Thursday, May 31, 2012

No excuses...

Normally I would apologize and make excuses for things like not writing a blog post, eating a cookie, or taking time for myself.  I'm going to try to stop that stuff.  I have reasons why I do (or don't do) something, but I'm not going to feel guilty about it.  If anyone has a problem with it, let me know and I'll direct you to what I do all day.

So today, I walked around DC with W's 5th Grade Class - and I am exhausted.  But I still need to work out today.  Normally, I would make up an excuse and not do it.  Right now, I am trying to figure out when I can do it.  LOL!  I want Rita's right now, but I am really not wanting to get into the car.  However, I have 770 calories left from today...and I haven't exercised.  I need to eat something - and it may as well be Rita's, right.  Or I can eat something else - like an Atkin's bar and some nuts.  I haven't decided what I want to do...but I'm sure it doesn't include packing 3 kids into a car and taking them for high sugar treats.  LOL!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Long weekends...

While I get that's Memorial Day and we should remember those who have given their lives for our country (it's pretty hard not to think about it every day, by the way), it's also a long weekend.  I love long weekends...bed times are relaxed (mostly) and schedules are out the window.  Well, we still eat pretty much at the same time.  :)

Pool is ready for the summer, garden is growing, and the kids are pretty much ready to spend their days in the pool.  I can't wait.  Now to just drop these nagging 20 lbs and I'll be good.  I have to remember that I have to eat and exercise.  Not enough calories and my body will go into starvation mode.  No exercise and I'll go back to sluggish mode.  Even it's just a leisurely ride on the bike, a walk, or playing Wii with the kids, it's all good.  :) I will run again soon, but right now, I'm building up my stamina with the bike.  I think I've ridden about 30 miles in a week.

We have a walk on Father's Day for the NICU...that shouldn't be too bad.  I just have to pack lots of water for me and juice for the kids.  :)  And we'll be home in plenty of time to enjoy our Father's Day by the pool with the family.  Not sure what hubby is planning, but I think it might have something to do with golf.  :)

Vacation is fast approaching and the good news is that I don't have to pack a lot of "extra" kid stuff.  A few pull ups for D.  Probably juice boxes/pouches and jelly beans (they still expect potty rewards) and we'll be good.  A long cry from last year with booster seats, bed rails, diapers, wipes, and all of that miscellaneous paraphernalia.   We still need some stuff, but it's getting easier.  The down side is that they are fast and sneaky. I don't suppose that will change as they get older, but I'm screwed either way because it's two of them.  Maybe they'll take it easy on me.  LOL!

Off to bed...need to sleep.  Or watch House Hunters.  :)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

What's the difference?

Here I sit wondering the difference between counting calories/fat/carbs/protein and cutting out carbs entirely.  The reason I wonder this is because I know a couple of people who are cutting carbs, but not worrying about calories or fat.  And they are dropping pounds like..well, things that drop.  I chose the more traditional route, eating more fruits/vegetables, counting calories, watching the carbs and fat...and exercising.   It's the dreaded exercise.  I actually enjoy it.  I have been doing this whole thing for all of 5 days and I feel so much better.  I've dropped at least 5 lbs and I have more stamina and energy - which is a good thing considering I have to chase two 4 year olds.   So, in theory, which one is the better bet?  Well, I don't think I could part with all of my carbs (I love me my English Muffin in the AM), plus at one point, I will eat a Five Guys cheeseburger and fries.  I will have a sweet tea.  It's inevitable.  What will that do on the low carb diet?  What will that do on calorie counting diet/exercise diet?  I think I stand a better shot of rebounding with how I am going now.  It's obvious that avoiding carbs works, but I think I  prefer to work out and get stronger and firmer, not just to lose the weight.  Plus, my goal is run a 5K to say that I did it.  No marathon for me unless I find I love running - which if the first few weeks of the C25K are any judge, I'll stick with the 5K.

It's just like everything else...there is more than one way to do things.  :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Some days it rains...

