artanis: (She-Ra: Princess)
I am so bad about this update thing.

I am happy to report that I've actually started working on those goals I posted in my last entry. I joined a guild on Guild Wars 2 (granted, it's made up of my fiance and mutual friends), and I woke up early this morning to get a walk in before the day really started. It's a small step, but yay, progress!

The other good news is that my fiance may finally have some income. He found a company that he likes to hire him as an independent agent. It's a commission-based job, but at least it's something right now. And it puts his insurance licenses to good use.

I've also put some thought into going back to school. There's a college around here that does baking classes, and the idea is pretty appealing to me. I've always wanted to open up my own little bakery for sweet, delicious, cavity-inducing goodness, or, at the very least, work in one. Mmm, sweet breakfasts...
artanis: (She-Ra: Princess)
Yesterday I joined Fitocracy. It seems like a fun place to get motivated to exercise, since I've been so bad about that lately. We'll see how it goes.

My mom's been pressuring me to go wedding dress shopping. Part of me wants to, but the other part of me just isn't ready for that yet. I seriously dislike my body, probably even more so now that I've lost some weight. Why? I have no idea.

Either way, on Friday I have to go to David's Bridal with my mom and sister so that she can try on dresses and I can find a bridesmaid dress (my sister's getting married next year, too). I have a feeling that I'll be talked into trying on a gown or two... and that will cause me to feel terrible about myself for the rest of the weekend. Ugh.

Think positive thoughts... think positive thoughts...

:(
artanis: (She-Ra: Princess)
So, a new year. I'm a bit late with writing about it, but that's just how it goes sometimes.

New Year's Eve was spent at home with my fiance. We decided to order a huge pizza, cuddle up on the couch, and watch the entire extended edition of The Lord of the Rings trilogy back-to-back. We started around 5:45 PM and finished at nearly 5:30 AM; I was exhausted. I think we were both starting to lose it near the end of The Return of the King, but we survived! Woo!

Neither of us are big into making resolutions, but we did sit down last week and talk about what goals we want to work toward this year. We both decided that saving for a down payment on a house was a priority, since we want to start a family after our wedding next year and we just don't have the room for it. He's also been wanting a different job that doesn't make him feel so miserable each day, and I have a crafting business that I've wanted to do, but haven't had the nerve to actually do it yet.

I haven't shared my personal fitness goals with him, but I think he knows what I want to accomplish. My first personal goal is to put a large dent in my Walk to Rivendell mileage. I've already managed to do more these past two weeks than I had when I first started, so that's a good sign.

My second goal, which ties into the first one, is to start training for a 5k. I'm still working on walking those three miles, though I'm getting better and faster. I hope that I'll be able to run a decent distance by this summer, and maybe do the local Turkey Trot 5k in November. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Lastly, I want to get to a point where I feel comfortable enough with my body to go try on wedding dresses. I've put off wedding plans for over two years because of how uncomfortable I am with my size, but I can't do it anymore. I'm not going to let that beat me.

Yay, motivation.
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My first week of walking was relatively successful, I suppose. Due to appointments and such, I was only able to commit three days last week, for a total of 3.75 miles. I know it's a bit pathetic, but I'm also taking this Rivendell walk as an opportunity to improve my mile time, and eventually stretch into a 5k. I didn't think to remember my exact mile times for last week, but I do know they were all at the 30-minute mark (so slow).

I just finished another mile a few minutes ago, running about a quarter of it (broken into chunks). It may sound silly, but it's a huge improvement for me, since I wasn't even able to run a complete mile in high school. My time for today was 25:34, so yay for me. Unfortunately, because of the holidays, I'll only be able to walk/run until Wednesday. At least I'll be able to get back into the swing of things next week.

So, according to the Walk to Rivendell mileage chart, I am currently closing in on Tookland (the 5-mile mark). Yay, progress.
artanis: (MLP: FiM Pinkie Pie 1)
I started the Walk to Rivendell today!

I managed to get 1.42 miles out this morning by walking the trail between my house and town (there and back). I know it's not a lot in the grand scheme of things, but it's a start. Besides, my main goal today was to try out the pedometer on my iPod and see if the GPS tracker on my phone worked (and was accurate).

According to the pathway mileage and milestones, I'm between the gate and hedgerows near Bag End.

If I can find a good map, I plan on posting my full progress once a week (probably on Sundays). I'd like to see how far along the Fellowship's path I've gone.

Hobbiton to Rivendell Progress: 1.42/458 miles

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