Friday, March 29, 2013

Happy with ME

I was headed home yesterday at lunch time and I was thinking about my size and weight and all that.  I remember a time when I was young, jr. high school age I think, and I was laying on the floor in my parent's house watching tv.  I was laying on my stomach and I realized that I could feel both hip bones touching the floor at once.  In that moment I felt really skinny.  I haven't felt that since I left home for college.  Like I've said before, I've never been hugely overweight, but I have been overweight. 
circa 1989 - My longest known Misty, me, and my second
longest friend Lisa.

Anyway, I think I was shifting gears in my car and my arm brushed against my hip bone and I thought of that moment when I was little.  I thought of what I weigh right now (153.8 is another stubborn number I'm thinking).  And then I was thinking of my "goal" weight.  I guess I've always held 130 has the "perfect" number (when I was 130 in high school, I wanted to be 125, why can't we just be happy with what we are), however, I've never actually thought that I would make it back down to 130, so I've put my second goal weight as 140.  It hit me . . . in the car . . . that at 154(ish), I am 14lbs from that goal weight.  That's over halfway there.  Just 5 more lbs and I'll be in the 140's again. 

I was talking the other day with my officemate about weight loss.  She is trying to get healthier as well (she's older than me, not that it matters), but I told her that I had lost 20lbs in a year.  I feel embarrassed to say that I've only lost 20lbs.  When I tell people that, they usually say congratulations, but then they ask how long it took and I'll say a year.  That's when I get the look.  That look that says only 20lbs?! 

Why is it bad to lose only 20lbs in a year?  Because we want instant results.  We are a society that wants what it wants and wants it NOW.  The show Biggest Loser shows people losing 100lbs (and more) in a very, very short amount of time, it's a popular show, I love it.  However, I don't feel that it is realistic.  Those people leave home and all they do is workout.  Yes, they learn about nutrition and they have time away from the "ranch" to test their willpower, but it's not the same as being at home, having to work, having kids, having other obligations, and having to fit in a workout. 

My officemate and I talked about this for awhile.  I told her I was often embarrassed to say it had taken a year to lose 20lbs.  She really encouraged me.  She reminded me that losing it slowly is healthy.  I look great, I feel great.  I think I am more comfortable in my naked body than I ever have been in my entire life, even when I was a fit 130lb teenager.  If it takes me another year to lose the rest of the weight I will be happy.  Afterall, a year ago I was seeing 169 on the scale.  Who knows, maybe a year from now I'll be seeing 130.  =) 

I am proud of my 20lb weight loss in a year.  I am not going up, I am consistently, but slowly, going down.  I have had a few "off" weeks, but I go right back down.  Since coming back from Disneyland I haven't seen 158.6 (the last of several stubborn numbers) once on the scale, not even after dinner and a few glasses of wine (that number is somewhere around 156). 

When I started running a year ago a coworker joined weight watchers, and then stopped.  She just joined again a few months ago, I don't know her first starting weight but she looked heavier than she was a year ago.  I'm not judging, not at all!! but I know I am headed in the right direction, and that direction is down.  I will continue this journey and be proud of my slow progress.  =)

With all that being said . . . I weighed 153.8 again this morning.  After my run, I weighed 152.8, it's hard not to use that weight, but I know it was just from sweating and losing water. 

Even though it is Good Friday, WA doesn't recognize it as a holiday.  I don't know if that is just a WA thing, or a west thing, but I was supposed to work today.  I didn't because my babysitter was "sick" again, but I was able to sucker get my "roommate" to watch Maddox for me while I ran. 

While I was running a guy turned in front of me, he was a ways in front but I noticed that I was gaining on him a little.  He crossed the road just before a stoplight.  I came to the stoplight right after him and we waited on opposides of the road.  He left before the light turned but I was still gaining, we were both headed to a trail along the river.  I decided to speed up a little to pass him.  He saw or heard me and sped up a little but I got around him.  I could hear his footfalls right behind me so I knew he wasn't going to let me get too far ahead.  He finally sped up and took off past me.  I knew I was going a lot faster than I normally do and knew I couldn't keep that speed up for long so I was glad that he passed me.  =)  However, he got farther ahead and turned off the trail and started walking down a street.  I know running isn't about racing, but this was a race.  I feel like I beat him, even if he did pass.  Maybe he was done with his run and was headed home, but maybe he just needed to get off the trail where he would think I wouldn't see so he could walk.  =) 

I looked at my splits when I got home and realized why I was dying during that time.  I was running under an 8 min mile, in fact, at one point I was doing a 7 min mile.  That is fast. 

I caught the guy and was "racing" him in mile 2.  =)
One last thing. . . Remember that I took a TRX class yesterday morning?  I expected my arms and shoulders to be sore, and they are . . . a little.  My lower back is a little sore as well, but you want to know what is really, really sore?  My calves.  That surprises me a lot.  I would have told you yesterday that my calves are my most "in shape" muscles.  Obviously not, not if they can hurt this much.  I did a little over 4 miles yesterday after work.  That was a nice run.  =)  I ran straight from work, did a loop downtown and then up the hill to my house.  The hill sucks, but I can run up it even if I do stop at the top.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

TRX kicks butt

The weekends are bad for me in blog reading.  This is why I get behind so often, I don't get on at all to write or read any blogs.  Anyway, I was catching up the other day and came across this article.  I found it very, very interesting.  I have never been over 200 lbs, so there are things I don't know (and hope to never learn) about being hugely overweight.  Nor will I ever know what it's like to lose a ton of weight.  However, just because I don't have personal experience, I do think this is a very, very interesting article so I decided to share it with you.  =)

Tuesday I went to zumba.  Afterwards I talked to the lady at the cash register about joining the TRX class on this morning.  It turns out that the lady at the desk was the same person that teaches the TRX class.  She was helpful, but then I felt like I HAD to go because I told her I was interested.  I don't think this is a bad thing however. 

I was so worried about getting up on time though that I woke up at 5am and couldn't get back to sleep.  I am not an early riser, nor do I like to be up earlier than necessary.  I do enjoy mornings now, which is a lot different than it was when I was younger.  Anyway, I don't know what I was expecting, but it wasn't quite what the class actually was.  I guess I expected to spend the whole time on the suspension straps. 

