Saturday, July 17, 2010
My husband and I ran another 5K today at the Venitian Festival. My time last year was 32:05, this year was 31:12. I was REALLY hoping to break the 30 minute mark, but didn't happen today... It was a good race. I started out great. Whenever I looked at my Garmin watch I was running around 9 minute miles... Lost time in the last mile. There is a STEEP uphill at the end that is KILLER. I had actually forgotten about it from last year, but my husband kept talking about it, so I went back and read last year's blog and saw that I had talked about it there. LOL. It was soooo hot, it was making me kinda weak and nauseated at the end. I had a pain across my upper chest/collar bone area when I was running. Not sure if it was muscular pain or gas? I was taking little sips of water out of a sports bottle, so I may have sucked in some air with it. Or it could have been from beathing too fast... Hoping to keep improving, and I will keep striving to break that 30 minute mark!
Afterwards, my husband and I went and got cleaned up, then went and got a bagel from a local bakery there. We went into a doggie bakery and bought our dog some treats. Afterwards, we went to the beach. The waves were huge and water was warm, it was perfect beach weather! Afterwards, we came home and helped the boys organize their bedrooms. Bought Adam a new desk (on clearance at Menards, woo hoo!) and a dresser. His was falling apart, so it was making his room look horrible. Then, we finally took some time to relax. We made root beer floats (I used Diet Dr Pepper, cherry vanilla flavor) with low fat vanilla ice cream (mmmmm....) and watched the movie Dear John. I hadn't seen it or read the book yet, now I want to read the book to see how that ends! I have found with Nicholas Sparks books that his books are always WAY better than the movies! It was a good movie, so I can't wait to read the book!
Friday, July 16, 2010
I had a job interview a couple weeks ago, and I found out last week that I got the job. I was nervous at first to switch jobs and try sometime new, but the day before I got the call about the job I had been reading a book that had a lot of Bible verses about how God stretches us and challenges us to grow and change in life. So, I knew that this was meant to be. The day after I told my manager that I'm switching to a different unit, she announced that she is leaving as well. So, there will be a lot of changes coming up in my "old" department. The director had just left the week before, the manager is leaving, all of the charting guidelines are changing... I took that as confirmation, as well. I am excited to do something new! I went down to PACU the other day to get fetal heart tones on a pregnant patient, and the nurses down there said they heard I was hired and that they were so excited for me to start working with them. I start in August, I'm just waiting to get my training schedule from the manager. The training is 3-4 months, and after that my schedule will be Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. They know that I have school on Thursday evenings, and the manager said that several staff is willing to either switch days with me, or let me leave early on those days to go to school. My hours are 7:30 AM-8:00 PM. My gym opens at 5, so I plan to get there right at 5 AM, workout, get ready there, then heard to work. The gym is right down the road from the hospital, so it should work out perfectly! I will miss a lot of nurses that I work with now, but I know that we can still get together to visit. I have worked pre-and post-op before, so it should be somewhat similar to what I was doing, but I will have to learn a lot of new things as well. I'm willing to accept the challenge, as I go furtheron my journey in life, I'm learning to keep expanding my knowlege and experiences in life!
Thursday, July 08, 2010
Well, we are back from our vacation up north. We had a blast! Stayed active with running, biking, zip line, rock wall climbing... We even relaxed at the beach and went for ice cream and pizza. I made healthy decisions the whole time, getting frozen yogurt instead of ice cream, asking for substitutions at meals, soaked the grease off my pizza with a napkin, only ate till I was satisfied (not stuffed!) Today I weighed in, and I was down a half pound from before vacation. So glad I didn't gain! Vacations usually end up in a 5 pound weight gain that seems to take forever to take back off. I never felt deprived, just made healthier choices.
Saturday, July 03, 2010
We're having a great vacation so far! It is beautiful up here. Just taking a break in the hotel while the kids rest for a bit. Yesterday we did a little shopping in the shops in Mackinaw City, got some veggie pizza (yummy!) and then went on a 5.5 mile bike ride with the kids. Jon and I each took turns this morning going for a run. The route we took was 4.25 miles, right along the lake. It was so pretty and the sun was shining, awesome! We took the kids to the beach and they collected cool rocks, then we swam for a while. Going to see the laser show tonight. Tomorrow we're going to Mill Creek to try the rock climbing wall and the zip line! Fireworks tomorrow night! It's been great so far~ I've stayed within my WW points and we've gotten some good exercise, too!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I've been thinking a lot this week about how my life has changed since I have lost weight. Before, I had such a hard time breaking past the plateau and getting under 135. I felt like a constant failure, which would then cause me to give up and not worry about what I eat. Sticking with a lifestyle plan like Weight Watchers and exercising has helped me to not only break past that plateau, but to get out of the 130's as well. My family is so much more active now. I plan things based on how they will be able to get exercise as well. Everyone in the family eats healthier. A co-worker was saying that it was so hard for her to eat healthy at home because no one else eats that way. Well, guess what? If you buy it, they're going to have to eat it eventually! Sure, the cost is a little higher initially (let's face it, junk food is CHEAP, fruit is not always that cheap!) but in the long run, you are saving money when you don't have to keep taking a family member to the doctor. So I will share my low-calorie treats with my boys, when before they were "just for me." Why start them out on the wrong foot and have them eat junk that is just going to make them chubby? Tonight my boys picked their own snack for the evening. Adam chose some frozen fruit. Joshua ate cucumbers dipped in fat free Italian dressing. They bi-passed the low fat ice cream bars to get to their snacks. Impressive! I have been able to do some shopping for myself and buy smaller sizes. I still have items to buy, but we are also trying to stick to a budget, so I'm utilizing lots of sundresses this summer, lol. We are looking forward to our vacation that starts this Friday. We have lots of swimming and biking planned, and Jon and I will run while the kids ride their bikes for some of the days. I am taking low-point snacks with us, and I refuse to buy any fudge in Mackinaw! LOL. There are plenty of stores there that give away bite-size samples, I will be happy with just 1 piece! My goal is to not gain weight on this trip, which I know I can do if I plan correctly. A lot of co-workers keep asking, "Why are you still doing Weight Watchers??? You lost your weight!" I am constantly having to tell people, "Because, it's a life change, and I don't want to gain the weight back!" Another co-worker asked, "You're not going to count points while you're on vacation, are you?!?!?" I told her that with us being gone for 6 whole days, YES, I need to count points to the best of my ability while we're gone! It's too easy to get off track. Yes, I'll have an occasional treat by using some of my weeklie points, but the goal of my vacation is not to eat whatever I want, it's to spend quality time with my family and make some lasting memories in my children's lives!
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