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TV Turnoff Week

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Or actually, Screen Turnoff Week.

Our local library is challenging the kids to not use electronics, watch TV, DVDs, Wii, IPads, etc... If they can go the week then they get to spend the night at the library on Friday. It's a night filled with fun events centered around the theme...Knight Quest!

My youngest four (5,8,12,14) are up for the challenge. When they asked if we could do it I have to admit I was being a party pooper. Doing it means missing my boys' varsity basketball game AND sleeping on the hard floor. But I decided I have to do it, have to expose my little ones to more things and for me to ENJOY life with them along the way.

Today, to distract them from any "screen", I asked the four of them if they wanted to go on a walk, explore our new neighborhood. It's cold here, about 32 at the time I asked them (3:30). They were all enthusiastic to do it. I had so much fun. They did follow the leader. I'm sure we were quite the sight with 5 people walking down the street, single file, doing funny arm movements, actions, etc... I'm sad to say I did not participate fully on this. There's NO WAY I would have had the energy to walk back home.

As I watched my kiddos enjoy each others company and come up with some VERY creative actions I realized this TV turn off is going to be GREAT!

*More bonding time
*I'll get more things accomplished
*Homework will be done first, not last, thing
*Fun reading together
*Stimulate our creativity
*And get Healthier together

After dinner my 14yo got out her little video camera her grandma gave her a few years ago and they've been filming each other. They created a "show" based off of America's Got Talent. They found costumes, did each others hair and make-up (thank goodness my 8yo son refused that part), made audition bios along with audition numbers across their chests. They even created tickets for those "moving on" to the next round and the winner received a trip to RIO ("not for real" my 5yo assured me)

I'm looking foward to see what else they come up with this week.

Technically I shouldn't be on the computer now but I'm allowing myself a few minutes a day on SP, Fitbit and my online Banking.

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FORBANDE 1/21/2013 7:05PM

    What a fantastic challenge! I know my kiddos would freak out. We lost electricity for a few days and I thought my son was doing to crazy. LOL!

What a great thing for you to do with them. What memories you are creating!

Hope the rest of the week is just as fun! :)

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    Awesome challenge -- definitely a challenge though!

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MORRIGAN11 1/21/2013 8:53AM

    emoticon Great challenge and it is fabuloous to hear about your kiddos using their imaginations like that. Such creative minds!!! Good luck this week!

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FITMARY 1/21/2013 8:40AM

    Great challenge! We used to do that with our kids too. It's a great idea. Have fun!

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STLSUE01 1/21/2013 8:33AM

    What a great post!! Thanks for sharing!

Several years ago, my (now ex-) husband and I were avid viewers of "The Today Show." I remember the morning they challenged viewers to give up a modern convenience, like the dishwasher, or TV. We gave up TV.

I have not watched broadcast TV or cable since at least 2008 now. My guy and I currently watch Netflix on streaming, but we tend to watch one series at a time, one episode at a time, so our TV time is down to about an hour per night. I don't miss it. I don't miss the doom-and-gloom of the nightly TV news, and I certainly don't miss my life and calendar revolving around a TV show airing. I don't miss the commercials.

It's amazingly liberating.

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CARRIE1948 1/21/2013 8:02AM

    What a cool challenge

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FRUITYFUL 1/21/2013 5:23AM

    Sounds like a great no-screen day! You'll have those great videos to look back on for years to come. I love when my kids do that.

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CAT-IN-CJ 1/21/2013 12:32AM

    That is awesome! What a great idea. It'll be fun to see what all they come up with using their own imaginations!

I turned off my TV 30 years ago . . . I highly recommend it.

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SLIMINDOWN31 1/21/2013 12:16AM

    Great goal.

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Week 5 - Half Marathon Training

Saturday, January 19, 2013

This was a hard week! I had a lot of extra craziness and emotional stresses that caused me to be in a funk. My eating wasn't 100% and I really didn't want to work out. Actually didn't EXCEPT for my assigned half training.

Today was 6miles. Knew I'd be on the treadmill forever! Didn't do it outside because it's been 29 degrees, foggy, miserable. The goal I set for it last week was 1:56:34. I was able to do it in 1:52:30. WooHoo! Still have 16 weeks to get my time down, way down!

Next weeks assignment is 4 miles brisk. I'm setting the goal for 1:10:00

A side note...I got a FITBIT!!! It came yesterday after a VERY long wait!! I love it! So great to see all it tracks and extremely interesting to see my sleep. I hope this helps me move in the right direction. Moving more, getting a good burn to lose some lbs!


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    Glad the Fitbit arrived for you!!!! You're doing great! Keep pushing!

