Friday, September 5, 2014

Parenthood


Hi, my name is Shannon and I have an addiction to the TV show Parenthood on NBC.  I have recently found this  amazing piece on Netflix, and cannot seem to stop  watching it.  I am eagerly awaiting the season premier this year even more then my birthday.  Well, truth be told it's ON my birthday, so it's like NBC's little gift to me.  There.  I  said it.  I openly admit my addiction.

I have found myself emotionally attached  to  these characters, and drawing on their experiences and how things parallel life.  It's such a good show.  It's true to life.  It's made me stop  and really appreciate little things with my family that I may have otherwise not even noticed.  I have actually felt a wave of  calm    wash over me  after watching an episode.  It's like, see, even TV families have a lot of crap to deal with, its not all Norman Rockwell.

One of the things I  find after watching it though is how aware I am of time passing.  My oldest turned 13 yesterday.  She is officially a teenager.  I can't believe  it.  My youngest,  my baby,  my mini me...she started kindergarten last week.  Where has the time gone?  Where is it going? Why do my babies have to  keep getting older and more independent?   I know that is what is best for them,  I really do...but they are my babies.

There was a storyline that I just finished in the show (I won't tell you...no need  for a spoiler alert for  those who intend   to watch)...but it made me really start to think about the things that I want my girls to know  and remember and think and feel and believe.  So here it goes.


My sweet Bayba..

You are  now a teenager.  I can't believe it.  When did this happen?  You were just me sweet little girl yesterday  pressing her  face against the window at daycare crying, begging me not to  leave you there (which made me constantly  late for work-because I couldn't just leave you there).  You were the first person to make me realize just how full of love my heart could really be.  You were my sleep  hating baby at night that would gently lay on my chest and hold my finger as you napped during the day.  You were the first amazing child  in my life to utter  the word  Momma, and make me realize just how special that word really is.  You made me look at my relationship with Mimi (my mom)  in a whole new light.  You make me laugh, you make me cry, you fill me with fear and also hope.  You have grown into a beautiful young woman.  Quiet and reserved,  smart, witty,  funny with your Dad's crazy sense of humor.  You know what is important to you and you protect it fiercely.  You try to be SO independent, but still come and just  hug me or rest  your head on my shoulder so I know you still need  me,   and guess what...I need  you too.   You will always be my first baby.  The first one to fill my heart and make me realize how precious life is and can be,  I have so  many hopes and dreams for you.  You doubt yourself, we  all do,  but you are stronger  than you know and can do anything.  I know all parents tell their children that, but you my sweet girl really can and will.  I am so  proud of the person you are becoming, it's an honor to be your mom.



Oh my sweet, sweet mini me,

I don't even know where  to begin with you.  You are  my soul, my heart.  You and I connect in a way no one else  ever will or will ever truly understand.  You made  me realize that love is bigger and stronger  than anything in this  world.  You spoke  to me even when you were still rolling around and kicking in my belly.  You are me.  I  look into  your big beautiful eyes and see such love reflecting back at me.  You may look like  your  Dadoo, but you my dear, are  all Momma.  You are my perfect angel.  The dream that I wasn't sure would ever come true.  You have taught me so much about myself, and have made me better for it.  You are my sassy, smart, creative, outgoing,  vivacious girl that can't be stopped.  You are as determined  and stubborn as me, you are adamant (Daddy's favorite word to describe Mommy), you know what you want and go after it.  Don't ever lose that!  In a world that  is  so  scary and out of control, you are  my center.  You remind me of what it is all  really about.  Kindergarten.  WOW!   I am still in disbelief that  it is already that time.  You have handled it  all with grace and style, as  I knew  you would.  You are  just starting on this adventure as a "big girl" and I could not be more proud of you.  You will move mountains.  Follow your heart and your dreams always.  I can not wait to see what life has in store for you, whatever it is I just know you will take it all in and make things better, brighter.  You are  a shining star in a dark sky. 


You are sisters.  You are always going to be sisters and connected to  each other.  Support one another, love one another,  celebrate each other, fight, laugh, love, scream, live for each  other.  You are so similar and yet so  different.  Thank  you for  allowing me to  be your mom.  I am honored and blessed by your greatness, and love you more then the moon, and the sun, and alllllllllllll  the stars  in the sky infinity amen.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wait...there was a wagon?!?!?

