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Date night update


Sunday, January 20, 2013

Yesterday was an awesome day! I got to sleep in a little bit. I made eggs for breakfast (Hubby LOVES when I do that). We were working on a few things and we started talking about the plan for the day. Our day shaped up quickly and we had a plan. I like to plan. I like to know what to expect from my day. Sometimes this gets in the way of having fun days happen, but not yesterday. The plan: Gym, benefit, dinner, movie.

Hubby may or may not have committed to doing a 7K run in March. He asked if I wanted to join him. I thought about it, but decided that that particular 7k wasn't the place for me to walk my first 7k. I would rather do a 5k that is less known, not such a big deal, etc. I would feel guilty taking one of the numbers just to walk, while people that want to run it may miss out. Maybe it was my brain finding an excuse, but I just couldn't commit to it. So anyway, hubby wanted to run and I wanted to do the elliptical, so we went. Our insurance has changed the # of times needed per month to get a discount from 12 to 6. Totally do-able. I am on 4 times this month. At least I can't use the "not gonna get 12 times, so I might as well not go anyway" excuse.

Anyway, I did 2 miles in 30 minutes on the elliptical. This may not seem like much, but I have only done the elliptical 3 times in the past 4 months. I was proud of 2 15 min miles. I was also proud of how high I could get my heart rate and not die. In the past I could get it to the upper 140s, low 150s. Yesterday I actually got it into the 160s/170s. And I felt great. Rather than go by calories burned on the machine or even SP I like to track the time, distance and what my heart rate does. I was able to do two miles in 30 minutes. That was awesome because I used to be able to get 1 mile in 15, but then the second I couldn't keep the pace up. I did it! Yay! Next up, get excited about strength training again. I ordered a couple of videos from Amazon to help with this at home and I plan to do a few free weights/machines on the weekends. Week days when I make there before work I am a bit more pressed for time.

After the gym we showered and got ready for a friend's daughter's benefit. Friend's daughter just finished her last round of chemo. She is 9. We went to help give some money to her medical bill fund. It was fun. We were there for about 45 minutes. Another roll we play is to help support and give her parents someone to talk to. We did that too.

After the Benefit we snuck in a visit to GNC. I was looking for some protein powder to add to a baked oatmeal bar. It was very good, but needed more protein. So I will try that recipe today. I'll report back and then share the recipe if it turns out well. A friend made them but added nuts to add protein. These were good, but really hiked up the calorie count because of them.

Then we went to Kona Grill. One of my very favorite restaurants. I didn't do too badly except hubby wanted to get the banana cream pie for dessert. I ate a bit of it, then looked at the calorie count. Then I stopped eating it. The macadamia and cookie crust was the major factor in the very high calorie count. Overall, it was good, but not worth those calories. I did make dinner fit into my ranges. I got to have sushi and stayed in range. Yay!

Then off to see the Hobbit. The only option was 3D Imax at the theater. Well, we saw clash of the titans in 3D about 2 years ago and that did not work for me. I was a little leery about it, but I think it worked pretty well. I had pretty low expectations of the movie after a few reviews I heard. I was pleasantly surprised then when I found I liked it. I was slow moving, they did have some tangents that felt a little forced/unnecessary, but it was a good movie. I enjoyed it.

I just finished reading This Present Darkness, so I was thinking I needed a new book for night time reading. I think I will re-read the Hobbit and LOTR. I did enjoy them, and then I don't have to try to find a new book. But, I should probably start looking so when I finish these 4 I will have something.

Anyway, holy long blog Batman.

Today's plan is laundry, a cardio workout, get a few groceries, make breakfast bars, and do some homework. And, it's really really cold. I know, January in MN, I shouldn't complain about cold, but the temperature literally dropped 40 degrees yesterday. When we went into the gym it was almost 40 degrees. When we left the gym is was 31 and REALLY windy. There was a wind advisory. The lesson we learned was the weather gets icky when we work out. So maybe we shouldn't. :D When we left the movie last night at 10pm it was 3 degrees. It only got worse overnight.

Anyway, I'm off to start my day. Sorry for the long, rambling blog.
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CHRIS3874 1/21/2013 9:05PM

    I didn't see it as I was busy the day the wife and daughter went . Apparently its a long movie (I actually like the CS Lewis movie series better than J tolkein) so in some ways I didn't miss much .....

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ADARKARA 1/21/2013 1:26PM

    Brrrrr, it does not sound like I would enjoy living in MN! Glad you liked the hobbit... I sort of have a dwarf-crush on Thorin Oakenshield! He's sooo dreamy! lol.

Don't think your workouts dictate the weather, just keep at it! emoticon

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ATTACKFATCAT 1/21/2013 12:24PM

    Sounds like you two had a great day together and worked in exercising together as well! It's a lot easier to stay motivated when you have a friend or spouse who wants to go to the gym as well.

I have also heard mixed reviews on the Hobbit. I still haven't seen it yet, and at this point, I'll probably just wait until it comes out on video. I don't want to take the chance to go see a movie (a rare thing for me) only to find I really don't like it.

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NIKKICOLE83 1/21/2013 9:18AM

    I wish your friend and her daughter the best. I know your pain with the frigid temperatures. I live in Nebraska and two days ago it was 52 degrees and today it is 7! I just want to get outside and workout because I dont too much like going to the gym. Good job on staying within your range and still having fun.

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FLORNH 1/20/2013 8:44PM

    Sounds like a great day!

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MAHGRET 1/20/2013 7:11PM

    Brrrr! Sounds like you had a great weekend, though. emoticon

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_MOBII_ 1/20/2013 2:43PM

    Sounds like a wonderful day! Sending prayers for your friends and their little one.

I went to MN once, it was over New Years several years ago and it was ABSOLUTELY FRIKKEN GORGEOUS!
We get wild temp swings here in Louisiana too, believe it or not, lol, higher end of the thermometer, but it is still awful. In the winter it ranges from 70 down to 30 in the same day.
Now that I think of it, we have had a LOT of wind over the last few days...some weird jet stream thing is what I think I overheard on the news....

Take care!

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LADYJ6942 1/20/2013 12:17PM

    Sounds like a great day with DH. Enjoy your Sunday.

As for the weather, I hear and feel ya being in MN too.

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DR1939 1/20/2013 11:58AM

    Lovely day.

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