Sunday, May 01, 2011
A most awesome month! My goals for April were:
*25 pushups - am doing 26 -
*50 situps - am doing 50 -
*2 miles in 20:30 - best time to date is 19:48 -
*160 lbs - today is 159.8 -
*green w/ stripe karate belt requirements completed - 3 not complete but did jump ahead and complete most of the blue belt requirements instead so counting as
*finish all mending - everything that I am capable of repairing & wearing again is done -
Apparently I need harder goals!
So total year to date stats:
45 lbs gone, 25 to go
Waist - 38 to 32 inches
Hips - 48 to 42 inches
Thigh - 25 to 22 inches
Waist-to-Hip Ratio - 0.79 to 0.76 inches
Push-ups - 15 to 26
Sit-Ups - 25 to 50
2 mile run - 60 to 19:48 minutes & my 1st 5k running all the way!
Today I need to think about what May goals will be. Writing them down in April seemed to help me progress a lot more than otherwise (example from Jan to Mar I only improved pushups by 4 yet increased by 7 in April alone).
Yesterday was finally a beautiful day. Somewhere in the 60s, the sun was out, no rain. My lawnmower still had a charge from the fall so I was able to mow the front lawn for the first time this year. Unfortunately the back yard is still swampland and more rain is happening today & tomorrow so the backyard has to wait. It's going to be a major pain to mow when it finally dries out. Haven't been out to the garden yet but do need to find my boots & brave the swampland to start prepping the beds.
Most of my house is now painted, the texture crap is gone from the walls. Scout Dad is going to finish the bathroom today and start sanding the kitchen / nook area ceilings to get rid of that texture. I need to remeasure all of the rooms to double check and sometime soon go order the flooring. I wanted hardwood but the more I think about the maintenance & care required, and having a large dog & 2 teenagers...I think I will delay hardwood for a few more years and go with a Pergo for now.
Fingers crossed, but my Grandma may be moving into assisted living by the end of the month. My Mom came up last week for a few days & she & my aunt found somewhere. We are just waiting to find out if she qualifies for HUD in order to get in, and is the 1st person trying to get the room to qualify. My uncle seems to be slowly accepting that Grandma can't take care of herself, or at least decided to stop arguing in the face of united opposition & several professional opinions. So double bonus there, Grandma gets the daily help she needs and I & my daughter don't have the added stress of the things she does.
I think I'm past the anger of not getting the job I wanted - well, I am still PO'd about it but it is no longer all-consuming and making me want to burn some bridges or commit grievous bodily harm on someone. After thinking about it a lot I've decided it is probably best right now. Housing markets are still depressed so it would be next to impossible to sell my house for what I owe in order to relocate. I don't have the cash to complete all the things that would need to be done to get the max value from a sale (eliminating the swamp, landscaping, new driveway, new siding, flooring in the entire house, not just a few rooms) - these are all things that DO need to be done but, being major expenses, I need to do over the next few years as I save for them. Plus, since the company was acquired last year, it's only been a matter of time before our parent started changing how we work to fall in line with their practices (which, IMHO, are not as good as ours)...and it has started. The next 6-8 months are going to get dicey with personnel changes (i.e. people being removed) and policy changes and maybe the worm will get caught in the cross fire (petty of me I know, but honest). Time for me to hunker down and prove my invaluableness (is that a word?) so I can ride out the coming storm and find a place in however things shake out.
Hope everyone has a great Sunday with plenty of rain or sun depending on your needs. If I could find a way to export our rain I'd do so in a second, I am SO sick of rain.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
WooHoo! Yay me!
I ran my 1st ever race today, a 5k, just a few miles from my home. My goals were to finish, to run the whole race, not to be in last place and not to get hurt.
Given that I am accident prone, the race was on the road (remember I live in MI, where we drive on patches & potholes, not roads and the patched patches have patches), I am accident prone, all running to date has been indoors on the treadmill, I am accident prone, part of the course was under road destruction, I am accident prone, cars would be driving in the next lane, and I am accident prone....finishing was not necessarily a given.
However I am pleased to report that I ran, if not exactly like the wind at least like an occasional breeze, ducking and weaving my way around all potholes in my path, taking flying leaps over flattened road kill squirrels, dodging walkers who didn't understand the concept of a straight line and would swerve in front of me for no visible reason (these are probably the same people who don't quite grasp the idea of a passing lane when driving and believe speed limits are too high).
I saw an old high school friend that I haven't seen in more than 20 years (except on FB) and one of the moms from Boy Scouts; both also ran the 5k.
I made it to the 1st mile mark and checked my watch to see my time...and saw that I hit the reset button by mistake when I started so timing had never started. Very bummed about that, I wanted to see what my 2 mile outdoor time is, since I know it is slower than on the treadmill. So I started timing at the 1 mile mark.
The last bit leading up to mile 3 was up a slight hill, dodged the fence through a narrow opening over rough patched asphalt, around the corner and into the home stretch. Hot 'n Cold by Katy Perry on the mp3 to pick up the pace and cross the finish line...smack into a "traffic" jam as everyone before me decided that was a good place to stop & stand around. Grabbed my water & a banana (after dropping my orange quarter on the ground) and headed back to the corner to wait & cheer for Scout Mom and go with her to the finish.
According to my watch I did 2.1 miles in 22:08, which I guessed made my total time around 32 minutes. Of course I didn't look at the clock when I crossed the finish line, that would have been too easy LOL. They had the race times posted on line by the time I got home...and my official time was 33:25 and I came in 38 out of 96 so WooHoo! I rock!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
About a month ago, in a fit of caffeinated insanity, I registered for a 5k race on 4/30. I still don't know why exactly I did this. I have successfully ignored this fact until today when I realized that tomorrow night I have to pick up my race packet. Since I made the commitment to run the race I'm going to have to do it.
