Tuesday, October 23, 2012
It's a cloudy, kind of foggy day here in my small town. I decided to get outside anyway for a jog. It boosts my spirits to get outside, even on cloudy days, since I've been working so many hours lately. My shins gave me trouble again, so I did a long walk in the middle of my routine to try to help. It did, and my shins felt much better on my second jogging stint. Here's my breakdown:
0.25 mile walk
0.75 mile jog
1 mile walk
0.75 mile jog
0.25 mile walk
Total jogging time: 21:03 (14 minute mile)
Total walking time: 28 minutes (18.7 minute mile)
My walking time was slower than I like, but I was dealing with trying to loosen up my shins.
Last night was parent/teacher conferences. All in all, everything went fine. We had only 2 C's out of the whole bunch. I've spoken with all the teachers and gotten good reports on all the kids. The boy with the C's is capable of improving, he just needs to do the extra work, and ask for help when needed. We've had this talk before, so it's no surprise. Mikey's music teacher is excited about the opportunity to keep working with him over the next couple of years with his voice. She said that his voice, and the voices of the two girls that he auditioned with blend well together. Sometimes great voices don't blend well. She's going to have them all work together over the next year, and perform together at the school concerts. She expects that they will "blow us away" with their performances. They will audition again for All-State next year, so this year was a great learning experience for them all.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Yes! You read that right! I got hubby outside two days straight for walks. Yesterday was absolutely gorgeous, around 80 degrees. I was stuck working inside all day, so when I got home, I couldn't wait to get outside. I did my first 1.5 miles walking and jogging: 0.5 mile walk, 1 mile jog, 0.5 mile walk. One shin was bothering me, so I came in the house to grab another walker, and hubby was up for the task. We walked another 1.5 miles. It was so nice to spend time with him. I miss him when I work.
Today (day 328), hubby is working from home. I'm getting caught up on some laundry, bills and other mom stuff. We went for a 40 minute walk together. It's cool, but very humid outside. Hubby made the comment that I wasn't even winded after going up a pretty steep hill. I told him that I've been at this for a few years now, and am used to jogging or walking faster, but that we'll get him in shape too. We joke about getting him into a shape other than round.
Mikey's (16) audition was Saturday. Unfortunately, he did not make the state choir. No one from our small town did. Mikey seemed to think it was pretty unfair. Some of the larger schools had 23 people chosen. I tried to encourage him through the disappointment. He's only a Sophomore. He's got a few more years to audition.
Parent/Teacher conferences are tonight. They take so long that I don't look forward to them, except to hear all the good things they say about my kids. Usually, there's not too much bad. Hubby and I will divide and conquer. He'll get the elementary school kids, and I'll take high school and middle school. I just hope it doesn't take all night.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
What a beautiful day! I was stuck inside working all day, but at least the pharmacy out here has a window. My Omaha job has no windows. Things seem to be going well at my small town job. I guess I'll find out after the fact if I messed anything up.
After walking home from work, I quickly changed and got outside for my workout. I wanted to walk/jog 3 miles, 2 of if jogging. After the first jogging mile, my shins got really tight. I gathered up Bridget (7) who wanted to go on a walk with me, and we finished my walk together. I was only going to do a total of 2 miles (0.5 with her), but she wanted to go see the horses. That takes us out to my usual turn around spot, a 1.5 mile round trip. So I did complete my 3 miles today, I just walked 2 miles instead of jogging two miles. I also really enjoyed the one-on-one time with Bridget. She didn't even fuss on the way back about her legs hurting. It was a very enjoyable day.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
It's been a busy week, but it always seems to be a busy week for me. I'm working some shifts in the hospital in my small town. I haven't worked there since February, so they had me come in on Wednesday to re-train. That went well, and so did my first solo day in a while. I'm working this whole weekend, and it seems pretty slow, so I'm catching up on my Sparking.
Day 323 (Wed)-Since I worked all day, I only had time for 10 minutes on the elliptical when I got home. I don't like to do extensive workouts in the evening. They keep me from sleeping.
Day 324 (Thurs)-Wow! I had lots of mom stuff to catch up. I spent all day doing laundry, dishes, sewing, and cooking. I squeezed in 20 minutes on the elliptical. Lots of kid activities that night, so I ran out of time. I did make ribs again, this time a double batch (16+ lbs) and I used my electric roaster as a giant crock pot. The whole family is raving about my ribs and begging me to make them again. It's hard to believe it's only my second time making ribs.
Day 325 (Fri)-Another work day, so I went for a one mile walk with my daughter. It was colder than we expected outside, or we would have gone a little longer.
I expect today's workout to be similar, a walk or a quick stint on the elliptical. Have a great weekend everyone!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
I had a rough time this morning since I didn't sleep well last night. I didn't really have time for a nap, but I took one anyway after the kids went off to school. That really ate into my workout time today. I went to the city to the weekly shopping. I think I maxed out the Sequoia. We needed some trash bins along with all the groceries and some other errands to run too. I had a nice lunch with hubby, which recharged both our batteries. We shared a smoked chicken cobb salad and a bowl of tomato soup. We did really good sticking to a healthy meal plan. The tomato soup was full of veggies, not the creamy soup from a can type of tomato soup. I went to Sams instead of Costco today. There are certain things I get there that are not available at Costco. I really appreciate Costco now. They help you with the checkout. I went through twice, once to get non-parishables, and then again through the store to get fruits, veggies, meat and dairy. I figure that can count for my resistance workout, at least a little.
I quickly got in a 21 minute walk that ended up being 1.1 miles. We went down our big hill and then back up again, so it's a harder workout than it may seem at first glance. We even jogged a part of the up hill portion since I felt like I was running late. Now I get to have dinner with a good friend. It will be great to finally get together with her. I need to talk with other moms more frequently, but we are all so busy these days.
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