Sneakin' in the Veggies
Wednesday, March 31, 2010      8 comments

I'm not a big fan of the veggies. I'm a big fan of pretty much everything carbolicious (mac n cheese, breads, pastries, etc) and I like proteins (steak, crab legs, chicken). Fruits are ok too. But getting in those servings of veggies is tough. I... Read more
Found a Lump (not bad)
Tuesday, March 30, 2010      6 comments

First off, I don't want to give any one a scare. It's not what you think. I was stretching out yesterday and ran my hand down my leg to kind of rub some soreness out and I felt a lump. At first it freaked me out a little. What the heck is t... Read more
My Weekend: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Monday, March 29, 2010      9 comments

friday: finished up c25k (yay!) and took the kids to 4h. that lasted until 3pm. drove home (it's an hour drive each way) and packed up for my weekend away with chuck. not as romantic as it sounds. you see chuck was taking a tactical shooting class on saturday and sunday. i would see him in the evenings but during the day i was on my own. took the kids to the in-laws' house and then headed to waller, tx. it had been a long week. there were family tensions going on and it just made the week drag by. time for a much needed date night with my hubby. he took me to carabba's. we haven't been in months and months. we had a couple of bellinis, salad and our entrees. i had one of my favorites: mezzaluna. it's pasta filled with a chicken, spinach, ricotta mixture topped with a tomato basil cream sauce. yum! i could not finish it all and we didn't even have dessert this time. on the way back to the hotel we stopped by the pharmacy for some bottled water & razors. then came the emergency situation. my stomach said, "oh no. something's not right here. everybody & everything out. now!" i did not see a public restroom anywhere. i broke out in a cold sweat. i told chuck, "i need to get back to the hotel right this minute." things turned very bad at this point. i had been touched by food poisoning. the rest of the night was spent getting to know the bathroom area on an intimate basis. between that and the rock hard bed, little sleep was had. saturday: the hotel had free breakfast so we got up early to partake. i got an english muffin with some egg on top, a yogurt and a cinnamon roll. filled a cup with orange juice. on the way to the table my flip flop caught on the carpet and i tripped and stumbled all.the.friggin'.way to the table spilling orange juice all over the place. i kid you not. at least i didn't fall flat on my face. breakfast was really good. raced back to the hotel room to deal with the food poisoning further. took chuck to his shooting class. this place was out in the middle of nowhere. it's down a small road and there are no signs. this is someone's cow pasture. chuck unlocks the gate and we drive my miniature van through potholes the size of the grand canyon. big ones! i maneuver like the driving pro i am and we finally make it back to the class and shooting area. there are bunkers and old cars and a bus. i think they either shoot at or shoot from these cars. i drop chuck off and get the hell out of there. it really looks like something you'd see in an talliban training video. fortunately the guy teaching this class is houston p.d. and level headed. as level headed as you can be to enjoy shooting at and from cars and then teach others how to do it for 8 hours a day on a weekend. i get to the gate and realize i don't have a man to get out and open it for me. the dirt road is muddy and i have on flip flops. ick! rush back to the hotel and just spend most of the day fighting off food poison and trying to keep hydrated. i did manage to go to a nearby (30 minutes away) barnes and noble and pick up the non-runner's marathon guide for women (hilarious book!!) and running for mortals. then i raced back to the hotel to go to battle with the food poisoning again. the non-runner's marathon guide book is so funny. it's written by a woman who ran a marathon and hates running. she complains most of the time about every aspect of it but does offer good advice. i can't say that this book will inspire you to run but it will make you laugh if you already run. haven't started the running for mortals yet. saturday night chuck and i drive in to brenham to eat at bt longhorn saloon and steakhouse. we both order a st arnold's spring bock beer and a burger. both of us only ate half of our burgers but they were so darn good! worth the trip. and afterwards i raced back to the hotel. :) i did sleep better saturday night just because of the exhaustion from no sleep on friday and fighting stomach issues all day on saturday. sunday: breakfast again at the hotel. it was quite good and i didn't even spill my orange juice. i was also feeling much better. on the way to drop chuck off at redneck camp (just joking, sweety), we