Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Decade of Breeding in a Nutshell

I completely ripped this blog post idea from Jess. Thanks Jess, I was having a writer's block moment.

I have named this the Decade of Breeding because I spent a good chunk of time having babies (not to mention changing diapers for 7.5 years!!!!!)  Here is a look at the last 10 years.....

1999-
  • Celebrated our 2 year Wedding Anniversary
  • Became a college graduate
  • Bought our first home...we jumped from St. Paul to Minneapolis
  • Adopted Riley, our Dog
2000-
  • Started new a new job that had nothing to do with my degree.  Accounting.  Did I mention I am not good at math?
  • Got braces to straighten out my teeth
2001-
  • Went to Vegas for the first time
  • Went to Mexico for the first time
  • Ran my first full marathon....Twin Cities Marathon
  • Became Pregnant a month later
2002-
  • Gave birth to my first son
  • Traded my very cute Toyota Corolla for a Sensible Momma Mini Van
2003-
  • Started to dabble more with my photography and bought my first pro camera
  • Quit my job to become a stay at home mom
  • Did the Flying Pig Marathon Relay.  Dodged a stray bullet at the restaurant the night before....someone else wasn't so lucky
  • Ran the Twin Cities 10 Miler
  • Became pregnant with #2 a month later
2004-
  • Ran Rock and Roll Arizona Half Marathon at 10 weeks pregnant
  • Found out baby #2 had first son's due date
  • Had baby #2, 3 days before my son turned 2
  • Was Matron of Honor in BFF's wedding 6 weeks after giving birth (I gave new meaning to fat bridesmaid)
2005-
  • Photography started becoming more than a hobby. Got hired to be a photographer's assistant.
  • Did my first solo wedding gig.
  • Decided to go back to work part-time. I went back to the job I quit in 2003 as a temp to cover a maternity leave.
  • Quit smoking for good December 1st.  (I quit when I was pregnant and was a closet smoker)
2006-
  • Got to the lowest weight of my adult years and had a little taste of what being thin felt like.
  • Spent a lot of my summer taking photos
  • Accepted a permanent part-time position with my employer
  • Went to Florida with the family and I ran "Women Run the World 15K"
  • Ran Grandma's Marathon
  • Signed up for Twin Cities Marathon but couldn't run because of a knee issue.  Volunteered at the finish line.
  • Became pregnant a month later (are you seeing a pattern here?  There is something about Twin Cites Marathon)
2007-
  • Had surgery while 16 weeks pregnant and spent a week in the hospital
  • Did a bunch of wedding photography
  • Went to Florida with the family and did Disney for the first time.
  • Had Baby Diva in August....just days after her brothers' birthdays (sigh)
  • Started Chubby Chicks Run too...
2008-
  • My kids started school....Kindergarten and Preschool
  • Ran Get in Gear 10K
  • Ran Grandma's Half Marathon
  • Put down our dog Riley because she was sick
  • Started Weight Watchers again
  • Battled Plantar Faasciitis
  • Signed up but didn't run Twin Cities Marathon
2009-
  • Ran Grandma's Half Marathon with little training under an alias.  Not a smart move.
  • Went back to work full time...only to work two part-time jobs in one department.
  •  Spent most of my free time shuffling kids to and from school and activities.  Three kiddos are a ton of work but I would not change it for the world!
I am having a hard time believing that 2009 has come to an end.  It is true, the years seem to fly by faster the older I get.  I have a feeling that 2010 is going to be a great year and a great start to a new decade in my life.

    Monday, December 28, 2009

    Christmas Recap

    Christmas was so great this year!  We spent 5 days at my parents house.   It was the most relaxing holiday I think I have ever had. I credit the relaxation to the craptastic weather we experienced. It snowed and rained almost the entire time we were there. I was bracing myself for the storm of the century, but really it was not worth the hype that the news made it out to be.  I was hoping for record breaking snow drifts.  That didn't happen, we got just enough to do a lot of shoveling (not me) and enough to make the driving bad.


    Most of our days up at my parents' house involved sitting in stretchy pants on the couch. I did bring my running shoes but did not use them because the weather looked like the photo on the right all weekend.  Some would say that I used the weather as an excuse...I say it was a divine intervention for me to remain lazy.

    The poor dog looked like a snow puppy after only a few minutes outside to do her "thing".  She doesn't look happy but it really amused us.



    My dad was out at the crack of dawn blowing out the drive way.  I know you all you Southern folks are JEALOUS that we had an extremely major white Christmas.  Snow is great for a day or two....but I could live without it.  A friend of mine once said he moved to Arizona because he didn't have to shovel heat.  I agree!  On a random side note....I must buy some winter boots.  I think I am the only dumb native Minnesotan that does not own a real pair of boots.  Snow clogs, yes.  Boots, no. (how is that for an ADD moment?)




    Santa was able to make it to my parents' house despite the bad weather.  I was pretty excited to see the looks on my kiddos faces.  Even my 7 year old had the look of shock when Jolly Old St. Nick came in.

    Santa spoiled the kids rotten and he was really nice to me too.  I got some new PJs, furry warm gloves, a new funky scarf, a Vikings Snuggie (I think I am the only one in world that was asking for a Snuggie), a can of 7 year old cappucino, xxxxxxxxxxl sexy PJs, and a Scooby Doo Chia Pet (the last 3 things were gag gifts).


