Monday, April 30, 2012

Biggest Loser

I admit that I never really cared for The Biggest Loser when it the first season actually started but recently it is on our DVR to watch every week.  I started watching it and then moved over to watching all the previous seasons in order on Netflix.  We are on season 7 already. I stayed up until 1 am last night watching the end of Season 6.  I am not sure where this addiction has came from, but lol I am loving this show and loving the netflix without commercials and being able to just watch the next episode right after one ends to keep from waiting a whole week. This has got to be the best way to watch TV folks!  Tonight I am zonked though because I was up too late! Tomorrow I have to get up at 4 am, go to the dentist again at lunch, then try to go run 5K at 5:00 and swim at 6:30...I hope I can have the energy for all of this.  I am not doing exercise tonight.  I am just going to sit and watch the tv and try to not even think!


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Moving forward

I keep telling myself to move forward... just keep on and don't stop.  I have to do this because by nature I am extremely lazy.  I having to MAKE myself get up and do things like Insanity, going for a walk or run... etc.  So That being said.  I just keep moving forward.

Friday evening, I was tired after a long week at work and I didn't want to do my exercise. I didn't want to cook or clean or well do anything other than eat.  So I told Thomas I wanted something "bad" for dinner, meaning I didn't plan on eating good nutrition, I just wanted to be bad.  We went to Long horn.  I ordered water to drink which is more of a habit now then it ever use to be.  Then while looking at the menu I noticed they had meals for 500 calories including salad, stead, and side.  So I did choose one of those lighter meals and I had the best steak, seasonal vegetables, asparagus and the entire meal was awesome!  I still splurged as I had some of the bread that came out first and I ordered ranch (on the side) to go with my salad instead of the lighter, healthier choice.  I am glad I didn't blow it all to hell and back though, because I was in the mood to do something that drastic.  What totally rocks is that after the meal and some errands we needed to run I came home and did Insanity.  I didn't want to take too much time away from my evening so I opted to do just the fit test which is only 25 minutes vs the 40 minutes most of the others are.  I was super proud of myself even though I didn't burn many calories and didn't eat the best I could have.  Because I was in the mood to totally blow it!

Saturday, I told myself that I wanted to run 5 miles.  I did that and more!  I took Reuben my Yorkie for a mile walk, then took Cooper my Maltese for a mile walk... that is two miles to start my day.  Then, I grabbed my over priced gummy bears (energy food) and my bottle of water and headed out.  I didn't return until I completed 5.24 miles.  So all together I did over 7 miles on my legs. I might have walked more than I ran but my legs are new at this and they were pushed.  I survived it! I was super sore afterwards. Mainly the hips and lower back. My shins did great! I am super excited about that too!  I am learning more about my heart rate and how I have been over doing it which is zonking me out, and I noticed if I listen to my monitor and take it easy when it says my heart rate is too high that my endurance seems to be better.  Saturday evening Thomas and I headed out to Bridge street.  Before dinner we stopped by Sports Authority where I picked up my new swimsuit to practice for my triathlon, goggles and swim cap (yep I am really doing this). We ate at the Scene, I had Alaskian Maki Sushi which was delicious.  Then, we were going to catch a movie but the times at Monaco pretty much such and nothing we wanted to see was playing remotely close to when we were though so we opted to come back home.

Today (Sunday), I have had a pretty relaxing day. I couldn't decide what I wanted to do but it didn't involve house cleaning (which my house needs me to love on it so much right now it is a mess!).  I wanted to try out my new swim gear but didn't really want to go at it alone.  I posted on Facebook for someone to go with me after I looked up and found a place to go, but no takers.  Thomas was gone to play golf so it looked like if I wanted to do it at all I had to do it alone.  I didn't want to make up excuses and I have anxiety about this whole swimming thing.  So, I did it.  I went alone to a place that had lap swimming which is intimidating to me and I did it.  My swimming ability is pretty much non existing but hopefully I will learn.  I practiced my breathing because I am generally the type who holds her nose when going under water, and I need to learn to breath properly for better swimming technique.  I wasn't there that long about 45 minutes, but I feel I got a good workout.   Plus I swallowed and snorted enough chlorine to last me a few days.  Now I am back home, and not sure what the rest of my day holds.

Friday, April 27, 2012

COOPER!

