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Project Pixie Dust: Day 81 02-02-11

Friday, February 04, 2011

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Well, we have officially survived the Snowpocalypse of 2011. According to the weather reports, we received close to a foot of snow overnight...definitely made for impossible road conditions! In fact, local news websites were plastered with warnings not to venture out onto the roads, because if you got stuck, the rescue vehicles might not be able to get to you. So it went without saying that, rather than trying to brave the dangerous commute to work, I played the work-at-home card and turned on my trusty VPN connection. Much as I generally dislike working at home, I was able to get a good bit accomplished, and with the time I would have spent commuting and getting ready for and winding down from work, I got a little (NOT outdoor) working out done. Eating was hit or it seems to have been lately, but I still feel generally good about my day.

Drink my water, 64+ ounces: DONE (54 days running)!

Eat five servings of fruits and veggies: DONE (32 days running)!

Eat mindfully all day and night: I give myself a D+ today. Definitely a good bit of carelessness today. Being at home all day and feeling restless isn't good for disciplined eating, especially if you tend towards emotional eating. Our main saving grace, I suppose, was that there wasn't much in the way of junk food in the house.

Running: None today. I'm hoping that the roads will be clear enough to hit the gym tomorrow night!

Cross Training: Lots of good energetic aerobics today, 2 hours and 8 minutes' worth. My legs actually felt a little sore and wobbly once I was all done! Equivalent to 8.53 miles, a nice addition to my virtual WDW trip.

On my way to DISNEY WORLD! 136.52 miles complete, 1153.48 to go (1290 total)

Strength Training: Twenty minutes of upper body training using my Crunch Total Resculpt video.

Wow, I'm feeling stir-crazy! Around noon, I was glancing out the window in hopes that the plows had come by so I could actually drive into the office. CRAZY, right?! But if I HAD to be working, the office would have been an easier place to get things done. I'm sure I'll be back again tomorrow. And I shall leave you today with a few photos of Snowpocalypse 2011...

This is the amount of snow that blew onto our well-sheltered, second-story porch.

There's a car under there somewhere...

To recycle a caption I used in a 2009 snowstorm photo...
Not going anywhere for a while?

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Project Pixie Dust: Day 80 02-01-11

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

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Here comes the snow...just in time for Groundhog Day! What a crazy start to the month of February. Last night, we got about five inches, so I hear, although as I commuted to work, the roads were pretty clear. The plows must have done a great job, or the wind blew the snow away...or something. It barely snowed throughout the workday, and the boys even came out to visit me for lunch - during which I ate two too many of the cafeteria's yummy chai shortbread cookies. But come four o' clock, it was starting to really come down and local schools and businesses were shutting down left and right. I got official word that the daycare would be closed, and we found out a while later that the college where Bruce takes training classes on Wednesdays would also be shut down on account of the weather. Oh, and I should add that our winter storm warning was upgraded to a blizzard warning. Greeeeeeeeeeaaaat. I actually left the office a bit early to get a jump on the weather and things were already gnarly out there! The snow was swirling everywhere, and once in a while a gust of wind would slap the side of my car. Ohhhh, scary. I was super relieved to get home, where I could just observe the blizzard from the safety of the living room. And it seemed that I had barely gotten home when it picked up and got even worse out there! Whew. I was about 99% sure at this point that it would be a work-at-home day. The way the snow was already coming down, there would be TONS all over the roads, making a commute impossible or, at the very least, completely stupid.

For dinner, I whipped up some pizza, which was definitely quite a splurge, but very comforting food for such a snowy, chilly day. I didn't track again today...I know I really need to get back to it though. Sigh.

Drink my water, 64+ ounces: DONE (53 days running)!

Eat five servings of fruits and veggies: DONE (31 days running)!

Eat mindfully all day and night: I give myself a D- today. Those aforementioned cafeteria cookies killed me today. Sooooooooo amazingly yummy but so incredibly bad for you! I hope they don't have those again anytime soon so I don't have to try and avoid them...I just have such a weakness for certain kinds of cookies. Kind of OD'ed on the pizza is one of those things where I find it very difficult just to eat a little bit, especially if it's hot and fresh and homemade!

Running: None today. With the blizzard in full force by dinnertime, no way was I driving the car anywhere, even just down the street. And chances are, the gym had closed down for the night anyway.

Cross Training: I ended up making tonight my rest night...

On my way to DISNEY WORLD! 127.99 miles complete, 1162.01 to go (1290 total)

Strength Training: I didn't get to my workout today, so I will just make it up a bit later this week.

One month of 2011 done, and I've made some pretty good strides with my general fitness and health. I did over 2000 minutes of exercising, between running, cross training, and strength training, covered 127.99 miles in my virtual trip to WDW, and ran/walked a total of 61.36 miles. Not bad for one month! I finished up January in a bit of a weak spot with my food, although pleased that I'm in a nice groove with veggies, fruits, and water. In the coming weeks, I'll just work on tracking more carefully and staying consistent.

