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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Yesterday DH and I moved a couch from the living room into the den/study. Then we moved a couch from the basement into the living room. By this point I had broke a sweat. We hopped in the car and drove to some stranger's (yikes!) house because we bought a huge sectional couch on Craigslist. I love when rich people redecorate after 1 year. (score!) The seller said that he would help us get it in the van. "no, thanks! We got it." DH and I carried all the pieces together. Then we drove home and unloaded it all ourselves, which meant getting that beast down a flight of steps.

I'll admit that I was pretty proud of myself that I could do this. No need to call some guy friend to help. I lift and stuff! And I lift stuff in real life too! Isn't it such a great feeling to use your strength outside the gym?!

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    Some of my most encouraging moments have been when I realize I actually have the energy/strength for productive, difficult work.

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OPTIMIST1948 4/17/2013 6:01PM

    Best news, reason to enjoy in yourself.

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FRACTALMYTH 4/14/2013 6:31AM

    Super effort :) Brilliant to hear that you are still going strong! thanks for the welcome back, too!

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WINDSURFNERD 4/12/2013 10:35AM

    It feels good to be strong in real life! You rock!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 4/11/2013 1:05PM

    YES!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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REDRUNNERMOM713 4/11/2013 9:43AM

    Way to go! The feeling I love is when you are about to lift something heavy and a guy says "let me do that"... ummm.. no thanks. I got this! The look on their face sometimes is priceless.

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LISAINMS 4/11/2013 9:39AM

Super woman!! (Don't you love those awesome finds on Craigslist?)

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GINGERHAWK 4/11/2013 9:02AM

    Way to go - you continue to prove that strong girls rule!

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WORTHEYMOM 4/11/2013 7:21AM

    Love that feeling! Keep rocking it chickie!

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MICHSTATE 4/10/2013 9:54PM

    WooHoo!!!! You rock!!!!!:-)

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run, ST, food

Saturday, March 30, 2013

I think I only have the mental capacity to really give my all to one goal at a time. I haven't figured out how to balance running, strength, and nutrition goals all at once. One always seems to get priority. In Feb. I tracked strength moves. I saw and felt improvements. Upped my goals for March, started tracking, lasted a few days.

I switched into racing mode. And I'm glad I did. It was a great race. I still can't believe i ran a 1:51 HM!

Then it was time to get over myself and put in all that running effort into my nutrition goals. And I did. For about a week. I'll be honest, this second year of maintenance has been much harder than the first. It's frustrating how much constant effort it takes. How often I say "no" to things. How hard I work during the week and then blow it on the weekends. How I've been saying this since DECEMBER! I looked back at my calendar and the last time I was at my happy weight was 12/24. My legs do not look like they did last summer.

I can do this. I love my workout sticker calendar. I'm adding on some nutrition marks for April. But I'm not waiting until April. I started 2 days ago. And surprise, surprise: 2 great days!

April also means adding once a week swims into my schedule. And it means Spring running! With the kids! So much to be excited about.

"Only a running mama can...
pack lunches, get dinner in the crockpot, throw in a load of wash and fit in a 10 miler while pushing an extra 40 pounds."

If I can do that, I can manage to get an inch off my waist and another off each thigh. Here's to a strong and healthy April! And a consistent one. No more of this 5 days on, 2 days off, merry go round.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 4/7/2013 2:12PM

    Hem..Good ol'balance - think all of us struggle with this one
However, you are goal oriented, focused & accomplished individual, you will get there in time. emoticon
Happy April and good luck on your journey
1:51 HM - emoticon

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ELISAJANE57 4/3/2013 10:28PM

    I commented on your status feed as well, but I wanted to let you know that I have had some struggles too. I get too relaxed on the weekends. I'm okay with having one relaxed day but not both weekend days! I'm fighting to get myself back on track and I'm not going to give up! emoticon

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CRYSBROWN1 4/3/2013 6:18PM

    Ah, good ol'balance, still working on that one myself! But you are making great strides all around and just think, before maintenance mode you probably did not even put much thought at all into these areas so all your effort MUST be good for something! You are breaking PR's in races, lifting weight like the big dogs and throwing in swimming for good measure, you may not have perfected balance but you are certainly doing your thang!!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 4/1/2013 7:38PM

