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A Busy Weekend

Sunday, May 08, 2011

FINALLY! The rain stopped. At least for the last 2 days. It has been beautiful outside, low to mid 60s (Fahrenheit), sunny - I even got a sunburn! Practically overnight flowers have come up, leaves have appeared on trees...and my "swampland" backyard had morphed into marshland with grass halfway to my knees. I kid you not, it was TALL; the grass was so tall I swear that DNR was about to declare my backyard a protected marshland emoticon

So steps had to be taken.

Over the last 2 days I have mowed 4/3 of my backyard. No, that is not a typo. Yesterday I mowed 2/3 but I had to use the highest blade setting on half of it b/c the grass was so tall. Then my lawn mower battery was drained so recharged overnight & mowed the last 1/3 of the backyard today. Then went back & re-mowed the first 1/3 on a lower blade setting. Then did most of the weed wacking

I built the 6 raised bed boxes I needed for my garden & got them placed. I made my first dirt run today and got enough to fill 4 of them. I'll get the rest of the dirt tomorrow for the new boxes, then I can start getting the compost & additional dirt to fill all of the boxes the rest of the way. Those bags of garden soil are HEAVY! Good thing I've been doing strength training, but even so I had to lift each one 4 times (stack to cart to car to cart to garden). The bags say they only weigh 25 pound a piece but I think it is a lie, they are much heavier. Tomorrow I'll go to Lowe's during lunch & will let them load my car. I'm thinking that this is the last time I should need to add soil for a while b/c now the boxes will all be completely filled. Last year I was only able to get them filled about 2/3 of the way.

By the weekend I should be able to start planting. WooHoo, I'm going to be on-time this year! Usually I haven't gotten my act together to plant until the 1st weekend of June or later.

The 2 pear trees I planted last year have survived the winter. One has pretty white flowers all over it. The other one has leaves but no flowers, it is a different variety so maybe it doesn't flower yet. And the 2 kiwi trees I planted last summer have also survived the winter, I wasn't sure that they would here in Michigan. But the dwarf maple I planted in the front died. It was at the end of my porch, underneath a huge pine tree. I have not been able to get anything to grow on that end so I need to sit down & figure out what I'm going to do there. In the garden my chives appear to have survived as well and are growing again. I'm going to have to transplant them to a different bed.

I pruned the raspberry bushes today; they are escaping the bed and starting to invade the yard. I've got a HUGE pile of wood I need to get rid of from when I took down the playscape a few years ago. It's all just been sitting there in a pile on the side of the back garage but I need to get it gone this year. Unfortunately I can't cut it up to use in the fire pit, that would have been the easiest way to use it up (it's pressure treated & so not a good idea to burn it up). Once the wood is gone I think I'm going to plant blueberries on that side; the raspberries take up the back and have been expanding around to the other side.

Saturday night I took Jacq to the drive in movie theater to see Thor & Suckerpunch. The drive in is pretty cool, it brings back a lot of memories from when I was a kid & we had one locally. This drive in is an hour's drive away; we didn't get home until 2 am this morning. So I slept until 10:30, had breakfast & really wanted to go back to bed for a nap but went lawn mowing instead.

Tonight starts laundry for the week, I have been neglecting it again. I just looked at my calendar for the rest of the month & want to cry, I am so incredibly busy with extra-curriculars. And I don't even have all of them written down yet.

Jacq took me out to dinner for Mother's Day, I had a cup of strawberry soup which I have been wanting after working outside for the last 2 days. I have also managed to regain the 2.5 lbs I lost earlier this week, which is not a surprise. I think much of it is because I went WAY over on sodium for a few days since I haven't gone over my allotted calorie range (well, except for 1 day by a few calories but that happened b/c I changed my weight tracker/goal thing and it recalculated on me; I was within calories before the recalculation). But my last few months have been yo-yo like so I'm used to it and will get the weight gone again soon.

I hope your weekends were as good as mine! On to Monday!

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DOGSTARDADDY 5/9/2011 11:25AM

    We've had sun.. but I think the rain is heading our way soon. It was dry enough to spend 4 hours tilling the garden on Sunday.. what fun.

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MCJULIEO 5/9/2011 9:23AM

    Have fun with that gardening.....

around here, the beans have started to come in, and it suddenly is not as fun- picking beans is work!

(But oh! How I love fresh green beans!)

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GETSTRONGRRR 5/9/2011 8:23AM

    Sounds like a handful of projects. Enjoy it....don't let the zombies pollute your yard!

