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Pharmacy goal, met!

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

I feel like I'm on day 1 again for SparkPeople. The last few months have been crazy with trying to get a new job, studying for my Iowa pharmacy law exam, vacation, floods, and as always, kids' activities. Well, I'm back, and I'm glad to be back here again.

1. Pharmacy: I passed my test!!!! I am now licensed in Iowa!!! Unfortunately, I still have to commute to Omaha for my job. I didn't get the part time job out here, but I did get an "on-call" position. I don't know if I'll have regular hours, so I still have to keep my job in Omaha. This will get my foot in the door, however, and eventually, I will have regular hours out here. I look forward to the time I can walk two blocks to work instead of driving an hour to work.

2. Floods: Missouri Valley is still dry. We have some local heroes building levees and even blowing some up (to let flood waters back into the river) to help keep our town dry. Highway 30 to Blair, Nebraska is still open, for now. I don't think they will be able to keep it open for too much longer, maybe a week or two more. At night, I drive out to Neola to get to and from Omaha or Council Bluffs. Many times, I'll take that way during the day too. Most of the businesses have stayed open, so for now, the only inconvenience has been the longer commute. Our house is high up on the hill, so we won't ever flood.

3. Weight loss: I'm pretty sure I'm gaining right now, but have refused to get on a scale. I'm getting back at it now, so hopefully I can shed a few before my work physical for my new job. Clothes are getting snug, so I really need to focus on this again. I just have to get back into the routine.

Well, I guess that's enough update for now. Please keep in touch and help me to get motivated again.
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ALLISON145 7/6/2011 12:31AM

    I'm glad to hear your house is on a bluff! I heard on the news today that the Blair road will be closed the next two days for some sort of repair... I have two employees that live up there and the commute is getting intolerable.

In terms of goals, take a moment to congratulate yourself on your license - what a big accomplishment! Now take a deep breath and take the first step toward your other goals - tracking! It stinks, but it works. You can do this!


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ELISADENK 7/5/2011 7:36PM

    Congrats on passing the pharmacy exam! emoticon

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CAROLYN0107 7/5/2011 2:10PM

    Glad to have you back on SP. Our team has been super quiet. Many from my church in Omaha (CCC) went to Mo Valley one day to help sandbag and help get our daughter church stuff moved to higher ground. I'm glad that it's not been bad there. I've been looking at photos of Omaha and North of there online. WOW. I will be flying into the Omaha airport on August 1st. I read that they are ready to sandbag if necessary to keep the airport open. I'll be on vacation for four weeks, one of which will be in CO (for a family reunion). About that 5K...... maybe we'll have to do one together next Spring when I'll also be in Omaha (December 2011-June 2012.

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MUSICMOMOF2 7/5/2011 10:35AM

    Congrats on passing your test! Sorry about not getting the part-time job, but hopefully the "on-call" position will lead to better things! So glad that you're back. We've missed you!

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GAILMJ 7/5/2011 10:01AM

    Contrats on passing the pharmacy exam!!

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Vacation, Pharmacy, and Floods

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Been busy:
Vacation in Colorado Springs was wonderful!! We saw: Garden of the gods, Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Cave of the Winds, Seven Falls, Air Force Academy, and rode the Royal Gorge Route Railroad (at the bottom of Royal Gorge). Our room was huge!! Shopping in Manitou Springs was fun too. Lots of walking, especially uphill. The kids loved it!!

Came home two days early for two reasons. Patrick's asthma and Colorado did not agree. Also got the phone call from a friend about the impending flood in Missouri Valley, Iowa, our home town.

That first weekend back was eerie. Everyone in the bottoms moving out. Brian was able to use our trailer to help a family move out of town. The week following, the sand bagging began. I went down to help fill sand bags on Tuesday and Wednesday. Brian helped on the weekend. Berms are going up and everywhere is sand bagged. We live up on the hill, so our home will not be affected. Flooding has closed the main highways to Omaha and Council Bluffs, where most of us work. My commute now takes over an hour. More roads are expected to close, mainly Hwy 30 over to Blair, Nebraska. Highway 183 to Council Bluffs is still open. Fortunately the rail line that runs parallel is keeping the water out. Honey Creek is flooded. It looks like a huge lake right by 183 to the west.

So far, Missouri Valley is dry. We are all still praying that it stays that way. Union Pacific has been working feverishly raising the rail lines through town. They've closed roads we need and their dump trucks are all over the place. They even run red lights like they're the fire dept. I guess when you have a lot of money, you can do whatever you want.

