Sunday, July 01, 2012
Another possible blog title... "Columbus Can Suck It!" After some thought however, I decided that's a bit harsh. Parts of our vacay were ruined, and yes, I blame the WHOLE city. One thing in particular was my own doing, but we'll get to that. We don't take grand vacations, but we try to plan these little 2-3 day mini vacays and take the kids to places they've never been. This year we decided to go to Columbus, OH and visit COSI (a science center) and the Columbus Zoo. We've been to the zoo, but it's been years, and it was only a few miles from the hotel, so why not?
We left Saturday around 6:30am so we'd be at COSI around 10. Yep, it's a 3.5 to 4 hr drive depending on traffic. We were all super excited, and I had planned everything out online. Hours, prices, and activities at COSI and the Zoo, DONE. Decent hotel with a pool, fitness center and FREE hot breakfast buffet, DONE. Suggestions for dining from those in the know, DONE. GPS ready to go with all of our destinations programmed, DONE.
We got to COSI about 10:30, got tickets and signed up for "Adventure" which is this Indiana Jones type thing, which was just fantastic. My son was so excited he was vibrating. They give you a map and these clues to find codes to get these symbols, to unlock the "Observatory of Knowledge".
It was a LOT of fun! The entire building was full of activities and hands on things for the kids, and tons of stuff for the adults to be engaged as well. We all really enjoyed every aspect of it, and I highly recommend going.
They also had a unicycle on a highwire that I was DYING to do. Seriously... I saw it on their website and knew immediately, I was going to do this. You are strapped onto this unicycle that has a counter balance and then off you go. You go backwards and then pedal forwards on a tightrope that's on the 2nd floor, while those on the ground floor watch. The only requirements were having a 25 inch inseam and weighing less than 250. I was able to meet BOTH of those, so I was going to do it... I said WAS. Hubby had the camera on the floor below, the kids were ready to cheer, and I was in line waiting for my turn. Until... FAT Holly got in my head and took over...
I watched person after person jump on that thing and take off. Young, old, kids, grampas, everyone... but me. I was about 10 people back, and I started second guessing whether or not I was going to make it. What if I got out there and couldn't pedal myself back. How was I going to get off? There was no tether of any type, and no one to reel me in. Oh, yeah, that'll be great, totally newsworthy too. "Tonight on Channel 5, see how the Pennsylvania Fatty (that's what they'll call me) got stuck on the highwire unicycle. She's been there for 3 hrs so far, and we have no idea how we're going to get her down. Stay tuned." UGH!!! I was near tears when I motioned to hubs and the kids to meet up up there. They came up and of course they wanted me to do it because they know I can. *I* know I can... I'm pretty sure... FAT Holly NEEDS to DIE!!! She's ruining my fun = (
After I got over my freak out, we enjoyed the rest of the science center and moved on to the hotel. We thought we'd go to the hotel, get freshened up, and head out to one of the recommended restaurants and ice cream shops. We got to the hotel for them to tell us they have no power and cannot check anyone in. No power and no computers ment no check in list, and apparently the email confirmation that I handed them was NOT good enough. Had our reservations been for Friday night we could've stayed, but since we didn't get there until Saturday, we were out of luck. WTF!!!
Apparently they had a HUGE storm on Friday that knocked down trees, and left tons of people without power. Well, don't you think a phone call or email may have been in order? I looked at the two barely 20 somethings behind the desk, asked if they knew of any other hotels in the area that had a room, and I was met with, "ummmm, we heard there may be rooms at XXX, but we're not sure." I asked for a phone book, and again, they just stared at me and said, "If you have a phone, you could probably google it." NO, a phone book will be fine. I then hear snickering, and look at Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dumber when they say, nearly in unison, "I don't even know how to use a phone book, hehehe." Good God what's going on? Anyhow, 22 phone calls were met with "NO, sorry, no rooms." The closest one was a 2 hr drive south, might as well go home.
Now it's 4:30pm, we haven't eaten, and we're facing a 4 hr drive home... AFTER I have to tell tell the kids we can't stay. Obviously it did NOT go well. However, my son, the sweetie that he is, said "it's ok mom, sometimes you have to change your plans." Hmmm, SO wise for 9. So, do we go somewhere awesome to eat, get the world's best ice cream, and go home... or do we spend the next few hrs at the Zoo, eat at a chain restaurant, and forget the ice cream. We gave the kids their choices, and even without the ice cream, they voted for "ZOO!"