    Cheers to April.
I'm excited too!
I ended March with an awesome family ski vacay and now have some ST goals ahead of me:)
Agreed that to put all 3 together is a constant balancing act.
The merry go round has to eventually stop, right?
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JOYFULSPIRIT920 4/1/2013 7:52AM

    Balance is a dirty word. I struggle with those three areas too.
Running. Strength. Nutrition.
I was so good at it for such a long time. Why is so hard to get back there.
13lbs piled back on!! Its so frustrating. I'm attempting to use my disgust with myself as fuel towards my goals and not as an excuse to continue down the weight gain trail.
Here's to a great April! Wishing you well on your journey!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 3/31/2013 9:13PM

    I struggle with the doing great nurtirion wise through the week and blowing it on the weekends too. Keeping to a schedule is key for me. I know you can do whatever you put your mind too! Get after it girl!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 3/31/2013 11:01AM

    wooo 1:51!!!!!!!!!! Speedster!!!! I am totally with you! The trifecta of health! Lets do it!!!!

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WINDSURFNERD 3/31/2013 10:45AM

    emoticon I think that someone as goal-oriented and accomplished as you *WILL* find the right formula!

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ROXYZMOM 3/30/2013 6:39PM

    Boy, you go have a lot to juggle! I am not going to be much help on this one. Maybe that's why I just stick to running and tracking food!

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LAURENXX19 3/30/2013 2:44PM

    Good luck! I have trouble with my nutrition as well. My weekends are my downfall.

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SUNFLOWER4ME 3/30/2013 1:37PM

    ooooohhh pretty lady you know I feel you one this one. I need to focus on my nutrition this april too, but I just have so much more fun when I focus on my workouts emoticon emoticon

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WORTHEYMOM 3/30/2013 12:25PM

    totally get the healthy week and crappy weekend thing! Same at my house - hoping we can get on track for April too! WE CAN DO THIS!! Love your race reports! Can't wait to read more!

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OPTIMIST1948 3/30/2013 11:24AM

    I think you might be too hard on yourself....but sometimes we are our own worst critics arent we! HM time means you are making progress. You may not see it on a daily basis, but clearly you are working in the right direction. You are more than a number on a scale or measuring tape.

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FLGIRL1234 3/30/2013 10:31AM

    I hear you. Sometimes it can be a real struggle to maintain all three areas. In other news....
1:51 HM AWESOME!!!!!!!! emoticon

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HM #4: I am racing myself

Sunday, March 17, 2013

And this has not always been the case. Most of you know me as a runner. You didn't know that I would run around the block, feel miserable, give up, quit, try again a few months later, repeat. I thought I couldn't do it. It just wasn't in me. I wasn't a runner, I was never going to be a runner like my dad. I watched him run, race, I tried on his medals. I wanted to be a runner, but I couldn't do it.

Luckily, life surprises you. Luckily, I am willing to try again.

I started running with DH in March/April 2011. We would run a 1 mile loop around our neighborhood. And it was HARD. But I didn't give up and it got easier. And then I ran a 5K and discovered the energy of racing.

HM 1: 10/11 in 1:55
HM 2: 3/12 in 2:00
HM 3: 5/12 in 1:54

Add in several 10 milers, a full marathon, some triathlons and a mud run.

Yesterday was the same race as last March's 2:00. That day was horrible. It was 75 degrees which is crazy hot for March in MN. Bad race. I was super disappointed in myself. It was a mental blow as I was in the middle of marathon training. This year, number 1 goal was to beat last year's time and to have fun and feel strong at the finish.

Of course I also wanted to PR. I tried to be realistic. I have not given training 100%. But I also know what I'm capable of. 1:52 was my goal. 8:32 pace. All week I chanted to myself 8:32, 8:32, 8:32.

Then winter happened. Oh, Minnesota, how I love you. 75 last year. Freezing snow and rain and sleet and ice all mixed in on Friday. Forecast is 10 for 8 am, start time. TEN degrees and icy roads. I kinda panicked. When I calm down I realize that even in that weather, I can still beat last year's time. I'm telling myself 1:59. (Yeah right, I'm still whispering 8:32s in my sleep).