    When the weather finally cleared up enough, we decided to venture out of the house (I even put on pants with a real button....impressive with the insane amount of calories consumed).  We went to Bentleyville which is staged at Bayfront Park in Duluth.  It is a tour of lights and it was pretty darn cool if I do say so myself.


    I don't have much to report on healthy living during my stay in Duluth, but I certainly got some much needed mental health rest days.  I just hope my Christmas Spirit doesn't slap me in the face when I go to weigh in this week.

    Thursday, December 24, 2009

    Merry Christmas!

    Merry Christmas!

    Yesterday we headed north to spend a few days at my parents house.  Thankfully we got here yesterday and beat the storm of the century.  Hey East Coasters, we might beat your last snowfall record.  The weather people are saying this is going to beat the 1991 Halloween storm where we got SEVERAL FEET of snow.  After that storm, we were quite literally trapped in the house for days.  We could jump off the roof

    My mother was really excited that we are all coming home.  She will probably be really excited to see us leave and won't want to spend any more quality family time until the Fourth of July.  I hope Santa comes and brings extra booze 'cause something tells me I am gonna need it.

    Happy Holidays!

    Monday, December 21, 2009

    Winter Misery One Miler


    I really do not have much to report except I did it.   This is my first run in MONTHS so I chose not to time myself.  I am going to blame the slippery sidewalks for my slowness rather than my  out of shape self.  I am not going to lie, one mile at this point was hard.  Very hard.  I even took walk breaks (pathetic).  I hope that I look back on this post and chuckle when I am back up a reasonable mileage.




    It felt good being out there tonight.  The weather was quite nice because the temps were in the mid 20's.  Any lower and it really would be "misery".  I know you are all jealous of my winter wonderland.  As much as I hate snow, it was pretty.  It was quiet and nice to look at some of the neighbors Christmas lights as I huffed and puffed my way through this "run".

    Thanks again to RunningLaur for hosting this virtual race.

    Weekend Wrap-Up...Happy Birthday to Me!

    This past weekend we celebrated my birthday. I didn't do anything too wild and crazy but I did get to spend a lot of time with my family.. My family took me out to breakfast to my favorite place and I spent the afternoon shopping with my BFF (we battled the Mall of America for the SECOND time this weekend...ugh).

    My brother came over to the house and he brought my "cake". It was in the form of Old Chicago Pepperoni rolls. I love them...what can I say, they are a guilty (majorly guilty) pleasure.




     

    I now have to work off those calories. Don't worry, I shared the Pepperoni Rolls (this time). Today to celebrate entering a new year, I am participating in the Winter Misery One Miler hosted by RunningLaur

    Off to work I go.  Something tells me that this week at work is going to be even less productive than last week.

    Saturday, December 19, 2009

    My New Favorite Christmas Song

    The kids were watching Spongebob this morning and I heard a catchy little tune on the show. I could have used a carol like this while I was making my way through the Mall of America. For the record...if you want to visit hell, just go to the Mall of America during the Christmas season.  I of course had to share....Enjoy!



    Anywhoooooo....
    The weigh in the morning was good. I am down .4 lbs. It is not much but I am not complaining about any sort of loss these days. At the meeting, we had yet ANOTHER new leader. This time it was a dude. There was something about this guy that was a little off. I can't put my finger on why I wasn't keen on him, but there was something not quite right. I am not opposed to having a male leader, but my Spidey senses were kicking in. Lets just say,he was kind of creepy. As rumor has it, the original Saturday leader is coming back (***crossing fingers***). She was funny and energetic and really got the meeting going.

    I am off to complete the rest of my list before we head north for Christmas.

    Thursday, December 17, 2009

    Thursday's Catch All

    I am home with a sick child today.   The poor kid has some sort of stomach bug and has been puking all morning.  He is crashed out on the couch and thankfully the other children are at their respective places today. The week before Christmas  every year, our entire family gets this bug and it usually lasts through the holiday.  Every year we assume we won't get it, but now we just plan on it taking us all out.  We have a streak of 8 straight years going.  In fact, last year we spread the wealth and gave it to everyone that came to our house for Christmas.  

    While he is resting, I am taking advantage of an unplanned day off.  I am almost caught up on the laundry, I made some caramels (I should get Activity Points for 1.5 hours of stirring), and cleaning cleaning CLEANING.  When or if I do get this bug, I want to be organized and ready to roll when we all feel better.  Argh...I was hoping that this was one tradition that we could skip this year.

    I must brag for a moment.  I spent the majority of today making and wrapping caramels.  I have to say, they turned out AMAZING!  Even more amazing is that I didn't ditch out on them after I realized that it was going to take a lot of putz time  (I really have no patience).  My mother usually makes these for Christmas and she announced that she will not make them this year.  Hmmmm, I wonder if it was the 1.5 hours of stirring or the multiple hours of cutting and wrapping these little suckers.  The photo shows only about half the batch.  Making these suckers was a workout.  I have a sore arm from all the stirring and cutting.

    This week I had another first....I tried a Zumba class.  That was interesting as I am very rhythmically challenged.   Think Elaine from Seinfeld....yeah, I am That bad.  In case you need a reminder of the episode, see below.





    I didn't know what Zumba was but was interested because our gym was offering free classes.  I love free so I was willing to try it.  But first I had to Google it.   I think my reaction was OH MY GOD, I AM SCREWED!  They shimmy, they shake, and the hips don't lie baby!  I am the not a dancer by any stretch of the imagination.  I agreed to go with another co-worker so I felt like I at least had to give it a shot.