passed a bike race. how cool! i've never seen one before. those guys do some serious mileage! makes me want a bike. i need some sort of transformer bike so i can ride the roads and the trails. wonder if they have one. going back to the hotel my stomach started to rumble. then my low fuel light came on. hmmm....which do i listen to? i decided it would be very bad to run out of gas so i stop for gas and just deal with the stomach cramps. fill up the tank and fly to the hotel. darn it! i thought i was through with the food poisoning episode! i had to check out of the hotel by myself. load everything up on the cart. the whole deal. i'm only mentioning this because, you see, i got married when i was 19 to chucky-baby. i've never had to do much on my own. he does all the man stuff like loading the luggage and stuff like that. i've been a kept woman and i like it that way. i've never fought one of those luggage carts on an elevator or had to do things like that. i was pretty proud of myself for doing it all on my own. sad, no? the bad part is that check out time was noon and chuck didn't get out of class until almost 5pm. so i had a lot of time on my hands. no trusty bathroom nearby. and i checked out at 10:30. i went to a park about 20 miles away and decided to go for a run. the wind was really bad. so bad that gusts would push on the van while i was driving. s0 maybe there would be trees at the park to shield me from the wind? sadly, no. but there were bathrooms! bonus! i strap on my heart rate monitor and my big ole garmin and start walking. i forgot to bring a pony tail holder so my mane was wild and free in the wind. it was kind of chilly with the wind blowing the way it was but it felt nice. there was actually a track of sorts. i use the word track loosely because it was not even and had a few pot holes. you had to watch where you stepped or risk a twisted ankle. i start running after a 5 minute warm up walk. you must admit, i've reached super running bad ass status now. i've not only done this in the rain but in strong winds after fighting food poisoning. the run was one of the best i've had to date. i was super slow. i had to fight against the wind. birds were laughing at me. you may say they were singing but i'm telling you they were laughing! i kept inhaling my hair as i tried to breathe. but i felt terrific. it was one of those very rare times when i actually enjoyed running and felt like i could keep going for miles and miles. after 35 minutes i decided to stop (wind really was getting annoying) and do my 5 minute cool down walk. 3.26 miles. started making my way to the min van. i had tucked my keys into the side of my sport bra so i wouldn't lose them. my lovely spandex pants have no pockets and i hate wearing my fanny pack. my fanny has enough problems without me adding some more bulk to bounce around on it. i pushed the button to unlock my doors and nothing happens. push it again. nothing. huh. maybe this is the wrong van. i look inside. nope. it's definitely mine. i start blowing on the key thinking maybe there's sweat in it. then i sit on the curb in front of the car thinking about what i can do. my key is a weird key. it's not like a normal metal key. it's a weird piece of plastic thing. this www.amemobility.com/showroom/minivans/used/747/08-chrysler-key.jpg is exactly what it looks like. how the hell am i going to get in my car?! how was i supposed to know that my boobs are kryptonite to electronic devices?! then i remember that there is a real key tucked inside the plastic thing so that i can unlock the door! woohoo! i was worried that the car wouldn't start since everything else wasn't working now but it did! so now i'm worried that it has one of those auto-shut-off devices that makes it stop running if it's been stolen. i drive 1 mile. then 5 miles. then 10 miles and it keeps working. whew! relief. where do you runner people put your keys?! is there some secret runner gadget that holds keys that i should know about? please don't say fanny pack. :) so relieved to get in to my car. eat a banana and head over to stephen f austin state park. hey, i've got time on my hands. stop to get some peanut butter crackers for lunch (it just sounded good) and get to the park after driving for an hour on small country back roads. i park in the shade, open a mojito and crackers and listen to glen miller on the radio while a breeze comes through window. ahhhhh. yes. this is nice. i don't have a map but i decide to hit the trails and just see where they take me.
Friday: Finished up C25K (yay!) and took the kids to 4H. That lasted until 3pm. Drove home (it's an hour drive each way) and packed up for my weekend away with Chuck. Not as romantic as it sounds. You see Chuck was taking a tactical shooting c... Read more
Cue Pomp & Circumstance, There's a Graduate in the House
Saturday, March 27, 2010      15 comments

