Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! I hope everyone had a spooktacular day. We a great time, especially since the temp was in the 60's. In Minnesota, that does not happen often. It was a busy day with school functions and running around to get ready for tonight. We had a great time and the kids made a haul with the candy. I am temped to let them go to town and eat as much as they can in one day then pitch the rest. They got all the good stuff too.



Our very unique pumpkins. Ha!

Look, it is Mary Kate Olsen!



The only shot of the 3 monsters together


The end of the night stash in separated piles. I have my eye on that full size Reese's.
Yes, he is eating the wrapper.

Touch it and die


The scariest pic of all....the dreaded side profile. I think this will be my "before" picture. *shudder*

I can't believe tomorrow is November already. Back on the wagon and no candy for breakfast.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Take it and Run Thursday



I stopped by Runner's Lounge today and the topic for Take it and Run Thursday was super powers. What super power would I choose to make me a better runner?

Hmmmmmm....If I were a running Super Hero what powers would I have? Since I am big into not having just one of anything....I have a wide array of powers.

  • My first super power would be I would have the ability to run in a tube top, thigh high boots,and a cape.
  • I would have a smell shield to block the odor of other runner's high fiber breakfasts and dodge the dreaded crop dust.
  • I would grow a third foot to boot runners that rudely cut in front of me or decide to stop abruptly.
  • I would have a force field that protected me from other runner's spit, snot, and other fluids. *shudder*
  • My powers would get super charged when my alarm goes off at 5AM and I would up and out for the run.
  • I would wear wristbands that shoot stuff at people that annoy me.
  • I would only be able to survive on a strict diet of bar food and beer.
  • Last but not least, I would be a time traveler. I would love to go back into time when I was in the best shape of my life and rewrite my running history.
Back to my mortal status.....it is so fun to daydream. *sigh*

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

The Golf Ball Trick Take 2

Thanks for the input on the torture devices below. I knew I could count on my bloggity peeps to help me out. A golf ball kept showing up in the comments as a way to work out the foot muscle.

Sarge told me about the golf ball a long time ago when I first started suffering from Plantar Fasciitis. She swore up and down that this ball made her PF go away. I took her advice and used it for awhile but stopped because I felt it was doing more damage.

Since I am desperate to get this taken care of, I decided to give my golf ball one more chance. I pulled it out of my desk drawer and rolled my foot on it all.day.long. When I wasn't rolling, I was picking it up with my toes (also a suggestion from Sarge). The pain was killing me, but I kept up with it.

She came over to my desk when I was whimpering in pain only to discover that I was using the golf ball improperly (GET YOUR MIND OUT OF THE GUTTER...SICKOS!). I was putting full pressure on my foot where it was sore and nailing the ball on that point. I using the ball as a form of a deep tissue massage. She immediately corrected me and told me to use gentle pressure and lightly roll the ball under my foot then stretch. What difference that technique was! By then, the damage was already done. My foot was swollen and sore from the constant rolling I was doing. *duh*.

Today I am going to use the frozen water bottle, do some calf stretches, and take some ibuprofen. I also saw at Tar-jay that they have a brace that is similar to those ever sexy socks but much cheaper. I am going to give it a shot.

Now that the cold weather is here my motivation to get outside is dwindling. I decided to get the Chubby Hubby on board with running. He asked me to help him with a workout program and I need the extra motivation. Together we are doing the Couch to 5K program. This is a 9 week program which is perfect because it takes us right to the end of the year.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Insomniac Edition

It is 2AM and rather than sleeping, I thought I should be blogging. In reality, Baby Diva has been up most of the night coughing and now that she is out like a light.... I can't sleep. gah!

With this round of insomnia I am researching products to help with Plantar Fasciitis. I have decided that enough is enough and I need to get this foot better because I miss running. My blogaversary is coming up and I am in worse shape now than when I started this thing. I am tired of going the wrong direction and I have decided to get aggressive getting my aches and pains under control. My Internet search for PF pain relief came up with a bunch of gadgets. Here are two that look promising. Any feedback on these? Do you have other gadgets that work?