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CARRIE1948 1/20/2013 8:16AM

    You'll love the FitBit.

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CHICAT63 1/20/2013 6:21AM

    emoticon emoticon you are doing great, you can do it !

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 1/20/2013 12:10AM

    Fitbit sounds fun. I hope it is for you. Congratulations on keeping up with your training even if you did not feel like it.

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FRUITYFUL 1/19/2013 10:38PM

    Yay! I'm glad you have your Fitbit. With all this 1/2 marathon training you're doing, you should have no problem getting in a lot of steps!

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HSMOMX2 1/19/2013 9:32PM

  emoticon Job! emoticon on the fitbit.

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Week 4 - Half Marathon Training

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Another week done! NO days missed! I'm feeling awesome about it!

Today's assignment: 5 miles easy. I've done many 5ks on my treadmill and 2 in official events so knew that 3.1 wouldn't be bad but was curious how I'd be able to handle the last 1.9 miles. Not knowing if I'd slow down towards the end I set the goal to do it in 1:45:00. I was actually able to finish it in 1:36:34. 8:26 minutes faster than planned!

Quite a long time, I know, but right now my goal is slow and steady and completing. After the first 12 weeks of training then I'm going to work on increasing my speed.

Next Saturday's assignment is 6 miles. I'm setting the goal now of 1:56:34. Hopefully I'll get it done faster. As I work on these longer distances I'll need to figure out hydration and food for energy. If anyone has experience with this I'd love to hear.


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CALLMEADRI 1/14/2013 11:09AM

    Woohoo!! emoticon

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    You'll do it!

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FRUITYFUL 1/13/2013 12:06PM

    Good for you for being consistent, taking it slow and steady, and setting goals and meeting or beating them! It makes me want to train for a 1/2 marathon! I'm not sure I'm ready for that though, I've only been doing this for just under two weeks.

Keep up the GREAT work! It took just over two weeks (16 days including weekends) for my fitbit to show up. Hopefully yours will be here soon!

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SHRINKINGMEG27 1/13/2013 10:09AM

  Great job! I would love to be able to do a half marathon, I'm trying to work up to doing the couch to 5k training now. Keep up the good work!!

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CARRIE1948 1/13/2013 7:54AM

    You'll succeed ;cause you're so focused

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ZRIE014 1/13/2013 12:50AM

  keep a postive atitude and goal. it will help. emoticon

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AMYABELL 1/13/2013 12:38AM

    Great job! I hope you love it. I love walking. I wish I could do it every day, but it gets so dark early in the Winder time. I walk outside:)

Keep up the great work!


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Week Three - Half Marathon Training

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Today ended week three. The "big" assignment for today was a 2 mile brisk walk. Got that down first thing this morning! Feels good to cross off each day as I complete the assignment. I have not missed a day yet in the 3 weeks!

Next week the daily assignments increase each day by 5 minutes. They are very easy assignments, nothing challenging yet. But next Saturdays longer distance is 5 miles. I don't remember the last time I walked 5 miles all at once. I've done it twice this week but each time they were spread out in two different workouts.

My new shoes are doing great. Still having feet pain. I'm sure some of it is from wearing bad shoes and will take awhile for my feet to feel better but I do think some of it may be medical. I'll have to check it out. Need to stay healthy for the Half.


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SWAYDE 1/7/2013 4:22PM

    Woohoo! You got this! Hope your feet feel better soon and if not, get it checked by a doctor before it gets worse

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SHIITAKE 1/7/2013 3:50PM

    You are doing so well sticking to your assignments....great! If your feet are really
bothering you, I would try and get them checked out before they become too much of a problem for you!

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MISSG180 1/7/2013 12:24PM

    You are doing a fabulous job! I'm so proud of you!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 1/6/2013 11:15PM

    Great job sticking with your plan. You are going to kick this one.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/6/2013 9:45AM

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MANDYLOU1006 1/6/2013 9:28AM

    Good Job Krista! You can do this. Take care of your feet and I know you will continue to see progress. Good luck!

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CARRIE1948 1/6/2013 7:38AM

    Where do your feet hurt? You might want to check if there is a Dr Scholl's measuring station near you. Their othodics have helped me tremendously.

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FAVALL 1/6/2013 12:33AM

    Hi Krista,
Take care of your feet. I did the 5K your way training plan in the fall and really liked following the structure of checkin off the days tasks, too. Have fun!


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Conquered TWO Things Holding Me Back

Friday, January 04, 2013

Today has been a huge, wonderful day!

Stayed on track with my eating! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Did my Half Marathon training! emoticon It was a rest day, so that was easy! emoticon

But what has made it a wonderful day, and an exhausting one, is stepping out of my comfort zone. Not just once today but TWICE!