For those that don't know what it is, you do 30 seconds cardio, then rotate to suspension strap weight training for 30 sec.  You do this two times and then you get a 30 sec break and start over with new exercises.  It's pretty intense.  (At least it was for me.) 

This was one of the easy ones.  source
By the time I got home I felt pretty weak.  Maddox was awake in his crib and I went to pick him up and thought I might drop him.  Of course, I didn't, but wow, it was definitely a workout.  I think I'll go next week too.  =)

Yesterday I was planning on running, but we really, really needed to do some grocery shopping.  Plus, I had a hair appt, so I didn't get a run in.  Remember last week when I said I didn't like running on Fridays? Well, I'll be running again on Friday.  I've already used my 2 rest (from running) days.  I'm going to run this evening after work, maybe only 4 miles because I did the TRX class this morning. 

I'll leave you with this picture of Maddox cuddling with me at lunch yesterday.  It was soooo hard to go back to work.  =)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Still high!

I am still on a little bit of a high from my run on Sunday.  I still can't get over how great I felt at the end of the run.  I would totally have expected to have felt completely drained, but I didn't at all.  Yesterday's post was a little long, so I didn't add a picture of my splits on that run, but I want to today.  I'm sorry if it's getting old, but seriously, it felt great.  =) 

However, I then ran 4 miles yesterday and I could feel it.  It was a long 4 miles.  My shins were a little sore and my legs were a little tired.  It's interesting to me how one day you can feel like a million bucks and the very next day you feel tired and sore.  I get it, 8 miles is hard on a body and your body needs a rest.  I just don't want my rest day to be on Monday.  =)  After my run yesterday, I was really sore.  The sore I thought I should have had on Sunday.  My shins hurt terribly and I was stiff after sitting for just a few min.  Today I'm feeling better, but I can still feel the stiffness in my legs.

So my workout plans for this week are: today - zumba; tomorrow and Thursday - 5 miles; Friday - rest day; Saturday - long run (not sure how far yet). 

Another thing I'm thinking about trying is TRX (that link goes to a website that sells TRX stuff, it was the best thing I could find to explain it since my studio doesn't have anything on their website to explain) at my zumba studio.  My zumba studio does classes other than zumba, they do pilates, TRX, total agility and a few others.  I was looking at the TRX stuff and thought it might be good to build my upper body strength since I am planning on doing the Warrior Dash.  The classes are offered Tuesday and Thursday at 6 am and Thursday at 6:45pm.  Chris would be upset if I went to another class in the evenings, so I thought that I could get up early and go do it at 6am.  Thursday is Chris's day off anyway, so he'd be home (even if he is sleeping) for Maddox and I would get home just after 7am to get ready for work.  I think it's totally doable. 

However, I suck at getting up in the morning to work out.  I hate it.  In the past when I've started a workout program (before running) I would tell myself I HAD to do it in the morning and then I wouldn't get up.  I would set my alarm early for a week, and after zero workouts, would give up.  Running after work is so much better for me and I know that I will do it.  I'm pretty motivated to do this class at least once to see if I like it, so hopefully I'll get my butt out of bed on Thursday morning. 

I still need to run 18 miles to hit my 100 mile goal for March, so even though I'm going to do the TRX on Thursday, I still have to run 5 miles that afternoon. 

Anybody else ever tried TRX and did you like it??

Monday, March 25, 2013

Plans, long runs, wrestling and FMM

I'm sorry in advance for the long post.  If you're visiting from FMM, please feel free to just scroll to the bottom.  =)

Does getting comments on your blog posts ever get old??  I love seeing emails saying I have a comment.  I only have 12 followers, but I wonder if the people with hundreds still get excited about all their comments? 

Anyway, MaryFran asked me what I ended up doing for my long run this weekend.  I forget to go back to blogs where I've commented to see if the person replied to me, so I thought I would answer on here instead.  I was going to talk about it anyway.  =) 

Soooo . . . remember Thursday when I talked about planning?  Ha!  I suck at it.  =)  I planned to do 6 miles Thursday evening, I did 5.  I planned to do a long run on Friday, I only did 6.22.  I planned to run Saturday, I didn't at all.  The only thing that I planned to do that I actually did was eat a salad Thursday night for dinner. =)
The thing about plans though is that I look at my plans as flexible.  Even though pretty much none of my running plans actually happened Thursday-Saturday, I was okay with it all.  In fact, on Sunday I decided I would just do my long run then.  I don't like doing my long runs on Sunday because "technically" it's the next week, and I need want to do a long run this Saturday so "technically" that's 2 long runs in one week.  Anyway, I thought that I would go 7 miles (kinda ease my way back into my long runs since it's been so long).  I went out on what I thought was my earlier 7 mile run, but I got to about a mile and a half from home and noticed I was only a little over 5 miles into my run.  I started thinking about where I could go to add a half mile.  I was on a trail that I don't run on very often anymore, but used to run it all the time.  The half way mark for this particular trail is the road I live on, so when I do run it nowadays I turn up the hill on my road and go home.  I haven't run the second half of that trail in months. 

I felt great, I didn't feel tired at all.  My hip didn't hurt at all (which is unusual for me right now, I almost have at least a little twinge while I'm running), I didn't feel winded or anything.  I felt great.  So I decided I would go to the end of the trail, which is a full mile.  I thought, I could do 8 miles today. 

So, even though I planned to go 7 miles Sunday, I actually did 8.12 miles.  I felt awesome!!  After my run I felt great, which continued through the rest of the evening.  I can't describe that feeling of accomplishment and awesomeness.  =)  I was worried I would be sore today, but I'm not bad.  I have a little stiffness in my legs, but nothing bad.  And my hip hasn't bothered me at all.  =)

I realize this is Friend Makin' Monday, but I also wanted to update on my weekend, so I will try to keep the rest of the post short so I can answer this week's questions.  =)

Damian had a district wrestling tournament on Saturday.  I was there from 9am to 3pm, which made for a long day.  Last year I went to the same tournament by myself, with a 6 month old baby.  And it was horrible!!  This year I got my babysitter to watch Maddox and my mom came with me so it was much, much better.  D got first place for his weight class.  He did really, really awesome. =)
Damian's in that mess waiting for the championship match.
D and a good friend with their 1st place
medals.  They both got 1st place in
their weight class.
 While I was at D's wrestling tourney my babysitter took Maddox and her son (who is only 3 months older than Maddox) for a walk.  She said they were super cute because they held hands the whole time.

