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Day 298-Bike ride with part of the family

Saturday, September 22, 2012

We decided to leave the twins home with our two oldest today while we went bike riding. The twins are learning on two wheels, and the training wheel bikes just don't cut it on a real bike ride. Our two oldest were up late last night because of the homecoming dance. The game was depressing. Those poor players! We got stomped.

We went to Zorinsky Lake in Omaha this time and it was beautiful! The day is perfect and the trail is wonderful. There are hills, so it's challenging. I must be in pretty good shape. I'm still up and going right now, hubby's collapsed on the couch. I felt my quads a lot on the trail, and my bike had the baby carrier behind it for supplies. We went the entire distance which is 7.4 miles. I estimate we were riding about 90 minutes. On our ride we saw a crane of some sort, swan, goose, and a deer. It's much more peaceful than the trail up in Sioux City. That one runs along the interstate for a while and is very loud. I think this is our new favorite trail.
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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 9/24/2012 4:36PM

    Our local trail also runs along the interstate for a while, which is a little nervewracking so once in a while we go about an hour north of here and ride around a lake. It is only about five miles and it is an absolutely beautiful ride. Have a great week!

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KPETSCHE 9/23/2012 12:03PM

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WooHoo! Look at you go, Chris! Sounds like a fun day.

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STUFFNEARTABOR 9/23/2012 2:48AM

    I think it's great that you & your sweetie are both out on your bikes. I wish mine would go with me more.
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WOUBBIE 9/22/2012 10:48PM

    What an awesome day! Good for you!

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MJ7DM33 9/22/2012 8:11PM

  It's great finding a new trail that you & your family like! emoticon on completing 7.4 miles!

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MUSICMOMOF2 9/22/2012 6:22PM

    Sounds like a great ride! Enjoy your evening!

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Day 297-Homecoming events

Friday, September 21, 2012

I can't believe we lucked out to get such great weather for Homecoming. It's a little windy tonight, but beautiful outside. Last night was the Powder Puff game and activities. My oldest was in a "jelly bean pie" contest. He had to find ten jelly beans that were under whipped cream, then place them on the table to be counted. The contestants use only their mouths. He lost by one jelly bean. The funniest thing last night was the dance team routine done by the senior boys. They really hammed it up. There was tailgating ($2 for hot dog/hamburger, chips, pop, and dessert), tug-of-wars between the classes, water balloon toss, the real dance team performance, and a parade of floats from the four high school classes. I took all the kids down. Everyone had fun.

Tonight is the varsity game. Go Big Reds!
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I got my exercise in after school today. I did 1.4 miles walking (23 minutes). I ran out of time for a better workout when my oldest son called late in the morning. His glasses broke during dodge ball. I found a place in Omaha that would solder them. That took a chunk out of my day. I still got a lot done before that, though, lots of laundry and paperwork. The bills are organized and the checkbook updated. All in all, it's been a really good day.

  
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HSMOM2FOUR 9/21/2012 8:54PM

    Sounds like lots of fun!! And you are living proof that a busy mom CAN fit in a workout of some sort on a consistent basis!! YOU ROCK!!

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MUSICMOMOF2 9/21/2012 6:19PM

    Have fun at the game! Have a great weekend!

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Days 295 & 296-Do what you can, when you can!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

I've kept my streak of 10 min of exercise per day going. It was a tough one yesterday. I didn't sleep well and had to go to work at 2pm, so I took a nap after everyone was off to school and work. I almost ran out of time, but squeezed in a 10 minute walk. I wish I had more time. It was beautiful again.

Today I had more time. I had to run something down to school that the kids forgot, so I used that walk as my warm up walk. It was good too since there's quite a hill involved coming back up to my house. That was 0.6 miles of a warm up. That longer warm up helped my joints and I felt really good on my jog. I went 4 miles straight before I felt like I should stop and walk. Then I walked another 0.5 mile to cool down. I'm hoping that longer cool down will help with aches and pains later in the day. Here are my time breakdowns:

0.6 mile walk: 10:55
1.5 miles jogged: 20:11 (13.5 min/mile)
1.5 miles jogged: 21:17 (14.2 min/mile)
1 mile jogged: 14:39
0.5 mile walk: 9:58

I didn't stop while jogging. Those were just the easy points to stop my watch for laps. I wanted to do 3 x 1.5 mile loops, but I felt too tired and figured four miles jogged is still very good. I didn't sleep well again, so I'm sure that played into it. I'll stretch sometime later when I get a chance, maybe before bed.

My new washer came today! I'll let you all know how well it works after I give it a try.