On an up note, I've interviewed for a job here in town. I'm studying to take my Iowa pharmacy law exam and am scheduled to take the test next week. I'll keep you updated. I can't tell how the interview went. They always ask such stupid questions on these interviews. It would be quite a change to go from a big city, completely automated hospital to a small town one. I'm a little afraid, but it would be good for me not to commute any more. The smaller atmosphere would be a nice change too.

I managed to get out for a walk today. Not logging much since I'm so busy with pharmacy, swim team, and planning for flood problems. I'll try to get on now and then to give updates on Missouri Valley, Iowa. Keep safe everyone.

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THEQUEENBEE333 6/23/2011 2:00PM

    You are doing great. Sounds like your trip was a good one. Good luck on the interview.

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ELISADENK 6/15/2011 8:59PM

    You keep safe, too.

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ASMPP1 6/15/2011 8:01PM

    Stay safe!

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MUSICMOMOF2 6/15/2011 1:23PM

    I have a friend who lives in Sioux City and a friend who lives in Council Bluffs, so I've heard about the flooding. It is such a scary situation. Stay safe and keep us updated! We miss you!

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May Update

Monday, May 23, 2011

It's been a while since I was able to Spark, so I thought I'd give a short update. The kids' activities are just about wrapped up. Soccer, track, the play, and the music concerts are done. School wraps up this week. I honestly wish it were over already. I'm ready to be done with school this year.

I've kept up my workouts, although I haven't kept up with the weights as much as I should. I usually do a jogging, walking routine. I walk 1/4 mile, jog 1 mile, walk 1/2 mile, jog another mile, walk 1/4 mile. I like this routine. It's easier than jogging 3 miles, but I'm still going 3 miles. When I have time, I'll add weights and crunches. I sometimes do the elliptical for 30 or 50 minutes. I've also been able to add swimming to the routine occasionally. Yay!!! Our swimming pool is fixed!!!

I have to admit, I've lacked motivation lately and have found it hard to get going in the morning. I think a lot of it has to do with the insomnia I've had the last week. I'll have to review my bedtime routine, watch my caffeine, etc... to help it get better.

We're planning a vacation in an actual hotel!! We're going to Colorado Springs, so any suggestions on family friendly places to visit out there would be great!!

Oh, I forgot to mention, Hubby got me an ipod touch! He felt bad about getting me a jogging belt (holds everything, even water), but that gift has come in handy too. I'm still learning how to use the ipod, but I welcome any suggestions for useful apps.

Well, maybe that update wasn't as short as I had hoped, but that's everything I can think of right now. Hope everyone is doing well!!

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CMPEARL 5/25/2011 4:57PM

    Besides the sparkpeople app, I've also downloaded for free, 10 minute exercise routines for core, arms, legs, and cardio, plus a really nice yoga app that lets you create your own series of poses. Let me know if you are interested, and I can look up exactly what they are called (my ipod is on the charger...I use it constantly LOL). Great job on your fitness!!

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ASMPP1 5/24/2011 3:43PM

    emoticon Enjoy your vacation!

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HSMOM2FOUR 5/24/2011 6:54AM

    Have a great time on vacation!

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THEQUEENBEE333 5/23/2011 6:27PM

    Vacation sounds nice. We are taking a few days to go up north to a family reunion this year. Closest thing to a vacation for us too. Ipod sounds cool! Good job on getting things in every day! I have been doing 60 or min per day on my elliptical 6-7 days per week! I am w/you - I sort of wish school was over too. I myself have a class starting begging of June through the summer. A financial class too no less. I am trying to pscyh myself up for it! Have a great week!

I have found lately I need more sleep than I used to also, must be the weather or something. Get plenty of fluids, vitamins and rest!

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/23/2011 12:50PM

    Wow! A vacation to Colorado Springs! I love Colorado! Have a great time!

Glad to hear that things are winding down for you. I've missed you on Spark! Hope that you are able to solve your sleep problems. Maybe it's the weather, since I've been struggling too. Anyway, glad to hear that things are going well for you! Have an awesome day!

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Shopping and Mother's Day

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

I went shopping twice last week. I got some more work out shirts, summer shirts, shorts, capris and a skort. I'm still getting used to shopping the lower level of JC Penney, the plus sizes are upstairs. It's pretty cool, but almost too much to choose from. I had the twins with me and they behaved really well considering all the trips to the fitting room. I also ventured into the mall and discovered Christopher & Banks (happy dance, not CJ Banks) had their 40% off sale. I was just hoping capris were on sale, but everything was. The poor twins had to squish in the fitting room again. I must have tried on thirty items.

Good news: I'm a 14 at Christopher & Banks. In cheaper brands I'm more of a 16 or 18, but I know that's how it works. I feel like I'm ready for summer now. I have clothes that fit.

