Monday, April 08, 2013
We had the best weather over the weekend! Makes you glad you live in North Georgia. My girls had spring break last week, but a lot of metro Atlanta counties are on break this week. They're really getting nice weather - high 70's today, 80's on Tuesday & Wednesday and no rain until Thursday.
I worked Wednesday & Thursday last week and had Friday off. Thursday was rainy & cold. Our temperatures in March were colder than January and April started off cooler than "average"! It started to clear up early afternoon on Friday, so DD#3 and I went to a plant nursery to buy flowers. She wanted to plant the beds and I finished up with the rest of the flower pots & hanging baskets.
We finished up in time to clean up a little and DH and I took DD#1 to work and then went to the hilly trail to run. He and DD#2 are going to run a 5K this Saturday that has a pretty hard & hilly course, so he wants to be ready (I'm not running because I have to get DD#1 to work and truthfully, I'm not ready for this challenging of a race!).
Anyway, we parked by the big pavilion, stretched out and walked briskly around the "walking loop". DH wanted to do some more stretching and he was planning to run up the huge hill and do 2 loops. My plan was to only do 1 loop (which is 1.6 miles) and then walk some more of the "walking loop". This is a really hard trail and is mostly hills, so either way you go, you're going to run some hills! I got to my old nemesis "the second time around hill" and had to walk a little. I had only run about 10 mins., so I was a little disappointed. I walked about 3 mins. and started to run again. I started running down the huge hill and figured I would continue on and do at least another 1/2 loop. I finished up with a total of 25 mins. running & 20 mins. walking (I kept on walking with DH when he finished). I ran 10 mins. straight & then 15 mins. straight after walking the 3 mins. It was a good workout!
Saturday morning I woke up and took down the rest of the Easter stuff. DH and I were meeting my niece to make the "baby swap" around 11:00. We were going to meet a tractor supply store that's on the way to where they going kayaking (DH wanted to pick up some tractor paint). She was running late, so we had some time to kill at the tractor store. It's a pretty neat store that had clothing, garden supplies, furniture, etc. They also had baby ducks & chicks. We had toyed around with getting DD#3 a duck for Easter. She fell in love with my sister in-law's pet duck while we were in Florida (she actually hatched it from an egg ). I had nixed the idea because I didn't want to have something else to take care of, even though my girls are pretty responsible with the pets. Anyway, since we had time to kill, we ended up getting 2 baby ducks (turns out you can't get only 1).
We picked up my great-nephew and headed home (baby ducks in tow). DD#3 was so excited (as was DD#1). We spent the afternoon watching the ducks waddle around the yard and "swim" in a large bowl of water. Later DD#1 and I took baby Nolan to the park (back to the hilly trail) and walked him in his stroller. My niece was supposed to pick up the baby around 6, but they had a leak in their kayak and their trip turned into quite the ordeal. We had plenty of "milk" & diapers for the baby, so we were good. I ended up taking another 20 mins. walk with him around our property later in the evening. They picked him up around 9 pm. They were exhausted, so good thing baby really didn't sleep much during the day (he was really pleasant though) because he slept the whole way home and through the night!
DD#2 got home from Fl. on Sunday afternoon and was mad because we didn't get 3 ducks (DD#1 & #3 had named the 2). DH took her and DD#3 back to the tractor store. They wouldn't just sell us 1 (even though we already had 2), so now we have 4 baby ducks! We enjoyed the afternoon playing in the sun with the ducks!
Today is back to routine. I didn't have anything to pack for lunch, so I'll go to Subway. DH ran again yesterday so maybe he'll go to the grocery store and I'll run today after picking up DD#2 @ weight training and before taking her to basketball.
Looking forward to a good week and working on my April goals!
Thursday, April 04, 2013
My girls are on Spring Break this week. I had Good Friday off and took vacation Monday & Tuesday. I went back to work yesterday and today (my boss is out, so that's like vacation!). I'm taking tomorrow off also.
