Training, travel and all that comes with it

As I am writing this I am sitting at a restaurant at the Oakland airport waiting for my flight to Dallas.

I am attending the International Trademark Association Annual Meeting. The past two years I have attended the Trademark Administrator’s Conference. But because they are revamping that conference/training there is not one this year. So I decided to attend the annual meeting.

This is a great learning opportunity for me along with networking. Tomorrow and Sunday I am attending all day training on international trademark law, which is something I really want to focus on and understand better.

(Have I ever mentioned my occupation? I am a patent and trademark paralegal at a biotech. Feel free to check out Onyx Pharmaceuticals. And yes, if you are confused, I did get a degree in journalism and worked in newspapers for seven years. )

There are some sessions Monday through Wednesday that interest me along with networking and meeting up with a friend or two along with lots of parties. AND I am in Texas, so you know I am gonna get some barbecue.

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Low cal Sexy Sangria for the win

Last night was our friends’ Monica and Malcolm’s annual holiday Cocktail Competition party. The past three years the party has been a competition.

We didn’t make it the first competition party because we were out of town (but had been to it in the past).

The idea is everyone makes some sort of cocktail. We write the name of our drink on the board, a motto and why we think our drink should win. Everyone gets a certain amount of votes to give out. This year we each got three votes to make.

Last year I made Hungry Girl’s Winter Wonderland Peppermintini. My drink won by a mere two votes. And I really have to say it was the presentation that pushed me over the edge. I also really pushed that the yummy cocktail was 125 calories. A yummy pretty drink that won’t get you fat. 🙂 (Well, all in moderation.)

This year I made Hungry Girl’s Party-in-a-Pitcher Sangria, which for the party I renamed Sexy Sangria. (Curt actually came up with the name.)

Because of my close win last year I knew I had to up my A game. My Sexy Sangria had a Barcelona theme with … Continue reading

Comment Contest Tuesday

So … no one took advantage of the extra Comment Contest Tuesday entries. I am guessing that I have been writing a post every day for the past week and not a single person has read any of them. Oh well. You can now redeem yourself. (Though you can no longer participate in the Early Bird Comment Contest Tuesday. That ended yesterday.)

So today’s Comment Contest Tuesday idea came from Curt, The Husband.

What are your excuses for not sticking to your diet/exercise plan, healthy way of living, healthy lifestyle?

I have many … long hours at work; someone is in town; I am out of town; too many parties; I messed up yesterday so this week is shot; I really wanted to eat that; I haven’t gone to the grocery store; forgot my gym bag; free food at work (and a lot of it); meeting at work ran over; sick; too tired …

To participate in Comment Contest Tuesday answer the above question in the comments below. You can comment as much as you like. The comment has to be relevant to the actual question. Up to three comments will be counted. In other words, you can comment five times, … Continue reading

Making better food choices

Today was Day 1 of getting back to maintaining a healthier way of eating/living/exercising. (And I really needed to detox after the way I have been eating lately, especially this past weekend. There was a lot of eating out, drinking, having deliciously unhealthy food. I wish I didn’t love cheese so much.)

I had oatmeal and coffee for breakfast; yogurt for a morning snack; then headed to spin on my lunch break.

After spin I was really craving a cobb salad from Soup Freaks. Before I headed over for my salad I decided to look up the nutritional information. I really wanted lentil soup and cobb salad. I decided to just go with the lentil soup and a piece of wheat bread. The lentil soup was delicious and very filing.

I did have leftover thin crust pizza for dinner. But I had enough points for that. (Yup, back to tracking my food.)

My goal is to get back to my goal weight and keep it there instead of these 5 pounds going up and down and up and down. I am trying to take this one day at a time. Because there will always be a roadblock–like a three … Continue reading

Dancing is a great work out

Friday night was my company holiday party.

I ate a little more than I probably should have. And had 3-4 glasses of wine.

But man, I danced like crazy. My calves still hurt tonight from all that jumping around, having fun, sweating and being a dancing fool. I love dancing. And it’s a great work out.

Because of certain things this past week I only went to yoga twice and no other working out (besides the dancing, of course). I am going out of town this coming weekend (hoping to take in some walks over the weekend). But I am planning on working out at the gym before heading to Phoenix on Friday.

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Spin=3 times in one week

So my goal for at least the past month has been to go to spin three times and yoga three times in a single week. And this is the week I did it.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday was yoga–fairly common. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday was spin–not so common.

I am really proud of myself for being able to achieve my goal. Usually just life (which really means work) gets in the way of me making that goal. But I do my best.

I was only going to attend spin today and then ditch abs and body conditioning–one hour of torture instead of the usual two on Saturdays.

We are leaving shortly for a birthday party and I didn’t want to feel rushed. But while in spin I convinced myself that I should go to the second hour of torture because I know I will be eating good food and drinking booze. So I will feel less guilty about it. 🙂

Anyway, now I am showered and dressed and just about ready to go to the party. Oh, I almost forget to mention there is gonna be a jumpy castle at this party. More exercise, which is actually fun. And … Continue reading