ANMRUNNER's SparkPeople Blog ANMRUNNER's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community I've been away! Since it's been almost 4 months (!?!?) since I posted a blog, I thought I'd at least give you a peek at what's been keeping me away... <BR> <BR> <img src=""> Fri, 6 Apr 2012 15:41:47 EST Update blog--not very exciting I'm going to try to do a quick update. I'll try to hit all the high points and not make it too long.. <BR> <BR> This past weekend we bought baby furniture. We kept holding off saying we'd get by until we moved so we didn't have to move furniture twice, but we needed furniture so we bought it. We got a cute little set for a great price and set it all up on Saturday. It then gave me nesting-fever so I dressed the bed, installed the carseat base, bought diaper storage containers, sorted diapers... Mon, 19 Dec 2011 15:42:27 EST Just a quick blog! With pictures! Lots of good things going on this week. <BR> <BR> Today, it's raining. Bummer since I can't play in it, but we need it so badly. It's wonderful. Unfortunately I had to go out in it at lunchtime for a doctor's appointment, but I didn't melt and made it back to work in tact (other than flat hair, but...). <BR> <BR> The doctor's appointment went well. I'm measuring right on track for being 30+ weeks along now. I gained 1 pound in the last two weeks, so the doc is pleased. The baby's heartbeat ... Tue, 15 Nov 2011 14:47:41 EST It's a bit chilly today! Oops, it's been almost a week already! I said I was going to get better about blogging. Guess I'm still working on that. <BR> <BR> It's been a busy week, even though nothing major has really been going on. Last weekend our Realtor did an open house at our house. No one came. Literally 0 people. We were already thinking of getting rid of her and hiring someone else, so this just kind of sealed the deal. This is her 2nd open house with 0 people through. She's supposed to be doing another one t... Wed, 9 Nov 2011 10:37:38 EST Thankful for Thursday! It's already Thursday! Yay! And I'm 1/8 of the way through my day. This week has been draggggggggging by for some reason. Probably because I'm anxious for Thanksgiving to get here. My fave holiday of the whole year, so I always start getting excited as soon as it's November 1st! <BR> <BR> Tuesday I had a doctor's appointment. Everything is right on track. She went over our birth plan, signed off on it, and answered all of our questions that we had at the time. It was hubby's first time meeti... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 09:15:42 EST I really am going to try to be better! I used to blog a lot. Now? Not so much. I'm attempting to get better at it again. I really want to blog at least a few times a week, even if nothing "exciting" is going on. <BR> <BR> This past weekend was great. Friday night we had to run some errands so we ate dinner out. We went to Chuy's--yum yum--and split fajitas like usual. We get the "fajitas for one" and it's always plenty enough for both of us. Delicious and pretty healthy overall. I wish they brought the food faster so I wasn't tem... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 10:26:31 EST I don't know how it's been over a week.... The past week got away from me! I was just commenting on Sunday to hubby that my new nephew was already a week old and now he's already 1.5 weeks old! Time is flying!! <BR> <BR> Things are going okay around here. Third trimester is kicking my butt. Baby is kicking/punching/pushing ALL the time now, and I take a nap after work nearly every day. Last weekend we had an open house on Saturday to TRY to get our house sold, so I cleaned Saturday morning from about 8am until around 11:30am. Then I ... Wed, 26 Oct 2011 09:18:11 EST My new nephew! Just wanted to blog about my newest nephew real quick! He was born on Sunday around 2:15am. He's just precious. My sister got checked on Thursday and no dilation, so they scheduled an induction for Wednesday o this week. Friday she went home from work with mild contractions. Saturday morning she lost her mucous plug. Around 3pm they went to the hospital, but she was only 1.5 centimeters dilated, so they went home. The rest of the family went to a baby shower for my other sister. Around 7 prob... Mon, 17 Oct 2011 09:59:54 EST Haven't updated in a while Hi friends! <BR> <BR> It's been quite a while since I've blogged. A lot has been going on, but at the same time, nothing too exciting. I'll try to make this quick and painless. (: <BR> <BR> I'm sure some of you read my status yesterday about my friend. We were in our childbirth classes together. She