Monday, April 05, 2010
Well March was an interesting month. I set a bunch of goals and then almost immediately changed or altered most of them!!
Nutrition goal: Track and stay in range-well, didn't do such a great job there. I tracked some days and those days I did stay in range. I ate well most of the other days and had lots fewer of the bad eating days. So goal not accomplished, but progress made.
April Goal-keep a food diary and watch for patterns-stay in range six out of seven days a week.
Fitness Goal: was really complicated and intense. I had walking/running goals, strength and yoga. Almost as soon as the month started I dropped my morning walks/runs to be with my family in the a.m. and work on morning breakfast goals. The strength I was doing lasted a week and yoga only happened occasionaly. While my goals were shot to heck I still did really well because I found new things to replace the old things. In fact I have increased my fitness activities even beyond what I was doing before.
April Goal: I am keeping is super simple and allowing myself lots of flexibility-my new goal is 1400 Activity minutes for April. Anything, anywhere, anytime as long as it is fitness related.
Family Goals: We were supposed to go on a picnic-didn't happen, baseball season started, cheerleading is ongoing and life got busy, but will all those activities we have been spending lots of time together, out of the house and away from the t.v. so still good.
April Goal: Try something new each week as a family, anything-a food, an activity, whatever.
Personal Goal: Use my Sparkcalendar and keep a training journal. I have been hit and miss on this but doing much better.
April Goal: Continue with using Sparkcalendar and training journal
Weight: I lost 2 pounds last month instead of 10, but 2 is still a loss.
April Goal: I am not setting a weightloss goal. I will weigh in for challenges and such but what I lose is what I lose and we will go from there. I lost 2 pounds in one week with everything I did last week and that is such a great accomplishment that I decided I want to take it week by week and be happy with any loss.
Hope everyone has a wonderful April.
Sunday, April 04, 2010
Easter morning was very lovely here. That bunny person visited overnight and left baskets for the kids and hid some eggs (plastic ones with jelly beans-thank goodness because hubby didn't make a map and one is still AWOL-LOL). We had a beautiful morning, had brunch at my sister's house. The kids hunted eggs and had a blast. Went to church to watch Conference (a twice yearly broadcast meeting in lieu of regular services, just happened to land on Easter this year). Came home, got the ham in the oven. Sat down to relax for a bit and then the rock and roll part of Easter started!!
I have lived in Southern California my entire life-except 3 years of college out of state and a year and a half in Germany. Earthquakes are a part of life. I'd rather face a quake than a hurricane or tornado. When they happen at night I pretend I am being rocked back to sleep. They generally don't rattle me at all and I actually seem to be tuned into whatever frequency earthquakes travel on. I can often "feel" it before anyone else in the room. I freaked out a co-worker once when we were having swarm quakes one day. I was standing at my desk and felt the next one coming and said "here we go again" and right after that the shaking started and my co-worker sat there with eyes wide, looking at me as if I had caused it!! She even asked "how did you do that?" I told her it was because I was standing and everyone else was sitting so I could feel it before them-which is true.
Tonight I felt it coming and said "is that an earthquake?" Husband hadn't felt it yet and stopped walking and felt it then. For a long time (in earthquake-ese that is 10-15 seconds) it was just the normal shaking we are used to. We called the kids into the living room and just after they came in the shaking REALLY started(that lasted less than 10 seconds) then it was back to gentle shaking until it was over. It was definately one of the strongest quakes we have had in a long time, but not the biggest I've ever been in. The quake was centered in Baja California-about 120 miles south and has been upgraded to a 7.2.
The kids stayed calm and only said "that was a little scary" after it was over. No tears, no panic. They were very good. I focused very hard on acting like it was no big deal, not letting any emotion show in my face or voice, even during the strong shaking and they fed off that. I think the pets were more adversely affected. Haven't seen the cat since it started (she is indoor only though so I'm sure she is sleeping it off under a bed somewhere) and the poor fish-his water was sloshing everywhere-thankfully not out of the tank-that was good. Dog is just a little hyper, barking at shadows. He is blaming anything that passes I guess. Nothing fell, nothing broke-nothing even tipped over, so while it felt strong it definately wasn't too bad. My older daughter said she knew it was a big earthquake because one of the easter eggs in the fridge was cracked-LOL-I think that poor egg met an earthquake during the egg hunt while the eggs were being banged together like crazy!! The kids seem to have forgotten all about it, though I'm sure they will talk about it tomorrow. Took the opportunity to remind the kids about staying away from the bookcases and the hutch (they are bolted to the wall since we are good California citizens, but you can't trust anything in a quake). Son, smarty that he is, asked why we have earthquakes so I explained the whole plates and shifting thing to him, seemed to understand. So we had a really shake 'em up kind of Easter.
Dinner wasn't affected at all!! Ham, yams, broccoli and biscuits all turned out just fine!!
Hope everyone had a great Easter!!