Saturday morning I wake up and it is a glorious 20 degrees. It's windy. It's cold. But it isn't 10 and snowing. Thank you weather lords! I take back all the horrible swear words I said last night!!

And it was cold. I lined up right in front of the 9:00 mm pacer. It's strange to run a race for the second time. I kept getting flashes of a year ago and how I felt. I started too fast and was spent by mile 5. This year I got my little app announcement at mile 1: "8:52." Perfect. I wanted to start with a 9mm warm up. Mile 2: "8:32" ha! That's my time. Now just run.

This was the best I've ever done with really listening to my body. Listening to my breathing. Slowing down when I needed to and keeping a steady pace. At mile 5 I felt great. Goal met!

It's an out and back course. Around mile 6 the leader came by and this is incredible to see. He was WAY out in front. I saw one my my running girls, which gave me a boost. Somehow I missed DH. Eventually I told myself to stop looking for people and to focus on myself.

Felt great at the turn around. Time to pick it up. Goal #2 was a negative split. Tough goal on this course since the first half is downhill, which means the second half was a fair amount of uphill.

And then it was icy. What the heck? We were on the exact same road. It was sanded and salted pretty well. But now I was definitely slipping. And I could feel that I had to work harder to keep my footing. Couldn't keep up the same cadence. And harder to pass people.

Just keep running. Keep your pace on the hills. My dad taught me this simple trick to use when you're struggling: With every step say, :"toe, toe, toe." You automatically think about your feet and engage your whole body to push off that big toe. Thank you Dad. That one worked.

The sun was shining. I felt good. I said a prayer of thanks for my health. I like to take a moment to think about all the people who can't run. How lucky I am. I am strong and healthy and this is what I do for fun. And so do 4,000 other people in my city! How cool is that?

I use mapmyrun, which is not the greatest running app, but it's free. The GPS is always a little off and the pace is fast. I always add 10-20 seconds to what it tells me. It said my average pace was 8:17 so I figured I was close to my 8:32 goal. My plan was to pick it up at mile 10 and run a fast 5K to finish it.

well... not everything can go as planned. I got to mile 10 and my legs would not move faster. 10 miles is a perfect distance for me. Unfortunately a half marathon is not 10 miles. I had to suck it up and push.

Mile 12: come on now! Go!! You have a goal to meet!!!!

Finish line: I ran across happy and as fast as I could. I wasn't in an all out sprint because I didn't have that much left. I truly left it all on the course. The clock said 1:53 and I was thrilled. I started a bit after the gun, but i wasn't sure how much. Enough to get the 1:52? I didn't worry about it because my running girls and DH had already finished and were freezing cold. We went out to breakfast and got Bloody Mary's to celebrate. Everyone had a good run!

Later that day the chip times were posted. 1:51:28. Just typing that brings me back to the second I read that time. My whole body smiled. I was proud of myself. I was so so happy. I AM still so happy. And I did run a negative split!

Now I know some of you are going to tell me I'm fast. And, yes, of course that makes me feel good. But here's the thing: if you run, you are a runner. If you race, you are racing yourself. There is always someone faster. DH got a PR too. 1:41:14! And my girls were 1:37 and 1:45. I am the slow one. Times are relative. That's why we need to race for ourselves.

i care about my times a great deal and am very motivated to beat myself. 1:49, I am coming for ya! Maybe it's time to spend $1.99 on a better app.

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 4/1/2013 7:33PM

I am so happy for you.
A few weeks have passed since this race but I hope you can still feel the joy I can read in your words.
So good and of course you'll catch 1:49!
Happy happy day:)

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SUGIRL06 3/25/2013 6:38PM

    Congratulations!! I'll be happy with a 2:52 at my upcoming half marathon! Lol :-)

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CAVEPRINCESS65 3/24/2013 4:11PM

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You are so inspiring emoticon

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SEABREEZE65 3/24/2013 9:17AM

    Congratulations... great report and I love the images and photos!

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ONMYMEDS 3/23/2013 2:18PM

    Great race, great report. Nice job!!