was due this coming Saturday, the 15th, and lost her baby yesterday, the 12th. We got some additional information late yesterday: apparently she delivered the baby around 11am yesterday morning ... Thu, 13 Oct 2011 09:37:01 EST I wish I had an office.... I sit in a cube at work. Not exactly conducive to pregnancy hormones. I hate hearing people around me talking. It really bugs me sometimes. <BR> <BR> But I said I was going to blog about the pregnancy, not work. (: <BR> <BR> This week I'm 20 weeks (almost 21!) along. Crazy that this pregnancy is halfway over. Currently I'm still wearing about 70% of my pre-pregnancy clothes. It's great. I put away a few pairs of pants that I knew wouldn't fit, even with a belly band, but other than that, I'... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 12:13:03 EST Need just a little help.. Not health-related, sorry. I work on the internet for a living but somehow still don't know how to work it very well... <BR> <BR> Question: How do I find review sites for products I'm looking at? These are two diaper bags I'm looking at (don't judge me on the prices!): <BR> <link><BR>ediaperbag.html </link> (I dont know which color...they're all so not what I'm used to..) <link> </link> (the stripe one for sure on this one) <BR> <BR> Problem is... Mon, 11 Jul 2011 18:02:13 EST Another quick update, yet still kind of long.. Wow, I can't believe it's been so long since I posted a blog. Three weeks!? Crazy how time flies! I feel like I was just getting those first pictures in my last blog, and now I'm counting down the last few days of my first trimester! WOW! Time flies! <BR> <BR> I don't really have much to update. A LOT has been going on, but not much I can/want to post about here. I passed my certification test yesterday--woohoo!--so that's an extra $300 a year. Not a whole lot each month, but hey, basically ... Fri, 8 Jul 2011 12:29:22 EST I've been away So as some of you may have noticed, I have been away from Spark for a few weeks now. Actually, probably closer to 4 weeks, but who's counting? <BR> <BR> Oh wait, I am.... <BR> <BR> The reason, you ask?? Well.... <BR> <BR> All that counting... <BR> <BR> . <BR> . <BR> . <BR> . <BR> . <BR> . <BR> . <BR> . <BR> . <BR> . <BR> . <BR> . <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR>... Thu, 16 Jun 2011 15:07:28 EST Just a quick blog.. First off, forgive me if there are a ton of typos in this blog.. I'm typing on our new iPad and I'm not quite sure it's going to work. The iPad is actually pretty lame. It was part of our photography package so we didn't pay for it, but I'd be pretty p.o.'ed if we had. It doesn't really do much... <BR> <BR> Anyway..quick update on this week. My best friend passed away last week and that kind of sent me into a downward spiral. April was supposed to be my month of clean eats, lots of workouts,... Sat, 16 Apr 2011 22:55:24 EST Just a quick observation of my life... Oh Sparkers, what a month this has been! Only five days in and it's been a woozy already! <BR> <BR> Last night after work I got home and realized that my to-do list was getting increasingly longer and would continue to do so if I didn't actually start it. So one of my tasks was to clean out my shorts drawer. I actually have multiple shorts drawers, depending on the type so I needed to clean them all out. I cleaned out my running clothes last week, so these were just casual shorts. Which I ra... Tue, 5 Apr 2011 17:54:00 EST Way too long...feel free to ignore my rambling I just spent an unsuccessful 20 minutes looking for a new background image for my sparkpage. No luck. And a waste of 20 minutes. Boo. But nothing I found looked right. I hate when I go to someone's page and I can only see half of their image on the background so I didn't want anything that looked like that, but I also don't like the "tile" effect where the image is small and repeats itself a million times all over the place. That's probably even more annoying to me.. So I went back with just ... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 21:16:10 EST Some exciting news. Some bad news. And a promise. It’s been a while, but there has been a lot going on lately, so I’ll have to make this quick and I’ll try to hit all the high points. <BR> <BR> I’m done with CASA Training. Woohoo! I was sworn-in Tuesday, so now I just sit back and wait until I get a call for a case. We got our business cards, which is exciting because I didn’t think they would be ready, and they gave us these sweet little bracelets. They’re on that stretchy string stuff (I’m a jewelry maker and don’t even know what it’s cal... Thu, 17 Mar 2011 09:44:44 EST It's been a I'll do a quick run-through! I haven't posted a blog in 10 days...that's probably a record for me. Things have been busy busy. I'll try to do a quick run-down and try to hit the major points. <BR> <BR> I applied (as one of my 2011 goals) to become a CASA. As a CASA (court-appointed special advocate) you work with a child, or children, in foster care who have been removed from their home because of violence, abuse, etc. You investigate their life, their habits, and their current situation, then based on all the facts, yo... Thu, 17 Feb 2011 17:30:12 EST Yummy food discovery, maybe a career goal (need advice), and other ramblings... If the title didn't already tell you, this is going to be a hodge-podge of a blog entry. Bear with me! (By the way, I had to Google to see if it was "bear" or "bare"... FYI, if I would have written "bare with me" as I originally thought, then you could assume I wanna get nekkie with you. Thank God for Google!) <BR> <BR> First, my food discovery. I'm a veggie-lover. All types. Squash are probably my absolute fave. Winter or summer, I'm all over it! For months I've been eyeing the calabaza squ... Mon, 7 Feb 2011 15:35:59 EST Gym complaints...didn't know it was so hard to find a gym! Yesterday hubby and I decided to look into gym memberships. We really both just don't like running in the cold, and we haven't been doing much with weights. I workout everyday at work on my lunchbreak, but it's not enough to really sculpt my body like I want to. So we were considering a gym membership. <BR> <BR> We went to the first place, which we thought was going to be the perfect one. It has childcare there (huge plus as it's the only way we can workout when we have the baby), they have ... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 07:15:23 EST Rabbit rabbit...just a brief recap of January! Happy February! I can't believe it's already February 1st!! Time flies! I've been married a month today...just wow. It's been an incredible month, but not as on top of my game as I could have been. <BR> <BR> Fitness wasn't stellar, especially the week or two right after the wedding, but I'm back at it now. I was knocked down with a REALLY bad cold a couple weeks after the wedding and that really drained me. I couldn't workout for over a week. I mean really and truly could NOT work out. I cou... Tue, 1 Feb 2011 17:22:46 EST This just broke my heart.. I happened to see this article pop up on the SP homepage just a few minutes ago.... I'm really saddened after reading it. Really and truly, what is the world coming to!? <BR> <BR> <link><BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=649032 </link> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 18:12:37 EST Just a quick one today! I got out and ran today at lunch time. Still not feeling 100%--actually, I'm probably still around 60-70%--but it was a HARD run! My legs felt like lead, my feel were tingly/numb/weird, and it was cold and WINDY like a son-of-a-gun, but I got out and did it anyway. I ran the same route yesterday and it wasn't nearly as bad...dang cold weather! The wind was supposedly gusting to about 30MPH while I was out there. Wow! <BR> <BR> Then I came back from lunch and read a blog about how the weather... Thu, 20 Jan 2011 14:13:33 EST Wedding pictures yet, sorry I know I promised a wedding blog like, oh, 2 weeks ago, but life got in the way. I've been seriously sick since Thursday of last week and still am not feeling better. Plus all the fun-stuff that comes with married life (like writing thank you notes and finding space to store all new items said thank you notes were written for) really keeps me busy! Plus hubby started school today so we've been trying to figure out a new schedule.. So really, it was wedded-bliss that took me away the first wee... Tue, 18 Jan 2011 18:26:06 EST Yes, two days of blog entries in a row...Woo! Today is the second day in a row I'm blogging. The old me would blog at least once a day, but the more recent me hasn't had such a good streak. Maybe this is a good sign? <BR> <BR> I got another CHILLY run in this morning. Well, I was actually quite warm, almost hot, on my run because I really layered up this morning, but the wind gusts were terrible. I just checked and the gusts are up to 27mph. Wooo chilly! It's 39 out but feels like 30. With the wind blowing, I would de... Tue, 11 Jan 2011 13:30:53 EST I'm kind of in a bad mood... Hubby and I are on a new weight-loss kick so we're going at it together. It's fun to have someone to do this with. He's always been around sporadically, but