Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New year, New resolutions

I start each year with good intentions but not real backing for my goals.
I'm going to lay out what I want to accomplish for 2014 & how I plan on obtaining theses goals. 
This is mostly just for me to get out there....and if you read, maybe you can help me obtain these goals. 

Health
I have to lose weight. I have to stop drinking sodas, eating unhealthily (is that a word?) & get more veggies in my diet. 
I need to exercise. I joined a running program & hopefully I can move from walking to running & get faster. On some off running days I need to do one of my cardio videos or go to the gym & lift some weights. I know that I will have 2 scheduled runs per week, so now I need to schedule the other exercise. 

Ok... That's a huge goal that will prob take a months or 2 to get on track. This is one that I'm going to have to schedule!!

Spiritual
I have no great habits here. I go weeks that prayer is there everyday & is a big part with the boys & I. Then I go weeks feeling unfulfilled. 
I think I need to see if I can either find something I can listen to while I run/exercise. I have a book that I was recently given with readings for each day...maybe I can read that before going out & then think on that while exercising?? I'm not sure if prayer in the morning or evening works better. Maybe something to read or pray on before bed? I'm just not sure. But I know that I feel this is not strong in me & I need to do something to feel more fulfilled here. 

House
I have NEVER been good at housekeeping/organizing. I found a weekly checklist today that I'm going to print out & attempt. It has chores broken down to each day of the week with checklists. (I love being able to check things off.)
I've tried so many different things....guess it can't hurt to try something new?? Right???  
I need to start in my bedroom & attempt to finish unpacking. (A lot is clothes that don't fit right now....should I just toss now or wait until I lose weight??? I just don't know what to do.)

Wow. Even though it's just 3 topics, it's a lot of stuff to get in order in my life. 

I hope to also reconnect with friends. I've become somewhat closed off & not reached out to spend time with those that are important & are fun to be around. If you are reading this...call me & get my ass out of the house....I'm really not good at making plans & following through...

2014 is going to be a great year!! I hope that friends & family can be involved in helping me achieve these goals!!!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

My challenge

Ok....I'm having a really rough time getting out there to run/walk. The last few times, even these less than 2 miles seem to wipe me out & I just don't want to go again.

But I want to run/walk...

I can't explain. I want to get out there, but I'm having such a hard time motivating myself out the door. My body has been aching & I know I need to for my health & sanity. I completed 3 miles with the boys the other day & it sucked. I had to get them ready, snacks and entertainment & then answer their questions. It's just not as enjoyable.

I miss running with others. But I'm so slow right now & out of shape...ugh.

I'm frustrated, tired, out of shape & ready to throw the towel in....

I need some motivation...anyone out there that can kick my butt...(I have a 5K on Saturday....I'll probably walk it, but really feeling unmotivated).

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Saturday Adventures

This morning did not start as I had planned....when does anything go as planned???

I have to remind myself that Liam is only 3 1/2...but wow, what a personality on him...

I planned on a busy day of the Hutto Easter egg hunt, the Austin Mural Scavenger Hunt, lunch in Austin, and a birthday party.  It started out OK....but quickly went out of control when I asked Liam to have breakfast & take some allergy meds.  I don't want to go into details, but it was a crazy house for a while.  I cleaned up some things & went to my room to read for a bit.  He finally ate breakfast  & stated that he was ready for the egg hunt.  Of course, I made him cry by telling him it was already over.  Unfortunately a 3 year old does not quiet understand the whole thing about something happens at a certain time & if you miss it, you don't get to do it.  Ugh...

Sooooo, we headed into Austin for the Mural Scavenger Hunt sponsored by the blog R We There Yet, Mom? Once we found the first mural, the boys were excited!  I told the boys that they were fairly close together & Eddie wanted to walk to all of them.  I had to explain that they were car close, but not 3 & 5 year old close.
We did walk along S. Congress for a couple of the murals, which gave them a chance to run & see some sites. I think they had fun jumping in and out of the car.  We hit all but 3 of the murals on the list...I hope to go to the other 3 tomorrow...but we will see how church goes in the morning.

