Saturday, May 07, 2011
MEZZOANGEL organized, planned, and did a beautiful job of putting on a fantastic inaugural Run for Hope 5K :o}
I brought my sister, Kathryn, with for many reasons. Sure, it was great to have a companion for the 4-5 hour drive from Grand Forks. Sure, I knew that our hostess was going to be busy for the event and so it would be great to have someone with me to hang at the Mall of America with when I showed up into town. Those were the secondary reasons, though. The biggest reason? To slip a 5K in the itinerary in between shopping at the Mall of America and shopping in Albertville. Because I love my sister, SO much, and I want to open her eyes to becoming the athlete I absolutely wholeheartedly KNOW she is. I'm not trying to have her follow in my footsteps. I am trying to show her the door to the possibilities of what she can accomplish if she set her mind to it. I am leading the horse to water, but I know I cannot make her drink. She must make that choice for herself.
I knew she was excited/a bit nervous for her very first 5K. She hadn't trained at all, and we were planning on walking the entire thing. I knew we could do just that, but I felt that during the downhill and flat areas of the race, I could maybe get her to jog a little to give her a taste of how she can be a runner.
When the race first started, it was clear there was a hill. I knew it would be tough, but you know what? I would rather have the hill at the beginning when I have more energy than at the end, when you just want it to be the finish line ;o}
The day was so perfect for a fun run/walk. The sky was clear, sun shining, 60-ish degrees, and hardly any wind, just a lovely cool breeze. Throughout the race, I almost made a game to see how I could have Kathryn run, by using either 20-second runs as goals, or using points to start running and to stop (like, let's start running at that mailbox and run until we get to the stop sign). It was so fun, and it was great seeing the potential in her. I loved seeing her smile of accomplishment, and how much fun we were having together.
My favorite part of the race? Getting her to sprint to the finish. And giving her a huge hug after. I am so proud of her, and I am hoping to talk her into run/walking the Fargo 5K on May 20 with me.
There was a breakfast given at Valley Natural Foods after the race for $4, and it was SO delicious!!!!! I loved EVERY bite (scrambled eggs, sausage, and pancakes with OJ).
My time was 53:54 and my sister's time was 53:55 (though I swear I had her finish before me). It wasn't my fastest race, but it was my favorite race to date, not only because it was my sister's first, but because a wonderful friend organized this for a great cause and I am so thankful to have been a part of it.
And, to be honest, the swag bag was the best I've seen, bar none. Bravo, MEZZOANGEL!!!!!!!!! Here's to the 2nd annual Run For Hope 5K next year!!!
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
I don't even know what to call it anymore. Polymenorrhea is the medical term, but I'll stick with having way too many danged periods.
I have been on my new pill for just over 2 weeks, and I started another period 4 days ago. I got to have 1 week off from nonstop bleeding and cramping. Fabulous! I'll admit, I was pretty pissed off yesterday morning. I am just so sick of it! That was when I went to the gym to run and spin my mad off.
I got home from the gym and Kaylee was already awake. Corey saw my face and asked what was up, and I crumbled. I cried while I told him that it had started again and I didn't tell him until then because I wanted it to go away and pretend it wasn't happening. I am just so frustrated by it.
I have to be on this pill for another month and a half before she will send me to the OB/GYN for the biopsy. I have been losing weight pretty steadily now, and I am thinking my metabolism has been helping me while I eat much better and stay in my ranges and working out. It just stinks that with everything else getting back to normal, I am still dealing with this, which of course brings its friends: Bloat, moodiness, horrible cramping (which I will be the first to admit kept me home this morning from the gym), nausea, dizziness, and struggling with being ravenous. All the protein and fiber in the world isn't touching the feeling of wanting to go to DQ and eating ice cream. Which I will not do.
My declaration: I will not let this take over my life like I let it this last month. I will continue on my path of good choices, and I absolutely WILL lose 5-7 pounds this month. Because not only do I want to, but I have the drive, I have the motivation, and I will put the time and effort in. I know what I NEED TO DO, and I will DO IT. I will JUST DO IT.
Yes, I am Nike this month. Because I said it before and I will say it again, I am DONE with the 160s. DONE.
P.S. My weigh-in at WW yesterday? I did it!!! I actually lose 0.2 pounds from last month's weigh-in, which is AWESOME! (161.2 in clothes at 5 p.m.'s meeting....for here, I am 159.2 as I weighed in the morning with no clothes...hehe).
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
I will have more later as I get them from the photographer (our friend, and Kaylee's godfather, Justin):
In the airport waiting to head out...
View inside our hotel....
View outside from our balcony...
Water picture that I like in the ocean...
Hey, cabana boy....
The boys talked me into making this a bit more...risque, but this is my red dress so I had to post!
Me and my best friend, Melissa (she is Kaylee's godmother).
Me holding the iguana. I believe it cost me $2 to do this.
Me in the ocean. Beautiful!!! Oh, and the ocean is too ;o}
DH and I ...we had written Kaylee's name in the wall behind us...we missed her!