This sock is sexy....I might get a matching set if they really work.
As long as I am on the topic of aches and pains, I have an update on my other issue. My doc is taking the wait and see method. That pain is a bit more tolerable now that I know I am not dying. It still is there and it is still uncomfortable but I think I can deal with it for now. The good news is that I won't be going under the knife any time soon (I will keep my fingers crossed that it stays that way).
My ultimate goal is to become a runner again. I am sooooooo sick of being on the sidelines. If I can get this crap under control this winter, I am hoping to be in good shape for running season in 2009.


*Yawn* all this injury talk has made me sleep. Off to bed.....for 2 hours.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

That's Hot

I love this time of the year. I especially love Halloween. Every year, our friends have was has become know as Fright Fest. We have a blast every single year. The master mind of the Fright Fest always goes all out on his costume and this year was no exception.....he was one of the Cavemen from the commercial and short lived sitcom.

My costume this year fell short on the creative spectrum. Actually, it was really lame but nevertheless still funny if I do say so myself. My BFF and I went as bridesmaids from the 1980's. She had a side pony tail and I had mall bangs. I love the puffy sleeves and the shoulder pads. Oh the dresses they had back then.

The glasses were just an added benefit that needed to be thrown in the costume somehow. My husband found them randomly in a chair at our house. He asked if I was having an affair because they looked like men's glasses. I said yes, yes I am banging the Schwan's man. Only kidding of course, but the glasses remain a mystery.

I love the shoulder pad, metallic goodness.
My busy weekend caught up with me and I did not get off the couch yesterday. I literally watched 4 hours of Bridezillas and Elf with the kids. I loved every second of being lazy.
That is all I have to report. Please note that there is a lack of mention of healthy eating and exercise in this post. That is because there was not any of that happening this past weekend. Never fear I am back on track today and chugging water to wash away all my caloric sins.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Freaky Friday

It is only 7:30 in the morning and already it has been a crazy day. I have been up cleaning like a mofo because this house has not been touched all week. Then I jumped in the shower. I discovered that when I was drying off that I was covered in BLACK FUZZ. I sat there dumbfounded for a second and then I realized I had washed a black fleece blanket with my towels. I looked like I was tarred and feathered. Then came shower #2 and I toweled off with a non-fuzz towel. good. The craziness continued as I was blow drying my hair. My hair dryer STARTED ON FIRED!

It is funny how this chain of events made me laugh uncontrollably. I woke up as a major bitch and my string of bad luck put me in a good mood.

On top of all my misfortune this morning, I had a 2lb gain last night at weigh in. I should have never gloated about eating ice cream sammies for dinner and having a major loss. The Weight Watcher Gods sure now how to put me in my place. Oh well, today starts a new week and come hell or high water there will be a loss. Also a note.....do not eat high sodium foods all week and expect good results on the scale.

Today is one day I wish I could curl back up in my bed. No such luck....it is a majorly crazy day today. The preschool Halloween party is tonight and I am half in charge (note to self....no more drinking with school parents that rope me into this shit). We are expecting 600 kids tonight. It is always a good time but very tiring. I was slightly pissy about not having a chance to workout today, but I will be doing a lot of running and lifting today so I am calling it a workout.

Also at some point today I MUST GET TO THE GROCERY STORE. I think I have set a new world record on length of time between store visits and number of days of getting creative with meals. I had my husband pick up some of the essentials but we still have nothing. I need a clone of myself to get this crap done. One stop I will not miss today is the liquor store. I will be enjoying a cocktail tonight.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Stuck at Work

I am being held hostage here at work because of a political rally for Al Franken that is occurring in our building. Hillary Clinton is here so security is very tight. Since I really don't want to be fighting secret service to leave, I thought I would blog my random thoughts.