This is not the best photo, but we have a new fury friend. His name is Cooper. He is a few years old and needed a new home and he is just the right size for my Reuben to play with so we took him in.    This was taken after I took him for a little run and he was absolutely exhausted.   He is different than my beloved Reuben but I like his personality. He is a tend to himself type dog. He will play with a toy for hours.  I mean literally hours.  He is so funny to watch.  He doesn't like "love" as much as Reuben does.  He actually rather you not hold him, but you can pet him he just doesn't like to be held.  He is already protective of us which I like, that means he likes us.  He is also super duper excited to see me when I come home every day.  I love him bunches already. Reuben and him? Well they are trying to figure out each other and maybe see who is going to be the dominant one but so far so good. :)

Since I've been gone

Wow, I neglect this blog more than anyone. Not sure why I keep coming back to it at all, but its probably because I like to reflect back on things that have happened in my life.  It sucks to try to reflect on them when the post are so few and far between.  Every year or at least every few months I say I am going to do better and I try to, but I slack.  I am a slacker.  I apologize.  Maybe one of these days I will be more consistent.

Since I've been gone lots of things have happened.
In February for Valentines My man took me to see Wicked in Birmingham.  It was the Broadway production and it was absolutely everything I thought it would be,  I even left there with a Wicked jacket that I love!!! As always I had a marvelous Valentine because he rocks my world so hard!

I also joined the Fleet Feet No boundaries program for the Cookie Dash 5K.

February 25th I did my first official 5K.  It was the Love your Library 5K in Decatur, Al.  My time was less than desirable but I did it! I finished in 40:47 and it was bitterly cold so I am proud of that!


On another note my daughter starting her first job.  She started as a hostess but is now a server.  She is loving it.  My son started playing Basketball and is practicing with his school team in the off season already.
I love those bratz, but will say that their performance as teenagers (housework, school work) is less than desirable.  lol 

In March my 16 year old daughter had a very serious accident.  Thankfully she walked away without a mark on her.  However, my car was totaled.  

Now I am sporting a new vehicle with a nice new payment.  But, I am still very blessed that my baby was uninjured.

We adopted a kitten that we named Simon for obvious reasons. He was pitiful, hungry and infested with fleas.  He was crying in my front yard and I just couldn't help but take him in.  We found his "owners" who said "you can have him, he cries too much" so of course I kept him.  I love this little guy, but unfortunately after about a month I decided to give him to another home (a friend of Destiny's took him) because he was getting to the point of clawing on things and I got new furniture.  Plus he couldn't decide if he wanted to be inside or outside and I didn't want to fight fleas with my dog who is allergic to them.  Soooo, Simon is gone but he was a precious kitten while he lived with us.


On March 17th I did Run for Life 5K in Hartselle Al

I also learned about compression sleeves to help shin splints which were given me an awful time.  These things are my hero! I can hardly run without them but as long as I have them my legs do fine! :) So If you suffer from shin splints, Ice and elevate them after runs and where compression sleeves during and after them as well. 

I went on to run in the Dispatch Dash which was in Decatur and my friend Jill Ran that with me.


In April I ran River City Run and have not a single picture to say that I did it! But, I promise I did!  I lost my support. Thomas was at every race until then, and believe me I can tell a difference when he is there rooting me on or not.  Since I didn't have a picture here are my official stats from the race

Female 35 to 39

                                                                                              Total  
    Place    Name                              City              Bib No  Age   Overall         Time  
       1    Jeni Spencer                      Decatur  AL           452   37       42        26:18.9
       2    Kristi Anderson                   Decatur  AL           455   37       68        30:09.8
       3    Jonica Howard                     Decatur  AL           345   36       99        33:01.8
       4    Tonya West                        Decatur  AL           410   35      135        39:08.8
       5    Tanya Harper                      Madison  AL           338   36      136        39:20.8
       6    Candice Thigpen                   Decatur  AL           407   39      138        39:34.4
       7    Kristi Bogle                      Decatur  AL           306   39      149        47:05.6


Yes You Saw that right... I finished in 4th in my age group! That makes me happy even though I was over 5 minutes behind the 3rd place finisher.

Then, I finally ran my Cookie Dash that I had been training for.  No pictures really from that race either besides the big group photo that I was in.
Can't spot me? I am right center, with a white cap and black jacket on, see I told you I was there! :)

Here are my stats from this race.
   24   331  Heather Tinney        37  Madison        AL   39:51 12:50 
   25   339  Tonya West            35  Decatur        AL   40:09 12:56 
   26   368  Allison Huter         35  Gurley         AL   42:26 13:40 



No real speed demon there, I know, but Hey I did it!  

That pretty much catches me up to speed on my running, but there are other things that have happened.  Like my daughter went to not one but two proms.  Here are some of my favorite photos from those.








Yes they are absolutely gorgeous! I know! Thanks! haha

I think this pretty much gets us caught up from my negligence.  Now lets see if I can do a better job with this damn blog!