Saturday night we went to see 7 Brides for 7 Brothers at the local theater here in Mt. Vernon.  It was really, really awesome.  My sister came up and we went with my Mom, we laughed so hard.  I love the movie, probably one of my all-time favorites, but didn't realize it was so funny.  It was really, really good. 

Anyway, I could talk more about my weekend, but then I would never get to FMM.  So I guess I will save it for another day.  =) 

--I just realized yesterday was the anniversary of my blog.  Happy anniversary to me.  =)

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 Ten Questions
1. Describe the kind of home you would live in if money were no object.  I would live in an older farm house on the outskirts of a smallish town.  I don't want it to be huge, but large, it would HAVE to have a front porch, preferably a wrap around one and maybe even a balcony or something off my bedroom.  A nice sunny, fenced backyard, with lots of flowers.  And of course it would be 2 stories. 

2. Are you more conservative in your actions or more rebellious? I think I'm more conservative.  I like people to think well of me, so I don't do things that I think I'll get judged for.  I think this is a flaw of mine, I wish I wasn't so concerned about what others think.

3. Would you go to Mars even if it meant you could never return to Earth?  nope, I love my family and friends and couldn't leave that. 

4. Name one song that makes you want to dance every time you hear it. I can't think of any right now. . . oh, I love California Girls by Katy Perry.  There are others, but I can't think of them right now. 

5. Share one thing that you wish you could go back and do differently in your life.  I've answered this type of question before, and I like the answer I gave a few weeks ago, so I'm just going to copy and paste it here.  =)  There was a time in my life where I would have said I would go back.  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.

6. Share at least one accomplishment that people wouldn’t expect you to be proud of.  My proud moments are not anything that people wouldn't expect me to be proud of.  Maybe that I finally learned to save the money needed for me and my family to travel.  I used to think about it, but never do it.  I'm so excited that we have actual vacations that we're going somewhere for planned and that I know that I can go because I'm making the right choices in saving for them.

7. Describe one delicious thing that you’ve eaten lately.  My salad from the other day (see picture above) was really good, maybe because I hadn't had one for awhile.  =) 

8. If you had a theme song that would play every time you entered a room, which song would you choose?  I love the song "Where I belong" by Building 429.  It's a Christian song.  Here is the lyrics to the chorus.
All I know is I'm not home yet
This is not where I belong
Take this world and give me Jesus
This is not where I belong

9. Had technology enhanced your life, or has it over complicated your life?  I think it's enhanced my life.  However, I sometimes get sad for the younger generations where they are so immersed in social media and cell phones.  They don't really know what's it's like to be unreachable and just live in the moment and play. 

10. If you could get paid to do any job, which job would you choose?  Stay at home with my kids.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Do you plan?

I'm struggling with something to write about today.  I've noticed that when I don't run for a few days (can you believe it's been 2??) I have problems thinking of topics to write about here.  I don't always talk about running, but I think running helps my brain.  Maybe it's all that time in my head while I'm running that gives me something to write about.  =)  Whatever it is, I am feeling a block today.

MaryFran over at Believing in myself! talked about planning out her exercise for the week today.  She showed her weekly menu plan and then decided to also write out her exercise plan for this week.  I admire people that are able to stick to their schedule like that.  I have never been that type of person.  Although, in my defense, it's harder in my house because I only cook 2 days a week, Chris cooks 2, Damian cooks one, and then we have a couple leftover nights.  Chris refuses to plan what he's going to cook.  So I fall into the trap of the dinner he made last night . . .

One giant sized can of chili, plus a "normal" sized one
one full block of cheddar cheese
corn tortillas fried in oil
plus salsa and olives and extra cheese and tortilla chips and lettuce

That is the ingredients for what dinner was last night, Chris's "mock enchiladas."  Extremely good, very bad for you.  I entered the ingredients in myfitnesspal (follow me, I'm cathyjanew) and the recipe came out to be 756 calories.  And I can't even guarantee that is accurate because I guessed on the portion size.  That is a lot of freaking calories to blow on one meal, and none of them healthy calories.  I then went home today and had some of the leftovers for lunch.  I wish I had eaten something different. Tonight I'm making a salad (it's leftover night).  I have all the ingredients, even mushrooms, so I'm definitely doing that. 

I was looking forward to running tonight and then remembered that it has to be a treadmill run because of Damian's wrestling match.  Remember just a few days ago when I said I was relying too much on the treadmill and needed to get out more?  Well, I think I've broken the love affair of the treadmill because I'm dreading it tonight.  However, I'm going to take advantage of it and go at least 6 easy miles.  I'm hoping it will go easily because I've been running so many hills outside (I literally can't get away from them). 

Yesterday I did zumba.  It was "family night."  I don't like family night.  It's not that I don't like the kids (I do, they're very, very cute and I'll probably take Maddox once he's old enough) it's just that I don't like the songs on family night.  She aims it more at what the kids' favorite songs are, and I don't feel like I get as good of a workout.  But it was much less crowded then my normal class.  Which is kinda funny because family night used to be a lot more crowded.  My zumba studio certainly has grown since she opened not too long ago.

I still haven't figured out my long run for this week.  I'd like to do it Saturday, but I think that day is too full.  So I'm think it might be tomorrow, but I hate doing my long run after work on Fridays.  Honestly, I don't really like running on Friday at all.  I don't know why.  I think it's because I get off early from work, but my babysitter leaves, and D has gymnastics and Chris is at work, so I just always have to figure out when I can run.  I'm afraid it'll be after dark and then it'll be on the treadmill and it feels like a waste if the day was nice and missed the nice weather.  I guess I should make Friday my rest day.  That would actually be nicer for me.  However, this week I've already used all my rest days.  (See, this is where having a plan would be helpful.)

