Tuesday, February 26, 2013


A year ago today I decided to start running regularly.  I was running before I got pregnant but stopped in my first trimester because I was sooooo tired all the time.  But I wasn't very serious about it.  I was running at work on my lunch break and I was going 2 miles.  I didn't run the whole time, and I didn't push myself to work up to running the whole time, well at least not very hard. 

I started running to a park and around it and home, that equaled 2 miles.  I don't think that I ran far, I would run until I thought I couldn't run any farther and then walk and then run more. 

Then I found Pinterest.  I found the motivational quotes and pictures there, very motivational . . . and I found Runs for Cookies, which really motivated me.  (And eventually motivated me to start this blog.) 

I didn't know about the C25K program when I started running.  I just knew that I wanted to run, so I would run as far as I thought I could and then I would walk a while, then start running again.  I really think if I hadn't started reading all the blogs about running, then I probably would not have taken it very seriously again. 

When I was in grade school, my PE teacher had us run around the playground and I loved that I was faster than all the boys in my class.  At the end of the year, the 6th graders always ran to the cemetery from the grade school and back.  The cemetery was about a mile away up a very, very steep hill. 

When I was in 6th grade my PE teacher, who was also the 6th grade teacher, started training us for that run.  We would run all around town, and I was determined to stay right up front with my teacher. My mom told me later that at her parent/teacher conference he told her that he was determined not to let a little girl beat him.  =)  Anyway, he taught me good form and good breathing. 

That year was also my (very, very small) town's centennial and they had a fun run.  My teacher convinced me to join the run.  I got a trophy, I was the first person in my age to cross the finish line.  My teacher then convince me to join a fun run in a town nearby.  I was the 2nd female to cross the line, they only gave medals to the first place, and they didn't separate by age. 
After that I pretty much quit running, even though I LOVED it.  My town was so small they didn't have a track team.  So the only time I was able to run was in basketball.  The running drills were my absolute favorite part of basketball.  Everyone else would groan when he had to do lines, I was excited.  We also did these "pyramid" drills, where you ran to the end of the court and back and then another group would do it, and then you would run to the end and back two times, and then the next group, it just kept building on each time.  I think we went to 10.  Those were my favorites, everyone else hated them. 

When I graduated high school I quit all sports.  (Since I lived in such a small town I was able to do volleyball, basketball, tennis and cheerlead.)  I went to college and gained the "freshman 15" which looked a lot more like 25 lbs.  I completely quit running . . . full stop.

Fast forward 13 years, and another 20lbs, and I started running again during my lunch break.  Then I got pregnant and stopped again.  I don't know what happened but one year ago today something clicked and I started running again.  Over the summer I hurt my calf and stopped running again.  The difference this time was that I continued moving.  I started walking to work every day, and I kept reading my blogs, which kept me very motivated. 

At the beginning of this year I decided I wanted to increase my distance, I don't want to get stagnant, so I started running 5 miles, then 6, then 7.

Sunday I ran 12K (which is 7.45 miles).  It was a good run.  Next week (I can't this week) I think I might aim for 8.  It's scary, I worry about it, but I'm also excited.  I look at my speed, and I can't believe I'm running a 9 min/mile for 7.5 miles.  I think I should be doing a 10 min/mile but I run my  comfortable speed, and I'm completely okay with running faster.  I'm not dying, 7.45 miles felt good, not hard. =)

So . . . why do I run?  I've been asked this question before.  Shin splints are awesome. I love to run.  I feel alive after I'm done.  The pain of stretching afterwards is a good pain.  I have lost weight, maybe not as much as I'd like, but I see a difference.  I can run farther and faster.  I am being a good example to my kids. 

Two more things, and then I'm done, I promise.  =)

Not only is today my "runiversary" but this post is also #200.  =)

And . . . drum roll please . . . in 14 hours, I will be boarding a plane to sunny California.  Yes, the day is almost here.  We are packed and ready to go, we just have to wake up (at freaking 4am) and get ready and leave.  =) 
 Compared to . . .

I don't know if I will have wifi in the hotel.  I'm not taking my computer, so I would have to use my Kindle Fire.  I will try to post something, even if it's just pictures. 

Thank you so much for reading my blog for 200 posts.

FMM- Q & A

I got super busy yesterday and didn't finish this, so I am posting it today.  I'm going to do another post later today to talk about my runiversary (today!) and my 12k on Sunday to celebrate my runiversary.  =)

I'm headed to Disneyland tomorrow morning, so hopefully I get all my stuff done in time to write the Runiversary post.  =)

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Questions and Answers

1. Did you watch the Oscars? If so, who did you enjoy seeing most?  No, I don't watch any of the awards shoes.

2. Do you drink meal replacement shakes, smoothies, etc? No, I don't drink replacement shakes.  I do drink a green drink often.  It's just almond milk, spinach, blueberries and cinnamon.

3. Share one thing you have done to help someone in the last week?  Does allowing a young girl to live with us, even though she's been with us now 2 months, count? Other than that, sadly, I can't think of anything.  =(  I should be better at that. . . Today, Heather (the girl living with us) ran out of gas and I had to go rescue her before work.  =)

4. What is the tastiest thing you ate last week?  Cashew chicken from my favorite Chinese restaruant in Lynnwood.  =)  I met my oldest friend from Seattle and we spent a really good 3 hours talking over lunch.  It was awesome.  =)

5. Think of one fun thing that you could do this week without spending any money to do it. That will be very hard this week since I'm headed to Disneyland in 2 days (now 1 day)!  But, since the hotel is already paid for . . . I can say I will go swimming every day.  And since Disneyland is already paid for, I guess I can say that I'm going to go on as many rides as I can.  =)

6. Share one place that you’ve been to and would like to visit again.  I'd much rather share where I haven't been to because I haven't been much of anywhere . . . but I guess I would say, I really loved Michigan in the fall.  And I really liked going to the Michigan pennisula in the winter.  However, I will probably never go there again.  I only went to visit my boyfriend at the time.

7. Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter?  I don't understand Twitter.  I have an account (cathyjanew) but haven't figured out the point.  And no one I know has it, so I don't follow many people.  I like Facebook.

8. What is your favorite vegetable?  I love cauliflower.  I don't think I eat it enough. 

9. Share a goal that you have for the month of March.  I AM going to run 100 miles.  I looked at my mileage at the end of January, and was close, and then again this month.  I slacked off the first full week of Feb, and if I had ran 24 (or so) instead of a measely 14 miles that week, I would have hit 100 for Feb.  So . . . for March, I am going to run 100 miles.  Hopefully more.  =)
10. Share a quote that inspires you.  "Live Love"  It was a sermon my pastor preached, I don't know if she coined it, but it is absolutely how I want to live my live . . . with love.  I'm going to get it tattooed on my foot, but two things have stopped me . . . 1. I've heard foot tattooes hurt a lot and 2. how will I run if I get a tattoo there.  So I haven't figured out when it's going on my foot, but it will eventually.  =)
Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s questions!  Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments! 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A good a** day

If Monday was the longest, hardest 4 miles I've ever done, today was the easiest.  I have never had such an easy run.  It was wet and windy and cold here, so I decided to run on the treadmill after work.  I was thinking/planning on doing 5 miles (and really wish I had) but Chris was cooking dinner and it was almost ready, so I was trying to make it as quick as possible . . . plus, I wanted to do a kettlebell workout.  About half a mile in, I pushed the incline up to 1.5 and really should have put it at 2 or higher. 

After my run I barely felt winded.  I was sweaty, but not horribly.  I seriously should have gone another mile.  Oh well, I can't regret it, I had my reason and I will stand by that reason.  Anyway, the kettlebell workout was good.  My arms a little sore tonight, which I am happy about.  I seriously need to build up my upper body strength for the mud run I'm doing this summer.

I think the difference in my runs was completely in my eating.  Monday I ate crap all day.  Since Tuesday I've been eating very well.  I am stuck at 158 and I am completely tired of it, yet I keep eating junk, or too much.  I don't really eat junk, I just eat too much most of the time.  And I know that is why the scale won't go down. 

This next Tuesday is my "runiversary." Because we are going to Disneyland on Wednesday, I decided I didn't want to run my 12K (a kilometer for every month, which equals 7.45 miles) the day before we leave. I don't want to hobble into the airport, or have to sit and be sore on the plane the whole way. So I'm going to run 12K on Sunday. It will be the farthest I've run so far. I'm really looking forward to it. I hope the weather isn't too windy. I don't mind rain and cold, but the wind really kills me.

I don't know how much I'll be able to post while I am in California.  I'm not going to take my computer, but I will have my Kindle Fire.  I don't know if the hotel will have free wifi or not, so I may not even be able to read all the blogs I follow.  I'm trying to catch up on them before I leave, but I have been really far behind for a while now. 

This is going to get a little inappropriate, so stop now if you want.  =)

Have you ever had a good body part day?  I have started walking at work, yesterday I walked once in the morning and once in the afternoon.  I walked down to the river, which is where I am walking every day.  Anyway, as I walk I walk past several stores and I look in their windows.  Well, when you look in windows, you can't help but look at your own reflection sometimes.  I noticed that my butt looks really good.

I don't think that I am vain, but I couldn't quit looking at it.  I know the rest of my body is not up to par.  My stomach is too flabby.  I have love handles.  My boobs are too small (they shrunk a lot).  My thighs are "thick" (although that seriously is genetics, I will never have small thighs).  Did I mention that my stomach is too flabby? 

However, all of those flaws aside, I have one nice butt.  I even took a picture of it and sent it to Chris.  (Yes, he laughed at me, he sees it everyday.)

Have you ever noticed a body part that was outstanding, even if the rest of you was not?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Catcalls . . . good or bad?

Sorry I have been MIA for the last several days.  I have no reason, other than it was a long weekend and I rarely post on the weekends, and then yesterday was a busy day.  Over the weekend I ran outside every day except Monday.  Friday I ran almost 4 and a half miles and Saturday I ran 6 and a half, which made 26 miles in one week.  That is the highest mileage I've had so far this year in a week.  Sunday I ran 5 miles outside. 

Monday I went to a movie, I saw Identity Thief, which was really, really good.   Chris gave me a gift card to the theater for Christmas.  =)  I went by myself because Chris said he wasn't very interested in seeing that movie in the theater.  I thought it was great.  However, I love popcorn and licorice . . . together.  So I got a jr size popcorn and a red vines (twizzlers is gross).  =)  I looked at the serving size of the licorice and it was only 4 pieces so I thought, well, maybe I'll have 2 servings, this is my lunch.  =)  The next thing I knew I had eaten all of the licorice and the popcorn as well.

Then later that day I was debating what we were going to eat for dinner.  I called Chris and asked if he wanted to go out.  So instead of having a sensible dinner after eating a ton of crap for lunch, I ate Olive Garden.  When we got home I wasn't in a very good mood (probably from the food overload and no exercise), so I decided to go for a short walk with the dog.  As I was walking I started feeling better and decided that I should just run.  Gizmo is not a running dog, he's a pekingese and would much rather be sitting at home on a pillow than running, so I went home and got on the treadmill.  Let me tell you, that run was was the longest 4 miles I have ever done. 