 
 
Wow...its been almost a full month since my last post, and I have to admit some of my time away was WONDERFUL, some not so wonderful, and some hard but worthwhile.  With all that being said I have SO much too catch you up on. 
 
First was vacation.  We  have never taken a vacation that wasn't fraught with stress and running around.  We do trips like Disney, Busch Gardens, Washington DC...places  that are  amazing and fun but require a lot of planning and walking and doing.  Now my mini me is a beach junkie.  Not sure where she got it from, but thank God she did.  It's as if she knew in her  little heart and soul what mommy and daddy needed all these years.  She asked us if we could do a beach vacation this year, and after our  one day of ocean time last summer, we  were ready to give it a  try.  Oh. Em. Gee.  The  hubs and I have always, I mean ALWAYS, said we  aren't beach people.  We aren't  interested in a beach vacation, what do  you do  when it rains, how do you not get bored...?!?!  Let me say, I am more than happy to say I was dead wrong about that! 
 
even the big girl smiled
We decided  to  go to Charleston, SC.  My hubby grew up spending lots of time there as he had family that  lived there for a long time.  We hadn't been in almost 12 years, so  it was time.  It gave us the best of both sides (just in case).   We had a selection of beaches to  choose from, plus it has the historical and beautiful city of Charleston to enjoy.  For the first time ever on vacation, I relaxed.  I mean, sleep through the night into the morning, roll out of bed  for a coffee and get  dressed  in my bathing suit to go straight to  the beach and lay back down relaxed.  It was amazing, no that's not even a strong enough word, it  was magical.  How had we been so against this for so many years.  We played in the sand,  swam in the ocean, laid on the beach and got  tan.  Mini me was SO happy.  My big girl, sat with kindle in hand enjoying time in her beach  chair under the sun umbrella, and the hubs and I  smiled  and breathed in the sweet salty air.
 


serenity

loving the beach with my girls

my sweetie and me

the beach junkie :)
 
We drove up to Ocean Isle, NC on our last day to see friends at the house they rented for the week.  It was nice to see another beach, but it's just not "our  beach" (which is now the only way my hubby refers to Isle of  Palm).  :)  I just can not even truly put into words how restful, needed, and just perfect it all was.
 
At the end of an awesome week, my hubby got a message though that his father had lost his battle to cancer.  It  was NOT the news we were expecting or obviously wanted to hear, and my hubby didn't want to take away from the  girls fun so we didn't really discuss it until after we were home.  There is still a lot to process from that,  but all in due time.
 
We came out of all of that into the start of a new school year.  My big girl started 8th grade, old hat at this whole school situation. 
lil sis  had to get in on the 1st day fun
 
And then yesterday was the day I had been dreading, excited for, sad, happy...all sorts of  emotions.  My mini me started kindergarten.  I am excited for  her, I really am, but I can't believe she is already at that age.  It goes SO fast.
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this face <3

my baby and me
 
 
Forgive me for being so absent, but as you can see the past few weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster for  us.  With all this, I can honestly say I have not only fallen off the wagon with my eating and exercising, but I basically forgot there even was a wagon. 
 
To be fair, our rule is when on vacation,  we vacation!  We don't worry about what we are  eating, we don't worry about working out.  It's one week a year to  just kick it with the kiddos and that is EXACTLY what we did this year.  It's just with everything else that has happened and we  have had to prepare for, it got put on a back burner.  But have no fear, I sent out a search party...found the wagon, and am climbing back on one leg at a  time. 
 
Do you through the rules away on vacation?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Not So Golden Arches




My first real job as a teenager was at McDonalds.  I started  as a senior in high school, was quickly promoted to a swing manager and loved it.  Yep, that's right.  I loved my job at the golden arches.  I had an amazing boss, made great friends and despite being there pretty much everyday of the week, I still enjoyed my employee discount on my meals.


Fast forward to 2004 and a  documentary by Morgan Spurlock called Supersize Me.  Have you seen this one?  I don't want to spoil it for you but Spurlock goes on a 30 day all McDonalds diet.  He has to order  everything from the menu at least once, and he has to say yes anytime they ask him to supersize his order.  Guess what?  By the end of the 30 days, he has gained weight, his liver panels are bad, just a host of terrible things. 

