Saturday, November 01, 2008
Yes, you read that right! My body has been rearranging itself... I am staying in my range for weight... but things seem to be shifting somewhat. I was wearing some size 8 jeans today and noticed that I could pull them down over my hips without unbuttoning them, which has been a sign of needing smaller pants throughout this process...
So I was out shopping and came across a cute pair of capris in size 6 on sale for $5 @ Old Navy... and just for vanity decided to try them on... THEY FIT! This is very exciting. I also picked up a T-shirt that says "Vote Now" for $2... that was perfect for my Obama canvassing this evening.
My day turned out to be not quite as busy as originally thought... my recycled papermaking class was cancelled due to too few students... oh well. But I did go to the Farmer's Market with a friend to get the prizes for our Local Food Issues Challenges winners... that was really fun. We got: 2.5# of apples, a bottle of honey, honeycomb, 4 lbs of black walnuts, locally made whole wheat pizza crust, locally produced goat cheese spread, a jar of lime pickles, a butternut squash, fresh made pasta, and one more thing that I can't think of...
Then I went shopping at our local Linens N Things since they are having a big going out of business sale. I got a George Foreman Grill with removable plates and some bedding for the kids and just took care of some household needs like a new nylon spaghetti grabber... and a storage ottoman for me.
Old Navy was after that.
After canvassing for Obama this evening, I went to the evil that is Wally World...
I have just been out spreading the wealth today... sigh. I'm exhausted, but it was a nice day.
Today is also Miss M's birthday, but she was staying with a friend since she worked the haunted house last night and tonight (the last night). She has about worn herself out doing this every night for the last week and a half. Tomorrow we will celebrate, she wants to go to Olive Garden. I also got her birthday presents: a down throw with matching slippers, pretty pair of earrings & jammie pants with a Halloween motif. I'm baking her cake tomorrow, marbled with chocolate icing and Halloween sprinkles.
Friday, October 31, 2008
I celebrated Halloween by going for a fabulous 4.3 mile run this evening. Weather here in mid-Missouri is just gorgeous this Halloween... I know that evenings like this will be gone really soon due to the arrival of winter weather and daylight savings time.
I started out by deciding I would run 10 minutes and walk 5 minutes. Then I changed my mind and decided I would run for 15 minutes straight. Then I decided I would run for 20 minutes. Then I changed my mind yet again and decided I would run for 30 minutes straight. Then I decided to go for 35 minutes. Then I decided I wanted to run for 44 minutes straight... the entire time I planned to be out.
I made it! I ran the entire 44 minutes plus about one! I am so excited and proud of it! I ran 4.3232 miles total without stopping! After awhile I really just got into the swing of things and it just felt incredible... I think I experienced the proverbial "runner's high".
One neighbor said, "I like your costume!" (I was wearing a long sleeved t-shirt and denim shorts... I answered, "I was a couch potato last year."
Then I came across several little girls trick or treating, all dressed as the undead (white make-up with blood trickling)... and I said, "Excuse me undead ones." Then they all ran with me to the next house...
Near the end of my run I felt incredible, physically and mentally.
Last Halloween I was an athlete cleverly disguised as a couch potato, this year I'm a couch potato cleverly disguised as an athlete! What an amazing year's difference.
I have also been thinking about my mom a lot lately. She loved the holidays, from Halloween to New Year's. She always made costumes for us... and good ones. My favorite was 2nd grade when she managed to make me into the milk carton as I requested. That is probably my most memorable costume... I just wish that pictures had been taken.
One of her triumphs turned my brother into a generic Arab. She percolated on it for awhile and tricked me out in the crazy get up and sent me down to show my brother, who was in a decidedly sour mood downstairs on the couch. I came traipsing down the stairs and his bad mood was OVER! He fell off the couch in tears, hollering, "God you look funny!" (I was wearing a brightly striped zip up bathrobe, a striped pillowcase tied down with one of her bright headscarves and a pair of nose and glasses.) To add to the fun, my brother, dad, mom and I all donned the get up and had our pictures taken so Matt could have a family album...
Another Halloween triumph of hers was turning Matt into a half cheerleader/half football player. He went to his fiancee's house and turned the cheerleader side to the door and was not recognized by his father in law to be.
I've included an image of her and a mural she painted after she had a stroke and broken hip on her backyard shed. It appeared about 3 months before she passed away and really help me reconnect with her.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I just got an e-mail telling me I've become a SP Motivator.