I decided to take it easy on my run, but all the crap I had eaten that day threatened to come out of my body, I even had to stop once and go inside.  I almost stopped after going inside, but decided I should finish the last mile.  Even though I didn't work off all the calories that I had eaten, I was glad I had run.  It made me feel better and I was able to actually enjoy my evening rather than sit on the couch with my bad mood and feel guilty for not doing any exercise. 

Yesterday I went to zumba.  It felt great and I really felt like I worked hard.  Lately the zumba instructor has added several new routines to the workout, and because I only go once a week and December and January I really slacked off on going, I haven't caught on to the new routines very quickly.  Well, for the first time yesterday, I really felt like I knew what I was doing.  When I know the routines I feel like I'm able to get a better workout.

Over the weekend I had my first ever catcall (well, except for my creepy neighbor and he doesn't count), actually it was just a whistle, but I think it's basically the same thing.  I know that catcalls are so cheesy and stupid, but for whatever reason it boosts my ego a little (I would probably feel differently if it was something offensive).  Anyway, I always wear headphones, so maybe I don't hear the catcalls, but I did on Saturday and it took me off guard, and made me run a little taller until I reached the long, steep hill for awhile.  How silly is it to be flattered by some creepy guy yelling (or whistling) out his window as he drives by?

*7 (SEVEN!) days till Disneyland!!

Friday, February 15, 2013


Today is a beautiful (yet cold-ish) day.  Sunny and nice out.  Perfect weather for a run outside.  I can't wait to get off of work.  =)  My babysitter said she would stay for a little bit so I could go run, so I am super excited now.  =)  I can't wait for 1pm.

I ended up not running yesterday.  I could have gone when I got home, but Chris was making pizza dough and I would have felt guilty leaving him to do that when we were supposed to be making dinner together.  So instead I asked if he wanted to go for a walk.  We went for about a 2 mile walk with Maddox in the jogging stroller.  It wasn't for exercise, just for time together and that was really nice.  =)  We finished the pizza when we got home and then watched Taken 2.  The movie was eh, but the pizza was really good.  We make really good homemade pizza, it's just a pain in the butt to make the dough so we don't do it very often.  Although, last night it seemed to go a lot easier, so maybe we've figured it out. =)

I have started going for walks at work.  We get two 15 min breaks everyday, and I usually spend them on here, but I decided I wanted to start being more active.  So the last couple of days I've been going for one walk a day.  I think I'm going to start doing 2 walks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  That will make me happy.  =) 

I work pretty close to the Skagit river, but it still takes me about 5 min to get there, so I only have a little over 2 min to walk along the river before I have to head back to the office.  But at least I can walk to the river.  It's pretty.  =)
Can you see why I like to run along the river? =)
Last fall we started playing tennis as a family once a week.  I'm really excited for the weather to warm up a little more so we can start doing that again.  =)  I played tennis when I was younger and really enjoyed it, so I'm glad that Chris and D also like it.  (Maddox likes all sports, I can put some sporting event on the TV and he'll sit and watch it for at least 15 min - that's a long time in toddler time.)  =)
Damian hurt his foot the other day, his little toe is swollen a little and red.  He doesn't remember doing it, but he can barely put any weight on it.  Actually, he can't put any weight on it at all.  I barely brushed the area yesterday evening and he was in pain.  I'm actually very worried about it because in less than two weeks we're going to Disneyland and that is a lot of walking.  Not to mention that he has a gymnastics meet tomorrow and again next Saturday, so I just don't know what we're going to do.  =/  I'm thinking a trip to the dr is going to happen if he's not better by Tuesday (Monday is a holiday). 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day. =)

We are doing nothing today.  I suggested we make dinner as a family tonight since we don't have the money to go out.  So we are making pizza tonight, and maybe I'll talk them (them being Chris and Damian) into a movie that is not horror related.  =) 

Chris isn't that into Valentine's Day.  He thinks everything is overpriced (which it is) but I like the flowers and the candy and going out to dinner.  I would totally be into all of the hearts and flowery stuff that Valentine's represents, but that is not important at all to Chris.  I think I'll be lucky if I get a card when I really want a dozen roses and some jewelry.  =) 
Wouldn't this be nice =)

I wrote this before lunchtime.  When I went home for lunch I was pretty disappointed that Chris hadn't made me lunch.  I have not been in a good mood today, so I was really unhappy with him even though it was my assumption that he might.  He went to the store to get pepperoni for our pizza and came back with a dozen red roses and some candy.  He's a sweet guy. =) 

Some days I really dread going for a run, and some days I think I'm going to dread it but really don't.  I don't understand it.  Monday I could barely stand to do 4 miles.  I hated almost every min of being on the treadmill.  Yesterday I wanted to run outside, but because of Damian going to gymnastics I knew I wouldn't have time.  So I did it later in the evening and felt awesome.  I did 5 miles, not once did I feel like I couldn't do 5 miles.  After I was done I felt so good that I decided to get out my kettle bells and do that for a little while as well.   
I bumped up the speed when I had a quarter mile left to 8 mph.  It was fast.  It
was doable (for a short amount of time).  It made me happy. =)
I really want to do the Dirty Dash and Chris expressed interest in it as well.  He started running on the treadmill, well, he's only done it 2 times in 5 days, but it's better than nothing. I just wish he would be more interested in getting fit.  I would like to do stuff with him that is more active than watching TV.  =/

