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Day 184

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I went for a walk/jog today: 1/4 mile walk, 1 mile jog, 1/4 mile walk. My jogging mile was 14:22. My body was a little sore from all the activity over the last week.

Swim team started this morning for my two younger kids. Bridget did fine with her first practice. Stevie's a fish, no worries there. It's 70 degrees out, at most, and the kids were cold when they got out of the water. I don't think the older kids will get their practice in. There's a chance of storms later today. It's too cold for Patrick. I'm keeping him home because of his asthma. He can start on Monday when it's 90 out.

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    My children LOVE the pool! Sounds great.

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MOMPPCL 5/30/2012 4:33PM

    You're doing great! Anyone fitting exercises amidst busy schedule with kids deserves a medal!

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/30/2012 3:07PM

    Way to go on the walk/jog! It is a little bit cool today for swimming. Brrr! Tomorrow is supposed to be even cooler. Enjoy the rest of your day!

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Day 183-Six months of my streak!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Today I celebrate six months of at least 10 min of exercise per day! I went for a nice walk with my best friend who helped rescue my family from our van breakdown on the interstate last night. See my previous blog for those details. We went two miles in 20 minutes. She's a slower walker than me, plus all the gabbing slowed us down. It's a beautiful day. I decided to walk since I only got about four hours of sleep last night from our ordeal and getting up early to go with hubby to Omaha to get a rental.

I'm very proud of myself, though, for continuing my streak for so long!
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MOMPPCL 5/30/2012 4:34PM

    Perseverance in adversity!

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KPETSCHE 5/30/2012 2:07AM

    Yeah, Chris. Isn't it empowering to know that you have gotten 6 straight months of (at least) 10 minutes of exercise each and every day??? It's totally AWESOME! Great job.

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WOUBBIE 5/29/2012 8:50PM

    I don't comment on your blog very often, but believe me, all your efforts have not gone unnoticed! So many people start out with high hopes and fizzle out after a few weeks or a few setbacks. You are truly inspirational, whether you know it or not! Please keep up your wonderful streak - for you, for your family, and for your SparkFriendsAndAdmirers!

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/29/2012 8:21PM

    Way to go Chris!!! You are awesome!

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    You are inspirational! Thank you for this blog. It proves that it is possible for anyone to fit it in. No matter what! I only got 4 hours sleep last night too. I wish I could get the kids to bed now, lol.

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STRENEE 5/29/2012 7:53PM

    WOW! Way to go emoticon - Quite inspiring. The hubby and I are just starting, so I love reading blog posts like this to keep me motivated. Good luck and keep it going :)

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Day 182-The Good, The Bad, The Expensive

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Yesterday was our day to celebrate Hubby's birthday. We decided to finally go on a bike ride. This first entailed getting all eight bicycles functional and loaded up into our trailer. We didn't leave town until 2pm. Yes, it was a little frustrating, but we got them all working and we know who needs larger bikes now.

We trekked up to Sioux City to check out the riverfront trails. We never were able to go last year due to the floods. We all were amazed that they were able to repair the trails so quickly. The river banks were lined with dunes of sand now and the whole riverfront has a different look. The water marks on the trees along the trail had to be 10 feet high. I couldn't reach them. It's cool that you can see the river from the trail now, but they lost a lot of trees in Sioux City. I'm sure more will die in the next few years too. The trail was still scenic and I like the gentle hills. This was the first time the twins went riding with us. They peddled their little legs off. We need to get them both the next size of bike, with training wheels. How small do they make gear bikes? The weather was perfect. We even found a great sports bar for pizza for dinner.

We headed south on the interstate after dark. We made it between Whiting and Onawa when we had to pull over. We think the transmission died. Two nice women pulled over to assist us. I think they were sisters traveling south from North Dakota. I was so scared a worried. Here we were, stranded on the Interstate with only small towns around. All the stores would be closed. How would we get everyone home? I took two kids and rode with the good samaritans. I called my best friend (who earned that title) and she came to get the rest of the kids. Hubby waited for the tow truck which was able to tow both the van and the trailer.

The good: we all made it home safe and sound thanks to the kindness of others.
The bad: we killed our van.
The expensive: that's the second van we've killed in less than six months.

We're taking the expenses one step at a time and trying to figure out our best vehicle options. I think hubby might have some good ideas already rolling around his head. We'll get this figured out so we can still hopefully go on our bicycling adventures, without killing the van again.

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KPETSCHE 5/30/2012 2:12AM

    Sorry to hear about the van but glad to hear about the fun bike ride.

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    It's hard to think about spending money on bicycles when you need a vehicle. I hope it all gets sorted out without too much $$$ spent. Sounds like your actual celebration was a lot of fun. :-)

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/29/2012 4:57PM

    Sounds like you had a pretty good day until the trip home. I'm glad that everyone made it home safe and sound. Good luck with the van!

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KENAZFEHU 5/29/2012 2:36PM

    Wow - you might need those bicycles more than you thought.

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Day 181

Sunday, May 27, 2012

I went for a solo walk today. I didn't even grab my music, just enjoyed the peace and quiet. I went one mile in 16:40.

Busy day for me as we head off to church, then off to work for my third straight shift, fifth in a week. That may sound like a normal work schedule, but I'm not full time. I still have all my mom duties at home, although I am trying to delegate to the kids more. They are great helpers.

Tomorrow we celebrate Hubby's birthday. His actual birthday is later in the week, but since we both have it off, we need to celebrate tomorrow. I hope he comes up with something fun to do.

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BLUE42DOWN 5/27/2012 10:19PM

    Nice walk!

Hope you all have an enjoyable time celebrating hubby's birthday.

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    I always tell my children that chores bless our home and everyone in it. It seems to make them sulk less. ;-)

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/27/2012 12:36PM

    Have a great time celebrating!

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TELFERS01 5/27/2012 9:40AM

  Contemplation is healthy.

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Day 180

Saturday, May 26, 2012

I had a nice walk with hubby today and a couple of friends who happened to be passing by on their own walk as we started. Good company, good conversation, good walk! Hubby and I only did one mile in 20 minutes, maybe a little more distance, but one mile is easier to track.

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    It's nice to visit with friends, especially your spouse (my personal favorite!). Have a great weekend!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/27/2012 2:33AM


Nice walk!

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LOSINGITALL4ME 5/26/2012 1:36PM

    My hubby and I just got our 3 mile walk in. We stopped half way to visit our grandson and get some hugs. What a beautiful morning to walk. Now off to graduation parties! Have a super weekend!!

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MUSICMOMOF2 5/26/2012 12:53PM

    Way to go! Have a great weekend!

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