Saturday, July 31, 2010

July 2010 Summary.

So first off, I can't believe that July is actually over. That means I have to go back to work in 8 weeks and 5 days and I don't know how I'm going to feel about that and handle being away from Lillian. On a positive note, I am 8.5 weeks away and only 8.4lbs away from my actual goal weight. I say actual because I picked it at the start and used smaller ones to inspire me and this one is the biggie that I am actually supposed to hit. So I have a pretty exciting two months ahead of me trying to hit this.

Now as for my July results, I managed to drop 5.8lbs! That has been the most I've lost in a month since April and is my third highest monthly loss to date. So go me!

Running went well. I didn't beat my all time high, stupid flu bug this week, but I did beat my 184km goal. I managed to run 190.06km this month, which breaks down to 6.13km each day. I did this in 24 hours, 12 minutes or 46 minutes each day. 

So I've done pretty good this month and am now looking forward to doing some serious training for my September Half-marathon and my October 15k horror hill run.

Friday, July 30, 2010

My life is forever altered.

So today something happened that will forever change my life. Something that will consume me with worry almost every waking moment of my life from not until I die and there is nothing that I can do about it! Today my baby girl started to crawl and is off to explore the world whether or not I am ready! She took her first little steps in order to sit on my Mac and try to catch the pretty spinning circles on my iTunes. Then once downstairs crawled right under the coffee table into the dog territory. Our dog is as friendly as a kitten, but weighs 91lbs and as such is a knocking baby over/sitting on her risk which is why they are separated. I now had to rearrange my living room to try and keep them apart a little longer. In all honesty I'm both excited and terrified that she's mobile. I really have to keep room door closed and gates locked now but she's getting big and can start to explore the world how she wants to (for better or worse) and that is cool.

We're almost at the end of July which means my goals are almost over. The 4 non-running workouts won't happen again. I find it so hard to try to do anything other than run, mostly because it means I can't run that day, but also being away for 7 days and sick for 2 really didn't help. I hit the weight loss part, and will hit the kms run (fingers crossed) if I can manage to get another 7.6km in between today and tomorrow. That should be manageable though I am really full of pasta right now.

On another cool note I went out with my mom and Lillian yesterday and we stopped at value village (because we're environmental and love to reuse things) to look for some new clothes for me. I spent about 2.5 hours shopping! I have never been able to buy things there because when you are short (5' 4") and chubby, nothing fits right but now I can! I had everything from a 10-18 in my closet and my size 10 stuff is finally all that I can wear somewhat decently. I even have only L-XL shirts and now wear an M so I have been in desperate need of new clothes for a while now. I made out like a bandit! For only $90 I walked out with 2 belts, 7 short sleeve/sleeveless shirts, 2 dressy pants, 1 pair dressy capris and a knitted shirt thing to put over tank tops and make them work appropriate. Every shirt was a medium and the pants were all a size 8. Yes you read that right, I went from a size 16 to a FREAKIN 8! I couldn't believe it. I grabbed a bunch of size 10 and a few size 12 items and NONE of them fit because they were huge. So I had to go back for the size 8 and they fit just right. I know in the 10lbs I have left to go they may be a bit lose but for work that's okay since I would rather have a bit of room than too tight. Plus I need to go back in September to get winter pants, ie thicker pants like cords for when I walk to the bus in the snow. I will also need long sleeved work shirts, a few blouses, a few sweaters, and new jackets, but this is really a nice start. Once I got home I took all my size 12/13 out of the closet and reorganized. The hardest thing was pulling out my XL shirts. Some of these have been with me since I got my first post graduation job and that was hard, but I stopped fretting and just looked at the tags. If it said XL I pulled it out of the closet and tossed it in the pile without even looking at it! Very theraputic! I don't plan to toss them, I know you're supposed to, as I know I want to have another baby and none of my maternity clothes are going to fit me because they are all XL and I'm not anymore, so at least my larger sizes can keep me from having to buy a whole new maternity waredrobe one day.