    Much to my surprise, I loved it!  Yes, I sucked.  No, I am not a Shakira.  It was fun.  I got a great core workout because I was laughing so hard.  This is something that I think I could do to break up the winter.  The gym gets boring and my motivation get really low as the temps dip.  This might be a great mood lifter.

    Anyway....I am back to disinfecting my house and continue to pray that the rest of us do not get sick.

    Sunday, December 13, 2009

    Weekend Wrap-up-The Christmas Obsession Edition

    This weekend I got to unwind and enjoy some of the things that I love about the Christmas season.  It is my favorite holiday and I love the build up to the big day.  It was one of the best weekends that I have had in a long time because there was no schedule. 

    Christmas Cards
    The Christmas cards are mailed! This is the photo that went on this year's card.  Usually I have to send a card out with the kids horsing around (which are sometimes cute).  This year it was a Christmas miracle, I got all 3 of them looking AND smiling.  I guess the threats and bribes worked this time.  I will tell you, that getting to this one photo was not easy.  I worked with the kids for over an hour, fell in the snow once, and blow my top a couple of time.  It paid off and I got it!


    Holidazzle Parade
    photo from www.holidazzle.com
    Last night we bundled up and went to Downtown Minneapolis to watch the Holidazzle parade.  It is a really cool parade of lights that marches down Nicollet Mall.  It was a mild night and it was perfect for parade watching.  We packed up some hot chocolate and enjoyed some time outside.  I snapped a ton of photos and then I realized that my camera did not have a memory card.  It has this wonderful demo feature that lets you see the photos but nothing records them.  Grrrrrrr.....that was pretty DUMB of me especially since I finally handed the camera over to Chubby Hubby to get a few pictures of me with the kids.

    Christmas Treats
    I got the itch to make some homemade treats this weekend.  I made a list of things that sounded idiot proof tasty and set out to make them.  As it turned out, none of them were a baking recipes.  Woo Hoo!  Baking is not my forte.   Tonight, I made Oreo Balls.  They were easy but the dipping each one in chocolate got tedious.  The ones that I did first look the best.  I lost interest very quickly.  It is looking probable that I will be purchasing the rest of the treats.

    Neither one of my Oreo Balls looks great, but you can sure tell when I lost interest.  Ha!
    A note about making treats....It seems like when I make them, I have no interest in eating them.  I tried a bite and that was all I needed.  I could care less if I ever have another Oreo Ball.   Maybe I should do this more often.

    Other stuff

    My shopping is 97.5% done and I have everything wrapped.  I am NEVER EVER this organized.  I am usually out shopping on Christmas Eve


    Decorations are up.  Diva has her own personalized ornament.

    The house has been Griswaled.
    Speaking of.....I got to watch my two very favorite Christmas movies. ....elf and Christmas Vacation.






    It is hard to believe that in less than two weeks Christmas will be here!


    I did make time to dust off my Jillian Michaels Shred DVD and do that workout.  I am really out of shape and I was having a hard time keeping up with level one.  I am already sore and I can't imagine what tomorrow will bring.  

    Since I have promised myself that I need to recommit to WW 110%, I actually sat down and meal planned.  I planned every meal as well as ever snack.  After I had it down on paper, I went to the store and purchased everything I would need.  I hate meal planning and I would rather do Shred 100 times than plan a weeks worth of meals. But if I am going to be successful, I need to master meal planning.

    Saturday, December 12, 2009

    WW

    This morning I logged on to the Weight Watchers website and got ready to cancel my subscription.  I was ready to wash my hands of this program and quit paying for it because I am wasting my money.   Afterall, I am heavier now than I was when I started this program.

    For some reason, I could not make myself click cancel.  Instead, I clicked "find a meeting".   I discovered that there was a meeting that started at 9:30 in my regular location.  I looked at the clock and saw the meeting was going to be starting in 3 minutes. I hauled ass and ran out the door as I was (I was not a pretty sight, in fact I think I scared a few old ladies along the way).

    When I weighed in, the receptionist gave me a new book for 2010.  It was like swiping the slate clean for me and giving me a sense that I have started over.  Then the topic of the day was Stress.  It was meant to be.

    Monday, December 7, 2009

    Unintentional Hiatus

    I can't believe it has been almost two weeks since my last post.  I think I have started a new post at least 20 times but could not string words together to make sense.  What has been going on?  Nothing.  I am fighting some winter bug that has me coughing and sleeping a lot.

    Thanksgiving was nice.  We spent it with my inlaws (see post below).  Although we had a great time, sometimes I wonder if cameras are going to pop out and I am going to end up on COPS or Springer.  The food was good and I did well in the portion control arena (probably because I am allergic to everything served).

    My Weight Watchers meeting on that Saturday following Thanksgiving was by far my lowest point.  I have hit my all time highest point on the scale.  I was recaping the weigh-in to my mother on the phone and she started snickering and commented that Weight Watchers just isn't working for me.  I was about to hop on the defensive but saw the humor in it.  She wasn't being a bitch, she just knows me.  Deep down, I feel that if I pay for it and go to meetings that the weight will fall off.  I have been paying for this service for 15 months only to be heavier than when I started.  I am the target market for Weight Watchers.  I should win some sort of award for long time on the program without losing any weight.

    I know the program works.  I know all the tricks and tips.  I understand calories in vs. calories out.  I get that I need to exercise and drink lots of water.  I know this and it normally isn't painful for me to do.  I can't find my Mojo and hang on to it lately.


    My inner Oprah was channelled* and had my "Ahhhh Haaaa" moment. 