Below is a collage of all of the murals we saw on Saturday. Even though the contest will be over, if you are in Austin, you really should go and see a few of the murals.  I think it might be fun to go back and visit them in a few years & see what the boys think of them in a few years.  I enjoyed seeing how this area of South Austin has changed over the past years.  I didn't take pictures (since I was driving & trying to find murals), but it's quite different from the early 90s.


I managed to keep them awake on the way back to RR for a Chuck E Cheese birthday party.  I don't think my boys realize that you can go to the Cheese when it's not for a birthday.  Shhhh...let's keep it that way!  Lol!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Zooma 2013


I'm getting back on track!!  I ran my first 5K of the year on Saturday, March 23, 2013.  I hope it is the first of several this year.  I can handle training and running 3.1 miles with 2 kids.  3 miles is an easy distance to push them, too!  I have a race in mind next month that I'll be pushing them.

Zooma is a great an awesome race!  It offers the 5K and a half marathon.  (I did the half with a very cool mentor last year.)  This year I decided to just do the 5K so I could enjoy the day & some wine (it was promised last year, but because I finished so late, I couldn't find it & had no desire to search for it...I was just in the mood for a shower & to get home.)

I received a text on Monday from my running mentor last year, Lisa.  She asked if I wanted to share a room at the race location & have a REUNION!  I was so excited!  I started working on how I could accomplish this...crazy schedule of hubby & I.  Finally got my mom to agree to come watch them so I could head to the Hyatt Lost Pines & help with race registration & then get an undisturbed night of sleep (no little visitors & not having to get up super early to get to parking lot to be bused to the location).

When I arrived at the race registration....it WAS a reunion!  It was nice to see familiar faces that I ran with and got to know participation the the HEB Zooma Texas Girlfriends Program.  Before the program last year, I thought I loved the solitude of running and peace it brought me, but I really miss the group runs!!!  I know I'm slow, so I really need to work on my speed so that I can join a running group. I guess that's my motivation moving forward.  Who knew, I'm a social runner??!!

I was much more relaxed this year since I ONLY had 3.1 miles to go....then I remembered the hills...wait, were there hills on the 5K course too...ACK!!!  There were.  OH NO!  I had only been running in FLAT Hutto....

Here I am before the run....


So, I got nervous, but I had done the hills last year...I just wanted to beat the only recorded time I had from a 5K, but after remembering the hills, I would just be happy to finish without being sore.  

OK...so, it really wasn't THAT bad.  I enjoyed & smiled most of the way.  There were great ladies out on the course & I even waved & said hi to a few that I knew along the way!

Here I am...crossing the finish line!!! And, I was smiling!  Thanks to Erika for taking this picture!! Remember...I am sooooo slow (I have NEVER been an athlete)...I finished just under 45 minutes!! I'm pretty excited that I finished in that time WITH hills!!!



Here is what I missed last year...an ice cold glass of Barefoot Wine Moscatto!  It was sooo yummy! (I already drank a bit before I realized that I should take a picture..lol.)





I was a little sad that I did not get the beautiful necklace that the half marathon finishers received ..it has a charm of a runner...maybe I'll have to find one to add to my mommy & DP charm necklace. (I never thought I wanted a charm to signify my running...but I'm getting more proud that I do it and I'm starting to run more than I walk.) I did get the BLING for having a PR.  Now to keep getting faster (and maybe get hubby out there with me)!

On the drive home yesterday, I think I smiled the whole way (and jammed to some great music...love XM).  It really was a wonderfully relaxing time (even though it was less than 24 hours).  I felt recharged & renewed my spirit.....I felt like I could take on the whole world!  (it lasted for a little while, then back to mommyhood)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Running schedule

I just can't seem to keep to a schedule for running.

Ugh!

I think, rather, know that I would feel much better if I could stick to a schedule. I miss having a running schedule. Hubby's work every 3rd day kind of causes me to not have a regular running schedule. Then, children in bed at 4 AM causes me to shut off the alarm at 5 or 5:30.
Honestly, if I had a running buddy, I'd probably get up & go, but there is no one close that can change their schedule to sit mine or that is as slow as me (I won't share how slow, but I could do better)

I ran this morning. It was great, I feel great even though I felt lousy yesterday. I did a walk/run & did not skip any of the runs that Jeff Galloway told me to take!! (Lolo 5k app that is supposed to help me get faster)

Ok...this afternoon, I'm going to make a schedule (in my MomAgenda personal portfolio...my life...I'd be list without it) of running that I NEED to do to get faster & keep it up....them in a different color put some extras that I'd like to do (biking & other cross training). I'm thinking of picking up the Jillian Michael's 30 day shred...heard good things & quick work outs I can do in my living room.

