Friday, May 31, 2013

Lesson learned

So I had the CRAZIEST thing happen to me on my run yesterday . . . I have several different routes leaving from my house, but only one fairly flat one. I decided to do that one today and was about a mile from my house when someone honked at me. I don't get many honks, or at least don't hear them and when I do, it's usually someone I know, so I turned around to look and it was my neighbor who was parked in a dr's office parking lot. I stopped and walked over to his car and without thinking about it sat down in his car for a min.  I will say, that sitting down in his car was stupid.  The only stupid thing I did in the situation.  I don't care for my neighbor (you can read about why here), but I was running and most of that mile was uphill so I sat down.  We have another guy friend (not that my neighbor is Chris's or my friend . . .) that I have done this with, and he has sat in my car to just chat for a min if we see each other in the community.  Anyway, I didn't think of it, and sat down in his car.

Not even 30 sec later I heard someone screaming "Cathy! Get out of that car!" and I turned around and see his wife charging at the car. I got out and was standing there and she shoved me and grabbed my neck and tried to pull me away from the car. I had my hand wrapped around something on the car door because I knew if she pulled me away, she would have beat my butt (I have never been in a fight, ever).  She was screaming and calling me a liar (I really don't know what I lied about) and he was trying to pull her off me. He's saying "she was just running by" and she says "you honked at her!" and he says "yeah, to say hi." And she says "she didn't have to get in the car!" She says "I'm going to call Chris!" and I said (very lamely) "I was just running." They were struggling and she was trying to kick him and he was trying to hold her back, and he said "stop it, you're going to get the cops called on us again." I didn't quite know what to do, so I kinda waved and then continued my run. . .

 I still can't really wrap my head around what happened or why.  I know that they have problems, we can hear them fighting regularly.  I also know that she has some sort of mental illness (she used to see a counselor where I work and when she found out I worked there she used to come over and ask for advice, I had to tell her that I wasn't her therapist, I was her neighbor, and she could call her therapist in the morning).  Anyway, I don't know what diagnosis she has, nor do I care, I just know that the whole family has issues and somehow I got caught in the middle of it.
I did finish my 5.25 miles . . . but I think the last 4.25 was on adrenaline. =)  
After about 2 blocks down the road from where I left them fighting, I suddenly thought "I was just assaulted."  I briefly considered calling the police myself, but then thought that it would be silly since I had left and she didn't really hurt me.  Besides, I still have to live next to her.  I did stop and call Chris.  I was a little worried that he would get some crazy message from her and worry, so instead I left a crazy message.  =)  I said something along the lines of, "I am running, and I ran into Mike and said hello.  And Jen is freaking crazy!  Anyway, she might call or text you, so I thought I'd let you know I was okay and I will tell you the story when you get home" (he was still working).
After I told Chris about the whole thing, he said that I should have told her to go ahead and call him, and to make sure I said hi to him.  He also told me I should have pepper sprayed her, however, I didn't have my pepper spray.  He told me that I need to carry it, and I agree.  He also told me I should have called the police.  But I didn't and I'm not planning on it.  I guess if my living room window gets broken, or my tires slashed, I may regret that decision, but I don't think she will do anything like that.  Damian told me that they had the police at their house, so someone must have called them.  I just thought the whole situation was super crazy.
I need to go for a run today, but I'm a little scared to now. I guess the lesson learned is, when someone honks at you wave and don't stop.  =) 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A little this, a little that

Yesterday I got sucked into another blog.  Several of my favorite blogs are on the top 100 weightloss bloggers list so I went there to check out some of the blogs there.  I found this one and I honestly couldn't stop reading. This guy (he is completely anonymous, not giving out his name or anything but he calls his cartoon character J.D. Pounds) is so inspiring.  A year ago when he started blogging, he estimated his weight at 700 lbs.  He doesn't actually know how much he weighs because he doesn't have a scale that can accommodate his weight to tell him.  I started reading his story from the beginning, his exercise was to just walk up and down his hall as many times as he can.  I think the first time he tried, he was able to do it 20 times.  I think that it is extremely amazing that this guy made the decision to make his life better and is taking the (slow, painful) steps to get there.  I am only on day 74 of his journey, but I can't wait to catch up and follow his journey. 

Anyway, that is what I did yesterday instead of almost everything.  And because of spending so much time reading one blog, I am neglecting all my other ones.  I'll catch up eventually, I seem to always be behind in reading them which is why I am so horrible about commenting.  It feels weird to comment on someone's blog a week after they posted something.

Have I mentioned that I haven't told anyone in real life that I blog?  Well, I haven't.  Chris and Damian know, but they have never looked at it, probably couldn't find it if they wanted to (unless they used my computer and went to my browser history).  Actually, I should say one person I know in real life knows about my blog, Misty (I hope that link works, it links to her Facebook page but I can't test it because I'm not allowed to get on FB at work, so I had to copy it from my phone to here), my oldest friend, found me through a post I put on Facebook.   =)  Anyway, yesterday while I was home for lunch Chris said something outloud about my "running blog" to Heather.  I wasn't very happy, but oh well.  I'm sure people will find it eventually, since Damian and Chris sometimes talk about it, even though they don't read it. 

