Friday, August 29, 2008

Green Eggs and Spam and a Full Night of Sleep

Remember I was so excited about the my new website? I am not so much anymore. I checked my email and my inbox was FULL of crap from this site. You guys were not kidding about the SPAM! I was so annoyed I cancelled my account. They did have an option upon cancellation to stop email, but at that point I was done. I still think they have a great thing going but it is just too much for me. I am going to miss my Spark Points *sigh*. I have since moved over to Fit Day. I like this site and it has what I need. I am not giving up my notebook yet. I have to do double entry until I have more of my favorite foods saved. It takes me forever to log my info in my online journal. Any tips for speeding that part up?

I got a full night of sleep last night. Oh God it was the best thing ever! It was great. I am still tired but I feel much better. Now we are going into a 3 day weekend and I hope to get a little more rest. I do think this episode was all anxiety induced. Thank God for the case of wine I have stashed!!!

I walked yesterday at lunch and that is about all I have done this past week. Pretty much every waking minute has been doing some sort of work. I have about another week of this craziness and then we will have a new routine. Then I can feel normal again. I have a couple of dates this weekend with my girlfriends I haven't seen in awhile. Rather than doing dinner, we are meeting up to workout. It is a good way to kill two birds with one stone.

Hope everyone has a safe holiday weekend. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I Got Nothing!

I am spent. I am so tired my bones hurt. Too bad my exhaustion is not from a blood pumping workout. I can't sleep. The Insomnia Fairy has come to visit again and I can't seem to get rid of her. She has come 3 times this week and thinks that 2 AM is a prime time to wake me up.

I am not sure why I am laying awake during the night. I have been cutting my caffeine intake down. I don't feel stressed out even though I have a lot going on right now. Maybe it is anxiety about my son starting kindergarten and how our routine is being given a rude awakening. Whatever the issue, I don't know why it is bothering me enough to be awake at all hours of the night. I even took 2 Tylenol PM last night and it didn't help at all. Tonight I am trying wine...2 glasses of wine usually knocks me out. I think the groundhog and Abe Lincoln are missing me (what was that commercial????)

The Push-up and Ab Challenges are on hold at this time. I just cannot add anything else to my plate at the moment. I need these challenges, but they will have to wait. In fact, I really haven't done anything this week due to lack of sleep and needy children. Tomorrow is when I see "Sarge" aka Staci and she will make me walk at lunch. I will bring clothes this time.

On a great note, I found out that I can take swimming lessons at my work gym that I belong to for a fraction of what it was going to cost me doing it through a community education program. I am signing up tomorrow when I get into the office. I hope the space is still open. The class starts on September 7th and runs for 8 weeks. It is an intermediate class that focuses on stroke refinement. I am very excited because I have been wanting to swim as a form of cross training. I don't have the breathing down so I look like a tool in the water. I guess I better start shopping for a swimsuit and goggles.

I don't know if this post is making any sense. I am seeing double at this point and I am going to try to get my Zzzzzzzzs. I have some serious catching up to do on my blog stalking. It will help me rebuild my motivation.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Great Minnesota Get Together

There is one time of the year where I am so excited yet I am just beside myself with sadness. That time of the year is the 12 days of the Minnesota State Fair . I am only sad because it is the true official closing of Summer. Once I come to terms that fall is around the corner, I love the fair.

We go every year. Every year we do the same things; eat, drink, people watch, and eat. Last year was no exception. Three days out of the hospital after having Baby Diva via C-Section....I was determined to get my corn dog on. And somehow with the help of Percocet I went. This year presented a challenge. No babysitters. So we packed up the family and headed out.
The photos below document the day.

FOOD


Fried pickles with dipping sauce, cheese curds, scotch egg, beer, London broil sammy, strawberry rhubarb milkshake, corn dog, more beer, and back to the pickles. MMMMMMMmmmmmm

Not included in the photo: cashew nut roll, pretzel, and mini donuts

We shared everything, so we were trying to be mindful of our calorie intake. LOL

Corn Dogs for Breakfast. Nothing like a good dose of grease at 9Am.

Baby Diva enjoying a pretzel. She can really go to town despite only having 2 teeth.



Spam Curds, only in Minnesota *herck*

RIDES

We got suckered into taking the kids on some "wild rides". OMFG....I think I might have stamped my shorts on the ride that my son and I did. I got off and stumbled around like a drunk because I was so dizzy. Note to self: no more rides. I made my husband do the rest of the rides. The Carnies were laughing at me because they heard me screaming.


