Tuesday, November 03, 2009
I just got back from a nice little walk and I am sitting here eating Nerds. Shameful...I am sitting here checking up on some Sparkfriends and thinking about the week ahead and all of a sudden I realize that I am scooping up candy and putting it in my mouth!!! After about 8 months of MINDFUL eating here I am right back at MINDLESS eating. All it took was one child pouring their Nerds into a bowl and then a second child putting the bowl in front of my face. URRRGH (LOL) It is actually kind of funny. I've always had a soft spot for Nerds. For those of you who are saying "she's eating a computer tech wearing glasses and a pocket protector?", Nerds are very small crunchy sweet/tart candies. They meet so many needs in one package. Crunchy, sweet, slightly tart and so tiny they couldn't possibly be bad for you!!! Can't wait until all the candy is out of the house so I can relax my guard a little. Okay the bowl has been moved to the other end of the table, just in the nick of time because older daughter just added a box of grape Nerds to the orange and strawberry ones I'd been noshing on. Maybe if I go have a real breakfast I wouldn't eat Nerds. Gosh, ya think?
I didn't get a chance to set any goals yesterday, I was too involved with a book I've been reading-"The Children of Henry VIII". Sounds boring right? But, it wasn't!!! Edward VI, Queen Jane (Lady Jane Grey), Bloody Mary and Elizabeth I. Jane Grey was not Henry's daughter, she was his niece, but she sat on the throne for 9 days after Edward VI died through some masterfull maneuvering on the part of her father and one of Edward's chief advisors, unfortunately it would eventually cost her her life, but see, the late 1500 were a totally fascinating time and I wanted to finish the book!!! (LOL) The book ends when Elizabeth I takes the throne after her half-sister Mary dies. So now I have to go to the library and find a book on just Elizabeth because even though most of her reign was very peaceful and a very prosporous time for England there is still that whole Mary Queen of Scots and Spanish Armada thing. Anyways, got the picture yet that I am kind of a history nut? So today is goal setting day. If I don't post goals tomorrow will somebody please give me a virtual kick in the behind? Maybe somebody has some suggestions, since my strength program has become non-existant over the past two months, where to start anew on that front? Cardio is kind of taken care of. I'm keeping on with my running/walking program. I run about 2.5 miles on Monday and Friday (that is straight run time, not including warm up and cool down) and 3.1 miles on Wednesday (again the 3.1 in entirely running) with the goal to get those shorter runs up to 3.1 by the end of November, continuing at that level for all of December and then starting to increase distance again in order to train for my first 10k in June and then the Disney half marathon in September of next year. We are also continuing with our monthly hikes with a hike coming up this Saturday. We are probably heading back into the mountains for our favorite hike, Ernie Maxwell Trail. Maybe we will see some fall color up in the mountains. Our warm weather is, apparently, supposed to last at least through the weekend. We are now back up into the low 90s after some nice cool weather last week. Crazy!!
So, to sum up, I am going to ignore the rest of the kids' candy and if I can't avoid eating any at all I will at least be MINDFUL of what goes into my mouth instead of putting something in my mouth just because it is there. Second today I will set some November goals including strength, cardio and dietary goals (anything I should include and haven't?). And third, I'm going to go have some breakfast and have a great day, hope the rest of you have a great day too!!
Monday, November 02, 2009
Halloween was a huge success. My kids had a great time trick or treating and brought home quite the haul of candy. We only had to throw away a few pieces due to suspicious circumstances (loose wrapper, no safety seal, etc.). I always have to wonder at the people who hand out candy that could easily have been tampered with, for instance, someone handed out little bottles of powdered candy, kind of like pixie sticks in a little plastic bottle, except there was just a screw top lid with no safety seal at all. Heck, for all we know they replaced the candy powder with cocaine. So, yeah, that went in the trash and somebody wasted a lot of money because I am pretty sure every parent who checked their kids' candy first tossed those in the trash. Anyways, halloween was great.
