Monday, June 21, 2010
Well, we did it. We took our first camping trip of the summer up to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Some people up there were surprised that Sioux Falls was our destination. I guess it's the spring board to go to Mount Rushmore. We got up there early enough Thursday evening that we could set up camp, eat a few snacks and go to bed. We have a crazy tent, a 20 ft diameter dome tent. You can see pictures at shelter-systems.com. Inside we put four bunk bed cots (disc-o-beds) so the eight of us can sleep in one tent. It's kind of like an army barracks. We're still learning what we are doing. Hubby and I never camped as kids. The kids really loved the Jellystone Campground, especially the pool and jumping pillow. Even my almost 14 year-old was going crazy on the jumping pillow, bouncing off all the smaller kids who happened to be around him. This campground is large, and needs more bathroom facilities. The trip to and from the bathroom was 1/3 of a mile total, to and from the jumping pillow, 1/2 mile total. I sure feel my legs today and am icing my feet and knees. I had to explain who Yogi bear was. The kids have never seen his cartoons. The twins really enjoyed the wagon ride with Yogi and Booboo. Sean gave Yogi the sweetest hug afterward. I'll have Brian download some pics for me.
We really love the city of Sioux Falls. Falls park is beautiful. We had a lot of fun climbing the rocks and taking pics by the waterfall. Every night there's a laser light show, a 45 minute history lesson on the town and falls. I loved how the falls lit up in different colors. It was a beautiful night and all the kids loved the show. We had a conversation with the spokesperson for the show before it started. She announced our name and welcomed us. The kids think we're famous now, even though she said our town was in Nebraska. Nothing against Nebraska, but we love our little Iowa town.
Sioux Falls also has a wonderful bike trail system. We ended up taking a ten mile ride. I was pulling one of the kid trailers behind my bike with Bridget and a bunch of Powerade. I was pretty tired by the end and had to walk up a few hills. I hope hubby gets in better shape soon to help pull the kid trailers. The trail we were on started at the Outdoor Campus which has a beautiful pavillion and about 5 or 6 playgrounds. We ended up going by several parks along the Big Sioux River. Much of the trail is shaded, only a small portion was on a levy with no trees. There seems to be some trail construction going on up there. I believe the trail will eventually connect to Falls Park.
We took a little side trip up to Garretson. There we took a pontoon boat ride on the Split Rock river. The tour guide was funny and included all the kids in his fun stories. The rock formations were beautiful, and I really liked the cliff sparrows too.
Today, I'm recovering. I ate horribly all weekend, way to many carbs and poor carbs at that. By Saturday night, when I had a chance for a protein meal, I felt like I devoured a cow. I was that hungry for protein. I'm back on the wagon today, but probably won't track my food for the weekend. I don't even remember most of it, but know that I was way over on carbs. We'll see if I'm up to a C25K session tomorrow morning. It will have to be early, it looks like a hot one.
Anyway, that's my weekend in a nutshell. It was a wonderful vacation.
Monday, June 14, 2010
I started back with "couch to 5K" on Saturday. I bought heel cushions to help my feet, and I've been walking to keep in shape since I started having heel pain. My daughter Mary (10) tried to come with me. She had a hard time since she didn't sleep well, and stopped after 1 mile, but I was proud of her for trying. Sunday, hubby decided he's going to try c25k and he wants all the big kids to try too.
I really love his enthusiasm. We did week one on Sunday. Hubby lasted a mile, which is a lot for him. He's about 6'4" and around 290 lbs. He looks good at 235lbs to give you an idea of his build. He hasn't been too regular with working out, so I'm impressed he lasted the mile. He's still enthusiastic too. Mary, Pat (12), and Stevie (8) also went along. they all did great. Pat has the most trouble, asthma keeps him less active than the others, but he did two miles with me. Today, Mikey (13), Pat, and Stevie came along. Mikey and Stevie are in great shape, so during the jogging parts, they went ahead. During the walking parts, they came back to me. Pat had a little trouble, but was able to keep up with his 42 year old mom. They all did great! We did week two today, since overall, the kids are in better shape than hubby. Hubby wants the whole family to be able to jog a 5K, well, except for the twins. We'll have to take turns pushing them in the jogging stroller.