I am seriously in a complaining mood today.  I am trying to think of stuff to say and I'm really coming up blank. 
Tuesday I went to zumba.  I don't know anyone in the class, although they are mostly all familiar faces, since I've been going for so long.  Anyway, I usually stand there and just look silly while we wait for it to start.  It seems like everyone there knows everyone else.  (I think it's because this particular class was started at a church, and then the leader opened a studio, but a lot of the people from the church go to the studio now.)  Well, Tuesday I was standing there in all my awkwardness, when the girl next to me says "Cathy?"  I had looked at her before she said my name and she didn't look familiar at all (not even one of the regulars at zumba), but then after she said my name, she looked vaguely familiar.  She said she was from Northwest Youth Services (where I worked before my current job, she worked at a different office than I did and we rarely saw each other) and then I remembered her.  We talked a little while, and she said she tries to go to zumba 3 times a week.  Well, then I felt really awkward because I go once a week, and haven't even been doing that since December because I get busy.  It seems every time I go there's new songs that I don't know.  Anyway, it made my "zumba experience" less than ideal because now I'm standing with someone I barely know, who is going to know all the moves that I don't know.  =)  It's so shallow and silly.  I think girls are horrible at comparing themselves to other girls. 

Well, this post is not very interesting today.  Sorry.  =/

*13 days till Disneyland! Less than 2 weeks! =)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

My love affair has ended . . .

. . . with the treadmill.  I feel like it served it's purpose.  I wish I had it earlier in the winter, but now it's staying lighter later and I really want to start running outside again.  I was going to do that last night, but work ran late and I didn't get home till almost 5 (I'm usually off by 4) and it was already getting dark so I decided to just use the treadmill.  I was definitely longing to be outside.  It was light enough when I got home that I was comfortable, but I knew I wouldn't be comfortable for the whole run.  I almost hopped off the treadmill at mile 2 and just do 3 miles outside, but I ended up getting into my audiobook (Mockingjay) and stayed on, only doing 4 miles instead of 5.

I am glad that the glow of the treadmill has faded.  I was worried that I would continue to love it even after it started getting lighter and I wouldn't run outside very much anymore.  But I definitely am missing my outside runs, especially since it's warmer (40*) and sunnier.  =)

I forgot to mention that my workout buddy, April, broke her foot falling down some stairs at work.  I haven't heard from her since Friday evening.  I feel badly for her.  She was really loving the running/wogging, and now she can't do much of anything.  I noticed when she would challenge me that I was doing more.  Now that I haven't heard from her in several days, and even not much last week, I have slacked off from the kettle bell and the situps.  I know I should be doing them, but running is so much easier.  I just don't want to take the time.

Have you seen this chicken?
 Let me tell you this.  I love this chicken.  I like dark meat, always have (probably because my mom overcooks everything and her white meat is so dry it could light a fire).  However, this chicken, if it's cold and is about a day old, I will eat the white meat as well.  I love it.  I especially love the crispy skin (you know the most unhealthy part of a chicken). We don't have it often, but we have it maybe twice a month.  It's easy.  This is my junk food.  I can never eat just one piece.  I will eat one piece and tell myself I'm done, however an hour later, I'm in the kitchen picking at it again, in fact, I will often just take another piece, sometimes eating 3 in one night.

Check this out . . .

That is 250 calories for 3 ounces of chicken, and since I don't have a scale, I don't know exactly how much of one piece that is.  I always hope that it is one of the medium pieces, but it is probably one of the smaller pieces. 

Last night was a mini-win for me.  Damian made this chicken, and I ate one piece.  I felt like eating another.  Both Damian and Chris didn't finish theirs and offered me their leftovers, and I turned down both of them.  I picked at it once, and then stuck some gum in my mouth.  Chewing on gum always helps me.

I will often go home the day after this is made and have it for leftovers and since I ate 2 or 3 pieces the night before there will only be 2 or 3 pieces left and I will eat 2 for lunch.  Today, I went home for lunch.  I told myself that I was going to have one piece of the leftover chicken and an apple and then chew on gum.  That is exactly what I did.  

It is not healthy, it is not good for me, and to a lot of people, it is probably really gross chicken, however, I LOVE it.  And last night and today I beat it . . . although, there are still 3 pieces left sitting at home, so now I just need to avoid the temptation to eat anymore today.  Limit myself to one a day.  =)  How silly that sounds, but so true.

All chicken is NOT created equal. 

*16 days till Disneyland!

Monday, February 11, 2013

FMM - Quirks and Habits

Today I am wearing pants that I haven't worn in 8 years.  (I know, how sad is it that I have pants that I haven't fit into for 8 years.)  They were once my favorite pants.  In 2005 I was dating a guy (not Chris) and he loved these pants, he said they made my butt look great.  I grew out of them, and haven't been able to put them on since.  Actually, I think they fit better now than they did back then.  They aren't as tight.

This weekend I was lazy.  Thursday was supposed to be zumba night, but we had to go shopping, I was so into thinking I was supposed to do zumba (forgetting that I consider zumba one of my rest days, not that it's a rest, I sweat hard doing zumba, it's just not running) that I forced myself to go running at 8:30pm.  I realized while I was starting up the treadmill that I didn't have to run, so I made it short and fast.  I cranked up the speed, and did 3.1 miles in just under 25 min (8:03 min/mile).  I still fully intended to run both Friday and Saturday . . . I even bought new shoes.  =)
*sigh*  Instead, Heather, our "houseguest", asked to invite her boyfriend over for dinner.  Then I suggested she should invite her brother, because he needs to get to know her new boyfriend.  Then she asked if she could invite another friend (who is actually my babysitter).  Heather's plan was to drink . . . a lot. Well, I decided that since I ran Thursday and didn't need to, I would go ahead and skip running Friday. 

