Friday, October 29, 2010

TGIF...I have been Tagged

1. If you could eat anything without any health repercussions or guilt, what would your meal be?

Nook Burger
  Ohhhh such a tough question for a chubby chick.  I have a few so bare with me.
  • Super Fat Kid Nachos (a creation that my brother and I made up...I won't list it all of the heart stopping toppings but I will say that it has cheese filled tater tots as a base).
  • A Juicy Lucy Burger from the Nook
  • Appetizers and wine for dinner every night
  • Kraft Mac N Cheese

 (I wonder why I am fat???!!)

2. If you could meet anyone living or dead who would it be and why?

 I do not have a very intelligent answer for this question.  I would like to meet Jillian Michaels and tell her to "Gargle her own damned heart".....and I guess I would also tell her to start slapping Biggest Loser contestants that spend the entire show blubbering.  I have had to stop watching because of all the waterworks.  Although.....this season's contestant, Jesse, is my co-workers nephew, so cheer him on!!! 
3. Why did you start blogging and what did you expect when you started?

I started blogging because I needed a creative outlet.  I needed a place to dump my thoughts about my struggles with the scale and my running adventures.  I had no expectations when I started this blog and I never thought anyone would ever read it.


4. What is the one book you could read over and over again?

I am not much of a reader.  I enjoy books but don't think I could do a book re-run.  Now for the kiddos, I do have favorites....Sandra Boyton's "The Belly Button Book".   Diva giggles when I read it to her.

5. If you could travel anywhere, where would it be?
 At this point, a trip to Wisconsin would be nice.  I would love to go to Europe and see the "old country"

6. If you could have a TV show on the Food Network, what would it be?
I would want to either take over Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives from Guy Fieri or work along side him.

7. What was the best meal you ever had?

Oh gosh...again too many to choose from but I have to say....Lamb stuffed with garlic cooked on an open fire spit (in the backyard and quite literally killing the grass to start the fire), crusty bread, and Sarmas (cabbage rolls).   I love some tasty homemade Serbian food!   

Sorry PITA....but lamb on the spit is da' bomb!

8. Who has been the greatest influence on your love for food and learning to cook?
Learning to cook?  hahahahahahahahahaha!  The Chinese restaurant in my hometown (sorry Mom!)?   I don't cook....I assemble things.
Thanks Emz for the tag.  This was a fun way to kill some time today.

I am terrible with tagging others, so I tag everyone!  I want to read your answers!!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Off to a Great Start

For as many times as I have started and stopped Weight Watchers, I did something new this time.  I actually FOLLOWED THE PROGRAM.  And, you know what?  It actually works!!! (Gasp!Imagine that?) I am down 3.6 lbs this week.  Not a bad start to the weight loss if I do say so myself.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Feedback Request

I am really excited to be helping some friends with the launch of their brand new website http://www.fastnote.com/ and I am reaching out to the wonderful blogging community to ask for your help. They are looking for some constructive feedback and suggestions on their website.

The site is a cool place to read what people are saying to others about hot topics whether it be about a person or an organization. You can search for names and organizations and anonymously give them your 2 cents. You can also add your own name, website, or organization. It is great platform for unbiased feedback.

It is a pretty cool site and I hope you will check it out. They are looking for any and all ideas to make this site as user friendly and relevant as possible. You can leave your feedback at either of the links below.  Thanks for checking it out.

http://fastnote.com/fastnote-com (will require a short registration)

OR

http://www.fastnote.com/general-contact


You can read more about the site below.

What is Fastnote??


Fastnote.com is a brand new website that gives everyone a great new way to
communicate. On Fastnote, you can write notes to anyone, and those notes
are posted publicly so everyone can read them.


You don't have to be a "friend" or a "follower." You don't need their email
address or phone number. Just find the name of the person or group, read
notes written to them, and write your own. If you can’t find them, you can
add their name and then write notes to them.

So, you can tell anyone what you think -- elected officials, sports figures,
businesses, teams, even TV shows. And since you can add others' names,
you can write notes to your boss, a co-worker, a professor, a coach, a
neighbor -- anyone. And all notes are posted so everyone can read them.