now that he is truly on-board, it's much more fun. <BR> <BR> This week we're focusing on more veggies and portion-control, plus getting back into our running routine. He's training for his first half-marathon so we need to get consistent. <BR> <BR> I made my shopping list this weekend and planned all of our meals at the same time. I ... Mon, 10 Jan 2011 11:39:10 EST 11 Goals for 2011 Since we're already 6 days into the new year, I better get my goals up and on the site. I don't do New Year's Resolutions...I just don't. I did one at some point in Middle School and it was "To not date guys without 6-packs." I mean really, who makes that a resolution? Pathetic attempt, I know, so now I do goals. I'm really looking to make 2011 an amazing year, so here go my goals, in no particular order: <BR> <BR> 1. Apply to become a CASA volunteer. <BR> -I'm really passionate about child... Thu, 6 Jan 2011 11:26:31 EST Happy New Year!! Bring it on!! Good morning, friends! Happy new Year!! My 60 day wedding workout challenge is complete! I've made it to the wedding day, all in one piece. Today I will not stress about what I can't control. I'll let things happen however they will. I'll enjoy my wedding! <BR> <BR> JANUARY <BR> 1: run with DF <BR> ---------------- <BR> DECEMBER <BR> 01: on-demand cardio show before work (20ish minutes); HIIT running at lunchtime <BR> 02: lower body weights at lunch <BR> 03: 2 mile run at lunchtime <BR> 04:... Sat, 1 Jan 2011 08:40:46 EST I should be working or planning my wedding or something.. Less than 30 minutes until I'm done with work FOR THE YEAR! So incredibly excited about that. Granted, we're only a couple days away from the new year (holy cow!) but still, it makes me excited to think about it. I really should be doing about a million other things right now, but blogging can take up a few minutes and nothing will be worse for the wear. Or so I hope. <BR> <BR> Wedding is 3 short days away. Well, almost 2 really. It's a bit scary. As in, "Am I forgetting something major?" sc... Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:49:27 EST Is it Friday yet!? I feel like I'm always writing "quick blogs" these days. I used to be so good about writing thoughtful, insightful blogs. Then life happened, I guess. Now it's all I can do to remember to post a quick 5-minute blog once a week. Oh well. Hopefully once the wedding is over...10 days...I'll have some more time. Not that the wedding planning is taking up a lot of time now, I just feel like I'm always thinking about it so it keeps my mind too busy to do other things. <BR> <BR> Lately, food has be... Wed, 22 Dec 2010 06:30:21 EST It was a LONG weekend!! What a whirlwind weekend. I'm exhausted! Friday night DF wanted to go to dinner so we did. I got a wedge salad and a small cup of tortilla soup. Mmm delish! Next time, though, I'd get the dressing on the salad on the side. I didn't realize it was going to be a creamy dressing, I thought it would be more pico-de-gallo style, so it was quite a bit. Meh. We took DSS to see the Christmas lights after that; the line was LONG to get into the park so we were just going to drive through but as we wer... Mon, 13 Dec 2010 15:19:13 EST I'm not usually one of those that ask... But if you're the prayin' type, I'm asking now. DSS's mom needs some serious prayer. I pray for her constantly; I truly do want her to get better and get her life back on track. We all thought when she went to rehab (voluntarily...for drug addiction) that she would come out clean and be scared straight etc etc. Well I guess 9 days in rehab doesn't help you because she was dirty again the day she got out. <BR> <BR> Now she's texting DF asking if she can stay with us for a while. Her dad (a f... Fri, 10 Dec 2010 18:08:48 EST Just another day I guess I need to post a quick update - it's been over a week I guess since I blogged. Or probably right at a week, now that I think about it, because I re-posted my workout blog on the 1st of December. <BR> <BR> <em>342</em> <em>337</em> <BR> So far the wedding workout is going really well. Over a month of consistent workouts in November and already 1/4 of the way through December and the plan is to keep it up. I have learned that I *really* can't rely on myself to work out after work so... Tue, 7 Dec 2010 21:35:17 EST Happy December! (Re-post of my 60 day wedding workout blog..) It's been about 30 days since I started my 60-day challenge (WOW!!) so I thought I'd edit my blog post a bit and bring it up some in my blog list, so here it is. So far, so good. There have been some pathetic attempts at "workouts" but I promised