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AWOOD1973 5/9/2011 3:50AM

    Wow, you were a busy little bee!! Sounds like you got a lot accomplished, so that's got to be a good feeling starting your week out! I hear ya on the laundry thing! Maybe our neighbors are bringing theirs over, too! :) Hope your mother's day was great! Have a fabulous week!

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May Goals

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

I'm going to keep it short this month since May will be extremely busy with everyone's extra curricular activities. My goals for May:

1 - 35 pushups (did 30 as of Tuesday)
2 - 2 miles in 19:00 (did 19:41 tonight)
3 - finish removing living room carpet & paint floor with Killz
4 - run 5k race and improve time
5 - meet 50 lbs lost goal
6 - maintain 50 situps (not really a goal but I don't want to lose sight of it)

Last month I was afraid my goals were too hard but I met all of them. This month I'm afraid they are not hard enough. For example, when I originally set them I was only doing 26 pushups so increasing by 9 seemed like a stretch but last night in class I did 30 without feeling like my arms would fall off; I could probably have done a few more. I was in complete shock. And then I worry if I set the goals higher I might not meet them...and I REALLY like meeting my goals LOL!

I'm in a size 10 now. Funny how size 14 had a 30 lb spread but size 12 barely lasted for 10 pounds. In January when I started I could not get a size 10 much higher than my knees...and now the britches are a little baggy and I've only just started wearing them. Not that I'm complaining LOL! I missed taking my 40 lb progress picture so I have to make sure I get the 50 lb picture done when it happens this month. Although it is funny that when I look at myself in the mirror many times I don't "see" the changes, I still see the "fat girl" looking back...but when I started I also didn't actually "see" how heavy I was either and thought I looked thinner than I was. Mirrors are evil.

I'm trying to get Crazy Me into a self-help program, she keeps trying to talk me into things like buying a bike or a pool membership to start swimming. I have so far remained strong and resisted. I must keep my focus and not get caught up in goal creep no matter how many race t-shirts are at stake.

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SPOKENWORD 5/9/2011 9:31AM


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GETSTRONGRRR 5/5/2011 11:09PM

    Good on you kiddo! You're doing great!

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JUSTBIRDY 5/5/2011 10:52AM

    "goal creep" I love it!!

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MCJULIEO 5/5/2011 10:28AM

    Giggling uncontrollably.....Your living with Crazy Me amuses me no end....

Fantastic job on the goals... you SO ROCK!

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    "Mirrors are evil." VERY TRUE STATEMENT! emoticon emoticon

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VYVIENN 5/5/2011 6:47AM

    LOL I just read that Crazy You is trying to get you to buy a pool!!!! There must still be some sweat in my eye from earlier... heehee!

You know, the nice thing about goals is, they are sooooo flexible! When the 15th rolls around and you're thinking all the stuff you wanted to do IS too easy, adjust! Do extra and be extra proud of yourself. When you know there's a busy month ahead, it's important to still set yourself up for success, and when you find you can reach higher, stretch! emoticon emoticon

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My daughter's 1st track meet

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Jacq is in 8th grade this year and is a year younger than the rest of her class because we started her in school a year early, when she was 4. You wouldn't know she's only 12 to look at her (although she will be 13 in about 6 weeks).

She played football last year, on the 7th grade team. This year she decided to do track. Yesterday was their first track meet. She qualified to do "points" in all 3 of her events, the long jump, 55 meter hurdles & 200 meter hurdles.

Her best jump yesterday was 13 feet 3 inches, about half a foot shorter than her to date personal best. She still came in first place for the girls and was even ahead of the 3rd place boy.

She also came in first on her 2nd event, the 55 meter hurdles. She is the girl on the left with the white shirt sleeves. The other girl jumping is also on her team and they have been neck & neck in all their practices.

Jacq's 3rd event was the 200 meter hurdles. This time she is on the right. She was just slightly ahead until that last hurdle when her foot caught on it. She came in 2nd in that race but she's determined to win it next time.

She's trying to get the coach to let her run the 400 meter instead of the hurdles though.

They have 2 track meets every week this month. Her next one is tomorrow and the team they go against is supposed to be a lot tougher than the one yesterday so she'll have more competition.

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4EVERFIT011 5/5/2011 12:53PM

Great pics! You have a lot to be proud of!

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VYVIENN 5/5/2011 6:43AM

    emoticonI always wished I was coordinated enough for hurdles, it looks so great! I'm happy that Jacq had a great meet!!!

