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Update!

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Wow, it's been a long time since I wrote anything...so let's play catch up:

I ran my first 5k on Saturday, July 28. It was extremely hot and humid, but I managed to finish in 30:07. Not my best time by far, but given the weather I'll take it. Monday I ran 5k in 28:34, which is really more my speed. Today I ran 6.5 miles, a new record distance for me...so, while I'm feeling good about that, I've decided to train for a half-marathon in November. It's not that far off of the running I've been doing, but it'll give my runs some structure and a little extra push towards a great goal.

My son has taken up running as well...it's so cool to watch as he improves. He's looking forward to doing the kids' races at events we go to.

I continue to lose weight, even though I'm mostly on maintenance now...and I'm still losing inches too! I'm fitting into more 6s, and my running shorts are now a size SMALL...they're not unisex either! It's smaller than I ever anticipated being, but I'm certainly not complaining.

Life-wise, things are the same....until next week. There are major changes in store for me....I've already posted about them a couple times, but I'll actually post something here when everything's settled.

I guess that's about it for now...I'll try to keep my blog more updated!

  
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SLCOLMAN 8/9/2007 10:55AM

    Congrats on the 5Ks and the new distance!!

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LILHLFPINT 8/9/2007 10:08AM

    (congratulations on the 5k!

good luck with all the big changes in your life. stay strong and positive!)

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How do you explain whales?

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

A friend sent me an email today that asked - "If swimming is so good for your figure, how do you explain whales?" I thought it was really funny.

This Saturday night is my big debut - my first 5k! I only started running in April, and I'm not worried about placing...but I would be totally stoked to cross the finish line in 30 minutes or less! Today I ran a 5k in 29:30...so there's hope. If nothing else, I'll have a race time to improve on next go around! Really, I'm incredibly nervous, and I'm not sure why.

Mom's still in the hospital, back in ICU, back on a ventilator. She's simply not strong enough to breathe on her own...very sad to see, and I hope she's feeling better soon!

House problems persist...it's a bummer, but I see a change in the future. Not making it public yet, but things are set to improve.

I got my car back from the body shop last Saturday. It's beautiful again! Drives really well too...I'm thoroughly pleased with the work performed. Yay!

Life goes on...stil struggling to reach my minimum calories, and my husband is still being a royal pest about my eating habits and my weight loss....but I don't let it get to me, I'm healthy and working on being healthier.

  
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LILHLFPINT 7/26/2007 9:55AM

    (lol at the whale comment. that reminds me of something my mentee once said. she wanted to learn to surf and i told her i wasn't sure if i could surf because i thought maybe i was too fat [in my head i was picturing girls with hard bodies in tiny bikinis surfing] and she said 'i'm sure you can surf, whales can swim!'.)

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The "A" word and other issues...

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

My husband and I are having some issues, mostly trust-related. These problems haven't been helped with my weight loss and the fact that I now look great, I'm thin and healthy for the first time ever in our marriage.

I'm not sure what my husband's problem is...but he's convinced I'm killing myself through starvation. I have relatively current pictures on my sparkpage...I'm not even close to emaciated. I current weigh 167, looking to get to 165 or so. My calorie range is 1760-2010, and I'm usually a little under, as you can see in my tracker. Occasionally I'm over too. I eat mostly healthy foods...I'm not "anorexic" as my husband claims. I've never had an eating disorder, unless overeating is a disorder. We go rounds on this, he'll actually scream at me that "whoever" is telling me I still have weight to lose can have my life insurance proceeds when I die, he'd rather have me alive. Ummmm...I'm alive and healthy and have ever intention of staying that way. Can you believe my husband yelled at me for 3 hours on Monday about this? I don't mean to make my husband sound like some sort of control freak, but....I don't understand his issue.

Otherwise, my mediocre life continues. My mom's still in the hospital, had a relapse yesterday and is headed back to ICU in a hurry. She likens her situation to my dog, which we had to put down due to hip displaysia, poor thing couldn't walk anymore...and my mom sees herself in the same condition. Really depressing...the only thing that keeps me happy is the fact that I'm thin, and I can run. Otherwise, life kinda sucks...which means it can only get better, right?

  
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ASYNJA 7/18/2007 5:56PM

    *hugggs* It sounds like you are having a horrible time. Do you eat with your husband? Is it maybe because he doesn't see you eat, or eat in volume? Maybe he is just worried that you are obsessing and hopes the A word will snap you out of "it" and help you be your "normal" self again. (sorry about the quotation marks, but it is so you don't read it wrong). Some people don't get lifestyle changes well, and it really really scares them.

Or is he jealous? He'd never admit it. I think you look good and fit, but maybe he feels jealous of your healthy lifestyle (and determination).

Whatever it is, it is good there there is at least some sort of venting and communication. Maybe try working on the root problem. He might be afraid that he'll lose his hot wifey!

I'm sorry about your mom too. If you are just there and bright and cheery around her, it might be contagious. Your son might help cheer her up too. Remind her of all the good things in her life :)

Sorry for the random post from a stranger. I found you via c25k, and I felt the need to respond.

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PHILLYGIRL2012 7/18/2007 3:41PM

    I'm sorry to read about your mom. You are right, life can only get better. As far as your husbands views, I just read about this in dear abby. One story was that the husband lost some weight and the wife revolted and put on weight because she said his efforts were silly. You can never help how people will interpret what you do and I don't have a clue how you would help your husband understand that you are not killing yourself. I hope his views will change very soon.