Have you ever drank with a bunch of 20-something year olds?  I am not 20-something anymore.  I drank quite a bit.  And I was very tipsy.  However, I did not drink as much as they did.  They (no joke) polished of 2 bottles of Fireball Whiskey, plus a bottle of wine, and whatever beer they had.  Then, right before they decided to leave (yes, they left my house drunk . . . I am a horrible person because I didn't stop them but I was half asleep) they decided they needed a shot of tequila.  I did have some wine and a couple shots of Fireball, but no where near what they drank.  I'm getting tipsy just thinking about it.  =)

Anyway, Saturday came and I did not feel like running.  Hangovers suck . . . and I am 30-something, not 20-something.  =/  Sooo, that means that last week was my lowest mileage since the beginning of the year.  Only 14 miles.  Which was right after my highest mileage for the year the week before, 24.5 miles. 

I didn't particularly want to run yesterday (Sunday) either.  But I decided to drag my butt out the door and just do it.  I decided I didn't really want to do a long run, I was just going to go for 5 miles, however, there were some elements of different routes that I take that I wanted to do.  I didn't know how far that would be, so I decided to just do the route I had in mind, and wait and see at the end how far it was.  It turned out to be 6 miles.  It was a nice day, a little cold though, but sunny. 

Once again, too fast.  The first 3 miles . . . all under 9 min/mile.  If anyone has any ideas on how to get myself to slow down, I would appreciate it.  If I want to run a half-marathon, I don't think it's a good idea to be running so fast in the beginning.  I may have to buy a Garmin or something to have on my wrist so I can see my time.  I don't really have the money to spend though.  =(  I feel like I'm going slowly, but obviously I am not. 

Well, it's Monday . . . Friend Makin' Monday to be exact.  =)

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Personal Quirks and Habits

1. Share one unique character trait that sets you apart from your friends.  I can't think of anything . . .

2. List at least two pet peeves that always aggravate you.  Lately, I have been very aggravated when my supervisor asks me to do something that I already do.  I work very closely with my supervisor, we have more of a "coworker" relationship, rather than "supervisor/supervisee" relationship.  And we have been working together almost 3 years.  I do my job, I know what my job is, but sometimes she tells me to do something and it's either already done or I'm thinking about it already.  It just annoys me because I feel like she doesn't think I'll do my job . . .
The other one, is Chris's naps.  He takes naps on his days off and it bothers me a lot.  I don't know why.  It's very silly.  But he stays up until 1 or 2am and then I wake him at 8am when I go to work, and then he is so tired, he has to take a nap. It annoys me.  It's stupid.  I realize that.

3. Is there a word or phrase that you say so regularly that people expect to hear it from you?  I really don't know.  This would be a question to ask my friends or family.  =)

4. Are you a risk taker, or do you typically play it safe? I play it safe, most of the time.

5. Describe your life as it was in high school. Are you the same person? Have you changed?  I grew up on a farm and went to school in a very, very small town.  (My graduating class had 14 people.)  I played every sport I could, but then so did most of the kids in the school.  I was shy, I was introverted.  I had two very close friends and I didn't hang out with anyone else.  I was the "good girl."  I went to church 3 times a week (Sunday morning and evening and Wednesday evening).  I was very active in my church and I was the "popular" one there.  My church was in a different town than my school.  So the people I went to church with, were not the people I went to school with.  I was conservative and rather judgemental. 
Now . . . I am not like that at all.  I still have some conservative characteristics, but my views have changed so much that most of them are almost completely opposite of what they were.  I am still introverted, but not as much as I used to be.  I still don't have a lot of friends.    Writing it down like this makes me seem like I'm very much the same, however, I am not.  I sometimes think that I would like to go back to high school as the person I am today and see how others reacted to me.  I think I'm better than I was.  Back then, people thought that I thought I was better than them.  In fact, several people who later became my friends, said that is what they thought of me.  I never, ever thought I was better than others, I was just extremely shy.  I would walk through the halls reading a book. 

6. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done that you’re glad you did? Sadly, I can't think of anything that I've done that was crazy.  I would like to go skydiving, but haven't, would like to go bungee jumping, or rock climbing, but haven't.

7. Do you ever talk to yourself? If so, share an example.  I think everyone talks to themselves at some point.  I don't have an example for you.

8. Share something you did that unexpectedly helped shape your life.  Getting divorced and then back together with my husband.  I know it's crazy, but even though the divorce is one of those things that I regret, it's also one of those things that has completely changed my life.  If Chris and I had stayed together, I would not be the person I am today.  I was a single mom for 6 years, Damian's and my relationship would be 100% different if I had stayed with Chris during that time.  I probably would have more kids.  Maddox wouldn't have been born, because I would have had at least one (maybe 2) more in my 20's and then would not have wanted another in my 30's.  I think my view points on life changed a lot in those 6 years, and they might not have if I had stayed with Chris during that time. 

9. Do you follow a strict routine, or are you a free spirit? Are you somewhere in between? I wake up between 6-6:30, go to work at 8, go home, run or don't, zumba or not, eat dinner around 6:30, go to bed when I'm tired.  Damian's sports are thrown in there somewhere and we go shopping once a week.  =)  That is my routine. It is not strict, I don't care if I miss something (well, other than running and zumba . . . and I don't like dinner later than 6:30). 