Well, I did eek in a workout this morning before Grandma got here.  Then right before I was going to start my 2nd one, I managed to drop a package of ribs on my leg/foot.  It swelled up pretty good and will be sporting a huge bruise for a little bit.  Good news is that I can still workout...just have to find the time to do it again today. Right now, it's raining, so our evening walk is the kids are going to bed early since they had no naps. I should be able to run downstairs and annoy my hubby with 30 minutes of bike pedaling.  :)

The garden is growing right along.  I can't wait to harvest something.  LOL!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

I did it!

I pulled the bike out of the storage room and rode for 30 minutes @ 12-14 mph.  YAY!  I feel so much better.

This is hard work...

As much as it's hard work to eat better and exercise, I think I am up for the task.  I have a goal for my running - I'd like to run the Race For The Cure 5K in October.  I'd like to run with I guess I'll have to harass other people.  As for weight loss, I'd like to weigh 155-160 again.  I felt my best when I was there a few years back (before I got pregnant with the twins).  So, I'm looking at losing around 30 lbs.  I can do it.  I did it before.  Way different circumstances...I was working and had a hour to spend at the gym (during lunch).  My goal was to get pregnant - which is definitely NOT my goal this time.  Now my goal is just to feel better and be able to keep up with 3 boys and their activities.  It's a goal for me.  I can do it.  I will do it.  Time to break out the Wii Fit stuff and workout if I have to.  I am actually going to pull the bike out of storage and ride. I am a motivated momma!  I can and will do this!

Monday, May 21, 2012

I guess that was it.

I have been waiting for the motivation to lose weight and I guess that # on the scale was the push I needed.  I've been counting calories...well, keep track of them.  I've been rethinking my meal/snack choices.  I've been exercising.

 I will give credit where credit is due.  I did a Google Search or Plantar Fasciitis and how to fix it.  I came across this site called and they had a very informative video about what causes it and how to tape your foot.  They also have an orthotic that fits in your shoe too, but more about that later.
So, like a lemming, I went to Target and bought some sports tape and started taping my foot.  OMG!  What a huge difference!  I can actually walk without shoes and have no pain while it's taped.  I ran today (W1D2 of the C25K program) and feel pretty good.  $.50s worth of tape is making it easier to walk.  Who knew!

I will say that I am finding myself being hungry ALL of the time.  It sucks because I would normally grab a banana or have some fruit, but even those are calories.  Ok, I am fibbing a little, I might have grabbed a Rice Krispie treat or some nuts/berries mix.  But a banana has more calories..WWWWHHHHYYYYY?

I think my scale is out of whack too.  I weighed myself at 4 AM...then again at 7:30 AM (just slept, no food or exercise) and I weighed more.  WTF?

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Dang it...

I hit that number that I don't want to see on my scale...EVER.  I'll swear that I am not eating any differently.  Ok, maybe there is a little more chocolate in my diet.  It's not like I am sedentary, I am getting in at least 10,000 steps a day.  I eat fruits and vegetables.  Why am I gaining?

I taped my foot today and it does make a difference.  I ordered a heel seat insole for my foot to see if that will help.  I have been stretching and icing regularly.  I am bound and determined to be able to run so I can start losing weight.  No more Chick-Fil-A Sweet Tea.  No more junk food.  Dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate and only a very limited amount.  I want to see if I can lose weight or else something else is going on.

I am very frustrated.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

That squash...

It must be growing an inch or two a day!  

 The first photo was taken on May 11.
The second photo was taken today.  The squash is in the top right corner.  

My radishes are growing pretty quickly too!  I can't wait to eat them!  YAY!  As you can see, my marigolds are still waiting to be planted.  LOL!  

Here are some other photos:
 These are the blueberry bushes.  They have at least a new leaf a day.  :)
 Tomatoes and peppers.  And now there are more radishes and celery (thanks to Pinterest)
 Corn and more radishes (but not to eat - supposedly they are helpful for an insect that attacks the corn)
The bed on the hill.  Most of what is green are weeds, but there are some strawberries poking through.  :)

Good News/Bad News

Bad news is that second time around is much harder for the Couch to 5K program.  Good news is my heel doesn't feel nearly as bad as it has.  Bad news is that Keeva didn't make it through the whole program.  She took a dip in the pool about mid way.  Good news is that W was my running buddy today.  He's definitely my child...not the most graceful runner, but he had no problem with it.  Bad news is he's back downstairs playing Minecraft.

