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Monday, July 02, 2012

Hi Everyone!

A lot of you responded to my shock about the expense of running a race. Kind of threw me for a loop, but now that I know, I can budget for the next time I want to do one :) Thanks for all your tips!!

I didn't work out too hard this past week, but I have been doing girl push-ups every day and trying to do my first pull-up. We have a pull-up bar, and each day I try a little throughout the day. I'm sore, but seeing improvement. I of course have to "jump" and still can't get myself totally up, but I can now get partially up and come down slowly. Every time I try, it's like my body is overheating too! Must be a good sign I figure. My husband showed me a few things I can do with weights to increase my wrist and forearm strength so that should help as well.

Foodwise, I've been horrible I must admit. Friday we went on our date night to Olive Garden. We hadn't been there for maybe a year or a little used to be one of my favorite places. They have 2 meals for 25$ going on so we couldn't resist. Needless to say....we didn't feel good afterwards. In fact, I doubt we'll go again for another year. First of all, they were really busy....but if it's the should be prepared, especially Friday nights. We got an appetizer and upgraded to the salad to a caesar. We asked for our dressings on the side....and was it on the side? NO! DRENCHED! There was more dressing than lettuce on the plate so it was very disappointing because it took so long to get out, we didn't want to say anything more. We picked at it a little. The appetizer was great, we got the fried calamari and bruschetta. Fried? Yeah, I know...bad me. Then I got Fettucini Alfredo....very bad me. It was good, but gosh did I feel like crap as we were leaving. I had one breadstick too. Leaving I thought, wow...and I used to love this food. Guess I've lost taste for such high calorie things. I'm sure the fettucini Alfredo is probably the most caloric thing on their menu. Haha. I don't even want to know!!!

Saturday we spent the day in Lake City for our nephew's 10th Birthday party. I started the day off with gas station coffee. The party was so fun! My brother in law and sister in law had built a huge obstacle course all over their huge front and back yards for the kids. It was 16 obstacles! I was in charge of the slip in slide and the balance beam. The kids were cracking me up too. I forgot to turn on the slip in slide for the first kid...oops....and his chunky body flopped right onto the ground with thud. I felt HORRIBLE, but couldn't help at laughing that he said, "Ow! My sternum!" It was cute. I turned the hose on and he went again, so it was nothing serious. Anyways, so there, I ate a hotdog, a hamburger, potato chips, potato salad, AND cake! Can you believe it?? Then, driving the three hours home that night with my husband and his mom, we stopped at Cracker Barrel. There, I had the grilled chicken tenderloins, mac n cheese, and the turnip greens. Of course I ate a super healthy (not!) white flour buttery biscuit. We got home really late and crashed.

The next morning, our favorite day...Sunday, we decided not to cook breakfast like usual because the place was a mess. It's like we hadn't had time to be home and clean for a whole week or something! Especially since we are sharing a vehicle for now. We ended going to a place we love called "Skyway Jack's II" for breakfast. They have the best omelets I've ever had. Of course I had cheese in it. AND homestyle potatoes...yum. Also, I had half a damn biscuit and tons of coffee with sugar and creamer. Guess what we had for lunch? Our leftover olive garden from Friday!!!!! And for dinner? Two beers, soda (which I rarely drink) and we split a Firehouse Sub. Lots of eating out this weekend!!!!

Wow, so today is Monday and I'm off work. This morning I made oatmeal. Instead of having our regular organic maple brown sugar....I made half plain and half maple brown sugar to try and wean off the sugar. It was still a little rough to eat so I added a little agave nectar and lots of blueberries.

For lunch, we had a veggie burger so that was okay.

But then, I had two light beers and ate a lot of chips later as a "snack"- so that's my fail for today. All I can do is be proud I did good for breakfast and lunch, and do our best for dinner :)

I don't know what to do anymore half the time. I watched Dr. Oz today and realized I need to clean up my act over this week....yikes, Fourth of July is a potential downfall, that's for sure. Already got the Boar's Head Dogs in the fridge, haha, I can't lie to you guys. Anyways, so watching Dr. Oz, I learned that people with my body type (belly fat, rather than booty fat if you will) need to stay away from refined carbs, cheese, and coffee. HARD!!! I also learned that belly fat is way easier to rid of than butt fat, but it's also a lot more dangerous. I really need to learn how to reduce my stress. If I don't my heart is going to get all fatty and I just don't want that at all. :( :( :(

I'm working on a childhood literature paper where I have to analyze 20, yes TWENTY children's books. I've worked on it for about 5 hours today and I've only done 10 books so far. In coming across some Mister Roger's info, I decided to stray from the assignment and look him up for a bit. He was a vegetarian, never smoked, never drank and died from...stomach cancer. Can you believe it? STOMACH CANCER? He seemed so calm, I'm not sure if he was stressed or not. But how do you get stomach cancer when you are so loving, calm, and healthy with your eating? Made me lose a little hope, really. If he got stomach cancer, who knows what will happen to me.....goodness. lol. Yes, I'm paranoid.