  1. I wonder if it would be appropriate to run down stairs and do my best Stuart Smalley impression while the rally is going on.
  2. Am I the only one that is more excited for the election to be over than getting a new prez? At this point, I don't care who gets in as long as the commercials stop.
  3. I killed two birds with one stone today at lunch. I walked close to 4 miles to the camera store and bought a new lens for my camera.
  4. I should have used the money I spent on a lens to buy a few pieces of clothing for myself.
  5. I LOVE Noodles & Company. I had it for lunch again today. I am completely addicted to the Med Salad. It is also very WeWa friendly.
  6. I am drinking water even though I would kill for a Coke right now.
  7. I can't stay focused enough crunch numbers today as I keep thinking about how I need to pull my Halloween costume together. Anyone else love to dress up as much as I do?
  8. Someone at work noticed that I am losing weight. I guess I am not seeing it yet.
  9. I STILL need to get to the grocery store. Tonight. It must be tonight.
  10. I really hate grocery shopping. It is my worst think in the world to do.
  11. I am thinking of sneaking downstairs during this rally to see if I see any famous people or if I can end up on camera somehow. I wonder if they have food down there? Hmmmmm????
Speaking of being held hostage....I have to be stuck home most of the day tomorrow for the washer repair guy to come. What is this 8 hour window business??? I have shiz to do and peeps to see. It will be a good excuse to hangout in blogland and catch up with everyone. Cross your fingers that he get here in the morning. I should pile up all the laundry I have just for shock value. I can't believe the amount of dirty clothes 5 people can generate, no wonder our washer gets burned out all the time.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Good Intentions Gone Wrong

Today's Good Plan:
  • Get up at 5AM and do DVD
  • Eat a sensible breakfast
  • Meal plan and grocery shop in the 2 hour window of preschool
  • Cook dinner

What really happened:

  • Woke up late and had no time to do any sort of workout
  • Ate Halloween candy and oatmeal for breakfast
  • My 2 hour window of opportunity was sucked up by a preschool commitment
  • Cooking???? hahahhaha.! I have NO food in this house to cook with. We had left over take out from last night. In fact the reserves are so low that I asked my son if he wanted cream of mushroom soup for his lunch. That little brat said no. hmmmmfp.

It turned out to be one of those days where I could not stop nibbling. The kids brought home lots of candy from our trip and I gladly helped myself to their stash. I then had this bright idea that I was going to walk after my husband got home from work. Nope. We had to run an errand as a family. When I got home. I was too tired and cranky to do anything....so I didn't. Now I feel just blech.

I am going to write this day off and do better tomorrow.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Weekend Recap in Photos

Another weekend has come to an end. I can't believe how fast they can go by. I was so happy not to have a scheduled activity on the calendar. No soccer. No Football. No work. We headed north to hang out with my parents and we had an absolute blast.
Friday the kids and I played outside all day long. Saturday we went to Boo at the Zoo. Finally on Sunday we played in the leaves and enjoyed more time outside on a beautiful Fall day. Below are some of the photos from our trip.

Hey look, I am in a photo. Too bad the kiddos would not cooperate and look at the camera I was not kidding about my jeans and North Face Fleece. This is known as outfit option #1.

My 2 monsters. We hiked up a path to see the waterfall. BEAUTIFUL!


Here is a photo of my mother in her Indiana Jones costume. Doesn't she have a sweet ass? I am SOOOOOO KIDDING and SOOOOOO going to hell. This lady pictured above was on a man hunt at "Boo at the Zoo". You think the skirt was short, you should have seen the cleavage she was sporting. Yikes. My boys were even staring.

Here is a real photo of my mother and Baby Diva.

Baby Diva coming off of the sugar high. My friend made her flower costume. I love her hat!!!

Having fun in the neighbor's leaves!

In true Diva form.....

Here is a backside view of myself that serves as a motivational photo for not eating for a month, a reminder to get my hair foiled, and to show outfit option #2.....the grey hoodie.

Back to the grind tomorrow. I am beat!!!! I hope my husband enjoyed his quiet time this weekend. It is all over now! I passed those kids off to him like a hot potato. They were well behaved all weekend until they crossed the threshold onto our property....then all hell broke loose. Whining, screaming, and crying.....and the kids were worse. *putting in earplugs*

Hope to catch up on on my reading tonight!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

How Did This Happen?

I confess, I was not even close to being on Weight Watchers this week. No journaling, lots of junk, and very little excercise. The anxiety of waiting for my test reults had more of an effect on me than I thought. With that said......

