Wednesday, May 30, 2012
My youngest son is moving out tomorrow. My husband and I will be on our own! Several people have asked me if I am going to go through "empty nest syndrome". I don't think I will. This is the second time he has moved out. The last time was 2 years ago when he went away to college in Long Island, NY which was about 3 hours away. The only thing that got me was dropping him off at the train station and watching the train pull away. I learned to never walk him up to the train! This time he will live in an apartment 15 mins away and work part time for me, so I am not feeling bad. Plus he is 21 years old and it's time. I honestly feel that I did a fairly good job as a parent if he can do this, and he needs to mature.
So, I now look at how this will affect me and my habits. Now it will be me and my husband. We are in our late 40's. As tempting as it will be to eat out all the time, I am going to have to be the one to promote eating dinners at home during the week. We always go out on the weekends so I know that will not change. We also live on the water, so it's like we are on vacation every day. That means wine and beer and being lazy. I am going to have to make sure we do that in moderation so we don't end up with addiction problems!! Also the
high calorie intake!! And company with snacks, etc! Lots to think about!!
Thank God we still work!
So, I have a lot to think about so we both stay in line! How come the female is always the one who has to think about these things?
All I know is that I have worked to hard to lose weight and keep it off to go backwards now! I am glad I have the hobby of running to keep me focused, on a schedule, and in shape. Alm the races I am signed up for in the future really
help keep me on the straight and narrow - along with you guys, of course ;)
So, after all of this, I guess with the last kid moving out, it's all about keeping ourselves in line, out of trouble, in shape and happy!!
I can do this!!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The past week I haven't had time to get on the home computer. Had to catch up on cleaning, furniture shop with my son, celebrate my birthday and plant my vegetable garden. I also missed about 3 days tracking my food, but, I did maintain my weight.
I planted 10 jalapeņo plants, 2 habaneros, a sweet banana pepper plant, 2 sweet cherry tomato plants, 3 beefsteak tomato plants and 3 zucchini plants. I have room in my garden for one more plant, so I am going to go back this week and pick something I haven't grown before. I also have to plant lettuce seeds in a container on my deck. Lettuce grows really fast. I love growing my own vegetables, I find the whole process fabulous for de-stressing. I give a lot of them to my friends and employees.
I also picked up cilantro, sweet basil and parsley plants.
Aren't they cute?
I am not sure where I am going to plant them yet, probably in a container on my deck.
So, that is what I have been up to - besides being very busy at work. I haven't run since last Thursday, I hope to resume tomorrow. There are several races this weekend, but we are supposed to get rain. I am just finishing Jeff Galloway's Half Marathon training book and am beginning to mentally prepare for my training. He has a lot of good tips. I am going to use my birthday money for new running shoes.
Hope you are having a great week!!
Monday, May 14, 2012
Well, I have to say, I was nervous going in...
I lost 2 pounds the week before the race. I ate a very strict, 1200 cal diet. I pushed it a little bit the Thursday before by having a few red wines... but, I was still in my cal range. I ran every day - different miles - the last was a little over 5 on Friday. I ran a lot of hills.
I was in charge of the team. I bought really cool, underarmour, bright neon green shirts for everyone. I picked up the tags and all the goodies the day before - REALLY nice running shirts, note pads, pens, pint glasses... I went to bed at 10 the night before. We got up at 5 AM and headed out to the race.
It was, by foremost, the most impressive, organized race I have been in to date. "REAL" runners were there. Our team wanted to finish in 4 hours. We weren't sure how that would figure with the other 4 person teams but we didn't want to finish last.
My son, Ken, went first. He works in a restaurant and had to be at work by 10 since - it was mother's day. I went second, my husband third and his best friend fourth. I watched as my son put on the ankle bracelet. When he came in at exactly one hour I was there, ready and put on the bracelet (He said "mile 4 is really bad") and away I went. I was really worried that I would miss a turn. It wasn't marked well in the beginning but I figured it out! At the next confusing turn, a man said he was one of my customers " I am Reese and Robbie's dad" I said "oh Yeah, I am confused to where to go" He told me and I took off!! I flew! I ran by a river, over a wood bridge and began mile 4. Yes, it was a little difficult - a nice steep hill - and I noticed my legs getting a little tight - but I kept running through it. I ran up a 5 block hill and then an amazing thing happened - I got this enormous burst of energy!! I flew past EVERYONE -- half marathoners and marathoners. it was amazing! It was endorphins! I totally rocked!! I flew into the finish line and felt like I could run the whole darn race again! Woo Hoo!! I felt this rush of energy - it was one of the best feelings of my life. I ran 6.55 miles in 1 hour, 1 min! Our team finished 85 out of 185!
So, yes, I will run the Delaware 1/2 marathon next year! Oh Yeah!! I am so impressed with how far I have become since starting this journey one and a half years ago. I honestly can't believe I am doing all of this! I could not have done it with out all of you supporting me.
Sunday, May 06, 2012
I have been very busy with school and work. I have been logging my food and updating my status, but haven't had time to blog or check in with my sparkbuddies as much as I like to. I have a presentation Wednesday night and then school is done -- can't wait to be free again!!
I had a sinus infection last week, too. I didn't get to run for 6 days straight on account of Not being able to breath and having a fever for three of days. My allergies have not been great. There is pollen EVERYWHERE! And, of course, I love to run outside, so... I am now using nasal spray and a saltwater solution twice a day. I just finished a 5 day antibiotic and was finally able to run yesterday. Yesterday I ran slow to wake my muscles up. Today I was back to my normal speed. I am preparing for the Delaware Marathon on Mother's day. I am on a 4 person relay team and will be running 6.55 miles. I set this goal last fall - and signed up last fall so I would do it - I can't believe it is almost here!
This week I am going to run every day and vary my run intensities and distances. I do not plan on running more than 4.5 miles. I will mainly be running during my lunch break, so all the runs will be flat. I want to pick up my speed a little bit more. I am also "tweaking" my running music. I have noticed a couple songs make me run a little bit slower, so I am going to remove them. I am also going to put the final cut on my ipod shuffle. It's nice and small. My iphone feels bulky and sweaty on my arm when I am in a race.
As far as food, I am back on my strict 1200 cal diet from now until race day. I goofed off the past two weekends, and now it is time to focus. Don't worry, there are lots of veggies and fruits involved; no alcohol. I want to feel at my peak on race day.
So, now I am off to buy the team running shirts. I am going to go look for bright orange shirts so we can find each other - maybe - there are 3000 runners attending!
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