Today I'm going to go run outside, rain or not.  I haven't run outside in two weeks.  I don't know why.  I think it has a lot to do with not having an audiobook to listen to and then starting to watch movies on my Kindle, but I can't watch my Kindle while I run outside.  =)  Anyway, I'm not in the middle of any movies right now and I just got a new audiobook. 

This week I need to go to the running store and get some new gels so I can do a long run.  I also may pick up a small handheld waterbottle.  I haven't decided on that yet.  I hate running with something in my hands but I usually need to stop between miles 6-8 to get a small sip of water.  Thankfully my long run goes through a park with a restroom and drinking fountain.  I guess if I do a half-marathon, it would have water stations. . .  Maybe I'll hold off on the waterbottle for now.  =)

So my sick week weigh-in last week was in the 150's range.  Then I went camping and made poor food choices, so as of today I'm back up to the 153 range.  Tomorrow is my official weigh-in day, but I'm not expecting any miracles.  I'm expecting to see 153.  =/  It's my own damn fault. 

This month I will not hit 100 miles.  March I hit 100 miles for the first time, and then last month I ran 116 miles.  This month, I'm only at 80 as of right now, and 7.46 of those were walking miles from Bloomsday.  However, I think my body needed a little rest.  Next month I'm logging those miles.  =)  I've also been slacking off on the Insanity for the last week and a half.  I was sick, so I wasn't doing anything, but instead of starting it back up when I got better, I just quit.  I am going to start week 3 (for the 3rd time) today. 

I was debating whether or not to continue doing it, because I was mainly doing it to keep Chris motivated.  I was completely right, as soon as I quit, he quit.  And I wasn't going to start doing it again just to keep him motivated.  He has to be motivated on his own, not through me.  However, I kinda miss it and I would really like to see what results I would get if I continue it.  So today is W3 D1 (Week3 Day1) again.  =)

I have no fun or interesting pictures of my life today, so I'll just leave you with this running quote.  =)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

An unexpected camping trip and FMM

Well, I didn't get a long run in this weekend.  =/  Chris found out Friday afternoon that he had yesterday off for the holiday (which is very unusual). He decided he wanted to see if we could find an available camping site for at least Sunday night. We went to a small state park that is very close to Mt. Vernon (within 10-15 min) but they were full.  The park ranger called a couple other campsites and found out that a park about 45 min away had a couple openings. We drove there to reserve the site (you have to do it in person the day of) and put up our tent and then had to come back home and pack and get some groceries. We didn't get back to the campsite until after 10pm, I was super glad we had put up the tent already. I don't think Maddox went to bed until after 11, and then Chris and I went to bed after 12. And of course, Maddox woke up around 6am. :-/ It's nice that he's on a schedule, but it would be nice if when he went to bed late he woke up late.
Anyway, Sunday started out really rainy and really yucky. I was ready to go home by 9am. Camping in the rain and mud with a 2 year old, is not fun. However, Maddox had fun.  =) Maddox and I ended up going in our tent and hanging out for awhile and the rain stopped. We went for a hike and just hung out and had a good time.

Yesterday the rain started again before we left, so we hurriedly packed up and came home, however, everything was soaked. And since we packed so hurriedly going there, we only had one small hand towel and forgot a broom. Our tent is really messy. We put it up as soon as we got home even though it's still rainy, it's better being up and getting rained on then folded up and getting moldy.
We didn't bring many snack foods, but we did have some chips and sadly I ate quite a bit of those. On the way home yesterday we went to another state park and looked at it for future camping trips. That place was amazing, the campsites were fairly big and spread apart. There were tons and tons of hiking trails and a really nice picnic area. I definitely want to go there next time we go camping.
We stopped at this small place for lunch on the way home that Chris has been telling me about for years. (He works in that area a lot.) It's called the Shrimp Shack and Chris has heard it's really good. He doesn't like any type of seafood, but I love it, so he was willing to try it out for me. Besides, they had regular burgers too. I got a crab burger and it was good. We got Maddox a popcorn shrimp basket, which he didn't eat, but I thought it was the best popcorn shrimp I've ever had. I ate way too much, all of my crab burger and my onion rings, and several of Maddox's shrimp. I definitely want to go back.
Damian came back last night and said he had a good time. He went fishing and said he caught 3 trout, however, his friend forgot them and they went bad so he didn't even get to eat them. :-/ He went to some waterpark over there, and canoeing, and I don't know what all he did. I'm really glad he got to go, although I did miss him on our camping trip.
I ended up not doing much exercising while camping. One thing about Chris not being as good of shape as I am is that he gets tired quickly, so when we go for a hike, it's usually slow (for me) and I don't get much of a workout.  I do end up carrying Maddox a lot of the time, which is good. 
Anyway, since I didn't go for a long run this weekend I'm getting really worried about doing the half marathon in June.  I'm thinking I'm gonna have to run 10 (at least) miles this weekend and then 12 next.   
Here is this week's Friend Makin' Monday edition. =)

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!
Summer Fun
1. What is your favorite summer fruit? I think I would say watermelon, however, I don't get it very often, I don't know why.

