Friday, October 12, 2012
Yesterday was my older daughter's birthday and I realized that the date was 10-11-12, and she turned 13. Pretty cool!
I spent most of the day doing mom stuff. I'm trying to use my slow cookers more to make easier meals for my large family, especially with working more hours. I made baby back ribs for the first time ever, and they turned out fantastic! With Mary's birthday hitting, I now have three teenagers. I made a Costco sized portion of ribs, over eight pounds, and my carnivorous family ate every last one of them. Mary was especially happy that they were fall off the bone tender. She was able to eat them with a fork and not damage her braces. She was also excited to have two of her other favorites: corn and baked beans. I also baked some banana, oatmeal, chocolate chip muffins, another big hit. I know my kids plot against me and let bananas go over ripe on the counter so I'll bake. I also did laundry and lots of dishes, so my day was jam packed. Then in the afternoon, piano lessons, basketball practice, and play practice.
With all that mom stuff going on, I only got in 10 minutes on the elliptical. It was late in the day when I got one the elliptical, so it wore me out pretty fast. That was day 317 of my streak.
I wanted to prove to myself today (Day 318) that I still have some endurance. I did a total of 3 miles today: 0.25 mile walk, 1 mile jog, 0.5 mile walk, 1 mile jog, 0.25 mile walk. My knees felt good through the whole routine. My total walking time was about 19 minutes for one total mile of walking. My jogging miles were: 13:56, and 14:13. I'm very happy with today's workout.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
My knee is still improving. I took it easy for three weeks, mostly walking for my cardio, and that seemed to really help. I never made it to the chiro, just too busy, so I'm glad my knee started to feel better on its own.
Today I couldn't wait to get outside. It is so sunny and beautiful out! Running short on time again, I only had time for 1.5 miles total: 0.25 mile walk, 1 mile jog, 0.25 mile walk.
Total time: 24 minutes
Jogging mile: 14 minutes
Still respectable times.
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
Sunday got busy with church in the morning, catechism classes after that, and then hurrying home so I could drive out to Underwood for a skating party for two of my kids. That is a really nice facility there, the UMBA hall. The kids had a blast and they enjoyed seeing their friends again. This family lives in our town, but has started sending their kids to another school, so Mary and Stevie don't often see their friends from this family. Mary made a pillow in the shape of a goldfish cracker for her friend and everyone loved it. I was good and did not roller skate. I really wanted to get out there, but hubby told me I couldn't, not with my recent knee trouble. I ended up getting a mile walk in with hubby in the evening.
Monday was a great success. I walked for 0.25 mile, then jogged one mile, then walked another 0.25 mile. My jogging mile was 14 minutes, very respectable considering I haven't really jogged for three weeks.
Tuesday (today) got busy again, so I settled for a walk in the afternoon. It was windy and almost cold, but I wore a sweatshirt and gloves to help. Stevie came with me for part of the walk, and we went down by the school which added a good hill to walk back up. I wasn't super fast today, 47.5 minutes for 2.5 miles. I hope the weather gets warmer again so I can try jogging some more. My knee is doing pretty well, even after the one mile jog yesterday. I can go up and down stairs almost like normal.
Sunday, October 07, 2012
My knee is improving with taking it easy. I've also been really busy, so workouts have been shorter than I like. I'm sure that's helped my knee too.
Thursday: I had to do a lot of shopping for a slumber party we planned last minute for my 13 year old daughter. All of her invited friends came, and we only invited them on Tuesday. I limited her, so she only had six friends over. It worked out really well. I only had time for 10 minutes, and I did it on the elliptical. Once my knees warmed up, I was going at my usual pace.
Friday: We all felt kind of sick from eating so bad during the slumber party, and from lack of sleep. I walked one mile with my 13 year old daughter, 20.5 minutes. That is quite slow for me. We had a great time talking, however. We also would have walked longer, but I noticed a dog was out that I worry about.
Saturday: Everyone felt better, recovered from the slumber party. We went out to eat at one of the casinos, a buffet, to celebrate our anniversary. Monday is our 18th wedding anniversary. It was fun to celebrate with the kids. We went to the zoo after that and did the IMax, aquarium, Kingdoms of the night, and the jungle (lower level). After that, I took a walk, again with my daughter, down to the zebra (there was only one that we saw) and back up, around the outside of the betterfly house and to the front entrance. That took 12.5 minutes. We were walking at a good pace again, and my knee is feeling much better.
I'll continue to take it easy on my knee, walking and doing the elliptical this week. Hopefully, I can get some longer workouts in. I think it should be a less busy week.
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Tuesday was a busy day. I had to be at work at 3pm, so I had the morning to get all my mom stuff done. I was getting dinner in the crockpot when hubby called and wanted to meet for lunch. That changed all my plans. I figured I'd get my walk in with him after lunch, but we ran late. Fortunately, I was able to go for a walk for my break at work, 15 minutes, and kept my streak alive.
Today I wanted to get out and enjoy this last beautiful day before the weather really gets cold. I walked for 63 minutes, 3.5 miles. My pace was 18 minutes/mile. I figure that's pretty good with my knee still giving me trouble. I plan to get to the chiropractor the next day or two. I have lots to do, so we'll see when I can make it.
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