I am very blessed to have such a supportive family. When I'm on the elliptical, the kids cheer me on, "You can do it, keep at it mom!" The kids are also great food police, "Mom, don't eat that! It's not on your diet!" Hubby is usually very supportive too. He puts up with me doing less housework since I'm working out on most days and run out of time. He also knows how hard it is with the kids home since he is Mr. Mom every other Friday, Saturday, and Sunday when I'm at work.
So things are going very well here. We are turning into a SparkFamily!
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
A week ago, the kids made a big deal about Daddy's birthday. We had a perfect day with a bike ride up in Sioux City. Yesterday, the kids came in to wake me up and were surprised when I mentioned it was my birthday. I had orders to stay in bed. They made breakfast for me and cards and pictures. They made a yummy yogurt parfait with strawberries and granola. I know that sounds healthy, which is what they were aiming for, but it's a lot more carbs than I'm used to. I did enjoy it! They also made a veggie with dip plate.
I didn't get a workout in, mostly because of swim team and my goal to make a good dinner. I've had trouble with this since school ended. While we were eating dinner, I showed hubby all the pictures the kids made for me.
He totally forgot it was my birthday. In his defense, he was up half the night fixing the gutters during a thunderstorm to try to keep water out of our already damp basement. I wasn't mad. He already got me a great gift when he was on a business trip a couple weeks ago, turquoise earrings and bracelet. He insisted we head down to the local theater and watch a movie. I warned him that it was a romance one, "Letters from Juliette." We got there a little late, only about 5 minutes into the show. I went to get a seat while hubby paid. I later found out he didn't have enough cash. The manager was more concerned about us missing the show than paying him. I had cash, so we paid on the way out. I love living in a small town. The movie was set in Italy and was very good. It reminded us of our honeymoon in Rome. We both enjoyed it, which is saying a lot, hubby usually doesn't like romance movies.
After the movie we headed to the local steak house for dessert. We had two varieties of cheesecake and shared. YUM!!! So yesterday I was over on carbs and calories, I got no workout in, but I totally enjoyed it. It was a great birthday.
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Okay, I'm bummed. My heel started bugging me this week, it may have been Tuesday when I noticed. It still bothered me some on Wednesday, but I thought not so bad. That was until I had done 2 miles of walking/jogging (C25K week 2, day 2) and still had to hobble half a mile home. I iced my foot (and right knee which had to make up for the sore heel) and rested the rest of the day. When I got back on my feet to take two of my kids to swim team practice, OUCH! I could barely walk. I hobbled through the rest of the evening, even shopping. We had to go to the city to get some things.
I'm guessing it's plantar fascitis. I've never had it this bad before. Bad news, I know I need to take a break from working out right now. When I woke up this morning, I could barely walk. Good news, I found some shoes that seem to help. At Sports Authority, I was trying on shoes, thinking that old shoes may have caused this. A friend had earlier mentioned how she loved her "shape-ups", those funky shoes with the rounded bottom. A generic brand of those were on sale, so I tried them on. This was in my completely gimpy, barely walking state. Instantly, I felt relief in my heel. Most of the pressure from walking was now on my arches and not my heels. It still hurts to walk, just not as bad and I can almost walk without limping now. If you haven't tried these crazy shoes, I have to say I recommend trying them. I think they are intended mostly for walking. I still have to look them up online. They seem to be helping my foot to heal.
I'm still bummed, though. I love my working out time. It's my alone time now, and I feel such an accomplishment when I finish, especially now with C25K.
I kind of knew my time was coming for an injury. I have two best friends. One broke her foot in December, the other broke her ankle in February. Until I found these shoes, I was thinking of borrowing the crutches. As a mom, I'm finding it hard to slow down. I have so much mom stuff to catch up, but the kids are being a huge help. So, I'm taking it easy, as much as a mom of six can.
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