Never having run a race before, and having Type A / control freak / OCD tendencies, I'm a bit freaked because I don't know exactly what to expect or how best to prepare. I know the obvious, like get a good night's sleep & eat breakfast in the morning (planning on a pumpkin muffin with some peanut butter and possibly some mint tea). Beyond that, what should I do or not do in the next 2 days exercise-wise?
Tonight was a cardio/strength training night. For cardio I run/walk on the treadmill for 65 minutes. My primary focus is speed for a 2 mile run (down to 19:48! WooHoo, yay me!) and then a 12 minute 1.1 mile to get to the 5k mark. Then I have a brisk walk for the next 25-30 minutes, then go to strength training (full circuit for arms, legs, chest & back).
Tomorrow will be yoga pilates (which I've missed the last 2 weeks) & karate with pushups (still hate them) and sit-ups. I'm assuming I'm OK for tomorrow's exercise plan.
Friday would be another run day, but with the race on Saturday morning I'm assuming it's probably not a good idea to run Friday night.
So what should I do instead? I'm getting twitchy at the thought of not doing anything, but I don't want to overwork myself and risk injury or burnout on Saturday morning. It will be weird enough running outside on the road, all my running the past 4 months has been indoors on the treadmill.
My goals for the race are 1) to finish (I'm accident prone so finishing is not necessarily a given); 2) to run the entire distance (see #1); and 3) not to be in last place. Yes, I know just finishing is an accomplishment and there is nothing wrong with being the last one done b/c it is finishing that is the true achievement...but remember above about my being Type A? I'm also *slightly* competitive...not enough to expect to "win" but I have to have something to measure myself against. Actually, just not getting hurt will be an accomplishment for me!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Below is my planned garden layout this year. Iím excited, each year it gets a little bigger, better organized. I canít wait to get started planting, our last frost day should be any day now. Because of the rain, cold & wind last weekend I did not get the last of my raised beds built or do any work outside so Iím hoping Iíll be able to get to it this weekend. I have the next 4 days off work so I will really try to take the time. I intend to be planting on time this year!
Because itís kind off small & hard to read here is a list of what Iím planting going in rows from the top of the page. The pink boxes are for marigolds, Iíve been told this flower helps repel the various insects that like garden plants. No corn or this year, Iíve decided itís too much work for what grows (and the animals donít eat) and I can get better quality and exactly the quantity I need from the local farmerís markets. I also plan to grow potatoes but they will be in another area.
Row 1: pumpkin, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, zucchini, eggplant
Row 2: parsley, chamomile, mint, basil, marjoram, tarragon, sage, other herbs TBD, beans, peas, spinach, kohlrabi, cabbage, tomato, cilantro, thyme
Row 3: watermelon, onion, chives, habanero, chili pepper, jalapeno, bell pepper, green onion, peanuts, tomatillo, artichoke
Row 4: honeydew, tomato, oregano, cilantro, thyme, peanut, bee balm
Row 5: cantaloupe, tomato, bee balm (I think I will change this to something else), onion, garlic, and a box just for flowers Ė donít know what kind yet but maybe some lavender and whatever flowers attract bees
I also have 3 large catnip plants not shown on the plan. When dried and put in baggies to take to work to share with other cat owners I look like drug dealer LOL!
In typing this up I just realized that I forgot carrots and now have no where to put them in the garden. They may have to go off-site by the pear trees I planted last yearÖwhich are also right next to the deckÖunder which lives my colony of bunnies. Oh well, I will have enough to share.
I also have raspberry bushes that really started producing last year so I expect this year will repeat. Iím going to try planting blueberries again this year and see if they take this time.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
This seemed to be the weekend for muffins! I saw a new muffin recipe in Cooking Light I wanted to try, VYVIENN made pumpkin cranberry muffins, I learned you can freeze muffins to eat later (somehow that never occurred to me before), and my muffin top is mostly gone.
Today I made pistachio chai muffins. I changed some things from the Cooking Light recipe. I sacrificed some of my coconut chai tea for this, here is the recipe (makes 9 muffins):
3/4 cup white flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt, 3 chai tea bags (unused), 1 cup vanilla soy milk, 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 large egg, 1/3 cup pistachio nuts, chopped, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 TBS water
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. In large bowl mix flours, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt
3. Cut open chai tea bags and add to flour mixture; stir well to mix
4. In another bowl mix soy milk, coconut oil, egg and vanilla extract
5. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Do not over mix
6. Coat muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray
7. Divide batter into muffin cups
8. Sprinkle nuts evenly over the muffins
9. Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes on a wire rack.
10. Combine 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, powdered sugar & water, stirring until smooth. Drizzle evenly over muffins.
I also entered the recipe on SP so you can get the nutritional values here: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
I think tomorrow I am going to make Lavender Blueberry Muffins and later in the week I will try VYVIENN's pumpkin cranberry. Here is the Lavender Blueberry recipe (makes 9-12 muffins depending on size):
1 cup white flour, 1 cup whole wheat flour, 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 cup Silk Vanilla Coconut milk (from the dairy section not the canned coconut milk used in Thai cooking), 2 medium eggs, 1 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen - if using frozen do not thaw first or your batter will be blue), 2 TBS Lavender buds
1. preheat oven to 400 degrees
2. Mix all ingredients until wet; do not over mix, batter should be lumpy
3. Spoon into muffin cups
4. Bake 20 minutes (approximate)
Sometimes I add shredded coconut to the recipe and sprinkle some on top of the muffins. The recipe with the coconut is here: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detai
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