    Stress sends me running for Doritos (Duh, I already knew that).

    But what am I stressed about???  Why am I in a funk?

    Thankfully I am truly blessed and I don't have REAL problems (knocking on wood as I type this).  It is the everyday things that are building up my anxiety lowering my desire to do anything active.  I am overwhelmed at work, I am overwhelmed at home.  Driving the kids around town to get them to school while they fight in the backseat of the car.  Living on a much tighter budget.  Meal planning, fitting in exercise, fitting in friends....blah, blah, blah....list list continues.  It is normal life but I still feel like I am adjusting to going back to work.  Santa, if you are reading this, a bottle of vodka and some Xanax tops my Christmas list (half kidding).

    Anyway, this post is not all doom and gloom.  I feel like now that I know what I am up against I can work with it.  I am sticking with Weight Watchers but I most definitely need to find a better way to cope with my stress (uhhhh Running, maybe doing it instead of typing about it would help).  I know I have typed similar posts in the past and I am well aware that I sound like a broken record.  What is that saying....If at first you don't succeed......

    *For the record, I like Oprah cause you can tell when she is having a rough time cause she gets chubby.  Otherwise I am not much of a fan....

    Tuesday, November 24, 2009

    A Note from My Shoes

    Dear Carly,
    We are not sure if you noticed us sitting by your desk quietly for months.  We are  sitting here collecting dust and are definitely a tripping hazard.   We are over six months old and you have yet to take us on a REAL run!!! What happened to you? You were running double digit mileage and now you just sit on your flabby ass typing about how one day you will run again.

    We are no longer allowing you to ignore us.

    We have come up with wonderful solution for your lack of motivation. We also know that you need a goal in order to get the ball rolling.  How about a small race?

    Thats right....we think it is time for you to un-fuse from your chair, quit making lame excuses, and shoot for a 5K race.  We think that you should do the Polar Dash 5K on January 1st, 2010.  This will be a great way for you to start the new year as well as finish 2009 without being a complete failure.   You have a little over a month to train and nobody says you have to run it fast or even the whole thing. 

    Please do it for us.  Consider it.  We deserve to be worn once in awhile.  We would also like to add that we are a much more attractive pair then your current fugly friends.

    Love,
    Your Saucony Mighty Pair...
    Lefty and Righty

    Sunday, November 22, 2009

    Weekend Wrap-Up....Fun Times as a Single Parent

    I was single parenting for a few days this week because Chubby Hubby was traveling for work.  First....let me give props to single parents.  I don't know how the hell you stay sane and do everything you do!

    Thursday night was really comedy of errors.  This trip for Chubby Hubby was kind of last minute and I did not do a great job of planning ahead of time.   On my way home from work, I realized that  I was completely out of diapers, milk and pretty much anything that I could throw together to resemble a meal. I of course had to pick up the kids first and do these errands with 3 tired, crabby, hungry kids.  We barely survived the Target trip, however, they all begged for hot dogs for dinner.  Woo Hoo, it didn't get easier than that.


    Then my middle son lost a tooth.  I was very excited for him until I realized that the Tooth Fairy didn't have cash on her.  NONE.  Not a dime.   This was a time for me to put on my Super Mom cape and think fast....I shamefully dug into the piggy banks and pulled out a dollar coin.  Yes, I took money from his own piggy bank to put under his pillow.  Don't worry....I put another buck in his bank to replace the one I took the next day.

    While I was in the process of stealing borrowing money from my child, I slit my finger open on a picture frame that I broke the previous day (don't ask why it was sitting in my closet instead of the garbage).  I cut it to the bone and blood was gushing EVERYWHERE.  Great.  Then I discovered that there weren't any Bandaids.   I did however find some steri-strips from previous surgery and was able to triage myself.

    I went up to complete the transaction and then my other son woke up as I was digging under his pillow.  Luckily he didn't see what I was doing.  I tucked him back in and as I turned to return down stairs, I saw blood.  I had left a trail of blood all the way through their room and leading right to my son's pillow.  Thankfully the story I told them about the Tooth Fairy cracking her head open after tripping over toys in their room worked.  They believed me and they are keeping their room a bit cleaner now too.

    I collapsed into bed after that and prayed that Chubby Hubby would get his ass home sooner rather than later.

    The next day the fun continued.  I was running a little late....2 hours to be exact.  I called to let the coworkers know I was going to be Tardy for the Party and while I was on the phone, Diva decided that was the moment to start spewing obsenities from the backseat.  BITCH!  Out of the mouth of my sweet little girl.  Sarge, who was on the other end of the phone gasped and said "did she just say what I think she said?".  Yep.  She did.


    This is my child that I was convinced would need speech class one day.  Her word for water is "gjalfgjakldfgjkalsdjf".  However, bitch came out clear as a bell.  This time the parenting award goes to Chubby Hubby.   She started repeating it after he said it.  We are oh so proud. 

    After dropping off the kiddos to their 3 locations (I am wondering now if I was on crack when I signed them up for 3 different places), I finally made it into the office.  After a couple of hours, I then got a call from the school nurse.  My oldest was not feeling well and was having a hard time with his asthma.  I raced out of work to go get him.  Thankfully my friend was at school and picked him up for me and I met her at her house.

    As the night was progressing, my son was getting worse.  I got to the point of having all of the kids put their jackets on because we were in route to the ER.  I called Chubby Hubby tell him to meet us at the ER when his flight landed.  By some divine intervention....he was just pulling into the drive way.  He wanted to surpise me by coming home early and bearing gifts of liquid spirits.  I said hello to him and threw my son into the car and raced off to Urgent Care.