2. Do you know how to swim? I love to swim.  I grew up with a pool in our backyard.  I wish there were more pools in this area.  I'm still not familiar with the area enough to know of good swimming areas in the lakes and rivers here.

3. Do you prefer sun or snow? I like both, but I LOVE the sun.  I am always ready for it to be sunny by the time it finally gets here.  However, I also LOVE the snow and am always ready for that too.  =)

4. What temperature do you like most inside your home? A little cool.  I like blankets, so I like to put a blanket on my lap while I'm watching tv or reading.

5. Is it humid where you live?  Yes, and I am not a fan of it. 

6. What is your favorite food to put on the grill?  I don't like grilling, but if Chris will do it, anything.  =)

7. Do you prefer to wear a one-piece or two-piece swim suit? I have a 2 piece.  My sister talked me into getting my first one last year.  I am still a bit self-conscious in it, but my tummy keeps getting smaller, even if my weight doesn't.  =)

8. What is your favorite summer drink?  Same as every other season, water.  =)

9. Do you prefer the pool or the ocean? to swim in? the pool, the ocean is WAY too cold here.

10. What are you looking forward to most over the summer? I’m looking forward to going camping for 7 days with my parents and some friends in August.  We are going to San Juan Island and it is super beautiful there.  August is also pretty warm here, so we should (cross my fingers) have nice weather.  =)

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

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Treadmills, water, and long runs

I don't normally post on Saturdays, but I've had a very uneventful (boring) day, and yesterday was my first post in a week and a half so I felt like I wanted to do another one today.  Aren't you all lucky?  =)

Yesterday I ran 6 miles on my treadmill.  I noticed when I first got my treadmill it was really easy to run on it and I loved it.  Then when it started getting lighter and I started running outside again, I noticed that running outside was harder than it was when I first started running on my treadmill.  I decided that I needed to get off the treadmill and start running outside again, hills and all.  Then I didn't like running on the treadmill anymore because it became boring.  Yesterday the treadmill wasn't horrible.  I enjoyed it.  I rigged my Kindle onto it again and watched more of The Hunger Games and it went pretty quickly.  I don't know if this is because I hadn't been running much in the last 5 days or what.  Anyway, I'm really interested in finishing The Hunger Games (I have seen it before and read the books a couple times) but not interested enough to pop it into the Blu-ray player, so I'm thinking of running on it again.

Although, that's not the only reason for running on the treadmill.  Damian is with a friend at Lake Chelan (lucky kid, he goes way more places than I do) so I don't have a babysitter for Maddox.  Also, I still don't have an audiobook to listen to.  I have decided that I enjoy listening to audiobooks a lot more than music.  A year ago, there is no way I could have gone running without my music.  And finally, when Chris gets home today he wants to do a bunch of stuff, so I don't think I'll have time to run then.

Yesterday when I woke up I noticed that I had a "water headache." When I was younger I got a lot of headaches and somewhere in my late 20's-early 30's I realized this was because I didn't drink enough water.  I now drink lots of water and I can always tell the difference in a headache from dehydration and other ones.  I am not as good at drinking water at home as I am at work, so I often get a bit dehydrated on the weekends.  Since I had a really sore throat and was sick and home for 3 of my work days this week, I realized that I hadn't drank enough water all week. 
I decided that I was going to fill an empty gallon milk jug with water and force myself to drink it all.  I figured it would be hard and I would probably be floating by the end of the day.  I was surprised at the end of the day to realize I had drank the entire gallon, plus two 20 oz bottles of water and about another 8 oz from a glass.  I also noticed that I wasn't floating away, which means that I was really dehydrated.  I filled it up again last night and decided to do it again today.  I'm thinking that I will keep the gallon jug and use it on the weekends to make sure I'm drinking enough.

Anyway, today I finished my glass of water and decided I would hop on my treadmill in about 20 min (you know enough time for the water to go through my system), but then realized that I was hungry.  Running on an empty stomach is not fun, so I decided to make myself a steak sandwich (we had leftover steak from dinner last night due to always buying and freezing 4 steaks and then D not being here).  However, we are out of bread, so I had to just eat the steak.  =)  I like the steak thinner on my sandwich than I do when I have steak for dinner, so I had cut it thinner before I realized we were out of bread, so I ended up eating about 2 oz of steak instead of 4.  But that is good too, it makes it so I'm not hungry and maybe I can go running sooner.  =)

I'm trying to decide how far I want to go for my long run tomorrow.  Last week (May 19) I was going to run 10 miles but got sick.  The week before (May 12) I ran 8 miles, and before that (May 5) I didn't do a long run, but did walk 7.46 miles and then before that (April 28) I ran 11.  Needless to say I haven't ran hardly any long runs for almost a month and now I'm worried about going farther than the 8.  However, the half marathon I was planning on running is June 15th, only 4 weeks away. 