The site has a few simple rules. Everyone can read all they want, but to
write notes you have to register and sign in. (It's free -- all you need is
an email address.) Also, all notes must be short, civil, and anonymous.
The site is moderated to remove offensive and inappropriate content.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Weekend Wrap-Up-Bleeding Maroon and Gold

This past weekend I practically lived at the U of MN campus.  Saturday I went to the Gopher Football game.  Our school built an AWESOME outdoor stadium and this was my first Gopher Football game ever.  It was so fun except our team SUCKS.  My kids' flag football team could kick the Gopher Football teams ass.  They really are that bad.  The tailgating was really fun though and I would do it again.
See all the empty seats across from my view.....yeah....that is where the Gopher fans sit.  Ha!  We had WAY more Penn State fans at the game.  I didn't notice this prior to posting this photo, but I giggled at the lady wearing a sports bra covered by a practice jersey and Nittany Lions written on the ass of her shorts.....I saw her at the game and  let me say that she was not 18.
A wizzard and why the hell is he staring at my boobs?

Today Chubby Hubby and I took the boys to a Gopher hockey game.  It was their first college game ever and they loved it.  The Gophers won 2-1 over St. Cloud State University.


With all of the tailgating and concession foods around me, I managed to have an excellent first weekend following the program.  I stayed within my allowances and got some exercise too.  I never once felt deprived. 
  • Got in a really good long walk on Friday night.
  • Got up and walked prior to Saturday's early morning game (6AM!).
  • Drank water instead of Coke.
  • Ate only 1/2 of my Tex/Mex Egg skillet at breakfast and avoided using the sour cream.
  • Planned ahead of time the type and number of brewskis that I would have (2 points per bottle).
  • Wrote down everything.....including every drop of alcohol I had.

A note of concern, you may have noticed I WALKED rather than ran.  The marathon was three weeks ago today and the backs of my knees(?!) are still extremely tight and sore.  I started to jog on Friday and my muscles were burning and felt like they were going to rip.  I want to stay injury free so I decided to walk....and even though I didn't push it,  I am hurting today.  I am going to treat myself for a muscle strain and if it does not improve soon, I will seek professional advice.  I have attributed the problem to overly tight hamstrings.  Stretching, ice, and a visit to the chiropractor will be my first line of defense.  I am kicking myself for not stretching as well as I should have.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hello Again Weight Watchers

Today was the first Weight Watchers meeting through work.  I got my materials and jumped on the scale.  I am not sure if they were doing something special for Halloween, but the number read back to me at weigh in completely HORRIFIED ME.  I feel like I need an award sticker for "highest weight ever".

The meeting was great today.  The leader is nice, she has a lot of energy, and seems like she runs a pretty fun meeting.  She has lost 122lbs and looks fantastic.   Even though I like the leader, the at work meeting section is way to big for my liking.   I am not going to complain because this program is FREE! 

The people at Weight Watchers must be laughing if they saw my name come up in the registration.  They are probably placing bets how long I will last this time.  Ha!

Ughhh....it is 7PM and I still need to figure out how to get some exercise today.   This feels like it has been the longest week EVER.  I am ready for the weekend!!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Weekend Wrap Up- Wanna Fight?

I had a great weekend with the family. We took advantage of one the last nice Fall days and spent most of the weekend outdoors. Saturday my parents paid us a visit and watched the boys play a double header football game. Sunday we spent the day at a local corn maze.  I LOVE these Fall days, but I try not to think about what comes next.  The long Winter.


While visiting the corn maze, my kids were playing in the corn bin. It is a huge pit filled with dried feed corn and the kids play in it like a “pool”. I called my oldest son over to me because I wanted to limit his exposure because of his asthma. On his way over to me he almost (key word ALMOST) stepped on another child about his age (8ish) who was completely buried in corn. He wasn't being rowdy or diving....he was WALKING.  All of the sudden I hear this woman behind me spewing at my child asking him where his common sense was and if he was blind and stupid. Then she turned to me and started cussing me out. She called me a bad parent who doesn’t watch her kids (um I was right there the whole time). Righhht.

Thankfully my clueless, lacking common sense son (insert eye roll here) didn’t hear a word she said. I, however, did. The mama bear came out in me and I turned to her and said “if you are so concerned with your son’s safety, perhaps you should tell him not to bury himself and then people will be able to see him”. Oh boy, that is when she really got going and calling me every name in the book….my favorite was “FAT bitch”. Then the next words out of her mouth were “You wanna go?”****blank stare****  WHAT??!!! I didn’t know what to say, if I hadn’t been so taken aback by an invitation for a fight I would have said something clever. But I didn’t, I just smiled and turned away.

