Tuesday, April 30, 2013

spring training 5k challenge - week 4

Today has been pretty dreamy.  This morning Nicky & I walked the kids to school and then came right home, loaded up and headed to Picnic Point.  I haven't ran in two weeks and have been really wanting to.

holy crap.  It was super windy, I was pushing the jogger (thanks Susan!) and there are lots of hills on that trail.  I took a walk break after about 5 minutes and then a couple more during my 30 minute run.  I'd just walk for one minute and then start up again.  It was so hard!!  My heart rate was super high but would come right down once I slowed down, which I read was good.  I just need to read up on that more.  I always wondered how hard I was working - because it felt really hard sometimes - and now the heart rate monitor is showing me that I am indeed working really hard.

Nicky was working hard, too.  :)
I ran to the end of the trail, back towards the van about half way and then back to the end again to stop and look at the water.  It was already about 70 out and so beautiful.  I woke Nicky up so he could enjoy it.

 I love this picture below.  He came and sat down as close as he could to me with his little sandwich.  What a cutie.
It took us over an hour to get back to the van as I let Nicky set our pace.  He pushed the stroller for a while, threw rocks forever, stopped 1,000,000 times and ran in little spurts whenever a runner would pass us by.  :)  Afterwards we went to Starbucks and I wish I would have brought my phone in with me.  He looked so cute sitting in a big leather chair with his petite scone and chocolate milk.

What a wonderful morning.

Now he is sleeping, has been for a while, and I'm going to have to wake him up to walk and get the kids.  It's over 80 right now!!

I'm linking up with Katie J today for the Spring Training 5K Challenge!  I hope to get a couple more runs in this week and next.  Our 5K is on May 11th!  It is a fun one, though, a Glow Run, where we will stop and dance along the way so there is no pressure to run the whole thing.  I'm kind of glad even though I want to do that sometime.  As for other exercise, I loved doing the Ripped in 30 (found a new muscle in my calf today!) but am glad to be done, too.  I will probably do another 30 day thing in June but am enjoying this "break" of doing whatever workouts I want. :)  Even if they're still Jillian Michaels.  haha.

Have a great day!!  xoxo

Monday, April 29, 2013

I'm just counting the minutes until I can eat again

what are you doing??  :)

How are you?  How's Monday so far?  I hope all is well in your neck of the woods.  I am working today and actually just hit my snack time/break!  Yay!  Coffee & pizzelles for me.  (pizzelles from Aldi.  70 calories for 3. yum.)

Speaking of food, Patrick and I PIGGED out last Friday night.  He brought home Papa Murphy's pizza and I ate 3 pieces.  Can you say stuffed?  I didn't even bother looking at the calories...just ate until I was full (and then ate one more) and it was so good.  Then I made a homemade apple dessert pizza and ate a big slice of that, too.  We were laying in bed afterwards just going on and on about how full we were.  It was kind of fun.  :)  Also, we watched Survivor.  Our Friday nights are crazy like that.

On Saturday Patrick started painting Ruby's room while I went out and purchased a bunch of stuff for it.  It is all cute (in a 7 year old girl way) and it will be so fun to put it all together.  He finished the cutting now and might roll the walls tonight.  I started painting a shelf for her and got sick of it almost immediately.  I still have a desk and dresser to do.  ugh.  :)  Good thing I don't have to do the walls, too.

I spent a lot of time outside yesterday (it was gorgeous) except for a mid-afternoon trip to Home Depot for more supplies.  I think I will be spending a lot of time outside all summer as that is where Nicky wants to be and he's not at an age where I can just leave unattended.  Even though I'm not that interested in plants this year, I might have to fake it.  I need something to do out there!  (Some day I'll have to tell you the story about Patrick vs. My Perennials.  It's a good one!)

James played outside with his buddies all day on Saturday and then slept over with a friend Saturday night.  Then he called me at 7am on Sunday to come and get him because his friend was still sleeping and he was bored.  :)  He obviously doesn't understand the unwritten sleepover rule that you stay up late and then SLEEP IN.

There is this "pond" in our neighborhood that the boys have been playing by almost daily.  They have a little camp set up and it is all so cute.  They are trying to make a raft now but have given their words that no one will try it without a parent present.

They (and I) love it because even though there are houses on one side of them (as shown) the other side is all grassy fields and trees.  They feel like they they are in the wilderness just a little, you know?  Cute.  Boy stuff.  Love it.

I absolutely DID NOT want to work today but I am so glad I made myself.  Now I can just relax for the rest of the night.  HAHAHA.  I have kids, remember?  But I won't have to make dinner as Patrick made (delicious) hamburgers last night and there are lots left.  Bonus!  