Before I got sick, I was planning on doing 8 miles (which I did on the 12th), 12 miles last week (May 19), see how that felt and maybe doing 13 tomorrow (May 25), and then 8 or 10 next week (June 1), and 8 June 8.  But since I didn't do the 10 last week, I don't really know what I'm going to do.  I realize this isn't an official training schedule, but then I haven't been doing any formal training for the half, just increasing my miles every week.  It scares me to decrease my miles, I worry that because I haven't gone a certain distance in a while, for example 11 miles on April 28th and nothing that far (or close) since, I won't be able to go that far now without problems. 

I should register for the half-marathon so that I don't have any excuse to not do it.  I am bad at waiting till the week of the race before registering.

Well, I think enough time has passed that I can go for my run on my treadmill.  Have a great weekend and always remember why we get this 3-day weekend. 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Where did time go?

I just noticed that the post I wrote last Friday didn't actually get posted, in fact, it didn't even get finished. I can't believe I haven't actually posted anything since last Wednesday.  =(  This is the very small post that I wrote last Friday (that I thought I finished and actually posted).

I have recently been thinking about why I blog, and honestly, I don't really know. I guess it's because I like writing. Which is probably no surprise for other bloggers. I wrote a lot when I was younger, little fiction stories, and my Mom always thought I'd grow up to be a reporter or some sort of writer. I quit writing in high school, I don't know why, and never really started again. I'd try to keep diaries, but could never get in the habit. So I guess this is the most successful diary I've ever had. =)

I talk about running, and I talk about my family, I talk (very little) about losing weight, but I don't think there is a specific topic for it. Maybe my running is the most talked about, but I almost always have something about my family in there too. Anyway, what my blog is not is one about losing weight. I don't talk about it much and I often forget to update my Scale Obsession page. Today I was thinking of deleting that page, but I decided I'm not going to. It's the only place that my weight has been recorded throughout this journey of being a healthier and happier me. I don't want to lose that. I probably should copy it somewhere else, so that I DON'T lose it. =)

With that said, my weigh in today was good. 152.6, that is 1.2 lbs lost since starting Insanity. (I know, I know, I didn't do Insanity for a week, but maybe my body needed it.)

Then on Wednesday of this week I started another post.  However, this time I do have an excuse as to why it didn't actually get finished or posted.  I've been sick since Sunday and my brain has been super foggy.  I worked on Monday because I had very important meetings all day and then stayed home Tuesday.  I felt so good Tuesday that I was able to go for a run on my treadmill.  But Wednesday I felt horrible when I woke up but went to work anyway.  I felt guilty for not working Tuesday so I went in.  However, I was foggy and didn't do much.   I started the below, but obviously didn't finish it.

I can't believe it's already the 22nd of May.  Time flies so much faster the older I get. 

This last weekend was very uneventful.  I started not feeling very good on Sunday, which was annoying because Chris and Damian were planning on doing Mother's Day for me.  They were both sick and in their beds on actual Mother's Day.  They did make me breakfast and Chris and I went to see a movie, but my throat was hurting pretty bad all day and I had fogginess in my head.  I ended up skipping my planned 10 mile run and Insanity on Sunday.
Then Monday I felt terrible.  Unfortunately, I have very important meetings I had to be at work for, so I did go to work, however, the day was pretty foggy and when I got home I laid down immediately and didn't move, so no workout.  Yesterday (Tuesday) I ended up calling in sick to work and laid in bed the entire day.  I spent most of the day trying to catch up on reading my blogs (which I didn't do) and watching TV.  I felt better in the late afternoon so I got up and ran on my treadmill.  It was kind of a rough run, but I felt good afterwards. 