It was nice to get somewhat back to routine yesterday and this morning. I didn't have to get the girls up and ready for school, but I was back on track with eating & tracking.
DH and I dropped DD#1 off at work and DD#3 off at a friend's to spend the night last night. We had the evening to ourselves (DD#2 is in Fl.), so we stopped at the greenway to run! It was looking kind of drizzly, but the rain held off. DH was pretty tired and sore after his 5+ mile hike/run on Tuesday and I was sore from 2 days of hiking (and previous yard work and pushing of heavy baby stroller).
We stretched really well, walked a little and then set out to run. DH is very tall and faster than me, so he went on ahead. We decided we were going to run 2 miles, so he was already turning around and heading back and I was still plugging along (DD#1 says I look like the Hunchback of Notre Dame when I run!). I felt really sore, but after the first mile, started to feel better. I probably should have gone a little farther, but I was hungry and DH was probably already at the parking lot at that point! We finished up with about 2.8 miles walking/running.
We stopped by Publix on the way home and picked up some things (mostly fruit & salad stuff) and I got a turkey sub for dinner. We had a nice quiet evening and both ended up falling asleep (me on the couch, DH on his recliner). DD#1 woke us up with her text to come get her from work!
A big cold front came in last night and today is cold and windy! I might do my workout DVD or I might just rest tonight. Both DH and I are off tomorrow, so we'll probably run again (he wants to run the "hilly" trail at the park). It's supposed to clear up by mid-morning tomorrow and I promised DD#3 that she could pick out plants for our flower beds and we'll probably do some planting Friday or Saturday.
My niece is going kayaking on Saturday (it's supposed to be in the 70's both Saturday & Sunday!), so we get to babysit my precious little great-nephew. I'm going to meet them so they don't have to come all the way to our house and then head to the river, so I'll get the car seat and stroller. We'll probably take him to the park for a nice walk!
Since the weekend will be so nice, we picked up some stuff to grill. I know I'll be busy and active this weekend, so I'll just have to be mindful of my "snacking".
Since the scale went "up & down" in March, I still need to loose 6 more lbs. to get back to my "below WW goal". The goal I set back at the end of January was to loose the 12 lbs. by 4/30. I've adjusted that a little, so my April goals are:
Loose 3 lbs.
Increase running distance and do 5K on 5/4 in under 38 minutes. (2/24 5K time was 38:43)
ST - 2 times a week
Pretty doable goals and should get the scale back to where I want it to be by late May!
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
Here’s my long “catch up” blog (mostly to just recap the past couple of days so I can remember what I did since I didn't track my food or activity).
Per my previous blog, I managed to not gain any weight over my mini-vacation and actually lost 2 lbs. (since last weigh in 2 weeks ago).
Last Thursday was the last time I ran, but I've been very busy with other activities. I was off work on Good Friday and that's my day to do yard work and get ready for my big Easter party on Sunday.
We have about 12 acres (with my parents) and 2 acres are our "yard". DH likes to use the push mower with the bag sometimes instead of the riding mower (especially with all the afore-blogged "gum balls"), so Thursday (after running) & Friday I pushed the mower and emptied the bag. This took about 4 hours total, so that was a lot of walking and hauling.
I got up early on Friday because the kids were in school and it was DH's last day of overnights, so he was still sleeping. I did some things around the house (quietly) after getting the kids off to the buses and then started working back outside pruning, trimming and weeding the flower beds (more hauling & walking). I wasn’t planning to do any planting since early spring in N. Georgia is unpredictable and we could still get a freeze. When DH got up, we went to Wal-Mart to pick up mulch & some plants. I spent the rest of Friday afternoon laying mulch and planting some flower pots. DH took DD #2 and friend to run on Friday, but I was still working in the yard so I didn’t go, but I did play some badminton later after a yummy dinner that DH made!
