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Monday, December 22, 2014

I havenít blogged in a while, so I figured I just give everyone a quick update on how everything has been. Everything has been going great, Iíve been busy at work. I had a bunch of use or lose vacation planned off for the Christmas break, unfortunately we had some unexpected things pop up at work so I will be working on those. The good news is I will be able to do that from home so at least I wonít have the 3 hour commute.

Iíve been working on my half marathon training. I have a schedule that I have been following. Although my half isnít until May, I decided to start the training early and just run some of the training weeks a few times to try to get my stamina and speed up better. So far I am loving it. I love that fact that the distances change throughout the week. Example: 1 day a week you have a long run, 1 day a moderate distance, and 1 day a short run. My long run days have been really building up my confidence. There are days when I start out I will initially think, ďIím never going to make thisĒ, and by the end of it Iím thinking ďI can actually go furtherĒ. What Iím doing on my short run days is increasing my speed since I know I donít have as far to go and just running the distance faster. Itís really been helping me out a lot. I keep my training schedule on my refrigerator and being able to see my progress as I go along is helping me. Iím still at the point when Iím looking at the end of the training schedule and thinkingÖhow am I ever going to do those distances??? But as Iím slowly able to conquer the long run days my confidence is getting there. Last year I would never have said I would be able to run 5 miles without walking, and now Iím doing it!!

My Christmas shopping is finally done, yay! I spent yesterday making cookies for Santa with my 5 year old (who loves to bake), so I think I added that pound back on that I lost last weekÖeeerrghhh, sweets are my ENEMY!! I hope everyone has a great Christmas!!

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NHES220 12/22/2014 3:27PM

    Good for you on starting your training early! You will be glad you did especially if other things get in the way later on. You will be amazed that you can and will do those distances, I know I was!

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5K Turkey Trot!

Monday, December 01, 2014

I ran my first 5k race on Thanksgiving Day and I LOVED it! My two boys ran the Kids Fun Race and they loved it tooÖI think weíve all found our new addiction. We even talked my 9 year old niece Samantha into running the Kidís Fun Race as well! We started the night out Wednesday night by having my niece spend the night since we were going to have to get everyone up so early anyway, and so my boys were just so excited to have her stay over that they were jumping off of the walls and I thought I was going to have trouble getting them to stop talking and go to sleep, but it was actually easier than I thought.

Thursday morning I woke everyone up at 5:15 because Samantha had to be lined up for her race at 7:00. I was really happy that she was excited about this, because she doesnít really like to exercise or do anything sports related. My 7 year old sonís race was next, and he was really ready to go. We werenít sure if he was going to be able to run or not because he still has a broken elbow, but when he had his doctorís appointment last week his doctor took more x-rays and said it was okay for him to start moving around more and he cleared him to do this race. So since Tyler had pretty much been cooped up for 3 weeks he was like a pistol ready to go (weighted down with a splint). He ran his mile in 7 min 40 seconds!

Next up was my 5 year old, whoís normally pretty shy, but the excitement of everyone at the race got to him as well and he was ready to run also (although he did ask my husband to run behind him). His race was Ĺ mile, and he finished it in 4 min 46 secondsÖhe was too cute. He left my poor husband in the dust who had trouble keeping up with him!

Next up was my 5k. My goal was to finish it in 41 minutes which was the fastest Iíve ever done it at home. It was soooo crowded, there was over 3000 people registered for the race. I was worried about how cold it was as well, since it was only 35 degrees. Normally when I run Iím in my nice heated house on my treadmill not dealing with the weather, and my toes were FROZEN! When my wave was finally released I just tuned in to my music and was pleasantly surprised that I was not only managing to keep up with everybody, but some people I was actually passing. I donít know why I still have it stuck in my mind that I will always be the slowest person out there. And the cold actually turned out to be a good thing Ė it was a nice run when you actually got about 1 mile in! I was SO HAPPY when I finished the race with a time of 36 minutes and 13 seconds emoticon !

Below is a picture of me with my 2 sons and my niece after the race. My youngest son looks so sad because we just told him that we were having turkey for dinnerÖnot his favorite. Life is hard when you are 5! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

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NHES220 12/1/2014 1:38PM

    Congrats on your first official 5k and you had a very good time! Way to go getting the kids out there too. I ran a Turkey Trot too and two of my nieces ran it - Audrey is 12 and Molly 10. It was Audrey's first official 5k and everyone had a great time. A chilly morning around 23 degrees and it probably helped me run faster!

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NATURALLYME126 12/1/2014 11:31AM

    This is awesome! You are a good Mommy and Aunt. Congrats hun!

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NITTINNANA 12/1/2014 9:37AM

    Great accomplishment for ALL of you!

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Stress - Kids; Broken Bones and Homework.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

So Iíve been pretty busy lately between work, the kids, and fitting my exercise in, and Iíve been pretty stressed out on some things that have been going on with the kids. Iíve been stress eating (binging on Halloween candy, etc), which is not a good thing, but Iíve also been relieving my stress by doing a lot of stress exercising (example, zoning out on the treadmill to escape for a while). This week alone I walked two 10ks.

