Monday, May 14, 2012


Sometimes, I feel like I have nothing to offer here - things are a lot of the same old same old... Since we last talked to our heroine, she was talking about boot camp and exercise. As always... exercise seems to be the focus of my life sometimes. One thing I will say, my running is getting faster. I have done both 4-mile and 5-mile runs, running slightly under 10-minute miles. I guess losing 30 or so pounds might have that effect on you. This weekend was a bunch of getting stuff done: Laundry, dishes, putting the trim back up in the small bathroom (bathroom refresh!), putting up a new border around the garden, and putting back up the chicken wire fencing, regional awards, WW meeting (yep, up after my week of crap eating). Tonight, we are going out to eat with my MIL, my SIL, my step-daughter, and my husband. We were all busy yesterday for Mother's Day, so tonight it shall be. Let's hope I can find something relatively healthy to eat. And that's about all I got - like I said, boring.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

The good kind of sore

I went to boot camp last night, have not been for a while, so I'm kinda feeling the muscles again...

It was actually quite a bit of fun, I could really tell that I am slimming down a bit, I didn't feel like I was impeeded by my gut. Sorry if that is tmi! The other thing was that I wanted more action, more cardio, less rest between the sets, so I kind of walked in circles, and boogied a bit to the music when others were resting.

I guess some of it is trying to make up for the weekend of crap that I managed to eat. Sunday was not good. Peanut butter m&m's, a tub of buttered movie theater popcorn (at the movie, of course), veggies and dip (wanted the dip, ate veggies rather than chips or pretzels) crackers, salami and cheese, more m&m's.... I ended up tossing the rest of the m&m's because I could not seem to stay away from them!

And the scale showed it the next morning. It's a work in progress.... I was hoping to be somewhere around 20 pounds down for Valentine's Day, but I'm not sure that will happen.

The bright spot is that I can tell that I am trimming down, as in the way clothes fit, and people are noticing that there is a bit less of me around. And I can run faster... did 6 miles on Saturday in an hour and four minutes. Which is excellent for me, as I quite often run about 11 min miles.

Three months down, 9 to go.


Monday, January 16, 2012

Weekend indulgence

Spent the weekend in Chicago.... went there to help out with a Team Ortho race, which indcidently, was postponed. There is a story:

So the weather folks were predicting snow. So the police chief thought it might be a repeat of "snowmageddon"... and on THURSDAY morning, said that TO could not hold the race that weekend. 48 hours before the race. Seriously, this is the midwest people, and if you don't like the weather, wait a few hours!!!! Saturday dawned as a good day for a race - but it had already been moved to the following weekend. TO got a bit of a black eye from people, for something that was not within their control. The police have control over the streets, and if they say you can't use them - you can't use them.

Anyhoo, they still had a packet pickup on Friday, which I worked. About 10 hours on my feet. With not a lot of food involved (I did try to contain myself during the day) but at the end, I was exhausted, and hungry, and out with the group... I indulged in a pulled pork sandwich on a pretzel bun, a couple of beers, and Ice Cream cake.

Saturday morning, since E had spent the night with me downtown, we decided to go someplace for breakfast. I had crepes filled with eggs scrambled with avacado, mushrooms and cheese. With fruit and pancakes. Ate one of the crepes and half of the pancakes. Crepe was interesting, would have been a better meal if it would have been more of a savory rather than a sweet crepe, but I went for something really different....

Saturday afternoon I wandered around downtown Chicago for quite a while. I was thining I wanted to find a local-type place for a beverage and a snack, and wandered into a place that had a promising name: the Tilted Kilt. Not so much. Think of a Scottish take on Hooters. I decided that I didn't want to give them my money! Of course by the time I got back to the 'burbs, I was starving.

So I at food at the bowling alley where E was attending a swap meet (muskie stuff). Beer, chips and cheese, and chicken fingers. Not the Chicago food I was looking for! So later, I had some pizza. Yep. Kind of overdid the grease factor.

Sunday was a trip back, a stop at a brewery for a tour and a taste, and lunch in town. A wonderful Reuben sandwich with REAL corned beef.

And for all of the indulgences, it would appear that I am up about 5 pounds. So this week will consist of tracking and exercise, again... which is what needs to be done anyway!

All in all, I think it was worth it. Food was pretty good, and the company was nice!



Monday, January 09, 2012

Weekend update

without Kevin Neeland...

It was sort of a different weekend. But not in a bad way.

Went for a run on Saturday morning. Had to make up for the 30 minutes missed on Friday. Ran 5.5 miles. In an hour. I would consider that pretty decent. After that, it was back to the house to shine and buff. Myself. Then I worked on some sewing repair projects (hemming my dress, fixing Eric's belt) Eric and I went to the annual gala for the Saint Paul Jaycees on Saturday evening. I think I looked pretty good, if I do say so myself - the dress I got on Thursday was very lovely, and I got lots of compliments. Objective achieved!

Sunday, after my WW meeting (down again!) I worked on getting all of the Christmas decorations taken down, sorted, organized into bins, and put back into the attic. Sometimes I think it takes longer to put them away then to put them out! And while I was at it, I ended up re-arranging the living room. I'm kind of digging the new layout.

It's a beautiful day, and I think I am going to go home, change, lace up my running shoes and head out for a run... because I need to move!


Friday, January 06, 2012

It's been a long time, baby

I don't know if anyone is here, but honestly, I don't mind... this is more for me than anything.

As always, there are the best of intentions, but when push comes to shove, things sometimes get shoved out the window.

on a few topics:
Weight Watchers - re-joined again in November. Said I would give it a year. And I watched and logged and tracked over the holdiays. The result? At my last WI, I am down a total of 12 pounds.

Running - my group is doing "100 days of activity" and we are to do 30 minutes of activity each day for 100 days. Have kept up so far, but we will see what tonight brings... was going to get up this morning, but didn't want to rouse myself out of the warm bed.... we are going to see Curtis tonight, at my MIL's house, and who knows what the food plan will be. I might just have to go out for a walk at some point to get in my minutes. Not that that is a bad plan.

Work - yanno, people are sometimes idiots. We moved into a new building, and while the new office is nice, there are just some bugs to be worked out. As in we cannnot go into the office area upstairs where the mail room and supplies are after 4pm on weekedays, and there is no access on weekends. Seriously. Like what am I going to do other than try to get my mail, or a ream of paper if I need it? And don't get me started on the heat - for two days it was 62 in the office because the fan had somehow been shut off. Glad I still had my lap blanket!

Husband - sill more of the same. I love him, but he drives me nuts sometimes. I told him the other day - I would like you do do more. Like instead of laying down on top of the folded laundry on the bed... put it away! And the dishes in the sink, don't just add to the pile, load the dishwasher! But he is very sweet about a lot of other things. I just wish he wasn't so giving.... he gave both me and my mother his cold. I told him that my mom does not like him anymore!

Races - am only registered for one race this year. Ragnar. Should be interesting.

Jaycees - I am aging out. I am done with my board committment, and cannot be on the board any more. Both happy and bittersweet. In some ways, a bit of a relief - now I can work on me, and house projects.

And on that note, I need to run, have an appointment for work, then I get massaged this afternoon!