Sunday, November 30, 2008

This and That

Happy belated Thanksgiving to everyone. I hope everyone had a great holiday and stuffed themselves with lots of turkey. I am just starting to wake up from my carbohydrate coma. I had a wonderful weekend and spend some good time with family and friends.

I still don't have anything blog worthy. The last few weeks have been one crazy blur. I guess that is the typical holiday season.

I started my new job. So far, I really like it. It gives me a little peace and quiet (if you can believe that) and something to do in the evening. There is a good mix of people, some are my age and older just looking for holiday cash and then there are the high school students. I have a whole blog entry on the high schoolers. They are a riot and make me nervous for the future. Only kidding, as I was their age once. It is fun to people watch.

One benefit of this job is all the exercise I am getting. I push, I pull, I stock, and best of all I walk. I walk a lot. I am going to slap on a pedometer to see how far I walk each day I work. I came home from my first night and I was sore, good workout sore. I think this might be the jump start I was looking for.

I know I have said this before but our dog's health is going down the tubes. She took another turn for the worse this past weekend and it is looking like this week might be it. I had another gut wrenching talk with the kids. My middle child was sobbing as was I and my oldest just rolled his eyes and said "yeah yeah, heard this all before". I just had to laugh when he said that because it is true. But unfortunately the time has come for our good friend Riley and we are making the appointment for later this week.

The agenda today involves finishing the decorating I started. The tree is up, but no decorations. The bins are all pulled but all my decorations are still in them. It feels like I just put all this stuff away! This year it is a challenge as Baby Diva is now a Toddler Diva and into EVERYTHING. Our tree is going to look pretty funny with all the ornaments on the top half. Also, since today is December 1st, I need to make a list of all my holiday favorite things I want to do in the next 25 days.

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and I am planning on sitting down with a glass of wine tonight to catch.....make that a bottle as I have a lot of catching up to do. Ha!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Nothing to Blog About...

I really have nothing to talk about today *gasp*. I am going through a little blog withdrawal, both writing and reading. Life has kept me pretty busy these last few days so I have a lot of catching up to do.

I am pretty excited to report I have a shiny new iMac coming my way. My husband watched a full blown meltdown when my computer crashed 3 times while I was doing some work in Photoshop. To spare my heart and possibly his life, he ordered it that night. Now I have a whole new purpose for working my part-time job. Ha!

This week is full of craziness as we get ready for Thanksgiving. I am thankful that it is not at my house! Thanksgiving. Already. This year FLEW by! I am dumbfounded that we are into the holiday season already.

As I mentioned....I have nothing to report. I officially start my job tonight so I hope to come home with some blog worthy notes.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Meet My Brother

We always knew he was a little special.
This is my contribution for Photo Friday that NikeMom started. Since I have nothing else to offer the Blogasphere, I thought I would introduce you to my brother.
I have a busy weekend on deck. Today is taxi service for the kids and a class this afternoon, tomorrow I start my retail gig, and Sunday is picture mania. I am going to make my hubby scale the house to put up our Christmas lights. Maybe my brother can help him out! hahahaha !!
Hope you all have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Photo Tag

Enough of the serious talk about being on a plan or finding my is picture time! Dawn from Brownie Blog tagged me to post a photo. The tag rules were:
1. Pick the 4th folder on your computer
2. Pick the 4th Picture
3. Explain the picture
4. Tag 4 more peeps.

Here is mine. ..

I took this photo of a photo. This is hung in the hall way at my work. This is one of two pictures that cracks me up. Here we have a lady sharing a milkshake (giggle) with 2 boys. She has an awfully naughty look on her face and notice we cannot see her left hand. I think she is giving old four eyes some under the table lovin'. The other picture that I don't have is a guy sitting wearing a name tag reading "Dick Cox". I still laugh every.single.time.

Confession: This photo was really like #6 because #4 was not as cool.