In exercising news, I finished 4 weeks of Ripped in 30!!!  WOOHOO!  I wouldn't call myself ripped but am definitely stronger and my hips/belly are smaller.  Today I did Jillian's Last Chance workout and really liked it.  I will probably do it tomorrow with the heart rate monitor just to see what the calorie burn is like.  I was definitely sweating so it felt pretty good.

It seems like there was more nonsense to share but I cannot remember it right now.  xoxoxo

Thursday, April 25, 2013

non-scale victories #3

I am a little down this morning but starting to perk up again.  James was super challenging this morning and I handled him so well until the last minute when I asked him to get in the van (I had agreed to give them a ride...why do I do that on work days??) and he didn't. get. in. the. van.  I totally lost it and then had to drop them all off.  :/  Ruby knew it wasn't directed towards her and I got to give her a big hug, Nicky seemed fine, but James just got out of the van and I felt awful.  I just emailed his teacher and asked if he could call me when he had a minute and he called me back almost right away.  We both said we were sorry and I feel better.  Gah.  I hate that.  It was almost like God was taking me down a notch because I had thought to myself this morning, "I am handling him so well!"  :)  HA.  I should have been thanking God for my patience and asking for more of it...not patting myself on the back. 


Non-scale victories.  Let's see.  I guess my biggest one for this week was simply not over-doing it all the way when I let myself over-do it a little.  I shared a stack of delicious crepes with Ruby.  I shared a beer with Patrick.  I didn't eat all the cookies.

By the way.  The cookies.

I got them at Aldi's and they are so delicious.  Thankfully they are all gone now.  They are a sandwich cookie and the two biscuits are not very sweet but have a really good flavor and then they have a sweet chocolate filling.  Kind of like a really good oreo but larger and 140 calories each!!  so good.  Don't buy them.

My other non-scale victory happened a few weeks ago but was huge for me.  I switched to drinking vanilla almond milk in my coffee.  I've always liked my coffee light and sweet and it wasn't uncommon for me to add 2-3 sugars and a lot of half and half to a large cup.  That could set me back 80-100 calories for ONE CUP.  And sometimes I'd have two.  The vanilla almond milk has 45 calories in 1/2 cup and 7.5 grams of sugar.  About half of what I was used to and while you can't really compare it to that overly sweet stuff that I favor, it's quite good.  Sometimes I use plain almond milk and add one sugar and that is 50 calories.  And I normally only drink one cup as it's not as delicious.  win, win.  :)  I also like that I'm not starting my day off with all that sugar as I believe that sugar begets sugar...the more you have the more you want, you know?

Anyways.  Sorry for that beginning dump but I can't just start writing like I'm all happy when I really am not.  Although I do feel a lot better now.  Time to get to work!  Go visit Katie J. & Lex for more Non-Scale Victories!


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

weigh in wednesday, week 2

Hi guys,

I'm too lazy to officially link up with anyone but I want to try and do this every Wednesday to help keep myself accountable.  I've lost 1.2 lbs since last week bringing my total for the last 4 weeks to -11.2.  Yay! 

That being said, I would like to eat EVERYTHING today.  Yesterday was the same.  I have PMS this week so I am extra tired and extra hungry.  I only went over by about 200 calories yesterday so I feel pretty good about that.  It could have been A LOT worse.  :)  I could have eaten a dozen cookies instead of the two that I had.  Seriously.  Today I have eaten a bit more than usual but have had extra water first and then snacked on popcorn (Angie's Boom Chicka Pop Kettle Corn - LOVE IT) and pistachios.  Oh.  and one cookie.  :)  (I'm so glad there's no chocolate in the house.)  I still have 450 calories for the day so I might go over, I might not.  I have one Blow Pop in my purse...those are a good 60 calorie treat for me.

blah, blah, blah.  :)  I will stop now.  Have a great Wednesday!!


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

spring training 5K challenge, week 3


Happy Tuesday! I am linking up again today with Katie J's Spring Training 5K challenge.  Her blog states, "The goal of this challenge is to get moving. No matter how much or how little you can do you can participate. Linkup and share a fitness related post. If you've started walking, running, swimming. . .tell us how you've started to get moving! At the end of the challenge we will be running/walking a virtual 5k together on June 1st!!!"  

That's good news for me because I didn't run at all last week!  Not once.  I missed it but it was just such a crazy week with my final consignment sale preparations that I just cut running from my list.  I did, however, complete 5 days of Jillian's Ripped in 30, week 3!  woot!!  I ended up taking Thursday off so I finished my week on Saturday afternoon and I was SO happy to be done.  :)  I think every week has been really hard at certain points throughout the workout and I have been really glad to finish each week as I go along.  I will be ready for something new next week but still haven't figured out exactly what.  Any suggestions?  I might just try some of the at home workouts I see on Pinterest all the time.  Now that I have a heart rate monitor, I'll be able to tell how many calories I burn doing different things which is really cool.

