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American Passion Play

Sunday, March 11, 2012

This morning I'm up early washing clothes for my boys, before going for a walk. It's nice and quiet in my house when everyone is asleep. I love Daylight Saving Time because it means spring is almost here! I'm ready!!!

Yesterday was the opening performance of the American Passion Play. I am a "woman of Jerusalem" and it's a nice, small part. I don't know how people can memorize so many lines for bigger parts! Totally terrifying. But what I'm doing now is just right for me. I'll tell you what though...it's exhausting. I'm right there on the stage, up close, I know it's not real, but it comes to life right in front of you and carries you away, and it's very upsetting each time. It is completely emotionally exhausting. I was in bed at 8:30 last night, because I couldn't stay up a minute more. I forced myself to take a walk after dinner, and Dan came with me. We took the dog with us, too. He wigs out whenever we are both out there, but when it's just me he seems fine. I think my dog may have been abused by a man at some point earlier in his life, because whenever Dan walks with us too, he freaks and acts stupid. Gets his leash wrapped around trees and bushes, and dances around everywhere. How strange too, because at home Dan will play ball with him and pet him and he loves it. I will never understand this dog.

Today I've decided that drinking OJ in the morning for b-fast isn't such a bad thing. I could be having much worse stuff than that! Yesterday I had brownies for b-fast. Yeah, I haven't been too proud of my eating lately. Today I'm going to try having water instead of bad stuff, and more good stuff if I'm really still hungry. It's almost time to start training for a sprint-distance tri that I want to do in June, and part of that is eating for fuel, not seeing how much sugar I can cram into my cytoplasm.

Well my washer just stopped and I want to change loads and then go walking. Today is a Spark meeting in my town, and it's always good to see friends and get some motivation too! I hope everyone is having a great weekend. :)

  
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CONFUSEDBIRD 3/11/2012 12:49PM

    Yay can't wait for the meeting either!

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ON2VICTORY 3/11/2012 10:18AM

    I love this... "part of that is eating for fuel, not seeing how much sugar I can cram into my cytoplasm" that is great!

stay focused on the tri!

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SHRINKINGSHERI 3/11/2012 6:54AM

    I need to get off the sugar bandwagon as well...let's do this together.

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Dietary Analysis

Friday, March 09, 2012

Happy Weekend! And Happy Spring Break to me!!! :D

Early this week, I went to a dietary analysis at my school, part of an extra-credit project for one of my classes. I had to log food for 3 days and turn it in, and then go to an analysis meeting. It was very interesting. I found that my calcium wasn't too bad, but my Vitamin D was almost nothing, even though I can get that from the sun. We talked a lot about cutting my sugar from even the healthy foods, so that I won't crave it so much. Milk, even skim, has 11g of sugar per cup, and she suggested that I try a sugar-free, soy-based milk. Yeah, at $3/quart?! Youch, not cool. Then, I did try soy milk for the first time this week, and it was AWESOME...except I wanted to drink the whole thing!!!

So I've decided that I need to do the things that work for me. Some of the foods I've been eating have really worked out well for me. Yes, I can give up my morning OJ if there is a lower-sugar alternative, but for the most part, my food isn't so bad. What's bad is when my daughter's Girl-Scout cookie order comes in and I have several cases of GS cookies sitting in my garage. It's hard to say no to the ones that haven't been sold yet. The past 2 days have been hard, but I'm still working out, I'm still lifting weights, and hopefully those cookies will be gone in the next couple of days.

I haven't gone running in about a week, and that's sort of bothering me. Last time I ran, I did 3.3 miles and I did good, but I just haven't been able to make it happen this week. I've mostly done the elliptical, or walked, or biked, or swam. But no running. Tonight the low will be 28 degrees. That means when the sun is about to rise tomorrow morning, it will be 28 degrees. I don't like running when it's cold. I will have to talk myself into it in the morning! And I have to get out there and get it done before my kids wake up, or else it won't happen at all. It would be nice to go into the next Spark meeting being able to say I ran this weekend, so I think that will be my motivation. Hope y'all have a great weekend. Spark On. :)

  
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SPUNKYREDHEAD84 3/9/2012 7:17PM

    Keep up the good work!! Sounds like you are actively making good decisions to stay on the right path!

