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Oh the hills!

Thursday, December 06, 2012

DD#2 didn't have basketball practice yesterday, so she wanted to run. The plan was DH was going to take her and a friend and I was going to take DD#1 to work and then go myself. DD#1 was working on a school project at the house with a friend and he said he would drop her off at work. So, DH, DD#2, friend and I went to the park to run. DD#2 wanted to do the "hilly loop" at the back of the park and then shoot some baskets in the indoor gym. I've been running on the greenway (very flat). The last time I was on was on the hilly trail, my sister and I walked it and it was a struggle.

We parked by the gym and walked briskly on the sidewalks around the parking lot to the trail. DD#2 & friend barely stretched, so they set off to run. I started before DH and was going to just run the best I could. I ran for 10 min (this was a real struggle, I forgot how hilly this trail is). I walked for about 3 mins. and then started to run again (down the biggest hill). I ran for about 7 mins. (hilly again), walked for 5 mins. and then ran the rest of the way - 10 mins. for about 35 mins. I did 2 loops which is almost 3 miles. While I was finishing up the second loop, I passed DD#2's friend! DD#2 had already finished at that point and was walking back to meet her friend. DH had just finished and walked back to meet me. I was really proud of my run! I think I might do this hilly trail at least once a week to get ready for my first 5K in February which will be a pretty hilly course!

Tonight I will be doing a Christmas shopping marathon! I have it all mapped out and am going right after work and plan to hit 9 stores (if I don't run out of time)! There will be quite a lot of walking involved, so that's my exercise today.

DD#2 has morning practice tomorrow, so she wants to run again after school, so we'll hit the trail again.

I'll squeeze in ST over the weekend and once again before Wednesday. I've added some ab exercises because I need to get rid of the belly! That's where the pants get tight first.

We had another healthy & tasting dinner last night (baked chicken), so that's 3 days in a row! DH is going to make the baked Ziti (healthy recipe I found), but I'll have to just pick something up on the run since I probably won't get home until after 9 pm.

Started my week out pretty good! (Wed-Wed).


Not too bad!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

I weighed this morning and I lost 1.6 lbs. So that's not too bad. I've been doing pretty well with the eating. It was a pain to make the menu on Sunday and stick to it, but we've had 2 days of healthy dinners and I've kept my snacking to a minimum! My breakfast & lunch during the week are always good and we have a tasty dinner planned for tonight!

On the exercise front this week (Wed-Wed), if I run tonight (that's my plan), I'll have 3 days running & 1 day ST. Decent week. I had planned to run yesterday, but ended up helping DH with the outdoor lights before taking DD#2 to practice and going to DD#3's band concert. We go way overboard with the outdoor lights, but we don't live in a subdivision, so no one can complain! Since the leaves are off the trees, the subdivision that backs up to our property gets a beautiful Christmas display!

DD#2 doesn't have Bball practice tonight, so she wants to run. She's actually going to go with DH & a friend right after school. I'm taking DD#1 to work and will go straight to the park. I'll only have about 35 mins. before it gets dark! If it's raining, I'll go to the indoor track.

The rest of the week is pretty busy. DH doesn't work tomorrow night, so I'm going Christmas shopping right after work. I ordered stuff on Amazon today and I hope to knock off most of the list tomorrow!

Friday DD#2 has morning practice and wants to run again. I hope to squeeze in some ST on Saturday morning before taking DD#1 to work and DD#3 to play rehearsal They have a 4.5 hour rehearsal on Saturday! My Dad is going to have to pick her up because I'll have to take DD#2 to her basketball game. Her game is at 3:00 (about 45 mins. away). We might stay and watch some of the other games after hers, so it will be a long day!

DD#1 wants to "hook up" with the boyfriend on Sunday. I would really like to go the the big mall that's by his house, but I have to be back for a meeting at church at 3:00 (we're doing a live nativity), so it's not worth it. I'll try to get in a run on Sunday morning before my 11-1 Falcons come on @ 1:00.

I've been a little freaked out with everything going on the next couple of weeks. My girls are out of school on 12/21 - 1/7 and I'll be on vacation 12/21 - 1/2 (12 days!). I should be able to get in a lot of exercise and hopefully keep the eating under control! I just got to get through the next 2 1/2 weeks!

Picture of DD#3 after the band concert.

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CHUM48 12/5/2012 12:09PM

    To yourself a favor! Be kind and be gentle to yourself!

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A little overwhelmed

Monday, December 03, 2012

DH and I ran on Friday. I actually had a pretty good run. I was going to do the 10 min run/3 min walk (3 times). We only had about a 35-40 min. window, so I stretched out & ran 10 mins., walked 3, then ran 12 mins & walked 3 mins. I decided to just run the rest of the way and that was an additional 6 min. run. We had to do a quick stretch and then pick up DD#2 from basketball practice. Since DD#1 was at a party and DD#3 was at a "rock a thon" (Middle School band fund raiser), we got Subway for dinner. Friday was pretty good!