Yes!  I have a heart rate monitor!  My friend Zoe loaned me hers and we just got a new battery on Saturday.  At first it didn't work and I was so sad but Patrick stopped what he was doing, took it down to the basement, and came up about 10 minutes later with it working just fine.  Thanks, bunny!  It's really cool to have and has shown me so far that my workouts are burning calories pretty close to what online calculators had me estimating them at.

So, even with no running, last week was a success.  I put myself and my commitment to exercise first and that felt good, even when it was hard.  Especially when it was hard, I guess.

That reminds me of this inspiring post I read.  Choose your hard.  Love it.


p.s.  go see what everyone else was up to this week!


Good morning, peeps! How are you? I am good. Kind of chilly...can't warm up this morning for some reason. As soon as I finish here I am going to take as long of a hot shower as Nicky will allow. :) I'm happy to report we had another great weekend around these parts. Patrick made crepes on Saturday (and an egg free version for James) and we ate them with raspberry jam & whipped cream. Oh, man. so good.
We also got James all moved into his room!  Patrick finished sealing the trim and moved his bed in.  I hemmed his curtains and made him a throw pillow with the extra trim...it looks really cute.  James loves it!  I am kind of jealous...it's all so new and cozy.  :)  We decided to paint Ruby's room next.  That will be fun, too.
On Saturday night we had a fire.  Maybe you can tell from the picture that it was kind of chilly?  :)  Also, we like blankets.  Ruby read us a story and then everybody went kind of nuts.  (as per usual.)  Nicky ended up tripping and fell right by the fire pit.  Patrick scooped him up while I was still processing that he had tripped.  Seriously, that man is fast.  The elbow of his puffy little jacket was totally melted.  Thank God it was chilly out and he was bundled up.  scary.  After that they all had to sit still and after a weenie roast we sent them inside so we could enjoy the quiet a little.
Ahhh...the magic of television. :)
On Sunday, James went to a friends house and the rest of us just hung out until church.  After church we went to Noodles and ended up quickly leaving after my mom instincts told me James was going to hurl.  We barely got seated in the van and he filled up a to-go container with nothing we would ever want to re-heat.  (sorry.  hahahah!)  He was totally fine after that and went to school yesterday without incident.  ah, kids.  Never a dull moment.

Yesterday was a work day for me but we needed groceries and our house needed some serious attention so I spent some time on that, too.  I ended up getting a lot of ebay photos taken, though, and hope to get some listings done today.  

Here is Nicky from just a little while ago.  He loves to help me make coffee and then he hangs out and waits for the magic to happen.  :)  I do too, actually.

Hopefully I'll be back a bit later with a link up post!  Happy Tuesday!


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Non-Scale Victories #2

Good morning!  I'm so glad it's Thursday...only 2 more days of Ripped in 30 and then I get two days off!!  :)  (I am going to workout this afternoon as I did it at 8:30 last night and am not mentally prepared to go through it again so soon.  :)

How are you?  I'm good.  Nicky seemed better as the day progressed but still managed to puke on me 3 times.  Patrick is staying home this morning with him so I can get my consignment sale stuff dropped off.  I had everything loaded into the van by the time the kids got home from school yesterday so I was DONE.  It was so nice to go to bed last night and just read...not have to think about anything.  I am definitely not going to save it all for the last couple of weeks when the fall sale rolls around.

I am joining up again today with Katie J. & Lex for the Non-Scale Victories link up.  I've got a few of them so let's get started.

1.  BUTTERCREAM.  I love buttercream frosting.  so much.  Seriously.  YUM!  On Nicky's birthday I had quite a bit but when I figured out my calories I was only about 500 over for the day.  That is only 1/7 of a pound...nothing to freak out about, you know?  I've been doing so good that I didn't let seriously pigging out on frosting for one day didn't get me down and THAT felt good. 

(see how I spun that my way?  eating gobs of frosting is Good!  it's a happy thing!  :)  )

2.  I only had one cupcake yesterday.  nuff said.

3.  Last Saturday when I took the kids to Pizza Hut, I ordered their Fit and Delicious pizza.  The Stuffed Crust monstrosity that the kids chose was tempting but I was totally fine with my thin crust option.

