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Too much rain :(

Monday, June 10, 2013

North Georgia is getting socked with rain! Not as much as a lot of people, but we are experiencing some flooding and it's pouring right now!

I ran outside on Thursday, but it was very humid! I took DD#1 to work on Friday and DD#2 and I ran in the gym. It starting pouring after we dropped off DD#1 and the entire time we were in the gym. It was raining so hard, it sounded like the roof would cave in (the running track goes around the top of the gym, so it's closer to the roof!). A couple of times there would be bolts of lightening and very loud thunder! It was scary, even inside!

I had a pretty good run Thursday & Friday. I'm slowly working my way back up to running the entire 3 miles. I ran 2 miles straight on Friday (I hate counting those laps!) and then walked a lap and ran another 1/2 mile. My speed is usually pretty fast on the indoor track too!

DH had a rare Saturday off, so we spent most of the day doing yardwork. Even though the grass was still pretty wet, the weather report showed Saturday as being our best bet for a little sunshine. It was actually pretty nice most of the day, so I spent most of the afternoon cutting grass. DH took DD#1 to work and picked her up (I'm still not ready to drive with her yet!), so the only running around I had to do was take DD#2 & friend to the movies.

Sunday morning was still pretty sunny/partly cloudy. I ran to the grocery store and then had to pick up DD#1's boyfriend. When I got home, I had to take DD#2 to a basketball tournament (she was getting paid to keep the books) and pick up DD#3 from friend's house.

When I finally got back home, my sister was there with my great nephew. We were only able to get in a short walk before it started raining again. It rained the rest of Sunday, so I didn't get to run (the indoor gym closes early on Sundays).

It was also raining so hard, we also couldn't grill out like we had planned. I'd like to say my eating was good over the weekend, but it was pretty "off". I was even starting to "crave" veggies on Sunday!

I was just not prepared for summer to be this busy! Our fridge was so empty on Sunday, I was able to clean the shelves and drawers and not move a lot of stuff around! Usually it's loaded with fruits, veggies, etc. I stocked up somewhat yesterday, so I had my healthy breakfast & lunch. We still have the stuff to grill out for tonight, so hopefully the rain will go away!


It was one of those days :(

Friday, June 07, 2013

I don't know what happened to me yesterday. In retrospect, it was definitely one of those days where I can say, "no wonder I was overweight"!.

I started the day out good. I had an egg/veggie omlette for breakfast (made sure to buy eggs Wednesday night), and a healthy lunch that I packed and then I get home!

So far, I have not had the "lazy days of summer"! For whatever reason, just about every activity my girls are participating in this summer - from sports to vacation bible school to driver's ed. etc. - take place in the morning through mid-afternoon. Right when DH and I are at work! There wasn't much going on last week (first week of summer vacation) since we were camping, but this week has been a nightmare and the rest of the summer will be the same.

I'm exhausted from trying to figure out a "driving schedule" to get everyone where they need to be (actually had to type out a schedule). Fortunately I can be flexible with my hours, DH works different hours (but is working a lot of side jobs) and my dad is also available. Still, it's still been a major headache.

Anyway, one good thing is it frees up the evenings. I got home yesterday after work and was really tired, so I resorted to some of my old habits! DD#1 got her braces of Tuesday (for the second time - long story) and the orthodontist office gave her a real nice water bottle with a balloon tied to it. The water bottle was filled with candy - yes candy from an orthodontist! Really good stuff too. So I found myself munching on Snickers & Reeses cups. Granted they were the mini bars, but seriously! I'm not even sure how many I ate. I quickly put them in a little baggie and put them in the back of the freezer! I didn't want to throw them away since I seemed to be the only one with the "eat them all at one time" mentality. They have been sitting on the counter for almost 2 days and no one else had eaten any! Plus, they were DD#1', not mine!

So DH gets home from his side job (after 6:00) and wanted to run. It was over an hour since I had the candyfest, so I went with him. It wasn't really hot, but really, really humid (Tropical Storm Andrea was going through South Georgia at this time). I had a good run, but sweated up a storm.

DH had ordered pizza for the girls (+ 2 friends) and it was on the counter when we got home. By the time I showered, it was after 7:30 and I still hadn't eaten (unless you count the candy and I don't!). So I had 2 pieces of pizza! There were plenty of veggies on it, so it was ok, right?!

Oh well, it was just one of those days. At least I had a healthy breakfast & lunch and got in a run!

I'll probably run with DD#2 tonight since she didn't have any type of workout today. DH is off on a rare Saturday, so we'll probably do some yard work and he'll probably want to run. DD#2 and my niece are not going kayaking on Saturday (my niece is going on Sunday instead and DD#2 has to keep score at a basketball tournament), so I won't be watching great-nephew since his grandmother (my sister) will be watching him. She'll probably come by and we'll take him to the park.

It will be a good weekend of activity, so hopefully I won't find that candy in the back of the freezer (or maybe someone will have eaten it all!).

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SHARONCAPPS 6/7/2013 1:40PM

  I think we all have days like this. I have been struggling with my control for the last two days and so far I have won. Won't say what will happen this weekend.

