Monday, March 30, 2009

Retail Therapy

The de-frumping is going quite well. I think I was so disturbed by what I saw in the mirror last week that this project needed to take priority. Thursday night I hit the health and beauty section at Target and picked up everything from new lipstick to nail polish. I even got some new hard core anti-winkle face cream and eye gel. Add my haircut appointment this week and I will feel like a new woman.


While I was up North, I went shopping and picked up a few items. I got:
  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • Black shrug sweater
  • Hot pink shirt
  • Green and white vesty thing
  • Blue sweater
  • Pink sweater
  • 2 pairs of black shoes
  • a sausage roller (a figure smoothing camisole)
(All stuff that is out of my norm yet jives with my casual style)

I found tons of awesome sales and spent less than I thought I would. I didn't want to spend any money on clothes being the size that I am only because I will get too thin for them (eye roll, that has been my excuse for how long now?) I did most of my shopping at Le Tar-jay and Old Navy. I need to thank those who suggested Eddie Bauer. I have never shopped there. I am glad I stopped because they had tons of cute things for not a lot of money. I will definitely go back.

I was Hmmmming and Haaaingg about shopping. I didn't want to spend $17.99(yeah I am CHEAP) on a shirt and my girlfriend kindly reminded me that I think nothing of buying a bottle of booze that costs more than that. She had a point so I sucked it up and bought it. It will feel good to get rid of it when I get too skinny for it, but for now I will look good.

I am so excited about these shoes. They are fun and trendy and not like the fugly maternity shoes I have been wearing for over 5 years.
While we were sitting around my parents house, my mother kindly reminded me that I "forgot" to run. She keeps tabs on me by reading my blog and on Friday I mentioned that I would run each day during the weekend. I didn't. I was not feeling up to up. I am still battling the extreme exhaustion and I didn't feel like doing it.. Today I fought through it and went out for a 2.2 mile run. I don't have any stats because I was running so slow that it wasn't worth the effort of strapping it on. I finished a little over 20 minutes (best guess). Tomorrow I run with Sarge and I can't shake this feeling that I will be puking by the time we are done.

Mother Nature is a real BEYOTCH! We are supposed to get between 1-10" (eye roll) of snow tomorrow. When I am I ever going to wear my capri pants?????!!! This had better be it. I have had it!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Photo Friday!

Yay!  TGIF!!!! I decided to cut the poor me crap and post some future blackmail photos of my first born spawn.  The Kindergarten program was last night and he was a lion.  He was a damn good one too!

He really got into the part.  

I love the sea of camcorders from proud parents.  We had double duty going.  Chubby Hubby took video and I did stills.  We are quite the paparazzo.
This dude is not going to be happy with his footage.  We were located right behind him.  My other children were not so quiet. He will most likely hear my children being their tame selves and he will hear me threaten a beating and  telling them the STFU.

Ahhhh fun times.    

I am feeling almost back to normal after this cold.  We are heading North for the weekend and I am plan to get my runs every day this weekend.  I really don't have anything blogworthy (do I ever).  Hopefully on Monday I will get to post about all the great runs I had (not the Hershey Squirts) and all the new clothes I bought.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Let the Defrumping Begin

Why is it that when I run into someone I haven't seen in a very long time it always has to be when I look like complete shit? That happened to me today. I ran into a friend from college who is adorable and looked very put together. I showed up with bad hair and a fleece jacket with a rodent embroidered on it. Add some jeans and my black Simple shoes and I called it an outfit. This outfit is what I wore to work today. Casual or not, this combo sucks.

I need help.

I VOWED I would never become the the frumpy mini-van driving mama. I am just a velour sweat suit away from becoming that person. I must stop the madness now. I didn't want to buy clothing in this current size, but all bets are off, I need threads now or I am going to end up on What Not to Wear. This weekend I am indulging in a bit of shopping for myself and I might even get a manicure. Next Tuesday I get my hair done and a new style might be in order there too.

I am at work and through my clogged up head I am being rather productive. Sarge is gone all week so I don't have my running buddy. If I felt better I would be running at lunch but I still feel like complete ass so I got some soup and I am chillin' at my desk instead. Someone here coughed up a few Sudafeds and I think they are starting to work because I can now hear out of my ears. I will run again when my glands no longer resemble walnuts sticking out of my neck (I really hope it is tomorrow).

