I’m still alive…

Just wanted y’all to know! And I just HAVE to use the word “y’all…”. I’ve been in Nashville, TN for the last week! I had a great trip and some even better food. But my workouts and food are SUFFERING y’all…so yeah. I did do 30 min on the elliptical once this week, but that is TOTALLY not enough. Nashville week includes lots of friends and social events, however, and my next trip is much more typical of admissions travel season and includes lots more alone time…which will hopefully translate to lots more elliptical/treadmill time. I wasn’t able to get on the scale this week, and now that I come to think of it…

I won’t be able to get on the scale until Tuesday, October 21!!!!!!!AHHH. I refuse to weigh in on any day other than my weigh-in day, and that’s the first day that I’ll actually be home to weigh-in on my own scale on my weigh-in day. I also refuse to weigh in on any other scale than my own. I’m just picky that way. So I’m hoping that I’ll either just maintain or maybe even lose a pound or two in that entire time…we can only hope. Travel season is hard! Keep me in your thoughts, all. I miss you guys and can’t wait to get back to a regular blogging schedule in November!

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Weigh-In Wednesday

Weigh In Wednesday

Hi everyone! It’s weigh-in Wednesday! I had a pretty great time on my first travel trip in Cincinnati last week, and got to see some old friends. I ate A LOT as per usual in Cincinnati, but made some good choices too and spent some minutes on either the treadmill or elliptical each day I was there. So when I got on the scale yesterday morning, I was happy to see this:

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That’s a loss of 1 lb! Yay! That puts me at 190.4, which is SO close to my next mini goal of 189. We’ll see what happens next week; I’m not going to get a chance to work out as much this week because our national conference, NACAC (stands for National Association of College Admission Counseling), is in Indianapolis starting tomorrow and I will be very, very busy there. I’m excited to go though!

Here are some photos from the road. Here’s reason #1 admissions travel is difficult when you’re trying to stay on plan:

travel

Yeeeeeah. High schools are AWESOME when they give you these things. They know you are driving to multiple schools a day, you’re tired, hungry, and trying to understand your GPS and be on time considering things like bad drivers and traffic. So many high schools will put together these little bags of happy to get you through the day…and I LOVE this, so high schools, don’t stop doing it. lol. But it just makes staying on plan food-wise hard when you’ve got all these things calling your name from your passenger seat! Here are some other photos. I meant to take more but kept forgetting–sorry! I’ll try to do better on my next trip…

thru garden 1

hofbrau 4

chicago's pizza

I was able to see a couple sorority sisters–we went to Hofbrauhaus Newport (like fave place eva) and got beer and chilled out. Look at how cute we are!

hofbrau 1

hofbrau 3

hofbrau 2

At any rate, it was a fun trip, and I am EXHAUSTED but am leaving for my next trip (NACAC) tomorrow. Then I head to my OTHER trip on Sunday. Crazy town! Today is also my 3 year wedding anniversary with the bestest hubby ever. I love you, Patrick! OK…off to pack and get ready for the conference! More to come in a long while…I won’t be back from travel until next Friday. I’ll miss you all!

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Another Tuesday Weigh-In Wednesday!

Weigh In Wednesday

OK folks, sorry to do this to you again, but I am leaving on my first work travel trip this evening and won’t be able to weigh myself tomorrow! I’ll make sure to add my link tomorrow, but for now, I’ll put the post up today.

So, here is some shocking news:

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I didn’t crop the picture because I wanted people to actually believe that that was me standing on that scale, lol…I lost 1 lb this week!! How in the HELL this happened, I literally have no idea. None. I ate like junk and I basically took ONE 30 minute walk for my exercise all week. Plus, it’s TOM week…wtf? Just another case of me not understanding my body, like, ever. Oh well…This is NOT me complaining, it’s me just being very shocked and still not really believing that I lost a pound this week. BUT I’LL TAKE IT, DAMNIT!

This puts me at 191.4. I’m so close to my next mini-goal of 189!! Wahoo! Now, travel season is hard, y’all. This is the challenging time of year for me…some people are challenged by the holidays, some by summer when their kids are out of school…my challenge is travel season. I am on the road for usually 6 or so weeks of the year in the fall, and I eat out for every meal and am forced to use hotel gyms. Granted, I’ll probably get more exercise this week at my hotel gym than I did last week…but still, when you’ve got the option of getting some restaurant’s carside to go and going back to your comfy hotel room to EAT ON YOUR BED WHILE WATCHING TV ( I mean come on, those of you who have traveled for work, I know you’ve done it–it’s the best!!!), it can be pretty hard to motivate yourself to put real clothes on and go down to the gym. But last year I made myself do it, and I mostly maintained weight during travel (with the exception of Michigan…oops!) At any rate, it’s hard, but it’s a good challenge. I’m READY TO GO! Yay!