I am down 4.2!

I even got a message when I logged my weight on E-Tools saying I lost too much weight this week. I just laughed because it wasn't like I was trying. For heaven's sake, I had ice cream sandwiches for dinner (yes that was plural). I know I am not going to have that streak of luck this week if I don't watch it. So back to doing things the way I am supposed to do them.

I am heading north with the kiddos tomorrow for the entire weekend. I am going to see my parents and take my kids to "Boo at the Zoo". I am not sure how I let him weasel out of going but I did hand him a mile long "honey do" list. I am sure he will enjoy sleeping in and playing Wii. I had better come home to a spotless house. *dreaming*

Hope everyone has a great weekend! Good luck to Shosh, Chia, and everyone else racing this weekend.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I Have Been Tagged

Six Random Facts About Moi:

1. I am a Sagittarius, my favorite color is blue, I can't pass up donuts, I love long walks, pina coladas, and getting caught in the rain.

2. The music made by James Taylor makes me physically sick. I can't stand his voice. My friend made a CD for all her bridesmaids containing a James Taylor song. She remembered my hatred for his music and burned the same song sung by another artist. I wonder if it is because Carly Simon is my namesake?


3. I really really love Kraft Mac and Cheese. Or as my Baba calls it...Kraft Dinner. I try to avoid the stuff because I can seriously eat the entire package. It is like my crack. My kids and husband hate it.

4. I am a closet talk radio lover. I turn it on the car when no one is with me and then I turn it back to my old school rap station before I get out hiding the evidence.

5. I am a really boring person. I don't travel much, I have only lived in Minnesota, and I really don't have any spectacular talents. I am totally OK with this.

6. My two favorite outfits are my black yoga pants with my grey hoodie and my blue jeans with a black t-shirt paired with my North Face black fleece jacket. I know I am in a dire dire need of a wardrobe makeover! I am *this* close to being that mom with the jeans that go up to her boobs who also has the sweater vest with cartoon characters embroidered on it.


Thank you Shosh for tagging me. I really struggled with this today because I really am *that* boring and you probably already know all this stuff. I tag Tammy, Chia, Em, Alb, & Bubba.

In other news.....

I got my test results today. Negative. Woo Hoo! I don't have Cancer (although, I kind of knew that). I have a follow up to figure out the next step sometime next week. *Sigh* the drama continues. I just want it to be done

I hired a photographer to take our family portrait as well as getting a few of my kiddos. Yes, I have to hire someone else to take my kids pictures. They do not cooperate for me. Turns out they didn't cooperate for her either. We went here. It was a beautiful day. I just hope to have at least one photo that turned out.

Peace out. I am going to retire for the evening.

I Found One!!!!!!

What do you think of this one???




I was laughing so hard I was hyperventilating. I don't know what was funnier,the outfits, the music, the tone deaf singer, or the commentary. The Ummmmmmmchiccassss are what really got to me. OH MY GOD I seriously might have peed a little. Sadly I remember this era.

Thanks for all the suggestions. I never even thought of checking out my Direct TV. I will have to bribe my 6 year old to teach me how to use the DVR. I am also going to check and see if the library carries any of them. I think I am too cheap to buy them outright.

I haven't done a recorded workout since I was knocked up with Baby Diva. That is where I had a standing date with Denise Austin *shudder*. I found that DVD looking for one of the kids movies today. I also realized that I had the Walk Away the Pounds series. I think I tossed it aside when I realized that all the back up workout peeps were using walkers and were older than my grandmother.

I am excited to check all of these out. Thanks for heads up!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Oh Blogland, I Need Suggestions


What are your favorite workout DVDs? I am looking for something fun, challenging, and not too annoying (think Denise Austin). Since I am not running right now, I want to add some variety to my walking routine. I want a get a few of them to shake up the morning or when the weather is bad. I want a variety for cardio, strength, and flexibility. I am even willing to Sweat to the Oldies with Richard Simmons as long as Denise Austin is not mentioned. Here voice is like nails on the chalkboard.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Chilling Out

I have calmed down from my post on Friday. I have a tendency to get worked up over things like that. I have a little bit of anxiety over health related items and I admit I have a tendency to be a hypochondriac at times. I am not worried that it is Cancer anymore (only because 90% of the cases are chicks in their 90's). I want what ever it is to be fixed so I can be on my merry little way. I will find out more this week after the test results come back. For now my two goals are weight loss and to get ready for Twin Cities Marathon 2009. I have a year but I cannot procrastinate getting in shape for it.



