Saturday, March 31, 2012

I Sewed a Dress!

Okay I think my title says it all! I've been a very busy mommy for the past few days sewing my first dress from the patterns I bought while out with Cecilia. I took some cheap but soft fabric and did a practice run and look what I ended up with!
Lillian LOVES her new dress.
Lillian is crazy about her pretty little dress. She really likes the colour and kept twirling around and around and around while showing off her new dress to Daddy. I know that some parts were not perfect but I can work on those, and I have a bunch of other fabrics that I can use to keep practicing on until I get it right, and then I can move on to larger, more complicated projects.
Pretty in Pink!
So today I finished my 10k long run for the day, and it was great. I feel a bit weak in my legs, for which I blame boot camp. Tomorrow is a rest day and I am looking forward to it big time. I am hoping that I will have some more time to work on my sewing projects, but I also want to make sure we have healthy and delicious food to eat, and that we get lots of family time in too.
My first finished product.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thinning Thursday

So my prediction yesterday was sadly right. I was up 1.0 lbs this morning. I'd be lying if I didn't say that I was disappointed by that, but at the same time I feel so bloated and ucky today that I don't think it's a real gain. Steve said it's probably just water weight and will be gone in a day or two. I don't want the number on the scale to be the deciding factor of how I feel about my life, but I have to say that increase this morning really put me in a funk that I'm just now getting over. I don't think the lack of sleep last night and bloated feeling is helping either.

But today is a new day and this week will be better. I won't be running 20k on Sunday so I won't be a munchy monkey like I was this weekend. I have a few meals out to contend with but my date night with my husband and a trip to the zoo with the family are both things I can enjoy and not stress out about. The rest of the week will be good home cooking so I don't have to worry about what I'll be eating.

Okay enough rambling. The point is I gained, and it sucks but I'm going to try not to let it bum me out too much. I will go to boot camp tonight and I will run my 12k and 5k runs this week and then next week I'll have a loss and this gain will be history.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Feeling Nervous

Okay this is going to sound silly, but I am really nervous about my weigh in tomorrow. I'm not usually a worry wort around my WI because I work so hard, but even with my 20k run on the weekend, and eating healthy and such this week I am still crazy nervous. I know part of it is because I've had more salt this week than normal, but otherwise it's just silly stress. If I gained weight it won't be a big deal. I have dropped so much weight the last few weeks, that I understand my body might slam on the breaks for a week or two and recoup before going back to losing. I'm working hard, and eating healthy and taking care of myself and my children so in the end I know that it's all good. I also am aware of how crazy it is to be worried about this before it's even happened but for whatever reason my brain is buzzing away with nerves.
Lillian enjoying the warm weather.
Part of it might just be because of all the things we have going on right now. My husband has quit his job (finally) and found another one that he's going to be starting on April 9th, so that throws my calm life into a moment of chaos while I get used to his new schedule and such. I am looking forward to having a happy husband who enjoys his job again, and got to spend a week at home with us first.
Katrina enjoying the warm weather, and NOT eating things from the yard.
So my husband has a week off at home with us before the new job and I'm hoping that the babies and daddy and I will get to have a great week at home together. We're going to visit the zoo for the first time as a family on the weekend and having Easter dinner with my husband's family on Holy Thursday. The rest of the week is ours to enjoy as a family. So my plan is that if I do gain this week I'll just have to run extra next week to make up for it. I'll let you know how tomorrow goes!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Training Tuesday

What a great week! I did boot camp again, missed a running day, and ran in crazy heat.



My tempo run on Monday was AWESOME. I did it outside for the first time which taught me how hard it is to run to a pace or speed outside. It's crazy hard, but I managed to do it after a few miles. The hard part about this run was hitting and sticking to the 5.6mph I had to run for the 5 miles of tempo. Near the end the tempo was getting really hard for me, but I pushed it and wow did it feel amazing but during the run I seriously wanted the run to END! I thought I might puke after the tempo and ended up with my hands on my knees catching my breathe before I could jog home and that was a new thing for me.

My little run was good too, and the odd thing was I planned to run at a comfortable pace and every time I looked at my watch I was running 5.6 mph. I almost felt as if my legs were trapped in that speed from Monday. So the long story short of my run was that I ended up running a person best of an outside 5k at 33:55 which is AWESOME!