I'm really touched.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
It's been almost 10 days since my last entry... I can't believe that. I have been still tracking food & exercise, but not spending so much time doing SparkTeams and stuff. This coming Sunday will mark 2 months in maintenance.
It was kinda scary, but yesterday my weight dropped down to 144.8, lower than my range. I am really comfy where I am in the 145 to 150 range. I don't want to get out of this range.
I'm on another exercise streak... I'm up to 66 days. But I'm starting to think that I need a day off soon. So I just need to hit my weekly calorie burn a day early and let myself have a day off. I just have the fear that one day off will turn into another and then another and another. Lately, my body just compels me to get up and do SOMETHING... it WANTS to move. It's used to exercise, it craves exercise, so I exercise. However, I've found that an easy walk for an hour makes my body happy too. I just don't have to push it hard every day.
This is shaping up to be another busy week... tonight we watch Biggest Loser (can't miss our favorite show)... I have choir practice on Wednesday night... Thursday is my long work day and then I'm planning on going to the Obama rally in my town, which starts at 9:30 pm... Friday is normal... Saturday is loaded: Farmer's Market @ 8 am, teach PaperMaking from 10-12, volunteer for the Obama campaign from 5pm to 9 pm. Sunday is church and volunteering in the preschool room for Sunday School. Then I rest that afternoon and celebrate my little girl's 17th birthday.
I really can't wait until the 7th of November! I work a half day and then I'm headed to Chicago for a long weekend with one of my best buds! We are planning to go to the Art Institute and Navy Pier. I would have opted for the Museum of Science & Industry, but I've been there before too... and the Art Institute has some interesting exhibits this time 'round. Anybody know of any good places to eat in Chicago?
The 3rd weekend in November, we are making tentative plans to go to ShawnCon (gaming convention) in Kansas City and hang with some friends and go out to eat with them.
In the meantime I have too many UFOs on my knitting needles (UnFinished Objects) and too much unspun fiber!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Went out to lunch with hubby & son... had my favorite pizza ( www.imospizza.com ). It's St. Louis Style pizza and is a creature unto itself... Domino's did St. Louis style pizza for a short time a few years ago... but it wasn't the REAL thing (Cecil Whitakers/Imo's).
If you don't know what St. Louis style pizza is... well, the crust is VERY thin, like 2/10 of an inch and very crunchy. There is a thin layer of sauce and toppings put on top of that. Then there is the cheese... provel cheese ( en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Louis-styl
e_pizza ). It's a blend of cheddar, swiss and provolone... and you know it's provel when it sticks to the back of your upper front teeth! It's also GREAT on salad.
So we had a very nice lunch of pizza, salad & cheese garlic bread. I didn't get the toasted ravioli since it's deep fried and I didn't want to gorge out.
This afternoon, we watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 6 on DVD and then I went out to run. I walked 5 minutes before and after a 30 minute straight run @ 6.16 mph! I ran just .02 miles short of 5 kilometers! I just kind of got out there and kept going... and I was fighting myself to go out and run... but the day was soooooo pretty... in the 60s and sunny with the bluest of blue skies.
I almost doubled up on my calorie burn and exercise minute goals last week! That's pretty exciting! I don't know if I will do that well this next week, but I can always try!! It's been great to really get my body moving more after such a slow September.
Yesterday was actually a fun challenge. I ended up at the Food Bank for about 2.75 hours. We were repackaging cracker meal for distribution to families. I worked with the Garden Coalition helping to move a couple of compost bins for 1.5 hours yesterday afternoon. I got my workout with those tasks... hauling boxes, scooping cracker meal, digging in the dirt and pulling weeds and whacking at small trees! The wedding was lovely and I am very happy for the bride & groom, they really are a match! And funny coincidence is that I worked with the bride at the health department and it turns out that the groom's aunt and I are friends that go back a long way.... it was so good to see W... and even funnier is that I was talking to a mutual friend at church about W just last week.
As we get deeper into fall, I am noticing that I just can't seem to get enough to eat. I do this every year as the weather gets colder, I think it's just a natural part of the survival mechanism that the human body is programmed to do. I am just hungry all the time and I want to eat and eat and eat. I have eaten almost 2100 calories today and my stomach is growling AGAIN!
Something bittersweet from yesterday too... I was putting on make up before going to the wedding and I got a look at my jawline in the mirror at the same angle I used to see my mom's. My jawline is exactly the same as my mom's. I never thought I looked much like her or that I was particularly pretty. I like the pic there from last night's wedding, I feel pretty now.
Oh well, I'm just rambling... Annie, there's the pic you demanded!!
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