We drove to the zoo, saw that we could have 2hrs, and decided to spend most of it at the Aquarium. The kids were THRILLED with being able to touch stingrays, and see manatees and all of the other aquatic creatures up close without a billion other people there. Plus at that hour it was "only" 90 degrees instead of 96, lol! Despite the rushed trip through the zoo, we had a lot of fun.
After eating, we drove home and got here around midnight. Yep, we were in Columbus for a grand total of 10 hours. We decided that just because we were home early, our vacay doesn't have to end. Today, we ate breakfast on the floor, picnic style. Then, we took the kids to see Madagascar 3 and let them have snacks there, which we never do. After that, we went to the Hibachi Japanese Steakhouse, where the kids have never been, and watched our dinner being cooked right in front of us. After that we went to a local ice cream shop for some pretty good ice cream ; )
So it wasn't exactly what I had planned, but honestly, I think everything turned out ok. It was shorter than I would have liked, but we still got to the science center, the zoo, and had ice cream. I guess you can't ask for much more. Except maybe a ride on a unicycle. Next time!
Oh, and when we stopped at a rest area and hubby wanted some crap out of the vending machine, he put his money in and got 3 candy bars... It was the universe paying us back = )
Because several people commented... We were at the hotel around 4pm and found all of this out. When I got home, I had an email AND a phone call time stamped at 4:46 telling me we couldn't check into the room. How's that for service?!? One hour and 46 minutes AFTER the 3pm check in time, lol! They also assured me I wouldn't be charged. I should hope not!
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Wow, I can't believe I've been on this journey for 2 years. When I started I was going to get to my goal in 18 months, because how hard could it be, right?!? Boy was I in for a surprise! Two years, of exercising, eating right, and believing that my goal IS attainable, and I still have 32 pounds to go, lol. Who knew! I've been going back and forth as to what I should write about. We all know how hard this is, we all know how to do this, we all know this journey takes you on this intense roller coaster of a ride, so WHAT do I write about for my 2 year anniversary?
I decided just to state the facts:
Starting weight 307
Current weight 172
I went from a BMI of 60 to 33.6
I've lost 135 pounds, that's about as much as both of my kids together!
88.5 pounds the first year and 46.5 the second. It averages out to about 1.3 pounds per week. Some weeks I lost more, some weeks I gained, but if I can average 1.3 pound for the next 26 weeks, it will put me at my goal weight by my birthday this year.
I've lost a total of 84.5 inches over my entire body.
In inches, my waist has gone from 59 to 34, my hips from 59 to 42, each thigh from 34 to 23, each calf from 19 to 15.5, each arm from 20 to 15, and my neck went from 16 to 12.5.
I've gone from a size 28 jeans to a 14 or 16, depending on the brand
And from a 4X shirt to a M or L, again depending on the brand
Over the last 2 years, I've finally started living my life. I've gone to the beach, the water park, and amusement park, camping, hiking, completed 10 5K's, taken up biking, Zumba, kick boxing, gotten the kids interested in being healthy, gotten my dad involved, and hopefully inspired others to change their lives.
For the remainder of this year, I have a few things planned. There are a few more 5K's I'll be doing, including RUNNING the Turkey Trot at Thanksgiving. In September, for my husband's birthday, we're going to bike around the peninsula which is 13 miles. I have promised myself that I will get serious about ST and get it done at least 2 times a week. And my biggest goal is to get to my goal weight by the end of this year.
I've also been thinking about what has helped me the most over these last 2 years, and it really comes down to just a few key things for me...
CONSISTENCY... when I'm consistent, I see much better progress, on the scale as well as emotionally. SUSTAINABILITY... I decided when I started this, that I wasn't going to do anything that I couldn't do for the rest of my life. I won't work out 2 hours a day when I'm 60, so I'm not doing it now. 30-45 minutes 4-6 days a week is all I'm willing to do. That's also why I will never cut anything out of my diet. I may not eat a lot of the same foods that I used to, but nothing is off limits. If I want it, I'll eat it. And the MOST important thing, DO NOT GIVE UP! If I gave up every time the scale went up, every time I ate over calories, every time I didn't get a workout in, I'd still be over 300 pounds. YES, I've had bad days, but I NEVER gave up.
What has two years with spark helped me accomplish...
Hmmm, I'd say quit a bit!
Saturday, June 09, 2012
We are lucky enough to live in a town that has an amusement/water park that's about 10 minutes from us. The school always sells the tickets at a huge discount, but there's a catch. You can only use them in June, or the last weekend the park is open, usually Labor Day weekend. Well, we are already busy every weekend in June and 2 years ago when we waited until September, it was chilly and rainy. That did not make for a pleasant trip to the water park.
