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Kick the Ick!

Monday, September 06, 2010

It's a beautiful, long weekend. The humidity & temps are down a little, so why not get out there?? Yesterday morning I woke up at 5am to the sound of my alarm.... it was time to get out there and pull a 12 miler. Problem! I had a sick tummy. I shut off the alarm, drank a tall glass of water & began moving around to try to kick the ick! The sick feeling wouldn't budge, so my run was put off. I DO NOT get sick!!! I pressed on like any normal day. Played with the kids, did some shopping, cleaned the house and ate like I normally would. Finally last night there was just a hint of the queasiness that plagued my day. I decided it was time to run! About a mile into my trip, I was completely unaware of anything other than breathing & form... another mile down & I was lost in my zone! I pulled out 15.5 miles & felt great for it! The ick was gone... I must have chased it away!!! Now I can enjoy my Labor Day-of-Rest! emoticon

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SASKATIA 9/6/2010 9:12AM

  Way to go!

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Re-Sparked by night of misbehaving!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

It's Saturday & I am ready for a day filled with activity & healthy eating. Last night my husband & I went out for a wonderful dinner for our 9 year anniversary. I started off with a beer, we had calamari, lobster bisque & fresh bread with butter for starters. Shrimp & Scallop Penne with Vodka sauce for my main meal, topped off with creme brule and coffee for dessert. We were both stuffed & decided to go to Target to walk around. Of coarse we had no intention of buying anything so we did not grab a cart when we walked in. Our walk around Target ended quickly when both of us had our arms full of junk we wanted to buy. Kudos to Target for their marketing skills.... we are always the sucker when we go in there. Anyhow, we made our $100 worth of purchases, probably junk we don't even need, and we got a coffee from Starbucks on our way out, because that is just what we needed! haha Don't you know I am super bloated this morning!!! I can't bring myself to step on the scale today. I have already drank a bunch of water & started off right with a bowl of oatmeal & apples.
Tonight we are going to dinner with some friends.... I will be sure to stick to the Salad selections.
My night of misbehaving might have been a good thing.... sometimes I just need to get the misbehaving over with & out of my system so that I can re-focus & start fresh with the new day!
Best wishes to all of my SP buddies out there who also misbehaved last night! Let's stick together this weekend!!! I am going to use a sharpie to write "HEALTHY?" on my hand to remind me to think of what I am putting in my mouth.... anyone else with me??? emoticon

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XRAYGIRLY 8/30/2010 7:13PM

    oh man i totally misbehaved with it being my husbands birthday this weekend. i agree though; i have to get it out of my system sometimes too

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FIRENUT34 8/29/2010 1:08PM

    But sometimes you need to enjoy yourself to just break things up. It was a special occasion after all. Congrats on 9 years.

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DESSALENA 8/28/2010 10:06AM

    emoticon idea...writing HEALTHY ON HAND WITH SHARPIE.. I might just have to try that!! I have too many misbehaving moments, thankfully not as many as I use to! emoticon

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Day of Rest

Sunday, August 22, 2010

14.36 mile run last night! My legs are sore this morning, but in a good way... they are letting me know I got a great workout last night. Today I will be able to enjoy a day of rest without the guilt. I am looking forward to a fun filled day with my boys!

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GLEN4536 8/22/2010 9:45AM

  Hi Keri, i started training June of this year, i live in Las Vegas don't like it though, hope to move to carmel by the sea, i really miss the ocean, i have to do more of what you do though I will be walking I am a cancer survivor, so I do the best I can,
Good luck with your weight loss and your marathon have a great day

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Ready or Not Let the Training Begin!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

This evening my husband will return from his 3 week trip to Utah. I informed him that he might want to enjoy his last few moments of peace & quiet on his first class flight back to Florida because training starts today! Once he gets home and gets settled, I will hand the kids over and hit the road for a 14 mile run. This will be my first "long" run in my 12 week marathon training schedule. Recently my long runs have been anywhere between 8 and 11 miles, so this will only be a small jump. As the weeks progress, so does the weekly mileage, which means that my husband & kids will see less & less of me.
The feeling of being forced to run takes away some of the enjoyment for me and sometimes I even find myself dreading the run ahead. Once I get going I feel relaxed & forget the feelings of dread, but when I have finished, I begin fretting over the next week's long run... Nature of the beast I suppose. Probably the reason most of us do not make our hobbies our jobs. The pressure of having to do it interferes with the enjoyment of choosing to do it.
I am excited about the marathons I have ahead of me, but I will be happy to get back to running for fun rather than running to train!

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MOVINITMORE 8/23/2010 1:34PM

    Thanks for sharing. I am starting into my long runs for 1/2 marathon training it's just so nice to read blogs on this and know I am not alone on the dreading it. Keep up the emoticon
work !!!