 4.  I struggle with getting 5+ servings of fruits and veggies in.  Green smoothies are great for this as I can usually knock off 3 servings that way but I'm not always in the mood for those.  This week I roasted up some broccoli, zucchini, and lots of mini peppers and had enough to eat it 3x.  Patrick even ate a lot of it, too.  (there were 2 pans.)  It was so good and I'm going to get some more veggies to do it again today.  Those bags of mini peppers at the grocery store are so tempting but I never know what to do with all of them.  But they're so cute!  :)  So, this is great for getting rid of adorable baby peppers, too.

I look forward to hopping around this afternoon and reading about everyone else's victories for the week!  Check them out here:


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

weigh-in wednesday, week 1

Today I'm linking up with Erin and Alex for Weigh-In Wednesday!
It's the first time I've joined their link up and I'm looking forward to keeping myself accountable in another way. :)

Today was a good day to start because I was down 2.6 lbs from last week.  The week before I lost 1.2 lbs but seemed to be gaining and losing it all week so I was really happy to see another loss today.  It feels good.  I got past a number on the scale that has been a huge STOP sign to me for a long time in that I never seem to get past it.  Seriously, maybe once or twice in the last 2 years.  I am just going to do my best this week to get that stop sign even further behind me.  (in my rear view mirror if I were to continue the automotive analogies...)

And now I'm going to go on and on about the rest of my life so I won't feel bad if you click away now.  But thanks so much for stopping!! :) 


So yesterday my littlest baby turned 3.  I can't really put into words how important he is to me and how much joy he has brought into all of our lives.  Yes, even when he pukes all over the whole upstairs at 12:30 am after he's feasted on blackberries, strawberries and chocolate cake.  (true story.  last night was awesome!)

 (I loved these newborn days.)
 (This kills me.  Patrick is such an amazing man and father.)
(3 of them??  Blessed. (see also: crazy. but mainly blessed.) )

So, yeah.  I love going down memory lane a little bit.  Here are some shots from yesterday, before the puke fest commenced:

Here is that Mickey Mouse cake he requested.  Oh, man.  My kids will probably laugh about my homemade cakes when they are grown ups.  :)  At least I try.  (but, for the record, I would totally order bakery cakes sometimes if I could!!)

 I added a tablecloth after this (red) so it looked kind of festive when he got up from his nap.  We didn't give him his gifts (aside from the digger thing) until Patrick got home.  He was shocked, to say the least.  :)
 Of everything, he loved this last minute superman tee, cape and mask purchase the best.  He was so cute...just loved them!  :)

 He was kind of cranky all day yesterday but gave no indication that he was sick.  (James is fine, by the way.  totes fine.)  Then he went to bed and I woke up to him crying at 12:30am and a trail of purple vomit (sorry) all over our upstairs.  It was seriously bad.  Patrick got out our carpet cleaner and thankfully got it mostly all up.  (shudder.)  He was up about 6 more times throughout the night but seems better today.  My friend (whose son is at Nicky's same daycare and was also there on Monday) did the SAME thing last night so hopefully it is just a quick bug.  Patrick and I have a plan in place that he will stay home tomorrow morning if Nicky is still sick because I have my half pint drop off!  Nice timing.  :)

(Actually, the timing could have been a lot worse.  Thank you, Lord.)

I had actually finished my pricing last night before bed!  Yay!  Today I just have some sorting to finish up and then get it all into totes and loaded in the van, which I actually love.  I cannot wait until it's all dropped off tomorrow!  My basement will be so much emptier, I should get a big check in the mail before long (hoping to be in the $700-900 ballpark??), and I can get all my ebay stuff sorted out before summer happens.

I want to write about last weekend before I totally forget all of it.  We have had some intermittent mild days the last couple of weeks and they are SO appreciated.  Saturday was cool and cloudy, though, so I took James and Ruby to see the Croods (loved it) and out to Pizza Hut (their choice) for lunch.  A movie, popcorn, drinks and lunch for 3?  $58.  yikes.  And Pizza Hut is even cheap now!  (I was glad I was having some good ebay sales!  :)  )  That night Ruby and I went on our fun run and I really did love that.  It's a happy little memory in my head now.  Sunday we did stuff around the house and then finally all got outside at around noon.  I planted another tree and Patrick put some chicken wire around it so hopefully our neighbor dog won't kill it with his pee.  James had a friend over and all the kids played outside for a long time.  When Nicky took his nap I cleaned off the patio and some of the garage and then we went to church.  It was such a good day.  xoxo, Sunday.

Oh!  And I love when Patrick watches Sandwich King.    This might not look as good as it was.  It was a chopped ham, cheese and spinach grilled sandwich topped with a fried egg.  He overcooked the egg a little but it was still sooooooo good. 