I think I need to find a good treadmill...this running outside on warm days is for the birds - or whatever runs outside.

Friday, May 18, 2012

D-R-A-M-A? Not for me...

I loathe drama.  I am not a fan of people who create drama.  Now, that is different from those who just end up in the middle of it though.  I think that's why Facebook drives me nuts.  I post a lot about my kids because that is my life.  I try to bring some entertainment to others with the antics of my crazy kids...that is part of the truth.  I post a lot so I don't forget the little moments.  I am not looking for sympathy.  I don't post things for attention.  I hope I can make at least one person laugh.  I'm sure that some people groan when they see what my kids are up to now.   What I do not post is anything extremely personal.  I think the closest thing I have come to posting something dramatic is "It's going to be one of THOSE days", but I'm sure that qualified it with some strange occurrence with one of the kids -- like a temper tantrum at 7 AM.  When I see the DP (Drama Posts) most times, I just ignore the post and hope that it scrolls off of my screen lickety-split -- and I would assume that's what most people do with my posts.

However, there are some people that I search out.   There are not many, but there are just a few that I find to be very entertaining.  I am truly glad that statistics aren't available to see who visits who.  I would probably be considered "stalker-like" for a few people.  Those people should be afraid...LOL!

And I wonder if they read this blog.  Probably not, since I don't really advertise.  I use this as a soap box and, also, to help me remember things.  :)  If I could remember to write everyday, I would.  If I could make $$ from it, I would.  I'm happy to just write to get things off of my chest and out of my head.  It's a very barren place most times -- my head, not my chest.  However, I don't like controversy either.  So, most times, I type and don't publish because I don't want to deal with silly people who have a louder voice and don't think that someone can have a differing opinion.  So I stick to relatively inane topics -- like gardening, my kids' antics, and my boring life.  One day, I'm sure I'll publish something here that will piss someone off, when my filters finally break (I'm giving the kids another few years to wear them out), but until that time, I'm perfectly content writing about boring things.  :)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

These kids...

I'm not 100% sure, but I think my kids could be the most stubborn children on the face of the planet.  I could be wrong.  I mean, there HAS to be someone more stubborn, right?  Maybe not.  I am amazed that my house is still standing.  I do know that I have picked up the same fricken' Legos 10 times in the past 2 days.  I also know that I after I pick up the mess, it becomes twice as bad.  I think I'll just let them have this battle and I'll continue to fight the war.

Monday, May 14, 2012

A sad day/happy day..

Yesterday was Mother's Day.  It was a pretty good day for me.  I was able t escape the confines of the house, without the kids, and enjoy some of life's other enjoyments (a hot lunch,good conversation, and mani/pedis).  However, a dear family friend passed away last night.  I can only hope that he and mom are together again, and happy.  What's worse for me is that I fell asleep early last night and wasn't there when my best friend called to texted me.

RIP Jerry Connolly.  You will be missed.

Friday, May 11, 2012

I want to Draw Something...

I will say that I am not an artist.  I am creative, but an artist,  So when this Draw Something game appeared, I was overly excited to show my skill of making stick figures do just about everything.  And boy, my stick figures are pretty good at just about everything.  They can ski, sled,  dance, eat, coach, you name it.  :)
Today, I was stuck with 3 words that I really had no idea how to draw - the 3 coin word being Scooby.  Well, I admit that I had to go online to see a picture of him, but I did manage to draw him - or a decent likeness of him.

Hehehe..maybe somewhere deep inside my brain, is the ability to draw that I thought had skipped me.  You never know.  Maybe my sister CAN really sew and all she needs is to try.  :)

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Oh...and one more thing...

So, my garden is looking pretty good and Mother Nature has provided the rain so I don't have to water anything.  I'm guessing that's going to end here soon and I'm going to have to break out the hose.  :)  I'll take some photos and post them later.