  
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MUSICMOMOF2 9/20/2012 7:35PM

    Way to go on the great workout! Hope you are able to sleep well tonight.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 9/20/2012 6:42PM

    I find that stretching right after my workout works best because my muscles are warmed up and "pliable". How exciting to have a new washing machine. I hope it works like a charm!

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KPETSCHE 9/20/2012 5:01PM

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You're doing great Chris. Keep up the good work!

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LADYJ6942 9/20/2012 3:49PM

    WAY TO GO

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ME_B4_INSANITY 9/20/2012 3:36PM

    With a work out like that you should sleep like a baby.

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PJ2222 9/20/2012 3:27PM

    Way to go! Keep on keepin' on! emoticon

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Day 294-Beautiful day for a jog!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I finally slept! I woke up pretty refreshed, kind of groggy from the supplements I take to help me sleep, but I felt pretty good. I got started early with laundry, good thing too. The old washer is on it's last leg. I think the random screws I find in it occasionally are not from hubby's pockets, but from the machine itself. It makes so much racket now, and can only handle 1/2 a load at a time, and nothing heavy. It only has to make it to Thursday. I also got started in the kitchen. I've got my turkey roaster and 2nd largest crock pot full of Irish stew and my largest crock pot filled with roast. I decided to do the roast my standard way, with wine and tomato paste instead of like my stew which has Guiness in it. The house smells really good right now. I only regret that I wasn't able to make bread, but I ran out of time with the laundry giving me so much difficulty.

After lunch I got outside for a jog. First I walked 1/4 mile, then jogged 3 miles, then walked another 1/4 mile. My total time was: walking- 9:15, jogging 41:00. I felt really good out there. I hope to stretch later this evening. It helps my legs if I do that before bed. I managed to do that last night.

Get out and enjoy what's left of this beautiful fall day!
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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 9/19/2012 8:10AM

    Your dinner sounds fabulous! I love the smell of a good crockpot meal. Great job on the exercise! Enjoy the day today.

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MJ7DM33 9/18/2012 9:47PM

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MUSICMOMOF2 9/18/2012 8:16PM

    Way to go! Glad to hear that you were able to finally get some sleep.

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Day 293-Something is better than nothing!

Monday, September 17, 2012

I'm proud of myself today. Monday... enough said. Monday after I've worked seven of nine days... even worse. The day started with no one ready for school/work, no one able to find what they need (even hubby) and everyone turning to me. I didn't lose it. I actually remained quite calm. After I got everyone out the door, I decided to stay up and not nap. I've had a lot of trouble sleeping lately, so I've been napping a lot, which causes trouble sleeping. It's a vicious cycle.

I picked up around the house, only grumbling a little to myself about picking up after everyone. I only picked up the whites that were on everyone's floors, the loads I was going to start today. I calmly started making the "To Do" list for the kids. I organized the fridges, freezers, and shelves in the basement where we store extra food and determined that I only needed a small Costco run. After getting the laundry started and cleaning up the kitchen I trekked into Omaha and did a good job only getting what I needed. I had several errands to run, not just Costco. Got back, unloaded the Sequoia, walked down to the school to get the kids, started on more laundry and dinner. I love Costco roasted chicken on busy days. We already had leftover mashed potatoes. I warmed up some corn and made some gravy (water, chicken bouillon, bones & skin from the roasted chickens, salt, pepper, bay leaf, sage, strained it, separated out the fat, added corn starch-YUM) and made some salads. I ate chicken (with a little gravy) and a spinach salad with tomato, red bell pepper, cucumber and Italian. Everyone snarfed up dinner. I was happy.

I finally got a workout done after all this. Stevie (10) walked with me down the hill and back up again. It ended up being a 16 minute (0.81 mile) walk. I felt my buns on the way up. Later I stretched for about 12 minutes. My left calf is still a little tight. I might have to take some pain killers for bed.

A busy day, yes. I got a lot done and I'm ready for making a roast and stew tomorrow, and hopefully some green sludge too (veggie drink). It would be easy to just skip the workout if it weren't for my streak.

Something (16 min walk) is always better than nothing!

  
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MUSICMOMOF2 9/18/2012 11:46AM

    You did get a lot done for being worn out! Way to go! Here's to a great week!

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 9/18/2012 7:33AM

    Wow! Being a mom is a huge job in and of itself, isn't it?!? I often wonder how I ever fit anything else in. Great job keeping your exercise streak alive after such a busy day. You are an AMAZING WOMAN!

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KPETSCHE 9/18/2012 1:39AM

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One week left and you're at 300 days! Keep it up - you've kept going through lots of things and every little bit helps. Have you done any Zumba lately? That might be a fun little mix to add to your exercise stretch again. Might get those endorphins going to get you out of your little rut!

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YOBOELI 9/17/2012 11:39PM

    Good Job for you keep going and dont stop, hope that it gets better


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