Saturday, January 19, 2013

Express Yourself

I sure wish that I had more time to write!  However, just like anything, you make time for what you want to make time for.  I've decided that training for a Marathon is more important than writing, hence, not much going on the blog, lately.

I did get a "long" run in yesterday.  I ran by feel (without techy feedback) and did a little over 8 miles nice and comfy at a slow rate.  This gave me well over an hour and a half to think about things as I run solo.  I don't listen to music until I feel like it, in this case the last few miles.

The notion that I run to express myself came to mind.  Though not in the way that you can express yourself through art or through, say, flair...

I was thinking more of the result of expression.

The "what comes out" of the act of expression.

When I run, I think.  I consider.  I mull over.  Sometimes I feel convicted of something I'm not doing quite right.  Sometimes I float back in time to a sad place and hit the pavement to pound it out.  At times, I just feel darn grateful.  I worship and praise.  I've often been moved to tears on a long run, and cried for frustration and ran faster and faster on a short run.

What comes out of me when I run isn't always good.  But it's better out, than in.  Shrek said that one.

Anyway.  I had more profundency to relate - but it's Saturday morning, my long run was done yesterday for the love of better weather, and our whole family has a 3-day weekend.  Time to watch some Sci-Fi and rest the legs!

Now, get out there and express yourself.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Iron Chef Andrea

Hooray for getting to the pool today!  1500 yards took me 45 minutes, but hey.  I got in the pool.

I had a workout with 2400yds on it but after the warm up and a couple of "faster" 50's I was already tired.  So I got in 1500 and then spent 10 minutes in the hot tub.

The boys both took amazing naps this afternoon, and boy was I glad.  I plan to take a rest day tomorrow as usual and then try to run a little on Thursday.  I think if I can maybe do 2mi on the treadmill and then finish the workout in the pool that will be enough.

As many of you may know, I've been severely under employed since right before Thanksgiving.  Mostly, it's been a blessing.  I've learned to slice our grocery spending to a minimum.  We've avoided using our credit cards as we are in enough slavery to those damn things already.  I've learned about places through out our city that give away day old bread, bruised produce and close dated dairy items.

I've learned that I was correct in purchasing 30 boxes of pasta, 20 bags of frozen vegetables or flats of canned beans when they are on sale and had the resources.  We've been eating from our pantry, praise the Lord!  But it's been 6 weeks and provisions are getting low.   Where I used to meticulously plan our weeks menu and shopping based on sale ads and easily make something off the list each night, I am now cooking as if I were a contestant on Iron Chef America.

Though, I would wager that my contest is more difficult.

The Iron Chefs may have to make a gourmet dish from squid and candy corn in under an hour, but I have to use what's on hand to make something quick, nutritious, filling, that passes the kid test and can feed a small army.

Making dinner tonight required some invention.

How do you like the stick of butter in the back ground?
I made a double batch of Baking Powder Biscuits and wasn't really sure what else to do with it.  I just used a bag of dried pinto beans to make a giant container of home made refries - but didn't think that those went with biscuits.  I'm low on veggie choices and frozen carrots and canned peas didn't fit.

Looking through the pantry, I found a lone can of Cream of Mushroom soup.  Okay, there's a good sauce base in a pinch.  I added some frozen chopped spinach that was lingering in the freezer and heated it through.

As the biscuits came out of the oven, I fried half a dozen eggs, over medium, in a little coconut oil with salt and garlic powder.  It came out rather good...though I'm wishing for fresh veg almost like I pine away for cheese these days.  I'm sorry to report that I couldn't stick to my No Dairy pledge today.  I could have just had the biscuit (which has milk in it anyway) with the sauce, but my tummy was hungry and the eggs were what was available.

Turns out, our van also needs some serious repairs that can wait no longer.  I'm trying not to deal with my stress in a destructive was as usual by a) punishing myself with hard workouts, b) blowing my nutrition goals by eating my feelings, or c) withdrawing so far that my friends no longer remember my face.

Stuff happens.  It could be worse.  At least I still have all my eyeballs.  Count my blessings.  I still have my health.  Iron Chef today.  IronMan someday.  Chin up.  Keep calm and carry on.  And all that other stuff.