I am out of audio books to listen to while I run right now, so I got my Kindle and attached it to my treadmill and watched the Hunger Games on Netflix.  =)  The setup wasn't pretty, but it worked. 
Yesterday I ended up going to the dr.  I got a strep test done on my throat and the preliminary test came back negative.  I took Maddox to the dr in the afternoon, and I liked his dr so much better than the one I saw.  Maddox's dr asked me about my appt and even looked in my throat and answered a lot of questions I had.  He told me that the initial strep test that they do is about 85% accurate and if Maddox's comes out positive than my dr probably didn't swap my throat good enough.  Maddox's preliminary test also came back negative, and we are waiting for tomorrow to see what the lab test says.  I'm feeling a million times better day, so I'm thinking that I probably don't have strep throat. 
Last night I was headed to go get Damian from gymnastics.  Damian's gymnastics is in Burlington This is the next town over.  Burlington and Mount Vernon are separated by the Skagit River, if the river wasn't there you probably wouldn't even know you entered a different town because they are so close.  Anyway, as I was driving to the bridge to get to Burlington I noticed there were tons and tons of people.  People were parked on the road (seriously they had tried to park on the side, but there was no shoulder, so they were on the road) and there were people walking towards the river and even a family walking on the train tracks going over the river, there were bikers and just people everywhere.  I couldn't figure out what happened. 
Then I got a text from D saying the bridge on the freeway over the river collapsed.  I couldn't figure out what he meant (he misspelled several words and even after I deciphered it, I still thought I wasn't reading it right) and then a coworker text me asking if my family was okay and to call her immediately.  I text her and told her I was fine and asked her what happened.  Then I called Chris.  (I should clarify that I was stopped because of traffic and wasn't texting and driving.  Well, I guess I technically was because I was trying to drive, but I was stopped.)  Chris told me that I-5 (the only freeway in the area, and the main corridor from Canada into the US) had collapsed over the Skagit river. 

I couldn't believe all the people.  They were lining the river on both sides.  It was crazy, like it was a bbq or party or something.  I had to drive through the area to get D, but I was pretty disgusted by all the people driving, walking, biking to go see.  Anyway, thankfully only 2 cars were on the bridge when it fell, and thankfully the 3 people in the 2 cars are all alive and with fairly minor injuries.  One lady is still in the hospital, but it sounds like she's expected to be released today.  You can read about it here.  (That link is also where I got all the pictures of it above.) 

Chris just came home for a quick break and said that he has Monday off (very unusual) so we were talking about what we could do.  We are thinking of trying to go camping, however, I'm thinking that all of the campsites will be filled tonight through the weekend.  We have some friends that are already camping, so we are going to call them and see if they have space on their site for us.  We wouldn't be able to leave until tomorrow evening because Chris works tomorrow.

I will try to be better this next week at posting.  I won't be sick (hopefully) and life should go back to normal.  =)

Oh, I might as well mention . . . being sick and not being able to swallow caused the scale to go down to 150.2 today.  That is a loss of almost 2.5 lbs.  I don't really believe that it's a permanent loss, but I guess that means I need to work to make it a permanent loss. =)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Did you all know that I have a 14 year old boy?  A teenager? Hmmm . . . well, let me tell you one of the joys of having a teenager . . . other than the really smelly room and body odor . . . Yesterday I got both a text and an email saying that we were very close to our allowed "anytime minutes" for our cell phones.  I thought that was strange, but figured that we must be nearing the end of the billing cycle for us and I know that Damian has been talking to his girlfriend a lot on his phone.  We have gotten along just fine with 700 min for the 3 of us since before we got D a phone 3 years ago, in fact, I don't think that we normally even use 200 of those 700 min.  I've asked to have a lower min allowance, but 700 is as low as you can go and still get unlimited texts, and let's face it, I (me, not Chris) needs unlimited texts.

Well, i went to the Verizon webpage and discovered that it is not the end of the billing cycle, but it actually the BEGINNING of the cycle.  Our billing cycle began on May 6th, that was a week ago.  He used 556 min in one week.  That's 9.26 hours . . . in one week. . . talking to his girlfriend. . .  at age 14.  Chris and I also use our phones, not much, and a lot of people we know have Verizon, which is free for us to call, but we use them some.  So out of 700 min for the month, we have 51 min for the rest of the month, for 3 of us.  This means that for the rest of the month (and remember, we're only in the second week of the billing month) we have less than 1 hour between the 3 of us.  I was not happy.

Oh, and while I was looking at D's min. I decided to also look at his texts.  (I can't see the content on the Verizon page, but I can see when the texts were made/received and to/from who . . . and I do check his phone regularly and read his conversations with his gf.)  Anyway, I discovered that he is texting her at night after he goes to bed, as late as midnight on school nights.  *SIGH* 

So we had a little talk with D last night, and he is not allowed to use his phone as a phone at all for the rest of the month, he can use the home phone, and he has a time limit on how long his calls can be.  He also will be leaving his cell phone in the living room when he goes to bed.  You know what he said to that?  He said "what about my alarm?"  He has 2 alarm clocks in his room, and his iPod.  I reminded him of that and sent him to bed. =)

For two weeks I was doing both running and Insanity every day. I rested on my running 2 days a week and took a rest day from both running and Insanity once a week. On Saturday when both Chris and Damian were sick, and my Mom was here, I quit doing Insanity. I was still running, but decided to take a break from Insanity. I would have started back up yesterday, but I was thinking how would I restart in the middle of the week. My complete rest day HAS to be on Wednesdays because of D's baseball games, so I decided to just stop for the week and restart this Thursday. Even though I'm still running, I feel like I'm not doing anything. I have that feeling that I get when I don't run . . . that I just NEED to go for a run. However, I just ran 5 miles yesterday, so I know that I shouldn't have that feeling.