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Best.Cake.Ever. (Healthy too!)

Monday, July 09, 2007

Okay, I've never been much of a cook, and learning how to cook stuff that's healthy AND tastes good has been a challenge for me. Tonight went really great...my first time ever cooking salmon, and it turned out yummy! I took the fillet and brushed it with a tiny bit of oil, then put it on some aluminum foil. I added some garlic, lemon juice, and pepper, wrapped it up and put it on the grill for 15 minutes. Great taste, and even I couldn't screw it up.

But what blew me away tonight was my chocolate cupcakes. It was a recipe I found on the message boards here. Take a box of Devil's Food cake mix, combine with a 15 oz. can pumpkin, divide into 12 muffin cups and bake at 400 for 20 minutes. These are awesome!!! Really soft, LARGE portions, and chocolately. I ate mine with 1/4 cup low-fat vanilla ice cream. WONDERFUL.

  
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CAGIRAFFE 7/12/2007 12:43PM

    Just the pumpkin. It'll look like you're not going to have enough moisture, and the batter is really thick...but they come out sooo soft and chewy, almost like a brownie. And assuming you make 12 (which is the serving size on the cake box), they're HUGE cupcakes.

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Life sucks.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

My life seems to be one big downward spiral these days...

Most of the problems I posted about before are still with us. Still don't have our mortgage situation resolved, and it's been nearly another month now. Mom's still in the hospital, and she's not doing well. Tomorrow will be her third surgery..and the doctor isn't optimistic about her prognosis, everything seems to be going wrong. The latest developments include an antibiotic-resistant infection, which means that my son can't see her at all, and the rest of us have to wear gowns, gloves, booties, and masks. Yuck. I hate to see her in that condition, and I feel guilty when I don't visit. I can't win.

To make matters worse, my car was totaled yesterday by some jacka$$ who got his driver's license from a Cracker Jack box. I was waiting at a stop sign to turn onto a highway by my house. Mr. Cracker Jack was driving a truck and trailer on that highway at a rate of speed faster than the posted speed limit because he was "late for work" (his words, not mine). About 300 feet before passing me, at a bend in the road, the trailer came unhitched from the truck...and proceeded straight into my car at 60 miles per hour. The impact obliterated the front end of my car, but failed to stop the trailer, which continued down the highway until it took out a highway sign and a chain link fence. The trailer was totaled as well. In speaking with Mr. Cracker Jack and the friendly cop who came to take a report, I discovered that 1) the trailer likely became unhitched because the guy used the wrong size ball for the hitch, 2) the safety chain was rusted through, and snapped in half instead of holding the trailer to the truck, 3) the trailer was rigged with brakes, which the guy didn't bother to hook up, and 4) the guy had just purchased this truck last week after getting into an accident with his other truck because the load he was hauling on this very same trailer was too heavy. Now, I tow a trailer on a regular basis, and I know it takes a certain amount of skill - but it's not rocket science. It pisses me off that this guy couldn't take the care or time necessary to properly attach his trailer and/or drive at a safe speed for his truck/trailer combination. Then, to make matters worse, I contacted his insurance company to file a claim and see about getting something else to drive...and they're not sure he was covered in his new truck, and actually had the nerve to tell me they hadn't decided who was at fault! What the hell?!? I ended up going through my insurance company to secure a rental car and get the claim started...and let's just say that right about now, I'm very grateful for my collision and uninsured motorist coverage. I haven't heard officially that my car is totaled, but I know what it's worth, and I'd be very surprised if the cost of the damage doesn't exceed that amount. It pisses me off that I'm at a huge inconvenience because of Mr. Cracker Jack's stupidity. I LOVED my car. I have a 2003 Ford Escape. I've had it since it was brand new, and for nearly 119,000 miles it's been running perfectly(Yes, I do a LOT of driving). I had hoped to put another 100,000 miles on it. I don't want a new car, I don't want a new car payment, and with the mortgage situation being what it is, I doubt I could get a loan right now anyways. But I'm also concerned that if the insurance company elects to put my car back together, it'll never be the same...so I lose either way, thanks to Mr. Cracker Jack.

With everything else that's going on, I'm supposed to be working overtime and actually accomplishing something at work. I haven't had the energy or the focus necessary to get things done, and that bothers me....but not enough so I gain some focus, just enough that it adds to the stress.

I guess that's all for now...

  
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RHALES199 6/29/2007 12:39AM

    Hey there, girl!! I saw your post on the tall ladies forum. So sorry to hear about that rotten car accident. I would have been FUMING, too!! What A jerk and idiot Cracker Jack was (could he have been the same dingbat that came and mowed down my flowers today... or did they at least have the same 'IDIOT' gene, or something???).

My hubby is disabled. I can definately understand how hard it is on family to have a family member sick/ in the hospital (thankfully, dh hasn't had to be in the hospital more than a few hours the whole time I've known him, but we've had more than our share of ER visits!! (not to mention Dr.'s visits!!
And there have been a few times in my life that i've felt exactly like you said you do... like absolutely nothing is going right.
I don't know what else to say, other than to let you know you're not the only one who has gone through things like this.
Now, that being said, I also hope that things will start to turn around soon for you!!
Wishing blessings to you and your family!!
Take care!!
Becky from the tall ladies team






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LITHIUMESQUE 6/27/2007 7:30PM

    I wish you many many blessings and luck.

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