myself I would do something, no matter how small, so even those days of just a few pushups count. I cannot wait to count down the next 30 days to my wedding. I am so ready to DO this!! <BR> <BR> November was a complete success (see the entries at th... Wed, 1 Dec 2010 06:31:03 EST Pre-holiday update Another quick blog before the holidays get crazy. I've been sick for over a week now and it's really running me down. It started with just a sore throat and a runny nose and has progressed up and down my head and chest. No fun. I'm still not feeling 100% today. I really have no idea what got into me. I avoid taking medicine if I can help it but when a cold gets me really hard usually I can just take a sudafed and be okay but I took sudafed for 2 days and didn't feel better. Thus why I avoid m... Wed, 24 Nov 2010 06:51:40 EST Quick Quick Update Can't believe it's been so long since I blogged. Well, I lie, I can. Last week was INSANE! I was the only one on my team in the office and it was ridiculous. I got 30 phone calls one of the days...generally I average around 8. Granted it was two of the same guys calling repeatedly because they were both unhappy, but still. Ugh. The other girl I work with was traveling Tuesday through Thursday then when she came back Friday morning she "discovered" she had too much overtime and had to leave at... Wed, 17 Nov 2010 18:44:49 EST 60 Day Wedding Workout Countdown I decided that I was going to do SOMETHING every day for the 60 days prior to my wedding. That's not a lot, but it will help keep me even more accountable than I was before. So, I will update this blog throughout the next 50 something days to track my progress. It won't be specific since this is just a way for me to keep track, but I will attempt to record every day or every other day what I've been up to. So, here's to 60 days to my wedding! <BR> <BR> NOVEMBER <BR> 01: Weights at work <BR> ... Mon, 8 Nov 2010 10:45:00 EST A random, pitiful blog.. Just wanted to update real quick. This week is, thankfully, going by quickly so I don't want to get too behind. <BR> <BR> This week I semi-started Jackie Warner's This Is Why You're Fat plan. Nothing too formal yet, but I'm incorporating a few of her essentials. Like nothing over 5g of sugar. Wow, that's harder than I thought. The "healthy" can of V8 I was drinking every day to get veggies in has a whopping 12g of sugar in it! No wonder I'm this size. I will hopefully finish the book by the ... Wed, 3 Nov 2010 19:12:00 EST Some pictures of the nephew. (: Just thought I'd add a few pictures of my nephew. He's just precious. <BR> <BR> This one is him a few hours old: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This is one of his first ones once he got home. You can see the little stork bites on his eyes in this one.. The doctor says they'll eventually fade, but they're cute: <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> That's all I've got for now... I'll be sure and... Tue, 2 Nov 2010 07:14:09 EST November... No concrete goals yet, but they're coming! I can't believe it's November already (rabbit rabbit!). All of October I kept telling myself I needed to get back here and re-assess my September goals so I could be sure I was on track for October and start November strong. Obviously didn't happen. I am soooo ready for 2010 to be over. We, as a collective family, have been through enough already! <BR> My sister had her second miscarriage, my brother-in-law got arrested for self-defense and is now awaiting trial, both of those two sisters's h... Mon, 1 Nov 2010 12:24:56 EST A quick update I'm happy to report that I ran this morning! First time since Saturday. Woohoo! It felt nice to run again! It was a bit painful--tight hamstrings, the back of my right knee is still KILLING me for some reason, and my black toenail hurt pretty bad because I haven't released the pressure yet--but it was good. I had to keep telling myself to slow down because I wanted to just take off at normal pace. DF has been trying to get back into running because...get this...he wants to train for his first... Thu, 28 Oct 2010 10:19:04 EST Milking it? How long is it okay to milk the whole "I just ran a marathon" thing? A week? Two weeks? A month? I am soooo tired, all I want to do is sleep. Saturday after the marathon I slept from 6pm-7am (and I think I dozed in the car on the way home, too!), then Sunday I took a 2+ hour nap, then went to bed again at 9 and woke up at 6. Last night I was in bed at 9 and woke up this morning at 4 to get DF off to work then went back to sleep for another 2 hours. I'm still SO tired though! Not sleepy, per s... Tue, 26 Oct 2010 10:44:20 EST Marathon Race Report Oh my goodness friends... 