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    TRACYNOTGIVINUP   32,947
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WHAT??? A month in between blogs?????

Friday, November 09, 2012

Hello All my Sparkfriends. I hope that all is going well for each of you in your journeys to healthier lifestyles and your goals! I am finally back online having lost internet, a broken modem and sick kids! I don't even know where to start my update so it may end up jumping all around here.

I am doing well and all my kids are done with that nasty nasty cold that they all had, though I fear that my husband is getting it now. I thought we were in the clear after everyone was on the mend last week. It hit my middle child the worst who has asthma and it had him home for a week and in the doctors offices a lot checking his lung capacity and all that fun stuff.

DD is still having many issues going on, which I suspect will not go away until she is out of high school for good. I think they will start to subside a little when the college applicaction, financial aide stuff, grant applications and scholarships all go away in the mid winter. I am just learning to deal with her on this level. I am trying not to hold her hand too much as she wants to go it as much as possible by herself, but then she runs into stuff and needs help and that makes her angry and she uses that on me which makes me not want to help her. Somedays I have been handing her over to my husband and let him deal with her. I realize that the relationship I have had with her up til this year is changing and in that I get to change as well and I am learning to keep her stress seperate from mine (which is sooooooo much easier said than done, the feeling of wanting to help and fix things never goes away). I am doing better with not turning to food though. I will admit I have had some binges, but they were smaller, shorter and didn't lead to a day of binging which would have turned into many days and sometimes the end of my new lifestyle. Why is this? I give full credit to my commitment to running, will get to that later though.

Middle son is slowly making improvements as well and I am learning that I have to deal with him in a different way than my daughter. He needs to have support, but as limited as possible and if you try to give too much he gets bent out of shape. He had a horrible first marking period and is seeming to make a turn around knowing he was starting fresh in the second. Hopefully this keeps up. The daily homework battle is exhausting me.

Littlest child is doing well. We are almost completely potty trained, it is true, sometimes they just start when they are ready one day and that is how it happened. He had a wonderful birthday and we haven't been able to tear him away from his train table we bought for him.

Husband is keeping busy at work and he is closing next week on his next project. He is buying a two family house to rent out. This will be the means of our retirement when it comes to that. It is hard to save for retirement when you are self employed and we have money in IRAs and such, but they just aren't making the money we need, so he is doing this. I hope that it doesn't stress him out more though. Only time will tell.

I am still doing my thing. I don't think I ever blogged about my period of crappy running, if I did I apologize now. It started about 5 weeks ago and just kept going downhill, I was feeling down right crappy about running. I was doing 5.25 miles three days a week and then a 5K on the weekends. I didn't really get what was wrong but when went and did some research decided that I was in a way overtraining. My SP friend, MENNOLY was right, when she kept telling me I needed to change my plan. I was so intent on keeping up with my mileage, I never thought that maybe I was going about the mileage the wrong way, then it clicked. So, I started doing a 16 week half marathon training program. I think that I do well when people are telling me what to do and when to do it. I like the structure I guess. I am still running 4 days a week, but varying the distances. I do 2 easy days (3 miles) one average day (5 miles) and one long day (7). This week the long run is going to 8 miles. I also decided not to wait for Disney to do a half marathon. I am going to do one before I turn 40 in April of 2013. I am still planning on running Disney in January of 2014 and am starting to think "Maybe I will do the MARATHON in Disney" WHAT???? Did I just say MARATHON. I am not 100% sure yet, will see. All I know is when I started running and decided to do the half. When I was out running 4-5 miles, it seemed like I would never be able to achieve the half marathon distance. Well now that I am doing 6, 7, 8 miles at a time, I am starting to see how it will be achieved. I see the marathon now as the thing I could never achieve, but......maybe I can???? So, anyhow, I am running steady at a 9'20" to 9'40" pace most times I run. The program actually wants me to running slower, but it is hard to slow down your run. So, I run at a speed I am comfortable. I am very happy with my results so far and feel very content with my program. My weight is still slowly coming off. Last week I showed a gain, but I think it was the meds I was taking for my shoulder, which is SLOWLY making progress, I think I may end up with PT for it though. I am slowly able to get more sleep though so that is good. This week I weighed in at 153 pounds. I am not doing so well at upping my calories though and that is my focus this week. I need to hit at least the 1400 everyday and will aim for 1500. I don't feel like I need to lose more weight, even though all the calculators tell me I do. I am still overweight in a BMI and when I did an only body fat percentage, it came up with 31%, the average woman being 32%. I am still hoping for some skin tightening up, and on a positive note there, I did lost 3/4 inch in my waist, 1 inch in my hips, 1 inch in my legs and 1/2 inch in my arms last month. I notice that my arms are getting firmer on the bottom, though I haven't been able to ST in a long time with my shoulder.

So, I am going to catch up as much as possible, but I don't think I can go back as far as I was gone and still keep up.....so CONGRATS to all of you who hit personal goals and lost weight and maintained weight and are still here sparking. I will be on and off next week as well since on Friday we are leaving for Florida. I plan on bringing my pc, but we will also be doing the FL thing, Magic Kingdom, Sea World, Universal Studios as well as visiting with my Mother in law and her husband and my Sister in Law and her family. It should be a lot of fun.
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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/13/2012 5:11PM

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KEIPONY 11/11/2012 10:06PM

    Good to hear from you. Have fun in Florida!

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BOSS61 11/9/2012 2:07PM

    Welcome back! Signed, fellow member of the Sparky Disapora!

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MENNOLY 11/9/2012 2:02PM

    emoticon On what you have achieved and how much you have grown in the last few months. Good luck on the running! Take it one step at a time. Follow your plan and continue training but don't make it an all or nothing. If I remember correctly your friend who is a runner taught you to slow down so that you had the stamina for the longer runs. You run times are fantastic! emoticon

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SEATTLE58 11/9/2012 11:41AM

    It feels so good to hear from you again! Glad to hear that your family's doing well and that their pretty much over the nasty stuff. Hope that your DH will be able to fight it off lickity-split! I haven't doubted one bit that you'd still be in the swing of a healthy lifestyle! That's what happens when we make the effort to change little by little and then it becomes us inside and out! I love that thought!! You are one determined happy camper and that's what it takes to do it! Have a terrific, fantastic, full of R&R fun trip to Florida!

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NEW-CAZ 11/9/2012 11:31AM

    I can't help thinking your daughter showing anger to you may be expressing the frustration she feels for herself not being able to it all for herself and she's lashing out at the one person who CAN help. Just a thought!
You've certainly had a lot to contend with ( a busy mom and wife) and it's lovely to see you posting again.
Rental properties can be a nightmare- hope all goes to plan.
I love your shift in challenging yourself with a marathon for your 40th! Sounds exciting and I wish you luck with the training.

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GOSPARK45 11/9/2012 11:22AM

    Sounds like you have a good plan going. It should really help you kick up your running.

Have a fun time.

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DALID414 11/9/2012 11:11AM

    Wow! You were gone for a while!!

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NASFKAB 11/9/2012 10:40AM

  all the best

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BIGPAWSUP 11/9/2012 10:08AM

    Thanks for the update - you have been missed.

You've got ideas on how to handle the "challenges" you are facing so that is awesome! I'm proud of you for not giving up or giving in. Hey, we all have binge days - you recognized them and moved on. WOO HOO!!

I'm proud of you.

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COCK-ROBIN 11/9/2012 9:51AM

    I think this is great! Thanks for sharing, Tracy!

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