Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tomorrow I am off to Waco for Baylor homecoming! I am ready for a fun weekend away with old friends. I know there will be tempting foods and foods that I am unsure of the calories of....so I will try to be careful! Hopefully on Monday I will have an ok weigh in and fun pictures to share! Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Due to all the panic, I didn't end up working out today. I need make sure I work out all weekend. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!! Hopefully this week can break the one pound a week pattern. Below is my food for the day. I made a couple new sweet treats yesterday and today. I will try and post at least once this weekend and give the recipes.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
For today's random workout I did a Cardio Dance workout on my On Demand. It was pretty good. I liked it better than last weeks Hip Hop Cardio, so at least that is something. I think next week I need to switch back to some kind of strength and toning random workout. We will see what I can find. Any suggestions are welcome!!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Tonight, on "Say Yes to the Dress" (yes, I am a hopeless romantic that dreams about weddings!), there was a girl shopping for her wedding dress and she had lost 120 pounds! I wanted to jump through the screen and ask her so many questions! How long did it take her? How did she do it? What kind of support did she have? I thought she was a beautiful girl. I feel like she had a style much like my own. It sadden me to watch her shop for her dress as she didn't realize how beautiful she was. She looked so fabulous, yet when she looked in the mirror, she still saw the old her looking back at her. She, not unlike me, had been big her whole life. They showed pictures of her growing up and it reminded me so much of myself. I hope that one day, I get to the point where she is physically. She was beautiful. But I hope and pray that I move past her emotionally. I want to be proud of my new body. I want to love myself and enjoy my accomplishments. I don't want to be trapped in this body for forever, if even it is only in my mind. I am so glad I saw this tonight and could see what I had to look forward to as well as what I want to make sure doesn't happen to me.
Below is my food for today. I took off working out today, so that means this weekend I MUST workout both days!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Below is my food for the day. I had an individual size Blue Bell for dessert which was 160 calories, so I was 35 under for the day.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
From our hotel, we walked to go see the first of many examples of Gaudi architecture. Antonio Gaudi is a famous Spanish Catalan architect who designed in the Art Nouveau style and lived from 1852 to 1926. Below is Casa Batllo, a house originally built in 1877 and remodled by Gaudi from 1905 - 1907. Locally, this building is known as the House of Bones. You can see that the balconies look like skeltons. Still after all this time, I can't decide if I like Gaudi's work or not. I appreciate his viewpoint and his talent, but if I personally, like it, I think I am still on the fence.
From there we went and walked down Las Ramblas, the main street of Barcelona, lined with shops and restaurants and hotels. We stopped into the Hard Rock Cafe for lunch, a vacation must, and somewhere that Marissa had never been! After lunch, and continuing on Las Ramblas, we stumbled upon a market tucked in between some buildings that was absolutely amazing. Here are just a couple of the pictures I took there. Eventually I will get all the pictures uploaded to Facebook, I promise!
We continued down Las Ramblas, saw another work by Guadi, stopped into a few stores, checked out some street performers (Marissa took a lot of convincing that they were, in fact, real people!), and finally made it to the water! I love sail boats (some of you know that I took sailing lessons a couple of years ago), and just had to capture a picture of them in the harbor.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Once we finished touring the Tower, we headed just outside the walls to get a great view of the Tower Bridge. This is another iconic London site, that is often times mistakenly thought the be the London Bridge, which is actually the next bridge upstream (and a very unassuming bridge at that).
Monday, October 5, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
The maze, which was constructed in 1988, is a much more recent addition to the castle grounds. I will admit, that after searching through the maze for a while, we did get a helpful hint from a worker in order to help us find the center of the maze, and the way out.
We then headed to Caterbury, a cute town a little further east. Canterbury is home to the Canterbury Cathedral which is one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England. It is the head of the Church of England. Thomas Becket was murdered here in December 1170 by the knights of King Henry II. This led the cathedral becoming a place of pilgrimage for Christians worldwide, and these pilgrimages provided the theme for Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. After touring the cathedral, we had a late lunch at a pub (my first fish and chips of the trip!), walked around the town for a bit, and then back into the car for one more stop.
The last stop for the day was Dover, England. Dover sits on the edge of England and faces France across the narrowest part of the English Channel. At one point as we were walking along the coast, Heiko's cell phone notified him that we were now in France! Which of course we weren't, but from where we were standing, it was only 18 miles away. Dover is known for its White Cliffs which you can see below. The cliffs face continental Europe and are often the first thing visitors to England might see.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
After touring there, we stopped for a quick lunch and then headed up the hill to the Royal Observatory. The Observatory was commissioned in 1675 by King Charles II. The original building was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and was the first "scientific research facility" in Britian. We toured the Observatory learning about the Prime Meridian, astronomy, and time and how all three elements work together.
Mary in front of the Prime Meridian
The Weather Vein at the Observatory
Below is my food for today. I had a Skinny Cow Truffle Bar for dessert for another 100 calories. I was a little under, but I am not too sure my lunch calculations are right, so I figure they will probably balance out.