Saturday, September 29, 2012

Surprise!

I'm posting on a Saturday!  =)  But I just had great news and I had to share it . . . in a min.  =) 

I started the Curly Girl Method yesterday.  I am excited to see what my hair looks like at the end of it.  This is a picture of what my hair looked like yesterday. 
 
I didn't realize how bad my hair looks from the back.  It is not curly at all, just frizzy and not attractive.  Hopefully it looks better after a few weeks.  The picture of my face is after I took the barrets out.  It was the best of 4 pictures I took, so I'm sorry it's not a great picture.  =)  It is better than this picture that I tried to take at work. =)
Looks like a FB picture some teenage girl tried to take of her butt.  =)
Damian is at a team building camp for his gymnastics.  It is one a challenge course that has the ropes courses.  I don't think he really understood what he was going to be doing, but once he figured it out, I'm sure he was jumping up and down with excitement . . . wait, he's 14 now, he's too "cool" to jump up and down.  =)
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I did a ropes course when I was a teenager and it was a lot of fun.  I'm sure Damian is having a blast.  I have to pick him up in about an hour, so my run will have to wait until he is home.  =)  I'm not sure how far I'm going to go today.  Chris asked if I wanted pizza for dinner, so I'm thinking at least 4 miles.
 
On to my really exciting news . . . A friend of mine from my childhood text me and told me she just agreed to do the Hood to Coast relay next August (it's very similar, if not the same as, a Ragnar Relay). I am not sure how much she runs right now, but I know that she talks about running a lot. She posts things on pinterest and facebook about running and tags me in a lot of motivational running quotes. Anyway, she said that a friend of hers asked her to do the relay and she's excited/nervous. I instantly became jealous and looked it up on google. I said something to her about being jealous and she said that their team isn't full yet. So I said that if they need someone else to let me know. She told me she already mentioned me to her friend and the friend asked if I was interested and she said yes. =)

I guess it's a pretty big event (I'd never heard of it before, but I am new at this whole running thing) and they pick the teams that compete. Not everyone that applies gets to do it. I don't know how they pick the teams, but we'll find out in October if we are doing it. According to my friend, there is only a 30% chance that the team I might be on (still feels weird to say "my" team) will get picked.  I am super, super excited though and would LOVE to do it. I don't know why, since I'm not very interested in races. I'll keep you posted about it. =)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Tennis anyone?

I have figured out how to have my coffee in the morning without adding 200+ calories in creamer. I have started using only 1 tbsp of creamer (which is the serving size, I normally use at least 3 tbsps) and then I use a bunch of vanilla flavored almond milk.  8 oz of almond milk is 90 calories, and I'm not drinking 8 oz, close to 3 tbsps of it.  It's a little tricky to figure out the exact calorie count, but I think I have it down in MFP

So yesterday . . . I ended up not doing zumba or running.  Instead we went and played tennis.  I didn't feel like it was much of a workout though because no one in my family is very good, so we spend a lot of time chasing balls (although that is kind of a workout) and trying to keep Maddox happy.  I think we're going to have to find some small toddler sized tennis racket.  He gets really upset after awhile when he doesn't get one.  
It's very hard to get a non-blurry picture when he's always moving.  =)
I wanted to run home, but Chris asked me not to.  When I asked why, he said "because I want to ride with you."  I know he's being sweet, but it's kinda silly.  (Have I ever mentioned I'm not very romantic?)  I didn't run home, but I really felt like I didn't get much of a workout.  BUT I guess I have to look at it this way, I want my kids to live a healthy life and if that means I have to give up a run or zumba to go play with my kids, I guess I will trade that.  I'll just go for a run today.  =)

Even though I didn't feel like I had exercised much, my body ached again yesterday evening.  My hip hurt and my legs hurt, and surprisingly, my shins hurt . . . oh, and don't forget my upper back/shoulder area.  However, once again I woke up this morning with very little soreness.  My hip is a little sore today, but that probably has to do with wearing heals, I notice it acts up when with heals so I've avoided them until today.

This weekend I would like to go for a hike.  I have a friend that has asked me to go with her a couple times but she always cancels on me.  I asked her if she could go this weekend and she said yes, so we'll see.  Otherwise I'll have to figure out where to go on my own.

Next Saturday is my birthday.  I'm getting to the age where I'm not really excited for my birthdays anymore.  I like getting gifts, and my husband makes the best dinners for me, but I am not liking this whole "getting old" thing.  I'll be 36 . . . and I'm finding that is a number I'm not too happy with.  I didn't like 35 at all, before 35 I was okay, but this year has been hard on me, realizing I'm getting old. =(

Anyway, have a great weekend.  Maybe I'll surprise you all by posting this weekend.  But don't count on it.  =)
After tennis with my big nose =)


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Crazy? No, just a runner

Seems like lately I have been starting my blog by saying "yesterday I . . ."  I guess that's what happens when I type this at work, and not at home in the evening like I did when I first started it.  I liked doing it in the evenings because I could talk about my day, but I have found that I have gotten lazy in the evenings (or at home) and don't do it.  Or it could be that all the TV shows are back on and so we are watching more TV that I like so I want to pay attention more.  Whatever it is, I have had the most success at getting a post up if I do it at work. *shhhh don't tell!  =)

Speaking of not telling . . . no one in my real life, other than Chris, knows I have a blog.  Chris doesn't read it and I don't want him to, I don't think he's even been on a computer in a year or so.  I have one, maybe two, people that I've thought about telling, but I haven't.  I think it's because I'm embarrassed that I do it.  I don't talk about anything profound, half the time I don't even talk about running, and I rarely talk about weight loss, mostly just how frustrated I am (I still am), so I don't see the point.  I don't even think I would read my blog if I stumbled upon it.  How bad is that??