I am perfectly happy hanging with Baby Diva while everyone else enjoys the rides. That ride really effed up my hair.

The crowd on one of the streets. Did I mention that I am NOT a people person?

ANIMALS

Largest Boar of 2008

Did you think I would be mature enough not to get a picture of the set of this thing?!

You can't leave the swine barn without your pig ears. I am pretty sure that this photo will be enough to put my son in therapy.

All tuckered out! Yes, all 3 of them out cold in the back. No talking, no fighting. Just peace and quiet on the way home. Ahhhh life is good. I am already dreaming of next year's trip to the fair.

My only disappointment of the day was the lack of interesting people watching. Everyone looked so...dare I say, NORMAL! I must be the time of the day. We went right away in the morning and left by 4PM. I guess next year those kids will have to suck it up and go at night just so we can people watch. Ha!

Needless to say...I didn't workout today. I manage to walk for 7 hours at the fair while chasing the kiddos. That had to burn off a pickle or two. Now that I have the fair out of my system, I am back on the wagon full force!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

It is Official

I am a Soccer Mom.

....and I drive a mini van.
*sigh*

My middle child started soccer today. It might have been the funniest thing that I have ever seen. The kids just ran in a cluster chasing the ball. All the kids did this, except my son. Where was he???? Digging holes in the sand volleyball court. I was dying of laughter because this is the same kid who got up at 6AM to get dressed for his big game. I don't think he was overly impress with this game. Even funnier than a bunch of crazy 4 years playing soccer was my husband. He got roped into being the coach. *grabbing gut and rolling on the floor laughing* That serves him right for signing me up to be on the PTA. It seems like overnight we have become the people we vowed we never would. What can I say, I am loving every minute of it.

Yesterday was a DOR for me. I was SORE after my turbo walk with my crazy co-workers. I can't complain too much because if I can keep up this routine my goal jeans will be falling off in no time! Today was a busy day and I was not feeling a workout. I hmmmmmed and haaaaaaaed about going and finally I got up off my duff, stuffed Baby Diva in the jogger, and took off. We went about 2.75 miles. Better than nothing I say.

Tomorrow is fat girl dream day. We are heading out to the Great Minnesota Get Together.....the State Fair. Food, Freaks, and Fun! I can't wait to have all my favorite artery clogging treats. I am drooling at the thought of cheese curds, fried pickles, milkshakes, and corn dogs. The good news is that we walk for hours and hours and my husband and I split all goodies. The best part about the fair is the people watching. I am going armed with a camera to document the day. Stay tuned for some good old fashioned fair fun pics.



Thursday, August 21, 2008

My Poor Co-Workers

I am fermenting in my sweat and after lunch is over, I hope people stay far away. I am only armed with a travel size deodorant and paper towels to freshen up. We walked at lunch again today and I was not prepared for today's journey.

I wasn't planning on walking today. I was just going to sit at my desk and surf the net to catch up with my blogging buddies. Staci was not having it, she brought in reinforcements and I was pushed out the door. Stephanie another coworker of ours was telling us about her walking route....a 4 mile route. I was thinking "Oh. HELL. NO." Staci's eyes lit up and she was determined that we were going to do this walk. She is flipping crazy. Since I am kind of afraid of her, I went. The three of us set out and 53 minutes later, we returned to the office. Four miles in in 53 minutes. I do not even run that fast.

Note to self: Bring workout clothes to walk in or I will be sitting in sweaty clothes for the rest of the day. Those girls are not out for a leisurely stroll...they mean business.

I do have to say that the route is awesome! If it is one thing that I like about my job, it is the endless opportunities to get exercise. The last half of the walk was a pretty steep hill. Even though today's walk just about killed me, I can see this being an enjoyable workout when I am in a bit better shape.

In other news, I stumbled on to a new website to help track my fitness goals. I am probably the last person in the world to hear about Spark People, but I am finding it really cool! It is a site that tracks my nutrition and fitness as well as other goals that I set for myself. I am completely obsessed with Spark Points which are little rewards for visiting the site. I don't think you win anything from the points, but I still like collecting them. It is the little things in life that make me tick.

I am doing my push ups and abs tomorrow. I am behind.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Motivation Found!

Today I found something to help me keep my give-a-damn while I work towards my fitness goals. I pulled out the big guns and tried on my jeans. I needed something that would pack more of a punch than the numbers on the scale. This really shook me back to reality as I could not pull them over my ass. Not even Crisco could get me into these things. I wish I could say they are my skinny jeans of my past, but they are the fat jeans I bought after I had Baby Diva. Now that is just wrong. I have about six weeks before I have HAVE to start wearing long pants and I will let my OCD take over from here. I am leaving those jeans out so I can try those suckers on until they can button comfortably. Even if I don't lose the weight they will be so stretched out that they should be comfortable.

