Monday, July 26, 2010
I love my neighborhood
Where I walk and run.
Interesting people and sites
To make every day fun.
Teen girls run by
Prepping for the school year.
Truck and cars, big and small,
Whiz by, a little too near.
Older ladies, paired off
For their morning walk.
Getting in shape and catching up
With each other as they talk.
Trying to get rid of "spare tires,"
Middle-aged dads with ipods.
Moms with strollers walk by.
I give them a wave and a nod.
A ninety-year-old, with his walker
Is on the go.
I pass by carefully, wave,
And say, "Hello.
There are butterfies, dragonflies,
Many birds, a rooster crowing.
A hill with dozens of horses,
Lots to see as I'm going.
Lots of turns, lots of hills,
Beautiful views to see.
Living in the Loess Hills,
I am so lucky.
Small houses, large new ones,
Flowers and pristine yards.
As I near the end, I think,
"This isn't too hard."
My small town neighbors
All trying to make their mark.
I'm right along with them
Trying to spread the Spark.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
I gathered my kids around me today as I was about to answer a poll question. My points were at 9,999. We all let out a big "WooHoo" as we saw my number go over the 10,000 mark. It's been almost six months since I joined Spark People and what a difference it has made in my life. I still have ups and downs with working out and eating. Everyone does. The biggest difference is that I am not alone in this quest. Spark friends and motivators have helped me pick myself up and keep at it when I've been down and frustrated. Being a healthcare worker I've read time and again how weight loss programs with support groups are the only ones that have long term success. Spark People provides all of that and more!
So here's an update on me since I started Spark People:
I've gone from 200 lbs down to 179.4 lbs. My 2x clothes are fitting pretty loosely and my 1xs are fitting again. My waist has gone down 2 inches, my hips 2.5 inches, and my thighs 1.5 inches. I usually work out 3-5 times a week with cardio, stretching and weights. I used to skip stretching a lot, but now am pretty routine about it. I've moved up from walking, which didn't seem to get my heartrate up anymore, to jogging/walking intervals with "Couch to 5k". I never would have tried that without Spark People. I'm up to week 5 now, and jogged a 7 minute stretch today! The weights I use are heavier too. We have a weight machine and some free weights. I've improved my machine chest press from 25 lbs, to 35 lbs. Free weight bicep curls from 5 lbs to 12.5 lbs each hand. I do a lot of different weight exercises thanks to Spark People's exercise demos. I've even exercised at work a few times in 10-15 minute busts, another Spark People suggestion.
So, Thank You!! Thank you Spark People for providing the tools for my success! Thank you Spark Friends for keeping me motivated and cheering me on!!! Thank you Hubby and Kids for helping me through all this so I can be a healthier wife and mother!!!
Monday, July 19, 2010
Happy Birthday Mikey!! My oldest is 14 today. I can't believe it. So much has changed since then.
I was 28 and a full-time hospital pharmacist at the time. Brian and I had been married almost 2 years. The pregnancy went well, no real problems. I did look pretty big in July. He was due the end of August. I had planned to quit my job four weeks before my due date. Two weeks prior I had gone to a Huey Lewis concert sponsored by my husband's employer. It was a cool company back then. The concert was free and for employees and their families. In hindsight, I probably jammed out a little too much for my size.
I remember July 19, 1996 like it was yesterday. I was working on Pyxis (like Atms for medications) and had to keep going to the bathroom. I had an appointment later that day, but another pharmacist said that I didn't look so good. I moved my appointment up and had my hubby come get me. My doc was at another hospital, although I was going to deliver where I worked. My doc had just finished telling me that late in the pregnancy the baby pushes on the bladder a lot, when the test strip for amniotic fluid turned bright blue. Yep, my water had broke. Okay, back to my work hospital. The first family member I could get a hold of was my dad who said, "You can't be in labor, your baby shower is tomorrow." Well dad, apparently the baby doesn't know that. I had a friend driving from out of state to come to the party. This was before everyone had cell phones. She ended up getting to see Mikey and hold him the next day. I had to have one of my brothers at my house to accept gifts and explain what had happened.
Now it's fourteen years later. My little preemie boy who was 5 lbs 7 oz at birth is now taller than me and stands 5'10". His voice has matured and is quite deep and he takes on a lot of responsibility around the house. Thankfully, he is still very much a kid, and lets his mom hug and kiss him.
I am very blessed to have him in my life.
Friday, July 16, 2010
July 16th, really? My kids go back to school in a month! I can't believe I have to start thinking about school supplies and clothes again. Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of time to get ready. I've taken on extra shifts at work since I have a 14 y/o who can babysit. This really throws off my schedule since I go in at 12noon or 2pm and get off work at 10:30pm or 12:30am. It's hard to get up early enough to beat the heat and do C25K. These extra shifts will help us pay some bills, though.
Swim team is just about over. We only have the end of season party left. Our last swim meet was Wednesday in Logan, IA. Yes, the night of the intense storms. They waited until they saw lightening to cancel the event. We got through the IM races and the team medley races. I got to see my three kids swim one last race each. For my 14y/0, it was really exciting. The 13/14 boys medley team hasn't beat the 13/14 girls team all season. They swam their hearts out, screaming for each other the whole way. The boys finally beat the girls (normally I would cheer on the girls, but my son is swimming). The four boys did a four way chest bump. My 10 y/o daughter swam a fast backstroke in her relay, and my 8 y/o son (who always goes fast) did great with his freestyle. I think the coach will have him doing IM's next year. The storm hit, and all the kids were panicking. My 8 y/o was screaming, "I don't want to die!" We got him calmed down, gathered each other up and one more kid whose parents weren't there, alerted the coach, and left. Hubby was home with the three other kids and he told me the route home was clear. He was right. We made it home before the front hit our town. Thankfully, there wasn't any damage in our town.
Now, I'm getting ready for yet another extra shift. I'm a hospital pharmacist. It's been busy every night I've been there. I'm not used to working all these shifts, and my kids miss me. Please don't give me guilt trips. We have bills.
Oh well, that's how my week has gone. I hope we can do something fun to finish off the summer. Any ideas?
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
Summer's half over already. I can't believe it. Swim team only has two weeks left, this one being the critical week with the conference meet on Saturday. This is the second year in a row I have to miss the conference meet since I'm scheduled to work. Maybe I'll drive out to Avoca for some of the meet. I don't have to be at work until 2pm. We'll see. The kids are finally getting better. Mary's inner ear infection is going away after two courses of antibiotics. Mikey's swimmer's ear is better. He was in pain for over a week. Patrick is the only one not getting better. I have to take him to his pulmonologist to adjust his asthma meds. Something is not working right now. He presents with coughing, not wheezing, and his cough is not going away.
I'm still working at Couch to 5K. I did my first day of week 4 today:
Walk 5 min
Jog 3 min/walk 90 sec
Jog 5 min/walk 2.5 min
Jog 3 min/walk 90 sec
Jog 5 min/walk 2.5 min
and I added an extra 60 sec jog to finish my first two miles. I walked another 2 miles. I've been jogging slowly, so I can finish it all without dying. I feel like I can do this, especially if I start waking up earlier to avoid the heat. I also spend two weeks doing each "week" of C25K. That keeps me from advancing too quickly. I hope I can do a 5 K event in the Fall. That would really motivate me!
We had a fun Fourth of July, despite the rain. The kids played with their cousins all day and then the dads and older kids lit the fireworks. No injuries, but lots of mosquito bites. I ate poorly, and feel pretty stupid for that. I've made so much progress. I shouldn't sabotage it like that. Oh well, I'll chalk it up to lack of sleep.
I hope everyone else had a great Fourth!
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