Anyway, a few weeks ago a coworker asked me how I was doing, and then he said "Just living the dream?"  I never say I'm "living the dream."  That is my husband's thing.  I only have it on my blog (which I don't really care for).  Anyway, I wondered if he happened to see my blog at some point and read it.  Anyway, if he's reading it now . . . hmmmm, I guess that's okay, he's a nice guy.  ; )

Yesterday I ran 4 miles.  They were fast miles too.  =)  (9.44 min/mile) I was really tired when I got home, it was all I could do to put one more foot in front of another. 

I read on Katie's blog a review for a book (follow the link, it'll take you to that post, I'm not going to go into that much detail) that talked about the amount of exercise you need to do in order to lose weight.  30 min 5-6 days/wk = weight maintenance, 60-90 min 5-6 day/wk = 1-2 lb weight loss and so on.  Well, I only run 30 min a day, so I decided to up my run time.  I have been running according to mileage, I decided to change that and start running according to time.  However, I am not ready to run 60 min straight, but I can run 40 min.  So that is what I am doing. 

However, yesterday I ran faster than I normally do, so my 4 mile 40 min route didn't actually take 40 min, it only took 39.03 min.  =(  I thought about continuing down the street for another min, but I was so wiped out by the time I got home that there was no way I could have gone another step.  Instead, I sat on my front steps and dripped sweat for a bit and then stretched in my backyard.  =)

I certainly felt it last night, too.  By the time I went to bed I was sore all over.  I don't think there was a part of my body that wasn't hurting.  I thought that I would have problems getting out of bed this morning.  Guess what?  No problems at all.  My back is a little sore, but I think it's the zumba stuff I did on Tuesday, not running stuff . . . plus, I did some push-ups yesterday after my run. 

I think I would like to run for 6 miles.  I hit 5 miles way back on July 1st and I only did it once, right after that we went camping and then my infamous injury, which means I haven't gone that far again.  This last Sunday I hit 4.38 miles, which is good, but I would like to do 5 miles again, and I'd like to get up to 6 miles . . . 

In fact, I've been even thinking of maybe, possibly trying to get up to 10 miles . . . shocking, I know.  Here I talked about never wanting to do a marathon or even a half-marathon.  It seems so far.  And yet, now I'm entertaining the thought of getting my mileage up to 10 miles, that's only 3 miles short of a half-marathon . . . hmmm, I think maybe I've gone crazy.  =)

Even though yesterday was hard, I'm looking forward to doing it again today.  Runners really are a little crazy, aren't they?  =)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Wogs and Zumba

Yesterday Chris decided to go wogging with me (I hope you all realize "wog" is jog and walk together, I've been talking about it for awhile.)  =)  I really like when he decides to go with me, but he can only do about 2 miles and the last two times it's only been 1.88 (or so) miles.  Yesterday he was really dragging.  We only went once last week and that was at the beginning of the week.  We haven't been eating very well lately, and he noticed it.  He saw a decline in his endurance and said he "felt" the weight in his belly again.  He said he hasn't gained any weight, but he felt more sluggish.  We definitely did more walking than running this time. 

While we were walking, Chris said that he is interested in going to play tennis once a week.  We went last week and had a lot of fun, so I'm hoping that we can do it regularly.  Chris said he's willing to do it Friday if he gets off work early enough.  His work has gotten busy, so he hasn't been home real early most days.  In fact, this week he's working 6 (his normal work week is 4 days). 

I would also like to do some hiking, but I say that all the time (about this time of year) and never actually do it.  Most of the time I forget, but I also don't exactly know where to go.  The one time this year that I decided to go, Damian and I drove for over an hour and still hadn't gotten to the spot I had Googled.  I was running out of gas and didn't know if I kept going if I'd make it back to civilization so we turned around.  I know there are tons of hiking spots in this area, but I just don't know where.

I was going to go for my own run after Chris's and my wog, but decided to do Zumba instead.  I've only gone once in about 3 months and I definitely noticed my endurance there was decreased.  However, I really, really love Zumba and am going to go at least once a week, preferably twice a week.  I think I would like a job where exercise was my job.  I love running, and I love Zumba, how fun would it be to do that everyday, all day? 

Don't worry, I'm not going to become a Zumba instructor, there is no way that I am that dedicated or will ever look that good doing it, but I think about it a lot when I go to class.  The studio I go to is new, the instructor was teaching Zumba at a church in town and it was so popular she got together with some friends and opened Studio 7.  Anyway, I think about it a lot while I'm zumba-ing, that no wonder she's so skinny, her job is to exercise, and how fun that would be.  =)  However, I would never be able to get in front of a bunch of people and do it, I think that takes a lot of self-confidence and I don't have it. . .

