anyway, I had decided that it was okay, I was over it, I work different hours now and go the gym after, etc. - I would make it work. Well tonight I left the gym at 6:30 p.m. to the house at 7 p.m. and there was NO TRAFFIC. None. And it was RAINING. I think it was the additional lane they added... anyway - GREAT NEWS, PEEPS. Even if this house doesn't work out, it definitely made me feel better, but mostly made Austin feels better. He's well aware of how inpatient I can be and how, much as I try not to, he gets the brunt of it sometimes - eek!! How long is too long for you to commute? How long is your current commute? Happy Hump Days - visiting you all soon! :)

12 comments:

Mica said...

Aw, I hope good things happen with your house offer!

My current commute is about 20 minutes on the bus to campus, but I can't wait for it to warm up! Then I'll walk!

sweetandfit said...

omgosh that house is beautiful! my commute is only about 15-20 mins - but I think too long would be 45 mins... I love you meal plans so much that I just joined spark - tomorrow will be my first day tracking =)

prettyface said...

LOVE that house--good luck. But even if ya don't get it, there's an even better one waiting for you guys! :)

My commute is 10 minutes. HA! I know...but I live in tiny little Huntsville with barely any traffic (even though I like to complain about it). I used to drive about 45 minutes to work each day and that was just too dang long. That's when I gained all my weight as a matter of fact--because by the time I got home, there was no way I wanted to workout. I hated that job and everything about it. UGH>

inmytummy said...

A few years ago, I used to live in Decatur and my job moved to Alpharetta. Let me tell you, that commute sucked! It was definitely over an over each way, sometimes closer to 1.5! I actually got a new job because of it. Now, I live in Va-HI and work by Cobb Galleria and that takes about 30 minutes in the morning and 45ish in the evening which isn't too bad. Are the houses that you guys are looking at near your offices? That totally makes a difference.

I used to stop at LA Fitness on my way home from work to avoid the traffic on 400. That worked pretty well.

Good luck! You'll be able to get that $8000 first time homebuyer stimulus! That is exciting. (I'm assuming you are a first time homebuyer).

balanceisbest said...

Wow! The house looks awesome - it will all work out the way it's supposed to!

I can't wait to see that movie! I also love Isla Fisher, I still laugh every time I watch Wedding Crashers, her character in that movie is ridiculous and I love it!

Thanks so much for your encouraging comment. I can't believe how much everyone's kind words really affects my day. I know that I am making progress and I will try not to be so hung up on the scale. Sometimes it's just bad timing. I'm over it already! :)

Thanks again! Hope you have a great day! Keep us posted!

Kaneil, balanceisbest

eurydice said...

that house is amazing! i hope you get it. right i'm commuting 45 minutes each way. it sucks but i listen to audiobooks so it's not so bad.

Thinspired said...

Ok, that house is BEAUTIFUL!!! I hope you get it!

hannah katherine said...

hey girlie. i like that house! can't wait to hear!

and i am OBSESSED with the twilight series thanks to YOU : )

my commute is usually about 20 minutes, but today - 1 hr + because of a wreck (not involved, thank God).

hope you're well!

fittingbackin said...

Mica: Thanks girl! Oh yeah - I took the bus to campus in college - the Tiger Transit at Auburn. :)

Sweetandfit: That's not bad at all! I do too... something about getting over that 30 minutes... knowing your round trip is more than an hour. That's hard! Oh great - good luck!!!

Prettyface: Thanks! I sure hope so! Oh wow - that's awesome. hehe oh yeah - commutes can be KILLER on your workout routine!

Inmytummy: I can't even imagine the time you must have sat on 285!! Oh no! Well I work off of Exit 3 (glenridge) and we're looking between exit 7 (holcomb) and exit 9 (haynes) - so now my commute is 20 minutes tops (exit 2 lenox road to exit 3). I'm much closer now - but exit 2 has SO many lights! yes- we're pumped about that!! Renovations, much?!

Balanceisbest: oh it's adorable - you'll love it if you love her!!! Oh of course- I know what you mean. :) So glad to hear it!!

Eurydice: Thanks so much! Oh yes- i'm an audio book girl too so i'm with you!! I think those will really make it much better!!

Thinspired: Thanks. :) I so wish we had... bummer.

HK: haha I know! They really suck you in (no pun intended). Oh wow... that's awful. Thanks! I am - just a little overwhelmed. :(

fittingbackin said...

Mica: Thanks girl! Oh yeah - I took the bus to campus in college - the Tiger Transit at Auburn. :)

Sweetandfit: That's not bad at all! I do too... something about getting over that 30 minutes... knowing your round trip is more than an hour. That's hard! Oh great - good luck!!!

Prettyface: Thanks! I sure hope so! Oh wow - that's awesome. hehe oh yeah - commutes can be KILLER on your workout routine!

Inmytummy: I can't even imagine the time you must have sat on 285!! Oh no! Well I work off of Exit 3 (glenridge) and we're looking between exit 7 (holcomb) and exit 9 (haynes) - so now my commute is 20 minutes tops (exit 2 lenox road to exit 3). I'm much closer now - but exit 2 has SO many lights! yes- we're pumped about that!! Renovations, much?!

Balanceisbest: oh it's adorable - you'll love it if you love her!!! Oh of course- I know what you mean. :) So glad to hear it!!

Eurydice: Thanks so much! Oh yes- i'm an audio book girl too so i'm with you!! I think those will really make it much better!!

Thinspired: Thanks. :) I so wish we had... bummer.

HK: haha I know! They really suck you in (no pun intended). Oh wow... that's awful. Thanks! I am - just a little overwhelmed. :(

inmytummy said...

A few years ago, I used to live in Decatur and my job moved to Alpharetta. Let me tell you, that commute sucked! It was definitely over an over each way, sometimes closer to 1.5! I actually got a new job because of it. Now, I live in Va-HI and work by Cobb Galleria and that takes about 30 minutes in the morning and 45ish in the evening which isn't too bad. Are the houses that you guys are looking at near your offices? That totally makes a difference.

I used to stop at LA Fitness on my way home from work to avoid the traffic on 400. That worked pretty well.

Good luck! You'll be able to get that $8000 first time homebuyer stimulus! That is exciting. (I'm assuming you are a first time homebuyer).

sweetandfit said...

omgosh that house is beautiful! my commute is only about 15-20 mins - but I think too long would be 45 mins... I love you meal plans so much that I just joined spark - tomorrow will be my first day tracking =)