Anyways, I wish you all the best week and I'm going to really sit down and think about my next plan of action for this week. Muah!

PS: Did you guys know if you try to put a bad word in your blog, you can't submit it? A message comes up saying, "No profanity, please" lol. I had the s word earlier, but changed it to crap and it went through. Just FYI. Peace!


5k Midnight Run saddness :( :(

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Okay, so I just went to the website to register my husband and I online for our first official my shock, it was $30.00 per person. I know it is for charity, but I really thought that it was like $10.00-$15.00 to run in a race. Not flipping $30! I called my husband and asked him about it and we discussed the money and if we could swing it. We didn't know it was so expensive :( We can't do it right now, we live very paycheck-to-paycheck at the moment and are on a strict budget following our Dave Ramsey Total Money Makeover Plan. If my idiot self had looked at the fees like a month ago, I would have been able to budget it in....but with one of us having an unexpectedly broke down vehicle...we have to conserve what we can to get that fixed. There will always be other races though, I know. We can always do our own "unofficial 5ks" of course, lol. Maybe the turkey trot in November? This is sad news, but at least I have awesome new running shoes to train with still :) :) I am still going to be a runner!!!!

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SUZFAITH 7/12/2012 12:34AM

  I plan on running a half marathon in 2013 at Disney! My sister told me she is doing the Princess one in feb... I think I'm going to do the one in October at Epcot. Good luck figuring it all out and training for them! I'm pretty excited to work on getting ready for one.

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MIRAGE727 6/29/2012 8:28AM

    I totally understand! D & I will register early for races when the have "kick-offs" or when they are the cheapest. That's why I always look at the race calendars. I also look at our town's races as the Oktobeerfest and Hog Hustle are inexpensive when they first announce registration. Palm Harbor also has lesser expensive races. I'll post on our team when we first get word on runs. Keep training and, yep, I've done SP Virtuals!

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KGIRL160 6/27/2012 8:49AM

    You are choosing to stay on your budget - not missing out on something! Hope you find a reasonable race rate.

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GEOPUNGUIN 6/27/2012 8:47AM

    You can still enter and participate without just do not get the premies or bennies that the paid runners official time, pics, etc...and a lot of the runs want to charge you for photos too...
I only pay for events that I am supporting the charity...otherwise go the less expensive route...
Good will!!!

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TYKXBOY 6/27/2012 1:25AM

    I love races. I hate paying for them. Right after I saw the woman I blogged about who is running 52 half marathons in 52 weeks, I thought about how incredibly expensive that has to be. I've seen prices for half marathons range between $55 and $125, sometimes even more! If she paid an average price of $75 per race, then she would spend $3,900 just in race fees!! And that's not including transportation, lodging, etc. Races are freakin' expensive! If they were cheaper, I would do a whole lot more of them. That is why I do maybe 4 or 5 a year. Ragnar nearly broke the bank, last year. :( I've done three (paid for four, *sigh*) and I'm not sure if I'll be running any more for the rest of the year. I feel your pain!

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JENN03275 6/26/2012 8:30PM

    Yes, like others have said, they can be pricey. I too have a $30 limit but I think I did pay a little more for my half in October. For that reason, the price, I try and make all my races for a charity or fundraiser. That way, I know that some of my money is going to a cause.

I am going to do the SP Virtual 5k in July. I love the price, FREE!!

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    They all can be pricey. I have a strict $30 and under limit, excluding tax. Only spend more on mud runs. I have noticed though, they the ones with the "fancy" titles do charge more. Maybe there are some other, plain jane runs in your area you can do?

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RUNNER12COM 6/26/2012 6:33PM

    I feel ya. Race fees are always the toughest part of the race in my opinion. :)

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CHAOTICMOM4 6/26/2012 4:42PM

    Bummer, that's to high to pay, especially when you're paying for two. Try looking for local running clubs in your area, they are everywhere and most offer a free weekly fun run that is usually timed. It's a great opportunity to get out and run and meet people in your area.

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DESERTJULZ 6/26/2012 3:40PM

    SparkPeople is having a "virtual 5k" that you could participate in. It's free. :D

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MFLYNN8 6/26/2012 3:13PM

    Races are really expensive here. My first was a Disney and I was not expecting $50 to sweat! emoticon
Like you said, you have new shoes so there is a silver lining.

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JULESRULES78 6/26/2012 2:30PM

    Races are usually more expensive the closer they get. I'm sorry you don't have the money right now. The good news is that you have more time to train so you can definitely do another one down the road when you feel financially stable. What is sad is that the longer the races are the more expensive they get. You'd think they could cut us a deal for being dedicated.

SPs virtual races are free there is a Summer 5K at the end of July if you want to sign up. There is a run/walk option too.

