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Irritable Syndrome

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Irritable Syndrome is something that I coined a while back... it's when I feel lacking in energy and feel irritable towards everything. I am blaming the weather and my low sugar right now (and anything else that I can). Yesterday I was feeling a bit under the weather and rightfully so since the weather dropped about twenty degrees overnight and does not look like it's able to pick itself up either anytime soon. It is amazing at how our attitudes are directed by Mother Nature.

In my attempt to pick myself up I'm planning on sweating out the bad while trying out Jillian Michael's Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism DVD and running if it doesn't rain too much outdoors. Maybe that will help...

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LAURAKOHORST 12/2/2009 11:44AM

    I pray that you'll soon be over the "Irritable Syndrome" soon. Exercise and a positive attitude will help. Get your endorphins working and you'll be better in no time. Hope your day ends beautifully. emoticon

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MAINEACK 12/2/2009 11:35AM

    Exercise is VERY helpful in getting your mood back on track. Try making a list of those things you are grateful for too. That always seems to help me. Hang in there, just remember that the sun IS behind those clouds.

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Just Ten Days!!!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Even though I am far from counting my age in years, I am thrilled to countdown until my husband and my birthday! Ten more days and now I am in the process of trying to figure out how to make a delicious cake but with very little calories. A birthday without a cake is not a birthday in my opinion - at least since we have the same birthday we can have the ability to say it is just once a year! Here are some samples of ideas for our birthday cake this year - it's my year to get a birthday cake that I want.. haha Who cares if I have to make it myself... (Yes, I am addicted to Hello Kitty and I only wish I could say it is an addiction from living in Japan but unfortunately it started well before my years there...) We will of course use natural sugar substitute like agave nectar but.... Suggestions on how to make it healthy and few calories?

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3CATSLEP 12/1/2009 10:39PM

    Did you make those? They are so adoreable!!! I've done the soda cake and it's a definite winner!! emoticon

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KARVY09 12/1/2009 12:34PM

    How adorable! I split a piece of cake with my husband for my birthday yesterday and it was delicious AND I was full afterwards!

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    Use applesauce instead of shortening or butter. I love those pictures. Have lots of people over - you get a small cake and make sure everyone else gets big pieces so it is all gone.

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MYBULLDOGS 12/1/2009 8:57AM

    the cakes are beautiful. just eat a small piece and freeze the rest.

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IMAFATAZZ2 12/1/2009 8:55AM

  did you know that you can bake a cake using a diet soda???

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Turkey Trot Update

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Thanks to everyone for thinking about me on Thanksgiving Day and those weeks up until my first 5K race. It was a stressful three weeks of learning how to run and then actually running my first ever race! Even through the tough times, it was a fun experience and I am thinking towards the next one in the future, maybe.

Thanksgiving Day: We woke up to a very dark day when everyone but my husband and I were awake before even the country roosters. It was rainy and visibility was less than preferred. Yes, it was the perfect North American winter morning that one should normally stay in bed and sleep until at least the sunshine peeks through the clouds. But at last, the two of us grudgingly drug ourselves out from under the covers of our now warm bed to get dressed and eat a small breakfast. My husband, the more experienced cross country racer, decided on a nice selection of two pieces of toast with peanut butter and half a Cliff Builders' Bar. Me, along with my nerves, choose half a lemon Luna Bar which was the perfect sweet but savor taste for my pre-run tastebuds.

After about 40 minutes in the car, we finally arrived to the destination of the race and found that only about ten cars were there. We later found out that many people, although they are speeders at heart, are not usually on-time for the race. Around 500 people showed up (200 more than they had expected from results last year). Seeing that about 300 of these people were late we had to wait an extra thirty minutes to start the race which left all of us standing outdoors in 30F/-1.11C!!! It wasn't the best weather for a standing waiting for the beginning of a race but hey, at least it was only sprinkling at this time.

Finally the race was to begin and we found out that everyone was to start at the same time in a large mosh-pit style run. Image 500 people in a small area trying to run toward the same direction within orange cones that was really setup for 200 less people... Unlike my previous assumptions, the race did not begin with a shotgun but I was soon to find out why many people like the sound to be able to start... Since this was a smaller race the organizers decided it would be amusing to just scream out "3,2,1 GO!" Yes that would be without a microphone or anything so that people could actually hear the start of the race. So, let's just say we were asking if the race had started or not... After we finally saw the front of the crowd moving, we finally got to move also and start running. There was a time lag though since many people were unsure in front of us too. I learned that we did not want to be in the back of the crowd because it was very difficult to pass people, especially slow people that I later found out from my husband, had intended to move around so that people could not pass them. I never knew that people actually moved right in front of other people so that they could not pass - I'm competitive but I guess not in that sense. In addition, there were children in the race that kept trying to run really fast for about 30 seconds and then stop right in front of us. We still are not sure where the parents were of these children but it was a hard to get used to almost falling of a child that has just run in front of us and then stopped completely. It's all a new learning experience for me to say in the least.

Haha If the start of the race were not bad enough, we also found out that there were to be no tracking chips (we kind of figured since it was a smaller race). So, there was one (yes, I know, ONE?!) person with a time watch for all 500 people running that day. The time watch was started at the beginning of the race when we were still scratching our heads and looking for clues to see if the race had started. It was a very strange experience but at least we finished. So, the one person tracking our run said that I finished around 33:19:16 in total. Strangely enough my husband and I finished at the same time and he was tracked slower than me. haha So, we have learned that if we do this charity run next year we are going to take our watch and track our own time because we are not confident in our times at all. We conversed afterward and think that with the speed that we were going, we probably finished around 30-31 minutes in total.