I am 36 years old and I have NEVER been in a fight. I am not the fighting type. I turned away with and let her look like an ass. The whole experience still makes me giggle. A fight? Seriously? Over absolutely nothing.  Clearly this woman watches too much Jerry Springer.

We left after this altercation.  I left without a black eye but she got nailed with some flying corn that some child was throwing around (errr…I think my kid did it. Oops. I guess I am a bad parent after all). The evil part of me was satisfied that she got a bit of Karma. There are some crazy people out there.  Again, does this stuff only happen to me?

What would you have done in the same situation?




Saturday, October 16, 2010

Don't Mess With Diva!

To all the little boys out there....do not mess with Diva.  She WILL take you down!  Especially do not steal her beloved pink Crocs.
This photo just cracks me up because she is far from a sweet dainty girl and she certainly doesn't take crap from anyone.  That's my girl!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

So Now What?

The marathon is over and my time of being a couch potato has expired.  So now what do I do?  This past week I have had time to think about my next round of goals.  I have determined that I will be running Twin Cities Marathon again next year.  I almost HAVE to because it will mark my 10 year anniversary of becoming an official marathoner.  Since I do not want to have a repeat of this year's race, I have a lot of work to do in the next 51 weeks.

For now, I am back to baby steps:
  • Focus on weight loss.  The lighter I am, the easier it is to run.  I didn't want to announce this, but I am signing up for Weight Watchers again tomorrow.  We have a program at work that reimburses 100%.  Half of my office is doing it so I may as well join the club.
  • Core exercises and weights.  Get back into Pilates.  They have classes at my gym and I do have a DVD that I can dust off.
  • Run both the Turkey Day 5K and the Reindeer Run 5K.  Just to keep me on my feet and out the door now that the weather is getting a bit cooler.
That is pretty much it.  I have proven that I can finish a marathon, now I want to get a smoking PR at the next one.  I think it is going to take an entire year to get me to that point!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Weekend Wrap-Up...A Week of NOTHING!

I would like to thank everyone for all the kind words and encouragement.  It really helped me get through the marathon.  It might be sad, but sometimes my only motivation to do something is to have something to blog about.   Throughout the race, I kept thinking how I wanted my race recap to read. 

It is hard to believe that the race was a week ago.  My week of being a sloth came to an end today.  The thought of working out, even lightly, did not even cross my mind.  In fact, I am still a bit sore from the race.  I am going to ease back into a routine.  But first, I am going to halt the eating like the world is ending.  I have had some of the best meals this week but I am pretty sure my arteries are paying the price.  Let the detox begin!

Now that the race is done, I decided it was time to pull out the scale to see where I am.  I hid the scale during training because I was getting frustrated with the numbers.  I was kind of excited to pull this thing out because several people have commented that I look like I have lost a lot of weight.  I jumped on and discovered that I haven't lost a pound (and perhaps gained a few).  Ugh....what a buzz kill.  Back to meal planning, tracking in the journal, and counting. 

For a week of nothing, it was pretty busy.  I spent a lot of time with the kids and shuffling them to their activities.  We had an out of town wedding on Saturday.   Sunday I dusted off my camera and snapped a few photos of Diva.  I am a little late on her three year photos, this is the first chance I have had to get her in front of the camera. 


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Other Marathon Tidbits

The Expo:
I got to meet Carrie Tollefson.  True to Carly style, I made an ass out of myself.  She asked me if I was running the full marathon.  I sucked in a deep breath and noticed my girlfriend went sprinting in the opposite direction because she knew what was going to come out of my mouth as she had heard the story 100 times that day.  Carrie's simple yes or no question turned into a 10 minute story of how I will be running but hope not to be picked up by the sag wagon...blah blah blah.  She was very polite and smiled.  Ha!  She even agreed to take a photo with me.  Sorry for the crappy quality....I stole this photo from my girlfriend's facebook page.


The Loot:
At the Expo I purchased:
  • The fun headband that I wore during the race.  Other fun running gear can be found here at One More Mile.
  • A 26.2 magnet....just because I want to put it up in my office and point to it when anyone asks how far the marathon was.
  • Some hot pink recovery socks
  • The book-A Father's Odyssey: 75 Marathons in 75 Days (I met the author and thought he was pretty cool)

The iPod:
The night before the marathon, at 8:30 to be exact, my iPod decided to quit.  It was completely dead.  The gasp that I let out triggered Chubby Hubby to run to Target for an emergency purchase.  He got me an replacement shuffle.  Pink to match my shirt.  I am thankful he did because I never would have survived the race without my crazy play list.