This was so long!  Tomorrow I will tell you about the buttercream frosting.  Oooooooh, was it good.  Long live buttercream!  I heart buttercream.


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

spring training 5k challenge, week 2

Oh my goodness.  Like everyone else, I keep asking myself why these horrible things keep happening in our country.  I was having a busy/stressful day yesterday, had composed a whole post about it, and then heard about Boston and all of a sudden none of it really mattered.  So today I am waiting to hear more and praying for all involved.  I cannot even imagine.


I started week 3 of Ripped in 30 yesterday and while it seems specifically harder on my knees and ankles, it's better than week 2.  :)  I decided to sleep in this morning so I'm going to do my workout today during naptime.  I'm kind of looking forward to it.  My left tricep is a little sore after yesterday so we'll see how it goes.  Has anyone else done this program?  What were your favorite/worst weeks?

Along with 5 days of ripped in 30, I ran twice last week and am almost finished with week 7 of the c25k.   Each run was 25 minutes and will increase by 3 minutes a week now.  On Saturday night Ruby wanted to come with me and I didn't really want her to.  Once when James came he would not stop talking and it was super annoying.  :)  (I am not a chatter while I am running.)  I let her, though, and it turned out to be my favorite run so far this round.  I didn't listen to music so I could hear her on her scooter and I'm not sure what it was but it was a really enjoyable run.  I think part of it was that thinking about her made me not focus on me.  She scootered for 35 minutes...I was so proud of her.  It was so fun!  I am looking forward to getting out there again.  (which is really strange to say!)


I'm linking up with KTJ's Spring Training 5K Challenge again this week.  I love reading about what everyone else is doing and find it really encouraging.  It was so nice to read some new blogs last week and have so many people stop by here and offer me encouragement.  Thank you!


James is home today.  He's not really sick so I'm not sure why.  Like Nicky, a cold seems to affect him more (because he's male?!  probably.) than your average bear so I am letting him have a low key day to recover and rest.  It's also my little Nicky's third birthday and I have a Mickey Mouse cake to decorate during naptime.  He asked for a Mickey Mouse cake specifically and I have absolutely no idea why.  Okay, darling. I have to admit, I've been looking forward to buttercream frosting since yesterday.  :)

We had a great weekend and I hope to be back and post more about it later.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Non-Scale Victories #1

Today I am linking up again with KTJ Weighing In for her Non-Scale Victories link up.  It is what it sounds like...what you did right this week that isn't related to what the scale says.  I first found one of these posts last week and loved it.  I don't want to be a slave to the scale, have my mood depending on what it says (although it can sometimes...at least for a while).  I want to gauge how I'm doing by other things...am I exercising?  eating right?  how are those goal pants coming along??   :)

So, here are my NSVs for the week:

1.  We have a strange tradition of stopping at McDonald's after my kids' well child checks.  (I know how wrong that sounds but they really don't have it very often.)  After James' appt. on Tuesday we stopped and I didn't get anything!  I really wanted a fish fillet but I had already eaten lunch so I didn't get one.  Sounds simple but it felt really good.

2.  Yesterday Nicky and I split a cake donut.  It was really good and I totally had room for it in my daily calories (I am using sparkpeople and I get 1200-1500/day) so I figured what the heck.  The victory here is that I didn't get one for each of us.  I loooooooove donuts.  :)

3.  Yesterday and today, my jeans feel kind of roomy!!  Roomier than they have in quite a while.

4.  I really wanted to quit exercising this morning.  Like, wanted to quit like I've never wanted anything else.  See, I got up at 5:30 and started at 5:50am.  Nicky started crying at 5:55 and James wandered upstairs at 6:00.  REALLY???  Now Nicky is sick (bad cold/cough) and I have been up with him the last 2 nights and with him allllllllll day yesterday and honestly, I've had enough of the little rat dear.  The point of getting up early is to be able to do it with no interruptions, you know?  I was so irritated.  Nicky was fine laying on the couch watching me, though, and James headed back downstairs after a couple of minutes.  I felt tired and sluggish and sad but kept going and I did it!  Yay! 

(as an aside...week 2 of ripped in 30 kind of sucks.  I love some of the exercises, and look forward to doing them, but all the plank work and those crazy push ups are so annoying!!  And yes, I know that is the point, but still.  Only one more day of week 2!!  And it's not gotten much easier but I did switch from 3lb weights to 5lb weights so there is that.)