Even though we are still really unsure of our completion time we are really proud of our accomplishment from this last month. It was really nice to get up in the morning on Thanksgiving and get started on exercise and actually run in a race before eating all those calories. Even though I am thankful I do not have to run up that muddy large hill again (twice in the official race) I am thankful to have run in our first race together and make a difference in the charity we were supporting.

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ANEPANALIPTI 12/1/2009 5:36PM

    FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The waiting can be annoying.... Here's to many more! :D :D

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DIGISCRAPPY 12/1/2009 1:19PM

    We all started our Turkey Trot in the huge "mosh pit," as you described it, too. (Love that... I confess... I'm a bit of a metalhead.) We had about 1500 runners, so being in the back (to keep adrenaline at bay), it took quite a while just to get to the starting line. And then... the runners in front of me stopped when they crossed the finish line... forcing me to slow down, then go around them. Ugh! And then we had a totally unscientific method for determining official finish times - so all the finish times got screwed up. For 1500 people! Plus the kids that stopped to tie their shoe right in other runners' paths... some narrow portions of the course that made it nearly impossible to pass slower runners... a few huge puddles that I had no choice but to run through.

Yeah, I feel your pain on the competitiveness and less-than-optimal race conditions.

But, at least it counts as running experience, if nothing else!

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KARVY09 12/1/2009 12:31PM

    Hey, you still had a great time, even if it wasn't entirely accurate. I definitely recommend that next time you do a big race like the Race for the Cure with the timers and all professionally run. My Trot was about the same as yours. We started late and I didn't realize we'd started until everyone in front of me was off!


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    Congrats. You did well - each race is an experience unto itself. I would say you did awesome. Don't think I would of been willing to wait for 30 minutes for the rest of the racers to show up. I think the most we have waited was about 5 minutes....

You did awesome!!!

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Cute Cartoons

Sunday, November 22, 2009

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MIRDREAMS 11/23/2009 9:39AM

    Thanks for a smile!

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3CATSLEP 11/22/2009 9:15PM

    That was great! emoticon emoticon

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ANEPANALIPTI 11/22/2009 6:43PM

    Awwww... thanks for the lightheartedness, we need it! :D

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 11/22/2009 11:20AM

    Thanks for the laughs this morning! Kind of keeps it all in perspective.

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TRIGFROST 11/22/2009 10:56AM

    I love Cartoons like these, I collectthem from New Papers... Your are pretty good ones... tahnks for Sharing.. Send them over to my sparkpage... emoticon

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MSOREED 11/22/2009 10:41AM

    I needed a good laugh emoticon emoticon

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THETRACYSR 11/22/2009 10:37AM

  Hee Hee Hee....

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3rd Week in November Results

Sunday, November 22, 2009

It's hard to believe that already it is the third week in November and a few days until Thanksgiving! This Thanksgiving I have a lot to be Thankful for such as selling our house after moving to another state and also losing some more weight while learning how to become a runner! It is all very exciting and I am thankful I am able to see this day come and for all the blessings (good and bad) that God gives me daily. It is a blessing to be a child in the house of the Lord! On to the results:

emoticon Pounds Lost: 1 more pound! It has been a long time since I have been able to say that I have lost a good amount of weight, I have a very slow metabolism so it takes extra long to lose even one pound. Thankfully I am sticking to my reduced diet plan of 1200 calories and burning off around 3000 calories a week or more. Usually to lose a pound one must have a difference of 3500 calories but with my body it seems like 6000 calories is the key. So, I am averaging around 1 pound per week that I am losing. Not good but not that bad either. I am seeing a change in my body inches and my abs are becoming more pronounced which my husband is adoring.

emoticon Total Time: 0 Minutes! Weight lifting has been a downfall in our household again this week. It is always my intention to go lift some weights at the gym however after a long 5K training run I am so tired and only have enough energy to take a shower and cook a healthy full course meal... Does lifting the ten pound cat or dog count?

emoticon 18 Miles Ran! This week has been a challenging week since my DH and I have had a lot on our plates for work. It is the crunch time before the holidays to get things completed so we haven't had the time to get things done with exercise as much as we had hoped. We want to run outdoors as much as possible however it has been raining and also it has been very cold. These two things on top of the sun going down earlier is all creating a new challenge in our lives. It is something that we have to work around so that we can workout 6-7 times a week as I always want to do. This week we gave ourselves a few days in-between to relax so that we didn't tire our muscles for the Turkey Trot. It seems to have worked and my DH is having better luck with his sore back (he pinched a ligament). Next week we plan on training hard on Monday and Tuesday and taking off on Wednesday. Then Thursday is the big day!!!

Overall Lost: (Not that bad when I look at it)
Thigh: 2 inches
Chest: 4.5inches
Arm: 1 inch
Weight: 13 pounds
Waist: 11 inches
Hips: 6 inches
Neck: .5 inches

emoticon Our third week ironically was our worst week for getting out and running however it did contain our best run ever! We ran a 31 minute 28 second 5K run. We have some more to go however we plan on getting it down to 30 minutes by race day. It does plan to have a mixture of snow/rain on that day though so we may be slightly slower than we have wished but we will try our hardest to meet our goal!
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YOUCANLOSEIT 11/22/2009 10:33AM

  I love your blog! It makes me want to go to the gym. :) Keep up the good work!

ps. I've lost about 15 pounds in 5 months... but it's OFF FOREVER! :)

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