Bad McDonalds, right?    Well yes and no in my opinion.  See, as I  see it over the years McDonalds  as  well   as other fast food restaurants has tried  to offer healthier alternatives.  You can get salads, wraps, bottled water, apple slices...and that is where, to me, Spurlock messed up.  Once he made it all the way through their menu, he didn't have to continue ordering the Big Macs or QPC.  He didn't have to get Coke with every meal when bottled water, milk or even diet was available right?  Don't get me wrong, I see what he was  trying to prove, but I was still upset about it.  It's seems easy to pick on McDonalds, its a big one, but don't fool yourself by  choosing another one. 



I know that fast food is the enemy of healthy living, at  least  one of the big ones.  We try our best to avoid it, but sometimes it's just SO easy to fall into that trap.  Take tonight for example.  I  work until 6, the hubs is home re-roofing the garage all day.  he is going to take Mini me and Sissy to Mini's  dance camp  at 6 and go  back to work on the roof some more.  I am leaving work and driving straight to the studio to pick up the girls at the end of camp at 7:00.  By the time we  are  all home it's going to be close to  7:30...do you know how hard it is to drive past those arches at 7:30 and see the sign advertising the $9.99 dinner box?!?!?!  By that time we  are all going to be exhausted and no one will want to make dinner. 

Tonight we will drive past that sign, my girls will ask for the dinner box, and I will firmly and authoritatively say NO!  Not just because of  the fact that it's not good for us, but also now the resurgence of the pink slime.  The what?  Pink slime.  Yep, those words are associated with our food supply.

 Just seeing this and hearing more about the processing of meat and what is ending up not only in restaurants, but on our grocer's shelves and in our school lunches.  I  have never been so  happy that my kids are packers when it comes  to lunch!  Jamie Oliver brought this and the "ammonia wash" to light in his Food Revolution.  If you haven't seen it on youtube yet, check it out here!!

Watching this, hearing this, seeing this...it made me feel angry, helpless, victimized!  Join the Revolution!  Did you know that studies are starting to show that we may outlive our children?  What have we allowed society to do to us?  How  can we make this better? 

With the idea of the cheapest meat being processed and sold to us, and the huge markup on things like soda...how much would it really cost these  big name fast food restaurants to switch over  to grass fed, organic beef?  how much money would they lose if they served something to the public that was meant for  human consumption?  Come on big business!!

I loved you Mickey D's.  We made memories, we had some laughs...but I  love my children more.  I  may only be one person, and we may only be one family...but it's a start!  Take a stand! 

You can contact these chains and make your voice heard!   
Mcdonalds
Burger  King
Taco Bell





Friday, July 25, 2014

Posturizing on Posture

As  I have been getting “back on the wagon” I  have become keenly aware of something…my posture.  I sit at a desk all day working on a computer.  I have been noticing more and more how poor my posture is, and know that I need  to do something about it.  What better way to find the thing that works best for me then by hitting Pinterest and experimenting a little right?!?!

I have to be honest too, part of  my noticing this  was out of pure vanity.  I get  to work early every day so I can walk a little but before hitting the office.  The other day I was walking past the hospital and scoped out my reflection in the window…it was shocking how I was  standing/walking.  I straightened myself up and instantly saw how much better I looked.  Now, I had to do all this while still moving so as not to look like a complete freakazoid…so  what did I do when I  got home?  Stood in front of my mirror in profile checking myself out some more.  (the kids were laughing their butts off)

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By the end of  the day, I felt like my profile was more cave woman then business woman.  I mean, wow!  And the difference it made when I took the time (and mental energy) to stand up straight and tall…BAZINGA!   I looked taller (duh), but also my tummy looked flatter, just an overall leaner version of me!  And I’ve got  to say, Momma likey!!
 
So, as I continue to  gear up for vacation (1 more week), I  am going to experiment with some of  the pins I’ve gotten to see how II can improve my posture.  I mean, the image in my head that I have of how awesome I am going to look walking the beach in SC, tall and lean…well, as tall and lean as my 5’2″ self can :)

Did you know that your little tummy “pouch” could be a result of poor posture?  I didn’t.