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ELISAJANE57 3/20/2013 10:56PM

    emoticon I need to be brave and just sign up for one. Congratulations on your PR!!!

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PINKBEANBOO 3/19/2013 12:21PM

I remember your race blog last year because you had a saying in it: Do your best, forget the rest. I had a HM right after that blog & I kept repeating that to myself during my race. Can you believe I still remember that? You give great race reports.

SO, I'm doing that HM again this weekend. Realistic goal is 2:20. Don't get my hopes up too high goal is 2:15. Do you know how excited I'll be if I get 2:15? Um, yeah, I think you do.

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WANT2BEFIT10 3/19/2013 6:02AM

    CONGRATS!!!! That is such an AWESOME time! And the weather was drastically different from last year. You should be so proud! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NUOVAELLE 3/19/2013 3:25AM

Congratulations, runner! Yourself keeps on challenging you and you just keep on getting better!
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FIT_FOR_LIFE85 3/18/2013 7:08PM

    Amazing! I always enjoy reading you race blogs and they always motivate me to start running again! I just have to keep trying! Thanks for the inspiration! You truly are amazing! emoticon

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JICASMOM 3/18/2013 2:51PM

    This was so fun to read. So excited for you!! I smiled big to see your final time. Congrats and keep on racing yourself! This was a fun race!

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ANNABANANNA3 3/18/2013 10:58AM

    I ran that same race on Saturday and to be honest, I felt how you did last year. I was not mentally in it at all and my legs/body started to feel it. The ice was terrible on the way back - I was thinking the same thing ''what the heck!'' After walking a little and then picking it back up - I was able to finish, with tears and all - Completely mentally drained.

On that note - Your blog made my day!! I have been down on myself all weekend about my race and my time: 2:07. My sister (who I got into running a year ago) ended up having a better race day than me and it made me even harder on myself, not because I was upset with her accomplishments but because I felt that I was ''less'' of a runner because I never want to be ''the slow one''..... But when I read your blog, I was reminded of the reason I run.

I run because it makes me feel free. I run to get away from the world. I run for me, myself, and because it is MY passion and MY goals. I run because I love it.... there is really no other way to describe the feelings and adrenaline I get from running and completing races... I just love it.

So thank you. I really appreciate your blog and I am happy to say that I will run my next race and every race after that for me and my goals.
''Times are relative. That's why we need to race for ourselves. ''

emoticon Cheers to future running!!!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 3/18/2013 10:26AM

    emoticon race report! Congrats on getting under the time you were aiming for. Saturday was cold and the ice was NOT fun. I didn't run a race on Saturday but I did have my 9 mile training run. The ice made my body very sore because I didn't have the correct footing.

Way to go for doing so good even with the MN conditions!

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GINGERHAWK 3/18/2013 9:58AM

    I'm SO happy for you! Thanks for sharing this and putting a big smile on my face this morning - strong women rock!

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WORTHEYMOM 3/18/2013 9:37AM

    Girl you just made me cry! I'm so happy for you! I love the toe, toe, toe and racing against yourself and no one else - I must remember that! Congrats on the super awesome PR!

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CHERRY666 3/18/2013 9:14AM

    Wonderful! Thank you for sharing & congratulations. =)

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/18/2013 7:48AM

    Great race...great report...great PR! Congratulations!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 3/18/2013 7:42AM

    Wow! So happy for you!! I knew you had it in you!!
I love your detailed recap. I could feel my legs turning to jello just reading along.
You have every right to be proud of yourself. And you are correct, it's the race against ourselves that mean the most!

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VICLAF 3/18/2013 7:42AM

    Great job, girl!!!!

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OPTIMIST1948 3/18/2013 7:09AM

    Gosh. What a warm fuzzy feeling this gives me this morning. My goal this year is to run my first half marathon (because I'm only half crazy). I'll be thinking toe-toe-toe!

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ROXYZMOM 3/18/2013 3:54AM

    What a great race! And congratulations on your new PR! I use the Runkeeper app.
It is free also, and does a great job for me. My brother, mom and friend use it too. We are on the same team - can monitor and push eachother even though we don't live near eachother.