My goal on Saturday was to wake up and do my ST routine. I had to make eggs & pancakes for DD#2 (she had an 11 am game) and pancakes for DD#3 & friend. DD#2 lost again on Saturday (closer though), but she played a great game. She didn't start, but played about 3/4 of the game. I know she's my child, but I'm pretty objective about my children (don't always think they're perfect!), but I was a little frustrated she didn't start again. They keep starting the same 5. Again, she gets a lot of playing time, but you always want to "start". She was actually the high scorer of the game and she's a defensive player and rebounder! She scored 7 out of the 19 points. This team has got to come up with some offense. As mentioned before, the 6'4" girl is on the varsity team!

Anyway, after the game, I had to pick up DD#1's boyfriend (we have a halfway meeting point). When we got back home, it was already 2 pm and I had a huge Christmas explosion all over the house. I spent the rest of the afternoon sorting through totes and decorating. I did a bad job last year when I packed away Christmas - I couldn't find anything. I watched the SEC Championship while decorating the den! (Georgia lost ). I pretty much worked on the decorating until about 7:30 pm and then had to drop of the boyfriend - so no exercise Saturday!

Sunday morning DD#2 had confirmation class. When we got home from class, we decorated the tree and I still had more decorations to put out! I ended up getting a major headache and had to lay down for about an hour. By then it was time to take DD#3 to church (she's an alter server so has to be there early). We had Subway again for dinner!

DH was a little mad that we ate out twice over the weekend. We're trying to keep a budget. We worked out a menu last night and he went to the grocery store this morning. So I'll eat pretty healthy this week.

As usual, every night this week there's something going on. Tonight is going to be insane! All 3 have to be dropped off & picked up (DH is working). Plus I have tonight's dinner to get in the oven (DH is going to do some prep before he leaves). So, there's no running tonight. Fortunately, this is the only night he works, so I might be able to squeeze in a run tomorrow before DD#2's basketball practice (she has the late schedule this week) and DD#3's winter band concert. Practice starts at 6:00 and DD#3 has to be at the school at 6:00. The good news is the Middle School is using the High School's auditorium, so they're at the same place!

The reason I'm a little overwhelmed is in addition to the crazy schedule, there's the added stress of Christmas! I'm pretty much finished decorating. Still need to clean up a bit, but I haven't even thought about shopping! The girls don't get out until 12/21, so the next 3 weeks will be crazy with school, etc.! Plus the 2 high schoolers have mid-terms!

I know there's things I can do, and I will! I really want to keep up with my running since I feel like I'm gaining some momentum. I'm not going to get out of control with the eating! I just had to get this off my chest.

Now I think I'll eat lunch! Subway again (I have the other half of my sandwich)!

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BLUE42DOWN 12/3/2012 1:02PM

    Whew, sounds exhausting just reading through that.

emoticon on the good run you did have!

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Doing pretty good . . .

Friday, November 30, 2012

Tuesday night we got our Christmas tree. DD#2's Bball practice ended early, so DH said he would pick her up which allowed me to do my 20 min. ST routine. We all picked up DD#3 from play rehearsal and went straight to Home Depot to get our tree. Our tradition the past 3 or 4 years has been to get the tree and then go to Steak & Shake for dinner (right next to HD). I know, not the best place to go, but I went ahead and splurged and got the burger, fries & milkshake!

I ran right after work on Wednesday. DD#2 had a late Bball game (7:30). The Freshman team is not doing too well. They've lost the first 2 games. 7 out of the 11 girls on the Freshman team played together on their 8th Grade team at Middle School, but they don't have their 6'4" (at 14) player anymore. She's actually on the Varsity team. She was always good for 20+ points a game. She would just stand under the basket and the girls would feed her the ball! They need to come up with a new offensive weapon! The 2 teams that beat them both played Freshman girls that are on their Varsity roster (I'm a website stalker). Makes for a good Freshman team, but doesn't give the other girls as much playing time.

I digress, I did pretty well on the run Wednesday. I ran/walked 7min/ 3 twice and on my 3rd 7 min. run, I ran over 10 mins. I was pretty far from the car, so I had to walk for about 6 more mins. It was about 40+ mins total. I'm going to try to run right after work again today. DD#1 doesn't have to work and DD#2's Bball practice is over @ 5:30, so I have about an hour window! I'm going to go for 10 min. run/3 mins. walk (3 times). If I can do that, I'm going for a mile straight! I'll be back to 5K form in no time!

Speaking of 5K's, one of my end of the year goals is to sign up for 2 5K's to complete by February. I found 2 in my area in February (9th & 23rd). I actually did both of these this year and I really like the routes - the first one is hilly and the second one is on the greenway, so it's flat. I'm going to sign up by next week, so that will be one goal completed! That also give me over 2 months to get ready!