I also found out some new things about what kind of negative effects poor posture  can have  on other areas  of your life.  Did  you know  it can deepen depression, cause career problems, even  increase risk of death!  Check out this article  I found on 7 Weird Ways Your Posture Messes With You.  Talk about scary!!

So this week I will be trying a few of these pins out:

3 Simple Stretches  for better posture
The Perfect Posture Workout
Physical Therapy Exercises to Prevent Poor Posture and Neck Pain while Working on the Computer

I know that the best thing I can probably do for this is to just be more aware, but strengthening the right muscles has got  to help  too, right!

How do you stand tall?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Starting fresh


I have used this pic before, but feel like right now it is something I really need to think about.  Its been awhile since I posted....I know.  Life is crazy.  we have been busy with soccer camps, dance camp, vacation planning , holiday, birthdays...whew.    Makes me tired just thinking about it.  in all  that chaos, everything has taken a backseat to the schedule.  Sadly, not my schedule.  The kids are so busy, I thought summer would be a nice down time...HA!  Oh well, no rest for the wicked I guess. 

In all this craziness, I have lost myself a bit.   It wasn't until this past weekend though that I really felt it.  I was flying high last week when I was recognized at CVS by a woman in my neighborhood (who I had never  met) as being "that runner."  WHOA!  I don't think I ever was recognized for  that outside of my days on the track in school.  I was elated!  especially since I haven't been out to pound the pavement in a few weeks...again  schedule, but to be fair also weather, from near 100  degree  days to  tornado inducing storms. 

Anyways fast forward from that fabulous day to Saturday.  We  are leaving for vacation in
 days, exactly 3 weeks from today (not that I am counting or anything).  We  have planned a primarily beach vacation.   This is our first time dedicating so much time to relaxing and our first  beach themed  vacation, so we  are new to the planning process. 

I have a bathing suit that I love.  It fits perfectly,  the colors are fun and bright, but as my hubby pointed out...it is one bathing suit.  One bathing suit for a week  long beach vacation seemed silly.  I mean, I had made sure the girls each had AT LEAST  two suits each to take so they could alternate from day to day...but I can honestly say the thought never occurred to me that I should do the same for myself.  Buying bathing suits has always, I mean ALWAYS, been hard.   It is the only time I truly feel like I could just burst into  tears while shopping.  I start the process feeling like


I find something cute, and "suitable" to me after scouring the racks for  what feels like an eternity, and then I take those slow,  lead filled steps into the dressing room.  I strip off my layer of protective clothing, you know, the stuff that strategically hides and camouflages in all the right spots just as  you planned.  Then I step into one of the new bathing suits, which 9 times out of 10 makes me feel like


This past shopping  excursion I left after trying on 2 suits, with  1 in hand at the check out.  It fit.   That is all I can really say about it.  It fit. the  top is not what I wanted, the colors seemed off, but it fit so I was done with the terror.  We  left the mall and went to one last store.  Ahhhh the feeling of


As we drove to  the last stop of  the day,  my husband asked me why I was being so hard on myself?  Who I was comparing myself to?  This made me stop and think.  Who  AM I comparing myself to?  I was mad because  I had been working so hard since before the new year to get in shape, to look better and stronger...and then I let a few  lazy weeks derail me mentally.  I mean,  I can see  on the scale that the numbers haven't changed.  I can still button all my pants the same way I could a month ago,   but for some reason...just KNOWING how lazy I have been lately with my workouts and not logging my food,  completely changed how I saw myself in the mirror. 

We  walked into the last store and no more then 2 minutes in I  saw a bathing suit that was SO cute.  My hubby was like,  buy it.  This last store was  one of those bulk stores so they don't have fitting rooms,  which was a good thing and a bad  thing.  I took Mini  Me to find out the price on the suit and found another suit I liked just as much.  One was a skirt bottom and one was shorts.  Turned out the price for both was  the same was what I spent on 1 at the last store...so why not.  PLUS I could go home and try it on in the comfort of my house.

