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Happy Halloween

Thursday, October 31, 2013

It's been a while since I blogged. As usual, life has been busy! I set a goal of loosing 3 lbs. from Halloween to Thanksgiving and I'm not doing too well!

My eating is still out of check - darn you Halloween candy! My girls are all teenagers, so no one is going Trick or Treating tonight. DD#3 is having a party tomorrow, so that should finish up all the candy we have - I'm putting the spell book candy dish on the table as decoration hoping the kids will eat it all!

I went to the doctor's on Tuesday for a full physical (at least I did one of my goals for 2013!). At first glance, everything seems fine. I had a health assessment in January for DH's work and all my "tests" were normal, so I'm hoping the same after these results come in. I already have my colonoscopy (yuck!) consultation set up for next week and I'm going to be scheduling my mammogram.

So even though my eating is still kind of crappy, I have been keeping up with the running program I started last week. Yesterday was my first day of week 2 and I had to walk 1 minute and jog 4 (repeat 7 times). I actually felt pretty good and I feel like my running is faster (the 1 min. walk helps). I'll be curious to see if my "speed" increases when I do the straight run.

I'm thinking of doing the Jingle Jog on 12/7. I'll be finished up with the 5 week running program and will have a couple of weeks before the race to work on speed! It will be a chance to see if my time is better. I did this race 2 years ago and remember it being hilly and hard. I'll have to go back and see if I can find my time.

Today should be a rest or cross training day. I'm not sure if I'll get in any exercise. We need to finish setting up the barn & decorating for DD#3's party tomorrow. She's only having about 5 kids, so there's not much to do and DH has to do most of it -- getting the bonfire & tractor ready. We're having a
"scary hayride". DH stops the tractor and jumps off with a scary mask and chainsaw - it's pretty scary! I think DD#2 and a friend are also going to be hiding out in the woods and scare them too!

DD#2 said she might want to go to the gym tonight and run. She's a little disappointed so far with basketball. She didn't think she would make the varsity squad because of the 2 girls that play her position on varsity - one is 6'5" and the other is a Senior (DD#2 is a sophomore). They really didn't have try outs since there was only about 26 girls that came out (for 3 teams).

Some of it is because a lot of girls don't like the new coach and also because it's a big commitment (4 months). 4 girls quit after the first day!

DD#2 is on JV and they were supposed to be practicing together with Varsity, so she hoped she would get "noticed" by the Varsity coach. She's really worked hard and during the conditioning the past couple of weeks (just the girls, not with the coaches), she was always one of the fastest and complained that a lot of girls were "goofing off".

Anyway, because of the number of girls that are playing and the availability of the gym (there are 6 basketball teams) they decided to have Varsity practice alone and JV & Freshman team practice together. DD#2 was so upset. The main reason she was upset is because she wanted to practice with the Varsity coaches (who run a harder practice) and now she feels like she won't get a "shot" (like she did in volleyball where she made Varsity).

She also didn't want to practice again with the Freshman coach because she runs a sloppy practice and DD#2 didn't feel like she improved working with her. They also changed up all the times - we've had a practice schedule now for 3 weeks and I've arranged a lot of things around it and now it has all changed, so I'm not real happy either!

I'm starting to not like high school sports. I know that all of these challenges she's facing and all of the hard work she puts into it builds character and are good life lessons (I sound like Dr. Phil), but it's so hard when your children are disappointed or upset (they get over it quicker than the parents!) and it's really hard to motivate them when you're mad or think things are unfair too!

Because of her new practice time (unless they change it again!), she'll be able to participate in the "vertical training" that they volleyball coach is having 3 days a week right after school. With the old schedule, she was only able to go every other week. The basketball coach said she could participate as long as it didn't interfere with basketball practices.

So even though she's disappointed, she's going to stick with it. She said that if the practices continue to be "lame", she'll go to the rec. center and practice on her own. She also wants to continue with the running. I really hope all her hard work pays off like it did in volleyball.

I'm not sure when I'll run again. I have to get 2 more days in by Tuesday. I also need to do some cross training. We're supposed to have a beautiful weekend with cool, crisp temperatures (it's been kind of hot the last couple of days).

DD#2 may or may not have practice on Saturday (it's on the schedule, but who knows!), but we don't have anything else on Saturday. Sunday evening is pretty busy, but since I'm kind of "over" football since all my teams "suck" (can you say Fair Weather Fan), I might do something Sunday afternoon.

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