Sooo, we decided that because tomorrow is supposed to be 82 degrees and sunny, better go now! I'm not one for last minute plans, and last minute plans to go to a WATER park is definitely NOT my cup of tea. It really is the best decision because we really don't have any other time to go, but I like to dwell on things... like being in a swim suit in front of God knows how many people...
The kids are older and they want to go on the bigger water slides. I love the water, but the combination of water and children just causes me to have a panic attack. Not just my kids, any kid. Water is not an easy medium to run through when you're trying to reach a child in distress. It scares the hell out of me. I've already told them they can't go on any slides alone, which means I have to ride with one of them while hubby rides with the other. I'm already having a stroke!
I know we're going to have a blast, but I'm not going to sleep tonight stressing about the swim suit and the kids safety. I've been seeing a lot of people posting pics in their swim suits, and I always thought, I could never do that. Well what better way to get over some of the anxiety, then to put it online for anyone to see, right?!?
There you go, that wasn't so bad. Now on to real life tomorrow!
We had SOOO much fun! I was super nervous about the swim suit, but after I got there, I realized I was not the worst looking thing there. Even some of the tiny people made some very poor choices in suits. Come on people, it's a family park, YIKES! But I quickly got over those fears and moved onto the water phobia. We went on the lazy river with no issues, and then the kids wanted to go on the bigger slides. This is where my fear takes over. Of course there were TONS of steps to get to the top, but that wasn't a problem this year! I've been a swimmer my whole life, and I have no fear of heights, but as silly as it seems, I'm afraid I'm going to fly over the edge of the slide. I know, ridiculous!
You have to go alone, and I thought I could go with Jake, so now I'm really sick to my stomach. He went on one side and I went on the other. It wasn't nearly as bad as I imagined, but I still felt as if I could fly over the edge. When I got to the bottom, I stayed in the water to wait for Jake. He came flying down that slide, flew into the pool, jumped up and asked if he could go again. Ugh, all my fears, were instantly gone! My dad went with us, and we rode a few of the bigger slides while hubby stayed with the kids on the smaller slides, and we all had a great time.
We had a picnic lunch and then went to the amusement park, where all of the anxiety came back from 2 years ago. I couldn't hardly get into the rides, the safety harnesses didn't seem tight enough because they barely came down. I was worried my kids would fly out of the ride when they were with me because the harness didn't seem to fit right. I was sweating like a pig, and was totally embarrassed by it. This time, NONE of that happened. I had plenty of room in all the rides, all the harnesses fit properly, and even though it was 82 degrees, I hardly sweat at all. I'm finally feeling like a normal sized person.
Monday, June 04, 2012
I had an AWESOME time!!! It was SO much fun and a fantastic workout. I have a couple kick boxing videos, but doing it with a partner in a class was great. I was really nervous about going, so I was really glad that one of my oldest friends agreed to go with me. I was nervous about not being able to do the moves, and being the biggest one there, and getting all sweaty in front of people... I've done Zumba in front of others, so I don't know WHY this was freaking me out.
It was 45 minutes long, and we only did 4 different moves, most of them being leg work. We did them in a circuit fashion in rapid succession and we never stopped moving the whole time, what a workout. I would have loved to sign up for a class, but I just can't justify the cost.
On the way home my friend told me that her husband did martial arts training for about a year and they have ALL the equipment we would ever need to do this ourselves. So, every Monday, I'm going to go down to her place and do a little kick boxing for FREE! She said her hubby would LOVE to help us out and teach us some new moves as well. WooHoo!
If you want a new workout, give kick boxing a try, it's tons of fun and a great workout!
Sunday, May 13, 2012
This is the second year the kids, my dad and I did the Mother's Day Race. It's 1/2 mile on the lake and it's just a fun race to do. Everyone gets a ribbon and a chocolate bar from a local candy company when you cross the finish line. Last year, the kids smoked us! Jake ran it in 6:30, Katy in 7:30, and my dad and I came in at 8:20.
This year, we all did a little better. Jake could have gone much faster, but he decided to stay with me, so Jake, Katy and I crossed the line at 6:15. SUPER impressed with myself! And dad beat his time by almost a full minute crossing at 7:30.
after they finished, the kids went back to get papa
We had a great time!!! Oh, and my race shirt is a regular size LARGE, and it fit nicely ; ) No "X's" or numbers in front of it, just an "L." That is something to be REALLY excited about!!!
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