    After a few rounds of a neb treatment he was doing better.  He tested positive for Strep. The doc put him on a massive dose of antibiotics since he also had flu like symptoms, he is also being treated with Tamiflu.

    The sickness train has arrived.  It is starting to take us out one at a time.   I am sitting here listening to the symphony of coughing in our house.  All three of them have snot noses and a hacking cough.  That is a pretty telltale sign that I will be at home with my tribe of sick kids tomorrow.  Thankfully, we are back to being a two parent household!

    Friday, November 20, 2009

    So, When Are You Due?

    Yesterday at work we had a big meeting that brought the accounting community together.  It is a chance to catch up on grocery lists, hang man, and sleep policy changes, system updates, and a chance to network with other accounting freaks types. 

    On one of our breaks, I made my way over to my boss's table to say hello to her and a former coworker of mine.  No sooner did I say hello when I felt my former colleague's finger poking my belly and her asking me WHEN I WAS DUE???!!!!!  My knee jerk reaction was to sit on her and just start slinging insults back while I punch her in the face.  I kept my cool because I was at work and my boss was right there (although my boss gave her the stare down, gasped and screamed OH NO YOU DIDN'T!!!!!!).  True to form, I cracked a few jokes and said that I hope she can sleep at night know she caused me to develop eating disorder.

    Moral of the story.....I am just fat, not pregnant.  Thank you.



    Hi Ho, Hi Ho.....off to Weight Watchers I go.

    Tuesday, November 17, 2009

    Monday, November 16, 2009

    Weekend Wrap-Up

    How is it already Monday?!  The weekend seemed to fly by and I could have used another day to chill.  As far as weekends go in this house, it was rather uneventful.  Chubby Hubby did the outside work of bagging up leaves and hanging Christmas lights while I tended to some projects that have been neglected inside the house like purging stuff out of the closets.  On top of that exciting stuff, we shuffled kids to a playdate and birthday party. We sure know how to whoop it up!

    After missing two Saturday Weight Watcher meetings in a row, I finally went back.  To be honest, I was scared to see what my Halloween damage was.  I was up a little, 1.6 lbs to be exact.  Those results were MUCH better than I was thinking they were going to be.  That gain could have been water retention from PMS and the Gyro I had for dinner the night before.  This week I am hanging in there with the journaling and some sort of a daily workout.

    Yesterday was BEAUTIFUL here.  I was running around in just a long sleeve shirt and no jacket.  I am kicking myself because it would have been the perfect day for a run.  I have been procrastinating starting up again. Yesterday would have been a perfect day to start, I got ready to go and even had my shoes on.  But....I did not go.  I got side tracked with very important things like Facebook and a third cup of coffee.  This week, come Hell or high water, I am starting again.  My goal is a run/walk of 4 days this week.

    Happy Monday!  This week is going to fly as fast as the weekend did.

    Thursday, November 12, 2009

    Another Form of Food Crack That Must be Avoided


    I did not need to buy this stuff!  I am not sure why it made it to my cart.  I had a little on my waffle this morning and it was fabulous.  I could totally see me attacking this jar with a single spoon.  I have put it away.  Like they say...outta sight, outta mind.  Right?

    I am home with Diva today.  She was cranky and she started coughing so hard she was gagging just as I was pulling up to daycare this morning.  I turned around and went home.  Low and behold when we got  home she was running like a crazy girl and she has not so much as cleared her throat.    Either way, I am glad I stayed home.  It is kind of a mental health day for me.  I hope to get a nice long walk in this afternoon after she wakes up.  It is still in the 50's so I want to get outside before the temps dip below freezing.

    Wednesday, November 11, 2009

    Candy Fest is OVER!

    Every last bit of Halloween Candy is GONE.  I dumped it in the garbage.  As I was throwing away the candy, I noticed a Snickers bar.  I pulled it out of the garbage and I was going to eat it.  Then I stopped myself because the kids were watching me that would be a new all time low.  Pulling candy out of a garbage can is really really bad.  It is a sign that I need a sugar intervention.  The good news is, I did put it back in the trash.  Uneaten.

    This is my favorite time of the year and many of my traditions involve high calorie goodness.  From Halloween to the New Year it is not unusual for me to pack on a few (a few=10) pounds in less than two months.  This year is going to be different, I am going to set the bar really high and aim for not gaining ANY weight.  The plan is going to be exercise and Weight Watcher meetings.  If I end up losing a few pounds, I will then be an overachiever. 

    In other news, I earned two gold stars this week on my calendar.  We have been walking at lunch.  I guess this global warming is REAL because we are having some sweet 60 degree sunny weather.  

    Friday, November 6, 2009

    2 Years of Pie Hole Stuffage, Parenting Awards, and a Little Running

    Yesterday was my 2 year bloggy birthday.  I can't believe that it has been 2 years since I started my little "running" blog.  A lot has happened over the last 24 months with the exception of becoming a runner and losing weight (ha! the entire purpose of my blog).  It has been fun to go back in history and read my thoughts and grand ideas as I try to manage my crazy life.