Here are some side notes:
I am sitting here watching my little boys and they are totally nuts.
My 11 year old is a total geek and it's pretty neat!
My friends have made a decision regarding their dad.  It's a good decision, but it still sucks. :(
A friend may join us for Hockey Night on Saturday.  While I totally don't mind (because she is really cool), I am horrified that it messes with our hockey mojo.  I mean, where is she going to sit?  LOL!  Hehehehe..
Two 4 year olds can kick anyone's butt...I mean, anyone.
I am in total shock that the boys' teacher doesn't drink.
No matter how old I get, I will never understand people.
I don't think I could be more excited about getting my nails done on Sunday.  Or it might just be the idea of leaving the house without any children and having no set schedule to return.  I guess I should put something in the slow cooker for them to eat, huh?
Sometimes I just surprise myself.  I wanted to come up with something for Teacher Appreciation Week, for my son's 9 (that's right, folks - he has 9 different ones) teachers.  I think I must work best under pressure.  They each got a water bottle with some little things in there, including a note from W.
I have a bird dog that eats bird seed.  She's a little off.  :)

I would say "Only me!", but I know there are a few more of us out there.  :)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Life's not fair...

I say it all of the time to my 11 year old.  I honestly do believe it.  It's been a sucky couple of days here, but at the same time, it's just been average sucky.  D has constipation issues - he has always had them.  I don't think anyone could be more excited by a solid, well-formed poop than I would be for D (aside from Dr. Oz - he seems genuinely thrilled to talk about poop).  This poor kid just doesn't want to go.  He knows it's going to hurt, so he just doesn't go - until, well, you know - he has to.  He's been on Miralax for months at a time, and all that does is make it runny and unscheduled.  So, it sucks.  We're not sure if there is an underlying cause to his constipation or if it is just a behavioral thing.  To know that, he'll have to have some tests done...I guess another Dr appointment is the plan.

Our week also sucks because some dear friends are struggling with end of life decisions for their father (who is also a friend).  It's brutal.  It sucks.  It hurts, badly.  It breaks my heart.  The only think I can do is hope for peace and hope that decisions become easier.

I find myself being thankful for my life (and my family and friends).  I have dealt with adversity (while it's not nearly as much as others) and I hope that I have learned my lesson from these trials.  I also learn from other's struggles.  While I haven't been through something, I would hope that these people know that by telling their story, someone is learning, taking notes and hopefully, remembering how to respond to a similar struggle.  I believe that the most important lesson is that of compassion.  I try not to judge people because I don't know what they are dealing with every day (or just on that particular day).  I would hope that people cut me some slack too.  In most cases, the only thing I can offer to people is compassion.  I don't have an experience that could help, nor do I have any advice.  What I do have is a sympathetic ear, overactive tear production, and the ability to not judge them.  I can only hope that is good enough. :)

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

It's been crazy...but not too crazy.

Well, in the past week, we changed our sleeping arrangements, gained some visitors, I stopped running because my heel hurt more, planted our garden and passed around a cold.  I have been so busy that I couldn't even pause long enough to play my FB games...and that's saying something.

We have temporarily moved the boys into my room because their room is being used by hubby's parents.  I will say that it's worked out because they are sleeping in.  However, I haven't been able to sleep very well because I get kicked in the middle of the night.  We did manage to sleep in until 9 AM this morning.  A feat that is only overshadowed by the fact that we were guessing that W made it to school ok.  But now that he's home and playing Minecraft, we know that he made it just fine.  :)

I made the decision to stop running because my foot hurt.  I thought that resting it for about a week would help, but I will say that it doesn't seem to be getting any better.  I will be more diligent in stretching and icing now to see if that makes a difference.  Also a factor in my decision making process, I picked up a cold from the little boys.  :(

Our garden is about 40% planted.  Tomatoes, peppers, onions, radishes, carrots, cukes, squash, blueberries, and corn are all planted now.  That leaves strawberries, sunflowers, pumpkins, lettuce, garlic, celery, and broccoli.