Friday, December 30, 2011

Summing Up 2011

It has been a very interesting year.  I describe it interesting because I can't call the last twelve months crap nor can I call them fabulous.  It was definitely one of a lot of ups and downs.  Hence..interesting.  

To start with the not so great stuff:
  • Chubby Hubby lost his job in March
  • I had to have a blood transfusion in June because of extreme anemia
  • Not being able to run the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon (again with the anemia).  Bummer because this is a race that is extremely hard to get into and I actually got drawn for the lottery.
  • My Achilles seizing up during Twin Cities Marathon forcing me to drop out at mile 15.5 ( can't forget the .5!)
  • Not getting the job I really really wanted.  I picked a horrible time to attempt a career change.
  • Weight gain, depression, and frustration.  The three went hand in hand.

Now I will stop being a Debbie Downer and go over the good that 2011 brought:
  • I went on three awesome mini vacations this year.  Phoenix in February, Vegas in July, and then Florida over Labor Day.  These getaways were awesome!
  • I completed the following races:
  1. January- Polar Dash 5k
  2. February - Lost Dutchman 10k
  3. March-Get Lucky 7k
  4. April- Get in Gear 5k
  5. May-Charities Challenge Memorial Day 5k
  6. July-Warrior Dash.....what a blast that was!
  7. August- Urban Wildland 5k.....with my son
  8. October- 59% of Twin Citites Marathon and the Monster Dash
  • I volunteered at the finish line of Grandma's Marathon where I saw many of my friends finish and it got to meet a couple bloggers.
  • Speaking of fellow bloggers, I got to meet and spend some time with Bobbi!  She blogs at Zero to 26.2 ( I can't figure out how to link on this thing).   She is awesome and we will be seeing each other again sometime this year.
  • We got a puppy....can I put that in both categories?
  • Chubby Hubby returned to the working world and he got to spend the Summer with the kids.
  • I started hot yoga and love it both for the workout as well as the stress relief 
So how did I do with my goals?
  • Have a lunch time date with the gym at least 8 times a month.  It shouldn't be hard with my motivated friends, Leah and Sarge.  The plan is to go every M, T, W, and the occasional Friday.  FAIL
  • Participate in an event every month.  So far I have committed to the following races:  SEMI SUCCESS, I didn't quite make it but I did I'd 8.5 races.
    •   January:  Polar Dash 5K
    •   February:  Lost Dutchman 10K
    •   March:  Get Lucky 7K
    •   April:  Get in Gear 5K or 10K
  • Continue with my Pilates class and not give it up this year like I did last year.  It is boring but a very necessary evil.  SEMI SUCCESS....I dumped Pilates and found hot yoga.
  • Make some more progress with Weight Watchers.  After all, it is free for me right now and it would be a shame not to use it. FAIL
  • Twin Cities Marathon.  It will be the 10 year anniversary of me becoming a marathoner.  I will do better than I did this year.  FAIL....at least I finished last year.
  • Do P90X with Chubby Hubby who is also whipping himself into shape.  I sort of promised him I would do it.  *sigh*  That program scares me.  FAIL...it is still in the package.
PERSONAL
  • Read 12 books.  A book a month?  I can do that.  Any recommendations?  SUCCESS or close to it
  • Take a lot more photos for fun and learn the basics of digital scrap booking.  FAIL
  • Reduce self-induced stress.  We are in the process of making some decisions that will be simplifying our family's life.  BIG FAIL
  • Catch up on Modern Family episodes.  Damn that show is FUNNY!   SUCCESS
There was absolutely a lot more great things that happened in 2011, most important my friends and family are healthy.  I will be thinking of what I want to accomplish in 2012 over the next few days.

Resolutions?   Do you make them?

I am blogging for the first time on my new iPad.   It is a fun gadget and I am learning more about it everyday.  I am so overwhelmed by the things that it can do so I have just stuck to the basics (errr....play Angry Birds).  What are your favorite apps? 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Catch-up

I can't believe Christmas has come and gone already! We had a fabulous Christmas up North at my parent's house.  The weather was (and still is) UNBELIEVABLE!!!  We have no snow and it has been in the 40's and 50's.  I know our time is coming but I am enjoying every brown minute of it!  The only one that is not enjoying the warm temps is Chubby Hubby.  He built a very large hockey rink in our backyard and it is more like a swimming pool.  The kids are dying to skate on it but it is not possible.  Meanwhile, while my backyard is covered in standing water, I am running around town in a light fleece jacket.  Woo Hoo!

On December 23rd we kicked off the weekend by going to Bentleyville.  It is a tour of lights situated at Bayfront  Festival Park on Lake Superior in Duluth.  It is nothing short of amazing!  The light displays are incredible.  You stroll through these massive light displays while listening to some holiday music and along the way they have wood burning fires, hot chocolate, marshmallows to roast, and popcorn.  They even have a huge skating rink.  The best part about Bentleyville is that it is free!  It is a fun and festive place for everyone to enjoy.  I know we sure did.

Christmas Eve my mom had people over.  It was a small gathering but really fun.  There was a ton of food and a lot more laughs.  Christmas day we opened our presents and then we had even more food.  My brother and I teamed up to make brunch.  We did great!  By we, I of course mean that he did all the cooking and I stood there and watched him.  The rest of the day was spent in stretchy pants watching movies.  We ended the day with another huge meal.  Hence the reason I am still wearing stretchy pants.  Needless to say, we did go way overboard with the food.

A decent photo of the kids, even without threatening them

Next year's Christmas Card.  Ugly sweaters are always funny to me.

The little chewy piss monster.  (I do love her though!)

Bacon, cheese, and onion egg bake

Captain Crunch French Toast

The doggies....they look related don't they?

This is Steve the Head.
  He became part of our family this year.  He has a wicked sense of humor and make one hell of a tree topper.
My brother received him as a white elephant gift and we had some fun with him.

Hope everyone enjoyed the holidays!!!

My blog has been a bit "drafty" lately.  My posts have not been being published.  I have had a bit of writers blog but mostly I have not had anything to blog about.  I haven't had anything to blog about because I have fallen so far off the wagon and I didn't want to use this as a platform to piss and moan.  My motivation is back and I will be updating more as time goes on.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Wallie Exercises

I had the opportunity to review an adorable children's book titled "Wallie Exercises" by Steve Ettinger. It is about a lazy overweight dog who with the help of some friends gets fit and has fun doing it.  This book is written for children ages 4 and up and shares the message about the importance of physical fitness.

This book was a hit with Diva!  She asks me to read it often.  The illustrations are great and she loves the main character Wallie.  I know she gets the message because she told me "Mom, you are like Wallie....LAZY"!  Touche.  It is pretty sad when your 4 year old notices when you stop exercising.  This book has a great message for kids and is a great reminder for adults that fitness is important (especially because those dang kids are watching!).

This book also has some questions in the back about exercise, warm ups, and hydration....ask your kids to answer them and you will get some pretty funny answers like "You are not supposed to drink beer when you exercise, mom!".....sigh (I don't know where she would get that idea!)

You can read more about the book and the author, Steve Ettinger, at www.wallyexercises.com.  You can also find Wallie on Facebook and Twitter.

This book is available at Amazon.com as well as activespudstore.com.   Our copy of this book is being donated to Diva's preschool class.  They have a health and wellness theme throughout their school year and it will be great for her classroom.   It makes a perfect teacher gift too!!



Thank you to Steve Ettinger for the opportunity to review this book!!