Yesterday was not so great. My oldest daughter got into her candy first thing in the morning and consumed maybe a little too much before church. Once we got to church it was kind of all down hill from there. Everything went well for a little while. I even got a compliment as a friend came in on how reverent and well behaved my children were being. It was my friend's baby who got a jump on the sacrament and wandered up to the sacrament table and snagged a cup of water and was helping himself to a drink before church started (it was actually really cute even though his mom was MORTIFIED). I even told her that as far as misbehaving went it was a really cute way to misbehave, at least he wasn't screaming or being rude or bothering his siblings, no that would be my kids in just a few minutes. Church started, the sacrament was passed and then everything went very quickly down hill. My older daughter took younger daughter's coloring book, resulting in a melt down by younger daughter so my husband took younger daughter out to calm her down. Then my son got a bloody nose, so leaving older daughter to the care of the Brady family in front of us and the Barney family behind us, I took son out for some first aid. While in the hall I tracked down husband and traded him our son for our daughter so he could take son home for a new shirt since he had gotten a little bit of blood on the one he was wearing (fortunately we live very close to the church and this was an option). While we had all been in the hall older daughter had actually been behaving herself and was done with the coloring book in question so I thought we were settled in for the rest of the meeting. That lasted 5 minutes before older daughter decided she needed the coloring book back. When I wouldn't let her take her sister's coloring book a second time older daughter starts wailing on my like I am a punching bag. Back out in the hall we go where daughter goes into a corner is told she is in a time out and had better start behaving herself. Once again I am turned into a punching bag. I am just doing my best to ignore her, knowing she has to run out of steam eventually. Unfortunately, there is no really great place at church to send a child who needs a serious time out. Finally my husband walks back in the door, but without son. He is still in the car because he got another bloody nose after changing his shirt and while they were on their way back to the church (we live in a warm, dry climate and this is a problem that runs in the family). I gave up. We NEVER leave church early and we are there every week. Yesterday I said ENOUGH and told my husband to take us home. He collected our stuff from our pew and that started a whole new temper tantrum on the part of my daughter who apparently WANTS to stay at church. We got everybody home, put my son in an OLD shirt, just in case there is a third bloody nose in his future and put my daughter in her bedroom for a massive time out. Husband was getting ready to drive back to the church once again because he had a Sunday School lesson to teach when Temper Tantrum Girl starts saying sorry like crazy. She REALLY wants to go back to church!! Okay, fine, husband took oldest daughter and youngest daughter back to church (youngest went along because she LOVES nursery and didn't want to miss it because her sister had misbehaved) and I stayed home with my son. It ended up being a nice relaxing two hours until the others came back and when they did older daughter was in a much better mood and actually went right in for a great nap. Son did not have any further problems with his nose and we actually went out to my mom's and visited and let the kids play with their cousins for a while.
This morning I already went for a slightly abbreviated, but still great run. Found out that my nephew, who is in Germany serving in our Air Force, will be coming home soon. He is being transfered to a base within a few hours of here!! Yeah!! We have been anxiously awaiting his transfer news hoping that he would at least end up on the same continent as us so it is really awesome news that we will be within easy driving distance of each other. He and his wife have made the most of their time in Germany and have seen a lot of things that a lot of Americans and unfortunately a lot of service men never get to see, but it is time for them to come home for awhile. Sister also suggested saline mist for my son's nose. Another one of those obvious solutions I never really thought about. So already a nice productive morning!!
