Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Stress? ... Nah

So, I haven't had time to really update this recently. I feel like Ivan and I have been going, going, going and just haven't had time to breath. It feels weird that I am already overwhelmed and exhausted, especially since I just got back from vacation time. So in order to efficiently update what is going on.. this blog is going to be divided into categories :). So here goes:

Work
Work is crazy! I am on a small client right now which basically means a lot of work in a small time frame. It is like an entire audit in 4 weeks. This means I have to move quickly. I am sort of overwhelmed with it because I don't see myself finishing in time... and I hate that. I have also had my schedule changed a million times. After this client I was supposed to be going to Minnesota for 2 weeks. But then, I got put on a forensic engagement instead. However, then I found out I was on an IT job. Therefore, I have no clue where I will be working in the next few weeks.

I also am still trying to get this dang transfer. It looks like Houston will be the most likely location for a transfer if I get one. I would leave really soon if I could. DC is just eating all our money. Our rent and bills are just ridiculously high. It is all confusing... because we know we want to move "soon" but we don't know when it will happen so planning is tough. We are just waiting for the Lord to open some doors. Dallas was our first choice but we will take anything out of this area! I also am getting antsy.. the more I am home, the more I enjoy myself...working "outside of the home" is becoming my least favorite thing.

Bible Study
So.. to make it all "less complicated" I am studying the most complicated book of the Bible. I am doing Beth Moore's new Revelation study. Now, it is not a lot of homework but that actually makes it worse because I have to do the research on my own if I want to deeply understand things.

Planning
I am actually doing one thing that I really enjoy right now. I am in charge of planning this baby shower in February. I am extremely excited about this. I am going to be making this Noah's Ark cake and I already made this invite (because I didn't like any of the ones I found). I just basically love planning... Maybe that is a sick thing.. but this is why I think I would be really happy being a wedding planner or even an event planner.

Brazil/Vacation
Going along with the "overwhelmed" theme of this blog. Ivan and I are planning on moving our Brazil trip up a bit. We need a break and we think that would be a great idea. I can take about one week of vacation before I am in the negative. We are thinking that is what we will do. (however, I definitely don't have time to learn Portuguese by then)

Ok.. enough for now.. now wasn't that a fun blog? Not.. lol. On a good note.. I fit into my skinnier work pants.. so I must have lost a few inches with the stress.. at least one benefit.

Lindsey

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Skiing and P90X

Throughout my life I've done everything from field sports like soccer, rugby and football, to extreme sports like rock climbing, kayaking, and skiing. All of which require determination, guts, and physical intensity. Although that seems like some great accomplishment, it doesn't compare to what I'm doing right now: P90X. My toughest days are far from over, they are simply beginning. I received a wonderful taste of this when I decided to go skiing for 6-7 hours after the first week of this program. Two words: Holy Crap.

It wasn't so much that my muscles were literally aching on the day after skiing. That I could handle. It's that my entire body was overall fatigued! It was like downing a Nyquil... at 7 AM! **Wake up, waddle out of bed** "Honey, c'mon let's go to church. You can be the zombie master today since I'm THE ZOMBIE!" (Not to say that Lindsey is ever a zombie when she wakes up ;) ).

Let's go over what I have been doing, workout-wise every week. Keep in mind that this applies for just the first three weeks. For details on the rest of the 90 days, consult your manual (if you have one):

Day 1: Chest and Back - Duration: 1 hour. Equipment: Pullup bar, chair, dumbells, water
Ab Ripper X - Duration: 15 measly minutes (enter favorite two words here, as stated in the first paragraph). Equipment: water

Day 2: Plyometrics (jump training) - Duration: 1 hour. Equipment: WATER, a healthy heart. "This is the X in P90X"

Day 3: Shoulders, Biceps, Triceps - Duration: 1 hour. Equipment: Pullup bar, chair, dumbells, water
Ab Ripper X - Duration: Another 15 minutes. Equipment: water

Day 4: Yoga - Duration: 1.5 hours. Equipment: water, mat (FYI: Yoga may be considered girly in many people's minds, including mine. Funny though that this version didn't seem like it...)

Day 5: Legs and Back - Duration: 1 hour. Equipment: Pullup bar, chair, dumbells, water
Ab Ripper X - Duration: 15 minutes. Equipment: water

Day 6: Kempo - Duration: 1 hour. Equipment: WATER, a healthy heart. (Most entertaining for me since I did the whole martial arts thing when I was younger. But still exhausting)

Day 7: Stretch X or Rest

I'm almost done with the second week, and I can proudly say that the workouts are already easier to do. So far so good... The second month will be much tougher though because it is a new set of more advanced workouts, which are designed to really push my fitness level. In case you didn't know, there is an associated meal plan for each day/week. They give you both specific and vague choices for each meal/snack so you don't get tired of eating the same exact things and be tempted to give up.

