Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Body by JMAC Part II

About a month ago I thought by admitting I had a problem, I'd get better. Unfortunately, with weddings, bachelorette's, cocktails, and our anniversary...well I failed miserably. I won't share the numbers, but my weight is a lot higher than I thought, as is my body fat :(

So last night I met with a new trainer (update to Breaking up....) because my old trainer is leaving. He's also a registered dietitian. So, we talked about what I want/need. I explained I get bored with just running on a treadmill and that two miles in the gym feels like eternity while outside isn't quite as bad. I also explained my eating has gotten out of control and I need to get that back in shape. I like circuit training. I like group activities.

I was told I should be eating 1600 calories a day (FAIL) to lose weight and working out 4 times a week. That comes out to about 300-400 calories per meal with the rest for liquids and snacks. He suggested a plan where I do a class one night (tonight's class, Boot Camp: An aggressive, military-style, circuit workout featuring high-intensity conditioning and power moves.), maybe work out with him another night and then do my normal "boring" routine on Sat/Sun.

He also suggested I not go to the extreme. Not become obsessed, just think, prepare and choose wisely. I went to the grocery store this morning and go a bunch of snacks that I could control and portion, and would make me feel satisfied. I remember the last time I was serious about this, I hated the first week, but it does get better. So here I go... wish me luck part II.

Monday, August 30, 2010

We have PROOF!

of what you ask? That our wedding took place.

We officially ordered our wedding album!! Ironically, I had just been complaining to my friend Laura (who is currently doing wedding planning) about how lazy I had been and due to the price other things in the house had taken priority. And then POOF! Our photographer sends an email about an end of summer special that knocked a couple hundred dollars off the price. There was the push we needed.

We should have our first proof in 3-4 weeks. I can't wait to see many of the pictures since it's been so long. Our photographer actually designs it since we are doing more of a collage than a traditional photo album. I'm now antsy to get it, and all of our photos. Note to future brides: if your package includes an album or a DVD of your prints, it's worth it. Albums are expensive, and you'll always find an excuse. Over a year later...and I don't have any of it because we didn't purchase the album until last week.

Thursday, August 26, 2010


I mean c'mon. They just make me melt. (Minus their alien eyes and the distruction Lincoln caused before/after this photo was taken)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Making Memories

As I sit here to write this, it's a balmy 60 degrees out, rainy and feeling much like a fall day. I think everyone in Boston was expecting we'd have to go pull out our winter clothes a little earlier than expected. And so because of this, I think Jarrett and I got to thinking about the holidays.

We've decided that spending Christmas with both of our families is important to us. Until we were married, we had not spent a single Christmas together because we both wanted to be with our families. Last year, I went to Virginia to celebrate my first Christmas as a Britt...with the Britts! It was truly wonderful, and at the same time a little strange to be out of my normal routine (and if you know me, you know I don't do well with change). It also made us realize how nice it would be to start our own tradition. Host Christmas at our house.

So this year, we'll be doing our own take. I can't wait for the castastrophe that is sure to happen. I can't wait for the stories for years to come. I can't wait for our first holiday, in our very first home. I'm confident the dogs will ruin something, there will be a dish that is cold, or a turkey not quite cooked. But I also can't wait for us to create these memories and bring both of our families together.

Next up, embrace Martha Stewart. And maybe have some practice rounds in September and October?

Monday, August 23, 2010

Breaking up is hard to do.

No, the Britt's are not breaking up.

