Friday, April 27, 2012
This morning started off normally. Take the kids to school, go to my sister's house to spend time with her before she went to work, go to the gym for my strength training session with my trainer. I hopped on the elliptical to do my 5 minute warm up and he was there right away so we talked while I was warming up and I asked him what we were going to do. He went over the list and started saying, "run a half mile on the treadmill...." And I just looked at him and said, "Okayyyy....." I have always been afraid to start running for two reasons.
1. My knee is bad and even though it's been a lot better lately, when I least expect it, it starts to hurt sometimes.
2. I just can't get the breathing down. Or I haven't been able to.
So I decided I would just try it and see what happened. He got me on the treadmill and set it at 5.0 MPH and started it. So I started jogging.....and it was okay! I did the half mile in the 3 minutes and then he stopped me. And I didn't DIE! WOO HOO! It gave me much more confidence to maybe start a couch to 5K program and see if I could at least start jogging. I won't ever try to go very fast but I will most likely try it again soon.
Although, my friend from tae kwon do has some Insanity discs he is letting me borrow and even printed out the calendar for me so that's my next plan. Insanity! Again, a little scared, but nobody ever went anywhere without getting out of their comfort zone so let's go! I'm excited!
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and
downs I pass through,
I will continue on my journey.
I pledge to make a NEW START today,
and forgive myself for my past,
and to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to take control of myself,
To Stop making excuses,
And stop blaming other people or situations.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best
Because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race
and to be a WINNER!
signed: Leisa (Sunflowergal40)
Signed: Chris (chriskenandkids)
(from Linda S. Jayne (Geminisue)
Will you blog and post the Never Quit Pledge, today/soon?
Let's spread it through Sparks, so all can have the choice to commit!
Sunday, April 15, 2012
As some of you know I'm a creature of habit. I like my routines and really get uncomfortable when I'm out of them. I really needed this vacation with my family and loved being gone. I love road trips and we drove to Florida since it was a lot more expensive to fly the 5 of us than to drive.
We left around 8:30 p.m. on April 3rd and drove through the night to Atlanta, where Ken's best friend lives. Stayed that night in a hotel. We went to dinner and then went to Stone Mountain to see the laser light show but a thunderstorm blew through suddenly and they canceled it after about 15 minutes. The next day we went on to Florida and checked into the resort.
Last Friday we went on a tour of the Kennedy Space Center and it was really fun and interesting. The kids really liked it, too. It was good timing because we got to get fairly close to the Shuttle Discovery and they just took it to a museum so we were luck to see it.
Saturday we planned on going to Cocoa Beach but had to do a breakfast timeshare thing that was supposed to last 90 minutes but lasted almost 4 hours. It was BORING and we didn't buy one but finally we got to go to the beach. Ken and the kids spent a little time swimming in the ocean while I got a little sun and then we roamed a few shops there.
Sunday, Ken's parents came over from Clearwater where they've been staying for 2 months and we hit the pool at the hotel for a bit. Then we went to Downtown Disney and roamed around there for a while.
Monday, we parked at Epcot and took the bus to Hollywood Studios for the first part of the day. Spent some time there and then went over to Epcot for a while. It was a little bit of a bummer since we wanted to see more of each park but we made it work. We got to see my friend, Debbie, from up here since she and her husband happened to be there on the same day. It was nice to see her but really funny that we had to go all the way to Florida to spend some time together when we live about 45 minutes apart! Watched the fireworks and went back to the hotel.
Tuesday was Magic Kingdom and it's always my favorite place. We spent the whole day there and even got back to Epcot to see the Captain Eo show since my daughter is a huge Michael Jackson fan and we didn't get to see it the day before. Got back to Magic Kingdom and spent the rest of the day there. My feet and legs were SO SORE by the end since we had to stand a lot to see the parade and the fireworks and I was really glad to sit down that evening!
We were so tired after two days at the parks but the last time we went I was about 50 pounds heavier so it was A LOT easier to walk around. I didn't get sore the first day at all and that's a huge surprise. But it was awesome! :)
The bad part of the vacation was the eating out. We did have a lot of meals at the condo since we had a full kitchen and usually had breakfast there and leftovers a couple of times for lunch or dinner. But the most part we ate out. We did stop at a Subway twice and I usually found a place for a salad but I just couldn't keep my hands off the kids' plates! If they didn't finish their chicken nuggets - I had one - or two. I had fries almost every day from their plates. I had some of their dessert one day. We got chips and salsa for an appetizer one night and nobody else ate them but me. Ugh! That's why we don't eat out. I have no self control with that! My idea for the next time is to eat my own portion and then chew a piece of gum to keep my hands away from the kids' plates!
Then we left Wednesday morning to come home. Went to Atlanta again and had dinner with Ken's friend but then went back to the hotel and I got in a 5K on the hotel treadmill. Thursday morning we set off for Indianapolis. Stopped in Chattanooga at the Tennessee Aquarium and spent several hours there. Had lunch and then kept driving. We didn't get to Indianapolis until about 10:30 p.m. and we were wiped out. Didn't get a workout in at all that day.
Friday, we were going to let the kids swim but when we got up I just wanted to get home so we left right after breakfast. Got home and I helped unpack and then immediately got in a workout and shower since I felt like such a slug being away from my workout schedule.
I did get in workouts almost every day there, though. Except for a couple of days when Ken's parents were there and when we were on the road.
All in all, I gained 4.9 pounds, at least 2.9 of which was water since it's gone today. I'm glad I didn't do too bad but I'm really glad to be home and back in my routine. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!
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