So that is my exciting story of new clothes. Expect to see some photos in the near future as we have a busy weekend of family activities planned and I can wear my new digs and get the hubby to take some awesome new shots!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Feel like I've been in hiding.

No I haven't gone anywhere but lately I kinda feel like I've almost been in hiding. After my sickness on Monday and yesterday my hubby had it so I was taking care of him and my little one I feel almost as if I haven't been myself the past few days. I think it's the lack of running. :) So yesterday I figured I should try to get back into running since I had to skip it Monday and Tuesday but I took it easy. I did our smallest, least hilly route, and took an average of an extra minutes each kilometre. So I did my 5km and felt great. Will write more tomorrow since I have my mom up and am super busy.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I spoke too soon.

Trying to decide what to have for dinner at Swiss Chalet with daddy.
So I was all excited Sunday night about how I was doing great and was going to hit my running goal this month and blah blah blah, well I spoke too soon and jinxed myself. I spent ALL DAY yesterday in bed sick as a dog! My husband had to call in sick to take care of our baby because I was in no shape to do so. I slept until around 2pm, got up ate some toast, and camped on the couch with the TV until around 7pm when I crawled back into bed after eating some chicken noodle soup.

So today I'm feeling more like me and am able to get back to things but for someone who has crazy energy like I do being sick like that just zaps me. Usually I'm out of commission, physical activity wise, for 10-14 days. I can get back right away but only up to 20% of my normal for days 1-4 , then 50% of usual for days 5-10, and then 75-90% for days 11-14 and by the end of that I'm usually back to normal. So even though I'm so ridiculously close to not only hitting my original goal of 184km but my revised goal of 213km, right now I'll be lucky if I make the 184km. So I'm super disappointed but there is nothing I can do. I need to give my body time to rest and heal. One thing to be thankful for though is that my half-marathon race isn't until mid-September so at least this bit of sickiness won't affect that.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Good Weekend!

So the title says most of it. I had a good, no great weekend despite all my crankiness and not feeling well. On Friday night I had a fabulous visit with my best friend and her boyfriend. This friend is also my baby's Godmother so Lillian loved having her here too. Then on Saturday we went to one of my friend's house (from my baby playdate friends) for a BBQ. The food was amazing the company was wonderful and we finally decided what race we wanted to run. Woot! So now we are planning to run the Niagra Falls half-marathon, well at least two of us are. My other friend is going to run the 5k instead since she just started running recently and isn't up to the 21km route yet. Speaking of 21km routes, I ran that today. I am now only 13 km away from my first running goal for this month, and am only 43 km away from my second goal. I'm super excited because I really want to beat that goal but also a little annoyed since I'm still feeling off. It sucks that for two weeks now I've been tired and sore and having a tummy ache. I'm still waiting to hear back from my doctor if anything came up in my blood work, but that can take some time. Hopefully I'll hear back soon but either way I'm going to run a race with my friends in September and I'm super excited about that.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Results and Rest.

Okay so I decided to have a day of rest today and not to run. I have to say that this is the first time in a really long time that I have been enjoying my day off and not wishing I was running. I think it has a lot to do with my being so tired and sore lately that I am enjoying this day off. I went for coffee with a girlfriend and really enjoyed myself. Part of me did think that I should maybe do Yoga or something but nope. I'm being a lazy butt and watching TV and having a good time. Now I'm looking forward to my baby's godmother / my best friend coming over tomorrow. 

For those of you who were wondering my chocolate chip cookies are 4 points each and super yummy. To the right you can see all the tomatoes on one of my plants. I have three in total and plan to make my own sauce when they all ripen. I know we'll have to buy a bunch more but that's the great part about living near a farmer's market.

Have a great night.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Knee is good, but tummy is not.

