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Bicycling Weekend

Monday, April 12, 2010

We finally got all the bikes repaired and in working order on Friday. Loaded them up in our trailer and headed out Saturday. We first went to Harlan for Stevie's (8y/o) soccer game. The weather was kind of weird all day. It was warm when we loaded up the trailer in the morning. Then it was very cold and windy at the soccer game. It kept going back and forth all day. Stevie's team won, 2-0. Woo Hoo!!

After the game we had a nice lunch at Pizza Ranch there in Harlan. The kids loved the buffet. I did so well!! I stuck to salad with chicken on top. Not one bite of pizza, not even the dessert pizza! We figured we were already part of the way to Des Moines, so we headed that direction. We've always wanted to check out the Saylorville lake area. Unfortunately, by the time we got there, Brian wasn't feeling so well. We ended up at Big Creek Lake. The kids loved the giant playground. Brian sat there with the twins, while I took the older four kids on the bike trail. I really like that trail. We could have stayed longer, but none of the restrooms were open, at any of the parks on Saylorville lake. We found one port-a-potty at Big Creek Lake, that was it. Because of this, that bike ride was a little disappointing. I wanted to go on longer, but Brian wasn't feeling well. We ended up eating at Culvers on our way out of Des Moines. Again, I had a salad with chicken (strawberries, pecans, and blue cheese too, yum). I didn't even touch the kids' ice cream. I asked Brian if I could. He was strong and told me "no." I thanked him for that. He helps me keep on track.

Yesterday afternoon I talked Brian into another bike ride. This time, it was just him and me. We rode our bikes over the pedestrian bridge in Omaha. Some of my pictures on my profile were taken there last year. We then rode on the Nebraska side, went to the Con Agra park, and then back over the bridge. It was a good ride. I did have my first accident going on a grassy area between two sidewalks. I didn't angle my wheel right going onto the second sidewalk. I caught myself pretty well, protected my knees. I skinned up my shin and right elbow. Not too bad. When we loaded up the bikes, we decided to continue the date and ate out at the sports bar at Ameristar casino. We ate fajitas without the tortillas. That was so yummy, and good on my carb range, which hopefully made up for the beer I drank, not a low carb one. It's fun to be an adult sometimes. We get the opportunity more often now that we have a teenager to babysit for us.

So, overall, it was a good weekend. I ate well despite eating out and I got two bike rides in.
Chris

  
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LOSINGITALL4ME 4/12/2010 9:55PM

    Sounds like a great time! I need to learn to resist pizza - I don't have much willpower when it comes to that. Great job on your exercising and eating.

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TLROYER 4/12/2010 8:22PM

    Great job on your eating! Glad you and hubby got to do some bike riding together. That sounds fun. Terry

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THEQUEENBEE333 4/12/2010 3:22PM

    Sounds like an awesome time! I need to get a bike. havent been on one since I was a kid and my kids have one. I think that is a goal for this summer! Have a great week!

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MOM-OF-SIX 4/12/2010 2:00PM

    I don't think there was any dessert pizza left after my kids went through. They each had at least 3 pieces, the highest number one admitted to was 5 of the dessert pizza. I think we got our money's worth!

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MUSICMOMOF2 4/12/2010 1:53PM

    Good for you on resisting Pizza Ranch pizza. I could not do it. I love it too much. Especially the dessert pizza! I am impressed!! Have a great Monday!

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HUSBANDANDDAD 4/12/2010 1:38PM

  Not even one bite of pizza? Ouch!

Great job!

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April Goals and Progress

Friday, April 09, 2010

1. Stay withing my carb range: I've done really well with this goal, only going over once so far this month. That one time was due to recovering from a migraine and being on the road. It's hard to eat a salad on the road, and the wraps from Arby's have quite a few carbs.

2. Work out 4-5 times per week: The first week in April, including some March days, I worked out seven times. This week is four so far, but I plan to work out today and tomorrow.

3. Working on my Iowa Pharmacy license: I've looked up all the information and steps I need to take to reciprocate my license to Iowa. Next, I have to wait until we have some money so I can start the process: Pre-registration, registration, law exam. It should take several months, so the cost should be spread out a bit.

As for other progress, I'm proud to report that I've lost 10 lbs while on Spark People. It's the first time I've been under 190 in a long time. I'm fitting into clothes that haven't fit in a while. Still working hard. I've got 40 lbs to go till my first long term goal weight of 150.

  
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TLROYER 4/9/2010 7:27PM

    Wow, that is wonderful! Good for you for everything you've accomplished. Keep up the good work! Terry

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MUSICMOMOF2 4/9/2010 3:34PM

    You are doing great!! Congrats on the 10 pound loss!! Have a great Friday!!

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My Hubby's Trying!