November has got to be a time of renewed effort and goals. Today I will spend some time figuring out what those goals will be and finalize that part of my month. I know I want to run a Turkey Trot in Oceanside on Thanksgiving Day and my son says he wants to run in the Pier to Pier kid's race. A one mile run for those under 12 (he is 6). So we will be starting "training" for him. His training will include a one mile walk 3 times a week so he can get used to the distance and we will just take the running part as we go. At 6 I don't expect him to run a full mile and he knows all he has to do is get from the start to the finish and if that means walking the whole thing we are fine with that. He is very excited that there is a finisher's medal for the kid's race too. He has cousins who are junior bull riders who show off belt buckles they have earned so he is very excited about having a race medal to show off. I am guessing that it won't be long before he will be racing for place medals. Well, hope everybody has a great day and a terrific week, time for me to start getting kids ready for school!!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Ugggh!!! Well, a late post tonight, but my son (6 y.o.) just gave me something to blog about. On Saturday we took a family outting to that bastion of creative commercialism-Disneyland!! Of course we all had a blast and I got in a TON of walking. Well, the very second ride we went on was Pirates of the Caribbean (first ride was the Haunted Mansion) and my son, who is a self described "Pirate Jedi" loved it and HAD to stop in the gift shop at the end of the ride where you can find all things pirate related including pirate themed micky mouse ears. Almost immediately he found this pretty cool plastic pirate gun that sounds more like a Rebel Trooper's blaster when it fires, but hey, still really cool and since we promised each child one special treat he chose the gun as his treat. Later we made the really cool discovery that when you pull the trigger on the gun it casts a pirate flag styled skull on whatever surface you are aiming at. So, this story is getting really long, but tonight son has no homework "because he is so smart he doesn't need to do homework" -not sure whether those are his words or the teacher's, but in any case he does not have homework, but Kindergarten aged sister does have homework and there is no way he is going to bed before her so he is hanging out playing with his gun, pointing at various surfaces and just being silly. So I am just sitting here minding my own business, helping K-garten girl with her homework and looking at something my husband was showing me on the computer and son says..."Mommy, if you look at your flabby arm you will see a skull." WHAT THE HECK!!!???? If I look at my flabby arm??? Okay, yes I will admit it I have flabby arms. I have flabby everything! But does he really have to be so blunt? Of course he does. First, he is a boy and second, he is a six year-old boy. My flabby arms have been a source of entertainment in the past, much to my chagrin. My calves are firming up and my hips are slimming down thanks to running, but I have to admit, my strength training has been lacking. Time to take on some challenges and start firming up those triceps!! I have a feeling, now that I am 40, that the bat wings will always be there to some degree, but hopefully I can convince them to tighten up enough that my son will no longer be able to call them my "flabby arms". Gee Whiz-talk about out of the mouths of babes. Hope everyone had a great Thursday and enjoys a wonderful Friday.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I LOVE this time of year. Fall has been my favorite for awhile now even though we don't experience a "regular" fall in these parts. Here is Southern California we are lucky if any of our trees change color before dropping their leaves. Some trees go from green to leafless in one short burst. We are still experiencing days in the 90 degree Farenheit range. We did have one week of gray and cool weather so now my mother's bulb garden thinks it is already spring and not fall at all. Even though the days are still warm and balmy the mornings have gotten crisp and cool. Even on warm days there is that feeling that the sun is losing its power over mother earth and that even though it can still warm us to summer temperatures there is still an undertone of coolness. There is this feeling that the warmth is only due to the sun beating down and that if we had any cloud cover at all the temperatures would plummet, where if we get cloud cover in the throes of summer it only gets more humid with no relief from the heat at all. This is the time of year when I will deliberately let my house get cold so that we can bundle under blankets and feel like we live somewhere where scarves, gloves and cozy warm sweaters are being pulled out of storage. I tried to wear a sweater the other day, but I took it off almost as soon as I got it on due to the extreme degree of warmth it inspired!!
I am enjoying this wonderful autumny morning. This morning it is cool and crisp. The kind of morning that makes me think of apples. Nice, cool, crisp apples. I went for our walk this morning and came home to three great big hugs from my kids-I was tackled before even making it out of the kitchen (I always use the side door that takes me into the house through the service porch and kitchen). As I came into the house I noticed that my kids were watching Wizard of Oz and that the munchkins were just starting their big song and dance number. Dorthy had just barely arrived in Oz and had yet to start her journey down the yellow brick road. The kids are scattered around one on the comfy chair, one on the sofa and one in her own little kid sized chair with Tinker Bell on it. they are all wrapped in nice warm blankies. It it almost just past 6:30 in the morning and still dark so we are playing "movie theater" with all the lights in the house turned off. It is such a shame that in 15 minutes I am going to have to start getting kids ready for school. This is Red Ribbon Week at school-where the week includes all sorts of activities aimed at convincing kids that drugs are bad and today is "Hugs not Drugs" day and each child is supposed to bring a stuffed animal to school. My daughter has just selected a bear that "almost" fits in her backpack. Determination has just crammed that bear into the backpack and even gotten it zipped!!