5.  When I flex, I have a small bicep muscle.  :)

Thanks for listening.  I'm tired, you guys.  I realized this morning that I should be tired.  I have a sick kid, I haven't slept much in a couple of nights, I'm working on a big project...there's a lot going on this week.  I need to go easier on myself.  Tonight might be pizza night.  :)

Want to be inspired and meet some really cool women?  Go check out the other Non-Scale Victories from this week:



p.s.  My blog is all out of whack.  All my sidebar stuff has been on the bottom for a long time and I can't get it back up.  Help!  My blog's fallen and it can't get up!  Will work on that.  

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

the pretty good then very bad then good again day

Yesterday was a pretty good day for the most part.  I thought I had written James' dr. appt. down wrong but then found out I hadn't.  I sold a pair of pricey shoes.  James' appt. went well and we didn't die in the rainstorm on the way there.  My friend Zoe called and said she had a heart rate monitor I could borrow.  (!!) I stuck to our best routine and we did homework right after school & snack and it went smoothly.  The house stayed picked up.  I got the bills paid.  I exercised and ate right.  Lots of good stuff, right? 

And then dinner time came and it all went to hell.  Basically OVER ONE LITTLE GIRL and one worn out mama.  I was so exhausted when it was over that I went and laid down and fell asleep.  I woke up (like 10 minutes later) and Patrick was home (we ate late...never a good idea) and he had closed the door so I could rest.  Nicky came in a minute later to cuddle/smother me and I laid there just feeling bad and wanting to eat a cake.  I had forced James to try some ranch dip (long story) and felt really bad about that, too.  I was considering not letting Ruby sit at the table during meals EVER AGAIN! but that doesn't feel right, either.  I KNOW what works with her but sometimes what works just takes too much energy.  Sometimes I just wish she'd fricking eat.  (Oh yeah, and Nicky said "fricking" yesterday.  bad mom.)  So, I finally rallied (aka was sick of Nicky's boogery face on mine)  (sorry Nicky) and went and found James.  We hugged it out and I apologized.  Next I found Ruby and she immediately told me she was thinking about dinner time, too, and what she would be willing to do.  She would try mashed potatoes and ketchup and even bananas!  She suggested she pick a couple of meals a week and then James and I pick the rest and she will try them and then eat sunbutter and fruit/veggies if she doesn't like them.  (which is our usual plan but sometimes I get bitter about getting the sunbutter out.  I never said I was perfect.  :)  )  She understands if she complains about the food then she will have to leave the table.  (Nicky eats so much worse when she is around which really makes me mad.)  Anyways, it was a good discussion and we obviously needed to regroup but I hate when that happens.  I told myself I should focus on how it's been pretty good for a while, not one bad night.  I just hate when I get so mad.  I didn't even really yell but they could tell I was REALLY wanting to yell.  Same thing, right?  sigh.  Moving on.

I am also hating having all of this consignment sale stuff hanging over me.  I got everything ready to be priced and organized by price over the weekend, which was a big job, but hadn't started pricing yet like I told myself I would.  So I was stressed about that.  I am so thankful that Patrick was so sweet to me last night.  He gave me a really nice hug and got everyone ready for bed and then distracted Nicky and got him to bed, which is usually my job.  I gathered all of my stuff and got 100 items priced!  Yay!  Only 600+ to go!  :)  It didn't take me that long, though, and it was good for me to see that and just get started.  Nicky is sick today (he was yesterday afternoon, too) so I'm going to plant myself on the couch by him and get some more done. 

So yesterday started out good, got really creepy, but ended well.  I am so thankful for forgiveness and grace and fresh starts. 

And tonight we are having homemade chicken noodle soup for dinner because everyone likes it.

Anyone else have a picky eater?  Anyone else feel exhausted by parenting sometimes?   :)   

Thanks for listening.


Tuesday, April 09, 2013

spring training:5k challenge

I'm linking up for the first time today with a 5k Challenge I found on KTJ Weighing In's blog.  Whoever wants can post about their fitness activities for the week and hop around to other blogs and get inspired by what everyone is doing.  I guess there is a virtual 5k on June 1st, too!

If this is your first time visiting me, hello!  I'm Stephanie and I lost 20 pounds 2 years ago and have kept it off (aside from some yoyo-ing over the holidays and vacations).  I am finally ready to lose some more and my first goal is to be 10 pounds lighter/wearing some "goal pants" by my birthday, June 10th.  I had some vacation pounds to lose first (a lot of them...8!) which I've done and am now back to my old regular weight and hoping to go down.  I did the c25k plan last year and ran 2 5ks.  The first was a regular one and it was super hard for me.  You can read about it here. (I am #122 in the picture below)  I look happy and I was at this point...happy to be DONE.  :)

The second was The Dirty Girl and that was AWESOME.  :)  You can read about that one here.

I am signed up for another one at the beginning of May and then the Dirty Girl again in August.  I started the c25k again a while ago to get me going as I didn't run or really work out most of the winter.