I've lost 17 pounds so far this year & need to keep it off & lose A LOT more. It didn't go on over night, so it's going to take a but to get it off. My next step is to really get the exercise part back in my life.

I've been doing ok with the food...going to try some nutritional shakes...found done smoothie recipes that I might try...if anyone has some to share, please do. Green, fruit, Greek yogurt...

Just realized that I started the topic as running schedule & I ventured off topic a bit...it happens...

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Perspective

I wrote a long entry last night & took pictures of sleeping boys...just as I was about to post, my phone died (i had not saved it). Ugh...so here is another run at this...

A little background....hubby is in the Knights of Columbus (Catholic fraternal organization) & does stuff that take him out of town for weekend meetings & conventions.

The boys & I are lucky enough to get to tag along for the 2 nights of free hotel room in various cities. We started this when Eddie was still in a car seat & even attended one 2 months before I had Liam. The weekends occur 3 or more times a year.

Now that the boys are a little older, they understand & are excited to go to a hotel. I'm not always completely excited because I'm in charge of them most of the weekend as hubby is in meetings. Plus, different eating & skeeping schedule & the boys aren't always on their best behavior.

I guess hubby & I are more sensitive or on edge about their behavior & want them to be more quiet or just better in front of a lot of adults. In fact, they were the only children in attendance this weekend. Even more nerve racking for us to make sure they are on their best behavior.

See, on these weekends, we know the boys can behave, but I think we are nervous about bothering others (who have grown children & many have grandchildren).

I really need to change my PERSPECTIVE!!

Here is why...we get compliments on how nice it is to see them (even at Mass...the ArchBishop of SA encouraged us to bring them & in Austin & SA gave them good words for being there at Mass) & how good they are (our kids, really?). One couple even stopped me last night as I was headed to go to the gym to workout & said they would never have been able to bring their boys (now in their 20s) to any kind of event like this. One lady told me yesterday (as they were running around the breakfast table) just let them be...they are good boys. Even crazy, others see them as good. Hmmm...

I guess I just need to say THANK YOU when they are complimented & appreciate that they are great little boys!!

I love them & am now beginning to enjoy this little weekends because I get to take them to different cities & see different things through their crazy little eyes!!

We go to Corpus Christi at the end of next month for another one of our weekends. This is different...much bigger than the other small weekends...but I'm looking forward to a new adventure with them!!!

Pictures are...San Antonio zoo...Saturday night after a long weekend...stop at Buc-ee's in New Braunfels







Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Morning musings

I really wish I could think if awesome topics to write about. I want to, but I guess my life it too boring these days & I just can't think of anything exciting to talk about.

Here's what is on my mind this Wednesday morning....

I'm getting back out & running. I feel better & more accomplished. It's just hard because I don't have anyone checking on me or anyone to take some of the runs with now. I think I really liked the group part of running. Hmmm...does that mean I need to find a group or running partner?? I don't have any kind of regular schedule, though. That makes it very hard.

Organization....so, I'm getting back on track with planning & scheduling things. Pulled my MomAgenda back out. It's the only way that I can keep my crazy life organized. I have to sit down with it & hubby's schedule so that I know what he's doing the next month!! Love it..not happy it's so big....but I am so much more organized & don't forget things when I have it (as long as I can find it in the house....lol).

I love having lunch with friends. I feel so much more connected & like a real person!!! Enjoyed an AWESOME lunch with a couple of very nice ladies!!!

That's it....back to mommy mode...

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lent

I've been thinking about the coming season. Everyone I know tries to give something up for Lent...

Over the years, I've given up sweets, sodas, & so many different things. Some years I was successful, some years, not so much.

I've been reading on FlyLady about decluttering...something I desperately need to do. So, I think I'm going to work on that over Lent. It will help our whole family & maybe others when I donate some of the stuff we have laying around.