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DOGSTARDADDY 5/4/2011 12:20PM

    YAY for her!
It's interesting. I did the opposite thing for my oldest daughter. She was born 13 weeks early, and was always very small for her age. So We did a year of private kindergarden, then went into public school kindergarden a year later. So she's 14, and in 8th grade.

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MCJULIEO 5/4/2011 10:19AM

    You have every reason to be so proud of her...

What fun it is to excel in something that you like!

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    Oh, this reminds me of my sweet Kali... she could run like the wind! Enjoy this season in your precious girl's life! emoticon

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Race Day conversation with Me, Myself & I....

Monday, May 02, 2011

I have developed multiple personalities.

In the days leading up to the race Old Me made a feeble attempt to reassert dominance. Right up to the last quarter mile I could hear that whiny little voice in my head. Yes, I talk to myself; I carry on complete conversations sometimes. Here is the one I had Saturday morning:

Old Me: You know we really don't have to run this race, we're not going to win.
New Me: It's not about winning, it's about doing & finishing.
OM: But there's no reason to run the race, it isn't part of our goals.
NM: I said I would run the race, I'm running the race, so shut up about it already.
OM: We don't have anything to prove, we don't gain anything by doing this.
NM: Shut up, I'm running.
OM: We don't have to run the entire way you know, we can walk. SP friends said it was OK to walk.
NM: I'm running, shut up before I smack you.
OM: We already know we can run the distance, we don't need to do it now, it's early, it's cool outside, we have to use the bathroom.
NM: Don't go there, last warning.
OM: I mean, we could get hurt jumping over roadkill, then where would we be? Having to start all over again.
NM: (giving The Look) 1...2...3...
OM: Oh crap, look ahead, there's a hill. That's going to be a pain, let's walk.
NM: (virtual sidekick backfist to Old Me for the knock out) New Me wins by TKO!

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Crossing the finish line:

Crazy Me: Way to go New Me! We did it! I knew we would!
New Me: Thanks! I feel really good about it! Who are you?
Crazy Me: I'm Newer Me. Wow, we're so pumped, this is great! You know there's another 5k in a few weeks, we could do that one too!
New Me: We could...
Crazy Me: (interrupting and without pausing for breath) And then there's the Perch Run in July, and I bet there's other races around here in June and then there's the triathlon in New Baltimore and The Crim is in August and then there's the half marathon in October...
NM: (realizing that Newer Me isn't playing with a full deck) Wait just a minute there! The Perch Run is 4 miles! The Crim is 10! Who said anything about a triathlon, that involves swimming.
CM: (not pausing for breath) By July 4 miles will be nothing. We should add swimming to our routines, if we start now we can do a half mile easy, we were almost there a few years ago...
NM: Hold it! I am not doing a triathlon! Running is a means to an end, not the end itself. Remember my goal? Earn my Black Belt. That's it, not distance racing.
CM: (still not stopping for breath) But cross-training is very important, if we start swimming we'll build our endurance and strengthen our bones which is very important to us, and keep adding distance to the running, we can talk to IT Finance lady at work who's training for a half, and join a running club, and start training, and..
NM: (giving The Look) No. No triathlon. No 10 mile run. No half marathon. Don't even say marathon or I will b*tch slap you into next month.
CM: (dancing around like a cheerleader on speed) But we can do this! We can! It'll be fun! We'll get in better shape, we'll get t-shirts, we can buy cool running clothes...
NM: Two words for you...Chuck. Norris. Don't make me go there and go all kung fu on your a$$.
CM: Aw come on! Don't be a spoilsport, we can do it!
NM: (pointing at the prone unconscious body of Old Me)
CM: Um...I think I'll go over there and look at the fancy bikes now...

And, of course, I registered for the 5k at the local metropark on 5/21. My daughter wants to run too although she has stated she intends to walk a good part of it - she wants the t-shirt since I won't let her have mine.

The 4 mile is still up in the air. I know I can do it but it smells suspiciously like goal creep. I'm going to have to keep a close eye on Crazy Me and keep all caffeine away from her before I do something rash like register for the 10 mile or half marathon.

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GETSTRONGRRR 5/4/2011 10:49PM

    Yeah, those are some of my favorite conversations.....nice to know the New You is winning!