10. Share something about yourself that you hope will inspire others. Life doesn't always work out the way you expect, or want, it to.  However, it always works out.  My life, my story, has definitely shown that.  If you had asked me when I was 20 where I would be at 36, it would not be in the place I am now.  However, the place I am now, is better than where I pictured myself at 20.  Who knows what the future will hold. =)

**Sometimes I feel as if FMM questions are aimed at people with much more exciting lives than me.  I lead a pretty boring, hum-drum life.  =)

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

*Only 16 days left until Disneyland!!  It's getting close!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Cirque du Soleil recap

I have not talked about my Cirque du Soleil excursion from Wednesday.  It was really, really fabulous.  We didn't know where we were going, so we had Chris's work GPS, but it's old and needs updating.  Luckily it got us in the general area, and then all we had to do was follow the line of cars.  
Just the Big Top as we were walking to it from the parking lot.
There was this one part where the guys were jumping on a see-saw.  Seriously, doing flips and stuff.  They'd flip to the other side, then flip up to a platform, and one guy would catch them and then "throw" them onto the opposite side.  It was amazing.  i couldn't find a picture of it (we weren't allowed to take pictures) but these others are cool too.  =)
These two were amazing on their unicycles

I think this was my favorite part.  They were just holding onto
ropes and doing tons of acrobatic moves in the air . . . no net underneath.
This was my favorite move of that part, she's doing the splits . . .
behind her body . . . in mid-air . . . holding onto a rope. 


Have I ever mentioned that I get way behind in my reading?  I will sometimes be able to post and read, and then sometimes I only read and other times only post.  Well, this last week has been super busy for me, so I've only had time to post and not read.  I am seriously only on Monday's blogs in my reader.  =/  I think I'm going to set some time aside this weekend and get caught up.  However, I have noticed that I don't always like to be caught up.  When I have down time, I will start reading, and if I'm caught up I constantly check to see if anyone has posted something new . . . it's a vicious cycle.  =) 

Anyway, I was reading Katie's blog and I really liked this snippet she took off of Weight Watchers site.

I think all of that is good advice.  I used to be really good at taking a vitamin everyday, along with calcium and Vitamin D (because I live in the northwest and we don't have sun).  I think the biggest one I have problems with is number 6.  Seriously, I am not an alcoholic, but I really like wine . . . and margaritas . . . among others . . . However, this week I decided no alcohol.  None.  Not till Friday (today, yay!!).  And I succeeded . . . well, sorta. 

I had a margarita okay maybe 2 at dinner on Wednesday and then a glass of wine when we got to the Cirque du Soleil Big Top ($19 for a glass of wine and a glass of beer!!).  But I totally am okay with that because we went out, and we never go out.

*19 days till Disneyland!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Liebster Award!

Chris at Wisdom, Courage, Power nominated me for an award. =) 

Here’s how it works-
The rules:
Each blogger posts 11 random facts about themselves.
Answer the questions the tagger has set for you
Choose 11 new bloggers to pass the award to/nominate
Come up with 11 new questions to ask your nominees
Go to their page and tell them about the award.
No tag backs!

And now, my things for the award:

11 Random Facts

  1.  I am a terrible dog owner.  Dogs are too needy, why can't they be more like cats?  =)
  2. If my work calendar is all one color, I can't read it.  I have to highlight all my appts (in different colors) or it doesn't make sense to me.
  3. My husband and I were separated and actually divorced for 6 years . . . and we haven't remarried.  We consider ourselves married though, and call each other husband and wife.
  4. I love Betty Boop.  And the reason I love Betty Boop, is because I liked her when I was little, but my mom called her "trashy" so that automatically made me a fan for life.  =)
  5. The name I chose for my blog "Living the Dream" comes from Chris.  He says it all the time when people ask him how he is.  The "Convoluted and Crazy Dream" comes from me . . . while I love my life, I don't feel like it's my "dream" life.  =)
  6. I was a cheerleader in highschool.
  7. I have never smoked anything in my life.
  8. I didn't drink any type of alcohol until I was 24.
  9. I now love wine.  =)
  10. I obsess about what it would be like to be someone else.  I don't know how to say it, but I think often about "why am I me?" and "what if I were someone else?"  I don't feel like I want to be different, I just think about it.  And I remember being much worse when I was in grade school.  It's very weird and very hard to explain.
  11. My 6th grade teacher was the person to start my love affair with running.

Chris's questions for his nominees:

  1. What are you passionate about?  I love working with kids.  I do not currently work with them, but that is the entire reason I went into social work.  I love kids.  I miss working with them.
  2. What motivates you to get things done? Funny . . . I have very little motivation.  Deadlines at work help me to get my work done.  Putting my running clothes on helps me to go run.  Damian saying Mom, shouldn't you go run? Chris about to come home and realizing I haven't done anything at all, all day.  =)
  3. What stops you from achieving your goals? Myself, I get distracted.  I get interested in a TV show, or a good book.  I waste time doing stupid stuff, such as watching TV.
  4. Batman or Superman (Human physical and mental greatness or Alien god-like powers)? Superman, I want to fly.  =)
  5. Do you have pets? Yes, I have a cat, Pandora, and a dog, Gizmo . . . don't tell Gizmo, but I'm more of a cat person than a dog person.
  6. If you could travel anywhere for relaxation or excitement where and what would it be? Seriously, I really want to go somewhere warm, with a beach and beautiful warm water.  I have wanted this for a very long time.
  7. What is your favorite movie and why? I love movies.  I don't know if I can pick just one.  There are the old 60's Disney movies (Flubber, Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, Gnome Mobile, Darby O'Gill and the Little People, Snowball Express, I could go on and on), and there are the old Christmas movies (White Christmas, Miracle On 34th Street, Holiday Inn, on and on), then there is Audrey Hepburn . . . pretty much any of her movies, 80's movies (Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, Dirty Dancing, Can't Buy Me Love, The Princess Bride, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, on and on) and of course random favorites (Ever After, Bridget Jones' Diary, Adventures in Babysitting, Shawshank Redemption, Nothing to Lose, Pirates of the Caribbean, on and on).  How do you pick from such an awesome selection of movies???  I don't think I can.
  8. 10 points if you can name all these movies.
    *hint They are listed above.* =)
  9. Would you use a time machine to alter your past? Knowing that any changes made could completely change your life/knowledge/personality now? This is a very interesting question.  There was a time in my life where I would have said yes.  In fact, you know all those surveys that were so popular via email several years ago (before Facebook), they always asked what super power you wanted, and I always said time travel.  Looking at my life now, I would have to say, no, I would not want to go back and change anything.  There are definitely things I regret and wish I had done differently, however, I love my life now.  I love where I am.  And if I changed anything, any decision, any action, anything, I would not be where I am now.  Of course, I may be happy in this fictional other life, but knowing that I turned out okay, that is enough for me.  I am happy, happier than I think I ever have been.
  10. What’s your all time favorite band?  I know that music is important to a lot of people.  However, it really isn't to me.  I like music, I listen to it, but I don't have a favorite band.  I used to love Lonestar, but they're long gone.  I like Zac Brown Band.  But when you say "all time favorite" I feel like it means something huge, and I don't have one of those. 
  11. What makes a good friend? Someone who genuinely cares about the other person.  (If you care about someone, everything else will fall into place.) 
  12. Why do you blog? It keeps me motivated to stay active.  If I don't blog, Chris would be forced to listen to all my thoughts about running.  If I didn't run, I'd have nothing to talk about.  =) 