Yesterday afternoon I finished week 6 of the c25k which was walking for 5 minutes and then a 25 minute run.  ugh.  I read somewhere that the first minute of a run is the worst and I kind of believe that.  It is always sooooo hard for me to start.  I feel awkward and tired for a few minutes until I find my breathing groove.  After that the run felt okay for a while and then near the end it got really hard again.  It was a gorgeous day so that helped a lot.  It felt really good to finish!

I really want a heart rate monitor but they are at least $70, which seems like a lot right now when I have some other financial goals I'm trying to reach.  I told myself that whenever I hit 10lbs lost that I will get one and hopefully that will keep me motivated to keep going.  I also am super curious about my heart rate when I'm running.  It feels pretty good when I am going my usual snail's pace but when I pump it up for a bit it goes crazy.  (it seems to come down quickly, though.)  I think that's why you are supposed to do intervals...raise it, lower it, raise it, lower it.  We did that a bit last year and it was so hard.  I need to find a time to try it again.

If anyone has a heart rate monitor that they love, I'd love to hear about it!

I just now finished day 2 of Ripped in 30's week 2.  Today was better because I knew what was coming but it was still super hard.  I'm glad it's over.  COFFEE TIME!!


Thanks SO MUCH for visiting and click on the runner girl above to see how everyone else is doing this week!  Also, please let me know in the comments what you've been up to!  I am so glad I found a bunch of fitness and weight loss blogs because they have been so inspiring to me!!

p.s.  Dude.  I know I need a new header.  Soon, I promise.  :)

Monday, April 08, 2013

rainy monday

Good Morning!  How the heck are ya?  You betcha!  just kidding.  Not sure where that came from.  Just a little Minnesota Moment. 

:)  How was your weekend?  Mine was just about perfect in that way that real life is.  I got a TON done, Patrick got a TON done, we relaxed, went to church, saw my sister a little, my kids were either monsters or really sweet, we had one gorgeous day, I planted two trees, we grilled.  It was so nice.  Loved it.  Love this rainy Monday, too.

I started week 2 of Ripped in 30 this morning and it kind of sucked.  Which is good!  These workouts are only 18 minutes long + warm up and cool down so you know that whatever you're doing isn't going to last much longer.  You will probably have to do it again in a minute but it won't last too long then, either.  Each workout consists of 3 cycles of: 3 minutes of strength, 2 minutes of cardio and then 1 minute of abs.  Sounds kind of easy, doesn't it?  ha!  Two minutes of non-stop plank jacks/some other random torturous plank exercise is not easy. (for me.)  Anyways, point is...another week started and I'm glad it's hard because then I'll know I've gotten stronger if it's easier by Friday.  :)

If I wasn't so lazy I would go take a picture of James' room now.  I'm not sure what my last update was but he now has working outlets and two recessed lights on a dimmer switch!  Yay!  The only things left now are to seal his wooden ledge and patch a marker spot on the wall.  (Ruby and her friend colored on the dry wall years ago and it bled through the paint.  We got some KILLZ.)  So happy about this.  His room looks so nice.  :)  Yay!

Nicky will be 3 next week.  Holy cow.  He did his morning pee on the potty this morning with James, Ruby and I sitting around him and cheering him on.  I'm not sure he's quite ready but I am starting to lay the groundwork.  I like to wait to really try until they are 3...it just seems easier.  I have no idea how it will go but he sure did like all the excitement around him this morning.  :) 

I found a bunch of weight loss blogs and I might do a couple of their "link ups" this week.  Just a forewarning.  :)  I know my blog has gone in many directions over the years...that is because it reflects what's going on with me at the time and that seems to change fairly regularly.  Right now I'm really motivated to lose some weight and get stronger so feel free to check out for a while if that's not your thing. :)  (but you never know!!)

Time to get to work. 9:01.  I'm late!!


Thursday, April 04, 2013

daily digest volume 1 (I hate the word digest.)

I did it!  I did my c25k run last night and didn't die.  It didn't even feel extra exhausting or anything so that was cool.  I think I might be able to do both...the Ripped in 30 and C25k...and will feel great if I do.  Of course, I haven't tried week 2 yet and have heard week 3 is a KILLER so we will see.  I was up with a puking Ruby last night (she is fine now) so I didn't get up to exercise but am looking forward to it when Nicky takes his nap. 