And that's that. I'll be very anxious to see how things look outside tomorrow morning. I just have a sneaking suspicion that I won't be going in to work.

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FUNFROG79 2/3/2011 8:16AM

    Wow, 2000 minutes of fitness is really impressive! I think Feb is going to be your month! emoticon

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LAURIE5658 2/2/2011 9:34PM

    RB, your fitness minutes for January is AWESOME and I congratulate on that accomplishment. It takes dedication to do that. We received 17" from the storm and it looked absolutely wicked through the night. This will be one winter storm we shall not soon forget. Here's to a great February!


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Project Pixie Dust: Day 79 01-31-11

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

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Well, here goes nothing, Snowpocalypse 2011 is right around the corner! The weather reports keep changing here and there on the exact numbers, but the bottom line is that we are due for a crapload of snow, and then it's going to get super windy and blow the snow around into super-sized drifts, making roads pretty much impassable. Oh winter, how do I hate thee, let me count the ways. Today at work, I plowed through my to-do list at the briskest pace possible in order to provide some wiggle room for possibly working from home on Tuesday or Wednesday. My company technically "never" closes on account of bad weather - I don't actually know of an instancce when they ever did - so the expectation is that we make every effort to get into the office and if we can't commute, work from home via VPN. So, today, I took my laptop in and got my VPN settings up to snuff since we recently re-installed Windows on it and wiped out all that stuff. I was definitely careless with eating today. The last few days I haven't felt the motivation to track. I generally like tracking for the accountability and so I can evaluate how I'm doing, but once in a while writing down every little thing I eat makes me feel so trapped. Sometimes I just wanna eat without regard to how much calories, fat, carbs, etc. it has in it. You know? I know that generally, tracking is a tool that really works for me, and it's tricky to go without it, but still I feel like I'm needing a little rest, just for now.

Drink my water, 64+ ounces: DONE (52 days running)!

Eat five servings of fruits and veggies: DONE (30 days running)!

Eat mindfully all day and night: I give myself a D- today. Eat, eat, eat. I think some of my anxiety about the upcoming storm, which they're saying is going to be monstrous, colossal, epic, historic, all of those scary words which do NOT belong in the same sentence with snowstorm, led me into emotional eating. Yup, fully aware that I tend to do this, and today was no exception!

Running: None today, and I won't likely see the gym until Thursday based on the weather forecast. And forget outdoor running. I'm not going to trudge through 12+ inches of snow to get my run on.

Cross Training: I did a solid 58 minutes' worth of Walk Away the Pounds, coming in at 3.87 miles on my virtual trip to WDW.

On my way to DISNEY WORLD! 127.99 miles complete, 1162.01 to go (1290 total)

Strength Training: Twenty minutes of lower body training using SP bootcamp videos.

Oh and I almost forgot to mention our awful Taco Bell dinner! Since Bruce was finally back and since we were all feeling tired from a long Monday, we headed to TB for a quick dinner. We went a little later than usual because Bruce was waiting for an eBay auction to close (on an item he wanted to buy). So Timmy was starting to get a bit cranky by then. And the weather was already getting pretty gnarly - snow coming down and blowing everywhere. But we made it to TB, and then what do they do but get our order wrong THREE times. It was maybe 20 minutes before we all had the food we ordered. Maybe it's a sign that we shouldn't be eating at TB anymore, huh?! By the end of the meal, we were ALL super cranky. It was quite a relief to put the T to bed and wind down.

Well rather than continuing to bite my nails about this storm, I think I'll go and try to rest for a while...and refrain from eating myself into oblivion. TTFN!

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FUNFROG79 2/3/2011 8:12AM

    Great job on getting your water in and your 30 day veggie streak, that is super impressive!! emoticon

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MISSLISA1973 2/2/2011 9:33PM

    Even though you don't feel like you ate mindfully today, you drank all your water and you ate your fruits and veggies! Good for you!!!! And being aware of what you were doing when you ate whatever you wanted is one step toward controlling that habit. Focus on how that makes you feel compared with how you feel when you eat mindfully. Was it worth it? Only you can decide, but one day doesn't mean much. Tomorrow's a new day. Congratulations on all you did GREAT today!!

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Project Pixie Dust: Day 78 01-30-11