Okay so the title says it all, my knee which was really bugging me for a while in May is now totally fine. I figured out it was my dog. I had been keeping her leash around my waist and when I stopped doing that and held it (which I've been doing for six weeks now) the pain went away. My tummy is still bugging me though. Anyone out there know the symptoms of over training or low iron, because I am waiting for the blood work and want to figure out what has me in this funk.

I still managed to run today though being as tired as I was I totally procrastinated and ended up only being able to run 4.5km but it included the dreaded horror hill so that was fine with me. It was actually a nice little run and is now the 2nd fastest run I've ever done. That's crazy considering it had the huge hill. The only run that was faster was on the treadmill so this one is technically my fastest outside run EVER! Woot! Love seeing the 6:50 pace on my screen. At least I got to take my pooch for a run. I'm feeling bad lately because she's a major sucky baby and I thought when Lillian was born she'd calm down and be happy to have me around all day but instead she's always trying to get to the baby (92lbs dog cuddling my kid - I think not!) or whining that I'm not with her. Seriously if I'm two metres away playing with Lillian she's dropping her toys beside the coffee table trying to get me to play with her. I know about sibling rivalry but I wasn't expecting it from the dog. Oh well, I can't give her away because I love her and Lillian and her are best buds already but I feel bad that she still needs so much attention and I just don't have the time to give everyone all the attention they want. Some days I don't even talk to my husband that's how busy we are. Oh well, c'est la vie. At least I'm getting fit and healthy so I'll have extra years to talk to him. :)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Got my run on and my blood taken.

So yup I managed to get to the clinic today and had my blood work taken. So that's one thing down for the week. I have a whole bunch of stuff to do this week including clean all our bathrooms, set up my guest room for my friend who's coming this weekend (my baby's Godmother to be exact), finish baby proofing my house, and fix a few things around here. I love my running but sometimes I feel that if I didn't run I'd get a lot more stuff done around here, but in the end I know that I'll be much happier to be healthy and fit, but I wish I could do a lot more around the house.

So I'm feeling bummed today because my girlfriends won't get off their butts and decide if they want to do a weekend race or if they do which one they want to run. I am a planner, and I need to know things in advance, and needless to say they are NOT. But my sweet hubby is being really great and is willing to go with me to a race in Owen Sound so I will get to do my half-marathon. I love this since I have been training for another half-marathon and I would be very disappointed if I couldn't do one. I'm working so hard that not doing it would bum me out, especially since I was so sick for the first one.

So on the weekend we're going to a BBQ at my friend's house and hopefully they'll have figured out the weekend they want to run. But either way I plan to have a lot of fun this weekend since I get to go to a BBQ and my hubby and little one are going to visit his family so I'll have a day to catch up on the cleaning and such. Woot!! Sad that a free day gets me excited to clean.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Guess the points and other news.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
First up, is guess the points. To the left you see my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies. I get a lot out of a batch and they generally end up about 1.5 - 2 inches in diameter and are SUPER yummy! So guess the points of one of these bad boys!

So I still have my tummy ache today but I had to see my doctor today for Lillian and he's sending me for blood work which I plan on getting done tomorrow. So hopefully pretty soon we'll know what is up with me and why I am in such a funk. At least I managed to run today which was a big improvement. I even got in 10km and am planning a nice long run outside tomorrow morning. So the crazy running lady is learning to deal with the tummy ache and being really tired and still get my good runs in. Overall today went well, and my monkey is doing great. She went from being under the 5th percentile of weight to being over the 10th percentile so I am so happy that she is finally doing better weight wise. Tomorrow I'm going to go out for lunch with my girlfriend after I get my blood work done so hope you all have a fantastic week and loads of exercise!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Feeling down today.

So there was no run today. That seriously depresses me. I have a good reason considering that I had a bad stomach ache and my hubby "put his foot down" and said there was to be no running. Usually I don't listen to him but tonight I figured I should. My stomach has been bothering me for a few days now and I'm also feeling a bit dizzy and nauseous. Lucky for me I am going to my family doctor tomorrow for a check up for the monkey so I will ask him if he can check my iron levels for me. All this running has been really draining lately and I think I may be low on red blood cells. Maybe I'll get lucky and he'll order me to eat steaks at least twice a week. A friend got that so that would be cool. Burgers and steak oh my.