I've got no pictures today so I'll leave you with some motivation.  =)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Favorite things

Do any of you pay much attention to your "stats" page?  I look at it every so often just to see what's going on and I noticed that one of my posts from last week has had a lot of views and I don't know why.  There is nothing special about that particular post, in fact, it was the one that I thought I posted but didn't so it got posted a day late.  Maybe because it has the words "Liebster Award" in it and maybe that's a hot search item?  I don't know . . . My most viewed post is actually Hot Zumba? with 248 views, which is super funny because I wasn't talking about "hot zumba," I've never even heard of it, it was just hot that day in my zumba class.  =)  No wonder I don't have a large following, if these are the posts that are most viewed they are probably trying to figure out why in the world I am doing a blog . . . actually I wonder that a lot.  =)  (I would say if asked that question that I like to write and it's not really for anyone but me, so if you like me, you like me, and if you don't . . . don't follow me.)  =)

Anyway . . .

I am pretty much amazed by people that are super busy and still make time to workout.  I feel like I am busy, but not over the top, and I have a hard time fitting in a workout.  I didn't go to zumba last night, which I was annoyed about, but we really needed to do some grocery shopping and Damian has all his sports that we have to taxi him to.  So zumba was the last priority. 

I am almost always grumpy after grocery shopping.  I hate it so much.  I debated whether or not to go for a run afterwards, we got done early enough that with the time change it was still light out.  But I took too long to decide and it got dark.  I didn't want to get on the treadmill, so I just decided to scrap it.  However, I was snapping at everyone in the house, so I decided to take the dog for a walk.  I felt marginally better afterwards, I should have just ran.  =) 

Today was going to be a run day and I was going to do zumba tomorrow, but then I realized Damian's last wrestling match is tomorrow instead of today like I thought, so I have to switch my days around.  Zumba is a little earlier on Wednesday's so it'll be fun to get out of work, get Damian from wrestling practice and then get to zumba on time, oh, and don't forget Damian has gymnastics.  Oh well, I can do it.  =)

This weekend Damian has a wrestling tournament and my Mom and sister are coming up for it.  So I don't know when I'll be able to do my long run.  I suppose I could try to get it done on Friday.  I have to do a long run, I haven't had one since before Disneyland.  I want to try 8 or 9 miles, but maybe I should just do 7 because I haven't had one for so long.  Decisions, decisions.  =)
The above picture I saw on a giveaway tshirt on Facebook.  I didn't win (of course) but I really liked it.  =)  Sing the words to the song from the Sound of Music, My Favorite Things. =)

Monday, March 18, 2013

FMM ~ personal thoughts

I caught up on all my blog reading this weekend!  I'm so happy, but the problem with following so many people is that already I have 9 new ones to read.  I guess it could be worse, if every single person I followed posted every single day, I would have to cut some people, that would just get way out of hand, very quickly. =)

I was reading the post from Saturday, and I found so many typos it's ridiculous.  If that is the first post someone were to read of mine, they would probably wonder what in the world I'm doing writing a blog.  I guess that's what I get for trying to use my Kindle for blog posting.  =)  Anyway, I'm sorry for the rough reading on Saturday. 

I came back from my parent's house yesterday and realized that I had made the goal of only running on my treadmill once this week because of shopping and Damian's wrestling match (one of those days would be a rest day), which meant that yesterday I couldn't run on the treadmill.  I only take one day a week as total rest, my second "rest" day is going to zumba. Thankfully I left my parent's early enough that I was able to go out and run before it got dark . . . well, that and the time change a week ago.  I ran 5 miles outside.  I really didn't want to do it.  I think the treadmill has made me soft, I'm thinking I should pack it up for the spring/summer/fall and get it out in the winter when it gets dark early.  Or at least not depend on it so much.  I've really gotten into the habit of just jumping on it rather than going outside.  I like the feeling I have of running the hills around my house (I hate the hills though) and the accomplishment of knowing that I just ran in the wind and rain, and up at least one steep hill. 

Well, as you know, today is Friend Makin' Monday.  =)

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Pondering Personal Thoughts
1. How old would you feel if you didn’t know how old you are? I think if feel like I'm mid-20's.  I definitely don't feel like I'm mid-30's. . .  =(

2. Are you the kind of friend you’d want to have as a friend?  I haven’t always been, but I think I am now.  

3. Look back at the last year.  When did you feel most excited about something in your life?  I was most excited when I paid our first payment for Disneyland.  It made it real.  I have a desire to travel, just have never done it, and haven't made the effort to save money for it.  That all changed last January (2012) when I decided we were going to Disneyland in 2013 no matter what. =)  Next trip is a cruise.  Chris wants to go badly, and I wouldn't mind some sun and warm beaches.  =)

4. Have you ever been with someone and not spoken a word, only to walk away thinking that was the best conversation ever?  No, but I've had minimal conversations with my dad that made me feel that way. 

5. If you won 100 million dollars Monday, would you continue doing whatever you usually do on Tuesdays?  I seriously doubt it, but I may go to work just to say goodbye.  There are people at work that count on me, so I would have a hard time just dropping it without notice.  But you can bet I would be shopping and spending money like crazy . . . well, at least at first.  =)

6. What would you do differently if you knew no one would judge you?  I don't know. 

7. Share something you do differently than most people. Again, I don't know.  I know that I hold my pens/pencils and silverware "differently," but I don't think it's especially odd or different.  I know that my sister holds them the same way I do.  When we were learning to write our teachers told us we were holding them "wrong" but again, I don't think it's that different. 
How I hold a pen.
How "they" wanted me to hold it.
 8. What’s one thing that you really want to do that you’ve never done?  Jump out of a plane.  =)  I think it would be super awesome.  =)   

9. If you had to move out of state right now, where would you move?  California, maybe.  I'm on a warm weather kick right now.  I have thought a lot about moving back to eastern WA, but that's still WA.

10.  What is the one thing that you’d like to change most about the world?  I would take away all abuse, especially towards kids.  If you want to screw up your life, go ahead, it's your life, however, don't screw up an innocent kids life!

Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s questions!  Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments!  Have a happy Monday, friends!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

A rare Saturday post

Did I say that I was going to my parent's house this weekend? Well, I am currently there in their dining trying to type this on my kindle fire.