Today I'm getting my hair done and then tomorrow I'm going to start the Curly Girl Method for my hair.  I'm really excited about it.  I'm curious what my hair will look like.  I will have 6 weeks between my hair appts and what I've read has said that your hair takes 2-6 weeks to get used to the method.  So, by the time I get my hair done again, I should know if I want to continue.  I'm sure my hair is pretty damaged, I straighten it regularly (although I never blow dry I'm too lazy) and I get it colored every 5-6 weeks. 

I am looking forward to going for a run today.  According to my MapMyFitness app I only ran 3 times last week.  I can't believe that.  I thought I had run more often.  So this week I need to make sure I go out every day.  I would like to do some sort of physical activity every day.  However, I'm already behind in that because I didn't run on Monday (it was $5 margarita night in honor of Seahawks on Monday Night Football at a tequila bar here).  ~Did you watch that game?  I was riveted.  I don't always watch all of the game when Chris has it on, but that one held my attention throughout the entire game.  I realize the ending was very controversial, but that's okay (anyone remember 2005 Superbowl?). 

I guess I will go there . . . I just read this article and it says that the last call (that everyone says was bad) that gave the last touchdown to Seattle was correct.  I am happy about that.  I'm sure those that are Green Bay fans (which is everyone that doesn't live in WA) are very unhappy about that.  =)  Oh well, Seattle gets no credit for their sports teams, so it doesn't surprise me. 

same source as above
By the way . . . I am not a diehard fan, I watch the games with Chris, but I am usually doing something else at the time as well so don't pay 100% attention and don't care if I miss the end as long as I hear who won.  =)

Monday, September 24, 2012

FMM - Fall love

I always have good intentions to post on the weekend, I always tell myself  "this weekend I'm going to post everyday."  The reality is much different.  I get lazy.  =)

My Mom came to visit this weekend.  She took my sister and I clothes shopping for our birthdays.  My sister's was Sept 11th, and mine is Oct 6th.  We usually go to Kohl's for these kinds of shopping expeditions so that is what we did on Saturday.  Kohl's is really great if you go during their big sales.  They are not so great if there isn't a big sale.  They had a lot of summer clearance clothes, but we were looking for fall/winter clothes, and there wasn't a big sale.  I ended up with only 4 shirts and a pair of leggings, and it was expensive.  I'm glad I didn't need jeans. (Well, I kinda do, but I can get them at Goodwill for $15 or less and I just bought 2 pairs a few weeks ago, although one pair is MIA.)

Anyway, we had Maddox with us shopping.  The last time we did this kind of shopping trip was about this time last year, and he slept the whole time in his stroller.  He's older now and very picky about where he sleeps (crib/playpens only).  He didn't take a nap all day.  He fell asleep on the way down to Lynnwood, where we went shopping, but for only about 20 or 30 min.  And then he fell asleep on the way home at 5:30pm.  (He naps very faithfully at 10am and 2pm.)  So he was one cranky boy!

Then on Sunday we went to church.  Church starts at 10 . . . see above for nap times.  =)  We then went to lunch, but he fell asleep on the way home (he hardly ever falls asleep in the car unless it's a long drive and he's really tired).  He took a normal 2 hour nap, but that meant he didn't get his 2nd nap, so he was just one cranky kid in the evenings this weekend. 

The blue blanket my sister made for
him and it's super soft, he loves it.
He also loves all stuffed animals,
especially his Moose pillow pet,
which he is hugging here.  =)
I heard about this hair method, called Curly Girl on a friend's Facebook page.  It's for females with curly hair (hence the name Curly Girl.) =)  Anyway, it says that you should not use a shampoo with sulfates in it, and you should not use conditioner with silicone's in them.  Sulfates strip your hair of its natural oils, and then the silicone's "replace" the oils, but you can't get the silicone's off your hair unless you use sulfates, otherwise they build up in your hair.  Anyway, it says that you don't need to wash your hair at all, you can just use silicone-free conditioner to wash your hair and then you use another silicone-free conditioner to condition your hair.  (Does any of this make sense?)  Anyway, I have naturally curly hair, it used to be super curly and now after having my first son, it has turned into a wavy mass of frizz.  I straighten it sometimes, but it is very, very thick and I am growing it out, so the longer it gets, the longer it takes to straighten.  A year ago I was straightening it every day, now it's down to about once a week.

Anyway, I read a lot about it this weekend and I'm kinda excited to try it.  It says that it takes 2-6 weeks for your hair to get used to it, and your hair may actually look worse at first, but if you stick with it, it will get better.  I researched what kind of shampoos and conditioners work and I found this blog. However, the list is 4 years old and is a bit out of date.  I went to Walmart and was not able to find any of the shampoos listed (maybe Sally's Beauty Supply would have worked), but I did find a bottle that said "sulfate and silicone free."

I get my hair colored, my natural color is a muddy blond, which I have never liked.  I used to color it blond, and now it's a very dark brown (some people tell me it's black).  I am going to continue to color my hair, so I'm sure that is outside of the Curly Girl Method, but I hope that if I follow it 95% (I also may want to straighten my hair sometimes) that it will still work for me.  My next hair appt is this Wednesday, so Thursday I'm going to start this "new thing."  I'll let you know how it works.  :-)

The only pic I have of my unstraightened hair.