I'm still on par for my running plans as of today but my week is going to be pretty busy and that worries me that I may lose the extra 6km I'm ahead, especially if my tummy ache hangs around. I am also hoping to go back to kickboxing but I may wait until I talk to my doctor tomorrow to know for sure. I love to run and now I feel so sad that I had to miss it. I feel like a failure sometimes and today is one of them. I woke up seriously cranky and everything seemed to go wrong and to top it off I couldn't get my happy little endorphins. I miss my happy endorphins. They make me feel better and not be such a cranky bitch. So now I feel majorly bummed and couldn't run and am not happy about it. Boo-erns!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Crazy running lady is back.

Hello blog readers! I have missed you (both reading your blogs and your comments on my rantings) and hope you have missed me. I may have not hit seven days in a row but I feel like a million bucks tonight. How many people do you know who go out on a date with their husband and upon returning home go for a 5km run with their dog. I do! Plus even after being away visiting my folks, I'm still over 11km ahead of where I should be at this point which is just peachy in my opinion. I feel great and the running is going so well. At this point I am feeling like a million bucks and have a lot of blogs to catch up on. In a day or two I'll be posting more about my trip and how the running is progressing.

Baby Lillian with her Oma.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Enjoying my trip.

So I have been enjoying my visits with my parents and that includes eating a lot more yummy treats than I did on my vacation to Germany. I blame the Cherry Fest in the town next to my mom's which means lots of cherry pies. Mmmm higher in points than I typically eat but so yummy. I've still managed to get some runs in and tomorrow will aim to get a decent one, meaning 9km if the weather holds out and isn't too hot for me. I'm also a bit sad since I can't weigh in though that just meant I could eat some extra pie today since I'll have to weigh in next Friday and use the average number for tomorrow's date. Not such a bad deal for me though since I got to eat pie. Can you tell I like pie?

Lillian has been enjoying her trip too and I'm enjoying spending time with my mom, step-dad, dad, and step-dad. We've got to go swimming, walking in the jogging stroller, visited people, played with my neices and loads of other fun stuff and I've managed to get a whole bunch of beautiful photos of my family. Photos matter a lot to me, as they are the history of what happens in my family.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Travels.

So I'm safe and sound at my mom's place now with my little angel and looking forward to a week of visiting with the family and having someone else look after many of my baby's needs for a change. What else is nice is that I don't have to clean anything or cook and it's really a nice change. Tonight I have lovely veggies off the BBQ and cherry pie afterwards to boot. Gotta love weekly points. Tomorrow I'm planning to run, so I can  burn off some of that pie. Not sure how far I'll get but we'll have to wait and see what the weather is like. Here it says it may rain or even thunder so that will make a difference in how far I can go. I brought all my running gear with me though and it would be a shame if I dragged it here for nothing. In all honesty it took up about 1/3 of my bag I packed so I really should use it.

Hope you all have a great day and keep up the great work!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Rocking the Running thing!

So this week has been GREAT for my running. I can't run tomorrow because I'm taking Lillian to go visit my mom for a week, and it's a two hour drive there. Despite that I have managed to run a total of 57km this week, also known as the hottest week of the year, and also attended kickboxing. So that means this month alone I've run 86.71km and am well on my way to rocking my 184km running goal for the month. One third of the way through the month, and I'm 47% of the way through my goal. Woot! I just have to make sure that I manage to run a few days this week while I'm gone. Mainly ones where I am not driving, so my goal is to run Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. I am currently 4.5 days ahead for my goal so missing Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday will be just fine.
Steve swapping my baby with his baby!