Unfortunately I am not going to melt doing my exercise of choice. Truthfully, I am afraid to start running again. After two days of doing long walks my foot pain is back with vengeance. I am back on ice, doing my stretches, and I am going to call my chiropractor. I am also going to look into acupuncture to see if it will help this crap. Everyone said Plantar Faciitis was bitch to get rid of and now I am starting to believe it. So for now, I am a walker and there ain't nothin' wrong with that. Not being able to run is frustrating, but I would rather do it when I am fully recovered so I do not continue the injury cycle.

What is that saying....about doors closing and another one opening? That happened to me last night; we went to my son's school open house and I met a person handing out information about swimming programs. I asked her if many adults participated in the program and if they were new swimmers. She said the adults that take the class are there to work on technique and to train for triathlons. *Ping, light bulb went off in my head* I can't run right now, but I can swim. I am going to sign up for adult swimming lessons. I don't need to learn how to swim but I want to refine my strokes and work on my breathing. This has given me something new to be excited about and something to get over my frustration of not being able to run. I just hope I can get into the class.

I haven't been sitting around this week I have been doing a lot of walking. Monday my friend and I did 2 laps around Lake Nokomis which was about 5 (ish) miles. Yesterday I walked with "Sarge" aka Staci for 45 minutes at Lunch. I am not sure on the distance but we worked it. Then she made me do stairs at work a few times. I complete the steps 4 times. She is hardcore, If I stick with her I will be able to button those jeans in no time.

Push up and AB challenges are going slow. I just did the test yesterday for the 100 push up challenge. My result= 1 lousy push up. Today I am doing day one. I have not started my workouts for the AB challenge yet. I have no excuse except laziness. Today is the day....especially seeing the muffin top over the jeans.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

The Marathon is Over!

I am not talking about a race, I am talking about birthday parties. Three kids, three parties, all within 2 weeks. I am sick of cake and the tune Happy Birthday is still stuck in my head. We also threw in a family reunion into that schedule and all I can say is, I am tired. I am glad it is over so now we can start living normal life again. Here are a few pictures of Baby Diva enjoying her first birthday cake. Lets just say the apple does not fall far from the tree....



I can't believe I am going to say this, but I am happy there is no more cake in this house. The first part of August reflected big time on the scale. So much so that I am chugging water until it comes out my ears to see if I can rid some of this bloat. Hopefully next year I will be in that magical place where I can say "I just want a bite of cake" (I just giggled in my head with that thought). If I am not, the kids are getting sugar-free Jello-instead of cake (not really).

Thank you for the comments on my funk fest. I didn't realize that so many people suffered from the summertime blues. I didn't start running as planned but I did continue to walk and I still saw some nice mood lifting effects.

Workout Goals This Week:
Start 100 Push Up Challenge (MWF)
Start 30 Day Ab Challenge (MWF)
Week 1 of Couch to 5K-Yes I am back to basics

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Rainy Days and August Always Get Me Down

*singing like Karen Carpenter minus the Anorexia part*

There is something about August that sends me into an annual funk. I can't really put my finger on what is truly bothering me. A funk in the summer? blasphemy! I love August, but the blues come this time every year. This year seems to be a little more blah than the last few years. Maybe it is how the air is starting to smell like fall. Or, it could be that my oldest son is starting "real" school and I am not prepared for it. Whatever the reason, it is raining today which just escalates the blah feeling.

I don't need a padded room yet, but I do need to do something as I am starting to drive my family crazy with my bitchiness. My plan for combating these Summertime Blues is going to be running. I know I was putting it on hold but I need the endorphins and the free therapy. I realize I am back to square one and I will have to start by running minutes and not miles. My injury is feeling better and if I take it slow it should be no problem. I am doing it purely for the mental benefits of a runners high. No races (for now), no worries about time, just getting back into it. I really miss running.

I am done feeling sorry for my injured self, I am done being jealous of all my running blogging buddies, and most important....I am done with this pity party!! I am dusting off the Sauconies, hooking G-man up, and I am off and running!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Time to Clean the Garage

I am not going to clean the garage in the literal sense.....that is a man's work in my house. Only half kidding, my husband won't let me near his things which are mostly kept in the garage. I think he is afraid that I will dump is precious golf clubs. What I am talking about is the post Laura wrote about how cleaning the garage was like weight loss. To loosely sum up her post, her messy garage bugged her for several years and finally she had enough so she cleaned it. She compared that to her own weight loss and how one day she finally decided it was time to clean herself up. She made the point that a few hours in the garage cleaned up a few years worth of mess and it was the same with the weight. In a few months she transformed herself into fit diva (my words not hers). It really struck a chord with me as I have been overweight my entire adult life and I am just now getting bugged enough to clean my own mess up.