I've been reading a lot of my blogs, trying to catch up. I'm on Tuesday of this week which feels i could finally get caught up. Recently I added some new people so I think that may be one of the reasons it's taken me so long to catch up. I have thought about during some of my blogs I follow, but I know that i pay close attention to my followers, so I would feel bad that someones followers went down by one. When you don't have many followers, one person is a big deal....

I do not have a binge problem, I know it's real issue, it's even been added to the DSM V, which is due to come out this spring.  However, being at my parents' house definitely makes me want to eat . . . a lot.  I have been fighting it all day.  I have done really well, but evenings are always the worst for me, even at home.  I guess I should stick some gum in my mouth, that always helps.

Yesterday Maddox woke up at 2:45am, and didn't go back to sleep.  Chris got up early, at 5, and took him, but I still only got about 4 hours of sleep total.  I was exhausted, but had to work.  I had planned on getting up early to run, but then decided I would run after work.  I was going to run 5.5 miles, but ended up only doing 5.11 because I ran into some bathroom issues.  I then packed and left to drive 4 hours to my parents' house. 

Hours in a car, not moving much, really hurt my hip.  I stopped after about 2 and a half hours  becausr I was falling asleep and could barely walk.  When I got to my parents' house I rolled my hip out (yes, I took my foam roller) and it felt better.  I was worried because it was really bad and I wondered if it was something more serious.  It might be, and my Mom suggested I see the dr. anyway.

Today I spent some time with my family and then we were just sitting around doing nothing.  I thought about possibly running on the treadmill, and then decided I really didn't want to.  I was thinking of my goal of running 100 miles in March, and needing to run more than 24 miles every week.  Also, I haven't done a long run since before I went to Disneyland.  I decided that I would just run more next week, and skip today.  It wasn't the end of the world.  But then I was thinking that I should just run and get it over with.  So I put on my running clothes.  That always motivates me.

I don't think that all treadmills are created equally.  I set my Dad's treadmill on a 1% incline and immediately felt like I was trekking up a hill.  I don't know what the difference was, but I really felt like the workout was hard.  I thought I would set it on 6mph hour (which on my treadmill is easy) and watch an entire 90 min movie.  9 miles, I could do that.  However, I realized 2 miles in, that wasn't going to happen, so I decreased the incline to 0.5% and increased the speed to 6.7 mph and decided to run 5 miles.  Well, that didn't happen either, I ended up only doing 4 miles, but I did bump up the incline to 1% again at 3 miles.  But at least I did it. 

I think I have been relying on my treadmill way too much.  I remember at Christmas time when I was on my Dad's treadmill and 1% incline at 6.7 mph felt easy.  So I have another goal for this week.  I am going to run outside only.  Damian has a wrestling match on Wednesday, but I can take that as a rest day instead of relying on my treadmill.  Actually, I may give myself one day of using the treadmill.  We definitely have to go grocery shopping and that usually makes for a late evening run as well, so that's two evenings where my run will be late and I don't want to run in the dark, so one day can be a rest day and one day can be a treadmill day.  So . . . my goal is to run outside 4 days this week, with a long run on Saturday.  I would like to go 8 miles.  That would make it my farthest run yet, I'm kinda scared of it though. 

I also need to look at races for this year.  I was on the website and haven't really seen any that I really love.  Actually, there was one that I was looking at Run Ladies Run but I didn't think I'd be here.  I originally was planning on going to my parents' house next weekend, but then realized D's wrestling tourney was next Saturday so I'm here now.  This race is in Friday Harbor which is on San Juan Island, where we go camping.  It's beautiful there, but kinda pricey to take the ferry over.  I'll have to think about it some and maybe talk to Chris about it some and see what he says.  I think it would be awesome to run on San Juan Island, it's so beautiful there. 

Thursday, March 14, 2013


I didn't realize I didn't post this yesterday!  I completely thought I did . . . so, this is for yesterday.  =)

Well, I have not much to talk about today.  Yesterday I decided to not do zumba because of my hip.  It is feeling so much better after rolling it several times a day, I even canceled my dr appt.  But I thought it would be good for me to rest yesterday.  Well, I didn't really rest, I ended up doing a 30 min (at least) kettle bell exercise and then some Just Dance 4 (which I hadn't done yet and have had the DVD for a couple weeks).  It wasn't a ton, but I made poor choices in my eating yesterday (not really what I ate, but when, I top loaded and then was starving by evening time so I ended up eating more in the evening because I was so hungry) and I wanted to burn some of the extra calories.  =)

Today, Damian has a wrestling match, so I have to go to that.  I will hopefully run after that, but that makes for a very late run.  I wish I had thought of that yesterday, oh well, I guess I can take two rest days in a row. 

Kristin at Running with the Runner Girl answered some Liebster Award questions yesterday (11 of them mine) and then asked some of her own that I thought were interesting.  She didn't nominate anyone, so I thought I'd answer them.  =)
  1. What is your favorite movie? I go in spurts, I tend to watch one movie a lot (I mean at least a part of it everyday) for awhile and then I get tired of it and move on.  I cycle through my favorites, so the movies I watch and get tired of will come back around in the cycle.  Right now I am repeatedly watching Bridget Jones's Diary (I just read the book and decided to watch the movie).  One other movie that I tend to watch obsessively is EverAfter, but I'm pretty sick of it right now, it'll make it back to my list in a few months.  =)
  2. What is your favorite ethnic cuisine? I love, really love, chinese food.  Unfortunately there isn't a really fabulous chinese restaruant in my town, so I try to get it regularly when I visit my sister.
  3. Describe a fun day for you (cost, work obligations, child care not a factor). On a summer weekend, going to my parents house and going out on my dad's boat.  He has a tube that he pulls us on, and soaking up the sun, having a picnic.  Already I'm longing for the summer.  =) 
  4. What was your favorite book (or books) as a child? I read a lot when I was young . . . well, I still do, but I think the one book I read over and over was Are you There God, It's Me, Margaret.  I also loved a series by L.M. Montgomery, that I can't remember, but is not Anne of Green Gables, and Harriet the Spy, and all the Babysitter Club books.  The L.M. Montgomery series (I wish I could think of the name, I have them at home) made me want to be a writer.  =)  There were many more that I loved, but I can't think of them all right now.  =)
  5. What are your favorite scents? Roses, lilacs, freshly mown grass in the heat, the smell of my kids fresh out of the bath, or the smell of them just after they've played outside (well, not so much Damian, he's getting old).
  6. What is one (or more) food that you really like that others might think is strange? licorice with popcorn
  7. What is one thing that would be on your bucket list, if you had one? I want to do a tri-athalon.
  8. Where would you like to go that you have never been before? I would love to go to Italy.
  9. What is your favorite genre of book? Right now I read a lot of "girly" books, not romances, just ones that are aimed for the female population, for example, Bridget Jones's Diary.  Most of the books I have been reading also have some romance (not "dirty" romance) and/or mystery/drama.  I don't know what the genre is called.  I also like true crime (mostly Ann Rule) and cop-type books (Patricia Cornwell).
  10. What is something you are really looking forward to? I have some fun summer things going on this year that I'm looking forward to, but none of them are for sure yet.  Possibly a class reunion for my high school, it's my 18th reunion, and there isn't a "formal" reunion happening, but one of my classmates is trying to set something up because it's been a long time.  I, hopefully, will be doing the Dirty Dash in June with Chris and some friends.  I am going to sign up for a half-marathon.  hmmm . . . whatelse?  Oh, we are going camping with my parents and a good friend of mine.  =) My sister and I are planning on a weekend in Vancouver, BC.  (see why I'm looking forward to the summer already?)  =)