Monday, March 23, 2009

Hooray Spring Six Miler


This past weekend was the Hooray Spring Six Mile Virtual race hosted by RunningLaur. I set out to do the 6K option which translates to 3.7 miles. I mapped out a route around my hood and set out to do a run/walk. It was such a nice day today that I asked my little Diva if she wanted to go for a ride. That way I could have a stroller to lean on and blame her for my slowness some good quality time with my youngest spawn. She was so excited, she brought me her shoes and jacket and willingly put them on and then squealed and screeched by the back door until I loaded her into the stroller.

We got .2 miles into the run and she was out cold. Nice running partner she is....hmmmpf! My "race" ended up being more of a walk than a run. I was feeling completely zapped and my legs felt like I was dragging cement. I know that I was not ready to run the whole 6K but I did hope to run more than I did. Total time was 60 minutes.

That zapped feeling I mentioned....turned into being a full blown nasty Spring cold. It is a doosey and I am completely wiped out. I was able to escape having a cold most of the winter because of Airborne and Zicam, but it did not work this time. Now I am earning my Mother of the Year title by parenting while laying on the couch.

That is all I have to report for now. I am finally starting to be able to catch up with all of my blog reading. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Auditors Gone Wild

I got screwed out of my lunchtime run with Sarge today because I had to attend a 4 hour meeting concerning audit processes. Let me tell ya, it was a real barn burner. It was as exciting as it sounds. I did start laughing my ass off when the meeting moderators started doing some role play scenarios. Those wild and crazy bean counters really know how to liven up a meeting.

My time wasn't all lost, I made a list of things that need to be done for spring
cleaning, I made a grocery list, and I started tally of the amount of times I hear the words "at the end of the day...", compliance, oversight, and regulation. The phrase "at the end of the day..." took the award for being the most overused.

I sat next to my work buddy who I call Uncle Larry (not a man and not my uncle). I have a feeling the next time we have a meeting to attend they will separate us. We are likeBeavis and Butthead of the accounting world. At one point she popped her head up, looked at me, and asked "how long was I out?" We stifled giggling like immature 12 year old kids through the meeting and somehow got through it.

Anyway....I am going to get a long walk in tonight when I haul my ass to Weight Watchers. I have not been doing great on the program been been a total lazy slacker so I am not really looking forward to the scale part. Eh...I will get over it, I should have a better outcome next week.

I also didn't end up biking to worktoday. I have all sorts of excuses but mainly I could not find my helmet. There is something about biking in the dark that kind of creeps me out, so I thought I should at least have the proper gear before I set out on my journey. Also...I only biked 2.5 miles yesterday... all I can say is ouch..... Now that the seed is planted, I do want to attempt it at least once this year. I just need to get more comfortable on the bike first.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Hump Day Hoopla

Spring is here in Minnesota! The snow is mostly melted and the sun is shining. Today I have the heat turned off and a window open. It is a amazing how a little sunshine can lift a mood.

It was certainly a day for my mood to be lifted. For over a week now I have been struggling with a decision to possibly go back to work full-time. Right now I work close to 40 hours between 2 jobs and now I have a possible opportunity to work one full-time job. Although this is great news, I am having some concerns about the cost of having 3 kids in daycare (OUCH) and working out a schedule around my kids' school. I am going to present a few options that might benefit both my employer and my family. The absolute worst case scenario is that nothing changes and I stay where I am.....which would be OK too.

To put the icing on the cake, my MILF mobile broke down today. It is obviously it is not the end of the world but it puts a cramp in my kid shuffling style. I had to pile the kiddos in our old tiny Rav4 to tote them around. FYI...you can fit 3 car seats in back even though it is a very tight squeeze. I am saying a little prayer that it is something minor and is not going to break the bank.

Rather than calling another friend to obsess about things I can't control or things that have not happened yet. I went for a run. A REAL run. I started off with a 5 minute walking warm up then I ran over 2 miles (without stopping). This was day two of running two miles. It felt really good to be out there. I am still uber slow but it isn't bothering me too much since I am at least attempting the workout.

After my run, I came home and I pulled out my bike. I have this crazy idea that I am going to bike to work tomorrow since I am without wheels. I just biked around da hood and did another 2.5 miles. It was not intended to be a workout however I rode just as the high school up the street was let out. I was dodging cars and and school buses so I feel like I got a bit more of a workout than just an average ride from all the near death experiences. I am not quite sure that I will be up to riding into work tomorrow, but my tires are pumped up just in case.