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From Rocky waters to smooth sailing

Sunday, August 15, 2010

My days, weeks, months and year and packed full. I have a second grader and a preschooler who have karate, swimming & gymnastic lessons. Now that school is back in, we can ad scouts & Wed. night church to the list of activities. I have an 88 year old grandfather who lives with us & requires a moderate amount of attention. I have two dogs, one who is old & always puking and another who is young, but a pure bread with multiple health problems. I work full time for a Vascular surgical group, I volunteer at the elementary school & at church. I have a house to clean, laundry to wash & fold, and meals to cook. Nobody in my house eats the same thing. Oh did I mention that I am training for a marathon?
I do have a wonderful husband who helps out quite a bit. He is in the military, so of coarse he is a limited resource. 2 weeks ago he had to go out of town for work. Let me just say that the timing could not have been worse! We are in the middle of having an addition put onto our home, it's my oldest son's birthday and school started last week. So, I am sure that you can imagine the chaos that consumed my household. First thing I did was lower my running goal from 40 miles to 30 miles for the first week he was gone. Second thing I did was went out and bought a notebook. I have been writing EVERYTHING in this little book that fits into my purse. Every night I put the kids to bed at 7 and let them watch TV in their room for an hour while I get my run in on the treadmill. After my workout & shower, they are usually asleep. I then pack our bags for the next day because from work I go straight to the daycare to pick them up & off to their lessons. I pick up a little around the house & set the laundry & dish washers to start at 3am. Then off to bed!
Up at 4, showered & ready to go by 5. Laundry in dryer, vacuum, prepare lunches, get the kids up for breakfast and feed the dogs. YAY! Grandpa makes his own breakfast! Unload dishwasher, put in dirty dishes. Get kids dressed, teeth & hair brushed and shoes on. One cup of coffee, load the van and out the door by 6:25. Drop the kids at daycare (they get my 2nd grader to school) & off to work to start my day.
Off at 3:30 & hit the door running! Back to the daycare to pick up the boys. I keep a lunch box stocked with healthy snacks like raisins, peanuts, crackers and graham crackers in the van so the boys can have a snack in their way to which ever lesson we have that day. When we get to our destination, I have the boys get in the back of the van & change into their "uniform" of the day (we have tinted windows).
After our lessons, when we arrive home, it is straight to the showers for the boys. While they shower, I get dinner started & feed the dogs again. On Sundays I cook 4 different items. I cook a roast in the crockpot (pork or beef), I bake pork chops in the oven, I cook ground turkey on the stove top & I cook a whole chicken in the microwave (thank you pampered chef!). I freeze all of these items and pull them out daily for dinner. All I have to do is cook a veggies and warm the meat and we are set for dinner. I make grandpa a plate for his lunch the next day & set out his medicine. After dinner we finish up any homework that my second grader could not get done at daycare, I read a book to my 3 year old and then it's off to bed for them & back to the treadmill for me.
This is the cycle of my life that keeps me sane & keeps us afloat. My husband will return next Saturday & turn our world upside down all over again, but I will appreciate him even more because I know that when he is here, I can break the cycle and he will keep our world from falling apart!

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ESBELL 8/17/2010 12:26PM

    Hats off to you! We don't say thank you enough to our military members for their sacrifices, and I know that the military spouses can't get enough praise for all they do so the men & women of the Armed Forces can serve our country. I applaud all you do each day - without you the world would be an even scarier place.

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KERIK37 8/15/2010 12:29PM

    Thanks Ghostflames! I LOVE your profile picture! So cute.... Still laughing....

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KERIK37 8/15/2010 11:50AM

    I hope it works as well for you as it does for us. It's nice not to have to worry about dinner with our busy schedule & it keeps us from eating out every night, which is sooo tempting with all the time we spend on the road. Thursday night is the only night that we eat out & it's because we only have about 40 minutes between gymnastics & karate... not enough time to come home, but too long for the kids to go without a meal. We usually go to subway, chick fil a or taco bell (fresca menu). These places have the healthiest options out of all the fast food places in our area. I wish you the best and let me know if you need any ideas for pre-cooking!

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7CURLYTOP 8/15/2010 10:25AM

  Thanks, I'll give it a try. You may have changed my life!

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KERIK37 8/15/2010 10:19AM

    7CURLYTOP- I try to remember to pull the meat out the night before. Try putting it in the door of your fridge to defrost, it's not as cold as the rest of the fridge (due to the opening & closing of the door) & it thaws a little faster. Since it is already cooked & I am just rewarming, it isn't a big deal if it's still a little frozen.

DLDROST- Believe me, I know I am blessed. He is a true gift!!! I really don't know how I got so lucky, but I try not to question it ( you know the ol' saying about never looking a gift horse in the mouth?). The nice part about it is that he feels the same about me... or at least that's what he says. emoticon

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7CURLYTOP 8/15/2010 9:55AM

  JERIK37 you are super! You are a mom miracle. How far ahead do you pull the meat out of the freezer for your meal? It seems to take forever for food to thaw in the fridge.

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DLDROST 8/15/2010 9:25AM

  it must be wonderful to have a supportive hubby

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