It is Friend Makin' Monday. =)  Kenlie at All the Weigh, hosts this, go check her out. =) 

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this weeks question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: All the Weigh so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Fall Favorites

1. What is your favorite thing about this time of year?  Boots! Sweaters! The leaves on the ground and crunching through them when I walk/run.  Crisp cool mornings.  The decorations.  Drinking my coffee on my balcony and listening to the birds (oh, wait, I moved 5 years ago and no longer have a balcony.)  =) 
I have a love affair with sweaters.
 
 . . . and boots





















2. What do you hope to do again before Summer is officially over?  I think I am summer-ed out.  I am ready and excited for the fall.  

3. When did you last go on a hay ride?  At my parent's church we went caroling every Christmas time on a big truck with hay bales and then had a chili feed afterwards.  It was the best!  That church doesn't do it anymore (they've been through 2 different pastors since I left home) and I don't remember if I went at all after I left home and while they were still doing it.

4. What is your favorite pumpkin dish?  I love pumpkin pie.

5. Do you decorate your home for fall?  I love decorations.  However, I don't have any fall ones.  I wish I did.  I wish I had tons of stuff to put in my yard.  However, decorations aren't a necessity and can get expensive.

6. Do you have any hobbies that are seasonally specific? If so, what are they?  No, not really. 

7. Apple cider or hot chocolate?  Apple cider!  Starbucks caramel apple cider is the BEST!

8. Are you a fan of football?  If so, who is your team?  Yes, I like football.  Not as much as my husband, but enough to be okay when he has the games on.  I like the Seahawks (yes, I live in WA). =) I think I also like Baltimore, but mostly I just watch the Seahawks games.  =) 

9. Share a fond Fall memory.  I dated a guy in Michigan while my husband and I were separated.  I visited him often in the fall, and I loved the trees and the colors there.  I would love to go back someday, but I doubt it will ever happen.

10. It’s not Fall until…I break out my sweaters and boots.  I wore my first pair of boots yesterday.  =)  I think I need a new pair. 

Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s questions.  Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments!  Happy Monday!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Struggles

I have been tracking my food on MyFitnessPal and I have done okay.  Not great but okay. Actually, I just went to the webpage and totalled my number of "in calorie" days compared to my "over calorie" days.  Out of 38 days I was within my goal 20 times, out of my goal 15 and completely forgot to track this last weekend, so have 3 days unaccounted for.  So that isn't really good at all.  And when I go over my goal, I really go over.  I think I had one day where I went over by 5 calories (not bad right?) but how about the day that I went over 1438 calories?  That is an entire day of calories (damn Chinese food!).  Mostly I was over anywhere between 200-700 (which is still a lot).

The interesting thing I noticed was that I am out of goal on fat intake a lot, so I decided to count that too.  24 days out of 38 I was outside my goal in regards to fat intake, within my goal only 11 days and then there are those 3 days I forgot to track.  (Seriously, it didn't cross my mind at all over the weekend, which is surprising because I've actually done really well until then. I thought of it Sunday night and thought that one day wasn't horrible, then I logged in and realized I hadn't been on since Thursday!)  Interestingly, there were many days where I was within my calorie goal but outside of my fat goal.  And a few (very few) where I was outside my calorie goal but within my fat goal. 

I like MyFitnessPal because it gives you extra calories if you exercise.  I imagine it is similar to the Weight Watchers activity points.  (I have never done Weight Watchers and I have never talked to anyone in depth about how it works, but I have read several blogs that have talked about doing it.)  I would actually like to stay within the 1500 points it gives me at the beginning of the day and not use the extra calories I gain through exercise at all.  However, I don't think I've ever done that.  =/

Last night Chris made breakfast for dinner.  One of my favorite dinners, but he likes (and makes) sausage and bacon, waffles and hashbrowns.  All things I love.  However, if I'm going to be completely serious about losing weight, I have to refuse to eat everything, or even make my own meal. 

I remember a conversation I had with someone -  and I can't remember who, maybe a dr? - about wanting to lose weight and having a hard time because of the food Chris makes (he always uses a ton of butter and probably just puts fat directly into the food).  This person, I think it was a female, told me that I need to just not eat it, and I told her that I have to eat it.  Chris is making me dinner and I don't want him to stop, so if I don't eat it, he'll get offended and will quit making me dinner.  She didn't understand why I would do that.  And I get it now.  After maybe 5 years (I really don't remember with who -is it whom in this case? - or when this conversation was) I finally realize that I have to make the choices that are right for me.  And if that means that I have to make a separate dinner for myself on nights Chris cooks, even if it's oatmeal, then that is what I need to do.  Maybe, if Chris sees that I refuse to eat his fat-laden foods, he will become more conscientious about what he is cooking so we all can eat the same thing.  This is all much easier said than done.  Chris is a really good cook. 

I also think that I need to buy turkey bacon, or turkey sausage and just give it a try.  I know Chris, he will flat out refuse it before he even tries it, but I'm thinking something needs to change in my house at meal times, otherwise I will go another 6 months and still have only lost 15 lbs.

By the way, Chris has lost 22 lbs in less than a month, just by increasing his exercise (he wogs with me once or twice a week) and eating smaller portions (not healthy food, just less food).  I have been running (5 times a week) and trying to eat healthy since March and have only lost 15 lbs.
                                                                                      

I was actually going to write about the wildfires in eastern WA in this post, but I got completely sidetracked.  I noticed on my way to work this morning that there is a definite haze, and I don't think it was all fog.  I even thought I smelled smoke at one point.  My parents are not in an area that is currently being threatened by the fires, but I do have a few friends in that general area. 