    Two Years Ago:
    • I had a sweet little newborn
    • I had a two preschoolers
    • I only worked part-time
    • I had a dog
    • I was overweight
    • I did not run but was thinking about starting

    Now:
    • I have a very spirited toddler that gives new meaning to "Terrible Twos".
    • I have a first grader and one entering Kindergarten
    • I work A LOT
    • I no longer have a dog
    • I still do not run but I am once again thinking about starting
    • I am still overweight (I am exactly the same weight as I was when I started)

    The two years haven't been a complete waste of time. I have a list of accomplishments and things that I have learned along the way:

    • I have completed a few 5ks, a 10K, two half marathons
    • I have started doing Pilates and I love it.
    • I learned that I cannot do it all and I am learning the art of saying NO
    • I had a bad case of Plantar Fasciitis and it seems to be much better because of rest and very ugly shoes
    • Jillian Michaels is the devil and you really can puke only doing a 20 minute DVD
    • Running a race under someone else is not rewarding (but if your time is bad, someone else gets the props for that..**evil grin**)
    • Running is a house of cards.  You can go from running double digit mileage back to a Couch to 5K program in a matter of a few short weeks.
    Here is a flashback in photos from two years ago

    Kids Then:

    Kids and Chubby Hubby now:

    I really need to hand off the camera once in awhile....I am not in very many photos....unless you count this one.....

    It has been a great two years.  Thanks for taking the time to read and cheer me on.  I will be stepping it up this next year so my 3 year blog post will read something about me being at my goal weight.

    Thursday, November 5, 2009

    Thursday's Bullcrap in Bullet Points

    • There is a 4 way tie for my favorite candy bar.....Snickers, Twix, Reese's, and Kit Kat.
    • I have set a world record for biggest pile of candy wrappers (all eaten by me)
    • Chubby Hubby made fun of my pile of wrappers.  I am not sure if he was impressed or horrified.
    • I am officially sick of candy
    • I have worked out every day this week, sometimes twice
    • Those workouts mentioned above probably only burned off one or two candy bars *sigh*
    • The scale is still looking promising even with Candy Fest 2009....as of today, my weight is now below the Weight Watchers starting point (from a year ago)
    • I am really digging Pilates and now that my class is winding down, I am going to re-enroll for the next session.
    • For the first time in months I am getting more than 4 hours of sleep in a night and I feel pretty great.
    • So great, that in fact I might start up running again.
    • Working one job is HEAVEN and overtime will be coming to an end soon.
    • I am wondering if it would be appropriate to start stalking my co-worker that just had a baby and harass her into coming back to work.  The temp the hired to be her for her leave is an asshat (not an asset).
    I am so glad that tomorrow is FRIDAY!!!!

    Monday, November 2, 2009

    Weekend Wrap Up-Halloween

    Happy November!  I am just coming out of a sugar coma.  I attacked the candy bowl this past weekend with everything I had!  Afterall, what is the point of Halloween if you can't binge on candy?

    I didn't feel too guilty as I spent most of Saturday throwing up (sorry TMI) due to a migraine. Due to this same migraine, I missed my Saturday weigh-in.  I am chapped because I felt like it was going to be a good one.  I need a little therapy because I would jump on the scale after puking and then crawl back in to bed.  I like to call that the silver lining of being sick.  With that, I think I am officially under my starting weight.  I have decided to wait to go in next weekend for the official reading.

    The weekend ended up being pretty low key considering that Halloween fell on a Saturday.  Friday night we went to our annual Fright Fest.  BFF and I did a couples costume and we were Wilma and Betty from the Flintstones.  They were very cheesy costumes but we got a lot of laughs.  I spend the rest of the weekend in my PJs.  Chubby Hubby took the kidlets trick or treating and I snacked on handed out candy while I watched The Real Housewives of Atlanta.  Sunday, I had major gut rot from all the sugar and forced my butt out the door to at least go for a little walk.


    Below are some photos of my little monsters.  They really had a great time.   Now I just need to get rid of this candy!  I think I will send it with Chubby Hubby to work.  Then it is really out of reach.


    Thursday, October 29, 2009

    Wet Walk Thursday



    The last two weeks of work I have started developing a bad habit; I have been working through my lunch.  I grab my bag lunch and eat while I work.  While I feel in my own little mind that I am accomplishing SO much, I am cheating myself out of my workout time.  I have only been to the gym with the Crew 4 times this month.  Not only did I cheat myself out of a workout, but I cheated myself out of $20 because I did not meet the eight visit threshold.  My workout calendar is very sad for October, only 4 gold stars and a bunch of "x" marks (I am very much like a preschooler, I need my gold stars).
    Sarge came over today and asked if I wanted to walk the tunnels since it was raining.  We have a wonderful underground way to move around campus to avoid the elements.   I told her I wanted to go out in the rain.  I needed fresh air and a little rain wasn't going to make me melt.  What I didn't know is that it was really coming down.   It was pouring.   That didn't stop us, we walked in the pelting rain for 40 minutes.  I feel really good that I got out of the office even though I look like a drowned rat.
    Long story short, I will not work through another lunch.


    Random thought:
    As I was eating today, I noticed that I color coordinated my sweater with my fruit and veggies.  I must be in the Halloween spirit.

    Tuesday, October 27, 2009

    POM Wonderful Review

    Several weeks ago, the very nice people at POM Wonderful sent me a case of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice to try.


    My package contained a case of cute little 8oz bottles of POM Wonderful and a sheet outlining the benefits of consuming pomegranate products.  Pomegranate juice is packed with good stuff and it is really good for the old ticker. One of the benefits that really stuck out was how good it was in helping Erectile Dysfunction. *giggle*  Well, you know me and my 12 year old maturity level....