Works been busy. I have a lot of use or lose days planned off for the holiday time frame, however it looks like Iím not going to be able to take them all because of things that are popping up at work. The good news I should be able to work from home on the days planned, but the bad news is I will probably loose some of those vacation days. Oh well, at least I wonít have the commute.

My 7 year old broke his bone up against his elbow last week. He was playing soccer with a friend and they were both going for the ball at the same time and crashed into each other. First broken bone for us with either of the kids. Heís in a lot of pain, is in a splint and sling, and heís not sleeping well. Heís also miserable because during recess and gym he has to read a book because he canít do any physical activity. Poor guy. Heíll be in the splint and sling for 2-5 weeks while this heals.

Tuesday evening I had parent teacher conferences with both my 7 and 5 year old teachers (2nd grade and Kindergarten). Because they were at the same time my husband took the 5 year olds and I took the 7 year old. When my husband came out of my youngest sonís conference, he was noticeably upset and irritated. We always joke around about my youngest being the mouth of the south, heís a talker. Heís been struggling in kindergarten to catch on and I think most of that stems from him not wanting to stop talking and settle down and concentrate on the work. Because of that heís getting some extra reading help from a resource teacher. During the conference the resource teacher asked my husband if weíve ever had him tested for ADHD by his pediatrician. At that point the teacher saw the pissed off look on my husbands face and said ďOh, we are not saying thatĒ. Ok, but your resource teacher just did. Iím just so sick and sad that my sonís personality, that I know and love, which I know is a whirlwind of motion and talking, is viewed by other people as, oh, he must have ADHD. I mean, heís 5.

My husband and I have been doing some talking over the last few days, and we are not going to get him tested just because someone who is not a doctor, psychiatrist, or someone from some other medical profession has decided that my 5 year old son has ADHD because of his high energy and slowness on catching on to the curriculicum. Our plan of action is to eliminate all sugar from his diet, and add more homework and workbook time in the evenings after school, which is kind of sad, because he already has a full day of school and is already doing 30 minutes of homework at night (between reading and schoolwork), so this will be about 45 Ė 1 hour of homework at night. At what point do you have too much homework/work during the day for a 5 year old? However, at the same time I want to make sure he is able to catch up with his peers and not fall behind.

This is all new to me as the 7 year old catches on fast and always has his homework done by the time I pick him up after work.

AnywayÖsorry to ramble on so muchÖbeen kinda stressed and just venting a little. I hope everyone has a good week!

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GYPSYGOTH 11/17/2014 9:12AM

    Poor kiddo with his broken bone... apparently a pretty common occurrence if you have an active kid... hopefully it won't happen again anytime soon!

As far as the younger one goes... first of all you can't test for/diagnose ADHD until age 7, so... that's ridiculous... also I personally think it's way over-diagnosed in boys who just have a harder time sitting still. They were "watching" my son for it at that age because he's a daydreamer, always thinking about some creative idea he has instead of focusing on the task at hand unless it's really captured his imagination. There was a great article on HuffPo last week about how AHDD "tendencies" actually make for the most creative people and we should stop demonizing them. So even if that's where things end up in a few years, it's not a sentence, it's just a way of describing people whose brains are too awesome to put in the regular box emoticon

Hope the Halloween candy is all gone! emoticon
Good job on the 10Ks... wow... I wish I had a treadmill. My indoor option is the Wii Fit (free step or free jog) and it's not the best.

emoticon Hang in there, lady!

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TERI-RIFIC 11/14/2014 5:59AM

    For what it's worth- kindergarten is WAY too young to begin reading!!! I took my children out of public school due to their crazy practices. The public school system is especially geared against boys.
If you wait until a child is cognitively ready- teaching a subject ( like reading or algebra that require a step up in thinking process) is quick and easy. What they do now is start way too early and agonize over the subject. In math I used to call it re-inventing addition.
NOT being able to read is an Important phase of growth. Looking at pictures and being read to is a very important part of reading and should not be cut short.

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SUEARNOLD1 11/13/2014 10:48PM

    It's good to let it out. You don't need to keep it bottled up.

Don't let it get you down. Follow what's you know is best.


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I'm Getting Faster!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Iím getting faster with my running. Itís coming along. Out of necessity. And slowly. Everybody that reads my blogs by now knows my time crunch scenario in the evenings after work. Run home after my long commute, and within the 2 and Ĺ hours I have in the evenings I need to pick up the kids, feed them dinner, help them with their homework, and get my exercise done before their bedtime at 8:00 (because I wake everyone up at 4am to start the day over for work again). I feel like I struggle sometimes with anxiety rushing around in the evenings trying to get everything done to fit everything in, but I as soon as I get on my treadmill I can feel the stress lift off of me, and I really need that treadmill/me time. So lately Iíve been lucky to get in 50 minutes of exercise in. So my way to try to make this a tougher workout is to make my runs on the treadmill either faster or on a steeper incline. emoticon