  11. Who is your celebrity doeppelganger? I don't know.  =)
They said Sarah Jessica Parker, I don't see it at all.


I am so tired.  When did life become so hectic?  I realize it's probably not as bad as some, but for me, who loves just hanging out at home, it is crazy. 

My sister told me her and her husband started doing a weekly "meeting" where they sit down together and talk about what their week looks like and what is going on in their life.  I like the idea a lot and told Chris I wanted to start doing it.  I told him a month or more ago.  It always gets pushed aside and we don't do it.  This week I told Chris we are having our meeting.  We scheduled it for Monday, then we went out with friends and the meeting got pushed to Tuesday.  Tuesday Chris got a call from an old high school friend who was only going to be in town that night and wanted to hang out, so the meeting got pushed to Wednesday.  Then Wednesday Damian had a wrestling match, so now the meeting has been pushed to tonight.  Tonight is baseball practice, but at least we don't have to stay for the whole thing.  I seriously don't think it's ever going to happen, we just lead busy lives. 
Tomorrow I decided to go visit my parents in eastern WA.  I haven't been over there since Christmas, and even though I just saw them a couple weeks ago in CA, it's not the same.  Baseball is starting, so my weekends will be getting full, so it's now or never . . . well, not for several months.  See, busy lives. =)

After D's wrestling match yesterday I ran 5 miles on the treadmill.  My hip still really bothers me, especially today.  I really, really need to force myself to roll it out more often.  Monday I rolled it before bed, woke up and did it, did it at lunch and again before bed on Tuesday and it really, really helped.  However, yesterday I rolled it for only a short amount of time and it hurts pretty bad today.  I was just too lazy yesterday and today to get my butt out of bed and do it in the morning.  I thought about it, but instead laid in bed another 10 min.

I have to figure out when I'm going to run this weekend, and where.  When I think of running at my parents' house all I can think of is all the hills everywhere.  There is no straight area, at all, around their house.  If I'm not going down, I'm going up, and if I'm not going up, I'm going down.  So then I think I'll just run on their treadmill, but I really shouldn't automatically gravitate towards that.  So I don't know what I'm going to do.  =/  On one hand I know all the hills would be good exercise, on the other hand, they're a real pain in the butt . . . literally and figuratively.  =)
This was Tuesday, he was soooo cute.  He just barely got it off
the floor and then would drop it, thankfully, not on his toes.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

FMM ~ Food . . . and some other stuff

Once again, I started this yesterday and got busy and didn't finish it. =/

I think I need to go back to the dr.  A while ago, right after my calf started feeling better in the summer, my hip started acting up.  I went to the dr then and he said it was nothing serious and "give it time," if it doesn't get better then maybe physical therapy.  It got better, but it flairs up every so often.  It was starting to hurt again before Disneyland and then felt great during and just after Disneyland, but yesterday (Sunday) and today (Monday) it hurts really, really bad. 

I even bought a foam roller to see if that was the issue, but I don't feel any benefits of it.  Maybe because I don't do it often enough, I don't know.  Anyway, I think I need to go back to the dr and get a referral for a physical therapist or something.  Today (Monday) it hurts very badly, so badly I'm thinking of not running this afternoon.  I don't want to take a rest day, I want to hit 100 miles this month, but I think I may need to.  =(

When I went home last night (again, Monday), Chris asked me if I wanted to go out with some friends for "girls night" at a local bar.  I haven't been out in a long, long time, so I said sure, but I decided to go ahead and run because I knew I wasn't going to eat well.  I ran 4 miles on my treadmill.  My hip was killing me, so I rolled it, and it really didn't do very much.

While we were at the bar I was rubbing my hip a little because it hurt and I found the culprit to my pain.  I had a knot in it that felt as hard (and as big) as a knuckle on my hand.  I didn't even know that you could get knots like that in your hips.  I've had bad knots in my back and shoulders but never guessed I could have one like that in my hip.  Anyway, throughout the night I periodically massaged the knot and this morning I got up and rolled it first thing.  It is feeling a bit better, and I can't feel the knot so much.  I guess I just need to be more faithful at the foam rolling. 
I didn't run for 90 min on the treadmill this weekend.  I was going to do it Saturday, but it was a BEAUTIFUL day here, and I couldn't waste it by running on a stinking treadmill.  I only went 6 miles, but it was a beautiful 6 miles.  =)  I was going to run on the treadmill on Sunday, but then my "roommate" wanted to run with me.  She just started running on my treadmill and enjoys it, so I told her I would do a short (slow) run with her, so we did 1.25 miles and then I did another 6 later in the day.  By the time I got home I was having problems walking (because of my hip). 
I spent quite a lot of time this weekend trying to catch up on my blog reading, however, I was 2 weeks behind and I have a 1 1/2 year old, so I didn't get all the way caught up.  I'm now only a week behind.  =)  Slowly but surely I'll catch up.  I wish I could put them in audiobook form on my phone and then listen to them while I run.  =)  It would be cool to hear them all in the authors' voices.