It's amazing how quickly exercise can get under your skin and make you feel like you have to do it. I'm kinda looking forward to starting week 3 of Insanity over tomorrow. . . how strange, because I really do kinda hate it. =)

On to a topic that I tend to avoid as much as possible unless it's good news . . . my weight.  The thing is, I feel skinny.  I feel like I am small and at goal sometimes.  Then sometimes I look in the mirror and see a roll or two and think I'm really overweight.   I realize, that my current weight is some people's goal weight.  Everyone is different.  =)

I started running with no set goal in mind for my weight.  I wanted to see if I would lose anything, but if I didn't, I was going to continue running because I love it.  Sometimes I get really caught up in the number on the scale.  I don't let my day to day fluctuations faze me too much, but I can let my weekly "official" weight get me down, especially when I don't see the number drop as often as I'd like.  But the thing is, I know what I should do to lose faster and more consistently, and that isn't exercise more.  I don't eat as well as I could in order to lose weight faster or consisitently. 

I track my food faithfully everyday, and have for 187 days on myfitnesspal (cathyjanew if you want to add me).  But I am almost always right at my calorie limit and regularly over my limit, even when I exercise more.  I'm horrible at staying under my limit on my rest days (especially Wednesdays when we are watching baseball and often stop and get fast food for dinner, though I try to keep it more healthy than I used to).

Yesterday I was thinking about how I felt.  I feel good about myself.  I feel good about what I am doing with my body, and I feel like I am healthier than I have been in a long, long time.  I would LOVE to lose some more weight, however, if I don't, I will be happy with what I look like.  =)

Maddox playing with my phone.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

A sickies Mother's Day weekend

If you follow me on Facebook then you know that my weekend was full of sick people and my Mom (I think I mentioned that my Mom was in town).  Anyway, my Mom came last Wednesday to watch Damian play baseball.  However, Friday both Chris and Damian got sick.  Chris is really sick, he's still sick, he went to work today because he needs to work, but his boss sent him home (that never happens).  It's very strange though, because Chris is coughing with a fever and chills and D had a stomach ache and headache, but no fever. 

My poor Mom . . . I tried to get her out of the house as often as I could.  We went for walks and Saturday we went out for a pedicure and a Mother's Day lunch.  The sickies stayed in their rooms and avoided us (which was very okay with me).  I started sleeping on the couch because I DON'T want to get sick, and I always do when Chris gets sick.  So far I'm fine and I don't mind sleeping on our new couch.  It's really quite comfy.  =) 

Mother's Day was very uneventful.  My Mom left early (I think mostly to just get away from my house) and I watched TV and Maddox all day.  When Maddox laid down for his nap I left to go to Starbucks for awhile and read my book.  It was relaxing and something I really needed.  We ordered pizza (which I mostly ate cuz everyone else was sick) and watched TV in the evening.  I think Chris owes me big when he's better.  =) 
Maddox and his crazy hair =)
I did go for an 8 mile run Sunday and it was nice.  Yesterday I thought I was getting sick, my stomach was quite queasy, so I decided to not run.  Then this morning when I was laying half asleep (on the couch) I was trying to figure out if I was still feeling off and I remembered that I had 4 margaritas Sunday night and that was probably why I was queasy yesterday . . . I wasn't sick, I was hungover.  =) 

With all the sick people and then my Mom in town, I completely stopped doing Insanity.  I did Thursday and Friday's workout, but then stopped Saturday.

Oh, I forgot, I also did the Run for Your Mum 5k on Saturday morning.   I looked up my times for my last 5k (the Runs for Cookies virtual 5k) and realized that my PR for a 5k was 25:51, so I decided I really wanted to try to PR for this race.  That would mean I'd have to run an 8 min/mile for the 3.1 miles.  I don't think I've ever run that fast for that long.  This race was very small and there was no chip time, but I have my app on my phone, so I'd know.  I found some girls that were going at a speed a little faster than I was comfortable with and I followed them.  I tell you, it was hard to keep up with them, however I did.  At mile 1 my app said that my split pace was 7:42, that's fast for me, so I backed off them a little, but kept them in my sights.  I ended up with a overall pace of 7:52 min/mile.  =)  My "official" time was 24:11, I heard the guy tell me as I crossed the finish line.  That is pretty awesome.  =)  I don't know if I'll ever be able to do under 20 min 5K, but I was super happy with my 24:11 time. 

Well, yesterday was Friend Makin' Monday and since it's short again this week, I'll do it.  =) 


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1. Do you use coupons?  No, I should, but I'm too lazy to look for them.

2. How often do you weigh yourself?  Every morning, however, I only count Friday mornings and I don't obsess about the weight I see throughout the week, I just like to see the patterns and know if I need to be better or do something different.

