Sunday, May 08, 2011
Today we decided to do the Mother's Day 1/2 mile fun run. Me, the kids and my dad. Hubby was coming along to take the pics. Last night,when I picked up my race packets, there was a sign that said they would be taking pictures of families who had 3 or 4 generations running. Sign us up! We would have to be there 45 minutes before the race, but that's OK, it just insured a good parking place.
So we picked dad up at 7:15 and headed down to the beach where the run was. The kids were so excited about the race they were singing along to "Ram Jam" (Black Betty) on the radio. However, anyone with little ones knows the words don't always come out they they should. So, Black Betty morphed into, "Whoa.. black berries, M&M's... whoa black berries, M&M's..." Hilarious! We got there in plenty of time, had our pic taken for the running website and hubby took the first shot of the day...
They called everyone over to race and gave instructions. There were "coaches" along the race in case the kids were separated from parents, because apparently, the kids can run, the parents, not so much. As I soon found out! We had the big countdown, and the kids insisted they wanted to hold our hands and run, ok, that's fine. 3, 2, 1, GO... my son took off like a shot! He was weaving in and out of people like he was born to run. We couldn't even see him. Well, my daughter put up with that for about 4 seconds and then she took off. GONE! We didn't see them again until dad and I were getting to the turn around, and they were running back to the finish line, waving... how nice!
Jake flying out of the starting line
Katy crossing the finish line
Jake crossed the line at 5:30 and Katy at 6:15. Dad and I came in at 8:10.
After the race, everyone got a bag of goodies with a water bottle, banana, a bag of pretzels, finishers ribbon, and chocolate sucker shaped like a sneaker, so cute.
I'm so proud of my dad and the kids. I'm proud of me too. Walking back to the car, I asked my dad if he thought, a year ago, I'd be doing these kinds of things. He said, "A year ago, I didn't think you could WALK a 1/2 mile (that's not mean, that's the truth. I couldn't). Look at the great things you've done." My dad (my whole family) is not the mushy mushy, lets express our feelings, type and nothing has made me more proud then that statement. He's so right... I've been on this journey for almost a year, and looking back, I've done more with my life in this last year then I've ever thought possible. But I'll save that for the big "anniversary blog."
This has been an amazing Mother's Day.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?
2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?
MONDAY AND TUESDAY
3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?
4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?
5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?
6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?
YEP, I CAN GET ALONG WITH MOST PEOPLE
7. DO YOU USE SARCASM ALOT?
WHO, ME? NAH...
8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?
9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?
ABSOLUTELY! I BRIDGED JUMPED IN THE PAST, CAN'T BE TOO DIFFERENT
10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?
I'M IN LOVE WITH QUAKER OATMEAL SQUARES
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?
12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?
MENTALLY, MOST OF THE TIME. PHYSICALLY, GETTING THERE
13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?
MINT CHOCOLATE CHIP
14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?
THEIR SMILE AND THEIR TEETH, I KNOW, WEIRD.
15. RED OR PINK?
16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?
MY BEST FRIEND
18. WHAT IS THE PAUL MCKENNA TECHNIQUE THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?
19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?
NOT WEARING ANY
20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?
A BIG GRILLED CHICKEN SALAD
21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?
MY HUSBAND PLAY MARIO KART ON THE Wii
22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?
23. FAVORITE SMELLS?
SMELLING PEOPLE'S FIREPLACES WHEN I'M OUTSIDE
24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?
ONE OF MY DAUGHTER'S FRIENDS MOTHERS
25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?
26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?
THEY PUT THAT STUFF ON TV? LOL!
27. HAIR COLOR?
28. EYE COLOR?
29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?
30. FAVORITE FOOD?
31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?
BOTH, I LOVE MOVIES
32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?
LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS
33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?
34. SUMMER OR WINTER?
35. HUGS OR KISSES?
36. FAVORITE DESSERT?
37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?
38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?
39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
THANKS TO MAMADWARF "BITTER IS THE NEW BLACK" HILARIOUS!
40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?
42. FAVORITE SOUND?
MY DAUGHTERS BELLY LAUGHS
43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?