My questions for the people I nominate

  1. Are you a cat or a dog person?
  2. What is your favorite workout?
  3. What do you do for "me" time?
  4. If you won the lottery (the really big one) who would be the first person you told?  And why?
  5. What is the strangest thing you can think about yourself? (What do you do, what do you own, etc)
  6. If you could go back in time and change anything, would you? What would you change?
  7. What is your greatest accomplishment?
  8. What was your favorite toy as a child?
  9. Are you close with your family?  Why or why not?
  10. Empty your purse . . . what is in it?
  11. How did you start blogging? 

My Award Nominees

  1. 80 to Shrink
  2. Believing in Myself!
  3. Body Works: A Weight Loss Blog
  4. Does This Scale Make me Look Fat?
  5. Drawn To Scale
  6. Eating Away Ernie
  7. Fat Girl Finding Fit
  8. Frickin' Fabulous at 40
  9. My Crazy Life
  10. Poonapalooza
  11. Running with the Runner Girl

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mud runs and Cirque du Soleil

After running 7 miles on Saturday I was pretty pleased with myself.  Then a friend posted on Facebook that she ran 16 miles on her treadmill.  16 miles!  And on a treadmill, unbelievable!  THEN I read Kristin's blog, and she ran 16.5 miles on Saturday . . . and then ran another 10 on Sunday.  My 7 and 4 mile runs seem so . . . small. 

The thing is, I'm not sure that I want to run that far.  My friend on FB is training for her first marathon, and Kristin . . . well, she's just crazy, she runs 50K for fun  =)  She ran 15 half marathon's last year, a handful of marathons, and a couple other really crazy high mileage races.  I'm very impressed with that.  However, is that something I want to do??  I don't think so.  I have decided I definitely want to do a half marathon, and might even look up one that is sooner than the September Skagit Flats half marathon.  Maybe I'll do more than one this year. =)

I totally started this yesterday (I swear) but my day got really busy and I didn't finish it.  After work we got our taxes done and then went home and spent some time with Maddox and Damian, who I hadn't seen all day.  Then at 8:30 (after Maddox went to bed) I ran 4.5 miles.  I was tired by then so watched some Storage Wars Texas with Chris and fell asleep. 
Maddox, with his mouth full of banana =)
I did get on Facebook a little, and a friend of mine mentioned that she signed up for Survivor Mud Run.  Chris and I and a couple friends talked last year about doing a mud run this year, so I looked some up.  There's the SMR, The Dirty Dash, and a Warrior Dash.  All in June.  =)  So . . . I'm going to do one of these.  It'd be fun to do the SMR in Seattle with the friend that already signed up, but my other friends are wanting to do the Dirty Dash, so that one will probably be what we do.  =)  I need to train for that . . . I can run, but I think the mud and the obstacles will kill me.  The best part is . . .  I'll get a medal!  =)

I had planned on doing zumba last night, but then Chris reminded me we had an appt at H & R Block for our taxes during zumba time.  Then I decided to just have yesterday as my rest day, but then Chris reminded me that we are going to Cirque du Soleil tonight.  So I decided to run.  =) 

Speaking of Cirque du Soleil, I'm super excited about it.  =)  The tickets were a present from me to Chris for Christmas.  My sister has been to 2 of them and she said they are really fabulous. =)  The problem is that it doesn't start till 8pm and is a 2 1/2 hour show, and at least an hour away from home.  It's going to be a long night . . . and I work tomorrow.

This may sound super silly, but I get so excited when I get a new follower.  =)  I can't believe someone else is interested in my random ramblings.  Well, this morning I noticed I had a new follower, so I checked him out.  And guess what, not only did he follow me, but he nominated me for the Liebster Award.  =)  You can check him out over at Wisdom, Courage, Power.

However, I want to take my time in answering the questions, and since I had already started this post, I think I will wait on answering them until my next post.

*21 days till Disneyland!!

Monday, February 4, 2013

I killed 7 miles . . .and FMM

I didn't hear anything for a couple days from April, my workout buddy, at the end of last week. During her absence I found myself less motivated to do the extras. . . kettle bell, sit ups, etc. I planned on running Friday but almost talked myself out of the extras.  I ended up doing the kettle bell afterall.