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Lost a little - more room to "wiggle"!

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

I weighed this morning and I actually lost 1.4 lbs. I didn't think I would gain, but I thought I would pretty much stay the same. I'm thrilled with the loss and am now 1.8 lbs. below my goal weight, so I have a little more room to wiggle!

I didnt really over eat while on vacation, but I did eat "off plan". As I mentioned before, I ate a lot of hot dogs, buns & chips last week. I don't want to start back with that "mindless snacking" of junk, so I'm back to 1-2 servings of fruit & grains per day and eating mostly lean protein & veggies.

I just feel better when I eat this way. I was really bummed this morning to find out we were out of eggs and I had to eat an english muffin (whole wheat - 100 calorie) for breakfast. It's only after 11 and I'm already feeling hungry. When I eat my 2 eggs loaded with veggies, I'm usually not hungry until after 12.

I also measured myself this morning (haven't done this in over a month) and I lost 2 total inches. I lost a whole inch around my waist!

I'm very happy with where I am (can't believe I'm actually saying this!) and now have to get back to the arduous task of maintaining!

I haven't set any June fitness goals yet. I want to keep up with the running. DH is working a lot of side jobs, so he's not able to run as much and so far DD#2 has only run once since school has been out. The first week she was camping and so far this week, she's had volleyball and basketball workouts (and some days both in one day). I need my motivators!

In fact, it was DD#1 who suggested we go hiking at the "mountain" park last night. I was already "talking myself" out of running since it was so hot and I still needed to make something for dinner. She usually isn't too keen on "nature", so I was happy she was motivated to go. Apparently she's been doing a yoga workout her AP Lit. teacher told her about and wanted to also add a "cardio". I was thrilled that she's been doing something and without me having to "nag".

So, DD#1 & 3 and I went hiking. It's a beautiful park and the trails are quite strenuous. A lot of people run the trails. I've tried a few times, but besides the difficulty, I'm always afraid I'll trip over the rocks & roots.

Anyway, we hiked about 45 mins. It's very shady, but still hot! DD#3 mentioned going back to some of the parks we haven't been to in a while and doing more walking/hiking. So I'll try to get in a couple of days running and do some hiking.

Now if I could just get in some strength training. I was going to start back with Coach Nicole's workout a couple of mornings a week. I was looking forward to sleeping in a little and still being able to do a workout before work. DD#2's basketball workouts are at 8:00 am, so I still have to get up about the same time - no sleeping in!

This is my biggest challenge, so I'm going to make it my June goal. 2 days a week I will get up a little early and do that workout!


Back from vacation!

Monday, June 03, 2013

I'm back at my desk at work after a week of vacation. I enjoyed the time off, but it's nice to get back to "routine"! I was very active, but as usual, when I'm off routine, so is my "eating".

We spent Memorial Day at my sister's house. She had a cook-out with a lot of healthy things to eat. On Tuesday, I dropped DD#2 off at basketball practice at 8 am. I went straight to the greenway to run. I was surprised how many people were running and not at work at that time! Maybe they were all on vacation too?!

Later that day 5 additional girls showed up at the house to go camping with DH, DD#2 & #3 (DH is crazy!). He had his van & trailer loaded up and took the 3 - 12 year olds and I came up a little later with 4 - 15 year olds (one 14 year old since DD#2 won't be 15 until July). My sister met us at the campsite and my niece, husband & baby came up later in the evening. They camped Tuesday - Friday. I stayed during the day and went back home in the evenings. DD#1 came up on Thursday with 4 of her friends, so it was quite the week.

We had great weather and I did a lot of walking & kayaking. When my great nephew would get fussy, we would plop him in the stroller and take him for a long walk. With walking with him, walking to the bathroom and to the "beach" area, I probably walked 3+ miles a day!

For some reason I ate a lot of hot dogs! I really don't like hot dogs, but DH would split them open and cook them over the fire and they were really good. I had a "carb" over load during the week too! I sort of got back on track over the weekend and I'm back on "routine" today with my healthy breakfast & lunch.

I ran again yesterday morning with DH & DD#2. DD#2 starts a very intensive summer workout program with basketball & volleyball this week, so she wanted to get back at it. She wasn't exactly lazy this past week, but only had 1 day of practice and then yesterday's run. It was really humid so I struggled a little, but I was able to run about 25 mins. before walking 1 min. I ran about 5 more mins. and then finished up with a brisk walk up the hill back to the car.

I'm still trying to decide what my Summer Goals will be. Hopefully when I weigh on Wednesday there won't be a gain. I'm still a little below my goal weight, but wanted to loose that final pound for some wiggle room. I hope I didn't "wiggle" over goal!

On a side note, we got "Fitness Profiles" in the mail for DD#2 & #3. Apparently they do these in PE and do a comparison from the previous year. DD#3's was pretty useless because they didn't have any previous results, but it did show she needs to work on her "fitness level".