If I run tonight and do my ST tomorrow, I'll have met my goals for the week! DD#2 has a Bball game @ 11 am, so I'm going to do the ST before the game. When we get home, I have to pick up DD#1's boyfriend, watch the SEC championship (go Dawgs) and decorate the tree.

Sunday will be busy too. DD#2 has confirmation class in the morning (and I'm a small group leader), DD#3 is an alter server for 5 pm Mass. That give me about 4 hours in the afternoon and I think I'll just relax (maybe hike somewhere). My beloved 11-1 Falcons beat the New Orleans Saints last night so I don't "have" to watch football (but I probably will)!

Pretty good week. The eating is still not great, but I'm not snacking/overeating at night, so it's all good! We'll see on Wednesday how the scale reacts.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/30/2012 11:17AM

    Good for you getting in the workout during a busy day. Kids activities are so important but take up a lot of time.

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MYBULLDOGS 11/30/2012 10:58AM


emoticon on your success

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SCRAPPINPOLLY 11/30/2012 10:56AM

    WTG! You're doing great!

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An Average American :(

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I read somewhere in the past that the "Average American" gains about 7 lbs. over the holiday season (Thanksgiving - New Year). Well, I'm already ahead of the game! I went ahead and weighed this morning and I gained back what I lost in September and am now 9 lbs. over my lowest weight and 7 lbs. over my WW goal. This is the highest I've weighed since I lost my weight 20 months ago (almost 2 years!).

The silver lining is I am aware of this and am getting back in control (again). Sometimes I think that since weight loss has been such a big part of my life, I don't know what to do if I don't have some lbs. to loose (a little self-evaluation).

My eating has been "out of control" that I'm a little surprised I haven't gained back more! I was off most of Thanksgiving week and that gets me out of my routine. I was very busy, but managed to get in exercise last week. On Tuesday, my sister and I took a 3+ mile walk on a hilly trail. She's let her running go more than me and didn't even want to attempt to run. I spent all day Wednesday cleaning house and getting the tables set up for Thanksgiving. We hosted again this year. We had a total of 17 people - 18 counting my new little baby great-nephew. My niece had her baby on 11/16 and he is the cutest baby ever!

Anyway, DH and DD#2 were going to run a 10K on Thanksgiving morning. He was going to put the turkey in the oven by around 5 am (he does most of the cooking!) and then run the race. He's still running about 3+ miles (he's a rock star) and was going to do the best he could with 6.2 miles. DD#2 ended up not wanting to get up @ 7:00 am (she had 6 am. Bball practice the morning before!), so they skipped the race. They did go run about 10 am. I didn't go because I still had a lot of "prep" work to do before everyone came about 1 pm and I didn't want to stress! My 2 sisters, DD#3, the dog and I took about a 45 min. walk later in the evening before it got dark, so that was nice.

I spent Friday morning cleaning up and packing away Thanksgiving getting ready for Christmas decorations! Friday afternoon when DH got off work, we spent about 2 hours working in the yard. We raked leaves, re-seeded and fertilized (over an acre of lawn). I used the spreader and walked consistently pushing it for about 45 mins. (it was kind of heavy and I had to walk briskly to get an "even spread"). We were going to run, but I was tired after that!

I did run again on Saturday morning. I did the 5 min. run/5 min. walk for about 35-40 mins. Last night I did 7 min. run/3 min. walk. I'm trying to build back up my endurance. If I can stay consistent this week, I'm going to increase to 10 min. run by this weekend and then go for a mile straight after that. I try not to get disappointed when I think back that about 7 months ago I was running 3+ miles. I decided I was going to check out some 5K's that I did in January & February and sign up for a few. That kept me motivated before and hopefully keep me running through the holidays to get ready.

We're getting our Christmas tree tonight after DD#2's Bball practice and DD#3's play rehearsal (we'll decorate this weekend). I won't have time to run, but I'm going to do my ST routine (still don't like it, but it's better than nothing at this point).

My goals for the rest of the year:

Increase running endurance and get back to 2 miles straight. emoticon

Sign up for 2 5K's to complete by the end of February emoticon

ST twice a week - emoticon

My weight loss goal is to loose 4 lbs. by the end of the year, but really I'd be happy to just maintain and not gain anymore through the rest of the holidays!

Oh yeah, and the Georgia Bulldogs to win the SEC and the National Championship and the Atlanta Falcons to clinch a playoff berth! emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/27/2012 3:31PM

    It sounds like you've had a lovely Thanksgiving. You're not the average American because you are going to get rid of your weight gain. You've got a plan! Hang in there,

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FIRECOM 11/27/2012 9:44AM

    I think the most frustrating element of having a weight problem is that there is no end to the battle. I feel that I can never let my guard down - not for a minute. This is a great blog post.

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