There are currently 5 uncontained fires in eastern WA.  The total number of acres is 55,755, that is a little over 87 square miles total.  I found this information here.  The air quality in much of the central part of the state is very hazardous.  Thankfully my parents are not in that area either.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Laugh like a baby

So, yesterday I went to my dr's appt.  I was dreading it.  I KNEW the dr was going to tell me to stop running for at least 2 weeks.  I KNEW I was going to have to go have an x-ray done to determine what my hip problem was.  I am so glad I was wrong. =)

He talked to me quite a bit about where my pain was and what causes it and what makes it feel better.  He looked at my hip, he maneuvered my legs around, but mostly he just talked to me.  (I really like this dr - this is only the second time I've seen him.)  And then, when he was done, he told me that it sounds like a pulled muscle in my core.  He told me to take ibuprofen, stretch and ice it.  And if it doesn't get better than I may need a few sessions of physical therapy.  I very cautiously asked him if I would have to stop running, and he said no.  I was so excited!  I couldn't wait to go run!
In other news . . . yesterday Kenlie at All the Weigh posted her Friend Makin' Monday blog.  One of the questions was "What is the coolest thing that you’ve seen online recently?"  She answered with a blog entitled “Hey, Fat Girl," and she said "it stopped me in my tracks.  I had tears in my eyes and chills down my arms."  So, of course, I had to go check it out.  She is right.  It is amazing.  I love it.  I have to admit, I have never been super obese.  I am definitely not skinny, but I have never been really, really big, so I can't relate to the problems that the super obese have, especially with getting out there and starting to run.  I do know how I still feel about running in front of others.  I hate it. 

I think one of the reasons I love reading the blogs I do is because of the inspiration they give me.  There are people out there that struggle with soooo much more than I do and they get out there and change their lives.  I wish I was more like them. 

I went for a great run yesterday afternoon.  I did my newest favorite route, which is down the road (or should I say, up the road, as the first 2 miles is all uphill) and through the cemetery and back to the house.  I love running through the cemetery, it is so peaceful and pretty.  However, yesterday Chris got off work late so I wasn't able to leave the house until 7pm.  The cemetery part of my run is on the way home, so as I was running in it (I run up and down all the roads in the cemetery) I realized that the gates are supposed to close at dusk, and I am in the middle of it . . . at dusk.  I hope they drive through to make sure no one is in it when they close the gates, but I can totally see someone being lazy and just pulling up, looking through the fence for cars and then closing the gates. I sped up to get out faster.  Luckily, no one closed the gates and I was not stuck in the cemetery overnight.  =)  I love cemeteries, but I don't know if I want to be stuck in one overnight. 


The cemetery I run through.

Today I really want to go to Zumba, but I don't know if I'll have the opportunity.  Damian has gymnastics (starts at 5pm), which actually fits well with Zumba (starts at 5:30pm) but Chris said he would go "wogging" with me today, and I really want to do that with him.  I would like to make it a habit to do Zumba 2 times a week, and run 5 times (which I already mostly do).  Maybe I'll do Zumba tomorrow evening and Saturday morning.  The problem with Saturday is that it starts at 9am and that is early for a Saturday (I am always awake, just not always dressed and ready for my day to start).  =)

Chris only "wogs" about 2 miles, so last week when we did it, and I had time, I went with him and then did another 2.78 miles running.  That made a lot of mileage for me, but Chris doesn't run fast, nor very far at a time, so I think it is okay. I will probably do that today if Chris really does go with me.

Maddox is so cute.  He LOVES blankets.  I laid that blanket down and he immediately fell on it face first (on purpose).  Then he got the bobby pillow and pulled it up over him.  I found him last night laying on top of his blanket in his crib with his pillow pet (a moose that he LOVES) on top of him.  He is so adorable.  =)What happens between childhood and adulthood that we lose the joy in our laugh?  We should stop trying to sleep like a baby and instead strive to laugh like a baby.  =)

Monday, September 17, 2012

FMM - Blog Stuff

Yesterday was Damian's 14th birthday.  I cannot believe how old he is!  I am so sad sometimes when I think about it.  Not because I'm getting old (although, that is sad) but because I miss my little boy.  He was so adorable and such a Mama's boy that it's hard for me to let go and let him be a teenager.  (I will admit to liking the freedom that comes with having an older child and definitely miss it now that I have a baby again.)



Have I mentioned that I have had some hip pain for about 2 weeks?  Well, I have had some hip pain for the last 2 weeks.  =)  It's really frustrating because my leg finally feels good.  I have even run a couple times without a bandage on it.  And I've kinda ignored my hip pain, I ice it in the evenings and take some ibprofen, but I haven't done anything else about it.  I can run on it, and I don't feel much pain with it while I'm running and if I stretch good after running then I don't notice it very much.  I think it mostly hurts in the morning after I wake up (which I think is because I like to sleep on my right side).  Yesterday it hurt so bad all morning.  I finally decided to do some stretches after church and ice it for a little bit.  That helped a lot.