    I drank the first one and as I expected I liked it. It was tart with just enough sweet for my taste. I drank another the next day and my opinion didn't change. I wanted to shake things up a bit. I wanted to use it in other ways since I don't typically drink a lot of juice. MCM Mama planted the seed that it mixes well with booze. That it does!! We made Screw Drivers with a splash of POM Wonderful.  I also tried it in some smoothies, I mixed it with yogurt, frozen blueberries, and skim milk. That also was pretty tasty.

    I had to go and see how much it cost at the store. I don't like falling in love with something and then not being able to afford to buy it. As I expected, it was expensive but not completely and totally outrageous.  For an 8oz bottle, it was $2.29 at Super Target.  For me, that would last for 2 to 3 servings if I am mixing it with something.

    I do not think I would continue to buy POM Wonderful just to have on hand to drink.  I am not much of a juice drinker mainly because juice typically is high in points for what it is.  In this case, an 8oz serving is 3 points (160 Calories). For me that is a lot to use on a drink.  HOWEVER, I do think this item will be a staple on my grocery list because I really like using it in the cocktails smoothies.  I also like using it to spice up my plain old boring water.  I mix about 1/3 of a bottle with ice water just to give it some flavor.

    Thank you again to POM Wonderful.  I really enjoyed having the opportunity to try and review this product.

    Sunday, October 25, 2009

    Weekend Wrap Up

    This morning is HEAVEN! I woke up reading "7" as the first digit on the clock, I am drinking coffee, and catching up with all of my blog friends. I could do this all day because for the first time in a long long time, I have NOTHING to do today (unless you count house projects of course). Getting sleep and having time to relax a bit really changes my attitude. I am really going to enjoy today.

    Yesterday's weigh in went OK. I am down .4 lbs. It is not much in the grand scheme of things but it was a loss nevertheless. I learned that I am going to have to get to my Saturday meeting a lot earlier because there are a lot of people that attend this one. I happen to really like the leader of this meeting. I like her because she is young and has young children, but I also like her no nonsense/no excuses approach. It is a good sign of a good leader when the meeting has standing room only.

    This weekend we also had our last flag football game. Here is a photo of my oldest little guy running with the ball. It was a proud mama moment even though I almost missed it because I was too busy gabbing with people.  He is dressed like a snowman, because it was freakin' cold!




    Yesterday, my middle little guy lost his first tooth. This child broke his leg TWO TIMES and did not shed a tear. When his tooth got really wiggly, the screams of horror shook the neighborhood.  You would think that a limb was going to be amputated.  Last evening somehow he worked up the strength to yank it himself.  I think it was the pending visit from the Tooth Fairy that got him to pull it.



    I must get back to doing nothing. I might even dust off the shoes and do some sort of an outside workout today.....or I might not get out of my PJs today.

    Thursday, October 22, 2009

    Thursday's Catchall Post

    I have been MIA because I have been held hostage in my cubical and drowning in a sea of spreadsheets. I have had so much to blog about this past week but the days have kind of melted together. I could have blogged about the quirks of the people I have been spending most of my time with. They are otherwise known as my coworkers. I will have to devote a future post bout the "know it all newbie" and the "booger picking front desk dude"; along with the other things that I have seen in my office.  Until then, I will just blog about my very exciting life.

    Weight Watchers
    I seem to have at least one foot back on the wagon.  I am down 3.8 from my last weight and happy to say only one pound away from where I STARTED.  (I am not kidding when I say I strapped on the feed bag).  My co-workers are an amazing support system.  They are not the "it is OK, start fresh tomorrow" kind of people; they are the "get off your fat ass and get to the gym and if you even think about eating that" type of people.  There are so many of us on a quest to change our bad habits that when one of us has a bad day, there is someone there to bitch slap us back into Weight Watcher submission.

    Shift in Priorities
    If you have been reading this blog for any amount of time you will know that I am chronically over-scheduled (my own fault).  I always think I can do it all and I want to be part of everything.  I am not sure why reality took so long to set in but I had to revamp my priorities.
    • I quit my part-time job.
    • I quit volunteering at my son's FORMER school (I was still involved with the ECFE program at a place that I do not have children ??!!!)
    • I have cut back on the amount of photo jobs I will take on.
    • I decided to put running on the backburner (GASP!!!)  This was a biggie.  I miss it like crazy, but I want to continue taking baby steps to get back into it.  After the new year I will start easing back into it. 
    • I switched my WeWa meeting time to Saturday mornings.  I am still trying to find the best time.  I found a younger leader that I can relate to.  
    As I read what I quit, I am just now realizing how crazy my schedule is was.  I can now appreciate having a family and working full-time is about as much craziness as I can handle. I am looking forward to having some free time and some more sleep.  I am not quite sure what that is like anymore.

    Monday, October 12, 2009

    Snow...

    Dear Mother Nature,
    You suck. Thanks for giving us one of the coldest Summers ever and then dumping snow on us when we are supposed to be enjoying our Fall.  I would like to bring it to your attention that we have only been without snow for about 5 months, your timing is way off! According to the news, the planet is suffering from Global Warming. Where?  Let me know where I should be moving.
    Thanks,
    Carly



    Thankfully that by the end of the week, this stuff should be gone. Pardon the negativity but I am so not ready for the bitterness of winter yet. On a lighter note, I am sure my kids are going to get some crazy looks from their teachers. I sent them to school with their brand new snow pants and boots, but their jackets were from last year (and they are WAY too small). I guess I will be doing phase two of Operation Winter shopping a little earlier that expected.