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DOGSTARDADDY 5/3/2011 12:18PM

    I thought the title said "racy conversation". Imagine my disappoiotment :)

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DOODIE59 5/3/2011 9:50AM

    SIGN YOURSELF UP RIGHT NOW! RIGHT NOW WHILE THE FEVER IS STRONG! You won't regret it. Those race Ts are a powerful incentive. (My daughter sleeps only in my husband's long sleeve race Ts -- for some reason, there is nothing like them.)

You're gonna like these challenges -- very empowering to get to the other end of a race. The adrenaline will keep you going for hours. You rock, FFK. There is nothing you can't do. I wish I had 10% of your determination. Rock on.
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MCJULIEO 5/3/2011 9:27AM

    Laughing hysterically.... you GO, girl, Old You, New You, Newer You, & Crazy You!

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VYVIENN 5/3/2011 5:57AM

    Ouch, ouch, you're making my sore abs hurt from laughing!!! emoticon I find CM very sympathetic. Mine is about to sign me up for two more 5Ks even though we haven't even RUN the first one yet! Perhaps the two should meet, they could train and do this stuff without us while we go to the movies...

Don't nix the 10K idea quite yet... Nat has almost talked me into doing a half marathon, but luckily, my excuse for a (looooong) while can be that I really can't afford to fly to the States just to run a race. Ha, so there! emoticon Buuuuut... eventually.... somewhere down the road...

I assure you of one thing, though: if my CM ever starts even turning its head into the direction of a marathon signup, I will swiftly and mercilessly squash it like a bug. "Swop!"

Personally, I detest swimming, but if your CM persuades you to do the triathlon anyway... you know I'll be there to cheer you on all the way!!! emoticon emoticon

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MANTISGIRL 5/2/2011 11:00PM


Swimming is an excellent reward for Running!

And a new bike sounds perfect!

(pokes CM, demands status as partner-in-enthusiasm)

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KRISTINKP 5/2/2011 10:59PM

    You crack me up!

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GLASSPAK22 5/2/2011 10:15PM

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DELMALPZ 5/2/2011 10:07PM

    Very funny blog. Thanks!

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April Goal Results & Randomness

Sunday, May 01, 2011

A most awesome month! My goals for April were:

*25 pushups - am doing 26 - emoticon
*50 situps - am doing 50 - emoticon
*2 miles in 20:30 - best time to date is 19:48 - emoticon
*160 lbs - today is 159.8 - emoticon
*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 emoticon
*finish all mending - everything that I am capable of repairing & wearing again is done - emoticon

Apparently I need harder goals! emoticon

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.
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DOODIE59 5/2/2011 4:13PM

    Worms? Crossfire? It's all good:) Congrats on your month's goals. Sounds like you're doing everything right. Good luck in May --

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VYVIENN 5/2/2011 3:48AM

    Excellent job on the goals, wow!! Glad to hear there's a solution for you grandma, that should give everyone some air (including her, I'm sure).

You know, hardwood, when treated correctly and laid well, is actually quite durable. My grandmother still has the original floor from when her house was built in the 1950s, and it has braved several generations of kids and at least one dog for a short while. I think she had it refinished once!

If I had my choice, I'd have a nice laminate all through the house, because these days, it looks just like hardwood and is so easy to maintain. Our new house has carpet throughout, though, except for one area, and for some reason, DH likes how it goes with the way the previous owners decorated the place, so I'm stuck with it for now. One thing I'm never falling for again is that "dirt-repellent, tightly woven, specially treated" wall to wall carpet junk - no matter WHAT the claims are, that stuff gets dirty and never looks the same again!

When Scout dad gets finished, will you show us some pictures?

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    I'm really glad about your uncle coming to terms about your grandmother... what a touchy subject, caring for our elderly family!

We have tile floors of slate, I think you call it. I wouldn't trade it for the world because it is so easy to clean and maintain!

Have a great week, and good for you on your fitness! Keep sparking! emoticon

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GREENEYES2020 5/1/2011 3:08PM

    Congratulations, you are doing great!

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SARAHJG33 5/1/2011 9:48AM

    GET IT, GIRL!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 5/1/2011 9:35AM

    Great work for April and a 5K to top it off!

Keep doing well at work. Attitude is sometimes just as (sometimes even more) important as performance

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BELTONWALKER67 5/1/2011 8:43AM

    emoticonYou are doing a fantastic job in the goal setting and achieving your goals. On the job situation...remember all works out for the best and usually when one door closes another one will open. Have a great day!

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SILVERHAWK 5/1/2011 8:31AM

  Good job on meeting your goals!

Good luck on the May goals!

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