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....