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

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Yep, so Timmy's fever from Friday night was definitely something! Last night he was up. ALL. NIGHT. It was horrible. I gave him some motrin because he was complaining before bed that his ear was hurting. And he slept fitfully for a bit, but half hour later, I heard the woeful cries of "Mommy, mommy, mommy" coming from my bed, where I had lay him down shortly before. He asked me to stay with him the rest of the night, so I did, but we kept going in the same vicious circle. He'd sleep for a short spell, and then wake up crying and in pain. We cycled around and around for a couple of hours, and I even called my mother for advice on what to do. Timmy seemed too miserable to get through the night, but urgent care was closed and I didn't think it warranted an ER visit, but I was short on reasoning skills at that point and needed a sanity check! We agreed that the best action would be to take him into urgent care right when it opened in the morning. So Timmy cycled around and around in thirty minute intervals until four o' clock, when I gave him a third dose of Motrin and he was able to sleep for a couple of hours. We got up and drove over to urgent care, arriving about ten minutes before opening. They opened up right on time, and the doctor was able to see us right away, since he was one of the first patients! Since the clinic belonged to UW, which is also his primary care provider, all of his information was in their computer system so everything was quick and smooth - shameless plug for electronic medical records. They rock! We left twenty minutes later to pick up his (e-Prescribed) bottle of amoxicillin from Target pharmacy. For the rest of the day we were more or less in survival mode. Timmy was clearly in a lot of pain, so I medicated him and we rested on the couch. When he slept, I napped too since I was severely sleep-deprived and didn't have a second set of hands (Dad) to help out. I ate when I had a chance and didn't pay much attention to what I was doing, foodwise. Rough, rough day. By the end of the day, though, Timmy was already doing a bit better and was able to get to bed and embark on a full night's sleep.

Drink my water, 64+ ounces: DONE (51 days running)!

Eat five servings of fruits and veggies: DONE (29 days running)!

Eat mindfully all day and night: I give myself a D- today. Survival mode, right? I did get my water, fruits, and veggies in, and have found that I'm a lot better with eating those even if I'm having a rough food day. But otherwise, it was frozen pizza, odds and ends, pretty much whatever I could scrounge up, healthy or not.

Running: Timmy was supposed to stay with a babysitter while I ran and did some errands, but that obviously did not happen! It was "only" a 2.5 miler since this week was a cutback week so I'm not too upset about missing it. I'll move on to my next training week, no worries!

Cross Training: After Timmy was safely in bed, I mustered up the energy to do my trusty Walk Away the Pounds five mile video. I had to work off at least some of that pizza! Today's workout was equivalent to 4.67 miles.

On my way to DISNEY WORLD! 124.12 miles complete, 1165.88 to go (1290 total)

Strength Training: Rest day

And that's that. Bruce is back from Jersey tonight, so he'll be spending tomorrow taking care of Timmy while I work. I need to get a lot done at the J-O-B tomorrow because we're supposed to get some kind of wicked snowstorm Monday night, Tuesday, and Wednesday morning, and depending on how much snow it dumps on us, that may mean a day or two of working from home. And working from home really feels more like "working" to me because, try as I might to be as productive as usual, there are way too many distractions to be at 100% the whole time!


Project Pixie Dust: Day 77 01-29-11

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

*** Faith, trust, and pixie dust *** I think Timmy's fever was "something." This morning he woke up with no discernable fever and in decent spirits, so I was hopeful that it was just some strange passing viral thing (or something), but later in the day he became unusually cranky and then started complaining that his ear was hurting. By the time I wrapped my mind around what was going on with him, the urgent care office in town had closed and this definitely didn't seem emergency room worthy, so we're playing the waiting game until the urgent care place opens tomorrow morning. We will be there when the door opens, so hopefully we won't have to wait long to see someone! Meanwhile I'm trying to keep him comfortable and give him Motrin every few hours. Poor guy...he is miserable in a way I haven't seen him since his tonsillectomy. In pain, out of sorts, helpless. I feel so bad for him! As for me, eating wasn't so great today. I could use the excuse that I was caring for Timmy alone, but I know it is easy enough to eat healthy even if you're chasing after a preschooler all day. I just lacked the willpower today...for example, I found a box of chocolate cake mix in the back of the pantry today, so I made it and ate a little (lot) too much of the finished product. OOPS. Still got my fruits, veggies, and waters as usual but everything else was BAD to the bone!

Drink my water, 64+ ounces: DONE (50 days running)!

Eat five servings of fruits and veggies: DONE (28 days running)!

Eat mindfully all day and night: I give myself a D- today. Mac and cheese, chocolate cake, all kinds of bad stuff! The only reason I didn't fail myself outright is that I still got my fruits and veggies (albeit barely!) and water. I really need to drag myself back on track as soon as least the cake is on its way out.

Running: None today. I had planned to let Timmy stay with a babysitter so I could run tomorrow, but given the state of his health, I don't think it's going to happen.

Cross Training: I did the WATP Super Challenge aerobics video for 55 minutes, equivalent to 3.67 miles.

On my way to DISNEY WORLD! 119.45 miles complete, 1170.55 to go (1290 total)

Strength Training: Lots and lots of strength training today to make up for a couple of missed workouts earlier in the week! All of it was from SP videos: 10 minutes lower body, 15 minutes upper body, and 27 minutes of core work. All the core ST is BIG for me, as you know I HATE working my core! I mean, I love how it feels after, but I HATE core workouts in general!

Timmy is in bed now, trying to sleep...I'm hearing whimpers here and there since his ear really seems to be hurting him, and I'm up and down the stairs a lot to check on him and make sure he's as comfortable as he can be. I feel bad that we missed out on urgent care hours today, but at least we can get there bright and early. I have a feeling it's going to be a rough night though...


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