Thursday, May 31, 2012

its the end of may

tuesday, half mile walk around the neighborhood with all 4 kiddos

wednesday, half mile walk with the kids around the neighborhood.  emma rode her bike the whole way, georgie pushed his lawn mower most of it.

jason and i both needed to run yesterday, so i decided to drive into boise to run the greenbelt with him.  we both love to run there- its a bit of a bummer that we dont live closer to a nice greenbelt like that.  ours is so short here.  anyway, we did a 4.6 mile trail run along the river.  my endurance is improving, i took 3 one minute breaks to stretch out my tight hamstrings (still sore from pulling weeds monday) or walk, but otherwise ran the entire distance.  its great improvement.  next step is increasing speed. 

and, tomorrow is june which means another mother runners challenge begins.  i am filling out a calendar tonight.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


i spent a long night with a feverish little girl snoring beside me.  (note, i have a massive sun burn on my back, and i was forced to sleep on it because any time i tried to sleep on it in a gentler way, emma crowded around me untill i had to just lay back down on my back.)  when she demanded i "get up mommy!" at 710 this morning i stepped on the scale.  i weigh 173.4 pounds.  up 0.4 pounds since last week.  that is better than i expected. 

now we are off to grab groceries before we we settle in for a sick day with the little girl. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


i feel like i need to prep myself for a let down in the morning.  i have eaten well all week, but my weight has only bounced back and forth.  i know that i have had some redistribution (as jason called it yesterday) because i cinched my belt up to the smallest hole on sunday.  so we will just see what happens in the morning. 

our memorial weekend

saturdays run plans were canceled due to rain all day, and jasons need to work.  but we did spend the evening playing with landon and enjoying dinner with gabe and courtney. 

sunday evening we had a family dinner at aunt renees house to visit with a couple of her boys who were in town.  i convinced jason that since we were already in boise we should just drive in a little farther and run the green belt.  we had a fun 5 miles, inturupted by lots of potty breaks.  i had too much water to drink all afternoon and had to go before we left renees, as soon as we got to the park, and again 15 minutes later. whew. i wasnt even thirsty when we finished.

yesterday we did yard work (sun burns and sore legs to prove it) and played.  jason built my swing, so its FIXED! and i cleaned up all the weeds in jack kennel and trimmed the roses.  kids played in the water and painted bird houses.  the whole thing was really a lovely day.

Friday, May 25, 2012

some days are just harder than others for no reason at all

i had a rough day yesterday.  everything i did was a challenge.  i was in a poor mood when jason got home just after 7 and we headed out for a run.  we did a total of 4 miles, but a half mile was walking around the playground while the kids climbed and played. (i cant wait till our play set arrives- the begging cries for the park can be answered with "go outside!")

4 is 4 though, and im glad its in. i am watching the boys this evening so jesse and sarah can go to a graduation, so no run this evening.  not that i would go in this downpour anyway.  maybe ill visit the gym after jason gets home.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

AMR Challenge- im in.

the ladies over at another mother runner have offered up a challenge for the month of june.  head over, grab a calendar and fill it out.  do the work outs, send them a picture of it completed and check into their new forum, then they will send you a cute little amr bumper sticker.

encouragement for the month of june?  accountability to get in the work?  a reward for doing what im supposed to do anyways?  yes please!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

squeezing it in wherever i can

did you know it takes ten laps around the play area at the park to equal half a mile? 

now you do.

and so do i.

the pay off

jason and i ran 4 long slow miles last night in sprinkling rain with the kids.  ive been working on my endurance and weeding out breaks on our last few runs and managed this one with just two short walks.  it was way harder than it used to be, but ill get there again.  and after i was finished i felt like i have a manageable goal. 

this morning i stepped on the scale.  i was nervous for the first time in weeks.  i weigh 172.4 pounds.  thats down 6 pounds from last weekend.  my clothes fit better today.  im feeling optimistic that i could be back to the 160s next week. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

vacation recap, wednesday, and the plan

i updated about last saturday, but there is still a lot to fill in from the 10 or so days since then.

sunday we churched and rested at home, along with packing a separate bag for disneyland and for the kids while we would be gone.

monday we got up at 4 and drove to anaheim.  we checked in at the hotel and walked in to california adventure at 1230pm.  and we walked and walked and walked.  we also ate a lot of deliciously terrible food.  and some huge 2$ apples.  and more terrible food. it was wonderful.

tuesday we got into the park an hour early, and walked. and walked.  (i am actually really glad we did so much back and forth wandering, or i would have gained more weight than i did over the week.)

wednesday morning we checked out of our hotel and headed back to disney land for our last day.  we did all our shopping, some last rides, and stayed in the park till just before the parade at 7.  then another long drive back to pittsburg and we were home around 2am.  i did not weigh myself.