I tag: everyone ('cause I want to see lots of pics)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Flashback Inspiration

Tick tock, tick tock. I am burning the midnight oil tonight finishing up a photo shoot. I am convinced that my laptop is going to catch fire soon as it is getting very hot. I am waiting for an upload and it is moving like molasses. Santa if you are listening I have been a very good girl all year and hopes you will bring her a shiny new Mac. *shining good list halo*

While I am patiently waiting for this piece of shit to work, I am having a flash back to 2 years ago when I was very close to my WeWa goal. I remember trying on new shorts for a race. They were compression shorts on the inside and boy(ish) shorts on the outside. For the first time in my life I actually thought my ass and legs looked awesome. I of course snatched them up as fast as I could.

This was a time in my life where shopping was fun. I didn't have to do a Hail Mary to get stuff buttoned. I had variety, I could shop wherever I wanted, and I didn't have to buy the biggest size on the rack. I looked good. People told me I looked good. Looking good made me feel good.

Why am I daydreaming about the past? I have really been struggling with motivation lately. Really struggling. Last week at the meeting, my leader asked "What is your motivation?". My answer *crickets chirping*.....I had nothing. I sat there almost dumbfounded that I couldn't come up with one thing that would light my fire and get the scale moving.

Tonight's total recall might have sparked my mojo. I really liked not having to shop in the tent section. I am now getting to the point where I need to add things to my closet. Now the question I ask myself is Do I want to buy what sorta fits or do I want to buy what I like? Do I want to stay where I am or do I want to feel like I did two years ago?

I think the answer is self-explanatory.

I don't know what triggered the memory of my workout shorts but it has me excited to want to succeed. Inspiration comes at crazy times and I should take it when it is thrown at me.

Upload complete. Off to bed......

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tuesday's Earworm

How do you not giggle when he gets to Hunka Hunka Burnin' Love (around 2:20 in the video)???!!! I heard this on the way to work this morning and now I got the King on the brain.

I am very easily amused and there is nothing like crazy Elvis song to make you laugh out loud.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Running Hiatus

I swear my ass has become one with my chair this weekend. My laptop and I were best buddies as I have working on some photo stuff and getting pictures ready for Christmas. Most of my stuff is done and my computer is practically smoking from being on 24/7. Bleary-eyed from staring at a computer screen all weekend left me extremely unmotivated to do much of anything exercise related. So I didn't push it.

I kept saying to myself I HAVE to go for a run, I NEED to go for a run. I had the time but I could not make myself do it. Moving a mountain would have been easier than making me do my 30 walk/run workout.

Normally this is the paragraph where I start in on how over committed and unmotivated I am. I would whine about some bad food choices and make excuses for them. Of course I would have to throw in some hatred for the cold weather. Same verse as the first. Even I am tired of hearing myself.

Rather, I decided that this is not a good time for me to start the Couch to 5K program. I am extending my break from running. Why? I am trying to make too many changes at once right now. Running feels more like a chore right now rather than an activity that I love. I want to focus on following Weight Watchers and getting the scale to move in the right direction. Running will always be there for me to pick up. For now, I am sticking with walking.

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I will be stalking your blogs later today.

Friday, November 14, 2008

WTF Friday?!

Today's WTF Moment.......

This one was brought to you by my in laws. The photo below was taken today. The dog is alive and acting like her really well trained self. Don't all dogs beg for table scraps? hahaha!

My husband called and told his mother that Riley was still with us. She replied with something like save the card for when she really does go. OH. MY. GOD. (sweet thought about sending the card though) This is my TGIF photo of the day. I am jumping on Nikemom's bandwagon for the Friday photo.