Today I decided to go to a dr.  I can't pinpoint exactly when it started hurting or what I did to cause it to hurt.  I know that when it first started I thought it was from soreness from doing a certain kettlebell exercise.

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However, the soreness didn't go away even though I hadn't done the exercise in a week and in fact has gotten worse.  Soooo, I think it's time to go to the dr.  I'm not too thrilled about that because all I've read about hip pain in runners is pretty bad and requires an x-ray to properly diagnose and we all know how expensive x-rays are.  Plus, I'm not very happy that the dr will probably tell me to quit running for awhile to let it heal, whatever the diagnosis is.  I just got over a 5 week break from my leg, and now I'm going to probably be out at least that long for my hip.  =(
Well . . . it is Friend Makin' Monday. =)  Kenlie at All the Weigh hosts this, so go check her out.

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: All the Weigh so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

 Blog Stuff


1.  Have you ever met anyone through your blog that led to an in-person friendship/relationship?No, I haven't been blogging long.

2.  Most bloggers have a specific niche.  What would you discuss if it didn’t seem inappropriate on your blog? I don't think I have anything I would talk about more.  I tend to talk about a little bit of everything going on in my life, but try to stay focused on running (which I'm not good at).  I'm not much of an "inappropriate" type person in real life, so I don't think I would go there in my blog.

3. If you could meet three bloggers, who would they be? I would really like to meet Monica at Fat Girl Finding Fit - I love the way she writes, she always sounds upbeat and happy and yet has medical issues that are obviously painful, Melinda at Does this Scale Make Me Look Fat?, and Tammy at My Crazy Life.  I love the big bloggers as well, Kenlie, Katie, Linda, Jen, Mary, Adam, they are all my best friends even though none of them know me or even follow my blog =) . . . but seriously, I doubt it will ever happen.  

4. If you had to choose between Facebook or Twitter which one would you choose?  Facebook, I am never on Twitter, I have 2 followers who are also never on Twitter and I think I follow those same two . . .

5. Do you vlog (video blog?) No, I don't want people seeing me make a fool of myself.  Besides I'd have to write down what I was going to say otherwise it would be a terrible mess.  =)

6. How many blogs do you read on an average day? I follow 26 blogs, however, not everyone writes every single day.  And I don't always read them every day.  Right now I haven't read anyone's since Thursday (I'm so behind!) 

7.  What is the coolest thing that you’ve seen online recently? I honestly don't know.  I haven't read any blogs since Thursday so nothing there.  Sorry.  

8. If you gave your blog a new name what would it be? I don't know.  I am not crazy about my name, but don't know what I would change it to.  

9. Have you ever attended a blog conference like Fitbloggin?  If not, would you?  No, I never have been.  I don't think I'd do it.  I am not a big people person, I don't like being in crowds of strangers.  Even small crowds . . .

10. In the past I have asked why you blog.  Now I want to know why you read blogs?  What do you take from it?  I started with Katie's blog, which I found on Pinterest.  I loved her story, from her blog I found some other awesome one's like Linda and Jen's blogs (and really everyone else's came from one of those 3). I like to go back and read the beginning of the person's blogs, what started it all.  I started reading them to stay motivated in my running, but now I just love to hear about people's lives.  I am such a snoop, and this way I can snoop without being rude.  =)

Now it’s your turn to fill out this week’s questions! Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments! Happy Monday!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Where were you?

Do you remember where you were on 9/11/2001 when you first heard that a plane crashed into one of the World Trade Center towers?  I know there are people that were closer, that had loved ones affected.  Fortunately for me, I did not have loved ones affected, but that doesn't mean that it didn't affect me on a personal level. 

I was living with just my son in eastern WA, I worked at Payless Shoes and was woken up by a phone call.  I was separated from my husband and had a boyfriend that lived in Michigan.  He called me and told me what was going on and told me to turn on the TV.  I had to work that day, but I was glued to the TV in the break room for most of the day.  My sister was watching Damian and she watched the news the entire day.

My boyfriend decided that he wanted to move to WA right away after it happened.  However, I had other thoughts.  It made me think about what was important in my life and how much I had "thrown away."  I made a lunch date with my separated husband and told him that I wanted to get back together, up until this point our separation was mostly my decision.  He told me he had to think about it and would let me know.  A month later (right around my birthday) he told me he couldn't forgive me and wanted a divorce and then my Christmas present from him was actual divorce papers.

My boyfriend never moved to WA.  I moved to western WA in January 2002.

I know that some of the chain of events that happened after 9/11/01 was not caused by the tragic event that happened clear across the country.  I realize that many of the things probably would have happened anyway.  But I think my decision to reevaluate what I was doing and then talk to Chris, definitely sped up my husband's mind to get divorced.  Who knows if I would have actually moved to western WA if he hadn't given me divorce papers when he did.  After he told me he wanted a divorce I needed to get away.  I wanted to run, and if I hadn't had Damian, I probably would have moved to Michigan, which would have COMPLETELY altered my life.  However, I did have Damian and I ended up moving to Lynnwood to be closer to my sister and farther away from my husband. 

Obviously, my boyfriend and I didn't stay together.  He will always have a place in my heart, but the distance was a huge factor in our demise.  He was going to move to WA but there never seemed to be the right time.  We broke up and eventually my (ex)husband and I got back together. 