Updates next week on my first trip. Love you all!

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Gencon Recap!

OK, so FINALLY I am getting my ish together and posting a Gencon recap. Pics are going to have to come at a different time, because I keep forgetting them!

I am getting ready to leave for my first travel trip tomorrow so I had my good buddy Desiree at Finding the Skinny Geek Within forward me the email I sent her recapping Gencon. I am running SO short on time that this is the only way I know I will get a Gencon recap to you all. So, here it is, in all its glory (y’all should check out her blog, btw…she’s the best!) Sorry for the emailish nature of this post, it was, as I said, an email! :

“So Gencon. Um, it was awesome as usual, although this year I didn’t game enough (oddly enough, right?) We got there around 3pm on Wednesday and went to the beer garten as soon as it opened…yum yum. Then we went to the Ram which is a big restaurant downtown where they brew their own beer…a lot of restaurants downtown have really nice specialty Gencon menus that are really creative names for their own menus, really, but it’s fun. (Theirs was called the Omnomnomicon, lol–pic to come later!) We then went back to the beer garten, drank more, then headed back to our hotel to play a little of 5th edition DnD since now the PHB’s are out, yay!

On Thursday, I had a seminar at 10am called “The first time GM”. (Game master, for those of you who don’t know). It was ok..it was just this older guy basically telling stories about all these times he has GM’d games. It did help me calm my nerves for the LARP that we were going to be running a little though, because he was talking about how when you’re a GM, keep in mind that when someone asks you a question, you HAVE TO GIVE THEM AN ANSWER. And what if you don’t know the answer? It doesn’t matter..make it up, you’re the GM!!! So that really really helped me, and came in super handy for the LARP. LOL more on that later…

After that, I went to the vendor hall and just walked around and ooohed and ahhhed at all the booths. That’s honestly what I spent the majority of my time doing, it was so awesome. I love the vendor hall, one of my fave parts of Gencon. It’s so massive….I was seeing things that I’d never seen before even in like my 9th or 10th trip in there. Amazing, and just people demo’ing games all over the damn place. THAT’S what I wish I would’ve done more of, but I get so nervous demo’ing games in there with random people, because I’m the kind of person that complicated games take a while to sink into my head and such…so yeah. Oh well. I need to just get the eff over it because no one at Gencon cares lol.

Ummm I’m trying to remember what we did Thursday. We went and got some food, then just chilled, then at 8 we started going on this “Haunted Walking Tour of Indy” which could have been AWESOME but our tour guide was horrible so we left like 10 min into it, went back to the hotel, and gamed. lol.

Friday was my super packed day…I had all kinds of events and stuff scheduled. The first at 9am was “Hickman’s Killer Breakfast” where Tracy and Laura Hickman (fantasy authors) “kill people” in a cooperative storytelling game. We are kind of thinking that it may be Tracy Hickman/Laura Hickman’s last year at Gencon this year as he is having some health issues. We left the breakfast early to go to BELLYDANCING but Killer Breakfast wasn’t as funny as it was last year. Oh well.

Bellydancing was SUPER fun, and really hard. The woman teaching it was a FABULOUS awesome beautiful fluffy lady, and looked SO GOOD bellydancing and it made me really comfortable instantly in the class, so I had a lot of fun. The hardest part was that we shimmied for like 6 minutes and DAMN it is a workout. But the rest of the class wasn’t much of a workout, womp womp. I think they try to keep it really easy and toned down because there are women of all shapes and sizes and comfy exercise levels, so yeah. I forget now that going to zumba like 3 + times a week is NOT average for most people. (Although I haven’t been to zumba now for several weeks, eek!)

After bellydancing, my friend Alona and I went to get some lunch at Hard Rock and it was really good. It was her first Gencon, and I think she had a great time!

Hmmm…after that we went to the vendor hall again, then off to burlesque for the bedroom. Ok I was hoping for a hardcore workout in this too, but not so much. AND…there were MEN in the class. MEN. WTF?!?! I mean there were probably like 20 women and 2 men, but still. The one dude was ok cause it was clear he was there with his wife/partner/lover/whatever, but the other guy it was obvious he was just like there to see some people take their clothes off. and DAYUM people were taking their damn clothes off! I mean like everyone kept their panties and bras on but pants and shirts were coming off and I was like NOPE NO THANK YOU. So it was fun but super not a workout. Sigh. I would do it again though because I liked the teacher and it was really fun.