The People:
I got passed by:
  • A dude who was juggling.  In fact I almost tripped on his balls (get your mind out of the gutter!!)
  • A lady walking with cat ears on and some spandex pants with neon streaks circa 1980
  • A man that was into 80+ age group (I hope to be him someday)
  • A turtle

I was inspired by:
  • A guy in a full military gear carrying the American Flag
  • A man that was into 80+ age group (I hope to be him someday)
  • A guy who was on a quest to do a marathon in all 50 states....I later learned he was 78 years old!!!  He had so much energy on the course.
  • There are so many more....I lost track!

Post Race:
I actually feel like I got hit by the bus that I almost had to board.  My body hurts and it hurts bad.  I am really moving slow.  Today was a little worse than yesterday but that is to be expected.  I went back to work today and sitting at a desk in front of a computer was pure torture.

My friend Kelli left for home yesterday but before she took off we had the most AMAZING lunch at Wally's Roast Beef Sandwiches and More.  She and I both ordered the Blue Plate Special.  It was their famous roast beef on Texas Toast served with mashed potatoes and smothered with gravy.
Oh yes.....this lunch was pure gluttony but it was worth every bite.  If you are in the Twin Cities, I highly recommend it.  I think it needs a special visit from Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives!!!

What's next?
Recovery for a few days then back to couch to 5K.  Sad but true...I just completed a marathon yet I can't run more than 5 minutes at a time.  I am not sure if I should be impressed or disgusted with my abilities.  Either way marathon #3 is in the books and time to build it up again.  There was a lot that I learned and a lot that I will do different next time.  And yes, there will be a next time!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Twin Cities Marthon- The Report

Official Chip Time:  6:03:30 (A PW....Personal Worst but one I am proud of)

Pre-race with my biggest cheerleaders

The Course:
The course was beautiful!  If you are ever looking for a Fall race, this one is a MUST.  The Fall colors are spectacular and the route winds through some of the most beautiful places in both Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Spectators lined the course and made lots of noise (although, with my time most had left the course later in the race).

My Method:
I set out to do 5 and 5 intervals and I had pretty much ditched that idea at mile 1.  The course had a lot more hills than I remember and to conserve energy, I walked the hills.  When I tried to come up with a plan, I couldn't stick to it.  Chubby Hubby and the boys met me 3 times along the course to check on me and to cheer me on.  It was a welcomed sight.  At the expo, I grabbed a pace band for a 6 hour finish and tried to hit the times indicated.  I did well doing a walk run combo until I hit mile 22.

The Last 4 Miles:
At mile 22, I met up with a lady that started chatting with me.  I was starting to struggle getting my legs to move faster so I walked with her.  It was her first marathon and she was also struggling.  I slowed my walking pace to stay with her because truthfully, misery love company.

Then I heard my name shouted from the sidelines.  My friends Tana and Marc jumped out on the course and handed us a Gatorade.   They had been parked on Summit Avenue cheering on runners and handing out bananas and oranges.  Little did I know, this chance encounter would change the outcome of my marathon.

Tana and Marc followed  us down Summit Avenue offering some much needed encouragement.  We we passed mile 24 a race official announced that "The Bus" was right behind us.  The bus is what you have to board if you are not on track to finish in 6 hours.  The lost my composure at this point.  I started running and I ended up ditching the girl I was walking with.  Tana turned into a Drill Sargent at this point and started SCREAMING at me....."GET YOUR ASS MOVING!!!"  I had felt defeated at this point and had nothing left in the tank.  She picked out focus points to run to which only ended up being a block at the very most.  All I kept thinking was, I have come 24 F***ing miles only to be picked up by the SAG wagon.  Tana screamed louder and drowned muffled the negative voices.  Somehow I kept going and at mile 26 my friend Kelli (who finished almost 2 hours ahead of me....she did AMAZING!),  jumped in and started screaming at me from the other side.  With their ass whooping encouragement, I was able to dig a little deeper and finish the race.  A few seconds later I heard the announcement that the bus was crossing and that concluded the race.  Unfortunately, the girl I was running with, didn't make the cut off.  If I had stayed with her, I would have been on the bus.  Thank you to Marc, Tana, and Kelli for obeying the saying on my headband:


At the finish line with Marc and Tana.  I think I owe these two a cocktail.



Kelli and I at the finish. I also owe my finish to her. 

Why I am Proud of a Personal Worst:
Simple.  I didn't give up.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Done



More about that when I get a pulse back.

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