Finally I ran a great long run on Sunday. I had to take some energy item with me and found out the Power Bar energy bites are GREAT! I don't like gels because the texture puts me off. I don't like gummies because they stick in my teeth. So I may have just found my running food for when I start my marathon training. I did the route that Cecilia and I did the previous weekend. For me to get to the start of her route, at least one corner of it, took 4.1km so when I added getting to the route, and then running home plus one loop around the park I managed to push it up to 19.6km. I even managed to rock my pace. I ran a 7:34 pace when my long run pace is supposed to be 7:50-8:50, even with Cecilia bumping me down to 7:40. This was my last crazy long run before my half-marathon on April 29th. Right now my coach doesn't know whether she'll be running it, and I just found out my Oma won't be here so I may be pushing through it alone if the weather is yucky or the girls are too fussy for Steve to bring, but I know I can do it. I've run two half-marathons before plus, on Sunday I could have kept running if I wanted to even though my feet hurt so no fear.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Rest Week

So today starts another rest week and as normal it starts off with a rest day. I'm learning to enjoy my rest days a lot more. Sadly, I think I enjoy them because without having to worry about how, and when to fit in my run I manage to get a lot more things done around the house! For example today I've already gone grocery shopping (by walking the girls in the double stroller to the store), baked bread, finished some laundry, played with the girls, and while both girls are napping I'm baking sandwich buns. So a very productive day, though I have no idea what I'll be cooking for dinner. Steve will be eating leftovers from the weekend before going out and now I'm not sure what I will be eating. I know what we're having tomorrow, but planning meals usually happens when I know two adults are eating.

My feet are feeling much better today. They were sore after my long run yesterday but now I'm back to normal. I like how quickly my body bounces back now that I've been doing all this exercise. Hard to believe that I can punch out almost 20k and then spend the next day pushing my kids to and from the store and then chase Lillian around the kitchen while carrying Katrina! Crazy! Anyone out there who wants to know what that is like, can strap a 17lbs weight on your left hip and run circles around your island in the kitchen. Lots of fun and obviously burns extra calories. Crazy to think that I dropped enough weight to have literally lost 2 whole Katrinas. So when I carry her around and get tired I have to remember that I used to have two of her on my body at all times! I am so happy that I don't have that anymore.

It's nice that I fit into my work clothes and am feeling more like me. Now I just need to drop a little more weight so I can go and do some major summer clothes shopping. Last time around I went back to work in October so a lot of my work clothes are winter appropriate or Fall temperature so I think I get to go and buy some sexy summer gear. A few sassy skirts, a nice dress, a cute spring trench coat, a few cute flats, and so on. I'm really excited too, because I'm working on my sewing skills a lot and I'm going to try sewing a dress for Lillian. It's crazy pink, which I don't love so much, but figure if I like it, I can make it in any colour I want and the pink fabric is soft and was a $3 thrift store purchase so if I seriously mess up, who cares! But the real reason I'm doing that is that I want to try sewing a dress for myself. I find now that I'm a size 8/10 I find dresses to fit my hips and waist easy but it's hard to get a dress that flatters my bust and can handle my generous bust. So I have a few patterns and Cecilia has agreed to help me with this project so I am super excited but first I have to get a handle on a simpler dress. Wish me luck!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

One Busy weekend.

Sorry I didn't write sooner but it has been a crazy busy weekend for us here. We spent the entire Saturday in Hamilton visiting my in-laws and having dinner at our friends' house. It was a lot of work to get the babies fed and loaded up in the car and were on our way ASAP, which means we didn't leave until almost 11am, so once we got them the girls needed lunch immediately, but since I had packed everything before we left it was no problem and they were fed. After that we visited my husband's grandmother for a while and then headed off to dinner.

We had a very busy day today too. We slept so-so thanks to two fussy girls who didn't go to bed at their normal time and a little one who instead was up again and again all night. So this morning I let Steve sleep in and took them downstairs for breakfast. From there, we all ate while Daddy slept and after he woke up I got dressed and headed out for my long run. Steve handled lunch and then they napped and he did his thing, while I had coffee with a girlfriend. I came home in time for us all to enjoy a nice pizza dinner together. I couldn't believe how much pizza Lillian ate! For someone who some days eats two bites and runs off, she ate a whole Lilly pizza. It was crazy. We had to actually make another one.

My run went really well. This was my last really long one before my half-marathon at the end of April. There will be others but they will be 15km or less. Though I must say I am really, really, really, looking forward to my rest week next week. More run details on Tuesday.

Trouble.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thinning Thursday.

So today was another major success on the weight loss front! I am down another 1.2lbs this week, putting me at 157 exactly. That leaves me 8.8lbs to drop to hit post Lillian weight and only 12 to get to goal. I'm feeling really good about all this. I wasn't sure if I would lose anything this week after last week's awesome loss but instead I not only lost weight but lost over a pound. That means I've lost 74% of my weight so far! I have a feeling that it's all this running I've been doing that is really pushing my weight loss to go so well. 49km followed by 43km is really not going to hurt weight loss, as long as you eat healthy, which I do. This week I won't run as far but it's all outside and pushing myself.