Anyway, I'm still skiing kind of regularly, despite my workouts because I just can't stay away from the slopes! Fortunatelly, my body is starting to adjust really well to my daily workouts to the point that skiing doesn't kill me anymore.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

The end of... Snowboarding

So I finally am giving up... on snowboarding. For those of you that don't even know I own a snowboard.. I can give some background.

I got a brand new snowboard a few years ago when my family bought the cabin in North Carolina near Beech Mountain. Well, I took a first lesson to get started and all seemed to work out well. I had an "ok" time snowboarding. However, it took me a lot of time to "want to go". I never "wanted to go" snowboarding. I would always avoid. The few times that I did go, I pretty much went down heelside the whole time. I am absolutely terrified of getting any speed. Anyway, I really wanted to be able to alternate between toeside and heel side (heel side is your back toward the mountain and toeside is facing the mountain).  The one time I tried to alternate between the two I fell backwards down the mountain bruising my tailbone and hitting my head hard. That was the last time I snowboarded at Beech Mountain. The next time, I went skiing






II used my moms skis and went skiing with Ivan. Now, skiing definitely had its positives. It was easier to get off the lifts (you just basically put your feet down and go), it was also easier just because you had to separate feet (rather than two feet strapped to a board). I enjoyed it... until... Ivan took my on a blue slope (a bit harder slope than a green) and I wedged (basically a beginner skiers braking mechanism) the whole way down. Well for any of you who know about skiing... wedging takes a lot of leg strength and so I was pretty tired at that point. Well when my strength was gone, I hit an ice patch, couldn't stop and sat on my skis... causing more problems. I went flying toward the edge of the mountain. It was probably one of the most terrifying things I have experienced. I then luckily fell to the side and stopped...I was going to fast for Ivan to catch up with me to stop me. At that point, I didn't feel like skiing was the thing either. 

So, I decided this winter to give snowboarding another shot... I got another lesson. I wanted to learn how to go toe side to heel side.. and guess what... I learned! I actually did ok... I was able to go between the two pretty smoothly. However, I realized something in the few moments I was doing that... I don't like snowboarding.. I am sure I could do it.. and I probably could get better. However, the whole time I am doing it.. I am afraid of picking up speed and I am afraid of losing control (which is really easy to do on a board)... I finally learned the thing I wanted to do (toeside to heelside transition).. and I STILL didn't like it. Anyway, a long story short.. I really WANT to LIKE snowboarding.. but I don't.. so... I am hanging up my snowboard... not because I can't do it.. because I could.. but because I don't like it... and I just don't feel like having the amount of courage it takes to strap something to my feet and fly down a mountain. To make matters worse....5 min. before the lesson ended... I was transitioning to heelside... and I got the edge and AGAIN went backwards down the mountain, hurting my tailbone and head.. no thanks. How I would LOVE to snowboard...but... I would have to make myself LIKE it. (if that makes any sense). 

I am going back to skiing... Ivan is going to try to teach me how to stop without the wedge... so I will have more control. We will see. I guess I will never be a badass gal who can snowboard... I think I can live with that! 

And to end this post... I am selling my snowboard. It has probably been used maybe a total of 10 times going down a mountain... thats it. Hopefully.. I will find a buyer. 

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Just a boring update

So, life has been extremely crazy lately. In December, Ivan and I flew down to Florida for my sister's wedding. Everything was so busy I barely had time to breath. The day after the wedding we flew back home to Rockville just to shove everything in a bigger suitcase and drive down to TN on Monday. We spent all of Christmas there and came back home for the new year.

Ivan got on a contract with Lockheed which will finally allow us to move to TX. I am just now trying to get a transfer to one of the KPMG Texas offices. I will be so excited to finally get out of this area up here. It has been so cold lately. On that, I think that some people just are better with cold. I was walking down the street from the metro to my work place and I saw two to three girls wearing skirts with nylons on. I am surprised their legs haven't frozen off. I wear skirts in the winter sometimes but I usually wear my black spandex skiing pant things under. But just nylons! I did that once and my legs were numb by the time I got to the office. Anyway, that was a side note.

So far Ivan has been taking this winter season to ski. Every weekend we have been skiing (well I haven't. I have been chilling and reading in the lodge). I have been trying to get some things done that just need to get done. I feel like lately my life has been moving in a fast pace but I am moving in slow motion.

So in updating a previous post, I still have not decided what I want to do with my life. I know that I still want to use the knowledge I have now but maybe not in the same way. I don't know.. but I am sure I will get guidance from the Lord some time. Right now, I am just staying put.