After burlesque we went to the beergarten again (sensing a theme here?), then decided to go to the Tilted Kilt for more beer/dinner. The Tilted Kilt is this bar/restaurant downtown that is Irish/Scottish themed with food and whatnot but it’s like Hooters in the fact that the waitresses wear tiny little tops with tartan stuff and little “kilt” skirts so needless to say the boys LOVED it. but honestly it was happy hour and their food/prices were SO good…I got dinner and 2 craft beers for $17 so i was like I don’t CARE what these waitresses are wearing! lol and then we went BACK to the beergarten. I proceeded to get pretty buzzed this night, which was totally worth it, lol.

Saturday, we spent the morning getting over our hangovers and then hanging out in the vendor hall. I bought SO MUCH STUFF (we came home with 9 new games!), but I managed to come home with like 1/2 my spending money that I’d allowed for myself. Idk why I didn’t spend it all, but I’m glad I didn’t because we ended up renting a Uhaul to move and we needed the $ I didn’t spend. Then Saturday night was our LARP….

It was frakking. AWESOME! omg. I was so, so, so nervous. We had a full game (53 players) so it was really exciting. Once things started, it got crazy. People were going insane and yelling “WE NEED A GM OVER HERE” every 2 seconds because of combat that they needed resolved. Holy crap, that guy was SO RIGHT when he said you just have to make ish up as a GM. That’s exactly what I did, and it WORKED! It was amazing! And people loved it!! After the 4 hour game (that totally FLEW by), we had a recap…and almost 100% of the participants who could stay, stayed for an HOUR to talk about it, which is a great sign. The guys from “Iocane Productions,” (they are reputed to have one of if not THE best LARP at Gencon) LARPED in the event and told us that it was an awesome LARP, so that was fantastic to hear that from the experts. Honestly, I can’t take much credit…Bre did almost everything, but we did put a lot of time and effort into creating it and GMing is SO MUCH FUN. I can’t wait to GM a tabletop game…I honestly don’t want to GM a LARP again…too much work…but I can handle tabletop. This gave me the confidence I needed to run a game in our good group of friends now…nothing like busting into the Game Master scene by GM’ing a 50+ player live action role playing game at the biggest gaming convention in the world…lol!

Saturday night we just chilled, then on Sunday we all kind of did our own thing. Scott ran an Outbreak Game (do you know the first show King of the Nerds, where that guy Ivan competed? Ivan works for the company that makes Outbreak, a zombie survival game, and they LOVE Scott…they always want him to GM stuff at Gencon…we were supposed to drink with Ivan on Wednesday night but it didn’t happen. Oh well!)

So we just shopped, then ate with Bre and Scott, then went home. I took a pic of all my loot that I’ll have to post later. I can tell you now that I bought a TARDIS BIRD FEEDER that is awesome as well as Doctor Who Risk and I ate some Jammie Dodgers. So awesome!”

Something that I failed to mention in my email to Des is that I got to MEET one of my blog buddies, Melissa, from Faster in Water!!! It was really cool–she volunteers at Gencon each year, and had contacted me to meet up, so we got to meet and chat for a few minutes outside the beer garten!! It was awesome (and I def have a pic of us, just gotta post it…she looks fantastic!!!)

Yay! So there you have it folks. It was indeed, as always promised each year, THE BEST 4 DAYS IN GAMING. 🙂 Have a great week, y’all–I’ll post when I get back from my first travel trip next week!

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Weigh-in Wednesday…on Thursday…

Weigh In Wednesday

WHOOPS I got so busy yesterday at work that I totally spaced this post! At any rate, I didn’t gain OR lose this week. I’ve pretty much mastered the art of maintaining, y’all, which is totally fine with me for now since I’ll be leaving for admissions travel season NEXT WEEK. Crazy how time flies. So, here it is:

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Same old, same old! That’s ok though. In addition:

Sorry I haven’t been blogging much, friends. I am gearing up for work travel and have been swamped with that at work, plus moving into our new home has taken a lot of time and blogging has just been on the back burner. IF I remember, I will upload my Gencon pics tonight, and do a Gencon recap tomorrow before I leave for travel next week. My weigh-in Wednesdays will be sporadic throughout the months of September and October since I’ll be gone a lot–but I’ll be around. Plus, I’ll try to remember to take pics of the awesome stuff I do during travel season, because those’ll make good posts. lol. Hope you all are having a great week–I really do love you all!

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