He's eating the rest of my lemon here.  He loved it, he's only squinting because of the flash on the camera.  Although, he looks like he may have had too much to drink.  =)
Don't let the picture fool you, he's a bundle of energy.

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!

Food Questions

1. What did you eat for dinner last night? Nachos

2. If you could make one food calorie-free for the next year, What would you choose? Does wine count as a food??

3. How often do you go to the grocery store? We go once a week.  We were going almost everyday and both Chris and I would argue over having been at the store everyday, sometimes 2 times a day.  We decided to start a grocery list and go once a week.  It has made shopping much better, although I hate shopping days.

4. Do you make a list before buying groceries? Yes =)

5. List three things that can always be found in your kitchen. Oatmeal, milk, spinach

6. How often do you clean out your fridge? Not as often as it should be. 

7. Do you ever use a slow cooker? If so, will you share a recipe? Some, not a lot.

8. How often do you try new recipes? For awhile I was trying new recipes often, however, I don't as much anymore.  I've found a good group of food I like and I tend to shift through them.  However, if I come across something on Pinterest I'll definitely try it.

9. What is the most delicious meal(s) you make? I make a great pork chop in white wine sauce, pair that with mashed potatoes and yum!  I also make a good chicken and mushroom gravy, and then there's the healthy general tsao's that I found on pinterest.  Now I'm hungry.  =)

10. Share at least one thing that is currently in your kitchen even though you don’t like it.  Chris loves Hamburger Helper Potato Stragonoff, which I hate, but we always have a box.  He also loves beer, and I hate it, so we always have that too.  

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

Friday, March 8, 2013

20+ lbs gone!

155.0 . . . That was my number this morning.  I'm afraid to post it, I have fluctuated so much that I don't believe that it's real, and since it came right after vacation, that scares me even more.  I did a lot of walking and there's no way I could (or want to) replicate that in my everyday life.  What if I gain it all back by next week?  It scares me . . .

Anyway, that means that I have officially lost 22 lbs since starting running a year ago.  I realize 22 lbs in a year is not very good, however, it does mean that even though it's slow, it is coming off.  If I lose another 20 lbs in a year, I will be at my goal weight, that may be a year from now, but it's coming.  I think I'm okay with that.  =) 

Seriously, I'm scared to post it on my Scale Obsession page.  I don't want to see it go up again.  =(  I decided to weigh myself after eating and after being dressed, and I was still only 157.  That's still 1.6 lbs under what I was naked 2 weeks ago. 

In other news, today is 3 years at my current job.  It doesn't feel like 3 years.  It has never been my ideal job, I only took it because I had been unemployed for 8 months and needed something.  I am thankful that I have a job, and I have grown to like it.  I love the program, I think it's a great program and it benefits so many people, but my passion has always been to work with kids.

Anyway, yesterday I ran 4 miles on the treadmill.  I would have liked to run outside because it turned out to be a nice afternoon, but Chris just got home from visiting his family in eastern WA and he was DONE with Maddox.  He needed a break, so my run was put on hold for a little bit.  I put the treadmill on an incline of 2 and ran at a 6.7mph (just under 9min/mile).  It was much harder than my 6 mile run on Wednesday.  I often wonder why running is so easy one day, and so difficult the next.  Yesterday I did not eat worse than the day before.  I think it's mostly frame of mind.

Tomorrow I'm going to run for 90 min. I'm going to do it on the treadmill, set it at 6mph and just run.  That means that I will have run for 9 miles when I'm done.  We'll see how I feel afterwards.  =)  I will be on track (easily) to my 100 mile goal for March. 

Just a couple more pictures from Disneyland.  =)
Splash Mountain =)
From bottom to top, Damian,
my mom, me, Chris, and stranger.
I saw the camera, so purposefully
lifted my hands. =)
I got to ride it twice.  My dad is at
the top and then me, again, I posed. =)
It's a Small World . . . this ride will
drive you crazy with the repeated song.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

20 lbs lost??

I'm a little excited for my weigh in tomorrow.  Now that I've said that it's going to be bad.  I've weighed myself every morning since getting back from Disneyland and I have weighed between 155 and 156 every morning.  It's exciting to see such a big drop after a vacation.  =)  This morning I weighed myself at 4am when I got up to use the restroom and it was 156.2.  I've noticed that when I weigh myself that early and then again when I wake up for the day the number is almost always a little higher the second time.  I have never figured out why, both times I use the bathroom before weighing myself and I don't drink or eat anything while I'm sleeping, but this morning the number was down to 155 when I woke up for the day.  =)  I guess we'll see what the scale looks like tomorrow. . . 
Dare I post this on my Scale
Obsession page yet as my 20 lb
 weight loss??
I am desperately trying to catch up on all my blog reading.  It doesn't help that I was a week behind when I went on vacation, so now I'm two weeks behind. . .  Anyway, yesterday I was reading Christy at The Dorky Runner and she talked about setting the treadmill on a low speed and just running until she was tired and "done."  Since my Monday run was so easy, I thought I'd try that yesterday.  I grabbed an audiobook and set my treadmill to 6.0mph (10min/mile).  My comfortable speed is around 6.7-7.0 mph (about a 9min/mile and lower), so I figured a 6 would be super easy.  I was thinking while I was running and realized that if I went 90 min, which was kinda my goal, I would have run 9 miles.  I didn't really want to run 9 miles, not because I didn't think I could, but 9 miles in the middle of the week is kind of worrisome because of soreness and tiredness.  So I decided I would just run 60 min, or 6 miles. 

Seriously, 60 min at 10 min/mile was super easy for me.  When did running become so easy??  I don't want to diminish the hardness of it for others at all and it was hard for me at one time too, but for me, yesterday, it was really easy.  I got off and felt like I could have easily done another 30 min.  I think this weekend I am going to run 90 min on the treadmill.  I just want to see how I feel.  Running outside is so much harder, there are so many hills in this area, that flat running is impossible for long periods of time.  I do set my treadmill at a 1% incline (or higher) and running at one speed is so much easier than the natural fluctuates that I normally have while I run outside.