This weekend was awesome Minnesota Fall weather. It was actually hot. I spend a lot of time outdoors and did 3 photoshoots for my friends' families. The colors were amazing. I loved that I could enjoy the Fall at some of the local parks. I have never been to a few of these places and I am shocked that I am been missing out on some really cool areas of the Twin Cities.



That is al I got.....nothin'. Nothin' exciting anyway. Hope everyone had a great weekend.

Friday, October 10, 2008

TGIF

The scale says....

Up a pound. How the hell did I gain this week? I could have replaced Fergie, Dutchcess of York as the Weight Watchers poster child. Am I pissed? Yes. However, looking back at my history of losing weight this is normal and every 4th week I should expect a gain. I am not running to the fridge or cancelling my membership, I am just working it and hope for a better week next week. It helps that Viv's challenge has started and my primary goal is not to come in last this time.



Being a Girl Isn't Always Fun...(Male readers be warned)

I will spare the gory details of my doctor visit. The verdict:

Hmmmmmmmm and a shoulder shrug.

Not that I am hoping that they find something, but I want the mystery of my pain to be solved and I want to be able to not feel like someone kicked me in the pelvis. She did a biopsy and I should get the results back late next week. What do you think I did after I got home? Yep.....WebMD. Now I am convinced I have Cancer. I hope my husband doesn't read this because he will be revoke my Internet access as I have been banned from that site.

Today turned out to be a beautiful Fall day and I hope the weekend stays this way. I am going to strap on the walking shoes enjoy some of this nice weather.

Good luck to all the racers this weekend!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

My Random Thursday Thoughts in Bullet Points

  • I thank everyone that commented on my previous post. I know I was a negative nelly but I am feeling better today. The encouraging words helped.
  • I went for 2.5 mile walk at lunch today. I love fall!
  • I overslept this morning and caused my whole house to be late.
  • I weigh in tomorrow and I am hoping for a good drop.
  • I have a TON of points left for my post meeting happy hour tonight.
  • I probably won't use those points because I have to weigh in tomorrow.
  • I have my doctor appointment tomorrow and I hope that she can tell me what needs to be done so I can get back up on my feet sooner.
  • I neglected to make 2 phone calls to people today for the preschool Halloween party.
  • I hate being in charge of stuff like preschool parties yet I always seem to offer my services.
  • I have the crappiest wardrobe ever! I need a make over.
  • I am not buying new clothes until I lose more weight and I have money. (that could be never)
  • I want to run Twin Cities Marathon in 2009. Maybe....just maybe a year could be enough time.
  • I need a manicure and pedicure. Thank God for closed toe shoes now!
  • I am cursing all my coworkers that have candy jars. I am *this close* to going on a balls out candy binge.
  • I am tired and I have 5 more hours left of the day....it is 5pm. ugh.
  • I am not feeling sorry for myself because I can't say no to extra bullshit...maybe next time I will learn my lesson.
  • I need to email Viv my digits for the challenge!
  • I am actually going to work my ass off for this challenge and not come in dead last like I did with her other challenge.
  • I have nothing else for today. Not much exciting here to report.

Monday, October 6, 2008

It's my Blog and I Will Bitch if I Want to....



I have completely lost my running mojo. It is gone.

Running is really a funny sport. It takes forever build a base and in no time that base is gone if you are sidelined. I started running because I liked the idea of it, I wanted a shiny medal to show I completed a race, and I wanted the runners body. I have been a runner off and on for over 20 years if you count my early teen years. When I started this blog almost a year ago, my goal was to make my big comeback to the sport. I came, I saw, and I conquered. But then an injury took hold of me I am back at square one. Again.