Us on the plane ride....to? From? I can't remember, darn it. I am looking pretty happy, though, so I would say to Cancun.
I am kind of bummed because half of the pics I was trying to add on here were "too large" so I am thinking that the file size got too big for some of them because of the editing by Justin, our friend and photographer (who obviously has a keen eye with the camera!).
Sunday, May 01, 2011
So, Friday was obviously not my best night. My weekend proved that Kaylee is fully immersed in her terrible twoness, but she is just too darned charming and cute and loveable too be upset with her :o}
Yesterday (Saturday), I got up with her (Corey gets up with her on Sundays). I took her out to bring a bag of clothes to donate to the Salvation Army (a benefit with a local hardware store a guy a graduated owns...). It was cold and rainy, but not too bad. She had fun walking in the store for a bit.
We went to Target next where she got a small cookie to eat and got to play with the balls (she loves cookies and balls at Target!).
Next up was waking DH up so we could go to the local Catholic church's Super Spring Sale. It was obviously picked over when we got there, so left empty handed. Walked a lot after that until the rain started coming.
Get this....she wouldn't take a nap. She usually plays in her pack-n-play for a few before falling asleep, but she cried this time, and cried and cried, and after 30 minutes I knew she wasn't going to nap. She went to the mall with my mom and sister, and DH and I got some errands done.
DH went out with his buddies, and I made Tuna Helper for me and Kaylee. I portioned three 1-cup packages for lunches this week before getting mine and Kaylee's bowls ready so I wouldn't be tempted to eat more than I needed to.
The rest of the night went pretty good because I kept her busy. I took her to Lowe's to see her godmother (she is a manager there) and that was fun. She went to bed early, at 8:15 because she missed her nap.
This morning, she woke up late...lucky DH. Well, half an hour late, but by her alarm clock standards, that is a lot ;o} Lucky for DH, I am a morning person and was up half an hour later to hang out with them. She acted tired around 10, so we put her down at 10:30 for a nap. The same thing happened as yesterday. When I finally gave up and went in to get her, she had a bloody nose, which is likely from the dry air, but I worry she banged her nose on the pack-n-play. Not a site for DH's eyes, who freaked out.
I headed out to the gym at about 11:30 since it had snowed out and had iced up some, so wasn't safe to run outside. I put in 4.25 miles since I knew that we were having turkey dinner at my mom's and I needed to be fully prepared so I wouldn't blow it so close to the WW weigh-in. I planned on eating X amount of food there since I was pretty sure I knew what she was making.
She had made turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes with cloverleaf rolls and butter, scalloped corn, green bean casserole, deviled eggs, candied/marshmallow covered yams, and baby carrots to much on. For dessert, she had put together fudge covered brownies, cheesecake with optional cherry topping, ice cream sandwiches, and vanilla ice cream with strawberries in sugar for the topping. Yeah.
I did awesome. Just awesome. I put what I wanted to eat on the plate, gave Kaylee half of my potatoes, turkey, green bean casserole, and corn, and also split an inch square of brownie, a sliver of plain cheesecake, and 1/4 of the ice cream sandwich with her. Never had I had such control in that situation before. I am feeling so empowered right now!
Kaylee had a great rest of her night, and we are learning to deal with the tantrums better. She may have hit her terrible twos, but we can't control that. All I can do is control my reaction to it and how I cope with it :o}
Tonight, I have put together my meal plan for the week up until I go out of town. That will not be AS planned (as far as what or where I am eating) but I will make the right choices for me. I am so close to 160, and I know I will bust through that number into the 150s, where I will stay. I no longer need to be in the 160s...I have been there since October!!! Time to say good riddance.
As for putting myself out there on FB on Friday, I feel better about what I did. The fact that I could be helping someone out there is good enough for me!
Here is to an amazing weekend, and a fantastic start to a new week. Happy Monday early!!!
Sunday, May 01, 2011
Just to keep me accountable to myself:
~ Stay in my calorie range of 1200-1550 most days this week.
~ Work on portion control for days where tracking will be more difficult (when out of town Friday/Saturday).
~ Drink as much water as I can and work on tracking how much I am drinking, with the ultimate goal of 80+ a day consistently.
~ Less sodium, more potassium, more calcium, more fiber (already doing great on fat, carbs, and protein).
Monday: Spin and Sculpt.
Tuesday: Run 3 miles if pain-free plus ST.
Wednesday: Run 4 miles if pain-free.
Thursday Run 5 miles if pain-free plus ST.
Saturday: Walk/Run the Run For Hope 5K in Minneapolis.
Sunday: Run 8 miles if pain-free.
For most days this week, walking as much as possible with Kaylee and/or the dog, especially when it is gorgeous out.
I will be out of town on Friday and Saturday with my sister staying with MEZZOANGEL (you rock!!) and doing her 5K, so that will be tougher to stay on track, but I will be watching my portions :o}
Yay to another great week! I know I can do it!!!
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