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Goodbye March, Hello April

Monday, April 01, 2013

3 months down, time for a recap of the month and the year to date.

First, on the grad school front, I am in the home stretch. I turned in my dissertation to my committee 2 weeks ago and have the defense this Thursday. The defense is a presentation to my committee (4 professors) and is open to spectators. It is a bit of a formality, a chance to present the culmination of 3 years of research. After the open session, the committee excuses everyone, asks a few more questions then gives me the thumbs up or down. After the thumbs up, I have about 10 days to make any additional changes and get everything turned in and filed. If all goes according to plan, I will graduate on 10 May.

Exercise and fitness are going well. The weather is getting nicer which means more outdoor runs and means more runs with the kids on the weekend. Like yesterday I was able to run on the bike trail for 6 miles with Henry and Elizabeth in the jogger and Paul riding along on his 2 wheeler. He was a champ, though he was getting tired and we had to stop for a special k bar half way through (he was tired b/c he rode 5 miles the day before while I roller bladed and pushed the littles in the jogger). No races this month, eyeing a 5k in April and a 10k in May, though I have not signed up for either. I had a good virtual 10k earlier in the month, running a 47:52 on a fairly hilly course, for 7:42 average pace. I think my PR for a 10k distance is 45:11 back in 2001. I think with some speed work and favorable conditions, I could take a shot at that later in the season.

I ran for 113.2 miles and swam for 10 over the month, bringing the 2013 totals to 309.9 miles and 35 miles respectively. I am on a good pace to exceed my 1,000 mile goal for the year!

The most visible category here on SP is weight. I was up a bit this month, 183 this morning after being at 179 on 1 Mar, 180 on 1 Feb and 181 on 1 Jan. While I have been putting in a lot of exercise, I have been missing my calorie target range too frequently. I am not concerned yet but will keep an eye on it and refocus on eating within my range if I need to. I have maintained a 20 lb loss for about 6 months now (with a few small hicups). I would like to drop another 10 lbs, but am not in a hurry to do so. I think during the summer I will be able to refocus on the weight loss portion of the health picture.

After I move, I will have better access to health care too. I had my cholesterol and blood sugar done back in 2008 or so. I was within a healthy range then, I would like to get reevaluated and make sure that I am still on track.

Two additional reasons my weight jumped a little this week and month were sleep and Easter. Our kids have been on and off sick for the past 2-3 weeks. Henry, who turns 1 on Wednesday, has been miserable with ear infections, nose junk and eye goo. His antibiotics have caused him to have really loose poo which has led to some epic blowouts. He threw up this morning at 4 am, and would not settle back down afterwards so I stayed up with him. Later, while eating breakfast in his high chair, he threw up and had a massive PJ filling blowout. The poor guy! He was miserable! (So were his mommy and daddy...) Anyway, lots of missed sleep for mommy and me don't really help the diet effort!

Easter was nice, we had a nice service at our church with a brunch between a singing service and the main service. I made bread pudding (one of my DW's favorites and a request) and a pineapple upside down cake (which I had not made before but had a random hankering for). Both turned out well. I waited to get in line for the brunch, which helped limit my selection (and intake). After church we came home and had an Easter egg hunt in our back yard, which was fun. Then capped the afternoon off with a run on the biking trail that I mentioned earlier.

Here is a picture of the kids before heading to church yesterday:

and another with just Henry and Elizabeth:

That's it for now. Thanks for all the support from my fellow Sparklers! Best wishes for the new month as you continue to strive to meet and exceed your goals!
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  • OPTIMIST1948
    Ah yes. The triplets of parenting: boogers, vomit and poop. At least you made it out a couple times for some nice runs.
    1900 days ago
  • CHEMCHIC2006
    Congrats on almost being done school! How exciting! The kids are adorable! Glad you had a nice Easter (despite the little one being sick emoticon ) Happy April!
    1905 days ago
  • JESSIKA_56
    Thanks for the recap, you've accomplished a lot! Keep going strong!
    1905 days ago
    emoticon celebrate your successful month!! You've already had quite a 2013, and it's only 25% done!!! You rock!!
    1905 days ago
    Your kids are adorable! I know it's busy, especially with 4, but this time goes by so fast. Enjoy every moment. Great job on your fitness accomplishments and good luck with your presenting your dissertation! You're almost there. Soon ,we will have to call you Dr. PMRUNNER. emoticon
    1905 days ago
    Congrats on the dreaded dissertation....remember to go offensive on the defense!

    good numbers fro running & swimming, but even better on the awesome family time....even as people are recovering from winter time ills

    Stay strong and good luck Thursday!
    1905 days ago
    Wow, you and your wife are an incredible couple! Hope sleep is more consistent and sound these days.
    Your children are gorgeous!
    1905 days ago
    You have a beautiful family! I hope everyone starts feeling better soon. And WOW congrats on the dissertation almost being complete as well as the running and swimming. Those are major achievements!
    1905 days ago
    You are amazing.
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    1905 days ago
    Loved your update. Beautiful family pics! Enjoy every moment...I was also super busy at that time of kids' lives, and those years went by in a bit of a blur. Good luck with your defense.

    1905 days ago
    Wow...good luck with the defense!!
    Do you have to print out a copy of your thesis on acid-free paper and get it bound for the school library? Just curious.
    You are doing great!!
    Looks like a fab day was had by all yesterday :-)
    1905 days ago
    Your kids are adorable! You have some great goals and good job on the March mileage! I only racked up 71 miles and no swimming so with your schedule you did epic!
    1905 days ago
    Your kids are adorable! You have some great goals and good job on the March mileage! I only racked up 71 miles and no swimming so with your schedule you did epic!
    1905 days ago
    Beautiful children! You are amazing! With 4 kids, a wife and all the running you still manage school! Good luck on defending your thesis, but I'm sure you will do FINE!! I will be thinking of you May 10!
    1905 days ago
    emoticon Here's to a emoticon for YOU and a May graduation! emoticon
    LOVE your joyful "Just Do It" perspective! emoticon on being addicted to emoticon , and addicted to your family! Isn't it amazing how both go together? I take my 4 kiddos to out local turf track and we do all sorts of "track" moves. Being track season, there are hurdles out on the track....usually leaving only 4 lanes open, but the kids get a kick...LOL!! ....::out of trying to jump those hurdles.
    I can relate to your children being sick....all at once sometimes; it takes patience love...and more of both. You are such a role model of a great dad. God bless you as you put your family first!

    I was so ready to train/run my first 10K, but swimming lessons and different PE classes opened up for my children....of course, I chose to spend my time on them. They LOVE all of the classes! That emoticon will be a gift I give myself somewhere in the future.
    You are so wise to focus on losing 10 more # later. emoticon
    1905 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/1/2013 10:14:55 AM
    It's terrible when sickness just keeps passing from kid to kid to adult to kid to kid...I hope it's all out of your house quickly and that you and your wife can both get some sleep!!

    I'm still in awe of you running numbers.
    1905 days ago
    I hope all the kiddies are better now, and stay healthy.

    1906 days ago
  • CARI2012
    What an amazing recap! You have good things going! Poor Henry :( Ear infections are no good, and the antibiotics are such a necessary EVIL! Hope he starts feeling better soon and you can ALL get some rest!
    1906 days ago
    Poor Henry and mommy and daddy too. I remember those days!

    Sound like great month other than that and you will have a superb April!

    I will send successful vibes on Thursday! I know it will go well for you. Can't wait to hear about it!!

    You have a beautiful family!!!!
    1906 days ago
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