DH had to work on Saturday morning (back to "regular" schedule), so I worked around the house and started getting things ready for Sunday. The weather report was "iffy" for Sunday, so I wasn't sure if we would be able to be completely outside. I decided to check e-mails for any updates from family members and there was an e-mail from DD #2's basketball program that the games were rescheduled (because of Spring break) and the high school girls were playing @ 12 (instead of 2). It was already 11:30 and the gym is 15 mins. away! DD #2 was at my Mom's house painting Easter eggs and I was in crappy sweats and hadn't showered! I called her to come home and get ready and I threw on some clothes. We got to the gym about 10 mins. late, but the first 35-40 mins. they do warm ups and drills, so she didn't miss much!! She did really well again, so she’s glad we got the e-mail in time (barely)!
When we got back home, DD #2&3 washed the cars, dog & front porch (it was a really nice day). We got out the folding tables & chairs and I put everything back on the front porch & deck. I had to run to Publix to get some last minute stuff for Easter, so I picked up chicken & salad for dinner (I missed lunch!).
We woke up Easter Sunday to rain! It had rained all night Saturday, but was supposed to stop Sunday morning and be partly cloudy to about 4 pm and then rain again. We went ahead and set up a small tent on the back deck over the table and set up 2 tables in our front room & dining room to prepare for people mostly eating inside. Our family Easter lunch & egg hunt starts about 1 pm. We usually have about 40-45 people, but this year was a little smaller group because a lot of people were out of town, so we had about 35 (extended family). It started raining as soon as we started eating, so we weren't sure about the egg hunt. Fortunately there was a break in the rain about 2 pm and the sun actually came out. It was wet and muddy, but the kids didn't care! I really didn't eat that much and we had some really healthy stuff, but I did have a piece of my aunt's coconut cake!
I was off Monday & Tuesday, so we were planning to go somewhere hiking. DD #2 was leaving for Florida with another family, DD #1 wanted to spend the day with boyfriend and DD #3 wanted a friend to come over and spend the night. No one wanted to go hiking with me! DH said he would pick up boyfriend and friend and work on the cars & tractor, so my sister and I headed over to my niece’s house and we went hiking with her, baby, my cousin's son (who is close friends with niece and he was off too!) and nieces 2 dogs. We went to a new hiking trail near her house. She wasn't sure how "stroller friendly" it was (she has an all terrain stroller), so we took the stroller and the baby backpack. After talking to some people who had been on the trail, we decided to take the stroller. It was a very hilly trail with some pretty steep inclines, but it was wide and not too rocky or “stumpy”. I ended up having to push the stroller. It was really hard, but I guess I was in the “best shape” of the bunch! We only hiked for 2.3 miles, but it was mostly inclines, so with that and pushing the stroller, it was quite the work-out! We had a late picnic lunch (I brought a bunch of healthy stuff!) and then my sister and I headed home.
My sister called Tuesday morning and my niece wanted to go hiking again. This time DH, DD #3 & friend and I met my sister, niece, baby and dogs at another location closer to our house. It was part of a national recreation area by a pretty big river. It was a beautiful trail. We walked along the river on a boardwalk, so it was very “stroller friendly”. DH took the hilly trail because he wanted to do some running. Apparently he would end up back on the “river trail”. We got to the end of the boardwalk (about .5 mile walk) and then walked out to the river over some rocks. It was an area with some “rapids” & big rocks so there were some kayakers filming. We sat out in the sun on the rocks and watched them. DD #3 and friend waded in the water, but the water was really cold (and only about 68 degrees outside), but they didn’t care. DH met back up with us and he said the trail was very steep in places, rocky & “stumpy” and narrow, so it was not “stroller friendly”. My sister took the baby and DD#3 and friend back to the car via the boardwalk and DH, niece, dogs & I took the hilly trail. It was quite the hike (about 2 miles), so again I got a good workout. (precious great-nephew & me at river)
We ended up the day going to a BBQ place that my niece raved about. It was ok (I’m not much of a BBQ fan), but the ice cream was good!