I also did my weigh in today since I was crazy retaining water yesterday and I was down another 1.6lbs putting me at 154.6lbs which makes me so excited. I only have 12.6lbs left to lose! Crazy and super exciting. Things are going really well and I'm feeling pretty good today, considering I was the queen of cranky yesterday. Some days I just get that way and yesterday was one of them! So tonight I am looking forward to my visit with my mom and trying to figure out how on earth I'm going to get all my runs in this week.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Crazy running lady.

So I've run for 7 days in a row now. I'm crazy! And what makes me even more crazy is that I plan to run again tomorrow and Saturday. I am just crazy and loving my runs even if my legs feel like jelly and I'm pretty sore. But I do plan to do a little run tomorrow, like 6km, and then a really long one Saturday and then take off Sunday and Tuesday and I have no idea what I'll run on Monday.  Right now I'm a little obsessed with making sure I hit my goal of running 184km this month. I'm going to rock it!

Here is my super happy baby!
Lillian enjoying her cheerioes.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Points, Goals, Vents and then some!

Okay, so the answer for the Guess the Points on Monday, was 10. Details are bellow.
1/2 English muffin (1), 110g extra lean ground beef with 20g onion and seasoning mixed in - I used garlic, chipotle, paprika, salt & pepper (6), 1 oz part skim mozzarella (2), 1 cup asparagus (0), 1 cup zucchini (0), 1/3 whole red, yellow and green pepper (0), 1/3 cup mushrooms (0), serving of the packaged Swiss Chalet dipping sauce (1). I sauted the mushrooms and added the gravy to it! For the veggies we have a great olive oil sprayer so I just mist them enough for the garlic to stick and then throw them on the BBQ. Asparagus was steamed and plain. It was super yummy!

So I'm feeling pretty good about my July goals. I'm going to be away for most of next week taking my baby to see her oma & grandpa as well as opa & grandma (my folks are divorced so my parents are oma/opa and grandma/pa are the step-parents). That means I won't be able to run as much since I won't have access to our super fabulous treadmill (so sad) so I am trying to get a bit ahead this week. So far I should be at 42 km run but I'm actually at 52.7 so that rocks! Tomorrow I'm planning a super long run so that I can get more ahead and same thing on Saturday so if I can get at least 12km one day and 15km another I'll be a nice 25km ahead, which translates to four days where I don't have to run at all. Lucky me! Tonight I also went to my kickboxing class which gives me 1/4 non-running workouts. Tonight's class was my last one so I talked to Steve and I'm going to sign up for another three months when I get back from my folks. I'm not having that much fun yet, but it's mostly because I'm so out of practice I feel bad for the people who get partnered with me since they don't end up working as hard at they should. Maybe I'll do some Taebo before I go back to practice my moves.

Lastly a little vent! I'm super excited about doing a marathon with my girlfriends in August/September but neither of them will get off their butts and pick a bloody race. I like to plan things well in advance and they are procrastinators and I am going nuts trying to get them to pick one. I train based on how much time I have left before the race and not knowing is driving me nuts. Also, signing up for a race earlier is CHEAPER but they don't seem to get that either! So grrrrrrrrrrrrr! Thank you for listening, and that reminds me I need to sign up for my October Hill run some time in August!

Below are photos of the veggies that I use to make food for Lillian. I was pretty impressed by how many jars of baby food I got out of the pile of raw veggies!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Morning runs are not so bad.

So here it is a scorcher this week. We are talking mid-30's with humid-ex making it low-40's. So this week means that I have to run in the morning if I have any intention of running at all. Even when I run in the morning the temperature is still hot and humid, but I still managed to run on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday am and I'm pretty proud of myself. I managed to run outside on Sunday but today and yesterday it was inside on my treadmill. But I figure even if I'm running on the treadmill I'm still running.

I had a bit of a disappointing weigh in on Friday losing only 0.2lbs but I am working extra hard this week at tracking every lick, bite and taste. I'm also working extra hard at running more. Last week I managed to his 55km, most of which was Friday-Sunday. I haven't run that much since in one week since March so that may be part of why I haven't been losing as much the last little while as I was earlier this year. So I'm pretty excited about this week and and really looking forward to Friday's weigh in.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Guess the points!