It's been awhile since I've been back to the gym. I was nervous about going, very apprehensive but I knew if I could just get back there and walk through the door it would be easy breazy the next time I go. I warmed up with the elliptical, did 45 min of ST then cooled down with the bike. Had a wonderful visit with the gym manager before I left, even cried, but felt so supported and motivated! YAY Me!

Yesterday I walked a total of 5 miles. My feet HURT! They didn't hurt just because of the mileage, my feet ALWAYS hurt. I know I needed a new pair of shoes but just didn't. There was a reason, one I'm severly sensitive about....I have EXTREMELY large feet. I wear women's 13. Shoes are not FUN for me at all! I dread needing them. Athletic shoes are worse. I don't want to buy them online so it means I have to go into a store. But to purchase them in a store requires me wearing men's shoes.

I decided if I'm going to treat me right and truly train for the half marathon the most important thing I need is a GREAT pair of shoes. My sister knows of my anxiety over my feet. She went a few months ago to the running specialty store in our town. The sales rep who helped her was Marvelous. So tonight my sister went with me to hold my hand. I was up front with Jessie (yay, the lady who helped my sister was working!) and told her I hate my feet and that they are extremely large (For some reason a woman's 13 shoe translates to a man's size 12 athletic shoe). Just so you're not invisioning a normal size woman with shoes larger than the men in your life let me just remind everyone that I am 6' tall. (It's very hard to have to wear shoes larger than most men I know).

Jessie was wonderful. She looked at my old shoes, looked at my feet without shoes on them, watched me walk and jog in my old shoes and the many she brought out for me to try on. We were successful in finding a pair of shoes that felt great, fit right, I hope will help with the pain and were Cheaper than I planned.

It's amazing how ALL steps, choices and decisions on this journey make us stronger. I feel AWESOME with the choices I made for a healthier, better ME!


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SHIITAKE 1/7/2013 3:39PM

    Congrats on going back to the gym.....you took the first big step, now it will be easier
for you going back! Besides, you can show off your new shoes....having the right shoe
for exercising is most important! Good for you!

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KOBER9999 1/5/2013 11:56AM

    Yay you! A great pair of running shoes will most definitely make a difference. I have very wide feet. For some reason men have wider feet than women, I wear a men's 8EE. I used to be bothered about trying men's shoes but anymore I see more women than just me doing the same thing!
YOU GO! You get what works for you!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 1/4/2013 9:26PM

    My parents always called me big foot from the time I was little. I "only" wear a 10. 3 of my sons wear size 13.

I think it is very brave of you to go into the shoe store. This will take you so far. I am excited for the progress.

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CALLMEADRI 1/4/2013 4:29PM

    Great going on the shoes! That makes such a huge difference when you are doing a race.

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    Hey Girlfriend! I am RIGHT THERE with you ! I am 6 feet tall and have a size 11 foot and a size 10 foot! So getting tennis shoes that fit is not only a chore instead of FUN and the guys' feet [in the mens' size shoes ]tend to be wider so I still try for the womens' shoes when I can find them & I buy the 11s. I applaud all your endeavors to overcome things that are hard for you & that YOU KEPT PUSHING AND DID NOT GIVE UP! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    So sweet of your sis to go with you and it sounds like you've found a great pair of athletic shoes!

I'm SO proud of you for going to the gym! It was very hard for me about a year ago to step inside and sign a contract, but everyone from the manager to the other members have been so kind and encouraging. I'm still going strong!

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BETHYSMAMA 1/4/2013 11:40AM

    Woot! congrats on accomplishing things!

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    Wow, that's awesome about your new shoes! I don't think your shoe size as weird, b/c 3 of my favorite women had the same size. It's all in how you feel about yourself, not what you perceive others might think. I never once pitied them for their shoe size b/c they were sweet and go-getters in life. Women I admired greatly. In fact, I was a little jealous that they were tall and not the frail little things that some women are.
On the flip side, I grew up with a size 5 1/2-6. Sure, cute shoes, but they were made to be cute, NOT comfortable. And that means short legs too, which is killing me in 5Ks as ppl outstride me 2 to 1! I have to work twice as hard to keep up! Hubby is always having to practically drag me along when we walk together b/c my steps are half of his! So, celebrate your gift and our diversity! You rock just the way you are!

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FITMARY 1/4/2013 8:57AM

    Those shoes are gonna make a huge difference. It helps SO much to have the right equipment. Good for you!!!

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CARRIE1948 1/4/2013 7:13AM

    Good shoes are critical to walking properly AND a good sales person is invaluable. I always buy from a family shop in town rather than a chain 'cause they know how to help me.

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