3. What was your favorite TV show as a kid?  I don't know.

4. How often do you drink alcohol?  I usually have a glass of wine every evening.

5. Have you ever met a celebrity or public figure that you really admire? nope…

6. If you had to choose between only your cell phone or only your laptop all week which would you choose?  My phone, it pretty much does most things my laptop does anyway.

7. What is your favorite brand of detergent? Tide

8. If there was a movie about your life, who would play the role?  I've answered this before, I would go with Emma Stone because Chris really likes her.  =)

9. What book are you currently reading?  The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot

10. If you could spend one day on vacation anywhere in the world, which place would you choose? Only one day?? Somewhere warm with sandy, beautiful beaches.  =)

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Happy Friday!

Once again I am really far behind in my reading of my blogs.  This happens every time I go somewhere.  However, I was only gone for the weekend so I'm not sure why I'm almost 2 weeks behind. 

Anyway, my Mom came into town on Wednesday to watch Damian play baseball.  Damian has been playing baseball since he was 6 years old.  Even back then he liked to play "catcher."  Of course, when they are that little, catcher is more "kid behind home plate climbing on the fence."  =)  Well, he's been the kid behind home plate since 6 years old.  Last year he didn't get to play it much because they had another catcher on the team and even though that one couldn't catch the ball as well as D, he was able to throw to second base with no problems.  This year, D has really, really gotten stronger and he throws right to second base with no problem.  So now he's got it all, great catching skills (I mean he catches things 5 feet above his head it seems) and he can throw with accuracy.  I can't believe how much he's improved this year.  I have a hard time realizing he's my kid.  =) 
Chris taught Maddox to blow dandelion seeds (not my favorite thing, dandelions are weeds!).  Anyway, after Chris taught him that, Maddox wanted everyone to find him dandelions to blow.  =)  My mom obliged for awhile and found him some. 

Yesterday I ran 5 miles in the morning before work (I'm getting scared that this is becoming a regular thing) =) and then after work I did the Insanity fit test for the second time.  I improved a lot in the two weeks I've been doing it.  I wish I had thought to bring it with me to share, but I didn't, so you'll have to take my word on it.  =)

I like doing Insanity, I think it was time to change up my running routine.  I mean I love running (a lot) but I think my body needs something else as well.  Insanity really focuses on the warm up and stretching before a workout and since I've been doing it I have noticed far, far less pain in my hip.  I think I need to do more stretching when I'm only running. 

Even though I've been very faithful to both running and Insanity (less running this week however) I have not lost much weight.  Last week I lost half a pound, but this week I didn't lose anything.  Although, on Wednesday the scale said I had lost another half pound, but this morning on my official weigh in day, it was back up.  =/ 

This morning I was going to run again before work, mostly because my Mom is here and I'm already doing Insanity in the afternoons.  However, Maddox decided to wake up at 5am so I was unable to leave at 5:30.  Chris was there, but he has to go to work and it's just easier when Maddox stays asleep while I run.  Maybe it's an excuse, but I felt like it was the best.  I don't know if I'm going to be able to run or not today.  It's supposed to be very warm, which was another reason I wanted to run this morning.

The other day I mentioned that I wanted to do a run this weekend for a nonprofit agency in the area but it's a fundraising run and I don't like asking for money.  Well, I sent an email to my family and even though my Mom said she wouldn't be able to help out, she did, along with my dad and my sister.  So I have the $100 dollar minimum for the fundraising.  =)  I'm happy, but that means I have to actually do it.  =)  I was looking at my past race results and my PR for a 5K was the Runs for Cookies virtual 5k at 25:51.  I did that on the treadmill, so now I'm wondering if I can PR for this race.  That would mean that I have to run a 8 min/mile, and I don't know if I can do that.  I guess I'll push myself as hard as I can, keeping in mind it's only 3 miles, and see if I can PR.  =)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

My weekend

A few weeks ago I talked about the races I want to do that were coming up.  One of them was the Have a Heart Run that was on May 4th (Saturday).  I was undecided because I was going to Spokane that day for Bloomsday.  I did the run last year and wasn't impressed with it, but it is for a good nonprofit agency in my town so I wanted to do it anyway.  Anyway, I decided not to do it afterall.  I just felt that I was trying to do too much, the drive to Spokane from my house was 6 hours and I wanted to get out of town as soon as I could.

I have decided to run this Saturday, Run for Your Mum, which is for another nonprofit agency in this area.  It is a fundraiser as well as a run, but I have such a hard time asking for money.  I'm thinking of sending Damian around and asking him to do it for me.  =)  He's very, very good at it.  He got people to buy a lot of cookie dough this fall for his school.  Luckily I don't have to raise money to run in the race, I can just run.  =)

My weekend was a blur of activity.  We drove to Spokane on Saturday morning.  The biggest problem with that drive is that it is the same drive to go to our parents' house, but longer.  To get to my parent's house you drive for 3 hours and then turn off the main freeway onto a two-way highway and continue for another hour.  Well, going to Spokane, you stay on the freeway for another 3 hours until you get there.  Passing the highway we normally turn off on, and having to continue driving for so long was really, really hard.  The extra 3 hours after that turn off felt like forever. 

