Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Rest and Veggies

Totally (un)Toasty Tuesday Workouts

30 minutes of strength training
2+ mile run on the treadmill while watching Continuum.

It was a balmy 18 degrees at 4:30 this morning.  The real feel was FIVE.  I don't know why I hold out hope that my run will happen outside anytime soon.  It's only week two of Workout Jail and I'm already fussing and whining about being in the basement.  Reminds me of one of the kids that used to say "hotside" for outside.  He'd stand by the door and demand to be set free.  Yep.

Hold cold is it?  It's so cold that the cat won't even go out.  It's so cold that my skin is two sizes to small and cracking!  It's so cold that...it's just cold.  How's that for some literary genius.

Ew, right?
I really should have run a full 3 miles this morning - but - I had to get started an hour earlier today so that I could be at work early.  I slept pretty solid (thank you Ambien) so at least there's that.  I just get so tired when I run after weight training.  Maybe I should mix it up and run first.  Though the warmup from the weights workout is so nice on my legs.
Pretty dorky at 5:00am

In our healthy living support group, today, the challenge was to do 2 minutes of planks.  I spend the bulk of last year working on core strength and planks are an easy to master exercise that helps build that up without a single crunch or sit up.  I actually like planks the best of all abdominal strengthening exercises and have seen tremendous benefit.

Now if I could just find a food or beverage that burned off the fat around those newly toned muscles...that would be something!

Actually doing pretty good on the nutrition side.  One pesky little component that I was limiting greatly until the dreaded Holiday Break, when I pretty much did whatever I wanted.  No matter - just time to get on the horse again.

Trying to convince myself that my body needs rest and healthy foods tonight...not beer and chips...to recover from a very stressful day.  Rest and veggies, rest and veggies, rest and veggies...no beer, no, no, no.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Let Full On January Begin!

Monday is a Rest Day, Halelujiah.

Yesterday I got my 6 mile run done on the treaddy - but I waited til after Church thinking that I would be able to do it outdoors...nope.  So - I missed my swim, but I'll not be beating myself up for that.  No sir.  Also, a run that late in the day followed by sitting in my rocking chair made for some really sore legs in the night and today.  Just getting old, I guess.

Susan holding Stella being kissed by Cameron
I did manage to get a run in on Friday morning before we left for Kansas City, but needless to say - I wasn't feeling a Saturday morning long bike after staying in a hotel room Friday night.  The beds were super comfy and the place was quiet - but our 8 year old had a hard time settling down.  Couple that with her sharing a bed with our 13 year old aaaand you have a short and restless nights sleep.

We had a good time seeing my sister and two nieces, though.  I was really glad to get the cousins together.  I have a whole gaggle of cousins that I don't really know very well.  Also, my other siblings kids and my kids didn't really ever get to know each other, so I'd like to change that with these cousins.

Ya gotta make an effort with these things.

Yesterday was pretty hard on me.  Still having issues with our oldest son.  It gets easier to take and you begin to understand that it really isn't your fault no matter what they tell you.  But, I can't help but be deeply saddened.  I have been doing well at not internalizing these things - but I've been extremely prone to migraines and now have two lovely cold sores to show how NOT stressed out I am about all this.

In any case - just trying to keep my head above the waves.  Having a fitness and nutrition goal is tremendously helpful.  My 20 week Half Ironman plan begins on January 17th.  I've joined a healthy living support group on FaceBook to help me stay accountable and motivated.  I have plenty of love and prayers support.  I just need to make sure I squash any and all negative self-talk.

Easy, right?

Saturday, January 2, 2016

2015 to 2016

This year saw lots of changes with our household.  I think the coming year will be equally interesting, but hopefully less frustrating.  But that's life!

This past year started out with a bang.  We had some issues with one of our children that uncovered even more issues, that just grew and grew until we realized we had a real mess on our hands.  I won't continue to talk about that.  It's sad and hasn't resolved, but will culminate with our son leaving for boot camp in June hi with no intention of ever returning.  Life has a way of working out, I'm told. 

In March, I was hired at Baylor Evnen!  I closed Small Steps Childcare after seven years of caring and cuddling for the best little people around, and went back to work.  It sure was an adjustment for our whole family!  I was really scared that I wouldn't fit in.  I've never worked in the legal field plus it had been a long time since I'd done any clerical work.  But, it seems the Good Lord knows what he's doing and my job has been a tremendous blessing in every way.  I adore my boss and enjoy the work AND I was awarded the firm's employee of the year award as voted by my co-workers!  It seems I fit in pretty good. :)

This summer was very different without my being home.  Our oldest daughter, Alahnnah, stayed home and cared for her younger siblings while David and I were at work.  Out of the 12 weeks of summer, we agreed to pay her to watch the kids for seven of the weeks, and I paid to take the kids to the daycamp at the YMCA for the other five weeks.  She made some money and it saved us some time and some money!  Also, I think they had fun. :)

During those weeks that the younger children were at daycamp, our teeny-bopper daughter had some fun adventures with the church Student Ministry on Mission trips and summer camps.