Even though it has been a crazy week with lots of ups and downs, the weather is making me very happy.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Fitting Room Blues

We all have those stories where we are traumatized by fitting room mirrors. The horrible lighting mixed in with a three way mirror is the perfect recipe for low self esteem. My Friday night was nothing short of a horror story. I have not been in a fitting room since Baby Diva was born. That's right....well over a year and a half I have not locked myself in one of these mental torture chambers. I was forced to try to buy something because I am literally wearing out my clothes. Believe it or not I am not going to complain about being chubby this time (only because I got into pants in a smaller size) . HOWEVER, I was horrified to see what time is doing to my body.

First of all I had the big 3......stretch marks, cellulite, and VERICOSE VEINS. I am not talking about a little spider veins. I am talking big bulging blue veins. My legs seriously look like a 3D road map. To make it stand out a bit more, my legs are as pasty white as you can get. Gah! I am 35??!!!! What the hell am I a going to look like at 65? I already knew that my days of being a bikini model were over, but I just wasn't ready to get rid of the shorts as well.

*SIGH* At least I am healthy and happy right?

I haven't run since Tuesday. I am milking this low iron thing trying to take it easy and not completely wear myself out. Excuse or not, I am using it. I am taking the time to reorganize and plan as there may be some major schedule changes coming to the Casa de Chubby Chica.

Hope everyone is have a grand weekend. Spring is definitely springing here and the snow is melting like crazy. I have been stalking all of you, I just haven't had a chance to comment.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Lacking and Slacking

I am lacking blog material.
I am lacking time.
I am lacking workouts.
I am lacking energy.

Lacking energy is a complete understatement. I have been feeling super run down lately, to the point of having to sit down after taking a shower. My C25K workouts seem to be getting harder rather than easier. I decided it was time for a trip to the doctor. She took gallons some blood and the tests revealed that I am very Anemic. It wasn't a surprise as I was turned away from the Red Cross Blood Drive because of low hemoglobin.

I am now taking an iron supplement as well as eating an iron rich diet with the hope that my levels inch up toward normal. I am still working out, but I am cutting myself a little extra slack. I have NEVER been this tired in my whole life.

I have nothing exciting to blog about except my poor quality of blood. Work has been crazy and when I am at home my little buggers seem to be demanding my attention (the nerve!).

Monday, March 9, 2009

Hell is Freezing Over

On Friday I received the following email from my BFF:
What would you say if I actually said that I was thinking of maybe training for the Richfield ½ marathon with you?



Did you just have a heart attack?

(haha if she is reading this she will probably kick my ass)

THEN...Chubby Hubby made this comment on this post:

Blogger Chubby Hubby said...

That sounds like a great plan. If we can work it maybe I will run it with you...just a little slower as usual.
March 5, 2009 3:20 PM

These two people laugh in my face when I dare to breathe the words "Do you want to run a race with me". I think I am starting to crack them. There is going to be a big posse running that Urban Wildland Half Marathon. Now I actually have proof that they are interested... I have it in writing *evil laugh*. As far as I am concerned, a maybe means they are in! Hell REALLY is starting to freeze.

Runners with a Mission
Two of my favorite Bloggers, Run Mommy and Marci have teamed up to train for the Barbados Marathon with Joints in Motion. Joints in Motion is an athletic training program that raises awareness and money for the Arthritis Society. They will be running for Reese (and all people the suffer with this disease). Reese is Run Mommy's little girl who was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis 2 years ago. If you are interested click here to sign up for the race and to get more information. Did I mention there are prizes????


Saturday, March 7, 2009

Look Ma...I'm Runnin'!

Activity Type: Running
Time: 00:27:05
Distance: 2.23 mi
Total Calories: 333

I started off with a 5 minute walking warm up then ran the rest. I ran almost 2 whole miles without stopping. I am beyond overjoyed despite my snail-like pace. I reviewed the C25K plan for this week and workout 2 was to do 2 intervals of 8 minutes and workout 3 was to run for 20 minutes without stopping. That worried me a little so I tried it to run the whole time...and I did. The speed will come in time, I am just happy that I was able to track in miles rather than minutes today.

Happy weekend everyone. The rest of my weekend involves cleaning and shuffling kids to their social engagements (Sad, very sad that my 6 year old has a better social life than I do).

Thursday, March 5, 2009

My Plan B

It is official, I got my "Dear John" letter saying I am not invited to the race. The disappointment brought out a little insanity in me. I started going off the deep end. I heard through the grapevine on Facebook that there were some people the got in that might not be truly interested in running. I thought about stalking them and running in their place, even though I do know that it is illegal in race terms. Then I had the thought of just saying screw it, I was going to go for the gusto...the full monte. Afterall, I have done 26.2 miles with little training.