Okay back to Dorothy and Oz for a second so I can wrap up this rambling blog. There are so many times that I wish that there was some sort of wizard or magic solution to my "fitness problem". Isn't there a magic wand I can wave and make myself a size 10. How about that half-marathon I want to run next year? Couldn't I just gobble a couple of energy gels and "Poof" I'm a runner capable of going 13.2 miles? Well, just like Dorothy's journey in search of a magic solution for herself and her friends it turns out that "magic" solutions are most often just smoke screens hiding the reality that there is no magic wizard to make all our problems disappear. So what are we to do? Well, exactly what Dorothy did-get to work on creating a solution. After lots and lots of hard work and doing several things that Dorothy and her friends just didn't want to do because, quite frankly, they were frightened, they found out something quite amazing. Those things that each wanted so badly, to have a brain, a heart, courage and to go home were with them all the time.
The ability to run, to be fit, to resist Halloween candy, all of it is already inside me. I just have to take my own trip down my own yellow brick road and face off my own WWWs (Wicked Witches of the West) and triumph in order to find my brain, heart, and courage, because I am already where I belong on the home issue!! Find my brain to tell me what is right for me and what is wrong, my heart to keep the passion for my new found loves (running, hiking and fitness) alive and my courage to get out there and do it even though I don't fit the model of the person who would be out running in the morning or hiking on a Saturday or racing her 3 year old back to the car after dropping off the older kids at school. (True story-my 3 year old loves to race me back to the car-I always let her win-but I find myself wondering (way too often) what other people think of me running down a very busy street. Uggh-how many people are watching by fat bounce up and down? I should just be enjoying the moment and everyone else should be lucky to be having so much fun.) Time to throw some water on some wicked witch thoughts and attitudes that are holding me back. Time to shake off some of those flying monkey who keep following me around.
So here is the one really good thing I did and had a blast doing that will end up being super good for me if I follow through. I recently read a really good book "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" by Barbara Kingsolver. Yes, you have probably heard of her-she usually writes popular fiction novels. This book, though, is about her family's experience living as locovores for a year. A Locovore is a person who strives to eat food grown and processed within their own geographic area. For many areas being a complete locovore is very difficult, but Ms. Kingsolver makes many good arguments about why we should at least try and her family has the land to make a better effort than most and were very successful in their efforts. I live in So. Cal. we have a very long growing season here and even though my back yard is smaller than a postage stamp I still have some space back there to create a reasonably sized small garden. My garden will be no bigger than two patio gardens when I am done, but hey, it is a start. Until my city catches on and creates some city garden plots (we have zero rentable gardens as far as I know) it will be the best I can do. I had a blast ordering a dozen or so seed catalogs so I can start planning the items that will go into my garden while I spend the rest of winter building the garden itself. We have very rocky ground here with a high clay content to start with and then our back yard was originally a rock yard anyways. To get around some of the problems involved with all that I will be building two raised beds that I can then fill with organic soil. Next year we will be trying to live a more locovore lifestyle. Feasting on our own vegetables and purchasing locally grown fruits that we will hopefully be able to find at local farmer's markets. FINALLY our town has its own farmer's market. We haven't visited yet-this is the first week I've known about it that we could go. I am kind of excited about checking it out. Locally grown fruits for this time of year could include oranges, apples, some grapes and possibly some berries since we have had such a long summer. We are even looking at possibilities for keeping chickens and "growing" our own organic eggs. We can't keep chickens in our yard, but I have a sister in-law who already has chickens and may take on a couple of extra for feed costs and my mother, who lives in a rural area, has expressed interest in having chickens after reading the same book. "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" is a really great book and I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to learn more about eating and living a more healthy way. Happy Tuesday everybody.
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