Another inspiration idea came to me after reading this post from Miss Meagan Sue Ann.  She talks about her workout room. And I was really, really jealous.  My "workout room" is a treadmill in my unusable-as-a-carport carport.  However, while I was running yesterday I started looking around, and I could totally stencil sayings in different places in the carport.  Right next to the treadmill, on the door, and especially on the rafters that I stare at while on the treadmill.  I think that might be a fun project.  Now I just need to get the supplies and do it.  =)

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


I don't even know where to begin with recounting my Disneyland trip.  It was only 4 days (well, 5 if you count Sunday travel day), but there was so much.   =) 

We got there Wednesday right around noon.  Maddox did okay, not good, not terrible, on the plane.  He cried some and wanted down, but I didn't think it was horrible, much better than I thought.  Chris thought he did terrible, but I know how much Maddox hates to be held for long periods of time, so considering the very small amount of space we had, he did pretty well.  It definitely was nice to have all three seats in a row as part of the group (Chris, Damian and myself).  Maddox went back and forth a lot.  He really liked sitting next to the window, which was where D was sitting.  I downloaded a couple Sesame Street episodes on my Kindle Fire, but he wasn't extremely interested in those.  At home he'll sit and watch half an episode, but between the headphones and the fact that it was on the Kindle, I think it was just too distracting for him.

D at the airport
When we got to the hotel our room wasn't ready so we went to eat.  When we were done, our room was ready, but it was so nice out I just wanted to go swimming for a little while and Chris wanted a short nap (we were up at 4am).  After relaxing for an hour or so, we decided to head to the Park.

A lot of photos were taken on Chris's camera (well, phone) so I don't have any right now of the actual going into the park.  We spent 4 hours Wednesday at the park and I think we rode 2 rides.  We ate dinner there with my parents.  For the 4 of us, with no sodas, we spent $36 dollars on hamburgers and fries.  That was the only time we paid for a meal inside the Park. 

Wednesday we went to California Adventure Park, which is right across the way from the Disneyland Park.  We tried to get there early, but my parents were slow at getting up and getting ready.  I was aiming to be in the Park by 9:30, which is when the shops opened and we'd be in line for the rides to open at 10, but with my parents wanting to eat and everything, we didn't get there till after 10.  We wandered around for a good 3 hours and again, only rode 2 rides.  We went back to the hotel to go swim and try to get Maddox to nap (no luck).  I decided that we needed a plan to tackle the Parks or we were going to spend 4 days there and have done nothing but wander around.

So, we went back with my plan and did much better.  I can't tell you the order of the rides we did.  And I stupidly threw away my maps of the Parks.  (I really regret that decision.)  We did really well that afternoon.  We rode almost all the rides in "a bug's life," which were all aimed at the smaller kids.

Thursday night we stayed and watched the "World of Color" display.  It was pretty awesome.  (These are not my pictures.)

They projected parts of the Disney movies on mists of water.
That is actual fire, we could feel the heat from quite a
distance away.
Friday morning the Parks open earlier and I told Chris we were going to McD's (yuck) grabbing breakfast and leaving.  No waiting around, no dilly-dallying.  =)  We left the hotel at 7:15 and were in the Disneyland side when the rides opened at 9am.  We rushed around and got fastpasses for all the rides on one side of the park.  We did those rides, plus some extras and then went to the opposite side of the Park.  We got quite a bit done Friday and I felt good about not having wasted a lot of time wandering around. 

Maddox loves stuffed animals, so he was in heaven with all the characters there.  We also saw one of the chipmunks and someone else (I can't remember) on the first day, but those pictures are on Chris's phone.  =(  He would run up to the character and give crazy long hugs to them.  We pretty much had to pull him away from all of the characters. 

 We didn't see Tigger in the Park, but we bought this adorable hat for him.  You can't see it in the picture, but it has a tail on it too.  =) 

 This was a ferris wheel type ride, but the "cars" swing on a track.  Maddox loved this ride too.  It was really short though, which was kinda sad. 
 And of course, Cinderella castle.  I love Cinderella, I think I've watched every cheesy remake they've ever done.  Everafter being one of the favorites, but also the one with Hilary Duff and the more recent one with Selena Gomez.  =)  I just wish I could have had a picture without all the people in the background. 

waiting for the fireworks show
Friday we spent at least 12 hours at the park.  We left to eat lunch, but came right back.  Saturday we spent doing all the rides we missed, so we went back into California Adventure for a while and then back to Disneyland.  I think we were there 14 hours or so on Saturday, again, going back to the hotel for lunch and then going back.
Maddox was exhausted.  Friday night he just laid down and fell asleep, which is not like him at all.  Friday morning he was so tired he looked tired before we even had been at the Park an hour.  I think that was his (and mine) most exhausting day.  Saturday morning we both woke up feeling better, and I had lots of energy compared to Friday.

I'm surprised I don't have blisters on my feet still. 

I didn't eat very good, but I didn't go crazy with a lot of junk food and I logged everything (I have 117 days of log-ins on myfitnesspal).  The first two days I was able to get a swim in, but then the rest of the week we spent every waking hour at the Parks. 

The plane ride home was much better than going down there.  Maddox was calmer and sat on my lap happily for about an hour.  Then he went to my parent's laps (they were across the aisle from us).  However, the descent into Seattle was terrible.  We were out of juice for Maddox and he wouldn't take the water in his sippy cup.  By the time we remembered we had some Sprite, he was so worked up he wouldn't drink any of it.  He did finally calm down and drink, but I think the pressure was so bad for him that he just didn't know what to do.  Poor guy.  =(

I came back and I think I lost some weight.  When I weighed myself on Monday I was down to 155, however, today I'm up to 156.6 . . . . when I left I was still at 158.6 . . . so that is really good.  Now if I can keep it down and not go back up.  =)

Monday I ran 4 miles.  I was worried that I would be out of shape from not running for 5 days, and have horribly sore feet, but it was an easy 4 miles.  I definitely could have gone longer.  Yesterday I did zumba.

For the month of March my goal is to run 100 miles.  I know I can do it.