NO WAY I CAN CHOOSE BETWEEN THOSE TWO, HAVE TO HAVE BOTH
44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (I'M IN PA)
45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?
NOT THAT I'M AWARE OF
46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?
47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?
48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?
49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?
50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS?
SURE, WHY NOT?
Monday, March 21, 2011
I went to Walmart to night after work and saw some cute capris, so I thought I'd try them on... but they were in the "regular" size clothing. I went over to the plus side and couldn't find anything comparable, shocking I know! I went back and grabbed the 18's (biggest size they had) thinking, OK, if they're close to buttoning, they will probably button by summer. I tried them on and they fit!!!! Not an 18W, just a regular 18 at Walmart, I was so excited and they're so cute. One step forward!
Then I went on to Wegmans to pick up a few things and headed over to the "whole foods / organic / specialty" section. I wasn't looking for anything specific, just checking things out. They have a lot of really interesting things in that department, but usually I have a kid or two with me, and that's not a place I can just spend time wandering around in when they're with me. I came around the corner to see a woman standing there who was tall, thin, and wearing workout gear. I turned around and left. Why do I feel like I can't be in that section unless I look her, and have some higher knowledge of nutrition? Did I think she was going to look at me at ask "Hey fatty, why are you in this department? The twinkies are on the other end of the store." I didn't think it at that moment, but that's how I felt after I quickly got out of site. Then I spent the rest of my shopping trip wondering WHY I did that. I guess I haven't made as much progress on this journey as I thought. One step back.
Sunday, March 06, 2011
I've purchased a few new foods over the last couple of weeks and thought I'd write about them.
The first one came from BOOKWORM27S. It's the Oikos Chocolate Yogurt. I've tried all of the different brands of Greek yogurt that my local grocery store (Wegmans) carries, and I prefer Chobani for taste and texture. When she suggested Oikos, I'm not a fan, but it's chocolate, so I thought I'd give it a chance. Wegmans also sells Caramel so I tried that too. SOO YUMMY! All the good stuff's on the bottom and after you mix it all up, it's just delightful. All the goodness of chocolate or caramel and all the benefits of Greek Yogurt! Way to go Oikos!
The second one came from SLIMKATIE (and a host of others). It's the infamous PB2. I finally found it at the Whole Foods store in original and chocolate. I bought the original with the intent to put it in my breakfast shake. It's delicious and HALF the calories and fat. I've also tried it in oatmeal which is just as tasty. I've never actually made it into peanut butter, I've just used it in powdered form so, I'm not sure what it tastes like on a PB&J sandwich. Still, it will definitely be a staple in my pantry.
Finally, I bought Shirataki spaghetti shaped noodles. I've read a lot about these noodles with 20 calories and 3 carbs per serving. Made of tofu and yam powder, I wasn't too sure, but as much as I love pasta, if I could use this as a substitute, rock on! I did as instructed, I rinsed them thoroughly (to rid them of the "authentic smell" which happens to smell like fish) and boiled them for 2 minutes. Then I had to dry them and then "use them as I would any noodle." I got past the fish smell, and while rinsing, I played with them a little and they had a texture like ramen noodles. So far so good. I added a tomato basil sauce, some seasonings and had my bowl of "pasta." Not quite. They have a "snap" to them when you bit into them. They are "rubbery" like regular noodles, but I couldn't get past the "crunch." My daughter LOVED them! She ate half and is "saving the other half for tomorrow!'" Well, at $1.65 a bag, either way, I didn't waste any money, especially if she eats them. There was a recipe for a soup on the bag. I'll try them again, just to give it another chance. Maybe in soup with a bunch of veggies, I won't notice the crunchy noodles as much!
Like I said... 2 out of 3 isn't bad!
Thursday, February 17, 2011
I just got a heart rate monitor and I really like it. I think it really gives me a better picture of what I'm doing. However, today after cardio, I forgot to pause it and it kept running through my ST session. Do you count all those calories or just the ones burned during cardio? Does SP calculate calories burned for you when you check those little boxes next to your ST exercise? So I'm either inputting 500 or 750... I've always shut it off before so it was never an issue. HELP!
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