I'm referring to my trainer. About a year ago, I found an awesome trainer. We clicked. My 30 minute sessions always lasted longer because we'd chit chat, and a couple months later I was definitely stronger and feeling a lot better. Then shock set in. He was leaving for a better job making more money. I wasn't surprised, but I was crushed... so he recommended two other people he was sure I'd like and he could trust, and then enters "Paul". So Paul and I meet. He's a little more intense, but I kind of like it. If i'm not working out every second of the 30 minute sessions, too bad, it's 30 minute sessions and my loss. A little different, but yknow, can't hurt right? Here's how my final sessions from previous trainer purchase went:

Session 1: I almost throw up, pass out and can't feel my arms the whole ride home
Session 2: similar, except I'm purple in the face, and feel like I can't breathe, again can't feel body parts

So contrary to the above, I actually got busy and a little scared. Work got intense, so weeknight sessions with a specific appointment didn't work. Weekends became occupied by wedding events for my ladies, and the I decided I wanted to start running outside, learning my neighborhood and do something different. And the few times I had free were not condusive to almost passing out and not being able to walk for days. So fast forward a few months and it brings us to July. I hadn't been to the gym in a while, and I run into him. We say hello, I laugh, "this is my first time back in a long time, but I have been running! you'd be proud. Must get that last session in". He seems nice, no wierdness.

...and well, I never made that appointment and I think he's MAD! I've run into him a couple of times in the past weeks, and he ignores me. I mean not just casually says hi, but clearly doesn't want to talk. HE IGNORES, AVOIDS, and just DOESN'T SAY HELLO.

Is this for real? Is it possible for my training to be mad at me?

Sunday, August 22, 2010


I'm sorry I've been a bad blogger, but things have been busy. The combination of travel, anniversary, work, puppies and the usual craziness of life and blogging has taken a back seat.

I will say, our anniversary was fabulous. Charlotte was different than I was expecting. The wedding we attended was smack in the downtown area at this gorgeous and fabulous restaurant high above the city, which I learned is nothing like Boston. Best analogy, think financial district on Sunday when everything is closed. The city is owned by BOFA and seems to shut down on the weekends because no one is working. Even Starbucks was closed. However, Chic-Fil-A did reopen in time for me to have my chicken mini's for breakfast and the Epi-Center was .2 seconds away with bars, bowling, Coldstone, CVS, Five Guys...the list goes on. I wish I had time to visit some other places. Some of the homes were STUNNING, and I know there was many bars we just didn't know to visit. We also ate like kings and queens, and my stomach is still trying to recover. We opened some fabulous wines, drank a lot of champagne and toasted to the past year being so absolutely wonderful.

And the Ritz...oh my god. Words do not even describe. From being upgraded to a suite, to massages, to being wished Happy Anniversary in more ways than one, boy do they know how to do customer service. No wonder people pay the extra $$. All I can say is well done.

So now the countdown begins to Nicole's wedding in 13 days!! And a MOH speech I need to perfect

Monday, August 9, 2010

7 days!!!

....and single digits until our 1 year anniversary. Cannot believe it. A week from now we'll be celebrating the wedding of our two friends, and celebrating with some fine dining, some relaxation and pampering :)

I found a website that features the "traditional gifts" you should get each other. And I can already tell you, we AREN'T doing this. We'll definitely be spoiling each other with expensive dinners. We'll definitely be opening the amazing bottle of Silver Oak my mom got us, and we'll definitely be eating our cake that I fear will be disgusting but Jarrett assures me will not. But apparently we were supposed to get paper? Yes, paper. Or the 'modern' tradition of PLASTIC?! wtf.

Check it out: http://www.happy-anniversary.com/year-of-marriage/index.html.

According to this, I don't get diamonds until the 60th. GOOD GOD.

Monday, August 2, 2010

The Month of Love

Love is in the air.

What's up with the cheesy posts you say? Well, in 14 days Jarrett and I will celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary. It seems strange to say one year given we've been together for almost 8 years! But in honor of this and the upcoming nuptials of our friends in the next few weeks, I figured I'd get a little sappy.

This was the quote we put on our wedding programs, and I just adore it. I hope you all have found someone who makes you happy, who allows you to be you, and loves you regardless.

Finally I have found a place into which I fit perfectly, safely, and securely. With no doubts, no fears, no sadness, no tears... this place is filled with happiness, and laughter, yet it is spacious enough to allow me the freedom to move around, to live my life, and to be myself... This wonderful place, which I never believed really existed, I have found finally... Inside your arms, inside your heart, inside your love.