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New Team, New Exercise

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

This morning I did 2 sets of 10 of these, with 10-lb. dumbbells. Youch, that's gonna hurt later on. ;)

www.fitstudio.com/exercises/dumbbell
-front-squat-to-twisting-shoulder-press


I'm really proud of myself because the first time I did it, I could only do 1 set of 10, with 8-lb. dumbbells, and I've only been doing this exercise for a couple weeks. I saw it in a magazine when I was waiting in a drs. office with one of my kids. WOW it is effective. The first time I did it, I didn't stretch afterward well enough, and I had trouble walking for 2 days!

I also joined a new team today for my sugar cravings, and I really hope it helps!

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=55583


I've been really struggling with the eating the past couple of weeks. I can't have ONE of something, I always have to eat ALL of the doughnuts or cookies or Twix bars. It's helpful that the little 8-packs of mini-Twix bars that I used to get at the grocery store for a buck, have been replaced by 6-packs for $1.39. Double whammy, less food AND more expensive, so yeah I think I'll skip those now. Sometimes it's all about the bottom line. No pun intended. ;)

I feel like an alcoholic. I can't have ONE and walk away. I tried talking to my dr. about it last year, and she blew me off and recommended I read a book about intuitive eating. It was a pretty good book, but I think I need more help than just reading a book. I just got a letter from that dr. a couple weeks ago, and she's closing her practice to go into research instead. Guess it's time to find a new (better) dr. :/

This afternoon after school I have an appointment to have my food logs analyzed. It's an extra-credit project for one of my classes...when he said we had to log our food for 3 days for the project, I was like OHH EASY!!! I've been logging food on Sparkpeople for 4 years. Piece-a-cake. It will be interesting to hear what they have to say. I predict they will tell me I'm not getting enough calcium, and also they may not know how much water I'm drinking. Otherwise I think what I turned in will be fine, because the logs I printed out were before the Valentine candy that brought me to the slippery slope where I am today. Yesterday was my first day off sugar, and I felt so awful from my wild weekend of eating, that I had no trouble staying in calorie range and I ate really good stuff for all my meals. Whole-wheat couscous, green beans, oatmeal, an apple, and I had dried cranberries for a snack. I did awesome yesterday. I hope today will be more of the same. Spark On. :)

  
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CMBELISLE 3/6/2012 9:35AM

    The analysis sounds really interesting - keep us posted on how it turns out. Have a great week!

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Exercise Clears Your Head

Sunday, March 04, 2012

My anatomy professor has a knack for making complicated things sound so simple. What's the best way to get your LDL to pick up more lipoproteins in the bloodstream? MOVE! That man is changing my life, one class period at a time.

Yesterday was a crummy day. I got wrapped up in all the "I have to..."'s in my life, and I didn't go out for an early morning run like I wanted to. This cold weather really has me down. If there was snow on the ground, I could at least get my snowshoes out and hit the nature trail by my kids' school. But it's always just cold and rainy and miserable. I can't wait for this pathetic winter to just go away.

When I miss morning exercise, I feel "off" for the rest of the day, and yesterday I was WAY off. I didn't care about my eating, and I didn't care about my water, and it was just a "get through my day" kind of day.

This morning, I told myself I wouldn't let it happen again. I got out for a walk with my dog, and it was the best thing I could've done. That poor dog never goes anywhere with me. He's not very good around other dogs, so I tend to leave him home a LOT. He does his business in the fenced-in back yard, and then comes back in. I know he loves to go for walks, and he loves to play catch too, and finally today he got to go out with me! It helped me relax and I got to spend some time with him. I'm not much of a "dog person". I love him dearly, but I really just got him because my kids wanted a dog so badly. He's a very good dog, and I don't know why he is so loyal to me because I don't give him much attention! I guess since I always make sure he has food and water, always make sure he goes out when he needs to, and I never make him get up when I'm hauling laundry down to the basement and he's laying right at the bottom of the stairs. ;) It cracks me up that he always sits at my feet when I'm home, but he wants nothing to do with the kids, the ones who wanted him so badly.

