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.