I know this day isn't about me.  I know that it didn't actually affect me personally.  I am so moved by the pictures and the stories of everyday people that helped complete strangers.  People that went in because that is what they were called to do and didn't come out.  People that didn't even work as a first responders that helped others.  So much needless loss and pain.  I don't know if others are affected by this tragedy as I am, people that have no real connection to New York or anyone living there.  I still have a flag sticker on my car from 9/11/01.  I am proud to be called American.



Monday, September 10, 2012

Friend Makin' Monday - Have you Ever?

I had a great weekend.  We went to Leavenworh (my sister and I) and just hung out.  Friday we got pedicures in Lynnwood before we left (my sister lives in Lynnwood) and then went to eat when we got to Leavenworth and swimming when we got back to the hotel.  We spent all of Saturday downtown wandering through the shops.  We went swimming in the early afternoon, and then went back to the shops.  There was a pretty cool thunderstorm Saturday evening, so we sat outside a little and watched it.  I went swimming (for exercise) once the lightening had died down and then we just laid in our beds and watched a movie and tried not to fall asleep for the rest of the evening.  We were extremely tired.  Yesterday we went back to the shops because I needed to get something for my babysitter and her baby.  And I bought a pretty cool jacket for myself.

I didn't run at all while we were there.  I was planning on it, but we walked non-stop for at least 3 hours, and I didn't eat really, really horribly.  I had a salad for dinner Friday, and a salad for lunch Saturday and I was skimpy with the dressing and there wasn't much unhealthy stuff on the salads. =)  The rest of the meals were not great, but I could have gone way more overboard and I didn't.  My weight this morning was 164, so that's not bad at all. 
I really don't like how big I look here,
but we did just finish eating . . .

I was going to go for a run as soon as Chris got home today but he said he was interested in going with me, so I waited for him to be ready and we went together.  Chris and I had a great "wog" for 1.78 miles and then I went for my own run, which was only 2.5 miles, but I figured the mile and three quarter wog counted.  =)  My run was really nice.  I enjoyed the whole evening exercise.  =)

Friend Makin' Mondays

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: All the Weigh so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

Have You Ever?


1. Jumped out of an airplane?  No, but I'd love to.

2. Lived alone?  Actually, no.  I went to college and had a roommate, then moved into an apartment with a roommate, then got married, then had a baby, then separated, but still lived with my son, and now I'm back together with my husband.  So I have never actually lived in a house with no other living person.  I'm kinda sad about that.

3. Met a celebrity? no.

4. Said something to someone that you immediately regret saying? Sadly, yes

5. Had a manicure/pedicure? Regularly.

6.  Gotten a hickey?  Yep, although I've always hated them.

7. Owned a pet that was not a dog or a cat?  yes, I had a hamster when I was little, a bird when I was in college and then another hamster after my son was old enough (although the hamster was technically his).

8. Been outside of your home country?  Only once to Canada.  I want to travel everywhere though.  Italy first. . .

9. Kissed your best friend? Yes, my husband is my best friend

10. Eaten food that fell on the floor?  yes, I think most everyone has, especially if you have a kid.  =)

11. Met someone online? Yes, was even seriously dating one guy for several years.

12. Been on TV? Yes, I had my 5 secs of fame, I was on the news while sitting on the bus, no words were spoken by me though. =)

13. Had braces?  Nope

14. Gone skinny dipping?  Nope

15. Been to the opera? Sadly, no.

16. Been caught making out by a policeman?  no

17. Sung in public? No, and no one wants to hear me sing

18. Handed out candy on Halloween? Yes, unfortunately we don't have a lot of people that come to our door.

19. Been snowed in? Yes.

20. Fallen in front of other people? One of my first days at college I tripped going up some steps, in front of a lot of people, it was fun . . .  =/

21. Cheated on a test? No, I don't think so.

22. Regretted saying “I love you” to someone? To one person, yes, I regret I said it.  But I guess I thought I did at the time.  Turns out he was kinda an ass . . .

23. Finished a meal in a restaurant and realized that you didn’t have your wallet? no, but I've had that fear before

24. Shot a gun? No, but I wish I had.  I would like to get a gun and learn to use it.

25. Heard a song that was written for (or about) you? No, but I had a guy in high school write me a poem, and it was really, really good.  I wish I still had it.  I also had a guy write a story about me . . . well, he was already writing the story and he made me the main character's love after we started dating.

Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s questions! Don’t forget to go to Kenlie's page and link up in the comments!  Happy Monday, friends!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Weekend getaway

I am so frustrated about my weight. Last week it was so good, I saw 161 almost everyday. I usually weigh myself first thing in the morning and then after my run. My morning weigh-ins were usually higher, around 162-163, but my after run weigh-ins were around 161.  This week all my weigh-ins have been 163 or 164. I know that the week after my period I always gain a little weight, but it's still frustrating and I don't really think it's okay, if I'm doing good and doing what I should, I shouldn't be gaining weight.  Obviously I'm not doing what I should because this morning I weighed 163.2.  I'm not running today so I don't know if that number would go down.

I'm going to Leavenworth with my sister for the weekend. Leavenworth is a tourist town just barely over the mountains that is most popular in the winter for their Christmas stuff.