Thursday, April 08, 2010

My husband seems like a totally different person since he took his certification test two weeks ago. Before the test, he was stressed out, mean at times, ate horribly, and had no time for anything but studying. Now, he's the sweet, caring man I married again. This morning, he actually let me sleep in (or rest in, insomnia again) and he got the kids ready for school. He also cleaned the kitchen! I think besides being over the stress of studying, he has to be feeling a little better from exercising. He's been making a point of swimming several times a week. We went on a walk on Easter Sunday before I had to go to work. On nice days he will go on walks with me too. This weekend may be our first family bicycling trip, if we can get all the bikes in working order. I'm so glad he's making an effort. I think he's trying to eat better too. I'm just so happy he's joining me on this journey!
Chris

  
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HUSBANDANDDAD 4/9/2010 10:29AM

  Congratulations to you both - keep it up!

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TLROYER 4/8/2010 7:44PM

    That is great news! Where are you going to go biking? Terry

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MUSICMOMOF2 4/8/2010 7:11PM

    That is great to hear! Great to have the "built-in" motivation!

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WooHoo!!!!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Patrick is finally getting back to his old self. He's off the nebulizer and back on his maintenance inhaler at a slightly higher dose. It's great to see him back to normal. Yesterday was his birthday. He's a big 12 year old now. I made his favorite dinner, sweet & sour chicken. I also found a recipe on allrecipes.com using his favorite ingredients for some cookies, white chocolate coconut haystacks. They turned out great!

Mary, my 10 year old, has had pain in her ear since Friday. Time to go to the doctor. I was actually kind of glad we had to go, so I could step on a reliable scale. I was at work over the weekend. I work at a hospital that usually has around 250-300 patients. I figured I'd go to employee health and that they would have a good medical scale for employees to track their progress. I couldn't have been more disappointed. The scale they had looked like a hand-me-down from a 1950's bathroom. It didn't even have numbers over 100. It just spun around an extra time. My number wasn't good, and then the nurse told me that the scale usually weighs heavy, up to six pounds off. I know they have Weight Watchers where I work. Why can't they invest in a good scale for the employees? Anyway, I got the news I wanted when I took Mary to our small town doctor. I stepped on the scale, the same one for all my measurements so far on SparkPeople.

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187.8 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm below the 190 mark, my first mini-goal!!! I had a feeling I had reached that goal. I was able to wear some pants that haven't fit in a few months. It killed me not to blog about it yesterday, but I already blogged about my weekend. Oh, Mary's doing better. We got some antibiotics for her ear infection.

Thank you to all my new friends on SparkPeople. You help me stay motivated and help me to have a positive outlook even when it gets tough to keep at it.

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HEALTHYKIM101 4/7/2010 5:32PM

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TLROYER 4/6/2010 1:43PM

    Great job! Congrats on the mini goal. Keep up the good work. Glad to hear Patrick is back to his old self. Have a great day. Terry

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ASMPP1 4/6/2010 12:53PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonKeep up the great work!

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MUSICMOMOF2 4/6/2010 12:29PM

    That is awesome news!! Congratulations! Keep up the great work!!

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JOYCEMARIE9 4/6/2010 10:16AM

    Congratulations and yes you would think a hospital would have a good scale for all to use. Keep up the good work and and enjoy your journey.

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Easter Weekend

Monday, April 05, 2010

Well, I made it through this incredibly busy weekend! I had a slight meltdown when our company was coming on Saturday morning and I was starting to cook. Brian was busy with a man project and I wanted him to help me. I blew up a little, but quickly apologized when I realized I could handle it myself. How hard is it really to put a frozen pizza in the oven? I made an egg casserole for the adults that turned out wonderfully! The kids were so excited to see each other, they hardly ate.

Sunday morning went very well. I was worried about 8am mass since I worked till 10:30pm. We commute to work and to church, so that adds to the time crunch. Brian got everyone prepared the night before, and got the kids in bed early. No one was fussy. Most parishioners went to midnight Mass, so the church was only half full. We take up a whole pew, so that was nice. The weather was perfect for the egg hunt after mass. The kids had so much fun. We then went out to breakfast and then for a walk. I had some time to burn before going to work. I was in a great mood all day since the morning went so well.

At work I tried to combine two action steps: get your workouts in 10 minute blocks, and exercise somewhere new. I was able to escape for a total of 6 ten minute walks, 2 on Friday, 1 on Sat, and 3 on Sunday. My route includes stairs and a hill. I went up the equivalent of 8 flights of stairs on Sunday.

It's been since Thursday since I've gotten in a full workout, cardio & weights. I'm hopeful that I'll get that done today. Have a great week everyone!
Chris

  
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ASMPP1 4/6/2010 8:39AM

    emoticonGreat job on getting the exercise in while being so busy! Glad you had a great weekend!

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MUSICMOMOF2 4/5/2010 11:16AM

    Glad to hear that you had a great weekend even with having to work. Hope that you have a great week!

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