    My lack of blogging is because I have been lacking in all areas of my life except in the work arena. It is major crunch time and I have been putting in some long days. Unfortunately, the long days and stress are starting to make the scale make a move in an upward direction. Many of my coworkers are in the same position and we have decided to team up before we need a real intervention.  Many of us are following paying for Weight Watchers and we have made the steps to recommit and hold each other accountable.  We are swapping out our journals and setting mini goals.  Chances are if I have to actually show someone that I devoured a bag of Halloween candy, I will be less likely to do it (again).

    Monday, October 5, 2009

    Weekend Wrap-up and the Marathon That Did Not Happen

    I can pretty much sum up my weekend with one word.  NOTHING.  I take that as being both good and bad.  It was good because it was a fairly lazy weekend.  I didn't have to be anyplace but home.  It was bad because I did not do one bit of physical activity.  It was a cold, wet, dreary weekend that made it perfect to stay inside.

    Yesterday was Twin Cities Marathon.  I was supposed to be a participant but dropped out of the race in late July.  It was the best decision to make because truthfully I cannot even imagine training for it with the schedule I have been trying to maintain.  Yet, there is still a part of me that regrets dropping out.  I had the full spectrum of emotions yesterday from jealousy, feeling like a failure, and then ultimately relief.  My logical brain tells me it was the right thing to do, but the other half tells me ... well, that other half is what gets me into those situations in the first place.  There will be other races; it is just not my time to run them.'

    EDIT...
    I just read Steve in a Speedo's blog, and saw this video.  I laughed out loud.  That would have been worth getting out there to run the race just to see that.  I am sure the runners loved it. 

    Now I just need to find my running mojo.  I really haven't run since I decided to call it quits on the marathon.  I took a few weeks off and they turned into a couple of months.  I started and stopped twice to rebuild my base but lost momentum.  I am not sure what my problem is but I do know that I miss running.  I miss it a lot.  I think I just need to pop the shoes on, stop talking about missing running, and just do it already.

    Happy Monday!  I am off to search for some coffee to fuel me to get this long week started.

    Friday, October 2, 2009

    Introducing Goldy's Foto Friday

    I always look forward to Fridays in my office because I always wonder what that crazy Goldy Gopher is going to do.   Fridays bring out the maroon and gold spirit and our little blow up Goldy is decorated with a new theme each week.  Today he is the referee for the big upcoming Vikings/Packers game .   This game will need a strong referee because we have once, twice, ok who is counting retired QB.  Anyone else weirded out that Favre is now wearing purple?

    Funny...I didn't get any Viking stuff in the picture.   Ooops, I hope that isn't a bad sign.


    Thursday, October 1, 2009

    Pilates

    I have to admit that I always thought of Pilates as a workout that rich housewives did on their daily to do list; fitting it in after getting their morning lattes and before their afternoon manicures. It always seemed like a fluff workout that was a cross between stretching and sit-ups.  I never wanted to do them because I would be "wasting" a workout.  That really was my opinion...until I actually completed a class. My idea of Pilates could not have been more wrong.

    My first thought this morning upon waking was panic as I was sure I was hit by a bus. Then I remembered....it was the Pilates class last night. It has not even been 12 hours since my class ended and already every muscle in my body is sore. I never knew I had muscles in my baby toes because even they are sore today.  I am dreading the late onset muscle soreness that day #2 brings!!!

    To the Pilates Gods....I apologize for my judgmental view.  You showed me that this is not a workout for the faint of heart. 

    My BFF and I are taking it together and thankfully we are about at the same level.....unflexible.  We made it through the hour without dying.  Although, we did shoot each other a few painful looks and grunted in pain a few times.  We decided that after all the hard work, we needed to cleanse our auras...... 

    We went out for a beer. 




    (Ha!  Nothing like defeating the purpose of a hard workout)

    Monday, September 28, 2009

    Weekend...Errrr Week Wrap Up

    Remember these?



    Yeah....they pretty much SUCK! They are a good office shoe, and yes they are still better than 6" stilletos, however, they did not pass wedding photography test. I ran around in these suckers for almost 8 hours on Saturday and my feet were THROBBING at the end of the day!! Now I am stuck with ugly uncomfortable shoes. I can't take them back because I bought them from TJ Maxx and I no longer have the receipt.  Maybe I just need to break them in.

    This past week I got caught up on my trashy television.  I came down with some sort of a bug earlier in the week and by Thursday, I could not get out of bed.  I called in sick and did not move for the entire day.  I was able to figure out the television without the help of my seven year old and got hooked on The Real Housewives of Atlanta.  It is one of those shows you ask yourself....Why is this TV?  I got sucked in and could not get enough. 

    Last Wednesday I started my pilates class.  I felt like crap so I just did enough to get through the hour.  I would have skipped it, but it was the first class. I think I am really going to like it, especially when I am not coughing like I have TB.  It is Monday and I am still sore from last week.  Ha!  I was once again reminded how I have absolutely no core strength.  I cannot lift my legs off of the floor to save my life.  The instructor promises it will get better with time.  I hope so!

    I got a few workout in during the week.  I am completely obsessed with the Expresso bike at the gym.  It makes a 20 minute workout fly because it is like playing a video game.  Sarge and I hoped on bikes next to each other and chose the same route....my player was on her screen and hers was on mine!  We were able to race each other.  It is not often that I say the gym is fun, but this is fun and brings out some fierce friendy competition.