thursday we walked to starbucks and to grandpa georges house for a visit, then home again.  (2.5 miles)

friday we hung out at home to recover from our busy week.  i convinced jason to pull some weeds in his parents back yard, and i helped the kids tie dye some shirts after dinner.  at bath time for the kids i finally weighed myself.  i weighed 178.4 pounds.  it was awful.  i told jason i wanted to get in another run on saturday and that we would need to get a schedule down and a plan on the drive home sunday. that weight was unacceptable.

saturday after breakfast we drove to grandpa georges house and the whole family walked the duck pond together.  we had a lot of fun seeing the baby ducks, loads of turtles and feeding all of them.  when that was over, we fed the kids lunch and jason and i left for a run while they napped.  we did hill repeats and totaled about 2.25 miles.  we all went out to chilis for dinner, and after dinner went for a walk around the neighborhood.  larry, joshua and mark rode bikes, reaann, emma and georgie were strollered and the rest of us walked.  we were out for about 45 minutes at a pretty quick pace.  it was a really nice walk.

sunday after church we stayed for lunch then headed back to idaho.  it took us 11.5 hours, as usual, so we got home at 2:30am.

and that brings me to yesterday.  monday morning we all caught up on a little bit of sleep.  jason didnt go to work till 8, the kids slept till nine (!) and i was able to sneak out some extra rest on the couch till 830.  it was so nice. emma went to school while gerogie and i grocery shopped and put away laundry from our trip.  jason was home in time for dinner (! again.) and made it to the last small group of the summer (!!).  its so nice out in the evenings, and the kids are used to being up late anyways that when we got home from small group at 830 we took the kids for a three mile run around the neighborhood. it was hard.

i have been trying to figure out a new approach to getting in my bible study, exercise, and nutritious eating because what ive been doing the last 6 months is clearly not working.  on our run last night while i was talking at jason i realized that last time i started running outside i already had a solid base of good health from working out in the gym and i eased into it on a treadmill for two weeks.  this time around ive had a solid 16 weeks without any regularity and now ive just jumped into outdoor running.  its a whole different story than last time.  i need to be aware of that, and adjust my ideas and goals accordingly. 

i have written out a new plan to follow, and meal plans for jason and i as well.  (he gained more than ten pounds in the last two weeks.) so far so good, as i weighed myself last night (and this morning) and am now at 173.4 pounds.  thats only 2 pounds over in the last two weeks, and i feel like its much more manageable.  i did well yesterday keeping my meals in check, and so far so good today.  if it becomes more of an issue, ive already created a food journal to make myself acutely aware of the calories i am taking in.

in the coming couple of months, jason and i both have some goals to meet that i will detail a little later.  in many ways it feels like starting all over again, but i guess thats kind of the point.  as long as im willing, i can always give myself a second try.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

re: wednesday

i was packing.  but i did what i was supposed to and weighed myself.  i weighed 171 pounds on wednesday.  wednesday night i dug and planted across the back while jesse tilled for me, and thursday i planted in the garden.  friday i finished packing and we drove.  and drove.  and drove.  and saturday morning we got to california. 

and saturday morning i ran.  thats how i like to have a vacation.  jason and i ran for about 25 minutes around the neighborhood at 8am. we took the kids to the zoo in the afternoon and walked the hills of oakland zoo for 4 hours.  its been a good day.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

today stress releasing techniques

take a nap while the kids take a nap.
continue to nap while emma sits beside me on the bed and colors.
let Ronald mcdonald cook dinner, (and by dinner, i mean a mcflurry for me).
bring a book to read while the kids play.
go straight to the park from dinner so they can continue to play.
invite cousins, and their parents.
walk in the sunshine while being chased by giggling children.
put jammied kids to bed early.  really early. and bask in the silence that is sleeping children at 7pm.
i have not kept up my workout log for jasons health nuts program at work.  im back in mid march still.  so, as i update that log, i also need to add my run from yesterday here. 

i did 6 laps at the rec while some other girl was running away from me. we ran just a few steps apart at first, then she would go just around the corner, or about a quarter lap ahead of me and start to walk.  just before i would catch her walking, she started running again.  i think she might have been following c25k on her ipod, but the intervals werent regular.  it was pretty comical. then 5 minutes on the stair master and i finished out my 2nd mile around the track.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

and Then, we will be DONE.

i have held out so long.  so so long.  but the 37 hours (in three long, and one short day) last week, and the final two weeks of jasons semester and the final weeks of child care for me- have just blown up my stress level.  i am exhausted all the time, i am not sleeping well at night, i am munching on sweets and considering nachos as a meal more than once a week.  i weigh 172.4 this morning, another gain this week. and so much more than id like to weigh at this point. 

i feel out of control and this morning i could probably use a good cry and three separate padded rooms.  the kids are screaming (literally, screaming, all the time) and emma has started to hit.  we are all just done.

except that we wont be done for several more days.  i need to get through today, then next tuesday, wednesday and thursday.  and THEN, we will be DONE.