26.2 miles later and I'm here to tell you, WHOA that was intense!! I'll try to make this a short but thorough race-recap since you all know I have a tendency to drone on forever in blogs. <BR> <BR> PRE-RACE <BR> We got to New Braunfels to pick up my packet around7:30. Nothing exciting there. Headed to my sister's house to cook everyone dinner. I had a really hard time eating dinner...I think my stomach was already in knots. I ate a good amount of spaghetti then stuf... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 21:22:50 EST 1 day until I'm a marathoner.. WOW! I guess yesterday's blog could have been shorter since I'm writing today, but I didn't know yesterday if I'd be able to blog today so I blogged yesterday...make sense? <BR> <BR> ONE day until I'm running 26.2. Actually, less than one day now. Holy crapola I'm nervous. And strangely at peace at the same time. Last night DF and I were talking and I said something about how people give up and stop running sometimes and I said "if I don't finish the race tomorrow, I'm going to train again and ru... Fri, 22 Oct 2010 08:47:18 EST 2 days to M-day! Yikes!!! Just a quick blog because I'm not sure I'll have time to update again before my marathon. Yikes! Scary to say that...just two more days!! <BR> <BR> This week has been ROUGH without running much. I am sooooo anxious to get out there and run. My body wants to run, my stomach NEEDS to run, my nerves are killing me...agh. This morning is supposed to be a 3 mile walk but seeing as how I hate walking, I'm going to do a reallllllllly slow 3 mile run. Yesterday I tried to run and my stomach was so t... Thu, 21 Oct 2010 07:50:50 EST A long update.... 5 days to M day!! This past weekend was a success, I guess. Friday night DF had to go to Austin for his meeting for work so I stayed home and did not a whole lot actually. I got some serious sleep in which was wonderful and woke up Saturday ready to go run it out. Saturday was the last "long" run of marathon training and was supposed to be around 9 miles according to plan. Since I knew DF wouldn't be at home waiting on me to finish, I decided to go run around campus. I had no idea what time the game started so... Mon, 18 Oct 2010 13:53:14 EST Truly a quick blog today! I only have a few minutes left at work but need to update, I suppose. <BR> <BR> Running this week has been pathetic. It's technically a low week due to my marathon being in 9 (holy hell!) days, but I'm still supposed to be getting some mileage in. This week I've done about 4 miles 3 times. Pathetic. Saturday I think I'm going to do 13 and call it a day. I will be soooo glad when training is over. I'm getting anxious now and I want to get it over with! I do look forward to being able to run w... Thu, 14 Oct 2010 18:54:32 EST Yes, second blog today, but just a quick and funny story... I forgot to include this story in my last blog. Pretty sure it's what got me through yesterday afternoon since I was having a crummy day. I am still laughing just thinking about it today. <BR> <BR> I was out walking at lunchtime and really wanted to talk to DF so I text him to ask if he was on his lunchbreak yet and he said "Call you in 5. I ate someone else's lunch." Of course I'm wondering what the heck he's talking about so I wait until he calls. <BR> <BR> Basically, he went to eat part ... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 12:47:07 EST My updates are never quick... Yesterday I was having, yet another, really crummy day and I wanted to blog about it and it would have been a very negative blog. Marathon training has REALLY worn me thin and I am soooo over it. Except I have 11 more days. Not 11 days of running, but still 11 days of thinking, planning, training, worrying. My knee has been bothering me again as well as my hip. I was "diagnosed" with runner's knee last year while training and had to take a few months off of running. That sucked. Sooo that's b... Tue, 12 Oct 2010 07:34:48 EST Pre-weekend update Just a "quick" update on what's been going on before the weekend starts--woohoo. <BR> <BR> Running has been...interesting. We've had cold weather all week (well, cold for Texas and VERY cold for me) so I've been unmotivated to get out in the cold and run early of a morning. Makes me wish more and more that I could be an evening runner...but, that day shall come. Just as soon as I finish my marathon. Which is in 15 days. Then I'll work on running in the evenings. I used to run at least 4 mile... Fri, 8 Oct 2010 18:35:41 EST