I went to my WeWa meeting last night. I used my free pass to avoid the scale because I just could not take another hit yesterday. I had one of those days where EVERYTHING I touched turned to shit. I didn't want the gain I expected to be the icing on my cake. I could not have picked a better time to go to the meeting because they were taking about dusting yourself to keep going off after a fall. I was just the topic I needed as I was feeling like a big old loser. After the meeting my night got 100% better.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. I don't have exciting plans for the weekend. Just catching up on some serious cleaning! Have a great weekend.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Carly's Thursday Mindless Babble

My mind is not functioning in complete sentences today so I am bullet blogging today.
  • I switched my work hours on Thursdays to accommodate my Weight Watchers evening meeting. I love my original leader so much that her meeting is worth getting up at the crack ass of dawn to get into work early.
  • Because of my new early start I am drinking rocket fuel (aka a large Americano) to get me going today.
  • I am not excited about weigh in today, but at least now I am armed with a plan going forward.
  • I remembered to pack my lunch today.
  • Because I am not busy enough, I decided to get a PT job for a little extra holiday cash and a discount.
  • I can't believe I had to go through4 assessments, a rather challenging math test (I am a math reject), 3 interviews, and a drug test for said PT retail job. (I passed all of the above and got the job)
  • I don't want to say this out loud but my Plantar Fasciitis feels like it is doing a little better. Stretch, ice, ball rolling, decent shoes....repeat. *knocking on wood and crossing fingers that I didn't just jinx myself*
  • I have 2 meetings after work and I will not get home until after 10PM so my hubby is a single father today.
  • Sarge brought in the book "My Life on the Run" by Bart Yasso. I am excited to read it even though it might take me a decade to finish it.
  • Gingerbread is back at Caribou Coffee.....Lawd help me....I need to just bite the bullet and get it right away and eat zero point soup for the rest of the day.
  • Running has taken a backseat to sick Baby Diva. That is an excuse...a valid one, but still an excuse.
  • Thanksgiving is 2 weeks away! Let the good times roll and the vodka flow....Ha!
That really is all that is on my mind today. Hope everyone has a good day!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Planning, Part Deux

Yesterday I wrote that I need a plan to finally succeed at this weight loss. Thank you for all the suggestions and links. I secretly hoped that just talking about fitness and rejoining Weight Watchers would make the weight magically disappear. Since that is just a pipe dream, I actually need to plan my attack to once and for all get rid of the pudge.

The first thing I did was analyze my journals (when I keep them) and reviewed how I spend my days. I have always been amazed that I have a weight issue with as much running around as I do. I learned that I have not one but TWO danger zones where I have a tendency to chow down on anything not nailed down. These times are 2-5 PM and 8-10 PM. The other problem I discovered with my schedule is that the busier I get, the lazier I get about getting to the grocery store and planning my meals. It is just easier to grab something and it NEVER is healthy.

The other think I learned looking through my journals is that I don't eat enough veggies and lean protein. This is a challenge for me as I am highly allergic to many fruits and some vegetables, all poultry, and shellfish. I know I sound like a freak show, but it is true. I LOVE fruit but can only eat a minuscule variety. I can eat McDonald's with no ill effect but put peach in front of me and I could die. Where is the justice in that? Couldn't I at least have the never-get-fat gene? What does that leave? Carbs. I am a carb junkie!

As far as the running plan. I could not agree more that I need a schedule to follow. I can't wait for it to include races. But for now, I am back to the drawing board and starting over as a beginner runner. Since I am starting over as a runner, my workout aren't very high calorie burning. I am going to need to step it up and do more cross training via the gym or a workout DVD. I of course can't forget the two S's.....strength and stretching.

Ironically, I missed my C25K run last night as I had an allergic reaction to an apple. I had to pop a few Benedryl to counter the attack. I was so drowsy from the drugs I had to go to bed. I am so upset because apples are one of the fruits that I could eat. I have to scratch them off my list. I told you, I am a freak of nature. Really, who is allergic to the healthy stuff?

Today I am at home with Baby Diva. She was hacking like crazy this morning to the point of gagging but has since miraculously stopped. Oh well, I am enjoying my day with just her. At least I will have time to catch up on my blog stalking.