Okay so since I've been on Weight Watchers I've learned to make several of my favourites in a lower point version. Recently my husband joined me on WW to lose those last 5-10 lbs he's been trying to lose since our honeymoon. Now I'm working on making his food friendlier for him. He joked the other day while we were eating homemade Chipotle burgers with veggies that I should post my food on my blog and let people guess that points. I liked the idea so here it is! I'll try to post at least one food every Monday and let you, my wonderful readers, guess the points values of that food! Then later in the week I'll post the correct answer and when possible, provide the recipe(s). Let me know what you think of this, and if you don't like it I won't keep it up!

Have fun!

Chipotle Burger with the works and Veggies and Mushroom gravy.

Is it: a)10 points   b) 12.5 points   c) 15 points   d) 8.5 points

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Before and After - part 2!

So on April 1st I posted my before and after photos for having lost 20lbs in three months. Now it's been six months and I'm down just under 36lbs which I think is amazing. I have never been this current weight in my adult life. I was looking at some measurements that I took of myself a few days after I got pregnant. At the time I took them I didn't even know I was pregnant. At that time my measurements were as you can see below in white. The purple numbers are the ones from when I started weight watchers on January 1st, having had my baby girl in October. Currently they are the green numbers.

Chest: 40.5 inches --> 43.5 inches --> 39.75 inches
Waist: 35 inches --> 39 inches --> 35 inches
Abdomen/Bellybutton: 39.5 inches --> 44 inches --> 37.5 inches
Hips: 43.5 inches --> 47 inches --> 41 inches

So as you can see despite having gone up during my pregnancy, I am actually 5.25 inches smaller than before I got pregnant which is fantastic. I feel really good all the time. So while I still have a bit more to lose I'm hopeful that I can do it in the three months I have left before I go back to work. But I have made a discovery, and that is that while I want to lose more, if I one day have to stay at this weight for my life, such as after having all my babies and being a bit older, I would be completely comfortable with myself at this weight and that is a huge thing for me. I would just need to tone up a bit more, especially my bum and mommy tummy. But right now I feel really great about myself and that is something I haven't had in a really long time.

October 2009 - 217 lbs
January 1, 2010 - 192lbs

March 29, 2010 - 172lbs
July 3, 2010 - 156lbs

Thursday, July 1, 2010

More race plans.

Hope all you Canadians out there had a wonderful Canada day! I did, even if I'm not Canadian! Though my baby girl and hubby both are proud canucks and I'm as close as you can get without actually being one, having moved here when I was 2 years old, but we spent a nice peaceful day at home together. I had to laugh since the last very Canadian holiday, Victoria day, I spent in the garden, and bet you can't guess what I did for three hours today. :) Yup we now have our grass patched, our veggie garden weeded, one bush dug up and another bush transplanted. Now our raspberries have lots more room to grown next year. My husband really likes raspberries and we both disliked how large our pussywillow bush was getting, so out it came and now the lilac is in it's place.

So I think I'm going to run another half-marathon in either August or September. My girlfriends who also like running were thinking we should do a girls' weekend before I go back to work and head to another town, stay in a hotel, run a half marathon on Saturday morning and go out Saturday night. Sounds kinda funny but I love the idea. We're going to start playing with race ideas. Anyone know of a good half in Onatrio that has a 5 or 10k with it? My one friend just started running a month ago and doesn't feel up to the full half so she's thinking 5k if it's in August, and maybe a 10k if it's in Septmeber. For me this means I have to keep up my 21km running ability while working on my 15km hill route. But I figured out if I run to the start of the route, that adds another 3km to it, and with my garmin I can just run down a side road for 3km to make it a full 21 so I should be okay. I'll post more details when I figure them out, though if I do this I won't be running the Laurier Loop listed on the side, but I figure trading a 5k for a 21k is just fine and dandy!