I met with some old high school classmates of mine at the race expo.  They are twin brothers and one of them was running the race.  I had contacted him through Facebook awhile ago to let him know I would be in town and we made plans to meet up.  It was really nice to catch up with them, I always liked them in high school (had the BIGGEST crush on one of them).  I wished I could have spent more time hanging out, but I was expected for dinner at my aunt's house where we were staying for the weekend. 

We did Bloomsday on Sunday, which I wrote about yesterday so I won't go into any more detail.  =)  Afterwards we just hung out at my aunt's house.  My parents came into town to watch us walk, and my other sister with her kids were there.  It was nice to visit with my family.  I don't see my aunt very much and she has another aunt staying with her, so we saw both of them and just visited. 

Some extra pictures from Bloomsday.  =)
This was accidental but we liked it so much we kept it. =)
The guys sign says "Running is better Sitting Down" and the
girls sign says "It's not too late to fake an injury."
My dad cheering us on as we walked by.
We were woken early Monday morning by the fire alarm in the house.  The thermostat overheated and caught fire.  My aunt was able to put it out, but when the firemen came they said it was lucky that the fire went outwards instead of staying behind the paneling because the alarm would not have gone off and the whole house would have been on fire before we realized it.  I was sleeping in the basement with Maddox and the only way out of the basement was into the room that had the fire.  I'm afraid that if the house had caught on fire Maddox and I would have died down there.  It was pretty scary for me. 

 We came home on Monday and thankfully the drive wasn't as bad as going over there. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Bloomsday and FMM

47,000 people.  That is how many I heard did Bloomsday this year.  And I heard that was a lower number than years past.  A couple years ago 63,000 people did it.  My sister and I were in the Lilac group, which means we were way at the back, only one other group was behind us, the strollers and assisted wheelchairs.  =) 
 We were told that the weather can be cool in the morning so wear a sweatshirt or something that you don't care about and you can toss it to the side when you get warm, they will donate all the clothes to charity.  (It was not cool Sunday morning, it was very warm.) I guess this started because people started throwing sweatshirts and stuff on the trees along the road to the start line.  We thought it was a pretty cool sight.  The picture below we were moving, but you can't even see the start line yet.
 We got there early because we didn't know what was going on or anything.  We sat on the curb for about an hour before the race even started.  The race started at 9am but we didn't start slowly moving until maybe a half hour later, and my sister and I didn't even get to the starting line until about 10am. 
 The picture below is at the half way point. We were feeling pretty good, we didn't stop at all while we took pictures and I think they are not too blurry.  =)
 This is looking at part of Doomsday Hill.  It goes all the way to the top.  It is about 0.75 miles but it wasn't as steep as I expected.  There were lots of characters on the Hill. I can't even remember what they all were other than the vulture which I guess everyone knows about. (People dressed in costumes encouraging everyone up the hill.) They had mats at the bottom and the top of the hill to time how fast you do it. We did it in just over 7 min. :-)  
This is the finish line (obviously).  =)
 And us afterwards.  =)

Yesterday was Friend Makin' Monday and I haven't done it for a couple weeks so I want to do it today.  I tried to keep the above short so it wouldn't be so long this time.  =)  I may go into more detail about my weekend and share some other pictures later.  =)


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A Little About Me
1. Have you ever experienced love at first sight?  No.  I think you can have lust at first sight, but in my opinion love is knowing someone and loving everything about them, not just what you see and assume about them.  (which is all you can have if it's the first time you've seen or met them.)

2. What channel is your TV on most?  I would say it depends.  I watch a lot of the stupid shows on Bravo,  Maddox loves Sesame Street on PBS, as a family we watch a lot of shows on CBS, NBC and A&E, and Chris and I watch a couple shows on HBO.  (We watch too much TV.)

3. Share one quality that you’re proud to have.   Patience

4. Describe your idea of a great evening.    Again it depends on the night.  I love Chris and my date night, and I love quiet nights at home, but I also like going out with my family and bbqing.  It depends.

5. If your friends were asked to describe you in three words, which words would they choose? I really don't know. 

6. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas

7. If you could change one thing that would make your life easier instantly, what would it be? I would make more money, and so would Chris.  We don't have to be rich, just have a cushion.

8. What is one healthy food that you crave? Apples I think. 

9. Do you wear socks when you sleep? No. I can't stand socks on my feet at night.  It keeps me up and/or wakes me up. 

10. Share at least three things for which you are thankful. My family, my safety (my aunt's house caught on fire Monday morning and if it hadn't been caught early I would have been trapped in the basement with Maddox), and beautiful sunny days.  =)

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