Planning vs Just Doing It

I never put too much thought into something before I just do it. My "Just Do It" attitude usually works for me and it has opened up several doors of opportunity. I have never had time to doubt myself because of fear or negative consequences. Though most of the time I learn the hard way by falling flat on my face, I usually can get back up and keep going.

Lately things have changed for me. I am stuck. I am spinning my wheels. I just am not moving forward. Frustration has replaced my "I can do it" attitude. Why, why, why? I tried a few new things to get the ball rolling and I kept ending up in the same place. THEN... My A-HA moment (yes, I admit watching Oprah from time to time) came to me while I was sitting in a small business class. The instructor, a very gruff older man, was repeating the phrase "you MUST have a plan, YOU MUST HAVE A PLAN!". Then the light came shining down, harps were playing, and I got it. I need a plan.

You must being thinking....NO SHIT SHERLOCK, who the hell doesn't know that???!!! So I am a slow one and and as I mentioned I learn things the hard way. Ha! Planning is one of those things that I just don't get. Even the word kind of makes me break out into hives. When I do have one, I follow for a bit then it all falls apart if there is a change.

Why the Oprah-like post today? last weigh in at WW was not pretty. I stepped on and gasped in horror!!!!!!! Not only had I gained, I am OVER my starting Weight Watchers weight. My little C25K workouts were not match for the Halloween candy. Needless to say that this is not the direction I want to go.

What IS my plan? My PLAN for today is to make a PLAN to make this Weight Watchers PLAN work. I have posted a lot of ideas but never anything to make me stick to it. All you type A runner people out there, How do you make your plans? How do you make yourself stick to it? How do you adjust when the plan doesn't work?

(yes I am that inept in planning things dealing with myself)
C25K on deck for this evening. I may redo week one because of extreme temp changes and still dealing with some foot shenanigans.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Welcome Winter

Snow! I woke up to mother fricken snow!!! I am soooooooooo not ready for winter. We still have tons of leaves that need to bagged and I need to get Baby Diva a winter coat. Every year when I see the sight of white stuff I get bitter and wonder why of all the places in United States my grandparents chose the tundra to settle.

I know it is November and we should start getting the winter like weather but is is so disheartening that our winter lasts 6 months. At least the kids will be excited and want to play outside (translation: out of my hair. ha!).

Even though I despise winter, I actually like running in the cold BETTER than the heat. I takes me a little while to get motivated to brave the elements, but once I am out there I enjoy it. At least with the cold you an add layers to warm up, the heat you can't do a thing about.

I will stop talking about the weather. I am sure in the next several months you will not forget how I feel about winter.


My 2 C25K runs this week have been good. On Wednesday I didn't want to run in the dark so I piled the 2 kidlets I had at home in the monster double stroller and went on my way. Wow, what a workout! My son is clearly too big for the stroller but I made him ride anyway. Baby Diva loved it! My son wasn't so excited. I told him I was going to run and we would go really fast. When I did run, he asked "When are we going to go fast are you running yet?". Little stinker, next time he is running with me!

Running is not on the schedule today. I have a video day and 3 kids at home. Maybe I will dust off the Wii fit and challenge the boys to a few rounds. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

My Blog is One Year Old Today!

Happy Birthday Little Blog!
Wowweeee has this year flown by. One year ago today I started this blog to document my running and weight loss adventures. Ironically, one year later I am in the exact same position as I was when I started this journey. Although it would appear that I have made absolutely no progress, I do have some noteworthy accomplishments, some failures (I mean lessons learned), and things I will do different to move forward.
What I Have Accomplished:
  • Reindeer Run 5K
  • Valentines Day 5K
  • Get in Gear 10K
  • Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon
What I Learned:
  • I can do a half marathon with very little training
  • Having a baby is more work than I remember. Baby Diva did NOT get her name because of her mild disposition. (she takes after her father)
  • A 3 mile run is no match for a Chipotle Burrito
  • Once you sign a volunteer form, you are prepared to be stalked
  • I whine about not wanting to run, then I whine when I can't run. I must just like to whine.
  • Speaking of wine....2 buck chuck is not something to drink the night before a run.
What I Will Do Different:
  • Strength train & Stretch. I am not 18 anymore and my almost 35 year old body needs more TLC (not THAT kind of TLC)
  • Cross train....maybe a little Jazzercize?
  • Train for races rather than just doing them
  • Not over schedule myself. *thinking of ways to scare off PTA*