DD#2 showed a great improvement from 8th Grade to 9th Grade in her fitness level. She started last summer really getting serious about athletics. She not only did the summer workouts, but did a lot on her own. Between March of 2012 and March of 2013 she grew 2 1/2 inches, but weighs 10 lbs. less! She was at the bottom of the "healthy" fitness level and is now at the top of the "healthy" level.

There was a lot of controversy about this program (Play60) because they record weight & BMI, but I think it's interesting to know and I guess it's a testament to our society and the obesity rate of children. Some people need to have this in their face to see how inactive their children are. I'm not sure who else get the results. We work really hard at maintaining a healthy lifestyle for our children, but it is a struggle. Even the "fit" ones like DD#2 like nothing better than laying around and watching TV, playing video games, "tapping" on her Itouch, etc. Don't even get me started about her eating - there's a whole lot of room for improvement there!

Anyway, I'm looking forward to a great week "Back to Routine"!

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ERINOUELLETTE 6/3/2013 12:18PM

    Welcome back safe and sound! Glad you enjoyed your vacation. Time to get back to that routine! Good luck!

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Stayed the Same & May Goals

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I weighed this morning and stayed the same. I'm below my goal weight, but still want to have that 2 lbs. for "wiggle room" (May goal). I was a little disappointed since I'm still eating in "weight loss" mode, but it's all good!

I also had a good week of exercise (Wed - Wed). I ran on Wednesday, Saturday (5k) & Monday. Monday's run was pretty good. I ran on the greenway for a little over 2 miles. It was very hot & humid and the greenway had just reopened after the flooding over the weekend. The whole family went. DD#1 (who is 17 1/2 is finally starting to drive and will be getting her license in July after she completes the drivers ed class) drove us all to the park. I must say I wasn't ready for this! DH has been driving with her thankfully because I was a nervous wreck! I didn't want her to wipe out the whole family in one shot! She actually did well and she dropped off DH & DD#2 at the rec. center and drove me & DD#3 to the greenway trail where we all ran (or in DD#1 & #3's case - walked leisurely enjoying nature, which is ok too!)

Yesterday I walked on the hilly trail with my sister. We did 2 loops (about 3 miles) and then went into the rec. center to get DD#2 (she ran and was going to shoot some baskets). She was playing a pick-up game with some older guys (and 1 girl) and wasn't ready to go, so sister and I walked a couple of laps on the indoor walking track to cool down.

DD#2 was very red & sweaty when we were leaving. She had played full court with these guys who all looked to be in their mid-20's and were very good. I don't think they realized they were playing with a 14 year old girl because they were kind of "raunchy" and aggressive. She had on a high school volleyball tank top, so they should have known she was still in high school. She told me to "chill" and I was too over protective - she does go to a public high school after all! They really weren't too bad because the rec center has some pretty strict rules on court behavior - but she is my "little girl".

Anyway, DD#3 and I get our hair cut tonight, so we won't be running. We're winding down the school year this week and I'll be on vacation next week!! I'm not sure how the eating will go, but I'll get plenty of exercise.

DH is taking DD#2 &3 & friends camping at the lake. My niece and her husband (and baby) and sister are also getting a site. DD#1 and I will come up for the day (campsite is about 15 mins. from the house), but we won't be spending the night. I just don't like camping anymore, but I love spending the day at the lake. There will be plenty of walking, swimming, biking & kayaking. There will also be a lot of junk food! DH takes a full size refrigerator so there's lots of popsicles & fudgesicles (perfect for hot days).

I did ok so far with my May goals. I'm back to goal weight and 1.4 lbs. away from my "wiggle room" goal. I'm basically maintaining and I feel good on how this has been going for May. I didn't improve my 5K time, but I'm still running. The only real "negative" is strength training, but this is always my challenge to find something I like and stick to it!

I'm usually very active during the summer, but struggle with running when it gets really hot. We're lucky now that we have the rec. center to use when it's 90+ degrees still at 9:00 pm.

I'll think about my June goals after next week!

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COACHMOMMY 5/24/2013 11:02AM

    Hi Hakapes, my strategy now for summer running is to run on the indoor walking/running track at the local rec. center. It's a little boring since you have to run 10 laps for a mile, but there's usually a basketball game going on in the gym to watch. DD#2 likes to run there and then go into the gym to play basketball, so she's my incentive! If it's not too hot, I'll run at night before it gets dark.

I really should try those early morning runs, but with DD#2's summer workout program at the high school, I still have to get up by 6:30 to get ready for work and her to the school! I just can't seem to get motivated to get up before 6!

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HAKAPES 5/24/2013 6:10AM

    Enjoyed reading your blog.

You write that you find it difficult to go on with running when it gets hot. Do you have any strategies for that?

As for myself, I try to go out to run early in the morning. Usually, it's easy in the summer, as the sun is up, and in general I feel energized in summer mornings. I also tried running in the evenings, but then it triggered me to be awake for long, and had trouble with falling a sleep (but I slept well afterwards).

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TXTOAD9970 5/22/2013 3:43PM

    You're doing great - keep it up!
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