Once I came back to reality, I reminded myself that I am currently doing the C25K program and have a hard time running for 5 minutes let alone 5 hours. I remembered my one and only goal for this year is to become a runner again not to just do a race only to become injured again. I am going to train with Sarge and be her "coach" and enjoy the race weekend. I may do the 5K that is offered and I will bring the kidlets up to do the Whipper Snapper Race.

My Plan B race is to run the Urban Wildlands Half Marathon. It is not as big of a race as the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon but it has grown leaps and bounds over the last 6 years. I ran the inaugural race and it was a disaster (that is for another post). So I want to redeem my self and complete this race in more respectable manner. It is August 1st so it is only 5 weeks after the Garry Bjorklund race.

Other benefits
  • It is cheaper only $38 as opposed to $75
  • The course runs right past my house so a post party is mandatory
  • It benefits a Woodlake Nature Center and it is a green race
  • The race was designed to fit in with training for the Twin Cities Marathon in October
There it is, my sanely thought out plan B. I am back to reality and back to trucking along with my goal.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Rejected

I am not "officially" rejected because I haven't received the "official" email but my name is listed as NOT SELECTED. Boo. Sarge's name was drawn and shows that she got into the race. I am excited for her and I will be a spectator or a volunteer but I am majorly disappointed. Logically I KNOW that this is the outcome you need to deal with when there is a lottery for a race, but it still sucks when you get your hopes up. I won't piss and moan, I will just find a new race to do right around the same time to stay on training task.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

$279.65

If tobacco companies can be sued for causing cancer, can
I sue the Girl Scouts for making me fat? I had no problems looking those sweet cookie pushing girls in the in the eye and saying "bitch, get otta
my face!". Then Chubby Hubby decided that it was a grand idea to buy
some cookies from the girl across the street. Lets just say that my
measly C25K workout is no match for a sleeve of Thin Mints (I was good
and didn't eat the wholefreakin' box this time....I had help).

The cookies were the icing on the cake. I have been a bottomless pit. I
really don't have an excuse for my constant hunger. Stress? Anxiety?
Boredom? Climate Change? Who knows. I do know that I have to unstrap
the feed bag.

Now I will get to the $279.65.... This is the amount of money that I have spent on the Weight Watcher program since September. I have been doing this program for roughly 6 month. I use
the term "doing" loosely as I have been pretty half-assed about it.Granted I am going in the right direction, but after 6 months I should be a lot further along than I am right now. Seeing the amount of money that I have spent and seeing the number on the scale tells me I had better get to work.

It is funny that money is the motivating factor for me right now. Before it would have been the scale. Like everyone else we are feeling the pinch of the slow economy. If I keep up at this pace, I may as well flush the money down the toilet. At my center they have a cross-stitch plaque (yes, someone actually made this for WW) that says "It Takes as Long as it Takes". Translation: We will rake in the dough while you drag your ass making a lifestyle change. I don't want to look back 6 months from now and be in the same situation with even more money invested. I want to be at or damn near goal.

I STILL haven't heard anything about the half marathon lottery. I have become a bit OCD checking my email (the website says we will find out by March 5th). I want to know NOW! I am sure checking my email every 5 minutes is going to make the results come in faster. I have issues.

Oh....and my Garmin 50 (piece of shit) is back to the tricks of not uploading. I give up. Really I don't use Garmin Connect anyway, it just bugs me that the device is not working like it should.

Monday, March 2, 2009

February Recap

I am not one who likes to wish time away, but I am so glad February is over! That means we are another month closer to snowless days and warmer temps. February was not as stellar as January but I did make a little progress:

  • Another month of no fast food. (2 months with no McDonalds is a new lifetime record)
  • Completed 4 weeks of the Couch to 5k Program and I am now running for minutes at a time rather than seconds.
  • I might have cracked the code to the Garmin (not getting cocky about that yet as the calibration is off)
  • Signed up for the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in June (I hope to find out today or tomorrow if I get in *crossing fingers*)
  • I had a some weight loss but did not hit the 6lbs I shot for. Damn candy!
Looking forward to March:
  • Finish the C25K and start half marathon training (I do realize it is a big jump in goals, but it has been done)
  • Drop the 6lbs that I hoped to lose in February

Today is the lottery and I will be stalking the marathon site to see if we hear anything (I am praying Sarge gets in too). I have no patience and this is killing me.

Happy Monday!