My mindset was to try on both and decide which I liked (if either) and return the other PLUS return the first.  I tried on the first one and was shocked.  I. Loved. It.  I mean, I looked good in it.  I paraded, yes paraded  downstairs into the kitchen to show my hubby.  he liked  it too.   back upstairs   and into suit two.  Same thing!  LOVED IT!  Did my parade strut again.  Now,  the great thing is that Mini me helped pick 2 suits in the same  color schemes  so I paraded around 2 more times after changing bottoms with tops to show all four looks.  It was such a different experience. 

Now, don't get me wrong.  I can still see where I have lost a little tone...but that is something I can fix.  I KNOW I have made a few bad food choices lately, but again...I can change and fix that too.   I am feeling better about me again, and that is what counts.

I kept telling myself...sit down and write.  You will feel better if you get it out, but honestly, I couldn't even do that.  I was in such a shame spiral that I didn't want to write.  Didn't feel like I deserved  to have you read the words that would come out.  I sometimes feel like I need  to be happy all the time in my writings and inspire whoever I can whenever I can when I hit that publish button...but realistically...we all have bad days...weeks...maybe even years.  It's how you deal with them and how you move on.

My husband telling me that I was too hard on myself and that I looked good helped me turn a corner.  Sometimes a girl just needs to be reminded of that...and now I'm back.  Going from feeling like a zero to my own personal hero!  We  still have three weeks baby...I  am SO going to rock my bathing suits!  I had a few  bad weeks...I don't have  to start over, I have to start fresh.  Fresh mindset, fresh goals,  fresh love of myself!



 




Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hot fun in the summer time


This week we had a HUGE spike in temperature!  Of course it was THIS week.  This is the week we signed both our big girl and mini me up for soccer camp...every morning for 5 straight days!  Luckily, we are always prepared.  Water bottles abound in our house, but this got me thinking...how much do we really know about dehydration?  Obviously we get tired and lethargic if we don't get enough water...but what else can go wrong?  What are some other signs?

According to the mayo clinic, symptoms of dehydration include:
  • dry, sticky mouth
  • sleepiness or tiredness
  • children are less likely to be active than usual
  • thirst
  • decreased urine output
  • no wet diapers for three hours for infants
  • few or no tears when crying
  • dry skin
  • headache
  • constipation
  • dizziness
  • lightheadedness
  • extreme thirst
  • extreme fussiness or sleepiness in infants and children; irritability and confusion in adults
  • very dry mouth, skin and mucous membranes
  • little or no urination-any urine that is produced will be darker than normal
  • sunken eyes
  • shriveled and dry skin that lacks elasticity and doesn't "bounce back" when pinched into a fold
  • in infants, sunken fontanels-the soft spots on the top of the baby's head
  • low blood pressure
  • rapid heartbeat
  • rapid breathing
  • no tears when crying
  • fever
  • in the most serious cases, delirium or unconsciousness
As we packed the girls up each morning we made sure they had a good breakfast, and LOTS of water to take along with them.  The hubs stayed to watch too and make sure the girls got breaks when needed and drank water on their breaks (sometimes mini me is too busy being social to realize she needs to have a drink).  Mini me was only there for 2 hours and the big girl for 3 each day, but WOW what a scorcher yesterday was...97 degrees.

Happily I can say it rained last night, like RAINED, and the temps dropped. Today is a beautiful 75 so they are MUCH more excited about running around outside.  These are some action shots of mini me...her sister doesn't really let us get pics of her anymore #preteenangst


 


Something else I learned while investigating dehydration, is a quick way to check if you are in the "danger zone" is by the color of your urine



Have you had enough water today??

Monday, June 9, 2014

Cause I'm Happy


I have now completed my Stress Management and Resilience Training at work, and I have to say...I was hesitant about signing up for it, but it ended up being pretty awesome!  I learned some very useful techniques about how to quickly detox yourself from stress, about how to breathe through stressful situations but most importantly I was reminded about how important it is to take care of me. 

With this completion of this class, I feel now is a GREAT time to talk to you about Happify!  This class and this site came together at the perfect time in my life!  Happify is site that has science-based tracks to help you reach a happier state, and lets be honest...who doesn't want to be happier.  Its made of fun games and activities that you can do anywhere...I mean literally anywhere from a pc or even your phone or other mobile device.  The activities are based on more than 10 years of research by docs from major institutions (and working at a major medical institution I am picky), and they are designed to help you think and build a happier life. 