Hubby took me on a date on Sat. afternoon. We went to Midtown Crossing in Omaha and ate at Crave for lunch. It was gorgeous out so we ate outside. I really enjoyed my Mojito! Yum!! Spent Mother's day with family, so I didn't have to cook or clean and the kids made me lots of cards and tissue paper flowers. It was a fantastic weekend. Hubby wasn't upset at all about the shopping I did. I figure I have a birthday coming up and with Mother's Day, I can consider all the clothes my presents. Everything was on sale and I had a coupon too. Funny, I tend to feel guilty when I buy clothes even when I need them.

I've gotten rid of some of my larger sizes. I've kept only the really nice things that are one size up. They'll go as I shrink some more and my XLs become too large.


Well, that's all for now. Still busy for one more week with track, soccer and the play, but things should ease up a bit after that.

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ZANNACHAN 5/12/2011 11:34AM


It's funny, but I often feel guilty about buying stuff even when I know I need them--especially clothing. But we deserve to have clothing that fits--and it sounds like you had a wonderful day!

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HSMOM2FOUR 5/10/2011 10:21PM

    Awesome job!! I'm going shopping tomorrow! Hope I find a good deal too!!

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ALLISON145 5/10/2011 5:34PM

    Woohoo for new clothes! I just bought some myself! I only bought a few things because I'm hoping to pass through this size pretty quickly. Still it feels so much better to have some things that fit. Yay us!

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CAROLYN0107 5/10/2011 5:19PM

    Nice you could have a date with your dh. It is nice that you could get rid of some of our larger clothes.

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/10/2011 5:09PM

    You are doing such a great job! I wish that I could go do some shopping. I could really use some new clothes too!

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Jogging with Stroller-Should be an exercise option

Thursday, April 28, 2011

I have five year old twins. We decided to keep them home from school one more year. Their birthday is at the end of July. Preschool was not an option for us since they turned five before the school year. It was kindergarten, or nothing. We decided to wait.

During the bad weather, this decision has no impact on my workouts. I use my elliptical and weight machine and the kids play. Now that the weather is getting better, I have to take them with me if I decide to jog in the morning or early afternoon. Today is one of those days. I pushed the stroller while walking and jogging. My routine is like this: walk 1/4 mile, jog one mile, walk 1/2 mile, jog one mile, walk 1/4 mile.

My times were good. My jogs were 13:45 and 14:00. My walks added up to 19:00. Keep in mind I live in a hilly area, although I avoid the bad hills by repeating my 1.5 mile route. My mile jogs on the track without the stroller average around 13:00 and walks around 18:00.

I think SparkPeople needs to add cardio options for walking or jogging with strollers. You can't convince me that I'm not burning more calories by pushing this extra eighty pounds. I also think they need to add back the option of slower "runs". Their slowest run is the 12 min mile. I count my miles, and it always counts my calories as walking calories. I'm jogging!!!! I'm a 42 year old, mother of six kids with sore knees and feet. My times are going to be slower than a 21 year old single person who doesn't creek when she walks. I just want "credit" for the work I'm doing. That's all I want.

Anyway, I feel the burn right now, and that's a good thing. Those hills pushing the stroller are great work for my bum. Trust me, I feel it!!!

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    Wow!! I would think that would change the calories burned. emoticon

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BARCLE 4/30/2011 6:49PM

    Yes, I cannot see how pushing extra weight is not burning more calories. Hopefully this option will be made available some time soon emoticon

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ILLINITEACHER52 4/28/2011 5:43PM

  Sounds good to me. I think they should add dancing with preschoolers to the exercise too!

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BLESSEDMAZARS 4/28/2011 4:47PM

    Way to get a workout in! Good for you! There are times I wish we could indiviualize our fitness a little more. But YOU know what you accomplished!

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SHELLKAYE 4/28/2011 4:37PM

    totally agree. Like me, having 2 kids in the stroller teasing each other and the weight is hard to manuver in a stright fashion. You're doing awesome. I hope the kids are good sports for you.

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ASMPP1 4/28/2011 3:59PM

    That is a workout!

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KJDOESLIFE 4/28/2011 2:48PM

    The only thing I can think of is using a heart rate monitor that counts calories for you, too. Sounds like a major workout to me!!

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NIKKICOLE83 4/28/2011 2:38PM

    Just thinking about pushing two kids up hill makes my body ache. You are probably burning as many calories as someone running the same distance if not more.

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ZANNACHAN 4/28/2011 2:04PM

    Your arguments make sense to me.

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MUSICMOMOF2 4/28/2011 1:08PM

    Way to go! Maybe you should mention the options on the tech page. Spark might consider adding it!

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