Another post that made me go "Oh yeah!" was from Mizfit. Her Facetime Monday post about "Musterbastion" (giggle) really made sense. Everyday I make INSANE to do lists. I HAVE to do this, I NEED to do that, I Must, and I SHOULD be......you get the pictures. All of the haves, needs, and shoulds have caused me to rebel against myself. I hate feeling like I have no choice on how I spend my time so usually I do say "F" it even if I am only hurting myself. I am going to try to use the word WANT for things like working out and eating better. We will see how it works.

I have been frustrated because I am heavier than I was a year ago. That is when I got out of the hospital after giving birth. Heavier!!!??? I know I have not been a fitness saint as I have confessed all my food sins in my journal. However, I am way more active and eat a lot less than I did while being pregnant. What is the deal? Well....as I look back on each of my pregnancies, I see a pattern. I got heavier after being home a few months than I was at delivery with all 3 kids (even being active) and I did not start losing the weight until after their first birthday. It was interesting to see that, I am not sure if my theory holds a candle. But if it is true, that means on Friday when Baby Diva turns 1, I should start melting. Am I a freak of nature or do other women hold on to "baby" weight this long? Does this mean I can still use the excuse that my fat is still baby weight? Ha!

Here I am looking really slim (haha) on the way to the hospital



OK, enough of self help BS.....I am off to find something really blog worthy to post about such as counting butt cracks of construction workers that are working outside my door.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Blogging Whilst Driving

We are on our way home after an exhausting weekend hanging with the family. It is only a 2.5 hour drive from from the city, but it feels like it takes all day. I am happy to report there were no more near death experiences and we are coming home with all 3 kids. My husband is happy as a clam listening to crackled talk radio, the kids are all passed out, and I catching up on my blogging….even with the lack of Internet access.

The reunion was fun. I can’t believe what a big group of breeders we have become. A whole new mess of blonde hair, blue-eyed kiddos were running around that were not around at the last reunion 2 years ago. The kids had a blast with all their new found cousins. A relative of mine came up to me and said she read my blog and laughed at the title. Note to self: stop making fun of family in the blog (NOT).

I am chipped out, dipped out, and just sick of food in general. I can’t wait to get back to a routine and get some decent food into my system. I never thought I would say this, but I am completely junk-fooded out.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Baywatch Here I Come!!!!!

Greetings from Wisconsin! I am tapping away in a hotel room. We are here for the weekend because of a family reunion.

When we pulled into town, I promised the boys they could go swimming. They changed into their suits faster than lightning and raced me to the pool. The both immediately headed for the "big" pool rather than staying in the kiddie area. I was not in the mood to swim; It was more like something about muffin top spillage out of a tankini that is 2 sizes too small that prevented me from jumping in. The boys were having a blast. My mother, cousin, and aunt joined me to watch the kids swim. That is where the showing off began.

My 6 year old started jumping in the the "deep end" and he wanted a a rating from the gallery. After about the 40th jump he was pretty tired. He did 3 bobs up and down in the water and the look on his face was not one of a frolicking child. I kicked off my shoes and jumped in after him.....fully clothed.


The other people in the pool were looking at me like I was nuts. I pulled him to the edge and was reassured that he was fine. It didn't take him long before he was trying to do it again. There is never a dull moment with my family. Never. If my photography career doesn't take off perhaps I could comb the beaches and be a Baywatch Babe.

The weekend didn't have a great start and this "dramatic" rescue was just the icing on the cake. I am actually scared to see what today brings. My breaks went out on my car and so did my husband's back. The car is fixed and hubby went golfing today (funny how golf has a surefire way to cure an aching back).

I brought my golf clubs today and I hope to do 9 holes with my mom this afternoon. That should be hysterical. I have not touched my clubs in 2 years. It will be good exercise though....especially since I hit the ball to Neverland, I will be doing a lot of walking.