This morning I received an update from Happify about mindfulness.  I have to be honest, had h\I been sent this link 8 weeks ago I would have been ;like "WHAT?!?!" but mindfulness was a key component to my stress management class.  Its about being in the actual moment as it happens, not worrying about the future or fretting over the past, but the here and now.  How often do we actually do that? Live in the now?  I didn't realize how bad I was at that until I took this class.  Its being totally aware...mind, body, spirit in the present experience. 

For some of you this may sound crazy, or a little too new-agey.  It was to me at first too, but just take a moment and check out the site, you won't be sorry.  If nothing else, you will get a few minutes of quiet reflection to recharge your battery! 



Friday, May 30, 2014

Crossing Over

This is my first ever cross-post.  What am I talking about, well let me briefly explain.  I am lucky enough to write with  three fabulous ladies  at The Journey (um, yes Jessica, Cori and Jenny I am talking about you) ...I also have my own personal blog over at BlogSpot, Waits and Measurements.  Now I am a chatty Kathy...anyone who knows me will tell you that...I mean...I like to chat it up, much to my poor husband's dismay sometimes...but I have to admit that I am finding it hard to chat it up sometimes on 2 sites, so I am going to try doing the occasional cross-post.
This month at The Journey, we have been focused on our children and their health and fitness.  What a GREAT way to kick off summer vacation.  I have been trying at our house to piggy back on something Jessica did and go as electronics free as we can in the evenings once I'm home from work.  Jessica did a week-long series on it, check out her wrap up here.  My hubby keeps the kiddos busy with activities and field trips during the day, then when I get home and he heads off to work...I try and keep them moving and trying new things.  Now for those of you who read my posts regularly know, we are a soccer family.  I mean, we are ALWAYS at soccer it seems...but it is something my girls love, it keeps them moving and they are so fun to watch.  So this month has had  a LOT of soccer for my oldest daughter.  She is just amazing.  It's like she can sense the game.  She knows just how hard to kick the ball, what part of her foot to use, where to direct it...she is one with the game.  AH-MAY-ZING!
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The mini me is getting pretty good too...she is well on her way to being just like sissy (which I'm pretty sure is all she wants in the whole world right now).
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May also meant recital month for our tiny dancer.  She is definitely a stage person (another fine trait that I have passed on to her).  I sat in the auditorium and cried she was so darn cute on that stage.  The crowd LOVED them and she dazzled.
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What I love the most is how passionate they both are about the physical activities they do.  They really do put their little hearts into it and it makes me so proud, it also makes me happy that they love moving so much.  I see so many children that are just not doing anything...whether its because there is no motivation from home, or a lack of interest...I don't know.  So I relish every time the kiddos ask to do something outside...or get moving.
Our newest adventure since the weather has finally gotten nice, is evening bike rides.  I love that both my girls like to ride with me.  My oldest is very patient about how stop and go we are when mini goes, but she and I try to make sure we get in a nice ride just the two of us as well when we can.  Mini me is working hard on her safety (have to get ready for Safety Town next month).  we are working on crossing the street on foot and on our bike, steering, speed, traffic signs.  The next big move is to practice riding without our training wheels.  She goes back and forth on this one, but my hubby has come up with what I think is a pretty genius way to work on no training wheels.  I will clue you in more once we practice it a bit more.
We are lucky enough to live close to a great (and huge) park system, so I took a half day last week and mini me and I took her bike to the bike path to practice.  I got some running, some walking in and she pedaled away.  It was so nice.
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What fun activities are you doing with your family to get and stay active this summer?!?!
For all my Waits and Measurements fans...I hope you stop by The Journey and check out what we are doing over there...its pretty awesome!
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Monday, May 19, 2014

Treadmill...or dreadmill


Ok, so I have been REALLY good about making time for me and getting my runs in over the past month (go me)!  I have been making sure the hubs and I both have time to do what we need to as part of our training...we work hard to help each other.  You know who doesn't help and doesn't play fair though...Mother Nature.  She has been a rather nasty piece of work the past week and it looks like she is going to continue with her fickle ways for a few more weeks.  Drat!