Anyway, getting out this morning helped me remember another reason why I really like to get out there and MOVE every day. It clears my head and helps me think. I seriously think I get better grades on less study time, when I get out once a day for some exercise. I feel so much better now.

Finally, I want to say that my husband made my dream breakfast for me when I got home! I had a couple loads of laundry to fold, so while I did that, he made me scrambled eggs, a side of asparagus, and some whole wheat toast. I don't usually buy asparagus because it's so darn expensive, but yesterday I couldn't stop thinking about it, and I decided I'm worth a bag of asparagus. Haha, when you have 5 kids and live on one income, it doesn't take much to make you happy. Spark On. :)

  
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BUSY_BEE68 3/17/2012 7:50AM

    I just whined out a blog about all the positive and negative stressors that are overriding my life and my struggle to get it together. I'm thinking your comment, "Anyway, getting out this morning helped me remember another reason why I really like to get out there and MOVE every day. It clears my head and helps me think," is one of the things I needed to hear. Thanks for sharing!


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JWARD199 3/9/2012 5:13PM

    My main exercise these days is walking my 10 month old American Bully dog. She really needs the walk, and so do I. How sweet of your husband to make your breakfast. Asparagus is one of my favorite veggies. I'm so glad it is coming back in season. Your breakfast sounds delicious!

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Planning My Summer

Saturday, March 03, 2012

Wow it's gonna be a great summer! I've spent the past 2 days planning out my college schedule, and found that the next math class I need isn't offered in the summer, so instead of taking a summer class as planned, I get to take my kids to the pool every day.

I also get to do a bunch of bike rides and triathlons, all summer long. :D

Last night a bunch of us Spokeswomen (the riding group I'm a part of) got together and mapped out our summer. I now have 2 triathlons and a half dozen centuries I want to do, lol! One day, I would like to do a triathlon every month, all summer long. Once you train for them, it's easy to stay trained if you have more than one lined up.

After I got home, as I was talking with my husband about everything, he made the comment "Can't you wait for the kids to grow up before you start doing all this stuff?" The answer to this is "No." I don't want my kids to grow up watching their parents do nothing but work and get kids to their violin lessons and lay in front of the TV when all the kids are in bed. I want my kids to see me enjoying my life and working toward my own goals I have in my life. How will our children learn how to set goals and work toward them, if we as parents don't model it for them? And what better way to do that than with your health/fitness goals? I love biking, and I don't ever get tired of going on rides. So I think it's also important for our kids to see us doing things we love to do.

Someday, hopefully, my husband will get this. Right now, he doesn't. :/

Also, last night at the meeting, a few women talked about cyclocross. I've never heard of it, sounds interesting. Has anyone ever done that before? How different is it from off-road cycling?

Speaking of off-road cycling, this is the only problem I have with off-roading...all the MTB events we talked about last night were races. I don't race. I love to go off-road; one of my daughters loves to go with me, and another daughter just got a hybrid bike and she's been wanting to go too, and this summer I will probably take her too. But why do all the MTB events have to be races? I will probably attend one this summer just to see what it's like, but I will probably never actually sign up for one. I like the road rides because it is NOT a race, it's just a great time, and if you're doing a century, it's an all-day event.

Ahhh...summer...HURRY, summer! Get here soon!!! :D

  
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MAYGIRL14 3/3/2012 8:27AM

    I agree with you about modeling a life for your kids that you would want them to emulate! As parents, we all too often get in the mindset that we will put our wants, needs and desires on hold while we are raising our children. I agree with you, and when you can include them in your activities, even better!
I think you will look back on this summer, as will your children, and say it was the best one yet!!!
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