I did get my walks in on Thursday and Friday. I did about 2.0 and 2.5 each day. Not bad, but I wish I was running. My foot feels "normal" but I am going to continue walking until I lose a few more pounds before I start running again.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

20 Minutes

Today I tried something new that I hope to make a part of my regular routine. I gave myself 20 minutes to just sit and do nothing. I would not allow myself to do any of the following:
  • eat
  • work
  • anything related to house work
  • talk on the phone
  • be on the computer
  • return emails
  • play with my camera
  • play with the kids
  • think about weight loss
  • think about my ginormous to-do list

Those are normally things that I do when the kids are napping or there is a break in the action. Today I grabbed my August Runner's World that I haven't had a chance to read yet and headed out to the deck to sit in the sun. It was heavenly and I can't believe how relaxed I feel after just a short amount of time.

I have to be honest sitting without doing anything is hard for me to do. I got up 3 times to see how much time was left on the timer. This might be a key piece to my weight loss success. I am crazy most of the time and need to have my plate full all the time. I am not willing to let anything go so I am constantly frazzled. Maybe if I make time to relax I will be less likely to dive into a bag of chips. Hey...it is worth a try.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Adventures in WalMart and Other Junk

It is no secret, Walmart sucks. Walmart especially sucks by my house. I can't imagine there being a worse one in the country. This store is dirty, unorganized, and staffed with the rudest people on the planet. Even though I am supposed to be morally concious and not shop there, I am guilty for giving Sam Walton my hard earned money from time to time. What Walmart *IS* good for is some of the best people watching that I have ever seen. I always leave with a good story or two.

The following occurred last night between 6pm and 7pm.
1. The cross-eyed clerk that spoke with a lisp working in the video department was discussing movie choices with a customer and told this person their choice was "sthupid and retarded". I couldn't help but giggle.

2. While in line at the self check out, I was behind 2 carts full of groceries. GO TO A REAL LANE! Those lines were backed up to the high heavens as well. Then when it came time to pay for all the groceries they fed the machine what seemed like 5's and 1's.

3. I got stuck behind the slowest moving people that were arguing in Spanish and I could not get around them. I think they were discussing something about the husband staring at a half dressed teen in muffin top showing low riders in health and beauty. I could be wrong as my Spanish has gotten a little rusty.

4. When I pulled up to the store there was a woman screaming at her kids from the parking lot as they were coming out of the store. She was about 9 months pregnant, wearing a t-shirt with BABY written on it and an arrow pointing down, and she was smoking.

5. Three. The number of dirty diapers I saw on my way into the store.

6. The best story.....
While looking for a folder in the school supply aisle, there was a guy about 5 feet away from me. He literally lifted his leg and FARTED!!!!!!!!!!! It was a cheek flapper not some silent slip. He just went about his business. I said "What the ...." and I was out of there!

I AM happy to report that my son, who turns 6 today will be a proud owner of 2 new Ben 10 action figures. If he only knew what his momma does for him. *sigh* Seriously one cannot make this stuff up!

Now for the other junk...
I am EXHAUSTED! This past weekend we had 3 birthday parties. Party #1 was for crazy son #2. We went to Chuck E. Cheese and tore up the joint! The next party was in the evening for my brother-in-law's family. We have seven kids between the 2 families and 6 have birthdays within a couple of weeks of one another. (I told you...MN has REALLY cold Novembers.) For the final party, my first born had his friend bash in our backyard. What started out as 6 kids morphed into 13 kiddos. Miller time started early that day.

My little clowns
Needless to say, I haven't been working out or eating healthy. Back on track today. Unfortunately, my August goals are not off to a stellar start.



Friday, August 1, 2008

1 Year Ago

Have you ever been in the right place, at the right time? On August 1st 2007, I could not have been more blessed being in the right place. Through divine intervention or just plain luck I was not on the 35W bridge when it went collapsed into the Mississippi River. Even to this day, it seems surreal....How the hell does a bridge just fall down like that?

I normally take 35W home from work each day that I am in the office. I work until 5:45 and would hit the bridge between 6:00 and 6:05 PM (the time it went down). As I was leaving work that day, I was ticked off because of all the construction backing up traffic so I couldn't go my normal route. I grumbled and took an alternate way home pissing and moaning the whole way. It wasn't until I got home that I heard about the bridge from frantic friends and family calling to see if I was OK. If you only knew how thankful I was for the "annoying" construction.

It is hard to believe that it already has been a year since this tragedy. Staci and walked today at lunch and walked over the adjacent bridge. We got to see the new and hopefully improved bridge. The progress they are making is amazing and it is scheduled to open up next month. People have been working nonstop for almost a year to get this major artery back up and running. Although the dust has settled and it is no longer major national news, I often think about how horrible that day was. I feel so much sorrow for the families that lost loved ones yet so grateful that I got lucky.