So while I don't like having time goals for weight loss I should mention that I have 10 weeks until I go back to work and only 8.8lbs to drop. I must say it would feel pretty good if I were in the 140's when I went back, and even better if I was actually at post-Lillian weight for my first day. So I guess I have a mini goal for myself. Now I'm realistic about things. In the next 10 weeks I have tapper weeks, a race weekend, post race rest weeks and my Oma visiting. But I also have a half marathon, another 3 boot camp classes, a week of my hubby being home, and my Oma being here so I can run solo then. I won't be disappointed if I don't make it but I may have to come up with a reward for when I do hit it!

In other great accomplishments, I ran my fastest pace 5k yesterday. It was meant to just be an easy run but keeping on a certain speed while running outside with a Garmin is actually REALLY hard. So in my process of trying to his a 5.3mph I ended up at 5.5mph with a 6:47 pace or 33:55 for my 5k. I can't believe that a silly little, should have been easy, 5k actually had a faster pace than my speed runs! But I guess that's something I can be really proud of, especially since I was struggling so much in the Winter with my outside runs. Cecilia suggested that my easy pace may have changed, or that it is different on different days. I think my legs were still tuned in to Monday's tempo run where I was hitting 5.6 mph since over half the time I looked at my speed on my Garmin I was going 5.6 mph. So now I'm all proud and I think next week when I have a rest week I may do a 5k outside and really try to push myself and see if I can't knock that number down a bit further. We'll see what my coach says about that.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Trying to stay positive.

Okay, it has been one of those days so far. I don't really know what to do anymore. Our little one is teething, and it's been going on for MONTHS now, and still NO tooth. Her gums are swollen, she's got a fever (so yes she's on Advil), she doesn't want to eat, she isn't sleeping, and she is just miserable 24/7 and I am slowly losing my mind. She cries in her high chair at meals. She cries at nap time. She cries while playing on the floor. She cries while her sister is trying to entertain her. It's unrelenting! There have been bits of time where she is happy and quiet but for my happy baby these fleeting moments are few and far between. I know this has to end, and that the tooth or teeth that are causing all this pain will eventually break through, but we saw the doctor Friday and he said it could be another month, based on how things look in her mouth. ANOTHER whole month. Sweet Jiminie Cricket, I'm going to lose my mind!

I feel for the peanut though. Lillian was not a problem teething. She was just whiny and then oh look a tooth. Katrina is the definition of a terrible teether. Drooling, chews everything, fussy, crys, unhappy, fever, won't sleep, doesn't want to eat. I think she has every symptom you can have. I know this is not be fun for her, but it's really hard to see her in pain like this. I want it to be over. Being cried at for hours every single day, regardless of whether I hold her or whether she's on the floor with her sister, is very tiring. Emotionally I'm so drained this week. I just hope that these teeth will get out already!

In happy news I had my first boot camp last night for my little two week class. It went well, and since everyone there has done booty camp before we jumped right in and didn't do a baby first class. So that was a great feeling, and right now at this second both my babies are napping so I am super excited that I have 5 minutes to read my book and figure out what to make for dinner! Oh and my babysitter is free on Saturday the 31st so there WILL be another date night this month, even if it just falls into the month.

We have a stripper baby on our hands. She's going to be one of those clothes-less toddlers!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Training Tuesday - Week 20

This week was another great week for running. I did a lot of outside runs and was able to bring just Katrina with me so it helped me get my distance in.



My speed run was on my treadmill on Monday while Katrina napped and went so much better than my tempo run last week, which is nice. The next day Katrina napped a lot so I managed to get my medium run in while enjoying the beautiful air. Wednesday brought another quickie treadmill run while I was cooking and Thursday I enjoyed the lovely weather again and just did a little quick easy run with Katrina while Steve got ready for an interview.

Saturday, I met with Cecilia, my BRF and coach, and did a long run. She wasn't up to doing 15k so after eating oatmeal and getting to her house, I went to the park beside her house to get 5k in. I did a few laps and enjoyed my music (now that I've updated my iTunes finally) and then headed back to her place. I went in and we filled our water bottles, and I ate my chews and we headed out. She has a 6 mile (just under 10k) route she likes to do so we went for that route and had a great time chatting and catching up and discussing various things. It's always a lot of fun when we run together, especially when we go for brunch afterwards. Gives me a bit of adult time while my husband enjoys time with our girls.

So a total of 43km is a great week for me and I'm looking forward to this week's runs before I have a rest week.