Monday, January 7, 2013

First Week

I hope all of you have been having a wonderful New Year.  What are your plans, goals, dreams?

I have had a lot of time to think about my goals.  This last week, I have been seeing a lot of this:

I had a bout of cellulits in my right leg and have been on total rest for the last 8 days.  Total rest.  Like, no movement.  I mean it.  You will lose.  Do it or else.  Complete inertia.  Rest.

Fortunately, I got this in the mail right as I was entering my phase of inertia.

I normally scoff at things with the word Bible in the title - but hey.  If you want to say that a Bible is a comprehensive guide for living, then this book is certainly a Triathlete's *that*.

Naw, mostly I've been sitting on my boot, surfing the internet and getting irritated at things that people say.  One of my resolutions this year is to stay off the screens for heaven's sake!  Many times I find myself sitting in front of the television screen with the laptop open or my iPhone screen in my face.  Not cool.

Of the times I have gotten mobile in the last week, most were to use the restroom.  Our 3-year-old son seems to leave his underwear in the most unusual spots.  This past week was no disappointment.

I'm very very very very very very very very very very excited to swim tomorrow.  I have an hour workout planned and hope that the kids all nap so that I can go comatose on the couch for a few minutes mid-day.  First workout in 10 days - that'll be a hoot.  I'm expecting some hunger to take over at some point.

But my school age kids are all at school now, so I just have the daycare schedule to work around.  :(  No, really, I'm okay with it.  I feel like the last 3 years of burden has been lifted.  Looking back, I can see the child that God was protecting with His conviction of me to home school.  That child is, by no means, a done deal.  However, I can tell that three years at home with me was the best thing.  He is confident and fit, now.  And having gone through the chubby/dorky stage at home, he got to "find" himself without the voices of his peers.

Starting now, I plan to enjoy the Daycare Lady / SAHM gig. My older children are at school, and they are learning from professionals.  Our home is a safe, encouraging, Bible believing environment and I will NOT let Satan rob me of my joy in it any longer.  I no longer need to prove to anyone that I am a hard worker.

But that's a story for a different post.

I'll let ya know how the swim goes.  Wonder if I remember how.  :)

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year 2013

Aw, Happy New Year everybody!

I know it's not "cool" to make resolutions - but I like the start of a year (or month, or week) to start charting progress at the least.  Last year I logged each of my miles and wound up with about 1,925 when I set what I thought was a lofty goal of 1,500!  If I hadn't kept track all year long, I wouldn't know how it turned out.  Even more than that, I wouldn't know that I needed to up the ante for this yaer!  2,013 miles in 2013?  Yah!

I also think that the beginning of January is a fine time to see just how much improvement you can plan for the year.  If you sit around all year saying "Gee, I'd sure like to..." or "Maybe when the weather straightens out, I should..." you'll be to busy when the time comes and miss the opportunity!

Here are my Goals and Resolutions for the coming year.

1.  Join a swim meet or club.  I just started swimming a little over a year ago and it is by far my weakest sport.  I know I need to be around other swimmers to matter how scary (hello, circle swimming, eeps!) that may be.

2.  Travel to see my in-laws three times in 2013.  Yeah, we are the worlds worst children...our family is about 2.5hrs away and we put it off until, lo and behold, the ENTIRE year of 2012 passed without traveling to see them.  Shameful.  Unacceptable.  Changeable.

3.  Pay more attention to the exterior of our home.  I usually start out the Spring fairly well...I clean up the leaves and trash that blew in off the near by main street over the winter.  I prune the rose bush and clean up the porch...but I fail in keep it up or making any improvements.  This year, I'm going to focus on the front of our home and try to give it more "curb appeal."

4.  Train for and run my first Marathon as a vegetarian.  I normally don't eat much meat because it's just so hard to digest.  But, I decided to go all the way Veg with a no dairy pledge as well.  I will mark one day per month to eat cheese, glorious cheese, and whatever else I've been missing out on. :)

Well, I think that's enough for now.  These four things will certainly bring about other positive changes in my life.  Can't wait to see what happens!

What about you?  What would you like to do in 2013?