On Saturday I was planning on doing 7 miles, which was going to be my longest run to date.  I was waffling about doing it though, and was thinking of just doing my normal 4 or 5 instead.  Then I got a message from April.  She said she didn't do anything on Wednesday and Thursday, but got started again on Friday.  I told her about my 7 mile plan and then that I was thinking of not doing it.  She really talked me into it.  She said she would do 4 miles if I did my 7.  So I got off my butt and ran 7 miles.

Look at that time!  (I can't believe how consistent most of my miles were.  Mile 5 was along the river, the same spot I had difficulty last week, again flat, no wind, so I don't know why it was so slow.  And mile 7, well, that was my last mile and the beginning of it was really steep uphill.)  =)  I seriously made an effort to slow down, but I really had a hard time with it.  I had downloaded another running app a long time ago. Runkeeper, but had never used it.  I really like my mapmyfitness app, so I have used that.  Well, I was looking at the Runkeeper before my run and noticed it has audio cues as to pace/time/mileage etc. so I decided to try it out.  I really liked it for my long run.  It would tell me every 5 min how far I'd gone, how fast I was going, my average speed and how long I had been running.  I tried to slow down whenever it would tell me I was going faster than 10 min/mile, but it obviously wasn't very affective in getting me to slow my average pace down.  However, I felt great the last mile.  I didn't feel tired or anything, so I'm okay that I went faster than my goal. 

At the beginning of the run I went down my old trail, the one I started running on.  I talked about the horrible hill on that trail here and here and here and then the first time I ran up it here . . . I talked a lot about that stupid hill last spring.  =)  Anyway, since I've been running longer distances, I've found new routes and haven't run that trail in a really long time.  I didn't even worry about the hill, and then it crossed my mind right after I started.  I wondered how I would feel going up it.  I don't think I even slowed down going up.  I didn't die at the top and didn't even have to rest.  I remember the first time I ran up that entire hill, I was so dead, I had to stop and catch my breath for a min before continuing on.  I can now say, I have conquered that stupid hill.  =)  Now I need to conquer the mile long hill that I did my first two 4 mile runs on. 

I was so happy I ran.  It was a beautiful day here, sunny, no wind, no clouds.  Temperature was right around 45*, which was perfect.  I felt great.  I thought it was an easier run than my 6 miles the week before.  I loved the feeling I had the rest of the day.  My legs were a little sore, but not too bad.  I took a nice bath in the evening. 

Yesterday I did 4 miles before the Superbowl. And then pigged out on pizza and margaritas.  =) 

Maddox has been sick since Thursday evening.  Thursday night he fell asleep last at 7 and then woke up at 1am and then went back to sleep, but only if he could lay on me. Friday morning he woke up with a temperature so I stayed home with him, then Saturday he acted much better, his temperature was down and he was playing.  However, Sunday his temperature went back up.  He barely ate anything all weekend.  Last night it seems like his temperature went away, but he woke up at midnight and wouldn't go back to sleep.  Chris stayed up with him until 3am and then handed him off to me, and he was awake with me until 5am.  =(  Today is going to be a very, very long day. 

Our "roommate" Heather is watching him this morning so that our babysitter's son isn't around him and getting sick.  She said that he feels normal, not warm today and he's enjoying his oatmeal, so he might be feeling better.  I am worried about an ear infection or something, so I'm going to take him to the dr today anyway.  However, we aren't able to get in until 6 this evening.  =(

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!

Five Things

1. Share five things you hope to do before you die. 
- go to Italy
- Go on a cruise (preferably to a very warm area)
- watch my kids get married
- watch my kids have kids
- own my dream house

2. List five things you love about yourself.
- My smile
- My hair (especially when it's straightened)
- My legs (which are really awesome now that I run)
- the color of my eyes
- the fact that I was able to save enough money in a year to take my family to Disneyland.

3. Share the five coolest things that you’ve done in 2013.
- ran 7 miles
I don't have anything else . . . in a month I can add go to Disneyland.  Wednesday I'm going to Cirque du Soleil . . . Give me a break, it's only the 4 of February and I don't normally do a ton anyway.  =)

4. List five things that you always have in your kitchen.
- popcorn
- flour, sugar, spices, etc.
- coffee and coffee pot
- water
- chicken

5. Share five places you would like to go on vacation.
- Italy
- Hawaii
- The Caribbean
- Paris
- New York
And everywhere in between.

6. List five celebrities/public figures you’d like to meet.
- Julia Roberts
- Mother Theresa (I know she's dead)
I don't have anyone else.  Really, I don't care to meet anyone famous and will probably live my whole life not meeting anyone.  I'm okay with that.  Some of the most amazing people are unknown.

7. List five bands or artists you’d like to see perform live.
- Zac Brown Band
- Rascal Flats
- Johnny Cash (I know . . . dead)
Again, I've got nothing . . .

8. List five TV shows that you don’t want to miss. 
- Walking Dead!!
- Survivor
- All Real Housewives of . . . shows (don't judge)
- Amazing Race
- True Blood

9. Share five things you wanted to do as a child. 
- Be a teacher (very short lived dream)
- become a foster parent (still planning on it)
- Get married at 21, have a kids at 23 (it worked for my Mom, I wanted to be just like her, I was close, but wish I had waited now)
- go to college at Northwest Nazarene College (now University . . . did it)
- Live on the Oregon coast 

10.  Share five things you hope to do in 2013.
- run a half marathon
- go to my class's (almost) 20th reunion (it's actually only 18, but we're talking about doing it anyway)
- Bloomsday with my sister (we're going to walk this year)
- start saving for either a cruise or Hawaii in 2015
- get pregnant (however, Chris isn't completely on board with that one, so we'll have to wait and see.)

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, friends!!!!!!!