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I'm 38, I'm married to a great guy and I have three wonderful kids aged six and under. Life is good! But I do get tired and at times, overwhelmed. My day will often go by in a whirlwind of making meals, taking care of people and running kids around. It's easy to let my own needs fall to the bottom of my list, and that's not good for anyone. Joining SP is my attempt to focus on my own needs. For a bit of a laugh (I hope) check out my very primitive blog: RelaxedParenting.blogspot.com
I'm 38, I'm married to a great guy and I have three wonderful kids aged six and under. Life is good! But I do get tired and at times, overwhelmed. My day will often go by in a whirlwind of making meals, taking care of people and running kids around. It's easy to let my own needs fall to the bottom of my list, and that's not good for anyone. Joining SP is my attempt to focus on my own needs. For a bit of a laugh (I hope) check out my very primitive blog: RelaxedParenting.blogspot.com




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Member Since: 11/26/2009

SparkPoints: 2,832

Fitness Minutes: 2,730

My Goals:
Work out 5 days a week.


Track my food every day.

My Program:
Dukan diet
Insanity workouts 2 x per week
Doing more outdoors, less indoors.
Walking the kids to school and activities.


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P90X

Insanity

yoga

pilates

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DEEO12
6/4/2012 7:34:46 PM

Glad to hear you have done well for a year in maintance mode. WTG, that is huge!!!! emoticon



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DEEO12
5/28/2012 8:54:43 AM

Thank you for the goodie! Also because i know you read my blog posts about my eldest daughter . I thought i give you another update. She is doing awesome. She has a job and a boyfriend of 6 months and they came to visit May long weekend. This was the first time i met her boyfriend. All those years of raising a teen has now paid off and she and i get along and talk all the time on the phone.

Now to get through my oldest daughter who is starting her teen years . Ahhhh lol.

Thanks for all the comments , emails and helping me through those rough times. emoticon



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DEEO12
11/30/2011 11:49:27 AM

Thank you for the comment. As time has moved on my daughter is now living back at her dads and we are getting a long much better. She is 20 now and has grown up alot. She is now holding 3 jobs and we talk on the phone all the time. Things are great these days. emoticon



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RANNADANNA
11/17/2011 10:40:05 PM

(It occurs to me I just penned a novela on your SparkPage. Sorry!)



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RANNADANNA
11/17/2011 10:39:09 PM

OMG, I checked out your blog, and I LOVE it! I've just read a few of the entries but can't wait to take my time and peruse. You're so talented! Good for you for taking the time to do this!

As for the run, I'm not particularly brave when not wielding my sword. As a matter of fact, seeing as how the principle purpose of said sword is slicing roast beast, homemade cured salmon, or the like, I don't feel particularly tough even with it in hand. Mostly just hungry.

I made a deal with myself that, at least for now, my health and fitness take first priority. Trump all. That means that I do whatever I have to do to get my workouts in, at the first possible chance, every day. After daylight savings ended, I've been getting up early in the morning to run before my kids are up. During the weekdays, I get up at between 5:30 and 6:00, run somewhere between 3 and 10 miles, depending on the day and my training schedule, and get home in time to get my kids ready for school and send them on their way. If, for some reason, I don't make it out the door, I'm already in my running clothes and shoes, and I just stay that way until I have a chance to go. Which means, sometimes, when I park my car and walk my son into his preschool class, my run starts as soon as my feet hit the sidewalk outside his school. Sometimes it's parking my car at the grocery store and doing a quick run before actually going in and shopping. Or that I park at my son's school half and hour before he gets out, and I knock out a quick 3 miles then. It's tricky when I have the kids with me. Sometimes the dreadmill is my only option. I detest running on the treadmill so much, it's motivation to manage my time better to be able to run outside.

I know that SP touts that three 10 minute workouts throughout the day are as good as one 30 minute workout; this just isn't the case with running. If I can't run for at least 30 or 40 minutes at a time, I try to re-work things so that I can. Hard to build up any kind of endurance or stamina if I did multiple short runs. Plus, my body doesn't 'learn' how to properly use glycogen and fat stores. But if you have 30 minutes at a time, it's certainly enough to get your workout in. Are you on a specific training program? What kind of mileage are you aiming for each week?

Sunrise right now is at about 6:30, so even when I'm out running early, it isn't dark for long. I have a few go-to runs: sometimes I run around my neighborhood (not scary at all), sometimes along the beach (even really early, all the runners are out; sometimes it's so chatty and social as to be cocktail party-ish. Heck, even the vagrants know to expect me and chide me when I don't keep up with my runs!). I do my long runs on Saturdays with my group; sometimes when my schedule just doesn't allow, I'll go by myself, but really, there are so many people out running here, even at 4:00 am (don't ask how I know!) that I haven't ever felt isolated. Could just be I lack common sense.

This is probably way, way TMI. (You're sorry you asked now, aren't you?!) Anyway, I think if there's any way you can go first thing in the morning, you're better off. Please be safe: get a headlamp if it's dark (Amazon has several models at around $15). Run without headphones or just with one; be vigilant and alert. If there's a running group in your area, maybe think about joining; even if you don't do all your runs with them, you'll meet other runners who can be your running buddies.

So, have you gone on any runs lately? I did an easy 4 miles today. The weather was perfect: cloudy and cool.

I can't wait to check out the rest of your blog!



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