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i'm down :(

Monday, June 25, 2012

So, this past week we haven't been doing our runs and I can't explain why because busyness and not feeling like it and anything else we have going on is NO excuse. Thirty minutes should be accomplishable no matter what! I also tried to do Day 8 of Jillian's 30-Day Shred this past Wednesday and pretty much half-assed it and only got through about 70% of it. It didn't help that my skinny gorgeous rock-climbing sister was doing it with me, looking perfect and completing all exercises with ease. Barf. lol. I love her though, she is a rock in my life! Yesterday, Sunday, it rained all day long and was so dreary. My husband and I got up, showered, and got right back into our pajamas for our Sunday breakfast and coffee at home. I prepared a powerpoint for my literature class for a few hours, and then Jer and I played Sims for a few hours. No exercise whatsoever, how sad. Actually, he did do some push-ups and pull-ups, but not me :( I can only dream of doing one pull-up and one non-girl (knees on the ground) push-up. I ended the week with gaining 0.8 of a lb. LAME!!!! I have been within the same three pounds for about 4 years now. It feels like no matter what I do, I'm just not able to get the weight off. How can I possibly push any harder??? How can I want this any more than I already do??? AHHHH!!!! Oh well, off to work, today is so dreary :( :(

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JULESRULES78 6/25/2012 1:45PM

    I hope you cheer up. Don't be so hard on yourself. If you are looking for a little more motivation, you might try one of the challenges. It will at least you getting 10 minutes of exercise in a day. The address to the challenge page is

Sorry, I can't hyperlink in a blog comment, and I apologize for the multiple comments. The computer freaked out on me. Have a good day!

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30 Day Shred - Day 7

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Just completed Day 7 of the Shred after being absent from it for 8 days in a row. Wow! Time really flies! One thing is for sure...I was ready to get on it today. I am weak and shaky right now...and sweaty. I am so glad I did it though. If I had waited too many more days, I may have given it up altogether. Now hopefully tonight, my husband and I will continue our 5k training. My legs are SO sore though...they have been sore for about a week, mostly in the shins and Achilles areas. I think it may be an adjustment to my new shoes and new inserts. I think my legs need time to get used to how they should have been placed in a shoe all along. Doing the shred today, I got a little nauseous and ran to the bathroom at one point, but didn't actually vomit - I was ready in case I did though. Then I came back and finished. For some reason, the "punching" part of the cardio circuit always makes my stomach feel queasy! Also, I've gone over calories yesterday and also today....but not as much as yesterday. Today, I was smart and pre-entered everything I will be eating tomorrow so there will be no excuses if my calorie intake adds up to more!!! I am getting back to my schoolwork now, as my husband will be home from work soon and will probably want the computer to work on his side project. I will keep you all posted on my progress :) emoticon

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JULESRULES78 6/20/2012 7:30AM

    For some reason the punching always made my breath weezy...pre-tracking food rocks and totally works as long as you stay on top of it.

As far as 5K training, make sure to stretch well, and ice if you need to.

Way to go on tracking, training, and doing your homework! You'll meet your goals before you know it!

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SWAYDE 6/19/2012 8:31PM

    Wow you've been busy! Woohoo!

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Hmm...I'm struggling this week, I think.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

So today is Father's Day. Just talked to my dad for 35 mins...he's having a rough time without my brother Matt this year for the first time. :( Very sad. That's life sometimes.

My husband and I are a little off track on our 5k training. We've just had a lot going on this week...he's been working on a design project as side work all week after a full day of regular work, and I have been doing a lot of reading and watching lectures for school. Also, his truck broke down on Tuesday, so I've been driving us around everywhere all week, to and from our jobs and anywhere else we've needed to go. We aren't getting the truck fixed until we have enough in cash. We haven't rebuilt our emergency fund enough yet since we just used it in the past couple months to get my car fixed and our computer needed a new video card. We will not let his truck breaking down put us into credit card debt! Anyways, we did one run less than we should have....and the one we did this morning we only did 4 rounds of it instead of 6, but at least it's something! I've been terrible about logging my food lately...just haven't been coming on spark people as much due to school work and my job I guess! Also, I haven't done 30-Day shred since last Sunday! I really gotta crack down on it this week for sure. I have a better work schedule this coming week, so I'm excited to get a little deeper in the game :) I'm not struggling too bad, life just gets crowded sometimes I guess.

Goals this week: Log food, Do 30 Day Shred at least three times, and stay on track for 5k Training

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JULESRULES78 6/20/2012 7:44AM

    Logging food is a commitment, and it does take some time form the habit. If you eat the same or a similar meal once a month or more and track it, it becomes easier, because you can just copy paste it to the current day from the last time you ate it.

Looks like you're sticking to your goals now that you've laid them out. Great job!

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DAWNDMOORE40 6/17/2012 12:59PM

    emoticonYou have had a very full schedule and still have managed to keep up! You should be very proud of yourself! I will pray for you this week that your able to organize your schedule and get your training in for the 5K! I know how difficult it can be to fit exercise into your life! Have a blessed day! Keep your chin up and remember our heavenly Father never forsakes us! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COURTNEYBARRE24 6/17/2012 12:55PM

  Hope things get better for you. What is the 30-day shred

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