Thanks for a great year! I have loved all the comments giving me support and encouragement. I also love stalking your blogs for my daily dose of entertainment, laughs, and training tips.


C25k is on deck for this evening. Yesterday's workout was a 4 (ish) mile walk at lunch.

Have a great day!

Monday, November 3, 2008

I Liked Running?

Today I started day one of the Couch to 5K Program. I was so excited to finally get some use out of my running shoes. I dusted off my Garmin and pulled the jogger out of storage for Baby Diva. Today could not be more beautiful weather wise. The sun was shining and the temps were high. The stage was set for a glorious run walk.

I started with a brisk 5 minute walk and then alternated between 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds of walking. I kept telling myself that this program is probably too easy for a seasoned veteran such as myself.
My first running interval felt fine but the 60 seconds seemed to pass by very slowly. The next 60 second interval is when my feet (yes both of them) decided that maybe running is not what they want to do as I had some serious PF pain going on. I kept on. My 3rd interval my feet must have been speaking to my knees because they joined the pain train. The pain at this point was not too severe but it was enough for my mind to join in. I kept thinking....why am I even trying, I don't think I like this....blah blah blah. I was thankful that I had Baby Diva in the stroller so I could hang on for dear life. At that point I thought....
It wasn't until my Garmin showed that I was over 20 minutes into my half hour workout that I was able to remember why I love running and why I miss it so much. I shut off the negative nagging chatter in my brain and enjoyed the final part of the workout.

I am now icing my foot and stretching it out. I am going to show it who is boss. Ha! I think of all the injuries I have recovered from and I have to say that Plantar Fasciitis is the worst. As I said before I am getting really aggressive about taking care of it.

I am applauding the Chubby Hubby for getting up and doing his first day of the C25K. He did great!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

I am Carly the Chubby Chick and I Approved this Message.

It is going to be a very exciting week. New President? Nahhhh, it is something much bigger! Chubby Hubby and I are kicking off the Couch to 5K Training Program. Our schedule for running is Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. Chub Hub is taking the the morning shift and I will take the late afternoon. It is not the ideal time for me, but if it gets both of us out the door I will do it.

This is my week ahead:
Tuesday-2-4 Mile lunch walk
Thursday-2-4 Mile lunch walk
Friday-video mania
Sunday-Video or walk outdoors


On a completely unrelated note, I had a huge eye opening experience. I was balancing my checkbook today and kept thinking "where the f*** is all my money going?"At first I thought someone stole my identity because my balance could not be correct. I admit I am super anal about reconciling my account but not real good about entering the transactions as they happen. As I started going through the receipts, I began to see the light. My account is being drained by caloric entertainment. My morning coffee habit, lunches out with my co-workers, and my lack of drive to cook dinner have taken a huge chunk of my change lately.

While my money is disappearing, my waistline is growing (not losing very fast). Today was my first time truly realizing that my lifestyle of convenience is causing me to stay fat as well as having less money in the bank. This.Needs.To.Stop. This has got to be the first habit to change. My new goal this week is to curb the spending in food and food related items. I bringing my coffee and packing my lunch. This will force me to be a little better in my planning and make me do my grocery shopping on a regular basis.

Happy first weekend of November. I am off to blow the stink off myself and go for a walk. It is too beautiful to stay indoors today!