It was a good mini-vacation, but now I’m back to routine. I ate my healthy breakfast, packed my healthy lunch and I’m back at work. I’m pretty sore and stiff from all my mountain climbing, stroller pushing & yard work (my back hurts today). It’s supposed to rain tomorrow & Friday, so I want to run tonight after taking DD #1 to work. I don’t want to loose my running momentum because I want to be ready for my next 5K on 5/4!
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
I've been on vacation since last Friday. I usually don't go online that much over the weekend or while I'm at home, so I was surprised to see so many "comments" from Sparkpeople. I would like to thank all that wished me a "happy anniversary" for 2 years of maintenance!!
Of course, being a somewhat negative person (thanks Dad!), my first thought was feeling kind of bogus since I'm over my goal weight. I'm still well within the "maintenance parameters", so I'm pleased and proud that I've maintained this healthy lifestyle for 2 years. 2 years ago on March 31st I reached my Weight Watcher's goal!
Although I've not been keeping up with the tracking while I've been on vacation, my activity level was high. My eating wasn't out of control, but I ate a few things I probably shouldn't! I also haven't weighed for a couple of weeks, so I was a little concerned this morning, but I figured I'd just get right back on track. I'm pleased to say I lost 2 lbs!!!
Long update blog to follow . . .
Monday, March 25, 2013
For the second weekend in a row, I've experienced some crappy eating and no exercise!
I'm usually busier during the week, so I don't know what it is about weekends that completely derail all my good efforts! Well, I have a pretty good idea.
During the week, I'm on a schedule. I get up the same time every day, have the same routine, pretty much eat the same breakfast and pack the same lunch. The evenings are pretty hectic, but it's planned chaos.
Yes, I've usually planned my chaos for the weekend, but it's a little more flexible. I had "plans" to run Friday after work. DH, DD#2 & friend didn't want to wait on me and they ran before I got off work. I had to take DD#1 to work and then DD#2 & 3 to church for a community service activity. I didn't get to run, but I picked up fish at the church fish fry (they have baked too and it's really good). I didn't eat any of the baked goods (the Woman's Club had a bake sale), but what do I do later in the evening? - I eat 2 peanut butter eggs! I actually felt gross the rest of the night and Saturday morning (you think I would have learned my lesson!).
I woke up late Saturday (DH's sleeping in on Saturdays is messing me up - see how I like to blame other people!) and had enough time to do some laundry and clean the kitchen before heading out to basketball. We got back from basketball and then went to Hobby Lobby for some stuff DD#1 needed for school on Monday (she's in 2 art classes). We picked up Chick filet for dinner. More crappy eating ensued later that evening!
Sunday morning DH made a big breakfast. I was supposed to go hiking with my sister and pick up my great-nephew. It was a cold & rainy weekend, so my niece didn't go camping. Sunday afternoon the rain had stopped, but the greenway trails were all closed due to flooding. There are other trails and of course the indoor & outdoor track, but I opted to lounge around on Sunday (keep in mind I'm still doing some housework, so not totally lounging). DH took DD#1 and boyfriend to a Mexican place that serves authentic Mexican food. I had some of a chicken fajita. It was good, but it really upset my stomach! Nothing worse than feeling sick during a long, crowded Palm Sunday Mass! I took boyfriend home after church and then picked DD#2 back up at church. I didn't eat dinner Sunday night, but once again, found myself eating crap!
Anyway, I'm not really concerned about the exercise. I still get in about 5 good workouts a week (running, exercise DVD, walking), especially in the Spring & Summer. Like I said, I rarely just "lounge around", my "lazy days" include a lot of house & yard work.
What still concerns me is the mindless, crappy, eating! I usually get it "back in control", but I don't want to go a couple of months like Oct - Jan. and then find myself 10+ lbs. over goal!
I gained a lb. last week, so I've still got 7 more lbs. to go to get back to WW goal! I'm sure this weekend didn't do anything for the "cause".
Oh well, back to routine - healthy breakfast and packed healthy lunch. I've got to find my willpower for the weekends!
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