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PMRUNNER 3/18/2013 3:04AM

    Way to go! Getting a PR feels great, getting one in adverse conditions is even better! You did well, even considering that you are the family slow poke! (I know what you mean, I feel that way when I run with my BIL and SIL)

Thanks for sharing about your race, that was a fun report!

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WINDSURFNERD 3/18/2013 12:14AM

    Wow, great race report and a terrific result! Running a PR on a do-over race...that's AWESOME!! And yeah, you ARE fast, but I do hear ya that we are all running our own races. I"m high-fiving you right now, smack!! :)

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PRESHUZ 3/17/2013 10:44PM

    AWESOME JOB!!! That's a great time and you should be very proud of yourself. Congrats!

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NICE_ASPHALT 3/17/2013 10:11PM

    WAY TO GO!! It's such an amazing feeling every single time we PR! You deserve more than a $1.99 app "Miss 1:51:28" .... treat yourself to a Garmin!! Mine does swim, bike and run ... just what you need!

So very very proud of you!!

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CRYSBROWN1 3/17/2013 9:54PM

    CONGRATULATIONS on your HM PR!!! Definitely give yourself credit where credit is due - your PR is no doubt as a result of improvement as a runner! You are right about challenging yourself and feeling accomplished when you achieve those race goals, what an AMAZING feeling and I know YOU feel like a million bucks after this victory - as you should ;)!

Here's to another spectacular finish! I have a feeling that there will be MANY more successes to come!

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MICHSTATE 3/17/2013 9:51PM

    Awesome job!!!!!:-)

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LISAINMS 3/17/2013 9:50PM

    Whoop whoop! Nothing like busting through that goal time. Awesome blog!!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 3/17/2013 9:44PM

    emoticon You ROCK! Congrats on such an awesome PR!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 3/17/2013 9:39PM

    I'm so happy and excited for you!! What an amazing feeling you must have knowing you beat the time you had wanted. Way to give it everything you've got. emoticon emoticon

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February checklist

Friday, March 01, 2013

emoticon emoticon February Goals emoticon emoticon

1. 90 running miles

Oh well. February is a short month. And I skipped 2 long runs. One because of vacation and the other because...______(insert excuse here).

I like to track a few strength moves every month. Makes me do more than I normally would. I kept my goals low this month and it was still a struggle. better than nothing!
2. 100 push-ups per week
wk 1: 90
wk 2: 100
wk 3: vacation!
wk 4: 120

It's amazing how quickly you lose strength. I love the feeling of doing real, strong, perfect form push-ups. I am back up to doing 20 in a row. Need to keep it up!

3. 100 tricep dips per week
wk 1: 100
wk 2: 80
wk 3: vacation!
wk 4: 120
Love the definition these give my arms. And tank top weather will eventually be here!

4. planks 10 mins. per week
wk 1: 6:00
wk 2: 7:00
wk 3: vacation!
wk 4: 1:00
so... guess I don't like planks.
I completely abandoned the triathlete heavy lifting program I had done so well with in Dec. and Jan. Back to the weight room tomorrow morning

5. get back to lower range of maintenance: 147-148
emoticon I ended the month with a slight gain. And as nice as some of you are on my status updates, no, it is not muscle. It is inches on my waist, tummy and thighs. That's where I carry my weight. I feel it, I see it. My favorite pants don't look like they used. And I've been saying this since, oh, about November.
I am going to write nutrition focused March goals. I run a lot. I cross train a lot. Exercise is not the issue here.

6. finish medal holder

This also counts as my one pinterest project a month goal for 2013. I spray painted a piece of wood, drilled small holes, screwed in hooks. Very cheap, very easy! Half of those medals are DH's. I have a second piece of wood ready to go. We will need it in a year or so!

7. goodwill drop off

8. Tea after dinner, no night time snacking
?/28 lost count :(
See? I need to focus on nutrition goals and actually follow through.

emoticon emoticon Here we go March! emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHYL1 3/9/2013 2:51AM

    I love the medal holder. Great idea! I want to make one!

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LISAINMS 3/5/2013 10:54PM

    Nice job on the medal rack! Planks... blech.