I struggled with heavy sleepiness all day yesterday and took 2 small naps (one for 10 minutes and one for 20) and that helped tremendously.  Also, getting outside helped.  It wasn't warm but when dressed warmly, it was really nice out.  I took Nicky for a walk and felt so much better when we got home.  We are about to go out now for another one.  He loves to take his scooter and I love for him to have some fresh air and exercise before his nap.  :)

Today was supposed to be a work day but Ruby stayed home (just in case) so I took out some of my spring clothes instead.  :)  This is my roundabout way of starting to straighten the basement and really makes perfect sense if you think about it.  See, I need to access my clotheslines downstairs to properly tag my consignment sale items and in order to do that I need to move our two big chaise lounges and the only place to put them is in front of where my spring clothes were so it will be much easier to get them now than in the future.  Get it?  :)  (plus, I am SO sick of looking at sweaters.  blech.)

I did do some work today.  I had 5 sales to ship out so that was awesome!  One was even from a buyer whom I was sure would not pay.  He paid!  Yay, because it was a $60 sale.  My sitter did say she could take Nicky tomorrow instead so I hope to get some more listing done.  (and more shipping would be great!)

Ruby and I had some issues yesterday so I was honestly less than thrilled to be spending the day with her today.  I'm not mad at her but it all left me feeling kind of weary.  Something happened at school (not with another child or anything) and she lied to her teacher and then to me but we finally got to the core of her feelings after quite a while and a trying a few different methods of communicating.  It's really hard for Ruby to share her true feelings about certain things, which I totally GET, but it's so hard as her mother to be patient and to know what it will take for them to come out.  Basically, waiting...which is hard, you know?  But when I just left her alone, in her room, she came to me about a half hour later and wanted to really talk.  I was so thankful. 

I feel totally unprepared for being a mother most days.  Sure hope I don't screw up too badly.  :)


Wednesday, April 03, 2013

I wish I could think of one blog post title and use it over and over again until I die.

Oh my goodness, I am tired.  It's 9:58am and I am already excited to go to bed tonight.  :)  Last night I was in bed and asleep by 8:15.  Woke up at 4:45, layed around until 6:00 and then exercised.  Today felt easier and I started thinking I wasn't doing it right and then I remembered this quote I saw on Pinterest (where else?) :

I am kind of excited to move on to level 2 next week.  I hope I can stick with this for 4 weeks.  If I'm doing it while I have my period (that's why I'm so tired), then that is a good sign as this is usually my l a z i e s t week.  I measured all of my parts today so I have something to compare them to when I'm done.  I have my measurements from this time 2 years ago and they are almost all the same.  Well, my waist was 3 inches bigger today (ha!) but everything else was really close.  My body is pretty comfortable right here.  Too bad I am not!  (fake enthusiasm.  :)  )

I am kind of determined to get into these pants by my birthday, though.  I thought I'd show them to you, just for fun.  Yay!!  Pictures of random pants!  woohoo.

These are actually shorts.  I love them.  (They remind me of a pair of shorts I used to wear that belonged to my dear friend Cherie.)  Hers were gold-er than these but these are still very cute.  (size 12)

 This is a pinstriped skirt.  It's a 14 and while it does "fit", it doesn't really.
 Size 12 pants. 
 Another pinstriped item...a pair of pants.  Size 14 but wicked tight.
 I found this Fossil scarf and fell in love.  I am not much of a label whore but I just LOVE Fossil stuff.  I had it hanging in my closet for a few days before I realized it kind of matched my main goal pants & shorts.

And then I stacked them all up and realized it matches all of them.  I might have a problem.  :)
(The pinstripes are either blue or gray...it's so hard to tell.  Maybe my sister can determine their true color.  Her eyes are younger than mine.)

Last night when we were getting the kids ready for bed I was so tired and just kept imagining myself coming downstairs and getting the pie that was left in the fridge from Easter.  I wanted that pie so bad, after not even thinking about it all day.  Being tired is a HUGE carb-craving trigger for me.  Instead I chewed a piece of gum, read for about 5 minutes, and fell asleep.  Yay! for small victories.  I'll take them whenever I can.  

Now it's time to get dressed and stuff.  The kids have early release today so I pick them up at 12:30.  We talked this morning about going to a park but it's so flipping cold out right now.  This spring STINKS but I'm trying not to dwell on that.  More time for me to fit into my cute clothes, right?  :)  (speaking of that...I cannot wait to see my shirt collection again...oh, how I've missed it!!!)

Oh wait, more good news:  the three candidates I voted for (for our school board) all got elected!!!  That is better than good, really.  It is AWESOME!  I see our schools' futures looking a whole lot brighter.  I am so relieved and happy.  Wendy called me after school to see if I wanted to go to the bar and await the election results with our friends and I said I doubed it it, but maybe.  She texted me at 8:13 to see if I wanted to and I was already asleep.  :)

And now, some pictures from Duluth:



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