This will be my first time away from Maddox overnight. I'm worried about how he'll do at bedtime, but I guess I won't be the one dealing with it, so I shouldn't worry. I am also worried about my breasts. I realize that sounds odd, but I'm still nursing at bedtime so I know my boobs are going to be painful tomorrow and Sunday.

I'm still debating if this is the end of breast feeding or not. I guess if I come back and he's not interested or I dried up it's the end. But I don't know what I'm going to do if I'm not dried up and he's still interested. He's 14 1/2 months old, which is 8 1/2 months longer than I breast fed Damian. Maddox is not a cuddly boy, so I use boob time as cuddle time.

Anyway, I'm sure that's much more info than you cared to hear. =)

The hotel we're staying in this weekend has a pool, so I'm super excited to go swimming. =) I kinda want to go tonight when we get there and an early morning swim, and an afternoon swim and hang out in the hot tub with my sister in the evening. =) I love swimming.

I debated about getting up this morning to go running but Chris and I decided to drink a lot little and have fun "adult time" so we were up really late.  I am soooo tired today.  But I will survive.  It's Friday and I'm leaving work in 30 min or so.  =)

I have a weird soreness in my side right above my hip that I originally thought was from doing the kettlebell workout.  However, I haven't done the kettlebell since last weekend and it is still really, really sore.  I did do Zumba on Wednesday and we did some core workouts, twists and stuff.  But it's only on one side and it's worse today than it has been all week.  I guess we'll see if it goes away over the weekend and if not, I'll have to go to a dr. 

Going to Zumba on Wednesday reminded me how much I love Zumba.  It is soooo fun.  I would go today or tomorrow morning if I wasn't going away for the weekend.  Thankfully my leg doesn't hurt at all anymore.  I am still taping it when I exercise, but I haven't felt a pain or even a twinge in it all week.  =)  I'm so happy that it is finally better.  I was a little worried about Zumba on it because it's really fast movement and sometimes jerky, quick direction changes, but I had no problems with it at all. 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Not much happening here.

Wow, I didn't mean to disappear for the entire weekend, plus Tuesday.  =)  I had a very relaxing weekend at home.  Saturday I took Damian school shopping.  I hate school shopping the weekend before school starts.  It's a mad house, not to mention all the people out for the Labor Day sales.  I think that there were more Canadian license plates in our Target parking lot than WA ones.  My Mom told me I should have gone to Canada to do my shopping since the whole population came here.  But I bet they were just as busy with crazy Americans.  =)

Anyway, Damian got his school clothes and school supplies and we made it home in one piece.  I didn't run Saturday, but I did go 3.2 miles on Sunday.  I was thinking I wanted to try 4 miles, but I decided that would be too big of a jump.  I'm still not 100% with my leg and my endurance is barely at the 2.5 mile range.  So I guess I will live with my "short" long run.  =)

Monday I spent the entire day cleaning the house.  I have my living room set up so that the couch's back is to my front door.  Here is a very crude drawing of my living room.  =)
Soooo . . . the couch is facing away from the front door.  We have a baby gate on the door where the table is so Maddox can't get into the kitchen.  We rigged a gate between the couch and the wood stove so he can't get behind the couch.  However, it is really, really annoying to walk over the "gate" there and between the couch and the stove.  Plus, if we plan to use the stove this year, we can't have the "gate" against the stove.  Our catch-all place (including dog hair and dust and garbage) has been behind the couch.  It has a dog crate (which the dog never uses), books, and lots of electrical cords.  Anyway, I spent my Monday cleaning out that area. It was really, really gross.  We bought another baby gate and plan to put it in the door way to the hall.  I want to rearrange the living room and Maddox will now have free range of all of that area. 
                                                             

Yesterday I went for another run.  I didn't go on Monday, I sweated a lot cleaning the house.  Anyway, I decided to add some sprints to my run.  I noticed this time around that I lost a lot of weight (again) when I was starting to run again, just like I had lost when I first started running in March.  I am wondering if it's because I alternated walking with running.  So I decided I'm going to try to do "intervals," run slowly and then sprint for a short time, then slowly again, and back to a sprint and so on.  And see how that does with losing weight.  Plus, I heard that it makes you faster.  =)

I was dripping sweat when I got home.  I could only sprint for 20 sec at a time and then had to run slowly for much, much longer.  I even walked some to catch my breath.  But, if I keep doing it then I will get better.  Some day I will be able to do longer sprints and no walks.  =)  And hopefully my weight will start falling more regularly.

I joined Myfitnesspal to track my food.  I now have joined SparkPeople, MapMyFitness, and Myfitnesspal.  =)  I joined SparkPeople a long time ago and was pretty faithful logging my food and exercise but quit when I joined MapMyFitness.  I joined MapMyFitness because of the app on my phone that tracks my runs although it doesn't work very reliably anymore.  Then recently I joined Myfitnesspal because a friend of mine joined it and liked it.  So now I'm using that to track my food.  Anyway, I have no friends on any of these, so if you have an acct on one (or all) of these, add me as friend.  I am cathyjane on MapMyFitness and cathyjanew on Myfitnesspal.  =) I forgot that I also joined DailyMile to have the widget on the right side of my blog.  So you can join me there too.  I am Cathy W. there.  =)  So that is 4 different weight loss sites that I have joined.  You'd think I'd be doing better.