At the end of the summer, my youngest brother got married at Sunken Gardens in a beautiful ceremony.  He was in his dress uniform and looked devastatingly handsome.  Must be genetic.

This Fall I tended towards illness and missed one of my favorite events of the year,  Market to Market Relay.  In fact,  my fall racing was entirely a bust and I came to a pretty pivotal point in my personal growth.  Painful but necessary.

In the beginning of 2015, I began praying "less of me, Lord, more of you".   I didn't know what that would look like.  I had no idea the pain that would be involved in that kind of sanctification.  I don't regret it and will continue on.  However, after being stripped of things I erroneously tied my identity to, I have to say I am afraid of what's to come.

What's to come.
My intention for 2016 is to cultivate kindness.  To myself and to others. I think if I focus on that, the rest will be OK.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

What I Learned from The Sky People

Thinking It's Thursday Workouts

30ish minutes of weights from the Tri-Power book.
30 minutes on the bike - indoor trainer.  And HOW many miles did I cover after I entered the correct wheel size??  About 30% more!  Glad I fixed that little issue.

When I ride and run inside in the winter, I often work my way through a series on Netflix.  Currently, I'm working on Continuum and The 100.  The 100 is a Sci-Fi series that centers around a group of 100 young people that are basically incarcerated on a space station.  The earth has long been abandoned due to radiation contamination.  The elders decide that the earth might be viable again and - to save oxygen on the aging space station - they send the 100 to check it out.

Most of the 100 are ages 15 to 19 (though the beards on some of the boys say they are much older...)  It's been interesting to see how the conflicts and hardships they endure on the earth "age" them.  The main character is a smart, beautiful young woman named Clarke who is supposed to be about 18.

If I squint real hard I could imagine myself to have an 18 year old...oh wait...I almost do. :)

So this begins my transformation in how I look at television.  Where Clarke used to be someone I would look up to, maybe even look to for hair or makeup - possibly clothing - standards, now it's her mother - Abby.  In the series, Abby is the Medical Doctor on the space station.  She is on the ruling counsel and even becomes Chancellor as the series progresses.
"Abby" Paige Turco
"Clarke" Eliza Taylor

I have realized, lately, that I no longer relate with Clarke.  I no longer float in a weird "I have children, but they are little and not like that" gray area.  I, now, fully relate with Abby.  My older children are young adults.  My son will leave in June to pursue his career in the United States Navy.  My oldest daughter looks a whole lot like Clarke.


On the show, today, Abby (the Mom) had a tough decision to make and ultimately went against what the majority of the people thought and sided with Clarke (the teen).  I know, I'm a huge dork, but I got a little misty, a little choked up and a little proud when Abby said "I trust my daughter!"  Did the situation work out?  Yes, and no.  Just like real life.  Except in real life we aren't crash landed on earth and at war with the indigenous people group while 47 of our young people are trapped by psycho hyper-evolved humans who want to drain their bone marrow so that they can live on the surface again.

But almost.

Well, how was that for some rambling, eh?  Hope everyone has a safe New Year.  Try not to do anything you wouldn't normally do, and might regret.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Wednesday and I'm Still a Dork

What, it's Wednesday Already!? Workout

60 mintues on the bike - indoor trainer.  And just how many miles did I cover in that hour?  10.9...what!?  Really, that's it?  Garmin says I burned 525 calories in that hour.  11mph is like la-dee-dah lets go for a nice relaxing bike ride - not a 500 calorie per hour sweatfest!

Why do I tell you this?  Well - I tell you this because I figured out what a huge dork I am and why, after months of consistent workouts and better nutrition, why I am actually getting slower on the bike.


Back in the Fall, I finally got enough saved up for a new Garmin.  I was rocking the 310XT with it's beautiful 1/2" thick orange and gray face and monochrome display for two years.  Two years of a GPS enabled multi-sport watch that you can't wear anywhere else because it's SO DANG BIG.
The 310XT - functional, but huge.

So the lovely day occurred when I got the white faced watch with optional purple strap and I proceeded to configure the data screens and pair the bluetooth equipment and we went out running and swimming and biking and it was lovely.

Shortly after, I got very sick with cellulitis in my leg.  :(  Super Sad Face.  If you don't know what cellulitis is, look it up.  I'm not kidding when I say that I could have died.  It's basically a skin infection that goes septic.  I was on two different antibiotics + pain meds and I didn't work a whole day for 2 weeks.

By the time I got better, it was way time for the bike to be on the trainer for the winter.  I know, I know, there are other people that ride outside all winter.  But that is not me.  I don't like riding in the dark and I don't have the gear for the colder days.  So, I paired up my speed and cadence sensor and away I rode...well, I stayed in one place spinning my back wheel.

I noticed right away that I wasn't getting the mileage out of my effort and I figured it was because I had been sick.  Also, on the trainer, there's no hills to zoom down and it's a leeeeetle boring, so I tend to be slower.  But 50% slower?  Hmm...ok, time to get in shape, right?

Well, time has gone on now, and I have been very consistent with my workouts and *mostly* consistent with my nutrition (we shall go for very consistent after the first of the year).