I haven't been running for so long that running around the block is an obscene thought. I think back to my half marathon and wonder how the hell I ran 13.1 miles!? I see people running and I wonder why they are so crazy. Then there is the other part of me that is seething with jealousy. I see my friends running and I am reading about running on blogs and I can't help but be green with envy. I want it to me logging the miles and reporting in about fun races.

I am still dealing with the foot pain although it is not as bad as it was a few months ago. Now I am have some other issue going on and it is more than likely going to require another surgery (nothing serious). Surgery means going all the way back barely being able to walk. It seems like there is always some sort of drama keeping me from running.

I know I am whining. I know pissing and moaning isn't going to get me anywhere. But I am so frustrated.
I hope your eyes aren't bleeding from the pity party. To throw a little humor in for the day, I took this photo at the apple orchard. Please note the writing on the back of the tractor drivers seat, I only got a portion of it because a backpack got in my shot. But it is supposed to read "Tips Accepted, Not Required". I am still LMAO. I am so happy that I am not the only one who cannot spell.



Friday, October 3, 2008

The Puker, The Booger Picker, and My Own Brat

I am sucker for volunteering. I can never say no. The apple orchard trip came up and I said yes to be a chaperon for my son's Kindergarten class. Who doesn't love a good old fashioned field trip? I was excited to be outside on a beautiful fall day, take in the sights and smells with the the kiddos, and have some awesome photo opportunities. Plus my friends also signed up so I thought this would be a blast!!! Wrong.

The first thing I had to so was check into my son's classroom. That is where I was informed that was to be in charge of 3 boys one of them being my own child. I thought to myself how hard can that be? I am a mother of boys, I know how they tick.

I lost control even before we left. It was my responsibility to walk them to the little boys' room to get all the pottying done before we boarded the bus. The took off like a shot. I yelled, "there is no running in the hall". They just kept truckin' down the hall and ignored me. I got the hairy eyeball from the teacher as these 3 wild boys came back from the bathroom.

After that fiasco, we boarded the bus. This is when these boys burst into the song "Don't Cha" by the Pussy Cat Dolls. The teacher automatically looked at me in disgust. I pleaded that I didn't teach them that song. (My kids are more metal heads anyway).

The bus reeked like little boy morning breath. If that wasn't bad enough, I sat next to Booger Picker all the way there. I just about threw up. I kept offering him a Kleenex and telling him that his finger was going to get stuck. No luck he was not afraid, he just kept digging and digging. I even told him that the girls were going to laugh at him. Nothing phased him. I just sat there and tried not to gag.

While we were at the orchard, the boys were wild. I had to keep calling their names and chase after them. At lunch, it was one potty joke after another (have to admit that I laughed at a few). They had their apples they picked in bags and they were using them as nun chucks. My girlfriends were having similar issues with their kids they were in charge of and we would look at each other sympathetically and pray for a 2 for 1 happy hour that evening.

As we were finishing our lunch, one of the boys looked up at me with the saddest eyes and the greenest face I have ever seen and said "My tummy hurts". I gave him a little hug and offered him a few saltine crackers to calm the queasiness. I told me he could not have them. Glutton allergy. Right. I grabbed the teacher and said "I think we have puker". She handed me a plastic bag and said "good luck and you probably want to sit close to the front of the bus". Bitch.

I called my own child a brat because he told everyone that I am crabby all the time. Someone did not hear him right and thought he said "my mom is pregnant all the time". After that comment people were coming up to me saying "congratulations, when are you due?" Hmmmm, I am still pondering that punishment.

We made it home without an incident...THANK GOD. I left right after I got off the bus. That was a bad thing to do, because evidently I was supposed to stay. Oops.

What did I learn:
Say no to volunteering
All boys are just as crazy as mine
Potty jokes never get old
Apples make a great weapon
I can guarantee a wicked cold after doing shit like this

With all the uncovered coughing and sneezing. I caught a wicked cold. I feel miserable and I am not doing my 4 mile power walk today, I am happy to report that I am still a loser. I lost .4 at my meeting this past week. I am not complaining about any sort of loss.