I actually did it. I graduated from the Couch to 5K program Friday. There were a couple of walks due to an evil side cramp at mile 2.20. I had to stop and dry heave when the... Read more
Another Running Post
Thursday, March 25, 2010      11 comments

First, a little announcement: I have now lost 60 pounds!!!! woohoo! *high five* "Only" 40 pounds before I reach my goal of losing 100 pounds. Soooo many times I thought I'd never make it. This journey has literally been filled with blood, sweat ... Read more
Monthly Results
Wednesday, March 24, 2010      7 comments

I've weaned myself from stepping on the scale every single day but I still want to monitor the weight so I thought maybe once a month would be good. There are other ways to check your progress without or in addition to the scale. How about measu... Read more
Before and During Pictures
Monday, March 22, 2010      22 comments

I haven't taken progress photos in a while. I had decided to take them every 5 pounds lost and since I've reached 195 pounds (194 now) it was time for an update. Before (250) ... Read more
Pink Door Legacy 5K Recap/Results
Saturday, March 20, 2010      7 comments

Saturday was to be my week 9 day 1 of Couch to 5K. Instead of just running around my neighborhood I decided to run the Pink Door Legacy 5K. At least I'd get a new tee shirt with my run. :) The shirt and goodie bag contents ... Read more
Running My *ss Off
Friday, March 19, 2010      9 comments

(pictures taken with cell phone. Sorry for the quality or lack thereof.) Since I first started running to lose weight (not to get an addiction to 5K tee shirts) I thought I would call my running posts "Running My *ss Off." That way you can ... Read more
Terrific Crockpot Roast Recipe & The Daily Exercise
Thursday, March 18, 2010      16 comments

This is an awesome recipe for pot roast that's super easy to make. 4# eye of round roast 1 can healthy request cream of celery (could use cream of whatever you like) 1 package Lipton Onion Soup mix 1/4 cup water Place roast in cr... Read more
Mountain Climbing
Wednesday, March 17, 2010      3 comments

(I've seen this story on facebook and recently posted on a SparkPeople blog and it really "spoke" to me) Climb The Mountain I tried to climb the mountain today. As I inched my way up the path, I felt out of breath and had to turn back... Read more
Blog Post, Thy Name is Randomness (with pictures!)
Tuesday, March 16, 2010      4 comments

A lot of random stuff here today. Enjoy. :) Charlie had been feeling bad for a couple of days but as soon as he felt better this weekend we headed out the door. It was just too beautiful to stay indoors. We headed to one of our favorit... Read more
Ouch! I was Bitten!
Monday, March 15, 2010      13 comments

It started out innocently enough. I was just out trying to burn off some calories. No big deal, right? I guess somewhere along the way a bug bit me. I didn't even notice at first! I think it's one of those things like when you are shaving your l... Read more
Weekly Workouts
Saturday, March 13, 2010      8 comments

Friday I may have gone a little overboard in the exercise department. At least for me. It was my last day of week 7 for C25K program. Yeah!!! Got up before the kids and laced up my shoes. It was incredibly beautiful. It's that time of year in Te... Read more
Just trucking along :)
Friday, March 12, 2010      6 comments

Yesterday I weighed in at 195 pounds for a grand total of 55 pounds lost. yeah! But even better than the pounds lost is the transformation my body has been going through lately. I think running is really doing a great job slimming up my tummy... Read more

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