This morning I figured it out!  OH MY QUAD.

When I configured my new Garmin VivoActive, I didn't put in the wheel size when I paired the speed and cadence sensor!!

Well.  I'm glad I got that figured out.  What a dork.  If all of that means absolutely nothing to you - that's ok.  Just understand that I have been building a tremendous amount of bike fitness with very little encouragement.   Sort of like running on a treadmill that's clocking you a lot slower than you're running so you run harder and harder to try to make it up.

So I fixed it and am anxious to see if it makes any difference, or...am I just slow on the bike trainer!  Either way - I'll be super BikeFit by the time Spring rolls around!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Merry Birthday & Happy Christmas

Terrific Tuesday Workouts

30 minutes of weight training - I began a more assertive program in one of my books.  Tri Power by Paul Frediani & William Smith was included in my registration of a weekend long Triathlon Camp at the local YMCA in 2014.  It's a wonderfully well rounded program that focuses on functional strength, flexibility and injury prevention.
2+ mile run - on the treadmill.  Boo-hoo and wah-wah.  We will all bitch and complain until mid February when the icy tundra of Nebraska recedes again to just "Winter" and not "Holy Crap the Air Hurts to Breathe and My Nose is Now Frozen, HELP!!"

Yesterday I moved my bike and all my weights back into my basement where they are once again nestled lovingly next to the treadmill.  Hate to do it, but gotta get training done in these frigid months.  And I know, I know, there are people in Canada that are outside getting it done in -3 with 40mph winds...but not me, alright.  As an evolved human I've been given free will.  And a brain.

Yesterday was also my 40th Birthday.  Holy shit.  When did that happen?!  I spent the day watching Sci-Fi and eating.  In fact, that's a whole lot like what I did these past 5 or 6 days in a row.  No workouts, lots of sleep and food.  Glorious, sugar laden, fat soaked, nutrient poor, sometimes alcohol laced, FOOD.  It was absolutely wonderful.

Christmas was nice.  Of course, living in a First World country, being a home owner and a double income family there is NOTHING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT.  Yeah, my kids didn't get everything they wanted, but that's life.  David loved his new gloves. They are thin, but warm and even have a windproof mitt hidden in a little pocket that he can take out and cover up his fingers if/when running or biking in the cold.  Warm hands can make a sucky workout less so.

I was somewhat productive with my time off.  Another "Big Cook" as I fondly put it, was completed.  Sunday after church we went to the mall and got Susan's ears pierced and then headed on to Aldi for a couple wagonloads worth of groceries.  I made 20 meals that afternoon in 3 hours.  If you've never done a big batch cook before, I recommend using a plan from IAmThatLady.com.  Her plans are around $3 and include shopping lists and a step by step.  THREE DOLLARS for the plan and usually about $150 for 20 meals.  We eat them two at a time, sometimes depending on what it is and who is at home - but still, I end up with pre-packaged, ready to throw in the oven or dump in the crokcpot meals for TWO WEEKS that way.
No drama from this girl.  Tough.

I'm using a whole lot of CAPS in this post.  Hmm.

Glad to be somewhat back to a normal schedule.  We are going to see my sister for New Years, so that will be fun.  Our families have both grown so much that she doesn't have a spare room anymore and my kids are way to big to sleep on the floor.  So - we get to rent a hotel room and enjoy free cable and an indoor pool.  Darn.


If only I can make it through another THREE DAY work week... :)

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Official Declaration

Wonderful Wednesday Workout

- None.  I slept in until the very last possible moment when I could awake.

Somewhere along the line yesterday, I ate something that didn't just disagree with me, it had an all out ugly divorce with my digestive system.  Had a rough night, so figured I'd stay in bed this morning.

I feel so badly when I miss an evening with the kids.  Last night, as I laid in bed, groaning and wishing the vile offender would make its exit, I could hear the fun I was missing.  David even read the book to the kids.
Aren't they cute? :)
We are reading through The Chronicles of Narnia.  If you've never read them, do it!  You've probably heard of some of the movies, or even seen one.  Let me be the first to tell you, the books are even better!

So, not much else to say, today.  I've not felt well at all and have had a few slices of toast and two bananas to eat all day.  The girls bought pizza at work and offered me a slice (they are so sweet, seeing as how I didn't even pitch in!) and even though pizza is probably my 2nd or 3rd favorite food on the planet, I declined.

I tried to eat an apple a little while ago, but I managed to nearly cut my finger off - so that's a bust.  Of course my boss comes around to wish me a Merry Christmas and a Happy Birthday as I'm typing with a makeshift tourniquet on my finger.  It's a good thing that she likes me, I'm often displaying how big of a DORK I am at all the wrong times.
I guess DORK is genetic.
Today is December 23rd.  There are eight days left of the year that includes my birthday, Christmas and New Years Eve.  I think it's time...

"I hereby declare that calories do not exist from this point forward until the stroke of midnight on January 31st.  Go, my friends, and eat and drink what you please.  Do not forsake a cookie or slow down the pour of something delicious.  Go forth and be Merry!!"