I have so much I my house to organize, but if I can rid the house of some of this clutter, I'll be so happy & so will my family. It's difficult for me to part with stuff, but I'm going to....it's for the best!

So, I'm going to give up some of this clutter by starting with taking at least 15 minutes each day to go through parts of my house & purge!! (I might try to sell some, donate some, & trash the junk & extra papers.)

Here we go to a less crowded house by Easter!!

PS...I might even take some pictures & post about what I'm getting rid of!!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

If you see me at Walmart

If you see me at Walmart today....just pretend you don't know me.

I haven't showered (but i do have clean undies & shirt on...the jeans are dirty...I did spray a bit a perfume)
I feel like crap (allergies)
I have children (who know how they will behave....so they will be given a happy meal to eat)
I'm stressed (have do much to do in the house & just want to escape the mess for a few minutes)
I have a list to get through quickly (although I'll probably remember something else in the middle & be running across the store to grab it)
I'd rather go to HEB today bc of fresh veggies & fruit (but I have a couple of things that I need from another place & only want to go to one store with my little monsters)

Hope everyone has a great Saturday!!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Loser

So I've lost 11 pounds. It was without really trying. I cut the sodas, sweets & extra snacking (for the most part).

Now....if I really try....

Seriously....I have such a hard time getting all my shit together....eating & exercise & living this crazy life.

I'm trying to track every bite I take (not been the best at that...but the my fitness pal app is very helpful. That's the first step. Now if I can get the exercise part back....I've been so sporadic recently. The weather really hasn't cooperated with me. I'm waiting for a call or email that my new bike is ready to pick up....I really can't wait for that....

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Goals for 2013 & beyond....

First, I've joined some online places to try to help get moving & losing...

Shrinkingjeans.net (found this from my mentor from Zooma Austin last year, Lisa)....there is a weight loss challenge & a Couch 25K. I started the C25K yesterday & cut sodas (again) & started logging on myfitnesspal.com.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do for the diet part right now. I think it's going to mostly be watching & counting calories. My doctor has recommended the belly fat diet a couple of times....bought the book & need to read to see what this entails.

The next 2 months, I have my running planned. I hope to fit some cross training & stretching in on the off running days. I'm going to sit & make a run calendar later. I plan on picking a few 5Ks over the next few months to register for so that I keep up with the running.

In a few months, I'll probably be looking for help with speed work bc I want to get faster before going farther.

I'll edit this post later today with some more details as I plan things...hopefully during rest time this afternoon for the boys...

This has nothing to do with body, but it will help me feel better bc I'm tired of this mess...going to work on getting our mess of a house cleaned, organized & ready to sell. I've yet to work on a plan for this, but I will try to work on a room or area every so often. Maybe a look at Flylady will help me with this.

I think I'm going to organize a binder that can help me with my goals for the year...so much planning but hopefully a good less disorganized person.

We will see how 2013 turns out!!!!



2013 & my first run

I did it....I planned on a morning run, but settled for one after the boys were in bed. I'm not sure the actual temperature (I forgot to look) but it felt awfully cold to be out last night.

I started the Couch 25k. I did a 5 minute warm up (did not get warm), then 1.5 minutes of walk & 1 minute of running & ended with 5 minute cool down. I think that since it was cold, I moved faster than I thought I would on my first run. The stats showed that for my 1 minute runs I averaged 13 minutes per mile....not bad for someone completely out of shape.

I really didn't have my peaceful time....my clothes weren't fitting right (gained too much weight) & I just wanted to finish to get out of the cold (I watched the clock the entire 30 minutes).

I've got to figure out what I can wear the doesn't fit too tightly & I'm not pulling down the whole time....& enough layers to keep me warm for 30 minutes....see I was cold, but I had sweat dripping down my back....ugh...

These 30 minute work outs are going to be very do-able as soon as I can figure the proper layering!! Next to add in cross training. I planned on getting up this morning, but with not being able to sleep after the run & Liam screaming for me at 3 AM, it did not happen. Maybe I'll pull out a workout tape later today...I really want to try to do something every day....run, cross train, stretch...something...

Later today, I'm going to work on goal setting & I plan on posting them here so that I can be held accountable!! I need all the help and encouragement possible!!