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Today was another virtual race-the 5K bunny hop. My final time was 47:58. Slower than last time. But, I am happy with that because it felt like I was running in oatmeal today. While I ran I comtemplated the advantages and disadvantages of increasing the intensity of your training program!! This week I really cranked out the exercise minutes. Aerobics for 60 min on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Then intense strength training on Monday and Wednesday, one more session to come later today. Then I walked to the school for pick ups most of the time this week. Several times I walked for both pick ups (one is on half day and the other on full day). Thursday, due to a) lack of planning and b) lack of sufficient vehicles, I ended up walking to the school for a THIRD time for the school's open house. Then, due to date night last night, hubby and I got in late last night and I only got 6 hours sleep so I woke up tired. So, all things considered I did pretty well!! The disadvantage of increasing the intensity of your workout is that you are a little (or a lot) more tired than usual and that decreases your speed. The advantage of increasing your intensity is that someday down the line you will be running a lot faster than you had been before you increased your intensity. That was my mantra this morning, someday this will all pay off in a faster run....
The other part of this morning was running an extra mile after the race!! Today was also the 4 mile run on our 10K training schedule!! So when I finished the 5K I just kept running!! It was a killer extra mile, but I did it!! I noticed that brain function was starting to decrease on that extra mile!! I forgot the path I was supposed to take and then trying to think of things other than just keep running was darn near impossible!! It was a great feeling to accomplish that though!! I am still using Jeff Galloway but ditched him for the most part on the last mile, choosing instead to run the trail then walk to the where the next trail picked up and then run the trail again. Worked out pretty well. I am ready for a nap though!!
Lastly, here are the cupcakes I served for April Fool's
The frosting is tinted mashed potatoes, underneath is meatloaf. My son was hillarious!! He stuck his finger in the "frosting" , tasted it and said "this frosting tastes like potatoes"!!! The adults all played off that there was something wrong with his taste. I also set up jello in drinking cups and passed it off as juice. I told him to take a sip of his juice to clear his mouth and taste it again to see if the potato taste went away. He picked up his cup and tried to drink and nothing came out!!! LOL!!!! I was busting a gut!! He pretended he hadn't been fooled. The girls then really started to get into the April Fool's game and I had spiders or ants all over me for rest of dinner. "Mommy, there's a spider on your glasses!!" Me-"Get it off, get it off I hate spiders!!!" " Girl "April Fool's!!"
Here is the sushi I served-I couldn't find green fruit roll-ups so just passed off the others as blue and red sea weed. These were hugely popular since it is fruit roll up on the outside, rice krispy treat inside and a gummy worm in the middle!! My 3 year old thinks sushi is the best invention EVER!!
It has been a busy, fun, exciting, interesting and exhausting week!! So glad I get to sleep tomorrow-oh yeah-Easter, think the kids will hold off on the baskets and goodie hunting until I want to wake up? Probably not-darn...
Happy Easter to all those who celebrate, hope you have a wonderful day with family and delicious, yet still reasonably healthy chow!!
Thursday, April 01, 2010
Went running this morning. Ditched the intervals and just stuck to a gentle, slow jog, took a break when I felt like it, kept the breaks short and then jogged some more. Just a really great, totally enjoyable run. No records to break, nobody to beat. It was really nice. Felt kind of lazy, actually, just lopping along and not trying to keep up with anyone, but it was nice-lasted just shy of 40 minutes. Saturday is another virtual race so that will be my day to speed along. Well as speedy as I get anyways.
Walked to get the girly from K-garten, then walked again to get the boy from school too. Now I have one more walk to school coming up for Open House tonight-1.33 miles three times pushing a stroller loaded with about 80 pounds worth of girls is getting a little exhausting. The k-gartener is very excited about Open House. The son has his first baseball game of the season but I will miss it. The parents have to divide and conquer in order to please everyone tonight. Grandma will go to the baseball game to take pictures and son is fine with that arrangement. We gave him a choice-mommy or grandma and he picked grandma. I am fine with that too. Tonight is probably not going to be the best they will play so I can see them do a little better next week!!
Tonight the kids will be getting meatloaf that looks like cupcakes (the frosting is tinted mashed potatoes) and dessert that looks like sushi (rice crispy treats wrapped in fruit roll "seaweed". That is my little April fool's joke on them. (Photos coming tomorrow)
It has been an exhausting day. Glad it is almost over. Just a few more hours to go. Too bad I have to wake this one up
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Another great aerobics class, now strength training, then walk to pick up daughter from school before it starts storming. Couldn't walk yesterday because son had to come home early due to a coughing fit in class. No fever, no mucus or snot, but he still had to come home, where he proceded to NOT cough for the rest of the day!! Oh well. At least it wasn't an absence. I am sure this cough is being caused by allergies or some other irritant-tis' the season.
Our gorgeous weather is taking a short hiatus to let a storm come through. Our inland area is expecting high winds, but minimal rain. The shore will get hid harder, it is supposed to last just through tomorrow so hopefully it will not interfere too much with walking to school at least once a day.
Well, off to get busy. Daughter wants to quiz me on my numbers. Right now we are doing flash cards with older daughter who is a little stuck on her numbers, 1-10 no problem but she is getting her teens and twenties mixed up. So now youger daughter needs to play the game too!!
Hope everyone has a great day.
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