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HAKAPES 3/4/2013 12:45PM

    Wow, so many medals! Congratulations! It must be motivating to see them grow on the wall! :-)

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 3/2/2013 7:19PM

    Love it!!
Your medal holder is fantastic.
I may have to steal your strength goals. Of course there is NO FLIPPIN' way I am anywhere close to doing 20 pushups in a row. Holy Cow. Its amazing how quickly the arm strength fades.
I did a tough arm workout on Thursday & it still hurts to move (obviously I was too gun-ho and used too much weight) gotta get my grove on again with the free weights.
Cheers to a strong March

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JEREMY723 3/2/2013 6:52PM

    Nice job on the medal holder!

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PMRUNNER 3/2/2013 5:36AM

    great job overall! keep on sparking!

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NUOVAELLE 3/2/2013 2:45AM

    Your strength moves progress is amazing! And if you take the vacation week into consideration, you've done great! As for the nutrition goals, you know I hear you loud and clearly! So, let's focus on this area and make March excellent! As you said, tanktop season - and shorts and swimming suit season! - are just around the corner!
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NICE_ASPHALT 3/1/2013 11:42PM

    I love your weekly goals!! I'm inspired! Gotta LOVE that Pinterest!! I am SO addicted to it! emoticon

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WINDSURFNERD 3/1/2013 5:27PM

    You had alot of goals in Feb...don't be so hard on yourself! The fact that you made so much headway against so many of them is an accomplishment unto itself. emoticon

As for the pants, I feel ya, but I'm no help...I've had a well-documented and chronic on-again-off-again relationship with most of my closet so I'm not in a place to offer advice. That said, I can certainly offer my support and encouragement for your reconciliation! emoticon emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 3/1/2013 4:58PM

    You did great in February - especially with a vacation in there! I know what you mean about snug pants! I got the same thing going on!

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GINGERHAWK 3/1/2013 4:17PM

    That is some pretty impressive stuff in February, even if you didn't reach all of your goals. Good for you for thinking about tanktop season - I should be focusing on that as well. Oh, the underarm jiggle. I am thinking my downward dogs are helping some, but I think I need to be better about working on the arms during ST. I LOVE the medal holder - you and DH are kicking some serious butt!

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CRYSBROWN1 3/1/2013 3:51PM

    WE are on the same page (LOL!) - NUTRITION is always the hardest! I am so glad that you enjoyed your vacation though and you were FAR from a slacker for the month of February. Now let's bring on March, I'll be sure to check in with ya on those nutrition goals - PUH-lease feel free to do the same...

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an active vacation = happiness

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I grew up downhill skiing in Minnesota. My parents have a time share in CO and there's an annual trip of uncles, cousins and siblings. Since having kids, I have not been a part of those trips. They were talking about it on Christmas and there was a great deal on airfare so DH and I made a semi-last minute decision and booked a trip. Our last ski trip was 5 years ago. Our last week + long trip was our honeymoon, 6 years ago. We've never left the kids for 5 days. This was a big deal for us.

And it was worth every penny. I soaked up each moment. Here are some highlights so you can enjoy the beauty and so I can relive it all. I'm sorry I don't know how to rotate these.

This is in the Back Bowls of Vail with DH and my sister. You look left and all you see are huge mountains. You look right and all you see are huge mountains. You feel on top of the world.

Me and my sister. We had a blast. She goes every year so I was annoyed by how much better she was than me. I blamed it on being a mom and now I ski with more caution. No more bombing the run! She beat me in every race. Except uphill! When we were on catwalks that needed some cross country type moves, my cardio was better. ha! Sibling rivalry always in our family. But seriously, my running did help. My quads felt fine for the most part. Being in good shape allows you to do active stuff with relative ease. And enjoy it!

DH and I went on 2 runs. Holy hard! Altitude training is crazy tough. I wanted my legs to move faster. I knew they could, but if I made them, my lungs felt like they were going to burst. It reminded me of when I first started running. We ran 5.5 miles along Gore Creek at the base of the mountain and it was breathtaking.

The 2nd run was shorter and silly and super fun. We got up early and toured the little shopping villages. You sure can cover ground as a tourist when you're on an early morning run. We jogged past the fancy shops and window browsed. We watched the bakery trucks make their deliveries. We stopped to take pics.