Normally, this would be ok, but I am loving getting some running back in on a regular basis...I also have high hopes that scheduling will work out for me to do a 5K the first weekend in June!  So as to not be totally thwarted by Mama Nature, the hubs and I hit the indoor track one day last week and the other day we hit the dreadmill treadmill.  The indoor track was fine and would be the better option from here on out if I could just remember to count my laps :)  I was okay at the start...but between dodging college students, listening to the C25K interval changes and pushing faster to get closer to the big fan...I lost track.

The C25K has a GPS tracker in the program, but when you are on a 200 meter track not really moving too much...it doesn't really register.  So the next day that I needed to get a run in I opted for the treadmill.  I figured at least I would know how far I ran with the treadmill and wouldn't have to burden my poor brain (LOL) with counting.  So I hoped on the treadmill, set my incline and set to it.  I felt so good after a while that I didn't even take all of the walk breaks.  So imagine my surprise when I got to the end and hadn't even gotten to the 3 mile mark.  I have been hitting that since the first week.  Even after not running for a year, I was able to break 3 miles in my first outing. 

When I got home, the hubs told me a matching story from his treadmill experience, and he covers his display so he can't see the distance while he is running so he was SUPER surprised.  I kept trying to push harder and harder but to no avail.  It was so depressing! 

So...has anyone else ever noticed this discrepancy?  I feel so treadmill cheated!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Healthy Heart, Happy Heart

me on my run
This is me in all  my sun squinty glory!  You may not be able to tell, but I am pretty happy in this pic.  Ok, you can't tell but come on now, I'm blinded by the sun and trying to take a selfie while running. :)  I have made mention MANY times before (Running Along, Have running shoes, can travel, Re-program my run, Put my face on the milk carton!) my love of running.  I used to run multiple times a week...then the doc said no more when I was prego with mini me.  After that little ball of perfection came forth, I started again and things weren't quite right...but I muddled through.  Then I broke my foot (and didn't realize it) and after a year of on again off again pain, had to have surgery.  Since that point...I have been trying to find a show that didn't feel like it was basically killing my feet when I run/workout/etc.  I am hoping that the most recent order I made is my "knight in shining treads"...more on that is to come though in a later post. 

I decided to start the couch to 5K program, well I talked about it and the good ole hubs actually pushed me into finally starting...and I am LOVING it!  I forgot JUST how good that runners high can be.  I'm easing back in and just loving it.  It's my time for just me...and my kiddos are loving seeing me go!  Now, I've said before on my face book page that I have been lucky enough to join the ranks of three other AMAZING writers on another blog page as well, The Journey, and I hope you will check us out over there too!  Lots of great things happening!  Well last week to get ready to kick off Get Active America Week I talked about this whole "getting back into running thing."  I it has been go time ever since.

Something different this time around is where I am running.  To keep it as easy as possible to start, I am just running in my neighborhood.  I used to be a trail runner...and then was relegated to the treadmill when the weather didn't cooperate...but this time I am just hitting the pavement (literally)  which means no excuses!  C25K is a 3 day a week program, so as long as I check the forecast...I am good to go.  It rained and rained yesterday so as I was leaving work I bundles up in my raincoat, got on my rain boots and headed down the 3 flights of stairs...imagine my surprise when it was sunny and beautiful!  I mean, I went for a short walk at lunch and it was MISERABLE...so this was practically a miracle.  My first thought...I can run tonight!

So I am on track...and loving it.  I am making my heart happy and healthy and making time for me and being cheered on (literally) by my family!  What an amazing feeling.  I am so blessed.  On top of that...we are continuing our "get outside when you can" plans with the kids and being active and playing outdoors whenever the weather allows.  So after dinner last night and before family dog walk time...mini me and I got in some badminton, bubble mowing and chalk drawing.  Then it was dog walk, bath, treat and bed right before the storms rolled back in.  All this healthy activity is making my heart healthy yes...but this precious time with my family is what is REALLY making my heart happy!!

my beauty making something beautiful




Add on to ALL of this excitement the fact that I just found out yesterday that I was selected to be an I'm Fit Possible Ambassador!!!  I feel like this is the start of a wonderful windfall of good fortune due to good health!  How exciting!