Iíve been struggling against myself a bit because I know I signed up for that half marathon next year and I feel like I havenít been able to push myself to run further because Iím stuck in such a time slot in the evenings. On the weekends I try to push myself. Iíve been picking at least 1 day where I will do a 10K (walk/running it). I worry that this is not enough though and I feel like I should be doing more though during the week other than bumping up my speed and incline. Exercising after I put the kids to bed doesnít work either, because it just wakes me up and I would never get any sleepÖ4am just comes to early. emoticon The good news is Iím slowly starting to get my 5k time down faster. Itís still pretty slow, but Iíll take it. Iím averaging a 42 minute 5K and can consistently kick out that time. I try not to let myself feel down about the fact that I hear people in my office talk about their 30 minutes 5ks and 9 minute miles, because Iím only measuring myself against me, and my measure is that I just keep improving.

I also need to get super strict on the food front Ė and this means weekends! Iím so good during the week and just blow it on the weekends. emoticon Iíve lost 75 pounds and now that Iím down to a weight where Iím comfortable at Iíve just been coasting. But Iím 8 pounds from my ultimate goal!!! Reasons I need to get back into weight loss mode:
1) Iím only 8 pounds away from goal!
2) My plantar flasciitis is starting to bother me again in my right foot, dropping weight will help it
3) Getting lighter will help me to jog easier in my half marathon next year
4) I want to get further down into the ďhealthyĒ BMI, on some scales I still weigh in the Overweight BMI, depending on time of day, etc. Coming from the Obese BMI, I just want to be in the ďhealthyĒ range everytime I weigh in.

Have a good day everyone! emoticon

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ANDREAG89 11/3/2014 11:34AM

    I read this last week and failed to post a response. After reading it I asked myself, "What's your excuse?"

Seriously. You have obviously made time for your health and it is because of your words that I realize that I have no excuse not to make time for my own.

Thank you for being a motivator...whether you intended to or not!

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NATURALLYME126 10/30/2014 11:51AM

    That is awesome doll! You keep on doing what you feel is best for you and I know you will see the results you are looking for. Thank you for posting this blog. It helps me to remind myself that other folks are struggling too, to fit in exercise on the daily basis. It's always nice to know I am not alone. It's tough being a Mom and working fulltime. But we manage don't we? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon m

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DIANNEMT 10/28/2014 7:43PM

    Wow!! You are doing SUPER!! And my fastest 5K time was just around 35 minutes so--I'm a bit faster BUT that was measured in a RACE when the adrenaline is HIGH! Given your schedule, you do SUPER!!!

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/28/2014 11:28AM

    Woohoo - way to go!!

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Need Advice On A Fitness Tracker

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

I wanted to ask if you all for your advice if you have it on a fitness watch. I am thinking about asking for one for Christmas from my husband, but I donít know a lot about them or what would be a good type to get. What I am looking for is a watch that I can use when I exercise to track my mileage, calories burned, and pace. I would also like something that works when I am inside on the treadmill. What I am not interested in is something that is made to be worn all day Ė I do not want to wear it all day at work or while I sleep, I only want to wear while I exercise, I donít track my steps taken so wearing it all day would not be a help to me. Another thing Iím not really interested in is if it syncs up to a computer. Iím on a computer all day at work, then Iím hooked up to a work blackberry on my off hours, I donít want to be messing with a computer any more than necessary. Iím not sure if they are all made to sync up to a computer or not.

Can anyone suggest anything that might work for me? Iíd love to hear your experiences with your trackers/fitness watches, as Iíve never had one before. Thanks for your help!

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JENSTRESS 10/27/2014 4:08PM

    I have a fitbit zip, and I love it. It does sync to a computer or my phone, but you don't have to. It gives you a little more information if you do. If you don't, it is a glorified pedometer, but will count mileage, steps, calories burned etc. If you sync it, it will tell you how active your minutes were and a few other things, as well as let you track foods and such. OR you can sync it to SP.

It does not track pace or monitor your heart rate. If you add on extra activity, it might not pick it up. For example, in a 30 minute heart pounding kettlebell workout, it won't track any active minutes for me. I suppose it doesn't think that it is enough movement. Which is accurate, many of them are only a step or two, and it is like lifting weights. It also has not tracked all of my active minutes in other workouts, but that never really bothers me. I know I'm getting those workouts.

I wish you the best. Keep googling.

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NATURALLYME126 10/26/2014 1:54PM

    I too am not sure of anything that does everything you want. I currently use my HRM Polar FT4 when I exercise. It is a watch, counts calories, minutes exercised and heart rate. I use my pedometer when I am looking for something to track my miles/steps. I think you may have to use 2 things at once to do everything you are looking for. Hope this helps.

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TERI-RIFIC 10/24/2014 8:29AM

    I don't know of anything that does what you want. I've had a Spat, fitbit, and Garmin Forerunner 220. Each does some of the things you want but not all.

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SIRIUS2014 10/21/2014 7:20PM

    Best wishes.

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