We took some wrong turn and when a sign said "No outlet" we figured it meant for the right fork in the road. After struggling uphill we suddenly found ourselves ON the mountain. The groomed part for skiers! whoops. Turning back would have been awful so we looked at each other and made a mad dash for it. We must've looked ridiculous sprinting down the middle of the slope. I wish I would've gotten a picture but I was too scared that we'd get in trouble. It was a highlight of the trip.

We sat outside at the end of the day and drank margaritas and watched all the skiers come in. Sun, good company, a good drink and even some chips and guac! Bliss.

I took a yoga class where I got a lot of personal attention that helped change several important poses for me. Loved it. My sister I and went to a Barre class. I've been hearing a lot about it lately and we were curious. It was fun, but nothing I'd seek out or ever pay extra for.

It was vacation at its best. I indulged in quality food and treats. But I also was pretty active. Such a good balance. Life is good.

And now I'm ready for Spring.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CAVEPRINCESS65 3/1/2013 9:14AM

    emoticon Glad to hear you had so much fun
Beautiful pics

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CRYSBROWN1 2/27/2013 11:44AM

    What a fun trip! Glad you and DH were able to get away and spend some quality time. Active vacations are good - I think once you become an active person you can't even help it!

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WORTHEYMOM 2/27/2013 11:09AM

    That looks like so much fun! Glad to hear you had a blast!

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GINGERHAWK 2/27/2013 9:59AM

    Wow, it sounds like you had an awesome trip. As an added bonus it sounds like it was totally active - yay, for you! Hope you enjoyed the brief time away from the kids (we all need it from time to time) and that you're feeling energized. Life really is good!

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LOVESTOWALK49 2/27/2013 8:57AM

    I love active vacation. The guy that I live with hates them. He see no point in walking when cabs are available. I want to walk places when I'm on vacation. I want to swim, hike, etc. I haven't gone skiing since I was a teen, but I would love to have the money and opportunity to go, again. The biggest disagreements that my ex-boyfriend and I have are over our different approach to vacations. I go on vacations very rarely and hate that when I'm on them with him I feel trapped since he never wants to walk anywhere. I suppose that trapped feeling is part of the reason that I want to walk the AP trail.

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ROXYZMOM 2/27/2013 8:13AM

    Looks like so much fun!! I am so happy for you!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/27/2013 8:00AM

    Great vacation and great blog - the skiing, the running, the scenery, the company and even margaritas. Perfect!

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NUOVAELLE 2/27/2013 2:01AM

    Wow! Fun, fun and nothing but fun! I'm so glad you had such a great time! Life at its best!
Filling your vacation with all these enjoyable fitness activities can really make a difference, especially when you are with people you love. And the mountains offer the best landscape for all this. I've never tried skiing and I would really like to check out how fit I really am since it requires a high level of fitness.
I wish you are able to repeat this next year! And as we wait for spring to join us, why not plan something for this beautiful season as well?

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RUNNERRACHEL 2/27/2013 12:16AM

    Wow, sounds like a great trip. I haven't taken a trip with my hubby without our daughter in 6 I can imagine how you felt! emoticon

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MYLADY4 2/26/2013 8:42PM

    Wow, that sounds like fun (except for the skiing, I am NOT a skier). CO is beautiful and we are hoping to go out there again this summer. I was AMAZED at how much the altitude does effect us midwesteners out there when trying to exercise.

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OJIBWEEQUAY 2/26/2013 6:54PM

    what fun!!!!!!!!!!!!

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HLTHYRNRMOM 2/26/2013 4:38PM

    awesome, looks like a ton of fun!

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PMRUNNER 2/26/2013 4:08PM

    We do a family ski trip every year to a small ski hill in MI. It is so much fun! Thanks for sharing the pics and stories, glad you had such a great time! Get out skiing some more so you can beat your sister! If you get your kids out there it won't be long until you're trying to keep up with the kids instead of keeping up with your sister!

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CREEKLADY1 2/26/2013 3:35PM

  Look's like you had a great time on your vacation!

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